The Wendy's Company Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

  • North America same-restaurant sales increase 1.6% in 1Q
  • 21st consecutive quarter of positive same-restaurant sales
  • 33 global restaurant openings during first quarter of 2018

DUBLIN, Ohio - May 8, 2018 // PRNewswire // - The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today reported unaudited results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2018.

The Wendy's Company is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

"We are pleased with our continued sales momentum in the first quarter, in the face of adverse impacts from weather," President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "We have now recorded 21 consecutive quarters of positive same-restaurant sales in North America, and continue to capitalize on the strength of our balanced marketing approach and awareness around our fresh never frozen beef*. We continue to make progress with Image Activation and remain on track to grow our global unit count by approximately 2% in 2018. Our relentless focus on executing every element of The Wendy's Way by providing food our customers love, friendly service, value, and an inviting atmosphere will continue to drive growth in the future."

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Canada and Alaska.

First Quarter 2018 Summary

See "Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliation tables that accompany this release for a discussion and reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures included in this release.

Operational Highlights

 

Three Months Ended

         
   

April 1, 2018

 

April 2, 2017

         
   

(Unaudited)

         

North America Same-Restaurant Sales Growth(1)

 

1.6%

 

1.6%

         

Global Restaurant Openings

       

North America - Total / Net

 

16 / -9

 

18 / 6

International - Total / Net

 

17 / 8

 

15 / 8

Global - Total / Net

 

33 / -1

 

33 / 14

         

Global Systemwide Sales (In US$ Millions)(2)

       

North America

 

$2,404

 

$2,337

International(3)

 

$127

 

$113

Global

 

$2,532

 

$2,450

 
 

Operational Highlights (Continued)

 

Three Months Ended

         
   

April 1, 2018

 

April 2, 2017

         
   

(Unaudited)

         

Global Systemwide Sales Growth(1)

       

North America

 

2.8%

 

2.5%

International(3)

 

13.7%

 

14.1%

Global Systemwide Sales Growth

 

3.3%

 

3.0%

         

(1) Same-restaurant sales growth and systemwide sales growth are calculated on a constant currency basis and include sales by both Company-operated and franchise restaurants.

(2) Systemwide sales include sales at both Company-operated and franchise restaurants. Sales by franchise restaurants are not recorded as Company revenues. However, the Company's royalty revenues are computed as percentages of sales made by franchisees and, as a result, sales by franchisees have a direct effect on the Company's royalty revenues and therefore on the Company's profitability.

(3) Excludes Venezuela.

 

Financial Highlights

 

Three Months Ended

   
             
   

April 1, 2018

 

April 2, 2017(1)

 

B / (W)

             

(In Millions Except Per Share Amounts)

 

(Unaudited)

   
             

Total Revenues

 

$

380.6

   

$

361.0

   

5.4

%

Adjusted Revenues(2)

 

$

301.7

   

$

282.8

   

6.7

%

Company-Operated Restaurant Margin

 

13.9

%

 

16.0

%

 

(2.1)

%

General and Administrative Expense

 

$

50.4

   

$

51.3

   

1.9

%

Operating Profit

 

$

55.3

   

$

57.7

   

(4.3)

%

Net Income

 

$

20.2

   

$

20.5

   

(1.6)

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

90.8

   

$

86.2

   

5.4

%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin(3)

 

30.1

%

 

30.5

%

 

(0.4)

%

Reported Diluted Earnings Per Share

 

$

0.08

   

$

0.08

   

%

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

 

$

0.11

   

$

0.08

   

37.5

%

Cash Flows from Operations

 

$

68.7

   

$

42.1

   

63.1

%

Capital Expenditures

 

$

(10.6)

   

$

(14.8)

   

(28.6)

%

Year-to-Date Free Cash Flow(4)

 

$

41.0

   

$

23.7

   

73.1

%

             

(1) Income statement numbers are presented on a recast basis to account for the impact of the new revenue recognition accounting standard as if the full retrospective method of adoption had been used.  Please refer to the income statement, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS recast reconciliations that accompany this release for further details.

(2) Total revenues less advertising funds revenue.

(3) Adjusted EBITDA divided by adjusted revenues. The definition of adjusted EBITDA has changed in fiscal year 2018 to exclude revenues from our advertising funds that are now included in our total revenues under the new revenue recognition accounting standard.

