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The Habit Restaurants, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

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IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Habit Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: HABT) (“The Habit” or the “Company”), today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 24, 2019.

Highlights for the third quarter ended September 24, 2019 include:

  • Total revenue increased 12.1% to $117.3 million, compared to $104.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Company-operated comparable restaurant sales increased 3.1%, compared to the third quarter of 2018.
  • Net income was $1.0 million, or $0.05 per diluted weighted average share, compared to net loss of $0.6 million, or $(0.03) per diluted weighted average share, in the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income(1) was $1.6 million, or $0.06 per fully distributed weighted average share, compared to net income of $1.4 million, or $0.05 per fully distributed weighted average share, for the third quarter of 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $10.6 million, compared to $9.6 million for the third quarter of 2018.
  • The Company opened six company-operated restaurants and closed three company-operated restaurants in the Orlando, Florida market during the third quarter of 2019. As of September 24, 2019, the Company had 237 company-operated locations and 28 franchised/licensed locations (excluding eight licensed locations in Santa Barbara County, California from which the Company is not entitled to royalties) for a system-wide total of 265 locations.

(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.

“We’re pleased to report strong results this quarter, which included our sixth consecutive quarter of company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth, at 3.1%.  We also continued to make progress on our mission to be a total access brand to our customers. Our total number of drive-thrus reached 51 during the quarter, we also installed self-ordering kiosks in our 20th restaurant, and saw our mobile app downloads and usage increase dramatically in the third quarter,” said Russ Bendel, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Habit. “During the quarter we opened six new company-operated locations, including four drive-thru locations and continue to look to open 21 company-operated locations in 2019.  For 2020 we expect to open a total of 29 to 35 locations, which would include 12 to 15 franchise locations, more than doubling our expected franchise openings in 2019.”

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results Compared to Third Quarter 2018

Total revenue was $117.3 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $104.6 million in the third quarter of 2018.

Company-operated comparable restaurant sales increased 3.1% for the quarter ended September 24, 2019. The increase in company-operated comparable restaurant sales was driven primarily by a 5.8% increase in average transaction amount, partially offset by a 2.7% decrease in transactions.

Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $1.0 million, or $0.05 per diluted weighted average share, compared to net loss of $0.6 million, or $(0.03) per diluted weighted average share, in the third quarter of 2018.

Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income in the third quarter of 2019 was $1.6 million, or $0.06 per fully distributed weighted average share, compared to net income of $1.4 million, or $0.05 per fully distributed weighted average share, in the third quarter of 2018. A reconciliation between GAAP net income and adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income is included in the accompanying financial data.

2019 Outlook

The Company currently anticipates the following for its fiscal year 2019:

  • Total revenue between $463.0 million to $465.0 million;
  • Company-operated comparable restaurant sales growth of approximately 3.0% to 3.5%;
  • The opening of 21 company-operated restaurants and six franchised/licensed restaurants;
  • Restaurant contribution margin of 16.5% to 16.8%, which includes a (0.3)% unfavorable impact related to the change in lease accounting;
  • General and administrative expenses of $43.5 million to $44.0 million;
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $28.5 million;
  • Capital expenditures of $33.0 million to $35.0 million; and
  • An effective pro forma tax rate of approximately 28.5% to 29.0%, which assumes the conversion of all common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC for shares of the Company’s Class A common stock (and cancellation of corresponding shares of Class B common stock), which would eliminate the non-controlling interests.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss financial results for the third 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 10007795. The replay will be available until Wednesday, November 6, 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, we believe 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 recently named Best Regional Fast Food in USA Today’s 2019 Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The first Habit opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1969. The Habit has since grown to over 265 restaurants, including locations in 13 states throughout California, Arizona, Utah, New Jersey, Florida, Idaho, Virginia, Nevada, Washington, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as six international locations.

Contacts

Investors:
(949) 943-8692
HabitIR@habitburger.com

Media:
(949) 943-8691
Media@habitburger.com

Forward-Looking Statements

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, asset impairment and restaurant closure charges and loss on disposal of assets, which are presented as a percentage of restaurant revenue.

