LOS ANGELES, March 21, 2005 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) has revised its projected after-tax gain on its recent sale of shares of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW). The company now expects a 2005 first quarter after-tax gain of $45 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, rather than the previously announced $70 million, or $0.19 per diluted share. The company says it will pay no cash taxes on the sale and will record a $25 million reduction of goodwill attributable to the tax benefit.
On March 10, 2005, Northrop Grumman announced the sale of 7,256,500 common shares of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp., reducing its equity ownership of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. to 9,743,500 common shares.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a global defense company headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in systems integration, defense electronics, information technology, advanced aircraft, shipbuilding and space technology. With more than 125,000 employees, and operations in all 50 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
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