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BIG ROCK BREWERY ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

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CALGARY, AB, May 11, 2022 /CNW/ - Big Rock Brewery Inc. (TSX: BR) ("Big Rock" or the "Corporation") today announced its financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2022.

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Financial Summary

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2021, the Corporation reported:

  • sales volumes decreased by 6.5% from 35,600 hectolitres ("hl") to 33,279 hl;

  • net revenue decreased by 17.1% from $10.6 million to $8.8 million;

  • operating loss of $1.5 million versus an operating loss of $0.5 million;

  • net loss of $1.3 million versus a net loss of $0.5 million; and

  • adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") loss of 0.6 million (see "Non-GAAP Measures").

On March 31, 2022, the Corporation amended the terms of its existing credit agreement with its lender which includes both a $6 million operating facility and $10 million of term debt. At March 31, 2022, the Corporation had $1.1 million available on its operating facility.

Summary of Results


Three months ended March 31

$000, except hl and per share amounts

2022

2021

Sales volumes (hl) (1)

33,279

35,600

Gross revenue

12,729

14,303

Net revenue

8,787

10,599

Cost of sales

6,073

7,087

Adjusted EBITDA (2)

(620)

789

Operating loss

(1,488)

(501)

Net loss

(1,271)

(455)

Loss per share (basic & diluted)

$ (0.18)

$ (0.07)

(1)

Excludes contract manufacturing volumes due to the nature of the agreements.

(2)

Non-GAAP measure. See "Non-GAAP Measures".

Outlook & Strategy

Several co-packing customers that supply raw materials to the Corporation have been affected by ongoing global supply chain delays which has resulted in significant contract volume shifted out of the first quarter and into the second quarter of fiscal 2022. The Corporation continues to experience inflationary pressures impacting raw material and packaging material pricing related to its owned volumes, as well as longer lead times combined with increased delivery and distribution charges linked to ongoing supply chain issues caused by the impact of COVID 19In response to the Corporation's pressures, Big Rock has strategically applied a combination of wholesale price increases in-line with competitors across all markets as well as engaged in group purchasing strategies to mitigate cost increases. The Corporation also has put in place certain fixed price contracts on raw materials and utilities to stabilize prices going forward. The Corporation expects to continue to realize overhead, and labor cost efficiencies as co-packing volume increases and improved operating efficiency with the new capital equipment upgrades in the Calgary facility.

The Corporation's new can line, pasteurizer and other equipment enhancements that support expanded product packaging formats are operational and in use. The expanded production capacity, combined with new capabilities associated with pasteurization, positions the Corporation to execute its growth plans with respect to new co-packing agreements targeted to achieve 65% to 85% year-over-year growth in 2022.

Big Rock's long-term growth strategy is defined by the following three phases: 'Gear up', 'Fill up' and 'Drink up'. This strategy supports the Corporation's vision to become Canada's largest independent brewer.

Additional Information

The interim condensed consolidated financial statements and Management's Discussion and Analysis for the three months ended March 31, 2022 dated May 11, 2022, can be viewed on Big Rock's website at www.bigrockbeer.com and on SEDAR at www.sedar.com under Big Rock Brewery Inc.

Big Rock is also pleased to announce that the Annual Meeting of Big Rock shareholders will be held on May 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time).

Non-GAAP Measures

The Corporation uses certain financial measures referred to in this press release to quantify its results that are not prescribed by Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. This press release contains the term "Adjusted EBITDA". This financial measure does not have a standardized meaning under the Corporation's Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and therefore may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and share based payments. Management believes that this measure facilitates the understanding of the Corporation's results from operations. The nearest GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA is net income, or net loss as applicable, with the reconciliation between the two as follows:

($000)


Three months ended March 31

2022

2021

Net loss


(1271)

(455)

Addback:




Interest


158

79

Taxes


(372)

(100)

Depreciation and amortization


819

885

Share based payments


46

380

Adjusted EBITDA


(620)

720

Forward-Looking Information

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or Big Rock's future performance. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking information are not facts, but only predictions and generally can be identified by the use of statements that include words or phrases such as, "anticipate", "believe", "continue", "could", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "likely" "may", "project", "predict", "propose", "potential", "might", "plan", "seek", "should", "targeting", "will", and similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. Big Rock believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this news release should not be unduly relied upon by readers, as actual results may vary materially from such forward-looking statements. These statements speak only as of the date of this news release and are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement.

In particular, this news release contains forward-looking statements pertaining to the following:

  • Big Rock's business plans, outlook and strategy;

  • Big Rock's vision to become Canada's largest independent brewer;

  • that Big Rock's group purchasing strategies will improve its purchasing power and mitigate cost increases;

  • that Big Rock's fixed price contracts on raw materials and utilities will mitigate price volatility going forward;

  • Big Rock's expectations that it will continue to realize overhead and labor cost efficiencies as volume throughput grows with anticipated growth in co-packing volume;

  • Big Rock's expectations that its operating efficiency will improve as a result of the new capital equipment upgrades at its Calgary facility; and

  • the anticipated benefits to be derived from Big Rock's expanded production capacity and new production capabilities associated with pasteurization.

With respect to the forward-looking statements listed above and FOFI (as defined below) contained in this news release, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things:

  • that Big Rock's long-term growth strategy will support it in becoming Canada's largest independent brewer;

  • that Big Rock's group purchasing strategies will improve its purchasing power;

  • that Big Rock's new capital equipment upgrades at its Calgary facility will improve its operating efficiency;

  • that Big Rock's expanded production capacity, combined with new production capabilities associated with pasteurization, will position Big Rock to execute its growth plans with respect to co-packing arrangements;

  • volumes in the current fiscal year will remain constant or will increase;

  • there will be no material change to the regulatory environment in which Big Rock operates;

  • there will be no material supply issues with Big Rock's vendors; and

  • that the duration and extent of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be long-term.

Some of the risks which could affect future results and could cause results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking information and statements and FOFI contained herein include the risk factors set out in the Corporation's annual information form and also include, but are not limited to:

  • that Big Rock's group purchasing strategies may not improve its purchasing power and mitigate cost increases;

  • that Big Rock's fixed price contracts on raw materials and utilities may not mitigate price volatility;

  • that Big Rock's new capital equipment upgrades at its Calgary facility may not improve its operating efficiency;

  • that the year-over-year growth in Big Rock's co-packing arrangements may be less than anticipated;

  • the inability to grow demand for Big Rock's products; and

  • the duration and extent of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Any financial outlook or future oriented financial information (in each case "FOFI") contained in this news release regarding prospective financial position, including anticipated year over year growth in 2022, is based on reasonable assumptions about future events, including those described above, based on an assessment by management of the relevant information that is currently available. The actual results will likely vary from the amounts set forth herein and such variations may be material. Readers are cautioned that any such FOFI contained herein should not be used for purposes other than those for which it is disclosed herein. Such information was made as of the date of this news release and the Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any such information, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, unless required pursuant to applicable law.

Readers are cautioned that the foregoing list of assumptions and risk factors is not exhaustive. The forward-looking information and statements and FOFI contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking information and statements and FOFI included in this news release are made as of the date hereof and Big Rock does not undertake any obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information and statements to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless so required by applicable securities laws.

About Big Rock Brewery Inc.

In 1985, Ed McNally founded Big Rock to contest the time's beer trends. Three bold, European-inspired offerings – Bitter, Porter and Traditional Ale – forged an industry at a time heavy on easy drinking lagers and light on flavour. Today, our extensive portfolio of signature beers, ongoing seasonal offerings, six ciders (Rock Creek Cider® series), custom-crafted private label products and other notable, licensed alcoholic beverages keeps us at the forefront of the craft beer revolution and still proudly contesting the beer and alcoholic beverage trends of today. Big Rock has brewing operations in Calgary, Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario. Big Rock trades on the TSX under the symbol "BR". For more information on Big Rock visit www.bigrockbeer.com

SOURCE Big Rock Brewery Inc.

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