General Dynamics Corporation operates as an aerospace and defense company worldwide. It operates through four business groups: Aerospace; Combat Systems; Information Systems and Technology; and Marine Systems. The Aerospace group designs, develops, manufactures, and outfits business-jet aircraft; provides aircraft services, such as maintenance, repair, aircraft management, charter, fixed-base operational, and staffing services; and performs aircraft completion services for other original equipment manufacturers. The Combat Systems group is involved in the design, development, production, modernization, and sustainment of combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions. This group offers wheeled combat and tactical vehicles; main battle tanks and tracked combat vehicles; armaments; and maintenance and logistics support and sustainment services. The Information Systems and Technology group provides technologies, products, and services that support a range of military, federal/civilian, state, local, and commercial customers. This group offers information technology solutions and mission support services; communication, command-and-control, and computer mission systems; and imagery, signals, and multi-intelligence systems for customers in the defense sector, intelligence and homeland security communities, and the United States allies. The Marine Systems group designs, constructs, and repairs surface ships and submarines for the United States Navy and Jones Act ships for commercial customers. This group offers nuclear-powered surface combatants, auxiliary and combat-logistics ships, and commercial product carriers and containerships; and provides design and engineering support services, as well as maintenance, modernization, and lifecycle support services. General Dynamics Corporation was founded in 1899 and is based in Falls Church, Virginia.
Business Analysis of General Dynamics
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- Revenue Growth: General Dynamics reported a revenue growth of -0.4% year-on-year during 2016. Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services Industry grew at 0.8% in the same period
- COGS share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics spent 80.1% of its total revenues on COGS. Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average (COGS share of revenue) in the same period was 78.4%
- R&D share of Revenues: General Dynamics R&D share of Revenues details are not available because either company does not share the data or we do not have it
- SG&A share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics spent 6.2% of its total revenues on Sales, Marketing, and General Administration (SG&A). Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average SG&A spending in the same period was 8.3%
- Inventory share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics spent 11.2% of its total revenues on Inventories. Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average Inventory spending in the same period was 25.0%
- Accounts Payable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics invested 8.1% of its total revenues on Accounts Payable (A/P) Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average Accounts Payable investment in the same period was 10.1%
- Accounts Receivable share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics invested 28.4% of its total revenues on Accounts Receivable (A/R). Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average Accounts Receivable investment in the same period was 18.0%
- PP&E share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics invested 11.1% of its total revenues on Property, Plants, and Equipments (PP&E). Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average PPE investment in the same period was 15.2%
- Intangibles share of Revenues: As a percentage of revenue, General Dynamics invested 38.7% of its total revenues on Intangibles. Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average Intangibles investment in the same period was 39.7%
- Net Margins: General Dynamics Net Margins in the year 2016 were 9.4%. Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry average Net Margins in the same period were 7.2%
Sector and Industry Association of General Dynamics
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General Dynamics is associated with Industrials Sector Group, Aerospace and Defense Sector, and Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services Industry.
Aerospace and Defense sector is comprised of the following industries: Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services; Military and Defense. The definitions for each of the industries is as follows:
- Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry includes manufacturers, assemblers, distributors and service providers of aerospace and aircraft parts primarily used in the commercial or private air transport.
- Military and Defense industry includes producers of components and equipment for the defense industry, including military aircraft, radar equipment and weapons, drones, space and security systems. Military and Defense companies also offer military shipbuilding, submarines, amphibious assault ships and nuclear services. Arms and weapon companies offering consumer firearms are included in the specialized consumer goods.
Industry Ranking of General Dynamics
With $31.4 billion revenues, General Dynamics ranked number 3 of all the companies in the US Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry. There were a total of 32 public companies in the US Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry that had revenues greater than $50 million during 2016.
The top-10 companies in the US Aerospace Products, Parts, Systems and Services industry by revenues during 2016 were:
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