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WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. 2nd Quarter Results: Spring's Arrival Propels record Q2 Net Income and Gross Margin

T.WFI, ENVI

(U.S. $)

FORT WAYNE, IN, Aug. 11, 2014   /CNW/ - WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. [WFI:TSX) the leading manufacturer of energy efficient heating and cooling solutions, today reported second quarter financial results. In the second quarter of 2014, sales revenue rose 29.7% over the second quarter of 2013 from $25.5 million to $33.1 million. Pent up demand from the severe winter, higher propane prices, new construction and benefits from national advertising helped fuel the sales increase in the second quarter.

As the severe winter of 2013 – 2014 finally subsided, the Company saw improved second quarter sales. Gross sales from the Direct to Dealer channel, the Company's most profitable area, rose 38.3% year over year and sharply contrasted a first quarter decline of 20.0% year over year.  Year to date Direct to Dealer gross sales increased 5.5% over prior year.  The Company's North American commercial gross sales increased 32.0% in the second quarter versus the same period last year.  Year to date, North American commercial gross sales have increased 23.9 % over the same period last year.  Overall, year to date total gross sales have increased 9.4% over last year.  It is believed the national advertising campaign that took place in the first quarter had a significant contribution to the sales increases achieved in Q2.

Gross profit as a percent of sales increased from 36.1% in Q2 2013 to 39.9% in Q2 2014 due to increased series 7 sales growth, a more favorable sales mix between Direct to Dealer and Commercial sales and continued cost containment.  A price increase implemented late in Q1 of 2014 also had a positive impact on gross profit.

Operating expenses in Q2 2014 were up 44.5% versus the same period in 2013 which included $1.5million in transaction expenses associated with the sale of the Company to NIBE Industrier AB. Without the added transaction expenses, operating expenses were in line with historical expense levels and expectations.

The Company achieved record net income, adjusted for transaction costs, and record gross margin dollars and percent to sales for the quarter.

"After the first quarter of this year I stated the Company was 'extremely optimistic.' I'm pleased that the second quarter results indicate our optimism was justified." said Tom Huntington, WaterFurnace President and CEO. "The entire organization did a superior job during a very busy quarter where non-operational activities could have led us to take our eye off the ball.  We remained focused and I'm very proud of the efforts of all our employees."

The Company's Chairman of the Board, Tim Shields, stated, "The efforts of the management team to focus on a number of diverse and important strategic tasks; while simultaneously delivering solid performance results in the second quarter was exceptional."

The Company has suspended future dividends pending the completion of the proposed transaction pursuant to the arrangement agreement (the "Arrangement Agreement") entered into with NIBE Industrier AB (publ) ("NIBE") which was announced on June 23, 2014.

The second quarter report to shareholders is available at www.waterfurnace.com and filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
Prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards
(Unaudited—Thousands of U.S.$ except per share data)







Three months ended June 30, 

Six months ended June 30,


2014

2013

2014

2013

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Sales

$ 33,122

$ 25,532

$ 59,841

$ 54,684


Cost of sales

19,899

16,307

37,559

35,928


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Gross profit            

13,223

9,225

22,282

18,756


Operating expenses

7,956

5,507

14,144

10,991


Research and development expenses

519

589

1,028

1,147

Income before interest and income

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taxes

4,748

3,129

7,110

6,618


Share of (loss) income from







Joint venture

(94)

57

(241)

(19)


Finance income (expense)

75

(47)

305

(120)


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Income before income taxes 

4,729

3,139

7,174

6,479


Income tax expense

1,721

961

2,641

1,968


 

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Net income

3,008

2,178

4,533

4,511


 

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Unrealized gain (loss) on translation of







foreign operations (net of tax)

21

(25)

(35)

(43)


 

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-----------

 

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-----------

Other comprehensive income (loss)  

21

(25)

(35)

(43)


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Total comprehensive income 

$   3,029

$   2,153

$   4,498

$   4,468

Earnings per share U.S.$






on net income

$     0.24

$     0.18

$     0.36

$     0.37


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WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
Prepared using International Financial Reporting Standards
(Audited—Thousands of U.S. $)


June 30,

December 31,

 

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2014

2013

Assets



Current assets




Cash and cash equivalents


$ 11,975

$   17,451


Short-term investments


10,260

10,250


Receivables


18,126

17,112


Inventory


10,778

9,541


Prepaids and deposits


693

575




Total current assets                                                                                           

51,832

54,929




Property, plant and equipment


6,248

6,317

Intangible assets


4,382

1,325

Goodwill


244

--

Long-term investments


433

433

Investment in joint venture


2,803

3,049

Deferred compensation


1,511

--

Deferred tax assets


13,681

11,890


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Total Assets                                                                                                    

$ 81,134

$ 77,943


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Liabilities



Current liabilities




Payables and accruals


$   9,012

$   8,266


Income taxes payable


1,406

671


Provision for warranty claims – current portion


4,827

4,534



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Total current liabilities


15,245

13,471





Deferred compensation


--

472

Contingent liability


1,910

--

Provision for warranty claims


22,854

21,456



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Total Liabilities


40,009

35,399



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Shareholders' Equity





Share capital


20,235

19,763


Foreign exchange translation


(105)

(70)


Retained earnings


20,995

22,851



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Total Shareholders' Equity


41,125

42,544



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Total Liabilities and





Shareholders' Equity


$ 81,134

$ 77,943



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Forward-Looking Information Cautionary Notice

Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Investors should not rely solely on this information to make investment decisions. These statements are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. In addition, WaterFurnace's sales are related to the cost and stability of electricity, fuel oil, propane and natural gas. Federal, state and provincial building codes and energy incentives can also impact sales. WaterFurnace is subject to standard risks associated with most companies, such as normal competitive pressures. These and other risks could cause WaterFurnace's actual results, performance, achievements and developments to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Other risk factors can be found in WaterFurnace's Annual Information Form and other public documents filed by WaterFurnace with Canadian securities regulatory authorities. WaterFurnace assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as expressly required by law.

More Information

WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc. is traded in both Canadian dollars and U.S. dollars on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol WFI for Canadian dollars and WFI.U for U.S. dollars.

WaterFurnace designs, manufactures and distributes geothermal heat pumps. The geothermal units use the renewable solar energy stored just below the surface of the earth to dramatically reduce the energy consumed by buildings for heating, cooling and hot water.

SOURCE WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.

Additional information about the Company and its products is available on the Company's website: www.waterfurnace.com. Or call (260) 478-5667 and ask for investor relations. WaterFurnace Renewable Energy, Inc.; 9000 Conservation Way, Fort Wayne, Indiana, 46809-9794, (260) 478-5667Copyright CNW Group 2014

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