Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2016 Financial Results; Company Provides Full Year 2017 Outlook

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 28, 2017 (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 25, 2016 and provided its outlook for the full year 2017.

Selected Highlights for the Fourth Quarter 2016 Compared to the Fourth Quarter 2015:

  • Revenues decreased 5.2% to $101.7 million from $107.3 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 5.5%.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 7.5% at BRAVO! and decreased 4.3% at BRIO.
  • Restaurant-level operating profit decreased 11.7% to $15.3 million from $17.3 million.
  • The Company incurred a non-cash charge of $14.2 million related to the impairment of eight restaurants as compared to $10.2 million related to the impairment of six restaurants in the prior year period.
  • The Company provided a $64.7 million non-cash valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets.
  • GAAP net loss was $(73.3) million, or $(4.96) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.18) per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income was $1.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $3.6 million, or $0.23 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 2016 Compared to the Full Year 2015:

  • Revenues decreased 3.2% to $410.3 million from $424.0 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 5.2%.
  • Comparable restaurant sales decreased 7.0% at BRAVO! and decreased 4.1% at BRIO.
  • Restaurant-level operating profit decreased 17.7% to $52.2 million from $63.4 million.
  • The Company incurred a non-cash impairment charge of $15.4 million related to the impairment of nine restaurants as compared to $10.2 million related to the impairment of six restaurants in the prior year.
  • The Company provided a $64.7 million valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets.
  • GAAP net loss was $(74.7) million, or $(5.09) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $4.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted net income was $2.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $10.9 million, or $0.68 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, “2016 was a transitional year at BBRG as we made meaningful investments to invigorate our menus, expand our gift card partnership with Costco, lay the foundation for convenient delivery options through third-party service providers, and enhance our banquet business by adding private dining spaces at select locations. While our overall results were disappointing and the casual dining environment remains challenging, we believe these initiatives are already strengthening our brands and will ultimately lead to improved financial performance. Our fourth quarter 2016 comparable banquet sales increased 5.4%, while ‘to-go’ sales, including delivery, grew 7.6%. Additionally, our guest satisfaction scores continue to rise and our strong Holiday gift card sales should help to improve traffic over the course of this year. We believe that these indicators are early signs of sustainable momentum and will position us for a better 2017.”

O’Malley continued, “Optimizing our restaurant portfolio is also critical to achieving our strategic objectives. In 2017, we plan to add banquet rooms and test other design alternatives to ensure better use of underutilized square footage within certain locations. We believe these capital reinvestments will yield incremental sales and dining occasions. We also intend to selectively close a minimum of six underperforming locations.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results

Revenues decreased $5.6 million, or 5.2%, to $101.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, from $107.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a 5.5% decrease in comparable restaurant sales that was partially offset by a net additional three operating weeks. The total comparable restaurant sales decrease was primarily due to a 6.2% decrease in guest counts, partially offset by a 0.7% increase in average check.

Total restaurant operating costs, which includes cost of sales, labor costs, operating costs and occupancy costs, decreased $3.6 million, or 4.0%, to $86.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, from $90.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2015. Total restaurant-level operating profit decreased $2.0 million, or 11.7%, to $15.3 million from $17.3 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of revenues, total restaurant-level operating profit decreased to 15.0% in the fourth quarter of 2016 from 16.1% in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily attributable to the deleveraging resulting from the comparable restaurant sales decrease in 2016 as compared to 2015.

GAAP net loss in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $(73.3) million, or $(4.96) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.18) per diluted share, in the same period last year. The Company incurred a non-cash impairment charge of $14.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 related to eight restaurants as well as providing a $64.7 million non-cash valuation allowance against net deferred tax assets.

On an adjusted basis, a measure that the Company believes provides additional information to facilitate a year-over-year performance comparison, adjusted net income in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $3.6 million, or $0.23 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 2016 Brand Operating Highlights

Comparable restaurant sales at BRAVO! decreased 7.5% and at BRIO decreased 4.3%. Average weekly sales for BRAVO! and BRIO were $56,500 and $77,000, respectively.

During the fourth quarter of 2016, the Company opened a BRIO restaurant in Torrance, California. As of December 25, 2016, the Company operated 51 BRAVO!, 65 BRIO, and one Bon Vie restaurant across 33 states. Included in this total is one BRIO restaurant operated under a management agreement. Additionally, one BRIO restaurant operates under a franchise agreement for which the Company receives a royalty fee.

2017 Outlook

The Company is providing the following outlook for the 53-week period ending December 31, 2017:

  • Revenues of $406 million to $416 million.
  • Total comparable restaurant sales of minus 2.5% to flat.
  • Development of one Company-operated restaurant.
  • Pre-opening costs of $0.5 million to $1.0 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.22 to $0.32.
  • Capital expenditures of $10.0 million to $12.0 million.
  • Diluted share count of approximately 15.4 million.
  • Estimated annual tax rate of approximately 10%.

As part of a review of its restaurant portfolio, the Company expects to close at least six underperforming restaurants and reinvest capital into certain existing restaurants through reimaging and private dining room initiatives.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss fourth quarter and full year 2016 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) 428-9490, or for international callers (719) 457-2643. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international callers; the conference ID is 3000834. The replay will be available until Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

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 February 29, 2016.

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 25, 2016 AND DECEMBER 27, 2015
(in thousands except per share data)
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Thirteen Weeks
Ended
Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended
Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended
December 25, 2016 December 27, 2015 December 25, 2016 December 27, 2015
Revenues$101,653 $107,285 $410,254 $423,994
Costs and expenses
Cost of sales26,403 26.0% 27,037 25.2% 106,910 26.1% 106,942 25.2%
Labor35,843 35.3% 37,622 35.1% 151,797 37.0% 151,893 35.8%
Operating15,708 15.5% 17,123 16.0% 67,334 16.4% 69,568 16.4%
Occupancy8,437 8.3% 8,214 7.7% 32,059 7.8% 32,226 7.6%
General and administrative expenses8,421 8.3% 7,289 6.8% 28,562 7.0% 24,520 5.8%
Restaurant pre-opening costs417 0.4% 626 0.6% 1,038 0.3% 3,009 0.7%
Asset impairment charges14,160 13.9% 10,201 9.5% 15,409 3.8% 10,201 2.4%
Depreciation and amortization5,644 5.6% 5,903 5.5% 22,324 5.4% 22,435 5.3%
Total costs and expenses115,033 113.2% 114,015 106.3% 425,433 103.7% 420,794 99.2%
(Loss) income from operations(13,380) (13.2)% (6,730) (6.3)% (15,179) (3.7)% 3,200 0.8%
Interest expense, net605 0.6% 342 0.3% 1,703 0.4% 1,484 0.4%
(Loss) income before income taxes(13,985) (13.8)% (7,072) (6.6)% (16,882) (4.1)% 1,716 0.4%
Income tax expense (benefit)59,339 58.4% (4,370) (4.1)% 57,833 14.1% (2,864) (0.7)%
Net (loss) income$(73,324) (72.1)% $(2,702) (2.5)% $(74,715) (18.2)% $4,580 1.1%
Net (loss) income per share — basic$(4.96) $(0.18) $(5.09) $0.30
Net (loss) income per share — diluted$(4.96) $(0.18) $(5.09) $0.29
Weighted average shares outstanding-basic14,776 15,050 14,680 15,143
Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted14,776 15,050 14,680 15,865
Certain percentage amounts may not sum due to rounding.
ADJUSTMENTS TO RECONCILE GAAP TO ADJUSTED RESULTS
Asset impairment charges$14,160 $10,201 $15,409 $10,201
Litigation reserves465 465
Write-off of unamortized loan origination fees89 89
Valuation allowance on deferred tax assets64,682 64,682
Tax expense related to an IRS audit settlement 265
Tax expense from excess tax deficiency for option exercises1,637 2,395
Income tax expense(5,935) (3,918) (6,060) (3,918)
Total adjustments75,098 6,283 77,245 6,283
Adjusted net income$1,774 $3,581 $2,530 $10,863
Net income per basic share- adjusted$0.13 $0.24 $0.18 $0.72
Net income per diluted share- adjusted$0.12 $0.23 $0.17 $0.68
Weighted average shares outstanding-basic14,776 15,050 14,680 15,143
Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted15,177 15,761 15,319 15,865


BRAVO BRIO RESTAURANT GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
AS OF DECEMBER 25, 2016 AND DECEMBER 27, 2015
(Dollars in thousands)
December 25,
2016
December 27,
2015
Assets
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents$444 $447
Accounts receivable9,587 9,617
Tenant improvement allowance receivable799 286
Inventories3,114 3,163
Prepaid expenses and other current assets3,339 1,859
Total current assets17,283 15,372
Property and equipment, net145,120 170,463
Deferred income taxes, net 58,054
Other assets, net4,359 4,171
Total assets$166,762 $248,060
Liabilities and Shareholders’ (Deficiency in Assets) Equity
Current liabilities
Trade and construction payables$15,514 $16,283
Accrued expenses27,351 28,869
Current portion of long-term debt4,000
Deferred lease incentives7,334 7,230
Deferred gift card revenue18,618 14,728
Total current liabilities72,817 67,110
Deferred lease incentives54,459 59,553
Long-term debt37,500 43,300
Other long-term liabilities23,516 23,273
Shareholders’ (deficiency in assets) equity
Common shares, no par value per share— authorized 100,000,000 shares; 21,069,454
shares issued at December 25, 2016; and 20,293,296 shares issued at December 27, 2015
202,561 200,739
Preferred shares, no par value per share— authorized 5,000,000; and 0 shares issued and
outstanding at December 25, 2016 and December 27, 2015
Treasury shares, 5,977,860 shares at December 25, 2016 and 5,534,308 shares at December 27, 2015(81,019) (77,558)
Retained deficit(143,072) (68,357)
Total shareholders’ (deficiency in assets) equity(21,530) 54,824
Total liabilities and shareholders’ (deficiency in assets) equity$166,762 $248,060


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

Source:Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.