Burger King Holdings Reports Strong Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results Led by Global Business Momentum, Raises Fiscal Year Guidance

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 1, 2008--Burger King Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BKC):


Third quarter fiscal 2008 highlights:
-- 17th consecutive quarter of worldwide positive comparable
sales; 5.8 percent
-- 16th consecutive quarter of United States and Canada positive
comparable sales; 5.4 percent
-- Revenues up 10 percent, to $594 million
-- Earnings per share increases by 20 percent to $0.30


Burger King Holdings Inc. continued its strong financial performance and reported solid worldwide results for the third quarter of fiscal 2008. Strong comparable sales in each reporting segment and net new restaurant growth primarily drove this quarter's substantial improvements in revenue and earnings over the prior year period.

Worldwide comparable sales were up 5.8 percent, making this the 17th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth. In the United States and Canada, comparable sales were up 5.4 percent, the 16th consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth. As a result, the company posted strong third quarter fiscal 2008 revenues of $594 million, up 10 percent from $539 million in the same quarter last year.

"This quarter we delivered on our global growth strategies, with all segments contributing to top and bottom line expansion," said John Chidsey, chief executive officer. "We leveraged our product pipeline and marketing initiatives around the world while creating a consistent and positive guest experience at our restaurants."

"In the U.S., the innovative Whopper(R) Freakout media campaign continued to drive positive comps," Chidsey continued. "During the quarter, guests seeking indulgence savored the BBQ Bacon Tendercrisp(R) sandwich. The company also promoted its Spicy Chick'n Crisp(TM) sandwich and Whopper Jr.(R) sandwich value menu offerings. Furthermore, we drove family traffic throughout the quarter by promoting classic children's characters such as Snoopy(R) and SpongeBob SquarePants(TM).

"In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), we have responded to consumer demand for indulgent products. Our premium menu offerings, such as the Three Pepper Angus Burger and the Double Angus Burger, and limited time offers such as the Chorizo Angus contributed significantly to sales resulting in 6.8 percent comps in the EMEA/APAC segment. In Asia Pacific (APAC), we have elevated operations excellence, improved food quality and standardized menu offerings. Franchisees are taking advantage of our momentum and developing existing and new markets."

Chidsey concluded: "In Latin America, our brand's value proposition continues to resonate with consumers, resulting in strong 5.8 percent comps for the region."

Trailing 12-month system-wide and company restaurant average restaurant sales (ARS) reached record highs of $1.27 million and $1.36 million, respectively. For the third quarter of fiscal 2008, system-wide ARS increased 10 percent to $313,000, compared to $284,000 in the same quarter last year, and company restaurant ARS increased 8 percent to $337,000, compared to $311,000 in the same quarter last year.

Worldwide company restaurant margin decreased 80 basis points to 13.2 percent from 14.0 percent in the year ago period. The decrease was primarily driven by higher commodity costs and expenses associated with the company's previously announced reimaging program. The company's reimaging program, encompassing rebuilds and remodels of existing restaurants, is forecasted to increase traffic and sales by enhancing the overall guest experience. Robust comparable sales in all reporting segments minimized the impact of higher costs on company restaurant margin.

In the U.S. and Canada, company restaurant margin decreased by 250 basis points to 13.1 percent from 15.6 percent over the prior year period. The decrease was impacted by 190 basis points from increased food, paper and products costs and approximately 120 basis points from expenses associated with restaurants in the reimaging program. Higher comparable sales partially offset increased costs.

EMEA/APAC company restaurant margin increased 230 basis points to 12.0 percent from 9.7 percent over the prior year period due to the success of the region's premium menu strategy, strategic portfolio management and operations improvements. Latin America company restaurant margin remained unchanged from the prior year period at 23.6 percent.

For the quarter, diluted earnings per share increased 20 percent to $0.30 from $0.25 during the same period last year.

Uses of Cash

"In the third quarter, we used our cash for each of our identified strategic purposes, including our reimaging program, share repurchases and dividend payment," said Ben Wells, chief financial officer. "I am pleased to note that the company repurchased $26 million or approximately one million shares under our previously announced $100 million share repurchase program, leaving $68 million worth of shares available for repurchase. We also declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.0625 per share."

Wells concluded: "I am also pleased to report that we acquired 56 restaurants in April from one of our largest U.S. franchisees, Heartland. This transaction enables us to develop and grow our company restaurant portfolio in the Carolinas by leveraging our established brand presence and existing infrastructure."

Future Growth

The brand continued its global expansion in the third quarter including the opening of the first restaurant in Colombia and three franchised airport locations in China. "Our high visibility restaurant in the Beijing airport will expose millions of passengers to our brand this summer in connection with the 2008 Olympics," Chidsey said. "Gateway airport locations throughout the Asia Pacific region are projecting our brand presence worldwide.

