European A&D industry revenues gain momentum


European A&D industry revenues gain momentum

Press release

NEW YORK, 14 July 2014— The European aerospace and defense (A&D) sector revenue growth rate of 5.4 percent outpaced the United States’ growth rate of 1.3 percent, mostly attributed to the negative revenue performance of the U.S. defense subsector and the strong revenue performance of key European commercial aerospace companies.

However, according to the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited (Deloitte Global) Global Manufacturing Industry group’s 2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study, Europe continues to lag the U.S. in profit margin performance due mainly to one-time charges and certain difficulties in rationalizing assets and reducing labor costs. The report finds that some level of regional consolidation may be needed in order to gain economies of scale, should that coincide with national employment and defense policies.

“Europe is a critical geographic region with European headquartered companies representing nearly 35 percent of total global A&D revenues,” said Tom Captain, A&D Sector Leader, Deloitte Global. “Even though the global A&D industry revenue growth rate declined from 5.9 percent to 3.1 percent in 2013, it added US$21.4 billion in revenues to the global industry.”

Additionally, the report projects that above average revenue growth will continue, if not accelerate slightly for the remainder of  2014 due to rate increases for commercial aerospace, new product introductions, and a flattening of government defense spending in both Europe and the United States.

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About the study

The DTTL Global Manufacturing Industry group’s 2014 Global aerospace and defense sector financial performance study analyzes the top 100 A&D companies or business units of industrial conglomerates with A&D businesses that reported revenue of more than US$500 million in 2013 with financial statements filed by 31 December 2013 unless otherwise specified. The study was conducted by assessing performance based on calculating 26 key financial metrics. These include key nominal and growth metrics for revenue, operating earnings, operating margin, return on invested capital (ROIC), free cash flow (FCF), free cash margin (FCM), book-to-bill (BTB) ratio, employee productivity, and equity market performance.

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