Rolls-Royce swings to 2021 statutory profit of £124M from £3.1 loss in 2020, with statutory revenue of £11.2B, down from £11.4B in 2020; power systems sees record Q4 orders, civil aerospace capitalizing on increase in international travel

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A better balanced and more sustainable business

  • Improved financial performance driven by growth and cost reduction
  • Underlying operating profit of £414m (statutory £513m), recovered from prior year loss
  • Free cash flow substantially improved and ahead of expectations

Delivering on our commitments

  • Restructuring run-rate savings of more than £1.3bn delivered one year ahead of schedule
  • Disposals on-track with total expected proceeds of around £2bn

Investing to drive further growth and deliver sustainable value

  • FY 2021 £(1.2)bn gross R&D on market-leading technology for new and existing markets
  • Focused investments in net zero opportunities to deliver long-term sustainable value 

Warren East, Chief Executive said: “We have improved our financial and operational performance, continued to deliver on our commitments and created a better balanced business capable of sustainable growth. We have achieved the benefits of our restructuring programme a year ahead of schedule, positioning Civil Aerospace to capitalise on increasing international travel. In Defence, we have seen growth driven by strong demand in all our markets and in Power Systems we achieved record order intake in the last quarter. The positive momentum we are generating gives us confidence both in our expectations for 2022 and our future growth. We have also made significant progress with our new businesses in electrical power and small modular reactors, both of which have the potential to create very significant long-term value. We are continuing to make disciplined investments to develop new and existing technologies, which will enable us to seize the significant commercial opportunity presented by the global energy transition driving sustainable returns.”

Full Year 2021 Group financial performance

  Statutory 2021 Restated Statutory 2020 Underlying 2021 Restated Underlying 2020
£ million, continuing operations
Revenue 11,218 11,491 10,947 11,430
Gross profit/(loss) 2,136 (187) 1,996 (613)
Operating profit/(loss) 513 (1,972) 414 (2,008)
Operating margin % 4.6% (17.2)% 3.8% (17.6)%
Profit/(loss) for the year 124 (3,101) 10 (4,039)

Earnings per share (p)

1.48 (51.81) 0.11 (67.48)
£ million 2021 2020 Change
Free cash flow from continuing operations (1,485) (4,255) 2,770
Group free cash flow (1,442) (4,185) 2,743
       
£ million 31 Dec 2021 31 Dec 2020 Change
Net debt (including lease liabilities) (5,157) (3,576) (1,581)

 

A better balanced and more sustainable business
Improved financial performance driven by growth and cost reduction
Underlying operating profit of £414m (statutory £513m), recovered from prior year loss
Free cash flow substantially improved and ahead of expectations
Delivering on our commitments
Restructuring run-rate savings of more than £1.3bn delivered one year ahead of schedule
Disposals on-track with total expected proceeds of around £2bn
Investing to drive further growth and deliver sustainable value
FY 2021 £(1.2)bn gross R&D on market-leading technology for new and existing markets
Focused investments in net zero opportunities to deliver long-term sustainable value 
Warren East, Chief Executive said: “We have improved our financial and operational performance, continued to deliver on our commitments and created a better balanced business capable of sustainable growth. We have achieved the benefits of our restructuring programme a year ahead of schedule, positioning Civil Aerospace to capitalise on increasing international travel. In Defence, we have seen growth driven by strong demand in all our markets and in Power Systems we achieved record order intake in the last quarter. The positive momentum we are generating gives us confidence both in our expectations for 2022 and our future growth. We have also made significant progress with our new businesses in electrical power and small modular reactors, both of which have the potential to create very significant long-term value. We are continuing to make disciplined investments to develop new and existing technologies, which will enable us to seize the significant commercial opportunity presented by the global energy transition driving sustainable returns.”

 

Improved financial performance driven by cost reduction and market growth'

Underlying revenue from continuing operations of £10.9bn, reflected a more balanced contribution from the business units compared with the prior year. It included a positive £214m Civil Aerospace LTSA revenue catch-up compared with a £(1.1)bn negative revenue catch-up in 2020.

