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Orbit Garant Drilling Reports Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Orbit Garant Drilling Reports Fiscal 2012 Financial Results18:16 EDT Thursday, September 20, 2012Revenue increased 21.2% to $154.8 million in fiscal 2012, compared to $127.7 million in fiscal 2011Record metres drilled at 1.5 million metres, up from 1.4 million metres in fiscal 2011Adjusted gross margin (excluding amortization expense) of 27.3%, compared to 27.6% in fiscal 2011EBITDA increased to $27.9 million from $26.0 million in fiscal 2011Earnings per share of $0.31 ($0.30 per share diluted), compared to $0.35 ($0.34 per share diluted) in fiscal 2011Acquisition of New Brunswick-based Lantech Drilling Services Inc.Drill fleet expanded to 224 drill rigs, up from 180 drill rigs at the end of fiscal 2011Capital expenditures of $18.4 million to support increased business activityVAL-D'OR, QC, Sept. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. (TSX: OGD) ("Orbit Garant" or the "Company") today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2012. These results reflect the Company's transition from Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (Canadian "GAAP") to International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), effective July 1, 2011. The Company's fiscal 2011 fourth quarter ("Q4 FY2011") and year-end financial results have been restated accordingly. All dollar amounts are in Canadian currency unless otherwise stated. Percentage calculations are based on numbers in the financial statements and may not correspond to rounded figures presented in this news release.Highlights($ amounts in millions, exceptearnings per share)3 months ended June 30, 20123 months ended June 30, 2011Year endedJune 30, 2012Year endedJune 30, 2011Revenue$43.6$41.0$154.8$127.7Gross Profit¹$7.7$10.1$33.7$28.5Gross Margin (%)¹17.724.721.822.3Adjusted Gross Margin (%)¹22.629.227.327.6EBITDA$5.5$9.3$27.9$26.0Net Earnings$1.3$4.6$10.4$11.4Net earnings per common share    - Basic$0.04$0.14$0.31$0.35- Diluted$0.04$0.13$0.30$0.34Total Metres Drilled402,126426,5251,489,6581,413,332 ¹ In accordance with IFRS, reported gross profit and margin include certain amortization expenses. For comparative purposes, adjusted gross margin is also shown excluding these amortization expenses. "We achieved a new high for number of metres drilled in fiscal 2012 and generated record revenue and EBITDA of $154.8 million and $27.9 million, respectively. We experienced a slight decrease in gross margins for the year and a decrease in net earnings to $10.4 million, from $11.4 million a year ago, primarily as a result of a decline in our drill utilization rates in the second half of fiscal 2012," said Eric Alexandre, President and CEO of Orbit Garant. "Our second half utilization rates were impacted by a number of factors, including: unseasonably warm temperatures in March, which resulted in an early ice break-up season and premature suspension of drilling activitiesat certain project sites in Quebec and Ontario in our third quarter and a decline in our junior mining company customers' drilling activity in our fourth quarter.""While we currently generate approximately74% of our revenue from senior and intermediate mining companies, our junior mining company customers remain an important part of our business mix," continued Mr. Alexandre. "The second half of our fiscal 2012 year proved to be a difficult environment for juniors to access capital, and we are currently experiencing the negative impact of this development, as some of our junior mining company customers have suspended or postponed their exploration programs in whole or in part. This development, which has also affected the broader market for our services, has carried over into our fiscal 2013 first quarter and may continue throughout the first half of our fiscal 2013 year.""Looking ahead, we will remain focused on the aspects of our business that are in our control, including continuing to improve productivity, enhancing value for our customers and pursuing growth opportunities both in Canada and internationally," added Mr. Alexandre. "We believe our computerized drilling control and monitoring solutions will be an important contributor to reducing both the labour and consumable component costs of our mineral drilling operations going forward, and to enhancing productivity. We expect to have at least 30 drill rigs featuring our computerized monitoring and control technology by the end of fiscal 2013. The Board of Directors has approved a capital budget of $11.0 million for fiscal 2013, which will largely be used for this purpose.""Despite the current global economic uncertainties stemming from the European debt crisis, slowing growth in China, and the upcoming US election, we believe the longer term fundamentals of our business remain strong. Global mineral exploration spending was at an all-time high in 2011, including within Canada, and most of