K-Bro Reports Outstanding Q1, 2013 Results


Q1, 2013 Financial Results

  • Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was $31.6 million, an increase of 4.9% over the comparable 2012 period.
  • EBITDA for the first quarter increased by $0.3 million or by 5.5% to $5.9 million compared to $5.6 million in Q1, 2012.
  • EBITDA margin remained stable on a quarter over quarter basis at 18.7% in Q1, 2013 compared to 18.6% in Q1, 2012.
  • Net earnings after taxes for the first quarter increased by $0.3 million to $2.8 million compared to $2.5 million in Q1, 2012.

EDMONTON, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - K-Bro Linen Inc. ("K-Bro" or the "Corporation") today announced revenue of $31.6 million and EBITDA of $5.9 million for the three-months ended March 31, 2013.  Net earnings after tax were $2.8 million, earnings of $0.39 per share, and distributable cash of $0.657 per diluted share for the quarter.

(thousands, except per share amounts For the three months ended March 31
and percentages) 2013 2012 $ Change % Change
Revenue  $ 31,647  $ 30,165 1,482 4.9%
Operating expenses   25,743   24,568 1,175 4.8%
EBITDA(1)   5,904   5,597 307 5.5%
EBITDA(1) as a % of revenue   18.7%   18.6% - 0.1%
Earnings before income taxes   3,807   3,177 630 19.8%
Income tax expense   1,045   708 337 47.6%
Net earnings   2,762   2,469 293 11.9%
Basic earnings per Share  $ 0.39  $ 0.36 0.03 8.3%
Diluted earnings per Share  $ 0.39  $ 0.35 0.04 11.4%
Total assets   99,452   92,529 6,923 7.5%
Long-term debt, end of year   5,162   4,000 1,162 29.1%
Cash provided by operating activities   9,180   6,768 2,412 35.6%
Net change in non-cash working capital items   4,049   1,774 2,275 131.8%
Share-based compensation expense (2)   320   502 (182) -32.7%
Maintenance capital expenditures   173   134 39 29.1%
Distributable cash flow(1)   4,638   4,358 280 6.4%
Dividends declared   2,028   1,927 101 5.2%
Payout ratio(1)   43.6%   44.2% - -0.6%
(1) Refer to the Terminology section for further details        
(2) Share-based compensation expenses have historically been excluded from the calculation of distributable cash flow.  Previously the share-based compensation was recorded as part of the net changes in non-cash working capital items, however the amount has been disclosed separately commencing in Q4, 2012.  The comparative figures for the periods presented have been restated to reflect this revised presentation.


In the first quarter of 2013, revenue was $31.6 million which was 4.9% higher than the $30.2 million generated in the comparable period in 2012. This year-over-year increase was due to a combination of additional volume from the Saskatoon Health Region and organic growth in other volumes and revenues. EBITDA increased from $5.6 million in Q1, 2012 to $5.9 million in Q1, 2013, from organic growth from our existing businesses.


"We are pleased with the excellent results for the quarter which are being driven by strong revenues from new and existing customers, and effective control of our cost structure," 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 an 11.9% year-over-year increase in net earnings.  Looking ahead, we are focused on completing and transitioning into our new Edmonton facility and growing the business in this geographic area with the expanded capacity.  We are excited about our future and confident in our ability to continue to provide value to our customers and our shareholders."


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 business.

        Three Months Ended
March 31,
(thousands)       2013 2012
      Net earnings $ 2,762 $ 2,469
    Income tax expense     1,045   708
    Interest expense and financial charges, net     123   84
    Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     1,423   1,534
    Amortization of intangible assets     551   673
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment     -   129
      EBITDA $ 5,904 $ 5,597


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 with IFRS.

    Three Months Ended
March 31,
(thousands)   2013 2012
  Cash provided by operating activities $ 9,180 $ 6,768
Net changes in non-cash working capital items     4,049   1,774
Share-based compensation expense     320   502
Maintenance capital expenditures     173   134
  Distributable cash flow $ 4,638 $ 4,358


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
March 31,
(thousands)   2013 2012
Cash dividends   2,028 1,927
Distributable cash   4,638 4,358
  Payout ratio 43.6% 44.2%


Figures expressed in percentages are calculated from amounts rounded in thousands of dollars.


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.




SOURCE: K-Bro Linen Inc.

For further information:

Linda McCurdy 
President & Chief Executive Officer   

Chris Burrows
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer

K-Bro Linen Inc.  (TSX: KBL)
Phone: 780.453.5218 
Email: inquiries@k-brolinen.com
Web: www.k-brolinen.com


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