Just Energy Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2023 Results

Just Energy Group Inc
Just Energy Group Inc

TORONTO, Nov. 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 second quarter results for fiscal year 2023.

Recent Developments

On October 17, 2022, the Company announced that the transaction (the “Transaction”) contemplated by the stalking horse transaction agreement entered into on August 4, 2022 (as amended from time to time, the “Transaction Agreement”) among Just Energy and the lenders under the Company’s debtor-in-possession financing facility, one of their affiliates and the holder of certain assigned secured claims (collectively, the “Purchaser”) was the successful bid pursuant to the previously announced sale and investment solicitation process (the “SISP”). On November 3, 2022, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List) issued an order (the “Reverse Vesting Order”) that approved the Transaction contemplated by the Transaction Agreement. For details on the Transaction or the Transaction Agreement, 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.

Second Quarter FY 2023 Performance

The Company’s second 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.

  • Revenue of $685.0 million increased by 22% from the prior comparable quarter, primarily driven by an increase in the Texas mass market customer base and warmer weather in Texas.

  • Base EBITDA of $32.1 million increased 31% from the prior comparable quarter, primarily driven by higher Base Gross Margin, partially offset by higher provision for expected credit loss.

  • Base Gross Margin of $113.6 million increased by 23% from the prior comparable quarter, primarily driven by higher realized margins and growth in mass markets customer base.

  • Mass Markets RCE Net Adds for the quarter was a gain of 27,000 compared to a gain of 9,000 for the prior comparable quarter, driven by the increase in customer additions.

  • The Company owes $55.0 million under its DIP facility after a $70.0 million repayment during the quarter and has $852.3 million of total liabilities subject to compromise.

  • The Company ended the quarter with $182.0 million of total liquidity, comprised of cash and cash equivalents.

  • Net loss was $205.6 million, compared to net income of $265.1 million during the prior comparable quarter, primarily driven by unrealized mark to market loss on derivative instruments of $289.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2022. Net income for the three months ended September 30, 2021, was primarily driven by unrealized mark to market gain on derivative instruments of $233.0 million. Unrealized mark to market gains and losses on derivative financial instruments relate to the supply the Company has purchased to deliver in the future to existing customers at fixed contractual prices1.

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


Fiscal Second Quarter Financial Highlights:

For the three months ended September 30

 

 

 

$ in thousands, except customer data

Fiscal 2023

Fiscal 2022

Change

Revenue

$684,968

$559,382

22%

Base Gross Margin1

$113,569

$92,442

23%

Base EBITDA1

$32,143

$24,459

31%

Cash and cash equivalents

$182,016

$157,778

15%

RCE Mass Markets count

1,266,000

1,149,000

10%

RCE Mass Market net adds for the quarter

27,000

9,000

200%

RCE Commercial count

1,530,000

1,661,000

(8)%

 

 

 

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


Fiscal Second Quarter Expense Detail:

For the three months ended September 30

 

 

 

($ thousands)

Fiscal 2023

Fiscal 2022

Change

Administrative expenses

$29,934

$29,816

0%

Selling commission expenses

$21,132

$22,102

(4)%

Selling non-commission and marketing expense

$14,111

$13,436

5%

Provision for expected credit loss

$16,756

$2,945

469%

 

 

 

 

  • Administrative expenses: Remained flat to the prior comparable quarter.

  • Selling commission expenses: The decrease was primarily due to lower prepaid commission amortization from lower sales in prior years.

  • Selling non-commission and marketing expenses: The increase was driven by investment in sales agent costs to drive customer additions and retention.

  • Provision for expected credit loss: The increase was driven by regulatory requirements due to extended hot weather in Texas, higher sales in Texas as well as higher sales in Texas from an increase in the mass market customer base, and a release of reserves from the prior year.

Mass Markets Segment Performance

Operating Highlights:

For the three months ended September 30

 

Fiscal 2023

Fiscal 2022

Change

Mass Markets gross margin on added/renewed

$345/RCE

$211/RCE

64%

Embedded Gross Margin1 ($ millions)

$872.1

$826.3

6%

Total gross Mass Markets (RCE) additions

27,000

9,000

200%

Attrition (trailing 12 months)

17%

18%

(6)%

Renewals (trailing 12 months)

81%

77%

5%

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

  • Average Mass Markets gross margin per RCE added or renewed: The increase was largely due to a change in channel strategy and channel mix

  • Mass Markets Embedded Gross Margin: The increase was primarily driven by growth in the Texas Mass Markets customer base.

  • Mass Markets gross RCE additions: The increase is driven by investment in digital marketing, as well as continued improvement in direct face–to–face channels.

