Foraco International Reports Q2 2017

Posted by on Aug 01, 2017

TORONTO and MARSEILLE, France, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ – Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) (the “Company” or “Foraco”), a leading global provider of mineral drilling services, reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter 2017. All figures are reported in US Dollars (US$), unless otherwise indicated.

“Our commercial activity in Q2 2017 confirmed the positive trend reported last quarter with revenue increasing 13% compared to the same quarter last year despite continued pressure on prices and the postponement of certain contracts. All geographical areas benefit from this improved activity led by North America with new clients, both majors and juniors, and new-contracts. The utilization rate of our rigs was 39% during the quarter compared to 36% in Q2 2017 and 35% in Q1 2017″ said Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and Co-CEO of Foraco. “Based on the backlog secured to date, we are relatively optimistic for the second half of the year, although our clients remain cautious regarding long-term commitments.”

“During the quarter, our operations performed as expected. We generated positive EBITDA of US$ 3.6m or 10% of revenue, up 38% compared to the same quarter last year. We continued to keep capex and working capital requirements under control. Following the completion of our financial reorganization on May 11, we have positive cash available amounting to $17.4m as at June 30, 2017 and could limit the reimbursement of our debt to US$3.8m over the next 12 months and less than US$10m over the next 4 years,” commented Jean-Pierre Charmensat, Co-CEO and Chief Financial Officer. “From both a commercial and financial standpoint, nothing prevents us from being reasonably positive looking forward. We also believe that our strategy consisting in maintaining our footprint in all our geographical areas during the low cycle of the industry puts us in a good position to benefit from the expected recovery in the market.”

Three months Q2 2017 Highlights

Revenue

  • Q2 2017 revenue amounted to US$ 36.6 million compared to US$ 32.3 million in Q2 2016, an increase of 13%.
  • The utilization rate was 39% in Q2 2017 compared to 36% in Q2 2016.

Profitability

  • The Q2 2017 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 4.1 million compared to US$ 2.1 million in Q2 2016. The increase of activity generated better absorption of fixed operational costs.
  • SG&A costs increased by US$ 0.5 million. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A represented 13% in Q2 2017 compared to 14% during the same period last year.
  • EBIT amounted to US$ (1.1) million in Q2 2017 compared to US$ (2.5) million in Q2 2016, a US$ 1.4 million improvement mainly as a result of increased Gross Margin.
  • During the quarter, EBITDA amounted to US$ 3.6 million compared to US$ 2.6 million for the same quarter last year.
  • Capital expenditure was US$ 2.2 million in Q2 2017 compared to US$ 0.9 million in Q2 2016. This Capex is mainly linked to new contracts to be executed in the next quarters.

 Cash flow and net debt

  • H1 2017 free cash flow was US$ (4.1) million vs. US$ (9.3) million in H1 2016, an improvement mainly attributable to higher cash generated by operations and lower working capital requirements.
  • On May 11, 2017, the Company completed the reorganization of its debt and received net proceeds amounting to US$ 17.3 million.
  • The net debt was US$ 114.1 million as at June 30, 2017 compared to US$ 103.3 million as at December 31, 2016. This increase is mainly due to the negative free cash flow (US$ 4.1 million) and the adverse effect of foreign exchange rates on the debt denominated in Euros (US$ 7.1 million).

H2 2017 Highlights

Revenue

  • H1 2017 revenue amounted to US$ 66.9 million compared to US$ 56.4 million in H1 2016, an increase of 19%.

Profitability

  • The H1 2017 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 5.6 million compared to US$ (0.7) million in H1 2016. The increase of activity generated better absorption of fixed operational costs.
  • SG&A costs increased by US$ 1.2 million. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A remained flat at 15% in H1 2017 compared to the same period last year.
  • EBIT amounted to US$ (4.5) million in H1 2017 compared to US$ (10.5) million in H1 2016, a US$ 6.0 million improvement mainly as a result of increased Gross Margin.
  • During the period, EBITDA amounted to US$ 4.9 million compared to US$ 1.0 million for the same period last year.

