Horizon North Logistics Inc. Announces Record Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2013

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CALGARY , Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - TSX Symbol: HNL

Horizon North Logistics Inc. ("Horizon" or the "Corporation") reported its financial and operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012.

Third Quarter Highlights

  • Record quarterly revenues and EBITDAS were driven by Horizon's integrated business model;
  • Improved balance sheet strength, exiting the quarter with a debt to trailing EBITDAS ratio of 0.46:1;
  • Owned access mat fleet grew by 4,965 mats or 34% as compared to the same period of 2012, closing the quarter with 19,630 mats.

Third Quarter Financial Summary

     
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's except per share amounts)             2013             2012 % Change             2013             2012 % Change
Revenue $  157,361 $  119,910 31% $  445,746 $  388,058 15%
EBITDAS(1)   41,306   34,080 21%   110,647   108,988 2%
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   26%   28%     25%   28%  
                     
Operating earnings(1)   27,423   23,232 18%   64,898   79,368 (18%)
Total comprehensive income   18,643   16,328 14%   45,013   56,974 (21%)
Earnings per share - basic
 $  0.17 $  0.15
13%
$  0.41 $  0.53
(21%)
                               - diluted $  0.17 $  0.15 13%  $  0.41  $  0.52 (21%)
Total assets   470,049   480,322 (2%)   470,049   480,322 (2%)
                     
Long-term loans and borrowings    69,770   117,830 (41%)   69,770   117,830 (41%)
Funds from operations(1)    33,478   26,894 24%   87,819   84,739 4%
Capital spending    15,679   46,445 (66%)   55,263   115,968 (52%)
Debt to total capitalization ratio(1)     0.19   0.31 (39%)   0.19   0.31 (39%)
Dividends declared $  6,852 $  5,430 26% $  20,498 $  16,255 26%
Dividends declared per share $  0.0625 $  0.05 25% $  0.0625 $  0.05 25%
(1)     See financial measures definitions on the last page of the press release for details.

Overview

Horizon's third quarter of 2013 was a record high for both revenue and EBITDAS. The revenue and EBITDAS strength was driven by camp manufacturing as 81% of manufacturing capacity was focused on meeting external demand for several large camp projects. Strong manufacturing performance was partially offset by the camp rental and catering operations which realized the expected softness in revenue and EBITDAS with a large amount of fleet in transition. The transition of current fleet was driven by Horizon's ongoing assessment of how best to deploy and utilize fleet assets. The amount of fleet in transition is a result of our current customer's changing requirements and repositioning fleet for new contracts in anticipation of future demand.

EBITDAS as a percentage of revenue decreased in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the same periods of 2012. The decrease was mainly a result of a change in revenue mix in the comparative periods with a larger proportion of revenue generated from manufacturing sales operations in 2013 which typically contribute lower margins than camp rental and catering operations. 2012 year to date results included a $5.1 million end of contract billing for minimum utilization over the term of a particular contract in excess of actual utilization, removing this effect, 2012 year to date EBITDAS as a percent of revenue was 27%, 2% above the same period of 2013.

Operating earnings and earnings per share increased in the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to the same period of 2012 mainly as a result of the higher activity levels in camp manufacturing and a gain of $1.1 million on disposal of assets. The gain was primarily a result of the sale of the tug and barge assets acquired on the formation of Horizon. Year to date operating income and earnings per share decreased as compared to the same period of 2012 as a result of higher depreciation attributable to the addition of camp fleet and camp set up costs throughout the year and the loss on disposal of camp set-up costs recognized in the second quarter of 2013.

The quarter's results show the benefit of Horizon's integrated business model which allows it to shift production capacity to most effectively meet current and expected demand. Our camp manufacturing operations have benefited greatly from a relatively stable workforce and improved processes over the past few quarters, which has led to greater efficiencies in our manufacturing operations and stronger margins. This business model has culminated in record revenue and EBITDAS in a quarter where our primary operating division experiences some slack in demand.

Outlook

For the remainder of the year, Horizon anticipates that camp rental and catering operations will begin to strengthen compared to the third quarter. Revenue per manday and utilization are anticipated to gain momentum as new camps come on stream and the amount of fleet in transition decreases. As compared to the third quarter of 2013, fourth quarter camp manufacturing revenue is expected to decline as production shifts to focus on completing the 2013 capital plan for additional fleet beds.

Alberta oil sands development activities remain the largest driver of Horizon's activity levels. Alberta oil sands activity account for 59% of Horizon's consolidated revenues for 2013 year to date. Increasing activity in north east British Columbia is also beginning to impact Horizon's results, with activity levels expected to increase as we move into and through 2014.