"We increased our net restaurant count in the third quarter with the opening of 60 new restaurants, increasing our worldwide restaurant count by 254 during the last twelve months," Chidsey said. "We are confident in our ability to meet our development objectives for the year. As of April, we now have more restaurants open than at any time in the history of the brand. In addition, we plan to use proactive portfolio management, including the closure of under-performing restaurants and strategic refranchisings and acquisitions, to help achieve our forecasted financial and development objectives."

In the fourth quarter, the company launched innovative new products that drive the brand's barbell menu strategy. The Steakhouse Burger platform, featuring steakhouse quality ingredients, offers guests the indulgence of a premium steak dinner. The company's new addition to its BK(TM) Breakfast Value Menu, the Cheesy Bacon BK Wrapper(TM), is aimed at driving traffic and sales during the breakfast daypart.

"We are excited to present our guests with a summer of adventure," Chidsey commented. "We will unveil our Indy Whopper(R) sandwich and Indiana Jones gaming promotion in May alongside the highly-anticipated movie premiere of Indiana Jones(TM) `The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.' We also continue to innovate around the snacking category, with our Oreo(R) BK(TM) Sundae Shake and Mocha BK Joe(R) Iced Coffee."

"In spite of challenging macro-economic conditions, we continue to grow the brand globally," Chidsey remarked. "More than ever, consumers around the world are seeking convenience and value, and they are taking advantage of our elevated quality and affordability. We remain committed to delivering top of industry financial performance, and are raising our full fiscal year 2008 guidance on revenue and earnings per share year over year growth to 10% and 20% plus, respectively. Earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $1.33 - $1.35 for the fiscal year."

About Burger King Holdings Inc.

The Burger King(R) system operates more than 11,400 restaurants in all 50 states and 70 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. Approximately 90 percent of Burger King(R) restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of which are family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about Burger King Holdings, Inc., please visit the company's web site at www.bk.com.

Related Communication

Burger King Holdings Inc. (NYSE:BKC) will hold its third quarter earnings call for fiscal year 2008 on Thursday, May 1, at 10 a.m. (Eastern time) following the release of its third quarter results before the stock market opens on the same day. During the call, Chief Executive Officer John Chidsey, Chief Financial Officer Ben Wells and Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Global Communications Amy Wagner will discuss the company's third quarter results.

U.S. participants may also access the earnings call by dialing 888-713-4214; participants outside the United States may access the call by dialing 617-213-4866. The participant passcode is 31652373. The call will be available for replay under the company's Web site at www.bk.com through the Investor Relations link for a period of 90 days.

Participants may also pre-register for the conference call at https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PGCMGLVN L (Due to its length, this URL may need to be copied/pasted into your Internet browser's address field. Remove the extra space if one exists).

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this report that reflect management's expectations regarding future events and economic performance are forward-looking in nature and, accordingly, are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward looking statements include statements regarding the Company's expectations regarding worldwide restaurant growth and its ability to meet its fiscal 2008 development objectives; the Company's ability to use proactive portfolio management, including the closure of under-performing restaurants and strategic refranchisings and acquisitions, to help achieve our forecasted financial and development objectives; the Company's expectations regarding the success of its fourth quarter fiscal 2008 promotional calendar; the Company's expectations regarding the ability of its reimaging initiative to increase traffic and sales by enhancing overall guest experience, and the likelihood that robust sales will continue to mitigate the impact on operating margins of commodity pressures and accelerated depreciation expense of restaurants in the reimaging program; the Company's beliefs regarding its ability to drive traffic and sales through its barbell strategy of innovative premium products and value menu items; the Company's beliefs regarding its ability to continue to grow the Burger King(R) brand globally despite challenging macroeconomic conditions; the Company's expectations regarding the impact of the Company's restaurant in the Beijing airport and the impact of our brand presence worldwide; the Company's beliefs regarding its ability to execute on and maximize its strategic growth opportunities; the Company's beliefs and expectations regarding the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008; the Company's ability to continue to deliver top of industry financial performance, including its increased revenue and earnings per share guidance for fiscal 2008, and other expectations regarding the Company's future financial and operational results. These forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and projections about future events. Important factors could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

These factors include those risk factors set forth in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual and quarterly reports, and the following:


-- Our ability to compete domestically and internationally in an
intensely competitive industry;
-- Our ability to successfully implement our international growth
strategy;
-- Risks related to our international operations;
-- Economic or other business conditions that may affect the
desire or ability of our customers to purchase our products
such as increases in unemployment rates, declines in median
income growth, consumer confidence and changes in consumer
preferences;
-- Our continued relationship with, and the success of, our
franchisees;
-- Our continued ability, and the ability of our franchisees, to
obtain suitable locations and financing for new restaurant
development;
-- Our ability to manage increases in our operating costs,
including costs of food and paper products, rent expense,
energy costs and labor costs, which can adversely affect our
operating margins and financial results, particularly in an
environment of declining sales, if we choose not to pass, or
cannot pass, these increased costs to our guests;
-- Risks related to our business in the United Kingdom, which may
continue to experience operating losses, escalating costs,
including rent expense, restaurant closures and franchisee
financial distress;
-- Risks related to the loss of any of our major distributors,
particularly in those international markets where we have a
single distributor and interruptions in the supply of
necessary products to us;
-- Our ability to execute on our reimaging program in the U.S.
and Canada to increase sales and profitability, and the short
term impact of our reimaging program on revenues and operating
margins due to temporary restaurant closures and accelerated
depreciation of the assets to be disposed of through their
disposal date;
-- The effectiveness of our marketing and advertising programs
and franchisee support of these programs;
-- Risks related to franchisee financial distress which could
result in, among other things, restaurant closures, delayed or
reduced payments to us of royalties and rents and increased
exposure to third parties such as landlords;
-- Risks related to the renewal of franchise agreements by our
franchisees;
-- Changes in consumer perceptions of dietary health and food
safety and negative publicity relating to our products;
-- Risks related to market conditions, including the market price
and trading volume of our common stock, that would affect the
volume of purchases, if any, made under our Share Repurchase
Program;
-- Our ability to retain or replace executive officers and key
members of management with qualified personnel;
-- Our ability to refinance or modify our bank debt on favorable
terms given the current lending environment;
-- Our ability to utilize foreign tax credits to offset our U.S.
income taxes due to continuing losses in the U.K. and other
factors and risks related to the impact of changes in
statutory tax rates in foreign jurisdictions on our deferred
taxes and effective tax rate;
-- Our ability to realize our expected tax benefits from the
realignment of our European and Asian businesses;
-- Fluctuations in international currency exchange and interest
rates;
-- Changes in demographic patterns of current restaurant
locations;
-- Our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property;
-- Our ability to manage changing labor conditions and
difficulties in staffing our international operations;
-- Adverse legal judgments, settlements or pressure tactics; and
-- Adverse legislation or regulation.


These risks are not exhaustive and may not include factors which could adversely impact our business and financial performance. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for our management to predict all risk factors, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.

Although we believe the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance or achievements. Moreover, neither we nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any of these forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We do not undertake any responsibility to update any of these forward-looking statements to conform our prior statements to actual results or revised expectations.


Burger King Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(Dollars and shares in millions, except for per share data)

Increase / (Decrease)
---------------------
Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 2007 $ %
------- ------- ---------- ----------
Revenues:
Company restaurant revenues $ 436 $ 403 $ 33 8%
Franchise revenues 129 109 20 18%
Property revenues 29 27 2 7%
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Total revenues 594 539 55 10%
Company restaurant expenses 378 346 32 9%
Selling, general and
administrative expenses 126 115 11 10%
Property expenses 15 14 1 7%
Other operating (income) expense,
net (6) 2 (8) NM
------- ------- ----------
Total operating costs and
expenses 513 477 36 8%
------- ------- ----------
Income from operations 81 62 19 31%
Interest expense 17 18 (1) (6)%
Interest income (1) (1) - 0%
------- ------- ----------
Interest expense, net 16 17 (1) (6)%
------- ------- ----------
Income before income taxes 65 45 20 44%
Income tax expense 24 11 13 118%
------- ------- ----------
Net income $ 41 $ 34 $ 7 21%
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Earnings per share - basic (1) $ 0.30 $ 0.25 $ 0.05 20%
Earnings per share - diluted (1) $ 0.30 $ 0.25 $ 0.05 20%

Weighted average shares - basic 135.2 134.4
Weighted average shares - diluted 137.5 137.2

(1) Earnings per share is calculated using whole dollars and shares.
NM - Not meaningful

Increase / (Decrease)
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Nine Months Ended March 31, 2008 2007 $ %
------- ------- ---------- ----------
Revenues:
Company restaurant revenues $1,325 $1,225 $ 100 8%
Franchise revenues 394 334 60 18%
Property revenues 90 85 5 6%
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Total revenues 1,809 1,644 165 10%
Company restaurant expenses 1,129 1,040 89 9%
Selling, general and
administrative expenses 370 346 24 7%
Property expenses 45 45 - 0%
Other operating (income) expense,
net (7) (6) (1) 17%
------- ------- ----------
Total operating costs and
expenses 1,537 1,425 112 8%
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Income from operations 272 219 53 24%
Interest expense 53 56 (3) (5)%
Interest income (5) (5) - 0%
------- ------- ----------
Interest expense, net 48 51 (3) (6)%
Loss on early extinguishment of
debt - 1 (1) NM
------- ------- ----------
Income before income taxes 224 167 57 34%
Income tax expense 85 55 30 55%
------- ------- ----------
Net income $ 139 $ 112 $ 27 24%
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Earnings per share - basic (1) $ 1.03 $ 0.84 $ 0.19 23%
Earnings per share - diluted (1) $ 1.01 $ 0.82 $ 0.19 23%

