Sportscene Group Inc. Achieves a Good Performance For its Fiscal Year 2013, Including a Significant Increase in its Profitability During the Last Six Months

MONTREAL, Nov. 14, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - During the fiscal year ended August 25, 2013, SPORTSCENE GROUP INC. ("Sportscene" or "the Company") (TSXV: SPS.A) maintained a good financial performance despite a challenging economic and sporting environment, marked by the weak job market, the National Hockey League lockout during the first semester and the postponement of a major boxing match for reasons beyond the Company's control.

La Cage aux Sports' total network sales(1) amounted to $107.1 million, compared with $110.3 million in fiscal 2012. This slight 3.0% decline is due primarily to the closure of a franchised Cage at the beginning of fiscal 2013, since average same-Cage sales(1) showed little variation over the previous year. For their part, Sportscene's revenues grew by 4.5% to $88.1 million. The Company delivered earnings before interest, amortization, other items and income taxes, or EBITDA(1) comparable to the previous year's, in the amount of $9.3 million. Sportscene closed fiscal 2013 with net earnings attributable to shareholders of $2.9 million or $0.69 per share (basic and diluted), compared with $3.3 million or $0.78 per share in 2012. This decline is mainly attributable to higher amortization and financial expenses, due to the investments allocated over the past two years to expand its operational base.

"We deem the results of the past fiscal year more than acceptable, considering that the NHL lockout affected our core operations throughout most of the first semester," said President and Chief Executive Officer Jean Bédard. For information purposes, The C.E.O. specified that results for the last six months of fiscal 2013 showed a distinct improvement over the previous year in all performance measures, including an 8.2% growth in EBITDA(1) and an 11.6% increase in net earnings attributable to shareholders.

"This performance is a consequence of the many initiatives put forward to optimize our operations. Across the Company, our operators and marketing team pooled all their energy and resourcefulness to promote customer traffic and maximize profitability. At the corporate level, we strengthened our management team, continued to fine-tune the business models of our various operational units, and further improved foodservices in order to enhance both customer perception and profit margins. All these initiatives should enable us to maintain a good performance in upcoming quarters. In addition, the Company remains in solid financial health, with available cash(1) of $9.6 million as at August 25, 2013 and a debt ratio of 21.5%. Sportscene is therefore well positioned financially to support its organic development and take advantage of expansion opportunities consistent with its strategic objectives."

Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended August 25, 2013

For the 13-week period ended August 25, 2013, net earnings attributable to shareholders were superior to those of the previous year, amounting to $0.6 million or $0.15 per share, compared with $0.5 million or $0.13 per share for the same quarter in 2012. Revenues grew by 7.0% to $20.4 million, whereas EBITDA(1) slightly increased to stand at $2.1 million. For their part, La Cage aux Sports' total network sales(1) decreased by 5.6% to $24.5 million, due mainly to the closure of the franchised Cage.

Outlook

Sportscene's management looks forward to the next fiscal year with cautious optimism. On the one hand, the economic context and job market have shown no significant improvement over the past year and remain a concern for the Quebec restaurant industry. On the other hand however, the sporting environment is much more favourable than it was last year. The hockey season notably got off to a positive start and the major boxing match that had to be postponed last spring will likely be held in January 2014, not to mention the Winter Olympics. In addition, Sportscene will benefit from the contribution of a new corporate Cage opened in Boucherville on November 8, 2013, the inauguration of which paves the way for the implementation of La Cage aux Sports' updated concept, which was notably developed for the new generation of consumers. Besides its spectacular and innovative features in terms of technologies and ambience — the main drivers of La Cage aux Sports' differentiation strategy — this flagship Cage introduces other novelties as regards foodservices, customer service and working methods. In upcoming quarters, the Company will undertake to gradually roll out this concept across the La Cage aux Sports network.

Grant of New Share Options

Under the Class A share purchase option plan (the "Plan") in effect at Sportscene, the Board of Directors today approved the grant of 71,000 Class A share options in favour of some managers and directors at an exercise price of $8.25 per share, all according to the terms and conditions provided for in the Plan. These options will be vested at a rate of 50% after two years, 25% after three years and the remaining 25% after four years. They will expire if they are not exercised within five years of the grant date.

Profile

In business since 1984, Sportscene Group Inc. operates Quebec's leading chain of sports-themed resto-bars: La Cage aux Sports. As of today, this banner comprises 52 "Cages", 41 of which are wholly or jointly owned by the Company, and 11 are franchises. Enjoying a strong brand image, La Cage aux Sports' most distinctive feature is its "Sports, Gang, Fun" culture, showcased by an original decor, a festive ambience, the use of the latest telecommunications technologies and the hosting and organization of multiple contests and special events for its clientele. Sportscene also holds a 50% interest in three non-banner restaurants offering upscale foodservices in the Montreal area. In addition to its restaurant operations, the Company manages real estate holdings, including a sports complex and several buildings housing its restaurants. Furthermore, Sportscene has developed expertise in certain other complementary activities, such as the construction, fitting-out and renovation of Cages, technological development related to the expansion of the La Cage aux Sports network, as well as the organization of sports-related activities including international-calibre boxing events.

