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L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. today reported adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations of $2.16 and diluted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.76 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 (2015 fourth quarter). Diluted EPS from continuing operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 (2014 fourth quarter) was $2.34. Net sales of $2.9 billion for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by 3% compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Excluding sales from divestitures and acquisitions, net sales (organic sales) increased 1%. The prior period results have been adjusted to present the National Security Solutions business as discontinued operations.
“In the fourth quarter, we continued the progress we made on our transformation throughout 2015, highlighted by our announcement of the sale of our National Security Solutions (NSS) business.” said Michael T. Strianese, chairman and chief executive officer. “Our strategic portfolio shaping efforts and solid program execution allowed us to focus on higher returning, higher margin businesses where we have market leading positions, supporting organic growth and increased segment operating margins. While there is still work to do, we are seeing benefits of our refined strategy. Our organic sales growth for the quarter was 1% and we strengthened our offerings in key markets through our ForceX acquisition, which will expand our brand and market share in 2016 and beyond.”
“While we are disappointed in our 2015 book-to-bill ratio, which was impacted by lower than anticipated international awards at Aerospace Systems, our other two segments generated healthy orders from the DoD and other U.S. Government customers. Looking ahead to 2016, we are a leaner, more focused company with robust cash flows operating in what we believe will be a more stable budgetary environment. We are confident that our ongoing efforts will drive additional organic growth in 2016 and enable us to continue returning capital to shareholders.”
Sales from business divestitures are defined as sales from business divestitures that are included in L-3’s actual results for the 12 months prior to the divestitures. Sales from acquired businesses are defined as sales from business acquisitions that are included in L-3’s actual results for less than 12 months.
Funded orders of $2.6 billion for the quarter included the following key wins:
- a contract to design, manufacture, qualify, test and deliver Integrated Power Node Center/Power Node Control Center (IPNC/PNCC) units to General Dynamics Bath Iron Works,
- a contract to deliver two night vision product variants, monocular and binocular, to the Saudi Ministry of Defense, Land Forces,
- a contract to provide immersion fidelity updates on the F/A-18 C/D/E/F and EA-18G Tactical Operational Flight Trainers (TOFT’s) at multiple Air Stations for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division,
- a contract to provide three Full Flight Simulators for an Airbus A320, an Airbus A330 and a Boeing B737 to Turkish Airlines, and
- a contract to provide an Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulator to Spring Airlines.
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations for the 2015 fourth quarter excludes: (1) goodwill impairment charges of $349 million ($230 million after income taxes), or $2.93 per diluted share, including $338 million related to a decline in the estimated fair value of the Logistics Solutions reporting unit and $11 million related to the re-allocation of goodwill to a business unit retained by L-3 in connection with the expected sale of the National Security Solutions business and (2) a pre-tax loss of $2 million ($2 million after income taxes), or $0.02 per diluted share, related to the divestiture of Klein Associates, Inc., which was completed on December 31, 2015 for a sales price of $10 million.
Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations for the year ended December 31, 2015 excludes: (1) goodwill impairment charges of $384 million ($264 million after income taxes), or $3.22 per diluted share, including $338 million related to a decline in the estimated fair value of the Logistics Solutions reporting unit, and $46 million related to the re-allocation of goodwill and an impairment charge recorded during the third quarter of 2015 to a business retained by L-3 in connection with the expected sale of the National Security Solutions business and (2) a pre-tax loss of $31 million ($20 million after income taxes), or $0.25 per diluted share, related to business divestitures, of which $17 million relates to the divestiture of Marine Systems International (MSI), completed on May 29, 2015, $8 million relates to the Tinsley Product Line divestiture completed on July 27, 2015, $4 million relates to the Broadcast Sports, Inc. (BSI) divestiture, completed on April 24, 2015, and $2 million relates to the Klein Associates, Inc. divestiture, completed on December 31, 2015.
The goodwill impairment charges and pre-tax losses related to business divestitures are included in consolidated operating (loss) income. Segment operating income represents earnings from the Company’s business segments before the goodwill impairment charges and pre-tax losses related to business divestitures. Segment operating income is used by management for purposes of evaluating the operating performance of the Company’s business segments.