DineEquity, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

May 2, 2017 at 8:00 AM EDT
First Quarter 2017 Summary
-- GAAP EPS of $0.79
-- Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $1.22
-- Domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales declined 1.7% for IHOP and declined 7.9% for Applebee's
-- Generated cash from operating activities of approximately $19.5 million and adjusted free cash flow (Non-GAAP) of approximately $19.2 million

GLENDALE, Calif., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017. 

"The stabilization work on the Applebee's business is ongoing.  We have made strategic changes to our organizational structure to start developing talent through more brand-specific expertise.  We are also continuing to leverage and build stronger collaborative working relationships with franchisees.  We recently announced the appointment of John Cywinski, a highly-regarded industry veteran, as President of Applebee's.  Additionally, we recently selected a new advertising agency of record to develop campaigns that will resonate with Applebee's guests on a national scale.  Further, we are developing new culinary initiatives to enhance brand relevance," said Richard J. Dahl, Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc.

Mr. Dahl added, "I am very confident in the several strategies underway at IHOP to drive sales and traffic as well as improve the guest experience through restaurant remodels and expansion of our off-premise business.  Importantly, we have taken action to further empower Applebee's, IHOP and the International division by redirecting team members and resources formerly provided by DineEquity to these operating units."

First Quarter of Fiscal 2017 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $14.1 million for the first quarter of 2017, or earnings per diluted share of $0.79.  This compares to net income available to common stockholders of $25.2 million, or earnings per diluted share of $1.37, for the first quarter of 2016.  GAAP net income for the first quarter of 2017 declined compared to the same period of 2016 mainly due to an increase in general and administrative expenses, as explained below, and a decrease in gross profit, primarily due to the decline in Applebee's system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales and an increase in reserves pertaining to the collectability of Applebee's franchisee royalties.  These items were partially offset by lower income tax expense.  The impact of lower net income on earnings per diluted share was partially mitigated by fewer weighted average diluted shares outstanding.  Our effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 increased to 40.7% from 37.9% for the same quarter of 2016 due to the adoption of new accounting guidance that addressed accounting for certain aspects of share-based payments.  
  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $21.6 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.22, for the first quarter of 2017.  This compares to $29.1 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.58, for the same period of 2016.  The decreases in adjusted net income and earnings per diluted share were mainly due to a decline in gross profit, as explained in the preceding paragraph, and an increase in general and administrative expenses due to the Applebee's stabilization initiatives.  These items were partially offset by lower income taxes.  The impact of lower adjusted net income on adjusted earnings per diluted share was partially mitigated by fewer weighted average diluted shares outstanding.  (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.)
  • General and administrative expenses were $50.3 million for the first quarter of 2017.  This compares to approximately $39.4 million for the same period of 2016.  The increase was due to approximately $9 million of non-recurring cash severance and equity compensation charges incurred in the first quarter of 2017 related to the separation of our previous chief executive officer, as well as approximately $3 million for investments in Applebee's stabilization initiatives.  These stabilization initiatives will total approximately $10 million for fiscal 2017.  We expect that a substantial amount of the stabilization expenses will not recur in fiscal 2018.   

Same-Restaurant Sales Performance

First Quarter of Fiscal 2017

  • IHOP's domestic system-wide comparable same restaurant sales declined 1.7% for the first quarter of 2017. 
  • Applebee's domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales declined 7.9% for the first quarter of 2017.

Financial Performance Guidance for Fiscal 2017

DineEquity reiterates its financial performance guidance for fiscal 2017 contained in the press release issued on March 1, 2017.  The projections for fiscal 2017 are based on management's expectations as of March 1, 2017.

