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Tree Island Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Tree Island Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results16:45 EST Thursday, November 08, 2012VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2012) - Tree Island Steel Ltd. (TSX:TSL)(TSX:TSL.DB) - Q3 2012 Financial Highlights:Sales amount to $34.0 millionGross Profit of $3.5 million or 10% of revenuesEBITDA(3) (before foreign exchange) at $1.0 millionTree Island Steel Ltd. (formerly Tree Island Wire Income Fund or the "Fund") ("Tree Island"(1) or the "Company")) (TSX:TSL)(TSX:TSL.DB) announced today its financial results for the three and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2012.For the three-month period ended September 30, 2012(2), sales totaled $34.0 million versus $38.0 million during the corresponding period in 2011, while gross profit increased to $3.5 million from $1.4 million mainly due to Tree Island's ongoing focus on profitable growth. Gross profit per ton also improved to $144 per ton, compared to $51 per ton in the same period in 2011. Gross profit and gross profit per ton continued to demonstrate improvement on a consecutive quarter basis as the Company maintained price discipline and further improved operational efficiencies. As a result of Tree Island's ongoing focus on pricing and cost management, EBITDA increased to $1.0 million during the third quarter of 2012, which compares to an EBITDA loss of $1.3 million during the corresponding period in 2011.For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012(2), despite a 5% decrease in sales volume, Tree Island's revenues increased by 2% to $117.6 million from $114.9 million during the same period in 2011. Gross profit and EBITDA also increased to $11.7 million and $4.7 million, respectively. The year-over-year improvement in financial results is largely the result of focused management initiatives.During the nine-month period ended September 30, 2012, Tree Island purchased 1,018,500 units at an average price of $0.30 per unit, under its previously announced normal course issuer bid. These units were cancelled by the Company at the end of the month of purchase. On September 6, 2012, the normal course issuer bid was extended to September 6, 2013. Under the renewed normal course issuer bid the Company may purchase up to 1,700,000 units."I am encouraged with our overall business strategy demonstrating strength and resilience in a business environment where price volatility and overall visibility continue to be a challenge," said Dale R. MacLean, President and CEO of Tree Island Steel Ltd. "Our financial performance during the third quarter is a clear testament to our focus on profitable growth, and the strength of our underlying business fundamentals evidenced by the meaningful improvement to profit margins on a year-over-year basis despite lower sales volumes."Amar S. Doman, Chairman of Tree Island Steel Ltd. noted, "The Company continues to demonstrate financial and operational progress with a solid commitment to providing best-in-class product quality and service to customers and partners. The sustained improvement in financial results reflects the hard work and dedication of the Tree Island team during some challenging times, which have led to a stronger Tree Island today."Three Months Ended September 30Nine Months Ended September 30Summary of Results ($000's except for tonnage and per unit amounts)2012201120122011Sales Volumes - Tons(a)24,24227,40880,82585,032Sales$33,962$38,005$117,581$114,949Cost of sales(29,697)(35,774)(103,564)(103,135)Depreciation(778)(820)(2,299)(2,459)Gross profit3,4871,41111,7189,355Selling, general and administrative expenses(3,267)(3,507)(9,306)(9,393)Operating income (loss)220(2,096)2,412(38)Foreign exchange gain (loss)163(1,817)75(1,239)Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment31143011Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value(727)1,414(727)2,301Gain (loss) on renegotiated debt--17,805(3,234)Financing Expenses(1,422)(2,153)(5,975)(6,259)(Loss) income before income taxes(1,763)(4,641)14,020(8,458)Income tax (expense) recovery(228)47(1,304)(146)Net (loss) income$(1,991)$(4,594)$12,716$(8,604)Operating income (loss)$220$(2,096)$2,412$(38)Add back depreciation7788202,2992,459EBITDA(b)$998$(1,276)$4,711$2,421Foreign exchange gain (loss)163(1,817)75(1,239)EBITDA including foreign exchange$1,161$(3,093)$4,786$1,182Net (loss) income$(1,991)$(4,594)$12,716$(8,604)Add back significant non-cash itemsNon-cash financing expenses6341,3393,3133,962Non-cash (gain) loss on renegotiated debt--(17,805)3,234Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value727(1,414)727(2,301)Adjusted net loss(b)$(630)$(4,669)$(1,049)$(3,709)Per unitNet (loss) income per unit - basic(0.09)(0.20)0.57(0.38)Net (loss) income per unit - diluted(0.09)(0.20)0.27(0.38)Per tonGross profit per ton14451145110EBITDA per ton41(47)5828 As at September 30, As at December 31,Financial position20122011Total assets$94,036$91,005Total non-current financial liabilities$29,629$42,789Sales volumes exclude tons which were processed as part of tolling arrangements See definition of EBITDA and Adjusted Net Loss in footnote 3 to the press release About Tree Island Steel Ltd.Tree Island Steel Ltd. has a 100% ownership interest in Tree Island Industries Ltd. and its performance depends on the performance of Tree Island Industries Ltd. Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, since 1964, Tree Island Industries Ltd., through its four operating facilities in Canada and the United States, produces wire products for a diverse range of industrial, residential construction, commercial construction, agricultural, and specialty applications. Its products include bright wire; a broad array of fasteners, including packaged, collated and bulk nails; stucco reinforcing products; concrete reinforcing mesh; fencing and other fabricated wire products. The Company markets these products under the Tree Island, Halsteel, K-Lath, Industrial Alloys, TI Wire, and Tough Strand and Select Brand names. Tree Island also owns and operates a Hong Kong-based company that assists the international sourcing of products to Tree Island Industries Ltd. and its customers.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release includes forward-looking information with respect to the Tree Island and the Company, including their business, operations and strategies, as well as financial performance and conditions. The use of forward-looking words such as, "may," "will," "expect" or similar variations generally identify such statements. Any statements that are contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Although management believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties including risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Fund's most recent annual information form and management discussion and analysis.The forward looking statements contained herein reflect management's current beliefs and are based upon certain assumptions that management believes to be reasonable based on the information currently available to management. By their very nature, forward looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, and a number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward looking statements. In evaluating these statements, prospective investors should specifically consider various factors including the risks outlined in the Fund's most recent annual information form and management discussion and analysis which may cause actual results to differ materially from any forward looking statement. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic, market and business conditions, the cyclical nature of our business and demand for our products, financial condition of our customers, competition, volume and price pressure from import competition, deterioration in the Company's liquidity, disruption in the supply of raw materials, volatility in the costs of raw materials, significant exposure to the Western United States due to lack of geographic diversity, dependence on the construction industry, transportation costs, foreign exchange fluctuations, leverage and restrictive covenants, labour relations, trade actions, dependence on key personnel and skilled workers, reliance on key customers, intellectual property risks, energy costs, un-insured loss, credit risk, operating risk, management of growth, changes in tax, environmental and other legislation, and other risks and uncertainties set forth in our publicly filed materials.This press release has been reviewed by the Company's Board of Directors and its Audit Committee, and contains information that is current as of the date of this press release, unless otherwise noted. Events occurring after that date could render the information contained herein inaccurate or misleading in a material respect. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information and management of the Company undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by applicable securities laws.References to Tree Island include references to Tree Island Industries Ltd. as the context may require. Please refer to our Q3 2012 MD&A for further information. References made above to "EBITDA" are to operating profit plus depreciation and references to "Adjusted Net Income (Loss)" are to net income (loss) per IFRS adjusted for certain non-cash items including non-cash financing expenses, changes in fair value of convertible instruments and gain (loss) on renegotiated debt. EBITDA is a measure used by many investors to compare issuers on the basis of ability to generate cash flows from operations. Adjusted Net Income (Loss) is a measure for investors to understand the impact of significant non-cash items that affect our results from operations. Neither EBITDA nor Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are earnings measures recognized by IFRS and do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. We believe that EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are important supplemental measure in evaluating the Fund's performance. You are cautioned that EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) should not be construed as alternatives to net income or loss, determined in accordance with IFRS, or as indicators of performance. Our method of calculating EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) may differ from methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, our EBITDA or Adjusted Net Income (Loss) may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Tree Island Wire Income FundINTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION(In thousands of Canadian dollars - unaudited)September 30December 3120122011AssetsCurrentCash2,8503,852Accounts receivable14,41013,835Inventories43,02136,123Prepaid expenses1,4352,53361,71656,343Property, plant and equipment32,19534,303Other non-current assets12535994,03691,005LiabilitiesCurrentSenior Credit Facility16,63111,247Accounts payable and accrued liabilities13,90913,745Income taxes payable1,9912,093Other current liabilities129158Fair value of convertible instruments1,049322Current portion of long-term debt1,7344,88235,44332,447Convertible Debentures15,39114,298Term Loan4,417-Long-term debt9,58228,491Finance Lease101-Other non-current liabilities457364Deferred income taxes2,17276667,56376,366Unitholders' Equity26,47314,63994,03691,005Tree Island Wire Income FundINTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except units and per-unit amounts - unaudited)Three Months Ended September 30Nine Months Ended September 302012201120122011Sales$33,962$38,005$117,581$114,949Cost of goods sold29,69735,774103,564103,135Depreciation7788202,2992,459Gross profit3,4871,41111,7189,355Selling, general and administrative expenses3,2673,5079,3069,393Operating income (loss)220(2,096)2,412(38)Foreign exchange (loss) gain163(1,817)75(1,239)Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment31143011Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value(727)1,414(727)2,301Gain (loss) on renegotiated debt--17,805(3,234)Financing expenses(1,422)(2,153)(5,975)(6,259)(Loss) income before income taxes(1,763)(4,641)14,020(8,458)Income tax (expense) recovery(228)47(1,304)(146)Net (loss) income for the period$(1,991)$(4,594)$12,716$(8,604)Net (loss) income per unitBasic$(0.09)$(0.20)$0.57$(0.38)Diluted$(0.09)$(0.20)$0.27$(0.38)Weighted-average number of unitsBasic21,846,71422,900,70322,293,59822,867,849Diluted21,846,71422,900,70361,365,07222,867,849Tree Island Wire Income FundINTERIM CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS(In thousands of Canadian dollars - unaudited)Three Months Ended September 30Nine Months Ended September 302012201120122011Cash flows from operating activitiesNet (loss) income for the period$(1,991)$(4,594)$12,716$(8,604)Adjustments forDepreciation7788202,2992,459Changes in financial liabilities recognized at fair value727(1,414)727(2,301)Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment(3)(11)(430)(11)(Gain) loss on renegotiated debt--(17,805)3,234Net finance costs1,4222,1535,9756,259Deferred income tax recovery224411,40786Fair value change on Phantom Units47536449Exchange revaluation on foreign denominated debt(388)3,152(512)1,958Working capital(810)(2,031)(6,795)(11,995)Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities6(1,831)(2,354)(8,866)Cash flows from investing activitiesProceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment154948749Purchase of property, plant and equipment(23)(161)(232)(319)Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities(8)(112)255(270)Cash flows from financing activitiesTerm Loan(125)-4,875-Repayment of long-term debt(297)(1,200)(6,514)(2,598)Interest paid(813)(728)(2,321)(2,088)Normal course issuer bid(39)(5)(301)(5)(Repayment of) advance on Senior Credit Facility(47)3,8905,38411,341Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities(1,321)1,9571,1236,650Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(28)53(26)(8)(Decrease) increase in cash(1,350)67(1,001)(2,494)Cash, beginning of period4,2013,0733,8525,634Cash, end of period$2,851$3,140$2,851$3,140FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Contact Information: Tree Island Steel Ltd.Nancy DaviesChief Financial Officer(604) 523-4587ndavies@treeisland.comwww.treeisland.com