Weighted average shares - basic 135.2 133.7
Weighted average shares - diluted 137.7 136.6

(1) Earnings per share is calculated using whole dollars and shares.
NM - Not meaningful

Performance Indicators and Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures


To supplement the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, the Company uses three key business measures as indicators of the Company's operational performance: sales growth, comparable sales growth, and average restaurant sales. These measures are important indicators of the overall direction, trends of sales and the effectiveness of the Company's advertising, marketing and operating initiatives and the impact of these on the entire Burger King(R) system. System-wide data represent measures for both Company-owned and franchise restaurants. Unless otherwise stated, sales growth, comparable sales growth and average restaurant sales are presented on a system-wide basis. References to the third quarter of fiscal 2007 and the third quarter of fiscal 2008 are to the quarters ended March 31, 2007 and 2008, respectively.

The Company also provides certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA. EBITDA is defined as earnings (net income) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and is used by management to measure operating performance of the business. EBITDA for the nine months ended March 31, 2007 excludes a loss of $1 million recognized on early extinguishment of debt. Management believes that EBITDA is a useful measure as it incorporates certain operating drivers of the Company's business, such as sales growth, operating costs, selling, general and administrative expenses and other income and expense. Capital expenditures, which impact depreciation and amortization, interest expense and income tax expense, are reviewed separately by management. EBITDA is also one of the measures used by the Company to calculate incentive compensation for management and corporate-level employees.

While EBITDA is not a recognized measure under GAAP, management uses this financial measure to evaluate and forecast the Company's business performance. This non-GAAP measure has certain material limitations, including:


-- it does not include interest expense, net. As the Company has
borrowed money for general corporate purposes, interest
expense is a necessary element of its costs and ability to
generate profits and cash flows;

-- it does not include depreciation and amortization expenses. As
the Company uses capital assets, depreciation and amortization
are necessary elements of its costs and ability to generate
profits; and

-- it does not include provision for taxes. The payment of taxes
is a necessary element of the Company's operations.


Management believes that EBITDA provides both management and investors with a more complete understanding of the underlying operating results and trends and an enhanced overall understanding of the Company's financial performance and prospects for the future. EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of liquidity or cash flows from operations or a measure comparable to net income.


Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(Unaudited)
(In millions)

A reconciliation for net income to EBITDA is as follows:

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2008 2007 2008 2007
--------- -------- -------- --------


Net income $ 41 $ 34 $ 139 $ 112
Interest expense, net 16 17 48 51
Loss on early extinguishment of
debt - - - 1
Income tax expense 24 11 85 55
Depreciation and amortization 26 22 70 65
--------- -------- -------- --------
EBITDA $ 107 $ 84 $ 342 $ 284
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The Following Definitions Apply to These Terms as Used Throughout This Release

Comparable sales growth Refers to the change in restaurant sales in
one period from the comparable prior year
period for restaurants that have been open
for thirteen months or longer, excluding the
impact of foreign currency translation.

Sales growth Refers to the change in restaurant sales from
one period to another, excluding the impact
of foreign currency translation.

Constant Currencies Excludes impact of foreign currency
translation.

Average restaurant Refers to average restaurant sales for the
sales defined period. It is calculated as the total
sales averaged over total store months for
all restaurants open during that period.

Worldwide Refers to measures for all geographic
locations on a combined basis.
System or system-wide
Refers to measures with Company-owned and
franchise restaurants combined. Unless
otherwise stated, sales growth, comparable
Franchise sales sales growth and average restaurant sales are
presented on a system-wide basis.

Refers to sales at all franchise restaurants.
Although the Company does not record
franchise sales as revenues, royalty revenues
are based on a percentage of sales from
franchise restaurants and are reported as
franchise revenues by the Company.

Company restaurant Consists of sales from Company-owned
revenues restaurants.

Franchise revenues Consists primarily of royalties earned on
franchise sales and franchise fees. Royalties
earned are based on a percentage of franchise
sales.

Property revenues Includes property income from real estate that
the Company leases or subleases to
franchisees.

Company restaurant Consists of all costs necessary to manage and
expenses operate Company-owned restaurants including
(a) food, paper and product costs, (b)
payroll and employee benefits, and (c)
occupancy and other operating expenses, which
include rent, utility costs, insurance,
repair and maintenance costs, depreciation
for restaurant property and other operating
costs.

Company restaurant Represents Company restaurant revenues less
margin Company restaurant expenses. Company
restaurant margin is calculated using dollars
expressed in hundreds of thousands.

Property expenses Includes rent and depreciation expense related
to properties leased or subleased by the
Company to franchisees and the cost of
building and equipment leased by the Company
to franchisees.

Selling, general and Comprises (a) selling expenses, which include
administrative advertising and bad debt expense, and (b)
expenses (SG&A) general and administrative expenses, which
include costs of field management for
Company-owned and franchise restaurants and
corporate overhead, including corporate
salaries and facilities.

