Major Drilling Group International Inc.
TSX : MDI

Major Drilling Group International Inc.

June 04, 2015 17:00 ET

Major Drilling Announces Annual and Fourth Quarter Results for Fiscal 2015

MONCTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - June 4, 2015) - Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSX:MDI) today reported results for the year and fourth quarter ended April 30, 2015.

Highlights

In millions of Canadian dollars Q4-15 Q4-14 Fiscal Fiscal
(except earnings per share) 2015 2014
Revenue $81.2 $82.6 $305.7 $354.9
Gross profit 20.7 21.5 65.9 104.4
As percentage of revenue 25.5 % 26.0 % 21.6 % 29.4 %
EBITDA(1) 6.8 8.4 13.4 44.4
As percentage of revenue 8.4 % 10.2 % 4.4 % 12.5 %
Net loss (13.1 ) (24.9 ) (49.6 ) (55.3 )
Loss per share - Basic ($0.16 ) ($0.31 ) ($0.62 ) ($0.70 )
(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, excluding restructuring charges and goodwill impairment (see "non- GAAP financial measures")

  • Cash on hand at quarter-end was $44.9 million while total debt was $15.3 million, for a net cash position of $29.6 million.

  • Quarterly revenue was $81.2 million, down 2% from the $82.6 million recorded for the same quarter last year.

  • Gross margin percentage for the quarter was 25.5%, compared to 26.0% for the corresponding period last year.

  • During the quarter, the Company wrote down recognized tax losses for a total of $4.0 million on its South African and Brazilian deferred tax assets.

  • Net loss was $13.1 million or $0.16 per share for the quarter, compared to a net loss of $24.9 million or $0.31 per share for the prior year quarter.

"Despite market conditions that continue to be extremely difficult, we are pleased to have met our goal for the year of generating cash while still paying a dividend and investing in our fleet as appropriate. EBITDA for the quarter was $6.8 million. This year, we used up some of our cash reserves to purchase the assets of Taurus Drilling, and this new division is performing well, with the Company looking to grow these services," said Francis McGuire, President and CEO of Major Drilling. "Revenue for the quarter was $81.2 million. The gains made with the addition of our new percussive drilling division were offset by the loss of revenue in our energy business and the closures of our operations in Australia and the Democratic Republic of Congo ("DRC")".

"Given the very competitive pricing environment resulting from the current industry downturn, we had a good quarter operationally, as evidenced by our margins at 25.5%, the highest quarterly margins in this fiscal year. These margins were achieved despite current low levels of specialized drilling and a higher level of underground drilling, which tends to have lower margins. These margins are an indication that pricing appears to have now stabilized but are also a result of our discipline on pricing," observed Mr. McGuire. "The Company will continue to focus on balancing pricing with revenue generation and cash preservation."

"During the quarter, we incurred a restructuring charge of $0.8 million as we continued our efforts on cost containment. Our general and administrative costs for the quarter are down 13% over last year, and down 20% if you exclude the impact of higher foreign exchange translation. The Company continues to have a variable cost structure whereby most of its direct costs, including field staff, go up or down with contract revenue and a large part of management's compensation relates to variable incentive compensation based on the Company's profitability."

"During the quarter, the Company wrote down recognized tax losses for a total of $4.0 million on its South African and Brazilian deferred tax assets related to carry-forward losses, given the uncertainty in the near-term outlook for adequate taxable income in those countries."

"Major Drilling remains net debt free, with a net cash position of $29.6 million at the end of the quarter. The Company spent $2.1 million on capital expenditures this quarter, adding one underground percussive drill while selling/retiring nine rigs and equipment for cash proceeds of $1.9 million. Total capital expenditures for the year totaled $16.1 million," added Mr. McGuire.

"At this moment, although mine reserve issues are starting to come back to the forefront, we expect calendar 2015 to continue at the present pace. For this reason, we currently expect capital expenditures in fiscal 2016 to be in line with fiscal 2015, although we may invest more to grow our percussive drilling business."

"In the medium-term, we believe that most commodities will face an imbalance between supply and demand as mine reserves continue to decrease due to the lack of exploration. At the same time, worldwide consumption continues to increase. At some point in the future, the need to develop resources in areas that are increasingly difficult to access will significantly increase, at which time we expect to see a resurgence in demand for specialized drilling."

