MDA reports second quarter 2013 results

RICHMOND, BC, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. ("MDA" or the "Company") (TSX: MDA), a global communications and information company, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Consolidated revenues this quarter were $450.4 million, resulting in operating earnings1 of $43.3 million ($1.20 per share). This is compared to consolidated revenues of $164.0 million and operating earnings of $28.6 million ($0.90 per share) for the second quarter of last year. Net earnings under IFRS for the second quarter of 2013 were $31.1 million compared to a net loss of $1.3 million for the same period of last year. The results for the current year period include the activities of SSL, which the Company acquired on November 2, 2012.

Funded order backlog at June 30, 2013 was $3.0 billion (March 31, 2013 - $3.0 billion; December 31, 2012 - $2.2 billion). Since April 1, 2013, the Company has booked four contracts to provide communications satellites. Two of these contracts were included in order backlog at June 30, 2013.

The Company has declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.65 per common share payable on September 30, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on September 13, 2013.

Financial Highlights

Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
($ millions, except per common share amounts) 2013 20122 2013 20122
Consolidated revenues 450.4 164.0 879.0 336.0
Operating earnings1 43.3 28.6 85.1 57.5
Operating earnings per share1 1.20 0.90 2.50 1.81
Net earnings (loss) 31.1 (1.3) 33.4 31.8
Net earnings (loss) per share, basic and diluted 0.86 (0.04) 0.98 1.00
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:      
Basic and diluted3 36.0 31.8 34.1 31.8
1 See section "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" in this earnings release.
2 Comparative prior period information has been restated for retrospective application of amendments to IAS 19, Employee Benefits. The International Accounting Standards Board amended IAS 19 for annual accounting periods beginning January 1, 2013, with retrospective application.
3 On March 27, 2013, the Company closed a public offering of 4,145,750 common shares at a price of $69.40 per share for gross proceeds of $287.7 million.

MDA's condensed consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2013 are available at:

About MDA

MDA is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's well-established global customer base is served by more than 4,500 employees operating from 11 offices located in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company's common shares trade under the symbol TSX:MDA.

Investor/Analyst Conference Call

MDA President and CEO Daniel Friedmann and Executive Vice President and CFO Anil Wirasekara will be available on a Conference Call today, July 31, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. Pacific (5:30 p.m. Eastern) to explain the financial results of the Company and to answer questions.

To participate, dial toll free 1-888-390-0546
In Toronto, dial 416-764-8688

The Conference Call will also be Webcast live at:

Telephone replay will be available from July 31, 2013 5:30 p.m. (PDT), 8:30 p.m. (EDT) to August 14, 2013 11:59 p.m. (PDT), August 15, 2013 2:59 a.m. (EDT) at the following numbers:

Toll Free:  1-888-390-0541
Toronto:  416-764-8677
Password:  030395

Related Websites:

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

In addition to results reported in accordance with IFRS, the Company discloses operating earnings and operating earnings per share as supplemental indicators of its financial performance.

The Company defines operating earnings as net earnings excluding the after-tax effects of specified items affecting comparability, including, where applicable, non-operational income and expenses, share-based compensation, fair value adjustments on financial instruments not subject to hedge accounting, and other gains or losses. The use of the term "non-operational income and expenses" is defined by the Company as those that do not impact operating decisions taken by the Company's management and is based upon the way the Company's management evaluates the performance of the Company's business for use in the Company's internal management reports. Operating earnings per share is calculated using diluted weighted average shares outstanding and does not represent actual earnings per share attributable to shareholders. The Company believes that the disclosure of operating earnings and operating earnings per share allows investors to evaluate the operational and financial performance of the Company's ongoing business using the same evaluation measures that its management uses, and is therefore a useful indicator of the Company's performance or expected performance of recurring operations.

Operating earnings and operating earnings per share do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company cautions readers to consider these non-IFRS financial measures in addition to, and not as an alternative for, measures calculated in accordance with IFRS.

