Forbes  Oct 17  Comment 
The best performing sector as of midday Friday is the Industrial sector, up 1.5%. Within that group, Textron (NYSE: TXT) and United Rentals (NYSE: URI) are two large stocks leading the way, showing a gain of 9.8% and 3.4%, respectively. Among...
SeekingAlpha  Oct 17  Comment 
By SA Transcripts: Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) Q3 2014 Results Earnings Conference Call October 17, 2014 08:00 AM ET Executives Doug Wilburne - Vice President - Investor Relations Scott Donnelly - Chairman and CEO Frank Connor - Chief...
TheStreet.com  Oct 17  Comment 
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Textron were gaining 11.9% to $37.68 Friday after beating analysts' estimates for earnings in the third quarter. Theamulti-industry company engaged in aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses...
Forbes  Oct 17  Comment 
In early trading on Friday, shares of Textron (TXT) topped the list of the day's best performing components of the S&P 500 index, trading up 8.6%.  Year to date, Textron has lost about 0.6% of its value.
Benzinga  Oct 17  Comment 
Textron (NYSE: TXT) reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and raised its forecast for the year. Textron now expects full-year earnings of $2.05 to $2.15 per share, versus its earlier forecast of $1.92 to $2.12 per share. The...
newratings.com  Oct 17  Comment 
WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) - Textron Inc. (TXT) reported third-quarter 2014 income from continuing operations of $160 million or $0.57 per share, up from $98 million or $0.35 per share in the third quarter of 2013. Textron third quarter 2014 results...
Wall Street Journal  Oct 17  Comment 
Textron said its third-quarter earnings rose 61% as revenue improved across nearly all its business segments and the aircraft maker continued to benefit from its acquisition of Beechcraft.
Wall Street Journal  Oct 17  Comment 
Reuters  Oct 17  Comment 
A second foreign country is expected to announce plans within six months to buy the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor plane built by Boeing Co and Textron Inc's Bell Helicopter unit,...


Textron (NYSE: TXT) makes the best-selling Cessna small aircraft and military helicopters.[1] Cessna represents 42% of the Textron's 2009 revenues. Textron's military segment, Bell, makes the Osprey Tilt-rotor aircraft and is dependent on U.S. military contracts, which account for 27% of total sales. The company acquired United Industrial (UIC) in 2007, expanding its business into the growing unmanned military market.[2]

Textron also has a stable but low-margin plastic business that makes parts for use in a wide range of consumer products such as cars, plumbing, and electrical connections.[3] Textron competes against large companies like Boeing Company (BA) and Raytheon Company (RTN) for government contracts and Bombardier (BBD.B) and General Electric Company (GE) within the aircraft and Industrial supplies sector.

In 2009, Textron had total revenues of $10.5 billion. Despite this, Textron posted a net loss of $31 million in 2009. The loss in 2009 is largely because Textron's revenues in 2009 were significantly lower than the $14.25 billion in 2008 revenues, which allowed Textron to earn a net income of $344 million.

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Textron competes against a wide variety of companies for government contracts and for private customers. Textron also competes against a large number of companies whose products rival the Bell, Cessna, and Industrial segments. These companies include:

  • Boeing Company (BA) which competes against Textron's Cessna and Bell segments. Although the two companies work in association on some projects, like the V-22 Osprey, they compete for contracts and customers on most ventures.[4]
  • United Technologies (UTX) which owns Pratt and Whitney, the leader in terms of sales of business and small aircraft jet engines.[5]
  • Raytheon Company (RTN) competes for government contracts in the fields of defense systems and technological services.[6] Raytheon and Textron compete for many of the same contracts.
  • Bombardier (BBD.B) is the 3rd largest producer of civilian aircraft and competes against the Cessna segment of Textron.[7]
  • Honeywell International (HON) produces automotive supplies, engines, and turbo chargers which compete with the Industrial segment of Textron.
  • ITT Corporation (ITT) produces defense electronics for the U.S. military in addition to highly engineered products for military aircraft and gears and shock absorbers for general aviation.[8]


  1. Google Finance:"Textron Inc"
  2. Boston Globe Business: "Textron buys United Industrial Unmanned Army aircraft target of $1.1b purchase"
  3. TXT 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 3
  4. Google Finance: "The Boeing Company"
  5. Eclipse Aviation "Eclipse Finds an Engine for Its Jet"
  6. Google Finance: "Raytheon Company"
  7. Hoovers Bombardier Inc. "Bombardier Company Description"
  8. Reuters: ITT Corp
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