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Mercer International Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2021 Results and Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend by 15% to $0.075

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Mercer International Inc.
Mercer International Inc.

Selected Highlights

  • Fourth quarter net income of $74.5 million and record Operating EBITDA* of $164.9 million

  • Full year 2021 record net income of $171.0 million and Operating EBITDA* of $478.8 million

NEW YORK, Feb. 17, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC) today reported fourth quarter 2021 Operating EBITDA increased to a record $164.9 million from $49.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 and from $148.1 million in the third quarter of 2021.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, net income was $74.5 million (or $1.13 per basic share and $1.12 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of $13.0 million (or $0.20 per share) in the fourth quarter of 2020 and net income of $69.1 million (or $1.05 per basic share and $1.04 per diluted share) in the third quarter of 2021.

In 2021, Operating EBITDA increased to a record $478.8 million from $192.7 million in 2020. In 2021, net income was a record $171.0 million (or $2.59 per basic share and $2.58 per diluted share) compared to a net loss of $17.2 million (or $0.26 per share) in 2020.

Mr. David Gandossi, the Chief Executive Officer, stated: “I am pleased with our record fourth quarter operating results which were driven by strong sales volumes and steady pulp and lumber pricing and by materially higher energy prices in Germany for our surplus green energy sales. We also benefitted from the settlement of our business interruption insurance claim associated with the downtime taken in 2021 to rebuild our Peace River mill’s recovery boiler. Our annual Operating EBITDA also set a new benchmark which significantly surpasses our prior high and highlights the cash generating power of our world class assets.

Overall, our fourth quarter pulp results were comparable to the trailing third quarter other than the recording of business interruption insurance proceeds of $31.9 million in the current quarter. In the current quarter, overall pulp pricing was slightly weaker than the prior quarter. A price decline in China in the fourth quarter began to reverse late in the quarter due to supply issues primarily driven by global logistical slowdowns. Such logistical issues also caused 35,000 tonnes of pulp from our Canadian operations to Asia being delayed and the revenue associated with this shipment will be reflected in the first quarter of 2022. As of December 31, 2021, third party industry quoted NBSK list prices were approximately $1,260 per ADMT in Europe and net prices were approximately $760 per ADMT in China.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, our Friesau sawmill’s production continued its strong performance. Our wood products segment generated operating income of $19.9 million in the fourth quarter as U.S. lumber sales increased primarily because of a strengthening housing market. In the fourth quarter, approximately 46% of lumber sales volumes were to the U.S.

We are seeing some impacts from the current global logistics bottleneck primarily with respect to North American rail traffic where pandemic related slowdowns and extreme weather have made rail service inconsistent. This resulted in periodic slowdowns of our Canadian pulp mills during the fourth quarter and caused us to use additional trucking which is less efficient and more expensive. We are currently optimistic that such logistics issues will be resolved over the coming months.

Looking ahead to the first quarter of 2022, we currently expect relatively strong NBSK markets globally. Improving sentiment and demand for pulp and paper along with supply interruptions in Canada and Scandinavia are supportive of a positive pricing outlook. For hardwood pulp, while longer term new incremental supply may lead to pricing pressure, in the first quarter of 2022, we currently expect hardwood prices to remain steady or improve modestly. In January 2022, the turbine at our Rosenthal mill came back on-line which, coupled with currently high European energy prices, should increase our surplus energy sales in the first quarter of 2022.

With respect to our wood products segment, in the first quarter of 2022 we currently expect lumber demand to remain steady in all markets with modest price improvements in the U.S. market.

In 2022, we will continue our strategy of adding shareholder value through the implementation of capital projects designed to deliver high returns and help us achieve our ESG objectives. In 2022, these will include new woodroom projects at our Canadian pulp mills which are designed to reduce our GHG emissions, reduce wood waste and lower our fiber costs. Currently we expect our 2022 capital expenditures will be approximately $175 to $200 million. While our capital spending will be higher in 2022, we are forecasting less overall scheduled maintenance downtime at pulp mills compared to 2021.

