Luby's Results

Luby's Reports Fiscal Year 2017 and Fourth Quarter Results

Luby's

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE:  LUB) yesterday announced unaudited financial results for its fifty-two week fiscal year 2017 and its twelve-week fourth quarter fiscal 2017, which ended on August 30, 2017.  Comparisons in this press release for the fourth quarter fiscal 2017 are referred to as "fourth quarter." Comparisons to the fourth quarter fiscal 2016 are to the thirteen-week period that ended August 31, 2016. The company reports 16 weeks in its first fiscal quarter, and the remaining three quarters typically include 12 weeks. The fourth fiscal quarter will be 13 weeks in certain fiscal years to adjust for our standard 52-week, or 364-day, fiscal year compared to the 365-day calendar year. Fiscal 2016 was a year where the fourth quarter had 13 weeks, resulting in a 53-week fiscal year.  Comparability between quarters may be affected by varying lengths of the quarters, as well as the seasonality associated with the restaurant business.

Fiscal Year 2017 Summary Points:

  • Total sales were $376.0 million, including $350.8 million in restaurant sales. On a comparable 52-week basis, total sales decreased approximately $19.5 million, including a $9.2 million reduction in sales due to closure of underperforming restaurants in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016. 
  • Total same-store sales decreased 3.4%, including a 3.3% same-store sales decrease at the Luby's Cafeterias and a 1.8% same-store sales decrease at Fuddruckers. Hurricane Harvey reduced Luby's same-store sales by approximately 1.0% and reduced Fuddruckers same-store sales by approximately 0.6%. 
  • Culinary contract services revenue increased $1.2 million, or 7.5%, to $17.9 million compared to fiscal 2016. Culinary contract services operated at 25 locations at the end of fiscal 2017 compared to 24 locations at the end of fiscal 2016. 
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $4.5 million, or 10.7%, to $37.9 million compared to fiscal 2016. This decrease included reductions in salaries, benefits, and other compensation expense, lower corporate travel expense, and reduced investment in marketing and advertising. 
  • Loss from continuing operations was $22.8 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, in fiscal 2017, compared to a loss of $10.3 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in fiscal 2016. Loss from continuing operations included non-cash asset impairment charges of $10.6 million ($7.0 million after-tax) and $1.4 million ($1.0 million after-tax) in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016, respectively. Loss from continuing operations also included non-cash charges for deferred tax asset valuation allowance increases of approximately $9.5 million and $6.9 million in fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016, respectively. Excluding special items, loss from continuing operations was $6.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, in fiscal 2017, compared to a loss of $1.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in fiscal 2016. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $13.3 million in fiscal 2017 compared to $22.1 million in fiscal 2016. $6.0 million of the $8.8 million decline in Adjusted EBITDA occurred in the first two fiscal quarters of fiscal 2017. 
  • One company-owned Fuddruckers Restaurant and eight franchise-owned Fuddruckers Restaurants opened during fiscal 2017. 
  • Nine underperforming company-owned restaurants were closed in fiscal 2017 and five were closed in fiscal 2016. These restaurants accounted for $2.1 million in pre-tax loss, or $1.4 million in after-tax loss from continuing operations, in fiscal 2017 prior to their closure. 
  • Five owned property locations were sold generating $8.0 million in net cash proceeds; the proceeds were used to reduce our outstanding debt balance.

Chris Pappas, President and CEO, commented, "We ended the year with improved cost controls and reduced capital expenditures despite a challenging economic environment and unforeseen weather conditions during the quarter.  We are encouraged by the progress of operational and guest initiatives that were implemented during the year to help improve guest service, store level profit and EBITDA going forward.

"Hurricane Harvey and its after effects impacted the last week of the fiscal year.  While we lost almost 200 restaurant days due to closures, we were fortunate that approximately 60 restaurants in the path of the storm were mostly spared from severe physical damage.  No Luby's Cafeteria suffered major damage, and only two Fuddruckers restaurants in the Houston area had water damage and remain closed for restoration.  We have operated multiple restaurant brands throughout Texas, particularly near the Gulf Coast, for decades and I am continually impressed by the tremendous dedication of our team members during major weather events.  Our team members worked tirelessly to get all of our restaurants open and fully operational as quickly as possible to serve relief workers and guests — all with the goal of providing food service to assist our communities recover from the impact of the storm.  Luby's is proud to be Houston Strong!

