Boeing strongly reduces production in the years to come and stops 747 in 2022


In response to slow sales due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Boeing has decided the following measures:

  • Boeing confirms the end of the 747 production in 2022,
  • Boeing will reduce the 787 production rate to 6 per month in 2021 and will study consolidation to one single assembly line in either Everett or North Charleston,
  • The 737 MAX output will scale back to 31 units per month in 2022, and
  • The 777/777X output will scale back to 2 units per month in 2021, while the first delivery is postponed to 2022.

Full press release:

Boeing Reports Second-Quarter Results

  • Financial results continue to be significantly impacted by COVID-19 and the 737 MAX grounding
  • Revenue of $11.8 billion, GAAP loss per share of ($4.20) and core (non-GAAP)* loss per share of ($4.79)
  • Operating cash flow of ($5.3) billion; cash and marketable securities of $32.4 billion
  • Total backlog of $409 billion, including more than 4,500 commercial aeroplanes


Table 1. Summary Financial Results Second Quarter First Half
(Dollars in Millions, except per share data) 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Revenues $11,807 $15,751 (25)% $28,715 $38,668 (26)%
Loss From Operations ($2,964) ($3,380) NM ($4,317) ($1,030) NM
Operating Margin (25.1)% (21.5)% NM (15.0)% (2.7)% NM
Net Loss ($2,395) ($2,942) NM ($3,036) ($793) NM
Loss Per Share ($4.20) ($5.21) NM ($5.31) ($1.40) NM
Operating Cash Flow ($5,280) ($590) NM ($9,582) $2,198 NM
Core Operating Loss ($3,319) ($3,745) NM ($5,019) ($1,759) NM
Core Operating Margin (28.1)% (23.8)% NM (17.5)% (4.5)% NM
Core Loss Per Share ($4.79) ($5.82) NM ($6.49) ($2.60) NM
*Non-GAAP measure; complete definitions of Boeing’s non-GAAP measures are on page 6, “Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures.”    

The Boeing Company reported second-quarter revenue of $11.8 billion, GAAP loss per share of ($4.20) and core loss per share (non-GAAP)* of ($4.79), primarily reflecting the impacts of COVID-19 and the 737 MAX grounding (Table 1). Boeing recorded operating cash flow of ($5.3) billion.

We remained focused on the health of our employees and communities while proactively taking action to navigate the unprecedented commercial market impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun. “We’re working closely with our customers, suppliers and global partners to manage the challenges to our industry, bridge to recovery and rebuild to be stronger on the other side.”

In the second quarter, Boeing restarted production operations across key sites following temporary pauses to protect its workforce and introduce rigorous new health and safety procedures. Despite the challenges, Boeing continued to deliver across key commercial, defence, space and services programs. The company also resumed early stages of production on the 737 programme with a focus on safety, quality and operational excellence. Following the lead of global regulators, Boeing made steady progress toward the safe return to service of the 737, including completion of FAA certification flight tests.

To align with the sharp reduction in commercial market demand in light of COVID-19, the company is taking several actions including further adjusting commercial aeroplane production rates and reducing employment levels.

The diversity of our balanced portfolio and our government services, defence and space programs provide some critical stability for us in the near-term as we take tough but necessary steps to adapt for new market realities,” Calhoun said. “We are taking the right action to ensure we’re well-positioned for the future by strengthening our culture, improving transparency, rebuilding trust and transforming our business to become a better, more sustainable Boeing. Air travel has always proven to be resilient – and so has Boeing.”

Table 2. Cash Flow Second Quarter First Half
(Millions) 2020 2019 2020 2019
Operating Cash Flow ($5,280) ($590) ($9,582) $2,198
Less Additions to Property, Plant & Equipment ($348) ($421) ($776) ($922)
Free Cash Flow* ($5,628) ($1,011) ($10,358) $1,276
*Non-GAAP measure; complete definitions of Boeing’s non-GAAP measures are on page 6, “Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures.”    

Operating cash flow was ($5.3) billion in the quarter, primarily reflecting lower commercial deliveries and services volume due to COVID-19 and the 737 MAX grounding, as well as timing of receipts and expenditures (Table 2).

Table 3. Cash, Marketable Securities and Debt Balances Quarter-End
(Billions) Q2 20 Q1 20
Cash $20.0 $15.0
Marketable Securities1 $12.4 $0.5
Total $32.4 $15.5
Debt Balances:
The Boeing Company, net of intercompany loans to BCC $59.5 $36.9
Boeing Capital, including intercompany loans $1.9 $2.0
Total Consolidated Debt $61.4 $38.9
1 Marketable securities consists primarily of time deposits due within one year classified as “short-term investments.”

Cash and investments in marketable securities increased to $32.4 billion, compared to $15.5 billion at the beginning of the quarter, driven by the issuance of new debt (Table 3). Debt was $61.4 billion, up from $38.9 billion at the beginning of the quarter due to the issuance of new debt, partially offset by repayment of maturing debt.

Total company backlog at quarter-end was $409 billion.

Segment Results

Commercial Airplanes

Table 4. Commercial Airplanes Second Quarter First Half
(Dollars in Millions) 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Commercial Airplanes Deliveries 20 90 (78)% 70 239 (71)%
Revenues $1,633 $4,722 (65)% $7,838 $16,544 (53)%
Loss from Operations ($2,762) ($4,946) NM ($4,830) ($3,773) NM
Operating Margin (169.1)% (104.7)% NM (61.6)% (22.8)% NM

Commercial Airplanes second-quarter revenue and operating margin decreased reflecting lower delivery volume, partially offset by a lower 737 MAX customer consideration charge of $551 million in the quarter compared to a $5.6 billion charge in the same period last year. Second-quarter operating margin was also negatively impacted by $712 million of abnormal production costs related to the 737 programme, $468 million of severance expense and $133 million of abnormal production costs from the temporary suspension of operations in response to COVID-19.

The 737 programme resumed early stages of production in May and expects to continue to produce at low rates for the remainder of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted air travel and reduced near-term demand, resulting in lower production and delivery rate assumptions. Commercial Airplanes expects to gradually increase the 737 production rate to 31 per month by the beginning of 2022, with further gradual increases to correspond with market demand. Estimated potential concessions and other considerations to customers related to the 737 MAX grounding increased by $551 million in the quarter. There was no material change to estimated abnormal production costs.

Commercial Airplanes has further updated its production rate assumptions this quarter to reflect impacts of COVID-19 on its demand outlook, and will continue to assess them on an ongoing basis. The 787 production rate will be reduced to 6 per month in 2021. The 777/777X combined production rate will be gradually reduced to 2 per month in 2021, with 777X first delivery targeted for 2022. At this time, production rate assumptions have not changed on the 767 and 747 programs.

Commercial Airplanes delivered 20 aeroplanes during the quarter, and backlog included over 4,500 aeroplanes valued at $326 billion.

Defense, Space & Security

Table 5. Defense, Space & Security Second Quarter First Half
(Dollars in Millions) 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Revenues $6,588 $6,579 $12,630 $13,166 (4)%
Earnings from Operations $600 $975 (38)% $409 $1,827 (78)%
Operating Margin 9.1% 14.8% (5.7) Pts 3.2% 13.9% (10.7) Pts

Defense, Space & Security second-quarter revenue was $6.6 billion, reflecting COVID-19 impact on derivative aircraft programs, partially offset by higher volume across the remainder of the portfolio (Table 5). Second-quarter operating margin decreased to 9.1 percent primarily due to a gain on sale of property in the second quarter of 2019 and a $151 million KC-46A Tanker charge primarily driven by additional fixed cost allocation resulting from lower commercial airplane production volume due to COVID-19.

During the quarter, Defense, Space & Security received an award for three additional MQ-25 unmanned aerial refuelling aircraft for the U.S. Navy, as well as contracts for Cruise Missile Systems for the U.S. Navy and a contract for 24 AH-64E Apache helicopters for the Kingdom of Morocco. Defense, Space & Security completed Critical Design Review for the T-7A advanced trainer, achieved first flight and delivery of the F/A-18 U.S. Navy Block III Super Hornet, and achieved first flight of the F-15 Qatar Advanced aircraft. Defense, Space & Security also delivered the 100th U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon, the 400th V-22 Osprey, and the 2,500th AH-64 Apache.

Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was $64 billion, of which 31 percent represents orders from customers outside the U.S.

Global Services

Table 6. Global Services Second Quarter First Half
(Dollars in Millions) 2020 2019 Change 2020 2019 Change
Revenues $3,488 $4,543 (23)% $8,116 $9,162 (11)%
(Loss)/Earnings from Operations ($672) $687 NM $36 $1,340 NM
Operating Margin (19.3)% 15.1% NM 0.4% 14.6% NM

Global Services second-quarter revenue decreased to $3.5 billion, driven by lower commercial services volume due to COVID-19, partially offset by higher government services volume (Table 6). Second-quarter operating margin decreased to (19.3) percent primarily due to lower commercial services volume, less favorable mix of products and services, and $923 million of charges related to asset impairments and severance costs as a result of the COVID-19 market environment.

During the quarter, Global Services was awarded a contract modification for P-8A integrated logistics support for the U.S. Navy. Global Services captured an order for four 767-300 freighter conversions for DHL and was awarded a contract for F-15 pre-delivery training support for the Qatar Emiri Air Force. Global Services also delivered the first F/A-18 Super Hornet test aircraft modified for the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

Additional Financial Information

Table 7. Additional Financial Information Second Quarter First Half
(Dollars in Millions) 2020 2019 2020 2019
Boeing Capital $69 $75 $134 $141
Unallocated items, eliminations and other $29 ($168) ($3) ($345)
Earnings from Operations
Boeing Capital ($7) $37 $17 $57
FAS/CAS service cost adjustment $355 $365 $702 $729
Other unallocated items and eliminations ($478) ($498) ($651) ($1,210)
Other income, net $94 $107 $206 $213
Interest and debt expense ($553) ($154) ($815) ($277)
Effective tax rate 30.0% 14.2% 38.4% 27.5%

At quarter-end, Boeing Capital’s net portfolio balance was $2.1 billion. Revenue from other unallocated items and eliminations increased primarily due to reserves related to cost accounting litigation recorded in the second quarter of 2019. Interest and debt expense increased due to higher debt balances. The second quarter effective tax rate reflects tax benefits related to the 5 year net operating loss carryback provision in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as well as the impact of pre-tax losses.

Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures

We supplement the reporting of our financial information determined under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial information. The non-GAAP financial information presented excludes certain significant items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, results from our ongoing business operations. We believe that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with additional insight into the company’s ongoing business performance. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related GAAP measures, and other companies may define such measures differently. We encourage investors to review our financial statements and publicly-filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure. The following definitions are provided:

Core Operating Earnings, Core Operating Margin and Core Earnings Per Share

Core operating earnings is defined as GAAP earnings from operations excluding the FAS/CAS service cost adjustment. The FAS/CAS service cost adjustment represents the difference between the FAS pension and postretirement service costs calculated under GAAP and costs allocated to the business segments. Core operating margin is defined as core operating earnings expressed as a percentage of revenue. Core earnings per share is defined as GAAP diluted earnings per share excluding the net earnings per share impact of the FAS/CAS service cost adjustment and Non-operating pension and postretirement expenses. Non-operating pension and postretirement expenses represent the components of net periodic benefit costs other than service cost. Pension costs, comprising service and prior service costs computed in accordance with GAAP are allocated to Commercial Airplanes and BGS businesses supporting commercial customers. Pension costs allocated to BDS and BGS businesses supporting government customers are computed in accordance with U.S. Government Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), which employ different actuarial assumptions and accounting conventions than GAAP. CAS costs are allocable to government contracts. Other postretirement benefit costs are allocated to all business segments based on CAS, which is generally based on benefits paid. Management uses core operating earnings, core operating margin and core earnings per share for purposes of evaluating and forecasting underlying business performance. Management believes these core earnings measures provide investors additional insights into operational performance as they exclude non-service pension and post-retirement costs, which primarily represent costs driven by market factors and costs not allocable to government contracts. A reconciliation between the GAAP and non-GAAP measures is provided on page 13.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is GAAP operating cash flow reduced by capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment. Management believes free cash flow provides investors with an important perspective on the cash available for shareholders, debt repayment, and acquisitions after making the capital investments required to support ongoing business operations and long term value creation. Free cash flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures as it excludes certain mandatory expenditures such as repayment of maturing debt. Management uses free cash flow as a measure to assess both business performance and overall liquidity. Table 2 provides a reconciliation of free cash flow to GAAP operating cash flow.

CHICAGO, July 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/


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