Good Times Restaurants Q2 Same Store Sales Up Across Both Brands
Good Times’ Same Store Sales Increase 7.1% – Bad Daddy’s Adjusted Same Store Sales Increase 0.7%
Good Times Restaurants Inc. reported Q2 same store sales growth across both brands. Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard same store sales increased 7.1%, while Bad Daddy’s reported same store sales increase of 0.2% (0.7% increase when adjusted to account for one location heavily impacted by local construction). This marks the 7th consecutive quarter of same store growth for Good Times and the 12th consecutive quarter of positive comp sales for Bad Daddy’s.
April 3, 2018–DENVER, CO–(BusinessWire)
Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional quick-service restaurant chain focused on fresh, high-quality, all-natural products, and of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar, a full-service, upscale concept, today announced that its Good Times’ same store sales increased 7.1% in its fiscal second quarter ended March 27, 2018 over the prior year’s increase of 0.5%, and its Bad Daddy’s same store sales increased 0.2% during the quarter over the prior year’s increase of 3.2%. Excluding the Cherry Creek location which continues to be impacted by construction in the surrounding area, Bad Daddy’s adjusted same store sales increased 0.7% for the quarter.
Boyd Hoback, President & CEO, said, “We saw our seventh consecutive quarter of sequential improvement in our same store sales at Good Times, and significantly exceeded our guidance of 3.5% comps during the quarter. We are very pleased with our results during the quarter, as we continue to compete in an environment with significant discounting in both of our competitive segments. The introduction of our Spicy Chicken Sandwich in March helped drive traffic, supported by media during the final three weeks in March, a month when Good Times’ same store sales increased 8.9%.”
Regarding Bad Daddy’s results, Hoback added, “Our Bad Daddy’s brand also performed very well, posting positive comp sales for the twelfth consecutive quarter. For the quarter, our average weekly sales for Bad Daddy’s restaurants opened during fiscal 2017 and 2018 were $52,600, annualizing solidly above our $2.5 million new unit target taking into account that our second quarter is typically seasonally our slowest quarter. Our first Atlanta store opened in January is exceeding expectations; we opened our first Tennessee Bad Daddy’s in Chattanooga on April 2nd and are on track for five additional new Bad Daddy’s this year.”
About Good Times Restaurants Inc.: Good Times Restaurants Inc. operates Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, a regional chain of quick service restaurants located primarily in Colorado, and in its wholly owned subsidiary, Good Times Drive Thru Inc. Good Times provides a menu of high quality all-natural hamburgers, 100% all-natural chicken tenderloins, fresh frozen custard, natural cut fries, fresh lemonades and other unique offerings. Good Times currently operates and franchises a total of 38 restaurants.
The ONE Group Q4 Comparable Sales and Revenue Up
Q4 total GAAP revenue increased 6.1% to $21.7 million
The ONE Group reported that Q4 total GAAP revenue increased 6.1% to $21.7 million, comparable sales for owned and managed STK units increased 9.5%. Full Year 2017 financials indicate total GAAP revenue increased 10.2% to $79.8 million and Adjusted EBITDA increased 57.7% to $7.0 million.
March 28, 2018–NEW YORK, NY–(BusinessWire)
The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc., today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017. The Company also provided a development update, issued long-term growth targets and announced the appointment of a new director.
Highlights for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 were as follows:
- Total GAAP revenue increased 6.1% to $21.7 million compared to $20.4 million in the same period last year;
- Comparable sales for owned and managed STK units, inclusive of our international units*, increased 9.5% compared to the same period last year. Domestic comparable sales were +6% and international comparable sales were +15.5%;
- GAAP net income from continuing operations before income taxes was $71,000 compared to a loss of $2.1 million for the same period last year;
- GAAP net loss attributable to The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. was $331,000 or $0.01 loss per share compared to GAAP net loss of $16.1 million or $0.64 loss per share for the same period last year;
- Adjusted EBITDA** increased 58% to $2.4 million compared to the same period last year and 54% to $7.0 million for the full year; and,
- Total restaurant expenses decreased 540 basis points from 88% to 83% as a percentage of revenues.
