TRADING SYMBOL: The Toronto Stock Exchange - SWS.UN
VANCOUVER, May 7 /CNW/ - Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Income Fund
("the Fund") today reported financial results for the three months ended March
31, 2009. The three-month period represents the first quarter of its 2009
fiscal year. The Fund holds all of the outstanding securities of Swiss Water
Decaffeinated Coffee Company, Inc. ("SWDCC" or "the company") and its results
are dependent on the operating results of SWDCC.
(In $000's except per unit amounts) 3 Months Ended
Sales 7,304 8,149
Gross profit 1,457 2,247
EBITDA(1) 578 2,183
Net (loss) income (69) 1,649
Adjusted distributable cash(1) 825 2,154
Distributions Paid 1,502 1,502
Per Unit Amounts:
Net (loss) income per unit (0.010) 0.247
Adjusted distributable cash(1)
generated per unit 0.124 0.323
Distributions paid per unit 0.225 0.225
(1) EBITDA, adjusted distributable cash and adjusted distributable cash
per unit are non-GAAP financial measures that are defined in the
Management's Discussion and Analysis to be posted on SEDAR on or
before May 7, 2009.
During the first quarter of 2009, SWDCC's revenues totaled $7.3 million, a
decrease of $0.8 million, or 10%, from the same period last year. The
company's processing volumes were also down, falling by 25% compared to Q1
2008. In both cases, the declines were related to several factors, including:
- unusually strong Q1 2008 revenues and volumes, due to an order
backlog from Q4 2007;
- sharp increases in quality differential costs on coffee from certain
geographic regions. This temporarily delayed ordering activity, as
SWDCC's customers waited to see if the differential costs would
revert to normal levels; and
- a much weaker economic environment, which affected significant
segments of SWDCC's customer base.
More positively, sales orders from a key regional market were up by 40%
compared to the same period last year, following the targeted advertising and
promotional campaign SWDCC conducted in that market during the latter half of
2008. Disseminated by radio, in newspapers and online, the campaign was
created to better inform consumers about their ability to choose 100% chemical
free SWISS WATER(R) Process decaffeinated coffees, as opposed to coffees
decaffeinated with chemical solvents, including methylene chloride and ethyl
acetate. This strategy has proven successful, with demand for SWISS WATER(R)
Process decaffeinated coffees rising significantly within the initial target
SWDCC's first quarter revenues also benefited from more favourable
foreign exchange rates. During Q1 2009, approximately 75% of the company's
sales were generated in US dollars. As the US dollar was significantly
stronger during the first three months of 2009 than in the same period last
year, SWDCC realized higher foreign exchange on its US sales. This had a
positive impact on first quarter revenue.
Gross profit for the first quarter of 2009 totaled $1.5 million. This
represents a decrease of $0.8 million from the $2.2 million recorded during Q1
2008, with the decline due mainly to the drop in first quarter sales.
During the first quarter of 2009, SWDCC recorded a net loss of $0.1
million, compared to net income of $1.6 million for the same period last year.
EBITDA was also down, falling to $0.6 million from $2.2 million in Q1 2008.
In both cases, the decline was primarily related to the company's lower
quarterly sales, together with higher consumer promotion and advertising
expenses. Based on the success of its 2008 campaign, SWDCC extended its
marketing program into new and larger geographic markets during Q1 2009. While
the company will continue to invest in its advertising programs throughout
2009, a disproportionate amount of the campaign's annual costs were recorded
during the first quarter launch period.
Net income was also affected by changes in the unrealized losses recorded
on derivative instruments. SWDCC enters into commodity futures and foreign
exchange forward contracts to manage the impact of changes in commodity coffee
prices and US dollar exchange rates on its business. During the three months
ended March 31, 2009, the net effect of these contracts was a realized gain of
$0.4 million, which positively impacted distributable cash generated for the
quarter. The realized gain was offset by unrealized losses of $0.8 million,
resulting in a $0.4 million loss on the company's statement of income. During
Q1 2008, SWDCC recorded a realized gain of $0.1 million and an unrealized gain
of $19 thousand.
The Fund's monthly cash distributions have been maintained at $0.075 per
unit, or $0.90 per unit on an annualized basis, since March 2007. During the
three months ended March 31, 2009, the Fund generated adjusted distributable
cash of $0.8 million, and paid $1.5 million in distributions to unitholders.
The difference between distributable cashed generated and distributions paid
to unitholders was principally due to SWDCC's investment in advertising and
marketing programs, and was funded by borrowings against the Fund's credit
"Our results for the first quarter of 2009 were in line with our
expectations, given a seasonally weaker quarter and the fact that we launched
critical advertising and promotional programs in an important target market,"
said Frank Dennis, President and CEO of SWDCC and a Trustee of the Fund. "This
market is approximately three times larger than the regional marketplace we
focused on last year, and presents solid opportunities to significantly expand
our customer base. While executing this strategy represents a substantial
investment, we intend to maintain our 2009 cash distributions at current
levels, based on the expectation that we will be developing new business
through 2010 that will enable us to pay down our debt at that time."
A more detailed discussion of the Fund's financial results can be found
in its first quarter Management's Discussion and Analysis, which is to be
posted with the Fund's unaudited interim financial statements on SEDAR
(www.sedar.com) on or before May 7, 2009.
The Fund owns Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc., (SWDCC) a
premium green coffee decaffeinator located in Burnaby, British Columbia,
Canada. SWDCC decaffeinates customer-owned coffees, including organically
certified coffees, for a fee - its "toll" business; and also purchases
high-quality green coffees, decaffeinates them and markets them to the green
coffee trade - its "non-toll" business. The SWISS WATER(R) Process is a
proprietary 100% chemical free decaffeination process that does not use
methylene chloride or ethyl acetate. The SWISS WATER(R) Process is the world's
only consumer branded decaffeination process and the company supports the
brand through ongoing consumer research and focused consumer advertising.
For further information:
For further information: Sherry Tryssenaar, Chief Financial Officer,
Swiss Water Decaffeinated Coffee Company Inc., Phone: (604) 444-8780, Fax:
(604) 420-8711, Email: email@example.com, Website: