BIOX Corporation
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BIOX Corporation

February 12, 2015 17:08 ET

BIOX Announces First Quarter Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 12, 2015) - BIOX Corporation (BIOX) (TSX:BX), a renewable energy company, today announced its fiscal 2015 first quarter (Q1 2015) financial results for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014.

Highlights

  • Production of methyl esters was 16.2 million litres for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014 (Q1 2015) compared to 15.2 million litres in Q1 2014
  • Retroactive reinstatement of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive results in recognition of US$6.5 million of revenue related to sales to our customers in calendar 2014
  • Sales were $27,408,000 in Q1 2015 compared to $17,269,000 in Q1 2014
  • Operating income was $4,679,000 in Q1 2015 compared to operating loss of $1,756,000 in Q1 2014
  • Operating income prior to non-cash items(1) was $5,718,000 in Q1 2015 compared to operating loss prior to non-cash items of $508,000 in Q1 2014
  • Net income was $4,312,000 in Q1 2015 compared to net loss of $1,899,000 in Q1 2014
  • Income per share was $0.09 in Q1 2015 compared to net loss per share of $0.04 in Q1 2014

"The retroactive reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive through to the end of 2014 is significant to BIOX as it allows us to recognize approximately US$6.5 million in contingent revenue on product sold during calendar 2014 strengthening our earnings and cash position," said Kevin Norton, Chief Executive Officer of BIOX Corporation. "However, unlike in previous reinstatements, an extension of the incentive covering calendar 2015 was not included. Lack of clarity on the biodiesel tax incentive for 2015 along with the continued delay in the finalization of the 2014 and issuance of the 2015 Renewable Volume Obligation as part of the RFS2 continue to negatively impact biodiesel pricing. Conversely, the implementation of the Greener Diesel mandate in Ontario and our supply agreement with Shell Canada place us in an ideal position to capitalize on the increased demand we are seeing in our local market. The Ontario mandate and our relationship with Shell are key to diversifying our sales outside of the U.S. market."

Financial Highlights

Sales were $27.4 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared with $17.3 million in Q1 2014. The change was primarily due to the recognition of approximately US$6.5 million of revenue related to the retroactive reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive on December 19, 2014.

Direct expenses were $20.5 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared with $16.2 million in Q1 2014. The increase was primarily due to a 47% increase in litres of biodiesel sold during the three-month period ended December 31, 2014 compared with the corresponding period last year, partially offset by lower feedstock costs.

General and administrative expenses were $1.2 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared with $1.5 million in Q1 2014.

Operating income was $4.7 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared with operating loss of $1.8 million in Q1 2014.

Operating income prior to non-cash items was $5.7 million for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared to operating loss of $0.5 million in Q1 2014.

Net income was $4.3 million or $0.09 per share for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014, compared with net loss of $1.9 million or $0.04 per share in Q1 2014.

The increased operating income, operating income prior to non-cash items, and net income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014 compared with Q1 2014 were primarily due to the recognition of approximately US$6.5 million of revenue related to the retroactive reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive on December 19, 2014.

As at December 31, 2014, BIOX's available cash position amounted to $6.9 million, which consisted of cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments, compared with $7.2 million at September 30, 2014. Working capital as of December 31, 2014 was $13.7 million compared with $8.4 million at September 30, 2014. The Company believes that its future cash flow from operations combined with its current financial resources should be sufficient to enable BIOX to meet its ongoing requirements for capital expenditures and working capital requirements.

As at December 31, 2014 and February 12, 2015, the Company had 45,710,967 common shares outstanding, as well as outstanding stock options to purchase up to 2,555,000 common shares and share purchase warrants to acquire up to 1,982,143 common shares.

Outlook

The value of biodiesel and Biomass-based Diesel Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) continue to be negatively impacted due to the delay in finalizing the 2014 and 2015 Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO). On November 21, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would not complete the final rule for 2014 until sometime in 2015. 2015 RINs traded at approximately $0.86 (or $1.29 per U.S. gallon) as of February 11th, 2015. The final announcement of the RVO levels for 2014 and 2015 will be an important signal for the sustainability of the biodiesel industry in the U.S.

