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Enerflex Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results and Announces Quarterly Dividend

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Enerflex Reports Second Quarter 2013 Financial Results and Announces Quarterly Dividend

19:21 EDT Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 14, 2013) - Enerflex Ltd. (TSX:EFX) ("Enerflex" or "the Company"), a leading supplier of products and services to the global energy industry, today reported its financial and operating results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013.

Financial Highlights

(unaudited) Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
($ millions, except per share amounts and percentages) 2013 2012 Change ($) 2013 2012 Change ($)
Revenue $ 311.0 $ 354.6 (43.6 ) $ 664.3 $ 710.4 (46.1 )
Gross margin 64.4 66.0 (1.6 ) 125.4 128.3 (2.9 )
Gross margin % 20.7 % 18.6 % 18.9 % 18.1 %
EBIT (1) 27.1 28.5 (1.4 ) 49.9 50.1 (0.2 )
EBITDA(2) 37.1 38.2 (1.1 ) 69.7 69.5 0.2
Net earnings (loss)
Continuing 18.4 19.4 (1.0 ) 33.8 34.3 (0.5 )
Discontinued (1.2 ) (7.6 ) 6.4 (1.7 ) (8.4 ) 6.7
Earnings (loss) per share
Continuing 0.24 0.25 (0.01 ) 0.44 0.44 -
Discontinued (0.02 ) (0.10 ) 0.08 (0.02 ) (0.11 ) 0.09

(1) Earnings before Interest (Finance Costs) and Taxes ("EBIT").

(2) Earnings before Interest (Finance Costs), Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") is a non-GAAP measure that does not have a standardized meaning and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Enerflex reported net earnings from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2013 of $18.4 million, $1.0 million lower than the same period of 2012. For the first six months of 2013, net earnings from continuing operations were $33.8 million, which was $0.5 million lower than the same period of 2012. Net earnings were negatively impacted by warranty expenses incurred primarily at the Casper, Wyoming manufacturing facility, and restructuring costs related to its closure, totalling $5.2 million for the second quarter and $8.7 million for the first six months of 2013.

Revenues for the second quarter and the first six months of 2013 were $311.0 million and $664.3 million, which were $43.6 million and $46.1 million lower, respectively, compared to the same periods in 2012. The decreases were due to lower revenue in the Canada and Northern U.S., and Southern U.S. and Latin America segments, while revenue for the International segment was lower for the second quarter but higher for the first six months of 2013, compared to the same periods of 2012.

During the second quarter of 2013, Enerflex closed its Casper, Wyoming compression and process manufacturing facility. Sales, Service, Rentals and Retrofit operations in the area will continue as before. The Casper new unit packaging facility opened in 2006 for the primary purpose of serving the Wyoming Powder River Basin. This region is no longer an active area for new compression. In addition, Enerflex has experienced manufacturing performance challenges at the facility, which have resulted in warranty expenses of $9.6 million over the last 24 months. Equipment scheduled to be packaged in Casper will now be completed at the Calgary facility or at the expanded Houston facility. Enerflex intends to sell or lease the Casper facility and has recorded $1.1 million in restructuring expenses related to the closure during the second quarter of 2013. Should the Powder River Basin again become active, it will be served through the Denver and Houston operations.

The Company recorded bookings of $317.5 million during the second quarter, which was $50.7 million higher than the comparable period last year. This increase was primarily due to increased booking activity in the Canada and Northern U.S., and International segments, partially offset by lower activity in the Southern U.S. and Latin America segment. Although natural gas prices weakened during the second quarter, the Canada and Northern U.S. segment recorded bookings that were $53.8 million higher in 2013 compared to 2012, primarily driven by customer orders destined for international markets. Bookings in the Southern U.S. and Latin America segment remained steady over the first six months of the year as a result of strong activity levels in liquids-rich resource basins despite a recent weakening in natural gas liquids ("NGL") prices. The International segment recorded bookings of $75.7 million in the second quarter of 2013 compared to $72.8 million recorded in the same period of 2012. These projects have long lead times associated with tendering, bid evaluation and contract award as they tend to be larger in scale and scope. It is important to highlight that $82.2 million and $119.8 million in bookings recorded in the second quarter and first six months of 2013 in the Canada and Northern U.S., and Southern U.S. and Latin America segments were related to compression and processing equipment that will be manufactured in these segments but are destined for international markets, compared to $36.2 million and $86.9 million, respectively, in the same periods of 2012.

