British engineering company Rolls-Royce is launching a major restructuring programme, under its new chief executive Warren East. As Hayley Platt reports it follows four profit warnings in a year.
Its engines are used to fly planes around the globe. But shares in Rolls-Royce have dived 15 percent over the past two weeks. That's when the British engineer announced its last profit warning - its fourth in a year. No surprise then that the firm's new Chief Executive is restructuring. Warren East wants to simplify the organisation, streamline top management and reduce costs by between 150 and 200 million pounds a year. Bill Blain is from Mint Partners. SOUNDBITE: Mint Partners Markets Strategist, Bill Blain, saying (English): "If we look at the global aviation business, we are expecting somewhere in the region of 40,000 new aircraft over the next 20 years. That should be an enormous opportunity for Rolls-Royce, but of course they've diversified into marine as well, and where you see success in aviation, other areas of Rolls-Royce business are still in the doldrums." East made a presentation to shareholders to try and restore confidence. One of them -- ValueAct -- raised its stake to 10 percent just last week. The U.S. activist hedge fund has been pressing for a seat on the board. It also reportedly wants the company to focus on its main aerospace business -- which accounts for half its profits -- and get rid of the marine engines unit.