Prince Alwaleed, Murdoch discuss strategic alliance

Updated 05 February 2013
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Prince Alwaleed, Murdoch discuss strategic alliance

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Rotana Group, met with James Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer, chairman and CEO of News Corporation International at The Savoy Hotel, during the prince's visit to London.
The meeting was also attended by Fahad Alsukait, CEO of Rotana Group and CEO of Alarab Channel that is owned by Prince Alwaleed, and Nahla Nasser Alanbar, private executive assistant to the prince, and top executives of News Corp.
Prince Alwaleed and James Murdoch discussed various issues related to Rotana, News Corp. and KHC. Also during the meeting, they discussed their strategic alliance and reaffirmed their support for Rotana. Prince Alwaleed has 7 percent (voting shares) through KHC in News Corp. and KHC, which is 95 percent owned by Prince Alwaleed, is the second largest shareholder in News Corp. after the Murdoch family. Moreover, News Corp. owns a 19 percent stake in Rotana.


Boeing abandons 2019 outlook after 737 MAX aircraft groundings

Updated 24 April 2019
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Boeing abandons 2019 outlook after 737 MAX aircraft groundings

  • Boeing’s core earnings fell to $1.99 billion, or $3.16 per share
  • The planemaker said it faced $1 billion in increased costs in the first-quarter ended March 31

Boeing missed sharply-lowered Wall Street estimates for revenue and cashflow in the first quarter and suspended its 2019 outlook, as the world’s largest planemaker continued to suffer from the grounding of its 737 MAX jets.

The company said it faced $1 billion in increased costs in the first-quarter ended March 31, related to the 737 aircraft as it halted deliveries of the grounded planes to customers around the globe.

The company also said it was halting share buybacks.

The fallout of a second deadly crash within months in March has seen Boeing cut production of the jets to 42 aircraft per month, down from 52, and its operating cash flow in the first quarter was around $350 million lower than a year earlier.

Boeing is also spending on developing a fix for an anti-stall software known by the acronym MCAS, which has been a common link in the separate chains of events leading to the two crashes within a span of five months.

The company said it would be issuing a new forecast in the future when it has more clarity around the issues surrounding the 737 MAX.

First-quarter operating cash flow declined to $2.79 billion, from $3.14 billion, missing the Wall Street’s average estimate of $2.82 billion.

Revenue fell 2 percent to $22.92 billion, below analysts’ average estimate of $22.98 billion.

Excluding certain items, Boeing said its core earnings fell to $3.16 per share, in the quarter from $3.64 per share, a year earlier. Analysts had expected Boeing to earn $3.16 per share.