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Vancouver, July 18, 2005 - The Keg Royalties Income Fund (KEG.UN:TSX, the “Fund”) and Keg Restaurants Ltd. today announced sales results for the 13 and 26-week periods ended July 3, 2005.
Keg Restaurants Ltd.’s total system sales for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2005 were $85.8 million compared to $77.0 million for the 13 weeks ended July 4, 2004, an increase of $8.8 million or 11.4%. For the 26-week period ended July 3, 2005, The Keg’s total system sales were $172.7 million compared to $156.8 million for the 26-week period ended July 4, 2004, an increase of $15.9 million or 10.1%.
The Keg’s same store sales in Canada increased by 3.7% and 3.4% for the comparable 13 and 26-week periods respectively, while same store sales increased by 15.7% and 10.3% for the comparable 13 and 26-week periods in the United States. Total consolidated same store sales increased by 3.7% for the 13-week period and by 3.1% for the 26-week period, in spite of the continuing negative effect of the exchange rate between the Canadian and U.S. dollars on the translation of the U.S. sales into their Canadian dollar equivalent.
“We are encouraged by the strong growth experienced throughout the company,” said David Aisenstat, Keg President & CEO. “We are especially excited about the phenomenal growth in same store sales in the U.S. market, particularly when compared to the more modest growth reported by the casual dining segment overall. Several recently launched initiatives have proven to be extremely effective in building traffic, most notably at our lower volume restaurants in the Pacific Northwest.”
Vancouver-based Keg Restaurants Ltd. 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. Keg Restaurants Ltd. has been named one of the “50 Best Employers in Canada” for the past three years by the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine.
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 changes in market and competition, 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 my 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: Karyn Byrne, Investor Relations Manager, Tel: (416) 646-4960, email@example.com