Raytheon 'really excited' over strength of international orders

Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:13am EDT
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By Sagarika Jaisinghani

(Reuters) - U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co's (RTN.N: Quote) chief financial officer said he was "really excited" about the strength of international orders, after the maker of Tomahawk and Amraam missiles reported better-than-expected quarterly sales on Thursday.

Raytheon's bookings rose 4.1 percent in the first quarter, partly due to a $769 million order for its Patriot missiles from South Korea. Orders had fallen 5.4 percent in the fourth quarter.

"We're really excited about the orders and international strength that we're seeing in the first quarter and shortly after," Chief Financial Officer Toby O'Brien told Reuters.

Raytheon booked a $2 billion order for its Patriot missiles from Saudi Arabia in the current quarter. The company has also been selected to sell the missiles to Poland, with bookings expected toward the back half of 2016, according to O'Brien.

"We're pleased to see Raytheon making progress in closing on defense export opportunities, with the Saudi win being particularly significant," RBC Capital Markets analyst Robert Stallard said.

U.S. arms makers have increased sales to international markets and boosted their cybersecurity businesses to offset slowing sales to the military.

O'Brien said international bookings were expected to make up 30-35 percent of total orders in 2015 and that the company was "probably a little bit more biased to the high end at this point."

International bookings accounted for 34 percent of total first-quarter orders.   Continued...

One of Raytheon's Integrated Defense buildings is seen in San Diego, California January 20, 2011.  REUTERS/Mike Blake