BIOX Announces 2017 Second Quarter Results

TSX symbol: BX

TORONTO, May 9, 2017 /CNW/ - BIOX Corporation (BIOX) (TSX: BX), a renewable energy company that owns and operates biodiesel production facilities, today announced its 2017 second quarter financial results for the three-month (Q2 2017) and six-month (YTD 2017) periods ended March 31, 2017.

Highlights

  • Completed commissioning of the 90 million U.S. gallon (USG) biodiesel production facility in Houston, Texas, through its ownership in the 50/50 joint venture in World Energy BIOX Biofuels LLC (WEBB)
  • Upgrades to the 13.2 million USG Sombra facility continue with target commissioning in calendar Q3 2017
  • Production of methylesters was 15.4 million litres at the Hamilton facility and 23.4 million litres of biodiesel at the WEBB facility in Q2 2017
  • Sales were $14,206,000 in Q2 2017
  • Operating loss prior to non-cash items1 was $2,603,000 in Q2 2017
  • Net loss was $5,126,000 in Q2 2017
  • Net loss per basic share was $0.11 in Q2 2017

"Our assets are strategically located in growing biodiesel markets where we can cost-effectively deliver product and compliance directly to the obligated parties," said Alan Rickard, Chief Executive Officer of BIOX. "The Houston facility is the only bio-based diesel facility located within the Houston terminal, which is one of the largest petroleum distribution sites in North America. Our Hamilton facility, and once commissioned our Sombra facility is expected to, produce bio-based diesel with the lowest carbon intensity in the province. Lower carbon intensity fuels provide an advantage to obligated parties in meeting their mandates under the Ontario Greener Diesel program. With the lapse of the U.S. Blender Tax Credit at the end of calendar 2016 we are now operating within a more challenging commercial environment.  As we work to complete the upgrades to and commissioning of the Sombra facility this year we look to transition from our expansion focus to operating our assets and strengthening our balance sheet."   

Financial Highlights
Sales were $14.2 million and $33.7 million for the three-month (Q2 2017) and the six-month periods (YTD 2017) ended March 31, 2017, respectively, compared to $21.4 million and $47.2 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The change in the YTD period is partially due to the recognition of US$6.7 million of refundable tax credits from customers and the U.S. Internal Revenue Service related to the retroactive reinstatement of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive in YTD 2016.

BIOX sold 13.1 million litres and 27.5 million litres of biodiesel in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to 20.4 million litres and 40.2 million litres in the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016.

The changes in sales and volume sold for both Q2 2017 and YTD 2017 are primarily due to lower sales of third-party product.  The Company sold less than 0.1 million litres of third-party product in both the Q1 2017 and YTD periods, compared to 5.3 million litres and 10.8 million litres of third-party product sales in the corresponding periods last year.

Management intends to take advantage of future opportunities to control and distribute third-party product on an ongoing basis, however the Company's primary focus moving forward are its investments in the Houston and Sombra facilities, and as such management does not anticipate significant levels of third-party product sales in future periods.

Direct expenses were $15.3 million and $33.7 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $22.3 million and $41.2 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The changes are primarily the result of the reduction in purchases of third-party product, partially offset by an increase in the average price of feedstock over the prior year periods.

General and administrative expenses were $1.5 million and $3.2 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $1.3 million and $2.7 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The changes were primarily due to an increase in professional fees related to management's growth strategies in Q2 2017. Management expects the G&A run-rate to be in the range of $0.5 million to $0.6 million per month in fiscal 2017 as the Company has added incremental administrative scale to support the ongoing production at the Houston facility followed by the planned start-up and production at the Sombra facility in mid-2017.

Operating loss was $3.4 million and $4.7 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to an operating loss of $3.0 million and operating income of $1.4 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The change is primarily a result of the collection of US$6.7 million in refundable tax credits, referenced above, related to the reinstatement of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive in YTD 2016. There was no such revenue recognized in the corresponding period in fiscal 2017. The expiry of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive and its retroactive reinstatement has occurred multiple times in the Company's history, and once again has resulted in lower relative sales revenues in the fiscal Q2 period.     

Operating loss prior to non-cash items1 was $2.6 million and $3.1 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to an operating loss prior to non-cash items of $2.1 million and operating income prior to non-cash items of $3.3 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The change in the quarterly period is primarily due to the decision to conduct the annual scheduled maintenance at the Hamilton facility in February, while in fiscal 2016 it was conducted in April. The change in the YTD period is primarily related to the retroactive reinstatement of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive referenced above.

