CAE today reported financial results for the first quarter ended June 30, 2014. Net income from continuing operations attributable to equity holders was $43.8 million ($0.17 per share) this quarter, compared to $44.7 million ($0.17 per share) in the first quarter last year. Operating profit was $71.7 million (13.6% of revenue) compared to $61.6 million (11.8% of revenue) in the first quarter last year. Revenue for the quarter was $526.2 million, compared to $520.1 million in the first quarter last year. All financial information is in Canadian dollars.
A strategic review of New Core Markets reaffirmed CAE's conviction in Healthcare and led to a process to divest Mining. The Company will now focus capital and resources on its three remaining core business units: Civil Simulation and Training (Civil); Defence and Security (Defence); and Healthcare.
"The growth in our first quarter operating results came entirely from Civil, which saw operating income increase by 32% over last year," said Marc Parent, CAE's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Defence had stable revenue and lower operating income, owing to the mix of programs in the quarter and persistent delays in government decision-making. I am pleased to report that CAE's Board of Directors has today approved a $0.01 increase to CAE's quarterly dividend, which becomes $0.07 per share, effective September 30, 2014. This marks CAE's fourth dividend increase in as many years and is testament to our confidence in the business. As in the last few years, we expect a stronger performance in the second half and solid growth for the year as a whole."
Revenue for Civil was $308.9 million in the first quarter, up 2% compared to $301.8 million last year. First quarter operating income was $49.5 million (16.0% of revenue), up 32% compared to $37.6 million (12.5% of revenue) last year.
During the quarter we obtained solutions contracts expected to generate future revenues of $365.3 million, including 11 full-flight simulators (FFSs) for airline customers around the world. Orders also included pilot training services for Air Canada, Air Nostrum, Scandinavian Airlines, and British Midland Regional as well as training centre operations services for Caverton Helicopters. The Civil book-to-sales ratio for the quarter was 1.18x and 1.32x for the last 12 months. First quarter Civil backlog was $2.4 billion, including our share of joint ventures.
Revenue for Defence was $197.9 million, stable compared to $198.8 million last year. Operating income was $21.9 million (11.1% of revenue), down 7% compared to $23.6 million (11.9% of revenue) last year.