Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Reports Results for the Fiscal Third Quarter 2010
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc., (NASDAQ: RRGB), a casual dining restaurant chain focused on serving an innovative selection of high-quality gourmet burgers in a family-friendly atmosphere, today reported financial results for the 12 weeks ended October 3, 2010.
Financial and Operational Results
Results for the 12 weeks ended October 3, 2010, compared to the 12 weeks ended October 4, 2009, include the following:
-- Restaurant revenue increased 4.2% to $191.6 million. -- Company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 0.9% and guest counts increased 2.6%. -- Restaurant-level operating profit decreased 2.6% to $33.5 million. -- Selling, general and administrative expenses included a $3.4 million investment in the Company's fall TV media campaign and $2.3 million in pre-tax executive transition expenses. -- The Company recorded a GAAP net loss of $4.2 million, or loss of $0.27 per diluted share, including the effects of a non-cash restaurant impairment charge, and the executive transition expense. -- Non-GAAP adjusted net income was $1.8 million, or earnings of $0.11 per diluted share, excluding the effects of a non-cash impairment charge, and the executive transition expense. (See Schedule II at the end of this release for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP calculations to GAAP.) -- Three new company-owned Red Robin(R) restaurants opened during the fiscal third quarter 2010.
As of the end of the fiscal third quarter of 2010, there were 312 company-owned and 134 franchised Red Robin(R) restaurants.
Fiscal Third Quarter 2010 Results
Comparable restaurant sales increased 0.9% for company-owned restaurants in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 compared to the fiscal third quarter of 2009, driven by a 2.6% increase in guest counts, partially offset by a 1.7% decrease in the average guest check. Average weekly comparable sales from the 297 company-owned comparable restaurants were $52,019 in the fiscal third quarter of 2010, compared to $51,964 for the 269 company-owned comparable restaurants in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. Average weekly sales for the 15 non-comparable company-owned restaurants were $58,240 in the fiscal third quarter of 2010, compared to $49,385 for the 35 non-comparable restaurants in the fiscal third quarter a year ago. For all company-owned restaurants, average weekly sales were $52,296 from 3,730 operating weeks in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 compared to $51,667 from 3,648 operating weeks, in the fiscal third quarter of 2009.
Total Company revenues, which include company-owned restaurant sales and franchise royalties and fees, increased 4.2% to $194.8 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2010, versus $187.0 million last year. Franchise royalties and fees decreased 1.1% to $3.0 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 compared to the same period a year ago.
For the fiscal third quarter of 2010, the Company's U.S. franchise restaurant sales of $67.9 million were higher compared to $64.6 million in the prior year period. Comparable sales in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 for franchise restaurants in the U.S. increased 3.5% and for franchise restaurants in Canada decreased 0.6% from the fiscal third quarter of 2009. Average weekly comparable sales for the U.S. franchised restaurants were $49,215 from the 110 comparable restaurants in the fiscal third quarter of 2010, compared to $47,981 for the 101 comparable restaurants in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. Average weekly sales in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 for the Company's 17 comparable franchise restaurants in Canada were C$53,675 versus C$52,908 in the same period last year. Canadian results are in Canadian dollars.
Restaurant-level operating profit margins at company-owned restaurants were 17.5% in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 compared to 18.7% in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. As a percentage of restaurant revenue, fiscal third quarter 2010 restaurant-level operating profit margins were negatively impacted by a 1.0% increase in food and beverage costs and a 0.7% increase in labor costs, partially offset by a 0.5% decrease in occupancy costs.
Schedule I of this earnings release defines restaurant-level operating profit and reconciles this metric to income from operations and net income for all periods presented. The Company's restaurant-level operating profit metric is designed to afford management and investors with a basis for considering and comparing restaurant performance. It is not calculated in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). It is intended to supplement, rather than replace GAAP results. Restaurant-level operating profit is useful to management and to the Company's investors because it is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a meaningful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $22.6 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 and $16.1 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2009, which were 11.6% and 8.6% of total revenue, respectively. Included in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 was a $3.4 million investment in the Company's television media campaign, compared to $0.4 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. Also included in fiscal third quarter 2010 SG&A expense was approximately $2.3 million in executive transition costs, as well as higher performance-based bonus expense due to a reversal of $1.7 million in performance- based bonus expense in the fiscal third quarter of 2009.
