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Foremost Income Fund Reports Q2 2014 Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/15/14 -- Foremost Income Fund ("Foremost" or the "Fund") announces the financial results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014.


The Fund is an unincorporated open end mutual fund trust conducting its business through Foremost Universal LP ("Universal") and Foremost Industries LP ("Foremost"). The Fund derives its operational income from both Universal and Foremost. Universal's overall business is focused on the oil and gas industry and includes activity from eight manufacturing sites throughout Alberta. Foremost manufactures off-highway large wheeled and tracked vehicles, and equipment for custom drilling, construction, water wells, and mining sectors. Foremost also maintains a focus on custom built vehicles for its clientele and is located in Calgary, Alberta.


Overall the Fund experienced a stronger financial quarter in Q2 2014 compared to previous quarters. Revenue is the highest is has been in the last 9 consecutive quarters and net income from operations the highest in the last 5 quarters.

The key elements from Q2 2014 are:

--  Revenue has increased $11.7 million over Q2 of 2013. This represents a
    20.7% increase. Further information on the increase in revenue by
    segment and product lines can be found in the segmented information
    section of the MD&A.
--  Q2 2014 gross profit increased to 14% compared to 8% in 2013, or $4.5
    million. Further information on the increase in gross profit by segment
    and product lines can be found in the segmented information section of
    the MD&A.
--  Administrative expenses decreased $1.0 million when comparing 2013
    second quarter to 2014 second quarter. This decrease of 18.4% is a
    reflection the cost discipline strategies being exercised by the Fund.
    This includes a focus to reduce discretionary spending, a reduction in
    overhead personnel and continuous improvements in the area of supply
    chain management.
--  EBITDA for Q2 2014 increased to $4.1 million from a negative $1.1
    million in Q2 2013. This is consistent with the increase in gross profit
    and reduction of SG&A.

The key elements for the year to date are:

--  Revenue decrease of 5%, year over year, due to ongoing weak demand for
    the shop and field tank product line, which was offset by the increasing
    demand for vac trucks in 2014.
--  A comparable margin of 12-13%, year over year, as the Fund's strategic
    initiatives and cost control measures begin to be implemented throughout
    the company.
--  A drop in the administrative expense of over $1.7 million due in large
    part to reduction of administration staff, reductions in discretionary
    expenses such as travel, meals, and sponsorship, and improvements in the
    area of supply chain management. The Fund is on track to reducing
    administrative expenses by $4.0 million for the 2014 calendar year.
--  Amortization expense increased as longer term projects and investments
    became active in the period, items such as an industry leading automated
    welding system, and capital investments for the successful truck
    manufacturing division.
--  The majority of the exchange rate loss in the current year relates to
    the results of hedging activities on contracts denominated in the
    Russian ruble. The Fund believes that the risk mitigation provided by
    these hedging activities continues to be consistent with our strategic
    goals and appropriate given ongoing European tension. During 2014 the
    Fund recorded an unrecognized loss of $621,000 on these forward looking
    contracts, nil was recorded in 2013.
--  EBITDA for 2014 increased over 2013 at $4.1 million compared to $3.4

(000's, except per Trust Unit amount)
2014                           Q1         Q2        Q3        Q4      Total
Revenue                  $ 46,439  $  68,314                      $ 114,753

Gross profit ($)         $  5,029  $   9,336                      $  14,365
Gross profit (%)               11%        14%                            13%

Admin. expenses ($)      $  4,886  $   4,828                      $   9,714
Admin. expenses (% of
 total revenue)                11%         7%                             8%
Exchange rate loss       $   (134) $    (394)                     $    (528)
EBITDA                   $      9  $   4,162                      $   4,171
Income/(Loss) from
 operations              $ (1,140) $   3,207                      $   2,067
 income/(loss)           $ (1,541) $   1,950                      $     409

Trust units redeemed       21,123     66,527                         87,650
Redemptions              $    151  $     474                      $     625
Basic and diluted (loss)
 per trust unit          $  (0.08) $    0.10                      $    0.02

2013                           Q1         Q2        Q3        Q4      Total
Revenue                  $ 64,001  $  56,602  $ 50,232  $ 59,094  $ 229,929

Gross profit ($)         $ 10,149  $   4,770  $  7,169  $  7,763  $  29,850
Gross profit (%)               16%         8%       14%       13%        13%

Admin. expenses ($)      $  5,517  $   5,920  $  5,519  $  5,171  $  22,127
Admin. expenses (% of
 total revenue)                 9%        10%       11%        9%        10%
Exchange rate
 gain/(loss)             $    (48) $     225  $     54  $    (38) $     193
EBITDA                   $  4,631  $  (1,150) $  1,649  $  2,592  $   7,723
Income from operations   $  3,484  $  (2,334) $    423  $  1,325  $   2,898
 income/(loss)           $  2,810  $  (1,504) $ (2,890) $  1,031  $    (553)

Trust units redeemed        8,560     13,326    76,451    30,394    128,731
Redemptions              $     70  $     107  $    627  $    229  $   1,033
Basic and diluted
 gain/(loss) per trust
 unit                    $   0.15  $   (0.08) $  (0.15) $   0.05  $   (0.03)

2012                           Q1         Q2        Q3        Q4      Total
Revenue                  $ 70,822  $  62,499  $ 64,746  $ 63,363  $ 261,430

Gross profit ($)         $ 15,393  $  13,081  $ 14,236  $  9,389  $  52,099
Gross profit (%)               22%        21%       22%       15%        20%

Admin. expenses ($)      $  6,080  $   5,977  $  5,823  $  6,222  $  24,102
Admin. expenses (% of
 total revenue)                 9%        10%        9%       10%         9%
Exchange rate
 (loss)/gain             $    (32) $      41  $   (273) $     34  $    (230)
EBITDA                   $  9,313  $   7,104  $  8,413  $  3,166  $  27,996
Income from operations   $  8,328  $   6,096  $  7,384  $  2,092  $  23,900
Comprehensive income     $  7,653  $   5,078  $  5,625  $  1,371  $  19,727

Trust units redeemed        8,486      7,709     2,500    10,090     28,785
Redemptions              $     62  $      60  $     19  $     84  $     225
Basic and diluted gain
 per trust unit          $   0.41  $    0.27  $   0.30  $   0.07  $    1.05


For the period ending June 30, 2014 the Fund redeemed 87,650 Trust Units through its redemption program resulting in cash payments of $200,103 and notes payable of $424,589.

The Trustees have determined that, as of August 12, 2014, the Fund will redeem tendered Trust Units at $6.50 per unit.

On behalf of the Trustees Foremost Income Fund

Bevan May, Trustee


Certain statements in this news release may constitute "forward-looking" statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Fund to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. When used in this news release, such statements use words such as "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan" and other similar terminology. These statements include statements the Fund's intention to proceed with a Unitholders' meeting and information regarding the Trustees' views of the future prospects and tax treatment of the Fund and tax treatment of the Special Redemption, the Fund's expectations regarding the future availability of cash to meet redemption requests and the Trustee's expectations for redemption prices in December 2011 and January 2012. These statements reflect management's current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this news release. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including: the impact of general economic conditions, industry conditions, changes in laws and regulations, increased competition, fluctuations in commodity prices and foreign exchange, and interest rates and stock market volatility.

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