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Foraco International reports Q1 2024

TORONTO and MARSEILLE, France, April 30, 2024 /CNW/ - Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) (the "Company" or "Foraco"), a leading global provider of mineral and water drilling services, today announced its first quarter 2024 results. All figures are expressed in US Dollars (US$) unless otherwise indicated.

Revenue

  • Revenue: US$ 77.1 m compared to US$ 88.4 m in Q1 2023 (-13%).

  • Q1 2024 revenue is the second-best Q1 quarter of the last decade (+14% vs Q1 2022).

  • During Q1 2024, several customers postponed the resumption of activities in January compared to 2023 which was partially recovered in the second part of the quarter.

Profitability

  • Gross Margin: US$ 16.8 m, or 21.8% of revenue (vs 23.9% in Q1 2023)

  • EBITDA: US$ 17.6 m, or 22.8% of revenue (vs 21.6% in Q1 2023)

  • Net Profit: US$ 8.5 m, or 11.0% of revenue (vs 9.1% in Q1 2023)

  • EPS to equity holders:  8.78 US cents vs 6.56 US cents in Q1 2023 (+34% QoQ)

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Tim Bremner, CEO of Foraco, reflected on the quarter, stating, " Q1 2024 stands out as the second-best quarter of the last decade even through the activity level was slightly below that of Q1 2023 when most contracts were remobilized particularly early. Unfavorable exchange rates also impacted Q1 2024. However, the quarter ended on a strong note with a robust rebound in activity levels, smooth operations, and the successful completion of our withdrawal from Russia. We are optimistic as several clients have already initiated discussions to extend their long-term contracts."

Fabien Sevestre, CFO of Foraco, shared insights into the financial outcomes, stating, "Our financial performance in Q1 2024 was robust, marked by an EBITDA margin of 22.8% compared to 21.6% in Q1 2023. The need for increased working capital arose from heightened activity in the latter half of the quarter. Our exit from Russia generated profit, with a related cash payment anticipated in Q2. With a 50% reduction in interest rates following our recent debt refinancing, we achieved a notable net profit and earnings per share that surpassed last year's figures. The approved C$0.06 per share dividend will be disbursed on July 18."

Income Statement

(In thousands of US$)
(unaudited)


Three-month  period
ended March 31, 




2024

2023







Revenue



77,089


88,378













Gross profit (1)



16,812


21,118

As a percentage of sales



21.8 %


23.9 %







EBITDA



17,574


19,130

As a percentage of sales



22.8 %


21.6 %













Operating profit 



12,624


14,214

As a percentage of sales



16.4 %


16.1 %













Net profit for the period 



8,464


8,001













Attributable to:






Equity holders of the Company



8,846


6,635

Non-controlling interests



(382)


1,366







EPS (in US cents)






Basic



8.96


6.70

Diluted



8.78


6.56

 

(1)  includes amortization and depreciation expenses related to operations.

Highlights – Q1 2024

Revenue 

  • Q1 2024 revenue amounted to US$ 77.1 million compared to US$ 88.4 million in Q1 2023, a decrease of 13%.

  • Q1 2024 revenue remains the second-best first quarter of the last decade (+14% vs Q1 2022).

  • In Q1 2023, most contracts were remobilized particularly early.  Delays noted in the first part of Q1 2024 were partially compensated by a robust rebound in activity towards the end of the quarter.

Profitability

  • Q1 2024 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 16.8 million (or 21.8% of revenue) compared to US$ 21.1 million (or 23.9% of revenue) in Q1 2023, the temporary revenue dip, leading to some under-absorption of fixed costs.

  • During the quarter, EBITDA amounted to US$ 17.6 million (or 22.8% of revenue) compared to US$ 19.1 million (or 21.6% of revenue) for the same quarter last year.

  • The Free Cash Flow for the period was US$ (19.0) million mainly explained by the working capital requirements resulting from the higher activity in the second part of the quarter and the capex required in the first quarter to support the upcoming activity.

Financial results

Revenue

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q1 2024

% change

Q1 2023

Reporting segment




Mining

69,046

-7 %

74,519

Water

8,043

-42 %

13,859

Total revenue

77,089

-13 %

88,378





Geographic region




North America

27,023

-9 %

29,726

South America

25,575

-18 %

31,142

Asia Pacific

14,671

-8 %

16,008

Europe, Middle East and Africa

9,820

-15 %

11,502

Total revenue

77,089

-13 %

88,378





Revenue for the quarter amounted to US$ 77.1 million in Q1 2024 compared to US$ 88.4 million in Q1 2023 and to US$67.7 million in Q1 2022

During Q1 2024, several customers delayed the resumption of activities in January compared to 2023 which was partially recovered in the second part of the quarter. Rigs utilization rate was 42% in Q1 2024 compared to 53% in Q1 2023.

Activity in North America decreased by 9% with revenue at US$ 27.0 million in Q1 2024 compared to US$ 29.7 million in Q1 2023. This decrease is linked to the late remobilization of long-term contracts at clients' request.

Revenue in South America decreased by 18% to US$ 25.6 million in Q1 2024 (US$ 31.1 million in Q1 2023). Several clients delayed issuing orders to remobilize long-term contracts.

In Asia Pacific, Q1 2024 revenue amounted to US$ 14.7 million, a decrease of 8% compared to Q1 2023. This decrease is mainly linked to adverse foreign exchange rate (4%) and weather issues in Australia.

In the EMEA, revenue for the quarter was US$ 9.8 million compared to US$ 11.5 million in Q1 2023, a decrease of 15% mainly linked to the political and economic uncertainties in some countries.

Gross Profit

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q1 2024

% change

Q1 2023


Reporting segment





Mining

15,446

-12 %

17,644


Water

1,366

-60 %

3,464


Total gross profit

16,812

-20 %

21,118


The Q1 2024 gross margin including depreciation within cost of sales was US$ 16.8 million (or 21.8% of revenue) compared to US$ 21.1 million (or 23.9% of revenue) in Q1 2023. The revenue decrease during the first part of the quarter led to some under-absorption of fixed costs.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q1 2024

% change

Q1 2023



Selling, general and administrative expenses

6,299

-9 %

6,904

SG&A decreased compared to the same quarter last year. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A was stable at 8%.

Operating result

(In thousands of US$) - (unaudited)

Q1 2024

% change

Q1 2023

Reporting segment




Mining

11,915

1 %

11,823

Water

709

-70 %

2,391

Total operating profit

12,624

-11 %

14,214

The operating profit was US$ 12.6 million compared to US$ 14.2 million in the same quarter last year. On March 15, 2024,  the Company finalized the sale of its 50 % stake in Eastern Drilling Company (EDC) Russia. This transaction generated a net profit of US$ 2.1 million recorded in other operating income and expense within operating profit.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

The following table provides a summary of the Company's cash flows for Q1 2024 and Q1 2023:

(In thousands of US$)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023






Cash generated by operations before working capital requirements

17,574

19,130






Working capital requirements

(26,716)

(10,541)


Income tax paid

(1,904)

(2,402)


Purchase of equipment in cash

(6,198)

(8,572)






Free Cash Flow before debt servicing

(17,244)

(2,385)






Proceeds from / (repayment of) debt

6,400

5,250


Interests paid

(1,710)

(3,314)


Acquisition of treasury shares

(269)

(393)


Deconsolidation of EDC Russia

(2,076)

-


Dividends paid to non-controlling interests

(330)

(398)






Net cash generated / (used in) financing activities

2,015

1,145






Net cash variation

(15,229)

(1,241)






Foreign exchange differences

(728)

(556)






Variation in cash and cash equivalents

(15,958)

(1,797)






Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

18,331

27,611






In Q1 2024, the cash generated from operations before working capital requirements amounted to US$ 17.6 million compared to US$ 19.1 million in Q1 2023.

In Q1 2024, the working capital requirement was US$ 26.7 million compared to US$ 10.5 million in the same period last year. The increase in the working capital requirement is a consequence of the higher activity in the second part of the quarter.

During the period, Capex totaled US$ 6.2 million in cash compared to US$ 8.6 million in Q1 2023. Capex relates essentially to the acquisition of rigs, major rig overhauls, ancillary equipment and rods. Two large rigs were added to the fleet during the quarter.