Finally, while the global roll-out of vaccines is ongoing and results to date are encouraging, COVID-19 infections and health risks, including from variants and additional “waves” remain. Consequently, we will maintain our measures and procedures put in place to protect our people and allow us to operate our business safely and efficiently.”

____________________

*Operating EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. See page 6 of the financial tables included in this press release for a reconciliation of net income (loss) to Operating EBITDA.

Consolidated Financial Results

Q4

Q3

Q4

YTD

YTD

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Revenues

$

518,957

$

469,746

$

398,195

$

1,803,255

$

1,423,140

Operating income

$

129,963

$

113,755

$

15,616

$

346,583

$

63,729

Operating EBITDA

$

164,925

$

148,070

$

49,506

$

478,782

$

192,650

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

$

$

$

$

(30,368

)

(1)

$

Net income (loss)

$

74,522

$

69,118

$

(12,977

)

$

170,988

$

(17,235

)

Net income (loss) per common share

Basic

$

1.13

$

1.05

$

(0.20

)

$

2.59

$

(0.26

)

Diluted

$

1.12

$

1.04

$

(0.20

)

$

2.58

$

(0.26

)

______________

(1) Redemption of 6.50% senior notes due 2024 and 7.375% senior notes due 2025.

Consolidated – Three Months Ended December 31, 2021 Compared to Three Months Ended December 31, 2020
Total revenues for the three months ended December 31, 2021 increased by approximately 30% to $519.0 million from $398.2 million in the same quarter of 2020 primarily due to higher sales realizations partially offset by lower pulp sales volumes.

Costs and expenses in the three months ended December 31, 2021 increased by approximately 2% to $389.0 million from $382.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 primarily due to higher per unit fiber costs and energy costs partially offset by the recognition of a $31.9 million business interruption insurance claim related to our Peace River mill and lower pulp sales volumes.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, Operating EBITDA increased to a record $164.9 million from $49.5 million in the same quarter of 2020 primarily due to higher sales realizations and recognition of the business interruption insurance claim partially offset by certain higher costs.

Segment Results
Pulp

Three Months Ended December 31,

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Pulp revenues

$

400,379

$

321,379

Energy and chemical revenues

$

35,966

$

22,698

Operating income

$

113,172

$

4,650

In the fourth quarter of 2021, pulp segment operating income increased to a record $113.2 million from $4.7 million in the same quarter of 2020 as higher sales realizations and the recognition of the business interruption insurance claim were only partially offset by higher energy and per unit fiber costs.

In the fourth quarter of 2021, prices for NBSK pulp increased from the same quarter of 2020 largely as a result of strong demand and low customer inventory levels. Average NBSK pulp sales realizations increased by approximately 33% to $784 per ADMT in the fourth quarter of 2021 from approximately $588 per ADMT in the same quarter of 2020.

Costs and expenses in the three months ended December 31, 2021 decreased by approximately 5% to $323.3 million from $339.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 due to the recognition of the business interruption insurance claim and lower pulp sales volume partially offset by higher energy costs primarily for the Rosenthal mill and higher per unit fiber costs. Our Rosenthal mill’s turbine was taken down in the third quarter of 2021 to complete extensive repair work which was completed in January 2022. The mill was required to purchase replacement energy during this period.

On average, in the fourth quarter of 2021, overall per unit fiber costs increased 19% when compared to the same quarter of 2020 due to strong demand and lower regional sawmill production. For our Canadian mills, per unit fiber costs increased primarily due to the Peace River mill producing a higher proportion of NBSK. In 2022, we are currently expecting modestly higher per unit fiber costs due to strong demand.

