|August 24, 2017|
Energold Announces Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
|Energold Drilling Corp. ("Energold" or "the Company") announces second quarter 2017 consolidated revenues of $17.8 million, a 15% increase compared to revenue of $15.6 million in the same period of 2016. On a Company-wide basis, there is ongoing improvement in the mineral drilling sector which has been partially offset by ongoing challenging conditions in the energy division and weakness in the manufacturing division.|
Commodity price stability has contributed to improved activity in the mineral drilling market. On a year over year basis, the number of metres drilled has increased substantially as customers have been successful in raising and deploying exploration capital. The energy drilling market remains hampered by stagnantly low hydrocarbon prices which have impacted exploration drilling activity to date, however there appears to be renewed activity for the second half of the year in geo-thermal programs. The manufacturing business has been weak for some time and the company is undergoing a reorganization of the division to improve sales and profitability.
In the second quarter of 2017, the Company's overall gross margin declined to 10% from 12% in the same period of 2016. Costs in the energy and manufacturing sector reduced the Company's gross profit, notwithstanding a substantial improvement in the mineral division. Group indirect & administrative expenses were lower by 14% over the comparative quarter. The net loss per share in the period improved to $(0.09) per share compared to $(0.10) in the same period of 2016.
Energold's balance sheet at the end of the second quarter of 2017 was well-capitalized with $10.4 million in cash and $59.2 million in working capital. On June 15, 2017, the Company completed a $20.0 million private placement of $20.0 million convertible secured notes. The proceeds of the private placement were used to repay certain current loans, including the $13.5 million secured convertible debenture which was due in July 2017, as well as some existing credit facilities with RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.
2017 Quarter-to-Date and Year-to-Date Results Comparison
($CAD '000s except per-share amounts and meters drilled)
MINERAL DRILLING DIVISION
Revenues increased to $13.1 million in Q2-2017 from $9.0 million in the comparable period of 2016. Meters in the first half of 2017 increased to 88,900 compared to 61,000 in 2016. Average revenue per meter for Q2-2017 and Q2-2016 remained the same at $148. Pricing remains competitive and there is still excess rig capacity in the industry although the Company is operating at increased utilization in certain key markets in Latin America. The margin for the three months ended June 30, 2017 in this division was $2.1 million or 16% compared to $1.1 million or 12% in the comparable period in 2016. Drilling programs have started to grow in size as the recovery continues and margin expansion is expected to continue as costs remain under control and pricing starts to firm up in several key markets.
ENERGY DRILLING DIVISION (Oil & Gas, Geothermal, Geotechnical, Water)
Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $3.5 million compared to $3.7 million in same period for 2016. There was a negative margin of $0.3 million or 9% in 2017 compared to a gross margin of $0.4 million or 12% in the comparable period of 2016. The division still has certain fixed costs in its operations, although there continues to be a concerted effort to reduce costs.
Revenues for Dando for the three months ended June 30, 2017 were $1.2 million with a negative margin of 1% compared to revenues of $2.8 million with a gross margin of 14% in the comparable period in 2016. Revenue remained weak in this division as global demand for new drilling rigs of all kinds in the Spring was subdued. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, Dando received orders for three large rigs and a moderate recovery is anticipated during the balance of the year. The Company is implementing an extensive reorganization of Dando which should be completed by year-end. This effort should translate into reduced fixed costs and improved margins. Further the Company will have completed a focused portfolio of new models of its high-quality drilling rig.
Management believes the recovery in the mineral drilling sector should continue into 2018. Capacity utilization is expected to grow in key markets with pricing remaining stable at current levels. There is some return to riskier jurisdictions worldwide which bodes well for activity levels within the Company's core man-portable drilling rig fleet.
The Energy drilling market, while soft in recent years, should be more active in the upcoming winter drilling season. Several of the Company's key customers have plans to implement larger drilling programs as significant work was deferred in past years. Oil sands producers, who represent the majority of the Company's winter drilling business, seek to drill "ahead of the shovel" as extraction equipment must have considerable resource ahead of it to maintain production levels. Therefore, larger delineation drilling is planned for the 2017/2018 winter drilling season. Until such time that the winter drilling projects begin, green and infrastructure drilling activity has been increasing in activity over the first half. The Company is working on and bidding several large infrastructure projects in Canada as it seeks to deploy unused assets in seasonally slower periods.
Following the recent convertible debenture financing, the Company's balance sheet is in a strong position. There are resources available to the Company to invest in areas of growth and develop new markets. Management plans to invest in mostly organic growth over the foreseeable future to improve utilization and profit levels.
A conference call is planned for August 24, 2017 at 4:15 pm Eastern. To access the conference call by telephone, dial 647-792-1278 or 1-888-504-7961. Please connect 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the call.
Energold Drilling Corp. is a leading global specialty drilling company that services the mining, energy, infrastructure, geothermal, water and manufacturing sectors in 25 countries. Specializing in a socially and environmentally sensitive approach to drilling, Energold provides a comprehensive range of drilling services from early stage exploration to onsite operations as well as manufacturing.
On behalf of the Directors of Energold Drilling Corp.,
"Frederick W. Davidson"
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