Elbit Systems Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results
HAIFA, Israel, Aug. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) (TASE: ESLT) (the "Company" or "Elbit Systems"), the international high technology company, reported today its consolidated results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.
In this release, the Company is providing US-GAAP results as well as additional non-GAAP financial data, which are intended to provide investors a more comprehensive understanding of the Company's business results and trends. Unless otherwise stated, all financial data presented is GAAP financial data.
Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, commented: "Our second quarter results demonstrate the resilience of our business during a period in which we continued to face the operational and logistical challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are particularly pleased by the improved operating profit margin and cash flow in the quarter.
Our ability to win new business and grow our backlog during the quarter is a testimony to the continued interest in our products and solutions around the world, even during the pandemic. As we look towards a post-pandemic world, our $10.8 billion backlog provides us with good revenue visibility."
Second Quarter 2020 Results:
Revenues in the second quarter of 2020 were $1,079.4 million, as compared to $1,064.0 million in the second quarter of 2019.
Non-GAAP (*) gross profit amounted to $286.4 million (26.5% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $294.3 million (27.7% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019. GAAP gross profit in the second quarter of 2020 was $280.5 million (26.0% of revenues), as compared to $288.4 million (27.1% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
Research and development expenses, net were $79.0 million (7.3% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $77.3 million (7.3% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
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Marketing and selling expenses, net were $67.4 million (6.2% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $73.6 million (6.9% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
General and administrative expenses, net were $52.0 million (4.8% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $57.2 million (5.4% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
Other operating income, net in the second quarter of 2020 was $35.0 million, resulting mainly from capital gains related to sale and lease back of buildings by a subsidiary in the U.S.
Non-GAAP(*) operating income was $92.7 million (8.6% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $89.6 million (8.4% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of 2020 was $117.1 million (10.9% of revenues), as compared to $80.3 million (7.5% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
Financial expenses, net were $16.6 million in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $20.3 million in the second quarter of 2019.
Other income, net in the second quarter of 2020 was $13.0 million , as compared to other income of $1.6 million in the second quarter of 2019. Other income in the second quarter of 2020 includes income of approximately $15.4 million as a result of revaluation and capital gain related to the sale of shares in a subsidiary in Israel.
Taxes on income were $23.6 million (effective tax rate of 20.8%) in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $10.8 million (effective tax rate of 17.6%) in the second quarter of 2019. The tax rate in the second quarter of 2020 was affected by the higher tax rate of the capital gains.
Equity in net earnings (losses) of affiliated companies and partnerships was a loss of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2020, as compared to earnings of $3.5 million in the second quarter of 2019. The loss in the second quarter of 2020 was a result of the write-off of a $4.4 million investment in an affiliated company in Israel.
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests in the second quarter of 2020 was $0.2 million, as compared to $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2019.
Non-GAAP(*) net income attributable to the Company's shareholders in the second quarter of 2020 was $68.9 million (6.4% of revenues), as compared to $64.3 million (6.0% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019. GAAP net income attributable to the Company's shareholders in the second quarter of 2020 was $89.3 million (8.3% of revenues), as compared to $53.8 million (5.1% of revenues) in the second quarter of 2019.
Non-GAAP(*) diluted net earnings per share attributable to the Company's shareholders were $1.56 for the second quarter of 2020, as compared to $1.46 for the second quarter of 2019. GAAP diluted earnings per share in the second quarter of 2020 were $2.02, as compared to $1.22 for the second quarter of 2019.
The Company's backlog of orders as of June 30, 2020 totaled $10,804 million, as compared to $9,796 million as of June 30, 2019. Approximately 63% of the current backlog is attributable to orders from outside Israel. Approximately 55% of the current backlog is scheduled to be performed during the second half of 2020 and during 2021.
Operating cash flow in the six months ended June 30, 2020 was a positive $169.3 million, as compared to a negative operating cash flow in the six months ended June 30, 2019 in the amount of $91.5 million.
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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Company:
The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. COVID-19 has had significant negative impacts on the worldwide economy, resulting in disruptions to supply chains and financial markets, significant travel restrictions, facility closures and shelter-in-place orders in various locations. Elbit Systems is closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Company's employees, customers and suppliers, as well as on the global economy.
As we last reported on May 26, 2020, we have been taking a number of actions to protect the safety of our employees as well as maintain business continuity and secure our supply chain. We also reported on a number of activities where we are leveraging our technological capabilities to assist hospital staffs and other first responders protecting our communities from the impact of the pandemic. All of these actions remain ongoing.
During the first and second quarters of 2020 our business was not materially impacted by the pandemic, although some of our businesses are experiencing certain disruptions due to government directed safety measures, travel restrictions and supply chain delays.
We have implemented a series of cost control measures to help limit the financial impact of the pandemic on the Company, in parallel to the measures we are taking to maintain business continuity and deliveries to our customers. We also are working on efficiency initiatives with a number of our suppliers. We continue to evaluate our operations on an ongoing basis in order to adapt to the evolving business environment.
While our commercial avionics business line has been negatively affected by the pandemic's impact on the commercial aviation market, most of our defense markets have continued to show relative stability. We are continuously analyzing our business and its vulnerability to the possible future impact of the pandemic.
We believe that as of June 30, 2020, Elbit Systems had a healthy balance sheet, adequate levels of cash and access to credit facilities that provide liquidity when necessary. We have given high priority to cash management and adequate cash reserves to run the business.
