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Velan Inc. Reports Its Fiscal 2024 Third Quarter Financial Results

MONTREAL, Jan. 11, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Velan Inc. (TSX: VLN) (the “Company”), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves, announced today its financial results for its third quarter ended November 30, 2023. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars unless indicated otherwise.

THIRD QUARTER RESULTS:

  • Sales of $80.9 million, down $14.3 million or 15.0% compared to last year, but up $0.6 million or 0.8% from the second quarter of the current fiscal year.
  • Gross profit of $16.4 million, or 20.2% of sales, compared to $29.0 million, or 30.4% of sales, last year.
  • Net loss1 of $7.3 million compared to net income1 of $2.7 million last year.
  • Net new orders (“bookings”)2 of $78.3 million, compared to $99.2 million last year.
  • Order backlog2 of $485.0 million at quarter end, up $20.7 million or 4.5% since the beginning of the year.
  • Net cash of $26.4 million at the end of Q3, versus $39.4 million three months ago. Liquidity remains strong with $97.5 million of available cash-on-hand and credit facilities.
  • Following the termination of the arrangement agreement with Flowserve, after an eight-month interim period, the Company resumes its objectives as an independent organization with a renewed focus on profitable growth.
   
FINANCIAL RESULTS
(‘000s of U.S. dollars, excluding per share amounts)
Three-month periods endedNine-month periods ended
 Nov. 30, 2023Nov. 30, 2022Nov. 30, 2023Nov. 30, 2022
Sales$80,945 $95,229 $228,922 $255,288 
Gross profit$16,386 $28,965 $54,823 $72,520 
Gross margin 20.2%  30.4%  23.9%  28.4% 
EBITDA2($2,337) $6,135 ($3,176) $4,622 
Net income (loss)1($7,250) $2,739 ($17,654) ($8,289) 
Net income (loss)1 per share - basic and diluted($0.34) $0.13 ($0.82) ($0.38) 
Weighted average share outstanding (‘000s) 21,586  21,586  21,586  21,586 
             

“Velan’s third quarter results reflect reduced revenue in North American operations, which contrasted with the shipment of large orders during the same period last year,” said James A. Mannebach, Interim CEO and Chairman of Velan Inc. “Our global presence, however, represents a significant competitive advantage and bookings have been robust in Europe, particularly for nuclear orders in France and oil and gas contracts at our Italian operations. As a result, our backlog has increased 4.5% to $485.0 million since the beginning of the fiscal year, and we expect shipments to accelerate in the fourth quarter driven by the execution of these projects.”

“Velan is resuming its focus on growth and is confident about its future opportunities worldwide. Our short-term priority is to strengthen the organization following the termination of the acquisition agreement with Flowserve Corporation. Supported by an agile workforce, global presence, and solid brand reputation, we are well positioned to expand our reach in the flow control industry. As a supplier of critical equipment to essential industries, we expect sustained demand for our products steered by energy transition trends, while maintenance and repair activity should continue to provide a steady revenue stream. Over the longer term, we are committed to building shareholder value through sales and cash flow growth,” concluded Mr. Mannebach.

FISCAL 2024 THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

Sales amounted to $80.9 million, down $14.3 million or 15.0% compared to the same quarter last year. The variation is essentially attributable to a reduction in North American sales due to last year’s shipment of a large order for the oil and gas industry and to lower maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) orders as a result of extended transit times for orders going through the Panama Canal. These elements were partially offset by a $1.9 million positive impact on sales from the strengthening of the euro average rate against the U.S. dollar in the quarter.

Gross profit was $16.4 million, down from $29.0 million last year. The variation is due to lower business volume which impacted the absorption of fixed production overhead costs and to the execution of a low margin project from the backlog. These factors were partially offset by favourable unrealized foreign exchange translations related to the fluctuation of the U.S. dollar against the euro and the Canadian dollar when compared to similar movements in the previous year. As a percentage of sales, gross profit was 20.2% compared to 30.4% last year.

Administration costs amounted to $21.6 million, a decrease of $3.9 million or 15.2% compared to last year. The variation reflects the recording in last year’s third quarter of a $3.0 million provision for potential settlement value of future unknown asbestos-related claims and lower freight costs due to a lower sales volume.

EBITDA3 was negative $2.3 million compared to $6.1 million last year. The variation is primarily attributable to the previously explained decrease in gross profit, partially offset by a decrease in administration costs.

