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Celestica Inc (NYSE:CLS)
Q4 2019 Earnings Call
Jan 29, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by, and welcome to the Celestica Fourth Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. [Operator Instructions] Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. [Operator Instructions]

I would now like to hand the conference over to your speaker today, Mr. Craig Oberg, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development. Thank you. Please go ahead, sir.

Craig Oberg -- Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Good afternoon, and thank you for joining us on Celestica's fourth quarter 2019 earnings conference call. On the call today are Rob Mionis, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Mandeep Chawla, Chief Financial Officer.

As a reminder, during this call, we will make forward-looking statements within the meanings of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations, forecasts, and assumptions, which are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from conclusions, forecasts, or projections expressed in such statements. For identification and discussion of such factors and assumptions, as well as further information concerning financial guidance, please refer to today's press release, including the cautionary note regarding forward-looking statements therein and our Annual Report on Form 20-F and other public filings, which can be accessed at sec.gov and sedar.com. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statement except as required by law.

In addition, during this call, we will refer to various non-IFRS measures, including operating earnings, operating margin, adjusted gross margin, adjusted return on invested capital or adjusted ROIC, free cash flow, gross debt to non-IFRS trailing 12-month adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio, adjusted net earnings, adjusted EPS, adjusted SG&A expense, and adjusted effective tax rate.

Listeners should be cautioned that the references to any of the foregoing measures during the call denote non-IFRS measures, whether or not specifically designated as such. These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other public companies that use IFRS or who report under US GAAP and use non-GAAP measures to describe similar operating metrics.

We refer you to today's press release and our fourth quarter earnings presentation, which are available at celestica.com under the Investor Relations tab for more information about these and certain other non-IFRS measures, including a reconciliation of historical non-IFRS measures to the most directly comparable IFRS measures from our financial statements. Unless otherwise specified, all references to dollars on this call are to US dollars.

Let me now turn the call over to Rob.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Craig. Good afternoon and thank you for joining today's conference call. Our fourth quarter results reflect solid execution across our business, with revenue above the midpoint of our guidance range and non-IFRS adjusted EPS at the high-end of our guidance range. We remain focused on cost productivity initiatives, executing our portfolio actions and ramping new programs to deliver another quarter of sequential operating margin improvement, while generating strong free cash flow.

In addition, our efforts to diversify our end markets and customers continue to progress, with ATS now representing 39% of our revenues, up from 33% a year ago. Within the ATS segment, we posted improved profitability sequentially, delivered improved performance in our capital equipment business, and executed new program ramps across our Industrial and Healthtech businesses.

Our CCS segment performance continue to benefit from our portfolio actions, delivering sequential margin improvement for a third consecutive quarter, and operating at the high-end of our 2% to 3% target range.

I will provide some additional color on our end markets and outlook shortly, but first, I will turn the call over to Mandeep, to give you some details on the fourth quarter and our first quarter of 2020 guidance.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Rob, and good afternoon, everyone. For the fourth quarter of 2019, Celestica reported revenue of $1.49 billion, above the midpoint of our guidance range, primarily driven by program-specific demand strength in Enterprise. Revenue decreased 2% sequentially and was down 14% year-over-year.

Our non-IFRS operating margin was 2.9%, above our guidance midpoint of 2.8% and down 60 basis points year-over-year.

Non-IFRS adjusted earnings per share were $0.18, at the high-end of our guidance range, primarily due to favorable mix and $0.01 per share of favorable taxable FX.

Our ATS segment represented 39% of our consolidated revenue, up from 33% compared to the fourth quarter of last year. ATS revenue was up 5% sequentially, up 3% compared to last year and was in line with our expectations.

On a year-over-year basis, growth in our Capital Equipment business and new programs in our Industrial and Healthtech businesses were partially offset by planned disengagement of non-strategic programs in our Energy business. [Technical Issues] growth was primarily the result of stronger demand and new program ramps in Capital Equipment.

Our CCS segment revenue was down 22% year-over-year, but was above our expectations due to demand strength in our Enterprise end market. Sequentially, CCS segment revenue was down 6%.

Within our CCS segment, the Communications end market represented 39% of our consolidated fourth quarter revenue, consistent with the fourth quarter of last year. Communications revenue in the quarter was below our expectations, and down 15% year-over-year due to continuing program-specific weakness.

Our Enterprise end market represented 22% of consolidated revenue in the fourth quarter, down from 28% in the same period last year. Enterprise revenue in the quarter was above our expectations, driven by demand strength, but was down 32% year-over-year, largely due to planned disengagements in connection with our CCS segment portfolio actions.

