Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2011 Results; Board Of Directors Increases Stock Repurchase Authorization To $100 Million And Increases Quarterly Dividend By 12.5%

Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NasdaqGS: TXRH), today announced financial results for the 13 and 52 week periods ended December 27, 2011.
    Fourth Quarter       Year to Date
($000's) 2011   2010   % Change 2011   2010   % Change
 
Total revenue 276,616 244,594 13 1,109,226 1,004,993 10
Income from operations 18,210 15,734 16 95,239 90,617 5
Net income 12,297 10,060 22 63,964 58,289 10
Diluted EPS $0.17 $0.14 28 $0.88 $0.80 11

Results for the fourth quarter included:
  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.6% at all company restaurants and 5.7% at all franchise restaurants;
  • Ten company restaurants opened;
  • Restaurant margins, as a percentage of restaurant sales, decreased 25 basis points to 16.8%;
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 28% to $0.17 from $0.14 in the prior year period;
  • The Company repurchased 968,700 shares of its common stock for a total purchase price of $12.7 million.

Results for the full year included:
  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 4.7% at all company restaurants and 4.3% at all franchise restaurants;
  • 20 company restaurants and one international franchise restaurant opened;
  • Restaurant margins, as a percentage of restaurant sales, decreased 45 basis points to 18.1%;
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 11% to $0.88 from $0.80 in the prior year;
  • The Company repurchased 3,972,100 shares of its common stock for a total purchase price of $59.1 million.

Kent Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, commented, “We are very pleased with our 2011 results and are particularly encouraged that our strong sales trends were driven largely by increased traffic. Despite a challenging consumer environment and continued commodity cost pressures, we reported double-digit revenue and earnings per share growth in 2011, while our strong balance sheet and healthy cash flows enabled us to return $76 million of excess capital to shareholders through share repurchases and quarterly dividend payments.”

Taylor concluded, “For 2012, we have assembled a healthy pipeline of new locations and are on track to open 25 company restaurants. Although we expect to face short-term cost pressures, we remain excited by the ongoing momentum in our top-line and will continue to focus on our long-term brand positioning and growth potential.”

Outlook for 2012

The Company reported that comparable restaurant sales for the first seven weeks of fiscal 2012 increased approximately 6.7% compared to the prior year period. Additionally, the Company announced that it implemented a menu price increase of approximately 2.2% across its restaurants in late January.

The Company estimates that its 2012 diluted earnings per share growth will be up approximately 5% compared to 2011. This range is based, in part, on the following assumptions:
  • Comparable restaurant sales growth of 4% to 5%;
  • 25 company restaurant openings;
  • Food cost inflation of approximately 8%;
  • An income tax rate of 32.5% to 33.0%, an increase of 300 to 350 basis points from 2011 and a 5% impact on diluted earnings per share growth, due to the expiration of certain federal tax credits at the end of 2011; and
  • Total capital expenditures of $80.0 to $85.0 million.

Stock Repurchase Authorization

The Company announced today that on February 16, 2012 its Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program under which it authorized the Company to repurchase up to $100.0 million of its common stock. Any repurchases will be made through open market transactions. The Board of Directors cancelled the previous stock repurchase program, which had no expiration date and $40.9 million remaining as of December 27, 2011.

Cash Dividend Payment

On February 16, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized the payment of a cash dividend of $0.09 per share of common stock. This payment will be distributed on March 30, 2012 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 14, 2012 and represents an increase from the cash dividend of $0.08 per share of common stock declared each quarter in 2011.

