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July 9, 2014
11:16 EDTLMT, NOC, AVAV, GDAeroVironment rallies after better than expected results
Shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems, are rallying after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, AeroVironment reported Q4 EPS of 35c and revenue of $73.5M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 22c and $69.62M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2015 revenue of $250M-$270M, compared to consensus of $256.2M, along with gross profit margins of 34.5%-37.5%. The company noted that planned increases in research and development and business development investments for Tactical Missile Systems, Commercial UAS and Global Observer business areas in FY15 may largely offset operating profit in the current fiscal year. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, AeroVironment soared $4.49, or 14.5%, to $35.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up more than 70% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the unmanned aircraft space include Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), though all of those are significantly larger than AeroVironment.
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December 16, 2014
17:21 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $308.26M government contract
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17:21 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman awarded $657.4M government contract
Northrop Grumman Systems has been awarded a $657.4M hybrid contract including firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost-plus-fixed-fee undefinitized contract action for aircraft for the Republic of Korea. Contractor will provide four RQ-4B Block 30 Global Hawk air vehicles, two spare engines, and the applicable Ground Control Environment elements. Each will contain an Enhanced Integrated Sensor Suite. Work will be performed at San Diego, California, and is expected to be complete by June 28, 2019. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition.
08:31 EDTGDBabcock & Wilcox unit awarded contract to manufacture missile tubes
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December 15, 2014
17:01 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman names Carl Hahn Chief Compliance Officer
Northrop Grumman has named Carl Hahn vice president, chief compliance officer, effective Jan. 15. Hahn is succeeding Judy Perry Martinez, who will be retiring, and will report to Sheila C. Cheston, corporate vice president and general counsel.
09:28 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says Air Force approves full rate production for JASSM-ER
The U.S. Air Force has approved full rate production for Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile Extended Range, orJASSM-ER, which successfully completed U.S. Air Force Initial Operational Test and Evaluation flight testing in 2013. During IOT&E, the program had a 95% success rate, scoring 20 successes in 21 flights. Lots 11 and 12 of the JASSM contract awarded in December 2013 included 100 ER missiles.
09:12 EDTLMTLockheed Martin selected to continue building MK 41 for Navy
The U.S. Navy awarded Lockheed Martin a $235M contract to continue building MK 41 Vertical Launch Systems with options that, if exercised, would increase the value to $356M. Under this contract which extends through 2022, Lockheed Martin will produce the launch control units, various electrical boxes and the mechanical structure, and perform final assembly and test. The company is also under contract to conduct repairs, distribute, store and manage spare parts for the MK 41 system for the U.S. Navy.
December 12, 2014
17:36 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $169.3M government contract modification
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17:35 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $235.3M government contract
Lockheed Martin Corp., Mission Systems and Training, Baltimore, Maryland, is being awarded a $235,329,189 firm-fixed-price contract for MK 41 Vertical Launching System electronic and mechanical modules and related equipment. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
December 11, 2014
15:35 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman renews service contract with Carisbrooke Shipping
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10:01 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics NASSCO, Braemar LNG BV announce licensing agreement
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December 9, 2014
10:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded $44M contract modification by U.S. Navy
The U.S. Navy has awarded General Dynamics Electric Boat a $44.5M contract modification to perform non-nuclear maintenance work for submarines homeported at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics. With this modification, Electric Boat will continue operating the New England Maintenance Manpower Initiative at the submarine base. Under the terms of the contract, Electric Boat will provide a wide range of overhaul, repair and modernization services in support of nuclear submarines, floating dry-docks, support and service craft and other platforms and equipment at the submarine base. About 270 Electric Boat employees are engaged in the work.This contract was first awarded in December 2012 and has a potential value of $222.3M over five years.
10:01 EDTNOC, LMTNorthrop Grumman selected by Lockheed Martin to supply navigation system
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December 8, 2014
16:36 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman CFO Palmer to retire, Kenneth Bedingfield elected CFO
Northrop Grumman announced that its board has elected Kenneth L. Bedingfield, corporate vice president and CFO, effective after the company files its 2014 annual report. Bedingfield will succeed James F. Palmer, who has announced his intention to retire in 2015. The company expects to file its annual report in February 2015, at which time Palmer will continue as a corporate vice president with the company until he retires in the summer of 2015. This will facilitate an orderly transition. Bedingfield joined Northrop Grumman in 2011.
December 5, 2014
10:00 EDTLMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTNOCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:56 EDTLMTLockheed Martin downgraded at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein downgraded Lockheed Martin to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock on valuation. Target $208.
07:55 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman upgraded at Bernstein
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06:54 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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06:53 EDTLMTLockheed Martin downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
06:40 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Northrop to the Conviction Buy List to reflect strength in its largest program, JSF, favorable macro exposures that include a bottoming in the U.S. defense budget, and strong free cash flow. Price target raised to $165 from $163.
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