    13 Weeks Ended     39 Weeks Ended  
(amounts in thousands except share and per  share data)   September 24, 2019     September 25, 2018     September 24, 2019     September 25, 2018  
Revenue                                                                
Restaurant revenue   $ 116,756       99.5 %   $ 104,124       99.5 %   $ 341,498       99.4 %   $ 297,574       99.4 %
Franchise/license revenue     547       0.5 %     515       0.5 %     1,907       0.6 %     1,865       0.6 %
Total revenue     117,303       100.0 %     104,639       100.0 %     343,405       100.0 %     299,439       100.0 %
Operating expenses                                                                
Restaurant operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization)                                                                
Food and paper costs     35,098       30.1 %     30,992       29.8 %     102,491       30.0 %     89,524       30.1 %
Labor and related expenses     38,572       33.0 %     35,133       33.7 %     114,873       33.6 %     101,122       34.0 %
Occupancy and other operating expenses     23,400       20.0 %     19,436       18.7 %     67,107       19.7 %     53,174       17.9 %
General and administrative expenses     10,462       8.9 %     9,843       9.4 %     31,130       9.1 %     28,590       9.5 %
Exchange related expenses                                         130       0.0 %
Depreciation and amortization expense     7,082       6.1 %     6,348       6.1 %     20,546       6.0 %     17,952       6.0 %
Pre-opening costs     465       0.4 %     658       0.6 %     1,777       0.5 %     2,384       0.8 %
Asset impairment and restaurant closure charges     606       0.5 %     3,082       3.0 %     606       0.2 %     3,082       1.0 %
Loss on disposal of assets     65       0.1 %     46       0.0 %     161       0.0 %     59       0.0 %
Total operating expenses     115,750       98.7 %     105,538       100.9 %     338,691       98.6 %     296,017       98.9 %
Income (loss) from operations     1,553       1.3 %     (899 )     (0.9 )%     4,714       1.4 %     3,422       1.1 %
Other (income) expense                                                                
Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment     394       0.3 %                 394       0.1 %     1,473       0.5 %
Interest (income) expense, net     (79 )     (0.1 )%     272       0.3 %     (178 )     (0.1 )%     749       0.3 %
Income (loss) before income taxes     1,238       1.1 %     (1,171 )     (1.1 )%     4,498       1.3 %     1,200       0.4 %
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     (127 )     (0.1 )%     (307 )     (0.3 )%     684       0.2 %     (1,454 )     (0.5 )%
Net income (loss)     1,365       1.2 %     (864 )     (0.8 )%     3,814       1.1 %     2,654       0.9 %
Less: (net income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests     (327 )     (0.3 )%     244       0.2 %     (980 )     (0.3 )%     (563 )     (0.2 )%
Net income (loss) attributable to The Habit Restaurants, Inc.   $ 1,038       0.9 %   $ (620 )     (0.6 )%   $ 2,834       0.8 %   $ 2,091       0.7 %


Net income (loss) attributable to The Habit Restaurants, Inc. per share Class A common stock:
                                                               
Basic   $ 0.05             $ (0.03 )           $ 0.14             $ 0.10          
Diluted   $ 0.05             $ (0.03 )           $ 0.14             $ 0.10          
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding:                                                                
Basic     20,756,782               20,552,532               20,724,105               20,498,945          
Diluted     20,772,041               20,552,532               20,769,178               20,577,722          
                                                                 

Selected Balance Sheet and Selected Operating Data (unaudited):

                 
Balance Sheet Data   September 24, 2019     December 25, 2018  
(dollar amounts in thousands)                
Balance Sheet Data-Consolidated (at period end):                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 37,011     $ 24,519  
Restricted cash     270       375  
Property and equipment, net(a)     149,856       160,746  
Total assets     471,416       312,606  
Total debt(b)           19,804  
Total stockholders' equity     156,049       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   September 24, 2019     September 25, 2018  
Other Operating Data:                
Total restaurants at end of period     265       242  
Company-operated restaurants at end of period     237       219  
Company-operated comparable restaurant sales(a)     3.1 %     3.6 %
Company-operated average unit volumes   $ 1,890     $ 1,876  
                 
    39 Weeks Ended  
Selected Operating Data   September 24, 2019     September 25, 2018  
Other Operating Data:                
Company-operated comparable restaurant sales(a)     3.4 %     1.2 %
                 

(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     39 Weeks Ended  
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation   September 24,
2019
    September 25,
2018
    September 24,
2019
    September 25,
2018
 
