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Raven (RAVN) Wing Clinches $36.2M Contract From U.S. Navy

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Raven Industries, Inc.’s (RAVN - Free Report) business arm — Raven Aerostar — recently won a five-year contract worth $36.2-million from the U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division. The company’s share price climbed nearly 5% to $48.50 per share, after news of the contract agreement surfaced on Oct 2.

Per the deal, Raven Aerostar will supply its state-of-the-art Vista F50ER1 Radar Systems for the T-EPF class ships of the U.S. Navy. The company will also offer installation, delivery, operation and sustainment related services for these Air Surveillance Radar Systems.

Raven Aerostar helps enhance security of lives and connects the globe through its situational-awareness technology, stratospheric platforms and specialty sewn products. Of late, the company has been trying to cement its core business backed by advancement of its radar systems and stratospheric balloon platforms.

Raven stated that the contract will bolster its revenues over the next five years, starting from the beginning of 2019.

Over the past three months, Raven’s shares have rallied 22.5%, outperforming 7.2% growth recorded by the industry it belongs to.


The company is poised to grow on the back of stronger innovation, the Colorado Lining International buyout (September 2017) and robust sales secured from major business platforms like radar.

Nonetheless, softer agricultural product prices and escalating cost of sales remain key concerns for this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) company. Over the past 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for Raven’s fiscal 2019 (ending January 2019) earnings remained unchanged at $1.59.

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Federal Signal Corporation (FSS - Free Report) currently sports a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). The company pulled off an average positive earnings surprise of 22.48% in the trailing four quarters. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.  

Macquarie Infrastructure Company (MIC - Free Report) is another Zacks #1 Ranked company. It generated an average positive earnings surprise of 8.05% over the trailing four quarters.

Danaher Corporation (DHR - Free Report) carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy), at present. The company delivered an average positive earnings surprise of 4.95% during the same time frame.

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