November 10, 2016 - Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. (“Diamond Estates” or “the Company”) (DWS-TSX Venture) today
announced strong growth in revenue and net earnings for the three and six-months ended September
30, 2016 (“Q2 2017” and “YTD 2017” respectively).
Q2 2017 Highlights:
•Revenue increased 28.5% to $10.3 million from $8.0 million Q2 2016, driven primarily by robust
•EBITDA improved 42.8% to $1.4 million from $1.0 million last year, as the company benefits
from enhanced operating leverage;
•Net earnings increased 104.6% to $0.8 million from $0.4 million in Q2 2016;
•Cash flow from operating activities, before changes in non-cash working capital items, increased
87.1% to $2.1 million in YTD 2017 from $1.1 million in YTD 2016;
•The Company's debt to equity ratio improved to 1.50:1 from 1.76:1 as at March 31, 2016; and
•Management successfully renegotiated terms of the Company’s credit facility, providing for
enhanced operating flexibility to support growth.
“Our strong year-over-year earnings improvement in Q2 2017 demonstrates the scalability of our platform as there was no material growth in the fixed cost base to support the increased revenue. We expect this trend to continue given the favourable environment for VQA wine in Ontario as we have listings with all chains and large independent grocery stores now carrying wine,” stated Murray Souter, President and CEO of Diamond Estates. “Not only are we benefitting from the growing consumer demand for our diverse portfolio of brands in Ontario, we are also participating strongly in the growing desirability for Canadian wines in Asia.”
About Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc. is a producer of high quality wines and a sales agent for over 120 beverage alcohol brands across Canada. The company operates two wineries in the Niagara region of Ontario producing VQA and blended wines under such well-known brand names as 20 Bees, EastDell Estates, Diamond Estates Cellars, Dois Amigos, Dan Aykroyd, Benchmark and Seasons. Through its partnership, Kirkwood Diamond Canada, the Company is the sales agent for top selling international brands in all regions of the country as well as being a distributor in the western provinces. These recognizable brands include Fat Bastard wines from France, Kaiken wines from Argentina, Charles Wells beers from England, Hpnotiq Liqueur from France, Anciano wines from Spain, Francois Lurton wines from France and Argentina, Blue Nun wines from Germany, coolers and spirits from Independent Distillers in New Zealand, Brick Brewing from Canada, Evan Williams Bourbon from USA, Flor de Cana rum from Nicaragua, Iceberg Vodka from Canada and many others. For further information on the company, please visit the company’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com.
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc. common shares trade on the TSX Venture Exchange (symbol: DWS). For more information, please contact:
J. Murray Souter
President & CEO
Diamond Estates Wines & Spirits Inc.
905 641 1042 Ext 234
Alan Stratton, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Diamond Estates Wines and Spirits Inc.
905-641-1042 Ext 225
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Forward Looking Statement
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