Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) reported fourth quarter 2009 net earnings of $413 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, and 2009 net earnings of $1.7 billion, or $5.21 per diluted share. In 2008, the company reported a fourth quarter net loss of $2.5 billion, or $7.75 per diluted share, and a net loss for the year of $1.3 billion, or $3.77 per diluted share. 2008 fourth quarter and full year results were significantly impacted by a goodwill impairment charge.
In December 2009, the company completed the sale of TASC, Inc. (TASC), its advisory services business, for $1.65 billion in cash and a net gain of $0.05 per share. TASC’s operating results are accounted for as discontinued operations, and results for all periods presented in this release have been adjusted for the divestiture. Fourth quarter 2009 earnings from continuing operations totaled $375 million, or $1.19 per diluted share. For 2009, earnings from continuing operations totaled $1.6 billion, or $4.87 per diluted share.
Fourth quarter 2009 sales, restated for the TASC divestiture, increased 2 percent to $8.9 billion from $8.8 billion, and 2009 sales increased more than 4 percent to $33.8 billion from $32.3 billion. Reported sales for 2009 and 2008 exclude TASC sales of approximately $1.5 billion and $1.6 billion, respectively.
“We’re pleased to report strong 2009 results that demonstrate continued improvement in operating performance. Looking ahead, the focus of our leadership team and our 120, 000 employees will be on driving performance improvements that create value for our shareholders and our customers, ” said Wes Bush, chief executive officer and president. “Our guidance for 2010 calls for EPS from continuing operations to grow by 17 to 22 percent and to be accompanied by continued strong cash generation, ” continued Bush.