Brazil's Embraer reports Q4 net profit of $2.1 mln

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A model of an Embraer aircraft is displayed at the China International Aviation and Aerospace Exhibition, or Airshow China, in Zhuhai, Guangdong province, China September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

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SAO PAULO, March 9 (Reuters) - Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA (EMBR3.SA) on Wednesday reported net profit of 11.1 million reais ($2.1 million) in the fourth quarter, up from a 7.7 million reais net loss a year earlier.

Quarterly net revenue came in at 7.3 billion reais, a 25% drop year-on-year. The average estimate of analysts polled by Refinitiv Eikon was 4.95 billion reais.

The company reported adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) 22% below the same quarter from 2020 at 609.4 million reais, while its adjusted EBITDA margin were at 8.4%, "driven by increased operational efficiency and better prices," it said.

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The planemaker had already reported its delivery figures for the fourth quarter in February, when it said its firm order backlog ended 2021 at the highest level since the second quarter of 2018, making analysts call for "solid" quarterly results. read more

Embraer also provided guidance for 2022, excluding its electric aircraft subsidiary Eve, saying it expects deliveries for its commercial unit between 60 and 70 jets and executive jet deliveries in the range of 100-110 aircraft.

Its free cash flow forecast were $50 million "or better", while its revenues were forecasted in a range of $4.5 billion to $5.0 billion for the year.

($1 = 5.0123 reais)

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Reporting by Gabriel Araujo and Peter Frontini; Editing by Leslie Adler and Diane Craft

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