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Rolls Royce – Big Bad News

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Grade:The Black Grade - Shares That I Think Could Collapse To Nothing Or Suffer A Massive Share Issue.
Title: Rolls Royce – Big Bad News
Company: RR - Rolls-Royce Holdings
Share Price Then: 256p
Author: Ian Smith
Date: Fri 28 Aug 2020
Comments: Rolls Royce’s share price tumbled from around 600p-800p at the start of the year to 300p with the COVID news and todays bad news brings it down to a post 2007/8 collapse low of 250p.

The grounding of the most of the world’s airlines has been crippling for RR’s civil aviation division with large engine deliveries and flying hours both down around 50% in H1 and engine flying hours in down by 75% Q2.

The other divisions have issues but nowhere nearly as bad and considering the business overall they can be reasonably be ignored here, Power, Defence and ITP are showing revenue down less than 10%.

As a result of the lack of aircraft flying the Civil Aviation division is to lose 9,000 jobs from a workforce of around 24,000 which also means empty factories and equipment no longer needed.

This means that the company will be making so many changes that the accounts are going to be pretty close to meaningless to a small investor as such huge values exist as one or two line items are going to hang radically.

What seems odd is that currency hedging seems to be one of the biggest issues forcing the company’s hand.

There is a £1.46b loss in USD hedging from reducing the hedged order book from $36bn to $26bn, the company has committed to fixed rate transactions that are now not going to be taking place. This cost is unevenly spread over the next 7 years £88m(2020), £324m(2021), £327m(2022) and then £718m across 2023-26.
This seems to be a genuine cash loss, but also one that is variable up-front recognition of future FX cash settlement costs.

There is also £2.64b in non cash valuations of foreign exchanges for transactions that are expected to take place.

To get through this downturn the big available loan facilities are a £1.9b RCF with zero drawings and an undrawn £2b loan along with £4.1b of cash. There are loan repayments of $1.25b of bonds due in 2021 and the £1.9b RCF expires in Oct 2021 and it is forecast that much of that will be used by then.

To offset some of this parts of the business are to be sold off In order to retain a solid financial base businesses are to be sold off to raise £2bn including ITP Aero which makes parts of engines.

Added to the woes the Trent 1000 engines designed for the Boeing 787 have been an issue for the company, with a costs of around £2.1bn overall. The big issues were with turbine blades in three different sections of the engine, it’s best to look these up elsewhere as a one line summary would be too simplistic.

They were all reliability issues initially grounding aircraft then requiring replacements earlier than scheduled, the costs of which RR had to pick up. Brining all the engines up to the latest spec is still ongoing but as they are related to time in service there are no Aircraft On the Ground (AOG) at present. This is due to either spare engines being available or reduced flying recently meaning that the flying hours limits have not been reached.

So much now depends on how soon planes get flying again and how many airlines go broke, two airlines struggling with half empty planes generate twice as much revenue for RR as one airline flying a fully loaded plane.
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Buy/No Buy In A Nutshell
NegativesShare issue seems inevitable. The company seems to have been dragged down by its safety net of hedging against currency fluctuations.
PositivesThe current Government might not let it fail but won't nationalise it.
Initial Review Price256p
Last Review Price217.4p
Last Review Date02-Sep-2020
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