ProSep reports 2009 second quarter financial results



    MONTREAL, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - ProSep Inc. (TSX: PRP), dedicated to providing
process solutions to the oil and gas industry, today announced its financial
results for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2009. All amounts
are reported in Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

    
    Selected Highlights

    -   Subsequent to the quarter end, significantly strengthened balance
        sheet by converting $8 million principal amount of indebtedness into
        equity and raising a potential maximum of $10 million by way of a
        rights offering to shareholders, of which a minimum commitment of
        $4.8 million from a group of debenture holders has been secured.
    -   Recorded revenues of $9.3 million, a decrease of 38% from
        $15.1 million during the corresponding period of 2008. Year-to-date,
        revenues are $22.5 million, a 7% decrease from $24.2 million during
        the corresponding period in 2008.
    -   Reported gross margin of $3.7 million (40% of revenues) compared with
        $4.2 million (28%) for the corresponding period of 2008. Year-to-
        date, gross margins stand at $6.9 million (31%) compared with
        $6.8 (28%) of revenues for the corresponding period of 2008.
    -   Generated EBITDA of $0.5 million compared to $1.4 million for the
        corresponding quarter of 2008. Year-to-date, EBITDA stands at
        $0.3 million compared to $0.9 million in 2008.
    -   Recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment of $6.5 million as required
        under Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in light of
        recent decline in the Company's market capitalization and balance
        sheet restructuring initiative.
    -   Recorded net loss of $7.1 million or $0.11 per share compared with
        net loss of $0.2 million for the corresponding period of 2008. Year-
        to-date, net loss was $9.1 million or $0.14 per share compared to
        $3.5 million or $0.06 per share for the corresponding period in 2008.
        Excluding goodwill impairment charge, non-GAAP adjusted net loss for
        the second quarter of 2009 was $0.6 million and $2.6 million for the
        six-month period, an improvement on a year-to-date basis.
    -   Successful commissioning of the Company's new 55,000 square foot
        assembly shop in Houston.
    -   Announced a $1.4 million joint industry partnership with
        StatoilHydro, Total and Conoco Philips to develop a proprietary gas
        dehydration technology.
    -   Announced three contracts totalling $1 million to supply proprietary
        technologies for BP, Conoco Philips and Maersk.
    -   Sales backlog stands at $15.1 million at July 1, 2009.
    

    "With a solid balance sheet resulting from the conclusion of a financial
restructuring, a group of experienced and motivated employees and a wider
range of conventional and proprietary technologies providing robust,
innovative and efficient solutions to our clients, I believe we are in a good
position to take advantage of anticipated improvements in the oil and gas
industry and produced water treatment field," said Jacques L. Drouin,
President and CEO of ProSep Inc. "After a challenging second quarter due to
reduced capital expenditures at several of our clients, our primary focus
continues to be on rebuilding a strong backlog of new contracts as we believe
that the overall industry will revive its investment programs within the near
future. In fact, the level of activity at all of our operations has increased
as we are invited to tender on a larger number of projects and several of our
proprietary products are further along in their qualification process in the
Middle-East and are beginning to represent promising short term commercial
opportunities."

