|April 26, 2019|
Energold Drilling Corp Announces Q4 2018 and Fiscal 2018 Results
Energold Drilling Corp. (EGD: TSX.V) (“Energold” or “The Company” or “Energold Group”) is pleased to announce its annual results for the year ended December 31, 2018 with a four-year high revenue of $84.1 million across all business divisions, representing an increase of 12% on a year over year basis compared to 2017’s $75.0 million revenue. This continued revenue rebound can be attributed to a successful diversification and turnaround strategy the group has put in place since 2012 to mitigate the effects of a prolonged downturn in the mineral sector. In 2018, over 50% of revenues for Energold came from non-mining activities.
Positive EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation & amortization) was achieved for the first three quarters of 2018, the first positive earnings since 2012. Q4 2018 was a challenging quarter due to lack of junior mining capital, seasonal delays, combined with work start costs in the oil sands which culminated in a yearly EBITDA loss of $2.9 million. This is a significant improvement from EBITDA loss of $5.6 million in 2017 and a testament to improving commodities outlook, better margins, and the growing diversified segments of renewables and geothermal.
Despite a lukewarm recovery in mineral exploration, Energold’s diversified sectors are growing.
In 2018, gross margin for the group was 17% compared to 14% in 2017 demonstrating a continued push for operational efficiency and resulting in better margins. Net loss for 2018 totaled $14.6 million compared to a loss of $17.6 million in 2017 and operation losses narrowed by 51% to $6.9 million in 2018 from $14.1 million in 2017. Looking forward, Energold believes 2019 will be conducive for higher EBITDA and earnings.
At the end of December 31, 2018, the Company had cash of $5.0 million, trade and receivables of $13.5 million, and net working capital of $32.4 million. The working capital decrease was affected by the reclassification of $10.8 million in inventory from current assets to long term assets and bank indebtedness of $2.5 million becoming current in 2018.
Fred Davidson, CEO and President of Energold, commented as follows: “2018 signified a continual turnaround in the Energold story with the group achieving the first positive EBITDA in over six years and narrowing losses significantly for the full year. This strategically positions the group to continue to work towards achieving breakeven and net income in 2019 as our diversified business segments continue to demonstrate growth against a backdrop of tepid mineral exploration markets.”
Quarter-to-date and year-to-date results comparison
MINERAL DRILLING DIVISION
In 2018, mineral revenues decreased to $39.3 million in 2018 from $45.3 million in 2017. Not surprisingly, S&P Global Intelligence quoted grassroots explorations budget at record decade lows at below 30% of global expenditures of $9 billion which is barely above 2009 budgets.
This decrease in revenue for mineral drilling is impacted by the downturn of previous years and inability for most juniors and developers to access new capital. While there are positive signs in the industry and an improvement in exploration spending worldwide primarily in the development phase of mining, most of the early stage exploration juniors market remains relatively challenged.
The Company believes with the start of the mergers and acquisitions in the sector now underway, more efforts will be placed to upgrade reserves, replace reserves, or discover new projects in coming years which should benefit the mining division.
At December 31, 2018 the Company had 139 rigs in its mineral drilling fleet, many of which the Company has developed conversion kits to address evolving client needs beyond portable frontier drilling to reverse circulation, underground drilling, and even open-hole drilling.
Meters Drilled During the Quarter
OIL AND GAS, SUSTAINABLE DRILLING & INFRASTRUCTURE DIVISION
Diversified energy and infrastructure work this year brought in over $35.0 million compared to $22.7 million in 2017 which is a 54% increase. Continued strength, improving prices and the supply situation is buoyant for oil prices, resulting in strong oil sands and seismic activity of $11.0 million in 2018 compared to $9.6 million in 2017.
Energold’s horizontal directional drilling (“HDD”) division generated $6.9 million in revenue in 2018, nearly doubling year over year compared to $3.6 million in 2017. The HDD division captured the growing demand for technology, infrastructure connectedness, and telecommunication retrofit work around cities in North America, and there are additional markets in developing nations as well.
Dando, Energold’s manufacturing division’s core business, remains challenging given the global slowdown in mining activities and thus mining related equipment. To combat operation losses, corporate restructuring for potential divestiture commenced in 2017 aiming at reducing fixed costs and streamlining production and product portfolio.
The manufacturing division demonstrated strong turnaround with new management, generating $9.8 million in revenue, a 40% increase from 2017’s $7.0 million.
The turnaround process has seen early success with Dando achieving profitability for the first time in years early in 2018. In March 2019, Energold entered into a binding heads of agreement (“HoA)” with a private UK company to acquire Dando. The new owners will fund Dando for up to an additional GBP 1,000,000 and own 51%, purchasing the remaining 49% for GBP 3.1 million (approximately $5.35 million CAD) over a ten-year period. Additional information is available on the news release dated March 7, 2019.
The mining industry has seen several years of under expenditures resulting in a hollowing out of the mid-tier development projects feeding the need of grade and ore replacement trend for majors. As evident through recent mergers and acquisitions on the largest scale, the rush to explore and generate greenfield projects could soon increase which should benefit service companies such as Energold.
In the Canadian oil and gas sector, we have also seen a dramatic reversal of the collapse of the WCS price resulting from Alberta mandating production cuts which coupled with the resurgence of world oil prices is strongly positive for the sector. The Canadian oil sands is the third largest source of world oil reserves and account for more than two-thirds of Canadian exports with increases forecasted out to 2035 according to CAPP. This entails considerable future drilling and well service programs.
The green and infrastructure drilling space continues to grow with significant data network upgrades throughout developed cities, energy efficiency upgrades, and public capital allocated to larger projects such as fiber optics network and high-speed network upgrades for $4.7 billion in BC through to 2020.
A conference call to review financials is planned for Monday, April 29, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Dial-in numbers are 647-689-4231 or 1-833-297-9922. All our earnings calls are also archived online at www.energold.com under the Investors tab and Earnings Calls Archive page.
ABOUT ENERGOLD DRILLING
Energold Drilling Corp. is a leading global specialty drilling company that services the mining, energy, infrastructure, geothermal, water and manufacturing sectors in 24 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”
Jerry Huang -- Chief Financial Officer (604) 681-9501 or via email at
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