Churchill reports record revenue and net earnings for 2006



    EDMONTON, March 19 /CNW/ - The Churchill Corporation (TSX:CUQ) today
reported its consolidated financial results for the year ended December 31,
2006.

    
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                  Summary of Consolidated Financial Results
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                                  2006            2005      Change
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        Contract Revenue     $531.3 million  $479.8 million   +11%
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        EBITDA(1)             $16.3 million    $9.2 million   +77%
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        Earnings before tax   $12.7 million    $5.4 million  +135%
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        Net Earnings           $8.1 million    $3.8 million  +113%
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        EPS - Basic                   $0.46           $0.24   +92%
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    (1) EBITDA is equal to earnings before interest expense, taxes,
        depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure
        that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and
        may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

    -   In 2006, Churchill achieved revenue of $531.3 million, an increase of
        $51.5 million from $479.8 million reported for 2005.
    -   Earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and
        amortization was $16.3 million, compared to $9.2 million for 2005.
    -   Consolidated earnings before tax grew 135% to $12.7 million in 2006
        from $5.4 million in 2005.
    -   Net earnings increased 113% to $8.1 million ($0.46 per share) during
        2006 compared to $3.8 million ($0.24 per share) for the year ended
        December 31, 2005.
    -   Consolidated work-in-hand at the end of the year was $493.9 million,
        an increase of 100% from $247.2 million of consolidated work-in-hand
        at December 31, 2005.
    -   Weighted average shares outstanding for the period ending
        December 31, 2006 were 17,746,020 as compared to 15,739,334 for the
        period ending December 31, 2005.
    

    "Robust industrial markets in the Fort McMurray oil sands region and our
leadership in providing value added construction services in the building
construction segment yielded record annual results," said Churchill Interim
Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Peter Adams. "2006 was an excellent year
for Churchill. We continued to build on the positive gains made in 2005 and
were once again able to grow revenues, margins and profitability."
    "Contract revenue of $531.3 million was the highest level of revenue in
corporate history. This was an increase of 11% over 2005, and was at the upper
end of our stated 2006 growth objective. The most significant revenue
increases were generated by Laird Electric and Stuart Olson, where revenue
growth on a year over year basis of $30.3 million and $63.7 million
respectively were achieved. Our insulation companies also produced another
record year of revenue and earnings. Triton experienced a loss for 2006 on a
planned reduction in volume, however we are optimistic that the implementation
of our turnaround strategy will result in increased volume and improved
operational control in 2007. Our achievements during this past year are a
credit to our employees, trade contractors, management and directors," said
Adams. "With our strong backlog of work-in-hand, we have a solid start to
2007. We believe that the construction markets in western Canada still offer
significant opportunities for growth in all of our business segments."

    
    FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS:
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                   Summary of Consolidated Financial Results
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                                   Q4, 2006  vs. Q4, 2005  vs. Q3, 2006
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        Contract Revenue     $152.4 million          +10%           +5%
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        EBITDA(1)              $6.7 million         +115%          +22%
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        Earnings before tax    $5.9 million         +173%          +29%
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        Net Earnings           $3.7 million         +123%          +23%
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        EPS - Basic                   $0.21         +110%          +24%
        ---------------------------------------------------------------

    (1) EBITDA is equal to earnings before interest expense, taxes,
        depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure
        that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and
        may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

    -   Revenue was $152.4 million, up $13.6 million from $138.8 million
        reported for the fourth quarter of 2005.
    -   Earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation and
        amortization was $6.7 million, compared to $3.1 million for the
        fourth quarter of 2005.
    -   Consolidated earnings before tax grew 173% to $5.9 million in the
        fourth quarter of 2006 from $2.1 million in the comparable period of
        2005.
    -   Net earnings increased 123% to $3.7 million ($0.21 per share)
        compared to $1.7 million ($0.10 per share) for the comparable three
        month period in 2005.
    -   Consolidated work-in-hand at the end of the quarter was
        $493.9 million, an increase of 5% from $469.6 million of consolidated
        work-in-hand at September 30, 2006.
    -   Weighted average shares outstanding during the three month period
        ended December 31, 2006 were 17,630,353 as compared to 17,756,301
        during the comparable period of 2005.
    

