Brinker International Reports Year-Over-Year Increase In Second Quarter EPS

DALLAS - Jan. 20, 2016 // PRNewswire // - Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal second quarter ended Dec. 23, 2015.

Highlights include the following:

  • Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 9.9 percent to $0.78 compared to $0.71 for the second quarter of fiscal 2015
  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 25.0 percent to $0.80 compared to $0.64 for the second quarter of fiscal 2015
  • Brinker International total revenues increased 6.2 percent to $788.6 million and company sales increased 6.7 percent to $765.7 million attributable to the 103 restaurants acquired with the Pepper Dining transaction in the first quarter of fiscal 2016
  • Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.8 percent
  • Maggiano's comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.8 percent
  • Chili's franchise comparable restaurant sales increased 0.9 percent which includes a 2.6 percent increase for international franchise restaurants, partially offset by a 0.1 percent decrease for U.S. franchise restaurants
  • Restaurant operating margin,1as a percent of company sales, declined approximately 30 basis points to 16.1 percent compared to 16.4 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2015
  • For the first six months of fiscal 2016, cash flows provided by operating activities were $155.6 million and capital expenditures totaled $52.2 million. Free cash flow2 was approximately $103.4 million
  • The company repurchased approximately 1.9 million shares of its common stock for $89.0 million in the second quarter and a total of approximately 2.8 million shares for $140.1 million year-to-date
  • The company declared a dividend of 32 cents per share to be paid in the third quarter, representing a 14.3% increase over the prior year
  • The company reaffirms earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, to increase 15 to 18 percent in fiscal 2016 in the range of $3.55 to $3.65

"Our second quarter earnings reflect solid performance despite top-line challenges," said Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer and president. "We believe our current initiatives will improve sales during the remainder of the fiscal year and help deliver our annual earnings guidance."

1 Restaurant operating margin is defined as Company sales less Cost of sales, Restaurant Labor and Restaurant expenses. Restaurant operating margin is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. Restaurant operating margin is not a measurement determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to operating income or other similarly titled measures of other companies.

2Free cash flow is defined as cash flows provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

Table 1: Q2 comparable restaurant sales
Company-owned, reported brands and franchise; percentage

         
   

Q2 16

 

Q2 15

Brinker International

 

(2.6)

 

3.7

  Chili's Company-Owned1

       

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

(2.8)

 

4.0

     Pricing Impact2

 

0.8

 

1.7

     Mix-Shift2

 

0.4

 

0.6

     Traffic2

 

(4.0)

 

1.7

  Maggiano's

       

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

(1.8)

 

2.3

     Pricing Impact2

 

2.3

 

2.4

     Mix-Shift2

 

(1.2)

 

(1.6)

     Traffic2

 

(2.9)

 

1.5

         

Chili's Franchise3

 

0.9

 

3.2

  U.S. Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

(0.1)

 

4.9

  International Comparable Restaurant Sales

 

2.6

 

(0.5)

         

Chili's Domestic4

 

(2.1)

 

4.2

System-wide5

 

(1.6)

 

3.5

           

 

1

Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales includes 103 Chili's restaurants acquired from a franchisee in the first quarter of fiscal 2016.

2

Reclassifications have been made between pricing impact, mix-shift and traffic in the prior year to conform with current year classification.

3

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

4

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

5

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 franchise operated restaurants.

Quarterly Operating Performance

CHILI'S second quarter company sales increased 8.1 percent to $651.0 million from $602.0 million in the prior year primarily due to an increase in restaurant capacity resulting from the acquisition of 103 Chili's restaurants on June 25, 2015, partially offset by a decline in comparable restaurant sales. As compared to the prior year, Chili's restaurant operating margin1 declined primarily due to the impact of the recently acquired restaurants. Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, was positively impacted by favorable menu pricing and commodity pricing related to burger meat, cheese, seafood, and avocados, partially offset by unfavorable menu item mix and commodity pricing primarily related to steak and chicken. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, increased slightly due to higher repairs and maintenance and rent expenses, partially offset by decreased advertising, workers' compensation insurance expenses and operations supervision expenses. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, increased compared to the prior year due to higher wage rates, partially offset by lower incentive bonus and productivity initiatives.

MAGGIANO'S second quarter company sales decreased 0.9 percent to $114.7 million from $115.8 million in the prior year primarily due to a decline in comparable restaurant sales. As compared to the prior year, Maggiano's restaurant operating margin1improved. Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, was positively impacted by menu item changes, increased menu pricing and favorable commodity pricing. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, increased compared to prior year due to higher preopening and repair and maintenance expenses, partially offset by lower advertising expenses. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, increased compared to prior year due to higher wage rates.

1Restaurant operating margin is defined as Company sales less Cost of sales, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses. Restaurant operating margin is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. Restaurant operating margin is not a measurement determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to operating income or other similarly titled measures of other companies.

FRANCHISE AND OTHER revenues decreased 8.8 percent to $22.9 million for the second quarter compared to $25.1 million in the prior year driven primarily by a decrease in royalty revenues resulting from the acquisition of 103 Chili's restaurants from a former franchisee. Brinker franchisees generated approximately $338 million in sales2 for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

2Royalty revenues are recognized based on the sales generated and reported to the company by franchisees.

Other

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $3.0 million for the quarter primarily due to depreciation on acquired restaurants, asset replacements and new restaurant openings, partially offset by an increase in fully depreciated assets.

General and administrative expense decreased approximately $0.8 million primarily due to lower performance-based compensation, partially offset by the termination of accounting and information technology support fees resulting from the acquisition of 103 Chili's restaurants.

On a GAAP basis, the effective income tax rate increased to 30.1 percent in the current quarter from 29.7 percent in the prior year quarter. The effective income tax rate increased due to higher profits, partially offset by an increase in the FICA Tip Credit and the positive impact of the resolution of certain tax positions. Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate increased to 31.3 percent in the current quarter compared to 30.7 percent in the prior year quarter. The effective income tax rate increased due to higher profits, partially offset by an increase in the FICA Tip Credit.

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.

Table 2: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items
Q2 16 and Q2 15; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax

                 
   

Q2 16

 

EPS Q2 16

 

Q2 15

 

EPS Q2 15

Net Income

 

47.7

 

0.80

 

41.3

 

0.64

     Other (Gains) and Charges, net of taxes1

 

0.0

 

0.0

 

5.1

 

0.07

     Adjustment for tax items2

 

(0.8)

 

(0.02)

 

 

Net Income excluding Special Items

 

46.9

 

0.78

 

46.4

 

0.71

 

   

1

Pre-tax Other gains and charges included a gain of $0.1 million and a charge of $8.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015, respectively. See footnote "b" to the consolidated statements of comprehensive income for additional details.

2

Discrete tax items result from the resolution of certain tax positions which directly impacts tax expense.

 Guidance Policy

Brinker provides annual guidance as it relates to comparable restaurant sales, earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, and other key line items in the statement of comprehensive income 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. 20). 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. 17, 2016.

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 the second quarter of fiscal 2016 filing on or before Feb. 1, 2016; and
- Third quarter earnings release, before market opens, April 19, 2016.

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. 23, 2015, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,646 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,595 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (51 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, increased minimum wages, increased health care costs, 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, inflation, technology failures, and failure to protect the security of data of our guests and teammates.

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
(Unaudited)

         
   

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

 

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

   

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Dec. 24, 2014

 

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Dec. 24, 2014

Revenues:

               

Company sales

 

$

765,672

   

$

717,768

   

$

1,506,153

   

$

1,404,632

 

Franchise and other revenues (a)

   

22,938

     

25,130

     

45,016

     

49,284

 

Total revenues

 

788,610

   

742,898

   

1,551,169

   

1,453,916

 

Operating costs and expenses:

               

Company restaurants (excluding depreciation and amortization)

               

Cost of sales

 

203,799

   

193,762

   

400,402

   

378,547

 

Restaurant labor

 

247,596

   

227,733

   

494,173

   

455,009

 

Restaurant expenses

 

190,660

   

178,898

   

379,833

   

354,436

 

Company restaurant expenses

 

642,055

   

600,393

   

1,274,408

   

1,187,992

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

39,114

   

36,072

   

78,285

   

71,614

 

General and administrative

 

31,909

   

32,660

   

65,020

   

65,294

 

Other gains and charges (b)

 

(87)

   

8,291

   

1,590

   

9,224

 

Total operating costs and expenses

 

712,991

   

677,416

   

1,419,303

   

1,334,124

 

Operating income

 

75,619

   

65,482

   

131,866

   

119,792

 

Interest expense

 

7,907

   

7,349

   

15,674

   

14,348

 

Other, net

 

(560)

   

(611)

   

(833)

   

(1,114)

 

Income before provision for income taxes

 

68,272

   

58,744

   

117,025

   

106,558

 

Provision for income taxes

 

20,578

   

17,438

   

36,124

   

32,514

 

Net income

 

$

47,694

   

$

41,306

   

$

80,901

   

$

74,044

 
                 

Basic net income per share

 

$

0.81

   

$

0.65

   

$

1.35

   

$

1.15

 
                 

Diluted net income per share

 

$

0.80

   

$

0.64

   

$

1.34

   

$

1.13

 
                 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

 

59,198

   

63,590

   

59,712

   

64,129

 
                 

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

59,899

   

64,963

   

60,553

   

65,613

 
                 

Other comprehensive loss:

               

Foreign currency translation adjustment (c)

 

$

(460)

   

$

(3,529)

   

$

(3,265)

   

$

(4,336)

 

Other comprehensive loss

 

(460)

   

(3,529)

   

(3,265)

   

(4,336)

 

Comprehensive income

 

$

47,234

   

$

37,777

   

$

77,636

   

$

69,708

 
                 

 

   

(a)   

Franchise and other revenues primarily includes royalties, development fees, franchise fees, banquet service charge income, gift card activity (breakage and discounts), tabletop device revenue, Chili's retail food product royalties and delivery fee income.

   

(b)   

Other gains and charges include:

 

 

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

 

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

 

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Dec. 24, 2014

 

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Dec. 24, 2014

Litigation

$

(2,032)

   

$

5,800

   

$

(2,032)

   

$

5,800

 

Restaurant impairment charges

468

   

747

   

525

   

747

 

Severance

209

   

   

2,368

   

 

Acquisition costs

   

   

580

   

 

Loss (Gain) on the sale of assets, net

   

1,069

   

(1,762)

   

1,093

 

Restaurant closure charges

   

509

   

   

1,381

 

Impairment of liquor licenses

   

175

   

   

175

 

Other

1,268

   

(9)

   

1,911

   

28

 
 

$

(87)

   

$

8,291

   

$

1,590

   

$

9,224

 

 

(c)   

The foreign currency translation adjustment included in comprehensive income on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income represents the unrealized impact of translating the financial statements of the Canadian restaurants and the Mexican joint venture from their respective functional currencies to U.S. dollars. This amount is not included in net income and would only be realized upon disposition of the businesses.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

         
   

Dec. 23, 2015

    

June 24, 2015

         

ASSETS

       

Current assets

 

$

253,938

   

$

189,717

 

Net property and equipment (a)

 

1,071,232

   

1,032,044

 

Total other assets

 

254,714

   

214,112

 

Total assets

 

$

1,579,884

   

$

1,435,873

 

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT

       

Current installments of long-term debt

 

$

3,605

   

$

3,439

 

Other current liabilities

 

445,405

   

415,036

 

Long-term debt, less current installments

 

1,156,493

   

970,825

 

Other liabilities

 

139,313

   

125,033

 

Total shareholders' deficit

 

(164,932)

   

(78,460)

 

Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit

 

$

1,579,884

   

$

1,435,873

 

 

   

(a)   

At Dec. 23, 2015, the company owned the land and buildings for 191 of the 999 company-owned restaurants. The net book values of the land and buildings associated with these restaurants totaled $141.7 million and $110.7 million, respectively.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

     
   

Twenty-Six Week Periods Ended

   

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Dec. 24, 2014

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

       

Net income

 

$

80,901

   

$

74,044

 

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

       

Depreciation and amortization

 

78,285

   

71,614

 

Stock-based compensation

 

7,522

   

6,992

 

Restructure charges and other impairments

 

1,229

   

8,326

 

Net (gain) loss on disposal of assets

 

(274)

   

2,974

 

Changes in assets and liabilities

 

(12,098)

   

(1,485)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

155,565

   

162,465

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

       

Payments for property and equipment

 

(52,199)

   

(79,481)

 

Payment for purchase of restaurants

 

(105,577)

   

 

Proceeds from sale of assets

 

2,756

   

1,950

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(155,020)

   

(77,531)

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

       

Borrowings on revolving credit facility

 

207,500

   

83,000

 

Purchases of treasury stock

 

(140,089)

   

(112,789)

 

Payments of dividends

 

(37,363)

   

(35,409)

 

Payments on revolving credit facility

 

(20,000)

   

 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

 

4,907

   

10,351

 

Payments on long-term debt

 

(1,024)

   

(13,338)

 

Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock

 

1,691

   

3,975

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

15,622

   

(64,210)

 

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

 

16,167

   

20,724

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

55,121

   

57,685

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

71,288

   

$

78,409

 

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RESTAURANT SUMMARY

             
   

Second Quarter

Openings

Fiscal 2016

 

Total Restaurants

Dec. 23, 2015

 

Projected Openings 
Fiscal 2016

Company-Owned Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

4

 

935

 

11-13

Chili's International

 

 

13

 

Maggiano's

 

2

 

51

 

2

   

6

 

999

 

13-15

Franchise Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

2

 

326

 

8-10

Chili's International

 

11

 

321

 

25-30

   

13

 

647

 

33-40

Total Restaurants:

           

Chili's Domestic

 

6

 

1,261

 

19-23

Chili's International

 

11

 

334

 

25-30

Maggiano's

 

2

 

51

 

2

   

19

 

1,646

 

46-55

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.

Contacts:

Joe Taylor
Investor Relations
(972) 770-9040

Ashley Johnson
Media Relations
media.requests@brinker.com
(800) 775-7290

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