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5N Plus Reports Strong Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2020


MONTREAL, Aug. 4, 2020 /CNW Telbec/ - 5N Plus Inc. (TSX: VNP) ("5N Plus" or the "Company"), a leading global producer of engineered materials and specialty chemicals, today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

5N Plus posted strong results in the second quarter, the best in many quarters in terms of Adjusted EBITDA1 and delivered record level gross margin1 as a percentage of revenue, despite near historic lows in relevant metal notations which has resulted in sub-optimized conditions for the Company's upstream activities and headwinds from COVID-19 pandemic.  Given the fact that 5N Plus continued to grow the contribution from higher value-added businesses with lower metal revenues, the Company was able to expand margins and grow earnings. During the quarter and year-to-date, gross margin grew by 9% and 7% reaching record levels for the Company.

Considering the new realities created by COVID-19 pandemic, 5N Plus was able to successfully navigate the new business environment. First and foremost, Management remained focused on employees' health and safety while servicing market demands and protecting the interests of its stakeholders. The core business remained strong, albeit negatively impacted by slower demand from certain industries such as automotive, aircraft, coating and pigment. Also, certain growth initiatives were impeded by the pandemic due to customer's program delays and site closures. Despite these challenges, the increased demand for products with higher value-added activities and improved operating fundamentals enabled 5N Plus to grow earnings and expand margins. The culmination of these events resulted in significant cash generation leading to net debt reduction of $13.7 million in the quarter, while maintaining a high level of liquidity.  The Company continues to further strengthen its balance sheet, keeping all options open for the future growth projects.

For the second quarter of 2020 and year-to-date, the Company reported the following:


1 See Non-IFRS Measures

Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said "I am pleased by our team's performance during the quarter and year-to-date, amid the headwinds created by COVID-19 pandemic.  Our team's resolve to increase the contribution from businesses with higher margins such as semiconductor compounds and engineered substrates while managing the risk from those with larger metal revenue exposure is beginning to gain traction as evident by the growth in the earnings and record level gross margin1 as a percentage of revenue."  

Mr. Roshan continued "The demand for our core products remain strong and we are experiencing tangible support from potential customers and stakeholders to commercialize our new and value-added products.  While the former continues to strengthen the Company's balance sheet, providing adequate resources for the growth projects, the latter provides credence to the trajectory of 5N Plus with emphasis on more value-added products and services."

Mr. Roshan concluded "In the second half of the year, our top priority will remain the safety and security of our people with the help of whom we shall reach a number of milestones including: establishment of additional joint and strategic agreements related to growth initiatives, completion of key investment projects related to automation and process technology and completion of qualification campaigns for a number of our products."

Webcast Information
5N Plus will host a conference call on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 at 8:00 am (Eastern Daylight Time) to discuss results of the second quarter ended June 30, 2020. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the Company's website at www.5nplus.com.

To participate in the conference call:

Enter access code 66352886.

A playback will be available two hours after the event at 1-888-390-0541, until August 12, 2020. The access code is 352886.

Non-IFRS Measures
EBITDA means net earnings (loss) before interest expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of certain expenses. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies. EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA divided by revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA means EBITDA as defined above before impairment of inventories, share-based compensation expense, impairment of non-current assets, litigation and restructuring costs (income), gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, change in fair value of debenture conversion option, foreign exchange and derivatives loss (gain). We use adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of inventory write-downs. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues.

Gross margin is a measure we use to monitor the sales contribution after paying cost of sales excluding depreciation and impairment inventory charge. We also expressed this measure in percentage of revenues by dividing the gross margin value by the total revenue.

Net debt is calculated as total debt less cash and cash equivalents. Any newly introduced IFRS 16 reporting measures in reference to lease liabilities are excluded from the calculation. We use this measure as an indicator of our overall financial position.

Backlog represents the expected orders we have received but have not yet executed and that are expected to translate into sales within the next twelve months expressed in number of days.

