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Primary Energy Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results and Establishes a New Dividend Policy

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Primary Energy Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results and Establishes a New Dividend Policy22:11 EDT Thursday, August 09, 2012OAK BROOK, IL, Aug. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - Primary Energy Recycling Corporation (the "Company" or "Primary Energy") (TSX: PRI), a clean energy company that generates revenue from capturing and recycling recoverable heat and byproduct fuels from industrial processes, today announced its financial and operational results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012.Financial Results            (in 000's of US$)              Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30  2012 2011 2012 2011             Revenues $12,565 $13,313 $26,787 $26,095Operations and maintenance expense  4,165  4,123  8,376  6,866Operating (loss) income  (5,385)  1,394  (3,076)  1,495Net loss and comprehensive loss  (5,453)  (682)  (4,901)  (2,940)EBITDA (1)  936  8,538  9,524  17,706Adjusted EBITDA (2)  8,445  9,232  18,228  18,400Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities  (743)  6,891  6,645  16,598Free Cash Flow (3)  (6,589)  3,357  (893)  12,470Cash and cash equivalents  30,898  22,459  -  -Credit facility debt balance  85,000  58,403  -  - Second Quarter HighlightsThe Board of Directors has established a new dividend policy. The Board is satisfied that the financial flexibility provided by the Company's recent financing, together with the Board's confidence in the expected renewal of the Cokenergy contract, will support a sustainable US$0.20 per share annual dividend, payable quarterly.  With respect to the third quarter of 2012, a US$0.05 per common share dividend is expected to be declared for payment on or about November 30, 2012 to shareholders of record on November 15, 2012.  Declarations and payments of dividends will be made in US dollars.  Declaration of any dividends will be at the discretion of the Board.Closed its transaction with Atlantic Power Corporation to purchase the 7,462,830 (14.3%) common membership interests in Primary Energy Recycling Holdings LLC not currently held by the Company and terminated the Management Agreement between the two companies for a total cost of approximately US$30.2 million. This transaction provides the Company with a clean, simple corporate structure, greater operational autonomy, and flexibility going forward;Announced the closing of a US$110 million senior secured credit facility of which US$85 million was drawn at close with the remaining US$25 million readily available under a revolving credit arrangement. The proceeds of the new credit facility have been applied to fully retire the Company's US$36.4 million term loan that was previously outstanding, to fund the purchase of the Primary Energy Recycling Holdings LLC common membership interests and for other corporate purposes.  The interest rate for the new credit facility is effectively 5.0%, a reduction from the 6.9% effective rate of the previous loan;Continued early stage contract renegotiation discussions with the site host for Cokenergy. The current contract expires in the third quarter of 2013;Substantially completed work on Phase II of the North Lake plant upgrade by the end of the quarter. As previously disclosed, the renewal contract requires the facility to be upgraded from its current rating of 75 MW to 90 MW."The second quarter was a transformational period for the Company," said John Prunkl, President and Chief Executive Officer of Primary Energy. "We now have more operational independence, improved financial flexibility and a dividend policy that should improve our cost of capital which in turn will help us excel as leaders in the energy recycling space. The renewal of the Cokenergy contract and execution of our capital programs remain our top priorities."    Q2 2012   Q2 2011         Total Gross Electric Production (MWh)(4)   313,023   327,826Total Thermal Energy Delivered (MMBtu)(5)   946,452   1,154,988Harbor Coal Utilization(6)   68.3%   93.6%Second Quarter 2012 Financial ResultsThe Company's revenue of $12.6 million in the second quarter of 2012 decreased $0.7 million, or 5.6%, compared with revenue of $13.3 million for the second quarter of 2011.  The North Lake facility was out of service for the entire month of May 2012 due to a planned turbine upgrade but was fully operational during the second quarter of 2011, which had a negative impact on variable Energy Service revenue of $0.8 million.  Harbor Coal's utilization was reduced primarily due to the injection of low cost spot market natural gas and coal management strategies.  The Company's revenue of $26.8 million in the first six months of 2012 increased $0.7 million, or 2.7%, compared with revenue of $26.1 million for the first six months of 2011.  The Company's revenue of $26.8 million in the first six months of 2012 increased $0.7 million, or 2.7%, compared with revenue of $26.1 million for the first six months of 2011 primarily due to the North Lake facility being fully operational for five months of 2012 compared to three months in 2011 as a result of service outages for overhaul and upgrade activity. Operations and maintenance expense for the second quarter of 2012 was $4.2 million compared to $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $0.1 million or 1.0%.  