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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
vs
history
Cash to Debt 1.18
GD's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
79% of the 188 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.38 vs. GD: 1.18 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Cash to Debt only.
GD' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.05  Med: 0.56 Max: 3.31
Current: 1.18
0.05
3.31
Equity to Asset 0.34
GD's Equity to Asset is ranked lower than
61% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.37 vs. GD: 0.34 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Equity to Asset only.
GD' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.33  Med: 0.42 Max: 0.53
Current: 0.34
0.33
0.53
Interest Coverage 37.76
GD's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
72% of the 109 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 12.12 vs. GD: 37.76 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Interest Coverage only.
GD' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 4.96  Med: 22.70 Max: 37.76
Current: 37.76
4.96
37.76
F-Score: 7
Z-Score: 3.70
M-Score: -2.75
WACC vs ROIC
6.05%
25.69%
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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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 13.13
GD's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
81% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 5.46 vs. GD: 13.13 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Operating margin (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 2.64  Med: 11.47 Max: 13.43
Current: 13.13
2.64
13.43
Net-margin (%) 9.02
GD's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
80% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.24 vs. GD: 9.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Net-margin (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -1.05  Med: 7.72 Max: 10.47
Current: 9.02
-1.05
10.47
ROE (%) 23.58
GD's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 4.95 vs. GD: 23.58 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROE (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -2.7  Med: 19.24 Max: 31.51
Current: 23.58
-2.7
31.51
ROA (%) 8.28
GD's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 189 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 2.44 vs. GD: 8.28 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROA (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -0.96  Med: 8.25 Max: 15.13
Current: 8.28
-0.96
15.13
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 121.44
GD's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
97% of the 188 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 9.54 vs. GD: 121.44 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 15.56  Med: 78.97 Max: 107.12
Current: 121.44
15.56
107.12
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) 0.50
GD's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
60% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.50 vs. GD: 0.50 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) only.
GD' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 0.5  Med: 12.90 Max: 20.9
Current: 0.5
0.5
20.9
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) 2.10
GD's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked lower than
52% of the 129 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.40 vs. GD: 2.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) only.
GD' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -30  Med: 11.30 Max: 27.1
Current: 2.1
-30
27.1
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 4.10
GD's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 119 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 4.10 vs. GD: 4.10 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EPS Growth (3Y)(%) only.
GD' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: 1  Med: 12.65 Max: 26.8
Current: 4.1
1
26.8
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Financials


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Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

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)
Prem Watsa 2,200 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 3,000 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 29,867 sh (unchged)
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Bestinfond 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

Jim Simons 1,436,400 sh (New)
Pioneer Investments 1,782 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)
John Burbank Sold Out
Richard Pzena Sold Out
Steven Cohen Sold Out
Prem Watsa 1,500 sh (-31.82%)
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Q1 2015

GD Guru Trades in Q1 2015

Ray Dalio 23,390 sh (New)
Lee Ainslie 1,810 sh (New)
Steven Cohen 306,700 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 19,438 sh (+42.24%)
Prem Watsa 1,500 sh (unchged)
Bernard Horn 29,867 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 387,000 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 36,625 sh (-1.45%)
Ken Fisher 13,816 sh (-2.34%)
Jeremy Grantham 23,370 sh (-4.10%)
James Barrow 10,006,464 sh (-13.68%)
Jim Simons 1,180,300 sh (-17.83%)
Joel Greenblatt 373,862 sh (-32.90%)
Tom Russo 1,750 sh (-41.67%)
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Q2 2015

GD Guru Trades in Q2 2015

Manning & Napier Advisors, Inc 52,061 sh (+42.15%)
Ken Fisher 14,051 sh (+1.70%)
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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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industry
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history
P/E(ttm) 17.47
GD's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
66% of the 134 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 20.90 vs. GD: 17.47 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/E(ttm) only.
GD' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 5.8  Med: 15.52 Max: 21.55
Current: 17.47
5.8
21.55
Forward P/E 16.69
GD's Forward P/E is ranked lower than
59% of the 92 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 15.11 vs. GD: 16.69 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward P/E only.
N/A
PE(NRI) 17.40
GD's PE(NRI) is ranked higher than
73% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 20.60 vs. GD: 17.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PE(NRI) only.
GD' s 10-Year PE(NRI) Range
Min: 5.75  Med: 15.75 Max: 19.64
Current: 17.4
5.75
19.64
P/B 4.27
GD's P/B is ranked lower than
72% of the 177 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 2.18 vs. GD: 4.27 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/B only.
GD' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.37  Med: 2.65 Max: 4.3
Current: 4.27
1.37
4.3
P/S 1.57
GD's P/S is ranked lower than
61% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.18 vs. GD: 1.57 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful P/S only.
GD' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.47  Med: 1.08 Max: 1.65
Current: 1.57
0.47
1.65
PFCF 15.53
GD's PFCF is ranked higher than
66% of the 92 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 19.86 vs. GD: 15.53 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful PFCF only.
GD' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 6.2  Med: 12.90 Max: 18.12
Current: 15.53
6.2
18.12
POCF 13.26
GD's POCF is ranked higher than
53% of the 124 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 12.44 vs. GD: 13.26 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful POCF only.
GD' s 10-Year POCF Range
Min: 5.12  Med: 11.10 Max: 15.28
Current: 13.26
5.12
15.28
EV-to-EBIT 12.01
GD's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
78% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 17.06 vs. GD: 12.01 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful EV-to-EBIT only.
GD' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 4.4  Med: 10.90 Max: 38.3
Current: 12.01
4.4
38.3
Shiller P/E 25.02
GD's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
53% of the 116 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 22.86 vs. GD: 25.02 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Shiller P/E only.
GD' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 8.02  Med: 18.52 Max: 25.51
Current: 25.02
8.02
25.51
Current Ratio 1.24
GD's Current Ratio is ranked lower than
72% of the 186 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.57 vs. GD: 1.24 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Current Ratio only.
GD' s 10-Year Current Ratio Range
Min: 0.91  Med: 1.31 Max: 2.42
Current: 1.24
0.91
2.42
Quick Ratio 0.98
GD's Quick Ratio is ranked lower than
54% of the 185 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.05 vs. GD: 0.98 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Quick Ratio only.
GD' s 10-Year Quick Ratio Range
Min: 0.38  Med: 1.01 Max: 2.3
Current: 0.98
0.38
2.3
Days Inventory 46.36
GD's Days Inventory is ranked higher than
81% of the 179 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 111.21 vs. GD: 46.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Inventory only.
GD' s 10-Year Days Inventory Range
Min: 29.44  Med: 77.56 Max: 94.48
Current: 46.36
29.44
94.48
Days Sales Outstanding 41.29
GD's Days Sales Outstanding is ranked higher than
77% of the 163 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 64.78 vs. GD: 41.29 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Days Sales Outstanding only.
GD' s 10-Year Days Sales Outstanding Range
Min: 9.89  Med: 35.19 Max: 75.59
Current: 41.29
9.89
75.59

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
vs
history
Dividend Yield 1.75
GD's Dividend Yield is ranked higher than
50% of the 242 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.42 vs. GD: 1.75 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Yield only.
GD' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.85  Med: 1.88 Max: 4.88
Current: 1.75
0.85
4.88
Dividend Payout 0.30
GD's Dividend Payout is ranked lower than
51% of the 132 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 0.29 vs. GD: 0.30 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend Payout only.
GD' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.14  Med: 0.26 Max: 0.61
Current: 0.3
0.14
0.61
Dividend growth (3y) 9.80
GD's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
60% of the 78 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 7.20 vs. GD: 9.80 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Dividend growth (3y) only.
GD' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0.8  Med: 9.80 Max: 19.8
Current: 9.8
0.8
19.8
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.62
GD's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
55% of the 248 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 2.43 vs. GD: 2.62 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Yield on cost (5-Year) only.
GD' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 1.27  Med: 2.81 Max: 7.3
Current: 2.62
1.27
7.3
Share Buyback Rate 2.40
GD's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
90% of the 131 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: -1.20 vs. GD: 2.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Share Buyback Rate only.
GD' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.1  Med: 0.40 Max: -17
Current: 2.4

Valuation & Return

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industry
vs
history
Price/Projected FCF 1.40
GD's Price/Projected FCF is ranked higher than
54% of the 108 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. GD: 1.40 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Projected FCF only.
GD' s 10-Year Price/Projected FCF Range
Min: 0.44  Med: 1.02 Max: 4.32
Current: 1.4
0.44
4.32
Price/Median PS Value 1.46
GD's Price/Median PS Value is ranked lower than
63% of the 173 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 1.20 vs. GD: 1.46 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Price/Median PS Value only.
GD' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.5  Med: 1.09 Max: 1.6
Current: 1.46
0.5
1.6
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) 8.36
GD's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
84% of the 182 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 3.70 vs. GD: 8.36 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 2.6  Med: 9.20 Max: 23
Current: 8.36
2.6
23
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) 4.73
GD's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) is ranked lower than
62% of the 116 Companies
in the Global Aerospace & Defense industry.

( Industry Median: 6.99 vs. GD: 4.73 )
Ranked among companies with meaningful Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) only.
GD' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) (%) Range
Min: -11.2  Med: 17.70 Max: 31.3
Current: 4.73
-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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