Boeing reports its second quarter results

Boeing issued this second quarter financial report:

  • Continued progress on global safe return to service of 737 MAX
  • Revenue of $17.0 billion, GAAP earnings per share of $1.00 and core (non-GAAP)* earnings per share of $0.40
  • Operating cash flow of ($0.5) billion; cash and marketable securities of $21.3 billion
  • Commercial Airplanes backlog grew to $285 billion and added 180 net orders

 

Table 1. Summary Financial Results

Second Quarter

First Half

(Dollars in Millions, except per share data)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$16,998

$11,807

44%

$32,215

$28,715

12%

GAAP

Earnings/(Loss) From Operations

$1,023

($2,964)

NM

$940

($4,317)

NM

Operating Margin

6.0%

(25.1)%

NM

2.9%

(15.0)%

NM

Net Earnings/(Loss)

$567

($2,395)

NM

$6

($3,036)

NM

Earnings/(Loss) Per Share

$1.00

($4.20)

NM

$0.09

($5.31)

NM

Operating Cash Flow

($483)

($5,280)

NM

($3,870)

($9,582)

NM

Non-GAAP*

Core Operating Earnings/(Loss)

$755

($3,319)

NM

$402

($5,019)

NM

Core Operating Margin

4.4%

(28.1)%

NM

1.2%

(17.5)%

NM

Core Earnings/(Loss) Per Share

$0.40

($4.79)

NM

($1.12)

($6.49)

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 $17.0 billion, driven by higher commercial airplanes and services volume. GAAP earnings per share of $1.00 and core earnings per share (non-GAAP)* of $0.40 primarily reflects higher commercial volume and lower period costs (Table 1). Boeing recorded operating cash flow of ($0.5) billion.

“We continued to make important progress in the second quarter as we focus on driving stability across our operations and transforming our business for the future,” said Boeing President and Chief Executive Officer David Calhoun. “While our commercial market environment is improving, we’re closely monitoring COVID-19 case rates, vaccine distribution and global trade as key indicators for our industry’s stability. As we continue to position for a robust recovery, we remain committed to safety and quality, while investing in our people, products and technology. I am proud of our team’s resilience and commitment as we work to rebuild trust, improve our performance and deliver for our commercial, defense, space and services customers.”

As part of Boeing’s ongoing focus on global sustainability, the company published its first integrated Sustainability Report in July. “This was an important step in our continued efforts to reinforce our Environmental, Social, and Governance principles,” Calhoun said.

Table 2. Cash Flow

Second Quarter

First Half

(Millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Operating Cash Flow

($483)

($5,280)

($3,870)

($9,582)

Less Additions to Property, Plant & Equipment

($222)

($348)

($513)

($776)

Free Cash Flow*

($705)

($5,628)

($4,383)

($10,358)

*Non-GAAP measure; complete definitions of Boeing’s non-GAAP measures are on page 6, “Non-GAAP Measures Disclosures.”    

Operating cash flow improved to ($0.5) billion in the quarter, driven by higher commercial deliveries, higher order receipts, and lower expenditures (Table 2).

Table 3. Cash, Marketable Securities and Debt Balances

Quarter-End

(Billions)

Q2 21

Q1 21

Cash

$8.2

$7.0

Marketable Securities1

$13.1

$14.9

Total

$21.3

$21.9

Debt Balances:

The Boeing Company, net of intercompany loans to BCC

$62.1

$62.0

Boeing Capital, including intercompany loans

$1.5

$1.6

Total Consolidated Debt

$63.6

$63.6

1 Marketable securities consists primarily of time deposits due within one year classified as “short-term investments.”

Cash and investments in marketable securities decreased to $21.3 billion, compared to $21.9 billion at the beginning of the quarter, primarily driven by operating cash outflows (Table 3). The company has access to credit facilities of $14.8 billion which remain undrawn.

Total company backlog at quarter-end was $363 billion.

Segment Results

Commercial Airplanes

Table 4. Commercial Airplanes

Second Quarter

First Half

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Commercial Airplanes Deliveries

79

20

295%

156

70

123%

Revenues

$6,015

$1,633

268%

$10,284

$7,838

31%

Loss from Operations

($472)

($2,762)

NM

($1,328)

($4,830)

NM

Operating Margin

(7.8)%

(169.1)%

NM

(12.9)%

(61.6)%

NM

Commercial Airplanes second-quarter revenue increased to $6.0 billion primarily driven by higher commercial airplane deliveries. Second-quarter operating margin improved to (7.8) percent, primarily due to lower period costs as well as higher delivery volume (Table 4).

