SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Report of Foreign Private Issuer
Pursuant to Rule 13a-16 or 15d-16 of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
For the month of August 2020
Commission File Number: 001-35400
Just Energy Group Inc.
(Translation of registrant's name into English)
100 King Street West, Suite 2630
Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E1
(Address of principal executive office)
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On August 28, 2020, the Registrant issued a press release, a copy of which is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.
(c) Exhibit 99.1. Press release dated August 28, 2020
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
|Just Energy Group Inc.|
|Date: August 28, 2020||By:||/s/ Jim Brown|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Just Energy Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2021 Results
Base EBITDA from continuing operations of $40.5 million, an increase of 67% over the comparable prior year period
$136.3 million Base gross margin, an increase of 3% over the comparable prior year period
Reaffirms Base EBITDA guidance range of $130 million to $160 million for fiscal year 2021
Strong stakeholder approval of the Recapitalization Plan
TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just Energy Group Inc. (“Just Energy” or the “Company”) (TSX:JE; NYSE:JE), a retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities, renewable energy options and carbon offsets, announced its first quarter results for fiscal year 2021.
“We began fiscal year 2021 with a strong financial and operational performance despite on-going challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Just Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Scott Gahn. “The approval of the Canada Business Corporations Act (“CBCA”) recapitalization plan (the “Recapitalization”) by our security holders and shareholders further builds upon the momentum we’ve gained in the first quarter of fiscal year 2021. The closing of the Recapitalization will be a critical milestone which marks the culmination of months of effort by our organization to address the health of our balance sheet and obtain the much-needed financial flexibility and liquidity for the Company. I look forward to working closely with our new Board as we advance our strategy and drive sustainable growth over the long term for all of our valued stakeholders. While the current board will remain in place until we close the Recapitalization, I want to offer my gratitude to them for their service and steady guidance through one of the most critical and challenging times in the Company’s history.”
“During the first quarter we delivered significant improvements in Base EBITDA and liquidity. These improvements were driven by the stabilization actions the Company took to control bad debt, add quality customers and contain costs implemented throughout the last fiscal year. We continue to take actions to fortify our core business, while meeting the needs of our customers in this unprecedented time.”
“Our multichannel sales model and the essential nature of our services have served us well during the first fiscal quarter, despite the impact of COVID-19. We’ve stayed agile and have been able to shift our resources to focus on sales channels and regions open for business to deliver on our financial guidance. We continue to monitor the situation closely, and as stay-at-home orders are lifted across markets in which Just Energy operates, we’re working diligently to reopen those sales channels that are impacted.”
“However, the harsh realities of COVID-19 have impacted our business and delayed the next phase of our performance transformation, including further enhancing our sales channels and our pursuit of customer growth. We’ve taken a disciplined and analytical approach to address those realities. Specifically, we’ve taken precautionary measures to limit the credit risk exposure from our residential and commercial customers, constrained commercial sales and renewals for high risk customer categories, and tightened residential customer enrolment controls based on our customer profitability analytics and profiling. We believe these actions, despite negatively impacting sales, were necessary, prudent and align with our core strategy to attract and retain high-quality and profitable customers.”
Mr. Gahn concluded, “These have been difficult times for many of our valued stakeholders. Through all of this, Just Energy's mission remains unchanged as we continue to provide essential energy services to customers while ensuring the health and safety of all our employees. I want to thank our entire team for their tireless efforts and dedication to our vision.”
|Financial and operating highlights|
|For the three months ended June 30|
|(thousands of dollars, except where indicated and per share amounts)|
|Fiscal 2021||(decrease)||Fiscal 2020|
|Cost of goods sold||323,997||(29||)%||457,941|
|Realized loss of derivative instruments and other||(132,858||)||66||%||(79,932||)|
|Base gross margin1||136,279||3||%||132,292|
|Selling commission expenses||35,979||1||%||35,502|
|Selling non-commission and marketing expense||10,981||(58||)%||26,202|
|Profit (loss) from continuing operations||82,098||NMF3||(269,971||)|
|Loss from discontinued operations||(2,948||)||(43||%)||(5,189||)|
|Profit (loss) for the period4||79,150||NMF3||(275,160||)|
|Earnings per share from continuing operations available to shareholders – basic||0.52||(1.82||)|
|Earnings per share from continuing operations available to shareholders – diluted||0.43||(1.82||)|
|Base EBITDA from continuing operations1||40,479||67||%||24,184|
|Unlevered free cash flow1||25,255||NMF3||(4,790||)|
|Embedded gross margin1||1,642,500||(21||)%||2,090,500|
|Total customers (RCEs)||3,183,000||(11||)%||3,565,000|
|Total gross customer (RCE) additions||46,000||(77||)%||196,000|
|Total net customer (RCE) additions||(205,000||)||NMF3||(73,000||)|
1 See “Non-IFRS financial measures” on page 6
2 Includes $3.6 million of Strategic Review costs for the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
3 Not a meaningful figure.
4 Profit (loss) includes the impact of unrealized gains (losses), which represents the mark to market of future commodity supply acquired to cover future customer demand as well as weather hedge contracts entered into as part of the Company’s risk management practice. The supply has been sold to customers at fixed prices, minimizing any realizable impact of mark to market gains and losses.