The $80 million capital program remains in place and Horizon anticipates adding 1,000 beds to the camp and catering fleet.

Dividend payment

Horizon North Logistics Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a dividend for the third quarter of 2013 at $0.0625 per share. The dividend is payable to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 31, 2013 to be paid on January 10, 2014 . The dividends are eligible dividends for Canadian tax purposes.

Third Quarter Financial Results

 
  Three months ended September 30, 2013  
(000's) Camps &
Catering
Matting Corporate Inter-segment
Eliminations
Total
Revenue $  137,908 $  19,800 $  - $  (347) $  157,361
Expenses                    
  Direct costs   99,118   12,706               -   (347)   111,477
  Selling & administrative   1,291   504   2,783   -   4,578
EBITDAS   37,499   6,590   (2,783)   -   41,306
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   27%   33%                 26%
                     
Share based payments   297   39   219   -   555
Depreciation & amortization   12,003   2,283   147              (53)   14,380
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment   (2,647)   -   1,586   -   (1,061)
                     
Operating earnings (loss) $  27,846 $  4,268 $  (4,735) $  53 $  27,432
Finance costs                   840
Share of equity accounted investees                   -
Income tax expense                   8,253
Other comprehensive income                   (304)
Total comprehensive income                 $  18,643
Earnings per share - basic                     $  0.17
                               - diluted                   $  0.17
                     
     
  Three months ended September 30, 2012  
(000's) Camps &
Catering
Matting Corporate Inter-segment
Eliminations
Total
Revenue $  99,433 $  23,745 $  - $  (3,268) $  119,910
Expenses                    
  Direct costs   68,349   16,727   1   (3,107)   81,970
  Selling & administrative   1,138   128   2,594   -   3,860
EBITDAS   29,946   6,890   (2,595)   (161)   34,080
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   30%   29%                 28%
                     
Share based payments   344   54   285   -   683
Depreciation & amortization   8,018   2,148   116   (46)   10,236
(Gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   (71)   -   -   -   (71)
                     
Operating earnings (loss) $  21,655 $  4,688 $  (2,996) $  (115) $  23,232
Finance costs                   1,043
Share of equity accounted investees                   52
Income tax expense                   5,875
Other comprehensive income                   (66)
Total comprehensive income                 $  16,328
Earnings per share - basic                 $  0.15
                               - diluted                 $  0.15

 
  Nine months ended September 30, 2013  
(000's) Camps &
Catering
Matting Corporate Inter-segment
Eliminations
Total
Revenue $  398,767 $  50,988 $  - $  (4,009) $  445,746
Expenses                    
  Direct costs   289,444   35,444   -   (3,978)   320,910
  Selling & administrative   4,251   820   9,118   -   14,189
EBITDAS   105,072   14,724   (9,118)   (31)   110,647
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   26%   29%                       25%
                     
Share based payments   833   128   675   -   1,636
Depreciation & amortization   34,356   6,468   420   (156)   41,088
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   1,517   (21)   1,529   -   3,025
                     
Operating earnings (loss) $  68,366 $  8,149 $  (11,742) $  125 $  64,898
Finance costs                     3,036
Share of equity accounted investees                   -
Income tax expense                   16,891
Other comprehensive income                   (42)
Total comprehensive income                 $  45,013
Earnings per share - basic                 $  0.41
                               - diluted                 $  0.41

     
  Nine months ended September 30, 2012  
(000's) Camps &
Catering
Matting Corporate Inter-segment
Eliminations
Total
Revenue $  329,976   $ 67,315 $  - $  (9,233) $   388,058
Expenses                    
  Direct costs   225,752   49,500   1   (8,681)   266,572
  Selling & administrative   3,790   392   8,316               -   12,498
EBITDAS   100,434   17,423   (8,317)   (552)   108,988
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   30%   26%                 28%
                     
Share based payments   717   117   592   -   1,426
Depreciation & amortization   21,846   6,057   360   (107)   28,156
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment   66   (28)   -   -   38
                     
Operating earnings (loss) $  77,805 $  11,277 $  (9,269) $  (445) $  79,368
Finance costs                   2,586
Share of equity accounted investees                   25
Income tax expense                   19,865
Other comprehensive income                   (82)
Total comprehensive income                 $  56,974
Earnings per share - basic                 $  0.53
                               - diluted                 $  0.52


Camps & Catering

Camps & Catering revenue is comprised of camp rental and catering operations revenue, manufacturing sales revenue, space rental
revenue and the associated service revenue within each operation.

     
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's except bed rental days and catering
only days)
2013 2012 %
change
2013 2012 %
change
Camp rental and catering operations revenue $  58,229 $  67,148 (13%) $  202,682 $  203,679 (1%)
Manufacturing sales   76,699   28,961 165%   187,708   118,494 58%
Space rental revenues   2,980   3,324 (10%)   8,377   7,803 7%
Total revenue $  137,908 $  99,433 39% $  398,767 $  329,976 21%
                     
EBITDAS 37,499 $  29,946 25% $  105,072 $  100,434 5%
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   27%   30%     26%   30%  
Operating earnings $  27,846 $  21,655 29% $  68,366 $  77,805 (12%)
Bed rental days(1)   370,717   333,186 11%   1,305,703   1,007,465 30%
Catering only days(2)   36,127   61,184 (41%)   137,878   187,400 (26%)
(1) One bed rental day represents; the provision of one bed for one day under a combined rental and catering manday rate; or the
provision of one bed for one day under an equipment rental rate for dedicated camp equipment.
(2) One catering only day equals the provision of catering and housekeeping services with no related bed rental for one day.

Revenues from the Camps & Catering segment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $137.9 million and $398.8 million respectively, an increase of $38.5 million or 39% and $68.8 million or 21% compared to the same periods of 2012. EBITDAS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $37.5 million and $105.1 million , an increase of $7.5 million or 25% and $4.7 million or 5% respectively compared to the same periods of 2012. Included in 2012 revenue and EBITDAS for the nine months ended September 30 , was a payment of $5.1 million representing an end of contract billing for minimum utilization over the term of a particular contract in excess of the actual utilization. Excluding this 2012 payment, year to date revenues increased by $73.9 million or 23% as compared to the same periods in 2012. Excluding the 2012 $5.1 million payment, year to date EBITDAS increased by $9.7 million or 10% as compared to the same period in 2012.

Horizon's revenues in the Camps & Catering segment for the comparative periods were primarily driven from being significantly tied to Alberta oil sands activity. Of note is the revenue mix in the comparative periods, in 2013 a higher proportion of revenue was generated from manufacturing as compared to the same periods of 2012. This change in revenue mix had the effect of decreasing EBITDAS as a percent of revenue, replacing higher margin camp rental and catering revenue with lower margin manufacturing revenue.

During the third quarter of 2013 the majority of manufacturing sales and service was focused on the execution of several large projects, one in the oil sands region and the other a mining operation in northern Canada . The camp and catering operations in the comparative quarters operated an average of 531 additional fleet beds.

Camp rental and catering operations revenue

Revenues are derived from the following main business areas: large camp operations, drill camp operations, catering only operations, and the associated service work within each operation. Service work includes the transportation, set-up and de-mobilization of camp and catering projects. Revenues from camp rental and catering operations were $58.2 million for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to $67.1 million for the three months ended September 30, 2012 , a decrease of $8.9 million or 13%. Year to date, revenues decreased slightly, by $1.0 million or 1.0%.

The table below outlines the key performance metrics used by management to measure performance in the large camp and drill camp operations:

   
  Three months ended September 30
(000's for revenue only) 2013   2012
  Large
camp
Drill
camp
Total   Large
camp
Drill
camp
Total
Revenue $ 44,379 $      4,234 $    48,613        51,615   2,080 $    53,695
Bed rental days(1)   346,833   23,884   370,717     320,910   12,276   333,186
Revenue per bed rental day   $128   $177   $131     $161   $169   $161
Number of rentable beds at period end   6,771   782   7,553     6,656   738   7,394
Average rentable beds available(2)   6,981   788   7,769     6,575   663   7,238
Utilization(3)   54%   33%   52%     53%   21%   50%
                           
  Nine months ended September 30
(000's for revenue only) 2013   2012
  Large
camp
Drill
camp
Total   Large
camp
Drill
camp
Total
Revenue    156,685 $    16,535 $ 173,220   $     155,207 $ 11,043 $ 166,250
Bed rental days(1)   1,211,245   94,458   1,305,703     947,587   59,878   1,007,465
Revenue per bed rental day   $129   $175   $133     $158(4)   $184   $160(4)
Number of rentable beds at period end   6,771   782   7,553     6,656   738   7,394
Average rentable beds available(2)   7,051   881   7,932     6,023   780   6,803
Utilization(3)   63%   39%   60%     57%   28%   54%
(1) One bed rental day represents; the provision of one bed for one day under a combined rental and catering manday rate; or the provision of
one bed for one day under an equipment rental rate for dedicated camp equipment.
(2) Average rentable beds available is equal to total average beds in the fleet over the period less beds required for staff.
(3) Utilization equals the total number of bed rental days divided by average rentable beds available times days in the period.
(4) Revenue per bed rental day for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 excludes the $5.1 million payment.

