Telesat Reports Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014

Telesat Reports Results for the Quarter Ended June 30, 2014  OTTAWA, July 31, 2014 (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 and six month periods ended June 30, 2014. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") unless otherwise noted.  For the quarter ended June 30, 2014, Telesat reported consolidated revenue of $226 million, an increase of 5% ($10 million) compared to the same period in 2013. During the quarter, the U.S. dollar was 7% stronger than it was during the second quarter of 2013, resulting in a positive impact on the conversion of U.S. dollar denominated revenue and a negative impact on the conversion of U.S. dollar denominated expenses. When adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes, revenue increased by 1% ($3 million) compared to the same period in 2013. The increase was mainly related to revenue earned on the Anik G1 satellite which entered into commercial service in May 2013 partially offset by a decrease in revenue earned on the Nimiq 2 satellite.  Operating expenses of $46 million were 6% ($3 million) lower than the same period in 2013 or 8% ($4 million) lower when taking into account changes in foreign exchange rates. Over half of the reduction was due to a decrease in share-based compensation expense related to stock options granted during the second quarter of 2013 with the balance of the reduction due to a decrease in expenses in a number of other areas. Adjusted EBITDA^1 was $183 million, an increase of 6% ($11 million) compared to the same period in 2013, or an increase of 3% ($5 million) when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin^1 was 81% for the second quarter of 2014 compared to 80% for the same period in 2013.  For the six month period ended June 30, 2014, consolidated revenue was $468 million, an increase of 8% ($33 million) compared to the same period in 2013. During the first half of 2014, the U.S. dollar was 8% stronger than it was during the first half of 2013. When adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes, revenue increased by 4% ($18 million) compared to the same period in 2013. The increase was primarily due to short-term services provided to another satellite operator and revenue earned on the Anik G1 satellite, partially offset by a decrease in revenue earned on the Nimiq 2 satellite and by lower equipment sales. Operating expenses were $93 million, a decrease of 6% ($6 million) compared to the first half of 2013 or 9% ($9 million) when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The majority of this decrease was related to lower cost of equipment sales with the balance due to lower expenses in certain other areas. Adjusted EBITDA^1 was $381 million, an increase of 11% ($39 million) compared to the same period in 2013, or an increase of 8% ($27 million) when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin^1 for the first half of 2014 was 82%, compared to 79% in the same period in 2013.  Telesat's net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 was $108 million compared to net income of $15 million for the same period in 2013. The favorable variation was principally due to a non-cash gain on foreign exchange, which was primarily a result of the U.S. dollar weakening during the quarter relative to the Canadian dollar, positively impacting the translation of Telesat's U.S. dollar denominated debt into Canadian dollars. Results were also favorably impacted by higher revenue and lower operating expenses. The favorable variations were partially offset by a loss on changes in the fair value of financial instruments in the second quarter of 2014, as compared to a gain on changes in fair value of financial instruments in the second quarter of 2013. For the six month period ended June 30, 2014, net income was $80 million, compared to a net loss of $83 million for the same period in 2013.  "I am pleased with our performance in the second quarter of 2014," commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat's President and CEO. "Through careful and focused execution, we achieved modest revenue growth, reduced our overall operating expenses, increased Adjusted EBITDA^1 and expanded our Adjusted EBITDA margin^1 relative to the same period last year. Our industry-leading contractual backlog provides visibility into the stability of our future revenue and cash flow, and anticipated growing demand for satellite services positions us well to expand our activities going forward."    *At June 30, 2014:         *Telesat had contracted backlog for future services of approximately          $4.7 billion.                  *Fleet utilization was 91% for Telesat's North American fleet and 84%          for its international fleet.              *Effective July 2, 2014, Bezul (''Karim'') Abuani replaced Gordon J. Fyfe     as a director of Telesat Holdings Inc., Telesat Interco Inc. and Telesat     Canada, and as a member of the Board of Managers of Telesat LLC.  Telesat's report on Form 6-K for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 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, July 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 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. The conference reference number is 4181894. 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 July 31, 2014, until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 14, 2014. 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 9330944 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", "position us well" 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, 2013, as well as Telesat's other filings 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 consists of 14 satellites and the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with another satellite under construction. 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 Income (Loss) For the period ended June 30                                                                                                                                                                        Three months        Six months (in thousands of Canadian dollars)    2014      2013      2014      2013 (unaudited) Revenue                               $ 225,671 $ 216,350 $ 467,599 $ 435,198 Operating expenses                    (45,710)  (49,373)  (92,799)  (99,363)                                      179,961   166,977   374,800   335,835 Depreciation                          (54,098)  (52,668)  (108,281) (102,578) Amortization                          (7,707)   (8,190)   (15,471)  (16,354) Other operating losses, net           (3)       (2,033)   (68)      (1,562) Operating income                      118,153   104,086   250,980   215,341 Interest expense                      (53,566)  (54,049)  (107,035) (115,879) Loss on financing                     --        (134)     --        (18,493) Interest and other income             1,562     10,591    2,370     10,976 (Loss) gain on changes in fair value  (34,046)  72,405    (12,372)  17,218 of financial instruments Gain (loss) on foreign exchange       93,951    (100,513) (15,862)  (168,074) Income (loss) before tax              126,054   32,386    118,081   (58,911) Tax expense                           (17,763)  (17,468)  (38,052)  (23,589) Net income (loss)                     $ 108,291 $ 14,918  $ 80,029  $ (82,500)     Telesat Holdings Inc. Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets                                                                                                                     (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) June 30,    December 31,                                                2014        2013 Assets                                                     Cash and cash equivalents                      $ 401,499   $ 298,713 Trade and other receivables                    51,901      50,266 Other current financial assets                 814         7,174 Prepaid expenses and other current assets      24,648      18,665 Total current assets                           478,862     374,818 Satellites, property and other equipment       1,898,598   1,962,759 Deferred tax assets                            8,373       10,024 Other long-term financial assets               31,732      76,006 Other long-term assets                         3,430       2,765 Intangible assets                              832,715     845,286 Goodwill                                       2,446,603   2,446,603 Total assets                                   $ 5,700,313 $ 5,718,261                                                           Liabilities                                                Trade and other payables                       $ 33,499    $ 34,484 Other current financial liabilities            145,864     164,755 Other current liabilities                      87,980      122,058 Current indebtedness                           57,309      57,364 Total current liabilities                      324,652     378,661 Long-term indebtedness                         3,268,474   3,284,502 Deferred tax liabilities                       513,395     515,207 Other long-term financial liabilities          61,706      72,803 Other long-term liabilities                    318,914     345,185 Total liabilities                              4,487,141   4,596,358                                                           Shareholders' Equity                                       Share capital                                  656,660     656,660 Accumulated earnings                           536,032     456,013 Reserves                                       20,480      9,230 Total shareholders' equity                     1,213,172   1,121,903 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity     $ 5,700,313 $ 5,718,261     Telesat Holdings Inc. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows For the six months ended June 30                                                                   (in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)          2014       2013^(2) Cash flows from operating activities                               Net income (loss)                                       $ 80,029   $ (82,500) Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash                 flows from operating activities Depreciation                                            108,281    102,578 Amortization                                            15,471     16,354 Deferred tax (recovery) expense                         (4,348)    5,917 Interest expense                                        107,035    115,879 Interest income                                         (1,306)    (469) Unrealized foreign exchange loss                        9,390      172,915 Loss (gain) on changes in fair value of financial       12,372     (17,218) instruments Share-based compensation                                5,623      4,843 Loss on disposal of assets                              68         1,562 Loss on financing                                       --         18,493 Other                                                   (40,867)   (24,959) Income taxes paid                                       (61,585)   (10,377) Interest paid, net of capitalized interest              (99,820)   (111,579) Interest received                                       1,345      440 Repurchase of stock options and exercise of share       --         (1,196) appreciation rights Operating assets and liabilities                        45,081     62,381 Net cash from operating activities                      $ 176,769  $ 253,064 Cash flows used in investing activities                            Satellite programs, including capitalized interest      $ (30,633) $ (33,506) Purchase of other property and equipment                (5,922)    (5,082) Purchase of intangible assets                           (75)       (6) Proceeds from sale of assets                            --         1,022 Net cash used in investing activities                   $ (36,630) $ (37,572) Cash flows used in financing activities                            Repayment of indebtedness                               $ (35,262) $ (249,017) Payment of premium on early retirement of indebtedness  --         (13,793) Payment of debt issue costs                             --         (810) Dividends paid on preferred shares                      (10)       (10) Satellite performance incentive payments                (2,657)    (2,324) Net cash used in financing activities                   $ (37,929) $ (265,954)                                                                   Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash    $ 576      $ 919 equivalents                                                                   Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents        $ 102,786  $ (49,543) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period          298,713    180,961 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period                $ 401,499  $ 131,418                                                                                                                                                                                                     Telesat's Adjusted EBITDA margin^(1)                                                                                                                                    Three months        Six months (in thousands of Canadian dollars)    2014      2013      2014      2013 (unaudited) Net income (loss)                     $ 108,291 $ 14,918  $ 80,029  $ (82,500) Tax expense                           17,763    17,468    38,052    23,589 Loss (gain) on changes in fair value  34,046    (72,405)  12,372    (17,218) of financial instruments (Gain) loss on foreign exchange       (93,951)  100,513   15,862    168,074 Interest and other income             (1,562)   (10,591)  (2,370)   (10,976) Loss on financing                     --        134       --        18,493 Interest expense                      53,566    54,049    107,035   115,879 Depreciation                          54,098    52,668    108,281   102,578 Amortization                          7,707     8,190     15,471    16,354 Other operating losses, net           3         2,033     68        1,562 Special compensation, benefits        258       301       532       1,663 expense and severance payments Non-cash expense related to           2,680     4,800     5,623     4,843 share-based compensation Adjusted EBITDA                       $ 182,899 $ 172,078 $ 380,955 $ 342,341                                                                  Revenue                               $ 225,671 $ 216,350 $ 467,599 $ 435,198 Adjusted EBITDA Margin                81.0%     79.5%     81.5%     78.7%                                                                                                                                    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 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 the 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 in making comparisons of 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 for the year ended December 31, 2013 has resulted in a change to the 2013 comparative figures on the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows. For more information on the impact of this change, please refer to Note 3 of Telesat's unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements, filed with the SEC on a Form 6-K dated today.  CONTACT: Michael Bolitho          Telesat          +1 (613) 748-8700 ext. 2336          (ir@telesat.com)  
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