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Exco Results for First Quarter Ended December 31, 2022

  • Consolidated Sales of $139.1 million increased 38% compared to prior year quarter.
  • Net Income of $4.5 million and EPS of $0.12
  • EBITDA of $15.2 million compared to $9.3 million prior year quarter
  • Quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share to be paid March 31, 2023

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF) today announced results for its first quarter of fiscal 2023 ended December 31, 2022. In addition, Exco announced a quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share which will be paid on March 31, 2023 to shareholders of record on March 17, 2023. The dividend is an “eligible dividend” in accordance with the Income Tax Act of Canada.

“Exco’s results showed strong improvement as automotive industry supply constraints continue to ease,” said Darren Kirk, Exco’s President and CEO. “While global macro conditions are certainly slowing, we believe our various capital investment and margin enhancement activities will enable our results to continue to improve through the balance of the year,” added Kirk.

Consolidated sales for the first quarter ended December 31, 2022 were $139.1 million compared to $101.0 million in the same quarter last year – an increase of $38.1 million or 38%. Foreign exchange rate movements increased sales $6.1 million in the quarter primarily due to the strengthening US dollar compared to the Canadian dollar (strengthened 7.5%)

The Automotive Solutions segment reported sales of $70.3 million in the first quarter – an increase of $15.1 million, or 27% from the same quarter last year. Adjusting for the impact of foreign exchange movements, sales increased 21%. The sales increase was driven by higher vehicle production volumes and fewer program launch delays as supply chain disruptions eased in the quarter. North American industry vehicle production was up 8% compared to a year ago and European industry vehicle production was up 4%. Sales increased at all four of the segment’s operations as we benefited from higher production volumes and the continued ramp up in new programs. Looking forward, OEM vehicle production volumes are expected to increase as the semiconductor chip shortages and other supply chain constraints continue to improve. While industry growth may be tempered by rising interest rates and emerging indicators of a global recession, there remains significant pent-up customer demand for new vehicles and dealer inventory levels are expected to be replenished from historically low levels. As well, Exco will benefit from recent and future program launches that are expected to provide growth in our content per vehicle. Quoting activity remains encouraging and we believe there is ample opportunity to achieve our targeted growth objectives.

The Casting and Extrusion segment reported sales of $68.8 million in the quarter – an increase of $23.0 million, or 50% from the same period last year. Excluding the $2.6 million positive impact of foreign exchange, sales increased 45% compared to the prior year quarter. Halex sales were $11.6 million, but they remained below potential due to December holidays, the Russian conflict in Ukraine, and weakening economic conditions in Europe. Demand for our extrusion tooling and associated capital equipment outside of Europe remained relatively strong due to both industry growth and ongoing market share gains, although we did see signs of market activity slowing through the quarter. Management remains focused on standardizing manufacturing processes, enhancing engineering depth and centralizing some support functions across its various plants. These initiatives have reduced lead times, enhanced product quality, expanded product breadth and increased capacity, all of which has supported market share gains. In the die-cast market, which primarily serves the automotive industry, demand and order flow for new moulds, associated consumable tooling and rebuild work has continued to improve as industry vehicle production recovers and new electric vehicles and more efficient internal combustion engine/transmission platforms are launched. As well, customer inventory levels increased as expectations for higher vehicle production volumes improves. In addition, demand for Exco’s additive (3D printed) tooling continues its strong contribution as customers focus on greater efficiency with the size and complexity of die cast tooling continuing to increase. Sales in the quarter were also aided by price increases, which were implemented in order to protect margins from higher input costs. Quoting activity within the die-cast end market remains very robust and our backlogs remain firm, which is expected to bode well for sales into fiscal 2023.

Consolidated net income for the first quarter was $4.5 million or basic and diluted earnings of $0.12 per share compared to $2.7 million or $0.07 per share in the same quarter last year. The consolidated effective income tax rate for the current quarter was 22.7% compared to 26.1% the prior year period. The change in the income tax rate in the current year quarter was impacted by geographic distribution and foreign rate differentials.

The Automotive Solutions segment reported pretax profit of $7.2 million in the quarter – an increase of $3.8 million, or an increase of 112% over the same quarter last year. The increase in pretax profit is largely attributable to higher sales and better absorption of overheads. Although we continue to experience disruptions from the supply chain issues including the semiconductor shortages, the unpredictable production flow that has plagued automotive volumes in North America and Europe over the last two years have begun to stabilize. Volumes remain well below pre-pandemic volumes, but production and efficiency challenges alleviated during the quarter, while cost increases related to raw materials, wages, and transportation also subsided during the quarter. Management is cautiously optimistic that its overall cost structure will return to relatively normal levels in future quarters as scheduling and predictability improves with strengthening volumes. Pricing discipline remains a focus and action is being taken on current programs where possible, though there is typically a lag of a few quarters before the impact is realized. As well, new program awards are priced to reflect management’s expectations for higher future costs.

The Casting and Extrusion segment reported $1.9 million of pretax profit in the quarter – a decrease of $0.1 million from the same quarter last year. The pretax profit decline was driven by higher depreciation ($1.9 million), start-up costs at Castool’s heat treatment operations in Newmarket, continued outsourced heat treat costs in our Extrusion tooling group while new equipment is being installed, and higher raw material, energy, freight and labour costs due to inflation, particularly in Europe. Management expects to generate higher sales and eliminate many of these costs over the coming quarters through efficiency improvements and has also taken pricing action to recapture lost margin where possible. The higher depreciation relates to the acquisition of Halex and the Company’s investment in new capital that will improve operations and provide access to new geographies to increase our market share. Castool Morocco ramp-up is proceeding favorably, but has been slower than anticipated due to the supply chain constraints, inflation, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Management remains focused on reducing its overall cost structure and improving manufacturing efficiencies and expects such activities together with its sales efforts should lead to improved segment profitability over time.

The Corporate segment expenses were $1.5 million in the quarter compared to $1.6 million in the prior year quarter. Consolidated EBITDA for the first quarter totaled $15.2 million compared to $9.3 million in the same quarter last year. EBITDA as a percentage of sales increased to 10.9% in the current quarter compared to 9.3% the prior year. The EBITDA margin in the Casting and Extrusion segment was 11.1% compared to 12.9% last year while the EBITDA margin in the Automotive Solutions segment was 12.8% compared to 9.0% last year.

