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Air Industries Group Announces: Sales for Three Months increased by over 19% for the three months and nearly 10% and for the nine months over 2016, Operating Loss for both the Three and Nine Months narrows, Lou Melluzzo assumes Chief Executive Officer Role

Hauppauge, NY – Globe Newswire – November 15, 2017 –

Air Industries Group (NYSE AMEX: AIRI) – Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017

For the Three Months ended September 30, 2017:     Revenue for the three months was $17.3 million, an increase of approximately $1.6 million or 10.2% from approximately $15.7 million in the prior year. Excluding the revenue from AMK, which was sold in January 2017, revenue for the three months increased by $2.8 million or 19.7%.

Net loss from operations for the three months ended September 30, 2017, decreased by $1.4 million to $0.9 million compared with $2.3 million for the prior year. Net loss before tax was $2.9 million, a decrease of approximately $0.5 million from a loss of approximately $3.4 million in the prior year.

For the Nine Months ended September 30, 2017:       Revenue for the nine months was $50.5 million, a slight increase of approximately $0.3 million or .6% from approximately $50.2 million in the prior year. However, excluding revenue related to the AMK subsidiary, which was sold in January 2017, revenue for the nine months increased by $4.5 million or 9.9%.

Net loss from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, decreased by $1.3 million to $2.6 million compared with $3.9 million for the prior year. Net loss before tax was $6.2 million, an increase of approximately $0.4 million from a loss of approximately $5.8 million in the prior year.

The Company’s funded 18-month backlog totaled $90 million at December 31, 2016 and for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, increased by $12 million to a total of approximately $102 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, new business bookings totaled $56.7 million: A book-to-bill ratio of 112%.

Mr. Peter Rettaliata Acting CEO of Air Industries Group commented: “We are encouraged, but not satisfied with our results for the quarter and nine months that just ended. We continue to increase revenue quarter over quarter and in comparison with the prior year. We are most encouraged by the reduction in our loss from operations for both the three and nine month periods of 2017 versus the prior year. We look forward to returning Air Industries to profitability.

 In October our shareholders approved our restructuring plan which converted both our preferred stock and over $4 million of debt to common stock. This has strengthened our balance sheet and reduced our interest expense going forward. Both will enhance our ability to perform against our growing backlog.

Mr. Michael Taglich, Chairman of the Board of Air Industries Group commented: “The Board of Directors has decided to elevate Lou Melluzzo to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Pete Rettaliata, together with two of our other directors Mike Brand and Dave Buonanno, has provided exceptional leadership during this difficult period. The Board is confident that Lou’s depth of experience will accelerate our return to profitability. At our recent Board of Directors meeting our long-time Director and Chairman of our Audit Committee, Seymour Siegel retired from the Board. Sy Siegel was a pleasure to work with and on behalf of all the shareholders; we thank him for his service and dedication to the Company. At this same Board meeting, Michael Porcelain was named to the Board and as Chairman of the Audit Committee.”

Conference Call

Air Industries will host a conference call on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 08:30AM EDT

Conference Toll-Free Number 1-855-719-5007

Conference ID – 704 3919   

Passcode – 312 843

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP

Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

Certain matters discussed in this press release are ‘forward-looking statements’ intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends in the marketplace, the ability to realize firm backlog and projected backlog, cost cutting measures, potential future results and acquisitions, are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to variability in size, scope and duration, the inherent discrepancy in actual results from estimates, projections and forecasts made by management, regulatory delays, changes in government funding and budgets, and other factors, including general economic conditions, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Air Industries Group

631.881.4913

ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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Air Industries Group Receives Letter From NYSE American Regarding Timely Notice of Record Date for 2017 Annual Meeting

Hauppauge, NY — (Globe Newswire – September 8, 2017) –

Air Industries Group (NYSE American: AIRI) – Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, received a letter from NYSE Regulation regarding its failure to notify NYSE American LLC of the “record date” for the Company’s 2017 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting. The Company previously set August 10, 2017, as the record date for its 2017 Annual Meeting, meaning that only stockholders as of the close of business on August 10, 2017 are entitled to vote their respective shares at the Company’s Annual Meeting to be held on October 3, 2017.