(amounts in thousands)                                
Net income (loss)   $ 1,365     $ (864 )   $ 3,814     $ 2,654  
Non-GAAP adjustments:                                
Provision (benefit) for income taxes     (127 )     (307 )     684       (1,454 )
Interest (income) expense, net     (79 )     272       (178 )     749  
Depreciation and amortization     7,082       6,348       20,546       17,952  
EBITDA     8,241       5,449       24,866       19,901  
Stock-based compensation expense(a)     795       687       2,440       2,025  
Loss on disposal of assets(b)     65       46       161       59  
Pre-opening costs(c)     465       658       1,777       2,384  
Asset impairment and restaurant closure charges(d)     606       3,082       606       3,082  
Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment(e)     394             394       1,473  
Exchange related expenses(f)                       130  
Build to suit accounting under ASC 840(g)           (307 )           (841 )
Franchise revenue for terminated agreements(h)                 (90 )     (501 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 10,566     $ 9,615     $ 30,154     $ 27,712  
                                 

(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) Includes costs related to impairment of long-lived assets at the restaurant level and costs related to closed restaurants. During the 13 weeks ended September 24, 2019, the Company closed three restaurants in the Orlando, Florida market and also decided not to move forward with the development of a restaurant in the same market. The Company recorded restaurant closure charges of $0.6 million during the quarter ended September 24, 2019, consisting primarily of lease termination costs, rent expense related to the closed restaurants, severance and other direct costs related to the closed restaurants. The three closed restaurants had previously been impaired during the 13 weeks ended September 25, 2018, as the Company determined that the carrying value of the three restaurants in the Orlando, Florida market were not recoverable, and as a result, recorded impairment expense of $3.1 million.

(e) 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.

 (f) This category includes costs associated with the exchanges of common units of The Habit Restaurants, LLC (“LLC Units”) for 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”).

(g) 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 Leases in the beginning of 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.

(h) This category includes franchise revenue that was recognized for terminated franchise agreements.

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     39 Weeks Ended  
(dollar amounts in thousands)   September 24,
2019
    September 25,
2018
    September 24,
2019
    September 25,
2018
 
Net income (loss)   $ 1,365     $ (864 )   $ 3,814     $ 2,654  
Exchange related expenses(a)                       130  
Tax Receivable Agreement liability adjustment(b)     394             394       1,473  
Franchise revenue for terminated agreements(c)                 (90 )     (501 )
Asset impairment and restaurant closure charges(d)     606       3,082       606       3,082  
Income tax (benefit) as reported     (127 )     (307 )     684       (1,454 )
Fully distributed pro forma net income before income taxes     2,238       1,911       5,408       5,384  
Income tax expense on fully distributed pro forma income before income taxes(e)     645       503       1,549       1,614  
Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income   $ 1,593     $ 1,408     $ 3,859     $ 3,770  
Adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income per share of Class A common stock:                                
Basic   $ 0.06     $ 0.05     $ 0.15     $ 0.14  
Diluted   $ 0.06     $ 0.05     $ 0.15     $ 0.14  
Weighted average shares of Class A common stock outstanding used in computing adjusted fully distributed pro forma net income per share(f):                                
Basic     26,109,215       26,048,281       26,088,668       26,041,437  
Diluted     26,124,474       26,267,327       26,133,741       26,120,214  
                                 

(a) This category includes costs associated with the exchanges of LLC Units for 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) This category includes franchise revenue that was recognized for terminated franchise agreements.

(d) Includes costs related to impairment of long-lived assets at the restaurant level and costs related to closed restaurants. During the 13 weeks ended September 24, 2019, the Company closed three restaurants in the Orlando, Florida market and also decided not to move forward with the development of a restaurant in the same market. The Company recorded restaurant closure charges of $0.6 million during the quarter ended September 24, 2019, consisting primarily of lease termination costs, rent expense related to the closed restaurants, severance and other direct costs related to the closed restaurants. The three closed restaurants had previously been impaired during the 13 weeks ended September 25, 2018, as the Company determined that the carrying value of the three restaurants in the Orlando, Florida market were not recoverable, and as a result, recorded impairment expense of $3.1 million.

(e) Reflects income tax expense at an effective rate of 28.6% and 30.0% for the 39 weeks ended September 24, 2019 and September 25, 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.

(f) 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 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.

 

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