Victoria, BC, Canada – (November 12, 2009) – Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) today announced its third quarter financial results for the three-month period ending September 2009. (All amounts are in US dollars.)
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Although the global economic downturn continues to present a challenge, a streamlining of operations and the resulting reduction in operating expenses is helping to keep operating costs low, while the introduction of several new products including the restyled EverGEN 1710 light presents new opportunities. An initiative to realign its reporting segments will see the categories previously referred to as “Strategic” and “Tactical,” be referred to as “Signals & Illumination” (including solar-powered beacons for marine, aviation & industrial applications and solar powered area lighting) and “Systems & Other ” (including mobile power systems, off grid and grid tie solar power systems). Also, effective this quarter, the company has changed the reporting currency of its financial information from Canadian dollars to US dollars. This action, previously communicated in the company’s second quarter report, better reflects the profile of its revenue and net profit, which are now primarily generated in US dollars.
“As the next step in our company’s evolution, we celebrated some significant milestones this quarter, with the launch of some exciting new products including the M650 and A650 signal lights, and of course the EverGEN 1710,” said Ted Lattimore, Carmanah CEO. “We also saw some significant applications of our lighting technology at facilities such as SONGS and NASA. Looking ahead, our priorities remain: focus on our strengths, keep costs low, and continue to offer the high quality, cost-effective solar technology.”
“We feel that reporting in US dollars will better reflect our business activities, mirror our transactional functional currency and improve financial statement users’ ability to compare our financial results,” said Roland Sartorius, CFO, Carmanah Technologies.” As our business has evolved in recent years, so have the currencies in which we primarily transact our business. Our pricing, manufacturing, and most of our expenses are in US dollars, so reporting is US dollars makes good sense. Although this quarter was a challenging one, Carmanah continues to have zero debt, cash in the bank, loyal customers, and some of the brightest and most innovative solar lighting products out there. Moving forward we’ll continue to control costs and deliver the technology that today’s lighting market needs.”
Sales for the third quarter of 2009 were USD $9.5 million, down approximately USD $2.7 million from the same period in 2008. The overall decline in sales, both for the three-months ended and nine-months ended September 30, 2009, was again due in part to lower System & Other revenues caused by exiting various low margin product lines. A summary of revenues from each of the company’s Signals & Illumination and “Systems & Other” business segments is displayed below:
|Sales Summary||For the three months ended September 30|
|Signals & Illumination|
|Solar LED Lights||4,354||46%||6,800||56%||(2,446)||36%|
|Solar Power Systems||1,042||11%||131||1%||911||695%|
|Total Signals & Illumination||5,396||57%||6,931||57%||(1,535)||22%|
|Systems & Other|
|Solar Power Systems and Grid-Tie||4,099||43%||2,248||18%||1,851||82%|
|Total Systems & Other||4,099||43%||5,239||43%||(1,140)||22%|
Summary of EBITDA and Net Income
The company uses certain non-GAAP measures to assist in assessing its financial performance. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. One such non-GAAP measure used for assessing financial performance is net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, amortization, and restructuring charge (“Adjusted EBITDA”).
|Adjusted EBITA Reconciliation||For the three months ended|
|($ thousands)||September 30, 2009||September 30, 2008|
|Adjusted EBITA||$ 1,418||$ 1,242|
|Net income (loss)||1,244||746|
Progress During the Quarter
During this quarter, Carmanah made progress in refining and accelerating the company’s focus on its strategic direction.
Other highlights during this quarter included:
Complete set of Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis
A complete set of Q3 2009 Financial Statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis are available on Carmanah’s corporate website. To view full financials, visit: www.carmanah.com/Company/Investors/Financial_Reports.aspx.
About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has earned a reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications worldwide. Industry proven to perform reliably in some of the world’s harshest environments, Carmanah solar LED lights and solar power systems provide a durable, dependable and cost effective energy alternative. Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMH”. For more information, visit carmanah.com.
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