our senior and intermediate customers remain committed to advancing their exploration and mine development programs. Further, gold remains at historically high price levels, and the industry is currently faced with the challenge of replenishing reserves to maintain production levels going forward. We currently derive approximately 75% of our revenues from gold related projects," continued Mr. Alexandre. "We have invested significantly in our growth platform over the past 24 months, enhancing our capacity, our services and geographic market presence and we are well positioned to exploit market opportunities as they arise."On December 16, 2011, Orbit Garant acquired all issued and outstanding shares of New Brunswick-based Lantech Drilling Services Inc. ("Lantech Drilling"), which specializes in exploration, and geotechnical drilling services for mining companies and engineering and environmental consulting firms. The Company's results for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012 include results of operations from Lantech Drilling from December 16, 2011.Fourth Quarter ResultsOrbit Garant added four drill rigs to its fleet in fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 ("Q4 FY2012") and sold six, bringing its fleet count to 224 drills at June 30, 2012. The Company's fleet drilled a total of 402,126metres in Q4 FY2012, compared to 426,525metres in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 ("Q4 FY2011"). The average revenue per metre drilled was $105.83in Q4 FY2012, compared to $94.12 in Q4 FY2011.The Company's Q4 FY2012 revenue increased 5.9% to $43.6 million compared to $41.0 million in Q4 FY2011. Domestic surface drilling revenue increased 14.7% to $38.9 million in Q4 FY2012 compared to $33.8 million in Q4 FY2011, reflecting higher revenue per metre drilled and the contribution from Lantech Drilling. International drilling revenue decreased by $2.6 million in Q4 FY2012 to $4.7 million from $7.7 million in Q4 FY2011, due to lower demand for drilling services.Gross profit for Q4 FY2012 decreased to $7.7 million from $10.1 million in Q4 FY2011, a decline of 23.9%. Gross margin was 17.7% in Q4 FY2012, down from 24.7% in Q4 FY2011. In accordance with IFRS, amortization expenses totalling $2.1 million are included in cost of contract revenue for Q4 FY2012, compared to $1.9 million in amortization expenses in Q4 FY2011. Adjusted gross margin, excluding amortization expenses, was 22.6% in Q4 FY2012 compared to 29.2% in Q4 FY2011.  Decreased gross profit and gross margin in Q4 FY2012 reflects a decline in higher margin international business activity from the Company's junior mining company customers.General and administrative (G&A) expenses increased to $5.1 million (11.7% of revenue) in Q4 FY2012 from $3.4 million (8.3% of revenue) in Q4 FY2011. Higher G&A expenses in Q4 FY2012 resulted primarily from increased personnel, the Company's new branch office in Sudbury, Ontario, the acquisition of Lantech Drilling, and amortization expenses related to the Company's new head office in Val-d'Or, Quebec. G&A expenses, excluding amortization expenses of $0.9 million, totalled $4.2 million (9.7% of revenue) in Q4 FY2012, compared to $2.8 million (7.1% of revenue) in Q4 FY2011.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization ("EBITDA")² totaled $5.5 million in Q4 FY2012, compared to EBITDA of $9.3 million in Q4 FY2011. EBITDA margin in Q4 FY2012 was 12.9% compared to 22.7% in Q4 FY2011.Net earnings for Q4 FY2012 were $1.3 million, or $0.04 per common share (basic and diluted) compared to net earnings of $4.6 million, or $0.14 per common share ($0.13 per share diluted) in Q4 FY2011. The decline in net earnings resulted from lower international activity and higher G&A expenses in the quarter.Fiscal 2012 Results For the twelve months ended June 30, 2012 ("fiscal 2012"), Orbit Garant generated revenue of $154.8 million, an increase of $27.1 million, or 21.2%, compared to $127.7 million for the twelve months ended June 30, 2011 ("fiscal 2011"). Increased revenue in fiscal 2012 was primarily attributable to new drilling contracts, higher revenue per metre drilled and the contribution from Lantech Drilling in the second half of fiscal 2012.Gross profit for fiscal 2012 increased 18.2% to $33.7 million, compared to $28.5 million in fiscal 2011. Increased gross profit was primarily attributable to price increases and higher overall business volumes, including increased higher margin international drilling activity in the first half of the fiscal year. Gross margin for fiscal 2012 declined to 21.8% from 22.3% in fiscal 2011.Adjusted gross margin, excluding amortization expense, was 27.3% in fiscal 2012, a slight decline from 27.6% a year ago. The decline in gross margin and adjusted gross margin is primarily attributable to: unseasonably warm weather in Quebec and Ontario in March, 2012, which resulted in an early spring break-up and the premature suspension of drilling activities on certain project