UrtheCast Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

Date : 04/02/2019 @ 4:50AM
Source : PR Newswire (Canada)
Stock : UrtheCast Corp (UR)
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UrtheCast Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

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VANCOUVER, April 1, 2019 /CNW/ - UrtheCast Corp. (TSX:UR) ("UrtheCast" or the "Company") today announces financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2018.

UrtheCast Corp. (CNW Group/UrtheCast Corp.)

2018 Financial Results

(in millions of Canadian dollars)

Q4 2018

Q4 2017

FY 2018

FY 2017

Revenue

$ 5.8

$    9.0

$ 15.6

$    40.4






Operating costs

33.6

25.0

79.8

73.0






Adjusted EBITDA (1)

(3.5)

(2.4)

(23.7)

(3.2)






Adjusted EBITDA (1), excluding one-time costs

(2.1)

(1.0)

(15.8)

(1.6)






Net loss

(42.4)

(16.4)

(83.3)

(31.8)


1 Non-IFRS earnings measure. See reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Loss under "Non-IFRS Earnings Measures"

 

Revenue for the fiscal year 2018 was $15.6 million compared to $40.4 million in 2017. Earth observation revenue of $9.4 million in 2018 increased by $1.6 million compared to the previous year, primarily due to recognizing the first tranche of revenue associated with the previously announced multi-million dollar consortium contract with the European Space Agency. Revenue from engineering and value-added services was $6.2 million in 2018 and declined by $26.4 million compared to 2017, primarily due to a change in the expected completion date of one of our customer contracts.

Operating costs of $79.8 million in 2018 included approximately $7.9 million of certain non-recurring expenses, including severance, bad debt expense, and costs relating to a special committee of the board, which has since been discontinued. Fixed operating costs, excluding these one-time expenses, have been reduced by approximately $5.0 million, or 14%, year-over-year.

Adjusted EBITDA, excluding one-time costs, was negative $15.8 million in 2018 compared to negative $1.6 million in 2017. The decrease was largely attributable to lower revenue and was partly offset by approximately $5.0 million of lower fixed operating costs, as described above, and a $5.2 million decrease in variable costs.

The net loss in 2018 was $83.3 million, which increased compared to the net loss of $31.8 million in 2017. Current year results were impacted by $54.5 million of adjustments required for accounting purposes that are substantially non-cash, including $20.4 million of asset impairment charges, a $5.5 million reversal of deferred tax assets, and a significant portion of the $28.6 million of net finance costs.

Donald Osborne, CEO of UrtheCast, commented, "The results this past quarter continue to reflect the major restructuring that is underway at UrtheCast. As expected, we saw a number of one-time costs as well as significant non-cash charges in the fourth quarter. We have also started to see a reduction to our fixed cost base and have taken a number of other important steps to strengthen the business, including acquiring Geosys, a world-leader in geoanalytics in the agriculture industry, and commencing a 13-year services contract with Geosys' former parent company, Land O'Lakes, which will generate more than US$10 million of annual revenue for UrtheCast. Additionally, we are in advanced discussions to sell the assets of our Deimos operations. The proceeds from this sale will be used to reduce our debt and improve working capital. We believe that these measures, among others, will unlock value for our shareholders by putting UrtheCast in a position to start delivering positive EBITDA during 2019 and ultimately by enabling us to secure financing and move into the build-phase of the transformational UrtheDaily Constellation."

Outlook & Going Concern

We refer you to the Company's consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018 and the related Management's Discussion & Analysis for further details relating to the Company's liquidity position. The Company has taken steps subsequent to the year ended December 31, 2018 to ensure that it is able to continue as a going concern and that it has adequate liquidity in the near term.

SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The following table provides selected financial information of the Company, which was derived from, and should be read in conjunction with, the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2018. All financial information is in thousands of Canadian dollars, unless otherwise noted, and except for number of shares and per share amounts.


Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017

Revenue    

$

5,839

$

8,978

$

15,634

$

40,393

Other operating income


302


137


706


338



6,141


9,115


16,340


40,731

Operating costs









Direct costs, selling, general and administrative expenses


9,257


11,136


38,255


42,957

Research expenditures


356


328


1,810


927

Depreciation and amortization


4,166


4,227


17,035


17,045

Asset impairment


19,697


8,735


20,441


9,399

Share-based payments


107


610


2,219


2,643



33,583


25,036


79,760


72,971

Operating loss


(27,442)


(15,921)


(63,420)


(32,240)

Net finance costs


(20,460)


(676)


(28,611)


(2,082)

Gain on derivative financial instruments


10,478


216


13,053


1,561

Foreign exchange gain (loss)


791


(88)


1,192


(2,053)

Loss before income taxes


(36,633)


(16,469)


(77,786)


(34,814)

Income tax expense (recovery)


5,779


(106)


5,466


(3,067)

Net loss


(42,412)


(16,363)


(83,252)


(31,747)

Other comprehensive income


411


1,124


662


3,788

Comprehensive loss

$

(42,001)

$

(15,239)

$

(82,590)

$

(27,959)

Net loss per share – basic and diluted

$

(0.33)

$

(0.14)

$

(0.67)

$

(0.27)

 

NON-IFRS EARNINGS MEASURES

The following table reconciles our Non-IFRS earnings measures to Net Loss prepared in accordance with IFRS.


Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017

ADJUSTED EBITDA:









Net loss

$

(42,412)

$

(16,363)

$

(83,252)

$

(31,747)

Add back (subtract):









Depreciation and amortization


4,166


4,227


17,035


17,045

Net finance costs


20,460


676


28,611


2,082

Income tax expense (recovery)


5,779


(106)


5,466


(3,067)

EBITDA


(12,007)


(11,566)


(32,140)


(15,687)

Asset impairment


19,697


8,735


20,441


9,399

Share-based payments expense


107


610


2,219


2,643

Gain on derivative financial instruments


(10,478)


(216)


(13,053)


(1,561)

Foreign exchange (gain) loss


(791)


88


(1,192)


2,053

ADJUSTED EBITDA

$

(3,472)

$

(2,349)

$

(23,725)

$

(3,153)

 

About UrtheCast

UrtheCast Corp. is a Vancouver-based company that serves the rapidly growing and evolving geospatial and geo-analytics markets with a wide range of information-rich products and services. The Company currently owns and operates two Earth Observation (EO) satellites, Deimos-1 and Deimos-2. Imagery data from these sensors is continuously downlinked to ground stations around the world and distributed directly to partners and customers in multiple markets. UrtheCast also processes and distributes imagery data and value-added products on behalf of the PanGeo Alliance, a network of EO satellite operators with a combined 13 medium- and high-resolution EO sensors. 

UrtheCast has also designed and proposes to build and launch a satellite constellation designed to capture high-quality, medium-resolution optical imagery of the Earth's entire land mass (excluding Antarctica) everyday, called UrtheDailyTM, and has developed advanced synthetic aperture radar technology for satellites, called OptiSARTM.

In January 2019, UrtheCast also acquired Geosys, a digital agriculture company that provides a suite of geo-analytics products and services to agribusinesses around the world. The acquisition of Geosys positions UrtheCast as a fully vertically-integrated geo-analytics solution provider for the precision agriculture market, able to integrate satellite imagery services with analytics.

For more information, visit UrtheCast's website at www.urthecast.com.

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The Company prepares its financial statements in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"), as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. This release includes certain non-IFRS financial measures, such as EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. The Company uses these non-IFRS financial measures as supplemental indicators of its operating performance and financial position. These measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to the calculation of similar measures used by other companies and should not be viewed as alternatives to measures of financial performance calculated in accordance with IFRS or considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with IFRS. These non-IFRS financial measures should be read in conjunction with the Company's financial statements and accompanying MD&A.

