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Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

13 May 2021

13 May 2021

ROLLS-ROYCE HOLDINGS PLC AGM STATEMENT

Rolls-Royce Holdings plc is holding its Annual General Meeting today. In his address to shareholders, Chief Executive Warren East will comment: "We faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 with events that were beyond our control. We acted quickly and decisively by putting in place the measures necessary to protect our people and our business. I would like to thank our colleagues for the dedication and hard work this year and all our stakeholders for their engagement and support.

Looking ahead, we are confident that the significant restructuring actions we have taken in 2020 will deliver permanent cost reductions, positioning us well for the rebound in international air travel. In Business Aviation we are very proud to recently announce that Dassault has chosen us to power their new flagship Falcon 10X aircraft.

We are committed to our net zero targets and seizing the opportunity of supporting the transition in our end markets to low carbon and net zero carbon solutions. In the last few months, we have taken significant steps, including successfully testing 100% sustainable aviation fuels in current generation aircraft engines in Derby, while our Spirit of Innovation all-electric aircraft will take to the air within weeks . "

Trading update and outlook

Operational and financial performance year to date has been in line with expectations across all our business units.

In the first four months of 2021 large engine flying hours were around 40% of 2019 levels supported by demand for cargo flights and the maintenance of key routes. This is broadly unchanged from the run rate at the end of 2020 and consistent with our planning assumptions. While the timing of the recovery remains uncertain, the progress of COVID-19 vaccination programmes in a significant number of countries, particularly the US and UK, is encouraging. Combined with increased testing, vaccination programmes are key enablers of further recovery in international air travel.

In Power Systems, performance is on track despite the challenging environment, with governmental demand remaining resilient and aftermarket demand increasing. We expect the recovery to accelerate through the remaining months of the year.

In Defence, we have continued to perform resiliently with high levels of backlog cover following a strong period of order intake in recent years. We await the outcome on our tender for the B-52 new engine programme, where a decision from the US Department of Defense is expected in the second half of this year. The UK government's recent defence review confirmed investment in technology-led solutions supported by the increase in defence funding announced last year, including GBP2 billion for the Future Combat Air System.

We continue to expect to turn free cash flow positive at some point during the second half of 2021, as engine flying activity recovers and cost savings are delivered. As previously highlighted, our guidance remains sensitive to the timing of EFH recovery and the timing of original equipment (OE) concession outflows on already delivered widebody engines.

Our fundamental restructuring programme, announced in May last year, will reduce our fixed cost base, improve productivity and set up the framework that will enable us to recover strongly when activity levels return. We have already made good progress on the targeted GBP1.3bn of annualised cost savings. We are progressing well on our disposal programme with an encouraging range of interested parties for ITP Aero and will provide an update when appropriate.

Our next scheduled trading update will be on 5 August 2021, when we will publish our Half Year 2021 results.

For further information, please contact:

Media

Richard Wray

Director of External Communications & Brand, Rolls-Royce plc

Tel +44 (0) 7810 850055

Richard.Wray@Rolls-Royce.com

Investors

Isabel Green

Head of Investor Relations, Rolls-Royce plc

Tel +44 (0) 7880 160976

Isabel.Green@Rolls-Royce.com

www.Rolls-Royce.com

About Rolls-Royce Holdings plc

1. Rolls-Royce pioneers the power that matters to connect, power and protect society. We have pledged to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions in our operations by 2030 (excluding product testing and joined the UN Race to Zero campaign in 2020, affirming our ambition to play a fundamental role in enabling the sectors in which we operate achieve net zero carbon by 2050.

2. Rolls-Royce has customers in more than 150 countries, comprising more than 400 airlines and leasing customers, 160 armed forces and navies, and more than 5,000 power and nuclear customers.

3. Annual underlying revenue was GBP11.76 billion in 2020 and we invested GBP1.25 billion on research and development. We also support a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which position Rolls-Royce engineers at the forefront of scientific research.

   4.   Rolls-Royce Holdings plc LEI: 213800EC7997ZBLZJH69 

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