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K-Bro Reports Q1, 2014 Results

Thursday, May 08, 2014

K-Bro Reports Q1, 2014 Results

21:00 EDT Thursday, May 08, 2014

(TSX: KBL)

Q1, 2014 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was $32.3 million, an increase of 2.0% over the comparable 2013 period.

  • EBITDA for the first quarter decreased by $0.6 million or by 10.5% to $5.3 million compared to $5.9 million in Q1, 2013.

  • EBITDA margin decreased on a quarter over quarter basis to 16.4% in Q1, 2014 compared to 18.7% in Q1, 2013.

  • Net earnings after taxes for the first quarter decreased by $0.7 million to $2.0 million compared to $2.7 million in Q1, 2013.
             
(thousands, except per share amounts   For the three months ended March 31
and percentages)   2014   2013 $ Change   % Change
               
Revenue $   32,271  $    31,647 624   2.0%
Operating expenses   26,984   25,743 1,241   4.8%
EBITDA(1)   5,287   5,904 (617)   -10.5%
EBITDA(1) as a % of revenue   16.4%   18.7% -   -2.3%
Earnings before income taxes   2,896   3,807 (911)   -23.9%
Income tax expense   865   1,045 (180)   -17.2%
Net earnings   2,031   2,762 (731)   -26.5%
Basic earnings per Share $   0.29  $    0.39 (0.10)   -25.6%
Diluted earnings per Share $   0.29     0.39 (0.10)   -25.6%
               
Total assets   113,824   99,452 14,372   14.5%
Long-term debt, end of year   18,609   5,162 13,447   260.5%
               
Cash provided by operating activities   4,016   9,180 (5,164)   -56.3%
Net change in non-cash working capital items   (1,087)   4,049 (5,136)   -123.2%
Share-based compensation expense (1)   372   320 52   19.9%
Maintenance capital expenditures   315   173 142   82.1%
Distributable cash flow(1)   4,416   4,638 (222)   -4.8%
Dividends declared   2,039   2,028 11   0.6%
Payout ratio(1)   46.2%   43.9% -   2.3%
               

 

EDMONTON, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - K-Bro Linen Inc. ("K-Bro" or the "Corporation") today announced revenue of $32.3 million and EBITDA of $5.3 million for the three-months ended March 31, 2014.  Net earnings after tax were $2.0 million, earnings of $0.29 per share, and distributable cash of $0.624 per diluted share for the quarter.

In the first quarter of 2014, revenue was $32.3 million which was 2.0% higher than the $31.6 million generated in the comparable period in 2013. This year-over-year increase was mainly due to organic growth in volumes and price increases. EBITDA decreased from $5.9 million in Q1, 2013 to $5.3 million in Q1, 2014, with over half of this decrease resultant from increased utility costs caused by a spike in natural gas prices.  The remaining decline has arisen from an increase in linen costs required to support new healthcare contracts.  The transition of the new Edmonton facility continues with labour productivity expected to continue to improve resulting in a further decline in wages and benefits costs throughout the remainder of the year.

DIVIDEND

Board of Directors has declared a monthly dividend of $0.10 per common share for the period from May 1 to 31, 2014, to be paid on June 13, 2014 to shareholders of record on May 31, 2014.  This represents an increase of 4.4% from its previous monthly dividend of $0.0958 per common share.  It is the Board of Director's present intention to fix future monthly dividend payments at $0.10 per common share per month, or equivalently $1.20 per common share per annum (up from the current annual dividend of $1.15).

OUTLOOK

"We are pleased with the results for the quarter which are being driven by solid revenues from new and existing customers," said Linda McCurdy, President & Chief Executive Officer.  "This quarter, we generated a 2.0% quarter-over-quarter increase in revenue while the rising cost of natural gas negatively impacted our EBITDA and net earnings. We have completed the start-up and transition of the new Edmonton facility and are very pleased with its overall performance in terms of productivity and efficiency.  With this major project behind us, we have increased our dividend by $0.05 to $1.20 on an annualized basis.  Looking ahead, we are focused on completing our new Regina facility and growing the business in a new province.  We remain excited about our future and confident in our ability to continue to provide value to our customers and our shareholders."

CORPORATE PROFILE

K-Bro is the largest owner and operator of laundry and linen processing facilities in Canada. K-Bro provides a comprehensive range of general linen and operating room linen processing, management and distribution services to healthcare institutions, hotels and other commercial accounts.  K-Bro currently operates eight processing facilities under three distinctive brands, including K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., Buanderie HMR and Les Buanderies Dextraze, in seven Canadian cities: Québec City, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

Additional information regarding the Corporation including required securities filings are available on our website at www.k-brolinen.com and on the Canadian Securities Administrators' website at www.sedar.com; the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR").


K-Bro est le plus important propriétaire et exploitant de buanderies au Canada. K-Bro fournit une gamme étendue de services de buanderie aux établissements de soins de santé, hôtels et autres clients commerciaux. K-Bro exploite actuellement huit usines sous trois marques distinctives, incluant K-Bro Linen Systems Inc., Buanderie HMR et Les Buanderies Dextraze, dans sept villes canadiennes: Québec, Montréal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver et Victoria.

Vous pouvez obtenir des renseignements supplémentaires sur la Société, y compris les documents déposés auprès des autorités de réglementation, sur notre site Web, au www.k-brolinen.com et sur le site Web des autorités canadiennes en valeurs mobilières au www.sedar.com, le site Web du Système électronique de données, d'analyse et de recherche (« SEDAR »).

