The Second Cup Ltd. Reports Results for the Second Quarter 2016

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The Second Cup Ltd. (TSX: SCU) reported financial results today for the second quarter ended June 25, 2016.

Highlights:

  • Q2 same store sales of -1.3% compared to -1.1% in Q1.  For the first 4 weeks of Q3 same store sales improved to +1.3%.
  • Loss of $441,000 or $0.03 per share for the quarter compared with a loss of $72,000 or $0.01 per share in the second quarter of 2015. Net loss year to date is $1,047,000 or $0.08 per share compared to a loss of $148,000 or $0.01 per share in 2015.
  • Continued progress towards asset light model with 29 corporate cafes compared with a peak of 47. 

"We remain focused on re-franchising corporate cafes to dynamic operators for the long term success of the business" says Ms. Alix Box, President and CEO, The Second Cup Ltd.  "I'm encouraged by the positive response to our newest breakfast sandwiches, FroChos and flavoured Frappes."

Second Quarter 2016

Same store sales were -1.3% in Q2 and -1.2% year to date.  Alberta's ongoing economic downturn continued to negatively impact overall same store sales by approximately 1.1% in the quarter.  Recent same store sales have improved to +1.3% for the first 4 weeks of Q3.

The Net Loss of $441,000 for the quarter was negatively impacted by the large number of corporate stores. The company continues to work aggressively to reduce the number of corporate stores through franchising to strong operators and returning to an asset light model.  In spite of the negative impact on short term profitability, Second Cup believes this is the right approach to create long term value.

The company's current debt facility is due in January 2017.  Accordingly, the company is actively pursuing options to refinance this debt including alternative debt financing, issuance of equity or other strategic alternatives.  

Second Cup's strategic focus on premium quality food and beverage innovation advanced this quarter with the introduction of the new breakfast program now in approximately 50% of cafes, the new and unique Batch49 coffee blend, available hot or cold and flavour extensions on FroChos, its signature frozen hot chocolate.  Second Cup Toronto franchisee Eduardo Eed says, "In my cafes I'm seeing strong growth with the new breakfast sandwiches, the fresh local bakery program and innovative beverages like FroChos and Batch49".  The incredible response to Batch49 from franchisees and customers has resulted in the company's decision to offer Batch49 daily in all stores.  Comments on the company's Facebook page include "Batch49 from Second Cup is amazing!  Wow!", "My new favourite". 

About Second Cup Coffee Co.

Founded in 1975, The Second Cup Ltd. is a Canadian specialty coffee retailer operating over 300 franchised and company owned cafes. The company's vision is to be the coffee brand most passionately committed to quality and innovation.  For more information, please visit www.secondcup.com or find the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Financial Highlights

The following table sets out selected IFRS and certain non-GAAP financial measures of the Company and should be read in conjunction with the Unaudited Condensed Interim Financial Statements of the Company for the 13 and 26 weeks ended June 25, 2016 and June 27, 2015.


13 weeks ended


26 weeks ended

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except same café sales, number of
cafés, per share amounts, and number of common shares.)

June 25,
2016

June 27,
2015


June 25,
2016

June 27,
2015







System sales of cafés1

$40,207

$43,715


$79,277

$86,890







Same café sales1

(1.3%)

(3.2%)


(1.2%)

(2.2%)







Number of cafés - end of period

304

338


304

338







Total revenue

$7,761

$9,420


$15,195

$18,434







Operating costs and expenses

$8,289

$9,427


$16,456

$18,372







Operating income (loss) 1

($528)

($7)


($1,261)

$62







EBITDA1

($128)

$334


($460)

$753







Net loss and comprehensive loss

($441)

($72)


($1,047)

($148)







Basic and diluted loss per share as reported

($0.03)

($0.01)


($0.08)

($0.01)







Total assets - end of period

$43,021

$50,457


$43,021

$50,457







Number of common shares issued and outstanding - end of period

12,830,945

12,830,945


12,830,945

12,830,945








1See the section "Definitions and discussion on certain non-GAAP financial measures" for further analysis.

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW


June 25th, 2016

December 26th, 2015

Cash and cash equivalents

1,776

3,080

Restricted cash

1,071

840

Total assets

43,021

46,485

Total debts

5,990

5,977

Total liabilities

20,109

22,558

Total shareholders' equity

22,912

23,927

 

OPERATIONAL REVIEW

Seasonality of System sales of cafés
The following table shows the percentage of annual System sales of cafés achieved, on average, in each fiscal reporting quarter over the last three years:

% of annual System sales of cafés

2013

2014

2015

Average

First Quarter 

24.5

24.0

24.7

24.4

Second Quarter 

24.9

25.1

25.0

25.0

Third Quarter 

23.5

23.9

23.5

23.6

Fourth Quarter 

27.1

27.0

26.8

27.0







100.0

100.0

100.0

100.0

 

Historically, System sales of cafés have been higher in the fourth quarter, which includes the holiday sales periods of November and December.

