Even though revenues declined, the Fort Worth-based helicopter maker was able to slightly increase its profits by $1 million due to “improved performance.” The company delivered 27 commercial helicopters, down from 30 in the same quarter last year, while V-22 deliveries stayed the same with six delivered in the quarter.
Textron, which is Bell’s parent company, said its net income decreased 32.6 percent to $101 million in the quarter. Revenues also declined 3.4 percent to $3.093 billion as it sold fewer business jets in its aviation division.
“At Bell, revenues were down on lower military volumes for the quarter due to the timing of the H-1 deliveries,” Textron chief executive Scott Donnelly told investors on a conference call, noting Bell delivered only three H-1s, down from 10 in the first quarter of 2016. “Despite the lower volumes in the quarter, Bell achieved an 11.9 percent operating margin.”
Bell ended the quarter with a $5.7 billion backlog, up $292 million from the end of 2016.
Textron closed its purchase of snowmobile maker, Arctic Cat, during the quarter and reported $22 million in special charges related to the acquisition.
Excluding one-time accounting charges, Textron reported earnings per share of 46 cents per share, matching Wall Street estimates. Shares of Textron [ticker: TXT] dropped $1.33, or almost 3 percent, to close at $46.01 on Wednesday.