Our top 10 customers represented 68% of revenue for the quarter, up 1% sequentially and down 1% relative to last year. In the fourth quarter, we had two customers representing greater than 10% of revenue compared to one customer in the third quarter and three customers in the fourth quarter of last year.

Turning to segment margins. ATS segment margin of 3% was up 20 basis points relative to last quarter, primarily due to improved performance in our Capital Equipment business. Although Capital Equipment lost money in the low-single-digit millions, the business improved relative to last quarter due to higher demand and the positive impact of our cost reduction initiatives. The remainder of ATS continue to perform relatively well, albeit we continue to have inefficiencies in A&D due to supply chain constraints and volatility. Year-over-year, ATS segment margin was down 70 basis points, primarily driven by A&D, partially offset by improvements in Capital Equipment.

CCS segment margin of 2.9% was up 10 basis points sequentially due to better mix, including strong results in JDM and productivity. Year-over-year, CCS segment margins was down 40 basis points, as a result of very strong performance in the fourth quarter of last year. Despite lower volume in the quarter, CCS delivered segment margin at the high-end of our CCS target range of 2% to 3%, which reflects the benefits of our portfolio actions and continuing productivity efforts.

Moving to some other financial highlights for the quarter. IFRS net loss for the quarter was negative $7 million or negative $0.05 per share, compared to net earnings of $60 million or positive $0.44 per share in the same quarter of last year. Fourth quarter 2018 included a tax benefit of $0.36 per share and the remainder of the year-over-year decrease was mainly due to lower gross profit.

Adjusted gross margin of 7% was up 40 basis points sequentially, largely due to improved performance in Capital Equipment, program mix and lower variable spending. Year-over-year, adjusted gross margin was down 20 basis points, as lower profit in CCS and A&D more than offset improved performance in Capital Equipment.

Our adjusted SG&A of $52 million was slightly higher than expected and up $4 million sequentially, primarily due to foreign exchange. Adjusted SG&A decreased $3 million year-over-year, primarily as a result of lower variable spend.

Non-IFRS operating earnings were $43.7 million, up approximately $1.0 million sequentially, and down $16 million from the same quarter of last year. Our non-IFRS adjusted effective tax rate for the fourth quarter was 27% better than expected, primarily due to favorable FX impacts. Excluding FX impacts, our effective tax rate for the fourth quarter would have been 33%. For the full-year of 2019, our adjusted effective tax rate was 34%, higher than our beginning of the year anticipated range of 19% to 21%, mainly due to lower levels of income, including losses in certain low tax geographies.

For the fourth quarter, adjusted net earnings were $23.7 million, compared to $39.7 million for the prior year period.

Non-IFRS adjusted earnings per share of $0.18 were at the high-end of our guidance range of $0.12 to $0.18 per share and down $0.11 per share year-over-year, mainly due to lower non-IFRS operating earnings.

Non-IFRS adjusted ROIC of 10.6% was up 0.5% sequentially and down 4.4% compared to the same quarter of last year.

Moving on to working capital. Our inventory at the end of the quarter was $1.0 billion, a decrease of $41 million sequentially and down $98 million relative to last year. Inventory turns were 5.5, relatively flat sequentially and down 0.5 turns year-over-year.

Capital expenditures for the fourth quarter were $16 million or 1.1% of revenue. Our capital expenditures for 2019 were $81 million or 1.4% of revenue, slightly lower than our expected range of 1.5% to 2% of revenue. In 2020, we expect our capital expenditures to be in the range of 1.5% to 2% of revenue.

Non-IFRS free cash flow was positive $44 million in the fourth quarter, compared to negative $30 million for the same period last year, primarily driven by improved working capital. We are encouraged by the improvements we have made in our working capital performance, which have contributed to very strong free cash flow generation in 2019. We generated non-IFRS free cash flow of $301 million in 2019, and as we look toward 2020, strong working capital performance remains a priority.

Cash cycle days in the fourth quarter were 62 days, up one day sequentially. Our cash deposits increased to $122 million, up $14 million from last quarter as we continue to work with our customers on working capital improvements.

Moving on to our balance sheet and other key measures. Celestica continues to maintain a strong balance sheet. Our cash balance at the end of the fourth quarter was $480 million, up $31 million sequentially and up $58 million year-over-year. Our gross debt position was $592 million at the end of December, down $2 million sequentially, while our net debt was approximately $112 million, down $33 million sequentially and down $223 million from the fourth quarter of last year.

We incurred a $11 million in restructuring charges this quarter and have concluded our cost efficiency initiative. Total program spend of $81 million was higher than our originally estimated range of $50 million to $75 million as we accelerated other cost actions, including those with Cisco.