Enerflex had a backlog of $697.8 million at the end of the second quarter of 2013, compared to $921.2 million at the end of the same period last year, a decrease of $223.4 million or 24.2%. Sequentially, backlog has increased by $94.6 million or 15.6% from March 31, 2013.

"Despite lower revenue levels, gross margin and net earnings from continuing operations were comparable to the prior year. Although the Canada and Northern U.S. market continues to struggle with weak natural gas prices, bookings destined for both domestic and international markets increased over 2012 levels. Bookings were stable for the Southern U.S. and Latin America region, and we remain cautiously optimistic for the remainder of 2013 in this region. Finally, the International segment continued to demonstrate long-term opportunities through strong bookings for the quarter and the award of a significant long-term maintenance agreement in the AustralAsia region. In aggregate, strong bookings for the quarter, and an improved backlog, position us well for the remainder of 2013," said J. Blair Goertzen, Enerflex's President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Goertzen added that "during the quarter, we have exited the European business, which has been reported as a discontinued operation since the third quarter of 2011. Overall, management remains cautiously optimistic at the end of the second quarter given the improvement shown in backlog levels, and the opportunities currently being pursued. Our healthy balance sheet leaves the Company right-sized for challenges over the remainder of 2013, and well positioned to capitalize on opportunities that may arise."

Second Quarter Highlights

In the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, Enerflex:

  • Generated revenue of $311.0 million compared to $354.6 million in the second quarter of 2012. Revenue for the first six months was $664.3 million compared to $710.4 million during the same period of the prior year. This represented decreases in revenue of $43.6 million and $46.1 million for the second quarter and first six months, respectively;

  • Recorded $317.5 million in bookings for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $266.8 million in the same period in 2012, an increase of $50.7 million or 19.0%. Bookings for the six months ended June 30, 2013 were $506.8 million compared to $489.6 million during the same period in 2012, an increase of $17.2 million;

  • Was awarded a long-term maintenance agreement in the AustralAsia region, valued at over $70.0 million for an initial eight year term. This contract is related to all compression equipment currently deployed by British Gas in Australia;

  • Achieved a gross margin of $64.4 million or 20.7% during the second quarter compared to $66.0 million or 18.6% during the same period of 2012, a decrease of $1.6 million. Gross margin for the first six months decreased by $2.9 million to $125.4 million in 2013, however when expressed as a percentage of revenue, gross margin increased from 18.1% to 18.9%;

  • Produced EBIT of $27.1 million or 8.7% of revenue for the second quarter compared to $28.5 million or 8.0% during the second quarter of 2012. EBIT for the first six months was $49.9 million or 7.5% compared to $50.1 million or 7.1% during the same period of 2012; EBIT as a percentage of revenue for the trailing 12-months ended June 30, 2013 was 8.0% compared to 7.4% for the same period of 2012;

  • Generated second quarter EBITDA of $37.1 million, a decrease of $1.1 million over the second quarter of 2012. EBITDA for the first six months was $69.7 million, an increase of $0.2 million over the same period of 2012;

  • Recorded net earnings from continuing operations in the second quarter of $18.4 million ($0.24 cents per share), a decrease of $1.0 million over the same period last year;

  • Completed the sale of the discontinued European operations to a company specializing in Combined Heat and Power ("CHP") fabrication and service, through the transfer of specified maintenance contracts, and certain obligations associated with the contracts and employees to the purchaser;

  • Registered a return on capital employed from continuing operations, based on trailing 12-month EBIT, of 13.0% during the first six months compared to 11.1% for the same period in 2012;

  • Ended the quarter with a backlog of $697.8 million, an increase of $14.6 million or 2.1% from December 31, 2012. Sequentially, backlog has increased by $94.6 million or 15.6% from March 31, 2013; and

  • Finalized an amendment to the existing Bank Facilities to extend the term of the facilities by one year to June 1, 2017.