"Our team continues to focus on enhancing guest experiences across all of our brands, including through technological advances to improve guests' interactions and speed of service. We now have three Fuddruckers locations with self-order kiosks and our iconic brands are now available for delivery through multiple trusted third party options.

"Our Culinary Contract Services segment revenue grew significantly in the fourth quarter and is on track to show meaningful growth in fiscal year 2018. In addition, sales of Luby's famous Mac & Cheese and Fried Fish from our partnership with H-E-B grocery stores in the state of Texas remain promising and continue to provide additional product branding opportunities for our Company. We remain optimistic in our ability to overcome industry challenges and strengthen our iconic brands that guests have loved and trusted for decades."

Same-Store Sales Year-Over-Year Comparison

 

Quarter Ended

Four Quarters

Ended

December 21,

 2016

March 15,

 2017

June 7,

 2017

August 30,

 2017

August 30,

 2017

Q1

2017(3)

Q2

2017(3)

Q3

2017(3)

Q4

2017(3)

Full Year

2017(3)

(16 weeks vs 16 weeks)

(12 weeks vs 12 weeks)

(12 weeks vs 12 weeks)

(12 weeks vs 12 weeks)

(52 weeks vs 52 weeks)

Luby's Cafeterias

(2.2)%

(4.4)%

(2.5)%

(4.5)%

(3.3)%

Fuddruckers Restaurants

(1.6)%

(1.1)%

(0.9)%

(3.6)%

(1.8)%

Cheeseburger in Paradise

(7.8)%

(7.3)%

(9.8)%

(15.4)%

(10.5)%

Combo locations (1)

(2.3)%

(6.5)%

(5.5)%

(7.2)%

(5.3)%

Total same-

store sales (2)

(2.3)%

(3.8)%

(2.7)%

(5.1)%

(3.4)%

 

(1)

Combo locations consist of a side-by-side Luby's Cafeteria and Fuddruckers Restaurant at one property location.

(2)

Luby's includes a restaurant's sales results into the same-store sales calculation in the quarter after that store has been open for six complete consecutive quarters.  In the fourth quarter, there were 82 Luby's Cafeterias, 63 Fuddruckers Restaurants, 6 Combo locations, and 8 Cheeseburger in Paradise locations that met the definition of same-stores.

(3)

Q1 2017, Q2 2017, Q3 2017, Q4 2017 and YTDQ4 2017 same-store sales reflect the year-over-year change in restaurant sales for the locations included in the same-store grouping for each of the comparable periods.

Fourth Quarter Same-Store Sales: 

  • Luby's Cafeterias same-store sales decreased 4.5% in the fourth quarter. An 8.6% decrease in guest traffic was offset by a 4.1% increase in average spend per guest. Hurricane Harvey reduced Luby's same-store sales by approximately 3.9%. 
  • Fuddruckers Restaurants same-store sales decreased 3.6% in the fourth quarter. The 3.6% decrease was the result of a 7.6% decrease in guest traffic offset by a 4.0% increase in average spend per guest. Hurricane Harvey reduced Fuddruckers restaurant same-store sales by approximately 2.3%. 
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise same-store sales (representing eight Cheeseburger in Paradise locations) decreased 15.4% in the fourth quarter. 
  • Combo location same-store sales (representing all six Combo locations) declined 7.2% in the fourth quarter.