    Stuart Olson's revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2006 was
$87.1 million, an increase of 44.9% compared to $60.1 million for the same
period in 2005. Earnings before tax increased 104.5% to $4.5 million in the
fourth quarter of 2006 from $2.2 million in the corresponding quarter of 2005.
The increase in earnings before tax was primarily the result of higher revenue
and improved contract margins.
    Revenue at Triton for the fourth quarter of 2006 of $11.2 million was
$20.1 million lower than the same quarter of 2005. Triton entered the fourth
quarter of 2006 with a smaller backlog than in the comparable period of 2005;
therefore revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006 were lower. Triton's loss
before tax during the quarter was $1.1 million compared to a loss before tax
of $1.4 million in 2005. The loss during the quarter primarily resulted from
$0.8 million of provisions taken on several contracts.
    Combined revenue from our insulation companies, Fuller Austin and
Northern Industrial, was $17.2 million or $11.2 million lower than the fourth
quarter of 2005. The volume decrease was a result of reduced backlog entering
the fourth quarter and delays in work schedules on some projects. Despite the
reduction in volume, earnings before tax in the quarter improved by 12.5% to
$1.8 million as compared to $1.6 million for the prior year period.
    Laird substantially increased its quarterly revenue to $36.9 million from
$19.5 million in the comparable period of 2005. The growth in fourth quarter
revenue was favourably impacted by the acceleration of work schedules on some
projects in the Fort McMurray oil sands region. Laird recorded earnings before
tax of $1.7 million, an increase of 142.9% over earnings before tax of
$0.7 million reported in 2005.

    ANNUAL RESULTS

    Consolidated contract revenues were $531.3 million in 2006, an increase
of $51.5 million or 10.7% from consolidated contract revenues of
$479.8 million for 2005. This $51.5 million increase in consolidated revenue
was the result of a $63.7 million increase in Stuart Olson revenues and a
$30.3 million increase in Laird revenues, partially offset by a decrease of
$48.3 million in Triton revenues.
    Contract income increased 28.6% from $39.8 million in 2005 to
$51.2 million in 2006. This $11.4 million increase resulted from an increase
in revenue and contract income margin percentage. Consolidated contract income
percentage grew from 8.3% to 9.6%, largely attributable to strong market
conditions.
    Consolidated Indirect and Administrative expenses of $36.1 million were
incurred during 2006 compared to $31.7 million in 2005. The increase of
$4.4 million was partially attributable to increased project management and
compensation expenses related to the increased activity levels and
professional fees associated with systems improvements and process
re-engineering.
    Consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and
amortization increased $7.1 million, or 77.2%, to $16.3 million during 2006,
as compared to $9.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. Churchill
achieved consolidated net earnings of $8.1 million or basic earnings per
common share of $0.46 during 2006 as compared to $3.8 million of net earnings
and basic earnings per common share of $0.24.
    Work-in-hand at December 31, 2006 was $493.9 million or $246.7 million
higher than the same time last year. On a segmented basis, there was an
increase in the buildings segment of $283.9 million, partially offset by
decreases in the electrical contracting segment of $15.0 million, industrial
general contracting segment of $10.5 million and insulation contracting
segments of $11.7 million. The decrease in work in hand in our industrial
business is primarily related to delays in the timing of work packages being
released to tender.

    Buildings
    ---------
    For the year ended December 31, 2006, Stuart Olson's revenues increased
$63.7 million to $291.2 million, compared to $227.5 million in the prior year
from higher levels of activity, particularly in the northern and southern
Alberta offices. The increased revenues in northern Alberta were the result of
major new projects for food distribution, educational and civic recreational
clients. Also contributing to revenue growth was a major hospital project in
southern Alberta and several new contracts with various educational
institutions in the British Columbia branch.
    Contract income in 2006 increased to $21.2 million from $14.9 million, an
increase of $6.3 million. Contract income margin percentage increased to 7.3%
in 2006 as compared to 6.6% in 2005. This is indicative of the strength of the
company's markets and improved operating efficiency.
    Earnings before tax from the buildings segment were $8.7 million in 2006,
as compared to $4.4 million in 2005. The $4.3 million improvement in earnings
was distributed among the various branch offices, as a result of management's
increased focus on the bottom line in each region.
    Stuart Olson finished the year with $422.0 million of work-in-hand, after
entering the year with work-in-hand of $138.1 million at December 31, 2005.
During 2006 the company secured a further $575.1 million of contracts, and
executed and took into revenue $291.2 million. The company's backlog grew
substantially in 2006 as a result of new contracts to build educational and
healthcare infrastructure, commercial food distribution facilities and civic
recreational facilities in Alberta and British Columbia.