Bookings represent orders received during the period considered, expressed in days, and are calculated by adding revenues to the increase or decrease in backlog for the period considered divided by annualized year revenues. We use backlog to provide an indication of expected future revenues in days, and bookings to determine our ability to sustain and increase our revenues. 

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) is a non-IFRS financial measure, calculated by dividing the annualized Adjusted EBIT by capital employed at the end of the period. Adjusted EBIT is calculated as the Adjusted EBITDA less depreciation of PPE and amortization of intangible assets (adjusted for accelerated depreciation charge, if any). Capital employed is the sum of the accounts receivable, the inventory, the PPE, the goodwill and intangibles less trade and accrued liabilities (adjusted for exceptional items). We use ROCE to measure the return on capital employed, whether the financing is through equity or debt. In our view, this measure provides useful information to determine if capital invested in the Company yields competitive returns. The usefulness of ROCE is limited by the fact that it is a ratio and not providing information as to the absolute amount of our net income, debt or equity. It also excludes certain items from the calculation and other companies may use a similar measure but calculate it differently.

About 5N Plus Inc.
5N Plus is a leading global producer of engineered materials and specialty chemicals with integrated recycling and refining assets to manage the sustainability of its business model. The Company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates R&D, manufacturing and commercial centers in several locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to manufacture products which are used as enabling precursors by its customers in a number of advanced electronics, optoelectronics, pharmaceutical, health, renewable energy and industrial applications.  Many of the materials produced by 5N Plus are critical for the functionality and performance of the products and systems produced by its customers, many of whom are leaders within their industry.

Forward-Looking Statements and Disclaimer
Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information and statements are based on the best estimates available to the Company at the time and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. A description of the risks affecting the Company's business and activities appears under the heading "Risk and Uncertainties" of the 5N Plus' 2019 MD&A dated February 25, 2020 and note 10 of the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three and six-month periods ended periods ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 available on www.sedar.com

The Company is not aware of any significant changes to its risk factors previously disclosed, however since January 2020, the gradual outbreak of the novel strain of the coronavirus, COVID-19 and its declaration as a pandemic by the World Health Organization, has resulted in governments worldwide enacting emergency measures to combat the spread of the virus. These measures have caused material disruption to businesses globally resulting in an economic slowdown. While the Company has been able to mitigate the short-term impact from the crisis without significant loss of production capacity and customer demand, it is not possible to reliably estimate the length, severity and long-term impact the global pandemic may have on the Company's financial results, conditions and cash flows. The outbreak of the COVID-19 should be considered a new risk factor.

Forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "should", "would", "believe", "expect", the negative of these terms, variations of them or any similar terms. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward-looking information in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N Plus will derive therefrom. In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N Plus. The forward-looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and the Company has no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. The reader is warned against placing undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.

 

5N PLUS INC.

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

(in thousands of United States dollars) (unaudited)     





June 30
2020

December 31
2019


$

$

Assets



Current



Cash and cash equivalents

30,669

20,065

Accounts receivable

22,826

28,477

Inventories

79,624

83,367

Income tax receivable

5,110

5,433

Other current assets

4,544

7,371

Total current assets

142,773

144,713

Property, plant and equipment

57,273

58,590

Right-of-use assets

5,355

6,050

Intangible assets

10,320

10,990

Deferred tax assets

8,089

8,425

Other assets

1,084

1,174

Total non-current assets

82,121

85,229

Total assets

224,894

229,942

Liabilities



Current



Trade and accrued liabilities

25,070

32,066

Income tax payable

4,812

3,374

Current portion of long-term debt

102

107

Current portion of lease liabilities

1,348

1,469

Total current liabilities

31,332

37,016

Long-term debt

55,000

55,000

Deferred tax liabilities

267

269

Employee benefit plan obligation

14,836

15,398

Derivative financial liabilities

603

-

Lease liabilities

4,215

4,767

Other liabilities

195

195

Total non-current liabilities

75,116

75,629

Total liabilities

106,448

112,645




Equity

118,446

117,297

Total liabilities and equity

224,894

229,942

 

5N PLUS INC.

