Exelis reports first-quarter 2014 financial results, confirms 2014 guidance and provides update on Vectrus spin-off

  • Earnings increase 17 percent and adjusted earnings, excluding Vectrus spin-off costs, increase 26 percent over same period in 2013
  • $1 billion in orders in the quarter and funded backlog increase of 21 percent over the first quarter of 2013
  • C4ISR segment orders increase 18 percent over first quarter of 2013; adjusted segment profitability up 600 basis points

MCLEAN, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 2, 2014 — Exelis ( NYSE: XLS) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014. First-quarter revenue was $1 billion, a 12 percent decrease from the first quarter of 2013. First-quarter earnings were $52 million, or $0.27 per share, a 17 percent increase from the first quarter of 2013. Adjusted earnings, which exclude costs related to the pending spin-off of the current Exelis Mission Systems business into an independent company that will be known as Vectrus, were $0.29 per share, a 26 percent increase from the same period in 2013. Free cash flow for the quarter was negative $160 million, which includes $44 million in cash returned to shareholders via dividends and share buybacks. The company reaffirms its full-year free cash flow expectations of approximately $250 million.

The company secured $1 billion in orders during the first quarter of 2014, including significant new business in three of its four Strategic Growth Platforms, along with orders from a variety of international customers. Key contracts and agreements in the quarter included:

  • Nearly $200 million in awards for airborne electronic warfare equipment from the U.S. Navy, Turkey, Pakistan and other international customers.
  • A multimillion-dollar order from a Japanese customer for the primary climate monitoring payload on the Greenhouse Gas Observing Satellite-2 (GOSAT)
  • A $34 million order from Sikorsky for composite assemblies for the Marine Corps CH-53K next-generation heavy lift helicopter
  • $135 million in orders for night vision and communications equipment from a variety of customers, including international orders for $50 million in i-Aware TMNVG night vision goggles

“We continued to earn new business from domestic and international customers in the first quarter of 2014 and profitability improved significantly in our C4ISR segment,” said Exelis CEO and President David F. Melcher. “We are also reaffirming our 2014 guidance and are looking forward to the successful spin-off of Vectrus this summer.”

Segment Results

C4ISR Electronics and Systems

C4ISR Electronics and Systems first-quarter 2014 revenue was $480 million, down 4 percent from the same period in 2013 due to volume declines in domestic night vision and counter-IED jammer products, partially offset by a surge in sales of both international tactical radios and electronic warfare equipment to U.S. customers. Segment adjusted operating income for the quarter was $47 million, an increase of 147 percent from the first quarter of 2013, due to lower restructuring charges compared to the same period in 2013.

Information and Technical Services

Information and Technical Services first-quarter 2014 revenue was $565 million, a decrease of 18 percent from the same period in 2013, driven by lower customer activity on U.S. government contracts in the Middle East and Afghanistan, slightly offset by increased revenue in Federal Aviation Administration programs. First-quarter adjusted operating income for the segment was $49 million, down 11 percent from the same period in 2013.

Vectrus Spin-off

The company continues to progress on the separation of its current Mission Systems business into an independent, publicly traded company that will be known as Vectrus, Inc. The most current public information on the Vectrus spin-off can be found at www.exelisinc.com/transformation.

2014 Guidance

Sales     $4.6 billion
Adjusted Operating Margin     ≈11%
Adjusted Earnings Per Share     $1.52 - $1.59
Free Cash Flow     ≈$250 million

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