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Bombardier Announces Full-Year Financial Results

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  • Exit of commercial aerospace completed with sale of remaining interest in A220 partnership for ~$600M cash proceeds and the elimination of future investments of ~ $700M(1)
  • Pro Forma(1) cash on-hand of more than $4B, including all previously announced transactions, enhancing financial position
  • Company continuing to actively pursue strategic options to accelerate deleveraging
  • Fourth quarter, and full-year results in line with preliminary results previously announced
  • 2020 consolidated outlook: double-digit organic revenue growth(3) to more than $15B(1)
  • 2020 consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin(2) expected at ~ 7.0%, adjusted EBIT margin(2) expected at ~3.5%(1)
  • 2020 consolidated free cash flow(2) expected to be positive, excluding Residual Value Guarantee (RVG) payments(1)

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2019 results, in line with previously announced preliminary results. The company also confirmed it is still actively pursuing options to accelerate deleveraging, strengthen its balance sheet and enhance shareholder value.

Sale of A220 Partnership Interest

Bombardier has entered into an agreement with Airbus SE and the Government of Quebec, under which Bombardier transferred its shares in the Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (ACLP) to Airbus and the Government of Quebec, improving Bombardier’s cash position. This includes cash proceeds of ~$600 million from Airbus, of which $531 million was paid upon closing with the balance to be paid over 2020-21, and the elimination of all future capital requirements for the A220 program, estimated at ~ $700 million.(1)

Bombardier will also transfer aerostructures activities and employees supporting the A220 and A330 in St-Laurent, Québec to Airbus subsidiary Stelia Aerospace. Finally, the agreement provides for the cancelation of 100,000,000 Bombardier warrants owned by Airbus.

Bombardier’s decision to sell its stake in the A220 partnership completes its exit from commercial aerospace, a significant undertaking. In 2016, Bombardier’s commercial aerospace business lost approximately $400 million and was consuming approximately $1 billion in cash. Addressing this challenging portfolio was a fundamental step in the Company’s turnaround plan.

“We are incredibly proud of the many achievements and tremendous impact Bombardier had on the commercial aviation industry,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We are equally proud of the responsible way in which we have exited commercial aerospace, preserving jobs and reinforcing the aerospace cluster in Québec and Canada. And, we are confident that the A220 program will enjoy a long and successful run under Airbus’ and Québec’s stewardship.”

Acceleration of Deleveraging Phase of Turnaround

The sale of our interest in the ACLP, combined with the previously announced aerospace divestitures, will generate more than $1.6 billion in cash proceeds and eliminate close to $2 billion in liabilities and future commitments.  Liquidity remains strong, with Pro Forma cash-on-hand of more than $4 billion and $5.5 billion in liquidity, providing the necessary flexibility to complete the turnaround. Both the CRJ program sale to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Inc. and sale of the aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems, Holding Inc. are expected to close in the first half of 2020.(1)

As previously announced, the Company is actively pursuing options that would allow it to accelerate deleveraging, paydown debt and position the business for long-term success with greater operating and financial flexibility. This process remains ongoing, however the company does not intent to provide any further updates at this time.

Overview Financial Performance

Bombardier’s consolidated revenues for the year were $15.8 billion, highlighted by an 8.5% growth in business aircraft activities. The growth in Aviation revenues were offset by the lower contribution from commercial aircraft businesses following their divestitures. Revenues at Transportation also decreased, mainly due to contract estimate revisions.

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT for the year were $896 million and $470 million, respectively, reflecting (i) improvements at Aviation as it exits underperforming commercial programs and ramps-up production on the Global 7500 aircraft; and (ii) additional charges and investments at Transportation to complete challenging projects. Reported EBIT loss for the year of $498 million includes a $1.6B impairment charge related to the ACLP investment.

Fourth quarter cash generation reached $1.0 billion, reducing free cash flow usage to $1.2 billion for the year.  Higher than anticipated cash usage was driven by additional investments made to address challenging rail projects, as well as, the deferral of deliveries, mainly at Transportation. Cash usage from operating activities amounted to $680 million for the full year.

