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MDA Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results

Press Release From: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
Posted: Thursday, February 23, 2017

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

For the full year 2016, consolidated revenues were $2.1 billion, operating EBITDA¹ was $370.7 million and operating earnings¹ were $211.0 million or $5.78 per share¹. This is comparable with fiscal year 2015, with consolidated revenues of $2.1 billion, operating EBITDA of $376.8 million and operating earnings of $221.1 million or $6.08 per share. Net earnings under IFRS for the full year 2016 were $139.6 million, consistent with $142.8 million for 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2016, consolidated revenues were $502.9 million compared to $544.3 million for the same period of 2015. Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 decreased in the Communications segment because of lower geostationary communications satellite bookings over the past two years, and in the Surveillance and Intelligence segment due to lower pass-through revenues.

Operating EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $92.9 million compared to $94.8 million for the same period of 2015, and operating earnings were $51.7 million, or $1.42 per share, compared to $54.9 million, or $1.51 per share, for the same period of last year.

The decrease in operating earnings, year over year and quarter over quarter, is due to increased corporate expenses relating to the Company’s U.S. government access plan as well as higher interest expense attributed to the securitization of orbital receivables.

Net earnings under IFRS for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $31.9 million compared to $5.8 million for the corresponding period of 2015.

The Company ended the year with a total funded order backlog of $2.4 billion.

The Company has made substantive progress on its U.S. government access plan. On January 26, 2017, the Security Control Agreement with the U.S. Department of Defense was executed.

The Company has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.37 per common share payable on March 31, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2017.

MDA’s audited consolidated financial statements and management’s discussion and analysis (MD&A) for the year ended December 31, 2016 are available at:
http://www.mdacorporation.com/corporate/investor/financial-reports

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development. 

MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "MDA."

Investor/Analyst Conference Call

MDA President and CEO Howard Lance and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara will host a Conference Call on Friday, February 24, 2017 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific (8:30 a.m. Eastern) to discuss the financial results and to answer questions.

To participate, dial:
Toll free North America: 1-855-212-2368
International: 1-315-625-6886
Conference ID: 74632653

Related Websites
www.mdacorporation.com

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