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Boeing Reports Q3 GAAP Earnings Per Share Of US$3.60
October 26, 2016 22:12 PM
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 (Bernama) -- The Boeing Company reported third-quarter GAAP earnings per share of US$3.60 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) of US$3.51, reflecting overall solid execution on production programmes and services, favourable tax items, and timing of aircraft deliveries.
Revenue guidance has been increased US$500 million to between US$93.5 and US$95.5 billion on higher commercial deliveries, it said in a statement issued in Chicago Wednesday.
GAAP earnings per share guidance for 2016 has been increased to between US$7.10 and US$7.30 from US$6.40 and US$6.60 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) guidance has been increased to between US$6.80 and US$7.00 from US$6.10 and US$6.30 to reflect a favourable US$0.70 per share tax basis adjustment.
The third quarter favourable tax adjustment for a 2011-2012 tax settlement of US$0.28 per share was previously announced in the second quarter of 2016 and was reflected in prior guidance.
"Solid operating performance across our commercial and defence and space businesses in the third quarter again generated strong cash flow for Boeing, which continues to fuel investments in our future and enable us to deliver compelling returns to our shareholders," its Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Muilenburg said.
"We also captured key orders, reinforcing the strength of our large and diverse order backlog.
"We achieved key milestones on the 737 MAX, 787-10 and other development programmes, including the first KC-46 production contracts. Our teams remain focused on completing these development efforts and delivering better capabilities and economics to customers around the world," he said.
Muilenburg said Boeing remained on track to deliver full-year commitments and at the same time, positioning itself for further growth through intense focus on productivity, quality and safety across the company.
Operating cash flow in the quarter was US$3.2 billion, reflecting solid operating performance.
During the quarter, the company repurchased 7.6 million shares for US$1.0 billion, leaving $7.5 billion remaining under the current repurchase authorisation.
The company also paid US$0.7 billion in dividends in the quarter, reflecting an approximately 20 per cent increase in dividends per share compared with the same period of the previous year.
Cash and investments in marketable securities totalled US$9.7 billion, up from US$9.3 billion at the beginning of the quarter.
Debt was US$10.5 billion, down from the beginning of the quarter, due to repayment of debt.
Total company backlog at quarter-end was $462 billion, down from US$472 billion at the beginning of the quarter, and included net orders for the quarter of US$15 billion.
Meanwhile, Commercial Airplanes third-quarter revenue decreased to $17.0 billion on lower planned delivery volume.
Third-quarter operating margin was 9.4 per cent, reflecting delivery volume and mix, partially offset by lower period costs.
During the quarter, Boeing began production of the 500th 787 Dreamliner, completed service ready validation of the 737 MAX 8, and began production of the 737 MAX 9.
The 737 programme has captured more than 3,300 orders for the 737 MAX since launch and the company remains on track to raise the production rate to 47 per month in the third quarter of 2017.
During the quarter, Boeing continued to grow its services business through an agreement with Japan Airlines to provide spare parts solutions.
Commercial Airplanes booked 107 net orders during the quarter.
Backlog remains strong with more than 5,600 airplanes valued at $409 billion.
Defense, Space & Security third-quarter revenue was US$7.5 billion.
Third-quarter operating margin was 10.4 per cent, reflecting solid execution and the impact of the Commercial Crew programme.
Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) third-quarter revenue was US$3.3 billion, reflecting fewer C-17 deliveries and volume on F-15.
Operating margin increased to 13.3 per cent, reflecting programme mix.
During the quarter, BMA was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force for low-rate initial production of 19 KC-46 Tanker aircraft and received an agreement from the U.K. Ministry of Defence to purchase 50 Apache attack helicopters and nine P-8 Poseidon aircraft.
Network & Space Systems (N&SS) third-quarter revenue decreased to US$1.7 billion with an operating margin of 2.1 per cent, primarily reflecting the charge on the Commercial Crew development programme.
The charge includes a US$124 million reversal of cumulative pre-tax earnings recorded in previous periods and a US$38 million pre-tax reach-forward loss, and was largely driven by delays in completion of engineering and supply chain activities.
During the quarter, N&SS announced an award for a 702MP satellite with a new digital payload offering twice the capacity of previous designs.
Global Services & Support's (GS&S) third-quarter revenue increased to US$2.5 billion, reflecting higher volume in Aircraft Modernisation & Sustainment and Training Systems & Government Services.
Operating margin was 12.4 per cent largely reflecting contract mix.
During the quarter, GS&S was awarded contracts from the Defense Logistics Agency for F/A-18 spare parts.
Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was US$53 billion, of which 38 per cent represents orders from international customers.
At quarter-end, Boeing Capital's net portfolio balance was US$3.7 billion, up from the beginning of the quarter.
Total pension expense for the third quarter was US$453 million, down from US$529 million in the same period of the prior year.
Other unallocated items and eliminations revenue decreased from the same period in the prior year primarily due to the elimination of intercompany revenue for three aircraft delivered under operating leases.
The effective tax rate for the third quarter decreased from the same period in the previous year primarily due to the favourable US$440 million tax basis adjustment and the previously announced US$177 million for the 2011-2012 tax settlement.
The company's 2016 updated financial and delivery guidance reflects higher commercial deliveries and the impact of the tax basis adjustment.
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