Arcos Dorados Results

Arcos Dorados Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Financial Results

Achieved double-digit consolidated comparable sales growth, with margin expansion in all divisions in the fourth quarter 2015

Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ARCO), Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, today reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter and audited results for the full year ended December 31, 2015.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Key Results

  • As reported consolidated revenues were $765.0 million, a 16.3% decline versus the fourth quarter of 2014. On an organic basis1 and excluding Venezuela, consolidated revenues grew 10.8%.
  • Systemwide comparable sales increased by 12.0% year-over-year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $96.3 million, or 3.2% higher year-over-year. Organic Adjusted EBITDA excluding Venezuela increased by 15.3% versus the prior year quarter.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 230 basis points.
  • As reported General and Administrative expenses (G&A) increased by $11.5 million, or 18.1% year-over-year, including a $15.8 million reorganization charge.
  • As reported net income was $5.6 million, compared to net income of $10.0 million in the year-ago period.

Full Year 2015 Key Results

  • As reported consolidated revenues were $3.05 billion in 2015, a 16.4% decline versus 2014. On an organic basis and excluding Venezuela, consolidated revenues grew 8.9%.
  • Systemwide comparable sales increased by 9.9% year-over-year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $230.2 million, or 8.5% lower year-over-year. Organic Adjusted EBITDA excluding Venezuela increased by 4.9% versus the prior year.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by 65 basis points in 2015.
  • As reported G&A declined by $1.4 million, or 0.5%, year-over-year.
  • As reported net loss was $51.6 million, compared to a net loss of $109.3 million last year.

“We have made clear progress on our three-year strategic plan to improve profitability and shareholder value. In the first year of the plan’s implementation, we have already signed agreements representing more than half of our total goal to monetize the value of certain real estate assets, streamline our cost structure and achieve operating efficiencies. All of this positions the business for improved operating and financial results going forward. We also ended the year with positive momentum, achieving double-digit consolidated comparable sales growth and margin expansion across all divisions in the fourth quarter.”

“We begin 2016 in a stronger financial position and are on track to achieve the targets outlined in our three-year plan. While we expect some of our larger markets to continue facing headwinds in 2016, our focus remains on executing against our strategy, which will enable us to meet the short-term challenges we are facing and generate significant shareholder value over the coming years. We remain confident in the long-term potential of the McDonald’s brand in Latin America”, said Sergio Alonso, Chief Executive Officer of Arcos Dorados.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Results

 

Consolidated

 

Figure 1. AD Holdings Inc Consolidated: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

 

% Organic

Total Restaurants (Units)   2,121         2,141   0.9%  
 
Sales by Company-operated Restaurants 876.1 (257.4) 115.2 733.9 -16.2% 13.1%
Revenues from franchised restaurants 37.5 (15.1) 8.7 31.1 -17.2% 23.1%
Total Revenues 913.6 (272.5) 123.9 765.0 -16.3% 13.6%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 12.0%
Adjusted EBITDA 93.3 18.1 (32.2) 17.0 96.3 3.2% 21.6%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 10.2% 12.6%
Net income (loss) attributable to AD 10.0 18.0 (32.1) 9.6 5.6 -44.7% 218.5%
No. of shares outstanding (thousands) 210,216 210,539
EPS (US$/Share)   0.05               0.03        

The 16.3% decline in Arcos Dorados’ fourth quarter as reported revenues resulted mainly from the 51% year-over-year average depreciation of the Brazilian real. The use of a weaker official exchange rate to remeasure the results of the Company’s Venezuelan operation and currency depreciation in other key markets, such as Argentina, also impacted revenues. On an organic basis, revenue growth of 13.6% was driven by a 12.0% expansion in systemwide comparable sales due to average check growth above the blended inflation rate. The increase in average check was partially offset by a low-single digit decline in traffic. The net addition of 20 restaurants during the last 12-month period contributed $17.0 million to organic revenue growth.

During the quarter, the family business performed well with the following properties included in the Happy Meal across our divisions: Hotel Transylvania 2, Mario Kart, Barbie and Angry Birds.

 

Figure 2. Special Items

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

                 
    4Q

2015

    4Q

2014

    Variation
               
CADs net (loss) gain (i) - -485 485
Payroll tax recovery in Brazil (INSS) - 10,642 -10,642
Tax recovery in Brazil (PIS/COFINS) 32,579 4,276 28,303
TOTAL     32,579     14,433    

18,146

(i) Compensation expense.
 

Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA increased 3.2% as the positive variance in special items, combined with organic growth, more than offset currency translation impacts from Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and other markets. Special items in the fourth quarter consisted of a $32.6 million net PIS/COFINS recovery in the Brazil division related to previous years.

The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 230 basis points to 12.6%. The result reflects the aforementioned net PIS/COFINS recovery in Brazil, which more than offset higher G&A, Payroll costs, and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses as a percentage of sales.

As reported, consolidated G&A increased by 18.1%, or $11.5 million, in the quarter. On a constant currency basis, G&A increased by 49.6% year-over-year, or $31.6 million in absolute terms. The increase primarily reflects a $15.8 million charge related to the reorganization plan implemented in fourth quarter of 2015, which has no corresponding impact on Adjusted EBITDA. Excluding this charge, consolidated G&A would have increased by 21.3%, on a constant currency basis.

 

Consolidated – excluding Venezuela

 

Figure 3. AD Holdings Inc Consolidated - Excluding Venezuela: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   1,985       2,007   1.1%  
 
Sales by Company-operated Restaurants 853.5 (222.5) 91.2 722.2 -15.4% 10.7%
Revenues from franchised restaurants 35.8 (10.7) 4.6 29.6 -17.1% 12.9%
Total Revenues 889.3 (233.2) 95.8 751.9 -15.5% 10.8%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 8.0%
Adjusted EBITDA 90.0 18.1 (23.6) 11.5 96.1 6.7% 15.3%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 10.1% 12.8%
Net income (loss) attributable to AD 11.2 18.0 (8.5)

(15.5

)

5.3 -52.9% -479.4%
No. of shares outstanding (thousands) 210,216 210,539
EPS (US$/Share)   0.05               0.03        
 

Excluding the Company’s Venezuelan operation, as reported revenues declined by 15.5% year-over-year. The decrease primarily reflects the depreciation of the Brazilian real, and to a lesser extent the depreciation of the Argentine peso and Mexican peso, among other currencies. Organic revenues increased 10.8% in the fourth quarter. Systemwide comparable sales increased 8.0%, driven by average check growth above the blended inflation rate, partially offset by a low-single digit decline in traffic.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.7%, as reported, and 15.3% in organic terms. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 260 basis points to 12.8%. The result reflects the net PIS/COFINS recovery in the Brazil division, which more than offset higher G&A and Payroll costs as a percentage of sales.

Non-operating Results

Non-operating results for the fourth quarter reflected a $6.1 million foreign currency exchange loss, versus a loss of $11.0 million last year. The variance is mainly explained by the depreciation of the Brazilian real from the previous quarter end, which generated a loss related to intercompany balances and a gain on BRL-denominated long-term debt. Net interest expense was $1.2 million lower year-over-year, totaling $16.7 million in the quarter.

The Company reported an income tax expense of $21.7 million for the quarter, compared to $14.9 million in the prior year period.

Fourth quarter net income attributable to the Company totaled $5.6 million, compared to net income of $10.0 million in the same period of 2014. The decline reflects a higher loss from derivative instruments and income tax expenses, partially offset by lower net interest expenses and foreign currency exchange results.

The Company reported earnings per share of $0.03 in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to earnings per share of $0.05 in the previous corresponding period. Total weighted average shares for the fourth quarter of 2015 were 210,538,896 as compared to 210,215,800 in the fourth quarter of 2014, reflecting the issuance of shares as a result of the partial vesting of restricted share units.

Analysis by Division:

 

Brazil Division

 

Figure 4. Brazil Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   866         883   2.0%  
 
Total Revenues 467.5 (169.6) 35.6 333.4 -28.7% 7.6%

Systemwide Comparable Sales

4.5%
Adjusted EBITDA 81.4 17.7 (22.7) 1.8 78.2 -4.0% 2.7%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   17.4%               23.4%        
 

Brazil’s as reported revenues decreased by 28.7%, as the 51% year-over-year average depreciation of the Brazilian real more than offset a mid-single digit increase in comparable sales and the contribution of new restaurant openings. Excluding the depreciation of the Brazilian real, organic revenues increased 7.6% year-over-year. Systemwide comparable sales increased by 4.5%, driven by average check growth in line with inflation, which was partially offset by a mid-single digit decline in traffic.

