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L-3 Announces Fourth Quarter 2015 Results


January 28, 2016
By Business Wire News

NEW YORK

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LLL) 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(2) and acquisitions(2), 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.”

(1)

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations is a non-GAAP financial measure. See Table E for a reconciliation and a discussion on why this information is presented.

(2)

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.

 

L-3 Consolidated Results

 
  Fourth Quarter Ended     Year Ended Dec. 31,  
($ in millions, except per share data) 2015   2014

Increase/
(decrease)

2015   2014

Increase/
(decrease)

 
Net sales $ 2,871 $ 2,961 (3 )% $ 10,466 $ 10,986 (5 )%
 
Operating (loss) income $ (96 ) $ 294 nm $ 475 $ 1,012 (53 )%
 
Loss related to business divestitures 2

 

nm 31

 

nm

 

 
Goodwill impairment charges   349  

 

  nm   384  

 

  nm

 

 
Segment operating income $ 255   $ 294   (13 )% $ 890   $ 1,012   (12 )%
 
Operating margin nm 9.9 % nm 4.5 % 9.2 %

(470)

 bpts

 

Segment operating margin 8.9 % 9.9 %

(100)

 bpts

8.5 % 9.2 %

(70)

 bpts

 
Interest expense $ 45 $ 43 5 % $ 169 $ 158 7 %
 
Interest and other income, net $ 6 $ 4 50 % $ 17 $ 18 (6 )%
 
Debt retirement charge $ 1

$

nm $ 1

$

nm

 

 

Effective income tax rate nm 19.6 % nm nm 26.0 % nm
 
Net (loss) income from continuing operations attributable to L-3 $ (60 ) $ 201 nm $ 282 $ 632 (55 )%
 
Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to L-3(a) $ 172 $ 201 (14 )% $ 566 $ 632 (10 )%
 
Diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations $ (0.76 ) $ 2.34 nm $ 3.44 $ 7.20 (52 )%
 
Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations(a) $ 2.16 $ 2.34 (8 )% $ 6.91 $ 7.20 (4 )%
 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 78.5 86.0 (9 )% 81.9 87.8 (7 )%

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(a)

 

Non-GAAP metric that excludes the goodwill impairment charge and the aggregate loss related to business divestitures. See Table E for a reconciliation of this measure.

nm – not meaningful

 

Fourth Quarter Results of Operations: For the 2015 fourth quarter, consolidated net sales of $2.9 billion decreased $90 million, or 3%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Organic sales growth for the 2015 fourth quarter was $40 million, or 1%. Organic sales growth excludes $167 million of sales declines related to business divestitures and $37 million of sales increases from business acquisitions. Sales to the U.S. Government increased 3%, or $66 million, to $2,029 million in the 2015 fourth quarter, compared to $1,963 million in the 2014 fourth quarter. Sales to international and commercial customers declined 19%, or $156 million, to $842 million in the 2015 fourth quarter, compared to $998 million in the 2014 fourth quarter. Organic sales to international and commercial customers decreased $22 million, or 3%.

Segment operating income for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased $39 million, or 13%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Segment operating income as a percentage of sales (segment operating margin) decreased by 100 basis points to 8.9% for the 2015 fourth quarter compared to 9.9% for the 2014 fourth quarter. This decrease was driven by higher pension expense of $14 million and unfavorable contract performance adjustments primarily in the Aerospace Systems segment. See the reportable segment results below for additional discussion of sales and operating margin trends.

The effective income tax rate for the 2015 fourth quarter is not meaningful due to the goodwill impairment charges. Excluding the goodwill impairment charges and related income tax benefit, the effective income tax rate for the 2015 fourth quarter would have decreased to 17.4% compared to 19.6% primarily due to an increased benefit from the Federal Research and Experimentation (R&E) Tax Credit, which was permanently reenacted on December 18, 2015.

Net (loss) income from continuing operations attributable to L-3 in the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by $261 million to a loss of $60 million, compared to income of $201 million in the 2014 fourth quarter. Diluted EPS from continuing operations decreased by $3.10 to a loss of $0.76 from $2.34 in the 2014 fourth quarter. Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations decreased 8% to $2.16. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the 2015 fourth quarter declined by 9% compared to the 2014 fourth quarter due to share repurchases.

Full Year Results of Operations: For the year ended December 31, 2015, consolidated net sales of $10.5 billion decreased $520 million, or 5%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Organic sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 declined $269 million, or 3%. Organic sales exclude $354 million related to business divestitures and $103 million from business acquisitions. Sales to the U.S. Government declined 2%, or $173 million, to $7,291 million in the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to $7,464 million in the year ended December 31, 2014, driven primarily by U.S. defense budget constraints and reductions from sequestration, and by the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan. Sales to international and commercial customers declined 10%, or $347 million, to $3,175 million in the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $3,522 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. Organic sales to international and commercial customers decreased $92 million, or 3%, driven by foreign currency exchange rate changes.

Segment operating income for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $122 million, or 12%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Segment operating margin decreased by 70 basis points to 8.5% for the year ended December 31, 2015 compared to 9.2% for the year ended December 31, 2014. This decrease was driven by higher pension expense of $61 million and unfavorable contract performance adjustments at the Aerospace Systems segment, partially offset by outside accounting and legal advisory expenses incurred in 2014 for the Internal Review completed in October 2014. See the reportable segment results below for additional discussion of sales and operating margin trends.

