Tree Island Wire Income Fund
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Tree Island Wire Income Fund

March 15, 2011 20:37 ET

Tree Island Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2010 Results

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Tree Island Wire Income Fund (TSX:TIL.UN)(TSX:TIL.DB) -

Q4 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues of $27.7 million
  • Gross profit improved by $3.9 million to $0.5 million as compared to a loss of $3.4 million in Q4 2009
  • EBITDA adjusted for foreign exchange(3), improved by $5.9 million to $0.5 million, as compared to an EBITDA loss adjusted for foreign exchange of $5.4 million in Q4 2009

FY 2010 Financial Highlights

  • Revenues of $132.4 million
  • Gross profit improved by $31.4 million to $6.4 million as compared to a loss of $25.0 million in 2009
  • EBITDA adjusted for foreign exchange(3), improved by $36.5 million to a loss of $17 thousand as compared to an EBITDA loss adjusted for foreign exchange of $36.5 million in 2009

Tree Island Wire Income Fund ("Tree Island" or the "Fund"(1)) announced today its financial results for the three and twelve month periods ended December 31, 2010.

For the three months ended December 31, 2010(2), the Fund reported revenue of $27.7 million, compared to $26.7 million during the same period in 2009. Gross profit improved from a loss of $3.4 million to positive $0.5 million, while gross profit per ton also increased from a loss of $160 per ton, to a profit of $25 per ton. The significant improvement in gross profit and gross profit per ton reflects Tree Island's ongoing focus on profitability, a continued focus on cost control and a reduction in costs as a result of the reversal of a one time prior period accrual of $1.6 million. These gains were partially offset by lower sales volumes and competitive pricing pressures due to the ongoing poor economic conditions in some of our primary end markets, particularly in the Western United States.

Our focus on cost management continued to favourably impact our fourth quarter. SG&A expenses at $2.0 million, were $1.6 million less than in the fourth quarter of last year. EBITDA adjusted for foreign exchange was $0.5 million, a $5.9 million improvement from last year's EBITDA loss adjusted for foreign exchange of $5.4 million.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2010(2), the Fund's revenues were $132.4 million versus $165.6 million during the corresponding period in 2009. Gross profit improved by $31.4 million to $6.4 million during the twelve month period in 2010. EBITDA adjusted for foreign exchange also improved by $36.5 million to a loss of $17 thousand, while the net loss reduced by $12.1 million to $14.8 million.

"We are pleased with our fiscal improvements and our success in keeping inventories closely aligned with market conditions," said Ted Leja, President and CEO of Tree Island Industries. "While market demand remains weak and raw material prices are currently volatile, we continue to pursue strategic growth opportunities."

Amar Doman, Chairman of the Fund noted, "The full year results are a testament to management's efforts in rebuilding a fundamentally strong and sound business during difficult times, which positions the Fund to take advantage of a recovery in any of its principal markets."


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS(2)
Three Months Ended
December 31
Year Ended
December 31
  2010 2009 2010 2009
Income        
Sales Volumes – Tons 20,565 21,171 99,376 136,198
Revenue $ 27,746 $ 26,740 $ 132,411 $ 165,581
  Cost of Goods Sold (25,874) (28,632) (120,409) (183,445)
  Depreciation (1,357) (1,486) (5,577) (7,135)
Gross (Loss) Profit 515 (3,378) 6,425 (24,999)
Gross (Loss) Profit per Ton $ 25 $ (160) $ 65 $ (184)
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (2,053) (3,622) (12,143) (21,057)
Operating Loss (1,538) (7,000) (5,718) (46,056)
  Foreign Exchange Gain 725 150 124 2,441
  Financing Expenses (2,581) (2,276) (10,958) (7,660)
  Gain (Loss) on Sale of Property, Plant &        
  Equipment (14) (14) 66 5,448
  Fair Value Changes on Derivatives - (7) - 243
  Amortization of Deferred Gain 117 122 477 529
  Amortization of Intangible Assets - - - (660)
  Impairment of Intangible Assets - - - (5,362)
  Impairment of Property, Plant and Equipment (105) (346) (105) (346)
  Gain on renegotiated debt - 17,835 - 17,835
  Income Tax (Expense) Recovery (128) 4,830 1,334 6,712
Net Loss (3,524) 13,294 (14,780) (26,876)
 
EBITDA        
Operating Loss (1,538) (7,000) (5,718) (46,056)
  Add back Depreciation 1,357 1,486 5,577 7,135
EBITDA(3) (181) (5,514) (141) (38,921)
  Foreign Exchange Gain 725 150 124 2,441
EBITDA Adjusted for Foreign Exchange 544 (5,364) (17) (36,480)
 