On December 3, 2014, the U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to pass a package of tax incentives retroactively for 2014, including the $1.00 per U.S. gallon biodiesel tax incentive which was subsequently passed by the U.S. Senate on December 16, 2014 and signed into law by the President of the United States on December 19, 2014. The reinstatement of the biodiesel tax incentive allows us to collect approximately US$6.5 million in refundable tax credits from our customers and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service related to sales to our customers during calendar 2014. The U.S. biodiesel tax incentive expired for the fourth time on December 31, 2014 and the industry is awaiting clarity on the incentive for 2015. Uncertainty surrounding the renewal of the biodiesel tax incentive could cause continued short term confusion in the market and pricing volatility.

While BIOX has historically sold the majority of its product into the U.S. market, the implementation of the Canadian regulations as described in BIOX's management's discussion and analysis for the three-month period ended December 31, 2014 significantly increase the accessible market for its product in Canada. Furthermore, the implementation of a renewable diesel mandate in Ontario on April 1, 2014, provides BIOX with market certainty in its local region, which supports the significant capital investment that it made in the Hamilton facility. Once fully implemented, the regulation requires the use of an estimated 240 million litres of bio-based diesel per annum on an average GHG adjusted volume basis.

BIOX's inter-terminal pipeline and supply agreement with Shell is an example of how the Company can directly service primary suppliers with a secure supply of biodiesel under the new Canadian and Ontario regulations by the most efficient possible logistics. The supply of biodiesel under this agreement has the potential to become a significant portion of BIOX's Hamilton production given the implementation of the Ontario mandate and as the Canadian Renewable Fuel Content Regulations extend eastward into Québec and the Atlantic provinces.

BIOX continues to pursue growth strategies that would expand its business through increasing the volume of biodiesel it produces, controls and distributes in strategic locations throughout North America.

1) Note: Non-IFRS Measures. Operating income prior to non-cash items is defined as operating income or loss less production facility depreciation and amortization, and less depreciation and amortization of furniture, equipment and intangibles and share-based compensation. Management uses this measurement to monitor the operating cash flow of BIOX's business and believes this information is useful supplemental information to a reader of financial statements. This measurement may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Investors are cautioned that operating income (loss) prior to non-cash items should not be construed as an alternative to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of BIOX's performance.

Reconciliation of Non-IRFS Measures

The following table presents a reconciliation of operating income (loss) prior to non-cash items to net income (loss) for the three-months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013:

(in thousands) Three months ended December 31
2014 2013
$ $
Operating income (loss) before non-cash items 5,718 (508)
Deduct: Production facility depreciation
and amortization
(956) (1,114)
Depreciation and amortization
of equipment and intangible assets
(60) (86)
Share-based compensation (23) (48)
Operating income (loss) 4,679 (1,756)
Other income and expenses (367) (143)
Net income (loss) 4,312 (1,899)

About BIOX Corporation

BIOX is a renewable energy company that owns and operates a 67 million litre per year continuous flow biodiesel production facility in Hamilton, Ontario. BIOX has an innovative, proprietary and patented production process that is capable of producing the highest quality, renewable, clean burning and biodegradable biodiesel fuel utilizing a variety of feedstocks - from pure seed oils to animal fats to recovered vegetable oils with no change to the production process. BIOX's high quality biodiesel fuel meets North American (ASTM D-6751) quality standards.

Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking" statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, objectives or achievements of BIOX, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, objectives or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements relate to, among other things, BIOX's long-term expectations for the biodiesel market in light of current market conditions, the effect of The Ontario Greener Diesel mandate and the Canadian Renewable Fuel Content Regulation on BIOX, and the significance of sales under the supply agreement with Shell. These statements reflect BIOX's current views regarding future events and operating performance, are based on information currently available to BIOX, and speak only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such performance or results will be achieved. Those assumptions and risks include, but are not limited to, the fact that BIOX's results of operations and business outlook are highly dependent on a mix of legislation and producer payment programs and tax credits and upon commodity prices, which are subject to significant volatility and uncertainty. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BIOX to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including factors described in this press release and those discussed in BIOX's publicly available disclosure documents, as filed by BIOX on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) except as updated herein. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this press release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Unless required by applicable securities law, BIOX does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. To the extent any forward-looking statements herein constitute financial outlook, they were approved by management as of the date hereof and have been included to provide an understanding with respect to BIOX's financial performance and are subject to the same risks and assumptions referred to herein. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur and readers are cautioned that any financial outlook information contained in this news release should not be used for purposes other than for which it is disclosed herein.

