Oct. 21, 2013, 3:03 PM
- Defense stocks emerged from last earnings season unscathed, despite worries that sequestration would begin to erode bottom lines. When all was said and done, Boeing (BA -0.8%), Lockheed Martin (LMT -2.6%), General Dynamics (GD -0.5%), Raytheon (RTN -2.5%), and Northrop Grumman (NOC -1.4%) all beat Street expectations for Q2.
- This week, the market will get a fresh look at the sector, as Q3 reports begin to roll in — LMT kicks off the action tomorrow.
- Coming up on Wednesday: Reports from BA, GD, and NOC.
- RTN reports Thursday.
Oct. 11, 2013, 6:56 AM
- Raytheon (RTN) has won a booking from the Navy worth up to $1.6B to design a next-generation air and missile defense radar for Arleigh Burke destroyers starting in 2016.
- Raytheon beat out Lockheed Martin (LMT) and Northrop Grumman (NOC) for the tender.
- The Navy will pay $386M for the initial design contract, after which it could take up options to procure nine radars. (PR)
Oct. 6, 2013, 1:35 AM
- United Technologies (UTX) unit Sikorsky Aircraft has canceled plans to furlough almost 2,000 staff after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that he is ordering most of the Pentagon's 400,000 civilian employees to return to work.
- United Tech had also said it would have to keep staff at its Pratt & Whitney and Aerospace Systems businesses at home if the government shutdown were to drag on this next week.
- Lockheed Martin (LMT), which intends to furlough 3,000 staffers on Monday, hasn't yet decided whether to reduce or drop those plans.
- Other companies affected by the return of Pentagon workers include BA, GD, NOC, AVAV, KTOS, HON, TXT, EADSF.PK and BAESF.PK.
Sep. 18, 2013, 4:56 AM
- Lockheed Martin (LMT), BAE Systems (BAESF.PK), Northrop Grumman (NOC) and engine builder Pratt & Whitney (UTX) have agreed to huge cuts in the average cost of the F35 Joint Strike Fighter jet by 2019.
- The head of the program, Lt. Gen. Chris Bogdan, is confident that despite concerns about the plane's software and defective parts, it is on track to enter service in 2015.
- As expected, Holland said yesterday that it will buy 37 F35s and it provided a small indication that Belgium could evaluate the planes as well.
Sep. 17, 2013, 2:37 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC +1%) is doing its best to dispel concerns that the cost of its high-altitude unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will be a hindrance going forward.
- The company is "keeping its 'nose to the grindstone' to drive down the production and operating costs of the aircraft," Reuters quotes NOC's Global Hawk program chief George Guerra as saying.
- Guerra sees a number of applications for the craft, which can fly at 60K feet for 30 hours with a "variety of different sensors," capabilities which differentiate it from unmanned competitor programs.
- Reportedly expressing interest in the aircraft: Japan, Canada, Norway, Australia, and Singapore.
- The Global Hawk and a variant (the Euro Hawk) are facing cost-related pressure from the U.S. government and the German government respectively.
Sep. 9, 2013, 5:53 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC) has been awarded a contract for around $219M from the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of its Joint Threat Emitter.
- The contract provides for JTE first article and production units, and associated drawings, technical orders, retrofit kits, provisioning, and software.
- Work is expected to be completed around March 2016.
Sep. 9, 2013, 3:55 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC +0.4%) says it's been retained by the United Kingdom's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory to carry out further development of the N.Guru Cyber Situational Awareness System - a software application for the visualisation of cyber events for decision makers.
- The award will be carried out by NOC in partnership with the Universities of Oxford and South Wales.
- This work is part of the U.K.'s Cyber Research Program as part of its effort to develop concepts, tools and techniques to provide cyber situational awareness for users.
Aug. 29, 2013, 8:25 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC) has agreed to acquire Qantas Airways' (QUBSF.PK) defense unit, which provides support for customers such as the Royal Australian air force and services planes that transport government dignitaries.
- The deal is part Northrop's efforts to boost its international business amid defense cuts in the U.S. Financial details weren't disclosed.
- Meanwhile, Northrop yesterday won two orders worth $66M in total, one for the U.S. Navy and the other for the French Air Force.
Aug. 22, 2013, 6:37 AM
- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NOC) declares $0.61/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
- Forward yield 2.60%
- Payable Sept. 3; for shareholders of record Sept. 3; ex-div Aug. 29.
Aug. 21, 2013, 11:28 AM
- "We're making a lot of progress." That, in a nutshell, is the latest from Northrop Grumman's (NOC +0.6%) ongoing fight to keep Germany on board with a planned €1.2B investment in four Euro Hawk drones.
- The initiative was effectively shelved after the German government determined it would cost between €500-600M to secure aviation approval.
- NOC thinks the certification cost is more like €180M and has "provided over 4K technical documents, sent engineers to a German air base to provide German authorities with detailed insight into the system and opened the Euro Hawk testing activities to German certification authorities," Reuters says.
Aug. 19, 2013, 3:49 PM
- Citigroup has upped price targets on several defense stocks today, saying that its previous model was based on information from previous defense spending drops, and failed to take into account key changes in the structure of the industry.
- It's raising General Dynamics (GD +0.5%) from $97 to $101, Huntington (HII +0.1%) from $72.50 to $95, Lockheed (LMT -0.2%) from $122 to $149, Northrop (NOC -0.1%) from $96 to $132, Raytheon (RTN -0.5%) from $80 to $91.
- Earnings estimates on all stocks remain unchanged, and all five stocks maintain their Buy ratings.
Jul. 25, 2013, 10:32 AM
Jul. 25, 2013, 8:59 AM
Jul. 24, 2013, 3:49 PMWhat sequester? Handily beating the S&P 500 this year are two aerospace and defense ETFs, ITA and PPA. Both have added to gains the last few sessions as top holdings Boeing (BA), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), and General Dynamics (GD) all posted earnings beats even as defense spending has been slashed. International and commercial orders are helping, but so are long-term contracts. "We are not out of the woods at all," says Boeing CEO Jim McNerney on the earnings call (transcript). "We are entering the woods." | Jul. 24, 2013, 3:49 PM | 4 Comments
Jul. 24, 2013, 8:27 AM
More on Northrop Grumman's (NOC) Q2: Revenue comes in at $6.294B, beating estimates by $314M. Operating margin rises 50 basis points Y/Y, operating income is up 4%. Revenue growth by segment: Aerospace, 9%; Electronic Systems, 2%; Information Systems, -9%; Technical Services -8%. The aerospace unit benefits from "higher volume for manned [and] unmmaned military aircraft." The "current U.S. government budget environment" contributes to a decrease in total backlog of $3.1B since December. FY13 guidance: $7.60-7.80/ share (well above consensus) on $24.3B in sales. Shares +3.1% premarket. (PR)| Jul. 24, 2013, 8:27 AM | 1 Comment
Jul. 24, 2013, 7:28 AMNorthrop Grumman (NOC): Q2 EPS of $2.05 beats by $0.34. (PR) | Jul. 24, 2013, 7:28 AM | 1 Comment