Canadian Equipment Rentals posts Q3 results
Nov. 29, 2016 - Canadian Equipment Rentals Corp. has announced its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016. The Company also announces that it has entered into a Fourth Amending Agreement with its lenders which expires on December 15, 2016.
Austin Fraser, Canadian Equipment Rentals Corp., President, stated that “the third quarter of 2016 was challenging for the Company as the combination of intense competition, a challenging price environment and unseasonably wet weather delaying projects, all negatively impacted revenues and earnings and resulted in a third quarter covenant breach with our senior lenders. The recently announced sale of our Waste Management division, which is expected to close on December 1, 2016, is a material step forward in our commitment to reduce our balance sheet leverage. We are currently executing on our commitment to our lenders to sell down underutilized equipment. The Company is seeing strong demand for our oilfield rental equipment going into the winter drilling season which is in turn improving pricing and is a positive sign for our energy service division.”
The continued uncertain and challenging economic environment resulting from the decline and instability of commodity prices currently shows no signs of significantly improving. This environment has caused the Company’s customers to reduce their 2016 capital expenditure programs and delay investment decisions which has directly impacted the utilization and day rates of equipment in the Company’s Energy Services and General Rentals segments. In response management has reduced headcount, including many senior positions, reduced labor hours, consolidated operating facilities and made reductions in discretionary spending to align the cost structure to the level of activity currently experienced.
The third quarter of 2016 has however seen improvements in equipment utilization when compared to the prior quarter, albeit at historically low rental rates. It is too early to assess if this increase in drilling activity is the start of a longer-term trend in increased demand. Currently management expects activity levels and pricing for Energy Services to remain low until such time that commodity prices stabilize at a level that results in increased producer spending.
The Company’s operational performance, service quality and best-in-class equipment rental fleet are instrumental to maintain and grow its market share. The continued sales of under-utilized equipment has resulted in the Company having the newest fleet of oilfield accommodation and power generation units in the energy services industry. The Company continues to expand its market reach and customer base from beyond its traditional energy services and general commercial customers to new industry segments including industrial facilities and pipeline construction. The assets acquired in the Summit Star acquisition this quarter are experiencing full utilization and are the first steps to adding more diverse revenue streams.
Subsequent to the end of the third quarter the Company announced the signing of a share purchase agreement to sell the Waste Management segment. The transaction is expected to close on December 1, 2016. This transaction advances the Company’s strategy of focusing on the core rentals divisions while concurrently reducing balance sheet leverage which in turn should provide more alternative financing options.
Due to the third quarter breach of the senior lending financial ratio covenants, the Company is currently working with its senior lenders under a new Fourth Amending Agreement which provides forbearance so as to allow the Company sufficient time to negotiate and arrange a longer term amending agreement. As the Company is currently expecting to generate positive cash flow through the next 18 months, management expects to be able to either obtain long term support from the current lenders or re-finance with alternative lenders. See Liquidity and Capital Resources section for further explanation.
SELECT FINANCIAL RESULTS
- On February 2, 2016, the Company acquired all the outstanding common and preferred shares of Zedcor Oilfield Rentals Ltd., a private oilfield equipment rental company with operations in Western Canada. This transaction added premier equipment rental assets with an average age of approximately three years and expanded the Company’s geographic footprint and customer base. The acquisition was financed through a combination of the issuance of $4.7 million common and preferred shares, the payout of $12.8 million in debt and the issuance of a subordinated vendor take-back note with a fair value of $3.7 million.
- On May 6, 2016, the Company completed the acquisition of all the assets used in the business of Summit Star Energy Services Inc. (“Summit Star”). The Company issued 1,713,318 common shares for the assets of Summit Star, which when multiplied by the volume weighted average price of the common shares of the Company over the 30 preceding trading days resulted in a stated purchase price of $0.8 million. The market closing price of $0.40 per share on the acquisition date was used to value the 1,713,318 common shares, resulting in the recorded purchase price of $0.7 million.
- Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 decreased by $2.7 million or 25% from $10.7 million to $8.0 million compared to the same quarter in 2015. Although commodity prices have slightly improved recently, the low crude oil and natural gas price environment continues to have a negative impact on the oil and gas sector and demand for rental equipment. This lower demand and wet weather conditions in the current period has caused Energy Services revenue to decrease by $0.6 million year over year. Lower commercial and residential construction due to the continued economic downturn and increased competition reduced both utilization and equipment rental pricing for the General Rentals division causing revenue to decrease by $1.7 million. Waste Management revenue decreased by $0.4 million due to the completion of a short-term project during the quarter ended September 30, 2015.
- Net loss for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 was $9.6 million, an improvement of $3.0 million or 24% from a loss of $12.6 million compared to the same period in 2015. Operating margin decreased by $2.3 million from the lower revenue, depreciation increased by $0.2 million and the Company incurred a loss of $6.4 million from divesting under-utilized assets. General and administrative expenses were $0.6 million higher from severance and additional organizational costs attributed to the Zedcor acquisition. The higher long-term debt balance and the note payable contributed to the $0.3 million higher finance costs compared to the prior year’s quarter ended September 30, 2015. These are offset by the lower impairment of $10.0 million and the higher income tax recovery of $2.8 million in the current period.
- Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 30, 2016 decreased by $2.6 million from $3.0 million in the same quarter in 2015 to $0.4 million in the current period. All operating segments had lower adjusted EBITDA’s compared to the prior year’s quarter ended September 30, 2015. Energy Services adjusted EBITDA decreased by $1.1 million, General Rentals decreased by $0.9 million, Waste Management decreased by $0.3 million and Corporate adjusted EBITDA decreased by $0.3 million.
- For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company’s Debt to EBITDA and interest coverage ratios, as defined in the Third Amending Credit Agreement and discussed in the Liquidity and Capital Resources section, were 9.02 and 1.79, respectively which resulted in a default of its senior credit covenants. See further explanation in Liquidity and Capital Resources section below.
- On November 17, 2016, the Company announced it signed a share purchase agreement to sell its Waste Management operating segment to a private Canadian waste management and recycling services company. A definitive agreement has been executed and the expected close date of the transaction is December 1, 2016. Net proceeds will be used to pay down senior debt.
SELECT OPERATING RESULTS
Energy Services Division
- The prolonged low commodity price environment continues to negatively impact the oil and gas sector in Western Canada. Operators’ capital spending reductions persist, causing project delays, low drilling activities and low utilization of the Energy Services segment rental equipment. The weak demand for equipment and high competition from other service providers with idle assets have led to aggressive pricing measures, decreasing operating margins year over year.
- For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, Energy Services revenue of $2.4 million declined by $0.6 million compared to the similar period in 2015. Gross margin of negative $0.5 million decreased $0.4 million compared to the three months ended September 30, 2015. Depreciation expense increased $0.2 million compared to the same period in the prior year. The addition of the Zedcor and Summit Star equipment fleet added $0.8 million in depreciation, but the divestiture of equipment throughout the current fiscal year lowered depreciation by $0.6 million.
- Energy Services identified certain under-utilized equipment during the quarter ended September 30, 2016 which were sold along with some of the Assets Held for Sale as identified in the quarter ended March 31, 2016. The surplus equipment that was not reclassified to Assets Held for Sale in the current quarter and had proceeds of $1.7 million, resulting in a net loss on disposal of $6.5 million.
General Rentals Division
- Reduced equipment rental volume and lower rental pricing continue in the general rents space due to the continued economic downturn in Alberta and the saturation of idle equipment in Alberta. Given the decreased equipment utilization and rental rate conditions in the sector, General Rentals segment experienced lower revenue by $1.3 million when compared to the same quarter in 2015.
- Gross margin decreased by $0.9 million from both the reduced revenue and restructuring costs incurred in the quarter of $0.2 million. However, General Rentals was able to maintain a positive gross margin percentage of 46%, excluding severance and depreciation, in the current period compared to 50% for the three months ended September 30, 2015. The General Rentals segment continues to closely monitor its cost structure and competitors’ activities and take the necessary measures to preserve its margin and customer base.
Waste Management Division
- For the period ended Q3 2016, the Waste Management segment is classified as a discontinued operation. Waste Management’s revenue of $3.8 million decreased by $0.4 million compared to the same quarter in the prior year due to a one-time, short-term project that was completed in the quarter ended September 30, 2015.
- Gross margin of $0.6 million in the current period decreased by $0.4 million from the three months ended September 30, 2015 due to the lower revenue and $0.1 million higher depreciation from additional equipment required for the long-term contracts awarded at the beginning of fiscal 2016.
- On November 17, 2016, the Company announced its intention to sell its Waste Management operating segment and wholly owned subsidiary, MCL Waste Systems & Environmental Inc., to a private Canadian waste management and recycling services company. The transaction still requires approval by the regulatory authorities. The expected close date of the transaction is December 1, 2016.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, the Company is in breach of its financial leverage and interest coverage covenants included in the April 28, 2016 Third Amending Credit Agreement. The leverage covenant measures the Company’s financial leverage (long term senior debt less cash) as a multiple of its EBITDA. Management forecasts the leverage covenant breaches will persist through the fourth quarter of 2016. The interest coverage covenant, which measures the Company’s ability to service the debt, is forecasted to remain in breach through 2017.
A breach constitutes an event of default under the Agreement, which provides the lenders several alternatives including a waiver of the breach, an amendment to the Agreement to reset the covenant or a requirement to repay the borrowings.
On November 24, 2016, the Company signed a Fourth Amending Agreement in which the lender agrees to forbear from demanding repayment or enforcing its security under the Agreement. This will allow for the Company to provide the lender with a go forward plan that will show reduced debt, improved leverage ratios, and if needed, alternative financing solutions. Assuming the plan is acceptable to the lender, it is then expected that a longer amending agreement will be executed which will provide the Company time to execute on the plan. Based on the discussions to date, and the Company’s current and forecasted financial condition, management expects to have an acceptable amendment in place during the first quarter of 2017. The Company is concurrently exploring alternative external financing in the event the lenders elect to call the loan upon expiry of the Fourth Amending Agreement.
Under the terms of the amending agreement the authorized amount of the revolving facility is reduced to $46.1 million at November 24, 2016, while the authorized amount of the revolving capex facility remains at $6.5 million. The authorized amount of both facilities will be reduced by amounts equal to the net proceeds realized from the disposition of assets, with reductions first to the capex facility and then to the operating facility. Interest payable on loans drawn under the Fourth Amending Agreement will be bank prime rate plus 600 bps.
Despite the foregoing, since the lenders have the right to, and may, after the expiration of the forbearance agreement, demand repayment, the current situation gives rise to a material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
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