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NAV CANADA announces first quarter financial results

 
(Ottawa, January 11, 2018) – NAV CANADA today released its financial results for the three months ended November 30, 2017.

The Company’s fiscal year runs from September 1 to August 31. In the first quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company experienced negative free cash flow(1) of $20 million primarily due to settlements to curtail severance benefits and increased capital spending ending the quarter with cash of $227 million. Financial performance as evidenced by its positive(2) rate stabilization account balance of $128 million was in line with expected results including the customer service charge revisions implemented September 1, 2017 and reflected a planned reduction of $3 million from August 31, 2017.

The Company’s revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was $347 million, compared to $332 million over the same period in fiscal 2017, mainly due a 5.6 per cent growth in air traffic volumes offset by the implemented reduction in service charges.

We saw strong air traffic growth continuing into the first quarter of fiscal 2018,” said Neil Wilson President & CEO, “which has allowed us to carry on with our planned investments in our technology, facilities and in our people. These investments will benefit our customers by allowing us to maintain and improve the safety and efficiency of air navigation in Canada.” 

Operating expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 were $340 million as compared to $321 million over the same period in fiscal 2017, mainly due to higher compensation costs.

Net other income and expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was a net expense of $18 million as compared to a net expense of $22 million over the same period in fiscal 2017, primarily due to lower interest expense on long-term debt partially offset by lower positive fair value adjustments. 

The Company had a net loss (before net movement in regulatory deferral accounts including rate stabilization) of $11 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2018 as compared to a net loss of $12 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. 

The Company is subject to legislation that regulates its approach to setting charges. The timing of the recognition of certain revenue and expenses recovered through charges is recorded through movements in regulatory deferral accounts. The net movement in regulatory deferral accounts for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was income of $14 million as compared to income of $12 million over the same period in fiscal 2017. This change in regulatory deferrals of $2 million as compared to the same period in fiscal 2017 is due to lower favourable results deferred through rate stabilization adjustments of $10 million and a $8 million net increase in regulatory deferral adjustments to adjust the accounting recognition of certain transactions to the periods in which they will be considered for rate setting.

The Company’s Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended November 30, 2017 can be found at:
 
 

About NAV CANADA
NAV CANADA is a private, not-for-profit company, established in 1996, providing air traffic control, airport advisory services, weather briefings and aeronautical information services for more than 18 million square kilometres of Canadian domestic and international airspace.

The Company is internationally recognized for its safety record, and technology innovation. Air traffic management systems developed by NAV CANADA are used by air navigation service providers in countries worldwide.

We are a founding partner of Aireon LLC, an international joint venture deploying a space based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system that will expand air traffic surveillance to all regions of the globe.

(1)     Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure used by the Company to enhance the overall understanding of its financial and operating performance. Non-GAAP financial measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. The Company defines free cash flow as cash generated from operations, less capital expenditures and investments in Aireon LLC and equity related investments. Management places importance on this indicator as it assists in measuring the impact of its investment program on the Company’s financial resources.
 
(2)     A positive balance in the rate stabilization account represents a regulatory credit balance on the Company’s statement of financial position, reflecting amounts returnable to customers through future customer service charges.

 

 For further information, please contact:

Miche
lle Bishop
Director, Government and Public Affairs
(613) 563-7520

Ron Singer
National Manager, Media Relations
(613) 563-7303

Medi
a Information Line: 1-888-562-8226 

 
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that are subject to important risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from the results indicated in these statements for a number of reasons. NAV CANADA disclaims any intention to update any forward-looking statements.
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