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31 July 2019
31. July 2019 Company

Airbus reports Half-Year (H1) 2019 results

Airbus
  • Commercial aircraft environment robust
  • H1 financials mainly reflect A320 Family ramp-up and NEO transition
  • Revenues € 30.9 billion; EBIT Adjusted € 2.5 billion
  • EBIT (reported) € 2.1 billion; EPS (reported) € 1.54
  • 2019 guidance maintained

 

Amsterdam, 31 July 2019 – Airbus SE (stock exchange symbol: AIR) reported Half-Year (H1) 2019 consolidated financial results(1) and maintained its guidance for the full-year.

“The half-year financial performance mainly reflects the ramp-up in production of A320 Family aircraft and transition to the more efficient NEO version, as well as further progress on the A350 financial performance,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “We continue to see good demand for our competitive product portfolio, including the new A321XLR, as shown by the strong market endorsement at June’s Le Bourget airshow. Our operational focus is mainly on the A320neo Family ramp-up. The second half of the year in terms of deliveries and in particular free cash flow continues to be challenging. In defence and space, we signed the important contract amendment for the A400M programme.”

Gross commercial aircraft orders totalled 213 (H1 2018: 261 aircraft) with net orders of 88 aircraft (H1 2018: 206 aircraft). The order book stood at 7,276 commercial aircraft as of 30 June 2019. Net helicopter orders of 123 units (H1 2018: 143 units) included 23 NH90s for Spain and 11 H145s in the second quarter. Airbus Defence and Space’s order intake by value totalled € 4.2 billion, with second quarter bookings including the A400M Global Support Step 2 contract with OCCAR and next generation geostationary Ka-band communications satellites.

Consolidated revenues increased to € 30.9 billion (H1 2018: € 25.0 billion), mainly reflecting higher commercial aircraft deliveries and favourable foreign exchange. At Airbus, a total of 389 commercial aircraft were delivered (H1 2018: 303 aircraft), comprising 21 A220s, 294 A320 Family, 17 A330s, 53 A350s and 4 A380s. Airbus Helicopters delivered 143 units (H1 2018: 141 units) with stable revenues driven by programme phasing compensated by growth in services. Higher revenues at Airbus Defence and Space were supported by Military Aircraft activities.

Consolidated EBIT Adjusted – an alternative performance measure and key indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes, restructurings or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses – more than doubled to € 2,529 million (H1 2018: € 1,162 million), driven by commercial aircraft activities at Airbus.

Airbus’ EBIT Adjusted increased to € 2,338 million (H1 2018: € 867 million), mainly reflecting the A320 ramp-up and NEO premium, further progress on the A350 financial performance and an improvement in foreign exchange rates in the second quarter.

On the A320 programme, NEO aircraft represented 234 out of the total 294 deliveries. The ramp-up in production of the Airbus Cabin Flex (ACF) version of the A321 remains challenging. Given the recent commercial success of the A321 ACF and XLR as demonstrated at Le Bourget, Airbus is studying different options to increase the share of the A321 in current A320 Family production capacity. On the A330 programme, the focus is on the ramp-up of the NEO version to secure deliveries in the second half of 2019. A330neo deliveries totalled 13 in the half-year. Good progress was made on A350 recurring cost convergence and the programme is on track to reach the breakeven target for the year. Meanwhile, progress was made in preparing the winding down of the A380 programme and securing in-service support for the next decades.

Airbus Helicopters’ EBIT Adjusted totalled € 125 million (H1 2018: € 135 million), reflecting a less favourable delivery mix partially compensated by an increased contribution from services.

EBIT Adjusted at Airbus Defence and Space totalled € 233 million (H1 2018: € 309 million), mainly reflecting efforts to support ongoing campaigns. 

Seven A400M military transport aircraft were delivered in the half-year, bringing the in-service fleet to 81 as of 30 June. The A400M contract amendment was signed with OCCAR during the second quarter, concluding the discussions on the programme’s Global Rebaselining. With this contract amendment, an agreement has been reached on a new capabilities development plan, a new production delivery schedule, a new retrofit delivery schedule and new financial terms. The anticipated impact of the Global Rebaselining was reflected in the 2018 results.

