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Embraer Releases 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Embraer Releases 4th Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results23:06 EDT Tuesday, March 20, 2012SAO JOSE DOS CAMPOS, Brazil, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --HIGHLIGHTS:During the 4th quarter of 2011 (4Q11), Embraer delivered 32 commercial and 50 executive aircraft and ended the year with total deliveries of 105 commercial and 99 executive aircraft (83 light jets and 16 large jets);As a consequence, 2011 Revenues totaled US$ 5,803 million, in line with the annual Revenue guidance range of US$ 5.6 to US$ 5.8 billion;2011 Operating performance was strong and the recurring EBIT(1) margin for the year would have reached 8.7%. However, due to provisions, primarily related to financial guarantees in connection with the American Airlines (AMR) fleet, the actual 2011 accumulated EBIT margin was 5.5%;Positive operating cash generation of US$ 178.7 million in 4Q11 increased the Company's net cash(2) position to US$ 445.7 million at the end of 2011;Net income (loss) attributable to Embraer Shareholders was negative US$ 91.8 million in 4Q11 and totaled US$ 111.6 million for 2011. Earnings (loss) per ADS for 4Q11 and 2011 totaled negative 0.5072 and positive 0.6169, respectively.MAIN FINANCIAL INDICATORS:in millions of U.S. dollars, except % and per share dataIFRS3Q114Q104Q1120102011Revenues1,363.61,970.22,025.15,364.15,803.0EBIT124.2132.4(5.9)391.7318.2EBIT Margin %9.1%6.7%-0.3%7.3%5.5%EBITDA188.3197.259.2610.9557.0EBITDA Margin %13.8%10.0%2.9%11.4%9.6%Adjusted Net Income (Loss) (excluding Deferred income tax and social contribution) (3)125.7111.4(140.4)358.9196.6Net income (loss)  attributable to Embraer Shareholders1.9122.7(91.8)330.2111.6Earnings (loss) per share - ADS basic (US$) 0.01030.6782(0.5072)1.82520.6169Net Cash193.4691.8445.7691.8445.7(1)  EBIT is equal to operating results(2)  Net cash is equal to Cash and cash equivalents plus short-term Financial assets minus short-term and long-term Loans.(3)  Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure, calculated by adding Net income attributable to Embraer Shareholders plus Deferred income tax and social contribution for the period. Furthermore, under IFRS for Embraer's Income Tax benefits (expenses) the Company is required to record taxes resulting from unrealized gains or losses due to the impact of the changes in the Real to US Dollar exchange rate over non-monetary assets (primarily Inventory, Intangibles and PP&E). It is important to note that taxes resulting from gains or losses over non-monetary assets are considered deferred taxes and are accounted for in the Company's consolidated Cash flow statement, under  Deferred income tax and social contribution.Embraer's (BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3, NYSE: ERJ) operating and financial information is presented, except where otherwise stated, on a consolidated basis in United States dollars (US$) in accordance with IFRS. The financial data presented in this document as of and for the quarters ended December 31, 2011 (4Q11), December 31, 2010 (4Q10) and September 30, 2011 (3Q11), are derived from the unaudited financial statements.NET SALES AND GROSS MARGINEmbraer delivered 32 commercial and 50 executive aircraft in 4Q11, for an accumulated total of 105 commercial and 99 executive aircraft (83 light jets and 16 large jets) in 2011. As a result, 4Q11 and 2011 Revenues totaled US$ 2,025.1 and US$ 5,803 million, respectively, and therefore reached the upper end of the US$ 5.6 - US$ 5.8 billion 2011 Revenue guidance range.  The mix of products and revenues for the year, coupled with the Company's ongoing focus on its programs directed towards improving productivity and efficiency, resulted in a Gross Margin of 22.5% for 2011, compared to 19.1% in 2010.EBITThe 4Q11 EBIT and EBIT margin were negative US$ 5.9 million and negative 0.3%, respectively. The final accumulated EBIT and EBIT margin for 2011 were US$ 318.5 million and 5.5%, respectively. Throughout 2011, the Company experienced certain extraordinary events which impacted operating results for the year. These events include the provisions detailed below, as well as the unusually high liquidated damages, of approximately US$ 67 million, that were collected throughout 2011. Such liquidated damages came as a result primarily of the commercially challenging market environment in the Executive aviation segment. If not for these extraordinary events, EBIT margin for the quarter would have been 12.1%, and 2011 EBIT and EBIT margin would have been US$ 504.3 million and 8.7%, respectively, bringing the year's result to levels above the Company's