Lockheed Martin Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

  • Net sales increased 6 percent to $11.3 billion
  • Earnings from continuing operations increased 20 percent to $665 million
  • Earnings per diluted share from continuing operations increased 29 percent to $2.02
  • Increases 2012 segment operating profit outlook

BETHESDA, Md., April 26, 2012 – Lockheed Martin Corporation [NYSE: LMT] reports first quarter 2012 net sales of $11.3 billion compared to $10.6 billion in 2011.  Earnings from continuing operations during the first quarter of 2012 were $665 million, or $2.02 per diluted share, compared to $556 million, or $1.57 per diluted share, in 2011.  Cash from operations during the first quarter of 2012 was $458 million, after pension contributions of $505 million and tax payments of $150 million, compared to cash from operations of $1.7 billion during the first quarter of 2011, which benefited from a tax refund of $236 million and no pension contributions.

“Our strong first quarter results reflect the strength of our portfolio and the commitment of our team to deliver value to our customers and shareholders,” said Bob Stevens, chairman and chief executive officer.  “Throughout the remainder of 2012, we will focus on reducing costs and improving program execution to remain competitive and deliver value.”

Summary Reported Results

The following table presents the Corporation’s results for the periods referenced in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP):

SUMMARY REPORTED RESULTS

 

 

(in millions, except per share data)

 

 

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25,

2012

March 27,

2011

Net sales       

$  11,293

 

$ 10,626

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

  Segment operating profit

$ 1,340  $ 1,171

  Unallocated corporate expense, net

 

 

     Non-cash FAS/CAS pension adjustment1

(207) (231)

     Stock compensation expense and other, net

(124) (76)

Operating profit

$ 1,009 $ 864

 

 

 

Net earnings (loss) from

 

 

  Continuing operations

$ 665 $ 556 

  Discontinued operations2

3 (26)

Net earnings

$ 668  $ 530

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

 

 

  Continuing operations

$ 2.02 $1.57

  Discontinued operations2

.01 (.07)

Diluted earnings per share

$ 2.03  $ 1.50

 

 

 

Cash from operations

$ 458 $ 1,719

 

 

 

 1  The non-cash FAS/CAS pension adjustment represents the difference between pension expense calculated in accordance with GAAP and pension costs calculated and funded in accordance with U.S. Government Cost Accounting Standards (CAS).

 2  Discontinued operations include the operating results of Savi Technology, Inc. for all periods presented and Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc. (PAE) for 2011.  The Corporation completed the sale of PAE in April 2011.

2012 Financial Outlook

The following table and other sections of this press release contain forward-looking statements, which are based on the Corporation’s current expectations.  Actual results may differ materially from those projected.  It is the Corporation's practice not to incorporate adjustments into its outlook for proposed acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, changes in tax laws, or special items until such transactions have been consummated or enacted.  See the “Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” discussion contained in this press release.

2012 FINANCIAL OUTLOOK

(in millions, except per share data)

 

Current Update

 

January 2012

 

 

 

 

Net sales       

$45,000 – $46,000

 

$45,000 – $46,000

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

  Segment operating profit

$5,075 – $5,175

 

$5,025 – $5,125

  Unallocated corporate expense, net

 

 

 

     Non-cash FAS/CAS pension adjustment

~ (835)

 

~ (835)

     Stock compensation expense and other, net

~ (340)

 

~ (290)

Operating profit

$3,900 – $4,000

 

$3,900 – $4,000

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$7.70 – $7.90

 

$7.70 – $7.90

 

 

 

 

Cash from operations1

> $3,800

 

$3,800

1 The Corporation’s 2012 financial outlook for cash from operations includes contributions of $1.1 billion to its pension trust, which it also anticipates recovering as CAS costs in 2012.

Cash Deployment Activities

The Corporation deployed cash in the first quarter of 2012 by:

  • returning $569 million of cash to shareholders, including $327 million in cash dividends paid and 2.7 million shares repurchased at a cost of $242 million;
  • contributing $505 million to our qualified defined benefit pension plans; and
  • making capital expenditures of $131 million.

