- 2.5% Increase in Domestic System-Wide Same-Store Sales -
- 9.7% Two-Year Growth in Domestic System-Wide Same-Store Sales -
- 21.0% Growth in Adjusted Net Income per Share* -
- Raises 2016 Full Year Guidance for Adjusted EBITDA* -
SPARTANBURG, S.C., May 02, 2016 (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 first quarter ended March 30, 2016.
First Quarter Highlights
- Domestic system-wide same-store sales grew 2.5%, comprised of a 3.5% increase at company restaurants and 2.3% growth at domestic franchised restaurants.
- Opened 12 system restaurants including one company restaurant and six international locations.
- Completed 57 remodels including five at company restaurants.
- Company restaurant operating margin of $16.3 million increased 10.9% and franchise operating margin of $24.3 million increased 4.5%.
- Adjusted EBITDA* of $22.5 million increased $3.7 million, or 19.7%.
- Net Income of $10.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, grew 16.7%.
- Adjusted Net Income per Share* of $0.12 grew 21.0%.
- Generated $14.4 million of Free Cash Flow*, after capital expenditures of $5.3 million.
- Allocated $3.9 million towards share repurchases.
John Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our start to the year was quite positive as we grew same-store sales on top of one of our strongest quarters of growth in the prior year. Our revenue growth, coupled with our ongoing focus on costs, resulted in margin improvement and growth in key profitability metrics. We remain focused on executing our brand revitalization strategy to offer affordable and craveable products delivered with consistent service in an inviting environment. Furthermore, given we are still in the early stages of our successful store revitalization efforts, with only 36% of the system reflecting the new Heritage image, we have an opportunity to further enhance our performance for the balance of 2016 and beyond. With ongoing same-store sales growth, an expanding global reach, and a highly franchised business model, the Free Cash Flow* we are generating enables us to make investments in our company restaurants and our brand support systems while returning excess cash to shareholders through our ongoing share repurchase program.”
First Quarter Results
Denny’s domestic system-wide same-store sales grew 2.5%, including a 3.5% increase at company restaurants and 2.3% increase at domestic franchised restaurants. During the quarter, Denny’s opened 12 restaurants, including 11 franchised locations and one company restaurant in partnership with Kwik TripTM convenience stores. In addition, the Company acquired one franchised restaurant and refranchised four company restaurants. Franchisees closed nine restaurants, bringing the total number of restaurants to 1,713.
Denny’s total operating revenue grew 3.7% to $124.6 million primarily resulting from an increase in company restaurant sales. Company restaurant sales grew 5.1% to $90.4 million primarily from the growth in same-store sales and increase in the number of company restaurants over the last 12 months. The Company has opened four restaurants, acquired four franchised restaurants, and refranchised five company restaurants during this time. Franchise and license revenue of $34.3 million increased $0.1 million primarily due to higher royalty revenue offset by a decrease in occupancy revenue.
Company restaurant operating margin of $16.3 million, or 18.0% of company restaurant sales, increased $1.6 million or 0.9 percentage points. Franchise operating margin of $24.3 million, or 70.8% of franchise and licensing revenue, increased $1.0 million, or 2.9 percentage points, primarily due to the increase in royalties.
Total general and administrative expenses of $16.9 million were flat to the prior year as lower incentive and deferred compensation costs offset an increase in share-based compensation and payroll and benefits expenses. Interest expense of $2.8 million increased by $0.7 million due to $68.0 million of additional debt outstanding compared to the prior year quarter. Denny’s ended the quarter with $221.5 million of total debt outstanding, including $201.0 million of borrowings under its revolving credit facility. The provision for income taxes was $5.5 million, reflecting an effective tax rate of 35.5%. Due to the use of net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards, the Company paid $0.3 million in cash taxes during the quarter.
Denny's net income of $10.0 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, increased 16.7% compared to prior year quarter net income of $8.5 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. Adjusted Net Income per Share* of $0.12 increased 21.0% compared to the prior year quarter when excluding the $0.6 million operating gain on the sale of assets.
