TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Geodrill Limited ("Geodrill" or the
"Company") (TSX: GEO), a leading West African based drilling company,
reported its financial results for the three-month and twelve-month
periods ended December 31, 2012. All figures are reported in U.S.
dollars ($), unless otherwise indicated. Geodrill's financial
statements are prepared in accordance with IFRS.
(except earnings per share)
For the twelve
For the twelve
For the three
For the three
Gross profit margin
Earnings per share - basic
EBITDA = earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization
Please see "Non-IFRS Measures" below for additional discussion
In 2011, the foreign exchange loss was included in the EBITDA
calculation which was previously disclosed at $25.18 million for the
twelve months ended December 31, 2011 and $7.86 million for the three
months ended December 31, 2011.
"Our fourth quarter of 2012 showed signs of improvement from the
previous quarter that was impacted by a challenging drilling
environment that prevailed in the second half of 2012. While industry
conditions are slowly improving in 2013, we continue to actively bid on
new contracts and have been successful in securing new jobs and
increasing our footprint in West Africa," said Dave Harper, President
and CEO of Geodrill Limited. "Geodrill's strategy of assembling a
modern fleet of rigs and a reputation of high performance has
positioned us well to take advantage of the changing drilling
environment and we will continue to work with our customers to provide
high quality drilling services."
Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Operational Highlights:
Strengthened financial performance in Q4-2012 compared to Q3-2012,
increased revenue by approximately 28% and returned to positive
Diversified the Company's commodity mix by entering into new contracts
to drill for uranium, iron ore, and manganese;
Expanded geographical footprint in West Africa as the Company secured
new contracts in Niger, re-entered Cote d'Ivoire in Q4-2012, and will
operate in Guinea in early 2013;
Increased the number of drill rigs from 26 in Q4-2011 to 37 in Q4-2012;
Secured of a $10 million Term Facility to assist with managing working
capital and the financing of capital expenditures; and
Repayment of the Silverwood Ventures Limited loan in the amount of £2
FISCAL 2012 COMPARED TO FISCAL 2011
Revenue decreased 7% to $65.59M in 2012, compared to $70.15M in 2011.
The Company's revenues were affected by the industry wide slowdown in
drilling activities in 2012. In general, there continues to be pressure
on early stage exploration companies as financing from the capital
markets continues to be challenging and there is also pressure on
producing companies as they continue to need to manage their
exploration costs in light of increasing costs on the production side
of their business. Specifically in 2012, the Company's revenue
decreased as certain customers' jobs came to an end and certain
continuing customers significantly reduced the number of drill rigs
operating on their sites.
The gross profit for 2012 was $25.85M, being 39% of revenue compared to
gross profit of $38.06M, being 54% of revenue in 2011. The gross profit
decrease reflects the decrease in revenue and the increase in cost of
sales of $7.64M.
Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses
SG&A expenses were $19.81M for 2012, compared to $19.54M for 2011. The
total SG&A expensed for 2012 as compared to 2011 has remained
relatively consistent. Share based payment expense decreased in 2012
compared to 2011 by $0.48M associated with issuing options, whereas the
Company recorded a provision for doubtful accounts in 2012 which had
the impact of increasing SG&A by approximately $0.29M.
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment was
$7.98M ($6.58M in cost of sales and $1.4M in SG&A) for 2012 compared to
$6.64M ($5.31M in cost of sales and $1.33M in SG&A) for 2011.
EBITDA in 2012 was $13.55M, being 21% of revenue compared to $24.73M,
being 35% of revenue in 2011. The EBITDA decreased by $11.18M in 2012
compared to 2011.
Net earnings were $3.21M, being 5% of revenue for 2012, or $0.08 per
Ordinary Share ($0.08 per Ordinary Share fully diluted), compared to
$12.41M, being 18% of revenue for 2011, or $0.29 per Ordinary Share
($0.28 per Ordinary Share fully diluted).
In 2012 the Company generated a positive cash flow from operating
activities of US$16.48M as compared to US$7.92M in 2011. In 2012, the
cash generated was due to the profit before taxation of US$4.67M plus
the impact of non-cash items and changes in working capital items
FOURTH QUARTER OF FISCAL 2012 COMPARED TO FOURTH QUARTER OF FISCAL 2011
For Q4-2012, the Company recorded revenue of $12.92M, compared to
$20.86M for Q4-2011, representing a decrease of 38%. The decrease in
meters drilled from 255,679 in Q4-2011 to 129,487 meters in Q4-2012
accounted for the revenue decrease.
Gross profit for Q4-2012 was $5.81M, compared to $10.74M for Q4-2011,
being a decrease of 46%. The gross profit percentage for Q4-2012 was
45% compared to 51% for Q4-2011. The decrease in cost of sales is
attributable to decreases in drill rig expenses, repairs and
maintenance and reduced fuel expenses.
