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Foraco International reports Q2 2011

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Foraco International reports Q2 201106:00 EDT Tuesday, August 09, 2011Q2 Revenue up 118% at US$ 78.3 million, Net Earnings up 230% at US$ 8.6 million, EPS up 153% at US$ 8.75 centsTORONTO, ON and MARSEILLE, France, Aug. 9, 2011 /CNW/ - Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) (the "Company" or "Foraco"), a leading global provider of diversified drilling services, today reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter 2011. All figures are reported in US Dollars (US$), unless otherwise indicated."We are pleased to report a new historical record revenue for the second quarter, resulting from excellent activity in all regions. Worldwide demand stays strong and a growing number of customers are eager to secure drilling capacity for the midterm future, given the current scarcity of good quality services," said Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and CEO of Foraco. "As planned, we are leveraging our current positions and are growing our order book thanks to a larger portion of long-term contracts. Given this favorable situation, we have doubled our investment plan and intensified our crew training schemes, but we remain very focused on quality and safety: we had for instance the pleasure to recently pass the 1 million working hours without an accident at Escondida in Chile.""Our development has not been at the expense of profitability which has significantly improved in all geographic regions over the second quarter. We continue to focus on risk management when entering new contracts, the optimization of the use of production equipment through long term contracts, and the proper execution of contracts," said Jean-Pierre Charmensat, co-CEO and CFO of Foraco. "During the first half of the year, we have invested US$ 20 million in equipment, including six new rigs. We have also paid off the last portion of our acquisition debts along with a dividend to our shareholders during the quarter. In spite of this, our net debt has decreased to US$ 35.8 million and we are in the course to add another 6 rigs to our fleet, for which financing is already in place."Three Months Q2 2011 HighlightsOn May 26, 2010, the Company acquired a 100% shareholding in Adviser Drilling SA ("Adviser"), a company based in Chile. At acquisition date, Adviser operated a fleet of 51 modern diamond and reverse circular drill rigs (55 at the end of Q2 2011), providing services to major and junior mining companies in South America, mainly in Chile and Argentina.On May 27, 2010, the Company completed the acquisition of a 50% controlling interest in LLC Eastern Drilling Company ("EDC"). EDC's operational facilities are positionned in far East Russia and Eastern Siberia from where many mining developments managed and located.Adviser and EDC were first consolidated as of June 1, 2010, and therefore contributed one month to Q2 2010 compared to three months in Q2 2011.Increased Revenue Q2 2011 revenue increased by 118% to US$ 78.3 million from US$ 35.9 million in Q2 2010, up US$ 42.3 million.The US$ 42.3 million increase is primarily the result of:US$ 23.3 million in revenue from South America,US$ 19.0 million in organic growth, a 66% increase.Increased ProfitabilityQ2 2011 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales amounted to US$ 18.3 million, an increase of US$ 9.6 million or 109% on Q2 2010.Q2 2011 EBITDA amounted to US$ 19.3 million (24.6% of revenue) compared to US$ 8.9 million in Q2 2010 (24.8% of revenue).Q2 2011 net profit after tax amounted to US$ 8.6 million, an increase of US$ 6.0 million or 3.3 times on Q2 2010.Q2 2011 earnings per share amounted to 8.75 US$ cents (basic) and 8.63 US$ cents (diluted), compared to 3.46 US$ cents (basic) and 3.40 US$ cents (diluted) as reported in Q2 2010.Six months YTD Q2 2011 HighlightsIncreased Revenue YTD Q2 2011 revenue increased by 138% to US$ 143.6 million from US$ 60.4 million in YTD Q2 2010, up US$ 83.2 million.The US$ 83.2 million increase is primarily the result of:US$ 49.1 million in revenue from South America,US$ 34.1 million in organic growth, a 64% increase.Increased ProfitabilityYTD Q2 2011 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales amounted to US$ 32.8 million, an increase of US$ 18.7 million or 132% on YTD Q2 2010.YTD Q2 2011 EBITDA amounted to US$ 34.7 million (24.2% of revenue) compared to US$ 13.7 million in YTD Q2 2010 (22.7% of revenue).YTD Q2 2011 net profit after tax amounted to US$ 14.5 million, an increase of US$ 10.9 million or 4.0 times on YTD Q2 2010.YTD Q2 2011 earnings per share amounted to 16.49 US$ cents (basic) and 16.27 US$ cents (diluted), compared to 5.35 US$ cents (basic) and 5.26 US$ cents (diluted) as reported in YTD Q2 2010.Selected Financial Data(In thousands of US$)(unaudited)          Three-month  period endedJune 30, Six-month period endedJune 30,           2011 2010 2011 2010                      Revenue           78,256  35,914  143,589  60,439                      Gross profit (1)           18,321   8,750   32,842   14,153 As a percentage of sales           23.4%  24.4%  22.9%  23.4%                      