Conference Call

The Company is hosting a conference call today, February 21, 2012, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results. The dial-in number is (877) 780-3381 or (719) 457-2631 for international calls. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call. To access the replay, please dial (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international calls, and use 7641890 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 operates over 360 restaurants system-wide in 47 states and one foreign country. 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 the Company. 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, strength of consumer spending, conditions beyond the Company's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Stockholders 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. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
                 
 
13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2011 December 28, 2010 December 27, 2011 December 28, 2010
 
Revenue:
Restaurant sales $ 274,192 $ 242,406 $ 1,099,475 $ 995,988
Franchise royalties and fees   2,424   2,188   9,751   9,005
 
Total revenue   276,616   244,594   1,109,226   1,004,993
 
Costs and expenses:
Restaurant operating costs:
Cost of sales 92,634 79,707 367,385 324,267
Labor 81,682 71,781 326,233 293,022
Rent 5,997 5,475 23,150 21,361
Other operating 47,742 44,052 184,073 172,893
Pre-opening 4,121 2,489 11,534 7,051
Depreciation and amortization 10,985 10,422 42,709 41,283
Impairment and closure 1,142 1,703 1,201 2,005
General and administrative   14,103   13,231   57,702   52,494
 
Total costs and expenses   258,406   228,860   1,013,987   914,376
 
Income from operations 18,210 15,734 95,239 90,617
 
Interest expense, net 637 595 2,413 2,673
Equity income from investments in
unconsolidated affiliates   95   73   366   428
 
Income before taxes 17,668 15,212 93,192 88,372
Provision for income taxes   4,831   4,550   26,765   27,683
 
Net income including noncontrolling interests $ 12,837 $ 10,662 $ 66,427 $ 60,689
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   540   602   2,463   2,400
Net income attributable to Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and subsidiaries $ 12,297 $ 10,060 $ 63,964 $ 58,289
 
Net income per common share attributable to Texas Roadhouse, Inc.
and subsidiaries:
Basic $ 0.18 $ 0.14 $ 0.90 $ 0.82
Diluted $ 0.17 $ 0.14 $ 0.88 $ 0.80
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic   69,214   71,918   70,829   71,432
Diluted   70,463   73,610   72,278   72,929
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
       
 
 
(unaudited)
December 27, 2011 December 28, 2010
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 73,731 $ 82,215
Other current assets 38,243 31,707
Property and equipment, net 497,217 458,983
Goodwill 110,946 111,785
Intangible assets, net 9,042 10,118
Other assets 11,491 7,993
   
Total assets $ 740,670 $ 702,801
 
 

Current maturities of long-term debt and obligations under capital leases
304 274
Other current liabilities 136,068 111,784

Long-term debt and obligations under capital leases, excluding current maturities
61,601 51,906
Other liabilities 46,875 39,455
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and subsidiaries stockholders' equity 491,904 496,616
Noncontrolling interests 3,918 2,766
   
Total liabilities and equity $ 740,670 $ 702,801
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
         
 
52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2011 December 28, 2010
 
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income including noncontrolling interests $ 66,427 $ 60,689
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities
Depreciation and amortization 42,709 41,283
Share-based compensation expense 10,525 7,686
Other noncash adjustments 3,728 5,298
Change in working capital   14,118     4,952  
Net cash provided by operating activities   137,507     119,908  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures - property and equipment (81,758 ) (45,051 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment, including insurance proceeds   188     235  
Net cash used in investing activities   (81,570 )   (44,816 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds (repayments) of revolving credit facility, net 10,000 (49,000 )
Repurchase shares of common stock (59,147 ) -
Dividends paid (17,012 ) -
Other financing activities   1,738     9,265  
Net cash used in financing activities   (64,421 )   (39,735 )
 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (8,484 ) 35,357
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of year   82,215     46,858  
Cash and cash equivalents - end of year $ 73,731   $ 82,215  
Texas Roadhouse, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Supplemental Financial and Operating Information
($ amounts in thousands, except weekly sales by group)
(unaudited)
     
 
Fourth Quarter Change Year to Date Change
2011 2010 vs LY 2011 2010 vs LY
 
Restaurant openings
Company - Texas Roadhouse 10 6 4 20 12 8
Company - Aspen Creek 0 1 (1 ) 0 2 (2 )
Franchise - Texas Roadhouse 0 0 0 1 1 0
Total 10 7 3 21 15 6
 
Restaurant closures
Company - Texas Roadhouse 0 0 0 0 (1 ) 1
Company - Aspen Creek 0 0 0 0 0 0
Franchise - Texas Roadhouse 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 (1 ) 1
 
