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Brick Brewing Reports F2020 First Quarter EBITDA of $1.65M

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Net revenue increased 16% to $12.3 million from $10.6 million (excluding $3.6M one-time adjustments) in the prior year.
  • Selling, Marketing and Administration (SM&A) expenses were $2.07 million consistent with $2.12 million in the prior year.
  • EBITDA* increased 47% to $1.65 million, compared to $1.13 million prior year, excluding one-time adjustments.
  • The Board of Directors re-affirmed the quarterly dividend, $0.025/share, payable July 31, 2019 to shareholders of record as of July 17, 2019. The dividend is classified as an eligible dividend.

KITCHENER, Ontario, May 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Brick Brewing Co. Limited (“Brick” or the “Company”) (TSX: BRB), Ontario’s largest Canadian-owned brewery, today released financial results for the first quarter which ended April 28, 2019. Brick reported EBITDA of $1.65 million on net revenue of $12.3 million. The adoption of IFRS 16 (leases) enhanced EBITDA by $0.2 million in the first quarter.

George Croft, Brick President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “Our EBITDA results in the first quarter were strong, delivering both volume and top line growth. I am pleased with the premiumization of our portfolio and the continued success of our co-pack business. Our Waterloo family grew 11%, LandShark® and Margaritaville® brands grew 55%, and co-pack business grew 14% versus prior year. The overall beer category experienced softness driven by an unseasonably cold and wet spring which drove the Ontario industry volume lower by 2.2%.  Our Laker family was most impacted by both the industry volume softness and very aggressive pricing on National mainstream brands, declining 10% vs prior year.  We have adjusted our Laker business plans to address this trend and early indications are showing positive results with +1% volume growth in the last four weeks.”

“January 2019 saw us break ground on the 65,000 square foot expansion of our facilities.  The project is progressing well – both on time and on budget,” commented Russell Tabata, Brick’s Chief Operating Officer. “We expect our warehouse expansion, small batch brewhouse and taproom projects to be completed in September 2019 becoming a cornerstone of our future success.”

Croft added, “Our first quarter results signal a positive start to F2020. We are now entering our peak summer selling period and we are working hard to maintain our momentum. With the relaunch of our Laker can-in-case offer, our LandShark® promotions, and our Waterloo craft pricing strategy, we are positioned well for success. All of these contribute to our confidence in our ability to deliver value and growth to our shareholders in F2020 and for the long term.”

Brick’s board of directors has also approved a quarterly dividend of $0.025/share. The dividend is payable July 31, 2019 to shareholders of record as of July 17, 2019.

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Earnings Before Interest Taxes Depreciation and Amortization, and Share Based Payments (EBITDA)*
   Quarter ended 
(in thousands of dollars) April 28, 2019 1 April 29, 2018 2
Net loss $    (107 ) $ (1,851 )
Add (deduct):    
Income tax recovery     -     (737 )
Depreciation and amortization     1,434     1,010  
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment     (13 )   251  
Share-based payments     76     83  
Finance costs     264     77  
Subtotal     1,761     684  
EBITDA *     1,654     (1,167 )
  1. As a result of the adoption of IFRS 16 effective February 1, 2019, EBITDA* increased by approximately $0.2 million, depreciation and amortization increased by $0.2 million, and finance costs increased by $0.1 million.
  2. As a result of a one-time adjustment during the quarter ended April 29, 2018 associated with TBS’ change to a consignment basis, net income decreased by $1.6 million and EBITDA* decreased by $2.2 million. 
   Quarter ended 
   April 28, 2019  April 29, 2018
Revenue $    12,342,879   $ 7,011,987  
Cost of sales     9,735,693     6,911,118  
Gross profit     2,607,186     100,869  
Selling, marketing and administration expenses     2,073,214     2,117,937  
Other expenses     390,188     242,587  
Finance costs     263,793     76,587  
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment     (13,080 )   251,405  
Loss before tax     (106,929 )   (2,587,647 )
Income tax recovery     -      (736,500 )
Net loss and comprehensive
  loss for the quarter
$    (106,929 ) $ (1,851,147 )
Basic loss per share $    -    $ (0.05 )
Diluted loss per share $    -    $ (0.05 )


