SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
☐ REGISTRATION STATEMENT PURSUANT TO SECTION 12 OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
☑ ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13(A) OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For fiscal year ended March 31, 2021 Commission File number 1-31402
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)
(Translation of Registrant’s name into English (if applicable))
(Province or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(Primary Standard Industrial Classification Code Number (if applicable))
(I.R.S. Employer Identification Number (if applicable))
8585 Côte-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent, Québec, H4T 1G6
(Address and telephone number of Registrant’s principal executive office)
CT Corporation System, 111 Eighth Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10011 (212) 894-8700
(Name, address (including zip code) and telephone number (including area code) of
agent for service in the United States)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of Each Class Trading Name of Each Exchange
Symbol On Which Registered
Common Shares, CAE New York Stock Exchange
including associated Common Share
purchase rights pursuant to the Registrant’s
including associated Common Share
purchase rights pursuant to the Registrant’s
Shareholder Rights Plan, which purchase rights
will trade together with the Common Shares
will trade together with the Common Shares
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: Not Applicable
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: Not Applicable
For annual reports, indicate by check mark the information filed with this form:
☑ Annual Information Form ☑ Audited Annual Financial Statements
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuer’s classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report: 293,355,463 common shares
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes ☑ No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).
Yes ☑ No ☐
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Emerging growth company ☐
If an emerging growth company that prepares its financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards† provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐
† The term “new or revised financial accounting standard” refers to any update issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board to its Accounting Standards Codification after April 5, 2012.
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its audit report. ☑
DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
A. Evaluation of disclosure controls and procedures. Disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by CAE Inc. (“CAE” or the “Company”) in reports filed with securities regulatory agencies is recorded, processed, summarized and reported on a timely basis and is accumulated and communicated to CAE’s management, including our President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding disclosure.
Under the supervision of the President and Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, management evaluated the effectiveness of CAE’s disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as of March 31, 2021, the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 40-F. The President and Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer concluded from the evaluation that the design and operation of CAE’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as at March 31, 2021. Management’s evaluation of and conclusion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting did not include an evaluation of the internal control over financial reporting of TRU Simulation + Training Canada Inc. (TRU Canada), which was acquired on January 26, 2021. The contribution of the acquired
TRU Canada operations to the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended March 31, 2021 was less than 1% of consolidated revenue and consolidated net loss. Additionally, on March 31, 2021, the total assets of the acquired TRU Canada operations represented approximately 2% of the Company’s consolidated total assets.
B. Management’s annual report on internal control over financial reporting. CAE’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act.
CAE’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that: (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of CAE’s assets; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that CAE’s receipts and expenditures are being made only in accordance with authorizations of its management and directors; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of CAE’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Management evaluated the effectiveness of CAE’s internal controls over financial reporting as of March 31, 2021, based on the framework and criteria set forth in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO), and has concluded that CAE’s internal control over financial reporting is effective as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 40-F.
C. Attestation report of the Independent Auditors. PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, independent auditors who audited and reported on CAE’s financial statements included in this annual report, has issued an attestation report on the effectiveness of CAE’s internal control over financial reporting as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 40-F. This attestation report is included in Exhibit 99.2 to this Annual Report on Form 40-F.
D. Changes in internal control over financial reporting. There were no changes to CAE’s internal control over financial reporting during the year ended March 31, 2021 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, CAE’s internal control over financial reporting.
E. Limitations on the effectiveness of controls. A control system, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance with respect to the reliability of financial reporting and financial statement preparation. Accordingly, CAE’s management, including our President and Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer, does not expect that CAE’s internal control over financial reporting will prevent or detect all errors and all fraud.
CAE will continue to periodically review its disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting and may make modifications from time to time as considered necessary or desirable.
NOTICES PURSUANT TO REGULATION BTR
The Company was not required by Rule 104 of Regulation BTR to send any notices to any of its directors or executive officers during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2021.