Investor Conference Call Today

DineEquity will host a conference call to discuss its results on the same day at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time.  To participate on the call, please dial (888) 771-4371 and reference passcode 44695881. International callers, please dial (847) 585-4405 and reference passcode 44695881.  A live webcast of the call will be available on DineEquity's website at www.dineequity.com and may be accessed by visiting Events and Presentations under the site's Investors section.  Participants should allow approximately ten minutes prior to the call's start time to visit the site and download any streaming media software needed to listen to the webcast.  A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed from 10:30 a.m. Pacific Time on May 2, 2017 through 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 9, 2017 by dialing (888) 843-7419 and referencing passcode 44695881#.  International callers, please dial (630) 652-3042 and reference passcode 44695881#.  An online archive of the webcast will also be available on Events and Presentations under the Investors section of DineEquity's website.

About DineEquity, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), through its subsidiaries, franchises restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar brand and franchises and operates restaurants under the IHOP brand. With more than 3,700 restaurants combined in 18 countries and 3 U.S. territories and approximately 400 franchisees, DineEquity is one of the largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's website located at www.dineequity.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "plan" and other similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the effect of general economic conditions; the Company's indebtedness; risk of future impairment charges; trading volatility and the price of the Company's common stock; the Company's results in any given period differing from guidance provided to the public; the highly competitive nature of the restaurant business; the Company's business strategy failing to achieve anticipated results; risks associated with the restaurant industry; risks associated with locations of current and future restaurants; rising costs for food commodities and utilities; shortages or interruptions in the supply or delivery of food; ineffective marketing and guest relationship initiatives and use of social media; changing health or dietary preferences; our engagement in business in foreign markets; harm to our brands' reputation; litigation; fourth-party claims with respect to intellectual property assets; environmental liability; liability relating to employees; failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations; failure to effectively implement restaurant development plans; our dependence upon our franchisees; concentration of Applebee's franchised restaurants in a limited number of franchisees; credit risk from IHOP franchisees operating under our previous business model; termination or non-renewal of franchise agreements; franchisees breaching their franchise agreements; insolvency proceedings involving franchisees; changes in the number and quality of franchisees; inability of franchisees to fund capital expenditures; heavy dependence on information technology; the occurrence of cyber incidents or a deficiency in our cybersecurity; failure to execute on a business continuity plan; inability to attract and retain talented employees; risks associated with retail brand initiatives; failure of our internal controls; and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes references to the Company's non-GAAP financial measure "adjusted net income available to common stockholders (Adjusted EPS)" and "Adjusted free cash flow." "Adjusted EPS" is computed for a given period by deducting from net income or loss available to common stockholders for such period the effect of any closure and impairment charges, any gain or loss related to debt extinguishment, any intangible asset amortization, any non-cash interest expense, any gain or loss related to the disposition of assets, and other items deemed not reflective of current operations.  This is presented on an aggregate basis and a per share (diluted) basis.  "Adjusted free cash flow" for a given period is defined as cash provided by operating activities, plus receipts from notes and equipment contracts receivable, less capital expenditures.  Management uses adjusted free cash flow in its periodic assessments of, among other things, the amount of cash dividends per share of common stock and repurchases of common stock and we believe it is important for investors to have the same measure used by management for that purpose.  Adjusted free cash flow does not represent residual cash flow available for discretionary purposes. Management may use certain of these non-GAAP financial measures along with the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures to evaluate the performance of the business and to make certain business decisions.  Additionally, adjusted EPS is one of the metrics used in determining payouts under the Company's annual cash incentive plan.  Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide additional meaningful information that should be considered when assessing the business and the Company's performance compared to prior periods and the marketplace.  Adjusted EPS and adjusted free cash flow are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

 

DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Revenues:





Franchise and restaurant revenues


$

123,578



$

129,786


Rental revenues


30,465



31,409


Financing revenues


2,131



2,329


Total revenues


156,174



163,524


Cost of revenues:





Franchise and restaurant expenses


41,007



40,869


Rental expenses


22,666



23,231


Total cost of revenues


63,673



64,100


Gross profit


92,501



99,424


General and administrative expenses


50,305



39,424


Interest expense


15,363



15,366


Amortization of intangible assets


2,500



2,480


Closure and impairment charges, net


217



435


(Gain) loss on disposition of assets


(109)



