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Financials - August 2021






J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter Ended July 4, 2021; Sales for the Quarter Exceed 2019 Levels by Nearly 10%


August 17, 2021 07:26 AM Eastern Daylight Time


NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--J. Alexander’s Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: JAX) (the “Company”), owner and operator of J. Alexander’s, Redlands Grill, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill and other restaurants, today provided a business update and reported results for the second quarter ended July 4, 2021.

Mark A. Parkey, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, stated, “Our sales momentum in 2021 continues to be impressive, with sales for the second quarter of 2021 representing nearly 110% of sales in the second quarter of 2019. Further, our profit margins continue to be solid despite recent pressure on input costs. We’re optimistic at this point that we’ve managed through the worst of the supply chain uncertainty and continue to expect strong demand for the dining experience that we provide daily to our loyal guests.”

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights Compared To The Second Quarter Of 2020

  1. Cash provided by operating activities for the first half of 2021 was $15,280,000 as compared to cash used in operating activities in the first half of 2020 of $3,764,000.

  2. Average weekly same store sales per restaurant(1) for the second quarter of 2021 were $121,600 for the J. Alexander’s/Grill restaurants, up 135.7% as compared to $51,600 for the second quarter of 2020. For the Stoney River restaurants average weekly same store sales per restaurant were $88,000 for the second quarter of 2021 as compared to $34,300 for the second quarter of 2020, for an increase of 156.6%.

  3. Net sales for the second quarter of 2021 were $68,101,000, up from $27,602,000 reported in the second quarter of 2020. The second quarter of 2020 saw the COVID-19 pandemic at its peak, and dining room closures and capacity restrictions were pervasive throughout the Company’s restaurants. In the second quarter of 2021, the majority of the Company’s locations were operating at full capacity for the entire quarter, while a limited number of locations (primarily those in Michigan and Illinois) continued to have some level of capacity restrictions into late June 2021. However, all restaurants were fully reopened as of the end of the second quarter of 2021.

  4. Income from continuing operations before income taxes totaled $2,232,000 for the second quarter of 2021. This compares to a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $11,352,000 in the second quarter of 2020, which included the impact of approximately $1,100,000 in expenses related to emergency and other vacation and sick leave benefits related to the COVID-19 pandemic and approximately $321,000 related to severance and other restaurant closing costs. The second quarter of 2021 was impacted by approximately $1,888,000 of transaction costs related to the Company’s evaluation of strategic alternatives and the merger agreement entered into on July 2, 2021, as further discussed below.

  5. Results for the second quarter of 2021 included income tax benefit of $24,000 compared to an income tax benefit of $4,419,000 in the second quarter of 2020.

  6. Net income for the second quarter of 2021 totaled $2,253,000 compared to a net loss of $6,988,000 in the second quarter of 2020.

  7. Basic and diluted earnings per share were $0.15 for the second quarter of 2021 compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.48 for the second quarter of 2020.

  8. Adjusted EBITDA (2) was $7,788,000 in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $(7,363,000) in the second quarter of 2020.

  9. Restaurant Operating Profit (Loss) Margin (3) was 14.2% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to (25.4)% for the second quarter of 2020.

  10. Food and beverage costs as a percentage of net sales in the second quarter of 2021 were 33.6% compared to 37.9% in the second quarter of 2020.

The Company has seen positive trends in its sales recovery throughout 2021. Net sales in April, May and June 2021 reached approximately 106%, 107% and 115%, respectively, of sales experienced in the comparable periods of 2019, which was partially due to the new restaurant opening in La Cantera at the end of March 2021. On a 2-year comparative basis, average weekly same store sales were up 6.2% for the J. Alexander’s / Grills restaurants and up 10.6% for the Stoney River restaurants for the second quarter of 2021 as compared to the second quarter of 2019. Off-premise net sales for the second quarter of 2021 represented approximately 10.5% of total net sales for the quarter. Sales results for the second quarter of 2021 were aided by a price increase of approximately 3% taken during June 2021, as well as the continuing benefit of the price increase and packaging fee that were implemented in the second half of 2020.

Chief Executive Officer’s Comments

“We continue to be extremely encouraged by the resilience and pace of recovery of our restaurants as they each returned to full operating capacity over the course of the first half of 2021,” stated Parkey. “Further, our newest restaurant in the La Cantera Heights development in San Antonio has performed well above our original expectations during its first full quarter of operations, generating $105,800 in average weekly sales for the quarter. While the second quarter presented us with challenges on both the commodity cost front as well as from a labor sourcing and retention standpoint, we were able to navigate through those challenges and turn in strong operating results for the quarter.”

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BBQ Holdings, Inc. Reports Results for Second Quarter 2021; Updates Revenue and Earnings Guidance for 2021

August 16, 2021 09:00 ET | Source: BBQ Holdings, Inc.



MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 16, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BBQ Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBQ) (the “Company”), an innovating global owner and operator of restaurants, today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended July 4, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights:

Financial:

  1. Net income of $15.8mm, which includes loan forgiveness of $14.1mm.

  2. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $5.1mm vs. a loss of $1.1mm second quarter 2020.

  3. Combined brands restaurant level margins of 12.7% vs 0.4% last year.

Growth:

  1. Purchased Village Inn, 114 franchise and 21 corporate restaurants, and 12 Bakers Square corporate restaurants.

  2. Purchased 4 Famous Dave’s franchise restaurants in Nashville and Kentucky.

  3. Famous Dave’s franchisee opened its first line-serve restaurant in Las Vegas, NV in August 2021.

Sales:

  1. Company-owned Famous Dave’s 2021 second quarter SSS increased 35.2% compared to second quarter of 2020.

  2. Company-owned Famous Dave’s 2021 second quarter SSS increased 14.5% compared to second quarter of 2019.

  3. Franchise-operated Famous Dave’s SSS increased 42.7% in the second quarter 2021 compared to second quarter 2020.

  4. Franchise-operated Famous Dave’s SSS increased 4.4% in the second quarter 2021 compared to second quarter 2019.

  5. Granite City second quarter SSS increased 138.6% compared to second quarter 2020.

  6. Granite City second quarter SSS decreased 10.4% compared to second quarter 2019.

Updated 2021 Guidance:

Based on the results to date through the second quarter 2021, and including the uncertainty related to COVID-19, the Company has updated its 2021 guidance as follows:

  1. Net Revenue from $180 - $185mm to $183 - $188mm

  2. Net Income from $5.1 - $5.5mm to $20.6 - $21.0mm

  3. Cash EBITDA from $13.5 - $14mm to $14.5 - $15mm

Executive Comments

Jeff Crivello, CEO, commented, “This quarter was marked by some momentous events that have positioned the Company for tremendous growth. Without question we saw our team execute at a high level to drive our four growth initiatives; operational improvements, organic new units, filling the latent capacity of our current restaurants, and accretive M&A. With the recently completed acquisition of Village Inn and Bakers Square, we look forward to working collaboratively to improve, reinvigorate, and leverage our infrastructure as a launch pad for growth. Our ability to drive cash flow throughout the year has been a huge step towards building a very strong balance sheet.

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Ark Restaurants Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2021


August 16, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ark Restaurants Corp. (NASDAQ:ARKR) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended July 3, 2021.

Financial Results

Total revenues for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 were $42,965,000 versus $7,199,000 for the 13 weeks ended June 27, 2020. The 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 includes revenues of $2,141,000 related to Blue Moon Fish Company, which was acquired on December 1, 2020.

Total revenues for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021 were $89,031,000 versus $84,716,000 for the 39 weeks ended June 27, 2020. The 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021 includes revenues of $4,582,000 related to Blue Moon Fish Company, which was acquired on December 1, 2020. The 39 weeks ended June 27, 2020 includes revenues of $2,935,000 related to Thunder Grill in Washington, D.C., which was closed March 20, 2020 and Gallagher's Steakhouse and Gallagher's Burger Bar in Atlantic City, NJ, which was closed on January 2, 2021.

Company-wide same store sales increased 455.0% for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 compared to the same period of the prior year. The increase in same-store sales for the 13-week period ended July 3, 2021 as compared to the same period of the prior year, are the result of all of our properties operating with no capacity restrictions in the current period combined with the fact that all of our properties were closed for the majority of the prior period and operated at limited capacity when they reopened as a result of government mandates in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Company-wide same store sales decreased 7.1% for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 as compared to the 13 weeks ended June 29, 2019 (the comparable pre-pandemic quarter). Note that total revenues for the 13 weeks ended June 29, 2019 were $44,807,000, which includes revenues of $1,239,000 related to JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach, FL, which was acquired on May 15, 2019.

The Company’s EBITDA, which includes a gain on the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans and related accrued interest in the aggregate amount of $3,195,000 ("PPP Loan Forgiveness"), for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $9,390,000 versus $(4,642,000) for the 13-week period ended June 27, 2020. The Company’s EBITDA, excluding PPP Loan Forgiveness and adjusted for other items as set out below, for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $5,610,000 versus $(4,351,000) for the 13-week period ended June 27, 2020. Net income attributable to Ark Restaurants Corp. for the 13-weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $2,670,000 or $0.76 per basic share, $0.73 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(2,526,000) or $(0.72) per basic and diluted share, for the 13-week period ended June 27, 2020.

The Company’s EBITDA, which includes PPP Loan Forgiveness in the amount of $7,318,000, for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $10,672,000 versus $(1,935,000) for the 39-week period ended June 27, 2020. The Company’s EBITDA, excluding PPP Loan Forgiveness and adjusted for other items as set out below, for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $2,745,000 versus $(1,397,000) for the 39-week period ended June 27, 2020. Net income attributable to Ark Restaurants Corp. for the 39-weeks ended July 3, 2021 was $6,067,000 or $1.73 per basic share, $1.68 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $(2,791,000) or $(0.80) per basic and diluted share, for the 39-week period ended June 27, 2020.

COVID-19 Update

The COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected, and is expected to continue to adversely affect, our operations and financial results for the foreseeable future. As of July 3, 2021, all of our restaurants have re-opened and currently, national, state and local jurisdictions have removed their capacity restrictions on businesses and therefore our restaurants are serving customers in our dining rooms without social distancing requirements. However, we cannot predict whether we will be required to limit capacity or close again in the future, as these decisions will depend primarily on the actions of a number of governmental bodies over which we have no control. It is possible additional outbreaks could require us to reduce our capacity, implement social distancing or further suspend our in-restaurant dining operations, and there is no guarantee that state and local jurisdictions, that have currently eased restrictions, will not reverse or roll-back the restrictions, as many have done in the past. Additionally, our restaurant operations have been and could continue to be disrupted by employee staffing issues because of illness, fear of contracting COVID-19 or caring for family members due to COVID-19, or for other reasons. Furthermore, we remain in regular contact with our major suppliers and while to date we have not experienced significant disruptions in our supply chain due to COVID-19, we could see significant future disruptions should the impacts of COVID-19 extend for a considerable amount of time.

On August 3, 2021, New York City became the first U.S. city to require proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine for a variety of activities for workers and customers, including indoor dining. The requirements are effective starting on August 16, 2021 with enforcement to begin on September 13, 2021.

