Questor Technology Inc.
TSX VENTURE : QST

Questor Technology Inc.

August 28, 2014 09:00 ET

Questor Technology Inc. Announces 120 Per Cent Increase in Second Quarter Profit

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 28, 2014) -

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Questor Technology Inc. ("Questor" or the "Comp any") (TSX VENTURE:QST) announced today its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2014. Revenue this quarter was $4.5 million, 99 per cent higher than the second quarter of 2013, due mainly to higher sales activity in both Canada and the U.S. The Company reported a 120 per cent improvement in profit at $1,394,323(2) ($0.055 per basic share) for the three months ended June 30, 2014 compared to a profit of $634,176 ($0.025 per basic share) for the same three month period of the prior year.

The increase in profit was due primarily to higher revenues arising out of the increased volume of incinerators and the mix of capacities of the units sold and increased rental revenues. Cost of sales as a percent of revenue was lower in the current quarter, contributing to the increase in profitability while lower revenues from Incinerator and combustion services and higher administrative expense and higher income tax expense partially offset the impact the sales, rental revenues and margins improvements had on profit.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS SUMMARY
(Stated in Canadian dollars except shares outstanding)
Three months ended June 30 Six months ended June 30
Increase Increase
For the 2014 2013 (decrease ) 2014 2013 (decrease )
Revenue 4,502,651 2,263,746 2,238,905 7,718,088 3,983,323 3,734,765
Gross profit(1) 2,545,152 1,177,440 1,367,712 3,987,693 2,067,881 1,919,812
EBITDA(1) 1,966,388 797,589 1,168,749 3,121,207 1,453,810 1,667,397
Profit for the period(2) 1,394,323 634,176 760,147 2,196,073 1,051,261 1,144,812
Cost of sales as a percent of revenue(1) 43.5 % 48.0 % 48.0 % 48.3 % 48.1 % 0.2 %
Cash generated from operations before movements in non-cash working capital(1) 2,087,203 879,007 1,208,196 3,342,268 1,541,412 587,937
Shares outstanding(3)
Basic 25,475,639 25,076,601 399,038 25,379,539 25,042,177 337,362
Diluted 26,478,434 25,729,800 748,634 26,364,696 25,621,734 742,962
Earnings per share -
Basic 0.055 0.025 0.030 0.087 0.042 0.045
Diluted 0.053 0.025 0.028 0.083 0.041 0.042
Increase
As at June 30 2014 2013 (decrease )
Total assets 16,156,941 11,086,002 5,070,939
Non-current liabilities 144,904 278,695 (133,791 )
(1) Non-IFRS financial measure. Please see discussion in the Non-IFRS Financial Measures section of Questor's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.
(2) Before Other comprehensive income
(3) Weighted average.

"The heightened environmental focus on emissions from flaring, climate change and the health concerns arising from the impacts of poor air quality have created a significant market opportunity for Questor domestically and internationally. It has become essential for our clients to address these issues to obtain approval for projects and the social license to operate." said Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas, Questor's President and CEO. "As the U.S. adopts the new EPA rules, we are seeing the demand for our products continue to develop in both the sales and rental businesses", she continued. "We have an inventory of units available and have fabrication partners with sufficient capacity to meet new orders."

On January 31, 2014, Questor acquired 100% of the outstanding shares of ClearPower Systems Inc., ("ClearPower") a company incorporated in 2010 under the laws of the state of Delaware. ClearPower has developed technology that will translate waste heat from any source into power. The integration of waste heat from Questor's incineration process with the power generation capability of the ClearPower technology is expected to present a valued solution for current and future customers. "We are planning to commission a demonstration of this integration in the fourth quarter of 2014 at an oil and gas facitlity in close proximity to Calgary", said Ms Mascarenhas. "In addition we continue to evaluate the substantial waste heat market to which the ClearPower technology can be directly applied. These two large waste heat areas present opportunities that Questor continues to prepare for, anticipating revenue generation in mid 2015."

On June 26, 2014, Ms Mascarenhas was presented an award as one of the Business in Calgary Leaders of Tomorrow to honor her business success, contribution to community, philanthropic efforts and dedication to industry in making Calgary a better place to work and live.

