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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Results

Pollo Tropical Gains Market Share, Taco Cabana Leadership Transition

DALLAS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - February 26, 2020 - Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. ("Fiesta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands, today reported results for the 13-week fourth quarter 2019, which ended on December 29, 2019.

Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Stockinger said, "Pollo Tropical generated positive comparable restaurant sales of 0.6% during the fourth quarter and continues to gain market share on both a comparable sales and traffic basis, confirmed by Blackbox industry benchmarks. We attribute Pollo's traction and ability to outpace its peers during the fourth quarter to the popularity of the Pollo Time everyday value platform along with successful Limited Time Offer (LTO) promotions, including our recent Churasco and GrillMaster LTO's. The brand's positive sales momentum and market share gains have extended into the first quarter of 2020."

Mr. Stockinger continued, "Taco Cabana experienced weak comparable restaurant sales and transactions during the fourth quarter due in part to efforts to improve execution through menu simplification and ineffective promotions. The menu simplification efforts included removal of certain menu items and limited other items to certain dayparts, which enabled us to significantly improve guest satisfaction and reduce order cycle times over the fourth quarter. Those moves resulted in a greater transaction decline than anticipated. In the first quarter of 2020 we are re-introducing select items back to the menu and expanding some daypart choices to regain sales traction without sacrificing the customer satisfaction gains we achieved in the fourth quarter."

The Company announced that Charles "Chuck" Locke is no longer with Taco Cabana, effective immediately. An external search for the new President of Taco Cabana is underway.

Mr. Stockinger added, "On a full year basis, we were pleased that consolidated restaurant level adjusted EBITDA margins were roughly flat compared to 2018 after adjusting for accounting changes and the impact of Summer named storms, with full year 2019 Pollo margins up slightly and Taco margins down slightly. In 2020, we expect restaurant margins to be stable at Pollo and at Taco we are targeting a 200 to 300 basis point increase in restaurant margins compared to 2019, driven by efficiency and operations simplification initiatives."

Mr. Stockinger concluded, "In 2020, we are acutely focused on building top line momentum at Pollo Tropical as we continue to eliminate barriers across all channels so that our customers can enjoy the brand everywhere including dine-in, delivery, catering and online pickup. We will also continue to drive revenue growth through a combination of new product innovation, effective LTO's and check building strategies. As those initiatives ramp up, we expect Pollo comparable restaurant sales to grow sequentially over the course of the year. Our goal at Taco Cabana in 2020 is to stabilize sales trends by optimizing key day part choices, improving our value promotions and maintaining our focus on new product innovation. For both brands, we plan to build on the traction we established in the fourth quarter of 2019 in catering and will be expanding the number of delivery service provider partnerships in the first and second quarters of 2020. We also expect to see significant growth in our online business in the second half of the year as we implement a much improved digital customer experience, with better ease of access across all digital applications including our mobile and loyalty apps."

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Summary

  • Total revenues decreased 4.9% to $159.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $167.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of sales declines at Taco Cabana;
  • Comparable restaurant sales at Pollo Tropical increased 0.6%;
  • Comparable restaurant sales at Taco Cabana decreased 8.1%;
  • Net loss of $21.1 million, or $0.82 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to a net loss of $7.9 million, or $.30 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Adjusted net loss (a non-GAAP financial measure) of $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2019, which includes a $0.02 per diluted share negative impact from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to adjusted net income of $2.2 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below);
  • Adjusted EBITDA for Pollo Tropical of $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have been $0.4 million higher absent accounting changes resulting from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to $12.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) for Pollo Tropical of $17.2 million, or 19.2% of restaurant sales, in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have been $0.4 million, or 0.4% of restaurant sales, higher absent accounting changes resulting from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to $19.1 million, or 21.0% of restaurant sales, in the fourth quarter of 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below);
  • Adjusted EBITDA for Taco Cabana of $(0.3) million in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have been $0.5 million higher absent accounting changes resulting from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018;
  • Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) for Taco Cabana of $5.5 million, or 8.0% of restaurant sales, in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have been $0.5 million, or 0.7% of restaurant sales, higher absent accounting changes resulting from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to $8.9 million, or 11.8% of restaurant sales, in the fourth quarter of 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below); and
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure) of $10.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have been $0.8 million higher absent accounting changes resulting from adoption of the new lease accounting standard, compared to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $15.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below).

Fourth Quarter 2019 Brand Results

Total Pollo Tropical restaurant sales decreased 1.3% to $89.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to $90.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 due to the closure of 14 restaurants in December 2018, partially offset by a comparable restaurant sales increase of 0.6%. Off premise sales consisting of online, catering, and delivery orders comprised 5.6% of total restaurant sales in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 2.1% of total restaurant sales in the fourth quarter of 2018. Sales cannibalization from new restaurants on existing restaurants negatively impacted comparable restaurant sales by approximately 60 basis points. The increase in comparable restaurant sales resulted from a 0.5% increase in comparable restaurant transactions and a 0.1% increase in average check, driven by modest price increases.

Positive comparable restaurant sales and market share momentum for Pollo Tropical were confirmed by favorable industry comparisons. Pollo Tropical's fourth quarter 2019 comparable restaurant sales were 2.0% higher than the Black Box fast-casual Florida benchmark for the markets in which we operate while comparable restaurant transactions were 4.4% higher than the Black Box fast-casual Florida benchmark for the markets in which we operate. Pollo Tropical market share gains have continued into the first quarter of 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA for Pollo Tropical decreased to $10.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $12.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Absent the $0.4 million negative impact from the adoption of the new lease accounting standard, Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have decreased by $1.4 million. The decrease was due to higher restaurant wages and related expenses due to higher medical and worker's compensation expenses, higher cost of sales due to sales mix and promotions and discounts, and higher other operating expenses due to higher third-party delivery fees, contracted cleaning services and repairs and maintenance costs, as a percent of restaurant sales.

Taco Cabana restaurant sales decreased 9.2% to $69.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $76.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2018 due primarily to a comparable restaurant sales decrease of 8.1% and the closure of nine restaurants in December 2018. Off premise sales consisting of online, catering, and delivery orders comprised 4.2% of total restaurant sales in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared to 2.0% of total restaurant sales in the fourth quarter of 2018. The decrease in comparable restaurant sales resulted from a 7.1% decrease in comparable restaurant transactions and a 1.0% decrease in average check. The decrease in average check was due primarily to the higher mix of value and promotion offerings, partially offset by menu price increases of 0.7%. While the menu simplification initiative improved guest satisfaction and reduced order cycle times, the reduced menu resulted in a greater than anticipated transaction decline. During the first quarter of 2020, we intend to carefully re-introduce select items and expand dayparts to increase sales while maintaining the operational improvements provided by the menu simplification.

Taco Cabana's fourth quarter 2019 comparable restaurant sales were 6.1% lower than the Black Box fast-casual Texas benchmark for the markets in which we operate while comparable restaurant transactions were 3.0% lower than the Black Box fast-casual Texas benchmark for the markets in which we operate.

Adjusted EBITDA for Taco Cabana decreased to $(0.3) million in the fourth quarter of 2019 from $3.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. Absent the $0.5 million negative impact from the adoption of the new lease accounting standard, Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2019 would have decreased by $3.2 million. The decrease was primarily due to the impact of lower comparable restaurant sales including higher cost of sales due to increased discounting and promotional activity and commodity costs, higher advertising expense, higher other operating expenses due to repairs and maintenance costs and third-party delivery fees, and higher G&A expenses, as a percent of restaurant sales.

Deferred Income Tax Valuation Allowance

Financial Accounting Standard Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification Topic 740 Accounting for Income Taxes requires a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that the deferred tax assets will not be realized based on all available positive and negative evidence. Objective historical evidence is given greater weight than subjective evidence such as forecasts of future taxable income. We considered three years of cumulative operating income (loss), including the loss before income taxes for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019, which resulted from goodwill and long-lived asset impairments at Taco Cabana as well as a decline in profitability. Based on our evaluation of all available positive and negative evidence, we determined that it is more likely than not that our deferred tax assets will not be fully realized in future periods and recorded a $13.5 million valuation allowance to reduce our deferred tax assets, which increased our tax expense for the three months ended December 29, 2019.

Lease Accounting Change

We adopted FASB Accounting Standard Update ("ASU") 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) ("ASC 842"), which requires lessee recognition of lease assets and lease liabilities on the balance sheet, as of the beginning of fiscal 2019. The new lease accounting standard, ASC 842, had a significant impact on our results of operations because we had $18.6 million in sale-leaseback gains from which we no longer receive a benefit to rent expense and we have a significant number of closed restaurants for which we had previous closed-restaurant rent reserves and would not have recognized current period expense under the previous accounting standard.

As a result of adopting this standard, substantially all previously deferred gains on sale-leaseback transactions were recognized as an adjustment to retained earnings and we will no longer receive the benefit to rent expense from amortizing these gains resulting in higher rent expense being recognized each period over the life of the respective leases. Amortization of deferred gains from sale-leaseback transactions for the three months ended December 30, 2018 totaled approximately $0.4 million and $0.5 million for Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, respectively.

Additionally, prior to the adoption of ASC 842, we recorded closed restaurant reserves representing future minimum lease payments and ancillary costs from the date of the restaurant closure to the end of the remaining lease term, net of estimated sublease recoveries, when a restaurant closed, recorded expense related to the accretion of the reserve each period, and recorded subsequent changes in the assumptions related to the sublease income to expense in the period in which the assumptions changed. The subsequent closed restaurant rent payments were recorded as a reduction to the closed restaurant reserves, with no rent related expense being recorded in the period. As a result of adopting ASC 842, these closed restaurant rent reserves were recorded as a reduction to operating lease right-of-use assets, and rent expense (the straight-line amortization of the right-of-use assets and accretion of the lease liability) related to closed restaurants is now included within closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income in the consolidated statement of operations each period. The comparative period information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standard in effect for that period. Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income for the three months ended December 29, 2019 totaled $0.5 million and $0.2 million for Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, respectively.

Full Year 2019 Financial Summary

Total revenues decreased 4.0% in 2019 to $660.9 million from $688.6 million in 2018, driven primarily by comparable restaurant sales decreases of 1.8% at Pollo Tropical and 4.1% at Taco Cabana, and the net impact of opening new restaurants and closing 14 underperforming Pollo Tropical restaurants and 11 underperforming Taco Cabana restaurants in December 2018.

We recognized net loss of $84.4 million in 2019, or $3.18 per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.8 million, or $0.29 per diluted share in 2018, due primarily to one-time charges including a $67.9 million in goodwill impairment and a $13.5 million valuation allowance on our deferred income tax assets as well as $13.1 million in impairment and other lease charges primarily related to Taco Cabana restaurants that were subsequently closed in January 2020, $4.2 million in closed restaurant rent, net of sublease income, $1.0 million in expense related to the cost for the removal, transfer and storage of equipment from closed restaurants and site development cost write-off, and $1.3 million in severance costs and digital brand repositioning. Excluding these charges, we recognized adjusted net income of $9.2 million in 2019, or $0.35 per diluted share, compared to a net income of $16.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted share in 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below).

