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DailyFinance  Jul 25  Comment 
Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) today announced it has completed the sale of its satellite communications business. The business, which designs, manufactures and services ground-based satellite communication systems...
SeekingAlpha  Jul 22  Comment 
Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL) Q3 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call July 22, 2014 10:00 AM ET Executives Ryan Miller - Vice President of IR Kelly Ortberg - President and CEO Patrick Allen - Senior Vice President and CFO ...
Reuters  Jul 22  Comment 
* Profit of $1.19/share from continuing operations vs estimate $1.17
newratings.com  Jul 22  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Communications and aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins, Inc. (COL) reported Tuesday a profit for the third quarter that declined from last year, despite double-digit sales growth, reflecting lower sales at government...
newratings.com  Jul 22  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Rockwell Collins, Inc. (COL) reported third-quarter income from continuing operations of $163 million or $1.19 per share, compared to $161 million or $1.18 per share, in the third quarter of last year. Total earnings per...
Wall Street Journal  Jul 22  Comment 
Rockwell Collins said its fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 3.6% as costs rose, while the aerospace-technologies company saw a recent acquisition again drive an increase in revenue.
Forbes  Jul 18  Comment 
Rockwell Collins is expected to report lower second-quarter earnings on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Analysts are expecting a 2% drop in earnings from a year ago. The consensus estimate is $1.18 per share, down from earnings of $1.20 per share a year...
DailyFinance  Jul 16  Comment 
Rockwell Collins today announced it has reached a major milestone in implementing a complete take-off-to-touchdown advanced information management solution as Cathay Pacific begins operational evaluation of the company’s...
DailyFinance  Jun 30  Comment 
The Rockwell Collins Board of Directors announced today that Clay Jones will retire from his role as a director and non-executive chairman of the board on July 31. Anthony Carbone, an independent director and long-time member...
Motley Fool  Jun 12  Comment 
The defense contractor is the only publicly traded company to win DoD contracts in Wednesday's announcement.




 

Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE: COL) specializes in the production of radios, navigation systems and cockpit displays for military and commercial aircraft. Although the company's largest clients are government agencies like NASA and the Department of Defense, the company generates the majority of its revenue and net income from sales to commercial clients. An important aspect of the company's business model is that it builds new applications for government clients and then adapts these same technologies for its commercial business. As a result, COL is able to take advantage of considerable R&D savings.

The performance of Rockwell Collins' government sector is largely dependent on the allocation of the U.S. defense budget. U.S. government sales comprised 43% of total COL sales, and COL continues to invest heavily in the research and development of new products in order to obtain future government contracts. COL's business is also susceptible to the cyclicality of the aerospace industry, and COL's commercial sector is tied to the fortunes of commercial airlines'. In order to capitalize on perceived market opportunities, COL has begun investing more in data systems for business jet customers (i.e. e-mail and broadcast TV), which it believes will generate higher returns on investment than in-flight entertainments systems for wide body jets.

Company Overview

Business Segments[1]

Rockwell Collins operates two main business segments.

  • Government Systems (57% of Revenue): this segment provides communication and electronic systems, products and services for airborne and surface applications to the U.S. Department of Defense, other government agencies, civil agencies, defense contractors and foreign ministries of defense. Some products and services include: communications systems to enable the transmission of information across the communications spectrum, military data link systems, navigation systems (GPS, handheld, and multi-mode receivers), cockpit display systems, integrated computer systems for future combat systems, and simulation and training systems.
  • Commercial Systems (43% of Revenue): The commercial systems division provides aviation electronics and services to businesses worldwide. Customers include original equipment manufacturers of commercial air transport, businesses and regional aircraft, and commercial airlines. Some products and services include: integrated avionics systems, integrated cabin electronics systems, communication systems, navigation systems, situational awareness and surveillance systems, and electro-mechanical systems.

Business Growth

FY 2009 (ended September 30, 2009)[2]

  • Net sales fell 6.3% to $4.47 billion. A 9% increase in government system sales was offset by a 21% decrease in commercial systems sales.
  • Net income fell 12.4% to $594 million.

Trends and Forces

Overall health of the commercial airline industry impacts COL's business

Demand for Rockwell Collins' Commercial Systems products is largely determined by the commercial airlines industry. Although the Government Systems segment reduces COL's exposure to market volatility, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the air travel industry still causes periodic downturns and upturns in COL's business, and extraordinary circumstances like 9/11 or the SARS outbreak negatively impact both airlines and manufacturers like Rockwell Collins.

Rising fuel costs reduce airline purchasing power

Fuel costs account for a large part of airline operating budgets. Elevating fuel prices increase costs and reduce profits for airline companies, who may cut down on airplane orders to make ends meet. Furthermore, because a large portion of COL's commercial products are discretionary, airlines may prefer to pass on such goods when times are tough. At the same time, fuel pricing pressure has also increased demand for fuel-efficient aircrafts, a trend which Rockwell Collins hopes will generate additional work contracts as more fuel efficient airplanes are produced.

International conflicts and terrorism cause negative repercussions for COL

Uncertainty pertaining to business markets in the US and abroad caused by terrorist attacks and conflicts like the Iraq War adversely affect Rockwell Collins. In fact, international conflicts result in reduced aircraft build rates, decreased demand for upgrades, as well as smaller expenditures on discretionary products like in-flight entertainment. While the Government Systems division may benefit in such circumstances from increased government defense spending, foreign conflicts and terrorist attacks often increase the price of oil, and raise the cost of property and aviation products insurance, both of which raise COL's costs of production.

Dependence on U.S. government contracts expose Rockwell Collins to unique risks

36% of Rockwell Collins' sales are generated from U.S. government contracts. Indeed, Rockwell Collins' revenues are largely dependent on the US Department of Defense's budget spending, and on their ability to win new contracts. As a result, COL is exposed to a number of risks beyond their control. The U.S. government, for example, is able to terminate without prior notice partially completed government programs and contracts that were previously authorized. Additionally, changes in legislation or political policies regarding military developments often affect the availability of government business. The Department of Defense's budget varies according to perceived threat to the US, and reduced levels of global threat usually require less defense spending.

Competition

Rockwell Collins operates in an international landscape and faces domestic and foreign competition. Due to its high barriers of entry, the market for commercial cockpit controls is dominated by Rockwell Collins, Honeywell International (HON), and Thales. The in-flight entertainment industry is similarly concentrated, with COL and Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial Company (MC) each controlling 50% of market share. Finally, COL's Government Systems division competes primarily with Raytheon Company (RTN).

To a lesser degree, Rockwell Collins also competes with the following companies: Panasonic, Harris (HRS), BAE Systems (BAESY), General Dynamics Corporation, L-3 Communications Holdings (LLL), Boeing Company (BA), and Northrop Grumman (NOC).[3]

References

  1. COL 2009 10-K "Description of Business by Segment" pg. 2-3
  2. COL 2009 10-K "Selected Financial Data" pg. 15
  3. COL 2009 10-K "Competition" pg. 4
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