Segment Results

The Corporation operates in four business segments: Aeronautics; Electronic Systems; Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS); and Space Systems.

Operating profit for the business segments includes equity earnings (losses) from their investments because the operating activities of the investees are closely aligned with the operations of those segments.  The Corporation’s equity investments primarily include United Launch Alliance (ULA) and United Space Alliance (USA), both of which are part of Space Systems.  The following table presents the operating results of the four business segments and reconciles these amounts to the Corporation’s consolidated financial results.

SEGMENT RESULTS
(in millions)

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25, 2012

 

March 27, 2011

Net sales


 

 

  Aeronautics

$ 3,706

 

$ 3,152

  Electronic Systems

3,609

 

3,482

Information Systems & Global Solutions

2,090

 

2,149

  Space Systems

1,888

 

1,843

Net sales

$ 11,293

 

$ 10,626

 

 

 

 

 

Operating profit

 

 

 

 

  Aeronautics

 

$385

 

$ 328

  Electronic Systems

 

541

 

432

Information Systems & Global Solutions

 

188

 

  194

  Space Systems

 

226

 

217

Segment operating profit

 

1,340

 

1,171

Unallocated corporate expense, net

 

(331)

 


(307)

Operating profit

$ 1,009

 

$ 864

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the discussion of comparative results, changes in net sales and operating profit generally are expressed in terms of volume and performance.  Changes in volume refer to increases or decreases in net sales resulting from varying production activity levels, deliveries, or service levels on individual contracts.  Volume changes typically include a corresponding change in segment operating profit based on the current profit booking rate for a particular contract.

Changes in performance refer to increases or decreases in the estimated profit booking rates on the Corporation’s contracts accounted for using the percentage-of-completion method of accounting and usually relate to revisions in the total estimated costs at completion that reflect improved or deteriorated conditions on a particular contract.  For example, improved conditions typically result from the retirement of risks on contracts.  Such changes in estimated profit booking rates are recognized in the current period and reflect the inception-to-date effect of such changes.

The Corporation’s discussion of segment results disclose the programmatic drivers affecting the comparability of its net sales and operating profit, inclusive of the impact that risk retirements have on its segment operating profit.  In any particular quarter, due to the nature of inception-to-date adjustments, the comparability of its operating profit and return on sales percentages may be affected, as was the case this quarter in Electronic Systems.  The Corporation’s consolidated profit rate adjustments, net of state taxes, were approximately 36 percent of segment operating profit in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to 28 percent in the first quarter of 2011.   

Aeronautics

(in millions)

 

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25, 2012

 

March 27, 2011

Net sales

$ 3,706

 

$ 3,152

Operating profit

$ 385

 

$ 328

Operating margin

10.4 %

 

10.4 %

Net sales in the Aeronautics business segment increased $554 million, or 18 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase primarily was due to higher volume of approximately $260 million for production on the F-35 Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) contracts; about $240 million due to an increase in C-130J aircraft deliveries (10 C-130J aircraft delivered in the first quarter of 2012 compared to six in the same 2011 period); approximately $215 million from F-16 programs due to an increase in aircraft deliveries (13 F-16 aircraft delivered in the first quarter of 2012 compared to five in the same 2011 period) and support activities; and about $90 million from C-5 programs due to increased aircraft deliveries (one C-5M aircraft delivered in the first quarter of 2012 compared to none in the same 2011 period).  These increases partially were offset by about $175 million of lower net sales due to lower volume on the F-22 program as production winds down with final deliveries to be completed this year and about $70 million due to decreased volume on the F-35 System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract and other Aeronautics sustainment activities.