EBIT margin guidance of 8% for 2011. Furthermore, it is important to note the increase in operating leverage achieved in the last quarter of the year, which allowed the Company to maximize the utilization of its installed capacity and dilute fixed costs in a more efficient manner. AMR and other provisionsAs a result of the AMR Chapter 11 filing and related exposures from financial guarantees and residual value guarantee (RVG) obligations, the Company's 4Q11 results include a total net provision of US$ 360.7 million, related to these obligations. Of this amount, US$ 107.4 million is accounted for under Financial (expenses) income, net, and therefore do not impact the Company's operating margin for 4Q11. The remaining US$ 253.3 million is accounted for under Other operating income (expenses), net and therefore impact the Company's operating margin for the period and, consequently, for the year.AMR currently operates a fleet of 216 ERJ 145 family aircraft through its wholly owned subsidiary, American Eagle. As a result of AMR's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, and expected fleet adjustments that will take place at AMR, Embraer is provisioning a total of US$ 317.5 million to its 4Q11 results to account for expected expenses related to obligations from financial guarantees and residual value guarantees for these 216 aircraft. The final AMR decision on how it will manage the future operation of these aircraft is still on-going and this provision represents the best estimate available based on the current scenario. As part of the methodology to define the value of the AMR provision, the Company hired independent third-party aircraft appraisers to determine the likely market value of these aircraft. Once the average value of these appraisals was established, the Company included an additional discount factor, in an attempt to determine a one-time provision to cover all expected expenses related to these obligations.  Actual payments and cash disbursements for these obligations are expected to occur over time through the course of the coming years. Considering the potential impacts to the regional aircraft secondary market and aircraft values that may come as a result of an increase in aircraft availability due to the AMR restructuring process, the Company also performed additional revisions to existing provisions, which are by nature also related to financial guarantee and RVG obligations, and the net effect of such revisions was negative US$ 43.2 million. It should be noted that, among other things such as RVG related provisions, these revisions include an additional provision related to the MESA Air Group bankruptcy process that occurred in 2010. This additional provision comes as a result of the latest market developments in the 50-seat segment and the expectation that the MESA aircraft will be remarketed in the coming months. It is important to note that with this additional provision for the MESA Air Group obligations, the Company has now provisioned for the maximum potential expenses related to such obligations and therefore no additional provisions are expected for these guarantees.Due largely to the appreciation of the Real against the US Dollar in 2011, during which on average the Real appreciated approximately 5% vs. the 2010 average exchange rate, coupled with the increase of approximately 10% in labor costs, total 2011 Administrative, Selling and Research expenses increased to US$ 767.1 million, compared to US$ 643.7 million in 2010. It must be noted that a portion of these expenses are Real-denominated and the appreciation of the Real against the US Dollar negatively impacted those expenses. Research expenses for 4Q11 totaled US$ 26 million, bringing total 2011 Research spending to US$ 85.3 million, in line with the Company guidance of US$ 90 million. General and Administrative expenses for 4Q11 totaled US$ 71.5 million, above the US$ 60.6 million spent in 4Q10. Selling expenses of US$ 113.9 million in 4Q11 were stable, compared to the US$ 105.7 million spent in 4Q10. Furthermore, the Company continued to make investments throughout 2011 to develop its customer support network, especially in Executive aviation, and has implemented some changes in the Defense & Security organization, as well as intensified its efforts to define the product strategy in the Commercial aviation segment, all of which impacted the Company's SG&A expenses for the year. 2011 Other operating income (expenses), net totaled negative US$ 221.5 million, primarily as a result of the provisions of US$ 253.3 million, coupled with the liquidated damages of approximately US$ 67 million, mentioned above.NET INCOMENet income (loss) attributable to Embraer Shareholders and Earnings per ADS for 4Q11 were negative US$ 91.8 million and negative US$ 0.5072, respectively, bringing total 2011 Net income attributable to Embraer Shareholders and Earnings per ADS to US$ 111.6 million and US$ 0.6169, respectively. If not for the net effect of all extraordinary events described earlier, which totaled approximately US$ 293 million, 2011 Net income attributable to Embraer Shareholders and Earnings per ADS would have reached US$ 305.3 million and US$ 1.6875, respectively.  MONETARY BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTS AND OTHER MEASURESEmbraer had significant positive cash generation during 4Q11, and the Company's Net cash position for the period increased by US$ 252.3 million and reached US$ 445.7 million at the end of 2011. in millions of U.S. dollarsBalance Sheet Data (1)(2)(1)20103Q112011Cash and cash equivalents1,393.11,434.11,350.2Financial assets 733.5569.9753.6Total cash position2,126.62,004.02,103.8Loans short-term72.6479.2251.8Loans long-term1,362.21,331.41,406.3Total loans position1,434.81,810.61,658.1Net cash*691.8193.4445.7 * Net cash = Cash and cash equivalents + Financial assets short-term - Loans short-term and long-term(1) Derived from audited financial information.(2) Derived from unaudited financial information.This cash generation comes mainly as a consequence of a strong financial result from operations, coupled with a reduction in Inventories. Furthermore, the cash generated by operating activities helped partially offset the 4Q11 cash requirements related to PP&E and Intangibles.in millions of U.S. dollarsIFRS 4Q1020101Q112Q113Q114Q112011 Net cash generated by operating activities 578.0874.062.178.3161.1178.7480.2Financial assets adjustment (1)(287.5)(286.1)(47.9)26.6(140.7)234.872.8Other assets adjustment (2)19.827.7-----Additions to property, plant and equipment(65.8)(149.6)(91.8)(92.9)(72.8)(76.8)(334.3)Additions to intangible assets(51.3)(178.7)(48.1)(49.7)(59.5)(60.1)(217.4)Free cash flow193.2287.3(125.7)(37.7)(111.9)276.61.3(1) Unrealized gain (losses) on Financial assets.(2) Correspond mainly of court-mandated escrow deposit and short term marketable securities.Additions to PP&E totaled US$ 76.8 million in 4Q11 and accumulated 2011 additions to PP&E totaled US$ 334.3 million. Total PP&E includes values related to Pool programs spare parts, aircraft under lease or available for lease and CAPEX. CAPEX investments for 2011 totaled US$ 162.2 million, below Company guidance of US$ 200 million. As the Company has consistently built up its inventory of spare parts through 2011 to adjust for the growing demand of its spare parts Pool programs from its customer base, in 2012, the level of investments in Pool program spare parts is expected to be less than in 2011. The Company also added a total of US$ 217.4 million to Intangible assets, related to all investments made for product development throughout 2011. Furthermore, 2011 investments in Development (net of contributions from suppliers) totaled US$ 131.6 million, below Company guidance of US$ 160 million. The following tables outline the detailed investments in PP&E and R&D for 2011.4Q1020101Q112Q113Q114Q112011Additions51.3178.748.149.759.560.1217.4Contributions from suppliers(26.9)(99.4)(15.0)(0.2)(70.3)(0.3)(85.8)Development (Net of contributions from suppliers)24.479.333.149.5(10.8)59.8131.6Research27.672.119.319.120.926.085.3R&D52.0151.452.468.610.185.8216.94Q1020101Q112Q113Q114Q112011CAPEX35.373.538.831.738.553.2162.2Additions of aircraft available for or under lease25.929.021.537.6-7.666.7Additions of Pool programs spare parts4.647.131.523.634.316.0105.4PP&E65.8149.691.892.972.876.8334.3During 4Q11, the Company continued to manage its debt profile and total debt decreased US$ 152.5 million compared to 3Q11 and totaled US$ 1,658.1 million at the end of 2011. Such decrease comes as a result of a reduction of US$ 227.4 million in Short-term loans, which was partially offset by an increase of US$ 74.9 million in Long-term loans. Therefore, at the end of 2011, Short and Long-term loans totaled US$ 251.8 million and US$ 1,406.3 million, respectively. As a result of the reduction in Short-term loans, which accounted for 15.2% of total loans in 4Q11, compared to 26.5% in 3Q11, the average loan maturity increased to 4.8 years. Furthermore, the cost of Dollar-denominated loans increased from 4.9% to 5.9% p.a. and the cost of Real-denominated loans decreased from 5.6% to 5.1% p.a. The Adjusted EBITDA to financial expense (gross) ratio decreased in 4Q11, compared to 3Q11, going from 7.12 to 5.43. As of 4Q11, 37.4% of total debt was denominated in Reais.The Company's financial strategy contributed positively to net results throughout 2011 and such contributions totaled US$ 