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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
FORM 10-K

þ
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ______________ to ______________

Commission file number                                              000-24293

LMI AEROSPACE, INC.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

Missouri
 
43-1309065
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
 
(IRS Employer Identification No.)
 
 
 
411 Fountain Lakes Blvd.,
 
 
St. Charles, Missouri
 
63301
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code    (636) 946-6525

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: 

Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange On Which Registered
 
 
 
Common stock, $0.02 par value per share
 
NASDAQ Global Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: 
None
(Title of Class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.
¨ Yes                    þ No 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.
¨ Yes                    þ No 

Note —Checking the box above will not relieve any registrant required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act from their obligations under those Sections.
 





Indicate by check mark whether registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
 þ Yes                   ¨ No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
þ Yes                   ¨ No

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer ¨
Accelerated filer þ
 
 
Non-accelerated filer ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
¨ Yes                    þ No 

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates computed by reference to the price at which the common equity was last sold, or the average bid and asked price of such common equity, as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015, was $111,893,573.

There were 13,228,779 shares of common stock outstanding as of March 1, 2016.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Information required by Part III of this Form 10-K is incorporated by reference from our definitive proxy statement on Schedule 14A for our 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.

    

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Item No.
Page
PART I
 
 
1
1A
1B
2
3
4
 
 
 
PART II
 
 
 
5
6
7
7A
8
9
9A
9B
 
 
 
PART III
 
 
 
10
11
12
13
14
 
 
 
PART IV
 
 
 
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Forward-Looking Information
 
The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements.  LMI Aerospace, Inc. (“LMI Aerospace”, “we”, “us”, “our” or the “Company”) makes forward-looking statements in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Report”) and in the public documents that are incorporated herein by reference, which represent the Company’s expectations or beliefs about future events and financial performance.  These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events or results.  Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those referred to under “Item 1A.  Risk Factors” in this Report and otherwise described in the Company’s periodic filings and current reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).

All predictions as to future results contain a measure of uncertainty and, accordingly, actual results could differ.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contemplated, projected or implied by the forward-looking statements (the order of which does not necessarily reflect their relative significance) are:

difficulties with the implementation of the Company’s growth strategy, particularly resulting from unanticipated costs relating to the Company’s manufacture of new parts for its current customers and/or new customers;
continued demand decline for design engineering services and continued insourcing of such services by our customers;
competitive pressures, such as pricing, relating to low-cost foreign labor, capital investment to secure new work, and customers requiring discounts to achieve program extensions;

the Company’s ability to stay current with technological changes, such as the development of alternative aerospace materials, changes in manufacturing techniques and new engineering software;

a reduction in the number of suppliers and increases in competition resulting from consolidation within the aerospace industry;

supply chain performance and support;

the Company’s ability to comply with its debt covenants and the significant leverage of the Company;

the Company’s ability to accurately estimate its costs under long-term, fixed-price contracts including contracts for design-build programs;

performing effectively in the face of record high production rates, including integrating new people, equipment and processes;

asserted and unasserted claims, and in particular, the Company’s ability to successfully negotiate claims relating to cost over-runs of work performed under certain customer contracts;

inability to timely deliver new products and within quality specifications;

senior management's ability to continue to integrate into their roles, and access to and retention of qualified workers and management;

the Company's ability to generate sufficient cash flow to fund interest payments and investment in working capital needs;

changes in the quality, costs and availability of the Company's raw materials, principally aluminum;

governmental funding for certain military programs that utilize the Company’s products;

our ability to avoid or recover from cyber-based or other security attacks, information technology failures or other disruptions;

changes in accounting principles or new accounting standards;

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compliance with laws and regulations; and

the political environment in Mexico, where the Company has manufacturing operations.
In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed may not occur.  Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements.  Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Investors should, however, review additional disclosures made by the Company from time to time in its periodic filings with the SEC.
This Report and the documents incorporated herein by reference should be read completely and with the understanding that the Company’s actual future results may be materially different from what the Company expects.  All forward-looking statements made by the Company in this Report and in the Company’s other filings with the SEC are qualified by these cautionary statements.


PART I
 
ITEM 1.
BUSINESS

General Overview

LMI Aerospace is a leading supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components, and design engineering services to the aerospace and defense markets.  We provide a broad array of manufacturing capabilities, as well as engineering and value-added services to the large commercial, corporate and regional, and military aircraft markets.  We also provide prototyping, testing and design capabilities to customers in support of new product development and in-service aircraft.  LMI Aerospace is a preferred supplier to aircraft original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”) and Tier 1 aerospace suppliers.  In addition to aerospace products, we produce components and assemblies for laser equipment used by semiconductor equipment manufacturers, electronic and electrical wire harnesses, cable assemblies, and mechanical sub-assemblies for the air and rail traffic control, medical equipment, telecommunications, and heavy equipment industries.

Founded in 1948 as a manufacturer of components for the large commercial aircraft market of the aerospace industry, LMI Aerospace became a publicly-held company in 1998.  Historically, our business was primarily dependent on the large commercial aircraft market, specifically with one principal customer.  In order to diversify our product and customer base, we implemented an acquisition and marketing strategy in the late 1990’s that has broadened the number of industries to which we sell our products and services and, within the aerospace industry, diversified our customer base to reduce our dependence on any one principal customer.

In July 2007, we expanded our product offering to include Engineering Services by acquiring San Diego, California-based D3 Technologies, Inc. (“D3”), a premier design and engineering services firm. In August 2012, we enhanced our Engineering Services platform by acquiring Kirkland, Washington-based TASS Inc. (“TASS”), a premier after-market engineering and support services firm.

In December 2012, we acquired Kansas City, Missouri-based Valent Aerostructures, LLC ("Valent"), a provider of complex, structural components, major sub-assemblies and machined parts for OEMs and Tier 1 airframe manufacturers in the aerospace and defense industries.  Valent provides significant content for several major commercial, business jet and military platforms including the Boeing 737, 747-8, 777, 787, V-22, F-15, F-18 and Gulfstream G650.  We believe the acquisition positioned LMI Aerospace as an industry leading aerostructures supplier with significant scale.  The resulting increased scale, complementary product offerings and project management capabilities of Valent has driven further growth from existing platforms by offering our customers more diversified product and service offerings, deeper customer relationships and greater leverage of our extensive manufacturing and supply chain network.  In addition, we believe Valent’s assembly and complex precision machining capabilities has allowed the Company to compete for larger and more complex assemblies and design-build projects.
Our Strategy

The Company’s strategy highlights its vision, mission and goals with a focus on operational excellence.  The key goals of the Company are to substantially grow revenue by winning two significant, strategic work packages per year, drive debt leverage down to enable investment, deliver annual gross margin improvement and integrate our operations into value streams. 

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In addition, our current strategy focuses on organic growth of all of our businesses coupled with the integration of our new capabilities and processes from our acquisitions.  Our high speed and hard metal machining expertise, deepened program management skills and aftermarket support services from Valent and TASS further expanded our product offerings and have allowed us to pursue additional complex assembly and design-build opportunities to capitalize on our strengths.

We believe that OEMs and Tier 1 aerospace suppliers will continue to outsource the design and manufacturing of components, assemblies and sub-systems to fewer preferred suppliers who are capable of meeting increasing market demands for on-time delivery and quality in a cost effective manner.  Accordingly, we continue to focus on remaining well positioned to benefit from these trends by:
Building critical mass and enhanced capabilities to win larger and more complex assembly business as a trusted and aligned supplier to our customers.
Making operational excellence the cornerstone of our competitive advantage.
Providing unique integrated solutions to our aerospace customers through creative and value driven processes throughout the product lifecycle.
Achieving organic growth by executing our long-term business development strategy so that we continue to grow our expertise and sales.
Investing in additional capacity to accommodate customer growth.
Striving for more balance within our various markets, customers and platforms.
Placing the highest priority on serving our external and internal customers with consistent emphasis on quality, delivery performance, integrity, ethical behavior and responsibility to our communities.
Grow our low cost sources of supply through ownership or use of our supply chain to complement the engineering and build capabilities provided by our U.S. offices and factories, thus enabling us to better market to global customers.
Enhancing those business processes necessary to effectively execute complex new development programs.
Preparing for a future enterprise resource planning system installation.
Improving information and facility security, with emphasis on export control requirements.
Investing in developing our work force by providing formal education support, skill training to provide flexibility and capability, and leadership training to enable us to reach our revenue growth targets and provide added management depth.

We believe these strategic actions will enhance our ability to successfully compete in the future.  Additionally, we continue to utilize defined strategic initiatives in our Aerostructures and Engineering Services segments with detailed action plans to further solidify the competitive position of each segment.

Financial Information About Our Business Segments

Financial information with respect to our business segments, including revenues and operating earnings, is contained in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in Item 7 below, and in Note 17 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 below.

Description of Business by Segment

We operate in two business segments consisting of our Aerostructures segment and our Engineering Services segment.  Our Aerostructures segment fabricates, machines, finishes, integrates, assembles and kits machined and formed close-tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy and composite components and higher-level assemblies for use by the aerospace and defense industries.  We also offer our customers value-added services related to the design, production, assembly and distribution of aerospace components and delivery assembly kits directly to customer points of use.  We believe these services strengthen our position as a preferred supplier by improving overall production efficiencies and value for our customers.

Our Engineering Services segment provides a complete range of value-driven design, engineering and program management services. This segment supports the full range of aircraft product lifecycles from conceptual design, analysis and

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certification through production support, fleet support, and service life extensions via a complete turnkey engineering solution to leading OEMs and Tier 1 aerospace suppliers and airline operators.  Our team of engineers has extensive experience across multiple disciplines, enabling us to creatively address the needs of our customers.  We have the ability to work with customers to launch new programs by assisting with aircraft platform conceptual and preliminary design, engineering release, certification planning support, risk mitigation and producibility trade studies, and the development of high-level program schedules and resource planning.  Working with our customers in the early stages better positions us to provide tooling design support in the fabrication stage as well as later modifications and upgrades.

Our Aerostructures and Engineering Services segments have combined their experience and expertise to form an integrated team that can provide customers with fully integrated, seamless, innovative and strategic design-build solutions.  Design-build projects require close collaboration from conception through production.  Our consolidated team is committed to a high level of customer service and works together to ensure each project progresses smoothly through the design-to-production process.

Additional Information

We are a Missouri corporation.  Our principal executive offices are located at 411 Fountain Lakes Blvd., St. Charles, Missouri  63301.  Our Internet address is www.lmiaerospace.com.  Interested readers can access our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”).  These documents may be accessed free of charge on our corporate website at the following address: http://ir.lmiaerospace.com/sec.cfm.  These reports may also be obtained at the SEC’s public reference room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549 and may be found through the SEC website at www.sec.gov.  Such reports are generally available on the day they are filed.  The public may obtain information on the operations of the public reference room by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.  Additionally, we will furnish interested readers a paper copy of such reports, upon request, free of charge.  Information contained on or accessible through our corporate website or the SEC’s website is not part of this Report.

Interested readers can access our Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, our Corporate Governance Principles and the charters of the following committees of our Board of Directors: the Audit Committee, the Compensation Committee, and the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee, free of charge on our corporate website at the following address: http://ir.lmiaerospace.com.

Customers and Products & Services
 
Customers
 
Our principal customers are primarily leading OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers in the large commercial, corporate and regional, and military aircraft markets of the aerospace industry.  For the year ended December 31, 2015, direct sales to our three largest customers in terms of revenue (Spirit AeroSystems ("Spirit"), Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation ("Gulfstream"), and The Boeing Company ("Boeing") accounted for a total of approximately 60.5% of our sales.  The loss of, or substantial reduction of orders from, any of these customers could materially affect our sales and profitability.  See “Item 1A.  Risk Factors – Risks Related to Our Company – Sales to a limited number of customers represent a significant portion of our revenues and our long-term agreements with these customers are generally terminable upon written notice ” and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Results of Operations – Year ended December 31, 2015 compared to year ended December 31, 2014 – Aerostructures Segment in Item 7 below and Note 16 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 below.
 
We have entered into long-term agreements with many of our customers whereby the customer generally commits to purchase all of its requirements of a particular component from us, subject to termination rights.  When operating under these agreements, our customers issue purchase orders or provide a shipment signal to schedule delivery of products at a previously negotiated price.  Our products sold outside of long-term agreements are based upon previously negotiated pricing and specific terms and conditions on purchase orders.

In January 2015, the Company signed a long-term supply agreement with Spirit covering all Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Mitsubishi aircraft. This agreement extended the performance period of the statements of work for certain contracts and gives the Company preferred supplier status on certain future contracts.
 

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Products & Services
 
Our Aerostructures segment manufactures more than 40,000 products for integration into a variety of aircraft platforms manufactured by leading OEMs and Tier 1 aerospace suppliers.  We are the sole-source provider, under long-term agreements, of many of the products that we manufacture.  Substantially all of our components and assemblies are based on designs and specifications prepared and furnished by our customers.  The primary aerospace products we manufacture and the platforms into which they are integrated, include:

Product & Services
Models
Aerostructures Segment
 
 
 
Leading edge assemblies, wing slats and flap skins/components, ailerons, verticals
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-280, G-450, G-500, G-550, G-600, G-650
The Boeing Company: 737, 777, 787
Bombardier, Inc.: Learjet 45 & 60, CRJ200/700/900/1000, Global Express
Triumph: Gulfstream G-280, G-650
Embraer: KC-390
 
 
Winglet leading edges and modification kits
Aviation Partners Boeing: 737, 757, 767
FACC AG: Boeing 737, 757
 
 
Fuselage and wing skin
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-450, G-500, G-550, G600, G-650
The Boeing Company: 737, 747, 767, 777, 787
Bombardier, Inc.: Learjet 45 & 60, Q400, CRJ200/700/900/1000, Challenger 604/605
 
 
Helicopter cabin and aft section components and assemblies
 
Sikorsky Aircraft: UH-60 Black Hawk, MH-60 Seahawk
Triumph Group: UH-60 Black Hawk, MH-60 Seahawk
 
 
Wing panels
 
The Boeing Company: 747
Bombardier, Inc.: CRJ 200/700/900/1000
 
 
Tail cone assembly
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (“MITAC”): Mitsubishi Regional Jet (“MRJ”)
 
 
Thrust reversers and engine nacelles/cowlings
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-450, G-650
Boeing Commercial: 737, 747, 777
Boeing Defense: B-52 Buffalo
 
 
Door components, assemblies and floor beams
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-450
The Boeing Company: 737, 747
Bombardier, Inc.: CRJ1000, C-Series
 
 
Cockpit window frames and landing light lens assemblies
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-650
The Boeing Company: 737, 747, 767, 777, KC-10
 
 
Cockpit crew floor and bulkhead structure assemblies
 
Spirit Aerosystems: Boeing 737
 
 
Wheel well assemblies
 
 
The Boeing Company: 737
Spirit Aerosystems: Boeing 737
 
 

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Detail interior components
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-450, G-550
The Boeing Company: 737, 747, 767, 777
 
 
Structural sheet metal, machined, milled and extruded components
 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-280,G-450, G-500, G-550, G600, G-650
Triumph Aerostructures – Vought Aircraft Division: Boeing 737, 747, 767, 777,  Gulfstream G-450, G-550
Boeing Commercial: 737, 747, 767, 777
Boeing Defense: F-15 Eagle, F/A-18 Hornet, C-17 Globemaster
Bombardier, Inc.: CRJ 200/700/900/1000, Challenger 604/605, C-Series
Spirit AeroSystems: Boeing 737, 777, 787
 
 
Housings and assemblies for gun turrets
The Boeing Company: AH-64 Apache
Alliant Techsystems, Inc .:  AH-64 Apache
 
 
Auxiliary power unit components
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation: G-550
The Boeing Company: V-22 Osprey
 
 
Electronic rack assembly
Spirit Aerosystems: Boeing 787
 
 
Fans, heat exchangers and various assemblies
Cymer, Inc.: ELS 7000, ELS 6010, XLA 100
 
 
Assemblies and components for rail yard switching equipment
General Electric
 
Our Engineering Services segment provides a complete range of engineering design, analysis, repair, certification and program management services for the aerospace industry.  The following table describes some of the engineering services we provide as well as the platforms into which they are integrated:

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Engineering Services Segment
Models
 
 
Structural design and analysis
 
 
 
Wing/wingbox, fixed and moveable leading edges/trailing edges, fuselage, empennage, tail cone design
Boeing Commercial : 777, 747-8, 787-8/-9
Spirit AeroSystems: Boeing 747-8, 787-8, Gulfstream G-280, G-650, Airbus A-350
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division: Boeing 787-8, Bombardier Global 7000/8000
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company: JSF F-35
Bombardier, Inc.: Learjet L-85, C-Series
MITAC: MRJ The Spaceship Company: Spaceship II, White Knight II General Dynamics OTS: Gulfstream G650
 
 
Winglet/wing mod design
Aviation Partners Boeing: 757, 767
Spirit AeroSystems: Gulfstream G-280, G-650
 
 
Nacelle, engine cowl, thrust reverser design
NORDAM: PD427 Fan Cowl (Hawker 400), Boeing 737 MAX
 
 
Weight improvement engineering
Boeing Commercial: 747-8, 787-8
Spirit AeroSystems: Boeing 787-8, Gulfstream G-280, G-650
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division:  Bombardier Global Express Wing
 
 
Helicopter fuselage, cockpit, cabin frames, skins, longerons, beams
Spirit AeroSystems: Sikorsky CH53K
 
 
Aircraft modification engineering
Boeing Commercial: 747-LCF, 777-F
Boeing Defense: F/A-18A/B/C/D Hornet, F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler Go-Go: In-flight entertainment Jet2: Structural modifications
 
 
Systems design and integration
Boeing Commercial: 747-8, 787 The Spaceship Company: Spaceship II, White Knight II Arrowhead: COMAC C919, Bombardier Global Express
 
 
Tool design and fabrication
 
Boeing Commercial: 777, 747-8, 787
Boeing Defense: MMA, P-8A
Spirit AeroSystems: Boeing 747-8
Triumph Aerostructures - Vought Aircraft Division:   Boeing 787, 747-8, C-17, Northrop Grumman Global Hawk
NORDAM:  Boeing 737
 
 
After-market engineering and support services
Boeing Commercial and certain other airlines
 
 
Aviation training system
Northrop Grumman: C-2A Greyhound, E-2C Hawkeye, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye
 
 
Aviation maintenance engineering
Naval Air Station: Coronado, CA

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Manufacturing Process

Fabrication
 
We deliver a broad range of fabrication capabilities ranging from a single-piece component to complex, multiple-quantity orders.  Our abilities include coordinate measuring machine inspection, tooling and engineering.  We can bend, stretch, draw, stamp, punch and cut a myriad of materials, including aluminum alloys, stainless steel, titanium and other metals and non-metallic materials.  We organize our manufacturing facilities by value streams for a particular manufacturing process.  Depending on the component, we utilize either a forming process or a machining process.  Each value stream is staffed by a team of operators who are supported by a supervisor, lead operators and quality inspectors.  Throughout each stage of the manufacturing and finishing processes, we collect, maintain and evaluate data, including customer design inputs, process scheduling, material inventory, labor, inspection results and completion and delivery dates.  Our information systems employ this data to provide accurate pricing and scheduling information to our customers as well as to establish production standards used to measure internal performance.
 
We use several different processes in manufacturing components, including:

fluid cell press;
sheet metal and extrusion stretch;
skin stretch;
stretch draw;
hot joggle;
machining and turning;
Computer Numerical Control ("CNC") brake forming and turret punch; and
roll forming.

These processes shape or form aluminum, stainless steel or titanium sheet metal or other metals and non-metals and extrusion, known as a work piece, into components by applying pressure through impact, cutting, stretching or pressing, which causes the work piece to conform to a die.  The shapes may be simple with a single angle, bend or curve or may be complex with compound contours having multiple bends and angles.  Some processes incorporate heat to soften the metal prior to or during forming.
 
Machining

Our machining capabilities include high speed mills, routers, lathes and water jets.  We operate over 100 CNC machines with RPM’s up to 33,000 and component sizes up to 235 inches.  The machining centers employ over 30 CNC programmers with proficiency in Catia, Unigraphics, Mastercam and Vericut.  We produce components using close-tolerance machining methods.  These methods involve the machining of various metals, such as stainless steel, aluminum, monel, inconnel, Kevlar, titanium and numerous varieties of steel.  We have the capability of machining aluminum and steel in both heat-treated and non-heat-treated conditions.

We machine parts through conventional and CNC machining methods from raw material and forgings.  In addition, complex machining of parts is accomplished through the use of engineered tools or programs to produce intricate and close tolerances with very restrictive finish requirements.  Each machining facility is also set up to complete turnkey research and development projects to better support customers’ engineering changes.

Value-Added Services
 
In addition to products, we offer various value-added services that are intended to result in both cost and time savings.  These services include:

finishing;
assembly;
kitting;
distribution;
composite testing services;
integrated testing services;
engineered tool design, fabrication and repair; and

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prototyping and manufacturing producibility design.

Finishing
 
Our finishing plants are located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cuba, Missouri, and Mexicali, Mexico, and together offer chemical milling, chemical conversion coating, painting and polishing of components.  Newly acquired automation in robotic spray maskant application in chemical milling operations and laser scribe technology are being used to improve operating efficiencies and improve product quality. We deliver finished products that meet or exceed standards of our commercial, corporate and regional, and military aircraft customers.  We have received quality approvals from most major aircraft manufacturers in the United States and Canada. All of our processes are Nadcap accredited and certified to industry aerospace standards.
 
Assembly
 
We believe we are an industry leader in the assembly of detail components into large sub-assemblies or finished-assemblies.  We apply this critical manufacturing step to a range of products in the commercial and corporate and regional aircraft markets, as well as military aircraft, for both fixed-wing and rotor craft.  We implement key technologies, such as robotics drilling, auto-riveting and automation to drive competitiveness and enable high-rate production. The parts for assembly come from supply chain and LMI Aerospace’s fabrication and machining facilities.  Assembled products are delivered direct to our customers which include: The Boeing Company, Spirit AeroSystems, Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Triumph Group.

Kitting
 
In support of our customers’ lean initiatives and best practices, we offer kitting services to help streamline the flow of components to their assembly lines.  Our facility in Savannah, Georgia is designed to kit manufactured components and deliver to customer points of use in a just-in-time manner.  The location also serves as a warehousing and detail storage facility where finished goods may be stored and kitted to customer specifications upon demand. Savannah has FAA approval for Parts Manufacturer Approval on the Aviation Partners Boeing winglet program.
 
Distribution
 
We deliver value-added services to our customers through our distribution center located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  This facility is designed with high-density storage systems that support storage and direct shipping of products to our customers’ points of use as well as cut to size programs of raw material for our internal plants.  This warehousing and just-in-time delivery supports and conforms to our customers’ lean manufacturing processes.  Additionally, we own a fleet of paneled trucks that are utilized for transporting product from our machining/fabrication facilities to our processing facilities, to our assembly facilities and then to our customers.
 
Composite Testing
 
Our composites testing organization provides material characterization and certification services for both basic materials as well as structural elements.  We utilize technical staff, with significant experience, to support customers like The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Gulfstream Aerospace, Alliant Techsystems Inc., Cytec Industries Inc. and others with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) certification programs, dynamic testing for full-scale fighter wings, development of material allowables, completion of Quality Assurance testing and other testing services utilizing state-of-the-art Nadcap accredited (SAE 7101, ISO 17052, AC7122) facilities. 

Composite Manufacturing

Our Everett, Washington facility is Nadcap accredited for Non-metallic manufacturing (AC7118), and is qualified to Sikorsky, Gulfstream and Boeing composites manufacturing specifications. Recently, Integrated Technology became qualified to Boeing BAC5578 (Qualification of Sources for Composite Parts) for hardware found typically on Boeing 787 and began delivering parts for that platform March 27, 2015. Additionally, Integrated Technologies is pursuing qualification to supply continuous Thermoplastic part manufacture for Boeing and the aerospace industry.


 Integrated Testing Services
 

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Our Composites Technical Center of Excellence integrates engineering expertise in composites development, design, and certification with our composites testing organization to provide turn-key solutions for testing requirements.  This coordination allows our customers to define their testing needs and have the engineering and testing of the required components provided as one integrated service.

 Engineering Tool Design, Fabrication and Repair
 
Our tooling organization provides tooling design, technical supervision of contract fabrication and repair services for a wide range of projects from components, small assembly and drill jigs to determinant assembly tooling and planning.  We maintain an approved supplier list for our tooling projects.  These suppliers have been audited and approved by our quality department and meet quality standards for conformance to customer specifications.

Prototyping and Manufacturing Producibility Design
 
We provide prototyping and manufacturing producibility services to commercial, corporate and regional and military aircraft customers.  These services include manufacturing and inspection planning as well as producibility assessments and prototype support. In addition, we enable part and tool rapid prototyping through additive manufacturing 3D printing. Tools and part simulations have greatly increased the speed to market on designs and functional solutions for customers.
 
Backlog
 
We consider backlog to be firm customer orders for future delivery. As a service provider, our Engineering Services segment does not typically utilize backlog to monitor its operations, other than the fixed price backlog for the MRJ and Embraer design-build projects.  Our Aerostructures segment’s backlog, together with our Engineering Services segment’s fixed price backlog, is displayed in the following table:
 
As of December 31,
 
($ in millions)
 
2015
 
2014
Total
$
398.3

 
$
418.0

Portion deliverable within 12 months
$
322.9

 
$
319.6


Our customers often modify purchase orders to accelerate or delay delivery dates.  The level of unfilled orders at any given time during the year will be materially affected by our customers’ purchasing policies, the timing of our receipt of orders and the speed with which those orders are filled.  Moreover, sales during any period may include sales that are not part of the backlog at the end of the prior period.  See “Item 1A.  Risk Factors – Risks Related to the Company and Industry – We may not realize all of the sales expected from our existing backlog.”

Raw Materials and Procurement Practices
 
We manufacture the majority of our components from aerospace quality aluminum sheet metal, forgings and extrusion.  We also use steel, titanium, inconel, monel and other metals to support the balance of our components.  We purchase the majority of these materials and hardware through a contract we have negotiated with producers of aluminum products as well as some right to buy contracts with certain customers.  These contracts are designed to provide an adequate supply of material at predictable pricing levels.  If supply is not available through these agreements, we use a variety of mills and distributors to support our needs.  We believe that currently there are adequate alternative sources of supply.  
 
In line with our customers’ demands for more sophisticated and complex products, we have expanded the amount of assembled products we provide.  As a result, we have experienced a greater need to subcontract with capable third party suppliers for strategic components.  To meet this challenge, we established a management procurement process designed to develop strategic relationships with key suppliers and to manage the supply chain to ensure the timely delivery of quality components.  

For the year ended December 31, 2015, we purchased approximately 43.6% of raw materials and procured parts from five suppliers.

Quality Assurance and Control
 

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Our Aerospace Quality Systems, which apply to both of our segments, are consistently reviewed and updated to comply with the current requirements of ISO9001, AS9100 and NADCAP special processes quality requirements.  The ongoing review and updating of our processes have allowed our manufacturing facilities with third party ISO9001/AS9100 registrations to maintain those certifications.
 
Our quality systems include the quality review of work order masters and outside purchase orders to ensure that the flow-down of customer requirements is addressed.  The quality review of the work order master also ensures that the necessary inspection operations are properly located within the work order to verify and control the outcome of the fabrication processes.  We use an ongoing employee training program and lean manufacturing techniques to assist employees in becoming familiar with any changes in our procedures or special customer requirements.  We use an internal auditing program for each of the facilities to ensure that the training is effective and to ensure ongoing compliance with industry and customer- required standards.  The internal auditing is provided by quality engineers/auditors located throughout the organization.  In addition, we utilize a first part buy-off at each operation during the fabrication and machining processes as well as final inspection of parts to verify compliance with customer configuration requirements.
 
As part of our quality systems, we also use the AS9102 Rev A standard and associated forms to perform First Article Inspections.  Our quality organization maintains our Approved Supplier List (“ASL”) for all facilities.  This process includes reviewing surveys, performing on-site audits and monitoring customer ASLs to verify that suppliers are maintaining their customers’ direct approvals.
 
The deployment of our quality systems and the sharing of best practices is accomplished through a Quality Council composed of management from across the enterprise.  The process ensures efficient implementation of customer and industry requirements, as well as increased visibility for changes to the quality system.
 
In addition, our Engineering Services segment conducts quarterly management review meetings with the segment’s executive level team, analyzing internal processes and performance to ensure that we meet customer expectations with positive measurable results.  Suppliers of our Engineering Services segment are approved through our supplier rating system and are maintained in our ASL database.  Fabrication suppliers of our Engineering Services segment are reviewed on a continual basis with documented quality performance reviews and quality deliverable reviews.  Certification documentation is reviewed through preliminary design reviews and critical design reviews by our engineering department and is routed through our internal quality design verification group for verification and validation of data.  Engineering Services sites are required to go through a quality assurance internal audit program every year to ensure the effectiveness of our quality management system structure.  Final audit reports are reviewed by the segment’s executive level team, site director, and internal audit team to assess required process improvements.

This attention to quality systems and business processes, as well as our certifications, have allowed us to remain an approved supplier for many of the leading OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers such as Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, The Boeing Company, Bombardier, Inc., United Technologies Corporation, Spirit AeroSystems, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Cessna Aircraft Company, Raytheon Company and others.

 
Sales and Marketing
 
Our Marketing and Business Development ("M&BD") team targets three market sectors: corporate and regional aircraft, large commercial aircraft, and military aircraft.  At each of our facilities, customer service representatives establish and maintain a business relationship between customers and our plants with a focus on customer satisfaction.
 
Awards of new work for the Aerostructures segment are generally processed by a request for quotation (“RFQ”).  Upon receipt, the RFQ is reviewed by a team consisting of M&BD, operations, program management, estimating, supply chain, engineering, facility management and other personnel, as required.  A bid decision is made if the team determines that the project fits our strategic goals and is within our manufacturing and supply chain management capabilities, and a proposal response is developed.  The majority of new programs are awarded on a competitive bid basis.  If the project engineering is evolving and the effort spans multiple facilities, a project manager and a support team are assigned.  The project team will coordinate customer requirements, schedules and manufacturing approach across the organization.  There are multiple levels of communication with our customers that include executive management, program management and operations for clarification of requirements and resolution of issues.

Awards of new work for the Engineering Services segment and for design-build programs generally begin with a customer inquiry in the form of a request for proposal or similar vehicle.  Upon receipt, the opportunity is logged, and a cross-functional

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bid/no-bid decision is facilitated by the M&BD team to assure alignment with Company strategy, capability and capacity.  In the event of a bid decision, the proposal response is developed and managed within the M&BD team with assistance from a proposal team consisting of representatives from operations, program management, quality engineering, tooling, estimating and other disciplines as required.  The M&BD team also facilitates the cross-functional execution of our business strategy as it pertains to marketing and business development.

The M&BD team also serves as the main focal point for sales and marketing activities relating to the Aerostructures, Engineering Services and design-build programs, working in conjunction with the program management and other Company personnel to ensure seamless customer service and integrated responses to customer inquiries.  This team’s main areas of responsibility include establishing and maintaining ongoing business relationships with our customer base, identifying new customer opportunities and managing responses to all proposal activity.
 
The Aerostructures operations and program management directly engage with existing customers and programs.  All internal organizations work together to maintain and expand new and existing customer relationships.

Competition
 
We believe the aerospace industry competes primarily with respect to quality, delivery, price and contractual terms. Our competitors in the aerospace industry consist of a large, fragmented group of companies, including certain business units or affiliates of our customers. We believe competition within the aerospace industry will increase as a result of further industry consolidation and increased opportunities for foreign sources due to their access to low-cost labor and increasing OEM industrial participation commitments.  In all of our market segments, some of our competitors, including business units affiliated with our customers, have financial, production and other resources that are substantially greater than ours.   See “Item 1A.  Risk Factors – Risks Related to Our Industry – We may not be able to maintain or improve our competitive position because of the intense competition in the markets we serve.”

Governmental Regulations and Environmental Compliance
 
Our operations are subject to extensive and frequently changing federal, state and local laws and substantial regulation by government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") and the U.S. Department of Defense.  Among other matters, these agencies impose requirements that:

regulate the handling, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials generated or used by us during the normal course of our operations;

govern the health and safety of our employees; and

require that we meet standards and licensing requirements for aerospace components.

In addition, we may become liable for the costs of removal or remediation of hazardous substances released on or in our facilities without regard to whether we knew of, or caused, the release of such substances.  This extensive regulatory framework imposes significant compliance burdens and risks and, as a result, may substantially affect our operational costs.
 
Furthermore, we are subject to U.S. Export Regulations, including but not limited to the Arms Export Control Act (“AECA”) and the associated International Traffic in Arms Regulations (“ITAR”), as well as other federal regulations promulgated by various departments within the U.S. government, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).  See “Item 1A - Risk Factors - Risks Related to Our Industry - Compliance with and changes in environmental, health and safety laws and other laws that regulate the operation of our business and industry standards could increase the cost of production and expose us to regulatory claims.”
 
In November, 2013, the Attorney General of the State of Missouri (the “Missouri AG”) contacted LMI regarding allegations of violations of certain state environmental regulations involving the discharge of pollutants and water contaminants claimed to have occurred in 2011 by Ozark Mountain Technologies ("OMT"), a subsidiary of LMI, (the “Missouri AG Matter”). On February 25, 2015, the Missouri AG filed a Petition against OMT alleging pollution of state waters, violation of pretreatment regulations and violation of water quality standards. In the quarter ended June 30, 2015, OMT settled the Missouri AG Matter and in July of 2015 paid civil penalties of $0.2 million.

In August 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") and the U.S. Dept. of Justice (“DoJ”) commenced an investigation into allegations of low pH wastewater releases claimed to have occurred between 2009 and 2013 at OMT’s facility

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(the “Waste Water Allegations”). On April 24, 2015, the Company settled the Waste Water Allegations pursuant to a settlement agreement with DoJ ("Plea Agreement"). Per the terms of the Plea Agreement, OMT plead guilty to one count of negligently violating the Federal Water Pollution Control Act and paid a fine of $0.7 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. In connection with the Plea Agreement, DoJ agreed that no further federal criminal or civil prosecution will be brought against OMT relative to certain other possible instances of environmental non-compliance that the Company voluntarily reported to the EPA in December 2013 as part of the EPA’s Audit Policy.

The fine and civil penalties paid in connection with both settlements described above were consistent with the previously established, respective, loss contingencies as disclosed in the Company’s 2014 Form 10-K, Item 3 - Legal Proceedings.

In December 2012, OMT became an indirect subsidiary of LMI as a result of LMI’s acquisition of Valent from the former equity owners of Valent, including Tech Investments, LLC and Tech Investments II, LLC (together, “Tech”). Also as a result of the transaction, Tech became the beneficial owners of approximately 5.5% of LMI’s common stock. Pursuant to the terms of the purchase agreement, as amended (the “Valent Purchase Agreement”), $5.0 million of the purchase price remained subject to an indemnification escrow arrangement (the “Escrow Funds”) and 783,798 shares of LMI’s common stock issued as part of the purchase price were subject to indemnification lock-up agreements (the “Locked-Up Shares”). On September 22, 2015, LMI and the former equity owners of Valent (the “Parties”) submitted to mediation and executed an agreement setting forth terms of a settlement with respect to the resolution of certain indemnification claims and other disputes involving, among other things, the OMT matters discussed above, and on November 5, 2015, the Parties executed the definitive settlement documents (the agreement and documents collectively being referred to as the “Settlement Agreements”). The claims and disputes resolved by the settlement had become the subject of legal proceedings that commenced with the filing of a declaratory action by Tech in December 2014 (the “Tech Lawsuit”).  Pursuant to the terms of the Settlement Agreements, (a) the Tech Lawsuit was dismissed with prejudice, (b) $3.1 million of the Escrow Funds was disbursed to the Company and the remaining amount of Escrow Funds was retained by Tech, (c) Tech assumed an approximate $1.2 million payment obligation of the Company to a predecessor owner of OMT that remained under a purchase agreement the Company acquired as part of the Company’s acquisition of Valent; (d) the Locked-up Shares were released to Tech; and (e) all parties entered into a mutual release of claims and disputes other than those based on certain environmental representations of the former equity owners of Valent under the Valent Purchase Agreement. The settlement also resulted in the Company assuming other liabilities of $0.5 million, collecting a previously recorded receivable of $0.4 million and recording other expenses of $0.1 million. The net impact of the settlement resulted in a gain of $3.3 million in the third quarter of 2015, which is recorded in selling, general and administrative expenses in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Employees
 
As of December 31, 2015, we had approximately 1,945 full-time employees, of whom approximately 21 served in executive positions, 266 were engineers and engineering-related personnel, 233 served in administrative positions and 1,425 were engaged in manufacturing operations.  None of our employees are subject to a collective bargaining agreement, and we have not experienced any material business interruption as a result of labor disputes since our inception.  We believe that we have an excellent relationship with our employees.
 
We strive to continuously train and educate our employees, which enhances the skill and flexibility of our work force. Through the use of internally developed programs and our tuition reimbursement programs, we seek to attract, develop and retain the personnel necessary to achieve our growth and profitability objectives.  Our internally developed programs include formal classroom, on-the-job, hands-on training, and lean manufacturing training developed jointly with external resources.
 
