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IRVINE, Calif., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) (“The Habit” or the “Company”), today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 26, 2019.
Highlights for the first quarter ended March 26, 2019 include:
|(1)||Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of GAAP net income to each of these measures is included in the accompanying financial data. See also “Non-GAAP Financial Measures,” included herein.|
“2019 has started off strong, with revenue growth of 17.6% and comparable restaurant sales growth of 3.2%. We owe much of our success this quarter to our progress against our strategic initiatives and our focus on remaining nimble in this ever-changing consumer environment,” said Russ Bendel, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Habit. “During the quarter we opened seven new company-operated locations, including six drive thru locations, and one licensed location. For 2019, we will continue these efforts and look to open between 21 and 23 company-operated locations and between 10 and 12 franchised/licensed locations.”
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results Compared to First Quarter 2018
Total revenue was $108.2 million in the first quarter of 2019, compared to $91.9 million in the first quarter of 2018.
Company-operated comparable restaurant sales increased 3.2% for the quarter ended March 26, 2019. The increase in company-operated comparable restaurant sales was driven primarily by a 7.4% increase in average transaction amount partially offset by a 4.2% decrease in transactions.
Net loss for the first quarter of 2019 was $0.2 million, or $(0.01) per diluted weighted average share, compared to net income of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted weighted average share in the first quarter of 2018.
Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net loss in the first quarter of 2019 was $0.2 million, or $(0.01) per fully distributed weighted average share, compared to net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per fully distributed weighted average share, in the first quarter of 2018. A reconciliation between GAAP net income and adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income is included in the accompanying financial data.
The Company currently anticipates the following for its fiscal year 2019:
The Company will host a conference call to discuss financial results for the first quarter 2019 today at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. Russ Bendel, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ira Fils, Chief Financial Officer, will host the call.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 327-6837 or for international callers by dialing (631) 891-4304. A replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or for international callers by dialing (412) 317-6671; the passcode is 10006614. The replay will be available until Wednesday, May 8, 2019. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company’s corporate website at ir.habitburger.com under the “Events” page. An archive of the webcast will be available at the same location on the corporate website shortly after the call has concluded.
The following definitions apply to these terms as used in this release:
Comparable restaurant sales reflect the change in year-over-year sales in our comparable restaurant base. A restaurant enters our comparable restaurant base in the accounting period following its 18th full period of operations. We operate on a 4-4-5 calendar, each accounting period will consist of either four or five weeks with the exception of a 53-week year, where the last period contains six weeks.
Average Unit Volumes (AUVs) are calculated by dividing revenue for the trailing 52-week period for all company-operated restaurants that have operated for 12 full accounting periods by the total number of restaurants open for such period.
Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income includes net income attributable to The Habit (i) excluding income tax expense, (ii) excluding the effect of non-recurring items, (iii) assuming the exchange of all common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC into shares of our Class A common stock (and cancellation of corresponding shares of our Class B common stock), which results in the elimination of non-controlling interests in The Habit Restaurants, LLC, and (iv) reflecting an adjustment for income tax expense on fully distributed pro forma net income before income taxes at our estimated long term effective income tax rate. Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income is a non-GAAP financial measure because it represents net income attributable to The Habit, before non-recurring items and the effects of non-controlling interests in The Habit Restaurants, LLC. We use adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income to facilitate a comparison of our operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period that, when viewed in combination with our results prepared in accordance with GAAP, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than GAAP measures alone and eliminates the variability of non-controlling interests as a result of member owner exchanges of common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC into shares of our Class A common stock (and cancellation of corresponding shares of our Class B common stock).
Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income per fully distributed weighted average share is calculated using adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income as defined above and assumes the exchange of all common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC into shares of our Class A common stock (and cancellation of corresponding shares of our Class B common stock).
EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, represents net income before interest expense, net, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, represents EBITDA plus pre-opening costs, stock-based compensation, loss on disposal of assets, Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment, and other non-recurring items.
About The Habit Restaurants, Inc.
