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Feb 22, 2018

Bloomin' Brands Announces 2017 Q4 Diluted EPS of $0.17 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.41

Bloomin' Brands Announces 2017 Q4 Diluted EPS of $0.17 and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.41; Q4 Comparable Restaurant Sales Growth of 4.7% at Outback With Positive Traffic of 4.3%; Q4 Combined U.S. Comparable Restaurant Sales Growth of 3.3% With Positive Traffic of 1.8%; Provides 2018 Financial Outlook

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Bloomin' Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLMN) today reported results for the fourth quarter 2017 ("Q4 2017") and fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 ("Fiscal Year 2017") compared to the fourth quarter 2016 ("Q4 2016") and fiscal year ended December 25, 2016 ("Fiscal Year 2016").  In 2017, the fourth quarter and fiscal year included an additional operating week ("53rd week") compared to Fiscal Year 2016.

Highlights for Q4 2017 include the following:

  • Comparable restaurant sales were up 4.7% at U.S. Outback Steakhouse with traffic up 4.3%(1);
  • Combined U.S. comparable restaurant sales were up 3.3% with traffic up 1.8%(1);
  • Comparable restaurant sales were up 4.9% for Outback Steakhouse in Brazil; and
  • Opened seven new restaurants, including four in international markets.

Highlights for Fiscal Year 2017 include the following:

  • Comparable restaurant sales were up 1.8% at U.S. Outback Steakhouse with traffic up 0.3%(1);
  • Combined U.S. comparable restaurant sales were up 0.5% with traffic down 1.3%(1);
  • Comparable restaurant sales were up 6.3% for Outback Steakhouse in Brazil;
  • Opened 31 new restaurants, including 23 in international markets; and
  • Repurchased 13.8 million shares of common stock for a total of $273 million.
           

(1)

For Q4 2017, comparable restaurant sales compare the 14 weeks from September 25, 2017 through December 31, 2017 to the 14 weeks from  September 26, 2016 through January 1, 2017.  For Fiscal Year 2017, comparable restaurant sales compare the 53 weeks from December 26, 2016 through December 31, 2017 to the 53 weeks from December 28, 2015 through January 1, 2017.

 

Diluted EPS and Adjusted Diluted EPS

The following table reconciles Diluted earnings (loss) per share to Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the periods as indicated below.

 

Q4

     

FISCAL YEAR

   
 

2017

 

2016

 

CHANGE

 

2017

 

2016

 

CHANGE

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.17

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

0.21

   

$

1.01

   

$

0.37

   

$

0.64

 

Adjustments

0.24

   

0.33

   

(0.09)

   

0.35

   

0.88

   

(0.53)

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.41

   

$

0.29

   

$

0.12

   

$

1.36

   

$

1.25

   

$

0.11

 
                       
                       
                         

See Non-GAAP Measures later in this release.

                   

 

CEO Comments

"By all measures the fourth quarter was an excellent finish to 2017 for Bloomin' Brands," said Liz Smith, CEO. "Outback's Q4 sales and traffic performance were well ahead of the industry, and reflect the ongoing impact of our investments in the customer experience.  We are pleased with how our brands are performing so far in early 2018, particularly at Outback where momentum continues."

 

Fourth Quarter Financial Results

       
           

(dollars in millions)

Q4 2017

 

Q4 2016

 

CHANGE

Total revenues

$

1,087.6

   

$

1,004.1

   

8.3

%

           

U.S. GAAP restaurant-level operating margin

16.3

%

 

15.2

%

 

1.1

%

Adjusted restaurant-level operating margin (1)

16.3

%

 

15.1

%

 

1.2

%

           

U.S. GAAP operating income margin

2.9

%

 

(0.4)

%

 

3.3

%

Adjusted operating income margin (1)

5.3

%

 

5.5

%

 

(0.2)

%

                 
                   

(1) See Non-GAAP Measures later in this release.

             

 

  • The increase in total revenues was primarily due to $80.4 million of revenues from the 53rd week of 2017, higher comparable restaurant sales and an increase in franchise and other revenues, partially offset by decreases from refranchising internationally and domestically and the net impact of restaurant closures and new restaurant openings.
  • The increase in U.S. GAAP operating income margin was primarily due to: (i) the impact of the 53rd week in 2017, (ii) net year-over-year impact of closure and restructuring initiatives, (iii) the impact of certain cost savings initiatives and (iv) lower advertising expense. These increases were partially offset by increases in incentive compensation expense and higher labor costs.
  • The largest contributor to our decline in Q4 2017 adjusted operating income margin was an increase in incentive compensation expense driven by improved sales and profit performance. In Q4 2017, we recorded $15.3 million of incentive compensation expense as compared to a $9.0 million reversal of incentive compensation expense in Q4 2016, resulting in a $24.3 million dollar change in year-over-year incentive compensation expense.

