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Bombardier (BBD-B.TO) is hosting its 2023 Investor Day this morning (March 23). Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and CEO, along with Paul Sislian, Executive Vice President, Aftermarket Services & Strategy, and Bart Demosky, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will present an overview of the company’s solid progress made and new opportunities for diversified growth.
“In 2021, we laid the foundation for a stronger, more resilient and predictable Bombardier by 2025. Halfway down the road, we can say we are delivering on that promise,” said Martel. “All of Bombardier’s strategic priorities are on track or ahead of plan. We are therefore proud to announce today that we are confidently raising the bar. The future is bright for Bombardier. While we are carefully monitoring the current market situation, we know that we have all the ingredients in place to remain a driving force in the industry. Our financial performance allows us to secure our vision for the future, and enable our exceptional, dedicated and passionate teams to lead the way toward more sustainable aviation.”
Updated 2025 objectives reflect strong execution and confidence in business fundamentals
Based on strong business execution and fundamentals, Bombardier has announced that it is updating its 2025 objectives(1). The company is now targeting more than $9 billion in annual revenue by 2025, with an adjusted EBITDA(2) of more than $1,625 million, and a healthy adjusted EBITDA margin(3) of approximately 18%. Bombardier also expects to generate significant free cash flow(2) in the coming years, to the tune of more than $900 million per year by 2025 and will continue to de-lever its business, now expecting to reach a net leverage ratio(3)(4) in the range of 2.0x to 2.5x.
Consistent progress on all key objectives since 2020
Between 2020 and 2022, Bombardier’s revenues(5) grew 23%, to $6.9 billion. The expanded aftermarket business was an important contributor, with revenues increasing by more than 50% in the same period. The company more than quadrupled its profitability to $930 million in adjusted EBITDA(2), and generated $835 million in free cash flow(2) over the last two years. In terms of deleveraging, Bombardier kept up its opportunistic and proactive approach and has reduced its total debt by $4.5 billion, when including this year’s debt-related transactions, a 45% reduction compared to 2020. This also resulted in credit rating upgrades from both S&P and Moody’s in 2022.
Stronger balance sheet and robust cash generation
Bombardier will continue to focus on strengthening its balance sheet, optimizing its liquidity requirements, and improving its leverage level. The company is revising its net leverage ratio(3)(4) objective to a range of 2.0x – 2.5x by 2025, from the previous approximately 3.0x target, which would be approaching investment grade credit levels.
On the back of improved business fundamentals, Bombardier now expects to generate more than $900 million per year in free cash flow(2) by 2025. As its leaders will explain during Investor Day, this gives Bombardier ample flexibility and sets it up for significant capital allocation optionality in the future.
Maintaining the leadership position in the industry
With continued strong demand in the medium and large business jet categories, Bombardier is well positioned with its industry-leading Challenger and Global platforms. Over the past two years, the company introduced the new Global 8000, an evolution of the industry flagship Global 7500 aircraft, further solidifying Bombardier’s leadership position in the large jet segment. Bombardier also upgraded its best-selling Challenger 300 family with the Challenger 3500, an addition that has maintained Bombardier as the leader of the super mid-size market. Thanks to its outstanding portfolio, Bombardier had the highest number of deliveries among business jet manufacturers for the last two years, as reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Bombardier maintains its strong focus on sustainability and takes concrete steps to manufacture and service aircraft with the smallest possible environmental impact on the path toward its goal of a 25% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025, relative to 2019 levels. This has been a clear priority for its research and development teams through programs like the EcoJet research project, unveiled in 2022, and was also behind the company’s decision to cover all its flight operations with sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), using the Book and Claim system, from 2023 onwards.
Bombardier Defense set to grow to a greater than $1 billion business in the second half of the decade(1)
In 2022, Bombardier strategically reinforced its specialized aircraft business by establishing Bombardier Defense in Wichita, KS. Since then, the company has been leveraging its longstanding and well-recognized expertise in specialized aircraft, the unique advantages of its Challenger and Global platforms, as well as its technical capabilities, world-class flight test center, and engineering know-how to increasingly stand out in the Defense market.
Considering that Defense programs are long to operationalize, Bombardier has been preparing its infrastructures to enhance its participation in the segment for the long run. With the demand for right-sized, flexible aircraft solutions on the rise, the company is well positioned to compete and win this market, and anticipates tripling its revenues from defense sales and services to more than $1 billion in the second half of the decade(1).
Aftermarket and Certified Pre-owned businesses continue to drive growth and diversification
Bombardier has invested significantly into its aftermarket business since 2020, and it has played an important role in the diversification of its revenues. The company’s service footprint has grown by close to one million square feet of new capacity worldwide, and its Aftermarket team has added more than 250 skilled technicians to its ranks. The strategy is working: Bombardier has increased aftermarket revenues more than 50% since 2020, and is on track to meet its goal of $2 billion by 2025, with clear opportunity for growth beyond that point(1). Bombardier’s Certified Pre-owned program, launched in 2021, has proven to be a successful addition to the company’s aftermarket offering, and will continue to play an important role in revenue growth and further diversification.
|(1)||This press release includes a number 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 management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) of the Corporation’s financial report for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2022 (2022 Financial Report), available on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and on the Corporation’s website at bombardier.com/en/investors/financial-reports, for details regarding the assumptions on which the forward-looking statements are based.|
|(2)||Non-GAAP financial measure. A non-GAAP financial measure is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare our financial statements and might not be comparable to similar financial measures used by other issuers. Refer to the Non-GAAP and other financial measures section in the MD&A of the 2022 Financial Report for definitions of these metrics. This information is included by reference.|
|(3)||Non-GAAP financial ratio. A non-GAAP financial ratio is not a standardized financial measure under the financial reporting framework used to prepare our financial statements and might not be comparable to similar financial measures used by other issuers. Refer to the Non-GAAP and other financial measures section in the MD&A of the 2022 Financial Report for definitions of these metrics. This information is included by reference.|
|(4)||Net leverage ratio defined as adjusted net debt to adjusted EBITDA.|
|(5)||Excludes revenues related to Aerostructure prior to the disposal of the Aerostructure and the Commercial aircraft businesses in 2020.|
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