Northrop Grumman Reports Third Quarter 2008 Results

LOS ANGELES , Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) reported that third quarter 2008 earnings from continuing operations increased to $509 million , or $1.50 per diluted share, compared with $489 million , or...


LOS ANGELES , Oct. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) reported that third quarter 2008 earnings from continuing operations increased to $509 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, compared with $489 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2007. Third quarter 2007 earnings from continuing operations included an after-tax gain of $21 million, or $0.06 per share, for the reorganization of AMSEC LLC. Sales for the 2008 third quarter increased 6 percent to $8.4 billion from $7.9 billion in the 2007 third quarter. Cash provided by operations for the 2008 third quarter increased 35 percent to $1.4 billion compared with $1 billion in the prior year period.

"This was a strong quarter for Northrop Grumman," said Ronald D. Sugar , Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer. "We posted higher sales and earnings, and based on the strength of the quarter we are raising our guidance. New business awards were outstanding and drove our total backlog to a record of more than $70 billion. As expected, cash generation increased dramatically. Our strong cash flow, ample liquidity, and record backlog are a solid foundation for the future and reflect the hard work and dedication of our 120,000 employees."

Segment operating income for the 2008 third quarter totaled $768 million compared with $816 million in the prior year period. The decline is primarily due to lower operating income in Shipbuilding and Information Technology than in the prior year period. Third quarter 2007 Shipbuilding operating income included $45 million for favorable contract adjustments and $22 million for a pre-tax gain on the AMSEC reorganization. Third quarter 2008 segment operating income was impacted by a $57 million negative contract adjustment for Information Technology's New York City wireless program, which was partially offset by patent infringement settlements of $40 million in Electronics.

Operating income for the 2008 third quarter totaled $771 million compared with $806 million in the prior year period. The decrease is due to the decline in segment operating income and higher reversal of royalty income, which more than offset improvements in corporate unallocated expenses and net pension expense.

Interest expense improved by $10 million compared with the prior year period. Other income increased by $38 million due to higher royalty income than in the prior year period.

Federal and foreign income taxes for the 2008 third quarter totaled $233 million compared with $240 million in the third quarter of 2007. During the 2008 third quarter the company recognized net tax benefits totaling $21 million, primarily attributable to settlement of audits of TRW tax returns for the years 1999 through 2002. The effective tax rate applied to income from continuing operations for the 2008 third quarter was 31.4 percent compared with 32.9 percent in the 2007 third quarter.

Net earnings for the 2008 third quarter increased 5 percent to $512 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, from $489 million, or $1.41 per diluted share, for the same period of 2007. Earnings per share are based on weighted average diluted shares outstanding of 340.1 million for the third quarter of 2008 and 352.6 million for the third quarter of 2007. The weighted average share count reflects the net effect of share repurchases and the redemption or conversion of 6.4 million mandatorily redeemable convertible preferred shares into common shares on or before April 4, 2008 . Weighted average shares outstanding for the 2007 third quarter include the dilutive effect of 6.4 million shares of the company's mandatorily redeemable convertible preferred stock.

New business awards totaled $11.5 billion, resulting in a record total backlog of $70.1 billion for the company as of Sept. 30, 2008 . Total backlog includes funded backlog and firm orders for which funding is not currently contractually obligated by the customer.

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