The Habit Burger Grill is a burger-centric, fast casual restaurant concept that specializes in preparing fresh, made-to-order chargrilled burgers and sandwiches featuring USDA choice tri-tip steak, grilled chicken and sushi-grade tuna cooked over an open flame. In addition, it features fresh made-to-order salads and an appealing selection of sides, shakes and malts. The Habit was named the “best tasting burger in America” in July 2014 in a comprehensive survey conducted by one of America’s leading consumer magazines. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 255 restaurants in 11 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington, Maryland and Pennsylvania, as well as five international locations.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements discuss our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements because they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “potential,” “project,” “projection,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “can,” “can have,” “likely,” the negatives thereof and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events. They appear in a number of places throughout this press release and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which we operate. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those that we expected.
While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of the risks and uncertainties disclosed in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 25, 2018, including the sections thereof captioned “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors.” These filings and others are available online at www.sec.gov, ir.habitburger.com or upon request from The Habit.
We caution you that the important factors referenced above may not contain all of the factors that are important to you. In addition, we cannot assure you that we will realize the results or developments we expect or anticipate or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences we anticipate or affect us or our operations in the ways that we expect. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be made that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measures, including those discussed above. These measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as substitutes for, or superior to, financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. We use non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance understanding of past performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. However, when analyzing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider adjusted earnings per fully distributed weighted average share or adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income in isolation or as substitutes for net income (loss), cash flows from operating activities or other operation statement or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures used in this press release may be different from the measures used by other companies.
Consolidated Statement of Operations Data (unaudited):
Our operating results are presented as a percentage of total revenue, with the exception of restaurant operating costs, depreciation and amortization expense, pre-opening costs and loss on disposal of assets, which are presented as a percentage of restaurant revenue.
|13 Weeks Ended|
(amounts in thousands except share and per
|March 26, 2019||March 27, 2018|
|Restaurant operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization)|
|Food and paper costs||32,336||30.1||%||27,935||30.5||%|
|Labor and related expenses||37,418||34.8||%||31,953||34.9||%|
|Occupancy and other operating expenses||21,343||19.8||%||15,937||17.4||%|
|General and administrative expenses||10,058||9.3||%||8,912||9.7||%|
|Exchange related expenses||—||—||130||0.1||%|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||6,608||6.1||%||5,582||6.1||%|
|Loss on disposal of assets||43||0.0||%||12||0.0||%|
|Total operating expenses||108,448||100.3||%||91,541||99.6||%|
|Income (loss) from operations||(274||)||(0.3||)%||407||0.4||%|
|Other (income) expense|
|Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment||—||—||1,473||1.6||%|
|Interest (income) expense, net||(43||)||(0.0||)%||226||0.2||%|
|Loss before income taxes||(231||)||(0.2||)%||(1,292||)||(1.4||)%|
|Benefit for income taxes||—||—||(1,981||)||(2.2||)%|
|Net income (loss)||(231||)||(0.2||)%||689||0.7||%|
|Less: (net income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests||55||0.1||%||(35||)||(0.0||)%|
|Net income (loss) attributable to The Habit Restaurants, Inc.||$||(176||)||(0.2||)%||$||654||0.7||%|
Net income (loss) attributable to The Habit Restaurants, Inc. per
share Class A common stock:
|Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding:|
Selected Balance Sheet and Selected Operating Data (unaudited):
|Balance Sheet Data||March 26, 2019||December 25, 2018|
|(dollar amounts in thousands)|
|Balance Sheet Data-Consolidated (at period end):|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||28,943||$||24,519|
|Property and equipment, net(a)||147,474||160,746|
|Total stockholders' equity||151,161||149,994|
|(a)||Property and equipment, net consists of property owned or leased, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization. With the adoption of ASC 842 Leases in the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the company derecognized $18.6 million for buildings that the company previously deemed itself to be the owner of under build to suit accounting guidance in ASC 840 Leases.|
|(b)||Total debt consists of deemed landlord financing. This debt was derecognized with the adoption of ASC 842 Leases in the beginning of the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.|
|13 Weeks Ended|
|Selected Operating Data||March 26, 2019||March 27, 2018|
|Other Operating Data:|
|Total restaurants at end of period||255||222|
|Company-operated restaurants at end of period||230||204|