 

Fourth Quarter Comparable Restaurant Sales(1)

     

FOURTEEN WEEKS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

COMPANY-OWNED

Comparable restaurant sales (stores open 18 months or more):

   

U.S.

   

Outback Steakhouse

 

4.7

%

Carrabba's Italian Grill

 

1.3

%

Bonefish Grill

 

0.6

%

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

 

3.1

%

Combined U.S.

 

3.3

%

     

International

   

Outback Steakhouse - Brazil

 

4.9

%

       
               

(1)

For Q4 2017, comparable restaurant sales compare the 14 weeks from September 25, 2017 through December 31, 2017 to the 14 weeks from  September 26, 2016 through January 1, 2017.

 

Dividend Declaration and Share Repurchases

In February 2018, our Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.09 per share to be paid on March 14, 2018 to all stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 5, 2018.

On April 21, 2017, our Board of Directors approved a $250 million share repurchase program. As of February 16, 2018, we had $55 million remaining under this authorization. On February 16, 2018, our Board of Directors canceled the remaining authorization and approved a new $150.0 million authorization. This authorization will expire on August 16, 2019.

Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook

The following table presents our expectations for selected fiscal 2018 financial reporting and operating results.  Please note the following as it relates to these expectations:

  • Fiscal Year 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share growth is expected to be approximately 11% to 16%, excluding the 53rd week that was included in the 2017 financial results. The 53rd week was estimated to have positively impacted Fiscal Year 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share by approximately $0.11.
  • We are in the process of finalizing the anticipated financial impact from the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard. The Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook currently excludes the impact of this new standard.
  • The adoption of the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017" is expected to improve our adjusted effective income tax rate by approximately 8% to 9% relative to Fiscal Year 2017. We intend to reinvest approximately 50% of our tax savings into additional field compensation, enhancements to our health and 401(k) benefits, as well as leadership development and other training programs for our employees.

 

Financial Results:

 

Current Outlook

U.S. GAAP diluted earnings per share (1)

 

$1.28 to $1.35

     

Adjusted diluted earnings per share (1)

 

$1.38 to $1.45

     

U.S. GAAP effective income tax rate(1)

 

9% to 10%

     

Adjusted effective income tax rate(1)

 

11% to 12%

     

Other Selected Financial Data:

   

Combined U.S. comparable restaurant sales (2)

 

1% to 2%

     

Commodity inflation

 

3.0% to 3.5%

     

Capital expenditures

 

Approx. $200M

     

Number of new system-wide restaurants

 

Approx. 20

     
       

(1) The primary difference between our U.S. GAAP outlook and our adjusted outlook for both diluted earnings per share and effective income tax rate is driven by anticipated adjustments in connection with our relocation and store closure initiatives.

(2) Combined U.S. comparable restaurant sales outlook is based on a comparable calendar basis. For 2018, this will compare the 52 weeks from January 1, 2018 through December 30, 2018 to the 52 weeks from January 2, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

The following table is a reconciliation of our 2018 adjusted diluted earnings per share outlook. In this table we have removed the impact of the 53rd week from 2017 results to improve comparability.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share outlook reconciliation

 

2017

 

2018 Outlook

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

 

$1.36

 

$1.38 to $1.45

Impact of 53rd week on adjusted diluted earnings per share

 

 Approx. (0.11)

 

-

Adjusted diluted earnings per share on a 52 week basis

 

$1.25

 

$1.38 to $1.45

Year-over-year growth %

     

Approx. 11% to 16%

The following table provides a comparison of the calendar days included in our 2018 calendar as compared to 2017.  The dates are provided by quarter and for the full year on both a Fiscal Calendar Basis and on a Comparable Calendar Basis.

We will report our financial statements for 2018 on a Fiscal Calendar Basis.  Due to the 53rd week in Fiscal 2017, our financial statement comparisons will be 1 week different year over year.  We expect the largest impacts from this shift to occur in Q1 2018 as well as Q4 2018.

We will report our comparable restaurant sales on a Comparable Calendar Basis.  We believe this will provide the most accurate assessment of our comparable restaurant sales results.

 

Fiscal and Comparable Calendar Calculation Dates

Fiscal Calendar Basis

Comparable Calendar Basis

   

       Q1

January 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

January 1, 2018 - April 1, 2018

vs.

vs.

