Telesat Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013 OTTAWA, May 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat Holdings Inc. ("Telesat") (TELSAT 11 11/01/15 Corp) (TELSAT 12 1/2 11/01/17 Corp) today announced its financial results for the three month period ended March 31, 2013. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") unless otherwise noted. For the quarter ended March 31, 2013, Telesat reported consolidated revenues of $219 million, an increase of approximately 12% ($23 million) compared to the same period in 2012. Revenue growth was principally the result of the successful deployment of the Nimiq 6 satellite in the second quarter of 2012 and higher equipment sales. Operating expenses of $50 million were 40% ($33 million) lower than for the same period in 2012 related primarily to special compensation payments to executives and certain employees in connection with the cash distributions made to Telesat's shareholders in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA^1 was $170 million, an increase of 12% ($18 million) over the same period in 2012. The Adjusted EBITDA margin^1 for the first quarter of 2013 was 78%, which is unchanged from the same period in 2012. Telesat's net loss for the quarter was $97 million compared to net income of $98 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. The unfavorable variation was due in part to a non-cash loss on foreign exchange which was the result of the U.S. dollar strengthening relative to the Canadian dollar during the quarter and thus impacting the translation of Telesat's U.S. dollar denominated debt at the end of the quarter. Results were also negatively impacted by a non-cash loss on changes in the fair value of financial instruments, which resulted primarily from Telesat's notice to redeem its 12.5% Senior Subordinated Notes and consequent write-off of the related prepayment option. The unfavorable variations were partially offset by lower total operating expenses and an increase in revenues. "I am very pleased with our strong performance in the first quarter of 2013," commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Compared to the same period in 2012, we experienced meaningful growth in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA as a result of continued investments in our satellite fleet and discipline on the cost side of our business. With respect to investments in our fleet, we recently successfully launched our Anik G1 satellite, which has considerable expansion capacity, a significant portion of which is already contracted for the life of the satellite. We also recently re-priced certain of our Term Loan facilities and redeemed our 12.5% Notes, steps that will reduce our borrowing costs and support improvement in our cash flows. In light of the strong growth we experienced in the quarter, the anticipated near term entry into commercial service of Anik G1, and our industry-leading contractual backlog, we are well positioned to continue to grow our business this year and beyond." Business Highlights *At March 31, 2013: *Telesat had contracted backlog for future services of approximately $5.0 billion. *Fleet utilization was 91% for Telesat's North American fleet and 84% for Telesat's international fleet. *On April 15, 2013, Telesat successfully launched the Anik G1 satellite. Anik G1 will be located at the 107.3 degrees West Longitude orbital location and will provide a range of communications services, including direct-to-home (''DTH'') video for Canada, X-band for government applications in the Americas and Pacific Ocean Region, and C-band and Ku-band services in South America. Anik G1 is expected to enter into commercial service in May 2013. *On May 1, 2013, Telesat Canada and Telesat LLC redeemed all of their 12.5% Senior Subordinated Notes due November 1, 2017, at a price of 106.25% of the principal amount. *On April 2, 2013, Telesat Canada and Telesat LLC re-priced and amended their existing credit agreement, dated March 28, 2012 (the ''Credit Agreement''). The amendment converted $34 million from Canadian to U.S. dollars and decreased the interest rates on the Canadian Term Loan B Facility and U.S. Term Loan B Facility by 0.50%. The amendment also decreased the interest rate floors on the debt to 1.00% and 0.75% for the Canadian Term Loan B Facility and U.S. Term Loan B Facility, respectively. The permitted leverage ratio to incur first lien debt is now 4.25:1.00 which represents a change from the prior 4.00:1.00 senior secured leverage ratio test in the Credit Agreement. Telesat's report on Form 6-K for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 has been filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and may be accessed on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013 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. Dial-in Instructions: 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. 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 beginning one hour after the end of the call on May 2, 2013 until 11:59 p.m. ET on May 16, 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 3891046 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 to" 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 Holdings Inc.'s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012, and the amendment thereto, both of which are filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (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 satellite 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 will grow to 14 satellites once Telesat's recently-launched Anik G1 satellite is brought into service. The fleet today consists of 13 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1. 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. Condensed Consolidated Statements of (Loss) Income For the three months ended March 31 (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2013 2012^(2) Revenue $218,848 $196,258 Operating expenses (49,990) (83,333) 168,858 112,925 Depreciation (49,910) (49,960) Amortization (8,164) (9,102) Other operating gains (losses), net 471 (58) Operating income 111,255 53,805 Interest expense (61,830) (54,713) Loss on financing (18,359) (21,888) Interest and other income 385 725 (Loss) gain on changes in fair value of financial (55,187) 60,973 instruments (Loss) gain on foreign exchange (67,561) 58,772 (Loss) income before tax (91,297) 97,674 Tax (expense) recovery (6,121) 595 Net (loss) income $(97,418) $98,269 Telesat Holdings Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets March 31, December 31, (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2013 2012 Assets Cash and cash equivalents $259,943 $180,961 Trade and other receivables 57,351 63,762 Other current financial assets 6,923 6,799 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 24,113 22,946 Total current assets 348,330 274,468 Satellites, property and other equipment 2,071,310 2,090,754 Other long-term financial assets 46,501 131,535 Other long-term assets 4,069 4,692 Intangible assets 851,277 858,697 Goodwill 2,446,603 2,446,603 Total assets $5,768,090 $5,806,749 Liabilities Trade and other payables $51,799 $35,709 Other current financial liabilities 115,148 90,591 Other current liabilities 78,265 77,930 Current indebtedness 259,977 31,953 Total current liabilities 505,189 236,183 Long-term indebtedness 3,211,599 3,374,977 Deferred tax liabilities 477,598 485,163 Other long-term financial liabilities 254,419 281,462 Other long-term liabilities 390,316 402,232 Total liabilities 4,839,121 4,780,017 Shareholders' Equity Share capital 656,394 656,394 Accumulated earnings 274,875 373,042 Reserves (2,300) (2,704) Total shareholders' equity 928,969 1,026,732 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $5,768,090 $5,806,749 Telesat Holdings Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows For the three months ended March 31 (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2013 2012^(2) Cash flows from operating activities Net (loss) income $(97,418) $98,269 Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash flows from operating activities: Amortization and depreciation 58,074 59,062 Deferred tax expense (recovery) 1,181 (676) Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 71,500 (63,966) Loss (gain) on derivatives 55,187 (60,519) Share based compensation 43 299 (Gain) loss on disposal of assets (471) 58 Loss on financing 18,359 21,888 Interest expense on employee benefit plans 659 804 Other (9,238) (14,867) Customer prepayments on future satellite services -- 8,904 Insurance proceeds -- 312 Repurchase of stock options (701) -- Operating assets and liabilities 22,378 62,416 Net cash from operating activities $119,553 $111,984 Cash flows used in investing activities Satellite programs $(29,214) $(51,097) Purchase of other property and equipment (1,693) (1,821) Purchase of intangible assets (6) -- Proceeds from sale of assets 1,008 6 Net cash used in investing activities $(29,905) $(52,912) Cash flows used in financing activities Proceeds from indebtedness $-- $2,397,068 Proceeds from issue of promissory note -- 145,466 Repayment of indebtedness (11,132) (1,906,415) Repayment of senior preferred shares -- (141,435) Payment of debt issue costs -- (36,005) Return of capital to shareholders -- (586,202) Dividends paid on preferred shares (10) -- Satellite performance incentive payments (453) (449) Net cash used in financing activities $(11,595) $(127,972) Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash $929 $(196) equivalents Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents $78,982 $(69,096) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 180,961 277,962 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $259,943 $208,866 Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information Interest received $239 $529 Interest paid $35,313 $38,722 Income taxes paid $8,746 $1,227 The following table reconciles Telesat's net income to Telesat's Adjusted EBITDA^1 and presents Telesat's Adjusted EBITDA margin^1: Three months ended March 31 (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2013 2012^(2) Net (loss) income $(97,418) $98,269 Tax expense (recovery) 6,121 (595) Loss (gain) loss on changes in fair value of 55,187 (60,973) financial instruments Loss (gain) on foreign exchange 67,561 (58,772) Interest and other income (385) (725) Loss on financing 18,359 21,888 Interest expense 61,830 54,713 Depreciation 49,910 49,960 Amortization 8,164 9,102 Other operating (gains) losses, net (471) 58 Special compensation and benefit expense for 1,362 37,170 executives and employees Non-recurring professional fees associated with financing and special payments to independent -- 1,916 directors Non-cash expense related to share based 43 299 compensation Adjusted EBITDA $170,263 $152,310 Revenue $218,848 $196,258 Adjusted EBITDA Margin 77.8% 77.6% End Notes ^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 withIFRS 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. ^2 A change in accounting policy has resulted in a change to the 2012 comparative figures.For more information on the impacts of the change, please refer to note 3 of Telesat's condensed consolidated interim statements, filed with the SEC. CONTACT: Michael Bolitho, Telesat +1 (613) 748-8700 ext. 2336 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Telesat Reports Results for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2013
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