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Brinker International Reports First Quarter Results

DALLAS, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 28, 2016.

Highlights include the following:

  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share decreased 22.2 percent to $0.42 compared to $0.54 for the first quarter of fiscal 2016
  • Earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, decreased 12.5 percent to $0.49 compared to $0.56 for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • Brinker's total revenues decreased 0.5 percent to $758.5 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016 and company sales decreased 0.4 percent to $737.4 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2016
  • Chili's company-owned comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.4 percent
  • Maggiano's comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.6 percent
  • Chili's franchise comparable restaurant sales decreased 0.6 percent, which includes a 1.6 percent decrease for U.S. franchise restaurants, partially offset by an increase of 0.9 percent for international franchise restaurants
  • Operating income,  as a percent of total revenues, declined approximately 190 basis points to 5.5 percent compared to 7.4 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2016
  • Restaurant operating margin,  as a percent of company sales, declined approximately 130 basis points to 13.3 percent compared to 14.6 percent for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • For the first three months of fiscal 2017, cash flows provided by operating activities were $66.2 million and capital expenditures totaled $27.1 million. Free cash flow was approximately $39.1 million (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • The company closed the private offering of $350 million of its 5.0% senior notes due 2024, entered into a $300 million accelerated share repurchase agreement ("ASR") and amended the revolving credit agreement to increase the borrowing amount available from $750 million to $1 billion
  • The company spent $350 million to repurchase shares including the $300 million for the ASR. The company received an initial delivery of approximately 4.6 million shares of common stock pursuant to the ASR agreement and repurchased approximately 1.0 million additional shares of common stock in the open market for a total of 5.6 million shares

"We remain optimistic about our growth plans despite a choppy first quarter and are seeing traction with stronger comparable restaurant sales for Chili's in October," said Wyman Roberts, chief executive officer and president. "In the first quarter, the casual dining category was more challenging than we anticipated, but we are gaining share and are rolling out multiple growth platforms - craft beer taps, happy hour, To Go, Plenti points for My Chili's Rewards loyalty program - that we expect will build through the second half and beyond."


Table 1: Q1 comparable restaurant sales1

Company-owned, reported brands and franchise; percentage




Q1 17


Q1 16

Brinker International


(1.3)


(1.6)

  Chili's Company-Owned





     Comparable Restaurant Sales


(1.4)


(1.6)

     Pricing Impact2


1.2


1.4

     Mix-Shift2,3


1.5


(1.6)

     Traffic2


(4.1)


(1.4)

  Maggiano's





     Comparable Restaurant Sales


(0.6)


(1.7)

     Pricing Impact2


2.3


2.8

     Mix-Shift2,3


(1.3)


(0.9)

     Traffic2


(1.6)


(3.6)






Chili's Franchise4


(0.6)


2.2

  U.S. Comparable Restaurant Sales


(1.6)


0.8

  International Comparable Restaurant Sales


0.9


4.8






Chili's Domestic5


(1.3)


(1.1)

System-wide6


(1.1)


(0.5)




1


Comparable restaurant sales includes all restaurants that have been in operation for more than 18 months.

2


Reclassifications have been made between pricing impact, mix-shift and traffic in the prior year to conform with current year classification.

3


Mix shift is calculated as the year over year percentage change in company sales resulting from the change in menu items ordered by guests.

4


Revenues generated by franchisees are not included in revenues on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income; however, we generate royalty revenue and advertising fees based on franchisee revenues, where applicable. We believe including franchise comparable restaurant sales provides investors information regarding brand performance that is relevant to current operations and may impact future restaurant development.

5


Chili's Domestic comparable restaurant sales percentages are derived from sales generated by company-owned and franchise operated Chili's restaurants in the United States.

6


System-wide comparable restaurant sales are derived from sales generated by company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants in addition to the sales generated at franchise operated restaurants.

Quarterly Operating Performance
CHILI'S first quarter company sales decreased 0.7 percent to $648.6 million from $653.1 million in the prior year primarily due to a decline in comparable restaurant sales, partially offset by an increase in restaurant capacity. As compared to the prior year, Chili's restaurant operating margin1 declined. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, increased due to higher advertising and repairs and maintenance expenses, partially offset by lower workers' compensation insurance expenses. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, increased compared to the prior year due to higher wage rates.  Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, decreased due to increased menu pricing and favorable commodity pricing related to poultry and burger meat, partially offset by unfavorable menu item mix and commodity pricing primarily related to avocados.

MAGGIANO'S first quarter company sales increased 1.6 percent to $88.8 million from $87.4 million in the prior year primarily due to an increase in restaurant capacity, partially offset by a decline in comparable restaurant sales. As compared to the prior year, Maggiano's restaurant operating margin1 improved. Cost of sales, as a percent of company sales, was positively impacted by increased menu pricing and favorable commodity pricing, partially offset by unfavorable menu item mix. Restaurant labor, as a percent of company sales, decreased compared to the prior year due to a lower incentive bonuses, partially offset by higher wage rates. Restaurant expenses, as a percent of company sales, were flat compared to the prior year.