(4) Cash flows from operations minus capital expenditures and the impact of the advertising funds.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

Adjusted Revenues
The increase in adjusted revenues resulted primarily from increased rental revenue related to Franchise Flips completed in 2017 and positive same-restaurant sales at Company-operated and Franchise-operated restaurants which resulted in increased sales and franchise royalties, respectively. The Company estimates that weather adversely impacted same–restaurant sales for the North American system by approximately 50 basis-points.

Company-Operated Restaurant Margin
The decrease in Company-operated restaurant margin was primarily the result of higher commodity costs, the adverse impact of weather, and labor rate inflation, partially offset by pricing actions. The Company estimates that weather adversely impacted Company–operated same-restaurant sales by approximately 100 basis-points.

General & Administrative Expense
The decrease in general and administrative expenses resulted primarily from lower professional fees.

Adjusted EBITDA
The increase in adjusted EBITDA resulted primarily from revenue growth, including net rental income, partially offset by a decrease in Company-operated restaurant margin.

Adjusted Earnings Per Share
The increase in adjusted earnings per share resulted primarily from the positive impact of a lower tax rate from net excess tax benefits related to share-based payments and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Year-to-Date Free Cash Flow
The increase in free cash flow resulted from an increase in cash flows from operations and a decrease in capital expenditures. The increase in cash flows from operations resulted primarily from an increase in net income adjusted for non-cash expenses and a favorable change in working capital.

New Restaurant Development
In the first quarter of 2018 the Company had 33 global restaurant openings, with a slight decrease in net new unit growth. The decrease was primarily driven by the timing of North American restaurant closures within the year as we continue to build a stronger system. The Company continues to expect 2018 global net new unit growth of approximately 2 percent, with approximately 1 percent growth in North America and approximately 16 percent growth for International.

Image Activation
Image Activation, which includes reimaging existing restaurants and building new restaurants, remains an integral part of our global growth strategy. At the end of the first quarter, 44 percent of the global system was image activated. This compares to 43 percent image activated at the end of 2017. The Company continues to expect approximately 10 percent of the global system to be image activated on an annual basis through 2020.

Franchise Flips
In the first quarter of 2018, the Company did not facilitate any Franchise Flips. However, the Company will continue to facilitate Franchise Flips to ensure that restaurants are operated by well-capitalized franchisees that are committed to long-term growth. The Company continues to expect that approximately 200 Franchise Flips will be completed in 2018.

Company repurchases 2.4 million shares for $39.4 million in first quarter
The Company repurchased 2.4 million shares for $39.4 million in the first quarter at an average price of $16.58 per share. As part of these repurchases, the Company completed its 2017 share repurchase authorization of $150 million which expired on March 4, 2018 by purchasing 1.4 million shares for $22.6 million in the first quarter. The Company also purchased 1.0 million shares for $16.7 million on its existing $175 million share repurchase authorization. The Company has approximately $158.3 million remaining on its existing share repurchase authorization, which expires March 3, 2019.

Company declares quarterly dividend
The Company announced today the declaration of its regular quarterly cash dividend of 8.5 cents per share, payable on June 15, 2018, to shareholders of record as of June 1, 2018. The number of common shares outstanding as of May 2, 2018 was 239.2 million.

2018 Outlook

This release includes forward-looking guidance for certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per share, free cash flow and adjusted tax rate. The Company excludes certain expenses and benefits from adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per share, free cash flow and adjusted tax rate, such as national advertising funds' revenues and expenses, impairment of long-lived assets, reorganization and realignment costs, system optimization (gains) losses, net and timing and resolution of certain tax matters. Due to the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of those expenses and benefits, the Company is unable without unreasonable effort to provide projections of net income, earnings per share, free cash flow or reported tax rate or a reconciliation of those projected measures.

The amounts shown below reflect the impact of the new revenue recognition accounting standard, certain other income statement reclassifications and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. The Company continues to expect aspects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to be clarified in the future, which could affect elements of the 2018 outlook. For more information regarding the changes related to the new revenue recognition accounting standard and other income statement reclassifications that were made to our prior year financial statements, please reference the publicly available presentation in the supplemental financial information located in the Investors section of the Company's website at www.wendys.com/who-we-are.