INTERIM CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

For the three and six-month periods ended June 30

(in thousands of United States dollars, except per share information) (unaudited)    





Three months

Six months


2020

2019

2020

2019


$

$

$

$

Revenue

41,136

50,290

91,090

101,703

Cost of sales

31,123

41,051

71,583

83,851

Selling, general and administrative expenses

4,589

5,476

9,480

10,992

Other expenses (income), net

1,287

887

2,302

2,687


36,999

47,414

83,365

97,530

Operating earnings

4,137

2,876

7,725

4,173






Financial expense





Interest on long-term debt

673

756

1,355

1,445

Imputed interest and other interest expense

200

189

417

903

Foreign exchange and derivative loss

631

136

1,080

423


1,504

1,081

2,852

2,771

Earnings before income taxes

2,633

1,795

4,873

1,402

Income tax expense (recovery)





Current

953

(93)

2,290

1,147

Deferred

(69)

130

242

(354)


884

37

2,532

793

Net earnings

1,749

1,758

2,341

609

Attributable to:





Equity holders of 5N Plus Inc.

1,749

1,758

2,341

609


1,749

1,758

2,341

609






Earnings per share attributable to equity holders of 5N Plus Inc.

0.02

0.02

0.03

0.01

Basic earnings per share

0.02

0.02

0.03

0.01

Diluted earnings per share

0.02

0.02

0.03

0.01

 

5N PLUS INC.

For the three and six-month periods ended June 30

(in thousands of United States dollars, except per share information) (unaudited)


Revenue by Segment and Gross Margin







Q2 2020

Q2 2019

YTD 2020

YTD 2019


$

$

$

$

Electronic Materials

19,518

18,867

39,302

39,161

Eco-Friendly Materials

21,618

31,423

51,788

62,542

Total revenue

41,136

50,290

91,090

101,703

Cost of sales

(31,123)

(41,051)

(71,583)

(83,851)

Depreciation included in cost of sales

2,578

2,325

5,263

5,247

Gross margin3

12,591

11,564

24,770

23,099

Gross margin percentage1

30.6%

23.0%

27.2%

22.7%

 

Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA







Q2 2020

Q2 2019

YTD 2020

YTD 2019


$

$

$

$

Revenue

41,136

50,290

91,090

101,703

Adjusted operating expenses1 *

(33,489)

(44,428)

(76,586)

(90,229)

Adjusted EBITDA1

7,647

5,862

14,504

11,474

Impairment of inventory

-

-

-

-

Share-based compensation expense

(510)

(405)

(680)

(1,542)

Foreign exchange and derivative loss

(631)

(136)

(1,080)

(423)

EBITDA1

6,506

5,321

12,744

9,509

Interest on long-term debt, imputed interest and other interest expense

873

945

1,772

2,348

Depreciation and amortization

3,000

2,581

6,099

5,759

Earnings before income taxes

2,633

1,795

4,873

1,402

Income tax expense (recovery)





Current

953

(93)

2,290

1,147

Deferred

(69)

130

242

(354)


884

37

2,532

793

Net earnings

1,749

1,758

2,341

609






Basic earnings per share

$0.02

$0.02

$0.03

$0.01

Diluted earnings per share

$0.02

$0.02

$0.03

$0.01

*Excluding impairment of inventory, share-based compensation expense and depreciation and amortization.

 

Net Debt





As at June 30, 2020

As at December 31, 2019


$

$

Bank indebtedness

-

-

Long-term debt including current portion

55,102

55,107

Total Debt1

55,102

55,107

Cash and cash equivalents

(30,669)

(20,065)

Net Debt1

24,433

35,042

 


1 See Non-IFRS Measures

 

SOURCE 5N Plus Inc.


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