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North American Construction Group Ltd. Announces Record Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2023

ACHESON, Alberta, July 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- North American Construction Group Ltd. ("NACG") today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2023. Unless otherwise indicated, financial figures are expressed in Canadian dollars, and comparisons are to the prior period ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2023 Highlights:

  • Equipment utilization of 61% benefited from the strong momentum heading into the quarter, a quick spring break up in April, and continued steady demand for heavy equipment but was impacted in June by unusually wet weather as well as a required fleet remobilization in the oil sands region.
  • Reported revenue of $193.6 million, compared to $168.0 million in the same period last year, was generated primarily by the equipment fleet in the oil sands region. When comparing to Q2 2022, the revenue increase included full quarter impacts of updated equipment rates and the acquisition of ML Northern Services Ltd.
  • Combined revenue of $277.0 million, compared to $228.0 million in the same period last year, reflected both the demand for our heavy equipment fleet as well as another strong quarter from the increasing capacities of our Indigenous joint ventures.
  • Our net share of revenue from equity consolidated joint ventures of $158.5 million compared favourably to $125.8 million in the same period last year. Quarterly revenue was primarily generated by our Indigenous joint ventures but activity, scope and run rates within the Fargo-Moorhead project continue to increase.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $51.8 million and margin of 18.7% compared favorably to the prior period metrics of $41.6 million and 18.3%, respectively, and set a new Q2 record for the Company as revenue increases drove higher gross EBITDA while margin improvements were mostly offset during the month of June from difficult working conditions and fleet remobilization.
  • Cash flows generated from operating activities of $40.2 million, compared to $35.5 million in the same period last year, as the higher earnings generated were largely offset by the timing of lower cash dividends received from joint ventures and the settlement of deferred share units that occurred during the quarter.
  • Free cash flow used in the quarter was $4.3 million as adjusted EBITDA was primarily used for sustaining capital maintenance and cash interest. Timing of cash distributions from our joint ventures impact quarterly free cash flow but are expected to be realized prior to year end.
  • Net debt was $394.3 million at June 30, 2023, an increase of $10.2 million from March 31, 2023, as timing impacts of free cash flow, growth spending, and dividends required debt financing during the quarter.
  • The equipment rebuilding program continued its momentum with the sale and commissioning of another ultra-class unit bringing the total Mikisew joint venture haul truck fleet to sixteen.

"The second quarter is always the most difficult to navigate from an operating perspective, but despite the rainy weather and fleet remobilization, the business posted historical high Q2 results in almost every fundamental metric we measure. These results further increase my confidence in the NACG team and our business continuing to meet or exceed expectations while advancing our overall corporate strategy. The Fargo-Moorhead project is hitting its stride and, as we surpass the 10% completion mark, this project will become a meaningful contributor for several years. The business remains focused on executing and I am excited about the second half of the year," said Joseph Lambert, President and CEO.

Consolidated Financial Highlights

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenue $193,573  $168,028  $436,178  $344,739 
Total combined revenue(i)  276,953   227,954   597,570   464,540 
Gross profit  21,531   12,440   62,450   34,391 
Gross profit margin(i)  11.1%  7.4%  14.3%  10.0%
Combined gross profit(i)  36,194   21,839   91,932   54,347 
Combined gross profit margin(i)(ii)  13.1%  9.6%  15.4%  11.7%
Operating income  10,270   6,301   35,797   21,943 
Adjusted EBITDA(i)(iii)  51,833   41,649   136,456   99,389 
Adjusted EBITDA margin(i)(iii)  18.7%  18.3%  22.8%  21.4%
Net income  12,262   7,514   34,108   21,071 
Adjusted net earnings(i)  12,489   4,717   37,766   19,316 
Cash provided by operating activities  40,185   35,485   72,009   59,670 
Cash provided by operating activities prior to change in working capital(i)  27,145   33,373   92,980   78,227 
Free cash flow(i)  (4,282)  10,393   (30,395)  (928)
Purchase of PPE  38,419   27,121   74,915   52,386 
Sustaining capital additions(i)  38,311   22,341   85,502   56,580 
Growth capital additions(i)  2,748      2,748    
Basic net income per share $0.46  $0.27  $1.29  $0.75 
Adjusted EPS(i) $0.47  $0.17  $1.43  $0.69 

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".
(ii)Combined gross profit margin is calculated using combined gross profit over total combined revenue.
(iii)Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated using adjusted EBITDA over total combined revenue.

