Brinker International Reports Increases In Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 EPS And Comparable Restaurant Sales

DALLAS - Jan. 22, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 25, 2013.

Highlights include the following:

  • Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 18.0 percent to $0.59 compared to$0.50 for the second quarter of fiscal 2013 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 16.0 percent to $0.58 compared to $0.50for the second quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Company sales increased 2.3 percent to $684.4 million and restaurant operating margin1improved approximately 30 basis points to 16.0 percent compared to 15.7 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2013
  • Brinker International comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 0.8 percent
  • Chili's domestic comparable restaurant sales2 includes a 0.7 percent increase for company-owned restaurants and a 0.7 percent decrease for franchised restaurants resulting in a net increase of 0.3 percent
  • Chili's international franchise comparable restaurant sales increased 1.4 percent, representing the 16th consecutive quarterly increase
  • Maggiano's comparable restaurant sales increased 0.9 percent, representing the 16th consecutive quarterly increase
  • For the first six months of fiscal 2014, cash flows provided by operating activities were $147.3 million and capital expenditures totaled $69.7 million
  • The company repurchased approximately 0.6 million shares of its common stock for $26.8 millionin the second quarter and a total of approximately 2.2 million shares for $93.1 million year-to-date
  • The company paid a dividend of 24 cents per share in the second quarter, an increase of 20 percent over the prior year second quarter

"We remain encouraged about the trajectory of our business as results from this past quarter demonstrate our steady progress of driving top-line sales, while increasing value for our shareholders," said Wyman Roberts, Chief Executive Officer and President.

1

Restaurant operating margin is defined as Company sales less Cost of sales, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses.

2

Chili's domestic comparable restaurant sales is defined as comparable restaurant sales generated from company-owned and franchise operated Chili's restaurants in the United States.

 

Table 1: Monthly and Q2 comparable restaurant sales

Q2 14 and Q2 13, company-owned, reported brands and franchise; percentage

   
   

Oct

 

Nov

 

Dec

 

Q2 14

 

Q2 13

Brinker International

 

0.7

 

5.8

 

(3.6)

 

0.8

 

0.9

  Chili's Company-Owned1

                   

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

0.8

 

6.7

 

(4.9)

 

0.7

 

1.0

     Pricing Impact

 

1.2

 

2.0

 

1.5

 

1.5

 

1.6

     Mix-Shift

 

1.5

 

1.3

 

0.4

 

1.1

 

1.3

     Traffic

 

(1.9)

 

3.4

 

(6.8)

 

(1.9)

 

(1.9)

  Maggiano's

                   

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

0.5

 

0.0

 

1.8

 

0.9

 

0.6

     Pricing Impact

 

1.8

 

1.6

 

1.3

 

1.5

 

2.3

     Mix-Shift

 

1.0

 

(1.6)

 

(1.1)

 

(0.5)

 

0.7

     Traffic

 

(2.3)

 

0.0

 

1.6

 

(0.1)

 

(2.4)

                     

Franchise2

             

0.0

 

2.4

  U.S. Comparable Restaurant Sales

             

(0.7)

 

2.2

  International Comparable Restaurant Sales

             

1.4

 

2.7

                     

Domestic3

             

0.3

 

1.4

System-wide4

             

0.5

 

1.5

       
     

Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales do not include sales generated by the 11 restaurants acquired in Canada in June 2013. Acquired or newly opened restaurants are not included in this calculation until 18 months of operations are completed.

2

Revenues generated by franchisees are not included in revenues on the consolidated statements of income; however, we generate royalty revenue and advertising fees based on franchisee revenues, where applicable. We believe including franchisee comparable restaurant sales provides investors information regarding brand performance that is relevant to current operations and may impact future restaurant development.

3

Domestic comparable restaurant sales percentages are derived from sales generated by company-owned and franchise operated Chili's restaurants in the United States.

4

System-wide comparable restaurant sales are derived from sales generated by company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants in addition to the sales generated at franchisee operated restaurants.

 

Quarterly Operating Performance

Chili's second quarter company sales increased to $576.7 million from $563.3 million in the prior year primarily due to the acquisition of 11 restaurants in Canada, as well as increases in comparable restaurant sales and domestic restaurant capacity. As compared to the prior year, Chili's operating margin improved. Cost of sales was favorably impacted by mix changes related to the introduction of new menu items, improved waste control and menu pricing, partially offset by unfavorable commodity pricing primarily related to meat and poultry. Restaurant labor was positively impacted by improved labor productivity resulting from the installation of new kitchen equipment and server initiatives, coupled with leverage related to higher revenue, partially offset by higher restaurant manager bonuses. Restaurant expense was negatively impacted by higher advertising accruals and workers' compensation insurance expenses.

Maggiano's second quarter company sales of $107.7 million increased 1.8 percent primarily driven by increases in menu pricing and restaurant capacity. As compared to the prior year, Maggiano's restaurant operating margin was negatively impacted primarily by costs associated with strategic initiatives including a new point of sale system, new restaurant development and unfavorable facilities costs. Cost of sales was positively impacted by favorable commodity pricing on bread, steak, dairy and seafood as well as increased menu pricing, partially offset by unfavorable mix changes.