614


Income before income tax provision


24,225



41,105


Income tax provision


(9,862)



(15,562)


Net income


$

14,363



$

25,543


Net income available to common stockholders:





Net income


$

14,363



$

25,543


Less: Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(264)



(382)


Net income available to common stockholders


$

14,099



$

25,161


Net income available to common stockholders per share:





Basic


$

0.80



$

1.38


Diluted


$

0.79



$

1.37


Weighted average shares outstanding:





Basic


17,694



18,260


Diluted


17,737



18,373







Dividends declared per common share


$

0.97



$

0.92


Dividends paid per common share


$

0.97



$

0.92


 

DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)




March 31, 2017


December 31, 2016



(Unaudited)



Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

129,249



$

140,535


Receivables, net


96,029



141,389


Restricted cash


31,311



30,256


Prepaid gift card costs


37,331



47,115


Prepaid income taxes




2,483


Other current assets


5,102



4,370


Total current assets


299,022



366,148


Long-term receivables, net


136,423



141,152


Property and equipment, net


203,139



205,055


Goodwill


697,470



697,470


Other intangible assets, net


761,021



763,431


Deferred rent receivable


86,027



86,981


Non-current restricted cash


14,700



14,700


Other non-current assets, net


3,680



3,646


Total assets


$

2,201,482



$

2,278,583







Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

39,296



$

50,503


Gift card liability


119,702



170,812


Dividends payable


17,490



17,465


Accrued employee compensation and benefits


12,447



14,609


Current maturities of capital lease and financing obligations


14,015



13,144


Income taxes payable


3,527




Other accrued expenses


17,412



19,779


Total current liabilities


223,889



286,312


Long-term debt, net


1,283,518



1,282,691


Capital lease obligations, less current maturities


70,072



74,665


Financing obligations, less current maturities


39,460



39,499


Deferred income taxes, net


251,749



253,898


Deferred rent payable


68,499



69,572


Other non-current liabilities


18,969



19,174


Total liabilities


1,956,156



2,025,811


Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Common stock, $0.01 par value, shares: 40,000,000 authorized; March 31, 2017 - 25,095,008 issued, 17,979,525 outstanding; December 31, 2016 - 25,134,223 issued, 17,969,636 outstanding


251



251


Additional paid-in-capital


291,478



292,809


Retained earnings


378,988



382,082


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(107)



(107)


Treasury stock, at cost; shares: March 31, 2017 - 7,115,483; December 31, 2016 - 7,164,587


(425,284)



(422,263)


Total stockholders' equity


245,326



252,772


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

2,201,482



$

2,278,583


 

DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$

14,363



$

25,543


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





Depreciation and amortization


7,706



8,074


Non-cash interest expense


827



791


Deferred income taxes


(3,266)



(4,700)


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


6,165



3,192


Tax benefit from stock-based compensation




2,537


Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation




(862)


Closure and impairment charges


209



435


(Gain) loss on disposition of assets


(109)



614


Other


(1,143)



1,048


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable, net


(849)



116


Current income tax receivables and payables


7,176



16,918


Gift card receivables and payables


(7,855)



(12,820)


Other current assets


(736)



(520)


Accounts payable


1,745



(5,069)


Accrued employee compensation and benefits


(2,162)



(10,945)


Other current liabilities


(2,528)



13,142


Cash flows provided by operating activities


19,543



37,494


Cash flows from investing activities:





Additions to property and equipment


(2,997)



(839)


Principal receipts from notes, equipment contracts and other long-term receivables


5,002



4,206


Other


(188)



(105)


Cash flows provided by investing activities


1,817



3,262


Cash flows from financing activities:





Dividends paid on common stock


(17,432)



(17,049)


Repurchase of common stock


(10,003)



(20,004)


Principal payments on capital lease and financing obligations


(3,608)



(3,385)


Tax payments for restricted stock upon vesting


(2,022)



(2,116)


Proceeds from stock options exercised


1,474



880


Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation




862


Cash flows used in financing activities


(31,591)



(40,812)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(10,231)



(56)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period


185,491



192,013


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period


$

175,260



$

191,957


 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)


Reconciliation of net income available to common stockholders to net income available to common stockholders, as adjusted for the following items: Executive separation costs; Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs; amortization of intangible assets;  non-cash interest expense; closure and impairment charges; gain or loss on disposition of assets; and the combined tax effect of the preceding adjustments, as well as related per share data:




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Net income available to common stockholders, as reported


$

14,099



$

25,161


Executive separation costs


8,782




Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs




2,066


Amortization of intangible assets


2,500



2,480


Non-cash interest expense


827



791


Closure and impairment charges


217



435


(Gain) loss on disposition of assets


(109)



614


Income tax provision


(4,642)



(2,427)


Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(117)



(61)


Net income available to common stockholders, as adjusted


$

21,557



$

29,059







Diluted net income available to common stockholders per share:





Net income available to common stockholders, as reported


$

0.79



$

1.37


Executive separation costs


0.31




Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs




0.07


Amortization of intangible assets


0.09



0.08


Non-cash interest expense


0.03



0.03


Closure and impairment charges


0.01



0.01


(Gain) loss on disposition of assets


(0.00)



0.02


Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(0.00)



(0.00)


Rounding


(0.01)




Diluted net income available to common stockholders per share, as adjusted


$

1.22



$

1.58







Numerator for basic EPS-income available to common stockholders, as adjusted


$

21,557



$

29,059


Effect of unvested participating restricted stock using the two-class method




1


Numerator for diluted EPS-income available to common stockholders after assumed conversions, as adjusted


$

21,557



$

29,060







Denominator for basic EPS-weighted-average shares


17,694



18,260


Dilutive effect of stock options


43



113


Denominator for diluted EPS-weighted-average shares and assumed conversions


17,737



18,373


 

DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)


Reconciliation of the Company's cash provided by operating activities to "adjusted free cash flow" (cash provided by operating activities, plus receipts from notes and equipment contracts receivable, less additions to property and equipment). Management uses this liquidity measure in its periodic assessments of, among other things, the amount of cash dividends per share of common stock and repurchases of common stock and we believe it is important for investors to have the same measure used by management for that purpose. Adjusted free cash flow does not represent residual cash flow available for discretionary purposes.




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016



(In millions)

Cash flows provided by operating activities


$

19.5



$

37.5


Receipts from notes and equipment contracts receivable


2.7



2.1


Additions to property and equipment


(3.0)



(0.8)


Adjusted free cash flow


19.2



38.8


Dividends paid on common stock


(17.4)



(17.0)


Repurchase of DineEquity common stock


(10.0)



(20.0)




$

(8.2)



$

1.8


 

Restaurant Data


The following table sets forth, for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, the number of "Effective Restaurants" in the Applebee's and IHOP systems and information regarding the percentage change in sales at those restaurants compared to the same periods in the prior year and, as such, the percentage change in sales at Effective Restaurants is based on non-GAAP sales data. Sales at restaurants that are owned by franchisees and area licensees are not attributable to the Company. However, we believe that presentation of this information is useful in analyzing our revenues because franchisees and area licensees pay us royalties and advertising fees that are generally based on a percentage of their sales, and, where applicable, rental payments under leases that partially may be based on a percentage of their sales. Management also uses this information to make decisions about future plans for the development of additional restaurants as well as evaluation of current operations.




