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Lockheed reports strong sales of F-35 in first quarter

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Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $1.7 billion.

On a per-share basis, the Bethesda, Maryland-based company said it had profit of $5.99.

The results topped Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $4.29 per share.

The aerospace and defense company posted revenue of $14.34 billion in the period, also topping Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $12.65 billion.

Lockheed expects full-year earnings to be $20.05 to $20.35 per share, with revenue in the range of $56.75 billion to $58.25 billion.

Lockheed shares have risen 20 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 index has risen 16 percent. The stock has dropped 11 percent in the last 12 months.

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“The corporation had strong performance in the first quarter which has allowed us to increase our full year financial guidance for sales, profit, earnings per share and cash,” said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. “Our differentiated portfolio and record backlog position us well for continued growth, and we remain focused on delivering innovative technologies and solutions for our customers, and long-term value creation for stockholders.”

Aeronautics’ net sales in the first quarter of 2019 increased $1.2 billion, or 27 percent, compared to the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to higher net sales of approximately $910 million for the F-35 program due to increased volume on production, sustainment and development programs; about $100 million for classified development activities due to higher volume; and about $70 million for the F-22 program due to higher volume on modernization and sustainment programs. The Aeronautics division is based in Fort Worth.

Aeronautics’ operating profit in the first quarter of 2019 increased $111 million, or 23 percent, compared to the same period in 2018. Operating profit increased approximately $105 million for the F-35 program due to increased volume on production contracts and higher risk retirements on production and sustainment programs. Adjustments not related to volume, including net profit booking rate adjustments and other matters, were comparable in the first quarter of 2019 to the same period in 2018.

Missiles and Fire Control segment’s net sales in the first quarter of 2019 increased $673 million, or 40 percent, compared to the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily attributable to higher net sales of approximately $295 million for tactical and strike missiles programs due to increased volume (primarily precision fires, classified programs and new hypersonic missile programs); about $220 million for integrated air and missile defense programs due to contract mix and increased volume (primarily Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 (PAC-3)); and about $140 million for sensors and global sustainment programs due to increased volume (primarily Apache and Special Operations Forces Global Logistics Support Services).

MFC’s operating profit in the first quarter of 2019 increased $156 million, or 60 percent, compared to the same period in 2018. Operating profit increased approximately $75 million for integrated air and missile defense programs due to contract mix, higher volume and higher risk retirements on international programs (primarily PAC-3 and THAAD); and about $55 million for tactical and strike missiles programs due to higher risk retirements and higher volume (primarily precision fires). Adjustments not related to volume, including net profit booking rate adjustments, were about $50 million higher in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.

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