December 26, 2016 - March 26, 2017

January 2, 2017 - April 2, 2017

   

      Q2

April 2, 2018 - July 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 - July 1, 2018

vs.

vs.

March 27, 2017 - June 25, 2017

April 3, 2017 - July 2, 2017

   

       Q3

July 2, 2018 - September 30, 2018

July 2, 2018 - September 30, 2018

vs.

vs.

June 26, 2017 - September 24, 2017

July 3, 2017 - October 1, 2017

   

       Q4

October 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018

October 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018

vs.

vs.

September 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017

October 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017

   

       Total Year

January 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018

January 1, 2018 - December 30, 2018

vs.

vs.

December 26, 2016 - December 31, 2017

January 2, 2017 - December 31, 2017

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today, February 22nd at 9:00 AM ET. The conference call can be accessed live over the telephone by dialing (877) 407-9039 or (201) 689-8470 for international participants. A replay will be available beginning two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 or (412) 317-6671 for international callers. The replay will be available through Thursday, March 1, 2018. The conference ID for the live call and replay is 13675820. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at http://www.bloominbrands.com under the Investors section. A replay of this webcast will be available on the Company's website after the call.

Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP, this press release and related tables include certain non-GAAP measures, which present operating results on an adjusted basis. These are supplemental measures of performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and include the following: (i) Adjusted restaurant-level operating margin, (ii) Adjusted income from operations and the corresponding margin, (iii) Adjusted net income, (iv) Adjusted diluted earnings per share, (v) Adjusted segment restaurant-level operating margin and (vi) Adjusted segment income from operations and the corresponding margin.

We believe that our use of non-GAAP financial measures permits investors to assess the operating performance of our business relative to our performance based on U.S. GAAP results and relative to other companies within the restaurant industry by isolating the effects of certain items that may vary from period to period without correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. However, our inclusion of these adjusted measures should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or infrequent items or that the items for which we have made adjustments are unusual or infrequent or will not recur. We believe that the disclosure of these non-GAAP measures is useful to investors as they form part of the basis for how our management team and Board of Directors evaluate our operating performance, allocate resources and administer employee incentive plans.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not intended to replace U.S. GAAP financial measures, and they are not necessarily standardized or comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. We maintain internal guidelines with respect to the types of adjustments we include in our non-GAAP measures. These guidelines endeavor to differentiate between types of gains and expenses that are reflective of our core operations in a period, and those that may vary from period to period without correlation to our core performance in that period. However, implementation of these guidelines necessarily involves the application of judgment, and the treatment of any items not directly addressed by, or changes to, our guidelines will be considered by our disclosure committee. You should refer to the reconciliations of non-GAAP measures in tables four, five and six included later in this release for descriptions of the actual adjustments made in the current period and the corresponding prior period.

As previously announced, based on a review of our non-GAAP presentations, we determined that, commencing with our results for the first fiscal quarter of 2017, when presenting non-GAAP measures, we will no longer adjust for expenses incurred in connection with our remodel program or intangible amortization recorded as a result of the acquisition of our Brazil operations. We recast historical comparable periods to conform to the revised presentation.

In this release, we have also included forward-looking non-GAAP information under the caption "Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook". This relates to our current expectations for fiscal year 2018 adjusted diluted EPS and adjusted effective income tax rate. We have also provided information with respect to our expectations for the corresponding GAAP measures.

The differences between our disclosed GAAP and non-GAAP expectations are described to the extent practicable under "Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook". However, in addition to the general cautionary language regarding all forward-looking statements included elsewhere in this release, we note that, because the items we adjust for in our non-GAAP measures may vary from period to period without correlation to our core performance, they are by nature more difficult to predict and estimate, so additional adjustments may occur in the remainder of the fiscal year and they may significantly impact our GAAP results.

 

About Bloomin' Brands, Inc.

