British Columbia Ferry Services Inc. (BC Ferries) today released its third
quarter results for fiscal 2007/08. The company reported a net loss of $7.8 million for the three
months ended December 31, 2007, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million in the same quarter
last year. Net earnings before extraordinary gain for the nine-month period ended December 30, 2007 were $67.7 million, down from $82.0 million for the same period in the previous year.
Due to the seasonality of ferry travel, BC Ferries typically generates higher net earnings in
the first and second quarters, which are subsequently reduced by net losses in the last two quarters
of its fiscal year. The company utilizes the third and fourth quarters to perform upgrades,
maintenance and refits and to undertake mandatory inspections on the majority of its vessels.
For the three months ended December 31, 2007, total revenue increased by
$8.0 million to $136.5 million while total expenses increased $14.0 million to $144.3 million,
compared to the same period last year. Revenues for the nine months ended December 31,
2007 increased $38.7 million to $516.5 million with expenses in the same period increasing
$53.0 million to $448.8 million, compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2006.
Capital expenditures in the three months ended December 31, 2007 totalled
$172.0 million and $251.9 million in the nine months ended December 31, 2007. During the third quarter ended December 31, 2007, $146.2 million was invested in BC Ferries’ three new
Super C-class vessels, the Coastal Renaissance, Coastal Inspiration and Coastal Celebration.
“Taking possession of the Coastal Renaissance in December was a major milestone for
BC Ferries as we start to see the results of our significant capital investments,” said
BC Ferries’ President & CEO David L. Hahn. “The Super Cs are the centerpiece of our fleet
revitalization program that will see 26 new ships in less than 15 years—the largest vessel
replacement program in our company’s history.”
The Coastal Renaissance will enter service in March 2008 on the Departure Bay –
Horseshoe Bay route, with the second and third Super Cs, the Coastal Inspiration and
Coastal Celebration, entering service between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island in the
summer and fall of 2008, respectively.