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Tornado Global Hydrovacs Reports 2018 Results

CALGARY, April 16, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd. (“Tornado” or the “Company”) (TGH:TSX-V) today reported its audited consolidated financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018. The audited consolidated financial statements and MD&A have been filed on SEDAR and can be reviewed at www.sedar.com and on the Company’s web site www.tornadotrucks.com.

Financial and Operating Highlights (in CAD $000’s except per share data)


   Three Months ended December 31     Year ended December 31 
  2018   2017     2018   2017  
Revenue $12,406   $9,440     $38,850   $29,781  
Cost of sales   11,145   7,945       33,046   25,293  
Gross Profit   1,261   1,495       5,804   4,488  
Selling and general administrative expenses   1,373   1,516       5,418   4,818  
Depreciation and amortization   321   275       1,159   993  
Loss on disposal of fixed assets   -    -       4   -  
Stock-based compensation   51   213       256   213  
Change in derivative financial instruments   (13 ) 122       -    (27 )
Net finance income and other   18   23       17   76  
Gain on shares issued for debt   -    -       -    (151 )
Loss before tax   (489 ) (654 )     (1,050 ) (1,434 )
Income tax expense   (41 ) (145 )     (273 ) (145 )
Net loss ($530 ) ($799 )   ($1,323 ) ($1,579 )
Net loss per share - basic and diluted ($0.00 ) ($0.01 )   ($0.01 ) ($0.02 )
EBITDAS (1) ($112 ) ($21 )   $386   ($330 )
EBIT (1) ($433 ) ($296 )   ($777 ) ($1,323 )
Total assets $25,093   $22,062     $25,093   $22,062  
Shareholders Equity $16,953   $17,853     $16,953   $17,853  

1 Earnings (loss) before interest, tax, depreciation, amortization and stock-based compensation (EBITDAS) and Earnings (loss) before interest and tax (EBIT) are not defined by IFRS. The definition of EBITDAS does not consider gains and losses on the disposal of assets, fair value changes in foreign currency forward contracts and non-cash components of stock-based compensation. While not an IFRS measure, EBITDAS is used by management, creditors, analysts, investors and other financial stakeholders to assess the Group’s performance and management from a financial and operational perspective.

2018 Overview

  • Revenue of $38,850 increased 30.5% compared to $29,781 in 2017. The increase in revenue was due to the improvement during 2018 in hydrovac equipment demand with increased interest coming out of the municipal sector in both Canada and the United States (“US”).
  • As a result of increased revenue, gross profit of $5,804 increased by $1,316 compared to $4,488 in 2017.
  • EBITDAS of $386, comprising North America - $2,337, China - negative $1,337 and Corporate - negative $614, improved by $716 compared to negative $330 in 2017, due to increased revenues and gross profit in North America, offset by increased selling, general and administrative expenses.

    For the North America segment, EBITDAS during 2018 of $2,337 increased significantly compared to $1,649 in 2017, due increased activity levels.
  • The net loss of $1,323 decreased by $256 compared to a loss of $1,579 in 2017. This is due to the factors discussed above, offset by an increase in selling and general administrative expense of $600, an increase in stock based compensation expense of $43 and an increase in income tax expense relating to the Company’s North America operation of $128.
  • During 2018, six custom designed skid-mounted hydrovac units and one hydrovac truck were delivered to China for potential sale and demonstration.
  • In October 2018, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary Tornado Global Hydrovacs (Beijing) Ltd. (“Tornado China”) entered into a five year strategic partnership agreement with Anhui Jianghuai Yangtian Automobile Co., Ltd. to manufacture the Company’s line-up of hydrovac trucks, which have been customized to satisfy all the Chinese regulatory requirements, for sale and operation in China. In addition, Tornado China executed a strategic partnership agreement with Daqing Haotian Xinda Technology Ltd. for an initial term of one year to assist Tornado China with developing a client base in the excavation market in Heilongjiang Province of China.
  • During Q4/2018, the first shipment of hydrovac truck parts sourced by Tornado China was sent to Canada for the production of hydrovac trucks in Stettler, Canada.

4Q/2018 Overview

  • Revenues increased by 31.4% to $12,406 as compared to the same period in 2017. Gross Margin of $1,261 decreased by 15.7% compared to the same period in 2017 due to year end adjustments comprising principally a provision for obsolete inventory and a year-end inventory count adjustment totaling $301.
  • Selling and administrative expenses of $1,373 decreased by $143 compared to the same period in 2017 principally due to  decreased compensation expense relating to the Company’s China operation of $92.
  • EBITDAS of negative $112 decreased by $91 compared to EBITDAS of negative $21 in 4Q/2017 as a result of the factors discussed above.  Negative EBIT of $433 decreased by $137 compared to negative $296 in the same period in 2017 as a result of the factor discussed above. 
  • During Q4/2018 a tax provision of $41 was recorded relating to the North America operations.
  • As a result of these factors, a net loss of $530 for the Q4/2018 was recorded compared to a net loss of $799 in the same period in 2017.

