Divestco Inc.
TSX VENTURE : DVT

Divestco Inc.

November 28, 2011 20:17 ET

Divestco Reports Q3 2011 Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2011) - Divestco Inc. ("Divestco" or the "Company")(TSX VENTURE:DVT) announces its operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Accounting Policy Changes

On January 1, 2011, Divestco adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") for purposes of financial reporting, using a transition date of January 1, 2010. Accordingly, the Company's condensed consolidated interim financial statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 and the comparative information for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2010, have been prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34, "Interim Financial Reporting", as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board ("IASB"). Previously, the Company prepared its interim and annual consolidated financial statements in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("previous GAAP"). The adoption of IFRS has not had an impact on the Company's operations and strategic decisions.

Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2011

Divestco realized net income for the third quarter of 2011 of $255,000 ($nil per share - basic and diluted) compared to a net loss of $49.7 million ($1.18 per share - basic and diluted) for the same period in 2010. Excluding an accounting loss of $40.9 million related to the sale of the Company's seismic data assets in Q3 2010, the increase was mainly due to a reduction in operating expenses of $9.5 million (55%).

During Q3 2011, Divestco generated revenue of $9.6 million compared to $8.5 million in Q3 2010, an increase of $1.1 million (12%). EBITDA was $1.7 million in Q3 2011, a $10.5 million increase from a loss of $8.8 million for the same period in 2010. The Company generated funds from operations of $1.6 million ($0.03 per share - basic and diluted) for the third quarter of 2011, compared to negative funds from operations of $6.3 million ($0.15 per share - basic and diluted) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 7.9 million.

Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2011

Divestco realized a net loss for the first nine months of 2011 of $3.8 million ($0.06 per share – basic and diluted) compared to a net loss of $58.5 million ($1.39 per share – basic and diluted) for the same period in 2010. Excluding an accounting loss of $40.9 million related to the sale of the Company's seismic data assets in Q3 2010, the improvement from 2010 was primarily due to the following:

- Decrease in general and administrative expenses of $3.5 million (23%) mainly due to a large bad debt expense incurred in 2010 and not repeated in 2011

- Sublease loss provision of $2.1 million incurred in 2010

- Reduction in salaries by $1.7 million (11%)

- Reduction in finance costs of $1.8 million (78%), primarily resulting from lower interest on long-term debt

- Decrease in depreciation and amortization by $18.8 million (76%)

During the first nine months of 2011, Divestco generated revenue of $29 million, a decrease of $2.2 million (7%) from $31.2 million for the same period in 2010. EBITDA was $2.8 million, a $5.6 million increase from a loss of $2.8 million for the same period in 2010. The Company generated funds from operations of $2.8 million ($0.05 per share – basic and diluted) for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, compared a negative $1.9 million ($0.05 per share – basic and diluted) for the same period in 2010, an increase of 4.7 million.

Late in 2010, Divestco commenced rebuilding its seismic data library by initiating a 71 square kilometer 3D seismic survey which was completed in early 2011. The Company also obtained the trading rights to an existing 3D survey covering an adjacent area of 66 square kilometers in Q1 2011 through a data exchange. In Q2 2011, the Company commenced a 3D survey in central Alberta which was completed in October 2011 and covers an area of approximately 200 square kilometers. In Q3 2011, Divestco commenced a small 3D survey and completed it in October 2011.

Mr. Stephen Popadynetz, CEO, President and CFO: "We are continuing to positively restructure our Company and as a result, we have incurred several one time expenses which will not impact the Company going forward. Despite these charges, Divestco had a profitable quarter and continues to improve on its cash flow. Our results will continue to reflect the changes we have made and we are anticipating improved results going forward. We are well on track to sustained profitability and positive earnings and we look forward to delivering better results as the year progresses for our shareholders."

Non-GAAP Measures

The Company's interim condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with IFRS. Certain measures in this document do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by IFRS and are considered non-GAAP measures.

