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Brinker International Reports Year-Over-Year Increase in Third Quarter Fiscal 2011 EPS

Apr 27, 2011
7:45am

DALLAS, April 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the fiscal third quarter ended March 30, 2011.

Highlights for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 include the following:

  • Earnings per diluted share, before special items, increased to $0.47 compared to $0.37 for the third quarter of fiscal 2010 (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)
  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share increased to $0.45 from $0.39 in the third quarter of the prior year
  • Restaurant operating margin(1) improved 150 basis points to 18.3 percent compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2010
  • Total revenues increased to $717.1 million
  • Customer traffic at company-owned restaurants increased 0.6%, was positive for both brands and has increased at Maggiano's for six consecutive quarters  
  • Comparable restaurant sales at company-owned restaurants increased 0.1 percent consisting of a 3.4 percent increase at Maggiano's, the fifth consecutive quarterly increase, and a 0.3 percent decrease at Chili's  
  • Cash flows provided by operating activities were $188.2 million and capital expenditures totaled $48.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2011
  • The Company repurchased approximately 4.5 million shares of its common stock for $107.1 million in the third quarter resulting in a fiscal year to date total of approximately 18.0 million shares for $357.0 million    
  • The Company paid a dividend of 14 cents per share

"Brinker's third quarter results demonstrate the effectiveness of our sales strategies as well as our relentless focus on strengthening our business model. Guests are responding positively to the food, service and value they're receiving at our brands, and as a result, Brinker is delivering solid progress toward our goal of doubling EPS in five years," said Doug Brooks, President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Table 1: Q3 comparable restaurant sales

Q3 11 and Q3 10, company-owned, reported brands and franchise; percentage



Jan

Feb


March


Q3 11

Q3 10(1)

Company-Owned

(2.9)

3.0

0.8

0.1

(4.2)

 Chili's






    Comparable Restaurant Sales

(3.0)

2.3

0.3

(0.3)

(5.0)

    Pricing Impact

1.2

1.7

1.5

1.2

0.9

    Mix-Shift

(0.4)

(3.1)

(2.8)

(1.7)

(1.7)

    Traffic

(3.8)

3.7

1.6

0.2

(4.2)

 Maggiano's






    Comparable Restaurant Sales

(1.7)

8.7

4.6

3.4

1.9

    Pricing Impact

1.0

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.4

    Mix-Shift

(1.1)

(0.3)

(0.8)

(0.6)

(0.9)

    Traffic

(1.6)

8.5

4.9

3.3

2.4







Franchise(2)




(0.9)

(4.8)

 Domestic Comparable Restaurant Sales




(2.0)

(6.4)

 International Comparable Restaurant Sales




2.6

1.2







System-wide(3)




(0.2)

(4.4)







(1)     Brinker International comparable restaurant sales for prior year exclude the impact of discontinued operations.

(2)     Although franchise comparable sales are not sales attributable to the Company, including franchise comparable restaurant sales provides investors information regarding brand performance that is relevant to current operations and may impact future restaurant development.  The Company generates royalty revenue and advertising fees based on franchisee sales, where applicable.  

(3)       System-wide comparable restaurant sales are derived from sales generated by company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants in addition to the sales generated at franchisee operated restaurants.  




The Company's fiscal 2010 consisted of 53 weeks compared to 52 weeks for fiscal 2011.  The third quarter of fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2011 both contained 13 weeks; however, the current quarter contains a one week calendar shift compared to the prior year.  The comparable restaurant sales percentages above have not been adjusted to reflect the one week calendar shift.  Considering this shift, company-owned comparable restaurant sales were (3.1) percent for January, 1.7 percent for February and 1.7 percent for March, resulting in (0.1) percent for the quarter.  Management believes the adjusted presentation provides a useful performance comparison to the third quarter of fiscal 2010 (see adjusted comparable restaurant sales at Table 3).  

Quarterly Operating Performance

CHILI'S third quarter revenues declined slightly to $608.4 million due to small decreases in guest check average and capacity, partially offset by a slight increase in traffic. Restaurant operating margin improved compared to the prior year primarily due to favorable cost of sales and labor.  Cost of sales was favorably impacted by changes made to value offerings and restaurant labor was positively impacted by the implementation of the Team Service and food preparation initiatives which resulted in labor efficiencies.  Chili's restaurant expense also decreased as compared to prior year primarily due to lower utilities expense and a decrease in insurance expenses due to favorable claims experience, partially offset by increased advertising expense.

MAGGIANO'S third quarter revenues were $91.6 million and comparable restaurant sales increased 3.4 percent primarily driven by improved traffic.  Restaurant operating margin increased compared to prior year primarily due to improved cost of sales resulting from menu changes and sales leverage.  

ROYALTY AND FRANCHISE revenues totaled $17.1 million for the quarter, an increase of 3.6 percent over the prior year driven primarily by 20 international and seven domestic net openings.   International comparable restaurant sales increased 2.6 percent while domestic franchise comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.0 percent.  Royalty revenues are recognized based on the sales generated and reported to the company by its franchisees.  Brinker franchisees generated approximately $401.2 million in sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, an increase of 1.8 percent over the prior year.

