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Velan Inc. Reports its Year-End and Fourth Quarter 2018/19 Financial Results

/EIN News/ -- MONTREAL, May 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Velan Inc. (TSX: VLN) (the “Company”), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves, announced today its financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended February 28, 2019.

Highlights

  • Sales of US$105.3 million for the quarter
  • Net earnings1 of US$1.5 million for the quarter
  • EBITDA2 of US$3.8 million for the quarter
  • Order backlog of US$449.7 million at the end of the quarter
  • Net new orders received (“Bookings”) of US$82.0 million for the quarter
  • Net cash of US$40.9 million at the end of the quarter
  • Returned US$0.5 million to shareholders in the quarter and US$3.1 million in the fiscal year by way of dividends
  Three-month periods ended   Fiscal years ended
(millions of U.S. dollars, excluding per share amounts) February 28,
2019
February 28,
2018
  February 28,
2019
February 28,
2018
 

Sales
$ 105.3   $ 102.6     $ 366.9   $ 338.0  
 

Gross profit3
  25.9     18.1       85.6     70.9  
Gross profit %   24.6 %   17.6 %     23.3 %   21.0 %
 

EBITDA2
  3.8     (1.2 )     7.1     (4.4 )
EBITDA2 per share – basic and diluted   0.18     (0.05 )     0.33     (0.20 )
 

Net earnings (loss)1
  1.5     (8.2 )     (4.9 )   (17.8 )
Net earnings (loss)1 per share – basic and diluted   0.07     (0.38 )     (0.23 )   (0.82 )

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2019 (unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and all comparisons are to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018):

  • Net earnings1 amounted to $1.5 million or $0.07 per share compared to a net loss1 of $8.2 million or $0.38 per share last year. EBITDA2 amounted to $3.8 million or $0.18 per share compared to a negative $1.2 million or negative $0.05 per share last year. The $9.7 million increase in net earnings1 is primarily attributable to a higher sales volume combined with better margins and the negative effects of the U.S. tax reform legislation passed during the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, which resulted in a one-time tax expense inclusion of $4.3 million in fiscal 2018.

  • Sales increased by $2.7 million or 2.6% for the quarter. The sales volume for the quarter is the highest of any quarter of the past two fiscal years. Sales for the quarter were improved in the Company’s Italian, Korean and Indian subsidiaries, while its North American operations realized lower sales for the quarter.  The sales volume and mix for the quarter were sufficient for the Company to reach profitability with the current state of its cost structure.

  • Bookings increased by $9.1 million or 12.5% for the quarter. Bookings in the quarter were negatively impacted by the cancellation of a $36.3 million large project order, booked in a prior fiscal year, to supply valves to the power market in Vietnam. If the effect of this order cancellation is removed, bookings would have increased by $45.4 million or 62.3% in the quarter. The increase in bookings for the quarter is due primarily to higher orders booked by the Company’s Italian and French subsidiaries for the supply of valves to the upstream oil and gas sector and the nuclear power market.

  • Gross profit percentage increased by 700 basis points from the prior year quarter. The gross profit was obtained due to the higher sales volume in the Company’s Italian, Korean and Indian subsidiaries combined with the shipment of a product mix with a greater proportion of projects with higher margins by the Company’s North American and French operations. The increase in gross profit was also obtained due to the Company’s reduction of its production costs during the course of the quarter.  As such, the higher sales volume combined with the lower level of production costs allowed for the Company to achieve a significant improvement in gross profit. For the quarter, the Company kept its focus on MRO sales where stronger margins are achievable and was also able to deliver good margins on its project business.

  • Administration costs for the quarter increased by $3.7 million or 15.8% for the quarter. The increase is attributable to retirement packages that were offered to certain employees in order for the Company to reduce its administration costs and to a higher bad debt expense in the Company’s German operations caused by a specific customer in financial difficulty.  Finally, the increase is also due to an increase in sales commissions as well as an increase in costs associated with the Company’s ongoing asbestos litigation. The fluctuation in asbestos costs is due more to the timing of settlements than to changes in long-term trends.

Year Ended Fiscal 2019 (unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and all comparisons are to the prior fiscal year):

  • Net loss1 amounted to $4.9 million or $0.23 per share compared to $17.8 million or $0.82 per share last year. EBITDA2 amounted to $7.1 million or $0.33 per share compared to a negative $4.4 million or negative $0.20 per share last year. The $12.9 million decrease in net loss1 is primarily attributable to a higher sales volume combined with better margins and the negative effects of the U.S. tax reform legislation passed during the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year, which resulted in a one-time tax expense inclusion of $4.3 million in fiscal 2018.

  • Sales amounted to $366.9 million, an increase of $28.9 million or 8.6% compared to last year. Sales were positively impacted by an increase in shipments from the Company’s North American, Korean and Indian operations, which was partially offset by decreased shipments from the Company’s German operations. The Company was able to notably improve its MRO business as well as increasing its shipments related to large project orders. The Company’s North American operations had also suffered last year from delays in shipments of certain large project orders caused by various customer-related issues.

  • Bookings amounted to $372.4 million, an increase of $51.5 million or 16.0% compared to last year. Excluding the effect of an order of $36.3 million, booked in a prior year and cancelled in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal year, bookings would have increased by $87.8 million or 27.4% in the year.  This increase is due primarily to higher orders booked by the Company’s Italian and French subsidiaries, which recorded significant project orders relating to the upstream oil and gas and nuclear power industries.

  • Despite the fact that bookings slightly outpaced sales in the year, the Company ended the year with a backlog of $449.7 million, a decrease of $14.8 million or 3.2% since the beginning of the current fiscal year. This decrease in backlog was substantially due to the negative impact of the weakening of the euro spot rate against the U.S. dollar over the course of the year as well as the cancellation of the $36.3 million order.

  • Gross profit percentage increased by 230 basis points from 21.0% to 23.3%. This increase is due primarily to the higher sales volume of the Company’s North American, Korean and Indian operations combined with the shipment of a more efficient product mix by the Company’s French operations, which was partially offset by the lower sales volume shipped by the Company’s German operations.  The Company’s North American operations were able to maintain the stronger margins in its MRO business while continuing to search for margin improvements in the more challenging project business. 

  • Administration costs amounted to $93.3 million, an increase of $5.6 million or 6.4%. This increase is attributable to an increase in bad debt, selling expenses, retirement expenses and freight charges for certain overseas project customers resulting from the higher sales volume as well as the need to incur air freight costs on a large delayed order.  The Company has also invested $1.0 million in its current transformation initiative, Velocity 2020.  The Company also experienced an increase in costs recognized in connection with the Company’s ongoing asbestos litigation. The fluctuation in asbestos costs for the year is due more to the timing of settlements in these two years rather than to changes in long-term trends.

  • The Company announced in January that it had reorganized into business units, allowing the Company to significantly reinforce its market positioning by improving its operational efficiency and optimizing its manufacturing footprint in North America. The Company is making a significant strategic investment in the next two fiscal years to carry out these changes, namely an amount of $15 million in fiscal 2020. The benefits of this investment will be realized in subsequent years.

  • The Company ended the year with net cash of $40.9 million, a decrease of $23.6 million or 36.6% since the beginning of the year. This decrease is primarily attributable to negative non-cash working capital movements, investments in property, plant and equipment, investments in intangible assets, long-term debt repayments as well as distributions to shareholders via dividends, partially offset by an increase in long-term debt. Net cash was also negatively impacted by the weakening of the euro spot rate against the U.S. dollar over the course of the year.

  • Foreign currency impacts:

    • Despite the drop of the euro spot rate over the course of the year, the average exchange rates of the euro strengthened 1.0% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This strengthening resulted in the Company’s net profits and bookings from its European subsidiaries being reported as higher U.S. dollar amounts in the current year. The drop of the euro spot rate in the current fiscal year resulted in a $9.3 million loss in accumulated other comprehensive loss.

    • Based on average exchange rates, the Canadian dollar weakened 1.5% against the U.S. dollar when compared to the same period last year. This weakening resulted in the Company’s Canadian dollar expenses being reported as lower U.S. dollar amounts in the current year.

    • The net impact of the above currency swings was generally favourable on the Company’s net loss1.

