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CAE Inc.

Benoit Poirier, CFA, MBA, Analyst

  • CAE is well-positioned to benefit from solid fundamentals in the civil aviation and defence sectors, supported by pilot shortages and increasing global military spending, respectively.
  • Further training opportunities exist on top of those from CAE's recent transactions with Asian partners.
  • Recent M&A activity in the aerospace & defence sector (the acquisition of Rockwell Collins by United Technologies in particular) provides a positive read-through and supports our constructive stance on CAE.

CAE is a global leader in providing training for the civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare markets. The company is well-established around the globe, with over 8,500 employees, 160 sites and training locations in more than 35 countries. CAE has a diversified business base with a high degree of recurring revenue (60% services vs 40% products; 36% from the US, 28% from Europe and 36% from other markets, including Canada; based on FY17 revenue).

The outlook for civil aviation (58% of FY17 revenue) remains solid, with utilization rates near record levels. This trend is expected to continue on the back of strong commercial traffic, improving bizjet activity and a pilot shortage, with ~255,000 new airline pilots needed over the next 10 years.

Fundamentals for the defence industry (38% of FY17 revenue) are also strong on the back of an increase in defence spending in major markets (Canada, US and NATO countries) as well as the trend toward outsourcing training solutions. More specifically, we believe CAE is well-positioned to capitalize on the upcoming replacement of 88 Canadian jet fighters as well as the 15 Canadian Surface Combatant ships expected over the coming years.

As for healthcare, management continues to see positive results with Juno, its latest platform dedicated to nursing education. We expect stronger growth ahead given nursing education is the largest addressable market in healthcare education. In addition, we remain confident that CAE's recent partnership with two well-recognized scientific organizations in the US will help the company gain recognition for its products, which should translate into new business with other medical organizations. Looking forward, CAE could double the size of its healthcare division over the next five years and generate margins comparable to that of its other divisions.

We also expect the reshaping of its joint venture portfolio with airlines to unlock value for shareholders. CAE recently announced the sale of its interest in its partnership with China Southern Airlines (which included an exclusivity agreement) for US$96m. CAE will continue to provide training services to China Southern, but will now have the ability to expand its scope in Asia. CAE has already started looking into new partnerships and announced an agreement for pilot training with Singapore Airlines; it also acquired the remaining stake in its partnership with AirAsia. Overall, we believe further training opportunities would arise as CAE proceeds with cash deployment in other parts of the world.

Our target price of C$27 is derived from an average of three valuation methods. In our view, CAE's valuation is compelling with the stock trading at an EV/EBITDA multiple of 10.6x (based on FY19 forecast), well below the average of 14.3x for the top 5 US peers. Assuming ~C$550m in proceeds to buy back shares and a 13.5x EV/EBITDA multiple on our FY20 forecast, we derive a value of C$36/share, significantly higher than the current share price.

WPT Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

TELUS Corporation

Michael Markidis, CFA, Analyst

  • High-quality US industrial REIT offering investors access to a well-located portfolio of assets that service e-commerce, distribution and logistics users.
  • Fortune 500 tenant base with high credit quality; ~40% of the portfolio is occupied by top 10 tenants including General Mills, Unilever, Zulily, Radial (eBay) and Amazon.
  • Attractive source of US income (distributions are paid in US dollars, ~6% cash yield).

WPT is a pure-play industrial real estate investment trust (REIT) which provides investors with exposure to a growing portfolio of institutional-quality industrial properties located in the US. The portfolio is comprised of 52 distribution-style properties (and one office property) encompassing ~17.6 million square feet, primarily concentrated in the Midwestern and southern regions of the US and, more recently, expanding into the US west coast.

Our positive investment thesis is based on the quality and nature of WPT's portfolio offering. Compared with its Canadian-listed industrial peers, WPT has the highest-quality asset base, which is primarily comprised of newer-vintage, institutional-quality distribution facilities that cater to e-commerce, distribution and logistics users. Further proliferation of e-commerce is likely to drive incremental demand that should result in stable occupancy, rent growth and asset pricing improvements which benefit WPT unitholders over the long run.

We believe WPT's high-quality, Fortune 500 tenant base speaks to the desirability and functionality of its portfolio. Specifically, its top 10 tenant roster—which includes General Mills, Unilever, Continental Tire, Zulily, Keystone Automotive, Radial (eBay), CEVA and Amazon—generate ~40% of total revenue.

WPT is managed by WPT Capital Advisors, LLC, an entity jointly owned by senior management of Welsh, and Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). In addition to providing asset and property management services to the REIT, the entity has established a privately held value-add development fund that should over time provide WPT with a captive pipeline of attractively priced assets. Combined, Welsh and AIMCo own ~31% of the REIT, which serves to enhance alignment, in our view. Internalization of the management function is automatically triggered when the REIT's market capitalization surpasses the US$750m threshold, a goal management hopes to achieve by the end of the year.

The REIT's annual distribution of US$0.76 (paid monthly) offers investors an attractive US dollar cash yield of ~6%. Attributable to healthy forecast organic growth combined with incremental net operating income from acquisitions and its low-capital-intensity portfolio, we estimate a 2018 payout ratio based on funds from operations (FFO) of ~80%, demonstrating the sustainability of the distribution.

WPT trades at a 6.4% implied capitalization rate and a 4% discount to our US$13.40 net asset value (NAV). Our US$14.50 target is based on a
5–10% NAV premium and equates to ~14.0x our 2019 FFO per unit estimate. WPT is rated Buy–Average Risk.

List of stocks to follow

Company Ticker Price ($) Market cap ($m) Ratingfootnote 1 Target price ($) Dividend yield (%) Total expected return (%) Sector
Manulife Financial Corporation MFC 24.77 49,105 Buy-AAR 30.00 3.6% 25% Life Insurance
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ATD.B 59.60 33,647 Buy-AAR 74.00 0.6% 25% Consumer Staples
Sun Life Financial Inc. SLF 55.25 33,729 Buy-AAR 58.00 3.3% 8% Life Insurance
TELUS Corporation T 46.30 27,529 Buy-AR 52.00 4.4% 17% Telecom, Media & Tech
Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp AQN 12.98 5,604 Buy-AR 16.00 4.7% 28% Power & Utilities
Uni-Select Inc. UNS 21.74 919 Top Pick–AR 34.00 1.7% 58% Consumer Discretionary
Transat A.T. Inc. TRZ 8.29 323 Buy-AR 18.00 117% Transportation & Aerospace


  • Target price change: TRZ to $18 (from $20); ATD.B to $74 (from $78).
  1. AR: Average Risk, AAR: Above-average Risk
    Source: Desjardins Capital Markets, Bloomberg, FactSet
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