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Computer Modelling Group Announces Second Quarter Results

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov. 13, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Computer Modelling Group Ltd. (“CMG” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce its financial results for the three and six months ended September 30, 2019

Quarterly Performance

  Fiscal 2018(1) Fiscal 2019(1) Fiscal 2020
($ thousands, unless otherwise stated) Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Q1 Q2
                 
Annuity/maintenance licenses   16,158   15,664   14,715   15,111   17,240   16,734   15,756  16,373
Perpetual licenses   743   2,053    326   1,172   611   2,891   1,159   1,146
Software licenses   16,901   17,717   15,041   16,283   17,851   19,625   16,915  17,519
Professional services   1,418   1,677   1,664   1,658   1,222   1,513   1,208   2,354
Total revenue   18,319   19,394   16,705   17,941   19,073   21,138   18,123  19,873
Operating profit   6,908   7,529   5,374   7,024   8,406   8,750   7,068   9,343
Operating profit (%)   38   39   32   39   44   41   39   47
Profit before income and other taxes   7,151   8,547   5,980   7,104   9,406   8,400   6,439   9,350
Income and other taxes   2,054   2,401   1,722   2,048   2,559   2,426   1,997   2,482
Net income for the period   5,097   6,146   4,258   5,056   6,847   5,974   4,442   6,868
EBITDA(2)   7,400   8,090    5,837   7,505   8,915   9,250   8,118  10,426
Cash dividends declared and paid   8,022   8,021   8,021   8,024   8,022   8,023   8,022   8,026
Funds flow from operations   6,225   7,285   5,242   5,777   7,550   7,024   6,097   7,787
Free cash flow(2)   5,595   6,904   4,909   5,697   7,297   6,948   5,707   7,274
Per share amounts - ($/share)                
Earnings per share - basic   0.06   0.08   0.05   0.06   0.09   0.07   0.06   0.09
Earnings per share - diluted   0.06   0.08   0.05   0.06   0.09   0.07   0.06   0.09
Cash dividends declared and paid   0.10   0.10   0.10   0.10   0.10   0.10   0.10   0.10
Funds flow from operations per share - basic   0.08   0.09   0.07   0.07   0.09   0.09   0.08   0.10
Free cash flow per share - basic(2)   0.07   0.09   0.06   0.07   0.09   0.09   0.07   0.09

(1) On April 1, 2019, the Company adopted IFRS 16 Leases using the modified retrospective approach, by adjusting opening retained earnings with no restatement of comparative figures. As such, comparative information continues to be reported under the previous lease standard.

(2) Non-IFRS financial measures are defined in the “Non-IFRS Financial Measures” section.

HIGHLIGHTS

During the three months During the six months
ended September 30, 2019, compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year:
 
• Annuity/maintenance license revenue increased by 8%; • Annuity/maintenance license revenue increased by 8%;
• Total software license revenue increased by 8%; • Total software license revenue increased by 10%;
• Net income increased by 36% (without the negative impact of IFRS 16 adoption, net income increased by 38%); • Net income increased by 21% (without the negative impact of IFRS 16 adoption, net income increased by 25%);
• EBITDA increased by 39% (without the positive impact of IFRS 16 adoption, EBITDA increased by 26%). • EBITDA increased by 39% (without the positive impact of IFRS 16 adoption, EBITDA increased by 25%).


During the three months During the six months
ended September 30, 2019, CMG: ended September 30, 2019, CMG:
   
• Realized basic EPS of $0.09; • Realized basic EPS of $0.14;
• Achieved free cash flow per share of $0.09; • Achieved free cash flow per share of $0.16;
• Declared and paid a dividend of $0.10 per share. • Declared and paid dividends of $0.20 per share.

