Textron releases Q3 results, raising full-year outlook

A Cessna Citation Longitude jet in flight.
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

Textron Inc. [NYSE: TXT] has reported third quarter 2023 income, showing strong earnings growth. The Aviation division saw its strongest quarter performance for the year, showing a 12% year-on-year increase over Q3 2022.

Earnings Growth

Textron reported significant growth in its income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2023, making it a noteworthy stock to keep an eye on.

The company achieved an impressive $1.35 per share, a remarkable increase compared to $1.06 per share in the third quarter of the previous year.

However, it’s worth noting that they didn’t stop there. When we look at the adjusted income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure that provides a more accurate financial picture, we see an even more substantial growth.

In Q3 2023, Textron reported $1.49 per share, up from $1.15 per share in the same quarter of 2022. This growth in earnings is undoubtedly a result of their dedication and innovation.


Insights from the Chairman and CEO

Scott C. Donnelly, Textron’s Chairman and CEO, shared his insights on the quarter’s performance. He expressed, “In the quarter, we saw higher overall revenues and net operating profit driven by growth at Aviation, Industrial, and Systems.”

Donnelly went on to highlight the Aviation sector, stating, “At Aviation, we saw our strongest order quarter of the year with a 12% increase over the third quarter of 2022.”

It’s clear that Textron’s Aviation sector has played a significant role in their success this quarter.

Analyzing Cash Flow

Understanding a company’s cash flow is vital in assessing its financial health. In the third quarter of 2023, Textron reported net cash provided by operating activities of the manufacturing group to be $270 million, compared to $356 million in the previous year.

This figure, while slightly lower, still demonstrates Textron’s strong financial position. When we look at manufacturing cash flow before pension contributions, another crucial financial indicator, we see a total of $205 million for the third quarter, compared to $292 million last year.

The company’s ability to maintain a healthy cash flow indicates their operational efficiency.

Positive Outlook

Looking ahead, Textron has an optimistic outlook for the future. They now expect adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2023 to be in a range of $5.45 to $5.55, up from their previous outlook of $5.20 to $5.30.

Additionally, Textron reiterated its expectation for manufacturing cash flow before pension contributions of $0.9 billion to $1.0 billion, with planned pension contributions of about $50 million.

This outlook indicates that the company is confident in its ability to sustain its growth and financial strength.

Segment Results

To gain a deeper understanding of Textron’s performance, it’s essential to explore its various segments.

Textron Aviation

Revenues: Textron Aviation’s revenues were $1.3 billion, up $171 million from the previous year’s third quarter. This growth can be attributed to a higher volume and mix of $89 million and higher pricing of $82 million.

Deliveries: Textron Aviation delivered 39 jets in the quarter, remaining flat compared to the previous year. They also delivered 38 commercial turboprops, up from 33 in last year’s third quarter.

Segment Profit: The segment profit for Textron Aviation was $160 million in the third quarter, up $29 million from the previous year.

This increase is mainly due to favorable pricing, net of inflation, of $39 million and a $23 million favorable impact from higher volume and mix.

Two Cessna SkyCourier aircraft fly in formation over forest.
Photo Credit: Textron Aviation

However, it was partially offset by an unfavorable impact from performance of $33 million, largely related to supply chain and labor inefficiencies.

Backlog: Textron Aviation’s backlog at the end of the third quarter was an impressive $7.4 billion, indicating a strong demand for their products and services.


Revenues: Bell reported revenues of $754 million in the quarter, which remained flat with the third quarter of 2022.

This can be attributed to lower commercial helicopter volume, largely reflecting supply chain constraints, partially offset by higher military volume.

Three Bahrain Air Force Bell 505 helicopters parked in the hangar
Photo Credit: Bell Textron

Deliveries: Bell delivered 23 commercial helicopters in the quarter, a decrease from the 49 delivered in the previous year.

Segment Profit: The segment profit for Bell was $77 million in the third quarter, up $3 million from the same quarter of the previous year.

This increase is primarily due to a favorable impact from performance of $23 million, which largely reflects lower research and development costs. However, it was partially offset by lower volume and mix of $16 million.

Backlog: Bell’s backlog at the end of the third quarter was $5.2 billion, showcasing a strong demand for their products.

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