Huntington Ingalls Industries ' HII first-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of $2.87 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.11 by 36%.
Reported earnings also surged 60.3% from in the year-ago figure of $1.79. The upside was primarily driven by strong contribution from its Ingalls Shipbuilding division.
Total revenue in the first quarter was $1,763 million, ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,591 million and 12.3% higher than the year-ago figure of $1,570 million.
Newport News Shipbuilding: Segment revenues were $1,153 million, up 8.7% year over year on the back of higher sales of Energy and Submarines, partially offset by lower revenues from Aircraft Carriers. Segment operating income declined 4.3% owing to lower risk retirement on the VCS program, lower volume on the execution contract for the CVN-72 USS Abraham Lincoln RCOH, and weak performance of CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford, partially offset by higher performance of fleet support services.
Ingalls Shipbuilding: Segment revenues were $586 million, up 24.9% year over year. The upside was primarily driven by higher revenues from Surface Combatants and Amphibious Assault Ships, partially offset by lower revenues from the Legend-class National Security Cutter (NSC) program. Operating income in the segment increased 82.2% due to higher risk retirement, and improved performance on the LPD and DDG programs.
Other: Segment revenues were $24 million, down 40% year over year. The segment incurred an operating loss of $5 million, narrower than the year-ago loss of $10 million.
The company received new orders worth $1 billion and exited the quarter with a total backlog of $21.3 billion.
Cash & cash equivalents as of Mar 31, 2016 were $793 million, down from $894 million as of Dec 31, 2015.
Long-term debt as of Mar 31, 2016 was $1,275 million, up from the 2015-end level of $1,273 million.
Cash from operating activities in the first quarter was $54 million, compared with $10 million in the year-ago period.
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Huntington Ingalls Industries currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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