Subsequent to the end of the second quarter of 2013:

  • Enerflex declared a quarterly dividend of $0.07 per share, payable on October 3, 2013, to shareholders of record on August 27, 2013; and

  • Enerflex announced the appointment of Ms. Helen Wesley, Executive Vice President for Talisman Energy, as a director and member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Wesley has extensive knowledge of the international oil and gas industry, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation and a Masters of Business Administration. Ms. Wesley replaces Mr. Kenneth R. Bruce as a director and member of the Audit Committee. The Board accepted Mr. Bruce's resignation effective June 30, 2013.

Financial Results

The financial results by segment, for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 compared to the same period in 2012:

  • Canada and Northern U.S. segment revenue decreased by $21.0 million during the second quarter of 2013, and by $84.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, as a result of lower Engineered Systems revenue due to lower 2013 opening backlog. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, Rental revenue was higher as result of increased rental unit sales;
  • Southern U.S. and Latin America segment revenue decreased by $3.6 million in the second quarter of 2013, and by $1.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2013, with slightly lower Engineered Systems revenue partially offset by increased Service revenue. Despite lower opening backlog to start 2013, Engineered Systems revenue for 2013 was only slightly lower as a result of the additional capacity provided by the expansion of the Houston manufacturing facility, which led to an increase in backlog conversion; and
  • International segment revenue decreased by $18.9 million in the second quarter of 2013 on account of lower Engineered Systems revenue due to lower opening backlog. For the six months ended June 30, 2013, International segment revenue increased by $39.7 million due to higher Engineered Systems revenue as a result of higher activity levels in the AustralAsia and MENA regions.

Gross margin for the quarter ended June 30, 2013 was $64.4 million or 20.7% of revenue compared to $66.0 million or 18.6% of revenue for the same period of 2012. Gross margin for the first six months of 2013 was $125.4 million or 18.9% of revenue as compared to $128.3 million or 18.1% of revenue for the same period of 2012. The decrease in gross margin was primarily due to lower gross margin in the Canada and Northern U.S. segment, and for the second quarter of 2013, lower gross margin in the Southern U.S. and Latin America segment, due to lower Engineered Systems revenue. This was partially offset by strong gross margin performance by the International segment both for the quarter and first six months. Gross margin for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, was negatively impacted by warranty expenses and the margin impact of the closure of the Casper, Wyoming facility, in the amount of $4.3 million and $7.8 million, respectively. Approved variation claims of $5.4 million in the second quarter and first six months of 2013 positively impacted gross margin.

Bookings in the second quarter of 2013 increased by $50.7 million over the same period of the prior year, and were $17.2 million higher for the first six months of 2013. In Canada and the Northern U.S., despite continued weak natural gas prices, bookings for the quarter and the first six months of 2013 were $53.8 million and $24.8 million higher, respectively, coming primarily from increases in bookings destined for international destinations, but also for domestic locations, particularly during the second quarter. In the Southern U.S. and Latin America segment, bookings for the quarter were $6.1 million lower than 2012, but remained comparable with 2012 for the first six months of 2013, despite weakening NGL prices as decreases in domestic bookings were replaced by bookings destined for international markets. Bookings for the International segment were $3.0 million higher in the second quarter of 2013, but lower by $4.7 million for the first six months of 2013 when compared to the same periods in 2012.

As a result of these higher bookings levels, the backlog has increased to $697.8 million as at June 30, 2013, which represents a $14.6 million or 2.1% increase from December 31, 2012, and a $94.6 million or 15.6% increase from March 31, 2013.

Update on Discontinued Operations

The European Service and CHP business, within the International segment, has been reported as a discontinued operation since the third quarter of 2011. In June 2013, Enerflex completed the disposal of the European business to a company specializing in CHP fabrication and service. As part of the arrangement, Enerflex transferred certain maintenance contracts and employees to the purchasing company, as well as all obligations associated with these contracts and employees. The disposal was conducted in accordance with Dutch information and consultation rules.

Quarterly Results Material

Enerflex's interim condensed financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013, and the accompanying Management's Discussion and Analysis, will be available on the Enerflex website at www.enerflex.com under the Investors section and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Conference Call and Webcast Details

Enerflex will host a conference call for analysts, investors, members of the media and other interested parties on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. MDT (11:00 a.m. EDT) to discuss the second quarter 2013 financial results and operating highlights. The call will be hosted by Mr. J. Blair Goertzen, President and Chief Executive Officer and Mr. D. James Harbilas, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Enerflex Ltd.

