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Select Sands Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2017 Results


Frac and Industrial Sand Sales Volumes Grew at 71% Quarterly Rate from Q1 to Q4, With Stronger Pricing Seen Throughout the Year

Continued to Generate Positive Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA in the Fourth Quarter

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Select Sands Corp. ("Select Sands" or the "Company") (TSXV:SNS) (OTC:SLSDF) today announced operational and financial results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2017 and the filing of its 2017 full year financial statements and associated management's discussion and analysis on As previously announced, the Company's financial statements are presented in U.S. dollars to better reflect Select Sands' operations and to improve investors' ability to compare the Company's financial results with other publicly traded silica sand businesses in the United States. Previously, Select Sands' financial statements were reported in Canadian dollars. All amounts in this press release are presented in U.S. dollars.

2017 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Operational Highlights

  • Sold frac sand volumes of more than 300,000 tons during 2017 – a major accomplishment given Select Sands' Sandtown operations in Arkansas, USA and related brownfield upgrade initiatives only began in the first quarter of the year;
  • Made significant and steady improvements at Sandtown to bring the facilities up to operating at the 600,000 tons per year capability, including optimizing processes to reduce waste and upgrading pumps and piping to increase throughput; 
  • Entered into a multi-year frac sand supply agreement with an industry-leading oilfield services provider with commitments through 2019. Initial rail shipments began in the first quarter of 2017;
  • Began barging frac sand in November and expect this will remain an important mode of delivery moving forward;
  • Started construction during the fourth quarter of a private road direct from the Sandtown mining operations to the main highway that was subsequently completed in the first quarter of 2018, reducing transportation costs due to lower mileage to the Company's processing facilities; and
  • Initiated sales of a new 30/50 mesh product in the fourth quarter and continue to evaluate additional opportunities to broaden Select Sands' product mix to satisfy incremental customer demand.

2017 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Reported full year revenues of $15.1 million and gross profit of $2.9 million, resulting in a 19.2% gross profit margin for 2017;

  • Posted a net loss for the full year of $1.6 million as compared to a net loss of $2.5 million for 2016 – a 36% improvement year-over-year;

  • Increased revenue by 28% to $6.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 as compared to $5.1 million in the third quarter 2017. Driving the increase was higher transportation revenue, which is substantially passed through to cost of goods sold, and higher plant gate pricing;  

  • Gross profit for the fourth quarter 2017 was $1.2 million, which was similar to the third quarter. Impacting cost of goods sold in the fourth quarter was revaluation of certain work-in-progress inventories, an accrual adjustment, and higher repair and maintenance expense;

  • Reported net income of $1.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, or $0.01 per basic and diluted common share, versus third quarter net income of $0.4 million;

  • Generated adjusted EBITDA(1) of $0.2 million compared to $0.4 million for the third quarter 2017; and

  • As of December 31, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $2.0 million, inventory on hand was $2.0 million, accounts receivable was $3.4 million, and working capital was $5.3 million. Subsequent to the fourth quarter, Select Sands established a $5 million line of credit with a bank for working capital purposes. This replaces the Company's previously disclosed $2 million line of credit. The current line of credit presently charges 5.50% per annum in floating rate interest on any draws made, must be repaid in full by February 20, 2019, and is secured against the Company's accounts receivable. Select Sands currently has $200,000 drawn on the line of credit.
    (1) Adjusted EBITDA is a non-IFRS financial measure and is described and reconciled to net loss in the table under "Non-IFRS Financial Measures".

Zig Vitols, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Given that we only began commercial production at the start of last year, I am very pleased with the progress we made throughout 2017 both operationally and financially.  Significant accomplishments were made on several fronts to get us to where we can now produce at the facilities' current design run rate of 600,000 tons per year, and I want to thank all our employees for their continued tireless efforts. While our fourth quarter financial results included certain items that impacted comparisons to the third quarter, during the period we materially improved our delivery flexibility through the addition of barging and began construction of a direct access road to reduce the number of miles driven to reach the recently rebuilt multi-lane highway. I am happy to report that the construction of our road was recently completed, and we are already seeing the benefits in our cost structure."  

Quarterly Sales Volumes

  • 2017 frac and industrial sales volumes grew at a compound quarterly rate of 71%, from 22,688 tons in the first quarter to 113,123 tons for the fourth quarter.

