5N Plus Reports Financial Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2018

May 1, 2018 | Montréal, Québec

5N Plus Inc. (TSX:VNP) (“5N Plus” or the “Company”), a leading producer of engineered materials, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

5N Plus posted a strong first quarter in 2018, with healthy demand for the Company’s products across several sectors within the Eco-Friendly Materials and Electronic Materials segments.  The Company continued to reap benefits from implementation of the first pillar of its Strategic Plan 5N21 and has shifted more resources to address the second and third pillars of the plan, namely; extracting more value from upstream activities and delivering quality growth.

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 and EBITDA1 for the first quarter of 2018 reached $7.9 million and $7.8 million compared to $6.6 million and $9.7 million during the same quarter of 2017. The Adjusted EBITDA reflects improved profitability, supported by a favorable sales mix, strong product demand and overall performance of operating activities, while the EBITDA for the first quarter of 2017 was positively impacted by higher non‐recurring items.
  • Revenue for Q1 2018 reached $58.5 million compared to $60.9 million for Q1 2017, with gross margin1 reaching 25.1% in Q1 2018 compared to 23.1% in 2017, reflecting an improved product mix compared to the same quarter of last year.
  • Net earnings for the first quarter of 2018 reached $3.0 million or $0.04 per share compared to $4.2 million or $0.05 per share for the same period last year.
  • Net debt1 stood at $20.8 million as at March 31, 2018 which was the same level as at March 31, 2017, but higher than December 31, 2017 due to an increase in working capital requirements.
  • Annualized Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)1 represented 15.2% for the first quarter of 2018 compared to 15.6% for fiscal year 2017.
  • As at March 31, 2018, the Backlog1 reached a level of 172 days of sales outstanding, representing an increase of 44 days when compared to the same period last year, and a decrease of 15 days compared to the previous quarter. Bookings1 in Q1 2018 reached 96 days compared to 108 days in Q4 2017 and 97 days in Q1 2017.
  • On April 11, 2018, 5N Plus announced expansion of capacity and capability in its upstream activities across South East Asia and Europe to further enhance the Company’s competitive access to specialty metals which are key ingredients in its products and a notable pass‐through component of cost of goods sold.
  • On April 24, 2018, 5N Plus announced the closing of a $79 million senior secured multi-currency revolving syndicated credit facility, with a $30 million accordion feature which would increase the total size of the facility to $109 million, replacing its existing $50 million credit facility.
  • On April 30, 2018, 5N Plus announced that it has secured a series of multi-year contracts for the supply of semiconductor materials and ancillary services associated with the manufacturing of thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules by First Solar, Inc. 
  • The Company will provide its 2018 guidance during the conference call with financial analysts scheduled on May 2, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “After a strong finish in 2017, we are pleased by how the first quarter of 2018 has taken shape.”  Mr. Roshan added “With the first pillar of our strategic plan nearly completed, 5N Plus has emerged as a leader in its core businesses with improved margins and we are now focusing our resources on new growth initiatives linked with the second and third pillars of our strategic plan 5N21.”  Mr. Roshan concluded “We are excited by the potential we see across our businesses and we will remain focused and disciplined to ensure our future success.”

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Webcast Information

5N Plus will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 8:00 am EDT with financial analysts to discuss results of the quarter ended March 31, 2018. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the Company’s Web site at www.5nplus.com.  A replay of the webcast and a recording of the Q&A will be available until May 9, 2018.

To participate in the conference call:

  • Montreal area:    514-807-9895
  • Toronto area:      647-427-7450
  • Toll-Free:            1-888-231-8191

Enter access code 6776244.

About 5N Plus Inc.

5N Plus is a leading producer of engineered materials. Fully integrated with closed-loop recycling facilities, the Company is headquartered in Montreal, Québec, Canada and operates manufacturing facilities and sales offices in several locations in Europe, the Americas and Asia. 5N Plus deploys a range of proprietary and proven technologies to produce products which are used in a number of advanced pharmaceutical, electronic and industrial applications. Typical products include purified metals such as bismuth, gallium, germanium, indium, selenium and tellurium, inorganic chemicals based on such metals and compound semiconductor wafers. Many of these are critical precursors and key enablers in markets such as pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, aerospace, security and sensing, imaging, technical and industrial materials, extractive and catalytic materials, and animal feed additive industries.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Non-IFRS Measures

EBITDA means net earnings (loss) before interest expenses (revenues), income taxes, depreciation and amortization. We use EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of certain expenses. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies. EBITDA margin is defined as EBITDA divided by revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA means EBITDA as defined above before impairment of inventories, share-based compensation expense, impairment of non-current assets, litigation and restructuring costs (income), gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment, change in fair value of debenture conversion option, foreign exchange and derivatives loss (gain). We use adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is a meaningful measure of the operating performance of our ongoing business without the effects of inventory write-downs. The definition of this non-IFRS measure used by the Company may differ from that used by other companies.

Gross margin is a measure we use to monitor the sales contribution after paying cost of sales excluding depreciation of property, plant and equipment. We also expressed this measure in percentage of revenues by dividing the gross margin value by the total revenue.

Net debt or net cash is a measure we use to monitor how much debt we have after taking into account cash and cash equivalents. We use it as an indicator of our overall financial position, and calculate it by taking our total debt, including the current portion and the cross-currency swap related to the convertible debenture, and subtracting cash and cash equivalents.

Backlog represents the expected orders we have received but have not yet executed and that are expected to translate into sales within the next twelve months expressed in number of days.

Bookings represent orders received during the period considered, expressed in days, and is calculated by adding revenues to the increase or decrease in backlog for the period considered divided by annualized year revenues. We use backlog to provide an indication of expected future revenues in days, and bookings to determine our ability to sustain and increase our revenues.

Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) is a non-IFRS financial measure, calculated by dividing the annualized Adjusted EBIT by capital employed at the end of the period. Adjusted EBIT is calculated as the Adjusted EBITDA less depreciation and amortization (adjusted for accelerated depreciation charge, if any). Capital employed is the sum of the accounts receivable, the inventory, the PPE, the goodwill and intangibles less trade and accrued liabilities (adjusted for exceptional items). We use ROCE to measure the return on capital employed, whether the financing is through equity or debt. In our view, this measure provides useful information to determine if capital invested in the Company yields competitive returns. The usefulness of ROCE is limited by the fact that it is a ratio and not providing information as to the absolute amount of our net income, debt or equity. It also excludes certain items from the calculation and other companies may use a similar measure but calculate it differently.


Jean Mayer
Vice President, Legal Affairs also in charge of investor relations
5N Plus Inc.
(514) 856-0644 x6178