Revenues from large camp operations for the three months ended September 30, 2013 decreased by $7.2 million or 14% compared to the same period in 2012 with the year to date revenue higher by $1.5 million or 1% in the comparative period. Normalizing for the $5.1 million payment in 2012, revenue increased for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 by $6.6 million or 4% as compared to the adjusted comparative period in 2012. The decreased revenues in the quarter were driven mainly by lower utilization at several of the open style camps.

Bed utilization for the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was 54% and 63% respectively. In comparison to the same periods of 2012, the third quarter remained relatively unchanged with year to date utilization increasing 11%. Utilization for the third quarter of 2013 had two offsetting effects. Utilization increased as a result of additional split rate contracts, the third quarter of 2013 had 2,212 beds, or 32%, of the average rentable beds contracted using split rate contracts compared to 1,357 or 23% for the same period of 2013. These beds are considered 100% utilized in the period and therefore increases the calculated utilization. The second effect on utilization was the decreased utilization at the open style camps.

Revenue per bed rental day declined in the comparative periods by $33 and $29 respectively. As anticipated, the majority of the decrease was the higher proportion of split rate contracts in 2013 compared to the same periods of 2012. Although the metrics above are impacted by this contract structure, there is no fundamental effect on the contract economics.

Revenues from drill camp operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased by $2.2 million or 104% and $5.5 million or 50% compared to the same periods of 2012. The increase was a result of higher utilization of Horizon's drill camps with six additional camps deployed in the comparative periods.

The table below outlines the key performance metrics used by management to measure performance in the catering only operations.

 
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's for revenue only) 2013 2012 2013 2012
Catering only revenue $  4,279 $  6,612 $  14,327 $  19,733
Catering only days(1)   36,127   61,184   137,878   187,400
Revenue per catering only day   $118   $108   $104 $ 105
(1)      One catering only day equals the provision of catering and housekeeping services with no related bed rental for one day.

Revenues from the provision of catering and housekeeping only services, with no associated bed rentals, for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased $2.3 million or 35% and $5.4 million or 27% as compared to same period of 2012. The decrease in revenue was mainly a result of lower volumes primarily in the catering only for customer owned drill camps. The revenue per catering only day increased in the comparative quarter primarily due to additional services requested by the customer. The year to date rate remained relatively unchanged.

The table below outlines the service revenue generated from the camp and catering operations:

     
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's)             2013             2012             2013             2012
Camp and catering operations service related revenue       $  5,337       $  6,841       $  15,135       $  17,696

Service revenues in the camp & catering operations are related to the transportation, set-up and de-mobilization of camps for customers. Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 decreased $1.5 million or 22% and $2.6 million or 14% respectively compared to the same periods in 2012. The decrease was mainly due to the nature of the specific service projects undertaken in the comparative periods.

Manufacturing sales

Manufacturing sales revenues include the in plant construction, transportation and installation of camps sold to third parties Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $76.7 million and $187.7 million respectively, an increase of $47.7 million or 165% and $69.2 million or 58% as compared to the same periods of 2012. The increased revenue in 2013 was a result of larger manufacturing projects and the timing of those projects. In the third quarter of 2012 several large projects were nearing completion with the manufacturing portion completed and installation crews demobilizing from site. Direct manufacturing hours were 199,313 for the three months ended September 30, 2013 compared to 161,098 in the same period of 2012, an increase of 38,215 hours or 24%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013 direct manufacturing hours were 618,394 compared to 455,025 in the same period of 2012, an increase of 163,369 hours or 36%. This increase in direct hours was achieved by ramping up staffing levels at the existing production facilities later in 2012 and the first half of 2013. As a percentage of total direct hours, hours allocated to external sales were 81% and 69% respectively, compared to 28% and 60% for the comparative periods in 2012.

Space rental revenues

Space rental revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were relatively consistent in the third quarter and up $0.6 million year to date as compared to the same periods in 2012. The space rental fleet size and utilization was relatively consistent at 910 units and 89% for the comparative periods.

Direct costs

Direct costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $99.1 million or 72% of revenue and $289.5 million or 73% of revenue compared to $68.3 million or 69% of revenue and $225.8 million or 68% of revenue for the same period of 2012. Direct costs are closely related to business volumes and increased direct costs are primarily a result of the higher activity levels in the comparative periods. As a percentage of revenue, direct costs increased primarily as a result of a shift in the revenue mix compared to the same periods of 2012. In 2013 a larger proportion of revenue was derived from manufacturing sales operations which by its nature has higher direct costs than the camps and catering operations.

