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ENTREC Corporation Announces 2015 Third Quarter Financial Results

ACHESON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2015) - ENTREC Corporation ("ENTREC" or the "Company") (TSX:ENT), an employee-owned integrated crane solutions provider, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2015.

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
$ thousands, except per share amounts and margin percent Sept 30
2015
  Sept 30
2014
  Sept 30
2015
  Sept 30
2014
 
                 
Revenue 41,187   58,869   130,466   173,788  
                 
Gross profit 11,494   18,300   32,917   51,185  
Gross margin 27.9 % 31.1 % 25.2 % 29.5 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA(1) 7,417   13,140   19,407   35,015  
  Margin(1) 18.0 % 22.3 % 14.9 % 20.1 %
  Per share(1) 0.07   0.12   0.18   0.31  
                 
Adjusted net (loss) income(1) (1,848 ) 2,797   (8,831 ) 5,486  
  Per share(1) (0.02 ) 0.03   (0.08 ) 0.05  
                 
Net (loss) income (2,299 ) 3,281   (10,134 ) 5,699  
  Per share - basic (0.02 ) 0.03   (0.09 ) 0.05  
  Per share - diluted (0.02 ) 0.02   (0.09 ) 0.04  

Note 1: See "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" section of the Company's Management Discussion & Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 decreased by 30% to $41.2 million from $58.9 million in 2014. On a year-to-date basis, revenue declined by 25% to $130.5 million from $173.8 million in 2014. With the decline in crude oil prices and depressed natural gas environment, ENTREC experienced downward pricing pressure from its customers as they worked to reduce their operating and capital expenditures in the current commodity environment. On average, ENTREC estimates these pricing reductions negatively impacted revenue by approximately 10-15%. In addition, the Company also experienced a reduction in demand for its crane and specialized transportation services.

Adjusted EBITDA declined to $7.4 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015 from $13.1 million in 2014. The lower adjusted EBITDA margin reflected lower customer pricing as well as reduced equipment utilization levels. The adjusted net loss of $1.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to adjusted net income of $2.8 million in 2014.

Industry Outlook and ENTREC's Response

With the decline in crude oil prices, customer pricing and activity levels in the oil and gas industry for both cranes and specialized transportation services have been negatively affected. There also remains significant uncertainty as to the magnitude and timing of any future recovery in oil and natural gas prices and in how future changes in these prices will impact activity levels in the oil and gas industry and, in particular, the Alberta oil sands region.

ENTREC's 2015 and 2016 business plans and capital expenditure program reflect this new reality. After fulfilling previous capital expenditure commitments and taking delivery of this equipment in the first half of 2015, the Company has significantly curtailed future capital expenditures until the business outlook improves. In addition, ENTREC remains focused on controlling costs, minimizing discretionary expenditures, and rationalizing operations where practical. As part of this initiative, earlier this year the Company consolidated its Calgary operations branch location into its Acheson headquarters and consolidated its Dawson Creek branch into its Fort St. John facility. In the fourth quarter of 2015, ENTREC also consolidated its Leduc branch into the Acheson headquarters facility.

In conjunction with the Calgary branch closure, ENTREC initially reduced its salaried (non-billable) workforce by about 15% in the first quarter of 2015. In the second quarter, the Company further reduced its salaried (non-billable) workforce by an additional 10% to continue alignment of its workforce with current activity levels. In addition, the Company instituted temporary wage reductions for all salaried staff, effective April 1, 2015. The wage reductions ranged from 5% for non-management staff to 15% for directors and senior management. Many salaried employees were also offered the opportunity to work reduced work weeks, which has resulted in savings of up to 20% for these employees.

The Company has also been working extensively with many of its suppliers to reduce their pricing given the market environment and have achieved significant cost savings from these efforts.

All of these measures have allowed the Company to significantly reduce its overhead costs, while also improving operating efficiency. With the benefit of its current cost reduction initiatives, ENTREC estimates it will have reduced ongoing indirect and general and administrative expenditures by approximately $9 million on an annual basis. The Company also continues to closely assess its operating costs and will make further cost reductions as necessary to ensure its expenses continue to be aligned with activity levels.

Balance Sheet Remains Well-Positioned

Despite the current challenging commodity environment, ENTREC's business remains well-capitalized and well-positioned to weather the downturn. Specific current highlights of the Company's financial position include a working capital position of $23 million and a net tangible asset value that approximates $102 million at September 30, 2015.