    Industrial General Contracting
    ------------------------------
    During 2006 the Corporation continued with the implementation of its
renewal strategy at Triton including the hiring of Kelly Smith as the new
President and Chief Operating Officer. Additional senior management changes
have been made at the finance, fabrication and construction management levels
to support Kelly in implementing the turnaround plan.
    Triton's revenue for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $52.4 million,
declining 48.0% from $100.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2005.
Contract income margin for 2006 was 11.5%, up from 6.9% during 2005. The
margin increase was a result of the reversal in 2006 of $3.3 million of loss
provisions booked in 2005. Excluding these recoveries, contract income margin
for 2006 would have been 5.2%. Triton incurred a loss before tax of
$2.4 million for the year ended 2006, compared to a loss before tax of
$0.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. Earnings before tax were
negatively impacted by the decrease in revenue as a result of volume and
contract scope restrictions, in addition to losses recorded on several
construction and fabrication contracts.
    Triton entered the year with $23.7 million of work-in-hand. For the year
ended December 31, 2006 the company secured a further $41.9 million of
contracts, and executed $52.4 million of contractual work. As a result, the
company had $13.2 million of work-in-hand to carry over into 2007.
Management's turnaround strategy for Triton involves the recognition of the
individual business units within Triton as independent, quality focused profit
centers. Going forward each unit will have its own business development
objectives and cost management responsibilities. Management expects that as
the year progresses, the current level of work-in-hand should increase to
reflect the new operating strategy.

    Industrial Insulation Contracting
    ---------------------------------
    Industrial Insulation Contracting operates under three business units -
Fuller Austin, Northern Industrial Insulation and Lakehead Insulation - all
providing insulation related contracting services for capital projects and
maintenance work.
    Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2006 increased to $77.7 million,
compared to $74.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2005. Activity
levels during 2006 benefited from the completion of an upgrader project and an
ethanol facility for two key clients. Contract income increased 37.3% to
$11.4 million up from $8.3 million for the comparable period. Fuller Austin's
Saskatchewan operations generated improved margins in 2006, which contributed
to an overall increase in the contract income margin percentage to 14.7%,
versus 11.1% in 2005. The company expects contract income margins to be in the
range of 15.5% to 16.5% during 2007, noting that the overall margin for 2005
and part of 2006 was reduced, by the inclusion of larger contracts at lower
margins than in prior years.
    Earnings before tax increased by 100% to $5.4 million for the year ended
December 31, 2006, compared to earnings before tax of $2.7 million for 2005.
The primary reason for the improved earnings was increased regional activity
from Fuller Austin in Saskatchewan and Manitoba and increased activity by
Northern Industrial, all occurring at higher margin levels.
    Industrial Insulation Contracting began 2006 with work-in-hand of
$26.8 million. For the year ended December 31, 2006, they secured a further
$65.9 million of contracts, and executed $77.7 million, leaving a backlog of
$15.0 million of work-in-hand at December 31, 2006.

    Industrial Electrical Contracting
    ---------------------------------
    Laird generated record revenues and earnings in 2006. Company revenue
increased by $30.3 million to $110.1 million, an increase of 38.0% over the
$79.8 million reported for 2005. Contract income increased from $8.9 million
in 2005 to $11.6 million in 2006, due to the higher volume of activity.
Contract income margin percentage declined slightly to 10.5% as compared to
11.1% in 2005.
    Laird achieved earnings before tax of $4.4 million for the year ended
December 31, 2006 compared to earnings before tax of $2.7 million in 2005. The
increase in earnings is a result of higher contract income, over and above the
additional administrative expenses required to manage this increased level of
activity.
    Laird's recorded work-in-hand of $43.6 million at the end of 2006 is
$15.1 million or 25.7% lower than the $58.7 million of work-in-hand at the
conclusion of 2005. New contract awards of $95.0 million were secured in the
current year, and $110.1 million of work was executed. The majority of the
company's revenue and work-in-hand is related to oil sands projects in its
core Fort McMurray market. The company has successfully diversified its
customer base such that it is presently active on multiple oil sands sites for
various clients.