Now, turning to our guidance for the first quarter of 2020. We are projecting first quarter revenue to be in the range of $1.325 billion to $1.425 billion. At the midpoint of this range, revenue would be down 4% year-over-year. First quarter non-IFRS adjusted earnings are expected to be in the range of $0.13 to $0.19 per share. At the midpoint of our revenue and adjusted EPS guidance ranges, non-IFRS operating margin would be approximately 2.9% and would represent an increase of 50 basis points over the same period of last year. Non-IFRS adjusted SG&A expense for the first quarter is expected to be in the range of $51 million to $53 million.

Finally, we estimate our non-IFRS adjusted effective tax rate for the first quarter to be approximately 30%, excluding any impacts from taxable foreign exchange. Our full-year non-IFRS adjusted effective tax rate expectations are in the mid-20% range, with an elevated adjusted effective tax rate in the first half due to anticipated geographical mix and closer to historical rates expected in the second half of the year.

Turning to our end market outlook for the first quarter. In our ATS end market, we anticipate revenue to be up in the low-single-digit percentage range year-over-year, as growth across most of our ATS businesses, including in Capital Equipment, is expected to be partly offset by the impact of planned program disengagements in our Energy business and program-specific demand softness in our A&D business.

In our Communications end market, we anticipate revenue to be flat year-over-year, as continued end market demand softness is offset by program ramps in support of service provider growth, including JDM.

In our Enterprise end market, we anticipate revenue to decrease in the mid-20% range year-over-year, mainly due to planned program disengagements as part of our CCS portfolio review in addition to weaker end market demand.

I'll now turn the call over to Rob for additional color and an update on our priorities.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Mandeep. 2019 was a challenging year given the difficult demand environment. In response, we took a number of aggressive measures, including proactively shaping our portfolio, driving cost reduction initiatives, and executing program ramps. We continue to focus on providing higher value-add solutions to our customers, enabled by a diversified and more resilient portfolio. The actions we took this past year drove improved operating margin and non-IFRS adjusted EPS throughout 2019. As we exit the year, we believe our lower cost base and stronger portfolio position us for improved performance in 2020.

Within ATS, our Capital Equipment business was presented with a number of challenges, as semiconductor and display markets dipped to severe lows. However, our productivity initiatives and new program ramps and Capital Equipment continue to yield results. In the fourth quarter, we improved our performance and reduced our loss to the low-single-digit millions. As we look to 2020, we anticipate improvement in the semiconductor equipment demand through the first half of the year, and are encouraged by the anticipated market trends for the second half of 2020.

The display market remains depressed, and while volumes are improving, we continue to expect near-term softness with modest recovery late in the year, driven by increased demand for next-generation smartphones and next-generation large form factor displays. As the industry shifts from LCD to OLED, we believe that we are well positioned to support our customers' growth and are already planning new program ramps in 2020. We continue to take a long-term view of this market and as a market leader, we continue to partner with our industry's leading brands. We expect Capital Equipment to be generating a profit in the single-digit million dollar range in the first quarter of 2020, driven by our cost productivity initiatives and volume leverage. With our specialized vertical capabilities, we believe we are well positioned to capitalize on the long-term demand drivers for the business.

In A&D, we are experiencing headwinds as a result of continued material constraints and anticipate that the halt of the Boeing 737 MAX program will also put some downward pressure on our A&D revenues in 2020, which we have already factored into our first quarter guidance. That being said, anticipated improvements in other parts of ATS should more than offset 737 MAX impacts in 2020.

Due to strong demand in our defense business, we are expanding one of our Atrenne facilities to accommodate additional ITAR capacity, as well as the new licensing business, which is an emerging area for us in A&D. In 2019, we had strong revenue growth in our Industrial and Healthtech businesses led by new program ramps, which more than offset revenue weakness in the Energy business, due to program disengagements. We are encouraged by our strong bookings momentum in our ATS segment, particularly in our Healthtech and Industrial businesses, which is leading to increased scale, additional proof points, and a stronger and more diverse ATS portfolio.

Looking ahead, we expect to experience near-term challenges in our A&D business, due to material constraints and 737 MAX demand uncertainty. However, we are seeing strengthening demand in our Capital Equipment business, coupled with growth in our Industrial and Healthtech markets and the benefits of our productivity initiatives. As a result, we expect to see margin expansion in our ATS segment in 2020, and we continue to focus on returning to a 5% to 6% target margin range.

Turning to CCS. In 2019, our CCS segment revenue was impacted by Communications demand softness and planned Enterprise disengagements, partially offset by new program ramps. CCS did, however, benefit from our portfolio review and cost productivity initiatives with segment margins at the higher end of our target range. Despite lower revenues, we are pleased that the actions we are taking in CCS have helped CCS operate in its target range for the last seven quarters.