TERMINOLOGY

Throughout this news release, and other documents referred to, and in order to provide a better understanding of the financial results, K-Bro uses the terms "EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA", "Adjusted net earnings", "Adjusted net earnings per share", "distributable cash" and "payout ratio". These terms do not have any standardized meaning under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") as set out in the CICA Handbook. Therefore, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net earnings, Adjusted net earnings per share, distributable cash and payout ratio may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  Specifically, the terms "EBITDA", "Adjusted EBITDA", "Adjusted net earnings", "Adjusted net earnings per share", "distributable cash", and "payout ratio" have been defined as:

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization. EBITDA is not a recognized measure for financial statement presentation under IFRS.  EBITDA is not intended to represent cash flow from operations, as defined by IFRS, and it should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings, cash flow from operations, or any other measure of performance prescribed by IFRS.  The Corporation's EBITDA may also not be comparable to EBITDA used by other corporations, which may be calculated differently.  The Corporation considers EBITDA to be a meaningful measure to assess its operating performance in addition to standardized IFRS measures.  It is included because the Corporation believes it can be useful in measuring its ability to service debt, fund capital expenditures, and expand its business.

           
        Three Months Ended
March 31,
(thousands)       2014 2013
           
      Net earnings   $ 2,031  $ 2,762
    Add:      
    Income tax expense     865 1,045
    Interest expense and financial charges, net     169 123
    Depreciation of property, plant and equipment     1,664 1,423
    Amortization of intangible assets     530 551
    Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment     28 -
           
      EBITDA   $ 5,287  $ 5,904
           
         

Adjusted EBITDA is a measure which has been reported in order to assist in the comparison of historical EBITDA to current results.  The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA normalizes the impact of non-recurring infrequent and/or unusual transactions which did not occur during the preceding two years and are not expected to recur within the next two years, and the related impact on EBITDA (as defined above).

Adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share are measures which have been reported in order to assist in the comparison of historical net earnings to current results.  The calculation of Adjusted net earnings normalizes the impact of non-recurring infrequent and/or unusual transactions net of corporate income taxes which did not occur during the preceding two years and are not expected to recur within the next two years, and the related impact on net earnings and net earnings per share.  The normalization of these net expenses in the calculation of adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share is considered by management to be a more accurate representation of the net earnings from continuing operations.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, each of the non-GAAP adjusted measures noted above (adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings and adjusted net earnings per share) are equivalent to their unadjusted measures.  Accordingly, no calculations have been presented for these three measures.

Distributable cash flow is defined by management as cash provided by operating activities, plus or minus the net change in non-cash working capital items, less maintenance capital expenditures and less cash taxes. Management believes this measure reflects the cash generated from the ongoing operation of the business. Distributable cash is an additional GAAP measure generally used by dividend paying corporations as an indicator of financial performance and it should not be seen as a measurement of liquidity or a substitute for comparable metrics prepared in accordance with IFRS.

         
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
(thousands)     2014 2013
         
  Cash provided by operating activities    $ 4,016  $ 9,180
  Deduct:      
  Net changes in non-cash working capital items     (1,087) 4,049
  Share-based compensation expense     372 320
  Maintenance capital expenditures     315 173
         
  Distributable cash flow    $ 4,416  $ 4,638
         
         

Payout ratio is defined by management as the actual cash divided by distributable cash. This is a key measure used by investors to value K-Bro, assess its performance and provide an indication of the sustainability of dividends. The payout ratio depends on the distributable cash and the Corporation's dividend policy.

         
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
(thousands)     2014 2013
         
  Cash dividends     2,039 2,028
  Distributable cash     4,416 4,638
         
  Payout ratio   46.2% 43.9%
         

 

Figures expressed in percentages are calculated from amounts rounded in thousands of dollars.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking information that represents internal expectations, estimates or beliefs concerning, among other things, future activities or future operating results and various components thereof. The use of any of the words "anticipate", "continue", "expect", "may", "will", "project", "should", "believe", and similar expressions suggesting future outcomes or events are intended to identify forward-looking information.  Statements regarding such forward-looking information reflect management's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to management.

These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are based on management's estimates and assumptions that are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties, which could cause K-Bro's actual performance and financial results in future periods to differ materially from the forward-looking information contained in this news release.  These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, (i) risks associated with acquisitions, including the possibility of undisclosed material liabilities; (ii) K-Bro's competitive environment; (iii) utility and labour costs; (iv) K-Bro's dependence on long-term contracts with the associated renewal risk, (v) increased capital expenditure requirements; (vi) reliance on key personnel; and (vii) the availability of future financing. Material factors or assumptions that were applied in drawing a conclusion or making an estimate set out in the forward-looking information include: (i) volumes and pricing assumptions; (ii) utility costs; (iii) expected impact of labour cost initiatives; and (iv) the level of capital expenditures. Although the forward-looking information contained in this news release is based upon what management believes are reasonable assumptions, there can be no assurance that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements.  Certain statements regarding forward-looking information included in this news release may be considered "financial outlook" for purposes of applicable securities laws, and such financial outlook may not be appropriate for purposes other than this news release.

All forward-looking information in this news release is qualified by these cautionary statements.  Forward-looking information in this news release is presented only as of the date made. Except as required by law, the Corporation disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

SOURCE K-Bro Linen Inc.

For further information:

Linda McCurdy 
President & Chief Executive Officer

Chris Burrows
Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer

K-Bro Linen Inc.  (TSX: KBL)
Phone: 780.453.5218 
Email: inquiries@k-brolinen.com
Web: www.k-brolinen.com

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