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Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2015 Financial Results; Company Provides Full Year 2016 Outlook

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBRG) (the Company), owner and operator of the BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (BRAVO!) and BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO) restaurant concepts, today reported financial results for the 13 and 52 week periods ended December 27, 2015 and provided its outlook for the full year 2016.

Selected Highlights for the Fourth Quarter 2015 Compared to the Fourth Quarter 2014:

  • Revenues increased 0.6% to $107.3 million from $106.6 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 4.6%.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 5.2% at BRAVO! and decreased 4.3% at BRIO.
  • Restaurant-level operating profit decreased 0.3% to $17.3 million from $17.4 million.
  • The Company incurred a non-cash charge of $10.2 million related to the impairment of six restaurants as compared to no impairment charge in the prior year period.
  • GAAP net loss was $2.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income was $3.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $4.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share. Please see the reconciliation from GAAP to adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in the accompanying financial tables.

Selected Highlights for the Full Year 2015 Compared to the Full Year 2014:

  • Revenues increased 3.8% to $424.0 million from $408.3 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.8%.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 3.0% at BRAVO! and decreased 2.7% at BRIO.
  • Restaurant-level operating profit increased 3.0% to $63.4 million from $61.5 million.
  • The Company incurred a non-cash impairment charge of $10.2 million in 2015 related to the impairment of six restaurants as compared to no impairment charge in the prior year.
  • GAAP net income was $4.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $11.8 million, or $0.60 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income was $10.9 million, or $0.68 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $12.1 million, or $0.62 per diluted share. Please see the reconciliation from GAAP to adjusted (non-GAAP) net income in the accompanying financial tables.

Brian O'Malley, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “Although we met our most recent earnings guidance, we are disappointed with our sales and traffic performance. We are now reviewing all aspects of our business including our culinary, marketing and training programs as well as conducting an evaluation of our restaurant portfolio. Our clear objective is to improve our financial performance by rebuilding sales, driving guest counts, and increasing our operating margins."

"In order to better differentiate ourselves within the upscale affordable Italian dining segment, we will elevate our culinary programs through menu innovation and will use limited time offers (LTOs) to highlight both new and classic menu items. These LTOs will run for a few weeks within each quarter and focus exclusively on items that are relevant to BRAVO! and BRIO guests. In January, we rolled out a $10.99 Fall In Love All Over Again with Italian classic combinations at BRAVO! and introduced a Tale of Two Risottos at BRIO.”

“We opened a BRIO in Cincinnati, Ohio and our franchise partner opened a BRIO in San Juan, Puerto Rico during the fourth quarter for a total of seven restaurant openings in 2015. This year we will open three new restaurants - a BRAVO! in Dayton, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan and a BRIO in Del Amo, California.”

“Utilizing our free cash flow to reduce debt and repurchase shares remains an important component of our business strategy. During the fourth quarter, we paid down $8.2 million in debt and repurchased $4.6 million of our common shares under our $15 million share repurchase program. These steps demonstrate the tangible means we have at our disposal to return capital to shareholders,” concluded O’Malley.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Revenues increased $0.7 million, or 0.6%, to $107.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, from $106.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in revenues was primarily due to revenues from an additional 92 operating weeks provided by six new restaurants opened in 2015 and four new restaurants opened in the last quarter of 2014, net of one restaurant closure in the fourth quarter of 2015. Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 4.6%, attributable to an 8.2% decrease in guest counts, partially offset by a 3.6% increase in average check.

Total restaurant operating costs, which includes cost of sales, labor costs, operating costs and occupancy costs, increased $0.7 million, or 0.8%, to $90.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, from $89.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Total restaurant-level operating profit decreased $0.1 million, or 0.3%, to $17.3 million from $17.4 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of revenues, total restaurant-level operating profit decreased to 16.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015 from 16.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014, primarily attributable to the deleveraging resulting from the comparable restaurant sales decrease in 2015 as compared to 2014, partially offset by lower commodity costs.

GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $2.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the same period last year. The Company incurred a non-cash impairment charge of $10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 related to six restaurants.

On an adjusted basis, a measure that the Company believes provides additional information to facilitate year-over-year performance comparison, adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $3.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $4.2 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Please see the accompanying financial tables for a reconciliation from GAAP net income to adjusted (non-GAAP) net income.

Fourth Quarter 2015 Brand Operating Highlights

Comparable restaurant sales at BRAVO! decreased 5.2% and at BRIO decreased 4.3%. Average weekly sales for BRAVO! and BRIO were $60,400 and $79,700, respectively.

During the fourth quarter of 2015, the Company opened a BRIO restaurant in Cincinnati, OH. In addition, a BRIO restaurant opened under a franchise agreement in Puerto Rico. As of December 27, 2015, the Company operated 51 BRAVO!, 64 BRIO, and one Bon Vie restaurant across 33 states. Included in this total is one BRIO restaurant operated under a management agreement.

2016 Outlook

The Company is providing the following outlook for the 52-week period ending December 25, 2016:

  • Revenues of $424 million to $432 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales of minus 2.0% to flat.
  • Development of three Company-operated restaurants.
  • Pre-opening costs of $1.5 million to $2.0 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.65 to $0.73.
  • Capital expenditures of $12.0 million to $14.0 million.
  • Diluted share count of approximately 15.5 million.
  • Estimated annual tax rate of approximately 20% to 23%.

