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Boeing on April 23 reported a first-quarter loss of $478 million. Yet the company also said the underlying performance of the company's aerospace businesses was strong.
These seemingly paradoxical statements stem in large part from a noncash charge of $913 million due to the impairment of goodwill. It is important to note that this type of charge has no effect on current-period cash flow or the day-to-day operations of the company. These noncash charges can obscure the fact that Boeing continues to perform well.
Changes in reporting boost transparency
As of Jan. 1, Boeing changed how it reports certain operating segments in an effort to further enhance transparency and investor understanding of the company's financial results. Among the changes:
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