Foraco announces Q4 & full year 2014 results

Positive Free Cash Flow (Q4 & FY 14)

TORONTO and MARSEILLE, France, March 3, 2015 /CNW/ - Foraco International SA (TSX:FAR) (the "Company" or "Foraco"), a leading global provider of mineral drilling services, today reported unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter 2014. All figures are reported in US Dollars (US$), unless otherwise indicated.

Three months Q4 2014 Highlights

Revenue

  • Q4 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 40.1 million compared to US$ 47.1 million in Q4 2013. This 15% decrease is mainly linked to the US$ foreign exchange vs functional currency in each region. Excluding this impact, revenue decreased by 5% only.
  • The utilization rate was 33% in Q4 2014 compared to 26% in Q4 2013.

Profitability


  • Q4 2014 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 0.3 million (or 1% of revenue) compared to US$ 1.7 million in Q4 2013 (or 4% of revenue). This decrease resulted from continued pressure on selling prices, extra costs mainly linked to mobilizations and early demobilizations on some projects. On a positive side, the effect of the fixed operational cost savings resulted in a reduced under absorption of fixed costs compared to the same quarter last year.
  • SG&A costs excluding one non-recurring item decreased by 19% between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014, mainly as a result of the continued implementation of the company-wide cost cutting action plans.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was US$ 1.8 million in Q4 2014 compared to US$ 4.0 million in Q4 2013.
  • EBIT was US$ (5.2) million in Q4 2014 compared to US$ 3.3 million in Q4 2013. Adjusted EBIT was US$ (5.1) million in Q4 2014 compared to US$ (4.9) million in Q4 2013.
  • Capital expenditure was US$ 3.2 million in Q4 2014 compared to US$ 2.7 million in Q4 2013. These Capex are primarily related to new projects started in Q4 2014 and continuing into 2015.

FY 2014 Highlights

Revenue

  • FY 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 185.5 million compared to US$ 247.8 million in FY 2013, a decrease of 25% (19% excluding the effect of foreign exchange). Revenue decreased as a result of the continued market contraction and pressure on prices.
  • The average utilization rate was 34% for FY 2014 compared to 36% for FY 2013.

Profitability

  • FY 2014 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 7.1 million (or 4% of revenue) compared to US$ 2.0 million in FY 2013. The Company fully benefited from the positive effect of the fixed operational costs reduction which compensated some under absorption of fixed costs.
  • SG&A costs excluding one non-recurring item decreased by 22% between FY 2013 and FY 2014, mainly as a result of the continued implementation of the company-wide cost cutting action plans.
  • The FY 2014 adjusted EBITDA was US$ 14.6 million compared to a US$ 10.8 million adjusted EBITDA1 in FY 2013, an increase of 35%. EBIT was US$ (17.5) million in FY 2014 compared to US$ (2.2) million in FY 2013. Adjusted EBIT was US$ (17.4) million in FY 2014 compared to US$ (29.2) million in FY 2013. Capital expenditures were US$ 10.2 million in FY 2014 compared to US$ 11.0 million in FY 2013.

Cash flow and net debt


  • Free cash flow positive by US$ 4.4 million after US$ 10.1 million Capex.
  • Total reduction of net debt was US$ 25.2 million during 2014, from US$ 121.9 million as at December 31, 2013 to US$ 96.7 million as at December 31, 2014.
  • On February 12, 2015 the Company signed an agreement with a group of eight French Banks this primarily consisted of securing the roll-over of short-term credit facilities, securing bank guarantee lines, and postponing installments due in connection with long term debts by 24 months through increasing the duration of these debts.

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1

The definition of the adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT, non IFRS measures, is provided on page 15.



 

"The fourth quarter of 2014 has been characterized by contrasting dynamics. In certain geographic areas, the Company benefited from its well adapted positioning and secured significant contracts. In other regions, activity continued to be penalized by harsh market conditions and stop and go from clients. We generated positive free cash flows during the quarter and for the full year 2014 despite an annual utilization rate of 34% and extra costs mainly linked to mobilizations and early termination on some projects" commented Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and co-CEO of Foraco. "We have observed that the market prices continue to remain at non sustainable levels. At year-end, our order backlog was US$ 226.7 million, of which US$ 118.6 million is expected to be executed during the 2015 fiscal year. We continue to focus on consolidating our client relationships and maintaining the high quality of our services".

"Since the downturn in the market, we have set up two priorities on the financial side: the company-wide cost cutting action plan which was substantially completed during the year represents estimated annual cost savings of US$ 38 million compared to the period before implementation. Between December 2014 and February 2015, we successfully achieved our second objective which was to adapt our financial structure through renegotiation of our debt. We are pleased to report that these two objectives have been attained providing us with two years of headroom" commented Jean-Pierre Charmensat, co-CEO and Chief Financial Officer. "Furthermore, these negotiations were carried out at favorable conditions thus protecting the shareholders' long term interests. As at December 31, 2014, the net debt amounted to US$ 96.7 million, a significant reduction compared to US$ 121.9 million as at December 31, 2013."

Selected financial data

Financial results

(In thousands of US$)
(unaudited)


Three-month period ended
December 31,


Year ended
December 31,



2014


2013


2014


2013










Revenue


40,094


47,122


185,525


247,757



















Gross profit (1)


285


1,729


7,093


2,005

As a percentage of sales


0.7%


3.7%


3.8%


0.8%










EBITDA


1,688


12,200


14,408


37,791

As a percentage of sales


4.2%


25.9%


7.8%


15.3%










Adjusted EBITDA


1,839


4,005


14,559


10,771

As a percentage of sales


4.6%


8.5%


7.8%


4.3%










Operating profit / (loss)


(5,209)


3,333


(17,516)


(2,215)

As a percentage of sales


-13.0%


7.1%


-9.4%


-0.9%



















Profit / (loss) for the period


(5,895)


4,910


(19,412)


488



















Attributable to:









Equity holders of the Company


(2,653)


5,573


(16,155)


(1,508)

Non-controlling interests


(3,242)


(663)


(3,257)


1,996










EPS (in US cents)









Basic


(3.00)


6.31


(18.28)


(1.71)

Diluted


(3.00)


6.32


(18.28)


(1.71)


(1)

includes amortization and depreciation expenses related to operations



 

Revenue

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q4 2014


% change


Q4 2013


FY 2014


% change


FY 2013

Reporting segment












Mining...................................................

35,704


-19%


43,883


163,660


-31%


237,720

Water...................................................

4,390


36%


3,239


21,865


118%


10,037

Total revenue....................................

40,094


-15%


47,122


185,525


-25%


247,757













Geographic region












South America.....................................

9,894


-24%


13,067


54,074


-33%


80,397

Asia Pacific..........................................

12,519


-15%


14,770


48,022


-19%


59,189

Europe, Middle East and Africa...........

9,611


-8%


10,401


46,989


-29%


66,417

North America.....................................

8,070


-9%


8,884


36,440


-13%


41,754

Total revenue...................................

40,094


-15%


47,122


185,525


-25%


247,757













 

Q4 2014

Q4 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 40.1 million compared to US$ 47.1 million in Q4 2013, a decrease of 15% or 5% excluding the foreign exchange impact.

Revenue in South America amounted to US$ 9.9 million in Q4 2014 (US$ 13.1 million in Q4 2013), a decrease of 24%. In Brazil, the decrease was 38% mainly due to the early demobilization of some contracts. Activity in Chile was stable and the Company mobilized a new contract in Argentina.

In Asia Pacific, Q4 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 12.5 million, a decrease of 15% (8% at constant foreign exchange) mainly due to pressure on selling prices.

In EMEA, revenue decreased by 8%, from US$ 10.4 million in Q4 2013 to US$ 9.6 million in Q4 2014. Excluding the foreign exchange impact, revenue increased by 10% compared to the same quarter last year.

Revenue in North America decreased by 9% in US$ but only 2% in Canadian dollars. Junior activity remains bleak.

FY 2014

FY 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 185.5 million compared to US$ 247.8 million in FY 2013, a decrease of 25% (19% excluding the effect of foreign exchange). This revenue decrease which was a result of the continued market contraction, foreign exchange impact and pressure on selling prices, was mainly recorded in Q2 and Q3.

Revenue in South America amounted to US$ 54.1 million in FY 2014 (US$ 80.4 million in FY 2013), a decrease of 33%. In Chile, the decrease of 16% was mainly linked to the termination of two troubled contracts. The Company mobilized a new contract in Argentina. In Brazil, revenue decreased by 36% due to the evaporation of the junior market  in Q2 and Q3 2014, the completion of certain projects in Q3 and Q4 2014, and the early demobilization of some contracts during Q4 2014.

