Ottawa – July 30, 2013 – BluMetric Environmental Inc. (TSX-V: BLM; “BluMetric” or the “Company”) announces the following unaudited results for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2013 with comparative unaudited results for the equivalent periods in fiscal 2012.
The third quarter 2013 results reflect strong revenue growth relative to both the same period in 2012 (+25%) and also to the prior quarter in 2013 (+21%). Gross margins in the quarter were somewhat lower than expected due to the specific mix of revenue sources and the relatively late spring which temporarily suppressed the higher activity levels typically associated with warmer weather. Late in the quarter, and continuing into the fourth quarter and beyond, activity levels and margins appear to be recovering to more typical levels.
Operating costs were higher than the prior quarter and the equivalent period in 2012, reflecting an increase in headcount required to achieve and execute on anticipated business growth, increases in several overhead cost categories, some non-recurring costs associated with both the RTO and the debenture which closed after the quarter end, and an increase in amortization resulting from the amalgamation of WESA and Seprotech.
The company is aggressively pursuing growth opportunities in new and existing markets and expects certain costs to increase in advance of revenue growth. That said, and in view of the increase in overhead costs since the RTO, the Company is as a matter of course reviewing all of its cost structures with a view to optimising internal efficiency.
The impact of the RTO on operations is expected to continue to be significant and positive. In light of the pre-existing synergies between the merged entities, we continue to build a robust project pipeline and are continuing to ramp up activities as is typical of the season.
BluMetric, a cleantech company, delivers sustainable solutions to complex environmental issues. The Company serves clients in many industrial sectors, and at all levels of government, in Canada and abroad.
BluMetric operates through two divisions:
More information can be obtained at www.blumetric.ca
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Ian W. Malone, CFO
Tel: (613) 523-1641
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Robin M. Sundstrom
IRonside Investor Relations
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