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands)  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Cash provided by operating activities $40,185  $35,485  $72,009  $59,670 
Cash used in investing activities  (39,236)  (25,092)  (80,153)  (51,903)
Capital additions financed by leases  (7,979)     (24,999)  (8,695)
Add back:        
Growth capital additions(i)  2,748      2,748    
Free cash flow(i) $(4,282) $10,393  $(30,395) $(928)

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Declaration of Quarterly Dividend

On July 25, 2023, the NACG Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend (the "Dividend") of ten Canadian cents ($0.10) per common share, payable to common shareholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2023. The Dividend will be paid on October 6, 2023, and is an eligible dividend for Canadian income tax purposes.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2023

Revenue of $193.6 million represented a $25.5 million (or 15%) increase from Q2 2022. Revenue across all major sites in the oil sands region has continued to see year-over-year revenue growth with our heavy equipment fleet at Fort Hills driving the largest increase as the site continues to ramp up. Equipment utilization of 61% benefited from the strong momentum heading into the quarter, a quick spring break up in April, and continued steady demand for heavy equipment but was significantly impacted in June by unusually wet weather as well as a required fleet remobilization in the oil sands region. Maintenance headcount levels have remained consistent which continues to lower equipment repair backlog and increased mechanical availability. The purchase of ML Northern Services Ltd.'s ("ML Northern") fuel and lube fleet, which occurred on October 1, 2022, and DGI Trading had modest impacts on revenue increases with services and sales provided to external customers. Lastly, another ultra-class haul truck was sold to and commissioned by the Mikisew North American Limited Partnership ("MNALP"), bringing its haul truck fleet to sixteen.

Combined revenue of $277.0 million represented a $49.0 million (or 21%) increase from Q2 2022. Our share of revenue generated in Q2 2023 by joint ventures and affiliates was $83.4 million, compared to $59.9 million in Q2 2022 (an increase of 39%). Consistent with the prior year, top-line performance was driven by the Nuna Group of Companies ("Nuna"), as they continued their project execution at the gold mine in Northern Ontario. The other drivers of the revenue increases were the joint ventures dedicated to the Fargo-Moorhead flood diversion project, which posted solid top-line revenue as the project ramps up, and the aforementioned expanding revenue capacity from rebuilt ultra-class and 240-ton haul trucks directly owned by MNALP.

Adjusted EBITDA of $51.8 million represented an increase of $10.2 million (or 24%) from the Q2 2022 result of $41.6 million, consistent with increases in combined revenue. The adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.7% reflected normal impacts typically incurred in the second quarter during the transition from winter to spring at the mine sites, particularly in Fort McMurray. In addition, the difficult wet conditions in June had a significant impact on margin as low equipment utilization of less than 50% in the month resulted in fixed costs both at the operational sites and corporate facilities becoming a factor in impacting the overall EBITDA margins.

Depreciation of our equipment fleet was 12.6% of revenue in the quarter, compared to 15.7% in Q2 2022, benefiting from efficient and productive use of the equipment fleet. Our internal maintenance programs continue to produce low-cost and longer life components which is impacting depreciation rates. In addition to these factors, our lower capital intensive services continue to have noticeable impacts on the depreciation percentage when comparing to previous benchmarks.

General and administrative expenses (excluding stock-based compensation) were $7.2 million, or 3.7% of revenue, compared to $6.9 million, or 4.1% of revenue in Q2 2022. Consistent costs were incurred as increases from ML Northern and cost items impacted by inflation were mostly offset by cost discipline in discretionary areas and incremental G&A recoveries from our joint ventures.