Fourth quarter ended April 30, 2015

Total revenue for the quarter was $81.2 million, down 2% from the $82.6 million recorded in the same quarter last year. Uncertainty around economic matters impacting the mining market continues to cause delays in customers' exploration drilling plans. Also, many junior customers have scaled back or suspended drilling activities due to a lack of capital. The favourable foreign exchange translation impact for the quarter is estimated at $4.4 million on revenue but negligible on net earnings, when comparing to the effective rates for the same period last year.

Revenue for the quarter from Canada-U.S. drilling operations increased by 7% to $49.9 million compared to the same period last year. The increase relates to the Taurus asset acquisition and is somewhat offset by the slowdown in the energy sector.

South and Central American revenue was up 34% to $21.0 million for the quarter, compared to the prior year quarter. Most of the increase came from Mexico and the Guiana Shield, while other regions were flat.

Australian, Asian and African operations reported revenue of $10.3 million, down 50% from the same period last year. The Company closed its operations in Australia and the DRC earlier in the year, and Mongolia continues to be affected by political uncertainty around mining laws.

The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 25.5% compared to 26.0% for the same period last year. Given the current market conditions, the Company had a good quarter operationally, and this was the highest quarterly margins in this fiscal year. Margins continue to be affected by reduced pricing due to increased competitive pressures, and customers are often focusing on mine site drilling, especially underground drilling, which tends to have lower margins.

General and administrative costs were $11.0 million for the quarter, a reduction of 13% compared to $12.7 million in the same period last year, and a reduction of 20% when excluding higher foreign exchange translation. With the decrease in activity, the Company has reduced its general and administrative costs across the operation.

The income tax provision for the quarter was an expense of $5.1 million compared to an expense of $0.2 million for the prior year period. The Company wrote down recognized tax losses for a total of $4.0 million on its South African and Brazilian deferred tax assets related to carry- forward losses, given the uncertainty in the near-term outlook for adequate taxable income in those countries. The tax expense for the quarter was also impacted by non-tax affected losses and non-deductible expenses.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this news release, the Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA, excluding restructuring charges and goodwill impairment. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance of the Company. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements, such as, but not limited to, those relating to worldwide demand for gold and base metals and overall commodity prices, the level of activity in the minerals and metals industry and the demand for the Company's services, the Canadian and international economic environments, the Company's ability to attract and retain customers and to manage its assets and operating costs, sources of funding for its clients, particularly for junior mining companies, competitive pressures, currency movements, which can affect the Company's revenue in Canadian dollars, the geographic distribution of the Company's operations, the impact of operational changes, changes in jurisdictions in which the Company operates (including changes in regulation), failure by counterparties to fulfill contractual obligations, and other factors as may be set forth, as well as objectives or goals, and including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition to exist or occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements by reason of factors such as, but not limited to, the factors set out in the discussion on pages 15 to 18 of the 2014 Annual Report entitled "General Risks and Uncertainties", and such other documents as available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All such factors should be considered carefully when making decisions with respect to the Company. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, including those statements that are incorporated by reference herein, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling services companies. To support its customers' mining operations, mineral exploration and environmental activities, Major Drilling maintains field operations and offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, and Africa.

Financial statements are attached.

Webcast/Conference Call Information

Major Drilling will provide a simultaneous webcast and conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 9:00 AM (EDT). To access the webcast, which includes a slide presentation, please go to the investors/webcast section of Major Drilling's website at www.majordrilling.com and click on the link. Please note that this is listen only mode.

To participate in the conference call, please dial 416-340-2216 and ask for Major Drilling's Fourth Quarter and Year-End Conference Call. To ensure your participation, please call in approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

For those unable to participate, a taped rebroadcast will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until midnight, Friday June 19, 2015. To access the rebroadcast, dial 905-694-9451 and enter the passcode 7658482. The webcast will also be archived for one year and can be accessed on the Major Drilling website at www.majordrilling.com.