Other Matters

On January 26, 2021, the Company exercised its right-of-first-refusal to acquire the land, building and parking lot associated with JB’s on the Beach and immediately contributed such rights and interest to an unrelated entity ("Newco") that purchased the properties on March 22, 2021. In exchange, the Company received a 5% interest in Newco, which plans future development of the sites. In addition, all rights and privileges under the current lease were assigned to Newco, as landlord and the lease terms remain unchanged.

During the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021, $7,318,000 of PPP Loans (including $63,000 of accrued interest) were forgiven. To the extent, if any, that any or all of the remaining PPP Loans are not forgiven, beginning one month following expiration of the Deferral Period, and continuing monthly until 24 months from the date of each applicable Note (the “Maturity Date”), each respective Borrower is obligated to make monthly payments of principal and interest to the Lender with respect to any unforgiven portion of the Notes, in such equal amounts required to fully amortize the principal amount outstanding on such Notes as of the last day of the applicable Deferral Period by the applicable Maturity Date.

About Ark Restaurants Corp.

Ark Restaurants owns and operates 18 restaurants and bars, 17 fast food concepts and catering operations primarily in New York City, Florida, Washington, D.C, Las Vegas, Nevada and the gulf coast of Alabama. Five restaurants are located in New York City, one is located in Washington, D.C., five are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, one is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, four are located on the east coast of Florida and two are located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The Las Vegas operations include four restaurants within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Resort and operation of the hotel's room service, banquet facilities, employee dining room and six food court concepts and one restaurant within the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Company operates a restaurant in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The operation at the Foxwoods Resort Casino consists of one fast food concept. The Florida operations include the Rustic Inn in Dania Beach, Shuckers in Jensen Beach, JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach, Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the operation of four fast food facilities in Tampa and six fast food facilities in Hollywood, each at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino operated by the Seminole Indian Tribe at these locations. In Alabama, the Company operates two Original Oyster Houses, one in Gulf Shores and one in Spanish Fort.

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Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2021

Board of Directors Declares Special Cash Dividend of $0.41 per share, returning $25 Million of Capital to Stockholders

August 12, 2021 07:00 ET



SYRACUSE, N.Y., Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (“Carrols” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: TAST) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended July 4, 2021

Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2021 versus the Second Quarter of 2020 Include:

  1. Total restaurant sales increased 15.2% to $424.5 million compared to $368.4 million in the second quarter of 2020;

  2. Comparable restaurant sales for the Company's Burger King® restaurants increased 12.6%;

  3. Comparable restaurant sales for the Company’s Popeyes® restaurants decreased 5.3%;

  4. Adjusted EBITDA(1) decreased to $29.3 million from $38.0 million in the prior year quarter;

  5. Adjusted Restaurant-Level EBITDA(1) decreased to $47.9 million from $54.1 million in the prior year quarter;

  6. Net Loss was $(9.6) million, or $(0.19) per diluted share, and includes a non-cash extinguishment of debt charge of $8.5 million, compared to Net Income of $7.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter;

  7. Adjusted Net Income(1) was $16,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to Adjusted Net Income of $9.6 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter;

  8. Free Cash Flow(2) of $4.2 million compared to $48.6 million in the prior year quarter; and

  9. Adjusted Leverage Ratio which compares Total Net Debt of the Company, including Unsecured Senior Notes, to Covenant EBITDA (as defined under the senior credit facility) improved to 3.82 times compared to 4.18 times a year ago.

(1)Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to the definitions and reconciliation of these measures to net income (loss) or to income (loss) from operations in the tables at the end of this release. (2)Free Cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the definition and reconciliation of this measure in the tables at the end of this release.

Management Commentary

Daniel T. Accordino, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrols, commented, “Our revenue growth of 15.2% reflects comparable Burger King restaurant sales growth of 12.6% as well as growth from increased contributions from our Burger King restaurants that were temporarily closed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As compared to the same respective weeks of 2019, our Burger King comparable sales in the second quarter of 2021 increased 7.8% driven by 20.9% higher average checks which were partially offset by traffic remaining at 89% of 2019 levels. While all of our Burger King restaurant dayparts improved in the second quarter of 2021 and our delivery sales mix reached 5.0% in June, trends slowed sequentially as we began to lap tougher comparisons from last year. The customer response to Burger King’s new chicken sandwich, which was officially launched in June, was positive, doubling our crispy chicken sandwich daily unit sales compared to year-earlier levels. Sales of the new chicken sandwich have been stronger in our Northeast and Midwest regions than in our Southcentral and Southeast regions, which we believe is due to the concentration of entrenched chicken QSR brands in southern markets.”

Accordino continued, “Inflationary challenges weighed on our Adjusted Restaurant-Level EBITDA margins during the second quarter as we faced unprecedented cost pressures across nearly all inputs in May and June as the economy shifted into high gear in a very short time period. In particular, labor cost margins reverted to just below second quarter 2019 levels as operating hours normalized and team member average hourly wages increased nearly 12% compared to the same period in 2020 due to market-driven labor constraints. Commodity costs in most categories other than beef also were elevated during the quarter. To help offset these unexpected headwinds, we increased menu prices by about 2% in late July and plan to implement other price increases through the remainder of the year as we deem necessary.”

Accordino concluded, “We remain confident in our business model and its profitability prospects despite the evolving and unpredictable course of the pandemic. We are committed to allocating capital in a disciplined manner, while maintaining substantial liquidity and keeping leverage in check. We therefore view our announcement of a $0.41 per share special cash dividend as representing a tangible action we are taking to enhance shareholder value. We expect that any additional free cash flow generated this year beyond what we will be returning to stockholders through the special cash dividend will be used to reduce our net debt and improve our liquidity.”

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BurgerFi Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

August 12, 2021 06:30 ET



Total Revenue Increased 65% Year-Over-Year, System-wide Sales Up 63% and Same Store Sales Up 39% in Corporate Owned Restaurants

Corporate-Owned Restaurant Same Store Sales Exceed 2019 Levels

Digital Channel Sales Increase 12% Year-Over-Year

Conference Call today, August 12, at 8:30 a.m. ET

PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  BurgerFi International Inc. (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW) (“BurgerFi” or the “Company”), one of the nation’s fastest-growing premium fast-casual concepts, Fast Casuals’ #1 Brand of the Year for 2021 in the Top 100 Movers and Shakers list and the top fast casual better burger chain in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice award winner for 2021 today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Key Metrics1 Summary


(in thousands, except for percentage data)Three Months Ended June 30, 2021Systemwide Restaurant Sales$44,194Systemwide Restaurant Sales YOY Growth63%Systemwide Restaurant Same Store Sales YOY Growth44%Corporate Restaurant Sales$8,730Corporate Restaurant Sales YOY Growth65%Corporate Restaurant Same Store Sales YOY Growth39%Digital Channel Systemwide Sales$17,299Digital Channel Sales YOY Growth12%Digital Channel Orders 666Digital Channel Orders % of Systemwide Sales39%

1    Refer to “Key Metrics Definitions” and “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” sections below.

Management Commentary

Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman of BurgerFi, stated “The second quarter continued our trend of positive sales growth, driven by increases in same store sales, unit growth, and unit re-openings in both our corporate owned and franchised restaurants. We are particularly impressed with the performance of our corporate owned restaurants, whose sales have outperformed our 2019 levels despite a challenging operating environment. Our top-line growth reflects the continued momentum we are seeing in the Covid-19 recovery, as well as our new store openings and the successful execution of our marketing strategy and programs. Further, we are pleased that careful management of food and beverage costs and our leverage on occupancy costs more than fully offset significant wage pressure and scarcity costs.”

Julio Ramirez, CEO of BurgerFi added “We continue to execute on our restaurant development plan as we expect to open between 25 and 30 new restaurants in existing and new markets primarily along the Eastern seaboard in 2021. During the second quarter, we opened 3 new company-owned locations and 1 franchised location, representing 8 new restaurants year-to-date. Further, we have over 18 additional new locations currently under various stages of construction and development. We are encouraged by the performance of our Ghost Kitchens and through our partnership with Reef and Epic Kitchens, we continue to expect the opening of 15 to 20 new Ghost Kitchen locations by the end of 2021.”

“In late June, we implemented a price increase of approximately 4%, which we believe will help offset ongoing labor and other cost pressures in our stores and improve restaurant operating margins by approximately 300 basis points. We are committed to continuing to work on our restaurant operating efficiencies with the goal of improving store operating margins.”

“Our innovation pipeline remains strong. We continued to enjoy the strong performance of the SWAG burger first introduced in March of this year which has doubled our premium wagyu burger sales and due to its continued success we have made it a permanent menu item beginning in July. To start the third quarter, in July we rolled out new chef-inspired sauces to accompany our Fresh-Cut Sides and Cage-Free Fried Chicken Tenders. Our innovative sauces include Truffle Aioli, Bacon Jalapeño Ranch made with fresh jalapeños and Garlic Aioli, which is infused with roasted garlic and our fan favorite, Ghost Pepper Honey.”

"We are excited by our strong top-line growth and are proud of our team for achieving second quarter system-wide same-store sales which are comparable to 2019.”

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Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results


Taco Cabana Divestiture Expected to Close During Third Quarter of 2021

Sequential Improvement in Pollo Tropical Second Quarter 2021 Comparable Restaurant Sales from First Quarter 2021

Income from Continuing Operations was $2.7 Million for the Second Quarter of 2021 Compared to a Loss in the Prior Year


August 12, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. ("Fiesta" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: FRGI), parent company of the Pollo Tropical® and Taco Cabana® restaurant brands, today reported results for the 13-week second quarter, which ended on July 4, 2021, and provided a business update related to current operations.

On July 1, 2021 the Company announced the entry into an agreement to sell the Taco Cabana business to an affiliate of Yadav Enterprises, Inc. Additional details regarding the transaction are referenced in the Company's Form 8-K filed on July 7, 2021. The divestiture transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2021, subject to the satisfactory completion of customary closing conditions.

Fiesta President and Chief Executive Officer Richard Stockinger said, "We were pleased with Pollo Tropical’s performance in the second quarter, characterized by comparable restaurant sales improving to near 2019 levels and strong margins, despite hourly staffing challenges over the quarter. We believe that workforce availability challenges had an increasingly negative impact on sales through the quarter. We took a number of steps to improve recruiting and retention of our hourly workforce, which resulted in improved staffing levels in July compared to the second quarter of 2021."

Stockinger added, "We delivered strong margin performance in the second quarter, which resulted in second quarter 2021 income from continuing operations of $2.7 million and income from continuing operations before income taxes of $1.8 million, compared to a loss for both measures in the second quarter of 2020. Continuing Operations Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure(1), was $9.1 million or 10.0% of total revenues compared to $2.6 million and 4.2% of revenue in the second quarter of 2020. Pollo Tropical increased restaurant-level Adjusted EBITDA margin, a non-GAAP measure(1), from 16.3% in the second quarter of 2020 to 20.4% in the second quarter of 2021. In addition, our total cash balance continued to grow, reaching $69.9 million at the end of the second quarter."