Seasonality
 
We do not generally experience any seasonality in the demand for our products.
 
Foreign Operations
 
The Company has a manufacturing facility in Mexico and small engineering offices in England and Sri Lanka.  The Company's foreign sales were not greater than 10% of its total sales in 2015, 2014 or 2013.  The amounts of revenue, profitability and identifiable assets attributable to foreign sales activity were not material when compared with revenue, profitability and identifiable assets attributed to United States domestic operations during 2015, 2014 or 2013.  The Company is not subject to any significant foreign currency risks since significantly all sales are made in United States dollars.  See “Item 1A - Risk Factors – Risks Related to Our Company – Risks associated with foreign operations could adversely impact us.”



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ITEM 1A.
RISK FACTORS

You should carefully consider the following risks and other information contained in or incorporated by reference in this Report when evaluating our business and financial condition. These risks may not be exhaustive and may adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Risks Related to the Company and Industry

Sales to a limited number of customers represent a significant portion of our revenue, and our long-term agreements with these customers are generally terminable upon written notice.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, $227.0 million of our aggregate sales were dependent upon relationships with the following three major customers and certain programs related to each: Spirit AeroSystems, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and The Boeing Company. Although a majority of our sales, including sales to these customers, are made pursuant to long-term agreements, these agreements are generally terminable upon advance written notice by the customer and typically do not require the customer to purchase any specific quantity of products. As a result, our sales under these agreements may not continue for the full term of the agreements or sales may not be consistent with historical levels. Additionally, the loss of any one of these customers, a significant reduction in the amount of orders received from any one of these customers, particularly on the Boeing 737 platform, or the failure to receive new program awards from any one of these customers, could cause a significant decrease in our sales and profitability. While we are always seeking out new customer opportunities, we anticipate that a small number of large customers will continue to represent a significant portion of our sales for the foreseeable future.

Recent failures by OEMs to successfully outsource non-core capabilities and services on new platforms may cause our customers to reevaluate outsourcing strategies resulting in fewer machined and fabricated components and assemblies being outsourced.

Our future success will depend, to a significant extent, on our ability to produce new and more sophisticated products to meet the needs of our customers.

We believe that the commercial, military and other markets in which we operate are changing toward more sophisticated materials (e.g. composite technologies), manufacturing techniques and capabilities (e.g. additive manufacturing), some of which could require significant capital investment to employ. We believe our future success depends, to a significant extent, on our ability to acquire and/or develop expertise in non-metal materials and remain current on new manufacturing technologies and equipment to meet the needs of our customers. The significant cost of new equipment required to exploit certain developing manufacturing techniques and capabilities could be prohibitive. If we are unable to acquire new equipment and/or develop and execute such techniques and capabilities or we are unable to efficiently apply them, we could experience an adverse effect to our business, financial condition or results of operations. Although we are in the process of continuing to expand our development of non-metallic production capabilities and are engaged in development activities exploring the possibilities of alternative manufacturing techniques, we currently do not have significant capacity to produce large quantities of non-metal components or expertise in newer manufacturing methods.


We may experience cost over-runs related to orders for new products and changes to existing products, and we may be unable to recoup the resulting increased costs.

We generally sell our products under multi-year agreements on a firm fixed-price basis, regardless of variable production costs.  As a result, factors such as engineering changes, inaccurate estimating and pricing , manufacturing inefficiencies, start-up costs and increases in the cost of labor, materials or overhead may result in cost over-runs and losses on those agreements.  While in the past we have been successful in negotiating these issues with our customers, we cannot guarantee in the future that we will succeed in obtaining customer agreement to re-price a particular product, and we may not be able to recoup previous losses resulting from such issues as incomplete or inaccurate engineering data or out-of-tolerance tooling.

Engineering Services has historically provided the majority of its services under time and material arrangements.  However, recent changes in the industry and the design-build programs have resulted in an increasing number of fixed-price arrangements.  Fixed-price development work inherently has more uncertainty for us than work pursuant to production or time and material contracts and, therefore, more variability in the estimates of the cost to complete such work.  Development programs have very complex designs, and as technical or quality issues arise, we may experience schedule delays and higher costs to complete.  Management uses its reasonable judgment to estimate the cost to perform the work and the price that we should charge.  While we believe the cost and price estimates incorporated in the financial statements are appropriate, future events could

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result in either upward or downward adjustments to those estimates. If we underestimate the cost of a project and are unable to adjust the price accordingly, our profit margin will be less than expected, or we could incur a loss on the project.

OEMs in the aerospace industry have significant pricing leverage over suppliers such as us, and may be able to achieve price reductions over time, which could adversely impact our profitability.

There is substantial and continuing pressure from OEMs in the aerospace industry on suppliers such as us to reduce prices for products and services. Such pricing pressure has continued due to excess capacity in the industry and the availability of competitive pricing from businesses in low-cost labor areas. If we are required to provide further price reductions to our customers and are unable to offset these effects through operating cost reductions and efficiencies, our gross margins, profitability and cash flows could be reduced.


The Company's failure to meet quality or delivery expectations of customers could adversely affect our business and financial results.

Our customers have increased their expectations with respect to the on-time delivery and quality of our products and we anticipate those expectations to continue into the future.  Further, announced delivery rate increases over the next few years coupled with our plans to reduce inventory levels could put additional strain on the Company's quality and delivery performance.   If we fail to meet the quality or delivery expectations of our customers, this failure could result in significant penalties, liquidated damages, recalls, costs to repair products not meeting our customer requirements, management distraction and adverse effects to our production schedules and contract profitability. The loss of one or more of our significant customers could be damaging considering $227.0 million of our aggregate sales for the most recently-ended fiscal year are dependent upon relationships with three major customers.

Due to the size and duration of certain of our long-term contracts, we are required by GAAP to estimate sales and expenses for these contracts in our financial statements, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated under our assumptions or conditions.

Our financial statements are prepared in conformance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). To be compliant with GAAP, we must make estimates and assumptions regarding our contracts that affect the reported amounts of revenue and expenses. Contract accounting requires our use of judgment relating to assessing risks, estimating contract sales and costs, and making assumptions for schedule and technical issues, among other matters. Due to the size and nature of many of our contracts, the estimation of total sales and cost is very complicated and subject to many variables, including the expected recovery of deferred cost. Therefore, actual results may differ materially from those estimated.

We may be required to record material impairment charges for goodwill and other intangible assets, which would reduce our net income and earnings per share.

Current accounting standards require a periodic review of goodwill and other intangible assets for impairment in value if circumstances indicate that the carrying amount will not be recoverable. In assessing the recoverability of our goodwill and other intangible assets, management is required to make certain critical estimates and assumptions, particularly as to manufacturing efficiency, the achievement of reductions in operating costs, and increased sales and backlog. If any of these or other estimates and assumptions are not realized in the future, we may be required to record impairment charges for goodwill and other intangible assets, which charges would reduce net income and earnings per share.

Goodwill accounts for $86.8 million, or 20.9%, of the Company’s total assets at December 31, 2015. At December 31, 2015, the fair value of our reporting units exceeded or approximated their net book value.

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company recorded a pre-tax, non-cash, goodwill impairment charge of $26.4 million within the Engineering Services segment. The 2014 goodwill impairment charge recorded for Engineering Services resulted in remaining goodwill of $24.3 million which approximated the fair value at December 31, 2014.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company recorded a pre-tax, non-cash, goodwill impairment charge of $73.5 million within the Aerostructures segment related to the Valent acquisition. At December 31, 2013, the fair value of all other reporting units exceeded or approximated their net book value. The 2013 goodwill impairment charge recorded for Valent resulted in remaining goodwill of $56.3 million which approximated the fair value of the entity at December 31, 2013. See Critical Accounting Policies under Part II, Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of

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Operations" and Note 1, Summary of Significant Accounting Policies, to the Consolidated Financial Statements under Part II, Item 8, "Financial Statements and Supplementary Data," for additional disclosure related to these items.

We are subject to the cyclical nature of the aerospace industry, and any future downturn in the aerospace industry or general economic conditions could cause our sales and operating income to decrease.

We derive virtually all of our revenue from the sale of services and components for the aerospace industry. Consequently, we are directly affected by certain characteristics of and trends in the aerospace industry or general economic conditions that affect our customers, such as:

the relative state of the aerospace industry’s business cycle;

new programs in commercial, military, and general aviation, which have historically experienced significant delays and engineering changes that adversely impact our sales, results of operations and cash flow;

fluctuating fuel and labor costs;

intense price competition and regulatory scrutiny;

certain trends, including a possible decrease in aviation activity, a decrease in outsourcing by aircraft manufacturers or the failure of projected market growth to materialize or continue;

changes in military budgeting, sequestration and procurement for certain military aircraft; and

military trend toward utilizing more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, reducing the demand for more traditional military aircraft (e.g. Boeing F-18, General Dynamics F-16 and Lockheed Martin F-35).

While the aerospace industry as a whole has been experiencing an upcycle for some time, in the event that these characteristics and trends adversely affect customers in the aerospace industry, the overall demand for our products and services could be significantly reduced, thereby decreasing our sales and operating income.


Access to funding through the capital markets and debt financing are essential to the execution of our business plan and, if we are unable to continue to obtain such access, we could experience a material adverse effect on our business and financial results.

Our ability to invest in our businesses, fund our operations and contractual commitments and make strategic acquisitions requires access to the capital markets, access to term debt and/or sufficient bank credit lines to support short-term borrowings.  If we are unable to continue to access the capital markets and debt financing on terms acceptable to us as a result of, for example, disruption or declines in the capital markets and/or a decline in our financial performance, outlook or credit ratings could cause us to experience difficulties in successfully executing our long-term growth strategy and/or a material adverse effect on our business and financial results.

In addition, our customers may also experience difficulty accessing the credit markets from time to time. As a result, our customers' ability to purchase our products or services may decrease. If our customers' operating and financial performance deteriorates, or if they are unable to make scheduled debt payments or obtain credit, our customers may not be able to pay, or may delay payment of, accounts receivable owed to us. Any inability of customers to pay us for our products and services may adversely affect our results of operations, cash flow, and relationships with lenders and suppliers.


Long-term success and growth strategy depend on our senior management, and on our ability to attract, integrate and retain additional qualified personnel.

Because of the highly specialized and complex nature of our business, our success and future growth also depends on management's ability to attract, hire, train, integrate and retain skilled personnel in all areas of our business.  Competition for such personnel is intense, and in some Company locations, labor supply and skill base is limited. Our inability to adequately staff our operations with skilled personnel could render us less efficient and decrease our rate of production. We have written employment agreements with all members of our senior management team, however, the loss of service of one or more of our senior management

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personnel could result in a loss of skills and/or knowledge, which may hinder our ability to successfully pursue our long-term growth strategy.

Future commitments to increase production rates depend on our ability to expand production at our manufacturing facilities.

Certain large commercial and corporate aircraft manufacturers have announced planned production rate increases for several of their major programs. In some cases, in order to meet these increases in production rates, we are making significant capital expenditures to expand our capacity and improve performance. Many of our suppliers and customers are investing significant amounts of capital in new facilities and equipment as well. If difficulty is experienced with effectively managing these expansion efforts to meet the planned increases in production rates, it could cause disruptions in our manufacturing lines or the manufacturing lines of our customers and suppliers, which could have a material adverse impact on our ability to meet commitments to our customers and on our future financial results.


Our products and processes require advanced equipment that is not easily programmed, repaired or replaced; equipment failures that we could experience may cause us to be unable to meet quality or delivery expectations of our customers.

Many of our manufacturing processes are dependent on advanced equipment and software.  Because sophisticated equipment is often not easily programmed, repaired or replaced, unexpected failures of this equipment could result in production delays or the manufacturing of defective products. We also currently lack redundancy with certain sophisticated equipment which could impact our ability to meet the expectations of our customers with respect to on-time delivery of quality products. Our failure to meet the quality or delivery expectations of our customers could lead to the loss of one or more of our significant customers. However, the significant investment in our equipment and facilities that we have made and expect to make in the future may not exceed our related cost of capital.


We may be required to invest additional capital to continue existing partnerships or develop new strategic partnerships with OEMs.

Many OEMs are moving toward developing strategic, and sometimes risk-sharing, partnerships with their larger suppliers.  Each strategic partner provides an array of integrated products and services, including purchasing, warehousing and assembly for OEM customers.  We have been designated as a strategic partner by some OEMs and are striving to become a strategic partner of other OEMs.  In order to maintain our current strategic partnerships and establish new ones, we will likely need to spend additional capital to secure future partnerships, although we may not have the financial ability to do so.


We may not be able to maintain or improve our competitive position because of the intense competition in the markets we serve.

Our competitors in the aerospace industry consist of a large fragmented group of companies, including certain business units or affiliates of our customers.  We believe that competition within the aerospace industry will increase substantially as a result of industry consolidation, trends favoring greater outsourcing of components and a decrease in the number of preferred suppliers.  We also believe foreign aerospace manufacturers and engineering service providers and foreign divisions of domestic aerospace businesses will become an increasing source of competition, due largely to these businesses' access to low-cost labor and the increased prevalence of industry participation commitments, pursuant to which domestic OEMs agree to award production work to manufacturers from a foreign country in order to obtain orders from that country.  Some of our competitors have substantially greater financial, production and other resources than we have.  These competitors may have:

the ability to adapt more quickly to changes in customer requirements and industry conditions or trends;

greater access to capital;

stronger relationships with customers and suppliers;

greater name recognition; and

purchased (or in the future, may purchase) critical suppliers and make them captive causing delays and potential price increases.


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In addition, our major customers may choose not to outsource production of certain products that we currently sell to them due to, among other things, their own labor, equipment, and other capacity utilization considerations. As a result, traditional factors affecting competition, such as price and quality of service, may not weigh significantly when OEMs decide whether to produce a part or service in-house or to outsource.


Our long-term growth strategy depends on our ability to maintain a robust and effective supply-chain management system.

As we pursue our long-term growth strategy, we will be providing to our customers increasingly sophisticated components, assemblies and value-added services.  In addition, many OEMs are moving toward developing strategic partnerships with their larger suppliers, which are providing design, purchasing, warehousing and assembly services.  The increased complexity of our products, the expected increased production rates from our key customers, and outsourcing of non-core activities and the value-added services we are providing to our customers require us to maintain and manage an effective supply chain to assure timely delivery to us of quality components needed to meet our delivery schedules. Effective management of our supply chain may become more difficult if our customers' production increases.  Failure to continue to develop this capability or to procure from our suppliers quality components on a timely basis could decrease customer satisfaction, result in significant costs related to product recalls or charges for rework and thus our competitiveness, and could also result in lost revenue due to contractual penalties or lost sales.

If we are unable to protect our information technology infrastructure against service interruptions, data corruption, cyber-based attacks or network security breaches, our operations could be disrupted.

We rely on information technology networks and systems to manage and support a variety of business activities, including procurement and supply chain, engineering support and manufacturing.  Our information technology systems may be susceptible to damage, disruptions or shutdowns due to failures during the process of upgrading or replacing software, databases or components of our technology.  These systems may also be subject to failures due to: power outages, hardware failures, computer viruses, computer hackers, telecommunication failures, user errors, or even catastrophic events.  In addition, security breaches could result in unauthorized disclosure of confidential information.  If our information technology systems suffer severe damage, disruption or shutdown and our business continuity plans do not effectively resolve the issues in a timely manner, our manufacturing process could be disrupted, resulting in late deliveries and breached customer contracts. In addition, the costs related to cyber or other security threats or disruptions may not be fully insured or indemnified and could have a material adverse effect on our reputation, results of operations, and financial condition.

Compliance with and changes in environmental, health and safety laws and other laws that regulate the operation of our business and industry standards could increase the cost of production and expose us to regulatory claims.

Our operations are subject to extensive and frequently changing federal, state and local laws and substantial regulation by government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”), the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), the FAA, and the DoD. Among other matters, these agencies impose requirements that:

regulate the operation, handling, transportation and disposal of hazardous materials generated or used by us during the normal course of our operations;

govern the health and safety of our employees; and

require that we meet standards and licensing requirements for aerospace components.

In particular, we use and generate hazardous waste in our operations. Consequently, we monitor hazardous waste management and applicable environmental permitting and reporting for compliance with applicable laws at our locations in the ordinary course of our business. We may be subject to potential material liabilities relating to any investigation and cleanup of any contamination at our locations or properties where we deliver hazardous waste for handling or disposal and to claims alleging personal injury. In addition, we have incurred, and expect to continue to incur, costs to comply with environmental laws and regulations. The adoption of new laws and regulations, stricter enforcement of existing laws and regulations, the discovery of previously unknown contamination or the imposition of new cleanup requirements could require us to incur costs and become subject to new or increased liabilities that could increase our operating costs and adversely affect the manner in which we conduct our business.



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As addressed in Note 11, Commitments and Contingencies, of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 below, the Company has been subject to regulatory proceedings and penalties regarding environmental issues. While we believe these issues have been remediated, we may continue to be subject to regulatory scrutiny.

We are also subject to U.S. Export Regulations, including the Arms Export Control Act, associated International Traffic in Arms Regulations and Export Administration Regulations and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Failure to comply with such regulations could result in substantial fines, significant time and costs related to training personnel for cause and corrective action, penalties and limit our ability to export certain products.

While we are required to hold FAA certifications only to a limited extent, we typically are required to maintain third-party registrations with respect to industry specification standards, such as AS9100 and NADCAP, for our quality systems and processes. In fact, many individual OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers require certifications or approvals of our work based on third-party registrations in order to engineer and serve the systems and components used in specific aircraft models. If material OEM certifications or approvals were to be revoked or suspended, OEMs might cease purchasing our products.

Moreover, if in the future new or more stringent governmental regulations are adopted, or industry oversight heightened, such action could result in our incurrence of significant additional costs and have an adverse effect on our financial condition or results of operations.

A downgrade, suspension or withdrawal, if any, of the rating assigned by a rating agency to the Company or our notes could adversely affect the price of our common stock and other costs of capital.

Our notes have been rated by nationally recognized statistical rating agencies and may be rated by additional rating agencies in the future. We also have corporate ratings assigned by rating agencies. We cannot guarantee that any rating assigned will remain for any given period of time or that a rating will not be lowered or withdrawn entirely by a rating agency if, in that rating agency's judgment, circumstances relating to the basis of the rating, such as adverse changes in our business, so warrant. Any downgrade, suspension or withdrawal of a rating by a rating agency could adversely affect the price of our common stock and other costs of capital.

Decreases in the availability or increases in the cost of our raw materials would increase our operating costs.