Exco generated cash from operating activities of $10.8 million during the quarter and $5.6 million of Free Cash Flow after $3.4 million in Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions. This free cash flow, together with the Company’s cash balances was used to fund fixed assets for growth initiatives of $4.0 million and $4.1 million of dividends. Exco ended the quarter with $18.0 million in cash, $110.7 million in bank and long-term debt and $41.9 million available in its credit facility, continuing Exco’s practice of maintaining a strong balance sheet and liquidity position.

Outlook

Despite current macro-economic challenges, including tightening monetary conditions, the overall outlook is very favorable across Exco’s segments into the medium term. Consumer demand for automotive vehicles is currently outstripping supply in most markets, which are constrained by a shortage of semiconductor chips and, to a lesser extent, other raw materials, components and availability of labour. Dealer inventory levels, although increasing slightly, are near record lows, while average transaction prices for both new and used vehicles are at record highs and the average age of the broader fleet has continued to increase to an all-time high. This bodes well for higher levels of future vehicle production and the sales opportunity of Exco’s various automotive components and accessories once supply chains normalize. In addition, OEM’s are increasingly looking to the sale of higher margin accessory products as a means to enhance their own levels of profitability. Exco’s Automotive Solutions segment derives a significant amount of activity from such products and is a leader in the prototyping, development and marketing of the same. Moreover, the rapid movement towards an electrified fleet for both passenger and commercial vehicles is enticing new market entrants into the automotive market while causing traditional OEM incumbents to further differentiate their product offerings, all of which is driving above average opportunities for Exco.

With respect to Exco’s Casting and Extrusion segment, the intensifying global focus on environmental sustainability is creating significant growth drivers that are expected to persist through at least the next decade. Automotive OEMs are looking to light-weight metals such as aluminum to reduce vehicle weight and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This trend is evident regardless of powertrain design – whether internal combustion engines, electric vehicles or hybrids. As well, a renewed focus on the efficiency of OEMs in their own manufacturing process is creating higher demand for advanced tooling that can contribute towards their profitability and sustainability goals. Certain new EV manufacturers have adopted the approach of utilizing much larger die-cast machines to cast entire sub-frames of vehicles out of an aluminum based alloy rather than assemble numerous pieces of separately stamped and welded pieces of ferrous metal. Traditional OEMs have started to adopt this trend and Exco is positioning its operations to capitalize accordingly. Beyond the automotive industry, Exco’s extrusion tooling supports diverse end markets which are also seeing increased demand for aluminum driven by environmental trends, including energy efficient buildings, solar panels, etc.

On the cost side, inflationary pressures remain elevated while prompt availability of various input materials, components and labour remains challenging. We are offsetting these dynamics through various efficiency initiatives and taking pricing action where possible although there is typically several quarters of lag before the counter measures are evident.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has added additional uncertainty to the global economy. And while Exco has essentially no direct exposure to either of these countries, Ukraine does feed into the European automotive markets and Europe has significant dependence on Russia for its energy needs.

Exco itself is also looking inwards with respect to ESG and sustainability trends to ensure its own operations are sustainable. We are investing significant capital to improve the efficiency and capacity of our own operations while lowering our own carbon footprint. Our Sustainability Report is available on our corporate website at: www.excocorp.com/leadership/sustainability/.

For further information and prior year comparison please refer to the Company’s First Quarter Condensed Financial Statements in the Investor Relations section posted at www.excocorp.com. Alternatively, please refer to www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Measures: In this News Release, reference may be made to EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit, Free Cash Flow and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions which are not defined measures of financial performance under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Exco calculates EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and EBITDA Margin as EBITDA divided by sales. Exco calculates Pretax Profit as segmented earnings before other income/expense, interest and taxes. Free Cash Flow is calculated as cash provided by operating activities less interest paid and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions. Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions represents management’s estimate of the investment in fixed assets that are required for the Company to continue operating at current capacity levels. Given the Company’s elevated planned capital spending on fixed assets for growth initiatives (including additional Greenfield locations, energy efficient heat treatment equipment and increased capacity) through the near term, the Company has modified its calculation of Free Cash Flow to include Maintenance Fixed Assets and not total fixed asset purchases. This change is meant to enable investors to better gauge the amount of generated cash flow that is available for these investments as well as acquisitions and/or returns to shareholders in the form of dividends or share buyback programs. EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit and Free Cash Flow are used by management, from time to time, to facilitate period-to-period operating comparisons and we believe some investors and analysts use these measures as well when evaluating Exco’s financial performance. These measures, as calculated by Exco, do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Quarterly Conference Call – February 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time):

To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/dyjox52j a few minutes before the event. Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI323ed3e33e424e70ab6828ee4ba00901 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call).

For those unable to participate on February 1, 2023, an archived version will be available on the Exco website until February 15, 2023.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact: Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

About Exco Technologies Limited:

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Notice To Reader: Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. We may use words such as “anticipate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “5-year target” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking information and statements especially with respect to growth, outlook and financial performance of the Company’s business units, contribution of our start-up business units, contribution of awarded programs yet to be launched, margin performance, financial performance of acquisitions, liquidity, operating efficiencies, improvements in, expansion of and/or guidance or outlook as to future revenue, sales, production sales, margin, earnings, earnings per share, including the outlook for 2026, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied. These forward-looking statements are based on our plans, intentions or expectations which are based on, among other things, the current improving global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and containment of any future or similar outbreak of epidemic, pandemic, or contagious diseases that may emerge in the human population, which may have a material effect on how we and our customers operate our businesses and the duration and extent to which this will impact our future operating results, the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the global financial, energy and automotive markets, including increased supply chain risks, assumptions about the demand for and number of automobiles produced in North America and Europe, production mix between passenger cars and trucks, the number of extrusion dies required in North America and South America, the rate of economic growth in North America, Europe and emerging market countries, investment by OEMs in drivetrain architecture and other initiatives intended to reduce fuel consumption and/or the weight of automobiles in response to rising climate risks, raw material prices, supply disruptions, economic conditions, inflation, currency fluctuations, trade restrictions, energy rationing in Europe, our ability to integrate acquisitions, our ability to continue increasing market share, or launch of new programs and the rate at which our current and future greenfield operations in Mexico and Morocco achieve sustained profitability. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements throughout this document and are also cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The Company will update its disclosure upon publication of each fiscal quarter’s financial results and otherwise disclaims any obligations to update publicly or otherwise revise any such factors or any of the forward-looking information or statements contained herein to reflect subsequent information, events or developments, changes in risk factors or otherwise. For a more extensive discussion of Exco’s risks and uncertainties see the ‘Risks and Uncertainties’ section in our latest Annual Report, Annual Information Form (“AIF”) and other reports and securities filings made by the Company. This information is available at www.sedar.com or www.excocorp.com. 

