Taiga's fiscal year 2017 margin percentage improved to 8.8%

BURNABY, BC, June 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Taiga Building Products Ltd. ("Taiga" or the "Company") today reported its financial results for fiscal year ended March 31, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2017 Earnings Results

The Company's consolidated net sales for the year ended March 31, 2017 were $1,224.0 million compared to $1,364.3 million for the last fiscal year. The decrease in sales by $140.3 million or 10.3% was largely due to the ceased operations relating to one of the Company's business units.

Gross margin for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 decreased to $107.3 million from $117.0 million in the previous year.  Gross margin percentage increased to 8.8% in the current year compared to 8.6% in the previous year. The gross margin percentage improved due to an increase in commodity prices.

Net earnings for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 decreased to $8.0 million from $11.7 million last year primarily due to decreased gross margin. EBITDA for the year ended March 31, 2017 was $40.0 million compared to $45.0 million last year.

Fourth Quarter Ended March 31, 2017 Earnings Results   

Sales for the fourth quarter increased to $286.1 million from $279.9 million in the same quarter last year. The current year's fourth quarter benefited from higher product selling prices.

Gross margin for the fourth quarter was $24.2 million compared to $24.0 million in the same quarter last year.  Gross margin percentage for the fourth quarter was 8.5% compared to 8.6% for the same quarter last year. 

Net earnings for the fourth quarter decreased to $0.2 million compared to $0.7 million in the same quarter last year.  EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $7.8 million compared to $8.6 million in the same quarter last year.

Dividend

In light of weaker economic forecasts in Canada and the impact of the housing market in Alberta, the Board of Directors has decided not to declare and pay the first instalment payment of its semi-annual dividend policy with respect to the 2017 fiscal year's net earnings. The decision regarding the second instalment payment with respect to the 2017 fiscal year's net earnings will be addressed in early January 2018.

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Earnings

For the Fiscal Years Ended



March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share amounts)


2017

2016

Sales


1,223,978

1,364,322

Gross margin


107,267

117,015

Distribution expense


22,344

21,380

Selling and administration expense


49,767

55,287

Finance expense


5,204

5,456

Subordinated debt interest expense


16,772

16,350

Other income


(619)

(466)

Earnings before income taxes


13,799

19,008

Income tax expense


5,809

7,288

Net earnings


7,990

11,720

Net earnings per share(1)


0.25

0.36

EBITDA(2)


40,029

45,035

 

The following is the reconciliation of net earnings to EBITDA:





March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)




2017

2016

Net earnings




7,990

11,720

Income tax expense




5,809

7,288

Finance and subordinated debt interest expense




21,976

21,806

Amortization




4,254

4,221

EBITDA




40,029

45,035

 

For the Three Months Ended



March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share amounts)


2017

2016

Sales


286,052

279,882

Gross margin


24,164

24,005

Distribution expense


5,720

5,380

Selling and administration expense


12,044

11,168

Finance expense


1,507

1,293

Subordinated debt interest expense


4,510

4,088

Other income


(241)

(49)

Earnings before income tax


624

2,125

Income tax expense


375

1,410

Net earnings


249

715

Net earnings per share(1)


0.01

0.02

EBITDA(2)


7,784

8,566

 

The following is the reconciliation of net earnings (loss) to EBITDA:





March 31,

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)




2017

2016

Net earnings




249

715

Income tax expense




375

1,410

Finance and subordinated debt interest expense




6,017

5,381

Amortization




1,143

1,060

EBITDA




7,784

8,566


Notes:
(1)  Earnings per share is calculated using the weighted average number of shares.
(2)  Reference is made above to EBITDA, which represents earnings before interest, taxes, and amortization. As there is no generally accepted method of calculating EBITDA, the measure as calculated by Taiga might not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other issuers. EBITDA is presented as management believes it is a useful indicator of a company's ability to meet debt service and capital expenditure requirements and because management interprets trends in EBITDA as an indicator of relative operating performance. EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined in accordance with IFRS.

 

The foregoing selected financial information is qualified in its entirety by and should be read in conjunction with, our audited consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2017 and accompanying notes and management's discussion and analysis which will be available shortly on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

SOURCE Taiga Building Products Ltd.

For further information: For further information regarding Taiga, please contact: Mark Schneidereit-Hsu, CFO and VP, Finance & Administration, Tel: 604.438.1471, Email: mschneidereit@taigabuilding.com

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