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Kratos' (KTOS) Q4 Earnings Miss Estimates, Revenues Rise Y/Y

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Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (KTOS - Free Report) reported fourth-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of 9 cents per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 11 cents by 18.2%. The bottom line was flat year over year.

Including one-time adjustments, the company reported GAAP earnings of 3 cents per share, down 40% year over year.

For 2019, the company posted adjusted earnings of 34 cents per share, which came in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The bottom line was up 41.7% from the prior year.

Total Revenues

Total revenues amounted to $185.1 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $198 million by 6.5% but increasing 12.6% from $164.4 million reported in the year-ago quarter.

For 2019, the company recorded revenues worth $717.5 million, up 16.1% from last year’s number. The full-year top line missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $730.3 million by 1.8%.

Operational Update

Kratos’ operating expenses amounted to $39.1 million in the quarter compared with $34.7 million in the prior-year quarter. Selling, general and administrative expenses were up 0.04%, while research and development expenses rose 25%.

Kratos reported fourth-quarter 2019 operating income of $9.3 million, reflecting a decrease of 13.9% from the fourth quarter of 2018.

Kratos reported fourth-quarter 2019 bookings of $177.5 million and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.0 to 1.0. Backlog as of Dec 29, 2019 was $601.2 million compared with $608.7 million as of Sep 29, 2019.

Segmental Performance

Unmanned Systems: Net revenues during the fourth quarter increased 5.8% year over year to $38.3 million.

Government Solutions: Net revenues in the fourth quarter increased 14.5% year over year to $146.8 million.

Financial Details

As of Dec 29, 2019, cash and cash equivalents were $172.6 million compared with $182.7 million as of Dec 31, 2018.

Long-term debt, including net of current portion, totaled $295.1 million as of Dec 29, 2019, up slightly from $294.2 million as of Dec 31, 2018.

At the end of 2019, cash generated from operating activities was $28.9 million compared with $18.1 million in the prior year.

2020 Guidance

For first quarter of 2020, Kratos expects revenues in the range of $160-170 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for sales is pegged at $184.5 million, which lies above the company’s projected view.

For 2020, the company expects revenues in the range of $740-780 million. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for full-year sales is pegged at $824.4 million, which lies above the company’s projected range.

Zacks Rank

Kratos currently carries 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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