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Company: Lockheed Martin (LMT)
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  A Decreasing Defense Budget affects LMT's Profitability

The U.S. Department of Defense represents 85% of LMT's revenue. Therefore, the recent string of project cancellations, from the F-22's in July 2009 to the termination of the VH-71 Kestrel in October 2009, have hurt LMT's profits. Traditionally, the Democratic Party has been a strong advocate for a balanced budget; the Democratic Party taking the majority of both chambers leads one to question how deep the impact on LMT's long-run profitability.

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  Marilyn Hewson not ready

This is a CEO with a very thin track record and now 2 of the top executive VPs have left her team. You have to wonder about this knee-jerk choice when Kubasik was ousted.

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  LMT is tied too closely to political pressures

Investors should show caution when trying to valuate LMT. A large margin of safety is necessary as LMT is a company that derives large portion of its revenues from the US government and its allies. Consequently, a souring of international relations has a doubling effect on an investor's portfolios. 1) It will taint the overall portfolio and 2) LMT holdings will be punished even more. One who invests LMT should therefore take caution to hedge such risk out.

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  Pressure for fiscal responsibility could affect government contracts

Pressure for fiscal responsibility could result in the delay, reduction, or cancellation of certain government contracts.

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  Proportion of sales to the U.S. Government has increased

Proportion of sales to the U.S. Government has increased from 78% (2003) to 84% (2007), decreasing customer diversification.

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  High pension costs loom on horizon

With the majority of its workforce set to retire, profits may be hurt by potentially high pension costs.

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