Emanuel “Manny” Hilario, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Fiscal 2017 was an outstanding year for both sales and profitability at The ONE Group. We stayed committed and made strong progress implementing and executing our four-point strategy of driving comparable sales; focusing growth on license and management deals; improving operational efficiency in the restaurants; and reducing corporate G&A. The comparable sales and EBITDA growth in our fourth quarter further demonstrates the successful execution of this strategy and we are confident this success will continue. We are particularly proud of the 540 basis point increase to consolidated restaurant level margin compared to last year as well as the over 50% increase in our fourth quarter and annual profits at the EBITDA level.”
Mr. Hilario continued, “Looking ahead, 2018 is shaping up to be even more exciting than last year. Interest in our brand is growing stronger as evidenced by the development pipeline for our high margin, asset-light business and we continue to see interest in our brand on a world-wide basis. Strong execution at the restaurant level coupled with our highly differentiated experience provides us with great confidence that 2018 will be a highly productive year for our business.”
Mr. Hilario concluded, “We are pleased to be providing greater transparency to our investors by articulating long-term growth targets. Growing our top-line will be based upon an asset-light model of adding three to five licensed units and one to two food and beverage hospitality deals annually, coupled with comparable sales growth in the low single digits (1% to 2%). We also intend to maintain strong restaurant-level EBITDA margins, benefitting from economies of scale and operating efficiencies, while remaining disciplined in our G&A management. If these targets can be achieved, we should be able to generate consistent growth in Adjusted EBITDA of 20%+ over the long-term.”
*Comparable sales or same store sales (“SSS”), represents total food and beverage sales at owned and managed units opened for a full 18-month period. This metric includes total revenue from our US owned and managed STK locations as well as the revenue reported to us with respect to comparable sales at our international locations (measured in constant currency), and excludes revenues where we do not directly control the event sales force (Royalton Hotel in NY and The W Hotel in Westwood, CA).
Total food and beverage sales at owned and managed units, a non-GAAP measure, represents our total revenue from our owned operations as well as the revenue reported to us with respect to sales at our managed locations, where we earn management and incentive fees at these locations. For a reconciliation of our GAAP revenue to total food and beverage sales at our owned and managed units and a discussion of why we consider it useful, see the financial information accompanying this release.
** Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, represents net loss before interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-cash impairment loss, deferred rent, pre-opening expenses, non-recurring gains and losses, stock based compensation, losses from discontinued operations and certain transactional costs. For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why we consider it useful, see the financial information accompanying this release.
Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total GAAP Revenue increased 6.1% to $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $20.4 million in the same period last year due to sales increases in comparable and new stores along with increased revenue from management, license and incentive fee revenue.
Total owned net revenues increased 2.0% to $18.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $18.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily due the opening of the STK in Denver in January 2017 and an increase in comparable sales, partially offset by the closing of the STK in Washington, DC in December 2016.
Comparable sales from owned STK units increased 5.8%, while comparable sales from both owned and managed STK units increased 6.0%. These increases reflect strong performances of the STK brand.
Management, license and incentive fee revenue increased 36.5% to $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increase was driven by higher management and incentive fees reflecting the strong performances of our European locations along with the launch of the licensed STK in Dubai in December.
GAAP net loss attributable to The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. in the fourth quarter of 2017 the quarter was $331,000 or $0.01 loss per share compared to GAAP net loss of $16.1 million or $0.64 loss per share in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Adjusted EBITDA** increased 57.7% to $2.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 from $1.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Total food and beverage sales at owned and managed units* increased 1.4% to $44.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to $43.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Full Year 2017 Financial Results
Total GAAP Revenue increased 10.2% to $79.8 million for the full year 2017 compared to $72.4 million in 2016 due to sales increases in comparable and new stores along with increased revenue from management, license and incentive fee revenue.
Total owned net revenues increased 7.7% to $68.9 million in the full year 2017 compared to $63.9 million in the full year 2016. The increase was primarily due to the opening of our STK in Denver and the increase in comparable sales across the brand restaurants.
Comparable sales from owned STK units increased 0.5% while comparable sales from owned and managed STK units increased 2.6% reflecting the success throughout the year of focused sales initiatives.
Management, license and incentive fee revenue increased 29.0% to $10.9 million in the full year 2017 compared to $8.5 million in the prior full year. The revenues increase was primarily driven by our UK operations.