sites and decreased business activity in the second half of the year from the Company's junior mining company customers.General and administrative (G&A) expenses were $17.1 million for fiscal 2012, compared to $11.6 million in fiscal 2011. G&A expenses represented 11.1% of sales during fiscal 2012, compared to 9.1% in fiscal 2011. G&A expenses, excluding amortization expenses  of $2.9 million and $0.4 million in acquisition costs related to the acquisition of Lantech Drilling, totalled $13.8 million (9.0% of revenue) for fiscal 2012, compared to $9.7 million (7.6% of revenue) for fiscal 2011. Higher G&A expenses resulted primarily from increased personnel, the Company's acquisition of Advantage Control Technologies and Morris Drilling Inc. in the second quarter of fiscal 2011, the acquisition of Lantech Drilling in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, and the amortization expenses related to the Company's new head office in Val-d'Or, Quebec.Net earnings for fiscal 2012 totalled $10.4 million, or $0.31 per common share ($0.30 per share diluted), compared to $11.4 million, or $0.35 per common share ($0.34 per share diluted) in fiscal 2011. Decreased net earnings resulted from higher G&A expenses and increased finance costs.EBITDA for fiscal 2012 increased 7.4% to $27.9 million, compared to $26.0 million in fiscal 2011. EBITDA margin for fiscal 2012 was 18.0%, compared to 20.3% in fiscal 2011.As at June 30, 2012, the Company had working capital of $60.3 million and 33,276,519 common shares issued and outstanding.Conference callEric Alexandre, President and CEO, and Alain Laplante, Vice President and CFO, will host a conference call for analysts and investors on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 647-427-7450 or 1-888-231-8191. A live audio feed of the call will webcast at: http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/1034305/1122003To access a replay of the conference call dial 416-849-0833 or 1-855-859-2056, passcode: 30482000. The replay will be available until September 28, 2012. The replay can also be accessed via the Internet at the above URL address.Annual MeetingOrbit Garant will host its annual and special meeting of shareholders on Thursday, November 8, 2012 in Montreal at The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, 900 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West - Ramezay Room. The meeting will commence at 10:00 a.m. (ET).About Orbit GarantHeadquartered in Val-d'Or, Quebec, Orbit Garant is one of the largest Canadian-based mineral drilling companies, providing both underground and surface drilling services in Canada and internationally through its 224 drills and approximately 950 employees. Orbit Garant provides services to major, intermediate and junior mining companies, through each stage of mining exploration, development and production. The Company also provides geotechnical drilling services to mining or mineral exploration companies, engineering and environmental consultant firms, and government agencies. For more information please visit the Company's website at www.orbitgarant.com.(2)Management believes that EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure of operating performance prior to debt service, capital expenditures and income taxes. However, EBITDA is not a recognized earnings 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 issuers. Investors are cautioned that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income or loss (which is determined in accordance with IFRS) as an indicator of the performance of the Company or as a measure of liquidity and cash flows. The Company's method of calculating EBITDA may differ materially from the methods used by other public companies and, accordingly, may not be comparable to similarly named measures used by other public companies.Forward-looking informationThis news release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of applicable securities laws) relating to business of Orbit Garant Drilling Inc. (the "Company") and the environment in which it operates. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as "believe", "anticipate", "expect", "intend", "plan", "will", "may" and other similar expressions. These statements are based on the Company's expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections. They are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. These risks and uncertainties are discussed in the Company's regulatory filings available at www.sedar.com. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate as actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, a forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any such statement or to reflect new information or the occurrence of future events or circumstances. SOURCE: Orbit Garant Drilling Inc.For further information: Alain Laplante Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer (819) 824-2707 ext. 122 Bruce Wigle Investor Relations (416) 447-4740 ext. 232