1Restaurant operating margin is defined as Company sales less Cost of sales, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses and excludes Depreciation and amortization expenses. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below)

FRANCHISE AND OTHER revenues decreased 4.5 percent to $21.1 million for the first quarter compared to $22.1 million in the prior year. Brinker franchisees generated approximately $331 million in sales2 for the first quarter of fiscal 2017.

2Royalty revenues are recognized based on the sales generated and reported to the company by franchisees.

Other
Depreciation and amortization expense decreased $0.3 million for the quarter primarily due to an increase in fully depreciated assets and restaurant closures, partially offset by depreciation on asset replacements and new restaurant openings.

General and administrative expense decreased approximately $0.6 million primarily due to lower payroll and legal expenses, partially offset by higher performance-based compensation.

On a GAAP basis, the effective income tax rate decreased to 29.5 percent in the current quarter from 31.9 percent in the prior year quarter. Excluding the impact of special items, the effective income tax rate decreased to 30.9 percent in the current quarter compared to 32.1 percent.  The effective income tax rates decreased in the current quarter primarily due to lower profits and the impact of tax credits.

Non-GAAP Measures
Brinker management uses certain non-GAAP measures in analyzing operating performance and believes that the presentation of these measures in this release provides investors with information that is beneficial to gaining an understanding of the company's operating results. Non-GAAP disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for operating results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.  Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures are included in the tables below.

Table 2: Reconciliation of net income excluding special items

Q1 17 and Q1 16; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax


Brinker believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results. Special items in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 consist primarily of charges related to restaurant closures and information technology restructuring.




Q1 17


EPS Q1 17


Q1 16


EPS Q1 16

Net Income


23.2


0.42


33.2


0.54

Special items1


6.1


0.11


1.7


0.03

Income tax effect related to special items


(2.3)


(0.04)


(0.7)


(0.01)

Special items, net of taxes


3.8


0.07


1.0


0.02

Net Income excluding special items


27.0


0.49


34.2


0.56





1

See footnote "b" to the consolidated statements of comprehensive income for additional details on the composition of these amounts.

 

Table 3: Calculation of restaurant operating margin and reconciliation to operating income

Q1 17 and Q1 F16; $ millions


Brinker believes presenting restaurant operating margin provides a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance.




Q1F17


Q1F16

Company sales


737.4



740.5


  Cost of sales


192.3



196.6


  Restaurant labor


250.6



246.6


  Restaurant expenses


196.6



189.2


Restaurant operating margin


97.9



108.1


Divided by company sales


737.4



740.5


Restaurant operating margin as a percent of company sales


13.3

%


14.6

%






Restaurant operating margin


97.9



108.1


Franchise and other revenues


21.1



22.1


Depreciation and amortization


(38.9)



(39.2)


General and administrative


(32.5)



(33.1)


Other gains and charges


(6.1)



(1.7)


Operating income


41.5



56.2


Divided by total revenues


758.5



762.6


Operating income as a percent of total revenues


5.5

%


7.4

%

 

Table 4: Reconciliation of free cash flow

Q1 17; $ millions


Brinker believes presenting free cash flow provides a useful measure to evaluate the cash flow available for reinvestment after considering the capital requirements of our business operations.




Thirteen Week
Period Ended
Sept. 28, 2016

Cash flows provided by operating activities


66.2

Capital expenditures


(27.1)

Free cash flow


39.1

Guidance Policy
Brinker provides annual guidance as it relates to comparable restaurant sales, earnings per diluted share, excluding special items, and other key line items in the statement of comprehensive income and will only provide updates if there is a material change versus the original guidance.

Webcast Information
Investors and interested parties are invited to listen to today's conference call, as management will provide further details of the quarter. The call will broadcast live on Brinker's Web site (www.brinker.com) at 9 a.m. CDT today (Oct. 25). For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available shortly thereafter and will remain on Brinker's Web site until the end of the day Nov. 22, 2016.

Additional financial information, including statements of income which detail operations excluding special items, franchise and other revenues, and comparable restaurant sales trends by brand, is also available on Brinker's Web site under the Financial Information section of the Investor tab.

Forward Calendar
-  SEC Form 10-Q for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 filing on or before Nov. 7, 2016; and
-  Second quarter earnings release, before market opens, Jan. 25, 2017.

About Brinker
Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, as of Sept. 28, 2016, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,652 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,601 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (51 restaurants).

