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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2007 Revenue and Earnings Growth; Raises 2007 Operating Margin and Earnings Per Share Guidance

WICHITA, Kan., July 26 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --

- Second quarter revenues grew 12 percent to $959 million; Operating

earnings grew to $102 million

- Earnings Per Share increased 96 percent to $0.49 as net income grew to

$68 million

- First production 787 forward fuselage delivered to Boeing; Won new

military contract from Sikorsky to design and manufacture the composite

cockpit and cabin for the CH-53K Heavy Lift Helicopter

- Increased Total Backlog to $21.8 billion

- Completed Follow-On Offering of Spirit’s common stock on May 21, 2007

Table 1. Summary Financial Results

($’s in Millions, except per 2nd Quarter Six Months

share data) 2007 2006 Change 2007 2006 Change

Revenues $959 $855 12% $1,913 $1,526 25%

Operating Income $102 $56 82% $206 $107 93%

Operating Income as a % of

Revenues 10.6% 6.5% 410 BPS 10.8% 7.0% 380 BPS

Net Income $68 $30 129% $138 $52 164%

Net Income as a % of Revenues 7.1% 3.5% 360 BPS 7.2% 3.4% 380 BPS

Earnings per Share (Fully

diluted) $0.49 $0.25 96% $0.99 $0.43 130%

Fully Diluted Weighted Avg

Share Count (Million) 139.2 119.8 139.2 120.9

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SPR) reported increases in its second quarter financial results and updated its 2007 financial guidance, citing strong global commercial aerospace markets and improved operational efficiencies.

Spirit’s second quarter net income rose 129 percent to $68 million from $30 million a year ago, and fully diluted earnings per share rose 96 percent to $0.49 per share from $0.25 per share last year. Revenue for the quarter increased 12 percent to $959 million from $855 million, and the company’s operating margins rose to 10.6 percent from 6.5 percent last year. Second quarter 2007 operating results include a $9.6 million pre-tax expense, or $0.05 per fully diluted share, associated with the company’s follow-on offering of common stock. A majority of the expense, contained in SG&A, reflects an acceleration of FAS123R stock-based compensation expense which will lower stock-based compensation expense in future years.

"We continued to make good progress on execution of the company’s strategy during the second quarter," said President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Turner. "Solid operating performance across the company while executing key development programs and winning new business demonstrate the value we are bringing to our markets, customers, and shareholders," Turner added. "We are especially proud of the team that worked diligently to secure the Systems Development and Demonstration contract for the Sikorsky CH-53K Helicopter. The win validates the value our design and manufacturing capability brings to customers and markets across the aerospace industry. In addition to executing our business plan during the quarter, we also had a very successful follow-on offering of Spirit common stock. Looking forward, we will continue to focus on converting our substantial backlog into solid financial performance."

Spirit’s backlog during the quarter increased from $19.9 billion to $21.8 billion, as combined net orders for 906 aircraft at Boeing and Airbus outpaced their combined deliveries of 230 aircraft. Spirit’s backlog is calculated based on contractual prices for products and expected delivery volumes from the published firm order backlogs of both Boeing and Airbus.

During the second quarter of 2007, Spirit updated its contract profitability estimates resulting in a favorable change in contract estimates of approximately $3 million. Second quarter 2006 results included a $15 million favorable cumulative catch-up adjustment.

Cash flow from operations for the second quarter was $14 million, reflecting planned increases in inventory on the 787 program and other development programs. An additional $32 million of cash flow is reflected in the cash flow from financing activities section of the second quarter 2007 cash flow statement. This item represents tax benefits associated with the acceleration of FAS123R stock-based compensation expense driven by the follow-on offering of common stock. Investments in capital expenditures totaled $72 million in the quarter. Over half of the investment in property, plant and equipment supported the start-up of the 787 program.

