Brinker International Reports Year-Over-Year Increases In Fourth Quarter And Full Fiscal Year EPS

Aug 06, 2015, 07:45 ET from Brinker International, Inc.

DALLAS, Aug. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal fourth quarter ended June 24, 2015.

Highlights include the following:

  • Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 10.6 percent to $0.94 compared to $0.85 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, increased 14.0 percent to $3.09 compared to $2.71 for the full year fiscal 2014 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased 114.0 percent to $0.92 compared to $0.43 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 driven primarily by pre-tax charges of $39.5 million recorded in the prior year related to litigation reserves. On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased to $3.05, compared to $2.26 for the full year fiscal 2014
  • Brinker International company sales increased 0.5 percent to $738.4 million
  • Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.8 percent
  • Maggiano's comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.1 percent
  • Chili's franchise comparable restaurant sales increased 1.9 percent which includes a 2.1 percent increase for U.S. franchise restaurants and a 1.2 percent increase for international franchise restaurants
  • Restaurant operating margin,1 as a percent of company sales, improved approximately 80 basis points to 18.5 percent compared to 17.7 percent for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014
  • For fiscal 2015, cash flows provided by operating activities were $368.6 million and capital expenditures totaled $140.3 million. Free cash flow2 was approximately $228.3 million
  • The company repurchased approximately 1.5 million shares of its common stock for $89.2 million in the fourth quarter and a total of approximately 5.4 million shares for $306.3 million year-to-date
  • The company paid a dividend of 28 cents per share in the fourth quarter, an increase of 17 percent over the prior year fourth quarter, and declared a dividend of 28 cents per share to be paid in the first quarter of fiscal 2016

"We delivered solid sales and earnings performance for fiscal 2015, and we improved margins for both the fourth quarter and fiscal year," said Wyman Roberts, Chief Executive Officer and President.  "We experienced some comp sales challenges during the quarter, which we're already taking steps to address," he added.

"Looking ahead to fiscal 2016, we're excited about our new My Chili's Rewards program and have signed up 2.6 million members in just over two months since the national launch.  We're also focused on implementing our differentiated culinary point of view and enhancing our digital guest experience, which are key components of our plan to drive fiscal 2016 sales and traffic.  We remain confident in our long-term strategy to deliver top line growth and increased shareholder value," Wyman concluded.

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

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

Table 1: Q4 and FY comparable restaurant sales

Company-owned, reported brands and franchise; percentage

Q4 15

Q4 14

FY 15

FY 14

Brinker International

(0.7)

2.3

1.7

0.6

  Chili's Company-Owned

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

(0.8)

2.5

1.9

0.6

     Pricing Impact

1.5

1.2

1.4

1.2

     Mix-Shift

(1.8)

1.9

0.3

1.2

     Traffic

(0.5)

(0.6)

0.2

(1.8)

  Maggiano's

     Comparable Restaurant Sales

(0.1)

0.9

0.8

0.6

     Pricing Impact

2.8

2.2

2.3

1.5

     Mix-Shift

(1.0)

(2.5)

(1.4)

(0.7)

     Traffic

(1.9)

1.2

(0.1)

(0.2)

Chili's Franchise1

1.9

1.2

2.2

0.2

  U.S. Comparable Restaurant Sales

2.1

1.4

2.9

(0.3)

  International Comparable Restaurant Sales

1.2

0.8

0.4

1.6

Chili's Domestic2

0.1

2.1

2.2

0.3

System-wide3

0.2

1.9

1.9

0.5

1

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

2

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

3

System-wide comparable restaurant sales are derived from sales generated by company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants in addition to the sales generated at franchise operated restaurants.

 

Quarterly Operating Performance

CHILI'S fourth quarter company sales decreased 0.3 percent to $638.2 million from $639.8 million in the prior year primarily due to decreases in comparable restaurant sales, partially offset by increases in restaurant capacity. As compared to the prior year, Chili's restaurant operating margin1 improved.  Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, was positively impacted by favorable menu pricing and commodity pricing related to cheese, avocados, limes and oil, partially offset by unfavorable menu item mix and commodity pricing primarily related to fajita meat. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, decreased slightly due to lower asset retirements, favorable utilities and the timing of restaurant opening expenses, partially offset by expenses associated with the launch of My Chili's Rewards. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, was flat compared to the prior year, as the benefit of lower employee health insurance expense was offset by higher wage rates.

