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Science Applications (SAIC) Surpasses Q2 Earnings Estimates

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Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC - Free Report) reported solid second-quarter fiscal 2019 earnings of $1.13 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 98 cents and increased 41% year over year.

Moreover, revenues jumped 3.4% from the year-ago quarter to $1.115 billion and beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.105 billion.

The increase in top line was driven by higher number of orders in the company’s supply chain, which contributed $31 million to total revenues. Also, and new contracts involving NASA and other government agencies brought in $24 million.

Quarter in Details

Net bookings for the quarter were approximately $1.5 billion as a result of contract award activities, reflecting a book-to-bill ratio of approximately 1.4 in the quarter. At the end of the quarter, Science Applications’ estimated backlog of signed business orders was approximately $10.5 billion, including $2.1 billion of funds.

Total backlog was up 5% and funded backlog increased 5% sequentially.

Notably, the company won several Expand Awards during the quarter from the U.S. Space Related Activities and the U.S. Navy. It also secured Protect Awards from the The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, The U.S. Army and the General Services Administration, The U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare, the General Services Administration and the U.S. Navy. It also received a notable Grow Award from the Navy.

In the fiscal second quarter, Science Applications announced its impending equity-based acquisition of Engility, worth $2.5 billion. The company expects the combined forces of the two leading government services providers to bolster its position in the industry as well as strengthen its long-term growth strategies. With last 12 months’ revenues of approximately $6.5 billion pro forma, the company reached the second position among its peers.

Margins

Adjusted Operating margin expanded 90 basis points (bps) to 6.6% in the reported quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 80 bps on a year-over-year basis to 7.5%.

The year-over-year increase in profits was primarily due to improved performance across the company’s portfolio and continued cost restructuring efforts.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

Science Applications ended the quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $106 million, down from $152 million reported in the previous quarter.

Operating cash outflow was $12 million and free cash outflow was $24 million, primarily owing to delayed collections due to government payment system issues, which took place last year. An increase in investment in platform integration programs affected the cash flow.The company had delivered operating cash flow and free cash flow of $88 million and $82 million, respectively, in the previous quarter.

Science Applications spent $13 million in cash dividends and $9 million in term loan repayment. No share repurchases were made during the quarter because the company focused on other capital deployment opportunities, which include the pending Engility acquisition.

Guidance

Science Applications reiterated its full-fiscal 2019 guidance.

It continues to expect growth in revenues, and anticipates EBITDA margin to increase 20-40 bps from 7% recorded in fiscal 2018. Free cash flow is expected to be around $250 million in fiscal 2019.

The company expects annual gross savings of approximately $150 million, or 2.3% of combined revenues post the acquisition of Engility.

Net cost synergies are projected to be $75 million as a result of the acquisition.

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

Science Applications currently has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).

A few other top-ranked stocks in the broader Computer and Technology sector are Fortinet, Inc. (FTNT - Free Report) , Radware Ltd. (RDWR - Free Report) and Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (VSH - Free Report) , each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth for Fortinet, Radware and Vishay is projected to be 16.8%, 19% and 9.16%, respectively.

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