CALGARY, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - Axia NetMedia Corporation (Axia) today reported its results for the three and nine month periods ended
September 30, 2013.
Q3 2013 HIGHLIGHTS
Customer connections grew 15% to 9,140 from 7,929 a year ago.
Revenue across Axia's business units* totaled $26.5 million up 11% from
$23.9 in Q3 2012.
Business unit* EBITDA totalled $7.0 million up 14% from $6.2 million in
Q3 2012. EBITDA, excluding the non-cash expenses in Corporate was $7.8
In France, Covage NGN Services revenue of $13.0 million grew 26% from
$10.3 million in Q3 2012. EBITDA of $4.1 million is up 42% from $2.9
million in Q3 2012.
In North America, NGN revenue continues to grow year over year and
totaled $11.8 million an 11% increase from a year ago. EBITDA in North
America remained stable.
In Alberta, Axia's agreement with the Government of Alberta was extended
from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018, on substantially the same terms as
those governing the initial 10-year contract period.
In Spain, Axia sold its 35% interest in Xarxa Oberta for $7.4 million
(€5.3 million) on September 12, 2013. This resulted in a gain on sale
of $1.1 million.
In Singapore, Axia entered into an agreement to sell its 30% interest in
OpenNet. Axia has invested $24.5 million (SGD$29.7 million) in OpenNet
to date and will receive $31.0 million (SGD$37.8 million) resulting in
a cash return of $6.5 million (SGD$8.1).
Net income was a loss of $(2.3) million or $(0.03) per share compared to
a profit of $3.3 million or $0.05 per share in Q3 2012. Net income,
excluding the adjustments related to the sale of investments and the
non-cash expenses in Corporate was $1.8 million or $0.03 per share.
Art Price, Chairman and CEO of Axia, commented "During the quarter, Axia
continued to grow its customer base and NGN revenues in both France and
Alberta. In Alberta, operations were sustained despite disruptions
experienced during the major flood emergency. With continuing growth
and completion of the significant transactions and agreements announced
during the quarter, we are confident that Axia is strongly-positioned
to maximize opportunities for the benefit of our shareholders".
* Axia's business unit summary includes 100% of the financial and
operational results of Axia North America and Covage. Please see the
unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements and
related Management's Discussion & Analysis (MD&A) for more details.
The unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements for
the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2013 and related
MD&A have been reviewed and approved by Axia's Audit Committee and
Board of Directors. Axia recognizes that the majority of its investors
are now accessing Axia's corporate and financial information either
through pushed news services, directly from ir.axia.com or SEDAR. Thus,
Axia has prepared this truncated news release to alert investors to its
results and that a more detailed explanation and analysis is readily
available in the MD&A. These reports have been filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and also posted at ir.axia.com.
Notice of Conference Call
Axia will hold a conference call with the investment community on
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at 9 a.m. (Eastern), 7 a.m. (Mountain). To
participate in the conference call, please dial (647) 427-7450 in
Toronto and internationally. If you are connecting from other parts of
Canada, dial 1-888-231-8191. Please call ten minutes prior to the start
of the call. In addition, a live webcast (listen only mode) of the
conference call will be available at:
A replay of the conference call will be available at (416) 849-0833 or
1-855-859-2056, passcode 75213082 from 6 p.m. (Eastern) Tuesday,
November 12, 2013 to midnight (Eastern) Tuesday, November 19, 2013 or
through the webcast archives at www.newswire.ca.
Axia sells services over fibre optic communications infrastructure in
jurisdictions that have implemented the Axia NGN Solution. To date,
Axia has networks in Alberta, France, Singapore, and Massachusetts.
Axia trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "AXX".
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forecasts its success and timing in winning new NGN business, the
timing of completion and estimated total costs of our networks, the
revenues and operating costs associated with these networks over time,
and Axia's ability to generate future cash flows and avail itself of
other financing alternatives given current market conditions. The
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differ materially from the forward-looking information, include, but
are not limited to, changes in customer markets, changes in demand for
our services, our inability to deliver services in a timely and cost
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