May 4, 2022 | Montréal, Québec
5N Plus Inc. (TSX:VNP) (“5N Plus” or the “Company”), a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials, today announced its operating and financial results for the first quarter (“Q1 2022”) ended March 31, 2022. All amounts in this press release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.
“We kicked off 2022 with strong demand for our advanced materials across core and growth businesses, including in Renewable Energy, Space, Pharma and Health, delivering significant revenue growth over last year and confirming the unique and strategic role we play in many critical industries. At the same time, we continue to contend with supply and inflationary pressures, in addition to the unforeseen impacts of the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict, including on AZUR. Despite this, we have maintained a solid backlog and booking levels, while shifting our production scheduling and shipments for certain European products and clients,” said Gervais Jacques, President and Chief Executive Officer of 5N Plus.
“Looking at our priorities, we continue to ensure the smooth integration of AZUR, a business which we anticipate will benefit from growing demand for solar cells in space applications, more than offsetting the portion of its business impacted by the ongoing Russia/Ukraine conflict. More broadly and across both segments, we are making good progress implementing our commercial excellence program focused on value-creating client partnerships, with the first wave of our go-to-market strategy now being deployed. Finally, we have re-launched the strategic review of certain legacy businesses to assess their long-term compatibility with our strategy as we aim to position 5N Plus for future growth in value-added markets and as a partner of choice to our clients,” concluded Mr. Jacques.
In Q1 2022, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge on non-current assets of $5.4 million ($5.1 million for customer relationships and $0.3 million for other intangibles), included in the Specialty Semiconductors segment, to reflect the assessment of the carrying value of intangible assets impacted by Russia/Ukraine conflict, more precisely in reference to Russia-based customers. The impairment charge results from the fact that the Company’s initial assumptions regarding the timing of future cashflows from these customers can no longer be supported given the uncertainty associated with recent international sanctions against Russia, and the unknown duration of the conflict.
Although AZUR, a subsidiary of the Company acquired on November 5, 2021, had sales in Russia in the past, the amount of such sales is not material to the Company as a whole. In addition, we anticipate that growing demand in other sectors, including for Solar Cells in space applications in Europe and North America, will create business opportunities for AZUR that will more than offset the portion of the business impacted by the Russia/Ukraine conflict.
Our near-term priority is to ensure the successful integration of AZUR, while also continuing to accelerate the Company’s growth trajectory, both organically and through acquisitions. The Company is moving forward with the necessary investments in AZUR to develop and commercialize new Wide Band Gap materials, specifically Gallium Nitride (GaN), an emerging multi-billion-dollar market around High Power Electronic and Communications (RF) applications.
The Company is also pleased with the advancement of its St-Laurent project in Montreal, Canada, aimed at expanding the development and manufacturing of critical and strategic minerals, including those containing Tellurium, for advanced II-VI based semiconductors. The commissioning of the project is expected to be completed, as planned, in mid-2022.
As part of the next phase of its strategic transformation toward advanced materials with improved margins and moving away from products affected by commoditization, the Company has re-launched its strategic review of certain legacy businesses to assess their long-term compatibility with its strategy. Based on current challenges, Adjusted EBITDA1 for 2022 is expected to be between $25 million to $30 million. The range of variance for the Adjusted EBITDA is largely dictated by the speed at which 5N Plus will be able to address the challenges associated with inflation and ongoing geo-politic events.
This press release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Management’s Discussion & Analysis and Consolidated Financial Statements dated May 4, 2022, available on www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website.
5N Plus will host a conference call on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 8:00 am Eastern Daylight Time to discuss results of the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the Company’s website at www.5nplus.com.
To participate in the conference call:
A replay of the webcast and a recording of the Q&A will be available until May 12, 2022. To access the recording, please dial at 1-888-203-1112 and enter access code 1336377.
5N Plus is a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials. The Company’s ultra‐pure materials often form the core element of its customers’ products. These customers rely on 5N Plus’s products to enable performance and sustainability in their own products. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to develop and manufacture its products. The Company’s products enable various applications in several key industries, including renewable energy, security, space, pharmaceutical, medical imaging and industrial. Headquartered in Montréal, Québec, 5N Plus operates R&D, manufacturing and commercial centers in strategically located facilities around the world including Europe, North America and Asia.
Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Forward-looking information and statements are based on the best estimates available to the Company at the time and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties or other factors that may cause the Company's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward–looking statements. A description of the risks affecting the Company's business and activities appears under the heading "Risk and Uncertainties" of 5N Plus 2021 MD&A dated February 22, 2022 and note 11 of the unaudited condensed interim consolidated financial statements for the three-month periods ended March 31, 2022 and March 31, 2021 available on www.sedar.com.
The Company is not aware of any significant changes to its risk factors previously disclosed, however since February 2022, Russian military forces invaded Ukraine; the invasion is being actively resisted by Ukrainian military personnel and the people of Ukraine, and the outcome of the ongoing conflict is uncertain at this time. Although AZUR SPACE Solar Power GmbH (AZUR), a subsidiary of the Company, had sales in Russia in the past, the amount of such sales is not material to the Company as a whole. The Company has no sales in Russia in 2022. A prolonged armed conflict in Ukraine or an expansion of the armed conflict to other European countries could have a negative impact on the European and global economies. As well, Russia is a major exporter of oil and natural gas. Any disruption of supplies of oil and natural gas from Russia could have a significant adverse effect on the European and world economies. All of the foregoing factors could potentially have a negative effect on the Company’s sales and results of operations.
Forward–looking statements can generally be identified by the use of terms such as "may", "should", "would", "believe", "expect", the negative of these terms, variations of them or any similar terms. No assurance can be given that any events anticipated by the forward–looking information in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N Plus will derive therefrom. In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N Plus. The forward–looking information contained in this press release is made as of the date hereof and the Company has no obligation to publicly update such forward–looking information to reflect new information, subsequent or otherwise, unless required by applicable securities laws. The reader is warned against placing undue reliance on these forward–looking statements.
Chief Financial Officer
5N Plus Inc.