IBC Advanced Alloys Reports Fiscal Q1 2019 Financial Results

Highlights of the Quarter 

(unless other noted, all financial amounts in this news release are expressed in U.S. dollars)             

  • Higher Y/Y Sales:  Sales revenue rose 9.3% to $4.7 million, as compared to sales in Q1 2018 of $4.3 million.  Copper Alloy division sales climbed 21.5% to $3.5 million, from $2.8 million in the prior-year period. Engineered Materials division sales revenue declined 15% to $1.2 million, from  $1.5 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to the shifting of customer product out of fiscal Q1 of 2019 into the remainder of 2019.
  • Higher Gross Profit:  Gross profit rose 18% to $467,000, from $396,000 in the prior-year period. 
  • Improved Gross Margin:  Gross margin improved to 10%, from 9% in the prior-year quarter. 
  • Capital Improvement Projects:  More than a dozen capital improvement projects are being implemented that are aimed at supporting more efficient and effective operations and potentially exposing IBC to new market opportunities. 
  • Fiscal Q1 Results:  IBC incurred a comprehensive loss (net of tax) of $766,000 for the quarter, or 0.02 per share, as compared to a loss of $602,000, 0.02 per share, in the year-ago period.  Operating loss1 for the quarter was $490,000, an improvement over an operating loss in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2018 of $535,000.

FRANKLIN, , Nov. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. (“IBC” or the “Company”) (TSXV:IB; OTCQB:IAALF) announces its financial results for its fiscal first quarter of 2019.  The Company will host a conference call and investor webcast on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern, the details of which are shown below.

In the quarter, IBC posted a comprehensive loss (net of tax) of $766,000 for the quarter, or 0.02 per share, as compared to a loss of $602,000, or 0.02 per share, in the year-ago period.  Operating loss1 for the quarter was $490,000, an improvement over an operating loss in the comparable quarter of fiscal 2018 of $535,000.

The Company posted stronger year-over-year (“Y/Y”) sales revenue in the quarter, as well as higher gross profit and expanded gross margins. The Company failed to achieve profitability in the period primarily due to a shifting of Engineered Materials division product deliveries out of fiscal Q1 of 2019 for a specific customer. This was necessary while the Company and its customer worked through engineering matters related to acceptance criteria. Those issues have now been resolved and shipments of product to the customer have resumed at an increased rate during the remainder of FY2019 to complete the order.

“The first fiscal quarter of 2019 showed improvement over the same quarter of last year, but it was not a profitable quarter and we missed our mark,” said Major General Duncan Heinz (USMC, ret.), IBC’s President and CEO.  “However, I see IBC continuing to progress toward a profitable year in fiscal 2019, which would mark the first year of profitability since the Company was formed in 2007.”

“Copper Alloy division revenues increased substantially year-over-year, with more than double the gross profit and gross margins of the comparable period of fiscal 2018, and Copper Alloys posted an operating profit1 of $60,000, compared to a year-ago loss of $269,000.  The Engineered Materials division’s revenue miss in the quarter was due to acceptance criteria issues which required considerable coordination with the customer, and that slowed down our production process.  That issue has been resolved and deliveries have resumed in Q2 at increased quantities.  Those increased quantities will continue for the rest of the fiscal year in order to complete the order on time.  The loss in this division should reverse during the remainder of the fiscal year with the increased shipments.”

IBC CONFERENCE CALL AND INVESTOR WEBCAST

Major General Heinz will host an investor update webcast and conference call on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern to discuss the Company’s fiscal Q1 2019 interim financial results.  To register for the webinar and conference call, and receive instructions on how to call in or connect via the internet to the webinar, please go here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4573616922886120961

SELECTED FISCAL Q1 2019 FINANCIAL RESULTS

On a consolidated basis, the Company posted these results in the quarter ending on September 30, 2018, as compared to the year-ago period:

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  • Sales rose by 9.2% despite lower revenue from the Engineered Materials division. 
  • Of the Company’s $766,000 in loss (before tax) in the quarter, $283,000 was due to an increase in interest expenses. 
  • Operating loss improved to $490,000, from $535,000 in the year-ago period, principally driven by increased sales in the Copper Alloys division.  The loss was significantly higher than expected due to delayed product shipments in the Engineered Materials division. 
  • Corporate SG&A expenses increased to $255,000, from $198,000 in the prior-year period, as a result of increases in legal fees, consulting fees, and share-based compensation.

IBC’s Copper Alloys division posted these results for the quarter, as compared to the year-ago period:

  • While copper prices were down 5% from the prior-year period, operating profit increased to $60,000, from an operating loss of $269,000 in the prior-year period. 
     
  • Revenue in the quarter totaled $3.5 million, a 21.5% increase over revenue of $2.8 million in prior-year period. Sales growth in the quarter was primarily driven by increased sales to customers in the plastic mold tooling and defense sectors. 
     
  • Gross profit more than doubled from the year-ago period, rising to $500,000 from $221,000. 
     
  • With higher Y/Y sales, and relatively little change in Y/Y labor and SG&A costs in the division, gross margin rose to 14%, versus 8% in the prior-year period.

IBC’s Engineered Materials division posted these results for the quarter, as compared to the year-ago period:

  • Sales revenues declined by 15% compared to the prior-year period, principally due to the shifting of customer product out of fiscal Q1 of 2019 into the remainder of 2019. 
     
  • As a result of the shifting of product shipments from fiscal Q1, the division booked an operating loss of $295,000, compared to an operating loss of $68,000 in the prior-year period. 
     
  • The semiconductor manufacturing sector has remained consistent at near previous year levels, with some seasonality in sales returning in this period and expected to continue to the end of the calendar year.

FISCAL Q1-2019 SEGMENT AND CONSOLIDATED OPERATIONS RESULTS 

                   
  Three Months Ended   Three Months Ended    
 September 30, 2018     September 30, 2017     
  Copper   Eng.   Corp. Consol-     Copper   Eng.   Corp.   Consol-    
  Alloys   Mat.     idated     Alloys   Mat.     idated    
  $   $   $ $     $   $   $   $    
                                     
Sales 3,460   1,233   –    4,693     2,849   1,449     4,298    
   
Cost of sales  
   
Materials 1,988   73     2,061     1,362   261     1,623    
Labor 534   367     901     543   301     844    
Subcontract 74   78     152     43   39     82    
Overhead 418   416     834     588   388     976    
Depreciation 96   100     196     85   100     185    
Change in  
finished goods (150 ) 232     82     7   185     192    
  2,960   1,266     4,226     2,628   1,274     3,902    
Gross profit (loss) 500   (33 )   467     221   175     396    
SG&A expenses 440   262   255   957     490   243   198   931    
   
Operating  
income (loss) 60   (295 ) (255 ) (490 )   (269 ) (68 ) (198 ) (535 )  
                                     
Gross margin 14 (3%   10   8 12   9  

The Company’s interim financial statements have been filed on SEDAR at www. sedar. ca and are available on the Company’s website at www.ibcadvancedalloys.com. 

NON-IFRS MEASURES

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with IFRS, IBC uses “operating income (loss)”, which is a non-IFRS financial measure.  IBC believes that operating income helps identify underlying trends in its business that could otherwise be distorted by the effect of certain income or expenses that IBC includes in loss for the period. IBC further believes that operating income (loss) provides useful information about core operating results, enhances the overall understanding of its past performance and future prospects and allows for greater visibility with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making. Operating income (loss) should not be considered in isolation or construed as an alternative to loss for the period or any other measure of performance or as an indicator of IBC’s operating performance. Operating income (loss) presented here may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Other companies may calculate similarly titled measures differently, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures to our data.

Operating income (loss) represents loss for the period, excluding foreign exchange loss, interest expense, loss on disposal of assets, interest income, other income (expense), arbitration award liability and income taxes that IBC does not believe are reflective of the core operating performance during the periods presented.

Operating income (loss)

A reconciliation of first quarter loss to operating income follows:

     
Quarter ended September 30 2018   2017  
  $   $  
Income (loss) for the period (766 ) (602 )
Foreign exchange loss (4 ) 10  
Interest expense 283   57  
Loss on disposal of assets    
Interest income (4 ) (1 )
Other income (expense) (2 ) (2 )
Arbitration award liability    
Income taxes 3   3  
Operating loss (490 ) (535 )

On behalf of the Board of Directors: 

“Duncan Heinz”

Duncan Heinz, President, CEO and Director

CONTACTS: 

Duncan Heinz, President, CEO and Director 

Jim Sims, Investor and Public Relations 
IBC Advanced Alloys Corp. 
+1 (303) 503-6203 
Email: jim.sims@ibcadvancedalloys.com 

Website: www.ibcadvancedalloys.com 
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ABOUT IBC ADVANCED ALLOYS CORP.

IBC is a leading beryllium and copper advanced alloys company serving a variety of industries such as defense, aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, precision manufacturing, and others. IBC’s Copper Division manufactures and distributes a variety of copper alloys as castings and forgings, including beryllium copper, chrome copper, and aluminum bronze.  IBC’s Engineered Materials Division makes the Beralcast® family of alloys, which can be precision cast and are used in an increasing number of defense, aerospace, and other systems, including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. IBC’s has production facilities in Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Missouri. The Company’s common shares are traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol “IB” and the OTCQB under the symbol “IAALF”.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENTS

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.  This disclosure contains forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements normally contain words like ‘believe’, ‘expect’, ‘anticipate’, ‘plan’, ‘intend’, ‘continue’, ‘estimate’, ‘may’, ‘will’, ‘should’, ‘ongoing’ and similar expressions, and within this news release include any statements (express or implied) respecting anticipated seasonality in the next quarter or two that may impact sales trends, expectations as to further value and savings of waste stream inventory, expectations as to additional quantities to be sold under the Lockheed Martin contract, beliefs as to expanding production capacity as a result of the purchase of new capital equipment and inventory and the success and timing of the production of components under the commercial satellite systems contract. Although IBC believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statement are reasonable, forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statement.  The forward looking statements made by the Company in this press release are based on its experience, perception of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate in the circumstances.  As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements.  IBC makes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is made, except as required by applicable law. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in IBC’s filings for the quarter ended September 30, 2018, and in its Annual Information Form for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, available at www. sedar. com. 
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1 IBC reports non-IFRS measures such as “operating operating income (loss).”  Please see information on this and other non-IFRS measures in the “Non-IFRS Measures” section of this new release and in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis (“MD&A”), available on IBC’s website at www.ibcadvancedalloys.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

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