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information)
Three months ended Twelve months ended
April 30 April 30
(unaudited)
2015 2014 2015 2014
TOTAL REVENUE $ 81,191 $ 82,637 $ 305,718 $ 354,946
DIRECT COSTS 60,484 61,113 239,822 250,519
GROSS PROFIT 20,707 21,524 65,896 104,427
OPERATING EXPENSES
General and administrative 11,006 12,701 44,913 50,087
Other expenses 1,892 905 5,872 3,624
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (179 ) 358 (1,740 ) 1,617
Loss on short-term investments - 61 - 368
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 1,157 (918 ) 3,479 4,377
Finance costs 114 266 686 1,002
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 12,973 13,085 51,080 51,947
Amortization of intangible assets 959 332 3,158 1,359
Impairment of goodwill - 2,269 - 14,326
Restructuring charge 784 17,234 4,610 20,454
28,706 46,293 112,058 149,161
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX (7,999 ) (24,769 ) (46,162 ) (44,734 )
INCOME TAX - PROVISION (RECOVERY)
Current 2,977 3,488 7,297 12,849
Deferred 2,111 (3,322 ) (3,894 ) (2,273 )
5,088 166 3,403 10,576
NET LOSS $ (13,087 ) $ (24,935 ) $ (49,565 ) $ (55,310 )
LOSS PER SHARE
Basic $ (0.16 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (0.62 ) $ (0.70 )
Diluted $ (0.16 ) $ (0.31 ) $ (0.62 ) $ (0.70 )
Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Twelve months ended
April 30 April 30
(unaudited)
2015 2014 2015 2014
NET LOSS $ (13,087 ) $ (24,935 ) $ (49,565 ) $ (55,310 )
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss
Unrealized (loss) gains on foreign currency translations (net of tax) (18,435 ) (6,230 ) 25,188 15,428
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS $ (31,522 ) $ (31,165 ) $ (24,377 ) $ (39,882 )
Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
For the twelve months ended April 30, 2014 and 2015
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Share capital Share-based payments reserve Retained earnings Foreign currency translation reserve Total
BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2013 $ 230,985 $ 14,204 $283,088 $ 10,052 $538,329
Share-based payments reserve - 1,733 - - 1,733
Dividends - - (15,833 ) - (15,833 )
230,985 15,937 267,255 10,052 524,229
Comprehensive loss:
Net loss - - (55,310 ) - (55,310 )
Unrealized gains on foreign currency translations - - - 15,428 15,428
Total comprehensive loss - - (55,310 ) 15,428 (39,882 )
BALANCE AS AT APRIL 30, 2014 $ 230,985 $ 15,937 $ 211,945 $ 25,480 $ 484,347
BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2014 $ 230,985 $ 15,937 $ 211,945 $ 25,480 $ 484,347
Exercise of stock options 52 (13 ) - - 39
Share issue 8,689 - - - 8,689
Share-based payments reserve - 1,310 - - 1,310
Dividends - - (9,616 ) - (9,616 )
239,726 17,234 202,329 25,480 484,769
Comprehensive loss:
Net loss - - (49,565 ) - (49,565 )
Unrealized gains on foreign currency translations - - - 25,188 25,188
Total comprehensive loss - - (49,565 ) 25,188 (24,377 )
BALANCE AS AT APRIL 30, 2015 $ 239,726 $ 17,234 $ 152,764 $ 50,668 $ 460,392
Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
Three months ended Twelve months ended
April 30 April 30
(unaudited)
2015 2014 2015 2014
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Loss before income tax $ (7,999 ) $ (24,769 ) $ (46,162 ) $ (44,734 )
Operating items not involving cash
Depreciation and amortization 13,932 13,417 54,238 53,306
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (179 ) 358 (1,740 ) 1,617
Loss on short-term investments - 61 - 368
Share-based payments reserve 295 361 1,310 1,733
Impairment of goodwill - 2,269 - 14,326
Restructuring charge - 9,716 1,953 10,381
Finance costs recognized in loss before income tax 114 266 686 1,002
6,163 1,679 10,285 37,999
Changes in non-cash operating working capital items (5,684 ) 18,535 12,731 20,532
Finance costs paid (121 ) (261 ) (670 ) (983 )
Income taxes paid (837 ) (4,742 ) (7,776 ) (16,624 )
Cash flow (used in) from operating activities (479 ) 15,211 14,570 40,924
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
(Decrease) increase in demand loan (2,714 ) - (4,038 ) 4,066
Repayment of long-term debt (1,683 ) (1,740 ) (9,837 ) (20,457 )
Issuance of common shares 5 - 39 -
Dividends paid - - (15,930 ) (15,832 )
Cash flow used in financing activities (4,392 ) (1,740 ) (29,766 ) (32,223 )
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Business acquisition - - (20,834 ) (205 )
Acquisition of short-term investments - - - (3,587 )
Proceeds from disposal of short-term investments - 3,074 - 3,074
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (net of direct financing) (1,161 ) (5,190 ) (14,754 ) (22,626 )
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment 1,875 1,990 18,717 5,375
Cash flow from (used in) investing activities 714 (126 ) (16,871 ) (17,969 )
Effect of exchange rate changes (1,692 ) (1,512 ) 2,720 1,201
(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH (5,849 ) 11,833 (29,347 ) (8,067 )
CASH, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD 50,746 62,411 74,244 82,311
CASH, END OF THE PERIOD $ 44,897 $ 74,244 $ 44,897 $ 74,244
Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As at April 30, 2015 and 2014
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
2015 2014
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash $ 44,897 $ 74,244
Trade and other receivables 58,559 66,211
Income tax receivable 12,182 12,179
Inventories 79,248 81,308
Prepaid expenses 2,968 4,690
197,854 238,632
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 276,594 307,288
DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS 4,722 5,825
GOODWILL 57,274 38,056
INTANGIBLE ASSETS 6,260 1,923
$ 542,704 $ 591,724
LIABILITIES
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Demand loan $ - $ 3,909
Trade and other payables 33,820 52,155
Income tax payable 2,388 3,416
Current portion of contingent consideration 2,735 -
Current portion of long-term debt 6,776 9,655
45,719 69,135
CONTINGENT CONSIDERATION 7,395 -
LONG-TERM DEBT 8,569 14,187
DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES 20,629 24,055
82,312 107,377
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital 239,726 230,985
Share-based payments reserve 17,234 15,937
Retained earnings 152,764 211,945
Foreign currency translation reserve 50,668 25,480
460,392 484,347
$ 542,704 $ 591,724
MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC.
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 30, 2015 AND 2014
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

