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ENTREC Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results

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SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA -- (Marketwire) -- 03/12/13 -- ENTREC Corporation (TSX VENTURE: ENT) ("ENTREC" or the "Company"), a leading provider of cranes and heavy haul transportation services, is pleased to announce its 2012 fourth quarter and year-end financial results.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3 Months 2 Months 12 Months 14 Months Ended Ended Ended Ended$ thousands, except December 31 December 31 December 31 December 31 per share amounts 2012 2011(1) 2012 2011(1)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue 44,026 12,704 132,491 32,365Gross profit 14,164 3,216 45,100 8,914Gross margin 32.2% 25.3% 34.0% 27.5%Adjusted EBITDA(2) 10,417 2,108 32,203 4,899Adjusted EBITDA margin(2) 23.7% 16.6% 24.3% 15.1% Per share(2) 0.12 0.06 0.47 0.26Adjusted net income(2) 3,566 661 13,025 990 Per share(2) 0.04 0.02 0.19 0.05Net income 3,428 569 12,112 761 Per share - basic 0.04 0.02 0.18 0.04 Per share - diluted 0.04 0.02 0.17 0.04--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Notes: (1) Due to the change in the Company's year-end from October 31 to December 31, the comparative period to the three months ended December 31, 2012 is the two months ended December 31, 2011 and the comparative period to the year ended December 31, 2012 is the 14-month period ended December 31, 2011. (2) See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section of the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012.



"We are very pleased with the progress our Company has made over the past year towards achieving our growth objectives," comments John M. Stevens, ENTREC President and COO. "In 2012, we completed four strategic business acquisitions to propel our business into crane services, consolidate industry competitors, and expand our geographic reach into northern British Columbia and the Bakken region of North Dakota. We also completed a $49.3 million capital expenditure program to grow our fleet and enhance our position as a leading provider of crane and heavy haul transportation services."

In 2012, revenue increased by 309% to $132.5 million from $32.4 million in the comparative 14-month transitional year ended December 31, 2011. This growth reflects the positive impact of business acquisitions completed over the past year, together with strong organic growth. On a combined pro forma basis, revenue was $41.1 million or 45% higher than the $91.4 million ENTREC and each of its acquired businesses achieved independently in the 12-month period ended December 31, 2011. Organic revenue growth was achieved through higher rates of equipment utilization, cross-utilization of people and equipment resources among ENTREC's geographic areas, pricing improvements, and expansion of the Company's equipment fleet through capital spending.

For the three months ended December 31, 2012, revenue increased to $44.0 million. On a pro forma basis, the Company achieved organic revenue growth of $7.2 million or 20% over the $36.8 million combined revenue of ENTREC and each of its 2012 business acquisitions in the same three-month period in 2011. Growth was primarily achieved through the capital-driven expansion of the Company's equipment fleet and cross-utilization of ENTREC's people and equipment among its geographic areas.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $32.2 million during the year ended December 31, 2012 from $4.9 million in the comparative 14-month transitional year ended December 31, 2011. Likewise, for the three months ended December 31, 2012, adjusted EBITDA increased to $10.4 million from $2.1 million during the comparative two months ended December 31, 2011. Higher revenue, combined with an increased gross profit margin, were the key factors in these increases. As a percentage of revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 24.3% in the year ended December 31, 2012 from 15.1% in 2011.

Due to higher revenue and a higher gross margin during the year ended December 31, 2012, adjusted net income increased to $13.0 million or $0.19 per share, from $1.0 million or $0.05 per share in the comparative period ended December 31, 2011. Likewise, adjusted net income grew to $3.6 million or $0.04 per share in the quarter ended December 31, 2012 from $0.7 million or $0.02 per share in the comparative two months ended December 31, 2011.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, ENTREC introduced adjusted net income as a new non-IFRS financial measure to exclude the after-tax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, non-cash interest accretion expense arising from its convertible debentures, and the related change in fair value of the embedded derivative. These exclusions represent non-cash charges the Company does not consider indicative of business performance.

Net income during the year ended December 31, 2012 also grew to $12.1 million from $0.8 million in the comparative 14-month transitional year ended December 31, 2011. Net income during the three months ended December 31, 2012 was $3.4 million (two months ended December 31, 2011 - $0.6 million).

"We are proud of our performance and grateful to our industry leading employees, loyal customers and supportive shareholders for enabling us to make it happen," adds Mr. Stevens. "The year's financial results reflect our founding principle of doing what you say you are going to do. Today ENTREC is solidly positioned for further profitable growth in 2013."

Strong Outlook for 2013 and 2014

Capital spending on projects in the Alberta oil sands region and across western Canada remains robust, resulting in high demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services. Utilization rates for ENTREC's fleet are strong and the Company continues to field many requests for additional equipment from its customers. Based on expected schedules for future projects, the Company also believes demand for its crane and heavy haul transportation services will continue to grow sequentially in 2014 over anticipated 2013 activity.

ENTREC is also benefiting from the burgeoning industrial development occurring in northern B.C. This includes the anticipated development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in northwest B.C. in the coming years, as well as ongoing mining, hydro-electric, pipeline, and oil and natural gas projects throughout these areas. In addition, ENTREC is providing crane services to support a multi-billion-dollar revitalization of an aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C. ENTREC first entered this region through its acquisition of Rain Coast Cranes & Equipment Inc. in October 2012. Consistent with the outlook for the Alberta oil sands region, ENTREC expects demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services in northern B.C. to grow further as it looks out to 2014 and 2015, based on estimated project schedules and overall industrial activity.

Demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services in the conventional oil and natural gas markets ENTREC serves had a slower start in 2013 than in previous years. ENTREC's exposure to conventional oil and natural gas relates largely to its operations in northwest Alberta, northeast B.C. and North Dakota. The demand for these services will fluctuate with oil and natural gas exploration and production levels. Approximately 20% of ENTREC's consolidated revenue is derived from the conventional oil and natural gas sector. During periods of slower activity in this area, the Company also moves its equipment to support activity and customer demand in other regions.

Moving into 2013, ENTREC expects its revenue and net earnings to continue demonstrating strong growth as the Company executes its capital expenditure program and achieves a full year of results from its 2012 business acquisitions. During the year ended December 31, 2012, ENTREC acquired $49.3 million in property, plant and equipment, consisting of $44.2 million in growth capital expenditures and $5.1 million in maintenance capital expenditures. The Company's 2013 capital expenditure program of $50 million is also robust as the Company continues to capitalize on growth opportunities. The program includes $41 million of growth spending to augment its fleet of cranes and heavy haul transportation equipment and to buy out rental equipment. The balance is directed to maintenance capital spending.

Based on current expectations for future business activity and assuming no further business acquisitions are completed, the Company currently estimates revenue for the year ending December 31, 2013 could exceed $215 million. Future business acquisitions completed in fiscal 2013 could further increase this revenue estimate.

A complete set of ENTREC's most recent financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and posted on the Company's website (www.entrec.com).

Year-End Conference Call

ENTREC will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its 2012 fourth quarter and year-end financial results on March 13, 2013 at 9:00 am (MDT) (11:00 am Eastern). The call can be accessed by dialing toll-free: 1-866-226-1793 or 416-340-2218 (GTA and International).

A replay will be available approximately two hours after the completion of the call through Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by dialing 905-694-9451 / 1-800-408-3053, passcode: 1863954.

The conference call will also be available via webcast within the Investors section of ENTREC's website at: www.entrec.com.

About ENTREC

ENTREC specializes in the lifting, transportation (over the road and on-site), loading, off-loading and setting of overweight and oversized cargo for the oil and natural gas, construction, petrochemical, mining and power generation industries. The common shares of ENTREC trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "ENT".

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment, change in fair value of embedded derivative, and share-based compensation. In addition to net income, Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure as it provides an indication of the financial results generated by ENTREC's principal business activities prior to consideration of how these activities are financed or how the results are taxed in various jurisdictions and before certain non-cash expenses.

Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Adjusted EBITDA per share is calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by the basic weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period.

Adjusted net income is calculated excluding the after-tax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, notional interest accretion expense arising from convertible debentures, and the gain (loss) on change in fair value of the embedded derivative related to such convertible debentures. These exclusions represent non-cash charges the Company does not consider indicative of ongoing business performance. ENTREC also believes the elimination of amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets provides management and investors an improved view of its business results by providing a degree of comparability to internally developed intangible assets for which the related costs are expensed as incurred.

Adjusted earnings per share is calculated as adjusted net income divided by the basic weighted average number of shares outstanding during the applicable period.