Operating profit in the Aeronautics business segment increased $57 million, or 17 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase was driven by higher operating profit of approximately $30 million from F-16 programs due to increased aircraft deliveries; about $25 million from C-5 programs due to an increase in aircraft deliveries and risk retirements; approximately $15 million due to increased C-130J aircraft deliveries; and about $15 million from F-35 LRIP contracts due to higher production volume.  These increases partially were offset by approximately $35 million of lower operating profit due to lower production volume and a decrease in the level of risk retirements on the F-22 production program and lower production volume on the F-35 SDD contract.

Electronic Systems

(in millions)

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25,

2012

March 27,

2011

Net sales

$ 3,609 $ 3,482

Operating profit

$ 541 $ 432

Operating margin

15.0 % 12.4 %

Net sales in the Electronic Systems business segment increased $127 million, or 4 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase was due to higher net sales of about $180 million from ship and aviation programs due to increased volume on programs such as Persistent Threat Detection System (PTDS), Littoral Combat Ship, and MH-60; approximately $50 million due to increased volume on air defense programs such as Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3); and about $25 million due to increased volume on certain tactical missile programs, primarily Hellfire and Javelin.  The increases partially were offset by approximately $45 million of lower net sales from fire control systems such as Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night (LANTIRN), about $35 million from various undersea warfare programs, and approximately $50 million of lower net sales from various other programs, including logistics and training.

Operating profit in the Electronic Systems business segment increased $109 million, or 25 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase was driven by higher operating profit of about $55 million from ship and aviation programs due to increases in risk retirements on programs such as Vertical Launch Systems, PTDS, and MH-60; approximately $50 million from tactical missile programs due to increased risk retirements on programs such as Multiple Launch Rocket System, Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, and Hellfire; and about $35 million from fire control systems due to risk retirements on programs such as Sniper and LANTIRN.  These increases partially were offset by about $20 million for reserves on other surface naval warfare programs.  For the full year 2012, we expect Electronic Systems’ operating margin to be approximately 12.5 percent as compared to full year 2011 operating margin of 12.2 percent.

Information Systems & Global Solutions

(in millions)

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25,
2012
March 27,
2011

Net sales

$ 2,090 $ 2,149

Operating profit

$ 188 $ 194

Operating margin

9.0 % 9.0 %

Net sales in the IS&GS business segment decreased $59 million, or 3 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The decrease primarily was attributable to lower net sales of approximately $90 million due to cessation of the Airborne Maritime Fixed Station Joint Tactical Radio System program, as well as the completion of the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA program.  The decreases partially were offset by increased net sales as a result of higher activity on numerous programs.  The slight decline in operating profit in the IS&GS business segment during the first quarter of 2012 compared to the corresponding period in 2011 primarily was attributable to lower net sales.

Space Systems

(in millions)

 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25, 2012

March 27, 2011

Net sales

$ 1,888 $ 1,843 

Operating profit

$ 226 $ 217

Operating margin

12.0 % 11.8 %

Net sales in the Space Systems business segment increased $45 million, or 2 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase was attributable to higher net sales of about $60 million due to increased volume on the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle program.  Partially offsetting the increase was about $20 million of lower net sales from the NASA External Tank program, which ended in connection with the completion of the Space Shuttle program in the second quarter of 2011.

Operating profit in the Space Systems business segment increased $9 million, or 4 percent, during the first quarter of 2012, compared to the corresponding period in 2011.  The increase primarily was attributable to higher operating profit of approximately $20 million due to risk retirements on government satellite programs, which partially was offset by about $10 million of lower operating profit from equity earnings.  Total equity earnings recognized by the Space Systems business segment from ULA and USA represented about $40 million, or 18 percent, of this segment’s operating profit during the first quarter of 2012 compared to approximately      $50 million, or 23 percent, during the corresponding period in 2011.

Unallocated Corporate Expense, Net

(in millions)

 


 

Quarters Ended

 

March 25,
2012
March 27,
2011

Non-cash FAS/CAS pension adjustment

$ (207)

$ (231)

Stock compensation expense and other, net

(124)

(76)

Unallocated corporate expense, net

$ (331)

$ (307)

Consistent with the manner in which the Corporation’s business segment operating performance is evaluated by senior management, certain items are excluded from the business segment results and are included in “Unallocated corporate expense, net.”  See the Corporation’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K for a description of “Unallocated corporate expense, net,” including the non-cash FAS/CAS pension adjustment.

