July 28, 2011

Butler National Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End Financial Results and Conference Call

OLATHE, Kan., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Butler National Corporation (OTC QB:BUKS) a leading manufacturer and provider of support systems for "Classic" commercial and military aircraft, announces its financial results for the fourth quarter fiscal 2011 and year ended April 30, 2011. In conjunction with the release, the Company has scheduled a conference call Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at 9:00 AM Central Daylight Time.

What: Butler National Corporation Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End Results Conference Call

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - 9:00AM Central Daylight Time

How: Live via phone by dialing 800-624-7038. Code: Butler National Corporation. Participants to the conference call should call in at least 5 minutes prior to the start time.

Clark D. Stewart, President & CEO, Butler National Corporation, will be leading the call and discussing results of the fourth quarter and fiscal year-end financial results, the status of existing and new business, and an outlook for fiscal 2012.

    Historical selected financial data related to all operations:
                        Year Ended April 30           Quarter Ended April 30
                        (In thousands except per   (In thousands except per
                                     share data)   share data)
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                      2011      2010      2009      2011      2010     2009
                      ----      ----      ----      ----      ----     ----
    Net Sales      $46,355   $32,577   $18,093   $12,913   $13,173   $4,288
     Income          2,829     3,344     1,832       598     1,056      678
    Net Income       1,260     2,890       829        32     1,510      279
    Total Assets    32,158    29,566    25,798    32,158    29,566   25,798
     Obligations     4,940     4,305     6,345     4,940     4,305    6,345
     Equity         18,025    16,308    13,219    18,025    16,308   13,219
     Shares -
     Diluted        56,109    55,503    54,934    56,109    55,503   54,934
    New Product
     Cost            1,652     1,720     1,892       433       374     (609)

Management Comments:

"Fiscal 2011 was another successful year for Butler National Corporation. We set a new high in sales during a challenging economic time. We continued to focus on our core aviation products including the acquisition of Kings Avionics in September of 2010. Our Modifications segment led the way generating over four million dollars in operating profit compared with just over two million in fiscal 2010. We believe the company is well-positioned to continue growing shareholder value.

Our revenue for fiscal 2011 was $46.4 million, an increase of 42.2% from fiscal 2010 revenue of $32.6 million. Net Income for fiscal 2011 was $1.3 million, a decrease from our record fiscal 2010 net income of $2.9 million. This decrease resulted from increased tax expenses and as a result of lower net income from Boot Hill Casino and Resort. Income tax expenses increased approximately $1.2 million dollars and net income before minority interest from Boot Hill Casino and Resort decreased by approximately $1.0 million in fiscal 2011 compared with fiscal 2010.

During Fiscal 2011, we invested approximately $1.7 million toward the development and acquisition of new products. We feel this expenditure for the design and development engineering, testing, and certification of new products may stabilize our long-term revenues and enhance our profits.

We are moving confidently into fiscal year 2012, planning to build on our success. We believe we are well positioned for the future as we focus on serving the needs of our customers and enhancing shareholder value," commented Clark D. Stewart, President of the Company.

Business Segment Highlights

Aircraft Modifications:

Revenue from Aircraft Modifications segment for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011, was $13.9 million, an increase of 3% from fiscal 2010 with revenue of $13.5 million. The modifications segment operating profit for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011, was $4.4 million, an increase of 105% from fiscal 2010 with an operating profit of $2.1 million.

During the past few years we have seen a significant increase in aircraft camera modification. The repetitive nature of our current aircraft modifications has significantly increased our operating profits. As the economy grows aircraft owners may elect to update, modify, and purchase business aircraft. A shift to business aircraft ownership positively impacts our aircraft modification revenues. Although we cannot anticipate the future we must always consider the negative impact of items such as the September 11, 2001 event, increases in fuel prices, and general economic downturns.


Revenue from Avionics for the fiscal year ending April 30, 2011 was $5.1 million, a decrease of 8% from fiscal 2010 with revenue of $5.5 million. The avionics segment had an operating profit of $340,000 in fiscal 2011 down from $2.2 million for fiscal 2010. Our history shows a cycle of profitability in the avionics segment. Profitability varies based upon the product mix sold during a given period. Butler's proprietary products have a significantly higher margin. The company objective is to shift to these higher margin products. However, the customer expects us to supply a full line of products. Many economic and political uncertainties can impact the avionics product line.

Monitoring Services:

Revenue decreased 3% from $1.61 million for fiscal 2010 to $1.56 million for fiscal 2011. During fiscal 2011, we maintained a relatively level volume of long-term contracts with municipalities. We anticipate increases in revenue from additional lift station rehabilitations over the next three to four years. Revenue fluctuates due to the introduction of new products and services and the related installations of these types of products. Our contracts with our two largest customers have been renewed through fiscal 2012. An operating profit of $254,000 in Monitoring Services was recorded for fiscal 2011, compared to a profit of $297,000 for fiscal 2010, a decrease of 14.6%. We believe the service business has had revenue stability over the past few years and we expect this to continue.

Corporate/Professional Services Including Gaming Operations:

Services in this segment include the architectural services related to gaming and other real estate development, administrative management services, and engineering consulting services.

Revenue consisting of architectural services and revenue related to completed construction projects were $849,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010 and $282,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011. Projects related to architectural services decreased $524,000 for the twelve months to revenue of $644,000 at April 30, 2011. An operating loss of $264,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 was recorded compared to a profit of $60,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010.

Revenue related to gaming and other real estate development, on site contract management of gaming establishments for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 was $2.2 million compared to $1.7 million for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010, an increase of 31.4%. Operating profits from management services related to gaming increased $525,000 from $353,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2010, to $877,000 for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011.

Boot Hill Casino and Resort opened for business on December 15, 2009. In the fiscal year ended April 30, 2011 the Gaming Facility received gross revenue including funds for the State of Kansas of $42.2 million compared to $16.1 million in fiscal year ended April 30, 2010. Mandated fees, taxes and distributions reduced gross revenue by $19.5 million resulting in net revenue to the manager of $22.7 million compared to $8.3 million in fiscal year ended April 30, 2010. Net income before taxes and minority interest were $397,000 in fiscal year ended April 30, 2010 compared to a loss of $577,000 in fiscal year ended April 30, 2011.


As of July 22, 2011 our backlog totaled approximately $8.9 million. The backlog includes firm, pending, and contract orders, which may not be completed within the next fiscal year. The backlog includes orders to be delivered after fiscal year 2012 in the amount of approximately $1.1 million. This is consistent with the industry in which modifications services and related contracts may take several months and sometimes years to complete. There can be no assurance that all orders will be completed or that some may ever commence.

Our Business:

Butler National Corporation operates in the Aerospace and Services business segments. The Aerospace segment focuses on the manufacturing of support systems for "Classic" commercial and military aircraft including the Butler National TSD for the Boeing 737 and 747 Classic aircraft, switching equipment for Boeing McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, weapon control systems for Boeing Helicopter and performance enhancement structural modifications for Learjet, Cessna, Dassault and Beechcraft business aircraft. Services include electronic monitoring of water pumping stations, temporary employee services, gaming services and administrative management services.

Forward-Looking Information:

The information set forth above includes "forward-looking statements" as outlined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "believe," "should" and similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements reflect the present expectation of future events of our management and are subject to a number of important factors, risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These factors and risks include, but are not limited to the Cautionary Statements and Risk Factors, filed as Exhibit 99 and Section 1A to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, incorporated herein by reference. Investors are specifically referred to such Cautionary Statements and Risk Factors for discussion of factors, which could affect the Company's operations, and forward-looking statements contained herein.


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