GAAP net loss attributable to The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. in the full year 2017 was $4.2 million or $0.16 loss per share compared to GAAP net loss of $16.7 million or $0.66 loss per share in the full year 2016.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 53.6% to $7.0 million in the full year 2017 from $4.5 million in the full year 2016.
Total food and beverage sales at owned and managed units* increased 8.0% to $169.8 million in the full year 2017 compared to $157.2 million in the full year 2016
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FAT Brands Inc. Recaps Exciting 2017, including IPO, Acquisitions, and Same Store Sales Growth
Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express – Same-store sales growth in core domestic market of 7.4% in 2017 – System-wide same-store sales growth of 2.3% in 2017
FAT Brands Inc. had an exciting 2017, including the formation of FAT Brands Inc. in March, an IPO resulting in $20.9 million net proceeds, the acquisition of Homestyle Dining LLC (Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouse), definitive agreement to acquire Hurricane Grill & Wings, and positive same store sales growth across the brands. Fatburger, the brand’s flagship concept, increased same store sales in core domestic markets 7.4%, the 8th consecutive year of positive domestic same store sales growth for the concept. FAT Brands Inc. now owns five restaurant brands and have approximately 300 locations open, with 300 more in development.
March 28, 2018–LOS ANGELES, CA–(BusinessWire)
FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. today announced financial results for fiscal 2017.
Andy Wiederhorn, President and CEO of FAT Brands, commented, “2017 was an eventful year for FAT Brands. Not only did we form the company, but we successfully completed an IPO, acquired the Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouse (“Ponderosa”) brands, and signed a definitive agreement to purchase Hurricane Grill & Wings (“Hurricane”). Our company’s foundation is strong, our platform is highly scalable, and FAT Brands is poised for growth.”
Wiederhorn continued, “We saw continued strong business momentum in 2017, with positive same-store sales growth domestically across all of our brands. Trends at our flagship brand, Fatburger were particularly strong, with adjusted same-store sales growth in core domestic markets up 7.4% year-over-year, marking Fatburger’s 8th consecutive year of positive, domestic same-store sales growth. These results were driven by continued strength in delivery, as well as a strong reception to the initial launch of the Impossible Burger, a plant-based burger which tastes, cooks, and smells like fresh ground beef. We are pleased to report that we have seen the momentum from 2017 carry into 2018 across most of our brands, with Fatburger reporting system-wide same store sales growth of over 6%, Buffalo’s up 0.2% and Ponderosa system-wide down 0.6% year-to-date.”
“We now expect to close on the Hurricane acquisition in the second quarter of 2018. Pro forma for the Hurricane acquisition and after full integration of expected synergies, we continue to expect annualized revenue (next 12 months beginning in the 3rdquarter of 2018) to exceed $18.5 million, and annualized EBITDA of greater than $11 million, or $1.10 per share. Excluding Hurricane, we expect annualized revenues from our Fatburger, Buffalo’s, and Ponderosa brands to total $14 million, resulting in EBITDA of $7 million,” Wiederhorn concluded.
The Company was formed as a Delaware corporation on March 21, 2017 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc. (“FCCG”). The Company was formed for the purpose of completing a public offering and related transactions, and to acquire and continue certain businesses previously conducted by subsidiaries of FCCG. These transactions occurred on October 20, 2017.
The following highlights present key components of our consolidated results of operations for the period beginning March 21, 2017 (inception) through December 31, 2017, which includes the operating results of Fatburger, Buffalo’s and Ponderosa for the period from October 20, 2017 (acquisition) through December 31, 2017. Because this is our initial year of operation, comparative information is not available.
2017 FAT Brands Inc. Highlights
- Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express
- Same-store sales growth(1)in core domestic market of 7.4% in 2017
- System-wide same-store sales growth(2)of 2.3% in 2017
- Total revenues of $6.7 million
- EBITDA of $4.2 million
- Net income of $2.2 million
- 20 new store openings
- Buffalo’s Café
- Same-store sales growth(3)of 1.4% in 2017
- Total revenue of $1.8 million
- EBITDA of $974,000
- Net income of $639,000
- Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouse
- Same-store sales growth in core domestic market of 1.1% in 2017
- System-wide same-store sales growth of negative 2.7% in 2017
- Total revenue of $807,000(4)
- EBITDA loss of $8,000(4)
- 1 new store opening in 2017
(1) Excludes 1 Fatburger location that was adversely affected by ongoing construction
(2) Excludes 2 Fatburger locations that were adversely affected by ongoing construction
(3) Excludes 2 Buffalo’s locations with extraordinary adverse conditions from construction, changes in alcohol laws and political sanctions affecting supply chain
(4) Includes the operating results of Ponderosa for the period from October 20, 2017 (acquisition) through December 31, 2017.
