In the past five trading sessions, some key defense players reported results, displaying a mixed quarterly performance. So, the overall impact of quarterly results on the bourses was not very impressive. Consequently, the S&P 500 Aerospace & Defense (Industry) index dropped 5.3%, while the Dow Jones U.S. Aerospace & Defense index went down 5.2% in the trailing five trading sessions.
In the past week,
Raytheon Technologies ( RTX Quick Quote RTX - Free Report) , The Boeing Company ( BA Quick Quote BA - Free Report) , General Dynamics ( GD Quick Quote GD - Free Report) , Northrop Grumman ( NOC Quick Quote NOC - Free Report) and Textron Inc. ( TXT Quick Quote TXT - Free Report) reported Q1 results. Recap of Past Week’s Important Stories
Raytheon Technologies’ first-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.15 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 13.9% and improved 27.8% year over year. Its first-quarter sales of $15,716 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.5%. The sales figure, however, rose 3% year over year. Net cash inflow from operating activities for the company amounted to $476 million during the first quarter compared with $723 million in first-quarter 2021. The company still projects adjusted EPS in the range of $4.60-$4.80 (read more: Raytheon Technologies Q1 Earnings Top, Sales View Cut). 2. Boeing incurred an adjusted loss of $2.75 per share for first-quarter 2022, which came in much wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Also, the bottom line deteriorated from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure. Its revenues amounted to $13.99 billion, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 12.6% and declined 8% year over year. Its backlog at the end of first-quarter 2022 decreased to $370.84 billion from $377.50 billion at the end of 2021. Free cash outflow totaled $3.57 billion at the end of first-quarter 2022 compared with $3.68 billion at the end of first-quarter 2021 (read more: Boeing Q1 Earnings Miss Estimates, Revenues Decline Y/Y). 3. General Dynamics reported first-quarter 2022 EPS of $2.61, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.8% and rose 5.2% year over year. Its first-quarter revenues of $9,392 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 4.6%. Revenues remained almost flat with the year-ago quarter. General Dynamics recorded a total backlog of $87.23 billion, down 0.4% from 2021-end’s backlog. In the first quarter of 2022, GD generated cash from operating activities of $1,968 million, escalating sharply from only $3 million generated in the year-ago period (read more: General Dynamics Q1 Earnings Top, Revenues Flat Y/Y). 4. Northrop Grumman reported first-quarter 2022 earnings of $6.10 per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 2.5% but decreased 54.6% year over year. Its total sales of $8.80 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.9% and decreased 4% year over year. Northrop Grumman’s total backlog stood at $75.79 billion at the end of first-quarter 2022 compared with $76.05 billion at the 2021 end. Net cash outflow from operating activities at the end of the first quarter was $488 million compared with $66 million as of Mar 31, 2021 (read more: Northrop Grumman's Q1 Earnings Top, Sales Decline Y/Y). 5. Textron reported first-quarter 2022 earnings of 88 cents per share, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 22.2% and also improved 17.3% year over year. Its revenues came in at $3,001 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.9% and increased 4.2% year over year. As of Apr 2, 2022, the company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $1,978 million compared with $1,922 million as of Jan 1, 2022. Textron’s long-term debt was $3,178 million as of Apr 2, 2022 compared with $3,179 million as of Jan 1, 2022 (read more: Textron Q1 Earnings Beat Estimates, Revenues Rise Y/Y). Performance
Over the past five trading sessions, the defense biggies put up a dismal show except Textron. Boeing lost the most, with its share price having declined 15.5%.
In the last six months, the industry's performance was impressive, except for Boeing and Textron. Lockheed gained the most with its shares up 32%, followed by Northrop, which gained 24.2%.
The following table shows the price movement of the major defense players over the past five trading days and during the last six months.
Company Past Week Last 6 Months LMT -2.72% 32.02% BA -15.5% -30.15% GD -2.48% 15.61% RTX -5.41% 7.31% NOC -1.22% 24.18% TXT 2.56% -6.98% LHX -3.14% 7.69%