A company listed on the NYSE American LLC is required to provide the Exchange with notice of the record date for its Annual Stockholders’ meeting at least 10 days prior to the record date. Air Industries failed to provide the requisite notice of the record date to the Exchange. As a result, it received a letter from NYSE Regulation on September 5, 2017, advising the Company that it did not comply with Section 703 of the NYSE American Company Guide.

Concurrently with the issuance of this press release, the Company is filing a Report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission related to this matter. The Company confirms August 10, 2017 as the record date for its upcoming Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which will be held on October 3, 2017. The Company filed its proxy statement in connection with the 2017 Annual Meeting and the proxy statement and annual report materials have been mailed to its stockholders. Any stockholder that has not received the materials should contact the Company which will arrange for their delivery.

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP
Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

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Air Industries Group
631.881.4913
ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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Air Industries Group Announces Appointment of Lou Melluzzo as President of the Company, Peter Rettaliata to remain as Acting CEO

Hauppauge, NY — (Globe Newswire – August 29, 2017 –

Air Industries Group (NYSE: AIRI) – Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, announces that Mr. Luciano (Lou) Melluzzo has been appointed President of Air Industries Group.

Mr. Melluzzo, has over 30 years of aerospace machining experience, and was Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Business Development at EDAC Technologies.  He joined EDAC in November 2003 at which time EDAC’s revenues were approximately $26 million; down from approximately $45 million just two years earlier. Eight years later in 2011, as a result of strong organic growth and several acquisitions, EDAC’s revenue had increased three-fold to over $86 million.  In addition to his other duties, Mr. Melluzzo was responsible for integrating the acquired companies into EDAC, frequently having to consolidate the operations into existing EDAC facilities.

During Mr. Melluzzo’s tenure, the market capitalization of EDAC increased by approximately 789% from just $4.5 million in November 2003 to $36.1 million in September 2011.

Mr. Peter Rettaliata, who took on the role of President and CEO in March with Mr. Daniel Godin’s departure, will remain Acting CEO.

Mr. Michael Taglich, Chairman of the Board of Air Industries commented: “Since March, we have spent considerable time on searching for the right leadership. In Lou we believe we have found the candidate with the exact experience in integrating acquisitions, driving organic growth and consolidating facilities that we were looking for. We are confident that Lou will be invaluable helping us to improve our operational execution and enhancing our profitability.”

 

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP

Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

Certain matters discussed in this press release are ‘forward-looking statements’ intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends in the marketplace, the ability to realize firm backlog and projected backlog, cost cutting measures, potential future results and acquisitions, are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to variability in size, scope and duration, the inherent discrepancy in actual results from estimates, projections and forecasts made by management, regulatory delays, changes in government funding and budgets, and other factors, including general economic conditions, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Air Industries Group

631.881.4913

ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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August 17, 2017

Firm’s Rebuilding Push

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Air Industries Group Announces: Second Quarter Financial Results and Conference Call

August 15, 2017 – 08:30am EDT

Hauppauge, NY — (Globe Newswire – August 15, 2017) –

Air Industries Group (NYSE: AIRI) – Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Mr. Peter Rettaliata, Acting CEO of Air Industries Group commented: “The completion of our stock offering in early July has enabled us to dramatically reduce our accounts payable. This has greatly improved our balance sheet and has increased the confidence of our suppliers and our customers. We have announced a restructuring that will convert more debt and all of our preferred stock outstanding to common stock. When this is completed our balance sheet will be even stronger.

“Our short-term goal is to dramatically increase production, particularly in our Complex Machining Segment where we have a “past-due” balance of parts with firm purchase orders totaling nearly $ 10 million. To accomplish this we are actively recruiting additional machinists and accelerating the combination of the two companies in that segment into one. The additional capital from our public offering will enable us to complete this transition which will reduce costs and increase operating efficiencies.

“Increasing the through-put in all of our factories, operating more efficiently and the recent completion of some low-profit projects which constrained our gross profit, should enable us to expand our gross profit, both in dollars and as a percentage of sales for the balance of the year. Increasing gross profit is a prerequisite to profitability and increased EBITDA.

“Our goal for 2017 is increasing sales each quarter. Our revenue for the second quarter was approximately 13% higher than the first quarter. Our 18-month fully funded backlog remains firm at nearly $100 million and we continue to quote and win new business.”

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2017:

For the three months ended June 30, 2017:

• Consolidated net sales were $17,084,000, a decrease of $(2,279,000) or (11.7%) compared to consolidated net sales of $19,363,000 for the comparable period last year. Net sales for the three months of 2016 included sales of $1,315,000 at AMK, which was sold in January 2017. Comparable net sales declined $(965,000) or approximately (5%).
• Consolidated gross profit was $2,919,000, or approximately 17.1 % of sales for the three months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $4,155,000 or approximately 21.4% of sales for the comparable period last year.
• Consolidated operating expenses were $4,117,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2017, a decrease of $(65,000) or (1.5%) compared to $4,182,000 for the comparable period last year.

For three months ended June 30, 2017 consolidated operating loss was $(1,198,000) an increase of $(1,171,000) from consolidated operating loss of $(27,000) for the comparable period last year. Consolidated net loss was $(1,972,000) compared with $(252,000) for the comparable period last year.

Financial Results for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2017:

For the six months ended June 30, 2017:

• Consolidated net sales were $33,237, 000, a decrease of $(1,310,000) or (3.8%) compared to consolidated net sales of $34,547,000 for the comparable period last year. Net sales for the six months of 2016 included sales of $ 2,298,000 at AMK, which was sold in January 2017. Comparable net sales increased by approximately $571,000 or approximately 1.7%.
• Consolidated gross profit was $5,621,000 or approximately 16.9% of sales for the six months ended June 30, 2017 compared to $6,976,000 or approximately 20.2% of sales for the comparable period last year.
• Consolidated operating expenses were $7,338,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2017, a decrease of $(1,256,000) or (14.6%) compared to $8,594,000 for the comparable period last year.

For six months ended June 30, 2017 consolidated operating loss was $(1,717,000) an increase of $(99,000) from consolidated operating loss of $(1,618,000) for the comparable period last year. Consolidated net loss was $(3,126,000) compared with a consolidated net loss of $(1,682,000) for the comparable period last year.

Air Industries Management will be conducting a conference call on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 4:00pm EDT:

Phone number: 866-466-4414
Conference Code 294-2906 Participants pass-code 269-240

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP
Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.
Certain matters discussed in this press release are ‘forward-looking statements’ intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends in the marketplace, the ability to realize firm backlog and projected backlog, cost cutting measures, potential future results and acquisitions, are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to variability in size, scope and duration, the inherent discrepancy in actual results from estimates, projections and forecasts made by management, regulatory delays, changes in government funding and budgets, and other factors, including general economic conditions, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
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Air Industries Group
631.881.4913
ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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Air Industries Group Announces Pricing of its Common Stock

HAUPPAUGE, NY. – July 7, 2017 – Air Industries Group (NYSE MKT: AIRI “Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4,500,000 newly issued shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $1.50 per share. The gross proceeds to Air Industries from this offering are expected to be approximately $6.75 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by the Company. In connection with the offering, Air Industries has granted to the representative of the underwriters a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 675,000 shares of common stock. The offering is expected to close on or about July 12, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

Air Industries intends to use the net proceeds received from the sale of the common stock to pay a portion of its outstanding trade payables, redeem a portion of its outstanding convertible notes, and for general corporate purposes, including for working capital.