Café network


13 weeks ended


26 weeks ended


 June 25,
2016

June 27,
2015


June 25,
2016

June 27,
2015







Number of cafés - beginning of period 

307

344


310

347

Cafés opened 

1

-


2

2

Cafés closed 

(4)

(6)


(8)

(11)







Number of cafés - end of period 

304

338


304

338

 

The Company ended the Quarter with 29 (June 27, 2015 - 47) Company-operated cafés.

Second Quarter

System sales of cafés
System sales of cafés for the 13 weeks ended June 25, 2016 were $40,207 compared to $43,715 for the 13 weeks ended June 27, 2015, representing a decrease of $3,508 or 8.0%.  The decrease is attributable to the reduced store network. 

Same café sales
During the quarter, same café sales declined by 1.3%, compared to a decline of 3.2% in the comparable quarter of 2015.

Analysis of revenue
Total revenue for the Quarter was $7,761 (2015 - $9,420), consisting of Company-owned café and product sales, royalty revenue, and franchise fees and other revenue. 

Company-owned cafés and product sales for the Quarter were $3,895 (2015 - $5,634).  The decrease in revenue of $1,739 is attributable to the reduced Company-owned café count.

Franchise revenue was $3,866 for the Quarter (2015 - $3,786).  The increase in franchise revenue of $80 was due to the decrease in Company-owned cafés.

Operating costs and expenses
Operating costs and expenses include the costs of Company-owned cafés and product sales, franchise related expenses, general and administrative expenses, the loss/gain on disposal of assets, and depreciation and amortization.  Total operating costs and expenses for the Quarter were $8,289 (2015 - $9,427), a decrease of $1,138.

Company-owned cafés and product sales
Company-owned cafés and product related expenses for the Quarter were $4,052 (2015 - $5,622), a decrease of $1,570.  The decrease in costs is related to the reduced Company-owned café count. 

Franchise
The Company incurred franchise related expenses of $2,191 (2015 - $1,968).  This represents an increase of $223.

General and administrative
General and administrative expenses were $1,492 for the Quarter (2015 - $1,584).  The decrease of $92 is mainly due to reduced head count at Coffee Central. 

Gain and loss on disposal
A loss on disposal of $154 was recognized in the Quarter (2015 - $88 gain).  The loss related to the resale of Company-owned cafés. 

Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization expense was $400 (2015 - $341). 

EBITDA
EBITDA for the Quarter was a loss of $128, compared to a gain of $334 last year.

Net loss
The Company's net loss for the Quarter was $441 or $0.03 per share, compared to net loss of $72 or $0.01 per share in 2015.  A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is provided in the section "Definitions and discussion on certain non-GAAP financial measures".

Year to date

System sales of cafés
System sales of cafés for the 26 weeks ended June 25, 2016 were $79,277 compared to $86,890 for the 26 weeks ended June 27, 2015, representing a decrease of $7,613 or 9.0%.  The decrease is mainly attributable to the smaller store network.           

Same café sales
Same café sales declined by 1.2% for the 26 weeks ended June 25, 2016, compared to a decline of 2.2% for the 26 weeks ended June 27, 2015.

Analysis of revenue
Total revenue for the year to date was $15,195 (2015 - $18,434).

Company-owned cafés and product sales were $7,824 (2015 - $10,873).  The decrease of $3,049 is mainly attributable to reduced Company-owned cafés.

Franchise revenue was $7,371 for the year to date (2015 - $7,561).  The decrease in revenue of $190 is primarily a result of the decreased café count.

Operating costs and expenses
Operating expenses include the costs outlined above in the quarterly comments.  Total operating expenses for the year to date were $16,456 (2015 - $18,372), a decrease of $1,916.

Company-owned cafés and product sales
Company-owned cafés and product related expenses for the year to date were $8,415 (2015 - $10,845), a decrease of $2,430.  The decrease in costs is related to fewer Company-owned cafés. 

Franchise
Franchise related expenses of $4,209 were incurred year to date (2015 - $3,905), representing an increase of $304.

General and administrative
General and administrative expenses were $2,873 for the year to date (2015 - $3,019).  The decrease of $146 is due to the reduced head count at Coffee Central. 

Gain and loss on disposal
A loss on disposal of $158 was recognized for the year to date (2015 - $88 gain).  The loss related to the resale of Company-owned cafés. 

