-- Record Franchise Sales(1) from royalty pool restaurants for the fourth quarter of $185.2 million and for the Year of $731.5 million compared to $177.5 million and $699.3 million, respectively, in 2011.-- Same store sales growth of 2.2% for the Period and 3.3% for the Year.-- Distributable Cash(2) increased 10.9% for the Period and 8.0% for the Year versus the same periods in 2011.-- Payout Ratio(3) of 98.7% for the Period and 99.3% for the Year.-- Trustees declare January distribution to unitholders of 9.8 cents per unit.
Boston Pizza Royalties Income Fund (the "Fund") and Boston Pizza International Inc. ("BPI") each reported today financial results for the period from October 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 (the "Period") and from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 (the "Year"). A copy of this press release, the consolidated annual financial statements for the Year and related Management's Discussion and Analysis of the Fund and BPI are available at www.sedar.com and www.bpincomefund.com. The Fund will host a conference call to discuss the results on February 7, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Time). The call can be accessed by dialling 1-800-319-4610 or 604-638-5340. A replay will be available until March 8, 2013 by dialling 1-800-319-6413 or 604-638-9010 and entering the pin code: 4452 followed by the # sign.
Same store sales growth ("SSSG"), a key driver of distribution growth for unitholders of the Fund, was 2.2% for the Period and 3.3% for the Year compared to 6.4% and 4.9%, respectively, for the same periods in 2011. Franchise Sales(1), the basis upon which royalties are paid by BPI to the Fund, exclude revenue from the sale of liquor, beer, wine and tobacco and approved national promotions and discounts. On a Franchise Sales(1) basis, SSSG was 3.0% for the Period and 3.4% for the Year compared to 5.8% and 4.9%, respectively, for the same periods in 2011. The positive SSSG in the Period and Year was principally due to higher takeout and delivery sales resulting from continued promotion of Boston Pizza's online ordering system and higher chicken wing sales resulting from the introduction of "All Meat Wings" earlier in 2012. Franchise Sales(1) of restaurants in the royalty pool were a fourth quarter record of $185.2 million for the Period and an annual record of $731.5 million for the Year compared to $177.5 million and $699.3 million, respectively, in the same periods in 2011. The increases in Franchise Sales(1) for the Period and Year are attributed to the positive SSSG experienced in the Period and Year and the addition of three net new restaurants to the Fund's royalty pool on January 1, 2012.
"2012 was another strong year for Boston Pizza with record top-line sales and seven new restaurant openings," said Mark Pacinda, President and CEO of BPI. "In addition, we were excited to reach some significant milestones during the year such as our 125th consecutive monthly distribution to unitholders, surpassing $150 million in total distributions since the Fund's inception in 2002, our 15th increase to the monthly distribution amount and the Fund's 10 year trading anniversary on the Toronto Stock Exchange."