The Company incurred periodic costs during the second quarter of 2012 comprised of $1.1 million for boiler retubing work and $0.3 million for ductwork repairs compared to periodic costs for the second quarter of 2011 totaling $0.7 million for boiler retubing work. Operations and maintenance expense for the first six months of 2012 was $8.4 million compared to $6.8 million for the first six months of 2011, an increase of $1.6 million or 22.0%.  The Company incurred periodic costs for the first six months of 2012 comprised of $2.1 million for boiler retubing work and $0.4 million for ductwork repairs compared to periodic costs for the first six months of 2011 totaling $0.7 million for boiler retubing work.Equity in earnings of the Harbor Coal joint venture for the second quarter of 2012 was $0.5 million compared to $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2011 and $1.2 million and $2.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 respectively.  Harbor Coal's utilization was reduced primarily due to the injection of low cost spot market natural gas and coal supply management strategies.Operating loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $5.4 million compared to operating income of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of $6.8 million. $6.0 million of the decrease was attributed to the Management Agreement termination fee.  Operating loss for the first six months of 2012 was $3.1 million compared to operating income of $1.5 million for the first six months of 2011, a decrease of $4.6 million.Net loss and comprehensive loss for the second quarter of 2012 was $5.4 million compared to $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2011, a decrease of $4.7 million. Net loss and comprehensive loss for the first six months of 2012 was $4.9 million compared to $2.9 million for the first six months of 2011, a decrease of $2.0 million.Conference Call and Webcast Management will host a conference call to discuss the second quarter results on Friday, August 10, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Following management's presentation, there will be a question and answer session. To participate in the conference call, please dial (888) 231-8191 or (647) 427-7450.A digital conference call replay will be available until midnight on August 24, 2012 (ET) by calling (800) 642-1687 or (416) 849-0833. Please enter the passcode 12698664 when instructed. A webcast replay will be available for 90 days by accessing a link through the Investor Information section at www.primaryenergyrecycling.comForward-Looking Statements When used in this news release, the words "intend", "likely", "anticipate", "expect", "project", "believe", "estimate", "forecast", "outlook" and similar expressions, are intended to identify forward-looking statements, including statements regarding maintenance and capital expenditures and the declaration and payment of any dividends. Such statements are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions pertaining, but not limited, to recovery in the steel industry, continued strong performance from the mills we serve consistent with historical patterns, timely renewal of contracts at the Company's facilities, no protracted outages (planned or unplanned) for any of our facilities, operating and maintenance costs and general and administrative costs being similar to recent years except as described in this press release, regulatory parameters, weather and economic conditions and other factors discussed in the Company's public filings available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known or that are currently deemed to be immaterial may also materially and adversely affect the Company's business operations and outlook. Any of the matters highlighted in the Company's risk factor disclosure could have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations, business prospects and outlook, financial condition or cash flow, in which case, the market price or value of the Company's Common Shares could be adversely affected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances, except as required by applicable securities laws.About Primary Energy Recycling Corporation Primary Energy Recycling Corporation, headquartered in Oak Brook, Illinois, owns and operates four recycled energy projects and a 50 per cent interest in a pulverized coal facility (collectively, the "Projects"). The Projects have a combined electrical generating capacity of 283 megawatts and a combined steam generating capacity of 1.8M lbs/hour. Primary Energy Recycling Corporation creates value for its customers by capturing and recycling waste energy from industrial and electric generation processes and converting it into reliable and economical electricity and thermal energy for resale back to its customers. For more information, please see www.primaryenergy.com1As used herein, EBITDA means earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and certain other adjustments.   EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) in the table below.  EBITDA is not a recognized measure under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Therefore, EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.2As used herein, references to Adjusted EBITDA are to EBITDA as adjusted for certain non-recurring adjustments for major maintenance/outage work expenses, management termination fee and non-cash stock based compensation that represent recorded expenses based on specific circumstances and are not expected to be part of the Company's ongoing business activity. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized measure under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.3As used herein, Free Cash Flow means net cash provided by operating activities as adjusted for capital expenditures.  