K-Bro Reports Q1, 2012 Results
Q1, 2012 Financial Results
- Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2012 was $30.2 million, an increase of 9.0% over the comparable 2011 period.
- EBITDA for the first quarter increased by $1.1 million or by 25.0% to $5.6 million compared to $4.5 million in Q1, 2011.
- EBITDA margin increased in the first quarter to 18.6% from 16.2% in the comparative period of 2011 due to the flow through of increased revenues coupled with favorable variances in commodity costs and certain recurring as well as one-time reductions in operating costs.
- Net earnings after taxes for the first quarter increased by $0.9 million to $2.5 million compared to $1.6 million in Q1, 2011.
EDMONTON, May 3, 2012 /CNW/ - K-Bro Linen Inc. ("K-Bro" or the
"Corporation") today announced revenue of $30.2 million and EBITDA of
$5.6 million for the three-months ended March 31, 2012. Net earnings
after tax were $2.5 million, diluted earnings of $0.35 per share, and
distributable cash was $0.622 per diluted share for the quarter.
|(thousands, except per share amounts||For the three months ended March 31,|
|and percentages)||2012||2011||$ Change||% Change|
|Revenue||$ 30,165||$ 27,686||2,479||9.0%|
|EBITDA(1) as a % of revenue||18.6%||16.2%||-||2.4%|
|Earnings before income taxes||3,177||2,153||1,024||47.6%|
|Income tax expense||708||597||111||18.6%|
|Basic earnings per Share||$ 0.36||$ 0.23||0.13||56.5%|
|Diluted earnings per Share||$ 0.35||$ 0.22||0.13||59.1%|
|Long-term debt, end of period||4,000||8,838||(4,838)||-54.7%|
|Cash provided by operating activities||6,768||4,137||2,631||63.6%|
|Net change in non-cash working capital items||2,276||130||2,146||1651.1%|
|Maintenance capital expenditures||134||224||(90)||-40.2%|
|Distributable cash flow(1)||4,358||3,783||575||15.2%|
|(1) Refer to the Terminology section for further details|
In the first quarter of 2012, revenue was $30.2 million which was 9.0% higher than the $27.7 million generated in the comparable period in 2011. This year-over-year increase was due to a combination of the acquisition of the plant in Montréal, the new volume from the Saskatoon Health Region contract, and organic growth from new volume at existing customers across the remainder of the plants. EBITDA increased from $4.5 million in Q1, 2011 to $5.6 million in Q1, 2012, from the addition of a new plant, organic growth from our existing businesses, and certain recurring and one-time favorable variances in operating expenses. Profitability as measured by net revenue, EBITDA and net earnings on a year-over-year comparative basis is bolstered by several factors which are not considered to be recurring or sustainable over the entire fiscal year.
"We are pleased with the excellent results for the quarter which are being driven by strong revenues from new and existing customers, effective control of our cost structure and a number of recurring and one-time favorable variances in operating expenses," said Linda McCurdy, President & Chief Executive Officer. "We are delivering excellent service and we have a portfolio of processing facilities ready to serve increasing numbers of national clients. This quarter, we generated a 58.7% year-over-year increase in net earnings. Looking ahead, we are confident we can continue to deliver strong financial results and further increase shareholder value."
K-Bro is the largest owner and operator of laundry and linen processing facilities in Canada. K-Bro provides a comprehensive range of general linen and operating room linen processing, management and distribution services to healthcare institutions, hotels and other commercial accounts. K-Bro currently operates eight processing facilities under three distinctive brands, including K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., Buanderie HMR and Les Buanderies Dextraze, in seven Canadian cities: Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.
Additional information regarding the Corporation including required securities filings are available on our website at www.k-brolinen.com and on the Canadian Securities Administrators' website at www.sedar.com; the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR").
