LAFARGE and CEMATRIX Demo Day a Huge Success

A joint LAFARGE/CEMATRIX demo day was held at the LAFARGE Caledon Aggregate facility in Caledon, Ontario on April 27th, 2017.

Over 120 engineers from provincial and regional municipalities and cities, transportation consulting engineering firms from Southern Ontario, including the GTA, as well as some local shareholders attended a special BBQ luncheon.

CEMATRIX demonstrated the production and placement of cellular concrete behind MSE retaining walls, culvert backfill and culvert relines, as well as road base insulation and support.

Positive feedback has been received from many participants including a couple of long-term shareholders that had never actually seen the product used up close. CEMATRIX management noted that investors were impressed with the discussions around prospective future engineering customers and the numerous applications for CEMATRIX and its cellular concrete solutions.

CEMATRIX Wet Mix Unit – up to 75 cu. m. per hr.

MSE Lightweight Backfill – large volume projects.

Attendees witnessing the backfill of an abandoned culvert. Complete MSE panel pour in picture foreground.

Cellular Concrete makes the re-line of culverts of all diameters and lengths easy.

 

Bob McWhirter Lays Out (Some) Opportunities For FLYHT On BNN

Yesterday on Canada’s Business News Network, Selective Asset Management’s Bob McWhirter took a question from a caller on FLYHT Aerospace.  As a long-time follower and investor in FLYHT he made the following key points:

  •  “They just announced a new contract with a Chinese airline. China really is the key for the company, because China is building out a massive increase in their fleets and actual airports.”
  • “The real key at the moment is the device by FLYHT is added as an option on the Airbus line, which is one of the large airframe makers.”
  • “There is speculation that Boeing would end up doing the same. The question becomes if Boeing were to do that, then it would be quite significant.”
  • “So, they have two pieces of the puzzle at the moment. One is will Boeing end up certifying and offering their clients and customers, the ability to end up like Airbus, having installed as an option initially, as well as can they end up getting further penetration in China.”

To view full segment, go to: http://www.bnn.ca/video/robert-mcwhirter-discusses-flyht-aerospace~1109362

QYOU CEO Presents At New York MicroCap Conference

Curt Marvis, CEO of QYOU Media Inc., presented the newly trading company to buy-side investors through a series of one-on-one meetings followed by a formal presentation to attendees at the annual MicroCap Conference in New York City.

Mr. Marvis delivers a compelling 23-minute presentation summarizing QYOU and its global opportunity of curating, programming and packaging premium short form web video.

To access the presentation, please click here.

Curt Marvis presenting at The MicroCap Conference on April 4, 2017

 

FLYHT’s 2016 Year End Conference Call Now Available Online

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This morning, FLYHT CEO Tom Schmutz and CFO Nola Heale hosted the company’s 2016 year end conference call. The key takeaways from the year end numbers are that the company has, in the fourth quarter, registered its third profitable quarter in a row and the year over year revenue growth was very strong at 37%.

Here are some of the highlights from Tom Schmutz on the conference call:

  • “We accomplished nearly all the goals for the year, we signed significant sales contracts and grew our backlog and we retired a significant amount of debt.”
  • “There is significant excitement within the Company resulting from our continually improving revenue performance, our maturing processes within the company, the sales wins we have been announcing and the remaining potential within the sales funnel.”
  • “The resulting $14.3M annual revenue for 2016 was also a record; it was 37% better than 2015 which had been the Company’s previous best year.”
  • “The exciting growth areas for FLYHT remained our OEM contract to forward fit and retrofit Airbus A320 and A330 with Satcom equipment and our direct sales into China.”
  • “FLYHT announced approximately $9M in new contract sales in China in 2016. We continue to spend a great deal of energy in this market and will continue to do so over the coming years.”
  • “We have developed a significant backlog of sales in China and this will be core to our future growth…”
  • “Our STC creation continues to be a market differentiator for FLYHT. This is a real barrier to entry for potential competition and we keep an excellent accounting on our web site for customers to quickly review and understand where we are in the process of achieving installation approvals. Right now, we can install on 95% of the aircraft used for commercial air transport.”
  • “Our FLYHT Plan for 2017 includes growing overall and monthly recurring revenue by at least 25% and remaining EBITDA positive for the year.”
  • “We also want to continue to diversify the customer base, so we target contracts in Southeast Asia, Europe and the Middle East in 2017.”
  • “We will continue our efforts to secure business with a new OEM position. Finally, we will continue to grow public value through strategic business initiatives, including increasing the share price and growing our working capital.”
  • “This year, 2017, has started very strong on the sales front. Please understand I am now discussing sales and not revenues. FLYHT has made several announcements in the first quarter of this year and I want to place them into context relative to last year. Last year, 2016, we had a fantastic year for AFIRS hardware unit sales contracts, booking $10.6M and exceeding our budgeted goals for sales booked. This first quarter, FLYHT has already announced $5.7M in AFIRS hardware bookings, or more than half of last year. Also, we announced sales of $2M through the Parts OEM channel in this first quarter. This total compares very favorably with 2016 where total sales in this channel was $5.4M. Much of the Parts sale will become first quarter revenue for 2017. The AFIRS sales booked in the first quarter will add to our backlog and start adding to our revenues within this year. We continue to pursue an exciting sales funnel, so I am hopeful that FLYHT will be able to release more sales news as we proceed through this year.”

