ZoŽs Kitchen Results

Zoës Kitchen Announces Third Quarter 2017 Results

Zoës Kitchen

Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. (NYSE: ZOES) yesterday reported financial results for the twelve and forty weeks ended October 2, 2017.

Highlights for the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017, as compared to the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016:

  • Total revenue increased 15.7% to $77.9 million inclusive of an estimated $1.1 million of negative revenue impact related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.5% inclusive of an estimated 0.9% of negative comparable sales impact related to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
  • 11 new Company-owned restaurants opened.
  • Income from operations decreased 38.8% to $1.3 million.
  • Restaurant contribution* increased 13.4% to $14.6 million, or 18.8% of restaurant sales.
  • Net income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* increased 4.7% to $6.9 million.
  • Adjusted net income* of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $0.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

Highlights for the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017, as compared to the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016:

  • Total revenue increased 13.4% to $242.7 million.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.6%.
  • 34 new Company-owned restaurants opened.
  • Income from operations decreased 47.2% to $4.1 million.
  • Restaurant contribution* increased 4.1% to $46.7 million, or 19.3% of restaurant sales.
  • Net income of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $2.3 million, or $0.12 per basic and diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was flat at $22.1 million.
  • Adjusted net income* of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $3.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.

(*) Restaurant contribution, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income are non-GAAP measures. For reconciliations of restaurant contribution to income from operations; EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to GAAP net income; and why the Company considers these non-GAAP measures useful, see the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures accompanying this release.

“While the momentum from our new menu introductions continued into the third quarter, our results also reflect the impact that hurricanes Harvey and Irma had on a significant portion of our store base,” stated Kevin Miles, President and Chief Executive Officer of Zoës Kitchen. “In total, the storms affected approximately one-third of our restaurant base, resulting in an estimated $1.1 million in lost sales and negative 0.9% of comparable store sales. In addition, we estimate these lost sales negatively impacted EBITDA by $0.6 million and EPS by $0.02. Despite the challenges that these disasters presented, I could not be more proud of the leadership exhibited by our teams. Their commitment to care for our guests, restaurants and fellow team members was inspiring."

Miles concluded, “With the hurricanes behind us, we remain focused on executing our initiatives as we continue to navigate a challenging environment. Looking beyond 2017, we have adjusted our 2018 new restaurant plans down to 25. We believe the reduced growth rate in 2018 will allow us to better manage our cash flows, focus on our sales driving initiatives, and continue to explore new ways to strengthen our business over the long-term in order to increase shareholder value.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Total revenue, which includes restaurant sales from Company-owned restaurants and royalty fees, increased 15.7% to $77.9 million in the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017, from $67.3 million in the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016. We estimate Hurricanes Harvey and Irma had a negative impact of $1.1 million in lost revenue. Restaurant sales for the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017 were $77.8 million, an increase of 15.7% from $67.2 million in the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016.

Comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.5% during the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017, consisting of a 2.3% decrease in transactions and product mix offset by a 1.8% increase in price. We estimate the hurricanes had a negative impact of 0.9%. The comparable restaurant base includes those restaurants open for eighteen full periods or longer and included 178 restaurants as of October 2, 2017.

Restaurant contribution increased 13.4% to $14.6 million in the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017, from $12.9 million in the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016. As a percentage of restaurant sales, restaurant contribution margin decreased 0.3% to 18.8% as increases in labor and store operating expense rates were partially offset by lower cost of goods rates.

The increase in labor and store operating expense rates was driven by the dilutive effect on margins from our newest restaurants, which, on average, initially operate at less than system-wide average sales volumes and incur some inefficiencies for a short period of time. In addition, labor rates increased from hourly wage rate inflation while store operating expense rates increased due to marketing costs.

Net income for the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017 was $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, for the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016. Adjusted net income was $0.2 million, or $0.0 per diluted share, for the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017, compared to adjusted net income of $0.7 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the twelve weeks ended October 3, 2016.

2017 Fiscal Year Financial Results

Total revenue, which includes restaurant sales from Company-owned restaurants and royalty fees, increased 13.4% to $242.7 million in the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017, from $214.0 million in the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016. Restaurant sales for the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017 were $242.6 million, an increase of 13.4% from $213.8 million in the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016.

Comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.6% during the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017, consisting of a 4.0% decrease in transactions and product mix offset by a 1.4% increase in price. The comparable restaurant base includes those restaurants open for eighteen full periods or longer and included 178 restaurants as of October 2, 2017.

Restaurant contribution increased 4.1% to $46.7 million in the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017, from $44.9 million in the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016. As a percentage of restaurant sales, restaurant contribution margin decreased 1.7% to 19.3% as increases in labor and store operating expense rates were partially offset by lower cost of goods rates.

The increase in labor and store operating expense rates was driven by the dilutive effect on margins from our newest restaurants, which, on average, initially operate at less than system-wide average sales volumes and incur some inefficiencies for a short period of time. In addition, labor rates increased from hourly wage rate inflation while store operating expense rates increased due to investments in store technology and marketing.

Net income for the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017 was $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, for the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016. Adjusted net income was $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, for the forty weeks ended October 2, 2017, compared to adjusted net income of $3.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the forty weeks ended October 3, 2016.

Development

The Company opened 11 new Company-owned restaurants during the twelve weeks ended October 2, 2017. As of October 2, 2017, there were 235 Company-owned restaurants and three franchised restaurants. As of November 9, 2017, the Company has opened two additional restaurants, bringing the total restaurant count to 240.

Credit Facility

On November 7, 2017, the Company entered into a new five year $50.0 million secured revolving credit facility with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., as administrative agent. This credit facility includes the ability to increase, subject to certain conditions, the revolving credit facility by up to an additional $25.0 million. The Company drew $12.5 million at closing to prepay in full its outstanding indebtedness under the 2015 credit facility and to replace such credit facility. The Company expects to use future loans under the credit facility for working capital needs and for general corporate purposes. The new facility provides the Company with an extended maturity date and increased borrowing capacity for the continued execution of its strategic initiatives.

FY 2017 Outlook

For the fiscal year ending December 25, 2017, the Company is revising its outlook as follows:

  • Total revenue between $314.0 million and $316.0 million (revised from $314.0 million to $322.0 million).
  • Comparable restaurant sales of negative 2.0% to negative 2.5% (revised from flat to negative 3.0%).
  • 38 to 40 Company-owned restaurant openings (unchanged from previous guidance).
  • Restaurant contribution margin between 18.3% and 18.5% (revised from 18.3% to 19.0%).
  • General and administrative expenses between 10.7% and 10.8% of total revenue, inclusive of $3.2 million of non-cash equity based compensation expense (revised from 10.7% to 10.9%).

About Zoës Kitchen

Founded in 1995, Zoës Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant group serving a distinct menu of fresh, wholesome, made-from-scratch, Mediterranean-inspired dishes delivered with warm hospitality. With no microwaves, or fryers, grilling is the predominate method of cooking along with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, olive oil and lean proteins. With 240 locations in 20 states across the United States, Zoës Kitchen delivers goodness to its guests by sharing simple, tasty and fresh Mediterranean meals that inspire guests to lead a balanced lifestyle and feel their best from the inside out. 

   
Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

Revenue:
Restaurant sales $ 77,808 $ 67,245 $ 242,573 $ 213,815
Royalty fees 45   51   146   165  
Total revenue 77,853   67,296   242,719   213,980  
Operating expenses:
Restaurant operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization):
Cost of sales 22,990 20,780 71,277 64,764
Labor 23,396 19,503 72,461 61,612
Store operating expenses 16,817 14,086 52,108 42,534
General and administrative expenses 7,723 6,313 24,832 23,028
Depreciation 4,495 3,489 13,708 10,773
Amortization 328 367 1,167 1,240
Pre-opening costs 583 614 1,829 1,906
Casualty loss 133 133
Loss from disposal of equipment 132   91   1,139   428  
Total operating expenses 76,597   65,243   238,654   206,285  
Income from operations 1,256 2,053 4,065 7,695
Other income and expenses:
Interest expense, net 1,093 916 3,479 2,899
Other income (21 ) (20 ) (70 ) (67 )
Total other income and expenses 1,072   896   3,409   2,832  
Income before provision for income taxes 184 1,157 656 4,863
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (86 ) 1,450   (212 ) 2,559  
Net income (loss) $ 270   $ (293 ) $ 868   $ 2,304  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.01 $ (0.02 ) $ 0.04 $ 0.12
Diluted $ 0.01 $ (0.02 ) $ 0.04 $ 0.12
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 19,489,074 19,458,921 19,482,227 19,426,868
Diluted 19,489,074 19,458,921 19,506,342 19,597,894
 

The following table sets forth the percentage relationship to total revenue, except where otherwise indicated, for certain items included in the Company's condensed consolidated statements of operations for the period indicated. The percentages set forth below may not reconcile due to rounding of amounts stated:

                     
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

Revenue:
Restaurant sales 99.9

 %

99.9

 %

99.9

 %

99.9

 %

Royalty fees 0.1

 %

0.1

 %

0.1

 %

0.1

 %

Total revenue 100.0

 %

100.0

 %

100.0

 %

100.0

 %

Operating expenses:
Restaurant operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization) (1):
Cost of sales 29.5