Selected financial data

(In thousands of US$)
(unaudited)

Three-month  period ended
June 30,

Six-month  period ended 
June 30,

2017

2016

2017

2016

Revenue

36,567

32,297

66,891

56,425

Gross profit / (loss) (1)

4,050

2,128

5,555

(664)

As a percentage of sales

11.1%

6.6%

8.3%

-1.2%

EBITDA

3,610

2,625

4,912

1,005

As a percentage of sales

9.9%

8.1%

7.3%

1.8%

Operating profit / (loss)

(1,088)

(2,510)

(4,548)

(10,520)

As a percentage of sales

-3.0%

-7.8%

-6.8%

-18.6%

Profit / (loss) for the period

(2,206)

(3,305)

(5,992)

(11,619)

Attributable to:

Equity holders of the Company

(2,068)

(3,828)

(5,448)

(11,905)

Non-controlling interests

(138)

623

(544)

286

EPS (in US cents)

Basic

(2.27)

(4.28)

(6.00)

(13.31)

Diluted

(2.27)

(4.28)

(6.00)

(13.31)

(1)

This line item includes amortization and depreciation expenses related to operations

Financial results

Revenue

(In thousands of US$) – (unaudited)

Q2 2017

% change

Q2 2016

H1 2017

% change

H1 2016

Reporting segment

Mining

34,097

15%

29,556

62,105

26%

49,340

Water

2,470

-10%

2,741

4,796

-32%

7,085

Total revenue

36,567

13%

32,297

66,891

19%

56,425

Geographic region

Europe, Middle East and Africa

13,615

5%

12,920

24,976

12%

22,279

North America

9,661

51%

6,416

18,129

40%

12,913

South America

8,071

4%

7,788

15,475

25%

12,388

Asia Pacific

5,220

1%

5,173

8,311

-6%

8,845

Total revenue

36,567

13%

32,297

66,891

19%

56,425

Q2 2017

Q2 2017 revenue amounted to US$ 36.6 million compared to US$ 32.3 million in Q2 2016, an increase of 13%.

In EMEA, revenue increased by 5% from US$ 12.9 million in Q2 2016 to US$ 13.6 million in Q2 2017. The increased activity in the mining segment in Africa and Europe has more than offset the lower activity in the water segment in Africa.

Revenue in North America increased by 51% from US$ 6.4 million in Q2 2016 to US$ 9.7 million in Q2 2017. Compared to last year, the Company benefited from new contracts with Juniors and increased activity with Majors.

Revenue in South America increased by 4% from US$ 7.8 million in Q2 2016 to US$ 8.1 million in Q2 2017 but remains stable after elimination of the foreign exchange impact.

In Asia Pacific, revenue remained flat at US$ 5.2 million due to the combination of lower activity in Australia partially compensated by an increase of activity in New Caledonia.

H1 2017

H1 2017 revenue amounted to US$ 66.9 million compared to US$ 56.4 million in H1 2016, an increase of 19%.

In EMEA, revenue increased by 12% from US$ 22.3 million in H1 2016 to US$ 25.0 million in H1 2017. The increased activity in the mining segment in Africa and Europe has more than offset the lower activity in the water segment in Africa.

Revenue in North America increased by 40% from US$ 12.9 million in H1 2016 to US$ 18.1 million in H1 2017. Compared to last year, the Company benefited from new contracts with Juniors and increased activity with Majors. Some rigs were transferred from other areas to North America.

Revenue in South America increased by 25% from US$ 12.4 million in H1 2016 to US$ 15.5 million in H1 2017. The increase is mainly attributable to the earlier start of projects in Brazil (+27%) and Chile (+12%).