Divestco uses EBITDA and operating income as key measures to evaluate the performance of segments, divisions and the Company, with the closest GAAP measure being net income. EBITDA and operating income are measures commonly reported and widely used by investors as indicators of the Company's operating performance and ability to incur and service debt, and as a valuation metric. The Company believes EBITDA and operating income assist investors in comparing the Company's performance on a consistent basis without regard to financing decisions, and depreciation and amortization, which are non-cash in nature and can vary significantly depending upon accounting methods or non-operating factors such as historical cost.

EBITDA and operating income are not calculations based on IFRS and should not be considered alternatives to net income in measuring the Company's performance; nor should they be used as exclusive measures of cash flow, because they do not consider the impact of working capital growth, capital expenditures, debt principal reductions and other sources and uses of cash, which are disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows. Investors should carefully consider the specific items included in Divestco's computation of EBITDA and operating income. While EBITDA and operating income have been disclosed herein to permit a more complete comparative analysis of the Company's operating performance and debt servicing ability relative to other companies, investors should be cautioned that EBITDA and operating income as reported by Divestco may not be comparable in all instances to EBITDA and operating income as reported by other companies.

EBITDA is calculated as follows:

Three Months Ended September 30 Nine Months Ended September 30
(Thousands) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Net Income (Loss) $ 255 $ (49,685 ) $ (3,842 ) $ (58,457 )
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (4 ) (9,611 ) 61 (12,920 )
Other Loss (Income) (29 ) 41,500 (27 ) 41,406
Operating Income (Loss) $ 222 $ (17,796 ) $ (3,808 ) $ (29,971 )
Finance costs 303 1,233 507 2,325
Depreciation and Amortization 1,167 7,753 6,081 24,847
EBITDA 1,692 (8,810 ) 2,780 (2,799 )

Divestco reports funds from operations because it is a key measure used by management to evaluate its performance and to assess the ability of the Company to finance operating activities and capital expenditures. Funds from operations excludes certain working capital changes and other sources and uses of cash, which are disclosed in the consolidated statement of cash flows.

Funds from operations is not a calculation based on IFRS and should not be considered an alternative to the consolidated statement of cash flows. Funds from operations is a measure that can be used to gauge Divestco's capacity to generate discretionary cash flow. Investors should be cautioned that funds from operations as reported by Divestco may not be comparable in all instances to funds from operations as reported by other companies. While the closest GAAP measure is cash flows from operating activities, funds from operations is considered relevant because it provides an indication of how much cash generated by operations is available before proceeds from divested assets and changes in certain working capital items.

Funds from operations is calculated as follows:

Nine Months Ended September 30
(Thousands) 2011 2010
Cash Flows from Operating Activities $ 5,090 $ 11,625
Changes in Non-Cash Working Capital Balances Related to Operating Activities (2,292 ) (14,759 )
Changes in Long-term Prepaid Expense - (238 )
Interest Paid 391 1,698
Income Taxes Refunded (352 ) (260 )
Funds from (used in) Operations $ 2,837 $ (1,934 )

Financial Highlights

(Thousands, except per share amounts) Three Months Ended September 30 Nine Months Ended September 30
2011 2010 $ Change % Change 2011 2010 $ Change % Change
Revenue $ 9,565 $ 8,516 $ 1,049 12 % $ 29,017 $ 31,241 $ (2,224 ) -7 %
Operating Expenses 7,873 17,326 (9,453 ) -55 % 26,237 34,040 (7,803 ) -23 %
EBITDA 1,692 (8,810 ) 10,502 -119 % 2,780 (2,799 ) 5,579 -199 %
Finance Costs 303 1,233 (930 ) -75 % 507 2,325 (1,818 ) -78 %
Depreciation and Amortization 1,167 7,753 (6,586 ) -85 % 6,081 24,847 (18,766 ) -76 %
Operating Income (Loss) 222 (17,796 ) 18,018 -101 % (3,808 ) (29,971 ) 26,163 -87 %
Other Loss (Income) (29 ) 41,500 (41,529 ) -100 % (27 ) 41,406 (41,433 ) -100 %
Income Tax Expense (Benefit) (4 ) (9,611 ) 9,607 -100 % 61 (12,920 ) 12,981 -100 %
Net Income (Loss) $ 255 $ (49,685 ) $ 49,940 -101 % $ (3,842 ) $ (58,457 ) $ 54,615 -93 %
Per Share - Basic and Diluted - (1.18 ) 1.18 -100 % (0.06 ) (1.39 ) 1.33 -96 %
Funds from (used in) Operations $ 1,639 $ (6,294 ) $ 7,933 -126 % $ 2,837 $ (1,934 ) $ 4,771 -247 %
Per Share - Basic and Diluted 0.03 (0.15 ) 0.18 -120 % 0.05 (0.05 ) 0.10 -200 %
Shares Outstanding 59,903 41,958 17,945 43 % 59,903 41,958 17,945 43 %
Weighted Average Shares Outstanding
Basic 59,785 41,971 17,814 42 % 59,535 41,962 17,573 42 %
Diluted 59,785 41,971 17,814 42 % 59,535 41,962 17,573 42 %

