Raytheon Company (RTN - Free Report) reported fourth quarter 2013 adjusted earnings of $1.58 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.35 by 17.0%. The better-than-expected results were driven by strong program execution.
However, earnings dropped 2.5% from the year-ago adjusted profit level of $1.62, mainly due to lower sales.
Full-year 2013 adjusted earnings were $6.38 per share, above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5.85 by 9.1% and the year-ago figure of $6.28 by 1.6%.
The company’s top line at $5,870 million registered an 8.8% fall year over year. The reported number also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5,958 million by 1.5%.
New bookings in the fourth quarter were $7.5 billion and $22.1 billion in 2013. Total backlog at the end of 2013 was $33.7 billion (down 6.9% year over year) and funded backlog was $23.0 billion (down 4.3%).
Total operating expenses were $5,161 million, down 9.2% year over year. Operating income during the quarter was $709 million, down from the year-ago level of $755 million.
Quarterly Segment Performance
Integrated Defense Systems (IDS): Segment revenue decreased 9% year over year to $1,569 million due to lower sales from the tactical radar program and the completion of an international Patriot program.
Segment operating income was also down 8% year over year to $241 million.
Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS): Segment revenue was down 9% year over year to $1,458 million due to lower volume on classified and training programs. Operating income in the reported quarter was also down 11% to $121 million.
Missile Systems (MS): Segment revenue decreased 8% year over year to $1,638 million. Weak net sales were a function of lower sales on U.S. Army sensor programs. Nonetheless, operating income spiked 2% year over year to $201 million on account of a change in contract mix.
Space and Airborne Systems (SAS): Revenue in the quarter declined 11% year over year to $1,613 million. The decline in revenue was due to lower sales volume on classified programs. Operating income also dropped 11% year over year to $253 million due to lower volumes.
Raytheon ended 2013 with cash and cash equivalents of $3,296 million versus $3,188 million as of Dec 31, 2012. Long-term debt was $4,734 million, up slightly from the debt level of $4,731 million as of Dec 31, 2012.
Raytheon’s capital expenditure was $115 million in the reported quarter, down from the year-ago spending level of $135 million. For 2013, the company’s capital outlay stood at $280 million compared with $339 million in 2012.
In the fourth quarter, Raytheon repurchased 4.7 million shares of common stock for $400 million as per its share repurchase program. In Nov 2013, Raytheon’s board of directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $2.0 billion of the company's outstanding common stock.
For 2014, Raytheon expects sales in the range of $22.5–$23.0 billion. The company’s adjusted earnings per share are forecast in the $5.76 to $5.91 range. The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged higher at $6.31 for 2014.
The defense major expects operating cash flow from continuing operations in the range of $2.3 billion to $2.5 billion for full-year 2014.
At the Peers
Raytheon is one of the top five defense contractors to report earnings this quarter.
The world’s largest stand-alone defense contractor, Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT - Free Report) , posted fourth quarter 2013 adjusted earnings from continuing operations of $2.38 per share, comfortably surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.00 by 19.0%. Earnings in the reported quarter also surged almost 21.4% from the year-ago adjusted profit level of $1.96 per share. The upcast in earnings was mainly attributable to its strong operational performance.
Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC - Free Report) reported fourth quarter 2013 results before the opening bell today. Adjusted earnings per share of $2.00 comfortably surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.94 by 3.1%. The earnings beat was attributable to a lower share count and strong operating performance. However, the bottom line came in below the year-ago figure of $2.06 by 2.9% mainly due to lower revenue generation.
Defense and aerospace operator General Dynamics Corp.’s (GD - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2013 operating earnings were $1.76 per share, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Earnings were ahead of the year-ago figure of $1.39.
With rising demand from the Gulf countries as well as from the Asia-Pacific region, we believe international sales will continue to be the company’s key revenue driver. At home, despite the sequestration, Raytheon appears to have clinched high-value contracts also during the quarter.
The 2014 fiscal budget prioritized investments in Missile and Space Systems, which are expected to bring in more contracts for Raytheon. In addition, the company’s focus on technological advancements, as exemplified by its GaN systems, will make defense solutions affordable and effective.
Raytheon’s business consolidation efforts will also provide successful cost-saving solutions, leading to expanding operating margins in the long term.
Raytheon and Northrop Grumman currently hold a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), while Lockheed Martin sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy).