• Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces First Quarter 2019 Results

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 29 Apr 2019 16:03:00   America/New_York

    LOUISVILLE, Ky., April 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NasdaqGS: TXRH), today announced financial results for the 13 week period ended March 26, 2019. 

     First Quarter
    ($000's) 2019  2018 % Change
    Total revenue$  690,608 $  627,705 10.0%
    Income from operations 60,445  64,871 (6.8%)
    Net income 50,390  54,541 (7.6%)
    Diluted EPS$  0.70 $  0.76 (8.1%)

    Results for the first quarter included the following highlights:

    • Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.2% at company restaurants and 4.3% at domestic franchise restaurants;
    • Restaurant margin, as a percentage of restaurant and other sales, decreased 128 basis points to 17.9%, primarily due to labor costs which increased 118 basis points.  Restaurant margin dollars increased 2.7% to $122.6 million from $119.4 million in the prior year;
    • Diluted earnings per share decreased 8.1% to $0.70 from $0.76 in the prior year primarily due to higher general and administrative expenses and higher depreciation and amortization expense, partially offset by higher restaurant margin dollars; and
    • Four Texas Roadhouse company restaurants were opened and two international franchise restaurants were opened.

    Scott Colosi, President of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., commented, “Our top-line momentum continued this quarter highlighted by comparable restaurant sales growth of 5.2%.  Despite our ongoing sales strength, our profits continue to be pressured by higher labor costs.  Much of the labor increase was driven by wage rate and other labor inflation that currently does not show signs of abating.  As a result, we are updating our labor inflation expectations for 2019.  The additional 1.5% of pricing we put in place at the beginning of the second quarter will provide a significant benefit for the remainder of 2019.  While we are certainly facing some challenges in our business right now, I have no doubt that our brand positioning is stronger than ever.”

    Kent Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., commented, “I am proud of our operators who continue to be committed to actively protecting the guest experience and taking care of our employees in this very competitive labor market.  We will continue to manage our business with a long-term view that includes growing average unit volumes from just over $5.0 million to $6.0 million in the coming years.  We believe this approach, along with the strength of our operations and our legendary brand, well positions our business for long-term sales and profit growth.”

    2019 Outlook

    Comparable restaurant sales at company restaurants for the first four weeks of our second quarter of fiscal 2019 increased approximately 2.9% compared to the prior year period.

    Management updated the following expectation for 2019:

    • Approximately 7.0% to 8.0% growth in total labor dollars per store week.

    Management reiterated the following expectations for 2019:

    • Positive comparable restaurant sales growth including a menu price increase of approximately 1.5% implemented at the beginning of the second quarter;
    • 25 to 30 company restaurant openings, including as many as four Bubba’s 33 restaurants;
    • Commodity cost inflation of approximately 1.0% to 2.0%;
    • An income tax rate of approximately 15.0%; and
    • Total capital expenditures of approximately $210 million to $220 million.

    Non-GAAP Measures

    We prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).  Within our press release, we make reference to restaurant margin (in dollars and as a percentage of sales).  Restaurant margin represents restaurant and other sales less restaurant-level operating costs, including cost of sales, labor, rent and other operating costs.  Restaurant margin should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations.  This non-GAAP measure is not indicative of overall company performance and profitability in that this measure does not accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders due to the nature of the costs excluded.  Restaurant margin is widely regarded as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance.  In calculating restaurant margin, we exclude certain non-restaurant-level costs that support operations, including pre-opening and general and administrative expenses, but do not have a direct impact on restaurant-level operational efficiency and performance.  We also exclude depreciation and amortization expense, substantially all of which relates to restaurant-level assets, as it represents a non-cash charge for the investment in our restaurants.  We also exclude impairment and closure expense as we believe this provides a clearer perspective of ongoing operating performance and a more useful comparison to prior period results.  Restaurant margin as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry.  A reconciliation of income from operations to restaurant margin is included in the accompanying financial tables.

    Conference Call

    Texas Roadhouse is hosting a conference call today, April 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results.  The dial-in number is (877) 699-0953 or (647) 689-5456 for international calls.  A replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call.  To access the replay, please dial (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 for international calls, and use 4384729 as the pass code.  There will be a simultaneous Web cast conducted at www.texasroadhouse.com.

    About the Company

    Texas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today has grown to over 590 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and ten foreign countries.  For more information, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.

    Forward-looking Statements

    Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.  Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of Texas Roadhouse.  Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors including, without limitation, the actual number of restaurants opening; the sales at these and our other company and franchise restaurants; changes in restaurant development or operating costs, such as food and labor; our ability to acquire franchise restaurants; our ability to integrate the franchise restaurants we acquire or other concepts we develop; our ability to continue to generate the necessary cash flows to fund our new restaurant growth, continue our share repurchase program and pay a quarterly cash dividend; strength of consumer spending; pending or future legal claims; breaches of security; conditions beyond our control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting our customers or food supplies; food safety and food-borne illness concerns; acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions.  Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made.  We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.


    Investor Relations
    Tonya Robinson
    (502) 515-7269

    Travis Doster
    (502) 638-5457

    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
    (in thousands, except per share data)
     13 Weeks Ended
     March 26, 2019 March 27, 2018
    Restaurant and other sales$685,117  $622,402 
    Franchise royalties and fees 5,491   5,303 
    Total revenue 690,608   627,705 
    Costs and expenses:    
    Restaurant operating costs (excluding depreciation and amortization shown separately below):    
    Cost of sales 223,712   202,786 
    Labor 223,880   196,030 
    Rent 13,128   11,851 
    Other operating 101,802   92,378 
    Pre-opening 3,868   5,044 
    Depreciation and amortization 27,773   24,484 
    Impairment and closure 17   86 
    General and administrative 35,983   30,175 
    Total costs and expenses 630,163   562,834 
    Income from operations 60,445   64,871 
    Interest income (expense), net 754   (359)
    Equity income from investments in unconsolidated affiliates 113   324 
    Income before taxes 61,312   64,836 
    Provision for income taxes 9,119   8,457 
    Net income including noncontrolling interests 52,193   56,379 
    Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 1,803   1,838 
    Net income attributable to Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and subsidiaries$50,390  $54,541 
    Net income per common share attributable to Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and subsidiaries:    
    Basic$0.70  $0.76 
    Diluted$0.70  $0.76 
    Weighted average shares outstanding:    
    Basic 71,753   71,333 
    Diluted 72,187   71,805 
    Cash dividends declared per share$0.30  $0.25 

    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
    (in thousands)
     March 26, 2019 December 25, 2018
    Cash and cash equivalents$252,107  $210,125 
    Other current assets, net 70,891   134,894 
    Property and equipment, net 971,135   956,676 
    Operating lease right-of-use asset, net 472,122   - 
    Goodwill 123,220   123,220 
    Intangible assets, net 1,711   1,959 
    Other assets 46,764   42,402 
    Total assets$1,937,950  $1,469,276 
    Other current liabilities 362,450   385,142 
    Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion 506,973   - 
    Other liabilities, net 80,380   123,426 
    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and subsidiaries stockholders' equity 973,493   945,569 
    Noncontrolling interests 14,654   15,139 
    Total liabilities and equity$1,937,950  $1,469,276 
    Note:  Beginning in 2019, we adopted Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases, which requires the recognition of an operating lease right-of-use asset and operating lease liability for virtually all leases.

    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
    (in thousands)
     13 Weeks Ended
     March 26, 2019 March 27, 2018
    Cash flows from operating activities:    
    Net income including noncontrolling interests$  52,193   $  56,379 
    Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities    
    Depreciation and amortization   27,773      24,484 
    Share-based compensation expense   9,132      7,475 
    Other noncash adjustments, net   360      4,661 
    Change in working capital   21,957      13,808 
    Net cash provided by operating activities   111,415      106,807 
    Cash flows from investing activities:    
    Capital expenditures - property and equipment   (42,044)     (35,307)
    Acquisition of franchise restaurants, net of cash acquired   -       -  
    Net cash used in investing activities   (42,044)     (35,307)
    Cash flows from financing activities:    
    Dividends paid   (17,904)     (14,945)
    Other financing activities, net   (9,485)     (9,644)
    Net cash used in financing activities   (27,389)     (24,589)
    Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   41,982      46,911 
    Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period   210,125      150,918 
    Cash and cash equivalents - end of period$  252,107   $  197,829 