2020 Outlook

Revenues from our sustaining business aircraft and Transportation activities in 2020 are expected to grow organically by double-digit percentage over the $13.7 billion revenues recorded from these businesses in 2019(1).  This strong growth is driven mainly from the acceleration of Global 7500 deliveries contributing to a total of 160 aircraft or more for the year at Aviation. The consolidated revenue growth is also supported by the ongoing production ramp-up of Transportation, driven by the solid orders from the past few years.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT are expected to increase to approximately 7.0% and 3.5% respectively, mainly from the acceleration of Global 7500 deliveries at Aviation and gradual margin normalization at Transportation. The adjusted EBIT margin expansion includes a higher amortization expense as Global 7500 deliveries increase. The full year outlook for earnings reflects the partial year contribution from ongoing divestitures of the CRJ program and Aerostructures businesses.(1)

Free cash flow is expected to be positive in 2020, excluding Credit and RVG payments. These residual liabilities related to the exit of commercial aircraft are estimated to be approximately $200 million for the year and are expected to be paid from the CRJ transaction proceeds.(1)

Aviation

Stronger Financial Performance as Aviation Reshapes its Portfolio

  • Revenues for Aviation totalled $7.5 billion for 2019. This reflects an 8.5% revenue growth from business aircraft activities and continued double-digit organic growth from aftermarket.
  • The segment achieved 175 aircraft deliveries during the year, comprised of 54 Global, 76 Challenger, 12 Learjet, as well as 33 commercial aircraft.
    °  The fourth quarter’s activity level was high, with deliveries reaching 52 business aircraft as Global 7500 deliveries accelerated.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.8% for the year, up 200 bps driven by the exit of the Q400 and C Series programs. This profitability was nonetheless diluted in 2019 by CRJ activities, accounting for $1.2 billion in revenues for the year.
  • The adjusted EBIT margin of 7.1% is up 70 bps year-over-year, reflecting the early production ramp up and higher amortization associated with Global 7500 deliveries, as well as the dilution from commercial aircraft activities.
  • Business aircraft backlog increased slightly for the second consecutive year, reaching $14.4 billion at year end, while the CRJ backlog declined as production winds down.

Concentrating on Business Aircraft while Addressing Underperforming Programs

  • In February 2019, the Corporation acquired the Global 7500 aircraft wing program operations and assets from Triumph Group Inc. This transaction enabled the company to leverage its extensive technical expertise to support the ramp-up of the Global 7500 aircraft and secure its long-term success.
  • In March 2019, we concluded the sale of Business Aircraft’s flight and technical training activities to CAE Inc. for net proceeds of $532 million.
  • In May 2019, we completed the previously announced sale of the Q Series program assets, including aftermarket operations and assets, to De Havilland Aircraft of Canada for net proceeds of $285 million.
  • In June 2019, the Corporation entered into a definitive agreement with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd (MHI) for the sale of its regional jet program for a cash consideration of $550 million payable upon closing, and the assumption by MHI of approximately $200 million of liabilities related to credit and residual value guarantees and lease subsidies. The transaction is currently expected to close by mid-year 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.
  • In October 2019, the Corporation and Spirit AeroSystems Holding, Inc. (Spirit) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement, whereby Spirit will acquire Bombardier’s aerostructures activities and aftermarket services operations in Belfast, U.K. and Casablanca, Morocco, and its aerostructures maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Dallas, U.S. for a cash consideration of $500 million and the assumption of approximately $700 million of liabilities, including government refundable advances and pension obligations. The transaction is expected to close by mid-year 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

Positioned for Growth through certification and ramp up of New Programs and Service Network Expansion

  • Reaching full-scale production of the class-defining Global 7500 aircraft. With increased deliveries, the Global 7500 aircraft is expected to contribute significantly to revenues growth in 2020. As the aircraft progresses on the learning curve, it will also contribute to margin expansion.
  • Certified the new Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft, followed by the entry into service of the Global 6500 aircraft in 2019, offering customers the perfect combination of range, speed, field performance and smooth ride.
  • Continued and consistent growth of the aftermarket business, with further expansion of the service network in Singapore planned for 2020.

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Airbus and the Government of Québec become sole owners of the A220 Programme as Bombardier completes its strategic exit from Commercial Aviation

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  • Bombardier transfers its remaining interest in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (Airbus Canada) to Airbus SE and the Government of Québec
  • Airbus now holds 75 percent of Airbus Canada with the Government of Québec increasing its holding to 25 percent for no cash consideration
  • Bombardier work packages for the A220 and A330 will be transferred to Airbus, through its subsidiary Stelia Aerospace, securing 360 jobs in Québec
  • Bombardier will receive US$591M, net of adjustments, of which US$531M was received at closing, and is released of its future funding capital requirement to Airbus Canada
  • Over 3,300 Airbus jobs secured in Québec

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands and MONTREAL, Feb. 13, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Airbus SE (EPA: AIR), the Government of Québec and  Bombardier Inc. (TSX: BBD.B) have agreed upon a new ownership structure for the A220 programme, whereby Bombardier transferred its remaining shares in Airbus Canada Limited Partnership (Airbus Canada) to Airbus and the Government of Québec. The transaction is effective immediately.

This agreement brings the shareholdings in Airbus Canada, responsible for the A220, to 75 percent for Airbus and 25 percent for the Government of Québec respectively. The Government’s stake is redeemable by Airbus in 2026 – three years later than before. As part of this transaction, Airbus, via its wholly owned subsidiary Stelia Aerospace, has also acquired the A220 and A330 work package production capabilities from Bombardier in Saint-Laurent, Québec.

This new agreement underlines the commitment of Airbus and the Government of Québec to the A220 programme during this phase of continuous ramp-up and increasing customer demand. Since Airbus took majority ownership of the A220 programme on July 1, 2018, total cumulative net orders for the aircraft have increased by 64 percent to 658 units at the end of January 2020.

“This agreement with Bombardier and the Government of Québec demonstrates our support and commitment to the A220 and Airbus in Canada. Furthermore it extends our trustful partnership with the Government of Québec. This is good news for our customers and employees as well as for the Québec and Canadian aerospace industry,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury. “I would like to sincerely thank Bombardier for the strong collaboration during our partnership. We are committed to this fantastic aircraft programme and we are aligned with the Government of Québec in our ambition to bring long-term visibility to the Québec and Canadian aerospace industry.”

“I am proud that our government was able to reach this agreement. We have succeeded in protecting paying jobs and the exceptional expertise developed in Québec, despite the major challenges we faced in this regard when we took office. We have consolidated the government’s position in the partnership, while respecting our commitment not to reinvest in the program. By opting to strengthen its presence here, Airbus has chosen to focus on our talents and our creativity. The decision of an industrial giant like Airbus to invest more in Québec will help attract other world-class prime contractors,” the Premier of Québec, François Legault, stated.

“This agreement is excellent news for Québec and its aerospace industry. The A220 partnership is now well established and will continue to grow in Québec. The agreement will allow Bombardier to improve its financial situation and Airbus to increase its presence and footprint in Québec. It’s a win–win situation for both the private partners and the industry,” pointed out Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of the Economy and Innovation.

With this transaction, Bombardier will receive a consideration of $591M from Airbus, net of adjustments, of which $531M was received at closing and $60M to be paid over the 2020-21 period. The agreement also provides for the cancellation of Bombardier warrants owned by Airbus, as well as releasing Bombardier of its future funding capital requirement to Airbus Canada.

“This transaction supports our efforts to address our capital structure and completes our strategic exit from commercial aerospace,” said Alain Bellemare, President and CEO Bombardier, Inc.  “We are incredibly proud of the many achievements and tremendous impact Bombardier had on the commercial aviation industry.  We are equally proud of the responsible way in which we have exited commercial aerospace, preserving jobs and reinforcing the aerospace cluster in Québec and Canada.  We are confident that the A220 program will enjoy a long and successful run under Airbus’ and the Government of Québec’s stewardship.”

The single aisle market is a key growth driver, representing 70 percent of the expected global future demand for aircraft. Ranging from 100 to 150 seats, the A220 is highly complementary to Airbus’ existing single aisle aircraft portfolio, which focuses on the higher end of the single-aisle business (150-240 seats).

As part of the agreement, Airbus has acquired the Airbus A220 and A330 work package production capability from Bombardier in Saint-Laurent, Québec. These production activities will be operated in the Saint Laurent site by Stelia Aéronautique Saint Laurent Inc., a newly created subsidiary of Stelia Aerospace, which is a 100 percent Airbus subsidiary.

