Textron Reports First Quarter EPS from Continuing Operations of $0.93, up 19.2 percent

April 17, 2008
  • Books 235 New Business Jet Orders
  • Record $22 Billion Aircraft and Defense Backlog Signals Strong Growth for Years to Come

Providence, RI - April 17, 2008 - Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today reported strong first quarter results with a 19.2 percent increase in earnings per share from continuing operations on a revenue increase of 18.7 percent. Cash flow provided by operating activities of continuing operations for the quarter was $158 million, resulting in free cash flow of $78 million.

"Global demand continues to be brisk across our aircraft and defense businesses, which led to another significant expansion in our backlog during the quarter," said Textron Chairman, President and CEO Lewis B. Campbell. "We also had strong performance in our manufacturing operations, which is important as we expand our capacity to meet growing requirements for our products and services," Campbell added.

First quarter 2008 income from continuing operations was $0.93 per share, compared to $0.78 in the first quarter of 2007. Including discontinued operations, first quarter 2008 net income was $0.91 per share compared to $0.77 a year ago. First quarter 2008 revenue was $3.5 billion, compared to $3.0 billion last year.

Reflecting strong demand in aircraft and defense, combined backlog at Cessna, Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems increased to $22.0 billion at the end of the quarter, up from $18.8 billion at the end of 2007.

2008 Outlook

Textron now expects 2008 earnings per share from continuing operations to be between $3.80 and $4.00, up $0.05 per share from our previous forecast. Second quarter earnings per share are expected to be between $0.90 and $1.00 per share. The company continues to expect free cash flow for the year in the range of $700 - $750 million.

Segment Reporting Change

Through fiscal 2007, Textron reported financial results within four segments: Bell, Cessna, Industrial and Finance. The Bell segment consisted of Bell Helicopter and Textron Systems. With recent acquisitions and organic growth, Textron Systems now provides a significant portion of consolidated revenues. As Textron Systems and Bell Helicopter both continue to grow, these businesses require greater autonomy from each other and a dedicated management focus. Therefore, we have changed our segment reporting to separate Textron Systems into a new segment, Defense & Intelligence, and to report Bell Helicopter as its own segment. The Cessna, Industrial and Finance segments have not been changed.

Historical results from 2003 through 2007 have been recast to reflect the new structure and are available for downloading from the Investor Relations section of our website at www.textron.com.

Segment Results

Cessna

Cessna's revenues increased $278 million in the quarter from last year's same period reflecting delivery of 95 business jets compared to 67 in last year's first quarter, improved pricing and revenues from the acquisition of Columbia Aircraft.

Segment profit increased $52 million, reflecting higher volumes, improved pricing and favorable warranty performance, partially offset by inflation and increased engineering and product development expense.

Cessna backlog at the end of the first quarter was $14.5 billion, up from $12.6 billion at year-end 2007.

Bell

First quarter Bell revenues decreased $6 million compared to last year's first quarter, while segment profit increased $28 million.

U.S. Government revenues increased $50 million in the quarter due to higher V-22 volume and higher spares and service revenue. These increases were partially offset by lower H-1 program revenue.

Revenues for the commercial business decreased $56 million reflecting delivery of 22 helicopters compared to 36 last year, partially offset by higher pricing and a benefit from newly acquired businesses.

U.S. Government profit increased $27 million as a result of improved cost performance and the impact from higher volume. Bell's improved cost performance reflected a $25 million Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter program charge in the first quarter of 2007.

Commercial profit increased $1 million, as favorable program performance and higher pricing offset the unfavorable impact of lower volume and inflation.

Bell backlog at the end of the first quarter was $5.2 billion, up from $3.8 billion at year-end 2007.

Defense & Intelligence

Revenues increased $216 million in the quarter due to the acquisition of AAI, which was partially offset by last year's non-recurring revenue for Hurricane Katrina recovery.

Segment profit increased $5 million year-over-year reflecting the benefit from the AAI acquisition and ASV program adjustments to recognize positive program performance, partially offset by last year's $28 million Katrina reimbursement, inflation and unfavorable pricing.

First quarter ending backlog at Defense & Intelligence was $2.3 billion, compared to $2.4 billion at year-end 2007.