(1)    The following items are not performance measures consistent with IFRS. In Sportscene's consolidated financial statements, EBITDA corresponds to "Earnings before interest, amortization and income taxes". Total network sales are the aggregate sales achieved by all La Cage aux Sports restaurants, including franchised, jointly-owned and corporate units. Average same-Cage sales isolate the impact of restaurant openings and closures in order to assess the actual trend in in restaurant sales. Available cash includes cash and cash equivalents as well as investments, if any.
(2)    Neither TSX Venture Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX Venture Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.


Consolidated statements of comprehensive income
for the years ended August 25, 2013 and August 26, 2012
 
(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except for earnings per share and number of outstanding shares)
  2013 2012
  $ $
     
Revenues 88,080 84,295
Cost of sales 26,585 24,778
Gross margin 61,495 59,517
     
Selling and administrative expenses, excluding amortization 52,157 50,128
Earnings before interest, amortization and income taxes 9,338 9,389
 
Amortization 4,762 4,149
Operating earnings 4,576 5,240
 
Interest on long-term debt 729 576
Other interest expenses 171 117
Other (gains) losses (56) 138
 
Earnings before income tax expenses 3,732 4,409
Income tax expenses 871 1,187
Net earnings and comprehensive income 2,861 3,222
 
Net earnings and comprehensive income attributable to:
 
The Company's shareholders 2,892 3,256
Non-controlling interests (31) (34)
Net earnings and comprehensive income 2,861  3,222
 
Earnings per share (in $):
  Basic 0.69 0.78
  Diluted 0.69 0.78
 
Weighted-average number of outstanding Class A shares (in thousands):
  Basic 4,165 4,165
  Diluted 4,165 4,165
 
 
Consolidated statements of financial position
as at August 25, 2013 and August 26, 2012
     
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)
  August 25, August 26,
  2013 2012
  $ $
Assets
 
Current assets
  Cash and cash equivalents 9,564 10,729
  Accounts receivable 4,772 3,743
  Income tax receivable 438 331
  Inventories 1,906 1,697
  Prepaid expenses 578 459
  Current portion of notes receivable 22 284
Total current assets 17,280 17,243
 
Notes receivable 1,373 1,481
Property, plant and equipment 39,754 36,302
Intangible assets 821 828
Deferred tax asset 2,512 2,214
Goodwill 3,843 3,101
Total assets 65,583 61,169
 
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
 
Current liabilities
  Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 8,450 8,941
  Income tax payable 159 242
  Deferred revenues and credits 1,353 871
  Current portion of long-term debt 3,010 2,648
Total current liabilities 12,972 12,702
 
Long-term debt 15,920 14,554
Deferred revenues and credits 1,472 1,617
Deferred tax liability 1,087 1,088
Total liabilities 31,451 29,961
 
Shareholders' equity
 
  Share capital 3,551 3,551
  Stock-based compensation reserve 299 260
  Retained earnings 29,980 27,088
Shareholders' equity attributable to the Company's shareholders  33,830 30,899
Non-controlling interests 302 309
Total shareholders' equity 34,132 31,208
 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 65,583 61,169
 
     
Consolidated statements of cash flows    
for the years ended August 25, 2013 and August 26, 2012    
     
(in thousands of Canadian dollars)    
  2013 2012
  $ $
Operating activities    
  Net earnings and comprehensive income 2,861 3,222
  Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash flows from operating activities:    
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 79 137
    Loss on impairment of non-current assets 162 -
    (Gain) loss on business combination (277) 19
    Amortization of deferred financing costs 14 10
    Amortization of property, plant and equipment 4,690 4,062
    Amortization of intangible assets 72 87
    Stock-based compensation 39 38
    Financial expenses recognized in net earnings 900 693
    Interest paid (886) (683)
    Interest included in the cost of property, plant and equipment - 20
    Income tax expenses recognized in net earnings 871 1,187
    Income tax paid (1,230) (1,476)
  7,295 7,316
  Net change in non-cash working capital items, net of acquisitions and disposals of subsidiaries and joint ventures (1,798) 1,684
  5,497 9,000
     
Financing activities    
  Increase of long-term debt 3,243  5,444
  Repayment of long-term debt (3,185) (2,587)
  Increase in deferred financing costs (12) (21)
  Dividends on Class A shares - (1,250)
  Dividends paid to non-controlling shareholders - (35)
  46 1,551
     
Investing activities    
  Acquisitions of subsidiaries and joint ventures, net of cash and cash equivalents acquired (807) (1,044)
  Issuance of notes receivable (944) (1,080)
  Retraction of notes receivable 248 245
  Acquisitions of property, plant and equipment (5,165) (7,411)
  Proceeds from disposals of property, plant and equipment 10 38
  Acquisitions of intangible assets (50) (23)
  (6,708) (9,275)
(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (1,165) 1,276
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of year 10,729 9,453
Cash and cash equivalents, end of year 9,564 10,729

 

 

 

SOURCE: Sportscene Group Inc.

For further information:

Jean Bédard, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer
Josée Pépin, Vice-President, Finance
450-641-3011


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