5N Plus Reports 2023 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

February 27, 2024 | Montréal, Québec

5N Plus Inc. (“5N+” or “the Company”), a leading global producer of specialty semiconductors and performance materials, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2023 (“Q4 2023”) and fiscal year (“FY 2023”) ended December 31, 2023. All amounts in this press release are expressed in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated.

“For FY 2023, we delivered record reported Adjusted EBITDA and significant margin expansion, while sustaining a strong backlog1. Our performance across these key performance indicators is proof that our strategy – focused on commercial excellence, value-added products and long-term partnerships – is delivering tangible results, while also enabling us to provide increased visibility on our near-term growth path.

“Records are made to be broken and it is our objective to do just that in the coming years. We are confident in our approach and, as reflected in our guidance for 2024 and 2025, we expect to be able to keep levelling up our performance. We will continue to leverage our unique position as a trusted partner for ultra-high purity specialty semiconductors and performance materials, and to capitalize on growing demand in critical end markets like terrestrial renewable energy and space solar power,” said Gervais Jacques, President and CEO of 5N+.   

Q4 2024 Highlights

 

  • Revenue in Q4 2023 reached $65.1 million, compared to $61.0 million for the same period last year. The 7% increase is primarily attributable to higher demand in the Specialty Semiconductors segment, offset by lower revenue in the Performance Materials segment following the strategic exit from the manufacturing of low-margin extractive and catalytic products in 2022.
  • Net earnings in Q4 2023 were $2.3 million compared to a net loss of $8.1 million in Q4 2022. Net earnings in FY 2023 were $15.4 million compared to a net loss of $23.0 million in FY 2022.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in Q4 2023 was $9.0 million, a 35% increase over the $6.7 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA was $38.3 million in FY 2023, a 28% increase compared to $30.0 million in FY 2022.
  • Adjusted gross margin in FY 2023 was 29.0%, compared to 23.7% in FY 2022.
  • On December 31, 2023, the backlog represented 292 days of annualized revenue, 8 days higher than the previous quarter and 39 days higher than the same period last year, primarily due to increasing demand in both terrestrial renewable energy and space solar power.

These measures are not recognized measures under IFRS and do not have standardized earnings prescribed by IFRS and therfore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other compagnies.  See Non-IFRS Measures for more information.

Outlook

In Specialty Semiconductors, 5N+ continues to benefit from its unique position as the leading global supplier of ultra-high purity semiconductor compounds outside China, with extensive expertise and a favourable global footprint resulting in a reliable supply chain. The Company’s products can be found in a wide range of technologies used in critical applications and everyday products.

Growing demand remains the rule in Specialty Semiconductors end markets, particularly in terrestrial renewable energy and space solar power. This positions 5N+ well to capitalize on future opportunities in these high-growth sectors, as well as other markets, including defense, security and medical imaging, and through its long-term partnerships with key customers.

Management expects growth in the Performance Materials segment to be primarily derived from health and pharmaceutical products, which provide high profitability and predictable cashflows. Additional long-term opportunities are expected to stem from product expansion or development initiatives, including through partnerships.

Furthermore, management continues to seek opportunities to increase operational efficiency, while exploring potential acquisitions and partnerships to enhance its own organic growth and leadership market position.

With the visibility afforded to management as a result of the solid execution of its business strategy over the last few years, its improved product mix and strong backlog, management is committed to sustaining its trajectory with respect to Adjusted EBITDA growth and margin improvements. To that end, management is maintaining its previously disclosed projected Adjusted EBITDA range for FY 2024 to be between $45 million and $50 million and expects Adjusted EBITDA for FY 2025 to be between $50 million and $55 million, supported by organic growth.

To meet these objectives, 5N+ will continue to execute on its value-added focused strategy and commercial excellence program, leveraging its competitive advantages stemming from its unique positioning both from a geographic and expertise standpoint. As a trusted partner in the development and manufacturing of critical specialty semiconductors and performance materials with a customer-centric mentality, the Company will also continue methodically investing in its production capacity to serve high-growth markets and strategic global customers.

Conference Call

5N+ will host a conference call on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at 8:00 am Eastern Time to discuss fourth quarter and annual results for fiscal 2023. 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:

  • Toronto area:          416-764-8659
  • Toll‐Free:                  1-888-664-6392
  • Enter access code:  94847778

A replay of the conference call will be available two hours after the event and until March 6, 2024. To access the recording, please dial 1-888-390-0541 and enter access code 847778.

About 5N Plus Inc.

5N+ 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+’s products to enable performance and sustainability in their own products. 5N+ 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, Quebec, 5N+ operates R&D, manufacturing and commercial centers in strategically located facilities around the world including Europe, North America and Asia.

Forward‐Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may be forward‐looking within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Such forward‐looking statements are based on a number of estimates and assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable when made, including that 5N+ will be able to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other business partners, that 5N+ will continue to operate its business in the normal course, that 5N+ will be able to implement its growth strategy, that 5N+ will be able to successfully and timely complete the realization of its backlog, that 5N+ will not suffer any supply chain challenges or any material disruption in the supply of raw materials on competitive terms, that 5N+ will be able to generate new sales, produce, deliver, and sell its expected product volumes at the expected prices and control its costs, as well as other factors believed to be appropriate and reasonable in the circumstances. However, there can be no assurance that such estimates and assumptions will prove to be correct. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and 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 the Company’s 2023 MD&A dated February 27, 2024, available on www.sedarplus.ca.

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 statements in this press release will transpire or occur, or if any of them do so, what benefits that 5N+ will derive therefrom. In particular, no assurance can be given as to the future financial performance of 5N+. The forward‐looking statements 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.

Contact :

Richard Perron
Chief Financial Officer
5N Plus Inc.
514 856-0644
invest@5nplus.com