Thu, May 19, 2:56 PM
- Lockheed Martin (LMT -1.2%) is downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform with a $244 price target at RBC Capital, noting that the stock's valuation has reached a 10-year high.
- The firm attributes the stock's elevated valuation to the F-35 finally reflecting an improved outlook, citing a material pickup in deliveries; the program is expanding to 30% from 20% of LMT's sales by 2018.
- RBC sees reduced cash deployment options ahead, explaining that $1.5B in cash contributions to LMT's pension is due in 2018 and 60% of the company's estimated 2016 EPS is represented by its dividend.
- RBC also downgraded Northrop Grumman (NOC -1.5%) on valuation concerns.
- Now read Large growth opportunities for Lockheed Martin
Tue, Apr. 26, 11:33 AM
- Lockheed Martin (LMT +1.5%) is higher after reporting a Q1 earnings miss but better than expected revenues while raising its earnings forecast for the year, as the top weapons supplier to the U.S. government benefits from sales of its F-35 fighter jet and its recent acquisition of helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft.
- LMT raises its FY 2016 EPS guidance to $11.50-$11.80 from a January forecast of $11.45-$11.75 and in-line with $11.77 analyst consensus, slightly raises its full-year revenue outlook to $49.6B-$51.1B from $49.5B-$51B and $50.35B analyst consensus, and lifts its operating profit forecast to $5.625B-$5.775B from $5.6B-$5.75B.
- RBC aerospace analyst Robert Stallard is "encouraged by the revenue performance, which is a sign of things to come as its customer end markets improve. We had not expected a guidance increase at this early stage of the year, so that is another bonus - more than offsetting the cost of redundancies."
- LMT's positive outlook sets the stage for defense peers Boeing (BA +0.6%), Northrop Grumman (NOC +0.8%), General Dynamics (GD +1.1%) and Raytheon (RTN +0.9%), which all report later this week.
- Now read Traditional values of Lockheed Martin's equity are inaccurate
Tue, Feb. 16, 12:41 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC +1.5%) pops higher on news that the U.S. Government Accountability Office denied a protest filed by Boeing (BA +3%) and Lockheed Martin (LMT +0.9%) against an $80B contract for a new bomber for the U.S. Air Force.
- The GAO says it found no basis to sustain or uphold the protest, and that the Air Force's technical evaluation of the rival bids and their cost was "reasonable, consistent with the terms of the solicitation, and in accordance with procurement laws and regulations."
- NOC was chosen in October to produce the military’s first new bomber since the Cold War and one of the biggest U.S. weapons systems of the next decade.
Thu, Feb. 11, 2:22 PM
- Boeing (BA -8.9%) maintains its share price plunge and is causing the Dow to underperform the other major averages following a report that the SEC is probing the company’s accounting methods on its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 aircraft; Boeing has refused to comment.
- The day's decline roughly matches the 8.9% drop late last month when the company issued disappointing financial guidance. which had been the biggest single-day drop since 2001.
- The news also has sparked selling in other aerospace stocks at a time when investors in the sector have become increasingly nervous that booming aircraft orders could founder as Boeing and Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF, OTCPK:EADSY) boost production to record levels: LMT -3.2%, NOC -3.2%, RTN -3.4%.
- S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Jim Corridore retains his Buy rating, saying that while the news is "a near-term negative that may overhang the stock and could lead to a large charge or fine, we remain positive on the large backlog of business Boeing has accumulated, and remain positive on overall aerospace demand."
- Buckingham Research reiterates an Underperform rating with a $108 price target in a report that preceded the SEC story, citing below consensus free cash flow and pricing pressure as key catalysts for a downward move.
- Earlier: WSJ: Boeing to cut jobs as Airbus competition heats up (Feb. 10)
Nov. 17, 2015, 12:57 PM
- Rising interest rates have historically been good news for Boeing (BA +1.1%) and other aerospace and defense companies, Canaccord analysts say, as strengthening commercial orders correspond with outperformance by both Boeing stock and the broader sector.
- Commercial transport orders over the past three significant tightening cycles rose by an average of 7% and 140% in the 12- and 24-month time periods after rates started to increase, and total commercial backlog increased over the same periods by an average of 3% and 43%, the firm says.
- BA stock has outperformed the broader market over the past two tightening cycles by an average of 19%-20% annually while rates are rising, Canaccord adds.
- Also today: LMT +1.8%, RTN +1.6%, COL +1.3%, NOC -0.3%.
Nov. 16, 2015, 10:33 AM
- Aerospace and defense shares are on the rise after calls to increase efforts to crush ISIS, the terrorist group responsible for Friday's attacks in France.