Depreciation and amortization
Depreciation and amortization expense was $801 (2015 - $691). 

EBITDA
EBITDA for the year to date was a loss of $460, compared to a gain of $753 last year. 

Net income
The Company's net loss for the year to date is $1,047 or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $148 or $0.01 per share in 2015. 

SELECTED QUARTERLY INFORMATION

(in thousands of Canadian dollars, except
Number of cafés, Same café sales and per share
amounts)

Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q4 20152

Q3 2015






System sales of cafés1

$40,207

$39,071

$46,900

$41,087






Same café sales1

(1.3%)

(1.1%)

0.2%

(2.9%)






Number of cafés - end of period

304

307

310

327






Total revenue

$7,761

$7,434

$9,636

$9,270






Operating income (loss)1

($528)

($733)

$167

($1,310)






EBITDA1

($128)

($327)

$554

($924)






Net income (loss) for the period

($441)

($606)

$94

($1,099)






Basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

($0.03)

($0.05)

$0.01

($0.09)












Q2 2015

Q1 2015

Q4 20142

Q3 2014






System sales of cafés1

$43,715

$43,174

$49,427

$43,596






Same café sales1

(3.2%)

(1.1%)

(3.9%)

(3.3%)






Number of cafés - end of period

339

344

347

349






Total revenue

$9,421

$9,014

$8,427

$6,686






Operating income (loss)1

($6)

$68

($521)

($30,214)






EBITDA1

$334

$419

($139)

($26,866)






Net loss for the period

($72)

($76)

($469)

($26,230)






Basic and diluted loss per share

($0.01)

($0.01)

($0.04)

($2.65)






 

1See the section "Definitions and discussion on certain non-GAAP financial measures" for further analysis.

2The Company's fourth quarter System sales of cafés are higher than other quarters due to the seasonality of the business (see "Seasonality of System sales of cafés" above).

 

OUTLOOK

This section is qualified by the section "Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" at the beginning of this MD&A.

The Company believes its renewed dedication to providing the ultimate coffee experience positions it well for creating long-term growth and value creation for its shareholders.

The company continues to work aggressively to reduce the number of corporate stores through franchising to strong operators and returning to an asset light model.  This is part of our strategy.  In spite of the negative impact on short term profitability, we believe this is the right approach to create long term value.

DEFINITIONS AND DISCUSSION ON CERTAIN NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

In this MD&A, the Company reports certain non-IFRS measures such as System sales of cafés, Same café sales, operating income (loss), and EBITDA.

System sales of cafés
System sales of cafés comprise the net revenue reported to Second Cup by franchisees of Second Cup cafés and by Company-operated cafés.  This measure is useful in assessing the operating performance of the entire Company network, such as capturing the net change of the overall café network.

Changes in System sales of cafés result from the number of cafés and Same café sales (as described below).  The primary factors influencing the number of cafés within the network include the availability of quality locations and the availability of qualified franchisees.

Same café sales
Same café sales represent the percentage change, on average, in sales at cafés operating system-wide that have been open for more than 12 months.  It is one of the key metrics the Company uses to assess its performance as an indicator of appeal to customers.  Two principal factors that affect Same café sales are changes in customer count and changes in average transaction size.

Operating income (loss)
Operating income (loss) represents revenue, less cost of goods sold, less operating expenses and less impairment charges.  This measure is not defined under IFRS, although the measure is derived from input figures in accordance with IFRS.  Management views this as an indicator of financial performance that excludes costs pertaining to interest and financing, and income taxes.

EBITDA
EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  As there is no generally accepted method of calculating EBITDA, this measure is not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other issuers.  EBITDA is presented as management believes it is a useful indicator of the Company's ability to meet debt service and capital expenditure requirements, and evaluate liquidity.  Management interprets trends in EBITDA as an indicator of relative financial performance.  EBITDA should not be considered by an investor as an alternative to net income or cash flows as determined in accordance with IFRS.

A reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA is provided below:



13 weeks ended


26 weeks ended



June 25, 2016


June  27, 2015


June 25, 2016


June  27, 2015










Net loss

$

(441)

$

(72)

$

(1,047)

$

(148)

Interest and financing


70


71


97


248

Income taxes (recovery)


(157)


(6)


(311)


(38)

Depreciation of property and equipment


298


267


596


540

Amortization of intangible assets


102


74


205


151

EBITDA

$

(128)

$

334

$

(460)

$

753

 

 

SOURCE The Second Cup Ltd.

For further information: Barbara Mallon, Chief Financial Officer, (905) 362-1824 or investor@secondcup.com; For media inquiries: Adriana Lurz, Strategic Objectives, (647) 294-0293, alurz@strategicobjectives.com

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