August 13, 2019 - 8:05 PM EDT
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Foremost Income Fund Reports Q2 2019 Results and Reviews Unit Redemption Monthly Limit for August 2019

CALGARY, Alberta, Aug. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Foremost Income Fund ("Foremost" or the "Fund") announces the financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2019. 

Overview

The Fund is an unincorporated open end mutual fund trust conducting its business through two operating segments, Foremost Energy Equipment (FEE) and Foremost Mobile Equipment (FME). FEE, with its focus on the oil and gas industry in Western Canada, consists of three active manufacturing and service locations across Alberta. The locations manufacture oil-treating systems, shop tanks, field tanks, compression equipment, oil and gas process-treating equipment, ULC tanks, agricultural products and gas separators. FME manufactures and services hydrovac and vacuum trucks and equipment; off-highway, large-wheeled and tracked vehicles; and equipment for the custom drilling, construction, water well, and mining sectors. FME focuses on custom-built vehicles for its global clientele whom it serves through two manufacturing and service locations across Alberta.

Message to Unitholders

Foremost delivered a positive second quarter with revenue and profitability increases compared to Q1 2019.

The key Foremost Mobile Equipment (FME) product lines—hydrovacs, mining tooling, and dual rotary drills—showed strength in revenue and gross margin. Hydrovac production hit record levels with 58 trucks in Q2 2019. These high volumes are a result of continued strong product demand and successful production efficiency initiatives that have increased production throughput. Foremost has made good gains in the key US market; over 40% of YTD sales have been into the US. Gross margin in this product line continues to improve as production optimization reduces the labour inputs in each truck.

Foremost Energy Equipment (FEE) continues to feel the effects of the weak energy markets in Western Canada, as gross margin is under pressure due to low demand for all product lines. New sales are lagging in recent years for the same period and most FEE product lines have generated lower revenue compared to YTD 2018.

The new product lines of Agriculture bins and ULC tanks are ramping up well, as Foremost is integrating them tightly into its existing production flow and sales pipelines. Sales momentum in ULC tanks continues with Foremost branded fuel tanks being purchased by a cross section of industrial clients in Western Canada. Foremost hit a milestone with the first batch of high-quality and patent-protected Ag bins being produced in its Lloydminster plant. Early market feedback about these bins has been very positive, as Foremost brings to bear its considerable expertise in marketing, production, and distribution of industrial products.

The overview: key measurements
Revenue is $39.6 million, an increase of 11% from the previous quarter of $36.6 million.
Gross margin increased to $5.3 million for Q2 2019, up from the $3.8 million in Q1 2019.
SG&A expenses dropped to 8% of revenue or $3.2 million in Q2. Q1 was $3.3 million and 9% of revenue.
Adjusted EBITDA is $2.0 million, an increase over the Q1 value of $0.4 million.

2019 outlook
Foremost is well positioned with its innovative product lines to deliver good results in 2019. Management is focused on cost control and production efficiency at each of Foremost’s plants, with the ongoing goal to be a cost and quality leader in all the markets Foremost serves. 

Kevin Johnson, President


      
SUMMARY OF QUARTERLY INFORMATION     
(000's, except per Trust Unit amount)     
2019Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Revenue$   36,563  $   39,553  $   -   $   -   $   76,116  
      
Gross profit ($)$   3,760  $   5,293  $   -   $   -   $   9,053  
Gross profit (%) 10% 13%   12%
      
Administrative expense ($)$   3,304  $   3,233  $   -   $   -   $   6,537  
Administrative expenses (% of total revenue) 9% 8%   9%
Exchange rate loss$   (52)$   (62)$   -   $   -   $   (114)
      
(Loss) earnings from operations$   (549)$   1,089  $   -   $   -   $   540  
Other non-operating income$   1,419  $   438  $   -   $   -   $   1,857  
Income tax expense$   (51)$   (89)$   -   $   -   $   (140)
Comprehensive income$   819  $   1,438  $   -   $   -   $   2,257  
      
EBITDA$   1,683  $   2,300  $   -   $   -   $   3,983  
Gain on sale of property, plant and equipment$   1,279  $   302  $   -   $   -   $   1,581  
Adjusted EBITDA *$   404  $   1,998  $   -   $   -   $   2,402  
      
Trust units redeemed   181,985     183,152     -      -      365,137  
Redemptions$   1,085  $   1,104  $   -   $   -   $   2,189  
Basic and diluted earnings per trust unit$   0.04  $   0.08  $   -   $   -   $   0.12  
* Adjusted EBITDA defined on page 10 of the MD&A     
2018Q1Q2Q3Q4Total
Revenue$   37,393  $   35,709  $   42,811  $   33,874  $   149,787  
      
Gross profit ($)$   4,456  $   4,107  $   6,622  $   3,753  $   18,938  
Gross profit (%) 12% 12% 15% 11% 13%
      
Administrative expense ($)$   3,236  $   3,321  $   3,111  $   3,696  $   13,364  
Administrative expenses (% of total revenue) 9% 9% 7% 11% 9%
Exchange rate (gain) loss$   (63)$   (92)$   99  $   (294)$   (350)
      
Income (loss) from operations$   313  $   (130)$   2,615  $   (889)$   1,909  
Impairment recovery$   -   $   -   $   -   $   2,371  $   2,371  
Other non-operating income$   200  $   303  $   90  $   379  $   972  
Income tax expense$   (95)$   (65)$   (106)$   (56)$   (322)
Comprehensive income$   418  $   108  $   2,599  $   1,805  $   4,930  
      
