Boeing reported that it will take a special third quarter charge to earnings of $225 million pretax associated with inventory on the F-15 program. This is in addition to a $45 million charge taken earlier this year for F-15 inventories.
Boeing had procured long-lead items in anticipation of orders this year for as many as 24 F-15s for international customers. Based on current market analysis, recent international customer decisions, and actions pending in Congress, the company now believes that there is a limited near-term market for this aircraft. Today's announcement reflects this change.
"We're encouraged by recent congressional support for procurement of additional F-15s for the U.S. Air Force this year," said Phil Condit, Boeing chairman and chief executive officer. "Additional orders from the U.S. government would keep the F-15 line viable for potential future sales."
The F-15 repeatedly has proven itself as the most capable multi-role fighter in the world. "We're continuing aggressive efforts to market the aircraft to customers requiring its advanced capabilities," Condit said.
Today's financial announcement is not expected to affect Boeing employment levels in St. Louis, where the F-15 Eagle is produced.
Due to continued improvement in operations, Boeing remains committed to previously published consolidated financial projections despite the F-15 charge and any impacts associated with settlement of a new contract with the company's largest labor union.
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