Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter ended July 13, 2014
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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Second Quarter ended July 13, 2014

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aug. 14, 2014 - Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the 12 weeks ended July 13, 2014 compared to the 12 weeks ended July 14, 2013.

Second Quarter Financial Highlights

Revenues were $256.1 million, an increase of 7.5%

Comparable restaurant revenue increased 1.2%

Restaurant-level operating profit, as a percent of restaurant revenue, declined to 22.2% from 23.3% (See Schedule II)

GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.65, compared to $0.77 for the same period a year ago

Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.68, compared to $0.77 a year ago (See Schedule I)

Net income was $9.5 million compared to $11.1 million for the same period a year ago. Adjusted net income of $9.8 million excludes an after-tax adjustment for executive transition costs of $0.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share. Net income has not been adjusted for $0.4 million or $0.03 per diluted share of after-tax acquisition costs. See Schedule I for a reconciliation of adjusted net income and earnings per share.

"Although we are satisfied with our top line performance through the first half of the year, we were disappointed that our marketing efforts in the second quarter did not produce the desired results in an intensely competitive environment," said Steve Carley, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. chief executive officer. "Going forward, we remain cautious in the near term but are confident that initiatives we have in place will generate meaningful long-term value. Our plan is to continue elevating the Red Robin brand through guest engagement, operating efficiency and effective expansion while working diligently to improve our sales trends."

Operating Results

Total Company revenues, which include Company-owned restaurant revenue and franchise royalties, increased 7.5% to $256.1 million in the second quarter of 2014 from $238.3 million in the second quarter of 2013.

System-wide restaurant revenue (including franchised units) for the second quarter of 2014 totaled $343.0 million, compared to $323.5 million for the second quarter in 2013 at constant currency rates.

Comparable restaurant revenue increased 1.2% in the second quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year. In the second quarter, guest counts decreased 2.5%, while average guest check increased 3.7%. Comparable restaurants are those Company-owned restaurants that have achieved five full quarters of operations during the period presented, and such restaurants are only included in our comparable metrics if they are comparable for the entirety of both periods presented.

Restaurant-level operating profit margins (a non-GAAP financial measure) were 22.2% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014 compared to 23.3% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, a decline of 110 basis points. The lower margins resulted primarily from higher food and beverage costs, and to a lesser extent, higher other operating costs and occupancy as a percentage of sales. Schedule II of this earnings release defines restaurant-level operating profit, discusses why it is a useful metric for investors and reconciles this metric to income from operations and net income.

Restaurant Revenue Performance

      Casual Dining Restaurants (1)   Q2-2014   Q2-2013  
      Average weekly sales per unit:          
      Company-owned – Total   $ 57,549   $ 57,699  
      Company-owned – Comparable   $ 58,341   $ 57,645  
      Franchised units (2)   $ 58,463   $ 56,515  
      Total operating weeks:          
      Company-owned units     4,360     4,051  
      Franchised units     1,560     1,596  
      (1)   Excludes Red Robin Burger Works® fast casual restaurants which had 64 and 60 operating weeks in the second quarter of 2014 and 2013
      (2)   Calculated at constant currency rates

Other Results

Depreciation and amortization costs increased $0.8 million to $14.1 million in the second quarter of 2014 compared to $13.3 million in the second quarter of 2013. The increased depreciation was primarily related to new restaurants opened or acquired since the second quarter 2013 and restaurants remodeled under our brand transformation initiative.

General and administrative costs were $20.4 million, a decrease of $1.4 million from the second quarter of fiscal year 2013, due mainly to a decrease in incentive compensation. Included in second quarter of 2014 general and administrative costs are executive transition costs of $0.5 million related to the departure of the Company's former chief operating officer.

Selling expenses were $9.9 million, or 3.9% of revenue, in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared to $6.5 million, or 2.7% of revenue, a year ago. The increase in selling expenses is primarily due to increased media spend and gift card costs.

Pre-opening and acquisition costs in the fiscal second quarter of 2014 totaled $2.3 million compared to $1.3 million in the comparable period a year ago.

Acquisition costs totaled $0.7 million in the second quarter of 2014 related to the purchase of 32 Red Robin franchised restaurants which closed in the fiscal third quarter.

The Company had an effective tax rate of 27.1% in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared to a 24.3% rate in the same period a year ago.

Restaurant Development and Acquisitions

As of the end of the second quarter of 2014, there were 365 Company-owned Red Robin® restaurants, seven Red Robin Burger Works® and 130 franchised Red Robin restaurants for a total of 502 restaurants. In the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Company opened three new Red Robin restaurants and two Red Robin Burger Works restaurants. Additionally, one franchised Red Robin restaurant was opened during the quarter.

