CALGARY - Alaris Equity Partners Income Trust (together, as applicable, with its subsidiaries, 'Alaris' or the 'Trust') is pleased to announce its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2021.
The results are prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standard 34. All amounts below are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
Alaris CFO Retirement
Alaris is also announcing that Darren Driscoll, Chief Financial Officer, plans to retire after a distinguished career with Alaris. Mr. Driscoll will be assisting with the transition and will be with the company until after the Q3 filing in November 2021. We are also pleased to announce the new Chief Financial Officer will be Amanda Frazer, who is currently a Vice President of Investments at Alaris and who has been with the company since 2013. Amanda is a CPA (2008) and has led the financial monitoring and diligence for Alaris since her term at Ernst & Young, the firm that has conducted third party financial diligence for Alaris since inception.
Mr. Driscoll joined Alaris (through its predecessor Alaris IGF Corp.) in 2004 and has been actively involved in the growth and development of Alaris since its inception, as well as playing a pivotal part in the development of the people and culture at the company.
'Working with my close friend Steve from the very early days of Alaris has been such a tremendous adventure and a genuine pleasure. The friendships and business relationships I've gained with every Alaris team member, our Partners and our Board will follow me into my retirement. A big part of my decision was the depth we have in our financial team and I know I'm leaving Alaris as strong as its ever been and look forward to cheering them on from the sidelines', said Driscoll.
'Anyone who has dealt closely with Alaris over the last 17 years understands how close our team has been and how much Darren has meant to our company. Through all of the ups and downs that are always associated with building a company, it's been such a blessing to have gone through it with someone who is not only my friend but someone who has the values, positivity and class that Darren has brought to Alaris. He's been instrumental in helping develop the strong culture that Alaris has become known for in our industry. He'll be deeply missed but I know both Darren and I are excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for some of our younger staff who have been doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes. Amanda has been an integral part of Alaris for the last eight years and previous to that during her time at EY and has earned this opportunity. I have full confidence in Amanda's ability to transition into this role and help continue to grow the business. The next several years are expected to be a period of high growth and we've got an energized and capable group to execute on those goals,' said Steve King, President and CEO.
About the Trust
Alaris, through its subsidiaries, provides alternative financing to private companies ('Partners') in exchange for distributions, dividends or interest (collectively, 'Distributions') with the principal objective of generating stable and predictable cash flows for distribution payments to its unitholders. Distributions from the Partners are adjusted annually based on the percentage change of a 'top-line' financial performance measure such as gross margin or same store sales and rank in priority to the owner's common equity position.
The terms EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA, Run Rate Payout Ratio, Actual Payout Ratio, Run Rate Revenue, Run Rate Cash Flow, Earnings Coverage Ratio, Per Unit and IRR are financial measures used in this news release that are not standard measures under International Financial Reporting Standards ('IFRS'). The Trust's method of calculating EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA, Run Rate Payout Ratio, Actual Payout Ratio, Run Rate Revenue, Run Rate Cash Flow, Earnings Coverage Ratio, Per Unit and IRR may differ from the methods used by other issuers. Therefore, the Trust's EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA, Run Rate Payout Ratio, Actual Payout Ratio, Run Rate Revenue, Run Rate Cash Flow, Earnings Coverage Ratio, Per Unit and IRR may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.
Run Rate Payout Ratio refers to Alaris' total distribution per unit expected to be paid over the next twelve months divided by the estimated net cash from operating activities per unit that Alaris expects to generate over the same twelve month period (after giving effect to the impact of all information disclosed as of the date of this report).
Actual Payout Ratio refers to Alaris' total cash distributions paid during the period (annually or quarterly) divided by the actual net cash from operating activities Alaris generated for the period.
Run Rate Revenue refers to Alaris' total revenue expected to be generated over the next twelve months.
Run Rate Cash Flow refers to Alaris' total cash flows expected to be generated and disbursed over the next twelve months.
EBITDA refers to earnings determined in accordance with IFRS, before depreciation and amortization, net of gain or loss on disposal of capital assets, interest expense and income tax expense. EBITDA is used by management and many investors to determine the ability of an issuer to generate cash from operations. Management believes EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure from which to determine the Trust's ability to generate cash available for debt service, working capital, capital expenditures, income taxes and distributions.
Normalized EBITDA refers to EBITDA excluding items that are non-recurring in nature and is calculated by adjusting for non-recurring expenses and gains to EBITDA. Management deems non-recurring items to be unusual and/or infrequent items that Alaris incurs outside of its common day-to-day operations. For the three and six months ended June 30, 2021, this includes the unit-based compensation expense related to the quarterly re-valuation of the outstanding RTU's and Options. For the six months ended June 30, 2021, this includes the reversal of previously recorded credit losses related to the Kimco promissory notes and accounts receivable. For the three months and six months ended June 30, 2020, this includes the non-recurring legal expenses related to the income trust conversion. For the six months ended June 30, 2020, this includes the distributions received upon the redemption of SBI. Transaction diligence costs are recurring but are considered an investing activity. Foreign exchange unrealized gains and losses are recurring but not considered part of operating results and excluded from normalized EBITDA on an ongoing basis. Changes in investments at fair value are non-cash and although recurring are also removed from normalized EBITDA. Adjusting for these non-recurring items allows management to assess cash flow from ongoing operations.
Earnings Coverage Ratio refers to the Normalized EBITDA of a Partner divided by such Partner's sum of debt servicing (interest and principal), unfunded capital expenditures and distributions to Alaris. Management believes the earnings coverage ratio is a useful metric in assessing our partners continued ability to make their contracted distributions.
Per Unit values, other than earnings per unit, refer to the related financial statement caption as defined under IFRS or related term as defined herein, divided by the weighted average basic units outstanding for the period.
