L3 Technologies, Inc. - Company Strategy & Performance Analysis
L3 Technologies is a provider of diversified products for the defence industry. It offers products such as surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems, aircraft sustainment, night vision and image intensification equipment, and security and detection systems. The company has a huge customer base including the army, air force, navy/marine and other defense forces, other US government and foreign government organisations, and foreign commercial businesses and domestic commercial businesses.
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The company’s strong research and development activities enable it to launch innovative products:
The company capitalizes on its robust research and development (R&D) activities to launch new products. The company’s R&D activities focus on projects such as applied research, new product and systems development and other concept studies. In FY2016, it spent US$258.0 million on its R&D activities, indicating an increase of 13.2% over the previous year.
The company intends to focus on mergers and acquisitions:
Acquisitions are one of the prime focuses for the company in regards to it improving its operational excellence and supplying high valued comprehensive solutions to clients. L-3 Technologies is focusing on mergers and acquisitions as it helps to improve its profitability. For instance, the company Acquired MacDonald Humfrey (Automation) Limited which helped it to add high value products to its portfolio.
Vertex Aerospace and Aircraft Systems drove the company’s revenue in 2016:
In 2016, the segment’s revenue increased at 2.0%, from US$4,156.0 million in 2015 to US$4,240.0 million in 2016. This growth is due to the positive performance of the Vertex Aerospace and Aircraft Systems divisions of the segment. Vertex Aerospace and Aircraft Systems posted an increase of US$66.0 million and US$36.0 million respectively in 2016 in comparison to the previous year. Increased sales from Vertex Aerospace were due to higher volume and pre-production activities in regards to US Navy training aircraft and the US Army C-12 contract.