Balance sheet and liquidity
Total customer count
|As at||As at||June 30 vs.||As at||2020 vs.|
|June 30, 2020||March 31,|
|Total customer count||1,061,000||1,107,000||(4)%||1,262,000||(16)%|
Annual Gross Margin Per RCE
|Q1 Fiscal||Number of||Q1 Fiscal||Number of|
|Consumer customers added or renewed||$||370||17,000||$||357||218,000|
|Commercial customers added or renewed1||125||29,000||76||182,000|
|1 Annual Gross margin per RCE excludes margins from Interactive Energy Group and large Commercial and Industrial customers.|
Total RCE Summary
|April 1,||Failed to||June 30,||%||June 30,||%|
|Total Consumer RCEs||1,193,000||18,000||(42,000||)||(24,000||)||1,145,000||(4)%||1,341,000||(15)%|
|Total Commercial RCEs||2,195,000||28,000||(105,000||)||(80,000||)||2,038,000||(7)%||2,224,000||(8)%|
Just Energy looks forward to the implementation of the Recapitalization, which is expected to occur in September 2020, pending all approvals, including court and regulatory approvals.
Just Energy continues to demonstrate its commitment to controlling costs and significantly improving the quality of the customer book, building off the success achieved on these efforts in fiscal 2020 as it moves back to basics. In fiscal 2021, the Company is on pace to realize the full benefit of the cost saving actions taken in fiscal 2020 and sustain a spending rate of approximately $100 million less than fiscal 2019. The Company continues to evaluate spend and identify opportunities to further streamline the business without sacrificing opportunities for profitable growth.
Just Energy is focused on its core North American retail energy operations. Just Energy continues to actively evaluate the optimal strategy for its remaining non-core operations, particularly value-added products, considering the Company’s renewed focus on its commodity business.
Given the uncertainty associated with COVID-19, and the impact it has had on sales, the Company is maintaining the previously provided guidance range of between $130 million and $160 million of Base EBITDA for fiscal 2021. The Company also expects to achieve between $70 million and $100 million of unlevered free cash flow in fiscal 2021, subject to management’s decision to reduce extended supplier payables.
The Company will host a conference call and live webcast with Scott Gahn, Just Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, and Jim Brown, Chief Financial Officer, to review the fiscal first quarter results beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time on August 28, 2020.
Those who wish to participate in the conference call may do so by dialing 1-877-501-3160 in the U.S. and Canada. International callers may join the call by dialing 1-786-815-8442. The Conference ID number is 2366523. The call will also be webcast live over the internet at the following link:
A webcasted replay for the call will also be archived on the Just Energy investor relations website a few hours after the event.
About Just Energy Group Inc.
Just Energy is a retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities and bringing energy efficient solutions and renewable energy options to customers. Currently operating in the United States and Canada, Just Energy serves residential and commercial customers. Just Energy is the parent company of Amigo Energy, Filter Group Inc., Hudson Energy, Interactive Energy Group, Tara Energy, and terrapass. Visit https://investors.justenergy.com/ to learn more. Also, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These statements are based on current expectations that involve several risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those anticipated. These risks include, but are not limited to, risks with respect to raising new equity capital and the exchange of debt; the Recapitalization resulting in a financially stronger Company; reducing the Company’s existing debt and interest expense (including the amounts thereof); proceedings under the CBCA; implementing the Recapitalization; issuing new equity; the allocation of any new equity; addressing certain obligations as part of the Recapitalization; obtaining the court and regulatory approvals to implement the Recapitalization; the ability to complete the Recapitalization or complete the Recapitalization in a timely or efficient manner; the impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, operations and sales; reliance on suppliers; uncertainties relating to the ultimate spread, severity and duration of COVID-19 and related adverse effects on the economies and financial markets of countries in which the Company operates; the ability of the Company to successfully implement its business continuity plans with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic; the Company’s ability to access sufficient capital to provide liquidity to manage its cash flow requirements; general economic, business and market conditions; the ability of management to execute its business plan; levels of customer natural gas and electricity consumption; extreme weather conditions; rates of customer additions and renewals; customer credit risk; rates of customer attrition; fluctuations in natural gas and electricity prices; interest and exchange rates; actions taken by governmental authorities including energy marketing regulation; increases in taxes and changes in government regulations and incentive programs; changes in regulatory regimes; results of litigation and decisions by regulatory authorities; competition; the performance of acquired companies and dependence on certain suppliers. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Just Energy’s operations, financial results or dividend levels are included in Just Energy’s annual information form and other reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities which can be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or through Just Energy’s website at www.justenergygroup.com.
The financial measures such as “EBITDA”, “Base EBITDA, “Base gross margin”, “Unlevered free cash flow” and “Embedded gross margin” do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. This financial measure should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income (loss), cash flow from operating activities and other measures of financial performance as determined in accordance with IFRS, but the Company believes that these measures are useful in providing relative operational profitability of the Company’s business. Please refer to “Key Terms” in the Just Energy Q1 Fiscal 2021’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the Company’s definition of “EBITDA” and other non-IFRS measures.
Neither the Toronto Stock Exchange nor the New York Stock Exchange has approved nor disapproved of the information contained herein.
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Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (617) 982-0475
Source: Just Energy Group Inc.