Luby's Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2011 Results

~ Same Store Sales Rise 5.5% ~

Dec 16, 2010, 19:15 ET from Luby's, Inc.

HOUSTON, Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Luby's, Inc. (NYSE: LUB) ("Luby's") today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter fiscal 2011, a twelve-week period, which ended on November 17, 2010.  

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First Quarter Review

  • Restaurant sales were $70.3 million, an increase of $21.3 million compared to the same quarter last year. During the quarter, same store sales from the 96 Luby’s Cafeterias restaurants rose 5.5%. Robust growth in customer traffic drove the uptick in same store sales, offset by an approximate 6.0% decline in average customer spending, resulting from lower menu prices and increased promotional activity.  The company-owned Fuddruckers locations added approximately $19.2 million to restaurant sales.

Table 1: Same Store Sales by Quarter

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

YTD

FY2011 Same-Store Sales (96 stores):

5.5%

5.5%

FY2010 Same-Store Sales (95 or 96 stores):

(13.3%)*

(12.5%)*

(4.8%)*

(0.5%)*

(7.4%)

* 95 stores in Q1FY10 and Q2 FY10; 96 Stores in Q3FY10 and Q4FY10

Note: Fuddruckers locations will not meet the Company's same store sales definition until after 18 consecutive accounting periods; thus are not included in the results reported above.

Table 2: Restaurant Sales (In thousands)

Restaurant Sales

Q1 2011

12 weeks

Ending 11/17/2010

Q1 2010

12 weeks

Ending 11/18/2009

Variance

%

Luby's Cafeterias (96 stores)

$         51,103

$      48,426

$         2,677

5.5%(2)

Previously Closed (1)

602

(602)

Luby's Concept

51,103

49,028

2,075

4.2%

Fuddruckers and Koo Koo Roo

19,187

19,187

Restaurant Sales

$         70,290

$      49,028

$        21,262

43.4%

(1)  Stores not included in 2010 Business Plan and reported in continuing operations.

(2)  Same store sales include only the sales from units operated by the Company for at least 18 months.  No sales from Fuddruckers are currently included in same store sales.

  • Revenue from Culinary Contract Services rose 1.2% to $3.3 million in the first quarter fiscal 2011 compared to the same fiscal quarter last year. Culinary Contract Services operated 18 facilities as of November 17, 2010 versus 15 facilities at the end of the first fiscal quarter last year.
  • Store level profit, defined as restaurant sales less food costs, payroll and related costs, and other operating expenses, was $6.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011, or 8.8% of restaurant sales, compared to $5.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2010, or 10.1% of restaurant sales. The store level profit as a percentage of sales declined due to higher food and occupancy costs, partially offset by lower labor and advertising expenses.  
  • The Company’s top priorities in the first quarter were to drive increased cafeteria customer traffic and to begin implementing enhanced operating procedures at Fuddruckers.  Achieving these priorities resulted in lower restaurant operating margins as well as some one time expenditures, in-line with our expectations.  These steps were taken to enhance the long-term value of the brands, but resulted in lower restaurant operating margins in the short term and contributed to the loss from continuing operations in the first quarter.
  • In the first quarter fiscal 2011, Luby’s reported a $2.1 million loss from continuing operations, or $0.07 per share, compared to a loss of $3.0 million in the same quarter last year, or $0.11 per share.  Income from operations in the first quarter fiscal 2011 included $0.3 million in after-tax expenses associated with professional fees related to the integration of Fuddruckers.  Last year’s results included (1) a $0.2 million after-tax non-cash asset impairment charge, and (2) a non-cash charge of $0.1 million related to a valuation allowance established on the Company’s deferred tax assets, and (3) a $0.3 million after-tax decrease in the fair market value of investments and (4) $0.2 million in after-tax expenses related to a pending legal claim.  The table below outlines the special items included in this year’s and last year’s results.

