Boeing results show more reliance on commercial lines

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 24, 2014
Boeing revenues are increasingly reliant on commercial sales. (Boeing)
Boeing revenues are increasingly reliant on commercial sales. (Boeing)

Boeing released its first quarter financial results in a conference call with media and analysts on Wednesday morning US time.

The results show the company achieved a first quarter revenue increase of eight per cent to US$20.5bn (A$22.1bn). The results highlighted an increasing reliance on the company’s commercial products and a greater emphasis on facilities in the Washington state region as its California and Missouri-based C-17 transport and fighter lines draw down and its KC-46A and P-8A programs ramp up.

The figures show 63 per cent of Boeing’s income, or US$12.8bn (A$13.8bn), were from its commercial product lines, a rise from 61 per cent for all of 2013, while defence sales for the first quarter were US$7.6bn (A$8.2bn). This is a stark comparison to 2010/11 where the two sectors were roughly at parity.

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The draw down of Boeing's C-17 and fighter lines are expected to keep revenue from defence sales "flat" for the short to medium term. (Boeing)
The draw down of Boeing’s C-17 and fighter lines are expected to keep revenue from defence sales “flat” for the short to medium term. (Boeing)

Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said he expected Defence sales to remain “near flat” in the short to medium term, but to return to a trend of “slow growth” in the longer term.

But despite some analysts predicting the onset of an order bubble after record sales in recent years, McNerney added that indications were for continuing strong demand from airlines. “We see no softening of demand for our commercial airplanes, given the compelling operating economics and increased fuel efficiency that our airplanes provide,” he said. “Underpinning the strength of this cycle, relative to past ones, is a sustained high level of replacement demand fuelled by compelling aircraft economics and the rapid return on investment, and that comes from replacing older, less efficient aircraft with the dramatically more efficient aircraft we are building today and will introduce through this decade.”

Boeing currently holds a backlog valued at US$440bn (A$473bn) at list prices, and this includes US$19bn (A$20.4bn) of net orders logged in the first quarter alone.

Within its Defense, Space & Security sector, Boeing recorded revenue of US$3.5bn (A$3.8bn) in its Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA) division, while its Network & Space Systems (N&SS) logged US$1.9bn (A$2.04bn), and the Global Services & Support (GS&S) US$2.3bn (A$2.5bn).

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The Defense, Space & Security sector is holding a backlog of US$66bn (A$71bn), of which 35 per cent is from overseas orders.

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Boeing results show more reliance on commercial lines Comment

  • 1984

    says:

    This is reason for the massive amounts of bad press the F-35 gets.

    Its the elephant in the room. If the F-35 succeeds as being the premier platform for the vast majority of western aligned air forces it means that Boeing will be the biggest loser.

    The news I have heard is Boeing don’t get any Silent Eagle orders within the year they’ll be moving to shut down the Eagle production line. They’re lucky that the USN is still buying Super Hornets but without new orders within the next few years that line will also be consigned to closing down.

    And once the production lines are closed that’s that.

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