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ENTREC Announces 2013 First Quarter Financial Results

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SPRUCE GROVE, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/14/13 --

-- 2013 first quarter revenue increased by 121% to $51.7 million-- Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 25.7% from 23.8% in 2012-- 2013 guidance reiterated: full-year revenue expected to exceed $215 million-- Conference call tomorrow, May 15, 2013



ENTREC Corporation (TSX VENTURE: ENT) ("ENTREC" or the "Company"), a leading provider of heavy lift and heavy haul services, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------Three Months Ended$ thousands, except per share amounts and margin March 31 March 31 percent 2013 2012----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue 51,703 23,437Gross profit 17,952 8,105Gross margin 34.7% 34.6%Adjusted EBITDA(1) 13,262 5,574Adjusted EBITDA margin(1) 25.7% 23.8% Per share(1) 0.14 0.12Adjusted net income(1) 5,485 2,669 Per share(1) 0.06 0.06Net income 5,400 2,530 Per share - basic 0.06 0.06 Per share - diluted 0.05 0.06--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Note: (1) See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section of the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2013.



"Strong revenue growth combined with a higher adjusted EBITDA margin contributed to a strong first quarter for ENTREC," said John M. Stevens, ENTREC's President and COO.

For the three months ended March 31, 2013, revenue more than doubled to $51.7 million, from $23.4 million in the first quarter of 2012. The 121% revenue improvement reflects the positive impact of business acquisitions completed over the past year and continued strong demand from key markets.

"We experienced strong demand for both our crane and heavy haul transportation services in the Alberta oil sands region and across Northern B.C. during the first quarter," added Mr. Stevens. "Offsetting this performance was lower demand for our services in the conventional oil and natural gas markets we serve, which had a slower start in 2013."

From a seasonal perspective, several of ENTREC's heavy haul transportation projects also got off to a slower start than anticipated in January due to an extended Christmas season slow-down and poor weather conditions in January. However, as projects commenced and weather conditions improved, utilization rates significantly improved through the remainder of the first quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $13.3 million during the first quarter of 2013, up significantly from $5.6 million in Q1 2012. Higher revenue, combined with an increased adjusted EBITDA margin, were the key factors in the improvement. As a percentage of revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 25.7%, from 23.8% in the first quarter of 2012. ENTREC's 2012 expansion into higher-margin crane services, together with economies of scale in general and administrative expenses achieved as a result of ENTREC's recent growth, contributed to the higher adjusted EBITDA margin.

First quarter adjusted net income more than doubled to $5.5 million, from $2.7 million in Q1 2012 as a result of the increased revenue and higher adjusted EBITDA margin.

Adjusted earnings per share of $0.06 were consistent with Q1 2012 results, as higher adjusted net income was offset by a higher number of common shares outstanding as at March 31, 2013. This included the recent issuance of 18,672,000 common shares at a price of $1.75 per share, for gross proceeds of $32.7 million in February 2013. Net proceeds of the offering were temporarily utilized to reduce outstanding debt and strengthen ENTREC's balance sheet. The Company plans to utilize its additional financial capacity to complete future growth capital expenditures and accretive business acquisitions, which could in turn, grow earnings per share.

First quarter net income, reported in accordance with IFRS, grew to $5.4 million, from $2.5 million in the first quarter of last year. Net income includes the after-tax effect of acquisition-related intangible asset amortization, interest accretion on convertible debentures and gains (loss) on the revaluation of the embedded derivative component of convertible debentures; all of which are components excluded from the calculation of adjusted net income.

Impact of Rental Equipment and Non-Recurring Fees on Adjusted EBITDA

To help meet demand for its services, ENTREC continues to use short-term rental equipment to complement its owned fleet of cranes and trailers. While these rentals provide greater financial flexibility, they generate lower economic returns due to the rental costs involved. If equipment rental costs were excluded from the Company's first quarter results, adjusted EBITDA would have increased by a further $1.2 million to $14.5 million during the first quarter of 2013 (an increase of $0.4 million to $6.0 million during the same period in 2012).