Stockinger continued, "We made strong progress on Pollo Tropical’s strategic growth initiatives during the second quarter, including our ongoing brand positioning research that will inform our digital, brand expansion and existing unit remodel efforts. The design phase of our digital drive thru customer experience is advancing, and we intend to begin the pilot of this greatly enhanced drive thru platform in select units later this year. We are also testing key restaurant design elements and operating platform improvements in remodels during the balance of 2021, and initial consumer feedback on our first remodel completed in the second quarter has been very positive."

Stockinger concluded, "We expect that the Taco Cabana divestiture will allow us to create a more effective, efficient and focused organization, applying appropriate resources to accelerate the exciting growth potential we believe we have in our Pollo Tropical brand. This will include our ongoing efforts to drive an upgraded customer experience across all service channels, continuing to invest in expanding our growing digital platform and finalizing our new unit expansion plans targeted for 2022."

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The Wendy's Company Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results



Aug 11, 2021, 07:00 ET



DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wendy's Company (Nasdaq: WEN) today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended July 4, 2021.

"We are thrilled to once again increase our 2021 financial outlook across all key financial metrics, driven by a transformative quarter that showcased our continued momentum and the overall strength of our business," President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "Our robust growth continued in the second quarter, as sales significantly exceeded our expectations, leading to restaurant level margins of more than 20 percent and record profits, fueling our restaurant economic model.  We are also excited to meaningfully increase our 2025 Global restaurant target to 8,500 to 9,000, driven by a development commitment with REEF Kitchens, a new build to suit development fund, and incremental commitments through our latest new restaurant incentive program.  Our business momentum, strong partnership and health of our franchisees, and the dedication of our restaurant crew and support center teams reaffirms our confidence that we will achieve our vision of becoming the world's most thriving and beloved restaurant brand."

Second Quarter 2021 Summary

See "Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliation tables that accompany this release for a discussion and reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures included in this release.




Operational Highlights

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

2021

2020

2021

2020

Systemwide Sales Growth(1)

U.S.

20.6%

(4.0)%

16.9%

(1.6)%

International(2)

48.2%

(24.5)%

25.6%

(12.4)%

Global

22.9%

(6.2)%

17.7%

(2.7)%

Same-Restaurant Sales Growth(1)

U.S.

16.1%

(4.4)%

14.9%

(2.3)%

International(2)

31.4%

(18.4)%

19.0%

(10.1)%

Global

17.4%

(5.8)%

15.2%

(3.1)%

Systemwide Sales (In US$ Millions)(3)

U.S.

$2,897

$2,403

$5,545

$4,744

International(2)

$354

$220

$657

$493

Global

$3,251

$2,624

$6,202

$5,237

Restaurant Openings

U.S. - Total / Net

22 / 10

19 / 1

42 / 14

46 / 10

International - Total / Net

21 / 18

3 / 0

39 / 24

17 / 8

Global - Total / Net

43 / 28

22 / 1

81 / 38

63 / 18

Global Reimaging Completion Percentage

68%

61%

(1) Systemwide sales growth and same-restaurant sales growth are calculated on a constant currency basis and include sales by both Company-operated and franchise restaurants.

(2) Excludes Venezuela and Argentina.

(3) Systemwide sales include sales at both Company-operated and franchise restaurants.




Financial Highlights

Second Quarter

Year-to-Date

2021

2020

B / (W)

2021

2020

B / (W)

(In Millions Except Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Total Revenues

$

493.3

$

402.3

22.6

%

$

953.5

$

807.3

18.1

%

Adjusted Revenues(1)

$

391.1

$

324.2

20.6

%

$

761.8

$

650.6

17.1

%

Company-Operated Restaurant Margin

20.3%

14.4%

5.9

%

18.7%

12.2%

6.5

%

General and Administrative Expense

$

63.1

$

48.6

(29.9)

%

$

115.7

$

100.2

(15.5)

%

Operating Profit

$

126.7

$

60.7

108.9

%

$

209.9

$

109.4

91.9

%

Net Income

$

65.7

$

24.9

163.9

%

$

107.1

$

39.3

172.5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

131.1

$

97.4

34.5

%

$

252.1

$

186.8

35.0

%

Reported Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.29

$

0.11

163.6

%

$

0.47

$

0.17

176.5

%

Adjusted Earnings Per Share

$

0.27

$

0.12

125.0

%

$

0.47

$

0.21

123.8

%

Cash Flows from Operations

$

158.8

$

30.6

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$

(24.1)

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(29.4)

18.0

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Free Cash Flow(2)

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185.8

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12.7

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(1) Total revenues less advertising funds revenue.

(2) Cash flows from operations minus capital expenditures, the impact of our advertising funds and cash paid for taxes related to the disposition of the New York market in Q2 2021.

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Good Times Restaurants Reports Results for the Third Quarter Ended June 29, 2021


August 10, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


GOLDEN, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Good Times Restaurants Inc. (Nasdaq: GTIM), operator of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard, today reported financial results for the fiscal third quarter ended June 29, 2021.

Key highlights of the Company’s financial results include:

  1. Total Revenues increased 39.4% to $33.9 million for the quarter compared to the same prior-year quarter

  2. Total Restaurant Sales for Bad Daddy’s restaurants increased $9.5 million to $24.4 million for the quarter

  3. Compared to the third quarter of 2019, sales during the quarter increased by 14.3% at Good times and by 0.7% at Bad Daddy’s among restaurants that were open for the full quarter in both years

  4. Same Store Sales1 for company-owned Bad Daddy’s restaurants increased 61.4% for the quarter

  5. Total Restaurant Sales for Good Times restaurants were $9.3 million for the quarter

  6. Same Store Sales for company-owned Good Times restaurants increased 2.9% for the quarter

  7. Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders was $13.6 million for the quarter including approximately $11.8 million in forgiveness of principal and interest amounts on Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loans

  8. Adjusted EBITDA2 (a non-GAAP measure) for the quarter was $3.1 million

  9. The Company ended the quarter with $10.3 million in cash and no borrowings outstanding under its senior credit facility

Ryan M. Zink, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Our strong same store sales at both brands, as well as attaining 2019 sales levels beginning in July at Bad Daddy’s, are the results of the commitment and dedication of our restaurant leaders and team members who embrace our mission to serve our guests and operate great restaurants despite the pressures and challenges arising from a difficult hiring environment.”

Mr. Zink continued, “As many other restaurant companies have expressed, we have seen cost pressures, both in commodities and in the labor market. We expect those pressures to continue through the balance of this fiscal year and likely at least through the end of the calendar year. We expect to be able to manage commodity cost increases through targeted menu price adjustments, however, we believe that overall labor costs will be pressured until there is greater slack in the labor market.”

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The ONE Group Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results


The Company Reports All-Time Record for Quarterly Revenue

Domestic Same Store Sales Increase 38.0% vs. 2019 for the Second Quarter and 59.5% vs. 2019 for the month of July


August 10, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The ONE Group Hospitality, Inc. (“The ONE Group” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: STKS) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Financial highlights for the second quarter compared to the same period last year are as follows:

  1. Total GAAP revenues increased 324.6% to $70.8 million from $16.7 million.

  2. GAAP net income attributable to The ONE Group was $13.8 million or $0.41 net income per share ($0.19 adjusted net income per share)****, compared to GAAP net loss of $2.9 million, or $0.10 net loss per share ($0.08 adjusted net loss per share)****. GAAP net income attributable to The ONE Group during the second quarter 2021 included $1.1 million of incremental costs related to COVID-19.

  3. Adjusted EBITDA** increased to $12.9 million, a quarterly record, from a loss of $0.8 million.

Sales highlights for the second quarter and July 2021 compared to the same periods in 2019 are as follows:

  1. Consolidated comparable sales* increased 38.0% for the quarter and 59.5% for the month of July.

  2. Comparable sales* for STK increased 54.3% for the quarter and 92.8% for the month of July.

  3. Comparable sales* for Kona Grill increased 23.0% for the quarter and 31.9% for the month of July.

“We strengthened our leadership position in the high-end and polished casual segments by delivering another quarter of outstanding financial results for our shareholders. During the second quarter, we experienced a significant sales increase compared to both 2020 and 2019. Guests were eager to join us for VIBE dining experiences and drove our average weekly volumes in the quarter to $288,000 and $103,000 for STK and Kona Grill respectively. We leveraged our top-line momentum into record restaurant level operating profit and adjusted EBITDA. The combination of our strong underlying business fundamentals, level of execution and robust pipeline of development opportunities, including new Kona Grill locations, drive our continued confidence in our growth going forward,” said Emanuel “Manny” Hilario, President and CEO of The ONE Group.

Hilario continued, “We are pleased to have opened six exciting new venues so far this year and they are performing at or above expectations. We intend to open a total of 13 new STK and F&B venues in 2021 and 2022, and we view ourselves as having a long-term addressable market of at least 200 STK restaurants globally and at least 200 Kona Grill restaurants domestically with an initial growth target of three to five Kona Grills per year.”

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Freshii Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Results

August 09, 2021 22:00 ET



Strong sales recovery, with 46% year over year increase in same store sales1 in Q2 2021 Continued digital sales momentum, with Freshii mobile app sales up 105% vs Q2 2020 6 more locations open and operating at end of Q2 2021 vs Q1 2021 with 95% of total locations now open Maintains strong liquidity position while continuing NCIB purchases Announces additional funds to support franchise partners to accelerate restaurant sales and profitability recovery Sees strong CPG sales trends and increasing adoption of beverage and snacking options

TORONTO, Aug. 09, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Omnichannel health and wellness brand, Freshii Inc. (TSX: FRII) (“Freshii”, the “Company” or “we”), today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2021 (“Q2 2021”).

“In Q2, we were pleased with the sales recovery and location reopening trends experienced in our core restaurant business,” said Matthew Corrin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Freshii. “In Q2, restaurant same store sales were up 46% year over year, with our traditional restaurant locations in North America improving sequentially despite a challenging start to the quarter that continued to feature strict government restrictions in key Canadian markets. The positive sales trends on the digital side of our business are also continuing, with Freshii app sales up 105% vs. Q2 2020. Our new app remains at the forefront of our digital innovation efforts and this summer, Freshii launched its first ever ‘app only’ menu item, with our ‘energii bite smoothie’ LTO made available exclusively to guests ordering through the Freshii app. We continue to work with our franchise partners to navigate the ongoing impacts of the pandemic and have made additional investments in sales driving and profitability focused store level initiatives, primarily by way of increased marketing investments and operating cost offsets. As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic abate, and temporarily closed locations continue to reopen, we expect our restaurant network to continue to strengthen its position.

Our CPG division continues to expand, with summer sales trends at our most significant retail partners trending positively. In particular, we have been pleased with the growth of the CPG snacking and beverage sales mix, as these longer shelf-life products help broaden the product assortment and appeal of the division overall. For example, our three flavours of energii bites, available in individual and multi-pack format, continue to perform well as CPG retailers and customers embrace this Freshii-restaurant favourite. Our nutritional supplements business line also remains an area of focus, with additional new products expected soon, adding to our current ACV gummies offering.”