Net loss4 amounted to $7.3 million, or $0.34 per share, compared to net income of $2.7 million, or $0.13 per share, last year. The variation reflects lower EBITDA1 and higher finance costs.

NINE MONTH RESULTS

For the nine-month period ended November 30, 2023, sales reached $228.9 million, down from $255.3 million last year. Gross profit amounted to $54.8 million, or 23.9% of sales, compared to $72.5 million, or 28.4% of sales, last year. EBITDA1 stood at negative $3.2 million, versus $4.6 million in the previous year. Net loss2 was $17.7 million, or $0.82 per share, compared to a net loss2 of $8.3 million, or $0.38 per share, a year ago.

BOOKINGS1 AND BACKLOG1

Bookings1 amounted to $78.3 million, a decrease of $20.9 million or 21.1% compared to the third quarter of last year. The variation reflects lower marine orders for the Company’s North American operations following large orders recorded in the third quarter of last year. This factor was partially offset by higher oil and gas bookings1 recorded by Italian operations and by the strengthening of the euro average rate against the U.S. dollar on bookings1 for European operations which resulted in a favorable impact of $2.0 million in the third quarter. The book-to-bill1 ratio stood at 0.97 in the third quarter of fiscal 2024, compared to 1.04 a year earlier. Commercial activity remains strong particularly at the Company’s Italian operations.

For the nine-month period ended November 30, 2023, bookings1 reached $241.6 million, representing a book-to-bill1 ratio of 1.06, compared to bookings1 of $266.1 million, representing a book-to-bill1 ratio of 1.04 for the corresponding period a year earlier.

As at November 30, 2023, order backlog5 stood at $485.0 million, up $20.7 million or 4.5% since the beginning of the fiscal year. The increase is primarily attributable to changes in the profile of scheduled backlog1 shipment dates. The increase is also due to the strengthening of the euro spot rate against the U.S. dollar since the beginning of the fiscal year which represented $7.9 million.

FINANCIAL POSITION

As at November 30, 2023, Velan’s financial position remained solid with cash and cash equivalents, net of bank indebtedness of $26.4 million, compared to $50.3 million at the beginning of the fiscal year. Considering unused credit facility, the Company had total available liquidity of $97.5 million as at November 30, 2023, compared with $140.9 million as at February 28, 2023. The reduction reflects the use of cash and borrowings on the revolving credit facility to fund temporary working capital requirements.

CONFERENCE CALL NOTICE

Financial analysts, shareholders, and other interested individuals are invited to attend the third quarter conference call to be held on Friday, January 12, 2024, at 8:00 a.m. (EDT). The toll-free call-in number is    1-800-954-1053, access code 22028877. The material that will be referenced during the conference call will be made available shortly before the event on the company’s website under the Investor Relations section (https://www.velan.com/en/company/investor_relations). A recording of this conference call will be available for seven days at 1-416-626-4100 or 1-800-558-5253, access code 22028877.

ABOUT VELAN

Founded in Montreal in 1950, Velan Inc. (www.velan.com) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial valves, with sales of US$370.4 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs approximately 1,630 people and has manufacturing plants in 9 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

SAFE HARBOUR STATEMENT

This news release may include forward-looking statements, which generally contain words like “should”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “continue” or “estimate” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar expressions, all of which are subject to risks and uncertainties, which are disclosed in the Company’s filings with the appropriate securities commissions. While these statements are based on management’s assumptions regarding historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that it believes are reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may differ materially from those expressed herein. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by the applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

NON-IFRS AND SUPPLEMENTARY FINANCIAL MEASURES

In this press release, the Company has presented measures of performance or financial condition which are not defined under IFRS (“non-IFRS measures”) and are, therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are used by management in assessing the operating results and financial condition of the Company and are reconciled with the performance measures defined under IFRS. The Company has also presented supplementary financial measures which are defined at the end of this report. Reconciliation and definition can be found below.

Earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA")

(‘000s of U.S. dollars, excluding per share amounts)

Three-month periods endedNine-month periods ended
Nov. 30, 2023Nov. 30, 2022 Nov. 30, 2023Nov. 30, 2022
Net loss6(7,250) 2,739 (17,654) (8,289) 
Adjustments for:     
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment2,238 2,086 6,458 6,270 
Amortization of intangible assets and financing costs569 540 1,646 1,664 
Finance costs – net1,395 420 3,991 1,034 
Income taxes711 350 2,383 3,943 
EBITDA(2,337) 6,135 (3,176) 4,622 
         

The term “EBITDA” is defined as net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares plus depreciation of property, plant & equipment, plus amortization of intangible assets and financing costs, plus net finance costs plus income tax provision. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Definitions of supplementary financial measures

The term “Net new orders” or “bookings” is defined as firm orders, net of cancellations, recorded by the Company during a period. Bookings are impacted by the fluctuation of foreign exchange rates for a given period. The measure provides an indication of the Company’s sales operation performance for a given period as well as well as an expectation of future sales and cash flows to be achieved on these orders.

The term “backlog” is defined as the buildup of all outstanding bookings to be delivered by the Company. The Company’s backlog is impacted by the fluctuation of foreign exchange rates for a given period. The measure provides an indication of the future operational challenges of the Company as well as an expectation of future sales and cash flows to be achieved on these orders.

The term “book-to-bill” is obtained by dividing bookings by sales. The measure provides an indication of the Company’s performance and outlook for a given period.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Contact: 
Rishi Sharma, Chief Financial and Administrative OfficerMartin Goulet, M.Sc., CFA
Velan Inc.MBC Capital Markets Advisors
Tel: (438) 817-4430Tel.: (514) 731-0000, ext. 229

_______________________

1 Net income or loss refer to net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple voting shares.
2 Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures. Refer to the Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures section for definitions and reconciliations.
3 Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures. Refer to the Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures section for definitions and reconciliations.
4 Net income or loss refer to net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple voting shares.
5 Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures. Refer to the Non-IFRS and supplementary financial measures section for definitions and reconciliations.
6 Net income or loss refer to net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple voting shares.

   
   
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position  
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)  
  As at
 November 30,February 28,
 20232023
 $$
Assets  
   
Current assets  
Cash and cash equivalents30,29550,513
Short-term investments1537
Accounts receivable97,432121,053
Income taxes recoverable7,0666,195
Inventories227,295202,649
Deposits and prepaid expenses8,9267,559
Derivative assets135107
 371,164388,113
   
Non-current assets  
Property, plant and equipment69,12268,205
Intangible assets and goodwill16,11816,153
Deferred income taxes5,3204,663
Other assets654723
   
 91,21489,744
   
Total assets462,378477,857
   
Liabilities  
   
Current liabilities  
Bank indebtedness3,933260
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities74,87979,408
Income taxes payable1,5992,832
Customer deposits29,32928,201
Provisions18,34816,485
Derivative liabilities27299
Current portion of long-term lease liabilities1,5511,298
Current portion of long-term debt8,1918,177
 137,857136,960
   
Non-current liabilities  
Long-term lease liabilities11,0989,458
Long-term debt19,29221,719
Income taxes payable519933
Deferred income taxes4,2093,966
Customer deposits32,98627,937
Provisions65,05670,924
Other liabilities5,2955,125
   
 138,455140,062
   
Total liabilities276,312277,022
   
Total equity186,066200,835
   
Total liabilities and equity462,378477,857
   


Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares and per share amounts)
 Three-month periods ended Nine-month periods ended
 November 30,November 30, November 30,November 30,
 20232022 20232022
 $$ $$
      
      
Sales 80,945 95,229  228,922 255,288 
      
Cost of sales64,559 66,264  174,099 182,768 
      
Gross profit16,386 28,965  54,823 72,520 
      
Administration costs21,553 25,428  65,623 75,918 
Other expense (income)27 2  539 (132)
      
Operating income (loss)(5,194)3,535  (11,339)(3,266)
      
Finance income124 59  395 227 
Finance costs(1,519)(479) (4,386)(1,261)
      
Finance costs – net(1,395)(420) (3,991)(1,034)
      
Income (loss) before income taxes(6,589)3,115  (15,330)(4,300)
      
Income tax expense711 350  2,383 3,943 
      
Net income (loss) for the period(7,300)2,765  (17,713)(8,243)
      
Net income (loss) attributable to:     
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares(7,250)2,739  (17,654)(8,289)
Non-controlling interest(50)26  (59)46 
      
Net income (loss) for the period(7,300)2,765  (17,713)(8,243)
      
Net income (loss) per Subordinate and Multiple Voting Share     
Basic and diluted(0.34)0.13  (0.82)(0.38)
      
