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Aegis Brands reports improved sales throughout the 3Q at its Bridgehead coffeehouses

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TORONTO, Canada – Today, Aegis Brands Inc. reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 25th, 2021. Aegis closed the strategic transaction with Kiaro on September 24th, 2021, resulting in a gain of $5,295,000. Aegis’ Total Comprehensive Income in the quarter was $2,096,000 or $0.09 per share compared to a Loss of $751,000 or $0.03 per share last year.

Aegis’ Net Loss from continuing operations was $1,810,000 compared to a Loss of $1,052,000 in the same quarter last year.

Bridgehead’s Same Store Sales (SSS) for the quarter and year to date were +19% and +17% respectively over the same periods in 2020. Comparing to pre-pandemic levels in 2019, SSS are down 32%.

Bridgehead’s EBITDA for the quarter and year to date was $590,000 and $2,047,000 respectively, compared with $1,491,000 and $1,032,000 last year.

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Sales at Bridgehead coffeehouses improved throughout the third quarter, with the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic not being as severe as feared. Q3 Same Store Sales (SSS) rose by 19% and were down 32% compared to 2019. This is an improvement over being down 46% in the previous quarter. Due to the lower sales compared to pre-pandemic times, the coffeehouses are reliant on the continued government subsidies until sales approach 2019 levels. Total revenues and bottom-line improvement are due to the emergence of Bridgehead’s e-commerce and wholesale business. Year to date Bridgehead has Net Loss of $209,000 compared with $937,000 last year.

As the leadership team at Bridgehead continues to innovate, reposition and expand, they remain focused on the growth of three key distribution channels: online, wholesale and coffeehouses. The most recent coffeehouse opening at Carleton University in August 2021 has quickly become one of the best performers in the company.

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Bridgehead’s e-commerce and wholesale business segments represent 19% of YTD sales. These sales produce 44% and 37% respectively in EBITDA contribution while requiring relatively little capital and additional overhead expense. Bridgehead is focused on expanding Bridgehead’s asset-light e-commerce and wholesale business segments, as they have the potential to contribute strong profitability looking forward.

Hemisphere

On September 24, 2021, Aegis closed a strategic transaction with Kiaro Holdings Corp. (“Kiaro”), a TSX-V-listed cannabis retailer and wholesale distributor, and sold its Hemisphere subsidiary in consideration for a ~25% equity stake in Kiaro. “We believe in Kiaro’s ability to be successful in a highly competitive space, growing in size through both organic growth and M&A activities to become one of the leaders in the cannabis space” said Steven Pelton, President and CEO of Aegis Brands Inc. Aegis is currently the largest shareholder with 68,000,000 Kiaro common shares. Aegis CEO Steven Pelton sits on the board of Kiaro.

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With the sale of Second Cup and the Hemisphere transaction with Kiaro both complete, the transformation of Aegis is well underway. As North America starts to return to pre-pandemic activities, Aegis is eager to expand its presence in the food and beverage sector through acquisitions and partnerships with great brands.

Consumers are enthusiastically returning to food service locations following a period of growing household savings, and with fewer options to choose from. As restrictions continue to loosen from a fourth wave that was not as impactful as feared, Canadians are excited about visiting their favourite restaurants. The hospitality industry is expected to make a strong comeback with full service restaurant sales expected to grow from $25.6 billion in 2021 to $35.2 billion in 2022, according to Restaurants Canada. Meanwhile many Quick service brands have seen steady or increasing revenue since the middle of 2020. The outlook for Fast Casual and QSR brands that have embraced delivery, order ahead and other digital enhancements adopted during the pandemic looks promising.

“We believe that the environment is right to start expanding our presence in the food and beverage space,” said Pelton. “The conditions have created a great opportunity for Aegis to acquire and consolidate great restaurant brands and support the entrepreneurs behind them.”

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