Loyalist Group Limited

Loyalist Group Limited

May 30, 2013 09:01 ET

Loyalist Announces Record First Quarter Earnings; Intends to Pursue Student Housing

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) is pleased to announce record financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

In the first quarter, revenue rose 50% year over year to $5 million. Net income grew 67% to $833,799 compared to the same period last year. Income from operations increased 94% to over $1 million.

Revenue and earnings rose as a result of four acquisitions made during 2012 and 2013, as well as organic growth arising from higher enrolment and increased tuition fees.

Gross margin improved by 820 basis points to 43.2% of revenue. Operating income margin improved 490 basis points to 22% of revenue.

The following table summarizes Loyalist's results and compares first quarter results from 2012 to 2013:

Q1 2013 Q1 2012 % Change
Revenue $ 4,932,219 $ 3,299,922 50 %
Gross profit $ 2,131,524 $ 1,155,701 84 %
Net income $ 833,799 $ 498,593 67 %
Costs relating to acquisitions $ 231,457 - -
Other items $ (35,101 ) $ 32,511 -
Income from operations $ 1,030,155 $ 531,104 94 %

"We're pleased with these numbers," said CEO Andrew Ryu. "Of particular interest are our margins. Operating margin improved by two percentage points over last year and gross margin by eight percentage points. Growing our revenue increases our profits, but we're also benefiting from economies of scale. Each additional dollar of revenue going forward should contribute additional profits for shareholders. It's also important to note that we improved our operating margin even as we staffed up in advance of the bigger acquisitions we're anticipating. We feel it's prudent to invest in staff and systems prior to growing aggressively, even if it means higher costs that temporarily hold back earnings growth. We are now poised to make significantly bigger acquisitions, and we are in advanced negotiations on several of them."

Loyalist is also pleased to announce that it has begun to investigate ways in which to monetize student lodging opportunities. The Company currently does not earn revenue from the rent paid by its 1,500 foreign students, but believes it is possible to do so. Management has begun studying the most efficient way to do this.

"We can unlock tremendous value by tapping into this revenue source. We don't currently profit from student rentals but we should, and we will, once we determine the best approach for our shareholders. With 1,500 students now, and, we anticipate, significantly more in the months to come, the numbers are extremely compelling as our students spend millions of dollars on accommodation while enrolled in our programs." Mr. Ryu added that Loyalist intends to apply for listing on the TSX.

About Loyalist

Loyalist owns and operates private education schools in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria offering (i) English as a Second Language Courses for international students; (ii) Training programs for teachers, commonly known as TESL; (iii) Professional Development Courses; and (iv) Corporate English for Professionals.

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