Stelia Aéronautique Saint-Laurent will continue the production of the A220 cockpit and aft fuselage production, as well as A330 workpackages, for a transition period of approximately three years at the Saint-Laurent facility. A220 workpackages will then be transferred to the Stelia Aerospace site in Mirabel to optimize the logistical flow to the A220 Final Assembly Line also located in Mirabel. Airbus plans to offer all current Bombardier employees working on the A220 and A330 work packages at Saint-Laurent opportunities around the A220 programme’s ramp-up, ensuring know-how retention as well as business continuity and growth in Québec.

At the end of January 2020, 107 A220 aircraft were flying with seven customers on four continents. In 2019 alone, Airbus delivered 48 A220s, with the further ramp-up to be continued.

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Bombardier exits commercial aviation as Airbus, Quebec take remaining A220 stake

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Bombardier Inc. is pulling out of its joint venture with Airbus SE in a bid to save cash, closing the book on its failed big-league commercial aerospace ambitions as it reported a US$1.7-billion net loss for its latest quarter.

The Montreal-based multinational, which is working to sell one of its two big business units to fix an over-extended balance sheet, said Thursday it will exit a venture known as Airbus Canada Limited Partnership that builds the European plane maker’s A220 single-aisle jet.

The plane is the former C Series airliner developed by Bombardier at a cost of more than US$6-billion.

Airbus will pay Bombardier about US$600-million to increase its share in the venture to 75 per cent from just over 50 per cent and relieve Bombardier of further capital commitments in the program worth US$700-million, the companies said in a statement Thursday. The Quebec government will boost its share in the venture to 25 per cent from about 16 per cent for no cash consideration.

“This makes life easier for Airbus,” said Addison Schonland, an analyst at boutique aerospace consultancy AirInsight. “[Now they have] only one partner to consider.”

Investors and analysts had been anticipating the move after Bombardier issued a profit warning last month and said it was reassessing its ongoing participation in the venture amid the prospect of a delayed break-even timeline and lower returns.

The agreement, which takes effect immediately, brings to an end Bombardier’s involvement in commercial aerospace. It also marks a bitter end for the company’s effort to break the global commercial airliner duopoly held by Airbus and Boeing with the C Series.

The C Series, a single-aisle plane seating 100 to 150 people, was years late to market as well as over-budget and Bombardier misjudged how aggressive its rivals would be in trying to undermine its success. The effort left Bombardier hamstrung with more than US$9-billion in long-term debt that has triggered its slow breakup.

Over the past five years under Chief Executive Alain Bellemare, Bombardier has sold its waterbomber business, its Q400 turboprop unit, its CRJ regional jet franchise and its flight training business among other assets. Most important, it handed control of its cutting-edge C-Series airliner, now rebaptized the A220, to Airbus for a nominal sum in 2018.

The A220 is being hailed by operators and travellers alike for its quiet operation, fuel efficiency and cabin features. Since taking over the jet program, Airbus has generated cumulative orders of 658 units for the plane as of the end of January, 2020.

In recent weeks, Airbus asked Bombardier and Quebec, the third partner in the venture, to put more money into the partnership to fund a production increase. In the end, Bombardier decided it was unwilling to given its cash flow issues.

The agreement with Airbus is a largely a win for the government of Premier François Legault, who manage to secure more than 3,300 aerospace jobs in the province and protect its previous US$1-billion investment in the A220 venture. Although Quebec does not have to pay to increase its stake, it is understood to be responsible with Airbus for future funding for the program.

As part of the deal, Airbus has bought Bombardier’s work package production capability on the Airbus A220 and A330 jets. Airbus can buy out Quebec’s share in 2026, three years later than originally planned.

The announcement came as Bombardier reported a US$1.7-billion net loss for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019 on revenue of US$4.2-billion. The company is struggling to complete several major rail contracts and has absorbed cost overruns and late-delivery penalties that have sucked up cash.

Nevertheless, the manufacturer said Thursday it has enough financial flexibility to complete its turnaround. It said it has pro forma cash on hand of more than US$4-billion and US$5.5-billion in liquidity.

The company is running simultaneous sets of talks in Europe and North America on selling either its rail or luxury-jet unit, according to information gathered by The Globe and Mail. Discussions have been held with France’s Alstom SA and Japan’s Hitachi on the train side and U.S. conglomerate Textron Inc. and private equity giant Carlyle Group on the plane side, sources confirmed.

The company has confirmed only that it is pursuing options that would allow it to pay down debt and fix its capital structure. It said Thursday the process remains ongoing but provided no update.

