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Brick Brewing Reports F2019 First Quarter EBITDA, ex one-time adjustments, of $1.13M


KITCHENER, Ontario, May 31, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Unseasonably cold and wet spring drove industry volume down by 6%

  • Net revenue, excluding one-time adjustments of $3.59 million was $10.6 million, from $11.5 million in the prior year

  • The Beer Store ("TBS"), the Company's largest customer, mandated a move from a buy/sell to a consignment-based system resulting in a one-time gross profit decrease of $2.2 million.

  • Selling, Marketing and Administration ("SM&A") expenses were $2.1 million consistent with $2.1 million in the prior year.

  • EBITDA* of $1.13 million excluding one-time adjustments, compared to $2.4 million prior year.

Brick Brewing Co. Limited ("Brick" or the "Company") (TSX:BRB), Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery, today released financial results for the first quarter which ended April 29, 2018. Brick reported EBITDA of $1.13 million on net revenue of $10.6 million, excluding the impact of one-time adjustments. EBITDA was negatively impacted by $0.11 million in one-time warehousing and shunting costs to build inventory related to the can line upgrade and net revenue and EBITDA were negatively impacted by $3.59 million and $2.2 million, respectively, due to the mandated transition by TBS to consignment-based inventory.

George Croft, Brick's President and Chief Executive Officer commented, "Our EBITDA results in the first quarter fell short of our expectations. The overall beer category experienced softness driven by an unseasonably cold and wet spring which drove the industry volume lower by 6%. The beer category also experienced headwinds from increased government taxes and TBS distribution rates, driving a 2% decrease in net revenue during the quarter. Brick's lead brands performed better than the norm, Waterloo family grew 6%, Laker family declined 3%, while our summer-themed brands LandShark and Margaritaville were especially vulnerable to the prolonged winter and decreased by 17%."

"April 2018 saw the completion of the installation of our can line upgrade project – both on time and on budget." commented Russell Tabata, Brick's Chief Operating Officer. "The ramp up of the new can equipment has exceeded our early expectations and, as of the end of the quarter, the new equipment is operating consistently at or above our targeted rates which has effectively doubled the line's capacity. We expect our new can line capability to be the cornerstone of our future success and business growth."

Croft added, "We do not see these results as indicative of our full year performance. We are now entering our peak summer selling period and we are working hard to regain our momentum. With the launch of our new Laker packaging design, our Landshark promotions, our Waterloo seasonal offerings and the exciting Chudleigh's cider launch, we are positioned well for success.  The positive start up of the can line will offer new opportunities for both our owner brands as well as for our co-packing customers. We are now well positioned to compete in the competitive Canadian beer market and to serve our customers for the long term."

Brick's board of directors has also approved a quarterly dividend of $0.02/share. The dividend is payable July 24, 2018 to shareholders of record as of July 10, 2018.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization, and Share Based Payments (EBITDA)*
  Quarter ended
(in thousands of dollars) April 29, 2018   April 30, 2017
Net income $ (1,851 $   787
Add (deduct):      
Income tax expense (737
)   306
Depreciation and amortization   1,010     817
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment   251     -
Share-based payments   83     43
Finance costs   77     100
Subtotal   684     1,266
EBITDA*   (1,167
)   2,053

Quarters ended April 29, 2018 and April 30, 2017

  Quarter ended
   April 29, 2018    April 30, 2017
Revenue $   7,011,987   $   11,480,470
Cost of sales   6,911,118     7,995,399
Gross profit   100,869     3,485,071

Selling, marketing and administration expenses
  2,117,937     2,118,307
Other expenses   242,587     173,577
Finance costs   76,587     100,469
Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment   251,405     - 
Income (loss) before tax   (2,587,647 )   1,092,718

Income tax expense (recovery)
  (736,500 )   305,961
Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss) for the quarter $   (1,851,147 $   786,757
Basic earnings (loss) per share $   (0.05 ) $   0.02
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $   (0.05 ) $   0.02

As at April 29, 2018 and January 31, 2018

  April 29, 2018   January 31, 2018  
Non-current assets        
Property, plant and equipment $   27,469,295   $   27,119,488  
Intangible assets   15,337,639     15,381,578  
Construction deposits   1,785,794     323,255  
    44,592,728     42,824,321  
Current assets        
Accounts receivable   7,879,032     6,999,212  
Inventories   11,534,589     7,891,364  
Prepaid expenses   563,568     613,710  
    19,977,189     15,504,286  
TOTAL ASSETS $   64,569,917   $   58,328,607  
Share capital $   39,795,322   $   39,747,525  
Share-based payments reserves   1,043,027     1,026,667  
Deficit   (4,398,893 )   (2,547,746 )
TOTAL EQUITY   36,439,456     38,226,446  
Non-current liabilities        
Provisions   546,439     538,376  
Obligation under finance lease   2,814,794     3,011,893  
Long-term debt    5,700,507     6,019,245  
Deferred income tax liability   389,964     1,126,464  
    9,451,704     10,695,978  
Current liabilities        
Bank indebtedness   2,086,280     787,843  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   14,495,567     6,516,382  
Current portion of obligation under finance lease   777,300     769,962
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