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DineEquity, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced financial results for the third quarter of 2012.

“We are pleased with our results for the third quarter, which was highlighted by the great progress we made against our long-term strategic goals. Earlier this month, we achieved a significant milestone with the completion of our transition to a fully-franchised restaurant system. Our more efficient business model continued to generate strong free cash flow, enabling further debt reduction as we optimize our G&A structure to create additional value for our stockholders,” said Julia A. Stewart, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc. “Our strategy at Applebee’s yielded solid performance in the third quarter, where our revitalization initiatives continue to fuel momentum. We continued the hard work already underway at IHOP to restore same-restaurant sales growth. Most importantly, we have strong alignment with our IHOP franchisees to execute on our plan for improvement.”

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights
  • Total debt was reduced by $167.2 million in the third quarter of 2012 as a result of net cash proceeds and financing obligation reductions from the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants and free cash flow. The Company reduced Term Loan balances by $106.1 million and financing and capital lease obligations by $61.1 million.
  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $18.9 million, representing adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.03 for the third quarter of 2012. This compares to $19.1 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.04, for the same quarter in 2011. The decrease in adjusted earnings was due to, as expected, lower segment profit caused by the execution of our strategy to refranchise Applebee’s company-operated restaurants. This item was partially offset by lower cash interest expense. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.)
  • GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $58.7 million, or earnings per diluted share of $3.14 for the third quarter of 2012, compared to $15.5 million, or earnings per diluted share of $0.85, for the same quarter in 2011. The increase was primarily due to a higher gain on the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants and lower interest expense. These items were partially offset by higher income taxes, an increase in general and administrative expenses, and, as expected, lower segment profit due to the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants.
  • Consolidated general and administrative expenses were $48.7 million for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $38.7 million in the third quarter of 2011. The increase was primarily due to a $9 million non-recurring litigation settlement and net severance charges associated with the Company’s previously announced restructuring initiative to lower general and administrative expenses by approximately $10 million to $12 million on an annualized basis. These items were partially offset by the savings in employee compensation associated with the workforce reduction.
  • Applebee’s company-operated restaurant operating margin was 15.5% for the third quarter of 2012 compared to 14.2% for the same quarter in 2011, an increase of 130 basis points. The increase was primarily due to cessation of depreciation on restaurants held for sale, the refranchising of lower margin company-operated restaurants, and lower advertising expense. These items were partially offset by higher labor expense and commodity inflation.

First Nine Months of 2012 Highlights
  • Total debt was reduced by $255.5 million in the first nine months of 2012 as a result of net cash proceeds and financing obligation reductions from the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants and free cash flow. The Company reduced Term Loan balances by $175.2 million, Senior Notes by $3.6 million, and financing and capital lease obligations by $76.7 million.
  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $62.6 million in the first nine months of 2012, representing adjusted earnings per diluted share of $3.44. This compares to $61.7 million, or adjusted earnings per diluted share of $3.37, for the same period in 2011. The increase in adjusted earnings was due to lower cash interest expense, partially offset by, as expected, lower segment profit due to the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants and lower income taxes. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.)
  • GAAP net income available to common stockholders was $104.3 million in the first nine months of 2012, or earnings per diluted share of $5.66, compared to $43.4 million, or earnings per diluted share of $2.38 for the same period in 2011. The increase was primarily due to a higher gain on the refranchise and sale of Applebee’s company-operated restaurants, lower impairment and closure charges, and lower interest expense. These items were partially offset by higher income tax expense, an increase in general and administrative expenses, and, as expected, lower segment profit due to refranchising.
  • EBITDA was $226.3 million for the first nine months of 2012. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.)
  • For the first nine months of 2012, cash flows from operating activities were $68.1 million, capital expenditures were $13.5 million, and free cash flow was $64.9 million. (See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.)
  • Applebee’s company-operated restaurant operating margin was 16.8% for the first nine months of 2012 compared to 14.4% for the same period in 2011. The increase of 240 basis points was primarily due to lower depreciation expense, improved control of waste, and the refranchising of lower margin company-operated restaurants. These items were partially offset by commodity inflation, new menu related expense, and higher labor expense.

Refranchise and Sale of Applebee’s Company-Operated Restaurants

During the third quarter of 2012, DineEquity completed the sale of 33 and 65 Applebee’s company-operated restaurants to American Franchise Capital, LLC and TSFR Apple Venture, respectively. After-tax net proceeds of approximately $87 million were used to retire debt.

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