Fatburger and Buffalo’s were historically under control of FCCG and are predecessors of FAT Brands for financial reporting purposes. To provide financial information by brand in the highlights below, the data presented was compiled for fiscal 2017, combining the audited financial statements of Fatburger and Buffalo’s for the pre-acquisition period from December 26, 2016 through October 19, 2017 with the Fatburger and Buffalo’s brand results included in the audited consolidated financial statements of FAT Brands Inc. for the period beginning March 21, 2017 (inception) through December 31, 2017 (which includes the brand results of Fatburger and Buffalo’s from October 20, 2017 through December 31, 2017).
FAT Brands was not affiliated with the Ponderosa entities until they became our wholly-owned subsidiaries on October 20, 2017.
2017 Key Events
FAT Brands Inc. was formed on March 21, 2017 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of FCCG.
On October 20, 2017, the Company completed its initial public offering, raising $20.9 million in net proceeds. In connection with the IPO, FCCG contributed its two operating subsidiaries, Fatburger North America, Inc. and Buffalo’s Franchise Concepts Inc. to the Company. Additionally, FCCG consummated the acquisition of Homestyle Dining LLC, and immediately contributed its franchising subsidiaries, Ponderosa Franchising Company, Bonanza Franchising Company and some of their affiliates to FAT Brands.
On November 15, 2017 the Company announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Hurricane Grill & Wings, a Florida-based restaurant brand with over 60 units open or under construction. The acquisition is expected to close in the second quarter of 2018, subject to customary closing conditions including the receipt of financing.
Key Financial Definitions
New store openings – The number of new store openings reflects the number of stores opened during a particular reporting period. The total number of new stores per year and the timing of stores openings has, and will continue to have, an impact on our results.
Same-store sales growth – Same-store sales growth reflects the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable store base, which we define as the number of stores open for at least one full fiscal year. Given our focused marketing efforts and public excitement surrounding each opening, new stores often experience an initial start-up period with considerably higher than average sales volumes, which subsequently decrease to stabilized levels after three to six months. Thus, we do not include stores in the comparable base until they have been open for at least one full fiscal year. We expect that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future as we continue to open and expand into new markets.
About FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands
Jamba, Inc. Reports Results for the First, Second, and Third Quarters of Fiscal 2017
Total Revenue declined $6.1 million to $56.3 million, primarily due to the Company’s transition to an asset light business model and the exit of non-core business units.
Jamba Juice reported a $6.1 million total revenue decrease to $56.3 million, which the company attributed to the transition to an asset light business model and the exit of non-core business units. The brand reported increases in domestic system-wide sales to $392.9 million and a 39.2% increase in Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA. The company opened 35 new units, 27 domestically and 8 internationally.
March 15, 2018–FRISCO, TX–(BusinessWire)
Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ:JMBA) (“the Company”) today announced financial results for the fiscal quarters ended April 4, 2017 (“first quarter”), July 4, 2017 (“second quarter”), and October 3, 2017 (“third quarter”), and updated its fiscal 2017 and 2018 financial guidance.
Highlights for the 39-week period ended October 3, 2017 compared to the 39-week period ended September 27, 2016:
- Total Revenue declined $6.1 million to $56.3 million, primarily due to the Company’s transition to an asset light business model and the exit of non-core business units.
- Domestic system-wide sales increased $7.1 million to $392.9 million.
- Net Income (Loss) improved $5.4 million, to a loss of $1.9 million.
- Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA increased 39.2% to $12.8 million.
- Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Margin increased to 22.8%, compared to 14.8%.
- Opened 35 new stores, of which 27 were domestic and eight international.
- Completed portfolio optimization transactions in Chicago, Phoenix, and Seattle, including development agreements for 32 new stores across the three markets.
Dave Pace, President and Chief Executive Officer, noted: “Along with the filing of the 2016 10-K on February 12th, completion of the 2017 10-Qs meets an important filing deadline, and accelerates our return to a standard reporting cadence.”
Pace continued: “Financial results for the first three quarters of 2017 reflect our concrete actions to reinvigorate the Jamba business. We enhanced our organization with experienced additions to the leadership team, exited non-core and underperforming business units to improve profitability, and launched innovative new products. Together, these changes elevated the customer experience in our stores. We saw sequential improvements in comparable store sales through 2017, culminating in our previously reported 5.3% increase in the fourth quarter. The fourth quarter also marked the seventh consecutive quarter in which our comparable store sales beat the industry benchmark. Adjusted EBITDA grew 39% through the first three quarters of 2017.”
Pace concluded: “Jamba is an iconic brand. We have positioned it for sustainable growth and significant value-creation for our shareholders and are optimistic about our performance in 2018.”
As previously disclosed, the Company held cash of $11.9 million as of October 3, 2017, $11.2 million as of July 4, 2017, $8.2 million as of April 4, 2017, and $7.1 million as of January 3, 2017.
On February 12, 2018, the Company provided additional information. As of January 2, 2018, the Company held cash of $10.0 million, including restricted cash of $0.3 million.
The Company used approximately $5.7 million of cash during fiscal 2017 to pay audit and related expenses. The Company anticipates audit and related expenses will continue into 2018 and result in additional use of cash, and financial statement expense, though at a reduced level as compared to 2017.
The Company had not drawn against its line of credit, and had no outstanding principal balance as of the end of fiscal 2017.
Reported balances are unaudited.
Fiscal 2017 Financial Guidance
The Company expects to achieve the following results for fiscal 2017:
Marie Perry, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, noted: “We expect 2017 to be a year of strong profit growth. The transition to an asset-light model, along with a strategic refocusing on the core retail business, will cause revenue to decline in a predictable fashion. On this reduced revenue base, however, we expect significant improvements in profitability. Specifically, we anticipate an improvement of approximately $3.5 million in Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2017 as compared to fiscal 2016.”
Total Revenue guidance issued March 20, 2017 included 13 stores in the greater Chicago area as Company-owned for the full year. Subsequent to this guidance, in June 2017, these 13 stores were successfully refranchised to an existing franchisee. As a result of this transaction, 2017 Revenue declined by approximately $3.8 million relative to the March 20, 2017 guidance expectation.
Fiscal 2018 Financial Guidance
The Company expects to achieve the following results for fiscal 2018:
At a future date, the Company will provide an update to this guidance to include the necessary adjustments for the new revenue recognition standard. The Fiscal 2018 Financial Guidance currently excludes the impact of this new standard.
Non-GAAP Adjusted G&A Expense, Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA and Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA Margin Percent set forth above are forward looking Non-GAAP measures which the Company is not able to provide comparable GAAP forward-looking estimate of net income without unreasonable effort, as information needed to make a reasonable forward-looking estimate is difficult to predict and estimate and dependent on future events which are uncertain or outside the Company’s control. The probable significance of such adjustments is also similarly difficult to estimate for the same reasons.
Fiscal 2017 Form 10-K Filing
As previously disclosed, the delay in completion of the Company’s financial statements resulted from changes the Company underwent in the past several years, including:
- transitioning to a franchise focused, asset light business model
- significant changes in leadership and key personnel
- relocating its corporate office from California to Texas in 2016
- accounting for an unusually high number of non-routine transactions impacting its existing financial reporting processes
- executing against a reduced materiality threshold resulting from the changes in its business model referenced above
The Company continues to work diligently with Jamba’s newly appointed auditor, Whitley Penn LLP to complete fiscal 2017 financial statements and their subsequent audit, and to thereafter file the 2017 Form 10-K as soon as practicable.
As previously disclosed, the Company expects to record additional expenses (collectively, “audit and related expenses”) resulting from efforts to complete 2016 financial statements, their subsequent audit and review, and remediation efforts related to the anticipated Material Weakness disclosed in the Company’s Form 12b-25 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2017. As a result of the ongoing nature of this work, the Company expects to record expenses in its 2017 and 2018 financial statements in addition to expenses in 2016 as reflected in its 2016 Form 10-K. Due to the unusual and non-recurring nature of these expenses, the Company anticipates adjusting for them in its Non-GAAP financial measures.
About Jamba, Inc.
Jamba, Inc. (Nasdaq: JMBA) through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company, is a global healthy lifestyle brand that inspires and simplifies healthful living through freshly blended whole fruit and vegetable smoothies, bowls, juices, cold-pressed shots, boosts, snacks, and meal replacements. Jamba’s blends are made with premium ingredients free of artificial flavors and preservatives so guests can feel their best and blend the most into life.
Juice It Up! Announces Acquisition by SJB Brands, LLC
March 14, 2018–IRVINE, CA–(RestaurantNews)
Juice It Up!, one of the nation’s leading handcrafted smoothie, raw juice, and superfruit bowl franchises, announces its acquisition by SJB Brands, LLC. and appointed Chris Braun as company CEO. Purchased from longtime owner and former CEO, Frank Easterbrook, SJB Brands was formed as a partnership between California-based private investment firms, Dover Shores Capital, LLC, led by Braun, Britt Private Capital, LLC, and Jupiter Holdings, LLC. After over two decades of leadership at Juice It Up!, Easterbrook has passed the baton but remains committed to the brand as a franchisee. The partners of SJB Brands, LLC, possess over 30 years of experience in the franchise space while sharing a passion for healthy living and the vision of growth for Juice It Up!
“We are grateful for the incredible leadership and support that Frank Easterbrook provided to the Juice It Up! brand and franchisees for over 20 years,” said Braun. “We are excited to begin this journey and build upon the legacy that Frank, the management team and dedicated franchise partners have created, cementing Juice It Up! as a major player in the growing smoothie, raw juice, and bowl market.”
Juice It Up! currently has 100 locations open and in development across California, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, and Florida. Under the new ownership, the brand will continue to enhance its core offerings of hand-crafted smoothies, fresh raw juices and superfruit bowls. In addition to focusing on product innovation and a customer-centric strategy, growth in prime markets while sourcing high quality site locations and franchisees are key initiatives.
Braun continued, “We’re going to continue to add value to an already established and beloved brand, as well as take a proactive role in the company’s growth. It is our principal objective to pursue initiatives that are designed around innovation, growing average store sales, and expanding our franchise base to continue to build on the success of the brand.”
About Juice It Up!
Del Taco Restaurants Reports Q4 Same Store Sales and Revenue Growth, Net Income Down
System-wide comparable restaurant sales growth of 2.4% in Fiscal Fourth Quarter
Announces Upcoming Launch of Elevated Combined Solutions
Del Taco reported Q4 system-wide same store sales increases of 2.4%, including a 2.1% increase in comparable sales across company-operated units. The company also reported total revenue increases of 3.2%, from $146.5 million to $150.2 million, but declines in Net Income. In Q4, the brand opened 10 restaurants, mostly company-owned, and closed four locations. For the full year 2017, the brand opened 20 and closed seven.
March 14, 2018–LAKE FOREST, CA–(BusinessWire)
Del Taco Restaurants, Inc. (“Del Taco” or the “Company”), (NASDAQ: TACO), the second largest Mexican-American QSR chain by units in the United States, operating restaurants under the name Del Taco, today reported fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 financial results. The Company also provided guidance for fiscal year 2018 and announced the upcoming launch of Elevated Combined Solutions, the next phase of Del Taco’s successful Combined Solutions strategy.
The fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2017 ended January 2, 2018 consisted of 16 and 52 weeks, respectively. The fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 ended January 3, 2017 consisted of 17 and 53 weeks, respectively.
Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 Highlights
- System-wide comparable restaurant sales growth of 2.4% and company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth of 2.1%, marking the 17th and 22nd consecutive quarter of gains, respectively;
- Company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth was comprised of average check growth of 2.5% offset by a transaction decrease of 0.4%;
- Total revenue of $146.5 million compared to $150.2 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. On a comparable 16-week basis, total revenue increased 3.2%;
- Company restaurant sales of $140.6 million compared to $144.4 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. On a comparable 16-week basis, company restaurant sales increased 3.1%;
- Net income increased to $35.2 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.89, compared to $8.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.20;
- Adjusted net income* was $6.1 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.15, compared to $8.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.20;
- Restaurant contribution* margin of 19.9% compared to 21.5% in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016;
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $23.3 million compared to $25.3 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. Adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016 included an estimated $1.1 million benefit from the additional operating week in the quarter; and
- The opening of 10 restaurants system wide, including nine company-operated and one franchised restaurant.