As at March 31, 2024, the maturity of financial debt can be analyzed as presented in the table below:

 In thousands US$

March 31, 2024

March 31, 2023




Credit lines

9,145

7,072

Long-term debt



Within one year

12,751

13,553

Between 1 and 2 years

11,880

10,393

Between 2 and 3 years

11,619

74,853

Between 3 and 4 years

43,993

565

Between 4 and 5 years

8,094

-




Total

97,482

106,436

IFRS 16

5,886

6,428

Cash

18,331

27,611

Net Debt

85,016

85,253

As at March 31, 2024, cash and cash equivalents totaled US$ 18.3 million compared to US$ 34.3 million as at December 31, 2023. Cash and cash equivalents are mainly held at or invested within top tier financial institutions.

As at March 31, 2024, the net debt including operational lease obligations (IFRS 16) amounted to US$ 85.0 million (US$ 65.2 million as at December 31, 2023).

Bank guarantees as at March 31, 2024 totaled US$ 5.2 million compared to US$ 7.4 million as at December 31, 2023.

Strategy

The Company's strategy is to assist its customers in exploring or managing their deposits throughout the entire cycle, with a special focus on the life of mines extension activity. The Company intends to continue developing and growing its services across the world with a focus on stable jurisdictions, high tech drilling services, optimal commodities mix including battery metals and gold - with a significant presence in water related drilling services - and a gradual implementation of advanced digital applications. The Company expects to execute its strategy primarily through organic growth and targeted acquisitions.

The Company addressed the environmental, social and governance (ESG) requirements, and implements a pragmatic and measurable approach to ESG with quantitative KPIs to maximize improvement and efficiencies.

Currency exchange rates.

The exchange rates for the periods under review are provided in the Management's Discussion and Analysis of Q1 2024.

Non-IFRS measures

EBITDA represents Net income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash share based compensation expenses. EBITDA is a non-IFRS quantitative measure used to assist in the assessment of the Company's ability to generate cash from its operations. The Company believes that the presentation of EBITDA is useful to investors as this is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in the drilling industry. EBITDA is not defined in IFRS and should not be considered as an alternative to Profit for the period or Operating profit or any other financial metric required by such accounting principles.

Net debt corresponds to the current and non-current portions of borrowings and the consideration of payables related to acquisitions, net of cash and cash equivalents. The Company's lease obligations are included in the net debt calculation.

Reconciliation of EBITDA is as follows:

(In thousands of US$)

(unaudited)

Q1 2024

Q1 2023








Operating profit / (loss)

12,624

14,214








Depreciation expense

4,847

4,826








Non-cash employee share-based compensation

102

90








EBITDA

17,574

19,130








Conference call and webcast

On April 30, 2024, Company Management will conduct a conference call at 10:30 am ET to review the financial results. The call will be hosted by Tim Bremner, CEO, and Fabien Sevestre, CFO.

To join the conference call without operator assistance, you may register and enter your phone number at https://emportal.ink/3xEWc0O  to receive an instant automated call back.

You can also join the call by dialing 1-888-664-6392 or 1-416-764-8659.  You will be put on hold until the conference call begins. A live audio webcast of the Conference Call will also be available https://app.webinar.net/wMNp9dKrZjy

Please connect at least 15 minutes prior to the Conference Call to ensure adequate time for any software download that may be needed to hear the webcast. An archived replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

About Foraco International SA

Foraco International SA (TSX: FAR) is a leading global mineral drilling services company that provides a comprehensive and reliable service offering in mining and water projects. Supported by its founding values of integrity, innovation and involvement, Foraco has grown into the third largest global drilling enterprise with a presence in 21 countries across five continents. For more information about Foraco, visit www.foraco.com.

"Neither TSX Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release."

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

This document may contain "forward-looking statements" and "forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. These statements and information include estimates, forecasts, information and statements as to Management's expectations with respect to, among other things, the future financial or operating performance of the Company and capital and operating expenditures. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as "may", "will", "should", "plans", "expects", "intends", "anticipates", "believes", "budget", and "scheduled" or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Forward-looking statements and information are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Management, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements and information are not guarantees and there can be no assurance that such statements and information will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's expectations are disclosed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Information Form dated March 7, 2024, which is filed with Canadian regulators on SEDAR (www.sedar.com). The Company expressly disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements and information whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. All written and oral forward-looking statements and information attributable to Foraco or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements.

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