Brinker International Reports 17 Percent Increase in First Quarter Fiscal 2008 EPS From Continuing Operations, Before Special Items
DALLAS, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) announced fiscal 2008 first quarter earnings per diluted share from continuing operations increased to $0.35 from $0.32 in the prior year. Before special items, earnings per diluted share from continuing operations increased to $0.35 from $0.30 in the prior year (reconciliation included in Table 3).
In August, the company announced that it had begun exploring the potential sale of the Romano's Macaroni Grill restaurant chain. During the first quarter of 2008, the company made significant progress in its search for a buyer, which allowed management to commit to a plan to sell the brand. A deal is expected to close in late fiscal 2008. Therefore, Macaroni Grill has been presented as discontinued operations in the company's financial statements beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2008. Before special items, earnings per diluted share from discontinued operations decreased 33 percent from $0.06 in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 to $0.04 in the current quarter (reconciliation included in Table 4). All amounts presented in this release are related to continuing operations unless otherwise stated.
Highlights for the first quarter 2008: -- Revenues increased 3 percent; -- Company-owned and franchise restaurants, or system restaurants, increased 12 percent; -- New company restaurant growth was partially offset by selling company restaurants to franchisees resulting in net capacity growth of 3 percent (as measured by average-weighted sales weeks); -- Revenues from franchisees increased 33 percent; -- Operating income before special items from continuing operations increased 10 percent (reconciliation included in Table 2); -- Five million common shares were repurchased by the company for approximately $140 million; and -- The company entered into two development agreements with new or existing franchisees with commitments to build 57 restaurants over the next several years. Revenue Growth
Brinker reported revenues from continuing operations for the 13-week period of $895.1 million, an increase of 3 percent compared with $869.3 million reported for the same period of fiscal 2007. These revenue gains were driven by restaurant capacity growth (as measured by average-weighted sales weeks) of 2.6 percent. Revenue growth was negatively impacted by 7.3 percent due to the sale of 97 restaurants to franchisees and other restaurant closures since the first quarter of fiscal 2007. However, revenues from franchisees increased to $14.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, a 33 percent increase from $10.6 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007. Comparable restaurant sales were even with the prior year quarter (see Table 1).
Table 1: Q1 comparable restaurant sales Q1 08 and Q1 07, company and three reported brands; percentage Q1 08 Q1 07 Q1 08 Comparable Comparable Pricing Q1 08 Sales Sales Impact Mix-Shift Brinker International(1) 0.0 (2.2) 1.9 0.9 Chili's 0.7 (2.3) 2.0 1.5 On The Border (5.3) (2.2) 1.2 (0.9) Maggiano's 0.5 (1.5) 2.0 (1.9) (1) Brinker International comparable restaurant sales exclude the impact of Macaroni Grill. Operating Performance
Cost of sales, as a percent of revenues, remained flat compared to the prior year at 27.4 percent. During the quarter, cost of sales was negatively impacted by unfavorable commodity prices, primarily beef and cheese, and unfavorable product mix shifts, offset by favorable menu price changes and increased revenues from franchisees.
Restaurant expenses, as a percent of revenues, increased to 56.1 percent from 55.3 percent in the prior year, primarily driven by increased labor and restaurant supply costs, partially offset by increased revenues from franchisees and lower pre-opening and stock-based compensation expenses.
Depreciation and amortization for the first quarter fiscal 2008, compared to the same quarter in fiscal year 2007, decreased $1.7 million. The change was primarily driven by the sale of 95 restaurants to Pepper Dining, Inc. in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2007 and other restaurant closures, an increase in fully depreciated assets and the classification of assets as held for sale related to the pending sale of 76 restaurants to ERJ Dining IV, LLC. These decreases were partially offset by an increase in depreciation due to the addition of new restaurants and remodel investments.
Compared to the prior year, general and administrative expense decreased $7.2 million for the quarter, primarily due to lower stock and performance- based compensation expenses in the first quarter of fiscal 2008.
Other gains and charges decreased $3.8 million compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2007 as a result of a $3.2 million gain recorded in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 from the termination of an interest rate swap on an operating lease commitment.
The above results provided operating income from continuing operations, before special items, of $67.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008, a 10 percent increase from $61.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007.