Table 3:  Reconciliation of loss from continuing operations, to loss from continuing operations, before special items (1):

Q1 FY11

Q1 FY10

Item

Amount ($000s)

Per Share ($)

Amount ($000s)

Per Share ($)

Loss from Continuing Operations

$       (2,100)

$       (0.07)

$       (3,026)

$       (0.11)

Asset charges, net

5

0.00

209

0.01

Tax valuation allowance increase

69

0.00

Decrease in fair market value of Investments

303

0.01

Prior year pending legal claim expenses

155

0.01

Fuddruckers legal and professional fees

305

(0.01)

Loss from Continuing Operations, before special items

$       (1,790)

$       (0.06)

$       (2,290)

$       (0.08)

(1) The Company 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.  This information should be considered in addition to the results presented in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered a substitute for the GAAP results. The Company has reconciled the non-GAAP financial information included in this release to the nearest GAAP measure in context.

Chris Pappas, President and CEO, made the following remarks: “Our improved same store sales results were driven by our store level management’s focus on local marketing initiatives, which included increased limited time offers and Kids Meals priced at $2.99. During the first fiscal quarter, we added seventeen locations serving our $4.99 All You Can Eat Breakfast on the weekends, ending the quarter with sixty-five locations, up from forty-eight at the end of our 2010 fiscal year."

“We made substantial progress integrating the Fuddruckers acquisition during the first fiscal quarter. One of our first steps was increasing the restaurant management staff, allowing them to focus their efforts on the enhanced operating systems we are in the process of rolling out. With the full participation of our Fuddruckers team, we are focusing on finding opportunities to offer our customers the highest level of service and the best quality food. We also invested in repairs and maintenance, and upgrading equipment. The integration process has gone smoothly and we would like to thank our dedicated team for their hard work.  We believe the steps we are taking at Fuddruckers will enhance the customer experience, the brand, and will lead to future growth.”

In concluding his remarks, Pappas said, “In order to complete the acquisition of Fuddruckers, we borrowed $51.3 million. We are happy to report that in just four months we have repaid $11.8 million, of which $2.0 million was paid down in the first fiscal quarter of 2011. We ended the fiscal first quarter with shareholder equity of $159.3 million, $39.5 million in debt, $1.8 million in cash and $9.7 million in availability under our credit facility.”

Operating Expense Review

Food costs rose approximately $7.7 million in the first quarter fiscal 2011 compared to the same quarter last year, due primarily to an increase in sales volume as a result of the Fuddruckers acquisition. Food costs as a percentage of restaurant sales rose to 29.7% in the first quarter fiscal 2011 from 26.9% in the comparable quarter last year due to lower menu prices, increased promotional activity and limited time offers at the Luby’s brand restaurants and higher overall food commodity costs.

Payroll and related costs in the first quarter fiscal 2011 rose $6.3 million to $25.0 million versus last year’s first quarter results. As a percentage of restaurant sales, payroll and related costs declined to 35.6% in the first quarter fiscal 2011 from 38.3% in the same quarter last year, primarily due to improved deployment of crew labor and field management, as well as lower restaurant labor costs as a percentage of sales at our Fuddruckers units.

Other operating expenses primarily include restaurant-related expenses for utilities, repairs and maintenance, advertising, insurance, supplies, services, and occupancy costs. Other operating expenses rose by approximately $6.1 million compared to the same quarter last year, due to the Fuddruckers acquisition.  As a percentage of restaurant sales, other operating expenses rose to 25.9% compared to 24.7% in the same quarter last year, primarily due to higher occupancy costs associated with the leased Fuddruckers locations, increased supply costs, and repairs and maintenance related to improvements in systems and processes at our Fuddruckers units, offset by lower utility costs and advertising expenses.

Depreciation and amortization expense rose approximately $0.6 million in the first quarter fiscal 2011 compared to the same quarter last year, due to the additional assets associated with Fuddruckers.

General and administrative expenses include corporate salaries and benefits-related costs, including restaurant area leaders, share-based compensation, professional fees, travel and recruiting expenses and other office expenses.  General and administrative expenses rose by approximately $1.0 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2011 compared to the same quarter last year due to additional overhead associated with Fuddruckers.  Included in the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 are approximately $0.5 million in professional fees and expenses related to the integration of Fuddruckers.

