OTTAWA, Feb. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat Holdings Inc. ("Telesat") today announced its financial results for the three month and one year periods ended December 31, 2012. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") unless otherwise noted.
For the year ended December 31, 2012, Telesat reported consolidated revenues of $846 million, an increase of approximately 5% ($37 million) compared to 2011. When adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes, revenue increased by 4% ($36 million) compared to 2011. Revenue growth was driven, in part, by the successful deployment of the Nimiq 6 satellite in the second quarter of 2012 and a full year of revenue from the Canadian payload on the ViaSat-1 satellite, which entered commercial service in December 2011. Operating expenses of $245 million were 31% ($58 million) higher than in 2011 or 30% ($57 million) higher when taking into account changes in foreign exchange rates. Excluding one-time items totaling $54 million related primarily to special compensation payments to executives and certain employees in connection with the cash distributions made to Telesat's shareholders, 2012 operating expenses were just $4 million (2%) higher than in 2011. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $656 million, an increase of 5% ($33 million) over 2011. The Adjusted EBITDA margin1 for 2012 was 78% compared to 77% for 2011.
Telesat's net income for 2012 was $27 million compared to net income of $237 million for 2011, a decrease of $210 million. The 2012 net income was lower than 2011 due in part to the recognition in 2011 of a $135 million gain from insurance proceeds received in connection with an insurance claim filed for the failure of a solar array on Telstar 14R/Estrela do Sul 2. Net income was also adversely impacted by a loss on financing of $77 million in 2012, which was the result of the repurchase and redemption of Telesat's 11.0% Senior Notes as well as the write-off of deferred financing costs capitalized with the carrying value of the previous senior secured credit facilities. Results were also negatively impacted by increased operating expenses, an increase relating primarily to the special compensation payments, partially offset by an increase in revenue.
For the three month period ended December 31, 2012, Telesat had consolidated revenue of $228 million, an increase of approximately 11% ($23 million) compared to the same period in 2011. When adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes over the period, revenue increased by 13% ($27 million) compared to the same period in 2011, driven in part by Nimiq 6 and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1. Operating expenses in the quarter were $61 million, or an increase of $12 million compared to 2011. The increase was primarily due to an increase in the cost of equipment sales, the special compensation payments and an increase in revenue-related expenses associated with the lease of transponders on Nimiq 1. Adjusted EBITDA1 for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $173 million, an increase of 10% ($16 million) compared to the fourth quarter of 2011 and an increase of 12% ($19 million) when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin1 was 76% for the fourth quarter compared to 77% for the same period in 2011.
"I am very pleased with our strong performance in 2012," commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Compared to 2011, we experienced meaningful growth in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA as well as continued expansion of our Adjusted EBITDA margin. In addition to our favorable financial performance, we refinanced our debt, brought our new Nimiq 6 satellite on line, and completed construction of our Anik G1 satellite. Anik G1, which we expect to be launched in the first half of this year, has considerable expansion capacity, a significant portion of which is already contracted for the life of the satellite. In light of our strong growth in the second half of last year, the anticipated near term launch of Anik G1, and our industry-leading contractual backlog, we are well positioned for 2013 and beyond."
- Telesat had contracted backlog for future services of approximately $5.1 billion.
- Fleet utilization was 91% for Telesat's North American fleet and 83% for Telesat's international fleet.
- On March 28, 2012, Telesat Canada entered into a new credit agreement for Senior Secured Credit Facilities which provided for the extension of credit in an approximate amount of USD $2,550 million. Telesat Canada simultaneously terminated and paid all outstanding amounts under its previously existing credit facilities. In connection with the refinancing, on March 28, 2012, Telesat declared a cash distribution to its shareholders, as a reduction in stated capital, in the amount of approximately $656 million. Approximately $586 million of the distribution was paid in the first quarter while the remaining $70 million was paid in the third quarter.
- On May 14, 2012, Telesat Canada issued, through a private placement, USD $700 million of 6.0% Senior Notes due May 15, 2017. The net proceeds of the offering, along with available cash on hand, were used to repurchase and redeem all of Telesat Canada's outstanding 11.0% Senior Notes due November 1, 2015.
