Exelis Inc. (XLS) Tops Views

Exelis Inc. (XLS) reported fourth quarter EPS of $0.47 before the opening bell Friday, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.45. Revenues increased 1.2% from last year to $933 million. Analysts expected revenues of $912.04 million. The company generated $112 million in free cash flow in Q4’14.

For the full-year 2014, Exelis reported revs from continuing operations of $3.3 billion. Adjusted EPS for the same period came in at $1.23, 29 percent greater than 2013. Free cash flow for the year was $114 million.

On valuation measures, Exelis Inc. shares, which currently have an average 3-month trading volume of 2.67 million shares, trade at a trailing-12 P/E of 19.42, a forward P/E of 18.97 and a P/E to growth ratio of (3.33). The median Wall Street price target on the name is $23.75 with a high target of $24.50. Currently ticker boasts 3 ‘Buy’ endorsements, compared to 3 ’Holds’ and no ‘Sell’.

Profitability-wise, XLS has a t-12 profit and operating margin of 5.46% and 10.20%, respectively. The $4.53 billion market cap company reported $510.00 million in cash vs. $778.00 million in debt in its most recent quarter.

XLS currently prints a one year return of about 27.80% and a year-to-date return of around 38.50%.

The chart below shows where the equity has traded over the last 52 weeks.

Exelis Inc. is a global aerospace, defense, information and services company that provides intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance related products and systems in the United States and internationally. The company was incorporated in 2011 and is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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