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SIR Royalty Income Fund Reports 2017 Second Quarter Results

BURLINGTON, ON, Aug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - SIR Royalty Income Fund (TSX: SRV.UN) (the "Fund") today reported its financial results for the three-month ("Q2 2017") and six-month ("YTD 2017") periods ended June 30, 2017. All comparisons in the following summary are to the corresponding periods in the prior fiscal year. Percentage calculations are based on the numbers in the financial statements and may not correspond to rounded figures presented in this release.

Q2 2017 Highlights

  • Net earnings for the Fund were $2.6 million, or $0.31 per Fund unit, compared to $2.3 million, or $0.31 per Fund unit, for the three-month period ended June 30, 2016 ("Q2 2016").

  • Pooled Revenue was $74.5 million, down slightly from $74.8 million in Q2 2016. This decrease resulted primarily from the closures of Far Niente®/FOUR®/Petit Four® in 2016, Alice Fazooli's® in Oakville, Ontario in Q1 2017, and Alice Fazooli's in Vaughan, Ontario in Q2 2017, partially offset by the addition of the new Scaddabush restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2017.

  • Distributable cash(2) totaled $2.6 million, or $0.32 per Fund unit (basic and diluted), and cash distributed totaled $2.4 million, representing a payout ratio(2) of 90.4%. The Fund's target payout ratio is 100% per annum.

  • SIR Corp. ("SIR") completed renovations to three additional Jack Astor's restaurants during the quarter, bringing the total number of Jack Astor's renovations completed to five in YTD 2017.

  • One new Scaddabush restaurant was opened during Q2 2017 (Oakville, Ontario) and an additional new Scaddabush restaurant was opened subsequent to the quarter (Vaughan, Ontario). These locations are expected to be added to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2018.

"We continue to invest in our restaurants to drive performance and enhance value for Fund unitholders," said Peter Fowler, President and CEO of SIR Corp. "We further advanced our comprehensive Jack Astor's renovation program in the quarter, with three additional locations renovated, bringing the total number of renovated Jack Astor's to eleven since we initiated the program last year. We are pleased with the improved performance of these renovated Jack Astor's and intend to continue the program throughout 2017 to drive same store sales growth for our flagship brand.  We have now also completed our plans to close the last two remaining Alice Fazooli's locations in Oakville and Vaughan, Ontario and open our more popular and outperforming Scaddabush brand at these locations. Our unitholders are well positioned to benefit from the expected addition of these two new Scaddabush locations, along with our new Scaddabush on Front Street in downtown Toronto, to the Royalty Pool in January 2018."

Q2 2017 Financial Results Summary

($000s except restaurants and per
Unit amounts)

(unaudited)


Three-month
period ended
June 30, 2017

Three-month
period ended
June 30, 2016

Six-month
period ended
June 30, 2017

Six-month
period ended
June 30, 2016







Royalty Pooled Restaurants


57

57

57

57







Pooled Revenue generated by SIR Corp.


74,477

74,757

138,951

138,012







Royalty income to Partnership – 6% of Pooled Revenue


4,469

4,485

8,337

8,281

Make-Whole Payment


99

--

229

--

Total Royalty income to Partnership


4,568

4,485

8,566

8,281

Partnership other income


6

6

12

12

Partnership expenses


(21)

(12)

(44)

(31)

Partnership earnings


4,533

4,479

8,534

8,262

SIR Corp.'s interest






(Class A, B, and C GP Units)


(1,599)

(1,927)

(3,088)

(3,669)

Partnership income allocated to Fund


2,954

2,552

5,446

4,593

Interest income


750

750

1,500

1,500







Total income of the Fund


3,704

3,302

6,946

6,093

General & administrative expenses


(118)

(108)

(235)

(209)







Net earnings before income






taxes of the Fund


3,586

3,194

6,711

5,884

Income tax expense


(961)

(854)

(1,795)

(1,575)







Net earnings for the period


2,625

2,340

4,916

4,309







Earnings per Fund Unit

(basic and diluted)


 

$0.31

 

$0.31

 

$0.59

 

$0.57

 

