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Alaris Royalty Corp. Announces Q2-2014 Financial Results and Pending Follow-On Contributions of CAD$15.5 Million

July 28, 2014



ENP Newswire - 28 July 2014

Release date- 25072014 - CALGARY, ALBERTA - Alaris Royalty Corp. (TSX:AD) is pleased to announce its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 as well as pending additional contributions to SM Group International LP and Sequel Youth Family Services, LLC of $7.5 million and US$7.5 million respectively.

Alaris experienced significant increases in revenue, Normalized EBITDA, net cash from operating activities and dividends on a per share basis in the quarter, a direct result of the continued execution of our business plan to fund well run, successful new private company partners ('Partners') with a long track record of sustainable cash flow. For the three months ended June 30, 2014, the Corporation's revenue from its Partners was as expected and increased 39.6% to $16.24 million compared to $11.63 million in the prior year period.

On a per share basis, the increase was over 22%. The increase was due to the addition of four new Partners in the past 13 months: SCR Mining and Tunneling, LP ('SCR') in May 2013; Sequel in July 2013; SMi in November 2013 and Kimco Holdings, LLC ('Kimco') in June 2014. The Corporation also completed additional contributions into Agility Health LLC ('Agility') and Killick Aerospace Limited Partnership ('Killick') in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Each of these transactions added new revenues in the current period compared to the prior year. Expenses were as expected in the quarter with legal and accounting expenses higher compared to the prior year period due to increased tax compliance matters.

At each quarter end, the Corporation reviews the fair value of the preferred units in each of the Partners. At June 30, 2014, there were two changes to the fair values of the Partners: an increase to LifeMark's units of $1.42 million as the repurchase right LifeMark has on the units increases by 4% in June of each year and aUS$1.40 million reduction of the Quetico units due to a reduction in growth expectations. More information is provided in the Private Company Partner Update portion of the Corporation's MD&A.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2014, the Corporation recorded earnings of $8.75 million and $20.7 million, EBITDA of $9.0 million and $25.48 million and Normalized EBITDA of $11.89 million and $25.82 million compared to earnings of $17.6 million and $24.34 million, EBITDA of $21.79 million and $31.51 million and Normalized EBITDA of $8.28 million and $19.22 million in the prior year periods.

The decrease in earnings and EBITDA is due to the gain on the reduction of the Corporation's financial interest in LifeMark in 2013. The significant increase in Normalized EBITDA in the quarter was due to the new revenue streams noted above as they were added with minimal additional costs. On a per share basis, the increase in Normalized EBITDA was 24.2%. The Corporation has raised the dividend three times in the past twelve months resulting in another double digit percentage increase in the dividends paid per share compared to the prior year periods.

'We're pleased to be reporting another strong quarter with results in line with our previously disclosed guidance. The quarter was highlighted by the addition of another new Partner in June (Kimco) and a successful equity offering, which brought our debt outstanding to nil at June 30, 2014.

The accretive Kimcotransaction, along with accretive follow-on contributions to SMi and Sequel, which we are scheduled to close shortly, are expected to continue to fuel our growth on a gross and per share basis in the quarters to follow,' said Darren Driscoll, CFO,Alaris Royalty Corp.

Follow-on Contributions

The Corporation intends to make an additional contribution of $7.5 million to SMi (the 'Additional SMi Contribution') in exchange for additional preferred units in SMi, which will entitle Alaris to receive additional annualized distributions of $1.2 million, bringing total annualized distributions from SMi to $6.0 million. The Additional SMi Contribution is expected to close on or about July 25, 2014 and was in support of their growth initiatives.

The Corporation also expects to make an additional contribution of US$7.5 million, on or before August 1, 2014, to Sequel (the 'Additional Sequel Contribution') in exchange for additional preferred units in Sequel, which will entitle Alaris to receive an additional annualized distribution ofUS$1.1 million, bringing total annualized distributions from Sequel to US$11 million.

The Additional Sequel Contribution was part of a package to allow Sequel to buyout a non-executive owner of the business. The Additional Partner Contributions are subject to customary approval and closing conditions.

The Additional Partner Contributions are expected to provide Alaris with approximately $2.4 million of additional annualized revenue and approximately$0.04 per share to Alaris' annualized net cash from operating activities. A combination of cash on hand and the Corporation's credit facility will be used to fund the Additional Partner Contributions.

Outlook

Alaris' agreements with its Partners, after giving effect to the Additional Partner Contributions, provide for estimated revenues to Alaris of approximately $66 million for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and approximately $17.3 million for the three months ended September 30, 2014. After the Additional Partner Contributions, the Corporation will have approximately $72 million of its $85 million credit facility available for use in future transactions.

General and administrative expenses are currently estimated to be $5.3 million for 2014, inclusive of all public company costs. Cash requirements after earnings are expected to remain at minimal levels. Shares outstanding as of the date of this announcement are 31,996,221.

About the Corporation

Alaris provides alternative financing to the Partners in exchange for distributions with the principal objective of generating stable and predictable cash flows for dividend payments to its shareholders. Distributions from the Partners are structured as a percentage of a 'top line' financial performance measure such as gross margin and same-store sales and rank in priority to the owners' common equity position.

Non-IFRS Measures

The terms EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA are financial measures used in this news release that are not standard measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS'). The Corporation's method of calculating EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other issuers. Therefore, the Corporation's EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

EBITDA refers to net earnings (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS, before depreciation and amortization, interest expense and income tax expense. EBITDA is used by management and many investors to determine the ability of an issuer to generate cash from operations. Management believes EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure from which to determine the Corporation's ability to generate cash available for debt service, working capital, capital expenditures, income taxes and dividends.

Normalized EBITDA refers to EBITDA excluding items that are non-recurring in nature. 'Normalized EBITDA' is calculated by adjusting for non-recurring charges and gains to EBITDA. Management deems non-recurring charges or gains to be unusual and/or infrequent charges that the Corporation incurs or realizes outside of its common day-to-day operations.

For the three months ended June 30, 2014, the unrealized foreign exchange gains and losses and the 2013 gain on the reduction of the Corporation's interest in LifeMark are considered by management to be non-recurring items. Adjusting for these non-recurring items allows management to assess EBITDA from ongoing operations.

The term EBITDA should only be used in conjunction with the Corporation's annual audited and quarterly reviewed financial statements, excerpts of which are available below, while complete versions are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. The Corporation has provided a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Normalized EBITDA in this news release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined under applicable securities laws. Statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's expectations, intentions and beliefs concerning the growth, results of operations, performance of the Corporation and the Partners, the future financial position or results of the Corporation, business strategy, and plans and objectives of or involving the Corporation or the Partners.

Many of these statements can be identified by looking for words such as 'believe', 'expects', 'will', 'intends', 'projects', 'anticipates', 'estimates', 'continues' or similar words or the negative thereof.

In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the anticipated revenues to be received by Alaris and its general and administrative expenses in 2014 (in aggregate and quarterly), the cash requirements of Alaris in 2014, Alaris' general and administrative costs for 2014, the balance available on the Corporation's credit facility and the Additional Partner Contributions (including the timing, the additional distribution payable to Alaris and the impact on Alaris' net cash from operating activities).

To the extent any forward-looking statements herein constitute a financial outlook, they were approved by management as of the date hereof and have been included to provide an understanding with respect to Alaris' financial performance and are subject to the same risks and assumptions disclosed herein. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward looking statements are based will occur.

By their nature, forward-looking statements require Alaris to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and U.S. economies in 2014 and how that will affect Alaris' business and that of its Partners are material factors considered by Alaris management when setting the outlook for Alaris.

Key assumptions include, but are not limited to, assumptions that the Canadian and U.S. economies will grow moderately over the next 12 months, that interest rates will not rise in a material way over the next 12 to 24 months, that the Partners will continue to make distributions to Alaris as and when required, that the businesses of the Partners will continue to grow, what the Corporation expects to experience regarding resets to its annual royalties and distributions from its Partners in 2014, and that Alaris will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms.

Management of Alaris has also assumed that capital markets will remain stable and that the Canadian dollar will remain in a range of approximately plus or minus 5% of par relative to the U.S. dollar. In determining expectations for economic growth, management of Alaris primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies.

There can be no assurance that the assumptions, plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees or assurances of future performance.

The actual results of the Corporation and the Partners could materially differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the dependence of Alaris on the Partners; reliance on key personnel; general economic conditions; failure to complete or realize the anticipated benefit of Alaris' financing arrangements with the Partners; government regulations; a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals on a timely basis or at all; changes in legislation and regulations and the interpretations thereof; risks relating to the Partners and their businesses, including, without limitation, a material change in the operations of a Private Company Partner or the industries they operate in: a change in the ability of the Partners to continue to pay Alaris' preferred distributions and material adjustments to the unaudited financial information provide to Alaris by the Partners.

Additional risks that may cause actual results to vary from those indicated are discussed under the heading 'Risk Factors' in the Corporation's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2013, which is filed under the Corporation's profile at www.sedar.com. Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking information contained in this news release.

Statements containing forward-looking information reflect management's current beliefs and assumptions based on information in its possession on the date of this news release. Although management believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct.

Contact:

Curtis Krawetz

Vice President

Investor Relations

Tel: 403-221-7305


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