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General Dynamics Reports First-Quarter 2019 Results


  • Revenue of $9.3 billion, up 22.9 percent year-over-year
  • All segments produce year-over-year revenue growth
  • Orders exceed $10.7 billion, with consolidated book-to-bill of 1.2 to 1.0
  • Aerospace orders surpass $3.1 billion

    FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported first-quarter 2019 revenue of $9.3 billion, up 22.9 percent year-over-year, with net earnings of $745 million. Diluted earnings per share were $2.56.


    “The solid sales gains and strong bookings reflect the market-leading performance we expect of our operating units,” said Phebe Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer. “We are pleased with our robust backlog and remain relentlessly focused on improving operating performance.”



    General Dynamics’ total backlog at the end of first-quarter 2019 was $69.2 billion, up 11.4 percent year-over-year. Estimated potential contract value, representing management’s estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $33.9 billion. Total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $103.2 billion, up 17.7 percent year-over-year.


    Order activity remained strong across both the aerospace and defense portfolios. Aerospace booked more than $3.1 billion in orders in the quarter. Significant awards in defense portfolios in the quarter included $2 billion from the U.S. Navy for long-lead materials for Block V Virginia-class submarines, $580 million for services to classified customers, contracts totaling $510 million from the Navy for maintenance and repair of ships and a Virginia-class submarine, a blanket purchase agreement of $490 million from the Defense Information Systems Agency to operate Pentagon and government-furnished network infrastructures, contracts totaling $435 million to support the U.S. Army’s Stryker armored fighting vehicle and Abrams tank programs, contracts totaling $160 million to produce munitions for the U.S. Army, $125 million to provide helicopter training and simulation services to the Army and $115 million for computing and communications equipment under the Army’s Common Hardware Systems-5 program.


    Capital Deployment

    The company repurchased 525,000 of its outstanding shares in the first quarter. In March, the board of directors increased the company’s quarterly dividend to $1.02 per share. This 9.7 percent increase marked the company’s 22nd consecutive annual dividend increase.


    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; IT services; C4ISR solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair. The company’s 2018 revenue was $36.2 billion. More information is available at


    Certain statements made in this press release, including any statements as to future results of operations and financial projections, may constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results and trends may differ materially from what is forecast in forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors. Additional information regarding these factors is contained in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, its Annual Report on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made. The company does not undertake any obligation to update or publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or changes in expectations after the date of this press release.


    WEBCAST INFORMATION: General Dynamics will webcast its first-quarter 2019 financial results conference call at 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. 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 April 24 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 10130304. The phone replay will be available through May 1, 2019.

    Charts furnished to investors and securities analysts in connection with General Dynamics’ announcement of its financial results for first-quarter 2019 are available on its website at



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