As we look to 2020, we will continue to invest in our JDM business, and evolve our product offerings, so we are well positioned to serve our customers, including our growing service provider engagements, while providing further stability and diversification to our overall CCS business. We experienced strong bookings in 2019 and anticipate ramping several new JDM programs in the coming year.

Cisco transition planning is under way, and we expect the transition will largely be completed by the end of 2020. We continue to work with Cisco to ensure an efficient, seamless and successful transition. Given the phased exit of the Cisco program, we do not expect any revenue impact in the first quarter of 2020, and this has already been factored into our guidance.

We are also encouraged by the increase we have received regarding our available capacity since the announcement of the Cisco disengagement, and we are working to selectively secured new business. We believe that our CCS bookings pipeline is robust and is focused on growing higher value-add opportunities in JDM and the growing service provider and emerging enterprise markets.

As I look back on our performance in 2019, although we generated very strong free cash flow, I am disappointed with our full year financial results. Executing a transformation during a challenging demand environment was very difficult. However, I am encouraged that we made solid progress on our transformational strategy, while navigating market headwinds. First, we were able to increase diversification across our business. We reduced our top 10 customer concentration to 65% down from 70% in 2018, and increased our ATS segment concentration to 39% of total revenues, up from 33% last year. We have only one customer with revenue greater than 10% down from 2% last year.

Second, we navigated challenging market dynamics in our Capital Equipment and Communications businesses, taking actions that we believe will lead to a stronger portfolio in the long-term. This included significant cost actions in our Capital Equipment business to lower its breakeven point, which we believe will drive stronger profitability as we ramp new programs and when the demand environment improves.

Third, we successfully executed on our CCS portfolio optimization review, and we were firmly within our target segment margin range for CCS throughout the year. We ended the year with a smaller, but what we believe to be a more consistent and resilient business with high value-added programs.

Fourth, we successfully executed on a number of new program ramps and delivered strong growth in our Industrial, Healthtech and A&D businesses. And lastly, we continued our balanced approach to capital allocation, utilizing the strength of our balance sheet to execute on approximately $70 million of share buybacks, while also reducing our net leverage.

As we enter 2020, we remain focused on several initiatives that we believe will drive improved operating margins and expand our adjusted earnings per share. Within our ATS segment, we are focused on restoring margins to the targeted 5% to 6% range. Achieving this margin range requires a recovery in the Capital Equipment and the A&D supply and demand environment, and the successful ramp of new ATS programs, specifically in Industrial and Healthtech.

Within our CCS segment, we are focused on completing our portfolio review actions and intend to continue to invest in areas we believe are key to the long-term success of our CCS segment, including through our JDM offering. While we are not providing revenue guidance for 2020, we anticipate revenue growth in certain areas of our CCS and ATS segments to help partially offset the revenue decline from our portfolio actions.

Our capital allocation priorities remain consistent. Our goal is to generate between $100 million to $200 million in free cash flow in 2020, and over the long-term, we intend to invest half of our available free cash flow into the business and return half to shareholders. In summary, we are executing on our strategy in order to drive long-term sustainable profitable growth, and add value to our shareholders.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our employees for their hard work and dedication, our customers for their support and loyalty, and our shareholders for their continued support of Celestica. We look forward to updating you on our progress over the coming quarters.

With that, I would now like to turn the call over to the operator to begin our Q&A.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And your first question comes from the line of Robert Young from Canaccord. Your line is open.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Hi, good evening. Maybe the first question, I'll ask is around the margins. I think you reiterated the 5% to 6% target. I don't know if I missed it, but did you also reiterate 2% to 3% operating margins for the CCS business? Or would you think that that could go higher given where the recent margin performance has been? And then, I think the overall operating margin target of 3.75% to 4.5%, is that still something that you're driving toward?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Rob, it's Mandeep here. So, yeah, I'll take that in pieces. So, on the CCS side, we're very pleased with the margin performance of the business has been having. They are performing very well strategically and operationally. That being said, we have seen some favorable mix over the last one or two quarters. And so, we still think that the 2% to 3% range is the right range, but we're very pleased that they've been operating at the higher end of that range.

On the ATS side, 5% to 6% continues to be the right target range. We're pleased that we saw some sequential improvement in the fourth quarter. We're expecting further improvement as we go into 2020. And I think that there is some positive momentum happening in different areas. There's a few things that are going to be required to get there, primarily improvements in the Capital Equipment space, but we've highlighted some other things as well, which are working through some of the challenges and the churn in A&D and ramping some programs.