Interest expense for the first quarter fiscal 2008, compared to the same quarter in fiscal 2007, increased $6.7 million primarily due to additional debt outstanding of $400 million borrowed under a one-year unsecured committed credit facility used primarily to fund share repurchases in fiscal 2007 and for general corporate purposes.
The effective income tax rate for continuing operations decreased to 30.8 percent for the current quarter as compared to 32.5 percent for the same quarter last year. The decrease in the tax rate was primarily due to an increase in federal tax credits and a decrease in incentive stock option expense.
Income from discontinued operations, before special items decreased from $7.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2007 to $4.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2008 (reconciliation included in Table 4). This decrease was primarily due to a 4.8 percent decline in comparable restaurant sales at Macaroni Grill, which also resulted in the de-leveraging of fixed costs.
Cash Flow and Capital Allocation
Cash flow from continuing operations for the first quarter of fiscal 2008 decreased to approximately $77.9 million compared to $92.6 million in the prior year due to the timing and amount of income taxes. Capital expenditures for continuing operations for the quarter totaled $70.9 million, a reduction of $15.5 million compared to the prior year, primarily due to a decrease in new restaurants developed by the company. The company repurchased 5 million shares for approximately $140 million during the first quarter. At the end of the quarter, approximately $160 million remained available under the company's share authorizations. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter were reduced over 13 percent to 109.2 million from 126.1 million at the end of the first quarter fiscal 2007.
Special Items Table 2: Reconciliation of operating income from continuing operations, before special items Q1 08 and Q1 07; $ millions $ $ Item Q1 08 Q1 07 Operating Income from Continuing Operations 67.3 64.7 Other Gains and Charges 0.5 (3.2) Operating Income from Continuing Operations, before Special Items 67.8 61.5 Table 3: Reconciliation of income from continuing operations, before special items Q1 08 and Q1 07; $ millions and $ per diluted share after- tax EPS EPS Per Per $ Share $ Share Item Q1 08 Q1 08 Q1 07 Q1 07 Income from Continuing Operations 38.5 0.35 40.1 0.32 Other Gains and Charges 0.3 0.00 (2.0) (0.02) Income from Continuing Operations, before Special Items 38.8 0.35 38.1 0.30
Table 4: Reconciliation of income from discontinued operations, before special items Q1 08 and Q1 07; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax
EPS EPS Per Per $ Share $ Share Item Q1 08 Q1 08 Q1 07 Q1 07 Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations (0.9) (0.01) 7.5 0.06 Other Gains and Charges 5.1 0.05 0.0 0.00 Income from Discontinued Operations, before Special Items 4.2 0.04 7.5 0.06 Table 5: Reconciliation of net income, before special items Q1 08 and Q1 07; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax EPS EPS Per Per $ Share $ Share Item Q1 08 Q1 08 Q1 07 Q1 07 Net Income 37.6 0.34 47.6 0.38 Other Gains and Charges 5.4 0.05 (2.0) (0.02) Net Income, before Special Items 43.0 0.39 45.6 0.36 Fiscal 2008 Outlook
Due to the pending sale of Romano's Macaroni Grill and its classification as a discontinued operation, the company is defining its guidance to be earnings per diluted share growth from continuing operations. The company affirms its previous expectations of low to mid double-digit earnings per diluted share growth from continuing operations.
Investors and interested parties are invited to listen to today's conference call, as management will provide further details of the quarter. The call will be broadcast live on the Brinker Web site (http://www.brinker.com) at 9 a.m. CDT today (Oct. 23). For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available shortly thereafter and will remain on the Brinker Web site until the end of the day on Nov. 20, 2007.
Forward Calendar -- First Quarter SEC Form 10-Q filing on or before Nov. 5, 2007; and -- Second quarter earnings release, before market opens, on Jan. 23, 2008.
At the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2008, Brinker International either owned, operated, or franchised 1,827 restaurants under the names Chili's Grill & Bar (1,383 units), Romano's Macaroni Grill (241 units), On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina (162 units), and Maggiano's Little Italy (41 units).
The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and, consequently, could be affected by general business and economic conditions, the impact of competition, the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, the seasonality of the company's business, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, fuel and utility costs and availability, terrorists acts, consumer perception of food safety, changes in consumer taste, health epidemics or pandemics, changes in demographic trends, availability of employees, unfavorable publicity, the company's ability to meet its growth plan, acts of God, governmental regulations, and inflation.
BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC. Consolidated Statements of Income (In thousands, except per share amounts) Thirteen Week Periods Ended Sept 26, Sept 27, 2007 2006 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Revenues $895,086 $869,283 Operating Costs and Expenses: Cost of sales 245,618 238,415 Restaurant expenses 502,153 481,002 Depreciation and amortization 38,535 40,230 General and administrative 40,938 48,140 Other gains and charges (a) 512 (3,241) Total operating costs and expenses 827,756 804,546 Operating income 67,330 64,737 Interest expense 12,915 6,237 Other, net (1,257) (837) Income before provision for income taxes 55,672 59,337 Provision for income taxes 17,136 19,265 Income from continuing operations 38,536 40,072 (Loss) income from discontinued operations, (936) 7,567 net of taxes (b) Net income $37,600 $47,639 Basic net income per share: Income from continuing operations $0.36 $0.32 (Loss) income from discontinued operations $(0.01) $0.06 Net income per share $0.35 $0.38 Diluted net income per share: Income from continuing operations $0.35 $0.32 (Loss) income from discontinued operations $(0.01) $0.06 Net income per share $0.34 $0.38 Basic weighted average Shares outstanding 106,464 124,280 Diluted weighted average Shares outstanding 109,155 126,098 (a) Prior quarter other gains and charges includes a gain on the termination of swaps of $3.2 million. (b) (Loss)income from discontinued operations, net of taxes, includes other gains and charges of $(5.1) million, primarily related to impairment charges and stock-based compensation expense resulting from the expected sale of Macaroni Grill. As a result, income from operations before special items was $4.2 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2008. BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands) Sept 26, June 27, 2007 2007 (Unaudited) ASSETS Current assets of continuing operations $235,330 $250,478 Assets held for sale 407,172 417,842 Net property and equipment(a) 1,469,586 1,482,133 Total other assets 189,148 180,115 Total assets $2,313,783 $2,318,021 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities of continuing operations $480,551 $521,136 Liabilities associated with assets held for sale 21,416 21,046 Long-term debt, less current installments 952,995 826,918 Other liabilities 162,471 143,832 Total shareholders' equity 696,350 805,089 Total liabilities and $2,313,783 $2,318,021 shareholders' equity (a) At September 26, 2007, the company owned the land and buildings for 258 of the 1,110 company-owned restaurants (excluding Macaroni Grill). The net book values of the land and buildings associated with these restaurants totaled $203.6 million and $214.2 million, respectively. BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC. RESTAURANT SUMMARY First First Total Projected Total Quarter Quarter Restaurants Openings Restaurants Openings Closings Sept 26, Fiscal June 27, 2007 Fiscal 2008 Fiscal 2008 2007 2008 Company-Owned Restaurants: Chili's 917 13 - 930 64-67 Macaroni Grill 217 - (1) 216 3 On The Border 132 2 - 134 7-9 Maggiano's 41 - - 41 1-3 International(a) 5 - - 5 0-3 1,312 15 (1) 1,326 75-85 Franchise Restaurants: Chili's 303 5 - 308 24-29 Macaroni Grill 13 1 - 14 8-10 On The Border 26 2 - 28 6-8 International(a) 147 4 - 151 40-45 489 12 - 501 78-92 Total System Restaurants: Chili's 1,220 18 - 1,238 88-96 Macaroni Grill 230 1 (1) 230 11-13 On The Border 158 4 - 162 13-17 Maggiano's 41 - - 41 1-3 International 152 4 - 156 40-48 1,801 27 (1) 1,827 153-177 (a) At the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2008, international company-owned restaurants by brand were four Chili's and one Macaroni Grill. International franchise restaurants by brand were 141 Chili's and 10 Macaroni Grill's. Contacts: Stacey Calbert Lynn Schweinfurth Media Relations Investor Relations (800) 775-7290 (972) 770-7228
SOURCE Brinker International, Inc. -0- 10/23/2007 /CONTACT: Lynn Schweinfurth, Investor Relations, +1-972-770-7228, or Stacey Calbert, Media Relations, 1-800-775-7290, both of Brinker International, Inc./ /Web site: http://www.brinker.com/ (EAT) CO: Brinker International, Inc. ST: Texas IN: RST SU: ERN CCA CC-DE -- LATU101 -- 3902 10/23/2007 07:45 EDT http://www.prnewswire.com