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Major Drilling Reports First Quarter Results for Fiscal 2019

MONCTON, New Brunswick, Sept. 04, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSX: MDI) today reported results for its first quarter of fiscal year 2019, ended July 31, 2018.


In millions of Canadian dollars
(except loss per share)
Revenue$98.5 $84.0 
Gross profit
  As percentage of revenue


  As percentage of revenue


Net loss (2.5) (6.9)
Loss per share (0.03) (0.09)
  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (see “non-GAAP financial measure”)
  • Quarterly revenue was $98.5 million, up 17% from the $84.0 million recorded for the same quarter last year.
  • Gross margin percentage for the quarter was 23.8%, compared to 20.0% for the corresponding period last year.
  • EBITDA was $10.1 million, increasing by 91% from the same quarter last year.
  • Net cash increased $0.3 million during the quarter to $2.2 million.
  • Net loss was $2.5 million or $0.03 per share for the quarter, compared to a net loss of $6.9 million or $0.09 per share for the prior year quarter.

“Despite the recent volatility of commodity prices, activity levels continued to grow this quarter,” said Denis Larocque, President and CEO of Major Drilling Group International Inc. “This growth was led by our international operations as South and Central American revenue was up 41% and Asian and African revenue was up 58% compared to last year.  In Canada - U.S., our revenue was relatively flat as we concentrated on higher margin contracts due to the high level of labour utilization experienced in these operations, while still facing competitive pressures.  With the market improving and our continued efforts on recruitment and training, we should see revenue start to grow in these regions in the coming quarters.”

“While pricing continues to improve in all regions, overall margins were impacted this quarter by seasonal transition costs in South and Central America.  Although price improvements will initially be offset to some extent by an increase in consumables and labour costs, the utilization rate increase will help absorb more of our fixed operational costs, giving considerable leverage to improve profits as we move forward.”

“The Company continues to have a strong balance sheet with a net cash position (net of debt) of $2.2 million at the end of the quarter.  Capital expenditures were $5.8 million this quarter, as we added six new rigs to our fleet, while disposing of seven older, inefficient rigs,” added Mr. Larocque. 

“Going into our second quarter, the upward trend in activity levels continues.  Despite the recent drop in commodity prices, most senior mining companies are continuing with their original plans as they work to replace their mineral reserves.  Ten of the top senior gold mining companies have seen their mineral reserves decrease by almost 15% over the last two years.  As well, many industry experts expect the copper market will face a deficit position in the next few years, due to the continued production and high grading of mines, combined with the lack of exploration work conducted to replace reserves.” 

“We believe that most commodities will face an imbalance between supply and demand as mining reserves continue to decrease due to the lack of exploration. Therefore, it is expected that at some point in the near future, the need to develop resources in areas that are increasingly difficult to access will significantly increase, at which time we expect to see a resurgence in demand for specialized drilling.”

“We are continuing to make investments in innovation directed towards increased productivity, safety and meeting customers’ demands, including mobile solutions in the field, providing tools to our crews necessary to excel in these areas.  This falls in line with the enhancement of our recruiting and training systems as we bring in a new generation of employees,” said Mr. Larocque.

First quarter ended July 31, 2018

Total revenue for the quarter was $98.5 million, up 17.3% from revenue of $84.0 million recorded in the same quarter last year, despite the unfavourable foreign exchange translation impact for the quarter, when comparing to the effective rates for the same period last year, estimated at $2 million on revenue, with a negligible impact on net earnings.

Revenue for the quarter from Canada - U.S. drilling operations decreased by 1.7% to $51.3 million, compared to the same period last year. 

South and Central American revenue increased by 41.3% to $26.7 million for the quarter, compared to the same quarter last year, due to increased activity levels in most regions.

Asian and African operations reported revenue of $20.4 million, up 58.1% from the same period last year, driven by stronger activity in most areas, particularly in Indonesia.

The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 23.8%, up from 20.0% for the same period last year. While pricing continues to improve in all regions, overall margins were impacted by seasonal transition costs in South and Central America.