Matting

Matting revenue is comprised of access mat rental revenue, other mat and rental equipment revenue, mat sales revenue,
installation, transportation, service, and other revenue as follows:

 
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's except mat rental days and numbers of mats) 2013 2012 %
change
2013 2012 %
change
Access mat rental revenue(1) $  4,850 $  6,212 (22%) $  10,797 $  14,607 (26%)
Other mat and rental equipment revenue(2) $ 476 $  1,701 (72%) $  2,105 $  2,849 (26%)
Total mat and rental equipment revenue $  5,326 $  7,913 (33%) $  12,902 $  17,456 (26%)
Mat sales revenue   3,911   5,603 (30%)   10,957   20,612 (47%)
Installation, transportation, service and other revenue   10,563   10,229 3%   27,129   29,247 (7%)
Total revenue $  19,800 $  23,745 (17%) $  50,988 $  67,315 (24%)
                     
EBITDAS $  6,590 $  6,890 (4%) $  14,724 $  17,423 (15%)
EBITDAS as a % of revenue   33%   29%     29%   26%  
Operating earnings $  4,268 $  4,688 (9%) $  8,149 $  11,277 (28%)
Access mat rental days - owned mats(3)   1,512,190   1,017,863 49%   3,280,646   2,891,546 13%
Access mat rental days - third party mats(4)   537,193   1,238,779 (57%)   1,292,451   2,273,935 (43%)
Total access mat rental days   2,049,383   2,256,642 (9%)   4,573,097   5,165,481 (11%)
Average owned access mats in rental fleet(5)   19,845   14,711 35%   17,126   13,685 25%
Average sub rental access mats in rental fleet(6)   5,848   13,407 (56%)   4,718   8,260 (43%)
Owned access mats in rental fleet at quarter end(7)   19,630   14,665 34%   19,630   14,665 34%
                     
Mats sold:                    
  New mats   4,401   6,200 (29%)   12,355   23,742 (48%)
  Used Mats   1,510   1,651 (9%)   3,354   5,197 (35%)
Total mats sold   5,911   7,851 (25%)   15,709   28,939 (46%)
(1) Access mat rental revenue includes revenues generated from the rental of traditional oak and oak edged mats.
(2) Other mat and rental equipment revenue includes the rental of rig mats, quad mats, other ancillary equipment such as well site accommodation units and light towers.
(3) One mat rental day equals the rental of one owned access mat for one day.
(4) One mat rental day equals the rental of one third party sub rented access mat for one day.
(5)  Average access mat rental fleet numbers reflect only owned access mats.
(6) Average sub rental access mats is the average number of non-owned access mats in the rental fleet. These mats are rented from third parties on a short term basis.
(7) Access mats in rental fleet at quarter end represents the number of owned access mats in the Matting fleet on September 30.

Revenues from the Matting segment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $19.8 million and $51.0 million , a decrease of $3.9 million or 17% and $16.3 million or 24% respectively compared to the same period of 2012. EBITDAS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $6.6 million or 33% of revenue and $14.8 million or 29% of revenue, a decrease of $0.3 million or 4% and $2.7 million or 15% compared the same period of 2012.

The decrease in revenues was a result of both moderated customer demand and very wet site conditions that continued into the third quarter of 2013. Generally, in the first nine months of 2013 customers reduced the scope of projects or postponed projects resulting in lower volumes in rentals, sales and installation work.

Mat and rental equipment revenue

Access mat rental revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $4.9 million and $10.8 million , down $1.4 million or 22% and $3.8 million or 26% respectively compared to the same periods of 2012. The decrease in revenue was a combination of lower activity and lower revenue per mat rental day rate. Total mat rental days in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were down by 207,259 or 9% and 592,384 or 11% respectively, a result of moderated customer demand and the very wet site conditions that continued into the third quarter of 2013. The lower daily mat rental rate was due to softer customer demand and the mix of contracts in the comparative periods.

Utilization of the owned mat fleet for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was 83% and 70% respectively, compared to 75% and 77% in the same periods of 2012. The increase in utilization in the quarter was mainly a result of decreased reliance on third party mats. The average owned mat fleet increased by 35% and 25% in the comparative periods, with the additional owned mats displacing the third party mats.

Mat sales revenue

Revenues from mat sales for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $3.9 million and $11.0 million , down $1.7 million or 30% and $9.6 million or 47% respectively compared to the same periods of 2012. The decrease in revenue is reflective of moderating customer requirements and timing of projects. The mix of new and used access mat sales shifted to a higher proportion used mat sales in 2013 resulting in lower revenue per mat as compared to 2012. Used mats typically sell at a lower price than new mats.

