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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

 

  þ QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 30, 2012

 

  ¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                     to                     

Commission file numbers 001-14141 and 333-46983

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

(Exact names of registrants as specified in their charters)

 

Delaware   13-3937434 and 13-3937436
(State or other jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)   Identification Nos.)
600 Third Avenue, New York, NY   10016
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

(212) 697-1111

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrants (1) have filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrants were required to file such reports), and (2) have been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    þ  Yes        ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrants have submitted electronically and posted on their corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrants were required to submit and post such files).    þ  Yes        ¨  No

Indicate by check mark whether the registrants are large accelerated filers, accelerated filers, non-accelerated filers, or smaller reporting companies. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer   þ

  Accelerated filer   ¨   Non-accelerated filer   ¨   (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)   Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrants are shell companies (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).    ¨  Yes        þ  No

There were 97,426,487 shares of L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. common stock with a par value of $0.01 outstanding as of the close of business on May 4, 2012.

 

 

 


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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

INDEX TO QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q

For the quarterly period ended March 30, 2012

 

         Page
No.
 
  PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION   

ITEM 1.

  Financial Statements   
 

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 30, 2012 (Unaudited) and December 31, 2011

     1   
 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Quarterly periods ended March  30, 2012 and April 1, 2011

     2   
 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the quarterly periods ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011

     3   
 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Equity for the quarterly periods ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011

     4   
 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the quarterly periods ended March  30, 2012 and April 1, 2011

     5   
 

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

     6   

ITEM 2.

  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   
 

Overview and Outlook

     30   
 

Business Acquisitions and Dispositions

     33   
 

Results of Operations, including business segments

     33   
 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

     38   
 

Legal Proceedings and Contingencies

     41   

ITEM 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     44   

ITEM 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

     44   
  PART II — OTHER INFORMATION   

ITEM 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

     45   

ITEM 1A.

  Risk Factors      45   

ITEM 2.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     46   

ITEM 6.

 

Exhibits

     46   

Signature

     47   


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PART I — FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in millions, except share data)

 

     (Unaudited)
March  30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
ASSETS   

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 493      $ 764   

Billed receivables, net of allowances of $29 in 2012 and $27 in 2011

     1,268        1,240   

Contracts in process

     2,826        2,629   

Inventories

     360        317   

Deferred income taxes

     98        99   

Other current assets

     192        195   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     5,237        5,244   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

     948        934   

Goodwill

     8,859        8,697   

Identifiable intangible assets

     428        410   

Deferred debt issue costs

     37        33   

Other assets

     190        179   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $     15,699      $     15,497   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

  

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable, trade

     550        432   

Accrued employment costs

     636        631   

Accrued expenses

     520        616   

Advance payments and billings in excess of costs incurred

     594        564   

Income taxes

     71        40   

Other current liabilities

     397        407   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     2,768        2,690   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Pension and postretirement benefits

     1,113        1,137   

Deferred income taxes

     411        385   

Other liabilities

     444        436   

Long-term debt

     4,126        4,125   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     8,862        8,773   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (see Note 16)

    

Equity:

    

L-3 shareholders’ equity:

    

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.’s common stock: $.01 par value; 300,000,000 shares authorized, 98,190,977 shares outstanding at March 30, 2012 and 98,979,411 shares outstanding at December 31, 2011 (L-3 Communications Corporation’s common stock: $.01 par value, 100 shares authorized, issued and outstanding)

     5,122        5,064   

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc.’s treasury stock (at cost), 47,306,385 shares at March 30, 2012 and 45,314,918 shares at December 31, 2011

     (3,754     (3,616

Retained earnings

     5,792        5,641   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (411     (454
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total L-3 shareholders’ equity

     6,749        6,635   

Noncontrolling interests

     88        89   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

     6,837        6,724   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

   $ 15,699      $ 15,497   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in millions, except per share data)

 

       First Quarter Ended    
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 

Net sales:

     

Products

   $ 1,754       $ 1,731   

Services

     1,834         1,870   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total net sales

     3,588         3,601   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cost of sales:

     

Products

     1,549         1,512   

Services

     1,676         1,699   

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     6           
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total cost of sales

     3,231         3,211   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Operating income

     357         390   

Interest and other income, net

     4         2   

Interest expense

     52         63   

Debt retirement charge

             18   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     309         311   

Provision for income taxes

     106         104   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income

   $ 203       $ 207   

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     2         3   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income attributable to L-3

   $ 201       $ 204   

Less: Net income allocable to participating securities

             1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income allocable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders

   $ 201       $ 203   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Earnings per share allocable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders:

     

Basic

   $ 2.03       $ 1.87   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

   $ 2.01       $ 1.85   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Cash dividends paid per common share

   $ 0.50       $ 0.45   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

L-3 Holdings’ weighted average common shares outstanding:

     

Basic

     99.0         108.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Diluted

     100.2         109.5   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in millions)

 

       First Quarter Ended    
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 

Net income

   $ 203       $ 207   

Other comprehensive income:

     

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     29         54   

Unrealized gains (losses) on hedging instruments, net of income taxes of $2 in 2012 and an income tax benefit of $1 in 2011

     3         (1

Pension and postretirement benefit plans:

     

Amortization of net loss and prior service cost previously recognized, net of income taxes of $6 in 2012 and $5 in 2011

     11         8   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total other comprehensive income

     43         61   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

     246         268   

Less: Comprehensive income attributable to non-controlling interest

     2         3   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to L-3

   $     244       $     265   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EQUITY

(in millions, except per share data)

 

    L-3 Holdings’
Common Stock
    Additional
Paid-in
Capital
                Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
    Noncontrolling
Interests
    Total
Equity
 
    Shares
Outstanding
    Par
Value
      Treasury
Stock
    Retained
Earnings
       

For the quarter ended March 30, 2012:

               

Balance at December 31, 2011

    99.0      $ 1      $ 5,063      $ (3,616   $ 5,641      $   (454   $ 89      $ 6,724   

Net income

            201          2        203   

Other comprehensive income

              43          43   

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

                (3     (3

Cash dividends paid on common stock ($0.50 per share)

            (49         (49

Shares issued:

               

Employee savings plans

    0.6          38                38   

Exercise of stock options

    0.1          6                6   

Employee stock purchase plan

    0.4                 

Stock-based compensation expense

        14                14   

Treasury stock purchased

    (2.0         (138           (138

Other

    0.1              (1         (1
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at March 30, 2012

    98.2      $   1      $    5,121      $    (3,754   $    5,792      $ (411   $    88      $    6,837   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the quarter ended April 1, 2011:

               

Balance at December 31, 2010

    108.6      $ 1      $ 4,800      $ (2,658   $ 4,877      $ (256   $ 91      $ 6,855   

Net income

            204          3        207   

Other comprehensive income

              61          61   

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

                (4     (4

Cash dividends paid on common stock ($0.45 per share)

            (49         (49

Shares issued:

               

Employee savings plans

    0.6          40                40   

Exercise of stock options

    0.1          7                7   

Employee stock purchase plan

    0.6                 

Stock-based compensation expense

        15                15   

Treasury stock purchased

    (2.6         (205           (205

Other

    0.1              (1         (1
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at April 1, 2011

    107.4      $ 1      $ 4,862      $ (2,863   $ 5,031      $ (195   $ 90      $ 6,926   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in millions)

 

       First Quarter Ended    
     March  30,
2012
    April  1,
2011
 

Operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 203      $ 207   

Depreciation of property, plant and equipment

     43        42   

Amortization of intangibles and other assets

     16        17   

Deferred income tax provision

     20        26   

Stock-based employee compensation expense

     14        15   

Contributions to employee savings plans in L-3 Holdings’ common stock

     38        40   

Amortization of pension and postretirement benefit plans net loss and prior service cost

     17        13   

Amortization of bond discounts (included in interest expense)

     1        2   

Amortization of deferred debt issue costs (included in interest expense)

     2        2   

Non-cash portion of debt retirement charge

            5   

Other non-cash items

            2   

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, excluding acquired and divested amounts:

    

Billed receivables

     (6     38   

Contracts in process

     (148     (159

Inventories

     (39     (32

Accounts payable, trade

     102        116   

Accrued employment costs

     (15     (27

Accrued expenses

     (112     (32

Advance payments and billings in excess of costs incurred

     10        (33

Income taxes

     62        44   

Excess income tax benefits related to share-based payment arrangements

     (1     (1

Other current liabilities

     (16     (4

Pension and postretirement benefits

     (30     (35

All other operating activities

     (24     (26
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash from operating activities

     137        220   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities:

    

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

     (205       

Capital expenditures

     (27     (35

Dispositions of property, plant and equipment

            1   

Other investing activities

     (2       
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (234     (34
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities:

    

Proceeds from sale of senior notes

            646   

Redemption of senior subordinated notes

            (650

Redemption of CODES

            (11

Borrowings under revolving credit facility

     16        81   

Repayment of borrowings under revolving credit facility

     (16     (81

Common stock repurchased

     (138     (205

Dividends paid on L-3 Holdings’ common stock

     (49     (49

Proceeds from exercises of stock options

     6        7   

Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan

     12        13   

Debt issue costs

     (6     (6

Excess income tax benefits related to share-based payment arrangements

     1        1   

Other financing activities

     (5     (3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (179     (257
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     5        12   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

     (271     (59

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

     764        607   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

   $       493      $       548   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1.  Description of Business

L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. derives all of its operating income and cash flows from its wholly-owned subsidiary, L-3 Communications Corporation (L-3 Communications). L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (L-3 Holdings and, together with its subsidiaries, referred to herein as L-3 or the Company) is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. The Company’s customers include the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) and its prime contractors, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), allied foreign governments, domestic and foreign commercial customers and select other U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.

The Company has the following four reportable segments: (1) C3ISR, (2) Government Services, (3) Aircraft Modernization and Maintenance (AM&M), and (4) Electronic Systems. Financial information with respect to each of the Company’s segments is included in Note 20. C3ISR provides products and services for the global ISR market, C3 systems, networked communications systems and secure communications products. The Company believes that these products and services are critical elements for a substantial number of major command, control and communication, intelligence gathering and space systems. These products and services are used to connect a variety of airborne, space, ground and sea-based communication systems and are used in the transmission, processing, recording, monitoring, and dissemination functions of these communication systems. Government Services provides a full range of systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA), training, operational support, cyber security, intelligence, enterprise information technology (IT) and security solutions services to the DoD, DoS, DoJ, and U.S. Government intelligence agencies and allied foreign governments. AM&M provides modernization, upgrades and sustainment, maintenance and logistics support services for military and various government aircraft and other platforms. The Company sells these services primarily to the DoD, the Canadian Department of Defense and other allied foreign governments. Electronic Systems provides a broad range of products and services, including components, products, subsystems and systems and related services to military and commercial customers in several niche markets across several business areas, including microwave, power & control systems, integrated sensor systems, aviation products, simulation & training, warrior systems, precision engagement, security & detection, space & propulsion, undersea warfare and marine services.

