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Aveda Transportation and Energy Services Announces Results for the First Quarter of 2016

/ -- CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - May 16, 2016) -  Aveda Transportation and Energy Services Inc. ("Aveda" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE: AVE), a leading provider of oilfield hauling services and equipment rentals to the energy industry, today announced results for the three months ended March 31, 2016.


  • Due to the continued contraction of oil and gas drilling activities, revenue declined by 67% to $12.0 million in the first quarter of 2016 compared to $36.6 million in 2015;
  • Generated net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2016 of $10.3 million, compared to a net loss of $1.1 million for the same period in 2015. Loss per share was $0.54 compared to $0.06 per share in the comparative period;
  • Generated Adjusted EBITDA1 loss for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 of $3.9 million, compared with positive Adjusted EBITDA1 of $4.4 million for the same period in 2015; and
  • The Company ended the quarter with a net asset value per share6 of $2.27, $4.2 million in working capital with a working capital ratio of 1.66, and undrawn cash availability of $52.0 million on its senior debt facility.

"Aveda's first quarter results reflect the ongoing challenges of the low oil price environment," said Ronnie Witherspoon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aveda. "The Company continues to make progress on reducing costs and growing its customer relations. I am optimistic our efforts will position us for strong growth when commodity prices rebound."

The Company's consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis are available on the Company's website at and the SEDAR website at

The Company announces that Tor Wilson has advised the Board that he is retiring effective immediately. Aveda would like to thank Tor for his service as a Director and wishes him well in his retirement and future endeavors.

Financial Overview                                                          
(in thousands, except per share and ratio amounts)                          
                                                   Three     Three          
                                                  Months    Months          
                                                   Ended     Ended  % Change
                                               March 31, March 31,    2015 -
                                                   2016      2015      2016 
Revenue                                         12,011     36,636     -67.2%
Gross profit(1) (loss)                          (4,787)     4,088    -217.1%
Gross margin                                     -39.9%      11.2%      N/A 
Gross profit (loss) excluding depreciation and                              
 amortization(1)                                  (132)     8,560    -101.5%
Gross margin excluding depreciation and                                     
 amortization(5)                                  -1.1%      23.4%      N/A 
Adjusted EBITDA(1) (loss)                       (3,865)     4,386    -188.1%
Adjusted EBITDA(1) (loss) as a percentage of                                
 revenue                                         -32.2%      12.0%      N/A 
Net loss                                       (10,293)    (1,139)   -803.7%
Net loss as a percentage of revenue              -85.7%      -3.1%      N/A 
Loss per share - basic and diluted               (0.54)     (0.06)   -800.0%
Current ratio(2)                                   1.7        1.7       0.0%
Debt to equity ratio(3)                            1.7        0.6     183.3%


Aveda earns revenue primarily by providing specialized transportation services to companies engaged in the exploration, development and production of petroleum resources. As a result, demand for Aveda's transportation services is generally linked to the economic conditions of the energy industry and the level of drilling activity in the WCSB and US.

The first quarter of 2016 has seen rig counts continue to decline across the geographical areas in which the Company operates with the largest declines seen in Williamsport and Williston. Additionally the mild winter and early spring breakup seen in the WCSB and ND regions negatively impacted activity in the last part of the quarter. However; the oil price has started to recover slightly this quarter, reaching a high of over $41 per barrel in the quarter and an average price in March of $37.96; April's average price was $40. Prices are still volatile and analysts differ as to whether the market has truly turned.

Overall, Aveda expects 2016 to be operationally challenging. The Company expects to generate an Adjusted EBITDA1 loss during the first half of 2016. The Company does not have much visibility into the second half of the year. At March 31, 2016, Aveda had a net asset value6 of $2.27 per share and $52.0 million of undrawn cash availability on its senior debt facility. Based on current cash availability on Aveda's senior debt facility, Aveda has the financial capacity to meet its obligations and manage through 2016.

About Aveda Transportation and Energy Services

Aveda provides specialized transportation services and equipment required for the exploration, development and production of petroleum resources in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin and in the United States of America principally in and around the states of Texas, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and North Dakota. Transportation services include both the equipment necessary to move the load as well as a trained, professional driver capable of securing, moving and manipulating the load at its origin and destination. Aveda's rental operations include the rental of well-sites, tanks, mats, pickers, light towers and other equipment necessary for oilfield operations.

Aveda was incorporated in 1994 as a private company to serve the oil and gas industry. In the spring of 2006 the Company went public on the TSX Venture Exchange. Aveda has major operations in Calgary, AB, Leduc, AB, Sylvan Lake, AB, Edson, AB, Pleasanton, TX, Midland, TX, Marshall, TX, Williston, ND, and Oklahoma City, OK. Aveda is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol AVE. For more information on Aveda please visit

This News Release contains certain forward-looking statements and forward-looking information (collectively referred to herein as "forward-looking statements") within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of present or historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as "anticipate", "achieve", "could", "believe", "plan", "intend", "objective", "continuous", "ongoing", "estimate", "outlook", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should" or similar words, including negatives thereof, suggesting future outcomes. In particular, this News Release contains forward-looking statements relating to: demand for the Company's services and general industry activity level; the Company's growth opportunities; and expectations regarding the Company's revenue, EBITDA and equipment utilization. Aveda believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date hereof but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements should not be unduly relied upon.

Various material factors and assumptions are typically applied in drawing conclusions or making the forecasts or projections set out in forward-looking statements. Those material factors and assumptions are based on information currently available to Aveda, including information obtained from third party industry analysts and other third party sources. In some instances, material assumptions and material factors are presented elsewhere in this News Release in connection with the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the following list of material factors and assumptions is not exhaustive. Specific material factors and assumptions include, but are not limited to:

• the performance of Aveda's businesses, including current business and economic trends;

• oil and natural gas commodity prices and production levels;

• the effect of the rebranding on Aveda's businesses;

• capital expenditure programs and other expenditures by Aveda and its customers:

• the ability of Aveda to retain and hire qualified personnel;

• the ability of Aveda to obtain parts, consumables, equipment, technology, and supplies in a timely manner to carry out its activities;

• the ability of Aveda to maintain good working relationships with key suppliers;

• the ability of Aveda to market its services successfully to existing and new customers;

• the ability of Aveda to obtain timely financing on acceptable terms;

• currency exchange and interest rates;

• risks associated with foreign operations;

• changes under governmental regulatory regimes and tax, environmental and other laws in Canada and the United States; and

• a stable competitive environment.

The forward-looking statements regarding Aveda's potential revenue and EBITDA are included herein to provide readers with an understanding of Aveda's anticipated cash flow and Aveda's ability to fund its expenditures based on the assumptions described herein. Readers are cautioned that this information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, some of which are described herein. Such forward-looking statements necessarily involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause Aveda's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from any projections of future performance or results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the risks identified in Aveda's annual information form and management discussion and analysis for the year ended December 31, 2015 (the "MD&A"), which are available for viewing on SEDAR at Any forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and, except as required by law, Aveda assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise such statements to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise.

This News Release contains the terms "EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA", "gross profit" "gross profit margin", "gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization" and "gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization" which are defined in the MD&A. The above terms as presented do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by international financial reporting standards ("IFRS") and therefore may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. Management uses EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, gross profit, gross profit margin, gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization, and gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization to analyze the operating performance of the business. These non-IFRS measures presented are not intended to represent cash provided by operating activities, net earnings or other measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS.

This News Release contains the terms "cash flow", "working capital" and "working capital ratio", which do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable with the calculation of similar measures for other entities. As an indicator of the Company's performance, cash flow should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net cash from operating activities as determined in accordance with IFRS. The Company considers cash flow to be a key measure as it demonstrates the Company's underlying ability to generate the cash necessary to fund operations and support activities related to its major assets. Cash flow is determined by adding back changes in non-cash operating working capital to cash from operating activities. Management calculates working capital as current assets less current liabilities and uses this measure to analyze operating performance and leverage.


1 See MD&A Section 8.
2 Current ratio calculated as current assets divided by current liabilities.
3 Debt includes loans and borrowings and note payable as per their carrying amounts on the balance sheet.
4 Gross margin is calculated as gross profit divided by revenue.
5 Gross margin excluding depreciation and amortization is calculated by dividing gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization by revenue.
6 Net asset value per share calculated by dividing total equity ($43.3 million) by common shares outstanding (19.1 million).

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

For more information, please contact:
Bharat Mahajan, CA
Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer
(403) 264-5769