Major Drilling reports record annual and quarterly revenue

MONCTON, NB, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ – Major Drilling Group International Inc. (TSX: MDI) today reported results for its fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, ended April 30, 2012.

Highlights

In millions of Canadian dollars (except earnings per share) Q4-12 Q4-11 Fiscal 2012 Fiscal 2011
Revenue $237.2 $137.3 $797.4 $482.3
Gross profit 78.5 34.9 251.1 120.4
As percentage of revenue 33.1% 25.4% 31.5% 25.0%
EBITDA(1) 57.0 22.9 174.4 73.5
As percentage of revenue 24.0% 16.7% 21.9% 15.2%
Net earnings 30.7 9.5 89.7 27.6
Earnings per share $0.39 $0.13 $1.18 $0.39

(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (see "non-gaap measures")

  • Major Drilling posted the highest quarterly revenue in its history at $237.2 million, up 73% from the $137.3 millionrecorded for the same quarter last year.  Record annual revenue of $797.4 million was recorded, an increase of 65% over last year.
  • Gross margin percentage for the quarter was 33.1% compared to 25.4% for the corresponding period last year.
  • EBITDA increased 149% to $57.0 million for the quarter compared to the corresponding period last year.
  • Net earnings for the quarter were at $30.7 million, an increase of 225% over last year.  Net earnings for fiscal 2012 increased 225% to $89.7 million ($1.18 per share), an annual record.

"We are pleased to report record annual and quarterly revenue.  Revenue in the quarter grew year-over-year by 73% to$237 million.  Despite poor weather conditions in Canada, Mongolia and Australia, as well as more shifting between contracts than usual, margins were at 33.1%.  We saw our EBITDA for the quarter increase by two and half times compared to the corresponding period last year to $57 million.  All regions contributed to this growth.  Earnings for the quarter were $30.7 million despite a foreign exchange loss of $1.3 million and depreciation costs increasing by more than 50%," said Francis McGuire, President and CEO of Major Drilling.

"Fiscal 2012 was a very satisfying year as the Company continued to increase its investments in productive equipment and in training and safety.  At year end, we posted record revenue of $797 million and record earnings of$89.7 million.  In September, the Company also completed the largest acquisition in its history with the purchase of the Bradley operations and we will see the full impact of this acquisition in our next fiscal year."

"Looking forward, the demand for drilling services from the senior mining houses continues to be strong.  The demand for specialized drilling from the senior mining houses, particularly in Latin America and Africa, continues to grow as our customers need to replace their reserves.  At the end of April, the utilization rate for our specialized drills stood at 75%, very close to the maximum utilization rate.  We foresee adding several more rigs to our recently established branch in West Africa and in addition, we will continue to make in-roads drilling for coal and iron ore customers.  As junior miners become more cautious in their spending given the difficulty in accessing capital, we anticipate that senior miners will represent a greater proportion of our drilling projects going forward.  Should our senior customers follow through with their current stated plans, we could add up to 75 rigs to our fleet over the coming year as part of our capital expenditures estimated at some $100 million, the highest level in our history.  While we are optimistic that our senior customers will continue with their projects, we are well aware of the present volatility in the financial markets, and the ability of those customers to modify their plans on short notice, at which point we would adjust our capital expenditure plans accordingly."

"Overall, we continue to expect growth for specialized drilling in the year ahead.  While financing difficulties for junior mining ventures will moderate our growth over the short-term, it also provides a strong upside potential when their exploration activities pick up, as they must, if the mining industry is to provide the world with the resources it needs toward the end of the decade."

Fourth quarter ended April 30, 2012

Total revenue for the fourth quarter was $237.2 million compared to $137.3 million recorded for the prior year period.  All of the Company's regions contributed to this growth as did the newly acquired Bradley operations.

Revenue from Canada-U.S. drilling operations was up 105% to $106.7 million for the quarter compared to the same period last year.  In Canada, the Bradley acquisition accounted for more than half of the increase but the existing Canadian operations also saw increased activity levels although mitigated by mild weather.  U.S. operations continued its strong growth, particularly with its senior mining customers.

In South and Central America, revenue for the quarter was $73.3 million, up 45% from the prior year quarter.  This increase was driven by stronger activity levels in Mexico, Chile and Argentina, combined with additional contracts inColombia and Suriname from the Bradley acquisition.

Australian, Asian and African drilling operations reported revenue of $57.3 million, up 65% from the same period last year.  The revenue increase came primarily from Australia and new operations in Mozambique, Burkina Faso and Democratic Republic of the Congo ("DRC").

The overall gross margin percentage for the quarter was 33.1% compared to 25.4% for the same period last year. New pricing on contracts that were signed or renewed for this calendar year reflected the current stronger pricing environment.  Also, our training and recruitment efforts allowed the Company to increase the number of shifts in the field during the quarter. Margins were somewhat impacted by weather issues and more shifting between jobs than usual.

General and administrative costs were $16.0 million for the quarter compared to $11.3 million in the same period last year.  The increase was due to the acquisition of Bradley, the addition of new operations in Burkina Faso,Mozambique and the DRC and also increased costs to support the strong growth in activity levels.

Other expenses were $4.0 million, up from $1.6 million in the prior year quarter, due primarily to higher incentive compensation expenses given the Company's increased profitability.

Foreign exchange loss was $1.3 million compared to a gain of $0.7 million in the prior year period. The loss was due to the effect of exchange rate variations on monetary working capital items.

Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $12.6 million for the quarter compared to $8.2 million for the same quarter last year. A significant portion of the increase relates to the acquisition of Bradley, including the amortization of intangible assets, which are amortized over four years. Investments in equipment over the last year account for the rest of the increase.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this news release, the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA and EBITDA margin. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to both management and investors in measuring the financial performance of the Company. These measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and therefore they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other publicly traded companies, and should not be construed as an alternative to other financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP.

Some of the statements contained in this press release may be forward-looking statements, such as, but not limited to, those relating to worldwide demand for gold and base metals and overall commodity prices, the level of activity in the minerals and metals industry and the demand for the Company's services, the Canadian and international economic environments, the Company's ability to attract and retain customers and to manage its assets and operating costs, sources of funding for its clients, particularly for junior mining companies, competitive pressures, currency movements, which can affect the Company's revenue in Canadian dollars,  the geographic distribution of the Company's operations, the impact of operational changes, changes in jurisdictions in which the Company operates (including changes in regulation), failure by counterparties to fulfill contractual obligations, and other factors as may be set forth, as well as objectives or goals, and including words to the effect that the Company or management expects a stated condition to exist or occur. Since forward-looking statements address future events and conditions, by their very nature, they involve inherent risks and uncertainties. Actual results in each case could differ materially from those currently anticipated in such statements by reason of factors such as, but not limited to, the factors set out in the discussion on pages 17 to 20 of the 2011 Annual Report entitled "General Risks and Uncertainties", and such other documents as available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. All such factors should be considered carefully when making decisions with respect to the Company. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements, including those statements that are incorporated by reference herein, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time by or on its behalf, except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, Major Drilling Group International Inc. is one of the world's largest metals and minerals contract drilling service companies. To support its customers' mining operations, mineral exploration and environmental activities, Major Drilling maintains operations on every continent.

Financial statements are attached.

Major Drilling will provide a simultaneous webcast of its quarterly conference call on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at9:00 AM (EDT).  To access the webcast please go to the investors/webcast section of Major Drilling's website atwww.majordrilling.com and click the attached link, or go directly to the CNW Group website at www.newswire.ca  for directions.  Participants will require Windows MediaPlayer, which can be downloaded prior to accessing the webcast.  Please note that this is listen only mode.

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share information)
(unaudited)
Three months ended
April 30
Twelve months ended
April 30
2012 2011 2012 2011
TOTAL REVENUE $ 237,238 $ 137,258 $ 797,432 $ 482,276
DIRECT COSTS 158,786 102,345 546,306 361,857
GROSS PROFIT 78,452 34,913 251,126 120,419
OPERATING EXPENSES
General and administrative 16,024 11,323 57,980 40,963
Other expenses 4,019 1,577 16,055 7,582
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 54 50 1,370 (377)
Gain on sale of investment (313) (313)
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 1,338 (672) 1,319 (892)
Finance costs 707 399 3,367 1,275
Depreciation and amortization 12,641 8,177 42,604 30,919
34,783 20,541 122,695 79,157
EARNINGS BEFORE INCOME TAX 43,669 14,372 128,431 41,262
INCOME TAX – PROVISION
Current 11,215 4,101 24,592 13,548
Deferred 1,723 805 14,090 122
12,938 4,906 38,682 13,670
NET EARNINGS $ 30,731 $ 9,466 $ 89,749 $ 27,592
EARNINGS PER SHARE
Basic  * $ 0.39 $ 0.13 $ 1.18 $ 0.39
Diluted  ** $ 0.38 $ 0.13 $ 1.16 $ 0.38
*Based on 79,129,765 and 71,794,149 daily weighted average shares
outstanding for the quarter ended April 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively
and on 76,074,556 and 71,530,882 daily weighted average shares
outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2012 and 2011, respectively.
The total number of shares outstanding on April 30, 2012 was 79,147,378.
** Based on 80,326,601 and 72,984,266 daily weighted average shares
outstanding for the quarter ended April 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively,
and on 77,102,194 and 72,253,591 daily weighted average shares
outstanding for the fiscal year to date 2012 and 2011, respectively.
Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Earnings
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(unaudited)
Three months ended
April 30
Twelve months ended
April 30
2012 2011 2012 2011
NET EARNINGS $ 30,731 $ 9,466 $ 89,749 $ 27,592
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS
Unrealized (losses) gains on foreign currency translations (net of tax) (7,989) (7,942) 1,871 (3,662)
Unrealized gain on interest swap (net of tax) 240 121
COMPREHENSIVE EARNINGS $ 22,982 $ 1,524 $ 91,741 $ 23,930

 

 

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
For the twelve months ended April 30, 2011 and 2012
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(unaudited)
Sharecapital Reserves Share-based
paymentsreserve
Retained
earnings
Foreign currency
translation reserve
Total
BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2010 $ 144,919 $ – $ 9,236 $ 153,358 $ – $ 307,513
Exercise of stock options 5,723 (1,558) 4,165
Share-based payments reserve 2,602 2,602
Dividends (10,525) (10,525)
150,642 10,280 142,833 303,755
Comprehensive earnings:
Net earnings 27,592 27,592
Unrealized losses on foreign currency translations (3,662) (3,662)
Total comprehensive earnings 27,592 (3,662) 23,930
BALANCE AS AT APRIL 30, 2011 $ 150,642 $ – $ 10,280 $ 170,425 $ (3,662) $ 327,685
BALANCE AS AT MAY 1, 2011 $ 150,642 $ – $ 10,280 $ 170,425 $ (3,662) $ 327,685
Exercise of stock options 2,932 (909) 2,023
Share issue (net of issue costs) 77,189 77,189
Share-based payments reserve 2,426 2,426
Dividends (13,365) (13,365)
230,763 11,797 157,060 (3,662) 395,958
Comprehensive earnings:
Net earnings 89,749 89,749
Unrealized gains on foreign currency translations 1,871 1,871
Unrealized gain on interest rate swap 121 121
Total comprehensive earnings 121 89,749 1,871 91,741
BALANCE AS AT APRIL 30, 2012 $ 230,763 $ 121 $ 11,797 $ 246,809 (1,791) $ 487,699

 

 

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(unaudited)
Three months ended
April 30
Twelve months ended
April 30
2012 2011 2012 2011
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Earnings before income tax $ 43,669 $ 14,372 $ 128,431 $ 41,262
Operating items not involving cash
Depreciation and amortization 12,641 8,177 42,604 30,919
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment 54 50 1,370 (377)
Share-based payments reserve 660 696 2,426 2,602
Finance costs recognized in earnings before income tax 707 399 3,367 1,275
57,731 23,694 178,198 75,681
Changes in non-cash operating working capital items (28,158) (17,769) (32,787) (22,553)
Finance costs paid (708) (399) (3,432) (1,275)
Income taxes paid (11,262) (5,221) (27,502) (4,748)
Cash flow from operating activities 17,603 305 114,477 47,105
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
Repayment of long-term debt (1,573) (1,815) (17,390) (8,939)
Proceeds from long-term debt 10,000 25,000 10,000
Repayment of short-term debt (7,847) (3,131) (12,988) (3,131)
Proceeds from short-term debt 10,400
Issuance of common shares 1,073 2,753 79,212 4,165
Dividends paid (11,525) (9,993)
Cash flow (used in) from financing activities (8,347) 7,807 62,309 2,502
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Business acquisitions (net of cash acquired) (1,825) (1,209) (76,304) (3,776)
Acquisition of property, plant and equipment (net of direct financing) (21,097) (22,053) (81,129) (62,571)
Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment 517 569 2,228 4,498
Cash flow used in investing activities (22,405) (22,693) (155,205) (61,849)
Effect of exchange rate changes 269 (1,371) (559) (1,775)
(DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH (12,880) (15,952) 21,022 (14,017)
CASH, BEGINNING OF THE PERIOD 50,117 32,167 16,215 30,232
CASH, END OF THE PERIOD $ 37,237 $ 16,215 $ 37,237 $ 16,215

