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Algoma Central Corporation Reports Operating Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2019 and a 10% Increase in Quarterly Dividend

November 6, 2019

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 6, 2019--

Algoma Central Corporation (“Algoma” or “the Company”) (TSX: ALC), a leading provider of marine transportation services, today announced its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019.

All amounts reported below are in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for per share data and unless otherwise noted. Third quarter 2019 highlights include:

EBITDA was $58,448 in the 2019 third quarter versus $49,057 for the same period in 2018. EBITDA increased in Product Tankers and in Ocean Self-Unloaders, partially offset by decreases in Domestic Dry-Bulk and in Global Short Sea Shipping.

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

For the periods ended September 30

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net earnings

$

 

21,049

 

$

 

19,639

 

$

 

20,362

 

$

 

24,941

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

22,365

 

 

18,335

 

 

62,485

 

 

50,159

 

Interest and taxes

 

14,792

 

 

9,204

 

 

19,909

 

 

14,754

 

Other

 

242

 

 

1,879

 

 

1,463

 

 

(1,932

)

Consolidated EBITDA

$

 

58,448

 

$

 

49,057

 

$

 

104,219

 

$

 

87,922

 

 

“Last year at this time we talked about reviewing options to add capacity. Fast forward a year and we have added six vessels to operations that are now fully integrated and contributing to earnings,” said Gregg Ruhl, President & CEO of the Company. “We are also experiencing steady improvements in freight rates across our core businesses and look forward to continued improvement in the fourth quarter,” added Mr. Ruhl.

Consolidated revenue for the 2019 third quarter was $167,901, an increase of 6% compared to $158,729 reported for the same period in 2018. The increase was primarily a result of having additional tankers and ocean self-unloaders in the fleet supported by improved rates and strong customer demand in those segments. Revenue decreased in the Domestic Dry-Bulk segment as a result of the smaller fleet size and out of service time on two vessels, offset by higher freight rates and improved contract terms.

There was an increase in net earnings in the quarter to $21,049, as our core businesses and joint ventures both saw improvements in operating earnings. This was offset by an increase in interest expense.

 

 

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

For the periods ended September 30

2019

2018

2019

2018

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

 

167,901

 

$

 

158,729

 

$

 

398,923

 

$

 

358,658

 

Expenses

 

 

 

 

Operations

 

(109,589

)

 

(110,168

)

 

(291,938

)

 

(268,039

)

Selling, general and administrative

 

(7,491

)

 

(6,751

)

 

(23,072

)

 

(21,027

)

 

 

(117,080

)

 

(116,919

)

 

(315,010

)

 

(289,066

)

 

 

50,821

 

 

41,810

 

 

83,913

 

 

69,592

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

(19,227

)

 

(14,243

)

 

(50,827

)

 

(40,927

)

Interest expense

 

(5,777

)

 

(4,624

)

 

(14,361

)

 

(9,658

)

Interest income

 

220

 

 

1,891

 

 

979

 

 

2,441

 

Foreign currency (loss) gain

 

(372

)

 

(1,819

)

 

(976

)

 

1,521

 

 

 

25,665

 

 

23,015

 

 

18,728

 

 

22,969

 

Income Tax Expense

 

(7,758

)

 

(5,050

)

 

(1,528

)

 

(4,148

)

Net Earnings of Joint Ventures

 

3,142

 

 

1,674

 

 

3,162

 

 

6,120

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Earnings

$

 

21,049

 

$

 

19,639

 

$

 

20,362

 

$

 

24,941

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

$

 

0.55

 

$

 

0.51

 

$

 

0.53

 

$

 

0.65

 

Diluted earnings per share

$

 

0.52

 

$

 

0.49

 

$

 

0.53

 

$

 

0.65

 

The third quarter MD&A includes further details.

Full three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 results can be found on the Company’s website at www.algonet.com/investor-relations and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

Normal Course Issuer Bid

During the third quarter of 2019 and nine months ended September 30, 2019, 31,200 and 259,100 shares, respectively, were purchased for cancellation.

Cash Dividends

The Company’s Board of Directors on November 5, 2019 authorized payment of a quarterly dividend to shareholders of $0.11 per common share. The dividend is payable on December 2, 2019 to shareholders of record on November 18, 2019.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

There are measures included in this press release that do not have a standardized meaning under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company includes these measures because it believes certain investors use these measures as a means of assessing financial performance. EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Please refer to the Management’s Discussions and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 for further information regarding non-GAAP measures.

About Algoma Central

Algoma owns and operates the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Waterway, including self-unloading dry-bulk carriers, gearless dry-bulk carriers and product tankers. Algoma also owns ocean self-unloading dry-bulk vessels operating in international markets and a 50% interest in NovaAlgoma, which owns and operates a diversified portfolio of dry-bulk fleets serving customers internationally.

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CONTACT: Gregg A. Ruhl 

President & CEO 

905-687-7890Peter D. Winkley 

Chief Financial Officer 

905-687-7897  www.algonet.comorwww.sedar.com 

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INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TRANSPORTATION MARITIME TRANSPORT TRAVEL

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