Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Results

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Third Quarter Ended October 1, 2017

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ:RRGB) yesterday reported financial results for the quarter ended October 1, 2017.

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights Compared to Third Quarter 2016

  • Total revenues were $304.2 million, an increase of 2.3%;
  • Net income was $2.7 million compared to net loss of $1.3 million;
  • Comparable restaurant revenue decreased 0.1% (using constant currency rates);
  • Off-premise increased to 7.6% of total food and beverage sales compared to 5.4%;
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $25.5 million compared to $26.8 million (see Schedule III);
  • GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.21 compared to GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.10; and
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share were $0.21 compared to $0.38 (see Schedule I).

“Despite topline results that fell short of our expectations, Red Robin significantly outperformed the casual dining industry on traffic for a fifth consecutive quarter. Our focus on compelling Every Day Value and the progress we have made in growing our off-premise business continued to pull us away from the category and we are now competing favorably with best-in-class casual dining chains,” said Denny Marie Post, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. chief executive officer. “Although we grew our share while beginning to implement service model changes that address rising labor costs, category volatility underscores our cautious outlook for the remainder of 2017 and our intention to pause unit growth as of year-end 2018. This decision will give us needed time to test new approaches to inform future growth.”

Operating Results

Total revenues, which primarily include Company-owned restaurant revenue and franchise royalties, increased 2.3% to $304.2 million in the third quarter of 2017 from $297.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. Restaurant revenue increased $7.2 million, primarily due to a $9.7 million increase in revenue from new restaurant openings and a $0.4 million favorable foreign currency impact, partially offset by $2.7 million from closed restaurants and a $0.2 million, or 0.1%, decrease in comparable restaurant revenue.

System-wide restaurant revenue (which includes franchised units) for the third quarter of 2017 totaled $361.0 million, compared to $355.5 million for the third quarter of 2016.

Comparable restaurant revenue(1) decreased 0.1% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to the same period a year ago, driven by a 0.1% decrease in average guest check and flat guest counts. The decrease in average guest check comprised a 1.6% decrease in menu mix, partially offset by a 1.5% increase in pricing.

Restaurant-level operating profit margin (a non-GAAP financial measure) was 17.4% in the third quarter of 2017 compared to 18.6% in the same period a year ago. The 120 basis point margin decrease in the third quarter of 2017 resulted from a 50 basis point increase in labor costs, a 40 basis point increase in other restaurant operating expenses, a 20 basis point increase in cost of sales, and a 10 basis point increase in occupancy costs. Schedule II 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

      Q3 2017   Q3 2016
Average weekly sales per unit(1):
Company-owned – Total $ 52,955 $ 52,439
Company-owned – Comparable $ 53,233 $ 53,022
Franchised units – Comparable $ 57,980 $ 59,767
Total operating weeks:
Company-owned units 5,686 5,613
Franchised units 1,032 1,032

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(1)   Calculated using constant currency rates. Using historical currency rates, the average weekly sales per unit in the third quarter of 2016 for Company-owned – Total and Company-owned – Comparable was $52,362 and $52,940. The Company calculates non-GAAP constant currency average weekly sales per unit by translating prior year local currency average weekly sales per unit to U.S. dollars based on current quarter average exchange rates. The Company considers non-GAAP constant currency average weekly sales per unit to be a useful metric to investors and management as they facilitate a more useful comparison of current performance to historical performance.
 

Other Results

Depreciation and amortization costs decreased to $21.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 from $21.5 million in the third quarter of 2016. The decrease was primarily related to depreciation of certain corporate assets in the third quarter of 2016 prior to the Company’s migration to a cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning system.

General and administrative costs were $18.6 million, or 6.1% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $20.3 million, or 6.8% of total revenues in the same period a year ago.

Selling expenses were $10.3 million, or 3.4% of total revenues, in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $8.7 million, or 2.9%, of total revenues during the same period in the prior year.

Pre-opening and acquisition costs were $1.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared to $2.4 million in the same period a year ago. The decrease was primarily due to the number of restaurant openings.

The Company realized a tax benefit of 34.1% in the third quarter of 2017, compared to a tax benefit of 77.8% for the third quarter of 2016. The change in the effective tax rate is primarily due to the asset impairment and restaurant closure costs recognized in the third quarter of 2016, which resulted in a larger quarterly tax benefit.

Net income for the third quarter ended October 1, 2017 was $2.7 million compared to net loss of $1.3 million for the same period a year ago. Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2017 were $0.21 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.10 in third quarter 2016.

Earnings per diluted share and adjusted earnings per diluted share for the third quarter ended October 1, 2017 were $0.21. Excluding charges of $0.48 per diluted share for restaurant impairment and closure, adjusted earnings per diluted share for the third quarter ended October 2, 2016 were $0.38. See Schedule I for a reconciliation of adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per share (each, a non-GAAP financial measure) to net income and earnings per share.

Restaurant Development

During the third quarter of 2017, the Company opened seven Red Robin restaurants. The Company plans to open two Red Robin restaurants during the remainder of 2017.

The following table details restaurant unit data for Company-owned and franchised locations for the periods indicated:

       
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016 October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016
Company-owned:
Beginning of period 472 460 465 439
Opened during the period 7 11 16 21
Acquired from franchisees

13

Closed during the period   (9 ) (2 ) (11 )
End of period 479   462   479   462  
Franchised:
Beginning of period 86 86 86 99
Opened during the period 1
Sold or closed during the period     (1 ) (13 )
End of period 86   86   86   86  
Total number of restaurants 565   548   565   548  
 

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of October 1, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $15.0 million and total debt of $276.8 million, excluding $11.0 million of capital lease liabilities. The Company funded construction of new restaurants and other capital expenditures with cash flow from operations and made net repayments of $3.4 million on its credit facility during the third quarter of 2017. As of October 1, 2017, the Company had outstanding borrowings under its credit facility of $275.9 million, in addition to amounts issued under letters of credit of $7.6 million, which reduce the amount available under its credit facility but are not recorded as debt.

The Company’s lease adjusted leverage ratio was 4.20x as of October 1, 2017. The lease adjusted leverage ratio is defined in Section 1.1 of the Company's credit facility, which is filed as Exhibit 10.32 in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 21, 2017.

Outlook for 2017

  • Earnings per diluted share is projected to range from $0.45 to $0.60 for the fourth quarter and range from $2.16 to $2.31 for full-year 2017.
  • Comparable restaurant revenue is projected to range from flat to up 0.5% for full-year 2017.

The sensitivity of the Company’s earnings per diluted share to a 1% change in guest counts for fiscal year 2017 is estimated to be approximately $0.40 on an annualized basis. Additionally, a 10 basis point change in restaurant-level operating profit margin is expected to impact earnings per diluted share by approximately $0.10, and a change of approximately $145,000 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., and under the trade name Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brews, 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. Whether a family dining with kids, adults grabbing a drink at the bar, or teens enjoying a meal, Red Robin offers an unparalleled experience for its guests. In addition to its many burger offerings, Red Robin serves a wide variety of salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature 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, earning the restaurant a VIBE Vista Award for Best Beer Program in a Multi-Unit Chain Restaurant. There are more than 560 Red Robin restaurants across the United States and Canada, including locations operating under franchise agreements. 

       
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended

October 1,

2017

 

October 2,

2016

October 1,

2017

 

October 2,

2016

Revenues:
Restaurant revenue $ 301,100 $ 293,858 $ 1,026,902 $ 992,745
Franchise royalties, fees and other revenue 3,148   3,449   11,674   12,237
Total revenues 304,248   297,307   1,038,576   1,004,982
 
Costs and expenses:
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation

and amortization shown separately below):

Cost of sales 71,642 69,447 240,152 232,603
Labor 106,205 102,294 360,146 338,125
Other operating 44,846 42,463 142,238 132,446
Occupancy 25,868 25,121 84,127 82,524
Depreciation and amortization 21,258 21,468 70,475 64,578
General and administrative 18,562 20,328 71,402 72,280
Selling 10,308 8,718 32,837 31,173
Pre-opening and acquisition costs 1,503 2,382 4,735 6,992
Other charges(1)   9,321   1,584   17,906
Total costs and expenses 300,192   301,542   1,007,696   978,627
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,056 (4,235 ) 30,880 26,355
 
