Rolls-Royce Holdings’ (LON:RR) share price has fallen deep into the red in London this Tuesday, as the company increased the costs over its problematic Trent 1000 engines. Today’s update follows the engine maker’s annual general meeting statement in May when the company reaffirmed its underlying operating profit and free cash flow guidance.
As of 09:13 BST, Rolls-Royce’s share price had given up 1.92 percent to 799.38p, underperforming the broader UK market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index currently standing 0.60 percent lower at 7,180.38 points. The group’s shares have given up nearly a quarter of their value over the past year, as compared with about a 6.3-percent fall in the Footsie.
Group updates on performance
Rolls-Royce announced in a statement this morning that its underlying core and group revenue had climbed seven percent in the first half of the year. The group, however, recorded core free cash outflow of £391 million, expecting the number to improve in the second half of the year. The British engine maker further increased its Trent 1000 in-service costs by a total of about £100 million across the next three years.
“We delivered further progress across the group in the first half in line with our full year expectations,” Rolls-Royce’s chief executive Warren East commented in the statement, adding that the company expected “significant improvement in cash in the second half”. He further noted that the group had made ‘good progress’ on resolving the compressor issue with its Trent 1000 engines, while cautioning, however, that “regretfully, customer disruption remains”.
Analysts on Rolls-Royce
The 16 analysts offering 12-month targets for the Rolls-Royce share price for the Financial Times have a median target of 1,100.00p, with a high estimate of 1,291.00p and a low estimate of 760.00p. As of August 5, the consensus forecast amongst 18 polled investment analysts covering the blue-chip engine maker advises investors to hold their position in the company.