New Look Vision Group Inc.
TSX : BCI

New Look Vision Group Inc.

May 11, 2017 20:51 ET

New Look Vision Group Inc. Announces Record First Quarter Revenues for 2017 and its Quarterly Dividend

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - May 11, 2017) - New Look Vision Group Inc. (TSX:BCI) ("New Look Vision"), announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2017 and its quarterly dividend.

First quarter results

New Look Vision reported record revenues of $51.0 million and adjusted EBITDA1of $7.9 million for the first quarter ended April 1, 2017, representing increases of 14.5% and 8.3% respectively over last year. The increases were mainly due to the net addition of 20 stores in the last twelve months as well as same store sales growth of 1.9% over last year.

Adjusted net earnings attributed to shareholders, defined as net earnings adjusted to remove the impact of acquisition-related costs and equity-based compensation, for the first quarter were $2.4 million (or $0.17 per share2) compared to $2.2 million last year (or $0.16 per share). Adjusted net earnings per share for the quarter compared to the first quarter of 2016 were up 6.3% (diluted). Net earnings attributed to shareholders were $1.3 million, compared to $1.8 million last year, the decrease being mainly due to higher acquisition costs and equity-based compensation. When these expenses are added back to net earnings, adjusted net earnings show an improvement of $200 thousand.

Cash flow from operating activities before income taxes paid and changes in working capital items was $7.1 million or $0.51 per share2 in the first quarter of 2017 compared to $6.7 million or $0.49 per share last year. Income tax instalments paid in the first quarter of 2017 were $1.7 million compared to $2.7 million for 2016.

More details on the financial performance of the first quarter ended April 1, 2017 are available in the attachments.

President's comments

Antoine Amiel, the President of New Look Vision, stated that: "The year is off to a positive start as evidenced by Q1 operating and financial results. Revenues, same store sales, adjusted EBITDA and cash flows showed solid growth. The Adjusted EBITDA percentage was lower than historical levels due principally to higher operating expenses as the company builds the staff and infrastructure necessary to facilitate future growth. During the quarter, the company acquired six additional stores in Toronto, Vancouver and New Brunswick pursuant to its mission to expand its footprint across the country."

Dividend approval

Following the approval of the results of the first quarter of 2017, the Board of Directors of New Look Vision approved the payment of a dividend of $0.15 per Class A common shares payable on June 30, 2017 to the shareholders of record as of June 22, 2017. The dividend has been designated as an "eligible dividend", that is a dividend entitling shareholders who are Canadian resident individuals to a higher dividend tax credit.

Through the dividend reinvestment plan, shareholders residing in Canada may elect to re-invest their cash dividends into New Look Vision shares, without incurring brokerage commissions, fees and transaction costs. Until any further announcement, shares will be issued from treasury at 95% of the weighted average trading price for the five days preceding the dividend payment date. Any shareholder wishing to benefit from this opportunity may do so through his or her broker.

Attachments

  • Table A - Highlights
  • Table B - Consolidated Statement of Earnings
  • Table C - Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted EBITDA
  • Table D - Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted Net Earnings
  • Table E - Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operating Activities, Before Income Taxes Paid and Changes in Working Capital Items
  1. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted net earnings and Cash flows from operating activities before income taxes paid and changes in working capital items are not recognized measures under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities. See Table C and Table D attached for a reconciliation of net earnings to these measures. See Table E for reconciliation of cash flows.

  2. Per share amounts are expressed on a diluted basis.

As of April 30, 2017, New Look Vision had 13,591,079 Class A common shares issued and outstanding. New Look Vision is a leader in the eye care industry in Eastern Canada having a network of 227 corporate stores mainly under the New Look Eyewear, Vogue Optical and Greiche & Scaff banners and laboratory facilities using state-of-the-art technologies. Tax information regarding payments to shareholders is available at www.newlookvision.ca in the Investors section.

All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the future financial position, business strategy, projected costs and plans and objectives of, or involving New Look Vision. Readers can identify many of these statements by looking for words such as "believe", "expects", "will", "intends", "projects", "anticipates", "estimates", "plans", "may", "would" or similar words or the negative thereof. There can be no assurance that the plans, intentions or expectations upon which these forward-looking statements are based will be achieved. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although management of New Look Vision believes that the expectations represented in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Some of the factors which could affect future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements contained herein include: pending and proposed legislative or regulatory developments, competition from established competitors and new market entrants, technological change, interest rate fluctuations, general economic conditions, acceptance and demand for new products and services, and fluctuations in operating results, as well as other risks included in New Look Vision's current Annual Information Form (AIF) which can be found at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made as of the date hereof, and New Look Vision undertakes no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise, except as provided by law.

For additional information please see our Web site www.newlookvision.ca

TABLE A

NEW LOOK VISION GROUP INC.
Highlights
for the first quarters ended April 1, 2017 and March 26, 2016

