On Tuesday, Rolls-Royce reported a record loss of £4.6 billion ($5.8 billion) as a penalty for settling bribery payments and the drop in the pound from Brexit covered some challenging years for the British aero engine manufacturer.
The engine manufacturer has posted a statutory pre-tax loss of £4.6 billion for the year 2016, which is one of the biggest corporate losses in the history of Britain. This loss incorporates a write-down of £4.4 billion on the financial hedges’ value that it uses for safeguarding itself against fluctuations in the currency and a £671 million charge for the fines the firm has consented to pay for settling corruption and bribery charges with the SFO (Serious Fraud Office), Brazilian authorities, and the US Department of Justice.
However, this profit drop failed to affect the dividends of the company. The underlying gains before tax dropped by less than before, according to forecasts by analysts. It fell to £813 million by 49% as against the expected £687 million.
Rolls-Royce group stated that it would maintain, instead of rising, its final dividend so as to retain its financial flexibility degree.
Warren East, the Chief Executive said – “ While we have made good progress in our cost cutting and efficiency programmes, more needs to be done to ensure we drive sustainable margin improvements within the business.”
He went on to add – “Over the next few months we will conclude our review of our strengths and investment opportunities and set out an appropriate vision for the business and the best way we can deliver sustainable shareholder value.”
Earlier, East softened the settlement proclamation blow by reporting at the same time that gains (especially cash) would be beyond previous anticipations. Gains were improved by unforeseen 9% surge in revenues to £15 billion. According to analyst predictions, it was supposed to drop from the previous year’s £13.7 billion. The underlying revenues, excluding foreign exchange movement benefits, did fall as anticipated, though off 2% to £13.4 billion due to the drop in its marine business.
Rolls predicts that its marine business challenges are likely to continue in 2017 too, though it stated that it anticipates to still post marginally higher revenues this year with a modest overall performance enhancement and free cash flow.
Rolls-Royce has come up with many challenges across its business of late, weighing on its profit and revenue. This has encouraged East, who came to the present position in the year 2015, to restructure the firm to react to the modifications in different sectors.