The Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec has invested $50-million, in the form of a term loan, in CAE, a global leader in simulation and training services for the aerospace industry.
"Over the last few years, CAE has diversified its product and service offering to enhance its visibility and competitiveness in international markets," says Marc Cormier, executive vice president, Fixed Income, at the Caisse. "By providing financing to CAE, the Caisse is playing an instrumental role in the success and growth of a Québec company that has been a leader in one of our growth industries."
CAE has customers in more than 190 countries and is recognized for its cutting-edge flight simulators but also for its customized training programs. It operates in two main market segments: civil aviation and defense. Recently, it has started applying its expertise in the healthcare and mining sectors.
"We are pleased to be able to count on a partner like the Caisse in the pursuit of our activities internationally and in new market segments," says Stéphane Lefebvre, CAE's vice president, Finance, and chief finance officer. "The financing will help maintain our leadership position and give us the flexibility to further strengthen our balance sheet in the periods ahead."