EDS Reports Net Loss; Management Says Changes on TargetBy Carol Ellison | Print
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EDS ends a year of turnover and turmoil. CEO Mike Jordan says 4th quarter "met expectations...we are continuing to put EDS' house in order."EDS yesterday reported a fourth quarter net loss of $354 million, or 74 cents per share, after taking a $559 million charge in deferred costs from the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) program.
EDS said it is working closely with the Department of the Navy to stabilize the NMCI program. In October, the company announced it would expand the financing facility associated with the NMCI contract from $600 million to $900 million, extending it from 2005 to 2007 to scrutinize receivables. EDS has been under contract with the Navy Marine Corps since 2001. It now forecasts the NMCI contract will generate $800 million to $1 billion in "free cash flow" through 2007.
"To achieve this goal, EDS is working with the Navy on a more controlled rollout," according to the company's earnings announcement.
Turnover and turmoil at EDS
Fix-it man Chairman and CEO Mike Jordan, put a positive spin on yesterday's news, saying "we are continuing to put EDS' house in order. Our fourth quarter results, excluding NMCI, met expectations. Operationally, we completed our management team and solidified our technology and marketing strategies. "
"We have changed our approach to the NMCI program and have developed a more efficient and predictable rollout schedule with our client," he added. "This enables effective use of capital and supports the long-term viability of the account. The revised deployment schedule and revenue assumptions required the write-down of deferred costs in the fourth quarter."
Carol Ellison is editor of The Ziff Davis Channel Zone. Write to her at email@example.com. Got an opinion about what's happening at EDS or the NMCI program? Tell us about it.