During the fiscal third quarter 2010, the Company determined that four restaurants were impaired based on a review of each restaurant's past, present and projected operating performance. The carrying value of each restaurant's assets was compared to the fair value of those assets, resulting in a $6.1 million non-cash asset impairment charge.
Interest expense was $1.1 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2010, compared to $1.3 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2009.
The Company reported a $4.2 million net loss for the fiscal third quarter of 2010, or a loss of $0.27 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.7 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. Included in fiscal third quarter 2010 results were restaurant impairment charges and executive transition costs. Excluding the impairment and executive transition expense, and the related tax benefit, the Company's fiscal third quarter 2010 earnings would have been $0.11 per diluted share. Schedule II of this earnings release reconciles the impact on the net income and diluted earnings per share as reported on a GAAP basis in the fiscal third quarter of 2010 and 2009 to adjusted amounts excluding certain charges in the fiscal third quarter of 2010.
For the fiscal third quarter of 2010, the Company realized an effective tax benefit of 41.3% compared to an effective tax rate of 16.3% in the fiscal third quarter of 2009. The tax benefit is primarily due to the reduction in the Company's taxable net income due to the executive transition costs and the restaurant asset impairment charge, as well as more favorable general business and tax credits, primarily the FICA Tip Tax Credit, which more than offset the current year income tax. The Company anticipates that the effective tax rate for the full fiscal year 2010 will be a benefit of approximately 46%.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
On October 3, 2010, the Company held $11.2 million in cash and cash equivalents and had a total outstanding debt balance of $160.8 million, including $104.0 million of borrowings under its $150 million term loan, $45.2 million of borrowings under its $150 million revolving credit facility and $11.6 million outstanding for capital leases. The Company has also issued $6.2 million of outstanding letters of credit under its revolving credit facility. In the fiscal third quarter of 2010, the Company paid down $6.4 million in debt.
The Company is subject to a number of customary covenants under its credit agreement, including limitations on new credit facilities, acquisitions, dividend payments, and requirements to maintain certain financial ratios. As of October 3, 2010, the Company was in compliance with all of its debt covenants, and the Company expects to remain in full compliance for the remainder of the 2010 fiscal year.
The Company's fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 is a 12-week quarter. One new company-owned restaurant and one new franchised restaurant opened early in the fiscal fourth quarter. Four new company-owned restaurants and one new franchised restaurants are currently under construction. During the remainder of the fiscal fourth quarter, the Company expects to open the last three of its 11 new company-owned restaurants planned for 2010. The last of four new franchised restaurants planned for 2010 is expected to open late in the fiscal fourth quarter.
Due to the Company's long-term view of investment in the brand and the business, the competitive environment and the significant impact that small changes in revenue or costs currently have on its earnings per share, the Company is suspending its full year guidance with respect to specific revenue, comparable restaurant sales and earnings per share estimates. The Company expects same store sales trends to decrease as the fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 progresses, due to the absence of TV media support during the remainder of the quarter and more difficult year-over-year comparisons. The Company also anticipates continued commodity and labor cost pressures during the fiscal fourth quarter of 2010.
Through October 31, 2010, the first four weeks of the Company's 12-week fiscal fourth quarter of 2010, company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 4.3% and guest counts increased 4.2% from the prior year period, compared to a year-over-year company-owned comparable restaurant sales decrease of 11.6% and guest count decrease of 9.6% in the first four weeks of the fiscal fourth quarter of 2009. The first four weeks of the fiscal fourth quarter of 2010 included two weeks of national cable TV and some local network TV advertising, compared to two weeks of TV advertising limited to 10 local markets during the first four weeks of the fiscal fourth quarter of 2009.
The Company has spent $13.4 million for television advertising to support LTO promotions during fiscal year 2010, compared to $2.5 million that the Company spent on television advertising during the full fiscal year 2009. The Company's total marketing expense in fiscal year 2010 is expected to be about $29.0 million compared to $17.2 million spent in fiscal year 2009 and is included in selling, general and administrative expense.
For the last quarter of fiscal year 2010, the Company's run rate SG&A expense is expected to be approximately $17.0 million. Adding to that will be the Company's portion of TV marketing expense, which is $2.1 million in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2010.
Based on the Company's development plans and other infrastructure and maintenance costs, the Company expects total fiscal year 2010 capital expenditures to be approximately $34 million, which the Company expects to continue funding entirely out of operating cash flow. The Company also intends to make scheduled payments of $18.7 million required by the term loan portion of its existing credit facility from free cash flow after capital expenditures in fiscal year 2010 and expects to use its remaining free cash flow to make payments on the Company's revolving credit facility and maintain flexibility to opportunistically repurchase shares of the Company's common stock.
Investor Conference Call and Webcast
Red Robin will host an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter 2010 results today at 5:00 p.m. ET. The conference call number is (877) 407-0784. To access the webcast, please visit www.redrobin.com and select the "Investors" link from the menu. The quarterly financial information that the Company intends to discuss during the conference call is included in this press release and will be available on the "Investors" link of the Company's website at www.redrobin.com prior to the conference call.
About Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (NASDAQ: RRGB)
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (www.redrobin.com), a casual dining restaurant chain founded in 1969 that operates through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Red Robin International, Inc., serves up wholesome, fun, feel-good experiences in a family-friendly environment. Red Robin(R) restaurants are famous for serving more than two dozen insanely delicious, high-quality gourmet burgers in a variety of recipes with Bottomless Steak Fries(R), as well as salads, soups, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and signature Mad Mixology(R) Beverages. There are more than 440 Red Robin(R) restaurants located across the United States and Canada, including company-owned locations and those operating under franchise agreements.
Certain information and statements contained in this press release, including those under the heading "Outlook," are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements which are other than statements of historical facts including, without limitation, statements regarding future compliance with debt covenants, the number of new restaurants planned to be opened, anticipated restaurant sales, marketing, SG&A and other expenses, anticipated capital expenditures and intentions as to debt repayment. These statements may be identified, without limitation, by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believe," "continue," "expects," "anticipates," "will" or comparable terms or the negative thereof. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof. Such statements speak only as of the date hereof and we undertake no obligation to update any such statement to reflect events or circumstances arising after the date hereof. These statements are based on assumptions believed by us to be reasonable, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: our ability to open and operate additional restaurants in both new and existing markets profitably, the anticipated number of new restaurants and the timing of such openings; estimated costs of opening and operating new restaurants, including general and administrative, marketing and, franchise development costs; expected future revenues and earnings, comparable and non-comparable restaurant sales, results of operations, and future restaurant growth (both company-owned and franchised); anticipated restaurant operating costs, including commodity and food prices, labor and energy costs and selling, general and administrative expenses and the success of our advertising and marketing activities and tactics, including the effect on revenue and guest counts; anticipated advertising costs and plans to include television advertising to support 2010 LTO promotions; our ability to attract new guests and retain loyal guests; future capital expenditures and the anticipated amounts of such capital expenditures; our expectation that we will have adequate cash from operations and credit facility borrowings to reduce our debt and to meet all future debt service, capital expenditure, including restaurant development, and working capital requirements in fiscal year 2010; anticipated compliance with debt covenants; the sufficiency of the supply of commodities and labor pool to carry on our business; anticipated restaurant closings and related impairment charges; anticipated interest and tax expense; expectations regarding competition and our competitive advantages; and other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's 10-Q and 10-K filings with the SEC.
