5N Plus Reports Financial Results for the Third Quarter Ended September 30, 2018

November 6, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2018. All amounts are expressed in U.S. dollars.

5N Plus posted another strong quarterly performance characterized by growth in revenue and significant expansion in earnings as compared to the same period last year. These results were delivered despite notable headwinds from metal consumables which in some cases were unfavorably impacted by up to 25% movement in metal notations. The strong performance was not only driven by healthy demand for the Company’s products and services but also progress in the Company’s upstream activities which helped mitigate metal related adverse impacts. 

  • Adjusted EBITDA1 and EBITDA1 for the third quarter of 2018 were $8.6 million and $7.8 million as compared to $6.9 million and $6.4 million for the same quarter of 2017. This is an improvement of more than 24% to the Adjusted EBITDA when compared to the same period last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2018 were $25.4 million and $23.4 million as compared to $22.8 million and $22.4 million for the same period in 2017.
  • Revenue in Q3 2018 grew to $53.4 million as compared to $50.3 million in Q3 2017, despite unfavorable impact from metal notations. Solid demand for the Company’s products and services drove revenue growth while enhanced sales mix and increased contribution from upstream activities helped expand Gross margin1 from 26.5% in the third quarter of 2017 to 27.6% in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net earnings for the quarter closed at $3.5 million or $0.04 per share as compared to $2.2 million or $0.03 per share in Q3 2017.
  • Net debt1 was $21.9 million as at September 30, 2018, an increase of $10.5 million compared to December 31, 2017 due to higher working capital requirements driven in large part by various hedging initiatives.
  • Annualized ROCE1 registered at 16.4% in the third quarter of 2018 compared to 15.6% at the end of 2017.
  • As of September 30, 2018, the backlog1 reached a level of 181 days of sales outstanding, representing an increase of 3 days compared to September 30, 2017, and 11 days compared to June 30, 2018. Bookings1 in Q3 2018 reached 86 days compared to 118 days in Q3 2017 and 89 days in Q2 2018.
  • Based on the current trajectory, Adjusted EBITDA is expected to close in the upper range of the Company’s $30-$33 million guidance for 2018.

Arjang Roshan, President and Chief Executive Officer, said “In the advent of our strategic plan 5N21 and the two years that followed, growth in earnings and return on capital employed were mainly propelled by the first pillar of 5N21 which is optimization of our core businesses.” Mr. Roshan added “As we move to the last quarter of 2018, a third year of growth in aforementioned metrics is emerging.” Mr. Roshan concluded “It is important to note that today, both implementation of the first pillar of 5N21 and growth of our upstream activities which is the second pillar of the plan are propelling this progress.”

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Webcast Information

5N Plus will host a conference call on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 8:00 am ET with financial analysts to discuss results of the quarter ended September 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 November 14, 2018.

To participate in the conference call:

  • Montreal area:    514-807-9895
  • Toronto area:      647-427-7450
  • Toll-Free:            1-866-865-3087

Enter access code 9449209.

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