ELBIT SYSTEMS: Impressive third quarter results despite the pandemic

Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT and TASE: ESLT) (the “Company” or “Elbit Systems”), the international high technology company, reported today its consolidated results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020.

In this release, the Company is providing US-GAAP results as well as additional non-GAAP financial data, which are intended to provide investors a more comprehensive understanding of the Company’s business results and trends. Unless otherwise stated, all financial data presented is GAAP financial data.

Management Comment:
Bezhalel (Butzi) Machlis, President and CEO of Elbit Systems, commented: “I am pleased with the third quarter results, particularly with the improved operating performance in this challenging COVID-19 environment and despite the pandemic’s impact on our Commercial Aviation business, which resulted in a $60 million non-cash impairment of assets in the quarter. We are encouraged by our backlog of orders and the volume of opportunities we are facing around the world, which provides us with confidence in the Company’s future prospects.”

Third Quarter 2020 Results:
Revenues in the third quarter of 2020 were $1,134.2 million, as compared to $1,101.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. Non-GAAP (*) gross profit amounted to $302.3 million (26.7% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to $290.0 million (26.3% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2019. GAAP gross profit in the third quarter of 2020 was $237.4 million (20.9% of revenues), as compared to $286.2 million (26.0% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2019.

The decrease in GAAP gross profit in the third quarter of 2020 was a result of non-cash expenses related to impairment of assets and inventory write-offs due to the impact of COVID-19, in the amount of approximately $60 million. These expenses were eliminated in the non-GAAP results.

Research and development expenses, net were $91.3 million (8.0% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2020, as compared to $79.5 million (7.2% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2019.

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Company:

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. COVID-19 has had significant negative impacts on the worldwide economy, resulting in disruptions to supply chains and financial markets, significant travel restrictions, facility closures and shelter-in-place orders in various locations. Elbit Systems is closely monitoring the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on the Company’s employees, customers and suppliers, as well as on the global economy.

As we last reported on August 13, 2020, we have been taking a number of actions to protect the safety of our employees as well as maintain business continuity and secure our supply chain. We also reported on a number of activities where we are leveraging our technological capabilities to assist hospital staffs and other first responders protecting our communities from the impact of the pandemic. All of these actions remain ongoing.

We have implemented a series of cost control measures to help limit the financial impact of the pandemic on the Company, in parallel to the measures we are taking to maintain business continuity and deliveries to our customers. We also are working on efficiency initiatives with a number of our suppliers. We continue to evaluate our operations on an ongoing basis in order to adapt to the evolving business environment.

During the first three quarters of 2020 our defense activities, which account for most of our business, were not materially impacted by the pandemic, although some of our businesses are experiencing certain disruptions due to government directed safety measures, travel restrictions and supply chain delays.

The significant slowdown in commercial air traffic, and the expectation that a commercial air traffic recovery to 2019 levels will likely take a number of years, have reduced the demand for products and services for the commercial aviation markets. Additionally, manufacturers of aircrafts for these markets have announced plans to reduce production rates to adapt to the lower demand.

Following a review of the economic impact on the Company’s assets overall, and those assets impacted by the commercial aviation industry in particular, the Company recorded in the third quarter of 2020 non-cash expenses related to impairment of assets and inventory write-offs, due to COVID-19, in the amount of approximately $60 million. These expenses were recorded mainly in the “Cost of Revenues” line item in the Consolidated Statement of Income and were eliminated in the non-GAAP results as a category of expenses that are not part of the Company’s recurring business.

We believe that as of September 30, 2020, Elbit Systems had a healthy balance sheet, adequate levels of cash and access to credit facilities that provide liquidity when necessary. We have given high priority to cash management and adequate cash reserves to run the business.

The extent of the impact of COVID-19 on the Company’s performance depends on future developments including the duration and spread of the pandemic, the measures adopted by governments to limit the spread of the pandemic and resulting actions that may be taken by our customers and our supply chain, all of which are uncertain.

As noted in our annual report on Form 20-F, the preparation of financial reports such as our quarterly financial results requires us to make judgments, assumptions and estimates that affect the amounts reported. For our quarterly financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2020, we considered the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our critical and significant accounting estimates.

The expected impact of the COVID-19 pandemic did not have a material effect on our judgments, assumptions and estimates reflected in the results. However, our future results may differ materially from our estimates. As events continue to evolve in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, the estimates we use in future periods may change materially.