What General Dynamics (GD) Investors Need to Know

General Dynamics logged a 0.47% change today, and is now trading at a price of $220.27 per share.

General Dynamics Corporation (GD) is an American aerospace and defense corporation that has returned a 2.42% dividend yield over the last 12 months.

EPS Growth Sustained Primarily by Reducing the Number of Shares Outstanding with Healthy Leverage Levels:

2019-12-31 2020-12-31 2021-12-31 2022-12-31
Revenue (MM) $39,350 $37,925 $38,469 $39,407
Revenue Growth n/a -3.62% 1.43% 2.44%
Operating Margins 11.61% 10.9% 10.82% 10.69%
Operating Margins Growth n/a -6.12% -0.73% -1.2%
Earnings Per Share $12.03 $11.05 $11.73 $12.35
EPS Growth n/a -8.15% 6.15% 5.29%
Diluted Shares (MM) 290 286 278 274
Free Cash Flow (MM) $1,994 $2,891 $3,384 $3,465
FCF Growth n/a 44.98% 17.05% 2.39%
Capital Expenditures (MM) $987 $967 $887 $1,114
Net Debt / EBITDA 2.59 2.66 2.18 2.0

General Dynamics Is Reasonably Priced:

General Dynamics has a trailing twelve month P/E ratio of 18.07 compared to the Industrials sector's average of 20.49. The company doesn't issue forward earnings guidance, and the annual average growth rate of its last 5 years of reported EPS is 1.75%. On this basis, the company's PEG ratio is 10.33, which suggests that it is overpriced.

The market is giving General Dynamics a fair value in terms of its book value, since its P/B ratio of 3.873 is consistent with its sector average, which stands at 3.78. The company's shares are currently trading 64.54% above their fair value as expressed by Benjamin Graham's formula:

√(22.5 * 5-year average EPS * book value per share) = √(22.5 * 11.75 * 67.79) = $133.87

General Dynamics's strong cash flow trend and reasonable levels of debt attenuate the company's lofty valuation in terms of earnings and assets.

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