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Exco Technologies Limited 2022 Annual Meeting Results

TORONTO, Jan. 26, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –

Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF) announced voting results from its 2022 annual meeting of shareholders held on January 25, 2023. A total of 25,271,737 Common Shares or 64.95% of our issued and outstanding Common Shares, were voted in connection with the meeting. Based on proxies received prior to the meeting, each director nominee was elected by a substantial majority as follows:

Full results of the votes are included as Appendix A to this press release.

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact: Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

Appendix A

VOTING RESULTS – 2022 ANNUAL MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS

Notes:
(1) Based on proxies submitted
(2) 258,887 shares were not voted for Directors
(3) 25,271,737 shares (64.95%) were voted by proxy

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Exco Technologies Limited Announces Cyber Security Incident

TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

Exco Technologies Limited (“Exco” or the “Company”) (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF), a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries, announces that three production facilities within it’s Large Mould Group are recovering from a cyber incident. The balance of the Company’s operations remain unaffected.

Upon learning of the incident last week, Exco took steps to secure its systems and mitigate the impact to the Company’s data and operations. Independent experts have been retained to assist the Company in dealing with the matter in accordance with industry best practices.

Exco temporarily disabled certain computer systems as it investigates this incident. The Company is in the process of safely bringing these systems back online, and at this time expects operations to be substantially restored over the next two weeks.

Exco is currently assessing the financial impact of the situation. Shipments to customers have not and are not expected to be materially interrupted.

Exco is committed to data security, is taking the matter very seriously and thanks its customers and partners for their understanding as it seeks to remediate the situation.

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact: Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

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Exco Technologies Limited Announces First Quarter Results on January 31, 2023

TORONTO, Jan. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — 

Exco Technologies Limited (TSX – XTC) today announced that it will report its financial results for the first quarter ended December 31, 2022 after the close of business on Tuesday, January 31, 2023.

Exco’s management will hold a conference call to discuss the results on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/dyjox52j a few minutes before the event. Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI323ed3e33e424e70ab6828ee4ba00901 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call).

For those unable to participate on February 1, 2023, an archived version will be available on the Exco website until February 15, 2023.

As a reminder, the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Exco Technologies Limited will be held virtually on Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 4:30 p.m. (Toronto time). Participants can access the virtual Annual Meeting through the following link: https://virtual-meetings.tsxtrust.com/1410.

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact: Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

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Exco Technologies Limited Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended September 30, 2022

  • Consolidated fourth quarter Sales of $140.4 million compared to $106.4 million in the prior year
  • Quarterly Net Income of $5.6 million and EPS of $0.14
  • EBITDA of $16.5 million compared to $15.3 million in the prior year quarter
  • Growth strategy continues with $52.7 million in capital spending and $57.6 million in cash deployed for the Halex acquisition in fiscal 2022.   
  • Quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share to be paid December 30, 2022

TORONTO, Nov. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF) today announced results for its fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2022. In addition, Exco announced a quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share which will be paid on December 30, 2022 to shareholders of record on December 16, 2022. The dividend is an “eligible dividend” in accordance with the Income Tax Act of Canada.

Q4 results

“In F2022 we continued to build on the foundation that will provide Exco with significant growth opportunities in the years to come”, said Darren Kirk, Exco’s President and CEO. “I want to thank all of our employees for their hard work and commitment to always working safely as we help power the electric vehicle revolution and contribute positively towards the worldwide movement of reducing emissions.”

Consolidated sales for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2022 were $140.4 million compared to $106.4 million in the same quarter last year – an increase of $34.0 million, or 32%. Foreign exchange rate movements were negligible reducing sales by $0.6 million in the quarter.

The Automotive Solutions segment experienced a 16% increase in sales, or an increase of $9.2 million, to $66.0 million from $56.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2021. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, segment sales increased $10.1 million, or 18%. The sales increase was driven by higher vehicle production volumes and fewer program launch delays as supply chain disruptions eased in the quarter. North American vehicle production was up 24% compared to a year ago and European vehicle production was up 20%. Sales increased at all four of the segment’s operations as we benefited from higher production volumes and the continued ramp up in new programs. This outweighed negative mix and lost shipping days at Neocon which was impacted by Hurricane Fiona at year end. Looking forward, OEM vehicle production volumes are expected to increase as the semiconductor chip shortage continues to improve. While industry growth may be tempered by rising interest rates and emerging indicators of a global recession, there remains significant pent-up customer demand for new vehicles and dealer inventory levels are expected to be replenished from historically low levels. As well, Exco will benefit from recent and future program launches that are expected to provide growth in our content per vehicle. Quoting activity remains encouraging and we believe there is ample opportunity to achieve our targeted growth objectives.

The Casting and Extrusion segment recorded sales of $74.4 million in the fourth quarter compared to $49.6 million last year – an increase of $24.8 million or 50%. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange movements, the segment’s sales were up 47% for the quarter. Included in the quarter was the first full quarter of Halex sales. Halex sales of $12.3 million were up compared to Q3, but remained below potential due to European summer holidays and the Russian conflict in Ukraine and weakening economic conditions in Europe. Demand for our extrusion tooling (ie dies, dummy blocks, stems, etc) and associated capital equipment (die ovens, containers, etc) outside of Europe remained strong due to both industry growth and ongoing market share gains. Management remains focused on standardizing manufacturing processes, enhancing engineering depth and centralizing some support functions across its various plants. These initiatives have reduced lead times, enhanced product quality, expanded product breadth and increased capacity, all of which has supported market share gains. In the die-cast market, which primarily serves the automotive industry, demand and order flow for new moulds, associated consumable tooling (shot sleeves, rods, rings, tips, etc) and rebuild work has recently picked up as industry vehicle production recovers and new electric vehicles and more efficient internal combustion engine/transmission platforms are launched. As well, customer inventory levels have begun to be rebuilt as expectations for higher vehicle production volumes improves. In addition, demand for Exco’s industry leading additive (3D printed) tooling has continued to gain significant traction as customers focus on greater efficiency with the size and complexity of die cast tooling continuing to increase. Sales in the quarter were also aided by price increases, which were implemented in order to protect margins from higher input costs. Quoting activity remains very robust and our backlogs remain firm, which is expected to bode well for sales into fiscal 2023.