The 3.75% to 4.5% continues to be the target range that we are moving toward. Just to reiterate what needs to be true for that to happen, we expect CCS to be firmly within their, 2% to 3% range, and we are looking to grow ATS to the upper end of their range in order for us to get into the 3.75% to 4.5%.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then, maybe just digging into the semi-cap demand environment. I think you said that you saw improvement in the first half or see improvement in the first half of 2020 and encouraged potentially by H2, is that what I heard? Display would still be depressed. I think that's consistent with what you had said last quarter around customer saying that there is a moderate level of demand in the first half of 2020. And so, it feels to me like the demand environment is similar to what you saw last quarter. Is that right?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, Rob. That's right. We're probably a little bit more optimistic, I would say, in the second half, the market seems to feel like memory might come back in the second half of next year. We're seeing pricing increases on memory. We're seeing inventories reduce a little bit. We don't necessarily have the order book to support that yet. That's why we're not calling a back half uptick. But the indicators are putting in a favorable direction for continuing strong semi-cap in the back half of the year.

And on display, pretty much the same as last year. For us, revenues are improving on a year-over-year basis. So we're getting improved volume leverage, if you will. But as the 5G OLED phones get introduced and the next-generation OLED TVs get introduced and we anticipate that really toward the end of 2020, into 2021, that's when we think volume really pick up.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Okay. And perhaps it's a bit early, but any of the China events recently or is there any impact that you see on your business? I know that Wuhan is a bit of a semi-hub. Is it too early to understand if there is an impact there?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

No. We've been working very hard over the last several days to understand it. First and foremost, we reached out to many of our employees, and as far as we know, they are safe and sound and taking the right actions.

In terms of our China exposure, it's fairly limited relative to all of Celestica and our peers. We do about $1 billion a year of revenue China across two large manufacturing facilities in Suzhou and Songshan Lake. A lot of the work they do is dual source within the Celestica network and also our revenues largely back end of quarter skewed in terms of how they go out inside of the quarter.

As you probably read, the China government extended back to work day through February 10. And given everything that's going on, it's a prudent move. But given the February 10 date and checking with our employees and checking with our suppliers, at this time, we don't think it's going to be a huge impact. But it's a very dynamic situation, as you can imagine, and we have contingency plans in place, and we're monitoring the situation very closely.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Okay. Two other questions, if I could. The Cisco disengagement, I just wanted to understand the cadence of that. I think you said it wouldn't have an impact in Q1. Has any of it started? And if it's complete by the end of 2020, is there any way to understand if the size of that, if you could remind us what that is and how it might play out through the year based on how you understand it now?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. I'll answer the first part and Mandeep will take the second part. So, we started transition planning, but the transitions itself have not started. So we're still working through that process. In terms of the -- our anticipation right now is still that the majority of it will be transition out by the end of the year. And in terms of magnitude, I'll let Mandeep to address that.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. So, both for Cisco, as well as the previous program disengagements, our outlook for 2020 remains relatively consistent. Anticipating [Phonetic] from the prior program disengagements that were announced to have about $100 million impact in 2020. And on the Cisco piece, $300 million to $500 million. It is dynamic. And so, we'll keep you updated as that changes, but our outlook right now remains consistent.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Great. And then, you mentioned ITAR in the comments. So maybe we can talk a little bit about how big that business is for you now? And I think you said you're going to expand a facility, it wouldn't require M&A to expand that business. How -- maybe you could talk about the margin impact of ITAR, I mean, what you're going after there? And then I'll pass the line.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So the -- we purchased Atrenne a couple of years ago, and one of the facilities -- they do business out of three main facilities. And one of the facilities in New Hope, Minnesota, which is about 50,000 square feet, it's actually running out of capacity. So, we're taking the opportunity to lease a brand-new building, state-of-the-art facility in right down the street, if you will. And based on the pipeline of work that we have, which is largely defense-related, it will be our new center of excellence with circuit cards and a new center of excellence for our licencing business within Aerospace & Defense. It will largely cater toward the defense market. And we're doubling the size of the facility, and we think we have strong growth pipeline to support that expansion.

The Atrenne acquisition continues to exceed all of our expectations. It's really has a wonderful management team. It's winning awards from our customers and it's performing quite well.

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Okay. Great. I'll pass the line.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Okay. Thanks, Rob.

Operator

And your next question comes from line of Gus Papageorgiou from PI Financial. Your line is open.

Gus Papageorgiou -- PI Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Thanks for taking my question. Sorry, just on the ATS margin goal of 5% to 6%. I don't recall you saying anything about display markets recovering to reach that goal. So, can you just talk a little bit about what would have to require from the display business to kind of reach those goals? And you said, part of it would require -- would depend on new program ramps. Can you give us an idea of how big the new program ramps are for this and next year and how influential that will be on getting ATS back to reach those margin goals?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Gus, Mandeep here. Let me break it down into two pieces. One is, to get back into the 5% to 6% range, we're really looking for Capital Equipment to get back to its target levels. Those target levels are north of 6%. When we are in a strong demand cycle, primarily in the semiconductor space, we can operate above 6%. Right now, we are starting to see that demand cycle come back. And so, even if display was not to come in, incredibly strong, but was to come in at levels that are higher than where it is today, we believe that would be enough contribution from Capital Equipment to get us back into the 5% to 6% range.

To move upward into that range, then there's a few other things that we're looking for contribution from: one is, for the headwinds in A&D to subside and there's some good opportunity there, but there's always going to be some unknowns. And then on the ramping of the [Technical Issues] big numbers on it, but as we've shared in the past, we have seen significant wins in both Industrial and in Healthtech. Both of those businesses are growing at double-digit rates right now. The ramps are well under way. The ramps are going as expected. And so, we don't expect, at this point, any adverse impacts from that. But we do need to see a little bit more contribution from those ramping programs in order to keep moving.

And then when we talk about the display contribution, when we purchased the Impakt business, as we had mentioned, it has a very strong margin profile. And so, as we see the display market really return, which is more in '21, we would expect to see a good level of volume leverage and that's just because of number one, the margin profile of that business. But number two is, we have taken the opportunity over the last year to reduce the cost profile of that business. And so, we would just expect better contribution as the demand really returns strong in '21.

Gus Papageorgiou -- PI Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Okay. That's great. And on the A&D, so basically, Boeing's facing some challenges, but defense seems to be doing well. Is that about right?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah, correct. Boeing is facing some challenges, but to put into context, we're the leader in A&D for the MS space. So what we do across many platforms, the 737 inclusive, is we do everything from the circuit cards to complete line replaceable units of boxes that go in the aircraft. And about 10% of our A&D portfolio supports the 737 MAX. So, right now we're working with our customer to balance production while preserving the long-term. So, A&D, historically speaking, has grown in the mid- to high-single digits, as a result of the 737 downward pressure, and we don't view that has been a long period of time, based on what we're hearing and what we're reading, you know, we're seeing ranges of three to six months. So the growth of A&D is going to be muted until production turns on. And then, depending on the rate it turns on, we'll kind of determine how quickly it grows there on. But again, it's -- from a magnitude perspective, it's only about 10% of our overall A&D portfolio, which is also the largest portion of our ATS business.

Gus Papageorgiou -- PI Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Great. Thank you for that additional color.

Craig Oberg -- Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Thanks, Gus.

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your next question comes from the line of Thanos Moschopoulos from BMO Capital Markets. Your line is open.

Thanos Moschopoulos -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hi, good afternoon. You mentioned the year-over-year improvement in inventory turns, how would you expect the trends for the course of the year and what kind of impact should we see on turns from the Cisco disengagement?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Thanos. I'll put it into the context of overall cash flow. We're pleased right now with the performance that we saw in 2019. Part of it was, of course, because of the declining revenue that we had, but we saw improvements in our overall working capital turns and a lot of that was driven by inventory. And we look at inventory right now in combination with customer deposits because some customers who are unable to unwind their inventory in lieu of that have been providing us with deposits. And so, overall, some very good benefits.

As we go into 2020, we're expecting another year of strong free cash flow generation. We're targeting $100 million to $200 million. And inventory turns improvement is part of that as well. And so, we feel right now that we have some pretty good momentum on the cash generation side.

Thanos Moschopoulos -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Great. And then, Rob, can you update us on M&A? Will you continue to have an active pipeline? Or is the focus this year more on just managing the CCS disengagements and some of the other moving parts in the business?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Part of my focus right now is delevering. That being said, we do have active M&A pipeline, I would say, we're looking for niche capabilities, pipelines largely focused on Aerospace & Defense and Healthtech. So we're still evaluating M&A with a very focused lens and opportunistic, and we're looking really for capability place.

Thanos Moschopoulos -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Great. I'll pass the line. Thanks.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Thanos.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Paul Treiber from RBC Capital Markets. Your line is open.

Paul Treiber -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Thanks very much. Could you speak to the Capital Equipment revenue on a sequential and year-over-year basis in terms of Q4? And then, also in terms of your expectation for Capital Equipment in Q1 in regards to revenue?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi. It's Mandeep here, of course. And we have been seeing some strong growth. Overall, the demands [Technical Issues] for capital equipment, I would say, dipped to the low in 2019 in the second quarter. We saw a nominal growth into the third quarter and the growth has started to really pick up as we moved into the fourth quarter. We had a lot of wins early in the year, many of them as market share gain, so competitive takeaways. And so, we are in the process of not only seeing some demand uptick right now but we're seeing the ramping of many of those programs. As we go into the first quarter, we're expecting some additional volume growth over the fourth quarter, but albeit not as maybe big of a sequential growth as we just saw in the fourth quarter. And again, that combination of both demand strength, as well as ramping up new programs.

