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$KEM expects that it will continue to experience strong performance, both in income statement and balance sheet, throughout balance of fiscal year. $KEM expects to continue to grow cash, with a 2Q ending balance of $253.7MM, and an estimated 3Q ending balance of $265-275MM, while lowering debt and lifting capital expenditures to build capacity.
During 4Q17, in the Industrial business group, $MMM posted organic growth of 3.9%. Safety & Graphic sales grew 10.7% organically with double digit increases across developed and developing markets. Healthcare grew 3.1% organically and Electronics & Energy organic sales growth was 11%. In Consumer, organic growth was 5.4% in 4Q17.
Following the passage of the new tax legislation, $MMM recorded a net tax expense in 4Q17 of $762MM or $1.25 per share resulting in GAAP EPS of $0.85. This net tax expense includes the onetime transition tax on unremitted foreign earnings, as well as true-ups of tax deferred assets and liabilities. Excluding this impact, 4Q17 EPS was $2.10.
$MMM reported a 54% decrease in 4Q17 earnings. Net income was $523MM or $0.85 per share compared to $1.15Bil or $1.88 per share in 4Q16. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act resulted in a net tax expense in the quarter of $762MM or $1.25 per share. Sales rose 9% to $8Bil from last year.
$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.
$AVT announced the availability of the AT&T IoT Starter Kit (2nd Generation), a new System-on-Module IoT solution that provides a complete development environment for both prototyping and production of sensor-to-cloud applications and services. This kit is fully compliant with FCC, PTCRB, and AT&T network certifications for operations in the US.
$ITRI has completed its acquisition of Silver Spring Networks, Inc. The legacy Silver Spring Networks business is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Itron, Inc. and will be integrated and reported as a new business segment, Itron Networked Solutions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.