The Board of Directors of Safran (Euronext Paris: SAF), under the Chairmanship of Ross McInnes, at their meeting in Paris on September 5, 2018, adopted and authorised the publication of Safran's financial statements and adjusted income statement for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018.
CEO Philippe Petitcolin commented: "During the first half of 2018, our performance was very strong with significant growth across all Safran businesses. We are expecting this good overall performance for Propulsion, Aircraft Equipment and Defense to continue and therefore we raise significantly our full year guidance. In addition, the integration plan of Zodiac Aerospace is being implemented and will progressively deliver the expected results. On the operational front, the ramp-up of LEAP production is proceeding and our objective remains to deliver around 1100 LEAP engines at the end of this year."
Key figures for first-half 2018
Free cash flow  generation amounted to Euro 820 million (including Euro 25 million from Zodiac Aerospace), representing an increase of 23% compared with Euro 666 million in the year-ago period. The growth was driven by higher cash from operating activities and lower capital expenditures, partially offset by an increase in working capital. At constant scope, H1 2018 free cash flow amounted to 63% of adjusted recurring operating income.
H1 2018 civil aftermarket  was up 12.5% in USD terms driven notably by spare parts sales for latest generation CFM56 engines. Q2 2018 civil aftermarket growth was 8.8%.
Key business highlights
CFM commercial success
During the Farnborough Airshow, CFM International announced orders and commitments for 858 LEAP and CFM56 engines, in addition to LEAP and CFM56 services agreements, at a combined value of USD 15.7 billion at list price.
Following the air show, at July 31, 2018, the LEAP order book stands at 15,450 engines (orders and commitments) and CFM56 backlog stands at 434 engines.
Continuing growth of narrowbody engines deliveries
Combined deliveries of CFM engines (LEAP and CFM56) increased by 20% in H1 2018 to 1,029 units, from 857 units in H1 2017.
CFM56 production rate was sustained with 591 units delivered in H1 2018 compared with 710 units in H1 2017, in line with customers' demand. CFM International expects to deliver around 1,000 CFM56 engines in 2018.
The ramp-up of LEAP production proceeds. LEAP deliveries almost trebbled in H1 2018 to 438 engines compared with 147 engines in H1 2017. CFM International plans to deliver around 1,100 LEAP engines in 2018, as previously indicated.
Safran and Dassault Aviation reached an agreement regarding the indemnity to be paid to Dassault Aviation related to the termination of the Silvercrest engine for the Falcon 5X.
The amount is covered by the provisions previously booked by the Group, and the payment will be spread over three years from 2018. Safran confirms that this agreement will not change its profitability and cash flow generation outlook.
Safran received EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) engine type certification for its Arriel 2H engine (powering the Avicopter AC312E) and its Ardiden 3C (powering the Avicopter AC352).
Safran signed several carbon brakes contracts, notably with Turkish Airline for 25 A350 and 25 787, with Sun Express for 32 737 MAX and with Indigo for 100 A320neo.
Zodiac Aerospace - Aircraft Interiors
A major Middle-East airline selected Zodiac Aerospace to provide business class and economy class seats for a large wide-bodies linefit order.
In addition, a major Asian airline selected Zodiac Aerospace to provide first class seats for its future wide-bodies linefit order.
Zodiac Aerospace - Aerosytems
ANA selected Zodiac Aerospace to retrofit its 16 Boeing 777-300 with the inflight connectivity system RAVE™ Broadband as well as its 8 Boeing 777-200, 11 Boeing 787-8 and 2 Boeing 787-9 with the inflight entertainment system RAVE Centric.
Raytheon Company and Safran have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on the next-generation of combat vehicle sighting systems.
At the Eurosatory 2018 defense show, Safran Electronics & Defense introduced its new family of inertial navigation and pointing systems for land vehicles, Geonyx™.
Signing of an agreement for the acquisition of Rockwell Collins' Actuators, Pilot controls and Special products business
These operations will expand the electrical actuation and flight control business lines of Safran Electronic & Defense and Zodiac Aerospace. In particular, they will allow Safran Electronic & Defense and Zodiac Aerospace (Aerosystems) to increase their critical mass in these sectors and to eventually enhance their competitiveness.
The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory approval and the other usual conditions for this type of transaction, should be finalized in the first half of 2019.
Auxiliary Power Units (APUs)
Boeing and Safran agreed to create a new 50/50 JV to design, build and service APUs. The completion of the transaction, subject to customary conditions including regulatory and antitrust clearance, is expected to close in H2 2018.
The JV will be accounted for by using the equity method and will be progressively capitalized once the regulatory authorizations are obtained.
On demand mobility
Safran and Bell announced a new collaboration on the development of innovative hybrid electric propulsion systems for future air taxi and VTOL systems. In this collaboration, Bell will lead the design, development and production of VTOL systems, and Safran will bring its technical expertise to bear in the development of a disruptive propulsion system.
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