Paul Treiber -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then, secondly, could you just elaborate on your comment just in regards to the inquiries in the pipeline that you're seeing for the CCS capacity that you free up toward the end of the year? And then how should -- or what's your sort of expectation on the profitability of any new contracts that you bring in on the CCS side in comparison against the average, the 2%, 3% target?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. So, we've been very pleased that the level of interest that we're getting on consuming the available capacity in Thailand has been pretty high. As I mentioned on the call, the funnel is very robust and our attention really is not to backfill the revenue on a dollar-for-dollar basis. We're really focusing on revenue that has high value-added content. So, we're looking at expanding our customer base within our service provider business. We're looking at expanding our JDM business. We're looking at new enterprise logos. In fact, within our service provider space, we're now doing business with the majority of the top 10 service providers. And within that, we provide a full suite of product solutions across all the technologies in the datacenter. JDM business is actually growing in the double digits -- expected to grow in double digits in 2020.

In terms of the margin profile, I would say, the JDM business operates on the higher end of the target margin ranges and would be accretive. That being said, we are counting on a higher mix of JDM business to keep the overall portfolio within the target margin range.

Operator

And your next question comes from the line of Ruplu Bhattacharya from Bank of America. Your line is open.

Ruplu Bhattacharya -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Hi. Thanks for taking my questions. And thanks for all the details so far on the ATS segment. So, you're guiding the first quarter of low-single digits year-on-year. Do you expect, as we go through the year, an acceleration in revenue growth? And do you think that exiting this year you can be back at the 10% or double-digit kind of growth rate in that segment? So any kind of color of what you expect to see as you go through this year in the ATS segment?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Ruplu, nice to talk to you. We're pleased with the growth that we're seeing overall in ATS. 2019 was impacted by some market dynamics, specifically in Capital Equipment. And then, as you know, we did take some proactive disengagement actions on some non-strategic customer programs. When you back those out, we actually, in 2019, saw low-double-digit growth, we saw 13% growth in the rest of our ATS business. And that's actually after doing 13% growth in 2018, as well.

We are anticipating growth in 2020. We always caution people to remember that the 10% growth rate is a long-term growth rate, there are going to be some years where we're above it and some years where we're below it. And so, while we're not giving guidance for 2020, we continue to think that the 10% growth rate is the right target over the long-term.

Ruplu Bhattacharya -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Okay. That's helpful, Mandeep. And maybe just for my follow-up, on the Communications end market, I think you guys had guided for a decrease of low-teens year-on-year, but you saw a little bit worse down 15%. And looks like for the first quarter you're guiding flat, which just some improvement. So, maybe if you can just touch on the different end markets, what you saw in optical? What you saw in networking and is there a sense of things getting better or is the inventory correction you've talked about in the past, is that still continuing? So, any kind of color on that end market, both in 4Q, as well as what you're expecting for 1Q?

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. So, within 4Q what we saw was demand weakness with some of our traditional OEMs. We saw some product and technology transitions with some of our customers. And also, for us, we had some tough comps in networking. At this time last year, people were building buffers due to the tariffs and those buffers were in our revenue numbers last year. This was partially offset with some new program growth that we've been talking about in our service provider space.

For Q1, we're guiding flat. What we're seeing is new program ramps and networking. We're seeing demand strength in some of our existing programs, and that's also being offset with some demand weakness that we're seeing with some technology transitions.

In terms of inventory buffering, we're not experiencing any of that right now. I think the buffers, at least for us have largely burnt off. And for us, it's just about pipe mix and product transitions and demand dynamics.

Ruplu Bhattacharya -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Okay. Thanks again for all the details.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Okay.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Okay. Thanks, Ruplu.

Operator

Your next question comes from a line of Todd Coupland from CIBC. Your line is open.

Todd Coupland -- CIBC World Market -- Analyst

Hi. Good evening, everyone. I just wanted to confirm one point and then I'll ask a question. So on the transitions, you called out other and Cisco of about $600 million off of 2020 versus 2019. Is that -- did I hear that correctly?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

That's right, Todd. So, we are expecting $400 million to $600 million of revenue impact year-over-year as a combination of both the Cisco disengagement, as well as the tailend of portfolio review.

On the ATS side, we are targeting growth. We're not providing full year guidance, but we are targeting growth off of the base portfolio. And then for the rest of CCS, we are expecting flat to some level of growth as well.