- Previously: World leaders wrap up G20 summit (Nov. 16 2015)
- Previously: French warplanes strike Islamic State targets in Syria (Nov. 15 2015)
- Related tickers: General Dynamics (GD +0.6%), Boeing (BA +0.2%), Northrop Grumman (NOC +3.2%), Lockheed Martin (LMT +2.5%), Raytheon (RTN +2.4%), Orbital ATK (OA +3.8%), Rolls-Royce (OTCPK:RYCEY +2.2%), Huntington Ingalls (HII +1.1%), Honeywell (HON +0.9%), United Technologies (UTX +0.4%), Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF), ITT (ITT +0.6%), Textron (TXT +1.7%), L-3 Communications (LLL +2.3%), BAE Systems (OTCPK:BAESY +2%), Finmeccanica (OTCPK:FINMY), Rockwell Collins (COL +1.7%).
Oct. 28, 2015, 9:12 AM
Oct. 28, 2015, 8:15 AM
- Net income of $516M, or $2.75 per diluted share vs. $473M, or $2.26 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2014.
- The results come just hours after Northrop (NYSE:NOC) won a massive Long Range Strike Bomber contract from the Pentagon.
- During the quarter, the company repurchased 5.6M shares of its common stock for $944M.
- Total backlog as of Sept. 30 was $35.9B compared with $38.2B a year ago.
- The company raised its full-year earnings outlook to a range of $9.70-$9.80 per share from prior guidance of $9.55-$9.70 per share, and narrowed its revenue guidance to $23.6B-$23.8B.
- Q3 results
Oct. 27, 2015, 5:21 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) is up 5.8% after hours as it's emerged the winner of the giant contract for the Pentagon's Long Range Strike Bomber program, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James confirmed.
- The $55B program will build 100 planes to enter service in the 2020s and succeed an aging bomber fleet.
- Northrop beat a team of Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) to the huge award. The company -- builder of the veteran B-2 bomber -- was so eager that it ran a Super Bowl ad in some markets talking about its legacy.
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Sep. 22, 2015, 11:51 AM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC -2%) has signed a long-term deal with Norway's Kitron to source subassembly electronic modules for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft, extending its supply chain for the fighter in Europe.
- The deal goes through June 2036 with rights for extensions. The first F-35A Lightning II for Norway is set for a Sept. 22 delivery.
- Norway is one of eight partner nations to the U.S. that invested in development of the F-35.
Apr. 29, 2015, 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
Mar. 12, 2015, 11:33 AM
- Sikorsky Aircraft would be a sought-after property if United Technologies (UTX +2%) follows through with a sale, probably as a tax-free spinoff that could be valued on a stand-alone basis of $7B-$8.5B, or $8-$10/share, Sterne Agee's Peter Arment calculates.
- Citi's Jason Gursky says a deal should be met favorably, Sikorsky is not well aligned with UTX’s vision of being exposed to end markets that will likely benefit from the world’s growing middle class.
- Gursky is looking to Northrop Grumman's (NYSE:NOC) 2011 spinoff of Huntington Ingalls as an example, which led to the levering up of the spinco and the repurchase of the parent company stock.
- Management has put no timeline on the potential alternative outcomes, but Arment expects a conclusion by mid-summer 2015.
Sep. 26, 2014, 3:27 PM
- Northrop Grumman (NOC +2.4%) is upgraded to Buy from Hold with a $145 price target at Deutsche Bank, which sees the down cycle in defense spending fading and the possibility of budget increases into FY 2017.
- The firm feels defense spending is bottoming as global tensions rise along with a shift in public sentiment on threats and priorities, and a turn in defense spending would benefit NOC more than its peers since 86% of the company's sales are tied to the U.S. government.
- DB also likes that NOC returns 100% of free cash flow to its shareholders; NOC increased its dividend by 15% in May, has bought back 17M million shares YTD, has retired 30M shares and plans to retire 30M more shares by year-end 2015.
Aug. 1, 2014, 5:40 PM
Feb. 24, 2014, 2:58 PM
- The Pentagon announces plans to shrink the U.S. Army to pre-WW II levels - to fewer than 450K from the current 520K - in order to meet 2015 spending caps.
- Also planned for elimination is the Air Force's fleet of A-10 Warthog close air support planes - a change some influential lawmakers are expected to oppose - to ensure continued funding of Lockheed Martin's (LMT +1.7%) new long-range F-35 bomber and a new aerial refueling tanker.
- Nevertheless, top defense stocks are solidly higher, presumably because the Defense Department envisions warfare being waged using enhanced technologies: BA +1.4%, GD +1.5%, NOC +1.9%, RTN +2.2%, HII +0.9%.
Jan. 17, 2014, 5:37 PM
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