Textron Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results

  • Strong operating margins at Bell and Systems
  • Recovery continues at Industrial and Aviation end-markets
  • Manufacturing cash flow before pension contributions of $344 million, up 90% from prior year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — October 29, 2020 — Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) today reported third quarter 2020 net income of $0.50 per share, compared to $0.95 per share in the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $0.53 per share for the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted net income excludes $7 million of pre-tax special charges ($0.03 per share, after-tax) related to the restructuring plan announced in the second quarter.

“Operationally, we saw continued strength in our execution at our defense businesses with solid margin performance at Bell and Systems,” said Textron Chairman and CEO Scott C. Donnelly. “On the commercial side, we saw a continuation of the recovery at Industrial with strong operating results and margin improvement. At Aviation, we were encouraged by the flow of aircraft orders in the quarter as our sales teams re-engaged customers in the field.”

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities of the manufacturing group for the third quarter totaled $368 million, compared to $238 million in last year’s third quarter. Manufacturing cash flow before pension contributions, a non-GAAP measure, totaled $344 million, compared to $181 million last year.

Donnelly continued, “The execution of our teams in a very challenging operating environment yielded another strong quarter of cash flow.”

Third Quarter Segment Results

Textron Aviation

Revenues at Textron Aviation of $795 million were down $406 million from the third quarter of 2019, primarily due to lower Citation jet volume of $234 million and lower commercial turboprop volume of $83 million, reflecting a decline in demand related to the pandemic, and lower aftermarket volume of $95 million, reflecting lower aircraft utilization.

Textron Aviation delivered 25 jets, down from 45 last year, and 21 commercial turboprops, down from 39 last year.

Segment loss was $29 million in the third quarter, down from $104 million of profit last year, primarily due to the lower volume and mix.

Textron Aviation backlog at the end of the third quarter was $1.8 billion.


Bell revenues were $793 million, up $10 million from last year on higher military revenues, partially offset by lower commercial revenues, primarily due to the mix of aircraft sold.

Bell delivered 41 commercial helicopters in the quarter, down from 42 last year.

Segment profit of $119 million was up $9 million, primarily due to a favorable impact from performance.

Bell backlog at the end of the third quarter was $5.7 billion.

Textron Systems

Revenues at Textron Systems were $302 million, down $9 million from last year, primarily due to lower volume of $20 million at the TRU Simulation + Training business.

Segment profit of $40 million was up $9 million from last year due to a favorable impact from performance, partially offset by lower volume and mix.

Textron Systems’ backlog at the end of the third quarter was $1.9 billion.


Industrial revenues of $832 million were down $118 million from last year, primarily due to lower volume and mix in the Specialized Vehicles product line, principally reflecting the timing of snowmobile deliveries and reduced demand in the ground support equipment business, which has been impacted by the reduction in global air travel.

Segment profit was $58 million, up $11 million from the third quarter of 2019, primarily related to a favorable impact from performance of $24 million, principally reflecting cost reduction activities, partially offset by lower volume and mix.


Finance segment revenues were $13 million, and profit was $1 million.

Conference Call Information

Textron will host its conference call today, October 29, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern) to discuss its results and outlook. The call will be available via webcast at www.textron.com or by direct dial at (844) 721-7241 in the U.S. or (409) 207-6955 outside of the U.S.; Access Code: 4252363.

In addition, the call will be recorded and available for playback beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, October 29, 2020 by dialing (402) 970-0847; Access Code: 4302627.

A package containing key data that will be covered on today’s call can be found in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.textron.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Arctic Cat, Textron Systems, and TRU Simulation + Training. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

Forward-looking Information

Certain statements in this release and other oral and written statements made by us from time to time are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements, which may describe strategies, goals, outlook or other non-historical matters, or project revenues, income, returns or other financial measures, often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “guidance,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “likely” or “may” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. In addition to those factors described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q under “Risk Factors”, among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from past and projected future results are the following: Interruptions in the U.S. Government’s ability to fund its activities and/or pay its obligations; changing priorities or reductions in the U.S. Government defense budget, including those related to military operations in foreign countries; our ability to perform as anticipated and to control costs under contracts with the U.S. Government; the U.S. Government’s ability to unilaterally modify or terminate its contracts with us for the U.S. Government’s convenience or for our failure to perform, to change applicable procurement and accounting policies, or, under certain circumstances, to withhold payment or suspend or debar us as a contractor eligible to receive future contract awards; changes in foreign military funding priorities or budget constraints and determinations, or changes in government regulations or policies on the export and import of military and commercial products; volatility in the global economy or changes in worldwide political conditions that adversely impact demand for our products; volatility in interest rates or foreign exchange rates; risks related to our international business, including establishing and maintaining facilities in locations around the world and relying on joint venture partners, subcontractors, suppliers, representatives, consultants and other business partners in connection with international business, including in emerging market countries; our Finance segment’s ability to maintain portfolio credit quality or to realize full value of receivables; performance issues with key suppliers or subcontractors; legislative or regulatory actions, both domestic and foreign, impacting our operations or demand for our products; our ability to control costs and successfully implement various cost-reduction activities; the efficacy of research and development investments to develop new products or unanticipated expenses in connection with the launching of significant new products or programs; the timing of our new product launches or certifications of our new aircraft products; our ability to keep pace with our competitors in the introduction of new products and upgrades with features and technologies desired by our customers; pension plan assumptions and future contributions; demand softness or volatility in the markets in which we do business; cybersecurity threats, including the potential misappropriation of assets or sensitive information, corruption of data or, operational disruption; difficulty or unanticipated expenses in connection with integrating acquired businesses; the risk that acquisitions do not perform as planned, including, for example, the risk that acquired businesses will not achieve revenue and profit projections; the impact of changes in tax legislation; and risks and uncertainties related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business and operations.

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