Outlook

Although the Company believes the economy is showing signs of improvement, it remains cautious as do its customers. It hopes to gain further visibility in 2011.  As we have reiterated before, the Company’s Fiscal Year 2011 profitability is contingent on same store sales growth as well as effectively managing our expenses. Fuddruckers is expected to be accretive to Luby’s overall profitability.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call tomorrow, December 17, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., Central Time, to discuss further its 2011 fiscal first quarter results. To access the call live, dial (480) 629-9723 and ask for the Luby’s conference call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time, or listen live over the Internet by visiting the events page in the investor relations section of www.lubys.com.  For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through December 24, 2010 and may be accessed by calling (303) 590-3030 and using the pass code 4390943#. Also, an archive of the webcast will be available after the call for a period of 90 days on the "Investors" section of the Company's website.

About Luby’s

Luby's, Inc. operates restaurants under the brands Luby’s Cafeterias, Fuddruckers and Koo Koo Roo.  Its 96 Luby’s Cafeterias restaurants are located throughout Texas and other states.  Its Fuddruckers restaurants include 56 company-operated locations and 130 franchises across the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada.  Its Koo Koo Roo restaurants include three locations in southern California. Luby's Culinary Services provides food service management to 19 sites consisting of healthcare, higher education and corporate dining locations.

This press release contains statements that are “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.  All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of these provisions, including the statements under the caption “Outlook” and any other statements regarding scheduled closures of units, sales of assets, expected proceeds from the sale of assets, expected levels of capital expenditures, anticipated financial results in future periods and expectations of industry conditions.

The Company cautions readers that various factors could cause its actual financial and operational results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements made from time to time in news releases, reports, proxy statements, registration statements, and other written communications, as well as oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company.  The following factors, as well as any other cautionary language included in this press release, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from the expectations the Company describes in its “forward-looking statements”: general business and economic conditions; the impact of competition; our operating initiatives; fluctuations in the costs of commodities, including beef, poultry, seafood, dairy, cheese and produce; increases in utility costs, including the costs of natural gas and other energy supplies; changes in the availability and cost of labor; the seasonality of the Company’s business; changes in governmental regulations, including changes in minimum wages; the effects of inflation; the availability of credit; unfavorable publicity relating to operations, including publicity concerning food quality, illness or other health concerns or labor relations; the continued service of key management personnel; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company’s annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

For additional information contact:

DRG&L / 713-529-6600

Ken Dennard / Sheila Stuewe

Investor Relations

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands except per share data)

Quarter Ended  

November 17, 2010  

November 18, 2009  

(12 weeks)

(12 weeks)

SALES:

Restaurant sales

$  70,290

$  49,028

Culinary contract services

3,332

3,292

Franchise revenue

1,501

Vending revenue

153

TOTAL SALES

75,276

52,320

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

Cost of food

20,860

13,185

Payroll and related costs

25,043

18,769

Other operating expenses

18,196

12,118

Opening costs

105

31

Cost of culinary contract services

2,985

2,927

Depreciation and amortization

4,197

3,554

General and administrative expenses

6,513

5,482

Net loss (gain) on disposition of property and equipment

7

317

Total costs and expenses

77,906

56,383

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(2,630)

(4,063)

Interest income

2

9

Interest expense

(618)

(128)

Impairment charge for decrease in fair value of investments

(459)

Other income, net

241

198

Loss before income taxes and discontinued operations

(3,005)

(4,443)

Benefit for income taxes

(905)

(1,417)

Loss from continuing operations

(2,100)

(3,026)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(188)

(691)

NET LOSS

$  (2,288)

$  (3,717)

Loss per share from continuing operations:

Basic

$  (0.07)

$  (0.11)

Assuming dilution

(0.07)

(0.11)

Loss per share from discontinued operations:

Basic

$  (0.01)

$  (0.02)

Assuming dilution

(0.01)

(0.02)

Net loss per share:

Basic

$  (0.08)

$  (0.13)

Assuming dilution

(0.08)

(0.13)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

28,164

28,111

Assuming dilution

28,164

28,111

As a result of the Company's Cash Flow Improvement and Capital Redeployment Plan ("2010 Business Plan") announced on October 15, 2009, which contemplated the closure of 25 underperforming stores, the entire fiscal activity of those stores actually closed and not redeployed for other uses has been reclassified in discontinued operations for current and prior periods.

