Maxim Power Corp. Announces 2012 First Quarter Financial and Operating Results

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CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2012) - Maxim Power Corp. ("MAXIM" or the "Corporation") (MXG.TO - News) announced today the release of financial and operating results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012. The unaudited financial statements, accompanying notes and Management Discussion and Analysis will be available on SEDAR and on MAXIM's website on May 9, 2012. All figures reported herein are Canadian dollars unless otherwise stated.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS





                                                        Three Months Ended  

                                                             March 31       

($ in thousands except per share amounts)                    2012       2011

                                                                            

Net revenue (1)                                         $  45,873  $  54,997

Adjusted EBITDA (1)                                         9,960     15,820

Net income                                                  2,901      4,559

 Per share - basic and diluted                          $    0.05  $    0.08

Funds from operations (1)                                  10,178     14,312

 Per share - basic and diluted                          $    0.19  $    0.26

                                                                            

Electricity Deliveries (MWh)                              326,644    392,005

Net Generation Capacity (MW) (2)                              788        809

Average Alberta Power Prices ($ per MWh)                $   60.12  $   82.04

Average Milner Realized Electricity Price ($ per MWh)   $   57.44  $   70.43

                                                                            



(1) Select financial information was derived from the audited consolidated financial statements and is prepared in accordance with Part 1 of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants Handbook ("GAAP"), except net revenue, adjusted EBITDA and funds from operations ("FFO"). Net revenue is provided to highlight revenue net of any gains or losses realized on commodity swaps. Adjusted EBITDA is provided to assist management and investors in determining the Corporation's approximate operating cash flows before interest, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization and certain other income and expenses and FFO is provided to assist management and investors in determining the Corporation's cash flows generated by operations before the cash impact of working capital fluctuations. Net revenue, adjusted EBITDA and FFO do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by GAAP and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.

(2) Generation capacity is manufacturer's nameplate capacity net of minority ownership interests of third parties.

OPERATING RESULTS

Net revenue, adjusted EBITDA, net income and funds from operation declined in the first quarter of 2012 when compared to the first quarter of 2011. The decrease in these financial measures is primarily due to a decline in Alberta power prices which impacted Milner results.

Net income included the gain from the sale of the APP facility and an unrealized loss on a derivative coal contract, the net of which resulted in a lower decrease than other financial measures noted above.

GROWTH INITIATIVES AND NOTABLE EVENTS

Alberta Utilities Commission ("AUC") Line Loss Factor Decision

In April 2012, the AUC upheld the complaint made by MAXIM that the ISO Line Loss Rules contravened the Transmission Regulation for the periods from 2006 to 2008. The AUC made further findings that the present rule, which has been in place since 2009 does not succeed under the new standard of review. The AUC is seeking submissions from all of the parties on how best to proceed. The Corporation anticipates that these proceedings will have a positive impact on MAXIM by establishing compensation.

Deerland Peaking Station ("D1")

MAXIM is actively pursuing commercial arrangements that will allow for the construction of the 190 MW Deerland peaking station ("D1") to commence in late 2012. MAXIM received regulatory approvals in 2008 to construct and operate D1. The D1 site is located near Bruderheim in Alberta's industrial heartland, and it is in close proximity to the entry point of the proposed Gateway pipeline and adjacent to the existing Deerland high voltage substation. This area is expected to experience significant growth in electrical demand. Deerland is the only permitted peaking facility in the province of Alberta as at the date of this press release. This project is highly attractive due to a contraction of reliable base load supply in the Alberta power market. As such, MAXIM expects peaking requirements across Alberta to continue to grow to meet increasing demand and to provide firm backup for additional intermittent wind resources.

Summit Coal Limited Partnership ("SUMMIT") Mine 14 Project

MAXIM is advancing the development of Mine 14 to realize value through the potential sale of coal to metallurgical coal markets and potentially to augment coal supply to Milner. Mine 14, which is located north of Grande Cache, Alberta, is estimated to contain 18.7 million tonnes of coal reserves.

