UPDATE 2-Superior Plus posts Q1 profit; cuts FY outlook

Wed May 5, 2010 6:35pm EDT

* Q1 EPS C$0.09 vs loss/shr C$0.06 yr ago

* Revenue rises 60 pct to C$964.6 mln

* Cuts 2010 outlook

* Says to restart dividend reinvestment plan

* To use proceeds to repay debt (Adds details, company comments)

BANGALORE, May 5 (Reuters) - Superior Plus Corp (SPB.TO) reported a quarterly profit, helped by a 60 percent jump in revenue, but cut its 2010 adjusted operating cash flow outlook, citing lackluster market conditions.

Superior, whose services span from energy to specialty chemicals, now expects 2010 adjusted cash flow from operations of C$1.75 to C$1.90 per share.

The company also said it was restarting its dividend reinvestment program, which it had first started about two years ago. It plans to use the proceeds mainly to reduce debt.

"It gives investors a chance to reinvest in the company in lieu of taking cash, on a very cost-effective basis. It's just a very efficient way to raise equity," Wayne Bingham, chief financial officer of Superior, told Reuters by phone.

For the first quarter, the company earned C$9.2 million ($8.92 million), or 9 Canadian cents per share, compared with a net loss of C$5.5 million, or 6 Canadian cents apiece, a year ago.

Adjusted operating cash flow fell to 53 Canadian cents per share, compared with 69 Canadian cents per share, hurt partly by the bad weather.

Revenue rose 60 percent to C$964.6 million.

Analysts on average expected the company to earn 41.5 Canadian cents per share on revenue of C$950.4 million for the first quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Shares of the Alberta-based company closed down 1 percent at C$13.57 Wednesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange. ($1=1.031 Canadian Dollar) (Reporting by Abhiram Nandakumar in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier)

Photo

After wave of QE, onus shifts to leaders to boost economy

DAVOS, Switzerland - Central banks have done their best to rescue the world economy by printing money and politicians must now act fast to enact structural reforms and pro-investment policies to boost growth, central bankers said on Saturday.