• Revenue of $651.6 million vs. $557.0 million in prior year
  • EPS from continuing operations of $0.25 ($0.26 before specific items(1)) vs. $0.17 ($0.19 before specific items) in prior year
  • Double-digit segment operating income(2) growth in Civil and Defence over prior year
  • Order intake of $703.0 million for record $6.5 billion backlog(3)
  • Board of Directors approves 7% quarterly dividend increase from $0.075 to $0.08 per share

CAE today reported revenue of $651.6 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, representing 17% growth over the first quarter last year. First quarter net income attributable to equity holders from continuing operations was $68.7 million ($0.25 per share) compared to $44.9 million ($0.17 per share) last year. First quarter net income before specific items(4) was $70.9 million, or $0.26 per share, which on the same basis, compares to $50.6 million ($0.19 per share) last year. Specific items this quarter of $2.2 million (net after-tax) mainly involve restructuring, integration and acquisition costs related to the purchase of Lockheed Martin Commercial Flight Training (LMCFT). All financial information is in Canadian dollars.

"We had a good performance in the first quarter, with double-digit revenue and operating income growth in both Civil and Defence segments, and strong order intake contributing to a new record $6.5 billion backlog," said Marc Parent, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Underscoring our confidence in CAE's outlook for long term sustainable growth and our commitment to enhancing shareholder returns, I am pleased to announce that CAE's Board of Directors has approved a half cent increase to CAE's quarterly dividend, which becomes 8 cents per share, effective September 30, 2016."

Civil Aviation Training Solutions (Civil)

First quarter Civil revenue was $371.6 million, up 11% compared to the same quarter last year, and segment operating income was $63.8 million (17.2% of revenue), up 12% compared to the first quarter last year. First quarter Civil training centre utilization(6) was 79%.

During the quarter Civil signed a series of training solutions contracts valued at $397.2 million, including the sale of nine full-flight simulators. Also during the quarter, CAE concluded the acquisition of LMCFT, including the integration of training assets and manufacturing operations. We also reached a strategic milestone with the launch of the validation phase of our Next Generation Training System, which is expected to improve training quality and efficiency through the integration of untapped data-driven insights into training.

The Civil book-to-sales(7) ratio was 1.07x for the quarter and 1.22x for the last 12 months. The Civil backlog at the end of the quarter was $3.2 billion. 

Healthcare

First quarter Healthcare revenue was $22.7 million compared to $23.9 million in the same quarter last year, and segment operating loss was $0.1 million compared to segment operating income $0.6 million in the first quarter last year.

During the quarter, CAE Healthcare extended a customized training solution in the medical device segment and it sold a range of patient, ultrasound and interventional (surgical) simulators to educational and medical device customers in North America, Africa and Asia. Healthcare also signed a distribution agreement with Simulaids to distribute CAE's line of Blue Phantom ultrasound training models in the U.S.

Additional financial highlights

Free cash flow(9) from continuing operations was positive $15.5 million for the quarter compared to negative $61.2 million in the first quarter last year. The $76.7 million improvement compared to last year is mainly due to greater working capital efficiency and lower investment in non-cash working capital(10) and an increase in cash provided by continuing operating activities.

Income tax recovery this quarter was $0.1 million, representing an effective tax rate of nil, compared to 18% for the first quarter last year. The lower tax rate this quarter was mainly due to the recognition of deferred tax assets in Brazil as well as a change in the mix of income from various jurisdictions. If not for these deferred tax assets, the income tax rate would have been 14% this quarter.

Growth and maintenance capital expenditures(11) totaled $54.7 million this quarter.

Net debt(12) ended the first quarter at $880.3 million for a net debt-to-total capital  ratio(13) of 31.6%. This compares to net debt of $787.3 million and a net debt-to-total capital  ratio of 28.9% at the end of the last quarter.

Return on capital employed(14) (ROCE) was 11.5% in the first quarter compared to 10.2% last year.

CAE will pay a dividend of 8 cents per share effective September 30, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 15, 2016.

During the three months ended June 30, 2016, CAE repurchased and cancelled a total of 1,195,300 common shares under the Normal Course Issuer Bid (NCIB), at a weighted average price of $15.50 per common share, for a total consideration of $18.5 million.  

Management outlook for fiscal 2017 unchanged

CAE continues to expect revenue and operating income growth in all segments in fiscal year 2017, led primarily by Civil, which is expected to have higher annual utilization of its training network and low double-digit percentage operating income growth. The Company continues to expect modest growth in Defence and double-digit percentage growth in Healthcare. CAE expects the level of total capital expenditures in fiscal 2017 to remain relatively stable with the prior year ($117.8 million), with the exception of the addition of approximately $100 million capital investment for a specific, long-term training systems integration contract with the U.S. Army. This program is expected to become operational for training by the end of the fiscal year. Management's expectations are based on the prevailing positive market conditions and customer receptivity to CAE's training solutions as well as material assumptions contained in this press release, quarterly MD&A and in CAE's fiscal year 2016 MD&A.