Pooled Revenue was $74.5 million in Q2 2017, a decrease of 0.4% from $74.8 million in Q2 2016, primarily the result of the removal of Far Niente/FOUR/Petit Four from the Royalty Pool on January 1, 2017 after its closure in 2016, and the closures of the Alice Fazooli's locations in Oakville and Vaughan, Ontario in Q1 2017 and Q2 2017, respectively. Although, these latter two restaurants no longer contribute to Pooled Revenue, a Make-Whole payment is made until they cease to be part of Royalty Pooled Restaurants, expected to occur on January 1, 2018.  These declines in Pooled Revenue were partially offset by the Pooled Revenue contribution resulting from the addition of the Scaddabush restaurant in Scarborough, Ontario to the Royalty Pool on January 1, 2017, and overall SSSG(1) of 0.4% in Q2 2017. Q2 2017 SSSG(1), and therefore Q2 2017 Pooled Revenue for Jack Astor's, was negatively impacted by the temporary closure of one of SIR's highest volume Jack Astor's locations in Toronto for a major renovation.

Two new Scaddabush restaurants were opened in Oakville, Ontario on April 5, 2017 (Q2 2017) and in Vaughan, Ontario on July 5, 2017 (Q3 2017). Both of these new Scaddabush locations will be treated as New Additional Restaurants and added to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2018. In the interim, SIR will make a Make-Whole payment to the Fund for the Pooled Revenue that would have been contributed from these closed Alice Fazooli's locations from their effective closure dates to December 31, 2017.

The Fund's net earnings were $2.6 million in Q2 2017, or $0.31 per Fund unit (basic and diluted), compared to $2.3 million, or $0.31 per Fund unit (basic and diluted), in Q2 2016.

Distributable cash(2) for Q2 2017 totaled $2.6 million, or $0.32 per Fund unit (basic and diluted), and distributions to Unitholders totaled $2.4 million, representing a payout ratio(2) of 90.4% for the quarter.  The decrease in the payout ratio(2) is partially due to the immediate recognition of the full Make-Whole payment of $1.0 million from SIR to SIR Royalty Limited Partnership ('the Partnership") in Q2 2017, for the closure of the Alice Fazooli's location in Vaughan, Ontario during Q2 2017, and overall same store sales growth in the quarter.

The Fund's payout ratio(2) is intended to average 100% per annum. Since the Fund's inception in October 2004, up to and including Q2 2017, the Fund has generated $93.6 million in cumulative distributable cash and has paid cumulative cash distributions of $92.9 million, representing a cumulative payout ratio (the ratio of cumulative cash distributions paid since inception to cumulative distributable cash generated) of 99.3%.

Distributable Cash(2)

The following table reconciles the relationship between cash provided by operating activities and distributable cash(2)          






(in thousands of dollars except per unit amounts and payout ratio(2))

(unaudited)

Three-month

period ended

June 30, 2017

Three-month

period ended

June 30, 2016

Six-month

period ended

June 30, 2017

Six-month

period ended

June 30, 2016

Cash provided by operating activities

2,250

2,137

4,723

3,945

Add/(deduct):






Net change in non-cash working capital items

50

(108)

(252)

(184)


Net change in income tax payable

(115)

(21)

25

395


Net change in distribution receivable from the Partnership

454

344

448

177

Distributable cash(2)

2,639

2,352

4,944

4,333

Cash distributed for the period

2,387

2,173

4,774

4,347

Surplus of distributable cash(2)

252

179

170

(14)

Payout ratio(2)

90.4%

92.4%

96.6%

100.3%

Distributable cash(2) per Fund unit (basic and diluted)

$0.32

$0.31

$0.59

$0.57

 

Same Store Sales ("SSS") (1) 






SSS(1)  for the Royalty Pooled Restaurants

(unaudited) 

Three-month
period ended
June 30,2017

Three-month
period ended
June 30, 2016

Six-month
period ended
June 30, 2017

Six-month
period ended
June 30, 2016

Jack Astor's

(1.4%)

0.7%

0.4%

0.8%

Canyon Creek

1.4%

3.2%

(0.7%)

3.6%

Scaddabush

14.1%

13.5%

13.2%

14.7%

Signature Restaurants

7.7%

12.7%

6.5%

15.2%

Overall SSSG(1)

0.4%

2.7%

1.5%

3.2%

 

Jack Astor's, which generated approximately 75% of Pooled Revenue in Q2 2017, had a SSS(1) decline of 1.4% in the quarter, primarily as a result of the temporary closure of three locations during the quarter to complete renovations. The location on Front Street in Toronto, one of SIR's highest volume Jack Astor's locations, completed a renovation that was more extensive than other locations, resulting in a longer than normal closure. This location was closed for 20 days in Q2 2017. The locations in Vaughan and Brampton, Ontario were closed for a combined total of 19 days in the quarter, as renovations were completed. Jack Astor's SSS(1) has been favourably impacted by the improved sales performance at certain locations that have been recently renovated, including increases in beverage sales at these locations, as SIR has implemented enhanced beverage programs as part of its renovation package. SIR plans to continue with renovations at additional Jack Astor's to drive SSSG(1) . Jack Astor's SSS(1) performance continues to be impacted by two Jack Astor's restaurants affected by their weakened local economies (Jack Astor's in Calgary, Alberta and Jack Astor's in St. John's, Newfoundland).

Canyon Creek® generated SSSG(1) of 1.4% in Q2 2017 and a decline in SSS(1) of 0.7% in YTD 2017. The Q2 2017 SSSG(1)  is primarily the result of the downtown Toronto Canyon Creek location benefiting from a local marketing campaign during the quarter. The decline of 2.8% in YTD 2017 was primarily due to a significant competitive intrusion at one of the eight Canyon Creek locations, which had a decline in SSS(1) of 12.6% in YTD 2017.

Scaddabush SSSG(1) performance for Q2 2017 includes three Scaddabush locations (Richmond Hill, Mississauga, and Yonge and Gerrard in downtown Toronto, Ontario). Scaddabush generated SSSG(1)  of 14.1% and 13.2% in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively, reflecting the continued strong performance of the Scaddabush brand. During Q1 2017, effective March 19, 2017, SIR permanently closed the Alice Fazooli's location in Oakville, Ontario and opened a new Scaddabush restaurant at this location at the beginning of Q2 2017 on April 5, 2017. During Q2 2017, effective June 18, 2017, SIR permanently closed the Alice Fazooli's location in Vaughan, Ontario and opened a new Scaddabush restaurant at this location subsequent to Q2 2017 on July 5, 2017. Beginning in the quarter that each of these Alice Fazooli's restaurants were closed, their respective sales have been excluded, retroactively, from the calculation of SSS(1), similar to any permanently closed location. Accordingly, the Q2 2017 and YTD 2017 SSSG(1) performance for Scaddabush does not include the Alice Fazooli's locations in Oakville or Vaughan, Ontario. The new Scaddabush locations in Scarborough, Ontario and on Front Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario are also excluded from the calculation of SSSG(1) in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, since they were not open for the entire comparable periods in 2017 and 2016.

The downtown Toronto Signature Restaurants generated SSSG(1) of 7.7% and 6.5% in Q2 2017 and YTD 2017, respectively,  primarily driven by the Loose Moose Tap & Grill®, which continues to post strong SSSG(1). The Q2 2017 and YTD 2017 SSSG(1) for the Signature Restaurants does not include Far Niente/FOUR/Petit Four, as this location was closed effective October 15, 2016. The Signature Restaurants' SSSG(1) of 15.2% in YTD 2016 included SSSG(1) of 25.9% from Far Niente/FOUR/Petit Four. The high SSSG(1) for Far Niente/FOUR/Petit Four during YTD 2016 was primarily due to its 40-day closure in Q1 2015 due to a flood.

Outlook
SIR continues to monitor economic conditions, competitive actions, and consumer confidence. SIR has advised the Fund that it is considering new restaurant developments and renovations to existing restaurants where appropriate. The rate of growth will be impacted by ongoing earnings from current operations and is subject to the availability of acceptable long-term financing. Based on its assessment of these conditions, the timing of new restaurant construction and renovations as well as related opening schedules will be reviewed regularly by SIR and adjusted as necessary.

The Ontario government is proposing increases to minimum wage starting January 1, 2018 that will materially increase the cost of hourly labour in the majority of SIR's restaurants. SIR is working with industry groups to lobby the government for certain changes that could mitigate the impact of some of these proposed changes to Ontario labour legislation. SIR's Management is evaluating alternatives to offset the impact of these increases in an effort to reduce the price increases that otherwise may have to be implemented to mitigate anticipated cost increases.

In support of driving growth in Royalty Pooled Revenue and/or SSS(1)

  • SIR commenced a Jack Astor's renovation program in 2016, completing renovations at six Jack Astor's locations. SIR completed renovations to five additional Jack Astor's during YTD 2017. SIR is pleased with the performance of the renovated Jack Astor's locations and intends to implement similar renovations at other Jack Astor's locations in the future.

  • SIR opened two new Scaddabush locations in 2016, including: Scarborough, Ontario (Q3 2016), and Front Street in downtown Toronto, Ontario (Q4 2016). The new Scaddabush in Scarborough was added to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2017. The new Scaddabush on Front Street is expected to be added to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2018.

  • SIR permanently closed the Alice Fazooli's restaurants in Oakville, Ontario and Vaughan, Ontario and opened two new Scaddabush restaurants at these locations. Both of these new Scaddabush locations will be treated as New Additional Restaurants and added to Royalty Pooled Restaurants on January 1, 2018.

  • SIR currently has plans to open a new Reds® restaurant, at the Square One Shopping Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, which is expected to open in 2017.

The Fund's consolidated unaudited Financial Statements and MD&A, and the Partnership's Financial Statements, for the three and six-month periods ended June 30, 2017, are available via the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com and SIR's website at www.sircorp.com.

(1) Same store sales ("SSS") and same store sales growth ("SSSG") are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS.  However, the Fund believes that SSS and SSSG are useful measures and provide investors with an indication of the change in year-over-year sales.  The Fund's method of calculating SSS and SSSG may differ from those of other issuers and, accordingly, SSS and SSSG may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers.  SSS includes revenue from all SIR Restaurants included in Pooled Revenue except for those locations that were not open for the entire comparable periods in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016.

(2) Distributable cash and payout ratio are non-GAAP financial measures and do not have standardized meanings prescribed by IFRS.  However, the Fund believes that distributable cash and the payout ratio are useful measures as they provide investors with an indication of cash available for distribution.  The Fund's method of calculating distributable cash and the payout ratio may differ from that of other issuers and, accordingly, distributable cash and the payout ratio may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers.  Investors are cautioned that distributable cash and the payout ratio should not be construed as an alternative to the statement of cash flows as a measure of liquidity and cash flows of the Fund.  The payout ratio is calculated as cash distributed for the period as a percentage of the distributable cash for the period.  Distributable cash represents the amount of money which the Fund expects to have available for distribution to Unitholders of the Fund, and is calculated as cash provided by operating activities of the Fund, adjusted for the net change in non-cash working capital items including a reserve for income taxes payable and the net change in the distribution receivable from the SIR Royalty Limited Partnership.  For a detailed explanation of how the Fund's distributable cash is calculated, please refer to the Fund's MD&A for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, which can be accessed via the SEDAR website (www.sedar.com).

About SIR Corp.
SIR is a privately held Canadian corporation that owns and operates a portfolio of 60 restaurants and one seasonal retail outlet in Canada. SIR's Concept brands include: Jack Astor's Bar and Grill®, with 40 locations; Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar®, with seven locations; and Canyon Creek®, with eight locations.  SIR also operates one-of-a-kind "Signature" brands in downtown Toronto, including Reds® Wine Tavern, Reds® Midtown Tavern, and The Loose Moose®.  All trademarks related to the Concept and Signature brands noted above are used by SIR under a License and Royalty Agreement with SIR Royalty Limited Partnership in consideration for a Royalty, payable by SIR to the Partnership, equal to six percent of the revenue of the 57 restaurants (55 operating restaurants and two closed restaurants) currently included in the Royalty Pool. SIR also owns and operates Duke's Refresher® & Bar in downtown Toronto, Ontario, one seasonal Signature restaurant, Abbey's Bakehouse®, and one seasonal retail outlet, which are not currently part of the Royalty Pool. For more information on SIR Corp. or the SIR Royalty Income Fund, please visit www.sircorp.com.