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $58.4 million in 2019 from $68.0 million in 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below), including the impact of lease accounting changes and Summer named storms.

Consolidated Restaurant-Level Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $108.9 million or 16.6% of restaurant sales in 2019 compared to $118.4 million or 17.3% of restaurant sales in 2018 (see non-GAAP reconciliation table below). Absent the $3.3 million negative impact from the adoption of the new lease accounting standard and the estimated $0.7 million negative impact of Summer named storms, Consolidated Restaurant-Level Adjusted EBITDA margins for the full year 2019 would have been roughly flat.

Restaurant Portfolio

During the fourth quarter of 2019, Fiesta opened one Pollo Tropical in South Florida and closed one Taco Cabana restaurant. As of December 29, 2019, there were 142 Company-owned Pollo Tropical restaurants, 164 Company-owned Taco Cabana restaurants, 32 franchised Pollo Tropical restaurants in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Panama, Guyana, Ecuador and the Bahamas, and eight franchised Taco Cabana restaurants in the U.S.

Full Year 2020 Outlook

  • Our fiscal full year 2020 will have 53 weeks;
  • Driven in part by off premise sales growth, we expect to return Pollo Tropical to positive comparable restaurant sales in 2020, with sequential growth over the course of the year as we ramp up off premise sales through delivery, catering and online;
  • We are working to stabilize comparable restaurant sales at Taco Cabana, and expect to achieve sequential improvement over the course of the year, although trends during the first half of 2020 are likely to be negative;
  • Food costs are projected to remain stable vs. the prior year based on current supply commitments we already have in place across key commodities;
  • Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA margins at Pollo Tropical are expected to be stable vs. 2019 while we are targeting a 200 to 300 basis point improvement at Taco Cabana, driven by efficiency and operations simplification initiatives; and
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be at or below the 2019 level of approximately $41 million.

Investor Conference Call Today

Fiesta will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET today. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 201-689-8562. A replay will be available after the call until Wednesday, March 4, 2020, and can be accessed by dialing 412-317-6671. The passcode is 13698884. The conference call will also be webcast live from the corporate website at www.frgi.com, under the Investor Relations section. A replay of the webcast will be available through the corporate website shortly after the call has concluded.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., owns, operates and franchises the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands. The brands specialize in the operation of fast casual/quick service restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. The brands feature fresh-made cooking, drive-thru service and catering. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the corporate website at www.frgi.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this news release and in our public disclosures, whether written, oral or otherwise made, relating to future events or future performance, including any discussion, express or implied regarding our anticipated growth, plans, objectives and the impact of our investments in strategic and sales building initiatives, including those relating to advertising and marketing, operations improvements, menu development and simplification, digital ordering and online sales, catering and third-party delivery on future sales, margins and earnings contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are often identified by the words "may," "might," "believes," "thinks," "anticipates," "plans," "positioned," "target," "continue," "expects," "look to," "intends" and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or the affirmative, that are not statements of historical fact. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that are difficult to predict, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our actual results and timing of certain events could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including, but not limited to, those discussed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2019 and our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements and the internal projections and beliefs upon which we base our expectations included in this release are made only as of the date of this release and may change. While we may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we expressly disclaim any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

TWELVE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 29, 2019 AND DECEMBER 30, 2018

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)

       

 

Three Months Ended (a)

 

Twelve Months Ended (a)

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant sales

$

158,780

 

 

$

166,974

 

 

$

658,263

 

 

$

685,925

 

Franchise royalty revenues and fees

682

 

 

664

 

 

2,680

 

 

2,672

 

Total revenues

159,462

 

 

167,638

 

 

660,943

 

 

688,597

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of sales

51,129

 

 

52,671

 

 

207,453

 

 

218,946

 

Restaurant wages and related expenses (b)

43,917

 

 

46,028

 

 

179,178

 

 

188,131

 

Restaurant rent expense (c)

12,192

 

 

9,173

 

 

47,805

 

 

36,034

 

Other restaurant operating expenses (c)

23,468

 

 

25,430

 

 

91,897

 

 

100,828

 

Advertising expense

5,390

 

 

5,649

 

 

23,179

 

 

23,695

 

General and administrative expenses (b)(d)

13,808

 

 

13,502

 

 

56,195

 

 

54,525

 

Depreciation and amortization

9,675

 

 

9,696

 

 

39,195

 

 

37,604

 

Pre-opening costs

109

 

 

235

 

 

972

 

 

1,716

 

Impairment and other lease charges (e)

8,434

 

 

14,605

 

 

13,101

 

 

21,144

 

Goodwill impairment (f)

 

 

 

 

67,909

 

 

 

Closed restaurant rent, net of sublease income (g)

678

 

 

 

 

4,163

 

 

 

Other expense (income), net (h)

121

 

 

125

 

 

1,041

 

 

(3,007

)

Total operating expenses

168,921

 

 

177,114

 

 

732,088

 

 

679,616

 

Income (loss) from operations

(9,459

)

 

(9,476

)

 

(71,145

)

 

8,981

 

Interest expense

848

 

 

987

 

 

3,872

 

 

3,966

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

(10,307

)

 

(10,463

)

 

(75,017

)

 

