Potbelly Corporation Reports Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2023
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Potbelly Corporation Reports Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2023

  • 12.9% same-store sales growth and AUVs of $25,950, driven mostly by traffic
  • 106 new shop commitments to-date under the Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative
  • Delivered above high-end of all guidance ranges; provides third quarter and reiterates full year 2023 outlook

CHICAGO, Aug. 03, 2023 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB), (“Potbelly” or the “Company”) the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop concept, today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended June 25, 2023.

Key highlights for the quarter ended June 25, 2023, compared to June 26, 2022:

  • Total revenues increased by 9.2% to $126.6 million compared to $116.0 million.
  • Company shop sales increased by 8.4% to $124.7 million compared to $115.0 million, with Average Unit Volumes (AUVs) of $25,950.
  • Positive same-store sales for the ninth consecutive quarter, ending the second quarter at +12.9%, driven mainly by traffic growth and expansion in traffic share during each period of the quarter with broad-based strength across the portfolio.
  • GAAP net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation was $2.2 million compared to $0.6 million. GAAP diluted earnings per share was $0.07 compared to $0.02.
  • Adjusted net income1 attributable to Potbelly Corporation was $2.0 million compared to $1.5 million. Adjusted diluted EPS1 was $0.07 compared to $0.05.
    EBITDA1 increased significantly to $6.1 million compared to $3.9 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 significantly improved to $8.0 million compared to $5.8 million.

(1) Adjusted net income, adjusted diluted EPS, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. For reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, see the accompanying financial tables. For a discussion of why we consider them useful, see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Bob Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of Potbelly Corporation, commented, “We delivered another great quarter for Potbelly, as a result of our team's hard work and commitment to our unique brand. During the second quarter, we grew same-store sales by 12.9%, driven mainly by traffic growth; continued to take traffic share from the fast-casual category each week through the quarter; grew shop-level margins by 300 basis points; and signed incremental development deals, bringing our total shop development commitments to 106 shops to-date. We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made and continue to focus on execution as we build toward achieving our 2024 growth objectives.”

Wright continued, “Looking ahead, our top-line strength has continued into the third quarter, and we continue to advance our pipeline of franchise development deals including the recently announced deal with our founder, Bryant Keil, in Maryland. We anticipate margin expansion of at least 140 basis points year-over-year in the third quarter as we continue to target 16% shop-level margins in 2024. Additionally, in the third quarter, we expect continued healthy year-over-year adjusted EBITDA growth. We believe our strong brand value, strategic marketing efforts, and continued execution of our five-pillar strategy have built upon the momentum we’ve created in recent years, and we are excited with what we can achieve in 2023 and beyond.”

Outlook

  Third Quarter 2023 Fiscal Year 2023
AUVs AUVs $25,000 to $25,500 Record AUVs
Same-store sales 7.0% to 9.0% High single-digit to low double-digit growth
Shop-level margin 12.0% to 14.0% Low teens
Adj. EBITDA $5.0 million to $6.0 million --

Conference Call

A conference call and audio webcast has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss these results. Investors, analysts, and members of the media interested in listening to the live presentation are encouraged to join a webcast of the call with accompanying presentation slides, available on the investor relations portion of the Company's website at www.potbelly.com. For those that cannot join the webcast, you can participate by dialing 1-844-825-9789 in the U.S. & Canada, or 1-412-317-5180 internationally.

For those unable to participate, an audio replay will be available through Thursday, August 10, 2023. To access the replay, please call 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (International) and enter confirmation code 10179578. A web-based archive of the conference call will also be available at the above website.

About Potbelly

Potbelly Corporation is a neighborhood sandwich concept that has been feeding customers’ smiles with warm, toasty sandwiches, signature salads, hand-dipped shakes and other fresh menu items, customized just the way customers want them, for more than 40 years. Potbelly promises Fresh, Fast & Friendly service in an environment that reflects the local neighborhood. Since opening its first shop in Chicago in 1977, Potbelly has expanded to neighborhoods across the country - with approximately 427 shops in the United States including approximately 67 franchised shops in the United States. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com.

