Glacier Reports Third Quarter 2022 Results


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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 14, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Glacier Media Inc. (TSX: GVC) (“Glacier” or the “Company”) reported revenue and earnings for the period ended September 30, 2022.

SUMMARY RESULTS

(thousands of dollars)   Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,  
except share and per share amounts     2022       2021       2022       2021    
                   
Revenue   $ 47,920     $ 40,211     $ 133,287     $ 120,721    
EBITDA   $ 1,837     $ 3,248     $ 4,713     $ 11,901    
EBITDA margin     3.8 %     8.1 %     3.5 %     9.9 %  
EBITDA per share   $ 0.01     $ 0.02     $ 0.04     $ 0.09    
Capital expenditures   $ 1,486     $ 1,188     $ 3,618     $ 4,361    
Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholder   $ (748 )   $ 75     $ (3,800 )   $ (96 )  
Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholder per share   $ (0.01 )   $ 0.00     -$ 0.03     $ (0.00 )  
                   
Weighted average shares outstanding, net     132,503,804       132,755,559       132,612,573       130,269,115    
                   
Results including joint ventures and associates:                  
Revenue (1)   $ 57,050     $ 48,449     $ 158,001     $ 143,965    
EBITDA (1)   $ 2,464     $ 4,451     $ 6,969     $ 15,970    
EBITDA margin (1)     4.3 %     9.2 %     4.4 %     11.1 %  
EBITDA per share (1)   $ 0.02     $ 0.03     $ 0.05     $ 0.12    
                   

(1) EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP measure. Refer to “EBITDA Reconciliation” below for a reconciliation of the Company’s net loss attributable to common shareholders as reported under IFRS to EBITDA.(2) Certain results are presented to include the Company’s proportionate share of its joint venture and associate operations, as this is the basis on which management bases its operating decisions and performance. The Company’s joint ventures and associates include Great West Media Limited Partnership, the Victoria Times-Colonist, Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, Inc., and Village Media Inc. Borden Bridge Development Corporation was included up to August 31, 2021, at which point the Company acquired the remaining 50% and started to consolidate the results. Results including joint ventures and associates is a non-GAAP measure. Refer to “Results Including Joint Ventures and Associates Reconciliation” below. Q3 2022 OPERATING PERFORMANCE AND OUTLOOK

Operating Performance

Consolidated revenue for the period ended September 30, 2022, was $47.9 million, up $7.7 million or 19.2% from the same period in the prior year. The increase was primarily the result of the Company being able to hold in-person outdoor agricultural exhibition shows. Additionally, revenue increased from growth in a number of the Company’s businesses due to stronger operating performance and healthy industry conditions in some of the Company’s sectors. This has been partially offset by the ongoing maturation of print media, supply chain constraints, as well as other adverse impacts on business activity.

Consolidated EBITDA for the quarter was $1.8 million, down $1.4 million from $3.2 million for the prior year. These results include wage subsidies, regular and special Aid to Publishers (“ATP”) at varying levels and other grants and subsidies in both years.

The comparative period results include the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (“CEWS”), which under IFRS was $1.4 million for the three months ended September 30, 2021, and $4.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2021. The CEWS program ended in October 2021.

Continued investments are being made in key strategic development areas, including the REW digital real estate marketplace, new product offerings within ERIS and STP, new weather and agricultural markets subscription-based products, and digital community media products. Other factors affecting EBITDA include the industry consolidation affecting GFM, the maturation of print media and softness affecting the mining operations.

Outlook

The Company continues to focus on a combination of improving revenues and cost management with the goal of increased operational profitability. Operational profits were partially offset in the quarter by continued operating investments being made in key strategic development areas. Softness in the residential real estate and mining operations, along with declines in the print products reduced profitability during the quarter. It is expected that softness will continue in the in the residential real estate and mining operations and that softness in the commercial real estate market will begin to impact operations in the fourth quarter.

The Company is in a strong financial position with which to 1) operate at the lower levels of revenue and profitability currently being experienced in certain markets, 2) have the financial capacity to handle restructuring costs required and other cash obligations, and 3) withstand further economic uncertainty and global events and any related impact on revenues and cash flow.

The Company’s digital media, data, and information businesses have performed relatively well and offer growth for the future. The underlying fundamentals and resilience of these products have demonstrated their value in the face of the challenging market conditions.

The Company is working to reach the point where increases in the revenue, profit and cash flow from its data, analytics and intelligence products and digital media products exceeds the decline of its print advertising related profit and cash flow. The Company has made progress in this regard and can operate at lower levels of revenue from its digital media, data and information operations in the future and operate profitably.

Financial Position. As at September 30, 2022, the Company had a cash balance of $24.9 million and $7.7 million of non-recourse mortgages and loans (the majority of which relates to farm show land in Saskatchewan and Ontario).

The Company has net $8.3 million of deferred purchase price obligations to be paid over the next three years. This amount is net of contributions from minority partners. The Company has a $2.5 million vendor-take back receivable to be paid next year resulting from the sale of the Company’s interest in Fundata and an estimated $0.9 million potential earn-out proceeds receivable over the next two years from the sale of the energy business.