Todd Coupland -- CIBC World Market -- Analyst

Okay. And then, my question had to do on the carrier space. I know you do some 5G programs, it's been sort of lumpy so far as the market is trying to figure out when actually to get going. What kinds of indications are you getting for 5G technology for 2020? Any color on that would be appreciated. Thanks a lot.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure. We've seen some strength in 5G technology regional demand strength that's expected to continue through the first half of the year, but broad deployment for 5G, we still think is pushing out a little bit to 2021 and beyond. Again, for the 5G stuff, we play on the wired side and support the wired players. So, hopefully, that gives you a little bit color. But regionally we're seeing pockets of growth.

Todd Coupland -- CIBC World Market -- Analyst

Great. Thanks a lot. Appreciate it.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Jim Suva from Citigroup. Your line is open.

Jim Suva -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Thank you. I have two questions and I'll ask them at the same time, so you can take them in either order, which is fine. If I add up the proactive disengagements that are happening, I believe it, in total, it would be $400 million to $600 million, which I think is 100-plus a range of 3% to 5% for the other one. Is that for the full calendar year 2020? Or do we need to kind of prorate it? And the reason why I ask is, it seems like Q1 will be down about 4% in revenues. But just to set expectations fair without guiding 2020, it seems like that the future quarters would need to decelerate or degrade a little bit based upon the disengagements unless, of course, you're winning more to offset that. So I'm just trying to get my hands around the disengagements, the timing of a kind of in the full-year impact.

And then my second question is on Aerospace. You mentioned you're seeing some material shortages. Unfortunately, I'm not a pilot or know much about this sector, but other companies who supply to the aerospace, indeed concurred that Boeing has issues with the 737 MAX, but they haven't really cited material shortages. So, can you help us understand what those material shortages are? Why you're seeing it and maybe others aren't?

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Jim. Nice to talk to you. I'll take the first question. So you're correct on the revenue impact, and it is for the calendar 2020 and the $400 million to $600 million is the combination of the two pieces is the right way to think about it. You're right, on a year-over-year basis relative, we are -- to last year, we're showing being down about $60 million. So it is a more rear weighted impact. And the reason for that is because we expect that the Cisco impact is going to be much more second half of the year, we are continuing to have discussions with them, they are continuing to go through their own transition process of identifying suppliers and developing their own transition programs. And so, we haven't seen a material impact from the Cisco disengagement in the first quarter, and we will expect it to be much more material in the back half of the year.

On the A&D side, Rob can talk about the materials side.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. Jim, I would say, it's two main factors. One is, we're seeing a fair amount of insight to lead time orders, as our customers are working to rebalance their schedules and looking to accelerate some orders and pushing others out, largely 737 MAX-related. So a lot of the material constraints we're working through is really as a result of trying to expedite things that are well inside of lead time. And the other portion, so while our backlog is turning over, it's not necessarily coming down because of the -- we're adding to it.

And the other thing I would also say is that, when one of our operating places, with the processes we take over our customer supply chain and the constraints that we're seeing are not overly prolific, but there are spot constraints with some suppliers that we're working with the transition to Celestica's preferred suppliers, and that's taking a little bit of time to transition over to our preferred supply base and get them up to speed. So, I wouldn't necessarily call it a holistic issue versus a couple of critical folks that are just kind of pacing the line, and that's what we're working through.

Jim Suva -- Citigroup -- Analyst

Thank you so much for the detailed clarifications. That's greatly appreciated.

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Jim.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks.

Operator

There are no further questions at this time. Mr. Rob Mionis, I turn the call back over to you for some closing remarks.

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Rob. So, while our full-year 2019 results were disappointed, I am encouraged that the actions we're taking to execute our transformation are gaining traction. I'm also pleased with the sequential margin improvement we saw in the fourth quarter, along with the strong free cash flow generation we experienced throughout 2019. Within ATS, I'm pleased that we're seeing early signs of a broader semi-cap recovery. Within CCS, our portfolio is performing well, with margins firmly within their target range amid our portfolio shaping actions.

Thank you, all, for joining. And I look forward to updating you as we progress throughout the year.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 51 minutes

Call participants:

Craig Oberg -- Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development

Robert Mionis -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Mandeep Chawla -- Chief Financial Officer

Robert Young -- Canaccord Genuity -- Analyst

Gus Papageorgiou -- PI Financial Corp. -- Analyst

Thanos Moschopoulos -- BMO Capital Markets -- Analyst

Paul Treiber -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Ruplu Bhattacharya -- Bank of America Merrill Lynch -- Analyst

Todd Coupland -- CIBC World Market -- Analyst

Jim Suva -- Citigroup -- Analyst

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