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Noodles & Company Announces Fourth Quarter And Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Results

Fiscal Year Ended 2013 Financial Results

Revenue Growth of 16.8%

Total revenue increased $50.5 million during fiscal year 2013, or 16.8%, to $350.9 million, compared with $300.4 million in the same period of 2012. This increase was the result of new restaurants opened system-wide since the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2012, in addition to an increase in sales at our comparable base restaurants. Comparable restaurant sales increased 3.4% for company-owned restaurants, 0.6% for franchise restaurants and 3.0% system-wide.

Adjusted Net Income (2) Growth of 30.9%

Adjusted net income increased 30.9% to $12.1 million. GAAP Net income was $6.7 million during fiscal year 2013, compared to net income of $5.2 million in the same period of 2012.

Restaurant contribution margin was 20.7% as a percentage of restaurant revenue during fiscal year 2013, compared with 21.2% in the same period of 2012, due primarily to increases in occupancy and restaurant operating costs as a percentage of revenue.

(2) Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation of US GAAP net income to adjusted net income is included in the accompanying financial data. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

2014 Outlook

For 2014, management expects the following:

  • 42 to 50 new company-owned restaurant openings, reflecting 13% to 16% unit growth
  • 10 to 15 new franchise restaurant openings, reflecting 16% to 24% unit growth
  • 2.5% to 3.0% comparable restaurant sales growth
  • Total revenue between $406 million and $412 million
  • Approximately 25% adjusted diluted earnings per share growth
  • An estimated tax rate between 39% and 40%

Key Definitions:

Comparable Restaurant Sales represent year-over-year sales comparisons for restaurants open for at least 18 full periods.

Restaurant Contribution Margin represents restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs which are costs of sales, labor, occupancy and other restaurant operating costs.

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before interest expense, debt extinguishment expense, provision for income taxes, asset disposals, closure costs and restaurant impairments, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, management fees, IPO related expenses and follow-on offering expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because: (i) management believes it is a useful measure for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses and asset disposals, closure costs and restaurant impairments and (ii) management uses it internally as a benchmark for certain of our cash incentive plans and to evaluate our operating performance or compare performance to that of the competitors. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Adjusted Net Income represents net income plus: i) a net savings in interest expense as a result of the pay down of debt using IPO proceeds, ii) IPO related expenses, iii) follow-on offering expenses, iv) pre-IPO management fees v) the tax impact of follow-on offering expenses and other miscellaneous tax items; less: i) estimated incremental costs of being a public company and ii) the tax effects of these adjustments. Adjusted net income is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding the Company's performance excluding the impact of the IPO and other special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters and expected in future quarters. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.

Conference Call

Noodles & Company will host a conference call to discuss the fourth quarter financial results on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time.

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