General Dynamics Reports Second-Quarter 2017 Results

  • Operating earnings up 2.8% to $1.1 billion
  • Operating margin of 13.8%, a 60 basis-point improvement
  • Earnings from continuing operations up 4.9% to $749 million
  • Diluted earnings per share up 6.5% to $2.45

FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported second-quarter 2017 diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.45 compared to $2.30 in the year-ago quarter, a 6.5 percent increase. Net earnings were $749 million, on revenue of $7.7 billion.

“General Dynamics’ strong second quarter performance reflects our focus on operations and executing on our programs,” said Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are confident in our outlook for the future, built on a solid defense backlog and continued good order activity across the portfolio of Gulfstream business jets.”


With three of the company’s four business groups expanding margins over the year-ago period, company-wide operating margin for the second quarter of 2017 was 13.8 percent, a 60 basis-point increase when compared to 13.2 percent in second-quarter 2016.


Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $477 million, up 21 percent from the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow from operations, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, was $386 million.

Capital Deployment

The company repurchased 2.7 million of its outstanding shares in the second quarter. Year-to-date, the company has repurchased 4.6 million outstanding shares. 


General Dynamics’ total backlog at the end of second-quarter 2017 was $58.6 billion. There was order activity across the Gulfstream product portfolio and strong demand for defense products, including another quarter of a book-to-bill ratio (orders divided by revenue) greater than one-to-one in the Information Systems and Technology group. The estimated potential contract value, representing management’s estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $24.4 billion. Total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $83 billion at the end of the quarter.


The company is increasing its full-year EPS guidance from $9.50 - $9.55 to $9.70 - $9.75.

About General Dynamics

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; C4ISR and IT solutions; and shipbuilding. The company’s 2016 revenue was $30.6 billion. More information is available at

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WEBCAST INFORMATION:  General Dynamics will webcast its second-quarter 2017 financial results conference call at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. The webcast will be a listen-only audio event, available at An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available by 12 p.m. on July 26 and will continue for 12 months. To hear a recording of the conference call by telephone, please call 877-344-7529 (international: 412-317-0088); passcode 10110468. The phone replay will be available from July 26 through August 3, 2017.


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