Ottawa, Ontario – November 15, 2017 --Calian Group Ltd. (TSX.CGY) today released unaudited results for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2017.
The Company reported revenues for the quarter of $72.3 million, a 5% increase from the $68.8 million reported in the same quarter of the previous year. For the year ended September 30, 2017, the Company reported revenues of $275.4 million, which represents a slight increase over the revenues of $274.6 million reported in the prior year.
EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter was $6.6 million, a 25% increase compared to $5.3 million in the same quarter of the previous year and for the year ended September 30, 2017, EBITDA(1) was $23.5 million, a 7% increase compared to $22.0 million in the prior year.
Net profit for the fourth quarter was $4.3 million or $0.57 per share basic and $0.56 per share diluted, a 27% increase compared to $3.4 million or $0.45 per share basic and diluted in the same quarter of the previous year. On a year-to-date basis, net profit was $15.4 million or $2.03 per share basic and $2.01 per share diluted, an increase of 13% compared to net profit of $13.6 million or $1.83 per share basic and diluted in the previous year. Adjusted Net Profit(1) for the fourth quarter was $4.3 million or $0.57 per share basic and $0.56 per share diluted, compared to $3.4 million or $0.45 per share basic and diluted in the same quarter of the previous year. On a year-to-date basis, adjusted net profit(1) was $15.4 million or $2.03 per share basic and $2.01 per share diluted compared to $14.2 million or $1.92 per share basic and diluted in the previous year.
See caution regarding non-GAAP measures at the end of this press release
"The results for this quarter continue to show a solid base of business in all of our service offerings", stated Jacqueline Gauthier, CFO. "The increase in revenues this quarter allowed the Company to report revenue levels slightly higher than the prior year. In addition, the Company was able to increase its EBITDA levels through improvement in gross margins and with the intangible amortization decreasing, net earnings returned to shareholders was significantly improved".
"Once again, the team has delivered solid results for our shareholders. I am extremely proud of their efforts in the quarter and full year results" stated Kevin Ford, CEO. "We continue to see progress across all elements of our four pillar growth strategy. Equally, I am very proud of our continued high customer satisfaction metrics across all of our services again this year – the Calian team is passionate about ensuring we are adding value to our customers objectives", stated Ford.
"Cleary, the recent announcement of our re-win of the DND health services contract which now includes RCMP and Veterans Affairs will be a highlight for the year. While adding considerable contracted backlog, which in total now exceeds $1 billion, our team is excited about continuing to work with the government to support the health and wellness of the Military, Veterans and RCMP members", continued Ford.
"With over 64 consecutive profitable quarters, positive cash flows, a strong balance sheet and enviable backlog, our financial position is very strong which provides the facility to continue to invest in innovation. Our recent announcement of our relationship with DCT Delta in the cable sector is just one example of the innovation that forms part of our DNA here at the company. While we are confident in our organic growth opportunities, we continue to search proactively for M&A opportunities that support our growth objectives", continued Ford.
Management continues to focus on its key strategic initiatives. Traditional markets in which Calian operates are stable and management expects organic revenue and earnings growth in most or all of its service lines through the successful execution of our growth strategy. However, we must caution that revenues realized are ultimately dependent on the extent and timing of future contract awards as well as customer utilization of existing contracting vehicles. Based on currently available information and our assessment of the marketplace, we expect revenues for fiscal 2018 to be in the range of $290 million to $310 million, net profit in the range of $1.90 to $2.20 per share.
Caution regarding non-GAAP measures:
This press release is based on reported earnings in accordance with IFRS. Reference to generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) means IFRS, unless indicated otherwise. This press release is also based on non-GAAP financial measures including EBITDA, adjusted net profit and adjusted net profit per share. These non-GAAP measures are mainly derived from the interim consolidated financial statements, but do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS; therefore, others using these terms may calculate them differently. Management believes that providing certain non-GAAP performance measures, in addition to IFRS measures, provides users of our financial reports with enhanced understanding of our results and related trends and increases transparency and clarity into the core results of our business. Refer to the MD&A for definitions of these metrics and reconciliations to the most comparable IFRS measures.