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Burnaby, British Columbia–(Newsfile Corp. – May 13, 2022) – Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (TSX: ICE) (the “Corporation”) today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Overview of Q1 2022

  • While Ontario operations were interrupted in January as a result of COVID-19 public health orders, business activity quickly resumed on January 30th and since then, all facilities have been in full operation;

  • Operating revenue was $18.9 million compared to $5.1 million a year ago;

  • Operating earnings was $4.9 million compared to an operating loss of $0.4 million in 2021;

  • Net earnings was $2.1 million compared to a net loss of $2.1 million a year ago;

  • At quarter-end, cash-on-hand totaled $11.7 million with an additional $10.0 million available by way of the revolving credit facility; a much stronger liquidity position when compared to Q1 2021;

  • On April 8, 2022, the Company agreed to early-terminate a lease of a sports complex for consideration of $4.5 million. The Company will continue to operate this facility until August 31, 2022; and

  • On May 4, 2022, the Company completed a one-year extension of the term of debt facilities that originally were set to mature on May 25, 2023 with substantially the same provisions as those currently in place.

First Quarter Results

For the 3 months ended March 31  
(in thousands) 2022 2021  
Ice rink & recreational facilities revenue $ 18,948 $ 5,050
Other income – government subsidy 2,439  
Operating expenses 12,485 6,487  
6,463 1,002
G&A expense 1,609 1,380  
Operating earnings 1 $ 4,854 ($378 )
Operating earnings per share $ 0.36 ($0.03 )
Depreciation 1,975 1,945
Interest 527 611
Mark-to-market gain on held-for-trading financial liabilities (315 ) (131 )
Loss (gain) on foreign exchange 3 (25 )
Gain on sale of assets (23 )
Income tax expense (recovery) 547 (625 )
Net earnings (loss) $ 2,117 ($2,130 )
Net earnings (loss) per share $ 0.16 ($0.16 )
     
Key Balance Sheet Figures (in thousands): March 31, 2022 December 31, 2021  
Assets    
Cash $ 11,745 $ 12,530
Property plant and equipment 95,968 97,432
Investment 350 350
Other assets 6,103 6,300  
Total assets $ 114,166 $ 116,612  
Liabilities and Equity    
Debt $ 42,723 $ 43,796
Lease liabilities 10,968 11,221
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 8,548 8,152
Deferred revenue 8,835 12,029
Other liabilities 965 998  
Total liabilities 72,039 76,196  
Share capital and contributed surplus 63,652 63,652
Foreign currency translation reserve   1,351     1,757  
Deficit (22,876 ) (24,993 )
Total shareholders’ equity 42,127 40,416  
Total liabilities and equity $ 114,166 $ 116,612  

 

First Quarter Results
(three months ended March 31, 2022 compared with three months ended March 31, 2021)

  • Despite having to suspend Ontario operations in January, total Q1 operating revenue reached $18.9 million compared to $5.1 million a year ago;

  • Operating at about 50% to 60% of normal capacity, total revenue from restaurants and sports stores were $2.0 million compared to virtually no sales in 2021;

  • Total operating expenses of $12.5 million increased by $6.0 million due to resumption of operations in Q1 2022;

  • G&A expenses of $1.6 million increased by $0.2 million or 16.6% mainly due to the centralization of our sales and customer service team members; and

  • After recording depreciation expense of $2.0 million, finance costs of $0.5 million, a gain on an interest rate swap contract of $0.3 million, and income tax expense of $0.5 million, net earnings for the period was $2.1 million or $0.16 earnings per share compared to a net loss of $2.1 million or $0.16 loss per shares.

Update on Current Operations

In January 2022, COVID-19 health restrictions in various provinces again resulted in reduced and/or suspended business activities for a brief period of approximately three weeks. Subsequent to the lifting of these restrictions, operations have resumed without interruption and as at the date of this release, the Company has returned to full capacity at all of its sports complexes.

“Despite fiscal 2022 beginning with a minor set-back in having to suspend Ontario operations in January, our team still managed to achieve our overall targets for the quarter by staying nimble with operations and effectively managing costs as required,” said Joey St-Aubin, Canlan’s CEO. “So far, rental bookings and registrations for most of our leagues and tournaments have reached or are near expectations and our sales team continues to work hard at increasing surface utilization. Coming off the COVID-19 Omicron wave, it has been hard work to complete our fall/winter seasons and get registrations back on track but our team has done an outstanding job so far as evidenced in our Q1 financial results.”

“In addition, we have begun some major maintenance projects that were deferred from the past 24 months to ensure that our facilities remain at the high standards that our customers expect,” added Canlan’s CFO, Ivan Wu. “Projects to improve and/or renew our dressing rooms, turf-fields, and ice-surfacing equipment are anticipated to have positive impacts for our customers on and off the playing surfaces.”

Dividend Policy

Given measures implemented by management to preserve cash balances, combined with the austerity that was asked of our employees, directors, our customers, our suppliers and our financial partners, Canlan’s Board of Directors suspended the payment of dividends on March 24, 2020 and will continue to do so until further notice. Canlan’s Board of Directors reviews the Corporation’s dividend policy on a quarterly basis and will continue to monitor this situation and respond accordingly as we work towards the resumption of full business operations.

Filings

Canlan’s financial statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2022 will be available via SEDAR on or before May 15, 2022 and through the Company’s website, www.canlansports.com.

About Canlan

Canlan Ice Sports Corp. (operating as Canlan Sports) is the North American leader in the ownership, operations and programming of multi-purpose recreation and entertainment facilities. We currently own, lease and/or manage 18 facilities in Canada and the United States with 49 ice surfaces, as well as seven indoor soccer fields, and 24 sport, volleyball, and basketball courts. To learn more about Canlan please visit www.canlansports.com.

Canlan Ice Sports Corp. is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “ICE.”

Caution concerning forward-looking statements

Certain statements in this News Release may constitute ”forward looking” statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Corporation to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. When used in this News Release, such statements may use such words as ”may”, ”will”, ”expect”, ”believe”, ”plan” and other similar terminology. These statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this News Release. These forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in or underlying such forward looking statements are the effects of, as well as changes in: international, national and local business and economic conditions; political or economic instability in the Corporation’s markets; competition; legislation and governmental regulation; and accounting policies and practices. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive.

For more information:
Canlan Ice Sports Corp.
Ivan Wu
CFO
604 736 9152


1 Operating earnings (loss) is defined as earnings (loss) after general and administrative expenses and before interest, depreciation, foreign currency exchange, gain (loss) on assets sold and income tax. However, operating earnings is not a term that has specific meaning in accordance with IFRS, and may be calculated differently by other companies. Canlan reconciles operating earnings to its net earnings.

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