CPI Aerostructures Announces Preliminary (Unaudited) 2012 Year-End Financial Results

  CPI Aerostructures Announces Preliminary (Unaudited) 2012 Year-End Financial

                Projects Positive Operating Cash Flow for 2013

Business Wire

EDGEWOOD, N.Y. -- February 6, 2013

CPI Aerostructures, Inc. (“CPI Aero®”) (NYSE MKT: CVU) announced today
preliminary (unaudited) results for the year ended December 31, 2012. The
Company plans to issue its 2012 audited final results on March 8, 2013.

2012 Preliminary (Unaudited) Results vs. 2011 Audited Results:

  *Revenue of approximately $89.6 million, an increase of 21% from $74.1
  *Net income of approximately $11.1 million, an increase of 50% from $7.4
  *Net income per diluted share of $1.42, an increase of 37% from $1.04
  *Gross margin exceeded our expected range of 25%-27%

Edward J. Fred, CPI Aero’s President & CEO, stated, “2012 was the best year in
CPI Aero’s history in terms of revenue and net income; however we
underestimated the severity of the marketplace uncertainty that weighed on our
industry for the better part of 2012. We have reported for some time that the
looming threat of forced, across-the-board government spending cuts, known as
sequestration, had resulted in delayed contract decisions by many prime
contractors in the aerospace and defense sector, including our customers. In
our method of accounting, CPI Aero begins recording revenue against contracts
as costs are incurred and therefore the timing of receipt of contract awards
has an impact on total revenue. In November 2012, when we lowered our 2012
guidance (initially provided in late 2011), we had expectations that new
defense and non-defense subcontract awards were forthcoming, with sufficient
time remaining until the end of the year to generate revenue to achieve the
new guidance. While we did receive an expected significant commercial contract
before 2012 year-end, it came too late to book meaningful revenue in the
fourth quarter. Additionally, a large defense contract which we expected to
receive in late 2012 is currently projected to be received during the first
quarter of 2013.”

Mr. Fred concluded, “Sequestration is expected to become law on March 1, 2013,
unless Congress acts to avert it. We plan to announce our 2013 guidance once
the federal budget situation becomes sufficiently defined. Regardless of
whether sequestration occurs, we believe that its very threat will impact our
business in 2013. We now believe that 2013 revenue and earnings will be lower
than 2012 and the results will be similar to those of 2011, which was the
second best year in the history of the Company. We further expect that product
shipments will be greater in 2013 than in 2012 as many of our programs
transition from development to production. These increasing shipments,
combined with less spending for startup costs associated with new contracts
and a decline in non-recurring expenses on our maturing programs, is expected
to result in positive cash flow from operations of approximately $3 million

About CPI Aero

CPI Aero is engaged in the contract production of structural aircraft parts
for leading prime defense contractors, the U.S. Air Force, and other branches
of the armed forces. CPI Aero also acts as a subcontractor to prime aircraft
manufacturers in the production of commercial aircraft parts. In conjunction
with its assembly operations, CPI Aero provides engineering, technical and
program management services. Among the key programs that CPI Aero supplies are
the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye surveillance aircraft, the A-10 Thunderbolt attack
jet, the Gulfstream G650, the UH-60 BLACK HAWK helicopter, the S-92®
helicopter, the MH-60S mine countermeasure helicopter, AH-1Z ZULU attack
helicopter, the HondaJet-Advanced Light Jet, the MH-53 and CH-53 variant
helicopters, the C-5A Galaxy cargo jet, the E-3 Sentry AWACS jet, the Embraer
Phenom 300 light business jet and the New Cessna Citation X. CPI Aero is
included in the Russell 2000^® Index.

The above statements include forward looking statements that involve risks and
uncertainties, which are described from time to time in CPI Aero’s SEC
reports, including CPI Aero’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011
and CPI Aero’s Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2012, June 30, 2012
and September 30, 2012.

CPI Aero is a registered trademark of CPI Aerostructures, Inc.


CPI Aero
Vincent Palazzolo, 631-586-5200
Chief Financial Officer
The Equity Group Inc.
Lena Cati, 212-836-9611
Investor Relations Counsel
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