Installation, transportation, service, and other revenue

Installation, transportation, service, and other revenues are driven primarily from the level of activity in the mat rental and mat sale businesses and are charged for separately from rentals and sales. Revenues for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $10.6 million and $27.1 million , an increase of $0.3 million or 3% and a decrease of $2.1 million or 7% respectively compared to the same periods in 2012. The year to date decrease of $2.1 million was a result of lower activity levels in both rentals and sales as compared to same periods of 2012.

Direct costs

Direct costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $12.7 million or 64% of revenue and $35.4 million or 69% of revenue compared to $16.7 million or 70% and $49.5 million or 74% of revenue for the same period of 2012. Direct costs are driven by the level of business activity, with the decrease in mat sales and installation revenue compared to the same periods of 2012, direct costs have decreased accordingly. Direct costs as a percentage of revenue decreased by 9% and 7% respectively for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared the same periods of 2012. The decrease is primarily a result of lower costs in the rental operation due to decreased usage of sub rented mats in comparison to the same periods of 2012.

Corporate

Corporate costs are the costs of the head office which include the President and Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Health, Safety, and Environment, Vice President of Aboriginal Relations, Corporate Secretary, corporate accounting staff, information technology, and associated costs of supporting a public company. Corporate costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 were $2.8 million and $9.1 million , an increase of $0.2 million or 8% and $0.8 million or 10% compared to the same periods in 2012. The increased costs in comparative periods reflects the cost to support higher levels of business activity. Corporate costs, as a percentage of total revenue were relatively consistent in the comparative periods at approximately 2%.

Other Items

Selling and administrative

Selling and administrative expense for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $4.6 million and $14.2 million , an increase of $0.7 million or 18% and $1.7 million or 14% compared to the same periods for 2012. The increase is reflective of the higher levels of business activity in the first nine months of 2013 as compared to the same period of 2012. As a percentage of revenue selling and administrative expense remained consistent at 3.2% of revenue.

Depreciation and amortization

     
  Three months ended September 30 Nine months ended September 30
(000's)       2013             2012 %
change
            2013             2012 %
change
Depreciation       $  12,329       $  8,185 47%       $  34,935       $  22,003 57%
Amortization   2,051   2,051 -%   6,153   6,153 -%
Total depreciation and amortization       $  14,380       $  10,236 38%       $  41,088       $  28,156 45%

Depreciation and amortization costs for the three and nine months ended September 30,2013 were $14.4 million and $41.1 million , an increase of $4.1 million or 40% and $12.9 million or 46% compared to the same periods of 2012. The increased depreciation was a result of camp asset additions including camp set-up and installation costs which are depreciated over the term of the contract, generally a shorter time frame than the camp assets. Depreciation for the camp set-up and installation was $8.0 million higher in the nine months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to the same period of 2012.

Financing costs

Financing costs include interest on loans and borrowings and accretion on notes payable. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 financing costs were $0.8 million and $3.0 million , a decrease of $0.2 million and an increase of $0.4 million compared to the same periods of 2012. The decrease in the comparative quarter was a result of lower interest expense due to a lower weighted average debt of $75.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013 as compared to $99.9 million in the same period in 2012. The 2013 effective interest rate on the loans and borrowing was 3.5% remained relatively consistent with the comparative period at 3.6%.

Income taxes

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 income taxes expense was $8.3 million and $16.9 million , an effective tax rate of 31.0% and 27.3% compared to $5.9 million and $19.9 million , an effective tax rate of 26.5% and 25.9% in the comparative periods of 2012. The increase in the effective tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 was primarily due to the revision of the prior year tax estimate.

Gain/Loss on disposal

For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013 there was a gain on disposal of $1.1 million and $3.0 million loss respectively compared to a gain of $0.1 million and a year to date gain/loss of zero in the comparative periods of 2012. The gain on disposal in the third quarter of 2013 was primarily from the sale of the tugs and barges. The 2013 year to date loss of $3.0 million was mainly comprised the disposal in the second quarter of 2013 of un-depreciated set-up costs related to a large camp and was partially offset by the gain on the sale of the tugs and barges in the third quarter of 2013.