Net loss was $5.1 million and $8.3 million for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $5.3 million and $0.9 million for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. Net loss per basic share was $0.11 and $0.18 for Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, compared to $0.12 and $0.02 for the corresponding periods in fiscal 2016. The change in the YTD period is also related to the retroactive reinstatement of the U.S. biodiesel tax incentive referenced above.

As at March 31, 2017, BIOX's available cash position and working capital was $3.0 million and negative $13.3 million, respectively, compared with $3.5 million and negative $6.1 million at September 30, 2016. The negative working capital balance is a result of the short-term nature of the financing obtained from insiders related to the Houston acquisition. The change in working capital is primarily due to a $4.1 million draw on the demand loan and an expansion of the bridge note by $2.0 million.   

As at March 31, 2017, BIOX had 46,325,544 common shares outstanding, as well as outstanding options to purchase up to 1,430,000 common shares of BIOX and outstanding warrants to purchase up to 4,400,000 common shares of BIOX.

Outlook
In June 2016, BIOX acquired, or participated in the acquisition of, two biodiesel production facilities expanding its capacity from 67 million litres to 287.5 million litres of owned capacity (458 million litres gross capacity including the joint venture). 

These two acquisitions demonstrate BIOX's ability to execute on its growth strategies through increasing the volume of biodiesel it produces, controls and distributes in strategic locations throughout North America.

In the near term, BIOX's primary focus is the operation and marketing of product from its Hamilton facility and WEBB's Houston facility as well as the start-up of the Sombra facility. BIOX continues to invest in upgrades to the Sombra facility that will improve the facility's efficiency and enable the use of a broader range of feedstock, specifically lower carbon intensity feedstocks, such as animal fats and recycled cooking oils. The Company expects the facility to be in production by the third quarter of calendar 2017 to capture a portion of the 2017 blend season in Ontario.

Management believes the Ontario market will play an increasingly important role in its distribution network. The implementation of the Greener Diesel program in Ontario mandates increasing blend rates and a move toward lower carbon intensity fuels in 2017. The greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction aspects of the Ontario Greener Diesel mandate are an important differentiator for BIOX. Bio-based diesel produced by BIOX at the Hamilton facility has the lowest carbon intensity in the province, reducing GHG emissions by more than 100% when compared to petroleum diesel. The Sombra facility, once upgraded to handle lower carbon intensity feedstocks, will produce at a comparable GHG emission efficiency to the bio-diesel produced by BIOX at its Hamilton facility.

In November 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) for Biomass-based diesel. The RVO established a minimum volume requirement for biomass-based diesel of 2.0 billion USG in 2017, an increase from 1.9 billion USG for 2016. The RVO is recognized at the primary driver of demand for biodiesel in the U.S. market. Management believes the clarity around the volume obligations will create stable and consistent demand from obligated parties.

With assets in the U.S. and Ontario located in close proximity to blending infrastructure, pipelines and transport access, management believes BIOX is in a strong positon to serve obligated parties in these two growing biodiesel markets.

Notice of Conference Call
BIOX will hold a conference call tomorrow morning, May 10, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. ET hosted by Mr. Alan Rickard, Chief Executive Officer to discuss the Company's financial results and corporate developments. To access the conference call by telephone, dial (647) 427-7450 or (888) 231-8191. To access the telephone replay, dial (416) 849-0833 or (855) 859-2056 and enter reservation number 18583372. A live audio webcast of the call will be available at www.bioxcorp.com. The webcast will be archived for 90 days.

Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Measures
The following table presents a reconciliation of operating income prior to non-cash items to net income for the three-month and six-month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016:

(in thousands)



Three months ended

Six months ended




March 31

March 31




2017

2016

2017

2016




$

$

$

$

Operating (loss) income before non-cash items


(2,603)

(2,105)

(3,129)

3,253








Deduct:

Production facility depreciation
and amortization


(680)

(652)

(1,401)

(1,438)









Depreciation and amortization of
equipment and intangible assets


(50)

(56)

(102)

(112)









Share-based compensation


(23)

(144)

(84)

(256)

Operating (loss) income


(3,356)

(2,957)

(4,716)

