Alliant Techsystems Inc. reported its Sporting Group, which owns the Savage and Bushnell firearms brands, delivered 13 percent organic sales growth and an increase of 50 percent organic operating profit in the fiscal first quarter ended June 29, compared with the second quarter ended June 30, 2013.


 

Total sales for the group, including acquisitions, increased 57.3 percent to $442,151 million. Sales from Savage and Bushnell were $42 million and $125 million, respectively.


 

Operating profit in the first quarter increased 79 percent to $79 million compared to $44 million in the prior-year quarter. Organic operating profit increased 50 percent, driven by additional sales as noted above, product mix, and the absence of prior-year restructuring and inventory write-offs for military accessories.

 

Operating profit from Savage and Bushnell was $8 million and $5 million, respectively, including transition costs for Bushnell.

 

 

The results more than offset a decline of $32.7 million, or 6.9 percent, at the company’s defense group. ATK’s Aerospace Group generated $332.9 million in sales, up 8.4 percent from the year ago quarter.

 

In April, Alliant Techsystems announced plans to spin off its Sports Group in a tax-free distribution to shareholders as part of a larger merger of its Defense and Aerospace groups with Orbital Sciences Corporation.

 

SUMMARY OF ALLIANT TECHSYSTEMS INC.'S FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

 

ATK operates in a three business group structure: the Aerospace Group, the Defense Group and the Sporting Group. The following tables present the company’s results for the first quarter of the fiscal year, which ended June 29, 2014 (in thousands).



Sales:





















































































































Quarters Ended



June 29, 2014


June 30, 2013


$
Change


%
Change

Aerospace Group


$

332,920




$

307,188




$

25,732




8.4

%

Defense Group


442,151




474,816




(32,665

)


(6.9

)%

Sporting Group


563,612




358,310




205,302




57.3

%

Eliminations


(63,292

)


(61,571

)


(1,721

)


2.8

%

Total sales


$

1,275,391




$

1,078,743




$

196,648




18.2

%


Income before Interest, Income Taxes, and Noncontrolling Interest (Operating Profit):






























































Quarters Ended



June 29, 2014


June 30, 2013


$
Change


%
Change

Aerospace Group


$

38,378




$

37,086




$

1,292




3.5

%

Defense Group


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