Listen to the conference call in its entirety below or click here.

CEMATRIX – What $1.5 Million Of Tunnel Grouting Looks Like

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CEMATRIX and its specialized cellular concrete solutions have many infrastructure applications.

Over the coming months, we will highlight various applications, shed more light on its countless possibilities, and add some colour to how cellular concrete is used.

Completed Tunnel

Recently, CEMATRIX completed a project for a new Canadian client. The $1.5 million project was for tunnel grouting at a hydroelectric facility outside of Pemberton, British Columbia. This was originally scheduled for completion in 2016, however it was pushed forward into early this year due to a forest fire in the Pemberton area last fall which resulted in an evacuation of the site.

Cellular concrete is a superior solution for grouting a tunnel for a myriad of reasons. This project took three weeks for CEMATRIX to pour with one of its high volume dry mix units, whereas traditional grouting would have taken months to complete because it is pumped slowly into the tunnel under high pressure and does not flow well. Cellular concrete, on the other hand, is produced and placed under low pressure and flows like lava because it is largely made up of trillions of tiny cement coated air bubbles that act like frictionless ball bearings.

Pouring Cellular Concrete

The project took place in the worst winter conditions in February/March, proving CEMATRIX is capable of working in extreme conditions year round.

CEMATRIX has been growing this application across Canada and the United States and sees tunnel grouting as a large part of its expected growth for years to come.

FLYHT VP Sales David Perez Talks About Success in China and Sales Growth

It has been almost two years since David Perez joined FLYHT as the VP Sales and Marketing, and Grant Howard, President of the Howard Group first spoke with him about the company’s opportunities.

It was time for an update on FLY’s progress on the sales and marketing front. Recently, Mr. Howard conducted a follow up interview and below are the topics that were discussed during the nearly 12 minute conversation:

  • Sales growth and reasons for growth since Mr. Perez joined the company,
  • FLYHT’s success in China and how the airline market is growing there,
  • FLYHT’s diversification into other regions of the world,
  • The company’s efforts in landing a large order from a tier 1 airline,
  • An overview of the overall realizable market for FLYHT’s technology.

To hear the full interview, see below or click here.

CEMATRIX and Lafarge To Co-Develop Regional Cellular Concrete Markets

The CEMATRIX – Lafarge relationship has moved a couple of notches higher with today’s news that the companies have signed regional five-year agreements to develop mutually beneficial business opportunities.

This follows the signing last June of a five-year joint marketing agreement with the world’s largest cement company.

Since last year’s announcement, the two companies have been focused on growing business across Canada. CEMATRIX management has been training and educating Lafarge’s sales and marketing groups on the multiple applications and uses of cellular concrete. Today’s announcement of the new regional five-year agreement between Lafarge and CEMATRIX sheds some light on how this growth is expected to occur.

The two companies plan to place CEMATRIX equipment in a specific regional market where Lafarge has a sales force and physical presence and CEMATRIX does not. Lafarge will lease a ready mix unit from CEMATRIX, ancillary equipment and the needed staff for each project sold in that specific region. The plan is to roll out multiple regional agreements across the country as well as developing sales previously announced on larger supplied projects on a national basis.

Jeff Kendrick, CEO of CEMATRIX, stated, “It’s important to note that there is no technology transfer under either of the agreements.  The focus of both parties is to increase the sales of Lafarge cement and ready mix products by increasing sales of CEMATRIX cellular concrete across the country.”

To view news release, please click here.

Alex Ruus on FLYHT: “This Will Become, Over Time, a Global Standard for the Industry.”

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Arrow Capital Management portfolio manager Alex Ruus was very upbeat in response to a question regarding FLYHT Aerospace during yesterday’s appearance on BNN’s Market Call Tonight. FLYHT was selected as a “Top Pick” on an earlier episode of the show.

Here are some key points Mr. Ruus made about FLYHT during the segment.

  • “FLYHT is an ‘Internet of Things’ company for the aircraft industry.”
  • “They provide critical data streaming from planes to the ground.”
  • “I would argue that they are the leaders in that segment. They’ve done a deal with Airbus. I would argue that this will become, over time, a global standard for the industry.”
  • “After three or four years of struggling from a stock perspective. The stock has recently perked up and we think that that is just the start of great things to come.”
  • “Things are progressing there, we think there’ll be good news this year and we think the stock will go significantly higher.”

Please click here to watch the full segment.

LGC Capital’s Blue Sky Just Got a Little Brighter

In addition to holding a variety of interests in Cuba based businesses, LGC has substantial ownership in two energy exploration companies, one of which has issued a news release under the banner headline of 50% Upgrade to Exploration Potential in Melbana’s Cuba Acreage.

LGC has a 13.76% interest in Australian listed Melbana Energy (MAY), which announced results of a new assessment of the oil and gas exploration potential of the conventional onshore play known as Block 9.  

In its news release, Melbana included this first bullet point to catch the reader’s attention: Exploration potential of Block 9 upgraded by more than 50% to ~12 billion barrels of Oil-in-Place with Prospective Resources of 612 million barrels (unrisked Best Estimate, 100% basis)”.

Admittedly, high potential plays of this size take a considerable amount of time and money to develop. However, Melbana is looking to finalize well proposals by the end of this quarter and possibly be drilling within a year or so. The first target area is called Alameda.

The Alameda Prospect (formerly I Lead) is currently the highest ranked exploration target in Block 9 PSC. Alameda is a large structure located in the western part of Block 9 and is in a similar structural position to the Varadero field, the largest oil field in Cuba, approximately 35km away. Alameda has an estimated chance of discovery of 32% and recoverable volumes ranging from 3 – 214 million barrels, with a best estimate of 65 million barrels recoverable.”

Block 9 is certainly not virgin territory as it is surrounded by prolific producing areas.

Covering 2,380km2 onshore the north coast of Cuba, is in a proven hydrocarbon system with multiple producing fields within close proximity, including and the Majaguillar and San Anton fields immediately adjacent to Block 9 and the multi-billion barrel Varadero oil field. Block 9 contains the Motembo field, the first oil field discovered in Cuba.”

The bonus for LGC is that not only is it the single biggest shareholder in Melbana, but owns 15.4% of Petro Australis (private).

Melbana is prequalified as an onshore and shallow water operator in Cuba and was awarded a 100% interest in the Block 9 PSC on 3rd September 2015. Melbana has secured a 100% interest in Block 9, subject to a conditional 40% back-in option to be exercised no later than September 2017 held by Petro Australis Limited.

To read the detailed Melbana news release, click here.
To view Melbana’s corporate presentation, click here.

Bob McWhirter Talks FLYHT On BNN

Strength In Share Price Comes From Optimism Around Chinese Opportunity

On Friday (January 6) afternoon, long time FLYHT follower and proponent Bob McWhirter, Portfolio Manager at Selective Asset Management fielded a caller’s question while appearing on Canada’s Business News Network (BNN). The caller was enthusiastic with his question, stating, “I’ve been sitting on it for six months and it’s finally starting to pop.”

Mr. McWhirter provided a quick overview of the technology and its functionality. In regards to the recent strength in the stock price, he sights optimism around FLYHT’s opportunity in China and how Chinese airlines are embracing the company’s technology.

To view the clip from BNN, please click here.

Technical Analyst Keith Richards Discusses FLYHT On BNN – Is FLYHT Primed For A Break Out?

