Northern Frontier Corp.
TSX VENTURE : FFF

Northern Frontier Corp.

August 13, 2015 17:03 ET

Northern Frontier Corp. Announces Its Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 13, 2015) - Northern Frontier Corp. (TSX VENTURE:FFF) ("Northern Frontier" or the "Corporation") announces its second quarter 2015 financial results.

For the three and six months ended June 30, 2015, Northern Frontier:

  • generated $8.7 million and $19.3 million in revenue;

  • realized EBITDA of $1.0 million and $2.8 million;

  • recorded a net loss of $2.0 million and $2.7 million;

  • paid down its Senior Credit Facilities by $6.3 million since January 1, 2015; and

  • subsequent to June 30, 2015 acquired the construction services operation from Black Diamond Group for $9.8 million.

Financial Results

3 months ended 6 months ended
(in 000's CAD, except as noted) Jun 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2014 Jun 30, 2015 Jun 30, 2014
Revenue $ 8,720 $ 11,572 $ 19,301 $ 29,431
Gross Profit 2,475 1,946 5,833 6,479
as a % of revenue 28 % 17 % 30 % 22 %
EBITDA (1) 1,049 814 2,771 4,298
per share $ 0.05 $ 0.07 $ 0.12 $ 0.38
as a % of revenue 12 % 7 % 14 % 15 %
Net loss and comprehensive loss (1,984 ) (2,493 ) (2,711 ) (2,162 )
per share - basic and diluted $ (0.09 ) $ (0.22 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.19 )
Cash generated by (used in) operations (before non-cash working capital) 474 (1,023 ) 1,586 1,734
per share $ 0.02 $ (0.09 ) $ 0.07 $ 0.15
Capital expenditures 969 698 1,174 2,637
Capital management: (2)
Funded debt to EBITDA 2.92
Fixed charge coverage ratio (3) 2.78
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 23,250,944 11,220,409 23,250,944 11,220,125

Financial position

As at (in 000's CAD, except as noted) Jun 30, 2015 Dec 31, 2014
Working Capital (4) $ 6,240 $ 3,879
Total assets $ 66,259 $ 82,871
Funded Debt (5) $ 37,167 $ 38,329
Equity $ 24,346 $ 26,888
Common shares outstanding 23,250,944 23,250,944
Common share purchase warrants outstanding 11,933,403 17,049,042
  1. EBITDA (earnings before finance costs, taxes, depreciation and amortization, gain/loss on disposal of property and equipment, share-based compensation and other specified items) is not a recognized measure under IFRS. Refer to "Non-GAAP Measures".
  2. The definition of these measures are in accordance with the lending agreement and are calculated based on the lenders' interpretation, which may not be equal to individual financial statement amounts.
  3. Fixed coverage ratio is defined as EBITDA less cash taxes, unfunded capital expenditures and distributions to required principal and interest payments on funded debt.
  4. Working Capital (current assets excluding cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash less current liabilities excluding current portion of loans and borrowings and obligations under finance lease) is not a recognized measure under IFRS. Refer to "Non-GAAP Measures".
  5. Funded Debt (loans and borrowings (before unamortized debt issue costs) and obligations under finance lease less cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash) is not a recognized measure under IFRS. Refer to "Non-GAAP Measures".

Outlook

As outlined in the first quarter of 2015, the overall significant downward pressure on oil prices and uncertainty regarding oil pricing recovery timelines has resulted in industry caution regarding future expenditure profiles. Forward visibility on industry activity remains very limited. The Corporation continues to experience a material deferral in its customers' civil construction and tank hydro testing programs that the Corporation is involved with. Management has taken steps to adjust its cost structure commensurate with the expected reduced operating activity levels and has had some success with marketing its services in markets outside of its historical traditional region. As a result, it is expected that Northern Frontier's Civil operating segment financial performance for the second half of fiscal 2015 will be materially lower than that of the second half of fiscal 2014. Meanwhile, the Corporation's Logistics operating segment financial performance for the second half of fiscal 2015 is expected to also be lower than the second half of 2014 as certain projects that were scheduled to commence in the coming months are now being deferred to fiscal 2016.

Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, the Corporation completed its third platform acquisition under the banner of Northern Frontier Facilities LP. This acquisition provides installation and dismantling of remote workforce lodging and modular offices services in western Canada and will operate as the Corporation's Facilities operating segment. Management believes that there is significant opportunity for this business and expects it to make a positive contribution to the Corporation's financial performance in the second half of fiscal 2015.

Subsequent Event

As previously announced (July 15, 2015 and July 31, 2015) the Corporation has completed its acquisition of the construction services operation from Black Diamond Group Limited effective July 31, 2015.

The Facilities operating segment installs and dismantles remote workforce lodging and modular offices and carries out related tasks in western Canada and is expected to add in the range of $2.0 million to $5.0 million annually to the Corporation's EBITDA.

Additional information

Northern Frontier's unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 and management's discussion and analysis ("MD&A") for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 have been filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed under the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Conference call

Management will hold a conference call on Friday August 14, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. Calgary / 11:30 a.m. Toronto time. The call will feature remarks by Chris Yellowega, President and CEO and Monty Balderston, Executive Vice President and CFO regarding the financial results.

Conference dial-in instructions are as follows:

Toronto: 416.340.2216

North America: 1.866.225.2055

A replay of the call will be available 24 hours after the event until 11:59 p.m. EST on August 21, 2015. To access the archived conference call, please dial 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053 and enter passcode 4705287.

About Northern Frontier Corp.

Northern Frontier's strategic objective is to create a large industrial and environmental services business through a buy and build growth strategy. Currently, the Corporation provides civil construction and excavation services to the industrial industry, bulk water transfer logistic services and installs and dismantles remote workforce lodging and modular offices in western Canada.

The Corporation's common shares and common share purchase warrants are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "FFF" and "FFF.WT.A", respectively.

Reader Advisory

Forward-Looking Statements

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  • expectations of future financial performance of the Corporation; and
  • the diversification of the Corporation's operations.

These statements are only predictions and are based upon current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions, which the Corporation believes are reasonable but which may prove to be incorrect and therefore such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon. In making such forward-looking statements, assumptions have been made regarding, among other things, industry activity, the state of financial markets, business conditions, continued availability of capital and financing, future oil and natural gas prices and the ability of the Corporation to obtain necessary regulatory approvals. Although the Corporation believes the expectations expressed in such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, such statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.

By its nature, forward-looking information involves numerous assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties, both general and specific, that contribute to the possibility that the predictions, forecasts, projections and other forward-looking statements will not occur. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and actual results or developments may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. The Corporation has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements set out in this news release, except as required by applicable law.

Non-GAAP Measures

Selected financial information for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 is set out above and includes the following measures that are not recognized under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and are non-generally accepted accounting principles ("non-GAAP") measures: EBITDA, Working Capital and Funded Debt. This information should be read in conjunction with the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 and 2014 and the Corporation's MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 available under the Corporation's profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Further information regarding these non-GAAP measures is contained in the Corporation's MD&A.

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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