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Bombardier cutting 5,000 jobs, selling Q Series aircraft

11 November 2018

The Wichita site - which assembles Learjets, performs flight testing of all the company's aircraft and also repairs and maintains Bombardier's full line of business jets - employs about 1,600 people. The previous forecast excluded those funds.

"Investors won't like the big chop to cash-flow guide, which raises questions regarding management credibility and ability to complete a successful turnaround", Cai von Rumohr, an analyst at Cowen & Co., said Thursday in a note to clients. "We are losing money on the CRJ". The Global 7500 private jet is set to debut next month, marking the end of the company's heavy investment cycle.

To make up the difference, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer had made a decision to give up control (50.01 per cent) of its subsidiary dedicated to the CSeries aircraft, now known as the A220, to European giant Airbus in exchange for using Airbus's sales and marketing heft to lift CSeries sales.

Bombardier shares were down 18.8 percent at C$2.59 early Thursday afternoon, after hitting an intraday low of C$2.34. The drop threatened most of the stock gains since the deal with Airbus was announced past year.

Mary Ellen McIlmoyle, president of a Unifor local that represents some of the 2,100 workers at Bombardier's aerospace wing at Downsview, said her members feel "betrayed".

Bombardier Inc. spokesman Simon Letendre says the jobs will be eliminated over the next 12 to 18 months. The company estimates the job cuts - about 7% of the global workforce - will save $250m (£190m).

Half the lost jobs will be in Bombardier's home province of Quebec.

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Bellemare was brought on board in 2015 to shore up the company that was in serious financial trouble with the CSeries program.

The head of the B.C. company that scooped up Bombardier Inc.'s Q400 turboprop business has pledged to keep all manufacturing already in Canada within the country. "We are in the dark as far as what comes next".

Montreal-based Bombardier also announced the sale of "non-core assets" totaling around $900 million. The Company also announced a number of strategic actions, including the launch of an enterprise-wide productivity programme.

Speaking to analysts in a conference call, Bellemare was upbeat about the company's prospects. It said its outlook is for 10% revenue growth and 20% profit growth next year.

Bombardier Chief Executive Officer (CEO) says the company is on track to meet turnaround goals Bombardier's revenue for the third quarter was $3.6 billion U.S. a drop of about five percent from the same period in 2017. It will also cut even more 2,500 jobs in Quebec. Analysts, on average, expected US$3.87 billion in revenue and a profit of two cents per share. However, the company did eke out a profit of $149 million United States an improvement on a 100 million loss in the same quarter previous year.

When asked about the Belfast operations, a spokeswoman told the Press Association: "Following Bombardier's announcement today, we will take the necessary time to evaluate what this means for our aerostructures and engineering services business".

Free cash flow usage for the quarter was $370 million, an improvement of 25% year over year.

Bombardier cutting 5,000 jobs, selling Q Series aircraft