Denny’s Corporation Releases Preliminary Financial Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2017

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Denny’s Corporation (NASDAQ:DENN), franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today reported preliminary results for domestic same-store sales and restaurant openings and closings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 27, 2017.

Denny’s fourth quarter domestic system-wide same-store sales increased 2.2%, including a 2.2% increase at domestic franchised restaurants and a 2.1% increase at company restaurants. Fiscal year domestic system-wide same-store sales grew 1.1%, including 1.1% growth at domestic franchised restaurants and 1.0% growth at company restaurants. On a two-year basis, this represents 1.9% domestic system growth, comprised of 1.9% growth at domestic franchised restaurants and 2.1% growth at company restaurants.

In 2017, Denny’s opened 39 restaurants, including 7 international locations, bringing the total restaurant count to 1,735. This is the ninth consecutive year of positive net system growth for the brand. In addition, 250 remodels were completed during fiscal year 2017, including 3 at company restaurants.

Based on preliminary results, Denny’s is reiterating its full year 2017 guidance expectations for Adjusted EBITDA* of between $101 and $103 million and Adjusted Free Cash Flow* of between $48 and $50 million provided with the Company’s third quarter 2017 results announced on November 1, 2017. Denny’s expects to release financial and operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 27, 2017 along with annual guidance for 2018 after the market closes on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

Preliminary ResultsQuarter Ended 12/27/17Year Ended 12/27/17
Domestic Same-Store Sales
Restaurants Opened**
Franchised & Licensed13 36
Company1 3
Restaurants Closed**
Franchised & Licensed4 37
Company0 0

*The Company is not able to reconcile the forward-looking non-GAAP estimates set forth above to their most directly comparable GAAP estimates without unreasonable efforts because it is unable to predict, forecast or determine the probable significance of the items impacting these estimates, including gains, losses and other charges, with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Accordingly, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP estimates are not provided.
**Excludes 10 franchised restaurants acquired by the Company and 4 company restaurants acquired by franchisees.

Upcoming Investor Conference Presentation

Denny’s will be participating in the 20th Annual ICR Conference taking place at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida. Denny’s presentation will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Investors and interested parties may listen to a live audio webcast of the presentation which will be available online in the Investor Relations section of Denny's website at investor.dennys.com with a replay of the event webcast available following the live event. Investors and interested parties may access a copy of the presentation in the Events and Presentations section of Denny's website at investor.dennys.com.

About Denny’s

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 December 27, 2017, Denny’s had 1,735 franchised, licensed, and company restaurants around the world including 128 restaurants in Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico, New Zealand, Honduras, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, the United Arab Emirates, Guam, Curaçao, El Salvador, Guatemala, and the United Kingdom. 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.

Forward Looking Statements

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 28, 2016 (and in the Company’s subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q).

Investor Contact: Curt Nichols 877-784-7167 Media Contact: Jessica Liddell, ICR 203-682-8208

Source:Denny's Corporation

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