In Asia Pacific, FY 2014 revenue amounted to US$ 48.0 million, a decrease of 19%. In Australia, activity was impacted by pressure on selling prices. After a slow start the Company signed two large multi-year multi-rig contracts. In New Caledonia, the second quarter suffered from local disturbances including the temporary closure of a large nickel mine.

In EMEA, revenue decreased by 29%, from US$ 66.4 million in FY 2013 to US$ 47.0 million in FY 2014. This is mainly due to the reduced activity in the mining segment across West Africa (-60%) which was partly offset by the increased activity in the water segment (+191%).

Revenue in North America decreased by 13% in US$ but only by 6% in Canadian dollars.

Gross profit

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q4 2014


% change


Q4 2013


FY 2014


% change


FY 2013

Reporting segment












Mining.........................................................

104


n/a


2,157


5,059


198%


1,697

Water.........................................................

181


n/a


(428)


2,034


n/a


308

Total gross profit ..................................

285


n/a


1,729


7,093


254%


2,005

 

Q4 2014

Q4 2014 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 0.3 million (or 1% of revenue) compared to US$ 1.7 million in Q4 2013 (or 4% of revenue). This decrease resulted from continued pressure on selling prices, extra costs mainly linked to mobilizations and early demobilizations on some projects. On a positive side, the effect of the fixed operational cost savings resulted in a reduced under absorption of fixed costs compared to the same quarter last year.

FY 2014

FY 2014 gross profit including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 7.1 million (or 4% of revenue) compared to US$ 2.0 million in FY 2013. There were no one-off costs during the period and the Company fully benefited from the positive effect of the fixed operational cost reduction which compensated some under absorption of fixed costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)


Q4 2014


% change


Q4 2013


FY 2014


% change


FY 2013














Selling, general and administrative expenses


6,033


-8%


6,591


25,148


-20%


31,240

 

Q4 2014

SG&A costs decreased by US$ 0.6 million between Q4 2013 and Q4 2014. Excluding a one-off provision concerning a junior mining company located in Africa, SG&A decreased by US$ 1.2 million (or 19%). These savings are mainly the result of the continued implementation of the company-wide cost cutting action plans.

FY 2014

SG&A costs decreased by US$ 6.1 million between FY 2013 and FY 2014 or by US$ 6.8 million excluding certain provisions for claims and doubtful debt recorded in Q4. These savings are mainly the result of the continued implementation of the company-wide cost cutting action plans.

Operating profit

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q4 2014


% change


Q4 2013


FY 2014


% change


FY 2013

Reporting segment












Mining ................................................................

(4,805)


n/a


4,214


(16,635)


n/a


(1,172)

Water..................................................................

(404)


-54%


(881)


(881)


-15%


(1,043)

Total operating profit / (loss) ......................

(5,209)


n/a


3,333


(17,516)


n/a


(2,215)

Total operating profit / (loss) adjusted .....

(5,058)


4%


(4,882)


(17,365)


-41%


(29,235)

 

Q4 2014

During the quarter the Company recorded certain provisions for claims and doubtful debt amounting to US$ (3.1) million partially offset by the impact of the remeasurement of the second tranche of Servitec amounting to US$ 2.9 million (US$ 8.2 million in Q4 2013).

Adjusted Operating profit / (loss) decreased by US$ (0.2) million and can be explained as follows:

-  (i) Net impact of reduced activity and pricing



US$



(4.5)


million

-  (ii) Fixed operational costs reduction    



US$



3.1


million

-  (iii) Reduction in SG&A costs          



US$



1.2


million

-   Total variance      



US^



(0.2)


million

 

FY 2014

Operating loss decreased by US$ (11.6) million, going from an adjusted operating loss of US$ (29.2) million in FY 2013 to US$ (17.7) million in FY 2014. The reduced activity including the impact of exchange rate fluctuations was partially compensated for by the reduction in fixed operational and SG&A costs.