Revenue

Three months ended September 30, 2019   2018    $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
         
Software license revenue   17,519     16,283     1,236 8 %
Professional services   2,354     1,658     696 42 %
Total revenue   19,873     17,941     1,932 11 %
         
Software license revenue as a % of total revenue 88 % 91 %    
Professional services as a % of total revenue 12 % 9 %    


Six months ended September 30, 2019   2018    $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
         
Software license revenue   34,434     31,324     3,110 10 %
Professional services   3,562     3,322     240 7 %
Total revenue   37,996     34,646     3,350 10 %
         
Software license revenue as a % of total revenue 91 % 90 %    
Professional services as a % of total revenue 9 % 10 %    

CMG’s revenue is comprised of software license sales, which provide the majority of the Company’s revenue, and fees for professional services.

Total revenue for the three and six months ended September 30, 2019 increased by 11% and 10%, respectively, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, due to increases in both software license revenue and professional services revenue.

Software License Revenue

Three months ended September 30, 2019   2018    $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
         
Annuity/maintenance license revenue   16,373     15,111     1,262   8 %
Perpetual license revenue   1,146     1,172     (26 ) -2 %
Total software license revenue   17,519     16,283     1,236   8 %
         
Annuity/maintenance as a % of total software license revenue 93 % 93 %    
Perpetual as a % of total software license revenue 7 % 7 %    


Six months ended September 30, 2019   2018    $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
         
Annuity/maintenance license revenue   32,129     29,826     2,303 8 %
Perpetual license revenue   2,305     1,498     807 54 %
Total software license revenue   34,434     31,324     3,110 10 %
         
Annuity/maintenance as a % of total software license revenue 93 % 95 %    
Perpetual as a % of total software license revenue 7 % 5 %    

Total software license revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2019 increased by 8% compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, due to an increase in annuity/maintenance license revenue.

Total software license revenue for the six months ended September 30, 2019 increased by 10% compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, due to increases in both annuity/maintenance license revenue and perpetual license revenue.

CMG’s annuity/maintenance license revenue increased by 8% during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, due to increased licensing by existing and new customers. In addition, the movement in the CAD/USD exchange rate had a positive impact on annuity/maintenance license revenue in the current quarter and year to date.

Perpetual license revenue for the three months ended September was comparable to the same period of the previous fiscal year, as increased perpetual sales in the Eastern Hemisphere were offset by decreases in Canada and the United States. Perpetual license revenue increased by 54% during the six months ended September 30, 2019 because most regions, excluding Canada, had higher perpetual license sales than in the comparative period.

Software Revenue by Geographic Segment

         
Three months ended September 30, 2019 2018  $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
Annuity/maintenance license revenue        
  Canada   3,927   3,792   135   4 %
  United States   5,050   4,626   424   9 %
  South America   1,971   1,732   239   14 %
  Eastern Hemisphere(1)   5,425   4,961   464   9 %
    16,373   15,111   1,262   8 %
Perpetual license revenue        
  Canada   -   156    (156 ) -100 %
  United States   -   152   (152 ) -100 %
  South America   -   -   -   0 %
  Eastern Hemisphere   1,146   864   282   33 %
    1,146   1,172   (26 ) -2 %
Total software license revenue        
  Canada   3,927   3,948   (21 ) -1 %
  United States   5,050   4,778    272   6 %
  South America   1,971   1,732   239   14 %
  Eastern Hemisphere   6,571   5,825   746   13 %
    17,519   16,283   1,236   8 %


Six months ended September 30, 2019 2018  $ change  % change
($ thousands)        
Annuity/maintenance license revenue        
  Canada   7,703   7,659   44   1 %
  United States   9,984   9,179   805   9 %
  South America   3,916   3,413   503   15 %
  Eastern Hemisphere(1)   10,526   9,575   951   10 %
    32,129   29,826   2,303   8 %
Perpetual license revenue        
  Canada   -    156   (156 ) -100 %
  United States   298   152   146   96 %
  South America   769   -   769   100 %
  Eastern Hemisphere   1,238   1,190   48   4 %
    2,305   1,498   807   54 %
Total software license revenue        
  Canada   7,703   7,815   (112 ) -1 %
  United States   10,282   9,331   951   10 %
  South America   4,685   3,413   1,272   37 %
  Eastern Hemisphere   11,764   10,765   999   9 %
    34,434    31,324   3,110   10 %

(1) Includes Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

During the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, total software license revenue increased in all regions (with the exception of Canada, where we experienced a small 1% decrease), compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year.

