Opportunity Takes Flight on the Prairies: A Valuation & Strategic Appraisal of Winnipeg J.A.Richardson International Airport

Valuation of Crown Corporations, Airports, Crown Corporations, Ian Madsen

YWG is the airport serving the metropolitan Winnipeg area that is ultimately managed and owned by the federal government. The airport has positive operating cash flow and positive returns on assets, equity, and capital employed. But as it stands, the airport’s debt level is high in relation to its cash generation capacity, further increasing its already high debt. This valuation explores different options in which YWG could have part of its debt extinguished to optimize total sale proceeds to the citizens of Winnipeg. Several large airports around the world are already owned by private investors.