Most of the equipment ENTREC rents come with purchase options, including a provision that allows the Company to apply much of its previous rental payments against the purchase price. During the first quarter of 2013, ENTREC bought-out $4.0 million of rental equipment as part of its capital expenditure program. When warranted in the future, the Company will continue to access rental equipment to meet short-term customer demand, while taking advantage of the flexibility to acquire the equipment should long-term demand justify doing so.

ENTREC's first quarter results also include $0.2 million in non-recurring professional fees and other integration and rebranding costs (three months ended March 31, 2012 - $0.1 million), which, if excluded, would have further increased adjusted EBITDA during each of the periods reported.

Outlook Strong for 2013 and 2014

"Our outlook for 2013 and 2014 continues to be very positive," said Mr. Stevens. "With the tremendous expansion in our business over the past year, we are well positioned to capture a large share of the growing industrial development occurring throughout Western Canada; most notably in Alberta's oil sands region and throughout Northern B.C. Quoting activity continues to increase on a year-over-year basis as customers become more aware of our enhanced scale and operating capabilities. During the first quarter, we were granted heavy haul transportation contracts extending into 2014 and 2015 that we would not have had the scale of operations to execute even 12 months ago. We are also being awarded integrated crane and heavy haul services projects as we cross-sell our crane and heavy haul transportation services to both existing and new customers. Several of our key customers have also expanded their existing master service agreements with us to include crane services."

Capital spending on projects in the Alberta oil sands region and across Western Canada remains steady, resulting in high demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services. ENTREC is also benefiting from the growing industrial development occurring in Northern B.C., which includes ongoing mining, hydro-electric, pipeline, and oil and natural gas projects as well as the anticipated development of liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities in Northwest B.C. The Company is also currently providing crane services to support a multi-billion-dollar revitalization of an aluminum smelter in Kitimat, B.C.

"Based on expected schedules for future projects, we believe demand for our crane and heavy haul transportation services will continue to grow sequentially through 2014 and 2015, and exceed the demand we are anticipating in 2013," added Mr. Stevens.

ENTREC expects demand from conventional oil and natural gas markets will continue to fluctuate with industry exploration and production levels. Approximately 20% of the Company's consolidated revenue is derived from the conventional oil and natural gas sector, with the greatest exposure in ENTREC's operations in Northwest Alberta, Northeast B.C. and North Dakota. During periods of slower activity, ENTREC relocates equipment to support activity and customer demand in other regions.

Moving into the second quarter of 2013, activity levels in some geographic regions have been negatively affected by a wet spring and associated road restrictions that limit access to certain sites. These access restrictions have begun to subside and activity levels are beginning to return to normal levels.

ENTREC today reiterated its previous revenue guidance for 2013. Based on current expectations and assuming no further business acquisitions are completed, ENTREC 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.

2013 Capital Expenditure Program

In January 2013, ENTREC approved a 2013 capital expenditure program of $50 million. The program consists of $41 million in growth capital expenditures to expand the Company's equipment fleet, as well as $9 million in maintenance capital expenditures. A large portion of the 2013 capital expenditure program will focus on continued expansion of ENTREC's capability and market share in crane services. As part of this strategy, ENTREC exercised the purchase option on $4.0 million of its rental crane units during the first quarter of 2013. Crane services are highly complementary to heavy haul transportation as they allow customers to meet both their heavy haul and lifting needs through one vendor. Crane services also increase access to recurring onsite maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) support work in the Alberta oil sands region, as well as to the significant industrial construction work occurring in the oil sands and in Northwest B.C.

During the three months ended March 31, 2013, ENTREC made capital expenditures of $15.6 million, consisting of $14.3 million in growth capital expenditures and $1.3 million in maintenance capital expenditures. Approximately $10 million of the capital expenditures in the first quarter were invested in crane equipment, with the remainder directed to tractors and heavy haul trailers, as well as support equipment.

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).