EBITDA           19,274   8,919   34,731   13,724 As a percentage of sales           24.6%  24.8%  24.2%  22.7%                      Operating profit           11,796   3,824   20,401   5,418 As a percentage of sales           15.1%  10.6%  14.2%  9.0%                                            Profit for the period           8,567   2,590   14,511   3,646                                             EPS (in US$ cents)                     Basic           8.75  3.46  16.49  5.35Diluted           8.63  3.40  16.27  5.26(1) includes amortization and depreciation expensesFinancial ResultsForaco's financial statements are prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), rather than Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("Canadian GAAP"), and as such may not be directly comparable to the financial statements of other Canadian issuers.Revenue(In thousands of US$)(unaudited)      Q2 2011 %change Q2 2010 YTDQ2 2011 %change YTDQ2 2010Revenue                          Reporting segment                          Mining                74,324 153% 29,377 134,069 178% 48,188Water                3,932 -40% 6,537 9,520 -22% 12,251Total revenue                78,256 118% 35,914 143,589 138% 60,439                           Geographic region                          South America                30,655 323% 7,243 56,370 678% 7,243Africa                18,403 23% 15,020 35,338 34% 26,358North America                12,553 118% 5,761 27,176 113% 12,749Asia Pacific                7,456 39% 5,367 13,567 24% 10,969Europe                9,189 264% 2,523 11,139 257% 3,120Total revenue                78,256 118% 35,914 143,589 138% 60,439Q2 2011Q2 2011 revenue amounted to US$ 78.3 million, an increase of US$ 42.3 million or 118% compared to Q2 2010. Excluding the impact of the integration of the South American operations since June 2010, the increase is US$19.0 million or 66% of revenue. This increase in activity has been seen quarter on quarter in all regions, including South America when compared to Adviser on an equivalent stand-alone three-month basis for Q2 2010. This result is in line with the order backlog reported in December 2010 and additional contracts were signed during the period.The Mining segment, up US$ 45.0 million, is driven by the contribution of operations in South America (US$ 30.7 million in Q2 2011) and a generally strong demand which benefited all operations worldwide.The Water segment was down by US$ 2.6 million to US$ 3.9 million in Q2 2011. Activities in this segment are principally carried out in Africa.Revenue in South America amounted to US$ 30.7 million in Q2 2011 (US$ 7.2 million in Q2 2010 representing only one month's activity). This was mainly generated by long-term contracts with major companies in Chile and strong activity in Argentina.In Africa, the Q2 2011 revenue increased by US$ 3.4 million or 23% compared to Q2 2010. This is mainly due to the mining operations development in West Africa. The Water segment decreased during the Q2 2011 due to the political turmoil in Ivory Coast where the Company had to stop its operations and in other countries some contracts ended during Q2 2011. Management expects some recovery in the Water segment as the increasing presence of mining companies will lead to a greater need for access to water.As a result of the continuing improvements in market conditions in Canada, revenue in North America increased by 118% to US$ 12.6 million in Q2 2011 from US$ 5.8 million in Q2 2010. This increase is mainly due to the development of long-term contracts with major companies in Ontario.In Asia-Pacific, Q2 2011 revenue amounted to US$ 7.5 million, an increase of US$ 2.1 million or 39% compared to Q2 2010. Both Australia and New Caledonia contributed to this increase.Revenue in Europe increased by US$ 6.7 million in Q2 2011 compared to Q2 2010 due to the early restart of operations in Russia where all rigs were in operation. Here again, the activity is significantly higher than last year, even when compared to EDC on an equivalent stand-alone three-month basis for Q2 2010.Six months YTD Q2 2011YTD Q2 2011 revenue amounted to US$ 143.6 million, an increase of 138% compared to YTD Q2 2010 (US$ 60.4 million).The Mining segment, up US$ 85.9 million (or 178%), is driven by the contribution of operations in South America (US$ 56.4 million in YTD Q2 2011 compared to US$ 7.2 million in YTD Q2 2010) and a generally strong demand from which all operations benefited worldwide (US$ 36.8 million increase in revenue).Water segment revenue decreased by 22% from US$ 12.3 million to US$ 9.5 million in YTD Q2 2011. Activities in this segment are principally carried out in Africa.Revenue in South America amounted to US$ 56.4 million in YTD Q2 2011 compared to US$ 7.2 million in YTD Q2 2010 which represented only one month's activity. Revenue is high when compared to Adviser on an equivalent stand-alone six-month basis for YTD Q2 2010. It is generated by long-term contracts with major companies in Chile and strong activity in Argentina.In Africa, the YTD Q2 2011 revenue increased by US$ 9.0 million or 34% compared to YTD Q2 2010. This is mainly the result of the Company's strategy to develop its mining operations