- Revenue of $155.4 million and EBITDA of $17.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021;
- Net earnings of $4.5 million and basic EPS of $0.07 for the three months ended March 31, 2021;
- Generated Free Cash Flow of $12.4 million in Q1 2021;
- Capital improvements to the new Modular Solutions plant in Cambridge are underway with the plant expected to be operational by the end of Q2 2021;
- Debt reduced to $78.9 million at March 31, 2021 from $85.4 million at year end. Management has a strong financial position as it looks to execute on its growth strategy; and
- Dexterra Group declared a dividend for the second quarter of 2021 of $0.075 per share, for shareholders of record at June 30, 2021, to be paid July 15, 2021.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, May 11, 2021 – TSX Symbol: DXT
First Quarter Financial Summary
First Quarter Operations Analysis
For Q1 2021, Facilities Management revenues were $38.0 million and decreased by $5.4 million or 12% from the $43.4 million in Q1 2020. Revenue decreased primarily due to the temporary closure or reduction in operations at certain facilities as a result of COVID-19. In particular, the aviation and retail sectors decreased by $8.7 million compared to 2020. This was partially offset by new business.
EBITDA margin increased to 9% for Q1 2021 (Q4 2020 – 7%), mainly due to stronger project management and management delivering on operational improvements. See “Non-GAAP measures” above for the definition of “EBITDA as a percentage of revenue”.
Workforce Accommodations, Forestry and Energy Services (“WAFES”)
WAFES revenue performance was strong in a COVID-19 environment despite Q1 2021 being negatively impacted by temporary camp closures, especially in British Columbia. Revenue from the WAFES segment for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $75.7 million.
EBITDA as a percentage of revenue was 20% which is an increase of 8% compared to Q1 2020, due to strong utilization of support services and the addition of new contracts and business in Eastern Canada with the growth of infrastructure and mining projects. This margin is similar to Q4 2020.
Modular Solutions segment revenues for Q1 2021 were $41.9 million. These revenues are primarily focused on social and affordable housing and portable classrooms.
EBITDA for Q1 2021 was $2.9 million. The results reflect the focus on social and affordable housing projects where performance and execution have been strong in western Canada. This was partially offset by lower than expected margins in Eastern Canada due to project delays. The lower margins and lower revenue compared to Q4 2020 is not expected to continue and the new Cambridge plant will be better suited for construction of affordable housing projects.
A key metric for the Modular Solutions segment is the backlog of projects and timing of backlog execution. The focus for this business unit will be to secure and increase backlog, which was $63.5 million for social housing at the end of Q1 2021. Additionally, Modular Solutions has recurring modular business beyond social housing worth approximately $40 million per annum, which mainly consists of portable classrooms and is finalizing contracts exceeding $45 million with the City of Toronto that will be manufactured in 2021 and are not included in the backlog numbers above.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
For the three months ended March 31, 2021, cash generated by operating activities was $17.9 million, compared to $5.1 million in the same period of 2020. The variance was business volume driven primarily by an increase in earnings before depreciation of $12 million in Q1 2021 compared to the prior period and reduced working capital needs by $3.1 million in Q1 2021. This was used to fund the $1.3 million in capital expenditures for the Cambridge NRB plant as well as to repay debt and pay dividends.
Debt was $78.9 million and available borrowing capacity was $83.7 million at March 31, 2021.
A copy of Dexterra Group’s Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 and related Management’s Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”) have been filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and are available on SEDAR at sedar.com and Dexterra Group’s website at dexterra.com. The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards and the reporting currency is in Canadian dollars.
Dexterra Group will host a conference call and webcast to begin promptly at 8:30 Eastern time on May 12, 2021 to discuss Dexterra Group’s first quarter results.
To access the conference call by telephone the conference call dial in number is 1-800-319-4610.
A live webcast of the conference call will be accessible on Dexterra Group’s website at dexterra.com/investor-presentations-events/ by selecting the webcast link. A PowerPoint presentation will be posted on Dexterra Group’s website at dexterra.com on May 11, 2021 to be reviewed on the conference call.
An archived recording of the conference call will be available approximately one hour after the completion of the call until June 2, 2021 by dialing 1-855-669-9658, passcode 6678.
About Dexterra Group
Dexterra Group employs more than 6,000 people across Canada and delivers a range of support services for the creation, management, and operation of infrastructure across Canada.
Powered by people, Dexterra Group brings best-in-class regional expertise to every challenge and delivers innovative solutions, giving clients confidence in their day-to-day operations. Activities include a comprehensive range of facilities management services, industry leading workforce accommodation solutions, innovative modular building capabilities, and other support services for diverse clients in the public and private sectors.
For further information contact:
Drew Knight, CFO
Head office: Airway Centre, 5915 Airport Rd., 4th Floor Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1T1
Telephone: (416) 767-1148
You can also visit our website at dexterra.com
Certain measures in this press release do not have any standardized meaning as prescribed by generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and, therefore, are considered non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures include “EBITDA”, calculated as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, depreciation from equity investment, share based compensation, bargain purchase gain (reduction) and gain/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, “Adjusted EBITDA”, calculated as EBITDA before acquisition costs, other revenue and non-recurring items and including CEWS, “EBITDA as a % of revenue”, calculated as EBITDA divided by revenue, and “Free Cash Flow”, calculated as net cash flows from (used in) operating activities, less maintenance capital expenditures, payments for lease liabilities and finance costs, to provide investors with supplemental measures of Dexterra Group’s operating performance and thus highlight trends in its core businesses that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. Dexterra Group also believes that securities analysts, investors and other interested parties frequently use non-GAAP measures in the evaluation of issuers. Dexterra Group’s management also uses non-GAAP measures in order to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period, to prepare annual operating budgets, and to determine components of management compensation.
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 Backlog is the total value of work that has not yet been completed that: (a) has a high certainty of being performed based on the existence of an executed contract or work order specifying job scope, value and timing; or (b) has been awarded to Dexterra Group, as evidenced by an executed letter of award or agreement, describing the general job scope, value and timing of such work, and where finalization of a formal contract in respect of such work is reasonably assured and expects to be recognized in the next 12 months.