Fourth Quarter Total Restaurant Sales: 

($ thousands)

 

Quarter Ended

Quarter Ended

Restaurant Brand

August 30,

2017

% of

Total

August 31,

2016

% of

Total

(12 weeks)

(12 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(13 weeks)

Luby's Cafeterias

$

46,915

59.3%

$

54,253

59.1%

Fuddruckers Restaurants

22,794

28.8%

26,218

28.6%

Combo locations

4,739

6.0%

5,512

6.0%

Cheeseburger in Paradise

4,629

5.9%

5,792

6.3%

Total Restaurant Sales

$

79,077

100.0%

$

91,775

100.0%

 

  • Restaurant sales in the fourth quarter decreased to $79.1 million versus $91.8 million in the fourth quarter fiscal 2016. The decrease was due to one less operating week in the fourth quarter fiscal 2017 compared to the fourth quarter fiscal 2016, the impact of closed restaurants, and a 5.1% decline in same-store sales, partially attributable to the impact of Hurricane Harvey. Four Luby's Cafeterias and five company-owned Fuddruckers Restaurants closed in fiscal 2017. 
  • Store level profit, defined as restaurant sales plus vending revenue less cost of food, payroll and related costs, other operating expenses, and occupancy costs, was $8.6 million, or 10.8% of restaurant sales, in the fourth quarter compared to $12.9 million, or 14.0% of restaurant sales, during the fourth quarter fiscal 2016. Hurricane Harvey reduced store level profit by approximately $1.5 million in the fourth quarter. The impact of the hurricane as well as lower underlying same-store sales, coupled with higher restaurant labor cost, higher restaurant services costs, and higher repairs and maintenance costs led to this decrease in profitability. Payroll and related costs were impacted by changes in workers' compensation liability estimates in both fourth quarter fiscal 2017 and fiscal 2016; these changes in estimates amounted to an approximate decrease of 0.8% of restaurant sales. Store level profit is a non-GAAP measure, and reconciliation to loss from continuing operations is presented after the financial statements. 
  • Culinary Contract Services revenues increased to $5.8 million with 25 operating locations at the end of the fourth quarter compared to $4.0 million with 24 operating locations at the end of fourth quarter fiscal 2016; the increase in sales was due to a change in the mix of locations whereby new higher sales volume locations replaced lower sales volume locations that ceased operations. Culinary profit was 17.5% of Culinary Contract Services sales in the fourth quarter and 12.3% in the fourth quarter fiscal 2016. 
  • Franchise revenue decreased to $1.6 million during the fourth quarter compared to $1.8 million during the fourth quarter fiscal 2016; the decrease was due in part to one less operating week and decreases in sales volumes at franchise locations. In the fourth quarter, a franchisee opened one location in Delaware that we previously operated as a company-owned location. We ended fiscal 2017 with a franchise network of 113 domestic and international locations; during fiscal 2017 eight franchise locations opened and a separate eight franchise locations ceased operations. 
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $1.8 million, or 17.4%, to $8.3 million compared to fiscal 2016. This decrease included reductions in salaries, benefits, and other compensation expense, lower outside professional service fees, lower corporate travel expense, and reduced investment in marketing and advertising. 
  • Loss from continuing operations was $4.1 million, or a loss of $0.14 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter compared to a loss of $7.8 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter fiscal 2016. Excluding special items, loss from continuing operations in the fourth quarter was $1.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to income of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter fiscal 2016. 

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures

We ended the fourth quarter with a debt balance outstanding of $31.0 million, down from $37.0 million at the end  of fiscal 2016, a reduction of 16.3%.  During the fourth quarter, our capital expenditures were $2.4 million, compared to $3.9 million in the fourth quarter fiscal 2016.  For the full year, capital expenditures were $12.5 million for fiscal 2017, compared to $18.3 million for fiscal 2016.  At the end of the fourth quarter, we had $1.1 million in cash and $144.1 millionin total shareholders' equity.

Restaurant Counts:

 

August 31,

2016

Fiscal 2017

YTD

Openings

Fiscal 2017

YTD

Closings

August 30,

2017

Luby's Cafeterias(1)

91

(3)

88

Fuddruckers Restaurants(1)

75

1

(5)

71

Cheeseburger in Paradise

8

8

Other restaurants(2)

1

(1)

Total

175

1

(9)

167

 

(1)

Includes 6 restaurants that are part of Combo locations.