in West Africa. The Water segment, decreased by US$ 2.7 million (or 22%) during the period due to the political turmoil in Ivory Coast where the Company had to stop its operations and in other countries some contracts ended during Q2 2011. New developments in the water segment are expected to serve the needs of the mining clients.As a result of the continuing improvements in market conditions in Canada, revenue in North America increased by 113% to US$ 27.2 million in YTD Q2 2011 from US$ 12.7 million in YTD Q2 2010. Greater demand from the oil sands activity in central Canada and the development of long-term contracts with major companies in Ontario contributed to this increase.In Asia-Pacific, YTD Q2 2011 revenue amounted to US$ 13.6 million, an increase of US$ 2.6 million or 24% compared to YTD Q2 2010. Both Australia and New Caledonia contributed to this increase.Revenue in Europe increased by US$ 8.0 million (or 257%) in YTD Q2 2011 compared to YTD Q2 2010 due to the early restart of operations in Russia where all rigs were in operation during the second quarter. Revenue is high when compared to EDC on an equivalent stand-alone six-month basis for YTD Q2 2010.Gross Profit(In thousands of US$)(Unaudited)          Q2 2011  % change  Q2 2010  YTD Q22011  % change  YTD Q22010                            Reporting segment                           Mining          17,660  149%  7,099  30,695  180%  10,961 Water          661  -60%  1,651  2,147  -33%  3,192Total gross  profit           18,321  109%  8,750  32,842  132%  14,153Q2 2011Overall, Q2 2011 gross profit amounted to US$ 18.3 million (or 23% of revenue), an increase of US$ 9.6 million or 109% compared to Q2 2010 (US$ 8.8 million or 24% of revenue).In the mining segment, gross profit as a percentage of revenue is improving in all regions. Historically, margins in South America were lower than elsewhere. The trend towards improvement in South American contract margins, first reported in Q4 2010 and Q1 2011, has continued during the period.In the Water segment, gross profit margins decreased by 60% mainly due to the low level of activity which reduced capacity to absorb fixed costs.Overall, the Group is still focused on risk management when entering new contracts, the optimization of the use of its production equipment through long-term contracts, and the proper execution of contracts.Six months YTD Q2 2011For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, gross profit amounted to US$ 32.8 million (or 23% of revenue), an increase of US$ 18.7 million or 132% compared to YTD Q2 2010 (US$ 14.2 million or 23% of revenue).In the Mining segment, the trend towards recovery in contract margins in South America, already recorded in Q4 2010 and Q1 2011, continued. In general, contracts performed well worldwide.In the Water segment, gross profit margins decreased by 33% mainly due to the low level of activity during Q2 2011 which reduced capacity to absorb fixed costs.Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (SG&A)(In thousands of US$)(unaudited)  Q2 2011  % change  Q2 2010  YTD Q22011  % change  YTD Q22010                   Selling, general and administrativeexpenses   6,525  27%  5,119  12,441  39%  8,960As a percentage of revenue   8%     14%  9%     15%Q2 2011Q2 2011 SG&A amounted to US$ 6.5 million, an increase of US$ 1.4 million or 27% compared to Q2 2010. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A are now 8% of revenue in Q2 2011 as compared to 14% of revenue in Q2 2010. As anticipated, SG&A as a percentage of revenue decreased as a result of the profitable growth strategy implemented by the Company.Six months YTD Q2 2011For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, SG&A amounted to US$ 12.4 million, an increase of US$ 3.5 million or 39% compared to the same period a year ago. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A are now 9% of revenue in YTD Q2 2011 as compared to 15% of revenue in YTD Q2 2010. As anticipated, SG&A as a percentage of revenue decreased as a result of the profitable growth strategy implemented by the Company.Operating Profit(In thousands of US$)(unaudited)          Q2 2011  % change  Q2 2010  YTD Q22011  % change  YTD Q22010 Reporting segment                           Mining           11,463  269%  3,105  19,088  372%  4,045 Water          333  -54%  719  1,313  -4%  1,373Total operating profit            11,796  208%  3,824  20,401  277%  5,418Q2 2011Operating profit increased to US$ 11.8 million in Q2 2011 compared to US$ 3.8 million in Q2 2010. This variation is primarily due to the satisfying level of gross margin, together with the reduction of SG&A as a percentage of revenue.Six months YTD Q2 2011Operating profit increased to US$ 20.4 million in YTD Q2 2011 compared to US$ 5.4 million in YTD Q2 2010. This variation is primarily due to the satisfying level of gross margin, together with the reduction of SG&A as a percentage of revenue.Financial PositionThe following table provides a summary of the Company's cash flows for YTD Q2 2011 and YTD Q2 2010:(In thousands of US$)          YTD Q2 2011   YTD Q2 2010                Cash generated from operations before working capitalrequirements          34,933   13,997Working capital