The effective income tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2015 is not meaningful due to the goodwill impairment charges. Excluding the goodwill impairment charges and related income tax benefit, the effective income tax rate for 2015 would have decreased to 20.5%. The decrease is primarily due to: (1) $17 million of foreign tax benefits related to a legal restructuring of our foreign entities and (2) an increased benefit from the Federal Research and Experimentation Tax Credit.

Net income from continuing operations attributable to L-3 in the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased to $282 million, compared to $632 million in the year ended December 31, 2014. Diluted EPS from continuing operations decreased 52% to $3.44 from $7.20 in the year ended December 31, 2014. Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to L-3 decreased 10% to $566 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2014, and adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations decreased 4% to $6.91. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the year ended December 31, 2015 declined by 7% compared to the year ended December 31, 2014 due to repurchases of L-3 common stock.

Orders: Funded orders for the 2015 fourth quarter were $2.6 billion, a decrease of 18.7% compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Funded orders for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $9.9 billion, compared to $11.0 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014. The book-to-bill ratio was 0.89x for the 2015 fourth quarter and 0.94x for the year ended December 31, 2015. Funded backlog declined 13% to $8.4 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $9.7 billion at December 31, 2014, due to the divestiture of MSI and a book-to-bill ratio of less than 1.

Cash flow and cash returned to shareholders: Net cash from operating activities from continuing operations decreased by $49 million, or 10%, to $465 million for the 2015 fourth quarter, compared to $514 million for the 2014 fourth quarter. Net cash from operating activities from continuing operations decreased by $71 million, or 7%, to $1,021 million for the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to $1,092 million for the year ended December 31, 2014. The decrease in net cash from operating activities in the year ended December 31, 2015 was due to lower net income partially offset by lower working capital requirements in the year ended December 31, 2015, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014.

The table below summarizes the cash returned to shareholders during the 2015 and 2014 fourth quarter and the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014.

   
Fourth Quarter Ended Year Ended Dec. 31,
($ in millions) 2015   2014 2015   2014
 
Net cash from operating activities from continuing operations $ 465 $ 514 $ 1,021 $ 1,092
Less: Capital expenditures, net of dispositions (59 ) (64 ) (194 ) (170 )
Plus: Income tax payments attributable to discontinued operations   3     2     14  
Free cash flow(1)(2) $ 406   $ 453   $ 829   $ 936  
Dividends paid $ 51 $ 50 $ 214 $ 208
Common stock repurchases   135     410     740     823  
Cash returned to shareholders $ 186   $ 460   $ 954   $ 1,031  

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(1)  

Free cash flow is defined as net cash from operating activities less net capital expenditures (capital expenditures less cash proceeds from dispositions of property, plant and equipment), plus income tax payments attributable to discontinued operations. Free cash flow represents cash generated after paying for interest on borrowings, income taxes, pension benefit contributions, capital expenditures and changes in working capital, but before repaying principal amount of outstanding debt, paying cash dividends on common stock, repurchasing shares of our common stock, investing cash to acquire businesses, and making other strategic investments. Thus, a key assumption underlying free cash flow is that the company will be able to refinance its existing debt. Because of this assumption, free cash flow is not a measure that should be relied upon to represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures.

(2)

Free cash flow from discontinued operations is not included above.

 
 

Reportable Segment Results

 

Electronic Systems

 
  Fourth Quarter Ended     Year Ended Dec. 31,
($ in millions) 2015   2014 Decrease 2015 2014 Decrease
Net sales $ 1,217 $ 1,335 (8.8 ) % $ 4,269 $ 4,645 (8.1 ) %
Operating income $ 137 $ 153 (10.5 ) % $ 489 $ 533 (8.3 ) %
Operating margin 11.3 % 11.5 % (20 ) bpts 11.5 % 11.5 % bpts
 

Fourth Quarter: Electronic Systems net sales for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by $118 million, or 9%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Excluding $167 million related to the divestitures of MSI, BSI and the Tinsley Product Line and $24 million related to the CTC and ForceX acquisitions, organic sales increased by $25 million, or 2%. The increase is driven by: (1) $28 million for Aviation Products & Security Systems due to increased deliveries of airport and cargo security system products to international customers and cockpit avionics products to commercial and DoD customers, (2) $10 million primarily for Precision Engagement and Training due to increased deliveries of simulation devices to the DoD, partially offset by completed contracts for simulation devices to commercial customers and ordnance products to the U.S. military, and (3) $8 million for Sensor Systems, primarily due to deliveries of electronic warfare products to the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence and increased volume for photonics masts and surface ship stabilizing products to the U.S. Navy. These increases were partially offset by a reduction of $21 million at Warrior Systems related to a holographic weapons sight refund program at the EoTech business further discussed below.

Electronic Systems operating income for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by $16 million, or 10%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Operating margin decreased by 20 basis points to 11.3%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 70 basis points due to sales mix changes primarily for Aviation Products & Security Systems, Sensor Systems, and Power & Propulsion Systems, (2) 20 basis points due to higher pension expense of $3 million and (3) 20 basis points due to higher severance costs of $2 million. These decreases were partially offset by increases of: (1) 40 basis points due to acquisitions and divestitures and (2) 50 basis points for favorable contract performance adjustments primarily for Sensor Systems.

In November 2015, the Company commenced a voluntary refund program and began accepting customer returns for various EoTech holographic weapons sight (HWS) products affected by certain performance issues. The refund program gives eligible owners of the affected HWS products the option to obtain a refund of the purchase price, including shipping costs. The estimated refund program liability of $20 million is based on several factors, including the number of HWS units that the Company anticipates purchasers will return for a refund. The refund program is in the early stages of implementation, and the Company will continue to evaluate the amount of the refund liability. This may cause a material adjustment to the liability.

Full Year: Electronic Systems net sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $376 million, or 8%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Excluding $354 million related to the divestitures of MSI, BSI, and the Tinsley Product Line, and $49 million for the CTC and ForceX acquisitions, organic sales declined $71 million, or 2%. The decrease was due to: (1) $85 million related to foreign currency exchange rate changes and (2) $44 million related to reduced sales at Warrior Systems driven by lower volume for night vision goggles and the holographic weapons sight refund program at EoTech discussed above. These decreases were partially offset by $58 million, primarily for Aviation Products & Security Systems, due to deliveries of airport security systems products to international customers and cockpit avionics products to commercial and DoD customers.

Electronic Systems operating income for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $44 million, or 8%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Operating margin remained at 11.5% compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Operating margin increased by: (1) 50 basis points due to acquisitions and divestitures, (2) 40 basis points for favorable contract performance adjustments and (3) 20 basis points due to lower severance expense of $8 million. These increases were offset by decreases of: (1) 80 basis points primarily due to lower volume for Sensor Systems and sales mix changes for Aviation Products & Security and (2) 30 basis points due to higher pension expense of $13 million.

Aerospace Systems

  Fourth Quarter Ended       Year Ended Dec. 31,    
($ in millions) 2015   2014

Decrease

2015     2014 Decrease
Net sales $ 1,069 $ 1,152 (7.3 ) % $ 4,156 $ 4,321 (3.8 ) %
Operating income $ 61 $ 91 (33.0 ) % $ 205 $ 283 (27.6 ) %
Operating margin 5.7 % 7.9 % (220 ) bpts 4.9 % 6.5 % (160 ) bpts
 

Fourth Quarter: Aerospace Systems net sales for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by $83 million, or 7%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Sales decreased $60 million for Aircraft Systems, $20 million for Logistics Solutions and $3 million for ISR Systems. Sales decreased for Aircraft Systems due to lower volume of: (1) $34 million for foreign military aircraft modification contracts, including $12 million for the Australian C-27J aircraft, (2) $19 million for modification contracts primarily for the U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft, (3) $14 million primarily due to less modification work on the United States Air Force (USAF) Compass Call aircraft and (4) $12 million for aircraft cabin assemblies and subassemblies due to timing of deliveries. These decreases were partially offset by higher volume on international head-of-state aircraft modification contracts of $19 million. The decrease in sales for Logistics Solutions was due to lower volume for field maintenance and sustainment services, primarily for U.S. Army and U.S. Navy aircraft due to the completion of contracts and reduced flight hours and lower sell prices resulting from competitive pressures. Sales decreased for ISR Systems due to lower volume of: (1) $33 million for small ISR aircraft fleet management services primarily to the DoD due to the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan and (2) $30 million primarily for large ISR aircraft systems for foreign military customers as contracts near completion. The decreases were partially offset by higher volume of $48 million for large ISR aircraft systems for the U.S. Government and $12 million for small ISR aircraft systems to the DoD.

Aerospace Systems operating income for the 2015 fourth quarter decreased by $30 million, or 33%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Operating margin decreased by 220 basis points to 5.7%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 180 basis points due to lower volume and sales mix changes primarily at Logistics Solutions and Aircraft Systems, (2) 70 basis points due to higher pension expense of $7 million and (3) 60 basis points due to unfavorable contract performance adjustments primarily at Aircraft Systems. These decreases were partially offset by: (1) 70 basis points for improved performance primarily on the Army C-12 contract due to better terms on the new contract which began on August 1, 2015, and $8 million due to a partial recovery of cost overruns recognized in prior periods on the previous contract that ended on July 31, 2015, and (2) 20 basis points due to a termination settlement of $3 million for a commercial aerostructures contract.

Full Year: Aerospace Systems net sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $165 million, or 4%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Sales decreased $159 million for Aircraft Systems and $63 million for Logistic Solutions. Sales for ISR Systems increased by $57 million. Sales decreased for Aircraft Systems due to lower volume of: (1) $74 million primarily on the USAF Compass Call aircraft and the DoD’s retirement of the Joint Cargo Aircraft, (2) $39 million on international head-of-state aircraft modification contracts primarily due to unfavorable contract performance adjustments, (3) $28 million for modification contracts primarily for the U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft and (4) $18 million primarily for aircraft cabin assemblies and subassemblies. The decrease in sales for Logistics Solutions was due to lower volume for field maintenance and sustainment services, primarily for U.S. Army and U.S. Navy aircraft due to the completion of contracts and lower demand and lower prices due to competitive pressures. The increase in ISR Systems was due to an increase in sales of $182 million primarily for large ISR aircraft systems for U.S. Government customers and small ISR aircraft systems to the DoD and a foreign government, partially offset by $125 million of lower sales for small ISR aircraft fleet management services to the DoD due to the U.S. military drawdown in Afghanistan.

