British aerospace giant Rolls-Royce has revealed its plans to quadruple profits in the next four years as CEO Tufan Erginbilgic looks to transform the company and recover from its financial issues. 

The former BP executive was brought in as CEO at the beginning of the year and has already made changes including significant job cuts of up to 2,500 in October as part of a focus on “efficiency, simplification and synergies.” 

The company revealed its new strategy and profit targets during a Capital Markets Day that redefined its mid-term targets to aim for an operating profit of between £2.5bn to £2.8bn and an operating margin of 13-15% by 2027. 

Erginbilgic said: “Rolls-Royce is at a pivotal point in its history. After a strong start to our transformation programme, we are today laying out a clear vision for the journey we need to take and the areas where we must focus. 

“We are creating a high-performing, competitive, resilient and growing Rolls-Royce that will have the financial strength to control and shape its own destiny.” 

The company revealed that it would be looking at exiting “non-core businesses” including selling its Rolls-Royce Electrical business that works on advanced air mobility projects, saying this would allow it to focus on “core electrical engineering activities” in Power Systems, Defence, and Civil Aerospace. 

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Outlining his strategy to build “one Rolls-Royce”, Erginbilgic said the company would base its strategy on four pillars including “portfolio choices and partnerships”, “advantaged businesses and strategic initiatives”, “efficiency and simplification”, and “lower carbon and digitally enabled businesses.” 

The company is looking for the biggest rise in operating margins from its civil aerospace business, with a mid-term target of between 15-17%, meaning a 12-to-14-point rise, as it focuses on the widebody commercial airline market and business aviation to sell its Trent and Pearl engines.

This focus has already been reflected in the British company’s earnings reports for 2023, with its H1 report recording a 9% increase in the operating margin for the civil aerospace division, one of the drivers for an increase in its year-end projection for underlying profit to £1.2bn-£1.4bn.

For its other divisions, Rolls-Royce is targeting a 2-4% operating margin increase in defence and a 4-6% increase in its power systems business.

Erginbilgic’s announcements appear to have been taken well by investors as the company’s shares jumped 6 points after the CEO revealed his plans, rising a further 3% on Wednesday.