On July 28, 2011, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved a plan to spin-off a new, independent government services company that will be publicly traded. The new public company will be named Engility Holdings, Inc. (Engility). The spin-off, which is intended to be tax-free to L-3 and its shareholders, is expected to occur around the middle of this year. Upon completion of the spin-off, L-3 shareholders will own 100% of the shares of both L-3 and Engility. The spin-off is not subject to a shareholder vote.

Under the plan, Engility will include the SETA, training and operational support services businesses that are currently part of L-3’s Government Services segment. L-3 will retain the cyber security, intelligence, enterprise IT and security solutions businesses that are also part of L-3’s Government Services segment. The Government Services segment will be renamed National Security Solutions upon completion of the spin-off. There can be no assurance that any separation transaction will ultimately occur, or if one does occur, its terms or timing.

2.  Basis of Presentation

These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements for the quarterly period ended March 30, 2012 should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements of L-3 Holdings and L-3 Communications included in their Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

Principles of Consolidation and Reporting

The accompanying financial statements comprise the consolidated financial statements of L-3 Holdings and L-3 Communications. L-3 Holdings’ only asset is its investment in the common stock of L-3 Communications, its wholly-owned subsidiary, and its only obligations are: (1) the 3% Convertible Contingent Debt Securities (CODES) due 2035, which were issued by L-3 Holdings on July 29, 2005, (2) its guarantee of borrowings under the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility of L-3 Communications and (3) its guarantee of other contractual obligations of L-3 Communications and its subsidiaries. L-3 Holdings’ obligations relating to the CODES have been jointly, severally, fully and unconditionally guaranteed by L-3 Communications and certain of its wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries. Accordingly, such debt has been reflected as debt of L-3 Communications in its consolidated financial statements in accordance with the accounting standards for pushdown accounting. All issuances of and conversions into L-3 Holdings’ equity securities, including grants of stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units and performance units by L-3 Holdings to employees and directors of L-3 Communications and its subsidiaries, have been reflected in the consolidated financial statements of L-3 Communications. As a result, the consolidated financial positions, results of operations and cash flows of L-3 Holdings and L-3 Communications are substantially the same. See Note 22 for additional information regarding the unaudited financial information of L-3 Communications and its subsidiaries.

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP) for interim financial information and in accordance with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X of the SEC. Accordingly, they do not include all of the disclosures required by U.S. GAAP for a complete set of annual audited financial statements. The December 31, 2011 condensed consolidated balance sheet data was derived from audited financial statements, but does not include all disclosures required by U.S. GAAP. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal and recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation of the results for the interim periods presented have been included. The results of operations for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year.

It is the Company’s established practice to close its books for the quarters ending March, June and September on the Friday nearest to the end of the calendar quarter. The interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared and are labeled based on that convention. The Company closes its books for annual periods on December 31 regardless of what day it falls on.

Accounting Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of sales and costs of sales during the reporting period. The most significant of these estimates and assumptions relate to contract revenue, profit and loss recognition, fair values of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business combinations, market values for inventories reported at lower of cost or market, pension and post-retirement benefit obligations, stock-based employee compensation expense, income taxes, including the valuations of deferred tax assets, litigation reserves and environmental obligations, accrued product warranty costs, and the recoverability, useful lives and valuation of recorded amounts of long-lived assets, identifiable intangible assets and goodwill. Changes in estimates are reflected in the periods during which they become known. Actual amounts will differ from these estimates and could differ materially.

Sales and profits on contracts that are covered by accounting standards for construction-type and production-type contracts and federal government contractors are recognized using percentage-of-completion (POC) methods of accounting. For the year ended December 31, 2011, sales on such contracts represented

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

approximately 40% of our consolidated net sales, including approximately 30% from fixed-price type contracts and 10% from cost-plus type contracts. For contracts accounted for under contract accounting standards, sales and profits are recognized based on: (1) a POC method of accounting (fixed-price contracts), (2) allowable costs incurred plus the estimated profit on those costs (cost-plus contracts), or (3) direct labor hours expended multiplied by the contractual fixed rate per hour plus incurred costs for material (time-and-material contracts). Sales and profits on fixed-price production contracts under which units are produced and delivered in a continuous or sequential process are recorded as units are delivered based on their contractual selling prices (the “units-of-delivery” method). Sales and profits on each fixed-price production contract under which units are not produced and delivered in a continuous or sequential process, or under which a relatively few number of units are produced, are recorded based on the ratio of actual cumulative costs incurred to total estimated costs at completion of the contract multiplied by the total estimated contract revenue, less cumulative sales recognized in prior periods (the “cost-to-cost” method). Under both POC methods of accounting, a single estimated total profit margin is used to recognize profit for each contract over its entire period of performance, which can exceed one year.

Accounting for the sales and profit on these fixed-price type contracts requires the preparation of estimates of (1) the total contract revenue, (2) the total costs at completion, which is equal to the sum of the actual incurred costs to date on the contract and the estimated costs to complete the contract’s statement of work, and (3) the measurement of progress towards completion. The estimated profit or loss at completion on a contract is equal to the difference between the total estimated contract revenue and the total estimated cost at completion. The profit recorded on a contract in any period using either the units-of-delivery method or cost-to-cost method is equal to the current estimated total profit margin multiplied by the cumulative sales recognized, less the amount of cumulative profit previously recorded for the contract.

Sales and profits on cost-plus type contracts that are covered by contract accounting standards are recognized as allowable costs are incurred on the contract, at an amount equal to the allowable costs plus the estimated profit on those costs. The estimated profit on a cost-plus type contract is fixed or variable based on the contractual fee arrangement. Incentive and award fees are the primary variable fee contractual arrangements. Incentive and award fees on cost-plus type contracts are included as an element of total estimated contract revenues and are recorded to sales when a basis exists for the reasonable prediction of performance in relation to established contractual targets and the Company is able to make reasonably dependable estimates for them.

Sales and profits on time-and-material type contracts are recognized on the basis of direct labor hours expended multiplied by the contractual fixed rate per hour, plus the actual costs of materials and other direct non-labor costs.

Revisions or adjustments to estimates for a contract’s revenue, estimated costs at completion and estimated profit or loss are often required as work progresses under a contract, as experience is gained, as facts and circumstances change and as new information is obtained, even though the scope of work required under the contract may not change. Revisions or adjustments may also be required if contract modifications occur. The impact of revisions in profit (loss) estimates for all types of contracts subject to percentage-of-completion accounting are recognized on a cumulative catch-up basis in the period in which the revisions are made. The revisions in contract estimates, if significant, can materially affect our results of operations and cash flows, as well as reduce the valuations of receivables and inventories, and in some cases result in liabilities to complete contracts in a loss position. Aggregate net changes in contract estimates increased consolidated operating income by $21 million, or 5.9%, for the quarter ended March 30, 2012 and $26 million, or 6.7%, for the quarter ended April 1, 2011.

For a more complete discussion of these estimates and assumptions, see the Annual Report of L-3 Holdings and L-3 Communications on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011.

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

Reclassifications

Effective January 1, 2012, the Company re-aligned a business unit’s management and organizational structure, and made related reclassifications between its C3ISR and Electronic Systems segments. The segment results presented in this quarterly report reflect this reclassification. See Note 20 for the prior period sales, operating income, and assets reclassified between segments.

3.  New Accounting Standards

Effective January 1, 2012 the Company retrospectively adopted a new accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for the presentation of comprehensive income in financial statements. The adoption of this standard resulted in the presentation of a total for comprehensive income, and the components of net income and other comprehensive income in two separate, but consecutive statements. The adoption of this standard only changed how we present comprehensive income and did not impact the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

Effective January 1, 2012, the Company adopted a revised accounting standard issued by the FASB allowing companies to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount. If, as a result of the qualitative assessment, it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, a more detailed two-step goodwill impairment test will be performed to identify potential goodwill impairment and measure the amount of loss to be recognized, if any. The standard is effective for goodwill impairment tests performed beginning in 2012, and did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

4.  Acquisitions and Dispositions

All of the business acquisitions discussed below are included in the Company’s results of operations from their respective dates of acquisition.

2012 Business Acquisition

On February 6, 2012, the Company acquired the Kollmorgen Electro-Optical (KEO) business of Danaher Corporation for a purchase price of $205 million, which was financed with cash on hand. KEO develops and manufactures specialized equipment, including submarine photonics systems and periscopes, ship fire control systems, visual landing aids, ground electro-optical and sensor-cueing systems for the U.S. military and allied foreign governments. Based on preliminary purchase price allocations, goodwill of $139 million was recognized, of which $72 million is expected to be deductible for income tax purposes. The goodwill was assigned to the Electronic Systems segments. In addition, the Company recognized customer contractual relationships and technology intangibles of $32 million in the aggregate, with estimated weighted average useful lives of 10 years. The final purchase price, which is expected to be completed by the third quarter of 2012, is subject to adjustment based on the closing date net working capital. In addition, the final purchase price allocation is also expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2012 and will be based on the final purchase price, final appraisals and other analysis of fair values of acquired assets and liabilities. The Company does not expect that differences between the preliminary and final purchase price allocations for this acquisition will have a material impact on its results of operations or financial position.

2011 Business Acquisitions and Disposition

During the year ended December 31, 2011, in separate transactions, the Company acquired: (1) the communications and engineering business of ComHouse Wireless L.P. (ComHouse), which provides the Company with cellular wave form modulation technology, and (2) the cargo radiation screening business of Detector Networks International LLL (DNI) for an aggregate purchase price of $18 million. Both business acquisitions were financed with cash on hand. Based on preliminary purchase price allocations, the aggregate

 

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goodwill recognized for the two acquired businesses was $19 million, of which $14 million is expected to be deductible for income tax purposes. The goodwill recognized for these businesses was assigned to the Electronic Systems segment. In addition, in February 2011, the Company divested the Microdyne Corporation business, which was within the Electronic Systems segment. See Note 4 to the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding these business acquisitions and the disposition.

As of March 30, 2012, the purchase price of ComHouse was finalized. Also, as of March 30, 2012, the final purchase price for DNI is subject to adjustment based on: (1) the closing date net assets and (2) contingent consideration, which is based on post-acquisition financial performance through December 31, 2014. The final purchase price allocations for this business acquisition is expected to be completed by the second quarter of 2012 and will be based on the final purchase price, except to the extent that the amount of contingent consideration paid for DNI is different than the acquisition date fair value of such consideration and final appraisals and other analyses of fair values for the acquired assets and assumed liabilities. The Company does not expect that the difference between the preliminary and final purchase price allocations for this acquisition will have a material impact on its results of operations or financial position.

