Press Release

Northrop Grumman Reports Fourth Quarter and 2014 Financial Results

By SpaceRef Editor
January 30, 2015
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Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) reported fourth quarter 2014 net earnings of $506 million, or $2.48 per diluted share, compared to $478 million, or $2.12 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. Fourth quarter 2014 diluted earnings per share increased 17 percent and are based on 204.2 million weighted average shares outstanding compared with 225.2 million shares in the fourth quarter of 2013, a decrease of 9 percent. The company repurchased 4.5 million shares of its common stock in the fourth quarter of 2014 for $599 million. As a result of the passage of the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which extended tax benefits that expired on Dec. 31, 2013, the company recognized a full year research and development tax credit of $38 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

For 2014, net earnings totaled $2.1 billion, or $9.75 per diluted share, compared to $2.0 billion, or $8.35 per diluted share in 2013. Diluted earnings per share for 2014 increased 17 percent and are based on 212.1 million weighted average shares outstanding compared with 233.9 million shares in 2013. During 2014, the company repurchased 21.4 million shares of its common stock for $2.7 billion. As of Dec. 31, 2014, the company had repurchased 42.2 million shares toward its previously announced goal of retiring 60 million shares of its common stock by the end of 2015, market conditions permitting.

“Our team delivered another year of strong performance in 2014. We are excited about our many future opportunities and remain committed to generating value through sustainable performance, a well-aligned portfolio and effective cash deployment,” said Wes Bush, chairman, chief executive officer and president.

Full financials available here.

SpaceRef staff editor.