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Telesat Reports Results for the Quarter Ended September 30, 2016

OTTAWA, Nov. 02, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Telesat Holdings Inc. (“Telesat”) today announced its consolidated financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2016. All amounts are in Canadian dollars and are reported under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) unless otherwise noted.

Telesat confirms that these consolidated financial results are unchanged from the preliminary three and nine month results released on October 26, 2016.

Three Months Ended September 30, 2016

For the quarter ended September 30, 2016, Telesat reported revenues of $224 million, a decrease of approximately 7% ($18 million) compared to the same period in 2015. During the quarter, the U.S. dollar was approximately 1% stronger than it was during the third quarter of 2015 and, as a result, there was a favorable impact on the conversion of U.S. dollar denominated revenues. When adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes, revenue declined by 8% (a decrease of $19 million) compared to the same period in 2015. The largest contributor to the reduction in revenue relative to the same period last year was short-term services provided to another satellite operator in the third quarter of 2015 that did not recur in the third quarter of 2016.

Operating expenses of $40 million for the quarter were 10% ($4 million) lower than the same period in 2015, with no impact from changes in foreign exchange rates. The reduction in operating expenses was principally attributable to lower costs of third party satellite capacity, lower Canadian spectrum license fees and lower equipment sales.

Adjusted EBITDA1 for the quarter was $186 million, a decrease of 6% ($12 million) compared to the same period in 2015 and a decrease of 7% ($13 million) when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin1 improved to 83.0% in the third quarter of 2016 from 81.9% during the same period in 2015.

Telesat’s net income for the quarter was $15 million compared to a net loss of $139 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2015. The $154 million difference was principally the result of a reduction in the mainly non-cash loss on foreign exchange partially offset by higher depreciation expense.

Nine Months Ended September 30, 2016

For the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, revenue was $691 million, a decrease of 1% ($7 million) compared to the same period in 2015. During the first three quarters of 2016, the U.S. dollar was 6% stronger than it was during the first three quarters of 2015. When adjusted for changes in foreign exchange rates, revenues declined 3% ($22 million) compared to the same period in 2015. The largest contributor to the reduction in revenue relative to the same period last year was lower revenue from the energy and resource sector.

Operating expenses were $129 million, or 3% ($4 million) lower than the first nine months of 2015 or 5% ($7 million) lower when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The reduction in operating expenses was principally attributable to lower costs of third party satellite capacity and lower Canadian spectrum license fees.

Adjusted EBITDA1 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $568 million, virtually unchanged compared to the same period in 2015 and 2% ($13 million) lower when adjusted for foreign exchange rate changes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin1 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was 82.3%, compared to 81.6% in the same period in 2015.

For the nine month period ended September 30, 2016, net income was $314 million, compared to a net loss of $237 million for the same period in 2015. The variation for the nine month period ended September 30, 2016 was principally the result of a mainly non-cash gain on foreign exchange in 2016 compared to a mainly non-cash loss on foreign exchange in 2015 arising from the translation of Telesat’s U.S. dollar denominated debt into Canadian dollars.

“I am pleased with our third quarter performance and our results for the first nine months of the year,” commented Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO. “Although results for the quarter are down relative to last year, with the largest contributor being certain short-term satellite services we provided to another satellite operator in Q3 2015, year to date results are broadly stable compared to last year and we continued to improve our operating efficiency, with an 83% Adjusted EBITDA margin1 for the quarter. This solid performance highlights the strength and stability of our overall business, which is underpinned by our industry leading contractual backlog to revenue ratio. Looking ahead, we remain focused on the sale of our available in-orbit capacity as well as the construction of Telstar 19 VANTAGE and Telstar 18 VANTAGE, both of which we anticipate to launch in the first half of 2018.”

Business Highlights

  • At September 30, 2016:
    • Telesat had contracted backlog for future services of approximately $4.4 billion.
    • Fleet utilization was 94% for Telesat’s North American fleet and 66% for Telesat’s international fleet.

Conference Call

Telesat has scheduled a conference call on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. ET to discuss its financial results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2016, and other recent developments. The call will be hosted by Daniel S. Goldberg, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michel Cayouette, Chief Financial Officer, of Telesat.

Prior to the commencement of the call, Telesat will post a news release containing its financial results on its website (www.telesat.com) under the tab “News & Events” and the heading “News”.