Unaudited Pro Forma Statements of Operations Data

The following unaudited pro forma Statement of Operations data presents the combined results of the Company and its business acquisitions completed during the quarter ended March 30, 2012 and the year ended December 31, 2011, in each case assuming that the business acquisitions completed during the quarter ended March 30, 2012 and the year ended December 31, 2011 had occurred on January 1, 2011.

 

 

     First Quarter Ended  
       March 30, 2012          April 1, 2011    
     (in millions, except per share data)  

Pro forma net sales

   $   3,600       $   3,638   

Pro forma net income attributable to L-3

   $ 201       $ 207   

Pro forma diluted earnings per share

   $ 2.01       $ 1.88   

The unaudited pro forma results disclosed in the table above are based on various assumptions and are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that would have occurred had the Company completed these acquisitions on January 1, 2011.

 

5. Contracts in Process

The components of contracts in process are presented in the table below.

 

 

     March 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Unbilled contract receivables, gross

   $   3,107      $   2,926   

Unliquidated progress payments

     (1,160     (1,146
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Unbilled contract receivables, net

     1,947        1,780   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Inventoried contract costs, gross

     950        928   

Unliquidated progress payments

     (71     (79
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Inventoried contract costs, net

     879        849   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total contracts in process

   $ 2,826      $ 2,629   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

Inventoried Contract Costs. In accordance with contract accounting standards, the Company’s U.S. Government contractor businesses account for the portion of their general and administrative (G&A), independent research and development (IRAD) and bids and proposal (B&P) costs that are allowable and reimbursable indirect contract costs under U.S. Government procurement regulations on their U.S. Government contracts (revenue arrangements) as inventoried contract costs. G&A, IRAD and B&P costs are allocated to contracts for which the U.S. Government is the end customer and are charged to costs of sales when sales on the related contracts are recognized. The Company’s U.S. Government contractor businesses record the unallowable portion of their G&A, IRAD and B&P costs to expense as incurred, and do not include them in inventoried contract costs.

The table below presents a summary of G&A, IRAD and B&P costs included in inventoried contract costs and the changes to them, including amounts charged to cost of sales by the Company’s U.S. Government contractor businesses for the periods presented.

 

 

         First Quarter Ended      
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Amounts included in inventoried contract costs at beginning of the period

   $ 91        $ 97    

Add: IRAD and B&P costs

     87          81    

Other G&A costs

     235          231    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total contract costs incurred

     322          312    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Less: Amounts charged to cost of sales

     (313)         (307)   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Amounts included in inventoried contract costs at end of the period

   $ 100        $ 102    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The table below presents a summary of selling, general and administrative expenses and research and development expenses for the Company’s commercial businesses, which are expensed as incurred and not included in inventoried contract costs.

 

 

         First Quarter Ended      
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

   $ 76        $ 76    

Research and development expenses

     19          18    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 95        $ 94    
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

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6.  Inventories

Inventories at Lower of Cost or Market. The table below presents the components of inventories at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out or average cost) or realizable value.

 

 

     March 30,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Raw materials, components and sub-assemblies

   $ 145       $ 121   

Work in process

     148         143   

Finished goods

     67         53   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $   360       $   317   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

7.  Goodwill and Identifiable Intangible Assets

Goodwill. In accordance with the accounting standards for business combinations, the Company records the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values at the date of acquisition (commonly referred to as the purchase price allocation). The table below presents the changes in goodwill by segment.

 

 

     C3ISR     Government
Services
     AM&M      Electronic
Systems
     Consolidated
Total
 
     (in millions)  

Balance at December 31, 2011

   $ 866      $ 2,191       $ 1,169       $ 4,471       $ 8,697   

Business acquisitions(1)

                            139         139   

Foreign currency translation adjustments(2)

            1         6         16         23   

Segment reclassification(3)

     (69                     69           
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance at March 30, 2012

   $   797      $   2,192       $   1,175       $   4,695       $   8,859   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The increase in goodwill for the Electronic Systems segment is due to the KEO business acquisition. See Note 4 for further discussion regarding this acquisition.

(2) 

The increase in goodwill presented in the AM&M and Electronic Systems segments was due primarily to the weakening of the U.S. dollar against the Euro, Canadian dollar and British pound during the quarter ended March 30, 2012.

(3) 

Effective January 1, 2012, the Company re-aligned a business unit’s management and organizational structure, as discussed in Note 2, and made a reclassification of goodwill between the C3ISR and Electronic Systems segments during the quarter ended March 30, 2012.

Identifiable Intangible Assets. Information on the Company’s identifiable intangible assets that are subject to amortization is presented in the table below.

 

 

     March 30, 2012      December 31, 2011  
     Weighted
Average
Amortization
Period
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
     Net
Carrying
Amount
     Gross
Carrying
Amount
     Accumulated
Amortization
     Net
Carrying
Amount
 
     (in years)                    (in millions)                

Customer contractual relationships

     22       $ 606       $ 263       $ 343       $ 584       $ 252       $ 332   

Technology

     11         160         90         70         149         87         62   

Other

     16         28         13         15         29         13         16   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     20       $   794       $   366       $   428       $   762       $   352       $   410   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

Amortization expense recorded by the Company for its identifiable intangible assets is presented in the table below.

 

 

         First Quarter Ended      
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Amortization expense

   $   14       $   15   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Based on gross carrying amounts at March 30, 2012, the Company’s estimate of amortization expense for identifiable intangible assets for the years ending December 31, 2012 through 2016 are presented in the table below.

 

 

     Year Ending December 31,  
     2012      2013      2014      2015      2016  
     (in millions)  

Estimated amortization expense

   $   56       $   46       $   47       $   42       $   34   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

8.  Other Current Liabilities and Other Liabilities

The table below presents the components of other current liabilities.

 

 

     March 30,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Other Current Liabilities:

     

Accruals for pending and threatened litigation (see Note 16)

   $ 23       $ 24   

Accrued product warranty costs

     89         90   

Estimated costs in excess of estimated contract value to complete contracts in process in a loss position

     67         78   

Accrued interest

     61         59   

Deferred revenues

     48         48   

Other

     109         108   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total other current liabilities

   $   397       $   407   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The table below presents the components of other liabilities.

 

 

     March 30,
2012
     December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Other Liabilities:

     

Non-current income taxes payable (see Note 10)

   $ 201       $ 201   

Deferred compensation

     57         54   

Accrued workers’ compensation

     53         56   

Estimated contingent purchase price payable for acquired businesses

     16         16   

Notes payable and capital lease obligations

     10         10   

Accrued product warranty costs

     7         4   

Other

     100         95   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total other liabilities

   $   444       $   436   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

The table below presents the changes in the Company’s accrued product warranty costs.

 

 

         Year-to-Date Ended      
     March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Accrued product warranty costs:(1)

    

Balance at January 1

   $     94      $     92   

Acquisitions during the period

     2          

Accruals for product warranties issued during the period

     16        18   

Foreign currency translation adjustments

     1        1   

Settlements made during the period

     (17     (19
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ 96      $ 92   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Warranty obligations incurred in connection with long-term production contracts that are accounted for under the percentage-of-completion cost-to-cost method are included within the contract estimates at completion and are excluded from the above amounts. The balances above include both the current and non-current amounts.

9.  Debt

The components of debt and a reconciliation to the carrying amount of long-term debt are presented in the table below.

 

     March 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

L-3 Communications:

    

Borrowings under Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility(1)

   $      $   

3.95% Senior Notes due 2016

     500        500   

5.20% Senior Notes due 2019

     1,000        1,000   

4.75% Senior Notes due 2020

     800        800   

4.95% Senior Notes due 2021

     650        650   

6 3/8% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2015

     500        500   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Subtotal

     3,450        3,450   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

L-3 Holdings:

    

3% Convertible Contingent Debt Securities due 2035(2)

     689        689   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Principal amount of long-term debt

     4,139        4,139   

Less: Unamortized discounts

     (13     (14
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Carrying amount of long-term debt

   $     4,126      $     4,125   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

The Company’s three-year revolving credit facility, which was amended and restated on February 3, 2012 and matures on February 3, 2017, provides for total aggregate borrowings of up to $1 billion. At March 30, 2012, available borrowings under the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit facility were $996 million after reductions for outstanding letters of credit of $4 million.

 

(2) 

Under select conditions, including if L-3 Holdings common stock price is more than 120% (currently $115.78) of the then current conversion price (currently $96.48) for a specified period, the conversion feature of the CODES will require L-3 Holdings, upon

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

  conversion, to pay the holders of the CODES the principal amount in cash, and if the settlement amount exceeds the principal amount, the excess will be settled in cash or stock or a combination thereof, at the Company’s option. At the current conversion price of $96.48, the aggregate consideration to be delivered upon conversion would be determined based on 7.0 million shares of L-3 Holdings’ common stock. See Note 10 to the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information regarding the CODES, including conditions for conversion. L-3 Holdings’ closing stock price on May 7, 2012 was $71.41 per share. Through February 1, 2011, the effective interest rate on the CODES was 6.33% and interest expense related to both the contractual coupon interest and amortization of the discount on the liability components. The Company amortized the discount on the liability component of the CODES through February 1, 2011 which was the first date that the holders of the CODES had a contractual right to require L-3 Holdings to repurchase the CODES. Interest expense for the CODES after February 1, 2011 relates only to the contractual coupon interest. Interest expense recognized was $5 million and $7 million for the first quarter periods ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011. The carrying amount of the equity component (conversion feature) of the CODES was $64 million at March 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011.

On February 3, 2012, L-3 Communications amended and restated its $1 billion Revolving Credit Facility, which extended the expiration date to February 3, 2017. The terms of the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility are substantially consistent with the terms of this facility prior to its amendment and restatement except that: (1) provisions that previously limited the ability of L-3 Communications to pay dividends, repurchase L-3 Holdings’ common stock and make other distributions with respect to any capital stock were eliminated, (2) a provision that previously limited the ability of L-3 Communications to make investments in L-3 Holdings was made less restrictive and (3) the cost of borrowings, loan commitment fees and letter of credit fees were reduced. In addition, the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility provides for uncommitted incremental revolving facilities and additional term loan facilities in an aggregate principal amount of up to $500 million. Borrowings under the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility bear interest, at L-3 Communications’ option, at either (i) the “base rate” equal to the highest of (a) 0.50% per annum above the latest federal funds rate, (b) the Bank of America “prime rate” (as defined in the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility), and (c) 1.00% per annum above a “Eurodollar Rate” (as defined in the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility), plus a spread ranging from 0.25% to 1.00% per annum, or (ii) a “Eurodollar Rate” (as defined in the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility) plus a spread ranging from 1.25% to 2.00% per annum. L-3 Communications pays: (1) commitment fees calculated on the daily amounts of the available unused commitments at a rate ranging from 0.15% to 0.325% per annum, (2) letter of credit fees ranging from 0.675% to 1.20% per annum for commercial and performance letters of credit and (3) letter of credit fees ranging from 1.25% to 2.00% for financial letters of credit. The interest rate spread and the commitment fee rate, in all cases, depends on L-3 Communications’ debt rating at the time of determination. The debt rating is based on the credit ratings as determined by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and Fitch Ratings of L-3 Communications’ non-credit enhanced senior, unsecured long-term debt.