About SIR Royalty Income Fund
The Fund is a trust governed by the laws of the province of Ontario that receives distribution income from its investment in the SIR Royalty Limited Partnership and interest income from the SIR Loan. The Fund intends to pay distributions to unitholders on a monthly basis.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
Certain statements contained in this report, or incorporated herein by reference, including the information set forth as to the future financial or operating performance of the Fund or SIR, that are not current or historical factual statements may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws ("forward-looking statements"). Statements concerning the objectives, goals, strategies, intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations and estimates, and the business, operations, financial performance and condition of the Fund, the SIR Holdings Trust (the "Trust"), the Partnership, SIR, the SIR Restaurants or industry results, are forward-looking statements. The words "may", "will", "would", "should", "expect", "believe", "plan", "anticipate", "intend", "estimate" and other similar terminology and the negative of such expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Fund, the Trust, the Partnership, SIR, the SIR Restaurants or industry results, to differ materially from the anticipated results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These statements reflect Management's current expectations, estimates and projections regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date of this document. Readers should not place undue importance on forward-looking statements and should not rely upon this information as of any other date. Risks related to forward-looking statements include, among other things, challenges presented by a number of factors, including: market conditions at the time of this filing; competition; changes in demographic trends; weather; changing consumer preferences and discretionary spending patterns; changes in consumer confidence; changes in national and local business and economic conditions; changes in foreign exchange; changes in availability of credit; legal proceedings and challenges to intellectual property rights; dependence of the Fund on the financial condition of SIR; legislation and governmental regulation, including the cost and/or availability of labour as it relates to changes in minimum wage rates or other changes to labour legislation; accounting policies and practices; and the results of operations and financial condition of SIR. The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive. Many of these issues can affect the Fund's or SIR's actual results and could cause their actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in any forward-looking statements made by, or on behalf of, the Fund or SIR.  There can be no assurance that SIR will remain compliant in the future with all of its financial covenants under the Credit Agreement and imposed by the lender. Given these uncertainties, readers are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and should not place undue reliance on them. The Fund and SIR expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to publicly disclose or release any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on Management's current plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions, and the Fund and SIR do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements should assumptions related to these plans, estimates, projections, beliefs and opinions change, except as expressly required by applicable securities laws.

In formulating the forward-looking statements contained herein, Management has assumed that business and economic conditions affecting SIR's restaurants and the Fund will continue substantially in the ordinary course, including without limitation with respect to general industry conditions, competition, general levels of economic activity (including in downtown Toronto), regulations (including those regarding employees, food safety, tobacco and alcohol), weather, taxes, foreign exchange rates and interest rates, that there will be no pandemics or other material outbreaks of disease or safety issues affecting humans or animals or food products, and that there will be no unplanned material changes in its facilities, equipment, customer and employee relations, or credit arrangements. These assumptions, although considered reasonable by Management at the time of preparation, may prove to be incorrect.  In particular, Management has assumed that the tax effects on distributions will remain consistent with current regulations or pronouncements, and also in estimating the revenue for new restaurants, Management has assumed that they will operate consistent with other similar SIR restaurants, and has assumed that SIR will remain compliant in the future with all of its financial covenants under the Credit Agreement and imposed by the lender. For more information concerning the Fund's risks and uncertainties, please refer to the March 14, 2017 Annual Information Form, for the period ended December 31, 2016, which is available under the Fund's profile at www.sedar.com. All of the forward-looking statements made herein are qualified by these cautionary statements and other cautionary statements or factors contained herein, and there can be no assurance that the actual results or developments will be realized or, even if substantially realized, that they will have the expected consequences to, or effects on, the Fund or SIR.

SOURCE SIR Royalty Income Fund

For further information: Jeff Good, Chief Financial Officer, Tel: 905-681-2997; Bruce Wigle, Bay Street Communications, Tel: 647-496-7856