Distributable Cash        
Standardized Distributable Cash per Unit        
  Basic 0.3512 0.0998 (0.0169) 2.0117
  Fully Diluted 0.3512 0.0739 (0.0169) 2.0117
Adjusted Distributable Cash per Unit        
  Basic (0.0797) (0.0097) (0.1768) (1.2032)
  Fully Diluted (0.0797) (0.0072) (0.1768) (1.2032)
Distributable Cash Paid or Payable per Unit - - - -
Standardized Distribution Payout % 0% 0% 0% 0%
Adjusted Distribution Payout % 0% 0% 0% 0%
 
Balance Sheet        
Total Assets     86,822 99,693
Net Cash/(Revolving Credit (Net of Cash))     5,623 1,307
Long-term Debt and Debentures     (35,536) (28,779)

About Tree Island Wire Income Fund

The Fund was launched on November 12, 2002 with the completion on an initial public offering. The Fund has a 100% ownership interest in Tree Island Industries Ltd and its performance depends on the performance of Tree Island Industries Ltd. Headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Tree Island Industries Ltd. produces wire products for a diverse range of construction, agricultural, manufacturing and industrial applications. Its products include bright wire, stainless steel wire and galvanized wire; a broad array of fasteners, including packaged, collated and bulk nails; stucco reinforcing products, engineered structural mesh, fencing and other fabricated wire products. The company markets these products under the Tree Island, Halsteel, K-Lath, Industrial Alloys, Tough Strand, and TI Select brand names. Tree Island also owns and operates a Hong Kong-based company that helps source internationally sourced products to the Company and its customers.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking information with respect to the Fund and the company, including their business, operations and strategies, as well as financial performance and conditions. The use of forward-looking words such as, "may," "will," "expect" or similar variations generally identify such statements. Any statements that are contained herein that are not statements of historical fact may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Although management believes that expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties including risks and uncertainties discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Fund's most recent annual information form and management discussion and analysis.

Forward-looking statements, by their nature, necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions and markets and, in particular, the potential impact of the current economic downturn, risks associated with operations such as competition, dependence on the construction industry, market conditions for the company's products, supplies of and costs for its raw materials, dependence on key personnel, labour relations, regulatory matters, environmental risks, the successful execution of acquisition and integration strategies and other strategic initiatives, foreign exchange fluctuations, the effect of leverage and restrictive covenants in financing arrangements, the cost and availability of capital, the possibility of deterioration in working capital position, the impact on liquidity if the Fund were to go offside of covenants in its debt facilities, the impact that changes in supplier payment terms or slow payment of accounts receivable could have on liquidity, product liability, the ability to obtain insurance, energy cost increases, changes in tax legislation, other legislation and governmental regulation, changes in accounting policies and practices, operations in a foreign country, and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the Fund's publicly filed materials.

This press release has been reviewed by the Fund's Board of Trustees and its Audit Committee, and contains information that is current as of the date of this press release, unless otherwise noted. Events occurring after that date could render the information contained herein inaccurate or misleading in a material respect. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on this forward-looking information and management of the Fund undertakes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise except as required by applicable securities laws.

  1. References to the Fund or Tree Island include references to Tree Island Industries Ltd. as the context may require.

  2. Please refer to our 2010 MD&A for further information.

  3. Reference is made above to EBITDA. We define EBITDA as operating profit or loss plus depreciation. Please refer to our 2010 MD&A for further information. EBITDA is a measure used by management of Tree lsland to evaluate financial performance. EBITDA, however, is not a measure of earnings or financial performance recognized by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and does not have standardized meanings prescribed by GAAP. Items excluded from EBITDA are significant to understanding and assessing financial performance. EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income, cash flows generated by operations or other financial statement data presented in the consolidated financial statements of the Fund, as indicators of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP. Because EBITDA is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, as presented, investors are cautioned that EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures presented by other issuers (such as other income funds).
Tree Island Wire Income Fund
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands of dollars)(unaudited)
 
as at December 31 2010   2009
Assets      
Current      
  Cash $ 5,623   $ 4,153
  Accounts receivable 9,695   9,064
  Income and other taxes receivable 56   6,121
  Inventories 30,873   33,626
  Prepaid expenses 2,863   3,113
  49,110   56,077
Property, plant and equipment 37,141   43,047
Other non-current assets 571   569
  $ 86,822   $ 99,693
 