“There is no doubt that Fiscal 2019 was a challenging year; however, there were improvements made on a number of fronts,” said John Ball, CFO of Velan Inc. “Sales, gross margin and EBITDA2 all improved in 2019, as did order bookings. We were pleased to see a stronger finish to the year than in past quarters, resulting in a quarterly net income of $1.5 million, our best quarter in over two years. Regardless, there is much work still to be done as we are moving forward with the plan that was approved by the Board to address the Company’s competitiveness.”

Yves Leduc, President and CEO of Velan Inc., said, “The highlights of fiscal year 2019 could be stated from two different perspectives. First the Company’s financial performance has improved versus the previous year’s disappointing results, thanks in large part to the recovering performance in sales and margins of our replacement valve business in North America, as well as the continuing strong performance of France and Italy. The second perspective is to consider fiscal year 2019 an important milestone in the Company’s history. Earlier this year, we announced measures to reorganize into focused business units to better serve our customers and to better leverage our state-of-the art facility in India. Our priority is now execution, which involves driving change on several parallel fronts. We already are in full deployment and our employees are mobilized behind the plan.”

Dividend

The Board declared an eligible quarterly dividend of CA$0.03 per share, payable on June 28, 2019, to all shareholders of record as at June 14, 2019.

Conference call

Financial analysts, shareholders, and other interested individuals are invited to attend the fourth quarter conference call to be held on Friday, May 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). The toll free call-in number is 1-800-757-8473, access code 21923091. A recording of this conference call will be available for seven days at 1-416-626-4100 or 1-800-558-5253, access code 21923091.

About Velan

Founded in Montreal in 1950, Velan Inc. (www.velan.com) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial valves, with sales of US$366.9 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs over 1,800 people and has manufacturing plants in 9 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

Safe harbour statement

This news release may include forward-looking statements, which generally contain words like “should”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “continue” or “estimate” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar expressions, all of which are subject to risks and uncertainties, which are disclosed in the Company’s filings with the appropriate securities commissions. While these statements are based on management’s assumptions regarding historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that it believes are reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may differ materially from those expressed herein. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by the applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-IFRS measures

In this press release, the Company presented measures of performance and financial condition that are not defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (“non-IFRS measures”) and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are used by management in assessing the operating results and financial condition of the Company. In addition, they provide readers of the Company’s consolidated financial statements with enhanced understanding of its results and financial condition, and increase transparency and clarity into the operating results of its core business.

The term “EBITDA” is defined as net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares plus depreciation of property, plant & equipment, plus amortization of intangible assets, plus net finance costs plus income tax provision. Refer to the “Reconciliations of Non-IFRS Measures” section in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis included in its Annual Report for the fiscal year ended February 28, 2019 for a detailed calculation of this measure.

1 Net earnings or loss refer to net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares.

2 Non-IFRS measures – see explanation above.

3 In accordance with the current fiscal year's presentation, the comparative figures were adjusted to reflect a more accurate allocation of cost of sales and administration costs.

Velan Inc.      
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position       
(Unaudited)      
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)      
       
As At   February 28, February 28,
    2019 2018
    $ $
Assets      
       
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents     70,673   85,391
Short-term investments     658   647
Accounts receivable      137,520   137,382
Income taxes recoverable      16,863   8,012
Inventories     165,583   170,790
Deposits and prepaid expenses     4,612   4,222
Derivative assets     189   604
      396,098   407,048
       
Non-current assets      
Property, plant and equipment     83,537   89,864
Intangible assets and goodwill     18,146   20,210
Deferred income taxes     25,947   22,034
Other assets      629   1,037
       
      128,259   133,145
       
Total assets     524,357   540,193
       
       
Liabilities      
       
Current liabilities      
Bank indebtedness     29,807   20,848
Short-term bank loans      2,172   1,074
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     74,910   63,441
Income taxes payable     495   2,186
Dividend payable     497   1,678
Customer deposits     40,240   48,963
Provisions      8,494   10,798
Accrual for performance guarantees     23,014   32,655
Derivative liabilities     83   1,615
Current portion of long-term debt     8,609   8,151
      188,321   191,409
       
Non-current liabilities      
Long-term debt     13,242   13,978
Income taxes payable     1,742   2,078
Deferred income taxes     3,738   2,889
Other liabilities     8,481   8,222
       
