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Bombardier plans to sell remaining 3.1% stake in Alstom from sale of rail unit

A Bombardier plant is seen in Montreal on Friday, June 5, 2020. Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press

Bombardier Inc. says it plans to sell 11.5 million shares in Alstom S.A. that it obtained in January with the sale of its railway business to the French company.

The Montreal-based maker of business jets says it will sell its entire 3.1 per cent stake in Alstom, currently valued at about US$633 million.

Bombardier’s net proceeds from the sale of the rail division totalled US$3.6 billion, down from US$4 billion it expected in September when it first announced plans to sell the shares.

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The sale of Bombardier Transportation and its commercial aircraft operations were designed to reduce Bombardier’s debt and help it transform exclusively into a maker of business aircraft.

With the transaction, the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, which owned 35 per cent of Bombardier, became Alstom’s largest shareholder with an 18 per cent stake in the company.

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Two Quebecers joined Alstom’s board: Caisse executive Kim Thomassin and CGI Group Inc. founder Serge Godin.

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