The Keg Royalties Income Fund Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Keg Royalties Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX: KEG.UN) is pleased to announce its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022 (the “quarter”).

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Royalty Pool sales(1) up 106.6% to $141.7M for the quarter
  • KRL system sales(1) up 106.6% to $141.7M for the quarter
  • Distributable cash(1) up 159.4% to 22.1 cents/Fund unit for the quarter
  • Payout ratio(2) was 128.1% for the quarter

Royalty Pool sales reported by the 107 Keg restaurants in the Royalty Pool were $141,705,000 for the quarter, an increase of $73,130,000 or 106.6% from the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase in Royalty Pool sales during the first quarter of 2022 was due to significantly more trading weeks of operation in the first quarter of 2022, as KRL’s restaurants were temporarily closed, by government health mandates related to the Covid-19 pandemic, for less time in the first quarter of 2022, than in the first quarter of 2021.

Royalty income increased by $2,925,000 or 106.6% from $2,743,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2021 to $5,668,000 in the three months ended March 31, 2022.

Distributable cash available to pay distributions to public unitholders increased by $1,545,000 from $969,000 (8.5 cents/Fund unit) to $2,514,000 (22.1 cents/Fund unit) for the quarter. During the first quarter of 2022, distributions of $3,221,000 (28.4 cents/Fund unit) were paid to Fund unitholders, an increase of $1,859,000 from the comparable quarter of the prior year. The increase in distributions to Fund unitholders was entirely due to the increase in monthly distributions from 3.5 cents/Fund unit per month in the first quarter of 2021, to 9.46 cents/Fund unit per month in the first quarter of 2022. The payout ratio was 128.1% for the first quarter of 2022.

The Fund remains financially well positioned with cash on hand of $1,605,000 and a positive working capital balance of $2,860,000 as at March 31, 2022.

(1) This is a non-IFRS supplementary financial measure. Please refer to the “non-GAAP and other financial measures disclosure (NI 52-112)” section of this press release.
(2 )This is a non-IFRS ratio. Please refer to the “non-GAAP and other financial measures disclosure (NI 52-112)” section of this press release.

“‘We are pleased with The Keg’s sales for the first quarter of 2022, particularly when approximately half of our restaurants were closed for the month of January due to COVID restrictions,” said David Aisenstat, Chair and CEO of The Keg. “Our focus on living up to and exceeding The Keg’s renowned guest experience has led to a speedy return to pre-COVID sales levels and, in many cases, even beyond.”

“Over the past few months, it has become apparent that the continuing restrictions on The Keg and other restaurants imposed due to COVID-19 are finally at an end. The Keg Management’s handling of the business during the two-year COVID period was patient and deliberate. The quick return to normal sales levels can be seen as confirmation that The Keg’s strategy worked extremely well. The Trustees would like to recognize that successful effort,” said Kip Woodward, Chairman of the Fund. “The January restaurant closures resulted in a payout ratio greater than planned for the first quarter of 2022, but a payout level in excess of 100% is not expected to continue into the balance of the year,” added Woodward.

NON-GAAP AND OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES DISCLOSURE (“NI 52-112”)

NI 52-112 prescribes disclosure requirements that apply to certain Non-IFRS measures known as “specified financial measures”. This press release makes reference to certain non-IFRS measures which provides important information regarding the Fund’s financial performance and ability to pay distributions to unitholders. By considering these non-IFRS measures in combination with IFRS measures, the Fund believes that readers are provided with additional and more useful information about the Fund’s financial performance as opposed to considering IFRS measures alone. The terms “Royalty Pool Sales”, “Distributable Cash Before SIFT Tax”, “Distributable Cash” and “Payout Ratio” are non-IFRS measures and non-IFRS ratios. These non-IFRS measures reported by the Fund do not have standardized meanings as prescribed by IFRS, and the Fund’s method of calculating these measures may differ and may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other issuers.