Airbus opens second A220 line as assemblies start at Mobile

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05 August, 2019 by Jon Hemmerdinger, Boston, FlightGlobal.com

Airbus has started assembling A220s at its Alabama facility, a milestone coming nearly two years after the European airframer announced its intention to open a US A220 manufacturing site.

The company has “officially begun manufacturing the A220 in the US”, with work commencing on an A220-300 that Airbus intends to deliver to Delta Air Lines in the third quarter of next year.

Airbus describes the start of US A220 production as evidence of its position as a top US manufacturer and of its increasingly global manufacturing footprint.

“With Mobile, and our production network in Asia, Canada and Europe, we have strategically created a worldwide industrial base to better serve our customers,” says Airbus Americas chief executive Jeffrey Knittel.

A220 workers in Mobile recently completed training in Mirabel, Canada – home of the original A220 production line, Airbus says.

Earlier this year Airbus began constructing the A220 assembly hangar and other related facilities in Mobile, though the company is using some existing A320 buildings to assemble “the first few” A220s, it says.

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Airbus’s production facility in Mobile, where the company makes A320s and A220s
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The first large A220 components, including the cockpit and a fuselage section, arrived at the Mobile site in June.

The start of US A220 production comes despite initial scepticism that Airbus would make good on its US A220 plans.

Airbus announced its intention to open the Mobile A220 site as part of its October 2017 proposed acquisition of the programme, then called CSeries, from Bombardier.

The acquisition came amid threats the USA would impose significant tariffs on CSeries imports – retaliation for Bombardier receiving billions of dollars in government financial support.

Those tariffs threatened Bombardier’s already-announced sale of at least 75 A220s to Delta.

Airbus’s plan to assemble A220s at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley, where it already assembles A320 family aircraft, appeared a means to bypass tariffs.

But Bombardier won the trade dispute, eliminating the threat of tariffs. And Airbus, after closing the acquisition last year, still moved forward with its Mobile plan.

Airbus Canada Limited Partnership new name comes into effect June 1

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Change from C Series Aircraft Limited Partnership (CSALP) reflects Airbus’ majority stake in the A220.

MIRABEL, QC, May 31, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – The change of name of CSALP to Airbus Canada Limited Partnership, which was announced in March 2019, will come into effect on June 1, 2019.

The new name reflects the majority interest of Airbus in the partnership since July 1, 2018. The partnership is adopting the Airbus logo as its single visual identity.

The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)
The Airbus A220-300 in flight. (CNW Group/Airbus)

Over the course of the coming weeks, the new name will be applied to the limited partnership’s documentation, materials and branded items. The Airbus and Bombardier logos will continue to be displayed side-by-side on the building exteriors in Mirabel, reflecting production activities on the site for both the Airbus A220 and Bombardier CRJ aircraft families.

About the limited partnership 
Headquartered in Mirabel, Québec, the limited partnership is responsible for the development and manufacturing of the Airbus A220 family of single-aisle passenger aircraft. Majority owned by Airbus SE, partners include Bombardier Inc. and Investissement Québec (acting as mandatory for the government of Québec). The limited partnership employs approximately 2,200 at its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Mirabel. The second A220 manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama will start production in the third quarter of 2019.

airBaltic to phase out Boeing 737 ahead of schedule

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airBaltic to phase out Boeing 737 ahead of schedule

20 February – Breaking Travel News

airBaltic will end its Boeing 737 fleet operations in the autumn, one year ahead of plan.

The airline aims to minimise complexity and benefit from the additional efficiency of the Airbus A220-300 aircraft which will become the only jet type operated by the Latvian airline.

Martin Gauss, chief executive of airBaltic, said: “Airbus A220-300 is the aircraft of our future and, by phasing out the Boeing 737, we will have the youngest jet fleet in Europe.

“The introduction of Airbus A220-300 has been very successful and provided the additional efficiency any airline is seeking in the highly competitive aviation market.

“Thanks to the good overall performance we took a decision to introduce a single type fleet of up to 80 (50 firm order and 30 options) Airbus A220-300 aircraft by 2022.”

So far airBaltic has received 14 of its Airbus A220-300 orders and eight new aircraft will join this year.

In late 2018, airBaltic phased out three of its Boeing 737-500 aircraft.

