5N Plus Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

MONTREAL, May 2, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX: VNP) ("5N Plus", the "Group" or the "Company"), the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

Following a transitional year, the Company continued to improve performance and profitability, reporting a strong quarter in terms of earnings and making further progress toward the objectives defined by its Strategic Plan, 5N21 ("5N21").  During this period, the Company continued to maintain a sound balance sheet in support of its growth initiatives.

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 and EBITDA1 for the first quarter of 2017 reached $6.1 million and $9.7 million compared to $4.3 million and $2.9 million during the same quarter of 2016. The Adjusted EBITDA reflects improved profitability, strong product demand and overall performance of operating activities. The EBITDA for the quarter was positively impacted by non-recurring items, stemming from optimization of commercial agreements mandated over the past quarters by the Company's Strategic Plan, 5N21. This resulted in contract amendments including securing higher margins in the short term versus higher market share and termination of non-core commercial activities; the net result of which yielded a positive impact of $3.4 million compared to restructuring charges of $1.0 million for the same period last year.
  • Net earnings for the first quarter of 2017 reached $4.2 million or $0.05 per share compared to a net loss of $1.9 million or ($0.02) per share for the same period last year.
  • Revenue for Q1 2017 reached $60.9 million compared to $63.9 million for Q1 2016, with gross margin1 reaching 23.1% in Q1 2017 compared to 19.4% for the same period of 2016.
  • Net debt1 stood at $20.8 million as at March 31, 2017 slightly higher when compared to December 31, 2016, with liquidity maintained at a high level.
  • Backlog1 reached as at March 31, 2017, a level of 128 days of sales outstanding, representing a decrease of 8 days compared to the previous quarter. Bookings in Q1 2017 reached 97 days compared to 78 days in Q4 2016 and 89 days in Q1 2016.
  • The Company reaffirmed its guidance for 2017 as per 5N21.
  • On February 21, 2017, 5N Plus announced an approved amendment to the Company's normal course issuer bid by the Toronto Stock Exchange under which 5N Plus has the right to purchase for cancellation a maximum of 2,100,000 common shares (previously 600,000) until October 10, 2017.
  • On March 2, 2017, la Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec announced the acquisition of 8,700,000 additional shares of 5N Plus on the secondary market, reinvesting $14.8 million, bringing la Caisse's ownership to 18.93%.
  • During the quarter, the Company mandated, on a non-exclusive basis, Arrowhead Business and Investment Decisions, an investor relations firm based in New York City, United States, to increase awareness within the investment community, expand its network, and support its communication program in the United States.

Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "We are beginning to see results as we deliver the short-term objectives of our Strategic Plan, 5N21, specifically related to optimizing core businesses and global assets with notable progress in balancing quality of earnings while managing healthy market share along with consolidating the global footprint which is progressing in-line with our expectations." Mr. Roshan added, "In addition to improve profitability and quality of earnings, we expect much of this work to reduce earnings volatility."  Mr.  Roshan concluded, "The new executive team and I are encouraged by the results and remain on course in congruence with 5N21."

Webcast Information
5N Plus will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 8:00 am ET with financial analysts to discuss results of the quarter ended March 31, 2017. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the Company's Web site at www.5nplus.com.  A replay of the webcast and a recording of the Q&A will be available until May 10, 2017.

To participate in the conference call:

  • Montreal area:  514-807-9895
  • Toronto area:  647-427-7450
  • Toll-Free:  1-888-231-8191

Enter access code 14986470.

Non-IFRS Measures
EBITDA means net earnings (loss) before interest expenses (revenues), income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of certain expenses. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies.  EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA divided by revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA means EBITDA as defined above before impairment of inventories, allowance for doubtful of a receivable from a related party, litigation and restructuring costs, gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, change in fair value of debenture conversion option, foreign exchange and derivatives loss (gain). We use adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of inventory write-downs. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues.

Net debt or net cash is a measure we use to monitor how much debt we have after taking into account cash and cash equivalents. We use it as an indicator of our overall financial position, and calculate it by taking our total debt, including the current portion and the cross-currency swap related to the convertible debenture, and subtracting cash and cash equivalents.

Backlog represents the expected orders we have received but have not yet executed and that are expected to translate into sales within the next twelve months expressed in number of days. Bookings represent orders received during the period considered, expressed in days, and is calculated by adding revenues to the increase or decrease in backlog for the period considered divided by annualized year revenues. We use backlog to provide an indication of expected future revenues in days, and bookings to determine our ability to sustain and increase our revenues.

Gross margin is a measure we use to monitor the sales contribution after paying cost of sales excluding depreciation of property, plant and equipment. We also expressed this measure in percentage of revenues by dividing the gross margin value by the total revenue.

About 5N Plus Inc.
5N Plus is the leading producer of specialty metal and chemical products.  Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the Company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia.  5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications.  Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers.  Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as solar, light-emitting diodes and eco-friendly materials.