The following table contains information derived from the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations expressed as a percentage of sales.  Percentages may not add due to rounding.

Quarter Ended

November 17,

November 18,

2010

2009

(12 weeks)

(12 weeks)

Restaurant sales

93.4%

93.7%

Culinary contract services

4.4%

6.3%

Franchise revenue

2.0%

-%

Vending revenue

0.2%

-%

TOTAL SALES

100.0%

100.0%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

(As a percentage of restaurant sales)

   Cost of food

29.7%

26.9%

   Payroll and related costs

35.6%

38.3%

   Other operating expenses

25.9%

24.7%

   Store level profit

8.8%

10.1%

(As a percentage of total sales)

   General and administrative expenses

8.7%

10.5%

   LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(3.5)%

(7.8)%

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

November 17, 2010

August 25, 2010

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$1,789

$2,300

Trade accounts and other receivables, net

2,699

2,213

Food and supply inventories

4,298

3,097

Prepaid expenses

1,216

1,041

Assets related to discontinued operations

192

78

Deferred income taxes

793

431

Total current assets

10,987

9,160

Property held for sale

1,828

1,828

Assets related to discontinued operations

16,573

18,419

Property and equipment, net

169,785

172,040

Intangible assets, net

28,969

29,292

Goodwill

195

195

Deferred incomes taxes

10,853

9,672

Other assets

1,840

1,737

Total assets

$241,030

$242,343

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$14,041

$12,514

Liabilities related to discontinued operations

898

924

Credit facility debt

39,500

-

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

20,525

19,007

Total current liabilities

74,964

32,445

Credit facility debt

-

41,500

Liabilities related to discontinued operations

815

940

Other liabilities

5,926

6,097

Total liabilities

81,705

80,982

Commitments and Contingencies

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock, $0.32 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued were 28,574,614 and 28,564,024, respectively; shares outstanding were 28,074,614 and 28,064,024, respectively

9,144

9,140

Paid-in capital

23,337

23,089

Retained earnings

131,619

133,907

Less cost of treasury stock, 500,000 shares

(4,775)

(4,775)

Total shareholders' equity

159,325

161,361

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$241,030

$242,343

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

Quarter ended  

November 17, 2010  

November 18, 2009  

(12 weeks)

(12 weeks)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net loss

$(2,288)

$(3,717)

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

Provision for asset impairments, net of gains/losses on property sales

(43)

(862)

Depreciation and amortization

4,197

3,799

Impairment charge for decrease in fair value of investments

-

459

Amortization of debt issuance cost

209

67

Non-cash compensation expense

57

63

Share-based compensation expense

189

242

Tax benefit on stock options

(2)

-

Deferred tax benefit

(1,177)

(1,899)

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

1,142

(1,848)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Increase in trade accounts and other receivables, net

(486)

(64)

Increase in food and supply inventories

(1,201)

(461)

Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets

(275)

(142)

(Decrease) increase in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

2,886

(1,434)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

2,066

(3,949)

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from redemption or maturity of investments

-

1,364

Proceeds from disposal of assets and property held for sale

1,308

3,016

Purchases of property and equipment

(1,669)

(933)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

(361)

3,447

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Credit facility borrowings

17,300

16,400

Credit facility repayments

(19,300)

(15,800)

Debt issuance costs

(220)

-

Proceeds received on the exercise of nonemployee stock options

4

-

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(2,216)

600

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(511)

98

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

2,300

882

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$1,789

$980

Cash paid for:

Income taxes

$-

$-

Interest

503

34

SOURCE Luby's, Inc.



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