36.7 million for the year. However, considering the provisions described earlier (please refer to the section titled AMR and other provisions), which are also accounted for under Financial (expenses) income, net,  the Company's financial result for 2011 was negative US$ 70.7 million.Embraer's cash allocation management strategy continues to be one of the most important tools in mitigating exchange rate fluctuation risks. In other words, by balancing cash allocation in Real- and Dollar-denominated assets, the Company attempts to neutralize its exchange rate exposures on its Balance sheet. Of total cash in 4Q11, 43% was denominated in Reais.As previously mentioned in the 3Q11 earnings release, in order to complement the Company's hedging strategy, while taking advantage of the depreciation of the Real that occurred in September 2011, the Company entered into some "plain vanilla" financial hedges in order to reduce its 2012 cash flow exposure. The Company's cash flow exposure comes as a result of the fact that approximately 10% its net revenues are denominated in Reais and 25% of its total costs are also denominated in Reais. Having more Real-denominated costs than revenues generates such exposure. For 2012, approximately 45% of the Company's Real exposure is protected if the US Dollar depreciates below US$ 1.75 to the Real. For exchange rates above this level, the Company will enjoy the upside up to an average US Dollar to Real exchange rate cap of US$ 2.44.OPERATIONAL BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTSAs a result of the large number of aircraft delivered during 4Q11, Inventories decreased by US$ 584.8 million, compared to 3Q11, and totaled US$ 2,287.6 million in 4Q11, bringing total Inventories to a level similar to 4Q10. Trade accounts payable decreased to US$ 829.9 million in 4Q11, as a consequence of adjustments in procurement activity, in line with a lower number of aircraft expected to be delivered during the first quarter of 2012 (1Q12), compared to 4Q11. Furthermore, during 4Q11, Trade accounts receivable increased to US$ 506 million.in millions of U.S. dollarsBalance Sheet Data (1)(2)(1)20103Q112011Trade accounts receivable349.3473.6506.0Customer and commercial financing70.5120.6102.2Inventories2,198.32,872.42,287.6Property, plant and equipment 1,201.01,323.51,450.4Intangible716.3791.2808.3Trade accounts payable750.2989.4829.9Advances from customers991.61,183.61,070.1Total shareholders' equity3,131.53,214.63,117.8(1) Derived from unaudited financial information.(2) Derived from unaudited financial information.Property, plant and equipment (PP&E) increased by US$ 126.9 million, compared to 3Q11, mainly driven by investments made in the construction of the Company's facilities located Melbourne, Florida, and Evora, Portugal. Customer and commercial financing decreased by US$ 18.4 million, compared to 3Q11, mainly driven by the reduction of temporary financing structures related to aircraft deliveries. Advances from customers decreased to US$ 1,070.1 million, primarily as a result of the high number of deliveries vis-a-vis the number of new orders during the 4Q11. Intangible assets remained stable from 3Q11 to 4Q11, as net product development expenses were similar to the amortization over deliveries in the period.  SEGMENT RESULTSThe 4Q11 Revenue mix by segment varied slightly when compared to 4Q10, with a higher participation from the Commercial Aviation, Defense and Security and Others segments, representing 53.2%, 14.5% and 2.5%, respectively. This increase was offset by a decrease in the revenue participation from the Executive Aviation segment, which decreased to 29.8%, compared to 32.9% in 4Q10. This decrease comes as a result of the challenging commercial environment experienced in this segment during 4Q11 and in line with the Company's guidance revision that took place during 3Q11. The higher revenue participation from the Commercial Aviation segment also contributed positively to the Company's gross margin for 2011. Net revenues(2)(2)(2)(1)(1)by segment3Q11 4Q104Q1120102011 US$M %US$M%US$M%US$M%US$M%Commercial Aviation996.473.11,028.552.31,078.353.23,257.960.83,714.164.0 - Commercial Aviation services89.988.790.4322.4373.0Defense and Security Business189.213.9272.413.8293.014.5821.815.3851.914.7 - Defense and Security Business services48.241.454.8152.1188.4Executive Aviation149.411.0648.932.9603.029.81,209.522.51,113.719.2 - Executive Aviation services26.916.025.464.496.0Others28.62.020.41.050.82.574.91.4123.32.1Total1,363.6100.01,970.2100.02,025.1100.05,364.1100.05,803.0100.0(1) Derived from audited annual financial statements.