    Financial Results

    For the quarter ended June 30, 2009 ProSep reported revenues of
$9,315,971, a 38% decrease from $15,140,834 for the previous year.
Year-to-date, revenues decreased 7%, to $22,502,751 down from $24,257,877 for
the first half of 2008. Revenues were down at the Company's American
operations (particularly affected by the slowdown in US onshore and Gulf of
Mexico offshore E&P spending) to $5,211,215 in Q2-2009 down from $12,994,127
in Q2-2008. On a year-to-date basis, revenues from this business unit were
$15,230,525 compared with $20,761,390 for the corresponding period of 2008.
Second quarter revenues from Europe & Middle-East operations were $1,253,070
compared with $1,748,407 in Q2-08. On a year-to-date basis, revenues from this
operation were $2,252,537 in 2009 compared with $2,889,142 for the
corresponding period of 2008. Second quarter results from the Company's US and
Europe & Middle East operations were affected by reductions in oil and gas
capital expenditure programs delaying or postponing projects and increased
competition. ProSep continues to see encouraging results from its Asian
business. For Q2-2009, the Asia Pacific operations reported a significant
increase in revenues with sales of $2,791,023 representing a 560% increase
over Q2-08. Growth in the Company's South-East Asian operations underlines the
importance of this region, where FPSO and gas opportunities are still
important and where CAPEX spending has remained fairly strong. On a
year-to-date basis, this operation reported revenues of $5,027,075, up from
$1,240,231 for the same period last year. Since its inception in early 2007,
this business unit has gained credibility and a reputation in project
execution, resulting in invitations to tender on larger projects. Revenues
from this entity now represent more than 22% of the Company's consolidated
year-to-date revenues compared with a contribution of 5% in 2008.
    Gross margins for Q2-09 were $3,716,448 or 40% of revenues compared with
$4,229,926 or 28% of revenues for Q2-08. Year-to-date, gross margins improved
to 31% of revenues or $6,933,120 compared with 28% or $6,762,505 for the
corresponding period of 2008. Globally, these significant improvements in
gross margins are due to unusually higher labour components compared to
material cost for the contracts recognized during the period. Gross margins as
a percentage of revenues at the US operations improved for both the second
quarter at 42% for Q2-09 compared to 24% for Q2-08 and the six month period at
29% for 2009 compared to 26% for the same period last year. Gross margins as a
percentage of revenues at the Europe & Middle-East operations were 80% for
Q2-09, up from 44% in Q2-08, and 57% year-to-date, up from 37% for the
corresponding period in 2008. For the Asia Pacific operations, gross margins
as a percentage of revenues were 21% for Q2-09, down from 44% for the
corresponding quarter of 2008 when labour was an important component of
recognized contracts and 24% year-to-date, up from 18% for the corresponding
period of the previous year, reflecting higher sales levels and operational
synergies.
    Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation ("EBITDA")
stood at $473,407 for Q2-09 compared with $1,376,897 for the same period in
2008. Year-to-date, EBITDA stood at $325,757 in 2009 compared with $935,836 in
2008. This decrease results from lower revenue levels, reduced gross margins,
increased G&A expenses and sales and marketing expenses during the second
quarter of 2009.
    Sales and marketing expenses were $631,672 or 7% of revenues for Q2-09
compared with $428,991 or 3% for Q2-08. Year-to-date, sales and marketing
expenses were $1,105,651 or 5% of revenues compared with $990,055 or 4% of
revenues for the previous year. This increase is mainly related to the
introduction of a new conventional produced water line and increased resources
to support the growing level of quotation requests.
    General and administrative expenses were $2,472,232 for Q2-09 compared
with $2,210,108 for Q2-08. Also, new hires and reduced level of activity in
the European & Middle-East operations added pressure on G&A expense due to
lower staff cost allocation to contracts. Year-to-date, G&A expenses were
$5,201,079 compared with $4,319,479 for the corresponding period of 2008. A
less favourable USD exchange rate in the second quarter of 2009 and increased
expenses related to a stronger presence in Bahrain since the end of 2008
explain the variance. Finally, recent additions to Asia Pacific operations to
support the increased level of activity also impacted G&A expenses.
    Research and development expenses decreased to $139,137 in Q2-09 from
$213,930 in Q2-08. Year-to-date, R&D expenses were $300,633 compared with
$517,135. These expenses, mostly salaries, were reduced as development
activities are increasingly conducted in collaboration with industry partners.
    The Company reported a net loss of $7,147,852 or $0.11 per share for
Q2-09 compared with a net loss of $162,122 for Q2-08. Excluding goodwill
impairment, Non-GAAP adjusted net loss for the quarter was $0.6 million.
Year-to-date, net loss was $9,132,368 or $0.14 per share compared with
$3,499,936 or $0.06 per share for the corresponding period in 2008. Excluding
goodwill impairment, Non-GAAP adjusted net loss for the first six months of
2009 was $2.6 million. The increase in the Non-GAAP adjusted net quarterly
loss relates to lower revenue recognition during the second quarter, while
year-to-date improvements in Non-GAAP adjusted net loss resulted from better
cost controls.
    Basic and diluted loss per share was determined using the
weighted-average number of Common Shares outstanding during the period.
64,443,451 Common Shares were issued and outstanding at June 30, 2009 compared
to 62,556,566 at the same date in 2008. At June 30, 2009, ProSep held cash and
cash equivalents of $5,435,714 compared with $7,615,119 as at December 31,
2008.

    Balance Sheet Restructuring and Rights Offering

    Subsequent to the quarter, ProSep announced a plan to restructure its
balance sheet and provide additional liquidities. On July 16, 2009, the
Company concluded a conversion of outstanding debentures whereby $7,845,620 of
indebtedness was converted into Common Shares. As a result the Company issued
60,350,923 Common Shares and has, at the date thereof, a total of 124,794,374
Common Shares issued and outstanding. Concurrently with the amendment and
conversion of the debentures, the Company filed on July 17, 2009, a final
short form prospectus for a proposed $10 million Rights Offering to
shareholders expected to close on August 20, 2009, of which $4,480,000 has
already been secured by a group of debenture holders. Assuming full
subscription, 76,923,077 Common Shares will be issued for a total post
transaction, of up to 201,717,451 Common Shares issued and outstanding. As at
June 30, 2009, proforma cash and cash equivalents adjusted for full exercise
of the rights offering would stand at $14 million.

