Brick Brewing Momentum and Performance Continues Resulting in Record EBITDA


KITCHENER, ON, April 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Brick Brewing Co. Limited ("Brick Brewing" or the "Company"), the largest Canadian owned and Canadian based publicly held brewery in Ontario, today released its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2013. The Company achieved a record annual EBITDA of $4.49 million on revenue of $35.8 million. This strong financial performance is the product of a stable base business on the Laker family of value beers bolstered by the double-digit growth of Waterloo Brewing Co. and Seagram.  Success securing co-packaging agreements with other beverage alcohol manufacturers continued to leverage our available operating resources and improved the profitability of the overall business.

"We work hard at running a great company." said Russell Tabata, Chief Operating Officer. "Brick Brewing is the only regional brewer in Canada to be certified under the Global Food Safety Initiative, the highest standard of food safety in the world. We recently invested in a state-of-the-art canning line that will only improve productivity and quality further still. Last year we introduced a craft brewing division, Waterloo Brewing Co., and a family of refreshing, spring water coolers and pure apple cider under the Seagram brand. Our brewing team introduced an impressive wave of new products to the Ontario market in an incredibly short period of time."

"A stable Laker business, three new co-packaging agreements, Waterloo Brewing Co. volume up 30% on the year and Seagram up 14% demonstrate that the strategic choices we've made are working" offered George Croft, President and CEO. "Waterloo Brewing Co. and Seagram are high growth, high profit businesses that hold tremendous promise for our road ahead and are the focus of our growth efforts. What makes these financial and market achievements all the more significant is that they have been achieved despite difficult industry conditions. Brick Brewing continues to deliver outstanding results" added Croft."

Financial highlights are as follows:

  • Net revenues for the fourth quarter and year end of fiscal 2013 were $8.1 million and $35.8 million respectively compared to $7.3 million and $34.1 million respectively in the fourth quarter and year end of fiscal 2012.
  • Gross profit percentage for fiscal 2013 increased from 23.4% to 25.4%.
  • EBITDA* for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2013 was $0.9 million and $4.9M respectively, before bonus compensation of $0.4 million.  EBITDA* for the fourth quarter and year ended January 31, 2012 was $0.6 million and $3.9M respectively.  There was no bonus compensation in the year ended January 31, 2012.

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,
and Share Based Payments (EBITDA)*
   Fiscal year ended 
(in thousands of dollars) January 31, 2013 January 31, 2012
Net income  $                  729  $                   657
  Income tax expense 361 16
  Depreciation and amortization 2,593 2,400
  Share-based payments 168 41
  Finance costs 637 744
Subtotal 3,759 3,201
EBITDA* (1) 4,488 3,858
(1)  The Company's EBITDA for fiscal 2013 reflects a provision for bonus compensation of $0.4 million. 
       There was no provision in fiscal 2012.


Years ended January 31, 2013 and 2012

   January 31, 2013   January 31, 2012
Net revenue  $     35,769,967  $      34,077,705
Cost of sales 26,674,244 26,091,149
Gross profit 9,095,723 7,986,556
Selling, marketing and administration expenses 6,971,418 6,078,003
Other expenses 397,693 492,142
Finance costs 636,579 743,823
Income before tax 1,090,033 672,588
Income tax expense 361,000 16,000
Net income 729,033 656,588
Total comprehensive income for the year  $          729,033  $           656,588
Basic earnings per share  $                0.03  $                 0.02
Diluted earnings per share  $                0.02  $                 0.02


As at January 31, 2013, and 2012

January 31, 2013
January 31, 2012
  Non-current assets    
    Property, plant and equipment  $     19,109,603  $     17,753,175
    Intangible assets 14,259,612 13,829,158
    Other assets 25,000 35,000
    Deferred income tax assets 2,533,925 2,857,000
  35,928,140 34,474,333
  Current assets    
    Accounts receivable 5,187,785 4,585,333
    Inventories 4,013,375 3,961,542
    Prepaid expenses 296,180 299,919
  9,497,340 8,846,794
TOTAL ASSETS 45,425,480 43,321,127
    Share capital 35,895,873 34,653,027
    Share-based payments reserves 1,092,414 969,893
    Deficit (7,395,743) (8,124,776)
  TOTAL EQUITY 29,592,544 27,498,144
  Non-current liabilities    
    Provisions 326,646 181,898
    Long-term debt and promissory note 6,078,719 5,890,379
  6,405,365 6,072,277
  Current liabilities    
    Bank indebtedness 2,310,809 1,999,482
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 5,461,292 6,245,305
    Current portion of long-term debt and promissory note 1,655,470 1,481,269
    Current portion of obligations under finance leases - 24,650
  9,427,571 9,750,706
TOTAL LIABILITIES 15,832,936 15,822,983
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY  $     45,425,480  $     43,321,127


Years ended January 31, 2013 and 2012

   January 31, 2013  January 31, 2012
Operating activities    
  Net income  $            729,033  $            656,588
  Adjustments for:    
    Income tax expense 361,000 16,000
    Finance costs 636,579 743,823
    Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and
   equipment and intangibles
2,570,596 2,365,974
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment 22,660 34,549
    Share-based payments 167,646 41,430
    Change in non-cash working capital related to operations (1,378,726) 1,135,076
    Interest paid (581,843) (550,136)
Cash provided by operating activities 2,526,945 4,443,304
Investing activities    
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment (3,917,277) (1,780,012)
  Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 5,260 36,000
  Purchase of intangible assets (468,121) (5,404,637)
Cash used in investing activities (4,380,138) (7,148,649)
Financing activities    
  Increase in bank indebtedness 297,709 1,627,939
  Decrease in obligations under finance leases (24,650) (162,439)
  Issuance of long-term debt 1,834,938 6,220,000
  Repayment of mortgage payable - Roynat Inc. - (3,680,037)
  Payment of financing costs (12,721) (190,757)
  Repayment of long-term debt (1,439,804) (1,158,860)
  Issuance of shares, net of fees 16,938 28,499
  Proceeds from warrants, net 1,180,783 -
  Stock options exercised - 21,000
Cash provided by financing activities 1,853,193 2,705,345
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, 2013 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 and now produces, sells, markets and distributes Seagram Coolers across Canada.  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 24, 2013 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, 2014 ("fiscal 2014") 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 24, 2013 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, and share-based payments. 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.


SOURCE: Brick Brewing Co. Limited

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