DineEquity, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2016 Results

March 1, 2017 at 8:01 AM EST
Fourth Quarter 2016 Summary
-- GAAP EPS of $1.18
-- Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $1.37
-- Domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales were negative 2.1% for IHOP and negative 7.2% for Applebee's
Fiscal 2016 Summary
-- GAAP EPS of $5.33
-- Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $6.01
-- Domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales declined 0.1% at IHOP and declined 5.0% at Applebee's
-- Generated cash from operating activities of approximately $118 million and adjusted free cash flow (Non-GAAP) of approximately $123 million

GLENDALE, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar® and IHOP® restaurants, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016.

"While this has been a challenging period for the industry, particularly for casual dining and Applebee's, I have confidence in our brands, our franchisees and our team members," said Richard J. Dahl, Chairman and interim Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc.

Mr. Dahl added, "Working with a world-class management consulting firm to conduct a comprehensive diagnostic on Applebee's, we are moving forward with a plan to significantly invest in the growth of our brands for the long-term benefit of our franchisees and shareholders.  We have identified key strategic initiatives, which we believe will drive meaningful improvements in sales and traffic over time.  To drive the business forward, we know that there is more that needs to be done.  I am confident in our roadmap."

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2016 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $21.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2016, or earnings per diluted share of $1.18. This compares to net income available to common stockholders of $25.0 million, or earnings per diluted share of $1.35, for the fourth quarter of 2015.  GAAP net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 declined compared to the same period of 2015 mainly due to a decrease in gross profit, partially offset by improvement in general and administrative expenses primarily due to lower incentive compensation.
  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $24.5 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.37, for the fourth quarter of 2016.  This compares to $29.5 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.59, for the same period of 2015.  The decrease in adjusted net income was mainly due to lower gross profit.  The decrease was partially offset by improvement in general and administrative expenses primarily due to lower incentive compensation.  (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.)
  • General and administrative expenses were $37.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2016.  This compares to approximately $45.0 million for the same period of 2015.  The improvement was mainly due to lower incentive compensation and a decline in costs associated with the timing of franchise conferences.

Fiscal 2016 Financial Highlights

  • GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $96.6 million for fiscal 2016, or earnings per diluted share of $5.33.  This compares to net income available to common stockholders of $103.5 million, or earnings per diluted share of $5.52, for fiscal 2015.  The decrease in GAAP net income was primarily due to lower gross profit, which included an incremental $9.4 million as a result of a 53rd week in fiscal 2015.  The decrease was partially offset by lower income tax expense due to lower state tax rates applied to our deferred tax balances as the result of our restaurant support center consolidation as well as an improvement in general and administrative expenses mainly due to lower incentive compensation.
  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $108.9 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $6.01, for fiscal 2016.  This compares to $116.1 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $6.19, for fiscal 2015.  The decline in adjusted earnings per diluted share was mainly due to lower gross profit, which included an incremental $9.4 million as a result of a 53rd week in fiscal 2015.  This was partially offset by fewer weighted average diluted shares outstanding, a decline in general and administrative expenses and a lower income tax rate.  (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.)
  • General and administrative expenses were $148.9 million for fiscal 2016.  This compares to $155.4 million for fiscal 2015.  The improvement was primarily due to lower incentive compensation.     
  • In fiscal 2016, cash flows from operating activities were $118.1 million compared to $135.5 million in fiscal 2015.  Adjusted free cash flow was $122.5 million for full-year fiscal 2016, compared to $142.3 million for full-year fiscal 2015.  (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.)

Same-Restaurant Sales Performance

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2016

  • IHOP's domestic system-wide comparable same restaurant sales declined 2.1% for the fourth quarter of 2016.
  • Applebee's domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales declined 7.2% for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Fiscal 2016

  • IHOP's domestic system-wide comparable same restaurant sales decreased 0.1% for fiscal 2016.
  • Applebee's domestic system-wide comparable same-restaurant sales decreased 5.0% for fiscal 2016.

Financial Performance Guidance for Fiscal 2017

The following projections for fiscal 2017 are based on management's expectations as of March 1, 2017.