First Quarter Conference Call

ENTREC will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its 2013 first quarter financial results tomorrow, May 15, 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, May 22, 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 is a leading provider of heavy lift and heavy haul services with offerings encompassing crane services, heavy haul transportation, engineering, logistics and support. ENTREC provides these services to the oil and natural gas, construction, petrochemical, mining and power generation industries. ENTREC's common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "ENT".

---------------------------------------------------------------------------Consolidated Statements of Financial Position March 31 December 31As at 2013 2012(thousands of Canadian dollars) $ $---------------------------------------------------------------------------ASSETSCurrent assets Cash 869 2,511 Trade and other receivables 48,557 41,789 Inventory 1,865 1,968 Prepaid expenses and deposits 1,455 1,936---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 52,746 48,204Non-current assets Long-term deposits 523 523 Deposits on business acquisitions - 4,273 Property, plant and equipment 148,884 134,761 Intangible assets 24,164 23,868 Goodwill 56,462 53,575 Deferred income taxes 261 165----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total assets 283,040 265,369--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities Trade and other payables 17,464 16,781 Income taxes payable 2,540 2,703 Acquisition consideration payable 575 2,320 Current portion of long-term debt 12,632 14,226 Current portion of obligations under finance lease 1,054 1,298---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34,265 37,328Non-current liabilities Long-term debt 47,701 64,281 Obligations under finance lease 3,014 4,914 Convertible debentures 22,804 23,426 Deferred income taxes 19,702 19,428----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities 127,486 149,377----------------------------------------------------------------------------Shareholders' equity Share capital 129,303 94,880 Contributed surplus 8,074 8,429 Retained earnings 18,119 12,719 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 58 (36)----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total shareholders' equity 155,554 115,992----------------------------------------------------------------------------Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 283,040 265,369------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Consolidated Statements of IncomeThree Months Ended March 31 March 31(thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share 2013 2012 amounts) $ $----------------------------------------------------------------------------Revenue 51,703 23,437Direct costs 33,751 15,332----------------------------------------------------------------------------Gross profit 17,952 8,105----------------------------------------------------------------------------Operating expensesGeneral and administrative expenses 4,690 2,531Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 3,869 1,268Amortization of intangible assets 765 206Share-based compensation 456 171Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 14 9Gain on change in fair value of embedded derivative (886) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 8,908 4,185----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income before finance items and income taxes 9,044 3,920----------------------------------------------------------------------------Finance items Finance costs 1,711 474 Finance income - (10)---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1,711 464----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income before income taxes 7,333 3,456----------------------------------------------------------------------------Income taxes Current 1,273 - Deferred 660 926---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1,933 926----------------------------------------------------------------------------Net income 5,400 2,530--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Earnings per share - basic 0.06 0.06Earnings per share - diluted 0.05 0.06--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------



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 three months ended March 31, 2013 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.

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 plan to utilize the additional financial capacity provided by its recent equity financing to complete future growth capital expenditures and accretive business acquisitions, which could in turn, grow earnings per share; ENTREC's belief that it is well positioned to capture a large share of the growing industrial development occurring throughout Western Canada and most notably in Alberta's oil sands region and throughout Northern B.C.; belief that based on expected schedules for future projects, demand for crane and heavy haul transportation services will continue to grow sequentially through 2014 and 2015 and exceed the demand we are anticipating in 2013; anticipation of future development of 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; and estimate ENTREC's 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 three months ended March 31, 2013 and 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.

ENTREC's ability to complete future accretive business acquisitions is dependent on certain expectations and assumptions, including, among others: (i) ENTREC's ability to identify such business acquisition opportunities; (ii) the results of ENTREC's due diligence review of the businesses proposed to be acquired being satisfactory; (iii) the ability of the parties to agree to the terms of a definitive agreement, (iv) the ability of ENTREC to obtain the necessary financing to complete any proposed business acquisition, (v) the ability of ENTREC to receive the various approvals required, and (vi) the business acquisition meeting or exceeding ENTREC's internal revenue, net earnings, and cash flow forecasts for that business in the future.

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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