Cash related interest expense (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".) for the quarter was $7.2 million at an average cost of debt of 6.9%, compared to 5.2% in Q2 2022, as rate increases posted by the Bank of Canada directly impact our Credit Facility and have a delayed impact on the rates for secured equipment-backed financing. Total interest expense was $7.5 million in the quarter, compared to $5.6 million in Q2 2022.

Adjusted EPS of $0.47 on adjusted net earnings of $12.5 million is up 176% from the prior year figure of $0.17 and is consistent with adjusted EBIT performance as tax and interest tracked fairly consistently with the prior year. Weighted-average common shares levels for the second quarters of 2023 and 2022 reflected a decrease at 26,409,357 and 27,968,510, respectively, net of shares classified as treasury shares, due to the share purchases and cancellations which occurred in the third quarter of 2022.

Free cash flow was a use of cash of $4.3 million and was primarily the result of adjusted EBITDA of $51.8 million, as detailed above, offset by sustaining capital additions ($38.3 million) and cash interest paid ($8.4 million). Free cash flow was also impacted by the cash settlement of certain deferred share units ($7.3 million). As stated in the previous disclosures regarding our annual capital spending, our program is front-loaded in the year and the first half spending is considered typical and consistent with the annual sustaining capital range provided.


2023 Strategic Focus Areas

  • Safety - focus on people and relationships as we maintain an uncompromising commitment to health and safety while elevating the standard of excellence in the field.
  • Sustainability - commitment to the continued development of sustainability targets and consistent measurement of progress to those targets.
  • Execution - enhance our record of operational excellence with respect to fleet maintenance, availability and utilization through leverage of our reliability programs, technical improvements and management systems.
  • Diversification - continue to pursue further diversification of customers, resources and geography through strategic partnerships, industry expertise and/or investment in Indigenous joint ventures.


Our current liquidity positions us well moving forward to fund organic growth and the required correlated working capital investments. Including equipment financing availability and factoring in the amended Credit Facility agreement, total available capital liquidity of $159.4 million includes total liquidity of $120.4 million and $27.3 million of unused finance lease borrowing availability as at June 30, 2023. Liquidity is primarily provided by the terms of our $300.0 million credit facility which allows for funds availability based on a trailing twelve-month EBITDA as defined in the agreement and is now scheduled to expire in October 2025.

  June 30,
  December 31,
Credit Facility limit $300,000  $300,000 
Finance lease borrowing limit  175,000   175,000 
Other debt borrowing limit  20,000   20,000 
Total borrowing limit $495,000  $495,000 
Senior debt(i)  (257,421)  (265,931)
Letters of credit  (31,348)  (32,030)
Joint venture guarantees  (68,615)  (53,744)
Cash  21,749   69,144 
Total capital liquidity(i) $159,365  $212,439 

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

NACG’s Outlook

For information regarding management's outlook for 2023, please refer to the press release issued subsequent to the release of the Q2 2023 Report.

Conference Call and Webcast

Management will hold a conference call and webcast to discuss our financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, tomorrow, Thursday, July 27, 2023, at 6:00 am Mountain Time (8:00 am Eastern Time).

The call can be accessed by dialing:
Toll free: 1-888-886-7786
Conference ID: 47287641
A replay will be available through September 1, 2023, by dialing:
Toll Free: 1-877-674-7070
Conference ID: 47287641
Playback Passcode: 287641

The Q2 2023 earnings presentation for the webcast will be available for download on the company’s website at

The live presentation and webcast can be accessed at:

A replay will be available until September 1, 2023, using the link provided.

Basis of Presentation

We have prepared our consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("US GAAP"). Unless otherwise specified, all dollar amounts discussed are in Canadian dollars. Please see the Management’s Discussion and Analysis ("MD&A") for the quarter ended June 30, 2023, for further detail on the matters discussed in this release. In addition to the MD&A, please reference the dedicated Q2 2023 Results Presentation for more information on our results and projections which can be found on our website under Investors - Presentations.

Forward-Looking Information

The information provided in this release contains forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "anticipate", "believe", "expect", "should" or similar expressions and include all information provided under the above heading "NACG's Outlook".

The material factors or assumptions used to develop the above forward-looking statements and the risks and uncertainties to which such forward-looking statements are subject, are highlighted in the MD&A for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023. Actual results could differ materially from those contemplated by such forward-looking statements because of any number of factors and uncertainties, many of which are beyond NACG’s control. Undue reliance should not be placed upon forward-looking statements and NACG undertakes no obligation, other than those required by applicable law, to update or revise those statements. For more complete information about NACG, please read our disclosure documents filed with the SEC and the CSA. These free documents can be obtained by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at or on the CSA website at

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release presents certain non-GAAP financial measures because management believes that they may be useful to investors in analyzing our business performance, leverage and liquidity. The non-GAAP financial measures we present include "adjusted EBIT", "adjusted EBITDA", "adjusted EPS", "adjusted net earnings", "cash provided by operating activities prior to change in working capital", "combined gross profit", "equity investment depreciation and amortization", "equity investment EBIT", "free cash flow", "growth capital", "margin", "net debt", "senior debt", "sustaining capital", "total capital liquidity", and "total combined revenue". A non-GAAP financial measure is defined by relevant regulatory authorities as a numerical measure of an issuer's historical or future financial performance, financial position or cash flow that is not specified, defined or determined under the issuer’s GAAP and that is not presented in an issuer’s financial statements. These non-GAAP measures do not have any standardized meaning and therefore are unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. They should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. Each non-GAAP financial measure used in this press release is defined and reconciled to its most directly comparable GAAP measure in the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of our Management’s Discussion and Analysis filed concurrently with this press release.

Reconciliation of total reported revenue to total combined revenue

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands)  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenue from wholly-owned entities per financial statements $193,573  $168,028  $436,178  $344,739 
Share of revenue from investments in affiliates and joint ventures  158,485   125,774   347,970   251,204 
Elimination of joint venture subcontract revenue  (75,105)  (65,848)  (186,578)  (131,403)
Total combined revenue(i) $276,953  $227,954  $597,570  $464,540 

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Reconciliation of reported gross profit to combined gross profit

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands)  2023  2022  2023  2022
Gross profit from wholly-owned entities per financial statements $21,531 $12,440 $62,450 $34,391
Share of gross profit from investments in affiliates and joint ventures  14,663  9,399  29,482  19,956
Combined gross profit(i) $36,194 $21,839 $91,932 $54,347

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Reconciliation of net income to adjusted net earnings, adjusted EBIT, and adjusted EBITDA

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands)  2023   2022   2023   2022 
Net income $12,262  $7,514  $34,108  $21,071 
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment  (713)  1,087   500   1,164 
Stock-based compensation expense (benefit)  4,804   (1,843)  10,741   (566)
Loss on equity investment customer bankruptcy claim settlement  759      759    
Net realized and unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments  (1,852)     (4,361)   
Equity investment net realized and unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments  (1,655)  (2,215)  (1,221)  (2,215)
Tax effect of the above items  (1,116)  174   (2,760)  (138)
Adjusted net earnings(i)  12,489   4,717   37,766   19,316 
Tax effect of the above items  1,116   (174)  2,760   138 
Interest expense, net  7,511   5,565   14,822   10,247 
Income tax expense  1,757   1,557   10,159   5,201 
Equity earnings in affiliates and joint ventures  (9,408)  (8,335)  (18,931)  (14,576)
Equity investment EBIT(i)  9,605   9,421   19,569   17,109 
Adjusted EBIT(i)  23,070   12,751   66,145   37,435 
Depreciation and amortization  24,664   26,572   61,355   57,459 
Equity investment depreciation and amortization(i)  4,099   2,326   8,956   4,495 
Adjusted EBITDA(i) $51,833  $41,649  $136,456  $99,389 

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

Reconciliation of equity earnings in affiliates and joint ventures to equity investment EBIT

  Three months ended Six months ended
  June 30, June 30,
(dollars in thousands)  2023   2022  2023   2022
Equity earnings in affiliates and joint ventures $9,408  $8,335 $18,931  $14,576
Interest (income) expense, net  (530)  555  (173)  1,312
Income tax expense  722   480  846   1,170
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment  5   51  (35)  51
Equity investment EBIT(i) $9,605  $9,421 $19,569  $17,109
Depreciation $3,919  $2,150 $8,596  $4,143
Amortization of intangible assets  180   176  360   352
Equity investment depreciation and amortization(i) $4,099  $2,326 $8,956  $4,495

(i)See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures".

