Collingwood, Ontario- July 31, 2023 – The Limestone Boat Company Limited (“Limestone” or the “Company”) (TSXV: BOAT) – owner and builder of Limestone® Boats – today reports its financial results for the 15 months ended March 31, 2023. All dollar amounts are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise noted.
The Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements and Management Discussion and Analysis for the 15 months ended March 31, 2023, are available at www.sedar.com or on the Company’s website at www.limestoneboatcompany.com.
Subsequent to the suspension of manufacturing operations in October 2022, the voluntary bankruptcy of Ebbtide in January 2023, and the ongoing restructuring of the Company’s balance sheet, the Company evaluated opportunities to resume manufacturing of Limestone branded boats in Canada. After exploring options in both Ontario and New Brunswick, management and the Board of Directors of the Company agreed to pursue opportunities in New Brunswick due to the financial benefits associated with the relocation, the proximity to the Company’s primary markets in the Northeastern U.S., and the opportunity to construct a purpose built 100,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Bayside, New Brunswick.
The plan incorporates an anticipated equity raise (see Private Placement Update below) and certain Provincial and Federal development support initiatives, that will provide the Company the opportunity to attract and train a skilled labour force as well as procuring manufacturing equipment. This will ensure the Company can maximize the purpose-built facility both in terms of efficiency and throughput while also ensuring the output of quality products expected from Limestone, and career growth opportunities for employees. Ongoing business performance and success, however, is not predicated on continued support from Provincial or Federal organizations.
The Company is also negotiating agreements to establish transitionary operating facilities for the purposes of onboarding and training its manufacturing staff in collaboration with the New Brunswick Community College (“NBCC”), St. Andrews Campus, based on the creation of a 12-week training program with the input and assistance of leading industry associations, vendor partners and experienced marine industry skills training experts.
Throughout the suspension of manufacturing operations, the Company’s 10 Limestone dealers, with 25 locations, have remained supportive, and there are over a dozen additional dealers East of the Rockies that have expressed interest to take on the Limestone model lineup given current market dynamics, brand following and outboard power configurations.
Based on management’s current expectations, the commencement of manufacturing operations in New Brunswick, Canada is expected during calendar year 2024. Upon commencement, the Company
will focus on producing the Limestone L200 Centre Console and Runabout models, along with the Company’s new L290 Dual Console model. Initial shipments of the Company’s L270 Dual Console model, presently in development, are also expected to follow in calendar year 2025, further expanding the Company’s outboard offering.
Lastly, the Company also plans to make tooling modifications to its L200R to accommodate Vision Marine Technologies’ E-MotionTM fully integrated, high-performance electric powertrain system and outboard motor. Limestone will also be partnering with Vision Marine to provide EV training expertise as part of the Company’s formal onboarding and training program in collaboration with NBCC.
In summary, it is management’s opinion that the strategy is expected to position the Company well to start satisfying the continued market demand for Limestone boats, while also leading to improved production efficiency, consistent product quality, throughput, revenue, and profitability in the coming years.
Private Placement Update:
Further to the Company’s news releases dated June 20, 2023 and July 19, 2023, the Company is pleased to announce certain amendments to the terms of its previously announced non-brokered private placement. Having already obtained the approval of debenture holders in respect of certain amendments to the terms of the Company’s outstanding 10% convertible subordinated debentures due May 14, 2024, the Company has decided to amend the terms of its private placement to issue common shares (“Common Shares”) instead of subscription receipts (the “Offering”).
Pursuant to the terms of the amended Offering, the Company proposes to issue up to 120,000,000 Common Shares at a price of $0.05 per Common Share for aggregate gross proceeds of up to $6,000,000. The Company intends to use the net proceeds of the Offering for general working capital purposes including repayment of certain existing indebtedness of the Company. The Offering is scheduled to close in tranches, subject to all applicable approvals including that of the TSX Venture Exchange (the “TSXV”), between July 31, 2023 and September 30, 2023.
Financial Highlights for the 3 and 15 months ended March 31, 2023:
- The Company generated revenues of $0.1m and $12.2m, respectively, for the 3 and 15 months ended March 31, 2023.
- The Company incurred operating expenses of $2.1m and $12.5m, respectively, during the 3 and 15 months ended March 31, 2023.
- The Company incurred an operating loss of and $2.3m and $12.9m respectively, during the 3 and 15 months ended March 31, 2023.
- As of March 31, 2023, the Company had outstanding 119,665,940 common shares, 6,323,172 common share purchase warrants and 5,895,000 stock options.
- There are several risk factors facing the Company including but not limited to financing risk, liquidity risk, market risk and the residual impact of Covid-19 on the operations and ongoing supply chain disruption as more fully described in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis for the 15 months ended March 31, 2023 (the “MD&A”) available on the Company’s profile on www.sedar.com or on the Company’s website at www.limestoneboats.com. The Limestone Board and management would also like to thank all stakeholders for their continued strong support with respect to the reorganization, and reaffirm their commitment to enhance shareholder value.
About The Limestone Boat Company Limited
The Limestone Boat Company Limited– owner and builder of Limestone® Boats – is publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the ticker symbol “BOAT”. The Company is headquartered in Collingwood, Ontario.
For more information, please contact:
Bill Mitoulas | Investor Relations 800-720-2395 email@example.com www.limestoneboatcompany.com
Scott Hanson | CEO of The Limestone Boat Company Limited 800-720-2395
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