Roth Capital Partners is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering. National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (NasdaqCM: NHLD), is acting as co-manager.

The shares of common stock are being offered by the Company pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-217582), including a preliminary prospectus, previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 6, 2017. The preliminary prospectus is available on the SEC’s website located at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from Roth Capital Partners, 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (800) 678-9147.

A final prospectus describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Air Industries Group, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Air Industries Group
Air Industries Group (NYSE MKT: “Air Industries” or “the Company”) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the completion of the offering, the grant of an over-allotment option and use of proceed from the offering. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including any difficulty in obtaining additional financing to meet the Company’s business requirements and service its debt, difficulty in developing, manufacturing, marketing or selling the Company’s products, any failure to maintain and further establish relationships with distributors and other partners, competition in the market for pest management products, lack of understanding of bio-based pest management products by customers and growers, adverse decisions by regulatory agencies and other third parties and other factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus and the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

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Air Industries Group Announces Pricing of its Common Stock

HAUPPAUGE, NY. – July 7, 2017

Air Industries Group (NYSE MKT: AIRI “Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, today announced the pricing of an underwritten public offering of 4,500,000 newly issued shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $1.50 per share. The gross proceeds to Air Industries from this offering are expected to be approximately $6.75 million, before deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and other offering expenses payable by the Company. In connection with the offering, Air Industries has granted to the representative of the underwriters a 30-day over-allotment option to purchase up to an additional 675,000 shares of common stock. The offering is expected to close on or about July 12, 2017, subject to customary closing conditions.

Air Industries intends to use the net proceeds received from the sale of the common stock to pay a portion of its outstanding trade payables, redeem a portion of its outstanding convertible notes, and for general corporate purposes, including for working capital.

Roth Capital Partners is acting as the sole book-running manager for the offering. National Securities Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of National Holdings Corporation (NasdaqCM: NHLD), is acting as co-manager.

The shares of common stock are being offered by the Company pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-1 (File No. 333-217582), including a preliminary prospectus, previously filed with and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on July 6, 2017. The preliminary prospectus is available on the SEC’s website located at http://www.sec.gov. Copies of the preliminary prospectus may be obtained from Roth Capital Partners, 888 San Clemente Drive, Suite 400, Newport Beach, CA 92660, (800) 678-9147.

A final prospectus describing the terms of the offering will be filed with the SEC. This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any securities of Air Industries Group, and shall not constitute an offer, solicitation or sale of any security in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

About Air Industries Group
Air Industries Group (NYSE MKT: “Air Industries” or “the Company”) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements other than statements of historical facts included in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements and are not guarantees of future performance or results and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Examples of such statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the completion of the offering, the grant of an over-allotment option and use of proceed from the offering. Actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including any difficulty in obtaining additional financing to meet the Company’s business requirements and service its debt, difficulty in developing, manufacturing, marketing or selling the Company’s products, any failure to maintain and further establish relationships with distributors and other partners, competition in the market for pest management products, lack of understanding of bio-based pest management products by customers and growers, adverse decisions by regulatory agencies and other third parties and other factors described in the “Risk Factors” section of the prospectus and the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.. The Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement made herein. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.

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Air Industries Group Announces Preliminary (Unreviewed) Revenue Results for the Quarter ended June 30, 2017

Hauppauge, NY — (Globe Newswire – July 5, 2017 –

Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, announced preliminary revenue of approximately $ 17 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. Revenue for the second quarter was in line with Air Industries’ published revenue guidance for the quarter. Revenue for the second quarter was approximately 13% higher than for the first quarter of 2017.

Mr. Peter Rettaliata, CEO of Air Industries commented: “Our sales results for the second quarter are very encouraging. Sales over $ 7 million for the month of June were particularly encouraging. The Bridge Loan investment in May provided much needed liquidity enabling the acceleration of sales. I would like to thank all our employees for their hard work and our suppliers and customers for their continuing support.”