  • Fourth quarter frac and industrial sales volumes were relatively flat with the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to holiday seasonality and certain congestion at destination transloads that resulted in delays in returning rail cars.
    Q4 2017   Q3 2017   Q2 2017   Q1 2017
  Frac sand 113,123   114,567   52,480   19,968
  Industrial sand -   283   466   2,720
  Frac and Industrial sand 113,123   114,850   52,946   22,688
  Other sand & gravel 4,288   3,632   4,164   6,801
    117,411   118,482   57,110   29,489
  • For the first quarter of 2018, the Company expects frac and industrial sales volumes of approximately 92,000 tons, with the decrease from fourth quarter 2017 levels primarily due to rail associated logistics issues at transload locations, along with flooding on the Mississippi. Select Sands' barge customers were in-line to take additional delivery of product to help offset the temporary rail issues experienced in January.  However, river flooding that crested at over 39 feet above normal levels ceased all loading activities on February 23, with loading operations resuming March 20. By the beginning of March, rail logistics had returned to normal and with the resumption of barge loading, and the Company recorded the second highest level of monthly sales volumes since the start of operations at the beginning of 2017.

  • Partially offsetting the anticipated impact of the sequential quarterly sales volume decline is an expected approximate 15% increase in the average selling pricing for the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2017. The price improvement is primarily due to increases implemented by Select Sands in late December and throughout the first quarter

  • For the second quarter of 2018, the Company expects sales volumes of 120,000 to 140,000 tons.

Expansion Update

  • During the 2017 fourth quarter, Select Sands announced that it had entered into an agreement providing for an option to purchase 223 acres of property in Independence County, Arkansas (the "Independence property"), to serve as a platform to support the Company's near- and long-term operational and capacity expansion initiatives. The Company's press release dated Tuesday April 10, 2018 announced the exercise of the option to purchase the Independence property. (Please refer to the press release for additional details regarding the option.) 

  • Highlights and features of the Independence property include:

    ° Sufficient acreage to complete the current expansion, with additional acreage available for future expansion of a new-build facility;
    ° Well suited for a future potential build of a 110-150 railcar loop track for efficient and economical loading of finished products;
    ° Elevated above the floodplain allowing for uninterrupted operations;
    ° Access to natural gas, three-phase electricity and water; and
    ° Located next to a large coal power plant and adjacent to a state highway.
  • The Company plans to immediately build a new stand-alone 400,000 ton per annum production facility comprising of both wet and dry processing capability to be located on the Independence Property (the "expansion project"). Completion is projected to be in the second half of 2018. The expansion project estimated cost of $4.0 million to $4.5 million is anticipated to be funded through bank financing and is expected to significantly reduce production costs primarily through interplant transport savings. The decision to build a new 400,000-ton facility is a change in the Company's plans. Originally, Select Sands had planned to simply increase the existing 600,000-ton facility to 1 million tons. The Company determined that building a new stand-alone 400,000-ton facility with the additional greenfield startup tasks will be more cost effective and profitable but will delay ramping up production to 1 million tons per annum by one or two quarters from its original plan.   

Financial Summary

The following table includes summarized financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2017, September 30, 2017, June 30, 2017 and March 31, 2017:

Select Sands Corp.        
Summarized Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)  
(Expressed in United States Dollars)        
    Three Three Three Three
    months ended months ended months ended months ended
    December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
    2017 2017 (1) 2017 (1) 2017 (1)
Revenue $    6,548,099   $    5,100,250   $    2,374,243   $    1,123,173  
Cost of Goods Sold (excluding depreciation and depletion)     5,342,336       3,907,081       1,629,846       1,360,023  
Gross Profit (Loss) $    1,205,763   $    1,193,170   $    744,397   $    (236,850 )
General and Administrative ("G&A") Expenses (2)     906,651       181,811       961,857       2,067,057  
Depreciation and depletion     237,954       145,688       145,885       93,400  
Interest on long-term debt     61,940       -        -        -   
Operating (Loss) Income  $    (782 ) $    865,671   $    (363,344 ) $    (2,397,306 )
Interest income     2,542       2,841       6,195       8,027  
Foreign exchange (loss) gain     (176,968 )     (441,036 )     (486,265 )     131,680  
Share of loss in equity investee     (26,139 )     (37,391 )     (44,320 )     (120,945 )
Provision for impairment - Investment in affiliate      (849,289 )     -        -        -   
(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes $    (1,050,636 ) $    390,085   $    (887,734 ) $    (2,378,545 )
Deferred income tax recovery     2,356,000       -        -        -   
Net Income (Loss) $    1,305,364   $    390,085   $    (887,734 ) $    (2,378,545 )
Foreign currency translation adjustment     1,095,486       (17,413 )     274,816       (237,745 )
Comprehensive Income (Loss)  $    2,400,850   $    372,671   $    (612,919 ) $    (2,616,290 )
Basic and Diluted Income (Loss) Per Common Share $    0.01   $    -    $    (0.01 ) $    (0.03 )
Weighted average number of shares outstanding     87,784,895       87,003,316       86,959,360       85,484,729  
Adjusted EBITDA (3) $    198,089   $    355,056   $    (209,381 ) $    (472,826 )
(1)  Restated in US Dollars using the average 2017 CAD/USD foreign exchange of 1.2986 
(2)  Includes non-cash share-based compensation of $73,403, ($218,107), $488,149 and $1,691,374 for the fourth, third, second and first quarters, respectively.
(3)  Excludes depreciation and depletion; non-cash share-based compensation; interest on long-term debt; share of loss in equity investee; provision for impairment - investment in affiliate; and deferred income tax recovery. See table under "Non-IFRS Financial Measures" for reconciliation to net income (loss). 


