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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 8/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.29
GD's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
89% of the 371 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.41 vs. GD: 1.29 )
GD' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.05   Max: 3.31
Current: 1.29

0.05
3.31
Equity to Asset 0.34
GD's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
70% of the 362 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.35 vs. GD: 0.34 )
GD' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.33   Max: 0.53
Current: 0.34

0.33
0.53
Interest Coverage 37.76
GD's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
88% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 12.28 vs. GD: 37.76 )
GD' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.96   Max: 37.76
Current: 37.76

4.96
37.76
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.47
M-Score: -2.80
WACC vs ROIC
6.52%
23.70%
WACC
ROIC
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 7/10

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Operating margin (%) 12.88
GD's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
91% of the 374 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 6.91 vs. GD: 12.88 )
GD' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 2.64   Max: 13.43
Current: 12.88

2.64
13.43
Net-margin (%) 8.46
GD's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 374 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 4.49 vs. GD: 8.46 )
GD' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -1.05   Max: 9.82
Current: 8.46

-1.05
9.82
ROE (%) 21.01
GD's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
94% of the 358 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 9.18 vs. GD: 21.01 )
GD' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.7   Max: 31.51
Current: 21.01

-2.7
31.51
ROA (%) 7.64
GD's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
93% of the 374 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.68 vs. GD: 7.64 )
GD' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.96   Max: 15.13
Current: 7.64

-0.96
15.13
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 113.05
GD's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
99% of the 373 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 18.44 vs. GD: 113.05 )
GD' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 18.28   Max: 177.43
Current: 113.05

18.28
177.43
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.50
GD's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
72% of the 338 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 4.80 vs. GD: 0.50 )
GD' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0.5   Max: 20.9
Current: 0.5

0.5
20.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.10
GD's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
76% of the 279 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 6.20 vs. GD: 2.10 )
GD' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -30   Max: 27.1
Current: 2.1

-30
27.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 4.10
GD's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 249 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 5.70 vs. GD: 4.10 )
GD' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1   Max: 26.8
Current: 4.1

1
26.8
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
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Guru Trades

Q2 2014

GD Guru Trades in Q2 2014

John Burbank 31,441 sh (+53.68%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 37,225 sh (+25.65%)
Ken Fisher 13,266 sh (+0.86%)
Tom Russo 3,000 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 2,200 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 29,867 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 387,000 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 100,000 sh (unchged)
Jim Simons Sold Out
David Dreman Sold Out
Caxton Associates Sold Out
Jean-Marie Eveillard Sold Out
Richard Snow Sold Out
James Barrow 11,661,644 sh (-0.21%)
Richard Pzena 223,500 sh (-39.20%)
Joel Greenblatt 62,821 sh (-44.05%)
Jeremy Grantham 55,137 sh (-44.90%)
Bestinfond 75,779 sh (-78.91%)
Paul Tudor Jones 6,442 sh (-80.25%)
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Q3 2014

GD Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Steven Cohen 102,100 sh (New)
John Burbank 45,644 sh (+45.17%)
Ken Fisher 13,820 sh (+4.18%)
Tom Gayner 387,000 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 3,000 sh (unchged)
Prem Watsa 2,200 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 29,867 sh (unchged)
Bestinfond Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Richard Pzena 222,875 sh (-0.28%)
James Barrow 11,548,062 sh (-0.97%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 36,858 sh (-0.99%)
Joel Greenblatt 7,164 sh (-88.60%)
Jeremy Grantham 3,537 sh (-93.59%)
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Q4 2014

GD Guru Trades in Q4 2014

Pioneer Investments 1,782 sh (New)
Jim Simons 1,436,400 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 13,666 sh (New)
Joel Greenblatt 557,194 sh (+7677.69%)
Jeremy Grantham 24,370 sh (+589.00%)
Ken Fisher 14,147 sh (+2.37%)
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 37,165 sh (+0.83%)
James Barrow 11,592,135 sh (+0.38%)
Bernard Horn 29,867 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 387,000 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 3,000 sh (unchged)
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Richard Pzena Sold Out
John Burbank Sold Out
Prem Watsa 1,500 sh (-31.82%)
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Q1 2015

