Form 8-K
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

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FORM 8-K

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CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)
of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):  August 29, 2022

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Just Energy Group Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

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Canada001-35400N/A
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)(Commission File Number)(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

100 King Street West, Suite 2630

Toronto, Ontario M5X 1E1

(Address of Principal Executive Offices) (Zip Code)

(905) 795-4206

(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

 

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)

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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).

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Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On August 29, 2022, Just Energy Group Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding the Company’s results for the three months ended June 30, 2022. The press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and is incorporated herein by reference.

The information in this Item 2.02, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

(d) Exhibits

Exhibit Number Description
      
99.1 Press Release dated August 29, 2022
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document)
 
 

SIGNATURE

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 hereunto duly authorized.

 Just Energy Group Inc.
   
  
Date: August 29, 2022By: /s/ Michael Carter        
  Michael Carter
  Chief Financial Office
  

 

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EXHIBIT 99.1

Just Energy Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2023 Results

TORONTO, Aug. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Just Energy Group Inc. (“Just Energy” or the “Company”) (NEX:JE.H; OTC:JENGQ), a retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities and bringing energy efficient solutions, carbon offsets and renewable energy options to customers, today announced its first quarter results for fiscal year 2023.

Recent Developments

On August 18, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) granted an Order that, among other things, (i) authorized the Company to conduct the previously announced sale and investment solicitation process (the “SISP”); (ii) approved the execution by Just Energy and certain of its affiliates of a stalking horse transaction agreement and support agreement in connection with the SISP. The Company expects the SISP process to be completed in late 2022 or early 2023. For more details on the SISP, please visit: https://investors.justenergy.com or the website of FTI Consulting Canada Inc., the monitor for the Just Energy entities under the CCAA proceedings, at http://cfcanada.fticonsulting.com/justenergy

“During the first fiscal quarter, the Company delivered both strong financial results and the highest quarterly Mass Markets net additions since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. While we continue to face a highly competitive retail landscape and persistently high commodity prices, our results continue to validate the Company’s strategic investment in digital marketing and direct face-to-face channels, as well as our strong focus on customer retention,” said Scott Gahn, Just Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer.

“Our operational performance during the first quarter demonstrates our continued commitment to our customers, employees, partners, and our pursuit of growth in key markets,” added Mr. Gahn.

First Quarter FY 2023 Performance

The Company’s first fiscal quarter 2023 results and prior comparable periods are expressed in US dollars. As of March 31, 2022, the Company is considered a domestic filer instead of a foreign private issuer as defined by the Securities Exchange Commission, and now is required to prepare its consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

1 See “Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures” in the MD&A.

Fiscal First Quarter Financial Highlights:  
For the three months ended June 30   
$ in thousands, except customer dataFiscal 2023Fiscal 2022Change
Revenue$570,586$496,36115%
Base Gross Margin1$90,349$81,08211%
Base EBITDA1$20,473$18,7449%
Cash and cash equivalents$220,962$125,75576%
RCE Mass Markets count1,244,0001,127,00010%
RCE Mass Market net adds for the quarter43,000-6,000NMF2
RCE Commercial count1,498,0001,734,000-14%
   
1 See “Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures” in the MD&A.
2 Not a meaningful figure
   


Fiscal First Quarter Expense Detail:

   
For the three months ended June 30   
($ thousands)Fiscal 2023Fiscal 2022Change
Administrative expenses$27,487$24,64312%
Selling commission expenses$19,091$20,648-8%
Selling non-commission and marketing expense$13,381$11,68814%
Provision for expected credit loss$10,450$6,07372%
    


Mass Markets Segment Performance

Operating Highlights:

   
For the three months ended June 30   
 Fiscal 2023Fiscal 2022Change
Mass Markets gross margin on added/renewed$280/RCE$195/RCE44%
Embedded Gross Margin1 ($ millions)$857.1$820.84%
Total gross Mass Markets (RCE) additions139,00081,00072%
Attrition (trailing 12 months)16%18%-11%
Renewals (trailing 12 months)81%76%7%
    

1See “Non–U.S. GAAP financial measures” in the MD&A


Mass Markets RCE Summary:

 4/1/2022AdditionsAttritionFailed to renew6/30/2022Change
Gas234,00012,000(10,000)(6,000) 230,000-2%
Electricity967,000127,000(58,000)(22,000) 1,014,0005%
Total Mass Markets RCEs 1,201,000 139,000 (68,000) (28,000) 1,244,0004%
       

Commercial Segment Performance

Operating Highlights:

   
For the three months ended June 30   
 Fiscal 2022Fiscal 2021Change
Commercial gross margin on added/renewed$86/RCE$70/RCE23%
Embedded Gross Margin1 ($ millions)$244.3$268.3-9%
Attrition (trailing 12 months)12%9%33%
Renewals (trailing 12 months)45%49%-8%
    

1See “Non–U.S. GAAP financial measures” in the MD&A


Commercial RCE Summary:

 4/1/2022AdditionsAttritionFailed to renew6/30/2022Change
Gas365,00013,000(6,000)(8,000) 364,000-%
Electricity1,189,00089,000(65,000)(79,000) 1,134,000-5%
Total Commercial RCEs 1,554,000 102,000 (71,000) (87,000) 1,498,000-4%
       

About Just Energy Group Inc.

Just Energy is a retail energy provider specializing in electricity and natural gas commodities and bringing energy efficient solutions, carbon offsets and renewable energy options to customers. 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, Hudson Energy, Interactive Energy Group, Tara Energy, and Terrapass. Visit https://investors.justenergy.com to learn more.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including with respect to the timing by which the Company will file the reporting documents. 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 the ability of the Company to continue as a going concern; the outcome of proceedings under the CCAA, including the SISP process and the timing of the completion of the SISP, the outcome of any potential litigation with respect to the February 2021 extreme weather event in Texas, the outcome of any invoice dispute with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, Inc.; the impact of the evolving COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, operations and sales; 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; and dependence on certain suppliers. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Just Energy’s operations or financial results are included in Just Energy’s Form 10K on file with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s website at www.sec.gov or Canadian securities regulatory authorities which can be accessed through the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com or through Just Energy’s website at investors.justenergy.com.

NON-U.S. GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The financial measures such as “EBITDA”, “Base EBITDA”, “Base Gross Margin”, “Free Cash Flow”, “Unlevered Free Cash Flow” and “Embedded Gross Margin” do not have a standardized meaning prescribed by U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“U.S. GAAP”) 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 U.S. GAAP, but the Company believes that these measures are useful in providing relative operational profitability of the Company’s business. Please refer to “Non-U.S. GAAP financial measures in the Just Energy Full Fiscal Year 2022’s Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the Company’s definition of “EBITDA” and other non-U.S. GAAP measures.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:

Michael Carter
Chief Financial Officer
Just Energy
Phone: (905) 670-4440
mcarter@justenergy.com 

or

Investors
Michael Cummings
Alpha IR
Phone: (617) 982-0475
JE@alpha-ir.com

Monitor
FTI Consulting Inc.
Phone: 416-649-8127 or 1-844-669-6340
justenergy@fticonsulting.com

Media
Boyd Erman
Longview Communications
Phone: 416-523-5885
berman@longviewcomms.ca

Source: Just Energy Group Inc.


Supplemental Tables:

Financial and Operating Highlights
For the three months ended June 30.
(thousands of dollars, except where indicated and per share amounts)

         
     % increase   
  Fiscal 2023 (decrease) Fiscal 2022 
Revenue $ 570,586  15 $496,361 
Base Gross Margin1   90,349  11 % 81,082 
Administrative expenses   27,487  12 % 24,643 
Selling commission expenses   19,091  (8) 20,648 
Selling non-commission and marketing expense   13,381  14 % 11,688 
Provision for expected credit loss   10,450  72 % 6,073 
Reorganization Costs   19,131  16 % 16,486 
Interest expense   8,488  (4)% 8,831 
Income for the period   160,614  (28)% 223,834 
Base EBITDA1   20,473  9 % 18,774 
RCE Mass Markets count   1,244,000  10 % 1,127,000 
RCE Mass Markets net adds   43,000 NMF2   (6,000)
RCE Commercial count  1,498,000  (14 )% 1,734,000 

1 See “Non–U.S. GAAP financial measures” above.
2 Not a meaningful figure.


Balance Sheet

(thousands of dollars) As at As at 
  June 30, March 31, 
  2022 2022 
Assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents $ 220,962 $125,755 
Trade and other receivables, net   356,059  308,941 
Total fair value of derivative instrument assets   899,282  671,714 
Other current assets   175,581  131,570 
Total assets   1,911,371  1,623,814 
        
Liabilities:       
Trade and other payables $ 385,391 $349,923 
Total fair value of derivative instrument liabilities   34,580  26,087 
Total debt   125,893  126,419 
Total liabilities   1,553,964  1,429,613 


Summary of Cash Flows

For the three months ended June 30.
(thousands of dollars)

 
   Fiscal 2023   Fiscal 2022 
Operating activities from continuing operations $ 102,072  $2,603 
Investing activities from continuing operations   (3,462)  (1,460)
Financing activities from continuing operations   (1,657)  (22,683)
Effect of foreign currency translation   (1,852)  221 
Increase (decrease) in cash   95,101   (21,319)
Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period   128,491   172,666 
Cash and cash equivalents – end of period $ 223,592  $151,347