Financial position

The following table provides a summary of the Company's cash flows for FY 2014 and FY 2013:

(In thousands of US$)



FY 2014



FY 2013








Cash generated from operations before working capital requirements



15,047



10,898

Working capital requirements, interest and tax



(22)



(2,383)

Net cash flow generated by operating activities



15,025



13,281








Purchase of equipment in cash



(10,121)



(11,063)

Consideration payable related to acquisitions



(500)



-

Net cash used in investing activities



(10,621)



(11,063)








Free cash flow



4,404



2,218








Debt variance



(16,008)



11,118

Acquisition of treasury shares



-



(1,556)

Dividends paid



(1,086)



(5,983)

Net cash generated by / used in financing activities



(17,094)



3,579








Net cash variation



(12,690)



5,797








Foreign exchange differences



(1,611)



(4,168)








Variation in cash and cash equivalents



(14,301)



1,629

 

In FY 2014, the net cash flow generated by operating activities amounted to US$ 15.0 million compared to US$ 13.3 million for FY 2013.

During the year, the Company acquired maintenance Capex for US$ 10.1 million in cash and US$ 0.5 million through capital leases compared to a total of US$ 11.1 million in cash purchases during FY 2013.

As at December 31, 2014, cash and cash equivalents totaled US$ 23.2 million compared to US$ 37.5 million as at December 31, 2013. Cash and cash equivalents are held at or invested within top tier financial institutions.

As at December 31, 2014, net debt amounted to US$ 96.7 million (US$ 121.9 million as at December 31, 2013). The ratio of debt (net of cash) to shareholders' equity decreased from 0.69 as at December 31, 2013 to 0.67 as at December 31, 2014.

On December 31, 2014, financial debts and equivalents amounted to US$ 119.9 million (US$ 159 million as at December 31, 2013). The financial debt also includes the present value of the consideration payable in 2015 for the acquisition of the remaining Servitec shares which were reduced to US$ 0.5 million following the remeasurement of the second tranche and payable in March 2015.

On February 12, 2015, an agreement was reached with the lenders representing all of Foraco International's and its French subsidiaries' debts, resulting in the postponement by 24 months of € 24.8 million (US$ 30.1 million) of installments due in connection with long term debts through increasing the duration of these debts. This agreement also resulted in securing the roll-over of short-term credit facilities and bank guarantee lines.

As part of this agreement, a new covenant (IFRS Net Debt to EBITDA should be below 5.07) related to acquisition loans at December 31, 2015 was agreed, the margins on short term loans will increase by 20 bps and an excess cash flow clause was included. Additionally, the Company committed not to pay dividends before October 31, 2016.

As at December 31, 2014, financial debt is as follows (in thousands of US$):

Maturity

Credit
lines

January 1,
2015 and
December
31, 2015

January 1,
2016 and
December
31, 2016

January 1,
2017 and
December
31, 2017

January 1,
2018 and
December
31, 2018

January 1,
2019 and
December
31, 2019

Total

Drawn credit lines rolled over on a yearly basis

5,093

-

-

-

-

-

5,093

Long term financing related to:








- Drawn credit lines rolled over confirmed for at least 12 months

48,452

-

-

-

-

-

48,452

- Brazil acquisition


-

-

3,890

3,890

3,890

11,669

- Australia acquisition


-

6,078

6,078

6,078

6,078

24,310

- Acquisition of fixed assets


3,864

4,966

8,695

6,741

3,976

28,242

- Acquisition of fixed assets through capital leases


1,096

264

180

60

(0)

1,599









Total

53,545

4,960

11,307

18,842

16,768

13,943

119,365



(*) 

The non-current portion of long term debt, i.e. from January 1, 2016 onwards, is US$60,860 thousand



The Company now has used and unused short-term credit facilities amounting to US$ 68.9 million, of which US$ 53.5 million was drawn down as of December 31, 2014.

Going concern and impairment testing

Current economic conditions make forecasting difficult, and there is the possibility that the Company's actual operating performance during the coming year may be different from expectations. Based on internal forecasts and projections that take into account reasonably possible changes in the Company's operating performance, the Company believes that it has adequate financial resources to continue in operation and meet its financial commitments for a period of at least twelve months provided it continues to benefit from the support of its lenders. The next testing date for the bank covenants is December 31, 2015. The Company's negotiations with its lenders in France successfully came to a close on February 12, 2015. The objective to adapt its debt structure so as to better match its future cash flow generation was obtained. Accordingly, the Company continues to adopt the going concern basis in preparing its financial statements.