10.  Income Taxes

The Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. Federal jurisdiction and various state and foreign jurisdictions. As of March 30, 2012, the statutes of limitations for the Company’s U.S. Federal income tax returns for the years ended December 31, 2008 through 2010 were open. As of March 30, 2012, the Company anticipates that unrecognized tax benefits will decrease by approximately $29 million over the next 12 months due to the potential resolution of unrecognized tax benefits involving several jurisdictions and tax periods. The actual amount could vary significantly depending on the ultimate timing and nature of any settlement.

Non-current income taxes payable include accrued potential interest of $15 million ($9 million after income taxes) at March 30, 2012 and $14 million ($8 million after income taxes) at December 31, 2011, respectively, and potential penalties of $12 million and $13 million at March 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

 

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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

11.  L-3 Holdings’ Earnings Per Common Share

A reconciliation of basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) is presented in the table below.

 

 

             First Quarter Ended           
     March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions, except per share data)  

Reconciliation of net income:

    

Net income

   $ 203      $ 207   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

     (2     (3

Net income allocable to participating securities

            (1
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income allocable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders

   $ 201      $ 203   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share allocable to L-3 Holdings’ common shareholders:

    

Basic:

    

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     99.0        108.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share:

    

Net income

   $ 2.03      $ 1.87   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted:

    

Common and potential common shares:

    

Weighted average common shares outstanding

     99.0        108.5   

Assumed exercise of stock options

     1.2        2.8   

Unvested restricted stock awards

     2.0        1.3   

Employee stock purchase plan contributions

     0.3        0.3   

Performance unit awards

     0.1        0.1   

Assumed purchase of common shares for treasury

     (2.4     (3.5

Assumed conversion of the CODES(1)

              
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Common and potential common shares

         100.2            109.5   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share:

    

Net income

   $ 2.01      $ 1.85   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

L-3 Holdings’ CODES had no impact on diluted EPS for the quarters ended March 30, 2012 or April 1, 2011, because the average market price of L-3 Holdings common stock during these periods was less than the price at which the CODES would have been convertible into L-3 Holdings common stock. As of March 30, 2012, the conversion price was $96.48.

The computation of diluted EPS excluded 3.7 million of stock options for the quarter ended March 30, 2012 and 2.9 million of stock options and restricted stock units for the quarter ended April 1, 2011 as they were anti-dilutive.

12.  Equity

On April 26, 2011, L-3 Holdings’ Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase program that authorizes L-3 Holdings to repurchase up to $1.5 billion of its outstanding shares of common stock through April 30, 2013. Repurchases of L-3 Holdings common stock under the share repurchase programs, approved by

 

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the Board of Directors, are made at management’s discretion in accordance with applicable U.S. federal securities laws in the open market or otherwise. The timing and actual number of shares to be repurchased in the future will depend on a variety of factors, including the Company’s financial position, earnings, legal requirements, other investment opportunities (including acquisitions), market conditions and other factors. All share repurchases of L-3 Holdings common stock have been recorded as treasury shares. L-3 Holdings repurchased 2.0 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $69.45 per share for an aggregate amount of approximately $138 million from January 1, 2012 through March 30, 2012. At March 30, 2012, the remaining dollar value under the $1.5 billion share repurchase program was $995 million.

From March 31, 2012 through May 7, 2012, L-3 Holdings repurchased 1,030,879 shares of its common stock at an average price of $69.68 per share for an aggregate amount of $72 million.

On April 24, 2012, L-3 Holdings’ Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.50 per share, payable on June 15, 2012, to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 17, 2012.

13.  Fair Value Measurements

The following table presents the fair value hierarchy level for each of the Company’s assets and liabilities that are measured and recorded at fair value on a recurring basis.

 

 

     March 30, 2012      December 31, 2011  

Description

   Level  1(1)      Level  2(2)      Level  3(3)      Level  1(1)      Level  2(2)      Level  3(3)  
     (in millions)  

Assets

                 

Cash equivalents

   $ 322       $       $       $ 725       $       $   

Derivatives (foreign currency forward contracts)

             8                         10           
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 322       $ 8       $       $ 725       $ 10       $   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Liabilities

                 

Derivatives (foreign currency forward contracts)

   $       $ 2       $       $       $ 9       $   

 

 

(1) 

Level 1 is based on quoted market prices available in active markets for identical assets or liabilities as of the reporting date. Cash equivalents are primarily held in registered money market funds which are valued using quoted market prices.

(2) 

Level 2 is based on pricing inputs other than quoted prices in active markets, which are either directly or indirectly observable. The fair value is determined using a valuation model based on observable market inputs, including quoted foreign currency forward exchange rates and consideration of non-performance risk.

(3) 

Level 3 is based on pricing inputs that are not observable and not corroborated by market data. The Company has no Level 3 assets or liabilities.

 

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14.  Financial Instruments

At March 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company’s financial instruments consisted primarily of cash and cash equivalents, billed receivables, trade accounts payable, long-term debt (i.e., Senior Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes and CODES) and foreign currency forward contracts. The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, billed receivables and trade accounts payable are representative of their respective fair values because of the short-term maturities or expected settlement dates of these instruments. The carrying amounts and estimated fair values of the Company’s financial instruments are presented in the table below.

 

 

     March 30, 2012      December 31, 2011  
     Carrying
  Amount  
     Estimated
  Fair  Value  
     Carrying
  Amount  
     Estimated
  Fair  Value  
 
     (in millions)  

Senior Notes(1)

   $   2,939        $   3,108        $   2,938        $   2,940    

Senior Subordinated Notes(1)

     498          512          498          513    

CODES(1)

     689          674          689          658    

Foreign currency forward contracts(2)

                               

 

 

(1) 

The Company measures the fair value of its long-term debt using Level 2 inputs based primarily on current market yields for its existing debt traded in the secondary market.

(2) 

See Note 15 for additional disclosures regarding the notional amounts and fair values of foreign currency forward contracts.

15.  Derivative Financial Instruments

The Company’s derivative financial instruments include foreign currency forward contracts, which are entered into for risk management purposes, and an embedded derivative representing the contingent interest payment provision related to the CODES.

Foreign Currency Forward Contracts. The Company’s U.S. and foreign businesses enter into contracts with customers, subcontractors or vendors that are denominated in currencies other than their functional currencies. To protect the functional currency equivalent cash flows associated with certain of these contracts, the Company enters into foreign currency forward contracts. The Company’s activities involving foreign currency forward contracts are designed to hedge the changes in the functional currency equivalent cash flows due to movements in foreign exchange rates compared to the functional currency. The foreign currencies hedged are primarily the Canadian dollar, the Euro, the British pound and the U.S. dollar. The Company manages exposure to counterparty non-performance credit risk by entering into foreign currency forward contracts only with major financial institutions that are expected to fully perform under the terms of such contracts. Foreign currency forward contracts are recorded in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets at fair value and are generally designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges in accordance with the accounting standards for derivative instruments and hedging activities. Gains and losses on designated foreign currency forward contracts that are highly effective in offsetting the corresponding change in the cash flows of the hedged transactions are recorded net of income taxes in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (accumulated OCI) and then recognized in income when the underlying hedged transaction affects income. Gains and losses on foreign currency forward contracts that do not meet hedge accounting criteria are recognized in income immediately.

 

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Notional amounts are used to measure the volume of foreign currency forward contracts and do not represent exposure to foreign currency losses. The table below presents the notional amounts of the Company’s outstanding foreign currency forward contracts by currency at March 30, 2012:

 

 

Currency

   Notional Amount  
     (in millions)  

Canadian dollar

     $    146   

U.S. dollar

     49   

British pound

     31   

Euro

     28   

Other

               1   
  

 

 

 

Total

     $    255   
  

 

 

 

At March 30, 2012, the Company’s foreign currency forward contracts had maturities through 2016.

Embedded Derivative. The embedded derivative related to the issuance of the CODES is recorded at fair value, which was zero at March 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, with changes reflected in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

The table below presents the fair values and the location of the Company’s derivative instruments in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

 

    Fair Values of Derivative Instruments(1)  
    March 30, 2012     December 31, 2011  
    Other
Current
Assets
    Other
Assets
    Other
Current
Liabilities
    Other
Liabilities
    Other
Current
Assets
    Other
Assets
    Other
Current
Liabilities
    Other
Liabilities
 
    (in millions)  

Derivatives designated as hedging instruments:

               

Foreign currency forward contracts

    $    3        $    4        $    1        $    —        $    3        $    5        $    8        $    —   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

               

Foreign currency forward contracts

    1               1               1        1        1          

Embedded derivative related to the CODES

        —            —            —              —            —            —            —              —   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total derivative instruments

    $    4        $    4        $    2        $    —        $    4        $    6        $    9        $    —   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

See Note 13 for a description of the fair value hierarchy related to the Company’s foreign currency forward contracts.

The effect of gains or losses from foreign currency forward contracts was not material to the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations for the quarters ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011. At March 30, 2012, the estimated net amount of existing gains that are expected to be reclassified into income within the next 12 months was $2 million.

16.  Commitments and Contingencies

A substantial majority of the Company’s revenues are generated from providing products and services under legally binding agreements or contracts with U.S. Government and foreign government customers. U.S. Government contracts are subject to extensive legal and regulatory requirements, and from time to time, agencies of the U.S. Government investigate whether such contracts were and are being conducted in accordance with these requirements. The Company is currently cooperating with the U.S. Government on several investigations, including those specified below, from which civil, criminal or administrative proceedings have or could result and give rise to fines, penalties, compensatory and treble damages, restitution and/or forfeitures. The

 

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Company does not currently anticipate that any of these investigations will have a material adverse effect, individually or in the aggregate, on its consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flows. However, under U.S. Government regulations, an indictment of the Company by a federal grand jury, or an administrative finding against the Company as to its present responsibility to be a U.S. Government contractor or subcontractor, could result in the Company being suspended for a period of time from eligibility for awards of new government contracts or task orders or in a loss of export privileges. A conviction, or an administrative finding against the Company that satisfies the requisite level of seriousness, could result in debarment from contracting with the federal government for a specified term. In addition, all of the Company’s U.S. Government contracts: (1) are subject to audit and various pricing and cost controls, (2) include standard provisions for termination for the convenience of the U.S. Government or for default, and (3) are subject to cancellation if funds for contracts become unavailable. Foreign government contracts generally include comparable provisions relating to terminations for convenience and default, as well as other procurement clauses relevant to the foreign government.