(2)

Other restaurants include one Bob Luby's Seafood Grill which closed in fiscal 2017

About Luby's

Luby's, Inc. (NYSE:  LUB) operates 163 restaurants nationally as of November 8, 2017: 88 Luby's Cafeterias, 68 Fuddruckers, and 7 Cheeseburger in Paradise. The Company is also the franchisor for 110 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico, Italy, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Chile, and Colombia. Additionally, a licensee operates 34 restaurants with the exclusive right to use the Fuddruckers proprietary marks, trade dress, and system in certain countries in the Middle East.  The Company does not receive revenue or royalties from these Middle East restaurants.  Luby's Culinary Contract Services provides food service management to 23 sites consisting of healthcare, higher education, sport stadiums, and corporate dining locations as of November 8, 2017.

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(12 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(52 weeks)

(53 weeks)

SALES:

Restaurant sales

$

79,077

$

91,775

$

350,818

$

378,111

Culinary contract services

5,826

3,969

17,943

16,695

Franchise revenue

1,556

1,839

6,723

7,250

Vending revenue

130

146

547

583

TOTAL SALES

86,589

97,729

376,031

402,639

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

Cost of food

22,361

25,723

98,714

106,980

Payroll and related costs

28,511

32,953

125,997

132,960

Other operating expenses

14,717

15,232

61,924

60,961

Occupancy costs

5,067

5,132

21,787

22,374

Opening costs

61

99

492

787

Cost of culinary contract services

4,808

3,480

15,774

14,955

Cost of franchise operations

355

397

1,733

1,877

Depreciation and amortization

4,461

4,351

20,438

21,889

Selling, general and administrative expenses

8,347

10,110

37,878

42,422

Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

3,447

1,233

10,567

1,442

Net loss (gain) on disposition of property and equipment

(2,023)

110

(1,804)

(684)

Total costs and expenses

90,112

98,820

393,500

405,963

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(3,523)

(1,091)

(17,469)

(3,324)

Interest income

2

2

8

4

Interest expense

(544)

(574)

(2,443)

(2,247)

Other income (expense), net

(142)

188

(454)

186

Loss before income taxes and discontinued operations

(4,207)

(1,475)

(20,358)

(5,381)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(138)

6,314

2,438

4,875

Loss from continuing operations

(4,069)

(7,789)

(22,796)

(10,256)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(32)

(13)

(466)

(90)

NET LOSS

$

(4,101)

$

(7,802)

$

(23,262)

$

(10,346)

Loss per share from continuing operations:

Basic

$

(0.14)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.77)

$

(0.35)

Assuming dilution

$

(0.14)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.77)

$

(0.35)

Loss per share from discontinued operations:

Basic

$

(0.00)

$

(0.00)

$

(0.02)

$

(0.00)

Assuming dilution

$

(0.00)

$

(0.00)

$

(0.02)

$

(0.00)

Net loss per share:

Basic

$

(0.14)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.79)

$

(0.35)

Assuming dilution

$

(0.14)

$

(0.27)

$

(0.79)

$

(0.35)

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

29,554

29,281

29,476

29,226

Assuming dilution

29,554

29,281

29,476

29,226

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

 

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(12 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(52 weeks)

(53 weeks)

Restaurant sales

91.3

%

93.9

%

93.3

%

93.9

%

Culinary contract services

6.7

%

4.1

%

4.8

%

4.1

%

Franchise revenue

1.8

%

1.9

%

1.8

%

1.8

%

Vending revenue

0.2

%

0.1

%

0.1

%

0.1

%

TOTAL SALES

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

(As a percentage of restaurant sales)

Cost of food

28.3

%

28.0

%

28.1

%

28.3

%

Payroll and related costs

36.1

%

35.9

%

35.9

%

35.2

%

Other operating expenses

18.6

%

16.6

%

17.7

%

16.1

%

Occupancy costs

6.4

%

5.6

%

6.2

%

5.9

%

Vending revenue

(0.2)

%

(0.2)

%

(0.2)

%

(0.2)

%

Store level profit

10.8

%

14.0

%

12.2

%

14.7

%

(As a percentage of total sales)

Marketing and advertising expenses

0.6

%

1.3

%

1.4

%

1.4

%

General and administrative expenses

9.0

%

9.0

%

8.7

%

9.1

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses

9.6

%

10.3

%

10.1

%

10.5

%

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(4.1)

%

(1.1)

%

(4.6)

%

(0.8)

%

 

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(Unaudited)

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

1,096

$

1,339

Trade accounts and other receivables, net

8,011

5,919

Food and supply inventories

4,453

4,596

Prepaid expenses

3,431

3,147

Assets related to discontinued operations

1

Deferred income taxes

540

  Total current assets

16,991

15,542

Property held for sale

3,372

5,522

Assets related to discontinued operations

2,755

3,192

Property and equipment, net

172,814

193,218

Intangible assets, net

19,640

21,074

Goodwill

1,068

1,605

Deferred income taxes

7,254

8,738

Other assets

2,563

3,334

Total assets

$

226,457

$

252,225

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

15,937

$

17,539

Liabilities related to discontinued operations

367

412

Current portion of credit facility debt

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

28,076

23,752

  Total current liabilities

44,380

41,703

Credit facility debt, net

30,698

37,000

Liabilities related to discontinued operations

16

17

Other liabilities

7,311

7,752

  Total liabilities

$

82,405

$

86,472

Commitments and Contingencies

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Common stock, $0.32 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; Shares issued were 29,624,083 and 29,440,041, respectively; Shares outstanding were 29,124,083 and 28,940,041, respectively

9,480

9,421

Paid-in capital

31,850

30,348

Retained earnings

107,497

130,759

Less cost of treasury stock, 500,000 shares

(4,775)

(4,775)

  Total shareholders' equity

144,052

165,753

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

226,457

$

252,225

 

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

(In thousands)

Year Ended

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(52 weeks)

(53 weeks)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net loss

$

(23,262)

$

(10,346)

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

Provision for asset impairments and net loss (gain) on property sales

8,762

734

Depreciation and amortization

20,438

21,906

Amortization of debt issuance cost

348

313

Share-based compensation expense

1,561

1,477

Excess tax deficit from share-based compensation

119

Deferred tax provision

2,792

4,707

Cash provided by operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

10,639

18,910

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Increase in trade accounts and other receivables

(2,092)

(744)

Decrease (Increase) in food and supply inventories

143

(616)

Decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets

504

215

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

446

(3,906)

Net cash provided by operating activities

9,640

13,859

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Proceeds from disposal of assets and property held for sale

9,286

4,794

Repayment of note receivable

17

Purchases of property and equipment

(12,502)

(18,253)

Net cash used in investing activities

(3,216)

(13,442)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Revolver borrowings

107,800

106,000

Revolver repayments

(140,400)

(106,500)

Debt issuance costs

(652)

(42)

Proceeds on term loan

35,000

Term loan repayments

(8,415)

Excess tax deficit from share-based compensation

(119)

Proceeds received on the exercise of employee stock options

82

Net cash used in financing activities

(6,667)

(579)

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(243)

(162)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,339

1,501

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

1,096

$

1,339

Cash paid for:

Income taxes

$

411

$

357

Interest

1,787

1,873

Although store level profit, defined as restaurant sales plus vending revenue, less cost of food, payroll and related costs, other operating expenses, and occupancy costs is a non-GAAP measure, we believe its presentation is useful because it explicitly shows the results of our most significant reportable segment.   The following table reconciles between store level profit, a non-GAAP measure to loss from continuing operations, a GAAP measure:

 

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(12 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(52 weeks)

(53 weeks)

(In thousands)

(In thousands)

Store level profit

$

8,551

$

12,881

$

42,943

$

55,419

Plus:

Sales from culinary contract services

5,826

3,969

17,943

16,695

Sales from franchise operations

1,556

1,839

6,723

7,250

Less:

Opening costs

61

99

492

787

Cost of culinary contract services

4,808

3,480

15,774

14,955

Cost of franchise operations

355

397

1,733

1,877

Depreciation and amortization

4,461

4,351

20,438

21,889

Selling, general and administrative expenses(a)

8,347

10,110

37,878

42,422

Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

3,447

1,233

10,567

1,442

Net loss (gain) on disposition of property and equipment

(2,023)