General and administrative costs were up 3% from the same quarter last year at $12.4 million.  Although staffing levels and salaries have increased as the industry ramps up and the Company invests in recruitment and information technology, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue have decreased to 12.6% for the current quarter compared to 14.3% for the same period last year.

The income tax provision for the quarter was an expense of $1.2 million compared to a recovery of $0.4 million for the prior year period.  Tax expense for the quarter was impacted by non-tax affected losses and non-deductible expenses.

Net loss was $2.5 million or $0.03 per share ($0.03 per share diluted) for the quarter, compared to a net loss of $6.9 million or $0.09 per share ($0.09 per share diluted) for the prior year quarter.

The Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of Major Drilling Group International Inc. will be held at McCarthy Tétrault, Suite 2500, 1000 De La Gauchetière Street West, Lafleur Room, Montréal, Québec, on Friday, September 7, 2018 at 3:00pm EDT.

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

The Company uses the non-GAAP financial measure, EBITDA.  The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is key, for both management and investors, in evaluating performance at a consolidated level. EBITDA is commonly reported and widely used by investors and lending institutions as an indicator of a company’s operating performance and ability to incur and service debt, and as a valuation metric. This measure does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained in this news release may be forward-looking statements, such as, but not limited to, those relating to: worldwide demand for gold and base metals and overall commodity prices; the level of activity in the mining industry and the demand for the Company’s services; the Canadian and international economic environments; the Company’s ability to attract and retain customers and to manage its assets and operating costs; sources of funding for its clients (particularly for junior mining companies); competitive pressures; currency movements (which can affect the Company’s revenue in Canadian dollars); the geographic distribution of the Company’s operations; the impact of operational changes; changes in jurisdictions in which the Company operates (including changes in regulation); failure by counterparties to fulfill contractual obligations; and other factors as may be set forth as well as objectives or goals including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition to exist or occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements by reason of factors such as, but not limited to, the factors set out in the discussion on pages 13 to 16 of the 2018 Annual Report entitled “General Risks and Uncertainties”, and such other documents as available on SEDAR at All such factors should be considered carefully when making decisions with respect to the Company. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, including those statements that are incorporated by reference herein, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

About Major Drilling

Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world’s largest drilling services companies primarily serving the mining industry. Established in 1980, Major Drilling has over 1,000 years of combined experience within its management team alone.  The Company maintains field operations and offices in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Major Drilling provides a complete suite of drilling services including surface and underground coring, directional, reverse circulation, sonic, geotechnical, environmental, water-well, coal-bed methane, shallow gas, underground percussive/longhole drilling, surface drill and blast, and a variety of mine services.

Webcast/Conference Call Information

Major Drilling Group International Inc. will provide a simultaneous webcast and conference call to discuss its quarterly results on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9:00 AM (EDT).  To access the webcast, which includes a slide presentation, please go to the investors/webcast section of Major Drilling’s website at and click on the link.  Please note that this is listen-only mode.

To participate in the conference call, please dial 416-340-2216 and ask for Major Drilling’s First Quarter Results Conference Call.  To ensure your participation, please call in approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.

For those unable to participate, a taped rebroadcast will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until midnight, Wednesday, September 19, 2018.  To access the rebroadcast, dial 905-694-9451 and enter the passcode 1815035#.  The webcast will also be archived for one year and can be accessed on the Major Drilling website at

For further information:
David Balser, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (506) 857-8636
Fax: (506) 857-9211
[email protected]

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information)
  Three months ended  
  July 31  
  2018  2017  
 TOTAL REVENUE $98,485  $83,952  
 DIRECT COSTS  75,085   67,185  
 GROSS PROFIT  23,400   16,767  
  General and administrative  12,398   11,981  
  Other expenses  1,039   430  
  Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (179)  (172) 
  Foreign exchange loss (gain)  26   (796) 
  Finance costs  243   181  
  Depreciation of property, plant and equipment  11,144   11,798  
  Amortization of intangible assets  -   657  
   24,671   24,079  
 LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX  (1,271)  (7,312) 
 INCOME TAX - PROVISION (RECOVERY) (note 8)         
  Current  2,756   2,484  
  Deferred  (1,545)  (2,906) 
   1,211   (422) 
 NET LOSS $(2,482) $(6,890) 
 LOSS PER SHARE (note 9)         
 Basic $(0.03) $(0.09) 
 Diluted $(0.03) $(0.09) 