The Company is also subject to litigation, proceedings, claims or assessments and various contingent liabilities incidental to its businesses, including those specified below. Furthermore, in connection with certain business acquisitions, the Company has assumed some or all claims against, and liabilities of, such acquired businesses, including both asserted and unasserted claims and liabilities.

In accordance with the accounting standard for contingencies, the Company records a liability when management believes that it is both probable that a liability has been incurred and the Company can reasonably estimate the amount of the loss. Generally, the loss is recorded at the amount the Company expects to resolve the liability. The estimated amounts of liabilities recorded for pending and threatened litigation are disclosed in Note 8. Amounts recoverable from insurance contracts or third parties are recorded as assets when deemed probable. At March 30, 2012, the Company did not record any amounts for recoveries from insurance contracts or third parties in connection with the amount of liabilities recorded for pending and threatened litigation. Legal defense costs are expensed as incurred. The Company believes it has recorded adequate provisions for its litigation matters. The Company reviews these provisions quarterly and adjusts these provisions to reflect the impact of negotiations, settlements, rulings, advice of legal counsel and other information and events pertaining to a particular matter. While it is reasonably possible that an unfavorable outcome may occur in one or more of the following matters, unless otherwise stated below, the Company believes that it is not probable that a loss has been incurred in any of these matters. With respect to the litigation matters below for which it is reasonably possible that an unfavorable outcome may occur, an estimate of loss or range of loss is disclosed when such amount or amounts can be reasonably estimated. Although the Company believes that it has valid defenses with respect to legal matters and investigations pending against it, the results of litigation can be difficult to predict, particularly those involving jury trials. Accordingly, our current judgment as to the likelihood of our loss (or our current estimate as to the potential range of loss, if applicable) with respect to any particular litigation matter may turn out to be wrong. Therefore, it is possible that the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of the Company could be materially adversely affected in any particular period by the unfavorable resolution of one or more of these or other contingencies.

Kalitta Air. On January 31, 1997, a predecessor of Kalitta Air filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California (the trial court) asserting, among other things, negligence and negligent misrepresentation against Central Texas Airborne Systems, Inc. (CTAS), a predecessor to L-3 Integrated Systems (L-3 IS), in connection with work performed by a predecessor to CTAS to convert two Boeing 747 aircraft from passenger configuration to cargo freighters. CTAS’ insurance carrier has accepted defense of this matter and has retained counsel, subject to a reservation of rights by the insurer to dispute its obligations under the applicable insurance policies in the event a judgment is ultimately rendered against CTAS. The work at issue in the lawsuit

 

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was performed using Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs) issued in 1988 by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). In 1996, following completion of the work, the FAA issued an airworthiness directive with respect to the STCs that effectively grounded the aircraft. On August 11, 2000, the trial court granted CTAS’ motion for summary judgment as to negligence, dismissing that claim. In January 2001, after a ruling by the trial court that excluded certain evidence from trial, a jury rendered a unanimous defense verdict in favor of CTAS on the negligent misrepresentation claim. On December 10, 2002, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (the Court of Appeals) reversed the trial court’s decisions as to summary judgment and the exclusion of evidence, and remanded the case for a new trial on both the negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims. The retrial ended on March 2, 2005 with a deadlocked jury and mistrial. On July 22, 2005, the trial court granted CTAS’ motion for judgment as a matter of law as to negligence, dismissing that claim, and denied CTAS’ motion for judgment as a matter of law as to negligent misrepresentation. On October 8, 2008, the Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s dismissal of the negligence claim and affirmed the trial court’s ruling as to the negligent misrepresentation claim. As a result, the case was remanded to the trial court to reconsider the negligence claim and for further proceedings on the negligent misrepresentation claim. The trial court held a new hearing on CTAS’ motion to dismiss the negligence claim on April 30, 2009, after which it determined to take the matter under advisement. A third jury trial for this matter began on October 31, 2011, during which Kalitta Air sought damages of approximately $235 million plus an unspecified amount of pre-judgment interest that, in other contexts, has been claimed by Kalitta Air to exceed $240 million. Following the completion of the third trial on November 30, 2011, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of CTAS, finding no negligence on the part of CTAS. The trial court entered a judgment upon the verdict on March 20, 2012, and Kalitta filed a notice of its intent to appeal on March 29, 2012.

Bashkirian Airways. On July 1, 2004, lawsuits were filed on behalf of the estates of 31 Russian children in the state courts of Washington, Arizona, California, Florida, New York and New Jersey against Honeywell, Honeywell TCAS, Thales USA, Thales France, the Company and Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems (ACSS), which is a joint venture of L-3 and Thales. The suits relate to the crash over southern Germany of Bashkirian Airways Tupelov TU 154M aircraft and a DHL Boeing 757 cargo aircraft. On-board the Tupelov aircraft were 9 crew members and 60 passengers, including 45 children. The Boeing aircraft carried a crew of two. Both aircraft were equipped with Honeywell/ACSS Model 2000, Change 7 Traffic Collision and Avoidance Systems (TCAS). Sensing the other aircraft, the on-board DHL TCAS instructed the DHL pilot to descend, and the Tupelov on-board TCAS instructed the Tupelov pilot to climb. However, the Swiss air traffic controller ordered the Tupelov pilot to descend. The Tupelov pilot disregarded the on-board TCAS and put the Tupelov aircraft into a descent striking the DHL aircraft in midair at approximately 35,000 feet. All crew and passengers of both planes were lost. Investigations by the National Transportation Safety Board after the crash revealed that both TCAS units were performing as designed. The suits allege negligence and strict product liability based upon the design of the units and the training provided to resolve conflicting commands and seek approximately $315 million in damages, including $150 million in punitive damages. The Company’s insurers have accepted defense of this matter and have retained counsel. The matters were consolidated in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, which has dismissed the actions on the basis of forum non conveniens. The plaintiffs re-filed a complaint on April 23, 2007 with the Barcelona Court’s Registry in Spain. On March 9, 2010, the court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and entered judgment against ACSS in the amount of approximately $6.7 million, all of which represented compensatory damages. The Company believes that the verdict and the damages awarded are inconsistent with the law and evidence presented. Accordingly, ACSS filed an appeal of this ruling on April 27, 2010. The plaintiffs also filed an appeal of this ruling on the same date. Oral argument on the appeals was held on January 11, 2012, and the parties are awaiting the court’s decision.

Gol Airlines. A complaint was filed on November 7, 2006 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York against ExcelAire, Joseph Lepore, Jan Paul Paladino, and Honeywell. On October 23, 2007, an

 

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amended complaint was filed to include Lockheed, Raytheon, Amazon Technologies and ACSS. The complaints relate to the September 29, 2006 airplane crash over Brazil of a Boeing 737-800 operated by GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes, S.A. and an Embraer 600 business jet operated by ExcelAire. The complaints allege that ACSS designed the TCAS on the ExcelAire jet, and assert claims of negligence, strict products liability and breach of warranty against ACSS based on the design of the TCAS and the instructions provided for its use. The complaints seek unspecified monetary damages, including punitive damages. The Company’s insurers have accepted defense of this matter and have retained counsel. On July 2, 2008, the District Court dismissed the actions on the basis of forum non conveniens on the grounds that Brazil was the location of the accident and is more convenient for witnesses and document availability. On December 2, 2009, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld this decision. Twelve of the plaintiffs re-filed their complaints in the Lower Civil Court in the Judicial District of Peixoto de Azevedo in Brazil on July 3, 2009, but withdrew their complaints in July 2010 without prejudice to their right to re-file them against ACSS. An additional four plaintiffs re-filed their complaints in the Lower Civil Court in Rio de Janeiro before the expiration of the statute of limitations. ACSS has not been served in any of these actions. While the statute of limitations has expired and would bar any additional plaintiffs (beyond the 16 noted above) from re-filing claims directly against ACSS, it would not bar GOL from filing a future suit against ACSS based on litigation claims being pursued by the original plaintiffs against GOL in connection with this matter. The Company is unable to estimate a range of loss that is reasonably possible for this matter because: (i) the proceedings are in early stages; (ii) there are significant factual issues to be resolved and (iii) there is uncertainty as to the outcome of the claims being pursued against GOL, and the Company’s knowledge of the proceedings relating to these claims is limited.

17.  Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

The following table summarizes the components of net periodic benefit cost for the Company’s pension and postretirement benefit plans.

 

 

     Pension Plans     Postretirement Benefit Plans  
     First Quarter Ended  
     March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011
    March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Components of net periodic benefit cost:

        

Service cost

   $     30      $     28      $     1      $     1   

Interest cost

     33        32        3        3   

Expected return on plan assets

     (35     (35     (1     (1

Amortization of prior service credits

                          (1

Amortization of net losses

     17        14                 

Curtailment loss

     1        1               1   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 46      $ 40      $ 3      $ 3   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Contributions.  For the year ending December 31, 2012, the Company currently expects to contribute cash of approximately $173 million to its pension plans, and approximately $13 million to its postretirement benefit plans. The Company contributed cash of $59 million to its pension plans and $3 million to its postretirement benefit plans during the quarter ended March 30, 2012.

 

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18.  Employee Stock-Based Compensation

On February 22, 2012, the Company granted stock-based compensation under the Amended and Restated 2008 Long Term Performance Plan (2008 LTPP) in the form of stock options, restricted stock units and performance units.

Stock Options.  The Company granted 778,705 stock options with an exercise price equal to the closing price of L-3 Holdings common stock on the date of grant. The options expire after 10 years from the date of grant and vest ratably over a three-year period on the annual anniversary of the date of grant. The options granted to our Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer are also subject to performance-based vesting conditions. The weighted average grant date fair value for the options awarded on February 22, 2012 was $11.33 and was estimated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The weighted average assumptions used in the valuation model for this grant are presented in the table below.

 

 

Expected holding period (in years)

     5.4   

Expected volatility

     27.0

Expected dividend yield

     3.6

Risk-free interest rate

     1.0

Restricted Stock Units. The Company granted 704,536 restricted stock units with a weighted average grant date fair value of $70.43 per share. Restricted stock units automatically convert into shares of L-3 Holdings common stock upon vesting, and are subject to forfeiture until certain restrictions have lapsed, including a three year cliff vesting period for employees and a one year cliff vesting period for non-employee directors, in each case starting on the date of grant.