Impact of the standardization of certain types of simulators on revenue recognition

The process improvement program that commenced in fiscal 2016 and remains underway at CAE results in the standardization of certain types of commercial aircraft simulators. For standardized simulators, percentage-of-completion (POC) accounting is no longer appropriate and thus the Company is recognizing revenue upon completion for such simulators commencing in fiscal 2017. To the extent this impacts reported performance and to facilitate performance comparability, management will provide investors with a reference on a quarterly basis to illustrate how much profit would have otherwise been recognized if not for this change. The impact during the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was minimal.   

Detailed information

Readers are strongly advised to view a more detailed discussion of our results by segment in the Management's Discussion and Analysis (MD&A) and CAE's consolidated interim financial statements which are posted on our website at www.cae.com/investors.

CAE's consolidated interim financial statements and MD&A for the quarter ended June 30, 2016 have been filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and are available on our website (www.cae.com). They have also been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and are available on their website (www.sec.gov).

Conference call Q1 FY2017     

CAE President and CEO, Marc Parent; Sonya Branco Vice President, Finance, and CFO; and Andrew Arnovitz, Vice President, Strategy and Investor Relations will conduct an earnings conference call today at 1:30 p.m. ET. The call is intended for analysts, institutional investors and the media. Participants can listen to the conference by dialling + 1 877 586 3392 or +1 416 981 9024. The conference call will also be audio webcast live for the public at www.cae.com. 

CAE is a global leader in training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. Backed by a 70-year record of industry firsts, we continue to help define global training standards with our innovative virtual-to-live training solutions to make flying safer, maintain defence force readiness and enhance patient safety. We have the broadest global presence in the industry, with 8,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries. Each year, we train more than 120,000 civil and defence crewmembers and thousands of healthcare professionals worldwide.

Caution concerning limitations of summary earnings press release

This summary earnings press release contains limited information meant to assist the reader in assessing CAE's performance but it is not a suitable source of information for readers who are unfamiliar with CAE and is not in any way a substitute for the Company's financial statements, notes to the financial statements, and MD&A reports. 

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements. These statements include, without limitation, statements relating to our fiscal 2017 financial guidance (including revenues, capital investment and margins) and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by future or conditional verbs such as anticipate, believe, expect, and may. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the 'safe harbour' provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws and of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements and that our business outlook, objectives, plans and strategic priorities may not be achieved. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release describe our expectations as of August 10, 2016 and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Except as otherwise indicated by CAE, forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any special items or of any dispositions, monetizations, mergers, acquisitions, other business combinations or other transactions that may occur after August 10, 2016. The financial impact of these transactions and special items can be complex and depends on the facts particular to each of them. We therefore cannot describe the expected impact in a meaningful way or in the same way we present known risks affecting our business. Forward-looking statements are presented in this press release for the purpose of assisting investors and others in understanding certain key elements of our expected fiscal 2017 financial results and in obtaining a better understanding of our anticipated operating environment. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The value of capital investments expected to be made by CAE in FY2017 assumes that capital investments will be made in accordance with our current annual plan. However, there can be no assurance that such investment levels will be maintained with the result that the value of actual capital investments made by CAE during such period could materially differ from current expectations.

Material assumptions

A number of economic, market, operational and financial assumptions were made by CAE in preparing its forward-looking statements for fiscal 2017 contained in this news release, including, but not limited to certain economic and market assumptions including: modest economic growth and interest rates to remain largely unchanged in fiscal 2017; a sustained level of competition in civil, defence & healthcare markets; no material financial, operational or competitive consequences of changes in regulations affecting our business; and a relatively stable defence market.

Assumptions concerning our businesses

A number of assumptions concerning CAE's business were also made in the preparation of its forward-looking statements for fiscal 2017 contained in this news release, including, but not limited to factors including: productivity and efficiency gains to lower CAE's manufacturing costs and cycle times; maintenance of CAE's market share in civil simulator sales in the face of price competition; and higher Civil training network utilization.

The foregoing assumptions, although considered reasonable by CAE on August 10, 2016, may prove to be inaccurate. Accordingly, our actual results could differ materially from our expectations as set forth in this news release.

Material risks

Important risk factors that could cause our assumptions and estimates to be inaccurate and actual results or events to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by our forward-looking statements, including our fiscal 2017 financial guidance, are set out in CAE's MD&A for the year ended March 31, 2016 filed by CAE with the Canadian Securities Administrators (available at www.sedar.com) and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (available at www.sec.gov). The fiscal year 2016 MD&A is also available at www.cae.com. The realization of our forward-looking statements, including our ability to meet our fiscal 2017 outlook, essentially depends on our business performance which, in turn, is subject to many risks. Accordingly, readers are cautioned that any of the disclosed risks could have a material adverse effect on our forward-looking statements. We caution that the disclosed list of risk factors is not exhaustive and other factors could also adversely affect our results.

