Loyalist Group Limited

Loyalist Group Limited

August 27, 2014 07:00 ET

Loyalist Announces Record Second Quarter 2014 Results

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 27, 2014) - Loyalist Group Limited ("Loyalist" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) today announced financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2014.

Second quarter revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2014, was a record $17.2 million, an increase of 262% over the same period in 2013. Income from operations was $2.2 million, a 157% increase over the same period in 2013, while net income was $1.3 million, an increase of 182% over the same period in 2013. Cash flow has improved by $1.0 million, to $0.8 million compared to a year ago.

Revenues continue to rise as a result of acquisitions closed through June 30, 2014, as well as organic growth of $600,000 or 12.1 % on the base business, as enrollments continued to trend higher. Net income and cash flow were adversely impacted by acquisition, integration and restructuring costs of $700,000 ($400,000 in the year ago period).

"Our second quarter demonstrated the potential of our platform with strong organic growth and record revenues," said CEO Andrew Ryu. "In a quarter without any acquisitions, the strength of our core business is evident in the numbers."

Mr. Ryu added that, "The second quarter results exceeded our expectations, and continue to reflect the seasonal nature of our industry. We are pleased with the performance of our recent acquisitions."

On the integration front, Mr. Ryu commented that, "The successful integration of our acquisitions is critical to the overall profitability of Loyalist and we continue to devote significant resources to that end. As well, it is important that we build a strong central infrastructure to control and manage the business. The growth rate of our corporate costs is slowing and we expect to see savings in the future to leverage our investment."

"The student housing pilot continues to show promise with revenues for the quarter in excess of $150,000. We will continue to actively grow this program."

The following table summarizes and compares three month results for the periods ended June 30, year over year:

Three months ended June 30, 2014 2013 % Change
Revenue $ 17,185,078 $ 4,751,159 +262%
Gross Profit $ 7,315,695 $ 1,770,766 +313%
Income From Operations $ 2,201,133 $ 853,424 +158%
Net Income $ 1,338,872 $ 474,021 +182%
Adjusted EBITDA* $ 2,567,044 $ 932,937 +175%

* Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS measure is used by management to act as an indicator of its core operating business; is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, adjusted for integration, restructuring and acquisition costs, and loss on foreign exchange.

The following table summarizes and compares six month results for the periods ended June 30, year over year:

Six months ended June 30, 2014 2013 % Change
Revenue $ 32,899,825 $ 9,683,378 +240%
Gross Profit $ 13,871,676 $ 3,902,289 +255%
Income From Operations $ 3,933,240 $ 1,883,578 +115%
Net Income $ 2,901,530 $ 1,307,819 +122%
Adjusted EBITDA* $ 4,636,466 $ 2,012,417 +130%

* Adjusted EBITDA, a non-IFRS measure is used by management to act as an indicator of its core operating business; is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, adjusted for integration, restructuring and acquisition costs, and loss on foreign exchange.

Loyalist has a number of goals in 2014:

  • To close on accretive acquisitions:
    • Study English in Canada and Upper Career College of Business and Technology closed with an effective date of February 1, 2014.
  • To close on finance offerings to support the acquisition pipeline:
    • Closed $10.01 million bought deal private placement in January 2014.
  • To centralize all accounting functions in the corporate office and roll out the Company's custom-built ERP system to provide standardization of the various student databases and billing/collection and human resource functions across all schools.

About Loyalist

Loyalist Group Limited 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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Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking information or statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that is contained or referenced herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward looking information and statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.

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