Most of our components are manufactured from aluminum products.  From time to time, we, and the aerospace components industry as a whole, have experienced shortages in the availability of aerospace quality aluminum. In addition, we utilize certain materials in the manufacture of our non-aerospace products that, in some cases, may be provided by a limited number of suppliers.  Raw material shortages could limit our ability to meet our production needs and adversely affect our ability to deliver products to our customers on a timely basis.  Also, raw material shortages and capacity constraints at our raw material producers are outside of our control and can cause the price of aluminum to increase.  Any significant shortage or price escalation of raw materials such as aluminum could increase our operating costs, which would likely have an adverse impact on our financial results.  Composite and machined products have a higher percentage of raw material content and thus, are more susceptible to gross margin impacts. As rate increase on commercial aerospace platforms rise so do the lead times for certain raw material which makes reorder points a critical step in our manufacturing and planning process. One part missed in the process could result in a delivery being delayed and our ability to meet commitments to our customers and our future financial results being jeopardized.


Our facilities are located in regions that are affected by natural disasters.

Several of our facilities are located in regions that have a higher than average risk of earthquake and tornado activity and one of our facilities has experienced damage due to floods.  Although we maintain earthquake and flood loss insurance where we deem appropriate, an earthquake, flood or other natural disaster could disrupt our business, result in significant recovery costs and cause our productivity and profits to decrease.

 

Demand for our defense-related products depends in part upon government spending.

A material portion of our sales, 13.4% in the year ended December 31, 2015, is derived from the military market. The military market is largely dependent upon government budgets, particularly the U.S. defense budget. The funding of government programs is subject to Congressional appropriation and the possibility of sequestration. Although multi-year contracts may be authorized in connection with major procurements, the U.S. Congress generally appropriates funds on a fiscal year basis even

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though a program may be expected to continue for several years. Consequently, programs, including those that require our components, including the Blackhawk, F-15, and F-18, may be only partially funded or may never enter full-scale production as expected. As a result, future U.S. defense spending may not be allocated to programs that would benefit our business or at the levels we had anticipated. A decrease in levels of defense spending or the government's termination of, or failure to fully fund, one or more of the contracts for the programs in which we participate would adversely impact our sales, cash flow, and growth prospects.

Most U.S. government contracts for which we subcontract can be terminated by the U.S. government either for its convenience or if the prime contractor defaults by failing to perform under the contract. In addition, the prime contractor typically has the right to terminate our subcontract for its convenience or if we default by failing to perform under the subcontract. Termination for convenience provisions generally permit us to recover only our costs incurred or committed, plus settlement expenses and a reasonable profit, which may be different from what we bid or our historical profit rates, on the work completed prior to termination. Debarment from participating in government contracts could lead to loss of sales and disruption in our workflow.

We may not realize all of the sales expected from our existing backlog.

As of December 31, 2015, we had approximately $398.3 million of order backlog.  As a service provider, our Engineering Services segment does not typically utilize backlog to monitor its operations. We consider backlog to be firm customer orders for future delivery.  From time to time, our OEM customers provide projections of components and assemblies that they anticipate purchasing in the future under new and existing programs.  These projections are not included in our backlog unless we have received a firm purchase order or commitment from our customers.  Our customers may have the right, under certain circumstances and with certain penalties or consequences, to cancel, reduce or defer firm orders that we have in backlog.  If our customers cancel, reduce or defer firm orders, we may be protected from certain costs and losses, but our sales will nevertheless be adversely affected.

Given the nature of our industry and customers, there is always a risk that orders may be cancelled or rescheduled due to fluctuations in our customers' production and/or sales forecasts, purchasing budgets or inventory management practices.  Moreover, our realization of sales from new and existing programs is inherently subject to a number of important risks and uncertainties, including the possibility that our customers will not launch programs on time, or at all, and the number of units that our customers will actually produce may change or the timing of production may be altered.  Also, until firm orders are committed, our customers generally have the right to discontinue a program, dual source or replace us with another supplier at any time without penalty.  Our failure to realize sales from new and existing programs would adversely impact our revenue; results of operations and cash flow, as a large portion of our operating expenses are relatively fixed.


Risks associated with foreign operations could adversely impact us.

We operate facilities in Mexico, the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka.  Doing business in foreign countries is subject to various risks, including political instability, local economic conditions, foreign government regulatory requirements, trade tariffs and the potentially limited availability of skilled labor in proximity to our facilities.  In addition, we have been operating our Mexican facility through a shelter arrangement under a contractual agreement with a Mexican company.  If we are unable to renew this agreement in future years on terms satisfactory to us, we may incur increased labor costs and/or experience a disruption in its operations in Mexico.


Operation by end-users of the product platforms into which our components are integrated could expose us to product liability claims.

We may be exposed to possible claims of personal injury, death, grounding costs, property damage or other liabilities that result from the failure or malfunction of a component or assembly fabricated or designed by us.  We currently have policies in place for products liability and premises insurance, which we believe provide adequate coverage in amounts and on terms that are generally consistent with industry practice.  Nevertheless, to the extent a claim is made against us that is not covered in whole or in part by our current insurance, we may be subject to a material loss.  Moreover, any claims that are covered by our policies would likely cause our premiums to increase, and we might not be able to maintain adequate insurance coverage levels in the future. Additionally, since we do not carry product recall insurance we could be subject to recall expenses associated with any product failures determined to be our fault.


Anti-takeover statutes and anti-takeover provisions in our organizational documents may discourage our acquisition by a third party, which could limit your opportunity to sell your shares of our common stock at a premium.

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Our restated articles of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws contain certain provisions that reduce the probability of a change of control or acquisition of the Company.  These provisions include, among other things:

the ability of our Board of Directors to issue preferred stock in one or more series with such rights, obligations and preferences as the Board of Directors may determine, without any further vote or action by our shareholders;

advanced notice procedures for shareholders to nominate candidates for election of directors and for shareholders to submit proposals for consideration at shareholders' meetings; and

restrictions on the ability of shareholders to call special meetings of shareholders.

In addition, we are subject to Section 459 of the General and Business Corporation Law of Missouri, which, under certain circumstances, may prohibit a business combination with any shareholder holding 20% or more of our outstanding voting power.  This provision may have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing certain potential acquisitions or a change of control of the Company.

 We may raise capital, which could result in dilution and cause the stock price of our common stock to decline.

Our business plan anticipates the need for new capital to support the continued development of capabilities, either through internal investment or acquisition.  We may raise new capital through debt (including debt securities and/or bank borrowings), the issuance of additional shares of our common stock or the issuance of securities convertible into or exchangeable for shares of our common stock.  Should we choose to raise capital by issuing or selling shares of our common stock (or securities convertible into or exchangeable for shares of common stock) for any reason, such issuance will likely have a dilutive effect on the holders of our common stock and/or could have a material negative impact on the market price of our common stock.


Risks Related to our Indebtedness

Our substantial level of indebtedness may adversely affect our cash flow and our ability to operate our business.

As of December 31, 2015, we had $254.5 million of total debt outstanding including notes of $234.2 million, due July 15, 2019. We had no outstanding borrowings under our current revolving credit facility at December 31, 2015.

Our substantial level of indebtedness relative to shareholders’ equity could have important consequences to you, including with respect to our ability to declare and pay a dividend, and significant effects on our business, including the following:

we must use a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to pay interest on the notes and our other indebtedness, which reduces the funds available to use for operations and other purposes including our other financial obligations;

our ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, strategic acquisitions or general corporate purposes may be impaired;

we could be at a competitive disadvantage compared to our competitors that may have proportionately less debt;

our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and the industry in which we operate may be limited;

our ability to fund a change of control offer may be limited; and

we may be more vulnerable to economic downturns and adverse developments in our business.


We expect to obtain the funds to pay our expenses and to repay our indebtedness primarily from our operations. Our ability to meet our expenses and make these payments therefore depends on our future performance, which will be affected by financial, business, economic and other factors, many of which we cannot control. Our business may not generate sufficient cash flow from operations in the future, and our currently anticipated growth in sales and cash flow may not be realized, either or both of which could result in our being unable to repay indebtedness, including the notes, or to fund other liquidity needs. If we do not have enough funds, we may be in breach our debt covenants and/or be required to refinance all or part of our then existing debt,

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sell assets or borrow more funds, which we may not be able to accomplish on terms favorable to us, or at all. In addition, the terms of existing or future debt agreements may restrict us from pursuing any of these alternatives.

The indenture governing the notes imposes significant operating and financial restrictions, which may prevent us from pursuing certain business opportunities and taking certain actions that may be potentially profitable or in our best interests.

The indenture governing the notes imposes, and future debt agreements may impose, operating and financial restrictions on us. These restrictions limit or prohibit, among other things, our ability to:

incur or guarantee additional indebtedness or issue certain preferred stock;

make certain investments or acquisitions;

issue stock of subsidiaries;

grant or permit certain liens on our assets;

enter into certain transactions with affiliates;

pay dividends, redeem subordinated debt or make other restricted payments;

merge, consolidate or transfer substantially all of our assets;

transfer, sell or acquire assets, including capital stock of our subsidiaries; and

change the business we conduct.

These covenants could adversely affect our ability to finance our future operations or capital needs, withstand a future downturn in our business or the economy in general, engage in business activities, including future opportunities that may be in our interest, and plan for or react to market conditions or otherwise execute our business strategies. A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default in respect of the related indebtedness. If a default occurs, the relevant lenders or holders of such indebtedness could elect to declare the indebtedness, together with accrued interest and other fees, to be immediately due and payable and proceed foreclosing on any collateral securing that indebtedness. Acceleration of our other indebtedness could result in a default under the terms of the Indenture. There is no guarantee that we would be able to satisfy our obligations if any of our indebtedness is accelerated.

Due to many factors beyond our control, we may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness, including the notes, and meet our other ongoing liquidity needs, and we may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our debt agreements, which may not be successful.

Our ability to make scheduled payments on or to refinance our debt obligations, including the notes, and to fund any future capital expenditures and meet our other ongoing liquidity needs depends on our financial condition and operating performance, which are subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions, fluctuations to such conditions, and to certain financial, business and other factors beyond our control. We may not generate sufficient cash flow from operations in the future and our currently anticipated levels of revenue and cash flow may not be realized, either or both of which could result in our being unable to repay the principal, premium, if any, and interest on our indebtedness, including borrowings under our revolving credit facility and the notes.

If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations, we may be forced to reduce or delay investments and capital expenditures, sell assets, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness, including our indebtedness under our new revolving credit facility and the notes. Our ability to restructure or refinance our debt will depend on the condition of the capital markets and our financial condition at such time and may require our lenders’ consent, which we may not be able to obtain. Any refinancing of our debt could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous borrowing covenants, which could further restrict our business operations. In addition, any failure to make payments of principal and interest on our outstanding indebtedness on a timely basis would likely result in a reduction of our credit rating, which could harm our ability to incur additional indebtedness. These alternative measures may not be successful and may not permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations.



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Our current revolving credit facility contains financial covenants and other restrictive covenants that limit our flexibility. We may not be able to comply with these covenants, which could result in the amounts outstanding under our current revolving credit facility becoming immediately due and payable.
    
Our current revolving credit facility requires us to comply with certain financial covenants based on outstanding amounts. Accordingly, if our financial performance significantly worsens, we could become non-compliant with such covenants. If we fail to meet any covenants in our current revolving credit facility and cannot secure a waiver of such failure, the lenders under current revolving credit facility would be entitled to exercise various rights, including causing any amounts outstanding to become immediately due and payable.

In addition, our current revolving credit facility contains other restrictive covenants, including covenants that limit and in some circumstances prohibit, our ability to, among other things, incur additional debt, sell, lease or transfer our assets, pay dividends, make investments, loans, advances and acquisition, engage in sale-leaseback transactions, guarantee debt or obligations, create liens, enter into transactions with our affiliates and enter into certain merger, consolidation or other reorganization transactions. We would also be subject to requirements to make mandatory prepayments with the net proceeds of certain asset sales and debt issuances, and so long as any such debt issuance is permitted pursuant to the credit facility, there would be no corresponding reduction of the commitment amount. These restrictions could limit our ability to obtain future financing, make acquisitions or needed capital expenditures, withstand the current or future downturns in our business or the economy in general, conduct operations or otherwise take advantage of business opportunities that may arise, any of which could place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to our competitors that have less debt and are not subject to such restrictions.

 
ITEM 1B.
UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.

None.
 
ITEM 2.
PROPERTIES.

We operate manufacturing plants and other facilities (including office, distribution, engineering and other service facilities) primarily in the United States and Mexico.  We lease nineteen of our manufacturing plants and other facilities and own four.  We consider our major operating properties to be in good operating condition and suitable for their current use.  We believe that the productive capacity of our plants and other facilities is generally adequate for current operations.
 
The Company's principle facilities are as follows:


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Location
 
Primary Operations Performed
St. Charles, Missouri
 
Assembly
Cottonwood Falls, Kansas
 
Assembly
Lenexa, Kansas
 
Assembly
St. Charles, Missouri
 
Fabrication
Auburn, Washington
 
Fabrication
Everett, Washington
 
Fabrication
Mexicali, Mexico
 
Fabrication
Vista, California
 
Fabrication
Wichita, Kansas
 
Fabrication
Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Finishing
Cuba, Missouri
 
Finishing
Fredonia, Kansas
 
Machining
Sun Valley, California
 
Machining
Washington, Missouri
 
Machining
Wichita, Kansas
 
Machining
Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Distribution
Savannah, Georgia
 
Kitting, Distribution
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
 
Engineering Services
Everett, Washington
 
Engineering Services
San Diego, California
 
Engineering Services
Stansted, Essex, England
 
Engineering Services
Negombo, Sri Lanka
 
Engineering Services
St. Charles, Missouri
 
Offices


In 2015, the Company closed its Coweta, Oklahoma facility and relocated machining work from its St. Charles, Missouri plant to other existing facilities. In addition, in 2015, employees from the Company's Kansas City, Missouri office were relocated to its Lenexa, Kansas facility and its Greenville, South Carolina and Melbourne, Australia engineering offices were closed.

ITEM 3.
 LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

For a description of our proceedings and potential proceedings, see "Legal Contingencies" in Note 11 - "Commitments and Contingencies" in the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements, which is incorporated herein by reference.

The Company is not a party to any other legal proceedings, excluding routine claims and lawsuits arising in the ordinary course of our business.  We do not believe such routine claims and lawsuits, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material adverse effect on our business.

 
ITEM 4.
 MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not Applicable.


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PART II
 
ITEM 5.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.
 
Market Information
 
The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol “LMIA.”  The following table sets forth the range of high and low closing sale prices for the Company’s common stock for the periods indicated during the Company’s past two fiscal years:
 
Period
 
High
 
Low
Fiscal Year 2015
 
 
 
 
1st quarter
 
$
14.62

 
$
11.95

2nd quarter
 
12.43

 
9.85

3rd quarter
 
12.08

 
9.68

4th quarter
 
11.25

 
9.30

Fiscal Year 2014
 
 

 
 

1st quarter
 
15.55

 
13.51

2nd quarter
 
14.23

 
13.04

3rd quarter
 
15.21

 
12.80

4th quarter
 
14.39

 
12.11

 
Holders
 
As of March 1, 2016, there were approximately 118 holders of record of the Company’s common stock.
 
Dividends
 
We have not historically declared or paid cash dividends on our common stock, and we do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future.  Our credit facilities prohibit us from declaring a dividend with respect to our common stock.  We currently intend to retain our earnings, if any, and reinvest them in the development of our business.
 
Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

On July 7, 2005, the Company's shareholders approved the LMI Aerospace, Inc. 2005 Long-term Incentive Plan (the “2005 Plan”).  The 2005 Plan provided for the grant of non-qualified stock options, incentive stock options, shares of restricted stock, restricted stock units, stock appreciation rights, performance awards, and other stock-based awards and cash bonus awards to employees or directors.  Up to 1,200,000 shares of the Company's common stock were authorized for issuance under the 2005 Plan.  As of July 7, 2015 the Company was no longer able to grant awards under the 2005 Plan.
 
On June 24, 2015, the Company's shareholders approved the LMI Aerospace, Inc. 2015 Incentive Compensation Plan (the “2015 Plan”), which became effective on July 1, 2015. Under the 2015 Plan, the Company, through the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors, may, at its discretion, grant stock options, restricted shares of common stock, and other various stock-based awards to directors, officers, employees and consultants. A total of 750,000 shares of the Company’s common stock have been reserved for issuance under the 2015 Plan.

The following table summarizes information about our equity compensation plans as of December 31, 2015.  All outstanding awards relate to the Company’s common stock.


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Equity Compensation Plan Information 
Plan Category
 
Number of
Securities
to be Issued upon
Exercise of
Outstanding
Options,
Warrants and
Rights (1)
 
Weighted-
Average
Exercise Price of
Outstanding
Options,
Warrants and
Rights
 
Number of
Securities
Remaining
Available for
Future Issuance
Under
Equity
Compensation
Plans
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders:
 
 
 
 
 
 
2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan
 

 

 

2015 Long-Term Incentive Plan
 
 
 
 
 
688,199

Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
 

 

 

Total
 

 

 
688,199

(1)
Not reflected in this column are 325,804 shares of unvested, restricted stock outstanding with a $13.61 per share weighted-average grant date fair market value.

The Company made no purchases of its common stock during the year ended December 31, 2015, and the Company does not maintain an active repurchase program. During 2015, the Company returned 65,481 shares of its common stock to treasury related to equity compensation plans, 23,393 shares surrendered by participants for payment of taxes on vested shares and 42,088 shares related to participant forfeitures prior to vesting.


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Performance Graph
 
Set forth below is a line graph presentation comparing the yearly percentage change in cumulative total shareholder returns since December 31, 2010 on an indexed basis with the Standard & Poors (“S&P”) 500 Index and the S&P Small Cap Aerospace/Defense Index, which is a nationally recognized industry standard index.

The following graph assumes the investment of $100 in LMI Aerospace common stock, the S&P 500 Index and the S&P Small Cap Aerospace/Defense Index as well as the reinvestment of all dividends.  There can be no assurance that the performance of the Company’s common stock will continue into the future with a trend that is the same or similar to the trend depicted in the graph below.



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ITEM 6.
 SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.
 
The selected financial data set forth below for the year ended December 31, 2015, and each of the four preceding fiscal years, should be read in conjunction with “Item 7.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” the consolidated financial statements, related notes and other financial information included herein.
 
