National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. (NASSCO), a unit of
General Dynamics Corporation
), has received a contract modification from the U.S. Navy worth
$104 million. Per the contract, the company will be responsible for
the renovation and modernization of the dock landing ship USS
Comstock (LSD 45).
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NASSCO plans to carry out its task order under the Navy's fiscal
2012 Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability fund. An
Extended Docking Phased Maintenance Availability provides an
extensive renovation and modernization of an LSD class ship, which
includes alterations, repairs, inspection and testing of all ships
systems and components to ensure safe operation of the ship.
In April 2012, the company had received a contract modification
worth $68.9 million to renovate the USS Comstock. Later in May, the
company started to perform onboard renovation and modernization
activities. The task under the contract will be performed in San
Diego and is expected to be completed by May 2013.
These contracts depict the company's ship-repair capabilities.
NASSCO is committed to deliver high-quality performance across the
board, both in new construction as well as ship repair activities.
Moreover, acquisition of ship-repair companies adds to this
expertise. Recently, in August, the company completed the
acquisition of the Ship Repair and Coatings Division of Earl
Industries. Earl Industries is a leading East Coast ship-repair
company that supports the U.S. Navy fleet in Norfolk, Virginia, and
Mayport, Florida. This acquisition will undoubtedly improve the
company's ability to compete in the growing naval ship-repair
Based in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics engages in
mission-critical information systems and technologies; land and
expeditionary combat vehicles, armaments and munitions;
shipbuilding and marine systems; and business aviation. Going
forward, key growth drivers of the company include improving
business jet market, stable business of U.S. military vehicles,
ongoing share repurchase program and strong cash flow generation.
However, we remain cautious as the company is largely tied to the
U.S. defense budget, where the threat of budget cuts is looming.
Also, risks related to the execution of key projects are matters of
The company presently retains a short-term Zacks #3 Rank (Hold)
that corresponds with our long-term Neutral recommendation on the
In the current scenario, the company mainly competes with
Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.
Northrop Grumman Corporation