In the 26th annual PROFIT 500 ranking of Canada's Fastest-Growing Companies by Canadian Business and PROFIT, Questor Technology was ranked number 360 with revenue growth of 127%. "The members of the PROFIT 500 are the elite of the country's entrepreneurial community," says James Cowan, Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Business and PROFIT. "Their stories are lessons in business strategy, innovation, management excellence and sheer tenacity."

Vinai Thummalapally, the Obama-appointed Executive Director of SelectUSA met with management at the Company's Calgary offices on June 12, 2014 to better understand Questor's solutions and to advise that their organization is prepared to assist in Questor's efforts to establish a U.S. presence for fabrication and marketing. Ms Mascarenhas and Mr. John Sutherland, Questor Chief Operating Officer, have received special invitations to attend the SelectUSA Summit in Washington, DC March 23 - 24, 2015.

Ms Mascarenhas was invited to interview on July 9, 2014 on the subject of Questor's solutions on Business News Network (BNN). A link to view the interview is provided below. http://www.bnn.ca/Video/player.aspx?vid=395152

Ms Mascarenhas was invited to present to the Oilmen's Forum in Banff Alberta on August 20, 2014 as part of a panel addressing the topic of Innovation, Economy and Environment.

Questor's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto and management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 will be available shortly on the Company's website at www.questortech.com and through SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

ABOUT QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.

Questor is an international environmental oilfield services provider founded in late 1994 and headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada with a field office located in Grande Prairie, Alberta. The Company is focused on clean air technologies with activities in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Questor designs and manufactures high combustion efficiency waste gas incinerators for sale or for use on a rental basis and also provides combustion-related oilfield services. The Company's proprietary incinerator technology destroys noxious or toxic hydrocarbon gases which enables regulatory compliance, environmental protection, public confidence and reduced operating costs for customers. Questor is recognized for its particular expertise in the combustion of sour gas (H2S). The technology creates an opportunity to utilize the heat generated from efficient combustion which can be been used for water vaporization, process heat and power generation, through ClearPower Solutions (a subsidiary of Questor). While Questor's current customer base operates primarily in the crude oil and natural gas industry, the Company's combution technology is applicable to other industries such as landfills, water and sewage treatment, tire recycling and agriculture.

Questor trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "QST".

Certain information in this news release constitutes forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, the words "may", "would", "could", "will", "intend", "plan", "anticipate", "believe", "seek", "propose", "estimate", "expect", and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements with respect to, among other things, business objectives, expected growth, results of operations, performance, business projects and opportunities and financial results. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events based on certain material factors and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, changes in market, competition, governmental or regulatory developments, general economic conditions and other factors set out in the Company's public disclosure documents. Many factors could cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to vary from those described in this news release, including without limitation those listed above. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this news release and such forward-looking statements included in, or incorporated by reference in this news release, should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements speak only as of the date of this news release. The Company does not intend, and does not assume any obligation, to update these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

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

QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
Stated in Canadian dollars
Unaudited
June 30 December 31
As at 2014 2013
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,635,570 $ 7,323,303
Trade and other receivables 4,776,165 2,863,257
Inventories 2,772,394 2,359,276
Prepaid expenses and deposits 155,475 124,163
Current tax assets 57,099 77,849
Total current assets 13,396,703 12,747,848
Non-current assets
Property and equipment 1,631,516 1,256,066
Intangible assets 441,324 25,915
Goodwill 687,398 -
Total non-current assets 2,760,238 1,281,981
Total assets $ 16,156,941 $ 14,029,829
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Trade payables, accrued liabilities, provisions $ 1,279,325 $ 1,746,259
Deferred revenue and deposits 407,232 252,356
Current portion of lease inducement 52,002 52,002
Current tax liabilities 710,469 638,527
Total current liabilities 2,449,028 2,689,144
Non-current liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities 49,568 53,793
Lease inducement 95,336 121,337
Total non-current liabilities 144,904 175,130
Total liabilities 2,593,932 2,864,274
Capital and reserves
Issued capital 5,802,943 5,636,119
Reserves 731,128 703,156
Retained earnings 7,022,353 4,826,280
Cumulative translation adjustment 6,585 -
Total equity 13,563,009 11,165,555
Total liabilities and equity $ 16,156,941 $ 14,029,829
QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Stated in Canadian dollars except per share data
Unaudited
For the three months ended For the six months ended
June 30 June 30
2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue $ 4,502,651 $ 2,263,746 $ 7,718,088 $ 3,983,323
Cost of sales (1,957,499 ) (1,086,306 ) (3,730,395 ) (1,915,442 )
Gross profit 2,545,152 1,177,440 3,987,693 2,067,881
Administration expenses (605,724 ) (497,657 ) (1,092,880 ) (851,207 )
Net foreign exchange (losses)/gains (34,047 ) 47,437 109,107 92,434
Depreciation of property and equipment (13,973 ) (9,799 ) (25,937 ) (20,539 )
Amortization of intangible assets (1,332 ) (304 ) (1,637 ) (609 )
Loss on disposal of property and equipment - (347 ) - (347 )
Other income 11,179 2,296 13,878 6,972
Profit before tax 1,901,255 719,066 2,990,224 1,294,585
Income tax expense
Current (501,934 ) (102,855 ) (798,376 ) (254,233 )
Deferred (4,998 ) 17,965 4,225 10,909
Profit for the period $ 1,394,323 $ 634,176 $ 2,196,073 $ 1,051,261
Other comprehensive income, net
of income tax
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations 8,235 - 6,585 -
Total comprehensive income $ 1,402,558 $ 634,176 $ 2,202,658 $ 1,051,261
Earnings per share - Profit for the period
Basic $ 0.055 $ 0.025 $ 0.087 $ 0.042
Diluted $ 0.053 $ 0.025 $ 0.083 $ 0.041
QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN EQUITY
Stated in Canadian dollars
Unaudited
Issued Capital Reserves Retained Earnings Cumulative Translation Adjustment Total Equity
Balance at January 1, 2014 $ 5,636,119 $ 703,156 $ 4,826,280 $ - $ 11,165,555
Profit for the period - - 2,196,073 - 2,196,073
Recognition of share-based payments - 93,371 - - 93,371
Issue of ordinary shares under employee share option plan 166,824 (65,399) - - 101,425
Translation of foreign operations - - - 6,585 6,585
Balance at June 30, 2014 $ 5,802,943 $ 731,128 $ 7,022,353 $ 6,585 $ 13,563,009
Issued Capital Reserves Retained Earnings Cumulative Translation Adjustment Total Equity
Balance at January 1, 2013 $ 5,521,001 $ 676,834 $ 2,282,231 $ - $ 8,480,066
Profit for the period - - 1,051,261 - 1,051,261
Recognition of share-based payments - 37,970 - - 37,970
Issue of ordinary shares under employee share option plan 54,880 (22,630) - - 32,250
Balance at June 30, 2013 $ 5,575,881 $ 692,174 $ 3,333,492 $ - $ 9,601,547
QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Stated in Canadian dollars
Unaudited
For the six months ended June 30 2014 2013
Cash flows from operating activities
Profit for the period $ 2,196,073 $ 1,051,261
Adjustments for:
Income tax expense 794,151 243,324
Loss on disposal of property and equipment - 347
Depreciation of property and equipment 129,346 158,616
Amortization of intangible assets 1,637 609
Net unrealized foreign exchange losses 127,690 49,285
Expense recognized in respect of equity-settled share-based payments 93,371 37,970
3,342,268 1,541,412
Movements in non-cash working capital (3,045,341 ) (150,108 )
Cash generated from operations 296,927 1,391,304
Income taxes paid (746,915 ) -
Net cash (used in) generated from operating activities (449,988 ) 1,391,304
Cash flows used in investing activities
Payments for property and equipment (82,043 ) (90,270 )
Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment - 5,000
Payments for intangible assets (263,002 ) -
Acquisition of a business (1,000,710 ) -
Net cash used in investing activities (1,345,755 ) (85,270 )
Cash flows from financing activities
Proceeds from issue of ordinary shares under employee share option plan 101,425 32,250
Net cash generated from financing activities 101,425 32,250
Net (decrease) increase in cash (1,694,318 ) 1,338,284
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 7,323,303 4,405,624
Effects of translation of foreign currencies 6,585 (18,476 )
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 5,635,570 $ 5,725,432

Contact Information

  • Questor Technology Inc.
    Audrey Mascarenhas
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    (403) 571-1530
    (403) 571-1539 (FAX)
    amascarenhas@questortech.com