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Black Diamond Posts Record Q2 Results and Increases Dividend

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/12/14 -- Black Diamond Group Limited ("Black Diamond" or the "Company") (TSX:BDI) today announced operating and financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014.

"We are very pleased to have posted our best Q2 results to date," said Trevor Haynes, Black Diamond's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to be encouraged with the project pipeline from our customers. Our asset-based rental platform is stable, our capital allocation program is disciplined and we are poised for further growth."

HIGHLIGHTS:


--  Revenue for the three months ended June 30, 2014 (the "Quarter" )
    increased by 24% to $88.4 million compared to the three months ended
    June 30, 2013 (the "Comparative Quarter"), with significant increases in
    non-rental and lodging revenue, and continued growth of the core rental
    platform. 
    
--  Revenue for the six months ended June 30, 2014 (the "YTD" ) increased by
    31% to $213.0 million compared to the six months ended June 30, 2013
    (the "Comparative YTD"), with significant increases in non-rental
    revenue primarily due to fleet sales as well as continued growth in the
    Logistics business unit driving up the lodging revenue, and continued
    growth of the core rental platform. 
    
--  EBITDA for the Quarter was $34.9 million compared with $29.2 million for
    the Comparative Quarter, a 20% increase. EBITDA for the YTD was $77.3
    million compared with $69.7 million for the Comparative YTD, an 11%
    increase. 
    
--  Profit increased from $8.9 million in the Comparative Quarter to $9.6
    million in the Quarter and decreased slightly from $27.8 million in the
    Comparative YTD to $27.5 million in the YTD, despite higher revenue and
    utilization in the Structures and Logistics divisions, due to a one time
    charge of $5.2 million in the Quarter and the YTD to provide for a
    guarantee of an Australian investee's debt. 
    
--  The Company entered into a contract to provide a 1,244 person camp in
    the Montney Shale region of northeastern British Columbia. The Company
    also secured the land title under an existing camp in the Horn River
    area and received contracts for minimum man day commitments from three
    anchor tenants. 
    
--  The Company incurred $19.4 million of capital expenditures in the
    Quarter and $38.6 million in the YTD. An additional $70.6 million of the
    2014 capital budget was committed as at June 30, 2014. Future capital
    will be expended in a generally non-speculative manner consistent with
    prior years. 
    
--  Earnings per share was $0.23 in the Quarter and $0.65 in the YTD
    compared to $0.21 for the Comparative Quarter and $0.67 in the
    Comparative YTD, respectively. 
    
--  The Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mike
    Lambert, joined the executive team on August 8th. Mr. Lambert brings in
    excess of 30 years of senior executive experience in successful public
    companies. Marshall McRae, previously the interim Chief Financial
    Officer, will stay on with the Company as an Executive Vice President
    until the end of the year to ensure a smooth transition. 
    
--  Effective for the month of August, the Company's Board of Directors have
    approved a 6.7% increase in the monthly dividend from $0.075 per share
    to $0.08 per share ($0.96 per share on an annual basis). This increased
    dividend will be payable on September 15, 2014 to shareholders of record
    on August 29, 2014. 

Additional Information

A copy of the Company's Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 and related management's discussion and analysis have been filed with the Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).

Conference Call

Black Diamond will host a conference call for analysts, investors and interested parties to discuss its first quarter financial and operational results at 8:15 a.m. MST on August 13, 2014. Trevor Haynes, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Lambert, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be in attendance. The call can be accessed by calling 416-340-2217 or toll free 1-866-696-5910 (Participant pass code 5716383) prior to the scheduled start time. A live audio webcast of the meeting will also be available through the investor relations page of company's website at www.blackdiamondgroup.com. Digital playback of the conference call will be available on the Company's website.

About Black Diamond

Founded in 2003, Black Diamond Group Limited is one of the fastest growing remote lodging, modular building and energy services companies worldwide. With its corporate head office located in Calgary, Alberta, Black Diamond provides world-class services to a wide spectrum of industries including oil and gas, mining, power, construction, engineering, military, government and education.

Through its direct and indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries and its approximate 50% equity participation in certain aboriginal limited partnerships, Black Diamond operates four complementary business units in nineteen strategic locations across Canada, the United States and Australia.

Black Diamond Structures rents and sells remote workforce housing and modular workspace solutions and provides associated services; Black Diamond Logistics provides turnkey lodging services, remote facility management and supply chain solutions; Black Diamond Energy Services rents and sells a complement of oilfield equipment and services and Black Diamond International rents and sells remote workforce housing and modular workspace solutions and provides associated services outside of North America.

Reader Advisory

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking statements including future dividend levels, management's assessment of Black Diamond's future operations, business prospects and opportunities and management's future expectations regarding the financial performance of the Company and its business units. With respect to the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, Black Diamond has made assumptions, regarding among other things: that Black Diamond will continue to conduct its operations in a manner consistent with past operations, that counterparties to contracts will perform the contracts as written and that there will be no unforeseen material delays in contracted projects. Although Black Diamond believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this news release, and the assumptions on which such forward-looking statements are made, are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations or assumptions will prove to be correct. These forward-looking statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond Black Diamond's control including, without limitation, the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, fluctuation of commodity prices, fluctuation of exchange rates, environmental risks, industry competition, availability of qualified personnel and management, stock market volatility and timely and cost effective access to sufficient capital from internal and external sources. As a consequence, actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned that the forgoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Additional information on these and other factors that could affect Black Diamond's operations and financial results are included in Black Diamond's annual information form and other reports on file with Canadian securities regulatory authorities and may be accessed through the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com) and at Black Diamond's website (www.blackdiamondgroup.com). Furthermore, the forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as at the date of this news release and Black Diamond does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable securities laws.

Non-GAAP Measures

In this news release, the following terms have been referenced: EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortization) and payout ratio. Readers are cautioned that these measures are not defined under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Readers are cautioned that these non-GAAP measures are not alternatives to measures under GAAP and should not, on their own, be construed as an indicator of the Company's performance or cash flows, a measure of liquidity or as a measure of actual return on the common shares of the Company. These Non-GAAP measures should only be used in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements of the Company. A reconciliation between these measures and measures defined under GAAP is included in management's discussion and analysis for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2014 and 2013 filed on SEDAR.


                                                                            
SELECTED FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS:                                              
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                                      Three months ended    Six months ended
                                                June 30,            June 30,
                                          2014      2013      2014      2013
(in thousands, except as noted)              $         $         $         $
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Total revenue                           88,393    71,071   212,969   162,051
                                                                            
Structures business unit:                                                   
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Total revenue                           50,847    43,489   118,835    89,552
                                                                            
Logistics business unit:                                                    
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Lodging revenue                         28,034    17,737    68,456    45,965
                                                                            
Energy Services business unit:                                              
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Total revenue                            6,792     5,242    18,543    15,923
                                                                            
International business unit:                                                
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Total revenue                            2,720     4,603     7,135    10,611
                                                                            
EBITDA                                  34,900    29,209    77,283    69,735
                                                                            
Profit for the perid                     9,561     8,946    27,464    27,754
Per share - Basic                         0.23      0.21      0.65      0.67
          - Diluted                       0.22      0.21      0.63      0.66
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Capital expenditures                    19,404    19,524    38,578    41,450
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Dividends declared                       9,616     8,786    19,147    16,662
                                                                            
Per share ($)                             0.23      0.21      0.45      0.40
                                                                            
Payout ratio                               26%       32%       26%       26%
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