(Dollar amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
 
2012 (1)
 
2011
Statement of Operations Data:
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
Net sales
$
375,096

 
$
387,817

 
$
412,557

 
$
278,629

 
$
254,040

Cost of sales
306,310

 
312,447

 
332,695

 
210,321

 
194,390

Gross profit
68,786

 
75,370

 
79,862

 
68,308

 
59,650

Selling, general & administrative expenses
45,678

 
55,204

 
55,862

 
36,891

 
33,563

Impairment expense (2)

 
26,439

 
77,750

 

 
1,163

Contingent consideration write-off (3)

 

 
(7,950
)
 

 

Acquisition expense (4)

 

 
247

 
5,362

 

Restructuring expense (5)
2,322

 
2,585

 
3,073

 

 

(Loss) income from operations
20,786

 
(8,858
)
 
(49,120
)
 
26,055

 
24,924

Other income (expense)
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Interest expense (6)
(22,439
)
 
(29,280
)
 
(16,962
)
 
(1,771
)
 
(669
)
Other income (expense), net
(236
)
 
223

 
618

 
356

 
(730
)
Total other expense
(22,675
)
 
(29,057
)
 
(16,344
)
 
(1,415
)
 
(1,399
)
(Loss) income before income taxes
(1,889
)
 
(37,915
)
 
(65,464
)
 
24,640

 
23,525

(Benefit) provision for income taxes (7)
352

 
(8,953
)
 
(6,979
)
 
8,153

 
7,136

Net (loss) income
$
(2,241
)
 
$
(28,962
)
 
$
(58,485
)
 
$
16,487

 
$
16,389

Amounts per common share:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Net (loss) income - per common share
$
(0.17
)
 
$
(2.28
)
 
$
(4.64
)
 
$
1.41

 
$
1.42

Net (loss) income - assuming dilution
$
(0.17
)
 
$
(2.28
)
 
$
(4.64
)
 
$
1.39

 
$
1.40

Weighted average common shares outstanding
12,869,353

 
12,716,976

 
12,607,833

 
11,701,607

 
11,559,895

Weighted average dilutive common shares outstanding
12,869,353

 
12,716,976

 
12,607,833

 
11,839,182

 
11,741,513

Other Financial Data:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Capital expenditures (8)
$
16,599

 
$
16,690

 
$
24,149

 
$
19,529

 
$
10,267

Cash provided (used) by operating activities
32,362

 
49,117

 
(8,349
)
 
8,799

 
16,175

Cash used by investing activities
(16,314
)
 
(13,111
)
 
(22,253
)
 
(235,000
)
 
(9,997
)
Cash (used) provided by financing activities
(13,471
)
 
(29,651
)
 
27,827

 
222,680

 
(257
)
Gross profit margin
18.3
%
 
19.4
%
 
19.4
%
 
24.5
%
 
23.5
%
Balance Sheet Data:
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
$
10,504

 
$
7,927

 
$
1,572

 
$
4,347

 
$
7,868

Working capital (9)
132,384

 
139,444

 
148,302

 
109,394

 
79,903

Total assets (9,10)
415,980

 
432,614

 
469,691

 
514,768

 
200,521

Long-term debt, excluding current portion (10)
247,633

 
259,645

 
277,702

 
245,710

 

Shareholders' equity
117,956

 
118,135

 
144,144

 
200,954

 
167,785


(1)
Includes the operating results of TASS and Valent subsequent to their acquisition dates of August 7, 2012 and December 28, 2012, respectively and includes related purchase accounting adjustments and debt acquired to finance these acquisitions.
(2)
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, in accordance with the Company’s accounting policy as described in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company performed the annual impairment analysis and determined that carrying

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value for goodwill for the Engineering Services segment was above its fair value. As a result, a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $26,439 was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, in accordance with the Company’s accounting policy as described in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company performed the annual impairment analysis and determined that carrying value for goodwill for Valent was above its fair value. As a result, a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $73,528 was recorded in the fourth quarter of 2013. (See ITEM 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, Critical Accounting Policies, "Goodwill and Intangible Assets" and Note 1, "Goodwill and Intangible Assets"). In the second quarter of 2013, a triggering event occurred when the Company started an initiative to rebrand its core engineering business. As result of this initiative, the D3 Technologies name is no longer being used; thus, the $4,222 indefinite lived intangible asset related to that trade name was deemed to be fully impaired.  During the first quarter of 2011, a triggering event occurred with regard to a certain proprietary technology intangible asset as a result of a failure to conclude a possible sale of a product line resulting in a non-cash charge of $1,163 related to Intec.  
(3)
In the second quarter of 2013, the Company realized a $7,950 non-cash benefit related to the write-off of the contingent consideration associated with the December 2012 purchase of Valent. The earnings levels required to be achieved by Valent in order for the former owners of Valent to be paid contingent consideration were deemed not likely to be achieved by the required date of December 31, 2013.
(4)
Includes investment banking, accounting, legal, tax and valuation expenses primarily as a direct result of the TASS and Valent acquisitions.
(5)
The year ended December 31, 2015 includes $150 related to the closure of the St. Charles machine parts operations, $94 related to the closure of the Coweta, OK manufacturing facility, $496 related to the closure of engineering offices in Greenville, SC and Melbourne Australia, $718 related to other reductions in the engineering services segment and $864 related to other employment separation activities. The year ended December 31, 2014 includes $287 related to the closure of the Precise Machine facility in Forth Worth, TX, $47 related to the relocation of the Savannah machining operations, $228 related to the closure of the St. Charles machine parts operations and $2,023 related to other employment separation activities. The year ended December 31, 2013 includes $453 related to the closure of the Precise Machine facility in Fort Worth, TX and $2,620 related to the separation agreement reached with key members of Valent.
(6)
The years ended December 31, 2015, December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2012 include $215, $8,466 and $580, respectively, for the write-off of debt financing costs related to the modification and termination of certain debt instruments. The year ended December 31, 2014 also includes a charge of $793 related to the termination and settlement interest rate derivatives.
(7)
The year ended December 31, 2014 includes $8,931 of income tax benefits generated from income tax losses for 2013 and 2014 that the Company decided in 2014 to carry back to prior years. The year ended December 31, 2013 includes a $17,718 valuation charge against deferred tax assets at December 31, 2013 related to the goodwill impairment at Valent noted in (2) above.
(8)
Includes $411 and $746 related to equipment capital leases in 2013 and 2012, respectively.
(9)
During 2015 we adopted FASB Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-17, Balance Sheet Classification of Deferred Income Taxes and applied the provisions of this standard. Prior year balances have been reclassified to reflect the current year presentation as a decrease in Working Capital and Total Assets of $3,913, $2,693, $3,839 and $4,085 at December 31, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively. See Item 8, Note 1 - Accounting Policies.
(10)
During 2015 we adopted FASB Accounting Standards Update No. 2015-03, Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs and applied the provisions of this standard. Prior year balances have been reclassified to reflect the current year presentation as a decrease in Total Assets and Long-Term Debt, Excluding Current Portion of $5,909, $7,667, and $9,357 at December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. See Item 8, Note 1 - Accounting Policies.

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ITEM 7.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

Overview
 
We are a leading supplier of structural assemblies, kits and components and design engineering services to the aerospace and defense markets.  We primarily sell our products and services to the large commercial, corporate and regional, and military aircraft markets.    We believe that OEMs and Tier 1 aerospace companies will continue the trend of selecting their suppliers based upon the breadth of more complex and sophisticated design and manufacturing capabilities and value-added services and the ability of their suppliers to manage large production programs.

We are organized into two reportable segments: the Aerostructures segment and the Engineering Services segment.  Our Aerostructures segment fabricates, machines, finishes, integrates, assembles and kits machined and formed close tolerance aluminum, specialty alloy, composite components and higher level assemblies for use by the aerospace and defense industries.  Our Engineering Services segment provides a complete range of design, engineering and program management services, supporting aircraft product lifecycles from conceptual design, analysis and certification through production support, fleet support, and service life extensions via a complete turnkey engineering solution.
 
During the fourth quarter of 2014, the Company performed its annual impairment testing of the Engineering Services segment which resulted in a $26.4 million goodwill impairment charge. (See Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,"Critical Accounting Estimates.")

During the fourth quarter of 2013, the Company performed its annual impairment testing of the Valent reporting unit which resulted in a $73.5 million goodwill impairment charge. This impairment also required the review of our ability to realize our net deferred tax assets. Upon review, we established a $17.8 million dollar valuation allowance to reduce these net deferred taxes. Due to the goodwill impairment and resulting net loss, the Company determined it was appropriate to establish this reserve. (See Item 7, Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,"Critical Accounting Estimates.")

On June 19, 2014, the Company issued $250.0 million in second-priority senior secured notes maturing on July 15, 2019. Obligations under these notes are secured by substantially all of the Company’s assets and bear interest at 7.375%, paid semi-annually in January and July, which commenced in January of 2015. Also, on June 19, 2014, the Company used the proceeds from the issuance of these notes to settle and terminate its existing term loan and also modified its revolving credit agreement. As a result, unamortized debt issuance costs associated with the agreement of $8.3 million were written off and recognized as interest expense. Additional debt issuance costs of $8.3 million were incurred as a result of these transactions and are being amortized over the term of the notes and revolving credit agreement.

In January 2015, the Company entered into a long-term supply agreement with Spirit covering all Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier and Mitsubishi aircraft. This agreement extended the performance period of the statements of work for certain contracts and gives the Company preferred supplier status on certain future contracts. In accordance with the contract terms, the Company made $6.5 million in cash payments of consideration to Spirit in 2015.


Results of Operations

The following table illustrates the percentage of sales to primary industries and markets realized over the last three years.
Market
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Large commercial aircraft
52.9
%
 
50.1
%
 
47.4
%
Corporate and regional aircraft
26.0
%
 
26.1
%
 
25.9
%
Military
13.4
%
 
15.1
%
 
18.7
%
Other (1)
7.7
%
 
8.7
%
 
8.0
%
Total
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
(1)
Includes technology, testing, rail yard switching equipment and various other products.


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Year ended December 31, 2015 compared to year ended December 31, 2014

The following table provides the comparative data for 2015 and 2014:
 
2015
 
($ in millions)
 
Aerostructures
 
Engineering
Services
 
Elimination
 
Total
Net sales
$
327.2

 
$
49.1

 
$
(1.2
)
 
$
375.1

Cost of sales
263.6

 
43.8

 
(1.1
)
 
306.3

Gross profit
63.6

 
5.3

 
(0.1
)
 
68.8

S, G, & A and other charges
39.6

 
8.4

 

 
48.0

Income (loss) from operations
$
24.0

 
$
(3.1
)
 
$
(0.1
)
 
$
20.8



 
2014
 
($ in millions)
 
Aerostructures
 
Engineering
Services
 
Elimination
 
Total
Net sales
$
326.0

 
$
63.4

 
$
(1.6
)
 
$
387.8

Cost of sales
259.0

 
54.9

 
(1.5
)
 
312.4

Gross profit
67.0

 
8.5

 
(0.1
)
 
75.4

S, G, & A and other charges (1)
48.1

 
36.2

 

 
84.3

Income (loss) from operations
$
18.9

 
$
(27.7
)
 
$
(0.1
)
 
$
(8.9
)
 
(1) Includes $26.4 million in the Engineering Services segment related to goodwill impairment.
 
Aerostructures Segment
 
Net Sales.   Net sales were $327.2 million in 2015, an increase of 0.4% from $326.0 million in 2014. The following table summarizes total sales for the segment and the percentage of total sales represented by the market served for each of the years ended December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014:
Category
 
2015
 
% of Total

 
2014
 
% of Total

 
 
($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
Large commercial aircraft
 
$
176.2

 
53.9
%
 
$
162.5

 
49.8
%
Corporate and regional aircraft
 
84.7

 
25.9
%
 
87.5

 
26.8
%
Military
 
39.2

 
12.0
%
 
49.1

 
15.1
%
Other
 
27.1

 
8.2
%
 
26.9

 
8.3
%
Total
 
$
327.2

 
100.0
%
 
$
326.0

 
100.0
%
 
Large commercial aircraft generated net sales of $176.2 million in 2015 compared to $162.5 million in 2014, an increase of 8.4%.  The most significant increase in revenue in the category was attributable to increased content and higher production rates on the Boeing 787 platform, which generated $27.5 million in 2015 compared to $15.0 million in 2014. In addition, sales on Boeing 737, 767 and 777 platforms increased $3.1 million, $1.2 million and $0.7 million, respectively to $98.0 million, $4.7 million and $17.5 million, respectively, in 2015. Given production rate announcements on the Boeing 737, we expect sales to increase on this program beginning in 2017. These increases were partially offset by decreases in the sale of wing modification products which generated revenue of $8.9 million in 2015 compared to $14.7 million in 2014. We expect further decreases in the sale of wing modification products in the future.

Net sales of components for corporate and regional aircraft were $84.7 million during 2015 compared to $87.5 million in 2014, a decrease of 3.2%.  The decrease in revenue was primarily attributable to decreases in sales of $7.2 million and $1.3 million, respectively, on the Gulfstream G450/G550 and G280 programs from $31.6 million and $6.8 million, respectively in 2014 to $24.4 million and $5.5 million, respectively, in 2015. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in sales on the

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Gulfstream G650 and G500/G600 programs, which generated revenue of $33.9 million in 2015 and $12.6 million, respectively, compared to $29.7 million and $11.0 million, respectively, in 2014.

Military products generated net sales of $39.2 million in 2015 compared to $49.1 million in 2014, a decrease of 20.2%.  Revenues related to the Black Hawk helicopter decreased to $18.6 million in 2015 from $21.8 million in 2014. In addition, revenues decreased on the Boeing V-22, C-17 and Apache programs by $1.6 million, $1.2 million and $2.7 million, respectively, in 2015 compared to 2014.

Other products generated net sales of $27.1 million in 2015 compared to $26.9 million in 2014, an increase of 0.7%.   
 
Cost of Goods Sold.  Cost of goods sold for 2015 was $263.6 million (80.6% of net sales) compared to $259.0 million (79.4% of net sales) for 2014.  In 2014, cost of goods sold was favorably impacted by the reversal of a loss reserve of $5.3 million on a long-term contract due to price increases received for engineering changes and improved hardware costs. This reduction in cost of goods sold in 2014 was partially offset by accelerated depreciation of $1.3 million on assets disposed of at several facilities.

Cost of goods sold for the Aerostructures segment consists primarily of direct labor, materials, subcontract costs and manufacturing overhead, including indirect labor costs, depreciation, rent, supplies and other indirect costs.
 
Gross Profit.  Gross profit for 2015 was $63.6 million (19.4% of net sales) compared to $67.0 million (20.6% of net sales) for 2014.  Gross profit margin in 2014 was favorably impacted by the $5.3 million loss reserve reversal discussed above on a long-term contract which was partially offset by cost and inefficiencies related to restructuring activities. Gross profit in 2015 was favorably impacted by realized cost savings related to restructuring plans implemented during 2014 and early 2015, offset by the impact of lower production levels.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Other Charges.  Selling, general and administrative expenses and other charges were $39.6 million (12.1% of net sales) in 2015 compared to $48.1 million (14.8% of net sales) in 2014.  The change in selling, general and administrative expenses primarily relates to a net gain recorded in 2015 related to the settlement of a lawsuit of $3.3 million. See Note 11, "Commitments and Contingencies," in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Professional services, environmental expense and restructuring charges were lower in 2015 by $0.8 million, $1.2 million and $1.0 million, respectively, when compared to 2014. In addition, 2015 included a $2.0 million reduction in salary and related fringes when compared to 2014, the result of previously implemented cost reduction plans.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for Aerostructures segment consists primarily of labor, rent, depreciation and amortization, professional services and other administrative expenses.

Engineering Services Segment

Net Sales.  Net sales were $49.1 million in 2015, a decrease of 22.6% from $63.4 million in 2014.  The following table summarizes the segment’s total sales and the percentage of the segment’s total sales represented by the market served for each of the years ended December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively:
Category
 
2015
 
% of Total
 
2014
 
% of Total

 
 
($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
Large commercial aircraft
 
$
22.4

 
45.6
%
 
$
31.6

 
49.8
%
Corporate and regional aircraft
 
13.4

 
27.3
%
 
13.8

 
21.8
%
Military
 
11.1

 
22.6
%
 
10.1

 
15.9
%
Other
 
2.2

 
4.5
%
 
7.9

 
12.5
%
Total
 
$
49.1

 
100.0
%
 
$
63.4

 
100.0
%
 
Net sales of services for large commercial aircraft were approximately $22.4 million in 2015 compared to $31.6 million in 2014, a decrease of 29.1%.  The decrease in this category was primarily attributable to a decline in sales related to the Airbus 350 platform which decreased from $5.2 million in 2014 to $0.2 million in 2015. In addition, sales on various Boeing programs, maintenance and repair revenues and sales on the Goodrich Nacelle program declined $1.4 million, $2.5 million and $1.3 million, respectively, in 2015 compared to 2014. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in revenue on the Bombardier C-Series program of $3.5 million, which contributed $5.4 million in 2015 compared to $1.9 million in 2014.


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Net sales of services supporting corporate and regional aircraft were approximately $13.4 million during 2015 compared to $13.8 million in 2014, a decrease of 2.9%.  The decrease in sales is primarily attributable to a $7.9 million decrease in sales on the Bombardier Learjet L-85 program that was canceled in late 2014. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in sales on the Bombardier Global 7000 program, which contributed $5.6 million in 2015 compared to $4.4 million in 2014. In addition, sales increased on the Aerion AS2 and Arrowhead Global Wing program by $1.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively, when compared to the prior-year period.

Military programs generated net sales in 2015 of approximately $11.1 million compared to $10.1 million in 2014, an increase of 9.9%.  The increase was primarily attributable to sales on a program with the U.S. Navy of $7.7 million in 2015 compared to $6.2 million in 2014. In addition, the Lockheed Martin HAVOC program, which was new in 2015, generated sales of $1.3 million. These increases were partially offset by reductions on the Bell V-280 program of $2.2 million during 2015 when compared 2014.

Sales related to the design and delivery of tooling on various programs supporting commercial aircraft were $2.2 million in 2015 compared to $7.9 million in 2014, a decrease of 72.2%.  Tooling sales on various Boeing programs and sales on a space program decreased $1.6 million and $1.4 million, respectively, in 2015 when compared to 2014.
 
Cost of Goods Sold.  Cost of goods sold for 2015 was $43.8 million (89.2% of net sales) compared to $54.9 million (86.6% of net sales) for 2014.  The decrease in cost of goods sold was primarily due to reductions in direct labor, which is the result of lower demand for this segment.

Cost of goods sold for the Engineering Services segment consists primarily of direct labor, subcontract costs and overhead, including rent, maintenance, and indirect costs.

Gross Profit. Gross profit for this segment was $5.3 million (10.8% of net sales) for 2015 compared to $8.5 million (13.4% of net sales) for 2014.  The decrease in gross profit was primarily attributable to unfavorable cumulative long-term revenue adjustments in addition to the decline in sales and related unfavorable fixed-cost utilization. In 2015 and 2014, net unfavorable revenue adjustments were recognized of $2.0 million and $1.0 million, respectively, which were primarily related to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet program.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Other Charges. Selling, general and administrative expenses and other charges were $8.4 million (17.1% of net sales) in 2015 compared to $36.2 million (57.1% of net sales) for 2014.  The change in expense in is primarily related to a $26.4 million goodwill impairment recognized in 2014. In addition, implemented cost reductions contributed to a decrease in salaries and related expense by $1.5 million, which was partially offset by increases in restructuring expense of $0.7 million in 2015 when compared to 2014. Restructuring expenses recognized in 2015 related to the closure of the Greenville, South Carolina and Melbourne, Australia offices in addition to the elimination of other management positions within this segment. Implementation of these plans is expected to generate annual savings of $3.0 million.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for Engineering Services segment consists primarily of labor, rent, depreciation and amortization, professional services and other administrative expenses.

Non-segment Expenses

Interest Expense.   Interest expense was $22.4 million for 2015 compared to $29.3 million for 2014.  On June 19, 2014, the Company terminated its previous long-term credit agreement, modified its revolving credit agreement, and issued senior notes. As a result of these transactions, interest expense in 2014 included $9.3 million related to the write-off of debt financing cost and settlement of related interest rate derivatives. Excluding these non-recurring items. overall interest expense increased in 2015 when compared to 2014 as interest rates on our senior secured notes are higher than the rates under our previous credit agreement.

Other Income (Expense), Net.  Other expense was $0.2 million for 2015 compared to other income of $0.2 million for 2014

Income Tax Expense.  Income tax expense for 2015 was $0.4 million compared to a $9.0 million income tax benefit for 2014.  During 2015, our effective income tax rate was (18.6)% compared to 23.6% in 2014. The effective tax rate in 2014 includes tax benefits of approximately $2.6 million associated with the decision to carry back the net operating loss recognized in 2013. The Company continues to have a full valuation allowance against its remaining net deferred tax assets at December 31, 2015.



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Year ended December 31, 2014 compared to year ended December 31, 2013

The following table provides the comparative data for 2014 and 2013:
 
2014
 
($ in millions)
 
Aerostructures
 
Engineering
Services
 
Elimination
 
Total
Net sales
$
326.0

 
$
63.4

 
$
(1.6
)
 
$
387.8

Cost of sales
259.0

 
54.9

 
(1.5
)
 
312.4

Gross profit
67.0

 
8.5

 
(0.1
)
 
75.4

S, G, & A and other charges (1)
48.1

 
36.2

 

 
84.3

(Loss)/income from operations
$
18.9

 
$
(27.7
)
 
$
(0.1
)
 
$
(8.9
)
 
(1) Engineering Services segment includes $26.4 million related to goodwill impairment

 
2013
 
($ in millions)
 
Aerostructures
 
Engineering
Services
 
Elimination
 
Total
Net sales
$
331.7

 
$
83.7

 
$
(2.8
)
 
$
412.6

Cost of sales
263.6

 
71.6

 
(2.5
)
 
332.7

Gross profit
68.1

 
12.1

 
(0.3
)
 
79.9

S, G, & A and other charges (1)
114.2

 
14.8

 

 
129.0

Income from operations
$
(46.1
)
 
$
(2.7
)
 
$
(0.3
)
 
$
(49.1
)

(1) Includes $73.5 million in the Aerostructures segment related to goodwill impairment and $4.2 million in the Engineering Services segment related to intangible asset impairment.
 
Aerostructures Segment
 
Net Sales.   Net sales were $326.0 million in 2014, a decrease of 1.7% from $331.7 million in 2013. The following table summarizes total sales for the segment and the percentage of total sales represented by the market served for each of the years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013:
Category
 
2014
 
% of Total

 
2013
 
% of Total

 
 
($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
Large commercial aircraft
 
$
162.5

 
49.8
%
 
$
159.1

 
48.0
%
Corporate and regional aircraft
 
87.5

 
26.8
%
 
89.3

 
26.9
%
Military
 
49.1

 
15.1
%
 
57.1

 
17.2
%
Other
 
26.9

 
8.3
%
 
26.2

 
7.9
%
Total
 
$
326.0

 
100.0
%
 
$
331.7

 
100.0
%
 
Large commercial aircraft generated net sales of $162.5 million in 2014 compared to $159.1 million in 2013, an increase of 2.1%.  The most significant increases were attributable to higher production rates on the Boeing 737 and 787 platforms which generated $94.9 million and $15.0 million, respectively, in 2014 compared to $85.9 million and $7.5 million, respectively, in 2013. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in Boeing 767 wing modification products which generated $7.6 million, in 2014 compared to $14.0 million in 2013. In addition, sales on the Boeing 747 platform decreased in 2014 to $11.1 million from $17.7 million in 2013 as demand for that aircraft has fallen and is expected to decline further.

Net sales of components for corporate and regional aircraft were $87.5 million during 2014 compared to $89.3 million in 2013, a decrease of 2.0%.  Revenue decreased $2.9 million on the Gulfstream G500/G600 program, primarily the result of a decrease in tooling revenue, from $14.0 million in 2013 to $11.1 million in 2014. In addition, revenue decreased on the Gulfstream G450/G550 program by $4.5 million, from $36.1 million in 2013 to $31.6 million in 2014. These decreases in revenue were offset

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by a $6.2 million increase on the Gulfstream G650 program which contributed $29.7 million in 2014 compared to $23.5 million in 2013.
 
Military products generated net sales of $49.1 million in 2014 compared to $57.1 million in 2013, a decrease of 14.0%.   The decrease was primarily due to a reduction in Black Hawk helicopter and Embraer KC390 revenues, which contributed $21.8 million and $2.1 million, respectively, in 2014 compared to $26.9 million and $6.7 million, respectively, in 2013.

Other products generated net sales of $26.9 million in 2014 compared to $26.2 million in 2013, an increase of 2.7%.   
 
Cost of Goods Sold.  Cost of goods sold for 2014 was $259.0 million (79.4% of net sales) compared to $263.6 million (79.5% of net sales) for 2013.  Cost of goods sold was impacted by a $5.7 million reduction of sales which reduced cost of sales by $2.1 million. In addition, the cost of goods sold in 2014 was reduced when the Company reversed a loss reserve of $5.3 million on a long-term production contract due to price increases received for engineering changes and improved hardware costs. These reductions in cost of goods sold were partially offset by increased depreciation of $1.3 million on assets disposed of at several facilities as part of equipment upgrades and facility closures during the year. In addition, cost of goods sold was also unfavorably impacted by an unfavorable product sales mix, lower production levels resulting from an effort to reduce inventory, inefficiencies associated with closing operations and production moves between facilities as part of the restructuring effort in 2014. 2013 cost of sales was unfavorably impacted by $2.5 million of fair value step-up on acquired inventories from acquisitions.

Cost of goods sold for the Aerostructures segment consists primarily of direct labor, materials, subcontract costs and manufacturing overhead, including indirect labor costs, depreciation, rent, supplies and other indirect costs.
 
Gross Profit.  Gross profit for 2014 was $67.0 million (20.6% of net sales) compared to $68.1 million (20.5% of net sales) for 2013.  Accelerated depreciation of $1.3 million and inefficiencies associated with restructuring activities unfavorably impacted gross profit margin in 2014. Gross profit margin was also unfavorably impacted by product mix and lower production levels. Gross profit margin was favorably impacted by the previously mentioned $5.3 million for a loss reserve reversal on a long-term contract in 2014. 2013 was unfavorably impacted by the previously mentioned $2.5 million of fair value step-up on acquired inventories from acquisitions.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Other Charges.  Selling, general and administrative expenses and other charges were $48.1 million (14.8% of net sales) in 2014 compared to $114.2 million (34.4% of net sales) in 2013.  Included in expenses for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $73.5 million related to goodwill impairment charges. This impairment was offset by an $8.0 million benefit related to the write-off of the contingent consideration associated with the December 2012 purchase of Valent. In 2014, increases in environmental expenses of $0.9 million also contributed to the change in selling, general, and administrative expenses when compared to the prior-year period.
During 2014, the Company implemented restructuring plans that resulted in the closure of its Precise Machine facility and relocation of machining operations from its Savannah facility to other facilities in the company. In addition, the Company implemented other employment separation activities and committed to a restructuring plan that will result in the relocation of the machining operations in its St. Charles, Missouri facility to other facilities in the company. As a result of these restructuring activities, the Company recognized $2.1 million of restructuring expense in 2014. In 2013, the Company recognized $3.1 million is restructuring expenses associated with a separation agreement reached with key members of Valent, and the closure of its Precise Machine facility.
Excluding the impact of these non-recurring items, selling, general and administrative costs decreased $0.5 million in 2014 when compared to 2013 resulting from cost reductions implemented in 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for Aerostructures segment consists primarily of labor, rent, depreciation and amortization, professional services and other administrative expenses.

Engineering Services Segment

Net Sales.  Net sales were $63.4 million in 2014, a decrease of 24.3% from $83.7 million in 2013.   The following table summarizes the segment’s total sales and the percentage of the segment’s total sales represented by the market served for each of the years ended December 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively:

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Category
 
2014
 
% of Total
 
2013
 
% of Total

 
 
($ in millions)
 
 
 
 
Large commercial aircraft
 
$
31.6

 
49.8
%
 
$
37.3

 
44.6
%
Corporate and regional aircraft
 
13.8

 
21.8
%
 
17.9

 
21.4
%
Military
 
10.1

 
15.9
%
 
19.9

 
23.8
%
Other
 
7.9

 
12.5
%
 
8.6

 
10.2
%
Total
 
$
63.4

 
100.0
%
 
$
83.7

 
100.0
%
 
Net sales of services for large commercial aircraft were $31.6 million in 2014 compared to $37.3 million in 2013, a decrease of 15.3%.  The decline in sales was due to several key programs, the most significant of which were the Goodrich Nacelle program, the Boeing 747 platform and the Airbus 350 platform that decreased $3.8 million, $1.5 million and $1.2 million, respectively, in 2014 compared to 2013. These decreases were partially offset by increases of $1.3 million related to the Triumph BA7000 program and $1.2 million in maintenance and repair revenues in 2014 as compared to 2013.

Net sales of services supporting corporate and regional aircraft were $13.8 million during 2014 compared to $17.9 million in 2013, a decrease of 22.9%.  The decrease in sales was primarily related to reductions of $2.8 million in support of the Bombardier Learjet L-85, as the project was canceled in late 2014. Net sales for this market were unfavorably impacted in 2014 as compared to 2013 by $1.1 million related to cumulative long-term revenue adjustments.

Military programs generated net sales in 2014 of $10.1 million compared to $19.9 million in 2013, a decrease of 49.2%.  The decrease from 2013 was primarily due to a $9.0 million reduction in sales on a project nearing completion in support of the Boeing Tanker program. In addition, the Embraer KC 390 program revenue declined $2.3 million, offset by an increase of $2.3 million in sales to Spirit Aerosystems in support of the V280 program. Military sales were unfavorably impacted in 2013 as compared to 2014 by $1.0 million in cumulative long-term revenue adjustments.

Sales related to the design and delivery of tooling on various programs supporting commercial aircraft were $7.9 million in 2014 compared to $8.6 million in 2013, a decrease of 8.1%.  This decrease was primarily due to an reduction of $1.6 million in revenues generated from Boeing tooling projects. Sales in this category were unfavorably impacted in 2013 as compared to 2014 by $0.8 million in cumulative long-term revenue adjustments.
 
Cost of Goods Sold.  Cost of goods sold for 2014 was $54.9 million (86.6% of net sales) compared to $71.6 million (85.5% of net sales) for 2013.  Lower sales volume in the base Engineering Services business led to the decrease in cost of goods sold, which was primarily comprised of lower direct labor costs and associated fringe benefits.

Cost of goods sold for the Engineering Services segment consists primarily of direct labor, subcontract costs and overhead, including rent, maintenance, and indirect costs.

Gross Profit. Gross profit for this segment was $8.5 million (13.4% of net sales) for 2014 compared to $12.1 million (14.5% of net sales) for 2013.  The decrease in gross profit percentage was primarily driven by a decrease in revenue, which increased fixed costs as a percentage of sales. Gross profit in both 2014 and 2013 were impacted by net unfavorable cumulative long-term revenue adjustments of $1.0 million and $1.7 million, respectively.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses and Other Charges. Selling, general and administrative expenses and other charges were $36.2 million (57.1% of net sales) in 2014 compared to $14.8 million (17.7% of net sales) for 2013.  The increase in expense in is primarily related to a $26.4 million goodwill impairment recognized in 2014. In addition, restructuring expenses contributed $0.5 million to the increase in selling, general, and administrative cost in the segment in 2014. In 2013, the Company recognized an impairment of $4.2 million related to the D3 trade name intangible asset.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for Engineering Services segment consists primarily of labor, rent, depreciation and amortization, professional services and other administrative expenses.

Non-segment Expenses

Interest Expense.   Interest expense was $29.3 million for 2014 compared to $17.0 million for 2013.  The increase in interest expense in 2014 was primarily due to the $8.5 million write-off of debt financing costs and a $0.8 million settlement of interest rate derivatives related to the termination of the Company's long-term credit agreement and the modification of the

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Company's revolving credit agreement. Increased average interest rates also contributed to the increase in interest expense in 2014 due to the refinancing of the primary debt source from a term loan to higher interest rate notes.

Other Income (Expense), Net.  Other income was $0.2 million for 2014 compared to other income of $0.6 million for 2013

Income Tax Expense.  An income tax benefit was realized for 2014 of $9.0 million compared to $7.0 million of income tax benefit for 2013.    During 2014, our effective income tax rate was 23.6% compared to 10.7% in 2013. The effective tax rate in 2014 includes tax benefits recognized for the carry back of our 2014 and 2013 tax losses to prior years. The effective tax rate in 2013 was impacted by a $17.6 million deferred tax charge for a valuation allowance established during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
When viewed with our financial results prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and accompanying reconciliations, we believe earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") and Adjusted EBITDA provide additional useful information to clarify and enhance the understanding of the factors and trends affecting our past performance and future prospects. We define these measures, explain how they are calculated and provide reconciliations of these measures to the most comparable GAAP measure in the tables below. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and the related financial ratios, as presented in this Form 10-K, are supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP.  They are not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as an alternative to net cash provided by operating activities as measures of our liquidity.  The presentation of these measures should not be interpreted to mean that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or nonrecurring items.
 
We use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA non-GAAP operating performance measures internally as complementary financial measures to evaluate the performance and trends of our businesses.  We present EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and the related financial ratios, as applicable, because we believe that measures such as these provide useful information with respect to our ability to meet our future debt service, capital expenditures, working capital requirements and overall operating performance.
 
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.  Some of these limitations are:
They do not reflect our cash expenditures, future expenditures for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
They do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
They do not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
They are not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in our statement of cash flows;
They do not reflect the impact on earnings of charges resulting from matters unrelated to our ongoing operations; and
Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.
 
Because of these limitations, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and the related financial ratios should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business or as a measure of cash that will be available to us to meet our obligations.  You should compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and use EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only as a supplement to this information.  See our consolidated financial statements contained in this Report.
 

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However, in spite of the above limitations, we believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to an investor in evaluating our results of operations because these measures:
Are widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items excluded from the calculation of such terms, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired, among other factors;
Help investors evaluate and compare the results of our operations from period to period by removing the effect of our capital structure from our operating performance; and
Are used by our management team for various other purposes in presentations to our Board of Directors as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting.
 
Operating income in 2015 included charges for restructuring and integration expenses and a gain related to the settlement of a lawsuit. Operating income in 2014 included charges for goodwill impairment, restructuring, and integration expenses. Operating income in 2013 included charges for goodwill impairment, restructuring, acquisition costs, intangible asset impairment and integration expenses in addition to the recognition of fair value step up on the inventory acquired from the Valent acquisition. These charges were partially offset by the write-off of contingent consideration. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude these charges, as applicable, and provide meaningful information about the operating performance of our businesses apart from the acquisition-related expenses, as well as interest and tax expenses.
 
The following financial items have been added back to our net income when calculating EBITDA:
Depreciation;
Amortization expense;
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment;
Interest expense; and
Income tax expense.
  
The following financial items have been added back to our net income when calculating Adjusted EBITDA:
Stock-based compensation;
Acquisition and integration expenses;
Fair value step-up on acquired inventories;
Restructuring expenses;
Contingent consideration write-off;
Gains related to the settlement of a lawsuit; and
Other (net).


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Reconciliations of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA and the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net sales were as follows:

 
(In Thousands)
Years Ended December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
 
2013
Net (loss) income
$
(2,241
)
 
$
(28,962
)
 
$
(58,485
)
Depreciation and amortization (1)
20,404

 
22,459

 
20,560

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment (2)

 
26,439

 
77,750

Interest expense (3)
22,439

 
29,280

 
16,962

Income tax (benefit) expense (4)
352

 
(8,953
)
 
(6,979
)
EBITDA
40,954

 
40,263

 
49,808

Stock-based compensation (5)
3,236

 
2,748

 
2,445

Restructuring expense (6)
2,322

 
2,585

 
3,073

Integration expense
526

 
818

 
1,265

Fair value step up on acquired inventories

 

 
2,497

Acquisition expenses (7)

 

 
247

Contingent consideration write-off (8)

 

 
(7,950
)
Other (net) (9)
(1,619
)
 
1,173

 
(618
)
 
4,465

 
7,324

 
959

Adjusted EBITDA
$
45,419

 
$
47,587

 
$
50,767


(1) Includes amortization of intangibles and depreciation expense.

(2) In 2014, the annual impairment test conducted by the Company resulted in an impairment of goodwill associated with the Engineering Services segment of $26,439. In 2013, the annual impairment test conducted by the Company resulted in an impairment of goodwill associated with the Valent acquisition of $73,528. Also in 2013, a triggering event occurred which resulted in the impairment of the indefinite lived D3 trade name asset of $4,222.
(3)
Includes the write-off of deferred financing costs in connection with refinanced credit facilities in 2014 of $8,340.
(4)
Includes $8,931 of income tax benefits generated from income tax losses for 2013 and 2014 that the Company decided in 2014 to carry back to prior years. Includes a $17,718 valuation charge against deferred tax assets at December 31, 2013 related to the goodwill impairment at Valent noted in (2) above.
(5) Includes shared-based expense associated with the LMI Aerospace, Inc. 2005 Long-term Incentive Plan and the LMI Profit Sharing and Savings Plan. 2015 also includes share-based expense associated with the Valent Aerostructures, LLC 401(k) Plan and the LMI Aerospace, Inc. 2015 Long-term Incentive Plan. In addition, 2015 and 2014 include expenses associated with share-based payments to settle obligations under a consulting agreement.

(6)
In 2015, restructuring includes costs associated with the closure of the St. Charles, MO machining operation, Coweta, OK manufacturing facility, and engineering offices in Melbourne, Australia and Greenville, SC, in addition to other employment separation activities. In 2014, restructuring includes costs associated with the Precise Machine facility closure, Savannah, GA machining operations relocation, St. Charles, MO machining operations closure, and other employment separation activities. In 2013, restructuring includes costs associated with severance related to the Precise Machine facility closure and separation costs associated with key members of Valent.

