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Velan Inc. Reports its Third Quarter 2020/21 Financial Results

MONTREAL, Jan. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Velan Inc. (TSX: VLN) (the “Company”), a world-leading manufacturer of industrial valves, announced today its financial results for its third quarter ended November 30, 2020.

Highlights: Backlog and profitability improving while sales slowed by pandemic-related factors and the shift towards a new manufacturing model in North America

  • Order backlog of US$ 561.8 million, highest since November 30, 2012
  • Solid book-to bill ratio of 2.34 for the quarter
  • Maintaining strong protective measures to ensure employees health and safety during the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic
  • Strong balance sheet highlighted by a net cash balance US$ 73.0 million at the end of the quarter
  • Sales of US$71.6 million for the quarter, hindered by pandemic-related factors and inefficiencies experienced in reconfiguring the Canadian plants under the V20 program
  • Gross profit of US$ 22.0 million (or 30.7%, almost five points higher than last year) and net earnings1 of US$ 9.5 million for the quarter (including a net gain on the sale of a Montreal plant)
  • Operating profit before restructuring and transformation costs2 of US$2.2 million and adjusted EBITDA2 of US$ 5.6 million for the quarter, both improvements over last year despite lower sales

Yves Leduc, CEO of Velan Inc., said, “It’s been a year like no other, where our employees celebrated Velan’s 70th anniversary by rising to extraordinary challenges. We had to learn how to drive bookings, run manufacturing operations, and carry out our transformation plan while coping with a devastating global pandemic: no book was ever written on this, but the speedy and decisive deployment of safety protocols across all our global sites was nothing short of exemplary. The fiscal year is not over yet, but all things considered, there are many reasons to be impressed by the Company’s achievements to date. It is true that MRO bookings and sales, heavily dependent on a healthy downstream oil and gas sector, were deeply affected by the recession, and COVID-related disruptions in our Asian supply chain hindered our production and shipments. Then again, our four other strategic businesses are thriving, having grown our backlog by 40% to its highest level in over eight years, with many breakthrough orders won thanks to our strong market position in Europe, the Middle East, India, South East Asia and China, in the nuclear, petrochemical and oil production sectors. Business health sprang forward this year as we are reaping the benefits of our V20 plan, evidenced by a substantial reduction in production overhead, and even more encouraging, in the impressive increase in project manufacturing margins. Thanks to the acceleration of our V20 implementation, the results in the quarter were helped by the sale of Plant 2-7 in Montreal, six months earlier than originally planned. And finally, at the beginning of the fourth quarter, based on our strong bookings performance, and our success in eliminating structural costs and improving margins under our V20 plan, we decided to end the temporary salary reduction program that had been deployed earlier in the year.

To conclude, the next few months will bring their share of challenges, as the uncertainty caused by an indefinite global economic crisis persists. Also the turbulence brought about by the acceleration of the Montreal plant closure is one of the factors affecting our production sites in North America who are still adapting to a new manufacturing lay-out. But armed with a near-record backlog and growing margins, we have gained much headroom and are now turning a lot more attention on growing the business. As I keep reminding our employees: we should aim to get out of the storm stronger than before it hit the world economy, and thanks to their unrelenting efforts, that goal is certainly within range. To all of them, I say “Hats off!”. They all contributed to elevating an otherwise memorable 70th anniversary to an outstanding year on many fronts.”

Réjean Ostiguy, CFO of Velan Inc., said,  “In spite of the soft quarter in terms of sales, caused primarily by the various challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the continued weakness in the MRO component of the oil and gas sector and the temporary inefficiencies experienced during the reconfiguration of the remaining Canadian plants under the V20 program, we were pleased to present improved results for the quarter and the ninemonth period including margin improvements driven by our V20 investment. We believe we have managed our balance sheet well and our net cash continues to be at a healthy level. We were also pleased to achieve a book-to-bill ratio of 2.34, which has resulted in our backlog closing the quarter at an impressive level.”

Financial Highlights

(millions of U.S. dollars, excluding per share amounts)
Three-month periods ended
November 30
 Nine-month periods ended
November 30
 2020  2019   2020  2019 
             
Sales$71.6 $88.7  $216.6 $258.0 
              
Gross Profit 22.0  22.2   57.5  60.2 
Gross profit % 30.7% 25.0%  26.5% 23.3%
              
Net earnings (loss)1 9.5  (0.8)  2.5  (5.3)
Net earnings (loss)1 per share – basic and diluted 0.44  (0.04)  0.12  (0.24)
              
Operating profit (loss) before restructuring and transformation costs2 2.2  1.0   (1.1) (3.2)
              
Adjusted EBITDA2 5.6  4.3   8.6  6.2 
Adjusted EBITDA2 per share – basic and diluted 0.26  0.20   0.40  0.29 
              

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 (unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and all comparisons are to the third quarter of fiscal 2020):

  • The Company ended the quarter with a backlog of $561.8 million, an increase of $155.0 million or 38.1% since the beginning of the current fiscal year. The backlog was positively impacted by the higher book-tobill ratio and the strengthening of the euro spot rate against the U.S. dollar over the course of the nine-month period. The backlog also increased for the period due to the delays in shipments created by the COVID19 pandemic and the reconfiguration of the Canadian plants under the V20 program.

  • Bookings amounted to $167.6 million, an increase of $70.4 million or 72.4% compared to last year. This increase is primarily attributable to strong booking performances by the Company’s Italian and French operations. The Company’s Italian operations achieved a record high for the subsidiary of $48.9 million net new orders destined to the downstream oil and gas market while the Company’s French operations recorded $48.6 million of bookings for the quarter, primarily destined to the nuclear market. The increase for the quarter was also attributable to large project orders recorded by the Company’s North American operation.

  • This strong quarter in terms of bookings has been one of the main drivers that has allowed the Company to present a solid 2.34 book-tobill ratio, despite another soft quarter in terms of non-project orders booked in the Company’s North American operations.

  • Sales amounted to $71.6 million, a decrease of $17.1 million or 19.3% from the prior year. Sales were again negatively impacted by the reduction of non-project orders recorded by the Company’s North American operations due to the unfavorable market conditions triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the drop in the oil price, which have significantly affected the Company’s distribution channel. The Company’s reduced quarterly shipments are also attributable to continued supply chain issues created by the COVID19 pandemic as well as inefficiencies experienced in reconfiguring the Canadian plants under the V20 program that caused production delays. This decrease in sales was partially offset by increased shipments in the Company’s Italian operations thanks to the delivery of previously delayed orders.

  • Gross profit percentage increased by 570 basis points from 25.0% to 30.7%. The increase in the gross profit percentage, which made up for the lower sales volume, was primarily attributable to the delivery of a product mix with a greater proportion of higher margin product sales, and from margin improvements resulting from the labour and overhead savings brought by the Company’s restructuring and transformation initiatives. The increase is also attributable to the reversal of a $1.6 million warranty provision due to a customer’s withdrawal of his claim and the recording of $1.5 million of wage subsidies. The subsidies were put in place by government authorities to prevent further staff lay-offs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering wage relief to companies negatively impacted by the virus.

  • Operating profit before restructuring and transformation costs2 amounted to $2.2 million compared to $1.0 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA2 amounted to $5.6 million or $0.26 per share compared to $4.3 million or $0.20 per share last year. The increase in operating profit before restructuring and transformation costs2 and adjusted EBITDA2 is primarily attributable to an improved gross profit percentage partially offset by a lower sales volume. The Company’s results were improved by the cost reductions related to the V20 program, as well as the recording of wage subsidies which in turn permitted the Company to avoid potentially significant lay-offs that otherwise would have been necessary to blunt the financial impact of the pandemic.

  • Net earnings1 amounted to $9.5 million or $0.44 per share compared to a net loss1 of $0.8 million or $0.04 per share last year. The increase in net earnings1 is primarily attributable to a $9.6 million gain recognized on the disposal of one of the Company’s Montreal plants, a vital part of the North American manufacturing footprint optimization plan which was planned in the scope of V20. The disposed plant’s production has been transferred within the remaining North American plants and the Company’s Indian operations. The Company’s results were improved by the recording of $2.9 million of wage subsidies which were allocated between cost of sales, administration expenses and restructuring and transformation costs. This increase was partially offset by a $1.3 million unfavorable movement in income taxes.

First Nine Months Fiscal 2021 (unless otherwise noted, all amounts are in U.S. dollars and all comparisons are to the first nine months of fiscal 2020):

  • The Company ended the period with net cash of $73.0 million, an increase of $42.0 million or 135.5% since the beginning of the year. The available net cash and unused credit facilities, along with future cash flows generated from operations, is sufficient for the Company to meet its financial obligations, increase its capacity of liquidity, satisfy its working capital requirements, and execute its business strategy. The increase in net cash is primarily attributable to proceeds on the disposal of a manufacturing plant, increase in longterm debt and short term bank loans and positive non-cash working capital movements, partially offset by investments in property, plant and equipment, long-term debt repayments and V20 related disbursements. Net cash was positively impacted by the strengthening of the euro spot rate against the U.S. dollar over the course of the period. In light of the ongoing pandemic and receipt of government subsidies, the Company has suspended the payment of all dividends as well as share buybacks this fiscal year.

  • Bookings amounted to $345.7 million, an increase of $93.6 million or 37.1% compared to last year. This increase is primarily attributable to large project orders booked in the Company’s French, Italian and North American operations, notably in the nuclear, downstream oil and gas and process markets. This increase was partially offset by a decrease in non-project orders booked in the Company’s North American operations.

  • Sales amounted to $216.6 million, a decrease of $41.4 million or 16.0% from the prior year. The decreased sales volume for the period is attributable to the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on the global economy, especially on the Company’s distribution channel. The reduction in sales is also attributable to production delays caused by the inefficiencies experienced while reconfiguring the Canadian plants under the V20 program.

  • Gross profit percentage increased by 320 basis points from 23.3% to 26.5%. Despite the lower sales volume, the increase in gross profit percentage is primarily attributable to the delivery of a product mix with a greater proportion of higher margin product sales, and from margin improvements resulting from labour and overhead savings brought by the Company’s restructuring and transformation initiatives. The gross profit percentage was also improved by the Company’s recording of $5.7 million of wage subsidies. The subsidies were put in place by government authorities to prevent further staff lay-offs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic by offering wage relief to companies negatively impacted by the virus. This increase was partially offset by unrealized foreign exchange losses primarily attributable to the weakening of the U.S. dollar against the euro incurred over the course of the period.

  • Administration costs amounted to $55.9 million, a decrease of $7.8 million or 12.2% compared to last year. The decrease is primarily attributable to a $4.7 million reduction of administration salary costs provided by wage subsidies combined with the on-going effort to reduce administration overhead expenses including travel expenses and office maintenance costs, caused principally by the downturn of the market conditions as well as the travel restrictions and social distancing measures that were enforced in a majority of countries over the course of the period. The Company also instituted select temporary salary reductions during the period. The decrease in administration costs was partially offset by a $1.2 million increase in the costs recognized in connection with the Company’s ongoing asbestos litigation. The fluctuation in asbestos costs for the period is due more to the timing of settlements in these two periods rather than to changes in longterm trends.

  • Operating loss before restructuring and transformation costs2 amounted to $1.1 million compared to $3.2 million last year. Adjusted EBITDA2 amounted to $8.6 million or $0.40 per share compared to $6.2 million or $0.29 per share last year. The improvement in operating loss before restructuring and transformation costs2 and adjusted EBITDA2 is primarily attributable to lowered administration costs and the Company’s recording of wage subsidies which in turn permitted the Company to avoid lay-offs that otherwise would have been necessary to blunt the financial impact of the pandemic, partially offset by an increase in unrealized foreign exchange losses, a lower gross profit and higher other expenses.

  • Net earnings1 amounted to $2.5 million or $0.12 per share compared to a net loss1 of $5.3 million or $0.24 per share last year. The increase in net earnings1 is primarily attributable to a $9.6 million gain recognized on the disposition of one of the Company’s Montreal plants and a reduction in administration costs. This increase was partially offset by a lower gross profit, an increase in other expenses and restructuration and transformation costs combined with a $2.9 million unfavorable movement in income taxes. The Company’s results were improved by the recording of $10.7 million of wage subsidies which were allocated between cost of sales, administration expenses and restructuring and transformation costs but were reduced by $2.1 million of unrealized foreign exchange losses incurred over the course of the period.

