Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. KTOS reported second-quarter 2019 earnings of 8 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 7 cents by 14.3%. The bottom line also improved from the prior-year quarter’s earnings of 2 cents per share. This year-over-year upside can be attributed to robust sales, which in turn positively impacted quarterly earnings.
Net sales totaled $187.9 million, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $178 million by 5.6% and increased 24.3% from the year-ago quarter’s $151.2 million.
Kratos’ operating expenses amounted to $35.5 million in the quarter compared with the prior-year quarter’s $34.4 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses were up 8.3%, while research and technology expenses rose 25%.
Kratos reported second-quarter 2019 operating income of $9 million, reflecting a surge of 246.2% from the second quarter of 2018.
Kratos reported second-quarter 2019 bookings of $188.1 million and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.0 to 1.0, with a backlog of $620.3 million as on Jun 30, 2019.
Unmanned Systems: Net sales during the second quarter increased 19.4% year over year to $42.5 million.
Government Solutions: Net sales in the second quarter increased 25.8% year over year to $145.4 million.
As of Jun 30, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $176.2 million compared with $182.7 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt, including net of current portion, totaled $294.6 million as of Jun 30, 2019, up from $294.2 million as of Dec 31, 2018.
At the end of first-half 2019, cash generated from operating activities summed $20 million compared to $1.4 million in the first half of 2018.
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Q3 & 2019 Guidance
For the third quarter of 2019, Kratos continues to expect revenues of $175-185 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s third-quarter sales pegged at $193.6 million lies above the mid-point of the company’s projected view. It also expects adjusted EBITDA to be $16-$18 million.
For full-year 2019, Kratos now expects revenues of $720-740 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year sales pegged at $737.3 million lies above the mid-point of the company’s projected view.
Kratos has reaffirmed its full-year 2019 cash flow from operations guidance of $40-$50 million and capital expenditures of $28-$30 million.
Kratos currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
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