"While our primary focus throughout much of 2017 centered on incrementally increasing our production levels to take advantage of our available capacity, we have now turned our attention to further improving plant processes that drive additional cost efficiencies, capacity expansion, as well as continued enhancement of our product offerings and delivery capabilities," concluded Mr. Vitols. "Given the outlook for increasing sand intensity in well completions and the strategic location of our operations relatively close to the some of the most prolific producing oil and gas basins in the U.S., including the Permian, Eagle Ford, SCOOP/STACK/Woodford, Haynesville, Utica, Marcellus and DJ, we anticipate growing demand for our premium quality Northern White frac sand product. We are well-positioned to further capitalize on this strong industry backdrop and look forward to further development opportunities."  

Elliott A. Mallard, PG of Kleinfelder is the qualified person as per the NI-43-101 and has reviewed and approved the technical contents of this news release.

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call today at 8:45 a.m. Eastern to discuss its full year and fourth quarter 2017 results. To access the conference call, callers in North America may dial toll free 1-855-669-9657 and callers outside North America may dial 1-412-542-4135. Please call ten minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to ensure a proper connection and ask to be joined into the Select Sands call.

A playback of the conference call will be available in MP3 format by contacting investor relations below.

About Select Sands Corp.

Select Sands Corp. is an industrial Silica Product company developing its 100% owned, 520-acre Northern White, Tier-1, silica sands project located in Arkansas, U.S.A. Select Sands' Arkansas property has a logistical advantage of being significantly closer to oil and gas markets located in Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Louisiana than Wisconsin sources. The Tier-1 reference above is a classification of frac sand developed by PropTester, Inc., an independent laboratory specializing in the research and testing of products utilized in hydraulic fracturing & cement operations, following ISO 13503-2:2006/API RP19C:2008 standards.

Select Sands' Sandtown project has NI 43-101 compliant Indicated Mineral Resources of 42.0MM tons (TetraTech Report; February, 2016) and Bell Farm has Inferred Mineral Resources of 49.6MM tons (Kleinfelder Report; April, 2017). Both deposits are considered Northern White finer-grade sand deposits of 40-70 Mesh and 100 Mesh.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release includes forward-looking information and statements, which may include, but are not limited to, information and statements regarding or inferring the future business, operations, financial performance, prospects, and other plans, intentions, expectations, estimates, and beliefs of the Company.  Information and statements which are not purely historical fact are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements in this press release relate to enhancements in logistics capabilities, continued growth in frac sand sales volumes, opportunity for increased shipments by barge, and further capacity expansion. Forward-looking information and statements involve and are subject to assumptions and known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors which may cause actual events, results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from future events, results, performance, and achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking information and statements herein. Although the Company believes that any forward-looking information and statements herein are reasonable, in light of the use of assumptions and the significant risks and uncertainties inherent in such information and statements, there can be no assurance that any such forward-looking information and statements will prove to be accurate, and accordingly readers are advised to rely on their own evaluation of such risks and uncertainties and should not place undue reliance upon such forward-looking information and statements. Any forward-looking information and statements herein are made as of the date hereof, and except as required by applicable laws, the Company assumes no obligation and disclaims any intention to update or revise any forward-looking information and statements herein or to update the reasons that actual events or results could or do differ from those projected in any forward-looking information and statements herein, whether as a result of new information, future events or results, or otherwise, except as required by applicable laws.