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Nathan's Famous, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

And Declares Quarterly Cash Dividend of $0.35 Per Share

August 06, 2021 08:30 ET



JERICHO, N.Y., Aug. 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Nathan's Famous, Inc. (“Nathan’s”, the “Company”, “we”, “us” or “our”) (NASDAQ:NATH) today reported results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 27, 2021.

For the thirteen-week period ended June 27, 2021 (“first quarter fiscal 2022”):

  1. Revenues were $31,319,000, as compared to $17,686,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020;

  2. Income from operations was $10,702,000, as compared to $8,094,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020;

  3. Adjusted EBITDA1, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $11,061,000 as compared to $8,550,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020;

  4. Income before provision for income taxes was $8,104,000, as compared to $5,561,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020;

  5. Net income was $5,763,000, as compared to $4,000,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020; and

  6. Earnings per diluted share was $1.40 per share, as compared to $0.97 per share during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020.

The Company also reported the following:

  1. License royalties increased to $10,682,000 during the first quarter fiscal 2022, as compared to $10,523,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020. During the first quarter fiscal 2022, royalties earned under the retail agreement, including the foodservice program, with John Morrell & Co., increased 1.4% to $9,880,000, as compared to $9,744,000 of royalties earned during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020.

  2. In the Branded Product Program, which features the sale of Nathan’s hot dogs to the foodservice industry, income from operations increased by approximately $1,982,000 to $2,254,000 during the first quarter fiscal 2022, as compared to $272,000 for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020.  Sales were $15,996,000 in the first quarter fiscal 2022, compared to sales of $4,749,000 during the prior-year period, while the volume of hot dogs sold by the Company increased 232%.  Sales and income from operations for the Branded Product Program have increased as certain government mandated restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have begun to ease with approved vaccines being more widely distributed and administered. As a result, many of our Branded Product Program customers have reopened adhering to state and local guidelines, such as professional sports venues, amusement parks, shopping malls and movie theaters. Our average selling price, which is partially correlated to the beef markets, decreased by approximately 4.5% compared to the prior year period.

______________ 1 EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures.  Please see the definitions of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA on page 2 of this release and the reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income in the table at the end of this release.

  1. Sales from Company-operated restaurants were $3,329,000 during the first quarter fiscal 2022 as compared to $1,934,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020. The increase was primarily due to an increase in customer traffic especially at our two Coney Island locations as a result of the easing of certain government mandated restrictions.

  2. Revenues from franchise operations were $907,000 ,during the first quarter fiscal 2022 as compared to $191,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020. Total royalties were $800,000 in the first quarter fiscal 2022 period as compared to $110,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020. Total franchise fee income was $107,000 during the first quarter fiscal 2022 as compared to $81,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020. The increase in franchise fees and royalties during the first quarter fiscal 2022 was primarily due to an increase in franchise restaurant sales of $10,767,000 to $12,985,000 as compared to $2,218,000 for the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020 as we begin to lap the significant impact of COVID-19.2 One new franchised outlet and seven new branded menu program outlets opened during the thirteen weeks ended June 27, 2021.

  3. During the first quarter fiscal 2022, we recorded Advertising Fund revenue and expense in the amount of $405,000 as compared to $289,000 during the thirteen weeks ended June 28, 2020.

  4. On June 25, 2021, we paid the $0.35 per share regular cash dividend that was declared by the Board of Directors on June 11, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 21, 2021.

  5. Effective August 6, 2021, the Board of Directors declared its quarterly cash dividend of $0.35 per share payable on September 3, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 23, 2021.

Certain Non-GAAP Financial Information:

In addition to disclosing results that are determined in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America ("US GAAP"), the Company is disclosing EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure which is defined as net income, excluding (i) interest expense; (ii) provision for income taxes and (iii) depreciation and amortization expense. The Company is also disclosing Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure which is defined as EBITDA, excluding (i) stock-based compensation that the Company believes will impact the comparability of its results of operations.

The Company believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors to assist in assessing and understanding the Company's operating performance and underlying trends in the Company's business because EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are (i) among the measures used by management in evaluating performance and (ii) are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a common performance measure.

______________ 2 Franchise restaurant sales are not revenues of the Company and are not included in the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not recognized terms under US GAAP and should not be viewed as alternatives to net income or other measures of financial performance or liquidity in conformity with US GAAP. Additionally, our definitions of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may differ from other companies. Analysis of results and outlook on a non-US GAAP basis should be used as a complement to, and in conjunction with, data presented in accordance with US GAAP. Please see the table at the end of this press release for a reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income.

About Nathan’s Famous        

Nathan’s is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and eighteen foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. For additional information about Nathan’s please visit our website at www.nathansfamous.com.

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Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results


- Revenue $110.9 Million - Earnings Per Share $0.36


August 06, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


WINTER PARK, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (the “Company”) (Nasdaq: RUTH) today reported unaudited financial results for its second quarter ended June 27, 2021 and provided a business update.

CEO Comments

Cheryl Henry, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Board of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., commented, “I’m pleased to report that we posted strong operating results in the second quarter with sequential growth in comparable sales each month and continued margin improvement. We are excited about this momentum and our renewed commitment to unit growth as we expect to open seven new Company-owned or managed restaurants by the end of 2022.”

Henry added, “All in all, we are a stronger and more nimble enterprise with a balance sheet that affords us flexibility as we navigate the ever-changing environment. I am extremely proud of our team members and franchise partners and their continued efforts to deliver impressive results, while ensuring that the guest experience in our restaurants is reflective of the hospitality and amazing food that Ruth’s Chris Steak House has been known for over 56 years.”

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights (1)

  1. During the second quarter of 2021, 75 of 76 Company-owned or managed Ruth’s Chris Steak House restaurants were open with dining service.

  2. As of the end of the second quarter of 2021, 68 of the Company’s 72 franchisee-owned restaurants were open, including 63 restaurants offering dining service, two restaurants offering outdoor seating only and three restaurants offering to-go and delivery service only.

  3. Restaurant sales in the second quarter of 2021 were $104.2 million compared to $27.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. By period, second quarter comparable restaurant sales and average weekly sales for Company-owned restaurants were as follows:

(dollar amounts in thousands)

April

May

June

Q2 2021

Comparable Restaurant Sales vs. 2020

611.7%

384.6%

124.8%

286.6%

Comparable Restaurant Sales vs. 2019

2.1%

6.0%

7.4%

5.0%

Average Weekly Sales (all restaurants)(2)

$103.1

$113.9

$114.0

$109.8

  1. Second quarter comparable restaurant sales compared to 2019 would have increased 11.1% absent the impact of three markets (Boston, Hawaii and Manhattan), which continued to be challenged by local restrictions and market conditions.

  2. Franchise income in the second quarter of 2021 was $4.5 million compared to $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. Second quarter 2021 comparable restaurant sales at franchisee-owned restaurants increased 200.9% compared to 2020 and 7.5% compared to the second quarter of 2019.

  3. Food and beverage costs, as a percentage of restaurant sales, increased 60 basis points to 30.3% compared to the second quarter of 2020. Total beef costs increased 27% compared to the second quarter of 2020 and 34% compared to the second quarter of 2019.

  4. Operating income in the second quarter was $16.3 million compared to an operating loss of $24.1 million in the second quarter of 2020 and operating income of $11.6 million in the second quarter of 2019. As a percentage of total revenues, operating income in the second quarter of 2021 increased to 14.7% compared to 10.6% in the second quarter of 2019.

  5. Net income in the second quarter of 2021 was $12.4 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $17.6 million, or ($0.59) per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.

- Net income in the second quarter of 2021 included a $65 thousand employee retention payroll tax credit, which reduced restaurant operating expenses, a $394 thousand impairment loss and a $26 thousand income tax benefit related to the impact of discrete income tax items. Net income in the second quarter of 2020 included $330 thousand in severance payments, $488 thousand in gains related to lease modifications, a $4.3 million impairment loss and a $175 thousand income tax expense related to the impact of discrete income tax items.

- Excluding these items, non-GAAP diluted earnings per common share was $0.36 in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a non-GAAP diluted loss per share of ($0.48) in the second quarter of 2020. The Company believes that non-GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per common share provides a useful alternative measure of financial performance to improve comparability of diluted earnings per common share between periods. Investors are advised to see the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure table for additional information.

(1)

In order to assist with the review of our quarterly results, we have provided an additional comparison to the same period in 2019 for some of our financial measures as many of the 2020 financial measures were impacted by COVID-related restaurant closures.(2)

Average Weekly Sales is an average of restaurant sales for all Company-owned restaurants.

Business and Development Update

  1. Quarter to date through July 25, 2021, Company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 17.5% compared to 2019, and average weekly sales were $103.8 thousand.

  2. We expect to open a total of seven new Company-owned or managed restaurants by the end of 2022: two to three new restaurants in 2021 and four to five new restaurants in 2022.

  3. We expect to open three new franchisee-owned restaurants by the end of 2022 with one to two openings in 2021.

  4. As of August 4, 2021, the Company’s cash balance was approximately $95.5 million, with $70.0 million of debt outstanding under its senior credit facility and $4.7 million of outstanding letters of credit.

Financial Outlook

Based on current information and its most recent projections, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. is providing its updated full year 2021 outlook for the following operating measures based on a 52-week year ending December 26, 2021:

  1. Restaurant labor efficiency of 250-300 basis points compared to 2019

  2. Marketing and advertising costs of $12 million to $14 million

  3. General and administrative expenses of $32 million to $33.5 million

  4. Effective income tax rate of 17% to 19%

  5. Total capital expenditures of $20 million to $25 million

The foregoing statements are not guarantees of future performance, and therefore, undue reliance should not be placed upon them. We refer you to the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” section in this earnings press release and to our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for more detailed discussions of the risks that could impact our financial outlook and our future operating results and financial condition.

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Fat Brands Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

August 05, 2021 16:05 ET



Conference call and webcast today at 5:00 p.m. ET

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: FAT) (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”) today reported fiscal second quarter 2021 financial results for the 13-week period ending June 27, 2021.

Andy Wiederhorn, President and CEO of FAT Brands, commented, “We want to thank our franchise partners and employees who have continued to deliver exceptional results as we emerge from the difficult operating environment of the past year.”

“This is an historic time for FAT Brands as we successfully closed the acquisition of Global Franchise Group for $442.5 million, the largest deal we have completed to date. This acquisition marks a further diversification of our restaurant portfolio by introducing five new restaurant concepts in new restaurant segments and categories and expanding our store base from approximately 700 to more than 2,000 units worldwide. We are particularly excited about the accretive synergies we foresee in integrating these restaurants with our strong platform. Based on current projections and assumptions, including realization of expected synergies and return to pre-COVID restaurant sales, we expect company-wide EBITDA to rise by approximately $40 million to $55-$60 million.”

“The second quarter marked a further progression in sales improvements and we saw excellent results, particularly from Johnny Rockets, Hurricane and Fatburger. We are very excited for the second half of this year where we expect a continued uptick in sales as the country eases back towards pre-COVID normalcy with the lifting of restrictions and growing vaccine distribution. With the newly added five restaurant concepts, we anticipate unit growth to accelerate over the coming months with plans to open 32 additional stores under our legacy brands by the end of the year and approximately an additional 50 units including Global Franchise Group.”

Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Highlights


●Total revenue improved 167% to $8.3 million compared to $3.1 million the second quarter of 2020○System-wide sales growth of 201.9% Q2 2021/Q2 2020 and 44.5% Q2 2021/Q2 2019■United States sales growth of 182.2% Q2 2021/Q2 2020 and 40.8% Q2 2021/Q2 2019■Rest of world sales growth of 269.8% Q2 2021/Q2 2020 and 55.0% Q2 2021/Q2 2019○System-wide same-store sales growth of 55.3% Q2 2021/Q2 2020■United States same-store sales growth of 54.6% Q2 2021/Q2 2020■Rest of world sales growth of 57.6% Q2 2021/Q2 2020○10 new franchised store openings during the second quarter of 2021■Store count as of June 27, 2021: 628 stores system-wide plus 32 locations to open in 2021●Net loss of $5.9 million or $0.48 per diluted share compared to net loss of $4.3 million or $0.36 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2020●Adjusted net loss (1) of $1.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2020.●EBITDA(1) loss of $4.9 million compared to an EBITDA loss of $4.3 million in the second quarter of 2020●Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $2.1 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss of $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2020.

(1) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss are non-GAAP measures defined below, under “Non-GAAP Measures”. Reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net loss are included in the accompanying financial tables.

Summary of Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenue was $8.3 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $3.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting revenue from Johnny Rockets, which was acquired during the third quarter of 2020, and the recovery from the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on royalties from restaurant sales.

Costs and expenses decreased to $6.2 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $8.9 million in the second quarter of 2020. General and administrative expenses increased $1.4 million primarily due to higher compensation as we filled out the management team and increased professional fees.

Advertising expense increased to $1.4 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $0.6 million in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting advertising expenses from Johnny Rockets and the increase in customer activity as the recovery from recovery from COVID continues.

Refranchising gains of $0.9 million in the second quarter consisted of $1.1 million in net gains related to refranchised restaurants, partially offset by restaurant operating costs, net of food sales of $0.2 million. Refranchising losses of $1.0 million in the second quarter of 2020 were comprised of restaurant operating costs, net of food sales.

Other expense of $10.0 million in the second quarter of 2021 was comprised primarily of interest expense of $2.7 million and a $6.4 million net loss on the extinguishment of debt. Other income of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2020 consisted primarily of a $1.3 million decrease in fair value of derivative liability relating to the conversion feature of Series A Preferred Stock, partially offset by net interest expense of $0.8 million.

Adjusted net loss was $1.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to adjusted net loss of $3.4 million, or $0.28 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.

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Potbelly Corporation Reports Results for Second Fiscal Quarter 2021

August 05, 2021 06:00 ET



Sales momentum accelerated throughout the second quarter, driven by ongoing recovery in the operating environment and impact from strategic initiatives

Second consecutive quarter of shop-level profitability

Improved volume across all channels, led by Dine-In which had a 5% increase in sales sequentially

CHICAGO, Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ: PBPB) (“Potbelly” or the “Company”), the iconic neighborhood sandwich shop concept, today reported financial results for the second fiscal quarter ended June 27, 2021.

Second Quarter Strategic Successes:

  1. Same-store sales (SSS) trends continued to show sequential improvement, ending the second quarter at +70.0% vs (3.1%) in the first quarter of 2021; SSS approached 2019 levels, at (-0.7%) compared to the second quarter of 2019.

  2. Second consecutive quarter of shop-level profitability and 23.8% growth in Average Unit Volume (AUV) compared to the first quarter 2021.

  3. Suburban shops, approximately 60% of units, continued to show strength with shop-level margin of 15.2%, slightly exceeding the 2019 average level across all shop types.

  4. Continued traction in the ‘Traffic-Driven Profitability’ strategic plan, pivoting toward growth-driving actions, with new menu rollout scheduled in the coming weeks.

  5. Strong results for Potbelly Perks loyalty program, adding 142,000 new members during the quarter, with Perks sales representing nearly 18% of total sales.

  6. Further strengthened leadership team with appointment of Larry Strain as Chief Development Officer.

  7. Subsequent to the quarter end, upgraded the tech stack with new mobile app, website, digital order and Perks loyalty program integration.

Key highlights for the thirteen weeks ended June 27, 2021 compared to March 28, 2021:

  1. Total revenues increased by 24.9% to $97.5 million compared to $78.1 million.

  2. GAAP net loss attributable to Potbelly was ($3.9) million, compared to a GAAP net loss of ($14.5) million. GAAP diluted loss per share was ($0.14) compared to a GAAP diluted loss per share of ($0.56).

  3. Adjusted net loss1 attributable to Potbelly was ($2.9) million compared to an adjusted net loss of ($8.5) million. Adjusted diluted EPS1 was a loss of ($0.10) compared to an adjusted diluted EPS loss of ($0.33).

  4. EBITDA1 improved significantly to $1.0 million from an EBITDA loss of ($10.0) million.

  5. Adjusted EBITDA1 improved meaningfully to $1.9 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA loss of ($6.6) million.

  6. Company paid approximately $2.5 million of $11.3 million of 2020 deferred cash payments in the quarter, bringing the cumulative amount paid to approximately $6.0 million.

  7. Based on the progress made during the second quarter, the Company expects positive cash flow from operations to continue through the second half of the year.

  8. At June 27, 2021, the Company had $11.8 million of cash on hand and $23.5 million available under the revolving credit facility, for total liquidity of $35.3 million.

Bob Wright, President and Chief Executive Officer of Potbelly, commented, “Our performance in the second quarter once again exceeded our expectations. Our significant top line growth reflects strengthening of our unit level economics across our portfolio. To be sure, the ongoing strength in the macro-economic environment and the restaurant sector contributed to sales growth. During the quarter, we experienced a significant increase in Dine-In as well as continued resilience in our Digital channels. We are also enjoying early benefits from our strategic initiatives that are evident in our results, namely the benefits of our third-party delivery differential pricing and our targeted scaled media outreach.”

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El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

August 05, 2021 19:54 ET



COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In a release issued under the same headline earlier today by El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) please note that the third table table titled UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF SYSTEM-WIDE SALES TO COMPANY-OPERATED RESTAURANT REVENUE AND TOTAL REVENUE had incorrect figures in the last two rows. The corrected release follows:

El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: LOCO) today announced financial results for the 13-week period ended June 30, 2021.

Highlights for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021 compared to the second quarter ended June 24, 2020 were as follows:

  1. Total revenue was $122.0 million compared to $99.6 million.

  2. System-wide comparable restaurant sales(1) increased 21.0%.

  3. Income from operations was $12.7 million compared to $7.4 million.

  4. Restaurant contribution(1) was $22.2 million, or 20.8% of company-operated restaurant revenue, compared to $17.2 million, or 19.6% of company-operated restaurant revenue.

  5. Net income was $8.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.5 million, or $0.16 per diluted share.

  6. Pro forma net income(1) was $10.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to $6.9 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.

  7. Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $19.9 million, compared to $15.3 million.


(1)System-wide comparable restaurant sales, restaurant contribution, pro forma net income and adjusted EBITDA are not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and are defined below under “Key Financial Definitions.” A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure is included in the accompanying financial data. See also “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Bernard Acoca, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Pollo Loco Holdings, Inc., stated, “Our strong second quarter performance was characterized by the continued sales recovery in both our LA and outer markets, resulting in over 22% top line improvement and strong two-year system-wide comparable restaurant sales growth of 14.8% compared to the second quarter of 2019. We were able to leverage our sales improvement and labor efficiencies to post a 20.8% restaurant contribution margin during the quarter. Our two-year system-wide comparable sales growth continued in the month of July coming in at 14.6% and company weekly average unit volumes have been over $40,000 for 18 straight weeks, demonstrating the strength we are seeing in our business. As we look at the back half of the year, we will work to sustain this sales momentum and work to manage the impact of increasing labor and commodity costs. We will also continue to execute on our acceleration agenda to further scale our brand for rapid and successful growth, especially in new geographies.”

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Papa John’s Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results and Significant Increase in Dividend


August 05, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today announced financial results for the three and six months ended June 27, 2021.

Second quarter 2021 highlights compared to prior year

  1. Total company revenues increased 11.8% to $515.0 million

  2. Comparable sales up 5.2% in North America and 21.2% Internationally; Global system-wide restaurant sales of $1.2 billion, up 12.2% driven by innovation, strong customer retention and accelerating domestic and international unit growth

  3. 55 net unit openings driven by International growth

  4. Loss per diluted share of ($2.30), including Special items of $3.23 per share, largely related to repurchase and conversion of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock; Adjusted earnings per diluted share grew to $0.93 from $0.48 a year ago

  5. For first six months of 2021, cash flow from operations of $128.0 million, up from $87.7 million a year ago; free cash flow of $100.1 million up from $67.0 million

  6. Increases return to common shareholders with 56% increase in annual dividend rate to $1.40 per share; declares third quarter dividend of $0.35 per share

“Papa John’s delivered an eighth consecutive quarter of growth, with system-wide sales up 12% in Q2. We extended the record sales results we achieved a year ago, sustaining our industry outperformance as markets continue reopening,” said President & CEO Rob Lynch. “Robust two-year comparable sales results – up 33% in North America and 27% internationally – reflect the impact our multi-faceted innovation strategy has had across every area of our business, powered by the effort of our team members and franchisees.”

Mr. Lynch continued, “Papa John’s strong brand and highly-attractive unit economics are driving accelerated restaurant openings by both new and existing franchisees, resulting in a record 123 net unit openings in the first half of 2021. In addition to growing AUVs, development is now a significant component of rising system-wide sales. With our business firing on all cylinders, we are more confident than ever that Papa John’s strategy and growth model position us solidly for long-term growth, as we build the world’s best pizza delivery company.”

Financial Highlights


Three Months Ended


Six Months EndedIn thousands, except per share amounts

June 27, 2021


June 28, 2020


Increase (Decrease)


June 27, 2021


June 28, 2020


Increase (Decrease)Revenue

$

515,008


$

460,623

$

54,385


$

1,026,754


$

870,482

$

156,272

Operating income


44,637



30,534


14,103



91,499



46,006


45,493

Net income


32,254



20,614


11,640



66,137



29,057


37,080

Diluted (loss) earnings per share


(2.30

)


0.48


(2.78

)


(1.47

)


0.65


(2.12

)Adjusted diluted earnings per share (a)


0.93



0.48


0.45



1.94



0.65


1.29



(a)

Adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure that excludes “Special items,” which impact comparability. Special items of $112.4 million and $115.4 million for the three and six months ended June 27, 2021 include $109.9 million of a one-time charge in each period associated with the repurchase and conversion of all shares of the company’s Series B Convertible Preferred Stock (“Series B Preferred Stock”) and $3.3 million and $7.2 million for the three and six month ended June 27, 2021, respectively, of strategic corporate reorganization costs associated with the company’s new office in Atlanta, Georgia projected to open in the fall of 2021. The reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial results is included in “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Revenues

Consolidated revenues of $515.0 million increased $54.4 million, or 11.8%, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to the second quarter of 2020 primarily as a result of higher comparable sales of 5.2% for North America restaurants, which benefited from continued menu, delivery and digital innovation as reflected in higher company-owned restaurant revenues, franchise royalties and commissary sales. Higher commodity costs also positively impacted commissary sales. International revenues also increased primarily due to higher royalties from strong comparable sales results of 21.2% for the quarter and higher unit counts.

