OREANDA-NEWS. General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported first-quarter 2016 earnings from continuing operations of $730 million, a 2 percent increase over first-quarter 2015, on revenue of $7.7 billion. Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $2.34 compared to $2.14 in the year-ago quarter, a 9.3 percent increase.

"General Dynamics delivered a strong first quarter, with all four groups contributing to our outstanding operating performance," said Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics. "We generated positive operating leverage and achieved the sixth straight quarter with operating earnings of more than one billion dollars."


Company-wide operating margin for the first quarter of 2016 was 13.6 percent, a 40 basis-point increase when compared to 13.2 percent in first-quarter 2015. Three of the company's four business groups expanded margins over the year-ago period.


Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $439 million. Free cash flow from operations, defined as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures, was $374 million.

Capital Deployment

The company repurchased 7.8 million of its outstanding shares in the first quarter. In addition, in March, the board of directors increased the company's quarterly dividend by 10.1 percent to $0.76 per share, representing the company's 19th consecutive annual dividend increase.


General Dynamics' total backlog at the end of first-quarter 2016 was $64.7 billion. There was order activity across the Gulfstream product portfolio and strong demand for defense products, which resulted in a book-to-bill ratio (orders divided by revenue) of one-to-one in the Combat Systems group and greater than one-to-one in the Information Systems and Technology group. The estimated potential contract value, representing management's estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $24.5 billion. Total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $89.2 billion at the end of the quarter.

About General Dynamics

Headquartered in Falls Church, Virginia, General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; C4ISR and IT solutions; and shipbuilding. The company's revenues in 2015 were $31.5 billion.