L3Harris Reports Strong First Quarter 2021 Results
L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:LHX) reported first quarter 2021 revenue of $4.6 billion, down 1.3% versus prior year, and up 1.8% on an organic1 basis. GAAP net income was $466 million, up 140% versus prior year. Adjusted EBIT3 was $862 million, up 6.7% versus prior year, and adjusted EBIT margin3 expanded 140 basis points (bps) to 18.9%. GAAP EPS was $2.25, up 127%, and non-GAAP EPS3 was $3.18, up 14% versus prior year.
"Our first quarter results demonstrate continued strong execution by the L3Harris team in spite of the pandemic, which provides us confidence in delivering on our increased guidance for the year," said William M. Brown, Chair and Chief Executive Officer. "Our ability to perform exceptionally, along with the differentiated capabilities highlighted at our Investor Briefing, position us to continue creating value for all stakeholders over the long term."
First quarter revenue decreased 1.3% versus prior year primarily due to divestitures and COVID-related impacts within the commercial businesses. Organic revenue increased 1.8% for the quarter as 4.8% growth in U.S. and international government businesses, excluding commercial aviation and Public Safety, more than offset the anticipated COVID-related decline. At the segment level, revenue growth was driven by Integrated Mission Systems, Space and Airborne Systems and Communication Systems, partially offset by a decline in Aviation Systems primarily due to COVID-related impacts. Funded book-to-bill2 was 1.10 for the quarter.
First quarter net income margin expanded 600 bps and adjusted EBIT margin expanded 140 bps to 18.9% versus prior year. GAAP EPS increased 127% versus prior year driven by a reduction in charges for impairment of goodwill and other assets, operational excellence, integration benefits and a lower share count, partially offset by COVID and divestiture-related impacts. Non-GAAP EPS increased 14% versus prior year driven by operational excellence, integration benefits and a lower share count, net of COVID and divestiture-related impacts.
First quarter revenue increased 5.9% from growth in Maritime, driven by a ramp on manned platforms, and in ISR from a newly awarded NATO program, with moderate growth in Electro Optical. First quarter operating income increased 19% to $240 million, and operating margin expanded 180 bps to 16.5% versus prior year, driven by cost management, integration benefits and operational excellence.
Segment funded book-to-bill was 1.32 for the quarter.
ISR award activity continued with over $380 million in orders for advanced capabilities across incumbent platforms, including the Rivet Joint reconnaissance, National Command Authority and classified aircraft, further strengthening the company's position as a partner of choice with the U.S. Air Force. L3Harris also expanded its international presence with over $450 million in orders, including a contract to deliver a series of missionized Gulfstream G550 aircraft to a NATO customer, with significant follow-on opportunity.
In Maritime, the company received a six-year, multi-award IDIQ contract for up to $827 million to provide engineering services across a range of platforms for the U.S. Navy in support of the Hull, Mechanical and Electrical Systems modernization program. L3Harris also was awarded multiple contracts totaling over $60 million to provide imaging systems on submarines for customers in the Asia Pacific and Middle East regions, strengthening its position as a leading provider of maritime solutions.
In Electro Optical, domestic and international demand was strong and included a $127 million award to provide mission-critical avionics on the Vulcan Centaur rocket for U.S. Space Force launches. The company also reinforced its international position with $85 million in orders for WESCAM airborne sensor systems from customers primarily in Europe and Northern Africa, as well as over $120 million in orders for in-service support of fighter and surveillance aircraft, extending L3Harris' long-standing incumbency with the Canadian Department of National Defence.
First quarter revenue increased 3.7% versus prior year and 4.1% on an organic basis, primarily due to a ramp on missile defense and other responsive programs in Space and the F-35 platform in Mission Avionics, as well as classified growth in Intel and Cyber. This growth was partially offset by program timing in Electronic Warfare. First quarter operating income increased 8.6% to $240 million, and operating margin expanded 90 bps to 19.4% versus prior year, driven by cost management, operational excellence and higher pension income.
Segment funded book-to-bill was 1.15 for the quarter.
In Space, the company received several key awards across its responsive and ground franchises, with multi-billion-dollar follow-on opportunities, including:
Within Mission Avionics and Electronic Warfare, L3Harris recorded approximately $350 million in orders on long-term platforms (F-35, F/A-18 and F-16), including a contract to develop the next-generation electronic warfare system on international F-16 aircraft, leveraging software-defined and open systems architecture, with over $1 billion in future production opportunities. The orders also included a $72 million contract from the U.S. Navy to supply the next production lot of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures (IDECM) jammer system for the F/A-18 aircraft, increasing the inception-to-date awards to more than $2.1 billion.