Other

General and administrative expense increased $3.5 million for the quarter primarily due to higher professional fees, performance based compensation and a reduction in income related to the expiration of transitional services provided to Macaroni Grill.

The effective income tax rate increased to 27.5 percent in the current quarter as compared to 19.7 percent in the same quarter last year primarily due to the resolution of certain tax positions resulting in a positive impact in the prior year.  Excluding the impact of special items and resolved tax positions, the effective income tax rate from continuing operations decreased to 27.1 percent in the current quarter from 27.5 percent in the same quarter last year driven primarily by tax credits for workforce programs.

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

The company believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results.  

Table 2: Reconciliation of income from continuing operations before special items

Q3 11 and Q3 10; $ millions and $ per diluted share after-tax



Q3 11

EPS

Q3 11



Q3 10

   EPS

Q3 10

Income from Continuing Operations

40.2

0.45

35.5

0.34

 Other (Gains) and Charges

1.5

0.02

2.7

0.03

 Adjustment for Tax Items

 0.5

0.00

  -

  -

Income from Continuing Operations before  

 Special Items

42.2

0.47

38.2

0.37



"The efficiencies Brinker has gained through improvements to our business model, coupled with the sales building strategies taking hold at both Chili's and Maggiano's, resulted in another significant year-over-year improvement in quarterly earnings for the company. As our business model continues to improve, the financial flexibility we've created enables Brinker to deliver compelling value to our guests and shareholders," said Guy Constant, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Guidance Policy

Brinker provides annual guidance as it relates to comparable restaurant sales, earnings per diluted share, and other key line items in the income statement and will only provide updates if there is a material change versus the original guidance. Consistent with prior practice, management will not discuss intra-period sales or other key operating results not yet reported as the limited data may not accurately reflect the final results of the period or quarter referenced.

Webcast Information

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 website (www.brinker.com) at 9 a.m. CDT today (April 27). 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 website until the end of the day May 25, 2011.  

Additional financial information, including statements of income which detail continuing operations excluding special items, franchise development and royalty fees, and comparable restaurant sales trends by brand, is also available on the Brinker website under the Financial Information section of the Investor tab.

Forward Calendar

  • SEC Form 10-Q for third quarter fiscal 2011 filing on or before May 9, 2011; and
  • Fourth quarter earnings release, before market opens, Aug. 11, 2011.

About Brinker

Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies.  Founded in 1975 and based in Dallas, Texas, Brinker currently owns, operates, or franchises 1,571 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,526 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (45 restaurants). Brinker also holds a minority investment in Romano's Macaroni Grill®.

Forward-Looking Statements

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, financial and credit market conditions, credit availability, reduced disposable income, the impact of competition, the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions, franchisee success,  the seasonality of the company's business, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, product availability, 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 business strategy plan, acts of God, governmental regulations and inflation.


BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Thirteen Week Periods Ended

Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended


March 30,

March 24,

March 30,

March 24,


2011

2010

2011

2010






Revenues

$ 717,119

$  713,380

$ 2,043,898

$ 2,115,438

Operating Costs and Expenses:





Cost of sales

195,182

203,242

548,960

610,452

Restaurant labor (a)

227,821

230,790

658,432

689,760

Restaurant expenses

163,007

159,733

490,206

496,202

Depreciation and amortization

31,858

33,307

96,883

102,972

General and administrative

35,593

32,079

97,024

99,535

Other gains and charges (b)

2,424

4,350

8,318

25,299











         Total operating costs and expenses

655,885

663,501

1,899,823

2,024,220






Operating income

61,234

49,879

144,075

91,218






Interest expense

7,179

6,498

21,409

20,258

Other, net

  (1,444)

   (864)

  (5,178)

  (4,523)






Income before provision for income taxes

55,499

44,245

127,844

75,483






Provision for income taxes

   15,253

   8,737

   28,703

   14,859






Income from continuing operations

40,246

35,508

99,141

60,624






Income from discontinued  operations, net of taxes

            -

     4,490

             -

    13,465






Net Income  

$  40,246

$   39,998

$   99,141

$   74,089











 Basic net income per share:





Income from continuing operations

$  0.46

$  0.35

$ 1.06

$  0.59

Income from discontinued operations

$        -

$  0.04

$       -

$  0.13

Net income per share

$  0.46

$  0.39

$ 1.06

$  0.72











 Diluted net income per share:





Income from continuing operations

$  0.45

$  0.34

$  1.05

$  0.59

Income from discontinued operations

$        -

$  0.05

$        -

$  0.13

Net income per share

$  0.45

$  0.39

$  1.05

$  0.72











Basic weighted average shares outstanding

87,679

102,470

93,112

102,398






Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

89,647

103,357

94,456

103,122






(a)     Restaurant labor includes all compensation related expenses, including benefits and incentive compensation, for restaurant employees at the general manager level and below.  Labor related expenses attributable to multi-restaurant (or above-restaurant) supervision is included in Restaurant expenses.


(b)     Current year Other gains and charges primarily includes $1.5 million related to litigation and $1.0 million of severance costs.  In the first six months of fiscal 2011, Other gains and charges primarily includes $3.7 million of severance costs and $1.7 million related to the closure and impairment of certain underperforming restaurants.   Prior year Other gains and charges primarily includes $4.0 million of lease termination charges related to the closure of certain underperforming restaurants.  In the first six months of fiscal 2010, Other gains and charges primarily includes long-lived asset impairments of $20.7 million related to the closure and impairment of certain underperforming restaurants and $2.4 million of lease termination charges, partially offset by a $2.8 million gain on the sale of 21 restaurants to a franchisee.  





BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)







March 30,

June 30,



2011

2010



(Unaudited)


ASSETS




 Current assets


$     243,203

$     501,067

 Net property and equipment (a)


1,067,642

1,129,077

 Total other assets


       196,551

       221,960

    Total assets


$  1,507,396

$  1,852,104





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




 Current installments of long-term debt


$       22,033

$       16,866

 Current liabilities


372,337

433,011

 Long-term debt, less current installments


508,058

524,511

 Other liabilities


139,278

148,968

 Total shareholders' equity


       465,690

       728,748

 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$  1,507,396

$  1,852,104

(a)     At March 30,2011, the company owned the land and buildings for 189 of the 868 company-owned restaurants.  The net book values of the land and buildings associated with these restaurants totaled $142.7 million and $135.4 million, respectively.





BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)


Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended





March 30,

March 24,


2011

2010

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:



Net income

$  99,142

$    74,089

Income from discontinued operations, net of taxes

-

(13,465)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:



Depreciation and amortization

96,883

102,972

Restructure charges and other impairments

6,285

27,248

Changes in assets and liabilities

(14,136)

 31,750

Net cash provided by operating activities of continuing operations

188,174

222,594




Cash Flows from Investing Activities:



Payments for property and equipment

(48,892)

(31,602)

Proceeds from sale of assets

8,696

19,568

Investment in equity method investee

(1,921)

-

Decrease in restricted cash

           -

    29,749

Net cash provided by (used in)  investing activities of continuing operations

 (42,117)

    17,715




Cash Flows from Financing Activities:



Purchases of treasury stock

(358,983)

(2,852)

Payments of dividends

(40,996)

(34,426)

Proceeds from issuances of treasury stock

26,850

1,111

Payments on long-term debt

(10,846)

(140,792)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

         243

         131

Net cash used in financing activities of continuing operations

 (383,732)

 (176,828)




Cash Flows from Discontinued Operations:



Net cash provided by operating activities

-

28,008

Net cash used in investing activities

              -

    (3,719)

Net cash provided by discontinued operations

              -

    24,289




Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(237,675)

87,770

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

    344,624

      94,156

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$  106,949

$  181,926




BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

RESTAURANT SUMMARY







Third Quarter

Net Openings/(Closings)

Total Restaurants

Projected Openings


Fiscal 2011

March 30, 2011

Fiscal 2011





Company-Owned

Restaurants:




       Chili's

(1)

824

-

       Maggiano's

-

44

-


(1)

868

-





Franchise

 Restaurants:




 Chili's

3

476

 8-10

 International(a)

7

227

25-30


10

703

33-40





Total Restaurants:




 Chili's

2

1,300

 8-10

 Maggiano's

-

44

-

 International

7

227

25-30


9

1,571

33-40





(a)     At March 30, 2011, international franchise restaurants by brand were 226 Chili's and one Maggiano's.




Table 3: Q3 comparable restaurant sales adjusted for 53rd week

Q3 11, company-owned and reported brands; percentage



Jan

Feb

March

Q3 F11

Company-Owned





Comparable Restaurant Sales

(2.9)

3.0

0.8

0.1

Adjustment for 53rd week

(0.2)

(1.3)

0.9

(0.2)

Adjusted Comparable Restaurant Sales

(3.1)

1.7

1.7

(0.1)






Chili's





Comparable Restaurant Sales

(3.0)

2.3

0.3

(0.3)

Adjustment for 53rd week

(0.6)

(1.3)

0.9

(0.4)

Adjusted Comparable Restaurant Sales

(3.6)

1.0

1.2

(0.7)






Maggiano's





Comparable Restaurant Sales

(1.7)

8.7

4.6

3.4

Adjustment for 53rd week

2.5

(1.5)

0.7

0.7

Adjusted Comparable Restaurant Sales

0.8

7.2

5.3

4.1




(1) Restaurant operating margin is defined as Revenues less Cost of sales, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses.

SOURCE Brinker International, Inc.

For further information: Stacey Sullivan, Media Relations, 1-800-775-7290, or Tony Laday, Investor Relations, +1-972-770-8890, both for Brinker International, Inc.

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