  • Applebee's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales performance is expected to range between negative 4.0% and negative 8.0%.
  • IHOP's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales performance is expected to range between 0.0% and positive 3.0%.
  • Applebee's franchisees are projected to develop between 20 and 30 new restaurants globally, the majority of which are expected to be international openings.  As part of a detailed system-wide analysis to optimize the health of the franchisee system, we anticipate the closure of approximately 40 to 60 restaurants.  The expected closures will be based on several criteria, including meeting our brand and image standards and operational results.
  • IHOP franchisees and its area licensee are projected to develop between 75 and 90 restaurants globally, the majority of which are expected to be domestic openings.  We expect the closure of approximately 18 restaurants as part of normal attrition.
  • Franchise segment profit is expected to be between $323 million and $338 million.
  • Rental and Financing segments are expected to generate roughly $38 million in combined profit.
  • General and administrative expenses are expected to range between $170 million and $177 million, including non-cash stock-based compensation expense and depreciation of approximately $22 million.  The anticipated increase in general and administrative expenses compared to fiscal 2016 is primarily due to expectations for higher personnel-related and incentive compensation costs as well as investments in Applebee's stabilization initiatives.  These initiatives will total approximately $10 million in fiscal 2017 and we expect that a substantial amount will not recur.  The range for expected general and administrative expenses is inclusive of approximately $9 million of non-recurring cash severance and equity compensation charges to be incurred in the first quarter of fiscal 2017.     
  • Interest expense is expected to be approximately $62 million. Approximately $3 million is projected to be non-cash interest expense.
  • Weighted average diluted shares outstanding are expected to be approximately 18 million shares.
  • The income tax rate is expected to be approximately 38%.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities is expected to range between $98 million and $108 million.  The expected decline compared to fiscal 2016 is primarily due to projections for lower net income due to higher general and administrative expenses as well as expectations for domestic system-wide comparable same restaurant sales.  
  • Capital expenditures are projected to be roughly $12 million.
  • Adjusted free cash flow (See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below) is projected to range between $96 million and $106 million.  The expected decline in adjusted free cash flow compared to fiscal 2016 is primarily due to projections for lower net income due to higher general and administrative expenses as well as expectations for domestic system-wide comparable same restaurant sales.  

2017 Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP) Guidance Table


(In millions)


Cash flows from operations

$98 – 108


Approximate net receipts from notes and equipment contracts receivable

10


Approximate capital expenditures

(12)


Adjusted free cash flow (Non-GAAP)

$96 - 106


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 44360070. International callers, please dial (847) 585-4405 and reference passcode 44360070.  A live webcast of the call will be available at www.dineequity.com, and may be accessed by visiting Calls & Presentations on 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 March 1, 2017 through 8:59 p.m. Pacific Time on March 8, 2017 by dialing (888) 843-7419 and referencing passcode 44360070#.  International callers, please dial (630) 652-3042 and reference passcode 44360070#.  An online archive of the webcast will also be available on Calls & Presentations under the Investors section of DineEquity's website.

About DineEquity, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. 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 Web site 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


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Revenues:









   Franchise and restaurant revenues


$

121,711



$

134,832



$

501,745



$

542,606


   Rental revenues


30,291



33,895



123,037



127,650


   Financing revenues


2,172



2,573



9,191



10,844


Total revenues


154,174



171,300



633,973



681,100


Cost of revenues:









   Franchise and restaurant expenses


40,731



41,553



162,860



186,986


   Rental expenses


22,508



24,515



91,540



94,588


   Financing expenses




4



155



520


Total cost of revenues


63,239



66,072



254,555



282,094


   Gross profit


90,935



105,228



379,418



399,006


General and administrative expenses


36,998



45,044



148,935



155,428


Interest expense


15,372



16,497



61,479



63,254


Amortization of intangible assets


2,501



2,500



9,981



10,000


Closure and impairment charges


1,160



346



5,092



2,576


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets


130



1,393



809



(901)


  Income before income taxes


34,774



39,448



153,122



168,649


  Income tax provision


(13,427)



