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CanWel Building Materials Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Thursday, May 08, 2014

CanWel Building Materials Announces First Quarter 2014 Financial Results

14:00 EDT Thursday, May 08, 2014

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 8, 2014) -

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CanWel Building Materials Group Ltd. ("CanWel" or "the Company") (TSX:CWX) announced today its first quarter financial results (1) for the three-month period ended March 31, 2014.

For the three-month period ended March 31, 2014 (1) , revenues amounted to $150 million compared to $162 million in the same period in 2013. Despite positive contributions from recent acquisitions, the overall decrease in revenue relates primarily to weaker market conditions for construction materials and the impact of the inclement weather in most of CanWel's customers' markets during the first quarter. During the same period, gross margin amounted to $16 million compared to $17 million during the corresponding period in 2013. Gross margin percentage was 10.5 percent of revenues, representing only a slight decrease when compared to 10.6 percent of revenues in 2013. The decrease in gross margin dollars and percentage is also mainly due to weather related and weaker market conditions during the reported period.

EBITDA (2) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 amounted to $1.2 million compared to $3.6 million in the same quarter of 2013. However, as a result of the foregoing, the Company incurred a net loss(3) of $1.1 million during the first quarter of 2014, compared to net earnings of $1.1 million in 2013.

"Despite severe winter weather, some of the worst on record, which negatively impacted construction activity and caused transportation bottlenecks well into the spring, I am pleased with the impact of our growth strategy on our results. The contribution from our recent acquisitions and our operating discipline has enabled us to protect our gross margin in face of the pressures bestowed on us during the quarter," noted Amar S. Doman, Chairman and CEO of the Company. "With weather gradually improving in our customers' markets, we expect the overall activity in the new home, renovation and construction markets to return to more normalized levels which should favorably impact our business going into our seasonally busy quarters."

Reconciliation of Net Earnings (Loss) to Earnings before Interest, Tax, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA):

Three months ended March 31
(in thousands of dollars) 2014 2013
Net earnings (loss) $ (1,147 ) $ 1,095
(Recovery of) provision for income taxes (412 ) 405
Finance costs 1,654 1,509
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 788 386
Amortization of intangible assets 288 250
Amortization of leasehold inducements 44 (57 )
Share-based compensation - 10
EBITDA $ 1,215 $ 3,598

About CanWel Building Materials

CanWel Building Materials trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CWX and is one of Canada's largest national distributors in the building materials and related products sector, operating distribution centres coast to coast in all major cities and strategic locations across Canada. CanWel distributes a wide range of building materials, lumber and renovation products. Further information can be found in the disclosure documents filed by CanWel with the securities regulatory authorities, available at www.sedar.com.

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements. When used in this press release, such statements use words, including but not limited to, "may", "will", "would", "should", "expect", "believe", "plan", "intend", "anticipate", "future" and other similar terminology. These forward-looking statements reflect the current expectations of CanWel's management regarding future events and operating performance, but involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of CanWel, including the cash flow from operations, dividends or EBITDA(2) generated or paid by CanWel, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Actual events could differ materially from those projected herein and depend on a number of factors. These factors include (i) the risk that the integration of the acquisition of Pastway Planing Limited ("Pastway") in quarter 3, 2013, the assets of North American Wood Preservers ("NAWP"), completed in quarter 2, 2013, Northwest Wood Preservers ("NWP"), completed in quarter 1, 2012 or Broadleaf Logistics Company ("BLC") completed on February 1, 2010 (collectively the "Acquisition") may result in significant challenges, and management of CanWel may be unable to accomplish the integration of the Acquisition smoothly or successfully or without spending significant amounts of time, money or other resources thereon; any inability of management to successfully integrate the operations of the combined business, including, but not limited to, information technology and financial reporting systems, any of which could have a material adverse effect on the business, financial condition and results of operations of CanWel; (ii) the risk that revenues, profits and margins of the Company may not remain consistent with historical levels, (iii) the risk that competing firms which manufacture or distribute competitive product lines will aggressively defend or seek market share, or that existing customers or suppliers of Pastway, NAWP, NWP or BLC (some of whom are competitors of CanWel) will cease doing business with the Company, in each case reducing, eliminating or reversing any potential positive economic impact on CanWel of the Acquisition; (iv) the risk that any increased sales, margin, profit or distributable cash resulting from the Acquisition may not be fully realized, realized at all or may take longer to realize than expected;
(v) the risk of disruption from the integration of the Acquisition making it more difficult to maintain relationships with customers, employees or suppliers. Factors also include, but are not limited to, dependence on market and economic conditions, sales and margin risk, competition, information system risks, availability of supply of products, risks associated with the introduction of new product lines, product design risk, environmental risks, regulatory risk, differing law or regulations across jurisdictions, volatility of commodity prices, inventory risks, customer and vendor risks, acquisition and integration risks, availability of credit, credit risks, litigation risks and interest rate risks. A further description of these and other risks which could cause results to differ materially from those described in these forward-looking statements can be found in the periodic and other reports filed by CanWel with Canadian securities commissions and available on SEDAR (http://www.sedar.com). In addition, a number of material factors or assumptions were utilized or applied in making the forward-looking statements, and may include, but are not limited to, assumptions regarding the performance of the Canadian economy, the relative stability of interest rates, volatility of commodity prices, more limited availability of access to equity and debt capital markets to fund, at acceptable costs, the Company's future growth plans, the implementation and success of the integration of the Acquisition, the ability of the Company to refinance its debts as they mature, the Canadian housing and building materials market; the amount of the Company's cash flow from operations; tax laws; and the extent of the Company's future acquisitions and capital spending requirements or planning as well as the general level of economic activity, in Canada, and abroad, discretionary spending, uptake of the Company's NCIB program(4) and unemployment levels.

These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. CanWel does not undertake, and specifically disclaims, any obligation to update or revise any forward looking information, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

(1) Please refer to our Q1 2014 MD&A and Financial Statements for further information. Our Q1 2014 filings are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS").

(2) In the discussion, reference is made to EBITDA, which represents earnings from continuing operations before interest, provision for income taxes, gain or loss on sale of fixed assets, depreciation and amortization, goodwill impairment loss and stock-based compensation. This is not a generally accepted earnings measure under IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning under IFRS, the measure as calculated by the Company may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures reported by other companies. EBITDA is presented as we believe it is a useful indicator of relative operating performance. EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined in accordance with IFRS.

(3) Before accounting for "Other Comprehensive Income"; please refer to our Q1 2014 Financial Statements for further information.

(4) Please also refer to the forward looking statement information in our November 19, 2013 news release for additional forward looking statement information and cautions pertaining to the Company's Normal Course Issuer Bid ("NCIB"), which are hereby incorporated by reference, and as may also be applicable to the Plan or NCIB as the case may be. Although CanWel intends to purchase common shares and or convertible debentures for cancellation under its NCIB and / or the Plan, there can be no assurances that any such purchases will be completed. Please refer to our public disclosure filings for the latest information on the NCIB.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Contact Information:
CanWel Building Materials
Ali Mahdavi
Investor Relations
416-962-3300
ali.mahdavi@canwel.com

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