Strad Announces Fourth Quarter Results

February 28, 2019

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CALGARY, Alberta, Feb. 28, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Strad Energy Services Ltd., (“Strad” or the “Company”), an industrial matting and equipment rentals company, today announced its financial results for the year-ended December 31, 2018. All amounts are stated in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.

YEAR-END FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue increased by 2% to 119.9 million compared to $117.6 million in 2017;
  • EBITDA (1,4) increased 9% to $27.2 million compared to $25.0 million in 2017;
  • Net loss improved to $1.0 million compared with net loss of $7.3 million in 2017, including a $10.9 million impairment in the Equipment Rentals segment. Excluding the impact of the impairment, net earnings in 2018 would have been $6.9 million or $0.12 per share;    
  • Capital additions totaled $33.8 million, of which $31.3 million was deployed to maintain and grow the Company’s industrial matting fleet to meet the expected demand in Canada and the U.S.;
  • Grew the industrial matting fleet by 31% to 111,710 mats;
  • Funded debt(2) increased to $14.0 million at December 31, 2018, compared to $9.8 million at December 31, 2017. Funded debt(2) to covenant EBITDA(3) ratio was 0.5 : 1.0 at December 31, 2018; and
  • Subsequent to year-end, Strad's board approved a $6.0 million increase in the 2019 capital program, bringing total approved capital to $18.0 million for the year.

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such a term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.
  2. Funded debt includes bank indebtedness plus long-term debt plus current and long-term obligations under finance lease less cash.
  3. Covenant EBITDA, as defined in the Company's credit facility agreement, is based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA plus share based payments, plus additional one-time charges.
  4. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances.

FOURTH QUARTER FINANCIAL AND OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

  • Revenue increased by 17% to $32.3 million compared to $27.5 in 2017;
  • EBITDA (1,4) increased 110% to $10.6 million compared to $5.1 million in 2017;
  • Net loss increased to $5.4 million compared to a net loss of $3.4 million in 2017, due to a $10.9 million impairment in the Equipment Rentals segment in the quarter. Excluding the impact of the impairment, net earnings for the quarter would have been $2.5 million or $0.04 per share;
  • Commenced an industrial matting project in Canada related to the North Montney Mainline;
  • Capital additions totaled $12.2 million focused on maintaining and growing the Company's industrial matting fleet.

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such a term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.
  2. Funded debt includes bank indebtedness plus long-term debt plus current and long-term obligations under finance lease less cash.
  3. Covenant EBITDA, as defined in the Company's credit facility agreement, is based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA plus share based payments, plus additional one-time charges.
  4. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances.

“2018 marked a pivotal year for Strad as we realigned the Company to focus on high growth industrial matting, allowing us to participate in a broad range of sectors across North America including construction and the maintenance of large-scale infrastructure projects. We set a goal to grow our matting fleet by dedicating our entire growth capital budget in 2018 to Industrial Matting knowing this segment can drive growth and profitability,” said Andy Pernal, President and CEO of Strad. “The fundamentals for industrial matting remain strong in Canada and the U.S. as evidenced by our fourth quarter results. We are confident in our outlook for 2019, providing several approved infrastructure projects, such as LNG Canada and Coastal GasLink, remain on schedule with no delays in construction.”

“The fourth quarter highlighted the potential for our Industrial Matting business line to deliver high rates of return with a 110% increase in EBITDA for the segment.  In the quarter, we kicked off a large matting project in the Montney region and saw increased activity from our U.S. business.  Both of these developments contributed to a 17% increase in revenue for the quarter versus the same period in 2017,” said Michael Donovan, CFO of Strad. “With our available cash flow for the year, we ramped up our matting growth capital investments by 50% for the year, made payments on our long-term debt, and bought back 5% of our shares through our NCIB.”

   
YEAR-END FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
 
  Three months ended December 31, 2018
  Industrial Matting Equipment Rentals Corporate Total
         
Revenue $ 18,493   $ 13,810   $   $ 32,303  
Operating expenses 8,675   9,059     17,734  
Selling, general and administration 1,422   1,935   605   3,962  
Share based payments 29   40   15   84  
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment (17)   (204)   3   (218)  
Foreign exchange loss 64   78     142  
EBITDA (1) 8,320   2,902   (623)   10,599  
Depreciation and amortization (2) 3,475   14,570   208   18,253  
EBIT (3) 4,845   (11,668)   (831)   (7,654)  
Interest expense     235   235  
Income tax recovery     (2,518)   (2,518)  
Net income (loss)     1,452   (5,371)  
         
Equipment Fleet:        
Matting fleet at period end 111,710       111,710  
Average matting fleet 107,900       107,900  
Equipment fleet at period end   6,120     6,120  
Average equipment fleet   6,140     6,140  

 

  Three months ended December 31, 2017
  Industrial Matting Equipment Rentals Corporate Total
         
Revenue $ 12,492   $ 15,030   $   $ 27,522  
Operating expenses 7,110   11,951     19,061  
Selling, general and administration 994   1,353   822   3,169  
Share based payments 47   61   15   123  
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 6   7   3   16  
Foreign exchange loss 20   30   44   94  
EBITDA (1) 4,315   1,628   (884)   5,059  
Depreciation and amortization (2) 3,599   4,725   594   8,918  
EBIT (3) 716   (3,097)   (1,478)   (3,859)  
Interest expense     158   158  
Income tax recovery     (653)   (653)  
Net loss     (983)   (3,364)  
         
Equipment Fleet:        
Matting fleet at period end 85,300       85,300  
Average matting fleet 87,020       87,020  
Equipment fleet at period end   6,200     6,200  
Average equipment fleet   6,070     6,070  

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such a term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business.
  2. Included in depreciation and amortization for the three months ended December 31, 2018, are impairment charges of $10.9 million related to the impairment of Equipment Rentals assets during the fourth quarter of 2018.
  3. Earnings before interest and tax (“EBIT”) is an additional measure under IFRS, see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.

(in thousands of Canadian dollars)

  Year-ended December 31, 2018
  Industrial Matting Equipment Rentals Corporate Total
         
Revenue $ 60,463   $ 59,459   $   $ 119,922  
Operating expenses 33,826   44,056     77,882  
Selling, general and administration 5,197   6,960   2,987   15,144  
Share based payments 113   158   61   332  
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment (256)   (527)   (5)   (788)  
Foreign exchange loss (gain) 67   97   (6)   158  
EBITDA (1) 21,516   8,715   (3,037)   27,194  
Depreciation and amortization (2) 7,468   26,497   404   34,369  
EBIT (3) 14,048   (17,782)   (3,441)   (7,175)  
Interest expense     812   812  
Income tax recovery     (6,970)   (6,970)  
Net income (loss)     2,717   (1,017)  
         
Equipment Fleet:        
Matting fleet at period end 111,710       111,710  
Average matting fleet 91,780       91,780  
Equipment fleet at period end   6,120     6,120  
Average equipment fleet   6,100     6,100  

 

  Year-ended December 31, 2017
  Industrial Matting Equipment Rentals Corporate Total
         
Revenue $ 57,480   $ 60,119   $   $ 117,599  
Operating expenses 32,062   46,596     78,658  
Selling, general and administration 4,270   5,787   3,717   13,774  
Share based payments 153   213   127   493  
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment (81)   (115)   (22)   (218)  
Foreign exchange (gain) loss (120)   (168)   222   (66)  
EBITDA (1) 21,196   7,806   (4,044)   24,958  
Depreciation and amortization (2) 10,927   18,498   807   30,232  
EBIT (3) 10,269   (10,692)   (4,851)   (5,274)  
Interest expense     1,518   1,518  
Income tax expense     484   484  
Net loss     (6,853)   (7,276)  
         
Equipment Fleet:        
Matting fleet at period end 85,300       85,300  
Average matting fleet 80,970       80,970  
Equipment fleet at period end   6,200     6,200  
Average equipment fleet   6,070     6,070  

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such a term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS Measures and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business.
  2. Included in depreciation and amortization for the year-ended December 31, 2018, are impairment charges of $10.9 million related to the impairment of Equipment Rentals assets during the fourth quarter of 2018.
  3. Earnings before interest and tax (“EBIT”) is an additional measure under IFRS, see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.

 

     
FINANCIAL POSITION AND RATIOS    
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except ratio amounts) As at December 31, 2018 As at December 31, 2017
 
   
Working capital(1) $ 19,333   $ 19,617  
Funded debt(2) 14,009   9,768  
Total assets 175,477   174,821  
 
 
   
Funded debt to EBITDA(3) 0.5 : 1.0   0.4 : 1.0  

Notes:

(1)       Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities.
(2)       Funded debt includes bank indebtedness plus long-term debt plus current and long-term obligations under finance lease.
(3)     EBITDA is based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA plus share based payments, plus severance and transaction costs.

 

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Strad reported an increase in revenue and EBITDA of 17% and 110%, respectively during the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. During the three months ended December 31, 2018, Strad reported a net loss of $(5.4) million compared to a net loss of $(3.4) million in 2017. The higher net loss in 2018 was due to the recognition of a $10.9 million impairment in Equipment Rentals as a result of the deteriorating outlook for the Canadian market.

For the three months ended December 31, 2018, Strad's Industrial Matting segment reported an increase in revenue and EBITDA of 48% and 93% as compared to the same period in 2017. Earnings before interest and taxes ("EBIT") from Industrial Matting increased from $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 to $4.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  The increase in revenue, EBITDA and EBIT was a result of a significant matting project in Canada that occurred throughout the fourth quarter of 2018, as well as an 83% increase in U.S. revenue year-over-year. The increase in revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was also impacted by improved customer pricing as compared to the same period in 2017.

Strad’s Equipment Rentals segment reported a decrease in revenue and an increase in EBITDA of 8% and 78%, respectively, during the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. The decrease in revenue was a result of lower revenue in Canada, due to the discontinuance of the drill cuttings management  service line, which was mostly offset by an increase in pricing and utilization in the U.S.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, capital expenditures were $12.0 million in Industrial Matting, $0.1 million in Equipment Rentals and $0.1 million in Corporate. The majority of the capital spending related to wood matting additions, which were acquired to prepare for and to support industrial matting projects for the upcoming 2019 year. As of December 31, 2018, the industrial matting fleet was 111,710 as compared to 101,210 at September 30, 2018.

