Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. Reports Results for the Year Ended December 27, 2009

Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. Reports Results for the Year Ended December 27, 2009

MEMPHIS, Tenn. // PRNewswire // -- Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. (together with its consolidated subsidiaries, the "Company", "PMCI" or "we") is reporting today its financial results for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2009.

Highlights for 2009:

  • Total revenues were down 7.9% to $536.1 million in 2009, primarily due to decreases in comparable sales at Company-operated Perkins and Marie Callender's restaurants and lower sales to external customers at Foxtail.
  • Perkins restaurants' comparable sales decreased by 6.6% and Marie Callender's restaurants' comparable sales decreased by 6.4% in 2009 as compared to 2008. These declines resulted primarily from a decrease in traffic at both concepts due to difficult economic conditions that affected the entire restaurant industry.
  • Food cost for the year declined to 26.0% of food sales in 2009 from 29.2% in 2008 due primarily to lower commodity costs, higher sales prices at Foxtail and improved food cost controls at both our Perkins and Marie Callender's restaurants.
  • The Company's EBITDA (as defined below) for 2009 increased by $4.1 million from 2008 due principally to improved financial results at Foxtail. Foxtail's segment income increased by $7.0 million in 2009 compared to 2008, after elimination of a $1.7 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge in 2008, due to higher sales prices, lower commodity costs and improved manufacturing efficiencies in 2009.
  • One Perkins franchised restaurant was opened during 2009; one Perkins Company-operated restaurant and four Perkins franchised restaurants were closed. Two Marie Callender's franchised restaurants were closed, and one franchised Marie Callender's restaurant converted to Company-ownership during the year.

J. Trungale, President and Chief Executive Officer of Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc., commented, "Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. met the challenges of 2009 with a resolute approach focused on maintaining the quality and integrity of our brands while offering the best price/value relationship to our guests. Although 2009 was a challenging year, we were successful in holding margins, continuing to improve store-level execution, and managing corporate-level costs without adversely affecting our guests. We were diligent in turning the Foxtail business around, significantly increasing its production capacity, and we look forward to seeing additional improvement at Foxtail in 2010. Perkins franchising efforts yielded greater levels of interest in the fourth quarter, and the breakfast rollout at Marie Callender's continued to generate incremental sales and profits. As we embrace 2010, we continue to focus on promoting brand believable and operationally executable programming for both Perkins and Marie Callender's and remain confident in the staying power of both brands."

2009 Financial Results

Revenues in 2009 decreased 7.9% to $536.1 million from $582.0 million in 2008. The decrease resulted from a $32.9 million decrease in sales in the restaurant segment, a $1.6 million decrease in the franchise segment and an $11.8 million decrease in the Foxtail segment. Company-owned Perkins comparable restaurant sales decreased by 6.6% and Company-owned Marie Callender's comparable restaurant sales decreased by 6.4% in 2009 as compared to 2008.

Food cost for 2009 decreased to 26.0% of food sales from 29.2% in 2008. Restaurant segment food cost was down by 1.5% to 25.4% of food sales in 2009, primarily due to lower commodity costs, particularly red meat, produce, dairy products and eggs. In the Foxtail segment, food cost decreased to 56.8% of food sales in 2009 from 65.9% in 2008, primarily due to lower commodity costs, particularly fruit and eggs, increases in sales prices over all major product lines during the second half of 2008 and improved pie manufacturing efficiencies.

Labor and benefits costs, as a percentage of total revenues, increased by 0.7% to 33.1% in 2009 compared to 2008. The labor and benefits ratio increased by 0.6% in the restaurant segment due to a greater impact from fixed store management costs and higher employee insurance costs, while the Foxtail segment labor and benefits expense decreased from 13.5% in 2008 to 12.6% in 2009. The decrease of 0.9% in the Foxtail segment was due primarily to a decrease in production labor, resulting from improvements in production efficiency.

Operating expenses for 2009 were $145.6 million, or 27.2% of total revenues, compared to $152.3 million, or 26.2% of total revenues in 2008. Restaurant segment operating expenses increased by 1.0% to 29.3% of restaurant sales in 2009 due primarily to the decline in revenues. Operating expenses in the Foxtail segment decreased by $1.5 million to 10.5% of segment food sales due primarily to lower repairs and maintenance, energy, transportation and warehouse costs.

General and administrative expenses were 8.6% of total revenues, an increase of 0.4% from 2008. The percentage increase results from the decrease in total revenues, as overall G&A expenses declined by $1.7 million due primarily to lower marketing program costs and allowances at Foxtail.

Depreciation and amortization was 4.5% and 4.2% of revenues in both 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Interest, net was 8.2% of revenues in 2009, compared to 6.3% in 2008. The 1.9% increase was primarily due to an increase in the average effective interest rate to 11.6% from 10.1%, an approximate $14.1 million increase in the average debt outstanding during 2009 and lower revenues as compared to 2008.