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016



(Unaudited)

Applebee's Restaurant Data





Effective Restaurants(a)





Franchise


2,007



2,030


Company





Total


2,007



2,030







System-wide(b)





Sales percentage change(c)


(8.6)

%


(4.0)

%

Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(7.9)

%


(3.7)

%






Franchise(b)





Sales percentage change(c)


(8.6)

%


(3.0)

%

Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(7.9)

%


(3.7)

%

Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)


$

45.2



$

48.7













Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016



(Unaudited)

IHOP Restaurant Data





Effective Restaurants(a)





Franchise


1,552



1,507


Area license


166



165


Company


10



11


Total


1,728



1,683







System-wide(b)





Sales percentage change(c)


0.2

%


2.2

%

Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(1.7)

%


1.5

%






Franchise(b)





Sales percentage change(c)


0.7

%


2.5

%

Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(1.7)

%


1.4

%

Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)


$

36.9



$

37.7







Area License (b)





Sales percentage change(c)


(3.7)

%


0.4

%












(a) 

"Effective Restaurants" are the weighted average number of restaurants open in a given fiscal period, adjusted to account for restaurants open for only a portion of the period. Information is presented for all Effective Restaurants in the Applebee's and IHOP systems, which includes restaurants owned by franchisees and area licensees as well as those owned by the Company.



(b) 

"System-wide" sales are retail sales at Applebee's restaurants operated by franchisees and IHOP restaurants operated by franchisees and area licensees, as reported to the Company, in addition to retail sales at company-operated restaurants.  Sales at restaurants that are owned by franchisees and area licensees are not attributable to the Company. An increase in franchisees' reported sales will result in a corresponding increase in our royalty revenue, while a decrease in franchisees' reported sales will result in a corresponding decrease in our royalty revenue. Unaudited reported sales for Applebee's domestic franchise restaurants, IHOP franchise restaurants and IHOP area license restaurants for the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 were as follows:





Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016


(In millions)

Reported sales (unaudited)





Applebee's domestic franchise restaurant sales


$

1,086.2



$

1,189.0


IHOP franchise restaurant sales


744.2



$

738.9


IHOP area license restaurant sales


72.5



$

75.3


Total


$

1,902.9



$

2,003.2




(c) 

"Sales percentage change" reflects, for each category of restaurants, the percentage change in sales in any given fiscal period compared to the prior fiscal period for all restaurants in that category.



(d) 

"Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change" reflects the percentage change in sales, in any given fiscal period, compared to the same weeks in the prior year for domestic restaurants that have been operated throughout both fiscal periods that are being compared and have been open for at least 18 months. Because of new unit openings and restaurant closures, the domestic restaurants open throughout both fiscal periods being compared may be different from period to period. Same-restaurant sales percentage change does not include data on IHOP area license restaurants located in Florida.

 

DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Restaurant Data

(unaudited)


The following table summarizes our restaurant development activity:




Three Months Ended



March 31,



2017


2016

Applebee's Restaurant Development Activity





Summary - beginning of period:





Franchise


2,016



2,033


Company restaurants





    Total Applebee's restaurants, beginning of period


2,016



2,033


Franchise restaurants opened:





Domestic


1



5


International




1


Total franchise restaurants opened


1



6


Franchise restaurants closed:





Domestic


(19)



(6)


International




(4)


Total franchise restaurants closed


(19)



(10)


Net franchise restaurant development (reduction)


(18)



(4)


Summary - end of period:





Franchise


1,998



2,029


Company restaurants





Total Applebee's restaurants, end of period


1,998



2,029




IHOP Restaurant Development Activity





Summary - beginning of period:





Franchise


1,556



1,507


Area license


167



165


Company


10



11


Total IHOP restaurants, beginning of period


1,733



1,683


Franchise/area license restaurants opened:





Domestic franchise


11



6


Domestic area license





International franchise


4



1


Total franchise/area license restaurants opened


15



7


Franchise/area license restaurants closed:





Domestic franchise


(7)



(3)


Domestic area license




(1)


International franchise




(2)


Total franchise/area license restaurants closed


(7)



(6)


Net franchise/area license restaurant development


8



1


Summary - end of period





Franchise


1,564



1,509


Area license


167



164


Company


10



11


Total IHOP restaurants, end of period


1,741



1,684


 

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