Loyalist Group Limited

November 29, 2012 08:30 ET

Loyalist Group Announces Record Earnings and Revenue

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2012) - Loyalist Group Limited (the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:LOY) is pleased to report record earnings and revenue for the third quarter of 2012.

Revenues in the three months ending Sept. 30, 2012, were $3.8 million, a 153% increase over the comparable period a year earlier. Adjusted net income was $963,162 compared to a loss in the year-ago period.

For the nine months ending Sept. 30, 2012, revenues were 344% higher at $10.1 million, whereas adjusted net income was $2,268,955, compared to a loss a year earlier.

Adjusted net income excludes certain one-time restructuring, legal and finance fees. Including these costs, net income was $693,369 for the quarter, or 0.8 cents/share, and $1,615,985 for the nine-month period, or 2.5 cents/share.

"These results show that our business model works," said Andrew Ryu, CEO. "Our revenues are growing briskly and our bottom line is growing even faster thanks to healthy gross margins and operating leverage. I'm particularly pleased to report that while top-line growth was helped by the addition of new schools, we also generated impressive organic growth. We were able to increase tuition rates by as much as 20% by rebranding schools, for example. And our attention to costs and restructuring, which includes one-time expenses, is also bearing fruit as evidenced by our expanding operating margins of 22% for the quarter and 18% for the nine-month period."

The Company expects its growth trajectory to continue in the near term as these results do not include the impact of investing the $5 million proceeds from its August financing.

"Since the quarter ended, we've acquired two excellent new schools, Cornerstone Academic College, which is already delivering positive surprises, and Victoria International Academy, which is of particular interest for its e-learning platform. We believe we can successfully deploy this tool over our much larger and growing student base and expect to earn high-margin revenues as a result."

The Company's financial statements and management discussion and analysis are available on SEDAR.

About Loyalist Group (TSX VENTURE:LOY)

Loyalist Group Limited owns and operates private ESL(English as a Second Language) schools in Toronto, Vancouver, and Victoria. Run by experienced professionals in the private education sector, Loyalist Group provides educational services with an emphasis on teaching: (i) English as a Second Language courses for international students, (ii) training programs for teachers, commonly known as TESL(Teaching English as a Second Language), (iii) professional development courses, and (iv) corporate English for professionals.

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