Brampton, Ontario – May 10, 2023 – DATA Communications Management Corp. (TSX: DCM; OTCQX: DCMDF) (“DCM” or the “Company”), a provider of marketing and business communication solutions to companies across North America, is pleased to report continued momentum in the first quarter of 2023 with revenue up +9.8%, and gross profit up +16.3%, compared to the first quarter of 2022, respectively. Revenue growth has been driven by a combination of expansion revenue with existing clients, and new business wins. Gross margin growth exceeded revenue growth, reflecting the Company’s commitment to operational excellence and driving higher levels of net income.
FIRST QUARTER 2023 HIGHLIGHTS – BUILDING A BIGGER BUSINESS
- Revenue for the first quarter of 2023 was up +9.8%, or +$6.8 million, vs. Q1 year ago (YA), for total revenues of $76.1 million;
- Gross profit accelerated +16.3%, or +$3.3 million for a total of $23.6 million;
- Gross profit as a percentage of revenues grew +1.8 percentage points to 31.1%, vs. 29.3% YA;
- The 63.4% increase in our share price during the quarter resulted in a $4.5 million non-cash mark-to-market expense related to long-term incentive compensation accruals; normalizing for this adjustment, and accounting for acquisition related costs, Adjusted EBITDA¹ was $12.3 million or 16.2% of revenue vs. $9.4 million and 13.6% of revenues YA;
- No restructuring expenses or any other “adjustments” or one-time costs, other than $6.1 million in costs related to the acquisition of Moore Canada Corporation (“MCC”) which is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCM;
- Total debt lower by -17.4%, or -$4.7 million, vs. year end 2022 to $22.6 million.
¹Note: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted net income (loss) as a percentage of revenues are not earnings measures recognized by International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), do not have any standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted net income (loss) as a percentage of revenues should not be construed as alternatives to net income (loss) determined in accordance with IFRS as an indicator of DCM’s performance. For a description of the composition of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues, Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted net income (loss) as a percentage of revenues, why we believe such measures are useful to investors and how we use those measures in our business, together with a quantitative reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income (loss), respectively, see the information under the heading “Non-IFRS Measures” and the information set forth on Table 2 and Table 3.
FIRST QUARTER 2023 OPERATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS – BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS
- On April 24, 2023, DCM closed the acquisition of MCC for a total cash purchase price of $130.8 million, subject to final working capital and other customary post-closing adjustments. With the completion of the acquisition, MCC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCM. The acquisition was funded through a revolving, floating rate credit facility from a Canadian chartered bank, which includes up to $90 million of revolving credit capacity; a $30 million floating rate term loan facility from the bank; and a new $50 million fixed rate credit facility from Fiera Private Debt. Commencing in the second quarter of 2023, DCM will begin to report the financial results of MCC in its consolidated financial reporting.
- Rael Fisher, formerly President of MCC, is leading our post-merger integration process as Chief Integration Officer.
“As we continue our journey building a better and bigger business, I’m pleased to report a first quarter highlighted by the continued strong performance of the DCM business and the substantial progress we made completing the acquisition of the MCC,” said Richard Kellam, CEO and President of DCM.
“In connection with the closing of the MCC acquisition, we announced our updated five-year strategic financial objectives. We are now targeting organic annual revenue growth at a compounded annual growth of 5% per year and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue of more than 14% over the next five years. As a combined company, we are also focused on driving greater efficiency across the business, including our organization, operations, and procurement. We expect to realize total annualized post-merger synergies in the range of $25 – $30 million over the next 18 to 24 months.”
“We are very pleased to have Rael Fisher leading our post-merger integration process. We are off to a very fast start under Rael’s leadership with the support of Boston Consulting Group. Our teams are actively working together serving current customers, pursuing new opportunities to accelerate our growth agenda, and continuing our positive momentum building both a better and bigger business. We look forward to reporting on our consolidated results and progress in future quarters.”
FIRST QUARTER 2023 EARNINGS CALL
The Company will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at 9.00 a.m. Eastern time. Mr. Kellam, and James Lorimer, CFO, will present the first quarter 2023 results followed by a live Q&A period.
Instructions on how to access both the webcast and telephone call are available below. For those unable to join live, a replay of the webcast will be available on the DCM Investor Relations page. DCM will be using Microsoft Teams to broadcast our earnings call, which will be accessible via the options below:
Meeting ID: 228 920 117 001
Or call in (audio only)
+1 647-749-9154,,820674274# Canada, Toronto
Phone Conference ID: 820 674 274#
The Company’s full results will be posted on its Investor Relations page and on www.sedar.com. A video message from Mr. Kellam will also be posted on the Company’s website.
Please see the below pdf for more information.
Click here to open the PDF
About DATA Communications Management Corp.
DCM is a marketing and business communications partner that helps companies simplify the complex ways they communicate and operate, so they can accomplish more with fewer steps and less effort. For over 60 years, DCM has been serving major brands in vertical markets including financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, other regulated industries, and the public sector. We integrate seamlessly into our clients’ businesses thanks to our deep understanding of their needs, transformative tech-enabled solutions, and end-to-end service offering. Whether we’re running technology platforms, sending marketing messages, or managing print pieces, our goal is to make every interaction with us surprisingly simple.
Additional information relating to DATA Communications Management Corp. is available on www.datacm.com, and in the disclosure documents filed by DATA Communications Management Corp. on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com.
For further information, contact:
Mr. Richard Kellam
President & Chief Executive Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
Mr. James E. Lorimer
Chief Financial Officer
DATA Communications Management Corp.
Tel: (905) 791-3151
Certain statements in this press release constitute “forward looking” statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, objectives or achievements of DCM, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance, objectives, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. When used in this press release, words such as “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “estimate”, “believe”, “intend”, “plan”, and other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect DCM’s current views regarding future events and operating performance, are based on information currently available to DCM, and speak only as of the date of this press release.
These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions and should not be read as guarantees that future performance or results will be achieved. Many factors could cause the actual results, performance, objectives, or achievements of DCM to be materially different from any future results, performance, objectives, or achievements that may be expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Additional factors are discussed under the headings “Liquidity and capital resources” and “Risks and Uncertainties” in DCM’s management’s discussion and analysis, annual information form, and other publicly available disclosure documents, as filed by DCM on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).
Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this presentation as intended, planned, anticipated, believed, estimated, or expected. Unless required by applicable securities law, DCM does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.