Leidos Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2020 Results

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Leidos Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: LDOS), a FORTUNE 500® science and technology leader, today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020.

Roger Krone, Leidos Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Leidos’ third quarter results reflect the hard work and dedication of our employees and close collaboration with our customers as we provided continuity of operations while accelerating our pandemic response plan. This is evidenced by record revenue, solid margins, record backlog and record operational cash generation in the recent quarter. While challenges still remain, we are pleased with the growth and margin trajectory as we enter the fourth quarter and beyond.”

Summary Results

Revenues for the quarter were $3.24 billion, compared to $2.84 billion in the prior year quarter, reflecting a 14.4% increase. Revenues for the quarter included $302 million and $74 million related to the acquisitions of Dynetics, Inc. (“Dynetics”) and L3Harris Technologies’ security detection and automation businesses (the “SD&A Businesses”), respectively.

Operating income for the quarter was $258 million, compared to $249 million in the prior year quarter, reflecting a 3.6% increase. Operating income margin decreased to 8.0% from 8.8% in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP operating income margin for the quarter was 10.0%, compared to 10.4% in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to a $54 million recovery recognized in the prior year quarter related to the receipt of the Greek arbitration award.

Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) attributable to Leidos common stockholders for the quarter was $1.13, compared to $1.11 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP diluted EPS for the quarter was $1.47, compared to $1.36 in the prior year quarter. The weighted average diluted share count for the quarter was 144 million compared to 145 million in the prior year quarter.

Defense Solutions

Defense Solutions revenues for the quarter of $1,951 million increased by $357 million, or 22.4%, compared to the prior year quarter. The revenue increase was primarily attributable to $302 million of revenues related to the acquisition of Dynetics and program wins, partially offset by the completion of certain contracts and reduced volume on certain contracts due to negative impacts related to the coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”).

Defense Solutions operating income margin for the quarter was 7.4%, compared to 6.7% in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income margin for the quarter was 8.8%, compared to 7.7% in the prior year quarter. The increase in margin was primarily attributable to higher margins on program wins and lower indirect expenditures.

Civil

Civil revenues for the quarter of $771 million increased by $38 million, or 5.2%, compared to the prior year quarter. The revenue increase was primarily attributable to $74 million of revenues related to the acquisition of the SD&A Businesses and program wins, partially offset by the completion of certain contracts, prior year upfront lease revenue recognized on certain programs and reduced volume on certain contracts due to negative impacts related to COVID-19.

Civil operating income margin for the quarter was 7.0%, compared to 5.9% in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income margin for the quarter was 10.5%, compared to 8.3% in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to improved performance on certain programs and a decrease in bad debt expense.

Health

Health revenues for the quarter of $520 million increased by $12 million, or 2.4%, compared to the prior year quarter. The revenue increase was primarily attributable to a net increase in volumes on certain programs and program wins. This was partially offset by the impact from the sale of our health staff augmentation business in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Health operating income margin for the quarter was 14.4%, compared to 12.4% in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, operating income margin for the quarter was 16.3%, compared to 14.8% in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to lower expenditures on certain programs and the impact from the sale of our health staff augmentation business in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Cash Flow Summary

Net cash provided by operating activities for the quarter was $592 million compared to $349 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in cash inflows was primarily due to the timing of payroll payments and higher advance payments from customers in the current year quarter.

Net cash used in investing activities for the quarter was $15 million compared to $102 million in the prior year quarter. The decrease in cash outflows was primarily due to cash paid related to the acquisition of IMX Medical Management Services, Inc. in the prior year quarter, partially offset by net proceeds received for the divestiture of our health staff augmentation business in the prior year quarter.

Net cash used in financing activities for the quarter was $517 million compared to $204 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in cash outflows was primarily due to the early repayment of our $450 million senior unsecured notes in the current quarter and the timing of dividend payments, partially offset by stock repurchases in the prior year quarter.

As of October 2, 2020, we had $512 million in cash and cash equivalents and $4.5 billion of debt.

New Business Awards

Net bookings totaled $4.3 billion in the quarter, representing a book-to-bill ratio of 1.3.

Notable recent awards received include:

  • U.S. Intelligence Community: The Company was awarded contracts valued at $445 million, if all options are exercised, by U.S. national security and intelligence clients. Though the specific nature of these contracts is classified, they all encompass mission-critical services that help to counter global threats and strengthen national security.
  • U.S. Army Saturn Arch Aircraft Operations, Sustainment and Integration Support: The Company was awarded a follow-on contract by the Army Contracting Command – Redstone Arsenal, Ala. to provide the full spectrum of turnkey ground and flight operations for the Saturn Arch aircraft in Outside the Contiguous United States (“OCONUS”) contingency environments. Through the contract, Leidos will leverage the airborne solution operation’s deep expertise in specialized systems to provide aircraft engineering, design, fabrication, modification and installation of DHC-8 aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities. The sole source, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract has a total estimated value of $306 million and includes a one-year base period of performance followed by two one-year option periods with a six-month extension.
  • Federal Aviation Administration Enterprise Information Display System Design: The Company was awarded a prime contract by the Federal Aviation Administration to design and develop a system to provide real-time access to essential weather, aeronautical, and National Airspace System (“NAS”) information through a common, NAS-wide Enterprise – Information Display System (“E-IDS”). Through the contract, Leidos will perform the critical activities required to deliver E-IDS, including: program management, systems engineering, design and development, system test and evaluation, training, production and site implementation. The single award contract holds an approximate value of $292 million. It includes a four-year base period of performance and eleven one-year option periods.

Backlog at the end of the quarter was $31.7 billion, of which $6.8 billion was funded.

Forward Guidance

As a result of the Company’s year-to-date performance and updated expectations, the Company is revising its fiscal year 2020 guidance as follows:

  • Revenues of $12.3 billion to $12.5 billion, from $12.2 billion to $12.6 billion;
  • Adjusted EBITDA margins of 10.6% to 10.8%, from 10.0% to 10.2%;
  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $5.65 to $5.85, from $5.25 to $5.55; and
  • Cash flows provided by operating activities at or above $1.2 billion.

The Company’s updated forward guidance reflects the currently expected impacts related to COVID-19.

Non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition, integration and restructuring costs, amortization of equity method investment, gain on sale of business, acquisition related financing costs, loss on debt modification, asset impairment charges and other tax adjustments. For additional information regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS and Leidos’ other non-GAAP financial measures, see the related explanations and reconciliations to GAAP measures included elsewhere in this release.

The Company does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking adjusted EBITDA margins (non-GAAP) or non-GAAP diluted EPS to GAAP net income, due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation. Because certain deductions for non-GAAP exclusions used to calculate projected net income may vary significantly based on actual events, the Company is not able to forecast on a GAAP basis with reasonable certainty all deductions needed in order to provide a GAAP calculation of projected net income at this time. The amounts of these deductions may be material and, therefore, could result in projected GAAP net income and diluted EPS being materially less than projected adjusted EBITDA margins (non-GAAP) and non-GAAP diluted EPS.

COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting major economic and financial markets, and effectively all industries and governments are facing challenges, which has resulted in a period of business disruption, the length and severity of which cannot be predicted. The pandemic has resulted in significant travel restrictions, government orders to “shelter-in-place”, quarantine restrictions and significant disruption of the financial markets. We have acted to protect the health and safety of our employees, comply with workplace health and safety regulations and work with our customers to minimize disruptions. The pandemic has impacted each of our groups, primarily in access to customer sites, travel restrictions, limitations of remote work and COVID-19 related costs.

Consistent with federal, state and local guidance, we perform work that is essential to support the critical infrastructure of the United States, the Defense Industrial Base and healthcare sector and we continue to operate in support of our customers. We have taken steps to support increased teleworking and safe workplace environments. We have some minor business operations that are not designated as critical infrastructure and therefore have been required to operate in minimal conditions.

For the quarter, COVID-19 adversely impacted revenues by approximately $40 million and had an immaterial impact on operating income, as compared to prior year quarter results. The full extent of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operational and financial performance, including our ability to execute on programs in the expected timeframe, will depend on future developments, including the duration and spread of the pandemic and related actions taken by the U.S. government, state and local government officials and international governments to prevent disease spread, all of which are uncertain and cannot be predicted.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, which is effective until December 11, 2020, enabled us to defer our federal and some state income tax payments from the second quarter of fiscal year 2020 to the third quarter of fiscal year 2020 and also to defer payment of the employer portion of social security taxes for the balance of fiscal year 2020. For the quarter we deferred $92 million of employer social security tax payments and received $10 million from the Employee Retention Credit.

We have taken measures to protect the health and well-being of our workforce and are working with our customers to minimize the delay and disruption of the award and performance on our contracts. Many of our employees continue to work remotely while our offices remain open with limited capacity.

Conference Call Information

Leidos management will discuss operations and financial results in an earnings conference call beginning at 8:00 A.M. eastern time on November 2, 2020. Analysts and institutional investors may participate by dialing +1 (877) 869-3847 (toll-free U.S.) or +1 (201) 689-8261 (international callers).

A live audio broadcast of the conference call along with a supplemental presentation will be available to the public through links on the Leidos Investor Relations website (http://ir.leidos.com).

After the call concludes, an audio replay can be accessed on the Leidos Investor Relations website or by dialing +1 (877) 660-6853 (toll-free U.S.) or +1 (201) 612-7415 (international callers) and entering conference ID 13710584.

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