Aerospace Systems operating income for the year ended December 31, 2015 decreased by $78 million, or 28%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Operating margin decreased by 160 basis points to 4.9%. Operating margin decreased by: (1) 250 basis points due to contract performance adjustments at Aircraft Systems, which includes $101 million of cost growth on international head-of-state aircraft modification contracts, compared to $15 million of cost growth on the same contracts in the year ended December 31, 2014, (2) 100 basis points primarily due to reduced flight hours and lower pricing due to competitive pressures on logistics and maintenance contracts, including the U.S. Navy T-45 contract and (3) 70 basis points due to higher pension expense of $28 million. These decreases were partially offset by: (1) 110 basis points due to favorable contract performance adjustments at ISR Systems, (2) 70 basis points for improved performance on the Army C-12 contract due to better terms on the new contract and $18 million due to a partial recovery of cost overruns recognized in prior periods on the previous contract, (3) 40 basis points due to a $17 million increase in reserves for excess and obsolete inventory at Logistics Solutions recorded during the year ended December 31, 2014 and (4) 40 basis points due to $25 million of outside accounting and legal advisory expenses incurred for the Internal Review completed in October 2014.

Communication Systems

  Fourth Quarter Ended     Year Ended Dec. 31,  
($ in millions) 2015   2014 Increase/

(decrease)

2015   2014 Increase/

(decrease)

Net sales $ 585 $ 474 23.4 % $ 2,041 $ 2,020 1.0 %
Operating income $ 57 $ 50 14.0 % $ 196 $ 196 %
Operating margin 9.7 % 10.5 % (80 ) bpts 9.6 % 9.7 % (10 ) bpts
 

Fourth Quarter: Communication Systems net sales for the 2015 fourth quarter increased by $111 million, or 23%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Excluding $14 million related to the Miteq, Inc. acquisition, organic sales increased $97 million, or 20%. The increase was due to: (1) $34 million for Broadband Communication Systems, primarily due to increased volume for development and production of secure networked communication systems for the DoD, (2) $28 million for Tactical Satellite Communications products due to higher volume on a satellite communication land terminals contract for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), partially offset by reduced deliveries of mobile and ground-based satellite communication systems for the U.S. military, (3) $22 million for Advanced Communications products due to higher volume for secure data recorders and communication systems for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and a foreign government and (4) $13 million for Space & Power Systems due to increased deliveries of power devices for commercial satellites.

Communication Systems operating income for the 2015 fourth quarter increased by $7 million, or 14%, compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Operating margin decreased by 80 basis points to 9.7% driven primarily by higher pension expense of $4 million.

Full Year: Communication Systems net sales for the year ended December 31, 2015 increased by $21 million, or 1%, compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Excluding $55 million related to the Miteq, Inc. acquisition, organic sales declined by $34 million, or 2%. The decrease was due to: (1) $37 million for Space & Power Systems, primarily satellite command and control software for U.S. Government agencies and high frequency radios for a foreign government and (2) $20 million for Advanced Communications products, primarily secure data recorders and communications equipment for the U.S. military as contracts near completion. These decreases were offset by $23 million for Broadband Communication Systems, primarily due to increased volume for development and production of secure networked communication systems for the U.S. military. For Tactical Satellite Communications products, lower sales of mobile and ground based satellite communication systems for the U.S. military were offset by sales on a new contract for the ADF.

Communication Systems operating income for the year ended December 31, 2015 remained the same at $196 million compared to the year ended December 31, 2014. Operating margin decreased by 10 basis points to 9.6%. Operating margin decreased by 100 basis points due to higher pension expense of $20 million. Improved contract performance and sales and mix changes, partially offset by lower margins from the Miteq, Inc. business acquisition increased operating margin by 90 basis points.

Financial Guidance

Based on information known as of today, the company has updated its consolidated and segment financial guidance for the year ending December 31, 2016. The 2016 guidance was previously provided on December 8, 2015. All financial guidance amounts are estimates subject to change in the future, including as a result of matters discussed under the “Forward-Looking Statements” cautionary language beginning on page 10. The company undertakes no duty to update its guidance.

 

Consolidated 2016 Financial Guidance

($ in millions, except per share data)
  Guidance     Prior Guidance

(December 8, 2015)

Net sales

$ 9,950 to $10,150

$ 9,950 to $10,150

Segment operating margin 9.8 % 9.5 %
Interest expense and other

$ 162

$ 162

Effective tax rate 28.0 % 30.0 %
Diluted shares 77.5 77.5
Diluted EPS $ 7.40 to $7.60 $ 6.90 to $7.10
Net cash from operating activities $1,030 $1,000
Capital expenditures, net of dispositions of property, plant and equipment   (205 )   (190 )
Free cash flow $ 825   $ 810  
 
 

Segment 2016 Financial Guidance

($ in millions)
  Guidance   Prior Guidance

(December 8, 2015)

Net Sales:

Electronic Systems $4,150 to $4,250 $4,150 to $4,250
Aerospace Systems $3,900 to $4,000 $3,900 to $4,000

Communication Systems

$1,850 to $1,950 $1,850 to $1,950

Operating Margins:

Electronic Systems 12.4% to 12.6% 12.2% to 12.4%
Aerospace Systems 6.5% to 6.7% 6.0% to 6.2%
Communication Systems 10.3% to 10.5% 10.0% to 10.2%
 

The revisions to our Current Guidance compared to our Prior Guidance primarily include:

  • A decrease in the estimated effective tax rate for U.S. Federal R&E tax credit of $19 million, and
  • A net pension expense decrease of $32 million to a $9 million net pension benefit, compared to a net pension expense of $23 million included in the prior guidance. The estimated decrease in net pension expense will increase 2016 operating margin by approximately 30 basis points and diluted EPS by $0.25. The decrease in pension expense is due to: (i) $25 million related to a change in the approach to measure service and interest costs and (ii) $7 million primarily related to an 18 basis point increase in the estimated weighted average discount rate to 4.63% from 4.45% assumed in prior guidance.

The current guidance for 2016 excludes: (i) any potential non-cash goodwill impairment charges for which the information is presently unknown and (ii) additional expenses relating to the Internal Review at Aerospace Systems, which was completed in October 2014.

Additional financial information regarding the 2015 fourth quarter and full year results and the 2016 financial guidance is available on the company’s website at www.L-3com.com.

Conference Call

In conjunction with this release, L-3 will host a conference call today, Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET that will be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet. Michael T. Strianese, chairman and chief executive officer, and Ralph G. D’Ambrosio, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will host the call.

11:00 a.m. ET
10:00 a.m. CT
9:00 a.m. MT
8:00 a.m. PT

Listeners may access the conference call live over the Internet at the company’s website at:

http://www.L-3com.com

Please allow fifteen minutes prior to the call to visit our website to download and install any necessary audio software. The archived version of the call may be accessed at our website or by dialing (800) 585-8367/ passcode: 25272545 (for domestic callers) or (404) 537-3406/passcode: 25272545 (for international callers) approximately two hours after the call ends and will be available until the company’s next quarterly earnings release.

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 38,000 people worldwide and is a leading provider of a broad range of communication and electronic systems and products used on military and commercial platforms. L-3 is also a prime contractor in aerospace systems.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain of the matters discussed in this press release, including information regarding the company’s 2016 financial guidance are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than historical facts, may be forward-looking statements, such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “likely,” “projects,” “financial guidance,” ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘anticipates,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘estimates,’’ and similar expressions are used to identify forward-looking statements. The company cautions investors that these statements are subject to risks and uncertainties many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the company’s control that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ include, but are not limited to, the following: our dependence on the defense industry; backlog processing and program slips resulting from delayed awards and/or funding from the Department of Defense (DoD) and other major customers; the U.S. Government fiscal situation; changes in DoD budget levels and spending priorities; U.S. Government failure to raise the debt ceiling; our reliance on contracts with a limited number of customers and the possibility of termination of government contracts by unilateral government action or for failure to perform; the extensive legal and regulatory requirements surrounding many of our contracts; our ability to retain our existing business and related contracts; our ability to successfully compete for and win new business, or, identify, acquire and integrate additional businesses; our ability to maintain and improve our operating margin; the availability of government funding and changes in customer requirements for our products and services; our significant amount of debt and the restrictions contained in our debt agreements and actions taken by rating agencies that could result in a downgrade of our debt; our ability to continue to recruit, retain and train our employees; actual future interest rates, volatility and other assumptions used in the determination of pension benefits and equity based compensation, as well as the market performance of benefit plan assets; our collective bargaining agreements; our ability to successfully negotiate contracts with labor unions and our ability to favorably resolve labor disputes should they arise; the business, economic and political conditions in the markets in which we operate; global economic uncertainty; the DoD’s Better Buying Power and other efficiency initiatives; events beyond our control such as acts of terrorism; our ability to perform contracts on schedule; our international operations including currency risks and compliance with foreign laws; our extensive use of fixed-price type revenue arrangements; the rapid change of technology and high level of competition in which our businesses participate; risks relating to technology and data security; our introduction of new products into commercial markets or our investments in civil and commercial products or companies; the outcome of litigation matters; results of audits by U.S. Government agencies and of ongoing governmental investigations, including the Aerospace Systems segment; our ability to predict the level of participation in and the related costs of our voluntary refund program for certain EoTech holographic weapons sight products, and our ability to change and terminate the refund program at our discretion; the impact on our business of improper conduct by our employees, agents or business partners; goodwill impairments and the fair values of our assets; and ultimate resolution of contingent matters, claims and investigations relating to acquired businesses, and the impact on the final purchase price allocations.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release or as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements. For a more detailed discussion of these factors, also see the information under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our most recent report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and in the quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 25, 2015 and any material updates to these factors contained in any of our future filings.

As for the forward-looking statements that relate to future financial results and other projections, actual results will be different due to the inherent uncertainties of estimates, forecasts and projections and may be better or worse than projected and such differences could be material. Given these uncertainties, you should not place any reliance on these forward-looking statements.

– Financial Tables Follow –

 

Table A

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data)

 
 

Fourth Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended Dec. 31,

2015   2014 2015   2014
Net sales $ 2,871 $ 2,961 $ 10,466 $ 10,986
Cost of sales (2,616 ) (2,667 ) (9,576 ) (9,974 )
Loss related to business divestitures(a) (2 ) (31 )
Impairment charge(b)   (349 )   (384 )
Operating (loss) income (96 ) 294 475 1,012
 