5,015

 

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes (i)

10,746

 

 

(2,526

)

 

9,369

 

 

(2,772

)

Net income (loss)

$

(21,053

)

 

$

(7,937

)

 

$

(84,386

)

 

$

7,787

 

Earnings (loss) per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.82

)

 

$

(0.30

)

 

$

(3.18

)

 

$

0.29

 

Diluted

(0.82

)

 

(0.30

)

 

(3.18

)

 

0.29

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

25,794,321

 

 

26,860,157

 

 

26,500,356

 

 

26,890,577

 

Diluted

25,794,321

 

 

26,860,157

 

 

26,500,356

 

 

26,894,083

 

(a)

The Company uses a 52- or 53-week fiscal year that ends on the Sunday closest to December 31. The three and twelve-month periods ended December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018 each included 13 and 52 weeks, respectively.

(b)

Restaurant wages and related expenses include stock-based compensation of $50 and $34 for the three months ended December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively, and $195 and $90 for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively. General and administrative expenses include stock-based compensation expense of $656 and $791 for the three months ended December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively, and $2,649 and $3,379 for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018, respectively.

(c)

As a result of adopting Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) ("ASC 842"), restaurant rent expense for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019 includes real estate taxes and common area maintenance costs. These costs are included in other restaurant operating expenses for the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2018. In addition, as a result of adopting ASC 842 in fiscal 2019, rent expense does not include the benefit of amortizing previously deferred sale-leaseback gains, which increased rent expense by $0.8 million and $3.3 million for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, respectively.

(d)

See notes (g)-(j) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

(e)

See note (c) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

(f)

See note (d) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

(g)

See note (e) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

(h)

See note (f) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

(i)

See notes (a) and (b) to the reconciliation of net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) in the tables titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

   
 

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

       

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

Assets

 

 

 

Cash

$

13,413

 

 

$

5,258

 

Other current assets

25,870

 

 

39,141

 

Property and equipment, net

211,944

 

 

231,328

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

251,272

 

 

 

Goodwill

56,307

 

 

123,484

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

10,383

 

Other assets

9,835

 

 

9,065

 

Total assets

$

568,641

 

 

$

418,659

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities

$

63,620

 

 

$

46,561

 

Long-term debt, net of current portion

76,823

 

 

79,636

 

Deferred income sale-leaseback of real estate

 

 

19,899

 

Operating lease liabilities

256,798

 

 

 

Deferred tax liabilities

4,759

 

 

 

Other non-current liabilities

8,405

 

 

32,504

 

Total liabilities

410,405

 

 

178,600

 

Stockholders' equity

158,236

 

 

240,059

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

568,641

 

 

$

418,659

 

               
 

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

Supplemental Information

The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial and other data for the periods indicated

(In thousands, except percentages):

       

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

Segment revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

$

90,193

 

 

$

91,373

 

 

$

363,473

 

 

$

376,196

 

Taco Cabana

69,269

 

 

76,265

 

 

297,470

 

 

312,401

 

Total revenues

$

159,462

 

 

$

167,638

 

 

$

660,943

 

 

$

688,597

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change in comparable restaurant sales (a):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

0.6

%

 

(1.9

)%

 

(1.8

)%

 

2.2

%

Taco Cabana

(8.1

)%

 

5.1

%

 

(4.1

)%

 

4.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average sales per Company-owned restaurant:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparable restaurants (b)

$

651

 

 

$

628

 

 

$

2,633

 

 

$

2,612

 

New restaurants (c)

416

 

 

393

 

 

1,783

 

 

1,709

 

Total Company-owned (d)

634

 

 

605

 

 

2,576

 

 

2,521

 

Taco Cabana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comparable restaurants (b)

$

419

 

 

$

455

 

 

$

1,811

 

 

$

1,871

 

New restaurants (c)

501

 

 

356

 

 

1,877

 

 

1,536

 

Total Company-owned (d)

422

 

 

447

 

 

1,812

 

 

1,846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

$

3,569

 

 

$

(4,262

)

 

$

20,300

 

 

$

17,639

 

Taco Cabana

(13,876

)

 

(6,201

)

 

(95,317

)

 

(12,624

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA (e):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

$

10,617

 

 

$

12,383

 

 

$

50,560

 

 

$

54,903

 

Taco Cabana

(300

)

 

3,407

 

 

7,889

 

 

13,059

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA (e)(f):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

$

17,208

 

 

$

19,118

 

 

$

77,560

 

 

$

82,066

 

Taco Cabana

5,526

 

 

8,940

 

 

31,386

 

 

36,315

 

(a)

Restaurants are included in comparable restaurant sales after they have been open for 18 months or longer.

(b)

Comparable restaurants are restaurants that have been open for 18 months or longer. Average sales for comparable Company-owned restaurants are derived by dividing comparable restaurant sales for such period for the applicable segment by the average number of comparable restaurants for the applicable segment for such period.

(c)

New restaurants are restaurants that have been open for less than 18 months. Average sales for new Company-owned restaurants are derived by dividing new restaurant sales for such period for the applicable segment by the average number of new restaurants for the applicable segment for such period.

(d)

Average sales for total Company-owned restaurants are derived by dividing restaurant sales for such period for the applicable segment by the average number of open restaurants for the applicable segment for such period.

(e)

Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA were negatively impacted by $0.4 million and $0.5 million for Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2019, and by $1.5 million and $1.9 million for Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana, respectively, in the twelve months ended December 29, 2019 related to adopting ASC 842, the new lease accounting standard.

