5.1% sequential improvement in EBITDA to $10.2 million, or 3.0% of sales
$8.1 million in costs not related to current operations, of which $7.1
million have no effect on cash, resulting from consolidation of
warehouse space in Eastern Quebec and New Brunswick. Recurring annual
synergies of approximately $2 million.
After-dividend cash flow of $5.5 million, a 60% improvement from $3.4
million in 2012
Declaration of a quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share
BOUCHERVILLE, QC, Oct. 11, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Colabor Group Inc. (TSX:
GCL) ("Colabor" or the "Company") today reported results for the third
quarter of fiscal 2013 ended September 7, 2013.
"Colabor's operating profitability continues to show sequential
improvement from the first two quarters of the current fiscal year,
both in terms of dollars and as a percentage of sales. The permanent
closing and conversion to other uses of our Edmundston and Saguenay
warehouses will bring additional savings beginning in the fourth
quarter of the current year. Colabor is pursuing the disciplined
execution and follow-up of its action plan to provide the organization
with an efficient and competitive business model in support of sales
growth," said Claude Gariépy, President and Chief Executive Officer of
Nine months ended
(thousands of dollars except per-share data)
Sept. 7, 2013
Sept. 8, 2012
Sept. 7, 2013
Sept. 8, 2012
Charges not related to current operations
Per share - basic ($)
Weighted average number of shares outstanding (basic, in thousands)
* After-tax cash flow from operations before changes in operating assets
and liabilities less purchases of property, plant and equipment and
Total sales for the 84-day period ended September 7, 2013 were $343.6
million, compared to $350.3 million for the 84-day period ended
September 8, 2012. The 1.9% decrease was due essentially to the loss of
a large supply contract in Ontario and by the end of the unprofitable
distribution of tobacco products since the beginning of 2013. On the
other hand, the acquisition of T. Lauzon Ltée ("Lauzon"), completed on
March 4, 2013, contributed $23.4 million to sales in the period.
Excluding these factors, comparable sales showed a slight 1.1%
Earnings before financial expenses, income taxes, depreciation and
amortization ("EBITDA") were $10.2 million, or 3.0% of sales, compared
to $11.0 million, or 3.1% of sales, in the third quarter of 2012. The
reduction in dollar terms mainly reflects the end of an important
supply contract. On a sequential basis, EBITDA for the third quarter of
2013 rose 5.1% from $9.7 million, or 2.8% of sales, in the second
Because of costs of $8.1 million associated with the consolidation of
operations, the Company recorded a net loss of $3.9 million, or $0.14
per share, for the third quarter of 2013. This consolidation will
result in annual recurring savings of approximately $2 million.
CASH FLOW AND FINANCIAL POSITION
Cash flow was $7.1 million, or $0.26 per share, in the third quarter of
2013, compared to $7.6 million, or $0.33 per share, in the third
quarter of 2012. Of note, $7.1 million of the $8.1 million in internal
restructuring costs recorded in the third quarter of 2013 had no effect
Net of dividends paid, cash flow was $5.5 million in the third quarter
of 2013 versus $3.4 million a year earlier. This increase in free cash
flow provides Colabor with greater flexibility in the execution of its
As of September 7, 2013, the Company had drawn $96 million on its
authorized bank credit facility, compared with $118 million at the same
time last year.
Sales of the Distribution segment were $230.5 million in the third
quarter of 2013, compared to $248.1 million a year earlier. The
decrease of 7.1% is attributable essentially to the aforementioned
factors, partially offset by Lauzon's distribution sales. Comparable
sales were up 0.1%.
Sales of the Wholesale segment were $113.0 million in the third quarter
of 2013, up from $102.2 million a year earlier. This 10.6% increase
mainly reflects the acquisition of Lauzon's wholesale operations.
Comparable sales were down 3.7%.
For the 250-day period ended September 7, 2013, total sales were $983.0
million, down 2.0% from $1.0 billion for the 252-day period ended
September 8, 2012. Apart from the factors noted above and on the basis
of an equal number of days, comparable sales were down 0.2%.
EBITDA for the first nine months of 2013 was $22.3 million, or 2.3% of
sales, compared to $27.1 million, or 2.7% of sales, in the first nine
months of 2012. As a result of costs not related to current operations
of $8.4 million since the beginning of the current year, the Company
recorded a net loss for the period of $4.9 million, compared to net
earnings of $5.2 million for the year-earlier period. Cash flow was
$10.8 million, or $0.42 per share, compared to $18.7 million, or $0.81
per share, a year earlier.
FOCUSED PURSUIT OF EFFICIENCY AND DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Colabor is assiduously pursuing its plan to optimize overall operating
efficiency and accelerate the capture of synergies. During the third
quarter, the Company pursued the following initiatives:
Review of operations of the Eastern Quebec and Maritimes division,
including renewal of the team and optimization of warehouse logistics.
Following this review, the Company announced the following measures:
Permanent closing of the Edmundston, N.B. distribution centre.
Change of use of the Saguenay warehouse to optimize delivery logistics
in this region.
Finalization of the recuperation of a large portion of G. Lauzon's
customer base within the Viandes Décarie division.
Pursuit of the review of agreements with suppliers and of merchandise
Finalization of the federal HACCP accreditation process for the Norref
distribution centre. This accreditation, expected to be obtained in the
coming weeks, will support the development of Norref's business outside
Quebec and will bring new opportunities to win additional supply
contracts, as well as secure existing contracts.
DECLARATION OF A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.06 PER SHARE
The Board of Directors of the Company has declared a cash dividend of
$0.06 per share, to be paid on November 15, 2013 to shareholders of
record as of the close of business October 31, 2013.
Colabor will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Friday,
October 11 beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties can
join the call by dialling 647-427-7450 (from Toronto and overseas) or
1-888-231-8191 (from elsewhere in North America). If you are unable to
participate, you can listen to a recording by dialling 1-855-859-2056
and entering the code 73896092 on your telephone keypad. The recording
will be available from 1 p.m. Friday, October 11 to 11:59 p.m. Friday,
October 18, 2013.
The information provided in this release includes non-IFRS performance
measures, notably earnings before financial expenses, income taxes,
depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") and cash flow. Since these
concepts are not defined by IFRS, they may not be comparable to those
of other companies.
The Management Discussion and Analysis and financial statements of the Company will be available at SEDAR (www.sedar.com) following publication of this release. Additional information about
Colabor Group Inc. may be found at SEDAR and on the Company's website
This news release may contain forward-looking statements reflecting the
opinions or current expectations of Colabor Group Inc. concerning its
performance and business operations and future events. These statements
are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Actual results or
events may differ.
Colabor is a wholesaler and distributor of food and non-food products
serving the foodservice market (cafeterias, restaurants, hotels,
restaurant chains) and the retail market (grocery stores, convenience
stores, etc.) in Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic provinces.
SOURCE: Colabor Group Inc.
For further information:
Colabor Group Inc.
Jean-François Neault, CPA, CMA, MBA
Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer
Tel. 450-449-0026 ext. 308
Martin Goulet, CFA
Senior Vice-President, Investor Relations
Tel. 514-731-0000 ext. 229