SEGMENTED INFORMATION

The Company's operations are divided into three geographic segments corresponding to its management structure, Canada - U.S., South and Central America, and Australia, Asia and Africa. The services provided in each of the reportable segments are essentially the same. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in Note 4 presented in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended April 30, 2015. Management evaluates performance based on earnings from operations in these three geographic segments before finance costs and income tax. Data relating to each of the Company's reportable segments is presented as follows:

Q4 2015 Q4 2014 YTD 2015 YTD 2014
Revenue (unaudited) (unaudited)
Canada - U.S. $ 49,863 $ 46,462 $ 177,210 $ 175,882
South and Central America 20,989 15,688 75,604 73,583
Australia, Asia and Africa 10,339 20,487 52,904 105,481
$ 81,191 $ 82,637 $ 305,718 $ 354,946
(Loss) earnings from operations
Canada - U.S.* $ 316 $ 2,070 $ (5,250 ) $ 9,315
South and Central America** (28 ) (2,821 ) (10,828 ) (25,125 )
Australia, Asia and Africa*** (4,850 ) (21,539 ) (18,871 ) (19,776 )
(4,562 ) (22,290 ) (34,949 ) (35,586 )
Eliminations - (135 ) - (554 )
(4,562 ) (22,425 ) (34,949 ) (36,140 )
Finance costs 114 266 686 1,002
General and corporate expenses **** 3,323 2,078 10,527 7,592
Income tax 5,088 166 3,403 10,576
Net loss $ (13,087 ) $ (24,935 ) $ (49,565 ) $ (55,310 )
Depreciation and amortization
Canada - U.S. $ 7,057 $ 5,730 $ 26,755 $ 22,928
South and Central America 3,138 3,149 12,749 12,072
Australia, Asia and Africa 3,140 4,015 12,996 16,161
Unallocated and corporate assets 597 523 1,738 2,145
$ 13,932 $ 13,417 $ 54,238 $ 53,306

* Canada - U.S. includes restructuring charges for the current quarter of $149 (2014 - $123) and the current year of $367 (2014 - $503).

** South and Central America includes goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges in the previous year of $12,057 as well as restructuring charges in the current quarter of $269 (2014 - $201) and the current year of $882 (2014 - $1,665).

*** Australia, Asia and Africa includes goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges in the previous quarter and year of $2,269 as well as restructuring charges in the current quarter of $226 (2014 - $16,910) and the current year of $3,221 (2014 - $18,286).

**** General and corporate expenses include expenses for corporate offices, stock options and certain unallocated costs and restructure charges for the current quarter of $140 (2014 - nil) and the current year of $140 (2014 - nil).

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