Wed, Jul. 29, 8:49 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) raises its earnings guidance for FY 2015 as it reports higher than expected Q2 earnings despite flat or lower revenues in each of its four business sectors.
- NOC now sees FY 2015 EPS of $9.55-$9.70 from its prior outlook for $9.40-$9.70, in line with $9.62 analyst consensus estimate, while reaffirming full-year revenues of $23.4B-$23.8B vs. $23.76B consensus.
- In Q2, sales in the aerospace systems segment - NOC's largest, accounting for more than 40% of total revenue - edged up slightly to $2.51B driven by higher volume for unmanned programs.
- Q2 sales in NOC's electronic systems business, which sells space sensors and marine systems, fell 3.5% to $1.68B, while revenue from information systems slipped 4.9% to $1.49B due mostly to declines in command-and-control programs and the impact of in-theater force reductions; sales in the technical services business fell 1.6%.
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- The commercial aerospace segment still provides opportunities for double-digit gains over the next 18 months, as the "aero cycle has legs," J.P. Morgan analyst Seth Seifman says, initiating coverage of Boeing (NYSE:BA) and several peers with Overweight ratings.
- Boeing’s cash flow outlook has been controversial, but Seifman views 787 unit cost reduction as a powerful driver that can push free cash flow to $9.1B in 2017, 44% above 2015 estimates with potential for growth beyond; Seifman sees the precedent Boeing set by returning $8B of cash last year as a signal of confidence in future cash flow.
- General Dynamics' (NYSE:GD) balance sheet might drive upside, while Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) could use its financial strength to create value, but Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) is started at Underweight, as the analyst sees "fewer arrows left in the quiver" and expectations may be too high following recent outperformance in its shares.
- Initiated at Overweight along with Boeing: GD, LMT, SPR, TDG.
- Started at Neutral: BEAV, COL, PCP, TGI, TXT, HRS, LLL
- Earlier: JPMorgan initiates coverage on several aerospace plays
Tue, Jul. 14, 8:06 AM
Tue, Jun. 23, 10:20 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC -0.4%) has announced the launch of a new dual-use tactical grade inertial measurement unit - specially designed for the commercial market.
- The LN-200C is a six-degrees-of-freedom IMU that can be used for a variety of applications, including instrument stabilization, motion compensation and navigation.
Mon, Jun. 22, 10:25 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC +0.2%) has been awarded a delivery order from the Defense Microelectronics Activity to deliver an advanced anti-missile system to the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command.
- Under the terms of the $31.7M contract, Northrop will deliver three modernized third-generation pods - based on the company's Guardian system.
Tue, Jun. 16, 3:21 PM
- Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) says it will team up with Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) and Bombardier (OTCPK:BDRAF, OTCQX:BDRBF) to develop a new surveillance and command and control aircraft for a future U.S. Air Force competition and a share of a contract valued at ~$4.3B.
- Jets from General Dynamics' (NYSE:GD) Gulfstream Aerospace unit also are being considered to replace the aging fleet of larger Boeing (NYSE:BA) 707 planes that are becoming too costly to fly in their role of monitoring forces on the ground.
- Northrop (NYSE:NOC) and Boeing also have said they plan to compete for the contract when the Air Force awards a deal, likely in 2016.
Tue, Jun. 2, 8:08 AM
- The U.S. State Department has approved the possible sale to Japan of four E-2D Advanced Hawkeye Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft built by Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC), a deal valued at around $1.7B.
- Congress now has 15 days to block the sale, but such action is rare since sales are carefully assessed with lawmakers before they are formally notified.
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Tue, May 12, 3:55 PM
- A federal judge reportedly has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) to block the U.S. Air Force from revisiting a contract for a long-range radar that was won by RTN and was challenged by rivals Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC).
- RTN is said to have 60 days to appeal the decision by a judge with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
- The court's move will allow the Air Force to proceed with a re-evaluation of proposals submitted by all three bidders and potentially reopen the competition.
Tue, May 12, 3:26 PM
- Boeing (BA -0.1%) is not planning big changes in its defense and space business or a major deal if it fails to win a share of upcoming Pentagon weapons contracts potentially worth more than $100B, CEO Jim McNerney tells investors.
- The competition to win deals to build new long-range bombers and jet trainers for the U.S. Air Force, as well as large drones for the Navy, to replace declining sales of fighter jets is viewed by analysts as a must-win for Boeing and its partners in the contest, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Saab (OTC:SAABF); a contract award is expected this summer.
- Wes Bush, McNerney's counterpart at Northrop (NYSE:NOC), also has rejected suggestions that the bomber contest could prompt another round of industry consolidation.
- PDF: Investor presentation
- Earlier: Highlights from Boeing's annual investor conference
Tue, May 12, 9:55 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC -0.5%) has been awarded a £28.8M contract by the U.K. Home Office to provide service to the Forensic and Biometric Interim Capability (FABrIC).
- Under the two-year FABrIC contract, a recompete of IDENT1, Northrop will maintain and enhance IDENT1 core software, which provides identity management and crime scene forensic systems.
Wed, Apr. 29, 8:06 AM
- Net income of $484M, or $2.41 per diluted share vs. $579M, or $2.63 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2014.
- The company repurchased 5.3M shares of its common stock for $859M during the quarter. As of March 31, 2015, the company had repurchased 47.5M shares toward its previously announced goal of retiring 60M shares by the end of 2015.
- Total backlog as of March 31 was $38.4B compared with $38.2B a year ago.
- The company also raised its earnings forecast for the full year to a range of $9.40-$9.60 from an earlier range of $9.20-$9.50.
- NOC +2.1% premarket
- Q1 results
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