In Intel & Cyber, the company received a $113 million sole-source, follow-on award to provide continued end-to-end mission solutions for a classified customer, sustaining its ground-based adjacency franchise.
First quarter revenue increased 1.6% versus prior year and 2.9% on an organic basis driven by growth in Tactical Communications, primarily from the continued ramp in U.S. DoD modernization, which also benefited Integrated Vision Solutions and Global Communications Solutions. This growth was partially offset by anticipated lower demand within Public Safety due to COVID-related impacts and lower volume on legacy unmanned platforms in Broadband Communications. First quarter operating income increased 12% to $281 million, and operating margin expanded 240 bps to 25.3% versus prior year from operational excellence, cost management and integration benefits.
Segment funded book-to-bill was 0.92 for the quarter.
Tactical Communications received several key orders that strengthen its domestic and international leadership, including:
In Integrated Vision Solutions, the company received multiple orders totaling $65 million to deliver advanced night vision and aiming devices to a country in the Middle East, bringing total in-country orders recorded to-date to $220 million.
Key awards in Broadband Communications included a $57 million award for ROVER® 6S transceivers for the U.S. Army, supporting situational awareness and surveillance. In addition, the company received $28 million in orders from the U.S. Navy to provide SATCOM terminals on surface warships under the Commercial Broadband Satellite Program (CBSP), enabling resilient communications.
In Global Communications Solutions, the company received multiple orders totaling $24 million to deliver its Hawkeye™ III Lite Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) in support of the U.S. Army's SATCOM modernization program.
First quarter revenue decreased 19% versus prior year due to the divestiture of the airport security and automation business, COVID-related impacts in the commercial aviation business and program timing in Military Training, which also led to an 8.3% decline on an organic basis, consistent with expectations. This decline was partially offset by growth in Mission Networks, from higher FAA volume, and Defense Aviation. The first quarter increase in GAAP operating income was driven by the prior-year COVID-related impairment of goodwill and other assets, as well as operational excellence, cost management and integration benefits. Non-GAAP operating income decreased 13% to $128 million due to COVID and divestiture-related headwinds, partially offset by operational excellence, cost management and integration benefits, which led to non-GAAP operating margin expansion of 120 bps to 15.7%.
Segment funded book-to-bill was 0.84 for the quarter.
In Mission Networks, L3Harris recorded more than $125 million in orders on long-term air traffic management contracts, including the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) programs.
In Defense Aviation, the company received a $25 million follow-on production order for fuzing and ordnance systems from the U.S. Army.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2021, L3Harris generated $630 million in adjusted free cash flow and returned $909 million to shareholders through $700 million in share repurchases and $209 million in dividends.
As previously announced, the L3Harris Board of Directors approved a 20 percent increase in the company's quarterly cash dividend rate from 85 cents per share to $1.02 per share and a new $6 billion share repurchase authorization. In addition, L3Harris signed definitive agreements to sell its Military Training, Combat Propulsion Systems and Voice Switch Enterprise-related businesses for a combined total of approximately $1.5 billion, increasing the total gross proceeds from completed and announced divestitures to approximately $2.5 billion. Each transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the second half of 2021.
L3Harris updated 2021 guidance as follows:
The ongoing attempts to contain and reduce the spread of COVID, such as mandatory closures, "shelter-in-place" orders and travel and quarantine restrictions, have caused significant disruptions and adverse effects on the U.S. and global economies, such as impacts to supply chains, customer demand, international trade and capital markets. L3Harris' response has involved increasing its focus on keeping its employees safe while striving to maintain continuity of operations, meet customer commitments and support suppliers. For example, the company instituted work-from-home (for employees who are able to work remotely) and social distancing arrangements; canceled travel and external events; procured personal protective equipment for employees; implemented health screening procedures at all facilities; staggered work shifts, redesigned work stations, implemented stringent cleaning protocols and initiated more detailed safety precautions and protocols for on-site work, such as daily health assessments and mandatory face coverings, which currently remain in effect. The company has also maintained an active dialog with key suppliers and developed plans to mitigate supply chain risks. The company has allowed certain essential business travel to resume, and continues to expect to utilize a phased approach based on local conditions for transitioning employees from work-from-home arrangements to on-site work or hybrid arrangements. As COVID vaccines are being distributed and administered throughout the U.S. and global community, the company is currently facilitating the provision of vaccines to its workforce. The U.S. Government response to COVID has included identifying the Defense Industrial Base as a Critical Infrastructure Sector and enhancing cash flow and liquidity for the Defense Industrial Base, such as by increasing progress payments and accelerating contract awards. As a part of the Defense Industrial Base, these actions have enabled the company to keep its U.S. production facilities largely operational in support of national security commitments to U.S. Government customers and to accelerate payments to small business suppliers, which it expects to continue while the U.S. Government's responsive actions remain in effect.