In addition, ENTREC also has a $240 million asset-based credit facility (the "ABL Facility"). The ABL Facility has no principal repayments required until its maturity in March 2019 and has no leverage covenant as at September 30, 2015. The facility is supported by a very modern crane and transportation fleet that, along with real estate and other equipment assets, has an estimated fair market value of approximately $273 million. History has also shown that modern crane fleets hold their value well throughout market cycles. In addition, the facility is supported by about $35 million in accounts receivable at September 30, 2015.

As at September 30, 2015, based on ENTREC's fleet and accounts receivable as at that date, the borrowing base under the ABL Facility was $184.2 million. ENTREC was utilizing $139.4 million of this availability, giving it excess borrowing capacity of $44.8 million. There will be no leverage covenant in place if ENTREC maintains an excess borrowing capacity higher than 12.5% of the borrowing base ($23.0 million at September 30, 2015). At September 30, 2015, ENTREC's excess borrowing capacity of $44.8 million exceeded this threshold by $21.8 million.

ENTREC also continues to focus on reducing its long-term debt in this economic environment. During the three months ended September 30, 2015, the Company reduced its long-term debt and finance lease obligations by $13.2 million. ENTREC expects that positive cash from operating activities as well as proceeds from the continued disposal of underutilized equipment will allow the Company to further reduce its debt obligations in the future.

2015 and 2016 Operational Outlook

Given the uncertainties discussed above, ENTREC's outlook remains weak for both the remainder of 2015 and in 2016. Ongoing downward pricing pressure from customers along with lower demand for the Company's services supporting oil and natural gas exploration and production activities will continue to negatively impact ENTREC's financial results.

Helping to partially offset the lower demand for ENTREC's services has been ongoing construction project work for the Company's rough terrain and crawler crane fleets. ENTREC expects these assets will remain well-utilized over the next six to nine months. In the previous quarter, ENTREC was cautious of the potential negative impact of customer decisions to slow-down or postpone work on construction projects in the Alberta oil sands region. While this concern remains for the industry as a whole, ENTREC's current 2015 construction project work is expected to continue into 2016.

With ENTREC's crane fleet, the company also continues to establish a growing presence in the market for maintenance, repair and operation ("MRO") work in the Alberta oil sands region - which is typically less susceptible to changes in near-term commodity prices, and should continue to provide a steady demand for ENTREC's services over the next year and beyond. This work contributes 15 to 20% of consolidated revenue and ENTREC expects this percentage could increase in the future.

ENTREC also remains well-positioned in northwest British Columbia to support the region's growing industrial activity, including the potential future construction of LNG facilities. Pacific Northwest LNG has announced its conditional approval of a potential $36 billion terminal in the Prince Rupert region. The approval remains subject to a positive environmental assessment by the federal government. LNG Canada could also issue a final investment decision on its proposed LNG facility in Kitimat, British Columbia within the next twelve months. Note that demand for ENTREC's services in northeast British Columbia could also be impacted by final investment decisions on the construction of proposed LNG facilities in northwest British Columbia. Positive final investment decisions should accelerate the demand for ENTREC's services, while negative or delayed decisions could adversely impact relevant natural gas-related activity.

"Over the longer-term, our overall competitive position continues to be positive," commented John M. Stevens, ENTREC's President and CEO. "Despite short-term uncertainties and challenges, we are well-positioned geographically, with the right equipment fleet, and a complete range of crane and specialized transportation services in each of our key markets across western Canada and in North Dakota. While we expect the remainder of 2015 and 2016 will continue to be a challenging period from an operating perspective, we continue to aggressively manage our costs, and remain well-positioned to capture future growth opportunities as industry fundamentals improve."

2015 capital expenditure program

As discussed earlier, with the recent decline in crude oil prices, after fulfilling previous commitments and taking delivery of certain equipment in the first half of 2015, ENTREC has significantly curtailed future capital expenditures until industry conditions improve. In addition, the Company has also focused on disposing older and underutilized assets that are no longer necessary in serving the current needs of its customers. With these disposals taken into account, ENTREC has reduced its overall 2015 capital expenditure program to $17 million from a previous program of $21 million. ENTREC's revised 2015 capital expenditure program consists of the following components:

$ thousands  
   
Growth capital expenditures - LR 1750 crawler crane 7,200
Growth capital expenditures - All-terrain mobile cranes and other 4,400
Maintenance capital expenditures, net of disposal proceeds 5,400
   
Total 17,000

With a relatively new fleet, ENTREC expects to incur minimal maintenance capital expenditures for the foreseeable future. ENTREC's maintenance capital expenditures in 2015 consisted primarily of assets the Company had previously committed to purchasing in 2014, prior to the industry decline.