Liabilities      
Current      
  Revolving credit $ -   $ 2,846
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 13,243   18,351
  Income taxes payable 808   748
  Interest payable 68   41
  Current portion of long-term debt 5,271   3,030
  19,390   25,016
Convertible Debentures 13,108   5,716
Long-term debt 22,428   23,063
Deferred gain on sale of option 2,710   3,337
Other non-current liabilities 667   361
Future income taxes 854   2,848
  59,157   60,341
 
Contingent liabilities and commitments      
 
Unitholders' Equity 27,665   39,352
  $ 86,822   $ 99,693
Tree Island Wire Income Fund        
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands of dollars, except units and per-unit amounts)(unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31   December 31
  2010 2009   2010 2009
Sales $ 27,746 $ 26,740   $ 132,411 $ 165,581
Cost of goods sold 25,874 28,632   120,409 183,445
Depreciation 1,357 1,486   5,577 7,135
Gross profit (loss) 515 (3,378)   6,425 (24,999)
Selling, general and administrative expenses 2,053 3,622   12,143 21,057
Operating (loss) (1,538) (7,000)   (5,718) (46,056)
Foreign exchange gain 725 150   124 2,441
(Loss) gain on sale of property, plant and equipment (14) (14)   66 5,448
Impairment and amortization of intangible assets - -   - (6,022)
Property, plant and equipment impairment (105) (346)   (105) (346)
Amortization of deferred gain 117 122   477 529
Fair value changes on derivatives - (7)   - 243
Gain on renegotiated debt - 17,835   - 17,835
Financing expenses (2,581) (2,276)   (10,958) (7,660)
Loss before income taxes (3,396) 8,464   (16,114) (33,588)
Income tax recovery (expense) (128) 4,830   1,334 6,712
 
Net (loss) income for the period $ (3,524) $ 13,294   $ (14,780) $ (26,876)
 
Net (loss) income per unit          
  Basic $ (0.15) $ 0.60   $ (0.65) $ (1.22)
  Diluted $ (0.15) $ 0.45   $ (0.65) $ (1.22)
 
Weighted-average number of units          
  Basic 22,861,661 22,112,489   22,641,642 22,035,040
  Diluted 22,861,661 29,831,543   22,641,642 22,035,040
Tree Island Wire Income Fund        
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS        
(In thousands of dollars)(unaudited)        
       
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31   December 31
  2010 2009   2010 2009
Cash flows from operating activities          
  Net (loss) Income for the period $ (3,524) $ 13,294   $ (14,780) $ (26,876)
  Items not involving cash          
    Depreciation 1,357 1,486   5,577 7,135
    Fair value changes on derivatives - 7   - (243)
 
    Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment 14 14   (66) (5,448)
    Amortization and write-off of deferred financing - 746   1,302 1,969
    Property, plant and equipment impairment 105 346   105 346
    Impairment and amortization of intangibles - -   - 6,022
    Amortization of deferred gain (117) (122)   (477) (529)
    Gain on renegotiated debt - (17,835)   - (17,835)
    Non cash accretion of debt discount 1,780 589   7,288 589
    Future income tax (recoveries) expense (388) 1,343   (1,714) (425)
    Unit-based compensation (223) 104   104 390
 
    Exchange revaluation on foreign denominated debt (826) -   (1,263) -
  (1,822) (28)   (3,924) (34,905)
 
  Change in non-cash operating assets and liabilities 9,850 2,420   3,621 79,563
 
  Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 8,028 2,392   (303) 44,658
 
Cash flows from investing activities          
    Proceeds on disposal of long-lived assets - 212   80 9,083
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment - (186)   (79) (331)
  Net cash provided by investing activities - 26   1 8,752
 
Cash flows from financing activities          
    Issuance of Convertible Debentures, net of          
    transaction costs - 8,650   9,519 8,650
    Repayment of long-term debt (783) (209)   (2,996) (209)
    Financing transaction costs incurred - (1,803)   (961) (2,467)
    Repayment of revolving credit (5,014) (7,091)   (3,655) (56,369)
  Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (5,797) (453)   1,907 (50,395)
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (78) (9)   (135) (63)
 
Increase in cash 2,153 1,956   1,470 2,952
Cash, beginning of period 3,470 2,197   4,153 1,201
Cash, end of period $ 5,623 $ 4,153   $ 5,623 $ 4,153
 
Supplemental cash flow information:          
Interest paid $ 798 $ 888   $ 2,367 $ 3,056
Income taxes (received) $ (5,935) $ (4,207)   $ (5,633) $ (4,201)

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