Fiscal Year 2017 Highlights
- System-wide comparable restaurant sales growth of 4.3% and company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth of 4.0%, marking the 5thconsecutive year of gains;
- Company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth comprised average check growth of 3.8%, including over 1% of menu mix growth, and a transaction increase of 0.2%, marking the 5thconsecutive year with transaction growth;
- Total revenue of $471.5 million, representing 4.3% growth from fiscal year 2016. On a comparable 52-week basis, total revenue increased 6.2%;
- Company restaurant sales of $452.1 million, representing 4.2% growth from fiscal year 2016. On a comparable 52-week basis, company restaurant sales increased 6.1%;
- Net income increased to $49.9 million, representing diluted earnings per share of $1.25, compared to $20.9 million in fiscal year 2016, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.53. Fiscal year 2017 results include a $29.1 million one-time benefit from the revaluation of our deferred tax balances as per the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), representing diluted earnings per share of $0.73. Fiscal year 2016 results included an estimated $0.01 benefit to diluted earnings per share from the additional operating week;
- Adjusted net income* was $20.8 million, representing adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.52, compared to $20.9 million in fiscal year 2016, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.53;
- Restaurant contribution* margin of 19.7% compared to 20.6% in fiscal year 2016;
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $71.5 million compared to $71.4 million in fiscal year 2016. Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal year 2016 included an estimated $1.1 million benefit from the additional operating week in the year; and
- The opening of 20 restaurants system wide, including twelve company-owned and eight franchised restaurants.
Adjusted net income*, Adjusted EBITDA*, and restaurant contribution* margin are non-GAAP measures and defined below under “Key Financial Definitions”. Please see the reconciliation of non-GAAP measures accompanying this release.
John D. Cappasola, Jr., President and Chief Executive Officer of Del Taco, commented, “We continued our momentum in 2017 by leveraging our value oriented QSR+ positioning to deliver a fourth consecutive year of mid-single-digit SSS results with two and three-year comps that are among the best in our industry. System-wide, we also opened 20 restaurants, representing a substantial increase from 13 opened in 2016. We are obviously very proud of these results and thank all of our team members, franchisees and guests for making them possible.”
Cappasola continued, “We began 2018 promoting our Buck & Under menu by reinforcing that only Del Taco has a value platform at a $1 or under, with up to 15 items including the new $1 Salsa Chicken Taco. In February we transitioned to our popular annual seafood promotion featuring Jumbo Shrimp in advance of Lent. Although our first quarter will benefit from a two-week calendar shift of the Lenten season, we are very pleased with strong comparable restaurant sales to date that include positive traffic at company-operated restaurants.”
Cappasola concluded, “Later this year, we will refresh our Combined Solutions Strategy. This latest iteration, Elevated Combined Solutions, will encompass a series of brand catalysts and operational improvements launching throughout the back half of the year. These include a refreshed advertising campaign, new product introductions, rollout of the new Del Taco mobile app and several enhancements to the guest experience focused on greater hospitality in our restaurants. We believe Elevated Combined Solutions will build upon our brand momentum and provide a significant ongoing opportunity to drive growth in AUVs and restaurant contribution across the system in 2018 and beyond.”
Review of Fiscal Fourth Quarter 2017 Financial Results
The Company’s fiscal fourth quarter 2017 included 16 weeks compared to 17 weeks in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. Total revenue was $146.5 million compared to $150.2 million in fiscal fourth quarter 2016. Total revenue and company restaurant sales attributed to the additional operating week in the fiscal fourth quarter were approximately $8.3 million and $8.0 million, respectively.
Comparable restaurant sales increased 2.4% system-wide for the fiscal fourth quarter 2017, resulting in a 7.9% increase on a two-year basis. The Del Taco system has now generated comparable restaurant sales growth for 17 consecutive quarters. Company-operated comparable restaurant sales increased 2.1%, marking the 22nd consecutive quarter of comparable restaurant sales growth. Franchise comparable restaurant sales increased 2.8%.
