• Net earnings of $737 million, up 17.9% from year-ago quarter
  • Diluted EPS of $2.61, up 19.7% from year-ago quarter
  • $1.1 billion in cash provided by operating activities
  • Very strong Gulfstream order activity

RESTON, Virginia, July 28, 2021 – General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) today reported second-quarter 2021 net earnings of $737 million on revenue of $9.2 billion. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $2.61.

EPS grew 19.7% on a 17.9% increase in net earnings, as company-wide operating margin expanded to 10.4%, up 140 basis points from the year-ago quarter. Backlog of $89.2 billion was up 8% from the year-ago quarter.

“The company performed impressively this quarter, delivering very strong cash flow, improved margins and significant Aerospace order activity,” said Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer. “Emerging from the pandemic, we remain focused on operating discipline and wise deployment of capital.”


Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter totaled $1.1 billion. Free cash flow from operations, defined as net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, was $943 million.


Backlog at the end of second-quarter 2021 was $89.2 billion. Estimated potential contract value, representing management’s estimate of value in unfunded indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contracts and unexercised options, was $41.1 billion. Total estimated contract value, the sum of all backlog components, was $130.3 billion at the end of the quarter.

Overall demand remained strong in the quarter, with a consolidated book-to-bill ratio of 1-to-1.

Significant awards in the quarter included $135 million from the U.S. Navy to provide ongoing lead yard services for the Virginia-class submarine program and options totaling $1.6 billion of additional potential value; $620 million from the U.S. Army to upgrade Stryker vehicles to the double-V-hull A1 configuration; $435 million from the Army to produce Stryker Initial Maneuver Short-Range Air Defense (IM-SHORAD) vehicles; $240 million from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for several contracts, including work to provide cloud services and software tools; $145 million from the Army for the production of Hydra-70 rockets; and $865 million for several key contracts for classified customers.