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Alliant Techsystems Inc.: SWOT Analysis & Company Profile


Business Review’s Alliant Techsystems Inc. contains a company overview, key facts, locations and subsidiaries, news and events as well as a SWOT analysis of the company.

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Alliant Techsystems Inc.: SWOT Analysis &
Company Profile

Reference code: BRDF0091CP10-Q2

Published: Dec 2010

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Alliant Techsystems Inc. - Company Overview

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK), a leading US based aerospace and defense company, engages in offering a range of
aerospace and defense products. The company, being an ammunition manufacturer, offers military and commercial
products such as military ammunition and gun systems and missile defense through its military ammunition plants. It also
supplies precision systems, aerospace structures, small and micro-satellites, satellite components and subsystems,
missile defense and strategic missile propulsions. It participates in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)
programs. The company has more than 60 facilities in 24 states including Puerto Rico and has its representatives in more
than 50 countries. ATK is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US.

Financial Performance

The company reported revenues of US$4,807.67 million during the fiscal year ended December 2009. Its revenue grew at
a CAGR of 7.35% during the period 2007-2009 with an annual growth of 4.9% over fiscal year 2008. During the fiscal year
2009, its operating margin was 10.66% as against the operating margin of 8.39% in fiscal year 2008. During the fiscal
year 2009, the company registered a net margin of 5.8% as against the net margin of 3.07% in the fiscal year 2008.

Alliant Techsystems Inc. - Key Facts

Alliant Techsystems Inc., Key Facts

                                  7480 Flying Cloud Drive,
                                  Minneapolis, Minnesota (MN),      Ticker Symbol, Stock
Corporate Address:                                                                             ATK (New York Stock Exchange)
                                  55344, United States

Telephone                         + 1 952 3513000                   No. of Employees           18,000

Fax                               + 1 952 3513009                   Financial Year End         March

URL                               www.atk.com                       Revenue (in USD Million)   4,807.67

Industry                          Aerospace and Defense

Locations                         United States

Source: Annual Report, Company Website, Primary and Secondary Research


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Alliant Techsystems Inc. - Business Description

Alliant Techsystems Inc. (ATK) is a leading US based aerospace and defense company. The company operates its
business through its various subsidiaries. It mainly offers a range of military ammunition and gun systems, aircraft
components, propulsion, missile defense, warheads, rocket motor systems for human and cargo launch vehicles, small
and micro-satellites, and satellite components. The company's principal customers include US Army, US Air Force, US
Navy and NASA. ATK employs 18,000 people.

For the fiscal year 2011, ATK restructured its business operations in four business segments namely, Aerospace
Systems, Armament Systems, Missile Products, and Security and Sporting.

Its Aerospace Systems segment includes three sub-segments: Space Systems Operations, Structures and Components,
and Aerospace Structures. ATK, through Space Systems Operations sub-segment, manufactures various rocket motors.
It manufactured Space Shuttle’s four-segment reusable solid rocket motors. Furthermore, it is developing five-segment
solid rocket motors for the Ares I and Ares V, next-generation, launch vehicles of NASA. The other rocket motor programs
include Orion crew capsule’ Launch Abort System (LAS) motor; design and manufacture of large solid rocket motors for
the Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the Trident II (D5) Fleet Ballistic Missile; and solid rocket motors –
GEM 40 and GEM 60 motors for the Delta II. It also produces Orion motors for Orbital Science Corporation’s Pegasus,
Taurus, and Minotaur launch vehicles; and CASTOR motors for H-11A of Japan and Orbital Sciences Taurus rocket.
Furthermore, the company supplies Orion motors as well as advanced flares and decoys for all three-stages of the
ground-based missile defense system. It also produces thermal management systems for spacecraft heating and cooling,
during traveling through the solar system or on-orbit.

ATK, through its Structures and Components operations, produces satellite components and subsystems for various
satellites and spacecraft. It provides solar panel substrates and solar arrays to generate power for spacecraft; titanium
propellant tanks for satellites, space exploration vehicles, space launch vehicles and satellite bus structures. ATK, through
its Aerospace Structures sub-segment, provides composite aircraft components for commercial and military aircraft
manufacturers. It provides nacelles and composite wing skins for the F-35 II Lightning fighter aircraft operated by the US
military and its allies. It also produces composite frames and stringers for the Airbus A350 passenger jetliner; composite
containment cases for General Electric’s GEnx engine used in the Boeing 747-8 cargo aircraft; and the Rolls Royce Trent
XWB, used in the A350 aircraft.

Its Armament Systems segment includes four sub-segments: Energetic Systems, Integrated Weapon Systems, Small
Caliber Systems, and Advanced Weapons. ATK, through Energetic Systems sub-segment, provides TNT and energetic. It
offers a variety of warheads and bomb fill, such as nitrocellulose. It also manufactures propellants for tactical rocket
motors and tank ammunition. Its new products include flexible energetic products and the Guided Advanced Tactical
Rocket System (GATR). Its Integrated Weapon Systems sub-segment produces various gun systems such as medium-
caliber chain guns and medium-caliber ammunition, used on various land vehicles, helicopters and naval vessels. It
provides gun systems to the US military and allied nations. It also developed new products including the Palletized
Autonomous Weapon System, the Light Weight 25mm gun system and ammunition suite, and the M230LF gun system.
Its Small Caliber Systems sub-segment produces small caliber ammunition in the Lake City Army Ammunition plant
facility. Under the current contract with the US Army the company will operate the LCAAP facility until fiscal 2014. The
Advanced Weapons sub-segment offers precision fire weapons and missiles. It produces the 155mm artillery precision
guidance kit and is to produce a longer-range precision round, Excalibur 1B, for the 155mm Howitzer. It also produces
large-caliber ammunition for the US and allied nations. Additional programs include the XM-25 weapons system and
advanced anti-radiation guided missile (AARGM) under development for the US Army.

The Missile Products segment of the company comprises two sub-segments: Integrated Systems, and Tactical Propulsion
and Controls. The Integrated Systems sub-segment produces AAR-47 missile warning system, used by a various fixed
and rotor-wing aircraft against shoulder-fired missile threats. It is currently developing the Joint Allied Threat Awareness
System (JATAS), a next-generation missile warning system. It provides special-mission aircraft designed for search and
rescue missions, and advanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. It provides these aircraft to the
US government and other international customers. Its Tactical Propulsion and Controls sub-segment produces fuses,
warheads and precision fire weapons, tactical rocket motors, large caliber ammunition, and missile components. It also
produces the third-stage propulsion system of the Standard Missile-3. It is a US Navy and allied nation missile intercept
weapon system. It also involves in the STAR family of orbit insertion motors and attitude control motor for the launch abort
system on the Orion crew vehicle of NASA.

The Security and Sporting segment of the company includes two sub-segments, namely, Commercial Products and
Tactical Systems. The Commercial Products sub-segment produces ammunition for the sport hunting and sport
enthusiast market. It provides various ammunition brands such as Federal Premium line of ammunition for the shooting
sports market. The other brands inc
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