K-Bro est le plus important propriétaire et exploitant de buanderies au Canada. K-Bro fournit une gamme étendue de services de buanderie aux établissements de soins de santé, hôtels et autres clients commerciaux. K-Bro exploite actuellement huit usines sous trois marques distinctives, incluant K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., Buanderie HMR et Les Buanderies Dextraze, dans sept villes canadiennes: Québec, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver et Victoria.
Vous pouvez obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires sur la Société, y compris les documents déposés auprès des autorités de réglementation, sur notre site Web, au www.k-brolinen.com et sur le site Web des autorités canadiennes en valeurs mobilières au www.sedar.com, le site Web du Système électronique de données, d'analyse et de recherche (« SEDAR »).
Throughout this news release, and other documents referred to, and in order to provide a better understanding of the financial results, K-Bro uses the terms "EBITDA", "distributable cash" and "payout ratio". These terms do not have any standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as set out in the CICA Handbook. Therefore, EBITDA, distributable cash and payout ratio may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Specifically, the terms "EBITDA", "distributable cash", and "payout ratio" have been defined as:
EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and
amortization. EBITDA is not a recognized measure for financial
statement presentation under IFRS. EBITDA is not intended to represent
cash flow from operations, as defined by IFRS, and it should not be
considered as an alternative to net earnings, cash flow from
operations, or any other measure of performance prescribed by IFRS. The
Corporation's EBITDA may also not be comparable to EBITDA used by other
corporations, which may be calculated differently. The Corporation
considers EBITDA to be a meaningful measure to assess its operating
performance in addition to standardized IFRS measures. It is included
because the Corporation believes it can be useful in measuring its
ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures, and expand its
Three Months Ended
|Net earnings||$ 2,469||$ 1,556|
|Income tax expense||708||597|
|Interest expense and financial charges, net||84||104|
|Depreciation of property, plant and equipment||1,534||1,575|
|Amortization of intangible assets||673||641|
|Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment||129||6|
|EBITDA||$ 5,597||$ 4,479|
Distributable cash flow is defined by management as cash provided by operating activities, plus
or minus the net change in non-cash working capital items, less
maintenance capital expenditures and less cash taxes. Management
believes this measure reflects the cash generated from the ongoing
operation of the business. Distributable cash is an additional GAAP
measure generally used by dividend paying corporations as an indicator
of financial performance and it should not be seen as a measurement of
liquidity or a substitute for comparable metrics prepared in accordance
Three Months Ended
|Cash provided by operating activities||$ 6,768||$ 4,137|
|Net changes in non-cash working capital items||2,276||130|
|Maintenance capital expenditures||134||224|
|Distributable cash flow||$ 4,358||$ 3,783|
Payout ratio is defined by management as the actual cash divided by distributable
cash. This is a key measure used by investors to value K-Bro, assess
its performance and provide an indication of the sustainability of
dividends. The payout ratio depends on the distributable cash and the
Corporation's dividend policy.
Three Months Ended
Figures expressed in percentages are calculated from amounts rounded in thousands of dollars.
FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS
This news release contains forward-looking information that represents internal expectations, estimates or beliefs concerning, among other things, future activities or future operating results and various components thereof. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", and similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events are intended to identify forward-looking information. Statements regarding such forward-looking information reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management.
These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on management's estimates and assumptions that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause K-Bro's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this news release. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, (i) risks associated with acquisitions, including the possibility of undisclosed material liabilities; (ii) K-Bro's competitive environment; (iii) utility and labour costs; (iv) K-Bro's dependence on long-term contracts with the associated renewal risk, (v) increased capital expenditure requirements; (vi) reliance on key personnel; and (vii) the availability of future financing. Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information include: (i) volumes and pricing assumptions; (ii) utility costs; (iii) expected impact of labour cost initiatives; and (iv) the level of capital expenditures. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Certain statements regarding forward-looking information included in this news release may be considered "financial outlook" for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this news release.
All forward-looking information in this news release is qualified by these cautionary statements. Forward-looking information in this news release is presented only as of the date made. Except as required by law, the Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.
For further information:
President & Chief Executive Officer
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer