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Airplanes and finance. Boeing reports 3Q results

Chicago, Usa - Raises cash flow and EPS Guidance

Boeing reported yesterday third-quarter results. The highlights are: - Revenue of $24.3 billion, including a record 202 commercial aircraft deliveries - GAAP EPS of $3.06 and core EPS (non-GAAP) of $2.72 on solid execution - Strong operating cash flow of $3.4 billion; repurchased 11 million shares for $2.5 billion - Backlog remains robust at $474 billion, including nearly 5,700 aircraft in commercial airplane orders - Cash flow and EPS guidance raised; segment guidance updated. The Boeing Company reported third-quarter revenue of $24.3 billion with GAAP earnings per share of $3.06 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) of $2.72 reflecting strong deliveries, services and delivery mix, and overall solid execution. The company's cash flow guidance is increased to $12.5 billion from $12.25 billion, driven by improved performance. Full year EPS guidance is increased to between $11.20 and $11.40 from $11.10 and $11.30 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP) guidance is increased to between $9.90 and $10.10 from $9.80 and $10.00 driven by a lower-than-expected tax rate. Full year segment guidance is updated, reflecting the realignment of the company's services businesses into Boeing Global Services (BGS). Operating cash flow in the quarter of $3.4 billion was driven by solid operating performance and favorable timing of receipts and expenditures. During the quarter, the company repurchased 11 million shares for $2.5 billion, leaving $6.5 billion remaining under the current repurchase authorization. The company also paid $0.9 billion in dividends in the quarter, reflecting a 30 percent increase in dividends per share compared to the same period of the prior year. Cash and investments in marketable securities totaled $10.0 billion, down slightly from $10.3 billion at the beginning of the quarter. Debt was $10.8 billion, unchanged from the beginning of the quarter. Total company backlog at quarter-end was $474 billion, down from $482 billion at the beginning of the quarter, and included net orders for the quarter of $16 billion. Segment Results Commercial Airplanes Commercial Airplanes third-quarter revenue was $15.0 billion on planned production rates and delivery mix. Third-quarter operating margin increased to 9.9 percent, reflecting higher 787 margins and strong operating performance on production programs, partially offset by additional cost growth of $256 million on the KC-46 Tanker program due to incorporating changes into initial production aircraft as we progress through late-stage testing and the certification process. During the quarter, Commercial Airplanes delivered a record 202 airplanes, including 24 737 MAX 8 airplanes. The production rate increased to 47 per month on the 737 program, and we confirmed plans to increase the 787 production rate to 14 per month in 2019. Development on 777X is on track as production began on the first complete wing for structural test. Commercial Airplanes booked 117 net orders during the quarter. Backlog remains robust with nearly 5,700 airplanes valued at $412 billion. Defense, Space & Security Defense, Space & Security (BDS) third-quarter revenue was $5.5 billion on lower planned deliveries and mix. Third-quarter operating margin increased to 10.2 percent, reflecting solid performance and mix, partially offset by KC-46 Tanker cost growth of $73 million. During the quarter, BDS was awarded contracts from the U.S. Air Force for design of the new Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent defense system and preliminary design of the next presidential aircraft. The U.S. Navy awarded BDS a contract for 14 F/A-18 Super Hornets during the third quarter. Additionally, BDS was selected to design and build seven medium earth orbit satellites for SES. Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was $46 billion, of which 35 percent represents orders from international customers. Global Services Global Services third-quarter revenue increased to $3.6 billion, primarily driven by higher commercial parts revenue, partially offset by timing of government services. Third-quarter operating margin was 14.2 percent reflecting product and services mix. During the quarter, Global Services was awarded a contract from the Defense Logistics Agency to supply F/A-18 E/F spare parts, and a contract from the Italian Air Force to provide performance-based logistics services to support the KC-767A tanker aircraft. More than 40 commercial airline customers signed up for our digital navigation applications in the quarter. Additionally, Global Services continues to capture new commercial and government customers through expanded offerings, including those powered by Boeing AnalytX.

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