Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Increases Quarterly Dividend 19.0% to $0.25 per Share
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Feb. 20, 2018 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (Nasdaq:TXRH), today announced financial results for the 13 and 52 week periods ended December 26, 2017.
Results for the fourth quarter included the following highlights:
- Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.8% at company restaurants, including a positive impact of approximately 0.4% related to the calendar shift of the Christmas holiday, and 4.7% at domestic franchise restaurants;
- Diluted earnings per share increased 37.0% to $0.40 from $0.29 in the prior year primarily due to restaurant margin performance and a lower income tax rate;
- Restaurant margin dollars increased 11.9% to $92.2 million from $82.4 million in the prior year and restaurant margin, as a percentage of restaurant sales, decreased 11 basis points to 17.0%. The decrease was primarily driven by labor inflation, partially offset by the benefit of lower food costs;
- Our income tax rate decreased to 19.8% from 28.8% in the prior year primarily due to the impact of new tax legislation enacted in the current quarter, which resulted in a $3.1 million reduction in income tax expense, or $0.04 per diluted share; and
- Seven company restaurants and two international franchise restaurants were opened.
Results for the year-to-date period included the following highlights:
- Comparable restaurant sales increased 4.5% at company restaurants and 4.2% at domestic franchise restaurants;
- Diluted earnings per share increased 13.0% to $1.84 from $1.63 in the prior year;
- Restaurant margin dollars increased 10.2% to $406.4 million from $368.9 million in the prior year and restaurant margin, as a percentage of restaurant sales, decreased 24 basis points to 18.4%, primarily driven by labor inflation, partially offset by the benefit of lower food costs;
- A pre-tax charge of $14.9 million ($9.2 million after-tax), or $0.13 per diluted share, was recorded in the first quarter of 2017, related to the settlement of a legal matter. The impact of the legal charge was partially offset by a pre-tax charge recorded in 2016 of $7.3 million ($4.5 million after-tax), or $0.06 per diluted share, related to a separate legal matter;
- Our income tax rate decreased to 26.1% from 29.8% in the prior year primarily due to the impact of new accounting rules adopted in 2017 related to share-based compensation and the impact of new tax legislation, which combined resulted in a $6.5 million reduction in income tax expense, or $0.09 per diluted share; and
- 27 company restaurants, including four Bubba's 33, and five franchise restaurants, including four international, were opened.
Kent Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., commented, "We delivered another strong year of results, with double digit revenue and diluted earnings per share growth for both the fourth quarter and full year. We achieved our 32nd consecutive quarter of positive comparable restaurant sales growth with comparable restaurant sales growth of 5.8% for the quarter, driven by strong traffic gains. In addition, our solid balance sheet and healthy cash flow allowed us to open 27 restaurants this year while returning $58.2 million of excess capital to shareholders through our dividend program."
Taylor continued, "For 2018, our top-line momentum has continued with comparable restaurant sales growth of 4.7% during the first 55 days of the year. In addition, our development pipeline is in great shape and we are on track to open approximately 30 company restaurants."
Comparable restaurant sales at company restaurants for the first 55 days of our first quarter of fiscal 2018 increased approximately 4.7% compared to the prior year period, including a positive impact of approximately 0.2% related to the calendar shift of the New Year's holiday.
Management updated the following expectations for 2018:
- An income tax rate of 15.0% to 16.0%; and
- Total capital expenditures of approximately $165.0 million to $175.0 million.
- Management reiterated the following expectations for 2018:
- Positive comparable restaurant sales growth;
- Approximately 30 company restaurant openings, including up to seven Bubba's 33 restaurants;
- Relatively flat food costs; and
- Mid-single digit labor inflation.
- Cash Dividend Payment
On February 16, 2018, our Board of Directors authorized the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock. This payment, which will be distributed on March 29, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 14, 2018, represents a 19.0% increase from the cash dividend of $0.21 per share of common stock declared during each quarter of 2017. Since the inception of our dividend program in 2011, our cash dividend per share of common stock has increased an average of 17.6% per year.
We prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Within our press release, we make reference to restaurant margin (in dollars and as a percentage of sales). Restaurant margin represents restaurant sales less restaurant-level operating costs, including cost of sales, labor, rent and other operating costs. Restaurant margin should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations. This non-GAAP measure is not indicative of overall company performance and profitability in that this measure does not accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders due to the nature of the costs excluded. Restaurant margin is widely regarded as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. In calculating restaurant margin, we exclude certain non-restaurant-level costs that support operations, including pre-opening and general and administrative expenses, but do not have a direct impact on restaurant-level operational efficiency and performance. We also exclude depreciation and amortization expense, substantially all of which relates to restaurant-level assets, as it represents a non-cash charge for the investment in our restaurants. We also exclude impairment and closure expense as we believe this provides a clearer perspective of ongoing operating performance and a more useful comparison to prior period results. Restaurant margin as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry. A reconciliation of income from operations to restaurant margin is included in the accompanying financial tables.
Texas Roadhouse is hosting a conference call today, February 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. The dial-in number is (800) 239-9838 or (323) 794-2551 for international calls. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call. To access the replay, please dial (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international calls, and use 9967049 as the pass code. There will be a simultaneous Web cast conducted at www.texasroadhouse.com.
About Texas Roadhouse
Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today has grown to over 550 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and seven foreign countries. For more information, please visit the Company's Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.
Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of Texas Roadhouse. Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors including, without limitation, the actual number of restaurants opening; the sales at these and our other company and franchise restaurants; changes in restaurant development or operating costs, such as food and labor; our ability to acquire franchise restaurants; our ability to integrate the franchise restaurants we acquire or other concepts we develop; our ability to continue to generate the necessary cash flows to fund our new restaurant growth, continue our share repurchase program and pay a quarterly cash dividend; strength of consumer spending; pending or future legal claims; breaches of security; conditions beyond our control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting our customers or food supplies; food safety and food-borne illness concerns; acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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