BIOX Corporation
Condensed consolidated interim statements of comprehensive income (loss)
Three month periods ended December 31, 2014 and 2013
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)
2014 2013
$ $
Revenue 27,408 17,269
Cost of sales
Direct expenses 20,538 16,238
Production facility depreciation and amortization 956 1,114
21,494 17,352
Gross margin 5,914 (83)
Operating expenses
General and administrative 1,152 1,539
Depreciation and amortization of equipment and intangible assets 60 86
Share-based compensation 23 48
1,235 1,673
Operating income (loss) 4,679 (1,756)
Other expenses
Financing cost 319 320
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 57 (151)
376 169
Net income (loss) before interest income and income taxes 4,303 (1,925)
Interest income 9 26
Net income (loss) for the period 4,312 (1,899)
Other comprehensive loss
Foreign currency translation loss (88) (37)
Comprehensive income (loss) 4,224 (1,936)
Income (loss) per common share
Basic 0.09 (0.04)
Diluted 0.09 (0.04)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding
Basic 45,710,967 45,728,791
Diluted 45,727,634 45,728,791
BIOX Corporation
Condensed consolidated interim statements of changes in equity
Three month periods ended December 31, 2014 and 2013
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)
Common share capital
Shares Amount Warrants reserveEquity reserveAccumulated other comprehensive loss Deficit Total equity
# $ $$$ $ $
Balance, September 30, 2013 45,748,691 167,787 3,1512,926(91)(110,813)62,960
Share-based compensation - - -48- - 48
Share cancellation (19,900)(7)--- - (7)
Repurchased shares to be cancelled - (4)--- - (4)
Net loss - - --- (1,899)(1,899)
Foreign currency translation loss - - --(37)- (37)
Balance, December 31, 2013 45,728,791 167,776 3,1512,974(128)(112,712)61,061
Balance, September 30, 2014 45,710,967 167,773 3,1512,965(252)(137,313)36,324
Share-based compensation - - -23- - 23
Net income - - --- 4,312 4,312
Foreign currency translation loss - - --(88)- (88)
Balance, December 31, 2014 45,710,967 167,773 3,1512,988(340)(133,001)40,571
BIOX Corporation
Condensed consolidated interim statements of financial position
As at December 31, 2014 and September 30, 2014
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)
December 31, September 30,
2014 2014
$ $
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 6,853 7,212
Accounts receivable 10,459 2,621
Prepaid expenses 489 665
Inventory 3,988 7,078
21,789 17,576
Restricted cash 872 1,309
Property, plant and equipment 28,619 29,458
Intangible assets 488 515
Deferred income tax assets 14,416 14,381
66,184 63,239
Liabilities
Current liabilities
Accounts payable and other liabilities 4,870 6,028
Current portion of long-term debt 1,125 1,125
Current portion of finance leases 28 29
Current portion of provisions 2,082 2,010
8,105 9,192
Finance leases 22 28
Long-term debt 9,728 9,727
Provisions 7,758 7,968
25,613 26,915
Equity
Common share capital 167,773 167,773
Warrants reserve 3,151 3,151
Equity reserve 2,988 2,965
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (340) (252)
Deficit (133,001) (137,313)
40,571 36,324
66,184 63,239
BIOX Corporation
Condensed consolidated interim statements of cash flows
Three month periods ended December 31, 2014 and 2013
(Unaudited)
(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share amounts)
2014 2013
$
Operating activities
Net income (loss)4,312 (1,899)
Add items not involving cash
Production facility depreciation and amortization956 1,114
Depreciation and amortization of equipment and intangible assets60 86
Financing costs163 182
Provision for unutilized tank storage(226)(248)
Unrealized foreign exchange gain(665)(222)
Share-based compensation23 48
Accretion of asset retirement obligation88 80
4,711 (859)
Net change in non-cash working capital balances related to operations(5,799)(2,948)
(1,088)(3,807)
Investing activities
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(116)(828)
Decrease in restricted cash437 -
Share repurchase- (11)
321 (839)
Financing activities
Payments on finance leases(7)(12)
Repayment of debt financing- (375)
Interest paid(162)(181)
(169)(568)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash held in foreign currency577 185
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents during the period(359)(5,029)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period7,212 7,212
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period6,853 2,183

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