 %

30.9

 %

29.4

 %

30.3

 %

Labor 30.1

 %

29.0

 %

29.9

 %

28.8

 %

Store operating expenses 21.6

 %

20.9

 %

21.5

 %

19.9

 %

General and administrative expenses 9.9

 %

9.4

 %

10.2

 %

10.8

 %

Depreciation 5.8

 %

5.2

 %

5.6

 %

5.0

 %

Amortization 0.4

 %

0.5

 %

0.5

 %

0.6

 %

Pre-opening costs 0.7

 %

0.9

 %

0.8

 %

0.9

 %

Casualty loss 0.2

 %

0.1

 %

Loss from disposal of equipment 0.2

 %

0.1

 %

0.5

 %

0.2

 %

Total operating expenses 98.4

 %

96.9

 %

98.3

 %

96.4

 %

Income from operations 1.6

 %

3.1

 %

1.7

 %

3.6

 %

Other income and expenses:
Interest expense, net 1.4

 %

1.4

 %

1.4

 %

1.4

 %

Other income (0.0 )% (0.0 )% (0.0 )% (0.0 )%
Total other income and expenses 1.4

 %

1.3

 %

1.4

 %

1.3

 %

Income before provision for income taxes 0.2

 %

1.7

 %

0.3

 %

2.3

 %

Provision (benefit) for income taxes (0.1 )% 2.2

 %

(0.1

)%

1.2

 %

Net income (loss) 0.3

 %

(0.4 )% 0.4

 %

1.1

 %

 
(1) As a percentage of restaurant sales.
 
     
Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Selected Balance Sheet Data and Selected Operating Data
(in thousands, except restaurant count data)
 
As of
October 2,

2017

  December 26,

2016

Selected Balance Sheet Data:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 4,576 $ 5,493
Total assets 239,519 215,219
Total debt (1) 42,145 29,913
Total liabilities 106,303 85,253
Total stockholders' equity 133,216 129,966
   
Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Reconciliation of Income from Operations to Restaurant Contribution (non-GAAP presentation)

(in thousands)
 
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

 
Restaurant Contribution:
Income from operations $ 1,256 $ 2,053 $ 4,065 $ 7,695
Less:
Royalty fees 45 51 146 165
Add:
General and administrative expenses 7,723 6,313 24,832 23,028
Depreciation and amortization 4,823 3,856 14,875 12,013
Pre-opening costs(1) 583 614 1,829 1,906
Casualty loss(2) 133 133
Loss from disposal of equipment 132   91   1,139   428  
Restaurant Contribution $ 14,605   $ 12,876   $ 46,727   $ 44,905  
 
Total revenue $ 77,853 $ 67,296 $ 242,719 $ 213,980
Less: Royalty fees 45   51   146   165  
Restaurant sales $ 77,808   $ 67,245   $ 242,573   $ 213,815  
 
Restaurant contribution margin 18.8 % 19.1 % 19.3 % 21.0 %
               
Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA (non-GAAP presentation)
(in thousands)
 
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

 
Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income (loss), as reported $ 270 $ (293 ) $ 868 $ 2,304
Depreciation and amortization 4,823 3,856 14,875 12,013
Interest expense, net 1,093 916 3,479 2,899
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (86 ) 1,450   (212 ) 2,559
EBITDA 6,100 5,929 19,010 19,775
Pre-opening costs(1) 583 614 1,829 1,906
Casualty loss (2) 133 133
Loss from disposal of equipment 132   91   1,139   428
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,948   $ 6,634   $ 22,111   $ 22,109
   
Zoe's Kitchen, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income (non-GAAP presentation)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended
October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

October 2,

2017

  October 3,

2016

 
Adjusted net income:
Net income (loss), as reported $ 270 $ (293 ) $ 868 $ 2,304
Casualty loss(1) 133 133
Provision (benefit) for income taxes(2) (86 ) 1,450   (212 ) 2,559
Pre-tax Adjusted net income 317 1,157 789 4,863
Estimated tax provision(2) 120   440   300   1,848
Adjusted net income $ 197   $ 717   $ 489   $ 3,015
 
Adjusted net income per share:
Basic $ 0.01 $ 0.04 $ 0.03 $ 0.16
Diluted $ 0.01 $ 0.04 $ 0.03 $ 0.15
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding:
Basic 19,489,074 19,458,921 19,482,227 19,426,868
Diluted 19,489,074 19,603,382 19,506,342 19,597,894



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