Wood Products

Three Months Ended December 31,

2021

2020

(in thousands)

Lumber revenues

$

71,965

$

48,560

Energy revenues

$

4,940

$

3,133

Wood residual revenues

$

2,027

$

1,398

Operating income

$

19,876

$

12,859

In the fourth quarter of 2021, our wood products segment operating income increased by approximately 54% to $19.9 million from $12.9 million in the same quarter of 2020 primarily due to a higher lumber sales realizations partially offset by higher per unit fiber costs.

Average lumber sales realizations increased by approximately 48% to $689 per Mfbm in the fourth quarter of 2021 from approximately $467 per Mfbm in the same quarter of 2020 primarily due to higher pricing in the European market partially offset by lower pricing in the U.S. market. European lumber pricing increased due to steady demand and low customer inventory levels as earlier in the year producers shifted product to the U.S. The U.S. lumber pricing decreased as a response to record pricing earlier in the year which moderated demand.

In the comparative quarter of 2020, per unit fiber costs were low as a result of a large supply of beetle damaged wood. As producers have been working through such wood, more green wood is being harvested. As a result of utilizing more green wood and continuing strong sawlog demand, current quarter per unit fiber costs increased by approximately 90% from the same quarter of 2020. We currently expect modestly increasing per unit fiber costs in the first quarter of 2022 due to continued strong demand.

Consolidated – Year Ended December 31, 2021 Compared to Year Ended December 31, 2020
Total revenues in 2021 increased by approximately 27% to a record $1,803.3 million from $1,423.1 million in 2020 primarily due to higher sales realizations partially offset by lower sales volumes.

Costs and expenses in 2021 increased by approximately 7% to $1,456.7 million from $1,359.4 million in 2020 primarily due to higher energy costs, the negative impact of a weaker dollar on our Canadian dollar and euro denominated costs and expenses, higher maintenance costs and higher per unit fiber costs for our wood products segment partially offset by lower sales volumes. Our maintenance costs were partially offset by the recovery of about $36.1 million in business interruption insurance claims related to our Peace River mill.

In 2021, the dollar was 7% weaker against the Canadian dollar and 4% weaker against the euro compared to 2020, which increased our Canadian dollar and euro denominated costs and expenses.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by approximately 18% to $78.9 million in 2021 from $66.9 million in 2020 primarily due to higher employee compensation and the negative impact of a weaker dollar.

In 2021, our net income was a record $171.0 million, or $2.59 per basic share and $2.58 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $17.2 million, or $0.26 per share in 2020.

In 2021, Operating EBITDA increased to a record $478.8 million from $192.7 million in 2020 as higher sales realizations were only partially offset by higher energy costs, higher maintenance downtime, the negative impact of a weaker dollar and higher per unit fiber costs for our wood products segment.

Liquidity
As of December 31, 2021, we had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $345.6 million and approximately $285.3 million available under our revolving credit facilities providing us with aggregate liquidity of about $630.9 million.

Quarterly Dividend
A quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share will be paid on April 6, 2022 to all shareholders of record on March 30, 2022. Future dividends will be subject to Board approval and may be adjusted as business and industry conditions warrant.

Earnings Release Call
In conjunction with this release, Mercer International Inc. will host a conference call, which will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet. Management will host the call, which is scheduled for February 18, 2022 at 10:00 AM ET. Listeners can access the conference call live and archived for 30 days over the Internet at https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/zvsufbjb or through a link on the company's home page at https://www.mercerint.com. Please allow 15 minutes prior to the call to visit the site and download and install any necessary audio software.

Mercer International Inc. is a global forest products company with operations in Germany, USA and Canada with consolidated annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes of pulp, 550 million board feet of lumber and 140 thousand cubic meters of CLT. To obtain further information on the company, please visit its web site at https://www.mercerint.com.

The preceding includes forward looking statements which involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause our actual results in future periods to differ materially from forecasted results. Words such as "expects", "anticipates", "are optimistic that", "projects", "intends", "designed", "will", "believes", "estimates", "may", "could" and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Among those factors which could cause actual results to differ materially are the following: the highly cyclical nature of our business, raw material costs, our level of indebtedness, competition, foreign exchange and interest rate fluctuations, our use of derivatives, expenditures for capital projects, environmental regulation and compliance, disruptions to our production, market conditions and other risk factors listed from time to time in our SEC reports.

-FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW-

Summary Financial Highlights

Q4

Q3

Q4

YTD

YTD

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Pulp segment revenues

$

436,345

$

396,743

$

344,077

$

1,483,093

$

1,220,644

Wood products segment revenues

78,932

70,723

53,091

311,081

197,649

Corporate and other revenues

3,680

2,280

1,027

9,081

4,847

Total revenues

$

518,957

$

469,746

$

398,195

$

1,803,255

$

1,423,140

Pulp segment operating income

$

113,172

$

99,918

$

4,650

$

251,724

$

37,952

Wood products segment operating income

19,876

18,299

12,859

108,466

34,704

Corporate and other operating loss

(3,085

)

(4,462

)

(1,893

)

(13,607

)

(8,927

)

Total operating income

$

129,963

$

113,755

$

15,616

$

346,583

$

63,729

Pulp segment depreciation and amortization

$

30,298

$

29,982

$

30,104

$

115,293

$

115,945

Wood products segment depreciation and amortization

3,712

3,675

3,585

14,858

12,212

Corporate and other depreciation and amortization

952

658

201

2,048

764

Total depreciation and amortization

$

34,962

$

34,315

$

33,890

$

132,199

$

128,921

Operating EBITDA

$

164,925

$

148,070

$

49,506

$

478,782

$

192,650

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

$

$

$

$

(30,368

)

(1)

$

Income tax provision

$

(43,706

)

$

(32,490

)

$

(1,645

)

$

(89,579

)

$

(6,096

)

Net income (loss)

$

74,522

$

69,118

$

(12,977

)

$

170,988

$

(17,235

)

Net income (loss) per common share

Basic

$

1.13

$

1.05

$

(0.20

)

$

2.59

$

(0.26

)

Diluted

$

1.12

$

1.04

$

(0.20

)

$

2.58

$

(0.26

)

Common shares outstanding at period end

66,037

66,037

65,868

66,037

65,868

______________

(1) Redemption of 6.50% senior notes due 2024 and 7.375% senior notes due 2025.


Summary Operating Highlights

Q4

Q3

Q4

YTD

YTD

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Pulp Segment

Pulp production ('000 ADMTs)

NBSK

476.2

443.0

436.9

1,671.2

1,716.1

NBHK

48.8

57.8

87.4

192.7

335.0

Annual maintenance downtime ('000 ADMTs)

42.8

21.5

253.7

50.1

Annual maintenance downtime (days)

44

16

188

43

Pulp sales ('000 ADMTs)

NBSK

465.6

402.2

469.5

1,616.9

1,700.4

NBHK

50.7

45.7

93.6

195.8

329.0

Average NBSK pulp prices ($/ADMT)(1)

Europe

1,302

1,345

880

1,243

851

China

723

832

637

850

588

North America

1,472

1,542

1,138

1,478

1,139

Average NBHK pulp prices ($/ADMT)(1)

China

562

623

480

661

462

North America

1,262

1,320

868

1,225

881

Average pulp sales realizations ($/ADMT)(2)

NBSK

784

847

588

779

572

NBHK

649

684

454

615

452

Energy production ('000 MWh)(3)

480.9

464.5

568.1

1,826.5

2,238.6

Energy sales ('000 MWh)(3)

184.2

185.8

225.3

702.0

894.5

Average energy sales realizations ($/MWh)(3)

184

114

96

123

93

Wood Products Segment

Lumber production (MMfbm)

111.3

102.1

111.4

447.9

438.0

Lumber sales (MMfbm)

104.4

97.7

104.0

419.7

449.2

Average lumber sales realizations ($/Mfbm)

689

692

467

699

402

Energy production and sales ('000 MWh)

23.2

14.1

25.7

74.6

89.0

Average energy sales realizations ($/MWh)

213

128

122

155

119

Average Spot Currency Exchange Rates

$ / €(4)

1.1437

1.1784

1.1925

1.1830

1.1410

$ / C$(4)

0.7936

0.7937

0.7675

0.7981

0.7457

______________

(1) Source: RISI pricing report. Europe and North America are list prices. China are net prices which include discounts, allowances and rebates.
(2) Sales realizations after customer discounts, rebates and other selling concessions. Incorporates the effect of pulp price variations occurring between the order and shipment dates.
(3) Does not include our 50% joint venture interest in the Cariboo mill, which is accounted for using the equity method.
(4) Average Federal Reserve Bank of New York Noon Buying Rates over the reporting period.


MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended
December 31,

For the Year Ended
December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues

$

518,957

$

398,195

$

1,803,255

$

1,423,140

Costs and expenses

Cost of sales, excluding depreciation and amortization

335,378

331,173

1,245,622

1,163,727

Cost of sales depreciation and amortization

34,942

33,865

132,117

128,817

Selling, general and administrative expenses

18,674

17,541

78,933

66,867

Operating income

129,963

15,616

346,583

63,729

Other income (expenses)

Interest expense

(17,016

)

(20,690

)

(70,047

)

(80,746

)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(30,368

)

Other income (expenses)

5,281

(6,258

)

14,399

5,878

Total other expenses, net

(11,735

)

(26,948

)

(86,016

)

(74,868

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

118,228

(11,332

)

260,567

(11,139

)

Income tax provision

(43,706

)

(1,645

)

(89,579

)

(6,096

)

Net income (loss)

$

74,522

$

(12,977

)

$

170,988

$

(17,235

)

Net income (loss) per common share

Basic

$

1.13

$

(0.20

)

$

2.59

$

(0.26

)

Diluted

$

1.12

$

(0.20

)

$

2.58

$

(0.26

)

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.0650

$

0.0650

$

0.2600

$

0.3325


MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)

December 31,

2021

2020

ASSETS

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

345,610

$

361,098

Accounts receivable, net

345,345

227,055

Inventories

356,731

271,696

Prepaid expenses and other

16,619

15,003

Total current assets

1,064,305

874,852

Property, plant and equipment, net

1,135,631

1,109,740

Investment in joint ventures

49,651

46,429

Amortizable intangible assets, net

47,902

51,571

Operating lease right-of-use assets

9,712

13,251

Pension asset

4,136

Other long-term assets

38,718

31,928

Deferred income tax

1,177

1,355

Total assets

$

2,351,232

$

2,129,126

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities

Accounts payable and other

$

282,307

$

210,994

Pension and other post-retirement benefit obligations

817

802

Total current liabilities

283,124

211,796

Long-term debt

1,237,545

1,186,623

Pension and other post-retirement benefit obligations

21,252

31,810

Operating lease liabilities

6,574

9,933

Other long-term liabilities

13,590

10,909

Deferred income tax

95,123

77,028

Total liabilities

1,657,208

1,528,099

Shareholders’ equity

Common shares $1 par value; 200,000,000 authorized; 66,037,000 issued and outstanding (2020 – 65,868,000)

65,988

65,800

Additional paid-in capital

347,902

345,696

Retained earnings

370,927

217,106

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(90,793

)

(27,575

)

Total shareholders’ equity

694,024

601,027

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

2,351,232

$

2,129,126


MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

For the Year Ended December 31,

2021

2020

2019

Cash flows from (used in) operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

170,988

$

(17,235

)

$

(9,639

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash flows from operating activities

Depreciation and amortization

132,199

128,921

126,394

Deferred income tax provision (recovery)