Currently the airline still operates six Boeing 737-300 and two Boeing 737-500 jets.

airBaltic serves over 70 destinations from Riga, Tallinn and Vilnius, offering the largest variety of destinations and convenient connections via Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, the CIS and the Middle East.

Bombardier Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results

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  • EBIT before special items(1) up 42% year-over-year to more than $1.0B on revenues of $16.2B for the year; EBIT increased 235% year-over-year to $1.0 billion

  • 2018 EBIT margin before special items(1) up 180 bps year-over-year to 6.3%; EBIT margin of 6.2%

  • Full year free cash flow(1) of $182M, comprising proceeds from certain transactions, including $1.0B of cash generation in the fourth quarter; full year cash flows from operating activities of $597M

  • Strong backlog growth at Business Aircraft and Transportation, with full year book-to-bill ratios(2) of 1.1 at both segments, and a consolidated backlog of $53.1B

  • 2019 guidance affirmed, clear path to achieve 2020 objectives

MONTRÉAL, Feb. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today reported its fourth quarter and full year 2018 results, highlighting solid margin growth, improved cash flows and continued progress executing its turnaround plan. The successful entry-into-service of the Global 7500 business jet in the fourth quarter also marked the completion of Bombardier’s heavy investment cycle, a key milestone in the company’s turnaround plan.

“2018 was a year of solid progress,” said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. “We continued to strengthen our business and set a strong foundation for growth. A foundation that includes a refreshed portfolio of best-in-class products, industry-leading backlogs and a more streamlined cost structure, all of which gives us a clear path to achieve our 2020 objectives.”

“As we begin the fourth year of our turnaround journey, Bombardier is a much stronger company,” continued Bellemare. “Our major program risks are retired, our heavy investment cycle is behind us and our franchises are well positioned for growth. For 2019, we are focused on flawless execution of our rail projects, the ramp-up of the Global 7500 and entry-into-service of the Global 5500 and Global 6500. We will also continue to drive financial performance through disciplined capital allocation and improved productivity and efficiency across the organization.”

Bombardier’s 2018 consolidated revenues reached $16.2 billion, reflecting 3% average year-over-year growth across Transportation, Business Aircraft and Aerostructures, excluding currency impact. Book-to-bill ratios(2) at Transportation and Business Aircraft both equaled 1.1 for the year, demonstrating strong demand for Bombardier’s products and services. Bombardier’s consolidated backlog reached $53.1 billion at the end of 2018, supporting future growth targets.

EBIT before special items continued to improve in 2018, increasing 42% year-over-year from $725 million to more than $1.0 billion, the top-end of the company’s guidance. The 6.3% EBIT margin before special items in 2018 represents a strong 330 bps increase since the start of the turnaround plan in 2015, well above the 5-6% range originally targeted. On a reported basis, EBIT increased 235% year-over-year to $1.0 billion, representing a margin of 6.2%.

Bombardier generated $1.0 billion of free cash flow in the fourth quarter of 2018. Full year free cash flow generation equaled $182 million, at the high end of the company’s revised guidance. This amount includes aggregate net proceeds of approximately $750 million from the sale of the Downsview property and the monetization of royalties associated with the previously announced CAE transaction. Cash flows from operating activities amounted to $597 million for the full year, and to $1.3 billion in the fourth quarter. Bombardier ended the year in a solid cash position, with $3.2 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

​Mitsubishi countersuit ratchets up Bombardier acrimony

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29 January 2019 – By Greg Waldron, Singapore – flightglobal.com

Mitsubishi Aircraft’s countersuit against Bombardier constitutes a detailed rebuttal of the Canadian manufacturer’s claims against the MRJ regional jet programme.

The 116-page suit filed with a US federal court takes issue with allegations made by Bombardier against Mitsubishi related to its practice of employing workers from other aerospace companies. It also denies Bombardier’s allegations that some of its former employees emailed sensitive information related to MRJ certification to their personal accounts.

It alleges that Bombardier’s legal efforts are designed to reduce competition in a tight regional jet market dominated by the Canadian manufacturer and Brazil’s Embraer.

Bombardier’s October 2018 suit was filed against Mitsubishi Aircraft, Aerospace Testing Engineering and Certification (AeroTEC), and former Bombardier employees. It alleged that staff recruited employees from Bombardier, “inducing” them to steal Bombardier trade secrets, violating US federal and Washington state trade secret laws.