Underlying operating profit from continuing operations of £414m included significant cost savings from the restructuring programme, primarily in Civil Aerospace, continued resilient performance in Defence and strong growth in Power Systems as it benefitted from recovering end markets. The prior year comparative underlying loss of £(2.0)bn included £(1.3)bn of one-off charges mostly related to the impact of COVID-19 on Civil Aerospace.

Free cash outflow from continuing operations of £(1.5)bn and trading cash outflow from continuing operations of £(1.2)bn were substantially improved on the prior year helped by robust progress on cost reduction, stronger operating performance including higher flying hour receipts in Civil Aerospace and reduced capital expenditure. Working capital outflows of £(0.8)bn, which were mostly driven by concession payments and lower OE deliveries in Civil Aerospace, improved on the prior year due to the non-repeat of £(1.1)bn negative impact from the cessation of invoice factoring in 2020.

Business unit underlying performance summary


£ million
Underlying
revenue
Organic
Change 1
Underlying
operating
(loss)/profit
Organic
Change 1
Trading
cash flow
Change
Civil Aerospace 2, 3 4,536 (491) (172) 2,371 (1,670) 2,840
Defence 3,368 155 457 13 377 79
Power Systems 3 2,749 89 242 67 219 57
New Markets 3 2 (2) (70) (27) (56) (1)
Other businesses 3, 4 303 40 2 22 (43) (13)
Corporate/eliminations (11) (5) (45) 20 (38) 25
Total (continuing operations) 10,947 (214) 414 2,466 (1,211) 2,987

For footnotes referenced in tables on pages 2-13, see page 14 of the Annual Results doc.

Civil Aerospace Our fundamental restructuring programme has been largely completed resulting in higher productivity and sustainably lower costs, better suited to the current environment and positioned well for future growth. The launch of the Airbus A350 freighter in 2021 represents a significant opportunity for our Trent XWB engine, with 58 engine orders secured for the A350F since its launch. In Business Aviation, we achieved two key new selections with our Pearl 10X chosen by Dassault for the Falcon 10X and our Pearl 700 chosen by Gulfstream for the G800. In 2021, we powered 7.4m large engine flying hours, up 11% on 2020 with gradual recovery in international flying activity, which continued to be impacted by COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Defence Our longstanding commitment to strategic investments in Defence products and facilities has resulted in a strong order book and is driving longer-term sustainable growth. In 2021, we secured new work for the coming decades in the US with the award of the B-52 engine replacement contract, and we remain in a competitive process for the Future Long-Range Assault Aircraft (FLRAA) programme. Our profitability and strong cash conversion are supporting increased investment to meet the customer demand for products that deliver advances in technology and sustainability. 

Power Systems End market demand increased significantly for our Power Systems business in the second half of 2021 as the impacts of COVID-19 reduced. Order intake accelerated, with record order intake in the fourth quarter, driving book to bill of 1.2x in 2021 and good order cover for 2022. Significant awards included a power solution for a hyperscale data centre customer and a first-of-a-kind net zero microgrid which will combine fuel cells and hydrogen combustion engines for the Port of Duisburg in Germany.

New Markets We have created a new reporting segment for our early-stage businesses with high growth potential, focused on addressing new market opportunities being created by the transition to net zero. Rolls-Royce SMR reached a major milestone with grant funding and new equity investors supporting entry into the UK’s Generic Design Assessment (GDA) process. Rolls-Royce Electrical achieved key product advances with a world speed record for our all-electric aircraft. We believe our two New Markets businesses could generate more than £5bn combined annual revenue by the early 2030s. 

Delivering on our commitments
We have met our £1.3bn run-rate savings target a year ahead of schedule and delivered on our Group restructuring commitment with the removal of more than 9,000 roles from continuing operations. Our focus now is on ensuring the benefits are sustained. Our restructuring programme has fundamentally changed the way we work in our Civil Aerospace business, reducing the size of the business by around a third and creating a more productive, more efficient business poised for future growth. 

We are committed to rebuilding our balance sheet. We have announced four disposals which are expected to generate around £2bn in proceeds (including retained cash). Three of the disposals have completed, two in 2021 and the other one since the start of 2022. The final and largest of the disposals, ITP Aero, is progressing well and we expect completion in the first half of 2022. Disposal proceeds, together with underlying free cash flow generation from the Group, will be used to reduce net debt, in line with our ambition to return to an investment grade credit profile in the medium term.

Our liquidity position is strong with £7.1bn of liquidity including £2.6bn in cash at the end of the year after repaying the 2021 €750m bond and the £300m Covid Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF) commercial paper. Net debt was £(5.2)bn including leases (2020:£(3.6)bn). Net debt excluding leases was £(3.4)bn (2020:£(1.5)bn).

Some of our loan facilities place restrictions and conditions on payments to shareholders. The restrictions mean no shareholder payment will be made for 2021. From 2023, the Board may recommend shareholder payments, subject to satisfaction of the conditions and our consideration of progress made to strengthen the balance sheet. We aim to be able to recommend shareholder payments in the medium term.

Investing to drive growth and deliver sustainable value
Our technology and engineering expertise gives us a critical role in enabling the transition to a low carbon global economy. We are focused on producing the technology breakthroughs society needs to decarbonise the global economy and capture the economic opportunity this transition represents. We are doing that by making our existing products compatible with net zero and pioneering new technologies that can meet accelerating demand for net zero power, as well as identifying additional applications for our current portfolio of technologies. Our investment in small modular reactors (SMRs) and electrical propulsion create net zero solutions and opportunities in new end markets, as we aim to maximise the future market potential for our technological and industrial solutions and products.

In 2021, our gross R&D costs totalled £(1.2)bn (2020:£(1.2)bn), £366m of which was paid for by contributions from third parties. Our continued prioritisation of targeted investment, even in the most challenging years, drove commercial success in 2021 including the Pearl engine selections, the B-52 engine replacement contract, the first all-hydrogen microgrid, a world speed record for electric flight and entry into the UK GDA for our SMRs.

Outlook and financial guidance
We are well positioned for the anticipated growth in our end markets as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic eases. This, along with continued good contribution from Defence, gives us confidence that we will see positive momentum in our financial performance in 2022 despite the challenges and risks around the pace of market recovery, global supply chain disruption and rising inflation. We expect low-to-mid-single digit revenue growth and we expect our operating profit margin to be broadly unchanged as underlying operational improvement is balanced with increased engineering spend to develop sustainable growth opportunities. We expect to generate modestly positive free cash flow in 2022, seasonally weighted towards the second half of the year.

Results webcast and conference call
A webcast will be held at 08:30 (GMT) today and details of how to join are provided below. Conference call details are also available for those who would prefer to dial-in. Downloadable materials will also be available on the Investor Relations section.

Webcast details
To register for the webcast, including Q&A participation, please visit the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/gi4zqu9m  
Please use this same link to access the webcast replay which will be made available shortly after the event concludes.

Conference call details
UK dial-in: 0207 192 8338/ US dial-in: +1 646 741 3167
International dial-in for all participants: +44 207 192 8338
Participant passcode: 784 4816#

Downloadable materials
Please visit the Investor Relations section to download our Full Year Results materials: https://www.rolls-royce.com/investors/results-and-events.aspx

Enquiries:

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Isabel Green    +44 7880 160976         Richard Wray    +44 7810 850055

This results announcement contains forward-looking statements. Any statements that express forecasts, expectations and projections are not guarantees of future performance and will not be updated. By their nature, these statements involve risk and uncertainty, and a number of factors could cause material differences to the actual results or developments. This report is intended to provide information to shareholders, is not designed to be relied upon by any other party, or for any other purpose and Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and its directors accept no liability to any other person other than under English law.

 

 

 

 

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