Cash balances at the end of the quarter were $127 million, down $30 million from the end of the first quarter 2007, reflecting planned investment in Spirit’s core business, primarily for the 787 program. Debt balances at the end of the second quarter were $609 million, down slightly from first quarter levels. (Table 2)

Table 2. Cash Flow and Liquidity

2nd Quarter Six Months

($’s in Millions) 2007 2006 2007 2006

Cash Flow from Operations $14 $123 $64 $213

Purchases of Property, Plant &

Equipment ($72) ($86) ($159) ($180)

June 28, June 29,

Liquidity 2007 2006

Cash $127 $126

Current Portion of Long-term Debt

plus Long-term Debt $609 $721

Outlook

The company’s financial guidance for 2007 is increased as operational efficiencies and higher production volumes improve profitability. The company is forecasting solid growth in 2007 that reflects strong operating performance across business segments and higher commercial airplane deliveries versus 2006.

Spirit’s 2007 revenue expectations are unchanged and expected to be between $4.0 billion and $4.1 billion, approximately 25 percent higher than 2006, as increased market demand for large commercial transport aircraft from Boeing and Airbus drives additional shipset deliveries. This revenue projection is based on previously issued 2007 Boeing and Airbus delivery guidance of 440-445 and 440-450 aircraft, respectively, and includes the initial deliveries to Boeing of Spirit products on the 787 program.

Table 3 summarizes the company’s financial outlook.

Table 3. Financial Outlook

2007 Guidance

Revenues $4.0B - $4.1B

Operating Income $410M - $430M

Operating Income as a % of Revenues 10.0% - 10.7%

Depreciation and Amortization $115M - $120M

Earnings Per Share (Fully Diluted) $1.90 - $2.00

Effective Tax Rate ~33.5%

Cash Flow from Operations* +/- $280M

Capital Expenditures +/- $300M

Customer Reimbursement of Capital Expenditures ~ $45M

Research & Development Expense +/- $60M

Average Fully Diluted Shares Outstanding 140M

* Includes $40-$50 million of customer advances for capital expenditures

Spirit’s operating margins are now expected to be between 10.0 percent and 10.7 percent and 2007 fully diluted EPS guidance is increased to between $1.90 and $2.00 per share as benefits from cost reductions, productivity initiatives and a slightly lower then expected effective tax rate and fully diluted shares outstanding improve profitability.

Cash flow from operations remains unchanged and is expected to be +/- $280 million, which includes additional working capital spending for the new 787 program. Fiscal 2007 capital expenditures are expected to be +/- $300 million. Approximately 50 percent of the capital expenditures will be utilized to complete the installation of production capacity for the new 787 program. Spirit anticipates approximately $45 million of customer reimbursement to partially offset these capital expenditures.

Depreciation and amortization expenses are reduced and now forecasted to be between $115 and $120 million as new capital equipment is placed into service.

Additionally for 2007, Research and Development expense is expected to be approximately $60 million and SG&A expense is expected to be approximately $200 million, both unchanged from the prior quarter guidance.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements that reflect the plans and expectations of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. To the extent that statements in this press release do not relate to historical or current facts, they constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "project," "continue," or other similar words. These statements reflect Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.’s current view with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown. Such risks and uncertainties may cause the actual results of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. to vary materially from those anticipated in forward-looking statements, and therefore we caution investors not to place undue reliance on them. Potential risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: our customers’ aircraft build rates; the ability to enter into supply arrangements with additional customers and satisfy performance requirements under existing contracts; any adverse impact on our customers’ production of aircraft; the success and timely progression of our customers’ new programs including, but not limited to The Boeing Company’s 787 aircraft program; future levels of business in the aerospace and commercial transport industries; competition from original equipment manufacturers and other aerostructures suppliers; the effect of governmental laws; the effect of new commercial and business aircraft development programs; the cost and availability of raw materials; the ability to recruit and retain highly skilled employees and relationships with unions; spending by the United States and other governments on defense; the continuing ability to operate successfully as a stand alone company; the outcome of ongoing or future litigation and regulatory actions; and exposure to potential product liability claims. Additional information as to factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements can be found in Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.’s filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. undertakes no obligation and does not intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, except as required by law.

