News Article | May 4, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) (the “Company”), a national owner of 266 properties totaling over 42 million square feet of gross leasable area (“GLA”), today reported financial and operating results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, including the Company’s proportional share of its unconsolidated joint ventures (“JVs”): Subsequent to the quarter end, the Company submitted recapture notices for 100% of the space at seven properties, including Sears stores in Aventura, FL, La Jolla, CA (Westfield UTC), Dallas, TX (Valley View Center) and four additional Sears or Kmart stores. “We continue to attract a diverse group of growing retailers to our redeveloped shopping centers, and have now leased almost three million square feet of space since our inception at average releasing spreads of 4.3 times”, said Benjamin Schall, President and Chief Executive Officer. “During the first quarter, we surpassed the $500 million mark for development activity, with 53 projects completed or commenced and a total projected spend of over $520 million. We are also excited to announce that, post quarter end, we initiated the recapture of 100% of the space at Sears’ stores in Aventura, FL, Dallas, TX (Valley View Center) and La Jolla, CA (Westfield UTC). Along with our previously announced recapture of the iconic Sears building in Santa Monica, CA, these four premier projects provide tremendous opportunities to create market leading retail and mixed use redevelopments that should unlock substantial value for our shareholders.” Net loss attributable to Class A and Class C shareholders was $19.8 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of $8.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, for the prior year period Total NOI, which includes the Company’s proportional share of NOI from 31 properties owned through investments in its unconsolidated JVs, was $46.9 million as compared to $46.5 million for the prior year period. FFO, as calculated in accordance with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (“NAREIT”) definition, was $31.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, as compared to $29.5 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, for the prior year period. Company FFO was $27.0 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, as compared to $32.6 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the prior year period. The Company makes certain adjustments to FFO, which it refers to as Company FFO, to account for certain non-cash and non-comparable items, such as termination fee income, unrealized gain or loss on interest rate cap, litigation charges, acquisition-related expenses, amortization of deferred financing costs and certain up-front-hiring and personnel costs, that it does not believe are representative of ongoing operating results. The Company previously referred to this metric as Normalized FFO; the definition and calculation remain the same. As of March 31, 2017, the Company’s portfolio included interests in 266 retail properties totaling over 42 million square feet of gross leasable area, including 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 properties owned through investments in unconsolidated JVs. Approximately 50% of the portfolio consisted of properties attached to regional malls and approximately 50% consisted of shopping center or freestanding properties. The portfolio was 94.9% leased and included 24 properties leased only to third-party tenants, 123 properties leased to Sears Holdings and one or more third-party tenants, and 109 properties leased only to Sears Holdings. Of the properties leased to Sears Holdings, 167 operated under the Sears brand and 65 operated under the Kmart brand. Subsequent to March 31, 2017, as previously disclosed by the Company, Sears Holdings vacated 17 Kmart and two Sears stores pursuant to termination notices previously submitted to the Company (see “Subsequent Events”). Including the effect of the terminations, the portfolio would have been approximately 90.5% leased. During the three months ended March 31, 2017, the Company commenced five new projects representing an estimated total investment of approximately $58.5 million. These five projects include partial recaptures of a Sears in Cockeysville, MD and a Kmart in Olean, NY, the 100% recapture of a Kmart in North Miami, FL and the redevelopment of two Kmarts previously terminated by Sears Holdings in Thornton, CO and Henderson, NV. In total, including projects initiated prior to the Company’s formation, the Company has completed or commenced 53 projects representing an estimated total investment of approximately $521.2 million as of March 31, 2017. The table below summarizes project commencements in the Company’s wholly-owned portfolio since inception: As of March 31, 2017, the Company had originated 38 wholly-owned projects since the Company’s inception. These projects represent an estimated total investment of $457.6 million, of which $394.5 million remained to be spent, and are expected to generate an incremental yield on cost of 12.0-13.0%. The table below provides additional information regarding the Company’s wholly-owned development activity from inception through March 31, 2017: The table below provides a brief description for each of the 38 new redevelopment projects originated since the Company’s inception: During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, Primark opened at Staten Island Mall in a store owned by the Company’s unconsolidated JV with GGP Inc. (the “GGP JV”). This opening represents the substantial completion of all projects that were under various stages of development when the unconsolidated JV portfolio was acquired by the Company in July 2015. In 2016, Primark opened at Danbury Fair Mall and Freehold Raceway Mall in stores owned by the Company’s unconsolidated JV with The Macerich Company (the “Macerich JV”), and at Burlington Mall in a store owned by the Company’s unconsolidated JV with Simon Property Group, Inc. (the “Simon JV”). As of March 31, 2017, the GGP JV has initiated redevelopment projects at four of its 12 properties and had announced plans to recapture space at five additional locations according to a specific schedule. During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company signed new leases totaling 535,000 square feet at an average annual base rent of $16.41 PSF. On a same-space basis, new rents averaged 4.0x prior rents for space currently or formerly occupied by Sears Holdings, increasing to $16.34 PSF for new tenants compared to $4.06 PSF paid by Sears Holdings across 530,000 square feet. Since inception in July 2015, the Company has