Restaurants open at the end of the quarter
Company - Texas Roadhouse 291 271 20
Company - Aspen Creek 3 3 0
Franchise - Texas Roadhouse 72 71 1
Total 366 345 21
 
Company-owned restaurants
Restaurant sales $ 274,192 $ 242,406 13.1 % $ 1,099,475 $ 995,988 10.4 %
Store weeks 3,755 3,509 7.0 % 14,573 13,803 5.6 %
Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 5.6 % 3.1 % 4.7 % 2.4 %
Texas Roadhouse restaurants only:
Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 5.6 % 3.1 % 4.8 % 2.4 %
Average unit volume (2) $ 945 $ 895 5.6 % $ 3,917 $ 3,730 5.0 %
Weekly sales by group (3):
Comparable restaurants (262 units) $ 72,662
Average unit volume restaurants (11 units) $ 72,553
Restaurants less than 6 months old (18 units) $ 85,773
 
Restaurant operating costs (as a % of restaurant sales)
Cost of sales 33.8 % 32.9 % 90 bps 33.4 % 32.6 % 86 bps
Labor 29.8 % 29.6 % 18 bps 29.7 % 29.4 % 25 bps
Rent 2.2 % 2.3 % (7 ) bps 2.1 % 2.1 % (4 ) bps
Other operating 17.4 % 18.2 % (76 ) bps 16.7 % 17.4 % (62 ) bps
Total 83.2 % 82.9 % 25 bps 81.9 % 81.5 % 45 bps
 
Restaurant margins (4) 16.8 % 17.1 % (25 ) bps 18.1 % 18.5 % (45 ) bps
 
Franchise-owned restaurants
Franchise royalties and fees $ 2,424 $ 2,188 10.8 % $ 9,751 $ 9,005 8.3 %
Store weeks 936 923 1.4 % 3,709 3,630 2.2 %
Comparable restaurant sales growth (1) 5.7 % 2.9 % 4.3 % 2.5 %
Average unit volume (2) $ 927 $ 881 5.2 % $ 3,831 $ 3,715 3.1 %
 
Pre-opening expense $ 4,121 $ 2,489 65.6 % $ 11,534 $ 7,051 63.6 %
 
Depreciation and amortization $ 10,985 $ 10,422 5.4 % $ 42,709 $ 41,283 3.5 %
As a % of revenue 4.0 % 4.3 % (29 ) bps 3.9 % 4.1 % (26 ) bps
 
General and administrative expenses $ 14,103 $ 13,231 6.6 % $ 57,702 $ 52,494 9.9 %
As a % of revenue 5.1 % 5.4 % (31 ) bps 5.2 % 5.2 % (2 ) bps
(1) Comparable restaurant sales growth includes sales from restaurants open 18 months as of the beginning of the measurement period, excluding sales from restaurants closed during the period.
(2) Average unit volume includes sales from Texas Roadhouse restaurants open six months as of the beginning of the measurement period, excluding sales from restaurants closed during the period.
(3) Weekly sales by group (Texas Roadhouse restaurants only) includes sales from comparable restaurants, sales from average unit restaurants and sales from restaurants which were open less than six months as of the beginning of the measurement period. Average unit volume restaurants includes sales from restaurants open less than 18 months, but more than six months, as of the beginning of the measurement period, excluding sales from restaurants closed during the period.
(4) Restaurant margins represent restaurant sales less restaurant operating costs (as a percentage of restaurant sales).
 
Amounts may not foot due to rounding.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

More from Press Releases

NFL Pushes for Regulation Following Supreme Court's Sports Gambling Ruling

NFL Pushes for Regulation Following Supreme Court's Sports Gambling Ruling

21st Century Fox Scoops Up Local News Stations

21st Century Fox Scoops Up Local News Stations

Walmart CEO: 'We Are Transforming Globally' With Flipkart

Walmart CEO: 'We Are Transforming Globally' With Flipkart

Three-Part FREE Webinar Series

Three-Part FREE Webinar Series

March 24 Full-Day Course Offering: Professional Approach to Trading SPX

March 24 Full-Day Course Offering: Professional Approach to Trading SPX