(2) Derived from unaudited financial information.COMMERCIAL AVIATIONIn 2011, as per IATA, passenger demand increased by 5.9%, and performed well despite weak economic conditions in western economies. International demand increased by 6.9%, with Europe achieving the second fastest growth rates, behind Latin America. Domestic markets increased by 4.2%, with Brazil, India and China showing double-digit growth. North American traffic growth rates still remain notably low, with international traffic increasing by 4.0% and domestic by 2.2% in 2011. The airline industry achieved US$6.9 billion net profit in 2011, but shall face some challenges in 2012 with profit forecast of US$3.5 billion. European airlines are likely to be hardest hit by recession in their home markets and small losses are expected. Contrasting performances are shown by North American airlines, where capacity cuts are providing some protection to profitability, and in Asia, where, in particular, China's expanding domestic market show significant profits generated by high load factors.Embraer delivered 105 commercial jets in 2011, of which 32 were in 4Q11. The E-Jets family achieved significant milestones in 2011: more than 1,000 orders and 800 deliveries, increased presence with leasing companies (CIT, BOC Aviation, GECAS, Air Lease, CDB) and the sale of 124 E-Jets (28% above 2010 sales).  As Paulo Cesar de Souza e Silva, Embraer's President of Commercial Aviation, said:  "All 2011 achievements reinforced the E?Jets' role and importance in the airlines' improvement process. Our 60 customers in 40 countries are proving that the E?Jets' flexibility, operational performance, economics and passenger preference are meeting market requirements."Deliveries3Q114Q104Q1120102011Commercial Aviation283032100105    ERJ 145-2-62    EMBRAER 170-1- 9 (+2)* 1    EMBRAER 175-37810    EMBRAER 1902220185868    EMBRAER 1956471724*Deliveries identified by parenthesis were aircraft delivered under operating leases.In 4Q11, Embraer signed for the sale of 45 E-Jets, 33 of which are E190s (15 to BOC Aviation, in Singapore; ten to CIT Group, in the U.S.A.; and six to GECAS, in the U.S.A. ? all leasing companies; and two jets to Hebei Airlines, in China) and 12 E195s (11 to Azul, in Brazil and one to Jetscape, in the U.S.A.). Hebei Airlines became the newest E-Jets operator, when it received two E190s in December.Commercial Aviation BacklogFirm OrdersOptionsTotalDeliveriesFirm BacklogERJ 145 Family890-890890-EMBRAER 170188222101826EMBRAER 17518929047914346EMBRAER 190551355906389162EMBRAER 195123281518835E-JETS Family1,0516951,746802249    TOTAL1,9416952,6361,692249EXECUTIVE AVIATIONExecutive aviation deliveries in 4Q11 totaled 50 aircraft, among which 40 light jets and 10 large jets. It is important to note that although the Company delivered less aircraft than expected, it met its 2011 revised Revenue guidance of US$ 1 billion for the Executive Aviation segment. Deliveries3Q114Q104Q1120102011Executive Aviation18615014499    Light Jets17484012683    Large Jets1131018162011 was a year marked by signs of a continued recession, mainly echoing from Europe. The recovery of new jets sales was threatened mainly by a large offer of young used aircraft at very competitive prices. Also as a consequence of this scenario, the financing options for lower-end categories jets were more stringent and selective, with some impact on deliveries.In December, Embraer opened its U.S.-based, global Customer Center, at the Melbourne International Airport in Melbourne, Florida. The Customer Center becomes the new location for global customers for the entire range of Embraer executive aircraft to select colors, fabrics, paint schemes and options for their aircraft. Its functionality is driven by the customer experience from the sales stage, through configuration until the final delivery process. In the same month, Embraer delivered the first Phenom 100 jet produced in its new US assembly plant to longtime customer Executive AirShare. The last month of 2011 also saw the roll-out of the Legacy 500 from the production hangar at the Sao Jose dos Campos headquarters, in Brazil. This milestone allowed the Company to perform important ground tests, prior to the aircraft's first flight, which is scheduled for the third quarter of 2012. Embraer's commitment to world-class customer support continued to be pursued during 2011, with the expansion of its network of service centers, the incorporation of new technologies and continuous improvement of its practices driving efficiency gains and better communication with its customers. Currently, Embraer has almost 60 owned and authorized service centers, all around the world, to better serve its customers.DEFENSE AND SECURITY BUSINESSThe Defense and Security market continues to present a favorable scenario for growth, with a series of campaigns