In a May 16, 2018 research note, Analyst Pardeep Sangha with Haywood Securities indicated that UGE International Ltd. (UGE:TSX.V; UGEIF:OTC) posted "strong results for Q1/18 with revenue beating our estimate and adjusted EBITDA in line with our expectations."
Q1/18 revenue was $6.1 million ($6.1M) an increase of 10% year over year and 46% quarter over quarter. It exceeded Haywood's estimate of $5.6M. Reported adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $0.1M, equal to Haywood's forecast and better than Q1/17's result of $0.2M. Gross margins in the quarter were 17.9%. "Growth was driven by strong performance in the U.S. and Philippines," Sangha explained.
As of March 31, 2018, UGE had $1.5M in cash and $7.4M in debt. Quarter-end net debt of $5.8M was $1M more than at year-end 2017.
In the near term, Q2/18 "should be a solid quarter," Sangha noted, supported by the Peterborough contract, a $41.2M project backlog and new jobs. Longer term, he projected revenue growth of 31% in 2018 and 36% in 2019.
Sangha concluded that UGE "is experiencing very strong growth and plans to report positive adjusted EBITDA for full-year 2018." Haywood, which expects the same, maintained its Buy recommendation and CA$0.80 per share target price on the company, whose stock is currently trading at around CA$0.37 per share.
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Disclosures from Haywood Securities, UGE International Ltd., Research Report, May 16, 2018
Haywood Securities, or certain of its affiliated companies, may from time to time receive a portion of commissions or other fees derived from the trading or financings conducted by other affiliated companies in the covered security. Haywood analysts are salaried employees who may receive a performance bonus that may be derived, in part, from corporate finance income.
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