Richards Packaging Income Fund announces 2017 Second Quarter Results

TORONTO, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - Richards Packaging Income Fund (TSX: RPI.UN) (the "Fund") announced today results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017. 

Second quarter performance exceeded our outlook as total revenue increased 7.1% due to organic revenue growth and a U.S./Cdn. 3.3¢ weakening of the dollar to 74¢, also down from 76¢ in the first quarter.  Gross profit and EBITDA1 as a percent of sales was slightly ahead of the first quarter at 17.7% and 13.6% respectively.  EBITDA was up $1.0 million, or 9.9%, due to higher sales and the translation impact of Richards US.  Net income increased $4.1 million, or 37.7¢, with higher EBITDA and no repeat of contingent consideration associated with the Healthmark acquisition offset by higher mark-to-market loss on the exchangeable shares and higher income taxes.

The $2.9 million of free cash flow2 generated in the second quarter in addition to $4.7 million cash on hand at the end of the first quarter was used to invest $2.5 million in working capital and $0.2 million of expansion capital, pay $1.6 million of income tax payable from the first quarter and pay $3.0 million of term debt.  The Fund's leverage was reduced to 0.9x, from 1.0 at March 31, 2017.

The Fund paid monthly distributions of 11¢ per Unit during the second quarter, which represented an annualized yield of 4.4% on the June 30th closing price of $29.95 per Unit.  The payout ratio3 for the second quarter was 57% after an 18% increase in the monthly distribution rate from 9.35¢ per Unit.  We expect the payout ratio to increase as the Canadian dollar strengthens and interest rates rise towards the levels outlined in our Distribution Policy of the annual report4.

Details of the Fund's results are currently available on Richards Packaging's website at and on SEDAR at

About Richards Packaging Income Fund

The Fund owns Richards Packaging Inc. ("Richards Packaging"), the leading packaging distributor in Canada, and third largest in North America.  Richards Packaging is a full-service packaging distributor targeting small- and medium-sized North American businesses.  Richards Packaging has operated since 1912 and currently serves over 13,300 regional food, wine and spirits, cosmetic, specialty chemical, pharmaceutical and other companies from 18 locations throughout North America.


Management defines EBITDA as earnings before amortization, contingent consideration revaluation, financial expenses, unrealized losses and dividends on exchangeable shares, share of income - Vision and taxes.  EBITDA is the same as profit from operations as outlined in the annual financial statements after adding back amortization and contingent consideration revaluation.  Management believes that in addition to net income, EBITDA is a useful supplemental measure for investors of earnings available for distribution prior to debt service, capital expenditures and taxes.  Management uses this measure as a starting point in the determination of earnings available for distribution to unitholders and exchangeable shareholders.  In addition, EBITDA is intended to provide additional information on operating performance.    This earnings measure should not be construed as an alternative to net income or as an alternative to cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows.  EBITDA does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore the method of calculating EBITDA may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.


Management defines distributable cash flow, in accordance with Richards Packaging's credit agreement, as EBITDA less extraordinary items, interest, current income tax expense and maintenance capital expenditures.  Free cash flow is distributable cash flow less distributions.  The objective of presenting these measures is to calculate the amount which is available for distribution to Unitholders or exchangeable shareholders and to determine the amount available to fund increases in working capital or expansion capital.   Investors are cautioned that distributable cash flow should not be construed as an alternative to cash flow from operating, investing and financing activities as a measure of liquidity and cash flows.  Distributable cash flow does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS therefore the method of calculating distributable cash flow may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.


Management defines payout ratio as distributions and dividends declared over distributable cash flow2.  The objective of presenting this measure is to calculate the percentage of actual distributions in comparison to the amount available for distribution.  Payout ratio does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS. The method of calculating the payout ratio may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies.


This release contains certain forward looking information and statements within the meaning of applicable securities laws (collectively "Statements") regarding future growth potential, results of operations, performance and business prospects and opportunities of the Fund. The Statements are frequently identified by the use of such words as "will", "may", "could", "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "believe" and other similar terminology. These Statements reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to the management of Richards Packaging.  A number of factors could cause actual events or results to differ materially from those predicted, expressed or implied in the Statements.  Factors that could cause such differences include, among other things, changes in customer and supplier relationships, competition in the industry, inventory obsolescence, trade risks in respect to foreign suppliers and fluctuations in foreign exchange and interest rates.  Although the Statements contained in this release are based upon what management believes to be reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these Statements.  These Statements are made as of the date of this release and the Fund assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances.


SOURCE Richards Packaging Income Fund

For further information: Gerry Glynn, Chief Executive Officer, Richards Packaging Inc., (905) 670-7760,; Enzio Di Gennaro, Chief Financial Officer, Richards Packaging Inc., (905) 670-7760,

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