The Canadian region (representing 22% of year-to-date software license revenue) experienced increases of 4% and 1% in annuity/maintenance license revenue during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, due to an increase in licensing by existing customers. No perpetual sales were realized in Canada during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019.

The United States (representing 30% of year-to-date software license revenue) experienced a 9% increase in annuity/maintenance license revenue during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, due to increased licensing by both existing and new customers. A small portion of the year-to-date increase was due to increased usage of our cloud-based offerings, as the number of customers who access our software via the cloud has been growing since it was introduced at the beginning of fiscal 2019. There were no perpetual sales in the United States during the current three-month period, and perpetual sales during the current six-month period were higher than in the comparative period.

South America (representing 14% of year-to-date software license revenue) experienced increases of 14% and 15% in annuity/maintenance license revenue during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, mainly due to increased licensing by existing customers. Perpetual license revenue in South America was higher in the current year-to-date period than in the comparative period as a result of sales made in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

The Eastern Hemisphere (representing 34% of year-to-date software license revenue) experienced increases of 9% and 10% in annuity/maintenance license revenue during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, due to a combination of increased licensing by existing customers and the addition of new customers. Perpetual license revenue increased by 33% and 4% during the three and six months ended September 30, 2019, respectively, as a result of higher perpetual sales in Asia in the current quarter.

Deferred Revenue

  Fiscal   Fiscal   Fiscal      
($ thousands) 2020   2019   2018   $ change % change
Deferred revenue at:                
Q1 (June 30)   29,266     29,350 (2)      (84 ) 0 %
Q2 (September 30)   23,849     23,222 (3)     627   3 %
Q3 (December 31)       13,782     17,785     (4,003 ) -23 %
Q4 (March 31)       35,015 (4)   34,362 (1) 653   2 %

(1) Includes current deferred revenue of $33.4 million and long-term deferred revenue of $1.0 million.
(2) Includes current deferred revenue of $28.8 million and long-term deferred revenue of $0.6 million.
(3) Includes current deferred revenue of $22.9 million and long-term deferred revenue of $0.3 million.
(4) Includes current deferred revenue of $34.7 million and long-term deferred revenue of $0.3 million.

CMG’s deferred revenue consists primarily of amounts for pre-sold licenses. With the exception of certain term-based software licenses that are recognized at the start of the license period, our annuity/maintenance revenue is deferred and recognized ratably over the license period, which is generally one year or less. Amounts are deferred for licenses that have been provided and revenue recognition reflects the passage of time.

The above table illustrates the normal trend in the deferred revenue balance from the beginning of the calendar year (which corresponds with Q4 of our fiscal year), when most renewals occur, to the end of the calendar year (which corresponds with Q3 of our fiscal year). Our fourth quarter corresponds with the beginning of the fiscal year for most oil and gas companies, representing a time when they enter a new budget year and sign/renew their contracts.

Deferred revenue as at the end of Q2 of fiscal 2020 increased by 3% compared to Q2 of fiscal 2019 due to a combination of factors, not including the timing of license renewals.

Expenses

Three months ended September 30,
($ thousands, except per share data)
Previous lease standard
2019
IFRS 16
impact
IFRS 16
2019
2018  $ change % change
             
Sales, marketing and professional services   4,421   (67 )   4,354   4,378   (24 ) -1 %
Research and development   4,768   (229 )   4,539   4,862   (323 ) -7 %
General and administrative   1,692   (55 )   1,637   1,677   (40 ) -2 %
Total operating expenses   10,881   (351 )   10,530   10,917   (387 ) -4 %
             
Direct employee costs(1)   7,886   -     7,886   7,802   84   1 %
Other corporate costs   2,995   (351 )   2,644   3,115   (471 ) -15 %
    10,881   (351 )   10,530 10,917 (387 ) -4 %


Six months ended September 30,
($ thousands, except per share data)
Previous lease standard
2019
IFRS 16
impact
IFRS 16
2019
2018  $ change % change
             
Sales, marketing and professional services   9,117    (133 )   8,984   9,365   (381 ) -4 %
Research and development   9,748   (458 )   9,290   9,637   (347 ) -4 %
General and administrative   3,421   (110 )   3,311   3,246   65   2 %
Total operating expenses   22,286   (701 )   21,585   22,248   (663 ) -3 %
             
Direct employee costs(1)   16,550   -     16,550   16,517   33   0 %
Other corporate costs   5,736   (701 )   5,035   5,731   (696 ) -12 %
    22,286   (701 )   21,585 22,248 (663 ) -3 %

(1) Includes salaries, bonuses, stock-based compensation, benefits, commissions, and professional development. See “Non-IFRS Financial Measures”.

Prior to applying IFRS 16, total operating expenses for the three and six months ended September 30, 2019 remained consistent with the same periods of the previous fiscal year.

The application of IFRS 16 decreased total operating expenses by $0.4 million in the three-month period and by $0.7 million in the six-month period ended September 30. This net decrease is a combination of lower rent expense (because under IFRS 16 rent payments are classified as finance costs and repayment of lease liability), partially offset by higher depreciation expense on the recognition of right-of-use assets.

OUTLOOK

During the second quarter and year to date, our annuity and maintenance revenue increased by 8% compared to the same periods of the previous fiscal year, with all regions experiencing growth.

The US region increased by 9% in the second quarter and year to date, supported by increased licensing by both existing and new customers. Canada experienced its first quarter-over-quarter increase since fiscal 2015. While we view this as an indication of an improving operating environment in Canada compared to previous years, we continue to monitor consolidation activity in the industry and any impact it might have on our contract renewals in the latter part of the year. South America achieved double-digit growth for the second quarter in a row, resulting in a 15% year-to-date increase. The Eastern Hemisphere grew by 9% in the second quarter and 10% year to date. The growth in both of these regions was due to increased licensing by existing customers, as well as the addition of new customers. The strengthening of the US dollar relative to the Canadian dollar had a positive impact on revenue in these international regions.

While quarterly perpetual license revenue was comparable to the second quarter of the previous fiscal year, the year-to-date perpetual license revenue was up by 54% compared to the same period of the previous fiscal year, due to higher perpetual sales realized in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

In July, CMG and Shell signed an amendment to our CoFlow development agreement. In order to achieve specific development targets and deployments across a broader range of Shell’s assets, CMG will allocate more resources to CoFlow over the next two years, while Shell will increase its financial contribution accordingly. Pursuant to this amendment, during the three months ended September 30, 2019, CMG recorded higher professional services revenue for additional resources allocated to CoFlow development and support in the current and previous quarters. To date, CMG has added and/or internally reallocated 11 full-time equivalent positions (out of the 26 allowed by the amendment) to CoFlow development and support.

On April 1, 2019, CMG adopted IFRS 16 Leases. The new standard essentially moved most of the Company’s office leases to the balance sheet, eliminating rent expense and replacing it with interest expense and repayment of lease liability, as well as depreciation of the right-of-use assets. The adoption of IFRS 16 resulted in a decrease to total operating expenses and an increase to finance costs, for a total negative impact of $0.1 million and $0.3 million on the Company’s quarterly and year-to-date net income.

Despite the negative impact of the IFRS 16 adoption, the Company’s quarterly and year-to-date net income increased by 36% and 21%, respectively (38% and 25% without the IFRS 16 impact), because of the solid revenue achievement. Without considering the IFRS 16 impact, our costs remained consistent on a quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year basis. Similarly, our quarterly and year-to-date EBITDA increased to 52% and 49% of revenue, respectively (without the positive impact of applying IFRS 16, EBITDA increased to 48% and 44% of revenue, respectively).