    Corporate and Other
    -------------------
    In 2006, the Corporate and Other segment incurred $3.5 million of
indirect and administrative expenses, including net interest costs. These
costs were unchanged from the prior year as the Corporation continues to make
investments in computer systems and process re-engineering to meet the growing
level of activity in its infrastructure and industrial companies.

    CASH FLOW, FINANCING, CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS, LIQUIDITY

    Cash and equivalents at December 31, 2006 totaled $50.4 million, which
compares with $29.2 million at the end of 2005. Of the $50.4 million of cash
and equivalents, $10.7 million was subject to deemed trust conditions under
the British Columbia Lien Act, compared to $9.9 million for the previous year.
    Cash provided from operating activities increased by $28.1 million as a
result of $25.2 million of cash generated from operations in 2006, compared to
$2.9 million of cash used in operations during 2005. This change reflects the
improved operating results that occurred in 2006 and overall cash positive
changes in the balances of the working capital accounts.
    Investing activities resulted in a use of cash of $7.9 million during
2006 which compares with cash used of $1.8 million in 2005. The increase in
cash used was due to the classification of $4.0 million as a long-term asset
due to a contractual restriction in its use, and $3.9 million expended in 2006
compared to $2.6 million in the prior year for property, plant and equipment.
    During the year, the Corporation increased its line of credit from
$12.0 million to $21.0 million with advances bearing interest at the bank's
prime rate plus 1%. At year end, the Company had drawn $12.0 million of this
line of credit. Additionally, a leasing facility of $3.0 million was added to
the agreement, to be used specifically for the lease of equipment.
    Cash generated from financing activities amounted to $4.0 million,
compared to $22.2 million in 2005. Proceeds received under the line of credit
amounted to $24.6 million while repayments totaled $20.4 million. $1.0 million
was added to long-term debt during the year. As at December 31, 2006 long-term
debt including the current portion amounted to $4.3 million, compared to
$2.9 million at the end of 2005. The increase is due to increased use of
finance contracts and leases to acquire vehicles and equipment by the
Corporation. During 2006, the Corporation repaid $0.7 million of long-term
debt and $0.7 million of the demand term loan. These payments were in
accordance with the repayment schedules and the contractual obligations as
described in previous quarters and the 2005 Annual Report. Stock options
exercised by directors and officers of the Corporation contributed $0.2
million to the cash generated from financing.
    As at December 31, 2006, Churchill had positive working capital of
$27.4 million which was greater than the 2005 year-end working capital
position of $25.1 million. Working capital is defined as current assets less
current liabilities excluding that portion relating to any demand term loan
which is scheduled to be repaid beyond one year.

    
    Contractual Obligations
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    ($ millions)
    December 31, 2006
                                   Total  Current      2-3      4-5    After
                                             Year    years    years        5
                                                                       years
                                ---------------------------------------------
    Demand term loan(1)            $ 6.8    $ 0.8    $ 1.6    $ 1.6    $ 2.8
    Mortgage payable                 1.2      0.0      0.1      0.1      1.0
    Finance contracts and
     capital lease obligations       3.2      0.9      1.4      0.9      0.0

                                ---------------------------------------------
                                   $11.2    $ 1.7    $ 3.1    $ 2.6    $ 3.8
                                ---------------------------------------------
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    (1) The above table represents scheduled repayments.
    

