In 2022, Leonardo S.p.a. (OTCPK:FINMF), the European chief within the protection sector, reported glorious monetary outcomes regardless of traders’ fears amid the unsure macroeconomic surroundings. Certainly, as I predicted in my earlier article, the corporate not solely withstood the stress on margins but in addition surpassed expectations. Furthermore, due to its robust place within the sector and a budget valuation the inventory is a good alternative for each investor with a long-term horizon.
Q4FY22 Outcomes Proved Leonardo’s Power
Within the final quarter, Leonardo reported robust monetary outcomes. Here’s a temporary abstract of the newest presentation:
Leonardo has reported a rising order e book throughout all divisions at €17.3 billion, representing a YoY enhance of 21.0%. This progress exceeded steering even with out the €1.4 billion AW149 Poland order, indicating robust demand for the corporate’s merchandise.
The book-to-bill ratio was 1.2x, indicating a wholesome order consumption and powerful prospects for future income progress.
Revenues for the 12 months had been €14.7 billion, representing a YoY enhance of 4.7%, whereas the corporate’s EBITA for the 12 months was €1.2 billion, representing a YoY enhance of 14.9%.
The return on gross sales was 8.3%, with a rise of 0.8 share factors vs FY21. Moreover, Leonardo’s FOCF for the 12 months was €539 million, which greater than doubled the FY21 outcome.
The corporate absolutely redeemed its 2039 and 2040 bonds and made an early compensation of its time period mortgage, which demonstrates its robust monetary place.
The corporate confirmed its expectation to generate €3 billion in FOCF over the interval of 2021-2025.
Leonardo has additionally launched a brand new steering for 2023. Listed below are the important thing factors:
Leonardo expects to attain a excessive degree of recent order consumption of roughly €17 billion, confirming a robust positioning in key markets.
The corporate expects revenues of €15.0 – 15.6 billion, up in comparison with 2022.
EBITA of €1,260 – 1,310 million, pushed by progress in volumes and strong profitability of the principle enterprise areas.
FOCF of €600 million, with the protection/governmental enterprise guaranteeing strong money era.
Group Internet Debt is anticipated to be €2.6 billion, and assuming dividend fee of €0.14 per share and new leases for 100 million.
The administration is assured that the corporate will be capable to obtain these outcomes regardless of a context of upper macroeconomic and geopolitical uncertainties. From my standpoint, Leonardo will do nicely once more this 12 months. In actual fact, in my earlier article I wrote:
For my part, the corporate will proceed on the virtuous path proven in Q3 outcomes regardless of the headwinds, as we see a gradual slowdown in inflation and an enchancment within the world provide chain.
Certainly, regardless of the reputable fears of traders relating to the final state of affairs, the administration has all the time achieved its targets in 2022, so I’m assured that it may possibly do it once more in 2023. Moreover, the provision chain is stabilizing and this could absolutely alleviate the margin pressures skilled prior to now quarters.
New alternatives look vibrant
The newest report from Leonardo reveals an enhanced outlook for the 2022-2026 interval, now projecting a cumulative worth of €90 billion, which is up from their prior estimate of €80 billion. The corporate is now searching for to leverage its strengths throughout its companies and its positioning out there to capitalize on alternatives in each key home and worldwide export markets.
Specifically, Leonardo is well-placed to learn from the alternatives introduced by the Italian Nationwide Restoration Fund and the cloud digitization initiative, which is a nationwide strategic hub. Furthermore, the corporate is well-positioned to increase its enterprise globally, with a number of alternatives in worldwide packages given the truth that many international locations in Europe and North America are growing their navy spending.
These are the phrases of Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, in an interview on CNBC:
The rise in protection spending is structural. All of the NATO international locations should increase their spending on protection no less than as much as 2%. That is one thing that’s structural, it isn’t associated to the conflict in Ukraine. So, our primary benefit is the truth that world wide protection spending is growing, and we now have a really robust place in protection electronics.
As we have seen in Ukraine, the sport is admittedly based mostly on superiority when it comes to data, interoperability, and multi-domain. So, coaching within the protection electronics sector is a vital component for the way forward for our firm. We’re investing in rising applied sciences, like unmanned methods and synthetic intelligence, as a result of we need to keep on the forefront of innovation in aerospace, protection, and safety.
In abstract, Leonardo’s improved outlook displays the corporate’s robust place within the aerospace, protection, and safety sectors, in addition to its capability to ship progressive options that meet the evolving wants of its prospects. Due to this fact, in my view, by leveraging on its strengths, Leonardo is well-positioned not just for progress within the subsequent 12 months, but in addition for the long run.
To guage the corporate, I used a Discounted Money Move (“DCF”) mannequin, which can be out there in my earlier article. My evaluation has modified little in comparison with three months in the past, aside from some changes within the risk-free price, which I up to date to 4.30%, and within the estimates for income, EBITDA, and free money stream (“FCF”) based mostly on the information offered by the steering for 2023. Consequently, the brand new worth goal has not modified considerably from the earlier one, with an NPV per share of €12.85 for the bottom case. Due to this fact, contemplating at present’s worth of €11.04, Leonardo has a possible upside of 16.39%.
Whereas the protection margin shouldn’t be as large as earlier than (since my first article, Leonardo S.p.a. inventory has elevated by +40.74% in comparison with -2.73% for the SPX), I stay extraordinarily bullish on Leonardo S.p.a., due to its positioning within the sector and its significance within the present geopolitical context. Thus, I verify my “Sturdy Purchase” score on Leonardo S.p.a.
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