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Spark Power’s Revenue Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels with Renewables and Sustainability Leading the Charge

Spark Power’s Revenue Returning to Pre-Pandemic Levels with Renewables and Sustainability Leading the Charge

NOVEMBER 11, 2020 — Spark Power Group Inc. (TSX: SPG), parent company of Spark Power Corp. (“Spark Power” or the “Company”), today announced financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2020. All amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

“Economies across North America and around the world continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and Spark Power is no different,” says Jason Sparaga, co-CEO of Spark Power. “Thanks to our diversification across geographies and customer segments, our focus on industries with stable and growing underlying demand, and our high-quality team, we have been able to weather the worst of the pandemic extremely well, and are coming out strong,” he says. “Our quarterly revenue is now back to pre-pandemic levels, and we expect to see a return to historic rates of organic growth over the next several quarters. While we are continuing to experience margin compression due to competitive pricing pressures and some job inefficiencies arising from COVID-19 restrictions, we are seeing month-to-month improvements, with further gains expected in the coming months.”

“I am particularly excited by the performance of Spark’s Renewables and Sustainability divisions, which have both achieved significant milestones,” says Andrew Clark, co-CEO of Spark Power Corp. He adds: “Our Renewables division is tracking at record revenue levels and growing faster than the industry as a whole. Our Sustainability team continues to develop new offerings designed to bring cost-effective sustainability solutions to our customers. A major milestone was the signing of the Company’s first Power Purchase Agreement, sharing the output of a solar project developed by BluEarth with our long-time customer, the Royal Bank of Canada.”

“We continue to be focused on managing our liquidity as our business grows and demands additional working capital, and our bank, (the Bank of Montreal, “BMO”), continues to be very supportive of our business,” says Dan Ardila, CFO, Spark Power Corp. “While the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy was critical to us, especially in the second quarter, as our business returns to prepandemic levels we are far less dependent on these subsidies and, in fact, we do not expect to qualify for any further funding support in the fourth quarter.”

 

Financial Highlights

  • Quarterly revenue of $61.4 million, as compared to $52.0 million from the comparable quarter in 2019, representing an increase of 18.0%.
  • On a proforma basis, revenue decreased by $0.8 million or 1.3%. Canadian sales were down $5.6 million or 10.0% in the quarter, while U.S. based sales increased $4.8 million or 77.7%.
  • Quarterly adjusted EBITDA of $9.0 million, as compared to $8.2 million from the comparable quarter in 2019 representing an increase of 9.2%. On a proforma basis, Adjusted EBITDA was down $0.8 million or 8.0%.
  • Liquidity decreased from the prior quarter as draws on the Company’s $30.0 million operating line increased to $15.7 million, up from $8.7 million at June 30, 2020, but down from $23.3 million at March 31, 2020 and $17.4 million at December 31, 2019.

 

Business Highlights—Operations

  • BluEarth Renewables signed power purchase agreements with Bullfrog Power and RBC, a 39 MW solar project to be built in southern Alberta.
  • Fisher River Cree Nation unveiled Manitoba’s biggest solar farm, a source of Bullfrog Power’s green energy.
  • Crews from Spark Power’s Eastern Canada High Voltage team spent nearly two months completing storm restoration projects across the Eastern and Southern United States, including restoring power for those affected by Hurricane Laura.
  • Spark Power announced a partnership with EcoGrid Technologies Inc., an energy equipment company that implements advanced IoT-enabled lighting systems that optimize lighting levels and energy use.
  • Spark Power’s Renewables division has entered into a partnership with Envision Digital International Pte. Ltd. and Heliolytics to launch SolarCareTM, a fully integrated operations and maintenance program for solar energy.

 

Business Highlights—Corporate Development

  • Spark Power broke ground at the site of a new head office in Oakville, Ontario. This 40,000 square foot office space, set for completion in 2022, will be designed to focus on the training and development of our field technicians, will be bullfrogpowered and will encompass a number of sustainability features including rooftop solar, electric vehicle charging, and an indoor living wall.
  • During the third quarter, the Company and the Special Committee announced the resumption of the Strategic Review Process (which was paused during the second quarter), intended to explore strategic alternatives to provide equity capital.
  • Working with its bank, BMO, Spark Power extended its COVID-19 loan to November 30, 2020, and the Company is currently working with BMO on an extended repayment plan.
  • The Company has started working with BMO on the syndication of our credit facilities. Through the syndication process, Spark anticipates access to additional debt capital as the company continues to grow.

 

Quarterly Conference Call

Management is hosting an investor conference call and webcast tomorrow, November 12, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results in greater detail. To join by telephone dial: +1 844-602-0380 (toll-free in North America) or +1 862-298-0970 (local and international), with conference ID: 38057. To listen to a live webcast of the call, please visit the investor relations section of Spark Power’s website at https://sparkpowercorp.com/about-us/investor-relations/. An archived replay of the webcast will be available following the conclusion of the call.

Please dial in or log on 10 minutes prior to the start time to provide sufficient time to register for the event.

Spark Power’s Third-Quarter 2020 Interim Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Notes of its Third-Quarter 2020 Management Discussion and Analysis are available on Spark Power’s website at www.sparkpowercorp.com, and will be filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com.

 

About Spark Power

Spark Power is the leading independent provider of end-to-end electrical contracting, operations and maintenance services, and energy sustainability solutions to the industrial, commercial, utility, and renewable asset markets in North America. We work to earn the right to be our customers’ Trusted Partner in Power™. Our highly skilled and dedicated people, located in the communities we serve, combined with our knowledge of the power industry, technology expertise, and commitment to safety, ensures we deliver the right solutions that keep our customers’ operations up and running today and better equipped for tomorrow. Learn more at www.sparkpowercorp.com.

 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements (within the meaning of applicable securities laws) which reflect Spark Power’s current expectations regarding future events. Forward-looking statements are identified by words such as “believe”, “anticipate”, “project”, “expect”, “intend”, “plan”, “will”, “may”, “estimate” and other similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release include statements regarding the Company’s opportunities for future growth, acquisitions, future liquidity and other statements that are not historical fact, and without limitation, includes statements by Messrs. Sparaga, Clark and Ardila relating to COVID-19, government subsidies relating to COVID-19, future revenues and gross margins, and the business and team. The forward-looking statements in this news release are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to control or predict. Several factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among others: the ability of the Company to find a suitable strategic partner, potential buyer or participants for a financing; currency fluctuations; disruptions or changes in the credit or security markets; results of operations; and general developments, market and industry conditions. Readers, therefore, should not place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Further, these forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and, except as expressly required by applicable law, Spark Power assumes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

Selected Consolidated Financial Information

 

The following table is a summary of Spark Power’s results for the periods indicated:

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Investor and Regulatory Inquiries:

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