About the Company

North American Construction Group Ltd. is a premier provider of heavy civil construction and mining services in Canada, the U.S. and Australia. For 70 years, NACG has provided services to the mining, resource and infrastructure construction markets.

For further information contact:

Jason Veenstra
Chief Financial Officer
North American Construction Group Ltd.
(780) 960-7171

Interim Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Expressed in thousands of Canadian Dollars)

   June 30,
  December 31,
Current assets     
Cash  $21,749  $69,144 
Accounts receivable   78,916   83,811 
Contract assets   10,688   15,802 
Inventories   56,169   49,898 
Prepaid expenses and deposits   9,526   10,587 
Assets held for sale   869   1,117 
    177,917   230,359 
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $402,462 (December 31, 2022 – $387,358)   683,822   645,810 
Operating lease right-of-use assets   13,542   14,739 
Investments in affiliates and joint ventures   82,981   75,637 
Other assets   6,779   5,808 
Intangible assets   6,199   6,773 
Deferred tax assets   77   387 
Total assets  $971,317  $979,513 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity     
Current liabilities     
Accounts payable  $80,946  $102,549 
Accrued liabilities   23,234   43,784 
Contract liabilities      1,411 
Current portion of long-term debt   42,319   42,089 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   1,937   2,470 
    148,436   192,303 
Long-term debt   369,735   378,452 
Operating lease liabilities   11,762   12,376 
Other long-term obligations   24,488   18,576 
Deferred tax liabilities   80,273   71,887 
    634,694   673,594 
Shareholders' equity     
Common shares (authorized – unlimited number of voting common shares; issued and outstanding – June 30, 2023 - 27,827,282 (December 31, 2022 – 27,827,282))   229,455   229,455 
Treasury shares (June 30, 2023 - 1,418,362 (December 31, 2022 - 1,406,461))   (16,701)  (16,438)
Additional paid-in capital   24,578   22,095 
Retained earnings   99,347   70,501 
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income   (56)  306 
Shareholders' equity   336,623   305,919 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity  $971,317  $979,513 

See accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements.

Interim Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income

(Expressed in thousands of Canadian Dollars, except per share amounts)

   Three months ended Six months ended
   June 30, June 30,
    2023   2022   2023   2022 
Revenue  $193,573  $168,028  $436,178  $344,739 
Cost of sales   147,690   129,248   312,991   253,316 
Depreciation   24,352   26,340   60,737   57,032 
Gross profit   21,531   12,440   62,450   34,391 
General and administrative expenses   11,974   5,052   26,153   11,284 
(Gain) loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment   (713)  1,087   500   1,164 
Operating income   10,270   6,301   35,797   21,943 
Interest expense, net   7,511   5,565   14,822   10,247 
Equity earnings in affiliates and joint ventures   (9,408)  (8,335)  (18,931)  (14,576)
Net realized and unrealized gain on derivative financial instruments   (1,852)     (4,361)   
Income before income taxes   14,019   9,071   44,267   26,272 
Current income tax expense   567   335   1,703   497 
Deferred income tax expense   1,190   1,222   8,456   4,704 
Net income  $12,262  $7,514  $34,108  $21,071 
Other comprehensive income         
Unrealized foreign currency translation loss (gain)   417   (25)  362   (16)
Comprehensive income  $11,845  $7,539  $33,746  $21,087 
Per share information         
Basic net income per share  $0.46  $0.27  $1.29  $0.75 
Diluted net income per share  $0.42  $0.25  $1.12  $0.69 

See accompanying notes to interim consolidated financial statements.