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Carmanah Reports Fourth Quarter, and Fiscal 2017 Results

VICTORIA, British Columbia, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH) (“the Company” or “Carmanah”) today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 financial results for the periods ended December 31, 2017.  Currency amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.     All figures below, unless otherwise...VICTORIA, British Columbia, March 23, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH) (“the Company” or “Carmanah”) today reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2017 financial results for the periods ended December 31, 2017.  Currency amounts are in U.S. dollars unless otherwise noted.     All figures below, unless otherwise stated, are for Carmanah’s continuing operations and exclude the operating results from the Company’s Power business segment.  The company completed the sale of the On-Grid division on April 3, 2017 and the sale of the Off-Grid division on August 1, 2017.Fourth Quarter Revenues and ProfitabilityIn the fourth quarter of 2017, we generated revenues of USD $14.1 million, up USD $3.4 million or 31.6 over the fourth quarter of 2016 revenues of USD $10.7 million.  The increase in revenues was attributed to exceptionally strong performance from most of our Signals verticals, which generated revenues of USD $13.3 million, up USD $4.5 million or 50.9 over the fourth quarter of 2016 revenues of USD $8.8 million.  The Marine vertical now includes the revenue of Vega. Excluding the Vega and EKTA revenue contribution, the Signals vertical’s organic growth was USD $2.9 million, up 32.3 over the fourth quarter of 2016.  Conversely, the Illumination segment generated revenues of USD $0.8 million, down USD $1.1 million or 59.1 over the fourth quarter of 2016 revenues of USD $1.9 million, as we continued the transition to our next generation EverGen product.   Gross margin percentage in the fourth quarter of 2017 was 42.3 up 0.7, over the same period in 2016.  Core operating expenditures in the fourth quarter of 2017 were USD $5.8 million, up from US$3.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.  The increase was due to higher product development activities, the amortization of acquired intangible assets from Vega and EKTA and the overall increase in G&A expenses associated with the acquisition of Vega.  Net income in the fourth quarter of 2017 was USD $(0.05) million down from USD $0.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. Fourth quarter of 2017 net income was negatively impacted by restructuring costs of USD $0.5 million, also principally associated with the Vega acquisition, as well as the increase in core operating expenses noted above. Carmanah has an aggressive integration plan for Vega in 2018 that is expected to deliver targeted cost savings.Carmanah management relies on Adjusted EBITDA1 (a non-IFRS measure) to gauge financial performance. In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of USD $1.2 million, down 7.1 from USD $1.3 million in the same period in 2016. A table reconciling net income and Adjusted EBITDA is included in this release.Fiscal 2017 Revenues and ProfitabilityFor the year ended December 31, 2017, we generated revenues of USD $51.9 million, up USD $4.2 million or 8.8 over 2016 revenues of USD $47.7 million.  The Signals segment generated revenues of USD $48.0 million, up USD $8.1 million or 20.3 over 2016 revenues of USD $39.9 million. This growth included USD $5.1 million or 12.7 from organic growth.  The Illumination segment generated revenues of USD $3.9 million, down USD $3.9 million or 49.7 over 2016 revenues of USD $7.8 million.    Gross margin percentage for the year was 41.6, down 1.4, over the same period in 2016. Our total core operating expenses for the year were USD $18.6 million, up from USD $16.5 million in 2016.  A majority of this increase was due to the same factors apparent in the fourth quarter of 2017.  Net income for the year was USD $1.4 million, down from $2.9 million in fiscal 2016. For the year ended December 31, 2017, Adjusted EBITDA was $7.1 million or 13.6 of revenue, roughly comparable to the $7.0 million, or 14.7 of revenue, reported in the same period in 2016.“2017 was a very active year for Carmanah during which we made significant progress towards our plan to increase focus and enhance our Signals segment leadership.  We acquired two marine aids-to-navigation businesses that we are in the process of consolidating into our global marine business to expand our product platform and deliver targeted cost savings.  These acquisitions, together with solid organic growth, helped to solidify our aids-to-navigation market leadership,” said John Simmons, CEO. “And while we are pleased with our Signals business progress in 2017, our Illumination business remained challenging. During 2017, we streamlined our Illumination product offering and revamped our approach to the market. We are hopeful that these investments will help us reverse recent revenue declines and return this business to both growth and profitability. Early signs are encouraging, as our Illumination backlog entering 2018 stood at USD $1.3 million, up from USD $0.6 million a year earlier and USD $0.3 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017.”Highlights for the quarter are provided below:   Three months ended December 31,Twelve months ended December 31,(US$ thousands)2017 2016 2017 2016 Revenue 14,103 10,714 51,939 47,742 Gross margin 42.341.641.643.0Core operating expenditures(5,753)(3,802)(18,643)(16,531)Net (loss)/income(44)80 1,392 2,917 Adjusted EBITDA11,222 1,316 7,084 7,020 Financial Condition at December 31, 2017 compared to December 31, 2016 Cash and cash equivalents of USD $11.8 million, down USD $10.1 million from USD $21.9 million, primarily due to the acquisitions of EKTA and Vega, and our Substantial Issuer Bid. Working capital of USD $21.2 million, down USD $0.4 million from USD $21.6 million Complete set of Financial Statements and Management Discussion & AnalysisA complete set of the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis are available on Carmanah's corporate website.  