The current economic conditions in mining services are seen as an indicator of potential impairment of the carrying value of the Company's long lived assets. Accordingly, an impairment test was performed at the level of each reporting segment and geographic region. The assumptions used involve a considerable degree of estimation on the part of management. The most significant assumptions include revenue per rig, EBITDA margin, discount rate and long term growth. The assumptions for 2015, 2016 and 2017 are based on management's business plan. From 2018 onwards, the Company used the 8-year actual historical performance in order to determine its revenue per rig and EBITDA margin. Management considers that this provides a reasonable factual basis for the purpose of impairment testing. On this basis, no impairment was deemed necessary.

Currency exchange rates

The exchange rates for the periods under review are provided in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Q4 2014.

Non-IFRS measures

EBITDA represents Net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash share based compensation expenses. EBITDA is a non-IFRS quantitative measure used to assist in the assessment of the Company's ability to generate cash from its operations. The Company believes that the presentation of EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the drilling industry. EBITDA is not defined in IFRS and should not be considered to be an alternative to Profit for the period or Operating profit or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT exclude the impact resulting from (i) the remeasurement of the contribution payable for Servitec, (ii) a non-recurring provision corresponding to a claim in Brazil, and (iii) a one-off bad debt in Africa.

Net debt corresponds to the current and non-current portions of borrowings and the consideration payable related to acquisitions, net of cash and cash equivalents.

Reconciliations of the various non IFRS measures are as follows:

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBIT

(In thousands of US$)

(unaudited)


Q4 2014


Q4 2013


FY 2014


FY 2013

Operating profit / (loss).............................................................


(5,209)


3,333


(17,516)


(2,215)

Depreciation expense ...............................................................


6,712


8,553


30,810


38,303

Non-cash employee share-based compensation......................


185


314


1,114


1,703










EBITDA ....................................................................................


1,688


12,200


14,408


37,791










Impact resulting from the remeasurement of the contribution
payable for Servitec..................................................................


 

(2,902)


 

(8,195)


 

(2,902)


 

(27,020)










Non-recurring provision for claim and doubtful debt................


3,053


-


3,053


-










Adjusted EBITDA..................................................................


1,839


4,005


14,559


10,771

Adjusted EBIT.......................................................................


(5,058)


(4,862)


(17,365)


(29,235)

 

Net debt:


Q4 2014


Q3 2014


Q2 2014


Q1 2014


Q4 2013

Cash and cash equivalents..................................

23,225


26,163


29,154


28,853


37,526

Borrowings – Non-current portion.......................

(109,312)


(55,107)


(62,256)


(65,761)


(68,556)

Borrowings – Current portion..............................

(10,053)


(72,775)


(71,493)


(79,278)


(74,194)

Consideration payable related to acquisitions ....

(528)


(3,430)


(3,430)


(3,430)


(16,670)











Total net debt ..................................................

(96,667)


(105,149)


(108,025)


(119,616)


(121,894)

 

Outlook

As at December 31, 2014 the Company's order backlog for continuing operations was US$ 226.7 million, of which US$ 118.6 million is expected to be executed during the FY 2015.

The Company's order backlog consists of sales orders. Sales orders are subject to modification by mutual consent and in certain instances orders may be revised by customers. As a result the order backlog of any particular date may not be indicative of actual operating results for any subsequent period.

Conference call and webcast

On March 3, 2015, Company Management will conduct a conference call at 10:00 am ET to review the financial results. The call will be hosted by Daniel Simoncini, Chairman and CEO, and Jean-Pierre Charmensat, Vice-CEO and CFO.

You can join the call by dialing1-888-231-8191 or 647-427-7450. You will be put on hold until the conference call begins. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be available through http://www.newswire.ca/en/webcast/detail/1435283/1595077 or on our website.

An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

About Foraco International SA

Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) is a leading global mineral drilling services company that provides a comprehensive and reliable service offering in mining and water projects. Supported by its founding values of integrity, innovation and involvement, Foraco has grown into the third largest global drilling enterprise with a presence in 23 countries across five continents. For more information about Foraco, visit www.foraco.com.

"Neither TSX Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

Caution concerning forward-looking statements         

This document may contain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements and information include estimates, forecasts, information and statements as to Management's expectations with respect to, among other things, the future financial or operating performance of the Company and capital and operating expenditures. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "plans", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "budget", and "scheduled" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees and there can be no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 31, 2014, which is filed with Canadian regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to Foraco or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.

SOURCE Foraco International SA

For further information: Brenda Patterson - Mack, Email: patterson@foraco.com, Tel: (647) 351-5483

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