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
SG&A expenses were $4.94M for Q4-2012, compared to $5.04M for Q4-2011.
SG&A expenses have increased due to the provision of doubtful accounts
of $0.31M offset by lower share based payment expenses associated with
issuing options and lower accruals for training and seminars.
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment was
$2.41M ($1.98M in cost of sales and $0.43M in SG&A) for Q4-2012
compared to $2.15M ($1.77M in cost of sales and $0.38M in SG&A) for
Q4-2011. The increase in depreciation is primarily due to additional
property, plant and equipment purchases during 2012.
Net earnings were $0.99M, being 8% of revenue for Q4-2012 or $0.02 per
Ordinary Share ($0.02 per Ordinary Share fully diluted), compared to
$1.22M, being 6% of revenue, for Q4-2011 or $0.03 per Ordinary Share
($0.03 per Ordinary Share fully diluted).
EBITDA in Q4-2012 was $3.3M, being 25% compared to $7.9M or 38% for
As at December 31, 2012 the Company had cash and cash equivalents equal
to $7.56 million.
The Company currently has 42,512,000 ordinary shares issued and
The Company continues to believe that there is an industry wide slowdown
in drilling activities as there is pressure on early stage exploration
companies as financing from the capital markets becomes more
challenging and there is also pressure on producing companies as they
continue to need to manage their exploration costs in light of
increasing costs on the production side of their business.
The Company has had a slower start in 2013 compared to 2012 due to the
delay in the resumption of drilling after the holiday season and
anticipates that Q1-2013 will continue to be impacted by the economic
slowdown. However, increased activity levels and increased utilization
of Geodrill's fleet are encouraging signs and the Company remains
cautiously optimistic for the remainder of Q1-2013.
Geodrill's financial statements and management's discussion & analysis
("MD&A"), for the three-month and twelve month periods ended December
31, 2012 are available via Geodrill's website at www.geodrill-gh.com and will be available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
Notice of Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call on March 4th at 10:00 am EST to
discuss the financial results. The call will be hosted by Dave Harper,
President and Chief Executive Officer and Greg Borsk, Chief Financial
You can join the call by dialing 1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450. A live
audio webcast of the conference call will also be available through:
EBITDA is defined as Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, and
Amortization. EBITDA is used as a measure of financial performance. The
Company believes EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently
used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to
evaluate companies in the Company's industry. However, EBITDA is not a
measure recognized by IFRS and does not have a standardized meaning
prescribed by IFRS. EBITDA should not be viewed in isolation and does
not purport to be an alternative to net income or gross profit as an
indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating
activities as a measure of liquidity.
EBITDA does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and
therefore it may not be comparable to similarly titled measures
presented by other publicly traded companies, and EBITDA should not be
construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in
accordance with IFRS.
Additionally, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow
for management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain
cash requirements such as capital expenditures, contractual
commitments, interest payments, tax payments and debt service
requirements. Please see the Company's MD&A for the three-month and
twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2012 for the EBITDA
About Geodrill Limited
Geodrill Limited is a leading West African based drilling company
currently operating in Ghana Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, Niger and
Guinea. Geodrill provides exploration and development drilling services
to major, intermediate and junior mining companies with exploration and
development operations in West Africa. The Company specializes in
providing reverse circulation, diamond core and air-core drilling
services using a modern fleet of drill rigs. The Company plans to grow
organically and build its current client base while continuing to
assess expansion opportunities throughout West Africa and other
jurisdictions of Africa, to meet demand for its services and expertise.
Forward Looking Information
This press release and the management's discussions may contain
"forward-looking information" which may include, but is not limited to,
statements with respect to the future financial or operating
performance of the Company, its subsidiaries, future growth, results of
operations, performance, business prospects and opportunities. Often,
but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use
of words such as "plans", "expects", "is expected", "budget",
"scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or
"believes", or variations (including negative variations) of such words
and phrases, or by the use of words or phrases that state that certain
actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will"
be taken, occur or be achieved.
Forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions and analyses
made by the Company in light of its experience and perception of
historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments
and other factors it believes are appropriate. Forward-looking
statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other
factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements
of the Company and/or its subsidiaries to be materially different from
any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by
the forward-looking statements contained in this press release
including, without limitation those described in the Management's
Discussion & Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2012 and the
Company's Annual Information Form dated March 28, 2012 under the
heading "Risk Factors". Although the Company has attempted to identify
important factors that could cause actual actions, events or results to
differ materially from those described in such forward-looking
statements, there may be other factors that may cause actions, events
or results to differ from those anticipated, estimated or intended.
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize or
should assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements prove
incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements may vary
materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking
statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking
information and forward-looking statements contained herein and
statement which may be made on the conference call are made as of the
date of this press release and the Company disclaims any obligation to
update or review such information or statements, whether as a result of
new information, future events or results of otherwise, except as
required by law.
SOURCE: Geodrill Limited
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