Performance Units. The Company granted 63,966 performance units with a weighted average grant date fair value per unit of $70.43. The final payout for these units is based on the achievement of pre-determined EPS goals established by the compensation committee of the Company’s Board of Directors for the three-year period ending December 31, 2014. The payout can range from zero to 200% of the original number of units awarded, which are converted into shares of L-3 Holdings common stock based on the then existing closing price at the end of the performance period.

19.  Supplemental Cash Flow Information

 

 

       First Quarter Ended    
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Interest paid on outstanding debt

   $   48       $   62   

Income tax payments

     35         41   

Income tax refunds

     11         7   

 

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20.  Segment Information

The Company has four segments, which are described in Note 1. The tables below present net sales, operating income, depreciation and amortization and total assets by segment.

 

 

         First Quarter Ended      
     March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011(1)
 
     (in millions)  

Net Sales:

    

C3ISR

   $ 889      $ 770   

Government Services

     777        948   

AM&M

     670        643   

Electronic Systems

     1,354        1,328   

Elimination of intercompany sales

     (102     (88
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated total

   $   3,588      $   3,601   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating Income:

    

C3ISR

   $ 94      $ 93   

Government Services

     53        71   

AM&M

     63        66   

Electronic Systems

     153        160   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment total

     363        390   

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     6          
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated total

   $ 357      $ 390   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization:

    

C3ISR

   $ 11      $ 11   

Government Services

     7        8   

AM&M

     5        4   

Electronic Systems

     36        36   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated total

   $ 59      $ 59   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     March 30,
2012
    December 31,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Total Assets:

    

C3ISR

   $ 2,085      $ 2,021   

Government Services

     3,170        3,072   

AM&M

     2,011        1,922   

Electronic Systems

     7,930        7,555   

Corporate

     503        927   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated total

   $   15,699      $   15,497   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

(1) 

Effective January 1, 2012, the Company re-aligned a business unit’s management and organizational structure, as discussed in Note 2, and made a reclassification of sales of $19 million and an operating loss of $3 million from the C3ISR segment to the Electronic Systems segment for the quarter ended April 1, 2011. At December 31, 2011, $124 million of assets was reclassified from the C3ISR segment to the Electronic Systems segment.

 

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21.  Employee Severance and Termination Costs

Consistent with the Company’s strategy to continuously improve its cost structure and right-size its businesses, the Company has completed employment reduction actions across several of its businesses to reduce both direct and indirect costs, including overhead and general and administrative costs. As a result of these initiatives, the Company recorded a total of $24 million in employee severance and other termination costs for approximately 1,400 employees during the year ended December 31, 2011. The Company recorded $8 million in additional employee severance and other related termination costs for approximately 400 employees during the quarter ended March 30, 2012. Employee severance and other termination costs are reported within cost of sales on the unaudited condensed consolidated statement of operations. The remaining balance to be paid for these initiatives was $12 million at March 30, 2012. Information on employee severance and other termination costs incurred by reportable segment for the quarterly periods ended March 30, 2012 and April 1, 2011 is presented in the table below.

 

 

         First Quarter Ended      
     March 30,
2012
     April 1,
2011
 
     (in millions)  

Reportable Segment

     

C3ISR

   $       $   

Government Services

     1           

AM&M

     3           

Electronic Systems

     4         2   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Consolidated

   $       8       $       2   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

22.  Condensed Combining Financial Information of L-3 Communications and Its Subsidiaries

L-3 Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of L-3 Holdings. The debt of L-3 Communications, including the Senior Notes, Senior Subordinated Notes and borrowings under amounts drawn against the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility are guaranteed, on a joint and several, full and unconditional basis, by certain of its domestic subsidiaries (the “Guarantor Subsidiaries”). The debt of L-3 Holdings, including the CODES are guaranteed on a joint and several, full and unconditional basis, by L-3 Communications and certain of its domestic subsidiaries. See Note 10 to the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. The foreign subsidiaries and certain domestic subsidiaries of L-3 Communications (the “Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries”) do not guarantee the debt of L-3 Communications or L-3 Holdings. None of the debt of L-3 Communications has been issued by its subsidiaries. There are no restrictions on the payment of dividends from the Guarantor Subsidiaries to L-3 Communications.

Under the terms of the indentures governing the Senior Notes and Senior Subordinated Notes, the guarantees of the Senior Notes and the Senior Subordinated Notes will automatically and unconditionally be released and discharged: (1) upon the release of all guarantees of all other outstanding indebtedness of L-3 Communications Corporation and, in the case of the Senior Subordinated Notes, its restricted subsidiaries, or (2) upon the determination that such guarantor is no longer a “domestic subsidiary,” in the case of the Senior Notes, or upon the designation of such guarantor as an “unrestricted subsidiary,” in the case of the Senior Subordinated Notes. In addition, the guarantees of the Senior Notes and the Senior Subordinated Notes will automatically and unconditionally be released and discharged in the event of a sale or other disposition of all of the assets of any guarantor, by way of merger, consolidation or otherwise, or a sale or other disposition of all of the capital stock of such guarantor (provided that, in the case of the Senior Subordinated Notes, in the event of a sale or other

 

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AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

disposition of all of the assets of any guarantor, the net proceeds of such sale or disposition are applied in accordance with any applicable provisions of the senior subordinated indenture). In addition, under the terms of the indenture governing the CODES, the guarantees of the CODES will automatically and unconditionally be released and discharged upon: (1) the release of all guarantees of all other outstanding indebtedness of L-3 Holdings or any of its subsidiaries (other than a foreign subsidiary), (2) the designation of such guarantor as an “excluded subsidiary”, or (3) the sale or other disposition of all of the assets of any guarantor, by way of merger or consolidation, or a sale or other disposition of all of the capital stock of such guarantor.

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

The following unaudited condensed combining financial information presents the results of operations, financial position and cash flows of: (1) L-3 Holdings, excluding L-3 Communications and its consolidated subsidiaries (the “Parent”), (2) L-3 Communications, excluding its consolidated subsidiaries, (3) the Guarantor Subsidiaries, (4) the Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries, and (5) the eliminations to arrive at the information for L-3 on a consolidated basis.

 

 

    L-3
Holdings
(Parent)
    L-3
Communications
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Consolidated
L-3
 
    (in millions)  

Condensed Combining Balance Sheets:

           

At March 30, 2012:

           

Current assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

  $      $ 284      $ 8      $ 221      $ (20   $ 493   

Billed receivables, net

           322        698        248               1,268   

Contracts in process

           899        1,588        339               2,826   

Other current assets

           287        152        211               650   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

           1,792        2,446        1,019        (20     5,237   

Goodwill

           1,892        5,655        1,312               8,859   

Other assets

           673        717        213               1,603   

Investment in and amounts due from consolidated subsidiaries

    7,438        9,015        2,981               (19,434       
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

  $   7,438      $   13,372      $   11,799      $   2,544      $   (19,454   $   15,699   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current liabilities

  $      $ 883      $ 1,293      $ 612      $ (20   $ 2,768   

Amounts due to consolidated subsidiaries

                         285        (285       

Other long-term liabilities

           1,614        242        112               1,968   

Long-term debt

    689        4,126                      (689     4,126   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    689        6,623        1,535        1,009        (994     8,862   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

L-3 shareholders’ equity

    6,749        6,749        10,264        1,535        (18,548     6,749   

Noncontrolling interests

                                88        88   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

    6,749        6,749        10,264        1,535        (18,460     6,837   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

  $ 7,438      $ 13,372      $ 11,799      $ 2,544      $ (19,454   $ 15,699   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

At December 31, 2011:

           

Current assets:

           

Cash and cash equivalents

  $      $ 644      $ 2      $ 229      $ (111   $ 764   

Billed receivables, net

           377        639        224               1,240   

Contracts in process

           866        1,463        300               2,629   

Other current assets

           281        135        195               611   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

           2,168        2,239        948        (111     5,244   

Goodwill

           1,892        5,598        1,207               8,697   

Other assets

           678        685        193               1,556   

Investment in and amounts due from consolidated subsidiaries

    7,324        8,510        3,014               (18,848       
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

  $ 7,324      $ 13,248      $ 11,536      $ 2,348      $ (18,959   $ 15,497   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Current liabilities

  $      $ 865      $ 1,352      $ 584      $ (111   $ 2,690   

Amounts due to consolidated subsidiaries

                         229        (229       

Other long-term liabilities

           1,623        234        101               1,958   

Long-term debt

    689        4,125                      (689     4,125   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

    689        6,613        1,586        914        (1,029     8,773   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

L-3 shareholders’ equity

    6,635        6,635        9,950        1,434        (18,019     6,635   

Noncontrolling interests

                                89        89   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total equity

    6,635        6,635        9,950        1,434        (17,930     6,724   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

  $ 7,324      $ 13,248      $ 11,536      $ 2,348      $ (18,959   $ 15,497   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

 

    L-3
Holdings
(Parent)
    L-3
Communications
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Consolidated
L-3
 
    (in millions)  

Condensed Combining Statements of Operations:

           

For the quarter ended March 30, 2012:

           

Total net sales

  $      $   887      $   2,162      $   616      $ (77   $   3,588   

Total cost of sales

    14        811        1,965        532        (91     3,231   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating (loss) income

    (14     76        197        84        14        357   

Interest and other income, net

           3               1               4   

Interest expense

    5        52                      (5     52   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

    (19     27        197        85        19        309   

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

    (7     10        67        29        7        106   

Equity in net income of consolidated subsidiaries

      213        184                      (397       
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

    201        201        130        56        (385     203   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

                                2        2   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to L-3

  $ 201      $ 201      $ 130      $ 56      $   (387   $ 201   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to L-3

  $ 244      $ 244      $ 132      $ 85      $ (461   $ 244   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the quarter ended April 1, 2011:

           

Total net sales

  $      $ 852      $ 2,235      $ 600      $ (86   $ 3,601   

Total cost of sales

    15        746        2,024        528        (102     3,211   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating (loss) income

    (15     106        211        72        16        390   

Interest and other income (expense), net

           31        (2     1        (28     2   

Interest expense

    7        62        27        1        (34     63   

Debt retirement charge

           18                             18   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

(Loss) income before income taxes

    (22     57        182        72        22        311   

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

    (7     19        61        24        7        104   

Equity in net income of consolidated subsidiaries

    219        166                      (385       
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

    204        204        121        48        (370     207   

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

                                3        3   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to L-3

  $ 204      $ 204      $ 121      $ 48      $ (373   $ 204   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income attributable to L-3

  $ 265      $ 265      $ 120      $ 99      $ (484   $ 265   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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L-3 COMMUNICATIONS HOLDINGS, INC.