Appendix

Segment Results

Fuselage Systems

Fuselage Systems segment revenue for the second quarter was $450 million, up 9 percent over the same period last year as deliveries on the 737 and 777 programs increased. Fuselage Systems posted strong segment operating margins of 18.3 percent during the second quarter 2007, up from 15.8 percent in the same period of 2006 as R&D expense on the 787 program declined and higher production rates were realized. A favorable cumulative catch-up adjustment of $7 million was recognized in the segment for the second quarter of 2006.

Propulsion Systems

Propulsion Systems segment revenue for the second quarter was $259 million, up 15 percent over the same period last year as deliveries increased in support of primary customer production volume. Propulsion Systems posted improved segment operating margins of 17.0 percent for the second quarter 2007, up from 13.0 percent in the same period of 2006 as R&D expense on the 787 program declined and higher production rates were realized. A favorable cumulative catch-up adjustment of $6 million was recognized in the segment for the second quarter of 2006.

Wing Systems

Wing Systems segment revenue for the second quarter was $245 million, up from $207 million over the same period last year, an increase of 19 percent. Wing Systems posted segment operating margins of 11.6 percent for the second quarter 2007, up from 6.5 percent in the same period of 2006 as R&D expense on the 787 program declined. A favorable cumulative catch-up adjustment of $2 million was recognized in the segment for the second quarter of 2006.

Table 4. Segment Reporting

($’s in Millions, except

margin percent) 2nd Quarter Six Months

2007 2006 Change 2007 2006(1) Change

Segment Revenues

Fuselage Systems $449.7 $414.5 8.5% $894.9 $768.2 16.5%

Propulsion Systems $259.2 $225.2 15.1% $519.6 $441.7 17.6%

Wing Systems $245.4 $207.1 18.5% $486.6 $299.1 62.7%

All Other $4.5 $8.6 (47.7%) $11.8 $17.2 (31.4%)

Total Segment

Revenues $958.8 $855.4 12.1% $1,912.9 $1,526.2 25.3%

Segment Earnings from

Operations

Fuselage Systems $82.1 $65.4 25.5% $165.1 $125.5 31.6%

Propulsion Systems $44.0 $29.3 50.2% $84.3 $59.1 42.6%

Wing Systems $28.4 $13.5 110.4% $51.6 $19.0 171.6%

All Other $0.7 $1.6 (56.3%) $1.5 $2.1 (28.6%)

Total Segment

Operating Earnings $155.2 $109.8 41.3% $302.5 $205.7 47.1%

Unallocated Corporate

SG&A Expense ($51.9) ($53.3) 2.6% ($94.4) ($96.7) 2.4%

Unallocated Research

& Development

Expense ($1.2) ($0.5) (140.0%) ($2.2) ($2.4) 8.3%

Total Earnings from

Operations $102.1 $56.0 82.3% $205.9 $106.6 93.2%

Segment Operating

Earnings as % of

Revenues

Fuselage Systems 18.3% 15.8% 248 BPS 18.4% 16.3% 211 BPS

Propulsion Systems 17.0% 13.0% 396 BPS 16.2% 13.4% 284 BPS

Wing Systems 11.6% 6.5% 505 BPS 10.6% 6.4% 425 BPS

All Other 15.6% 18.6% (305)BPS 12.7% 12.2% 50 BPS

Total Segment

Operating Earnings

as % of Revenues 16.2% 12.8% 335 BPS 15.8% 13.5% 234 BPS

Total Operating

Earnings as % of

Revenues 10.6% 6.5% 410 BPS 10.8% 7.0% 378 BPS

(1) Includes Spirit Europe acquired on April 1, 2006

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

For the Three Months Ended For the Six Months Ended

June 28, June 29, June 28, June 29,

2007 2006 2007 2006

($ in millions, except per share data)

Net Revenues $958.8 $855.4 $1,912.9 $1,526.2

Operating costs and

expenses:

Cost of sales 788.7 716.0 1,583.5 1,249.0

Selling, general and

administrative 54.3 55.3 99.4 100.1

Research and development 13.7 28.1 24.1 70.5

Total Costs and

Expenses 856.7 799.4 1,707.0 1,419.6

Operating Income 102.1 56.0 205.9 106.6

Interest expense and

financing fee

amortization (9.5) (11.7) (18.4) (22.9)