Free Cash Flow* and Capital Allocation
Denny’s generated $14.4 million of Free Cash Flow* in the quarter after investing $5.3 million in capital expenditures including remodeling five company restaurants and acquiring a franchised restaurant.
During the quarter, the Company allocated $3.9 million to repurchase 400,000 shares. As of March 30, 2016, the Company had approximately $34 million remaining under a $100 million authorized share repurchase program, including the impact of the $50 million accelerated share repurchase agreement announced in November 2015. As part of the agreement, the Company received approximately 3.5 million shares at the beginning of the term and will receive the remaining portion of the shares at the end of the agreement, which is expected to be completed no later than July 2016.
Pension Plan Liquidation
The Company’s Advantica Pension Plan, which was closed to new participants at the end of 1999, was liquidated in April, subsequent to the end of the first quarter. As a result of the liquidation, the Company made a required contribution of $9.5 million and expects to record an operating loss of approximately $24 million during the second quarter.
Mark Wolfinger, Denny's Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, commented, “Our continued execution drove another quarter of growth in revenue, margins, and profitability. We believe that an additional avenue of growth will be opportunistic acquisitions of franchised restaurants. Including our anticipated increase in capital expenditures, our highly franchised business is expected to generate over $60 million of Free Cash Flow* in 2016, after completing substantially all remodels at company restaurants."
The following full year 2016 estimates are based on management’s expectations at this time and exclude any impact from the liquidation of the Advantica Pension Plan. The Company is increasing its expectations for Adjusted EBITDA* due to a positive start to the year and more favorable commodities costs.
- Same-store sales growth at company restaurants between 1.5% and 2.5% with same-store sales growth at domestic franchised restaurants between 1% and 2%.
- 44 to 48 new restaurant openings, including one company operated restaurant in partnership with Kwik TripTM convenience stores, with net restaurant growth of 5 to 10 restaurants.
- Acquisition of one franchised restaurant and refranchising of four company restaurants.
- Total operating revenue between $500 and $505 million (vs. $501 and $506 million**) with franchise and licensing revenue between $139 and $140 million (vs. $140 and $141 million**).
- Company margin between 16.5% and 17.5% (vs. 16% to 17%**) with franchise margin between 68.5% and 69%.
- Total general and administrative expenses between $64 and $67 million.
- Adjusted EBITDA* between $94 and $96 million (vs. $92 to $95 million**).
- Depreciation and amortization expense between $21.5 and $22 million.
- Net interest expense between $11 and $11.5 million.
- Effective income tax rate between 33% and 37% with $3 to $5 million of cash taxes.
- Cash capital expenditures between $19 and $21 million (vs. $18 to $20 million**) including the acquisition of one franchised restaurant, completion of approximately 25 remodels at company restaurants, the opening of one new company restaurant, and scrape and rebuild of one company restaurant.
- Free Cash Flow* between $60 and $62 million (vs. $59 to $62 million**).
* Adjusted Net Income excludes debt refinancing charges, impairment charges, and gains on sales of assets and other. Please refer to the historical reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per Share, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow included in the following tables.
** Represents guidance ranges provided in Denny's fourth quarter and full year 2015 earnings release dated February 17, 2016.
Conference Call and Webcast Information
Denny’s will provide further commentary on the results for the first quarter ended March 30, 2016 on its quarterly investor conference call today, Monday, May 2, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties are invited to listen to a live broadcast of the conference call accessible through the investor relations section of Denny’s website at investor.dennys.com. A replay of the call may be accessed at the same location later in the day and will remain available for 30 days.
Denny's Corporation is the franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, based on the number of restaurants. As of March 30, 2016, Denny’s had 1,713 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world with combined sales of $2.8 billion including 117 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Curaçao, El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago. For further information on Denny's, including news releases, links to SEC filings, and other financial information, please visit the Denny's investor relations website at investor.dennys.com.