Dial-in Instructions:
The toll-free dial-in number for the teleconference is +1 (866) 225-0198. Callers outside of North America should dial +1 (416) 340-2216. The conference reference number is 4227927. Please allow at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to connect to the teleconference.

Dial-in Audio Replay:
A replay of the teleconference will be available one hour after the end of the call on November 2, 2016, until 11:59 p.m. ET on November 17, 2016. To access the replay, please call +1 (800) 408-3053. Callers outside of North America should dial +1 (905) 694-9451. The access code is 2632487 followed by the number sign (#).

All Adjusted EBITDA1 and Adjusted EBITDA1 margins included in this release are non-IFRS financial measures, as described in the End Notes section of this release. For information reconciling non-IFRS financial measures to the most comparable IFRS financial measures, please see the consolidated financial information below.

Forward-Looking Statements Safe Harbor

This news release contains statements that are not based on historical fact and are ‘‘forward-looking statements’’ within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this news release, the words “looking ahead”, and “anticipate”, or other variations of these words or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and information. Actual results may differ materially from the expectations expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements as a result of known and unknown risks and uncertainties. Detailed information about some of the known risks and uncertainties is included in the “Risk Factors” section of Telesat Holdings Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 20-F for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 which can be obtained on the SEC website at http://www.sec.gov. Known risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: risks associated with operating satellites and providing satellite services, including satellite construction or launch delays, launch failures, in-orbit failures or impaired satellite performance, volatility in exchange rates and risks associated with domestic and foreign government regulation. The foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The information contained in this news release reflects Telesat’s beliefs, assumptions, intentions, plans and expectations as of the date of this news release. Except as required by law, Telesat disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update or revise the information herein.

About Telesat (www.telesat.com)

Telesat is a leading global satellite operator, providing reliable and secure satellite-delivered communications solutions worldwide to broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers. Headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities around the world, the company’s state-of-the-art fleet consists of 15 satellites plus the Canadian payload on ViaSat-1 with two new satellites under construction. An additional two prototype satellites are under construction and will be deployed in low earth orbit. Telesat also manages the operations of additional satellites for third parties. Privately held, Telesat’s principal shareholders are Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:LORL).

Telesat Holdings Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
For the periods ended September 30
Three months Nine months
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenue $ 224,172 $ 242,220 $ 690,791 $ 698,219
Operating expenses (39,599) (44,189) (128,748) (132,936)
184,573 198,031 562,043 565,283
Depreciation (56,193) (51,585) (168,671) (155,630)
Amortization (6,963) (6,908) (20,723) (21,002)
Other operating losses, net (6) (9) (2,553) (35)
Operating income 121,411 139,529 370,096 388,616
Interest expense (46,289) (46,317) (143,354) (136,519)
Interest and other income 1,988 1,097 4,362 2,794
Gain (loss) on changes in fair value of financial instruments 4,222 (6,174) (20,075) (13,986)
(Loss) gain on foreign exchange (47,063) (207,373) 161,436 (414,651)
Income (loss) before tax 34,269 (119,238) 372,465 (173,746)
Tax expense (19,483) (20,160) (58,584) (63,710)
Net income (loss) $ 14,786 $ (139,398) $ 313,881 $ (237,456)


Telesat Holdings Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited)September 30,
2016
December 31,
2015
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $790,326 $690,726
Trade and other receivables 46,838 50,781
Other current financial assets 2,546 1,186
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,604 17,100
Total current assets 853,314 759,793
Satellites, property and other equipment 1,887,978 1,925,265
Deferred tax assets 9,186 7,791
Other long-term financial assets 20,911 40,362
Other long-term assets 13,036 13,438
Intangible assets 835,331 811,397
Goodwill 2,446,603 2,446,603
Total assets $6,066,359 $6,004,649
Liabilities
Trade and other payables $31,148 $44,166
Other current financial liabilities 50,000 36,425
Other current liabilities 87,800 80,637
Current indebtedness 1,511,566 87,386
Total current liabilities 1,680,514 248,614
Long-term indebtedness 2,302,171 3,975,835
Deferred tax liabilities 442,113 467,971
Other long-term financial liabilities 87,120 94,190
Other long-term liabilities 354,490 299,911
Total liabilities 4,866,408 5,086,521
Shareholders' Equity
Share capital 658,735 656,874
Accumulated earnings 485,178 188,479
Reserves 56,038 72,775
Total shareholders' equity 1,199,951 918,128
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $6,066,359 $6,004,649


Telesat Holdings Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the nine months ended September 30
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss) $ 313,881 $ (237,456)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash flows from operating activities
Depreciation 168,671 155,630
Amortization 20,723 21,002
Tax expense 58,584 63,710
Interest expense 143,354 136,519
Interest income (4,952) (2,835)
(Gain) loss on foreign exchange (161,436) 414,651
Loss on changes in fair value of financial instruments 20,075 13,986
Share-based compensation 4,881 3,877
Loss on disposal of assets 2,553 35
Other (27,935) (29,099)
Income taxes paid, net of income taxes received (93,158) (125,693)
Interest paid, net of capitalized interest and interest received (101,166) (103,516)
Repurchase of stock options (24,658)
Operating assets and liabilities 96,709 10,160
Net cash from operating activities 416,126 320,971
Cash flows used in investing activities
Satellite programs, including capitalized interest (166,385) (64,445)
Purchase of property and other equipment (4,986) (7,040)
Purchase of intangible assets (42,099) (5)
Net cash used in investing activities (213,470) (71,490)
Cash flows used in financing activities
Repayment of indebtedness (74,643) (55,182)
Capital lease payments (22)
Satellite performance incentive payments (7,424) (4,916)
Settlement of derivatives (55)
Net cash used in financing activities (82,144) (60,098)
Effect of changes in exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents (20,912) 33,431
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 99,600 222,814
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 690,726 497,356
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 790,326 $ 720,170

Telesat’s Adjusted EBITDA margin1

Three months ended September 30, Nine months ended September 30,
(in thousands of Canadian dollars) (unaudited) 2016 2015 2016
2015
Net income (loss) $ 14,786 $ (139,398) $ 313,881 $ (237,456)
Tax expense 19,483 20,160 58,584 63,710
(Gain) loss on changes in fair value of financial instruments (4,222) 6,174 20,075 13,986
Loss (gain) on foreign exchange 47,063 207,373 (161,436) 414,651
Interest and other income (1,988) (1,097) (4,362) (2,794)
Interest expense 46,289 46,317 143,354 136,519
Depreciation 56,193 51,585 168,671 155,630
Amortization 6,963 6,908 20,723 21,002
Other operating losses, net 6 9 2,553 35
Non-recurring compensation expenses, including severance payments 18 94 1,320 485
Non-cash expense related to share-based compensation 1,557 247 4,881 3,877
Adjusted EBITDA $ 186,148 $ 198,372 $ 568,244 $ 569,645
Revenue $ 224,172 $ 242,220 $ 690,791 $ 698,219
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 83.0% 81.9% 82.3% 81.6%

End Notes

1 The common definition of EBITDA is “Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.” In evaluating financial performance, Telesat uses revenue and deducts certain operating expenses (including share-based compensation expense and unusual and non-recurring items, including restructuring related expenses) to obtain operating income before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“Adjusted EBITDA”) and the Adjusted EBITDA margin (defined as the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to revenue) as measures of Telesat’s operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA allows Telesat and investors to compare Telesat’s operating results with that of competitors exclusive of depreciation and amortization, interest and investment income, interest expense, taxes and certain other expenses. Financial results of competitors in the satellite services industry have significant variations that can result from timing of capital expenditures, the amount of intangible assets recorded, the differences in assets’ lives, the timing and amount of investments, the effects of other income (expense), and unusual and non-recurring items. The use of Adjusted EBITDA assists Telesat and investors to compare operating results exclusive of these items. Competitors in the satellite services industry have significantly different capital structures. Telesat believes the use of Adjusted EBITDA improves comparability of performance by excluding interest expense.

Telesat believes the use of Adjusted EBITDA and the Adjusted EBITDA margin along with IFRS financial measures enhances the understanding of Telesat’s operating results and is useful to Telesat and investors in comparing performance with competitors, estimating enterprise value and making investment decisions. Adjusted EBITDA as used here may not be the same as similarly titled measures reported by competitors. Adjusted EBITDA should be used in conjunction with IFRS financial measures and is not presented as a substitute for cash flows from operations as a measure of Telesat’s liquidity or as a substitute for net income as an indicator of Telesat’s operating performance.

For further information: Michael Bolitho, Telesat, +1 (613) 748-8700 ext. 2336 (ir@telesat.com)

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