The Company’s fourth quarter consolidated net income decreased to $5.6 million or earnings of $0.14 per share compared to $7.1 million or earnings of $0.18 per share in the same quarter last year – a decrease of 22%. The effective income tax rate was 26% in the current quarter compared 27% in the same quarter last year.   

Fourth quarter pre-tax earnings in the Automotive Solutions segment totalled $6.5 million, an increase of $2.0 million or 44% over the same quarter last year. Fourth quarter Automotive sales are traditionally lower due to summer shutdowns and in the current year our quarterly sales increased due to a reduced impact of the semiconductor shortage and new product launches. Nonetheless, some of our plants continued to experience disruptions by the semiconductor shortage, which can continue to be unpredictable, making it very difficult to manage operations efficiently. Our plants often build products based on releases only to be informed of cancelations or delays. Other times, releases would be accelerated causing our operations to work overtime and incur expedited shipping costs. These production and shipping challenges also created inefficiencies that increased overhead and direct labour costs during the quarter. As discussed earlier, Neocon was shutdown for 3 days due to the impact of Hurricane Fiona which negatively impacted the segment’s pretax profit. Management is cautiously optimistic that its overall cost structure will return to relatively normal levels in future quarters as scheduling and predictability improves with strengthening volumes.

Fourth quarter pre-tax earnings in the Casting and Extrusion segment totalled $2.6 million, a decrease of $3.4 million or 57% over the same quarter last year. The pretax profit decline was driven by $2.2 million higher depreciation, start-up costs at Castool Morocco and Castool’s heat treatment operations in Newmarket, temporary outsourced heat treat costs in Markham as new equipment is installed, and higher raw material, freight and labour costs due to inflation. Many of these costs are one-time or temporary costs. Management expects to generate higher sales or eliminate these costs over the coming quarters through efficiency improvements and has taken pricing action to recapture lost margin where possible. The higher depreciation relates to Halex and the Company’s investment in new capital that will improve operations and provide access to new geographies to increase our market share. Many of these assets became “ready for use” in the quarter, without realizing the improvements in operating efficiencies and or higher sales. The Castool Morocco ramp is proceeding favorably, but has been slower than anticipated due to the supply chain constraints, inflation, and the Russian invasion of Ukraine.. Management remains focused on reducing its overall cost structure and improving manufacturing efficiencies and expects such activities together with its sales efforts should lead to improved segment profitability over time.

The Corporate segment in the fourth quarter recorded expenses of $0.1 million compared to $0.7 million last year due to foreign exchange gains and lower compensation expenses in the current quarter. As a result of the foregoing, consolidated EBITDA in the quarter was $16.5 million (11.8% of sales) compared to $15.3 million (14.4% of sales) last year.

Operating cash flow before net changes in working capital was $17.5 million in the quarter compared to $15.3 million in the prior year quarter. Lower fourth quarter net income was offset by increased depreciation, amortization and interest costs in the current quarter. The negative change in working capital in the current quarter reflects higher accounts receivable and inventory due to strong business activity as well as the addition of Halex and Castool Morocco. Investment in fixed assets of $16.3 million includes $10.5 million in growth capital expenditures related to the Company’s strategy to increase capacity, add innovative equipment for new processes, and address customer demand in existing and new locations. These projects include: a) Investment in new heat treatment equipment in the tooling group to increase capacity, reduce emissions and enable us to in-source most of our requirements. b) Investments in the Large Mould group to upgrade its capabilities to handle moulds of extreme sizes which we expect will be increasingly demanded by most traditional and new OEMs. c) Investment in additional 3D printing machinery in our tooling group to meet strong customer demands. d) Finalize the expansion of two of our production facilities in the Automotive Solutions group to provide added capacity for awarded programs.   Exco ended the quarter with $90.3 million in net debt. The Company has $20.0 million in available liquidity under its banking facilities at year end and on November 7, 2022 the Company increased its credit facilities by $25 million to $152 million with no changes in terms.

Outlook

Despite current macro-economic challenges, including tightening monetary conditions, the overall outlook is very favorable across Exco’s segments into the medium term. Consumer demand for automotive vehicles is currently outstripping supply in most markets, which are constrained by a shortage of semiconductor chips and, to a lesser extent, other raw materials, components and availability of labour. Dealer inventory levels, although increasing slightly, are near record lows, while average transaction prices for both new and used vehicles are at record highs and the average age of the broader fleet has continued to increase to an all-time high. This bodes well for higher levels of future vehicle production and the sales opportunity of Exco’s various automotive components and accessories once supply chains normalize. In addition, OEM’s are increasingly looking to the sale of higher margin accessory products as a means to enhance their own levels of profitability. Exco’s Automotive Solutions segment derives a significant amount of activity from such products and is a leader in the prototyping, development and marketing of the same. Moreover, the rapid movement towards an electrified fleet for both passenger and commercial vehicles is enticing new market entrants into the automotive market while causing traditional OEM incumbents to further differentiate their product offerings, all of which is driving above average opportunities for Exco.

With respect to Exco’s Casting and Extrusion segment, the intensifying global focus on environmental sustainability is creating significant growth drivers that are expected to persist through at least the next decade. Automotive OEMs are looking to light-weight metals such as aluminum to reduce vehicle weight and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This trend is evident regardless of powertrain design – whether internal combustion engines, electric vehicles or hybrids. As well, a renewed focus on the efficiency of OEMs in their own manufacturing process is creating higher demand for advanced tooling that can contribute towards their profitability and sustainability goals. Certain new EV manufacturers have adopted the approach of utilizing much larger die-cast machines to cast entire sub-frames of vehicles out of an aluminum based alloy rather than assemble numerous pieces of separately stamped and welded pieces of ferrous metal. Traditional OEMs have started to adopt this trend and Exco is positioning its operations to capitalize accordingly. Beyond the automotive industry, Exco’s extrusion tooling supports diverse end markets which are also seeing increased demand for aluminum driven by environmental trends, including energy efficient buildings, solar panels, etc.

On the cost side, inflationary pressures remain elevated while prompt availability of various input materials, components and labour remains challenging. We are offsetting these dynamics through various efficiency initiatives and taking pricing action where possible although there is typically several quarters of lag before the counter measures are evident.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has added additional uncertainty to the global economy. And while Exco has essentially no direct exposure to either of these countries, Ukraine does feed into the European automotive markets and Europe has significant dependence on Russia for its energy needs.