1,447

Income tax expense


(433)

(1,739)

(767)

(1,739)

Other income and expenses


(1,337)

(626)

(2,843)

(649)

Net loss 


(5,126)

(5,322)

(8,326)

(941)



1)

Note: Non-IFRS Measures. Operating income (loss) prior to non-cash items is defined as operating income or loss less production facility depreciation and amortization, and less depreciation and amortization of equipment and intangibles and share-based compensation. Management uses this measurement to monitor the operating cash flow of BIOX's business and believes this information is useful supplemental information to a reader of financial statements. This measurement may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Investors are cautioned that operating income (loss) prior to non-cash items should not be construed as an alternative to net (loss) income determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of BIOX's performance.

 

About BIOX Corporation
BIOX is a renewable energy company that, owns and operates 287.5 million litres of nameplate biodiesel production capacity at plants located in Houston, Texas and two facilities in southern Ontario. BIOX has an innovative, proprietary and patented production process that is capable of producing the highest quality, renewable, clean burning and biodegradable biodiesel fuel utilizing a variety of feedstocks - from pure seed oils to animal fats to recovered vegetable oils with no change to the production process. BIOX's high quality biodiesel fuel meets North American (ASTM D-6751) quality standards.

Forward-looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking" statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, objectives or achievements of BIOX, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, objectives or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such statements relate to, among other things, BIOX's long-term expectations for the biodiesel market in light of current market conditions, the timeline for the Sombra facility commencing production, the capacity of and anticipated upgrades to the Sombra facility and timing thereof, and the ability of BIOX to benefit from recent regulatory initiatives in the U.S. and Ontario. These statements reflect BIOX's current views regarding future events and operating performance, are based on information currently available to BIOX, and speak only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such performance or results will be achieved. Those assumptions and risks include, but are not limited to, the fact that BIOX's results of operations and business outlook are highly dependent on a mix of legislation and producer payment programs and tax credits and upon commodity prices, which are subject to significant volatility and uncertainty. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of BIOX to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including factors described in this press release and those discussed in BIOX's publicly available disclosure documents, as filed by BIOX on SEDAR (www.sedar.com) except as updated herein. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this press release as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. Unless required by applicable securities law, BIOX does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. To the extent any forward-looking statements herein constitute financial outlook, they were approved by management as of the date hereof and have been included to provide an understanding with respect to BIOX's financial performance and are subject to the same risks and assumptions referred to herein. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur and readers are cautioned that any financial outlook information contained in this news release should not be used for purposes other than for which it is disclosed herein.

BIOX Corporation

Condensed consolidated interim statements of comprehensive loss

Three and six month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

(Unaudited)

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



Three months ended

Six months ended




 March 31, 


 March 31, 



2017

2016

2017

2016



$

$

$

$







Revenue

14,206

21,426

33,731

47,169







Cost of sales






Direct expenses

15,280

22,268

33,698

41,177


Production facility depreciation and amortization

680

652

1,401

1,438



15,960

22,920

35,099

42,615







Gross margin

(1,754)

(1,494)

(1,368)

4,554







Operating expenses






General and administrative

1,529

1,263

3,162

2,739


Depreciation and amortization of equipment and intangible assets

50

56

102

112


Share-based compensation

23

144

84

256



1,602

1,463

3,348

3,107







Operating (loss) income

(3,356)

(2,957)

(4,716)

1,447







Other expenses






Financing cost

765

230

1,685

467


Loss on investment in joint venture

549

-

1,111

-


Gain on revaluation of asset retirement obligation

-

-

-

(329)


Foreign exchange loss

30

402

54

527



1,344

632

2,850

665







Net (loss) income before interest income and income taxes

(4,700)

(3,589)

(7,566)

782

Income tax expense

(433)

(1,739)

(767)

(1,739)

Interest income

7

6

7

16

Net loss for the period

(5,126)

(5,322)

(8,326)

(941)

Other comprehensive income (loss)






Foreign currency translation gain (loss)

27

23

(51)

57

Comprehensive loss

(5,099)

(5,299)

(8,377)

(884)







Loss per common share






Basic

(0.11)

(0.12)

(0.18)

(0.02)


Diluted

(0.11)

(0.12)

(0.18)

(0.02)







Weighted average number of common shares outstanding






Basic

46,111,793

46,055,164

46,111,793

46,055,164


Diluted

46,111,793

46,055,164

46,111,793

46,055,164

 

BIOX Corporation

Condensed consolidated interim statements of changes in equity

Six month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016

(Unaudited)

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



Common share capital


Warrant reserve


Accumulated








 Share 



 other 








 purchase 


 Equity 

 comprehensive 


 Total 



 Shares 

 Amount 


 warrants 

 Amount 

 reserve 

 loss 

 Deficit 

 equity 



 # 

$


 # 

$

$

$

$

$












Balance, September 30, 2015


46,025,124

168,130


-

-

1,968

(659)

(136,474)

32,965

Share-based compensation


-

-


-

-

256

-

-

256

Share purchase


72,919

46


-

-

(20)

-

-

26

Net loss


-

-


-

-

-

-

(941)

(941)

Foreign currency translation gain


-

-


-

-

-

57

-

57

Balance, March 31, 2016


46,098,043

168,176


-

-

2,204

(602)

(137,415)

32,363












Balance, September 30, 2016 


46,098,043

168,176


4,400,000

727

2,446

(617)

(139,883)

30,849

Share-based compensation


-

-


-

-

84

-

-

84

Share purchase


227,501

248


-

-

(112)

-


136

Net loss


-

-


-

-

-

-

(8,326)

(8,326)

Foreign currency translation loss


-

-


-

-

-

(51)

-

(51)

Balance, March 31, 2017


46,325,544

168,424


4,400,000

727

2,418

(668)

(148,209)

22,692

 

BIOXCorporation

Condensed consolidated interim statements of financial position

As at March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016

(Unaudited)

(Expressed in thousands of Canadian dollars)





 March 31, 

 September 30, 





2017

2016





$

$

Assets





Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents



3,018

3,529


Restricted cash



1,174

1,174


Accounts receivable



2,007

2,882


Prepaid expenses



973

808


Inventory



4,934

3,841





12,106

12,234







Investment in joint venture



12,087

12,984

Property, plant and equipment



30,345

30,091

Intangible assets



259

304

Deferred income tax assets



9,218

9,985





64,015

65,598







Liabilities





Current liabilities






Accounts payable and other liabilities



8,009

7,108


Demand loan



4,091

-


Short-term debt



10,669

8,330


Current portion of long-term debt



1,500

1,500


Current portion of finance leases



-

6


Current portion of provisions



1,097

1,432





25,366

18,376







Long-term debt



6,360

7,107

Secured promissory notes



6,140

5,570

Provisions



3,457

3,696





41,323

34,749







Equity





Common share capital



168,424

168,176

Warrant reserve



727

727

Equity reserve



2,418

2,446

Accumulated other comprehensive loss



(668)

(617)

Deficit



(148,209)

(139,883)





22,692

30,849





64,015

65,598

 

BIOXCorporation





Condensed consolidated interim statements of cash flows





Six month periods ended March 31, 2017 and 2016





(Unaudited)





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





2017


2016





$


$

Operating activities






Net loss


(8,326)


(941)


Add (less) items not involving cash







Production facility depreciation and amortization


1,401


1,438



Depreciation and amortization of equipment and intangible assets


102


112



Financing costs


1,206


281



Share-based compensation


84


256



Gain on revaluation of provisions 


-


(329)



Accretion of provisions


133


159



Loss on investment in joint venture


1,076


-



Income tax expense


767


1,739





(3,557)


2,715









Net change in non-cash working capital balances







related to operations


247


(2,338)





(3,310)


377








Investing activity






Purchase of property, plant and equipment


(1,578)


(614)


Decrease in restricted cash


-


260





(1,578)


(354)








Financing activities






Payments on tank lease provision


(748)


(762)


Payments on finance leases


(6)


(17)


Proceeds from short-term debt financing


1,888


-


Repayment of long-term debt financing


(750)


(750)


Proceeds from demand loan


4,091


2,250


Issuance of common shares


136


26


Interest paid


(274)


(276)





4,337


471








Effect of exchange rate changes on:






Cash held in foreign currency


40


(231)








Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents during the period


(511)


263

Cash, beginning of period


3,529


7,709

Cash, end of period


3,018


7,972

 

SOURCE BIOX Corporation

For further information: Alan Rickard, CEO, BIOX Corporation, 905-521-8205 ext. 253, arickard@bioxcorp.com

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