OUTLOOK

We continued to execute on our industrial matting strategy announced in 2018, with company EBITDA for the year totaling $27.2 million compared to $25.0 million in the prior year. Industrial Matting EBITDA totaled $21.5 million compared to $21.2 million in the prior year, while Equipment Rentals contributed $8.7 million compared to $7.8 million in the prior year. Despite a challenging macro-economic environment, the fourth quarter of 2018 was our strongest quarter since 2014. Financial results for the quarter were attributed primarily to the strong margins in the Industrial Matting segment, posting $8.3 million of EBITDA compared to $4.3 million for the same period in 2017. Results for the quarter were propelled by a large matting project related to the North Montney mainline.

We believe strongly in the opportunities presented in both Canada and the U.S. for our Industrial Matting segment. Formal approval of the LNG Canada project and associated Coastal GasLink pipeline will provide significant opportunity for the Industrial Matting segment in 2019. The Trans Mountain Expansion Project will similarly provide opportunities for Strad. However, any delay in construction could impact timing of potential matting projects.

In 2019, we will look to employ our expertise in deploying large-scale matting projects in the U.S. market. With increasing environmental responsibility and regulation throughout North America, we expect the overall matting market to increase as we also look to increase our market share. Our internal estimates place the current market size for matting in North America at over $2.0 billion annually and growing.

Consistent with our strategy to grow our matting fleet, we deployed $31.3 million of capital to maintain and increase our fleet in 2018. The remainder of our $33.8 million capital program was comprised of maintenance capital and technology enhancements. Our board has approved a 2019 capital program of $18.0 million with the expectation that total capital spend in 2019 will be approximately $30.0 million, of which $29.0 million will be allocated to maintaining and growing the industrial matting fleet.

The equipment rentals market in Canada saw a dramatic shift in macro economic conditions in the fourth quarter. Market access restrictions in Canada culminated in average Western Canadian Select (“WCS”) pricing of under six US dollars per barrel in December 2018, a decline of over 85% from the prior year. These conditions have led to initial reductions in 2019 capital budgets by major Canadian producers which have impacted first quarter 2019 rig counts and expected activity levels in the Equipment Rentals segment throughout the first half of 2019. In the U.S., the outlook for Equipment Rentals remains consistent with 2018 as West Texas Intermediate (“WTI”) pricing has remained relatively consistent. Drilling activity is expected to be stable throughout 2019 in the U.S.

On November 26, 2018, we announced the approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to renew our Normal Course Issuer Bid (“NCIB”) allowing us to buy back a maximum of 4,067,205 common shares. The NCIB commenced on November 28, 2018 and will terminate November 27, 2019. Subsequent to year-end, the Company purchased 471,408 common shares under the NCIB. Under our previous NCIB, which expired September 13, 2018, we purchased and canceled 2,768,320, or 5% of the outstanding common shares.

In 2018, our funds from operations allowed us to increase our capital program, repurchase shares under our NCIB, while carrying a minimal amount of debt. We expect this trend to continue in 2019 as our funds from operations and strong balance sheet provide the flexibility to evaluate various alternatives to create shareholder value, including, without limitation, organic growth opportunities or strategic acquisitions.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS    
     
Industrial Matting    
     
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) Three months ended December 31, Year-ended December 31,
   2018  2017  %  2018  2017  %
                                 
  Canadian revenue $ 13,869   $ 9,969   39 % $ 43,629   $ 49,787   (12 )%
  U.S. revenue 4,624   2,523   83 % 16,834   7,693   119 %
Total Revenue 18,493   12,492   48 % 60,463   57,480   5 %
             
EBITDA(1) 8,320   4,315   93 % 21,516   21,196   2 %
EBITDA as a percentage of revenue 45 % 35 %   36 % 37 %  
             
EBIT(2) 4,845   716   577 % 14,048   10,269   37 %
EBIT as a percentage of revenue 26 % 6 %   23 % 18 %  
             
Capital expenditures(3) 11,941   4,570   161 % 31,307   19,250   63 %
Property, plant and equipment 64,921   45,021   44 % 64,921   45,021   44 %
             
Equipment Fleet:            
Matting fleet at period end(4) 111,710   85,300   31 % 111,710   85,300   31 %
Average matting fleet(5) 107,900   87,020   24 % 91,780   80,970   13 %
Average utilization %(6) 45 % 33 %   35 % 36 %  

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances. 
  2. Earnings before interest and tax (“EBIT”) is an additional measure under IFRS, see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.
  3. Includes assets acquired under finance lease and purchases of intangible assets.
  4. Matting fleet balances are as at December 31, 2018 and 2017. 
  5. Matting fleet balances are averages for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.
  6. Equipment utilization includes matting equipment on rent only and is calculated using gross asset value.

Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2018, of $18.5 million increased 48% compared to $12.5 million during the same period of 2017. Increased revenue was primarily due to the timing of industrial matting projects in comparison to the same quarter of 2017. Average utilization improved from 33% to 45% during the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017, partially due to a significant pipeline project along the North Montney Mainline that occurred in 2018. Average pricing improved by 25% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017, which further contributed to the increase in revenue during the fourth quarter.

Strad's matting fleet increased to 111,710 mats as at December 31, 2018, compared to 85,300 mats at December 31, 2017, to meet the expected increase in customer demand.

EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2018, increased 93% to $8.3 million as compared to $4.3 million during the three months ended December 31, 2017. EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 45% during the three months ended December 31, 2018, compared to 35% during the same period in 2017. The increase in EBITDA was driven primarily by the increase in revenue which was partially offset by a 22% increase in operating expenses as compared to the same period in 2017.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, EBIT increased to $4.8 million compared to $0.7 million during the same period of 2017. The primary driver for the increase in EBIT were the same factors that led to the increase in EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017.

Revenue for the year-ended December 31, 2018, increased 5% to $60.5 million from $57.5 million during the same period of 2017. The primary increase in revenue year-over-year was due to the 119% increase in U.S. industrial matting revenue as compared to the year-ended December 31, 2017. This was offset by the 12% revenue decrease in Canada to $43.6 million, compared to $49.8 million during the same period in 2017, due to the delay of matting projects until the fourth quarter of 2018, which led to a decrease in utilization to 35% from 36%. Further impacting revenue was a 32% increase in pricing year-over-year.

During the year-ended December 31, 2018, EBITDA increased 2% to $21.5 million compared to $21.2 million for the same period of 2017. The increase in EBITDA is primarily due to the increase in revenue year-over-year, which was partially offset by a 6% increase in operating expenses year-over-year. EBITDA as a percentage of revenue decreased slightly to 36% for the year-ended December 31, 2018, as compared to 37% for the year-ended December 31, 2017.

EBIT for the year-ended December 31, 2018, increased to $14.0 million as compared to $10.3 million for the same period in 2017. The increase in EBIT was primarily driven by the increase in EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in EBIT was further improved by a decrease in depreciation expense to $7.5 million for the year-ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $10.9 million for the year-ended December 31, 2017. The decrease in depreciation expense is due to the accelerated depreciation of mats with no remaining useful life during 2017 that did not occur in 2018.

Operating expenses for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018, increased 22% and 6%, respectively, to $8.7 million and $33.8 million as compared to $7.1 million and $32.1 million during the same period of 2017. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to higher transportation and other third party costs for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the same periods in 2017.

     
Equipment Rentals    
     
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) Three months ended December 31, Year-ended December 31,
   2018  2017  %  2018  2017  %
                                 
  Canadian revenue $ 7,112   $ 9,550   (26) % $ 33,770   $ 40,513   (17) %
  U.S. revenue 6,698   5,480   22 % 25,689   19,606   31 %
Total Revenue 13,810   15,030   (8) % 59,459   60,119   (1) %
             
EBITDA(1) 2,902   1,628   78 % 8,715   7,806   12 %
EBITDA as a percentage of revenue 21 % 11 %   15 % 13 %  
             
EBIT (2) (11,668)   (3,097)   nm   (17,782)   (10,692)   nm  
EBIT as a percentage of revenue (84) % (21) %   (30) % (18) %  
             
Capital expenditures(3) 97   458   (79) % 1,171   2,669   (56) %
Property, plant and equipment 71,790   96,689   (26) % 71,790   96,689   (26) %
             
Equipment Fleet:            
Equipment fleet at period end(4) 6,120   6,200   (1) % 6,120   6,200   (1) %
Average equipment fleet(5) 6,140   6,070   1 % 6,100   6,070   nm  
Average utilization %(6) 36 % 33 %   34 % 35 %  
             
Rig Counts(7)            
Western Canada 193   202   (4) % 189   202   (6) %
Bakken 55   49   12 % 54   46   17 %
Marcellus 75   73   3 % 77   70   10 %
Rockies 68   69   (1) % 68   63   8 %

Notes:

  1. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS, and, accordingly, Strad's use of such term may not be comparable to similarly defined measures presented by other entities; see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”. During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances. 
  2. Earnings before interest and tax (“EBIT”) is an additional measure under IFRS, see “Non-IFRS and Additional IFRS Measures and Reconciliations”.
  3. Includes assets acquired under finance lease and purchases of intangible assets. 
  4. Surface equipment fleet balances are as at December 31, 2018 and 2017. 
  5. Surface equipment fleet balances are averages for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018 and 2017.
  6. Equipment utilization includes surface equipment on rent only and is calculated using gross asset value.
  7. Source: Baker Hughes "North America Rotary Rig Count". Rig Counts are average rig counts for the period.

Revenue for the three months ended December 31, 2018, decreased 8% to $13.8 million from $15.0 million during the same period in 2017. Revenue decreased primarily due to lower Canadian revenue, which was the result of the discontinuance of the drill cuttings management service line that operated in the fourth quarter of 2017. The decrease was partially offset by the improvement of average utilization to 36% from 33% for the three months ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the same period in 2017. Average utilization improved as a result of the increase in rig counts in the  Bakken and Marcellus by 12% and 3%, respectively, which was offset by a decrease in rig counts in the Rockies and western Canada by 1% and 4%, respectively. Overall average pricing improved by 38% in the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the same period in 2017. 

