|Canaf Investments Inc. 2018 Year End Results. Financials + MD&A|
Ending October 31st 2018. All information can be found at www.sedar.com
Q1 2019 result will be released end of March 2019.
TSXV Symbol: CAF - OCTBB Symbol: CAFZF
Common Shares: 47,426,195
Insider Holdings: 12,304,085 or 26% - Majority Owned By CEO & Family
Financials (All In US Dollars)
Trade Receivables: $1,240,730
Sales Tax Receivable: $4,559
Prepaid Expenses: $21,896
Property & Equipment: $868,059
Due From Non-Controlling Interest: $1,250,290
Total Assets: $4,774,437 (2017 - $3,315,232)
Trade Payables: $1,088,227
Income Tax Payable: $11,958
Bank Loan: $78,412 - Paid Jan 2019 as per the company press release
Total Liabilities: $1,178,597 (2017 - $1,406,594)
Asset/Debt Ratio: 4.05:1
Gross Profit: $1,171,328
Net Income: $298,144
Canaf Investments has added $737,808USD ($959,150CAD @ 1.30 Exchange) in net income over the last 8 quarters, established new business relationships with the acquisition of their BBEEE certificate that took a long time to receive, are diversifying the company as per the MD&A below, yet the price is still where it was two years ago, thus the price/earnings ratio is also very low. It says below in the MD&A that shareholders equity was pegged at $4.6 million CAD, which is today’s current market cap value. Almost all companies on the TSX/TSXV/CSE trade far beyond this value, thus giving Canaf an even bigger discount for no reason. Read all MD&A information below as there are numerous things happening with the company in 2019. There were also one time expenses such as BBEEE and company name change that increased expenses just for 2018.
MD&A Highlights (Management Discussion)
The Corporation reports another strong year of sales and earnings with revenues for the twelve months of $14,673,658 (2017: $10,699,117) a 37.1% increase, and gross profits of $1,171,328 (2017: $1,223,110) a 4.1% decrease. Net income for the year increased 15.1% to $623,884 (2017: $541,808).
An important achievement of the Corporation during the year was the sale of 30% of Quantum’s shares in Southern Coal for 18 million Rand, which enabled, and contributed, to Southern Coal achieving a Level 4 Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (“B-BBEE”) rating. Achieving this rating will enable Southern Coal to engage in long-term supply contracts with its customers. The Corporation can confirm that long-term (24 month) contracts with both its existing main customers should be renewed during Q2 and Q3, 2019.
During Q1 2019, the Corporation is pleased to confirm that a trial load of its calcined product was delivered to a new potential and significant customer. Trials will be ongoing into Q2 2019, and should this convert to an ongoing supply, the Corporation feels that there is potential to return to the revenue levels of the year ended October 31, 2018.
The Corporation expects to continue to operate profitably into 2019, however management expects revenues to be significantly reduced in comparison to the year ended October 31, 2018, mostly due to global pressure on the steel and manganese markets, which subsequently filters back to demand for Southern Coal’s product.
While revenues and net income have grown, gross margin suffered as Southern Coal experienced increased costs of production primarily due to increased cost of its anthracite feedstock material. The Corporation expects its gross margins to remain squeezed into next year. In addition to pressure from suppliers, the Corporation carried out major essential maintenance and re-commissioning during the year on one of its old calcining plants.
During Q1 2019, Southern Coal made its final payment for the 14 million Rand loan from ABSA bank, which was drawn down in February 2015. Repayment of this loan now releases Southern Coal from monthly installments of approximately 392,000 Rand (approx. C$37,000 or US$28,000), which the Corporation plans to allocate to future diversification or expansion projects. As of January 2019, the Corporation has zero long-term liabilities.
Whilst the Corporation reports another profitable and financially positive year, the board can confirm that it is actively looking for new opportunities that will offer long-term growth potential for shareholders, be it related to its existing anthracite calcining operation in South Africa or another new, and un-related, sector. With zero long-term debt, a strong balance sheet, and a cash flow positive business in South Africa, the Corporation believes it is in a good position to do so. In the meantime, the Corporation will continue to grow its shareholder’s equity, which as of October 31, 2018, stands at approximately $3.5 million (C$4.6 million).
BROAD-BASED BLACK ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT TRANSACTION (B-BBEE)
As part of Southern Coal’s B-BBEE transformation program, Amandla Amakhulu (Pty) Ltd, (“AAM”), a 100% black, privately owned, and ringfenced, company incorporated in South Africa, acquired 30% of the issued shares of Southern Coal, from Canaf’s wholly owned subsidiary, Quantum, for the value of 18 million Rand. The financial effective date for the transaction is 01 August 2018. Quantum in return received cumulative, redeemable preference shares in AAM in the amount of the purchase price. These preference shares shall provide preferential dividends, until redeemed by AAM. These dividends will be secured by an irrevocable direction from AAM to Southern Coal to pay Quantum such dividends from any distribution to AAM.
CLAIM AGAINST KILEMBE MINES LIMITED
In August 2006, Canaf, then known as Uganda Gold Mining, announced the termination of any further investment into its Kilembe Copper-Cobalt Project in Uganda. Since 2007, the Corporation has been engaged in an arbitration with Kilembe Mines Limited, (“KML”), whereby the Corporation seeks general damages, special damages and costs of the arbitration from KML for breach of contract. The legal work, carried out by MMAKS Advocates, Kampala, against KML is at no cost to the Corporation, but any award in won by MMAKS efforts will be distributed to both MMAKS and Canaf. Despite the fact that the claim against KML Corporation remains active, the Corporation is unable to give an indication of either the quantum or any likely date by which the arbitration will be concluded.
Revenue for the year was $14,673,658 (2017: $10,699,117), 37.1% increase due to high demand for Southern Coal's calcine product from both of its main customers. Sales for the year-end October 31, 2019 are expected to reflect a significant reduction in comparison to the current year, assuming no new customers are secured. The expected reduction in sales is primarily down to global uncertainties in the steel and manganese markets that Southern Coal supplies in to. Despite the expected reduction in sales, management can confirm that it is working on ensuring that gross margins improve by implementing efficiencies in Sothern Coal’s operations.
Expenses for the year were $587,312 (2017: $504,788) an increase of $82,524, 16.3%, primarily due to increased costs relating to the B-BBEE program ($75,573) and necessary legal and administrative charges in relation to the Corporations name and jurisdiction changes in Canada, offset by reduced interest on the bank loan. The Corporation incurred extra management and consultant fees due to the passing of its previous CFO, Zeny Manalo as well as transitional costs associated with the appointment and resignation of Derick Sinclair, and appointment of Rebecca Williams as CFO during the year. The Corporation does not expect any further extra ordinary management or consultant fees going forward. Additional details of general and admin expenses can be found in the table below.
Finance Cost for the year were $27,853 (2017 $86,837) a favorable variance of $58,984 (68%) as a result of nearing the end of the loan period.
At October 31, 2018, the Corporation had cash of $552,351 (October 31, 2017: $453,609) and working capital of $1,477,490 (October 31, 2017: $1,098,726). Surplus cash and cash equivalents are deposited in interest accruing accounts. Working capital components include cash in current or interest bearing accounts, trade and other receivables, sales tax receivable, inventories and prepaid expenses and deposits, trade and other payables, sales tax payable, income tax payable, and current portion of long-term debt. Trade receivables and trade payables are expected to increase or decrease as sales volumes change