requirements, interest and tax          (10,669)   (10,883)                Net cash flow from operating activities          24,264    3,114                 Purchase of equipment in cash          (15,711)   (4,380)Consideration payable related to acquisitions          (7,600)   (3,839)                Net cash used in investing activities          (23,317)   (8,219)                Repayment of financial debts, net of proceeds          5,091    (1,362)Acquisition of treasury shares          (1,549)   (254)Dividends paid          (2,605)   (1,869)                Net cash used in financing activities          937   (3,485)                Exchange differences          1,283   (4,557)                Variation in cash and cash equivalents          3,167   (13,147)For the six-month period ended June 30, 2011, cash generated from operations before changes in operating assets and liabilities increased to US$ 34.9 million in 2011 compared to US$ 14.0 million for the same period a year ago.During the six-month period, the Company managed to maintain its working capital requirements at a similar level compared to last year in spite of the increased level of activity. The working capital requirements amounted to US$ 10.7 million compared to US$ 10.9 million for the same period last year.During the six-month period, the Company acquired operating equipment through US$ 15.7 million in cash purchases and US$ 6.4 million in finance leases not shown in the table above as they were non cash transactions. This compares to a total of US$ 4.4 million during the same period in 2010.During the quarter, the Company paid the final earn-out payment due to EDC's former shareholders for an amount of US$ 3.8 million (US$ 7.6 million during the six-month period).On June 23, 2011, the Company paid dividends net of withholding tax to its common shareholders amounting to US$ 2.6 million.As at June 30, 2011, cash and cash equivalents totaled US$ 18.1 million compared to US$ 12.8 million as at June 30, 2010. Cash and cash equivalents are invested within top tier European financial institutions.As at June 30, 2011, financial debts and equivalents amounted to US$ 53.9 million (US$ 49.6 million as at December 31, 2010). In Q2 2011, the Company finalized US$ 8.6 million in additional long-term financing agreements with French banks and continued to reorganize and simplify its short-term financing structure in order to align it to its recently enlarged operations.Currency and Exchange RatesThe exchange rates for the periods under review are provided in the Management's Discussion & Analysis of Q2 2011.DividendsOn June 23, 2011, the Company paid a dividend of € 0.028 per share. Depending upon the country of residence of the Company's shareholders, it may be necessary for them to complete certain administrative procedures in order to obtain a refund of withholding taxes, where applicable. Shareholders should consult with their tax advisers and can find additional information on the Company website (www.foraco.com).OutlookThe Company's business strategy is to continue to deliver profitable growth through the development and optimization of the services it offers across geographical regions and industry segments, as well through the expansion of its customer base. Foraco expects to continue to execute its strategy through a combination of organic growth and development and acquisitions of complementary businesses in the drilling services industry.Foraco's unaudited Financial Statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis ("MD&A") for the three-month period ended June 30, 2011 are available via Foraco's website at www.foraco.com and will be available on www.sedar.com.   Conference Call and WebcastOn Tuesday August 9, 2011, Company Management will conduct a conference call at 10:00 am ET to review the financial results. The call will be hosted by Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and CEO, and Jean-Pierre Charmensat, Vice-CEO and CFO.You can join the call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450. Please call in 15 minutes ahead of time to secure a line. You will be put on hold until the conference call begins.  A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available through www.foraco.com or athttp://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/viewEvent.cgi?eventID=3617680An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.About Foraco International SA Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) is a leading global drilling services company that provides turnkey solutions for mining, energy, water and infrastructure projects. Supported by its founding values of integrity, innovation and commitment, Foraco has grown into a global enterprise with operations 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, 2011, 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.  For further information: please contact CHF Investor Relations at: Jeanny So, Director of Operations Email: jeanny@chfir.com Tel: +1-416-868-1079 x 225                   Anne Robert, Account Manager Email: anne@chfir.com Tel: + 1-514-826-8121 To receive Company press releases, please email jennie@chfir.com and mention "Foraco News" on the subject line.