Segment Review Summary

For the three months ended September 30, 2011 Thousands)
Software and Data Services Seismic Data Corporate & Other Total
Revenue $ 2,309 $ 3,464 $ 3,792 $ - $ 9,565
EBITDA 966 122 2,942 (2,338 ) 1,692
Finance costs - (1 ) (1 ) 305 303
Depreciation and Amortization 710 241 29 187 1,167
Operating Income (Loss) 256 (118 ) 2,914 (2,830 ) 222
For the three months ended September 30, 2010 (Thousands)
Software Services Data Corporate & Other Total
Revenue $ 2,359 $ 4,319 $ 1,838 $ - $ 8,516
EBITDA 599 290 (2,416 ) (7,283 ) (8,810 )
Finance costs - (1 ) - 1,234 1,233
Depreciation and Amortization 648 341 6,604 160 7,753
Impairment of goodwill and intangibles - - - - -
Operating Income (Loss) (49 ) (50 ) (9,020 ) (8,677 ) (17,796 )
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011 (Thousands)
Software Services Data Corporate & Other Total
Revenue $ 6,848 $ 13,070 $ 9,099 $ - $ 29,017
EBITDA 2,398 2,435 6,685 (8,738 ) 2,780
Finance costs - (2 ) (5 ) 514 507
Depreciation and Amortization 2,747 805 1,001 1,528 6,081
Operating Income (Loss) (349 ) 1,632 5,689 (10,780 ) (3,808 )
For the nine months ended September 30, 2010 (Thousands)
Software Services Data Corporate & Other Total
Revenue $ 7,083 $ 14,148 $ 10,010 $ - $ 31,241
EBITDA 2,428 2,154 3,897 (11,278 ) (2,799 )
Finance costs - - - 2,325 2,325
Depreciation and Amortization 2,076 1,244 20,894 633 24,847
Operating Income (Loss) 352 910 (16,997 ) (14,236 ) (29,971 )

Divestco Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Financial Position

As at September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010
(Thousands - Unaudited)
Assets
Current Assets
Cash $ 1,089 $ 3,696
Funds held in trust 16 15
Accounts receivable 10,744 11,759
Prepaid expenses, supplies and deposits 149 237
Income taxes receivable 50 287
12,048 15,994
Investment in affiliated company 150 100
Participation surveys in progress 5,863 1,253
Property and equipment 5,619 3,026
Intangible assets 14,589 14,611
$ 38,269 $ 34,984
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Current Liabilities
Bank indebtedness $ 3,100 $ 2,050
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 7,193 8,248
Deferred revenue 2,628 2,710
Current loss on sublease loss provision 972 1,729
Current portion of long-term debt obligations 1,446 368
Current portion of tenant inducement 149 -
15,488 15,105
Deferred rent obligations 1,205 -
Long-term debt obligations 3,835 188
Sublease loss provision 1,334 1,621
Tenant Inducements 1,845 -
Other long-term liabilities 100 -
23,807 16,914
Shareholders' Equity
Equity instruments 75,433 75,253
Contributed surplus 5,644 5,590
Deficit (66,615 ) (62,773 )
14,462 18,070
$ 38,269 $ 34,984

Divestco Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

For the three months ended September 30 For the nine months ended September 30
(Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts - Unaudited) 2011 2010 2011 2010
Revenue $ 9,565 $ 8,516 $ 29,017 $ 31,241
Operating expenses
Salaries and benefits 4,231 6,276 14,497 16,224
General and administrative 3,588 8,513 11,686 15,159
Sublease loss - 2,107 - 2,107
Stock compensation expense 54 430 54 550
7,873 17,326 26,237 34,040
Finance costs 303 1,233 507 2,325
Depreciation and amortization 1,167 7,753 6,081 24,847
Other loss (income) (29 ) 41,500 (27 ) 41,406
Loss before income taxes 251 (59,296 ) (3,781 ) (71,377 )
Income taxes
Current (recovery) (4 ) (33 ) 61 (112 )
Deferred (reduction) - (9,578 ) - (12,808 )
(4 ) (9,611 ) 61 (12,920 )
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) for the period 255 (49,685 ) $ (3,842 ) $ (58,457 )
Net income (loss) per share
Basic and Diluted $ - $ (1.18 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (1.39 )
Weighted average number of shares
Basic and Diluted 59,785 41,971 59,535 41,962

Divestco Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Interim Statement of Changes in Equity

(Thousands - Unaudited)
Number of Shares Issued


Share Capital

Number of Warrants Issued
Warrants Equity Instruments

Contributed Surplus
Equity
portion of convertible debentures

Retained Earnings (Deficit)



Total Equity
Balance at January 1, 2010 41,958 $ 70,518 - $ - $ 70,518 $ 5,562 $ 56 $ 31,411 $ 107,547
Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period (58,457 ) (58,457 )
Distribution of Pulse shares to Divestco shareholders (19,999 ) (19,999 )
Transactions with owners, recorded in equity contributions by and distributions to owners:
Issue of Class A common shares 1,155 728 728 728
Reclassification on exercise of stock options 555 555 (555 ) -

Reclassification on repayment of convertible dedentures










56

(56
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-
Share-based payment transactions 550 550
Balance at September 30, 2010 43,113 $ 71,801 - $ - $ 71,801 $ 5,613 $ - $ (47,045 ) $ 30,369
Balance at January 1, 2011 58,938 $ 73,445 15,825 $ 1,808 $ 75,253 $ 5,590 $ - $ (62,773 ) $ 18,070
Net loss and comprehensive loss for the period (3,842 ) (3,842 )
Transactions with owners, recorded in equity contributions by and distributions to owners:
Issue of Class A common shares 965 129 455 52 181 181
Share-based payment transactions 54 54
Share issue costs (1 ) (1 ) (1 )
Balance at September 30, 2011 59,903 $ 73,573 16,280 $ 1,860 $ 75,433 $ 5,644 $ - $ (66,615 ) $ 14,462

Divestco Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

For the nine months ended September 30 2011 2010
(Thousands - Unaudited)
Cash flows from operating activities
Net loss for the period $ (3,842 ) $ (58,457 )
Items not affecting cash:
Equity investment gain (21 ) (15 )
Depreciation and amortization 6,081 24,847
Sublease loss (607 ) 2,107
Amortization of tenant inducements (113 ) -
Deferred rent obligations 638 -
Income taxes 61 (12,920 )
Data exchanges - (1,775 )
Loss on sale of data libraries - 41,496
Gain on sale of property and equipment - (90 )
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (2 ) (3 )
Non-cash employment benefits 81 -
Share based payments 54 551
Finance costs 507 2,325
2,837 (1,934 )
Changes in non-cash working capital balances 2,292 14,759
Changes in long-term prepaid expense - 238
Interest paid (391 ) (1,698 )
Income taxes refunded 352 260
5,090 11,625
Cash flows from (used in) financing activities
Bank indebtedness 1,050 -
Issue of common shares, net of related expenses 99 728
Repayment of long-term debt obligations (321 ) (28,691 )
Repayment of debentures - (3,750 )
Deferred financing costs (153 ) (50 )
Proceeds received from long-term debt obligations (net of committed revolver repayments) 5,000
1,735
5,675 (30,028 )
Cash flows from (used in) investing activities
Additions to intangible assets (2,465 ) (2,196 )
Decrease (increase) in participation surveys in progress (4,610 ) 2,134
Purchase of property and equipment (5,562 ) (699 )
Additions to tenant inducements 3,424 -
Payment made on sublease loss provision (488 ) -
Investments in affiliates (29 ) -
Proceeds on sale of data libraries - 54,436
Proceeds on sale of property and equipment - 93
Deferred development costs (1,883 ) (2,040 )
Changes in non-cash working capital balances (1,759 ) (11,608 )
(13,372 ) 40,120
Increase (decrease) in cash (2,607 ) 21,717
Cash, beginning of period 3,696 768
Cash, end of period $ 1,089 $ 22,485

