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5N Plus Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Record Revenues and Earnings for Fiscal Year 2011

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

5N Plus Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Record Revenues and Earnings for Fiscal Year 201119:00 EDT Wednesday, August 24, 2011MONTREAL, Aug. 24, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX: VNP), the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended May 31, 2011 in which revenues, earnings, EBITDA, funds from operations and backlog all reached record levels.On April 11, 2011, 5N Plus announced that it had completed the acquisition of MCP Group SA. Results for the quarter and year ended May 31, 2011 include the operating results of MCP from the date of acquisition. 5N Plus now operates and reports operating performance under two business segments, namely Electronic Materials and Eco-Friendly Materials.Revenues for the fourth quarter ended May 31, 2011 reached $119.8 million, an increase of 507% over revenues of $19.7 million for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. Revenues for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011 were $178.8 million up by 153% over revenues of $70.8 million in the last fiscal year. The backlog of orders expected to translate into sales over the next twelve months was $253.8 million as at May 31, 2011 compared to $52.7 million one year earlier.Net earnings from continuing operations for the fourth quarter were $10.0 million or $0.17 per share, representing a 130% increase compared to net earnings from operations of $4.4 million or $0.09 per share for the fourth quarter of the last fiscal year. For the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, net earnings from continuing operations were $21.6 million or $0.44 per share, which is 43% higher than in the last fiscal year where net earnings from continuing operations were $15.1 million or $0.33 per share.EBITDA for the fourth quarter increased by 209% to $19.2 million up from $6.2 million for the fourth quarter of the previous fiscal year. EBITDA reached $36.8 million for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, an increase of 60% compared to EBITDA of $22.9 million in the last fiscal year.Funds from operations, which is defined as the amount of cash generated from operating activities before changes in non-cash working capital, increased to $13.1 million in the fourth quarter and $29.6 million in the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011. This compares to $5.7 million and $20.4 million, respectively, for the corresponding periods of the last fiscal year.Shareholders' equity increased during the quarter to $348.9 million as at May 31, 2011, up from $125.7 million one year earlier, following the acquisition of MCP and the issuance on April 11, 2011 of 13.6 million shares for gross proceeds of $125.0 million.The Board of Directors of 5N Plus has agreed to change the financial year-end of 5N Plus from May 31 to December 31. This will align the financial year-ends of both 5N Plus and MCP and result in a simplification of internal processes with all subsidiaries and business units using the same reporting periods. The first quarter ending September 30, 2011 will include four months of 5N Plus' results and the annual period ending December 31, 2011 will include seven months of results.As previously announced, 5N Plus also secured on August 12, 2011 a new $250 million senior secured multi‐currency revolving credit facility with a syndicate of seven banks led by National Bank of Canada and HSBC Bank. This facility replaces the company's existing $50 million two‐year senior secured revolving facility with National Bank of Canada and eventually most of MCP's credit facilities.Jacques L'Ecuyer, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "We are pleased to report our fourth quarter and year-end results for what has been a truly outstanding period for 5N Plus. With the acquisition of MCP, we have literally transformed our company into a specialty metals and chemicals powerhouse with a strong focus on clean technology markets. Our fourth quarter and year-end results, which are at record levels both in terms of revenues and profitability, are very much in line with our expectations and quite indicative of what we believe the future holds for our company. We now have a much broader product portfolio and a well diversified customer base supported by operations worldwide and a strong commercial network, providing an expanded organic growth platform that we can leverage to further develop our company."Mr. L'Ecuyer continued, "With revenues increasing by more than 500% in the quarter and earnings more than doubling following the acquisition of MCP, it is easy to lose sight of some of the other accomplishments that were made during the year. These include the renewal and extension of our contract with First Solar until the end of 2015, the set-up of an integrated germanium production capacity following construction and commissioning of a new facility in Trail, British Columbia, our investments in Sylarus, and the development of a solar module recycling facility in Wisconsin, all of which have enabled us to further strengthen our business. In addition, we also received several awards during the year related to the cleantech technology sector, recognizing our efforts in both recycling and sustainable development."Mr. L'Ecuyer concluded, "As we begin our new fiscal year, we would like to thank our employees and investors for their support and confidence, and extend a special welcome once again to those employees of MCP. With our backlog of more than $250 million and a suite of products aimed at a number of exciting and growing applications, we are more confident than ever that we can continue to execute on our growth plan and deliver another solid year of operational and financial performance."The consolidated financial statements of 5N Plus, as well as Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, are available on the 5N Plus website, at www.5nplus.com and at www.sedar.com.Webcast Information5N Plus will host a conference call on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at 10:00 ET with financial analysts to discuss the fourth quarter and the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the company's Web site at www.5nplus.com. A replay of the webcast and a recording of the Q&A will be available until September 15, 2011.About 5N Plus Inc.5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products. Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, North America and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications. Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers. Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as solar, light-emitting diodes and eco-friendly materials.Forward-Looking Statements and DisclaimerThis press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  All information and statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking information.  Such statements and information may be identified by words such as "about", "approximately", "may", "believes", "expects", "will", "intends", "should", "plans", "predicts", "potential", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology.  Forward-looking statements are based on the best estimates available to 5N Plus at this time and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause 5N Plus' actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  A description of the risks affecting 5N Plus' business and activities appears under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" in Management's Discussion and Analysis for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, and in the section entitled "Risk Factors" in 5N Plus' short-form prospectus dated April 1, 2011, both of which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.  No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N Plus will derive therefrom.  In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N Plus.  The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and 5N Plus undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.  The reader is warned against placing undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.5N Plus Inc.Consolidated Statements of IncomeYears ended May 31    (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except weighted average number of shares and per share amount)2011 2010 $ $Revenues178,828 70,763Cost of goods sold126,503 38,911Gross profit52,325 31,852Expenses Selling, general and administrative13,309 7,069 Amortization of property, plant and equipment3,974 2,545 Amortization of intangible assets1,394 188 Research and development, net of tax credit2,577 1,858 Foreign exchange gain(1,007) (1,184) Financial2,515 185 Interest income(604) (464) 22,158 10,197Earnings before income taxes from continuing operations and non-controlling interest30,167 21,655Income taxes Current7,896 6,442 Future962 70 8,858 6,512Net earnings from continuing operations before non-controlling interest21,309 15,143Non-controlling interest332 -Net loss from discontinued operations- (496)Net earnings21,641 14,647Earnings per share from continuing operations  Basic0.44 0.33 Diluted0.44 0.33Earnings per share Basic0.44 0.32 Diluted0.44 0.32Weighted average number of common shares outstanding Basic49,205,470 45,578,992 Diluted49,673,087 45,833,2915N Plus Inc.Consolidated Balance SheetsYear ended May 31      (in thousands of Canadian dollars)2011 2010Assets$ $Current assets Cash and cash equivalents27,916 65,992 Temporary investment (restricted)49,587 2,000 Accounts receivable114,099 4,774 Inventories293,069 27,705 Prepaid expenses and deposits1,387 1,073 Derivative financial instruments321 1,363 Income taxes recoverable2,831 517 Future income taxes1,856 151   491,066 103,575Property, plant and equipment97,223 26,437Intangible assets71,888 1,771Goodwill116,203 4,382Future income taxes5,051 2,311Other assets2,207 45 783,638 138,521LiabilitiesCurrent liabilities Bank indebtedness and short-term debt170,675 - Accounts payable and accrued liabilities67,492 4,646 Derivative financial instruments441 - Income taxes payable6,992 44 Current portion of long-term debt and balance of purchase price18,824 623 Future income taxes526 445 264,950 5,758Long-term debt54,106 4,198Balance of purchase price72,279 -Other payables18,590 553Future income taxes23,202 2,334 433,127 12,843Non-controlling interest1,593 -Shareholders' Equity Share capital287,464 82,390 Contributed surplus1,677 1,372 Accumulated other comprehensive income(2,164) (2,531) Retained earnings61,941 44,447 348,918 125,678 783,638 138,521Cash Flows  Three months ended May 31 Years ended May 31 20112010 20112010 $$ $$Funds from operations13,1895,682 29,56920,391Net changes in non-cash working capital items(67,758)529 (89,028)(3,563)Operating activities(54,569)6,211 (59,459)16,828Investing activities(151,609)(785) (169,924)(12,578)Financing activities191,758(169) 193,359(295)Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents and designated cash(422)(281) (2,052)(534)Decrease from discontinued operations-(23) -(496)Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (14,842)(4,953) (38,076)2,925Reconciliation of EBITDA Three months ended May 31 Years ended May 31 2011 2010 Increase(Decrease) 2011 2010 Increase(Decrease) $ $   $ $  Net earnings110,049 4,363 130% 21,641 15,143 43%Financial expenses, and interest income2,094 (60) 3590% 1,911 (278) 787%Foreign exchange gain(366) (533) (31%) (1,007) (1,184) (15%)Amortization3,142 705 346% 5,368 2,733 96%Income taxes4,251 1,735 145% 8,858 6,512 36%EBITDA19,170 6,209 209% 36,771 22,926 60%1Net earnings from continuing operations  Electronic Materials Division(in thousands of Canadian dollars)Three months ended May 31 Years ended May 31 2011 2010 Increase(Decrease) 2011 2010 Increase(Decrease) $ $   $ $  Revenues 62,433 19,730 216% 121,453 70,763 72%Segmented EBITDA17,348 6,563 164% 34,925 24,336 44%Bookings142,230 18,589 665% 219,844 71,184 209%Backlog at year end151,042 52,651 158% 151,042 52,651 158%Eco-Friendly Material Division(in thousands of Canadian dollars)Three months ended May 31 Years ended May 31 2011 2010 2011 2010 $ $ $ $Revenues 57,375 - 57,375 -Segmented EBITDA4,773 - 4,773 -Bookings160,173 - 160,173 -Backlog at year end102,798 - 102,798 -For further information: Jacques L'Écuyer President and Chief Executive Officer 5N Plus Inc. (514) 856-0644 jacques.lecuyer@5nplus.com