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP
Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.
Certain matters discussed in this press release are ‘forward-looking statements’ intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends in the marketplace, the ability to realize firm backlog and projected backlog, cost cutting measures, potential future results and acquisitions, are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to variability in size, scope and duration, the inherent discrepancy in actual results from estimates, projections and forecasts made by management, regulatory delays, changes in government funding and budgets, and other factors, including general economic conditions, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
Contact Information
Air Industries Group
631.881.4913
ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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Air Industries Group Announces Improved Financial Operating Results and Positive EBITDA for the First Quarter of 2017

Hauppauge, NY — (Globe Newswire – May 30, 2017) –

Air Industries Group (NYSE MKT: AIRI) – Air Industries Group (“Air Industries” or the “Company”), an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors, announced improved financial operating results and a positive EBITDA (defined as operating loss plus depreciation and amortization) of approximately $ 500,000 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Management will be conducting a conference call this afternoon:

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at 4:30pm Eastern Time.

Dial-In:   1-800-967-7149      Conference Code:   [ 248 614 ]

Revenue for the quarter was $16.2 million, an increase of approximately $969,000 or 6.4% from approximately $15.2 million in the prior year. Excluding AMK Welding, which was sold at the end of January 2017, revenue for the quarter increased by approximately 10%. Loss from operations was $(519,000), an improvement of approximately $ 1.1 million from a loss of $(1.6) million in the prior year. Net loss before tax was ($1.2) million, an improvement of approximately $932,000 from a loss of approximately ($2.1) million in the prior year.

The decrease in the loss from operations resulted from a significant decrease in operating costs, which offset a modest decline in gross profit from operations. Gross profit from operations was $ 2.7 million a decrease of $ (119,000) or (4.2%) from $ 2.8 million for the prior year. Operating costs were $ 3.2 million, a reduction of $(1.2) million compared to $ 4.2 million in the prior year. The decrease in operating costs resulted primarily from a reduction in corporate overhead and to a lesser degree the elimination of operating costs at AMK for two months of 2017.

Mr. Peter Rettaliata, Chief Executive Officer of Air Industries commented: “The improvements in revenue and the reduction in our loss for the first quarter are very encouraging. While our gross profit remains subdued due to production volumes that are below historical levels our cost containment program has more than compensated. We look forward to increasing revenue and improving profit in the coming quarters.”

 Mr. Michael Taglich, Chairman of the Board of Air Industries commented: “The improvement in our profitability and positive Ebitda on just $ 16 million in sales is heartening. Our gross profit margin remains subdued from suboptimal through-put in our factories. As we ramp up production, the leverage in EBITDA as a percentage of sales should prove fairly dramatic. We have previously issued revenue guidance of $ 18 million for the second quarter; while this is not out of reach it is more likely that revenue for the quarter will be closer to $ 17 million.

 

ABOUT AIR INDUSTRIES GROUP

Air Industries Group (AIRI) is an integrated manufacturer of precision equipment assemblies and components for leading aerospace and defense prime contractors. Air Industries operates in three segments: Complex Machining of aircraft landing gear and flight controls, Aerostructures & Electronics, and Turbine & Engine products.

Certain matters discussed in this press release are ‘forward-looking statements’ intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In particular, the Company’s statements regarding trends in the marketplace, the ability to realize firm backlog and projected backlog, cost cutting measures, potential future results and acquisitions, are examples of such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the timing of projects due to variability in size, scope and duration, the inherent discrepancy in actual results from estimates, projections and forecasts made by management, regulatory delays, changes in government funding and budgets, and other factors, including general economic conditions, not within the Company’s control. The factors discussed herein and expressed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission could cause actual results and developments to be materially different from those expressed in or implied by such statements. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this press release and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Contact Information

Air Industries Group

631.881.4913

ir@airindustriesgroup.com

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