MONCTON, NB, March 30 /CNW/ - PDM ROYALTIES INCOME FUND (the "Fund")
reported today its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2006.
Pizza Delight Corporation Ltd. (PDC) achieved same store sales growth of
2.8% for the fourth quarter of 2006 and same store sales growth (SSSG) of 1.5%
for the year.
Total revenues during the year were $10.7 million compared to
$8,1 million for 2005. Distributable cash for the year was $1.450 per basic
unit outstanding compared to actual distributions paid of $1.440 per unit. The
revenue increase was generated by a full year of royalty revenue from the
Scores restaurants compared to only a partial year in 2005 compounded with the
acquisition of the Baton Rouge Restaurants on December 13, 2006.
System sales for the 251 restaurants plus 16 Baton Rouge restaurants
added on December 13, 2006 (2005 - 224 plus 24 Scores restaurants added August
31, 2005) included in the royalty pool in 2006 increased to $284.5 million
compared to $227.3 million for 2005. The growth reflects a full year of
operations for Scores Restaurants versus a partial year in 2005 plus the
addition of the Baton Rouge Restaurants on December 13, 2006. For the year,
SSSG for Pizza Delight at 6.8%, Mikes was -6.0%, Scores was 15.7%, and Baton
Rouge (for 18 days) was 5.8%.
2006 was a record year for PDC in terms of sales and profits. The
addition of Scores in 2005 and Baton Rouge in 2006 has positioned PDC to
achieve another level of records in 2007.
In 2006, PDC completed significant brand research and evaluation of its
Pizza Delight and Mikes brands to better understand its positioning in the
market place. Based on the research, Pizza Delight has completed its design
process for a new concept and expects to open its prototype restaurant in
April 2007. The modified concept is an enhancement to its already well
received décor while providing several new products and styles of service in a
very inviting atmosphere. Mikes Restaurants are in the final stages of design
of its new concept that is intended to focus the brand towards its core
Italian offerings. Mikes Restaurants is concentrating on improving the quality
of the core menu items while streamlining its menu.
Management expects significant SSSG from renovations to these new
concepts in its current markets while the new concept will provide a solid
platform in the new markets where the Company plans to expand. The prototyping
and testing of these new concepts will be completed in 2007 with a roll out of
a renovation plan for existing restaurants to commence in 2008.
Having multiple brands enables the company to continue opening new
restaurants while the prototype is being completed. There were 5 Scores
restaurants opened in 2006. PDC expects to open 10 Scores restaurants and
5 Baton Rouge restaurants and renovate 10 restaurants in 2007.
The addition of Ron Magruder, a 36 year veteran of the restaurant
industry, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of PDC adds substantial
depth, knowledge and resources at the senior executive level. Ron will provide
positive guidance to all brands in their expansion into new markets as well as
providing increased direction and focus for each brand.
On January 1, 2007 the Fund acquired an additional six restaurants with
sales estimated at $12.3 million annually, less the closure of twelve
underperforming locations with annual sales of $7.5 million have been removed
from the Royalty Pool, resulting in an estimated net increase in Royalty Pool
Sales of $4.8 million annually. As a result of the contribution of the
additional sales to the Royalty Pool, PDC's Additional Entitlement is
equivalent to 259,366 Fund units, subject to final adjustment when actual
sales for the new restaurants are confirmed. These net new restaurants are
expected to generate an additional $414,000 in royalties. PDC now holds a
18.6% interest in the Fund.
Complete financial statements are available at www.sedar.com
The Fund is a limited purpose open-ended trust established under the laws
of Ontario. The Fund will make monthly distributions of its available cash to
holders of units. The Fund indirectly owns the trade marks and intellectual
property for the Pizza Delight, Mikes, Scores, and Baton Rouge brands and has
licensed them to PDC in consideration for a royalty equal to 4% of system
sales, and in the case of Scores and Baton Rouge, the royalty rate is 6%.
PDC is a privately owned corporation, headquartered in Moncton, New
Brunswick. It operates franchised and corporate restaurants under the brand
names Pizza Delight(R), Mikes(R), Scores(R), and Baton Rouge(R) restaurants.
Pizza Delight(R) operates primarily in Atlantic Canada, where it dominates the
family/mid-scale segment. Mikes(R) and Scores(R) restaurants operate primarily
in Quebec in the family and casual dining segments and the take-out and
delivery segments. Baton Rouge(R) operates in the Province of Quebec and
Ontario in the casual dining segment.
Or visit: www.pdmfund.ca, www.pizzadelight.ca, www.mikes.ca,
www.scores.ca, or www.batonrougerestaurants.com
For further information:
For further information: PDM Royalties Income Fund, William Lane, CMA,
Chief Financial Officer, (506) 853-0990, firstname.lastname@example.org