Results are reported below on an adjusted basis to include the Company's share of the results of its joint ventures. Management bases its operating decisions and performance evaluation utilizing these results. For results reported on an IFRS basis, see "IFRS Financial Results" following, and refer to the quarterly financial statements and related MD&A.
Three months ended June Six months ended June (thousands of dollars) 30, 30, except share and per share amounts 2014 (1) 2013 (1) 2014 (1) 2013 (1) --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Adjusted revenue
$86,900 $89,070 $163,795 $165,910Adjusted EBITDA (1) $15,196 $13,515 $24,310 $21,554EBITDA margin (1) 17.5% 15.2% 14.8% 13.0% EBITDA per share (1) $0.051 $0.045 $0.081 $0.072Net income attributable to common shareholders before non-recurring items (1)(2) $5,546 $4,045 $7,214 $4,381Net income attributable to common shareholders per share before non-recurring items (1)(2) $0.018 $0.013 $0.024 $0.015Cash flow from operations (1)(2) $15,026 $13,879 $24,382 $22,294Cash flow from operations per share (1)(2) $0.050 $0.046 $0.081 $0.074Debt net of cash outstanding before $118,388 $147,139 $118,388 $147,139deferred financing charges Dividends paid (3) $1,802 $1,803 $3,605 $1,803Dividends paid per share (3) $0.006 $0.006 $0.012 $0.006Weighted average shares outstanding, net 300,425,031 300,425,031 300,425,031 300,425,031 --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes: (1) These results are prepared on an adjusted basis to include the Company's share of the results of its joint ventures for purposes of comparability to past years' results, refer to "Financial Measures" section of this press release. For a reconciliation to the results as presented under IFRS, refer to "Reconciliation of Adjusted Results" in the related MD&A. (2) Net income attributable to common shareholders and cash flow from operations have been adjusted for non-recurring items. Refer to "EBITDA, Cash Flowfrom Operations and Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders Before Non-Recurring Items Reconciliation" in the related MD&A for the non-recurring items. (3) Dividends in 2014 and 2013 total $0.08per share, paid quarterly. Dividends in 2013 were declared in March and paid in April.
Key Financial Highlights
-- For the quarter ended
June 30, 2014, adjusted consolidated earnings before interest taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 12.4% to $15.2 millionfrom $13.5 millionfor the same period in the prior year; -- The Company's adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 17.5% from 15.2%; -- For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, adjusted consolidated revenues declined 2.4% to $86.9 millionas compared to $89.1 milliongenerated in the same quarter of the prior year; -- Adjusted cash flow from operations (before changes in non-cash operating accounts and non-recurring items) increased 8.3% to $15.0 millionover the same period in the prior year; -- Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders before non- recurring items grew 37.1% to $5.5 millionfor the quarter, from $4.0 millionfor the same quarter in the prior year; -- Adjusted EBITDA per share increased 13.3% to $0.051per share from $0.045per share for the quarter compared to the same quarter in the prior year; -- Adjusted cash flow from operations per share (before changes in non-cash operating accounts and non-recurring items) increased to $0.050per share from $0.046per for the same quarter in the prior year; -- Adjusted net income attributable to common shareholders per share before non-recurring items grew 38.5% to $0.018per share from the same quarter in the prior year; and -- Continued progress was made in reducing leverage, with adjusted consolidated debt net of cash outstanding before deferred financing charges and other expenses being lowered to 2.5x trailing 12 months EBITDA as at June 30, 2014.
IFRS Financial Results
Three months ended Six months ended June 30, June 30, (thousands of dollars) 2014 2013 2014 2013 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Revenue
$76,419 $80,680 $143,634 $151,206EBITDA (1) $11,081 $11,171 $17,085 $17,552Net income attributable to common shareholders before non-recurring $5,607 $2,294 $7,259 $2,730items (1) Net income attributable to common shareholders $4,337 $1,071 $5,633 $410Cash flow from operations (1) $11,477 $11,711 $18,027 $18,665---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Notes: (1) Refer to "EBITDA, Cash Flowfrom Operations and Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders Before Non-Recurring Items Reconciliation" in the related MD&A for the non-IFRS measures and non-recurring items.
Review of Operations and Value Enhancement Initiatives
Consolidated EBITDA grew 12.4% to
The performance was the result of 1) a variety of sales and product development initiatives that resulted in increased sales of higher margin products and 2) targeted cost reductions. These results are being driven through a broader strategy of value enhancement initiatives the Company has been pursuing to increase shareholder value. This strategy is geared to evolving and transforming the Company's businesses, increasing profitability and reducing leverage (see following).
Business information revenues and profitability continued to generate growth across a variety of verticals and from an array of multi-platform information and media products offered within these sectors.
For the quarter ended
In 2014, the Company continues to pursue a range of strategic initiatives launched in 2013 to strengthen its financial position and operating performance. These initiatives include the following:
-- Evolve, Enrich and Extend Strategy. The Company is pursuing a comprehensive initiative to grow its business information operations through an Evolve, Enrich and Extend strategy. The strategy focuses on providing richer content, data and information, related analytics and business and market intelligence, as well as more comprehensive marketing solutions. Through this enrichment, products and services achieve greater customer utility and decision dependence. The strategy is intended to provide growing levels of sales from high-margin products with high levels of recurring revenue, while requiring low levels of sustaining capital investment in order to generate strong free cash flow and return on capital. Management is currently reviewing the spectrum of verticals in which it operates with a view to focusing resources and efforts on those verticals and opportunities deemed to have the greatest growth potential that can be realized through the Evolve, Enrich and Extend program. Management is also using the Evolve, Enrich and Extend strategy to transform the Company's community media operations. -- Revenue Ramp-Up Program. Each of the Company's operating divisions have developed and are implementing comprehensive revenue enhancement plans to generate new incremental revenues through the balance of 2014 and beyond. -- Cost reduction initiatives. A variety of significant cost reduction measures have and are being implemented to reduce overall operating costs. Savings from these initiatives began to be realized in both the third and fourth quarters of 2013 - and continue through the second quarter of 2014, and have resulted in more than
$10 millionof annual cost reductions. Management has been careful to maintain operating integrity and development spending where growth opportunities exist. The efficiency of these savings has resulted in improved yield in many product areas. -- Sale of real estate assets. The Company has been selling real estate properties to strengthen its financial position. In early 2014, the Company entered into an agreement to sell its vacant real estate property in Kamloopsfor $4.8 million. This sale will close at the end of August 2014. Other small property dispositions are currently being pursued. Given current capitalization and interest rates, monetizing real estate value to reduce leverage has been deemed prudent. -- Sale of non-core assets. The Company continues to assess the sale of assets that may be considered non-core. The real estate and other asset sales have been targeted to a) cover any required deposit relating to the previously reported notice of possible re-assessment from Canada Revenue Agency(CRA) for the 2008-2011 income tax years, should a deposit become payable and b) result in a net reduction of leverage from current levels. Any potential CRA re- assessment timing is not currently determinable.
Many of the Company's business information operations (which include business and professional and trade information) continue to grow and provide attractive opportunities for future growth in both existing and new verticals through multi-platform offerings and integrated marketing solutions. In particular, agriculture, environmental risk, environmental compliance, construction and manufacturing, dental services and financial services performed well. Of note, the launch into
Business information operations represent more than half of
The Company is continuing to develop its business information content and marketing offerings with multi-platform solutions - with a key focus on mobile offerings - digitally designed to integrate more seamlessly with customer decision-making processes. Digital revenues now represent more than one quarter of
In the second quarter,
The growth came from several areas. Comprehensive efforts to generate new products and features have resulted in significant new revenues. Advertisers have shown willing demand to continue to purchase advertising in new print marketing ideas where they see value. Digital revenues continued to grow though a variety of product initiatives targeted to generate high probability of success in sales that are profitable. Operating investments are being made to improve and develop
The previous investment in upgraded print facilities has resulted in significant new revenues and EBITDA. Recognizing the maturing nature of the industry, this printing investment was made to improve quality and lower operating costs for existing Company owned products, and pay for the investment with outside long-term new revenue printing contracts that can deliver an attractive pay-back with maturing revenue assumptions.
Cost reduction programs that were introduced in the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014 have resulted in significant cost savings. These initiatives have been targeted to reduce costs while maintaining product quality and sales capacity and effectiveness. For example, production in parts of
On an adjusted basis, to include the Company's share of its joint ventures,
The Company (excluding its joint ventures) reduced debt by
Capital expenditures (excluding its joint ventures) were
Declaration of Dividend
The Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of
The Company continues to grow its business operations through its Evolve, Enrich and Extend strategy and is progressing well. Efforts are being made to evolve the community media operations through this strategy as well, while generating as much cash flow as prudently possible. The overall combination of these efforts have allowed growth in the Company's adjusted consolidated EBITDA and margin to be achieved, and contribute to the reduction in leverage. As indicated, management has undertaken a number of Value Enhancement Initiatives to strengthen the Company's financial position and operating performance in the near term, including a) a wide variety of revenue development initiatives, b) significant cost reduction measures targeted to reduce costs by more than
Management will focus in the short-term on a balance of paying down debt, reducing costs and improving profitability, enhancing existing operations, targeting select acquisition opportunities and returning value to shareholders through growth in cash flow per share and payment of dividends.
About the Company:
To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS),
The adjusted results are not generally accepted measures of financial performance under IFRS. The Company's method of calculating these financial performance measures may differ from other companies and accordingly, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies. Please refer to the MD&A for a reconciliation of these non-IFRS measures and adjusted results.
Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, the Company's objectives, goals, strategies, intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations and estimates. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements relating to the Company's expectations regarding revenues, expenses, cash flows and future profitability and the effect of
Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include failure to implement or achieve the intended results from
The forward-looking statements made in this news release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward- looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.
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GVIC Communications Corp.Mr. Orest SmysnuikChief Financial Officer 604-708-3264 Source: GVIC Communications Corp.