In Asia Pacific, revenue decreased from US$ 8.8 million to US$ 8.3 million, a decrease of 6% due to lower activity in Q1 2017. The decrease of activity in Australia was partially compensated by an increase of activity in New Caledonia.

Gross profit

         

(In thousands of US$) – (unaudited)

Q2 2017

% change

Q2 2016

H2 2017

% change

H1 2016

Reporting segment

Mining

3,928

88%

2,093

5,388

n/a

(721)

Water

122

249%

35

167

n/a

57

Total gross profit / (loss)

4,050

90%

2,128

5,555

n/a

(664)

Q2 2017

Q2 2017 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 4.1 million compared to US$ 2.1 million in Q2 2016. The increase of activity allowed a better absorption of fixed operational costs.

H1 2017

H1 2017 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 5.6 million compared to US$ (0.7) million in H1 2016. The increase of activity allowed a better absorption of fixed operational costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

(In thousands of US$) – (unaudited)

Q2 2017

% change

Q2 2016

H2 2017

% change

H1 2016

Selling, general and administrative expenses

4,882

11%

4,418

9,798

14%

8,597

Q2 2017

SG&A costs increased by US$ 0.5 million. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A represented 13% in Q2 2017 compared to 14% during the same period last year.

H1 2017

SG&A costs increased by US$ 1.2 million. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A remained flat at 15% compared to the same period last year.

Operating result

(In thousands of US$) – (unaudited)

Q2 2017

% change

Q2 2016

H2 2017

% change

H1 2016

Reporting segment

Mining

(880)

-58%

(2,070)

(4,010)

57%

(9,350)

Water

(208)

-53%

(440)

(538)

54%

(1,170)

Total gross profit / (loss)

(1,088)

-57%

(2,510)

(4,548)

57%

(10,520)

Q2 2017

Operating loss was US$ 1.1 million, a US$ 1.5 million improvement mainly as a result of increased gross margin.

H1 2017

Operating loss was US$ 4.5 million, a US$ 6.0 million improvement mainly as a result of increased gross margin.


Financial position

The following table provides a summary of the Company’s cash flows for H1 2017 and H1 2016:

(In thousands of US$)

H1 2017

H1 2016

Cash generated by/(used in) operations before working capital requirements

4,912

(24)

Working capital requirements

(2,646)

(4,653)

Interest and tax

(2,761)

(2,198)

Net cash flow generated by / (used in) operating activities

(494)

(6,875)

Purchase of equipment in cash

(3,596)

(2,464)

Free cash flow

(4,091)

(9,339)

Settlement of dispute

(934)

Debt variance

14,822

4,569

Dividends paid to minority shareholders in affiliates

(500)

Acquisition of treasury shares

(27)

(86)

Net cash generated by / (used in) financing activities

14,795

3,049

Net cash variation

10,704

(6,290)

Foreign exchange differences

425

262

Variation in cash and cash equivalents

11,129

(6,028)

In H1 2017, the net cash flow used by operating activities amounted to US$ 0.5 million compared to US$ 6.9 million used during H1 2016. This improvement is mainly related to the increase in activity.

Working capital requirements was a negative US$ 2.6 million during H1 2017 compared to a negative US$ 4.7 million in H1 2016.

During the period, Capex amounted to US$ 3.6 million in cash, compared to US$ 2.5 million in cash in H1 2016. The Company purchased 3 rigs for contracts and retired 3 from service. The total rig count remains unchanged at 302.

Free cash flow was US$ (4.1) million in H1 2017 compared to US$ (9.3) million in H1 2016.

New bonds net of transaction costs paid during the period, amounting to US$ 2.5 million, generated a net cash inflow of US$ 17.3 million using the exchange rate at transaction date. During the same period, the Company reimbursed US$ 3.0 million and issued US$ 0.5 million of new debt to finance capex.