signed new leases totaling nearly 2.8 million square feet at an average annual base rent of $18.13 PSF. On a same-space basis, new rents averaged 4.3x prior rents for space currently or formerly occupied by Sears Holdings, increasing to $18.13 PSF for new tenants compared to $4.17 PSF paid by Sears Holdings across over 2.5 million square feet. The table below provides a summary of the Company’s leasing activity since inception, including unconsolidated JVs presented at the Company’s proportional share: During the quarter ended March 31, 2017, the Company added $8.8 million of new third-party income and increased annual base rent attributable to third-party tenants to 39.7% of total annual base rent from 26.7% as of March 31, 2016, including all signed leases and net of rent attributable to the associated space to be recaptured. The table below provides a summary of all of the Company’s signed leases as of March 31, 2017, including unconsolidated JVs presented at the Company’s proportional share: On April 3, 2017, pursuant to notices previously submitted to the Company and the terms of the Master Lease between subsidiaries of the Company and subsidiaries of Sears Holdings, Sears Holdings vacated 19 stores totaling 1.9 million square feet of gross leasable area. The aggregate annual base rent at these stores was approximately $5.9 million, or 2.6% of the Company's total annual base rent as of March 31, 2017, including all signed leases. In connection with the termination, Sears Holdings paid Seritage a termination fee of approximately $10.9 million, an amount equal to one year of the aggregate annual base rent and estimated operating expenses for the 19 properties. Subsequent to March 31, 2017, the Company completed the following recapture activity: As of March 31, 2017, the Company’s total market capitalization was $3.6 billion. Total market capitalization is calculated as the sum of total debt and the market value of the Company's outstanding shares of common stock, assuming conversion of operating partnership units. Total debt to total market capitalization was 33.1% and net debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 6.2x. The Company deducts both unrestricted and restricted cash from total debt when calculating net debt. Reconciliations of net loss attributable to common shareholders to EBITDA, and EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA, are provided in the tables accompanying this press release. As of March 31, 2017, the Company had $26.5 million of unrestricted cash and restricted cash of $113.9 million, the substantial majority of which is held in reserve accounts for redevelopment, re-leasing and operating expenses at the Company’s properties. The Company also had approximately $73.0 million of investment capital available under its $100.0 million future funding facility and $100.0 million of borrowing capacity (which amount increased to $150.0 million on May 1, 2017) under the $200.0 million unsecured term loan facility it entered into in February 2017. In February 2017, the Company entered into a $200.0 million senior unsecured delayed draw term loan facility (the “Unsecured Term Loan Facility”) with entities controlled by ESL Investments, Inc. Edward S. Lampert, the Company’s Chairman, is the sole stockholder, chief executive officer and director of ESL Investments, Inc. The Company expects to use the proceeds of the Unsecured Term Loan Facility to fund redevelopment projects and for general corporate purposes. The total commitments under the Unsecured Term Loan Facility are $200.0 million, provided that the maximum draw amount through April 30, 2017 was $100.0 million, which amount increased to $150.0 million on May 1, 2017 and will increase to $200.0 million on September 1, 2017 so long as no cash flow sweep period (as defined in the Company’s existing mortgage loan facility on file with the Securities Exchange Commission) is then in effect and continuing as of such date. Amounts drawn under the Unsecured Term Loan Facility and repaid may not be redrawn. The Unsecured Term Loan Facility will mature the earlier of (i) December 31, 2017 and (ii) the date on which the outstanding indebtedness under the Company’s existing mortgage and mezzanine facilities are repaid in full. The Unsecured Term Loan Facility may be prepaid at any time in whole or in part, without any penalty or premium. The terms of the Unsecured Term Loan Facility were approved by the Company’s Audit Committee and the Company’s Board of Trustees (with Mr. Edward S. Lampert recusing himself). On April 25, 2017, the Company’s Board of Trustees declared a second quarter common stock dividend of $0.25 per each Class A and Class C common share. The dividend will be paid on July 13, 2017 to shareholders of record on June 30, 2017. Holders of units in Seritage Growth Properties, L.P. (the “Operating Partnership”) are entitled to an equal distribution per each Operating Partnership unit held as of June 30, 2017. On February 28, 2017, the Company’s Board of Trustees declared a first quarter common stock dividend of $0.25 per each Class A and Class C common share. The dividend was paid on April 13, 2017 to shareholders of record on March 31, 2017. Holders of units in Operating Partnership were entitled to an equal distribution per each Operating Partnership unit held as of March 31, 2017. A Supplemental Report will be available in the Investors section of the Company’s website, www.seritage.com. The Company makes reference to NOI, Total NOI, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO and Company FFO which are financial measures that include adjustments to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). None of Total NOI, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO or Company FFO, are measures that (i) represent cash flow from operations as defined by GAAP; (ii) are indicative of cash available to fund all cash flow needs, including the ability to make distributions; (iii) are alternatives to cash flow as a measure of liquidity; or (iv) should be considered alternatives to net income (which is determined in accordance with GAAP) for purposes of evaluating the Company’s operating performance. Reconciliations of these measures to the respective GAAP measures we deem most comparable have been provided in the tables accompanying this press release. NOI is defined as income from property operations less property operating expenses. The Company believes NOI provides useful information regarding Seritage, its financial condition, and results of operations because it reflects only those income and expense items that are incurred at the property level. The Company also uses Total NOI, which includes its proportional share of unconsolidated properties. This form of presentation offers insights into the financial performance and condition of the Company as a whole given the Company’s ownership of unconsolidated properties that are accounted for under GAAP using the equity method. The Company also considers Total NOI to be a helpful supplemental measure of its operating performance because it excludes from NOI non-recurring items such as termination fee income, as well as non-cash items such as straight-line rent and amortization of lease intangibles. Annualized Total NOI is an estimate, as of the end of the reporting period, of the annual Total NOI to be generated by the Company’s portfolio including all signed leases and modifications to the Company’s master lease with Sears Holdings with respect to recaptured space. We calculate Annualized Total NOI by adding or subtracting current period adjustments for leases that commenced or expired during the period to Total NOI (as defined) for the period and annualizing, and then adding estimated annual Total NOI attributable to SNO leases and subtracting estimated annual Total NOI attributable to Sears Holdings’ space to be recaptured. Annualized Total NOI is a forward-looking non-GAAP measure for which the Company does not believe it can provide reconciling information to a corresponding forward-looking GAAP measure without unreasonable effort. Earnings Before Interest Expense, Income Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization ("EBITDA") and Adjusted EBITDA EBITDA is defined as net income less depreciation, amortization, interest expense and provision for income and other taxes. EBITDA is a commonly used measure of performance in many industries, but may not be comparable to measures calculated by other companies. The Company believes EBITDA provides useful information to investors regarding its results of operations because it removes the impact of the Company’s capital structure (primarily interest expense) and its asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization). Management also believes the use of EBITDA facilitates comparisons between the Company and other equity REITs, retail property owners who are not REITs, and other capital-intensive companies. The Company makes certain adjustments to EBITDA, which it refers to as Adjusted EBITDA, to account for certain non-cash and non-comparable items, such as termination fee income, unrealized loss on interest rate cap, litigation charges, acquisition-related expenses, and certain up-front-hiring and personnel costs, that it does not believe are representative of ongoing operating results. FFO is calculated in accordance with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts ("NAREIT"), which defines FFO as net income computed in accordance with GAAP, excluding gains (or losses) from property sales, real estate related depreciation and amortization, and impairment charges on depreciable real estate assets. The Company considers FFO a helpful supplemental measure of the operating performance for equity REITs and a complement to GAAP measures because it is a recognized measure of performance by the real estate industry. The Company makes certain adjustments to FFO, which it refers to as Company FFO, to account for certain non-cash and non-comparable items, such as termination fee income, unrealized loss on interest rate cap, litigation charges, acquisition-related expenses, amortization of deferred financing costs and certain up-front-hiring and personnel costs, that it does not believe are representative of ongoing operating results. The Company previously referred to this metric as Normalized FFO; the definition and calculation remain the same. This document contains forward-looking statements, which are based on the current beliefs and expectations of management and are subject to significant risks, assumptions and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: competition in the real estate and retail industries; our substantial dependence on Sears Holdings; Sears Holdings’ termination and other rights under its master lease with us; risks relating to our recapture and redevelopment activities; contingencies to the commencement of rent under leases; the terms of our indebtedness; restrictions with which we are required to comply in order to maintain REIT status and other legal requirements to which we are subject; and our limited operating history. For additional discussion of these and other applicable risks, assumptions and uncertainties, see the “Risk Factors” and forward-looking statement disclosure contained in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. While we believe that our forecasts and assumptions are reasonable, we caution that actual results may differ materially. We intend the forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time made and do not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available, except as required by law. Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed retail REIT with 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 JV properties totaling over 42 million square feet of space across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Pursuant to a master lease, 201 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At several properties, third-party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 24 properties are leased only to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 31 properties through JV investments with General Growth Properties, Inc., Simon Property Group, Inc., and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.
News Article | April 25, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG), a national owner of 266 retail properties totaling over 42 million square feet of gross leasable area, announced today that its Board of Trustees has declared a cash dividend of $0.25 per Class A and Class C common share for the second quarter of 2017. The dividend will be paid on July 13, 2017 to Class A and Class C shareholders of record on June 30, 2017. Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed retail REIT with 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 joint venture properties totaling over 42 million square feet across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Pursuant to a master lease, 203 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At several properties, third party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 20 properties are leased only to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 31 properties through joint venture investments with GGP, Simon Property Group and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.
News Article | April 20, 2017
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Seritage Growth Properties (NYSE:SRG) announced today that it will release its first quarter 2017 financial and operating results in a press release on Thursday, May 4, 2017, after the market close. Seritage Growth Properties is a publicly-traded, self-administered and self-managed retail REIT with 235 wholly-owned properties and 31 joint venture properties totaling over 42 million square feet across 49 states and Puerto Rico. Pursuant to a master lease, 203 of the Company’s wholly-owned properties are leased to Sears Holdings and are operated under either the Sears or Kmart brand. The master lease provides the Company with the right to recapture certain space from Sears Holdings at each property for retenanting or redevelopment purposes. At several properties, third party tenants under direct leases occupy a portion of leasable space alongside Sears and Kmart, and 20 properties are leased only to third parties. The Company also owns 50% interests in 31 properties through joint venture investments with GGP, Simon Property Group and The Macerich Company. A substantial majority of the space at the Company’s JV properties is also leased to Sears Holdings under master lease agreements that provide for similar recapture rights as the master lease governing the Company’s wholly-owned properties.
News Article | May 2, 2017
The SoNo Recording Group (SRG), a leading full-service independent label dedicated to expanding the reach of artists and producers, today announced the signing of R&B Singer Songwriter Joshua Ledet. Joshua’s upcoming release will be marketed and distributed globally by SRG through its partnerships with the ILS Group, the Universal Music Group, and eOne Entertainment. Born in West Lake, Louisiana, Joshua Ledet is a highly-gifted singer, songwriter and performer who possesses a powerful and soulful voice. The youngest of 8 children, church and family played a huge role in Joshua’s early life helping to shape his talent. When he was 12 years old, Joshua made his solo debut at the church where his father was the pastor and his mother was a featured vocalist in the choir. The entire congregation looked on in awe as a pre-teen Joshua Ledet gave them a glimpse of what was to come. Joshua came to national prominence in 2012 during his memorable run on the 11th season of American Idol. Judge Randy Jackson called his performance of the James Brown classic, “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World”, "one of the best in the history of any singing competition,” and fellow judge Steven Tyler declared “I’ve never heard anything like that in my life, IN MY LIFE!”. Claude Villani President and Founder of The SoNo Recording Group states, “Joshua is an amazing talent. We are very excited to welcome him to the SRG family, and we plan to put all the pieces together to provide for his success. Big thanks to David Thomas (Take 6) for his A&R work on this project.” SRG’s head of Radio Promotions Jerry Lembo says “From the first time I witnessed a Joshua Ledet performance it firmly established in my mind that he exemplified the proverbial ‘IT factor’! I look forward to assisting SRG in their effort to promote Joshua to the level of stardom he deserves!”. With the support of some of the best production talent in the industry today, Joshua is currently writing and recording new songs that will be part of his debut on SRG Records to be released later this summer. Joshua’s manager Brian Avnet adds,“Joshua and I are very excited to be working with Claude Villani and his team at SRG We are looking forward to making great music together”. For all inquiries, please contact:
News Article | April 28, 2017
"The fund's objective is to capitalize on the attractive multifamily fundamentals in some of the best western U.S. sub-markets while maximizing the potential to add value through renovation and repositioning of well-located Class-B properties by leveraging SRG's vertical operating capabilities," Montgomery said. "With rents at newer Class A properties at historically high levels in many markets, the ability to offer a value alternative with a quality product is compelling to many renters," he added. The fourth quarter acquisitions were: Solara (238 units) in Seattle, Washington, Regatta (232 units) in Northglen, Colorado, Alanza Place (360 units) in Phoenix, Arizona, and Salado Springs (144 units) in Tempe, Arizona. Previously, nine communities totaling 1,377 apartments were acquired with $114 million in SARES•REGIS Multifamily Fund I in 2013. Both funds are sponsored by SARES•REGIS Group, a privately held firm that is nationally recognized for its acquisitions, development and management of apartments, condominiums, mixed-use communities, office and industrial buildings in the western U.S. Since its founding in 1993, SRG has developed and acquired more than $7 billion in commercial and residential assets. The company manages a combined portfolio of approximately 17,300 apartment units and 21 million square feet of office and industrial space. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/sares-regis-multifamily-fund-acquires-1094-apartments-in-q4-2016-300447770.html
News Article | July 7, 2017
White Wolf Capital LLC (“White Wolf”) is pleased to announce that NSC Technologies, LLC (“NSC”) has acquired Superior Resource Group, Inc. (“SRG”). White Wolf recapitalized NSC, in partnership with NSC’s management team, in November 2016. The acquisition allows both NSC and SRG to expand their service offerings to their clients. Paul Rodriguez, CEO and Founder of NSC, noted “We are really excited about this acquisition and look forward to partnering with SRG’s management team. NSC is committed to providing the necessary resources and capital to support further growth and expansion”. Details of the transaction were not disclosed. Superior Resource Group, Inc., located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, provides premier contract engineering services, such as skilled trades staffing and direct placements, to clients in a wide range of industries. The company has established a well-recognized brand name for its entrepreneurial spirit and employs a collaborative and consultative management recruiting approach to ensure project results that exceed management and client expectations. For further information, please visit: http://www.superior-rg.com. NSC specializes in staffing and workforce management solutions for a wide range of industries: defense, marine, energy, and industrial markets. NSC’s staffing experts identify top technical professionals and craftsman who are reliable, verifiably skilled, and safety-minded to support customers as direct hire or contingent employees. For further information, please visit: http://www.nsc-tech.com. White Wolf is a private investment firm that began operations in late 2011 and is focused on management buyouts, recapitalizations and investments in leading middle market companies. In general, White Wolf seeks both mezzanine and private equity investment opportunities in companies that are headquartered in North America with $10 million to $100 million in revenues and up to $10 million in EBITDA. Preferred industries include: manufacturing, business services, information technology, security, aerospace and defense. For further information, please visit: http://www.whitewolfcapital.com. NSC is actively seeking add-on acquisition opportunities that meet the following criteria: Please contact Elie Azar, Managing Director, at (917) 420-2145 or by email at elie.azar(at)whitewolfcapital(dot)com to discuss potential acquisition candidates.
