TransDigm Group (NYSE:TDG) | Customers & Markets

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In the following, information about the customers and markets of TransDigm Group is provided.

TransDigm predominantly serves customers in the commercial, regional, business jet and general aviation aftermarket, which - in fiscal year 2014 - accounted for approximately 37% of total sales (39% in 2013, 42% in 2012 and 40% in 2011); the commercial aerospace OEM market, comprising large commercial transport manufacturers and regional and business jet manufacturers, which accounts for approximately 28% of total sales (30% in 2013, 29% in 2012 and 28% in 2011); and the defense market, which accounts for approximately 30% of total sales (25% in 2013, 23% in 2012 and 29% in 2011). Non-aerospace sales comprise approximately 5% of total sales (6% in 2013, 6% in 2012 and 3% in 2011). TransDigm estimates that approximately 55% of net sales in fiscal year 2014 were generated from aftermarket sales (53% in 2013, 55% in 2012 and 56% in 2011), the vast majority of which come from the commercial and military aftermarkets.

TransDigm's customers include: (1) distributors of aerospace components; (2) worldwide commercial airlines, including national and regional airlines; (3) large commercial transport and regional and business aircraft OEMs; (4) various armed forces of the United States and foreign governments; (5) defense OEMs; (6) system suppliers; and (7) various other industrial customers.

TransDigm has strong customer relationships with almost all large commercial transport, regional, general aviation and military OEMs. The demand for the company's aftermarket parts and services depends on, among other things, the breadth of its installed OEM base, revenue passenger miles (RPMs), the size and age of the worldwide aircraft fleet and, to a lesser extent, airline profitability. TransDigm is a leading supplier of components used on U.S. designed military aircraft, including components that are used on a variety of fighter aircraft, military freighters and military helicopters.

Key Non-Government Customers

TransDigms most important Non-Government customers are Boeing, Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer, Cessna (Textron), Gulfstream (General Dynamics), Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Sikorsky (United Technologies).

For the years ended September 30, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, Boeing (which includes Aviall, a distributor of commercial aftermarket parts to airlines throughout the world) accounted for approximately 13%, 12%, 13%, 14% and 14% of net sales, respectively. TransDigm's top ten customers in fiscal years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010 accounted for approximately 43%, 41%, 43%, 43% and 48% of net sales, respectively. Products supplied to many of TransDigm's customers are used on multiple platforms.

Sales to manufacturers of large commercial aircraft, such as The Boeing Company, Airbus S.A.S, and related OEM suppliers, as well as manufacturers of business jets, accounted for approximately 26% of net sales in fiscal year 2014.

International Sales

TransDigm's direct sales to foreign customers were approximately $735.9 million, $572.0 million, $508.8 million, $305.5 million, and $170.6 million for the fiscal years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.

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