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Carmanah Reports Fourth Quarter, and Fiscal 2015 Results


VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 29, 2016) - Carmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX:CMH) ("the Company" or "Carmanah") today reported its fourth quarter financial results for the period ended December 31, 2015. Currency amounts are in U.S. dollar unless otherwise noted.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company recorded a net income of $0.6 million on revenues of $21.3 million. This compares to net income of $0.3 million on revenues of $13.5 million over the same period in 2014.

For the year ending December 31, 2015, the Company recorded net income of $10.7 million on revenues of $68.2 million. This compares to net income of $1.0 million on revenues of $43.7 million over the same period in 2014.

Carmanah management relies on Adjusted EBITDA(1) (a non-IFRS measure) to gauge financial performance. In 2015 the Company's generated $8.6 million of Adjusted EBITDA up from $4.0 million in 2014. A table reconciling net profit and adjusted EBITDA is included in this release.

The business highlights by segment included:

-- The Signals segment, which now includes the July 2015 acquisition of the
Sabik Group of Companies ("Sabik" or the "Sabik companies"), showed
strong organic growth and margin expansion, generating revenues in the
fourth quarter of $12.5 million, up 59% from $5.4 million in the same
period in 2014. Full year 2015 revenues were $34.2 million, up 56% from
$16.8 million in the same period in 2014. On a year-to-date basis, the
majority of this increase is due to the acquisition of Sabik, which
contributed revenues of $6.0 million in the third quarter and $8.4
million in the fourth quarter, "In all respects Sabik has exceeded our
expectations", said John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer. Ignoring the
effects of Sabik, our Signals segment showed year-over-year organic
growth of 18% compared to 2014.

-- The Illumination segment generated revenues in the fourth quarter of
$3.3 million, down 18% from $4.0 million in the same period in 2014.
Full year 2015 revenues were $8.9 million, down 15% from $10.5 million
in the same period in 2014. The decline year-over-year is due to a very
soft third quarter of 2015 due to a lack of projects that could be
closed and shipped in that period, rather than a general slowdown in
sales or a trend in losing projects to competitors.

-- The Power segment generated revenues in the fourth quarter of $5.5
million, up 36% from $4.1 million in the same period in 2014. Full year
2015 revenues were $25.1 million, up 53% from $16.4 million in the same
period in 2014. The increase is due to higher sales in both our On-Grid
and Off-Grid verticals.

release presents information about EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, both of
which are non-IFRS financial measures, to provide supplementary
information about 2015 operating performance. Carmanah defines EBITDA
as net income or loss before interest, income taxes, amortization, and
non-cash stock based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA removes unusual or
non-operating items from EBITDA, such merger and acquisition costs,
restructuring charges, asset write offs, and foreign exchange gains and
losses. Carmanah uses these non-IFRS measures internally to make
strategic decisions, forecast future results and evaluate its
performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not intended as a
substitute for IFRS measures. A limitation of utilizing these non-IFRS
measures is that the IFRS accounting effects of the non-recurring items
do in fact reflect the underlying financial results of Carmanah's
business and these effects should not be ignored in evaluating and
analyzing Carmanah's financial results. Therefore, management believes
that Carmanah's IFRS measures of net loss and the same respective non-
IFRS measure should be considered together. Non-IFRS measures do not
have any standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and are therefore
unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other
companies. Readers should refer to the "Definitions and
Reconciliations" section of the Company's most recently filed MD&A for
the four and twelve months period ended December 31, 2015 for a more
detailed discussion of these measures and their calculation.

"Our Company continued to progress well in 2015 and built on the turnaround that started to take hold in 2014", said John Simmons, Chief Executive Officer. "In 2016, we will begin to make strategic investments in our Signals and Illumination divisions in an effort to develop profitable growth. Our plans in this respect is to concentrate first on organic growth, which we hope to achieve through the addition of distribution on a global scale. In addition, we see opportunities to make strategic acquisitions to add to our product portfolio and to make further distribution gains. Finally, in 2016 we will begin to ramp up our product development spending which will be focused on adding advanced telematics to all of our product offerings so that we can lead our markets in the "internet of things" capability. Overall we are optimistic that we can continue Carmanah's progress in 2016 and achieve reasonable levels of growth."

