WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - May 30, 2013) - Empire Industries Ltd. (TSX VENTURE:EIL) today reported its unaudited consolidated financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. The unaudited consolidated financial statements and MD&A have been filed on SEDAR and can be viewed at or at

For the year and quarter ended March 31
($ millions except share price and per share amounts) Q1
Financial Results
Revenue 23.8 16.8
Adjusted Gross Profit ($)2 4.3 2.2
Adjusted EBITDA ($)3 1.5 0.3
Net income from continuing operations 1.1 1.2
Net income from all operations 1.1 1.1
Financial Position (at March 31)
Total assets 43.3 30.8
Long-term debt 3.9 4.2
Shareholders' equity 8.3 8.8
Basic Per Share Information
Income per share from continuing operations 0.01 0.01
Income per share from all operations 0.01 0.01
Diluted Per Share Information
Income per share from continuing operations 0.01 0.01
Income per share from all operations 0.01 0.01
1 Prepared in accordance with IFRS.
2 Adjusted Gross Profit takes into account revenues and direct and indirect cost of sales excluding depreciation and amortization. While not an IFRS measure, Adjusted Gross Profit is a key metric used by management to assess the operational performance of the Group.
3 Adjusted earnings (loss) before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) is not defined by IFRS. The definition of Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account the Group's share of profit of an associate investment, gains and losses on the disposal of assets, fair value changes in foreign currency forward contracts and non-cash components of stock based compensation. While not IFRS measures, Adjusted EBITDA is used by management, creditors, analysts, investors and other financial stakeholders to assess the Group's performance and management from a financial and operational perspective.
Summary of results
  • Revenues from continuing operations increased by $7.0 million or 42% in the first quarter of 2013 to $23.8 million.
  • EBITDA from continuing operations increased by $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2013 to $1.5 million.
  • The Group had net income of $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2013 ($0.01 per share), versus net income of $1.1 million ($0.01 per share) in the first quarter of 2012.
  • Backlog has increased to $111 million at April 30, 2013 from $92.0 million at December 31, 2012;

"The effects of the Company's strategic transformation is now starting to show in our financial results," said Guy Nelson, CEO of Empire Industries. "Our 42% increase in revenue over the prior year's first quarter, is a direct result of executing some of our substantial and growing backlog. The $1.2 million increase in EBITDA from continuing operations arises from higher utilization rates on increased sales volumes, as well as a 5.2% increase in gross profit margin to 18.1% from 12.9%. This higher margin flows from our strategic repositioning in the market to higher value added product manufacturing."

About Empire Industries Ltd.

Empire Industries Ltd. manufactures specialized engineered products and sells these products domestically and in select international export markets. The company has developed, designed and engineered products for the rapidly growing, global, media based attractions market. The company also provides steel fabrication & installation services, primarily to the industrial, commercial and infrastructure market in Western Canada. The company also has two key strategic equity partnerships; a 49% ownership of ACE Industrial Services that operates in the oil sands industrial maintenance services market, and a 45% ownership of a Chinese joint venture company in the steel fabrication market in Asia. Empire's common shares are listed on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol EIL.

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Contact Information:

Empire Industries Ltd.
Guy Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
(416) 366-7977

Empire Industries Ltd.
Allan Francis
Vice President - Corporate Affairs and Administration
(204) 589-9301