NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Dynamics Corp. (GD - Get Report) secured a $5.76 billion contract to build armored vehicles for the British army in the largest order for such equipment in 30 years, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The deal was announced today by the British defense ministry, before the U.K. hosts a summit of NATO members in Wales, that will see General Dynamics build 589 Scout Specialist Vehicles. The company had previously won a competition to develop and demonstrate the system, the Journal said.
The U.K. now projects first delivery of the vehicle in 2017 and that they will be ready for deployment in 2020. It replaces vehicles that have been in service 40 years.
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- Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 48.93% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 51.12% to $875.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.61%.
- GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GENERAL DYNAMICS CORP turned its bottom line around by earning $7.03 versus -$1.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.52 versus $7.03).
- GD's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.30 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that GD's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.63, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
- You can view the full analysis from the report here: GD Ratings Report