Franchise and Other revenues totaled $20.0 million for the quarter, a decrease of 2.9 percent compared to $20.6 million in the prior year driven primarily by lower domestic royalty income, as well as lower international franchise and development fees. International comparable restaurant sales increased 1.4 percent, while U.S. franchise comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.7 percent. Brinker franchisees generated approximately $390 million in sales1 for the second quarter of fiscal 2014.

Royalty revenues are recognized based on the sales generated and reported to the company by franchisees.

Other

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $0.6 million for the quarter primarily due to investments in the Chili's reimage program, kitchen equipment, and software as well as the acquisition of 11 restaurants in Canada, partially offset by an increase in fully depreciated assets.

General and administrative expense decreased $0.7 million primarily due to lower performance-based and other compensation costs partially offset by an increase in professional fees and higher stock-based compensation costs.

Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate decreased to 31.3 percent in the current quarter compared to 32.7 percent in the prior year primarily due to the impact of tax credits for workforce programs and deductions related to increased stock option exercises.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

Brinker believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results. Special items in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 consist primarily of charges associated with the impairment of restaurants and other fixed assets.

Table 2: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items

Q2 14 and Q2 13; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax

 
   

Q2 14

 

EPS Q2 14

 

Q2 13

 

EPS Q2 13

Net Income

 

39.7

 

0.58

 

37.2

 

0.50

Other (Gains) and Charges, net of taxes1

 

0.8

 

0.01

 

0.1

 

0.00

Net Income excluding Special Items

 

40.5

 

0.59

 

37.3

 

0.50

   
   

Pre-tax Other gains and charges was $1.2 million and $0.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Other

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $0.6 million for the quarter primarily due to investments in the Chili's reimage program, kitchen equipment, and software as well as the acquisition of 11 restaurants in Canada, partially offset by an increase in fully depreciated assets.

General and administrative expense decreased $0.7 million primarily due to lower performance-based and other compensation costs partially offset by an increase in professional fees and higher stock-based compensation costs.

Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate decreased to 31.3 percent in the current quarter compared to 32.7 percent in the prior year primarily due to the impact of tax credits for workforce programs and deductions related to increased stock option exercises.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

Brinker believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results. Special items in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 consist primarily of charges associated with the impairment of restaurants and other fixed assets.

Table 2: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items

Q2 14 and Q2 13; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax

 
   

Q2 14

 

EPS Q2 14

 

Q2 13

 

EPS Q2 13

Net Income

 

39.7

 

0.58

 

37.2

 

0.50

Other (Gains) and Charges, net of taxes1

 

0.8

 

0.01

 

0.1

 

0.00

Net Income excluding Special Items

 

40.5

 

0.59

 

37.3

 

0.50

   
   

Pre-tax Other gains and charges was $1.2 million and $0.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 and 2013, respectively.

Guidance Policy

Brinker provides annual guidance as it relates to comparable restaurant sales, earnings per diluted share, and other key line items in the income statement and will only provide updates if there is a material change versus the original guidance. Consistent with prior practice, management will not discuss intra-period sales or other key operating results not yet reported as the limited data may not accurately reflect the final results of the period or quarter referenced.

Webcast Information

Investors and interested parties are invited to listen to today's conference call, as management will provide further details of the quarter. The call will broadcast live on the Brinker website (www.brinker.com) at 9 a.m. CST today (Jan. 22). For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available shortly thereafter and will remain on the Brinker website until the end of the day Feb. 19, 2014.

Additional financial information, including statements of income which detail operations excluding special items, franchise and other revenues, and comparable restaurant sales trends by brand, is also available on the Brinker website under the Financial Information section of the Investor tab.

Forward Calendar

  • SEC Form 10-Q for second quarter fiscal 2014 filing on or before Feb. 3, 2014; and
  • Third quarter earnings release, before market opens, April 23, 2014.

About Brinker

Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of Dec. 25, 2013, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,602 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,557 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (45 restaurants).

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and, consequently, could be affected by general business and economic conditions, financial and credit market conditions, credit availability, reduced disposable income, the impact of competition, the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, franchisee success, the seasonality of the company's business, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, product availability, fuel and utility costs and availability, terrorist acts, consumer perception of food safety, changes in consumer taste, health epidemics or pandemics, changes in demographic trends, availability of employees, unfavorable publicity, the company's ability to meet its business strategy plan, acts of God, governmental regulations and inflation.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
   

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

 

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

   

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Dec. 26, 2012

 

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Dec. 26, 2012

Revenues:

               

Company sales

 

$

684,385

 

$

669,129

 

 $

1,348,887

 

 $

1,332,797

Franchise and other revenues (a)

 

20,010

 

20,635

 

 39,432

 

 40,474

Total revenues

 

704,395

 

689,764

 

 1,388,319

 

 1,373,271

Operating costs and expenses:

               

Company restaurants (excluding depreciation and amortization)

               

Cost of sales

 

185,179

 

184,591

 