Following the debt reorganization, the maturity of financial debt as at June 30, is as follows:

in thousands of US$

June 30, 2017

Credit lines

7,078

Long-term debt

Within 1 year

3,827

Between 1 and 2 years

2,430

Between 2 and 3 years

2,390

Between 3 and 4 years

1,299

Between 4 and 5 years

114,426

Total

131,450

Bank guarantees as at June 30, 2017 totaled US$ 5.0 million compared to US$ 17.9 million as at December 31, 2016. The Company benefits from a confirmed contract guarantee line of € 12.7 million (US$ 14.5 million).

As at June 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents totaled US$ 17.3 million compared to US$ 6.2 million as at December 31, 2016.

Going concern and impairment testing

Current economic conditions make forecasting difficult, and there is the possibility that the Company’s actual operating performance during the coming year may be different from expectations. Going concern is assessed based on internal forecasts and projections that take into account reasonably possible changes in the Company’s operating performance and the completion of the debt reorganization.

On May 11, 2017, the Company completed its debt reorganization consisting in (i) a new money injection of €23 million (US$ 25 million) in the form of bonds with a 5-year term, including €18 million (US$ 19.8 million) available at closing, and (ii) postponing the instalment of most of the Company’s existing long-term financing which takes the form of 5-year term subordinated bonds. Proceeds from the US$ 19.8 million net of transaction costs paid amounted to US$ 17.3 million as at June 30, 2017.

The Company believes that it will have adequate financial resources to continue in operation and meet its financial commitments for a period of at least twelve months. Accordingly, the Company continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its financial statements.

Currency exchange rates

The exchange rates for the periods under review are provided in the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Q2 2017.

Non-IFRS measures

EBITDA represents Net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash share based compensation expenses. EBITDA is a non-IFRS quantitative measure used to assist in the assessment of the Company’s ability to generate cash from its operations. The Company believes that the presentation of EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the drilling industry. EBITDA is not defined in IFRS and should not be considered to be an alternative to Profit for the period or Operating profit or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.

Net debt corresponds to the current and non-current portions of borrowings and the consideration payable related to acquisitions, net of cash and cash equivalents.

Reconciliation of EBITDA is as follows:

(In thousands of US$)

(unaudited)

Q2 2017

Q2 2016

H1 2017

H1 2016

Operating profit / (loss)

(1,088)

(2,510)

(4,549)

(10,520)

Depreciation expense

4,669

5,042

9,403

10,451

Non-cash employee share-based compensation

29

93

58

174

Settlement related to the 2012 acquisition in Australia

900

EBITDA

3,610

2,625

4,912

1,005

Outlook

The Company’s business strategy is to actively prepare for the next growth phase of the metallic commodities cycle in the best possible conditions through the development and optimization of its services offered across its range of geographical regions, industry sectors, commodities and customers. The Company expects it will execute its strategy primarily through organic growth in the near future.

Conference call and webcast

On August 1, 2017, Company Management will conduct a conference call at 9:00 am ET to review the financial results. The call will be hosted by Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and co-CEO, and Jean-Pierre Charmensat, co-CEO and CFO.

You can join the call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 1-647-427-7450. You will be put on hold until the conference call begins. A live audio webcast of the Conference Call will also be available through:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=1477338&s=1&k=9960C35B07400AF002F36231D427227E

An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

About Foraco International SA

Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) is a leading global mineral drilling services company that provides a comprehensive and reliable service offering in mining and water projects. Supported by its founding values of integrity, innovation and involvement, Foraco has grown into the third largest global drilling enterprise with a presence in 22 countries across five continents. For more information about Foraco, visit www.foraco.com.

“Neither TSX Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.”

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

This document may contain “forward-looking statements” and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements and information include estimates, forecasts, information and statements as to Management’s expectations with respect to, among other things, the future financial or operating performance of the Company and capital and operating expenditures. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “may”, “will”, “should”, “plans”, “expects”, “intends”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “budget”, and “scheduled” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees and there can be no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations are disclosed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2017, which is filed with Canadian regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to Foraco or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements

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