(f)

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the reconciliation from net income (loss) to Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA in the table titled "Supplemental Non-GAAP Information."

   
 

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

Supplemental Information

The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental data for the periods indicated:

       

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company-owned restaurant openings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

1

 

 

3

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

Taco Cabana

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

7

 

Total new restaurant openings

1

 

 

3

 

 

6

 

 

14

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Company-owned restaurant closings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

 

 

(14

)

 

 

 

(14

)

Taco Cabana

(1

)

 

(9

)

 

(1

)

 

(11

)

Net change in restaurants

 

 

(20

)

 

5

 

 

(11

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Company-owned restaurants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

142

 

 

139

 

 

142

 

 

139

 

Taco Cabana

164

 

 

162

 

 

164

 

 

162

 

Total Company-owned restaurants

306

 

 

301

 

 

306

 

 

301

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of franchised restaurants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

32

 

 

30

 

 

32

 

 

30

 

Taco Cabana

8

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

 

8

 

Total franchised restaurants

40

 

 

38

 

 

40

 

 

38

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total number of restaurants:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pollo Tropical

174

 

 

169

 

 

174

 

 

169

 

Taco Cabana

172

 

 

170

 

 

172

 

 

170

 

Total restaurants

346

 

 

339

 

 

346

 

 

339

 

                       
 

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

Supplemental Information

The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial and other data for the periods indicated

(In thousands, except percentages):

   

 

Three Months Ended

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

Pollo Tropical:

 

(a)

 

 

(a)

Restaurant sales

$

89,738

 

 

 

$

90,934

 

 

Cost of sales

29,264

 

32.6

%

 

29,326

 

32.2

%

Restaurant wages and related expenses

21,522

 

24.0

%

 

21,373

 

23.5

%

Restaurant rent expense

5,657

 

6.3

%

 

4,433

 

4.9

%

Other restaurant operating expenses

13,103

 

14.6

%

 

13,487

 

14.8

%

Advertising expense

3,007

 

3.4

%

 

3,209

 

3.5

%

Depreciation and amortization

5,358

 

6.0

%

 

5,255

 

5.8

%

Pre-opening costs

73

 

0.1

%

 

234

 

0.3

%

Impairment and other lease charges

177

 

0.2

%

 

10,148

 

11.2

%

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

476

 

0.5

%

 

 

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taco Cabana:

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant sales

$

69,042

 

 

 

$

76,040

 

 

Cost of sales

21,865

 

31.7

%

 

23,345

 

30.7

%

Restaurant wages and related expenses

22,395

 

32.4

%

 

24,655

 

32.4

%

Restaurant rent expense

6,535

 

9.5

%

 

4,740

 

6.2

%

Other restaurant operating expenses

10,365

 

15.0

%

 

11,943

 

15.7

%

Advertising expense

2,383

 

3.5

%

 

2,440

 

3.2

%

Depreciation and amortization

4,317

 

6.3

%

 

4,441

 

5.8

%

Pre-opening costs

36

 

0.1

%

 

1

 

%

Impairment and other lease charges

8,257

 

12.0

%

 

4,457

 

5.9

%

Goodwill impairment

 

%

 

 

%

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

202

 

0.3

%

 

 

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

Pollo Tropical:

 

(a)

 

 

(a)

Restaurant sales

$

361,693

 

 

 

$

374,381

 

 

Cost of sales

115,119

 

31.8

%

 

123,042

 

32.9

%

Restaurant wages and related expenses

84,909

 

23.5

%

 

87,025

 

23.2

%

Restaurant rent expense

22,050

 

6.1

%

 

17,457

 

4.7

%

Other restaurant operating expenses

49,768

 

13.8

%

 

51,757

 

13.8

%

Advertising expense

12,358

 

3.4

%

 

13,068

 

3.5

%

Depreciation and amortization

21,476

 

5.9

%

 

21,372

 

5.7

%

Pre-opening costs

380

 

0.1

%

 

933

 

0.2

%

Impairment and other lease charges

15

 

%

 

13,587

 

3.6

%

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

3,260

 

0.9

%

 

 

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taco Cabana:

 

 

 

 

 

Restaurant sales

$

296,570

 

 

 

$

311,544

 

 

Cost of sales

92,334

 

31.1

%

 

95,904

 

30.8

%

Restaurant wages and related expenses

94,269

 

31.8

%

 

101,106

 

32.5

%

Restaurant rent expense

25,755

 

8.7

%

 

18,577

 

6.0

%

Other restaurant operating expenses

42,129

 

14.2

%

 

49,071

 

15.8

%

Advertising expense

10,821

 

3.6

%

 

10,627

 

3.4

%

Depreciation and amortization

17,719

 

6.0

%

 

16,232

 

5.2

%

Pre-opening costs

592

 

0.2

%

 

783

 

0.3

%

Impairment and other lease charges

13,086

 

4.4

%

 

7,557

 

2.4

%

Goodwill impairment

67,909

 

22.9

%

 

 

%

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

903

 

0.3

%

 

 

%

(a)

Percent of restaurant sales for the applicable segment.

   

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC. 
Supplemental Non-GAAP Information 
The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial data for the periods indicated 
(In thousands):

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings (loss) attributable to the applicable operating segments before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, impairment and other lease charges, goodwill impairment, closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income, stock-based compensation expense, other expense (income), net, and certain significant items for each segment that are related to strategic changes and/or are not related to the ongoing operation of our restaurants as set forth in the reconciliation table below. Adjusted EBITDA for each of our segments includes an allocation of general and administrative expenses associated with administrative support for executive management, information systems and certain finance, legal, supply chain, human resources, construction and other administrative functions. Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA is defined as Adjusted EBITDA excluding franchise royalty revenues and fees, pre-opening costs and general and administrative expenses (including corporate-level general and administrative expenses).