Bloomin' Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated restaurant concepts. The Company has four founder-inspired brands: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba's Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The Company operates approximately 1,500 restaurants in 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 19 countries, some of which are franchise locations. For more information, please visit www.bloominbrands.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein, including statements under the headings "CEO Comments" and "Fiscal 2018 Financial Outlook" are not based on historical fact and are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable securities laws. Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as "guidance," "believes," "estimates," "anticipates," "expects," "on track," "feels," "forecasts," "seeks," "projects," "intends," "plans," "may," "will," "should," "could," "would" and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: consumer reaction to public health and food safety issues; competition; increases in labor costs; government actions and policies; increases in unemployment rates and taxes; local, regional, national and international economic conditions; consumer confidence and spending patterns; price and availability of commodities; challenges associated with our expansion, remodeling and relocation plans; interruption or breach of our systems or loss of consumer or employee information; political, social and legal conditions in international markets and their effects on foreign operations and foreign currency exchange rates; our ability to preserve the value of and grow our brands; the seasonality of the Company's business; weather, acts of God and other disasters; changes in patterns of consumer traffic, consumer tastes and dietary habits; the effectiveness of our strategic actions; the cost and availability of credit; interest rate changes; compliance with debt covenants and the Company's ability to make debt payments and planned investments; and our ability to continue to pay dividends and repurchase shares of our common stock. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of the Company and its forward-looking statements is included in its most recent Form 10-K and subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as may be required by law. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. All forward-looking statements are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.

Note: Numerical figures included in this release have been subject to rounding adjustments.

 

TABLE ONE

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

FOURTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

(in thousands, except per share data)

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

Revenues

             

Restaurant sales

$

1,075,361

   

$

996,680

   

$

4,168,658

   

$

4,226,057

 

Franchise and other revenues

12,281

   

7,469

   

44,688

   

26,255

 

Total revenues

1,087,642

   

1,004,149

   

4,213,346

   

4,252,312

 

Costs and expenses

             

Cost of sales

332,600

   

310,674

   

1,317,110

   

1,354,853

 

Labor and other related

312,013

   

289,258

   

1,219,593

   

1,211,250

 

Other restaurant operating

255,627

   

244,968

   

978,984

   

992,157

 

Depreciation and amortization

49,803

   

48,632

   

192,282

   

193,838

 

General and administrative

91,897

   

59,318

   

306,956

   

267,981

 

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings

14,076

   

55,444

   

52,329

   

104,627

 

Total costs and expenses

1,056,016

   

1,008,294

   

4,067,254

   

4,124,706

 

Income (loss) from operations

31,626

   

(4,145)

   

146,092

   

127,606

 

Loss on defeasance, extinguishment and modification of debt

(809)

   

   

(1,069)

   

(26,998)

 

Other income (expense), net

151

   

(450)

   

14,912

   

1,609

 

Interest expense, net

(12,003)

   

(12,332)

   

(41,392)

   

(45,726)

 

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

18,965

   

(16,927)

   

118,543

   

56,491

 

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

1,705

   

(14,228)

   

15,985

   

10,144

 

Net income (loss)

17,260

   

(2,699)

   

102,558

   

46,347

 

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

893

   

1,584

   

2,315

   

4,599

 

Net income (loss) attributable to Bloomin' Brands

$

16,367

   

$

(4,283)

   

$

100,243

   

$

41,748

 
               

Earnings (loss) per share:

             

Basic

$

0.18

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

1.04

   

$

0.37

 

Diluted

$

0.17

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

1.01

   

$

0.37

 
               

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

             

Basic

91,427

   

104,867

   

96,365

   

111,381

 

Diluted

94,721

   

104,867

   

99,707

   

114,311

 
               

Cash dividends declared per common share

$

0.08

   

$

0.07

   

$

0.32

   

$

0.28

 
 

 

TABLE TWO

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

SEGMENT RESULTS

(UNAUDITED)

(dollars in thousands)

FOURTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

U.S. Segment

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

Revenues

             

Restaurant sales

$

960,096

   

$

895,816

   

$

3,718,261

   

$

3,777,907

 

Franchise and other revenues

8,803

   

4,827

   

32,698

   

19,402

 

Total revenues

$

968,899

   

$

900,643

   

$

3,750,959

   

$

3,797,309

 

Restaurant-level operating margin

16.2

%

 

14.5

%

 

15.1

%

 

15.4

%

Income from operations

$

93,107

   

$

17,929

   

$

297,260

   

$

286,683

 

Operating income margin

9.6

%

 

2.0

%

 

7.9

%

 

7.5

%

International Segment

             

Revenues

             

Restaurant sales

$

115,265

   

$

100,864

   

$

450,397

   

$

448,150

 

Franchise and other revenues

3,478

   

2,642

   

11,990

   

6,853

 

Total revenues

$

118,743

   

$

103,506

   

$

462,387

   

$

455,003

 

Restaurant-level operating margin

20.5

%

 

21.6

%

 

20.6

%

 

18.8

%

Income (loss) from operations

$

1,993

   

$

8,993

   

$

28,916

   

$

(5,954)

 

Operating income (loss) margin

1.7

%

 

8.7

%

 

6.3

%

 

(1.3)

%

Reconciliation of Segment Income (Loss) from
Operations to Consolidated Income from (Loss)
Operations

             

Segment income (loss) from operations

             

U.S.