- On October 29, 2012, Telesat issued an additional USD $200 million of 6.0% Senior Notes due May 15, 2017. The net proceeds from the offering were used to fund the repayment of certain indebtedness owed to Telesat's principal shareholders, including accrued and unpaid interest thereon, and for general corporate purposes.
Telesat's report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2012 has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and may be accessed on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov.
Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for year ended December 31, 2012 and other recent developments. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat.
The toll-free dial-in number for the teleconference is +1 (866) 226-1792. Callers outside of North America should dial +1 (416) 340-2216. The access code is 4154246. Please allow at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to connect to the teleconference.
Dial-in Audio Replay:
A replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call on February 21, 2013 until 11:59 p.m. ET on March 7, 2013. To access the replay, please call +1 (800) 408-3053. Callers outside of North America should dial +1 (905) 694-9451. The access code is 4062045 followed by the number sign (#).
All Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margins included in this release are non-IFRS financial measures, as described in the End Notes section of this release. For information reconciling non-IFRS financial measures to the most comparable IFRS financial measures, please see the consolidated financial information below.
Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbor
This news release contains statements that are not based on historical fact and are ''forward-looking statements'' within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words "expect", "will", "would", "well positioned for" or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Detailed information about some of the known risks and uncertainties is included in the "Risk Factors" section of Telesat Canada's Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 21, 2013 as well as Telesat Canada's other filings with the SEC, which can be obtained on the SEC's website at http://www.sec.gov. Known risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired satellite performance, volatility in exchange rates and risks associated with domestic and foreign government regulation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information contained in this news release reflects Telesat's beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law, Telesat disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the information herein.
About Telesat (www.telesat.com)
Telesat is a leading global fixed satellite services operator providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company's state-of-the-art fleet consists of 13 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1, plus one satellite awaiting launch. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat's principal shareholders are Canada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (Nasdaq:LORL).
|Telesat Holdings Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Income|
|For the period ended December 31|
|Three months||Twelve months|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)||2012||2011||2012||2011|
|Other operating gains, net||6,020||114,912||5,890||114,068|
|Loss on financing||(1,226)||--||(77,278)||--|
|Interest and other income||214||135||1,361||1,554|
|Gain (loss) on changes in fair value of financial instruments||41,567||39,039||(58,984)||98,585|
|Gain (loss) on foreign exchange||(19,775)||78,478||78,854||(78,844)|
|Income before tax||67,808||270,881||63,436||289,261|
|Telesat Holdings Inc.|
|Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|December 31,||December 31,|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)||2012||2011|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$180,961||$277,962|
|Trade and other receivables||63,762||46,789|
|Other current financial assets||6,799||7,010|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||22,946||22,126|
|Total current assets||274,468||353,887|
|Satellites, property and other equipment||2,090,754||2,151,915|
|Other long-term financial assets||131,535||142,408|
|Other long-term assets||4,692||5,536|
|Trade and other payables||$35,709||$45,156|
|Other current financial liabilities||90,591||82,988|
|Other current liabilities||77,930||67,877|
|Total current liabilities||236,183||282,516|
|Deferred tax liabilities||485,163||451,896|
|Other long-term financial liabilities||281,462||259,783|
|Other long-term liabilities||402,232||422,502|
|Senior preferred shares||--||141,435|
|Total shareholders' equity||1,026,732||1,690,164|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' equity||$5,806,749||$5,996,427|
|Telesat Holdings Inc.|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows|
|For the year ended December 31|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars)||2012||2011|
|Cash flows from operating activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows from operating activities:|
