Boeing Reports Strong First-Quarter Results

The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA] reported first-quarter revenue increased 8 percent to $22.1 billion on higher commercial deliveries (Table 1). Core earnings per share (non-GAAP) increased 12 percent* to $1.97, reflecting strong performance across the company, and GAAP earnings per share was $1.87. The Company reaffirmed its 2015 financial and deliveries guidance.

"With disciplined execution and a sharp focus on productivity, we are meeting increasing customer commitments while profitably growing our business," said Boeing Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney. "The strong operational and financial performance reinforces our ability to continue providing competitive returns for our shareholders while investing in technology and our people."

"Our outlook for the full year remains positive as our teams work to efficiently deliver our portfolio of industry-leading aerospace products and services. We are also maximizing the expertise of our talented people across the company to accelerate development program milestones and improve affordability for our customers."










Table 2. Cash Flow


First Quarter

(Millions)


2015


2014

Operating Cash Flow


$88


$1,112

Less Additions to Property, Plant & Equipment


($574)


($497)

Free Cash Flow*


($486)


$615

Operating cash flow in the quarter was $0.1 billion, reflecting timing of receipts and expenditures, commercial airplane production rates and strong operating performance (Table 2). During the quarter, the company repurchased 17 million shares for $2.5 billion, leaving $9.5 billion remaining under the current repurchase authorization which is expected to be completed over approximately the next two to three years. The company also paid $0.6 billion in dividends in the quarter, reflecting an approximately 25 percent increase in dividends per share compared to the same period of the prior year.










Table 3. Cash, Marketable Securities and Debt Balances


Quarter-End

(Billions)


Q1 15


Q4 14

Cash


$8.6


$11.7

Marketable Securities1


$1.0


$1.4

Total


$9.6


$13.1

Debt Balances:





The Boeing Company, net of intercompany loans to BCC


$6.6


$6.7

Boeing Capital, including intercompany loans


$2.4


$2.4

Total Consolidated Debt


$9.0


$9.1

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


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