During the fourth quarter, EBITDA increased 78% to $2.9 million from $1.6 million during the fourth quarter of 2017. EBITDA as a percentage of revenue increased to 21% at December 31, 2018, compared to 11% at December 31, 2017. The increase in EBITDA was driven primarily by the decrease in operating expenses to $9.1 million during the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to $12.0 million for the same period in 2017.

EBIT for the three months ended December 31, 2018, decreased to $(11.7) million from $(3.1) million during the same period of 2017.  The decrease in EBIT was driven primarily by the increase in depreciation expense during the fourth quarter of 2018 to $14.6 million compared to $4.7 million during the same period in 2017. The increase in depreciation expense was due to a $10.9 million impairment of rental equipment assets that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2018 which was partially offset by lower depreciation expense incurred during the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the same period in 2017.

Revenue for the year-ended December 31, 2018, decreased 1% to $59.5 million from $60.1 million at December 31, 2017. The decrease in revenue was driven by lower Canadian revenue, which decreased 17% to $33.8 million during the year-ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $40.5 million for the same period of 2017. Lower revenue in Canada was the result of a 6% decline in average rig counts and the discontinuance of the drill cuttings management service line. The decrease in Canadian revenue was offset by the 31% increase in U.S. revenue year-over-year, which was the result  of increased activity levels in the U.S. as noted by the improved average rig counts in the Bakken, Marcellus and the Rockies of 17%, 10% and 8% respectively. Further offsetting the decrease in Canadian revenue, was an 18% improvement in average pricing in 2018 as compared to 2017.

During the year-ended December 31, 2018, EBITDA increased 12% to $8.7 million from $7.8 million during the same period in 2017. The increase in EBITDA was driven by lower operating expenses from $46.6 million in 2017 to $44.1 million in 2018. EBITDA as a percentage of revenue for the year-ended December 31, 2018, increased to 15% compared to 13% during the same period of 2017.

EBIT for the year-ended December 31, 2018, decreased to $(17.8) million from $(10.7) million during the same period in 2017. EBIT decreased due to the increase in depreciation expense to $26.5 million during the year-ended December 31, 2018, as compared to $18.5 million during the same period in 2017. The increase in depreciation expense was due to a $10.9 million impairment of equipment rental assets that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2018, which was partially offset by lower depreciation expense for the year ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the same period of 2017.

Operating expenses for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018, decreased 24% and 5%, respectively, to $9.1 million and $44.1 million as compared to $12.0 million and $46.6 million during the same period of 2017. The decrease in operating expenses for the three months and year-ended December 31, 2018, was primarily the result of the discontinuance of the drill cuttings management service line, which led to a decrease in headcount related expenses during the 2018 year, as compared to the same period in 2017.

 
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
 
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
   
Current assets $ 36,625   $ 31,899  
Current liabilities 17,292   12,282  
Working capital(1) 19,333   19,617  
     
Banking facilities    
Operating facility $ 762   $  
Syndicated revolving facility 12,934   10,776  
Total facility borrowings 13,696   10,776  
     
Total credit facilities(2) $ 48,500   $ 48,500  
Unused credit capacity 34,804   37,724  

Notes:

  1. Working capital is calculated as current assets less current liabilities, as derived from the Company's consolidated statement of financial position.
  2. Facilities are subject to certain limitations on accounts receivable, inventory, and net book value of fixed assets and are secured by a general security agreement over all of the Company's assets. As at December 31, 2018, Strad had access to $48.5 million of credit facilities.

As at December 31, 2018, working capital decreased slightly to $19.3 million compared to $19.6 million at December 31, 2017. The change in current assets is a result of a 23% increase in accounts receivable to $32.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to $26.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. The increase in accounts receivable is due to the timing of collections of accounts receivable outstanding, in addition to revenue being higher in the fourth quarter of 2018 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. Inventory remained the same at $1.8 million at December 31, 2018, as compared to December 31, 2017. Prepaid expenses increased 192% to $2.1 million at December 31, 2018, as compared to $0.7 million at December 31, 2017. The increase in prepaid expenses was the result of a large deposit made during the fourth quarter of 2018 in addition to prepaid rent and higher insurance premiums.

The change in current liabilities is a result of a 37% increase in accounts payable and accrued liabilities to $16.4 million at December 31, 2018, compared to $11.9 million at year end. The increase in accounts payable was primarily due to the timing of payments made during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Cash flow from operating activities for the year-ended December 31, 2018, decreased slightly to $29.8 million compared to $29.9 million for the same period of 2017, due to an increased working capital investment, partially offset by an increase in EBITDA and an increase in proceeds on used fleet sales. Funds from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2018, increased to $11.5 million compared to $6.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2017. Capital expenditures totaled $12.2 million for the three months ended December 31, 2018. Management monitors funds from operations and the timing of capital additions to ensure adequate capital resources are available to fund Strad’s capital program.