AeroTEC is assisting in the certification of the MRJ regional jet programme. The company recently asked a federal judge to throw out a request by Bombardier that would prohibit several AeroTEC staffers from working on MRJ certification.

Mitsubishi has previously rebutted Bombardier’s claims as unfounded. In the counter suit, it contends that Bombardier’s code of ethics does not preclude employees from emailing themselves company documents.

“It was common practice for Bombardier employees to send Bombardier documents to their home email systems so that they could work on and complete work assignments at home,” it says.

“Bombardier knew or should have known that the Bombardier documents that the individual defendants allegedly sent to their home email systems contained no trade secret information that would have been of use in the development, manufacture, or certification of the MRJ.”

At several points, Mitsubishi contends that Bombardier has failed to “sufficiently” identify “purported trade secrets,” and that it “further denies that [Mitsubishi America] has misappropriated any Bombardier trade secrets.”

Bombardier’s suit alleged that the stolen documents included CSeries certification reports related to airspeed, static pressure and air temperature systems – documents “invaluable to anyone involved in an effort to certify aircraft for entry into service.”

On the topic of recruitment, Mitsubishi says the free movement of skilled employees is commonplace in the highly specialised aerospace industry, and Bombardier’s suit endangers the free movement of people. Since 2015, Mitsubishi contends that Bombardier has worked to limit its recruiting activities on behalf of the MRJ.

“Individual engineers and competitors for their talent are harmed by Bombardier’s campaign to impede the movement of skilled engineers,” it says. “The industry is highly concentrated and news travels fast when any company or individual in the industry is sued. Bombardier’s threats and actual litigation against individual employees chills the marketplace for such talent, which will endure for several years to come.”

It contends that its hiring efforts related to the MRJ have been “undermined,” with prospective employees now wary of joining Mitsubishi.

It offers examples where it believes that Bombardier raised the issue of Mitsubishi’s recruitment practices in the context of its status as a supplier to Bombardier. One of these is a July 2016 letter from Bombardier chief executive Alain Bellemare to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries chairman Hideaki Omiya that “implicitly threatened the continuation of the supply relationship between Bombardier and MHI unless MHI ceased the solicitation of Bombardier employees.”

Bombardier, for its part, was quick to kybosh Mitsubishi’s counter suit.

“Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC)’s attempt to recast the dispute as anything other than Bombardier’s justified protection of its intellectual property is misguided and disingenuous,” it said in an email to FlightGlobal.

“The facts of this case plainly show an unlawful attempt by MITAC to obtain and use Bombardier trade secrets to advance the certification of its MRJ aircraft. That sort of misconduct is not fair competition as MITAC pretends, it is wrong and it is illegal. Bombardier will vigorously enforce its rights and that includes holding MITAC, AeroTEC and individual wrongdoers accountable.”

The MRJ90 and MRJ70 are Japan’s first commercial airliners since the NAMC YS-11 programme of the 1960s. After years of delays, the MRJ90 is due to commence certification flight testing this year, while work on defining the smaller MRJ70 continues.

Most of the certification testing will be conducted by AeroTEC from Mitsubishi Aircraft’s base at Moses Lake in the USA, where it has had four MRJ90s involved in various flight tests.

The MRJ90 is targeted to enter service with launch customer All Nippon Airways in 2020, six years later than originally planned. Mitsubishi Aircraft has so far garnered 213 orders for the type.

Mirabel site could produce 10 A220s monthly by mid-2020s: Airbus

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15 January 2019 by Jon Hemmerdinger, Montreal

Photo: Kurt Hofmann

Airbus expects its Mirabel A220 assembly site will have the ability to complete 10 aircraft monthly by the mid-2020s, a rate that the A220’s former owner Bombardier had once intended to hit by 2020.

In addition, by the mid-2020s Airbus expects its now-under-construction A220 assembly site in Mobile will be capable of producing four aircraft monthly, according to Airbus.

Airbus clarifies it would only reach those rates, which would equate to a combined 168 aircraft annually, if supported by demand.

But the figures show that much work remains before the Mirabel site reaches its capacity of 10 aircraft per month – work that Airbus insists continues to progress.

“The ramp-up is progressing,” Philippe Balducchi, chief executive of the A220 partnership, tells reporters during a media event at the company’s A220 assembly site in Mirabel.

