• Revenue $10.6 billion, up 6% year over year
  • Net earnings $836 million, diluted EPS $3.04
  • $1.3 billion net cash provided by operating activities
  • Record-high $95.6 billion backlog, 1.4-to-1 book-to-bill

RESTON, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported third-quarter 2023 net earnings of $836 million on revenue of $10.6 billion. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $3.04.

“We continue to see strong demand and steady revenue growth across the business, resulting in significant growth in backlog,” said Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer. “Both operating earnings and net earnings increased over last quarter, and cash from operations was a highlight.”


Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $1.3 billion, or 158% of net earnings. After $227 million in capital expenditures, the company generated free cash flow from operations of $1.1 billion, or 131% of net earnings. During the quarter, the company repaid $500 million in fixed-rate notes, paid $363 million in dividends, and used $56 million to repurchase shares.


Orders remained strong across the company with a consolidated book-to-bill ratio, defined as orders divided by revenue, of 1.4-to-1 for the quarter, with particular strength in the Marine Systems and Aerospace segments. Company-wide backlog of $95.6 billion was the highest in the company’s history. Estimated potential contract value, which represents management’s estimate of additional value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $37.3 billion. Total estimated contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $132.9 billion at the end of the quarter.

Aerospace received $2.9 billion in new orders during the quarter, growing backlog to $20.1 billion.

Significant awards in the quarter for the three defense segments included a U.S. Navy contract for an undisclosed amount for construction of three Flight III Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers; $1.5 billion in contracts for Virginia-class submarine lead yard services, development studies and design efforts, as well as spare parts for maintenance availabilities; $140 million, with a maximum potential value of $1.3 billion, for Columbia-class submarine advanced nuclear plant studies (ANPS); $1.1 billion, with maximum potential value up to $1.9 billion, for munitions, ordnance, and the establishment of additional production capacity; a Department of Homeland Security contract with maximum potential value of $710 million to continue infrastructure modernization of its St. Elizabeth’s campus in Washington, D.C.; and $365 million, with maximum potential value of $775 million, for several key contracts for classified customers.

About General Dynamics

Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; ship construction and repair; land combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; and technology products and services. General Dynamics employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and generated $39.4 billion in revenue in 2022. More information is available at GD.com.

WEBCAST INFORMATION: General Dynamics will webcast its third-quarter 2023 financial results conference call today at 9 a.m. EDT. The webcast will be a listen-only audio event available at GD.com. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available by telephone two hours after the end of the call through November 1, 2023, at 800-770-2030 (international: +1 647-362-9199), conference ID 4299949. Charts furnished to investors and securities analysts in connection with the announcement of financial results are available at GD.com.

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