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25 October 2016
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Ad-hoc release, 26 October 2016: Airbus Group Reports Nine-Month (9m) 2016 Results

Summary

Healthy orders and backlog support production ramp-up

Aircraft delivery schedule heavily back-loaded to Q4

9m financials reflect ongoing ramp-up and transition from current to new aircraft models

  • Revenues € 43 billion; EBIT* before one-off € 2.4 billion; Earnings per share € 2.34
  • 2016 earnings guidance maintained**
  • Free cash flow guidance maintained excluding the impact from aircraft financing**

Airbus Group SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported nine-month 2016 results which reflect the ongoing ramp-up and transition from current to new aircraft models (NEO).

“As expected the nine-month performance reflects the heavily back-loaded aircraft delivery schedule, ongoing production ramp-up and transition to new versions of our A320 and A330 aircraft,” said Tom Enders, Airbus Group Chief Executive Officer. “For the remaining months of the year we remain totally focused on deliveries to achieve our earnings and cash guidance. The commercial environment continues to be rather healthy, with a backlog of more than 6,700 aircraft supporting our production plans and reflecting the strength of the product portfolio. Further integration of the group, as recently decided, will simplify the company’s governance and improve competitiveness.”

Group order intake(1) in the first nine months of 2016 was € 73.2 billion (9m 2015: € 111.9 billion), with the order book(1) value totalling € 986 billion as of 30 September 2016 (year-end 2015: € 1,006 billion). Airbus received 380 net commercial aircraft orders (9m 2015: 815 net orders) with gross orders of 566 aircraft including 35 A350 XWBs and 14 A330neos. In the third quarter alone, 250 gross orders were booked for A320neo (new engine option) Family aircraft. Airbus Helicopters received 211 net orders (9m 2015: 181 net orders), including 47 H145s and 42 H135s. In August, an agreement was announced by Kuwait for 30 H225M Caracal helicopters. Defence and Space saw good order momentum, particularly in Space, while an agreement was signed with the Netherlands and Luxembourg for two A330 MRTT aircraft.

Group revenues were stable at € 42.7 billion (9m 2015: € 43.0 billion). Revenues at Commercial Aircraft reflected higher A350 and A320 volumes but lower A330s and were supported by the more favourable US dollar environment. In all, 462 commercial aircraft were delivered (9m 2015: 446 aircraft). Despite increased deliveries of 258 (9m 2015: 237 units), Helicopters’ revenues declined three percent, reflecting a higher proportion of light helicopters and lower commercial flight hours in services. Airbus Defence and Space’s revenues declined eight percent, reflecting the negative impact of the perimeter change from portfolio reshaping of around € -450 million but were broadly stable on a comparable basis. Eleven A400M military transport aircraft were delivered in the nine month period.

Group EBIT* before one-off(3) – an indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding material non-recurring charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes and restructurings or foreign exchange impacts – amounted to € 2,415 million (9m 2015: € 2,804 million).

Commercial Aircraft’s EBIT* before one-off was € 1,838 million (9m 2015: € 2,226 million), driven by the lower A330 rate, delivery profile, transition pricing on A330 and A320, and higher ramp-up costs, while research and development (R&D) costs decreased.

On the A350 programme, 26 aircraft were delivered over the nine month period with 14 in the third quarter alone. Good progress was made over the summer in terms of risk management to bring down the level of outstanding work in the final assembly line. Difficulties remain in the supply chain with work continuing on recurring cost convergence during the ramp-up. The company remains focused on these short-term challenges as it works towards achieving the A350 delivery target. A total of 24 A320neos were delivered from January to end September with the first CFM-engined aircraft delivered in the third quarter. The early teething problems with the Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engine are now largely over but P&W is facing some industrial ramp-up challenges which puts more pressure on the back-loading of the delivery profile. Firm commitments have been received from both engine suppliers to meet the NEO schedule and the airframes are well on track for on-time delivery to customers.

In Helicopters, EBIT* before one-off was € 200 million (9m 2015: € 241 million), burdened by an unfavourable mix and lower commercial flight hours in services as well as the H225 accident in Norway and some campaign costs. However, the underlying profit at Helicopters continues to be supported by ongoing transformation measures and efforts to adapt to market challenges.

