RTX provides update on Pratt & Whitney GTF fleet; Updates 2023 and 2025 outlook; Updates 2023 sales outlook and reaffirms adjusted EPS¹ and free cash flow¹ outlook

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RTX to recognize charge in third quarter due to Pratt & Whitney powder metal manufacturing matter

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 11, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- RTX (NYSE:  RTX) is providing an update on the impact to the Pratt & Whitney GTF fleet arising from the previously disclosed rare condition in powder metal used to manufacture certain engine parts.  As a result of recent updates to this matter, RTX will recognize a third quarter charge which will impact reported sales and earnings for the year.

Pratt GTF Fleet Update

  • In connection with the previously disclosed rare condition in powder metal, fleet management plan developed for PW1100 GTF engines, which power the A320neo
  • Approximately 600 to 700 engines will be removed for shop visits between 2023 and 2026 beyond Pratt & Whitney's shop visit forecast entering 2023
  • A majority of the incremental engine removals required by the fleet management plan will occur in 2023 and early 2024
  • The accelerated removals and incremental shop visits will result in higher aircraft on ground
  • Adding maintenance capacity, increasing part output and taking other action to mitigate impact to PW1100 GTF fleet
  • Pratt & Whitney is analyzing the impact of powder metal on other engine models within its fleet, and other engine models currently are expected to be far less impacted
  • RTX pre-tax operating profit impact is estimated to be between $3 billion and $3.5 billion over the next several years, inclusive of an approximately $3 billion pre-tax charge in Q3, after partners' share of charges

Updates Outlook for Full Year 2023

  • Reported sales2 of $67.5 - $68.5 billion
  • Confirms adjusted sales1,3 of $73.0 - $74.0 billion
  • Confirms adjusted EPS1,3 of $4.95 - $5.05
  • Confirms free cash flow1,2 of approximately $4.3 billion
  • Confirms share repurchase of $3.0 billion of RTX shares

Updates 2025 Outlook

  • Reaffirms 2020 to 2025 RTX sales growth and margin expansion commitments
  • Updates 2025 free cash flow1,2 commitment to reflect estimated impact of Pratt & Whitney powder metal matter. Expects cash impact of approximately $1.5 billion during 2025, resulting in estimated RTX 2025 free cash flow1,2 of approximately $7.5 billion
  • Reaffirms $33 - $35 billion capital return commitment to shareowners from the merger through 2025

"We are focused on addressing the challenges arising from the powder metal manufacturing issue," said RTX Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes. "We will never compromise on the safe operation of our fleet, which is why the Pratt & Whitney team has worked diligently to develop its fleet management plan. At the same time, we recognize this is an extremely difficult situation for our customers, and we are proactively taking steps to support and mitigate the operational impact to them."

RTX Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Neil Mitchill, stated "The financial charges related to the powder metal manufacturing issue, that will be recognized this quarter, reflect the impact of this matter and how we expect to support our customers. That said, the financial position of RTX remains strong, and we remain well positioned to execute on our strategic priorities."

Pratt & Whitney GTF Fleet Update

As previously disclosed, Pratt & Whitney has determined that a rare condition in powder metal used to manufacture certain engine parts will require accelerated inspection of the PW1100G-JM (GTF) fleet, which powers the A320neo. 

On August 4, 2023, Pratt & Whitney issued a special instruction (SI), to operators of GTF powered A320 aircraft, requiring accelerated inspections and engine removals covering the initial tranche of operational engines, no later than September 15, 2023

Pratt & Whitney has also recently developed a fleet management plan for the remaining affected PW1100 GTF engines requiring a combination of a repetitive inspection protocol, at an interval of between approximately 2,800 and 3,800 cycles, and part life limits of between approximately 5,000 and 7,000 cycles, for high pressure turbine disks and high-pressure compressor disks. This fleet plan is expected to be released in one or more service bulletins (SB) within the next 60 days, following alignment with regulators. The actions set forth in the SI and SB are anticipated to result in approximately 600 to 700 incremental shop visits between now and the end of 2026 beyond Pratt & Whitney's forecast entering 2023. A majority of the incremental engine removals will occur in 2023 and early 2024. As a result, Pratt & Whitney expects a significant increase in aircraft on ground levels for the GTF powered A320 fleet throughout 2024 – 2026. 

The ultimate operational impact of the powder metal issue is subject to various data-driven assumptions that Pratt & Whitney continues to refine, including, among other items, shop visit quantity, workscope, turnaround time, and part availability. However, Pratt & Whitney is taking action to increase industrial output and shop visit capacity, as well as other measures, to mitigate the potential impact of this matter.  Further, the business is analyzing the impact of powder metal on other engine models within its fleet and currently believes that other models will be far less impacted based on existing inspections, lower utilization profiles and/or existing maintenance intervals. Pratt & Whitney continues to deliver new engines and spare parts for the PW1100 GTF and its other engine models.