The unfavorable macroeconomic environment in Brazil, as reflected by the accelerated inflation rate and depreciation of the currency, continued to impact traffic. Retail sales, in general, declined in 2015 for the first time in more than a decade. In response to this tough macroeconomic and consumer environment, the Company continued to implement appealing marketing activities. This included the Big Cheddar campaign, which was an extension of the core Cheddar McMelt sandwich, one of the preferred menu items in Brazil. Fourth quarter marketing initiatives also included the Angry Birds campaign, the Quarter Pounder in the affordability platform, and new flavors in the McFlurry.

The net addition of 17 restaurants during the last 12-month period, of which over 70% were free-standing units that deliver a full experience to the Company’s customers, contributed $11.7 million to revenues on a constant currency basis during the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA declined 4.0% but increased 2.7% in organic terms. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 600 basis points to 23.4%, mainly due to a $32.6 million net PIS/COFINS recovery from previous years, recorded as other operating income. This net recovery more than offset increases in key cost line items. Food and Paper (F&P) costs were impacted by a negative shift in mix. Additionally, due to higher than projected sales of Happy Meal and fries, the Company experienced a shortfall in its operating hedges. The increases in Payroll and G&A expenses were mostly explained by a difficult comparison that included the recovery of payroll taxes (INSS) in the prior year quarter.

 

NOLAD

 

Figure 5. NOLAD Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   513         518   1.0%  
 
Total Revenues 98.3 (8.6) 6.5 96.1 -2.1% 6.6%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 2.4%
Adjusted EBITDA 9.6 0.0 (0.2) 1.3 10.6 11.4% 13.3%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   9.7%               11.1%        
 

NOLAD’s as reported revenues decreased by 2.1% year-over-year, mainly due to the 21% year-over-year average depreciation of the Mexican peso. On an organic basis, however, revenues increased 6.6% year-over-year. Systemwide comparable sales increased 2.4%, driven by average check growth and flat traffic.

Marketing initiatives included the 30-year Anniversary campaign for the Big Mac, MegaMac and Super Big Mac sandwiches in Mexico. The family business performed strongly in the quarter, backed by successful properties in the Happy Meal.

The net addition of 5 restaurants during the last 12-month period contributed $3.1 million to revenues in constant currency.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 11.4%, or 13.3% on an organic basis. The NOLAD division continued to achieve margin expansion as a result of improved operational performance and strong productivity indexes. The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by 135 basis points to 11.1% in the fourth quarter, mainly driven by efficiencies in Payroll costs and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses, partially offset by higher F&P costs (primarily due to the depreciation of the Mexican peso) and G&A expenses as a percentage of sales.

 

SLAD

 
Figure 6. SLAD Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   383         384   0.3%  
 
Total Revenues 220.7 (41.3) 50.7 230.2 4.3% 23.0%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 23.0%
Adjusted EBITDA 23.8 0.0 (5.3) 8.5 27.0 13.6% 35.8%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   10.8%               11.7%        
 

The SLAD division’s as reported revenues increased by 4.3%, or 23.0% in organic terms, compared with the year-ago period’s results. Currency translation was mainly impacted by the 19% average decline of the Argentine peso, as well as the depreciation of other SLAD currencies versus the same period last year. Systemwide comparable sales increased 23.0%, driven by average check growth and a low-single digit increase in traffic.

The Company’s marketing initiatives in the fourth quarter included the Angry Birds campaign and the Big Mac in the affordability platform in Argentina. Marketing activities in the quarter also included the launch of new flavors in the McFlurry and appealing properties in the Happy Meal.

The balance between openings and closings during the last 12-month period contributed $2.7 million to revenues in constant currency in the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.6% and rose 35.8% in organic terms. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by almost 100 basis points to 11.7%, driven by improvements in F&P, which more than offset increases in Payroll, G&A, and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses as a percentage of sales.