|Company-operated comparable restaurant sales(a)||3.2||%||(1.4||)%|
|Company-operated average unit volumes||$||1,861||$||1,871|
|(a)||Company-operated comparable restaurant sales reflect the change in year-over-year sales for the company-operated comparable restaurant base. A restaurant enters our comparable restaurant base in the accounting period following its 18th full period of operations.|
The following table includes a reconciliation of net income to adjusted EBITDA:
|13 Weeks Ended|
|Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation||
|(amounts in thousands)|
|Net income (loss)||$||(231||)||$||689|
|Benefit for income taxes||—||(1,981||)|
|Interest (income) expense, net||(43||)||226|
|Depreciation and amortization||6,608||5,582|
|Stock-based compensation expense(a)||700||667|
|Loss on disposal of assets(b)||43||12|
|Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment(d)||—||1,473|
|Exchange related expenses(e)||—||130|
|Build to suit accounting under ASC 840(f)||—||(246||)|
|(a)||Includes non-cash, stock-based compensation.|
|(b)||Loss on disposal of assets includes the loss on disposal of assets related to retirements and replacements or write-off of leasehold improvements or equipment.|
|(c)||Pre-opening costs consist of costs directly associated with the opening of new restaurants and incurred prior to opening, including management labor costs, staff labor costs during training, food and supplies used during training, marketing costs and other related pre-opening costs. These are generally incurred over the three to five months prior to opening. Pre-opening costs also include net occupancy costs incurred between the date of possession and opening date of our restaurants.|
|(d)||In connection with our initial public offering (“IPO”) of shares of Class A common stock that occurred in fiscal year 2014, we entered into a tax receivable agreement (“TRA”). This agreement calls for us to pay to our pre-IPO stockholders 85% of the savings in cash that we realize in our taxes as a result of utilizing our net operating losses and other tax attributes attributable to preceding periods. This category includes adjustments associated with revisions to the expected TRA liability as a result of updated estimated future tax savings at the federal, state and local level.|
|(e)||This category includes costs associated with the exchanges of common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC (“LLC Units”) into shares of Class A common stock by members of The Habit Restaurants, LLC (the “Continuing LLC Owners”) pursuant to its Amended and Restated Limited Liability Company Agreement (as amended, the “LLC Agreement”).|
|(f)||Represents amounts associated with leases where the Company had previously determined that it was the accounting owner of under build to suit lease guidance contained in ASC 840. With the adoption of ASC 842 in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, these leases are now being accounted for as operating leases which results in an increase in occupancy and other operating expenses and a decrease in depreciation and amortization expense and interest expense, net. The prior period amount was adjusted to exclude the impact of build to suit leases.|
The following is a reconciliation of GAAP net income and net income per share to adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income and adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income per share:
|13 Weeks Ended|
|(dollar amounts in thousands)||
|Net income (loss)||$||(231||)||$||689|
|Exchange related expenses(a)||—||130|
|Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment(b)||—||1,473|
|Income tax benefit as reported||—||(1,981||)|
|Fully distributed pro forma net income (loss) before income taxes||(231||)||311|
|Income tax expense (benefit) on fully distributed pro forma
income before income taxes(c)
|Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income (loss)||$||(165||)||$||210|
|Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income (loss) per share
of Class A common stock:
|Weighted average shares of Class A common stock
outstanding used in computing adjusted fully distributed
pro forma net income (loss) per share(d):
|(a)||This category includes costs associated with the exchanges of LLC Units to Class A common stock by the Continuing LLC Owners pursuant to the LLC Agreement.|
|(b)||In connection with our IPO, we entered into the TRA. This agreement calls for us to pay to our pre-IPO stockholders 85% of the savings in cash that we realize in our taxes as a result of utilizing our net operating losses and other tax attributes attributable to preceding periods. This category includes adjustments associated with revisions to the expected TRA liability as a result of updated estimated future tax savings at the federal, state and local level.|
|(c)||Reflects income tax expense at an effective rate of 28.6% and 32.3% for the periods ended March 26, 2019 and March 27, 2018, respectively, on income before income taxes assuming the conversion of all outstanding LLC Units for shares of Class A common stock (with a corresponding cancellation of shares of our Class B common stock). The effective rate also excludes the impact of non-recurring and discrete items. The estimated tax rate includes provisions for U.S. federal income taxes and assumes the highest statutory rates apportioned to each state and local jurisdiction.|
|(d)||For all periods presented, represents the total number of shares of Class A common stock outstanding including all outstanding LLC Units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC as if they were exchanged on a one-for-one basis for the Company’s Class A common stock (with a corresponding cancellation of shares of our Class B common stock). Diluted earnings per share gives effect during the reporting period to all dilutive potential shares outstanding resulting from employee stock-based awards using the treasury method.|