During the three months ended September 30, 2015, ENTREC made capital expenditures of $0.9 million. Offsetting these expenditures were proceeds on disposal of $3.4 million, resulting in net capital expenditures of negative $2.5 million in the quarter. ENTREC expects capital expenditures in the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2015 to be fully offset by proceeds from the disposal of additional property, plant and equipment.

A complete set of ENTREC's most recent financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis will be filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) and posted on the Company's website (www.entrec.com).

Third Quarter Conference Call

ENTREC will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its 2015 third quarter financial results tomorrow, November 13, 2015 at 9:00 am Mountain Time (11:00 am Eastern). The call can be accessed by dialing toll-free: 1-866-225-2055 or 416-340-9531 (GTA and International). The conference call will also be available via webcast within the Investors section of ENTREC's website at: www.entrec.com.

About ENTREC

ENTREC is an employee-owned integrated crane solutions provider to the oil and natural gas, construction, petrochemical, mining and power generation industries. ENTREC is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ENT.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment, change in fair value of embedded derivative, share-based compensation, and non-recurring business acquisition and integration costs. In addition to net income, Adjusted EBITDA is a useful measure as it provides an indication of the financial results generated by ENTREC's principal business activities prior to consideration of how these activities are financed or how the results are taxed in various jurisdictions and before certain non-cash expenses. Adjusted EBITDA also illustrates what ENTREC's EBITDA is, excluding the effect of non-recurring business acquisition and integration costs. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Per share amounts are calculated as adjusted EBITDA divided by the basic weighted average number of shares outstanding during the period.

Adjusted net (loss) income is calculated excluding the after-tax amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, notional interest accretion expense arising from convertible debentures, and the change in fair value of the embedded derivative related to the convertible debentures. These exclusions represent non-cash charges the Company does not consider indicative of ongoing business performance. Adjusted earnings (loss) per share are calculated as adjusted net (loss) income divided by the basic weighted average number of shares outstanding during the applicable period.

Net tangible asset value is calculated as shareholders' equity, excluding intangible assets, and adjusted for the difference between the estimates of fair market value and carrying value of ENTREC's property, plant and equipment. ENTREC believes net tangible asset value is a useful measure as it provides an indication of the net asset value of ENTREC.

Please see ENTREC's Management Discussion & Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 for reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net (loss) income to net (loss) income and net tangible asset value to shareholders' equity, the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
As at

(thousands of Canadian dollars)
Sept 30
2015
$
  Dec 31
2014
$
 
         
ASSETS        
Current assets        
  Cash 99   471  
  Trade and other receivables 35,385   53,850  
  Income taxes receivable 73   2,216  
  Inventory 2,704   2,656  
  Prepaid expenses and deposits 3,064   2,971  
  41,325   62,164  
Non-current assets        
  Long-term deposits and other assets 102   105  
  Property, plant and equipment 253,638   257,721  
  Intangible assets 2,697   3,329  
         
Total assets 297,762   323,319  
         
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities        
  Trade and other payables 12,637   19,246  
  Notes payable 2,294   -  
  Current portion of deferred leasehold inducements 609   609  
  Current portion of long-term debt 437   421  
  Current portion of obligations under finance lease 2,005   1,979  
  17,982   22,255  
Non-current liabilities        
  Deferred leasehold inducements 9,936   10,393  
  Long-term debt 141,884   150,563  
  Obligations under finance lease 2,134   2,721  
  Notes payable -   2,294  
  Convertible debentures 21,513   20,384  
  Deferred income taxes 18,791   20,421  
Total liabilities 212,240   229,031  
         
Shareholders' equity        
  Share capital 132,248   131,870  
  Contributed surplus 9,650   9,223  
  Deficit (58,011 ) (47,877 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,635   1,072  
Total shareholders' equity 85,522   94,288  
         
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 297,762   323,319  
         
Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
(thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) Sept 30
2015
$
  Sept 30
2014
$
  Sept 30
2015
$
  Sept 30
2014
$
 
                 
Revenue 41,187   58,869   130,466   173,788  
Direct costs 29,693   40,569   97,549   122,603  
                 
Gross profit 11,494   18,300   32,917   51,185  
                 
Operating expenses                
General and administrative expenses 4,103   5,467   15,063   17,278  
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 6,846   6,486   20,247   18,146  
Amortization of intangible assets 274   1,003   838   2,960  
Share-based compensation 325   431   805   1,320  
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 831   47   659   146  
  12,379   13,434   37,612   39,850  
                 
(Loss) income before finance items and income taxes (885 ) 4,866   (4,695 ) 11,335  
                 
Finance items                
  Finance costs 2,250   2,311   7,080   7,283  
  Finance income -   (40 ) -   (40 )
  Gain on change in fair value of embedded derivative -   (1,928 ) (8 ) (4,038 )
  2,250   343   7,072   3,205  
                 