Other operating Includes (income) and expenses that are not
(income) expense, net directly derived from the Company's primary
business and the impact of foreign currency
transaction gains and losses. Expenses also
include write-offs associated with Company
restaurant closures and other asset write-
offs.


Supplemental Information

The following additional information is related to Burger King Holdings, Inc.'s results for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008.

Our business operates in three reportable business segments: (1) the United States (U.S.) and Canada; (2) Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, or EMEA/APAC; and (3) Latin America.

Seasonality

Restaurant sales are typically higher in the spring and summer months (our fourth and first fiscal quarters) when the weather is warmer than in the fall and winter months (our second and third fiscal quarters). Restaurant sales during the winter are typically highest in December, during the holiday shopping season. Our restaurant sales and Company restaurant margin are typically lowest during our third fiscal quarter, which occurs during the winter months and includes February, the shortest month of the year.

Revenues

Revenues consist of Company restaurant revenues, franchise revenues and property revenues.


Three Months Ended March 31, Nine Months Ended March 31,
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% Increase % Increase
Company 2008 2007 (Decrease) 2008 2007 (Decrease)
restaurant -------- -------- ---------- -------- ------- ----------
revenues: Dollars in millions (Unaudited)

U.S. & Canada $ 283 $ 260 9% $ 857 $ 801 7%
EMEA/APAC 136 129 5% 418 379 10%
Latin America 17 14 21% 50 45 11%
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Total
Company
restaurant
revenues 436 403 8% 1,325 1,225 8%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Franchise
revenues:
U.S. & Canada 76 66 15% 234 206 14%
EMEA/APAC 42 33 27% 126 98 29%
Latin America 11 10 10% 34 30 13%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Total
franchise
revenues 129 109 18% 394 334 18%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Property
revenues:
U.S. & Canada 21 20 5% 66 63 5%
EMEA/APAC 8 7 14% 24 22 9%
Latin America - - 0% - - 0%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Total
property
revenues 29 27 7% 90 85 6%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Total
revenues:
U.S. & Canada 380 346 10% 1,157 1,070 8%
EMEA/APAC 186 169 10% 568 499 14%
Latin America 28 24 17% 84 75 12%
-------- -------- -------- -------
Total
revenues $ 594 $ 539 10% $ 1,809 $ 1,644 10%
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Total Revenues

Total revenues increased by 10% for both the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, primarily as a result of positive worldwide comparable sales of 5.8% and 5.4%, respectively, the opening of 254 new restaurants (net of closures) during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008 and an increase in effective royalty rates, primarily in the U.S. and Canada. The positive comparable sales were fueled by our strategic initiatives related to operational excellence, marketing and advertising, our continued focus on our BK(TM) Value Menu, the promotion of premium products and continued development of our breakfast and late night dayparts. Promotional tie-ins with global marketing properties, such as The Simpsons(TM) Movie, and successful product promotions, such as the Whopper(R) Freakout media campaign and Whopper(R) Superiority promotion, drove traffic.

Total revenues for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008 also reflect the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates, which contributed $24 million and $64 million, or 44% and 39%, respectively, of the total increase in revenues, primarily due to the movement of foreign currency exchange rates primarily in EMEA. The favorable impact on revenues from exchange rates was substantially offset by the unfavorable impact of exchange rates on Company restaurant expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses, resulting in a net favorable impact on income from operations of $2 million and $5 million for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively.

U.S. & Canada

Revenues in the U.S. and Canada increased for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, compared to the same periods in the prior year, driven by positive comparable sales of 5.4% for both periods, a net increase of 14 restaurants during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008, the acquisition of 20 franchise restaurants (net of Company-owned restaurants sold, referred to as "refranchisings") during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008 and an increase in effective royalty rates. Positive comparable sales in the U.S. and Canada for both periods were driven primarily by successful premium product promotions such as the BBQ Bacon Tendercrisp(R), Whopper(R) 50th anniversary promotion, featuring the Whopper(R) Freakout media campaign and Whopper(R) Superiority promotion, promotional tie-ins with global marketing properties, such as the The Simpsons(TM) Movie, family focused promotions, such as SpongeBob's Atlantis Squarepantis(TM), Snoopy(R), and Monster Jam(TM), as well as advertising focused on the BK(TM) Value Menu. The favorable impact on revenues from foreign currency exchange rates in Canada for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008 contributed $5 million and $14 million, or 15% and 16%, respectively, of the increase in total revenues in the U.S. and Canada.