AUDIT COMMITTEE AND AUDIT COMMITTEE FINANCIAL EXPERT
CAE has a separately-designated standing Audit Committee established in accordance with section 3(a)(58)(A) of the Exchange Act. The Company’s Audit Committee is comprised of six directors, all of whom, in the opinion of the CAE’s board of directors, are independent (as determined under Rule 10A-3 of the Exchange Act and the rules of the NYSE) and are financially literate. CAE’s Audit Committee is, as of the date hereof, comprised of the following directors: Marianne Harrison, Alan N. MacGibbon, Mary Lou Maher, François Olivier, Gen. David G. Perkins, USA (Ret.) and Michael E. Roach.
CAE’s board of directors has determined that, as of the date hereof, it has three audit committee financial experts serving on its audit committee. The board of directors has determined that Ms. Marianne Harrison, Mr. Alan N. MacGibbon and Ms. Mary Lou Maher (who joined the audit committee on May 1, 2021) are audit committee financial experts within the meaning of General Instruction B(8)(b) of Form 40-F and are independent as that term is defined by the New York Stock Exchange’s corporate governance standards applicable to CAE.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) has indicated that the designation of a person as an audit committee financial expert does not make such person an “expert” for any purpose, does not impose on such person any duties, obligations or liability that are greater than those imposed on such person as a member of the audit committee and the board of directors in the absence of such designation and does not affect the duties, obligations or liability of any other member of the audit committee or board of directors.
CODE OF ETHICS
CAE has a code of ethics entitled “Code of Business Conduct,” which applies to all directors, officers, and employees of CAE and CAE’s wholly-owned and controlled subsidiaries, including CAE’s principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, employees seconded to joint venture companies, agents, representatives, contractors, suppliers and consultants. The Code of Business Conduct is available at CAE’s website http://www.cae.com/investors/governance/ and is available in print to any shareholder who requests it. Requests for copies of the Code of Business Conduct should be made by contacting CAE’s Investor Relations department, 8585 de la Côte-de-Liesse Saint-Laurent (Québec) Canada H4T 1G6, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Amendments to the Code of Business Conduct and waivers, if any, for executive officers will be disclosed on CAE’s website. Unless specifically referred to herein, the information on CAE’s website shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference in this annual report.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES
The disclosure provided under section 11.3 “Approval Of Services” on page 35 of Exhibit 99.1, Annual Information Form, providing details on the fees billed by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, the Company’s principal accountant, to CAE in each of the years ended March 31, 2021 and March 31, 2020 for professional services rendered to CAE, is incorporated by reference herein.
AUDIT COMMITTEE PRE-APPROVAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
The disclosure provided under section 11.3 “Approval of Services” on page 35 of Exhibit 99.1, Annual Information Form, is incorporated by reference herein.
OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS
The disclosure provided under section 7.2 “Off balance sheet arrangements” on page 43 of Exhibit 99.3, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, is incorporated by reference herein.
The disclosure provided under section 6.4 “Contractual Obligations” on page 40 of Exhibit 99.3, Management’s Discussion and Analysis, is incorporated by reference herein.
There are significant ways in CAE’s corporate governance practices differ from those required of domestic companies under NYSE listing standards. Disclosure concerning these differences is available at CAE’s website http://www.cae.com/investors/governance/.
UNDERTAKING AND CONSENT TO
SERVICE OF PROCESS
CAE Inc. (the “Registrant”) undertakes to make available, in person or by telephone, representatives to respond to inquiries made by the Commission staff, and to furnish promptly, when requested to do so by the Commission staff, information relating to: the securities in relation to which the obligation to file an annual report on Form 40-F arises; or transactions in said securities.
B. Consent to Service of Process
The Registrant has previously filed with the Commission a Form F-X in connection with the Common Shares, including the associated Common Share purchase rights pursuant to the Registrant’s Shareholder Rights Plan, which purchase rights trade together with the Common Shares.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Exchange Act, the Registrant certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 40-F and has duly caused this annual report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereto duly authorized.
Date: June 23, 2021 CAE INC.
By: /s/ Mark Hounsell
Name: Mark Hounsell
Title: General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary