Brick Brewing reports fiscal 2012 annual results, including EBITDA* of $3.8 million


KITCHENER, ON, April 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Brick Brewing Co. Limited ("Brick" or the "Company") (TSX: BRB), Ontario's largest Canadian-owned and Canadian-based publicly held brewery, today released its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2012.

"A rigorous attention to the management of our costs, and the extraordinary daily effort of our entire staff to make our operation as productive as possible, produced tremendous results in the past fiscal year and will be invaluable assets for the growth of our business" declared George Croft, President and CEO. "Today, because of the concerted and collective effort of our team here at Brick Brewing, we've established a record of sustained profitability and volume growth."

"Growth of our beer brands of 11.9% outpaced the industry which declined by 2%" continued Mr. Croft. "Our beer business is enjoying great momentum having outperformed the industry for the last seven quarters. The Laker family has been our main growth engine through this period and, bolstered by even greater promotional support in this upcoming year, is poised to gain further momentum."

Several important strategies were introduced in 2012 that have produced, and will continue to produce, strong results for the business:

          Cost conscience culture - we have established a culture that constantly seeks out opportunities to save the Company money and we plan to deliver $500 thousand in improved operating performance and $500 thousand in procurement related cost savings in fiscal 2013.
          Re-establish craft brewing leadership - Brick Brewing was the original Ontario craft brewer. A renewed focus on our premium Waterloo Brewing Co. family of craft beers will take advantage of shifting consumer preferences and strengthen our company's overall profit position.
          Opportunistic volume growth - significant, focused promotion of Laker beers will continue to make it the best beer news in Ontario for those consumers looking for great value. A transformation of the Seagram trademark we purchased in March of last year reversed significant decline and is now growing versus the prior year in the all-important Ontario market. The growth is driven by extraordinary retail execution and the launch of several great new products including: Seagram 2012, Seagram Cider, Seagram Iced Lemon Tea and Seagram Still Lemonade.

"Our greatest accomplishment, however, is our resilience and unwavering commitment to deliver results. Though the beer market may be experiencing per capita consumption declines, though input cost pressures continue to rise and though we lost funding from the Ontario Craft Brewers Opportunity Fund, we grew the business by earning the purchases and loyalties of more consumers. Those are the results that measure the character of our Company, as much as they contribute to a healthier bottom line."

Financial highlights are as follows:

  • Net revenues for the fourth quarter and year end of fiscal 2012 were $7.3 million and $34.1 million respectively compared to $6.9 million and $30.1 million respectively in the fourth quarter and year end of fiscal 2011.

  • Gross profit percentage for fiscal 2012 increased from 23.2% to 23.4%.

  • EBITDA* for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2012 was $0.6 million and $3.8M respectively.  EBITDA* for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2011 was $0.4 million and $4.3M respectively.  Year end January 31, 2011 results include support from the Ontario Craft Brewers Opportunity Fund which the Company no longer received during the year ended January 31, 2012. The incentive was equal to $1.2 million on a year-to-date basis in the previous fiscal period.

On February 1, 2011, the Company adopted International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") for Canadian publicly accountable enterprises.  Prior to the adoption of IFRS, the Company followed Canadian Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").  While IFRS has many similarities to Canadian GAAP, some of the Company's accounting policies have changed as a result of its transition to IFRS.  The most significant accounting policy changes that have had an impact on the results of operations are discussed within the applicable sections of the Company's annual Management Discussion & Analysis ("MD&A") and annual Financial Statements filed on SEDAR.