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
  Three months ended  
  July 31  
  2018  2017  
 NET LOSS $(2,482) $(6,890) 
 Items that may be reclassified subsequently to profit or loss         
  Unrealized gain (loss) on foreign currency translations (net of tax)  2,527   (24,885) 
  Unrealized (loss) gain on derivatives (net of tax)  (142)  104  
 COMPREHENSIVE LOSS $(97) $(31,671) 

Major Drilling Group International Inc. 
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity 
For the three months ended July 31, 2018 and 2017 
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 
         Share-based  Retained  Foreign currency     
 Share capital  Reserves  payments reserve  earnings  translation reserve  Total 
 BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2017$239,751  $163  $19,250  $63,812  $86,787  $409,763 
 Exercise of stock options 1,003   -   (310)  -   -   693 
 Share-based compensation -   -   239   -   -   239 
  240,754   163   19,179   63,812   86,787   410,695 
 Comprehensive earnings:                       
  Net loss -   -   -   (6,890)  -   (6,890)
  Unrealized loss on foreign currency                       
  translations -   -   -   -   (24,885)  (24,885)
  Unrealized gain on derivatives -   104   -   -   -   104 
 Total comprehensive loss -   104   -   (6,890)  (24,885)  (31,671)
 BALANCE AS AT JULY 31, 2017$240,754  $267  $19,179  $56,922  $61,902  $379,024 
 BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2018$241,264  $36  $19,721  $41,360  $70,021  $372,402 
 Share-based compensation -   -   149   -   -   149 
  241,264   36   19,870   41,360   70,021   372,551 
 Comprehensive earnings:                       
  Net loss -   -   -   (2,482)  -   (2,482)
  Unrealized gain on foreign currency                       
  translations -   -   -   -   2,527   2,527 
  Unrealized loss on derivatives -   (142)  -   -   -   (142)
 Total comprehensive loss -   (142)  -   (2,482)  2,527   (97)
 BALANCE AS AT JULY 31, 2018$241,264  $(106) $19,870  $38,878  $72,548  $372,454 

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
  Three months ended  
  July 31  
  2018  2017  
 Loss before income tax $(1,271) $(7,312) 
 Operating items not involving cash         
  Depreciation and amortization  11,144   12,455  
  Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (179)  (172) 
  Share-based compensation  149   239  
 Finance costs recognized in loss before income tax  243   181  
   10,086   5,391  
 Changes in non-cash operating working capital items  (2,933)  2,217  
 Finance costs paid  (243)  (181) 
 Income taxes paid  (2,012)  (683) 
 Cash flow from operating activities  4,898   6,744  
 Repayment of long-term debt  (735)  (841) 
 Proceeds from draw on long-term debt  -   15,000  
 Issuance of common shares due to exercise of stock options  -   693  
 Cash flow (used in) from financing activities  (735)  14,852  
 Acquisition of property, plant and equipment         
  (net of direct financing) (note 7)  (5,826)  (4,256) 
 Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment  691   776  
 Cash flow used in investing activities  (5,135)  (3,480) 
 Effect of exchange rate changes  473   (3,414) 
 (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH  (499)  14,702  
 CASH, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD  21,256   25,975  
 CASH, END OF THE PERIOD $20,757  $40,677  

Major Drilling Group International Inc. 
Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
As at July 31, 2018 and April 30, 2018 
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) 
 July 31, 2018  April 30, 2018 
  Cash$20,757  $21,256 
  Trade and other receivables 86,980   88,372 
  Note receivable 500   495 
  Income tax receivable 3,666   4,517 
  Inventories 86,597   82,519 
  Prepaid expenses 6,633   2,924 
  205,133   200,083 
 PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT (note 7) 180,645   185,364 
 GOODWILL 57,997   57,851 
 $468,424  $467,053 
  Trade and other payables$58,484  $55,906 
  Income tax payable 3,664   3,794 
  Current portion of long-term debt 1,567   1,934 
  63,715   61,634 
 LONG-TERM DEBT 17,038   17,407 
  95,970   94,651 
  Share capital 241,264   241,264 
  Reserves (106)  36 
  Share-based payments reserve 19,870   19,721 
  Retained earnings 38,878   41,360 
  Foreign currency translation reserve 72,548   70,021 
  372,454   372,402 
 $468,424  $467,053 

