3 Reasons Why Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) Is Beginning to Look Like an Outstanding Long-Term Investment Again

Following a rough couple of years, it appears as though the tide is finally starting to turn in favour of Bombardier, Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). It’s starting to look like an outstanding buy-and-hold investment investment again.

| More on:
An airplane on a runway

Image source: Getty Images.

It’s been a rough couple of years for Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B), Canada’s leading manufacturer of planes and trains, with the company seemingly always in the news but for all the wrong reasons.

Just when things looked as though they were starting to get better, the company found out earlier this spring that it’s now facing a possible ban by multinational NGO, the World Bank, following allegations of corruption related to a 500 km section of rail construction connecting Asia to Europe via Azerbaijan, a small eastern European country bordering Armenia and Georgia.

That’s just the latest development, though, for a company that nearly teetered on the brink of bankruptcy a little over two years ago, when it was forced to accept an emergency $1 billion bailout from Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec.

Most of the struggles leading up to the Caisse de dépôt bailout were the result of poor execution related to its major CSeries program, which was eventually handed over to Airbus last year in an effort to ensure the project has the appropriate financial backing that will enable it to see itself through to fruition.

Then this year, Bombardier announced plans to exit its turboprop business as well, as it cuts 5,000 jobs and streamlines itself into a business strictly focused on the build of trains and business jets.

But while its been a rocky couple of years for shareholders, who have been patient to a fault, there’s reason to believe that the light is beginning to appear at the end of the tunnel.

Excluding currency effects and divestitures, the company is to grow organic sales by 10% this year with guidance for the full year’s consolidated adjusted EBITDA reiterated at $1.50-1.65 billion following the first quarter, implying growth of almost 20% year over year.

For the 2019 fiscal year, BBD expects its transportation business to grow 3.5% year over year, generating adjusted EBIT margins of approximately 8%; meanwhile, it continues to see strong demand for its business aircraft.

Following the end of the first quarter, its business aircraft backlog, led by strong demand for the Global 7500, grew by $600 million to $14.9 billion — the highest among its industry group — while aftermarket service revenues continued to grow at a double-digit pace, up 20% for the quarter.

Foolish bottom line

Bombardier stock is notorious for exhibiting wild price swings, so this certainly isn’t the type of investment that would be suitable for the faint of heart.

But at the same time, I continue to believe the that tide is finally starting to turn for this iconic Canadian staple.

I’m thinking if the BBD shares were to fall to as low as $1.50 per unit, this could begin to look like a really interesting long-term buy-and-hold opportunity.

Making the world smarter, happier, and richer.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Jason Phillips has no position in any of the stocks mentioned.

More on Investing

protect, safe, trust
Dividend Stocks

The 2 TSX Stocks to Buy for Decades of Safe Passive Income

Stable dividend stocks are common, but companies that you can safely hold in your portfolio for decades for their passive-income…

Read more »

woman data analyze

The Market Is Wrong About This 1 Value Stock

Restaurant Brands International (TSX:QSR) stock is getting cheap after the latest correction in shares.

Read more »

Airport and plane

Is Air Canada Stock Finally a Buy This Season?

When you are investing in a prospective recovery, it’s a good idea to watch for favourable industry trends.

Read more »

TFSA and coins
Dividend Stocks

TFSA Investors: How to Earn $2,500 Per Year on $40,000

Investors have an opportunity to secure high yields while reducing risk in their TFSA portfolios.

Read more »

Illustration of bull and bear

A Bull Market Is Coming: 3 Growth Stocks That Could Thrive

These growth stocks all trade undervalued and have tonnes of long-term potential, making them some of the best to buy…

Read more »

Volatile market, stock volatility
Metals and Mining Stocks

Weathering Volatility: Strategies for Success With TSX Stocks

The key to handling volatility is changing your asset mix. For example, if you suspect a market downturn, you can…

Read more »

Path to retirement
Dividend Stocks

Retirement Wealth: 2 Top Dividend Stocks for TFSA Investors

Parking a sizable portion of your savings in reliable dividend stocks is a time-tested wealth-building strategy appropriate for a wide…

Read more »

sale discount best price
Tech Stocks

2 Growth Stocks to Buy Every Time They Go on Sale (Like Now)

The right growth stocks are worth buying in almost any market, but they are especially attractive when they come with…

Read more »