As previously announced, on July 14, 2014, the Company completed the acquisition of 32 franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for approximately $40 million. The 32 franchised restaurants generate approximately $90 million in restaurant revenue on an annualized basis.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

On July 2, 2014, the Company replaced its existing credit facility with a new Credit Agreement that provides a $250 million revolving line of credit. The company also maintains the option to increase the credit facility in the future, subject to lenders' participation, by up to an additional $100 million in the aggregate.

As of July 13, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $60.5 million and total debt of $137.3 million, including $8.9 million of capital lease liabilities. The Company increased debt and cash by $40 million at the end of the second quarter to fund the acquisition of the franchised restaurants.

Updated Outlook for 2014

Red Robin's 2014 fiscal year consists of 52 weeks and will end on December 28, 2014.

The Company's outlook for 2014 has been updated to include expected performance as well as the impact of the acquisition of 32 restaurants.

In fiscal year 2014, the Company expects comparable restaurant revenue growth in the low single digits. The Company plans to open 20 new Red Robin restaurants and four to five Red Robin Burger Works resulting in operating week growth of approximately 6.5% for fiscal year 2014. The newly acquired restaurants are expected to add revenues of $44 million in the second half of 2014 and will reduce franchise royalties by approximately $1.5 million.

Capital investments in fiscal year 2014 are expected to exceed $100 million, excluding approximately $51 million related to acquisitions. In addition to the new restaurant openings, the Company also plans to remodel at least 65 Red Robin restaurants as part of its brand transformation initiative as well as expand patio seating in a few locations.

Restaurant-level operating profit margins in fiscal year 2014 are expected to be approximately 21.3%.

General and administrative costs are expected to be approximately $94 million, while selling expenses are expected to be approximately 3.2% of sales considering increased gift card sales. Pre-opening and acquisition costs are expected to total near $9.0 million in fiscal 2014 of which $2.5 million relates to acquisition and integration costs. Depreciation and amortization is projected to be approximately $64 million, an increase from previous expectations due to the acquisition.

Interest expense is expected to be approximately $3 million while the income tax rate in fiscal year 2014 is expected to be approximately 26%.

The sensitivity of the Company's earnings per diluted share to a 1% change in guest counts for fiscal year 2014 is estimated to be $0.30 on an annualized basis. Additionally, a 10 basis point change in restaurant-level operating margin is expected to impact earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07, and a change of approximately $200,000 in pre-tax income or expense is equivalent to approximately $0.01 per diluted share.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

Red Robin will host an investor conference call to discuss its second quarter 2014 results today at 10:00 a.m. ET. The conference call number is (888) 280-4443, or for international callers (719) 457-2637. The financial information that the Company intends to discuss during the conference call is included in this press release and will be available on the "Investors" link of the Company's website at Prior to the conference call, the Company will post supplemental financial information that will be discussed during the call and live webcast.

To access the supplemental financial information and webcast, please visit and select the "Investors" link from the menu. A replay of the live conference call will be available from two hours after the call until midnight on Thursday, August 21, 2014. The replay can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176, or (858) 384-5517 for international callers. The conference ID is 7896315.

About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ:RRGB)

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (, a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, recently earning the restaurant the 2014 VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. There are more than 500 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including those operating under franchise agreements. Red Robin… YUMMM®! Connect with Red Robin on Facebook and Twitter.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this press release regarding our expectations related to strategic initiatives, restaurant revenue (including acquired franchised restaurants), new restaurant openings and operating weeks, capital investments including our brand transformation initiative and restaurant remodeling, future economic performance, anticipated costs, expenses, tax rate, and other financial measures, statements under the heading "Updated Outlook for 2014" and all other statements that are not historical facts, are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on assumptions believed by the Company to be reasonable and speak only as of the date on which such statements are made. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "project," "will" or "estimate," or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update such statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date, and we caution investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements based on a number of factors, including but not limited to the following: the effectiveness of the Company's marketing strategies, loyalty program, and guest count initiatives to achieve restaurant sales growth; the ability to fulfill planned expansion and restaurant remodeling; the ability to successfully integrate and achieve anticipated revenues from recently acquired restaurants; the cost and availability of key food products, labor and energy; the ability to achieve anticipated revenue and cost savings from our anticipated new technology systems and other initiatives; the macro economic and competitive environment; availability of capital or credit facility borrowings; the adequacy of cash flows or available debt resources to fund operations and growth opportunities; federal, state and local regulation of our business; and other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's Form 10-K, Form 10-Q, and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports) filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.