EBITDA$   1,283  $   880  $   3,413  $   2,638  $   8,214  
Impairment recovery$   -   $   -   $   -   $   2,371  $   2,371  
Gain (loss) on sale of property, plant and equipment$   -   $   2  $   -   $   (83)$   (81)
Adjusted EBITDA *$   1,283  $   878  $   3,413  $   350  $   5,924  
      
Trust units redeemed   10,863     16,179     55,707     131,195     213,944  
Redemptions$   65  $   96  $   125  $   1,003  $   1,289  
Basic and diluted earnings per trust unit$   0.02  $   0.01  $   0.14  $   0.10  $   0.27  
      


2019 YTD Highlights

  • Revenue increased by $3.0 million when comparing the first six months of 2019 to 2018. The FME segment recognized $5.6 million more revenue in 2019 over 2018, which was offset by the $2.6 million decrease in revenue recognized by the FEE segment. More information is in the Segmented Results of Operations section of the MD&A.
  • Gross profit for 2019 was $9.1 million and 12% of revenue. More information is in the Segmented Results of Operations section of the MD&A.
  • Administration costs remained consistent at $6.5 million, but dropped from 9% to 8% of revenue. The majority of spend in this category is related to personnel costs.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (defined on page 10) increased to $2.4 million in 2019 compared to $2.2 million in 2018.
  • During 2019, the Fund sold two properties: one located in Calgary and the other in Indianapolis, USA. This resulted in a gain of $1.6 million.    

Trust Unit Redemptions and Distributions

The Fund redeemed 365,137 Trust Units during the six months ended June 30, 2019, through its normal redemption program resulting in promissory notes payable of $0.07 million and cash payments of $2.03 million.

The Trustees have determined that, as of August 13, 2019, the Fund will redeem tendered Trust Units at tangible book value of $6.15 per unit.

Temporary Reduction of Monthly Limit for Fund Unit Redemptions Pursuant to Section 6.4(ii)(A) and (B) of the Deed of Trust

Pursuant to section 6.4(ii)(A) and (B) of the Deed of Trust of the Fund dated November 12, 2005 as amended (the “Deed of Trust”), the Trustees of the Fund have discretion, in any calendar month, to reduce the monthly limit for cash redemptions of units of the Fund due to a material change, or concerns as to the current working capital or debt of the Fund. The exercise of such discretion may result in all or a portion (on a pro rata basis, depending on notices of redemption received) of the amount payable for units redeemed being paid by unsecured promissory notes in accordance with section 6.5 of the Deed of Trust.

As disclosed by prior press releases, effective May 1, 2014 and applying to all notices of redemption received in the months of May through October 2014, inclusive, and February 2015 through March 2018, inclusive, the Trustees of the Fund exercised their discretion pursuant to section 6.4(ii)(B) to reduce the monthly limit for cash redemptions from $1,500,000.00 to $0.00, to $500,000.00 for the months of November and December 2014 and January 2015, to $250,000 for the months of April to September 2018, and to $350,000.00 for the months of October 2018 to July 2019 (in each case the subject redemptions being payable by the end of the following month).  The Trustees undertook to review the revised monthly limit in respect of the month of August 2019 no later than August 15, 2019.

With respect to the month of August 2019, the Trustees have determined that the monthly limit for cash redemptions will be set at $350,000.00. The Trustees have undertaken to review the revised monthly limit in respect of the month of September 2019 no later than September 13, 2019. In accordance with the Deed of Trust, unitholders that submit or have submitted notices of redemption during the month of August 2019, such that the Fund is obligated to pay the redemption price in respect of the subject units on or before September 30, 2019.

Regarding notices of redemption received in the month of August, the Fund will redeem up to $350,000.00 of units for cash. If notices of redemption received in August exceed $350,000.00, then the unitholders that have submitted notices of redemption in August will be contacted and provided with an opportunity to withdraw all or any part of such notices of redemption. Thereafter, to the extent notices of redemption remain in excess of $350,000.00, the subject units will be redeemed in part for cash and in part for unsecured promissory notes on a pro rata basis.     

This discussion is intended for summary purposes only and is subject in all respects to the Deed of Trust. The income and other tax consequences of holding, redeeming or disposing of units and acquiring promissory notes will vary depending on the unitholder’s particular circumstances, including the jurisdiction(s) in which the unitholder resides or carries on business, and whether the unitholder is an RRSP, RESP, RRIF, DPSP or TFSA. Accordingly, this summary is of a general nature only and is not intended to be legal or tax advice to any prospective purchaser or any unitholder. All unitholders should consult their own legal and tax advisors prior to redeeming units of the Fund.


On behalf of the Trustees
Foremost Income Fund

[signed:  Bevan May]  

Bevan May, Trustee


FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT
Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking" statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Fund to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, such statements use words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan" and other similar terminology. These statements include statements the Fund's intention to proceed with a Unitholders' meeting and information regarding the Trustees' views of the future prospects and tax treatment of the Fund and tax treatment of the Special Redemption, the Fund's expectations regarding the future availability of cash to meet redemption requests and the Trustee's expectations for redemption prices in December 2011 and January 2012.  These statements reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this news release.  These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including: the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations, increased competition, fluctuations in commodity prices and foreign exchange, and interest rates and stock market volatility.

For further Investor Relations information please contact:
Jackie Schenn, CA
Tel: (403) 295-5800 or toll free 1-800-661-9190 (Canada/US) - Fax: (403) 295-5832
E-mail: [email protected] - Website: www.foremost.ca

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Source: GlobeNewswire (August 13, 2019 - 8:05 PM EDT)

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