MAGGIANO'S fourth quarter company sales increased 5.3 percent to $100.2 million from $95.2 million in the prior year primarily due to increases in restaurant capacity. As compared to the prior year, Maggiano's restaurant operating margin1 improved. Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, was positively impacted by menu item changes and increased menu pricing, partially offset by unfavorable commodity pricing on beef and seafood. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, were positively impacted by leverage related to higher company sales, the timing of restaurant opening expenses, and favorable utilities and workers' compensation insurance expense, partially offset by higher advertising costs. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, was flat.

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

FRANCHISE AND OTHER revenues increased 3.5 percent to $25.8 million for the fourth quarter compared to $24.9 million in the prior year driven primarily by royalty revenues related to Chili's new retail food products, higher revenues associated with tabletop devices, and higher royalty income primarily driven by international franchise restaurant openings. U.S. franchise comparable restaurant sales increased 2.1 percent and international comparable restaurant sales increased 1.2 percent. Brinker franchisees generated approximately $426 million in sales2 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

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

"For the fourth quarter, our overall restaurant operating margin improved 80 basis points," said Tom Edwards, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "On an annual basis, we delivered our fifth consecutive year of double-digit earnings per share growth and are on target to achieve our $4.00 dollar EPS goal by Fiscal 2017."

Other

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $1.9 million for the quarter primarily due to investments in the Chili's reimage program, new restaurant openings and asset replacements, partially offset by an increase in fully depreciated assets.

General and administrative expense decreased $0.3 million primarily due to cost management and lower performance-based compensation.

On a GAAP basis, the effective income tax rate increased to 29.7 percent in the current quarter from 18.1 percent in the prior year quarter primarily due to the impact of tax benefits related to special items in the prior year quarter. Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate increased to 31.2 percent in the current quarter compared to 29.4 percent in the prior year primarily due to increased earnings.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

Brinker believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results. Special items in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 consist primarily of the impairment of restaurants, acquisition-related costs and severance charges.

Table 2: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items

Q4 15 and Q4 14; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax

Q4 15

EPS Q4 15

Q4 14

EPS Q4 14

Net Income

57.2

0.92

28.8

0.43

Other (Gains) and Charges, net of taxes1

2.7

0.04

27.8

0.42

Adjustment for tax items

(1.1)

(0.02)

Net Income excluding Special Items

58.8

0.94

56.6

0.85

 

Table 3: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items

FY 15 and FY 14; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax

FY 15

EPS FY 15

FY 14

EPS FY 14

Net Income

196.7

3.05

154.0

2.26

Other (Gains) and Charges, net of taxes1

3.1

0.05

30.4

0.45

Adjustment for tax items

(1.1)

(0.01)

Net Income excluding Special Items

198.7

3.09

184.4

2.71

1

Pre-tax Other gains and charges were $4.0 million and $44.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $4.8 million and $49.2 million in fiscal 2015 and 2014, respectively. The charges in the fiscal 2014 periods include approximately $39.5 million of charges related to litigation reserves.

 

Fiscal 2016 Outlook

Fiscal 2016 includes a 53rd week versus 52 weeks in fiscal 2015. The company anticipates earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, to increase 16 to 19 percent in the range of $3.55 to $3.65. Earnings are based on the following expectations, including the impact of the recently acquired Chili's restaurants from Pepper Dining:

