Envoy Capital Group Inc.
TSX : ECG
NASDAQ : ECGI

Envoy Capital Group Inc.

December 22, 2008 16:05 ET

Envoy Capital Group Inc. Announces Results for Fiscal 2008

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 22, 2008) - Envoy Capital Group Inc. (TSX:ECG)(NASDAQ:ECGI) today announced its financial results for the year ended September 30, 2008.

Envoy recorded a net loss of ($10.2 million), or ($1.11) per fully diluted share for the year compared with net earnings of $3.0 million or $0.23 per fully diluted share for the same period last year. The earnings per share calculations were based on 9,122.688 fully diluted shares this year and 13,147,793 fully diluted shares last year. The main factors contributing to the loss include:

- The turmoil in global financial markets and the fears of a broad economic recession severely impacted global stock markets, resulting in a ($5.8) million loss in the Merchant Banking Division.

- Envoy also recorded a ($5.9) million valuation allowance against its future tax assets at year end. This non cash expense was considered prudent given the uncertainty in current market conditions. However, the losses are available to the Company for use in future years.

- During the year Envoy repurchased and cancelled 1,064,930 common shares under its Normal Course Issuer Bid programs.

Global capital markets remain volatile in the wake of concern over major financial institutions, deteriorating commodity markets and recessionary environments in major world economies. Envoy continues to hold cash and other short term money market investments and is positioned to redeploy this capital when appropriate investment opportunities arise.

Management's discussion and analysis, containing a full analysis of financial results, is available on EDGAR (www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml) and on SEDAR (www.sedar.com).

About Envoy Capital Group Inc.

Envoy Capital Group Inc. (NASDAQ:ECGI)(TSX:ECG) is a merchant banking organization that focuses on providing financial services as well as equity and debt capital, to small and mid-cap companies. For more information on Envoy Capital Group Inc., visit our website at www.envoy.to

Cautionary Statement

Certain statements contained in this press release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E (i) (1) of the United States Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause Envoy Capital Group's actual results to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by these statements. Such factors include the following: general economic and business conditions, changes in demand for Envoy Capital Group's services, changes in competition, the ability of Envoy Capital Group to integrate acquisitions or complete future acquisitions, interest rate fluctuations, currency exchange rate fluctuations, dependence upon and availability of qualified personnel and changes in government regulation. In light of these and other uncertainties, the forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be regarded as a representation by Envoy Capital Group that Envoy Capital Group's plans and objectives will be achieved. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise the statements.



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Envoy Capital Group Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheet Highlights
(Expressed In Canadian dollars)

As at: September 30 September 30
2008 2007
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Current assets $ 28,822,868 $ 38,807,954
Long-term assets 7,659,176 11,984,360
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36,482,044 50,792,314
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Current liabilities 4,322,723 5,565,714
Long-term liabilities - 69,599
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4,322,723 5,635,313

Shareholders' equity 32,159,321 45,157,001
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$ 36,482,044 $ 50,792,314
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Financial Highlights
Envoy Capital Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Expressed In Canadian dollars)
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For the year ended: September 30 September 30
2008 2007
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Net revenue from consumer branding business $ 15,514,533 $ 12,402,688
Net investment (losses) gains (4,930,185) 4,061,467
Interest and dividend income 675,519 1,086,970
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11,259,867 17,551,125
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Operating expenses:
Salaries and benefits 12,815,891 11,319,127
General and administrative 3,581,721 2,635,005
Occupancy costs 560,757 540,762
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16,958,369 14,494,894

Depreciation 737,132 748,335

Investment earnings - (386,404)

Interest expense and financing costs 33,347 96,868
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17,728,848 14,953,693
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(Loss) earnings before income taxes (6,468,981) 2,597,432

Income tax expense (recovery) 3,689,164 (43,773)

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Net (loss) earnings (10,158,145) 3,016,719
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(Loss) earnings per share
Basic $ (1.11) $ 0.23
Diluted $ (1.11) $ 0.23
(Loss) earnings per share - continuing
operations
Basic $ (1.11) $ 0.20
Diluted $ (1.11) $ 0.20
Earnings per share - discontinued operations
Basic $ - $ 0.03
Diluted $ - $ 0.03

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Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding
- basic 9,122,688 13,147,793
Weighted average number of common shares
outstanding
- fully diluted 9,122,688 13,155,910
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Envoy Capital Group Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Retained Earnings (Deficit)
(Expressed In Canadian dollars)

Retained earnings (deficit), beginning of
period $ 3,094,135 $ (40,266,401)

Transitional adjustment on adoption of
financial instruments - 77,416

Net (loss) earnings (10,158,145) 3,016,719

Deficit reduction applied against share
capital - 40,266,401

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(Deficit) retained earnings, end of period $ (7,064,010) $ 3,094,135
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Contact Information

  • Envoy Capital Group Inc.
    Geoffrey Genovese
    (416) 593-1212
    Website: www.envoy.to
    or
    Contact our investor relations department at:
    info@envoy