Kratos Defense & Security (KTOS) – The Revenue Jet is Taking Off

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Wednesday, May 08, 2024

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms, and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies, and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technologies for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital backed approaches, including proactive research, and streamlined development processes. At Kratos, affordability is a technology, and we specialize in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training and combat systems and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development. For more information go to

Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Strong Results. Blowing past our expectations, revenue for the first quarter was $277.2 million, a 19.6% increase over the prior year’s $231.8 million. The increase includes 19.5% of organic revenue growth. Our estimate was at $250 million. Net income for the quarter of $1.3 million was an improvement from a net loss of $7.0 million last year, highlighting the Company’s revenue growth and improved margin (operating margin of 2.5% vs. 0.2% last year). We forecasted a net loss of $4.0 million.

Unmanned Systems. A highlight of the impressive revenue growth is Kratos’ Unmanned Systems segment. The segment had organic revenue growth of 21.8% in the quarter, with a more impressive 23.8% revenue growth factoring in the STS acquisition. The segment also generated approximately 25.5% of the total bookings for the quarter with a book to bill of 1.4 to 1.0. We expect the segment to continue to gain momentum as management places more emphasis on developing the segment throughout 2024 and beyond.

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