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$ESIO said it received a multi-unit order for its GemStone flex PCB laser processing system from a manufacturer of flexible circuit boards. Introduced in 2015, the GemStone system relies on $ESIO's internally-developed laser, featuring GemPulse technology to deliver precise laser pulses demanded by leading-edge applications.
$NOC continues to expect that capital expenditures will remain elevated in 2018 and 2019 before starting to return to a new normal that reflects a larger business. For 2018, the company does have additional CapEx as well as $100-150MM in costs from incremental interest and transaction cost related to its pending acquisition of $OA.
For 2018, $NOC expects Technology Services sales to be in the mid $4Bil range, with an operating margin rate of about 10%. Lower 2018 revenue is primarily due to expected declines in the KC-10 and JRDC programs. Lower revenue for these programs is being partially offset by growth in other programs.
For 2018, $NOC expects Mission Systems sales to grow to the mid to high $11Bil range with an operating margin of about 13%. Primary revenue growth drivers include continued ramp-up on combat avionics and communications programs, including F-35 sensors, SABR radar, and infrared countermeasures.
For 2018, $NOC expect Aerospace Systems to grow at top line at a high single-digit rate to the high $12Bil range. Growth in restricted activities will continue to be a major driver of revenue growth, along with continued ramp-up on the F-35 program. The company expects 2018 operating margin at Aerospace Systems to be in the low to mid 10% range.
$NOC currently expect the $OA transaction to close in 1H of this year. In late November, $OA shareholders overwhelmingly approved the terms of the transaction. The FTC is reviewing the proposed transaction in the U.S. in consultation with the DoD and $NOC notified the European Commission on Jan. 18 under the simplified procedure notice.
For 2018, $NOC expects sales of about $27Bil and EPS of $15.00-15.25. The company predicts segment operating margin in low-mid 11% range and operating margin of about 12%. $NOC sees effective tax rate of about 19.5%, capital expenditures of about $1Bil and free cash flow in the range of $2.0-2.3Bil.
$NOC's Aerospace Systems sales for 4Q17 rose 5% year-over-year, due to growth in Manned Aircraft and Autonomous Systems. Mission Systems sales grew 6%, on higher volume for Sensors and Processing and Advanced Capabilities programs. Technology Services sales slid 1% on lower volume for System Modernization and Services and Advanced Defense Services.
$NOC's operating income for 4Q17 decreased to $767MM from $831MM last year. The decline is primarily due to higher transaction costs from pending acquisition of $OA and deferred state tax expense from discretionary pension contribution. It also includes changes in contract mix at Aerospace Systems and Mission Systems.
$NOC reported a drop in 4Q17 earnings due to higher tax expenses from Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enactment and $500MM discretionary pre-tax pension contribution related to the write-down of deferred tax assets. Net income fell to $178MM or $1.01 per share from $525MM or $2.96 per share last year. Sales rose 4% to $6.6Bil. Adjusted EPS was $2.82.
$MSM said its sales target for 2Q18 is between $761MM and $775MM, with average daily sales estimated to grow 9.1% annually. The company expects earnings per share in the range of $1.93 to $2.03 for the second quarter. Adjusted earnings, excluding special items, are forecasted between $1.00 per share and $1.04 per share.
$MSM, a distributor of metalworking and maintenance operations, reported a marked rise in 1Q18 profit on higher sales, helped by productivity growth and inputs from acquisitions. First quarter profit was $60MM or $1.05 per share, up from $54MM or $0.96 per share reported in the same period last year. Total sales moved up 12% to $769MM.
$MSM's BoD declared a cash dividend of $0.58 per share, representing a 21% increase from the previous regular quarterly dividend of $0.48 per share. The dividend is payable on Jan. 30, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on Jan. 16, 2018. The ex-dividend date is Jan. 12, 2018.
$NCR completes the final phase of the previously-announced sale of Interactive Printer Solutions (IPS) division to Interactive Printer Solutions FZCO (IPS FZCO), a member of the Turbon Group of Companies. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
$NOC appointed Yolanda Murphy as VP of communications for its Technology Services sector, succeeding Alleace Gibbs, who will now serve as VP of communications for its Mission Systems sector, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Murphy will become a new member of Northrop Grumman's Communications Council. Gibbs will remain a member of that leadership group.