Forward-Looking Statements and Disclaimer
This press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws.  All information and statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking information.  Such statements and information may be identified by words such as "about", "approximately", "may", "believes", "expects", "will", "intends", "should", "plans", "predicts", "potential", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "continues" or similar words or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology.  Forward-looking statements are based on the best estimates available to 5N Plus at this time and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause 5N Plus' actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  A description of the risks affecting 5N Plus' business and activities appears under the heading "Risk and Uncertainties" of 5N Plus' 2016 MD&A dated February 21, 2017 and notes 11 and 12 of the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N Plus will derive therefrom.  In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N Plus. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and 5N Plus undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws.  The reader is warned against placing undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

5N PLUS INC.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(in thousands of United States dollars)





March 31
2017

December 31
2016


$

$




Assets



Current



Cash and cash equivalents

23,023

24,301

Accounts receivable

38,225

29,799

Inventories

75,074

80,309

Income tax receivable

6,930

6,819

Other current assets

3,753

2,831

Total current assets

147,005

144,059

Property, plant and equipment

58,435

59,945

Intangible assets

11,561

11,109

Deferred tax assets

1,758

1,883

Investment accounted for using the equity method

778

779

Derivative financial assets

818

189

Other assets

1,043

1,093

Total non-current assets

74,393

74,998

Total assets

221,398

219,057




Liabilities



Current



Trade and accrued liabilities

53,124

57,381

Income tax payable

8,616

8,422

Current portion of long-term debt

330

325

Total current liabilities

62,070

66,128

Convertible debentures

44,356

43,157

Deferred tax liabilities

1,939

715

Employee benefit plan obligation

14,688

14,813

Derivative financial liabilities

47

68

Other liabilities

5,656

5,662

Total non-current liabilities

66,686

64,415

Total liabilities

128,756

130,543




Equity



Equity holders of 5N Plus Inc.

92,651

88,522

Non-controlling interests

(9)

(8)

Total equity

92,642

88,514

Total liabilities and equity

221,398

219,057


5N PLUS INC.

Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Earnings (Loss)

For the three-month periods ended March 31

(in thousands of United States dollars, except per share information)





2017

2016


$

$




Revenue

60,870

63,868

Cost of sales

48,760

53,739

Selling, general and administrative expenses

7,039

6,378

Other (revenues) expenses

(2,724)

3,050

Share of loss (gain) from joint ventures

8

(113)


53,083

63,054

Operating earnings

7,787

814




Finance expense



Interest on long-term debt

815

880

Imputed interest and other interest expense

990

1,819

Changes in fair value of debenture conversion option

(22)

309

Foreign exchange and derivative loss

177

27


1,960

3,035

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

5,827

(2,221)

Income tax expense (recovery)




Current

318

699


Deferred

1,356

(1,011)


1,674

(312)

Net earnings (loss)

4,153

(1,909)




Attributable to:



Equity holders of 5N Plus Inc.

4,154

(1,907)

Non-controlling interests

(1)

(2)


4,153

(1,909)

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to equity holders of 5N Plus Inc.

0.05

(0.02)

Basic earning (loss) per share

0.05

(0.02)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

0.05

(0.02)

5N PLUS INC.

(in thousands of United States dollars)









Revenue by Segment and Gross Margin

Q1 2017

Q1 2016

Change


$

$


Electronic Materials

19,339

19,568

(1%)

Eco-Friendly Materials

41,531

44,300

(6%)

Total revenue

60,870

63,868

(5%)

Cost of sales

(48,760)

(53,739)

(9%)

Depreciation on property, plant and equipment (PPE)

1,973

2,246

(12%)

Gross margin1

14,083

12,375

14%

Gross margin percentage1

23.1%

19.4%






Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA

Q1 2017

Q1 2016


$

$

Revenue

60,870

63,868

Adjusted operating expenses1 *

(54,798)

(59,618)

Adjusted EBITDA1

6,072

4,250

Impairment of inventory

-

-

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

390

-

Litigation and restructuring income (costs)

3,368

(1,030)

Change in fair value of debenture conversion option

22

(309)

Foreign exchange and derivative loss

(177)

(27)

EBITDA1

9,675

2,884

Interest on long-term debt, imputed interest and other interest expense

1,805

2,699

Depreciation and amortization

2,043

2,406

Earnings (loss) before income taxes

5,827

(2,221)

Income tax expense (recovery)




Current

318

699


Deferred

1,356

(1,011)


1,674

(312)

Net earnings (loss)

4,153

(1,909)




*Excluding litigation and restructuring (income) costs, gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment and depreciation and amortization.






Net Debt


As at March 31, 2017

As at December 31, 2016



$

$

Bank indebtedness


-

-

Long-term debt including current portion


330

325

Convertible debentures


44,356

43,157

Cross-currency swap


(818)

(189)

Total Debt


43,868

43,293

Cash and cash equivalents


(23,023)

(24,301)

Net Debt1


20,845

18,992

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1 See Non-IFRS Measures

SOURCE 5N Plus Inc.

For further information: Jean Mayer, Vice President, Legal Affairs, also in charge of investor relations, 5N Plus Inc., (514) 856-0644 x6178, invest@5nplus.com

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