Questor Technology Inc.
TSX VENTURE : QST

Questor Technology Inc.

August 31, 2015 15:03 ET

Questor Technology Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 31, 2015) -

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Questor Technology Inc. ("Questor" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:QST) announced today its financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2015. Revenue this quarter was $1.7 million, 61% lower than the prior year second quarter as the significant decline in commodity prices, for oil in particular, has caused our customers to defer capital expenditures and place projects on hold to conserve capital. Revenue for the first 6 months was $4.1 million, down 47% from the prior year. In this current economic environment, the option to rent equipment is attractive to both our clients and the Company. Questor has seen a rental revenue increase of 88% in Q2 and 126% in the first half of 2015 versus 2014 respectively. Incinerator and combustion service revenue for the six months ended June 30th was up by 115%, with the majority of the revenue growth in the United States. There are strong indications that this increased trend in rental demand will continue into the second half of 2015 and into 2016. We continue to invest in our rental fleet to meet this trend and have recently added two new Q5000 units to the rental inventory which are scheduled for an Alberta well test in Q3 and then relocation to Colorado in early 2016 to address the continuing demand in that region.

The Company generated a profit of $85,696 ($0.003 per share) in the second quarter of 2015 down from the $1,394,323 ($0.055 per share) in the second quarter of the prior year due primarily to lower revenues arising out of the lower volume of incinerators sold. Profit for the six months ended June 30 was $577,678 or $0.022 per share. Higher net foreign exchange gains and other income recorded in 2015 compared to the same period of 2014 contributed positively to the Company's overall financial performance.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS SUMMARY
(Stated in Canadian dollars except shares outstanding)
For the Three months ended June 30 Six months ended June 30
2015 2014 Increase
(decrease)
2015 2014 Increase
(decrease)
Revenue 1,733,562 4,502,651 (2,769,089) 4,102,648 7,718,088 (3,615,440)
Gross profit(1) 648,753 2,545,152 (1,896,399) 1,848,292 3,987,693 (2,139,401)
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 352,240 1,966,338 (1,614,098) 1,276,397 3,121,207 (1,844,811)
Profit for the period(2) 85,696 1,394,323 (1,308,627) 577,678 2,196,073 (1,618,395)
Cost of sales as a percent of revenue(1) 62.6% 43.5% 19.1% 54.9% 48.3% 6.6%
Cash generated from operations before movements in non-cash working capital(1) 125,734 2,087,203 (1,961,469) 992,833 3,342,268 (2,349,435)
For the Three months ended June 30 Six months ended June 30
2015 2014 Increase
(decrease)
2015 2014 Increase
(decrease)
Shares outstanding(2)
Basic Shares 25,919,540 25,475,639 443,901 25,879,925 25,379,539 500,386
Diluted Shares 26,338,494 26,478,434 (139,939) 26,311,729 26,364,696 (53,240)
Earnings per Share
Basic $0.003 0.055 ($0.052) $0.022 0.087 ($0.065)
Diluted $0.003 0.053 ($0.050) $0.022 0.083 ($0.061)
Total assets 16,506,953 16,156,941 350,012
Non-Current Liabilities 221,864 230,922 (9,058)
(1) Non-IFRS financial measure. Please see discussion in the Non-IFRS Financial Measures section of this MD&A.
(2) Weighted average number of shares.

In the U.S., State and Federal regulations on emissions and the fines being imposed for non-compliance have made it essential for our clients to find cost effective solutions to address air quality issues associated with tank and gas dehydration emissions. New rules recently introduced in the U.S. for methane emissions due to their heightened impact on climate change will also create an opportunity for Questor's incineration technology. The superior performance of Questor's products and demonstrated operational success has led certain customers to specify the Company's equipment as a best practice. The successful completion of the EPA's Quad O testing for combustion devices earlier this year positions Questor as a reliable choice for eliminating fugitive emissions. Our marketing strategy is focused on highlighting the value of Questor's unique ability to meet the regulations while reducing operating costs.