If you wish to participate in this conference call, please call 1.800.734.8507. Please dial in 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. No passcode is required. The live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the Enerflex website at www.enerflex.com under the Investors section on August 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. MDT (11:00 a.m. EDT). Approximately one hour after the call, a recording of the event will be available on the Company's website.

A replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the conclusion of the call until midnight, August 22, 2013. Please call 1.800.558.5253 or 1.416.626.4100 and enter passcode 21668532.

About Enerflex

Enerflex Ltd. is a single source supplier for natural gas compression, oil and gas processing, refrigeration systems and power generation equipment - plus in-house engineering and mechanical service expertise. The Company's broad in-house resources provide the capability to engineer, design, manufacture, construct, commission and service hydrocarbon handling systems. Enerflex's expertise encompasses field production facilities, compression and natural gas processing plants, CO2 processing plants, refrigeration systems and power generators servicing the natural gas production industry.

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, Enerflex has approximately 3,000 employees worldwide. Enerflex, its subsidiaries, interests in associates and joint-ventures operate in Canada, the United States, Argentina, Colombia, Australia, the United Kingdom, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Egypt, Bahrain, Indonesia and Singapore. Enerflex's shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "EFX". For more information about Enerflex, go to www.enerflex.com.

Advisory Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

To provide Enerflex shareholders and potential investors with information regarding Enerflex, including management's assessment of future plans, Enerflex has included in this news release certain statements and information that are forward-looking statements or information within the meaning of applicable securities legislation, and which are collectively referred to in this advisory as "forward-looking statements". Information included in this news release that is not a statement of historical fact may be forward-looking information. When used in this document, words such as "plans", "expects", "will", "may" and similar expressions are intended to identify statements containing forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements and information contained in this news release include, but are not limited to: (i) the anticipated duration of weak natural gas prices and the effect thereof in Canada and Northern U.S. markets; (ii) expected bookings in Southern U.S. and Latin America; and (iii) the nature and scope of opportunities in the International segment. In developing the forward-looking information in this news release, the Company has made certain assumptions with respect to general economic and industry growth rates, commodity prices, currency exchange and interest rates, competitive intensity and shareholder and regulatory approvals. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, as there can be no assurance that the future circumstances, outcomes or results anticipated in, or implied by, such forward-looking statements will occur or that plans, intentions or expectations upon which the forward-looking statements are based will occur.

Forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties and other factors, which may cause or contribute to Enerflex achieving actual results that are materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, the impact of general economic conditions; industry conditions, including the adoption of new environmental, taxation and other laws and regulations and changes in how they are interpreted and enforced; volatility of oil and gas prices; oil and gas product supply and demand; risks inherent in the ability to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to meet current and future obligations, including future dividends to shareholders of the Company; increased competition; the lack of availability of qualified personnel or management; labour unrest; political unrest; fluctuations in foreign exchange or interest rates; stock market volatility; opportunities available to or pursued by the Company; obtaining financing; and other factors, many of which are beyond its control.

The foregoing list of factors and risks is not exhaustive. For an augmented discussion of the risk factors and uncertainties that affect or may affect Enerflex, the reader is directed to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in Enerflex's most recently filed Annual Information Form, as well as Enerflex's other publicly filed disclosure documents, available on www.sedar.com. The reader is cautioned that these factors and risks are difficult to predict and that the assumptions used in the preparation of such information, although considered reasonably accurate at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect. Readers are cautioned that the actual results achieved will vary from the information provided in this press release and that such variation may be material. Consequently, Enerflex does not represent that actual results achieved will be the same in whole, or in part, as those set out in the forward-looking information. Furthermore, the statements containing forward-looking information that are included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release, and Enerflex does not undertake any obligation, except as required by applicable securities legislation, to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. The forward-looking information contained in this news release is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Contact Information:
For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Enerflex Ltd.
J. Blair Goertzen
President & Chief Executive Officer
403.236.6852


Enerflex Ltd.
D. James Harbilas
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
403.236.6857

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