Exco itself is also looking inwards with respect to ESG and sustainability trends to ensure its own operations are sustainable. We are investing significant capital to improve the efficiency and capacity of our own operations while lowering our own carbon footprint. Our Sustainability Report is available on our corporate website at: www.excocorp.com/leadership/sustainability/.

Exco is currently targeting a compounded average annual growth rate (excluding acquisitions) of approximately 10% for revenues and slightly higher levels for EBITDA and Net Income through fiscal 2026, which is expected to produce an annual EPS of roughly $1.90 by the end of this timeframe. This target is expected to be achieved from organic means through the launch of new programs, general market growth, and also market share gains consistent with the Company’s operating history. Capital investments will remain elevated in the balance of the fiscal year in order to position the Company for the significant growth opportunities we see.

For further information and prior year comparison please refer to the Company’s Third Quarter Financial Statements in the Investor Relations section posted at www.excocorp.com. Alternatively, please refer to www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Measures:  In this News Release, reference may be made to EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit, Free Cash Flow and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions which are not defined measures of financial performance under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Exco calculates EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and EBITDA Margin as EBITDA divided by sales. Exco calculates Pretax Profit as segmented earnings before other income/expense, interest and taxes.  Free Cash Flow is calculated as cash provided by operating activities less interest paid and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions. Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions represents management’s estimate of the investment in fixed assets that are required for the Company to continue operating at current capacity levels. Given the Company’s elevated planned capital spending on fixed assets for growth initiatives (including additional Greenfield locations, energy efficient heat treatment equipment and increased capacity) through the near term, the Company has modified its calculation of Free Cash Flow to include Maintenance Fixed Assets and not total fixed asset purchases. This change is meant to enable investors to better gauge the amount of generated cash flow that is available for these investments as well as acquisitions and/or returns to shareholders in the form of dividends or share buyback programs. EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit and Free Cash Flow are used by management, from time to time, to facilitate period-to-period operating comparisons and we believe some investors and analysts use these measures as well when evaluating Exco’s financial performance. These measures, as calculated by Exco, do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.

Quarterly Conference Call – November 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. (Toronto time):

To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/zrnzwzys a few minutes before the event. Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BIada00dd72114489380007ae964528b65 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call). For those unable to participate on November 30, 2022, an archived version will be available on the Exco website until December 14, 2022.

  
Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact:Darren Kirk, President and CEO
Telephone:(905) 477-3065 Ext. 7233
Website:https://www.excocorp.com
  

About Exco Technologies Limited:

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Notice To Reader: Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. We may use words such as “anticipate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “5-year target” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking information and statements especially with respect to growth, outlook and financial performance of the Company’s business units, contribution of our start-up business units, contribution of awarded programs yet to be launched, margin performance, financial performance of acquisitions, liquidity, operating efficiencies, improvements in, expansion of and/or guidance or outlook as to future revenue, sales, production sales, margin, earnings, earnings per share, including the outlook for 2026, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied. These forward-looking statements are based on our plans, intentions or expectations which are based on, among other things, the current improving global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and containment of any future or similar outbreak of epidemic, pandemic, or contagious diseases that may emerge in the human population, which may have a material effect on how we and our customers operate our businesses and the duration and extent to which this will impact our future operating results, the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the global financial, energy and automotive markets, including increased supply chain risks, assumptions about the number of automobiles produced in North America and Europe, production mix between passenger cars and trucks, the number of extrusion dies required in North America and South America, the rate of economic growth in North America, Europe and emerging market countries, investment by OEMs in drivetrain architecture and other initiatives intended to reduce fuel consumption and/or the weight of automobiles in response to rising climate risks, raw material prices, supply disruptions, economic conditions, inflation, currency fluctuations, trade restrictions, energy rationing in Europe, our ability to integrate acquisitions, our ability to continue increasing market share, or launch of new programs and the rate at which our current and future greenfield operations in Mexico and Morocco achieve sustained profitability. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements throughout this document and are also cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The Company will update its disclosure upon publication of each fiscal quarter’s financial results and otherwise disclaims any obligations to update publicly or otherwise revise any such factors or any of the forward-looking information or statements contained herein to reflect subsequent information, events or developments, changes in risk factors or otherwise. For a more extensive discussion of Exco’s risks and uncertainties see the ‘Risks and Uncertainties’ section in our latest Annual Report, Annual Information Form (“AIF”) and other reports and securities filings made by the Company. This information is available at www.sedar.com or www.excocorp.com.

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Exco Technologies Limited to Present at Sidoti Virtual Investor Conference Thursday December 8

TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF), a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries announced Darren Kirk, President and CEO, and Matthew Posno, CFO, will present to investors at the Sidoti December Virtual Small Cap Conference on December 8, 2022.

The presentation will begin at 9:15amET on December 8, 2022 and can be accessed live here:
https://sidoti.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_byDv0KM0SiyRzSDXUj_pzA

Exco will also host virtual one-on-one meetings with investors on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7-8, 2022. To register for the presentation or one-on-ones, visit www.sidoti.com/events. Registration is free and you don’t need to be a Sidoti client.

About Exco Technologies Limited:

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

About Sidoti & Company

For over two decades, Sidoti & Company (http://www.sidoti.com) has been a premier provider of independent securities research focused specifically on small and microcap companies and the institutions that invest in their securities, with most of its coverage in the $100 million-$5 billion market cap range. The firm’s approach affords companies and institutional clients a combination of high-quality research, a small- and microcap-focused nationwide sales effort, broad access to corporate management teams, and extensive trading support. Sidoti serves 500+ institutional clients in North America.

Source:  Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF)
Contact:   Darren Kirk, President and Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065 Ext. 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

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Exco Technologies Limited Announces Fourth Quarter Results on November 29, 2022

October 31, 2022 14:00 ET | Source: Exco Technologies Ltd.

TORONTO, Oct. 31, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Limited (TSX – XTC, OTCQX – EXCOF) today announced that it will report its financial results for the fourth quarter ended September 30, 2022 after the close of business on Tuesday November 29, 2022.

Exco’s management will hold a conference call to discuss the results on Wednesday November 30, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/zrnzwzys a few minutes before the event.

Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BIada00dd72114489380007ae964528b65 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call).

A webcast replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website beginning on November 30, 2022 at approximately 1:00 pm Eastern Time until December 14, 2022.  

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact: Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone: (905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website: https://www.excocorp.com

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Exco Results for Third Quarter Ended June 30, 2022

July 28, 2022 17:01 ET | Source: Exco Technologies Ltd.

  • Consolidated third quarter Sales of $129.2 million compared to $115.0 million in the prior year
  • Net Income of $5.6 million and EPS of $0.14
  • EBITDA of $14.6 million compared to $15.2 million in the prior year
  • Halex Extrusion acquisition closed on May 2, 2022
  • Growth capital expenditure strategy on track with $29.3 million in year-to-date spending
  • Quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share to be paid September, 30 2022

TORONTO, July 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC, OTCQX-EXCOF) today announced results for its third quarter of fiscal 2022 ended June 30, 2022. In addition, Exco announced a quarterly dividend of $0.105 per common share which will be paid on September 30, 2022 to shareholders of record on September 16, 2022. The dividend is an “eligible dividend” in accordance with the Income Tax Act of Canada.

“We continued to advance our aggressive growth agenda this quarter, completing the acquisition of Halex Extrusion Dies and making solid progress with our various capital projects”, said Darren Kirk, Exco’s President and CEO. “Our results demonstrate Exco’s ability to navigate through very challenging market conditions while benefiting from the electric vehicle revolution and worldwide movement towards reducing emissions”

Consolidated sales for the third quarter ended June 30, 2022 were $129.3 million compared to $115.0 million in the same quarter last year – an increase of $14.3 million, or 12%. Excluding foreign exchange rate movements, consolidated sales in the quarter were higher by 10% compared to the prior year and higher by 1% year-to-date.

The Automotive Solutions segment reported sales of $64.6 million in the third quarter – an increase of $3.6 million, or 6% from the prior year quarter. Excluding foreign exchange rate movements, segment revenues were higher by $2.6 million, or 4% for the quarter. Segment sales in the quarter were primarily influenced by vehicle production volumes in North American and Europe. IHS Markit estimates volumes increased 12% in North America and declined 5% in Europe compared to the prior year quarter. Segment sales were also negatively influenced by unfavorable vehicle mix, partially offset by ongoing key program launches for new and existing products as well as certain pricing actions taken to protect margins. While industry vehicle production volumes have shown some signs of improvement, they remain below the level of consumer demand due to supply chain disruptions (including the global semiconductor shortage), broad labour availability challenges, logistical constraints and ongoing COVID lockdown measures in China. European volumes are incrementally affected by localized supply chain challenges on that continent due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Nonetheless, HIS Markit expects North American and European production to grow through the second half of calendar 2022, which is expected to benefit segment results. Quoting opportunities have strengthened across the segment’s various businesses, which, together with new and ongoing product launches, are expected to support continued gains in Exco’s content per vehicle.

The Casting and Extrusion segment reported sales of $64.7 million for the third quarter – an increase of $10.7 million or 20%, from the same period last year. Foreign exchange rate changes increased sales $1.5 million in the quarter. The Company’s new European facilities (Halex) contributed $9.0 million of sales in the quarter, reflecting two months of activities. Demand for our extrusion tooling (ie dies, dummy blocks, stems, etc) and associated capital equipment (die ovens, containers, etc) remained strong due to both industry growth and ongoing market share gains. Demand for extrusion tools covers many industrial sectors including building and construction, large truck, electric vehicles, and many green energy sectors, all of which are focused on reducing energy intensity and reducing emissions. In anticipation of these trends intensifying, Exco has been increasing its manufacturing footprint in local markets in recent years including the acquisition of Halex in Europe. Management also remains focused on standardizing manufacturing processes, enhancing engineering depth and centralizing support functions across its various plants. These initiatives have reduced lead times, enhanced product quality, expanded product breadth and increased capacity, all of which has supported market share gains.

In the die-cast market, which primarily serves the automotive industry, demand has remained suppressed due to lower vehicle production volumes, which in turn, is due mainly to broader supply chain constraints. These constraints have been amplified by customer inventory destocking activity in recent quarters, particularly in the large mould segment, which has faced significantly lower rebuild work than typical. Demand and order flow for new moulds, associated tooling (shot sleeves, rods, rings, tips, etc) and even rebuild work however has recently picked up as industry vehicle production recovers and new electric vehicles and more efficient internal combustion engine/ transmission platforms are launched. In addition, demand for Exco’s industry leading additive (3D printed) tooling has continued to gain significant traction as customers focus on greater efficiency as the size and complexity of die cast tooling continues to increase. Sales in the quarter were also aided by price increases, which were implemented in order to protect margins from higher input costs. With respect to quoting activity, longer lead time items continue to see elevated demand for future activity (particularly large moulds) and inventories and backlog continue to grow which is expected to bode well for sales through the remainder of fiscal 2022 and into fiscal 2023.

Consolidated net income for the third quarter was $5.6 million or basic and diluted earnings of $0.14 per share compared to $8.7 million or $0.22 per share in the same quarter last year – a decrease of net income of $3.1 million. The consolidated effective income tax rate of 24% in the current quarter increased from 12% from the prior year. The change in income tax rate in the quarter was impacted by fiscal 2021 SRED tax credits booked in the third quarter last year, nondeductible losses from our Castool Morocco facility in fiscal 2022, geographic distribution, and foreign tax rate differentials

The Automotive Solutions segment reported pretax profit of $4.8 million in the third quarter a decrease of $0.3 million from the prior year quarter. The segment’s lower pretax profit was due to unfavorable market driven product mix changes, higher raw material, logistics and labour costs, the reversal of certain bad debt accruals last year, partially offset by certain pricing actions taken. Reduced industry vehicle production continued to cause inefficiencies within our operations. While customer orders and releases stabilized compared to prior quarters, sporadic and unreliable customer releases continued to impact production, increasing overhead and direct labour costs. These factors were intensified as we retained slack labour in anticipation of higher demand in the quarters ahead. Inflationary pressure continues to be a challenge in this segment particularly on petroleum-based products (resins, plastics, rubber), energy, freight and labour. Management remains focused on improving the efficiency of its operations and reducing its overall cost structure. Pricing discipline remains a focus and actions are being taken on current programs where possible, though there is typically a lag of a few quarters before the impact is realized. As well, new program awards are priced to reflect management’s expectations for higher future costs.