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Dine Brands Global, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results


Significant Improvement in Domestic System-Wide Comparable Same-Restaurant Sales

99% of Domestic Restaurants Open

Ten New Restaurants Opened by Franchisees

Cash Position Remains Strong







Historical Domestic System-Wide Comparable Same-Restaurant Sales Relative to the Prior Year - Quarterly Domestic Same-Restaurant Sales - Applebee's (Graphic: Business Wire)

August 05, 2021 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


GLENDALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dine Brands Global, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill + Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2021.

“Our strong second-quarter results reflect the perseverance of the Dine Brands system as comp sales for both brands improved significantly. I’m thankful to our teams who have worked so hard to serve our guests and enhance the restaurant experience,” said John Peyton, chief executive officer of Dine Brands Global, Inc.

Mr. Peyton added, “Both Applebee’s and IHOP continue to make meaningful progress in a challenging environment. Relative to 2019, Applebee’s posted its best quarterly comp sales performance in over a decade. IHOP’s second-quarter comp sales improved markedly relative to 2019. Our solid fundamentals generated significant adjusted free cash flow and enabled us to maintain a healthy cash position. Our business is built to win thanks to our two iconic brands. Our franchisees are emerging from the pandemic with stable fundamentals. I’m confident we will continue to build on this momentum as we further accelerate innovation, while also focusing on our guests’ needs and accelerating growth.”

Vance Chang, chief financial officer, added, “We are very pleased with the progress we have made in the second quarter. Looking ahead, our optimism is somewhat tempered by continued volatility, which include labor shortages and variants of COVID-19. We remain steadfast in executing our strategy to improve profitability and accelerate sustainable growth.”

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Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results


August 05, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 27, 2021.

Highlights for the second quarter ended June 27, 2021 were as follows:

  1. Revenue increased 64.7% to $108.2 million compared to $65.7 million in the second quarter of 2020.

  2. Comparable restaurant sales increased 60.0% as compared to fiscal 2020 and decreased approximately 1.4% as compared to fiscal 2019.

  3. Net income increased 156% to $11.5 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.

  4. Adjusted net income(1) increased 215% to $12.6 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, compared to $4.0 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.

  5. Restaurant-level operating profit(1) increased 87% to $27.6 million compared to $14.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. Restaurant-level operating margin(1) increased 310 basis points to 25.6% compared to 22.5% in the second quarter of 2020.

  6. $113.5 million in cash and cash equivalents, no debt and $25.0 million available under the revolving credit facility.

(1) Adjusted net income, restaurant-level operating profit and restaurant-level operating margin are non-GAAP measures. For reconciliations of adjusted net income, restaurant-level operating profit and restaurant-level operating margin to the most directly comparable GAAP measures see the accompanying financial tables. For a discussion of why we consider adjusted net income, restaurant-level operating profit and restaurant-level operating margin useful, see “Non-GAAP Measures” below.

Steve Hislop, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. stated, “Our second quarter results demonstrated continued sales recovery in our restaurants, despite operating under capacity restrictions for most of the quarter. We successfully grew our top line by over 64%, further narrowed our comparable sales gap from 2019, and improved our restaurant-level profitability, both on a dollar and margin basis. As we return to more normalized operations and increase our dining room capacity to 100%, we will ensure that our restaurants are properly staffed and continue to execute on the three key pillars that have resonated well with our guests throughout the pandemic – Safety, Convenience, and Value.”

Hislop continued, “The COVID-19 pandemic gave us an opportunity to reset our business model with continuing restaurant-level operating margin improvement. With positive sales trajectory and improved operating efficiencies, we are optimistic about the health of our business, and we will remain operationally and hospitality focused as we look toward the remainder of the year.”

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Shake Shack Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results


– Total Revenue Increased 104.2%, to $187.5 million, Supported by >300% In-Shack Sales Growth, versus Same Period Last Year

– Same-Shack Sales Up 52.7% Compared to Same Period Last Year

– Average Weekly Sales Showed Significant Improvement, at $72,000 in the Second Quarter and $74,000 in Fiscal July, Supported by Stronger Urban and In-Shack Sales


August 05, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Shake Shack Inc. (“Shake Shack” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SHAK) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, a period that included 13 weeks.

Randy Garutti, Chief Executive Officer of Shake Shack, stated, “We remain on the path towards full sales recovery, with total revenue up over 104% versus the second quarter of 2020. As restrictions relaxed across the country, in-Shack sales rose more than 300% year on year. The resilience of our business can be seen through the ongoing revenue improvement in our hardest hit urban Shacks, while at the same time we retained the strong business we built in our suburban Shacks. Additionally, even as more of our guests came back to meet us in person, we still grew our digital business double digits and retained approximately 80% of the digital sales versus fiscal January 2021, when digital sales peaked. In terms of profitability, Shack level operating margin improved significantly along with sales, however, we do expect margins to moderate in the coming quarters as we make significant investments in our team. Our Shack team members are at the core of all we do and we have committed an additional $10 million in raises, incentives and leadership development over the next year. We remain focused on the recovery of both sales and profitability across our Shack base and growth over the long term. Our strategic plan centers on the evolution of our Shack formats through physical and digital transformation with the objective of delivering a seamless, elevated guest experience."

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter of 2021:

  1. Total revenue in the second quarter of 2021 increased 104.2% to $187.5 million versus the same period last year.

  2. Shack sales in the second quarter of 2021 increased 102.7% to $181.5 million versus the same period last year.

  3. Same-Shack sales(1) improved to up 52.7% in the second quarter of 2021 versus the same period last year.

  4. Licensed revenue in the second quarter of 2021 increased 164.2% to $6.0 million versus the same period last year.

  5. Shack system-wide sales in the second quarter of 2021 increased 127.7% to $281.9 million, versus the same period last year.

  6. Operating income in the second quarter of 2021 was $3.3 million compared to an operating loss of $24.1 million in the same period last year.

  7. Shack-level operating profit(2) increased 1,699.7% in the second quarter of 2021 versus the same period last year, to $34.8 million, or 19.2% of Shack sales.

  8. Net income was $2.1 million and adjusted EBITDA(2) was $20.6 million in the second quarter of 2021, compared to a net loss of $18.0 million and adjusted EBITDA of $(8.8) million in the same period last year.

  9. Net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. was $1.9 million and adjusted pro forma net income(2) was $2.4 million, or $0.05 per fully exchanged and diluted share in the second quarter of 2021, compared to Net loss attributable to Shake Shack Inc. of $16.2 million and adjusted pro forma net loss of $18.3 million, or $(0.45) per fully exchanged and diluted share, in the same period last year.

  10. Net system-wide Shack openings, comprised of eight net domestic Company-operated Shacks and ten net licensed Shacks.

  11. Cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities on hand was $420.2 million as of June 30, 2021.


(1)


In order to compare like-for-like periods for fiscal 2021, same-Shack sales will compare the 52 weeks from December 31, 2020 through December 29, 2021 to the 52 weeks from January 2, 2020 through December 30, 2020. For Q2 2021, same-Shack sales compares the thirteen weeks from April 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021 to the thirteen weeks from April 2, 2020 through July 1, 2020. Refer to the materials included in the Supplemental Financial Information, dated August 5, 2021, for illustrative monthly and quarterly comparative periods.

(2)


Shack-level operating profit, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted pro forma net income (loss) are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of Shack-level operating profit to Operating income (loss) and adjusted EBITDA to Net income (loss), and adjusted pro-forma net income (loss) to Net income (loss) attributable to Shake Shack, Inc., the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, are set forth in the schedules accompanying this release. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Second Quarter 2021 Review

Total revenue, which includes Shack sales and Licensing revenue, increased 104.2% versus the second quarter of 2020, to $187.5 million in the second quarter of 2021. Shack sales for the second quarter of 2021 were $181.5 million compared to $89.5 million in the second quarter of 2020, reflecting an increase of $92.0 million, or 102.7%, due in part to the opening of 29 net new domestic Company-operated Shacks between June 24, 2020 and June 30, 2021, as well as continued sales recovery across Shack markets.

Same-Shack sales grew 52.7% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2021, compared to up 5.7% in the first quarter of 2021. Sales improved across all regions, and was led by strength of in-Shack dining as well as healthy retention of our digital sales. These trends continued in fiscal July as we saw same-Shack sales up 38% compared to the same period last year. Although suburban Shacks are performing closer to pre-pandemic levels than urban, we saw encouraging momentum across urban Shacks throughout the second quarter. We also reached a milestone in our urban recovery, with the reopening of the Union Station, DC and Grand Central Station, NYC Shacks in late June and early July, respectively. In the Southeast region, notably Texas, same-Shack sales are now above pre-pandemic levels; these markets continue to represent growth opportunities for the business across a variety of formats.

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Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels Unite as Panera Brands, Creating a Best-in-Class, Market Leading Fast Casual Platform

August 5, 2021


St. Louis, MO  (RestaurantNews.com)  Today, Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels are proud to announce the formation of Panera Brands, a new powerhouse platform in fast casual, the fastest growing segment of the industry. Panera Brands brings together three iconic brands in fast casual: Panera Bread, the pioneer and market leader in fast casual, Caribou Coffee, a beloved regional coffeehouse, and Einstein Bros. Bagels, the industry leader in bagels and bagel sandwiches. With nearly 4,000 locations and 110,000 employees across 10 countries, Panera Brands is one of the largest and most vibrant fast casual companies in the world.

Niren Chaudhary has been appointed as the Group CEO of Panera Brands and will continue to lead as CEO of Panera Bread. José Alberto Dueñas, CEO of Einstein Bros. Bagels, and John Butcher, CEO of Caribou Coffee, will report into Chaudhary while continuing as CEOs of their respective companies. Anchored in Panera Bread’s distinctive competencies including its broad omnichannel retail network, strong digital infrastructure, industry leading loyalty program, robust food innovation pipeline, world class supply chain and access to extremely well capitalized franchise owners, Panera Brands will be in a unique position to turbocharge the growth in Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels alongside Panera Bread.

“Together as Panera Brands, we are united by our common values and shared belief that we can be force multipliers for good. We exist to provide exceptional experiences for our guests, and to positively impact our communities, the planet and our shareholders while unlocking the dreams of our teams.” said Niren Chaudhary, Group CEO of Panera Brands and CEO, Panera Bread. “We believe Panera Bread, Caribou Coffee and Einstein Bros. Bagels together will leverage each company’s unique expertise and services to build an unrivaled fast casual platform with a tremendous runway for growth.”

