TSX Venture Exchange Symbol "LOY"
TORONTO, May 24, 2012 /CNW/ - Loyalist Group Limited (TSX-V: LOY) ("Loyalist Group" or the "Corporation"), an emerging consolidator of private ESL schools, is pleased to announce its financial results for the 1st quarter ended March 31, 2012. Financial statements and MD&A will be available on the SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
The three months ended March 31, 2012 saw an increase in revenue and reduction of operating expenses to the budget, resulting in a net income of $498,593. Loyalist's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) is $560,840. The increase in revenue resulted from the acquisitions of the previous year and the establishment of overseas locations in Japan, South Korea, and Brazil. The reduction in staff salaries and benefits and the relocation of schools contributed to the decrease of operating expenses to the budget.
"We proved that we have the right strategy- deep and narrow roll ups with restructuring by eliminating overlapping positions and real-estate to maximize efficiency. Loyalist Group successfully completed several acquisitions with intelligent restructurings, and positioned itself to become a leading consolidator in the private ESL school sector. We have taken further steps to gain market share domestically and expand internationally toward our vision of becoming the leading Canadian private education provider," said Andrew Ryu, CEO of Loyalist Group Limited.
|As at||March 31, 2012||December 31, 2011|
|For the three months ended||March 31, 2012||March 31, 2011|
|Foreign exchange loss||(858)||(1,994)|
|Unrealized gain (loss) on investments||-||(2,025)|
|Net earnings (loss)||498,593||(377,530)|
|Net earnings (loss) per share||0.011||(0.009)|
As a result of several acquisitions completed during 2011, both revenues and expenses increased compared to the 2011 figures. The Corporation generated a net income of $498,593 for the three months ended March 31, 2012 compared to a net loss of $377,530 for the three months ended March 31, 2011. Details are described below:
- The Corporation's revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2012 were $3,299,922 compared to $375,971 for the three months ended March 31, 2011, an increase of 777.7%, resulting from acquisitions of Western Town College Ltd. ("WTC"), PGIC Vancouver Studies Inc. ("PGIC"), Pacific Gateway Career College Inc. ("PGCC") and Universal College of Language Inc. ("UCL") in 2011. These acquisitions contributed $1,666,101, $1,138,985 and $260,928 of revenue, respectively, for the three months ended March 31, 2012.
- The Corporation's expenses for the three months ended March 31 were $2,800,471, an increase of 274% compared to $749,482 for 2011. The increase in operating expenses is in line with the increase in revenue and year 2011 acquisitions.
Three Months Ended March 31, 2012
- Continued the process of optimizing its operations through reorganization by reducing the number of employees, merging campus locations, and amalgamating its administration and accounting departments.
- Secured a loan for $500,000 with Windsor Private Capital Limited Partnership ("Windsor"), bearing interest at Royal Bank of Canada's prime rate plus 10% per annum for a one-year term.
- Successfully completed the acquisition of WTC, PGIC, PGCC and UCL.
- Established its wholly-owned operating subsidiary in South Korea
Subsequent Business Highlights
- Entered into a follow-on loan agreement with Windsor for an additional $500,000 loan, bearing the same interest as the above loan with a 14-month term.
About Loyalist Group (TSXV: LOY)
Loyalist Group owns and operates private ESL schools both in Toronto and Vancouver. Run by experienced professionals in the private education sector, Loyalist Group provides educational services with an emphasis on teaching: (i) English as a Second Language courses for international students, (ii) training programs for teachers, commonly known as TESOL, (iii) professional development courses, and (iv) corporate English for professionals.
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This news release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Canadian securities laws. Such forward-looking information and statements are not representative of historical facts or information or current condition, but instead represent only the Corporation's beliefs regarding future events, plans or objectives, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of the Corporation's control. Generally, such forward-looking information or statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "plans", "expects" or "does not expect", "is expected", "budget", "scheduled", "estimates", "forecasts", "intends", "anticipates" or "does not anticipate", or "believes", or variations of such words and phrases or may contain statements that certain actions, events or results "may", "could", "would", "might" or "will be taken, "will continue", "will occur" or "will be achieved". The forward-looking information contained herein includes, but is not limited to, information with respect to prospective financial performance, anticipated capital funding and sources, proposed or potential acquisitions, estimated operating and sales costs, estimated market drivers and demand, business prospects and strategy, new markets for growth and financial position. By identifying such information and statements in this manner, the Corporation is alerting the reader that such information and statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such information and statements. Any number of important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements as well as future results, including but not limited to: risks related to any of the Corporation's announced acquisitions failing to close or becoming delayed before closing; the Corporation's reliance on its South Korean contract; carrying on business and activities in international jurisdiction where Canadian laws do not apply; any loss of certain key personnel; levels of student enrolment; delays in rolling out the online education programs; competition in the educational services market; and currency fluctuations. Although the Corporation has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information and statements, there may be other factors that cause results not to be as anticipated, estimated or intended. Although the Corporation believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing, and the expectations contained in, the forward-looking information and statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and statements, and no assurance or guarantee can be given that such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such information and statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking information or statements contained in this press release. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof, and the Corporation does not undertake to update any forward-looking information that is contained or referenced herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except in accordance with applicable securities laws. All subsequent written and oral forward looking information and statements attributable to the Corporation or persons acting on its behalf is expressly qualified in its entirety by this notice.
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