Interest expense (45 ) (43 ) (169 ) (158 )
Interest and other income, net 6 4 17 18
Debt retirement charge   (1 )   (1 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income taxes (136 ) 255 322 872
Benefit (provision) for income taxes   80     (50 )   (25 )   (227 )
(Loss) income from continuing operations (56 ) 205 297 645
(Loss) income from discontinued operations, net of income tax   (106 )   2     (522 )   32  
Net (loss) income (162 ) 207 (225 ) 677
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (4 )   (4 )   (15 )   (13 )
Net (loss) income attributable to L-3 $ (166 ) $ 203   $ (240 ) $ 664  
Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders:
Continuing operations $ (0.76 ) $ 2.38 $ 3.49 $ 7.40
Discontinued operations   (1.35 )   0.03     (6.46 )   0.38  
Basic (loss) earnings per share $ (2.11 ) $ 2.41   $ (2.97 ) $ 7.78  
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders:
Continuing operations $ (0.76 ) $ 2.34 $ 3.44 $ 7.20
Discontinued operations   (1.35 )   0.02     (6.37 )   0.36  
Diluted (loss) earnings per share $ (2.11 ) $ 2.36   $ (2.93 ) $ 7.56  
 
L-3 Holdings’ weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic   78.5     84.4     80.7     85.4  
Diluted  

78.5

(c)

  86.0     81.9     87.8  

:::

(a)

 

The loss related to business divestitures for the 2015 fourth quarter includes a $2 million loss on the divestiture of Klein Associates, Inc. The loss related to the business divestitures for the year ended December 31, 2015 includes a $17 million loss related to the divestiture of MSI, an $8 million loss on the divestiture of the Tinsley Product Line, a $4 million loss on the divestiture of BSI and a $2 million loss on the divestiture of Klein Associates, Inc.

(b)

The impairment charge for the 2015 fourth quarter represents non-cash goodwill impairment charges due to a decline in the estimated fair value of the Logistics Solutions reporting unit of $338 million and $11 million due to the re-allocation of goodwill of the business retained by L-3 in connection with the expected sale of the National Security Solutions business. The impairment charge for the year ended December 31, 2015 represents non-cash goodwill impairment charges due to a decline in the estimated fair value of the Logistics Solutions reporting unit of $338 million and $46 million due to the re-allocation of goodwill of the business retained by L-3 in connection with the expected sale of the National Security Solutions business.

(c)

Due to a loss for the 2015 fourth quarter, zero incremental weighted average common shares are included because the effect would be antidilutive.

 

Table B

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED SELECT FINANCIAL DATA

(in millions)

 
  Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended Dec. 31,
2015   2014 2015   2014

Segment operating data

Net sales:
Electronic Systems $ 1,217 $ 1,335 $ 4,269 $ 4,645
Aerospace Systems 1,069 1,152 4,156 4,321
Communication Systems   585     474     2,041     2,020  
Total $ 2,871   $ 2,961   $ 10,466   $ 10,986  
Operating income:
Electronic Systems $ 137 $ 153 $ 489 $ 533
Aerospace Systems 61 91 205 283
Communication Systems   57     50     196     196  
Total $ 255   $ 294   $ 890   $ 1,012  
Operating margin:
Electronic Systems 11.3 % 11.5 % 11.5 % 11.5 %
Aerospace Systems 5.7 % 7.9 % 4.9 % 6.5 %
Communication Systems 9.7 % 10.5 % 9.6 % 9.7 %
Total 8.9 % 9.9 % 8.5 % 9.2 %
Depreciation and amortization:
Electronic Systems $ 29 $ 34 $ 110 $ 123
Aerospace Systems 13 11 50 40
Communication Systems   13     13     50     51  
Total $ 55   $ 58   $ 210   $ 214  

Funded order data

Electronic Systems $ 1,038 $ 1,359 $ 4,137 $ 4,811
Aerospace Systems 955 1,249 3,569 4,178
Communication Systems   568     542     2,156     1,985  
Total $ 2,561   $ 3,150   $ 9,862   $ 10,974  
 
Dec. 31, Dec. 31,
  2015     2014  

Period end data

Funded backlog $ 8,408 $ 9,652
 
 

Table C

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions)

 
  Dec. 31,

2015

  Dec. 31,

2014

ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 207 $ 442
Billed receivables, net 746 803
Contracts in process 2,139 2,157
Inventories 333 288
Deferred income taxes 127
Other current assets 178 175
Assets held for sale 547
Assets of discontinued operations   692   1,262
Total current assets   4,295   5,801
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,097 1,061
Goodwill 6,254 6,512
Identifiable intangible assets 199 195
Deferred debt issue costs 18 27
Other assets   255   240
Total assets $ 12,118 $ 13,836
 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt $ 499

$

Accounts payable, trade 302 346
Accrued employment costs 498 474
Accrued expenses 416 370
Advance payments and billings in excess of costs incurred 619 570
Income taxes 21 23
Other current liabilities 380 394
Liabilities held for sale 237
Liabilities of discontinued operations   200   216
Total current liabilities   2,935   2,630
Pension and postretirement benefits 1,047 1,187
Deferred income taxes 188 350
Other liabilities 382 370
Long-term debt   3,143   3,939
Total liabilities   7,695   8,476
Shareholders’ equity 4,350 5,285
Noncontrolling interests   73   75
Total equity   4,423   5,360
Total liabilities and equity $ 12,118 $ 13,836
 
 

Table D

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions)

