OREANDA-NEWS. August 15, 2016. Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (the Corporation) (TSX:ICE) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Highlights of Q2 2016:

  • Q2 revenue of \\$18.2 million increased by \\$0.7 million or 4.0 % compared to 2015;
  • Q2 EBITDA was \\$0.5 million compared to a break-even level in 2015;
  • The Company refinanced all of its Canadian longterm debt at favourable terms to reduce borrowing cost and increase cash flow. HSBC Bank Canada provided Canlan with a \\$48.5 million refinancing loan to consolidate its Canadian loan facilities;
  • The Company entered into a long-term agreement to operate a new state-of-the-art ice rink facility in Calgary, Alberta; and
  • Major projects related to energy management and renewal of refrigeration equipment are in progress as planned.

Three Months and Six Months Ended June 30, 2016 Results

 For the 3 months ended
June 30
For the 6 months ended
June 30
 (in thousands) 2016  2015  2016  2015 
 Revenue\\$18,182 \\$17,476 \\$42,413 \\$40,051 
 Operating expense 16,233  16,351  32,564  32,252 
  1,949  1,125  9,849  7,799 
 G&A expense 1,493  1,113  2,749  2,368 
 EBITDA1\\$456 \\$12 \\$7,100 \\$5,431 
 EBITDA per share\\$0.03 \\$  - \\$0.53 \\$0.41 
 Depreciation 1,729  1,733  3,465  3,412 
 Finance costs 3,093  709  3,823  1,438 
 Loss on held for trading financial liabilities 863  -  863  - 
 Loss (gain) on foreign exchange (5) (111) (463) 539 
 Income tax expense (recovery) (1,427) (400) (760) 246 
 Net earnings (loss)(\\$3,797)(\\$1,919)\\$172 (\\$204)
 Net earnings (loss) per share(\\$0.28)(\\$0.14)\\$0.01 (\\$0.02)

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1 Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) is often used as a measure of financial performance. However, EBITDA is not a term that has specific meaning in accordance with IFRS, and may be calculated differently by other companies. Canlan reconciles EBITDA to its net earnings.

 Key Balance Sheet Figures (in thousands):  
 June 30, 2016December 31, 2015
 Assets  
   Cash and cash equivalents\\$9,485 \\$10,065 
   Property plant and equipment 100,963  103,631 
   Investment properties 557  574 
   Other assets 7,246  6,334 
 Total assets\\$118,251 \\$120,604 
 Liabilities and Equity  
   Interest bearing debt\\$58,618 \\$55,762 
   Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 8,385  7,938 
   Deferred revenue 7,125  12,519 
   Financial liability held for trading 863  - 
   Other liabilities 756  657 
 Total liabilities 75,747  76,876 
   Share capital and contributed surplus  63,652  63,652 
   Foreign currency translation reserve 2,750  3,612 
   Deficit (23,898) (23,536)
 Total shareholders equity 42,504  43,728 
 Total liabilities and equity\\$118,251 \\$120,604 

Second Quarter Results
(three months ended June 30, 2016 compared with three months ended June 30, 2015)

  • Total revenue of \\$18.2 million increased by \\$0.7 million or 4.0% compared to the prior year;
  • Growth in sales from adult and youth hockey leagues, and contract ice rentals were the primary sources of the year-over-year revenue increase;
  • Quarterly EBITDA reached \\$0.5 million compared to break even in 2015;
  • After recording depreciation, finance costs, an unrealized valuation expense on an interest rate swap contract, and income tax recovery, net loss for the period was \\$3.8 million compared to \\$1.9 million a year ago;
  • Included in finance cost was a \\$2.3 million early debt repayment fee;
  • Minimal foreign exchange gain/loss was recognized during the period compared to a foreign exchange gain of \\$0.1 million in 2015 related to period end translation of U.S. dollar denominated loans and monetary items; and
  • On July 7, 2016, Canlan entered into a lease and operating agreement with a municipality to operate a two-pad ice rink facility in Calgary, Alberta for a term of 25 years and a nominal lease payment.   Ownership of the facility will not transfer to Canlan; however, an income sharing arrangement with the municipality forms part of the agreement.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2016 Results
(six months ended June 30, 2016 compared with six months ended June 30, 2015)

  • Total revenue of \\$42.4 million increased by \\$2.4 million or 5.9% compared to the prior year;
  • Growth in sales from adult, youth hockey and soccer leagues, contract ice rentals, and instructional programs were the primary sources of the year-over-year revenue increase;
  • Quarterly EBITDA of \\$7.1 million increased by \\$1.7 million or 30.7% from 2015;
  • After recording depreciation, finance costs, an unrealized valuation expense on an interest rate swap contract, income tax recovery and a foreign exchange gain, net earnings for the period was \\$0.2 million compared to a net loss of \\$0.2 million a year ago; and
  • A foreign exchange gain of \\$0.5 million was recognized during the period compared to a foreign exchange loss of \\$0.5 million in 2015 related to period end translation of U.S. dollar denominated loans and monetary items.

Overall, Q2 operations were on target and positive results in our two sportsplex facilities, U.S. ice rinks, and our tournament division resulted in strong year-over-year earnings growth, said Canlans CEO, Joey St-Aubin.  In addition, I am very pleased that we concluded our operating agreement with the City of Calgary enabling us to serve the Calgary community and once again establish a presence in the province of Alberta.  Wed like to thank the City of Calgary for providing this opportunity to Canlan Ice Sports.

In addition to the solid revenue growth achieved, we were also able to complete a refinancing transaction during the quarter with HSBC, added Canlans CFO, Mike Gellard.  The transaction will reduce borrowing cost and increase cash flow through reduced debt service requirements and in turn, provide the company with added working capital for operating and capital expenditures.

Dividend Policy

Canlans Board of Directors has approved the continuation of the Corporations quarterly dividend policy and declared eligible dividends totaling \\$0.02 per common share that will next be paid on October 14, 2016 to shareholders of record at the close of business September 30, 2016.  Canlan's Board of Directors reviews the Corporations dividend policy on a quarterly basis.  Canlan's dividend is designated as an eligible dividend under the Income Tax Act (Canada) and any corresponding provincial legislation. Under this legislation, individuals resident in Canada may be entitled to enhanced dividend tax credits, which reduce income tax otherwise payable.

Currently, youth summer camps and tournaments are in full swing, which is always an exciting time for all our facilities, said Mr. St-Aubin. At the same time, we will focus on the start-up of the new ice rink facility in Calgary that we have been engaged to operate, and maximize registrations in all our sports leagues for the upcoming fall/winter season.

Canlans financial statements and Management Discussion & Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2016 will be available via SEDAR on or before August 12, 2016 and through the Companys website, www.icesports.com.

About Canlan

Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is the North American leader in the development, operations and ownership of multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facilities. We are the largest private sector owner and operator of recreation facilities in North America and currently own, lease and/or manage 22 facilities in Canada and the United States with 59 ice surfaces, as well as five indoor soccer fields, and 21 sport, volleyball, and basketball courts.  To learn more about Canlan please visit www.icesports.com

Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol ICE.

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