Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund
TSX : BPF.UN

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund
Boston Pizza International Inc.

Boston Pizza International Inc.

August 10, 2011 08:30 ET

Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund Declares 9.5% Increase to Monthly Cash Distributions and Announces Second Quarter Results

Positive Same Store Sales Growth of 5.8% in Q2 Leads to Higher Monthly Distribution Amount

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2011) - Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund (TSX:BPF.UN) (the "Fund") and Boston Pizza International Inc. ("BPI") each reported today financial results for the period from April 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011 (the "Period") and from January 1, 2011 to June 30, 2011 ("YTD"). A copy of this press release and the consolidated interim financial statements of the Fund and BPI for the Period are available at www.sedar.com and www.bpincomefund.com. The financial results below are reported in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and as a result are not directly comparable to those figures contained within historical financial statements of the Fund that were prepared in accordance with Canadian generally accepted accounting principles ("Canadian GAAP") before the adoption of IFRS. The Fund will host a conference call to discuss the results on August 10, 2011 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Time). The call can be accessed by dialling 1-800-319-4610 or 604-638-5340. A replay will be available until September 10, 2011 by dialling 1-800-319-6413 or 604-638-9010 and entering the pin code: 4452 followed by the # sign.

Same store sales growth ("SSSG"), a key driver of yield growth for unitholders of the Fund, was positive 5.8% for the Period and positive 3.6% YTD, compared to negative 1.1% and negative 3.3%, respectively, in the same periods one year ago. On a franchise sales basis, SSSG for the Period was positive 5.8% and positive 4.0% YTD, compared to negative 1.8% and negative 3.0%, respectively, for the same periods one year ago. The increases in SSSG for the Period and YTD were principally due to higher take out and delivery sales resulting from a recent national marketing campaign which promoted the launch of Boston Pizza's online ordering system and a successful new chicken wing promotion that ran across Canada during April and May of 2011. Franchise sales of restaurants in the royalty pool were $175.6 million for the Period and $338.7 million YTD compared to $166.0 million and $326.4 million, respectively, in the same periods in 2010. The increases in Franchise sales for the Period and YTD are largely attributed to positive SSSG.

"During the second quarter, Boston Pizza continued to grow same store sales, open new locations and expand our position as Canada's #1 casual dining brand," said Mark Pacinda, President and CEO of BPI. "As a result of this strong operating performance, along with the accretive benefit from our previous unit buy back activities, the trustees have approved an increase to the level of monthly distributions to unitholders to 9.2 cents per unit from the previous level of 8.4 cents per unit beginning with the July distribution to be paid in August 2011. This increase of 9.5% is the largest single increase in the history of the Fund and marks the fourteenth time that the monthly distribution level has been increased since the Fund's initial public offering in 2002, a remarkable record of stability and growth over that time."

The Fund's distributable cash was $4.1 million or $0.280 per unit for the Period and $7.8 million or $0.538 per unit YTD compared to $5.2 million or $0.350 per unit and $10.1 million or $0.699 per unit for the same periods, respectively, one year ago. The decreases in distributable cash and distributable cash per unit are a result of the Fund becoming taxable under the specified investment flow through tax ("SIFT Tax") beginning on January 1, 2011. For comparative purposes, if the Fund was not liable to pay SIFT Tax in respect of the Period and YTD, distributable cash for the Period and YTD would have been $5.5 million or $0.374 per unit and $10.4 million or $0.718 per unit, respectively. As a result of the SIFT Tax, the Fund pays tax at a rate approximately equal to the rate applicable to income earned by a Canadian corporation, and is prevented from deducting trust distributions when calculating taxable income. The SIFT Tax rate is 26.5% in 2011 and anticipated to be 25.0% for 2012 and beyond. The Fund's liability to pay SIFT Tax reduces the amount available for distributions to unitholders. The SIFT Tax also recharacterizes such distributions as eligible dividends received from a Canadian corporation for individual tax purposes. Eligible dividend treatment for distributions to unitholders will generally be beneficial to Canadian resident investors holding their units in taxable accounts compared to the previous characterization primarily as other income because of the potential for individuals to claim a dividend tax credit. Distributions for the Period and YTD were funded entirely by cash flow from operations. No debt was incurred at any point during the Period to fund distributions. The table below sets out the Fund's distributable cash and distributable cash per unit for the Period and YTD along with comparable figures for the same periods one year ago.

DESCRIPTION Q2 2011 Q2 2010 YTD 2011 YTD 2010
Distributable Cash $4.1 million $5.2 million $7.8 million $10.1 million
Distributable Cash per Unit $0.280 $0.350 $0.538 $0.699
Distributable Cash without SIFT Tax $5.5 million $5.2 million $10.4 million $10.1 million
Distributable Cash per Unit without SIFT Tax $0.374 $0.350 $0.718 $0.699
These rows are provided for comparative purposes only and assume that the Fund was not liable to pay SIFT Tax in respect of the applicable periods

The Fund's payout ratio was 89.9% for the Period and 93.8% YTD compared to 98.0% and 99.6%, respectively, in the same periods one year ago. A key feature of the Fund is that it is a "top line" structure, in which BPI pays the Fund a royalty equal to 4% of franchise sales from restaurants in the Fund's royalty pool. Accordingly, Fund unitholders are not directly exposed to changes in the operating costs or profitability of BPI or of individual Boston Pizza restaurants. Given this structure, and that the Fund has no current mandate to retain capital for other purposes, it is expected that the Fund will maintain a payout ratio close to 100% over time as the trustees continue to distribute all available cash in order to maximize returns to unitholders.

The Fund's net income was $6.9 million for the Period and $9.8 million YTD compared to $1.4 million and $5.1 million, respectively, in the same periods one year ago. The Fund's net income under IFRS contains many non-cash items that do not affect the Fund's operations or its ability to pay distributions to unitholders. As such, it is not in the Fund's view, the only or most meaningful measurement of the Fund's ability to pay distributions. Consequently, the Fund has provided the non-IFRS metrics of distributable cash and payout ratio (as set forth in the table below) to provide investors with more meaningful information about the Fund's ability to pay distributions. Readers are cautioned that distributable cash and payout ratio are non-IFRS financial measures that do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. For reconciliation between net income and distributable cash, please see the table below. For a detailed discussion on the Fund's distributable cash and payout ratio, please refer to the management's discussion and analysis for the Period as filed on SEDAR and posted on the Fund's website at www.bpincomefund.com.

The trustees of the Fund announced a cash distribution to unitholders of 9.2 cents per unit for July 2011. The distribution will be payable to unitholders of record at the close of business on August 21, 2011 and will be paid on August 31, 2011. The Fund periodically reviews distribution levels based on its policy of stable and sustainable distribution flow to unitholders.

Adoption of IFRS

The Fund adopted IFRS on January 1, 2011 and the financial results disclosed in this press release for for all periods commencing on or after January 1, 2010 have all been prepared in accordance with IFRS. Readers are advised that the Fund's transition to reporting its financial results in accordance with IFRS from Canadian GAAP, including consolidating Boston Pizza Royalties Limited Partnership's (the "Partnership") accounts with the Fund, has had no impact, nor is it expected to have any future impact, on the operations of the Fund's business, the amount of cash that is available to distribute to unitholders or the contractual obligations between the Fund, the Partnership, BPI or any third parties. However, it has impacted the presentation of certain key financial metrics of the Fund and BPI. The comparative financial results contained in this press release for periods in 2010 have been restated to conform to IFRS. Readers are cautioned that they should refer to the consolidated interim financial statements of the Fund for the period ended March 31, 2011, a copy of which was filed on SEDAR on May 10, 2011, and is available at www.sedar.com and www.bpincomefund.com, for a full description of the Fund's financial results and the impact of IFRS on the Fund.

HIGHLIGHTS

The tables below sets out selected information from the consolidated interim financial statements of the Fund, which includes the accounts of the Partnership, together with other data and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated interim financial statements of the Fund for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2010. The financial results reported in the tables below are reported in accordance with IFRS, and as a result are not directly comparable to those figures contained within historical financial statements or Management's Discussion and Analysis of the Fund that were previously prepared in accordance with Canadian GAAP.