The Casting and Extrusion segment reported $4.8 million of pretax profit in the third quarter – a decrease of $3.0 million from the same quarter last year. The lower pretax profit was primarily driven by reduced activity for rebuild work in the Large Mould group coupled with shipments of new moulds. New mould programs can often have low to negative margins at the onset due to front-end inefficiencies that are improved as subsequent moulds are delivered. As well, profitability was negatively impacted by raw material and labour cost inflation, unfavorable market driven product mix shifts, reduced labour availability and higher overtime costs across the three business units. Start-up losses of Castool’s plant in Morocco (which opened in November 2021), and new heat treatment operations in Newmarket also negatively impacted profitability, mainly due to non-cash depreciation of plant and equipment. Segment pre-tax profitability however benefited from contributions from the acquisition of Halex and was higher sequentially for the second consecutive quarter. New business awards across the quarter remained very strong, particularly for structural die-cast components and those for electric vehicle platforms. The segment ended the quarter with backlogs approaching historic high levels. Management remains focused on taking pricing action where possible to preserve margins, reducing its overall cost structure and improving manufacturing efficiencies. Such activities together with sales efforts are expected to improve segment profitability in future quarters.  

Consolidated EBITDA for the third quarter totaled $14.6 million compared to $15.2 million in the same quarter last year – a decrease of $0.6 million. For the quarter, EBITDA as a percentage of sales decreased to 11.3% in the current period compared to 13.2% the prior year driven by a reduction in segment margins in both the Casting & Extrusion segment (15% compared to 21%) and the Automotive Solutions segment (10% compared to 11%).

Exco generated cash from operating activities of $14.1 million during the quarter and $9.9 million of Free Cash Flow after $3.5 million in Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions. This cash flow, together with cash on hand was more than sufficient to fund fixed assets for growth initiatives of $12.0 million and $4.1 million of dividends. Exco utilized $60 million of its credit facility to fund its investment in Halex. The growth capital expenditure initiatives include: a) new Castool production facilities in Morocco and Mexico. The Moroccan facility opened in November 2021 and the Mexican facility which began construction in the second quarter. b) Investment in new heat treatment equipment in the tooling group to increase capacity, reduce emissions and enable us to in-source most of our requirements. c) Investments in the Large Mould group to upgrade its capabilities to handle moulds of extreme sizes which we expect will be increasingly demanded by most traditional and new OEMs. d) Investment in additional 3D printing machinery in our tooling group to meet strong customer demands. e) Expansion of two of our production facilities in the Automotive Solutions group to provide added capacity for awarded programs.   Exco ended the quarter with $65 million in net indebtedness. The company has $33.9 million in available liquidity under its credit facility and $26.6 million of balance sheet cash, continuing its practice of maintaining a very strong balance sheet and liquidity position.

Outlook

Despite current macro-economic challenges, including tightening monetary conditions, the overall outlook is very favorable across Exco’s segments into the medium term. Consumer demand for automotive vehicles is currently outstripping supply in most markets, which are constrained by a shortage of semiconductor chips and, to a lesser extent, other raw materials, components and availability of labour. Dealer inventory levels are near record lows, while average transaction prices for both new and used vehicles are at record highs and the average age of the broader fleet has continued to increase to an all-time high. This bodes well for higher levels of future vehicle production and the sales opportunity of Exco’s various automotive components and accessories once supply chains normalize. In addition, OEM’s are increasingly looking to the sale of higher margin accessory products as a means to enhance their own levels of profitability. Exco’s Automotive Solutions segment derives a significant amount of activity from such products and is a leader in the prototyping, development and marketing of the same. Moreover, the rapid movement towards an electrified fleet for both passenger and commercial vehicles is enticing new market entrants into the automotive market while causing traditional OEM incumbents to further differentiate their product offerings, all of which is driving above average opportunities for Exco.

With respect to Exco’s Casting and Extrusion segment, the intensifying global focus on environmental sustainability is creating significant growth drivers that are expected to persist through at least the next decade. Automotive OEMs are looking to light-weight metals such as aluminum to reduce vehicle weight and reduce carbon dioxide emissions. This trend is evident regardless of powertrain design – whether internal combustion engines, electric vehicles or hybrids. As well, a renewed focus on the efficiency of OEMs in their own manufacturing process is creating higher demand for advanced tooling that can contribute towards their profitability and sustainability goals. Certain new EV manufacturers have adopted the approach of utilizing much larger die cast machines to cast entire sub-frames of vehicles out of an aluminum based alloy rather than assemble numerous pieces of separately stamped and welded pieces of ferrous metal. Exco expects traditional OEMs will ultimately follow this trend and is positioning its operations to capitalize accordingly. Beyond the automotive industry, Exco’s extrusion tooling supports diverse end markets which are also seeing increased demand for aluminum driven by environmental trends, including energy efficient buildings, solar panels, etc.

On the cost side, inflationary pressures have intensified in recent quarters while prompt availability of various input materials, components and labour has become more challenging. We are offsetting these dynamics through various efficiency initiatives and taking pricing action where possible although there is typically several quarters of lag before the counter measures are evident.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has added additional uncertainty to the global economy in recent months. And while Exco has essentially no direct exposure to either of these countries, Ukraine does feed into the European automotive markets and Europe has significant dependence on Russia for its energy needs.

Exco itself is also looking inwards with respect to ESG and sustainability trends to ensure its own operations are sustainable. We are investing significant capital to improve the efficiency and capacity of our own operations while lowering our own carbon footprint. In the first quarter we released our first Sustainability Report on our corporate website which is available at: www.excocorp.com/leadership/sustainability/.

Exco is currently targeting a compounded average annual growth rate (excluding acquisitions) of approximately 10% for revenues and slightly higher levels for EBITDA and Net Income through fiscal 2026, which is expected to produce an annual EPS of roughly $1.90 by the end of this timeframe. This target is expected to be achieved through the launch of new programs, general market growth, and also market share gains consistent with the Company’s operating history. Capital investments will remain elevated in the balance of the fiscal year in order to position the Company for the significant growth opportunities we see. Capital expenditures are expected to exceed $55 million for fiscal 2022.

For further information and prior year comparison please refer to the Company’s Third Quarter Financial Statements in the Investor Relations section posted at www.excocorp.com. Alternatively, please refer to www.sedar.com.

