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British Defense Firm QinetiQ Rides High on Surge in Us Military Spending


A surge in US defense spending, fueled by escalating geopolitical tensions, has significantly benefited British weapons manufacturer QinetiQ. The company, led by Steve Wadey and originally spun out of the Ministry of Defence, recorded a record order book for the first half of this year, securing £950m ($1.23bn) worth of orders primarily from the US military.

According to InvestingPro data, QinetiQ has a market capitalization of $2,335.5 million and has been experiencing a robust revenue growth, with a reported increase of 19.71% in the last twelve months of 2023. The company’s diverse portfolio, which includes drones, military robots, and electric tanks, has seen increased demand. In particular, a significant part of their contract haul includes a five-year $224m (£182m) deal with the US Space Development Agency. Under this agreement, QinetiQ is tasked with managing the agency’s network of warning satellites designed to intercept missiles.

QinetiQ is also predicting an uptick in demand for its electric tanks for next-generation fighting vehicles, cybersecurity products, and practice targets for military training. In collaboration with BAE Systems (LON:BAES), QinetiQ is developing a disposable drone named Jackdaw based on the Banshee target design.

InvestingPro Tips reveal that QinetiQ has been profitable over the last twelve months and is expected to continue this trend. The company’s P/E ratio stands at 12.19, indicating that it is trading at a relatively low price compared to its near-term earnings growth. Furthermore, QinetiQ has managed to maintain its dividend payments for 18 consecutive years, reinforcing its financial stability.

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that last year saw a 6.5% increase in global defense spending as countries refilled their ammunition reserves. This rise in expenditure came in the wake of donations to Ukraine and is part of a broader trend of increased defense spending amidst rising geopolitical tensions.

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