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except share amounts) (Unaudited) October 3, December 27, 2010 2009 Assets: Current Assets: Cash and cash $ 11,240 $ 20,268 equivalents Accounts 5,903 4,703 receivable, net Inventories 14,901 14,526 Prepaid expenses and other current 9,895 6,203 assets Income tax 2,887 4,713 receivable Deferred tax 1,968 4,127 asset Restricted current 6,489 665 assets--marketing funds Total current $ 53,283 $ 55,205 assets Property and 418,021 431,536 equipment, net Goodwill 61,769 61,769 Intangible 44,609 47,426 assets, net Other assets, net 4,023 4,159 Total assets $ 581,705 $ 600,095 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity: Current Liabilities: Trade accounts $ 14,379 $ 10,891 payable Construction 4,447 3,181 related payables Accrued payroll and payroll related 28,513 26,912 liabilities Unearned revenue 5,752 15,437 Accrued 22,138 18,818 liabilities Accrued liabilities--marketing 6,489 665 funds Current portion of term loan notes 18,739 18,739 payable Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease 868 779 obligations Total current $ 101,325 $ 95,422 liabilities Deferred rent 33,410 30,996 Long-term portion of term loan 85,214 103,954 notes payable Other long-term debt and capital 55,949 67,862 lease obligations Other non-current 8,152 13,239 liabilities Total liabilities $ 284,050 $ 311,473 Stockholders' Equity: Common stock; $0.001 par value: 30,000,000 shares authorized; 17,079,573 and 17,079,267 shares issued; 15,587,293 and 17 17 15,586,948 shares outstanding Preferred stock, $0.001 par value: 3,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and - - outstanding Treasury stock, 1,492,280 shares, (50,125 ) (50,125 ) at cost Paid-in capital 170,710 167,637 Accumulated other comprehensive (324 ) (1,212 ) loss, net of tax Retained earnings 177,377 172,305 Total stockholders' 297,655 288,622 equity Total liabilities and stockholders' $ 581,705 $ 600,095 equity
RED ROBIN GOURMET BURGERS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited) Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended October 3, October 4, October 3, October 4, 2010 2009 2010 2009 Revenues: Restaurant revenue $ 191,612 $ 183,878 $ 657,094 $ 648,436 Franchise royalties and 3,001 3,035 10,292 10,265 fees Other revenue 230 34 4,310 147 Total revenues 194,843 186,947 671,696 658,848 Costs and expenses: Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below): Cost of sales 46,723 42,961 160,432 156,472 Labor (includes $211, $126, $631, and $1,249 of stock- based compensation, 68,231 64,113 233,080 224,063 respectively) Operating 29,080 27,963 96,695 94,968 Occupancy 14,074 14,434 48,361 47,836 Depreciation and 13,341 13,112 43,777 43,815 amortization Selling, general, and administrative (includes $1,349, $600, $3,100, and $4,942 of stock-based compensation, respectively) 22,612 16,096 73,455 63,088 Pre-opening costs 740 125 1,992 3,263 Asset impairment charge 6,116 - 6,116 - Total costs and 200,917 178,804 663,908 633,505 expenses Income (loss) from (6,074 ) 8,143 7,788 25,343 operations Other expense (income): Interest expense, net 1,099 1,321 4,241 4,994 Other 7 10 (13 ) 29 Total other expenses 1,106 1,331 4,228 5,023 Income (loss) before (7,180 ) 6,812 3,560 20,320 income taxes Income tax (benefit) (2,967 ) 1,110 (1,512 ) 4,352 expense Net income (loss) $ (4,213 ) $ 5,702 $ 5,072 $ 15,968 Earnings (loss) per share: Basic $ (0.27 ) $ 0.37 $ 0.33 $ 1.04 Diluted $ (0.27 ) $ 0.37 $ 0.32 $ 1.03 Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 15,519 15,408 15,494 15,379 Diluted 15,519 15,535 15,668 15,488
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Restaurant-Level Operating Profit to Income
from Operations and Net Income
(In thousands, except percentage data)
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 revenues minus restaurant-level operating costs, excluding restaurant closures and impairment 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 a 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, pre-opening costs, reacquired franchise costs, legal settlements and costs associated with the tender offer of stock options attributed to non-restaurant employees. 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 generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations or net income as indicators of financial performance. Restaurant-level operating profit as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. The table below sets forth certain unaudited information for the 12 and 40 weeks ended October 3, 2010, and October 4, 2009, expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except for the components of restaurant operating costs, which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenues.
