EDMONTON, AB / ACCESSWIRE / November 16, 2023 / Rocky Mountain Liquor Inc. (TSXV:RUM) (the 'Company' or 'Rocky Mountain'), listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (the 'Exchange'), today reported its financial results for the three and nine month periods ending September 30, 2023.
KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
Three month comparison July 1 - September 30:
- Gross margin increased 8% to 24.2% (2022 22.4%)
- 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 increased 11% to $961,555 (2022 $868,848)
- Operating margin increased 4% to $2,008,247 (2022 $1,931,217)
EBITDA for the three and nine month period ending Q3 2023 is continuing to outperform 2022. The Company has continued to reduce debt by $1.4M over the last 12 months, improving the balance sheet position and helping offset interest costs from increases in the prime rate.
Allison Radford, CEO commented 'Management will continue focusing on improving category management through purchasing optimization, pricing strategies, and a focus on meeting market driven consumer demand. The Company is continually evaluating its marketing plans to ensure that the strategies are generating brand awareness and brand engagement as well as driving customer traffic to its stores.'
The following table summarizes key operating and financial metrics of the Company's financial performance for the three and nine month periods ending September 30, 2023, and 2022.
- 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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