Consolidated self-financed R&D expenses totalled € 1,423 million (H1 2018: € 1,403 million).

Consolidated EBIT (reported) amounted to € 2,093 million (H1 2018: € 1,120 million), including Adjustments totalling a net € -436 million. These Adjustments mainly comprised:

  • A negative € -208 million related to the prolonged suspension of defence export licences to Saudi Arabia by the German government, of which € -18 million were booked in Q2 2019;
  • A negative € -136 million related to A380 programme cost, of which € -75 million was booked in Q2 2019, as part of Airbus’ continuous assessment of assets recoverability and the quarterly review of onerous contract provision assumptions;
  • A total of € -90 million of other costs, including compliance.

 

Consolidated reported earnings per share of € 1.54 (H1 2018: € 0.64) included a negative impact from the financial result, mainly driven by losses on foreign exchange hedges recognised in the context of the prolonged suspension of defence export licences. The financial result was   € -215 million (H1 2018: € -303 million). The effective tax rate included the impact from charges related to the prolonged suspension of defence export licences, as well as the reassessment of tax assets and liabilities. Consolidated net income(2) was € 1,197 million (H1 2018: € 496 million).

Consolidated free cash flow before M&A and customer financing of € -3,981 million
(H1 2018: € -3,968 million) mainly reflected the working capital build supporting deliveries in the second half of 2019. Consolidated free cash flow was € -4,116 million (H1 2018: € -3,797 million).

The consolidated net cash position was € 6.6 billion on 30 June 2019 (year-end 2018: € 13.3 billion) after the 2018 dividend payment of € 1.3 billion in the second quarter. The gross cash position on 30 June was € 17.8 billion (year-end 2018: € 22.2 billion).

Following a review of demographic and underlying assumptions, the pension provision increased in the second quarter. This reflected the global decrease in the discount rate as well as the change in management’s estimates for the valuation of employee benefits in Germany.

In response to developments in the WTO dispute, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in April published a list of EU products upon which the USTR intends to apply tariffs, which included new aircraft and helicopters as well as major components for aircraft manufacturing in the US. If the USTR decides to impose tariffs on Airbus products and other products from the EU, this could significantly affect the delivery of new Airbus aircraft and helicopters to the US market and have a negative effect on Airbus’ financial condition and results of operations. The potential decision of the EU to impose tariffs on US products could come at a later stage. Airbus continues to support an outcome through a negotiated solution(3).

Outlook

As the basis for its 2019 guidance, the Company expects the world economy and air traffic to grow in line with prevailing independent forecasts, which assume no major disruptions.

The 2019 earnings and Free Cash Flow guidance is before M&A.

  • Airbus targets 880 to 890 commercial aircraft deliveries in 2019.
  • On that basis:
    Airbus expects to deliver an increase in EBIT Adjusted of approximately +15% compared to 2018 and FCF before M&A and Customer Financing of approximately € 4 billion.

 

About Airbus

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2018, it generated revenues of € 64 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Contacts for the media:

Martin Agüera                      +49 (0) 175 227 4369             martin.aguera@airbus.com

Rod Stone                             +33 (0) 6 3052 1993              rod.stone@airbus.com

 

Note to editors: Live Webcast of the Analyst Conference Call

At 08:15 CEST on 31 July, you can listen to the H1 2019 Results Analyst Conference Call with Chief Executive Officer  Guillaume Faury and Chief Financial Officer Dominik Asam via the Airbus website. The analyst call presentation can also be found on the company website. A recording will be made available in due course. For a reconciliation of Airbus’ KPIs to “reported IFRS” please refer to the analyst presentation.

