Airbus Group with increased revenues and profits in 2013
Airbus Group reported improved full year revenues and profits, driven by increased aircraft deliveries and operational improvement across the Group.
Group order intake in 2013 rose sharply to € 218.7 billion (FY 2012: € 102.5 billion), reflecting strong commercial momentum at Airbus and major contracts in the space business. As of 31 December 2013, the order book was worth € 686.7 billion (year-end 2012: € 566.5 billion). The defence order book was worth € 47.3 billion (year-end 2012: € 49.6 billion).
In 2013, revenues increased five percent to € 59.3 billion (FY 2012: € 56.5 billion), mainly reflecting higher commercial aircraft deliveries and the A400M ramp-up. Defence revenues were stable and reflected the portfolio mix of development and long-term defence contracts.
Group EBIT before one-off increased to € 3.6 billion (FY 2012: € 3.0 billion) and to € 2.3 billion for Airbus (FY 2012: € 1.8 billion). The overall improvement was driven by Airbus, which achieved good margin evolution despite the ramp up in A350 XWB support costs while the transformation efforts launched at the former Cassidian and Astrium Divisions have started to deliver results.
Capital expenditure of € 2.9 billion was mainly driven by progress on A350 XWB development aircraft and includes development costs capitalised under IAS 38 of € 354 million for the A350 XWB. The net cash position at the end of 2013 was € 9.1 billion (year-end 2012: € 12.3 billion) after taking into account the € 1.9 billion invested in the share buyback programme and a dividend payment of € 469 million. The gross cash balance at the end of 2013 was € 14.7 billion, providing financial flexibility and security.
As the basis for its 2014 guidance, Airbus Group expects the world economy and air traffic to grow in line with prevailing independent forecasts and assumes no major disruptions. In 2014, Airbus deliveries should be about the same level as in 2013, including the first A350 XWB delivery. Gross commercial aircraft orders should be above the level of deliveries.