General Dynamics Corporation GD reported first-quarter 2021 earnings from continuing operations of $2.48 per share, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.31 by 7.4%. Moreover, earnings improved 2.1% from $2.43 in the year-ago quarter.
General Dynamics’ first-quarter revenues of $9,389 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8,977 million by 4.6%. Further, revenues improved 7.3% from $8,749 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline was primarily attributable to growth in all four segments, especially the Aerospace and Marine Systems segments which saw more than 10% improvement.
The company recorded a total backlog of $89.6 billion, up 4.5% year over year. Funded backlog at the quarter-end was $41.8 billion.
Aerospace: The segment reported revenues of $1,887 million, up 11.6% year over year. Operating earnings of $220 million declined 8.3% from the prior-year quarter’s $240 million.
Combat Systems: Segment revenues improved 6.6% from the prior-year quarter to $1,708 million. Moreover, operating earnings were up 9.4% from the year-ago quarter to $244 million.
Technologies: The segment reported revenues of $3,199 million, which increased 3.1% year over year. Operating earnings of $306 million grew 2.7% from the prior-year quarter’s $298 million.
Marine Systems: The segment’s revenues of $2,483 million were up 10.6% from the year-ago quarter’s $2,246 million. Operating earnings also improved 8.7% year over year to $200 million.
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The operating margin contracted 70 basis points (bps) to 10% from the year-ago quarter’s 10.7%.
In the quarter under review, General Dynamics’ operating costs and expenses rose 8.1% to $8,451 million.
As of Apr 4, 2021, General Dynamics’ cash and cash equivalents were $1,811 million compared with $2,824 million as of Dec 31, 2020.
Long-term debt as of Apr 4, 2021, was $9,995 million, which remained flat compared to the 2020-end level.
As of Apr 4, 2021, the company’s cash inflow from operating activities was $3 million against $666 million used in the year-ago period.
Free cash outflow from operations at the end of the first quarter of 2021 was $131 million compared with $851 million at the end of the first quarter of 2020.
General Dynamics currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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