Boeing is continuing to make progress on the global safe return to service of the 737 MAX. Since the FAA’s approval to return the 737 MAX to operations in November 2020, Boeing has delivered more than 130 737 MAX aircraft and airlines have returned more than 190 previously grounded airplanes to service. 30 airlines are now operating the 737 MAX, safely flying nearly 95,000 revenue flights totaling more than 218,000 flight hours (as of July 25, 2021). The 737 program is currently producing at a rate of approximately 16 per month and continues to expect to gradually increase production to 31 per month in early 2022 with further gradual increases to correspond with market demand. The company will continue to assess the production rate plan as it monitors the market environment and engages in customer discussions.

As Boeing has previously shared, the company is conducting inspections and rework and continues to engage in detailed discussions with the FAA on verification methodology for 787. In connection with these efforts, the company announced earlier this month that it has identified additional rework that will be required on undelivered 787s. Based on our assessment of the time required to complete this work, Boeing is reprioritizing production resources for a few weeks to support the inspection and rework. As that work is performed, the 787 production rate will temporarily be lower than five per month and will gradually return to that rate. Boeing expects to deliver fewer than half of the 787s currently in inventory this year.

Commercial Airplanes secured orders for 200 737 aircraft for United Airlines, 34 737 aircraft for Southwest Airlines, and a total of 31 freighter aircraft. Commercial Airplanes delivered 79 airplanes during the quarter and backlog included over 4,100 airplanes valued at $285 billion.

Defense, Space & Security

Table 5. Defense, Space & Security

Second Quarter

First Half

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$6,876

$6,588

4%

$14,061

$12,630

11%

Earnings from Operations

$958

$600

60%

$1,363

$409

233%

Operating Margin

13.9%

9.1%

53%

9.7%

3.2%

203%

Defense, Space & Security second-quarter revenue increased to $6.9 billion driven by higher KC-46A Tanker and P-8A Poseidon volume. Second-quarter operating margin increased to 13.9 percent, primarily reflecting the absence of a charge on the KC-46A Tanker program as compared to second quarter 2020, as well as a favorable non-US contract adjustment.

During the quarter, Defense, Space & Security secured an award for 14 H-47 extended-range Chinook helicopters for the U.K. Royal Air Force and signed an agreement with the German Ministry of Defense for five P-8A Poseidon aircraft. Defense, Space & Security conducted the first MQ-25 unmanned aerial refueling of a F/A-18 Super Hornet and successfully joined T-7A Red Hawk front and aft sections in under 30 minutes enabled by digital design. Also, the first Core Stage for NASA’s Space Launch System began stacking with other Artemis I elements.

Backlog at Defense, Space & Security was $59 billion, of which 32 percent represents orders from customers outside the U.S.

Global Services

Table 6. Global Services

Second Quarter

First Half

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

Revenues

$4,067

$3,488

17%

$7,816

$8,116

(4)%

Earnings/(Loss) from Operations

$531

($672)

NM

$972

$36

NM

Operating Margin

13.1%

(19.3)%

NM

12.4%

0.4%

NM

Global Services second-quarter revenue increased to $4.1 billion and second-quarter operating margin increased to 13.1 percent primarily driven by higher commercial services volume. Operating margin was also favorably impacted by lower asset impairments, lower severance costs, and mix of products and services.

During the quarter, Global Services signed an expanded parts agreement with Turkish Technic and announced a partnership to expand capacity for 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighters. Global Services was also selected to provide P-8A training and sustainment as well as C-17 training to the U.K. Royal Air Force, and was awarded a modification for KC-46A interim contract support for the U.S. Air Force.

Additional Financial Information

Table 7. Additional Financial Information

Second Quarter

First Half

(Dollars in Millions)

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues

Boeing Capital

$78

$69

$138

$134

Unallocated items, eliminations and other

($38)

$29

($84)

($3)

Earnings/(Loss) from Operations

Boeing Capital

$36

($7)

$57

$17

FAS/CAS service cost adjustment

$268

$355

$538

$702

Other unallocated items and eliminations

($298)

($478)

($662)

($651)

Other income, net

$199

$94

$389

$206

Interest and debt expense

($673)

($553)

($1,352)

($815)

Effective tax rate

(3.3)%

30.0%

126.1%

38.4%

At quarter-end, Boeing Capital’s net portfolio balance was $1.9 billion. The change in revenue from other unallocated items and eliminations was primarily due to the timing of allocations. The loss from other unallocated items and eliminations was impacted by lower deferred compensation expense as compared to the second quarter of 2020. Interest and debt expense increased due to higher debt balances. The second quarter 2021 effective tax rate primarily reflects benefits from a lower valuation allowance.

Top Copyright Photo: Joe G. Walker. The Boeing test fleet at Boeing Field in Seattle.


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