EDMONTON, AB / ACCESSWIRE / November 16, 2023/ Rocky Mountain Liquor Inc. (TSXV:RUM) (the “Company” or “Rocky Mountain”), which is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the “Exchange”), has announced its financial results for the three and nine-month periods ending September 30, 2023.
KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Three-month comparison from July 1 – September 30:
The gross margin experienced an increase of 8%, rising to 24.2% (from 22.4% in 2022).
EBITDA increased 6% to $536,675 (2022 $505,613)
Operating margin increased 3% to $909,564 (2022 $884,749)
Nine month comparison January 1 – September 30:
Gross margin increased 6% to 23.9% (2022 22.5%)
EBITDA saw an 11% growth, reaching $961,555 (2022 $868,848)
The operating margin exhibited an increase of 4%, amounting to $2,008,247 (2022 $1,931,217)
Notably, the EBITDA for the three and nine-month periods ending Q3 2023 maintains its sustained outperformance compared to 2022. Moreover, the organization succeeded in debt reduction of $1.4M within the past year, thereby enhancing the balance sheet status — resultant of offsetting interest costs due to a surge in the prime rate.
Allison Radford, the CEO, stated, “The management will unceasingly strive to boost category management — via optimization of purchasing, pricing strategies, and emphasizing the fulfillment of the consumer’s market-driven demand. Additionally, the Company is in a constant state of evaluation concerning its marketing plans — with the agenda of whether the tactics effectively generate both brand awareness and engagement, alongside driving customer footfall in stores.”
The following table provides a summary of the pivotal operating and financial metrics of the Company’s performance for the three and nine month periods ending on September 30, 2023, and 2022.
For the 3 months ended
For the 9 months ended
Sales of Existing Stores (1)
Average Sales Per Existing Store (2)
Operating Margin (3)
Net Comprehensive Income
Number of Stores in Operating at Period End
Total Credit Facility Use
Sales existing stores are sales from stores that are in operation during the applicable period.
Average sales per existing store is based on sales of existing stores.
Calculation of Operating Margin and EBITDA are described under the heading “Non-IFRS Measures” in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis.
Calculation of credit facility can be found on page 7 under the heading “Summary of Credit Facilities” in the Company’s Management Discussion and Analysis.
The Company increased its operating margin by 3% in Q3 2023 over the same quarter in 2022 by focusing on cost efficiencies and from selling an under-performing store in 2022. Sales of existing stores for the three months ending September 30, 2023, are lower than the same period in 2022 due to the sale of a store in Q4 2022. The weather throughout the summer, particularly on weekends, played a large role in the sales trends for the third quarter ending 2023 as it was not as favourable as 2022.
Average sales per existing store increased by 2% for the nine month period ending September 30, 2023, over September 30, 2022, primarily due to inflationary pressures on pricing. Sales of existing stores for the nine month period ending September 30, 2023, are 2% lower than the same period in 2022. For the first two months in 2022, restrictions were in place to on-site liquor consumption establishments resulting in a positive effect on retail liquor sales in that period.
Gross margins are higher by 8% at 24.2% for the three months ending September 30, 2023, compared to 22.4% for the same period in 2022, and higher by 6% at 23.9% for the nine month period in 2023 compared to 22.5% in 2022 as management has been focusing on its marketing, pricing, and promotional strategies to support profitable growth.
Detailed information in the form of the Company’s interim consolidated financial statements and Management Discussion and Analysis are available under the Company’s profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and also on the Company’s website at www.ruminvestor.com. After accessing the website, please choose the “Investor Relations” tab to view Quarterly Reports.
About Rocky Mountain
Rocky Mountain owns 100% of Andersons Liquor Inc. (“Andersons”), headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, which now owns and operates 25 private liquor stores in that province, up from 18 stores since the Common Shares began trading in December 2008. It is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V:RUM).
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Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
SOURCE: Rocky Mountain Liquor Inc.
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