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BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020.

BAE Systems has Announced Its Half Year Results for 2020. 2 August, 2020

The British multinational defence, security, and aerospace company release its 2020 half-year results. It warned the Group is subject to geopolitical uncertainties and there remains considerable uncertainty in respect of COVID-19.

The company says that, including the two acquisitions, it expects the Group’s sales to increase by a low-single-digit percentage compared to last year, as there are increased volumes in F-35, Combat Vehicles and growth in the electronic defence portfolio. The shortfall is experienced in commercial businesses.

In 2020 the Group now expects free cash flow as defined by the Group, excluding the £1bn pension payment, to be approximately £800m for the full year, close to its original guidance allowing for the lower earnings.

According to the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the company's operating profit this year so far is down to £808m, compared to this time last year where it recorded a £896m profit in the six months ended 30 June, 2019. There is a decrease of 10 per cent.

The company's order backlog has also increased in the first half of the year to £46.1bn. Trading on multi-year, long-term contracts in the Air sector was offset by a 7 per cent increase in its US business and a foreign exchange benefit.

Highlights from the first half of 2020:

 

The next phase of the Tempest technology maturation programme is progressing well with an outline business case submission expected by the end of 2020. International studies are progressing with Sweden and Italy as well as discussion with other prospective partner nations.

The PHASA-35® solar-electric powered unmanned aircraft successfully completed its maiden flight in February. Discussions with a range of customers continue in the development of this technology and a range of services.

Typhoon support in the UK continues to meet operational performance levels.

Typhoon production is focused on sub-assembly and major unit build on the Kuwait and Qatar programmes. Three deliveries of major units under the Kuwait Typhoon contract occurred in the first half of the year and the Qatar Typhoon programme achieved key milestones ahead of schedule.

We maintain our commitment to recruit around 270 apprentices in 2020, working across programmes such as Tempest, developing the future of combat air.

 

Financial performance measures as defined by the Group

Six months
ended
30 June
2020

Six months
ended
30 June
2019

Year
ended
31 December
2019

Sales

£9,871m

£9,416m

£20,109m

Underlying
EBITA

 

£895m

£999m

£2,117m

Underlying earnings per share excluding one-off tax benefit (2019 only)

18.7p

21.9p

45.8p

including one-off tax benefit (2019 only)

18.7p

26.9p

50.8p

Operating business cash flow
excluding £1bn pension contribution (2020 only)

£120m

£(309)m

£1,307m

including £1bn pension contribution (2020 only)

£(880)m

£(309)m

£1,307m

Net debt

£(2,038)m

£(1,889)m

£(743)m

Order intake

£9,339m

£8,418m

£18,447m

Order backlog

£46.1bn

£47.4bn

£45.4bn

Dividend and post-employment benefits

Six months
ended
30 June
2020

Six months ended
30 June
2019

Year
ended
31 December 2019

Dividend per share

9.4p

9.4p

9.4p

Dividend per share - in
respect of 2019
performance

13.8p

-

-

Group's share of the net post-employment
benefits deficit

£(6.0)bn

£(4.3)bn

£(4.5)bn

 

 

 

 

Financial performance measures defined in IFRS

Six months
ended
30 June
2020

 

Six months
ended
30 June
2019

Year
ended
31 December
2019

Revenue

£9,180m

£8,674m

£18,305m

Operating profit

£808m

£896m

£1,899m

Basic earnings per share

16.7p

25.0p

46.4p

Net cash flow from operating activities

£(727)m

£232m

£1,597m

 

Financial highlights

 

Financial performance measures as defined by the Group

 

  • Sales increased by 4% on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of acquisitions, to £9.9bn.
  • Underlying EBITA of £895m decreased by 11% on a constant currency basis and excluding the impact of acquisitions.
  • Underlying earnings per share decreased by 15% to 18.7p, excluding the impact in 2019 of the one-off tax benefit. The Group’s underlying effective tax rate for the first half of the year was 19%.
  • Operating business cash outflow of £880m, including the impact of the £1bn injection into the UK pension scheme.
  • Net debt at £2,038m (£743m at 31 December 2019) following the £1bn bond issuance to fund the UK pension deficit, and the acquisition of the Airborne Tactical Radios business for cash of £217m.
  • Order backlog has increased in the first half of the year to £46.1bn. Trading on multi-year, long-term contracts in the Air sector was offset by a 7% increase in our US business and a foreign exchange benefit.