For further information please contact Mr. Orest Smysnuik, Chief Financial Officer, at 604-708-3264.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Glacier Media Inc. is an information & marketing solutions company pursuing growth in sectors where the provision of essential information and related services provides high customer utility and value. The Company’s products and services are focused in two areas: 1) data, analytics and intelligence; and 2) content & marketing solutions.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements that relate to, among other things, the Company’s objectives, goals, strategies, intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations, and estimates. These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements relating to our belief that the Company is in a strong financial position with which to 1) operate at lower levels of revenue and profitability currently being experienced in certain markets, 2) have the financial capacity to handle restructuring costs required and other cash obligations, and 3) withstand further economic uncertainty and global events and any related impact on revenues and cash flow; and our expectation that the Company can generate future profits operating at lower levels of revenue from its digital media, data and information operations. These forward-looking statements are based on certain assumptions, including continued economic growth and recovery and the realization of cost savings in a timely manner and in the expected amounts, which are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements, and undue reliance should not be placed on such statements.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from these expectations include failure to implement or achieve the intended results from our strategic initiatives, the failure to reduce debt and the other risk factors listed in our Annual Information Form under the heading “Risk Factors” and in our MD&A under the heading “Business Environment and Risks”, many of which are out of our control. These other risk factors include, but are not limited to, the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, that future cash flow from operations and the availability under existing banking arrangements are believed to be adequate to support financial liabilities and that the Company expects to be successful in its objection with CRA, the ability of the Company to sell advertising and subscriptions related to its publications, foreign exchange rate fluctuations, the seasonal and cyclical nature of the agricultural and energy sectors, discontinuation of government grants, general market conditions in both Canada and the United States, changes in the prices of purchased supplies including newsprint, the effects of competition in the Company’s markets, dependence on key personnel, integration of newly acquired businesses, technological changes, tax risk, financing risk, debt service risk and cybersecurity risk.

The forward-looking statements made in this news release relate only to events or information as of the date on which the statements are made. Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, after the date on which the statements are made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

FINANCIAL MEASURES

To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, Glacier uses certain non-IFRS measures that may be different from the performance measures used by other companies. These non-IFRS measures include earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) and all measures including joint ventures and associates which are not alternatives to IFRS financial measures. These non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and accordingly they are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Management utilizes these financial performance measures to assess profitability and return on equity in its decision making. In addition, the Company, its lenders, and its investors use EBITDA and resulting including joint ventures and associates to measure performance and value for various purposes.

EBITDA RECONCILIATION

(thousands of dollars)   Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
except share and per share amounts     2022       2021       2022       2021  
                 
Net (loss) income attributable to common shareholders   $ (748 )   $ 75     $ (3,800 )   $ (96 )
Add (deduct):                
Non-controlling interests   $ 476     $ 2,242     $ 2,232     $ 6,526  
Net interest expense, debt and lease liability   $ 389     $ 236     $ 1,212     $ 861  
Depreciation and amortization   $ 3,160     $ 3,229     $ 9,380     $ 9,306  
Net gain on sale   $     $     $     $ (2,207 )
Restructuring and other (income) expenses (net)   $ (640 )   $ 27     $ (980 )   $ 596  
Share of earnings from joint ventures and associates $ (238 )   $ (1,370 )   $ (1,063 )   $ (3,210 )
Income tax (recovery) expense   $ (562 )   $ (1,191 )   $ (2,268 )   $ 125  
EBITDA (1)   $ 1,837     $ 3,248     $ 4,713     $ 11,901  
Notes:                
(1) Refer to “Non-IFRS Measures” section of MD&A for discussion of non-IFRS measures used in this table.    

RESULTS INCLUDING JOINT VENTURES AND ASSOCIATES RECONCILIATION

                 
    Revenue   EBITDA
    Three months ended September 30,
(thousands of dollars)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
    $     $     $     $  
                 
Environmental and Property Information   11,821     10,471     370     1,505  
Commodity Information   15,677     9,400     2,045     138  
Community Media   29,552     28,578     1,513     4,326  
Centralized and corporate costs           (1,464 )   (1,518 )
                 
Total including joint ventures and associates (1)   57,050     48,449     2,464     4,451  
Joint ventures and associates   (9,130 )   (8,238 )   (627 )   (1,203 )
                 
Total IFRS   47,920     40,211     1,837     3,248  
                 
    Revenue   EBITDA
    Nine months ended September 30,
(thousands of dollars)   2022     2021     2022     2021  
    $     $     $     $  
                 
Environmental and Property Information   36,496     30,236     1,428     3,674  
Commodity Information   35,584     31,801     3,166     4,322  
Community Media   85,921     81,928     6,324     12,652  
Centralized and Corporate Costs           (3,949 )   (4,678 )
                 
Total Including Joint Ventures and Associates (1)   158,001     143,965     6,969     15,970  
Joint Ventures and Associates   (24,714 )   (23,244 )   (2,256 )   (4,069 )
                 
Total IFRS   133,287     120,721     4,713     11,901  
                 

 

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