We continue pursuing our goal of increasing software license sales, particularly internationally, with the support of various R&D initiatives (such as our public cloud offering, CoFlow development, product feature and functionality enhancements), while exercising fiscal prudence.

We ended the second quarter of 2020 with a strong balance sheet, no borrowings and $47.1 million in cash. During the quarter, we achieved free cash flow of $0.09 per share. Subsequent to quarter end, CMG’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share.

ADDITIONAL IFRS MEASURE

Funds flow from operations is an additional IFRS measure that the Company presents in its consolidated statements of cash flows. Funds flow from operations is calculated as cash flows provided by operating activities adjusted for changes in non-cash working capital. Management believes that this measure provides useful supplemental information about operating performance and liquidity, as it represents cash generated during the period, regardless of the timing of collection of receivables and payment of payables, which may reduce comparability between periods.

NON-IFRS FINANCIAL MEASURES

Certain financial measures in this press release – namely, direct employee costs, other corporate costs, EBITDA and free cash flow – do not have a standard meaning prescribed by IFRS and, accordingly, may not be comparable to measures used by other companies. Management believes that these indicators nevertheless provide useful measures in evaluating the Company’s performance.

Direct employee costs include salaries, bonuses, stock-based compensation, benefits, commission expenses, and professional development. Other corporate costs include facility-related expenses, corporate reporting, professional services, marketing and promotion, computer expenses, travel, and other office-related expenses. Direct employee costs and other corporate costs should not be considered an alternative to total operating expenses as determined in accordance with IFRS. People-related costs represent the Company’s largest area of expenditure; hence, management considers highlighting separately corporate and people-related costs to be important in evaluating the quantitative impact of cost management of these two major expenditure pools. See “Expenses” heading for a reconciliation of direct employee costs and other corporate costs to total operating expenses.

EBITDA refers to net income before adjusting for depreciation expense, finance income, finance costs, and income and other taxes. EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to net income as determined by IFRS. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful supplemental information as it provides an indication of the results generated by the Company’s main business activities prior to consideration of how those activities are amortized, financed or taxed.

Free cash flow is a non-IFRS financial measure that is calculated as funds flow from operations less capital expenditures and repayment of lease liabilities. Management uses free cash flow to help measure the capacity of the Company to pay dividends and invest in business growth opportunities.

Forward-looking Information

Certain information included in this press release is forward-looking. Forward-looking information includes statements that are not statements of historical fact and which address activities, events or developments that the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including such things as investment objectives and strategy, the development plans and status of the Company’s software development projects, the Company’s intentions, results of operations, levels of activity, future capital and other expenditures (including the amount, nature and sources of funding thereof), business prospects and opportunities, research and development timetable, and future growth and performance. When used in this press release, statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes”, “expects”, “expected”, “plans”, “may”, “will”, “projects”, “anticipates”, “estimates”, “would”, “could”, “should”, “endeavours”, “seeks”, “predicts” or “intends” or similar statements, including “potential”, “opportunity”, “target” or other variations thereof that are not statements of historical fact should be construed as forward-looking information. These statements reflect management’s current beliefs with respect to future events and are based on information currently available to management of the Company. The Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking information are reasonable, but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking information should not be unduly relied upon.

Corporate Profile

CMG is a computer software technology company serving the oil and gas industry. The Company is a leading supplier of advanced process reservoir modelling software with a blue chip customer base of international oil companies and technology centers in approximately 60 countries. The Company also provides professional services consisting of highly specialized support, consulting, training, and contract research activities. CMG has sales and technical support services based in Calgary, Houston, London, Dubai, Bogota and Kuala Lumpur. CMG’s Common Shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (“TSX”) and trade under the symbol “CMG”.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

UNAUDITED (thousands of Canadian $) September 30, 2019 March 31, 2019*
     
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash    47,050     54,290  
Trade and other receivables   10,353     19,220  
Prepaid expenses   1,320     1,332  
Prepaid income taxes   352     367  
    59,075     75,209  
Property and equipment   13,891     14,501  
Right-of-use assets   38,950     -  
Deferred tax asset   1,080     595  
Total assets   112,996      90,305  
     