 
  Year Ended Dec. 31,
2015   2014

Operating activities

Net (loss) income $ (225 ) $ 677
Loss (income) from discontinued operations, net of tax   522     (32 )
Income from continuing operations 297 645
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 166 165
Amortization of intangibles and other assets 44 49
Deferred income tax (benefit) provision (90 ) 120
Stock-based employee compensation expense 46 50
Excess income tax benefits related to share-based payment arrangements (25 ) (17 )
Contributions to employee savings plans in L-3 Holdings’ common stock 110 119
Impairment charge 384 1
Amortization of pension and postretirement benefit plans net loss and prior service cost 67 15
Amortization of bond discounts and deferred debt issue costs (included in interest expense) 8 7
Loss related to business divestitures 31 (1 )
Other non-cash items (2 ) 1
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, excluding amounts from acquisitions, divestitures, and

discontinued operations:

Billed receivables 50 39
Contracts in process 31 (3 )
Inventories (37 ) 1
Other assets (27 ) (17 )
Accounts payable, trade (32 ) (80 )
Accrued employment costs 28 (5 )
Accrued expenses 40 (14 )
Advance payments and billings in excess of costs incurred (1 ) 70
Income taxes (30 ) 6
Other current liabilities (22 ) 13
Pension and postretirement benefits (8 ) (44 )
All other operating activities   (7 )   (28 )
Net cash from operating activities from continuing operations   1,021     1,092  

Investing activities

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (320 ) (57 )
Proceeds from the sale of businesses 318 1
Capital expenditures (197 ) (174 )
Dispositions of property, plant and equipment 3 4
Other investing activities   4     5  
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations   (192 )   (221 )

Financing activities

Proceeds from sale of senior notes 996
Redemption of CODES

(935 )

Repurchase of senior notes

(296

)

Borrowings under revolving credit facility 1,194 1,367
Repayment of borrowings under revolving credit facility (1,194 ) (1,367 )
Common stock repurchased (740 ) (823 )
Dividends paid on L-3 Holdings’ common stock (214 ) (208 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock options 48 93
Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan 34 35
Excess income tax benefits related to share-based payment arrangements 26 17
Debt issue costs (8 )
Employee restricted stock units surrendered in lieu of income tax withholding (33 ) (27 )
Other financing activities   (3 )   (16 )
Net cash used in financing activities from continuing operations   (1,178 )   (876 )
Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (19 ) (17 )
Cash from (used in) discontinued operations:
Operating activities 77 33
Investing activities (5 ) (8 )
Financing activities

 
Cash from discontinued operations   72     25  
Change in cash balance in assets held for sale 61 (61 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (235 ) (58 )
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year   442     500  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the year $ 207   $ 442  
 
 

Table E

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Adjusted Diluted EPS Non-GAAP Reconciliation

 

Fourth Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended Dec. 31,

2015   2014 2015   2014
Diluted (loss) earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to L-3 Holdings’ common stockholders $ (0.76 ) $ 2.34 $ 3.44 $ 7.20
EPS impact of loss on business divestitures (A) 0.02 0.08

EPS impact of the non-cash impairment charge related to MSI assets held for sale (B) 0.15

EPS impact of the loss on a forward contract to sell Euro proceeds from the MSI divestiture (C)

0.02
EPS impact of the goodwill impairment charge (D)

2.93

3.22

Dilutive impact of common share equivalents  

(0.03

)
Adjusted diluted EPS(1) from continuing operations $

2.16

  $ 2.34 $

6.91

  $ 7.20
 

(A)      Loss on business divestitures

$ (2 ) $ (10 )
Tax benefit   4  
After-tax impact (2 ) (6 )
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 78.5 81.9
Per share impact(2) $ (0.02 ) $ (0.08 )
 

(B)      Non-cash impairment charge related to MSI assets held for sale

$ (17 )
Tax benefit   5  
After-tax impact (12 )
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 81.9
Per share impact $ (0.15 )
 

(C)      Loss on a forward contract to sell Euro proceeds from the MSI divestiture

$ (4 )
Tax benefit   2  
After-tax impact (2 )
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 81.9
Per share impact $ (0.02 )
 

(D)      Goodwill impairment charge

$ (349 ) $ (384 )
Tax benefit  

119

   

120

 
After-tax impact

(230

)

(264

)
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 78.5 81.9
Per share impact $

(2.93

) $

(3.22

)
 

Adjusted Net Income From Continuing Operations Attributable to L-3 Non-GAAP Reconciliation

 

Fourth Quarter Ended

 

Year Ended Dec. 31,

2015   2014 2015   2014
Net (loss) income from continuing operations attributable to L-3 $ (60 ) $ 201 $ 282 $ 632
Loss on business divestitures 2 6
Non-cash impairment charge related to MSI assets held for sale 12
Loss on a forward contract to sell Euro proceeds from the MSI divestiture 2
Goodwill impairment charge  

230

   

264

Adjusted net income from continuing operations attributable to L-3(1) $

172

  $ 201 $

566

$ 632

:::

(1)

 

Adjusted diluted EPS is diluted EPS attributable to L-3 Holdings’ common stockholders, excluding the charges or credits relating to business divestitures and non-cash goodwill impairment charges. Adjusted net income attributable to L-3 is net income attributable to L-3, excluding the charges or credits relating to business divestitures and non-cash goodwill impairment charges. These amounts are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP). The company believes that the charges or credits relating to business divestitures and non-cash goodwill impairment charges affect the comparability of the results of operations for 2015 to the results of operations for 2014. The company also believes that disclosing net income and diluted EPS excluding the charges or credits relating to business divestitures and non-cash goodwill impairment charges will allow investors to more easily compare the 2015 results to the 2014 results. However, these measures may not be defined or calculated by other companies in the same manner.