Condensed consolidated statement of financial position (Unaudited)

     
(000's) September 30,
            2013
December 31,
2012
Assets    
     
Current assets:    
      Trade and other receivables $  116,805 $  133,195
      Inventories      11,588      13,321
      Prepayments       3,766              2,506
Income taxes receivable              360              146
     132,519     149,168
         
Non-current assets:        
      Property, plant and equipment      327,116        330,205
      Intangible assets   3,875       10,028
      Goodwill              2,136     2,136
      Deferred tax assets              1,815      1,772
      Other assets        2,588       2,684
     337,530     346,825
  $  470,049 $  495,993
         
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity        
         
Current liabilities:        
      Trade and other payables $  61,285 $  59,511
      Deferred revenue     1,257       588
      Income taxes payable     2,912   12,661
      Current portion of loans and borrowings     1,469              1,416
    66,923       74,176
         
Non-current liabilities:        
      Asset retirement provisions         1,411        1,364
      Loans and borrowings       69,770   116,872
      Deferred tax liabilities      29,933     29,318
    168,037              221,730
         
Shareholders' equity:        
      Share capital   182,356     179,999
      Contributed surplus   11,660       10,783
      Accumulated other comprehensive income   250           208
      Retained earnings      107,746       83,273
      302,012    274,263
  $  470,049 $  495,993

Condensed consolidated statement of comprehensive income (Unaudited)
Three and Nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

     
  Three months ended
September 30
Nine months ended
September 30
(000's)             2013             2012             2013             2012
Revenue       $  157,361       $  119,910       $  445,746       $  388,058
                 
Operating expenses:                
      Direct costs              111,477              81,970              320,910              266,572
      Depreciation              12,329              8,185              34,935              22,003
      Amortization of intangible assets              11              44               33              132
      Share based compensation              336              398              961              834
   (Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment              (1,061)              (71)              3,025              38
Direct operating expenses      123,092              90,526              359,864              289,579
Gross profit     34,269              29,384              85,882              98,479
                 
Selling & administrative expenses:                
      Selling & administrative expenses              4,578              3,860              14,189              12,498
      Amortization of intangible assets   2,040              2,007              6,120              6,021
      Share based compensation              219              285              675              592
Selling & administrative expenses              6,837              6,152              20,984              19,111
Operating earnings   27,432              23,232              64,898              79,368
                 
Finance costs      840              1,043              3,036              2,586
Share of loss of equity accounted investees              -               52               -              25
Profit before tax   26,592              22,137              61,862              76,757
                 
      Current tax expense              6,764              4,475               16,319              15,539
      Deferred tax expense              1,489              1,400              572              4,326
Income tax expense              8,253              5,875              16,891              19,865
Total profit     18,339       16,262              44,971              56,892
                 
Other comprehensive income:                
      Translation of foreign operations              304              66              42              82
Other comprehensive income, net of income tax              304              66              42              82
Total comprehensive income       $  18,643 16,328       $  45,013       $  56,974
                 
Earnings per share:                  
      Basic       $  0.17       $  0.15       $  0.41       $  0.53
      Diluted       $  0.17       $  0.15       $  0.41       $  0.52

Condensed consolidated statement of changes in equity (Unaudited)

           
(000's)             Share
            Capital
Contributed
Surplus
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income
            Retained
            Earnings
            Total
Balance at December 31, 2011             173,438             10,421             158             32,052             216,069
           
Total profit             -             -             -             56,892             56,892
Share based compensation             -             1,426             -             -             1,426
Share options exercised             6,288             (1,704)             -             -             4,584
Translation of foreign operations             -             -             82             -             82
Dividends             -             -             -             (16,226)             (16,226)
Balance at September 30, 2012             179,726             10,143             240             72,718             262,827
           
Total profit             -             -             -             15,991             15,991
Share based compensation             -             725             -             -             725
Share options exercised             273             (85)             -             -             188
Translation of foreign operations             -             -             (32)             -             (32)
Dividends             -             -             -             (5,436)             (5,436)
Balance at December 31, 2012             179,999             10,783             208             83,273             274,263
           
Total profit             -             -             -             44,971             44,971
Share based compensation             -             1,636             -             -             1,636
Share options exercised             2,357             (759)             -             -             1,598
Translation of foreign operations             -             -             42             -             42
Dividends             -             -             -             (20,498)             (20,498)
Balance at September 30, 2013       $ 182,356       $ 11,660       $ 250       $ 107,746       $ 302,012

Condensed consolidated statement of cash flows (Unaudited)
Nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012

     
        September 30, September 30,
(000's)             2013 2012
Cash provided by (used in):        
         
Operating activities:        
Profit for the period $  44,971       $  56,892
Adjustments for:        
      Depreciation       34,935              22,003
      Amortization of intangible assets              6,153              6,153
      Share based compensation              1,636              1,426
      Amortization of other assets              96              96
      Gain on equity investments               -              25
      Loss (gain) on sale of property, plant and equipment              42   (1,934)
      Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss               (14)              78
      Finance costs       3,036              2,586
      Income tax expense     16,891               19,865
     107,746    107,190
         