As at December 31, 2018, the Company’s syndicated banking facility consists of an operating facility with a maximum principal amount of $7.0 million CAD and $5.0 million USD, and a $36.5 million CAD syndicated revolving facility, both of which are subject to certain limitations on accounts receivable, inventory, and net book value of fixed assets and are secured by a general security agreement over all of the Company’s assets. As at December 31, 2018, the Company had access to the maximum credit facilities. The syndicated banking facility will mature on September 29, 2021. The syndicated banking facility bears interest at bank prime plus a variable rate, which is dependent on the Company’s funded debt to covenant EBITDA ratio.

Based on the Company's funded debt to covenant EBITDA ratio, the interest rate on the syndicated credit facility is bank prime plus 0.50% on prime rate advances and at the prevailing rate plus a stamping fee of 1.50% on bankers' acceptances. For the year-ended December 31, 2018, the overall effective rates on the operating facility and revolving facility were 4.24% and 4.60%, respectively. As of December 31, 2018, $0.8 million was drawn on the operating facility and $12.9 million was drawn on the revolving facility. Required payments on the revolving facility are interest only.

As at December 31, 2018, the Company was in compliance with all of the financial covenants under its credit facilities.

The relevant definitions related to the financial debt covenant ratio terms as set forth in the Company's syndicated banking facility are as follows:

  • Funded debt includes bank indebtedness plus long-term debt plus current and long-term obligations under finance lease, less cash.
  • Covenant EBITDA is based on trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA plus share based payments, plus additional one-time charges.
  • Interest expense ratio is calculated as the ratio of trailing twelve months adjusted EBITDA plus share based payments to trailing twelve months interest expense on loans and borrowings.

The above noted definitions are not recognized under IFRS and are provided strictly for the purposes of the financial covenant calculation.

Financial Debt Covenants As at December 31, 2018 As at December 31, 2017
Funded debt to EBITDA ratio (not to exceed 3.0:1)
   
Funded debt $ 14,009   $ 9,768  
Covenant EBITDA 26,877   25,339  
Ratio 0.5   0.4  
     
EBITDA to interest coverage ratio (no less than 3.0:1)    
Covenant EBITDA $ 26,877   $ 25,339  
Covenant interest expense 812   1,225  
Ratio 33.1   20.7  

NON-IFRS AND ADDITIONAL IFRS MEASURES AND RECONCILIATIONS

Certain supplementary measures in this press release do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed under IFRS and, therefore, are considered non-IFRS measures. These measures are described and presented in order to provide shareholders and potential investors with additional information regarding the Company’s financial results, liquidity and its ability to generate funds to finance its operations. These measures are identified and presented, where appropriate, together with reconciliations to the equivalent IFRS measure. However, they should not be construed as alternative measures to IFRS measures, and as they do not have standardized meanings or standardized methods of calculation, the may not be consistent with or comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are further explained below.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a recognized measure under IFRS.  Management believes that in addition to net income (loss), EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s principal business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are financed and taxed. As of June 30, 2018, the Company implemented changes to its method of calculating EBITDA, which no longer includes adjustments for gains and losses due to foreign exchange or disposal of property, plant and equipment that occur during the normal course of business. EBITDA is now calculated as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Segmented EBITDA is based upon the same calculation for defined business segments, which are comprised of Industrial Matting and Equipment Rentals. The Company’s method of calculating EBITDA may differ from that of other organizations and, accordingly, its EBITDA may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Earnings before interest and taxes (“EBIT”) is an additional measure under IFRS.  Management believes that in addition to net income (loss), EBIT is a useful supplemental measure as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s principal business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are financed and taxed.

Funds from operations are cash flow from operating activities excluding changes in non-cash working capital. Funds from operations is a non-IFRS measure commonly used in the energy services industry to assist in measuring a company's ability to finance its capital programs, debt repayments and other financial obligations. Funds from operations is not intended to represent net cash generated from operating activities or other measures of financial performance in accordance with IFRS. It is a supplemental measure to gauge performance of the Company before non-cash items. The Company’s method of calculating funds from operations may differ from that of other organizations and, accordingly, its funds from operations may not be comparable to that of other companies.

Working capital is calculated as current assets minus current liabilities, as derived from the Company's consolidated statement of financial position. Working capital, cash forecasting, and banking facilities are used by Management to ensure funds are available to finance growth opportunities. 

Funded debt is a measure used in calculating our bank financial covenants. Funded debt is calculated as bank indebtedness plus long-term debt plus current and long-term portion of finance lease obligations less cash from syndicate institutions.

   
Reconciliation of Funds from Operations  
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)    
  Three months ended December 31, Year-ended December 31,  
  2018  2017  2018  2017
Net cash generated from operating activities $ 6,230   $ 19,082   $ 29,801   $ 29,877  
Less:        
Changes in non-cash working capital (5,197)   12,434   (3,840)   229  
Funds from Operations 11,427   6,648   33,641   29,648  
                 

 

       
Reconciliation of EBITDA and EBIT      
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)        
  Three months ended December 31, Year-ended December 31,
  2018 2017 2018 2017
Net loss: $ (5,371)   $ (3,364)   $ (1,017)   $ (7,276)  
Add (deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization 18,253   8,918   34,369   30,232  
Income tax (recovery) expense (2,518)   (653)   (6,970)   484  
Interest expense 235   158   812   1,518  
EBITDA(1) 10,599   5,059   27,194   24,958  
(Deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization (18,253)   (8,918)   (34,369)   (30,232)  
EBIT (7,654)   (3,859)   (7,175)   (5,274)  
(1) During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances.