Balducchi and several colleagues stressed to reporters that Airbus is still bringing its processes and efficiencies to the Mirabel plant. Production will increase, and costs should decrease, in the coming years, they say.

The Mirabel plant’s production rate remains relatively slow despite the programme being acquired by Airbus in the middle of last year. The site delivered 33 aircraft in 2018, short of Bombardier’s goal, announced before the Airbus acquisition, to deliver 40 aircraft during the year.

Airbus, to its credit, had not disclosed a 2018 A220 production goal.

The company has also not set a 2019 production goal, saying only that it expects to deliver more A220s this year than last.

Airbus’ estimate that Mirabel could produce 10 aircraft monthly by the mid-2020s follows several years during which Bombardier had publicly stated an expectation to reach that rate by 2020.

Then there is the question of whether demand would even support a combined Mirabel-Mobile production rate of 168 aircraft annually by the middle of next decade.

Airbus held orders for 537 A220s at the end of 2018, according to its own figures. But, some of those orders might be less than guaranteed, including 40 A220-300s still on the books for Republic Airways. Those orders have been viewed as uncertain by industry observers following Republic’s restructuring and bankruptcy proceeding.

But Airbus has seen some recent sales momentum, having firmed deals late last year to sell 60 A220-300s to JetBlue Airways and 60 of the same type to a prospective startup led by JetBlue and Azulfounder David Neeleman.

Airbus-Canada partnership can build a bright future off a storied past

Contributed to The Globe and Mail | 6 September 2018 |  OPINION: Tom Enders

Tom Enders is CEO of Airbus

Canada has a great history of innovation in aerospace – and this country looks set to continue building on that legacy. Airbus aims to be a key partner in Canada’s successful aviation future.

We can do that vital work together because both Airbus and Canada believe in global trade, international co-operation and environmental excellence.

Canadians brought the world one of the first passenger jet airliners ever to fly (the Avro C102 Jetliner in 1949, from which the word “jetliner” entered our vocabulary); launched one of the earliest satellites sent into space (Alouette 1 in 1962); and revolutionized air transportation in smaller cities (with the Canadair Regional Jet). So, there is no doubt – Canada’s history and expertise in aerospace run deep.

Joining that proud list is the truly innovative aircraft developed by Bombardier in Quebec as the C Series – now a new and vital part of the Airbus family as the A220-100 and A220-300. These remarkable aircraft, specifically designed for the 130- to 160-seat market, deliver lower fuel burn, half the noise footprint and decreased emissions – making them true community-minded jetliners.

The market for smaller single-aisle jets is projected to be about 7,000 over the next 20 years, and the A220 has all the credentials it needs to take the lion’s share of that. This is why Airbus has already made and will continue to make considerable investments in this vital, Canada-led program.

Canada has everything necessary to continue to develop its aerospace industry as an engine for future economic growth: a rich pool of existing talent and experience, a dynamic education system that continues to feed that talent pool, a strong supplier network to support all aspects of the industry and a research ecosystem that fuels innovation.

As Al Power of aerospace manufacturer Precision Castparts Corp. put it in a Globe and Mail article last month, there are strong arguments for Canada to look more toward aerospace for economic growth than other more uncertain industries. We see that happening – most recently in this month’s announcement of support by the Quebec and federal governments to Montreal-based CAE, another great Canadian enterprise, to harness new technologies to develop the next generation of aerospace simulation and training products.

Airbus, like CAE, is committed to Canada’s leading role in the aerospace industry of tomorrow – one that is and will remain (despite current nationalistic pressures) a truly global business. Even before the A220 partnership, Airbus – with its more than 1,000 employees and 35-year history in Canada, including our Fort Erie, Ont., helicopter manufacturing facility – was working and spending billions of dollars with more than 600 Canadian suppliers in nine provinces.

Look for this to increase, with the 12,500 direct and indirect jobs supported by the A220 partnership. We also see strong growth potential for our helicopter business as well as space and defence, the latter highlighted by our most recent contract to supply new fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft to the Canadian Armed Forces.

This growth in Canada is one reason why the annual Airbus global supplier conference will take place in Montreal this fall. It is an opportunity to showcase the aviation ecosystem that already exists in this country – and to help create new partnerships and opportunities for Canadian ingenuity on a global scale.

Aviation and aerospace are crucial growth and prosperity drivers for the future. Airbus and Canada, by continuing to work and innovate together, will make it fly.