 

Airbus Consolidated – Half-Year (H1) Results 2019  

(Amounts in Euro)

Airbus Consolidated

H1 2019

H1 2018

Change

Revenues, in millions

30,866

24,970

+24%

thereof defence, in millions

4,085

 4,041

+1%

EBIT Adjusted, in millions

2,529

1,162

+118%

EBIT (reported), in millions

2,093

1,120

+87%

Research & Development expenses,
in millions

1,423

1,403

+1%

Net Income(2), in millions

1,197

 496

+141%

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

1.54 

0.64

+141%

Free Cash Flow (FCF), in millions

-4,116

-3,797

-

Free Cash Flow
before M&A
, in millions

-3,998

-4,069

-

Free Cash Flow before M&A
and Customer Financing
, in millions

-3,981

-3,968

-

Airbus Consolidated

30 June
2019

31 Dec
2018

Change

Net Cash position, in millions

6,565

13,281

-51%

Employees

136,343

133,671

+2%

By Business Segment

Revenues

EBIT  (reported)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

H1
2019

H1
2018

Change

H1
2019

H1
2018

Change

Airbus

     24,043

18,546

+30%

2,151

773

+178%

Airbus Helicopters

      2,371

2,388

-1%

124

114

+9%

Airbus Defence and Space

      5,015

4,652

+8%

-15

382

         -

Transversal & Eliminations

-563

-616

-

-167

-149

-

Total

30,866

24,970

+24%

2,093

1,120

+87%

By Business Segment

EBIT Adjusted

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

H1
2019

H1

 2018

Change

Airbus

2,338

867

+170%

Airbus Helicopters

125

135

-7%

Airbus Defence and Space

233

309

-25%

Transversal & Eliminations

-167

-149

-

Total

2,529

1,162

+118%

By Business Segment

Order Intake (net)

Order Book

 

H1
2019

H1
2018

Change

30 June
2019

30 June
2018

Change

Airbus, in units

88

206

-57%

7,276

7,168

+2%

Airbus Helicopters, in units

123

143

-14%

697

694

0%

Airbus Defence and Space, in millions of Euro

4,220

3,184

    +33%

N/A

  N/A

N/A

Airbus Consolidated – Second Quarter (Q2) Results 2019

(Amounts in Euro) 

Airbus Consolidated

Q2 2019

Q2 2018

Change

Revenues, in millions

18,317

14,851

+23%

EBIT Adjusted, in millions

1,980

1,148

+72%

EBIT (reported), in millions

 1,912

921

+108%

Net Income(2), in millions

1,157

213

+443%

Earnings Per Share (EPS)

1.49

0.27

+452%

By Business Segment

Revenues

EBIT (reported)

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

Q2
2019

Q2
2018

Change

Q2
2019

Q2
2018

Change

Airbus

14,346

11,324

+27%

1,759

775

+127%

Airbus Helicopters

1,364

1,427

-4%

115

124

-7%

Airbus Defence and Space

2,903

2,435

+19%

102

117

   -13%

Transversal & Eliminations

-296

-335

-

-64

-95

      -

Total

18,317

14,851

+23%

1,912

921

  +108%

By Business Segment

EBIT Adjusted

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

Q2
2019

Q2
2018

Change

Airbus

1,802

908

+98%

Airbus Helicopters

110

138

-20%

Airbus Defence and Space

132

197

-33%

Transversal & Eliminations

-64

-95

-

Total

1,980

1,148

+72%

Q2 2019 revenues increased by 23%, mainly driven by higher commercial aircraft deliveries, favourable foreign exchange and higher revenues at Airbus Defence and Space.

Q2 2019 EBIT Adjusted increased by 72%, mainly driven by the A320 ramp-up and transition, progress on the A350 XWB programme, and favourable foreign exchange.

Q2 2019 EBIT (reported) increased by 108%. It reflected net Adjustments of € -68 million booked in the quarter. Net Adjustments in the second quarter of 2018 amounted to € -227 million.

Q2 2019 Net Income increased by 443%, mainly driven by the higher EBIT, the positive impact from the revaluation of financial instruments and the lower effective tax rate.

 

EBIT (reported) / EBIT Adjusted Reconciliation

The table below reconciles EBIT (reported) with EBIT Adjusted.

Airbus Consolidated

(Amounts in millions of Euro)

H1 2019

EBIT (reported)

2,093

thereof:

 

Defence export ban

-208

A380 programme cost

-136

Others

-90

$ PDP mismatch/Balance Sheet revaluation

-2

EBIT Adjusted

 2,529

Glossary 

KPI

DEFINITION

EBIT

The Company continues to use the term EBIT (Earnings before interest and taxes). It is identical to Profit before finance result and income taxes as defined by IFRS Rules.

Adjustment

Adjustment, an alternative performance measure, is a term used by the Company which includes material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes, restructuring or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses.

EBIT Adjusted

The Company uses an alternative performance measure, EBIT Adjusted, as a key indicator capturing the underlying business margin by excluding material charges or profits caused by movements in provisions related to programmes, restructurings or foreign exchange impacts as well as capital gains/losses from the disposal and acquisition of businesses.

EPS Adjusted

EPS Adjusted is an alternative performance measure of basic earnings per share as reported whereby the net income as the numerator does include Adjustments. For reconciliation, see the Analyst presentation.

Gross cash position

The Company defines its consolidated gross cash position as the sum of (i) cash and cash equivalents and (ii) securities (all as recorded in the consolidated statement of financial position).

Net cash position

For the definition of the alternative performance measure net cash position, see Registration Document, MD&A section 2.1.6.

FCF

For the definition of the alternative performance measure free cash flow, see Registration Document, MD&A section 2.1.6.1. It is a key indicator which allows the Company to measure the amount of cash flow generated from operations after cash used in investing activities.

FCF before M&A

Free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions refers to free cash flow as defined in the Registration Document, MD&A section 2.1.6.1 adjusted for net proceeds from disposals and acquisitions. It is an alternative performance measure and key indicator that reflects free cash flow excluding those cash flows resulting from acquisitions and disposals of businesses.

FCF before M&A and customer financing

Free cash flow before M&A and customer financing refers to free cash flow before mergers and acquisitions adjusted for cash flow related to aircraft financing activities. It is an alternative performance measure and indicator that may be used from time to time by the Company in its financial guidance, especially when there is higher uncertainty around customer financing activities.

Footnotes:

1)         H1 2019 figures include the A220 programme, which was consolidated into Airbus on 1 July  2018.

2)         Airbus SE 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.

3)         For more details on the WTO dispute, please refer to the Financial Statements and, in particular, note 23, “Litigation and Claims” of the Unaudited Condensed Interim Financial Information of Airbus SE for the six-month period ended 30 June 2019 available on Airbus’ website (www.airbus.com).

 

 

 Safe Harbour Statement:

This press release includes forward-looking statements. Words such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “expects”, “intends”, “plans”, “projects”, “may” and similar expressions are used to identify these forward-looking statements. Examples of forward-looking statements include statements made about strategy, ramp-up and delivery schedules, introduction of new products and services and market expectations, as well as statements regarding future performance and outlook.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances and there are many factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

These factors include but are not limited to:

  • Changes in general economic, political or market conditions, including the cyclical nature of some of Airbus’ businesses;
  • Significant disruptions in air travel (including as a result of terrorist attacks);
  • Currency exchange rate fluctuations, in particular between the Euro and the U.S. dollar;
  • The successful execution of internal performance plans, including cost reduction and productivity efforts;
  • Product performance risks, as well as programme development and management risks;
  • Customer, supplier and subcontractor performance or contract negotiations, including financing issues;
  • Competition and consolidation in the aerospace and defence industry;
  • Significant collective bargaining labour disputes;
  • The outcome of political and legal processes including the availability of government financing for certain programmes and the size of defence and space procurement budgets;
  • Research and development costs in connection with new products;
  • Legal, financial and governmental risks related to international transactions;
  • Legal and investigatory proceedings and other economic, political and technological risks and uncertainties.

As a result, Airbus SE’s actual results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set forth in such forward-looking statements.

For a discussion of factors that could cause future results to differ from such forward-looking statements, see the 2018 Airbus SE “Registration Document” dated 29 July 2019, including the Risk Factors section.

Any forward-looking statement contained in this press release speaks as of the date of this press release. Airbus SE undertakes no obligation to publicly revise or update any forward-looking statements in light of new information, future events or otherwise.

Rounding

Due to rounding, numbers presented may not add up precisely to the totals provided and percentages may not precisely reflect the absolute figures.

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