News Article | May 24, 2017
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 24, 2017) - Sama Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRG) ("SRG" or the "Company") today announced that preliminary results received from its drilling program currently underway on the Lola Graphite property in the Republic of Guinea, have significantly expanded the Company's perceived potential of the property. The 4,800-meter drilling program is underway on the property with an objective to delineate National Instrument 43-101 mineral resources. The Company has completed 83 boreholes totalling approximately 2,300 meters, representing approximately 50% of the program. The drilling program started testing the eastern edge of the deposit and its boundary with the barren gneiss; composite results shown in Table 1 are from the first 15 boreholes from that area. Drilling has now moved to the core of the mineralization where the thickness of the weathered profile exceeds the initially estimated 20 meters considerably, with several holes demonstrating thicknesses of up to 30 to 35 meters and resulting in an average weathered profile of approximately 28 meters. Assays results for the core sector are still pending. Furthermore, recent drilling has intercepted several occurrences of semi-massive to massive graphite vein material. These intercepts range from a few centimeters to up to 1.1-meters thick in four boreholes. The presence of these amorphous graphite veins support the magmatic origin of the carbon material, hence its exceptional chemical purity. The exceptional chemical purity of the Lola Graphite deposit contrasts greatly when compared with numerous other graphite deposits in the world as the carbon in other graphite deposits carries impurities such as vanadium and molybdenum, which necessitate removal. The current drilling program aims at producing the first mineral estimates that will be included in the Preliminary Economic Assessment planned for Q4 2017. Boreholes are drilled on a 50 m x 20 m and 100 m x 20 m drilling spacing covering approximately 16% of the total surface area of deposit as defined by geological mapping, a geophysical Max-Min survey and previous drilling and pitting. Graphitic carbon tenors obtained in the first 15 boreholes (Table 1) of the current campaign are well aligned with expectations as the area drilled at the eastern boundary was just off the core of the deposit. The following table illustrates the details of the mineralized intervals for 15 holes drilled at the Lola Graphite Deposit. Intervals were defined using 1.0% Cg cut-off grades. The Lola Graphite deposit can be compared to the leading group of properties in terms of graphite flake size distribution and chemical purity. Results from flotation tests indicate that 89% of the concentrate is made of super-jumbo, jumbo and large flakes sizes. Super-jumbo flake size (>0.50 mm) accounts for 29% of the concentrate with purities of 96% and 97% Cg (reference SRG's press release dated February 21, 2017). Purification tests performed by ProGraphite GmbH confirmed that the graphite could easily be upgraded with standard processes to levels above 99.5%, with most elements, already under the limits for battery applications. The purification performed during testing was "mild" compared to the "harsh" purification usually applied for lithium-ion battery grade graphite, thereby attesting again to the likelihood that the material will be very suitable for such an application. Furthermore, the combination of very favourable ash composition, high crystallinity, high oxidation resistance and excellent purification behaviour makes the graphite very valuable for demanding new tech applications, including energy applications and particularly with regard to spherical graphite for lithium-ion batteries. Drilling was performed using Sama Resources' Coretech core drill rig. Core logging and sampling were performed at SRG's facility in Gogota village. Sample preparations were performed by Bureau Veritas Mineral Laboratory's facility in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Pulp samples were delivered to Activation Laboratories Ltd, Ancaster, Thunder Bay, Canada for assaying. All samples were assayed for graphitic carbon by infrared. SRG is a Canadian-based company focused on developing the Lola Graphite deposit, located in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. SRG is committed to operate in a socially, environmentally and ethically responsible manner. For additional information, please visit SRG's website at www.srggraphite.com. Neither the TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. Certain of the statements made and information contained herein are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Canadian securities legislation or "forward-looking information" within the meaning of the Ontario Securities Act and the Securities Act (British Columbia). This includes statements concerning the Company's plans at its mineral properties, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company, or industry results, to vary or be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Information regarding drilling results may also be deemed to be forward-looking statements or forward-looking information in that they reflect a prediction of what may be found to be present when and if a project is actually developed. Forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or results to differ from those reflected in the forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, including, without limitation, the availability of financing for activities, risks and uncertainties relating to the interpretation of drill results and the estimation of mineral resources and reserves, the geology, grade and continuity of mineral deposits, the possibility that future exploration, development or mining results will not be consistent with the Company's expectations, metal price fluctuations, environmental and regulatory requirements, availability of permits, escalating costs of remediation and mitigation, risk of title loss, the effects of accidents, equipment breakdowns, labour disputes or other unanticipated difficulties with or interruptions in exploration or development, the potential for delays in exploration or development activities, the inherent uncertainty of cost estimates and the potential for unexpected costs and expenses, commodity price fluctuations, currency fluctuations, expectations and beliefs of management and other risks and uncertainties. In addition, forward-looking statements and forward-looking information are based on various assumptions. Should one or more of these risks and uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in forward-looking information or forward-looking statements. Accordingly, readers are advised not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements or forward-looking information. Except as required under applicable securities legislation, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise forward-looking statements or forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
News Article | May 11, 2017
Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (ISIN: FR0010221234 - Euronext Paris: ETL) today reported revenues for the Third Quarter and Nine Months ended 31 March 2017. Note: Since its First Half results on 9 February 2017, Eutelsat now publishes its revenues on the basis of five applications: Video, Fixed Data and Government Services (Core Businesses), Fixed Broadband and Mobile Connectivity (Connectivity). Please refer to the note in the appendix to H1 results release for more details. Rodolphe Belmer, Chief Executive Officer, commented: “Revenues for the Third Quarter were in line with our expectations, with a solid underlying performance in Broadcast. In consequence we affirm our revenue target for the Full Year with an outturn around the middle of our range of objectives. During the quarter, we have made solid commercial progress, with an outcome of the Department of Defense Spring renewal campaign in line with expectations as well as the sale of new and renewal capacity at a number of our Video neighbourhoods. We have continued to maximise capex efficiencies notably with the agreement to host the EGNOS navigation system payload on EUTELSAT 5 West B and the contract with Blue Origin to further diversify our options for access to space. We have made significant headway on our strategic roadmap, with the closure of the first phase of the ViaSat partnership agreement. These elements enable us to look the medium term return to growth with confidence.” During the Third Quarter, Eutelsat made further headway with Third Quarter revenues stood at €364.3 million, down 4.2% at constant currency and perimeter. On a reported basis, revenues were down 4.9% reflecting a 1.9 point negative perimeter effect (reflecting the disposal5 of Alterna’TV, Wins/DHI and DSAT Cinema) and a 1.2 point positive currency effect. Quarter-on-quarter, revenues were down 1.6% on a reported basis and down 2.9% on a like-for-like basis. Unless otherwise stated, all variations indicated below are on a like-for-like basis. Third Quarter revenues for Video Applications amounted to €228.1 million, down 4.1% year-on-year. Revenues from Broadcast were down 3.5% year-on-year with the negative impact of the rationalisation of capacity at the HOTBIRD position and lower revenues from FRANSAT more than offsetting the contribution of incremental capacity launched during the course of last year (mainly EUTELSAT 36C for Sub-Saharan Africa). Without these two negative elements, Broadcast revenues would have been slightly growing. Professional Video revenues were down 9.1% year-on-year, reflecting continued pressure on contribution services in this application. Revenues were down by 0.9% quarter-on-quarter. This sequential decline was fully attributable to Professional Video, with Broadcast revenues broadly stable, despite the end of the contract with Orange TV from 1 January 2017, reflecting sustained performance in emerging markets. At 31 March 2017, the total number of channels broadcast by Eutelsat satellites stood at 6,356, up 3.2% year-on-year. HD penetration continued to rise, representing 16.6% of channels compared to 13.1% a year earlier, or 1,057 channels, up from 807 (+31%) a year earlier. On the commercial front, a multi-year, multi-transponder contract was signed with NTV-PLUS covering the Express-AT2 satellite at 140° East to reach homes in Far East Russia and incremental capacity on the Express-AT1 satellite at 56° East to consolidate coverage of Siberia. Elsewhere, a multi-year contract with Ethiopia’s INSA agency was also finalised for a new TV platform at 7/8° West neighbourhood, while SRG SSR, Switzerland’s public broadcaster renewed a HOTBIRD transponder on a multi-year basis. Third Quarter revenues for Fixed Data stood at €42.1 million, down 12.6% year-on-year. They continued to reflect ongoing pricing pressure in all geographies, albeit at a slightly slowing pace. Quarter-on-quarter revenues were down by 1.4%. In the Third Quarter, Government Services revenues stood at €45.2 million, down 3.0% year-on-year, reflecting the carry-over effect of lower renewals in the US Department of Defense Spring 2016 campaign. They were broadly unchanged quarter-on-quarter. The latest round of contract renewals with the US administration (Spring 2017) resulted in an estimated renewal rate of approximately 85% and new contracts represented an additional three 36-MHz equivalent transponders. In the Third Quarter, Fixed Broadband revenues stood at €24.2 million, up 36.0% year-on-year, reflecting the positive effect of the entry into service in May 2016 of EUTELSAT 65 West A on which the Ka-band payload is fully leased, and resilient trends in European broadband. In the Third Quarter, Mobile Connectivity revenues stood at €17.2 million, up 21.1% year-on-year, reflecting mainly the full-quarter effect of the agreement with Taqnia for the sale of four spotbeams on the High Throughput payload of the EUTELSAT 3B satellite. Other revenues amounted to €7.5 million in the Third Quarter versus €15.2 million a year earlier and €14.5 million in the Second Quarter. Since 1 January 2017 Other Revenues no longer include revenues related to the agreements with SES at 28.5° East. The number of operational 36 MHz-equivalent transponders stood at 1,374 at 31 March 2017, up by 48 units compared with end-December 2016, reflecting principally the entry into service of EUTELSAT 117 West B in January. As a result, the fill rate stood at 68.2% at end-March 2017 versus 70.9% at end-December 2016, reflecting this new capacity and to a lesser extent the end of a contract with Orange TV. The backlog8 stood at €5.2 billion at 31 March 2017, versus €5.3 billion at end December 2016, and €5.9 billion a year earlier, reflecting natural consumption in the absence of significant renewals. The backlog was equivalent to 3.4 times 2015-16 revenues. Video Applications represented 84% of the backlog. Revenues for the first nine months stood at €1,119.4 million, down 2.0% like-for-like. On a reported basis, they were down 3.3%, reflecting a 1.7 point negative perimeter effect (disposal9 of Alterna’TV, Wins/DHI and DSAT Cinema) and a 0.4 point positive currency effect. Based on the performance of the First Nine Months, the group confirms its financial objectives for the current and next two years: The upcoming launch schedule is indicated below. The launch of EUTELSAT 172B is now scheduled for 1 June. CHANGES IN THE FLEET The Board of Directors of Eutelsat Communications decided to submit to the General Meeting of Shareholders which will be held on 8 November 2017 the appointment of Dominique D’Hinnin (currently permanent representative of FSP) as a Board Member. Following the AGM and subject to the approval of this appointment, Dominique D’Hinnin will replace Michel de Rosen who will step down from his functions as Chairman and Board Member of Eutelsat Communications. Elsewhere, Yohann Leroy was appointed Deputy CEO in addition to his function as Chief Technical Officer, alongside Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial and Development Officer. The option to extend by one year the maturity of the €600 million term loan and of the €200 million revolving credit facility of Eutelsat Communications, was exercised and accepted by the lenders. These facilities will now mature in March 2022. Furthermore, ahead of the refinancing of the €930 million bond maturing in January 2020, the 7-year-mid-swap rate for an outstanding amount of €500 million has been pre-hedged at 112 bps. The €450 million Eutelsat S.A. revolving credit facility maturing in September 2018 was refinanced at attractive terms. The new revolving credit facility will mature in April 2022 with two options for a one-year extension subject to the consent of the lenders for each extension. As a reminder, proforma revenues for FY 2015-16 were published with the H1 revenues release on 9 February 2017. They reflect: The table below shows quarterly proforma revenues for FY 2015-16 and FY 2016-17 under the new classifications: For information purposes, the table below shows reported revenues for FY 2015-16 and first quarter of FY 2016-17 under the former classifications. A conference call will be held on Thursday, 11 May 2017 at 18.30 CET / 17.30 GMT / 12:30 EST To connect to the call, please use the following numbers: Instant replay will be available from 11 May, 21.45 CET to 18 May, 21.45 CET on the following numbers: The financial calendar below is provided for information purposes only. It is subject to change and will be regularly updated. About Eutelsat Communications: Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 39 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service. www.eutelsat.com The forward-looking statements included herein are for illustrative purposes only and are based on management’s current views and assumptions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks. For illustrative purposes only, such risks include but are not limited to: postponement of any ground or in-orbit investments and launches including but not limited to delays of future launches of satellites; impact of financial crisis on customers and suppliers; trends in Fixed Satellite Services markets; development of Digital Terrestrial Television and High Definition television; development of satellite broadband services; Eutelsat Communications’ ability to develop and market Value-Added Services and meet market demand; the effects of competing technologies developed and expected intense competition generally in its main markets; profitability of its expansion strategy; partial or total loss of a satellite at launch or in-orbit; supply conditions of satellites and launch systems; satellite or third-party launch failures affecting launch schedules of future satellites; litigation; ability to establish and maintain strategic relationships in its major businesses; and the effect of future acquisitions and investments. Eutelsat Communications expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise any projections, forecasts or estimates contained in this presentation to reflect any change in events, conditions, assumptions or circumstances on which any such statements are based, unless so required by applicable law. 1 Proforma revenues reflecting disposals of Alterna’TV, Wins/DHI and DSAT Cinema. For more details, please refer to the appendices. 