AND L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

 

 

    L-3
Holdings
(Parent)
    L-3
Communications
    Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Non-
Guarantor
Subsidiaries
    Eliminations     Consolidated
L-3
 
    (in millions)  

Condensed Combining Statements of Cash Flows:

           

For the quarter ended March 30, 2012:

           

Operating activities:

           

Net cash from operating activities

  $     187      $      67      $ 77      $ 33      $ (227   $ 137   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities:

           

Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

           (205                          (205

Investments in L-3 Communications

    (13                          13          

Other investing activities

           (16     (10     (3            (29
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

    (13     (221     (10     (3     13        (234
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities:

           

Common stock repurchased

    (138                                 (138

Dividends paid on L-3 Holdings common stock

    (49                                 (49

Dividends paid to L-3 Holdings

           (187                   187          

Investments from L-3 Holdings

           13                      (13       

Other financing activities

    13        (32     (61     (43     131        8   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

    (174     (206     (61     (43         305        (179
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash

                         5               5   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

           (360     6        (8     91        (271

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

           644        2        229        (111     764   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

  $      $ 284      $ 8      $   221      $ (20   $     493   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

For the quarter ended April 1, 2011:

           

Operating activities:

           

Net cash from operating activities

  $ 265      $ 54      $     181      $ 27      $ (307   $ 220   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Investing activities:

           

Investments in L-3 Communications

    (16                          16          

Other investing activities

           (18     (12     (4            (34
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

    (16     (18     (12     (4     16        (34
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Financing activities:

           

Proceeds from sale of senior notes

           646                             646   

Redemption of senior subordinated notes

    (11     (650                          (661

Common stock repurchased

    (205                                 (205

Dividends paid on L-3 Holdings common stock

    (49                                 (49

Dividends paid to L-3 Holdings

           (265                   265          

Investments from L-3 Holdings

           16                      (16       

Other financing activities

    16        131        (167     (78     110        12   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

    (249     (122     (167     (78     359        (257
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Effect of foreign currency exchange rate changes on cash

                         12               12   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net (decrease) increase in cash

           (86     2        (43     68        (59

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period

           257        3        482        (135     607   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period

  $      $ 171      $ 5      $ 439      $ (67   $ 548   
 

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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ITEM 2.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL

CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Overview and Outlook

L-3’s Business

L-3 is a prime contractor in Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and government services. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms. Our customers include the United States (U.S.) Department of Defense (DoD) and its prime contractors, U.S. Government intelligence agencies, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Department of State (DoS), U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), allied foreign governments, domestic and foreign commercial customers, and select other U.S. federal, state and local government agencies.

For the year ended December 31, 2011, we generated sales of $15.2 billion. Our primary customer was the DoD. The table below presents a summary of our 2011 sales by end customer and the percent contributed by each to our total 2011 sales. We currently do not anticipate significant changes to our end customer sales mix for the year ending December 31, 2012.

 

     2011 Sales      % of

2011 Sales

 
     (in millions)         

DoD

   $ 11,321         75

Other U.S. Government

     1,113             7   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total U.S. Government

     12,434         82

Foreign governments

     1,200         8   

Commercial — foreign

     905         6   

Commercial — domestic

     630             4   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total sales

   $ 15,169         100
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

We have the following four reportable segments: (1) C3ISR, (2) Government Services, (3) Aircraft Modernization and Maintenance (AM&M), and (4) Electronic Systems. Financial information with respect to each of our reportable segments is included in Note 20 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. C3ISR provides products and services for the global ISR market, C3 systems, networked communications systems and secure communications products. We believe that these products and services are critical elements for a substantial number of major command, control and communication, intelligence gathering and space systems. These products and services are used to connect a variety of airborne, space, ground and sea-based communication systems and are used in the transmission, processing, recording, monitoring, and dissemination functions of these communication systems. Government Services provides a full range of systems engineering and technical assistance (SETA), training, operational support, cyber security, intelligence, enterprise IT and security solutions services to the DoD, DoS, DoJ, and U.S. Government intelligence agencies and allied foreign governments. AM&M provides modernization, upgrades and sustainment, maintenance and logistics support services for military and various government aircraft and other platforms. We sell these services primarily to the DoD, the Canadian Department of Defense and other allied foreign governments. Electronic Systems provides a broad range of products and services, including components, products, subsystems, systems, and related services to military and commercial customers in several niche markets across several business areas, including microwave, power & control systems, integrated sensor systems, aviation products, simulation & training, warrior systems, precision engagement, security & detection, space & propulsion, undersea warfare and marine services.

Industry Considerations

As described above, sales to the DoD represent approximately 75% of our total sales. The U.S. Government fiscal year ends on September 30th. From fiscal year (FY) 2000 to FY 2010, the DoD budget, including wartime

 

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funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) grew at a compound annual rate of approximately 9%. The total DoD budget (base and OCO) for FY 2011 was approximately flat compared to fiscal year 2010. During the year ended December 31, 2011, the U.S. Government completed its drawdown of U.S. military troops from Iraq, and began to drawdown troops from Afghanistan, in accordance with the Obama Administration plan to complete the drawdown from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. While the U.S. is expected to maintain a presence in the Middle East to deter aggression and prevent the emergence of new threats, there will be a rebalance toward other regions of the world such as the Asia-Pacific theatre. In addition, the U.S. Government has been under increasing pressure to reduce the U.S. fiscal budget deficit and national spending.

In August 2011, Congress enacted the Budget Control Act of 2011 (the BCA). The BCA immediately imposes spending caps that contain approximately $487 billion in reductions to the DoD base budgets over the next ten years (FY 2012 to FY 2021), compared to previously proposed DoD base budgets for the same fiscal years. An automatic sequestration process was also triggered and becomes effective on January 3, 2013, unless modified by the enactment of new law. The sequestration process imposes additional cuts of approximately $50 billion per year to the currently proposed DoD budgets for each fiscal year beginning with FY 2013 through FY 2021, for which FY 2013 to FY 2017 proposed DoD budgets are presented below.

On February 13, 2012, President Obama submitted his FY 2013 proposed budget (FY 2013 DoD Plan) to Congress, which complies with the first phase of the BCA imposed spending cuts. The FY 2013 DoD Plan reduces proposed DoD base budgets by $259 billion for FY 2013 to FY 2017, compared to the previously proposed DoD base budgets. The FY 2013 DoD Plan does not address or provision for the automatic sequestration process. The FY 2013 DoD Plan reflects a revised national security strategy that includes a more disciplined use of resources from: (1) various efficiency initiatives, (2) military force structure reductions, (3) equipment modernization savings, including program terminations, restructuring and deferrals, and (4) military personnel compensation changes. The table below presents the enacted DoD budget (base and OCO) for FY 2012 and the proposed DoD budgets for FY 2013 to FY 2017, as provided in the FY 2013 DoD Plan.

 

Fiscal Year

   Base      OCO      Total      Annual
Total
Budget
Change
 
     (in billions)  

2012

   $ 530.6      $ 115.1      $ 645.7        -6

2013

   $ 525.4      $ 88.5      $ 613.9        -5

2014

   $ 533.6      $ 44.2      $ 577.8        -6

2015

   $ 545.9      $ 44.2      $ 590.1        2

2016

   $ 555.9      $ 44.2      $ 600.1        2

2017

   $ 567.3      $ 44.2      $ 611.5        2

The FY 2013 DoD Plan is expected to continue to focus on advanced ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance), communications, strike aircraft, precision-guided weapons, unmanned systems, networked information technologies, cyber security, special operations forces, missile defense and space programs, and generally, systems and capabilities that are critical to both conventional and irregular warfare, and the ability to project power in denied environments. We believe L-3 is well positioned to benefit from the DoD’s focus in several of these areas. The declining DoD budgets, however, will reduce funding for some of our revenue arrangements and generally, will have a negative impact on our sales, results of operations and cash flows. Additionally, the planned withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 is expected to negatively impact our sales related to supporting U.S. military operations in Afghanistan.

Key Performance Measures

The primary financial performance measures that L-3 uses to manage its businesses and monitor results of operations are sales and operating income trends. The two main determinants of our operating income are sales and operating margin. We define operating margin as operating income as a percentage of sales. Management believes that sales growth and operating margin improvements are financial performance measures of the

 

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primary growth drivers for L-3’s earnings per common share and net cash from operating activities. Generally, in evaluating our businesses and contract performance, we focus on net sales, operating income and operating margin, and not by type or amount of operating expenses. As a result of this approach and the general nature of our operations, the discussion of results of operations focuses on changes in net sales and operating margin.

One of L-3’s primary business objectives is to increase sales from organic growth and select business acquisitions. We define organic sales growth as the increase or decrease in sales for the current period compared to the prior period, excluding sales in the: (1) current period from business acquisitions that are included in L-3’s actual results of operations for less than twelve months, and (2) prior period from business divestitures that are included in L-3’s actual results of operations for the twelve-month period prior to the divestiture date. We expect to supplement our organic sales growth by selectively acquiring businesses that: (1) add important new technologies and products, (2) provide access to select customers, programs and contracts, and (3) provide attractive returns on investment.

Sales Trend. For the year ended December 31, 2011, consolidated net sales of $15,169 million declined by 3.3%, due to a decline in organic sales of 4.3%, partially offset by net sales from business acquisitions of 1.0%. For the quarter ended March 30, 2012 (2012 First Quarter), consolidated net sales of $3,588 million declined by $13 million, or 0.4%, due to a decline in organic sales of $37 million, or 1.0%, partially offset by net sales from acquisitions of $24 million, or 0.6%, compared to the quarter ended April 1, 2011 (2011 First Quarter).

For the year ended December 31, 2011, our largest contract (revenue arrangement) in terms of annual sales was the Fort Rucker Maintenance Support contract with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, which is included in our AM&M segment. Under this contract, which generated approximately 3% of our 2011 sales, we provide maintenance and logistical support services for rotary wing aircraft assigned to Fort Rucker and satellite units in Alabama. The current contract is expected to end on September 30, 2012. We submitted our proposal in November 2011 for the contract re-competition and anticipate the award will be made by July 2012. We cannot provide any assurance that we will win the re-competition of the Fort Rucker Maintenance support contract.

Operating Income Trend. Operating income for the 2012 First Quarter was $357 million, a decrease of 8% from $390 million for the 2011 First Quarter. Our operating margin was 10.0% for the 2012 First Quarter, a decrease of 80 basis points from 10.8% for the 2011 First Quarter. Operating income for the 2012 First Quarter included $6 million of transaction expenses for the Engility spin-off further discussed below. Excluding the spin-off costs, our segment operating income was $363 million for the 2012 First Quarter, a decrease of 7% from $390 million for the 2011 First Quarter, and our segment operating margin was 10.1% for the 2012 First Quarter, a decrease of 70 basis points from 10.8% for the 2011 First Quarter. See Results of Operations, including segment results below for a discussion of operating margin.