 

 

Major Drilling Group International Inc.
Interim Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As at April 30, 2012 and 2011 and May 1, 2010
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
(unaudited)
April 30, 2012 April 30, 2011 May 1, 2010
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS
Cash $ 37,237 $ 16,215 $ 30,232
Trade and other receivables 159,770 100,300 62,128
Income tax receivable 3,314 2,720 10,053
Inventories 95,905 69,864 63,170
Prepaid expenses 7,476 8,439 4,813
303,702 197,538 170,396
PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT 318,171 235,473 198,935
DEFERRED INCOME TAX ASSETS  2,859 11,575 9,379
GOODWILL  54,946 28,316 26,475
INTANGIBLE ASSETS 6,295 1,235 1,074
$ 685,973 $ 474,137 $ 406,259
LIABILITIES
CURRENT LIABILITIES
Trade and other payables $ 115,805 $ 88,599 $ 53,992
Income tax payable 3,142 4,297 2,830
Short-term debt 7,919
Current portion of long-term debt 8,712 8,402 8,887
127,659 109,217 65,709
CONTINGENT CONSIDERATIONS 2,760 2,612 2,011
LONG-TERM DEBT 42,274 16,630 15,041
DEFERRED INCOME TAX LIABILITIES  25,581 17,993 15,985
198,274 146,452 98,746
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital 230,763 150,642 144,919
Reserves 121
Share-based payments reserve 11,797 10,280 9,236
Retained earnings 246,809 170,425 153,358
Foreign currency translation reserve (1,791) (3,662)
487,699 327,685 307,513
$ 685,973 $ 474,137 $ 406,259

 

MAJOR DRILLING GROUP INTERNATIONAL INC. 
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION 
FOR THE THREE AND TWELVE MONTHS ENDED APRIL 30, 2012 AND 2011 (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
SEGMENTED INFORMATION

The Company's operations are divided into three geographic segments corresponding to its management structure,Canada – U.S., South and Central America, and Australia, Asia and Africa. The services provided in each of the reportable drilling segments are essentially the same. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in Note 4 presented in the first quarter Notes to Interim Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended July 31, 2011. Management evaluates performance based on earnings from operations in these three geographic segments before finance costs and income tax.  Data relating to each of the Company's reportable segments is presented as follows:

2012 Q4 2011 Q4 201YTD 2011 YTD
Revenue
Canada – U.S. $ 106,653 $ 52,069 $ 322,047 $ 181,280
South and Central America 73,311 50,485 251,833 169,381
Australia, Asia and Africa 57,274 34,704 223,552 131,615
$ 237,238 $ 137,258 $ 797,432 $ 482,276
Earnings from operations
Canada – U.S. $ 23,375 $ 4,918 $ 57,629 $ 21,567
South and Central America 19,061 9,653 55,790 20,188
Australia, Asia and Africa 6,553 4,108 36,365 14,716
48,989 18,679 149,784 56,471
Eliminations (235) (221) (939) (921)
48,754 18,458 148,845 55,550
Finance costs 707 399 3,367 1,275
General corporate expenses * 4,378 3,687 17,047 13,013
Income tax 12,938 4,906 38,682 13,670
Net earnings $ 30,731 $ 9,466 $ 89,749 $ 27,592
*General corporate expenses include expenses for corporate offices, stock options and certain un-allocated costs
Depreciation and amortization
Canada – U.S. $ 5,448 $ 2,814 $ 17,813 $ 10,195
South and Central America 2,406 2,447 9,877 8,708
Australia, Asia and Africa 3,428 2,645 11,672 10,593
Unallocated and corporate assets 1,359 271 3,242 1,423
$ 12,641 $ 8,177 $ 42,604 $ 30,919

 

For further information:Denis Larocque, Chief Financial Officer  
Tel: (506) 857-8636
Fax: (506) 857-9211
[email protected]