IS GUARANTEED A NONSTOP IN-YOUR-FACE CHALLENGE. AND THEN IT SHAVES AWAY PART OF YOUR MONEY. THAT CAN BE HARD RIGHT? YOU WORK ALL THE TOOLS TO SLICES AND DICES THE PRICE LIKE AN AUTOPSY. WE EVEN HAVE HEMISPHERIC SCHOOLS OF ANALYSIS; FUNDAMENTAL AND TECHNICAL. BUT OOPS, OFTEN THEY DO NOT AGREE. NOW WE’RE TALKIN’ LMT.
LOCKHEED MARTIN IS A WINNER WITH A BULLET-PROOF BALANCE SHEET. LMT IS AS CRAMER SAYS A “PURE PLAY” ON DEFENSE, BUT NOT HIS FAV. YET THEY GENERATE FREE CASH LIKE A PRINTING PRESS AND PENSION OBLIGATION? FORGET ABOUT IT. HANDLED. THEY ARE STOCKPILING CASH AT THE RATE OF 2 BILLION A YEAR. THEY ALSO THE SOLE BUILDER OF THE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER, THE F-35, AND ALL IT’S VARIANTS.
But as a pure defense contractor Lockheed is prisoner to federal dysfunction, gridlock, and budget cutting. Government half-measures such as the CR(continuing resolution) create disruption to LMT’s business. Lockheed also–and has–can be drawn into the headlines by the president. The result can be downward pricing pressure.
While under development the F-35 was intended as a replacement for the ultra-famous A10 Thunderbolt. Wrong. Ask people who know–there is no substitute for the “Warthog” or “Tank Killer.”
LMT’s price collapse began with the market-wide drop on February 19th. As our market leaders recovered, LMT was curb-to-curb, until completely collapsing below both its’ SMAs, the 50 and 200. The technicals tell us no bottom has been reached yet. Now LMT seems pinned in a very tight trading range. A breakout from this structure seems more likely to the downside. We didn’t want to take this ride any lower. We bolted Monday at $319.88, only to watch it recover a buck same day.
Earnings growth rates:
NORTHROP GRUMMAN 28%y/y.
LOCKHEED MARTIN 49.4%y/y.
Q1, 2017 GAAP EPS $2.69.
Q1, 2018 GAAP EPS $4.02.
Our brand new installment of STOCKjAW’s Money Chops shows how to calculate your own, accurate, P/E and Peg ratios. Why? All data streams display mistakes. Don’t invest on bad valuation metrics. Today we saw a trailing P/E of 39 for LMT. based on the 6-12-18, pre-open share price of $319.30, and a trailing four quarter annual EPS of $14.05, the actual P/E is 22. Check the facts.
STOCKjAW’s cost basis of $254.65 was too low to stay. Violating an established cost basis is just begging for trouble. Lockheed is a buy now if you hope to build a longer-term position. Now that we’ve taken a profit, perhaps we’ll buy back in on the way down.