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity    
Current liabilities:    
Trade payables and accrued liabilities   4,333     6,162  
Income taxes payable   -      60  
Deferred revenue   23,849     34,653  
Lease liability   1,290     -  
    29,472      40,875  
Deferred revenue   -     362  
Lease liability   41,605     -  
Deferred rent liability    -     1,813  
Total liabilities   71,077     43,050  
     
Shareholders’ equity:    
Share capital   79,851     79,711  
Contributed surplus   13,209     12,808  
Deficit   (51,141 )   (45,264 )
Total shareholders' equity   41,919     47,255  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity   112,996     90,305  



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and

Comprehensive Income

  Three months ended September 30 Six months ended September 30
  2019   2018* 2019   2018*
UNAUDITED (thousands of Canadian $ except per share amounts)        
         
Revenue   19,873     17,941     37,996     34,646
         
Operating expenses        
  Sales, marketing and professional services   4,354     4,378     8,984     9,365
  Research and development   4,539     4,862     9,290     9,637
  General and administrative   1,637     1,677     3,311     3,246
    10,530     10,917     21,585     22,248
Operating profit   9,343     7,024     16,411     12,398
         
Finance income   541     312     644     686
Finance costs   (534 )   (232 )   (1,266 )   -
Profit before income and other taxes   9,350     7,104     15,789     13,084
Income and other taxes   2,482     2,048     4,479     3,770
         
Net and total comprehensive income   6,868     5,056     11,310     9,314
         
Earnings Per Share        
Basic   0.09     0.06     0.14     0.12
Diluted   0.09     0.06     0.14     0.12


Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

   Three months ended
September 30
 Six months ended
September 30
 
UNAUDITED (thousands of Canadian $)
2019   2018* 2019   2018*
         
Operating activities        
Net income   6,868      5,056     11,310     9,314  
Adjustments for:        
Depreciation   1,083     481     2,133     944  
Deferred income tax expense (recovery)   58     163     (102 )   (183 )
Stock-based compensation   (222 )   (29 )   543     732  
Deferred rent   -      106     -     212  
Funds flow from operations   7,787     5,777     13,884     11,019  
Movement in non-cash working capital:        
Trade and other receivables   2,297     415     8,867     6,181  
Trade payables and accrued liabilities   (5 )   577     (1,739 )   (1,193 )
Prepaid expenses    (140 )   13     (90 )   141  
Income taxes payable   314     (377 )   (45 )   (700 )
Deferred revenue   (5,417 )   (6,128 )   (11,166 )   (10,455 )
Increase in non-cash working capital   (2,951 )   (5,500 )   (4,173 )   (6,026 )
Net cash provided by operating activities    4,836     277     9,711     4,993  
         
Financing activities        
Proceeds from the issue of common shares   -     17     -      17  
Repayment of lease liability   (278 )   -     (560 )   -  
Dividends paid   (8,026 )   (8,024 )   (16,048 )   (16,045 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (8,304 )   (8,007 )   (16,608 )   (16,028 )
         
Investing activities        
Property and equipment additions   (235 )   (80 )    (343 )   (413 )
Decrease in cash   (3,703 )   (7,810 )   (7,240 )   (11,448 )
Cash, beginning of period   50,753     60,081     54,290     63,719  
Cash, end of period   47,050     52,271     47,050     52,271  
         
Supplementary cash flow information        
Interest received   321     324     654     626  
Interest paid   534     -     1,068     -  
Income taxes paid   (1,986 )   (1,885 )   (4,060 )   (3,866 )

* The Company adopted IFRS 16 Leases effective April 1, 2019 using the modified retrospective approach. Under this method, comparative information is not restated.

See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated interim financial statements.

For further information, contact:

Ryan N. Schneider
President & CEO
(403) 531-1300
ryan.schneider@cmgl.ca
www.cmgl.ca 

or
Sandra Balic
Vice President, Finance & CFO
(403) 531-1300
sandra.balic@cmgl.ca