The following financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited annual financial statements of the Company prepared under IFRS.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA)*
   Fiscal year ended
(in thousands of dollars) January 31, 2012 January 31, 2011
Net income  $ 657  $ 2,744
  Income tax expense/(recovery)   16   (1,273)
  Depreciation and amortization   2,366   2,541
  Finance costs   744   307
Subtotal   3,126   1,575
EBITDA*   3,783   4,319


Years ended January 31, 2012 and 2011

     January 31, 2012     January 31, 2011 
Revenue   $ 34,077,705   $ 30,105,521
Cost of sales     26,091,149     23,110,090
Gross profit     7,986,556     6,995,431
Selling, marketing and administration expenses     6,078,003     4,887,123
Other expenses     492,142     331,159
Finance costs     743,823     306,238
Income before tax     672,588     1,470,911
Income tax expense/(recovery)     16,000     (1,273,000)
Net income     656,588     2,743,911
Total comprehensive income for the period   $ 656,588   $ 2,743,911
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.02   $ 0.10
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.02   $ 0.09


As at January 31, 2012, January 31, 2011 and February 1, 2010

    January 31, 2012  January 31, 2011  Date of Transition
February 1, 2010 
  Non-current assets              
    Property, plant and equipment   $ 17,753,175 $ 18,372,020 $ 17,637,515
    Intangible assets     13,829,158   6,062,187   5,731,954
    Other assets     35,000   45,000   188,871
    Deferred income tax assets     2,857,000   2,873,000   1,600,000
      34,474,333   27,352,207   25,158,340
Current assets              
    Accounts receivable     4,585,333   4,519,591   2,357,069
    Inventories     3,961,542   3,885,240   3,470,263
    Prepaid expenses     299,919   321,899   412,351
      8,846,794   8,726,730   6,239,683
TOTAL ASSETS     43,321,127   36,078,937   31,398,023
    Share capital     34,653,027   34,598,668   34,678,264
    Share-based payments reserves     969,893   933,323   845,113
    Deficit     (8,124,776)   (8,781,364)   (11,525,275)
  TOTAL EQUITY     27,498,144   26,750,627   23,998,102
  Non-current liabilities              
    Provisions     181,898   170,908   160,581
    Long-term debt and promissory note     5,890,379   3,026,731   1,158,395
    Obligations under finance leases     -   24,650   138,106
      6,072,277   3,222,289   1,457,082
  Current liabilities              
    Bank indebtedness     1,999,482   371,543   1,792,406
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     6,245,305   4,948,039   3,187,915
    Current portion of long-term debt and promissory note     1,481,269   624,000   816,100
    Current portion of obligations under finance leases     24,650   162,439   146,418
      9,750,706   6,106,021   5,942,839
TOTAL LIABILITIES     15,822,983   9,328,310   7,399,921
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 43,321,127 $ 36,078,937 $ 31,398,023


Years ended January 31, 2012 and 2011

     January 31, 2012   January 31, 2011 
Operating activities          
  Net income    $ 656,588  $ 2,743,911
  Adjustments for:          
    Income tax expense/(recovery)     16,000   (1,273,000)
    Finance costs     743,823   306,238
    Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and
equipment and intangibles
    2,365,974   2,540,632
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment     34,549   186,461
    Impairment of intangible assets     -   50,000
    Share-based payments     41,430   88,210
    Change in non-cash working capital related to operations     1,135,076   (696,977)
    Interest paid     (550,136)   (181,986)
Cash provided by operating activities     4,443,304   3,763,489
Investing activities          
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (1,780,012)   (3,425,460)
  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment     36,000   -
  Purchase of intangible assets     (5,404,637)   (416,371)
Cash used in investing activities     (7,148,649)   (3,841,831)
Financing activities          
  Increase/(decrease) in bank indebtedness     1,627,939   (1,420,863)
  Decrease in obligations under finance leases     (162,439)   (97,435)
  Issuance of long-term debt     6,220,000   1,715,284
  Repayment of mortgage payable - Roynat Inc.     (3,680,037)   -
  Payment of financing costs     (190,757)   -
  Repayment of long-term debt     (1,158,860)   (39,048)
  Change in share capital, net of fees     28,499   (80,296)
  Stock options exercised     21,000   700
Cash provided by financing activities     2,705,345   78,342
Net increase/(decrease) in cash     -   -
Cash, beginning of year     -   -
Cash, end of year     -   -
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 year ended January 31, 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 the Seagram Coolers brand which it has now relaunched as Seagram Blends. 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 April 25, 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 April 25, 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.



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