Industrial

Revenues in the Industrial segment increased $62 million reflecting favorable foreign exchange and higher pricing, which more than offset slightly lower overall volumes. The lower volumes reflected decreases at Jacobsen and E-Z-GO, which offset increases at Fluid & Power and Kautex.

Profit in the Industrial segment decreased $10 million primarily due to inflation, which was only partially offset by higher pricing.

Finance

Revenues in the Finance segment increased $4 million. The increase reflects an increase in securitization gains and other fee income, higher revenues resulting from higher average finance receivables and the impact of a residual value impairment charge last year, partially offset by a decline in market interest rates.

Profit in the Finance segment decreased $10 million due to an increase in the provision for loan losses, primarily in the asset-based lending and distribution finance businesses, and an increase in borrowing costs caused by market conditions, partially offset by the increase in securitization gains and other income.

The sixty-day plus delinquency percentage declined to 0.33 percent of finance receivables from 0.43 percent at the end of last year. Nonperforming assets (NPA) increased to 1.84 percent of total finance assets from 1.34 percent, still within a normal range. The higher NPA primarily reflected softer credit performance in the asset-based lending and distribution finance portfolios. NPA's remained favorable in our resort, aviation and golf portfolios.

Conference Call Information

Textron will host a conference call today, April 17, 2008, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its results and outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (800) 288-8975 in the U.S. or (612) 332-0418 outside of the U.S. (request the Textron Earnings Call).

The call will be recorded and available for playback beginning at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, April 17, 2008 by dialing (320) 365-3844; Access Code: 896150.

A package containing key data that will be covered on today's call can be found in the Investor Relations section of the company's website at www.textron.com.

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a $13.2 billion multi-industry company operating in 34 countries with approximately 44,000 employees. The company leverages its global network of aircraft, defense and intelligence, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, Fluid & Power, Textron Systems and Textron Financial Corporation. More information is available at www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information:

Certain statements in this release and other oral and written statements made by us from time to time are forward-looking statements, including those that discuss strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters, or project revenues, income, returns or other financial measures. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the statements including the following: (a) changes in worldwide economic and political conditions that impact demand for our products, interest rates and foreign exchange rates; (b) the interruption of production at our facilities or our customers or suppliers; (c) performance issues with key suppliers, subcontractors and business partners; (d) our ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; (e) the U.S. Government's ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with us for the U.S. Government's convenience or for our failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, and, under certain circumstances, to suspend or debar us as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; (f) changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism; (g) changes in national or international funding priorities, U.S. and foreign military budget constraints and determinations, and government policies on the export and import of military and commercial products; (h) legislative or regulatory actions impacting defense operations; (i) the ability to control costs and successful implementation of various cost-reduction programs; (j) the timing of new product launches and certifications of new aircraft products; (k) the occurrence of slowdowns or downturns in customer markets in which our products are sold or supplied or where Textron Financial Corporation offers financing; (l) changes in aircraft delivery schedules or cancellation of orders; (m) the impact of changes in tax legislation; (n) the extent to which we are able to pass raw material price increases through to customers or offset such price increases by reducing other costs; (o) our ability to offset, through cost reductions, pricing pressure brought by original equipment manufacturer customers; (p) our ability to realize full value of receivables; (q) the availability and cost of insurance; (r) increases in pension expenses and other postretirement employee costs; (s) Textron Financial Corporation's ability to maintain portfolio credit quality; (t) Textron Financial Corporation's access to financing, including securitizations, at competitive rates; (u) uncertainty in estimating contingent liabilities and establishing reserves to address such contingencies; (v) risks and uncertainties related to acquisitions and dispositions; (w) the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products; (x) the launching of significant new products or programs which could result in unanticipated expenses; (y) bankruptcy or other financial problems at major suppliers or customers that could cause disruptions in our supply chain or difficulty in collecting amounts owed by such customers; and (z) difficulties or unanticipated expenses in connection with the consummation or integration of acquisitions, potential difficulties in employee retention following the acquisition and risks that the acquisition does not perform as planned or disrupts our current plans and operations or that anticipated synergies and opportunities will not be realized.

Further information on risks and uncertainties that may impact forward-looking statements is discussed under "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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