What do US policymakers make of UK strategic thinking in the wake of the Integrated Review, and how could subsequent events affect the transatlantic defence relationship?
Bombardier release results
At Bombardier Aerospace, revenues increased to $10 billion compared to $9.7 billion last fiscal year, while EBIT rose to $896 million, compared to $563 million last fiscal year. This represents an EBIT margin of 9%, versus last year's 5.8% (8.6% before EOAPC charge).
Bombardier Aerospace's backlog reached $23.5 billion as at January 31, 2009, compared to $22.7 billion at the same date last year. Since February 5, 2009, the number of net orders and deliveries for fiscal year ended January 31, 2009 has been revised downward.
The group registered 367 net orders for business, commercial and amphibious aircraft, compared to 698 aircraft last fiscal year.
Deliveries totalled 349 aircraft, versus 361 last fiscal year. In the business aircraft market, Bombardier Aerospace maintained its leadership, on a revenue basis, with 235 deliveries as well as 251 net orders, for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.1.
Commercial aircraft net orders totalled 114 aircraft, while 110 aircraft were delivered during the year, for a book-to-bill ratio of 1.0.
Although Bombardier Aerospace has the most comprehensive product line of all business aircraft manufacturers, with an offering in 95% of the total market, business aircraft demand has deteriorated rapidly during the second half of calendar 2008 and is expected to remain weak for the foreseeable future.
As a result, Bombardier Aerospace now expects to deliver approximately 25% less business aircraft this fiscal year compared to fiscal year 2009, while still expecting to increase deliveries of its commercial aircraft by 10% compared to last fiscal year.
Bombardier Aerospace is revising downward all of its business and regional jets production rates and implementing measures to meet the continuing challenges facing the aviation industry.
This adjustment will result in a further reduction of approximately 10 percent of Bombardier Aerospace's total workforce, or approximately 3,000 employees, at its facilities in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Northern Ireland by the end of calendar year 2009. This latest manpower reduction is in addition to the 1,360 layoffs announced last February 5 when Bombardier adjusted the production rates of its Learjet and Challenger aircraft. Severance costs associated with these layoffs are expected to total approximately $30 million.
Bombardier Aerospace is well positioned in the regional jet and turboprop categories due to the economic advantage of its products, a large installed customer base and family commonality benefits across the CRJ and the Q-Series aircraft.
While the production level for the Q400 turboprop has been increased as demand for this aircraft remains strong, the production rate for the CRJ NextGen regional jets will be reduced in the latter part of fiscal year 2010 to adjust for a slowdown in new orders and deferral requests by some customers. The impact of this reduction on employment is reflected in the above-mentioned layoffs.
Development of Bombardier's newly launched aircraft, the CRJ1000, the Learjet 85 and CSeries aircraft programs are progressing as scheduled. In March 2009, two customers signed purchase agreements for the CSeries aircraft: Deutsche Lufthansa AG signed for 30 CS100 aircraft with options for an additional 30 CSeries aircraft and Lease Corporation International (LCI) for three CS100 and 17 CS300 jetliners with options for a further 20 CSeries aircraft.
These new product developments will enable Bombardier to re-allocate as many employees as possible who meet the requirements of open positions, thereby reducing the number of layoffs resulting from the decrease in production rates.
Bombardier Aerospace believes that EBIT margin will be negatively impacted until markets return to normal economic conditions, but remains committed to its objective of an EBIT margin of 12% by fiscal year 2013.
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