Huntington Ingalls reports strong first quarter

Mike Petters: "HII has continued to maintain a healthy backlog and strong operating performance" Mike Petters: "HII has continued to maintain a healthy backlog and strong operating performance"

MAY 9, 2014 — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE:HII) reported first quarter 2014 revenues of $1.59 billion, up 2.0 percent compared to the same period last year. First quarter diluted earnings per share was $1.81, compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.87 in the same period of 2013. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter was $1.53, compared to $1.17 in the comparable period of 2013.

Segment operating income for the first quarter was $137 million, compared to $120 million in the same period last year. Total operating income for the quarter was $159 million, compared to $95 million in the same period last year. Adjusted operating income for the first quarter, which excludes the FAS/CAS Adjustment, was $137 million, or 8.6 percent of revenue, compared to $118 million, or 7.6 percent of revenue, in the comparable period of 2013. The increase in adjusted operating income was primarily attributable to risk retirement at Ingalls Shipbuilding on the LPD-17 San Antonio-class (LPD) program and National Security Cutter (NSC) program and at Newport News Shipbuilding on the CVN-78 Gerald R. Ford construction contract.

New business awards for the quarter were approximately $2.2 billion, consisting primarily of contracts for continued construction preparation for CVN-79 John F. Kennedy and construction of NSC-7 Kimball. Total backlog at the end of Q1 2014 was $18.7 billion, of which $13.0 billion was funded.

"Notwithstanding continued debate surrounding the defense budget and the impact of sequestration, HII has continued to maintain a healthy backlog and strong operating performance at both segments," said Mike Petters, HII's president and chief executive officer. "With the delivery of LHA-6 America in April 2014, HII has reached a significant milestone on its path to 9 plus percent margins in 2015."

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