The Boeing Company BA reported adjusted earnings of $3.16 per share for first-quarter 2019, which outshined the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.11 by 1.6%. The bottom line, however, reflected a decline of 13% from $3.64 registered in the year-ago quarter. This year-over-year downside was on account of lower revenues.
GAAP earnings came in at $3.75 per share compared with $4.15 registered in the first quarter of 2018.
In the quarter under review, the company's revenues amounted to $22.92 billion, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $22.26 billion by 3%. However, the top line dropped 2% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $23.38 billion. This decline was on account of lower 737 deliveries.
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Backlog at the end of first quarter 2019 slipped to $487 billion from $490.48 billion at the end of 2018.
Commercial Airplane Segment: Revenues at this segment dropped 9% to $11.82 billion due to lower 737 deliveries. Also, operating margin contracted 100 basis points (bps) year over year to 9.9% on account of weak revenue performance.
Boeing delivered 149 commercial planes during the quarter under review, down 19%.
Backlog for this segment remains healthy with over 5,600 airplanes valued at $399 billion.
Boeing Defense, Space & Security (BDS): This segment witnessed a 2% year-over-year improvement in revenues to $6.61 billion in the first quarter. The uptick was driven by higher volume across satellites, weapons and surveillance aircraft programs. Meanwhile, operating margin for the quarter expanded 110 bps year over year to 12.8% on account of a gain on sale of property.
Backlog at BDS was $67 billion, 31% of which comprised orders from international clients.
Global Services: Revenues at this segment improved 17% to $4.62 billion backed by higher volume across the portfolio including the acquisition of KLX Aerospace. Nonetheless, operating margin contracted 230 bps year over year to 14.1% owing to a mix of products and services, and less favorable performance.
Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC): Boeing Capital reported quarterly revenues of $66 million compared with $65 million registered in the year-ago quarter. The segment’s operating earnings summed $20 million, which came in flat with the year-ago quarter’s figure.
At the end of first-quarter 2019, BCC's portfolio balance was $2.5 billion.
Boeing exited the first quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $6.84 billion, and short-term and other investments of $0.89 billion. At the end of 2018, the company had $7.64 billion of cash and cash equivalents, and $0.93 billion of short-term and other investments. Long-term debt amounted to $11.36 billion at the end of the reported quarter, up from $10.66 billion at 2018-end.
Boeing generated $2.79 billion of operating cash flow at the end of first quarter, down 11.1% year over year. Free cash flow totaled $2.29 billion at first-quarter 2019 end compared with $2.74 billion at the end of first quarter 2018.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding the timing and conditions concerning the return to service of the 737 MAX fleet, Boeing has held back the issuance of its guidance for now.
Boeing currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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