Free Cash Flow is reconciled to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities in the table below.  Free Cash Flow is not a recognized measure under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. Therefore, Free Cash Flow may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.4Total Gross Electric Production means the aggregate amount of electricity produced by all of the Company's facilities during the period. The amount is gross generation and is not reduced by internal electric usage of the facilities' auxiliary equipment. The unit of measure is megawatt hours (MWh).  Due to the fixed and variable nature of customer contracts, MWh production cannot be directly tied to financial performance.5Total Thermal Energy Delivered means the aggregate amount of heat energy contained in the steam and heated water delivered to customers by all of the Company's facilities during the period. The unit of measure is millions of British Thermal Units (MMBTU). Due to the fixed and variable nature of customer contracts, MMBTU production cannot be directly tied to financial performance.6Harbor Coal Utilization is a factor that incorporates the production level of a blast furnace and the amount of coal utilization per unit of blast furnace production as compared to a reference blast furnace production level and coal utilization rate per unit of blast furnace production. The measurement unit is a ratio expressed as a percentage.Management believes that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Total Gross Electric Production, Total Thermal Energy Delivered and Harbor Coal Utilization provide useful supplemental information regarding the performance of the Company, facilitate comparisons of historical periods and are indicative of the Company's operating results.  Note, however, that these items are performance measures only, and do not provide any measure of the Company's cash flow or liquidity, and are not a substitute for IFRS financial measures.Non-IFRS Measures The Company reports its financial results in accordance with IFRS. The Company's management also evaluates and makes operating decisions using various other measures.  Three such measures are EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, which are non-IFRS financial measures. We believe these measures provide useful supplemental information regarding the performance of the Company's business.Reconcilation of Net Loss and Comprehensive Loss to Adjusted EBITDA (in 000's of US$) Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011            Net loss and comprehensive loss $(5,453) $(682) $(4,901) $(2,940)Adjustment to net loss and comprehensive loss :            Depreciation and amortization 5,266  6,135  10,536   13,693 Depreciation and amortization included in equity in             earnings of Harbor Coal joint venture 1,009  1,009  2,018  2,018 Interest expense 1,534  1,692  2,715  3,535 Deferred finance fees expensed upon extinguishment of debt 765  -  765  - Realized and unrealized loss on derivative contracts 280  -  280  4 Loss on derecognition 46   -  46   500 Income tax (benefit) expense  (2,511)  384  (1,935)  896EBITDA$936 $8,538  $9,524 $17,706            Adjustments to EBITDA:            Major maintenance (1) 1,393  694  2,486  694 Management termination fee 6,000  -  6,000  - Professional fees related to the buyout of thenon-controlling interest 90  -  192  - Non-cash stock based compensation 26  -  26  -Adjusted EBITDA$8,445  $9,232  $18,228 $18,400               1) Represents nonrecurring major maintenance expenditures for such things as boiler retubing work and related other maintenance expenditures and ductwork repairs. Reconcilation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow(in 000's of US$)Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 2011 2012 2011            Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities$(743) $6,891 $6,645 $16,598            Less: Capital expenditures (5,846)  (3,534)  (7,538)  (4,128)Free Cash Flow$(6,589) $3,357 $(893)  $12,470 Primary Energy Recycling CorporationCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION(In thousands of U.S. dollars)           ASSETS   June 30, 2012 December 31, 2011             Current assets:       Cash and cash equivalents $30,898 $20,567 Accounts receivable   6,993  8,115 Inventory, net  999  987 Tax receivable  733  565 Prepaid expenses  1,741  632Total current assets  41,364  30,866             Non-current assets:       Property, plant and equipment, net   185,659  180,844 Intangible assets, net  18,477  24,632 Restricted cash  3,445  1,930 Interest rate cap   135  - Deferred tax asset, net   -  2,519 Investment in Harbor Coal joint venture   60,672  63,190 Other non-current assets  -  159Total assets $309,752 $304,140             LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                   Current liabilities:       Accounts payable $2,240 $1,115 Short-term debt   7,080  27,304 Due to affiliates   -  333 Accrued property taxes  954  1,963 Accrued expenses  5,987  5,503Total current liabilities  16,261  36,218             Non-current liabilities:       Long-term debt   72,970  14,134 Deferred income tax liability, net  15,261  - Interest rate swap   65  - Asset retirement obligations   4,462  4,239Total liabilities  109,019  54,591                          Equity                      Equity attributable to equity owners of the Company      Common stock: no par value, unlimited shares authorized;        44,706,186 issued and outstanding   274,479  274,479Contributed surplus  37,108  3,316Accumulated shareholders' deficit  (110,854)  (107,748)Total equity attributable to equity owners of the Company  200,733  170,047Non-controlling interest   -  79,502Total