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Major Drilling Reports Record Third Quarter Revenue and Profits and Increases Dividend

Monday, March 05, 2012

Major Drilling Reports Record Third Quarter Revenue and Profits and Increases Dividend16:00 EST Monday, March 05, 2012 MONCTON, NB, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSX: MDI) today reported results for its third quarter of fiscal 2012, ended January 31, 2012. Highlights                                   In millions of Canadian dollars (except earnings per share)   Q3-12   Q3-11   YTD-12   YTD-11                   Revenue   $182.2   $107.7   $560.2   $345.0 Gross profit   47.1   23.9   172.7   85.5   As percentage of sales   25.9%   22.2%   30.8%   24.8% EBITDA(1)   27.0   10.8   117.4   50.5   As percentage of sales   14.8%   10.0%   21.0%   14.6% Net earnings   9.6   1.7   59.0   18.1 Earnings per share   0.12   0.02   0.79   0.25   (1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (see "non-gaap measures") Major Drilling posted quarterly revenue of $182.2 million, up nearly 70% from the $107.7 million recorded for the same quarter last year. This represents the highest level of third quarter revenue in the Company's history. Gross margin percentage for the quarter was 25.9% compared to 22.2% for the corresponding period last year. EBITDA increased 150% to $27.0 million compared to the corresponding period last year. Record third quarter earnings were reported at $9.6 million or $0.12 per share for the quarter, compared to earnings of $1.7 million or $0.02 per share for the prior year quarter. The Company has increased its semi-annual dividend by 12.5% to $0.09 per share to be paid on May 2, 2012. "The Company achieved the highest third quarter revenue and profits in its history. Demand for drilling services continues to increase and customers remain anxious to secure rigs and crews," said Francis McGuire, President and CEO of Major Drilling. "The third quarter is always seasonally the weakest quarter of our fiscal year, as mining and exploration companies shut down, often for extended periods over the holiday season. Nevertheless, we recorded the highest ever utilization rate for a third quarter in our history. We saw our EBITDA grow by 150% compared to the corresponding period last year, despite the heavy ramp-up costs and delays in Canada, which were caused by mild weather." "Going forward, the outlook for the fourth quarter remains strong, although weather continued to be somewhat challenging throughout February. During the third quarter, we renewed many of our contracts with pricing catching up to market conditions. We expect demand from gold and copper projects to continue to be strong in calendar 2012 assuming prices remain well above economical thresholds required for sustained exploration. Strong demand from coal and iron ore projects has also added a layer of work, which was not present at the peak in 2008," said Mr. McGuire. "Intermediate and junior mining companies with advanced projects have ramped up their already busy drilling programs by adding rigs, and most senior mining companies have increased their exploration budgets for 2012. We are starting to see increased demand for underground services around the world as mines are moving some surface drilling activities underground. Even though underground drilling tends to have lower margins, the Company expects to invest more in this area given that these contracts provide more financial stability, and target a different labour force." "Our biggest operational challenge continues to be the speed at which we can grow the labour force and shrink the productivity gap of new drillers as they gain experience. We continue to aggressively and successfully invest in the recruitment and training of new drillers. Our ongoing efforts on recruitment and training should allow our global utilization rates to continue to improve as we add more drillers. We are also pleased to report that we have been able to reduce our turnover rate of new entrants by half over the last 12 months. As competition for drillers heats up, wage increases will be required in certain areas to retain and attract the most experienced drillers, which are key to high-quality customer service," observed Mr. McGuire. "Net capital expenditures for the quarter were $22.5 million as we purchased 19 rigs. We also retired eight rigs through our modernization program. We are continuing the renewal of our fleet, which helps improve productivity, safety and speeds up the training of crews. The greater reliability of these rigs therefore allows us to increase the earning power of each crew. In fact, 60% of our rigs are now less than five years old in an industry where rigs tend to last 20 years." "The Company is pleased to announce that today its Board of Directors increased its cash dividend by 12.5% to $0.09 per common share payable on May 2, 2012 to shareholders of record as of April 6, 2012. This dividend is designated as an "eligible dividend" for Canadian tax purposes," said Mr. McGuire. "The Company would like to take this opportunity to welcome Fred Dyment to its Board of Directors.  Mr. Dyment is a Chartered Accountant with over 35 years of experience in the oil and natural gas industry and in international business. He held increasingly senior positions at Ranger Oil Limited, including Chief Financial Officer and President and Chief Executive Officer." Third quarter ended January 31, 2012 Total revenue for the third quarter was $182.2 million compared to $107.7 million recorded for the prior year period. Part of the increase comes from the acquisition of the Bradley operations. Even without considering this acquisition, revenue was still the highest third quarter revenue in the Company's history. All of the Company's regions contributed to this growth. Revenue from Canada-U.S. drilling operations was up 83% to $69.8 million for the quarter compared to $38.2 million for the same period last year. U.S. mineral drilling operations continued a strong recovery, particularly from its senior mining customers. In Canada, increased activity levels, combined with the acquisition of Bradley, contributed to the growth of revenue. In South and Central America, revenue for the quarter was $59.2 million, up 61% from $36.8 million recorded in the prior year quarter. The increase was primarily driven by strong growth in our Mexican and Chilean operations, combined with the addition of the Bradley operations in Colombia and Suriname. Australian, Asian and African drilling operations reported revenue of $53.2 million, up 63% from $32.7 million reported in the same period last year. Australia and Mongolia accounted for a significant portion of this growth. New operations in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and the DRC, combined with the addition of Bradley's operations in the Philippines, accounted for the rest of the growth in the region. The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 25.9% compared to 22.2% for the same period last year. Third quarter margins are always impacted by a slowdown during the holiday season combined with higher than usual mobilizations, demobilizations and increased repairs during this period. This quarter, mild weather in Canada also caused delays in mobilizing to certain jobs. General and administrative costs were $16.5 million for the quarter compared to $10.1 million in the same period last year. The increase was due to three main factors: i) new Bradley operations; ii) new operations in Burkina Faso, Mozambique and the DRC; and iii) increased costs to support the strong growth in activity levels. Other expenses were $3.4 million for the quarter compared to $1.6 million for the same period last year, due to higher incentive compensation expenses given the Company's improved profitability and increased provision for bad debt. Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $12.0 million for the quarter compared to $8.0 million for the same quarter last year. Two thirds of the increase relates to the acquisition of Bradley, including the amortization of intangible assets, which are amortized over four years. Investments in equipment over the last year account for the rest of the increase. Non-GAAP Financial Measures In this news release, the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA and EBITDA margin. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance of the Company. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Some of the statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements, such as, but not limited to, those relating to worldwide demand for gold and base metals and overall commodity prices, the level of activity in the minerals and metals industry and the demand for the Company's services, the Canadian and international economic environments, the Company's ability to attract and retain customers and to manage its assets and operating costs, sources of funding for its clients, particularly for junior mining companies, competitive pressures, currency movements, which can affect the Company's revenue in Canadian dollars, the geographic distribution of the Company's operations, the impact of operational changes, changes in jurisdictions in which the Company operates (including changes in regulation), failure by counterparties to fulfill contractual obligations, and other factors as may be set forth, as well as objectives or goals, and including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition to exist or occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements by reason of factors such as, but not limited to, the factors set out in the discussion on pages 17 to 20 of the 2011 Annual Report entitled "General Risks and Uncertainties", and such other documents as available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All such factors should be considered carefully when making decisions with respect to the Company. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, including those statements that are incorporated by reference herein, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling service companies. To support its customers' mining operations, mineral exploration and environmental activities, Major Drilling maintains operations on every continent. Financial statements are attached. Major Drilling will provide a simultaneous webcast of its quarterly conference call on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM (EST). To access the webcast please go to the investors/webcast section of Major Drilling's website at www.majordrilling.com and click the attached link, or go directly to the CNW Group website at www.newswire.ca for directions. Participants will require Windows MediaPlayer, which can be downloaded prior to accessing the webcast. Please note that this is listen only mode.   Major Drilling Group International Inc. Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information) (unaudited)                           Three months ended   Nine months ended   January 31   January 31                           2012   2011   2012   2011                         TOTAL REVENUE $ 182,188   $ 107,720   $ 560,194   $ 345,018                         DIRECT COSTS   135,068     83,847     387,520     259,512                         GROSS PROFIT   47,120     23,873     172,674     85,506                         OPERATING EXPENSES                         General and administrative   16,522     10,118     41,956     29,640   Other expenses   3,388     1,573     12,036     6,005   Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   635     391     1,316     (427)   Foreign exchange (gain) loss   (384)     1,028     (19)     (220)   Finance costs   874     265     2,660     876   Depreciation and amortization (note 15)   12,017     8,048     29,963     22,742     33,052     21,423     87,912     58,616                         EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAX   14,068     2,450     84,762     26,890                         INCOME TAX - PROVISION (RECOVERY) (note 12)                         Current   (3,910)     597     13,377     9,447   Deferred   8,412     182     12,367     (683)     4,502     779     25,744     8,764                         NET EARNINGS $ 9,566   $ 1,671   $ 59,018   $ 18,126                           EARNINGS PER SHARE (note 13)                       Basic * $ 0.12   $ 0.02   $ 0.79   $ 0.25 Diluted ** $ 0.12   $ 0.02   $ 0.78   $ 0.25   * Based on 78,948,691 and 71,579,811 daily weighted average shares outstanding for the quarter ended January 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively and on 75,078,293 and 71,451,882 daily weighted average shares outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2012 and 2011, respectively. The total number of shares outstanding on January 31, 2012 was 79,086,376. ** Based on 80,067,340 and 72,534,171 daily weighted average shares outstanding for the quarter ended January 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and on 76,046,641 and 72,042,816 daily weighted average shares outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2012 and 2011, respectively.     Major Drilling Group International Inc. Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings (Loss) (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)                           Three months ended   Nine months ended   January 31   January 31                           2012   2011   2012   2011                         NET EARNINGS $ 9,566   $ 1,671   $ 59,018   $ 18,126                         OTHER COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS                         Unrealized gains (losses) on foreign currency translations (net of tax of $0)   2,286     (4,315)     9,860     4,280   Unrealized loss on cash flow hedge (net of tax of $0)   (119)     -     (119)     -                         COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS) $ 11,733   $ (2,644)   $ 68,759   $ 22,406 Major Drilling Group International Inc. Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity For the nine months ended January 31, 2011 and 2012 (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)                                         Share capital   Reserves   Share based payments reserve   Retained earnings   Foreign currency translation reserve   Total                                     BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2010 $ 144,919   $ -   $ 9,236   $ 153,358   $ -   $ 307,513                                       Exercise of stock options   2,011     -     (599)     -     -     1,412   Share based payments reserve   -     -     1,906     -     -     1,906   Dividends   -     -     -     (5,243)     -     (5,243)     146,930     -     10,543     148,115     -     305,588 Comprehensive earnings:                                     Net earnings   -     -     -     18,126     -     18,126   Unrealized gains on foreign currency translations -     -     -     -     4,280     4,280   Total comprehensive earnings   -     -     -     18,126     4,280     22,406                                     BALANCE AS AT JANUARY 31, 2011 $ 146,930   $ -   $ 10,543   $ 166,241   $ 4,280   $ 327,994                                     BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2011 $ 150,642   $ -   $ 10,280   $ 170,425   $ (3,662)   $ 327,685                                       Exercise of stock options   2,022     -     (322)     -     -     1,700   Share issue (net of issue costs) (note 11)   76,439     -     -     -     -     76,439   Share based payments reserve   -     -     1,766     -     -     1,766   Dividends   -     -     -     (6,242)     -     (6,242)     229,103     -     11,724     164,183     (3,662)     401,348 Comprehensive earnings:                                     Net earnings   -     -     -     59,018     -     59,018   Unrealized gains on foreign currency translations -     -     -     -     9,860     9,860   Unrealized loss on cash flow hedge   -     (119)     -     -     -     (119) Total comprehensive earnings   -     (119)     -     59,018     9,860     68,759                                     BALANCE AS AT JANUARY 31, 2012 $ 229,103   $ (119)   $ 11,724   $ 223,201   $ 6,198   $ 470,107 Major Drilling Group International Inc. Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)                           Three months ended   Nine months ended   January 31   January 31                           2012   2011   2012   2011                         OPERATING ACTIVITIES                       Earnings before income tax $ 14,068   $ 2,450   $ 84,762   $ 26,890 Operating items not involving cash                         Depreciation and amortization (note 15)   12,017     8,048     29,963     22,742   Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   635     391     1,316     (427)   Share based payments reserve   645     695     1,766     1,906 Finance costs recognized in earnings before income tax   874     265     2,660     876     28,239     11,849     120,467     51,987 Changes in non-cash operating working capital items   17,672     7,080     (4,629)     (4,784) Finance costs paid   (938)     (265)     (2,724)     (876) Income taxes (paid) recovered   (4,915)     2,188     (16,240)     473 Cash flow from operating activities   40,058     20,852     96,874     46,800                         FINANCING ACTIVITIES                       Repayment of long-term debt   (11,588)     (1,890)     (15,817)     (7,124) Proceeds from long-term debt   -     -     25,000     - Repayment of short-term debt   (5,141)     -     (5,141)     - Proceeds from short-term debt   -     -     -     10,400 Issuance of common shares   1,035     132     78,139     1,412 Dividends paid   (6,242)     (5,243)     (11,525)     (9,993) Cash flow (used in) from financing activities   (21,936)     (7,001)     70,656     (5,305)                         INVESTING ACTIVITIES                       Business acquisitions (net of cash acquired) (note 16)   (7,960)     (30)     (74,479)     (2,567) Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (net of direct financing)   (22,539)     (18,310)     (60,032)     (40,518) Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment   164     572     1,711     3,929 Cash flow used in investing activities   (30,335)     (17,768)     (132,800)     (39,156)                         Effect of exchange rate changes   269     237     (828)     (404)                         (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH   (11,944)     (3,680)     33,902     1,935                         CASH, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD   62,061     35,847     16,215     30,232                         CASH, END OF THE PERIOD $ 50,117   $ 32,167   $ 50,117   $ 32,167     Major Drilling Group International Inc. Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets As at January 31, 2012 and April 30, 2011 (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)               January 31, 2012   April 30, 2011 ASSETS                       CURRENT ASSETS             Cash $ 50,117   $ 16,215   Trade and other receivables   122,722     100,300   Income tax receivable   4,719     2,720   Inventories   99,703     69,864   Prepaid expenses   6,635     8,439     283,896     197,538             PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (note 7)   315,160     235,473             DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS   4,659     11,575             GOODWILL (note 8)   53,421     28,316             INTANGIBLE ASSETS (note 9)   7,370     1,235               $ 664,506   $ 474,137                         LIABILITIES                       CURRENT LIABILITIES             Trade and other payables $ 100,357   $ 88,599   Income tax payable   4,789     4,297   Short-term debt   7,893     7,919   Current portion of long-term debt (note 10)   8,799     8,402     121,838     109,217             CONTINGENT CONSIDERATIONS   2,760     2,612             LONG-TERM DEBT (note 10)   44,005     16,630             DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES   25,344     17,993             DEFERRED REVENUE   452     -     194,399     146,452             SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY             Share capital (note 11)   229,103     150,642   Reserves   (119)     -   Share based payments reserve   11,724     10,280   Retained earnings   223,201     170,425   Foreign currency translation reserve   6,198     (3,662)     470,107     327,685               $ 664,506   $ 474,137 MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC. NOTES TO INTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED JANUARY 31, 2012 AND 2011 (UNAUDITED) (in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information) 1. NATURE OF ACTIVITIES Major Drilling Group International Inc. ("the Company") is incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act and has its head office at 111 St. George Street, Suite 100, Moncton, NB, Canada. The Company's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX"). The principal source of revenue consists of contract drilling for companies primarily involved in mining and mineral exploration. The Company maintains operations on every continent. 2. BASIS OF PRESENTATION Statement of compliance International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") require entities that adopt IFRS to make an explicit and unreserved statement, in their first annual IFRS financial statements, of compliance with IFRS. The Company will make this statement when it issues its financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2012. These financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting ("IAS 34") as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB") and using the accounting policies the Company expects to adopt in its consolidated financial statements for the year ending April 30, 2012. Basis of consolidation The Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and entities controlled by the Company. Control is achieved where the Company has the power to govern the financial and operating policies of an investee entity so as to obtain benefits from its activities. The results of subsidiaries acquired or disposed of during the period are included in the consolidated statement of operations from the effective date of acquisition or up to the effective date of disposal, as appropriate. Intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation, where appropriate. Basis of preparation The Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared based on the accounting policies presented in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011. 3. FUTURE ACCOUNTING CHANGES The Company has not applied the following new and revised IFRSs that have been issued but are not yet effective:   IFRS 7 (as amended in 2011) Financial Instruments: Disclosures   IFRS 9 (as amended in 2010) Financial Instruments   IFRS 10 Consolidated Financial Statements   IFRS 11 Joint Arrangements   IFRS 12 Disclosure of Interests in Other Entities   IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement   IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements   IAS 12 (amended) Income Taxes - recovery of underlying assets   IAS 19 Employee Benefits   IAS 27 (reissued) Separate Financial Statements   IAS 28 (reissued) Investments in Associates and Joint Ventures   IAS 32 (amended) Financial Instruments: Presentation The Company is currently evaluating the impact of applying these standards to its Consolidated Financial Statements. 4. SIGNIFICANT NEW ACCOUNTING POLICIES Derivative financial instruments The Company has entered into a derivative financial instrument, in the form of an interest rate swap, to manage its exposure to interest rate risk. The derivative is initially recognized at fair value at the date the derivative contract is executed and is subsequently re-measured to fair value at each reporting date. The resulting gain or loss is recognized in comprehensive earnings unless the derivative is considered to be ineffective, in which event it is recognized in profit or loss. Hedge accounting The Company designates the derivative as a cash flow hedge. At the inception of the hedge, and on an ongoing basis, the Company documents whether the hedging instrument used in the hedging relationship is highly effective in offsetting changes in cash flows of the hedged item. Cash flow hedge The effective portion of changes in the fair value of the derivative is deferred in equity. The gain or loss relating to the ineffective portion is recognized immediately in profit or loss. Hedge accounting is discontinued when the Company revokes the hedging relationship, the hedging instrument expires or is terminated, or no longer qualifies for hedge accounting. Any cumulative gain or loss deferred in equity at that time is recognized immediately in profit or loss. 5. KEY SOURCES OF ESTIMATION UNCERTAINTY AND CRITICAL ACCOUNTING JUDGMENTS The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRSs requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates. The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognized in the period in which the estimate is revised if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods if the revision affects both current and future periods. Significant areas requiring the use of management estimates relate to the useful lives of property, plant and equipment for amortization purposes, property, plant and equipment and inventory valuation, determination of income and other taxes, assumptions used in compilation of share based payments, fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business acquisitions, amounts recorded as accrued liabilities, and impairment testing of goodwill and intangible assets.  The Company applied judgment in determining the functional currency of the Company and its subsidiaries, determination of cash generating units ("CGUs"), the degree of componentization of property, plant and equipment, and the recognition of provisions and accrued liabilities. 6. FIRST TIME ADOPTION OF IFRS For the overall impact of IFRS on the opening balance sheet as at transition date, including a discussion of the optional exemptions taken and the applicable mandatory exceptions, refer to Note 6 in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011. The following reconciliations present the adjustments made to the Company's previous GAAP financial results of operations and financial position to comply with IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS 1"). A discussion of transitional adjustments follows the reconciliations. IFRS Consolidated Balance Sheet As at January 31, 2011           (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (e)   (f)     ASSETS     Opening       Share based                       Previous   IFRS       payments   Deferred   Contingent   Fair value as   Building       GAAP   restatements *   Adjustments   reserve   share units   consideration   deemed cost   componentization   IFRS                                                       CURRENT ASSETS                                                       Cash  $ 32,167   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 32,167   Trade and other receivables   70,999     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     70,999   Income tax receivable    4,784     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     4,784   Inventories    67,155     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     67,155   Prepaid expenses   5,345     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     5,345     180,450     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     180,450                                                       PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT   229,995     (11,877)     -     -     -     -     544     85     218,747                                                       DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS   10,643     469     -     -     -     -     (116)     (12)     10,984                                                       GOODWILL   25,559     2,011     -     -     -     741     -     -     28,311                                                       INTANGIBLE ASSETS   1,499     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     1,499                                                                                                               $ 448,146   $ (9,397)   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 741   $ 428   $ 73   $ 439,991                                                       LIABILITIES                                                                                                           CURRENT LIABILITIES                                                       Trade and other payables $ 57,898   $ (35)   $ -   $ -   $ 26   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 57,889   Income tax payable   7,481     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     7,481   Short-term debt   11,129     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     11,129   Current portion of long-term debt   6,701     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     6,701     83,209     (35)     -     -     26     -     -     -     83,200                                                       CONTINGENT CONSIDERATION   -     2,011     -     -     -     741     -     -     2,752                                                       LONG-TERM DEBT   10,178     -     -     -     -     -     -     -     10,178                                                       DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES   16,441     (617)     -     -     -     -     25     18     15,867                                                           109,828     1,359     -     -     26     741     25     18     111,997                                                       SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY                                                       Share capital   143,847     2,484     599     -     -     -     -     -     146,930   Share based payments reserve   12,605     (1,906)     (599)     443     -     -     -     -     10,543   Retained earnings    221,919     (55,667)     -     (443)     (26)     -     403     55     166,241   Foreign currency translation reserve   (40,053)     44,333     -     -     -     -     -     -     4,280     338,318     (10,756)     -     -     (26)     -     403     55     327,994                                                         $ 448,146   $ (9,397)   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 741   $ 428   $ 73   $ 439,991 * total of May 1, 2010 transitional adjustments to re-state previous GAAP to IFRS   IFRS Consolidated Statement of Operations                                   For the three months ended January 31, 2011       (c)   (d)   (f)   (g)             Share based   Deferred   Fair value   Building       Previous GAAP   payments   share units   as deemed cost   componentization    IFRS                                     TOTAL REVENUE $ 107,720   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 107,720                                     DIRECT COSTS   83,847     -     -     -     -     83,847                                     GROSS PROFIT   23,873     -     -     -     -     