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January 19, 2015

Strength of the US Defense Industry

Philip Finnegan, Director, Corporate Analysis

Despite its current strength, the US defense industry faces serious is sues for its future international competitiveness. The challenges stem from changes within industry itself and from US government policies.

One of the major changes in the outlook for US industry comes from the change in culture in the industry towards an increasingly short-term focus. Now there is a serious effort by defense companies to turn much, if not all, of their available cash flow to stock purchases and dividend increases. The result has been that defense stocks have out per formed the over all S&P 500 for the past decade. That is increasingly difficult to change as time goes on and shareholders grow to expect it and the industry attracts a shareholder base that relies on a high yield.

October 05, 2014

Creating Orbital ATK

Philip Finnegan, Director, Corporate Analysis

The planned merger of the de fense and space portions of ATK with Orbital Sciences will create a $4.5 billion company. Orbital and ATK's managements maintain that they are creating a much stronger company that will benefit from accelerated growth. In space, Orbital will bring its systems integration capabilities and ATK will provide its techologies. The result will be a much larger space company. Orbital's space work is about $1.5 billion annually, with ATK's space work totaling $1.2 billion.

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