Big Rock Brewery Income Trust
TSX : BR.UN

Big Rock Brewery Income Trust
BIG ROCK BREWERY LTD.

BIG ROCK BREWERY LTD.

August 10, 2006 18:00 ET

Big Rock Brewery Income Trust Announces 2nd Quarter Results

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 10, 2006) - Big Rock Brewery Income Trust (the "Trust") (TSX:BR.UN) is pleased to report to Unitholders its unaudited consolidated financial results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2006. These results reflect the consolidated operations of the Trust, Big Rock Brewery Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pine Creek Brewing Company Ltd.

Financial Highlights for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2006 compared with the same periods for 2005 are as follows:

Net income for the quarter ending June 30, 2006 was $2,746,934 compared to $1,695,494 for the quarter ended June 30, 2005, a 62% increase due primarily to the reduction in selling expenses and a one-time future income tax recovery of approximately $500,000. Year-to-date net income was $3,810,804 a 41% increase over the same period last year.

Net income per unit increased by 59% to $0.46 for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 compared to $0.29 in the same quarter last year. Units outstanding increased by 7,700 to 6,018,724 during the quarter from the exercise of options. Year-to-date net income per unit was $0.63 up 37% from $0.46 for the same period last year.

Cash distributions declared to unitholders for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 were $1,984,947 or $0.33 per unit (2005 - $1,953,624 or $0.33 per unit). Year-to-date distributions were $3,967,914 or $0.66 per unit (2005 - $3,715,141 or $0.63 per unit).

During the quarter ended June 30, 2006, Big Rock continued to focus on overall corporate profitability. Strategic brand and category growth combined with selling expense control resulted in a substantial increase in net income for the period.

Big Rock's premium brand strategy encompasses an increase in brand education and sampling while decreasing dependence on promotional aids. In the short term, premium sales volumes will decrease slightly as consumers look for other free offers in the marketplace but will rebound in the medium to long term as these new consumers establish loyalty to these brands.

These results are on plan as Management executes its strategy of repositioning Big Rock premium brands by reducing the use of "in-pack, on-pack, and near-pack" promotional items as an incentive to retail purchasers and by substituting education and assistance to retailers in the positioning and promotion of Big Rock beers. This will improve retailer profitability, build loyalty for premium brands and increase market share over the medium term.

Conversely, Big Rock's value category strategy has been to increase both volume and price, while minimizing the selling expenses in order to maximize the overall profitability of the category. We expect to see continued volume growth in our value brands until we reach the optimization point of price and volume.

Big Rock's value brands have continued impressive growth rates this year despite two price increases in the market place. Commensurate with this shift, selling costs for the quarter have decreased significantly compared to the same quarter last year.

These brand strategies are enhanced by our focus as a regional brewery as we continue to see both transportation and distribution costs spiral upwards.

For the three months ended June 30, 2006 sales volume was 55,977 HL, relatively flat compared to sales volume of 56,257 for the same quarter last year. As anticipated, the price increase implemented at the end of the 1st quarter of 2006 impacted 2nd quarter sales volume. For the six months ended June 30, 2006 sales volume was 101,055 HL, up 3% from 98,081 HL during the same period last year.

Our BC volumes continue to be affected by the sale of the Kamloops Brewery in October 2005 and a competitive local industry. Last year Kamloops contributed 1,925 HL to our 2nd quarter volume. Also, BC's competitive small breweries have had great success with the help of reduced local markup rates while Big Rock contends with higher markups and a cost of service charged to all out of province brewers. All of this adds up to lower profits per hectoliter in BC. Management is working to have cost of service fees reduced or removed.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2006, sales revenue decreased $276,287 (3%) to $10,555,007 from $10,831,294 for the same period of 2005. Year-to-date revenue increased $94,874 (1%) to $18,874,709 from $18,779,834 for the same period last year commensurate with the year-to-date increase in sales volume and the increase in sales of lower margin value and private label brands.

Cost of sales decreased to $3,946,256 this quarter from $3,995,800 in the same quarter last year primarily due to the decrease in sales volume. Production cost is consistent year-over-year at $71/HL. Year-to-date cost of sales increased by $85,082 to $7,245,597 ($72/HL) from $7,160,515 ($73/HL). An increase in the volume of lower cost of production canned beer offset the overall increase in production costs, particularly energy.

Gross profit for the quarter was down $226,743 (3%) to $6,608,751 from $6,835,494 in the same quarter last year commensurate with the sales decrease. Year-to-date gross profit is flat at $11,629,112 (2005 -$11,619,319).

Selling expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 decreased by $660,213 (20%) to $2,657,848 compared to $3,318,061 in the same quarter last year. Year-to-date selling expenses decreased by $491,387 (9%) to $5,102,026 from $5,593,413. Marketing expenses were significantly lower this quarter compared to last year as the "local import" campaign was charged to this quarter last year. The curtailing of promotional materials and point of sale giveaways also contributed to the reduction in sales and marketing expense.

General and administrative expenses decreased during the quarter ending June 30, 2006 by $192,005 to $895,903 from $1,087,908 in the same quarter last year. Lower stock based compensation expense recorded during the quarter as well as a reduction in computer system support and professional fees contributed to the decrease. Year-to-date general and administrative expenses decreased by $182,345 to $1,718,160 from $1,900,505 in the same period last year.

