Leidos Holdings, Inc.’s (LDOS - Free Report) fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $1.51 per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.35 by 11.9%. The bottom line also increased 37.3% from $1.10 a year ago.
Moreover, the company’s GAAP earnings of $1.26 per share increased from $1.25 in the year-ago quarter. This upside can be attributed to solid revenues and operating income.
For 2019, the company reported adjusted earnings of $5.17 per share that surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5 by 3.4%. The bottom line increased 18% from $4.38 a year ago.
Leidos Holdings generated total revenues of $2,954 million in the quarter, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,830 million by 4.4%. The top line also improved 11.6% year over year, backed by growth across all segments.
For 2019, the company generated total revenues of $11.09 billion, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $10.97 billion by 1.1%. The full-year top line also improved 8.8% from the prior year.
At the end of 2019, the company’s total backlog was $24.1 billion compared with $20.8 billion as of Dec 28, 2018. Of this, $5.4 billion was funded.
Total cost of revenues in the fourth quarter increased 10.9% to $2,527 million. Operating income totaled $261 million, compared with $188 million in the year-ago period. The upside was driven by a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses along with a decline in integration and restructuring costs.
As a result, operating margin expanded to 8.8% from 7.1% in the year-ago quarter.
Interest expenses were $34 million, which came in line with the prior-year quarter figure.
Defense Solutions: Net revenues at this segment increased 10.7% to $1,400 million from $1,265 million in the prior-year quarter. This improvement can be primarily attributed to new awards and a net increase in program volumes.
Also, the segment’s operating income improved 55% to $124 million from the year-ago quarter’s income of $80 million. Operating margin expanded 260 basis points (bps) to 8.9%.
Health: The segment recorded revenues of $526 million in the fourth quarter, up 5.8% year over year. The uptick was primarily driven by a net increase in program volumes, new awards and acquisition of IMX Medical Management Services.
Operating income increased 7.4% to $73 million, while operating margin expanded 40 bps to 13.9%.
Civil: Revenues at this segment amounted to $1,028 million, up 16.2% year over year. New awards and a net increase in program volumes led to the upside.
While operating income improved 54% to $97 million, operating margin contracted 230 bps to 9.4%.
Cash and cash equivalents as of Jan 3, 2020 were $668 million compared with $327 million as of Dec 28, 2018. Net cash provided by operating activities at the end of 2019 amounted to $992 million compared with $768 million a year ago.
Leidos Holdings issued its guidance for 2020. The company currently expects adjusted earnings in the range of $5.30-$5.65. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 earnings is pegged at $5.45, below the mid-point of the company’s projected range.
Moreover, the company expects 2020 revenues of $12.6-$13.0 billion. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenues stands at $11.68 billion, lower than the company’s guided range.
Management expects adjusted EBITDA margin of 10-10.2%, while cash flow from operating activities is expected to be or above $1billion.
Leidos Holdings carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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