 

Caribbean Division

 

Figure 7. Caribbean Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   359         356   -0.8%  
 
Total Revenues 127.2 (53.0) 31.1 105.3 -17.2% 24.5%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 33.4%
Adjusted EBITDA 3.6 0.0 (9.2) 8.9 3.3 -8.1% 245.1%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   2.8%               3.2%        
 

The Caribbean division’s as reported revenues declined by 17.2%, due largely to the remeasurement of the results of the Venezuelan operation at a weaker year-over-year average exchange rate. Excluding the currency impact, organic revenues rose 24.5% year-over-year. Systemwide comparable sales increased by 33.4%, driven by growth in average check, which more than offset a decrease in traffic. Volumes in the division continue to be affected by the ongoing macroeconomic downturns in Venezuela and Puerto Rico.

Key marketing initiatives during the quarter included the Combo ConTo’ in Puerto Rico, and the continuation of “Almuerzos Colombianos”, or “Colombian Lunches” in Colombia. Also in the quarter, the Company launched new flavors in the McFlurry and included successful properties in the Happy Meal.

The Company closed four underperforming restaurants, against one opening, in the Caribbean Division over the twelve-month period.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by 8.1% to $3.3 million, compared with $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, due to the remeasurement of the results of the Venezuelan operation at a weaker year-over-year average exchange rate. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 30 basis points to 3.2%, as a consequence of efficiencies in Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses as a percentage of sales.

 

Caribbean Division – excluding Venezuela

 

Figure 8. Caribbean Division - Excluding Venezuela: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

   

4Q14

(a)

 

Special

Items

(b)

 

Currency

Translation

(c)

 

Organic

Growth

(d)

 

4Q15

(a+b+c+d)

 

% As

Reported

  % Organic
Total Restaurants (Units)   223         222   -0.4%  
 
Total Revenues 102.9 (13.7) 3.0 92.2 -10.4% 3.0%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 2.3%
Adjusted EBITDA 0.6 0.0 (0.6) 3.0 3.1 417.2% 513.0%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   0.6%               3.3%        
 

As reported revenues in the Caribbean division excluding Venezuela decreased by 10.4% versus the prior-year period, mainly due to the depreciation of the Colombian peso and, to a lesser extent, the Euro. Excluding currency movements, organic revenues increased 3.0% year-over-year, supported by a strong performance in Colombia. Comparable sales increased by 2.3%, despite the challenging macroeconomic environment in Puerto Rico.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $3.1 million, compared to $0.6 million in the same period of 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by more than 270 basis points to 3.3% as lower G&A and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses, more than offset higher F&P costs as a percentage of sales.

         

New Unit Development

                     
Figure 9. Total Restaurants (eop)*                    
   

December

2015

 

September

2015

 

June

2015

 

March

2015

 

December

2014

Brazil 883 869 871 867 866
NOLAD 518 514 511 512 513
SLAD 384 383 383 382 383
Caribbean 356 356 355 358 359
TOTAL 2,141 2,122 2,120 2,119 2,121
LTM Net Openings   20   36   45   50   59
* Considers Company-operated and franchised restaurants at period-end
 

The Company opened 36 new restaurants during the twelve month period ended December 31, 2015, resulting in a total of 2,141 restaurants. Also during the period, the Company added 165 Dessert Centers and 2 McCafés, bringing the totals to 2,618 and 322, respectively.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were $112.5 million at December 31, 2015. The Company’s total financial debt (including derivative instruments) was $654.2 million. Net debt was $541.7 million and the Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA ratio was 2.4x at December 31, 2015.

Net cash provided by operating activities was $69.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, while cash used in financing activities amounted to $26.6 million. During the quarter, capital expenditures totaled $30.5 million.

 

Figure 10. Consolidated Financial Ratios

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except ratios)

  December 31

2015

  December 31

2014

     
Cash & cash equivalents 112,519 139,030
Total Financial Debt (i) 654,227 801,205
Net Financial Debt (ii) 541,708 662,175
Total Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio 2.8 3.2
Net Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio   2.4   2.6

Full Year 2015

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2015, the Company’s revenues declined by 16.4% to $3.05 billion. On an organic basis, however, revenues grew by 11.3%. Systemwide comparable sales grew by 9.9%, due to average check growth in all divisions, partially offset by a low-single digit decline in traffic.

Adjusted EBITDA was $230.2 million, an 8.5% decrease compared to 2014. Excluding the currency translation impact related to the depreciation of key local currencies, and the special items presented in the table below, Adjusted EBITDA increased by 31.6%. This increase in organic Adjusted EBITDA is due, in part, to lower year-over-year one-time charges, reflecting the foreign exchange rate change in Venezuela in 2014.

Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by more than 60 basis points to 7.5%, helped by the net PIS/COFINS recovery in Brazil in the fourth quarter. This was partially offset by higher Payroll costs, G&A, and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses as a percentage of sales.

 
Figure 11. Special Items

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

  FY

2015

  FY

2014

  Variation
         
Payroll tax recovery in Brazil (INSS) - 10,642 -10,642
Tax recovery in Brazil (PIS/COFINS) 32,579 4,276 28,303
Royalty waiver from Venezuela - 6,094 -6,094
CADs net (loss) gain (i) -551 -2,941 2,390
TOTAL   32,028   18,071   13,957

For the full year 2015, the Company reported a consolidated net loss of $51.6 million, down from a loss of $109.3 million in 2014. The positive variance reflects better operating results in 2015 (having incurred higher impairment charges and inventory write downs in 2014 due to the transition to a weaker FX rate in Venezuela), combined with lower net interest expenses and also lower foreign currency exchange losses and income tax expenses.

Excluding the Venezuelan operation, the Company’s revenues decreased by 13.0%, but increased by 8.9% on an organic basis. Systemwide comparable sales grew by 6.1%. Adjusted EBITDA declined by 13.3%, as reported, and increased by 4.9%, on an organic basis. The reported Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted slightly to 7.9% from 8.0% in 2014.

Cash provided by operating activities totaled $112.7 million for the year, while cash used in financing activities amounted to $42.3 million. Additionally, total capital expenditures amounted to $91.0 million for the year.

2016 Guidance

For the full year 2016, the Company expects capital expenditures to be between $90 and $120 million.

As part of the opening plan agreed to with McDonald’s for the current three-year period (commenced on January 1, 2014), the Company has committed to open a minimum cumulative total of 150 new restaurants. The Company will meet its commitment for the current three-year period.

Quarter Highlights & Recent Developments

Real Estate Asset Monetization

As part of its Real Estate Asset Monetization plan, the Company has signed agreements to redevelop a small number of its properties in Mexico and to refranchise more than 25 of its company-operated restaurants. These agreements represent more than half of the three-year target proceeds of $250 million that the Company established in March of 2015. As of the date of this release, the Company has received proceeds of more than $25 million from these agreements. The remaining balance is expected to be received subject to regulatory approval for some of the agreements in Mexico and when the transfer of operations is completed for the refranchising agreements.

2016 BRL Bond Refinancing

The Company is finalizing the documentation of a loan structure, including a number of banks, to refinance the July 2016 maturity of the BRL-denominated bond. The loan will be denominated in Brazilian reais with a principal equivalent to approximately $170 million over a four-year term.

Covenants under the Master Franchise Agreement (MFA)

The MFA requires the Company, among other obligations, to maintain a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio of at least 1.50x, as well as a maximum leverage ratio of 4.25x.

As of December 31, 2015, the Company was not in compliance with the leverage ratio. However, McDonald’s Corporation granted the Company a limited waiver of its obligation to comply with the fixed charge coverage and leverage ratios, through and including December 31, 2015.

Purchase of Class A shares by the Executive Chairman

Between the weeks of November 16 and November 30, 2015, Woods Staton, the Company’s Executive Chairman, bought an additional 699,500 Class A shares.

Definitions:

Systemwide comparable sales: growth refers to the change, measured in constant currency, in our Company-operated and franchised restaurant sales in one period from a comparable period for restaurants that have been open for thirteen months or longer. While sales by our franchisees are not recorded as revenues by us, we believe the information is important in understanding our financial performance because these sales are the basis on which we calculate and record franchised revenues, and are indicative of the financial health of our franchisee base.

Constant currency: basis refers to amounts calculated using the same exchange rate over the periods under comparison to remove the effects of currency fluctuations from this trend analysis.

Organic: To better discern underlying business trends, this release uses non-GAAP financial measures that segregate year-over-year growth into three categories: (i) currency translation, (ii) special items and (iii) organic growth. (i) Currency translation reflects the impact on growth of the appreciation or depreciation of the local currencies in which we conduct our business against the US dollar (the currency in which our financial statements are prepared). (ii) Special items include the impact of events that management does not consider part of the underlying performance of the business. (iii) Organic growth reflects the underlying growth of the business excluding the effect from currency translation and special items.

About Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises over 2,100 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees and is recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America. Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO). 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with the general accepted accounting principles (GAAP), within this press release and the accompanying tables, we use a financial measure titled ‘Adjusted EBITDA’. We use Adjusted EBITDA to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as our operating income plus depreciation and amortization plus/minus the following losses/gains included within other operating expenses, net and within general and administrative expenses in our statement of income: gains from sale or insurance recovery of property and equipment, write-offs and related contingencies of property and equipment, impairment of long-lived assets, reorganization and optimization plan expenses, stock-based compensation in connection with the Company’s initial public listing, and the ADBV Long-Term Incentive Plan incremental compensation from modification.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by variations such as capital structures (affecting net interest expense and other financial charges), taxation (affecting income tax expense) and the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense), which may vary for different companies for reasons unrelated to operating performance. For more information, please see Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation in Note 20 of our quarterly financial statements (6-K Form) filed today with the S.E.C.

 

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Consolidated Results

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

 

Figure 12. Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Consolidated Results

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

  For Three-Months ended

December 31,

    For Twelve-Months ended

December 31,

    2015   2014 2015   2014
REVENUES    
Sales by Company-operated restaurants 733,880 876,082 2,930,379 3,504,302
Revenues from franchised restaurants     31,106       37,547     122,361       146,763  
Total Revenues     764,986       913,629     3,052,740       3,651,065  
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES
Company-operated restaurant expenses:
Food and paper (260,688 ) (310,713 ) (1,037,487 ) (1,243,907 )
Payroll and employee benefits (150,102 ) (168,366 ) (616,358 ) (734,093 )
Occupancy and other operating expenses (205,649 ) (240,304 ) (838,037 ) (997,065 )
Royalty fees (37,188 ) (44,998 ) (149,089 ) (173,663 )
Franchised restaurants - occupancy expenses (12,191 ) (17,505 ) (54,242 ) (63,939 )
General and administrative expenses (75,192 ) (63,658 ) (270,680 ) (272,065 )
Other operating expenses, net     29,302       (14,401 )   6,560       (95,476 )
Total operating costs and expenses     (711,708 )     (859,945 )   (2,959,333 )     (3,580,208 )
Operating income     53,278       53,684     93,407       70,857  
Net interest expense (16,728 ) (17,951 ) (64,407 ) (72,750 )
Loss from derivative instruments (2,672 ) (620 ) (2,894 ) (685 )
Foreign currency exchange results (6,081 ) (10,983 ) (54,032 ) (74,117 )
Other non-operating income (expense), net     (445 )     895     (627 )     146  
Income (loss) before income taxes     27,352       25,025     (28,553 )     (76,549 )
Income tax expense     (21,739 )     (14,860 )   (22,816 )     (32,479 )
Net income (loss)     5,613       10,165     (51,369 )     (109,028 )
Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interests     (62 )     (122 )   (264 )     (305 )
Net income (loss) attributable to Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.     5,551       10,043     (51,633 )     (109,333 )
Earnings (loss) per share information ($ per share):
Basic net income per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.05 $ (0.25 ) $ (0.52 )
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding-Basic     210,538,896       210,215,800     210,436,232       210,105,059  
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation              
Operating income 53,278 53,684 93,407 70,857
Depreciation and amortization 27,456 29,884 110,715 116,811
Operating charges excluded from EBITDA computation     15,584       9,768     26,049       64,006  
Adjusted EBITDA     96,318       93,336     230,171       251,674  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin as % of total revenues     12.6 %     10.2 %   7.5 %     6.9 %
 
 

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Results by Division

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

 

Figure 13. Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Consolidated Results by Division

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

  4Q     FY

Three-Months ended

December 31,

 

% Incr.

/

  Constant

Currency

Twelve-Months ended

December 31,

  % Incr.