GD Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 36,625 sh (-1.45%)
Ken Fisher 13,816 sh (-2.34%)
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Guru Investment Theses on General Dynamics Corp

Bernard Horn Comments on General Dynamics - Oct 30, 2014

General Dynamics (GD) was the only positive performer in the sector, as the company capitalized on three business trends: 1) its Gulfstream business jet sales reached pre-recession levels, with a strong order book; 2) it received a $300 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build nuclear submarines (with the prospect for orders of more than $1.5 billion) and 3) it signed a $5.7 billion deal with the British government for new armored fighting vehicles. In a world of continued geopolitical turmoil, General Dynamics’ defense business has been an effective hedger and performer.

From Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Polaris Global Value Fund Q3 2014 Shareholder Letter.

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Bernard Horn Comments on General Dynamics - Aug 07, 2014

General Dynamics (GD) was up on positive earnings news, with growth in the aerospace sector and a hefty backlog in combat and marine systems.

From Bernard Horn (Trades, Portfolio)’s Polaris Global Value Fund Second Quarter 2014 Shareholder Letter.

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Top Ranked Articles about General Dynamics Corp

Bernard Horn Comments on General Dynamics
General Dynamics (GD) was the only positive performer in the sector, as the company capitalized on three business trends: 1) its Gulfstream business jet sales reached pre-recession levels, with a strong order book; 2) it received a $300 million contract from the U.S. Navy to build nuclear submarines (with the prospect for orders of more than $1.5 billion) and 3) it signed a $5.7 billion deal with the British government for new armored fighting vehicles. In a world of continued geopolitical turmoil, General Dynamics’ defense business has been an effective hedger and performer. Read more...
Bernard Horn Comments on General Dynamics
General Dynamics (GD) was up on positive earnings news, with growth in the aerospace sector and a hefty backlog in combat and marine systems. Read more...

Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 17.50
GD's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
88% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 30.80 vs. GD: 17.50 )
GD' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.8   Max: 21.55
Current: 17.5

5.8
21.55
Forward P/E 15.41
GD's Forward P/E is ranked higher than
75% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 20.12 vs. GD: 15.41 )
N/A
PE(NRI) 17.00
GD's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
91% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 30.60 vs. GD: 17.00 )
GD' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.75   Max: 19.64
Current: 17

5.75
19.64
P/B 4.10
GD's P/B is ranked higher than
58% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. GD: 4.10 )
GD' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.37   Max: 4.1
Current: 4.1

1.37
4.1
P/S 1.50
GD's P/S is ranked higher than
55% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.21 vs. GD: 1.50 )
GD' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.47   Max: 1.65
Current: 1.5

0.47
1.65
PFCF 13.40
GD's PFCF is ranked higher than
89% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 260.69 vs. GD: 13.40 )
GD' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.2   Max: 18.12
Current: 13.4

6.2
18.12
POCF 11.76
GD's POCF is ranked higher than
86% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 19.80 vs. GD: 11.76 )
GD' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.12   Max: 15.28
Current: 11.76

5.12
15.28
EV-to-EBIT 10.96
GD's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
93% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 21.91 vs. GD: 10.96 )
GD' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.4   Max: 38.3
Current: 10.96

4.4
38.3
Shiller P/E 23.50
GD's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
81% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 48.02 vs. GD: 23.50 )
GD' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.02   Max: 25.46
Current: 23.5

8.02
25.46
Current Ratio 1.25
GD's Current Ratio is ranked higher than
65% of the 373 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. GD: 1.25 )
GD' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91   Max: 3.43
Current: 1.25

0.91
3.43
Quick Ratio 0.99
GD's Quick Ratio is ranked higher than
73% of the 370 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.99 vs. GD: 0.99 )
GD' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.38   Max: 2.9
Current: 0.99

