CALGARY, Alberta, April 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CORDY OILFIELD SERVICES INC. (the “Corporation” or “Cordy”) (CKK: TSX-V) released today its fourth quarter and 2019 annual results.
|Three months ended December 31||Twelve months ended December 31|
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|Direct operating expenses|
|General and administrative expenses|
|Operating earnings (loss) (1)|
|Gain on disposal||–||(300||)||300||(483||)||(428||)||(55||)|
|Loss before tax||(818||)||(291||)||(527||)||(472||)||(581||)||109|
|Income tax expense||–||–||–||–||–||–|
YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2019
Despite continued market challenges throughout 2019, Cordy’s consolidated revenues increased by $0.5 million or 3 percent, from the comparative period in 2018 and operating earnings increased $0.3 million or 18 percent from the comparative period. The net result was a consolidate operating margin of 11.1% compared to 9.7% in 2018.
Cordy experienced increase revenue in each quarter: In the first, third and fourth quarter, Cordy’s sales efforts and competitive pricing allowed Cordy to gain market share, specifically oilfield customers; Cordy’s second quarter increases can be attributed to Cordy’s diversification strategy, which has resulted in new customers and increased demand for municipal services.
Overall, Cordy continued to show its resilience in 2019, improving on revenue and operating margin, despite a tough year in the oilfield industry in western Canada. Specifically, oilfield service companies were challenged by a lack of demand for services and competitive pricing, in an environment where drilling activity was down approximately 30%.
Until recently, Cordy was optimistic that 2020 was going to be a positive year, the stabilization of oil prices and the gradual approval of pipeline projects was poised to lead to additional growth in 2020. Now, with the global economy virtually shutdown, as the world population attempts to manage the pandemic, COVID 19, the year 2020 will likely end up being the worst economic disaster on record, next to the great depression. No one can forecast how long the shutdown from COVID 19 will last or predict the severity of damage it will have on economies around the globe.
At home, in western Canada – an economy that was already on life support – Cordy’s business, an essential service, will continue to focus on mitigating risk for its people and prioritizing the survival of the company.
First, and most importantly, for its employees, Cordy has implemented safety protocols that align with the much emphasised “social distancing” strategy governments are using to “flatten the curve”. Where practical, Cordy has implemented a work from home policy, enforces no large gatherings, and uses technology to facilitate paperless transfer of tickets, and other required documentation, throughout the organization and with its external stakeholders, minimizing risk of exposure to the virus.
In order to mitigate the financial impact to Cordy, the company is pursuing, and where appropriate, taking advantage of, announced government programs for small and medium enterprises, as well as the recently introduced Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy, which forms part of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act. Furthermore, the company is working with various suppliers and landlords for additional financial relief through these unprecedented times.
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