June 3, 2013
NOBLE IRON INC.
June 3, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NIR: TSX Venture Exchange
Noble Iron Announces Q1 2013 Results and $15.0 Million Debt Financing
Houston, Texas – Noble Iron Inc. (“Noble Iron” or the “Company”, NIR: TSX Venture Exchange) announced its unaudited interim financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2013 and additional debt financing.
- Total revenue in Q1 2013 was $4.5 million, compared to $4.0 million in Q1 2012
- Total adjusted EBITDA in Q1 2013 was $0.3 million, compared to $0.5 million in Q1 2012
- The Company closed a $15.0 million revolving credit facility for its Texas operations
Rental revenue from the equipment rental and distribution segment increased by 44% compared to Q1 2012. Adjusted EBITDA in the equipment rental and distribution segment increased 78% compared to Q1 2012. Total net loss for the period of Q1 2013 was $1.3 million, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million in Q1 2012.
The terms of the $15.0 million financing facility for Noble Iron’s Texas operations include a revolving line of credit and a variable interest rate equivalent to one-month LIBOR plus 275 basis points; approximately 3.00% at closing. Previous financing arrangements for the Company’s Texas operations included a number of debt facilities charging interest rates ranging from 5.8% to 7.0%. The new facility includes a cash sweep against outstanding debt, and no scheduled principal payments are due during the four year term of the loan. The facility allows the Company to draw up to $15.0 million, based upon a borrowing base determined by the value of equipment fleet, accounts receivable and inventory. A total of $5.4 million was funded at closing, and $9.6 million remains available to draw by the Company subject to borrowing base availability.
“We are excited with the progress of the Noble Iron model and its development. Our year-over-year revenue growth of 44% within the Company’s equipment rental and distribution segment demonstrates our team’s commitment to providing our customers quality equipment and hassle-free service at the lowest price.” said Willie Swisher, CEO of the Company.
Nabil Kassam, Executive Chairman of Noble Iron commented, “the new debt financing will provide Noble Iron with significant growth capacity at our Texas CELL. We are pleased to continue working with our lending partner, Regions Bank, and look forward to pursuing additional expansion opportunities.”
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, currently serve customers in California and Texas. A noble Iron offer 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 Adjusted EBITDA are to earnings before interest expense, deferred income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share based compensation, gain on fair value increment on acquisition (net of deferred income taxes), acquisition expenses, accretion on convertible debt, interest on convertible debentures and foreign exchange. Adjusted EBITDA is a measure used by investors to compare issuers on the basis of ability to generate cash flow from operations. Adjusted 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 Adjusted 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 Adjusted 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 Adjusted EBITDA may differ from the methods used by other issuers and, accordingly, Noble Iron’s Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.
This news release may contain forward-looking statements which reflect the Company’s current expectations regarding future events. The forward-looking statements are often, but not always, identified by the use of words such as “seek”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend” and statements that an event or result “may”, “will”, “should”, “could” or “might” occur or be achieved and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainties, including the difficulty in predicting acceptance of and demands for new products, the impact of the products and pricing strategies of competitors, delays in developing and launching new products, fluctuations in operating results and other risks, any of which could cause results, performance, or achievements to differ materially from the results discussed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Many risks are inherent in the industries in which the Company participates; others are more specific to the Company. The Company’s ongoing quarterly filings should be consulted for additional information on risks and uncertainties relating to these forward-looking statements. Investors should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Management assumes no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, further events or otherwise.
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