    Goodwill Impairment

    In light of the Company's current market capitalization and recently
announced balance sheet restructuring initiative, Canadian GAAP required the
Company to perform an interim goodwill test to consider the estimated impact
of the balance sheet restructuring transaction, estimating the anticipated
fair value of the Company using the conversion price of $0.13 from the
debenture amendment.
    Based on these estimates, the Company determined that the anticipated
value of ProSep is below its expected carrying value and that impairment loss
of goodwill was probable. Accordingly, an impairment charge of $6.5 million
was estimated and recorded in the second quarter of 2009. The final amount of
the write-down may be adjusted once management completes the analysis.

    
    Selected Financial Highlights
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    000s                     Quarter ended June 30  Six-months ended June 30
                                 2009         2008         2009         2008
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    Revenue                    $9,316      $15,141      $22,503      $24,258
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    Gross margin               $3,716       $4,230       $6,933       $6,763
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    Gross margin
     percentage of sales          40%          28%          31%          28%
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    EBITDA(*)                    $473       $1,377         $326         $936
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    EBITDA percentage of
     sales                         5%           9%           1%           4%
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    Non-GAAP adjusted net
     profit (loss)
     excluding goodwill
     impairment                 ($648)         n/a      ($2,632)         n/a
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    Net profit (loss)         ($7,148)       ($162)     ($9,132)     ($3,500)
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    Basic and diluted
     profit (loss) per share   ($0.11)      ($0.00)      ($0.14)      ($0.06)
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    Weighted average number
     of shares (basic and
     diluted)                  64,443       62,557       64,443       62,557
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                                                        June 30, December 31,
    000s As at:                                            2009         2008
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    Working capital                                      $1,694      ($6,256)
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    Total Assets                                        $53,626      $69,496
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    Long-term liabilities                               $19,759      $13,495
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    Shareholder equity                                  $10,561      $19,531
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    (*) EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure and the Company defines it as earnings
        or loss from operations excluding depreciation and amortization,
        financial charges and income taxes. Please refer to section called
        non GAAP measurement in the MD&A.
    

    ProSep filed its quarterly consolidated financial statements for the
three and six-month periods ending June 30, 2009 and related management
discussion and analysis with securities regulatory authorities. The material
will be available through SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company's website,
www.prosepinc.com.

    Conference Call and Webcast Details

    ProSep will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, August 13 at
8:30 a.m. (ET) to discuss its 2009 second quarter and six-month financial
results. To access the conference call by telephone, dial 416-644-3433 or
1-800-814-3911. A live audio webcast of the conference call will also be
available through www.prosepinc.com under the calendar of events in the news
and investor center and on www.newswire.ca. Please connect approximately 15
minutes prior to the beginning of the call to ensure participation.

    About ProSep Inc.

    ProSep Inc. is dedicated to providing process solutions to the oil and
gas industry. ProSep designs, develops, manufactures and commercializes
technologies to separate oil, water and gas generated by oil and gas
production. For more information, please visit www.prosepinc.com.

    Caution concerning forward-looking statements

    This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including
statements regarding the business and anticipated financial performance of
ProSep Inc. These statements are based, among others, on the Company's current
assumptions, expectations, estimates, objectives, plans and intentions
regarding projected revenues and expenses, the economic and industry
environments in which the Company operates or which could affect its
activities, the Company's ability to attract new clients and consumers as well
as its operating costs, raw materials and energy supplies which are subject to
a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements can generally
be identified by the use of the conditional tense, the words "may", "should",
"would", "believe", "plan", "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "estimate",
"foresee", "objective" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or
variations of them or words and expressions of similar nature. Actual results
could differ materially from the conclusion, forecast or projection stated in
such forward-looking information. These statements are subject to a number of
risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially
from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Some of the factors
that could cause such differences include but are not limited to the Company's
ability to develop, manufacture, and successfully commercialize value added
equipments and services, the availability of funds and resources to continue
its operations and pursue its projects, legislative or regulatory
developments, competition, technological change, changes in government and
economic policy, inflation and general economic conditions in geographic areas
where ProSep Inc. operates. These and other factors should be considered
carefully and undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking
statements.

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For further information:

For further information: ProSep Inc., Jacques L. Drouin, President &
CEO, (514) 522-5550 ext. 226, jdrouin@prosepinc.com; Patrice Daignault, CFO &
Corporate Secretary, (514) 522-5550 ext. 235, pdaignault@prosepinc.com

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