During the third quarter of 2008, we recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $20.2 million, comprised of $18.5 million related to our franchise segment and $1.7 million related to our Foxtail segment. In 2009, the Company recorded a non-cash charge of $1.5 million to write-off an intangible asset resulting from the termination of a customer contract at Foxtail. No additional charges were required during the remainder of 2008 or during 2009.

On September 24, 2008, the Company issued $132.0 million of 14% senior secured notes and entered into a new $26.0 million revolving credit facility in connection with the refinancing of its then existing $100.0 million term loan and $40.0 million revolver. The pre-existing credit agreement terminated upon the consummation of the refinancing. In connection with this transaction, we recognized a loss of $3.0 million due to the write-off of deferred financing costs related to the terminated credit agreement.

Other, net was $3.5 million of income in 2009 compared to $0.4 million of expense in 2008. The 2009 income primarily represents gains on invested deferred compensation assets and a one-time benefit from unredeemed gift cards amounting to $2.2 million.

Based on the above factors, total net loss attributable to PMCI decreased from $53.0 million in 2008 to $36.2 million in 2009.

Adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss before income taxes or benefits, interest expense (net), depreciation and amortization, asset impairments and closed store expenses, pre-opening expenses, management fees, certain non-recurring income and expense items and other income and expense items unrelated to operating performance. The Company considers adjusted EBITDA to be an important measure of performance from core operations because adjusted EBITDA excludes various income and expense items that are not indicative of the Company's operating performance. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating the Company's ability to incur and service debt, make capital expenditures and meet working capital requirements. The Company also believes that adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating the Company's operating performance compared to that of other companies in the same industry, as the calculation of adjusted EBITDA eliminates the effects of financing, income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending, all of which may vary from one company to another for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. The Company's calculation of adjusted EBITDA is not necessarily comparable to that of other similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Adjusted EBITDA is not a presentation made in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles and accordingly should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, earnings from operations, cash flows from operations or other traditional indications of a company's operating performance or liquidity. The following table provides a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA:

Year Ended Year Ended Year Ended
(in thousands) December 27, 2009 December 28, 2008 December 30, 2007
----------------- ----------------- -----------------

Net loss attributable
to PMCI $(36,219) (52,953) (16,335)
Provision for
(benefit from)
income taxes 171 (1,769) 1,482
Interest, net 44,120 36,689 31,180
Depreciation and
amortization 24,041 24,699 24,822
Transaction costs - - 1,013
Asset impairments and
closed store expenses 5,997 1,797 2,463
Goodwill impairment - 20,202 -
Loss on
extinguishments of
debt - 2,952
Pre-opening expenses 40 341 1,992
Management fees 3,770 3,676 3,576
Other items (2,195) - 351
------ --- ---
Adjusted EBITDA $39,725 35,634 50,544
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About the Company

Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. operates two restaurant concepts: (1) full-service family dining restaurants, which serve a wide variety of high quality, moderately-priced breakfast, lunch and dinner entrees, under the name Perkins Restaurant and Bakery, and (2) mid-priced, casual-dining restaurants specializing in the sale of pies and other bakery items under the name Marie Callender's Restaurant and Bakery. As of December 27, 2009, the Company owned and operated 163 Perkins restaurants and franchised 314 Perkins restaurants. The Company also owned and operated 77 Marie Callender's restaurants, two Callender's Grill restaurants, an East Side Mario's restaurant and 12 Marie Callender's restaurants under partnership agreements. Franchisees owned and operated 38 Marie Callender's restaurants and one Marie Callender's Grill.

Conference Call

Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc. has scheduled a conference call for Monday, April 5, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) to review 2009 earnings. The dial-in number for the conference call is (866) 207-2203 and the access code number is 62382355. A taped playback of this call will be available two hours following the call on Monday, April 5, 2010, through midnight (EDT) on Monday, April 12, 2010. The taped playback can be accessed by dialing (800) 642-1687 and by using access code number 62382355.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements, written, oral or otherwise made, may be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "might," "plan," "potential," "predict," "should" or "will," or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology.

We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections. While we believe these expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections are reasonable, such forward-looking statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors affecting these forward-looking statements include, among others, the following:

  • general economic conditions, consumer preferences and demographic patterns, either nationally or in particular regions in which we operate;
  • our substantial indebtedness;
  • our liquidity and capital resources;
  • competitive pressures and trends in the restaurant industry;
  • prevailing prices and availability of food, labor, raw materials, supplies and energy;
  • a failure to obtain timely deliveries from our suppliers or other supplier issues;
  • our ability to successfully implement our business strategy;
  • relationships with franchisees and the financial health of franchisees;
  • legal proceedings and regulatory matters;
  • our ability to attract and retain members of our management team and other key employees; and
  • our development and expansion plans.

Given these risks and uncertainties, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. We do not undertake and specifically decline any obligation to update any such statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any of such statements to reflect future events or developments.