 

     
Reconciliation of quarterly non-IFRS and additional IFRS measures    
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)        
  Three months ended
  Dec 31, 2018   Sep 30, 2018   Jun 30, 2018   Mar 31, 2018   
Net income (loss): $ (5,371)   $ 890   $ 3,861   $ (397)  
Add (deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization 18,253   5,444   5,240   5,432  
Income tax (recovery) expense (2,518)   (62)   (4,428)   38  
Interest expense 235   230   157   190  
EBITDA(1) 10,599   6,502   4,830   5,263  
(Deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization (18,253)   (5,444)   (5,240)   (5,432)  
EBIT (7,654)   1,058   (410)   (169)  
(1) During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances.

 

(in thousands of Canadian dollars) Three months ended
  Dec 31, 2017   Sep 30, 2017   Jun 30, 2017   Mar 31, 2017   
Net (loss) income: $ (3,364)   $ 598   $ (2,163)   $ (2,347)  
Add (deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization 8,918   7,359   7,572   6,383  
Income tax (recovery) expense (653)   1,123   (102)   116  
Interest expense 158   359   492   509  
EBITDA(1) 5,059   9,439   5,799   4,661  
(Deduct):        
Depreciation and amortization (8,918)   (7,359)   (7,572)   (6,383)  
EBIT (3,859)   2,080   (1,773)   (1,722)  
(1) During the second quarter of 2018, the Company changed the method of calculation for EBITDA by no longer adjusting for gains or losses resulting from foreign exchange or the disposal of property, plant and equipment during the normal course of business. These changes have been updated for prior period balances.

 

     
Reconciliation of funded debt    
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)    
  Year-ended December 31, 2018 Year-ended December 31, 2017
Bank indebtedness (cash) at syndicate banks  $ 762    $ (1,626)   
Long term debt 12,934   10,776  
Current and long term obligations under finance lease 313   618  
Funded Debt 14,009   9,768  

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS

Certain statements and information contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. The use of any of the words “expect”, “plan”, “continue”, “estimate”, “anticipate”, “potential”, “targeting”, “intend”, “could”, “might”, “should”, “believe”, “may”, “predict”, or “will” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking information or statements. More particularly, this press release contains forward-looking statements concerning future capital expenditures of the Company, including its 2019 capital budget, planned allocations of capital expenditures, and funding thereof, by way of cash flow, anticipated cash flow, debt, anticipated growing demand for the Company’s products and services in 2019 and beyond, and anticipated revenue allocations amongst our service offerings, drilling activity in North America, pricing of the Company’s products and services, and expectations for 2019 and potential for improved profitability, and the potential for growth and expansion of certain components of the Company's business, including further capital being allocated to increase our matting fleet, expanding our matting offerings in the U.S., anticipated benefits from cost reductions and timing thereof, manufacturing capacity to meet anticipated demand for the Company’s products, and expected exploration and production industry activity including the effects of industry trends, including the potential of LNG infrastructure in Canada and large scale matting projects in the U.S., on demand for the Company's products. These statements relate to future events or to the Company’s future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the Company’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to be materially different from future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. 

Various assumptions were used in drawing the conclusions or making the projections contained in the forward-looking statements throughout this press release. The forward-looking information and statements included in this press release are not guarantees of future performance and should not be unduly relied upon. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated and described in the forward-looking statements. Such information and statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking information or statements. In addition to other material factors, expectations, and assumptions which may be identified in this press release and other continuous disclosure documents of the Company referenced herein, assumptions have been made in respect of such forward-looking statements and information regarding, among other things: the Company will continue to conduct its operations in a manner consistent with past operations; the general continuance of current industry conditions; anticipated financial performance, business prospects, impact of competition, strategies, the general stability of the economic and political environment in which the Company operates; exchange and interest rates; tax laws; the sufficiency of budgeted capital expenditures in carrying out planned activities; the availability and cost of labour and services and the adequacy of cash flow; debt and ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to fund its planned expenditures, which are subject to change based on commodity prices; market conditions and future oil and natural gas prices; and potential timing delays. Although Management considers these material factors, expectations, and assumptions to be reasonable based on information currently available to it, no assurance can be given that they will prove to be correct.  

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing lists of factors are not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company's operations and financial results are included in reports on file with the Canadian Securities Regulatory Authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) or at the Company's website. The forward-looking statements and information contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. The Company does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward looking statements or information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws. 

FOURTH QUARTER EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALL

Strad has scheduled a conference call to begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. MT (10:00 a.m. ET) on Friday,  March 1, 2019.