    Scheduled debt repayments for 2007 are $1.7 million. During 2007, the
level of required replacement capital spending for Churchill is estimated to
be approximately $3.3 million. To support expansion and growth opportunities,
additional capital expenditures up to $5.0 million could be authorized. These
requirements are expected to be met through a combination of operating and
financing activities.
    The Corporation remains a partner in two joint ventures, with a third
having been wound down in the third quarter. In each instance the Corporation
has provided a joint and several guarantee, increasing the maximum potential
payment to the full value of the work remaining under the contract.
    Shareholders' equity was $47.7 million at December 31, 2006, as compared
to $40.2 million at December 31, 2005. These values include $7.3 million of
goodwill arising from the 2003 purchase of Laird Electric. Under the Laird
purchase agreement, 311,528 Churchill shares with a stated value of
$269 thousand were placed in escrow as a refundable deposit in the event that
Laird did not achieve a cumulative financial performance objective by
December 31, 2005. At the conclusion of 2005, the Corporation determined that
the cumulative financial performance objective was not met and this assessment
was not disputed by the vendors. Settlement by the vendors occurred via a
return of the shares of the Corporation. Share capital was reduced by
$0.3 million for shares cancelled with respect to the Laird share transaction
and offset by the exercise of stock options in the amount of $0.3 million.
Contributed surplus increased $25 thousand during the year as a result of the
accrual of stock-based compensation. Retained earnings increased from
$19.0 million at December 31, 2005 to $26.4 million reflecting the net
earnings of $8.1 million for the year reduced by $0.7 million charged to
retained earnings as a result of the Laird share transaction.
    During 2006, the Corporation granted a total of 50,000 stock options at
an average price of $3.05 per option. As at December 31, 2006, the Corporation
had outstanding 17,667,491 Common Shares and 571,667 options convertible into
Common Shares (December 31, 2005 - 17,895,686 Common Shares and
605,000 options). There were 545,082 options available for grant at December
31, 2006.
    The Corporation has an Employee Share Purchase Plan available to all
full-time employees. At December 31, 2006 the Plan held 1,385,074 Churchill
Common Shares for the employees. Under the Plan, shares are acquired in the
open market.

    SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES

    Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

    The Corporation has no off-balance sheet arrangements in place at this
time.

    Related Party Transactions

    The Corporation incurred legal fees during the year ended December 31,
2006 with a law firm of which a director of the Corporation is also a partner.
The fees were for services rendered in the ordinary course of business. The
amount paid during the year was $214 thousand (2005 - $183 thousand). At
December 31, 2006, $32 thousand was included in accounts payable.
    The Corporation incurred fees of $3 thousand (2005 - $14 thousand) paid
to a company under the control of a director of the Corporation.
    The Corporation incurred facility costs of $120 thousand (2005 -
$60 thousand) relating to rental of a building which is owned by a director of
the Corporation.
    During the year, the Corporation incurred rental costs of $21 thousand
(2005 - $24 thousand) related to market rental payments for housing provided
to a senior officer who maintained offices in both Calgary and Edmonton.


    
                         CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    As at December 31,
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    ($ thousands)                                          2006         2005
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    ASSETS
    Current assets
      Cash and equivalents                           $   50,387   $   29,177
      Accounts receivable                                83,369       72,417
      Inventories and prepaid expenses                    1,174        1,724
      Costs in excess of billings                           620       13,127
      Income taxes recoverable                                -        3,310
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                                                        135,550      119,755

    Long-term cash and equivalents                        4,000            -
    Future income tax assets                                631          435
    Property and equipment                               17,816       15,556
    Refundable deposit                                        -        1,000
    Goodwill                                              7,315        7,315
    Intellectual property                                   189            -
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                                                     $  165,501   $  144,061
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    LIABILITIES
    Current liabilities
      Line of credit                                 $   12,000   $    7,780
      Accounts payable                                   86,191       81,775
      Income taxes payable                                4,327            -
      Future income tax liability                         3,902        3,706
      Demand term loan                                    6,825        7,540
      Current portion of long-term debt                     917          597
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                                                        114,162      101,398

    Long-term debt                                        3,419        2,301
    Future income tax liabilities                           231          143
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                                                        117,812      103,842
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    SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
    Share capital                                        15,508       15,472
    Contributed surplus                                   5,779        5,754
    Retained earnings                                    26,402       18,993
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                                                         47,689       40,219
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                                                     $  165,501   $  144,061
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                     CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS


    For the years ended December 31,
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    ($ thousands, except per share amounts)                2006         2005
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    Contract revenue                                 $  531,290   $  479,820
    Contract costs                                      480,129      440,015
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    Contract income                                      51,161       39,805

    Interest income                                         896          250
    Sundry income                                           369          858
    Indirect and administrative expenses                (36,123)     (31,735)
    Depreciation and amortization                        (2,666)      (2,765)
    Interest expense                                       (945)        (991)
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    Earnings before income taxes                         12,692        5,422
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    Income tax expense
      Current income tax                                 (4,464)       3,321
      Future income tax                                     (88)      (4,949)
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                                                         (4,552)      (1,628)
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    Net earnings                                     $    8,140   $    3,794
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    Net earnings per Common Share
      Basic                                          $     0.46   $     0.24
      Fully diluted                                  $     0.45   $     0.24
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                 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF RETAINED EARNINGS