Forward Looking Information

This release contains certain information which, as presented, constitutes "forward-looking information" or "forward-oriented financial information" within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information involves statements that relate to future events and often addresses expected future business and financial performance, containing words such as "anticipate", "plan", "explore" and "expect", statements that an action or event "may", "should" or "will" be taken or occur, or other similar expressions and includes, but is not limited to, statements relating to:  UrtheCast's expectations with respect to its ability to raise capital and to continue as a going concern; expectations regarding UrtheCast's ability to meet its obligations and satisfy its liabilities under its existing indebtedness; expectations underlying the Company's financial statements, including that they have been prepared on a going concern basis, meaning that the Company will be able to realize its assets and discharge its liabilities in the normal course of operations; expectations regarding a sale or other monetization of all or substantially all of Deimos Imaging and its related business; UrtheCast's expectations with respect to its ability to raise proceeds from a  debt or equity offering, achieve the required leverage and contracted value ratios and otherwise satisfy the conditions of its indebtedness and business needs generally; UrtheCast's ability to complete the second closing of the acquisition of Geosys on the terms set forth in the definitive purchase agreement or at all, and the expected benefits of such acquisition, as well as the Company's ability to service and obtain revenues from the Service Level Agreement with WinField; UrtheCast's ability to meet its obligations and satisfy its liabilities under its existing indebtedness; UrtheCast's ability to satisfy the conditions precedent to certain contracts related to the purchase of imagery data from the UrtheDaily satellite constellation; expectations regarding monetization of the OptiSAR technology and related intellectual property developed by the Company; new product functionality and suitability; projected operating expenses and capital expenditures; UrtheCast's ability to secure additional customer contracts for the planned UrtheDaily™ constellation in a timely manner or at all; and UrtheCast's ability to secure financing for the planned UrtheDaily™ constellation on acceptable terms, in a timely manner, or at all, and the related expectations regarding its build, launch and operations;. Such statements reflect UrtheCast's current views with respect to future events, and are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by UrtheCast as at the date of this press release, are inherently subject to significant uncertainties and contingencies.

Many factors could cause UrtheCast's actual results or performance to be materially different from expectations that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, including, among others: the Company's ability to rectify its current cash constraints and to continue as a going concern; the Company's ability to enter into alternative financing for the UrtheDaily satellite constellation, and any delays or failures in the design, development, construction, launch and operational commissioning of the such constellation; the Company's ability to comply with debt and repayment obligations and avoid the exercise of lenders' rights, including with respect to seizing secured assets; an adverse outcome in the Company's litigation with Eastwood Capital Corp and William Holland; the Company's ability to successfully complete a sale or other transaction involving Deimos Imaging on commercially reasonable terms, or at all; UrtheCast's ability to fund the installments for the purchase price of the Geosys transaction or otherwise successfully complete the second closing of the Geosys acquisition; loss, reduction in scope, termination, failure to satisfy conditions precedent or decline in general of the Company's agreements or relationships with its key partners, including Land O' Lakes, Inc.; risks related to the government funding received by UrtheCast and risks arising from breach or default of obligations under the related agreements with certain government agencies; delays or disputes with customers regarding the payment milestones under the Company's data imagery or engineering services agreements, which often include complex criteria and/or performance by third parties to successfully complete the contract and obtain payment; legal and regulatory changes; and; as well as those factors and assumptions discussed in UrtheCast's Annual Information Form dated March 29, 2019, which is available under UrtheCast's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. UrtheCast cautions readers that such factors and uncertainties are not exhaustive and that should certain risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying estimates or assumptions prove incorrect, actual results, performance or achievements may vary significantly from those expected. There can be no assurance that the actual strategies, results, performance, events or activities anticipated by the Company will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Company.

UrtheCast undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements except as required by Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned against attributing undue certainty to forward-looking statements.

SOURCE UrtheCast Corp.

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