Victoria, BC, Canada – (August 10, 2009) – Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) ) today announced its second quarter financial results for the three-month period ending June 2009. Strategic sales were $7.3 million, up almost 20% over the same period the prior year, although total sales for Q2 2009 were $9.3 million, down from $15.7 million for the same period last year, due the exiting of various low margin product lines.
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Carmanah, like most businesses, has not been immune from the global economic downturn, but significant sales growth in its key strategic markets indicate a continued and growing demand for the company’s cost-effective solar-LED lighting products. Even while overall sales declined in the second quarter due to the exiting of several tactical businesses, strategic sales – which are anticipated to provide the greatest future revenue growth – increased 20% over 2008 to $7.3 million. Throughout this period, the company also continued to closely monitor and control its operating costs and working capital, which has provided a stronger cash position to fund additional strategic initiatives.
“While not without its challenges, Q2 2009 has provided us with some exciting milestones, and reinforced the resilient nature of our strategic markets and our technological strengths,” said Ted Lattimore, Carmanah CEO. “During this quarter, we formally introduced our powerful new EverGEN™ 1500 parking lot light to the global lighting community at LIGHTFAIR in New York City, and this same light has recently been chosen for several high-profile locations, including NASA’s research facility in Mississippi. We’ve also geared up our R&D efforts in our Vancouver, B.C. research facility, introduced new products and are very excited about the upcoming dÃ©but of our new outdoor light, the EVERGEN 1700. Our strategic sales are up, and as always – we continue to find our marine, aviation and obstruction lights in demand around the world,” added Lattimore. “Looking ahead, our priorities remain firm: focus on our strengths, keep costs low, and continue to develop and sell innovative and relevant products that provide real value to our customers.”
According to Roland Sartorius, Carmanah CFO, the company’s continued strong balance sheet and conservative financial focus are key in helping to guide it through today’s volatile global markets. “During the second quarter, one of our greatest challenges has been related to foreign exchange risk management. As a policy, we attempt to hedge our USD net transactional cash flows but our strong working capital and changed business model continue to add volatility to our results. As a result of our new global distribution and supply chain strategies, we continue to be exposed to large non-cash USD translational swings which are less predictable and controllable. As such, to better align our accounting with our economic realities and to simplify our hedging needs going-forward, we plan to convert our functional and reporting currency to USD from CDN in the second half of the year,” said Sartorius. “All this said, investors need to note, Carmanah continues to have zero debt, cash in the bank, loyal customers, and some powerful new products just hitting the marketplace – although these are challenging times for many, I’d say our future looks bright.”
Sales for the second quarter of 2009 were $9.3 million, down approximately $6.4 million from the same period in 2008. The overall decline in sales, both for the three-months ended and six-months ended June 30, 2009, was primarily due to lower tactical revenues caused by exiting various low margin product lines. A summary of revenues from each of the company’s Strategic and Tactical business segments is displayed below:
|Sales Summary||Three Months Ended June 30|
|Solar LED Lights||6,816||73%||5,566||35%||1,250||22%|
|Solar Power Systems||453||5%||556||4%||(103)||19%|
Summary of EBITDA and Net Income
The company uses certain non-GAAP measures to assist in assessing its financial performance. Non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. One such non-GAAP measure used for assessing financial performance is net income (loss) before interest, income taxes, amortization, and restructuring charge (“Adjusted EBITDA”).
|Adjusted EBITA Reconciliation||Three months ended|
|($ thousands)||June 30, 2009||June 30, 2008|
|Adjusted EBITA||$ (1,103)||$ 404|
|Net income (loss)||$ (987)||$ (352)|
|Interest||$ (57)||$ (30)|
|Income taxes||$ (350)||$ (32)|
|Amortization||$ 260||$ 267|
|Restructuring charges||$ 31||551|
Progress During the Quarter (including subsequent events)
During this quarter, Carmanah made continued 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 Q2 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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