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Selling Tanks in Europe Just Got Tougher for General Dynamics

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Profits-wise, Capital IQ last clocked KMW at earning about a 9.5% net profit margin on roughly $900 million in revenues. Nexter Systems, meanwhile, was believed to be earning $99 million in operating profit on $720 million in revenues -- a robust 13.8% margin. Combined, our best guess is that the two companies are therefore earning about 11.4% operating profits before accounting for any synergies from cost-cutting.

Is that something General Dynamics can compete with? Actually, yes. And in fact, it already is.

Just last month, General Dynamics successfully negotiated a sale of 84 M1126 Stryker Infantry Carriers to Lithuania . Meanwhile, the General boasts a robust 15% operating profit margin in Combat Systems (where they build the tanks) on annual revenues of $5.7 billion -- about 160% more than Giat sells in a year.

Call me an optimist, but I think General Dynamics is going to compete with these guys just fine.

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General Dynamics' M1 Abrams main battle tank -- rushing forth to meet the competition. Image source: General Dynamics .

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