Apr 1, 2011 to
Jun 30, 2011
Apr 1, 2010 to
Jun 30, 2010
Proforma1
Apr 1, 2010 to
Jun 30, 2010
(in thousands of dollars – except restaurants, SSSG and per Unit items)
Revenues
Number of restaurants in Royalty Pool2 338 338 338
Franchise Sales3 reported by restaurants in the Royalty Pool 175,567 165,972 165,972
Royalty revenue – 4% of Franchise Sales of Restaurants 7,023 6,639 6,639
Interest income 455 450 450
Total revenues 7,478 7,089 7,089
Expenses
Administrative expenses and interest on bank debt (511) (444) (444)
Interest accrued to holders of Units4 - (0) (5,096)
Interest accrued to BPI on Class B Units and Class C Units5 (1,388) (1,362) (1,362)
Gain on retirement of Unit liability - 181 181
Fair value adjustment on Class B Unit liability6 2,707 1,056 1,056
Subtotal 808 (569) (5,665)
Current income tax expense (1,366) - -
Deferred income tax expense (70) (70) (70)
Total expenses (628) (639) (5,735)
Net Income
Net income 6,850 6,450 1,354
Basic and diluted earnings per Unit 0.495 0.465 0.120
Distributable Cash / Distributions / Payout Ratio7 8
Net Income 6,850 6,450 1,354
Adjusted for non-cash items:
Gain on retirement of Unit liability - (181) (181)
Fair value adjustment on Class B Unit liability7 (2,707) (1,056) (1,056)
Deferred income tax expense 70 70 70
Current income tax expense 1,366 - -
Changes in non-cash working capital (45) (91) (91)
Interest accrued5 6 / distributions declared on Units and Class B Units 938 912 912
Subtotal 6,472 6,104 5,943
Entitlement of BPI on Class B Units (1,023) (931) (900)
SIFT Tax on Units (1,366) - -
Distributable Cash8 4,083 5,173 5,173
Interest accrued5 / distributions payable9 3,672 5,068 5,068
Payout Ratio9 89.9% 98.0% 98.2%
Distributable Cash per Unit8 0.280 0.350 0.350
Interest5 / distributions payable per Unit10 0.252 0.345 0.345
Other
Same store sales growth (SSSG) 5.8% (1.1%) (1.1%)
Number of restaurants opened during the period 3 1 1
Number of restaurants closed during the period 1 2 2
Jun 30, 2011 Dec 31, 2010
Total assets 260,338 258,547
Total liabilities 95,082 96,968
Jan 1, 2011 to
Jun 30, 2011
Jan 1, 2010 to
Jun 30, 2010
Proforma2
Jan 1, 2010 to
Jun 30, 2010
(in thousands of dollars – except restaurants, SSSG and per Unit items)
Revenues
Number of restaurants in Royalty Pool3 338 338 338
Franchise Sales4 reported by restaurants in the Royalty Pool 338,700 326,426 326,426
Royalty revenue – 4% of Franchise Sales of Restaurants 13,548 13,057 13,057
Interest income 907 900 900
Total revenues 14,455 13,957 13,957
Expenses
Administrative expenses and interest on bank debt (1,013) (881) (881)
Interest accrued to holders of Units5 - - (8,346)
Interest accrued to BPI on Class B Units and Class C Units6 (2,325) (2,425) (2,425)
Gain on retirement of Unit liability - 46 46
Fair value adjustment on Class B Unit liability7 1,429 3,137 3,137
Subtotal (1,909) (123) (8,469)
Current income tax expense (2,629) - -
Deferred income tax expense (120) (340) (340)
Total expenses (4,658) (463) (8,809)
Net Income
Net income 9,797 13,494 5,148
Basic and diluted earnings per Unit 0.696 0.952 0.372
Distributable Cash / Distributions / Payout Ratio8 9
Net Income 9,797 13,494 5,148
Adjusted for non-cash items:
Gain on retirement of Unit liability - (46) (46)
Fair value adjustment on Class B Unit liability7 (1,429) (3,137) (3,137)
Deferred income tax expense 120 340 340
Current income tax expense 2,629 - -
Changes in non-cash working capital (255) (279) (279)
Interest accrued5 6 / distributions declared on Units and Class B Units 1,575 1,675 10,021
Subtotal 12,437 12,047 12,047
Entitlement of BPI on Class B Units (1,975) (1,986) (1,986)
SIFT Tax on Units (2,629) - -
Distributable Cash8 7,833 10,061 10,061
Interest accrued5 / distributions payable10 7,344 10,021 10,021
Payout Ratio9 93.8% 99.6% 99.6%
Distributable Cash per Unit8 0.538 0.699 0.699
Interest5 / distributions payable per Unit10 0.504 0.690 0.690
Other
Same store sales growth (SSSG) 3.6% (3.3%) (3.3%)
Number of restaurants opened during the period 5 3 3
Number of restaurants closed during the period 2 2 2

OUTLOOK

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association has forecast sales growth of 2.6% for the Canadian full-service restaurant sector in 2011. BPI's management believes that Boston Pizza is well positioned to outperform the growth rate of the full service restaurant sector by attracting a wide variety of guests into the restaurant, sports bar and take-out/delivery parts of each location and offering a compelling value proposition to our guests. The two principal factors that affect SSSG are changes in customer traffic and changes in average guest cheque. BPI's strategies to drive higher guest traffic include a larger marketing budget versus the previous year along with a revised calendar of national and local store promotions. Increased average cheque levels will be achieved through a combination of menu design and annual re-pricing. In addition, BPI's franchise agreement requires that each Boston Pizza restaurant undergo a complete store renovation every seven years and 20 locations have already completed renovations in 2011 with more underway or planned for later in 2011. Restaurants typically close for two to three weeks to complete the renovation and experience an incremental sales increase in the year following the re-opening.

Boston Pizza remains well positioned for future expansion as evidenced by the five new Boston Pizza restaurants that have opened to date in 2011 and an additional two that are currently under construction and scheduled to open during the second half of 2011. BPI's management believe that Boston Pizza will continue to strengthen its position as the number one casual dining brand in Canada by pursuing further restaurant development opportunities across the country.