  • The net impact of currency swings for the period was generally unfavourable on the Company’s net earnings1, although it was generally favourable on the Company’s equity.

Dividend

At the end of the fiscal year ended February 29, 2020, the Board of Directors deemed appropriate to suspend the quarterly dividend. The decision remains unchanged and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis.

Conference call

Financial analysts, shareholders, and other interested individuals are invited to attend the second quarter conference call to be held on Thursday, January 14, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (EDT). The toll free call-in number is 18009450427, access code 21989207. A recording of this conference call will be available for seven days at 14166264100 or 18005585253, access code 21989207.

About Velan

Founded in Montreal in 1950, Velan Inc. (www.velan.com) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of industrial valves, with sales of US$371.6 million in its last reported fiscal year. The Company employs close to 1,700 people and has manufacturing plants in 9 countries. Velan Inc. is a public company with its shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol VLN.

Safe harbour statement

This news release may include forward-looking statements, which generally contain words like “should”, “believe”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “may”, “will”, “expect”, “intend”, “continue” or “estimate” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar expressions, all of which are subject to risks and uncertainties, which are disclosed in the Company’s filings with the appropriate securities commissions. While these statements are based on management’s assumptions regarding historical trends, current conditions and expected future developments, as well as other factors that it believes are reasonable and appropriate in the circumstances, no forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual future results may differ materially from those expressed herein. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained herein whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by the applicable securities laws. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

Non-IFRS measures

In this press release, the Company presented measures of performance and financial condition that are not defined under International Financial Reporting Standards (“non-IFRS measures”) and are therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. These measures are used by management in assessing the operating results and financial condition of the Company. In addition, they provide readers of the Company’s consolidated financial statements with enhanced understanding of its results and financial condition, and increase transparency and clarity into the operating results of its core business. Reconciliations of these amounts can be found on the following page.

Operating profit (loss) before restructuring and transformation costs and Adjusted net earnings (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA")

  Three-month period ended November 30,Three-month period ended November 30,Nine-month period ended November 30,Nine-month period ended November 30,
  2020 2019 2020 2019 
      
Operating profit (loss) 10.4 (0.4)4.2 (5.7)
      
Adjustments for:     
Restructuring and transformation costs 1.4 1.4 4.3 2.5 
Gain on disposal of Montreal plant (9.6)- (9.6)- 
Operating profit (loss) before restructuring and transformation costs 2.2 1.0 (1.1)(3.2)
      
Net earnings (loss)1 9.5 0.8 2.5 (5.3)
      
Adjustments for:     
Depreciation of property, plant and equipment 2.5 2.9 7.5 8.1 
Amortization of intangible assets 0.7 0.5 1.9 1.5 
Finance costs – net 0.2 0.7 0.5 0.8 
Provision for (Recovery of) income taxes 0.9 (0.4)1.5 (1.4)
EBITDA 13.8 2.9 13.9 3.7 
      
Adjustments for:     
Restructuring and transformation costs 1.4 1.4 4.3 2.5 
Gain on disposal of Montreal plant (9.6)- (9.6)- 
      
Adjusted EBITDA 5.6 4.3 8.6 6.2 
          

The term “operating profit or loss before restructuring and transformation costs” is defined as operating profit or loss plus restructuring and transformation costs less the gain on the disposal of a manufacturing plant. The forwardlooking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

The term “adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares plus restructuring and transformation costs, plus depreciation of property, plant & equipment, plus amortization of intangible assets, plus net finance costs, plus income tax provision less the gain on the disposal of a manufacturing plant,. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement.

________________________________
1 Net earnings or loss refers to net income or loss attributable to Subordinate and Multiple Voting Shares.
2 Non-IFRS measures – see explanation above.