The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the Company's performance will depend on future developments including the duration and spread of the pandemic, the measures adopted by governments to limit the spread of the pandemic and resulting actions that may be taken by our customers and our supply chain, all of which are uncertain. As noted in our annual report on Form 20-F, the preparation of financial reports such as our quarterly financial results requires us to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that affect the amounts reported. For our quarterly financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, we considered the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our critical and significant accounting estimates. The expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic did not have a material effect on our significant judgments, assumptions and estimates reflected in the results. However, our future results may differ materially from our estimates. As events continue to evolve in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimates we use in future periods may change materially.
* Non-GAAP financial data:
The following non-GAAP financial data is presented to enable investors to have additional information on the Company's business performance as well as a further basis for periodical comparisons and trends relating to the Company's financial results. The Company believes such data provides useful information to investors by facilitating more meaningful comparisons of the Company's financial results over time. Such non-GAAP information is used by the Company's management to make strategic decisions, forecast future results and evaluate the Company's current performance. However, investors are cautioned that, unlike financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, non-GAAP measures may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other companies.
The non-GAAP financial data includes reconciliation adjustments regarding non-GAAP gross profit, operating income, net income and diluted EPS. In arriving at non-GAAP presentations, companies generally factor out items such as those that have a non-recurring impact on the income statements, various non-cash items including significant exchange rate differences, significant effects of retroactive tax legislation, changes in accounting guidance, financial transactions and other items not considered to be part of regular ongoing business, which, in management's judgment, are items that are considered to be outside of the review of core operating results.
In the Company's non-GAAP presentation, the Company made certain adjustments, as indicated in the table below.
These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The Company believes that non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company's results of operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP, and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. Investors should consider non-GAAP financial measures in addition to, and not as replacements for or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
On June 17, 2020, the Company announced that Mr. Moshe Kaplinsky, who was elected as an External Director of the Company's Board of Directors in March 2020, tendered his resignation to the Company. Mr. Kaplinsky indicated that the reason for his resignation was as a matter of caution to avoid any potential conflict of interests due to his recent nomination as the CEO of Oil Refineries Ltd. (Bazan). The Company accepted Mr. Kaplinsky's resignation and thanked him for his contribution during his tenure. The Company provided Nasdaq with a notice that it would be temporarily out of compliance with Nasdaq Listing Rule 5605(b)(1) requiring that Independent Directors constitute a majority of the Company's Board. The Company announced that it will promptly proceed with the process of identifying a suitable candidate for election as an External Director and convening a shareholders meeting for his or her election, within the periods set forth in the Companies Law and Nasdaq Listing Rules.
On June 22, 2020, the Company announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $38 million from the Israeli Ministry of Defense to provide operation, maintenance and logistic services for the Textron T-6 trainer aircraft ("T-6") fleet of the Israeli Air Force ("IAF"). This contract award follows a decade during which Elbit Systems has provided the IAF with operation and maintenance services for the T-6 fleet, meeting the IAF's standards of service, availability and flight safety. The contract will be executed over a five-year period, with an option for an additional five-year period.
On July 1, 2020, the Company announced that it was awarded a contract valued at approximately $53 million to provide and integrate intelligence suites onboard vessels of the Navy of a country in Southeast Asia. The contract will be performed over a two-year period.
On July 7, 2020, the Company announced that it will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders (the "Meeting") to adopt a resolution to elect Mr. Noaz Bar Nir as an External Director of the Company for a first three-year term commencing on the close of the Meeting.
On August 11, 2020, the Company announced that at the Extraordinary General Meeting of Shareholders held on August 10, 2020, the proposed resolution to elect Noaz Bar Nir as an External Director of the Company was approved. Mr. Bar Nir's election as an External Director of the Company enables the Company to return to being in full compliance with the applicable board of director independence requirements under Nasdaq Listing Rules and the Israeli Companies Law.
The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.44 per share for the second quarter of 2020. The dividend's record date is September 1, 2020. The dividend will be paid from income generated as Preferred Income (as defined under Israel tax laws), on September 14, 2020, net of taxes and levies, at the rate of 20%.
The Company will be hosting a conference call on Thursday, August 13, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. On the call, the Company's management will review and discuss the results and will be available to answer questions.
To participate, please call any of the teleconferencing numbers that follow. If you are unable to connect using the toll-free numbers, please try the international dial-in number.
US Dial-in Number: 1-888-668-9141
at 9:00am Eastern Time; 6:00am Pacific Time; 4:00pm Israel Time
The conference call will also be broadcast live on Elbit Systems' web-site at http://www.elbitsystems.com . An online replay will be available from 24 hours after the call ends.
Alternatively, for two days following the call, investors will be able to dial a replay number to listen to the call. The dial-in numbers are:
1-888-782-4291 (US and Canada) or +972-3-925-5900 (Israel and International).
About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios, cyber-based systems and munitions. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.
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This press release may contain forward–looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Israeli Securities Law, 1968) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions about future events. Forward–looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions about the Company, which are difficult to predict, including projections of the Company's future financial results, its anticipated growth strategies and anticipated trends in its business. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward–looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; changes in global health and macro-economic conditions; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; changes in the competitive environment; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward–looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, it cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Moreover, neither the Company nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.
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