Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC delivered third-quarter 2018 earnings of $6.54 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.35 by 50.4%. The bottom line was also up 78.2% from $3.67 recorded in the year-ago quarter. Total Revenues
In the third quarter, Northrop Grumman grossed total revenues of $8.09 billion, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8 billion by 1%. Moreover, the top line increased 23.1% from the year-ago figure of $6.57 billion. This revenue upside was primarily driven by the acquisition of Innovation Systems coupled with higher sales at Aerospace Systems and Mission Systems.
Northrop Grumman Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Aerospace Systems: Segmental sales of $3.28 billion increased 5% year over year, driven by higher volumes of manned aircraft programs. Strong autonomous systems also benefited this segment's top line.
Operating income also rose 9.3% to $376 million while operating margin was 50 basis points (bps) higher than the previous year's tally.
Innovation Systems: This segment reported sales of $1.42 billion. Operating income came in at $161 million while operating margin stood at 11.4%.
Mission Systems: Sales from this segment rose 2.6% to $2.91 billion owing to expanded sales volume of Sensors and Processing systems.
Operating income also grew 11.1% to $399 million while operating margin expanded 100 bps to 13.7%.
Technology Services: Sales at this segment dropped 12.1% to $1.04 billion, primarily due to the completion of several programs including JRDC, Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) and KC-10.
Operating income decreased 10.5% to $111 million while operating margin expanded 20 bps to 10.7%.
Total operating cost and expenses at the end of the quarter were $6.91 billion, up 20.5%.
Operating income during the quarter surged 40.1% to $1.18 billion.
Northrop Grumman's cash and cash equivalents as of Sep 30, 2018 were $1.23 billion, down from $11.22 billion as of Dec 31, 2017.
Long-term debt (net of current portion) as of Sep 30, 2018 was $13.89 billion, down from $14.39 billion as of 2017 end.
Net cash inflow from operating activities in the first nine months of 2018 was $1.45 billion compared with the year-ago figure of $1.01 billion.
Northrop Grumman currently expects to generate revenues of $30 billion during 2018, in line with its earlier projection.
On the bottom-line front, the company has raised its outlook. Northrop Grumman now hopes to log earnings in the band of $18.75-$19 per share compared with the earlier guidance view of $16.60-$16.85. Also, the company has changed its free cash flow forecast to the range of $2.5-$2.7 billion from the past prediction of $2.4-$2.6 billion.
Northrop Grumman currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .
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