IRR refers to internal rate of return, which is a metric used to determine the discount rate that derives a net present value of cash flows to zero. Management uses IRR to analyze partner returns.
The terms EBITDA, Normalized EBITDA, Run Rate Payout Ratio, Actual Payout Ratio, Run Rate Revenue, Run Rate Cash Flow, Earnings Coverage Ratio, Per Unit and IRR should only be used in conjunction with the Trust's annual audited financial statements while complete versions are available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.
This news release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements (collectively, 'forward-looking statements') under applicable securities laws, including any applicable 'safe harbor' provisions. Statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, management's expectations, intentions and beliefs concerning the growth, results of operations, performance of the Trust and the Partners, the future financial position or results of the Trust, business strategy and plans and objectives of or involving the Trust or the Partners. Many of these statements can be identified by looking for words such as 'believe', 'expects', 'will', 'intends', 'projects', 'anticipates', 'estimates', 'continues' or similar words or the negative thereof. In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements regarding: the anticipated financial and operating performance of the Partners; the Trust's Run Rate Payout Ratio, Run Rate Cash Flow and Run Rate Revenue; the timing and amount of the unitholder distribution increase; the impact of the new investments in Carey Electric, FNC, Edgewater, Brown & Settle, 3E, D&M as well as the follow-on investments in GWM, BCC and Accscient, including, without limitation, the expected yield therefrom and the impact on the Trust's net cash from operating activities, Run Rate Revenue and Run Rate Payout Ratio; expected resets of Distributions in 2021; the Trust's consolidated expenses; expectations regarding receipt (and amount of) any common equity distributions or dividends from Partners in which Alaris holds common equity, including the impact on the Trust's net cash from operating activities, Run Rate Revenue, Run Rate Cash Flow and Run Rate Payout Ratio; the use of proceeds from the senior credit facility; the Trust's ability to deploy capital; potential Partner redemptions, including the timing, if at all, thereof and the amounts to be received by the Trust (including, specifically, the potential Kimco and Federal Resources redemptions); PFGP's future compliance with debt covenants; Q3 2021 revenue and the Trust's expenses for 2021. To the extent any forward-looking statements herein constitute a financial outlook or future oriented financial information (collectively, 'FOFI'), including estimates regarding revenues, Distributions from Partners (including expected resets, restarting full or partial Distributions and common equity distributions), Run Rate Payout Ratio, Run Rate Cash Flow, net cash from operating activities, expenses and impact of capital deployment, they were approved by management as of the date hereof and have been included to provide an understanding with respect to Alaris' financial performance and are subject to the same risks and assumptions disclosed herein. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur.
By their nature, forward-looking statements require Alaris to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Assumptions about the performance of the Canadian and U.S. economies over the next 24 months and how that will affect Alaris' business and that of its Partners (including, without limitation, the ongoing impact of COVID-19) are material factors considered by Alaris management when setting the outlook for Alaris. Key assumptions include, but are not limited to, assumptions that: the Canadian and U.S. economies will continue to recover from the ongoing economic downturn created by the response to COVID-19 within the next twelve months, interest rates will not rise in a material way over the next 12 to 24 months, that those Alaris Partners detrimentally affected by COVID-19 will recover from the pandemic's impact and return to their pre-COVID-19 operating environments; following a recovery from the COVID-19 impact, the businesses of the majority of our Partners will continue to grow; more private companies will require access to alternative sources of capital; the businesses of new Partners and those of existing Partners will perform in line with Alaris' expectations and diligence and that Alaris will have the ability to raise required equity and/or debt financing on acceptable terms. Management of Alaris has also assumed that the Canadian and U.S. dollar trading pair will remain in a range of approximately plus or minus 15% of the current rate over the next 6 months. In determining expectations for economic growth, management of Alaris primarily considers historical economic data provided by the Canadian and U.S. governments and their agencies as well as prevailing economic conditions at the time of such determinations.
There can be no assurance that the assumptions, plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will occur. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees or assurances of future performance. The actual results of the Trust and the Partners could materially differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements contained herein as a result of certain risk factors, including, but not limited to, the following: the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Trust and the Partners (including how many Partners will experience a slowdown or closure of their business and the length of time of such slowdown or closure); management's ability to assess and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19; the dependence of Alaris on the Partners; leverage and restrictive covenants under credit facilities; reliance on key personnel; general economic conditions, including the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian, U.S. and global economies; failure to complete or realize the anticipated benefit of Alaris' financing arrangements with the Partners; a failure to obtain required regulatory approvals on a timely basis or at all; changes in legislation and regulations and the interpretations thereof; risks relating to the Partners and their businesses, including, without limitation, a material change in the operations of a Partner or the industries they operate in; inability to close additional Partner contributions or collect proceeds from any redemptions in a timely fashion on anticipated terms, or at all; a change in the ability of the Partners to continue to pay Alaris at expected Distribution levels or restart distributions (in full or in part); a failure to collect material deferred Distributions; a change in the unaudited information provided to the Trust and a failure to realize the benefits of any concessions or relief measures provided by Alaris to any Partner or to successfully execute an exit strategy for a Partner where desired. Additional risks that may cause actual results to vary from those indicated are discussed under the heading 'Risk Factors' and 'Forward Looking Statements' in Alaris' Management Discussion and Analysis and Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31, 2020, which is filed under Alaris' profile at www.sedar.com and on its website at www.alarisequitypartners.com.
The Trust has included the forward-looking statements and FOFI in order to provide readers with a more complete perspective on Alaris' future operations and such information may not be appropriate for other purposes. The forward-looking statements, including FOFI, contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Alaris 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 required by law.