The conference call dial in number is 1-844-388-0561, followed by Conference ID code 5775086

The conference call will also be accessible via webcast at www.stradenergy.com

A replay of the call will be available approximately after the conference call ends until Friday, March 8th, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. ET. To access the replay, call 1-855-859-2056, followed by pass code 5775086.

         
Strad Energy Services Ltd.
Consolidated Statement of Financial Position
As at December 31, 2018 and 2017
       
         
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) As at December 31, 2018   As at December 31, 2017  
  $   $  
Assets    
Current assets    
Cash   1,859  
Trade receivables 32,013   26,038  
Inventories 1,839   1,818  
Prepaids and deposits 2,063   707  
Other assets   1,289  
Income taxes receivable 710   188  
Total current assets 36,625   31,899  
     
Non-current assets    
Property, plant and equipment 136,978   141,917  
Intangible assets 1,448   556  
Income tax receivable 305   278  
Deferred income tax assets 121   171  
Total non-current assets 138,852   142,922  
Total assets 175,477   174,821  
     
Liabilities    
Current liabilities    
Bank indebtedness 762    
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 16,373   11,937  
Current portion of obligations under finance lease 157   345  
Total current liabilities 17,292   12,282  
     
Non-current liabilities    
Long-term debt 12,934   10,776  
Obligations under finance lease 156   273  
Deferred income tax liabilities 9,151   11,567  
Total liabilities 39,533   34,898  
     
Equity    
Share capital 147,664   154,763  
Contributed surplus 13,068   12,736  
Accumulated other comprehensive income 23,439   22,635  
Deficit (48,227)   (50,211)  
Total equity 135,944   139,923  
Total liabilities and equity 175,477   174,821  
     

 

       
Strad Energy Services Ltd.
Consolidated Statement of Income (Loss) and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
For the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017
     
       
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)      
    Year-ended December 31,
      2018       2017    
    $     $    
Revenue     119,922     117,599  
Expenses      
Operating expenses     77,882     78,658  
Depreciation     34,070     29,447  
Amortization of intangible assets     299     169  
Amortization of other assets         616  
Selling, general and administration     15,144     13,774  
Share-based payments     332     493  
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment     (788)     (218)  
Foreign exchange loss (gain)     158     (66)  
Interest expense     812     1,518  
Loss before income tax     (7,987)     (6,792)  
Income tax (recovery) expense     (6,970)     484  
Loss for the period     (1,017)     (7,276)  
       
Other comprehensive loss      
Items that may be reclassified subsequently to net loss      
Cumulative translation adjustment     5,148     (4,328)  
Deferred tax expense on foreign exchange gain     (4,344)      
Total comprehensive loss     (213)     (11,604)  
       
       
Loss per share:      
Basic and diluted   ($0.02)   ($0.12)  
       
       

 

     
Strad Energy Services Ltd.
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flow
For the years ended December 31, 2018 and 2017
   
     
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)    
  Year-ended December 31,
  2018   2017  
  $   $  
Cash flow provided by (used in)    
Operating activities    
Net income (loss) for the period (1,017)   (7,276)  
Adjustments for items not affecting cash:    
Depreciation and amortization 34,369   30,232  
Deferred income tax (recovery) expense (6,710)   161  
Share-based payments 332   493  
Interest expense 812   1,518  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 202   (280)  
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment (788)   (218)  
Book value of used fleet sale 6,441   5,018  
Changes in items of non-cash working capital (3,840)   229  
Net cash generated from operating activities 29,801   29,877  
     
Investing activities    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment (32,568)   (22,124)  
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 1,778   1,011  
Purchase of intangible assets (1,182)   (65)  
Proceeds from sale of other assets 1,272    
Cash paid on business acquisition   (2,750)  
Cash assumed on business acquisition   322  
Changes in items of non-cash working capital 364   214  
Net cash used in investing activities (30,336)   (23,392)  
     
Financing activities    
Repayment of long-term debt (4,342)   (21,032)  
Borrowings 6,500   5,307  
Repayment of finance lease obligations (net) (332)   (958)  
Repayment of shareholder loan   304  
Issuance of common shares   15,000  
Share issue costs   (1,025)  
Normal course issuer bid (4,098)   (167)  
Interest expense (812)   (1,518)  
Changes in items of non-cash working capital 11   (73)  
Net cash used in financing activities (3,073)   (4,162)  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 987   645  
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (2,621)   2,968  
     
Cash and cash equivalents (including bank indebtedness) - beginning of year 1,859   (1,109)  
Cash and cash equivalents (including bank indebtedness) - end of year (762)   1,859  
     
Cash paid for income tax 457   690  
Cash paid for interest 810   1,273  

ABOUT STRAD

Strad specializes in industrial matting and equipment rentals for projects of any size, from a network of branches across Canada and the United States. Strad aims to exceed customer expectations in many industrial sectors, including Oil and Gas, Pipeline, Power Transmission, and Mining.

Strad is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Strad is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “SDY”.

For more information, please contact:

Andy Pernal  
President and Chief Executive Officer  
(403) 775-9202  
email: apernal@stradenergy.com

Michael Donovan
Chief Financial Officer
(403) 775-9221
email: mdonovan@stradenergy.com

www.stradenergy.com