(14,091)



(55,130)



(63,726)


  Net income


$

21,347



$

25,357



$

97,992



$

104,923


  Net income available to common stockholders:









  Net income


$

21,347



$

25,357



$

97,992



$

104,923


   Less: Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(288)



(357)



(1,387)



(1,400)


  Net income available to common stockholders


$

21,059



$

25,000



$

96,605



$

103,523


  Net income available to common stockholders per share:









   Basic


$

1.18



$

1.36



$

5.36



$

5.55


   Diluted


$

1.18



$

1.35



$

5.33



$

5.52


  Weighted average shares outstanding:









   Basic


17,826



18,358



18,030



18,637


   Diluted


17,916



18,475



18,125



18,768











Dividends declared per common share


$

0.97



$

0.92



$

3.73



$

3.545


Dividends paid per common share


$

0.92



$

0.875



$

3.68



$

3.50





DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)




December 31,



2016


2015






Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

140,535



$

144,785


Receivables, net


141,389



139,206


Restricted cash


30,256



32,528


Prepaid gift card costs


47,115



46,792


Prepaid income taxes


2,483



5,186


Other current assets


4,370



4,212


Total current assets


366,148



372,709


Long-term receivables, net


141,152



160,695


Property and equipment, net


205,055



219,580


Goodwill


697,470



697,470


Other intangible assets, net


763,431



772,949


Deferred rent receivable


86,981



90,030


Other non-current assets, net


18,346



18,417


      Total assets


$

2,278,583



$

2,331,850


Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$

50,503



$

55,019


Gift card liability


170,812



167,657


Accrued employee compensation and benefits


14,609



25,085


Dividends payable


17,465



17,082


Current maturities of capital lease and financing obligations


13,144



14,320


Accrued advertising


6,369



8,758


Accrued interest payable


4,308



4,257


Other accrued expenses


9,102



6,251


Total current liabilities


286,312



298,429


Long-term debt, net


1,282,691



1,279,473


Capital lease obligations, less current maturities


74,665



84,781


Financing obligations, less current maturities


39,499



42,395


Deferred income taxes, net


253,898



269,469


Deferred rent payable


69,572



69,397


Other non-current liabilities


19,174



20,683


Total liabilities


2,025,811



2,064,627


Commitments and contingencies





Stockholders' equity:





Common stock, $0.01 par value, shares: 40,000,000 authorized; 2016 - 25,134,223 issued, 17,969,636 outstanding; 2015 - 25,186,048 issued, 18,535,027 outstanding


251



252


Additional paid-in-capital


292,809



286,952


Retained earnings


382,082



351,923


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(107)



(107)


Treasury stock, at cost; shares: 2016 - 7,164,587; 2015 - 6,651,021


(422,263)



(371,797)


Total stockholders' equity


252,772



267,223


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

2,278,583



$

2,331,850





DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)




Twelve Months Ended



December 31,



2016


2015

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$

97,992



$

104,923


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





Depreciation and amortization


30,606



32,840


Non-cash interest expense


3,218



3,074


Closure and impairment charges


2,621



2,576


Deferred income taxes


(14,434)



(13,987)


Non-cash stock-based compensation expense


10,926



8,892


Tax benefit from stock-based compensation


1,132



4,862


Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation


(1,019)



(4,794)


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets


809



(901)


Other


(1,302)



(6,323)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable, net


3,178



(5,239)


Current income tax receivables and payables


(909)



2,073


Gift card receivables and payables


(4,288)



21,735


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(156)



(1,995)


Accounts payable


89



4,546


Accrued employee compensation and benefits


(10,476)



(594)


Accrued interest payable


51



(9,869)


Other current liabilities


72



(6,310)


Cash flows provided by operating activities


118,110



135,509


Cash flows from investing activities:





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


18,689



21,328


Proceeds from sale of property and equipment




10,782


Additions to property and equipment


(5,637)



(6,642)


Other


(503)



(267)


Cash flows provided by investing activities


12,549



25,201


Cash flows from financing activities:





Repurchase of DineEquity common stock


(55,343)



(70,014)