Panera Bread, with more than 2,100 bakery-cafes is a pioneer and market leader in fast casual with leadership in the quality of its clean, transparent, sustainable ingredients, and in omnichannel access, digital convenience (45% of sales are e-commerce) and engagement (44MM MyPanera loyalty members). During the pandemic Panera Bread successfully pivoted to more off-premise and digital access and has rapidly innovated with new offerings such as its disruptive coffee subscription program and the exciting Flatbread Pizza launch, demonstrating the power of its highly leverageable best-in-class asset base. As a result, the business has recovered to above 2019 levels, the brand has emerged stronger and is gaining momentum, delivering consistently positive one and two-year comparable restaurant sales throughout May, June and July.

Caribou Coffee, founded in 1992, is the #1 coffee brand in the Upper Midwest and has one of the most passionate and loyal customer bases of any coffeehouse. With 713 stores in 10 countries, Caribou Coffee also has a sizeable presence outside the U.S. Caribou Coffee’s omnichannel capabilities and investment in smaller format restaurant models have expanded its reach, enabling the company to further expand its business throughout the U.S. A market leader in bagels and bagel sandwiches, Einstein Bros. Bagels operates 1,005 stores consisting of Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels®, Noah’s New York Bagels® and Manhattan Bagel®.

“Caribou Coffee is proud to be closing out the first half of 2021 stronger than ever,” said John Butcher, CEO of Caribou Coffee. “Our purpose at Caribou Coffee is to create day-making experiences that spark a chain reaction of GOOD. The creation of Panera Brands enables us to work smarter together, and drive greater impact for our teams, guests and communities.”

“At Einstein Bros. Bagels, our relentless focus on delivering the most craveable breakfast experience for our guests and our efforts to transform the business during 2020 allowed us to come out of the pandemic as a stronger, more profitable, and more nimble company,” said José Alberto Dueñas, CEO of Einstein Bros. Bagels. “I’m looking forward to seeing our powerful brand portfolio, executed with a simplified retail model and optimized for a great digital experience, continue to gain momentum.”

With world-class dedicated executive teams for each company, strong core businesses focused on craveability and high-quality ingredients, and improving efficiencies, Panera Brands has a tremendous runway for continued growth.

About Panera Brands

Panera Brands is one of the world’s largest fast casual restaurant companies, with nearly 4,000 locations and 110,000 employees across 10 countries. A portfolio of complementary brands bound by common values and tremendous runway for growth, Panera Brands is comprised of Panera Bread®, Caribou Coffee® and Einstein Bros.® Bagels. Panera Brands companies are independently operated and underpinned by industry leading technology, loyalty, craveability, and high-quality ingredients. Panera Brands companies are united in their mission to be force multipliers for good for their guests, communities, the planet, and the shareholders they serve.

Panera Bread is a pioneer and market leader in fast casual, with leadership in the quality of its clean, transparent, sustainable ingredients, and in omnichannel access, digital convenience (45% of sales are e-commerce) and engagement (44MM MyPanera loyalty members). As of June 30, 2021, there were 2,120 Panera Bread bakery-cafes in 48 states and in Ontario, Canada, operating under the Panera Bread® or Saint Louis Bread Co.® names. Caribou Coffee provides high-quality handcrafted beverages and food options, with 713 stores in 10 countries. Einstein Bros. Bagels, consisting of Einstein Bros.® Bagels, Bruegger’s Bagels®, Noah’s New York Bagels® and Manhattan Bagel® is a market leader in bagels and bagel sandwiches operating more than 1,000 company-owned and licensed units across the US.

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Jack in the Box Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2021 Earnings


Systemwide sales growth of +10.6%

Same store sales growth +10.2%

Net units down -1.1%

Diluted EPS up +26.1% to $1.79

Company provides updates to 2021 guidance measures

Company provides CapEx & Other Investments guidance range for 2022


August 04, 2021 04:05 PM Eastern Daylight Time


SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) announced financial results for the third quarter ended July 4, 2021, comprised of growth in systemwide sales, system same store sales and earnings per share.

"I am very pleased with our third quarter results, and proud of the continued momentum and execution from our franchisees and operators,” said Darin Harris, Jack in the Box Chief Executive Officer. “Comps on a two-year basis of +16.8%, coupled with solid earnings performance, are all part of creating the store-level profitability that will help us maximize our growth and expansion opportunities going forward.”

Systemwide sales increased 10.6% in the third quarter, comprised of positive results in same store sales and a slight decline in net unit growth. The company had a third quarter net store decline of 9 stores, comprised of 4 store openings and 13 closures – with 7 closings that include future offsetting locations, and the remainder related to agreement expirations. In the third quarter, there were development agreements signed for 60 future restaurants, bringing the year-to-date total to 64 future restaurants.

Company-operated same-store sales grew 9.0% in the third quarter, with evenly-balanced contribution from both transactions and average check. Franchise same-store sales grew 10.3%, with similar trends in both average check and transactions.

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Noodles & Company Announces Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Company-Owned Comparable Restaurant Sales Growth of 56%, Record Average Unit Volumes of $1.35M and Highest Restaurant Contribution Margin Since 2014

August 03, 2021 16:05 ET



BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Noodles & Company (Nasdaq: NDLS) today announced financial results for its second quarter ended June 29, 2021.

Key highlights for the second quarter of 2021 versus the second quarter of 2020 include:

  1. Total revenue increased 57% to $125.6 million.

  2. Comparable restaurant sales increased 56.8% system-wide, comprised of a 55.7% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 63.8% increase at franchise restaurants.

  3. Record Company Average Unit Volumes of $1.35 million represented a 51.5% increase compared to the second quarter of 2020 and a 12.3% increase versus the second quarter of 2019.

  4. Digital sales grew 15% and accounted for 56% of sales.

  5. Restaurant contribution margin(1) was 18.9%, the highest since Q4 2014 and an increase of 1,220 basis points.

  6. Net income was $5.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $13.5 million, or $0.30 per diluted share.

  7. Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $13.8 million, an increase of $17.1 million.

  8. Net debt(1) decreased to $19.9 million compared to $34.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter 2020.


_____________________(1)Restaurant contribution margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and net debt are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of operating income (loss) to restaurant contribution margin, net income (loss) to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, and debt to net debt are included in the accompanying financial data. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We are very pleased with our second quarter results which reflect the strong momentum and the resiliency in our concept despite volatility in market conditions. Our second quarter results are further proof of the strength of the Noodles & Company brand, with continued sales acceleration and strong restaurant contribution margins. Our average unit volumes reached a new record level of $1.35 million, representing 12.3% growth relative to the second quarter of 2019 and we achieved our highest restaurant contribution margin of 18.9% in nearly seven years, despite an inflationary environment. Our results in the second quarter reflect strength across all channels, as digital sales continued to grow as in-restaurant sales returned to 70% of pre-pandemic levels. The launch of Tortelloni in June was extremely well received by guests and our early read from our marketing analytics is showing an increase in both frequency and repurchase rates. Most importantly, we continue to be proud of our dedicated team of high performers with strong tenure and better than industry average retention and turnover.”

Boennighausen continued, “I am pleased to report that we continued to see strong sales momentum into the third quarter. With our AUVs at an all-time high and consistent margin expansion, there is no better time for us to grow our brand. We are making strong progress in building our pipeline of both company-owned and franchise restaurant development units to achieve 7% annual system-wide unit growth in 2022 and at least 10% shortly thereafter.”

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Denny’s Corporation Reports Results For Second Quarter 2021

August 03, 2021 16:05 ET



SPARTANBURG, S.C., Aug. 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ: DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2021 and provided a business update on the Company’s operations.

John Miller, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are simply delighted to welcome guests back now that all of our operating domestic dining rooms are open while still providing them with the convenience of our off-premise options. With the easing of restrictions, the rollout of our two new virtual brands, The Burger Den and The Meltdown, along with the perseverance of our entire organization, both June and July domestic system-wide same-store sales** surpassed 2019 pre-pandemic levels. We are encouraged by the potential for additional sales growth as we overcome staffing challenges and return to 24/7 operations across our system."

Second Quarter 2021 Highlights

  1. Total operating revenue increased 164.3% to $106.2 million, primarily due to the COVID-19 recovery.

  2. Domestic system-wide same-store sales** decreased 1.2% compared to the equivalent fiscal period in 2019, including a 1.5% decrease at domestic franchised restaurants and a 1.9% increase at company restaurants.

  3. Domestic system-wide same-store sales** increased 117.0% compared to the equivalent fiscal period in 2020.

  4. Opened three franchised restaurants, including one international location.

  5. Operating income (loss) was $18.3 million compared to ($13.5) million in the prior year quarter.

  6. Franchise Operating Margin* was $29.9 million, or 51.0% of franchise and license revenue, and Company Restaurant Operating Margin* was $9.8 million, or 20.5% of company restaurant sales.

  7. Net loss was $0.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share.

  8. Adjusted Net Income* was $11.6 million, or $0.18 per share.

  9. Adjusted EBITDA* was $25.3 million compared to ($5.1) million in the prior year quarter.

  10. Cash provided by (used in) operating, investing, and financing activities was $33.1 million, ($1.2) million, and ($35.6) million, respectively.

  11. Adjusted Free Cash Flow* was $17.8 million compared to ($11.5) million in the prior year quarter.

  12. Provided guidance for the fiscal third quarter 2021.

Current Trends

Domestic system-wide same-store sales** for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, continued to trend toward pre-pandemic levels. Fiscal periods June and July surpassed 2019 sales levels at both company and domestic franchise restaurants. With all operating dining rooms open, off-premise sales, inclusive of virtual brands, have remained strong at approximately 24% of total sales compared to 12% pre-pandemic.

Additionally, during the second quarter the Company substantially completed the rollout of its first virtual brand, The Burger Den, to over 1,100 domestic locations and began a phased rollout of its second virtual brand, The Meltdown, to approximately half of the domestic system. Transactions for these two virtual brands are highly incremental and leverage labor during underutilized dayparts.

In an effort to provide greater transparency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Denny's is providing the following tables that present monthly results for 2021 compared to the equivalent fiscal periods in 2019:

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Church’s Chicken® To Be Acquired by High Bluff Capital Partners and Investment Funds Managed by FS Investments


Owners of Quiznos and Taco Del Mar Will Leverage Extensive Restaurant and Consumer Expertise to Propel Further International and Domestic Growth of One of the World’s Largest Quick Service Chicken Restaurant Chains


August 02, 2021 10:09 AM Eastern Daylight Time


SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--High Bluff Capital Partners (“High Bluff”), supported by various alternative investment funds managed by FS Investments, announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Church's Chicken®, one of the world’s largest quick service chicken restaurant chains, from FFL Partners. Subject to customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to be completed during Q3 of 2021.