Non-GAAP and other financial measures

This press release includes non-GAAP and other financial measures. Non-GAAP measures are useful supplemental information but may not have a standardized meaning according to GAAP. These measures should not be confused with, or used as an alternative for, performance measures calculated according to GAAP. They should also not be used to compare with similar measures from other companies. Management believes that providing certain non-GAAP measures provides users with a better understanding of our results and trends and provides additional information on our financial and operating performance.

(1) Earnings per share before specific items is a non-GAAP measure calculated by excluding the effect of restructuring, integration and acquisition costs and one-time tax items from the diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to equity holders of the Company. The effect per share is obtained by dividing the restructuring, integration and acquisition costs, net of tax, and one-time tax items by the average number of diluted shares. We track it because we believe it provides a better indication of our operating performance on a per share basis and makes it easier to compare across reporting periods.

(2) Segment operating income (SOI) is a non-GAAP measure and our key indicator of each segment's financial performance. This measure gives us an indication of the profitability of each segment because it does not include the impact of any items not specifically related to the segment's performance. We calculate it by taking the operating profit and excluding the impact of restructuring, integration and acquisition costs.

(3) Total backlog is non-GAAP measure that includes obligated backlog, joint venture backlog and unfunded backlog. Obligated backlog represents the expected value of orders we have received but have not yet executed. Joint venture backlog is obligated backlog that represents the expected value of our share of orders that our joint ventures have received but have not yet executed. Unfunded backlog represents firm Defence and Security orders we have received but have not yet executed and for which funding authorization has not yet been obtained. We include unexercised negotiated options which we view as having a high probability of being exercised, but exclude indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contracts.

(4) Net income before specific items is a non-GAAP measure we use as an alternate view of our operating results. We calculate it by taking our net income attributable to equity holders of the Company from continuing operations and adding back restructuring, integration and acquisition costs, net of tax, and one-time tax items. We track it because we believe it provides a better indication of our operating performance and makes it easier to compare across reporting periods.

(5) Operating profit is a non-GAAP measure that shows us how we have performed before the effects of certain financing decisions, tax structures and discontinued operations. We track it because we believe it makes it easier to compare our performance with previous periods, and with companies and industries that do not have the same capital structure or tax laws.

(6) Utilization rate is an operating measure we use to assess the performance of our Civil simulator training network. We calculate it by taking the number of training hours sold on our simulators during the period divided by the practical training capacity available for the same period.

(7) The book-to-sales ratio is the total orders divided by total revenue in a given period.

(8) Simulator equivalent unit (SEU) is an operating measure we use to show the total average number of FFSs available to generate earnings during the period.

(9) Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure that shows us how much cash we have available to invest in growth opportunities, repay debt and meet ongoing financial obligations. We use it as an indicator of our financial strength and liquidity. We calculate it by taking the net cash generated by our continuing operating activities, subtracting maintenance capital expenditures, investment in other assets not related to growth and dividends paid and adding proceeds from the disposal of property, plant and equipment, dividends received from equity accounted investees and proceeds, net of payments, from equity accounted investees.

(10) Non-cash working capital is a non-GAAP measure we use to monitor how much money we have committed in the day-to-day operation of our business. We calculate it by taking current assets (not including cash and cash equivalents and assets held for sale) and subtracting current liabilities (not including the current portion of long-term debt and liabilities held for sale).

(11) Maintenance capital expenditure is a non-GAAP measure we use to calculate the investment needed to sustain the current level of economic activity. Growth capital expenditure is a non-GAAP measure we use to calculate the investment needed to increase the current level of economic activity.

(12) Net debt is a non-GAAP measure we use to monitor how much debt we have after taking into account liquid assets such as cash and cash equivalents. We use it as an indicator of our overall financial position, and calculate it by taking our total long-term debt, including the current portion of long-term debt, and subtracting cash and cash equivalents.

(13) Net debt-to-capital is calculated as net debt divided by the sum of total equity plus net debt.

(14) Return on capital employed (ROCE) is a non-GAAP measure we use to evaluate the profitability of our invested capital. We calculate this ratio over a rolling four-quarter period by taking net income attributable to equity holders of the Company excluding net finance expense, after tax, divided by the average capital employed.

For a detailed reconciliation of these measures as well as other non-GAAP and other financial measures monitored by CAE, please refer to CAE's MD&A filed with the Canadian Securities Administrators available on our website (www.cae.com) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

Contacts

Investor Relations:
Andrew Arnovitz, Vice President, Strategy and Investor Relations 1-514-734-5760, [email protected] 

Media:
Hélène V. Gagnon, Vice President, Public Affairs and Global Communications 1-514-340-5536, [email protected]