Northrop Grumman Corporation reported first quarter 2002 net income of $149 million, or $1.27 per share, compared with net income of $132 million, or $1.81 per share, for the same period of 2001, adjusted for SFAS No. 142 - Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets. The comparable per share decline reflects a substantial decrease in pension income and increases in interest expense and in the number of shares outstanding. On an economic earnings basis, the company reported increased earnings of $170 million, or $1.45 per share, compared with $101 million, or $1.39 per share, for the same period of 2001. First quarter
2002 earnings per share are based on average diluted shares outstanding of 112.8 million versus 72.8 million for the first quarter of 2001.
"We are very pleased with our first quarter results which reflect the contributions of last year's three strategic acquisitions, coupled with strong organic growth and earnings," stated Kent Kresa, Northrop Grumman chairman and chief executive officer.
Dr. Ronald D. Sugar, Northrop Grumman president and COO said, "With our April 1 announcement of the completion of the integration of Newport News Shipbuilding, all three of the company's 2001 acquisitions have been successfully completed."
The 2002 first quarter results include the operations of Litton Industries, Inc. (Litton), acquired in the second quarter of 2001 and Newport News Shipbuilding, Inc. (Newport News) and the Electronics and Information Systems Group of Aerojet General (EIS), both acquired in the fourth quarter of 2001. These acquisitions are important components of the increase in sales, operating margin and net income for the 2002 first quarter compared with the first quarter of 2001.
Ships, which includes the financial results of the Newport News and Ship Systems sectors, generated sales of $1.1 billion and operating margin of $79 million for the first quarter of 2002. Although Newport News is now operating as a separate Northrop Grumman sector, the company has aggregated Newport News and Ship Systems results for financial reporting purposes.
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