Non-IFRS Measures:  In this News Release, reference may be made to EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit, Free Cash Flow and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions which are not measures of financial performance under International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Exco calculates EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and other expenses and EBITDA Margin as EBITDA divided by sales. Exco calculates Pretax Profit as segmented earnings before other income/expense, interest and taxes.  Free Cash is calculated as cash provided by operating activities less interest paid and Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions. Maintenance Fixed Asset Additions represents investment in fixed assets that are required to continue current capacity levels. EBITDA, EBITDA Margin, Pretax Profit and Free Cash Flow are used by management, from time to time, to facilitate period-to-period operating comparisons and we believe some investors and analysts use these measures as well when evaluating Exco’s financial performance. These measures, as calculated by Exco, do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are not necessarily comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. 

Quarterly Conference Call – July 29, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. (Toronto time):

To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/x9fpqsmi a few minutes before the event. Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI3526160340204f7ea2ca7e205c624f44 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call). For those unable to participate on July 29, 2022, an archived version will be available on the Exco website until August 13, 2022.

  
Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact:Darren Kirk, President and CEO
Telephone:(905) 477-3065 Ext. 7233
Website:https://www.excocorp.com
  

About Exco Technologies Limited:

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Notice To Reader: Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information and forward-looking statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws. We may use words such as “anticipate”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “expect”, “believe”, “estimate”, “5-year target” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking information and statements especially with respect to growth, outlook and financial performance of the Company’s business units, contribution of our start-up business units, contribution of awarded programs yet to be launched, margin performance, financial performance of acquisitions, liquidity, operating efficiencies, improvements in, expansion of and/or guidance or outlook as to future revenue, sales, production sales, margin, earnings, earnings per share, including the outlook for 2026, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements include known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors which may cause actual results or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied. These forward-looking statements are based on our plans, intentions or expectations which are based on, among other things, the current improving global economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and containment of any future or similar outbreak of epidemic, pandemic, or contagious diseases that may emerge in the human population, which may have a material effect on how we and our customers operate our businesses and the duration and extent to which this will impact our future operating results, the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the global financial and automotive markets, including increased supply chain risks, assumptions about the number of automobiles produced in North America and Europe, production mix between passenger cars and trucks, the number of extrusion dies required in North America and South America, the rate of economic growth in North America, Europe and emerging market countries, investment by OEMs in drivetrain architecture and other initiatives intended to reduce fuel consumption and/or the weight of automobiles in response to rising climate risks, raw material prices, supply disruptions, economic conditions, inflation, currency fluctuations, trade restrictions, our ability to integrate acquisitions, our ability to continue increasing market share, or launch of new programs and the rate at which our current and future greenfield operations in Mexico and Morocco achieve sustained profitability. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements throughout this document and are also cautioned that the foregoing list of important factors is not exhaustive. The Company will update its disclosure upon publication of each fiscal quarter’s financial results and otherwise disclaims any obligations to update publicly or otherwise revise any such factors or any of the forward-looking information or statements contained herein to reflect subsequent information, events or developments, changes in risk factors or otherwise. For a more extensive discussion of Exco’s risks and uncertainties see the ‘Risks and Uncertainties’ section in our latest Annual Report, Annual Information Form (“AIF”) and other reports and securities filings made by the Company. This information is available at www.sedar.com or www.excocorp.com.

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Exco Technologies Limited Announces Third Quarter Results on July 28, 2022

TORONTO, July 08, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Limited (TSX – XTC) today announced that it will report its financial results for the third quarter ended June 30, 2022 after the close of business on Thursday July 28, 2022.

Exco’s management will hold a conference call to discuss the results on Friday July 29, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time. To access the listen only live audio webcast, please log on to www.excocorp.com, or https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/x9fpqsmi a few minutes before the event.

Those interested in participating in the question-and-answer conference call may register at https://register.vevent.com/register/BI3526160340204f7ea2ca7e205c624f44 to receive the dial-in numbers and unique PIN to access the call. It is recommended that you join 10 minutes prior to the event start (although you may register and dial in at any time during the call).

A webcast replay of the call will be available on the Company’s website beginning on July 29, 2022 at approximately 1:00 pm Eastern Time until August 13, 2022.  

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries.  Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ approximately 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base.

Source:Exco Technologies Limited (TSX-XTC)
Contact:Darren Kirk, President & Chief Executive Officer
Telephone:(905) 477-3065, Ext 7233
Website:https://www.excocorp.com
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Exco Technologies Ltd to Webcast Live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com July 7th

TORONTO, July 04, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Exco Technologies Ltd (XTC: TSX; EXCOF: OTCQX), a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries, today announced that Darren Kirk, President and CEO, and Matthew Posno, CFO will present live at VirtualInvestorConferences.com on July 7th, 2022.

DATE:July 7th, 2022
TIME:10:30am EST
LINK:https://bit.ly/3y5j732

This will be a live, interactive online event where investors are invited to ask the company questions in real-time. If attendees are not able to join the event live on the day of the conference, an archived webcast will also be made available after the event.

Exco will also be available for 1×1 meetings: 9am – 5pm EST July 8, 11 and 12th, 2022

It is recommended that investors pre-register and run the online system check to expedite participation and receive event updates.

Learn more about the event at www.virtualinvestorconferences.com.

About Exco

Exco Technologies Limited is a global supplier of innovative technologies servicing the die-cast, extrusion and automotive industries. Our various businesses directly support the electric vehicle revolution and contribute positively to global sustainability goals. Through our 20 strategic locations in 9 countries, we employ about 5,000 people and service a diverse and broad customer base. www.excocorp.com

About Virtual Investor Conferences®
Virtual Investor Conferences (VIC) is the leading proprietary investor conference series that provides an interactive forum for publicly traded companies to seamlessly present directly to investors.

Providing a real-time investor engagement solution, VIC is specifically designed to offer companies more efficient investor access. Replicating the components of an on-site investor conference, VIC offers companies enhanced capabilities to connect with investors, schedule targeted one-on-one meetings and enhance their presentations with dynamic video content. Accelerating the next level of investor engagement, Virtual Investor Conferences delivers leading investor communications to a global network of retail and institutional investors.

CONTACTS:
Exco Technologies Ltd
Darren Kirk
President and CEO
905-477-3065 x 7233
dkirk@excocorp.com

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John M. Viglotti
SVP Corporate Services, Investor Access
OTC Markets Group
212-220-2221
johnv@otcmarkets.com