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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported third-quarter 2017 earnings from continuing operations of $764 million, a 4.5 percent increase over third-quarter 2016, on revenue of $7.6 billion. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $2.52 compared to $2.36 in the year-ago quarter, a 6.8 percent increase.
“Our focus on operations continues to drive strong performance, exhibited this quarter by 13.9 percent operating margin and 10.1 percent return on sales,” said Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics. “Total backlog rose to $63.9 billion, up 9.2 percent from the second quarter, with growth in every defense segment and good order activity at Gulfstream.”
Company-wide operating margin for the third quarter of 2017 was 13.9 percent, a 60 basis-point increase when compared to 13.3 percent in third-quarter 2016, with expansion in the Combat Systems and Information Systems and Technology groups.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $871 million, compared to $499 million in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow from operations, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, was $751 million.
The company repurchased 1.2 million of its outstanding shares in the third quarter. Year-to-date, the company has repurchased 5.9 million outstanding shares.
General Dynamics’ total backlog at the end of third-quarter 2017 was $63.9 billion, up 9.2 percent from the end of second-quarter 2017. The estimated potential contract value, representing management’s estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $25.7 billion. Total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $89.7 billion at the end of the quarter.
There was order activity across the Gulfstream product portfolio and strong demand for defense products, including a book-to-bill ratio (orders divided by revenue) greater than one-to-one in each of the defense segments. Significant awards in the quarter include $5.1 billion from the U.S. Navy to complete the design and prototype development of the lead Columbia-class submarine, the Navy’s award of two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, $615 million from the U.S. Army to produce and modernize Abrams main battle tanks, $260 million from the Army and U.S. Air Force for ammunition and ordnance, $175 million from the Army for Stryker double-V-hull vehicles and $455 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for contact-center services.
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 www.generaldynamics.com.
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WEBCAST INFORMATION: General Dynamics will webcast its third-quarter 2017 financial results conference call at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. The webcast will be a listen-only audio event, available at www.generaldynamics.com. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available by 12 p.m. on October 25 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 10113242. The phone replay will be available from October 25 through November 1, 2017.