March 20, 2013
NOBLE IRON INC.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TSX Venture Exchange: NIR
Noble Iron Announces Preliminary 2012 Revenue and $15MM Additional Debt Financing
Houston, Texas – Noble Iron Inc. (“Noble Iron” or the “Company”, TSX Venture Exchange: NIR) announced preliminary 2012 full year revenue and additional debt financing terms to support its Texas operations.
- 2012 revenues are in excess of $16.0MM, an increase of more than 100% over the prior year. 2012 represents the first full calendar year of Noble Iron’s operating directly in the equipment rental and dealership business.
- The Company has received financing terms from its current lender, Regions Bank, for an additional $15.0MM asset based lending facility to support growth at its Texas operations. Combined borrowing facilities for Noble Iron’s Southern California and Texas operations total $40.0MM
Willie Swisher, CEO of the Company, said, “Noble Iron ventured into the equipment rental and dealership industry in August 2011 in Southern California, and in Texas in July 2012. The Company’s performance in two markets has already begun demonstrating the potential of the Noble Iron model, a different and better operating platform in the equipment industry. In its first full year of operations, the company’s Southern California CELL (Centralized Equipment Logistics Location TM) achieved revenues in excess of $10.0MM and EBITDA exceeding $3.0MM on a standalone basis.”
Mr. Swisher added, “this new debt financing will provide Noble Iron with significant borrowing capacity for growth in existing CELLs. We are pleased to work with our lending partner, Regions Bank, and will continue to pursue expansion in strategic markets throughout North America.”
Financing terms of the $15mm Texas debt facility are similar to those of the existing $25mm Southern California facility. Noble Iron’s full year audited 2012 results are expected to be released prior to the end of April 2013.
Financial information indicated, as set out in this news release, is presented on a basis consistent with the accounting principles used to prepare Noble Iron’s most recently filed financial statements. The consolidated financial statements are prepared by management in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards, as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board. Readers are advised that the Company faces various risk factors with respect to its business and operations: for further information please see the Management Discussion and Analysis of Noble Iron Inc. at www.SEDAR.com.
About Noble Iron Inc. (NIR: TSX Venture Exchange)
Noble Iron Inc. operates in three complementary sectors: equipment rental, equipment dealership and enterprise asset management software for the construction and industrial equipment industry.
The Company operates its equipment rental business and dealerships under the name “Noble Iron”. Noble Iron rental depots, or CELLs (Centralized Equipment Logistics Location TM), currently serve customers in California and Texas. Noble Iron offers select manufacturer equipment and accessories for sale, and is the exclusive distributor of LiuGong Construction Machinery equipment in Southeast Texas.
The Company’s software division, Texada Software, develops software applications to manage the complete equipment ownership lifecycle, from acquisition, rental, sales and other activities, through to disposal. Texada offers in-the-cloud or client-based software, and is scalable to meet the needs of any customer.
The Company can be reached at 1-832-767-4424, or at www.nobleiron.com.
Corporate communications contact:
Chief Financial Officer
Noble Iron Inc.
(832) 767-4424 Ext. 207
References in this press release to EBITDA are to earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share based compensation, and foreign exchange gains/losses. EBITDA is a measure used by many investors to compare issuers on the basis of ability to generate cash flow from operations. EBITDA is not an earnings measure recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), does not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Noble Iron’s management believes that EBITDA is an important supplemental measure in evaluating Noble Iron’s performance and in determining whether to invest in its common shares. Readers of this information are cautioned that EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to: net income or loss determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of Noble Iron’s performance; or cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as measures of Noble Iron’s liquidity and cash flows. Noble Iron’s method of calculating EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, Noble Iron’s EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.
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