      
Velan Inc.     
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Financial Position    
(Unaudited)     
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)     
      
As At November 30, February 29, 
  2020 2020 
  $ $ 
Assets     
      
Current assets     
Cash and cash equivalents 79,961 75,327 
Short-term investments 827 627 
Accounts receivable 119,859 135,242 
Income taxes recoverable 9,794 8,747 
Inventories 191,894 170,265 
Deposits and prepaid expenses 8,174 5,191 
Derivative assets 1 555 
  410,510 395,954 
      
Non-current assets     
Property, plant and equipment 97,821 98,179 
Intangible assets and goodwill 17,626 17,148 
Deferred income taxes 28,157 26,702 
Other assets 948 513 
      
  144,552 142,542 
      
Total assets 555,062 538,496 
      
      
Liabilities     
      
Current liabilities     
Bank indebtedness 6,941 44,317 
Short-term bank loans 5,915 1,379 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 79,676 74,271 
Income taxes payable 612 1,493 
Customer deposits 57,594 47,208 
Provisions 11,950 14,963 
Provision for performance guarantees 21,056 21,127 
Derivative liabilities 336 1,169 
Current portion of long-term lease liabilities 1,609 1,621 
Current portion of long-term debt 7,796 8,311 
  193,485 215,859 
      
Non-current liabilities     
Long-term lease liabilities 13,828 13,722 
Long-term debt 35,945 10,986 
Income taxes payable 1,411 1,576 
Deferred income taxes 2,774 2,869 
Other liabilities 9,230 8,623 
      
  63,188 37,776 
      
Total liabilities 256,673 253,635 
      
Total equity 298,389 284,861 
      
Total liabilities and equity 555,062 538,496 
      

 

Velan Inc.     
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)   
(Unaudited)     
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares and per share amounts)   
      
 Three-month periods ended November 30 Nine-month periods ended November 30
 2020 2019  2020 2019 
 $ $  $ $ 
      
Sales71,560 88,701  216,553 257,984 
      
Cost of sales49,538 66,548  159,086 197,755 
      
Gross profit22,022 22,153  57,467 60,229 
      
Administration costs19,288 21,275  55,911 63,659 
Restructuring and transformation costs (income)(8,119)1,406  (5,220)2,480 
Other expense (income)411 (118) 2,535 (171)
      
Operating profit (loss)10,442 (410) 4,241 (5,739)
      
Finance income161 135  575 870 
Finance costs322 833  1,098 1,709 
      
Finance costs – net161 698  523 839 
      
Income (Loss) before income taxes10,281 (1,108) 3,718 (6,578)
      
Provision for (Recovery of) income taxes881 (400) 1,489 (1,368)
      
Net income (loss) for the period9,400 (708) 2,229 (5,210)
      
Net income (loss) attributable to:     
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares             9,527                (819)              2,529             (5,274)
Non-controlling interest(127)111  (300)64 
 9,400 (708) 2,229 (5,210)
      
Net income (loss) per Subordinate and Multiple Voting Share    
Basic0.44 (0.04) 0.12 (0.24)
Diluted0.44 (0.04) 0.12 (0.24)
      
Dividends declared per Subordinate and Multiple- 0.02 - 0.07
     Voting Share(CA$ - )(CA$0.03) (CA$-)(CA$0.09)
      
Total weighted average number of Subordinate and     
     Multiple Voting Shares      
Basic21,585,635 21,617,207  21,585,635 21,616,543 
Diluted21,585,635 21,617,207  21,585,635 21,616,543 
      

 

Velan Inc.      
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) 
(Unaudited)      
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)      
       
 Three-month periods ended
November 30
 Nine-month periods ended
November 30
          
 2020 2019  2020 2019 
 $ $ $$
Comprehensive income (loss)      
       
Net income (loss) for the period9,400 (708) 2,229 (5,210)
       
Other comprehensive income (loss)      
Foreign currency translation adjustment on foreign operations      
whose functional currency is other than the reporting      
currency (U.S. dollar)490 (124) 11,299 (4,694)
       
Comprehensive income (loss)9,890 (832) 13,528 (9,904)
       
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to:      
Subordinate Voting Shares and Multiple Voting Shares9,886 (1,002) 13,663 (9,855)
Non-controlling interest4 170  (135)(49)
       
 9,890 (832) 13,528 (9,904)
       
Other comprehensive income (loss) is composed solely of items that may be reclassified subsequently to the 
consolidated statement of income (loss).      
       