Interest income 7.2 6.9 14.8 14.0

Other income, net 1.8 1.5 3.8 2.9

Income From

Continuing

Operations

Before Income

Taxes 101.6 52.7 206.1 100.6

Income tax provision (33.6) (23.0) (68.3) (48.4)

Net Income $68.0 $29.7 $137.8 $52.2

Earnings per share

Basic $0.50 $0.26 $1.04 $0.46

Diluted $0.49 $0.25 $0.99 $0.43

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

June 28, December 31,

2007 2006

(unaudited)

($ in millions)

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents $127.0 $184.3

Accounts receivable,net 261.7 200.2

Other receivable 75.5 43.0

Inventory, net 1,097.5 882.2

Income tax receivable 15.8 21.7

Other current assets 93.6 89.1

Total current assets 1,671.1 1,420.5

Property, plant and equipment, net 891.6 773.8

Long-term receivable 145.8 191.5

Pension assets 223.4 207.3

Other assets 118.5 129.1

Total assets $3,050.4 $2,722.2

Current liabilities

Accounts payable $385.7 $339.1

Accrued expenses 213.6 198.5

Current portion of long-term debt 23.8 23.9

Other current liabilities 24.4 8.2

Total current liabilities 647.5 569.7

Long-term debt 585.2 594.3

Advance payments 613.2 587.4

Other liabilities 149.4 111.8

Shareholders’ equity

Preferred stock, par value $0.01,

10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares

issued and outstanding -- --

Common stock, Class A par value $0.01,

200,000,000 shares authorized,

102,499,588 and 63,345,834 issued and

outstanding, respectively 1.0 0.6

Common stock, Class B par value

$0.01, 150,000,000 shares authorized,

37,071,864 and 71,351,347 shares issued

and outstanding, respectively 0.4 0.7

Additional paid-in capital 913.0 858.7

Accumulated other comprehensive

income 76.9 72.5

Retained earnings / (deficit) 63.8 (73.5)

Total shareholders’ equity 1,055.1 859.0

Total liabilities and

shareholders’ equity $3,050.4 $2,722.2

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow (unaudited)

For the Six For the Six

Months Ended Months Ended

June 28, 2007 June 29, 2006

($ in millions)

Operating activities

Net income $137.8 $52.2

Adjustments to reconcile net income

to net cash provided by operating

activities

Depreciation expense 43.7 14.2

Amortization expense 3.8 4.0

Accretion of long-term receivable (10.8) (10.1)

Employee stock compensation expense 20.5 26.3

Excess tax benefits from share-based

payment arrangements (34.5) -

Loss on disposition of assets 0.1 -

Deferred taxes 13.7 2.3

Pension, net (16.1) (4.2)

Changes in assets and liabilities, net

of acquisition

Accounts receivable (46.2) (101.2)

Inventory, net (212.4) (53.2)

Other current assets 2.2 (3.6)

Accounts payable and accrued

liabilities 41.1 92.8

Customer advances 54.2 200.0

Income taxes payable 38.5 (22.7)

Deferred revenue and other deferred

credits 23.5 -

Other 5.0 15.8

Net cash provided by operating

activities 64.1 212.6

Investing Activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment (159.2) (180.0)

Proceeds from sale of assets 0.2 -

Acquisition of business, net of cash

required - (145.4)

Long-term receivable 11.4 -

Financial derivatives 2.5 2.0

Net cash (used in) investing

activities (145.1) (323.4)

Financing Activities

Principal payments of debt (10.8) (5.4)

Excess tax benefits from share-based

payment arrangements 34.5 -

Executive stock investments/(repurchases) (0.5) 0.5

Net cash provided by (used in)

financing activities 23.2 (4.9)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

and cash equivalents 0.5 0.1

Net (decrease) in cash and cash

equivalents for the period (57.3) (115.6)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning

of the period 184.3 241.3

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the

period $127.0 $125.7

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