The income tax provision for the quarter was a recovery of $(200,243) compared to an expense of $210,795 in the same period last year, and is comprised of $332,330 in current income tax expense and $(532,573) in future income tax recovery. The future income tax recovery relates to a reduction in future federal and provincial income tax rates substantively enacted during the quarter.

Big Rock's balance sheet gained strength during the quarter as total assets increased by $662,895 and Unitholders equity improved by $902,247, compared to March 31, 2006, after paying out cash distributions of $1,984,011. Big Rock's liquidity is strong with $5,635,215 in cash and cash equivalents at quarter-end (December 31, 2005 - $5,722,465) and no long-term or operating debt.

Cash provided by operating activities increased by $90,851 (4%) to $2,349,042 for the quarter ended June 30, 2006 from $2,258,191 in the same quarter last year. Year-to-date cash flow from operations increased by $1,903,762 from $5,143,389 from $3,239,627 in the same period last year.

Selected Financial information follows:




Big Rock Brewery Income Trust
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
30-Jun-06 31-Dec-05
Assets
Current
Cash and cash equivalents $5,635,215 $5,722,465
Accounts receivable 2,659,504 3,848,397
Inventories 3,478,659 3,048,610
Prepaid expenses and other 404,396 150,685
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12,177,774 12,770,157

Property, plant and equipment 29,158,788 28,615,246
Deferred charges and other assets 289,762 400,774
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Total assets $41,626,324 $41,786,177
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Liabilities and Unitholders' Equity
Current
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 2,710,080 2,746,468
Income taxes payable 835,177 489,679
Distributions payable 662,059 659,756
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4,207,316 3,895,903

Future income taxes 7,486,960 8,060,167
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11,694,276 11,956,070
Unitholders' equity
Trust unitholders' capital 18,061,966 17,872,741
Contributed surplus 356,779 286,953
Undistributed income 11,513,303 11,670,413

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Total Unitholders' equity 29,932,048 29,830,107

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Total liabilities and Unitholders' equity $41,626,324 $41,786,177
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Big Rock Brewery Income Trust
Consolidated Statements of Operations & Undistributed Income
(unaudited)

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Revenue $10,555,007 $10,831,294 $18,874,709 $18,779,834

Cost of sales 3,946,256 3,995,800 7,245,597 7,160,515

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Gross profit 6,608,751 6,835,494 11,629,112 11,619,319

Expenses
Selling 2,657,848 3,318,061 5,102,026 5,593,413
General and
administrative 895,903 1,087,908 1,718,160 1,900,505
Interest 222 1,058 222 1,058
Amortization 508,087 522,178 1,015,549 1,025,988
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4,062,060 4,929,205 7,835,957 8,520,964
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Income before income
taxes 2,546,691 1,906,289 3,793,155 3,098,355
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Current income tax
expense 332,330 106,546 555,558 135,819
Future income tax
expense (recovery) (532,573) 104,249 (573,207) 265,617
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(200,243) 210,795 (17,649) 401,436
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Net income for the
period 2,746,934 1,695,494 3,810,804 2,696,919

Undistributed income,
beginning of period 10,751,316 11,945,653 11,670,413 12,705,745
Distributions
declared (1,984,947) (1,953,624) (3,967,914) (3,715,141)
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Undistributed
income, end of
period $11,513,303 $11,687,523 $11,513,303 $11,687,523
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Net income per unit
Basic $0.46 $0.29 $0.63 $0.46
Diluted $0.46 $0.28 $0.63 $0.45


Big Rock Brewery Income Trust
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited)

Three months ended Six months ended
June 30 June 30
2006 2005 2006 2005
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Operating Activities
Net income for the
period $2,746,934 $1,695,494 $3,810,804 $2,696,919
Items not affecting
cash:
Amortization 508,087 522,178 1,015,549 1,025,988
Stock based
compensation 76,000 258,660 76,000 258,660
Future income taxes (532,573) 104,249 (573,207) 265,617
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2,798,448 2,580,581 4,329,146 4,247,184
Net change in
non-cash working
capital relating to
operating activities (449,406) (322,390) 814,243 (1,007,557)

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Cash provided by
operating activities 2,349,042 2,258,191 5,143,389 3,239,627
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Financing Activities
Increase in bank
indebtedness - 676,141 - 676,141
Distribution
payments (1,984,011) (1,888,271) (3,965,611) (3,647,708)
Cash received on
exercise of options 64,260 475,042 183,051 631,122
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Cash used in
financing activities (1,919,751) (737,088) (3,782,560) (2,340,445)
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Investing Activities

Purchase of property,
plant and equipment (775,804) (1,263,090) (1,559,091) (2,455,813)

Deferred charges - (33,016) 111,012 (33,271)
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Cash used in
investing activities (775,804) (1,296,106) (1,448,079) (2,489,084)
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Net increase
(decrease) in cash (346,513) 224,997 (87,250) (1,589,902)
Cash and cash
equivalents,
beginning of period 5,981,728 278,796 5,722,465 2,093,695
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Cash and cash
equivalents, end of
period $5,635,215 $ 503,793 $5,635,215 $ 503,793
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Big Rock is a regional producer and marketer of premium quality beers, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Big Rock's products are available in draught, bottles and cans. The Company also produces or distributes cider and cooler products. Big Rock products are marketed in seven provinces and three territories in Canada.

Contact Information

  • Big Rock Brewery
    Ken Barbet
    President & CEO
    (403) 720-3239
    or
    Big Rock Brewery
    Tim Duffin, C.A.
    Chief Financial Officer
    (403) 720-4473