As part of a review of its restaurant portfolio, the Company expects to reinvest capital into certain existing restaurants through various reimaging initiatives and may close some underperforming restaurants, in part through lease expirations and relocations, over the next twelve to twenty-four months.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2015 financial results today at 5:00 PM ET. Hosting the call will be Brian O'Malley, President and Chief Executive Officer and Jim O'Connor, Chief Financial Officer.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 523-1228, or for international callers (719) 457-2689. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 4322566. The replay will be available until Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

The call will also be webcast live from and later archived on the Company's investor relations website at http://investors.bbrg.com in the ‘Presentations and Events’ section.

About Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this release contain forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. These statements relate to future events or Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.'s future financial performance. The Company has attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “should” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 3, 2014.

Although Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on its current knowledge of the business and operations, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change.

BRAVO BRIO RESTAURANT GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
GAAP PRESENTATION WITH RECONCILIATION TO ADJUSTED
FOR THE QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 27, 2015 AND DECEMBER 28, 2014
(in thousands except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended
Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended
December 27, 2015 December 28, 2014 December 27, 2015 December 28, 2014
Revenues$107,285 $106,630 $423,994 $408,309
Costs and expenses
Cost of sales27,037 25.2% 28,279 26.5% 106,942 25.2% 107,078 26.2%
Labor37,622 35.1% 36,946 34.6% 151,893 35.8% 144,848 35.5%
Operating17,123 16.0% 16,481 15.5% 69,568 16.4% 65,851 16.1%
Occupancy8,214 7.7% 7,580 7.1% 32,226 7.6% 29,013 7.1%
General and administrative expenses7,289 6.8% 5,874 5.5% 24,520 5.8% 22,575 5.5%
Restaurant pre-opening costs626 0.6% 1,510 1.4% 3,009 0.7% 3,204 0.8%
Asset impairment charges10,201 9.5% % 10,201 2.4% %
Depreciation and amortization5,903 5.5% 5,189 4.9% 22,435 5.3% 20,288 5.0%
Total costs and expenses114,015 106.3% 101,859 95.5% 420,794 99.2% 392,857 96.2%
(Loss)/income from operations(6,730)(6.3)% 4,771 4.5% 3,200 0.8% 15,452 3.8%
Interest expense, net342 0.3% 617 0.6% 1,484 0.4% 1,347 0.3%
(Loss)/income before income taxes(7,072)(6.6)% 4,154 3.9% 1,716 0.4% 14,105 3.5%
Income tax (benefit)/expense(4,370)(4.1)% 320 0.3% (2,864)(0.7)% 2,283 0.6%
Net (loss)/income$(2,702)(2.5)% $3,834 3.6% $4,580 1.1% $11,822 2.9%
Net (loss)/income per share — basic$(0.18) $0.21 $0.30 $0.63
Net (loss)/income per share — diluted$(0.18) $0.20 $0.29 $0.60
Weighted average shares outstanding — basic15,050 18,199 15,143 18,863
Weighted average shares outstanding — diluted15,050 19,026 15,865 19,701
Certain percentage amounts may not sum due to rounding.
ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE GAAP TO ADJUSTED RESULTS
Write-off of unamortized loan origination fees, net of taxes$ $316 $ $316
Asset impairment charge, net of taxes6,283 6,283
Total adjustments6,283 316 6,283 316
Adjusted net income$3,581 $4,150 $10,863 $12,138
Net income per basic share- adjusted$0.24 $0.23 $0.72 $0.65
Net income per diluted share- adjusted$0.23 $0.22 $0.68 $0.62
Weighted average shares outstanding-basic15,050 18,199 15,143 18,863
Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted15,761 19,026 15,865 19,701


BRAVO BRIO RESTAURANT GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF DECEMBER 27, 2015 AND DECEMBER 28, 2014
(Dollars in thousands)
December 27, 2015 December 28, 2014
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$447 $427
Accounts receivable9,617 7,079
Tenant improvement allowance receivable286 1,613
Inventories3,163 3,132
Deferred income taxes3,596 3,459
Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,859 2,179
Total current assets18,968 17,889
Property and equipment, net170,463 178,877
Deferred income taxes, net54,458 50,872
Other assets, net4,171 4,125
Total assets$248,060 $251,763
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Current liabilities
Trade and construction payables$16,283 $13,238
Accrued expenses28,869 25,975
Deferred lease incentives7,230 7,694
Deferred gift card revenue14,728 12,783
Total current liabilities67,110 59,690
Deferred lease incentives59,553 59,475
Long-term debt43,300 56,000
Other long-term liabilities23,273 22,814
Shareholders’ equity
Common shares, no par value per share— authorized 100,000,000 shares; 20,293,296 shares issued at December 27, 2015; and 20,177,174 shares issued at December 28, 2014200,739 199,718
Preferred shares, no par value per share— authorized 5,000,000; and 0 shares issued and outstanding at December 27, 2015 and December 28, 2014
Treasury shares, 5,534,308 shares at December 27, 2015; and 5,083,281 shares at December 28, 2014(77,558) (72,997)
Retained deficit(68,357) (72,937)
Total shareholders’ equity54,824 53,784
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$248,060 $251,763

Contacts: Investor Relations Don Duffy / Raphael Gross (203) 682-8200

Source:Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.