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Mediagrif reports results for its third quarter of fiscal 2018
[February 13, 2018]

Mediagrif reports results for its third quarter of fiscal 2018


TSX: MDF
www.mediagrif.com

Third quarter highlights of fiscal 2018:

  • Revenues up 6.2% to reach $20.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $6.1 million including non-recurring expenses of $0.4 million.
  • Cash flow from operating activities totalled $6.6 million.
  • Adjusted profit2 of $2.3 million ($0.15 per share).

Quarterly dividend:

  • Declaration of a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share payable on April 16, 2018 to shareholders of record on April 3, 2018.

LONGUEUIL, QC, Feb. 13, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ - Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. (TSX: MDF), a Canadian leader in information technology, today announced its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2018. Unless indicated otherwise, all amounts are in Canadian dollars.

 





SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED RESULTS





Three months ended
December 31,

Nine months ended

December 31, 

(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts
Unaudited and not reviewed by independent auditors)

2017

$

2016

$

2017

$

2016

$

Revenues

20,456

19,267

60,458

57,742

Adjusted EBITDA1

6,085

7,090

17,753

22,170

Operating profit

3,794

5,178

11,497

16,868

Adjusted profit for the period2

2,309

3,985

6,435

12,263

Profit for the period

952

3,985

5,078

12,263

Adjusted earnings per share2 (basic and diluted)

0.15

0.27

0.43

0.82

Earnings per share (basic and diluted)

0.06

0.27

0.34

0.82

Weighted average number of shares outstanding basic and diluted (in thousands)

14,849

14,999

14,876

14,999


 


1 See reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA and profit as well as the "About Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc." section.

2 See reconciliation of adjusted profit and profit as well as the "About Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc." section.

 

THIRD QUARTER OF FISCAL 2018 ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017

For the third quarter of fiscal 2018, revenues reached $20.5 million, an increase of 6.2% or $1.2 million when compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017.

The increase in revenues is mainly attributable to the addition of Orckestra revenues of $1.2 million during the third quarter and to the ongoing organic growth of InterTrade, BidNet and ASC platforms for a total amount of $0.3 million. These revenue increases were partially offset by lower revenues at Broker Forum and Jobboom for a total amount of $0.3 million.

During the third quarter, the Corporation continued to invest in its technology and infrastructure as well as in sales and marketing in order to seize market opportunities, respond to competitive environments and strengthen its position in its growing businesses areas.

These initiatives have shown good results so far with the conclusion of agreements with current customers as well as the addition of new customers during the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

With respect to LesPAC, during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 when compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2017, the increase in advertising revenues and value-added services has totally offset the impact of the introduction of free ad posting to consumers on March 1, 2017.

The Corporation will continue to invest in order to increase the organic growth of its platforms operating in growing fields of activity.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 totalled $6.1 million and includes non-recurring expenses of $0.4 million in connection with the acquisition of Orckestra and mostly related to retention incentives of $0.2 million and to professional services fees of $0.2 million. In addition, adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter includes a $0.7 million loss from Orckestra.

PROFIT AND U.S. TAX REFORM IMPACT

Profit for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 totalled $1.0 million ($0.06 per share) and includes a non-cash non-recurring income tax expense of $1.4 million ($0.09 per share). This tax expense is due to the U.S. tax reform enacted on January 1, 2018, which lowered the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%, and reflects the adjustments made to deferred tax assets related to U.S. tax attributes.

The Corporation expects the US corporate tax rate reduction to have a positive impact on its profit for the future fiscal years.

FINANCIAL POSITION AND FINANCING

During the third quarter of fiscal 2018, cash flows generated from operating activities reached $6.6 million, compared to $5.1 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2017. The Corporation used a portion of these funds to cover for acquisitions of capital assets for an amount of $0.8 million and to make payments on its long-term debt for an amount of $4.0 million.

The Corporation also paid out $1.5 million in dividends during the third quarter of fiscal 2018 and $4.5 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2018.

As at December 31, 2017, the Corporation had $11.5 million of cash and cash equivalents and $49.0 million available on its revolving credit facility of $80.0 million.

QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

The Board of Directors of Mediagrif declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share payable on April 16, 2018, to shareholders on record on April 3, 2018.

FIRST NINE MONTHS OF FISCAL 2018

Revenues for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 reached $60.5 million compared to $57.7 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA totalled $17.8 million compared to $22.2 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 includes non-recurring expenses for a total of $1.8 million.

Profit reached $5.1 million ($0.34 per share), compared to $12.3 million ($0.82 per share) during the first nine months of fiscal 2017. Profit for the first nine months of fiscal 2018 includes a non-cash non-recurring income tax expense of $1.4 million ($0.09 per share) after the U.S. enacted a tax reform on January 1, 2018, as well as a foreign exchange loss on assets denominated in U.S. dollars of $1.1 million compared to a foreign exchange gain of $0.3 million during the first nine months of fiscal 2017.

RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA AND PROFIT

Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign exchange gain (loss) and other revenues (expenses) as historically calculated by the Corporation.

 





Three months ended

December 31,

Nine months ended

December 31, 

In thousands of Canadian dollars

Unaudited and not reviewed by independent auditors

2017

$

2016

$

2017

$

2016

$






Profit

952

3,985

5,078

12,263








Income tax expense

2,653

1,168

4,704

4,284


Depreciation of property, plant and equipment and amortization of intangible assets

845

644

2,417

1,891


Amortization of acquired intangible assets

1,424

1,268

3,789

3,573


Amortization of deferred financing costs

10

10

30

30


Amortization of deferred lease inducement

(33)

(32)

(104)

(252)


Foreign exchange loss (gain)

(62)

(236)

1,055

(519)


Interest on long-term debt

296

283

784

729


Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

-

-

-

171






Adjusted EBITDA

6,085

7,090

17,753

22,170

 

RECONCILIATION OF PROFIT AND ADJUSTED PROFIT

Adjusted profit represents profit before the income tax expense related to the U.S. tax reform announced on December 22, 2017.   





Three months ended

December 31,

NIne months ended

December 31, 

In thousands of Canadian dollars

Unaudited and not reviewed by independent auditors

2017

$

2016

$

2017

$

2016

$






Profit

952

3,985

5,078

12,263








Income tax expense related to the U.S. tax reform

1,357

-

1,357

-






Adjusted profit

2,309

3,985

6,435

12,263






Adjusted earnings per share

0.15

0.27

0.43

0.82

 

ABOUT MEDIAGRIF INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGIES INC.

Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc. (TSX: MDF) is a Canadian leader in information technology, owner of several recognized web and mobile platforms including MERX, BidNet, ASC, Orckestra, InterTrade, Jobboom, LesPAC, Réseau Contact and Carrus. Mediagrif's e-commerce solutions are used by millions of consumers and businesses in North America and around the world. The Corporation has offices in Canada, the United States, Denmark and China. For more information, please visit us at www.mediagrif.com or call 1-877-677-9088.

In addition to providing profit measures in accordance with IFRS, the Corporation shows operating profit, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, foreign exchange gain (loss) and other revenues (expenses) ("Adjusted EBITDA") and adjusted profit as supplementary earnings measures. Operating profit, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted profit are not intended to be measures that should be regarded as an alternative to other financial operating performance measures prepared in accordance with IFRS. Those measures do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Operating profit, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted profit are provided to assist investors in determining the Corporation's ability to generate profitability from its operations and to evaluate its financial performance.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to the Corporation. These forward-looking statements, by their nature, necessarily involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected by these forward-looking statements. We consider the assumptions on which these forward-looking statements are based to be reasonable, but caution the reader that these assumptions regarding future events, many of which are beyond our control, may ultimately prove to be incorrect since they are subject to risks and uncertainties that affect us. We disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable securities legislation. Unless otherwise indicated, all amounts are in Canadian dollars.

Unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements, accompanying notes and MD&A are available on www.mediagrif.com and have been filed with SEDAR at the following address: www.sedar.com.

 

SOURCE Mediagrif Interactive Technologies Inc.


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