Certain information in this press release may constitute "forward-looking information" that involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties, future expectations and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Fund, Boston Pizza Holdings Trust, the Partnership, Boston Pizza Holdings Limited Partnership, Boston Pizza Holdings GP Inc., Boston Pizza GP Inc., BPI, Boston Pizza restaurants, or industry results, to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. When used in this press release, forward-looking information may include words such as "anticipate", "estimate", "may", "will", "expect", "believe", "plan" and other similar terminology. This information reflects current expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speaks only as of the date of this press release.

For a complete list of the risks associated with forward-looking information, please refer to the complete forward looking information disclaimer included in the Fund's most recent Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period available at www.sedar.com and www.bpincomefund.com. The trustees of the Fund have approved the contents of this press release.

1 The results shown in this column assume that the Units (as defined herein) were classified under IFRS as equity at all times during the applicable period rather than as a financial liability and that amounts paid by the Fund to Unitholders during or in respect of the applicable period were classified under IFRS as distributions rather than interest expense. These results are not audited and are provided only for information purposes. See note 5 below and the "Operating Results – Expenses" and "Operating Results – Distributions" sections of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for more details.
2 Number of restaurants in the royalty pool excludes restaurants that permanently closed during the applicable period.
3 Franchise sales is the basis on which the royalty is payable; it means the revenues of Boston Pizza restaurants in respect of which the royalty is payable ("Franchise Sales"). The term "revenue" refers to the gross revenue: (i) of the corporate Boston Pizza Restaurants in Canada owned by BPI (as defined herein); and (ii) reported to BPI by franchised Boston Pizza Restaurants in Canada, without audit or other form of independent assurance, and in the case of both (i) and (ii), after deducting revenue from the sale of liquor, beer, wine and tobacco and revenue from BPI approved national promotions and discounts and excluding applicable sales and similar taxes. Nevertheless, BPI periodically conducts audits of the Franchise Sales reported to it by its franchisees, and the Franchise Sales reported herein include results from sales audits of earlier periods conducted during the year.
4 Units of the Fund are classified as a financial liability under IFRS in respect of the period from January 1, 2010 through December 6, 2010, and as a result the amounts paid by the Fund to unitholders of the Fund ("Unitholders") in respect of that period are classified as interest expense of the Fund and not distributions. From and after December 7, 2010, amounts paid by the Fund to Unitholders are classified as distributions of the Fund as the Units are classified as equity from and after December 7, 2010. See "Operating Results – Expenses" and "Operating Results – Distributions" of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period for more details.
5 The Class B general partner units of the Partnership (the "Class B Units") and the Class C general partner units of the Partnership (the "Class C Units") are classified as financial liabilities under IFRS, and as such, amounts paid by the Partnership to BPI in respect of the Class B Units and Class C Units are classified as interest expense and not distributions. See the "Operating Results – Expenses" section of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period for more details.
6 Because the Class B Units are classified as a financial liability under IFRS, the Fund is required under IFRS to fair value that liability at the end of each period and adjust for any increase or decrease in the fair value of that liability as compared to the fair value of that liability at the end of the immediately preceding period. See the "Operating Results – Expenses" section of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period for more details. This adjustment has no impact on the Fund's Distributable Cash (as defined herein).
7 Distributable Cash is a non-IFRS financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. This non-IFRS financial measure provides useful information to investors regarding the amount of cash the Fund has that is available for distribution on the Units. Investors are cautioned that this should not be construed as an alternative net income measure of profitability. The table above provides a reconciliation from this non-IFRS financial measure to net income, which is the most directly comparable IFRS measure. See the "Operating Results – Distributable Cash / Payout Ratio" section of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period for more details.
8 Payout Ratio is calculated by dividing the interest / distributions payable by the Fund in respect of the applicable period by the Distributable Cash earned in that period. This is a non-IFRS financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning prescribed by IFRS and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. See the "Operating Results – Distributable Cash / Payout Ratio" section of this Management's Discussion and Analysis for the Period for more details.
9 Under the Fund's declaration of trust, the Fund pays interest / distributions on the Units in respect of any particular calendar month not later than the last business day of the immediately subsequent month. Accordingly, interest / distributions on the Units in respect of the calendar month of January are paid no later than the last business day of February, interest / distributions on the Units in respect of the calendar month of February are paid no later than the last business day of March and so forth. Consequently, interest / distributions payable by the Fund on the Units in respect of the Period were the April 2011 distribution (which was paid on May 31, 2011), the May 2011 distribution (which was paid on June 30, 2011) and the June 2011 distribution (which was paid on July 29, 2011). Similarly, the interest / distributions payable by the Fund on the Units in respect of any other period are the interest / distributions paid in the immediately subsequent month of each month comprising such other period.

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