 

Velan Inc.        
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity   
(Unaudited)        
(in thousands of U.S. dollars, excluding number of shares)      
         
         
         
 Equity attributable to the Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders  
 Number of
shares
Share capitalContributed
surplus
Accumulated
other
comprehensive
income (loss)
Retained
earnings
TotalNon-
controlling
interest
Total equity
         
Balance - February 28, 201921,621,935 73,090 6,074(28,990)254,606 304,780 4,053 308,833 
         
Net income (loss) for the period- - -- (5,274)(5,274)64 (5,210)
Other comprehensive loss- - -(4,581)- (4,581)(113)(4,694)
         
Effect of share-based compensation- - 2- - 2 - 2 
Share repurchase(16,900)(184)94- - (90)- (90)
Dividends        
Multiple Voting Shares- - -- (1,048)(1,048)- (1,048)
Subordinate Voting Shares- - -- (413)(413)- (413)
         
Balance - November 30, 201921,605,035 72,906 6,170(33,571)247,871 293,376 4,004 297,380 
         
Balance - February 29, 202021,585,635 72,695 6,260(34,047)236,269 281,177 3,684 284,861 
         
Net income (loss) for the period- - -- 2,529 2,529 (300)2,229 
Other comprehensive income- - -11,134 - 11,134 165 11,299 
         
Balance - November 30, 202021,585,635 72,695 6,260(22,913)238,798 294,840 3,549 298,389 
         

 

Velan Inc.     
Condensed Interim Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow   
(Unaudited)     
(in thousands of U.S. dollars)     
      
 Three-month periods ended
November 30
 Nine-month periods ended
November 30
 2020 2019  2020 2019 
 $ $  $ $ 
      
Cash flows from     
      
Operating activities     
Net income (loss) for the period9,400 (708) 2,229 (5,210)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash provided (used) by operating activities(6,096)3,590  (837)10,503 
Changes in non-cash working capital items(14,657)7,536  6,358 8,080 
Cash provided (used) by operating activities(11,353)10,418  7,750 13,373 
      
Investing activities     
Short-term investments327 2,207  (200)569 
Additions to property, plant and equipment(3,575)(5,711) (7,511)(7,425)
Additions to intangible assets(470)(175) (993)(308)
Proceeds on disposal of property, plant and equipment, and     
intangible assets12,683 109  13,712 148 
Net change in other assets63 (156) (426)(1,484)
Cash provided (used) by investing activities9,028 (3,726) 4,582 (8,500)
      
Financing activities     
Dividends paid to Subordinate and Multiple Voting shareholders- (495) (482)(1,457)
Repurchase of shares- (90) - (90)
Short-term bank loans5,913 (146) 4,536 (638)
Net change in revolving credit facility(9,537)-  10,798 - 
Increase in long-term debt- -  14,305 1,122 
Repayment of long-term debt(873)(579) (2,931)(2,438)
Repayment of long-term lease liabilities(428)(485) (1,284)(1,143)
Cash provided (used) by financing activities(4,925)(1,795) 24,942 (4,644)
      
Effect of exchange rate differences on cash (430)(779) 4,736 (2,067)
      
Net change in cash during the period(7,680)4,118  42,010 (1,838)
      
Net cash – Beginning of the period80,700 34,910  31,010 40,866 
      
Net cash – End of the period73,020 39,028  73,020 39,028 
      
Net cash is composed of:     
Cash and cash equivalents79,961 77,143  79,961 77,143 
Bank indebtedness(6,941)(38,115) (6,941)(38,115)
      
 73,020 39,028  73,020 39,028 
      
Supplementary information     
Interest paid(482)(480) (945)(938)
Income taxes paid(3,039)(1,025) (5,548)(4,532)
      

For further information please contact:
Yves Leduc, Chief Executive Officer
or
Réjean Ostiguy, Chief Financial Officer
Tel: (514) 748-7743
Fax: (514) 748-8635
Web:  www.velan.com

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