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Press release from CNW Group

A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results12:40 EDT Tuesday, October 16, 2012Sales and royalty income up 3.7% for the quarter; 2.7% year to dateSame store sales for the quarter flat compared to the prior yearTRADING SYMBOL:  The Toronto Stock Exchange - AW.UNVANCOUVER, Oct. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - A&W Revenue Royalties Income Fund (the Fund) reported today results for the third quarter ended September 9, 2012. The Fund will hold a conference call to discuss the results on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time (4:00 p.m. Eastern Time).  The call can be accessed by dialling toll-free 1-800-814-4859 or (416) 644-3414.  A replay will be available until October 30, 2012, by dialling toll-free 1-877-289-8525 or (416) 640-1917 Passcode: 4569469#.Total sales reported by restaurants in the Royalty Pool increased by 3.7% to $202.1 million in the third quarter of 2012 compared to $194.9 million in the third quarter of 2011.  2012 year to date sales increased by 2.7% to $564.9 million compared to $549.9 million in 2011 year to date.  Royalty income was $6,064,000 for the quarter compared to $5,848,000 for the same quarter of 2011.  Year to date royalty income was $16,948,000 compared to $16,498,000 for 2011 year to date.  The increase in sales and royalty income resulted from the increase in the number of restaurants in the Royalty Pool from 715 to 737 in January 2012.Same store sales for the third quarter of 2012 were -0.2% as compared to the third quarter of 2011.  This was a notable improvement from the second quarter of 2012 where same store sales were -3.0% compared to the second quarter of 2011.  Year to date same store sales were -1.0% compared to 2011 year to date."The improvement in same store sales from the second quarter is a result of our responses to the current economic climate, especially in Ontario and BC, and our ongoing investment in key strategic initiatives," said Paul Hollands, President and CEO of A&W Food Services of Canada Inc. (A&W Food Services).  "We are committed to growing the business long-term and building market share, despite the unsteady economy.  In September we launched a new value-priced line of burgers called "Buddy Burgers" to significantly enhance our appeal to more price-conscious customers.""We are also pleased with the accelerating pace of new restaurant growth and expect that 29 new restaurants, less six closures, will be added to the royalty pool in January 2013.  We continue to make good progress on our reimaging program.  Since the launch of the reimage program in 2011, over 100 restaurants have been reimaged in our new design."Distributable cash of $4,434,000 was generated in the quarter compared to $4,488,000 in the same quarter of 2011.  Year to date distributable cash was $11,835,000 compared to $12,305,000 in 2011 year to date.  Distributable cash per equivalent unit is 34.0 cents per unit for the quarter compared to 35.7 cents per unit in the same quarter in 2011.  Year to date distributable cash per unit is 90.8 cents per unit compared to 97.7 cents in 2011 year to date. Distributable cash was impacted by income taxes which were 19.8 cents per unit in 2012 year to date compared to 12.9 cents per unit in 2011 year to date, an increase of 6.9 cents per unit.  New income tax rules for partnerships alter the timing of the tax, and in addition, there is no longer a tax loss carry forward available to Trade Marks in 2012, compared to a loss carry forward available in 2011 of $1,557,000. Total distributions of 35.1¢ per unit were declared in the quarter and 93.6¢ per unit year the date, the same as in 2011. The cumulative surplus of distributable cash at the end of the quarter was $2,275,000, compared to a cumulative surplus of $3,038,000 at the end of the same quarter of 2011.Financial Highlights           (dollars in thousands except per unit amounts)  12 week period ended Sep 9, 2012 12 weekperiod endedSep 11, 2011 Period from Jan 1, 2012 to Sep 9, 2012 Period fromJan 1, 2011 toSep 11, 2011Same store sales growth(1)  -0.2% 0.7% -1.0% 0.4%Number of restaurants in the Royalty Pool  737 715 737 715Sales reported by the restaurants in the Royalty Pool  $202,106 $194,901 $564,923 $549,918Royalty income  $6,064 $5,848 $16,948 $16,498General and administrative expenses  87 77 451 488Net third party interest expense  689 686 2,075 2,082Current income taxes  854 597 2,587 1,621Partnership distributions to Food Services  - -           - 2Total distributable cash generated for distributions and dividends(2)  $4,434 $4,488 $11,835 $12,305Distributable cashper equivalent unit (2012 - 13,041,278 units; 2011 - 12,588,605units) (2)(3)   $0.340 $0.357 $0.908 $0.977Distributions and dividends declared per equivalent unit  $0.351 $0.351 $0.936 $0.936The Fund's net income (4)  $4,170 $4,153 $11,277 $20,254The Fund's net income, excluding non-cash fair value adjustments and financial expensesrequired under IFRS (5)  $4,170 $4,153 $11,277 $11,375(1)  Same store sales growth is not an earnings measure recognized by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  This information is provided as it is a key driver of growth in the Fund.