  April 28, 2019 January 31, 2019
Current assets    
Accounts receivable $    6,691,666   $ 4,851,774  
Inventories     9,014,750     10,316,767  
Prepaid expenses     1,069,579     562,756  
      16,775,995     15,731,297  
Non-current assets    
Property, plant and equipment     27,730,062     24,645,925  
Right-of-use assets     17,300,177     4,747,572  
Intangible assets     15,318,842     15,253,736  
Construction deposits     79,457     1,386,464  
      60,428,538     46,033,697  
TOTAL ASSETS $    77,204,533   $ 61,764,994  
Current liabilities    
Bank indebtedness $    945,897   $ 1,887,253  
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     11,934,921     7,303,233  
Current portion of lease liabilities     1,216,170     799,736  
Current portion of long-term debt     1,874,098     1,859,922  
      15,971,086     11,850,144  
Non-current liabilities    
Provisions     560,211     553,535  
Lease liabilities     14,286,313     2,212,157  
Long-term debt     7,974,713     8,420,927  
Deferred income tax liability     1,671,576     1,671,576  
      24,492,813     12,858,195  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     40,463,899     24,708,339  
Share capital     39,760,815     40,001,097  
Share-based payments reserves     1,356,340     1,325,150  
Deficit     (4,376,521 )   (4,269,592 )
TOTAL EQUITY     36,740,634     37,056,655  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY $    77,204,533   $ 61,764,994  


   Quarter ended 
   April 28, 2019  April 29, 2018
Operating activities    
Net loss $    (106,929 ) $ (1,851,147 )
Adjustments for:    
Income tax recovery     -     (736,500 )
Finance costs     263,793     76,587  
Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and 
  equipment, right-of-use assets and intangibles
    1,433,815     1,010,085  
Loss (gain) on disposal of property, plant and equipment     (13,080 )   251,405  
Share-based payments     76,524     82,667  
Change in non-cash working capital related to operations     3,622,806     3,556,941  
Interest paid     (290,179 )   (116,429 )
Cash provided by operating activities     4,986,750     2,273,609  
Investing activities    
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (2,836,254 )   (1,842,879 )
Construction deposit paid     (79,457 )   (1,462,539 )
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment, net     13,080     280,000  
Purchase of intangible assets     (113,841 )   (4,479 )
Cash used in investing activities     (3,016,472 )   (3,029,897 )
Financing activities    
Increase (decrease) in bank indebtedness     (941,357 )   1,298,438  
Repayment of long-term debt     (434,795 )   (333,879 )
Repayment of lease liabilities     (308,510 )   (189,761 )
Issuance of shares, net of fees     1,480     -  
Shares repurchased and cancelled, including fees     (289,676 )   -  
Stock option costs     -     (18,510 )
Proceeds from stock option exercise     2,580     -  
Cash generated from financing activities     (1,970,278 )   756,288  
Net increase/(decrease) in cash     -     -  
Cash, beginning of year     -     -  
Cash, end of year $    -   $ -  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:    
Acquisition of assets under lease $    1,450,509   $ -  

About Brick Brewing

Brick is Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery. The Company is a regional brewer of award-winning premium quality and value beers and is officially certified under the Global Food Safety Standard, one of the highest and most internationally recognized standards for safe food production. Founded in 1984, Brick 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 premium craft beers with the popular Laker brand.  In 2011, Brick purchased the Canadian rights to Seagram Coolers and in 2015, secured the exclusive Canadian rights to both LandShark and Margaritaville. In addition, Brick utilizes its leading-edge brewing, blending and packaging capabilities to provide an extensive array of contract manufacturing services in beer, coolers and ciders. Brick trades on the TSX under the symbol BRB. Visit us at

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* 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, gain on disposal of property, plant, and equipment, 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.

Contact Information
For further information:
David J. Birch, Chief Financial Officer
(519) 742-2732 Ext. 106

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