    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Reconciliation of Income from Operations to Restaurant Margin
    (in thousands)
     13 Weeks Ended
     March 26, 2019 March 27, 2018
    Income from operations$60,445  $64,871 
    Franchise royalties and fees 5,491   5,303 
    Pre-opening 3,868   5,044 
    Depreciation and amortization 27,773   24,484 
    Impairment and closure 17   86 
    General and administrative 35,983   30,175 
    Restaurant margin$122,595  $119,357 
    Restaurant margin (as a percentage of restaurant and other sales) 17.9%  19.2%

    Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
    Supplemental Financial and Operating Information
    ($ amounts in thousands, except weekly sales by group)
     First Quarter Change
     2019 2018 vs LY
    Restaurant openings       
    Company - Texas Roadhouse 4  6 (2 
    Company - Bubba's 33 0  1 (1 
    Company - Other 0  0 0  
    Franchise - Texas Roadhouse - U.S. 0  0 0  
    Franchise - Texas Roadhouse - International 2  2 0  
    Total 6  9 (3 
    Restaurants open at the end of the quarter       
    Company - Texas Roadhouse 468  446 22  
    Company - Bubba's 33 25  21 4  
    Company - Other 2  2 0  
    Franchise - Texas Roadhouse - U.S. 69  70 (1 
    Franchise - Texas Roadhouse - International 24  19 5  
    Total 588  558 30  
    Company restaurants       
    Restaurant and other sales$  685,117 $  622,402   10.1% 
    Store weeks 6,386  6,048   5.6% 
    Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 5.2% 4.9%   
    Texas Roadhouse restaurants only:       
    Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 5.1% 4.9%   
    Average unit volume (2)$  1,418 $  1,356   4.6% 
    Weekly sales by group:     
    Comparable restaurants (429 units)$  109,634      
    Average unit volume restaurants (22 units) (3)$  98,938      
    Restaurants less than 6 months old (17 units)$  113,880      
    Restaurant operating costs (as a % of restaurant and other sales)       
    Cost of sales 32.7% 32.6%  7 bps
    Labor 32.7% 31.5%  118 bps
    Rent 1.9% 1.9%  1 bps
    Other operating 14.9% 14.8%  2 bps
    Total 82.1% 80.8%  128 bps
    Restaurant margin 17.9% 19.2%  (128)bps
    Restaurant margin ($ in thousands)$  122,595 $  119,357   2.7% 
    Restaurant margin $/Store week$  19,197 $  19,735   (2.7)% 
    Franchise restaurants       
    Franchise royalties and fees$  5,491 $  5,303   3.5% 
    Store weeks 1,191  1,139   4.6% 
    Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 2.8% 1.8%   
    U.S. franchise restaurants only:       
    Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 4.3% 3.9%   
    Average unit volume (2)$  1,461 $  1,401   4.3% 
    Pre-opening expense$  3,868 $  5,044   (23.3)% 
    Depreciation and amortization$  27,773 $  24,484   13.4% 
    As a % of revenue 4.0% 3.9%  12 bps
    General and administrative expenses$  35,983 $  30,175   19.2% 
    As a % of revenue 5.2% 4.8%  40 bps

    (1)  Comparable restaurant sales growth reflects the change in year-over-year sales for restaurants open a full 18 months before the beginning of the period measured, excluding sales from restaurants closed during the period.
    (2)  Average unit volume includes sales from Texas Roadhouse restaurants open for a full six months before the beginning of the period measured, excluding any sales at restaurants closed during the period.
    (3)  Average unit volume restaurants include restaurants open a full six and up to 18 months before the beginning of the period measured.
    Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

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