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Press release from CNW Group

IBI announces enhanced 2010 first quarter earnings

Thursday, May 06, 2010

IBI announces enhanced 2010 first quarter earnings17:55 EDT Thursday, May 06, 2010 << - Revenue at $68.1 million; increase of $2.4 million + 3.7%; - EBITDA at $9.0 million; decrease of $0.2 million - 2.7%; - Distributable Cash of $6.3 million; decrease of $0.6 million - 9.4% - Distributable Cash per unit of $0.3518 vs declared of $0.3999 - payout ratio of 113.4% >> TORONTO, May 6 /CNW/ - IBI Income Fund (the "Fund") (TSX: IBG.UN) today announced its financial results for three months ended March 31, 2010.The first quarter 2010 results demonstrated the firming of the operating results of IBI Group as compared to the fourth quarter 2009. The results of the first quarter of 2010 are based on 62 available working days compared with 63 workings for an average quarter and for the fourth quarter 2009. The one additional day would have resulted in approximately $1.0 million of additional revenue. The highlights are: << - Revenue at $68.1 million, was up $2.4 million over the first quarter of 2009, down $0.1 million compared with the fourth quarter 2009, but up $0.9 million based on normalizing for the average quarter of 63 days when compared with the fourth quarter of 2009; - EBITDA of $9.0 million was $0.2 million below first quarter of 2009, up $0.3 million over fourth quarter 2009, and up $1.3 million based on normalizing for the average quarter of 63 days when compared with the fourth quarter of 2009; - Net earnings of $2.8 million was $0.4 million less than the first quarter 2009 but significantly improved over the fourth quarter 2009 by $4.5 million; - Distributable cash of $6.3 million was $0.6 million below first quarter 2009, up $1.8 million over fourth quarter 2009, and up $2.8 million based on normalizing for the average quarter of 63 days when compared with the fourth quarter of 2009. >> The basis of this firmer performance is discussed in paragraphs below.Revenue ActivityRevenue for the first quarter exceeded that of the fourth quarter on an average daily basis, but overall was down $0.1 million as a result of one less working day for the quarter. As reported in the 2009 annual report, IBI Group had anticipated the firming of activity on the three major projects which did not materialise during the first quarter of 2010. On April 1, 2010, the Government of the Province of Quebec announced that the team led by SNC Lavalin was the successful bidder in the development of the McGill Medical Center, with the affiliated architectural firms of IBI Group being the lead building architects for this project. While this announcement did not contribute to the fee volume of IBI Group during the quarter, it does provide a further increase to the backlog for subsequent quarters.Organic growth in the first quarter of 2010 declined by $5.4 million (8.1%) as compared with the first quarter of 2009, and declined by $0.7 million (1.1%) as compared to the fourth quarter 2009. When comparing the first quarter 2010 revenue with the fourth quarter 2009 based on normalizing for the average quarter of 63 days, there was actual organic growth for the first quarter of 2010 of approximately $0.3 million. This return to organic growth over the previous quarter is ahead of what was anticipated. With the increased pace of new assignments in the private sector, increased activity in public sector including the significant McGill University architectural assignment, IBI anticipates organic growth continuing through subsequent quarters of 2010.Public sector work again exceeded 65% of the $68.1 million of revenue in the first quarter.Strategic Program for the GrowthDuring the first quarter IBI Group completed the acquisition of MAAK Technologies Inc. This firm's expertise in water engineering and systems applications extends IBI Group's work in systems technology to the important area of water resources. It also broadens the IBI Group practice geographically with further strengthening in the Caribbean.IBI Group continues to be committed to further growth in the USA. Discussions are under way with several USA based firms in connections with potential acquisitions. These acquisitions could add professional skills and strengthen IBI Group's presence in major centres of population in the six urban regions of the USA. IBI Group expects such acquisitions to be concluded during the ensuing three quarters of 2010. As IBI Group has noted previously, the firms being acquired may not achieve the levels of profitability of which they are capable within the current economic environment in the USA. While this may dampen EBITDA and distributable cash as a percentage of net fee revenue in the short term and is of concern to the IBI Group, the firm continues to believe this is a sound strategic investment program which will realise significant results within an improved economic environment, strengthened with the international reach of the IBI Group within the next few years.IBI Group is also engaged in discussions with firms for acquisitions in international markets where IBI Group is currently active.Finally, IBI Group is in discussion with firms in Canada to complement certain functional skills and improve overall strength in areas where IBI Group is currently practicing.Backlog:The IBI Group committed fee volume for the year 2010 represents in excess of nine months equivalent work. Backlog for Government and public institutional clients continues to be in excess of 65% of total backlog. Backlog continues to increase in building facility areas in health care, in education, in transportation terminals, transportation networks and systems technology. IBI Group is increasingly receiving new mandates in the design stage of new private sector projects, as well as some of these now moving into design development and working drawings as projects proceed to sales.Major ProjectsAs noted above, the McGill University Centre has now been decided with the affiliated architectural firms of IBI Group being the lead building architect working in support of the Consortium led by SNC Lavalin. This significant project together with other work, including the revitalisation of the private sector across Canada, where IBI Group services the design of housing will lead to increased fee volumes in the ensuing quarter.Other Professional ProgressOther progress in the professional work of IBI Group in the first quarter of 2010 included: << - Continuing work on a large suite of tolling and traffic management projects in Greece which, notwithstanding the financial challenges regarding the relatively large debt of that country are all under way; - Continued further work in the growing health care practice of IBI Group; which, along with the award of the McGill University Centre project, will increase IBI Group's experience and expertise in health care, enabling it to more effectively pursue additional projects in the United States and international markets; - Further continuing growth of the IBI Group practice in China; - Further progress in the growth of the practice in India with additional new private sector assignments. >> Investor Conference CallThe Fund will hold a conference call on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). To participate in the conference call, please dial in before 8:30 a.m. EST to 800 950-3502 for local and toll-free North American access, or 1 212 231 2901 for international accessAn audio replay of the call will be available for 14 days, by dialling 416-626-4100 for local and international access, or 1 800 558-5253 for toll-free North American access, passcode 21466867 followed by the number sign on your telephone keypad. << Selected Consolidated Financial Information and Reconciliation of Non- GAAP Measures Three months Three months ended March ended March 31, 2010 31, 2009 in thousands of dollars except for per Unit amounts Revenue $ 68,075 $ 65,664 ------------------------ Expenses 59,050 56,393 ------------------------ Earnings before income taxes, interest and amortization (EBITDA) 9,025 9,271 Interest 2,231 1,183 Income taxes 131 468 Amortisation of property and equipment and intangible assets 2,709 3,040 Amortization of deferred credit - leases (12) (28) ------------------------ Net earnings before non-controlling interest $ 3,966 $ 4,608 ------------------------ Basic and diluted net earnings per Unit $ 0.2228 $ 0.2824 ------------------------ Distributable Cash Cash flow used in operating activities $ (4,940) $ (1,378) Less: Capital expenditures (460) (470) ------------------------ Standardized Distributable Cash $ (5,400) $ (1,848) Add (deduct): Change in non-cash operating working capital 11,438 8,516 Current income tax expense 350 950 Income taxes paid (123) (703) ------------------------ Distributable Cash $ 6,265 $ 6,915 ------------------------ Weighted average basic and diluted Distributable Cash per Unit(1) $ 0.3518 $ 0.4237 ------------------------ Aggregate distributions declared $ 7,104 $ 6,526 ------------------------ Basic and diluted aggregate distributions declared per Unit(1) $ 0.3999 $ 0.3999 ------------------------ (1) Distributable Cash per Unit amounts are calculated by including both the Class A partnership units and the Class B partnership units in the denominator. >> Definition of EBITDA, Distributable Cash and Non-GAAP MeasuresDistributable Cash does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP, but is a measure generally used by Canadian open-ended income funds as an indicator of financial performance. The Fund defines Distributable Cash as cash flow from operating activities before change in non-cash working capital and income taxes and after capital expenditures and income taxes paid. A reconciliation of Distributable Cash to cash flow from operating activities has been provided under the heading "Selected Consolidated Financial Information and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures".The Fund's method of calculating distributable cash may differ from similar computations as reported by other similar entities and, accordingly, may not be comparable to distributable cash as reported by such entities. The Fund believes that its distributable cash is a useful supplemental measure that may assist prospective investors in assessing the return on their investment in Units.References to "EBITDA" are to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management of the Fund believes that in addition to net earnings, EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure as it provides readers with an indication of cash available for distribution prior to debt service, capital expenditures and income taxes. Readers should be cautioned, however, that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings determined in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of the Fund's performance or to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows. EBITDA is not a recognized measure under GAAP and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP, and the Fund's method of calculating EBITDA may differ from other issuers. Accordingly, EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures used by other issuers. A reconciliation of net earnings with EBITDA has been provided under the heading "Selected Consolidated Financial Information and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures"Discussion in this press release of net earnings before non-controlling interest, EBITDA and distributable cash include the impact of foreign exchange gain (loss) as the Fund believes this provides useful information for readers to assess the performance of the Fund.IBI is a group of companies providing professional services and is affiliated with IBI Group Architects.%SEDAR: 00021044EFor further information: Allan J. Kamerman, IBI Income Fund, 230 Richmond Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, ON, M5V 1V6, Tel: (416) 596-1930