Orbital Earnings Take A Hit

by: Matthew Potter
July 29, 2009

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Due to some restructuring of its work due to the Obama Administration’s efforts to reorient defense spending Orbital Sciences Corporation reported a downturn in revenue and operating income in its most recent quarterly results. The company saw a missile defense contract ended and some delays in satellite work leading it to reduce its estimates for the full year.

Of the major defense companies reporting so far results have been mixed. Some have seen better quarters then others. The effects of the major changes planned by Obama and Secretary of Defense Gates may take some months to have effect. The large programs they have ended will still be paying termination costs to the companies as they figure out what fees are needed and what work will be paid for. There are also chances that new contracts will be awarded in the next year or so.

Several programs will be continued in another form it may take two or three years for the next iteration to start. The Army’s Future Combat System (FCS) contract with Boeing and SAIC ended but the technology and work has been inserted into a new program. The contracts for the new program have not been fully awarded, so Boeing and SAIC may end of with revenue from that effort. In the end despite the cancellation the companies may not end up losing much revenue.

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