MTU's targets for the financial year 2017 are as follows:
|in € million||Forecast 2017||Actual 2016|
|Adjusted earnings after tax||~390||345|
Free Cash Flow
MTU expects its commercial OEM business to see organic growth in the range of a high single digit percentage: The new engine business is affected by the ramp-up of the PW1000G programs, which should increase substantially in the second half of 2017; the main growth driver in the spare parts business is the V2500 program.
The military engine business is expected to decrease by a percentage in the mid-teens in 2017.
MTU’s forecast for its commercial maintenance business in 2017 is now for revenues to grow by a percentage in the mid- to high teens in U.S.-dollar terms.
MTU expects its operating profit (adjusted EBIT) to increase in 2017 to around 560 m€.
Adjusted earnings after tax
Adjusted earnings after tax are expected to rise in 2017 to around 390 m€.
Free Cash Flow
2017 will again be another year of substantial investment spending accompanied by a reduction in the amount of advance payments in the military engine business. However, MTU plans to compensate for these factors through its operating activities and with 120 m€ achieve a significant increase in free cash flow compared to the previous year.
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