Although the company believes that the large percentage of its revenue, earnings and cash flow that is derived from sales to the U.S. Government, whether directly or through prime contractors, will be relatively predictable, in part due to the responsive actions taken by the U.S. Government described above, the company's commercial, international and public safety businesses are at a higher risk of adverse COVID-related impacts. For example, the severe decline in global air traffic from travel restrictions and the resulting downturn in the commercial aviation market and its impact on customer operations has significantly reduced demand for flight training, flight simulators and commercial avionics products in the company's Aviation Systems segment. As a result, the company temporarily closed some of its flight training facilities, initiated restructuring and other actions to align its resources with the outlook for the commercial aviation market (including workforce reduction and facility consolidation) and recognized $767 million of charges for impairment of goodwill and other assets and other COVID-related impacts in fiscal 2020.
The company's 2021 guidance reflects the company's current expectations and assumptions regarding disruptions, containment actions and other COVID-related impacts, including on the U.S. and global economies. These assumptions continue to include a measured assessment of the downturn in the commercial aerospace business and in demand for public safety solutions, as well as additional potential risks from facility shutdowns, supply chain disruptions and international activity weakness. The company's current expectations and assumptions could change, which could negatively affect the company's outlook. The extent of these disruptions and impacts, including on the company's ability to perform under U.S. Government contracts and other contracts within agreed timeframes and ultimately on its results of operations and cash flows, will depend on future developments, including the severity and duration of COVID-related impacts and associated containment and mitigation actions taken by the U.S. Government, state and local government officials and international governments, and consequences thereof, and global air traffic demand and governmental subsidies to airlines, all of which are uncertain and unpredictable, could exacerbate other risks described in the company's filings with the SEC and could materially adversely impact the company's financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
Conference Call and Webcast
L3Harris will host a conference call today, April 30, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) to discuss first quarter 2021 financial results. The dial-in numbers for the teleconference are (U.S.) 877-407-6184 and (International) 201-389-0877, and participants will be directed to an operator. Please allow at least 10 minutes before the scheduled start time to connect to the teleconference. Participants are encouraged to listen via webcast, and view management's supporting slide presentation, which will be broadcast live at L3Harris.com. A recording of the call will be available on the L3Harris website, beginning at approximately 12 p.m. ET on April 30, 2021.
About L3Harris Technologies
L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers' mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across air, land, sea, space and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 48,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries. L3Harris.com.
This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including earnings per diluted share from continuing operations ("EPS"), adjusted earnings before interest and taxes ("EBIT"), adjusted EBIT margin and adjusted free cash flow for the first quarters of 2021 and 2020; organic revenue growth for the company, for the company's U.S. and international government businesses excluding its Commercial Aviation Solutions and Public Safety sectors, and for its Space and Airborne Systems, Communication Systems and Aviation Systems segments for the first quarter of 2021; and segment operating income and margin for the Aviation Systems segment for the first quarter of 2020; in each case, adjusted for certain costs, charges, expenses, losses or other amounts as set forth in the reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures included in the financial statement tables accompanying this press release. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is generally defined as a numerical measure of a company's historical or future performance that excludes or includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments, so as to be different from the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). L3Harris management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when considered together with the GAAP financial measures, provide information that is useful to investors in understanding period-over-period operating results separate and apart from items that may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on results in any particular period. L3Harris management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures enhance the ability of investors to analyze L3Harris business trends and to understand L3Harris performance. In addition, L3Harris may utilize non-GAAP financial measures as guides in forecasting, budgeting and long-term planning processes and to measure operating performance for some management compensation purposes. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. This press release also contains forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures, including expected EPS, adjusted EBIT margin, adjusted free cash flow and organic revenue growth for full-year 2021, but a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to comparable GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort because of inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying the comparable GAAP measures and the applicable adjustments and other amounts that would be necessary for such a reconciliation, including due to potentially high variability, complexity and low visibility as to the applicable adjustments and other amounts, which may, or could, have a disproportionately positive or negative impact on the company's future GAAP results, such as business divestiture-related gains and losses, and other unusual gains and losses, or their probable significance and extent of tax deductibility. The variability of the applicable adjustments and other amounts is unpredictable, and it is possible for them to significantly adversely impact the company's future GAAP results.
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