Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial ResultsThe following summarizes the Company's results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 compared to the same quarter in the prior year:
- Total revenues increased by 4.5% to $998.4 million versus the same quarter in 2011. This increase was primarily due to increases in customer traffic and modest menu price increases. Traffic increases were driven by menu enhancements and promotions throughout the Company's concepts, innovations and improvements in customer service and a holiday shift, partially offset by unfavorable weather in the Northeast, including the impact of Superstorm Sandy. In addition, traffic benefited from ongoing daypart expansion and additional renovations at Outback Steakhouse restaurants. Restaurant sales also increased due to the addition of 11 new Company-owned restaurants that were not included in the comparable restaurant sales base. This was partially offset by the sale (and franchise conversion) of nine Company-owned Outback Steakhouse restaurants in Japan in October 2011 and the closure of two Company-owned restaurants.
- Blended domestic comparable restaurant sales for Company-owned restaurants grew by 3.5% for the Company's four core concepts. Results for Company-owned restaurants, by concept, were as follows:
|THREE MONTHS ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2012||COMPANY- OWNED|
|Domestic comparable restaurant sales (stores open 18 months or more)|
|Carrabba's Italian Grill||(0.4)%|
|Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar||4.0%|
- The number of weekdays and weekend days in a given reporting period can impact the Company's reported comparable restaurant sales. During the fourth quarter of 2012, there was no material trading day impact on blended domestic comparable restaurant sales for Company-owned restaurants.
- Restaurant level operating margins were 15.4% in the current quarter as compared with 15.6% in the fourth quarter of 2011, or a 20 basis point decrease. This decrease was primarily attributable to increased food costs driven by inflation, additional labor expense associated with increased employee wages for training related to the roll-out of lunch and new restaurant openings and higher occupancy costs. The decrease was mostly offset by increased leveraging of average unit volumes and productivity initiative savings.
- Adjusted operating income margin for the fourth quarter increased 110 basis points to 5.1% as compared to 3.9% in the fourth quarter of 2011. The improvement was driven primarily by lower General and administrative expense and reduced impairment expense, partially offset by a modest decrease in restaurant level operating margin.