Please see ENTREC's Management Discussion & Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012 for reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Consolidated Statements of Financial PositionAs at December 31 2012 2011(thousands of Canadian dollars) $ $----------------------------------------------------------------------------ASSETSCurrent assets Cash 2,511 115 Trade and other receivables 41,789 13,679 Inventory 1,968 576 Prepaid expenses and deposits 1,936 406---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 48,204 14,776Non-current assets Long-term deposits 523 400 Deposits on business acquisitions 4,273 - Property, plant and equipment 134,761 45,680 Intangible assets 23,868 6,440 Goodwill 53,575 10,356 Deferred income taxes 165 -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total assets 265,369 77,652--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities Bank indebtedness - 267 Trade and other payables 16,781 5,949 Income taxes payable 2,703 - Acquisition consideration payable 2,320 4,125 Current portion of credit facilities - 5,251 Current portion of long-term debt 14,226 - Current portion of obligations under finance lease 1,298 313 Credit facilities - 22,238---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 37,328 38,143Non-current liabilities Long-term debt 64,281 - Obligations under finance lease 4,914 1,141 Convertible debentures 23,426 - Deferred income taxes 19,428 1,877----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities 149,377 41,161----------------------------------------------------------------------------Shareholders' equity Share capital 94,880 34,759 Contributed surplus 8,429 1,125 Retained earnings 12,719 607 Accumulated other comprehensive income (36) -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total shareholders' equity 115,992 36,491----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 265,369 77,652------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Consolidated Statements of Income 3 Months 2 Months 12 Months 14 Months(thousands of Canadian Ended Ended Ended Ended dollars, except per Dec 31 2012 Dec 31 2011 Dec 31 2012 Dec 31 2011 share amounts) $ $ $ $----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue 44,026 12,704 132,491 32,365Direct costs 29,862 9,488 87,391 23,451----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross profit 14,164 3,216 45,100 8,914----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating expensesGeneral and administrative expenses 3,747 1,108 12,897 4,015Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 3,424 725 9,061 2,271Amortization of intangible assets 725 136 1,825 348Share-based compensation 584 142 1,395 420Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 58 - 229 (21)Gain on change in fair value of embedded derivative (691) - (691) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7,847 2,111 24,716 7,033----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income before finance items and income taxes 6,317 1,105 20,384 1,881----------------------------------------------------------------------------Finance items Finance costs 1,570 297 3,579 796 Finance income - - (19) (38)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1,570 297 3,560 758----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income before income taxes 4,747 808 16,824 1,123----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income taxes Current (120) - 1,056 - Deferred 1,439 239 3,656 362---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1,319 239 4,712 362----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net income 3,428 569 12,112 761--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earnings per share - basic 0.04 0.02 0.18 0.04Earnings per share - diluted 0.04 0.02 0.17 0.04--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect ENTREC's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to ENTREC. These statements require ENTREC to make assumptions it believes are reasonable and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results and developments may differ materially from the results and developments discussed in the forward-looking statements as certain of these risks and uncertainties are beyond ENTREC's control.

Examples of such forward-looking statements in this press release relate to, but are not limited to: ENTREC's belief that based on expected schedules for future projects, demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services will continue to grow sequentially in 2014 over 2013 activity; expectation demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services in northern B.C. may grow further as it looks out to 2014 and 2015, based on estimated project schedules and overall industry activity, and that ENTREC's acquisition of Rain Coast Cranes & Equipment Inc. positions the Company to benefit from these developments; expectation and ability to complete ENTREC's 2013 $50 million capital expenditure program; and estimate revenue could exceed $215 million for the year ending December 31, 2013.

These forward-looking statements involve a number of significant assumptions. Key assumptions utilized in developing forward-looking statements related to ENTREC's future growth expectations include achieving its internal revenue, net income and cash flow forecasts for 2013 and beyond. Achieving these forecasts is largely dependent on a number of factors beyond ENTREC's control including all of the risks discussed further under the "Business Risks" section in ENTREC's Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012. These risk factors are interdependent and the impact of any one risk or uncertainty on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable.

ENTREC's ability to finance its capital expenditure programs is dependent on its ability to achieve debt financing terms acceptable to the lenders and ENTREC as well as meeting ENTREC's internal cash flow forecasts.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, ENTREC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by applicable securities legislation, ENTREC assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent information, events, or circumstances.

Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its regulation services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.



Contacts:
Entrec Corporation
Rod Marlin
Chairman & CEO
(780) 960-5647

Entrec Corporation
John M. Stevens
President & COO
(780) 960-5625

Entrec Corporation
Jason Vandenberg
CFO
(780) 960-5630
www.entrec.com



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