Chesswood Group Limited
TSX : CHW

Chesswood Group Limited

August 11, 2016 19:24 ET

Chesswood Announces Second Quarter Results for 2016

Results Reflect Record Operating Earnings and Originations

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 11, 2016) - Chesswood Group Limited (the "Company" or "Chesswood") (TSX:CHW) announced today its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016.

The Company generated operating earnings of $9.0 million in the second quarter this year, compared to $8.1 million in the first quarter of this year and $8.4 million in the second quarter of last year. In addition, originations during the quarter were at an all-time high, growing by more than 20% over the second quarter of last year.

Net income and earnings per share (adjusted to eliminate the effects of non-cash mark-to-market adjustments, described in more detail below), also reflected improvements over the prior year. These results are particularly noteworthy because they have been achieved despite the sale of Acura Sherway and EcoHome Financial (which contributed $952,000 of the Adjusted EBITDA, $620,000 of the net income and $0.03 of the earnings per share in the second quarter of 2015). The 2016 results therefore reflect that Chesswood has very quickly replaced the income generated by its sold businesses with significant growth in its more focused financial services companies.

"We're very pleased with our second quarter results and the significant market penetration that continued during this quarter," said Barry Shafran, Chesswood's President and CEO. "Application volumes and originations were both at record levels for us during the quarter. We also continued to improve the margin between our dividend payout level and our free cash flow. We've been providing shareholders with a superior yield for years, and based on today's market price that yield is currently at 7.5%."

"On a six month basis our operating income was $17.1 million, an increase of 19% over the same period in 2015, as our portfolio growth continues to drive increased earnings," said Shafran. "We're also proud of the fact that the growth in our commercial equipment finance businesses have more than offset the effects of our decision to tighten credit requirements in our working capital loan business," Shafran added.

Chesswood continues to experience some volatility in pretax earnings due to mark-to-market adjustments on interest rate swaps and convertible debentures. The Company recorded a non-cash mark-to-market loss of $1.4 million this quarter on these two instruments, compared to a $98,000 gain in the second quarter of 2015, for a variance $1.5 million. These non-cash adjustments are fully reversed as interest rate swaps are used and upon maturity of the debentures in December 2018.

Financial Highlights
(in CDN $000's, except EPS) For the Three Mths Ended For the Six Mths Ended
June 30 2016 Mar 31 2016 June 30 2015 June 30 2016 June 30 2015
Operating Income(1) $9,016 $8,095 $8,399 $17,111 $14,426
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $9,066 $8,724 $9,990 $17,790 $16,862
Net Income $3,985(2) $10,107(3) $5,114(2) $14,092(3) $8,612
Earnings Per Share - basic $0.22(2) $0.57(3) $0.29(2) $0.79(3) $0.56
(1) - See "Non-GAAP Measures" below.
(2) - after mark-to-market losses on swaps and debentures of $1.4 million, or $0.08 per share, in 2016 (2015: gain of $98,000)
(3) - includes gain on sale of EcoHome Financial

Non-GAAP Measures

References to Adjusted EBITDA and Operating Income are not recognized measures under International Financial Reporting Standards and do not have standard meanings. Accordingly, these measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Please refer to the Company's Management Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 for additional information concerning these measures and a reconciliation of these measures to the Company's consolidated net income for the period.

About Chesswood Group Limited

The Company operates in the financial services industry with operating businesses in both Canada and the U.S. To learn more about Chesswood, visit www.ChesswoodGroup.com.

The separate websites of Chesswood Group Limited's operating businesses are at www.PawneeLeasing.com, www.WindsetCapital.com and www.BlueChipLeasing.com

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. Many factors could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

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