Consistent with prior periods, results for the quarter ended March 25, 2012 included a non-cash FAS/CAS pension expense adjustment of $207 million, which reduced net earnings by $128 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared to a non-cash FAS/CAS pension expense adjustment of $231 million, which reduced net earnings by $143 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the quarter ended March 27, 2011.  The increase in “Stock compensation expense and other, net” primarily was attributable to changes in the market value of securities underlying certain deferred compensation liabilities and other corporate items, none of which were individually significant, while stock compensation expense remained comparable.

Income Taxes
The Corporation’s effective income tax rates from continuing operations were 29.9 percent during the quarter ended March 25, 2012 and 30.3 percent during the quarter ended March 27, 2011.  The rates for both periods benefited from tax deductions for U.S. manufacturing activities and dividends paid to certain defined contribution plans with an employee stock ownership plan feature, but, the benefit for both items was greater in the first quarter of 2012.  In addition, the effective income tax rate for the quarter ended March 27, 2011 included the U.S. research and development tax credit that expired on Dec. 31, 2011.  This benefit will not be incorporated into our 2012 outlook unless new legislation is enacted.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs about 123,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.  The Corporation’s net sales for 2011 were $46.5 billion.

Disclosure Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release that are "forward-looking statements" are based on Lockheed Martin’s current expectations and assumptions.  Forward-looking statements in this release include estimates of future sales, earnings, and cash flows.  These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties.  Actual results could differ materially due to factors such as:

  • the availability of government funding for the Corporation’s products and services both domestically and internationally due to performance, cost, or other factors;
  • changes in government and customer priorities and requirements (including cost-cutting initiatives, the potential deferral of awards, terminations or reductions of expenditures to respond to the priorities of Congress and the Administration, or budgetary cuts resulting from Congressional actions or automatic sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011);
  • quantity revisions to the F-35 program, including in the U.S. or internationally;
  • actual returns (or losses) on pension plan assets, movements in interest rates, and other changes that may affect pension plan assumptions;
  • the effect of capitalization changes (such as share repurchase activity, accelerated pension funding, option exercises, or debt levels);
  • difficulties in developing and producing operationally advanced technology systems;
  • the timing and customer acceptance of product deliveries;
  • materials availability and performance by key suppliers, subcontractors, and customers;
  • charges from any future impairment reviews that may result in the recognition of losses and a reduction in the book value of goodwill or other long-term assets;
  • the effect of future legislation, rulemaking, and changes in accounting, tax, defense, and procurement policy or interpretations, or challenges to the allowability of costs incurred under government cost accounting standards (including potential corporate tax reform and the pending judicial review of health care legislation);
  • the impact of future acquisitions or divestitures, joint ventures, or teaming arrangements;
  • the outcome of legal proceedings and other contingencies (including lawsuits, government investigations or audits, and the cost of completing environmental remediation efforts);
  • the competitive environment for the Corporation’s products and services, export policies, and potential for delays in procurement due to bid protests;
  • the ability to attract and retain key personnel (including the ability to resolve labor disputes in a timely manner); and
  • economic, business, and political conditions domestically and internationally. 

These are only some of the factors that may affect the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.  For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Lockheed Martin’s business, please refer to the Corporation’s SEC filings, including the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” “Risk Factors,” and “Legal Proceedings” sections of the Corporation’s 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which may be obtained at the Corporation’s website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com.

It is the Corporation’s policy to update or reconfirm its financial projections only by issuing a press release.  The Corporation generally plans to provide a forward-looking outlook as part of its quarterly earnings release but reserves the right to provide an outlook at different intervals or to revise its practice in future periods.  All information in this release is as of April 25, 2012.  Lockheed Martin undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to reflect

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