$

93,107

   

$

17,929

   

$

297,260

   

$

286,683

 

International

1,993

   

8,993

   

28,916

   

(5,954)

 

Total segment income from operations

95,100

   

26,922

   

326,176

   

280,729

 

Unallocated corporate operating expense

(63,474)

   

(31,067)

   

(180,084)

   

(153,123)

 

Total income (loss) from operations

$

31,626

   

$

(4,145)

   

$

146,092

   

$

127,606

 

 

TABLE THREE

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

SUPPLEMENTAL BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands)

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

Cash and cash equivalents (1)

$

128,263

   

$

127,176

 

Net working capital (deficit) (2)

$

(500,654)

   

$

(432,889)

 

Total assets

$

2,572,907

   

$

2,642,279

 

Total debt, net

$

1,118,104

   

$

1,089,485

 

Total stockholders' equity (3)

$

49,471

   

$

195,353

 

Common stock outstanding (3)

91,913

   

103,922

 
           
           

(1) Excludes restricted cash.

(2) The Company has, and in the future may continue to have, negative working capital balances (as is common for many restaurant companies). The Company operates successfully with negative working capital because cash collected on Restaurant sales is typically received before payment is due on its current liabilities, and its inventory turnover rates require relatively low investment in inventories. Additionally, ongoing cash flows from restaurant operations and gift card sales are used to service debt obligations and to make capital expenditures.

(3) During the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, we repurchased 13.8 million shares of our outstanding common stock.

 

 

TABLE FOUR

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC

RESTAURANT-LEVEL OPERATING MARGIN NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(UNAUDITED)

 

FOURTEEN WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED

 

(UNFAVORABLE)
FAVORABLE CHANGE
IN ADJUSTED

 

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

Consolidated:

U.S. GAAP

 

ADJUSTED

 

U.S. GAAP

 

ADJUSTED (1)

 

QUARTER TO DATE

Restaurant sales

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

   
                   

Cost of sales

30.9

%

 

30.9

%

 

31.2

%

 

31.2

%

 

0.3

%

Labor and other related

29.0

%

 

29.0

%

 

29.0

%

 

29.0

%

 

%

Other restaurant operating

23.8

%

 

23.8

%

 

24.6

%

 

24.7

%

 

0.9

%

                   

Restaurant-level operating margin (2)

16.3

%

 

16.3

%

 

15.2

%

 

15.1

%

 

1.2

%

                   

Segments:

                 

Restaurant-level operating margin - U.S. (2)

16.2

%

 

16.2

%

 

14.5

%

 

14.4

%

 

1.8

%

Restaurant-level operating margin - International (2)

20.5

%

 

20.5

%

 

21.6

%

 

21.5

%

 

(1.0)

%

                   
 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

 

(UNFAVORABLE) FAVORABLE CHANGE IN ADJUSTED

 

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

Consolidated:

U.S. GAAP

 

ADJUSTED (3)

 

U.S. GAAP

 

ADJUSTED (1)

 

YEAR TO DATE

Restaurant sales

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

 

100.0

%

   
                   

Cost of sales

31.6

%

 

31.6

%

 

32.1

%

 

32.1

%

 

0.5

%

Labor and other related

29.3

%

 

29.3

%

 

28.7

%

 

28.7

%

 

(0.6)

%

Other restaurant operating

23.5

%

 

23.6

%

 

23.5

%

 

23.6

%

 

%

                   

Restaurant-level operating margin (2)

15.7

%

 

15.5

%

 

15.8

%

 

15.7

%

 

(0.2)

%

                   

Segments:

                 

Restaurant-level operating margin - U.S. (2)

15.1

%

 

14.9

%

 

15.4

%

 

15.4

%

 

(0.5)

%

Restaurant-level operating margin - International (2)

20.6

%

 

20.6

%

 

18.8

%

 

18.7

%

 

1.9

%

                             
                             
         

(1) Includes adjustments for the reversal of $3.2 million and $5.8 million of deferred rent liabilities for the thirteen weeks and fiscal year
ended December 25, 2016, respectively, related to approved closure initiatives, partially offset by $2.3 million in both periods of legal
settlement costs related to the Sears matter, recorded in Other restaurant operating, within the U.S segment. Also includes adjustments
for the reversal of $0.1 million of deferred rent liabilities for the thirteen weeks ended December 25, 2016 related to approved closure
initiatives, recorded in Other restaurant operating within the International segment and losses of $0.3 million on the sale of certain
properties related to our sale-leaseback initiative for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2016, recorded in Other restaurant operating,
within the U.S. segment.

