MONTREAL, March 04, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Bombardier (TSX: BBD.B) today will host its virtual Investor Day, during which the company’s leadership team will provide its 2025 financial targets and market outlook, as well as highlight progress on the company’s actions to drive earnings growth and cash generation. These actions include capturing the value associated with progressing through the Global 7500 aircraft’s learning curve; delivering on the previously announced productivity and profitability initiative; executing on the company’s aftermarket growth strategy and deleveraging its balance sheet.
Presenters at Investor Day will include:
- Éric Martel, President and Chief Executive Officer;
- Bart Demosky, Executive Vice President, and Chief Financial Officer; and
- Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Executive Vice President for Services, Support, and Corporate Strategy.
Market Outlook and 2025 Financial Targets1
Bombardier expects business jet deliveries to begin a gradual recovery this year. While the company estimates that it will take several years for the market to return to 2019 delivery levels, Bombardier is well positioned in the faster growing large and medium aircraft segments with its Global and Challenger aircraft families. As a result of its past investments, Bombardier is poised to deliver solid financial performance, highlighted by strong earnings growth over the next five years. The company also expects to turn free-cash-flow positive next year and generate more than $500 million in 20252. Specific 2025 financial targets include:
|Bombardier 2025 Targets|
|Total Revenues||~$7.5 billion|
|Adjusted EBITDA2||~$1.5 billion|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin2||~20%|
|Year-end net leverage||~3x|
The company’s outlook assumes the continued successful roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, a gradual lifting of international border restrictions and a continued economic recovery. This conservative outlook does not include the potential positive impact from the surge of new customers to private air travel following the onset of the global pandemic.
Balance Sheet Deleveraging
During the Investor Day presentations, the company will provide further details on its debt management strategy. Under its strategy, Bombardier intends to deploy the proceeds from the sale of Bombardier Transportation, prioritizing the pay down of near-term maturities with a focus on 2021 and 2022 tranches. The company is also considering various options to address other debt maturities in an opportunistic manner. The focus will be on clearing a minimum three-year maturity runway, providing the Company a clear path to execute its strategy.
With respect to its aftermarket growth strategy, Bombardier will describe how past investments in expanding its worldwide services network and capabilities position the company to capture a greater share of a growing market and further diversify its overall revenues with more resilient and profitable aftermarket revenues. Specifically, the company expects to diversify its revenue mix by growing aftermarket services from ~18% of its revenues in 2020 to ~27% of its revenues by 20253.
Global 7500 Learning Curve
The company will also provide a program update on its flagship Global 7500 aircraft and explain that 2021 marks a significant milestone for the program as it transitions from negatively impacting earnings to being the biggest EBITDA contributor over the next five years. The company is nearing its 50th Global 7500 jet delivery and expects to achieve a 20% reduction in unit cost between the 50th and 100th delivery3.
Productivity and Profitability Initiative
Finally, during Investor Day, Bombardier will provide an update on its productivity and profitability initiative announced last month. The overall goal of this initiative is to make the company more efficient, agile and capable of delivering stronger financial performance under current market conditions, while also establishing a lower cost base for growth once the market recovers. Importantly, the company expects to achieve $400 million in recurring savings by 20233 through labor productivity improvements, reduced corporate costs and indirect spending, and by optimizing its manufacturing footprint.
Bombardier’s Investor Day will begin at 9:00 a.m. (EST) and can be streamed live on Bombardier’s Investor Relations website: https://bombardier.com/en/
Bombardier is a global leader in aviation, creating innovative and game-changing planes. Our products and services provide world-class experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.
Headquartered in Montréal, Canada, Bombardier is present in more than 12 countries including its production/engineering sites and its customer support network. The Corporation supports a worldwide fleet of approximately 4,900 aircraft in service with a wide variety of multinational corporations, charter and fractional ownership providers, governments and private individuals.
Bombardier, Challenger, Global and Global 7500 are trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.
(1) This section includes a range of forward-looking statements. See the forward-looking statements disclaimer at the end of this press release as well as the guidance and forward-looking statements section in the Overview section in the MD&A of the Corporation’s financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, for details regarding the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based.
(2) Non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the Non-GAAP financial measures and Liquidity and capital resources sections in the MD&A of the Corporation’s financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 for definitions of these metrics and the Analysis of results section thereafter for reconciliations to the most comparable IFRS measures.
(3) See the forward-looking statements disclaimer in the Overview section in the MD&A of the Corporation’s financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, for details regarding the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based.
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