Dividends paid on common stock


(67,429)



(66,164)


Principal payments on capital lease and financing obligations


(13,978)



(14,226)


Change in restricted cash


2,272



19,733


Payment of debt issuance and debt modification costs




(89)


Proceeds from stock options exercised


1,409



9,536


Tax payments for restricted stock upon vesting


(2,859)



(3,499)


Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation


1,019



4,794


Cash flows used in financing activities


(134,909)



(119,929)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents


(4,250)



40,781


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


144,785



104,004


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period


$

140,535



$

144,785





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: Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs; amortization of intangible assets; closure and impairment charges; non-cash interest expense; gain or loss on disposition of assets; the combined tax effect of the preceding adjustments, and income tax adjustments considered unrelated to the respective current period operations, as well as related per share data:




Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015

Net income available to common stockholders, as reported


$

21,059



$

25,000



$

96,605



$

103,523


Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs(1)


835



2,266



6,173



5,861


Amortization of intangible assets


2,501



2,500



9,981



10,000


Closure and impairment charges


762



346



2,223



2,576


Non-cash interest expense


818



782



3,218



3,074


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets


130



1,393



809



(901)


Net income tax provision for above adjustments


(1,867)



(2,769)



(8,289)



(7,832)


Income tax adjustments(2)


316





(1,686)




Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(47)



(62)



(177)



(171)


Net income available to common stockholders, as adjusted


$

24,507



$

29,456



$

108,857



$

116,130











Diluted net income available to common stockholders per share:








Net income available to common stockholders, as reported


$

1.18



$

1.35



$

5.33



$

5.52


Kansas City Support Center consolidation costs(1)


0.03



0.08



0.21



0.19


Amortization of intangible assets


0.09



0.08



0.34



0.33


Closure and impairment charges


0.03



0.01



0.08



0.09


Non-cash interest expense


0.03



0.03



0.11



0.10


Loss (gain) on disposition of assets


0.00



0.05



0.03



(0.03)


Income tax adjustments(2)


0.02





(0.09)




Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock


(0.00)



(0.00)



(0.01)



(0.01)


Rounding


(0.01)



(0.01)



0.01




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


$

1.37



$

1.59



$

6.01



$

6.19











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


$

24,507



$

29,456



$

108,857



$

116,130


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


1



1



2



6


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


$

24,508



$

29,457



$

108,859



$

116,136











Denominator for basic EPS-weighted-average shares


17,826



18,358



18,030



18,637


Effect of dilutive securities:









Stock options


90



117



95



131


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


17,916



18,475



18,125



18,768




(1)  

Includes $398 and $2,869 of lease termination costs for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016, respectively, reported in "closure and impairment charges" in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(2)

Adjustments to deferred tax balances primarily due to changes in effective state tax rate because of Support Center consolidation.




DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In thousands)

(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 contract receivables, 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.




Twelve Months Ended



December 31,



2016


2015

Cash flows provided by operating activities


$

118,110



$

135,509


Net receipts from notes and equipment contract receivables


10,036



13,403


Additions to property and equipment


(5,637)



(6,642)


Adjusted free cash flow


122,509



142,270


Dividends paid on common stock


(67,429)



(66,164)


Repurchase of DineEquity common stock


(55,343)



(70,014)




$

(263)



$

6,092





Restaurant Data


The following table sets forth, for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, 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. Sales at restaurants that are owned by franchisees and area licensees are not attributable to the Company and, as such, the percentage changes in sales presented below are based on non-GAAP sales data. 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


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015



(unaudited)

Applebee's Restaurant Data









Effective Restaurants(a)









Franchise


2,020



2,020



2,027



2,004


Company








13


Total


2,020



2,020



2,027



2,017











System-wide(b)









Sales percentage change(c)


(13.5)%



7.7%



(6.8)%



3.4%


Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(7.2)%



(2.5)%



(5.0)%



0.2%











Franchise(b)(e)









Sales percentage change(c)


(13.5)%



8.8%



(6.2)%



3.9%


Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(7.2)%



(2.5)%



(5.0)%



0.2%


Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)