The Company urges caution in considering its current trends and any outlook on earnings disclosed in this press release. In addition, certain matters discussed in this release may constitute forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which reflect its best judgment based on factors currently known, are intended to speak only as of the date such statements are made and involve risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual performance of Denny’s Corporation, its subsidiaries, and underlying restaurants to be materially different from the performance indicated or implied by such statements. Words such as “expect”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “intend”, “plan”, “hope”, and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Except as may be required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Factors that could cause actual performance to differ materially from the performance indicated by these forward-looking statements include, among others: competitive pressures from within the restaurant industry; the level of success of our operating initiatives and advertising and promotional efforts; adverse publicity; health concerns arising from food-related pandemics, outbreaks of flu viruses, such as avian flu, or other diseases; changes in business strategy or development plans; terms and availability of capital; regional weather conditions; overall changes in the general economy (including with regard to energy costs), particularly at the retail level; political environment (including acts of war and terrorism); and other factors from time to time set forth in the Company’s SEC reports and other filings, including but not limited to the discussion in Management’s Discussion and Analysis and the risks identified in Item 1A. Risk Factors contained in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2015 (and in the Company’s subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q).
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||4,137||$||1,671|
|Assets held for sale||251||931|
|Other current assets||12,427||17,260|
|Total current assets||30,634||36,414|
|Intangible assets, net||46,311||46,074|
|Deferred income taxes||28,426||29,159|
|Other noncurrent assets||27,355||27,120|
|Current maturities of capital lease obligations||$||3,288||$||3,246|
|Other current liabilities||60,258||77,548|
|Total current liabilities||79,528||101,553|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||201,000||195,000|
|Capital lease obligations, less current maturities||17,192||17,499|
|Total long-term liabilities||266,736||256,079|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax||(28,457||)||(23,777||)|
|Total shareholders' deficit||(57,427||)||(60,595||)|
|Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit||$||288,837||$||297,037|
|Credit facility revolver due 2020||$||201,000||$||195,000|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income|
|(In thousands, except per share amounts)||3/30/16||4/1/15|
|Company restaurant sales||$||90,386||$||85,982|
|Franchise and license revenue||34,256||34,189|
|Total operating revenue||124,642||120,171|
|Costs of company restaurant sales||74,111||71,308|
|Costs of franchise and license revenue||10,003||10,978|
|General and administrative expenses||16,927||16,936|
|Depreciation and amortization||5,493||5,024|
|Operating (gains), losses and other charges, net||(125||)||608|
|Total operating costs and expenses, net||106,409||104,854|
|Interest expense, net||2,774||2,087|
|Other nonoperating expense, net||27||29|
|Net income before income taxes||15,432||13,201|
|Provision for income taxes||5,478||4,668|
|Basic net income per share||$||0.13||$||0.10|
|Diluted net income per share||$||0.13||$||0.10|
|Basic weighted average shares outstanding||77,060||84,875|
|Diluted weighted average shares outstanding||78,877||87,465|
|General and Administrative Expenses||Quarter Ended|
|Other general and administrative expenses||14,979||15,231|
|Total general and administrative expenses||$||16,927||$||16,936|
|Income, EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, and Net Income Reconciliations|
|Income, EBITDA and Free Cash Flow Reconciliation||Quarter Ended|
|Provision for income taxes||5,478||4,668|
|Operating (gains), losses and other charges, net||(125||)||608|
|Other nonoperating (income) expense, net||27||29|
|Adjusted Income Before Taxes (1)||$||17,282||$||15,543|
|Interest expense, net||2,774||2,087|
|Depreciation and amortization||5,493||5,024|
|Cash payments for restructuring charges and exit costs||(494||)||(402||)|
|Cash payments for share-based compensation||(2,529||)||(3,440||)|
|Adjusted EBITDA (1)||$||22,526||$||18,812|
|Cash interest expense, net||(2,518||)||(1,845||)|
|Cash paid for income taxes, net||(311||)||(298||)|
|Cash paid for capital expenditures||(5,307||)||(3,446||)|
|Free Cash Flow (1)||$||14,390||$||13,223|
|Net Income Reconciliation||Quarter Ended|
|Gains on sales of assets and other, net||(644||)||(22||)|
|Loss on debt refinancing||—||293|
|Tax effect (2)||229||(113||)|
|Adjusted Net Income (1)||$||9,539||$||8,740|
|Diluted weighted-average shares outstanding||78,877||87,465|
|Adjusted Net Income Per Share (1)||$||0.12||$||0.10|
|(1||)||The Company believes that, in addition to other financial measures, Adjusted Income Before Taxes, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share are appropriate indicators to assist in the evaluation of its operating performance on a period-to-period basis. The Company also uses Adjusted Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow internally as performance measures for planning purposes, including the preparation of annual operating budgets, and for compensation purposes, including bonuses for certain employees. Adjusted EBITDA is also used to evaluate its ability to service debt because the excluded charges do not have an impact on its prospective debt servicing capability and these adjustments are contemplated in its credit facility for the computation of its debt covenant ratios. Free Cash Flow, defined as Adjusted EBITDA less cash portion of interest expense net of interest income, capital expenditures, and cash taxes, is used to evaluate operating effectiveness and decisions regarding the allocation of resources. However, Adjusted Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share should be considered as a supplement to, not a substitute for, operating income, net income or other financial performance measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.|
|(2||)||Tax adjustments for the three months ended March 30, 2016 are calculated using the Company's year-to-date effective tax rate of 35.5%. Tax adjustments for the three months ended April 2, 2015 are calculated using the Company's 2015 year-to-date effective tax rate of 35.4%.|
|Company restaurant operations: (1)|
|Company restaurant sales||$||90,386||100.0||%||$||85,982||100.0||%|
|Costs of company restaurant sales:|
|Payroll and benefits||34,461||38.1||%||33,204||38.6||%|
|Other operating costs:|
|Repairs and maintenance||1,602||1.8||%||1,450||1.7||%|
|Total costs of company restaurant sales||$||74,111||82.0||%||$||71,308||82.9||%|
|Company restaurant operating margin (2)||$||16,275||18.0||%||$||14,674||17.1||%|
|Franchise operations: (3)|
|Franchise and license revenue:|
|Total franchise and license revenue||$||34,256||100.0||%||$||34,189||100.0||%|
|Costs of franchise and license revenue:|
|Other direct costs||2,940||8.6||%||3,087||9.0||%|
|Total costs of franchise and license revenue||$||10,003||29.2||%||$||10,978||32.1||%|
|Franchise operating margin (2)||$||24,253||70.8||%||$||23,211||67.9||%|
|Total operating revenue (4)||$||124,642||100.0||%||$||120,171||100.0||%|
|Total costs of operating revenue (4)||84,114||67.5||%||82,286||68.5||%|
|Total operating margin (4)(2)||$||40,528||32.5||%||$||37,885||31.5||%|
|Other operating expenses: (4)(2)|
|General and administrative expenses||$||16,927||13.6||%||$||16,936||14.1||%|
|Depreciation and amortization||5,493||4.4||%||5,024||4.2||%|
|Operating gains, losses and other charges, net||(125||)||(0.1||)%||608||0.5||%|
|Total other operating expenses||$||22,295||17.9||%||$||22,568||18.8||%|
|Operating income (4)||$||18,233||14.6||%||$||15,317||12.7||%|
|(1||)||As a percentage of company restaurant sales.|
|(2||)||Other operating expenses such as general and administrative expenses and depreciation and amortization relate to both company and franchise operations and are not allocated to costs of company restaurant sales and costs of franchise and license revenue. As such, operating margin is considered a non-GAAP financial measure. Operating margins should be considered as a supplement to, not as a substitute for, operating income, net income or other financial measures prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.|
|(3||)||As a percentage of franchise and license revenue.|
|(4||)||As a percentage of total operating revenue.|
|Same-Store Sales||Quarter Ended|
|(increase vs. prior year)||3/30/16||4/1/15|
|Domestic Franchised Restaurants||2.3||%||7.1||%|
|Domestic System-wide Restaurants||2.5||%||7.2||%|
|Average Unit Sales||Quarter Ended|
|Restaurant Unit Activity||Company||& Licensed||Total|
|Ending Units December 30, 2015||164||1,546||1,710|
|Ending Units March 30, 2016||162||1,551||1,713|