(7)    Includes investment banking, accounting, legal, tax and valuation expenses for acquisitions.

(8) In 2013, required targets were not achieved in order for the former interest owners of Valent to receive contingent consideration, thus the amount of the liability established at acquisition was written off.

(9) In 2015, the Company recorded a net gain of $3.3 million related to a legal settlement. The gain realized from the settlement offsets environmental expenses, accelerated depreciation and other expenses totaling $1.9 million that were recorded as a favorable adjustment to EBITDA when incurred in prior periods.  For consistency, the above table reflects only $1.9 million of the net gain recorded in 2015 as an unfavorable EBITDA adjustment.  See Note 11, "Commitments

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and Contingencies," in the Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Includes $1.0 million of environmental expenses in 2014.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
The Company's operations generated cash of $32.4 million in 2015. The Company's operations generated cash of $49.1 million in 2014 and used cash of $8.3 million in 2013.   The net operating cash inflow in 2015 was driven by reductions in product inventory, the collection of $7.0 million in income tax receivables and a $3.1 million net cash legal settlement.

In January of 2015, the Company signed an agreement with Spirit Aerostructures ("Spirit") to form a strategically aligned partnership. This agreement extended the performance period of the statements of work for certain contracts with Spirit and gave the Company preferred supplier status on certain future contracts. In accordance with the contract terms, the Company made $6.5 million in cash payments of consideration to Spirit in 2015. This consideration is being amortized as a reduction to sales and the net balance of $6.0 million at December 31, 2015 is recorded as an increase to capitalized contract cost in inventory in the Consolidated Balance Sheet. Offsetting this increase and excluding the impact of inventory deferrals on long-term contracts, the Company reduced product inventory by $10.8 million in 2015.

In November of 2015, the Company and the former equity owners of Valent executed definitive settlement documents with respect to the resolution of certain indemnification claims and other disputes involving, among other things, the environmental matters associated with our Cuba, MO facility. Pursuant to the terms of the agreements, $3.1 million of the funds held in escrow related to the acquisition of Valent were disbursed to the Company and the former equity owners of Valent assumed a $1.2 million payment obligation of the Company. The settlement also resulted in the Company assuming other liabilities of $0.5 million, collecting a previously recorded receivable of $0.4 million and recording other expenses of $0.1 million.
The net operating cash inflow in 2014 was primarily driven by reductions in accounts receivable, increases in accrued expenses and overall operational performance. Accounts receivable were favorably impacted by the collection of a $13.5 million milestone payment on the KC-390 program in 2014 for which sales were recognized in 2013. Accrued expenses were favorably impacted by $9.7 million related to debt refinancing that occurred in 2014 and the related change in the timing of interest payments from monthly to semi-annually. The first interest payment under the primary new debt facility, the amount of which was $10.3 million, was paid in January of 2015. The net operating cash outflow in 2013 was primarily driven by increases in inventory to support investment in new programs, $6.2 million in tooling on a development program and higher interest cost.
 
Net cash used for investing activities for the year ended December 31, 2015 was $16.3 million compared to $13.1 million and $22.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.  We spent $16.6 million in 2015 on capital expenditures, compared to $16.7 million and $23.7 million during 2014 and 2013, respectively, as we normalize capital spending after increasing capital spending in support of anticipated growth and the additional capital needs for our acquired businesses.

Cash used by financing activities was $13.5 million in 2015, compared to cash used of $29.7 million in 2014 and cash provided of $27.8 million in 2013.  In 2015, the Company used cash to pay $13.3 million in outstanding debt, of which $10.8 million was used to retire senior secured notes. During 2014, the Company settled its then outstanding term loan with proceeds from the issuance of $250.0 million in senior secured notes (the "notes"). Proceeds from the notes also partially funded net payments of $36.0 million against our revolving credit facility. During 2014, the Company also settled a mortgage of $2.1 million, an equipment loan of $3.1 million and retired $5.0 million of the outstanding notes. The Company also paid $8.0 million in debt financing costs in 2014. Cash provided in 2013 resulted from borrowings against the Company's revolving credit facility.

Cash paid for interest was $21.3 million in 2015 compared to $7.4 million in 2014 and $13.2 million in 2013. During 2013 and through June 18, 2014, the Company's primary debt was a term note that accrued interest at a rate of 4.75%. During the second half of 2014 and all of 2015, the Company's primary debt was senior secured notes accruing interest at a rate of 7.375%. The debt related to the senior secured notes did not require payments until January of 2015.
 On June 19, 2014, the Company issued $250.0 million in second-priority senior secured notes maturing on July 15, 2019, of which $234.2 million remain outstanding at December 31, 2015. In addition, also on June 19, 2014, the Company modified its existing revolving credit facility which matures on the earlier of the fifth year anniversary date, July 15, 2019, or the date that is 91 days prior to the maturity date of the senior secured notes unless the notes are repaid, refinanced or otherwise satisfied in full. The maturity dates are subject to acceleration upon occurrence of an event of default. An event of default under the revolving credit agreement includes, among other things, failure to pay any material indebtedness, acceleration of payments by any lender prior to scheduled maturity, or judgments rendered against the Company requiring payments at or above certain levels. The credit agreement contains a covenant that requires us to comply with a maximum first priority debt to EBITDA ratio on a quarterly basis. In addition, the agreement also contains certain restrictive covenants that limit and in some circumstances prohibit, our ability to,

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among other things, incur additional debt, sell, lease or transfer our assets, make investments, guarantee debt or obligations, create liens, and enter into certain merger, consolidation or other reorganization transactions.  These restrictive covenants prohibit the Company from paying dividends. These restrictions could limit our ability to obtain future financing, make acquisitions or needed capital expenditures, withstand the current or future downturns in our business or the economy in general, conduct operations or otherwise take advantage of business opportunities that may arise, any of which could place us at a competitive disadvantage relative to our competitors that have less debt and are not subject to such restrictions. At December 31, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all of its covenants and expects to be in compliance with its covenants in future periods.  If the Company fails to meet any covenants in the credit facility, the Company would not be in compliance with its credit agreement and the lenders would be entitled to exercise various rights, including causing the amounts outstanding under the revolving credit facility to become immediately due and payable.
 
The Company expects to meet its ongoing working capital, debt service, and capital expenditure needs presently and for the next twelve months from a combination of cash on hand, cash flow from operating activities and cash available under our revolving credit facility.

The Company, in the ordinary course of business, evaluates strategies to enhance our results of operations, financial position, or liquidity. These strategies may include acquisitions, divestitures, opportunities to reduce costs or increase revenues, and other strategic initiatives to increase stockholder value. We are unable to predict which, if any, of these initiatives will be executed. The execution of these initiatives may have a material impact on our future results of operations, financial position, or liquidity.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
Our off-balance sheet arrangements consist primarily of operating leases as reflected under “Contractual Obligations and Commitments” below.
 
Contractual Obligations and Commitments
 
We had the following contractual obligations and commitments for debt and non-cancelable operating lease payments:
 
Total (3)
 
Less Than
1 year
 
1-3 years
 
3 - 5 years
 
More
than
5 years
 
($ in thousands)
Debt (1)
$
254,534

 
$
2,362

 
$
5,342

 
$
244,546

 
$
2,284

Interest on Long-term debt (2)
$
62,574

 
17,943

 
35,621

 
8,729

 
281

Operating Leases (3)
$
45,167

 
7,654

 
13,352

 
9,374

 
14,787

Total
$
362,275

 
$
27,959

 
$
54,315

 
$
262,649

 
$
17,352

 
(1)
Balances include obligations under capital leases
(2)
Interest expense assumes the balances of long-term debt at the end of the period and current effective interest rate.
(3)
We have not committed to any significant current or long-term purchase obligations for our operations and have no other significant long-term liabilities reflected on our balance sheet under generally accepted accounting principles.



Critical Accounting Estimates
 
Certain accounting issues require management estimates and judgments for the preparation of financial statements.  We believe that the estimates, assumptions and judgments involved in the accounting policies described below have the greatest potential impact on our financial statements.  Therefore, we consider these to be our critical accounting estimates.  Our management has discussed the development and selection of these critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, and the Audit Committee has reviewed our disclosure relating to these estimates.  However, these methods, assumptions and estimates could create materially different results under different conditions or using different assumptions.
 
Inventory.  Except for inventories related to long-term contracts accounted for under contract accounting as discussed below, we value our product inventories at the lower of cost or market using actual cost for raw materials and average or standard

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cost (which approximates actual cost) for work in process, manufactured and purchased components and finished goods.  In assessing the ultimate realization of inventories, we make judgments as to future demand requirements based upon customer orders in backlog, historical customer orders, customer and industry analyst estimates of aircraft production rates, and other market data available to us.  Additionally, in the aviation industry, these future demand requirements depend on estimates of aircraft lives and the need for spare parts over the course of the aircraft life.  We have recorded charges in recent periods due to discontinuances of product lines, losses of customer contracts, lack of order activity, or changes in expectations of future requirements.
 
We sell many of our products under fixed-price arrangements.  Occasionally, costs of production may exceed the market values of certain products and product families, which require us to adjust our inventory value.  In these circumstances, management is required to make estimates of costs not yet incurred to determine the ultimate cost of these products that are in work in process.  Changes in the assumptions and estimates of such factors as expected scrap, costs of material, labor and outside services and the amount of labor required to complete the products may result in changes in inventory value.
 
At times, we accept orders for products where actual production costs differ from our expectations when we quoted the product.  Additionally, customers may request engineering changes or quality acceptance changes in products that may alter the cost of products produced by us.  In the latter circumstance, we notify the customer of these issues and seek reimbursement for costs incurred over and above the selling price of the products, as well as a re-pricing of the product on future deliveries.  

For certain fixed price contracts requiring development or delivery of multiple units of complex product over more than one year, we incur and defer, as part of the inventory, certain costs that are specific to a particular contract and which we expect to recoup as part of the unit cost charged to the customer under the contract.  At December 31, 2015, these deferrals include $6.0 million for consideration paid related to an agreement signed with Spirit Aerostructures that is being amortized to as a reduction to sales over the life of the related contracts. See Item 8, Note 4 - "Inventories" in the Notes to our Consolidated Financial Statements. Such costs are charged to cost of product sales ratably as the manufactured units are shipped or costs are incurred pursuant to the contract.  Changes in the estimated number of units expected to be delivered under the contract result in prospective adjustments of the ratable charge-off of deferred inventoriable costs per unit shipped.  Should the remaining inventoriable costs plus estimated costs of production of units yet to be shipped under the contract exceed estimated future contract revenues, the resulting full loss is recognized in the period it becomes probable and estimable.  See Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 below.
 
Revenue and Profit Recognition.  Except as described below, the Company recognizes revenue for sales of products and related services in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board, (“FASB”) Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Topic 605-15 Products and Topic 605-20 Services. The Company sells products under long term supply contracts and purchase orders where the product is built to the customer specifications based on firm purchase orders from the customer. The purchase orders tend to be of a relatively short duration and customers place orders on a periodic basis.  The pricing is generally fixed for some length of time and the quantities are based on individual purchase orders. Revenue is recognized when title passes and services are rendered, the price is fixed or determinable, and collection is reasonably assured. Approximately 80-90% of the total revenue the Company recognizes in any given quarter is accounted for in accordance with Topics 15 and 20. The remainder of the revenue is accounted for using percentage of completion accounting methods consistent with the ASC Topic 605-35 Construction -Type and Production-Type Contracts.

The percentage of completion method used to account for contracts depends on the nature of the products provided under the contract. For example, for contracts that require us to perform a significant level of development effort, in comparison to the total value of the contract, sales are recorded using the cost to cost method to measure progress toward completion. Under the cost to cost method of accounting, we recognize sales and estimated profit as costs are incurred based on the proportion that the incurred costs bare compared to total estimated costs. For contracts that require us to provide a substantial number of similar items without a significant level of development, we record sales and estimated profit on a percentage of completion basis for contracts using units of delivery as the basis to measure progress toward completing the contract. Under both methods, profit recognized is based on the total expected profit margin percentage.
The Company periodically reviews all estimates to complete as required by the authoritative guidance and the estimated total cost and expected gross profit are revised as appropriate over the life of the contract.  Any revisions to the estimated total cost are accounted for as a change in estimate.  A cumulative catch-up adjustment is recorded in the period of the change in estimated costs to complete the contract.  Therefore, gross profit in a period includes (a) a cumulative catch-up adjustment to reflect the adjustment of previously recognized profit associated with all prior period revenue recognized based on the current estimate of gross profit margin, as appropriate, and (b) recognition of the current period costs of sales and related gross profit margin based on the current period sales multiplied by the current estimate of the gross profit margin on the contract. 

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The net unfavorable cumulative catch-up adjustment recorded in 2015 is primarily related to the Mitsubishi Regional Jet design-build program for which a provision for anticipated loss was established in 2015. This adjustment totaled $2.8 million in 2015, of which $2.0 million represents the total expected loss on the contract and $0.8 million relates to revenue recorded in prior periods.
The net cumulative catch-up adjustment recorded in 2014 is primarily due to a contract for which a provision for anticipated loss was established in 2013 for $5.3 million as part of the purchase accounting for the Valent acquisition. During 2014, this contract was amended due to the resolution of several engineering changes that resulted in increased revenue per shipset. In addition, the Company was able to secure more favorable future material costs as engineering design to the related assemblies had stabilized. As a result, contract costs were no longer expected to exceed revenue and the related loss reserve was reversed in 2014. The Company also recorded an unfavorable cumulative catch-up adjustment on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet design-build program in 2014 that resulted in a reduction in revenue of $1.5 million. This adjustment was the result of unforeseen test failures that have subsequently required additional design hours and increased cost.
In addition, should total estimated costs at completion exceed the estimated total revenue, the anticipated full loss on a contract is recognized in the period in which the anticipated loss is determined.  The loss is reported as either a reduction of revenue or as a charge to cost of sales. The cumulative gross profit margin recognized on a contract accounted for under the units of delivery method through the end of the current period on a contract with an estimated loss will equal the current estimate of the gross profit margin on the contract multiplied by the contract revenues recognized through the end of the current period plus the provision for the additional loss on contract revenues yet to be recognized.  The current period cost of sales on a contract with a loss reserve will equal current period sales, thus, gross profit on those sales will be recognized at a 0% margin. In accordance with ASC 605-35-45-1&2, the provisions for anticipated losses on contracts are accounted for as additional contract cost and recognized as part of cost of sales. Provisions for losses are recorded as a reduction of related contract costs recorded in inventory. Any excess loss provision is recorded as a current liability.
The Company did not have any contracts in a loss contract position at December 31, 2014. At December 31, 2013, the Company had a contract being accounted for using the units of delivery method which was acquired during the Valent acquisition where estimated costs exceed the total contract revenue. A provision for anticipated loss was established during 2013 for $5.2 million at acquisition and was treated as measurement period change and, as such, increased the goodwill related to the Valent acquisition. At December 31, 2013, this loss was recorded in the balance sheet as a $2.0 million reduction in inventory and a $3.2 million provision in current liabilities. During 2014, as discussed above, this loss reserve was reversed.
For contracts accounted for using the percentage of completion method, management’s estimates of total units to be produced, and material, labor and overhead costs on long-term contracts are critical to the Company.  Due to the size, length of time and nature of many of our contracts, the estimation of revenue and costs through completion is complicated and subject to many variables.
Total contract revenue estimates are based on negotiated contract prices, customer change orders, claims (when a legal basis exists) and estimated cost to produce the product or service plus a profit in some instances. The contract revenue estimates consider customer purchase orders, projections and industry guidance. In addition, claims and unpriced change orders will impact the estimate of total revenues and profits. In the ordinary course of business, the Company may receive requests from its customers to perform tasks not specified in its contracts.  When this occurs on a long-term contract using the cost-to-cost method of percentage of completion accounting, the Company may record revenue for claims or unpriced change orders to be negotiated with customers.  As of December 31, 2015, approximately 0.3% of revenue represented amounts associated with claims and unpriced change orders.
Total contract cost estimates are primarily based on our current cost of production, purchase order terms negotiated or estimated by our supply chain. These costs include negotiated or estimated material costs, historical labor performance trends, business base and other economic projections. Factors that influence these estimates include inflationary trends, technical and schedule risk, performance trends, asset utilization, and anticipated labor rates.
The development of a contract revenue and gross margin percentage involves utilization of detailed procedures by a team of operational and financial personnel that provides information on the status of the contracts.  Estimates of each significant contract’s revenue and cost are reviewed and approved by the team on a quarterly basis.  Any approved changes in these estimates are analyzed to determine if they result in recognition of cumulative adjustments to the contract profit in the period in which changes are made.  
Due to the significance of the judgment in the estimation process described above, it is possible that materially different margins could be recorded if we used different assumptions or if the underlying circumstances were to change.  Changes in underlying assumptions/estimates or circumstances may adversely or positively affect financial performance in future periods.

