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Aeroports de Montreal Releases its Fiscal 2006 Results - Passenger traffic up by 5.0%

 

- Revenues increase by 12.5%

 

- EBITDA rises by 13.0% MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2007) - Aeroports de Montreal today announced its audited consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006. These results are accompanied by data on passenger traffic and aircraft movements at Montreal-Trudeau and Montreal-Mirabel international airports.

 

Highlights

 

EBITDA (excess of revenues over expenses before interest, income taxes, amortization and share in the net gain of investments at equity value) totalled $117.1 million for the year, an increase of $13.5 million, or 13.0%, over fiscal 2005.

 

During fiscal 2006, the Corporation continued work on its various capital investment programs, mainly at Montreal-Trudeau. Work focused on modernization of the domestic jetty and expansion of the domestic arrivals hall, among other areas. In addition, excavation and foundation work progressed for the future transborder departures area and the hotel.

 

The Corporation invested a total of $83.0 million during fiscal 2006, compared to $192.5 million in 2005. Investments in the airports are financed by cash flows from airport operations, including airport improvement fees ($46.7 million), and by long-term debt ($36.3 million).

 

In early October, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) rendered its decision in the case of the illegal expropriation of Budapest-Ferihegy International Airport on January 1, 2002. The Hungarian government complied with the verdict and paid the agreed amount of $97.7 million Cdn ($83.8 million US). In accordance with existing agreements, Aeroports de Montreal's subsidiary is entitled to 55% of this amount, or $53.7 million Cdn ($46.1 million US). The related accounting gain is reflected in the share in the net gain of investments at equity value, which totals $36.6 million Cdn.

 

Results

 

Consolidated revenues were $285.2 million for fiscal 2006, an increase of $31.8 million, or 12.5%, over the previous year. Aeronautical and commercial revenues were the main contributors to this increase.

 

Operating costs (excluding municipal taxes) were $105.7 million for the year, up $7.6 million or 7.7%, from 2005. This variance is partly due to the normal increase in operating costs following the June 2005 start-up of the new international jetty at Montreal-Trudeau.

 

Municipal taxes were up by 9.6% for the year under review, rising to $34.1 million in fiscal 2006 from $31.1 million in 2005. This increase is attributable to Montreal-Trudeau's higher property valuation following the start-up of the new facilities that are part of the airport expansion program. ADM is the most taxed Canadian airport authority, paying up to four times more per passenger than the other major Canadian airports.

 

Like many other companies, ADM considers EBITDA to be the best indicator for judging the Corporation's ability to meet its financial obligations. EBITDA was $117.1 million for the year under review, against $103.6 million for 2005, an increase of $13.5 million, or 13.0%.

 

Amortization was $72.1 million in 2006, representing an increase of $7.0 million, or 10.8%, over the prior year. This increase is mainly due to the start-up of several new facilities at Montreal-Trudeau, including the international jetty (June 2005), the public international arrivals hall (December 2005) and the new multi-level parking lot (February 2006).

 

Interest on long-term bonds totalled $68.9 million for the period under review, up $18.0 million, or 35.4%, over fiscal 2005. This variance is attributable to a decrease in the amount of capitalized interest on construction in progress, as well as the issuance of a new series of revenue bonds in September 2005.

 

The Corporation reported an excess of revenues over expenses of $19.2 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006, compared with a shortfall of $14.2 million for the prior year, an improvement of $33.4 million. This variance is mainly due to the increase in the share of earnings of Aeroports de Montreal's subsidiary (including the accounting gain resulting from the compensation awarded for the expropriation of Budapest-Ferihegy International Airport) and the higher EBITDA, all of which was offset by the increased financing expenses and amortization.

 

 

 

Financial highlights:

 

For the year ended December 31:

 

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(in millions of dollars) 2006 2005 Variance

(%)

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Revenues 285.2 253.4 12.5

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Operating costs (excluding municipal

taxes) 105.7 98.1 7.7

Municipal taxes 34.1 31.1 9.6

Rent paid to Transport Canada 21.8 20.8 4.8

Amortization 72.1 65.1 10.8

Interest on long-term bonds 68.9 50.9 35.4

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Total expenses 302.6 266.0 13.8

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Shortfall of revenues over expenses

(before share of investments at

equity value) (17.4) (12.6) 38.1

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Share in the net gain (loss) of

investments at equity value 36.6 (1.6) 2,387.5

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Excess (shortfall) of revenues over

expenses 19.2 (14.2) 235.2

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Cash flows from operating activities

(before changes in non-cash working

capital items) 46.7 49.4 (5.5)

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EBITDA 117.1 103.6 13.0

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Passenger traffic

 

Passenger traffic at Montreal-Trudeau increased by 5.0% in 2006, to a

new record of 11.4 million passengers enplaned/deplaned. International

traffic showed the greatest increase at 6.9%, compared with 4.7% and 3.2%

for the domestic and transborder sectors respectively.

 

Passenger traffic

 

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Aeroports de Montreal

2006 2005 Variance

(%)

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January 903,352 895,265 0.9

February 870,153 854,276 1.9

March 997,014 930,222 7.2

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1st quarter 2,770,519 2,679,763 3.4

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April 916,582 860,345 6.5

May 938,606 866,926 8.3

June 999,814 957,146 4.5

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2nd quarter 2,855,002 2,684,417 6.4

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July 1,054,221 1,042,952 1.1

August 1,091,206 1,054,465 3.5

September 976,930 952,257 2.6

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3rd quarter 3,122,357 3,049,674 2.4

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October 940,368 905,132 3.9

November 824,452 756,767 8.9

December 921,372 817,025 12.8

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4th quarter 2,686,192 2,478,924 8.4

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Entire year 11,434,070 10,892,778 5.0

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Source: Aeroports de Montreal, preliminary figures

 

 

 

Aircraft movements

 

There were a total of 235,393 aircraft movements at Aeroports de Montreal

in fiscal 2006, representing a 1.5% increase over 2005. Aircraft movements

at Montreal-Trudeau rose by 2.5%, to 213,468, while those at Montreal-

Mirabel dropped by 7.3%, to 21,925.

 

Aircraft movements

 

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2006 2005 Variance

(%)

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Montreal-Trudeau 213,468 208,342 2.5

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Montreal-Mirabel 21,925 23,640 (7.3)

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Aeroports de Montreal 235,393 231,982 1.5

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Source: Aeroports de Montreal, preliminary figures

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YUL should NOT be paying such high taxes. A city's airport is its connection to the world! By taxing our airports so heavily, we are only limiting the flow of people in and out of the city. Hopefully there will be some tax cuts in this week's budget...

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The federal govt is not helping at all, with all the taxes imposed to travelers. With the huge surpluses, its not fair.

 

at least all airports have the same burden it's not like an airport was prioritized over another, Pearson is in an even worse situation, huge land taxe + massive debt because of the new terminal construction

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