equity  200,733  249,549Total liabilities and equity $309,752 $304,140  Primary Energy Recycling CorporationCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except share and per share amounts)                       Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,     2012 2011 2012 2011                Revenue:               Capacity     $9,018 $9,018 $18,036 $18,036 Energy service     3,547  4,295  8,751  8,059        12,565  13,313  26,787  26,095Expenses:                 Operations and maintenance  4,165  4,123  8,376  6,866 General and administrative  2,138  2,148  4,620  4,479 Management termination fee  6,000  -  6,000  - Employee benefits     852  606  1,515  1,166 Depreciation and amortization  5,266  6,135  10,536  13,693 Loss on derecognition  46  -  46  500Total operating expenses  18,467  13,012  31,093  26,704                  Equity in earnings of Harbor Coal joint venture  517  1,093  1,230  2,104                  Operating (loss) income  (5,385)  1,394  (3,076)  1,495                  Other expense                 Interest expense     (1,534)  (1,692)  (2,715)  (3,535) Deferred finance fees expensed upon extinguishment of debt  (765)  -  (765)  - Realized and unrealized loss on derivative contracts   (280)   -  (280)   (4)                  Loss before income taxes  (7,964)  (298)  (6,836)  (2,044)Income tax benefit (expense)  2,511  (384)  1,935  (896)Net loss and comprehensive loss  $(5,453) $(682) $(4,901) $(2,940)                  Net loss and comprehensive loss attributable to:             Owners of the Company $(4,070) $- $(3,106) $(1,281) Non-controlling interest  (1,383)  (682)  (1,795)  (1,659)     $(5,453) $(682) $(4,901) $(2,940)                Net loss per share attributable to owners of the Company:            Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic  44,706,186  44,706,186  44,706,186  44,706,186Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted  44,706,186  44,706,186  44,706,186  44,706,186Basic and diluted net loss per share attributable   to owners of the Company $(0.09) $- $(0.07) $(0.03) Primary Energy Recycling CorporationCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY(In thousands of U.S. dollars)                  Attributable to equity owners of the Company                          Commonstock Contributedsurplus Accumulateddeficit Total Non-controllinginterest TotalequityBalance - January 1, 2011 $274,479 $3,316 $(107,784) $170,011 $82,028 $252,039                   Net loss and comprehensive loss for the six months ended June 30, 2011  -  -  (1,281)  (1,281)  (1,770)  (3,051)Balance - June 30, 2011 $274,479 $3,316 $(109,065) $168,730  $80,258 $248,988                   Balance - January 1, 2012 $274,479 $3,316 $(107,748) $170,047 $79,502  $249,549                   Net loss and comprehensive loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012  -  -  (3,106)  (3,106)  (1,795)  (4,901)Buyout of non-controlling interest  -  33,766  -  33,766  (77,707)  (43,941)Stock compensation expense  -  26  -  26  -  26Balance - June 30, 2012 $274,479 $37,108 $(110,854) $200,733 $-  $200,733 Primary Energy Recycling CorporationCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands of U.S. dollars)                           Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,        2012 2011 2012 2011                   CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:            Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period   $(5,453)  $(682)  $(4,901)  $(2,940)Adjustments for:            Depreciation and amortization  5,266  6,135  10,536  13,693Loss on derecognition  46  -  46  500Unrealized loss on derivative contracts  280  -  280  4Deferred finance fees expensed upon extinguishment of debt  765  -  765  -Equity in earnings of Harbor Coal joint venture  (517)  (1,093)  (1,230)  (2,104)Distributions from investment in Harbor Coal joint venture  1,761  2,012  3,747  3,547Net cash settlement from derivative contracts   (187)  -  (187)  -Non-cash interest expense  658  640  1,139  1,330Non-cash stock based compensation  26  -  26  -Income tax    (2,502)  386  (1,935)  896         143  7,398  8,286  14,926Net change in non-cash working capital balances  (886)  (507)  (1,641)  1,672 Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities  (743)  6,891  6,645  16,598                   CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:            Change in restricted cash  (1,821)  249  (1,515)  547Capital expenditures  (5,846)  (3,534)  (7,538)  (4,128) Net cash used in investing activities  (7,667)  (3,285)  (9,053)  (3,581)                   CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:            Proceeds from issuance of debt  85,000  -  85,000  -Purchase of the non-controlling interest  (24,225)  -  (24,225)  -Payments of deferred financing costs  (5,195)  -  (5,263)  -Repayment of debt  (36,416)  (5,732)  (42,773)  (12,963) Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  19,164  (5,732)  12,739  (12,963)Net increase (decrease) in cash  10,754  (2,126)  10,331  54                   Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period  20,144  24,585  20,567  22,405Cash and cash equivalents - end of period $30,898 $22,459 $30,898 $22,459                   Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:            Cash paid during the period for interest $863 $1,053 $1,565 $2,213Cash paid during the period for income taxes $130 $113 $168 $113     SOURCE: Primary Energy Recycling CorporationFor further information: Chief Financial Officer Mike Alverson 630.230.1314 investorinfo@primaryenergy.com  Media and Investor Relations Adam Peeler TMX Equicom 416.815.0700 ext. 225 apeeler@equicomgroup.com