EADS will book loss even after A400M agreement
Customer Nations and EADS have come to a principle agreement regarding the A400M military transport aircraft with the intention to amend the original contract accordingly in the coming weeks.
In this principle agreement, the Customer Nations agree to increase the price of the contract by €2 billion; waive all liquidated damages related to current delays; provide an additional amount of €1.5 billion in exchange for a participation in future export sales (Export Levy Facilities); accelerate pre-delivery payments in the period of 2010 to 2014, a new schedule of which will be finalised in the amended contract.
Based on this agreement, an estimate at completion of updated revenues and costs including an assessment of risks, reviewed by the EADS Board of Directors, leads to an increase of the A400M loss provision of € 1.8 billion pre tax for the full year 2009. The update of the provision is based on a management assessment taking into consideration the principle agreement between EADS and the seven Nations.
EADS EBIT and net income will be negative in 2009 after incorporating this charge. Results will be released at EADS’ Full Year 2009 disclosure on 9 March 2010, including notes to the financial statements to be released with the full year accounts comprising of more information about details of the principle agreement including underlying management assessment. If substantial changes on the assessment were to occur, EADS performance could be significantly impacted. EADS will provide further information of the amended contract once the negotiations are finalized.
The A400M cash flow profile for the coming years is still to be negotiated in the contract amendment; all parties are willing to mitigate negative cash impacts as far as possible.