Twelve Weeks Ended Forty Weeks Ended October 3, 2010 October 4, 2009 October 3, 2010 October 4, 2009 Restaurant $ 191,612 98.3 % $ 183,878 98.4 % $ 657,094 97.8 % $ 648,436 98.4 % revenues Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below): Cost of sales 46,723 24.4 42,961 23.4 160,432 24.4 156,472 24.1 Labor 68,231 35.6 64,113 34.9 233,080 35.5 223,177 34.4 Operating 29,080 15.2 27,963 15.2 96,695 14.7 94,968 14.6 Occupancy 14,074 7.3 14,434 7.8 48,361 7.4 47,836 7.4 Tender offer stock-based compensation expense - - - - - - 886 0.2 Restaurant-level 33,504 17.5 34,407 18.7 118,526 18.0 125,097 19.3 operating profit Add - other 3,231 1.7 3,069 14,602 2.1 10,412 1.6 revenues Deduct - other operating: Depreciation and 13,341 6.8 13,112 7.0 43,777 6.5 43,815 6.7 amortization Selling, general, and 22,618 11.6 16,096 8.6 73,366 10.9 63,088 9.6 administrative Pre-opening 740 0.4 125 0.1 1,992 0.3 3,263 0.5 costs Tender offer stock-based compensation expense - - - - - - 3,116 0.5 Asset impairment 6,116 3.1 - - 6,116 0.9 - - charge Restaurant (6 ) 0.0 - - 89 0.0 598 0.1 closure costs Total other 42,809 22.0 29,333 15.7 125,340 18.7 113,880 17.4 operating Income (loss) (6,074 ) (3.1 ) 8,143 4.4 7,788 1.2 21,629 3.8 from operations Total other 1,106 0.6 1,331 0.7 4,228 0.6 5,023 0.8 expenses, net Income tax expense (2,967 ) (1.5 ) 1,110 0.6 -1,512 (0.2 ) 4,352 0.7 (benefit) Total other (1,861 ) (1.0 ) 2,441 1.3 2,716 0.4 9,375 1.5 Net income $ (4,213 ) (2.2 ) % $ 5,702 3.1 % $ 5,072 0.8 % $ 12,254 2.3 % (loss)
Certain percentage amounts in the table above do not sum due to rounding as well as the fact that restaurant operating costs are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenues, as opposed to total revenues.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results
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 3, 2010, net income and diluted net income per share, excluding the effects of the executive transition costs and impairment of four restaurants. The Company believes that the presentation of net income (loss) and earnings per share exclusive of the identified charges 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. The non-GAAP results were calculated using an assumed 8% effective tax rate on income before taxes excluding the identified charges. 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 3, 2010 October 4, October 3, 2010 October 4, 2009 2009 Net income (loss) as $ (4,213 ) $ 5,702 $ 5,072 $ 15,968 reported Asset 6,116 - 6,116 - impairment Executive transition 2,329 - 2,512 - costs Income tax (2,475 ) - (2,475 ) - expense Net income excluding impairment charges and and executive $ 1,757 $ 5,702 $ 11,225 $ 15,968 transition costs Basic net income (loss) per share: Net income $ (0.27 ) $ 0.37 $ 0.33 $ 1.04 (loss) Asset 0.39 - 0.39 - impairment Executive transition 0.15 - 0.16 - costs Income tax (0.16 ) - (0.16 ) - expense Basic net income excluding impairment charges and executive $ 0.11 $ 0.37 $ 0.72 $ 1.04 transition costs Diluted net income (loss) per share: Net income $ (0.27 ) 0.37 0.32 1.03 (loss) Asset 0.39 - 0.39 - impairment Executive transition 0.15 - 0.16 - costs Income tax (0.16 ) - (0.16 ) - expense Diluted net income excluding impairment charges and executive $ 0.11 $ 0.37 $ 0.72 $ 1.03 transition costs Weighted average shares outstanding: Basic 15,519 15,408 15,494 15,379 Diluted 15,704 15,535 15,668 15,488
Source: Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc.
Released November 4, 2010