EMEA/APAC

Revenues increased in EMEA/APAC for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, compared to the same periods in the prior year. These net increases reflect the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates of $19 million and $50 million and positive comparable sales of 6.8% and 5.6%, respectively, for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, as well as the opening of 145 new restaurants (net of closures). Positive comparable sales in the EMEA/APAC segment for both periods were driven primarily by continued growth in EMEA due to successful premium product promotions, such as the Angry Whopper(R), the King Ahorro value menu in Spain, Angus limited time offers, Whopper(R) sandwich limited time offers and BK(R) Singles in South Korea. The increases in revenues during the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, compared to the same periods in the prior year, were partially offset by the impact of a net reduction of 38 Company restaurants during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008, which included the 28 Company restaurants refranchised in the U.K. and Germany.

Latin America

Revenues in Latin America increased for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, compared to the same periods in the prior year, primarily due to 95 new restaurant openings (net of closures) during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008, representing an 11% increase in restaurant count. Positive comparable sales of 5.8% and 4.0% for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, also contributed to the increase in revenues in this segment. The improvement in comparable sales reflects continued strength in Central and South America, driven by sales of premium products, such as the Extreme Whopper(R) sandwich and BK(TM) Stacker, Whopper(R) sandwich limited time offers, successful promotional tie-ins with global marketing properties such as The Simpsons(TM) Movie, as well as value menu offerings, partially offset by softer performance in Puerto Rico, due to current economic conditions in that U.S. territory. The impact from foreign currency exchange rates in Latin America for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008 was not significant.

Additional information regarding the key performance measures discussed above is as follows:


Key Revenue Performance Measures

As of March 31,
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Increase/
2008 2007 (Decrease)
-------- -------- ----------
Number of Company restaurants: (Unaudited)
U.S. & Canada 918 891 27
EMEA/APAC 294 332 (38)
Latin America 82 73 9
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Total 1,294 1,296 (2)
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Number of franchise restaurants:
U.S. & Canada 6,579 6,592 (13)
EMEA/APAC 2,695 2,512 183
Latin America 887 801 86
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Total 10,161 9,905 256
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Number of system restaurants:
U.S. & Canada 7,497 7,483 14
EMEA/APAC 2,989 2,844 145
Latin America 969 874 95
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Total 11,455 11,201 254
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Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
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2008 2007 2008 2007
--------- -------- -------- --------
(In constant currencies)
System Comparable Sales Growth:
U.S. & Canada 5.4% 2.6% 5.4% 3.2%
EMEA/APAC 6.8% 5.3% 5.6% 2.6%
Latin America 5.8% 2.7% 4.0% 4.3%
Total worldwide 5.8% 3.2% 5.4% 3.1%

Sales growth:
U.S. & Canada 6.4% 2.0% 5.9% 2.4%
EMEA/APAC 14.6% 9.2% 13.1% 6.5%
Latin America 14.1% 12.1% 12.4% 13.9%
Total worldwide 9.2% 4.4% 8.2% 4.2%
(In actual currencies)
Worldwide average restaurant sales
(In thousands) $ 313 $ 284 $ 963 $ 881


The following table represents sales at franchise restaurants. Although the Company does not record sales as revenues, royalty revenues are based on a percentage of franchise sales and are reported as franchise revenues by the Company.


Three Months Ended March 31, Nine Months Ended March 31,
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% Increase/ % Increase/
2008 2007 (Decrease) 2008 2007 (Decrease)
Franchise -------- ------- ----------- ------- ------- -----------
sales: Dollars in millions (Unaudited)
U.S. & Canada $ 1,952 $ 1,830 7% $ 6,044 $ 5,691 6%
EMEA/APAC 932 728 28% 2,793 2,258 24%
Latin America 220 193 14% 666 592 13%
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Total
worldwide $ 3,104 $ 2,751 13% $ 9,503 $ 8,541 11%
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Company Restaurant Margin

Percent of Revenues(1) Amount
------------------------------------
% Increase/
Three Months Ended (Decrease)
March 31, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (1)
---------- ----------- ------ ------ -----------

Company restaurants: Dollars in millions (Unaudited)
U.S. & Canada 13.1% 15.6% $ 38 $ 41 (8)%
EMEA/APAC 12.0% 9.7% 16 12 29%
Latin America 23.6% 23.6% 4 4 21%
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Total 13.2% 14.0% $ 58 $ 57 2%
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(1) Calculated using dollars expressed in hundreds of thousands.

Percent of Revenues(1) Amount
-----------------------------------
% Increase/
Nine Months Ended (Decrease)
March 31, 2008 2007 2008 2007 (1)
---------- ---------- ------ ----- -----------

Company restaurants: Dollars in millions (Unaudited)
U.S. & Canada 14.5% 15.2% $ 125 $ 122 2%
EMEA/APAC 14.2% 13.5% 59 51 16%
Latin America 24.2% 25.8% 12 12 4%
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Total 14.8% 15.1% $ 196 $ 185 6%
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(1) Calculated using dollars expressed in hundreds of thousands.