Adjusted EBITDA for each of our segments is the primary measure of segment profit or loss used by our chief operating decision maker for purposes of allocating resources to our segments and assessing their performance. In addition, management believes that Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with our results of operations calculated in accordance with GAAP and our reconciliation of net income (loss) to Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA (i) provide useful information about our operating performance and period-over-period changes, (ii) provide additional information that is useful for evaluating the operating performance of our business, and (iii) permit investors to gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing earnings, from which capital investments are made and debt is serviced. However, such measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as alternatives to net income or cash flow from operating activities as indicators of operating performance or liquidity. Also, these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled captions of other companies.

Three Months Ended

 

Pollo Tropical

 

Taco Cabana

 

Consolidated

December 29, 2019:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

$

(21,053

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

10,746

 

Income (loss) before taxes

 

$

3,569

 

 

$

(13,876

)

 

$

(10,307

)

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

5,358

 

 

4,317

 

 

9,675

 

Impairment and other lease charges

 

177

 

 

8,257

 

 

8,434

 

Interest expense

 

419

 

 

429

 

 

848

 

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

 

476

 

 

202

 

 

678

 

Other expense, net

 

113

 

 

8

 

 

121

 

Stock-based compensation expense in restaurant wages

 

22

 

 

28

 

 

50

 

Total non-general and administrative expense adjustments

 

6,565

 

 

13,241

 

 

19,806

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

394

 

 

262

 

 

656

 

Digital and brand repositioning costs

 

89

 

 

73

 

 

162

 

Total general and administrative expense adjustments

 

483

 

 

335

 

 

818

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

10,617

 

 

$

(300

)

 

$

10,317

 

Restaurant-level adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Pre-opening costs

 

73

 

 

36

 

 

109

 

Add: Other general and administrative expense(1)

 

6,973

 

 

6,017

 

 

12,990

 

Less: Franchise royalty revenue and fees

 

455

 

 

227

 

 

682

 

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

17,208

 

 

$

5,526

 

 

$

22,734

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 30, 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

$

(7,937

)

Benefit from income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

(2,526

)

Loss before taxes

 

$

(4,262

)

 

$

(6,201

)

 

$

(10,463

)

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

5,255

 

 

4,441

 

 

9,696

 

Impairment and other lease charges

 

10,148

 

 

4,457

 

 

14,605

 

Interest expense

 

453

 

 

534

 

 

987

 

Other expense (income), net

 

352

 

 

(227

)

 

125

 

Stock-based compensation expense in restaurant wages

 

11

 

 

23

 

 

34

 

Total non-general and administrative expense adjustments

 

16,219

 

 

9,228

 

 

25,447

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

427

 

 

364

 

 

791

 

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses

 

9

 

 

16

 

 

25

 

Legal settlements and related costs

 

(10

)

 

 

 

(10

)

Total general and administrative expense adjustments

 

426

 

 

380

 

 

806

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

12,383

 

 

$

3,407

 

 

$

15,790

 

Restaurant-level adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Pre-opening costs

 

234

 

 

1

 

 

235

 

Add: Other general and administrative expense(1)

 

6,940

 

 

5,757

 

 

12,697

 

Less: Franchise royalty revenue and fees

 

439

 

 

225

 

 

664

 

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

19,118

 

 

$

8,940

 

 

$

28,058

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

Pollo Tropical

 

Taco Cabana

 

Consolidated

December 29, 2019:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

$

(84,386

)

Provision for income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

9,369

 

Income (loss) before taxes

 

$

20,300

 

 

$

(95,317

)

 

$

(75,017

)

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

21,476

 

 

17,719

 

 

39,195

 

Impairment and other lease charges

 

15

 

 

13,086

 

 

13,101

 

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

67,909

 

 

67,909

 

Interest expense

 

1,953

 

 

1,919

 

 

3,872

 

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income

 

3,260

 

 

903

 

 

4,163

 

Other expense (income), net

 

862

 

 

179

 

 

1,041

 

Stock-based compensation expense in restaurant wages

 

70

 

 

125

 

 

195

 

Total non-general and administrative expense adjustments

 

27,636

 

 

101,840

 

 

129,476

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,590

 

 

1,059

 

 

2,649

 

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses

 

827

 

 

137

 

 

964

 

Digital and brand repositioning costs

 

207

 

 

170

 

 

377

 

Total general and administrative expense adjustments

 

2,624

 

 

1,366

 

 

3,990

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

50,560

 

 

$

7,889

 

 

$

58,449

 

Restaurant-level adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Pre-opening costs

 

380

 

 

592

 

 

972

 

Add: Other general and administrative expense(1)

 

28,400

 

 

23,805

 

 

52,205

 

Less: Franchise royalty revenue and fees

 

1,780

 

 

900

 

 

2,680

 

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

77,560

 

 

$

31,386

 

 

$

108,946

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

December 30, 2018:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

 

 

 

 

$

7,787

 

Benefit from income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

(2,772

)

Income (loss) before taxes

 

$

17,639

 

 

$

(12,624

)

 

$

5,015

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

21,372

 

 

16,232

 

 

37,604

 

Impairment and other lease charges

 

13,587

 

 

7,557

 

 

21,144

 

Interest expense

 

1,920

 

 

2,046

 

 

3,966

 

Other expense (income), net

 

(1,225

)

 

(1,782

)

 

(3,007

)

Stock-based compensation expense in restaurant wages

 

34

 

 

56

 

 

90

 

Total non-general and administrative expense adjustments

 

35,688

 

 

24,109

 

 

59,797

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,885

 

 

1,494

 

 

3,379

 

Board and shareholder matter costs

 

(328

)

 

(269

)

 

(597

)

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses

 

196

 

 

349

 

 

545

 

Legal settlements and related costs

 

(177

)

 

 

 

(177

)

Total general and administrative expense adjustments

 

1,576

 

 

1,574

 

 

3,150

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

54,903

 

 

$

13,059

 

 

$

67,962

 

Restaurant-level adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add: Pre-opening costs

 

933

 

 

783

 

 

1,716

 

Add: Other general and administrative expense(1)

 

28,045

 

 

23,330

 

 

51,375

 

Less: Franchise royalty revenue and fees

 

1,815

 

 

857

 

 

2,672

 

Restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

82,066

 

 

$

36,315

 

 

$

118,381

 

(1) Excludes general and administrative adjustments above.

 

FIESTA RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.
Supplemental Non-GAAP Information
The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial data for the periods indicated
(In thousands of dollars, except per share amounts):

Adjusted net income and related adjusted diluted earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures. Adjusted net income is defined as net income (loss) before impairment and other lease charges, goodwill impairment, closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income, other expense (income), net, board and shareholder matter costs, restructuring costs and retention bonuses, certain legal settlements and related costs and other significant items that are related to strategic changes and/or are not related to the ongoing operation of our restaurants. Management believes that adjusted net income and related adjusted earnings per diluted share, when viewed with our results of operations calculated in accordance with GAAP (i) provide useful information about our operating performance and period-over-period growth, (ii) provide additional information that is useful for evaluating the operating performance of our business, and (iii) permit investors to gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing earnings, from which capital investments are made and debt is serviced. However, such measures are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly should not be considered as alternatives to net income or net income per share as indicators of operating performance or liquidity. Also, these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled captions of other companies.

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

 

Loss Before
Income
Taxes

 

Provision
For Income
Taxes (a)

 

Net
Loss

 

Diluted
EPS

 

Income
(Loss)
Before
Income
Taxes

 

Benefit
From
Income
Taxes (a)

 

Net
Income
(Loss)

 

Diluted
EPS

Reported - GAAP

 

$

(10,307

)

 

$

10,746

 

 

$

(21,053

)

 

$

(0.82

)

 

$

(10,463

)

 

$

(2,526

)

 

$

(7,937

)

 

$

(0.30

)

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax due to federal rate change (a)

 

 

 

716

 

 

(716

)

 

(0.03

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance (b)

 

 

 

(13,513

)

 

13,513

 

 

0.52

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment and other lease charges (c)

 

8,434

 

 

2,016

 

 

6,418

 

 

0.25

 

 

14,605

 

 

4,549

 

 

10,056

 

 

0.37

 

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income (e)

 

678

 

 

162

 

 

516

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expense (income), net (f)

 

121

 

 

29

 

 

92

 

 

 

 

125

 

 

39

 

 

86

 

 

 

Total non-general and administrative expense

 

9,233

 

 

(10,590

)

 

19,823

 

 

0.77

 

 

14,730

 

 

4,588

 

 

10,142

 

 

0.38

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses (h)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

 

8

 

 

17

 

 

 

Legal settlements and related costs (i)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(10

)

 

(3

)

 

(7

)

 

 

Digital and brand repositioning costs (j)

 

162

 

 

39

 

 

123

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total general and administrative expense

 

162

 

 

39

 

 

123

 

 

 

 

15

 

 

5

 

 

10

 

 

 

Adjusted - Non-GAAP

 

$

(912

)

 

$

195

 

 

$

(1,107

)

 

$

(0.04

)

 

$

4,282

 

 

$

2,067

 

 

$

2,215

 

 

$

0.08

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

December 29, 2019

 

December 30, 2018

 

 

Income
(Loss)
Before
Income
Taxes

 

Provision
For Income
Taxes (a)

 

Net
Income
(Loss)

 

Diluted
EPS

 

Income
Before
Income
Taxes

 

Benefit
From
Income
Taxes (a)

 

Net
Income

 

Diluted
EPS

Reported - GAAP

 

$

(75,017

)

 

$

9,369

 

 

$

(84,386

)

 

$

(3.18

)

 

$

5,015

 

 

$

(2,772

)

 

$

7,787

 

 

$

0.29

 

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Non-general and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax due to federal rate change (a)

 

 

 

716

 

 

(716

)

 

(0.03

)

 

 

 

3,861

 

 

(3,861

)

 

(0.14

)

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance (b)

 

 

 

(13,513

)

 

13,513

 

 

0.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impairment and other lease charges (c)

 

13,101

 

 

3,131

 

 

9,970

 

 

0.38

 

 

21,144

 

 

6,586

 

 

14,558

 

 

0.54

 

Goodwill impairment (d)

 

67,909

 

 

2,111

 

 

65,798

 

 

2.48

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income (e)

 

4,163

 

 

995

 

 

3,168

 

 

0.12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expense (income), net (f)

 

1,041

 

 

249

 

 

792

 

 

0.03

 

 

(3,007

)

 

(937

)

 

(2,070

)

 

(0.08

)

Total non-general and administrative expense

 

86,214

 

 

(6,311

)

 

92,525

 

 

3.49

 

 

18,137

 

 

9,510

 

 

8,627

 

 

0.32

 

General and administrative expense adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board and shareholder matter costs (g)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(597

)

 

(186

)

 

(411

)

 

(0.02

)

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses (h)

 

964

 

 

230

 

 

734

 

 

0.03

 

 

545

 

 

170

 

 

375

 

 

0.01

 

Legal settlements and related costs (i)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(177

)

 

(55

)

 

(122

)

 

 

Digital and brand repositioning costs (j)

 

377

 

 

90

 

 

287

 

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total general and administrative expense

 

1,341

 

 

320

 

 

1,021

 

 

0.04

 

 

(229

)

 

(71

)

 

(158

)

 

(0.01

)

Adjusted - Non-GAAP

 

$

12,538

 

 

$

3,378

 

 

$

9,160

 

 

$

0.35

 

 

$

22,923

 

 

$

6,667

 

 

$

16,256

 

 

$

0.60

 

(a)

The provision for (benefit from) income taxes related to the adjustments was calculated using the Company's combined federal statutory and estimated state rate of 23.9% and 31.2% for the periods ending December 29, 2019, and December 30, 2018, respectively. For fiscal years beginning January 1, 2018, our federal statutory tax rate is 21% as a result of the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Act") in December 2017. In 2018, in conjunction with a cost segregation study conducted prior to filing our 2017 federal income tax return, we changed the depreciation method for certain assets for federal income tax purposes to accelerate tax deductions. Changes in our 2017 federal income tax return from the amounts recorded as of December 31, 2017 were primarily the result of changing the depreciable lives of assets for federal income tax purposes. These changes allowed us to record an incremental benefit of $3.9 million for the third quarter of 2018.

(b)

We recorded a $13.5 million valuation allowance for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, against deferred income tax assets where it was determined to be more likely than not that the deferred income tax assets will not be realized through the reversal of existing deferred tax liabilities.

(c)

Impairment and other lease charges for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, primarily consist of impairment charges of $8.5 million and $14.0 million, respectively, and net lease charge recoveries related to lease terminations for previously closed restaurants of $(0.9) million for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019. The impairment charges primarily relate to 19 Taco Cabana restaurants that were subsequently closed in January 2020, five of which were initially impaired in prior years, and for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019, previously closed Polo Tropical restaurants and other underperforming Taco Cabana restaurants that we continue to operate.

 

Impairment and other lease charges for the three months ended December 30, 2018, include impairment charges of $12.9 million and lease charges, net of recoveries, of $1.7 million primarily related to 14 Pollo Tropical restaurants and nine Taco Cabana restaurants closed in December 2018, nine of which were previously impaired, as well as four underperforming Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurants that we continued to operate and adjustments to estimates of future lease costs for certain previously closed restaurants. Impairment and other lease charges for the twelve months ended December 30, 2018 also include impairment charges of $6.1 million primarily related to underperforming Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurants, six of which were closed in December 2018, and previously closed restaurants, and lease charges, net of recoveries, of $0.4 million related to an office relocation in the third quarter of 2018, lease terminations, a lease assignment, subleases and other adjustments to estimates of future lease costs.

(d)

Goodwill impairment for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019, consists of non-cash impairment charges to write down the value of goodwill for the Taco Cabana reporting unit. The related benefit from income taxes is the benefit attributable to the portion of the goodwill that was tax deductible.

(e)

Closed restaurant rent expense, net of sublease income for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, primarily consists of closed restaurant lease costs of $2.0 million and $8.2 million, respectively, partially offset by sublease income of $(1.3) million and $(4.0) million, respectively. As a result of adopting ASC 842, lease costs related to closed restaurants are recorded as closed restaurant rent. These costs were previously recorded as lease charges within impairment and other lease charges when a restaurant closed.

(f)

Other expense (income), net for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019, consists of the write-off of site development costs of $0.1 million. Other expense (income), net for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, also includes costs for the removal, transfer and storage of equipment from closed restaurants of $0.1 million and $0.8 million, respectively. Other expense (income), net for the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2018, primarily includes $(0.4) million and $(3.5) million, respectively, in insurance recoveries related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma partially offset by the write-off of site development costs of $0.1 million and $0.6 million, respectively, and severance related to the closure of restaurants and costs for the removal, transfer and storage of equipment from closed restaurants of $0.4 million and $1.1 million, respectively. Other expense (income), net for the twelve months ended December 30, 2018, also includes total gains of $(1.2) million on the sales of restaurant properties.

(g)

Board and shareholder matter costs for the twelve months ended December 30, 2018, include fee reductions and final insurance recoveries related to 2017 shareholder activism costs.

(h)

Restructuring costs and retention bonuses for the twelve months ended December 29, 2019, include severance costs related to eliminated positions. Restructuring costs and retention bonuses for the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2018, include severance related to the Strategic Renewal Plan and bonuses paid to certain employees for retention purposes.

(i)

Legal settlements and related costs for the three and twelve months ended December 30, 2018, include reductions to final settlement amounts and benefits related to litigation matters.

(j)

Digital and brand repositioning costs for the three and twelve months ended December 29, 2019, include consulting costs related to repositioning the digital experience for our customers.

Contact:

Raphael Gross
Investor Relations
203-682-8253
investors@frgi.com

SOURCE Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

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