2 At constant currency and perimeter. 3 Other revenues include mainly compensation paid on the settlement of business-related litigation, the impact of EUR/USD currency hedging, the provision of various services or consulting/engineering fees as well as termination fees. 4 The share of each application as a percentage of total revenues is calculated excluding “other revenues”. Unless otherwise stated, all growth indicators are made in comparison with Third Quarter ended 31 March 2016. 5 Alterna TV (Video) deconsolidated from April 2016, Wins/DHI (Mobile Connectivity) deconsolidated from end-August 2016 and DSAT Cinema (Video) from end-October 2016. 6 Number of 36 MHz-equivalent transponders on satellites in stable orbit, back-up capacity excluded. 7 Number of 36 MHz-equivalent transponders utilised on satellites in stable orbit. 8 The backlog represents future revenues from capacity lease agreements and can include contracts for satellites under procurement. 9 Alterna’TV (Video) deconsolidated from April 2016, Wins/DHI (Mobile Connectivity) deconsolidated from end-August 2016 and DSAT Cinema (Video) from end-October 2016. 10 Proforma revenues reflecting disposals of Alterna’TV, Wins/DHI and DSAT Cinema. 11 At constant currency and perimeter. 12 Including capital expenditures and payments under existing export credit facilities and under long-term lease agreements on third party capacity. i) To avoid double-counting, it excludes the €95.2 million payment to RSCC which was accounted in Cash Capex in FY 2015-16. ii) net of the €132.5 million proceeds from the upcoming sale of 49% of the existing European Broadband business to ViaSat 13 Net cash-flow from operating activities - Cash Capex - Interest and Other fees paid net of interest received 14 Discretionary Free-Cash-Flow of €247 million in FY 2015-16.
News Article | September 17, 2017
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News Article | February 21, 2017
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 21, 2017) - Sama Graphite Inc. (TSX VENTURE:SRG) ("SRG" or the "Company") today announced flotation test results from its wholly-owned Lola Graphite project in Guinea, West Africa. Purities of 99.7% and 99.1% were achieved for the +48 mesh (>0.31 millimeters ("mm")) and the -48+80 mesh (between 0.18 mm and 0.31 mm), respectively using a light caustic acid wash (10% concentration). The majority of the concentrate, 89% is made up of flake sizes greater than 0.18 millimeters. Super- jumbo flakes (>0.50 mm) account for 29% of the concentrate with purities of 96.6% and 95.9% graphitic carbon (''Cg") obtained following the basic floatation process (reference: Table 1). "Our Lola deposit has returned, after only four tests, results that support a purity and quality of graphite that is utilizable in a large spectrum of applications," stated Dr. Marc-Antoine Audet, P.Geo, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our objective is to complete a preliminary economic assessment by the third quarter of 2017 and a feasibility study by mid-2018." A 4,800-meter drilling program is underway on the property with an objective to delineate National Instrument 43-101 resources. SRG expects to complete the program by the beginning of July 2017. Concurrently, the Company commenced an Environmental Baseline Study, which is being conducted by the Ivorian organization, SIMPA. Metallurgical processing refinements will continue in the first quarter of 2017 to generate an optimized flow sheet. Metallurgical tests were carried out on surface oxide material from the Lola Graphite deposit by Activation Laboratories Ltd., Thunder Bay, Ontario. Tests included optimization flotation to simplify the process and eliminate previous flash flotation and gravity steps. A conventional flotation and concentrate regrind flow sheet was used. The technical information in this release has been reviewed and approved by Dr. Marc-Antoine Audet, P.Geo, President & CEO, SRG, and a qualified person as defined by National Instrument 43-101, Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects. The Company also announced that, pursuant to its Stock Option Plan and subject to regulatory acceptance, it has granted an aggregate total of 3,583,000 incentive stock options to certain directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company, subject to certain vesting provisions. These options will be exercisable at a price of $0.365 per common share and will expire on February 20, 2027. SRG is a Canadian-based company focused on developing the Lola Graphite deposit, located in the Republic of Guinea, West Africa. SRG is committed to operate in a socially, environmentally and ethically responsible manner. For additional information, please visit SRG's website at www.srggraphite.com. This press release contains information that may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions and accordingly, actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. You are hence cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional Information identifying risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's filings with the Canadian Securities regulators, which filings are available at www.sedar.com. Neither the TSXV nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSXV) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.