Dominion Diamond Corp. :DDC-US: Earnings Analysis: Q3, 2017 By the Numbers : December 14, 2016

Dominion Diamond Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended October 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Dominion Diamond Corp. – Mountain Province Diamonds Inc., Lucara Diamond Corp., Blue Nile, Inc. and Tiffany & Co. (MDM-US, LUC-CA, NILE-US and TIF-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 102.74 million, Net Earnings of USD 28.82 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 8.91% to 20.71% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 56.35% from 33.44%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -69.81% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016-10-31 2016-07-31 2016-04-30 2016-01-31 2015-10-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 102.74 159.97 178.26 178.15 145.02
Revenue Growth (%YOY) -29.16 -23.71 -5.04 -25.95 -34.77
Earnings (mil) 28.82 -32.93 -1.04 -34.93 4.14
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 595.49 -86.67 -113.48 -6296.89 -83.73
Net Margin (%) 28.05 -20.59 -0.59 -19.61 2.86
EPS 0.34 -0.39 -0.01 -0.41 0.05
Return on Equity (%) 8.68 -9.76 -0.3 -9.91 1.16
Return on Assets (%) 5.58 -6.22 -0.19 -6.24 0.72

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

DDC-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of -29.16% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that DDC-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -35.78% and earnings by 187.52% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 8.91% to 20.71% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from 33.44% to 56.35% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were -0.37% and EBITDA margins were 29.64% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

DDC-US‘s improvement in gross margin has been accompanied by an improvement in its balance sheet as well. This suggests that gross margin improvements are likely from operating decisions and not accounting gimmicks. Its working capital days have declined to 384.02 days from 419.89 days for the same period last year.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

DDC-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -69.81% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

Margins

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from 3.07% to 12.08% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 32.47% compared to 2.85% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Dominion Diamond Corp. is a diamond enterprise with assets in the mining and retail segments of the diamond industry. It focuses on the mining and marketing of rough diamonds to the global market. The company operates through three reportable segments: Diavik Diamond Mine, Ekati Diamond Mine and Corporate. The Diavik Diamond Mine segment includes the production, sorting and sale of rough diamonds from the Diavik Diamond Mine. The Corporate segment captures costs not specifically related to operating the Diavik and Ekati mines. Dominion Diamond was founded by David Grenville Thomas on April 19, 1994 and is headquartered in Yellowknife, Canada.

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