110

(1,804)

(684)

Interest income

(2)

(2)

(8)

(4)

Interest expense

544

574

2,443

2,247

Other income (expense), net

142

(188)

454

(186)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(138)

6,314

2,438

4,875

Loss from continuing operations

$

(4,069)

$

(7,789)

$

(22,796)

$

(10,256)

 

(a)

Marketing and advertising expense included in Selling, general and administrative expenses was $0.5 million and $1.2 million for the fourth quarter fiscal 2017 and 2016, respectively, and  $5.1 million  and $5.6 million for the fiscal year 2017 and 2016, respectively.

The Company has also provided a non-GAAP measurement which presents income (loss) from continuing operations, before special items.  The non-GAAP measurement is not intended to replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP.  Rather, the Company believes that the presentation of income (loss) from continuing operations, before special items, provides additional information to investors to facilitate the comparison of past and present operations, excluding items that the Company does not believe are indicative of our ongoing operations due to their size and/or nature.

 

Reconciliation of loss from continuing operations to income (loss) from continuing operations, before special items (1,2):

Q4 FY2017

Q4 FY2016

Item

Amount

($000s)

Per Share

($)

Amount

($000s)

Per Share

($)

Loss from continuing operations

$

(4,069)

$

(0.14)

$

(7,789)

$

(0.27)

Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

2,275

0.08

814

0.03

Net loss (gain) on disposition of property and equipment

(1,335)

(0.05)

73

0.00

Losses from closed stores(3)

275

0.01

289

0.01

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance

1,172

0.04

6,905

$

0.24

Income (loss) from continuing operations, before special items

$

(1,682)

$

(0.06)

$

292

$

0.01

FY2017

FY2016

Amount

($000s)

Per Share

($)

Amount

($000s)

Per Share

($)

Loss from continuing operations

$

(22,796)

$

(0.77)

$

(10,256)

$

(0.35)

Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

6,974

0.24

952

0.03

Net gain on disposition of property and equipment

(1,191)

(0.04)

(451)

(0.02)

Losses from closed stores(3)

1,371

0.05

1,216

0.05

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance

9,519

0.32

6,905

$

0.24

Loss from continuing operations, before special items

$

(6,123)

$

(0.21)

$

(1,634)

$

(0.06)

 

(1)

We use income (loss) from continuing operations, before special items, in analyzing results, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. 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. Luby's has reconciled loss from continuing operations, before special items, to loss from continuing operations, the nearest GAAP measure in context.

(2)

Per share amounts are per diluted share after tax.

(3)

Losses from closed stores includes the store level profit (loss) less depreciation  for stores that closed in fiscal 2017 (nine restaurants) and subsequent to fiscal 2017 year-end through November 7, 2017 (three restaurants).

Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization and excluding net gain (loss) on disposing of property and equipment, provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings, non-cash compensation expense, and other income (expense).

Adjusted EBITDA is intended as a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with GAAP.  We believe Adjusted EBITDA  provides useful information to management and investors in valuing the Company and evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing our results to other competitors. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA in evaluating management's performance when determining incentive compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures as computed by other companies. These measures should be considered supplemental and not a substitute or superior to other GAAP performance measures.

 

($ thousands)

Quarter Ended

Year Ended

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

August 30,

 2017

August 31,

 2016

(12 weeks)

(13 weeks)

(52 weeks)

(53 weeks)

Loss from continuing operations

$

(4,069)

$

(7,789)

$

(22,796)

$

(10,256)

Depreciation and amortization

4,461

4,351

20,438

21,889

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(138)

6,314

2,438

4,875

Interest expense

544

574

2,443

2,247

Interest income

(2)

(2)

(8)

(4)

Net loss (gain) on disposition of property and equipment

(2,023)

110

(1,804)

(684)

Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

3,447

1,233

10,567

1,442

Non-cash compensation expense

730

775

1,604

2,369

Franchise taxes

42

42

187

180

Decrease in fair value of derivative

45

266

Adjusted EBITDA

$

3,037

$

5,608

$

13,335

$

22,058



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