Bombardier is acquiring the Global 7500 wing programme from the Triumph Group, in a move designed to secure the production ramp-up and long-term success of its flagship business jet and strengthen Bombardier's position as a leading aerostructures supplier.
- Bombardier enters into a definitive agreement to acquire Triumph’s Global 7500 wing manufacturing operations and assets
- Acquisition will secure the production ramp-up and long-term success of Bombardier’s Global 7500 program
- Bombardier will continue to operate the production line and integrate the employees currently supporting the program at Triumph’s Red Oak, Texas facility
- Transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019 for a nominal cash considerationAcquisition will strengthen Bombardier’s position as a leading aerostructures manufacturer
- Transaction is not expected to impact Bombardier’s consolidated 2019 EBIT and free cash flow(1) guidance, and 2020 targets
The deal is expected to close during the first quarter, when the business will be incorporated into Bombardier's aerostructures and engineering services division.
Danny Di Perna, president, of aerostructures and engineering services at Bombardier, calls the acquisition a "perfect strategic fit" for the company.
"It will allow us to bring our extensive technical expertise to one of the industry's biggest growth programmes, while solidifying our position as a leading wing provider," he says.
Bombardier says the Global 7500's wing will continue to be manufactured in Red Oak, Texas and it will take over the lease for the plant from Triumph.
"Our focus is fully on the successful and efficient ramp-up of the [Global 7500] programme – and we plan to leverage the facility and resources on site to make the transition to Bombardier as seamless as possible," it adds.
The ultra-long-range business jet entered service in December. It boasts a market-leading range of 7,700nm (14,200km), and has the longest cabin in the traditional business jet sector at 16.5m (54ft).
Bombardier has secured over 100 orders for the GE Aviation Passport-powered type and says production is sold out until 2021.
The company forecasts deliveries of between 15 and 20 aircraft in 2019 and between 35 and 40 in 2020.
Customers include former Formula 1 racing driver and Bombardier brand ambassador Niki Lauda, Hong Kong charter and management company HK Bellawings Jet, fractional ownership giant NetJets, and Thomas Flohr, founder of luxury charter provider and long-time Bombardier customer VistaJet.
At Business Aircraft, the 2019 EBIT margin before special items guidance of approximately 7.5% remains unchanged. For 2020, Business Aircraft now targets 50 basis points of margin growth to approximately 8%, the low-end of the previously provided objective, reflecting the short-term impact of maturing the Global 7500 wing production process
With over 69,500 employees across four business segments, Bombardier is a global leader in the transportation industry, creating innovative and game-changing planes and trains. Our products and services provide world-class transportation experiences that set new standards in passenger comfort, energy efficiency, reliability and safety.
Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Bombardier has production and engineering sites in 28 countries across the segments of Transportation, Business Aircraft, Commercial Aircraft and Aerostructures and Engineering Services.
Source: Flight Global, 2019
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