Defence and Space’s EBIT* before one-off was € 440 million (9m 2015: € 431 million) after the perimeter change from portfolio reshaping. On a comparable perimeter, EBIT* before one-off benefited from a better contract mix and risk reduction and restructuring efforts that have been implemented in the Division.

On the A400M, progress is being made on the industrial side in terms of capability development and programme governance although the overall programme situation remains challenging. The fleet has now completed 10,000 in-service flight hours. Commercial negotiations with OCCAR and the Nations are yet to take place with regard to the revised delivery schedule and its implications. As of today, the outcome of these negotiations cannot be reliably estimated.

Group self-financed R&D expenses declined to € 2,015 million (9m 2015: € 2,287 million).

Reported EBIT*(3) of € 2,363 million (9m 2015: € 2,946 million) included net one-offs totalling € -52 million. For the first nine months of 2016, a negative impact of € 723 million was recorded related to the dollar pre-delivery payment mismatch and balance sheet revaluation, while a total net capital gain of € 75 million was booked related to portfolio adjustments mainly at Defence and Space. The remaining one-offs were unchanged since the half-year 2016 results.

Net income(4) was € 1,811 million (9m 2015: € 1,900 million) with earnings per share of € 2.34 (9m 2015: € 2.42). The finance result was € -342 million (9m 2015: € -536 million).

Free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions amounted to € -4,729 million (9m 2015: € -1,751 million), reflecting the investment in programmes for the fourth quarter deliveries and further ramp-up in 2017, in particular for A320 and A350. It also includes a significant cash burden for the A400M and around € 500 million of aircraft financing, which is mainly a reflection of the current suspension of Export Credit Agency financing. Airbus Group continues to work with the ECAs on a process to resume financing, but given the progress so far, the timing and quantum are still uncertain.

Free cash flow of € -2,649 million (9m 2015: € -112 million) includes € 1.2 billion in proceeds from the sale of Dassault Aviation shares, € 750 million from the implementation of phase 2 of the Airbus Safran Launchers JV and € 310 million from the sale of the Business Communication business. The net cash position on 30 September 2016 was € 5.6 billion (year-end 2015: € 10.0(5) billion) with a gross cash position of € 16.9 billion (year-end 2015: € 19.1(5) billion).

Outlook

As the basis for its 2016 guidance, Airbus Group expects the world economy and air traffic to grow in line with prevailing independent forecasts, which assume no major disruptions.

Airbus Group maintains its 2016 earnings guidance based on a constant perimeter.

Airbus Group maintains its 2016 free cash flow guidance based on a constant perimeter, excluding the impact from aircraft financing.

The perimeter change in Airbus Defence and Space implemented at H1 2016 is expected to reduce EBIT* before one-off and free cash flow before M&A by around € 200 million and EPS* before one-off by around 20 cents.

* Airbus Group uses EBIT pre-goodwill impairment and exceptionals as a key indicator of its economic performance. The term “exceptionals” refers to such items as depreciation expenses of fair value adjustments relating to the former EADS merger and Airbus Combination, as well as impairment charges thereon.

** On a constant perimeter.

Note to editors: Live Webcast of the Airbus Group Analyst Conference Call

You can listen to the Nine-Month 2016 Results Analyst Conference Call with Chief Financial Officer Harald Wilhelm at 08:30 a.m. CEST today via the Airbus Group website: www.airbusgroup.com/9M2016. The analyst call presentation can be found on the company website. A recording will be made available in due course. For a reconciliation of Airbus Group’s KPIs to “reported IFRS” please refer to the analyst presentation.

About Airbus Group

Airbus Group is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2015, the Group – comprising Airbus, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Helicopters – generated revenues of € 64.5 billion and employed a workforce of around 136,600.

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Q3 2016 revenues were stable compared to Q3 2015 as the changes from portfolio reshaping at Defence and Space (around € -450 million) were compensated by increases at Commercial Aircraft and Helicopters. Q3 2016 EBIT* before one-off declined 21 percent, mainly reflecting the back-loaded delivery profile, lower A330 production rate, transition pricing and ramp-up costs. It was positively compensated by an R&D tailwind. It also includes the impact from portfolio reshaping at Defence and Space.

Q3 2016 reported EBIT* decreased by 29 percent. It mainly reflects negative one-offs of around € -200 million both in Q3 2016 and Q3 2015 related to foreign exchange effects from the dollar pre-delivery payment mismatch and balance sheet revaluation. Q3 2016 net income was negatively influenced by a high Q3 effective tax rate.