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information)


Major Drilling Group International Inc. (the “Company”) is incorporated under the Canada Business Corporations Act and has its head office at 111 St. George Street, Suite 100, Moncton, NB, Canada. The Company’s common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”).  The principal source of revenue consists of contract drilling for companies primarily involved in mining and mineral exploration. The Company has operations in Canada, the United States, Mexico, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe.


Statement of compliance
These Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting (“IAS 34”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) and using the accounting policies as outlined in the Company’s annual Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended April 30, 2018, except as noted below in note 4.

On September 4, 2018, the Board of Directors authorized the financial statements for issue.

Basis of consolidation
These Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements incorporate the financial statements of the Company and entities controlled by the Company. Control is achieved when the Company is exposed, or has rights to variable returns from its involvement with the investee and has the ability to affect those returns through its power over the investee.

The results of subsidiaries acquired or disposed of during the period are included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations from the effective date of acquisition or up to the effective date of disposal, as appropriate.

Intra-group transactions, balances, income and expenses are eliminated on consolidation, where appropriate.

Basis of preparation
These Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared based on the historical cost basis except for certain financial instruments that are measured at fair value, using the same accounting policies and methods of computation as presented in the Company’s annual Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended April 30, 2018, except as noted below in note 4.


The following IASB standards, adopted as of May 1, 2018, have had no significant impact on the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements:

  • IFRS 2 Share-based Payment
  • IFRS 9 Financial Instruments
  • IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers

The Company has not applied the following IASB standard that has been issued, but is not yet effective:

IFRS 16 Leases (“IFRS 16”)

IFRS 16, issued in January 2016, replaces IAS 17, Leases. Early adoption is permitted if IFRS 15 has been applied or is applied on the same date. IFRS 16 specifies how to recognize, measure, present and disclose leases.  The standard provides a single lessee accounting model, requiring lessees to recognize assets and liabilities for all leases unless the lease term is 12 months or less or the underlying asset has a low value.  Lessor accounting remains substantially unchanged as they continue to classify leases as operating or finance. IFRS 16 is effective for periods beginning on or after January 1, 2019. The Company is in the process of quantifying the impact IFRS 16 will have on the Consolidated Financial Statements.


IFRS 9 Financial Instruments (“IFRS 9”), replacing IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement (“IAS 39”), includes finalized guidance on the classification and measurement of financial assets and liabilities, impairment, and hedge accounting.    The Company adopted the new requirements on May 1, 2018 by applying the requirements for classification and measurement, including impairment, retrospectively with no restatement of comparative periods. 

Financial instruments
Under IFRS 9, financial assets are classified and measured at amortized cost, fair value through other comprehensive income (“FVTOCI”) or fair value through profit or loss (“FVTPL”) and financial liabilities are classified and measured as amortized cost or FVTPL, depending on the business model in which they are held and the characteristics of their contractual cash flows.  All of the Company’s financial assets and liabilities are measured at amortized cost.  

IFRS 9 replaces the incurred loss model in IAS 39 with a forward-looking expected credit loss (“ECL”) model.  Since the Company’s trade receivables have a maturity of less than one year, the Company utilized a practical expedient available under the standard and estimated lifetime ECL using historical credit loss experiences, resulting in a minimal impact on the Company’s financial statements.

Hedge accounting
Under IFRS 9, the effectiveness test has been replaced with the principle of an "economic relationship". Retrospective assessment of hedge effectiveness is also no longer required. The Company’s interest rate swap and share-forward transaction hedges continue to qualify for hedge accounting under IFRS 9 and as a result, the adoption of IFRS 9 did not have a significant impact on its consolidated financial statements with respect to hedge accounting.

As it was under IAS 39, hedge accounting remains optional under IFRS 9.  The three types of hedges, cash flow, fair value and net investment, remain the same under IFRS 9. All of the Company’s hedges continue to be classified as FVTOCI.


The preparation of financial statements, in conformity with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”), requires management to make judgments, estimates and assumptions that are not readily apparent from other sources, which affect the application of accounting policies and the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, income and expenses. Actual results may differ from these estimates.

The estimates and underlying assumptions are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Revisions to accounting estimates are recognized in the period in which the estimate is revised, if the revision affects only that period, or in the period of the revision and future periods, if the revision affects both current and future periods. Significant areas requiring the use of management estimates relate to the useful lives of property, plant and equipment for depreciation purposes, property, plant and equipment and inventory valuation, determination of income and other taxes, assumptions used in the compilation of share-based payments, fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed in business acquisitions, amounts recorded as accrued liabilities and allowance for doubtful accounts, and impairment testing of goodwill.

The Company applied judgment in determining the functional currency of the Company and its subsidiaries, the determination of cash-generating units (“CGUs”), the degree of componentization of property, plant and equipment, the recognition of provisions and accrued liabilities, and the determination of the probability that deferred income tax assets will be realized from future taxable earnings.


The third quarter (November to January) is normally the Company’s weakest quarter due to the shutdown of mining and exploration activities, often for extended periods over the holiday season.


Capital expenditures for the three months ended July 31, 2018 were $5,826 (2017 - $4,307). The Company did not obtain direct financing for the three months ended July 31, 2018 (2017 - $51).


The income tax provision (recovery) for the period can be reconciled to accounting loss before income tax as follows:

  Q1 2019  Q1 2018  
Loss before income tax $(1,271) $(7,312) 
Statutory Canadian corporate income tax rate  27%  27% 
Expected income tax recovery based on statutory rate  (343)  (1,974) 
Non-recognition of tax benefits related to losses  1,027   1,117  
Utilization of previously unrecognized losses  (48)  -  
Other foreign taxes paid  116   135  
Rate variances in foreign jurisdictions  (52)  52  
Permanent differences  511   213  
Other  -   35  
Income tax provision (recovery) recognized in net loss $1,211  $(422) 

The Company periodically assesses its liabilities and contingencies for all tax years open to audit based upon the latest information available. For those matters where it is probable that an adjustment will be made, the Company records its best estimate of these tax liabilities, including related interest charges. Inherent uncertainties exist in estimates of tax contingencies due to changes in tax laws. While management believes they have adequately provided for the probable outcome of these matters, future results may include favourable or unfavourable adjustments to these estimated tax liabilities in the period the assessments are made, or resolved, or when the statutes of limitations lapse.


All of the Company’s earnings are attributable to common shares, therefore, net loss is used in determining loss per share.

  Q1 2019  Q1 2018  
Net loss $(2,482) $(6,890) 
Weighted average number of shares:         
  Basic and diluted (000s)  80,300   80,153  
Loss per share         
Basic $(0.03) $(0.09) 
Diluted $(0.03) $(0.09) 

The calculation of diluted loss per share for the three months ended July 31, 2018 excludes the effect of 3,253,649 options (2017 ‐ 2,449,780) as they were anti‐dilutive.

The total number of shares outstanding on July 31, 2018 was 80,299,984 (2017 - 80,229,984).


The Company’s operations are divided into the following three geographic segments, corresponding to its management structure: Canada - U.S.; South and Central America; and Asia and Africa. The services provided in each of the reportable segments are essentially the same. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the Company’s annual Consolidated Financial Statements for the year ended April 30, 2018 and in note 4 above. Management evaluates performance based on earnings from operations in these three geographic segments before finance costs, general corporate expenses and income taxes.  Data relating to each of the Company’s reportable segments is presented as follows:

  Q1 2019  Q1 2018  
  Canada - U.S.* $51,313  $52,182  
  South and Central America  26,740   18,874  
  Asia and Africa  20,432   12,896  
  $98,485  $83,952  
Earnings (loss) from operations         
  Canada - U.S. $1,315  $(1,266) 
  South and Central America  (738)  (3,088) 
  Asia and Africa  871   (2,166) 
   1,448   (6,520) 
Finance costs  243   181  
General corporate expenses**  2,476   611  
Income tax  1,211   (422) 
Net loss $(2,482) $(6,890) 

*Canada - U.S. includes revenue of $24,654 and $25,027 for Canadian operations for the three months ended July 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

**General corporate expenses include expenses for corporate offices and stock options.

 Q1 2019  Q1 2018 
Capital expenditures       
  Canada - U.S.$3,843  $3,024 
  South and Central America 1,774   632 
  Asia and Africa 209   651 
Total capital expenditures$5,826  $4,307 
Depreciation and amortization       
  Canada - U.S.$5,347  $6,446 
  South and Central America 3,235   3,202 
  Asia and Africa 2,497   2,704 
  Unallocated and corporate assets 65   103 
Total depreciation and amortization$11,144  $12,455 
 July 31, 2018  April 30, 2018 
Identifiable assets       
  Canada - U.S.*$193,398  $188,947 
  South and Central America 137,203   137,153 
  Asia and Africa 97,782   94,005 
  Unallocated and corporate assets 40,041   46,948 
Total identifiable assets$468,424  $467,053 

*Canada - U.S. includes property, plant and equipment at July 31, 2018 of $43,012 (April 30, 2018 - $44,891) for Canadian operations.


Fair value
The carrying values of cash, trade and other receivables, demand credit facility and trade and other payables approximate their fair value due to the relatively short period to maturity of the instruments. The carrying value of long-term debt approximates its fair value.  The fair value of the interest rate swap included in long‐term debt is measured using quoted interest rates. 

The fair value hierarchy, detailed below, requires the use of observable market inputs whenever such inputs exist. A financial instrument is classified to the lowest level of the hierarchy for which a significant input has been considered in measuring fair value.

  • Level 1 - quoted prices (unadjusted) in active markets for identical assets or liabilities;
  • Level 2 - inputs other than quoted prices included in level 1 that are observable for the assets or liabilities, either directly (i.e., as prices) or indirectly (i.e., derived from prices); and
  • Level 3 - inputs for the assets or liabilities that are not based on observable market data (unobservable inputs).

There were no transfers of amounts between level 1, level 2 and level 3 financial instruments for the quarter ended July 31, 2018. 

Credit risk
As at July 31, 2018, 82.7% (April 30, 2018 - 84.3%) of the Company’s trade receivables were aged as current and 1.5% (April 30, 2018 - 1.3%) of the trade receivables were impaired.

The movements in the allowance for impairment of trade receivables during the three and twelve month periods were as follows:

  July 31, 2018  April 30, 2018 
Opening balance $928  $847 
Increase in impairment allowance  200   500 
Recovery of amounts previously impaired  (44)  (281)
Write-off charged against allowance  -   (69)
Foreign exchange translation differences  (22)  (69)
Ending balance $1,062  $928 

Foreign currency risk
As at July 31, 2018, the most significant carrying amounts of net monetary assets (which may include intercompany balances with other subsidiaries) that: (i) are denominated in currencies other than the functional currency of the respective Company subsidiary; and (ii) cause foreign exchange rate exposure, including the impact on earnings before income taxes (“EBIT”), if the corresponding rate changes by 10%, are as follows:

Net exposure on                                  
  monetary assets   $4,393  $3,860  $2,579  $2,575  $1,818  $(991) $(5,884) $(560)
EBIT impact +/-10%  488   429   287   286   202   110   654   62 

Liquidity risk
The following table details contractual maturities for the Company’s financial liabilities:

  1 year  2-3 years  4-5 years  Total 
Trade and other payables $58,484  $-  $-  $58,484 
Long-term debt (interest included)  2,199   17,856   88   20,143 
  $60,683  $17,856  $88  $78,627 

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Source: GlobeNewswire (September 4, 2018 - 5:00 PM EDT)

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