VANCOUVER, November 12, 2015 – The Keg Royalties Income Fund (the “Fund”) (TSX: KEG.UN) is pleased to announce that it is once again increasing its monthly cash distributions.
The monthly distributions will increase 3.55% from $0.0845 per unit to $0.0875 per unit beginning with the November 2015 distribution. This equates to an annualized distribution of $1.05 per unit. The distribution of $0.0875 per unit for the period from October 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015 will be payable to Unitholders of record at the close of business on November 21, 2015 and will be paid on November 30, 2015. This follows monthly distribution increases of 2.5% in March of 2015 and 3.05% in July of 2015.
“As a result of the strong financial performance of the Fund, we are pleased to announce that we are increasing monthly distributions to the Fund’s unitholders again this year”, said Mr. Kip Woodward, Chairman of the Fund. “Monthly distributions have been increased by a total 9.38% from $0.0800 at the beginning of the year to their current level of $0.0875.”
The Fund regularly reviews distribution levels with the objective of providing a consistent monthly distribution flow to Unitholders at the highest sustainable level. This distribution increase is primarily attributable to continued strong same store sales growth (“SSSG”) at Keg Restaurants Ltd. (“KRL”), although the addition of new Keg restaurants into the Royalty Pool each year is also a factor. For the most recent quarter ended September 30, 2015, KRL reported consolidated SSSG of 7.5% for the quarter.
“KRL’s exceptional year-to-date SSSG of 7.0%, combined with a cash balance of $2,247,000 and a positive working capital balance of $3,559,000 as at September 30, 2015, has allowed the Trustees to approve this third distribution increase of 2015”, said Mr. Woodward.
The Fund is a limited purpose, open-ended trust established under the laws of Ontario. The Fund indirectly owns certain trademarks and other related intellectual property used by KRL in its Keg Steakhouses & Bars. In exchange for the use of those trademarks, KRL pays the Fund a royalty equal to 4% of the sales of all Keg restaurants in the Royalty Pool.
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 those relating to the Keg’s ability to continue to realize historical same store sales growth, changes in market and existing competition, new 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 may 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.
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