Three months ended
June 30,
Six months ended
June 30,
($ millions, except per common share amounts) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Operating earnings 43.3 28.6 85.1 57.5
Operating earnings per share 1.20 0.90 2.50 1.81
Items affecting comparability:        
Amortization of acquisition related intangible assets (7.4) - (14.7) -
Business acquisition costs - (1.9) (1.9) (1.9)
Write-off of bank facility fees - - (3.1) -
Share-based compensation (6.3) (31.9) (36.8) (28.7)
Fair value adjustments on equity forward contracts - 6.0 - 5.1
Foreign exchange timing differences on certain
   project-related foreign exchange forward contracts
   not subject to hedge accounting
1.9 0.0 2.2 (0.3)
Foreign exchange loss on translation of
   intercompany balances
(1.2) (4.1) (1.5) (0.7)
Foreign exchange loss on translation of foreign
   currency long-term debt and cash balances
(0.4) 0.0 (3.9) (1.2)
Tax on items affecting comparability 1.2 2.0 8.0 2.0
Net earnings (loss) 31.1 (1.3) 33.4 31.8

Forward-Looking Statements

This earnings release and the associated conference call and webcast, which includes a business update, second quarter 2013 results, and question and answer session, may contain certain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect the current view of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (the "Company" or "MDA") with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "would", "could", "should", "expect", "intend", "estimate", "anticipate", "plan", "foresee", "believe" or "continue" or the negatives of such terms or variations of them or similar terminology. Any such forward-looking statements are based on MDA's current expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions made in light of its experience and perception of historical trends. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond MDA's control and the effects of which can be difficult to predict. MDA's actual results of operations could differ materially from historical results or current expectations.

Any such forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations. MDA cautions readers that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary significantly from those expected. The risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: changes in government policies, priorities, funding levels, contracts or regulations; failure of third party subcontractors to complete contracts for which the Company is the prime contractor; risks of performance on firm fixed price construction contracts; changes in estimates of total revenues and costs on contracts; potential for product liability or the occurrence of defects in products or systems and resulting loss of revenue and harm to the Company's reputation; quality issues and failure of systems to meet performance requirements; failure of the Company to manage its acquisitions and breaches of contracts and indemnities and related risks on divestitures; partial or complete satellite failure; dependence on electronic systems and data and system security threats; detrimental reliance on third parties for data; dependence on key employees, potential for work stoppages and lack of oversight over a U.S. proxy board and management; failure to anticipate changes in technology, technical standards and offerings or comply with the requisite standards; failure to maintain technological advances and market positions; significant competition; potential infringement of the intellectual property rights of others through licensed software or otherwise; inadequate protection of the Company's intellectual property rights; exposure to foreign currency fluctuations; changes in law and economic and political conditions; inability of suppliers or subcontractors to effect technology transfer; changes in customer security requirements and the resulting cancellation of contracts; failure to maintain business alliances; uncertainty in financing arrangements; failure of counterparties in financing arrangements and financial derivative contracts and potential breach of financial covenants in credit agreements and note purchase agreements; wrongful call on letters of credit and performance bonds; insufficient insurance against material claims or losses; and exposure to fines and/or legal sanctions under anti-corruption laws.

The risks specific to the operation of MDA's wholly-owned subsidiary Space Systems/Loral, LLC ("SSL") that could cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to: significant competition in the satellite manufacturing market; unanticipated changes in SSL's end-user markets; inclusion of satellite performance incentives in many of SSL's customer contracts; failure to maintain technological advances that meet its customers' changing requirements; potential that SSL's satellites will not be successfully developed or manufactured; potential for component failure or performance issues on SSL's on-orbit satellites and resulting loss of revenue and harm to SSL's reputation; SSL's future operating results are dependent on the growth in the businesses of its customers and on its ability to sell to new customers; SSL's contracts are subject to adjustments, cost overruns and termination; certain of SSL's customers are highly leveraged and may not fulfill their contractual payment obligations with SSL; many of SSL's costs are fixed and SSL may not be able to cut costs sufficiently to maintain profitability in the event of a downturn in its business;  the availability of facility space and qualified personnel may affect SSL's ability to perform its contracts as efficiently as planned; SSL's ability to obtain certain satellite construction contracts depends, in part, on its ability to provide the customer with financing; reliance on key suppliers to provide certain component parts; changes in regulations, telecommunication standards and laws due to political and economic instability in the countries in which SSL conducts business; reliance on patents and potential infringement of third party patents by SSL; and changes in U.S. and foreign laws and regulations, including U.S. export control and economic sanction laws, governing SSL's business.

You are referred to the risk factors described in MDA's most recent annual Management's Discussion and Analysis, Annual Information Form and other documents on file with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities, available on SEDAR, or The forward-looking statements and information contained in this earnings release and the associated conference call and webcast represent MDA's views only as of today's date. MDA disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, other than as required by law, rule or regulation. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

The Toronto Stock Exchange has neither approved nor disapproved the form or content of the earnings release or the associated conference call and webcast.

SOURCE: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

For further information:

Wendy Keyzer
MDA External Relations
(604) 231-2743


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