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
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Company restaurant expenses as a
percentage of revenues: (1) 2008 2007 2008 2007
--------- -------- -------- --------
Food, paper and product costs 31.1% 29.7% 31.1% 29.9%
Payroll and employee benefits 30.5% 30.1% 29.9% 29.7%
Occupancy and other operating
costs 25.2% 26.2% 24.2% 25.3%
--------- -------- -------- --------
Total Company restaurant
expenses 86.8% 86.0% 85.2% 84.9%
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(1) Calculated using dollars expressed in the hundreds of thousands.


Total Company Restaurant Margin

Total Company restaurant margin increased by $1 million and $11 million, or 2% and 6%, for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, compared to the same periods in fiscal 2007, as a result of positive worldwide Company comparable sales, partially offset by the loss of margin dollars from the refranchising of Company restaurants in Germany. As a percentage of revenues, however, Company restaurant margins decreased by 0.8 percentage points for the three months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting the acceleration of depreciation related to the remodeling and rebuilding of Company restaurants in the U.S. and Canada and an increase in food and labor costs in the U.S. and Canada, partially offset by a decrease in occupancy and other costs in EMEA/APAC and positive Company comparable sales. As a percentage of revenues, Company restaurant margin decreased by 0.3 percentage points for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting a significant increase in food costs in the U.S. and Canada and an increase in labor costs in EMEA/APAC. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in occupancy and other costs in the U.S. and Canada, reflecting the benefits realized from the new flexible batch broilers (including lower depreciation expense), and in EMEA/APAC primarily from the closure of under-performing restaurants in the U.K.

U.S. & Canada

Company restaurant margin decreased by $3 million, or 2.5 percentage points expressed as a percentage of revenues in the U.S. and Canada, for the three months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting the acceleration of depreciation related to the remodeling and rebuilding of Company restaurants, significant pressures from the cost of commodities and an increase in labor costs. The negative impact from commodity and labor costs on margins expressed in dollars was partially offset by the benefits realized from Company comparable sales of 3.5% and a net increase of 27 Company restaurants (including 20 newly acquired restaurants, net of refranchisings) in the U.S. and Canada during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008. Company restaurant margin did not change significantly in the U.S. and Canada for the nine months ended March 31, 2008. As a percentage of revenues, Company restaurant margin decreased by 0.7 percentage points reflecting the acceleration of depreciation related to the remodeling and rebuilding of Company restaurants and increases in the cost of commodities, partially offset by a reduction in occupancy and other costs due to the benefits realized from the new flexible batch broilers, including lower depreciation expense.

EMEA/APAC

Company restaurant margin increased by $4 million and $8 million, or 29% and 16%, in EMEA/APAC for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, compared to the same periods in fiscal 2007, as a result of positive Company comparable sales and the favorable impact of foreign currency exchange rates, partially offset by the loss of margin dollars from the refranchising of Company restaurants in Germany. Company restaurant margin as a percentage of revenues increased in EMEA/APAC by 2.3 percentage points and 0.7 percentage points, for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, due to benefits realized from the closure and refranchising of under-performing Company restaurants in the U.K. and positive Company comparable sales in the segment. This benefit was partially offset by the negative impact on food, paper and product costs from product mix and commodity pressures, as well as inflationary increases in salary and fringe benefits and temporary staffing in the Netherlands.

Latin America

Company restaurant margin, expressed in dollars and as a percentage of revenues, remained unchanged in Latin America for the three months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting a net increase of nine Company restaurants during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008, and Company comparable sales of 6.2%, offset by an increase in the cost of commodities. Company restaurant margin, expressed in dollars, remained unchanged in Latin America for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting the impact of a net increase of nine Company restaurants during the twelve months ended March 31, 2008 and Company comparable sales of 1.4%, offset by an increase in the cost of commodities and occupancy and other costs. As a percentage of revenues, Company restaurant margin decreased by 1.6 percentage points for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, reflecting an increase in occupancy and other costs related to new Company restaurants.


Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
----------------------- -----------------------
% Increase/ % Increase/
2008 2007 (Decrease) 2008 2007 (Decrease)
----- ----- ----------- ----- ----- -----------
Dollars in millions (Unaudited)
Selling Expenses $ 22 $ 19 16% $ 67 $ 63 6%
General and
Administrative
Expenses 104 96 8% 303 283 7%
----- ----- ----- -----
Total Selling,
General and
Administrative
Expenses $ 126 $ 115 10% $ 370 $ 346 7%
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Selling expenses increased by $3 million and $4 million for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, compared to the same periods in the prior year. The increase in selling expenses for the three months is primarily attributable to additional sales promotions and advertising expenses generated by higher Company restaurant revenues, as well as a reduction in the amount of bad debt recoveries as compared to the prior year. The increase in selling expenses for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 is primarily attributable to the foregoing factors; however, these increases were offset by a discretionary Company contribution to the U.K. marketing fund of $7 million made in the prior year. The overall net change in selling expenses reflects the unfavorable impact from the movement in foreign currency exchange rates of $1 million and $3 million for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively.

General and administrative expenses increased by $8 million to $104 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 compared to the same period in the prior year. This net increase was driven by an increase in corporate salary, fringe benefits and other employee-related costs of $3 million and an increase in stock based compensation expense of $1 million. The overall net increase of $8 million also reflects the unfavorable impact of $5 million from the movement in foreign currency exchange rates.

General and administrative expenses increased by $20 million to $303 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 compared to the same period in the prior year. This net increase was driven by an increase in corporate salary, fringe benefits and other employee-related costs of $11 million, and an increase in stock based compensation expense of $4 million. The overall net increase of $20 million also reflects the unfavorable impact of $11 million from the movement in foreign currency exchange rates.

Other Operating (Income) Expense, Net

Other operating (income) expense, net for the three months ended March 31, 2008 was $6 million of income, compared to $2 million of expense for the same period in the prior year. Other operating (income) expense, net for the three months ended March 31, 2008 includes a net gain of $11 million from the disposal of real estate and other assets, primarily from the refranchising of Company restaurants in Germany, partially offset by $3 million in losses from vacant property provisions recorded in the U.S. and U.K. and $1 million of franchise system distress costs in the U.K.

Other operating (income) expense, net for the three months ended March 31, 2007 includes expenses of $2 million associated with franchise system distress primarily in the U.K. and a loss of $1 million from restaurant closures primarily in the U.S. and the U.K., partially offset by a net gain of $1 million from forward currency contracts used to hedge intercompany loans denominated in foreign currencies.

Other operating (income) expense, net for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 was $7 million of income compared to $6 million of income from the same period in the prior year. Other operating (income) expense, net for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 includes net gains of $16 million from the disposal of real estate and other assets, primarily in Germany and the U.S. (which includes the refranchising of Company restaurants in Germany), and a gain of $2 million on forward currency contracts used to hedge intercompany loans denominated in foreign currencies. These gains were offset by $4 million in losses from vacant property provisions recorded in the U.S. and U.K., $3 million of franchise system distress costs in the U.K., which includes a $1 million payment made to our sole distributor, $2 million of foreign currency transaction losses and $1 million in charges for litigation reserves.

Other operating (income) expense, net for the nine months ended March 31, 2007 includes a gain of $5 million from the sale of an investment in a joint venture in New Zealand, a gain of $5 million on forward currency contracts used to hedge intercompany loans denominated in foreign currencies and a $4 million net gain on the disposal of assets primarily in the U.S., offset by $3 million of restaurant closure expenses primarily in the U.K. and $4 million associated with franchise system distress primarily in the U.K.


Income from Operations (by Segment)

Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
-------------------------- -------------------------
% Increase/ % Increase/
2008 2007 (Decrease) 2008 2007 (Decrease)
------- ------ ----------- ------ ------ -----------
Dollars in millions (Unaudited)
U.S. & Canada $ 79 $ 78 1% $ 264 $ 249 6%
EMEA/APAC 26 10 160% 73 43 70%
Latin America 9 8 13% 29 26 12%
Unallocated (33) (34) (3)% (94) (99) (5)%
------- ------ ------ ------
Total $ 81 $ 62 31% $ 272 $ 219 24%
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Interest Expense, Net

Interest expense, net decreased by $1 million and $3 million during the three and nine months ended March 31, 2008, respectively, compared to the same periods in the prior year, reflecting a reduction in the amount of borrowings outstanding due to early prepayments of our debt and a decrease in rates paid on borrowings during the periods. The weighted average interest rates for the three months ended March 31, 2008 and 2007 were 6.33% and 6.88, which included the impact of interest rate swaps on 46% and 50% of our term debt, respectively. The weighted average interest rates for the nine months ended March 31, 2008 and 2007 were 6.62% and 6.93%, which included the impact of interest rate swaps on 48% and 58% of our term debt, respectively.

Income Taxes

Income tax expense was $24 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 resulting in an effective tax rate of 36.9%. During the three months ended March 31, 2008, we recorded a tax charge of $2 million primarily related to the resolution of a foreign audit and law changes.

Income tax expense was $11 million for the three months ended March 31, 2007, resulting in an effective tax rate of 24.4%. During the three months ended March 31, 2007, we realized a tax benefit as a result of the realignment of our European and Asian businesses and resolution of certain tax audit matters.

Income tax expense was $85 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2008, resulting in an effective tax rate of 37.9%. During the nine months ended March 31, 2008, we recorded a tax charge of $9 million primarily related to law changes in various jurisdictions and a tax benefit of $4 million due to the release in valuation allowance as it was determined that certain deferred tax assets would be realized.

Income tax expense was $55 million for the nine months ended March 31, 2007, resulting in an effective tax rate of 32.9%. During the nine months ended March 31, 2007, we realized a tax benefit as a result of the realignment of our European and Asian businesses and resolution of certain tax audit matters.

SOURCE: Burger King Holdings, I

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