(2)  Distributable cash is not an earnings measure recognized by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  This information is provided as it identifies the amount of actual cash available to pay distributions to unitholders and dividends to Food Services.(3)  The number of equivalent units and distributable cash per equivalent unit in 2012 includes the 90,535 LP units exchangeable for 181,070 common shares of Trade Marks representing the remaining 20% of the consideration for the January 5, 2012 adjustment to the Royalty Pool which is held back until December 2012 when the actual annual sales are reported by the new restaurants.  The number of equivalent units in 2011 includes the 86,873 LP units exchanged for 173,746 common shares of Trade Marks representing the final consideration paid in December 2011 for the January 5, 2011 adjustment to the Royalty Pool.(4)  The Fund's net income in 2011 was impacted by non-cash changes in the fair value of the Fund units in accordance with IFRS.(5)  The Fund's net income excluding non-cash changes in the fair value of the Fund units and financing expenses as required under IFRS is presented for information purposes only.About the FundThe Fund is a limited purpose trust established to invest in Trade Marks, which through its interest in A&W Trade Marks Limited Partnership (the Partnership), owns the A&W trade-marks used in the A&W quick service restaurant business in Canada.  The A&W trade-marks comprise some of the best-known brand names in the Canadian foodservice industry.  In return for licensing A&W Food Services to use its trade-marks, Trade Marks (through the Partnership) receives royalties equal to 3% of the sales of A&W restaurants in the Royalty Pool.  A&W is the second largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain in Canada.  Operating coast-to-coast, A&W restaurants feature famous trade-marked menu items such as The Burger Family, Chubby Chicken and A&W Root Beer.The Royalty Pool is adjusted annually to reflect sales from new A&W restaurants, net of the sales of any A&W restaurants that have permanently closed.  Additional limited partnership units (LP units) are issued to A&W Food Services to reflect the annual adjustment.  A&W Food Services' additional LP units will be exchanged for additional shares of Trade Marks which are exchangeable for units of the Fund.  A&W Food Services owns 13.7% of the common shares of Trade Marks, and therefore owns the equivalent of 13.7% of the units of the Fund on a fully-diluted basis.Trade Marks' dividends to A&W Food Services and the Fund, and the Fund's distributions to unitholders are based on top-line revenues of the A&W restaurants in the Royalty Pool, less interest, general and administrative expenses and current income taxes of Trade Marks, and are thereby isolated from many of the factors that impact an operating business.Certain statements in this press release may contain forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws in Canada (forward-looking information). The words "anticipates", "believes", "budgets", "could", "estimates", "expects", "forecasts", "intends", "may", "might", "plans", "projects", "schedule", "should", "will", "would" and similar expressions are often intended to identify forward-looking information, although not all forward-looking information contains these identifying words.  The forward-looking information is based on assumptions that management considered reasonable at the time it was prepared.  The forward-looking information is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results anticipated by the forward-looking information.  The factors which could cause results to differ from current expectations are described in the Fund's most recent Management Discussion and Analysis under the heading "Risks and Uncertainties" and the Fund's Annual Information Form under the heading "Risk Factors", available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on the Fund's website at www.awincomefund.ca.Additional information relating to the Fund is available at www.sedar.com and www.awincomefund.ca.SOURCE: A&W Revenue Royalties Income FundFor further information: Don Leslie, Chief Financial Officer:  (604) 988-2141 or investorrelations@aw.ca