Restaurant-level operating profit, as a percent of restaurant revenue, increased to 22.4% from 21.5%
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the 16 weeks ended April 20, 2014 compared to the 16 weeks ended April 21, 2013.
First Quarter Financial Highlights
“We are pleased with Red Robin’s first quarter performance, which included strong comparable restaurant revenue growth and productivity gains that resulted in solid EPS growth,” said Steve Carley, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. chief executive officer. “The success of our new FinestTM line of Black Angus burgers as well as increased media contributed to our higher sales. Looking ahead, we will continue to focus on our expansion, efficiency and engagement initiatives which should help to offset headwinds and position us well for the future.”
Total Company revenues, which include Company-owned restaurant revenue and franchise royalties, increased 11.1% to $340.5 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $306.3 million in the first quarter of 2013.
System-wide restaurant revenue (including franchised units) for the first quarter of 2014 totaled $457.3 million, compared to $415.6 million for the first quarter in 2013 at constant currency rates.
Comparable restaurant revenue increased 5.4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the prior year. In the first quarter, guest counts increased 0.5%, supported by increased media this year, while average guest check increased 4.9%. Comparable restaurants are those Company-owned restaurants that have achieved five full quarters of operations during the period presented, and such restaurants are only included in our comparable metrics if they are comparable for the entirety of both periods presented.
Restaurant-level operating profit margins (a non-GAAP financial measure) were 22.4% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to 21.5% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, an improvement of 90 basis points. The increased margins resulted primarily from the leverage of a higher average check on fixed costs and effective labor management. Schedule I of this earnings release defines restaurant-level operating profit, discusses why it is a useful metric for investors and reconciles this metric to income from operations and net income.
Restaurant revenue performance
|Casual Dining Restaurants (1)||Q1 2014||Q1 2013|
|Average weekly sales per unit:|
|Company-owned – Total||$||58,382||$||55,978|
|Company-owned – Comparable||$||58,941||$||55,906|
|Franchised units (2)||$||57,568||$||53,694|
|Total operating weeks:|
(1) Excludes Red Robin's Burger Works® fast casual restaurants
(2) Constant currency rates
Depreciation and amortization costs increased $1.1 million to $18.9 million in the first quarter of 2014 compared to $17.8 million in the first quarter of 2013. The increased depreciation was primarily related to new restaurants opened and acquired since the first quarter 2013 and restaurants remodeled under our brand transformation initiative.
General and administrative costs were $32.1 million, an increase of $3.1 million from the first quarter of fiscal year 2013, due mainly to an increase in salaries and benefits related to investments in talent to support the Company’s business initiatives.
Selling expenses were $10.3 million, or 3.1% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, an increase from $8.6 million, or 2.8% of revenue, a year ago due to increased spending on media.
Pre-opening and acquisition costs were $2.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014 which included approximately $0.6 million of costs related to franchise acquisitions.
The Company had an effective tax rate of 27.0% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, compared to a 23.9% rate in the same period a year ago.
Restaurant Development and Acquisitions
As of the end of the first quarter of 2014, there were 362 Company-owned Red Robin® restaurants, five Red Robin's Burger Works® and 129 franchised Red Robin restaurants – a total of 496 restaurants. In the first quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Company opened four new Red Robin restaurants, and closed one full-service and one Red Robin's Burger Works restaurant.
As previously announced, the Company acquired four franchised restaurants in New York State in March for approximately $8.0 million. In addition, Red Robin has an agreement to acquire an additional 32 franchised restaurants in the U.S. and Canada for approximately $40 million, which is expected to close in late summer.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
As of April 20, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $14.6 million and total debt of $87.5 million, including $9.1 million of capital lease liabilities.
During the first quarter of 2014, the Company repurchased approximately 108,000 shares for a total of $7.5 million under its share repurchase authorization.
Outlook for 2014
The Company's outlook does not include the impact of the anticipated acquisition of 32 restaurants which is expected to close in late summer.
Red Robin’s 2014 fiscal year consists of 52 weeks and will end on December 28, 2014.
In fiscal year 2014, the Company expects comparable restaurant revenue growth in the low single digits. Additionally, the Company plans to open 20 new Red Robin restaurants and five Red Robin's Burger Works resulting in total operating week growth of between 6% and 7%.
Capital investments in fiscal year 2014 are expected to total between $85 million and $90 million, excluding acquisitions. In addition to the new restaurant openings, the Company also plans to remodel at least 50 Red Robin restaurants as part of its brand transformation initiative.
Restaurant-level operating profit margins in fiscal year 2014 are expected to be approximately 21.4%.
General and administrative costs are expected to be approximately $93 million, while selling expenses are expected to be approximately 3.2% of sales. Depreciation is projected to be approximately $62 million.
The income tax rate in fiscal year 2014 is expected to be approximately 27.5%.
The sensitivity of the Company’s earnings per diluted share to a 1% change in guest counts for fiscal year 2014 is estimated to be $0.30 on an annualized basis. Additionally, a 10 basis point change in restaurant-level operating margin is expected to impact earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.07, and a change of approximately $200,000 in pre-tax income or expense is equivalent to approximately $0.01 per diluted share.
About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., is the Gourmet Burger Authority™, famous for serving more than two dozen craveable, high-quality burgers with Bottomless Steak Fries® in a fun environment welcoming to guests of all ages. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts and signature Mad Mixology® Beverages. Red Robin offers a variety of options behind the bar, including its extensive selection of local and regional beers, and innovative adult beer shakes and cocktails, recently earning the restaurant the 2014 VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. There are close to 500 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including those operating under franchise agreements.
|RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Sixteen Weeks Ended|
|April 20, 2014||April 21, 2013|
|Franchise royalties, fees and other revenue||5,489||5,036|
|Costs and expenses:|
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
|Cost of sales||84,220||74,982|
|Depreciation and amortization||18,886||17,834|
|General and administrative||32,100||28,967|
|Pre-opening costs and acquisition costs||2,113||834|
|Total costs and expenses||323,442||292,803|
|Income from operations||17,042||13,546|
|Interest expense, net and other||674||1,089|
|Income before income taxes||16,368||12,457|
|Provision for income taxes||4,424||2,977|
|Earnings per share:|
|Weighted average shares outstanding:|
|RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|April 20, 2014||December 29, 2013|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||14,635||$||17,108|
|Accounts receivable, net||14,326||22,568|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||9,191||15,766|
|Deferred tax asset and other||2,959||3,212|
|Total current assets||63,033||80,646|
|Property and equipment, net||451,834||444,727|
|Intangible assets, net||38,862||36,800|
|Other assets, net||11,165||9,947|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:|
|Trade accounts payable||$||17,376||$||19,117|
|Construction related payables||14,105||14,682|
|Accrued payroll and payroll related liabilities||38,701||45,919|
|Accrued liabilities and other||26,999||24,454|
|Total current liabilities||124,218||139,912|
|Long-term portion of capital lease obligations||8,317||8,513|
|Other non-current liabilities||9,147||7,457|
|Common stock; $0.001 par value: 30,000 shares authorized; 17,845 and 17,851 shares issued; 14,298 and 14,350 shares outstanding||18||18|
|Preferred stock, $0.001 par value: 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding||
|Treasury stock 3,547 and 3,501 shares, at cost||(116,005||)||(110,486||)|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax||(50||)||(25||)|
|Total stockholders’ equity||354,848||347,403|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||629,502||$||634,645|
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Restaurant-Level Operating Profit to Income
from Operations and Net Income
The Company believes that restaurant-level operating profit is an important measure for management and investors because it is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. The Company defines restaurant-level operating profit to be restaurant revenue minus restaurant-level operating costs, excluding restaurant closures and impairment costs. The measure includes restaurant- level occupancy costs, which include fixed rents, percentage rents, common area maintenance charges, real estate and personal property taxes, general liability insurance and other property costs, but excludes depreciation related to restaurant buildings and leasehold improvements. The measure excludes depreciation and amortization expense, substantially all of which is related to restaurant-level assets, because such expenses represent historical sunk costs which do not reflect current cash outlay for the restaurants. The measure also excludes selling, general and administrative costs, and therefore excludes occupancy costs associated with selling, general and administrative functions, and pre-opening costs. The Company excludes restaurant closure costs as they do not represent a component of the efficiency of continuing operations. Restaurant impairment costs are excluded, because, similar to depreciation and amortization, they represent a non-cash charge for the Company’s investment in its restaurants and not a component of the efficiency of restaurant operations. Restaurant-level operating profit is not a measurement determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations or net income as indicators of financial performance. Restaurant-level operating profit as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The table below sets forth certain unaudited information for the 16 weeks ended April 20, 2014 and the 16 weeks ended April 21, 2013, expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except for the components of restaurant-level operating profit, which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenue.
|Sixteen Weeks Ended|
|April 20, 2014||April 21, 2013|
|Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):|
|Cost of sales||84,220||25.1||%||74,982||24.9||%|
|Restaurant-level operating profit||74,975||22.4||%||64,786||21.5||%|
|Add – Franchise royalties, fees and other revenues||5,489||1.6||%||5,036||1.6||%|
|Deduct – other operating:|
|Depreciation and amortization||18,886||5.5||%||17,834||5.8||%|
|General and administrative||32,100||9.4||%||28,967||9.5||%|
|Pre-opening and acquisition costs||2,113||0.6||%||834||0.3||%|
|Total other operating||63,422||18.6||%||56,276||18.4||%|
|Income from operations||17,042||5.0||%||13,546||4.4||%|
|Interest expense, net and other||674||0.2||%||1,089||0.3||%|
|Income tax expense||4,424||1.3||%||2,977||1.0||%|
Certain percentage amounts in the table above do not total due to rounding as well as the fact that components of restaurant-level operating profit are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenue and not total revenues.