0.38
2.9
Days Inventory 45.79
GD's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
92% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 123.94 vs. GD: 45.79 )
GD' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 29.44   Max: 94.48
Current: 45.79

29.44
94.48
Days Sales Outstanding 42.60
GD's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
90% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 65.32 vs. GD: 42.60 )
GD' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 9.89   Max: 75.59
Current: 42.6

9.89
75.59

Dividend & Buy Back

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Dividend Yield 1.80
GD's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
54% of the 257 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.77 vs. GD: 1.80 )
GD' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.85   Max: 4.88
Current: 1.8

0.85
4.88
Dividend Payout 0.30
GD's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
84% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.44 vs. GD: 0.30 )
GD' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.14   Max: 0.58
Current: 0.3

0.14
0.58
Dividend growth (3y) 9.80
GD's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
83% of the 200 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 8.70 vs. GD: 9.80 )
GD' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0.8   Max: 19.8
Current: 9.8

0.8
19.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.69
GD's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
60% of the 264 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 2.20 vs. GD: 2.69 )
GD' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.27   Max: 7.3
Current: 2.69

1.27
7.3
Share Buyback Rate 2.40
GD's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
96% of the 291 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: -0.50 vs. GD: 2.40 )
GD' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.1   Max: -17
Current: 2.4

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 1.30
GD's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
87% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. GD: 1.30 )
GD' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 4.32
Current: 1.3

0.44
4.32
Price/Median PS Value 1.40
GD's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
70% of the 406 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. GD: 1.40 )
GD' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.51   Max: 1.63
Current: 1.4

0.51
1.63
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 9.20
GD's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
91% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 5.20 vs. GD: 9.20 )
GD' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 2.6   Max: 23
Current: 9.2

2.6
23
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 1.93
GD's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
74% of the 259 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 9.05 vs. GD: 1.93 )
GD' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -11.2   Max: 31.3
Current: 1.93

-11.2
31.3

Business Description

Industry: Aerospace & Defense » Aerospace & Defense
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Traded in other countries:GDX.Germany, GD.Mexico,
General Dynamics Corp was incorporated in Delaware in 1952. It is an aerospace and defense company. The Company offers products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; shipbuilding; and communication and information technology systems and solutions. It has four business segments, Aerospace, Combat Systems, Marine Systems and Information Systems and Technology. The Aerospace segment designs, manufactures and outfits Gulfstream business-jet aircraft, provides aircraft services including maintenance and repair work, fixed-based operations and aircraft management services and performs aircraft completions for aircraft produced by other OEMs. Its Combat Systems segment offers systems engineering, spanning design, development, manufacture and support of tracked and wheeled military vehicles, weapons systems and munitions for the United States and its allies. Its product lines includes wheeled combat and tactical vehicles, main battle tanks and tracked combat vehicles, munitions and armaments, axle and drivetrain components and aftermarket parts, and support and sustainment services. The portfolio of platforms in U.S. military vehicles business includes the Stryker wheeled combat vehicle, the Abrams main battle tank and the Buffalo route clearance vehicle. The Company's Marine Systems segment designs, builds and supports submarines and surface ships. Its portfolio of platforms and capabilities includes nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatants, auxiliary and combat-logistics ships, commercial Jones Act ships, design and engineering support, and overhaul, repair and lifecycle support services. The Company's Information Systems and Technology segment is a three-part portfolio providing technologies, products and services that address military, federal/civilian and commercial information-system needs. It provides support for product design, development, integration, production and sustainment in secure mobile communication systems; information technology solutions and mission support services; and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, naval control systems and cyber security solutions. The Company's primary customer is the U.S. Department of Defense. It also has contracts with other U.S. government customers, including the intelligence community, the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services and first-responder agencies, and other commercial customers. The Company is subject to a variety of federal, state, local and foreign environmental laws and regulations.
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