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FALLS CHURCH, Va. – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported third-quarter 2018 earnings from continuing operations of $864 million, a 13.1 percent increase over third-quarter 2017. Revenue increased 20 percent to $9.1 billion. While a large portion of the growth was attributed to the acquisition of CSRA, revenue in all segments grew.
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations were $2.89 compared to $2.52 in the year-ago quarter, a 14.7 percent increase.
“We took action this quarter to streamline our portfolio, drive out risk from our supply chain and deliver increasingly sophisticated products and services to our customers in an efficient and timely manner,” said Phebe Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer. “We remain committed to generating steady and sustainable results from our businesses.”
Significant activities this quarter included the delivery of the Virginia-class submarine SSN 790 (future USS South Dakota), the keel-laying of the first John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler and the continued integration of CSRA.
Company-wide operating margin for the third quarter of 2018 was 12.5 percent, a 70 basis-point increase over second-quarter 2018.
Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $790 million, compared to $872 million in the year-ago quarter. Free cash flow from operations, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, was $622 million, after a $255 million discretionary pension plan contribution.
The company repurchased 450,000 of its outstanding shares in the third quarter of 2018. Year-to-date, the company has repurchased 2.5 million outstanding shares.
The company’s total backlog at the end of third-quarter 2018 was $69.5 billion, up 4.9 percent from second-quarter 2018. The estimated potential contract value, representing management’s estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $34.7 billion. Total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $104.2 billion at the end of the quarter, a new record.
Order activity was robust across the company with a 1.4-to-1 total book-to-bill ratio, defined as orders divided by revenue. Significant awards in the quarter included $3.9 billion from the U.S. Navy for the construction of four Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) guided-missile destroyers; $580 from the Navy for surface ship maintenance and modernization work; $480 from the Navy to continue design and development work for the Columbia-class submarine program; $210 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for benefits recovery services, cloud hosting and IT support; $170 from the Navy for combat and seaframe control systems for Littoral Combat Ships; and $150 from the U.S. Army for equipment to support the Army’s mobile communications network. In addition, the Army awarded a $3.9 billion maximum-potential-value IDIQ contract for computing and communications equipment under the Common Hardware Systems-5 (CHS-5) program.
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 2017 revenue was $31 billion. More information is available at www.generaldynamics.com.
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WEBCAST INFORMATION: General Dynamics will webcast its third-quarter 2018 financial results conference call at 9 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. 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 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 10125284. The phone replay will be available through October 31, 2018.