(2)

Amounts may not recalculate directly due to rounding.

 
 

Table F

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED HISTORICAL DATA

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIODS ENDED MARCH 27, JUNE 26, AND SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

(in millions)

 
  Historical Results   Discontinued Operations   Continuing Operations(a)
Q1   Q2   Q3 Q1   Q2   Q3 Q1   Q2   Q3
Net sales $ 2,713 $ 2,793 $ 2,817 $ 225 $ 250 $ 253 $ 2,488 $ 2,543 $ 2,564

Cost of sales

(2,491 ) (2,629 ) (2,531 ) (212 ) (237 ) (242 ) (2,279 ) (2,392 ) (2,289 )
(Loss) gain related to business divestitures (22 ) 2 (9 ) (22 ) 2 (9 )
Impairment charge   (491 )   (456 )   (35 )
Operating income (loss) 200 166 (214 ) 13 13 (445 ) 187 153 231
 
Interest expense (44 ) (48 ) (47 ) (5 ) (6 ) (4 ) (39 ) (42 ) (43 )
Interest and other income, net   3     5     3     3     5     3  
Income (loss) before income taxes 159 123 (258 ) 8 7 (449 ) 151 116 191
(Provision) benefit for income taxes   (50 )   1     (38 )   (4 )   (3 )   25     (46 )   4     (63 )
Net income (loss) 109 124 (296 ) 4 4 (424 ) 105 120 128
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (4 )   (4 )   (3 )   (4 )   (4 )   (3 )
Net income (loss) attributable to L-3 $ 105   $ 120   $ (299 ) $ 4   $ 4   $ (424 ) $ 101   $ 116   $ 125  
 

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to L-3’s Holdings’ common shareholders:

$ 1.25   $ 1.44   $

(3.74

)

$ 0.05   $ 0.05   $ (5.22 ) $ 1.20   $ 1.39   $ 1.54  
 
L-3 Holdings’ diluted weighted average common shares outstanding: $ 83.8   $ 83.2   $

80.0

(b)

$ 83.8   $ 83.2   $ 81.2   $ 83.8   $ 83.2   $ 81.2  

:::

(a)

 

The continuing operations were derived from L-3 historical results and were adjusted to: (1) remove NSS results of operations, (2) allocate a portion of L-3’s interest expense to NSS, and (3) realign certain contracts between L-3 and NSS. In addition, certain overhead expenses previously allocated to NSS and included in L-3’s historical results were retained by L-3 and reported as part of L-3 continuing operations. NSS will be reported as discontinued operations beginning with the 2015 fourth quarter.

(b)

Due to a loss in the historical results for the quarter, zero incremental weighted average common shares are included because the effect would be antidilutive.

 
 

Table G

 

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

UNAUDITED HISTORICAL DATA

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIODS ENDED MARCH 28, JUNE 27,

SEPTEMBER 26, AND DECEMBER 31, 2014

(in millions)

 
  Historical Results   Discontinued Operations   Continuing Operations(a)
Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4 Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4 Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4
Net sales $ 2,957 $ 3,019 $ 2,940 $ 3,208 $ 287 $ 317 $ 287 $ 247 $ 2,670 $ 2,702 $ 2,653 $ 2,961
Cost of sales   (2,671 )   (2,780 )   (2,683 )   (2,905 )   (267 )   (295 )   (265 )   (238 )   (2,404 )   (2,485 )   (2,418 )   (2,667 )
Operating income 286 239 257 303 20 22 22 9 266 217 235 294
 
Interest expense (43 ) (39 ) (47 ) (49 ) (5 ) (5 ) (4 ) (6 ) (38 ) (34 ) (43 ) (43 )
Interest and other income, net   5     4     5     4     5     4     5     4  
Income before income taxes 248 204 215 258 15 17 18 3 233 187 197 255
Provision for income taxes   (76 )   (63 )   (58 )   (51 )   (6 )   (7 )   (7 )   (1 )   (70 )   (56 )   (51 )   (50 )
Net income 172 141 157 207 9 10 11 2 163 131 146 205
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (2 )   (4 )   (3 )   (4 )   (2 )   (4 )   (3 )   (4 )
Net income attributable to L-3 $ 170   $ 137   $ 154   $ 203   $ 9   $ 10   $ 11   $ 2   $ 161   $ 127   $ 143   $ 201  
Diluted earnings per share attributable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders: $ 1.90   $ 1.53   $ 1.78   $ 2.36   $ 0.10   $ 0.11   $ 0.13   $ 0.02   $ 1.80   $ 1.42   $ 1.65   $ 2.34  
L-3 Holdings’ diluted weighted average common shares outstanding: $ 89.4   $ 89.3   $ 86.6   $ 86.0   $ 89.4   $ 89.3   $ 86.6   $ 86.0   $ 89.4   $ 89.3   $ 86.6   $ 86.0  

:::

(a)

 

The continuing operations were derived from L-3 historical results and were adjusted to: (1) remove NSS results of operations, (2) allocate a portion of L-3’s interest expense to NSS, and (3) realign certain contracts between L-3 and NSS. In addition, certain overhead expenses previously allocated to NSS and included in L-3’s historical results were retained by L-3 and reported as part of L-3 continuing operations. NSS will be reported as discontinued operations beginning with the 2015 fourth quarter.

 

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