23,873                                     OPERATING EXPENSES                                     General and administrative   10,112     -     6     -     -     10,118   Other expenses   1,434     139     -     -     -     1,573   Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment   391     -     -     -     -     391   Foreign exchange loss   1,028     -     -     -     -     1,028   Finance costs   265     -     -     -     -     265   Depreciation and amortization   8,257     -     -     (181)     (28)     8,048     21,487     139     6     (181)     (28)     21,423                                     EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX    2,386     (139)     (6)     181     28     2,450                                     INCOME TAX - PROVISION (RECOVERY)                                     Current   597     -     -     -     -     597   Deferred   125     -     -     47     10     182     722     -     -     47     10     779                                     NET EARNINGS (LOSS)  $ 1,664   $ (139)   $ (6)   $ 134   $ 18   $ 1,671                                                                         IFRS Consolidated Statement of Operations                                   For the nine months ended January 31, 2011       (c)   (d)   (f)   (g)             Share based    Deferred    Fair value   Building       Previous GAAP    payments     share units     as deemed cost     componentization    IFRS                                     TOTAL REVENUE $ 345,018   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ -   $ 345,018                                     DIRECT COSTS   259,512     -     -     -     -     259,512                                     GROSS PROFIT   85,506     -     -     -     -     85,506                                     OPERATING EXPENSES                                     General and administrative   29,614     -     26     -     -     29,640   Other expenses   5,562     443     -     -     -     6,005   Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment   (427)     -     -     -     -     (427)   Foreign exchange gain   (220)     -     -     -     -     (220)   Finance costs   876     -     -     -     -     876   Depreciation and amortization   23,371     -     -     (544)     (85)     22,742     58,776     443     26     (544)     (85)     58,616                                     EARNINGS (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAX    26,730     (443)     (26)     544     85     26,890                                     INCOME TAX - PROVISION (RECOVERY)                                     Current   9,447     -     -     -     -     9,447   Deferred   (854)     -     -     141     30     (683)     8,593     -     -     141     30     8,764                                     NET EARNINGS (LOSS)  $ 18,137   $ (443)   $ (26)   $ 403   $ 55   $ 18,126     IFRS Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Earnings (Loss) For the three months ended January 31, 2011                                           (b)   (c)   (e)   (f)             Share based   Deferred    Fair value   Building       Previous GAAP   payments reserve   share units   as deemed cost    componentization   IFRS                                     NET EARNINGS (LOSS) $ 1,664   $ (139)   $ (6)   $ 134   $ 18   $ 1,671                                     OTHER COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS                                     Unrealized loss on foreign currency translation (net of tax of $0) (4,315) -   - - -   (4,315)                                     COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS) $ (2,651)   $ (139)   $ (6)   $ 134   $ 18   $ (2,644)                                                                         IFRS Consolidated Statement of Comprehensive Earnings (Loss) For the nine months ended January 31, 2011                                           (b)   (c)   (e)   (f)             Share based   Deferred   Fair value   Building       Previous GAAP   payments reserve   share units   as deemed cost   componentization   IFRS                                     NET EARNINGS (LOSS)  $ 18,137   $ (443)   $ (26)   $ 403   $ 55   $ 18,126                                     OTHER COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS                                      Unrealized gain on foreign currency translation (net of tax of $0) 4,280 - - - -   4,280                                     COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS (LOSS)  $ 22,417   $ (443)   $ (26)   $ 403   $ 55   $ 22,406 Adjustments required to transition to IFRS:   a) Adjustments - Subsequent to the release of the April 30, 2011 annual consolidated financial statements, management identified adjustments required for a component of deferred tax and classification of a component of stock based payments in the Company's April 30, 2010, July 31, 2010 and April 30, 2011 historical annual and interim consolidated financial statements.         b) Share based payments - The Company's policy under Canadian GAAP was to use the straight-line method to account for options that vest in installments over time. Under IFRS, each installment is accounted for as a separate share option grant with its own distinct vesting period, hence the fair value of each tranche differs. In addition, Canadian GAAP permits companies to either estimate the forfeitures at the grant date or record the entire expense as if all share based payments vest and then record forfeitures as they occur. IFRS requires that forfeitures be estimated at the time of grant to eliminate distortion of remuneration expense recognized during the vesting period. The estimate is revised if subsequent information indicates that actual forfeitures are likely to differ from previous estimates.         c) Deferred Share Units ("DSUs") - The Company's policy under Canadian GAAP was to value the DSUs using the intrinsic value at each reporting date. Under IFRS we use the fair value, which is affected by changes in underlying volatility of the stock as well as changes in the stock price.         d) Contingent consideration - Under Canadian GAAP, contingent consideration is recognized as part of the purchase cost when it can be reasonably estimated at the acquisition date and the outcome of the contingency can be determined beyond reasonable doubt. Under IFRS, contingent consideration, regardless of probability considerations, is recognized at fair value at the acquisition date. The Company has booked contingent considerations for the SMD Services and the North Star Drilling acquisitions.         e) Fair value as deemed cost - The Company has applied the IFRS 1 exemption as described in the "exceptions and exemptions applied" section presented in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011.         f) Building componentization - Under Canadian GAAP, costs incurred for property, plant and equipment on initial recognition are allocated to significant components when practicable. Under IFRS, costs incurred for plant and equipment on initial recognition are allocated to significant components, capitalized and depreciated separately over the estimated useful lives of each component. Practicability of allocating costs to significant components is not considered under IFRS. Costs incurred subsequent to the initial purchase of property, plant and equipment are capitalized when it is probable that future economic benefits will flow to the Company and the costs can be measured reliably. Upon capitalization, the carrying amount of components replaced, if any, are written off. The Company has componentized buildings. 7. PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT Changes in the property, plant and equipment balance were as follows for the periods: Cost  Land   Buildings   Drills   Auto   Other   Total                                     Balance as at April 30, 2011 $ 1,375   $ 11,201   $ 257,838   $ 91,977   $ 25,501   $ 387,892 Additions   -     127     45,397     11,811     3,138     60,473 Disposals   -     -     (6,085)     (2,582)     (47)     (8,714) Business acquisitions   367     9,382     28,727     4,474     401     43,351 Effect of exchange rate changes and other   36     89     2,016     4,691     (141)     6,691                                     Balance as at January 31, 2012 $ 1,778   $ 20,799   $ 327,893   $ 110,371   $ 28,852   $ 489,693                                                                         Accumulated Depreciation Land   Buildings   Drills   Auto   Other   Total                                     Balance as at April 30, 2011 $ -   $ (2,791)   $ (84,421)   $ (48,095)   $ (17,112)   $ (152,419) Disposals   -     -     3,725     1,923     39     5,687 Depreciation   -     (594)     (16,438)     (9,968)     (1,388)     (28,388) Effect of exchange rate changes and other   -     5     753     564     (735)     587                                     Balance as at January 31, 2012 $ -   $ (3,380)   $ (96,381)   $ (55,576)   $ (19,196)   $ (174,533)                                                                         Net book value April 30, 2011 $ 1,375   $ 8,410   $ 173,417   $ 43,882   $ 8,389   $ 235,473 Net book value January 31, 2012 $ 1,778   $ 17,419   $ 231,512   $ 54,795   $ 9,656   $ 315,160   There were no impairments recorded as at January 31, 2012, April 30, 2011 or January 31, 2011. The Company has assessed whether there is any indication that an impairment loss recognized in prior periods for property, plant and equipment may no longer exist or may have decreased. There were no impairments requiring reversal as at January 31, 2012, April 30, 2011 or January 31, 2011. Capital expenditures were $22,833 and $18,310 for the three months ended January 31, 2012 and 2011 respectively, and $60,473 and $40,568 for the nine months ended January 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The Company obtained direct financing of $294 and $441 for the three and nine months ended January 31, 2012, respectively (three months ended January 31, 2011 - nil; nine months ended January 31, 2011 - $50). 8. GOODWILL Changes in the goodwill balance were as follows: Balance as at April 30, 2011  $ 28,316 Goodwill on acquisition (note 17)    25,088 Effect of movement in exchange rates    17 Balance as at January 31, 2012  $ 53,421 For a full discussion on allocation of goodwill to cash generating units ("CGUs"), refer to Note 8 in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011. Goodwill from the acquisition of Bradley Group Limited, as disclosed in Note 16, has not been allocated to a CGU since the value is preliminary. 9. INTANGIBLE ASSETS Changes in the intangible assets balance were as follows: Balance as at April 30, 2011 $ 1,235 Intangible assets on acquisition (note 17)   7,666 Amortization    (1,575) Effect of movement in exchange rates   44 Balance as at January 31, 2012 $ 7,370 10. LONG-TERM DEBT     January 31, 2012   April 30, 2011 Revolving equipment and acquisition loan (authorized $50,000), bearing interest at either the bank's prime rate plus 0.75% or the bankers' acceptance rate plus 2.25% for Canadian dollar draws, and either the bank's U.S. dollar base rate in Canada plus 0.75% or the bank's LIBOR plus 2.25% for U.S. dollar draws, interest only payments required until maturity, maturing in September 2016, secured by corporate guarantees of companies within the group.   $ 11,223   $ - Non-revolving term loan, bearing interest at either the bank's prime rate plus 0.75% or the bankers' acceptance rate plus 2.25% for Canadian dollar draws, and either the bank's U.S. dollar base rate in Canada plus 0.75% or the bank's LIBOR plus 2.25% for U.S. dollar draws, payable in monthly installments of $417, maturing in September 2016, secured by corporate guarantees of companies within the group.     23,333     - Revolving/non-revolving equipment and acquisition loan (authorized $45,000), bearing interest at either the bank's prime rate plus 1.0% or the bankers' acceptance rate plus 2.5% for Canadian dollar draws, and either the bank's U.S. dollar base rate in Canada plus 1.0% or the bank's LIBOR plus 2.5% for U.S. dollar draws, secured by corporate guarantees of companies within the group. This facility was refinanced in September 2011.     -     24,552 Term loan bearing interest at 5.9%, payable in monthly installments of $84, unsecured, maturing in August 2021.     9,584     - Term loans bearing interest at rates ranging from 0% to 6.99%, payable in monthly installments of $25, secured by certain equipment, maturing through 2016.     545   480               Note payable bearing interest at 4%, repayable over three years, maturing in September 2014.     8,000     - Derivative financial instrument with a notional principal amount of $23,333, swapping Canadian-Bankers' Acceptance- Canadian Dealer Offered Rate for an annual fixed rate of 3.665%, maturing in September 2016.     119     -                     52,804     25,032 Current portion     8,799     8,402     $ 44,005   $ 16,630 The required annual principal repayments per remaining fiscal years on long-term debt are as follows: 2012   $ 1,584 2013     8,809 2014     8,598 2015     9,088 2016     4,402 2017 and beyond     20,323     $ 52,804 The Company hedges its exposure to floating rates under the non-revolving term loan via an interest rate swap, exchanging a variable rate interest payment for a fixed rate interest payment. The interest swap contract was entered into early in the current quarter. As at January 31, 2012 the swap is deemed effective and is recognized as a cash flow hedge. Under the terms of certain of the Company's debt agreements, the Company must satisfy certain financial covenants. Such agreements also limit, among other things, the Company's ability to incur additional indebtedness, create liens, engage in mergers or acquisitions and make dividend and other payments. The Company, at all times, was in compliance with all covenants and other conditions imposed by its debt agreements. 11. SHARE CAPITAL On March 9, 2011, the Company announced a stock split for the issued and outstanding common shares on a three for one basis. The record date for the stock split was March 23, 2011. All share and stock option numbers have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the stock split to provide more comparable information. On September 28, 2011, the Company issued a total of 5,900,000 Subscription Receipts at a price of $11.90 per Subscription Receipt for aggregate gross proceeds of $70,210. These Subscription Receipts were subsequently converted to 5,900,000 common shares in the Company upon the closing of the acquisition by the Company of Bradley Group Limited on September 30, 2011. The Company used the net proceeds of the offering to fund a portion of the purchase price in connection with the acquisition. On October 25, 2011, the Company issued a further 885,000 common shares for further aggregate gross proceeds of $10,531 as a result of the exercise by the underwriters of an over allotment option to purchase an additional 885,000 common shares of the Company for $11.90 per share. The Company is using the net proceeds from the over allotment exercise for general corporate purposes. Authorized Unlimited number of fully paid common shares, without nominal or par value, with each share carrying one vote and a right to dividends when declared. The movement in the Company's issued and outstanding share capital during the period is as follows:   Number of   Share   shares (000's)   capital           Balance as at April 30, 2011 72,040    $ 150,642 Exercise of stock options 261     2,022 Share issue (net of issue costs)* 