Prestige Telecom reports record sales and pre-tax earnings in the first quarter of fiscal 2010



    BAIE D'URFE, QC, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Prestige Telecom Inc. ("Prestige"
or "the Company") (TSX-V:PR) today announced unaudited financial results for
the first quarter of fiscal 2010, which ended June 30, 2009, and filed its
MD&A for the period. All figures are in Canadian dollars.
    Sales for the first quarter were $31.1 million, an increase of 166% over
the first quarter of a year ago. The record level of sales reflected the
addition of business from Radian Communication Services (Canada) Limited
("Radian"), and strong organic growth in each of its engineering, installation
and aerial construction businesses. For the first quarter, EBITDA(1) was a
record $3.0 million, compared to EBITDA of $0.4 million last year. The EBITDA
margin was a very healthy 9.5%, and reflected high utilization rates, as well
as procurement, workforce and efficiency cost savings as part of the ongoing
integration of Radian.
    Earnings before income taxes for the first quarter were $0.9 million.
Income taxes recorded were $0.8 million, of which $0.4 million was a non-cash
expense from a recovery of future income tax assets. Reported net earnings
were $0.1 million, or $0.00 per share. This compared to a net loss of $1.5
million, or a loss of $0.03 per share, a year ago. The Company anticipates
that its effective tax rate and cash tax expense will be reduced in future
quarters once it has completed a review and restructuring of all its legal
entities following the acquisition activity of the past two years. The Company
also noted that its tax loss carryforwards exceed $30 million.
    Mr. Pierre Yves Méthot, President and CEO of Prestige, said, "We are very
pleased to report on our progress for the beginning of our new fiscal year.
These results clearly demonstrate that with the integration of Radian now well
under way, we have both the capability to serve our customers with full
lifecycle infrastructure services and the financial model to generate bottom
line profitability."
    He added, "Our addressable market continues to grow rapidly. We continue
to see increased outsourcing opportunities from the wireline segment and with
the wireless industry having invested $4 billion in new spectrum last year, we
expect incumbents and new entrants to continue to invest in network
infrastructure to utilize that spectrum over the next several years. For
example, new entrants have started to issue requests for quote ("RFQ") to
develop their networks and have also announced partnerships with equipment
manufacturers. We have streamlined our workforce and made excellent progress
in procurement savings, and we will continue to extend quality systems
throughout our organization in order to profitably take advantage of these
market opportunities."
    The Company noted that, as expected, its operating results compared
favourably with the previous quarter, which was negatively impacted by
significant one-time costs associated with the integration and restructuring
activities from the acquisition of Radian. On a sequential basis, operating
results now reflect most of the synergies of combining Radian with Prestige as
the gross margin in Q1 of fiscal 2009 was 24.7% compared to 15.9% in Q4 of
fiscal 2009, and general and administrative expenses were $4.6 million
compared to $6.4 million in the previous quarter.
    The Company said that its liquidity remains strong. Cash flow provided by
operating income was $2.1 million. Working capital increased by $3.8 million
due primarily to the growth in work in process reflecting increased activity
across all operating segments. Prestige had drawn $11.5 million of its $16
million revolving credit facility and the Company expects to have sufficient
liquidity to fund operations and growth to at least March 31, 2011. At June
30, 2009, assets were $53.5 million, shareholders' equity was $14.4 million
and net debt was $24.1 million. Total shares outstanding were unchanged from
the end of the previous fiscal year at 118.1 million.

    
    (1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization,
        stock-based compensation, foreign exchange, transaction and
        reorganization costs
    

    About Prestige Telecom Inc.

    Prestige Telecom is a leading provider of network engineering, materials
furnishing, installation and support services (commonly referred to as EF&I
services) required to construct, operate and maintain wireline, wireless and
cable television networks. Prestige assists telecommunications original
equipment manufacturers and service providers to engineer, install and upgrade
their infrastructures to support enhanced voice, high speed data and video
services. Prestige Telecom also provides technical and aerial services to the
Canadian communications and broadcast industries, including tower supply,
engineering, site construction, and infrastructure and equipment maintenance.
    In Canada, Prestige has over 750 professional and technical personnel
operating from fifteen service locations in eight (8) provinces. Prestige's
head office is located in Baie d'Urfé (Montreal), Quebec.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with
respect to the Company. Such forward-looking statements are dependent upon a
certain number of factors and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Actual
results may differ from those expected. The information contained in this
press release is dated July 28, 2009 the date on which the Directors approved
the press release. Management does not assume any obligation to update or
revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information
or future events, except when required by the regulatory authorities.

    
    Note to readers: Complete unaudited consolidated financial statements and
    Management's Discussion & Analysis of Financial Position and Operating
    Results were posted on SEDAR and are available at www.sedar.com.

    The TSX Venture Exchange accepts no responsibility for the adequacy or
    the accuracy of this press release.
    




For further information:

For further information: Pierre Yves Méthot, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer, Prestige Telecom Inc., (514) 457-4488, Ext. 277,
pymethot@prestige-tel.com

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