Highlights for the quarter and the year are provided below:

Three months ended Year ended
December 31, December 31,
(US$ thousands) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenue 21,327 13,451 68,206 43,732
Gross margin % 32.3% 34.3% 33.6% 34.7%
Total operating expenditures 5,884 3,869 18,158 12,792
Net income 601 284 10,680 994
Adjusted EBITDA (i) 2,505 1,234 8,569 3,971

(i)Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-IFRS measure. Foreign exchange gain/ loss is now included in the adjusted EBITDA calculation, as such historical amounts have been updated.

Financial Condition at December 31, 2015 compared to December 31, 2014

-- Cash and cash equivalents of $14.9 million, up $6.1 million from $8.8
-- Working capital of $28.3 million, up $12.2 million from $16.1 million

Complete set of Financial Statements and Management Discussion & Analysis

A complete set of the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015 Financial Statements and Management's Discussion & Analysis are available on Carmanah's corporate website. To view these documents, visit: Both documents are also filed on SEDAR ( The financial information included in this release is qualified in its entirety and should be read together with the audited consolidated financials for the year ended December 31, 2015, including the notes thereto.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

Three months ended Year ended
EBITDA reconciliations December 31, December 31,
(US$ in thousands) 2015 2014 2015 2014
Net income 601 284 10,680 994
Interest expense 188 - 188 -
Income taxes (83) (34) (5,685) (35)
Amortization 554 172 2,073 436
Non-cash stock based
compensation 267 113 901 326
EBITDA 1,527 535 8,157 1,721
Merger and acquisition costs 3 25 1,218 756
Fair value of acquired
inventory 492 - 492 -
Extraordinary legal costs 2 139 34 804
Investment tax credits (182) - (4,502) -
Restructuring and asset write
offs/(recovery) 143 312 539 190
Other inventory write
downs/(recoveries) 15 - 383 -
Foreign exchange loss 505 223 2,248 500
Adjusted EBITDA(i) 2,505 1,234 8,569 3,971

(i)Adjusted EBITDA is a Non-IFRS measure. Foreign exchange gain/ loss is now included in the adjusted EBITDA calculation, as such historical amounts have been updated.

About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Carmanah produces a portfolio of products focused on energy optimized LED and solar technologies. We design, develop and distribute energy efficient LED solutions for infrastructure including: signaling systems for the marine aids to navigation, airfield ground lighting, offshore wind marking, aviation obstruction and traffic markets. Carmanah's product portfolio also includes industrial and commercial solar powered outdoor LED lighting systems, and solar on and off-grid power generation systems. Since 1996, we have earned a global reputation for delivering strong and effective products for industrial applications that perform reliably in some of the world's harshest environments. Our LED and solar power systems provide durable, dependable, efficient and cost-effective solutions which have been deployed in over 400,000 installations in 110 countries. The Carmanah brand portfolio includes Go Power! and recently acquired companies, Sol and Sabik.

This release may contain forward-looking statements. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "estimates," "could," "will" or variations of such words and phrases. Forward-looking statements or information in this news release relate to, among other things: revenues, and revenue growth, for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015; order backlogs; gross margins and estimates of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of Carmanah or Sabik to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to: our ability to become a worldwide leader in the marine aids to navigation industry, the potential growth of the off shore wind safety market or our ability to participate in any growth and other general uncertainties that may impact actual outcomes. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs but given the uncertainties, assumptions and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements or information. Carmanah disclaims any obligation to update, or to publicly announce, any such statements, events or developments except as required by law.

For additional information on these risks and uncertainties, see Carmanah's most recently filed Annual Information Form (AIF) and Annual MD&A, which are available on SEDAR at and on the Company's website at The risk factors identified in Carmanah's AIF and MD&A are not intended to represent a complete list of factors that could affect Carmanah.

Carmanah Technologies Corporation:
Evan Brown
Chief Financial Officer/Corporate Secretary
(250) 380-0052

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