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BAE Systems forecasts better year after tax bill drops

August Graham, PA City Reporter
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Defence giant BAE Systems expects to do better than expected after its tax bill dropped, offsetting poor exchange rates.

The company said underlying earnings per share are expected to be slightly higher than had been previously forecast.

It said the business has seen good operational performance, and is now expecting orders to be above its pre-Covid predictions.

BAE had forecast a decline in earnings per share in the mid-single digits, but the performance now means this will be better, it said. Shares rose 1.2% on the news.

The company said in a statement: “Demand for our capabilities remains high with order intake expectations for the group ahead of our original pre-Covid planning for the year.”

The business has been boosted by a decision by German MPs to approve a 5.4 billion euros (£4.8 billion) deal to buy 38 new Eurofighter Typhoon jets, which are made by a consortium including BAE and Airbus.

Chief executive Charles Woodburn said: “We have continued to deliver a resilient performance in line with our expectations for a strong second half, thanks to the outstanding efforts of our employees in these challenging times.

“From a position of strength, the actions we took in quarter two to enhance our resilience are working well as reflected in our guidance, ensuring we continue to deliver on our customer priorities, whilst keeping our employees safe.

“Demand for our capabilities remains high and we recognise our role not only in supporting national security, but also in contributing to the economies of the countries in which we operate.”

In the US, BAE said it is well-aligned with the priorities and growth areas that its customers have, something which it does not believe will change after the next administration takes over in Washington.

“The backlog for the US-based business has continued to grow organically and through the two acquisitions made earlier this year. This backlog provides good visibility of growth in the US business,” it said.