Divestco is an exploration services company that provides a comprehensive and integrated portfolio of data, software, and services to the oil and gas industry. Through continued commitment to align and bundle products and services to generate value for customers, Divestco is creating an unparalleled set of integrated solutions and unique benefits for the marketplace. Divestco's breadth of data, software and services offers customers the ability to access and analyze the information required to make business decisions and to optimize their success in the upstream oil and gas industry. Divestco is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "DVT".

This press release contains forward-looking information related to the Company's capital expenditures, projected growth, view and outlook towards future oil and gas prices and market conditions, and demand for its products and services. Statements that contain words such as "could', "should", "can", "anticipate", "expect", "believe", "will", "may" and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts constitute "forward-looking information" within the meaning applicable by Canadian securities legislation. Although management of the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct because, should one or more of the risks materialize, or should the assumptions underlying forward-looking statements or forward-looking information prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this press release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Except where required by law, the Company does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements or forward-looking information if conditions or opinions should change. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or forward- looking information. All of the forward-looking statements and forward-looking information of the Company contained in this press release are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement.

In particular, this press release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to the following: the Company's ability to reduce debt, improve liquidity, correct its working capital deficiency and maintain profitability in the current economy; availability of external and internal funding for future operations; relative future competitive position of the Company; nature and timing of growth; future sales of the Company's seismic data library; oil and natural gas production levels; planned capital expenditure programs; supply and demand for oil and natural gas; future demand for products/services; commodity prices; fluctuations in interest rates; impact of Canadian federal and provincial governmental regulation on the Company; expected levels of operating costs, general administrative costs, costs of services and other costs and expenses; future ability to execute dispositions of assets or businesses; expectations regarding the Company's ability to raise capital and to add to seismic data through new seismic shoots and acquisition of existing seismic data; treatment under tax laws.

These forward-looking statements are based upon assumptions including: that future prices for crude oil and natural gas, future interest rates and future availability of debt and equity financing will be at levels and costs that allow the Company to manage, operate and finance its business and develop its software products and various oil and gas datasets including its seismic data library, and meet its future obligations; that the regulatory framework in respect of royalties, taxes and environmental matters applicable to the Company and its customers will not become so onerous on both the Company and its customers as to preclude the Company and its customers from viably managing, operating and financing its business and the development of its software and data; and that the Company will continue to be able to identify, attract and employ qualified staff and obtain the outside expertise as well as specialized and other equipment it requires to manage, operate and finance its business and develop its properties.

These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control, including: general economic, market and business condition; volatility in market prices for crude oil and natural gas; ability of Divestco's clients to explore for, develop and produce oil and gas; availability of financing and capital; fluctuations in interest rates; demand for the Company's product and services; weather and climate conditions; competitive actions by other companies; availability of skilled labour; failure to obtain regulatory approvals in a timely manner; adverse conditions in the debt and equity markets; and government actions including changes in environment and other regulations.

The TSXV has not reviewed nor accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this news release.

Contact Information

  • Divestco Inc.
    Mr. Stephen Popadynetz
    CEO, President and CFO
    587-952-8152

    Divestco Inc.
    Mr. Danny Chiarastella
    Vice President, Finance
    587-952-8027
    www.divestco.com