       

(2) The following categories of our revenue and operating expenses are not included in restaurant-level operating margin because we do
not consider them reflective of operating performance at the restaurant-level within a period:

       

      (i) Franchise and other revenues, which are earned primarily from franchise royalties and other non-food and beverage revenue 
          streams, such as rental and sublease income.

       

      (ii) Depreciation and amortization which, although substantially all of which is related to restaurant-level assets, represent
           historical sunk costs rather than cash outlays for the restaurants.

       

     (iii) General and administrative expense which includes primarily non-restaurant-level costs associated with support of the
           restaurants and other activities at our corporate offices.

       

     (iv) Asset impairment charges and restaurant closing costs which are not reflective of ongoing restaurant performance in a period.

       

(3) Includes adjustments for the write-off of $5.7 million of deferred rent liabilities associated with approved closure initiatives and our relocation program, recorded in Other restaurant operating, within the U.S. segment.

       

 

TABLE FIVE

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS, NET INCOME (LOSS) AND DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE NON-GAAP
RECONCILIATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

 

FOURTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

(in thousands, except per share data)

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

 

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

Income (loss) from operations

$

31,626

   

$

(4,145)

   

$

146,092

   

$

127,606

 

Operating income (loss) margin

2.9

%

 

(0.4)%

   

3.5

%

 

3.0

%

Adjustments:

             

Severance (1)

9,991

   

3,591

   

11,006

   

5,463

 

Asset impairments and related costs (2)

8,431

   

1,449

   

18,997

   

44,680

 

Restaurant relocations and related costs (3)

4,438

   

6,924

   

12,539

   

8,971

 

Restaurant impairments and closing costs (4)

2,845

   

44,371

   

23,770

   

45,806

 

Legal and contingent matters (5)

553

   

2,340

   

553

   

2,340

 

Transaction-related expenses (6)

   

397

   

1,447

   

1,910

 

Total income (loss) from operations adjustments

26,258

   

59,072

   

68,312

   

109,170

 

Adjusted income from operations

$

57,884

   

$

54,927

   

$

214,404

   

$

236,776

 

Adjusted operating income margin

5.3

%

 

5.5

%

 

5.1

%

 

5.6

%

               

Net income (loss) attributable to Bloomin' Brands

$

16,367

   

$

(4,283)

   

$

100,243

   

$

41,748

 

Adjustments:

             

Income from operations adjustments

26,258

   

59,072

   

68,312

   

109,170

 

Loss on defeasance, extinguishment and modification of
debt (7)

809

   

   

1,069

   

26,998

 

Loss (gain) on disposal of business and other costs (8)

   

452

   

(14,854)

   

(1,632)

 

Total adjustments, before income taxes

27,067

   

59,524

   

54,527

   

134,536

 

Adjustment to provision for income taxes (9)

(4,867)

   

(23,718)

   

(18,885)

   

(33,100)

 

Net adjustments

22,200

   

35,806

   

35,642

   

101,436

 

Adjusted net income

$

38,567

   

$

31,523

   

$

135,885

   

$

143,184

 
               

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

0.17

   

$

(0.04)

   

$

1.01

   

$

0.37

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.41

   

$

0.29

   

$

1.36

   

$

1.25

 
               

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

91,427

   

104,867

   

96,365

   

111,381

 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding (10)

94,721

   

107,696

   

99,707

   

114,311

 
                   
                     

(1) Relates to severance expense incurred as a result of: (i) restructuring events in 2017 and 2016 and (ii) the relocation of our Fleming's
     operations center to the corporate home office in 2016.

(2) Represents asset impairment charges and related costs primarily associated with: (i) our China subsidiary in 2017, (ii) the
     remeasurement of certain surplus properties currently leased to the owners of our former restaurant concepts in 2017, (iii) our Puerto
     Rico subsidiary in 2016 and (iv) the decision to sell Outback Steakhouse South Korea in 2016.

(3) Represents asset impairment charges and accelerated depreciation incurred in connection with our relocation program.

(4) Represents expenses incurred primarily for approved closure and restructuring initiatives.

(5) Represents fees and expenses related to certain legal and contingent matters, including the Sears litigation.

(6) Relates primarily to the following: (i) professional fees related to certain income tax items in which the associated tax benefit is
     adjusted in Adjustments to provision for income taxes in 2017, as described in footnote 9 to this table and (ii) costs incurred in
     connection with our sale-leaseback initiative.