underway for various applications including transportation of officials and authorities; training and light attack; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; aircraft modernization; military transportation; command and control systems and services. In addition, the Company is also pursuing major participation in projects in Brazil, such as the Integrated System for Border Monitoring (SISFRON), and Security for the upcoming major sporting events.The segment continues to play an important and strategic role in the Company's business, and the segment's backlog remained stable, ending 2011 with a slight increase, compared to the previous year, at US$ 3.3 billion.As for the modernization programs, by the end of 2011, ten AMX jets were already at Embraer's facilities to start revitalization and later modernization activities. The completion of the project configuration phase was another important milestone reached in the modernization program to upgrade 12 A-4 Skyhawk (AF-1, Brazilian Navy designation) for the Brazilian Navy.The AEW India program is moving ahead as contracted and, in December 2011, Embraer performed the maiden flight of the first of three aircraft ordered by the Indian government.In December the U.S. Air Force (USAF) announced that it selected the Super Tucano for the Light Air Support (LAS) program to provide twenty aircraft and associated training and maintenance support. In this program Embraer is in partnership with Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), which is the prime contractor. However, in February the USAF set aside the contract award and Embraer will await further clarification on the subject to decide the next steps.The KC-390 development program is ongoing and on schedule. Following the selection of suppliers, the Brazilian company AEL Sistemas was selected to supply three more components for the KC-390 jet: the Self-Protection System (SPS); the Directed Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM); and the Head-Up Display (HUD). Embraer Defense and Security signed a partnership contract with OGMA ? Industria Aeronautica de Portugal and EEA ? Empresa de Engenharia Aeronautica. According to this agreement, Portugal, through EEA, will develop the engineering project for the KC-390's components, which will be manufactured by Embraer subsidiary OGMA. In November, Embraer S.A. and Telecomunicacoes Brasileiras S.A. ? TELEBRAS ("Telebras") signed a memorandum of understanding for the purpose of forming a company, of which Embraer will hold a 51% share and Telebras 49%, to work with the Federal Government to meet the needs of Brazil's plan for satellite development, including the National Broadband Program and strategic defense and governmental communications.TOTAL BACKLOGDuring 4Q11, Embraer delivered a total of 32 commercial and 50 executive aircraft. Considering all deliveries, as well as firm orders obtained during the period, the Company's firm order backlog was US$ 15.4 billion at the end of 2011.RECONCILIATION OF IFRS AND "NON GAAP" INFORMATIONWe define Free cash flow as operating cash flow less Additions to property, plant and equipment, Additions to intangible assets, Financial assets and Other assets. Free cash flow is not an accounting measurement under IFRS. Free cash flow is presented because it is used internally as a measure for evaluating certain aspects of our business. The Company also believes that some investors find it to be a useful tool for measuring Embraer's cash position. Free cash flow should not be considered as a measure of the Company's liquidity or as a measure of its cash flows as reported under IFRS. In addition, free cash flow should not be interpreted as a measure of residual cash flow available to the Company for discretionary expenditures, since the Company may have mandatory debt service requirements or other nondiscretionary expenditures that are not deducted from this measure.  Other companies in the industry may calculate free cash flow differently from Embraer for purposes of their earnings release, thus limiting the usefulness of this measure as a tool for comparing Embraer to other companies in the industry.Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization accumulated over a period of the last 12 months. It is not a financial measurement of the Company's financial performance under IFRS. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because it is used internally as a measure to evaluate certain aspects of the business. The Company also believes that some investors find it to be a useful tool for measuring a Company's financial performance. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, in isolation from, or a substitution for, analysis of the Company's financial condition or results of operations, as reported under IFRS. Other companies in the industry may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently from Embraer, for the purposes of their earnings releases, limiting the adjusted EBITDA's usefulness as a comparative measure.in millions of U.S. dollarsAdjusted EBITDA Reconciliation(1)(1)(1)LTM* (IFRS)3Q1120102011Net Income Attributable to Embraer 326.1 330.2 111.6 Noncontrolling interest12.5 15.2 8.8 Income tax (expense) income163.7 62.7 127.1 Financial income (expense), net(27.1)(17.5)90.7 Foreign exchange gain (loss), net(18.7)1.1 (20.0)Depreciation and amortization238.4 219.2 238.8 Adjusted EBITDA694.9 610.9 557.0 (1) Derived from unaudited financial information.* Last Twelve MonthsSOME FINANCIAL RATIOS BASED ON "NON GAAP" INFORMATIONCertain Financial Ratios - IFRS(1)(1)(1)3Q1120102011Total debt to Adjusted EBITDA (i)2.612.352.98Net cash to Adjusted EBITDA (ii)0.281.130.80Total debt to capitalization (iii) 0.360.310.35LTM Adjusted EBITDA to financial expense (gross) (iv)7.126.815.43LTM Adjusted EBITDA (v)694.9610.9557.0LTM Interest and commissions on loans (vi)97.589.7102.6(1) Derived from unaudited financial information.(i) Total debt represents short and long-term loans and financing.(ii) Net cash represents cash and cash equivalents, plus financial assets, minus short and long-term loans and financing.(iii) Total capitalization represents short and long-term loans and financing, plus shareholders equity.(iv) Interest expense (gross) includes only interest and commissions on loans.(v) The table at the end of this release sets forth the reconciliation of Net income to adjusted EBITDA, calculated on the basis of financial information prepared with IFRS data, for the indicated periods.(vi) Interest expense (gross) includes only interest and commissions on loans, which are included in Interest income (expense), net presented in the Company's consolidated Income StatementINVESTOR RELATIONSAndre Gaia, Caio Pinez, Claudio Massuda, Juliana Villarinho and Paulo Ferreira ? Brazil: (+55 12) 3927-4404Luciano Froes - North America: (+001) 954 359 3492investor.relations@embraer.com.brCONFERENCE CALL INFORMATIONEmbraer will host a conference call to present its 4Q11 Results on March 21, 2012. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the web at http://ri.embraer.com.br. IFRSTime: 10:30 am (SP) / 9:30 am (NY)Telephones:Operator Assisted (US/ Canada) Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (877) 846-1574Operator Assisted (Outside USA / Canada) Dial-In Number: (708) 290-0687Operator Assisted (Brazil) Toll - Free Dial-In Number: 0800-047-4803 (land line) and 0800-047-4801 (cell phone line)Code: 60571802ABOUT EMBRAEREmbraer S.A. (NYSE: ERJ; BM&FBOVESPA: EMBR3) is the world's largest manufacturer of commercial jets up to 120 seats, and one of Brazil's leading exporters. Embraer's headquarters are located in Sao Jose dos Campos, Sao Paulo, and it has offices, industrial operations and customer service facilities in Brazil, China, France, Portugal, Singapore, and the U.S. Founded in 1969, the Company designs, develops, manufactures and sells aircraft and systems for the commercial aviation, executive aviation, and defense and security segments. It also provides after sales support and services to customers worldwide. On December 31, 2011, Embraer had a workforce of 17,265 employees ? not counting the employees of its partially owned subsidiaries ? and its firm order backlog totaled USD 15.4 billion.This document may contain projections, statements and estimates regarding circumstances or events yet to take place. Those projections and estimates are based largely on current expectations, forecasts on future events and financial tendencies that affect Embraer's businesses. Those estimates are subject to risks, uncertainties and suppositions that include, among others: general economic, political and trade conditions in Brazil and in those markets where Embraer does business; expectations on industry trends; the company's investment plans; its capacity to develop and deliver products on the dates previously agreed upon, and existing and future governmental regulations. The words "believe", "may", "is able", "will be able", "intend", "continue", "anticipate", "expect" and other similar terms are supposed to identify potentialities. Embraer does not feel compelled to publish updates nor to revise any estimates due to new information, future events or any other facts. In view of the inherent risks and uncertainties, such estimates, events and circumstances may not take place. The actual results can therefore differ substantially from those previously published as Embraer expectations.SOURCE EMBRAER S.A.