6,785     76,439 Balance as at January 31, 2012 79,086    $ 229,103           *share issue costs total $4,302  12. INCOME TAXES The income tax expense for the period can be reconciled to accounting profit as follows:   2012 Q3   2011 Q3   2012 YTD   2011 YTD                         Earnings before income tax $ 14,068   $ 2,450   $ 84,762   $ 26,890                         Statutory Canadian corporate income tax rate   29%     30%     29%     30%                         Expected income tax expense based on statutory                       rate $ 4,080   $ 735   $ 24,581 $ 8,067 Non-recognition of tax benefits related to losses   47     352     360     605 Other foreign taxes paid   273     62     560     271 Rate variances in foreign jurisdictions   (137)     (441)     (625)     (1,389) Other   239     71     868     1,210   $ 4,502   $ 779   $ 25,744   $ 8,764   The Company periodically assesses its liabilities and contingencies for all tax years open to audit based upon the latest information available. For those matters where it is probable that an adjustment will be made, the Company recorded its best estimate of these tax liabilities, including related interest charges. Inherent uncertainties exist in estimates of tax contingencies due to changes in tax laws. While management believes they have adequately provided for the probable outcome of these matters, future results may include favorable or unfavorable adjustments to these estimated tax liabilities in the period the assessments are made, or resolved, or when the statute of limitation lapses. 13. EARNINGS PER SHARE All of the Company's earnings are attributable to common shares therefore net earnings are used in determining earnings per share.   2012 Q3   2011 Q3   2012 YTD   2011 YTD                         Net earnings for the period $ 9,566   $ 1,671   $ 59,018   $ 18,126                         Weighted average shares outstanding - basic (000's)   78,949     71,580     75,078     71,452                         Net effect of dilutive securities:                       Stock options   1,118     954     969     591 Weighted average number of shares - diluted (000's)   80,067     72,534     76,047     72,043                         Earnings per share:                       Basic $ 0.12   $ 0.02   $ 0.79   $ 0.25 Diluted $ 0.12   $ 0.02    $ 0.78   $ 0.25   There were no anti-dilutive options for the three months ended January 31, 2012 and 2011 and the nine months ended January 31, 2012 while the calculation of diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended January 31, 2011 exclude the effect of 30,543 options as they were anti-dilutive. 14. SEGMENTED INFORMATION The Company's operations are divided into three geographic segments corresponding to its management structure, Canada - U.S., South and Central America, and Australia, Asia and Africa. The services provided in each of the reportable drilling segments are essentially the same. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in Note 4 presented in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011. Management evaluates performance based on earnings from operations in these three geographic segments before finance costs and income tax. Data relating to each of the Company's reportable segments is presented as follows:     2012 Q3   2011 Q3   2012 YTD   2011 YTD                         Revenue                          Canada - U.S. $ 69,805   $ 38,191   $ 215,394   $ 129,211   South and Central America   59,168     36,836     178,522     118,896   Australia, Asia and Africa   53,215     32,693     166,278     96,911   $ 182,188    $ 107,720    $ 560,194   $ 345,018                         Earnings from operations                          Canada - U.S. $ 5,491    $ 1,503   $ 34,406   $ 16,649   South and Central America   9,560     1,400     36,750     10,535   Australia, Asia and Africa   5,405     2,996     30,274     10,608     20,456     5,899     101,430     37,792 Eliminations   (10)     (235)     (93)     (700)     20,446     5,664     101,337     37,092 Finance costs   874     265     2,660     876 General corporate expenses *   5,504     2,949     13,915     9,326 Income tax   4,502     779     25,744     8,764 Net earnings $ 9,566    $ 1,671   $ 59,018   $ 18,126                         *General corporate expenses include expenses for corporate offices, stock options and certain un-allocated costs                         Depreciation and amortization                         Canada - U.S. $ 4,970    $ 2,815    $ 12,365   $ 7,381   South and Central America   2,716     2,227     7,471     6,261   Australia, Asia and Africa   3,189     2,668     8,244     7,948 Unallocated and corporate assets   1,142     338     1,883     1,152   $ 12,017    $ 8,048    $ 29,963   $ 22,742                                                         January 31, 2012   April 30, 2011       Identifiable assets                          Canada - U.S.       $ 239,730    $ 134,666         South and Central America         202,127     189,083         Australia, Asia and Afirca         175,914     130,071                 617,771     453,820       Eliminations         (1,606)     439       Unallocated and corporate assets         48,341     19,878               $ 664,506    $ 474,137         15. NET EARNINGS FOR THE YEAR Net earnings for the year have been arrived at after charging various employee benefit expenses as follows.   2012 Q3   2011 Q3   2012 YTD   2011 YTD                         Direct costs:                         Salaries and wages $ 47,750   $ 31,383   $ 87,080   $ 91,376   Other employee benefits   9,314     5,712     16,842     16,948                         General and administrative expenses:                         Salaries and wages   5,524     4,249     10,705     12,499   Other employee benefits   890     642     1,801     2,024                         Other expenses:                         Share based payments   439     619     862     1,711  Amortization expense for intangible assets has been included in the line item "Depreciation and amortization" in the Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations with breakdown as follows:   2012 Q3   2011 Q3   2012 YTD   2011 YTD                         Depreciation of property, plant and equipment $ 10,921   $ 7,910   $ 28,388   $ 22,340 Amortization of intangible assets   1,096     138     1,575     402   $ 12,017   $ 8,048   $ 29,963   $ 22,742   16. BUSINESS ACQUISITIONS Bradley Group Limited Effective September 30, 2011, the Company acquired all the issued and outstanding shares of Bradley Group Limited ("Bradley"), which provides a unique opportunity to further the Company's corporate strategy of focusing on specialized drilling, expanding its geographic footprint in areas of high growth and of maintaining a balance in the mix of drilling services. The acquisition was accounted for using the acquisition method and the results of this operation were included in the statement of operations as of the closing date. The acquired business includes the assets acquired (indicated below), contracts and personnel. The purchase price for the transaction was CAD $78,060, including customary working capital adjustments and net of cash acquired, financed with cash and debt. The Company is in the process of finalizing the valuation of assets. As at January 31, 2012, the values allocated to net tangible and intangible assets are preliminary and are subject to adjustments as additional information is obtained. The estimated net assets acquired at fair market value at acquisition are as follows: Assets acquired       Trade and other receivables (net)   $ 23,978 Inventories     15,330 Prepaid expenses     540 Property, plant and equipment     45,884 Deferred income tax assets     350 Goodwill (not tax deductible)     23,064 Intangible assets     7,324 Trade and other payables     (19,057) Income tax payable     (1,751) Short-term debt     (5,101) Current portion of long-term debt     (113) Long-term debt     (10,352) Deferred income tax liability     (2,036) Total assets   $ 78,060         Consideration       Cash   $ 72,000 Long-term debt (holdback)     8,000 Less: Cash acquired     (1,940)     $ 78,060 The Corporation incurred acquisition-related costs of $857 relating to external legal fees and due diligence costs. The legal fees and due diligence costs have been included in the other expenses line of the Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. It is impracticable to estimate the revenue and net income attributed to the additional business generated by Bradley for the three months ended January 31, 2012, or of the combined entity for the year as though the acquisition date was May 1, 2011. Resource Drilling Effective March 24, 2011, the Company acquired the assets of Resource Drilling, which provides contract drilling services in Mozambique, where Major Drilling did not previously have a presence. The acquisition was accounted for using the acquisition method and the results of this operation were included in the statement of operations as of the closing date. The acquired business includes drilling equipment, inventory, contracts and personnel. The purchase price for the transaction was USD $9,563 (CAD $9,345), including customary working capital adjustments, financed with cash. The net assets acquired at fair market value at acquisition are as follows: Assets acquired     Inventories $ 946 Prepaid expenses   23 Property, plant and equipment   6,010 Goodwill (not tax deductible)   2,024 Intangible assets   342 Total assets $ 9,345       Consideration     Cash $ 5,628 Trade and other payables   3,717   $ 9,345 North Star Drilling Effective June 30, 2010, the Company acquired the assets of North Star Drilling, which provides contract drilling services to the fresh water and geothermal markets in certain mid-western states in the US, and operates from its head office in Little Falls, Minnesota, as well as from satellite offices in Brainerd and Bemidji, Minnesota. The acquisition was accounted for using the acquisition method and the results of this operation were included in the statement of operations as of the closing date. The acquired business includes working capital, drilling equipment, contracts and personnel. The purchase price for the transaction, excluding contingent consideration, was USD $2,449 (CAD $2,567), including customary working capital adjustments of CAD $215, financed with cash. The contingent consideration of USD $750 to the purchase price is based on future earnings. The acquiree is expected to meet target earnings, with payments to be made over the next five years. The net assets acquired at fair market value at acquisition are as follows: Assets acquired and liabilities assumed     Trade receivables (net) $ 776 Inventories   382 Prepaid expenses   18 Property, plant and equipment   1,078 Goodwill (not tax deductible)   1,083 Intangible assets   763 Trade and other payables   (779) Net assets $ 3,321       Consideration     Cash $ 2,567 Contingent consideration   754   $ 3,321 17. DIVIDENDS The Company declared two dividends during the year, $0.08 per common share paid on November 1, 2011 to shareholders of record as of October 10, 2011, and $0.09 per common share to be paid on May 2, 2012 to shareholders of record as of April 6, 2012. The Company declared two dividends during the previous year. The first dividend of $0.07333 per common share was paid on November 1, 2010 to shareholders of record as of October 8, 2010. The second dividend of $0.07333 per common share was paid on May 2, 2011 to shareholders of record as of April 8, 2011. 18. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS There are no significant changes to financial instruments compared to the Company's 2011 annual financial statements prepared under previous GAAP except for the following: Risk management objectives The Company's corporate treasury function monitors and manages the financial risks relating to the operations of the Company through analysis of the various exposures. When deemed appropriate, the Company uses financial instruments to hedge these risk exposures. Interest rate risk management The Company is exposed to interest rate risk as it borrows funds at both fixed and floating interest rates. The risk is managed by the Company by use of interest rate swap contracts when deemed appropriate. Interest rate swap contract Under the interest rate swap contract, the Company agrees to exchange the difference between fixed and floating rate interest amounts calculated on agreed notional principal amounts. This contract enables the Company to mitigate the risk of changing interest rates on the cash flow exposures on the issued variable rate debt held. The following table details the notional principal amount and the remaining term of the interest rate swap contract outstanding at the reporting date.   Remaining term Notional principal amount Fair value               56 months $ 23,333   $ (119) The interest rate swap settles on a monthly basis swapping Canadian-Bankers' Acceptance-Canadian Dealer Offered Rate for an annual fixed rate of 3.665%. Fair value The carrying values of cash, trade and other receivables, demand credit facility and trade and other payables approximate their fair value due to the relatively short period to maturity of the instruments. The following table shows carrying values of short and long-term debt and contingent considerations and approximates their fair value, as most debts carry variable interest rates and the remaining fixed rate debts have been acquired recently and their carrying value continues to reflect fair value. The fair value of the interest rate swap included in long-term debt is measured using quoted interest rates.   January 31, 2012   April 30, 2011             Short-term debt $ 7,893   $ 7,919 Contingent considerations   2,760     2,612 Long-term debt   52,804     25,032 Credit risk As at January 31, 2012, 76.3% of the Company's trade receivables were aged as current and 1.3% of the trade receivables were impaired. The movement in the allowance for impairment of trade receivables during the period was as follows: Balance as at April 30, 2011 $ 982 Increase in impairment allowance   1,443 Write-off charged against allowance   (518) Recovery of amounts previously written off   (406) Foreign exchange translation differences   48 Balance as at January 31, 2012 $ 1,549 Foreign currency risk The most significant carrying amounts of net monetary assets that: (1) are denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the respective Company subsidiary; (2) cause foreign exchange rate exposure; and (3) may include intercompany balances with other subsidiaries, at the reporting dates are as follows:   January 31, 2012   April 30, 2011 U.S. Dollars $ 37,021   $ 14,605 If the Canadian dollar moved by plus or minus 10% at January 31, 2012, the unrealized foreign exchange gain or loss would move by approximately $3,702 (April 30, 2011 - $1,460). Liquidity risk The following table details the Company's contractual maturities for its financial liabilities.   1 year 2-3 years 4-5 years thereafter Total                       Trade and other payables $ 100,357  $ - $ -  $ - $ 100,357 Short-term debt   7,893   -   -   -   7,893 Contingent considerations   1,004   1,756   -   -   2,760 Long-term debt   8,799   17,760   21,662   4,583   52,804   $ 118,053  $  19,516  $  21,662  $ 4,583 $ 163,814     SOURCE MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.For further information: <p> <i>Denis Larocque, Chief Financial Officer</i><br/> Tel: (506) 857-8636<br/> Fax: (506) 857-9211<br/> <a href="mailto:ir@majordrilling.com">ir@majordrilling.com</a> </p>