/

  Constant

Currency

       
    2015     2014     (Decr)   Incr/(Decr)% 2015     2014     (Decr)   Incr/(Decr)%

Revenues

   
Brazil 333,400 467,456 -28.7 % 7.6 % 1,361,989 1,816,046 -25.0 % 5.1 %
Caribbean 105,284 127,185 -17.2 % 24.5 % 398,144 594,220 -33.0 % 18.3 %
NOLAD 96,147 98,255 -2.1 % 6.6 % 367,364 385,114 -4.6 % 4.1 %
SLAD 230,155 220,733 4.3 % 23.0 % 925,243 855,685 8.1 % 23.0 %
TOTAL 764,986 913,629 -16.3 % 13.6 % 3,052,740 3,651,065 -16.4 % 11.3 %
 
 

Operating Income (loss)

Brazil 62,977 61,820 1.9 % 49.7 % 135,657 172,787 -21.5 % 9.8 %
Caribbean (9,341 ) (5,818 ) 60.6 % -123.8 % (36,482 ) (88,711 ) 58.9 % 113.5 %
NOLAD 7,836 (2,090 ) -474.9 % -502.5 % 11,775 (6,484 ) 281.6 % 260.0 %
SLAD 17,847 18,532 -3.7 % 17.9 % 83,906 67,885 23.6 % 42.4 %
Corporate and Other (26,041 ) (18,760 ) 38.8 % 67.5 % (101,449 ) (74,620 ) -36.0 % -55.6 %
TOTAL 53,278 53,684 -0.8 % 72.8 % 93,407 70,857 31.8 % 171.7 %
 
 

Adjusted EBITDA

Brazil 78,179 81,425 -4.0 % 41.8 % 192,939 237,699 -18.8 % 13.8 %
Caribbean 3,324 3,617 -8.1 % 245.1 % 5,679 (8,136 ) 169.8 % 708.8 %
NOLAD 10,643 9,553 11.4 % 13.3 % 34,489 27,701 24.5 % 26.7 %
SLAD 26,976 23,752 13.6 % 35.8 % 106,602 87,976 21.2 % 38.9 %
Corporate and Other (22,804 ) (25,011 ) -8.8 % 11.6 % (109,538 ) (93,566 ) -17.1 % -31.8 %
TOTAL   96,318     93,336     3.2 %   53.3 % 230,171     251,674     -8.5 %   40.7 %
 
 

Summarized Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

   
Figure 15. Summarized Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

    December 31

2015

  December 31

2014

       
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 112,519 139,030
Accounts and notes receivable, net 63,348 83,003
Other current assets (1)     203,129     225,163  
Total current assets     378,996     447,196  
Non-current assets
Property and equipment, net 833,357 1,092,994
Net intangible assets and goodwill 49,486 57,864
Deferred income taxes 63,321 75,319
Other non-current assets (2)     81,817     121,407  
Total non-current assets     1,027,981     1,347,584  
Total assets     1,406,977     1,794,780  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable 187,685 220,337
Taxes payable (3) 97,587 120,763
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 93,112 112,072
Other current liabilities (4) 30,824 37,580
Provision for contingencies 512 777
Financial debt (5) 166,225 49,642
Deferred income taxes     1,728     895  
Total current liabilities     577,673     542,066  
Non-current liabilities
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 19,381 18,440
Provision for contingencies 20,066 11,427
Financial debt (6) 494,743 761,080
Deferred income taxes     8,224     4,180  
Total non-current liabilities     542,414     795,127  
Total liabilities     1,120,087     1,337,193  
Equity
Class A shares of common stock 371,857 365,701
Class B shares of common stock 132,915 132,915
Additional paid-in capital 12,606 15,974
Retained earnings 193,158 244,791
Accumulated other comprehensive losses     (424,263 )   (302,467 )
Total Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc shareholders’ equity     286,273     456,914  
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries     617     673  
Total equity     286,890     457,587  
Total liabilities and equity     1,406,977     1,794,780  

(1)

 

Includes "Other receivables", "Inventories", "Prepaid expenses and other current assets", "Deferred income taxes", and "Collateral deposits".

(2)

Includes "Miscellaneous", "Collateral deposits", "Derivative instruments" and "McDonald´s Corporation indemnification for contingencies".

(3)

Includes "Income taxes payable" and "Other taxes payable".

(4)

Includes "Royalties payable to McDonald´s Corporation" and "Interest payable".

(5)

Includes "Short-term debt", "Current portion of long-term debt" and "Derivative instruments".

(6)

Includes "Long-term debt, excluding current portion".

 



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