ST-LAMBERT, QC, May 8 /CNW/ - Roctest Ltd ("Roctest") (TSX: RTT), a
leading designer and manufacturer of high-precision sensors for the civil
engineering market and applications in the energy, healthcare and process
control industries, today announced its operational and financial results for
the three-month period ended March 27th 2009. All results are reported in
"We are very pleased with first quarter results which reflect continuing
solid revenue growth in this, one of the seasonally weakest quarter of the
year," said François Cordeau, President and CEO, Roctest. "Revenue growth was
particularly strong in the industrial sector reflecting in part record orders
for fiber optic sensors and the launch and delivery of a new smaller signal
conditioner to a long-term OEM partner specialising in the production of
microwave laboratory instruments. First quarter revenue from civil engineering
activities also continued to grow steadily, while orders for new projects,
including an important contract in Vietnam and several others in the Middle
East, were particularly strong, totalling about $4 million for the quarter,"
For the first quarter ended March 27 2009, revenue increased 13.4% to
$5.79 million, compared to $5.11 million in the same quarter of 2008. The
increase was mainly attributable to a 34.6% increase in sales for the
industrial sector and a 5.2% increase in the civil engineering sector.
Gross margin increased to 40.0% during the first quarter compared to
37.2% for the comparable period last year. This increase is mainly due to
higher volume in both the civil engineering and industrial sectors.
Sales and Administration ("S&A") totalled $1.57 million or 27.2% of
sales, compared to $1.42 million or 27.8% of sales for the first quarter of
2008. The increase of $0.15 million was mainly due to increased marketing
costs and personnel hiring activities.
For the first quarter of 2009, earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") amounted to $419,572, compared to
$231,481 in the same period in 2008.
Net earnings were $0.15 million or $0.03 per share, compared to a net
loss of $0.1 million or ($0.02) per share in the same period in 2008.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
On March 27, 2009, cash, cash equivalents and temporary investments, net
of cash advances, were $1.15 million, compared to $1.45 million at the end of
the first quarter of 2008. The decrease was mainly due to the use of
additional cash to support the increase in accounts receivable and inventories
associated with the growth in sales, partly offset by improved net income.
Roctest's working capital increased by more than $100,000 to $4.97 million at
March 27th 2009 compared to $4.86 million on December 26, 2008.
During the first quarter, the Company entered into a refinancing
arrangement for $1.85 million with the Business Development Bank of Canada
("BDC"). Proceeds have been used to reimburse outstanding loans with Roctest's
previous banker. An additional $300,000 from BDC has been received following
the end of the first quarter and will be used for additional working capital
to grow sales volume. The refinancing arrangement is also expected to
positively impact cash flow from operating activities by at least one million
dollars over the next 12 months due to improved payment terms, the effect of
which will start to be reflected in the second quarter 2009 financial
As at May 8th, 2009, the Company had 5,563,071 common shares outstanding.
With a profitable first quarter and the benefit of a strong order book at
the end of the quarter, management remains confident that, despite continuing
difficult global economic conditions, Roctest will deliver both revenue and
profit growth in 2009.
Further information relating to Roctest's 1st quarter 2009 operating
results and financial results may be found on the Company's website at
www.roctest.com and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
About Roctest Ltd
Roctest designs, manufactures and markets sensors and high-precision
measuring instruments for the civil engineering market and applications in the
energy, healthcare and process control industries. The Company is recognized
for its leading-edge technology, the quality of its technical expertise and
its product development capabilities for challenging and demanding
environments. Its products are mainly sold internationally. The shares of the
Company are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol RTT. To
reach Roctest Ltd via the worldwide web log on to www.roctest.com.
Caution concerning forward-looking statements
Except for historical information provided herein, this press release may
contain information and statements of a forward looking nature concerning the
future performance of the Company. These statements are based on suppositions
and uncertainties as well as on management's best possible evaluation of
future events, and as such involve a number of risk factors. Such factors may
include, without excluding other considerations, risks related to foreign
exchange fluctuations, evolution in customer demand for the Company's products
and services, the impact of price pressure from competitors and general market
trends, as well as economic and geopolitical changes. As a result, readers are
advised that actual results may differ from expected results. The Company does
not update or revise publicly its forward-looking statements, except as may be
required under applicable law.
For further information:
For further information: François Cordeau, President and Chief Executive
Officer, Roctest Ltd., (450) 465-1113, (450) 465-1938 fax, Email:
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