Hawker Beechcraft Acquisition Company reported net sales of $3.5 billion and operating income of $135.5 million for the 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2008. 2008 net sales were significantly impacted by the four-week strike by the International Association of Machinists (IAM) in August. The strike disrupted manufacturing and assembly operations, which significantly reduced aircraft deliveries for the remainder of the year. During 2008, the Company delivered 441 business and general aviation aircraft, consisting of 160 business jet, 178 turboprop and 103 piston aircraft.
The Company recorded a net after-tax loss for the year of $139.9 million. The loss included the impact of a non-cash increase in tax expense of $108.7 million as a result of a valuation reserve recorded against the U.S. federal deferred tax assets in compliance with the prescribed GAAP accounting treatment for deferred tax assets.
Net bookings for the year were $4.8 billion and year end backlog was $7.6 billion. As the general economic environment has deteriorated, new order activity has declined and order cancellations have increased. The Company does not believe 2009 new bookings will reach recent year levels and anticipates declining backlog in 2009.
In response to weakness in the global economy and anticipated reduced aircraft production rates, the Company reduced its workforce by approximately 500 workers in November 2008 and, in early 2009, announced another 2,300 reductions to be completed by the end of the year. These reductions will decrease operating costs in 2009; however, the impact on the Company’s 2008 results was not significant.