(In thousands, except per share data)


      Twelve Weeks Ended     Twenty-eight Weeks Ended  
      July 13, 2014   July 14, 2013     July 13, 2014   July 14, 2013  
Restaurant revenue     $ 251,818      $ 234,490        $ 586,813      $ 535,803  
Franchise royalties, fees and other revenue       4,315     3,809       9,804     8,845  
Total revenues       256,133     238,299       596,617     544,648  
Costs and expenses:                      
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):                      
Cost of sales       63,689     58,024       147,909     133,006  
Labor       82,572     76,648       193,493     178,530  
Other operating       31,022     28,463       71,619     65,553  
Occupancy       18,618     16,779       42,900     39,352  
Depreciation and amortization       14,120     13,319       33,006     31,153  
General and administrative       20,442     21,868       52,540     50,835  
Selling       9,878     6,518       20,203     15,159  
Pre-opening costs and acquisition costs       2,326     1,291       4,439     2,125  
Total costs and expenses       242,667     222,910       566,109     515,713  
Income from operations       13,466     15,389       30,508     28,935  
Other expense:                      
Interest expense, net and other       475     674       1,149     1,763  
Income before income taxes       12,991     14,715       29,359     27,172  
Provision for income taxes       3,521     3,576       7,945     6,553  
Net income     $ 9,470   $ 11,139     $ 21,414   $ 20,619  
Earnings per share:                      
Basic     $ 0.66   $ 0.78     $ 1.49   $ 1.46  
Diluted     $ 0.65   $ 0.77     $ 1.47   $ 1.43  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                      
Basic       14,312     14,209       14,335     14,134  
Diluted       14,528     14,475       14,565     14,415  



(In thousands)


      July 13, 2014     December 29, 2013  
Current Assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 60,543       $ 17,108    
Accounts receivable, net       14,409         22,568    
Inventories       22,781         21,992    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets       12,484         15,766    
Deferred tax asset and other       6,120         3,212    
Total current assets       116,337         80,646    
Property and equipment, net       467,426         444,727    
Goodwill       64,647         62,525    
Intangible assets, net       37,974         36,800    
Other assets, net       11,996         9,947    
Total assets     $ 698,380       $ 634,645    
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:              
Current Liabilities:              
Trade accounts payable     $ 18,983       $ 19,117    
Construction related payables       16,276         14,682    
Accrued payroll and payroll-related liabilities       40,120         45,919    
Unearned revenue       26,748         35,740    
Accrued liabilities and other       28,690         24,454    
Total current liabilities       130,817         139,912    
Deferred rent       55,479         51,985    
Long-term debt       128,375         79,375    
Long-term portion of capital lease obligations       8,195         8,513    
Other non-current liabilities       9,319         7,457    
Total liabilities       332,185         287,242    
Stockholders’ Equity:              
Common stock; $0.001 par value: 30,000 shares authorized; 17,845 and 17,851 shares issued; 14,344 and 14,350 shares outstanding       18         18    
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value: 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding                  
Treasury stock 3,501 and 3,501 shares, at cost       (114,759 )       (110,486 )  
Paid-in capital       198,812         197,145    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax       (41 )       (25 )  
Retained earnings       282,165         260,751    
Total stockholders’ equity       366,195         347,403    
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $ 698,380       $ 634,645    

Schedule I


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

In addition to the results provided in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) throughout this press release, the Company has provided non-GAAP measurements which present the 12 and 28 weeks ended July 13, 2014 and the 12 and 28 weeks ended July 14, 2013, net income and basic and diluted earnings per share, excluding the effects of executive transition charges in the second quarter of fiscal year 2014. The Company believes that the presentation of net income and earnings per share exclusive of the identified items gives the reader additional insight into the ongoing operational results of the Company. This supplemental information will assist with comparisons of past and future financial results against the present financial results presented herein. Income tax expense related to the asset impairment charges and the loss on debt refinancing was calculated based on the change in the total tax provision calculation after adjusting for the identified items. The non-GAAP measurements are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP.  
          Twelve Weeks Ended     Twenty-eight Weeks Ended  
          July 13, 2014      July 14, 2013        July 13, 2014      July 14, 2013  
    Net income as reported     $ 9,470     $ 11,139     $ 21,414     $ 20,619  
    Executive transition costs       544             544        
    Income tax expense       (183 )           (183 )      
    Adjusted net income     $ 9,831     $ 11,139     $ 21,775     $ 20,619  
    Basic net income per share:                      
    Net income as reported     $ 0.66     $ 0.78     $ 1.49     $ 1.46  
    Executive transition costs       0.04             0.04        
    Income tax expense       (0.01 )           (0.01 )      
    Adjusted earnings per share - basic     $ 0.69     $ 0.78     $ 1.52     $ 1.46  
    Diluted net income per share:                      
    Net income as reported     $ 0.65     $ 0.77     $ 1.47     $ 1.43  
    Executive transition costs       0.04             0.04        
    Income tax expense       (0.01 )           (0.01 )      
    Adjusted earnings per share - diluted     $ 0.68     $ 0.77     $ 1.50     $ 1.43  
    Weighted average shares outstanding                      
    Basic       14,312       14,209       14,335       14,134  
    Diluted       14,528       14,475       14,565       14,415  

