ANNOUNCING its latest financial results, Bombardier Transportation reported second-quarter growth of just 1% to $US 1.975bn compared with first-half growth of 2% to $US 3.9bn. However, order intake grew by 29% in the second quarter of 2017 to $US 2.7bn thanks mainly to significant orders in Britain and France resulting in a book-to-bill ratio of 1:4.
Ebit before special items improved from $US 124m in second-quarter 2016 to $US 161m in 2017 and from $US 239m in first-half 2016 to $US 314m this year. However, special items totalling $US 213m in the second-quarter of 2017 turned 2016’s positive second-quarter Ebit of $US 87m into a negative figure of $US 52m this year. For the half year, Ebit fell from $US 110m in 2016 to $US 82m in 2017.
The second-quarter special items comprise severance costs of $US 181m and asset write-downs of $US 32m as part of a restructuring and cost reduction programme which Bombardier Transportation says is making significant progress. “Key milestones were reached with supervisory boards and unions in Germany, Switzerland and Belgium,” it says, which will enable the division to cut up to 2200 jobs in Germany, 650 in Switzerland and 160 in Belgium.
Nevertheless, Bombardier says it is reaffirming its revenue guidance and increasing its Ebit margin before special items guidance for the Transportation division to approximately 8.0% for the year. “Revenue growth is gaining momentum as execution of key projects progresses,” the division says.
Overall, Bombardier saw a 5% second-quarter reduction in revenue to almost $US 4.1bn and a 51% reduction in negative Ebit from $US 251m in 2016 to $US 123m this year.
“We continue to make solid progress executing our five-year turnaround plan,” says Bombardier’s president and CEO Mr Alain Bellemare. “We are improving our operating margins, transforming our operations and executing on our growth programmes.”