      27,203   27,167
       
Total liabilities     215,524   218,576
       
Equity       
       
Equity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders      
Share capital     73,090   73,090
Contributed surplus      6,074   6,057
Retained earnings     254,606   256,668
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (28,990)   (19,790)
      304,780   316,025
       
Non-controlling interest     4,053   5,592
       
Total equity     308,833   321,617
       
Total liabilities and equity     524,357   540,193


Velan Inc.          
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)      
(Unaudited)          
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares and per share amounts)        
           
  Three-month periods ended
February 28
  Fiscal years ended 
February 28
  2019 2018   2019 2018
  $ $   $ $
           
           
Sales    105,345   102,607     366,865   337,963
           
Cost of sales   79,479   84,594     281,270   267,102
           
Gross profit   25,866   18,013     85,595   70,861
           
Administration costs   27,185   23,366     93,336   87,713
Other expense (income)   (654)   (84)     (741)   1,463
           
Operating loss   (665)   (5,269)     (7,000)   (18,315)
           
Finance income   372   541     865   1,102
Finance costs   395   605     1,560   1,299
           
Finance costs – net   (23)   (64)     (695)   (197)
           
Loss before income taxes   (688)   (5,333)     (7,695)   (18,512)
           
Provision for (Recovery of) income taxes   (1,865)   3,685     (2,301)   361
           
Net income (loss) for the period   1,177   (9,018)     (5,394)   (18,873)
           
Net income (loss) attributable to:          
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares   1,519   (8,221)     (4,882)   (17,811)
Non-controlling interest   (342)   (797)     (512)   (1,062)
    1,177   (9,018)     (5,394)   (18,873)
           
Net income (loss) per Subordinate and Multiple Voting Share          
Basic   0.07   (0.38)     (0.23)   (0.82)
Diluted   0.07   (0.38)     (0.23)   (0.82)
           
           
Dividends declared per Subordinate and Multiple  0.02   0.08     0.09   0.31 
  Voting Share  (CA$0.03)   (CA$0.10)     (CA$0.12)   (CA$0.40) 
           
           
Total weighted average number of Subordinate and          
Multiple Voting Shares          
Basic 21,621,935 21,621,935   21,621,935 21,640,632
Diluted 21,621,935 21,621,935   21,621,935 21,640,632


Velan Inc.                  
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)          
(Unaudited)                  
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)                  
                   
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February 28

    Fiscal years ended
February 28

 
           
  2019   2018     2019   2018  
  $   $     $   $  
                   
                   
Comprehensive income (loss)                  
                   
Net income (loss) for the period   1,177     (9,018 )     (5,394 )   (18,873 )
                   
Other comprehensive income (loss)                  
Foreign currency translation adjustment on foreign operations                  
  whose functional currency is other than the reporting                  
  currency (U.S. dollar)   (24 )   3,449       (9,300 )   15,938  
                   
Comprehensive income (loss)   1,153     (5,569 )     (14,694 )   (2,935 )
                   
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:                  
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares   1,500     (4,772 )     (14,082 )   (2,051 )
Non-controlling interest   (347 )   (797 )     (612 )   (884 )
                   
    1,153     (5,569 )     (14,694 )   (2,935 )
                   
                   
Other comprehensive income (loss) is composed solely of items that may be reclassified subsequently to the             
consolidated statement of loss.                  
                   


 

Velan Inc.                              
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity                
(Unaudited)                              
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares)                          
                               
                               
                               
  Equity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders          
  Number of
shares
  Share capital   Contributed
surplus
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)   Retained earnings   Total   Non-controlling interest   Total equity  
                               
Balance - February 28, 2018   21,621,935     73,090     6,057   (19,790 )   256,668     316,025     5,592     321,617  
Adjustment related to the transition to IFRS 15   -      -      -    -      4,741     4,741     -      4,741  
Adjusted  balance - March 1, 2018   21,621,935     73,090     6,057   (19,790 )   261,409     320,766     5,592     326,358  
                               
Net loss for the period   -      -      -    -      (4,882 )   (4,882 )   (512 )   (5,394 )
Other comprehensive loss   -      -      -    (9,200 )   -      (9,200 )   (100 )   (9,300 )
                               