Other expense:
Interest expense, net and other 2,032   1,612   7,469   4,736
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,024 (5,847 ) 23,411 21,619
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (690 ) (4,547 ) 2,199   1,142
Net income (loss) $ 2,714   $ (1,300 ) $ 21,212   $ 20,477
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.21   $ (0.10 ) $ 1.65   $ 1.52
Diluted $ 0.21   $ (0.10 ) $ 1.63   $ 1.50
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 12,927 13,214 12,888 13,471
Diluted 13,023 13,214 12,986 13,606
 
       
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
(Unaudited)

October 1, 2017

December 25, 2016
Assets:
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,984 $ 11,732
Accounts receivable, net 12,253 24,166
Inventories 29,480 29,899
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 28,384   27,049  
Total current assets 85,101   92,846  
 
Property and equipment, net 647,301 656,439
Goodwill 97,064 95,935
Intangible assets, net 39,680 42,270
Other assets, net 29,089   31,055  
Total assets $ 898,235   $ 918,545  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity:
Current Liabilities:
Trade accounts payable $ 21,119 $ 13,740
Construction related payables 11,695 12,862
Accrued payroll and payroll related liabilities 38,967 34,703
Unearned revenue 37,905 50,199
Accrued liabilities and other 41,079   29,505  
Total current liabilities 150,765   141,009  
 
Deferred rent 73,780 72,431
Long-term debt 276,775 336,375
Long-term portion of capital lease obligations 10,286 10,805
Other non-current liabilities 9,864   9,872  
Total liabilities 521,470   570,492  
 
Stockholders’ Equity:
Common stock; $0.001 par value: 45,000 shares authorized; 17,851 and 17,851 shares issued; 12,935 and 12,828 shares outstanding 18 18
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value: 3,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding
Treasury stock 4,916 and 5,023 shares, at cost (203,296 ) (207,720 )
Paid-in capital 209,520 208,022
Accumulated other loss, net of tax (3,430 ) (5,008 )
Retained earnings 373,953   352,741  
Total stockholders’ equity 376,765   348,053  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 898,235   $ 918,545  
 

Schedule I

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results

(In thousands, except per share data)

In addition to the results provided in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) throughout this press release, the Company has provided non-GAAP measurements which present the 12 and 40 weeks ended October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2016, net income (loss) and basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share, excluding the effects of litigation contingencies, asset impairment, and the related income tax effects. The Company believes the presentation of net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share exclusive of the identified item gives the reader additional insight into the ongoing operational results of the Company. This supplemental information will assist with comparisons of past and future financial results against the present financial results presented herein. Income tax effect of reconciling items was calculated based on the change in the total tax provision calculation after adjusting for the identified item. The non-GAAP measurements are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP.

       
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended

October 1,

2017

 

October 2,

2016

October 1,

2017

 

October 2,

2016

Net income (loss) as reported $ 2,714 $ (1,300 ) $ 21,212 $ 20,477
Restaurant impairment and closure 9,321 1,584 14,006
Litigation contingencies 3,900
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (2,993 ) (618 ) (5,502 )
Adjusted net income $ 2,714   $ 5,028   $ 22,178   $ 32,881  
 
Basic net income (loss) per share:
Net income (loss) as reported $ 0.21 $ (0.10 ) $ 1.65 $ 1.52
Restaurant impairment and closure 0.70 0.12 1.04
Litigation contingencies 0.29
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (0.22 ) (0.05 ) (0.41 )
Adjusted earnings per share - basic $ 0.21   $ 0.38   $ 1.72   $ 2.44  
 
Diluted net income (loss) per share:
Net income (loss) as reported $ 0.21 $ (0.10 ) $ 1.63 $ 1.50
Restaurant impairment and closure 0.70 0.12 1.03
Litigation contingencies 0.29
Income tax effect of reconciling items   (0.22 ) (0.04 ) (0.40 )
Adjusted earnings per share - diluted $ 0.21   $ 0.38   $ 1.71   $ 2.42  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding
Basic 12,927 13,214 12,888 13,471
Diluted 13,023 13,214 12,986 13,606
 

Schedule II

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Restaurant-Level Operating Profit to Income (Loss)

from Operations and Net Income (Loss)

(In thousands)

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 impairment and closure 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 GAAP and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income (loss) from operations or net income (loss) as indicators of financial performance. Restaurant-level operating profit as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry. The table below sets forth certain unaudited information for the 12 and 40 weeks ended October 1, 2017 and October 2, 2016, 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.

