AeroVironment -5.9% AH; gross margin drop pressures EPS

AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) is reiterating guidance for FY15 (ends April '15) revenue of $250M-$270M; consensus is at $258.3M. Gross margin guidance of 34.5%-37.5% is also affirmed.

In spite of 18% Y/Y revenue growth, gross margin fell 110 bps in FQ1 to 27.2%, pressuring EPS. AeroVironment says a contract termination cost settlement and higher service contract costs took a toll.

Funded backlog totaled $82M at the end of FQ1, up from $65.9M at the end of FQ4 and $76.9M a year ago.

FQ1 UAV division sales +17% Y/Y to $41.2M; EV charging system division sales +20% to $10.7M. GAAP SG&A spend +7% Y/Y to $13.4M; R&D spend -1% to $7.1M.

FQ1 results, PR

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