(Loss) income before income taxes (3,135 ) 4,523   (11,767 ) 8,130  
                 
Income taxes                
  Current 141   191   (5 ) (307 )
  Deferred (977 ) 1,051   (1,628 ) 2,738  
  (836 ) 1,242   (1,633 ) 2,431  
                 
Net (loss) income (2,299 ) 3,281   (10,134 ) 5,699  
                 
(Loss) earnings per share - basic (0.02 ) 0.03   (0.09 ) 0.05  
(Loss) earnings per share - diluted (0.02 ) 0.03   (0.09 ) 0.04  

Forward-looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which reflect ENTREC's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to ENTREC. These statements require ENTREC to make assumptions it believes are reasonable and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results and developments may differ materially from the results and developments discussed in the forward-looking statements as certain of these risks and uncertainties are beyond ENTREC's control. 

Examples of such forward-looking statements in this press release relate to, but are not limited to the Company's: estimate that recent cost reduction initiatives will reduce ENTREC's on-going indirect and general and administrative expenditures by approximately $9 million on an annual basis; belief that, despite the current challenging commodity environment, ENTREC's business remains well-capitalized and well-positioned to weather the downturn; estimate that modern crane fleets will hold their value well through market cycles; expectation that positive cash from operating activities as well as proceeds from the continued disposal of underutilized equipment will allow ENTREC to further reduce its debt obligations in the future; expectation that ongoing downward pricing pressure from ENTREC's customers along with lower demand for its services supporting oil and natural gas exploration and production activities will continue to negatively impact ENTREC's financial results in the short-term; belief that the Company's rough terrain and crawler crane fleets will remain well utilized over the next six to nine months; anticipation that ENTREC's MRO work in the Alberta oil sands region will be less susceptible to changes in near-term commodity prices and continue to provide a steady demand for the Company's services over the next year and beyond; belief that the future demand for ENTREC's services in northeast B.C. and northwest B.C. could be impacted by final investment decisions on the construction of proposed LNG facilities in northwest B.C.; expectation that 2015 and 2016 will continue to be a challenging period for the oil and gas industry; plans to execute a 2015 capital expenditure program of $17 million, net of disposal proceeds; belief that with a relatively new fleet, ENTREC will incur minimal maintenance capital expenditures for the foreseeable future, until industry conditions improve; and estimate that capital expenditures in the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2015 will be fully offset by proceeds from the disposal of additional property, plant and equipment.

ENTREC's forward-looking statements involve a number of significant assumptions. Key assumptions utilized in developing forward-looking statements related to ENTREC's growth and revenue expectations, and its sufficient capitalization to weather the downturn include achieving its internal revenue, net income and cash flow forecasts for 2015, 2016 and beyond. Key assumptions involved in preparing ENTREC's internal forecasts include, but are not limited to, its expectations and estimates that: demand for crane services on certain awarded construction projects continues for the remainder of 2015 and into 2016; reduced activity levels in 2015 continue into 2016 due to lower crude prices; should the planned development of LNG facilities proceed, certain customers will choose to use ENTREC's services; ENTREC will be able to retain key personnel and attract additional high-quality personnel to support its planned revenue; there are no significant unplanned increases in ENTREC's cost structure, including those costs related to fuel and wages; market interest rates remain similar to current rates; there is no prolonged period of inclement weather that impedes or delays the need for crane and specialized transportation services; the competitive landscape in western Canada for crane and specialized transportation services does not materially change during the remainder of 2015 and in 2016; and there is no material adverse change in overall economic conditions.

Achieving these forecasts largely depends on a number of factors beyond ENTREC's control including several of the risks discussed further under "Business Risks" in ENTREC's Management Discussion & Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015. The business risks that are most likely to affect ENTREC's ability to achieve its internal revenue, net income and cash flow forecasts for 2015, 2016 and beyond are the volatility of the oil and gas industry, its exposure to the Alberta oil sands, workforce availability, weather and seasonality, availability of debt and equity financing, and competition. These risk factors are interdependent and the impact of any one risk or uncertainty on a particular forward-looking statement is not determinable.

Consequently, all of the forward-looking statements made in this press release are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, ENTREC. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release. Except as required by applicable securities legislation, ENTREC assumes no obligation to update publicly or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent information, events, or circumstances.

ENTREC Corporation
John M. Stevens
President & CEO
(780) 960-5625

ENTREC Corporation
Jason Vandenberg
CFO
(780) 960-5630
www.entrec.com


Source: Marketwired (November 12, 2015 - 5:00 PM EST)

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