Segmented information (in CAD $000’s) 

Three Months ended December 31, 2018 North America China Corporate Total
Revenue $12,406 $-   $-   $12,406  
Cost of sales 11,145 -   -   11,145  
Selling and general administrative 882 383   108   1,373  
EBITDAS $379 ($383 ) ($108 ) ($112 )
Year ended December 31, 2018 North America China Corporate Total
Revenue $38,850 $-   $-   $38,850  
Cost of sales 33,046 -   -   33,046  
Selling and general administrative 3,467 1,337   614   5,418  
EBITDAS $2,337 ($1,337 ) ($614 ) $386  


  • The Company’s production and sales of hydrovac trucks is expected to increase in 2019 for  the following reasons:
    • Increased spending on infrastructure by both the Canadian and the US governments is expected to further increase the market demand of hydrovac trucks.
    • The Company introduced a newly designed hydrovac truck in 2018 which management believes has  compelling advantages over hydrovac trucks currently offered in the market, including having a lighter weight and more debris capacity, making it easier to comply with the road weight laws in North America.
    • The Company entered into an exclusive sales agreement in April 2018 with Custom Truck One Source (“Custom Truck”). Custom Truck has an integrated network of 23 locations across North America.  Based on the positive impact that the strategic relationship with Custom Truck had on the Company’s sales in the latter part of 2018, the Company expects sales in the US to continue at the same pace during all twelve months of 2019.
    • During 2018, the Company’s Stettler facility was used to design and produce six skid mounted units and one hydrovac sewer flusher unit for China’s rental and demonstration fleet.  This resulted in reduced truck production capacity for the Stettler facility, which in turn negatively impacted the financial returns in 2018.  In 2019, the Stettler facility’s production capacity is planned to be used to produce more hydrovac trucks for sale in North America.
  • Through its presence in China, the Company has established a strategic supply chain from China for certain parts. This is expected to have a positive impact on reducing the Company’s production costs in North America.  While the benefit of this did not impact any of the Company’s financial results in 2018, it is expected to impact the 2019 results. 
  • The Company’s newly designed skid mounted unit was introduced to the North American market at  trade shows in Toronto and Indianapolis in Q1/2019. The skid mounted units received positive feedback from prospective customers.  The skid mounted units will be produced in China which management anticipates will allow the Company to offer competitively priced skid mounted units for both the North American and Chinese markets.
  • The Company expects that the weak Canadian dollar continues to positively impact profit margins because more than half of the Company’s hydrovac trucks are sold in US dollars while manufactured in Canada. 
  • The Company refocused its business in China resulting in significantly reduced cost structure for its China subsidiary.  The Company remains committed to its operations in China and exploiting the growth opportunities there.  With a fleet of four distinct types of hydrovac units in China, the Company will concentrate, over the short term, on developing its business in China through unit rentals and educating the Chinese market through live demonstrations, of the benefits of hydrovac truck capabilities.  The Company’s  China  office will also be used to negotiate and source certain high quality, low cost hydrovac truck parts for North American truck production. The steps the Company has taken to refocus its business opportunities in China and the resulting reduction in cost structure is expected to positively impact the Company’s 2019 financial results.

About Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd.

The Company designs and manufactures hydrovac trucks in Canada and sells hydrovac trucks for excavation service providers to the oil and gas industry and the municipal markets in Canada and the USA. Hydrovac trucks use high pressure water to pulverize soil and turn it into mud, and then vacuum up the resulting mud into its tank. Tornado currently operates in North America. The Company intends to expand its hydrovac business into China and has established a wholly owned operation in China with a head office in Beijing. 

For more information about Tornado Global Hydrovacs Ltd., visit www.tornadotrucks.com or contact:

Bill Rollins Al Robertson
Chief Executive Officer Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (403) 204-6333 Phone: (403) 204 -6324
Email:  brollins@tghl.ca Email: arobertson@tghl.ca


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Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events. All statements other than statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements. The use of the words ‘‘may”, “expects”, “expected”, “expectations”, “believes”, “anticipates”, “planned” and other words of a similar nature are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes these statements to be reasonable, no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon. Such statements include statements regarding the Company’s outlook for 2019 and the anticipated benefits of its distribution relationship with Custom Truck, the planned use of the Stettler facility’s production capacity, the impact of the introduction of a newly designed skid mounted unit in North America, the impact of the weak Canadian dollar against the US dollar, the impact of sourcing parts from China and the impact of overhead cost savings in China . Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of prevailing economic conditions, receipt of requisite regulatory approvals, and other factors, many of which are beyond the control of the Company. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release represent the Company’s expectations as of the date hereof, and are subject to change after such date. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities regulations.