Over the holidays (December 30, 2016), Keith Richards, technical analyst and portfolio manager at ValueTrend Wealth Management of Worldsource Securities, discussed FLYHT on Business News Network’s (BNN’s) Market Call Tonight. He fielded a question on FLYHT Aerospace and here’s the key takeaway.

“FLYHT Aerospace was in a downtrend and has most definitely begun quite a nice little base there. So what you’re looking for with this stock is you want to see a breakout past the base. It’s very difficult to gain on these charts, it’s a little hard to see. It looks to me to be in the mid-to high 20’s; if the stock broke out to that area, then you probably have some significant upside ahead of you. Right now it is in the base and that is a healthy development, a base is a good thing.”

To view the clip on BNN click here.

Fortune Magazine Features FLYHT Aerospace

This morning (December 8th) Fortune.com, the online version of Fortune Magazine, featured a commentary by FLYHT board member and former Chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, Mark Rosenker.

fly_161208pic1In the commentary, Mr. Rosenker declares “The technology is available.” He was referring to FLYHT Aerospace’s Automated Flight Information and Reporting System (AFIRS™) and its ability to stream recorder data from the flight data recorder (FDR) of an aircraft while in flight.

In the article he states, “This (AFIRS) offers the value of not only providing the actual location of the aircraft, but also an understanding of how it is – its real-time status. Data can be streamed as a result of a “trigger” that might occur during a flight incident. Or, data could simply be streamed throughout the flight for routine flight status information.”

In conclusion he declares, “We have the technology to make airline travel even safer – and we need to use it.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Alex Ruus on BNN: We Argue It (FLYHT) Should Be Trading Substantially Higher

Arrow Capital Portfolio Manager, Alex Ruus, was more than positive in his response to a caller who asked about FLYHT Aerospace during last night’s (December 5th) appearance on Canada’s Business News Network (BNN). This was his response:

We like it very much and good timing. I actually sat down and had dinner with the CEO of FLYHT last week. Things are just going great. The business continues to develop. The Chinese business has been a particularly bright area in the last year and is growing strongly; looks to potentially even accelerate some more next year. Meanwhile, they continue to work with a number of global OEMs on doing business. They are on the production lines at Airbus and up on Bombardier, and we think that there are opportunities in other areas.

Meanwhile, there is increasing pressure for increased regulation in terms of flight following. At some point in the next two to three years, you could see something happen that accelerates adoption of a lot of their solutions. This is like an internet of things type company. People never talk about it that way. But it really fits into that increasing data off of industrial machinery, which in this case is airplanes. Again really critical information, which helps them fine tune the operation of the plane, prevents accidents and if there is an accident give you immediate information to know what’s happening.

We think at some point this thing is really going to take off, it has been a frustrating stock. It kind of flat lined over the last year, despite becoming profitable in the summer, it’s likely going to finish the year profitable and growing at almost 50% a year rate. So, we are scratching our head a little bit as to why the stock is trading at the 20 cent area, we argue it should be trading substantially higher.   

To watch the segment, please click here.

FLYHT Receives $2.35 Million Interest-Free Government Loan

Wednesday (November 9th) was a good news day for FLYHT as management discussed its second consecutive profitable quarter with shareholders only to be followed that afternoon by a presentation where  the company  received a $2.35 million interest-free loan from the Western Innovation (WINN) Initiative.

The WINN funding will be used to “support plans for technology development in the air and ground components of FLYHT’s satellite/aircraft communications systems” up to December 2018. The loan is to  re-paid between January 2020 and December 2024.

This is most welcome news as investors are waiting to see how the company addresses  $3.2 million in convertible debenture coming due on December 23, 2016. The conversion price of the debentures is $0.25 per share. The WINN funds provide the company with considerable breathing room as this loan meets much of the future capital required for ongoing projects.

CEO Tom  Schmutz has publicly stated that the company is on track to grow a minimum of 30% this year independent from the IP sale made in the second quarter. Next year’s organic growth is expected to be in the same range before new larger opportunities, that management believes it will secure.  The last financial report showed that the company has over $3.8 million in cash and $1.5 million in receivables.

Even though the company has been showing growth and executing on its business plan the stock has continued to trade in a very narrow range of $0.18 to $0.22 since the summer of 2015.

To read the news release on the WINN interest-free loan to FLYHT, please click here.