(In thousands)

Year Ended Year Ended Year Ended
December 27, December 28, December 30,
2009 2008 2007
---- ---- ----
Food sales $507,763 552,462 556,990
Franchise and other
revenue 28,305 29,508 30,896
------ ------ ------
Total revenues 536,068 581,970 587,886
------- ------- -------
Cost of sales (excluding
depreciation shown below):
Food cost 131,765 161,103 158,708
Labor and benefits 177,672 188,431 189,307
Operating expenses 145,630 152,260 149,437
General and
administrative 46,153 47,829 44,874
Transaction costs - - 1,013
Depreciation and
amortization 24,041 24,699 24,822
Interest, net 44,120 36,689 31,180
Asset impairments and
closed store expenses 5,997 1,797 2,463
Goodwill impairment - 20,202 -
Loss on extinguishments
of debt - 2,952 -
Other, net (3,460) 446 228
------ --- ---
Total costs and expenses 571,918 636,408 602,032
------- ------- -------
Loss before income taxes (35,850) (54,438) (14,146)
Benefit from (provision
for) income taxes (171) 1,769 (1,482)
---- ----- ------
Net loss (36,021) (52,669) (15,628)
Less: net earnings
attributable to
interests 198 284 707
--- --- ---
Net loss attributable to
Perkins & Marie
Callender's Inc. $(36,219) (52,953) (16,335)
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(In thousands, except par and share amounts)

December 27, December 28,
2009 2008
---- ----
Cash and cash equivalents $4,288 4,613
Restricted cash 8,110 10,140
Receivables, less allowances for doubtful
accounts of $829 and $954 in 2009 and 2008,
respectively 18,125 21,386
Inventories 11,062 12,300
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,864 2,996
----- -----
Total current assets 43,449 51,435
------ ------

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net of accumulated
depreciation and amortization of $156,898
and $150,056 in 2009 and 2008, respectively 75,219 93,500
GOODWILL 9,836 9,836
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net of accumulated
Amortization of $20,179 and $19,963 in 2009
and 2008, respectively 147,013 150,847
OTHER ASSETS 16,074 17,842
------ ------
TOTAL ASSETS $291,641 323,508
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Accounts payable 14,657 18,295
Accrued expenses 41,605 47,040
Franchise advertising contributions 4,327 5,316
Current maturities of long-term debt
and capital lease obligations 503 382
--- ---
Total current liabilities 61,092 71,033
------ ------
LONG-TERM DEBT, less current maturities 326,042 316,534
maturities 11,054 13,715
DEFERRED RENT 17,092 15,343

Common stock, $.01 par value; 100,000 shares
authorized; 10,820 issued and outstanding 1 1
Additional paid-in capital 150,870 149,851
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 45 (4)
Accumulated deficit (297,140) (260,921)
-------- --------
Total PMCI stockholder's deficit (146,224) (111,073)
-------- --------
Noncontrolling interests 308 215
Total deficit (145,916) (110,858)
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(In thousands)

Year Ended Year Ended Year Ended
December 27, December 28, December 30,
2009 2008 2007
---- ---- ----
Net loss $(36,021) (52,669) (15,628)
Adjustments to reconcile
net loss to net cash
provided by (used in)
operating activities:
Depreciation and
amortization 24,041 24,699 24,822
Asset impairments 4,476 1,292 2,237
Amortization of debt
discount 1,540 647 324
Other non-cash income
and expense items (2,475) (12) 333
Loss on disposition of
assets 1,521 505 226
Goodwill impairment - 20,202 -
Loss on extinguishment
of debt - 2,952 -
Equity in net
(income) loss of
partnership (2) 5 82
Net changes in
operating assets
and liabilities 7,541 (7,110) 3,083
----- ------ -----
Total adjustments 36,642 43,180 31,107
------ ------ ------
Net cash provided
by (used in)
operating activities 621 (9,489) 15,479
--- ------ ------

Purchases of property
and equipment (8,733) (18,336) (31,547)
Proceeds from sale of assets 494 687 21
--- --- ---
Net cash used in
investing activities (8,239) (17,649) (31,526)
------ ------- -------

Proceeds from revolving
credit facilities 31,778 84,848 75,100
Repayment of revolving
credit facilities (23,791) (101,664) (55,100)
Proceeds from Secured Notes,
net of $7,537 discount - 124,463 -
Repayment of Term Loan - (98,750) (750)
Repayment of capital lease
obligations (429) (413) (702)
Proceeds from (repayment of)
other debt (18) (18) 82
Debt financing costs (142) (9,559) -
Lessor financing
of new restaurants - 2,286 6,107
Distributions to
interest holders (105) (402) (519)
Capital contributions - 12,500 1,792
Repurchase of equity
ownership units in P&MC's
Holding LLC - (572) -
--- ---- ---
Net cash provided
by financing activities 7,293 12,719 26,010
----- ------ ------

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (325) (14,419) 9,963

Balance, beginning of
period 4,613 19,032 9,069
----- ------ -----
Balance, end of period $4,288 4,613 19,032
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SOURCE Perkins & Marie Callender's Inc.



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