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Xebec Announces 2013 Second Quarter Operating Results

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Xebec Announces 2013 Second Quarter Operating Results

16:22 EDT Wednesday, August 14, 2013

MONTREAL, Aug. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Xebec Adsorption Inc. (TSX: XBC) ("Xebec"), a provider of biogas upgrading, natural gas, field gas and hydrogen purification solutions for the clean energy and crude-derived fuels displacement markets, announced today its 2013 second quarter operating results.

  • Revenues of $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2013 compared to $4.2 million for the same quarter in 2012, a 34.7% decrease compared to the same period in 2012
  • Net loss of $0.4 million or $0.01/share for the three month period in 2013 compared to a net loss of $0.5 million for the same period in 2012.

Financial Highlights:

             
  Three months ended
June 30,
% of
Change
Six months ended
June 30,
% of
Change
  2013 2012   2013 2012  
(In dollars) (unaudited) (unaudited)   (unaudited) (unaudited)  
Revenues 2,744,601 4,205,388 -34.7% 6,569,540 5,735,046 14.6%
Gross margin 447,905 1,126,979 -60.3% 827,716 847,513 -2.3%
Gross margin as a percentage of revenues 16.3% 26.8%   12.6% 14.8%  
EBITDA* (151,624) (384,215)   (1,129,932) 3,782,745  
Net income (loss) (381,585) (514,198)   (1,462,823) 2,651,920  
Net income (loss) per share - basic  ($/share) (0.01) (0.01)   (0.04) 0.07  
Net income (loss) per share - diluted ($/share) (0.01) (0.01)   (0.04) 0.06  
Weighted average number of shares 39,363,867 39,363,867   39,363,867 39,363,867  
As at:       June 30,
2013
December 31,
2012
 
Total assets       8,702,978 9,734,306  
Total Long term Liabilities       965,278 1,213,873  
Equity       163,737 1,737,339  
As at:       August 14,
2013
August 2,
2012
 
Back log       5,608,316 13,110,486  

* EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure and the Company defines it as earnings from operations excluding financial charges, taxes, foreign exchange loss (gain) and amortization


Financial Results

Revenues

Xebec posted revenues of $2.8 million for the second quarter of 2013, a 34.7% decrease compared to $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2012. The decrease is mainly explained by the reduced number of contracts in the gas purification product line, namely custom biogas plants.

Revenues were $6.6 million for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, compared to $5.7 million for the corresponding period. This growth is due mainly to the $1.1 million increase in sales of natural gas dryers units, the $1.0 million increase in the compressed gas filtration segment combined with a $0.9 million reduction in the gas purification segment as explained above. Natural gas dryers and compressed gas filtration product lines showed a significant increase in revenues this year compared to the last fiscal year.

Order Backlog

As of August 14, 2013, total order backlog stood at $5.6 million, compared to $13.1 million as at August 2, 2012. Part of the decrease in the backlog is explained by a quicker turnaround of the projects and a lower number of biogas plants in backlog.

Gross Margin

Xebec's gross margin for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to $0.4 million compared to $1.1 million for the same period in 2012. The decrease in revenues in the gas purification product line combined with a negative margin on a biogas project during the quarter led to lower margin generation. The Company is currently modifying its business model for biogas projects, in order to return higher and more stable margins.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, the total gross margin amounted to $0.8 million, compared to $0.8 million for the same period in 2012. Margins were affected negatively by a $200,000 provision for an ongoing biogas project in China and the completion of a biogas project with a negative margin during Q2-2013. The sales increase in the gas compression and natural gas dryer product lines mitigated the margin decrease caused by the compressed gas purification product line.

EBITDA and Net loss

The EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013 amounted to $(0.2) million compared to $(0.4) million in the second quarter of 2012. The improvement is mainly explained by the $0.5 million additional gross proceeds received for the remaining milestone related to the sale of the IP portfolio to Air Products. The decrease in selling and administrative expense is mainly due to the decrease in professional fees and in research and development expenses combined with the decrease in gross margin also explained the variation for EBITDA for the second quarter of 2013.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, the EBITDA amounted to $(1.1) million compared to $3.8 million for the same period in 2012. The decline in EBITDA reflects primarily the $5.4 million gain on the sales of its IP portfolio to Air Products in Q1-2012 compared to additional proceeds of $0.5 million in Q2-2013 related to this transaction.

The net loss for the second quarter of 2013 totaled $0.4 million, or $0.01 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.5 million, or $0.01 per share for the same 2012 period, reflecting a decrease in gross margin of $0.6 million combined with a decrease in research and development of $0.08 million due to the tax credit receivable and the decrease in selling and administrative expense of $0.2 million related to recruiting fees. The decrease is also explained by a gain of $0.5 million in Q2-2013 due to the additional proceeds pursuant to the agreement with Air Product and an increase in net financial expenses for the additional royalty of $0.06 million related to agreement mentioned above.

Net loss for the six-month period ended June 30, 2013 was $1.5 million, or $0.04 per share, compared to net income of $2.7 million or $0.07 per share, for the same period in 2012, reflecting a one-time gain on the disposition of the IP portfolio to Air Products of $5.4 million in the second quarter of 2012 compared to a gain of $0.5 million on the additional proceed in Q2-2013 and a decrease in net financial expenses of $0.7 million compared to same period last year.

Selling and administrative expenses were $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2013, compared to $1.6 million for the same period last year. The decreased is mainly due to a reduction in professional fees.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2013, the selling and administrative expenses were $2.9 million, compared to $2.8 million for the same period last year. The increase is explained by employees working on a reduced schedule in Q1-2012 until the IP transaction of March 2012 combined with the decrease in professional fees mentioned above.

As of June 30, 2013, the Company had $0.9 million of cash on hand and $1.3 million of long-term debt outstanding, of which $0.7 million is due within one year.

2013 Second Quarter Financial Statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis

The complete financial statements, notes to financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three-month period ended June 30, 2013, are available on the Company's Website at www.xebecinc.com or on the SEDAR Website at www.sedar.com.

About Xebec Adsorption Inc.
Xebec Adsorption Inc. is a global provider of clean energy solutions to corporations and governments looking to reduce their carbon footprints. With more than 1,300 customers worldwide, Xebec designs, engineers and manufactures innovative products that transform raw gases into marketable sources of clean energy mainly used as transportation fuel. Xebec's strategy is focused on establishing leadership positions in markets where demand for biogas upgrading, natural gas dehydration, liquefaction and hydrogen purification is growing. Headquartered in Montreal (QC), Xebec is a global company with two manufacturing facilities in Montreal and Shanghai, as well as a sales and distribution network in North America and Asia. Xebec trades on the TSX under the symbol XBC. For additional information on the company and its products and services, please visit the Xebec web site at www.xebecinc.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. This forward looking information includes, but is not limited to, the expectations and/or claims of management of Xebec with respect to information regarding the business, operations and financial condition of Xebec. Forward-looking information contained in this press release involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Xebec or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. This list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect forward-looking information contained in this press release. When used in this press release, such statements use such words as "anticipate", "believe", "plan", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "will" and other similar terminology. These statements reflect current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this presentation. Forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.

SOURCE: XEBEC ADSORPTION INC.

For further information:

Kurt Sorschak
President and CEO
450-979-8701
ksorschak@xebecinc.com

Eric Favreau
Chief  Financial Officer
450-979-8706
efavreau@xebecinc.com

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