During 2018, the Company now expects:

  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $130 million.
  • An adjusted tax rate of approximately 21 to 23 percent.
  • Adjusted earnings per share of approximately $0.55 to $0.57, an increase of approximately 41 to 46 percent compared to recast 2017 results.

In addition, the Company continues to expect:

  • North America same-restaurant sales growth of approximately 2.0 to 2.5 percent.
  • Commodity inflation of approximately 1 to 2 percent.
  • Labor inflation of approximately 3 to 4 percent.
  • Company-operated restaurant margin of approximately 17 to 18 percent.
  • General and administrative expense of approximately $195 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $420 to $430 million, an increase of approximately 8 to 10 percent compared to recast 2017 results.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately 33 to 34 percent.
  • Interest expense of approximately $120 million.
  • Cash flows from operations of approximately $295 to $320 million.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $75 to $80 million.
  • Free cash flow of approximately $220 to $240 million, an increase of approximately 29 to 41 percent compared to 2017.

Company on track to achieve 2020 goals

The Company continues to expect to achieve the following goals by the end of 2020:

  • Global systemwide sales (in constant currency and excluding Venezuela) of ~$12 billion.
  • Global restaurant count of ~7,250.
  • Global Image Activation of at least 70 percent.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 37 to 39 percent.
  • Free cash flow of ~$300 million (capital expenditures of ~$65 million).

Conference call and webcast scheduled for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow, May 9

The Company will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 9 at 9 a.m. ET, with a simultaneous webcast from the Investors section of the Company's website at www.wendys.com/who-we-are. The related presentation materials will also be available on the Investors section Company's website. The live conference call will be available by telephone at (877) 572-6014 for domestic callers and (281) 913-8524 for international callers. An archived webcast and presentation materials will be available on the Investors section of the Company's website.

Forward-looking statements

This news release contains certain statements that are not historical facts, including, most importantly, information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of The Wendy's Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") and the Company's stated 2020 goals. Those statements, as well as statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "may," "believes," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," or the negation thereof, or similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). In addition, all statements that address future operating, financial or business performance; strategies, initiatives or expectations; future synergies, efficiencies or overhead savings; anticipated costs or charges; future capitalization; and anticipated financial impacts of recent or pending transactions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's expectations at the time, speak only as of the dates they are made and are susceptible to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. The Company's actual results, performance and achievements may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. For all forward-looking statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Many important factors could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately, and many of which are beyond the Company's control, include, but are not limited to:

  1. changes in the quick-service restaurant industry, such as consumer trends toward value-oriented products and promotions or toward consuming fewer meals away from home;
  2. prevailing economic, market and business conditions affecting the Company, including competition from other food service providers, unemployment and decreased consumer spending levels;
  3. the ability to effectively manage the acquisition and disposition of restaurants;
  4. cost and availability of capital;
  5. cost fluctuations associated with food, supplies, energy, fuel, distribution or labor;
  6. the financial condition of the Company's franchisees;
  7. food safety events, including instances of food-borne illness involving the Company or its supply chain;
  8. conditions beyond the Company's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, or acts of war or terrorism;
  9. risks associated with failures, interruptions or security breaches of the Company's computer systems or technology, or the occurrence of cyber incidents or a deficiency in cyber security that impacts the Company or its franchisees, including the cybersecurity incident previously announced;
  10. the effects of negative publicity that can occur from increased use of social media;
  11. the availability of suitable locations and terms for the development of new restaurants;
  12. risks associated with the Image Activation program;
  13. adoption of new, or changes in, laws, regulations or accounting standards (including the new guidance on leases that will become effective for fiscal 2019), policies and practices;
  14. changes in debt, equity and securities markets;
  15. goodwill and long-lived asset impairments;
  16. changes in interest rates;
  17. the difficulty in predicting the ultimate costs that will be incurred in connection with the Company's plan to reduce its general and administrative expense, and the future impact on the Company's earnings;
  18. risks associated with the Company's debt refinancing, including the ability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet increased debt service obligations, compliance with operational and financial covenants, and restrictions on the Company's ability to raise additional capital;
  19. risks associated with the amount and timing of share repurchases under the $175 million share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors; and
  20. other factors cited in the Company's news releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those identified in the "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

The Company's franchisees are independent third parties that the Company does not control. Numerous factors beyond the control of the Company and its franchisees may affect new restaurant openings. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that commitments under development agreements with franchisees will result in new restaurant openings. In addition, numerous factors beyond the control of the Company and its franchisees may affect franchisees' ability to reimage existing restaurants in accordance with the Company's expectations.

All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or their impact.

The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or developments, except as required by federal securities laws. The Company does not endorse any projections regarding future performance that may be made by third parties.

Disclosure regarding non-GAAP financial measures
In addition to the GAAP financial measures presented in this release, the Company has included certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release, including adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales. Adjusted revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, and adjusted tax rate exclude certain expenses and benefits as detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures as internal measures of business operating performance and as performance measures for benchmarking against the Company's peers and competitors. Adjusted EBITDA, systemwide sales and free cash flow are also used by the Company in establishing performance goals for purposes of executive compensation.

The Company believes its presentation of adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales provides a meaningful perspective of the underlying operating performance of our current business and enables investors to better understand and evaluate our historical and prospective operating performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that vary from period to period without correlation to our core operating performance and highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures. Due to the nature and/or size of the items being excluded, such items do not reflect future gains, losses, expenses or benefits and are not indicative of our future operating performance. The Company believes investors, analysts and other interested parties use adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales in evaluating issuers, and the presentation of these measures facilitates a comparative assessment of the Company's operating performance in addition to the Company's performance based on GAAP results.

This release also includes guidance regarding the Company's free cash flow. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is used by the Company as an internal measure of liquidity. As a result of the adoption of the new revenue recognition accounting standard in the first quarter of 2018, the Company now defines free cash flow as cash flows from operations minus capital expenditures and advertising funds restricted assets and liabilities, as reported under GAAP. Advertising funds restricted assets and liabilities are excluded because they are not available for the Company's working capital needs. The Company believes free cash flow is an important liquidity measure for investors and other interested persons because it communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing shares, paying dividends, repaying or refinancing debt, financing possible acquisitions or investments or other uses of cash.

Adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate, free cash flow and systemwide sales are not recognized terms under U.S. General Accepted Accounting Principles, and the Company's presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures does not replace the presentation of the Company's financial results in accordance with GAAP. Because all companies do not calculate adjusted revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, free cash flow, adjusted tax rate, and systemwide sales (and similarly titled financial measures) in the same way, those measures as used by other companies may not be consistent with the way the Company calculates such measures. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this release should not be construed as substitutes for or better indicators of the Company's performance than the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Key business measures
The Company tracks its results of operations and manages its business using certain key business measures, including same-restaurant sales and systemwide sales, which are measures commonly used in the quick-service restaurant industry that are important to understanding Company performance. Same-restaurant sales and systemwide sales each include sales by both Company-operated and franchise restaurants. The Company reports same-restaurant sales for new restaurants after they have been open for 15 continuous months and for reimaged restaurants as soon as they reopen.

Sales by franchise restaurants are not recorded as Company revenues and are not included in the Company's consolidated financial statements. However, the Company's royalty revenues are computed as percentages of sales made by Wendy's franchisees and, as a result, sales by franchisees have a direct effect on the Company's royalty revenues and therefore on the Company's profitability.

About Wendy's

Wendy's® was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the premise, "Quality is our Recipe®," which remains the guidepost of the Wendy's system. Wendy's is best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, using fresh, never frozen beef*, freshly-prepared salads with hand-chopped lettuce, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty® dessert. The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is committed to doing the right thing and making a positive difference in the lives of others. This is most visible through the Company's support of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® and its signature Wendy's Wonderful Kids® program, which seeks to find every child in the North American foster care system a loving, forever home. Today, Wendy's and its franchisees employ hundreds of thousands of people across more than 6,600 restaurants worldwide with a vision of becoming the world's most thriving and beloved restaurant brand. Please visit www.wendys.com and www.squaredealblog.com for more information and connect with us on Twitter and Instagram using @wendys, and on Facebook www.facebook.com/wendys.

*Fresh beef available in the contiguous U.S., Alaska, and Canada.

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

Three Month Periods Ended April 1, 2018 and April 2, 2017

(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

2018

 

2017 (a)

Revenues:

     

Sales

$

153,649

   

$

148,212

 

Franchise royalty revenue and fees

97,908

   

94,690

 

Franchise rental income

50,107

   

42,917

 

Advertising funds revenue

78,900

   

 
 

380,564

   

285,819

 

Costs and expenses:

     

Cost of sales

132,219

   

124,543

 

Franchise support and other costs

6,173

   

3,643

 

Franchise rental expense

23,263

   

18,868

 

Advertising funds expense

78,900

   

 

General and administrative

50,356

   

51,314

 

Depreciation and amortization

32,152

   

29,165

 

System optimization losses (gains), net

570

   

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

2,626

   

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

206

   

510

 

Other operating income, net

(1,163)

   

(1,718)

 
 

325,302

   

225,099

 

Operating profit

55,262

   

60,720

 

Interest expense, net

(30,178)

   

(28,975)

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(11,475)

   

 

Other income, net

744

   

389

 

Income before income taxes

14,353

   

32,134

 

Benefit from (provision for) income taxes

5,806

   

(9,793)

 

Net income

$

20,159

   

$

22,341

 
       

Basic and diluted net income per share

$

.08

   

$

.09

 
       

Number of shares used to calculate basic income per share

239,928

   

246,606

 
       

Number of shares used to calculate diluted income per share

248,419

   

254,239

 
       

(a) 2017 condensed consolidated statement of operations reflects reclassifications to conform to the current 
     year presentation; however, it does not reflect adjustments for the implementation of the new revenue 
     recognition standard as the Company applied the modified retrospective method upon adoption.

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

As of April 1, 2018 and December 31, 2017

(In Thousands Except Par Value)

(Unaudited)

 
 

April 1,
2018

 

December 31, 
2017

ASSETS

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

187,709

   

$

171,447

 

Restricted cash

30,113

   

32,633

 

Accounts and notes receivable, net

109,874

   

114,390

 

Inventories

3,149

   

3,156

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

20,086

   

20,125

 

Advertising funds restricted assets

91,483

   

62,602

 

Total current assets

442,414

   

404,353

 

Properties

1,245,377

   

1,263,059

 

Goodwill

742,555

   

743,334

 

Other intangible assets

1,311,217

   

1,321,585

 

Investments

53,669

   

56,002

 

Net investment in direct financing leases

229,600

   

229,089

 

Other assets

85,006

   

79,516

 

Total assets

$

4,109,838

   

$

4,096,938

 
       

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     

Current portion of long-term debt

$

23,250

   

$

22,750

 

Current portion of capital lease obligations

7,588

   

7,422

 

Accounts payable

19,315

   

22,764

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

99,307

   

111,624

 

Advertising funds restricted liabilities

100,646

   

62,602

 

Total current liabilities

250,106

   

227,162

 

Long-term debt

2,317,440

   

2,263,688

 

Capital lease obligations, net of current portion

459,743

   

460,542

 

Deferred income taxes

267,156

   

299,053

 

Deferred franchise fees

92,727

   

10,881

 

Other liabilities

259,669

   

262,409

 

Total liabilities

3,646,841

   

3,523,735

 

Commitments and contingencies

     

Stockholders' equity:

     

Common stock, $0.10 par value; 1,500,000 shares authorized;
470,424 shares issued; 240,199 and 240,512 shares outstanding, respectively

47,042

   

47,042

 

Additional paid-in capital

2,878,804

   

2,885,955

 

Accumulated deficit

(233,700)

   

(163,289)

 

Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 230,225 and 229,912 shares, respectively

(2,177,024)

   

(2,150,307)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(52,125)

   

(46,198)

 

Total stockholders' equity

462,997

   

573,203

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

4,109,838

   

$

4,096,938

 

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three Month Periods Ended April 1, 2018 and April 2, 2017

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

2018

 

2017

Cash flows from operating activities:

     

Net income

$

20,159

   

$

22,341

 

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

     

Depreciation and amortization

32,152

   

29,165

 

Share-based compensation

4,458

   

3,559

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

206

   

510

 

Deferred income tax

(9,799)

   

(938)

 

Non-cash rental income, net

(3,239)

   

(2,728)

 

Net receipt of deferred vendor incentives

7,340

   

9,602

 

System optimization losses (gains), net

570

   

(1,407)

 

Distributions received from TimWen joint venture

2,907

   

2,439

 

Equity in earnings in joint ventures, net

(1,824)

   

(1,846)

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

11,475

   

 

Accretion of long-term debt

313

   

308

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs

1,427

   

2,000

 

Reclassification of unrealized losses on cash flow hedges

   

723

 

Other, net

2,729

   

1,420

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

     

Accounts and notes receivable, net

2,934

   

(1,818)

 

Inventories

7

   

130

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

4

   

(1,328)

 

Advertising funds restricted assets and liabilities

17,189

   

3,653

 

Accounts payable

146

   

(2,485)

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(20,443)

   

(21,180)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

68,711

   

42,120

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

     

Capital expenditures

(10,569)

   

(14,811)

 

Dispositions

351

   

1,650

 

Notes receivable, net

(872)

   

(1,754)

 

Payments for investments

(12)

   

(58)

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(11,102)

   

(14,973)

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

     

Proceeds from long-term debt

928,167

   

4,511

 

Repayments of long-term debt

(871,747)

   

(10,670)

 

Deferred financing costs

(17,340)

   

(415)

 

Repurchases of common stock

(39,372)

   

(16,026)

 

Dividends

(20,355)

   

(17,273)

 

Proceeds from stock option exercises

9,385

   

4,459

 

Payments related to tax withholding for share-based compensation

(8,321)

   

(2,559)

 

Contingent consideration payment

(6,100)

   

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(25,683)

   

(37,973)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operations before effect of exchange rate changes on cash

31,926

   

(10,826)

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

(2,482)

   

782

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

29,444

   

(10,044)

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

212,824

   

275,949

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

242,268

   

$

265,905

 
 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

2018

 

2017 (a)

       

Net income

$

20,159

   

$

22,341

 

(Benefit from) provision for income taxes

(5,806)

   

9,793

 

Income before income taxes

14,353

   

32,134

 

Other income, net

(744)

   

(389)

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

11,475

   

 

Interest expense, net

30,178

   

28,975

 

Operating profit

55,262

   

60,720

 

Plus (less):

     

Depreciation and amortization

32,152

   

29,165

 

System optimization losses (gains), net

570

   

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

2,626

   

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

206

   

510

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

90,816

   

$

89,169

 
       

Revenues

$

380,564

   

$

285,819

 

Less:

     

Advertising funds revenue

(78,900)

   

 

Adjusted revenues

$

301,664

   

$

285,819

 
       

Adjusted EBITDA margin

30.1

%

 

31.2

%

       

(a) 2017 reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA does not reflect adjustments for the implementation 
     of the new revenue recognition standard as the Company applied the modified retrospective method upon 
     adoption.

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share to

Adjusted Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share

(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

2018

 

2017 (a)

       

Net income

$

20,159

   

$

22,341

 

Plus (less):

     

Advertising funds revenue

(78,900)

   

 

Advertising funds expense

78,900

   

 

Depreciation of assets that will be replaced as part of the Image Activation initiative

   

449

 

System optimization losses (gains), net

570

   

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

2,626

   

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

206

   

510

 

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

11,475

   

 

Total adjustments

14,877

   

(267)

 

Income tax impact on adjustments (b)

(3,868)

   

(34)

 

Tax reform

(3,623)

   

 

Total adjustments, net of income taxes

7,386

   

(301)

 
       

Adjusted income

$

27,545

   

$

22,040

 
       

Diluted earnings per share

$

.08

   

$

.09

 

Total adjustments per share, net of income taxes

.03

   

.00

 

Adjusted earnings per share

$

.11

   

$

.09

 
   

(a)

2017 reconciliation of net income and diluted earnings per share to adjusted income and adjusted earnings per share does not reflect adjustments for the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard as the Company applied the modified retrospective method upon adoption.

   

(b)

The benefit from income taxes on all adjustments for the three months ended April 1, 2018 was calculated using an effective tax rate of 26.00%.  For the three months ended April 2, 2017, the provision for income taxes on "System optimization losses (gains), net" was $407 and the benefit from income taxes on all other adjustments was calculated using an effective tax rate of 38.67%.

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow

Three Month Periods Ended April 1, 2018 and April 2, 2017

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

2018

 

2017

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

68,711

   

$

42,120

 

Less:

     

Capital expenditures

(10,569)

   

(14,811)

 

Advertising funds impact

(17,189)

   

(3,653)

 

Free cash flow

$

40,953

   

$

23,656

 

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations

to Recast Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (a)

Three Month Period Ended April 2, 2017

(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

2017 Recast

 
 

As reported

 

Franchise fees

 

Advertising 
funds

 

Recast

Revenues:

             

Sales

$

148,212

   

$

   

$

   

$

148,212

 

Franchise royalty revenue and fees

94,690

   

(3,003)

   

   

91,687

 

Franchise rental income

42,917

   

   

   

42,917

 

Advertising funds revenue

   

   

78,182

   

78,182

 
 

285,819

   

(3,003)

   

78,182

   

360,998

 

Costs and expenses:

             

Cost of sales

124,543

   

   

   

124,543

 

Franchise support and other costs

3,643

   

   

   

3,643

 

Franchise rental expense

18,868

   

   

   

18,868

 

Advertising funds expense

   

   

78,182

   

78,182

 

General and administrative

51,314

   

   

   

51,314

 

Depreciation and amortization

29,165

   

   

   

29,165

 

System optimization gains, net

(1,407)

   

   

   

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

181

   

   

   

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

510

   

   

   

510

 

Other operating income, net

(1,718)

   

   

   

(1,718)

 
 

225,099

   

   

78,182

   

303,281

 

  Operating profit

60,720

   

(3,003)

   

   

57,717

 

Interest expense, net

(28,975)

   

   

   

(28,975)

 

Other income, net

389

   

   

   

389

 

Income before income taxes

32,134

   

(3,003)

   

   

29,131

 

Provision for income taxes

(9,793)

   

1,147

   

   

(8,646)

 

Net income

$

22,341

   

$

(1,856)

   

$

   

$

20,485

 
               

Basic and diluted net income per share

$

.09

   

$

(.01)

   

$

   

$

.08

 
   

(a)

The Company applied the modified retrospective method upon adoption of the new revenue recognition standard.  The recast condensed consolidated statement of operations reflects adjustments for the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard as if the full retrospective method was applied upon adoption.

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Recast Net Income to Recast Adjusted EBITDA (a)

(In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

2017 Recast

 
 

Three Months 
Ended

 

2017

   

Net income

$

20,485

 

Provision for income taxes

8,646

 

Income before income taxes

29,131

 

Other income, net

(389)

 

Interest expense, net

28,975

 

Operating profit

57,717

 

Plus (less):

 

Advertising funds revenue

(78,182)

 

Advertising funds expense

78,182

 

Depreciation and amortization

29,165

 

System optimization gains, net

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

510

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

86,166

 
   

Revenues

$

360,998

 

Less:

 

Advertising funds revenue

(78,182)

 

Adjusted revenues

$

282,816

 
   

Adjusted EBITDA margin

30.5

%

   

(a)

The Company applied the modified retrospective method upon adoption of the new revenue recognition standard.  The reconciliation of recast net income to recast adjusted EBITDA reflects adjustments for the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard as if the full retrospective method was applied upon adoption.

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Recast Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share to

Recast Adjusted Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (a)

(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

2017 Recast

 
 

Three Months 
Ended

 

2017

   

Net income

$

20,485

 

Plus (less):

 

Advertising funds revenue

(78,182)

 

Advertising funds expense

78,182

 

Depreciation of assets that will be replaced as part of the Image Activation initiative

449

 

System optimization gains, net

(1,407)

 

Reorganization and realignment costs

181

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

510

 

Total adjustments

(267)

 

Income tax impact on adjustments

(34)

 

Total adjustments, net of income taxes

(301)

 
   

Adjusted income

$

20,184

 
   

Diluted earnings per share

$

.08

 

Total adjustments per share, net of income taxes

.00

 

Adjusted earnings per share

$

.08

 
   

(a)

The Company applied the modified retrospective method upon adoption of the new revenue recognition standard.  The reconciliation of recast net income and diluted earnings per share to recast adjusted income and adjusted earnings per share reflects adjustments for the implementation of the new revenue recognition standard as if the full retrospective method was applied upon adoption.

Contacts:

Greg Lemenchick
Director - Investor Relations
(614) 766-3977
greg.lemenchick@wendys.com

Heidi Schauer
Media Relations
Director - Corporate Communications
(614) 764-3368
heidi.schauer@wendys.com

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SOURCE The Wendy's Company

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