Source: Seeking Alpha
The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA)
Q2 2014 Earnings Conference Call
July 23, 2014 10:30 AM ET
Troy Lahr – VP, IR
Jim McNerney – Chairman and CEO
Greg Smith – CFO
Ray Conner – Vice Chairman, President and CEO – Commercial Airplanes
Tom Downey – SVP, Corporate Communications
Howard Rubel – Jefferies
Carter Copeland – Barclays Capital
Doug Harned – Sanford Bernstein
John Godyn – Morgan Stanley
Cai Von Rumohr – Cowen and Company
Joe Nadol – JPMorgan
Myles Walton – Deutsche Bank
Peter Arment – Sterne Agee
David Strauss – UBS
Sam Pearlstein – Wells Fargo Securities
Jason Gursky – Citigroup
Julie Johnsson – Bloomberg News
Christopher Drew – The New York Times
Doug Cameron – Wall Street Journal
Steve Wilhelm – Puget Sound Business Journal
Stephen Trimble – Flight Global
Thank you for standing-by. Good day everyone and welcome to the Boeing Company’s Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call. Today’s call is being recorded. The management discussion and slide presentation plus the analysts and media question-and-answer sessions are being broadcast live over the Internet.
At this time, for opening remarks and introductions, I am turning the call over to Mr. Troy Lahr, Vice President of Investor Relations for the Boeing Company. Mr. Lahr, please go ahead.
Thank you and good morning. Welcome to Boeing’s second quarter 2014 earnings call. I am Troy Lahr and with me today are Jim McNerney, Boeing’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Greg Smith, Boeing’s Chief Financial Officer. After comments by Jim and Greg, we will take your questions. In fairness to others on the call, we ask that you please limit yourself to one question. As always, we have provided detailed financial information in today’s press release and you can follow this broadcast and slide presentation through our Web site at boeing.com.
Before we begin, I need to remind you that any projections and goals included in our discussion this morning are likely to involve risk, which is detailed in our news release and our various SEC filings and in the forward-looking statement disclaimer at the end of this Web presentation. In addition, we refer you to our earnings release and presentation for disclosures and reconciliation of non-GAAP measures that we use when discussing our results and outlook.
Now, I will turn the call over to Jim McNerney.
Thank you, Troy and good morning. Let me begin today by acknowledging the families of loved ones of those aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. All of them and everyone affected by this horrific tragedy are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. For the men and women and Boeing and others throughout our industry who are passionately committed to ensuring the safety and security of passengers and air crews, this is a particular unsettling and painful moment in the history of civil aviation. We are providing technical assistance to the investigation at the request of the NTSB which is supporting international authorities in the important work they have underway.
Turning back to the subject at hand this morning, I’ll start with some comments on the quarter and our business environment. After that Greg will walk you through details of our financial results and outlook.
Now let’s move to Slide 2. Boeing delivered strong quarter operating performance across our production programs and services businesses with solid revenue, double-digit core EPS growth and healthy cash generation. Our strong positive performance through the first half of the year has allowed us to continue returning cash to shareholders and increase guidance for our full year EPS by $0.75 which includes approximately a $0.50 tax benefit. Greg will discuss guidance in more detail in just a couple of minutes.
During the second quarter we did record a 272 million after tax charge on our fixed price U.S. Air Force tanker program engineering and manufacturing development contract. The charge was driven by higher spending needed to complete systems installation on the tanker to test that aircraft and maintain the schedule for delivering this vital capability to the war fighter. As you may recall we noted in our Investors Conference that we were beginning to see some challenges in the build and systems installation process. The increased spending is primarily related to additional engineering and systems installation rework required mainly to meet wiring specifications.