In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts

2017 2016
Revenues $ 51,043 $ 44,590
Variance 14.5 %
Variance in comparable store sales ordersa 1.9 %
Adjusted EBITDAb $ 7,871 $ 7,270
Variance 8.3 %
% of revenues 15.4 % 16.3 %
Per share (basic) $ 0.58 $ 0.54
Variance 7.4 %
Per share (diluted) $ 0.57 $ 0.53
Variance 7.5 %
Net earnings attributed to shareholders $ 1,284 $ 1,839
Variance (30.2 )%
Net earnings per share
Basic $ 0.09 $ 0.14
Variance (35.7 )%
Diluted $ 0.09 $ 0.13
Variance (30.8 )%
Adjusted net earnings attributed to shareholdersb $ 2,424 $ 2,245
Variance 8.0 %
Per share (basic) $ 0.18 $ 0.17
Variance 5.9 %
Per share (diluted) $ 0.17 $ 0.16
Variance 6.3 %
Cash flows from operating activities, before income taxes paid and changes in working capital itemsb $ 7,094 $ 6,726
Per share (basic) $ 0.52 $ 0.50
Variance 4.0 %
Per share (diluted) $ 0.51 $ 0.49
Variance 4.1 %
Capital expendituresc $ 11,225 $ 18,935
Net debt increase (decrease) in the periodd $ 8,099 $ 17,493
Cash dividend per sharee $ 0.15 $ 0.15
Total dividendse $ 2,037 $ 2,028
At end of period
Number of storesf 227 207
  1. Comparable stores are stores which have been operating for at least 12 months. Revenues are recognized at time of delivery of goods to customers, but management measures the comparable store performance on the basis of sales orders, regardless of delivery.

  2. EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings and cash flows from operating activities before income taxes paid and changes in working capital items are not recognized measures under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities. Refer to Table C and Table D for a reconciliation of these measures to net earnings. Also, refer to Table E for reconciliation of cash flows.

  3. Capital expenditures include amounts financed through debt assumptions, balances of purchase price, issuance of shares and non-controlling interests.

  4. Net debt refers to the total of the long-term debt, including the short-term portion and borrowings under the revolving facility, and dividends payable, in excess of cash.

  5. The amounts of dividends shown in the table above refer to amounts declared in the periods.

  6. The increase in the number of stores in 2017 reflects the acquisition of 6 stores, described in Note 7 to the financial statements, as well as one store opening.

TABLE B

NEW LOOK VISION GROUP INC.
Consolidated Statement of Earnings
for the first quarters ended April 1, 2017 and March 26, 2016

In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts

2017 2016
$ $
Revenues 51,043 44,590
Materials consumed 11,264 9,691
Employee remuneration expenses 18,240 15,335
Other operating expenses 14,919 12,881
Earnings before depreciation, amortization, loss on disposal and financial expenses 6,620 6,683
Depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal 3,039 2,799
Financial expenses, net of interest revenues 1,379 947
Earnings before income taxes 2,202 2,937
Income taxes
Current 1,089 1,128
Deferred (199 ) (55 )
Total income taxes 890 1,073
Net earnings and comprehensive income 1,312 1,864
Net earnings and comprehensive income attributed to:
Non-controlling interest 28 25
Shareholders of New Look Vision 1,284 1,839
1,312 1,864
Net earnings per share
Basic 0.09 0.14
Diluted 0.09 0.13

TABLE C

NEW LOOK VISION GROUP INC.
Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted EBITDA
for the first quarters ended April 1, 2017 and March 26, 2016

In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts

2017 2016
$ $
Net earnings 1,312 1,864
Depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal 3,039 2,799
Financial expenses, net of interest revenues 1,379 947
Income taxes 890 1,073
EBITDAa 6,620 6,683
Equity-based compensation 540 160
Net loss from changes in fair value of foreign exchange contracts 18 90
Acquisition-related costs 693 337
Adjusted EBITDAa 7,871 7,270
Variance in $ 601
Variance in % 8.3 %
% of revenues 15.4 % 16.3 %
Per share (basic) 0.58 0.54
Per share (diluted) 0.57 0.53
  1. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are not recognized measures under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities. New Look Vision believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are useful financial metrics as they assist in determining the ability to generate cash from operations. Investors should be cautioned that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings or cash flows as determined under IFRS.

TABLE D

NEW LOOK VISION GROUP INC.
Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Adjusted Net Earnings
for the first quarters ended April 1, 2017 and March 26, 2016

In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts

2017 2016
$ $
Net earnings attributed to shareholders 1,284 1,839
Net expenses related to an income tax settlement
Acquisition-related costs 693 337
Equity-based compensation 540 160
Related income taxes (93 ) (91 )
Adjusted net earnings attributed to shareholdersa 2,424 2,245
Variance in $ 179
Variance in % 8.0 %
% of revenues 4.7 % 5.0 %
Per share amount
Basic 0.18 0.17
Diluted 0.17 0.16
  1. Adjusted net earnings are not a recognized measure under IFRS and may not be comparable to similar measures used by other entities. New Look Vision believes that this disclosure provides useful information as it allows the comparison of net results excluding acquisition and development costs, which may vary significantly from quarter to quarter. Investors should be cautioned that adjusted net earnings should not be considered as an alternative to net earnings as determined under IFRS.

TABLE E

NEW LOOK VISION GROUP INC.
Reconciliation of Cash Flows from Operating Activities, Before Income Taxes Paid and Changes in Working Capital
Items to Cash Flows from Operating Activities
for the first quarters ended April 1, 2017 and March 26, 2016

In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts

2017 2016
$ $
Earnings before income taxes 2,202 2,937
Adjustments:
Depreciation, amortization and loss on disposal 3,039 2,799
Amortization of deferred lease inducements and variation of deferred rent (66 ) (117 )
Equity-based compensation expense 540 160
Financial expenses 1,385 957
Interest revenue (6 ) (10 )
Cash flows from operating activities, before income taxes paid and changes in working capital items 7,094 6,726
Income taxes paid (1,718 ) (2,718 )
Cash flows from operating activities, before changes in working capital items 5,376 4,008
Changes in working capital items (47 ) (1,015 )
Cash flows from operating activities 5,329 2,993

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