BAE SYSTEMS (LSE: BA).
Stirling Square, 6 Carlton Gardens, London,SW1Y 5AD United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 373232
BAE Systems is a global defence, aerospace and security company employing around 88,200 people worldwide in Australia, India, Saudi Arabia, UK and USA.. Products and services cover air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology, and support services. Defence product areas are:
Announcement of 2019 half-year results -- 31/7/2019
Financial performance measures as defined by the Group
* Order backlog of [pounds sterling]47.4bn has reduced marginally over the first half of the year with trading on multi-year, long-term contracts in Air partly offset by further growth in the US businesses.
* Sales increased by 4% on a constant currency basis to [pounds sterling]9.4bn.
* Underlying EBITA of [pounds sterling]999m increased by 9% on a constant currency basis and excluding the estimated impact of IFRS 16.
* Underlying earnings per share increased by 11% to 21.9p, excluding the one-off tax benefit. The Group's underlying effective tax rate (excluding the one-off tax benefit) for the first half of the year was 17%, consistent with the prior year.
* Operating business cash outflow of [pounds sterling]309m.
Net debt at [pounds sterling]1.9bn([pounds sterling]904m at 31 December 2018).
Financial performance measures defined in IFRS
* Revenue increased to [pounds sterling]8.7bn, up 4% on a constant currency basis.
* Operating profit increased to [pounds sterling]896m, up 7% on a constant currency basis and excluding the estimated impact of IFRS 16.
* Basic EPS increased to 25.0p, up 69%, driven by the profit performance and the [pounds sterling]161m one-off tax benefit.
Pension and dividend
* The Group's share of the pre-tax accounting net pension deficit increased to [pounds sterling]4.3bn (31 December 2018 [pounds sterling]3.9bn). The funding position is currently estimated to be approximately [pounds sterling]2.0bn lower than the accounting position.
* Interim dividend increased by 4.4% to 9.4p per share.
One-off tax benefit
A one-off tax benefit of [pounds sterling]161m was recognised in the first half of the year, arising from agreements reached in respect of an overseas tax matter, net of a provision taken in respect of the estimated exposure arising from the EU's decision regarding the UK's Controlled Foreign Company regime.
Operational and strategic key points
* Working closely with industry partners and the UK government to continue to fulfil contractual support arrangements in Saudi Arabia on the key European collaboration programmes.
* The Qatar Typhoon and Hawk programme has been mobilised and the contract amended to accelerate aircraft deliveries.
* The UK Tornado fleet successfully retired from service on schedule in March 2019.
* 500th F-35 aft fuselage was delivered with the business ramping up to full rate production in 2020.
* Next phase of the Tempest next-generation combat air programme was contracted.
* In Australia the mobilisation of the Hunter Class frigate programme commenced.
Maritime and Land UK
* A further [pounds sterling]0.8bn of funding was received on the Dreadnought programme.
* The second of the five Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) was accepted by the customer and the third OPV is close to acceptance.
* HMS Prince of Wales aircraft carrier sea trials are expected to commence in the second half.
* BAE Systems' Type 26 design was selected for the Canadian Surface Combatant programme.
* The UK combat vehicles joint venture between Rheinmetall and BAE Systems Land UK was formally launched on 1 July 2019.
* Continued production ramp up on F-35 electronic warfare systems and APKWS[R] product line.
* The business continues to experience growth in classified work.
* Establishing new facilities in Huntsville, Alabama and Manchester, New Hampshire expanding capacity as the business delivers on increased order backlog.
* Acquired Riptide Autonomous Solutions, a developer of unmanned underwater vehicles, securing a flexible platform for integrating our electronic solutions and mission capabilities.
Platforms & Services (US)
* Implementation of process and automation improvements in Combat Vehicles production.
* Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Low-Rate Initial Production has commenced.
* M109A7 deliveries progressing as we work towards a revised production schedule, on track to achieve production of eight vehicles per month by year end.
* The first of the Amphibious Combat Vehicles (ACVs) is undergoing acceptance testing in conjunction with the US Marine Corps ahead of the first delivery.
* Investments are ongoing to modernise facilities, manufacturing technologies and processes.
* The US Ship Repair business received orders totalling $427m ([pounds sterling]336m) and concluded commercial shipbuilding operations.
Cyber & Intelligence
* Disposal process is underway of the Applied Intelligence ex-SilverSky business together with an exit from the loss making UK-based Managed Security Services business. A restructuring charge of [pounds sterling]25m has been recognised in the first half of the year.
* The US-based Intelligence & Security (I&S) business continues to increase its bid pipeline, perform on existing contracts and win new orders, capturing its first Federated Secure Cloud opportunity.
Guidance for 2019
Whilst the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties, the following guidance is provided on current expected operational performance.
We expect the Group's underlying earnings per share (excluding the one-off tax benefit) to grow by mid-single digit compared to the full year underlying earnings per share in 2018 of 42.9p, assuming a US$1.30 to sterling exchange rate.
Whilst there is no change to Group-level earnings per share guidance, the first half restructuring charge taken at Applied Intelligence, together with slightly higher HQ costs, are expected to be covered by improved operational performance and a slightly lower effective tax rate.
In 2019 the Group now expects net debt to be broadly unchanged from the net debt at 31 December 2018. This is a slight improvement from the previous guidance reflecting a net timing mix on the Qatar Typhoon programme and the M109A7 programme. The Group continues to target in excess of [pounds sterling]3bn of free cash flow over the three-year period 2019-2021, assuming a US$1.30 to sterling exchange rate.
The guidance is based on the measures used to monitor the underlying financial performance of the Group. Reconciliations from these measures to the financial performance measures defined in International Financial Reporting Standards for the six months ended 30 June 2019 are provided in the Group financial review on pages 10 to 16.
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