Royalty Pool Sales” is a non-IFRS supplementary financial measure representing the total gross sales reported by Keg restaurants included in a specified Royalty Pool, for which the Fund receives a royalty of 4% on these reported gross sales in any period.

“System Sales” is a non-IFRS supplementary financial measure representing the gross sales of all corporate restaurants owned by KRL, and the gross sales reported to KRL by franchise restaurants without independent audit, in any period. The total system sales of KRL are of interest to readers as it best reflects KRL’s overall sales performance.

Distributable Cash Before SIFT Tax” is a non-IFRS supplementary financial measure and is defined as the periodic cash flows from operating activities as reported in the IFRS consolidated financial statements, including the effects of changes in non-cash working capital, plus SIFT tax paid (including current year instalments), less interest and financing fees paid on the term loan, less the Partnership distributions attributable to KRL through its ownership of Exchangeable units.

Distributable Cash” is a non-IFRS supplementary financial measure and is defined as the amount of cash available for distribution to the Fund’s public unitholders and is calculated as distributable cash before SIFT tax, less current year SIFT tax expense. 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. However, the Fund believes that distributable cash, both before and after SIFT tax, provides useful information regarding the amount of cash available for distribution to the Fund’s public unitholders.

Payout Ratio” is a non-IFRS ratio and is computed as the ratio of aggregate cash distributions paid during the period plus any special distributions declared or paid during the same period (numerator) to the aggregate distributable cash of the period (denominator).

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

    For the quarter ended
($000’s expect per unit amounts)   March 31, 2022   March 31, 2021
         
Restaurants in the Royalty Pool             107               106  
Royalty Pool sales (1)            $         141,705     $         68,575  
Royalty income (2)            $         5,668     $         2,743  
Interest income (3)                      1,054               1,054  
Total income            $         6,722     $         3,797  
Administrative expenses (4)                      (129 )             (105 )
Interest and financing expenses (5)                      (100 )             (97 )
Operating income            $         6,493     $         3,595  
Distributions to KRL (6)                      (2,804 )             (1,844 )
Profit before fair value gain (loss) and income taxes            $         3,689     $         1,751  
Fair value gain (loss) (7)                      (10,870 )             (7,051 )
Income tax recovery (expense) (8)                      (995 )             (473 )
Profit (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)            $         (8,176 )   $         (5,773 )
Distributable cash before SIFT tax (9)            $         3,495     $         1,426  
Distributable cash (10)            $         2,514     $         969  
Distributions to Fund unitholders (11)            $         3,221     $         1,362  
Payout ratio (12)              128.1 %     140.6 %
         
Per Fund unit information (13)        
Profit before fair value gain (loss) and income taxes            $         0.325     $         0.154  
Profit (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)           $         (0.720 )   $         (0.508 )
Distributable cash before SIFT tax (9)            $         0.308     $         0.126  
Distributable cash (10)            $         0.221     $         0.085  
Distributions to Fund unitholders (11)            $         0.284     $         0.120  
         

Notes:

(1) Royalty Pool sales are the gross sales reported by Keg Restaurants included in the Royalty Pool in any period. As of March 31, 2022, the Royalty Pool includes 107 Keg restaurants, 52 of which are owned and operated by KRL and its subsidiaries, (42 in Canada and 10 in the United Sates), and 55 Keg restaurants which are owned and operated by Keg franchisees (all of which are in Canada).

(2) The Fund, indirectly through The Keg Rights Limited Partnership (the “Partnership”), earns royalty income equal to 4% of gross sales of Keg restaurants in the Royalty Pool.

(3) The Fund directly earns interest income on the $57.0 million Keg Loan, with interest income accruing at 7.5% per annum, payable monthly.

(4) The Fund, indirectly through the Partnership, incurs administrative expenses and interest on the operating line of credit, to the extent utilized.

(5) The Fund, indirectly through The Keg Holdings Trust (the “Trust”), incurs interest expense on the $14.0 million term loan and amortization of deferred financing charges.