 

Financial performance measures defined in IFRS

 

  • Revenue increased by 6% to £9.2bn.
  • Operating profit decreased by 10% to £808m.
  • Basic EPS decreased to 16.7p, down 33%.

 

Dividend

 

Air

 

  • The Qatar Typhoon programme achieved key milestones ahead of schedule.
  • Production of F-35 rear fuselage assemblies will ramp up to full rate by 2021. 50 assemblies have been delivered in the period.
  • The sector continues to work closely with industry partners and the UK government to continue to fulfil contractual support arrangements in Saudi Arabia on the key European collaboration programmes.
  • Negotiations for the transition through to mid-2022 to a reduced scope support solution for the OmaniTyphoon fleet are ongoing and expected to conclude early in the second half of the year.
  • The next phase of the Tempest next-generation Future Combat Air programme continues.
  • In Australia the Hunter Class frigate programme is progressing to plan and ASC Shipbuilding has been integrated into our Australian operations.

 

Maritime and Land UK

 

  • The build phase of the River Class Offshore Patrol Vessel programme remains on target for completion in 2020, with the fourth vessel, HMS Tamar, accepted by the customer in the period.
  • Construction of the first two City Class Type 26 frigates for the Royal Navy continues to progress.
  • The fourth Astute Class submarine, HMS Audacious, was accepted and left our Barrow site in April to begin sea trials with the Royal Navy.
  • Construction of the first two Dreadnought Class submarines continues to advance.
  • An 18-month extension to the Maritime Support Delivery Framework (MSDF) to provide engineering and support services to Portsmouth Naval Base and the Portsmouth flotilla was signed in March.
  • Ship support maintained at Portsmouth Naval Base under challenging COVID-19 conditions.
  • RBSL is expected to secure the contract for its share of work on the Mechanised Infantry Vehicle programme in the second half of the year. 

 

Electronic Systems

 

  • F-35 electronic warfare systems deliveries for Lot 12 completed, with over 650 electronic warfare systems delivered to date.
  • Successful demonstration of APKWS® ground-launch capability.
  • Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) seeker is executing at full rate production and received an additional order to design and manufacture next-generation infrared seekers.
  • The business continues to experience growth in classified work.
  • Demand in the commercial business lines of Controls & Avionics Solutions, and Power & Propulsion Solutions, has been impacted by COVID-19.
  • Acquired the Airborne Tactical Radios business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, expanding our full spectrum communications portfolio with multi-band radios and advanced cryptographic technologies.

 

Platforms & Services (US)

 

  • Implementation of process and automation improvements is under way in Combat Mission Systems production.
  • M109A7 vehicle consistently delivering at full rate production levels.
  • Armoured Multi-Purpose Vehicle Low-Rate Initial Production under way, with the first vehicle to be completed in the second half of the year.
  • Amphibious Combat Vehicle Low-Rate Initial Production continues along with design development of two new mission variants.
  • Bradley award for $267m (£216m) received in June.
  • The US Ship Repair business received orders totalling $430m (£348m) in the period, including a $200m (£162m) award to service the USS Boxer in San Diego.
  • US Navy awards totalling $166m (£134m) for the production of missile canisters supporting the Vertical Launching System, with a maximum value of up to $955m (£773m) over five years if all options are exercised.

 

Cyber & Intelligence

 

  • The US-based Intelligence & Security business continues to increase its bid pipeline, perform on existing contracts and win new orders.
  • Exit from the loss-making UK-based Enterprise Managed Security Services business was completed.
  • Discussions regarding the sale of the Applied Intelligence US-based software-as-a-service business are continuing.
  • Applied Intelligence’s Government business continues to perform well, and the Financial Services business delivered growth in order intake in the period despite COVID-19 disruption.

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