18,791

(15,249

)

(7,873

)

Inventory impairment

25,998

9,200

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

30,368

4,750

Defined benefit pension plans and other post-retirement benefit plan expense

2,831

3,053

3,449

Stock compensation expense

2,394

928

3,036

Gain on sale of investments

(17,540

)

Foreign exchange transaction losses (gains)

(16,597

)

13,272

7,116

Other

384

543

5,834

Defined benefit pension plans and other post-retirement benefit plan contributions

(4,258

)

(4,164

)

(4,467

)

Changes in working capital

Accounts receivable

(121,579

)

(6,269

)

41,369

Inventories

(96,442

)

(11,430

)

24,683

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

75,589

(53,744

)

45,256

Other

(12,454

)

(5,519

)

(4,825

)

Net cash from (used in) operating activities

182,214

41,565

244,283

Cash flows from (used in) investing activities

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(159,440

)

(78,518

)

(132,034

)

Acquisitions

(51,258

)

(6,380

)

Insurance proceeds

21,540

Purchase of amortizable intangible assets

(1,385

)

(647

)

(623

)

Purchase of investments

(9,370

)

Proceeds from sale of investments

26,910

Other

3,416

1,798

(321

)

Net cash from (used in) investing activities

(187,127

)

(59,827

)

(139,358

)

Cash flows from (used in) financing activities

Redemption of senior notes

(824,557

)

(103,875

)

Proceeds from issuance of senior notes

875,000

205,500

Proceeds from (repayment of) revolving credit facilities, net

(33,396

)

52,651

(58,404

)

Dividend payments

(17,167

)

(21,892

)

(35,279

)

Payment of debt issuance costs

(14,483

)

(4,213

)

Proceeds from government grants

9,333

362

6,467

Repurchase of common shares

(162

)

(754

)

Other

(4,234

)

(4,642

)

(3,344

)

Net cash from (used in) financing activities

(9,504

)

26,317

6,098

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(1,071

)

1,958

(429

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(15,488

)

10,013

110,594

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year

361,098

351,085

240,491

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

$

345,610

$

361,098

$

351,085


MERCER INTERNATIONAL INC.
COMPUTATION OF OPERATING EBITDA
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

Operating EBITDA is defined as operating income plus depreciation and amortization and non-recurring capital asset impairment charges. Management uses Operating EBITDA as a benchmark measurement of its own operating results, and as a benchmark relative to its competitors. Management considers it to be a meaningful supplement to operating income as a performance measure primarily because depreciation expense and non-recurring capital asset impairment charges are not an actual cash cost, and depreciation expense varies widely from company to company in a manner that management considers largely independent of the underlying cost efficiency of our operating facilities. In addition, we believe Operating EBITDA is commonly used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate our financial performance.

Operating EBITDA does not reflect the impact of a number of items that affect our net income (loss), including financing costs and the effect of derivative instruments. Operating EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or operating income as a measure of performance, nor as an alternative to net cash from (used in) operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The following tables set forth the net income (loss) to Operating EBITDA:

Q4

Q3

Q4

YTD

YTD

2021

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income (loss)

$

74,522

$

69,118

$

(12,977

)

$

170,988

$

(17,235

)

Income tax provision

43,706

32,490

1,645

89,579

6,096

Interest expense

17,016

16,882

20,690

70,047

80,746

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

30,368

Other expenses (income)

(5,281

)

(4,735

)

6,258

(14,399

)

(5,878

)

Operating income

129,963

113,755

15,616

346,583

63,729

Add: Depreciation and amortization

34,962

34,315

33,890

132,199

128,921

Operating EBITDA

$

164,925

$

148,070

$

49,506

$

478,782

$

192,650

CONTACT: APPROVED BY: Jimmy S.H. Lee Executive Chairman (604) 684-1099 David M. Gandossi, FCPA, FCA Chief Executive Officer (604) 684-1099