Chorus Aviation Holds Investor Day and Outlines Strategic Direction

HALIFAX, NS, March 29, 2023 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. ("Chorus") (TSX: CHR) announced that it is holding an Investor Day today, March 29, 2023. The presentation materials will be posted to the Chorus website prior to the start of the event. Please note a video recording will be made available on the website shortly following the event.  

"Today marks Chorus’ first Investor Day conference, and we are excited to share our vison for the company," said Colin Copp, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. "There have been significant changes in our business over the past year, including a shift in strategic direction as we pursue an asset light leasing model. These changes are enabling us to significantly deleverage our business while improving the quality of our earnings. With $2.6 billion1 in future contracted revenues and US $700.0 million of embedded equity value2 in Falko’s on-balance sheet portfolio of leased aircraft, we are in a strong position to generate substantial cash flow that can be deployed to enhance shareholder returns and make accretive investments in future growth. I look forward to engaging further with our shareholders and demonstrating the value of our strategy as we execute in the months and years to come," concluded Mr. Copp.

Investor Day Agenda

The Investor Day will include presentations by Mr. Copp on the company’s strategy and members of the Chorus executive team on their respective subsidiaries and corporate functions: 

  • Welcome
    Jolene Mahody, EVP & Chief Strategy Officer
  • Introduction & Investment Highlights
    Colin Copp, President & CEO
  • Jazz, Sole Air Canada Express Operator
    Randolph deGooyer, President, Jazz
  • Falko, Leading Aircraft Asset Manager & Lessor
    Jeremy Barnes, CEO, Falko
  • Voyageur, Speciality Service Provider
    Gary Gilbert, Vice President, Avparts
  • Financial Performance & Outlook
    Gary Osborne, Chief Financial Officer
  • Key Takeaways
    Colin Copp, President & CEO
  • Question and Answer
Investor Day Content

The following content will be made available on Chorus’ website:

  • Presentations from the Investor Day will be posted prior to the start of the event
  • A video recording of the event will be posted following the Investor Day

The presentations include management’s views on the current value of Chorus’ common equity.

Complete details of Chorus’ previously communicated 2023 forecasts and key economic assumptions can be found in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Operations and Financial Condition dated February 15, 2023 (the "2022 MD&A") available at and under Chorus’ profile on SEDAR at

Use of Defined Terms

Capitalized terms used but not defined in this news release have the meanings given to them in the 2022 MD&A.

End Notes
  1. Future contracted revenues include aircraft lease revenue of US $595.0 under the CPA, CAD $622.0 million in Fixed Margin revenue under the CPA, US $811.7 million aircraft lease revenue from the Falko business, and CAD $135.0 million of contracted revenue from the Voyageur business. The forecast uses a foreign exchange rate of 1.30 to translate USD to CAD revenue. The Fixed Margin forecast is based on the estimated number of Covered Aircraft under the CPA to the end of its term, and the aircraft leasing revenue forecast is based on (i) agreed lease rates in the CPA to the end of the existing lease terms and (ii) current estimates of future market lease rents for leases under the CPA with rent re-set provisions. Falko lease revenues are based on agreed lease rates to the end of the existing lease terms. Voyageur future contract revenue estimates are based on agreed contract rates with third parties and estimates for future market rates related to new or extended contracts. 
  2. Embedded equity value of US $700.0 million is calculated as the difference between the owned aircraft net book value of US $1,590.0 million less the associated aircraft debt of US $856.0 million and non-controlling interest US $66.0 offset by aircraft accounted for as finance leases of US $32.0 million as of December 31, 2022. The embedded equity value was converted from CAD to USD at a rate of 0.7383, which was the closing Bank of Canada rate on December 31, 2022.
Forward-Looking information

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Examples of forward-looking information in this news release include statements regarding Chorus’ future contracted revenues, plans to reduce debt leverage, and the ability to monetize the embedded equity value in Falko’s portfolio of leased aircraft to enhance shareholder returns and make accretive investments in growth. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in forward looking information for a number of reasons, including: amendments to long-term contracts and/or breaches or disputes concerning those contracts; changing economic conditions (including inflation and interest rates); the emergence of new COVID-19 variants or new epidemics and pandemics; Falko’s ability to successfully launch new funds on the terms currently contemplated or at all; Voyageur’s ability to grow its defence and parts businesses; the trading price and liquidity of Chorus’ shares; Chorus’ ability to pay its indebtedness and otherwise remain in compliance with its debt covenants; the risk of cross defaults under debt agreements and other significant contracts; the risk of asset impairments and provisions for expected credit losses; the risk factors referenced in Chorus’ most recent Annual Information Form and in its public disclosure record available on SEDAR at Readers are cautioned that the foregoing factors and risks are not exhaustive. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent Chorus’ expectations as of the date of this news release (or as of the date they are otherwise stated to be made) and are subject to change after such date. Chorus disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities laws.

About Chorus Aviation Inc.

Chorus’ vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus is an integrated provider of regional aviation solutions, including asset management services. Its principal subsidiaries are: Falko Regional Aircraft, the world’s largest asset manager and aircraft lessor focused solely on the regional aircraft leasing segment; Jazz Aviation, the sole provider of regional air services under the Air Canada Express brand; and Voyageur Aviation, a provider of specialty air charter, aircraft modification, and parts provisioning services to regional aviation customers around the world. Together, Chorus’ subsidiaries provide support services that encompass every stage of a regional aircraft’s lifecycle, including: aircraft acquisition and leasing; aircraft refurbishment, engineering, modification, repurposing and transition; contract flying; aircraft and component maintenance, disassembly, and parts provisioning.

Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ‘CHR’. Chorus 5.75% Senior Unsecured Debentures due December 31, 2024, 6.00% Convertible Senior Unsecured Debentures due June 30, 2026, and 5.75% Senior Unsecured Debentures due June 30, 2027 trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbols ‘CHR.DB.A’, ‘CHR.DB.B’, and ‘CHR.DB.C’ respectively.

SOURCE Chorus Aviation Inc.