LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today that it intends to provide revised sales and economic earnings guidance for 2001, 2002 and 2003 when it meets with institutional investors beginning today as part of its pending equity offerings. The company said that the revised financial guidance assumes the acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding (NYSE: NNS), the issuance of common stock and equity security units of approximately $1.2 billion, and reflects the previously announced work stoppage on the Project America cruise ship program.
The company plans to present the following guidance:
-- Sales in 2001 of approximately $13 billion -- Sales in 2002 of approximately $18 billion -- Sales in 2003 of approximately $20 billion -- Economic earnings per share of $5.80 to $5.95 in 2001, $6.60 to $7.10 in 2002, with double-digit growth in 2003 -- Cash generated from operations in 2002 is expected to be in the range of $800 million, reflecting the expected cash impact of the work stoppage on Project America and the acquisition of Newport News Shipbuilding.
Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $15 billion, global aerospace and defense company with its worldwide headquarters in Los Angeles. Northrop Grumman provides technologically advanced, innovative products, services and solutions in defense and commercial electronics, systems integration, information technology and non-nuclear shipbuilding and systems. With 80,000 employees and operations in 44 states and 25 countries, Northrop Grumman serves U.S. and international military, government and commercial customers.
THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS NEITHER AN OFFER TO PURCHASE NOR A SOLICITATION OF AN OFFER TO SELL SHARES OF NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING. THE AMENDED EXCHANGE OFFER STATEMENT (INCLUDING THE PROSPECTUS, THE RELATED LETTER OF ELECTION AND TRANSMITTAL AND OTHER DOCUMENTS) TO BE FILED BY NORTHROP GRUMMAN WITH THE SEC AND THE AMENDED SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT TO BE FILED BY NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING WITH THE SEC WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION THAT SHOULD BE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE ANY DECISION IS MADE WITH RESPECT TO THE NORTHROP GRUMMAN OFFER. THE EXCHANGE OFFER STATEMENT AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ALL SHAREHOLDERS OF NEWPORT NEWS SHIPBUILDING, AT NO EXPENSE TO THEM. THE EXCHANGE OFFER STATEMENT AND THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE AT THE SEC'S WEBSITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV .
Note: Certain statements and assumptions in this release contain or are based on "forward-looking" information (that each of the companies believe to be within the definition in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) and involve risks and uncertainties. Such "forward-looking" information includes the statements above as to the impact of the proposed acquisition on revenues. Such statements are subject to numerous assumptions and uncertainties, many of which are outside the companies' control. These include each of the companies' ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired companies including Newport News Shipbuilding, assumptions with respect to future revenues, expected program performance, and the outcome of contingencies. The companies' operations are subject to various additional risks and uncertainties resulting from its position as a supplier, either directly or as subcontractor or team member, to the U.S. Government and its agencies as well as to foreign governments and agencies; actual outcomes are dependent upon factors, including, without limitation, each of the companies' successful performance of internal plans; government customers' budgetary restraints; customer changes in short-range and long-range plans; domestic and international competition in both the defense and commercial areas; product performance; continued development and acceptance of new products; performance issues with key suppliers and subcontractors; government import and export policies; acquisition or termination of government contracts; the outcome of political and legal processes; legal, financial, and governmental risks related to international transactions and global needs for military aircraft, military and civilian electronic systems and support and information technology; as well as other economic, political and technological risks and uncertainties and other risk factors set out in each of the companies' filings from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, each of the companies' reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q.
CONTACT: Northrop Grumman Corporation, Los Angeles Frank Moore (Media) (310) 201-3335 Gaston Kent (Investors) (310) 201-3423