Industrial Services Backlog Continues to Grow
CALGARY, Nov. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - The Churchill Corporation (TSX: CUQ, CUQ.DB) ("Churchill" or the "Corporation") today released its 2012 third quarter results and declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per common share. For the third quarter of 2012, Churchill's revenue was $303.2 million, EBITDA was $12.1 million, and Churchill recorded net earnings of $1.8 million. Comparable results for the third quarter of 2011 were revenue of $379.3 million, EBITDA of $18.3 million and net earnings of $6.1 million. Backlog as of September 30, 2012 was $1,731.0 million compared to $1,842.6 million as of December 31, 2011.
The dividend will be paid January 15, 2013 to shareholders of record on December 31, 2012. The ex-dividend date is December 27, 2012. The Corporation has a dividend reinvestment plan in place for which details are available on Churchill's website (www.churchillcorporation.com).
THIRD QUARTER OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
• Industrial Services segment backlog increases to $413.8 million compared to $288.0 million at June 30, 2012.
• General Contracting segment backlog increases to $1,119.2 million compared to $1,064.4 million at June 30, 2012.
|3 Months Ended Sept. 30||9 Months Ended Sept. 30|
|($millions, except per share amounts)||2012||2011||2012||2011|
|Contract revenue||$ 303.2||$ 379.3||$ 932.2||$ 1,024.8|
|EBITDA from continuing operations||12.1||18.3||30.6||52.5|
|Net earnings per common share||- Basic||0.07||0.26||0.03||0.73|
|As of Sept. 30, 2012||As of Dec. 31, 2011|
|Backlog||$ 1,731.0||$ 1,842.6|
|Long-term debt (excluding current portion)||68.5||60.4|
These financial results are presented in conformance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). All figures are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted. Certain financial and operational measures referred to in this press release, including "EBITDA" and "backlog", are not prescribed measures under IFRS. For a description of these measures, see the Terminology section in Churchill's third quarter 2012 management discussion and analysis ("MD&A").
"Notwithstanding some of our near-term project execution challenges, we believe the company is well-positioned for the long-term," said Doug Haughey, Churchill's CEO. "All of our operating companies are leaders in their business segments, each of these segments has attractive fundamentals and Churchill is well-positioned geographically in Western Canada."
Churchill is well positioned in Western Canada to compete for projects through its three operating business segments.
About The Churchill Corporation
The Churchill Corporation provides building construction, commercial and industrial electrical contracting, earthmoving and industrial insulation services to an array of public and private sector clients. Churchill operates office locations throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern Ontario. Churchill common shares and convertible debentures are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbols "CUQ" and "CUQ.DB", respectively. www.churchillcorporation.com
Forward Looking Information
This press release contains certain statements that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws. This forward-looking information includes, without limitation, statements pertaining to the Corporation's current and future projects, and in respect to those projects, the estimated completion dates, associated risks, anticipated financial results to be derived from contracts awarded in the third quarter and the Corporation's ability to improve financial performance. Often, but not always, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of such words as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan", "intend", "estimate", "outlook", "forecast", "should", "anticipate" and other similar terminology, including statements concerning possible or assumed future results. Forward-looking information is based on management's reasonable assumptions, analysis and estimates in respect of its experience and perception of trends, current economic conditions, government policies and expected developments, as well as other material factors that it considers to be relevant at the time of making such statements.
The forward-looking information in this press release is included solely for the purpose of assisting investors in understanding the Corporation's financial position and the results of its operations as at the date hereof. By its nature, forward-looking information involves known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which give rise to the possibility that management's assumptions, analysis and estimates will be incorrect and that the Corporation's anticipated results will not be achieved. Although the Corporation believes that the statements with respect to forward-looking information are reasonable and current, such statements should not be interpreted as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be an accurate indication of whether or not such results will be achieved. Forward-looking information is necessarily subject to a number of factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those results implied by the expectations suggested by such information. Those factors include, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties described in the Corporation's Annual Information Form filed with the securities regulatory authorities in Canada under the Corporation's profile at www.sedar.com. Readers are encouraged to consider the foregoing risks and other factors carefully when evaluating the forward-looking information and are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon such information when making investment decisions.
The forward-looking information in this press release is current to the date hereof, and is subject to change following such date. While the Corporation may elect to do so, unless required by applicable law, it undertakes no obligation to update this information to reflect new information or circumstances at any particular time.
SOURCE: The Churchill Corporation