On May 3, 2012, MAXIM issued an updated Technical Report for Mine 14 pursuant to National Instrument 43-101. Measured and Indicated Resources are 119.3 million tonnes and Inferred Resources are 154.0 million tonnes. Proven and Probable Reserves, which are included in the Resource estimate, are 18.7 million tonnes, representing an increase of 40%. As a result, the estimated mine life of Mine 14 increases from 10 years to 14.4 years based on the currently planned mining program. Refer to the May 2012 Technical Report on SEDAR (www.sedar.com), which was prepared by Golder Associates.

In 2011, the ERCB granted Milner Power Inc. the license to commence underground mining of the Mine 14 coal reserve. SUMMIT has firm terminal capacity and terminal processing services to enable the majority of Mine 14's proposed coal production to access the valuable seaborne coking coal market commencing January 1, 2015. SUMMIT has also secured firm 2013 delivery dates for critical mining equipment, including continuous miners and shuttle cars.

Milner Expansion ("M2")

On August 10, 2011, MAXIM received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission for its new 500 MW M2 project. MAXIM is planning to construct and operate this new 500 MW generating station on the site of and adjacent to the existing 150 MW Milner generating station. The M2 design incorporates emission control equipment capable of achieving 60 to 80 percent reductions in sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and mercury compared to the conventional coal fired power plants still operating in Alberta. The highly efficient M2 design will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20% compared to these existing plants. Advancing the project is subject to pending Government of Canada regulations, which are expected in 2012.

Buffalo Atlee ("B1")

MAXIM acquired the Buffalo Atlee Power Project ("B1"), situated near Brooks, Alberta, through an amalgamation with EarthFirst Canada Inc. This project has the potential for development of over 200 MW of wind generation capacity. Wind data has been collected on the site for approximately four years and supports project development based on higher power prices than those realized during recent months. MAXIM holds an exploratory Crown land permit with a term of five years, expiring on January 1, 2016. The addition of wind generation to MAXIM's existing portfolio of assets will diversify MAXIM's generation fuel types and provide the potential to offset the impact of proposed carbon legislation. MAXIM plans to advance the development of this project once greater clarity on carbon policy is available in 2012.

CONFERENCE CALL FOR FIRST QUARTER 2012 RESULTS

MAXIM will host a conference call for analysts and investors on Thursday May 10, 2012 at 11:00 am MT. The call will be hosted by John Bobenic, MAXIM's President and Chief Executive Officer, and by Mike Mayder, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer. To participate in this conference call, please dial (877) 440-9795 or (416) 340-8530 in the Toronto area. It is recommended that participants call at least ten minutes prior to start time.

A recording of the conference call will be available from May 10, 2012 to May 17, 2012. To access the replay, dial (800) 408-3053 or (905) 694-9451 followed by the passcode. In addition, the webcast will be available commencing May 11, 2012 in the Investor Relations section of MAXIM's website at www.maximpowercorp.com.

About MAXIM

Based in Calgary, Alberta, MAXIM is an independent power producer, which acquires or develops, owns and operates innovative and environmentally responsible power and power related projects. MAXIM currently owns and operates 40 power plants in western Canada, United States and France, having 788 MW of electric and 111 MW of thermal net generating capacity. MAXIM trades on the TSX under the symbol "MXG". For more information about MAXIM, visit our website at www.maximpowercorp.com.

Statements in this release which describe MAXIM's intentions, expectations or predictions, or which relate to matters that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause the actual results, performances or achievements of MAXIM to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. MAXIM may update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or changing market and business conditions and will update such forward-looking statements as required pursuant to applicable securities laws.

Contact:
John R. Bobenic
Maxim Power Corp.
President and CEO
(403) 750-9300

Michael R. Mayder
Maxim Power Corp.
Vice President, Finance and CFO
(403) 750-9311

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