CAE Acquires Flight Simulation Company
(Source: CAE, Inc.; issued Nov. 16, 2020)
MONTREAL --- CAE today announced that it has acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Flight Simulation Company B.V. (FSC) for a cash consideration of approximately €70 million (approximately C$108 million) paid to the sellers, calculated on the basis of an enterprise value of €100 million (approximately C$155 million).
The acquisition expands CAE's ability to address the training market for customers operating in Europe, including airline and cargo operators. It provides CAE with an expanded portfolio of customers and an established recurring training business which is highly complementary to CAE's network. FSC is based in Amsterdam and includes a modern fleet of mainly CAE-built full-flight simulators (FFSs) and training devices, comprised of nine narrow body B737 and A320 FFSs, two widebody aircraft FFSs and one regional jet. This acquisition is consistent with CAE's internal acquisition criteria and capital allocation priorities, similar to its other recent bolt-on acquisitions, and is expected to be accretive to earnings in its first full year.
"CAE is well positioned in the current environment, with access to bolstered capital resources, to enhance its market presence with selective, value-based acquisitions within its core. The acquisition of FSC will allow CAE to better support its customers and expand its addressable market," said Marc Parent, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Flight Simulation Company (FSC) was founded in 2005 and is based in Amsterdam, in proximity to Schiphol Airport. It provides total training solutions as well as instructor provisioning. It operates out of a 12-bay facility equipped with Airbus A320, Boeing B737, Boeing B747, Boeing B787 and Embraer E190 full-flight simulators. www.fsctraining.com
CAE Announces A $300 Million Public Offering of Common Shares and a Concurrent $150 Million Private Placement with CDPQ
(Source: CAE, Inc.; issued Nov. 16, 2020)
MONTREAL --- CAE Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Scotia Capital Inc. RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and TD Securities Inc., on behalf of a syndicate of underwriters (collectively, the Underwriters), pursuant to which the Corporation will issue from treasury, and the Underwriters shall purchase on a "bought deal" basis, 10,060,000 common shares (the Shares) at a price of $29.85 per Share (the Offer Price) for gross proceeds to the Corporation of approximately $300 million (the Offering).
In addition, CAE has entered into an agreement under which the Corporation will complete a private placement in Canada of common shares at the Offer Price with Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec ("CDPQ"), for aggregate gross proceeds to the Corporation of approximately $150 million (the Private Placement).
CAE intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering and the concurrent Private Placement for general corporate purposes, including to fund future potential acquisition and growth opportunities. This will include the funding of the acquisition of Flight Simulation Company B.V., which was also announced today by way of a separate press release. Pending such uses, CAE intends to invest the net proceeds from the Offering, hold them as cash or cash equivalents, or repay indebtedness outstanding under its credit facilities, which may be withdrawn again as opportunities arise.
The Underwriters have been granted an over-allotment option (the "Over-Allotment Option"), exercisable in whole or in part on the same terms as the Offering for a period of 30 days from the closing of the Offering, to issue additional Shares, representing up to 15% of the number of common shares sold pursuant to the Offering, for additional gross proceeds of up to $45 million.
The Shares issued pursuant to the Offering and Over-Allotment Option will be offered in all provinces of Canada by way of a prospectus supplement (the "Prospectus Supplement") to a short form base shelf prospectus (the "Final Base Shelf Prospectus"). CAE has filed a registration statement on Form F-10, and will file the Prospectus Supplement, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in accordance with the multi-jurisdictional disclosure system established between Canada and the United States ("MJDS").
The Corporation has filed a preliminary short form base shelf prospectus (the "Preliminary Base Shelf Prospectus") and is filing today a concurrent preliminary prospectus supplement with Canadian Securities Commissions and with the SEC in accordance with the MJDS, in order to qualify the Shares to be issued pursuant to the Offering described above. Such Preliminary Base Shelf Prospectus, which remains subject to the review of the Canadian Securities Commissions will qualify the distribution by way of prospectus in Canada of up to $2 billion of common shares, debt securities, preferred shares, warrants, share purchase contracts, subscription receipts, units or any combination thereof, during the 25-month period during which the Final Base Shelf Prospectus will be effective.
The issuance of the common shares pursuant to the Offering and the Private Placement is subject to customary approvals of applicable securities regulatory authorities, including the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. Closing of the Offering and the Private Placement are expected to occur concurrently on or about November 30, 2020 (the "Closing Date"). Closing of the Offering is conditional upon the closing of the Private Placement and closing of the Private Placement is conditional on the closing of the Offering.
This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the common shares, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such an offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.
Prospective investors should read the Final Base Shelf Prospectus, Prospectus Supplement and the documents incorporated by reference therein before investing in the common shares. These documents may be accessed for free by visiting SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
CAE has filed a registration statement (including a prospectus) with the SEC for the offering to which this communication relates.
CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place. Backed by a record of more than 70 years of industry firsts, we continue to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionize training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. We have the broadest global presence in our industry, with approximately 10,000 employees, 160 sites and training locations in over 35 countries.