Lockheed Posts 3% Revenue Hike for Q3, Raises Dividend; Jim Taiclet Discusses ‘LM Evolve’ to Analysts

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) logged a 3 percent jump in fiscal year 2022 third quarter sales to $16.58 billion and three of the company’s four business areas also posted revenue increases for the July-September period.

The company reported third quarter net earnings of $6.71 per share, $4.5 higher than the prior year period, and raised its quarterly dividend by 7 percent to $3 per share, with the payment commencing in the fourth quarter.

Lockheed also received the go-ahead from its board of directors to buy back up to $14 billion in additional shares.

Jim Taiclet, chairman, president and CEO of Lockheed, told analysts in a call Tuesday the company expects capital expenditure funding in 2023 to reach nearly $4 billion and continue independent research and development efforts as part of its long-term growth commitment.

The two-time Wash100 Award recipient also noted the creation of “LM Evolve” to pursue defense, space or commercial partnerships with medium-sized businesses.

Revenue in the company’s aeronautics segment increased 8 percent year-over-year to $7.09 billion, which the company attributed to a higher volume of F-35 production.

Missiles and fires control business sales were $2.83 billion for the quarter, compared to $2.78 billion in the prior year period, while space unit revenue increased from $2.67 billion to 2.88 billion.

Lockheed attributed the 5 percent decline in rotary and mission systems segment revenue to a lower volume of Sikorsky Black Hawk production.

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