(7) Relates to: (i) the refinancing of our Senior Secured Credit Facility and modification of our Credit Agreement in 2017 and (ii)
     amendment of the PRP Mortgage loan and defeasance of the 2012 CMBS loan in 2016.

(8) Primarily relates to: (i) gains on the sale of 55 U.S. Company-owned restaurants in 2017, (ii) expenses related to certain surplus
     properties in 2017 and (iii) a gain on the refranchising of Outback Steakhouse South Korea during 2016.

(9) Includes the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act ($1.9 million), other discretionary tax adjustments and the income tax effect of non-
     GAAP adjustments.

(10) Due to the GAAP net loss, the effect of dilutive securities was excluded from the calculation of GAAP diluted (loss) earnings per
     share for the thirteen weeks ended December 25, 2016. For adjusted diluted earnings per share, the calculation includes dilutive shares
     of 2,829 for the thirteen weeks ended December 25, 2016.

Following is a summary of the financial statement line item classification of the net income adjustments:

 

FOURTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

(dollars in thousands)

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

 

DECEMBER 31,
2017

 

DECEMBER 25,
2016

Other restaurant operating

$

(214)

   

$

(1,123)

   

$

(5,695)

   

$

(3,206)

 

Depreciation and amortization

1,603

   

1,088

   

6,712

   

3,464

 

General and administrative

11,714

   

3,998

   

17,123

   

7,956

 

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings

13,155

   

55,109

   

50,172

   

100,956

 

Loss on defeasance, extinguishment and modification of debt

809

   

   

1,069

   

26,998

 

Other income (expense), net

   

452

   

(14,854)

   

(1,632)

 

Provision for income taxes

(4,867)

   

(23,718)

   

(18,885)

   

(33,100)

 

Net adjustments

$

22,200

   

$

35,806

   

$

35,642

   

$

101,436

 

 

TABLE SIX

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

SEGMENT INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION

(UNAUDITED)

U.S. Segment

FOURTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED

 

FISCAL YEAR ENDED

(dollars in thousands)

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

 

DECEMBER 31, 2017

 

DECEMBER 25, 2016

Income from operations

$

93,107

   

$

17,929

   

$

297,260

   

$

286,683

 

Operating income margin

9.6

%

 

2.0

%

 

7.9

%

 

7.5

%

Adjustments:

             

Restaurant relocations and related costs (1)

4,438

   

6,924

   

12,539

   

8,971

 

Restaurant impairments and closing costs (2)

2,030

   

43,599

   

21,300

   

45,138

 

Asset impairments and related costs (3)

371

   

252

   

10,937

   

3,459

 

Legal and contingent matters (4)

   

2,340

   

   

2,340

 

Transaction-related expenses (5)

   

314

   

347

   

989

 

Severance (6)

   

   

   

1,276

 

Adjusted income from operations

$

99,946

   

$

71,358

   

$

342,383

   

$

348,856

 

Adjusted operating income margin

10.3

%

 

7.9

%

 

9.1

%

 

9.2

%

               

International Segment

             

(dollars in thousands)

             

Income (loss) from operations

$

1,993

   

$

8,993

   

$

28,916

   

$

(5,954)

 

Operating income (loss) margin

1.7

%

 

8.7

%

 

6.3

%

 

(1.3)

%

Adjustments:

             

Asset impairments and related costs (7)

8,060

   

1,198

   

8,060

   

41,221

 

Severance (7)

920

   

   

1,210

   

 

Restaurant impairments and closing costs (2)

815

   

771

   

2,470

   

668

 

Transaction-related expenses

   

   

   

161

 

Adjusted income from operations

$

11,788

   

$

10,962

   

$

40,656

   

$

36,096

 

Adjusted operating income margin

9.9

%

 

10.6

%

 

8.8

%

 

7.9

%

                       
                         

(1) Represents asset impairment charges and accelerated depreciation incurred in connection with our relocation program.

(2) Represents expenses incurred primarily for approved closure and restructuring initiatives.

(3) Represents asset impairment charges and related costs primarily associated with: (i) the remeasurement of certain surplus properties
     in 2017 and (ii) our Puerto Rico subsidiary in 2016.

 

(4) Represents fees and expenses related to certain legal and contingent matters, including the Sears litigation.

(5) Represents costs incurred in connection with our sale-leaseback initiative.

(6) Relates primarily to the relocation of our Fleming's operations center to the corporate home office.

(7) Represents asset impairment charges, severance and related costs primarily associated with: (i) our China subsidiary in 2017 and (ii)
     the decision to sell Outback Steakhouse South Korea in 2016.