Mass Markets RCE Summary:

 

7/1/2022

Additions

Attrition

Failed to
renew

9/30/2022

Change

Gas

233,000

10,000

(8,000)

(5,000)

230,000

(1)%

Electricity

1,006,000

107,000

(54,000)

(23,000)

1,036,000

3%

Total Mass Markets RCEs

1,239,000

117,000

(62,000)

(28,000)

1,266,000

2%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commercial Segment Performance

Operating Highlights:

For the three months ended September 30

 

Fiscal 2023

Fiscal 2022

Change

Commercial gross margin on added/renewed

$91/RCE

$70/RCE

30%

Embedded Gross Margin1 ($ millions)

$237.2

$265.5

(11)%

Attrition (trailing 12 months)

11%

8%

38%

Renewals (trailing 12 months)

41%

49%

(16)%

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

  • Commercial Embedded Gross Margin: The decline resulted from the decrease in the customer base compared to the prior period.

Commercial RCE Summary:

 

7/1/2022

Additions

Attrition

Failed to
renew

9/30/2022

Change

Gas

368,000

12,000

(6,000)

(1,000)

373,000

1%

Electricity

1,143,000

63,000

(23,000)

(26,000)

1,157,000

1%

Total Commercial RCEs

1,511,000

75,000

(29,000)

(27,000)

1,530,000

1%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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, without limitation, statements with respect to the Transaction. 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 consummation of the Transaction and the anticipated results thereof; satisfaction of the conditions precedent to consummation of the Transaction, including approval thereof by the Houston Court and receipt of all required regulatory approvals; the ability of the Just Energy Entities to continue as a going concern following consummation of the Transaction; 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 COVID-19 pandemic on the Company’s business, operations and sales; 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 and other reports on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission which can be accessed at www.sec.gov and with the 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 September 30
(thousands of dollars, except where indicated and per share amounts)

 

    

 

 

 

% increase

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fiscal 2023

 

 

(decrease)

    

Fiscal 2022

 

Revenue

 

$

684,968

 

 

22

 

%  

$

559,382

 

Base Gross Margin1

 

 

113,569

 

 

23

 

%  

 

92,442

 

Administrative expenses

 

 

29,934

 

 

0

 

%  

 

29,816

 

Selling commission expenses

 

 

21,132

 

 

(4

)

%  

 

22,102

 

Selling non-commission and marketing expense

 

 

14,111

 

 

5

 

%  

 

13,436

 

Provision for expected credit loss

 

 

16,756

 

 

469

 

%  

 

2,945

 

Reorganization Costs

 

 

26,951

 

 

83

 

%  

 

14,746

 

Interest expense

 

 

8,921

 

 

15

 

%  

 

7,754

 

Income (Loss) for the period

 

 

(205,617

)

 

NMF

 

2

 

265,081

 

Base EBITDA1

 

 

32,143

 

 

31

 

%  

 

24,459

 

RCE Mass Markets count

 

 

1,266,000

 

 

10

 

%

 

1,149,000

 

RCE Mass Markets net adds

 

 

27,000

 

 

200

 

%

 

9,000

 

RCE Commercial count

 

 

1,530,000

 

 

(8

)

%

 

1,661,000

 

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


Balance Sheet

(thousands of dollars)

    

As at

 

 

As at

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

March 31,

 

 

 

2022

 

 

2022

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

182,016

 

$

125,755

 

Trade and other receivables, net

 

 

354,992

 

 

308,941

 

Total fair value of derivative instrument assets

 

 

635,225

 

 

671,714

 

Other current assets

 

 

149,329

 

 

131,570

 

Total assets

 

 

1,600,062

 

 

1,623,814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade and other payables

 

$

401,569

 

$

349,923

 

Total fair value of derivative instrument liabilities

 

 

68,735

 

 

26,086

 

Total debt

 

 

55,386

 

 

126,419

 

Total liabilities

 

 

1,463,707

 

 

1,429,613

 


Summary of Cash Flows

For the six months ended September 30
(thousands of dollars)

 

    

 

Fiscal 2023

 

 

 

Fiscal 2022

 

Operating activities from continuing operations

 

$

137,797

 

 

$

20,703

 

Investing activities from continuing operations

 

 

(6,384

)

 

 

(3,817

)

Financing activities from continuing operations

 

 

(72,136

)

 

 

(28,967

)

Effect of foreign currency translation

 

 

(3,357

)

 

 

(231

)

Increase (decrease) in cash

 

 

55,920

 

 

 

(12,312

)

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

 

 

128,491

 

 

 

172,666

 

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

 

$

184,411

 

 

$

160,354