|Amortization and depreciation||244,650||239,647|
|Deferred tax expense||37,899||51,854|
|Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss||(83,371)||67,706|
|Loss (gain) on derivatives||58,984||(87,914)|
|Dividends on senior preferred shares||--||1,650|
|Loss on disposal of assets||778||1,483|
|Impairment loss on intangible assets||--||19,468|
|Reversal of impairment loss on intangible assets||(1,194)||--|
|Loss on financing||77,278||--|
|Customer prepayments on future satellite services||40,345||57,768|
|Repurchase of stock options and exercise of stock appreciation rights||(35,266)||--|
|Operating assets and liabilities||(26,507)||(13,113)|
|Net cash from operating activities||$293,352||$423,886|
|Cash flows used in investing activities|
|Purchase of other property and equipment||(7,611)||(17,566)|
|Purchase of intangible assets||(166)||(12,618)|
|Proceeds from sale of assets||72||148|
|Net cash used in investing activities||$(170,254)||$(251,216)|
|Cash flows used in financing activities|
|Proceeds from indebtedness||$3,306,865||$ --|
|Proceeds from issue of promissory note||145,466||--|
|Repayment of promissory note||(145,466)||--|
|Repayment of Loral Notes||(20,821)||--|
|Repayment of indebtedness||(2,611,220)||(108,741)|
|Repayment of senior preferred shares||(141,435)||--|
|Payment of premium on early retirement of indebtedness||(39,444)||--|
|Payment of debt issue costs||(52,030)||--|
|Return of capital to shareholders||(656,546)||--|
|Dividends paid on preferred shares||--||(10)|
|Satellite performance incentive payments||(4,582)||(5,928)|
|Net cash used in financing activities||$(219,213)||$(114,679)|
|Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents||$(886)||$(324)|
|(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents||$(97,001)||$57,667|
|Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year||277,962||220,295|
|Cash and cash equivalents, end of year||$180,961||$277,962|
|Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information|
|Income taxes paid||$3,764||$2,329|
The following table reconciles Telesat's net income to Telesat's Adjusted EBITDA1 and presents Telesat's Adjusted EBITDA margin1:
|Three months||Twelve months|
|(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)||2012||2011||2012||2011|
|(Gain) loss on changes in fair value of financial instruments||(41,567)||(39,039)||58,984||(98,585)|
|Loss (gain) on foreign exchange||19,775||(78,478)||(78,854)||78,844|
|Interest and other income||(214)||(135)||(1,361)||(1,554)|
|Loss on financing||1,226||--||77,278||--|
|Other operating gains, net||(6,020)||(114,912)||(5,890)||(114,068)|
|Special compensation and benefit expense for executives, employees and independent Directors||4,688||--||53,511||--|
|Non-recurring professional fees associated with financing||--||--||848||--|
|Non-cash expense related to share-based compensation||304||664||1,202||2,654|
|Adjusted EBITDA Margin||75.6%||76.6%||77.6%||77.1%|
1 The common definition of EBITDA is "Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization." In evaluating financial performance, Telesat uses revenue and deducts certain operating expenses (including making adjustments to operating expenses for share-based compensation expense and unusual and non-recurring items, including restructuring related expenses) to obtain operating income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") and the Adjusted EBITDA margin (defined as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to revenue) as measures of Telesat's operating performance.
Adjusted EBITDA allows Telesat and investors to compare Telesat's operating results with that of competitors exclusive of depreciation and amortization, interest and investment income, interest expense, taxes and certain other expenses. Financial results of competitors in the satellite services industry have significant variations that can result from timing of capital expenditures, the amount of intangible assets recorded, the differences in assets' lives, the timing and amount of investments, the effects of other income (expense), and unusual and non-recurring items. The use of Adjusted EBITDA assists Telesat and investors to compare operating results exclusive of these items. Competitors in the satellite services industry have significantly different capital structures. Telesat believes the use of Adjusted EBITDA improves comparability of performance by excluding interest expense.
Telesat believes the use of Adjusted EBITDA and the Adjusted EBITDA margin along with IFRS financial measures enhances the understanding of Telesat's operating results and is useful to Telesat and investors in comparing performance with competitors, estimating enterprise value and making investment decisions. Adjusted EBITDA as used here may not be the same as similarly titled measures reported by competitors. Adjusted EBITDA should be used in conjunction with IFRS financial measures and is not presented as a substitute for cash flows from operations as a measure of Telesat's liquidity or as a substitute for net income as an indicator of Telesat's operating performance.
Michael Bolitho, Telesat, +1 (613) 748-8700 ext. 2336 ()