5N Plus Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

August 7, 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 second quarter ended June 30, 2018. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

5N Plus posted a strong second quarter, delivering the best Adjusted EBITDA1 over the past four quarters, with healthy demand for the Company’s products across several sectors of its segments. This was especially notable for the Extractive and Catalytic Materials, on track to reach a record level since its inception a few years ago and the Company’s ultra-high purity materials running at full capacity. 

During the quarter, the Company continued to focus on its growth initiatives while improving its core activities.  Additional gains in terms of throughput and working capital are expected in the coming quarters. In the meanwhile, Return on Capital Employed1 (ROCE) has improved and the Company continues to make progress toward the objectives related to the second and third pillars of 5N21, which are to increase contribution from upstream activities and to deliver quality growth from new initiatives.

  • Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA1 for the six-month period ended June 30, 2018 reached $16.9 million and $15.7 million compared to $15.9 million and $16.0 million for the same period of 2017. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA reflects improved profitability, supported by a favorable sales mix, strong product demand and overall performance of the operating activities. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA for the second quarter of 2018 reached $9.0 million and $7.9 million compared to $9.2 million and $6.3 million for the same quarter of 2017.
  • Revenue in Q2 2018 reached $58.4 million compared to $56.2 million in Q2 2017, positively impacted by sales mix, and gross margin1 reached 26.5% in Q2 2018.
  • Net earnings were $3.4 million or $0.04 per share in the second quarter of 2018 and 2017.
  • Net debt1 stood at $19.4 million as at June 30, 2018, higher than December 31, 2017 due to an increase in working capital requirements.
  • Annualized ROCE represented 16.8% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 15.6% at the end of 2017.
  • As at June 30, 2018, the backlog1 reached a level of 170 days of sales outstanding, representing an increase of 35 days compared to June 30, 2017, and a decrease of 2 days compared to March 31, 2018. Bookings1 in Q2 2018 reached 89 days compared to 87 days in Q2 2017, and 96 days in Q1 2018.
  • On May 29, 2018, 5N Plus announced that it has exercised its right to partially redeem its 5.75% convertible unsecured subordinated debentures maturing on June 30, 2019, in an aggregate principal amount of CA$40.0 million on July 3, 2018. Following such partial repayment, the aggregate principal amount of debentures outstanding is CA$26.0 million, reducing future cost of the Company’s gross debt.
  • On July 31, 2018, 5N Plus announced that it is doubling the capacity of its ultra-high purity Semiconductor plant located on its Montreal campus to serve the growing demand for the Company’s specialty semiconductor materials, which are becoming the materials of choice for advanced sensing and imaging technologies utilized in a new generation of medical devices, and in security and defense applications.

Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “As we deliver the results for the first half of 2018, we are pleased with the Company’s earnings growth and progress toward delivering the targets articulated in our strategic plan 5N21.”  Mr. Roshan added “We are selectively investing in our growth and upstream activities while continuing to deliver strong margins from our core businesses. We have further improved the return on capital employed and expect more progress as we continue to climb the learning curve which has been afforded by the transformation in our business model.”  Mr. Roshan concluded “As we move to the second half of 2018, we remain fully committed to our guidance for the year. We also remain on track to deliver $45 million in Adjusted EBITDA and 17% return on capital employed by 2021.”

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Webcast Information

5N Plus will host a conference call on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 8:00 am ET with financial analysts to discuss results of the quarter ended June 30, 2018. All interested parties are invited to participate in the live broadcast on the Company’s website at www.5nplus.com. A replay of the webcast and a recording of the Q&A will be available until August 15, 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 2167787.

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 and impairment inventory charge. 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 are 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