    21,621,935     73,090     6,057   (28,990 )   256,527     306,684     4,980     311,664  
                               
Effect of share-based compensation   -      -      17   -      -      17     -      17  
Dividends                              
  Multiple Voting Shares   -      -      -    -      (1,427 )   (1,427 )   -      (1,427 )
  Subordinate Voting Shares   -      -      -    -      (494 )   (494 )   -      (494 )
  Non-controlling interest   -      -      -    -      -      -      (927 )   (927 )
                               
Balance - February 28, 2019   21,621,935     73,090     6,074   (28,990 )   254,606     304,780     4,053     308,833  
                               
                               
Balance - February 28, 2017   21,667,235     73,584     6,017   (35,550 )   281,343     325,394     6,517     331,911  
                               
Net loss for the period   -      -      -    -      (17,811 )   (17,811 )   (1,062 )   (18,873 )
Other comprehensive income   -      -      -    15,760     -      15,760     178     15,938  
                               
    21,667,235     73,584     6,017   (19,790 )   263,532     323,343     5,633     328,976  
                               
Effect of share-based compensation   -      -      40   -      -      40     -      40  
Share repurchase   (45,300 )   (494 )   -    -      (136 )   (630 )   -      (630 )
Dividends                              
  Multiple Voting Shares   -      -      -    -      (4,824 )   (4,824 )   -      (4,824 )
  Subordinate Voting Shares   -      -      -    -      (1,904 )   (1,904 )   -      (1,904 )
  Non-controlling interest   -      -      -    -      -      -      (41 )   (41 )
                               
Balance - February 28, 2018   21,621,935     73,090     6,057   (19,790 )   256,668     316,025     5,592     321,617  


 

Velan Inc.                  
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow              
(Unaudited)                  
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)                  
                   
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    Fiscal years ended
February 28

 
  2019   2018     2019   2018  
  $   $     $   $  
                   
Cash flows from                  
                   
Operating activities                  
Net income (loss) for the period   1,177     (9,018 )     (5,394 )   (18,873 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by                  
  operating activities   (2,561 )   (3,891 )     7,118     6,994  
Changes in non-cash working capital items   (2,812 )   3,996       (11,311 )   9,986  
Cash used by operating activities   (4,196 )   (8,913 )     (9,587 )   (1,893 )
                   
Investing activities                  
Short-term investments   (511 )   814       (11 )   327  
Additions to property, plant and equipment   (1,109 )   (1,830 )     (7,510 )   (6,202 )
Additions to intangible assets   (1,029 )   (32 )     (1,141 )   (437 )
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets                  
  intangible assets   -      66       144     141  
Net change in other assets   (193 )   (551 )     403     (507 )
Cash used by investing activities   (2,842 )   (1,533 )     (8,115 )   (6,678 )
                   
Financing activities                  
Dividends paid to Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders   (488 )   (1,692 )     (3,102 )   (6,681 )
Dividends paid to non-controlling interest   -      -        (927 )   (41 )
Repurchase of shares   -      -        -      (630 )
Short-term bank loans   (313 )   (12 )     1,098     (576 )
Increase in long-term debt   -      -        3,989     -   
Repayment of long-term debt   (926 )   (854 )     (3,586 )   (3,206 )
Cash used by financing activities   (1,727 )   (2,558 )     (2,528 )   (11,134 )
                   
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash    (325 )   1,526       (3,447 )   8,021  
                   
Net change in cash during the period   (9,090 )   (11,478 )     (23,677 )   (11,684 )
                   
Net cash – Beginning of the period   49,956     76,021       64,543     76,227  
                   
Net cash – End of the period   40,866     64,543       40,866     64,543  
                   
Net cash is composed of:                  
  Cash and cash equivalents   70,673     85,391       70,673     85,391  
  Bank indebtedness   (29,807 )   (20,848 )     (29,807 )   (20,848 )
                   
    40,866     64,543       40,866     64,543  
                   
Supplementary information                  
Interest received (paid)   142     443       26     532  
Income taxes reimbursed (paid)   (1,683 )   370       (10,459 )   (3,752 )

For further information please contact:
Yves Leduc, President and Chief Executive Officer
or
John D. Ball, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (514) 748-7743
Fax: (514) 748-8635
Web:  www.velan.com   

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