  • Revenues are expected to increase approximately 12 to 14 percent including the 53rd week
  • Comparable restaurant sales are expected to increase one and a half to two percent
  • Company-owned new restaurant development is expected to add year-over-year capacity growth of about one percent before the addition of the recently acquired Chili's restaurants
  • Restaurant operating margin is expected to be flat to down 25 basis points year-over-year. Excluding the impact of the recently acquired Chili's restaurants, restaurant operating margin is expected to increase 25 to 50 basis points year-over-year
  • Depreciation expense is expected to increase $12 to $15 million, assuming capital expenditures of $110 to $120 million
  • General and administrative expense is expected to be $10 to $12 million higher on a dollar basis due to information technology expenses related to sales driving initiatives, the impact of the 53rd week as well as planning incentive compensation at target
  • Interest expense is expected to increase $4 million to $6 million due to a higher debt balance in fiscal 2016
  • Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate is projected to be approximately 31 to 32 percent
  • Free cash flow is expected to be $250 to $260 million
  • Diluted weighted average shares outstanding is expected to be 60 to 62 million

The company believes providing fiscal 2016 earnings per diluted share guidance provides investors the appropriate insight into the company's ongoing operating performance.

Guidance Policy

Brinker provides annual guidance as it relates to comparable restaurant sales, earnings per diluted share, and other key line items in the comprehensive income statement and will only provide updates if there is a material change versus the original guidance. Consistent with prior practice, management will not discuss intra-period sales or other key operating results not yet reported as the limited data may not accurately reflect the final results of the period or quarter referenced.

Webcast Information

Investors and interested parties are invited to listen to today's conference call, as management will provide further details of the quarter. The call will broadcast live on the Brinker website (www.brinker.com) at 9 a.m. CDT today (Aug. 6). For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available shortly thereafter and will remain on the Brinker website until the end of the day Sept. 3, 2015.

Additional financial information, including statements of income which detail operations excluding special items, franchise and other revenues, and comparable restaurant sales trends by brand, is also available on the Brinker website under the Financial Information section of the Investor tab.

Forward Calendar

-  SEC Form 10-K for fiscal 2015 filing on or before Aug. 24, 2015; and -  First quarter earnings release, before market opens, Oct. 20, 2015.

About Brinker

Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of June 24, 2015, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,629 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,580 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (49 restaurants).

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and, consequently, could be affected by general business and economic conditions, financial and credit market conditions, credit availability, reduced disposable income, the impact of competition, the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, franchisee success, the seasonality of the company's business, increased minimum wages, increased health care costs, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, product availability, fuel and utility costs and availability, terrorist acts, consumer perception of food safety, changes in consumer taste, health epidemics or pandemics, changes in demographic trends, availability of employees, unfavorable publicity, the company's ability to meet its business strategy plan, acts of God, governmental regulations, inflation, technology failures, and failure to protect the security of data of our guests and teammates.

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

Fifty-Two Week Periods Ended

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

Revenues:

Company sales

$

738,378

$

734,982

$

2,904,746

$

2,823,069

Franchise and other revenues (a)

25,769

24,898

97,532

86,426

Total revenues

764,147

759,880

3,002,278

2,909,495

Operating costs and expenses:

Company restaurants (excluding depreciation and amortization)

Cost of sales

192,556

196,752

775,063

758,028

Restaurant labor

234,092

233,064

929,206

905,589

Restaurant expenses

175,287

175,021

703,334

686,314

Company restaurant expenses

601,935

604,837

2,407,603

2,349,931

Depreciation and amortization

37,029

35,169

145,242

136,081

General and administrative

32,979

33,302

133,467

132,094

Other gains and charges (b)

4,017

44,909

4,764

49,224

Total operating costs and expenses

675,960

718,217

2,691,076

2,667,330

Operating income

88,187

41,663

311,202

242,165

Interest expense

7,297

6,963

29,006

28,091

Other, net

(513)

(478)

(2,081)

(2,214)

Income before provision for income taxes

81,403

35,178

284,277

216,288

Provision for income taxes

24,180

6,358

87,583

62,249

Net income

$

57,223

$

28,820

$

196,694

$

154,039

Basic net income per share

$

0.94

$

0.44

$

3.12

$

2.33

Diluted net income per share

$

0.92

$

0.43

$

3.05

$

2.26

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

61,132

65,009

63,072

66,251

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

62,294

66,824

64,404

68,152

Other comprehensive income (loss):