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Goodwill and Intangible Assets.  Goodwill is not amortized; rather, it is tested annually in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 350, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (“ASC 350”). The Company exercises its judgment in evaluating its goodwill and intangible assets for possible impairment.  The Company performs goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment testing annually in the fourth quarter of each fiscal year as well as whenever events or changes in circumstances during the fiscal year indicate that the carrying amount may not be recoverable. The Company evaluates whether any triggering events have occurred during the fiscal year, such as a significant decrease in expected cash flows at a reporting unit or changes in market or other business conditions that may indicate a potential impairment of goodwill or other intangible assets.
The Company has the option to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of the reporting unit is less than its carrying amount.  If it is, the quantitative tests require comparing recorded values to estimated fair values for the assets under review.  If it is not, no additional analysis is required, however the Company may choose to perform a quantitative assessment of the fair value.
The Company's goodwill balances were $86.8 million at both December 31, 2015 and 2014. Under guidelines established by FASB ASC Topic 280, Segment Reporting (“ASC 280”) the Company operates in two operating segments. However, the Company has recorded its goodwill and conducts testing for potential goodwill impairment at a reporting unit level.   The reporting units represent a business for which discrete financial information is available, and segment management regularly reviews the operating results.  There are three reporting units within the Company that have goodwill recorded with 72.0% of the goodwill reported within the Aerostructures operating segment and the remaining 28.0% reported in the Engineering Services operating segment. The Aerostructures operating segment has three reporting units of which only two have goodwill. In the Aerostructures segment, the Valent reporting unit has $56.3 million of goodwill and the Fabrication reporting unit has $6.2 million of goodwill at December 31, 2015. The Engineering Services reporting unit goodwill balance was $24.3 million at December 31, 2015.
The Company chose to perform the quantitative test of the fair values of goodwill and indefinite lived intangibles relating to the Engineering Services and Valent reporting units. The fair values for goodwill testing are estimated using a combination of the income and market approach unless circumstances indicate that a better estimate of fair value is available. The income approach utilizes the discounted cash flow model (“DCF model”) and the market approach is based on the market data for a group of guideline companies.
Using the DCF model requires the Company to forecast operating cash flows, including future sales growth, operating costs, tax rates, capital spending, and working capital changes. These assumptions may vary significantly among the reporting units. In addition estimates are required for the discount rate and the terminal value.  The discount rate represents the expected return on capital and is based on the estimated weighted average cost of capital for a market participant. The discount rate considers the risk inherent in the projections used to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit.  This rate takes into account the uncertainty about the expected revenue growth of the reporting unit and expected operating margins as well as the past performance of the reporting unit.  The cash flow forecasts of the reporting units are based upon management’s long-term view of the Company’s markets.  The Company has not materially changed its methodology for goodwill impairment testing for the years presented. Due to the many variables inherent in the estimation of a reporting unit's fair value and the relative size of the Company's recorded goodwill, differences in assumptions may have a material effect on the results of the Company's impairment analysis.
The Company also used the market approach to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit.  The Company utilizes the guideline public company method in which valuation pricing multiples are derived from the market share prices of stocks of companies that are engaged in the same or similar lines of business as the reporting unit, and that are actively traded on a free and open market.  The derived multiples are then applied to the reporting unit’s financial metrics producing indications of value, which are correlated to reach a final indication of value. The Company used EBITDA multiples based on the last 12 months and for the next 12 months to EBITDA to estimate fair value using a market approach. 
Engineering Services Reporting unit: The Company's 2015 annual step one impairment test did not indicate that the fair value of this reporting unit was below its carrying value. The fair value exceeded the book value by 8.4% at the testing date. The key assumptions used in the Step One test are as follows:
Discount rate:  The discount rate used in determining the fair value of the reporting unit was 12.2% which was higher than rate of 11.7% used in 2014. The discount rate increase in 2015 was primarily due to the historical earnings volatility of the unit in the last three fiscal periods. An increase in the discount rate of one percentage point would result in the fair value of the reporting unit approximating the carrying value of the unit.
Revenue growth assumptions:  Projected annual growth assumptions are based on the Company’s and its peers historical operating performance adjusted for current and expected competitive and economic factors surrounding the aerospace and defense industry (the “industry”).  The growth rates used approximated 4.1% per year. The Company used a terminal growth rate of 3.0% to calculate the terminal value in the discounted cash flow analysis.
Operating profit margin assumptions:  The forecasted operating profit used in the income approach is expected to improve in the future years as a result of sales growth and a reduction in operating costs resulting from restructuring activities completed in fiscal year 2015. The closure of the Greenville, South Carolina and Melbourne, Australia offices in addition

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to the elimination of other management positions within this reporting unit are expected to generate annual savings of $3.0 million.
Working Capital assumptions and capital expenditures:  Working capital requirements were forecasted based on the reporting unit’s historical performance.  Capital expenditures were forecasted based on current spending plans for the forecast period and are expected to moderate as sales growth slows in the terminal year.
The Company also used the market approach to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit. The Company used EBITDA multiples based on the last 12 months and for the next 12 months to estimate fair value using a market approach. The multiple used in the valuation was approximately 7.1 times EBITDA. This resulted in a market value that was within 1.8% of the estimated fair value using the income approach. If any of these or other related estimates and assumptions are not realized in the future, to the extent the reporting unit cannot generate future cash flows at a level sufficient to recover the net book value, the Company may be required to record impairment charges. The impairment charges would reduce future net income and earnings per share.
During the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily the result of the continued decline in sales and profitability with respect to our engineering services business, the Company's 2014 annual impairment test (“Step One”) indicated that the fair value of this reporting unit was below its carrying value by $27.5 million, or 40.5%. As a result, the Company determined a second step (“Step Two”) of the impairment test was required for the Engineering Services reporting unit.
The Step Two test determined that a goodwill impairment associated with this reporting unit existed. The fair value of this reporting unit's goodwill exceeded the its implied fair value by approximately 52.1%, or $26.4 million. The following is a summary analysis of the significant assumptions used by the Company to estimate the fair value of this reporting unit using the income approach and how the assumptions were developed:
Discount rate:  The discount rate used in determining the fair value was 11.7% which was lower than the 12.9% rate used in testing in 2013 primarily due to the reduction in the bond yields used to determine the risk-free rate component of the calculation.  
Revenue growth assumptions:  Projected annual growth assumptions are based on the Company’s and its peers historical operating performance adjusted for current and expected competitive and economic factors. The Company used a terminal growth rate of 3.0% to calculate the terminal value in the discounted cash flow analysis.
Operating profit margin assumptions:  The forecasted operating profit used in the income approach is expected to improve in the future years as a result of leveraging of the cost of sales as a significant portion of this unit’s costs are fixed in nature. In addition, the Company implemented cost reductions in 2014 that are expect to improve margins in future years.
Working Capital assumptions and capital expenditures:  Working capital requirements were forecasted based on the reporting unit’s historical performance.  Capital expenditures were forecasted based on current spending plans for the forecast period and expected to moderate as sales growth slows in the terminal year.
The Company also used the market approach to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit.  The Company used EBITDA multiples based on the next 12 months to estimate fair value using a market approach.  These multiple used in the valuation was 8.5 times EBITDA. This resulted in a market value that was within 0.3% of the estimated fair value using the income approach.
Valent Reporting unit: The Company's 2015 annual step one impairment test did not indicate that the fair value of this reporting unit was below its carrying value. The fair value exceeded the book value by 17.3% at the testing date. The key assumptions used in the Step One test are as follows:
Discount rate:  The discount rate used in determining the fair value of the reporting unit was 12.0% which was slightly higher than rate of 11.5% used in 2014. The increase in the discount rate reflects the use of corporate bond yield rates for securities with a debt rating similar to that of the Company's senior secured notes at December 31, 2015. This corporate bond yield rate was used in the calculation of the risk-free rate. An increase in the discount rate of one percentage point would indicate that the fair value of the reporting unit remains in excess of the carrying value of the unit.
Revenue growth assumptions:  Projected annual growth assumptions are based on the Company’s and its peers historical operating performance adjusted for current and expected competitive and economic factors surrounding the aerospace and defense industry (the “industry”).  The growth rates used approximated 8.1% per year primarily driven by expected increased demand for large commercial aircraft. The Company used a terminal growth rate of 3.0% to calculate the terminal value in the discounted cash flow analysis.
Operating profit margin assumptions:  The forecasted operating profit used in the income approach is expected to improve in the future years as a result of leveraging additional sales.
Working Capital assumptions and capital expenditures:  Working capital requirements were forecasted based on the reporting unit’s historical performance.  Capital expenditures were forecasted based on current spending plans for the forecast period and are expected to moderate as sales growth slows in the terminal year.

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The Company also used the market approach to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit. The Company used EBITDA multiples based on the last 12 months and for the next 12 months to estimate fair value using a market approach. The multiple used in the valuation was approximately 8.7 times EBITDA. This resulted in a market value that was within 4.3% of the estimated fair value using the income approach. If any of these or other related estimates and assumptions are not realized in the future, to the extent the reporting unit cannot generate future cash flows at a level sufficient to recover the net book value, the Company may be required to record impairment charges. The impairment charges would reduce future net income and earnings per share.
The Company's 2014 annual step one impairment test did not indicate that the fair value of this reporting unit was below its carrying value. The fair value exceeded the book value by 10.9% at the testing date. The key assumptions used in the Step One test were as follows:
Discount rate:  The discount rate used in determining the fair value of the reporting unit was 11.5% which was lower than rate of 12.5% used in 2013. The decrease in the discount rate was primarily due to a reduction in the treasury bond yield rates used to determine the risk-free rate. An increase in the discount rate of 1% would indicate that the fair value of the reporting unit remains in excess of the carrying value of the unit.
Revenue growth assumptions:  Projected annual growth assumptions are based on the Company’s and its peers historical operating performance adjusted for current and expected competitive and economic factors surrounding the aerospace and defense industry (the “industry”).  The growth rates used approximated 7.8% per year primarily driven by expected increased demand for large commercial aircraft. The Company used a terminal growth rate of 3.0% to calculate the terminal value in the discounted cash flow analysis.
Operating profit margin assumptions:  The forecasted operating profit used in the income approach is expected to improve in the future years as a result of leveraging additional sales and improved operating synergies.
Working Capital assumptions and capital expenditures:  Working capital requirements were forecasted based on the reporting unit’s historical performance.  Capital expenditures were forecasted based on current spending plans for the forecast period and are expected to moderate as sales growth slows in the terminal year.
The Company also used the market approach to estimate the fair value of the reporting unit. The Company used EBITDA multiples based on the last 12 months and for the next 12 months to estimate fair value using a market approach. The multiple used in the valuation was approximately 9.3 times EBITDA. This resulted in a market value that was within 6.5% of the estimated fair value using the income approach.
The Valent reporting unit's goodwill of $56.3 million at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 reflected a goodwill impairment of $73.5 million that was recorded in 2013.
Fabrication Reporting Unit: The goodwill balance related to the Fabrication reporting unit was $6.2 million at December 31, 2015. The Company performed the annual test of goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets for the Fabrication unit by performing a qualitative assessment and concluded it was more likely than not that the fair value of the unit exceeded carrying value, and thus no impairment charge was recorded.  A significant amount of judgment is involved in determining if an indicator of impairment has occurred.  Such indicators may include deterioration in general economic conditions, negative developments in equity and credit markets, adverse changes in the markets in which a unit operates, increases in input costs that have a negative effect on earnings and cash flows, or a trend of negative or declining cash flows over multiple periods, among others.  The fair value that could be realized in an actual transaction may differ from that used to evaluate the impairment of goodwill.  
As of December 31, 2015, and in further support of our analysis, our net book value for the entire Company (i.e., shareholders’ equity) was $118.0 million, and our market capitalization was approximately $133.4 million.
Other Intangibles. Customer-related intangible assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheets were $46.2 million and $50.3 million, at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The assets resulted from the acquisitions of Versaform Corporation, D3, Intec, TASS and Valent have an original estimated useful lives ranging from five to twenty-two years.  The trademark that resulted from the D3 acquisition was determined to have an indefinite life.  Other trademarks are amortized over a period of three to seven years. Other intangible assets resulting from the acquisition of Intec, TASS and Valent have an original estimated useful life of three to six years.  The assumptions and judgments used in determining the useful lives of the intangible assets included in the period of time over which the Company expects to use the asset, expected duration of revenue that will be generated from the asset and how relationships with customers will create future propensity to purchase products and services from the Company. Valent intangible assets are amortized using on the straight-line method. All other remaining intangibles assets are not material.
We test the indefinite lived intangible asset for impairment, at least annually, by comparing its carrying value over the amount of discounted cash flows attributable to the intangible asset.  We test the finite lived intangible assets for impairment by assessing the current period cash flows of each asset group.  Events or changes in circumstances, including loss of a significant customer, a significant decrease in the level of business with a customer or a long-term contract not being extended, would indicate that the carrying amount of any of these intangible assets may not be recoverable and a change in the remaining useful life could be required. If that is the case, an undiscounted cash flow test will be performed and, if necessary, an impairment charge will be

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recognized for the amount by which the carrying amount of these assets exceeds its fair value. The trademark related to the D3 acquisition for $4.2 million was determined to be impaired and was written off in 2013. The other intangible assets relating to the Engineering Services reporting unit of $4.9 million were tested during the 2014 Step Two impairment test, as discussed above, and were not deemed to be impaired at December 31, 2014. The other intangible assets were evaluated for triggering events quarterly by the Company in 2015 and were not deemed to be impaired. 
Income Taxes.  The objective of accounting for income taxes is to recognize the amount of taxes payable or refundable for the current year and deferred tax liabilities and assets based on the future tax consequences of events that have been recognized in our financial statements or tax returns. Deferred tax assets are also required to be reduced by a valuation allowance if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized.

We record an income tax expense or benefit based on the net income earned or net loss incurred in each tax jurisdiction and the tax rate applicable to that income or loss. In the ordinary course of business, there are transactions for which the ultimate tax outcome is uncertain. The final tax outcome for these matters may be different from management’s original estimates made in determining the income tax provision. A change to these estimates could impact the effective tax rate and net income or loss subsequent periods.

A valuation allowance, if needed, reduces deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized. When determining the amount of net deferred tax assets that are more likely than not to be realized, management assesses all available positive and negative evidence. This evidence includes, but is not limited to, prior earnings history, expected future earnings, carry-back and carry-forward periods and the feasibility of ongoing tax strategies that could potentially enhance the likelihood of the realization of a deferred tax asset. The weight given to the positive and negative evidence is commensurate with the extent the evidence may be objectively verified. As such, it is generally difficult for positive evidence regarding projected future taxable income exclusive of reversing taxable temporary differences to outweigh objective negative evidence of recent financial reporting losses.
Based on these criteria and the relative weighting of both the positive and negative evidence available, and in particular the activity surrounding the Company's losses in 2015, 2014 and 2013, management determined that it was necessary to establish a valuation allowance against all of its net U.S. deferred tax assets at December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013. This determination was made as the Company entered into a cumulative loss position in the year ended December 31, 2013, due to the recording of a goodwill impairment of $73.5 million related to Valent. The Company remains in a loss position at December 31, 2015. Once the Company entered into a cumulative loss position, it passed the threshold after which there is a presumption that it should no longer rely solely on projected future income when determining whether the deferred tax asset is more likely than not to be realized. While the Company does project future income, the objectively verifiable negative evidence of the recent losses and risk related to those projections outweighs the positive evidence. A valuation allowance of $17.6 million was recorded to fully reserve the U.S. net deferred tax asset at December 31, 2013. The remaining valuation allowance, which fully reserves the U.S. net deferred tax asset, was $14.7 and $12.7 million at December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
As of December 31, 2015, the total net deferred tax liability was $0.5 million. This includes an $14.7 million valuation allowance on net deferred tax assets. Net deferred tax assets at December 31, 2015 included $13.7 million related to US assets and $0.4 million related to other foreign operations. The Company will continue to monitor its deferred tax position and may adjust the valuation allowance, if necessary, for utilization of the underlying deferred tax assets through current taxable income or as available evidence changes.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
For information related to recently issued accounting standards, see Note 1 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8 below.
 
ITEM 7A.QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.
 
We are exposed to market risks, including interest rates, inflation, and foreign currency exchange rates.

Interest Rate Sensitivity

At December 31, 2015, all of the Company's outstanding debt was at fixed rates. The interest rate associated with the Company's revolving credit agreement, for which no borrowings were outstanding at December 31, 2015, is variable. Borrowings under the revolving facility bear interest at either the LIBOR rate plus a margin of 3.00% to 3.50% or the alternate base rate (“ABR”) which is the highest of the following plus a margin of 2.00% to 2.50%, respectively, with the applicable margins for the

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revolving credit facility subject to a grid based on the average availability ratio of the Company for the most recently completed quarter:

Prime rate,
Federal funds rate plus 0.5%, or,
The adjusted Eurodollar rate for an interest period of one month plus 1%.

During 2015, our average outstanding revolving debt at variable interest rates was $0.3 million. We estimate that a 1% change in the interest rates of our average floating-rate debt outstanding during the year ended December 31, 2015 would not have materially impacted interest expense.  This amount is determined by calculating the effect of a hypothetical interest rate change on our floating-rate debt.  As of December 31, 2015, we had $254.5 million in carrying value of fixed-rate debt, primarily consisting of notes payable and Industrial Revenue Bonds, with a fair value of approximately the same.

 On June 19, 2014, the Company, in conjunction with the restructuring of its debt facilities, settled all outstanding option and swap derivative contracts.

Inflation Risk
 
The Company experiences risk related to commodity prices as some of the raw materials and operating supplies are subject to price and supply fluctuations caused by the market.  We strive to mitigate the impact of commodity price risk and participate in Boeing and Spirit Aerosystems' collective raw material sourcing contracts, which allow us to obtain raw materials at pre-negotiated rates.  This mitigates the exposure to market volatility of certain raw materials used in the aerospace industry.  Our supply agreements with The Boeing Company allow us to pass on certain unusual increases in raw material costs to The Boeing Company; however, in limited scenarios, we may not be fully compensated for the increased costs.  We have long-term supply agreements with several of our primary suppliers.  We do not enter into forward contracts or other financial instruments to hedge commodity price risk; however, we do focus on strategic risk management of all raw material commodities.
 
Foreign Currency Exchange Risk

Certain of our operations outside of the United States use the related local currency as their functional currency.  We translate revenue and expense at average rates of exchange during the period.  We translate assets and liabilities at the rates of exchange as of the consolidated balance sheet dates and include foreign currency translation gains and losses as a component of accumulated other comprehensive income.  Due to the nature of our operations and our corporate structure, we also have subsidiaries that have transactions in foreign currencies other than their functional currency.  We record transaction gains and losses in our consolidated statements of operations related to the recurring re-measurement and settlement of such transactions.  A 10% change in foreign currency exchange rates would not have a material impact to our consolidated financial position or results of operations.

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ITEM 8.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

The following financial statements are included in Item 8 of this report:


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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
 
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of LMI Aerospace, Inc.:

In our opinion, the accompanying consolidated balance sheets and the related consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss), of shareholders' equity and of cash flows present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of LMI Aerospace, Inc. and its subsidiaries at December 31, 2015 and 2014, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2015, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the index appearing under Item 15 presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2014, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company's management is responsible for these financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Report of Management Regarding Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated audits. We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
 
As discussed in Notes 1, 8 and 14 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed the classification and presentation of debt issuance costs and deferred income taxes in 2015.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Saint Louis, Missouri
March 11, 2016



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LMI AEROSPACE, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
December 31,
 
2015
 
2014
Assets
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
10,504

 
$
7,927

Trade accounts receivable, net
48,491

 
58,234

Inventories
114,775

 
114,279

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
4,147

 
10,255

Total current assets
177,917

 
190,695

 
 
 
 
Property, plant and equipment, net
100,969

 
99,482

Goodwill
86,784

 
86,784

Intangible assets, net
46,582

 
50,940

Other assets
3,728

 
4,713

Total assets
$
415,980

 
$
432,614

 
 
 
 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
 

 
 

Current liabilities:
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
13,156

 
$
21,755

Accrued expenses
30,015

 
26,072

Current installments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations
2,362

 
3,424

Total current liabilities
45,533

 
51,251

 
 
 
 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current installments
247,633

 
259,645

Other long-term liabilities
4,322

 
3,289

Deferred income taxes
536

 
294

Total long-term liabilities
252,491

 
263,228

 
 
 
 
Shareholders’ equity:
 

 
 

Common stock, $0.02 par value per share; authorized 28,000,000 shares; issued 13,287,688 and 13,089,003 shares at December 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively
266

 
262

Preferred stock, $0.02 par value per share; authorized 2,000,000 shares; none issued at either date