    For the years ended December 31,
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    ($ thousands)                                          2006         2005
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    Retained earnings, beginning of period           $   18,993   $   15,199
    Net earnings                                          8,140        3,794
    Return of Laird escrowed shares                        (731)           -
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    Retained earnings, end of period                 $   26,402   $   18,993
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                    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW


    For the years ended December 31,
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    ($ thousands)                                          2006         2005
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    OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    Net earnings                                     $    8,140   $    3,794
    Non-cash items
      Depreciation and amortization                       2,666        2,765
      Gain on disposal of equipment                          (5)         (13)
      Gain on disposal of properties for sale                 -         (620)
      Future income tax                                      88        4,949
      Stock-based compensation                              110          376
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                                                         10,999       11,251

    Net change in accounts receivable, inventories
     and prepaid expenses                               (10,402)       4,847
    Net change in accounts payable                        4,416       14,412
    Net change in costs in excess of billings            12,507      (31,064)
    Net change in income taxes payable/recoverable        7,637       (2,356)
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                                                         25,157       (2,910)
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    INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    Proceeds on disposal of property for sale                 -          723
    Long-term cash and equivalents                       (4,000)           -
    Proceeds on disposal of equipment                       226           24
    Additions to intellectual property                     (252)           -
    Additions to property and equipment                  (3,896)      (2,573)
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                                                         (7,922)      (1,826)
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    FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    Proceeds under line of credit                        24,570        7,780
    Repayments under line of credit                     (20,350)           -
    Issuance of short-term debt                               -        7,000
    Issuance of long-term debt                              967        9,011
    Repayment of long-term debt                            (717)      (9,520)
    Repayment of demand term loan                          (715)        (260)
    Redemption of term deposit                                -        4,000
    Issuance of common shares                               220        4,183
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                                                          3,975       22,194
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    Increase in cash                                     21,210       17,458
    Cash, beginning of period                            29,177       11,719
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    Cash, end of period                              $   50,387   $   29,177
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    SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION
    Cash paid (received) during the year for:
      Interest expense                               $      957   $    1,239
      Income taxes                                   $   (3,173)  $     (965)
    


    The Churchill Corporation provides building construction, industrial
construction and maintenance services throughout western Canada. Churchill
common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CUQ".

    TERMINOLOGY

    Throughout this Press Release, and other documents referred to,
management uses the following terms which do not have any standardized meaning
under Canadian GAAP as set out in the CICA Handbook. Specifically, the terms
"contract income margin percentage", "work-in-hand", "working capital" and
"EBITDA" have been defined as:

    Contract income margin percentage is the percentage derived by dividing
contract income by contract revenue. Contract income is calculated by
deducting all associated direct and indirect costs from contract revenue in
the period.

    Work-in-hand is the unexecuted portion of work that has been
contractually awarded to the Corporation. It includes contracts that have been
awarded but not yet commenced construction, as well as an estimate of the
revenue to be generated from maintenance contracts during the shorter of (a)
twelve months, or (b) the remaining life of the contract.

    Working capital is defined as current assets less current liabilities
excluding that portion relating to any demand term loan which is scheduled to
be repaid beyond one year.

    EBITDA is equal to earnings before interest expense, taxes, depreciation
and amortization. This measure as reported by the Corporation may not be
comparable to similar measures presented by other reporting issuers.


    FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

    Certain statements in this Fourth Quarter Report may constitute
"forward-looking statements". Although management of the Corporation believes
its expectations regarding future performance of the Corporation are based on
reasonable assumptions and currently available financial and economic data,
market conditions and operating plans, it can give no assurance that its
expectations will be achieved. Such forward-looking statements involve risk,
uncertainties and other factors that might cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of the Corporation to vary significantly from any
future results, performances or achievements expressed or implied in any
forward-looking statements.





For further information:

For further information: Peter F. Adams, Ph.D., P.Eng., Chairman and
Interim Chief Executive Officer, The Churchill Corporation, (780) 454-3667,
www.churchillcorporation.com


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