$

42.8



$

45.7



$

45.3



$

47.8





















Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2016


2015


2016


2015



(unaudited)

IHOP Restaurant Data









Effective Restaurants(a)









Franchise


1,530



1,498



1,517



1,481


Area license


167



165



166



166


Company


10



11



10



12


Total


1,707



1,674



1,693



1,659











System-wide(b)









Sales percentage change(c)


(6.7)%



11.9%



(0.3)%



8.1%


Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)


(2.1)%



1.4%



(0.1)%



4.5%











Franchise(b)









Sales percentage change(c)


(7.1)%



1.9%



(0.3)%



8.2%


Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d, e)


(2.1)%



1.4%



(0.1)%



4.5%


Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)


$

36.8



$

37.5



$

37.3



$

37.6











Area License (b)









Sales percentage change(c)


(1.0)%



1.0%



0.6%



5.9%



















(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 the Company as well as those owned by franchisees and area licensees.



(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 and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows:




Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015


(In millions)

Reported sales (unaudited)








Applebee's franchise restaurant sales

$

1,036.4



$

1,198.1



$

4,418.6



$

4,711.9


IHOP franchise restaurant sales

731.4



787.4



2,939.9



2,948.3


IHOP area license restaurant sales

66.0



66.7



282.5



280.9


Total

$

1,833.8



$

2,052.2



$

7,641.0



$

7,941.1




(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. The sales percentage changes for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively, were impacted by a 14th and 53rd calender week in the respective fiscal 2015 periods.



(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.



(e)  

The 2015 sales percentage change for Applebee's franchise restaurants was impacted by the refranchising of 23 company-operated restaurants during 2015.




DineEquity, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Restaurant Data (unaudited)


The following table summarizes our restaurant development activity:



Three Months Ended


Twelve Months Ended


December 31,


December 31,


2016


2015


2016


2015

Applebee's Restaurant Development Activity






Summary - beginning of period:








Franchise

2,027



2,018



2,033



1,994


Company







23


Total Applebee's restaurants, beginning of period

2,027



2,018



2,033



2,017


Franchise restaurants opened:








Domestic

6



10



19



27


International

3



11



10



17


Total franchise restaurants opened

9



21



29



44


Franchise restaurants closed:








Domestic

(19)



(5)



(39)



(19)


International

(1)



(1)



(7)



(9)


Total  franchise restaurants closed

(20)



(6)



(46)



(28)


Net franchise restaurant development

(11)



15



(17)



16


Refranchised from Company restaurants







23


Net franchise restaurant increase

(11)



15



(17)



39










Summary - end of period:








Franchise

2,016



2,033



2,016



2,033


Company








Total Applebee's restaurants, end of period

2,016



2,033



2,016



2,033










IHOP Restaurant Development Activity








Summary - beginning of period:








Franchise

1,532



1,490



1,507



1,472


Area license

167



166



165



167


Company

10



11



11



11


Total IHOP restaurants, beginning of period

1,709



1,667



1,683



1,650


Franchise/area license restaurants opened:








Domestic franchise

17



20



43



44


Domestic area license



1



3



3


International franchise

9



3



20



8


Total franchise/area license restaurants opened

26



24



66



55


Franchise/area license restaurants closed:








Domestic franchise

(2)



(6)



(12)



(17)


Domestic area license



(2)



(1)



(5)


International franchise





(3)




Total franchise/area license restaurants closed

(2)



(8)



(16)



(22)


Net franchise/area license restaurant development

24



16



50



33


Refranchised from Company restaurants





1



3


Franchise restaurants reacquired by the Company







(3)


Net franchise/area license restaurant additions

24



16



51



33










Summary - end of period








Franchise

1,556



1,507



1,556



1,507


Area license

167



165



167



165


Company

10



11



10



11


Total IHOP restaurants, end of period

1,733



1,683



1,733



1,683


 

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SOURCE DineEquity, Inc.

Investor, Ken Diptee, Executive Director, Investor Relations, DineEquity, Inc., 818-637-3632; or Media, Patrick Lenow, Vice President, Communications, DineEquity, Inc., 818-637-3122