 365,837

 

 369,286

Restaurant labor

 

219,919

 

217,177

 

438,635

 

 436,043

Restaurant expenses

 

169,877

 

162,191

 

 336,831

 

 325,244

Company restaurant expenses

 

574,975

 

563,959

 

 1,141,303

 

 1,130,573

Depreciation and amortization

 

33,538

 

32,979

 

 66,694

 

 65,608

General and administrative

 

30,362

 

31,030

 

 64,783

 

 68,303

Other gains and charges (b)

 

1,221

 

230

 

 2,227

 

 677

Total operating costs and expenses

 

640,096

 

628,198

 

 1,275,007

 

 1,265,161

Operating income

 

64,299

 

61,566

 

 113,312

 

 108,110

Interest expense

 

7,047

 

7,066

 

 14,060

 

 13,955

Other, net

 

(461)

 

(726)

 

 (1,043)

 

 (1,523)

Income before provision for income taxes

 

57,713

 

55,226

 

 100,295

 

 95,678

Provision for income taxes

 

17,969

 

18,049

 

 31,339

 

 30,637

Net income

 

$

39,744

 

$

37,177

 

 $

68,956

 

 $

65,041

                 

Basic net income per share

 

$

0.59

 

$

0.51

 

 $

1.03

 

 $

0.89

                 

Diluted net income per share

 

$

0.58

 

$

0.50

 

 $

1.00

 

 $

0.86

                 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

 

66,811

 

72,560

 

 66,752

 

 73,232

                 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

68,628

 

74,720

 

 68,715

 

 75,639

   

(a) 

Franchise and other revenues includes royalties, development fees and franchise fees, banquet service charge income, and gift card activity (breakage and discounts).

(b)

Other gains and charges include:

   
   
 

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

 

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

 

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Dec. 26, 2012

 

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Dec. 26, 2012

Restaurant impairment charges

$

1,285

 

$

661

 

$

1,285

 

$

661

Restaurant closure charges

265

 

2,148

 

1,107

 

2,582

Gains on the sale of assets, net

(579)

 

(2,349)

 

(579)

 

(2,350)

Other

250

 

(230)

 

414

 

(216)

 

$

1,221

 

$

230

 

$

2,227

 

$

677

  

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
   

Dec. 25, 2013

 

June 26, 2013

         

ASSETS

       

Current assets

 

$

247,141

 

$

198,591

Net property and equipment (a)

 

1,026,402

 

1,035,815

Total other assets

 

216,025

 

218,197

Total assets

 

$

1,489,568

 

$

1,452,603

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

       

Current installments of long-term debt

 

$

27,737

 

$

27,596

Current liabilities

 

401,218

 

362,615

Long-term debt, less current installments

 

806,215

 

780,121

Other liabilities

 

130,905

 

132,914

Total shareholders' equity

 

123,493

 

149,357

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

 

$

1,489,568

 

$

1,452,603

   

(a) 

At Dec. 25, 2013, the company owned the land and buildings for 189 of the 881 company-owned restaurants. The net book values of the land and buildings associated with these restaurants totaled $141.5 million and $118.4 million, respectively.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
   

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

   

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Dec. 26, 2012

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

       

Net income

 

$

68,956

 

$

65,041

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

       

Depreciation and amortization

 

66,694

 

65,608

Stock-based compensation

 

8,196

 

9,314

Restructure charges and other impairments

 

2,091

 

3,027

Net loss (gain) on disposal of assets

 

2,051

 

(96)

Changes in assets and liabilities

 

(667)

 

(11,617)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

147,321

 

131,277

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

       

Payments for property and equipment

 

(69,692)

 

(69,752)

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

833

 

5,335

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(68,859)

 

(64,417)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

       

Purchases of treasury stock

 

(93,101)

 

(131,445)

Borrowings on revolving credit facility

 

80,000

 

110,000

Payments on revolving credit facility

 

(40,000)

 

Payments of dividends

 

(31,345)

 

(27,677)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 

14,569

 

6,939

Payments on long-term debt

 

(13,260)

 

(13,190)

Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock

 

7,963

 

22,515

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(75,174)

 

(32,858)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

3,288

 

34,002

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

59,367

 

59,103

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

62,655

 

$

93,105

  

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

RESTAURANT SUMMARY

 
   

Second Quarter

Openings

Fiscal 2014

 

Total Restaurants

Dec. 25, 2013

 

Projected Openings Fiscal
2014

Company-Owned Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

 

824

 

6-8

Chili's International

 

1

 

12

 

2-4

Maggiano's

 

1

 

45

 

1-2

   

2

 

881

 

9-14

Franchise Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

 

442

 

4-5

Chili's International

 

6

 

279

 

32-35

   

6

 

721

 

36-40

Total Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

 

1,266

 

10-13

Chili's International

 

7

 

291

 

34-39

Maggiano's

 

1

 

45

 

1-2

   

8

 

1,602

 

45-54

 

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.

Contacts:

Maureen Locus
Media Relations
(800) 775-7290

Chris Bremer
Investor Relations
(972) 980-9917

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