We have invested in product development in two main areas to provide our customers with an integrated site solution to meet their needs to reduce operating costs. Questor acquired ClearPower Systems Inc. ("ClearPower") in early 2014, and has invested funds to further develop the technology that transforms waste heat from any source into power. Testing of the revised prototype unit was completed this quarter with results that exceeded expectations. The unit generated in excess of 65kW of power making it a very competitive solution. We are currently preparing to move this unit to our Grande Prairie facility in preparation for further testing integrated with our incinerator. Later this year, with the valued support of SDTC funding from the Canadian federal government, we will demonstrate this technology in the field. Questor is now marketing this technology and, based on the early interest, the first sale is anticipated prior to year-end. The ClearPower options not only serve our oil and gas clients, but they allow Questor to diversify our product offering to industries outside of oil and gas.

The company has also designed a means to compliantly vaporize produced water at site, using heat from the incineration process, which will significantly reduce the operating expense for water disposal. We are in the process of submitting a patent application. A pilot demonstration is planned for early Q4 with full commercialization to follow. The solution will be aggressively marketed to those regions where water handling costs are prohibitive, water disposal is difficult or unavailable, and to areas where there is a heighted concern with seismic activity at water disposal wells. This technology is applicable to many wells in Western Canada and the US that are currently uneconomic because of low oil prices and the cost of produced water disposal. These wells will be our focus for this technology.

"The downturn in the market has created an opportunity to attract new talent and the company has recently added staff to its sales and marketing team who will focus on increasing incinerator sales and rentals in the U.S. and Canada," said Ms. Audrey Mascarenhas, Questor's President and CEO. "We are actively recruiting sales representatives in the US in our key markets especially in areas where newer regulations are being enforced. We believe the market to be substantial for all our technologies and anticipate revenue generation from the new technologies in late 2015." In addition to growing its own sales team, Questor is also looking at partnerships with other companies that have a sales presence in the areas that our clients are active in to add to this sales initiative.

Despite the reduction in activity in the industry, as a whole, Questor continues to see opportunities to provide significant value. As commodity prices remain lower for an extended period, it is becoming even more critical to lower operating costs and Questor provides cost effective solutions for companies to cleanly combustion flow back gases, ultimately lowering the costs to comply with regulatory requirements. Questor's solutions have helped customers reduce their costs at gas dehydration facilities and by consolidating waste gas combustion into one stack at facilities that formerly required more complicated, unreliable equipment. Adding new commercial technologies, such as generating power from waste heat and vaporizing wastewater are also expense-lowering solutions, which will allow industry to profit compliantly in low commodity price periods.

Questor will continue to market these non-traditional solutions that industry is gradually realizing are a unique combination of cost savings, reliability, social acceptance and regulatory compliance. The key is ensuring that this marketing message is delivered to the appropriate personnel in industry. Having experienced a curtailment in activity in sales revenue over the first half of 2015 Questor has now focussed its rental strategy and presence in the US in those select regions where demand and regulatory requirements are greatest. Despite the slowdown in activity, Questor is excited with the opportunities to move forward with its unique cost saving solutions and new technologies that will add further value to industry's bottom line.

Further to this release, Questor announces today that Mr. Richard Pinder resigned from the Board of Directors. Questor would like to thank Mr. Pinder for his time and mentorship and wish him well in his future endeavours. The Board has initiated the search for a replacement.

