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- 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%.
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Jul. 24, 2013, 8:27 AMMore 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) | 1 Comment
May. 30, 2013, 7:53 AMGoldman is out with upgrades for the defense contractors: Northrop Grumman (NOC) is taken to Buy from Neutral (PT, $95) as it transitions to "a consistent performer with above average margins" and is now "arguably the most shareholder-friendly defense prime" (I, II); Lockheed Martin (LMT) is "in the sweet spot of Pentagon priorities" and lands on the coveted Conviction Buy list with a PT of $127; Raytheon (RTN) gets a Neutral from Sell bump (PT, $70) as Goldman "underestimated the multiple the market would pay for cash generation and dividend yield." LMT +2% premarket, NOC +1.34% premarket. | 3 Comments
May. 17, 2013, 12:43 PMJPMorgan lifts its price target ($70 from $68) on Northrop Grumman (NOC +3.6%) to reflect Thursday's announcement that the company plans to reduce the number of outstanding shares by 25% by 2015. More interesting is the color in the note regarding NOC's position relative to peers: the company "intends to return essentially all cash to shareholders. Besides LMT's nearly 50% payout ratio (which we believe is likely to rise still higher in September), this is the clearest multi-year strategic statement we have seen among large defense companies, and we think the market will reward this," notes analyst Joseph Nadol III. | 1 Comment
Sep. 13, 2012, 11:49 AMNorthrop Grumman (NOC -2.8%) slips on a downgrade to Sell on valuation at UBS this morning, citing concerns over it's outsized exposure to a declining U.S. defense budget. As our military commitments draw down globally, the looming fiscal cliff debate puts it squarely against cuts to hot point programs like Medicare coverage, Social Security benefits and safety net programs for the poor. | Comment!
Feb. 2, 2012, 12:48 PM
Nov. 8, 2011, 11:31 AMCPI Aerostructures (CVU +16.2%) jumps after its Q3 beats estimates across the board. Revenues increased 28% Y/Y, primarily due to contract work done for Boeing (BA -0.5%) on the A-10 attack jet and on the E-2D surveillance airplane for Northrop Grumman (NOC -1%). The company raises its FY12 revenue guidance, now expecting revenues of $95M to $98M, above the Street estimate of $95M. | Comment!
Oct. 21, 2011, 2:23 PM
Aug. 1, 2011, 4:33 PMAside from Medicare-dependent firms (I, II), defense contractors (PAA -1.2%) also have much to fear from "devastating" cuts via a debt deal. The Pentagon would take fully 50% of cuts imposed by any triggered second round of $1.2T in cuts, Lazard analyst Michael Lewis warns. LMT -1.7%, RTN -0.9%, NOC -1.5%, GD -0.9%, SAI -2.7%, LLL -3.2%. | 2 Comments
Jul. 7, 2011, 2:39 PM
Apr. 13, 2011, 3:37 PMAll the talk about budget cuts, including Obama’s plan, sparks a Goldman warning on the defense sector: "Declines in base investment in 2011 outcome represent an outcome worse than we expected when we first downgraded the Defense sector," and 2012 cuts will be "similar to if not more than" 2011. LMT -2.5%, NOC -2%, LLL -1.7%, RTN -2.8%, GD -1.2%, BA -1.3%. | 2 Comments
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