      
Dividends declared per Subordinate and Multiple- -  0.02 0.02 
Voting Share(CA$ - )(CA$ - ) (CA$0.03)(CA$0.03)
      
      
Total weighted average number of Subordinate and     
Multiple Voting Shares      
Basic and diluted21,585,635 21,585,635  21,585,635 21,585,635 
      


Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 Three-month periods ended Nine-month periods ended
 November 30,November 30, November 30,November 30,
 20232022 20232022
 $$ $$
      
      
Comprehensive income (loss)      
      
Net income (loss) for the period(7,300)2,765 (17,713)(8,243)
      
Other comprehensive income (loss)     
Foreign currency translation131 3,183 3,235 (10,408)
      
Comprehensive income (loss) (7,169)5,948 (14,478)(18,651)
      
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:     
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares(7,119)5,922 (14,419)(18,697)
Non-controlling interest(50)26 (59)46 
      
Comprehensive income (loss) (7,169)5,948 (14,478)(18,651)
      
      
Other comprehensive income (loss) is composed solely of items that may be reclassified subsequently to the consolidated statement of income (loss).
      


Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares)
        
 Equity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders  
 Share capitalContributed surplusAccumulated other comprehensive lossRetained earningsTotalNon-controlling interestTotal equity
        
Balance - February 28, 202272,6956,260(32,126)217,995 264,824 686 265,510 
        
Net income (loss) for the period--- (8,289)(8,289)46 (8,243)
Other comprehensive loss--(10,408)- (10,408)- (10,408)
        
Comprehensive income (loss)--(10,408)(8,289)(18,697)46 (18,651)
        
Other--(97)97 - - - 
Dividends       
Multiple Voting Shares--- (366)(366)- (366)
Subordinate Voting Shares--- (131)(131)- (131)
        
Balance - November 30, 202272,6956,260(42,631)209,306 245,630 732 246,362 
        
Balance - February 28, 202372,6956,260(41,208)162,142 199,889 946 200,835 
        
Net loss for the period--- (17,654)(17,654)(59)(17,713)
Other comprehensive income--3,235 - 3,235 - 3,235 
        
Comprehensive income (loss)--3,235 (17,654)(14,419)(59)(14,478)
        
Acquisition of non-controlling interests--- - - 200 200 
Dividends       
Multiple Voting Shares--- (354)(354)- (354)
Subordinate Voting Shares--- (137)(137)- (137)
        
Balance - November 30, 202372,6956,260(37,973)143,997 184,979 1,087 186,066 
        


Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)
 Three-month periods ended Nine-month periods ended
 November 30,November 30,
 November 30,November 30,
 20232022 20232022
 $$ $$
      
Cash flows from     
      
Operating activities     
Net income (loss) for the period(7,300)2,765  (17,713)(8,243)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash used by operating activities1,618 2,857  1,620 11,850 
Changes in non-cash working capital items800 (9,000) 745 (21,574)
Cash used by operating activities(4,882)(3,378) (15,348)(17,967)
      
Investing activities     
Short-term investments2 64  22 (1,117)
Additions to property, plant and equipment(1,190)(1,449) (3,904)(2,985)
Additions to intangible assets(385)(107) (1,159)(1,316)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and intangible assets29 4  82 44 
Net change in other assets(3)2  30 30 
Cash used by investing activities (1,547)(1,486) (4,929)(5,344)
      
Financing activities     
Dividends paid to Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders- -  (491)(497)
Acquisition of non-controlling interests200 -  200 - 
Net change in revolving credit facility- 5,357  5,000 5,373 
Increase in long-term debt- -  - 2,160 
Repayment of long-term debt(5,989)(1,038) (7,693)(3,715)
Repayment of long-term lease liabilities(540)(359) (1,292)(1,091)
Cash provided (used) by financing activities (6,329)3,960  (4,276)2,230 
      
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash (252)490  662 (3,073)
      
Net change in cash during the period(13,010)(414) (23,891)(24,154)
      
Net cash – Beginning of the period39,372 29,725  50,253 53,465 
      
Net cash – End of the period26,362 29,311  26,362 29,311 
      
Net cash is composed of:     
Cash and cash equivalents30,295 31,354  30,295 31,354 
Bank indebtedness(3,933)(2,043) (3,933)(2,043)
      
Net cash – End of the period26,362 29,311  26,362 29,311 
      
Supplementary information     
Interest paid(327)(242) (429)(450)
Income taxes paid(636)(2,802) (4,185)(6,799)
      

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