 

 

TABLE SEVEN

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

COMPARATIVE RESTAURANT INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

Number of restaurants (at end of the period):

SEPTEMBER 24,
2017

 

OPENINGS

 

CLOSURES

 

DECEMBER 31,
2017

U.S.

             

Outback Steakhouse

             

Company-owned

584

 

1

 

 

585

Franchised

156

 

 

(1)

 

155

Total

740

 

1

 

(1)

 

740

Carrabba's Italian Grill

             

Company-owned

226

 

 

(1)

 

225

Franchised

3

 

 

 

3

Total

229

 

 

(1)

 

228

Bonefish Grill

             

Company-owned

195

 

 

(1)

 

194

Franchised

7

 

 

 

7

Total

202

 

 

(1)

 

201

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

             

Company-owned

68

 

1

 

 

69

Express

             

Company-owned

1

 

1

 

 

2

U.S. Total

1,240

 

3

 

(3)

 

1,240

International

             

Company-owned

             

Outback Steakhouse—Brazil (1)

87

 

 

 

87

Other

36

 

3

 

(2)

 

37

Franchised

             

Outback Steakhouse - South Korea

74

 

1

 

(3)

 

72

Other

54

 

 

(1)

 

53

International Total

251

 

4

 

(6)

 

249

System-wide total

1,491

 

7

 

(9)

 

1,489

 
                         

(1) The restaurant counts for Brazil are reported as of August 31, 2017 and November 30, 2017 to correspond with the balance sheet
     dates of this subsidiary.

 

 

TABLE EIGHT

BLOOMIN' BRANDS, INC.

COMPARABLE RESTAURANT SALES INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

 

Q4

 

FISCAL YEAR

 

2017 (1)

 

2016

 

2017 (1)

 

2016

Year over year percentage change:

                   

Comparable restaurant sales (stores open 18 months or more) (2):

                     

U.S.

                     

Outback Steakhouse

4.7

%

 

(4.8)

%

 

1.8

%

 

(2.3)

%

Carrabba's Italian Grill

1.3

%

 

(2.3)

%

 

(1.2)

%

 

(2.7)

%

Bonefish Grill

0.6

%

 

(1.9)

%

 

(1.7)

%

 

(0.5)

%

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

3.1

%

 

0.2

%

 

(0.4)

%

 

(0.2)

%

Combined U.S.

3.3

%

 

(3.5)

%

 

0.5

%

 

(1.9)

%

International

                     

Outback Steakhouse - Brazil (3)

4.9

%

 

6.1

%

 

6.3

%

 

6.7

%

                       

Traffic:

                     

U.S.

                     

Outback Steakhouse

4.3

%

 

(7.7)

%

 

0.3

%

 

(5.7)

%

Carrabba's Italian Grill

(3.3)

%

 

(3.8)

%

 

(4.2)

%

 

(2.7)

%

Bonefish Grill

(0.7)

%

 

(5.2)

%

 

(2.8)

%

 

(3.7)

%

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

(2.5)

%

 

(2.9)

%

 

(5.5)

%

 

(2.2)

%

Combined U.S.

1.8

%

 

(6.4)

%

 

(1.3)

%

 

(4.7)

%

International

                     

Outback Steakhouse - Brazil

(0.4)

%

 

0.4

%

 

(0.2)

%

 

0.2

%

                       

Average check per person increases (4):

                     

U.S.

                     

Outback Steakhouse

0.4

%

 

2.9

%

 

1.5

%

 

3.4

%

Carrabba's Italian Grill

4.6

%

 

1.5

%

 

3.0

%

 

%

Bonefish Grill

1.3

%

 

3.3

%

 

1.1

%

 

3.2

%

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

5.6

%

 

3.1

%

 

5.1

%

 

2.0

%

Combined U.S.

1.5

%

 

2.9

%

 

1.8

%

 

2.8

%

International

                     

Outback Steakhouse - Brazil

5.0

%

 

5.7

%

 

6.3

%

 

6.5

%

                             
   

(1)

Q4 2017 and Fiscal Year 2017 comparable restaurant sales are reported on a 14-week and 53-week basis, respectively.

(2)

Comparable restaurant sales exclude the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency rates. Relocated international restaurants closed more than 30 days and relocated U.S. restaurants closed more than 60 days are excluded from comparable restaurant sales until at least 18 months after reopening.

(3)

Includes trading day impact from calendar period reporting.

(4)

Average check per person increases include the impact of menu pricing changes, product mix and discounts.

 

Mark Graff
Vice President, IR & Finance
(813) 830-5311

 

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