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Brick Brewing Reports Record Full-year EBITDA of $8.8M

KITCHENER, ON--(Marketwired - April 13, 2017) -

Fourth Quarter Highlights:

  • Net Revenue for the quarter increased to $10.5 million compared to $9.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016.
  • Gross profit margin for the quarter was 32.2%, an increase from 31.1% in prior year.
  • Selling, Marketing and Administration ("SM&A") of $2.3 million, compared to prior year at $1.7 million.
  • EBITDA* for the quarter was $1.8 million, compared to EBITDA* in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 of $1.6 million.
  • The Board of Directors re-affirmed the quarterly dividend, at $0.016/share, payable May 23, 2017 to shareholders of record as of May 9, 2017. The dividend is classified as an eligible dividend.

Full Year Highlights:

  • Net revenue increased to $45.2 million, from $37.6 million in the prior year.
  • Gross margin improved to 34.8% from 28.0% prior year.
  • Selling, Marketing and Administration ("SM&A") expenses increased to $9.2 million from $7.4 million, driven by increased investment in core brands.
  • EBITDA* improved to $8.8 million for the full year, up from $5.6 million in the prior year ($6.0 million excluding one-time costs).

Brick Brewing Co. Limited ("Brick" or the "Company") (TSXBRB), Ontario's largest Canadian-owned brewery, today released results for the fourth quarter and full year ended January 31, 2017. Brick posted record annual EBITDA of $8.8 million on net revenue of $45.2 million. EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $1.8 million.

"This past year was clearly an inflection point for Brick Brewing," noted George Croft, President and Chief Executive Officer. "The step up in performance we've been able to deliver for our shareholders has been significant. We have been able to drive double digit growth in volume, expand margins, while increasing our investment in both our brands and our facility. To be able to achieve these goals and still report step change growth in EBITDA is a testament to the quality of the team here at Brick Brewing."

Waterloo premium craft volume increased 15% in fiscal 2017, while Laker also posted gains of 15%. The initial year for LandShark Lager was a tremendous success, achieving volume in excess of 15,000 hectoliters. In addition, Brick reported 20% growth in contract manufacturing revenue for the year, the result of growth with both current and new customers.

Croft added, "While we're enormously pleased with the year we've just reported, there is now the same degree of urgency and commitment to continue to deliver in the year ahead. We have set out a plan that we fully expect will allow us to achieve another year of double-digit growth. Our Kitchener expansion project is well underway, and on track for completion this summer with expected full year recurring savings of $0.6 million. We have introduced a number of new products and packages, including Waterloo Citrus Radler and Margaritaville Classic Margarita, products that we are confident will resonate with our consumers. We are also excited about the upcoming packaging redesign on the core Waterloo brand, and believe it will be a key element in realizing our growth targets in the year ahead. All of these contribute to our confidence in our ability to deliver value and growth to our shareholders for the long term."

The following financial information should be read in conjunction with the audited annual financial statements of the Company prepared under IFRS for the year ended January 31, 2017.

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, 2017   January 31, 2016
Net income   $ 3,997   $ 1,594
Add (deduct):            
  Income tax expense     1,345     658
  Depreciation and amortization     2,876     2,983
  Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment     -     (206)
  Share-based payments     147     125
  Finance costs     478     479
Subtotal     4,846     4,039
EBITDA*     8,843     5,633
Years ended January 31, 2017 and 2016
    January 31, 2017   January 31, 2016
Revenue   $ 45,176,380   $ 37,609,568
Cost of sales     29,464,917     27,075,078
Gross profit     15,711,463     10,534,490
Selling, marketing and administration expenses     9,248,039     7,367,411
Other expenses     643,273     641,474
Finance costs     478,181     478,945
Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment     -     (205,912)
Income before tax     5,341,970     2,252,572
Income tax expense     1,345,158     658,392
Net income and comprehensive income for the year   $ 3,996,812   $ 1,594,180
Basic earnings per share   $ 0.11   $ 0.05
Diluted earnings per share   $ 0.11   $ 0.05
As at January 31, 2017 and 2016        
    January 31, 2017   January 31, 2016
  Non-current assets        
    Property, plant and equipment   $ 21,709,425   $ 21,986,070
    Intangible assets     15,499,186     15,375,392
    Construction deposits     2,462,328     -
    Deferred income tax assets     -     1,262,769
      39,670,939     38,624,231
  Current assets            
    Cash     2,831,959     393,645
    Accounts receivable     7,035,714     6,176,421
    Inventories     5,619,329     3,291,529
    Prepaid expenses     593,180     354,650
      16,080,182     10,216,245
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 55,751,121   $ 48,840,476
    Share capital     39,651,096     39,526,573
    Share-based payments reserves     943,565     932,201
    Deficit     (2,758,560)     (4,933,195)
  TOTAL EQUITY     37,836,101     35,525,579
  Non-current liabilities            
    Provisions     411,599     388,548
    Obligation under finance lease     3,781,855     4,523,152
    Long-term debt     2,498,580     1,548,584
    Deferred income tax liabilities     82,389     -
      6,774,423     6,460,284
  Current liabilities            
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities     9,655,405     4,908,722
    Current portion of obligation under finance lease     741,297     713,699
    Current portion of long-term debt     743,895     1,232,192
      11,140,597     6,854,613
TOTAL LIABILITIES     17,915,020     13,314,897
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY   $ 55,751,121   $ 48,840,476
Years ended January 31, 2017 and 2016        
    January 31, 2017   January 31, 2016
Operating activities        
    Net income   $ 3,996,812     $ 1,594,180  
    Adjustments for:                
      Income tax expense     1,345,158       658,392  
      Finance costs     478,181       478,945  
      Depreciation and amortization of property, plant and equipment and intangibles     2,875,958       2,983,271  
      Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment     -       (205,912 )
      Share-based payments     147,292       125,257  
      Change in non-cash working capital related to operations     1,320,659       689,069  
      Interest paid     (395,851 )     (441,196 )
Cash provided by operating activities     9,768,209       5,882,006  
Investing activities                
    Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (2,578,913 )     (2,806,182 )
    Construction deposit paid     (2,462,328 )     (936,595 )
    Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment, net     -       331,490  
    Purchase of intangible assets     (144,194 )     (281,545 )
Cash used in investing activities     (5,185,435 )     (3,692,832 )
Financing activities                
    Issuance of long-term debt     2,000,000       -  
    Repayment of long-term debt     (1,597,179 )     (1,507,957 )
    Repayment of obligation under finance lease     (713,699 )     (306,975 )
    Dividends paid     (1,822,177 )     (419,900 )
    Issuance of shares, net of fees     45,867       21,520  
    Shares repurchased and cancelled, including fees     (266,856 )     (384,602 )
    Proceeds from stock option exercise     209,584       207,409  
Cash used in financing activities     (2,144,460 )     (2,390,505 )
Net increase/(decrease) in cash     2,438,314       (201,331 )
Cash, beginning of year     393,645       594,976  
Cash, end of year   $ 2,831,959     $ 393,645  
Non-cash investing and financing activities:                
    Acquisition of assets under finance lease   $ -     $ 4,169,156  

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 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 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

Forward-Looking Statements

All statements in this press release that do not directly and exclusively relate to historical facts constitute forward-looking statements as of the date of this press release. 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 Corporation 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, which are not guarantees and 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 included in this press release are made only at the date of this press release and, except as required by applicable securities laws, the Corporation 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, 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.


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For further information:
Sean Byrne
Chief Financial Officer
(519) 742-2732 Ext. 132

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