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this press release:

  • Revenues – represents net company-operated sandwich shop sales and our franchise royalties and fees. Net company-operated shop sales consist of food and beverage sales, net of promotional allowances and employee meals. Franchise royalties and fees consist of royalty income, franchise fee, and other fees collected from franchisees including advertising and rent.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales or same-store traffic – an operating measure that represents the change in year-over-year sales or transactions for the comparable company-operated store base open for 15 months or longer.
  • Average Unit Volumes (AUV) – an operating measure that represents the average sales of all company-operated shops which reported sales during the associated time period.
  • System-wide sales – an operating measure that represents the sum of sales generated by company-operated shops and sales generated by franchised shops, net of all promotional allowances, discounts, and employee meals. Net sales from franchised shops are not included in total revenues. Rather, revenues are limited to the royalties, fees and other income collected from franchisees.
  • EBITDA – a non-GAAP measure that represents income before depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense and the provision for income taxes.
  • Adjusted EBITDA – a non-GAAP measure that represents income before depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense and the provision for income taxes, adjusted to eliminate the impact of other items, including certain non-cash and other items that we do not consider reflective of underlying business performance.
  • Shop-level profit (loss) – a non-GAAP measure that represents income (loss) from operations excluding franchise royalties and fees, franchise support, marketing and rent expenses, general and administrative expenses, depreciation expense, pre-opening costs, restructuring costs, loss on Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative activities and impairment, loss on the disposal of property and equipment and shop closures.
  • Shop-level profit (loss) margin – a non-GAAP measure that represents shop-level profit expressed as a percentage of net company-operated sandwich shop sales.
  • Adjusted net income (loss) – a non-GAAP measure that represents net income (loss), adjusted to eliminate the impact of restructuring costs, impairment, loss on the disposal of property and equipment, shop closures, and other items we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance, including the income tax effects of those adjustments and the change in our income tax valuation allowance.
  • Adjusted diluted EPS – a non-GAAP measure that represents adjusted net income (loss) divided by the weighted average number of fully dilutive common shares outstanding.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Within this press release, we make reference to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted net income, shop-level profit, and shop-level profit margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company includes these non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in that they provide for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

Management uses adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS to evaluate the Company’s performance and in order to have comparable financial results to analyze changes in our underlying business from quarter to quarter. Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS exclude the impact of certain non-cash charges and other items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters and which we do not believe are reflective of underlying business performance. Management uses shop-level profit and shop-level profit margin as key metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our shops, to evaluate our shop performance across periods and to evaluate our shop financial performance against our competitors.

Accordingly, the Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, is a useful financial analysis tool that can assist investors in assessing the Company’s operating performance and underlying prospects. This analysis should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. This analysis, as well as the other information in this press release, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s financial statements and footnotes contained in the documents that the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the methods used by other companies. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the table, “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures.”

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent the Company’s expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “strives,” “goal,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “projects” or “anticipates” or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements included in this press release may include, among others, statements relating to our (i) future financial position and results of operations, (ii) business strategy, (iii) growth potential, (iv) ability to enter in to franchise development deals, (v) intention to build further on our growth momentum in the coming quarters, (vi) expectation that we will make meaningful progress in Potbelly’s next phase of growth, including our franchise expansion, (vii) the impact of marketing efforts, and (viii) third quarter 2023 and fiscal year 2023 outlook including our projections regarding AUVs, same-store sales, shop-level margin and adjusted EBITDA.

By nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statement, due to reasons including, but not limited to, risks related to the COVID-19 outbreak; compliance with our Credit Agreement covenants; competition; general economic conditions; our ability to successfully implement our business strategy; the success of our initiatives to increase sales and traffic; changes in commodity, energy and other costs; our ability to attract and retain management and employees; consumer reaction to industry-related public health issues and perceptions of food safety; our ability to manage our growth; reputational and brand issues; price and availability of commodities; consumer confidence and spending patterns; and weather conditions. In addition, there may be other factors of which we are presently unaware or that we currently deem immaterial that could cause our actual results to be materially different from the results referenced in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations are reasonable, we may not achieve our plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. See “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements” included in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other risk factors described from time to time in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q or other subsequent filings, all of which are available on our website at www.potbelly.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Potbelly Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Margin Analysis – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year to Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  % of
Revenues
  June 26,
2022
  % of
Revenues
  June 25,
2023
  % of
Revenues
  June 26,
2022
  % of
Revenues
Revenues                                      
Sandwich shop sales, net $ 124,709     98.5 %   $ 114,992     99.2 %   $ 241,656   98.7 %   $ 212,423     99.2 %
Franchise royalties, fees and rent income   1,914     1.5       960     0.8       3,237   1.3       1,750     0.8  
Total revenues   126,623     100.0       115,952     100.0       244,893   100.0       214,173     100.0  
                                       
Expenses                                      
(Percentages stated as a percent of sandwich shop sales, net)                                      
Sandwich shop operating expenses, excluding depreciation                                      
Food, beverage and packaging costs   34,903     28.0       32,830     28.5       67,523   27.9       60,138     28.3  
Labor and related expenses   37,866     30.4       36,121     31.4       74,368   30.8       69,374     32.7  
Occupancy expenses   13,083     10.5       13,805     12.0       26,393   10.9       27,650     13.0  
Other operating expenses   20,925     16.8       19,128     16.6       41,409   17.1       37,233     17.5  
                                       
(Percentages stated as a percent of total revenues)                                      
Franchise support, rent and marketing expenses   1,215     1.0       126     0.1       1,806   0.7       246     0.1  
General and administrative expenses   11,695     9.2       8,827     7.6       21,664   8.8       17,345     8.1  
Depreciation expense   2,887     2.3       3,030     2.6       5,857   2.4       6,167     2.9  
Pre-opening costs   33     NM         NM       55   NM           NM  
Loss on Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative activities   14     NM         NM       963   0.4           NM  
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closures   658     0.5       1,044     0.9       1,703   0.7       2,363     1.1  
Total expenses   123,279     97.4       114,911     99.1       241,741   98.7       220,516     103.0  
Income (loss) from operations   3,344     2.6       1,041     0.9       3,152   1.3       (6,343 )   (3.0 )
                                       
Interest expense, net   1,011     0.8       357     0.3       1,678   0.7       683     0.3  
Loss on extinguishment of debt       NM           NM       239   0.1           NM  
Income (loss) before income taxes   2,333     1.8       684     0.6       1,235   0.5       (7,026 )   (3.3 )
Income tax expense (benefit)   (48 )   NM       (24 )   NM       57   NM       153     NM  
Net income (loss)   2,381     1.9       708     0.6       1,178   0.5       (7,179 )   (3.4 )
Net income attributable to non-controlling interest   165     NM       134     NM       288   NM       160     NM  
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation $ 2,216     1.8 %   $ 574     0.5 %   $ 890   0.4 %   $ (7,339 )   (3.4 )%
                                       
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to common stockholders:                                      
Basic $0.08           $0.02           $0.03         ($0.26 )      
Diluted $0.07           $0.02           $0.03         ($0.26 )      
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                      
Basic   29,199             28,565             29,053           28,481        
Diluted   30,088             29,117             29,776           28,481        

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"NM" - Amount is not meaningful


Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Quarter Ended For the Year To Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as reported $ 2,216     $ 574     $ 890     $ (7,339 )
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closures   658       1,044       1,703       2,363  
Loss on extinguishment of debt(1)               239        
Loss on Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative activities(2)   14             963        
Total adjustments before income tax   672       1,044       2,905       2,363  
Income tax adjustments(3)   (857 )     (152 )     (1,180 )     2,008  
Total adjustments after income tax   (185 )     892       1,725       4,371  
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation $ 2,031     $ 1,466     $ 2,615     $ (2,968 )
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, basic $ 0.07     $ 0.05     $ 0.09     $ (0.10 )
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, diluted $ 0.07     $ 0.05     $ 0.09     $ (0.10 )
               
Shares used in computing adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share:              
Basic   29,199       28,565       29,053       28,481  
Diluted   30,088       29,117       29,776       28,481  

 

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year To Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as reported $ 2,216     $ 574     $ 890   $ (7,339 )
Depreciation expense   2,887       3,030       5,857     6,167  
Interest expense, net   1,011       357       1,678     683  
Income tax expense (benefit)   (48 )     (24 )     57     153  
EBITDA $ 6,066     $ 3,937     $ 8,482   $ (336 )
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closures(1)   658       1,044       1,703     2,363  
Stock-based compensation   1,305       820       2.216     1,495  
Loss on extinguishment of debt(1)               239      
Loss on Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative activities(2)   14             963      
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,043     $ 5,801     $ 13,603   $ 3,522  


Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year To Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
Income (loss) from operations $ 3,344     $ 1,041     $ 3,152     $ (6,343 )
Less: Franchise royalties, fees and rent income   1,914       960       3,237       1,750  
Franchise support, rent and marketing expenses   1,215       126       1,806       246  
General and administrative expenses   11,695       8,827       21,664       17,345  
Pre-opening costs   33             55        
Loss on Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative activities(2)   14             963        
Depreciation expense   2,887       3,030       5,857       6,167  
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closures   658       1,044       1,703       2,363  
Shop-level profit [Y] $ 17,932     $ 13,108     $ 31,963     $ 18,028  
Total revenues $ 126,623     $ 115,952     $ 244,893     $ 214,173  
Less: Franchise royalties, fees and rent income   1,914       960       3,237       1,750  
Sandwich shop sales, net [X] $ 124,709     $ 114,992     $ 241,656     $ 212,423  
Shop-level profit margin [Y÷X]   14.4 %     11.4 %     13.2 %     8.5 %


Potbelly Corporation
Consolidated Selected Balance Sheet Data & Selected Operating Data – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  June 25,
2023
  December 25,
2022
Selected Balance Sheet Data      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,261   $ 15,619
Restricted cash   749    
Total assets   256,873     245,171
Current portion of long-term debt   1,250    
Long-term debt, net of current portion   21,108     8,550
Total liabilities   249,672     240,898
Total equity   7,201     4,273

 

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year to Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
Selected Operating Data              
Shop Activity:              
Company-operated shops, end of period 372     393     372     393  
Franchise shops, end of period 55     47     55     47  
Revenue Data:              
Company-operated comparable store sales 12.9 %   17.2 %   17.2 %   20.4 %

 

  For the Quarter Ended   For the Year to Date Ended
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
  June 25,
2023
  June 26,
2022
Sales from company-operated shops, net $ 124,709   $ 114,992   $ 241,656   $ 212,423
Sales from franchise shops, net   17,608     12,276     32,340     23,061
System-wide sales $ 142,317   $ 127,268   $ 273,996   $ 235,484

 

Potbelly Corporation
Footnotes to the Press Release, Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures & Selected Operating Data

1) This adjustment relates to the loss recognized upon termination of the Company’s former credit agreement which was completed during the first quarter of 2023.
 
 2) This adjustment includes net losses recognized during the period which relate to the Company’s Franchise Growth Acceleration Initiative, including net gains and losses on the sale of assets and fair value adjustments for assets classified as held-for-sale.
 
 3) This adjustment includes the tax impacts of the other adjustments listed above based on the Company’s effective tax rate and the change in the Company’s income tax valuation allowance during the period.

SOURCE Potbelly Corporation

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