Questor's unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and notes thereto and management's discussion and analysis for the six months ended June 30, 2015 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 vapourization, 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 combustion 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
As at Notes June 30
2015
December 31
2014
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 3 $4,930,669 $5,640,570
Trade and other receivables 4 2,701,922 3,044,999
Inventories 5 1,703,602 2,210,542
Prepaid expenses and deposits 64,788 119,667
Current tax assets 10,053 49,198
Total current assets 9,411,034 11,064,976
Non-current assets
Property and equipment 6, 12 4,035,782 3,408,250
Intangible assets 7 2,372,739 1,266,420
Goodwill 2 687,398 687,398
Total non-current assets 7,095,919 5,362,068
Total assets $16,506,953 $16,427,044
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Trade payables, accrued liabilities, provisions $767,311 $1,162,885
Deferred revenue and deposits 31,054 -
Current portion of lease inducement 52,002 52,002
Current tax liabilities - 417,647
Total current liabilities 850,367 1,632,534
Non-current liabilities
Deferred tax liabilities 178,430 161,487
Lease inducement 43,334 69,335
Total non-current liabilities 221,764 230,822
Total liabilities 1,072,131 1,863,356
Capital and reserves
Issued capital 8 6,027,675 5,934,704
Reserves 996,595 875,288
Retained earnings 8,318,825 7,741,147
Cumulative translation adjustment 91,727 12,549
Total equity 15,434,822 14,563,688
Total liabilities and equity $16,506,953 $16,427,044
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.
QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
Stated in Canadian dollars
Unaudited
For the three
months ended June 30
For the six
months ended June 30
Notes 2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue 9, 12 $ 1,733,562 $ 4,502,651 $ 4,102,648 $ 7,718,088
Cost of sales (1,084,809 ) (1,957,499 ) (2,254,356 ) (3,730,395 )
Gross profit 648,753 2,545,152 1,848,292 3,987,693
Administration expenses (655,959 ) (605,724 ) (1,464,235 ) (1,092,880 )
Net foreign exchange gains (losses) 172,522 (34,047 ) 473,274 109,107
Depreciation of property and equipment (11,318 ) (13,973 ) (22,775 ) (25,937 )
Amortization of intangible assets 7 (905 ) (1,332 ) (1,809 ) (1,637 )
Other income 9,801 11,179 40,567 13,878
Profit before tax 162,894 1,901,255 873,314 2,990,224
Income tax expense (77,198 ) (506,932 ) (295,636 ) (794,151 )
Profit for the period $ 85,696 $ 1,394,323 $ 577,678 $ 2,196,073
Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of income tax
Exchange differences on translating foreign operations
57,427 8,235 79,178 6,585
Total comprehensive income $ 143,123 $ 1,402,558 $656,856 $ 2,202,658
Earnings per share 11
Basic $0.003 $0.055 $0.022 $0.087
Diluted $0.003 $0.053 $0.022 $0.083
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements
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, 2015
$ 5,934,704

$ 875,288

$ 7,741,147

$ 12,549
$ 14,563,688
Profit for the period
-

-
577,678
-
577,678
Recognition of share-based payments
-

157,403

-

-

157,403
Issue of ordinary shares under employee share option plan
92,971

(36,096)

-

-

56,875
Translation of foreign operations
-

-

-
79,178 79,178
Balance at June 30, 2015 $6,027,675 $996,595 $8,318,825 $ 91,727 $ 15,434,822

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
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements
QUESTOR TECHNOLOGY INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Stated in Canadian dollars
Unaudited
For the six months ended June 30 Notes 2015 2014
Cash flows used in operating activities
Profit for the period $ 577,678 $ 2,196,073
Adjustments for:
Income tax expense 295,636 794,151
Depreciation of property and equipment 6 243,870 129,346
Amortization of intangible assets 7 1,809 1,637
Net unrealized foreign exchange losses (gains) (283,563 ) 127,690
Expense recognized in respect of equity-settled share-based payments 8 157,403 93,371
992,833 3,342,268
Movements in non-cash working capital 13 (101,648 ) (3,045,341 )
Cash generated from operations 891,185 296,927
Income taxes paid (657,196 ) (746,915 )
Net cash (used in) generated from operating activities 233,989 (449,988 )
Cash flows used in investing activities
Payments for property and equipment 6 (55,000 ) (82,043 )
Payments for intangible assets 7 (1,108,128 ) (263,002 )
Acquisition of a business - (1,000,710 )
Net cash used in investing activities (1,163,128 ) (1,345,755 )
Cash flows from financing activities 56,875 101,425
Proceeds from issue of ordinary shares under employee share option plan
Net cash generated from financing activities 56,875 101,425
Net decrease in cash (872,264 ) (1,694,318 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 5,640,570 7,323,303
Effects of translation of foreign currencies 162,363 6,585
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 4,930,669 $ 5,635,570
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements

Contact Information

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