(6) Represents the distributions of the Partnership attributable to KRL during the respective periods on the Class A, entitled Class B, and Class D Partnership units (“Exchangeable units”) and Class C Partnership units held by KRL. The Exchangeable units are exchangeable into Fund units on a one-for-one basis. These distributions are presented as interest expense in the financial statements.

(7) Fair value gain (loss) is the non-cash decrease or increase in the market value of the Exchangeable units held by KRL during the respective period. Exchangeable units are classified as a financial liability under IFRS. The Fund is required to determine the fair value of that liability at the end of each reporting period and adjust for any increase or decrease, taking into consideration the sale of any Exchangeable units and Additional Entitlements during the same period.

(8) Income taxes include the Specified Investment Flow-through Trust tax (“SIFT tax”) expense, and either a non-cash deferred tax expense or deferred tax recovery. The deferred tax expense or recovery primarily results from differences in income recognition between the Fund’s accounting methods and enacted tax laws. It is also partially due to temporary differences between accounting and tax bases of the Keg Rights owned by the Partnership.

(9) Distributable cash before SIFT tax is defined as the periodic cash flows from operating activities as reported in the IFRS condensed consolidated financial statements, including the effects of changes in non-cash working capital, plus SIFT tax paid (including current year instalments), less interest and financing fees paid on the term loan, less the Partnership distributions attributable to KRL through its ownership of Exchangeable units. Distributable cash before SIFT tax 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.

(10) Distributable cash is the amount of cash available for distribution to the Fund’s public unitholders and is calculated as distributable cash before SIFT tax, less current year SIFT tax expense. 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. However, the Fund believes that distributable cash, both before and after SIFT tax, provides useful information regarding the amount of cash available for distribution to the Fund’s public unitholders.

(11) Distributions to Fund unitholders include all regular monthly cash distributions paid to Fund unitholders during a period and any special distributions, either declared or paid, to Fund unitholders in the same period.

(12) Payout ratio is computed as the ratio of aggregate cash distributions paid during the period plus any special distributions declared or paid during the same period (numerator) to the aggregate distributable cash of the period (denominator).

(13) All per unit amounts are calculated based on the weighted average number of Fund units outstanding, which are those units held by public unitholders during the respective period. The weighted average number of Fund units outstanding for the three months ended March 31, 2022 were 11,353,500 (three months ended March 31, 2021 – 11,353,500).

The Fund (TSX: KEG.UN) is a limited purpose, open-ended trust established under the laws of the Province of Ontario that, through The Keg Rights Limited Partnership, owns certain trademarks and other related intellectual property used by Keg Restaurants Ltd. (“KRL”). In exchange for use of those trademarks, KRL pays the Fund a royalty of 4% of gross sales of Keg restaurants included in the royalty pool.

Vancouver-based KRL is the leading operator and franchisor of steakhouse restaurants in Canada and has a substantial presence in select regional markets in the United States. KRL continues to operate The Keg restaurant system and expand that system through the addition of both corporate and franchised Keg steakhouses. KRL has been named one of the “50 Best Employers in Canada” for the past seventeen years by Aon Hewitt. For more information on our brand, visit www.kegsteakhouse.com

This press release may contain certain “forward looking” statements reflecting The Keg Royalties Income Fund’s current expectations in the casual dining segment of the restaurant food industry. Investors are cautioned that all forward looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including those relating to the Keg’s ability to continue to realize historical same store sales growth, changes in market and existing competition, new competitive developments, and potential downturns in economic conditions generally. Additional information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Fund’s financial results are detailed in documents filed from time to time with the provincial securities commissions in Canada.

This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, which may be made only by means of the prospectus, nor shall there be any sale of the Fund units in any state, province or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any state, province or jurisdiction. The Keg Royalties Income Fund units have not been, and will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an application for exemption from the registration requirement under U.S. securities laws.

The Trustees of the Fund have approved the contents of this press release.

For further information, contact:
Investor Relations
Tel: (604) 276-0242
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www.kegincomefund.com