We are focused on increasing operating margin, to the extent possible, by reducing our indirect costs and improving our overall contract performance. Our 2012 First Quarter operating margin was lower than our prior year comparative period operating margin and we expect our 2012 annual operating margin to decline as compared to 2011. While we are taking action to increase operating margin, these actions may not be successful. Furthermore, in the future, select business acquisitions and select new business, including contract renewals and new contracts, could have lower operating margins than L-3’s operating margin on existing business and contracts. Changes in the competitive environment and DoD procurement practices and reductions in our consolidated sales levels could also result in lower operating margin.

Spin-off of Businesses that will comprise Engility

As previously announced, we plan to spin-off a part of our Government Services segment into a new, independent and publicly traded company that will be named Engility. We filed Engility’s initial registration statement on March 29, 2012, and we expect the spin-off to occur around the middle of this year. Upon completion of the spin-off, L-3 shareholders will own 100% of the shares of both L-3 and Engility.

Under the plan, Engility will include the SETA, training and operational support services businesses that are currently part of L-3’s Government Services segment. L-3 will retain the cyber security, intelligence, enterprise IT and security solutions businesses that are also part of L-3’s Government Services segment. The Government

 

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Services segment will be renamed National Security Solutions (NSS) upon completion of the spin-off, and will continue to leverage synergies across L-3 to develop unique solutions to address growing challenges for our DoD, intelligence and global security customers.

The businesses that will comprise Engility had sales of $427 million and operating margin (excluding $6 million of transaction expenses for the spin-off) of 7.9% for the 2012 First Quarter, compared to net sales of $542 million and operating margin of 8.7% for the 2011 First Quarter. Excluding the Engility businesses, consolidated net sales for the 2012 First Quarter would have increased by 3% to $3,161 million from $3,059 for the 2011 First Quarter and segment operating margin for the 2012 First Quarter would have decreased by 80 basis points to 10.4% from 11.2% for the 2011 First Quarter.

Other Events

2012 Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility. On February 3, 2012, we amended and restated our $1 billion Revolving Credit Facility, which extended the expiration date to February 3, 2017. The terms of the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility are substantially consistent with the terms of this facility prior to its amendment and restatement except that: (1) provisions that previously limited the ability of L-3 Communications to pay dividends, repurchase L-3 Holdings’ common stock and make other distributions with respect to any capital stock were eliminated, (2) a provision that previously limited the ability of L-3 Communications to make investments in L-3 Holdings was made less restrictive and (3) the cost of borrowings, loan commitment fees and letter of credit fees were reduced. In addition, the Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility provides for uncommitted incremental revolving facilities and additional term loan facilities in an aggregate principal amount of up to $500 million. See Note 9 of our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report for additional information regarding the amendment of our $1 billion Amended and Restated Revolving Credit Facility.

Business Acquisitions and Dispositions

Our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 summarizes the business acquisitions and business dispositions that we completed during the three years ended December 31, 2011. Also, see Note 4 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report for a discussion of the business acquisition completed during the 2012 First Quarter. During the 2012 First Quarter, we used $205 million of cash for the KEO business acquisition. All of our business acquisitions are included in our consolidated results of operations from their dates of acquisition. We regularly evaluate potential business acquisitions. We may also dispose of certain businesses or product lines if we determine that they no longer fit into L-3’s overall business strategy and we are able to receive an attractive price.

On April 13, 2012, the Company acquired the assets and liabilities of MAVCO, Inc, an audio, video lighting and broadcast systems integration business, primarily for cruise lines, for $10 million.

On April 7, 2012, we entered into an agreement to acquire all the assets of Thales Training & Simulation Ltd’s (TTS) civil aircraft simulation and training business for approximately $132 million, which we expect to fund with cash on hand. TTS is a leading manufacturer of flight simulation systems for the civil aviation market. We anticipate completing this acquisition during the third quarter of 2012, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Results of Operations

The following information should be read in conjunction with our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report. Our results of operations for the periods presented are affected by our business acquisitions. See Note 4 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report for a discussion of our 2012 business acquisition and Note 4 to our audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, for a discussion of our 2011 business acquisitions.

 

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Consolidated Results of Operations

The table below provides selected financial data for L-3 for the 2012 First Quarter compared with the 2011 First Quarter.

 

      First Quarter Ended         
(in millions, except per share data)    March 30,
         2012        
    April 1,
         2011        
    Increase/
(decrease)
 

Net sales

   $     3,588      $     3,601      $     (13    

Operating income

   $ 357      $ 390      $ (33    

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     6        —          6       
    

 

 

   

 

 

       

Segment operating income

   $ 363      $ 390      $ (27    
    

 

 

   

 

 

       

Operating margin

     10.0     10.8     (80     bpts   

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     0.1     —          10        bpts   
    

 

 

   

 

 

       

Segment operating margin

     10.1     10.8     (70     bpts   

Net interest expense and other income

   $ 48      $ 79      $ (31    

Effective income tax rate

     34.3     33.4     90        bpts   

Net income attributable to L-3

   $ 201      $ 204      $ (3    

Diluted earnings per share

   $ 2.01      $ 1.85      $ 0.16       

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

     100.2        109.5        (9.3        

Net Sales: For the 2012 First Quarter, consolidated net sales of $3.6 billion were 0.4% lower than the 2011 First Quarter. Sales growth from the Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C3ISR) and Aircraft Modernization and Maintenance (AM&M) segments was offset by lower sales from the Government Services segment. Acquired businesses, which are all included in the Electronic Systems segment, added $24 million to net sales in the 2012 First Quarter. Net sales to commercial customers grew 13% to $387 million for the 2012 First Quarter compared to $344 million for the 2011 First Quarter.

Sales from services, primarily from our Government Services, AM&M and C3ISR segments, decreased by $36 million to $1,834 million, representing approximately 51% of consolidated net sales for the 2012 First Quarter, compared to $1,870 million, or approximately 52% of consolidated net sales for the 2011 First Quarter. Sales from services decreased primarily due to: (1) less demand for linguist, law enforcement and intelligence support services for the U.S. and coalition forces due to the drawdown of U.S. military forces from Iraq and (2) contract losses in 2011, primarily for staff support services for U.S. Army and information technology (IT) support services for select non-DoD U.S. Government agencies. These decreases were partially offset, primarily by higher sales for Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) services for a U.S. Army rotary wing aircraft contract and C-12 aircraft maintenance, and airborne ISR logistics support and fleet management services for the DoD.

Sales from products, which primarily include products from our C3ISR and Electronic Systems segments, increased by $23 million to $1,754 million, representing approximately 49% of consolidated net sales for the 2012 First Quarter, compared to $1,731 million for the 2011 First Quarter, or approximately 48% of consolidated net sales for the 2011 First Quarter. The increase in product sales was primarily due to sales from the KEO business acquisition and organic sales growth primarily for networked communication systems for manned and unmanned platforms, airborne Electro-Optical/Infrared (EO/IR) turrets, more deliveries of power devices for satellite communications systems and higher sales for commercial shipbuilding products. These increases were partially offset by decreases due to lower: (1) sales for warrior systems, including image intensification tubes, night vision and illumination products, (2) Joint Cargo Aircraft (JCA) volume and (3) DoD demand for tactical quiet generators.

See the segment results below for additional discussion of our segment sales.

Operating income and operating margin: Operating income for the 2012 First Quarter decreased by $33 million compared to the 2011 First Quarter. Operating income as a percentage of sales (operating margin) decreased by 80 basis points to 10.0% for the 2012 First Quarter compared to 10.8% for the 2011 First Quarter.

Segment operating income for the 2012 First Quarter decreased by $27 million compared to the 2011 First Quarter. Segment operating margin decreased by 70 basis points to 10.1% for the 2012 First Quarter compared to 10.8% for the 2011 First Quarter, primarily due to lower operating margins in the C3ISR and Electronic Systems

 

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segments compared to the 2011 First Quarter. Higher pension expense of $6 million in the 2012 First Quarter reduced segment operating margin by 20 basis points. See segment results below for additional discussion of our operating margin.

Net interest expense and other income: Net interest expense and other income decreased by $31 million for the 2012 First Quarter compared to the same period last year. The 2011 First Quarter includes an $18 million debt retirement charge ($11 million after income tax, or $0.10 per diluted share). The remaining decrease was primarily due to lower interest rates on outstanding debt.

Effective income tax rate: The effective tax rate for the 2012 First Quarter increased by 90 basis points compared to the same period last year, primarily due to the expiration of the U.S. Federal research and experimentation tax credit on December 31, 2011.

Net income attributable to L-3 and diluted earnings per share: Net income attributable to L-3 in the 2012 First Quarter decreased 1% to $201 million compared to $204 million in the 2011 First Quarter, and diluted earnings per share increased 9% to $2.01 from $1.85. As discussed above, the 2011 First Quarter includes a debt retirement charge of $18 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding: Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding for the 2012 First Quarter decreased by 9.3 million shares compared to the same period last year. The decrease was due to repurchases of our common stock in connection with our share repurchase program authorized by our Board of Directors, partially offset by additional shares issued in connection with various employee stock-based compensation programs and contributions to employee savings plans made in common stock.

Segment Results of Operations

The table below presents selected data by segment reconciled to consolidated totals. See Note 20 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report for additional segment data.

 

     First Quarter Ended  
     March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011(1)
 
     (dollars in millions)  

Net sales:(2)

    

C3ISR

   $ 886.1      $ 766.3   

Government Services

     775.1        946.8   

AM&M

     614.0        592.9   

Electronic Systems

     1,312.6        1,295.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated net sales

   $ 3,587.8      $ 3,601.4   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income:

    

C3ISR

   $ 93.5      $ 92.4   

Government Services

     52.8        71.0   

AM&M

     63.1        66.0   

Electronic Systems

     153.5        160.2   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Segment operating income

     362.9        389.6   

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     6.0        —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated operating income

   $ 356.9      $ 389.6   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating margin:

    

C3ISR

     10.6     12.1

Government Services

     6.8     7.5

AM&M

     10.3     11.1

Electronic Systems

     11.7     12.4

Segment operating margin

     10.1     10.8

Engility spin-off transaction expenses

     (0.1 )%      —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Consolidated operating margin

     10.0     10.8
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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(1) 

Effective January 1, 2012, we re-aligned a business unit’s management and organizational structure, as discussed in Note 2 to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements contained in this quarterly report, and made a reclassification of sales of $19.3 million and an operating loss of $2.9 million from the C3ISR segment to the Electronic Systems segment for the quarter ended April 1, 2011.

(2) 

Net sales are after intercompany eliminations.

C3ISR

 

      First Quarter Ended         
      March 30,
2012
    April 1,
2011
    Increase/
(decrease)
 
      (dollars in millions)  

Net sales

     $    886.1        $    766.3        $    119.8       

Operating income

     $      93.5