TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 30, 2014) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) today announced record financial results for the year ended December 31, 2013.
Revenue for 2013 was $31 million, an increase of 126% over 2012. Net income was $1.8 million, while income for operations was $3,120,034, a 17% increase over 2012.
Revenues continue to rise as a result of six acquisitions made during 2012 and 2013, as well as organic growth arising from higher enrolment and increased tuition fees. Net income was adversely impacted by $2.1 million in one-time acquisition, integration and restructuring costs.
"2013 was a year of aggressive growth," said CEO Andrew Ryu. "Our top line benefited from buying new schools and from better execution in schools we owned or acquired. Our gross profit - revenue less the school-level costs of teacher salaries, rents and so on - almost doubled, but was lower on a percentage basis because we acquired a big school, KGIC, late in the year. The fourth quarter is always the slowest in our industry because of the Christmas holiday, so revenue falls but salaries and rents must still be paid. This lowers our gross profit. We expect gross margin percentage to bounce back for 2014, when we'll report school results for the whole year."
"Our assets support our current run-rate expectation of $63 million for 2014. We expect to focus on integrating schools this year, improving the company's overall profitability. While our overhead or corporate costs, more than doubled last year, we expect them to stay fixed, and perhaps fall, moving forward, which should create the leverage needed to see meaningful profit growth. We therefore expect to see margins improve this year."
"We will also aggressively pursue our student housing and franchise businesses. These are low-risk, high-margin pursuits that allow Loyalist to create greater shareholder value from its asset base. Our students collectively spend millions of dollars a year on rent, and we expect to capture a significant share of that spend over time."
Our long-term objectives are intact: top-line growth of 20% per year and normalized profit margins of 15%.
The following table summarizes and compares full year results, year over year:
|Income from operations
The company notes that had it owned all its schools as of January 1, 2013, revenues would have been over $54 million for the full year.
As previously reported Loyalist attained a number of its fiscal goals in 2013:
- Closed six acquisitions: Urban International School (Toronto), Pan Pacific College ("PPC" Vancouver), MTi Community College ("MTi" Vancouver) and KGIC/KGIBC (Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria);
- Closed on $13,190,237 in gross proceeds through two private placement finance offerings;
- Closed on a $5.2 million 5-year convertible debenture;
- Established the corporate office in downtown Toronto and Vancouver;
- Centralized all accounting functions in the corporate office and started the roll out of the Company's custom built ERP to provide standardization of the various Student Data bases and billing/collection and human resource functions across all schools.
With cash balance of $6.0 million as at April 29, 2014 and anticipated profitability, the company has the funds to meet all of its operating and promissory note obligations and to continue growing by acquisition without raising capital.
Loyalist Group Limited (the "Company") owns and operates private English as a Second Language (ESL) Schools, Career Colleges and Community Colleges in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Halifax.
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