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Mon, 4 Nov 2019

Bombardier Agrees to Sell Aerostructures Business to Spirit AeroSystems

Bombardier has signed a definitive agreement to sell its aerostructures business to Spirit AeroSystems Holding, supporting Bombardierís strategic decision to focus on its two strong growth pillars - trains and business aircraft.

With this transaction, Spirit will acquire Bombardierís aerostructures activities and aftermarket services operations in Belfast, U.K.; Casablanca, Morocco; and its aerostructures maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility in Dallas, U.S. for a cash consideration of $500 million and the assumption of liabilities with a total carrying value in excess of $700 million, including government refundable advances and pension obligations.

Following the transaction, Spirit will continue to supply structural aircraft components and spare parts to support the production and in-service fleet of Bombardier Aviationís Learjet, Challenger and Global families of aircraft.

Bombardier Challenger 350 reg: CS-CHE. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

2019 revenues for these activities are expected to be approximately $1.0 billion , while generating adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 12%. On this basis, the transaction implies an enterprise value to EBITDA multiple of approximately 10x.

The transaction follows the formation of Bombardier Aviation earlier this year and streamlines Bombardierís aerostructures footprint to focus on core capabilities in Montreal, Mexico and its Global 7500 wing operations in Texas.

The transaction also further strengthens Bombardierís liquidity as it moves toward the deleveraging phase of the turnaround.

 The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2020 and remains subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

ďThis transaction represents another strategic milestone in the reshaping of our portfolio to focus on our strong business aircraft and rail franchises,Ē said Alain Bellemare, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bombardier Inc. ďWe are confident that Spiritís acquisition of these aerostructures assets is the best outcome for customers, employees and shareholders, and we are committed to ensuring a smooth and orderly transition.Ē

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