Company Contact

Please visit  or call:

Zigurds Vitols
President & CEO
Phone: (832) 917-6140

Investor Relations Contact

Arlen Hansen
Phone: (604) 684-6730

Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

Select Sands Corp.    
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss  
(Expressed in United States Dollars)    
    Full Year Full Year
    Ended Ended
    December 31, December 31,
    2017 2016
Revenue $    15,145,766   $ -  
Cost of Goods Sold (excluding depreciation and depletion)     12,239,286     -  
Gross profit     2,906,480       -   
Operating Expenses    
Compensation and consulting     993,740     543,337  
Depreciation and depletion     622,926     -  
Interest on long-term debt     61,940     -  
Selling, general and administrative     1,088,818     654,605  
Share-based compensation     2,034,818     375,235  
Total Operating Expenses     4,802,242     1,573,177  
Operating Loss     (1,895,762 )   (1,573,177 )
Other (Expense) Income    
Interest income     19,605     8,267  
Foreign exchange (loss) gain     (972,589 )   204,248  
Gain on sale of mineral properties, net     -      557,184  
Share of loss in equity investee     (228,795 )   (103,082 )
Provision for impairment - Investment in affiliate     (849,289 )   (1,566,737 )
Total Other Expense     (2,031,068 )   (900,120 )
Loss Before Income Taxes     (3,926,830 )   (2,473,297 )
Deferred income tax recovery     2,356,000     -  
Net Loss      (1,570,830 )   (2,473,297 )
Other Comprehensive Income    
Foreign currency translation adjustment     1,115,143     33,777  
Comprehensive Loss  $    (455,687 ) $ (2,439,520 )
Basic and Diluted Loss per Share $    (0.02 ) $ (0.04 )
Weighted Average Number of Shares Outstanding     86,808,075     60,148,891  


Select Sands Corp.      
Consolidated Statements of Financial Position    
(Expressed in United States Dollars)      
  As at
  December 31, December 31, January 1,
  2017 2016 2016
Cash and cash equivalents $    2,047,515   $ 8,770,627   $ 2,291,944  
Accounts receivable     3,385,597     99,567     9,866  
Inventory     1,961,573     -     -  
Prepaid expenses     83,223     35,584     23,808  
Total Current Assets     7,477,908     8,905,778     2,325,618  
Deposits     364,580     113,965     78,100  
Deferred income taxes     2,356,000     -     -  
Investment in Affiliate     1,275,409     2,234,304     -  
Property, Plant and Equipment     13,415,238     5,037,010     -  
Exploration and Evaluation Assets     -      1,596,027     3,660,743  
Total Assets $    24,889,135   $ 17,887,084   $ 6,064,461  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $    1,418,182   $ 310,725   $ 80,732  
Current portion of long-term debt     778,051     -     -  
Total Current Liabilities     2,196,233     310,725     80,732  
Long-term Debt     2,284,096     -     -  
Total Liabilities     4,480,329     310,725     80,732  
Share Capital     34,717,344     33,327,114     19,722,362  
Share subscriptions and option proceeds received     -      -     21,676  
Commitment to issue shares     -      -     193,834  
Share-based Payment Reserve     4,874,231     2,976,327     2,333,419  
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)     57,538     (1,057,605 )   (1,091,382 )
Deficit     (19,240,307 )   (17,669,477 )   (15,196,180 )
Total Equity     20,408,806     17,576,359     5,983,729  
Total Liabilities and Equity $    24,889,135   $ 17,887,084   $ 6,064,461  


