Meggitt PLC (“Meggitt” or “the Group”), a leading international company specialising in high performance components and sub-systems for the aerospace, defence and energy markets, today announces its third quarter trading update and an upgrade to its revenue guidance for the year to 31 December 2018.
Trading in the third quarter has been stronger than previously anticipated, with overall organic revenue growth of 6% driven by continued strong performance across the Group’s Civil Aerospace and Defence market segments. As a result of the improving end market conditions, the Group now expects total organic revenue growth in 2018 of 7 to 8% (up from 4 to 6%).
In Civil Aerospace, Original Equipment (‘OE’) revenues grew by 5% in the third quarter, as a result of growing demand for business jets and the new large jets where we have excellent content across engines and airframes. The Group now anticipates full year organic revenue growth of 6 to 8% in Civil OE (up from previous guidance of 2 to 4%), reflecting expectations of continued growth in deliveries of new aircraft.
Civil Aftermarket revenues grew by 9% in the third quarter as a result of further growth in air traffic and low levels of aircraft retirements which have increased demand for our spare parts. The Group now anticipates full year organic revenue growth of 7 to 9% in civil aftermarket (up from previous guidance of 4 to 6%).
In Defence, strong growth on new platforms together with continued demand for retrofit fuel tanks contributed to growth of 8% in the third quarter. As a result of the continued positive outlook for defence spending in the US, following the agreement of the FY19 Defense Budget in September, the Group now anticipates full year organic revenue growth of 7 to 9% (up from previous guidance of 6 to 8%).
In Energy, organic revenue declined by 9% in the third quarter, with declining revenue in power generation OE and declining revenue at Heatric compared to a relatively strong prior year period. This was partially offset by further growth serving end-users of industrial gas turbines. The Group continues to anticipate full year organic revenue growth in excess of 5% in its energy markets.
Guidance for operating margins remains unchanged and is expected to be towards the lower end of the range of 17.7% to 18.0%.
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Doug Webb, Chief Financial Officer
Adrian Bunn, Vice President Strategy and Investor Relations
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Deborah Scott, Senior Managing Director
Nick Hasell, Managing Director
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