Footnotes

  1. Contributions from commercial aircraft activities to Order Intake and Order Book based on list prices.
  2. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortisation and exceptionals.
  3. Earnings before interest and taxes, pre goodwill impairment and exceptionals.
  4. Airbus Group continues to use the term Net Income. It is identical to Profit for the period attributable to equity owners of the parent as defined by IFRS Rules.
  5. Excluding reclassification of certain securities.

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Airbus Group – Nine-Month (Q3) Results 2016 (Amounts in euro)

Airbus Group

9m 2016

9m 2015

Change

Revenues, in millions

42,705

42,965

     -1%

thereof defence, in millions

 7,190

7,476

     -4%

EBITDA (2), in millions

3,936

4,574

    -14%

EBIT before one-off (3), in millions

2,415

2,804

    -14%

EBIT (3), in millions

2,363

     2,946

-20%

Research & Development expenses,
in millions

2,015

2,287

-12%

Net Income (4), in millions

1,811

1,900

-5%

Earnings Per Share (EPS) (4)

 2.34

2.42

-3%

Free Cash Flow (FCF), in millions

-2,649

-112

-

Free Cash Flow
before M&A
, in millions

-4,729

-1,751

-

Free Cash Flow
before Customer Financing
, in millions

-2,104

5

-

Order Intake (1), in millions

73,218

111,923

-35%

 

Airbus Group

30 Sept
2016

31 Dec
2015

Change

Order Book (1), in millions

986,001

1,005,864

-2%

thereof defence, in millions

36,287 

38,411

-6%

Net Cash position, in millions

5,553

10,003(5)

 -44%

Employees

132,973

136,574

-3%

 

by Division

Revenues

EBIT (3)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

9m
2016

9m
2015

Change

9m
2016

9m
2015

Change

Commercial Aircraft

  31,511

31,119

 +1%

775

1,902

-59%

Helicopters

4,282

4,423

-3%

200

241

-17%

Defence and Space

7,714

8,383

-8%

583

149

  +291% 

Headquarters / Eliminations

-802

-960

-

805

654

-

Total

42,705

42,965

-1%

2,363

2,946

-20%

 

by Division

EBIT before one-off(3)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

9m
2016

9m
2015

Change

Commercial Aircraft

1,838

2,226

-17%

Helicopters

200

241

-17%

Defence and Space

440

431

+2%

Headquarters / Eliminations

-63

-94

-

Total

2,415

2,804

-14%

 

by Division

Order Intake (1)

Order Book (1)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

9m
2016

9m
2015

Change

30 Sept
2016

31 Dec
2015

Change

Commercial Aircraft

63,103

100,061

-37%

939,079

952,450

-1%

Helicopters

3,588

4,013

-11%

11,075

11,769

-6%

Defence and Space

8,189

8,483

-3%

38,355

42,861

-11%

Headquarters /  Eliminations

-1,662

-634

-

-2,508

-1,216

-

Total

73,218

111,923

-35%

986,001

1,005,864

-2%

Airbus Group – Third Quarter Results (Q3) 2016

Airbus Group

Q3 2016

Q3 2015

Change

Revenues, in millions

13,950

14,072

-1%

EBIT before one-off (3), in millions

731

921

-21%

EBIT (3), in millions

507

717

-29%

Net Income (4), in millions

50

376

-87%

Earnings Per Share (EPS) (4)

 0.06

0.48

-88%

 

by Division

Revenues

EBIT (3)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

Q3
2016

Q3
2015

Change

Q3
2016

Q3
2015

Change

Commercial Aircraft

10,450

10,038

+4%

354

478

-26%

Helicopters

1,595

1,473

+8%

56

79

-29%

Defence and Space

2,274

2,852

-20%

105

175

    -40%

Headquarters /
Eliminations

-369

-291

-

-8

-15

      -

Total

13,950

14,072

-1%

507

717

-29%

 

by Division

EBIT before one-off(3)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

Q3
2016

Q3
2015

Change

Commercial Aircraft

568

693

-18%

Helicopters

56

79

-29%

Defence and Space

115

164

-30%

Headquarters /
Eliminations

-8

-15

-

Total

731

921

-21%

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