Select Sands Corp.    
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows    
(Expressed in United States Dollars)    
      For the Year Ended
      December 31, December 31,
      2017 2016
Operating Activities    
Net loss for the year $    (1,570,830 ) $ (2,473,297 )
Adjustments for non-cash items:    
Depreciation and depletion     622,926     -  
Share-based compensation     2,034,818     375,235  
Foreign exchange     (225,314 )   (17,068 )
Loss on sale of equipment     28,426     -  
Gain on sale of mineral properties, net     -      (557,184 )
Share of loss in equity investee     228,795     103,082  
Provision for impairment - Investment in affiliate     849,289     1,566,737  
Deferred income tax recovery     (2,356,000 )   -  
Accretion on finance leases     51,653     -  
Changes in non-cash operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable     (3,286,030 )   (90,550 )
Inventory     (1,961,573 )   -  
Prepaid expenses     (47,639 )   (11,187 )
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     1,107,457     230,444  
Total Cash Used in Operating Activities     (4,524,022 )     (873,788 )
Investing Activities     
Deposits     (250,615 )   (33,895 )
Exploration and evaluation assets     -      (1,126,982 )
Investment in affiliate acquisition     -      (10,193 )
Proceeds from disposal of equipment     7,786     -  
Property, plant and equipment     (4,266,169 )   (4,573,270 )
Total Cash Used in Investing Activities     (4,508,998 )   (5,744,340 )
Financing Activities     
Share subscriptions and options exercise received     -      12,416,854  
Warrants exercised     941,942     1,187,089  
Options exercised     311,374     194,629  
Share issue costs     -      (701,795 )
Principal repayments of long-term debt     (47,867 )   -  
Proceeds from term loan     487,848     -  
Total Cash Provided by Financing Activities     1,693,297     13,096,777  
Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash     616,611     34  
(Decrease) Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     (6,723,112 )   6,478,683  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning of Year     8,770,627     2,291,944  
Cash and Cash Equivalents, End of Year $    2,047,515   $ 8,770,627  

Non-IFRS Financial Measures

The following information is included for convenience only.  Generally, a non-IFRS financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, cash flows or financial position that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with IFRS.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance (nor does it have a standardized meanings) under IFRS.  In evaluating non-IFRS financial measures, investors should consider that the methodology applied in calculating such measures may differ among companies and analysts.

The Company uses both IFRS and certain non-IFRS measures to assess operational performance and as a component of employee remuneration.  Management believes certain non-IFRS measures provide useful supplemental information to investors in order that they may evaluate Select Sand's financial performance using the same measures as management.  Management believes that, as a result, the investor is afforded greater transparency in assessing the financial performance of the Company.  These non-IFRS financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, nor superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with IFRS.

Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to EBITDA to Adjusted EBITDA:
    Year Ended Three Months
    December 31, December 31, September 30, June 30, March 31,
    2017 2017 2017 * 2017 * 2017 *
Net (Loss) Income  $    (1,570,830 ) $    1,305,364   $    390,085   $    (887,734 ) $    (2,378,545 )
Add Back          
Depreciation and depletion     622,926       237,954       145,688       145,885       93,400  
Share-based compensation     2,034,818       73,403       (218,107 )     488,149       1,691,374  
Interest on long-term debt     61,940       61,940       -        -        -   
Deferred income tax recovery     (2,356,000 )     (2,356,000 )     -        -        -   
EBITDA $    (1,207,146 ) $    (677,339 ) $    317,665   $    (253,701 ) $    (593,771 )
Add Back          
Share of loss of equity investee     228,795       26,139       37,391       44,320       120,945  
Provision for impairment in          
Investment in affiliate     849,289       849,289       -        -        -   
Adjusted EBITDA $    (129,062 ) $    198,089   $    355,056   $    (209,381 ) $    (472,826 )
*  Restated in US Dollars using the average 2017 CAD/USD foreign exchange of 1.2986  

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before finance costs, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash share-based compensation, loss from flooding at its plant, and gain on sale of fixed assets. Select Sands uses Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental financial measure of its operational performance.  Management believes Adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure as they exclude the effects of items that primarily reflect the impact of long-term investment and financing decisions, rather than the performance of the Company's day-to-day operations.  As compared to net income according to IFRS, this measure is limited in that it does not reflect the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenues in the Company's business, the charges associated with impairments, termination costs or Proposed Transaction costs.  Management evaluates such items through other financial measures such as capital expenditures and cash flow provided by operating activities.  The Company believes that these measurements are useful to measure a company's ability to service debt and to meet other payment obligations or as a valuation measurement.

Indicated Resources Disclosure

The Company advises that the production decision on the Sandtown deposit (the Company's current "Sand Operations") was not based on a Feasibility Study of mineral reserves, demonstrating economic and technical viability, and, as a result, there may be an increased uncertainty of achieving any level of recovery of minerals or the cost of such recovery, including increased risks associated with developing a commercially mineable deposit. Historically, such projects have a much higher risk of economic and technical failure. There is no guarantee that production will occur as anticipated or that anticipated production costs will be achieved.

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