Exelis reports fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 financial results; provides financial guidance for 2014

2014 Guidance

 

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

The company's 2014 financial guidance is based on the spending levels provided for in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013 and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014. The guidance assumes no disruption or cancellation of any of our significant programs and no disruption or shutdown of government operations resulting from a federal government debt ceiling breach.

The company’s 2014 financial guidance includes approximately $20 million of projected restructuring expense. The company also expects approximately $25 million of expenses related to the planned spin-off of its Mission Systems business into a separate publicly traded company. FAS post-retirement expense for the year is projected in the range of $60 million - $70 million, at the midpoint a decrease of $22 million from the prior year. The company anticipates generating free cash flow of approximately $250 million after making pension contributions in the range of $185 million to $200 million.

The company notes that forward-looking statements of future performance made in this release are based upon current expectations and are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested here, including those factors set forth in the Safe Harbor Statement below.

Investor Call Today

Exelis senior management will host a conference call for investors today at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time to review fourth-quarter and full-year 2013 results and 2014 guidance, as well as to answer questions. The briefing can be monitored live via webcast at the following address on the company's website: www.exelisinc.com/investors.

About Exelis

Exelis is a diversified, top-tier global aerospace, defense, information and services company that leverages a 50-year legacy of deep customer knowledge and technical expertise to deliver affordable, mission-critical solutions for global customers. We are a leader in positioning and navigation, sensors, air traffic management solutions, image processing and distribution, communications and information systems; and focused on strategic growth in the areas of critical networks, ISR and analytics, electronic warfare and composite aerostructures. Headquartered in McLean, Va., Exelis employs about 17,000 people and generated 2013 sales of $4.8 billion. For more information, visit our website at www.exelisinc.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Safe Harbor Statement

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”): Some of the information included herein includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”). Whenever used, words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “target,” “may,” “could,” “outlook” and other terms of similar meaning are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are uncertain and to some extent unpredictable, and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied from, such forward-looking statements. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the company’s historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

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