Income taxes paid              (26,282)              (8,993)
Interest paid              (2,800)              (2,020)
Changes in non-cash working capital items              19,395    (36,330)
               98,059              59,847
         
Investing activities:        
Purchase of property, plant and equipment              (55,263)              (115,968)
Proceeds on sale of property, plant and equipment              23,432              5,403
               (31,831)   (110,565)
         
Financing activities:        
(Repayment of) proceeds from loans and borrowings              (47,328)              62,343
Share purchase options exercised               1,598              4,584
Payment of dividends              (19,082)              (15,064)
               (64,812)              51,863
Changes in non-cash working capital items   (1,416)   (1,145)
    (66,228)   50,718
Increase in cash position               -   -
         
Cash, beginning of period              -              -
Cash, end of period -       $  -

Financial Measures Definitions

EBITDAS

EBITDAS (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, gain/loss on equity investments, gain/loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment, share of income/loss from equity accounted investees and share based compensation) is not a recognized measure under IFRS.  Management believes that in addition to total profit and total comprehensive income, EBITDAS is a useful supplemental measure as it provides an indication of the Corporation's ability to generate cash flow in order to fund working capital, service debt, pay current income taxes and fund capital programs, and it is regularly provided to and reviewed by the Chief Operating Decision Maker and operating earnings provides an indication of the results generated by the Corporation's principal business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are financed or taxed.  Horizon's method of calculating EBITDAS may differ from other entities and accordingly, may not be comparable to measures used by other entities. EBITDAS should not be construed as alternatives to total profit and comprehensive income determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of the Corporation's performance.

Funds from operations

Funds from operations is not a recognized measure under IFRS.  Management believes that in addition to cash flow from operations, funds from operations is a useful supplemental measure as it provides an indication of the cash flow generated by the Corporation's principal business activities prior to consideration of changes in working capital. Investors should be cautioned, however, that funds from operations should not be construed as an alternative to cash flow from operations determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of the Corporation's performance.  Horizon's method of calculating funds from operations may differ from other entities and accordingly, funds from operations may not be comparable to measures used by other entities.  Funds from operations is equal to cash flow from operations before changes in non-cash working capital items related to operations, interest and income taxes paid, financing costs, and income tax expense.

Debt to total capitalization

Debt to total capitalization is calculated as the ratio of debt to total capitalization. Debt is defined as the sum of current and long-term portions of loans and borrowings. Total capitalization is calculated as the sum of debt and shareholders' equity.

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information and Statements

Certain statements contained in this Management Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") constitute forward-looking statements or information.  These statements relate to future events or future performance of Horizon. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "plan" "continue", "estimate", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "predict", "potential", "should", "believe" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

In particular, such forward looking statements include: under the heading "Outlook" the statements that "For the remainder of the year, Horizon anticipates that camp rental and catering operations will begin to strengthen compared to the third quarter. Revenue per manday and utilization are anticipated to gain momentum as new camps come on stream and the amount of fleet in transition decreases. As compared to the third quarter of 2013, fourth quarter camp manufacturing revenue is expected to decline as production shifts to focus on completing the 2013 capital plan for additional fleet beds.

Alberta oil sands development activities remain the largest driver of Horizon's activity levels. Alberta oil sands activity account for 59% of Horizon's consolidated revenues for 2013 year to date. Increasing activity in north east British Columbia is also beginning to impact Horizon's results, with activity levels expected to increase as we move into and through 2014." And "The $80 million capital program remains in place and Horizon anticipates adding 1,000 beds to the camp and catering fleet."

The foregoing statements are based on the assumption that oil sands development in Alberta and other resource development in western Canada will strengthen. Many factors could cause the performance or achievements of Horizon to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.

These include, but are not limited to, general economic, market and business conditions.  Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of risks and uncertainties is not exhaustive.  Additional information on these and other risk factors that could affect Horizon's operations and financial results are included in Horizon's annual information form which may be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.  The forward-looking statements and information contained in this MD&A are made as of the date hereof and Horizon does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or revise and forward-looking statements and information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless so required by applicable securities laws.

Corporate Information

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SOURCE Horizon North Logistics Inc.

Contact:

Bob German, President and Chief Executive Officer, or Scott Matson, Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer, 1600, 505 - 3rd Street S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2P 3E6, Telephone: (403) 517-4654,  Fax: (403) 517- 4678; website: www.horizonnorth.ca

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