Net income was $35.2 million, representing $0.89 per diluted share, compared to $8.0 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016, representing $0.20 per diluted share. Fiscal fourth quarter 2017 results include a $29.1 million one-time income tax benefit from the revaluation of our deferred tax balances as per the TCJA, representing diluted earnings per share of $0.73. Fiscal fourth quarter 2016 results included an estimated $0.01 benefit to diluted earnings per share from the additional operating week.
Adjusted net income* was $6.1 million, representing $0.15 per diluted share. The one-time adjustment represented an income tax benefit of $29.1 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, from the revaluation of our deferred tax balances as per the TCJA.
Restaurant contribution* was $28.0 million compared to $31.1 million in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016. Fiscal fourth quarter 2016 results included an estimated $1.4 million benefit to restaurant contribution from the additional operating week. On a comparable 16-week basis, restaurant contribution decreased 5.7%.
As a percentage of Company restaurant sales, restaurant contribution* decreased approximately 160 basis points year-over-year to 19.9%. The decrease was the result of an approximately 10 basis point increase in food and paper costs, an approximately 90 basis point increase in labor and related expenses, and an approximately 70 basis point increase in occupancy and other operating expenses.
Adjusted EBITDA* was $23.3 million compared to $25.3 million in the previous year’s fiscal fourth quarter. Adjusted EBITDA in the fiscal fourth quarter 2016 included an estimated $1.1 million benefit from the additional operating week. On a comparable 16-week basis, Adjusted EBITDA decreased 3.8%.
Repurchase Program for Common Stock and Warrants
During the fiscal fourth quarter 2017, the Company repurchased 249,210 shares at an average price per share of $12.27 and 23,253 warrants at an average price per warrant of $3.22 for an aggregate of $3.1 million.
For fiscal year 2017, the Company repurchased approximately 1.0 million shares at an average price per share of $12.41 and 424 thousand warrants at an average price per warrant of $3.72 for an aggregate of $13.8 million. As of the end of fiscal 2017 there was approximately $20.9 million remaining under the $50 million repurchase authorization.
Impact of Tax Reform
In December 2017, the TCJA was enacted and includes a number of changes to existing U.S. tax laws that impact the Company, most notably a reduction of the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent for tax years beginning after December 31, 2017. The TCJA also provides for the acceleration of depreciation of certain assets placed into service after September 27, 2017 as well as prospective changes beginning in 2018, including additional limitations on executive compensation and limitations on the deductibility of interest.
The Company measures deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates that will apply in the years in which the temporary differences are expected to reverse. Accordingly, the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities were remeasured to reflect the reduction in the U.S. corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent, resulting in a $29.1 million decrease in income tax expense for the year ended January 2, 2018 and a corresponding $29.1 million decrease in net deferred tax liabilities as of January 2, 2018.
Fiscal Year 2018 Guidance
The Company is providing the following guidance for fiscal year 2018, the 52-week period ending January 1, 2019:
- System-wide same store sales growth of approximately 2% to 4%;
- Total revenue between $506 million and $516 million, reflecting the new revenue recognition rules whereby franchise advertising contributions and other franchise revenue, which totaled $12.7 million and $0.8 million in fiscal year 2017, respectively, will now be reported on a gross basis. This guidance also includes an estimated $0.5 million unfavorable impact from the timing of initial franchise fees and renewal fees which must be deferred and recognized over the term of the related franchise agreement;
- Total company-operated restaurant sales between $473 million and $483 million;
- Restaurant contribution margin between 19.3% and 19.8%;
- General and administrative expenses between approximately 8.2% and 8.5% of total revenue, including the expense side of the other franchise revenue that will now be reported on a gross basis;
- Effective tax rate of approximately 26.5% to 27.5%;
- Diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.59 to $0.63;
- Adjusted EBITDA between $71.5 million and $74.0 million;
- 25 to 28 new system-wide restaurant openings; and
- Net capital expenditures between $35.0 million to $38.0 million.
We have not reconciled guidance for Adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP financial measure because we do not provide guidance for the various reconciling items. We are unable to provide guidance for these reconciling items because we cannot determine their probable significance, as certain items are outside of our control and cannot be reasonably predicted since these items could vary significantly from period to period. Accordingly, a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP financial measure is not available without unreasonable effort.
About Del Taco Restaurants, Inc.