- Boeing bagged several valuable contracts in 2011. In December alone, the company signed deals valued at more than $33 billion and ended the year with a record order backlog worth $356 billion.
- Boeing's strong brand value gives it the required competitive edge. This has attracted loyal customers ranging from the U.S. Defense Department to countries such as Saudi Arabia.
- Boeing has a diversified product offering that comprises military and commercial aircraft sales. This gives the company a definite advantage over rivals Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, which cater primarily to the defense segment.
- Boeing's production capacity leaves it far behind in the race for deliveries as compared to European rival Airbus. In 2011, Airbus delivered 534 commercial planes, higher than the 477 planes delivered by Boeing.
- Boeing's higher-than-expected pension costs will weigh down on its profits this year. On average, the company expects to earn $4.15 per share in 2012, which is less than analyst expectations at $4.96 per share.
- Production of Boeing's much-awaited, fuel efficient 787 Dreamliner has already been delayed three years. This is likely to add to the company's mounting costs.
- Iranian tension is causing countries in the Middle East to beef up their arms stockpiles and Boeing would do well to cash in on these opportunities in the long run.
- Boeing's commercial aircraft sales have been growing rapidly, and it has tremendous scope to grow in future, given the strong demand in emerging markets such as India and China.
- The U.S. government will be cutting defense spending by more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years. This will pinch the profitability of all aerospace and defense companies, and Boeing is no exception.
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