Based in Atlanta and founded in 1952, Church’s® has more than 1,500 locations in 26 countries and international territories. Demonstrating considerable resiliency in the face of a devastating global pandemic, the brand in 2020 leveraged its strengths in family meals, digital offerings, delivery and to-go orders to post a strong year of performance, generating system-wide sales of nearly $1.2 billion. Over the next year, the brand expects to expand its already sizable domestic and international presence with the opening of more than 100 new locations, including the roll-out of its highly successful Blaze Image restaurant concept.

Specializing in equity investments in restaurants and iconic consumer-facing brands, High Bluff established its restaurant platform, REGO Restaurant Group, in 2018 with the acquisitions of toasted sub pioneer Quiznos and Taco Del Mar, a fast-casual restaurant chain offering coastal Mexican cuisine. Since then, the firm has had a transformative impact on both brands – driving significant menu innovation, modernizing marketing and branding, enhancing the guest experience, and delivering best-in-class opportunities to franchisees.

“At a time when the entire restaurant industry has faced unprecedented challenges, Church’s has stood out as a notable bright spot, having emerged from the pandemic with considerable tailwinds that strongly position the brand for tremendous growth geographically as well as in the overall chicken category,” said Anand Gowda, who, prior to founding High Bluff Capital Partners served as President and Managing Partner of Metropoulos & Co.

“Our investment strategy continues to center on identifying brands with long-term connections with consumers that can be energized and propelled to greater success through targeted industry expertise, operational efficiencies, innovation and creative brand management,” Gowda added. “Church’s fits squarely within this wheelhouse. We look forward to leveraging our robust platform and working closely with the management team and franchisees to accelerate Church’s positive trajectory.”

“In addition to becoming a premier global franchisor, Church’s has long dominated the value-oriented market in the chicken category, with a highly recognizable brand, consistent quality and delicious offerings,” said Rushabh Vora, Managing Director at FS Investments, which led a structured capital investment in support of the acquisition out of its FS Tactical Opportunities Fund along with other affiliated investment funds. “With the global chicken QSR market forecasted to grow meaningfully over the next few years, and major geographies such as China and Australia still yet to be tapped by Church’s, we see exciting growth potential for this beloved brand.”

“The past few years have been all about growth for the brand and its franchisees,” shared Joe Christina, Chief Executive Officer for Church’s. “Our focus will be to deliver against our strategic plan with new locations in the U.S. and internationally and continued profitable sales growth.”

“I am proud to continue leading the brand with High Bluff and the solid backing of FS Investments, which will give us the added momentum to truly realize our Vision to be the Global Franchisor of Choice,” Christina said. “I thank our teams and franchisees around the world for their ability to deliver and establish a framework to expand what we’re capable of accomplishing as a team.”

About Church’s Chicken®

Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952 by George W. Church, Church’s Chicken® is one of the world’s largest quick-service restaurant chicken chains. Church’s® specializes in Original and Spicy Chicken freshly prepared throughout the day in small batches that are hand-battered and double-breaded, Tender Strips®, Honey-Butter Biscuits™ made from scratch and freshly baked, and classic, homestyle sides all for a great value. Church’s® (along with its sister brand Texas Chicken® outside the Americas) has more than 1,500 locations in 26 countries and international territories, and experienced system-wide sales of nearly $1.2 billion in 2020. During two national media windows, the brand drove sales performance that outpaced the broader QSR category. Church's international presence also continues to impress as it achieved record-breaking growth for the second consecutive year in 2020 - despite a global pandemic. For more information, visit www.churchs.com. Follow Church’s® on Facebook at www.facebook.com/churchschicken and Twitter at www.twitter.com/churchschicken.

About High Bluff Capital Partners

Based in San Diego, California, High Bluff Capital Partners is a private investment firm that specializes in making control-oriented equity investments in iconic consumer-facing companies. The firm's team has more than 30 years of experience managing, investing, leading and transforming consumer businesses across the restaurant, entertainment, food, beverage and retail markets.

More information can be found at www.highbluffcap.com.

About FS Investments

FS Investments is a leading asset manager dedicated to helping individuals, financial professionals and institutions design better portfolios. The firm provides access to alternative sources of income and growth, and focuses on setting industry standards for investor protection, education and transparency. FS Investments is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA with offices in New York, NY, Orlando, FL and Leawood, KS. Visit www.fsinvestments.com to learn more.

Deal Advisors

Moelis & Company LLC served as the M&A advisor to High Bluff and FS Investments, and exclusive placement agent to High Bluff; Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and Dentons US LLP served as legal advisors to High Bluff and REGO Restaurant Group; Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP served as legal advisor to FS Investments.

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Restaurant Brands International Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results



Jul 30, 2021, 06:30 ET



Continued improvement in global system-wide sales growth, accelerating to +4% compared to 2019 Unit growth returns to pre-pandemic levels with 378 net new restaurants opened in the 1st half Digital sales in home markets scale up by nearly +60% year over year and +15% sequentially Liquidity expands to $2.8 billion, net leverage declines significantly and Board authorizes $1 billion buyback program

TORONTO, July 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) (TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

José E. Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") commented, "We are encouraged by the momentum across our business – including sales increases driven by quality menu items, rapid adoption of our digital channels by our guests and an acceleration in new restaurant openings around the world by our franchisees who believe strongly in our brands and business model."

Cil continued, "We also announced an increase in our share buyback authorization to $1 billion over the next two years, demonstrating our confidence in the value creation opportunity we have ahead of us with our three iconic brands, scalable business model, expanding digital strength and dedicated franchise partners. We believe we are well positioned to drive sustainable, long-term sales growth across the business and to continue enhancing shareholder returns with significant returns of capital through our industry-leading dividend and opportunistic share buybacks under our newly expanded authorization."




Consolidated Operational Highlights

Three Months Ended June 30,

2021

2020

(Unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth

TH

33.0%

(33.4)%

BK

37.9%

(25.2)%

PLK

10.5%

24.0%

Consolidated

31.9%

(20.9)%

System-wide Sales (in US$ millions)

TH

$

1,637

$

1,108

BK

$

5,883

$

4,127

PLK

$

1,386

$

1,247

Consolidated

$

8,906

$

6,482

Net Restaurant Growth

TH

2.7%

1.3%

BK

0.1%

4.2%

PLK

5.7%

6.7%

Consolidated

1.3%

3.9%

System Restaurant Count at Period End

TH

5,065

4,934

BK

18,776

18,756

PLK

3,562

3,369

Consolidated

27,403

27,059

Comparable Sales

TH

27.6%

(29.3)%

BK

18.2%

(13.4)%

PLK

(0.3)%

24.8%




Note: System-wide sales growth and comparable sales are calculated on a constant currency basis and include sales at franchise restaurants and company-owned restaurants. System-wide sales are driven by sales at franchise restaurants, as approximately 100% of current restaurants are franchised. We do not record franchise sales as revenues; however, our royalty revenues and advertising fund contributions are calculated based on a percentage of franchise sales. Additionally, if a restaurant is closed for a significant portion of a month, the restaurant is excluded from the monthly comparable sales calculation.

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Bloomin’ Brands Announces 2021 Q2 Financial Results and Strong Operating Margin Expansion


Q2 Diluted EPS of $0.75 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.81

Q2 Comparable Restaurant Sales Growth of 65.8% at Outback Steakhouse and 84.6% Combined U.S.

Strengthening Third Quarter-to-Date U.S. Comp Sales Trends on a 2-Year Basis


July 30, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLMN) today reported results for the second quarter 2021 (“Q2 2021”) compared to the second quarter 2020 (“Q2 2020”).

CEO Comments

“Q2 represented another quarter of strong results. We are well positioned to grow sales and capture additional market share,” said David Deno, Chief Executive Officer. “We are making great progress improving margins, increasing cash flow and retaining off-premises sales as dining rooms have reopened. Our sales momentum has continued through the first four weeks of the third quarter with U.S. comp sales up 15.2% on a two-year basis versus 2019.”

Diluted EPS and Adjusted Diluted EPS

The following table reconciles Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders to Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share for the periods indicated:



Q2





2021


2020


CHANGE

Q2 2019 (1)

Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to common stockholders

$

0.75



$

(1.05)



$

1.80


$

0.32


Adjustments (2)

0.06



0.31



(0.25)


0.04


Adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per share (2)

$

0.81



$

(0.74)



$

1.55


$

0.36








___________________ (1) Presented for improved comparability. (2) See Non-GAAP Measures later in this release.

Second Quarter Financial Results


(dollars in millions)

Q2 2021


Q2 2020


CHANGE

Q2 2019 (1)

Total revenues

$

1,077.4



$

578.5



86.2

%

$

1,021.9









Restaurant-level operating margin

20.3

%


2.1

%


18.2

%

15.0

%

Adjusted restaurant-level operating margin (2)

20.3

%


2.7

%


17.6

%

15.0

%








GAAP operating income (loss) margin

11.6

%


(19.3)

%


30.9

%

4.3

%

Adjusted operating income (loss) margin (2)

11.0

%


(13.7)

%


24.7

%

4.6

%___________________ (1) Presented for improved comparability. (2) See Non-GAAP Measures later in this release.

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Yum! Brands Reports Second-Quarter Results; Record 603 Net-New Units; Digital System Sales of Over $5 Billion; Same-Store Sales Growth of 23%; Reinstates Long-Term Growth Algorithm with Raised Unit Guidance







Yum! Brands Reports Second-Quarter Results; Record 603 Net-New Units; Digital System Sales of Over $5 Billion; Same-Store Sales Growth of 23%; Reinstates Long-Term Growth Algorithm with Raised Unit Guidanc

July 29, 2021 07:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time


LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today reported results for the second-quarter ended June 30, 2021. Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 26%, with 23% same-store sales and 2% unit growth. Second-quarter GAAP EPS was $1.29, an increase of 91% over the prior year quarter. Second-quarter EPS excluding Special Items was $1.16, an increase of 41% over the prior year quarter.

DAVID GIBBS COMMENTS

David Gibbs, CEO, said “Our strong second-quarter results, led by record unit development and 23% same-store sales growth are a testament to our iconic brands, world-class talent, and best-in-class franchisees. I’m proud that each of our divisions reported positive same-store sales growth on a 2-year basis, a step up from first-quarter trends. This sustained momentum was underpinned by our investments in digital and off-premise and the agility of our brands to meet the needs of consumers in an ever-changing environment. I'm thrilled to say that unit development has accelerated driven by strong unit-level economics. On the basis of these strong results, we're reinstating our long-term growth algorithm and revising the unit growth component of this algorithm from 4% unit growth to between 4% and 5% unit growth. The resilience of our diversified global business positions us perfectly to drive growth and maximize value creation for all our stakeholders for years to come.”

SECOND-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS

  1. Worldwide system sales excluding foreign currency translation grew 26%, with KFC at 35%, Taco Bell at 24% and Pizza Hut at 10%.

  2. We reported 2% unit growth year-over-year and record second-quarter net new unit growth of 603.

  3. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted divisional operating profit by $27 million.



% Change


System Sales Ex F/X

Same-Store Sales

Units

GAAP Operating Profit

Core Operating Profit1

KFC Division

+35

+30

+5

+108

+93

Pizza Hut Division

+10

+10

(3)

+18

+14

Taco Bell Division

+24

+21

+2

+29

+29