Brick Brewing announces second quarter results, including EBITDA* of $2.3 million

KITCHENER, ON, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Brick Brewing Co. Limited ("Brick" or the "Company") (TSX: BRB), the largest Canadian-owned brewery in Ontario, today released its financial results for the second quarter ended July 29, 2012 for its fiscal year 2013.

"In the second quarter we achieved a combination of increased revenue and further cost reduction, which translated into EBITDA* growth of 25%.  On a year-to-date basis, EBITDA* has improved by 44%," said George Croft, President and CEO.

"Brick beer brands declined by 4.7% during the quarter in comparison to an industry decline of 1.5%", continued Mr. Croft. "Overall price increases coupled with growth of the Waterloo and Seagram premium brands, contributed to a net revenue improvement of 7.3%."

"The Company experienced demand for canned product in excess of production capacity in the second quarter.  We estimate that total sales volume would have been 3% higher without this production constraint.  Our can line project will address this shortfall and is expected to be fully commissioned in Q1 of fiscal 2014", noted Mr. Croft.

"We have realized $0.6 million of operating cost reductions so far in fiscal 2013 and expect to deliver our full year commitment of $1 million.  Our team is committed to constantly improving cost per unit, despite commodity price pressures," said Mr. Croft.

Financial highlights are as follows:

  • Net revenues for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 were $11.5 million compared to $10.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • Gross profit percentage for the quarter increased to 33.2% from 27.7% in the prior year comparable quarter.
  • EBITDA* for the second quarter ended July 29, 2012 was $2.3 million compared to EBITDA* in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 of $1.8 million.

The following financial information should be read in conjunction with the audited annual financial statements of the Company prepared under IFRS for the year ended January 31, 2012.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)*

              Quarter ended     Fiscal year-to-date ended 
(in thousands of dollars)             July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011       July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011
Net income           $ 1,112     $ 803     $ 1,454     $ 669
  Income tax expense             391       250       516       193
  Depreciation and amortization             640       607       1,263       1,225
  Finance costs             162       186       275       349
Subtotal             1,193       1,043       2,054       1,767
EBITDA*             2,305       1,846       3,508       2,436


For the periods ended July 29, 2012 and July 31, 2011
(Not audited or reviewed by the Company's external auditor)

        Quarter ended     Fiscal year-to-date ended
          July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011       July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011
Revenue       $ 11,486,863     $ 10,706,289     $ 20,112,826     $ 18,838,892
Cost of sales         7,676,398       7,738,855       14,079,137       14,189,320
Gross profit         3,810,465       2,967,434       6,033,689       4,649,572
Selling, marketing and administration expenses         2,026,031       1,636,287       3,574,016       3,201,012
Other expenses         119,281       91,708       214,851       237,403
Finance costs         162,280       186,157       274,925       349,154
Income before tax         1,502,873       1,053,282       1,969,897       862,003
Income tax expense         390,457       250,000       515,957       193,000
Net income and comprehensive income
 for the period
      $ 1,112,416     $ 803,282     $ 1,453,940     $ 669,003
Basic earnings per share       $ 0.04     $ 0.03     $ 0.05     $ 0.02
Diluted earnings per share       $ 0.04     $ 0.03     $ 0.05     $ 0.02

As at July 29, 2012 and January 31, 2012
(Not audited or reviewed by the Company's external auditor)

            July 29, 2012       January 31, 2012
  Non-current assets                    
    Property, plant and equipment       $   17,674,432     $ 17,753,175
    Intangible assets           14,064,264       13,829,158
    Other assets           254,190       35,000
    Deferred income tax assets           2,344,000       2,857,000
            34,336,886       34,474,333
  Current assets                    
    Accounts receivable           7,667,027       4,585,333
    Inventories           4,743,144       3,961,542
    Prepaid expenses           386,771       299,919
            12,796,942       8,846,794
TOTAL ASSETS           47,133,828       43,321,127
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                    
    Share capital           34,655,402       34,653,027
    Share-based payments reserves           1,044,144       969,893
    Deficit           (6,670,836)       (8,124,776)
TOTAL EQUITY           29,028,710       27,498,144
  Non-current liabilities                    
    Provisions           187,747       181,898
    Long-term debt and promissory note           5,478,962       5,890,379
                5,666,709       6,072,277
  Current liabilities                    
    Bank indebtedness           2,716,037       1,999,482
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities           8,250,963       6,245,305
    Current portion of long-term debt and promissory note           1,456,991       1,481,269
    Obligations under finance leases           14,418       24,650
            12,438,409       9,750,706
TOTAL LIABILITIES           18,105,118       15,822,983
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY       $   47,133,828     $ 43,321,127

For the periods ended July 29, 2012 and July 31, 2011
(Not audited or reviewed by the Company's external auditor)

        Quarter ended     Fiscal year-to-date ended
          July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011       July 29, 2012       July 31, 2011
Operating activities                                  
  Net income       $ 1,112,416     $ 803,282     $ 1,453,940     $ 669,003
  Adjustments for:                                  
    Income tax expense         390,457       250,000       515,957       193,000
    Finance costs         162,280       186,157       274,925       349,154
    Depreciation and amortization of property, plant
and equipment and intangibles
        639,858       607,182       1,262,476       1,224,795
    Share-based payments         68,864       9,912       74,251       22,608
    Change in non-cash working capital related
to operations
        (1,259,741)       39,596       (2,220,117)       295,195
    Interest paid         (120,919)       (162,203)       (234,004)       (207,459)
Cash provided by operating activities         993,215       1,733,926       1,127,428       2,546,296
Investing activities                                  
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment         (351,100)       (522,247)       (1,164,901)       (1,046,668)
    Purchase of intangible assets         (168,774)       (170,011)       (253,938)       (5,395,624)
Cash used in investing activities         (519,874)       (692,258)       (1,418,839)       (6,442,292)
Financing activities                                  
  Increase/(decrease) in bank indebtedness         (257,796)       (846,054)       716,555       2,279,447
  Decrease in obligations under finance leases         (6,146)       (6,073)       (10,232)       (150,233)
  Issuance of long-term debt         -       -       -       5,800,000
  Repayment of mortgage payable - Roynat Inc.         -       -       -       (3,680,037)
  Payment of financing costs         -       -       -       (184,640)
  Repayment of long-term debt         (209,399)       (189,541)       (417,287)       (189,541)
  Change in share capital         -       -       2,375       -
  Stock options exercised         -       -       -       21,000
Cash provided by/(used in) financing activities         (473,341)       (1,041,668)       291,411       3,895,996
Net increase/(decrease) in cash         -       -       -       -
Cash, beginning of period         -       -       -       -
Cash, end of period       $ -     $ -     $ -     $ -
Non-cash investing and financing activities:                                  
    Acquisition of intangible assets satisfied by the
issuance of a promissory note payable 
      $ -     $ -     $ -     $ 2,400,000

Additional Information

For further details the Company's complete management discussion and analysis (MD&A) and financial statements for the quarter ended July 29, 2012 will be available on the investor section of the Brick Brewing website at This and additional information relating to the Company, including its Annual Information Form, is or will be available on the Company's website and on SEDAR at

About Brick Brewing

Brick is Ontario's largest Canadian-owned and Canadian-based publicly held brewery. The Company is a regional brewer of award-winning premium quality and value beers and is officially certified under British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards for Food Safety, one of the highest and most internationally recognized standards for safe food production. Founded in 1984, Brick Brewing Co. was the first craft brewery to start up in Ontario, and is credited with pioneering the present day craft brewing renaissance in Canada. Brick has complemented its Waterloo brand premium craft beers with other popular brands such as Laker, Red Baron, Red Cap and Formosa Springs Draft.  In March 2011, Brick purchased the Canadian rights to Seagram Coolers and now produces, sells, markets and distributes Seagram Coolers across Canada.  Brick trades on the TSX under the symbol BRB. Visit us at

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained herein, the discussion in this press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, such as statements of the Company's plans, objectives, strategies, expectations and intentions and include, for example, the statements concerning expected volumes, operating efficiencies and costs.  Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "anticipate", "seek", "plan", "believe" or "continue" or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar terminology.  Although the Company believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements are not guarantees and reflect the Company's views as of September 11, 2012 with respect to future events.  Future events are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, which may cause actual performance and financial results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements, including the statements regarding expected volumes, operating efficiencies and costs are based on, among other things, the following material factors and assumptions: sales volumes in the fiscal year ending January 31, 2013 ("fiscal 2013") will increase; no material changes in consumer preferences; brewing, blending, and packaging efficiencies will improve; the cost of input materials for brewing and blending will increase; the cost of packaging materials will decrease; competitive activity from other manufacturers will continue; no material change to the regulatory environment in which the Company operates and no material supply, cost or quality control issues with vendors.   Readers are urged to consider the foregoing factors and assumptions when reading the forward-looking statements and, for more information regarding the risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause the Company's actual financial results to differ from the forward-looking statements, to also refer to the remainder of the discussion in this press release, the Company's annual information form and various other public filings as and when released by the Company.  The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of September 11, 2012 and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Company does not undertake to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

* EBITDA is a non-IFRS earnings measure, therefore it does not have any standardized meaning prescribed by International Financial Reporting Standards  and may not be similar to measures presented by other companies. EBITDA represents earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. Management uses this measurement to evaluate the operating results of the Company. This measure is also important to management since it is used by the Company's lenders to evaluate the ongoing cash generating capability of the Company and therefore the amounts those lenders are willing to lend to the Company. Investors find EBITDA to be useful information because it provides a measure of the Company's operating performance. 



SOURCE: Brick Brewing Co. Limited

For further information:

George Croft, President and CEO, Tel: (519) 742-2732 Ext.147; E-mail:

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