       
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016 October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016
Restaurant revenue $ 301,100   99.0 % $ 293,858   98.8 % $ 1,026,902   98.9 % $ 992,745   98.8 %
Restaurant operating costs (1):
Cost of sales 71,642 23.8 % 69,447 23.6 % 240,152 23.4 % 232,603 23.4 %
Labor 106,205 35.3 % 102,294 34.8 % 360,146 35.1 % 338,125 34.1 %
Other operating 44,846 14.9 % 42,463 14.5 % 142,238 13.9 % 132,446 13.3 %
Occupancy 25,868     8.6 % 25,121     8.5 % 84,127   8.2 % 82,524   8.3 %
Restaurant-level operating profit 52,539     17.4 % 54,533     18.6 % 200,239   19.5 % 207,047   20.9 %
 
Add – Franchise royalties, fees and other revenue 3,148 1.0 % 3,449 1.2 % 11,674 1.1 % 12,237 1.2 %
Deduct – other operating:
Depreciation and amortization 21,258 7.0 % 21,468 7.2 % 70,475 6.8 % 64,578 6.4 %
General and administrative expenses 18,562 6.1 % 20,328 6.8 % 71,402 6.9 % 72,280 7.2 %
Selling 10,308 3.4 % 8,718 2.9 % 32,837 3.2 % 31,173 3.1 %
Pre-opening & acquisition costs 1,503 0.5 % 2,382 0.8 % 4,735 0.5 % 6,992 0.7 %
Other charges     % 9,321     3.1 % 1,584   0.2 % 17,906   1.8 %
Total other operating 51,631     17.0 % 62,217     20.8 % 181,033   17.6 % 192,929   19.2 %
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,056 1.3 % (4,235 ) (1.4 )% 30,880 3.0 % 26,355 2.6 %
 
Interest expense, net and other 2,032 0.7 % 1,612 0.6 % 7,469 0.7 % 4,736 0.4 %
Income tax expense (benefit) (690 )   (0.2 )% (4,547 )   (1.6 )% 2,199   0.2 % 1,142   0.2 %
Total other 1,342     0.5 % (2,935 )   (1.0 )% 9,668   0.9 % 5,878   0.6 %
 
Net income (loss) $ 2,714     0.9 % $ (1,300 )   (0.4 )% $ 21,212   2.0 % $ 20,477   2.0 %
 

Schedule III

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands, unaudited)

The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are presented because the Company believes that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for evaluating our ongoing results of operations without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses, asset disposals, and asset impairment and restaurant closure charges. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or cash flow from operations, as determined by GAAP, and our calculation thereof may not be comparable to that reported by other companies in our industry or otherwise. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect the additions and eliminations shown in the table below. The use of adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies, and our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by excluded or unusual items. We have not provided a reconciliation of our adjusted EBITDA outlook to the most comparable GAAP measure of net income. Providing net income guidance is potentially misleading and not practical given the difficulty of projecting event driven transactional and other non-core operating items that are included in net income, including asset impairments and income tax valuation adjustments. The reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA to net income for the historical periods presented below are indicative of the reconciliations that will be prepared upon completion of the periods covered by the non-GAAP guidance.

       
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016 October 1, 2017   October 2, 2016
Net income (loss) as reported $ 2,714 $ (1,300 ) $ 21,212 $ 20,477
Interest expense, net 2,222 1,822 8,097 5,032
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (690 ) (4,547 ) 2,199 1,142
Depreciation and amortization 21,258   21,468   70,475   64,578
EBITDA(1) 25,504   17,443   101,983   91,229
 
Restaurant impairment and closure 9,321 1,584 14,006
Litigation contingencies       3,900
Adjusted EBITDA $ 25,504   $ 26,764   $ 103,567   $ 109,135
 



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