Lockheed, Iridium Report Q1 Earnings

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Yesterday, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and Iridium (NASDAQ:IRDM) reported Q1 2022 financial results. To set the scene, Lockheed has a $122.6B market cap and is up 29.4% this year. Iridium is at a $5.4B market cap and up 3.3% YTD. 


LM Space recorded $2.6B in Q1 revenue, a 15% annual drop. 

  • The defense contractor attributed $440M of the revenue drop to the UK’s renationalization of the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)…and $95M to “lower volume” in civil space with the Orion and human lander system (HLS) programs. 
  • That was partially offset by Lockheed’s 50% equity stake in ULA (or United Launch Alliance) and higher launch volumes for the joint venture.

Operating profit for LM Space grew 8% YoY to $245M. Lockheed’s Space Q1 operating margin—9.6%—was the lowest of any of its business lines. Proves what we all already knew…space is hard. 


Image: Iridium

Iridium, a LEO constellation operator and specialty broadband provider, generated $168M in Q1 revenue, up 15% year over year. 

  • Commercial service revenue came in at ~$100M (59% of overall Q1 sales). Iridium satcom products/technology can be found in everything from maritime vessels to very large link-belt excavators. 
  • Government service Q1 revenue totaled $26.5M (+3% YoY). 
  • Equipment revenue totaled $33.7M (+41% YoY). Iridium makes its own finished products, like the company’s branded satphone product line, in addition to receivers/chipsets that it sells or licenses.  
  • Engineering/support revenue rounded out the pack at $8.4M (+30% YoY) in Q1. 
  • Total billable subscribers grew 17% YoY to nearly 1.8M, driven by 24% annual growth in commercial Internet of Things (IoT) subs. 

Rest of year: Iridium reiterated its full-year 2022 outlook, with 5–7% growth over last year’s total service revenue of $492M. “Most of my focus is really on Ukraine and supplying the tremendous demand we’ve seen there,” CEO Matt Desch said on yesterday’s earnings call.

+ To go deeper, read our extended Q&A with Desch from Satellite 2022. 

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