LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce
Rolls, the world's second-largest maker of aircraft engines behind U.S. group General Electric
Rolls-Royce is expected to post an average 2012 pretax profit of 1.38 billion pounds ($2.20 billion), according to a Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S poll of 16 analysts.
The predictions underscore soaring demand for narrowbody or single-aisle jets. Analysts forecast that 20,000 narrowbody planes will be produced in the next 20 years.
Rolls said guidance for all of its business segments remains unchanged, except for its marine unit where it expects full-year sales to be broadly flat due to "the phasing of deliveries".
Shares in Rolls-Royce, which have risen 18 percent this year, closed at 863.50 pence on Thursday, valuing the group at around 16 billion pounds.
(Reporting by Rhys Jones; editing by Paul Sandle)