Foreign currency translation adjustment (c)

$

(507)

$

922

$

(7,690)

$

(940)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

(507)

922

(7,690)

(940)

Comprehensive income

$

56,716

$

29,742

$

189,004

$

153,099

(a)

Franchise and other revenues primarily includes royalties, development fees and franchise fees, banquet service charge income, gift card activity (breakage and discounts), tabletop device revenue, Chili's retail food product royalties and delivery fee income. Beginning in fiscal 2015, income primarily related to Maggiano's delivery is included in Franchise and other revenues on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income. This income was previously included in Restaurant expenses. The prior year consolidated statements of comprehensive income has been adjusted to conform to the fiscal 2015 presentation. This adjustment has no effect on net income previously reported.

(b)

Other gains and charges include:

Thirteen Week Periods Ended

Fifty-Two Week Periods Ended

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

Litigation

$

$

39,500

$

(2,753)

$

39,500

Restaurant impairment charges

1,508

3,217

2,255

4,502

Restaurant closure charges

279

1,083

1,736

3,413

Severance and other benefits

894

1,030

1,182

2,140

Acquisition costs

1,100

1,100

(Gain) loss on the sale of assets, net

(29)

1,093

(608)

Impairment of franchise rights

440

440

Impairment of liquor licenses

30

205

Other

(234)

108

(494)

277

$

4,017

$

44,909

$

4,764

$

49,224

(c)

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

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

ASSETS

Current assets

$

189,717

$

210,854

Net property and equipment (a)

1,032,044

1,056,454

Total other assets

214,112

223,296

Total assets

$

1,435,873

$

1,490,604

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' (DEFICIT) EQUITY

Current installments of long-term debt

$

3,439

$

27,884

Other current liabilities

415,036

438,226

Long-term debt, less current installments

970,825

832,302

Other liabilities

125,033

129,098

Total shareholders' (deficit) equity

(78,460)

63,094

Total liabilities and shareholders' (deficit) equity

$

1,435,873

$

1,490,604

(a)

At June 24, 2015, the company owned the land and buildings for 188 of the 888 company-owned restaurants. The net book values of the land and buildings associated with these restaurants totaled $141.9 million and $113.4 million, respectively.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Fifty-Two Week Periods Ended

June 24, 2015

June 25, 2014

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

Net income

$

196,694

$

154,039

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

Depreciation and amortization

145,242

136,081

Stock-based compensation

14,802

16,074

Restructure charges and other impairments

11,436

48,033

Net loss on disposal of assets

4,523

5,161

Changes in assets and liabilities

(4,086)

454

Net cash provided by operating activities

368,611

359,842

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Payments for property and equipment

(140,262)

(161,066)

Proceeds from sale of assets

1,950

888

Net cash used in investing activities

(138,312)

(160,178)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Borrowings on revolving credit facility

480,750

120,000

Purchases of treasury stock

(306,255)

(239,597)

Payments on long-term debt

(189,177)

(26,521)

Payments on revolving credit facility

(177,000)

(40,000)

Payments of dividends

(70,832)

(63,395)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

15,893

18,872

Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock

16,259

29,295

Payments for deferred financing costs

(2,501)

Net cash used in financing activities

(232,863)

(201,346)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(2,564)

(1,682)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

57,685

59,367

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

55,121

$

57,685

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

RESTAURANT SUMMARY

Fourth Quarter Openings Fiscal 2015

Total Restaurants June 24, 2015

Openings Fiscal 2015

Projected Openings Fiscal 2016

Company-Owned Restaurants:

Chili's Domestic

3

826

9

11-13

Chili's International

13

1

Maggiano's

49

3

3

3

888

13

14-16

Franchise Restaurants:

Chili's Domestic

433

5

8-10

Chili's International

5

308

22

25-30

5

741

27

33-40

Total Restaurants:

Chili's Domestic

3

1,259

14

19-23

Chili's International

5

321

23

25-30

Maggiano's

49

3

3

8

1,629

40

47-56

 

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.



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