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Kratos Defense (KTOS) Q1 Earnings Top Estimates, Revenues Rise

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Shares of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (KTOS - Free Report) have declined 8.1% to $12.87 since the company released its first-quarter 2022 results on May 6.

Kratos Defense reported first-quarter 2022 adjusted earnings of 4 cents per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a penny by a whopping 300%. However, the bottom line declined by 33.3% from the 6 cents per share reported in the prior-year quarter.

Kratos Defense reported a GAAP loss of 12 cents per share against the earnings of a penny reported in the prior-year quarter.

Total Revenues

Total revenues were $196.2 million, in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Total revenues increased 1% from $194.2 million in the year-ago quarter.

Operational Update

Kratos Defense’s SG&A expenses were up 14.2%, while research and development expenses increased 15% year over year. Meanwhile, depreciation expenses rose 8.3%, whereas expenses regarding acquisitions and restructuring-related items increased a solid 200%.

KTOS reported a first-quarter 2022 operating loss of $1.2 million against the operating income of $4.9 million reported in the year-ago quarter.

Kratos Defense’s book-to-bill ratio for the first quarter of 2022 was 1.0 to 1.0, with bookings of $198.2 million for the same period.

The total backlog for Kratos Defense at the end of the first quarter of 2022 was $982.1 million, up from $953.9 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2021.

Segmental Performance

Unmanned Systems:Net revenues in the first quarter decreased by 5.9% year over year to $52.6 million.

Government Solutions:Net revenues in the first quarter increased 3.8% year over year to $143.6 million, mainly due to contributions from recently acquired Cosmic AES and CTT.

Financial Details

As of Mar 27, 2022, cash and cash equivalents were $254.4 million compared with $349.4 million as of Dec 26, 2021.

The long-term debt, including net of the current portion, totaled $295 million as of Mar 27, 2022, slightly down from $296.7 million as of Dec 26, 2021.

In the first quarter, the cash outflow from operating activities was $7.9 million compared to the cash inflow of $22.7 million in the prior-year period.

Guidance

For the second quarter of 2022, KTOS expects to generate revenues in the range of $205-$215 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for second-quarter revenues is pegged at $210.5 million, in line with the midpoint of the company’s projected range.

For 2022, the company continues to expect revenues in the range of $880-$920 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year revenues stands at $893.7 million, which lies near the lower end of the company’s projected range.

Zacks Rank

Kratos Defense currently has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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