RTX will record a pre-tax operating profit charge in the third quarter of 2023 of approximately $3 billion. This reflects Pratt & Whitney's net 51% program share of the PW1100 GTF program. This includes estimates of potential compensation and other consideration for customer fleet disruption and the one-time Estimate-at-Completion ("EAC") impact of estimated incremental costs to long-term maintenance contracts as a result of this matter. The incremental costs to the business's long-term maintenance contracts include the cost of additional inspections, replacement of parts and other related impacts. RTX expects reported 2023 sales2 of $67.5 billion to $68.5 billion, with no change to its prior 2023 outlook for adjusted sales1,3 of $73 billion to $74 billion.

Updates to 2025 Financial Commitments Resulting from Powder Metal Matter

Despite the recent Pratt & Whitney powder metal matter, RTX remains uniquely positioned to benefit from the growing commercial aerospace and defense markets. The company continues to prioritize strategic investments in next generation technology and expanded capacity which will drive RTX towards its 2020 to 2025 adjusted annual sales1,3 growth commitment of 6 to 7 percent, and sustain long-term growth well beyond 2025. 

Additionally, the company continues to execute on its completed business realignment, structural cost reduction and operational modernization actions to leverage its scale and capabilities to achieve best-in-class performance for customers and shareowners. Furthermore, RTX continues to develop additional actions to mitigate the impact resulting from the recent Pratt & Whitney powder metal matter.  Although the company expects a modest impact to Pratt & Whitney's 2025 margin targets, at the RTX level, these initiatives, along with our company-wide sales growth, continue to support RTX's adjusted segment margin1,3 expansion commitment of approximately 550 to 650 basis points from 2020 to 2025. 

While the impact of the powder metal matter is not currently expected to have a significant impact to sales and margins in 2025, Pratt & Whitney's free cash flow1,2 will be impacted. The exact timing of the cash impact is subject to a number of factors, and we currently estimate that the impact to 2025 free cash flow1,2 will be approximately $1.5 billion to RTX, resulting in estimated RTX 2025 free cash flow1,2 of approximately $7.5 billion.

RTX remains confident in its ability to return $33 - $35 billion in capital to its shareowners from the merger through 2025.

Management will provide additional details on this matter during the conference call being held on September 11, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. ET. The conference call will be webcast live on the company's website at www.rtx.com and will be available for replay following the call. The corresponding presentation slides will be available for downloading prior to the call.

About RTXRTX is the world's largest aerospace and defense company. With more than 180,000 global employees, we push the limits of technology and science to redefine how we connect and protect our world. Through industry-leading businesses – Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, and Raytheon – we are advancing aviation, engineering integrated defense systems for operational success, and developing next-generation technology solutions and manufacturing to help global customers address their most critical challenges. The company, with 2022 sales of $67 billion, is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. 

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Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that represents cash flow from operations (a GAAP measure) less capital expenditures. Management believes free cash flow is a useful measure of liquidity and an additional basis for assessing RTX's ability to fund its activities, including the financing of acquisitions, debt service, repurchases of RTX's common stock and distribution of earnings to shareowners.

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(13) uncertainties associated with the timing and scope of future repurchases by RTX of its common stock or declarations of cash dividends, which may be discontinued, accelerated, suspended or delayed at any time due to various factors, including market conditions and the level of other investing activities and uses of cash; (14) risks relating to realizing expected benefits from, incurring costs for, and successfully managing, the Company's segment realignment effective July 1, 2023, the merger, and other RTX strategic initiatives such as cost reduction, restructuring, digital transformation and other operational initiatives; (15) risks of additional tax exposures due to new tax legislation or other developments, in the U.S. and other countries in which RTX and its businesses operate; (16) risks relating to addressing the identified rare condition in powder metal used to manufacture certain Pratt & Whitney engine parts, including those relating to the need for accelerated removals and inspections of a significant portion of the PW1100G-JM fleet, including the timing and costs relating thereto, and risks related to other engine models that may be impacted by the powder metal matter, as well as other issues that could impact RTX product performance, including quality, reliability or durability (17) risks relating to a RTX product safety failure or other failure affecting RTX's or its customers' or suppliers' products or systems; 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1 Adjusted net sales, organic sales, adjusted organic sales, adjusted operating profit (loss) and margin, adjusted segment operating profit (loss) and margin, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share ("EPS") and free cash flow are non-GAAP financial measures. When we provide our expectation for adjusted net sales, adjusted EPS and free cash flow on a forward-looking basis, a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding GAAP measures (expected diluted EPS from continuing operations and expected cash flow from operations) is not available without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of items for exclusion from the GAAP measure (such as unusual gains and losses, the ultimate outcome of pending litigation, fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the impact and timing of potential acquisitions and divestitures and other structural changes). We are unable to address the probable significance of this information, the variability of which may have a significant impact on future GAAP results. See "Use and Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for information regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

2 Our expectation for reported sales and free cash flow, as applicable, reflects the impact of the Pratt & Whitney powder metal matter among other items

3 Our expectation for adjusted sales and adjusted EPS, as applicable, excludes the impact of the Pratt & Whitney powder metal matter among other items

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