To view these documents, visit: https://carmanah.com/company/financial-reports.  Both documents are also filed on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).  The financial information included in this release is qualified in its entirety and should be read together with the audited consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2017, including the notes thereto.       EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA1EBITDA reconciliationsThree months ended December 31,Year ended December 31,(US$ in thousands)2017 20162017 2016 Net income(44)801,392 2,917 Add/(deduct):      Interest34 5791 284   Income taxes(180)228358 1,037   Amortization805 4262,044 1,623   Non-cash stock based compensation112 151609 700 EBITDA1727 9424,494 6,561   Merger and acquisition costs155 294485 666   Extraordinary legal costs/(recovery)51 37372 (161)  Restructuring 530 -530 -   Other non-recurring(141)-1,265 -   Foreign exchange (gain)/loss(100)43(62)(46)Adjusted EBITDA11,222 1,3167,084 7,020 About Carmanah Technologies CorporationCarmanah designs, develops and distributes a portfolio of products focused on energy optimized LED solutions for infrastructure. Since 1996, we have earned a global reputation for delivering durable, dependable, efficient and cost-effective solutions for industrial applications that perform in some of the world’s harshest environments. We manage our business within two reportable segments: Signals and Illumination. The Signals segment serves the Airfield Ground Lighting, Aviation Obstruction, Offshore Wind, Marine, Traffic and Telematics markets.  The Illumination segment provides solar powered LED outdoor lights for municipal and commercial customers.Contact Carmanah Technologies Corporation: Evan Brown, (250) 380-0052 Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Secretaryinvestors@carmanah.comThis release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as “expects,” “estimates,” “could,” “will” or variations of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements or information in this news release relate to, among other things: revenues, and revenue growth, for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017; order backlogs; gross margins and estimates of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Carmanah or Sabik to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: our ability to become a worldwide leader in the marine aids to navigation industry, the potential growth of the off-shore wind safety market or our ability to participate in any growth and other general uncertainties that may impact actual outcomes. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and beliefs but given the uncertainties, assumptions and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements or information. Carmanah disclaims any obligation to update, or to publicly announce, any such statements, events or developments except as required by law. For additional information on these risks and uncertainties, see Carmanah’s most recently filed Annual Information Form (AIF) and Annual MD&A, which are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s website at www.carmanah.com. The risk factors identified in Carmanah’s AIF and MD&A are not intended to represent a complete list of factors that could affect Carmanah. _______________________1 NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES: EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. This news release presents information about EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, both of which are non-IFRS financial measures, to provide supplementary information about 2017 operating performance.  Carmanah defines EBITDA as net income or loss before interest, income taxes, amortization, and non-cash stock based compensation.  Adjusted EBITDA removes unusual or non-operating items from EBITDA, such as merger and acquisition costs, restructuring charges, asset write offs, and foreign exchange gains and losses.  Carmanah uses these non-IFRS measures internally to make strategic decisions, forecast future results and evaluate its performance.  EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not intended as a substitute for IFRS measures.  A limitation of utilizing these non-IFRS measures is that the IFRS accounting effects of the non-recurring items do in fact reflect the underlying financial results of Carmanah’s business and these effects should not be ignored in evaluating and analyzing Carmanah’s financial results. Therefore, management believes that Carmanah’s IFRS measures of net loss and the same respective non-IFRS measure should be considered together. Non-IFRS measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. Readers should refer to the “Definitions and Reconciliations” section of the Company’s most recently filed MD&A for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017 for a more detailed discussion of these measures and their calculation.Read source: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/03/24/1449709/0/en/Carmanah-Reports-Fourth-Quarter-and-Fiscal-2017-Results.html?f=22&fvtc=5&fvtv=32646628

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