Forward-Looking Statements
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties which are, in many instances, beyond our control. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, general business and economic conditions, financial and credit market conditions, credit availability, reduced disposable income, the impact of competition, the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, franchisee success, the seasonality of the company's business, increased minimum wages, increased health care costs, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, product availability, fuel and utility costs and availability, terrorist acts, consumer perception of food safety, changes in consumer taste, health epidemics or pandemics, changes in demographic trends, availability of employees, unfavorable publicity, the company's ability to meet its business strategy plan, acts of God, governmental regulations, inflation, technology failures, and failure to protect the security of data of our guests and teammates, as well as the risks described under the caption "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




Thirteen Week Periods Ended



Sept. 28, 2016


Sept. 23, 2015

Revenues:





Company sales


$

737,410



$

740,481


Franchise and other revenues (a)


21,082



22,078


Total revenues


758,492



762,559


Operating costs and expenses:





Company restaurants (excluding depreciation and amortization)





Cost of sales


192,302



196,603


Restaurant labor


250,570



246,577


Restaurant expenses


196,643



189,173


Company restaurant expenses


639,515



632,353


Depreciation and amortization


38,886



39,171


General and administrative


32,537



33,111


Other gains and charges (b)


6,078



1,677


Total operating costs and expenses


717,016



706,312


Operating income


41,476



56,247


Interest expense


8,809



7,767


Other, net


(299)



(273)


Income before provision for income taxes


32,966



48,753


Provision for income taxes


9,733



15,546


Net income


$

23,233



$

33,207







Basic net income per share


$

0.42



$

0.55







Diluted net income per share


$

0.42



$

0.54







Basic weighted average shares outstanding


54,844



60,225







Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


55,576



61,208







Other comprehensive loss:





Foreign currency translation adjustment (c)


$

(481)



$

(2,805)


Other comprehensive loss


(481)



(2,805)


Comprehensive income


$

22,752



$

30,402







(a)

Franchise and other revenues primarily includes royalties, development fees, franchise fees, Maggiano's banquet service charge income, gift card breakage and discounts, tabletop gaming revenue, Chili's retail food product royalties and delivery fee income.

(b) 

Other gains and charges include:

 


Thirteen Week Periods Ended


Sept. 28, 2016


Sept. 23, 2015

Restaurant closure charges

$

2,506



$


Information technology restructuring

2,491




Severance

293



2,159


Acquisition costs



580


Gain on the sale of assets, net



(1,762)


Other

788



700



$

6,078



$

1,677




(c) 

The foreign currency translation adjustment included in comprehensive income on the consolidated statements of comprehensive income represents the unrealized impact of translating the financial statements of the Canadian restaurants and the Mexican joint venture from their respective functional currencies to U.S. dollars. This amount is not included in net income and would only be realized upon disposition of the businesses.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Sept. 28, 2016


June 29, 2016






ASSETS





Current assets


$

174,453



$

176,774


Net property and equipment (a)


1,028,108



1,043,152


Total other assets


255,965



249,534


Total assets


$

1,458,526



$

1,469,460


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT





Current installments of long-term debt


$

3,848



$

3,563


Other current liabilities


421,773



428,880


Long-term debt, less current installments


1,441,979



1,110,693


Other liabilities


141,991



139,423


Total shareholders' deficit


(551,065)



(213,099)


Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit


$

1,458,526



$

1,469,460




(a)

At Sept. 28, 2016, the company owned the land and buildings for 191 of the 1,000 company-owned restaurants. The net book values of the land totaled $143.2 million and the buildings totaled $103.6 million associated with these restaurants.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Thirteen Week Periods Ended



Sept. 28, 2016


Sept. 23, 2015

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:





Net income


$

23,233



$

33,207


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





Depreciation and amortization


38,886



39,171


Stock-based compensation


4,034



4,189


Restructure charges and other impairments


5,150



574


Net loss (gain) on disposal of assets


481



(1,233)


Changes in assets and liabilities


(5,564)



(30,022)


Net cash provided by operating activities


66,220



45,886


Cash Flows from Investing Activities:





Payments for property and equipment


(27,111)



(23,731)


Payment for purchase of restaurants




(105,577)


Proceeds from sale of assets




2,756


Net cash used in investing activities


(27,111)



(126,552)


Cash Flows from Financing Activities:





Proceeds from issuances of long-term debt


350,000




Purchases of treasury stock


(349,963)



(51,061)


Payments on revolving credit facility


(83,000)




Borrowings on revolving credit facility


70,000



155,500


Payments of dividends


(18,298)



(18,076)


Payments for deferred financing costs


(9,183)




Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock


3,396



1,306


Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation


1,538



4,752


Payments on long-term debt


(890)



(849)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities


(36,400)



91,572


Net change in cash and cash equivalents


2,709



10,906


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


31,446



55,121


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

34,155



$

66,027


 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

RESTAURANT SUMMARY




First Quarter

Openings

Fiscal 2017


Total Restaurants

Sept. 28, 2016


Projected Openings
Fiscal 2017

Company-Owned Restaurants:







Chili's Domestic


2


936


5-6

Chili's International



13


1

Maggiano's


1


51


2



3


1,000


8-9

Franchise Restaurants:







Chili's Domestic


1


317


5-8

Chili's International


4


335


35-40



5


652


40-48

Total Restaurants:







Chili's Domestic


3


1,253


10-14

Chili's International


4


348


36-41

Maggiano's


1


51


2



8


1,652


48-57

 

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