CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Jan. 27, 2014) - Mr. Wayne Wadley, President of CERF Incorporated (the "Company" or "CERF Inc.") (TSX VENTURE:CFL), is pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Company has approved a significant increase to CERF Inc.'s capital budget for 2014. Capital spending for 2014 is forecast to be $11,300,000 compared to the $7,700,000 that was spent in 2013 (representing a 47% increase year over year). Maintenance capital, which is defined as the amount of capital expenditures required to keep our operating assets functioning at the same level of efficiency and to maintain the average age of the rental fleets at approximately the same average age as it was at the end of the previous year, is forecasted to be $4,000,000 for 2014 vs. $3,700,000 in 2013. The balance of $7,300,000 of the capital budget will be used for growth within the various CERF businesses.
Mr. Wadley is also pleased to announce that its wholly owned subsidiary MCL Waste Systems & Environmental Inc., ("MCL") has been awarded operating contract extensions to its core business at three of its managed municipally owned facilities located around central and northern Alberta. The aggregate value of these base contract extensions is approximately $23,000,000 over various periods of up to five years. Under the base contracts, MCL has the opportunity for extra contract work at two of these facilities. In addition to these extensions, MCL has been awarded a municipal waste transfer operations contract valued at $1,400,000 million for a three year period with provision for two one year extensions valued at an additional $950,000 when adjusted for inflation.
Mr. Wadley makes the following statements:
"Based on strong demand for our construction and oilfield related equipment, the Board of Directors believed that it was important to increase our 2014 capital budget to take advantage of this activity. Construction activity in the Edmonton and surrounding northern Alberta areas is forecasted to be robust for the next several years as both major and smaller projects are kicking off or are on the books for development. This activity also can translate into increased opportunities for the collection, transportation and placement of construction waste through the various operated MCL facilities in the region, garnering increased profits for that company.
We are also excited to have the MCL contracts extended. MCL provides a sound business model that brings predictability of profitability to the CERF Inc. group of companies and to have these extensions for up to five years validates that model. These extensions underscore the expertise of the MCL management and staff to continue to provide top level service to the various municipal authorities."
CERF Inc. is engaged in the rental, sale and service of industrial, construction and oilfield equipment and waste management and environmental services. CERF Inc. which trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "CFL" and currently has 16,059,356 shares issued and outstanding.
Certain information contained herein relating to, but not limited to, CERF Inc. and its subsidiaries, and the statements of Mr. Wadley, constitutes forward-looking information under applicable securities laws. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, which address activities, events or developments that CERF Inc. expects or anticipates may or will occur in the future, are forward-looking information. Forward- looking information typically contains statements with words such as "may", "estimate", "anticipate", "believe", "expect", 'plan", "intend", "target", "project", 'forecast" or s imilar words suggesting future outcomes or outlook. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, the amount of CERF Inc.'s forecasted 2014 capital spending, the portion thereof committed to maintenance capital and statements with respect to forecasted construction activity in the Edmonton and surrounding northern Alberta area and the resultant increased opportunities for MCL and by implication for CERF Inc.
Although CERF Inc. believes that the expectations conveyed by the forward-looking information are reasonable based on information available on the date of preparation, no assurances can be given as to future results, levels of activity and achievements. Demand for rental equipment may decline, construction activity in the current and future years may not be robust, anticipated construction projects may not be started or completed. Construction projects if started and completed may not translate into increased opportunities for the collection, transportation and placement of construction waste through facilities operated by MCL. Undue reliance should not be placed on the information contained herein, as actual results achieved will vary from the information provided herein and the variations may be material. CERF Inc. makes no representation that actual results achieved will be the same in whole or in part as those set out in the forward-looking information. Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained herein are made as of the date hereof and CERF Inc. does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward -looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Any forward-looking information contained herein is expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.
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