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General Dynamics


Like the rest of the big defense contractors, General Dynamics’ financial performance has been buoyed, for the most part, by expectations of increased defense spending under President Trump, even if other parts of the federal budget get slashed. Under CEO Phebe Novakovic, a former CIA operations officer, the company has reined in spending. Known for building tanks and nuclear submarines, General Dynamics has been focusing its funds on investing in R&D, repurchasing stock, and kicking back steady dividends to shareholders rather than shelling out on big acquisitions. Last year the company bought back 14.2 million shares for $2 billion, down slightly from years prior. Secretary of Defense James Mattis divested his stock and resigned from the company’s board after his Senate confirmation.

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Phebe N. Novakovic

CEO Title

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer


Aerospace & Defense


Aerospace and Defense

HQ Location

Falls Church, VA

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Key Financials (Last Fiscal Year)
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Revenues ($M)$31,353-0.4%
Profits ($M)$2,955.0-0.3%
Assets ($M)$32,872
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$10,976
Market Value — as of March 31, 2017 ($M)$56,791
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues9.4%
Profits as % of Assets9.0%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity26.9%
Earnings Per Share (Last Fiscal Year)
Earnings Per Share ($)9.52
EPS % Change (from 2015)4.8%
EPS % Change (5 year annual rate)6.7%
EPS % Change (10 year annual rate)7.6%
Total Return
Total Return to Investors (2016)28.2%
Total Return to Investors (5 year, annualized)23.9%
Total Return to Investors (10 year, annualized)11.3%
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