Taiga's Fiscal Year 2014 sales up by 5.4%, but earnings down by 51% due to margin pressure and Q4 weather

BURNABY, BC, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Taiga Building Products Ltd. ("Taiga" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for fiscal year and the three months ended March 31, 2014.

Fiscal Year 2014 Earnings Results

The Company's consolidated net sales for the year ended March 31, 2014 were $1,194.3 million compared to $1,132.7 million for the last fiscal year. The 5.4% increase in sales was largely due to higher sales from US and export operations selling into the United States and Asian markets as well as higher average lumber prices.

Gross margin for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 decreased to $96.8 million from $102.8 million in the previous year, representing a decrease in gross margin percentage to 8.1% in the year compared to 9.1% in the previous year. These declines were primarily due to lower gross margin percentage on sales of commodity products since commodity prices declined significantly during the first quarter.  

Net earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 decreased to $5.1 million from $10.4 million last year primarily due to decreased gross margin. EBITDA for the year ended March 31, 2014 was $36.8 million compared to $42.9 million last year.

Fourth Quarter Ended March 31, 2014 Earnings Results   

Sales for the fourth quarter decreased to $249.5 million from $259.6 million in the same quarter last year. The decrease in sales was largely due to weaker demand caused by the severe winter conditions in central and eastern regions of North America.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter was $20.9 million compared to $21.8 million in the same quarter last year. Taiga's gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter was 8.4% for both fourth quarters ended March 31, 2014 and 2013.

Net earnings for the fourth quarter decreased to $0.1 million compared to $0.4 million in the same quarter last year. EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $8.0 million compared to $7.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Dividend                  

In light of weaker profits resulting from stagnant commodity prices, the Board of Directors has decided not to declare and pay the first instalment payment of its semi-annual dividend policy with respect to the 2014 fiscal year's net earnings. The decision regarding the second instalment payment with respect to the 2014 fiscal year's net earnings will be addressed in early January 2015.

 

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings

For the Fiscal Years Ended

 


March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share amounts)

2014

2013

Sales

  1,194,259

  1,132,743

Gross margin

96,810

102,815

Distribution expense

18,773

18,393

Selling and administration expense

48,594

45,962

Finance expense

7,003

7,302

Subordinated debt interest expense

16,356

16,356

Other income

(3,081)

(429)

Earnings before income taxes

9,165

15,231

Income tax expense

4,089

4,797

Net earnings

5,076

10,434

Net earnings per share(1)

0.16

0.32

EBITDA(2)

36,824

42,934

 

The following is the reconciliation of net earnings to EBITDA:



March 31,


(in thousands of Canadian dollars)


2014

2013


Net earnings


5,076

10,434


Income tax expense


4,089

4,797


Finance and subordinated debt interest expense


23,359

23,658


Amortization


4,300

4,045


EBITDA


36,824

42,934













 

For the Three Months Ended




March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share amounts)

2014

2013

Sales

  249,451

  259,596

Gross margin

20,880

21,796

Distribution expense

5,209

4,572

Selling and administration expense

11,371

10,789

Finance expense

1,702

1,930

Subordinated debt interest expense

4,089

4,143

Other (income) expense

(2,470)

11

Earnings before income tax

979

351

Income tax (recovery) expense

875

(14)

Net earnings  

104

365

Net earnings per share(1)

0.00

0.01

EBITDA(2)

8,018

7,500

 

The following is the reconciliation of net earnings to EBITDA:


March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

2014

2013

Net earnings  

104

365

Income tax (recovery) expense

875

(14)

Finance and subordinated debt interest expense

5,791

6,073

Amortization

1,248

1,076

EBITDA

8,018

7,500

 

Notes:

  1. Earnings per share is calculated using the weighted average number of shares.
  2. Reference is made above to EBITDA, which represents earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization. As there is no generally accepted method of calculating EBITDA, the measure as calculated by Taiga might not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other issuers. EBITDA is presented as management believes it is a useful indicator of a company's ability to meet debt service and capital expenditure requirements and because management interprets trends in EBITDA as an indicator of relative operating performance. EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

The foregoing selected financial information is qualified in its entirety by and should be read in conjunction with, our audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 and accompanying notes and management's discussion and analysis which will be available shortly on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Taiga Building Products Ltd.

For further information: regarding Taiga, please contact: Mark Schneidereit-Hsu, CFO and VP, Finance & Administration, Tel: 604.438.1471, Email: mschneidereit@taigabuilding.com