Schedule II


Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Restaurant-Level Operating Profit to Income

from Operations and Net Income

(In thousands)


The Company believes that restaurant-level operating profit is an important measure for management and investors because it is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. The Company defines restaurant-level operating profit to be restaurant revenue minus restaurant-level operating costs, excluding restaurant closures and impairment costs. The measure includes restaurant- level occupancy costs, which include fixed rents, percentage rents, common area maintenance charges, real estate and personal property taxes, general liability insurance and other property costs, but excludes depreciation related to restaurant buildings and leasehold improvements. The measure excludes depreciation and amortization expense, substantially all of which is related to restaurant-level assets, because such expenses represent historical sunk costs which do not reflect current cash outlay for the restaurants. The measure also excludes selling, general and administrative costs, and therefore excludes occupancy costs associated with selling, general and administrative functions, and pre-opening costs. The Company excludes restaurant closure costs as they do not represent a component of the efficiency of continuing operations. Restaurant impairment costs are excluded, because, similar to depreciation and amortization, they represent a non-cash charge for the Company’s investment in its restaurants and not a component of the efficiency of restaurant operations. Restaurant-level operating profit is not a measurement determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations or net income as indicators of financial performance. Restaurant-level operating profit as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The table below sets forth certain unaudited information for the 12 and 28 weeks ended July 13, 2014 and the 12 and 28 weeks ended July 14, 2013, expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except for the components of restaurant-level operating profit, which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenue.


        Twelve Weeks Ended   Twenty-eight Weeks Ended
        July 13, 2014      July 14, 2013       July 13, 2014      July 14, 2013
    Restaurant revenue   $ 251,818     98.3 %   $ 234,490     98.4 %   $ 586,813     98.4 %   $ 535,803     98.4 %
    Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):                                                
    Cost of sales   63,689     25.3 %   58,024     24.7 %   147,909     25.2 %   133,006     24.8 %
    Labor   82,572     32.8 %   76,648     32.7 %   193,493     33.0 %   178,530     33.3 %
    Other operating   31,022     12.3 %   28,463     12.1 %   71,619     12.2 %   65,553     12.3 %
    Occupancy   18,618     7.4 %   16,779     7.2 %   42,900     7.3 %   39,352     7.3 %
    Restaurant-level operating profit   55,917     22.2 %   54,576     23.3 %   130,892     22.3 %   119,362     22.3 %
    Add – Franchise royalties, fees and other revenues   4,315     1.7 %   3,809     1.6 %   9,804     1.6 %   8,845     1.6 %
    Deduct – other operating:                                                
    Depreciation and amortization   14,120     5.5 %   13,319     5.6 %   33,006     5.5 %   31,153     5.7 %
    General and administrative   20,442     8.0 %   21,868     9.2 %   52,540     8.8 %   50,835     9.3 %
    Selling   9,878     3.9 %   6,518     2.7 %   20,203     3.4 %   15,159     2.8 %
    Pre-opening and acquisition costs   2,326     0.9 %   1,291     0.5 %   4,439     0.7 %   2,125     0.4 %
    Total other operating   46,766     18.3 %   42,996     18.0 %   110,188     18.4 %   99,272     18.2 %
    Income from operations   13,466     5.3 %   15,389     6.5 %   30,508     5.1 %   28,935     5.3 %
    Interest expense, net and other   475     0.2 %   674     0.3 %   1,149     0.2 %   1,763     0.3 %
    Income tax expense   3,521     1.4 %   3,576     1.5 %   7,945     1.3 %   6,553     1.2 %
    Total other   3,996     1.6 %   4,250     1.8 %   9,094     1.5 %   8,316     1.5 %
    Net income   $ 9,470     3.7 %   $ 11,139     4.7 %   $ 21,414     3.6 %   $ 20,619     3.8 %

Certain percentage amounts in the table above do not total due to rounding as well as the fact that components of restaurant-level operating profit are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenue and not total revenues.

SOURCE Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.


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