Arcos Dorados Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc.(NYSE: ARCO) (“Arcos Dorados” or the “Company”), Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee, today reported unaudited results for the fourth quarter and audited results for the full year ended December 31, 2012.

Full Year 2012 Highlights
  • Revenues increased by 3.8% year-over-year to US$ 3,797.4 million, or by 14.2% on an organic basis, as high single-digit comparable sales growth and revenues from new restaurants offset reported revenues lowered by the depreciation of local currencies versus the US dollar
  • Systemwide comparable sales increased by 9.2% year-over-year
  • 130 gross new restaurants opened in 2012. Capital expenditures for the year totaled US$ 294.5 million and contributed to the overall restaurant count of 1,948
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 improved versus the prior year, increasing 0.2% to US$ 340.6 million, or 1.2% on an organic basis
  • Net income was largely unchanged at US$ 114.3 million versus US$ 115.5 million one year ago

Fourth Quarter 2012 Highlights
  • Revenues increased by 5.3% year-over-year to US$ 1,009.7 million or by 13.8% on an organic basis, as strong comparable and new restaurant sales growth outweighed local currency depreciation
  • Systemwide comparable sales increased by 8.6% year-over-year, driven by average check growth
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased by 6.7% to US$ 111.6 million, including special items. Excluding currency translation and special items, Adjusted EBITDA was 4.7% higher year-over-year, despite a continued weak consumption environment in Brazil
  • Net income was US$ 44.2 million compared to US$46.2 million one year ago

“Arcos Dorados’ ability to achieve high single-digit comparable sales growth in 2012 despite negligible economic expansion in our largest market underscores the strength of our brand, operational excellence and our earnings potential as Brazilian consumption recovers. In a soft market environment, we distinguished ourselves through promotional strategies of our iconic products and innovative offerings which resulted in double-digit organic revenue growth and solid market share. The opening of 130 new restaurants in 2012 will drive future earnings by capitalizing on a rapidly growing consumer base with a preference for convenience and away-from-home dining options in Latin America.”

“We expect double-digit top line growth in 2013 as a strong marketing calendar and the largest product portfolio drive traffic and expand market share. The efficiency improvements we achieved in 2012 will remain a key focus throughout the organization in 2013.”

“Our near 30-year history in the region equips our strong leadership teams with tested marketing strategies and operational expertise that have been honed in tough economic environments. As one of the world’s most iconic brands in an underpenetrated region, the underlying strength and long-term prospects of our business remain indisputable,” said Woods Staton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Arcos Dorados.

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results Consolidated



Financial Highlights (Million US$)
  Special   Currency   Organic      
4Q11 Items Translation Growth 4Q12 % As
    (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (a+b+c+d)   Reported   % Organic
Total Restaurants 1,840 1,948
Sales by Company-operated Restaurants 917.6 (78.1 ) 125.7 965.1 5.2 % 13.7 %
Revenues from franchised restaurants   40.9         (3.4 )   7.0     44.5     8.8 %   17.0 %
Total Revenues   958.5         (81.5 )   132.6     1,009.7     5.3 %   13.8 %
Comparable Sales                       8.6 %    
Adjusted EBITDA   104.6     11.1     (9.0 )   4.9     111.6     6.7 %   4.7 %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 10.9 % 11.1 % 1.3 %
Net Income attributable to AD 46.2 3.5 (3.9 ) (1.7 ) 44.2 -4.3 % -3.6 %
No. of shares outstanding ('000)   209,529                 209,529          
EPS ($ per share)   0.22                 0.21          

(4Q12 = 4Q11 + Special items + Currency translation + Organic growth)

To better discern underlying business trends, this release uses non-GAAP financial measures that segregate year-over-year growth into three categories: (i) currency translation, (ii) special items and (iii) organic growth. (i) Currency translation reflects the impact on growth of the appreciation or depreciation of the local currencies in which we conduct our business against the US dollar (the currency in which our financial statements are prepared). (ii) Special items include the impact of CAD related awards and other events that management does not consider part of the underlying performance of the business. (iii) Organic growth reflects the underlying growth of the business excluding the effect from currency translation and special items. Management believes organic growth better reflects the underlying growth from the ongoing activities of our business and provides improved comparability of results.

Arcos Dorados’ fourth quarter revenues increased by 5.3% to US$ 1,009.7 million, as organic revenue growth of 13.8% was offset by depreciation of local currencies, mainly in Brazil and SLAD. Strong organic revenues were driven by systemwide comparable sales growth of 8.6% and US$ 57.3 million in constant currency from the net addition of 108 restaurants during the last 12-month period. Brazil and SLAD were strong contributors to revenue growth, with both reporting double-digit increases in organic revenues.

Systemwide comparable sales growth was driven by average check growth. Promotions in the Company’s value platform designed to stimulate traffic outperformed those of the prior-year period. The Happy Meal promotion during the fourth quarter, including the Pokemon properties performed well. In the fourth quarter, the Company also held its annual McDonald’s 5K-Women Run. With over 60,000 participants, it is the biggest woman’s run in Latin America.

Adjusted EBITDA (US$ million) Breakdown of main variations contributing to 4Q12 Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was US$ 111.6 million, a 6.7% increase compared to the same period of 2011. Adjusting for special items and currency impact, organic adjusted EBITDA grew by 4.7%.

Special items in both periods consisted of:
  • A gain of US$ 12.0 million in 4Q12 from the recovery of Brazilian tax credits mainly related to certain input costs in prior years
  • A gain of US$ 5.3 million in 4Q11 related to rebates from Venezuelan suppliers
  • A gain in 4Q12 of US$ 1.2 million related to the royalty waiver for Venezuela
  • A charge in 4Q11 of US$ 9.2 million related to the Brazil CIDE tax charge on royalty payments related to prior quarters in 2011
  • A net charge in 4Q12 related to the CAD incentive plan (including the hedging) of US$ 1.7 million. This compares with a gain of US$ 4.4 million in 4Q11

The Adjusted EBITDA margin as a percentage of total revenues increased by 14 basis points to 11.1% year-over-year in the quarter. With the exception of SLAD, the remaining divisions posted improved margins versus the previous year. In addition, organic G&A (constant currency and excluding special items) as a percentage of revenues decreased for the third consecutive quarter compared to the year-ago period.

Net income attributable to the Company was US$ 44.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to US$ 46.2 million in the same period of 2011. The result reflects stable operating results and a decline in income taxes, which was more than offset by lower non-operating results.

Non-operating Results

Non-operating results reflected stable overall funding costs (interest expense plus loss from derivative instruments) despite higher debt levels, as a result of the restructuring process carried out during the last twelve months (please refer to prior releases). Other non-operating results decreased in 4Q12 when compared to 4Q11. This primarily reflects a gain recorded in 2011 related to the monetary actualization of certain tax credits in Brazil.

Income tax expense for the quarter totaled US$ 15.7 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 26.2% for the quarter compared to 30.5% in the year-ago period. This lower effective tax rate was primarily the result of the reduction of certain valuation allowances over deferred tax assets in 4Q12.

The Company reported basic earnings per share (EPS) of US$ 0.21 in the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to US$ 0.22 in the previous corresponding period.

Brazil Division

Financial Highlights (Million US$)
  Special   Currency   Organic      
4Q11 Items Translation Growth 4Q12 % As
    (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (a+b+c+d)   Reported   % Organic
Total Restaurants 662 731 10.4 %
Comparable Sales 6.3 %
Revenues   491.1         (69.7 )   61.7     483.1     -1.6 %   12.6 %
Adjusted EBITDA   80.3     21.2     (10.2 )   (9.0 )   82.3     2.6 %   -11.2 %

Brazil revenues declined by 1.6% mainly due to a higher average exchange rate as compared to the previous year’s fourth quarter. Excluding the 14.4% average devaluation of the Real, organic revenues grew by 12.6%, driven by systemwide comparable sales growth of 6.3% in the quarter. The overall Brazilian consumption environment remained sluggish. In response, the Company defended traffic through the inclusion of iconic products such as the Big Mac and the addition of the new Gran Verano (“Grand Summer”) sandwich on the GPPP value platform.

The net addition of 69 restaurants during the last 12-month period contributed US$34.8 million to revenues in constant currency during the quarter. The openings brought the year-end restaurant total to 731.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 2.6% in the fourth quarter 2012. Special items in the quarter included a charge in 4Q11 related the accrual of CIDE tax corresponding to the first nine months of 2011, and the recovery of tax credits from prior periods in 4Q12. Excluding currency translation and special items, the impact of the Real devaluation over dollar denominated costs and higher operating costs resulted in an 11.2% decline in organic Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter.

NOLAD Division

Financial Highlights (Million US$)
  Special   Currency   Organic      
4Q11 Items Translation Growth 4Q12 % As
    (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (a+b+c+d)   Reported   % Organic
Total Restaurants 484 503 3.9 %
Comparable Sales 0.5 %
Revenues   89.8         3.4     8.3     101.5     13.0 %   9.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA   4.7     -     0.3     4.1     9.1     92.5 %   87.1 %

NOLAD’s (Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica) revenues grew by 13.0% or 9.2% on an organic basis, year-over-year. Modest systemwide comparable sales growth of 0.5%, reflected increased competition. Additionally, the net addition of 19 restaurants during the last 12-month period contributed US$ 8.5 million to revenues in constant currency. Restaurant openings were mainly focused on Costa Rica and Panama.

Adjusted EBITDA almost doubled year-over-year to US$ 9.1 million from US$ 4.7 million in the previous corresponding period. On an organic basis, growth was 87.1%. F&P efficiencies together with G&A leverage, among other efficiencies, resulted in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.0% in the quarter.


SLAD Division

Financial Highlights (Million US$)
  Special   Currency   Organic      
4Q11 Items Translation Growth 4Q12 % As
    (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (a+b+c+d)   Reported   % Organic
Total Restaurants 547 575 5.1 %
Comparable Sales 16.4 %
Revenues   309.9         (14.4 )   59.6     355.1     14.6 %   19.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA   42.2     (4.0 )   (2.0 )   9.4     45.6     7.9 %   22.2 %

SLAD’s (Argentina, Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Perú, Ecuador, and Uruguay) revenues grew by 14.6% and 19.2% on an organic basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Systemwide comparable sales increased by 16.4% and the net addition of 28 restaurants during the last 12-month period contributed US$ 13.5 million to revenues in constant currency in the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA increased by 7.9% versus the prior year, reaching a margin of 12.8%. Special items included temporary royalty relief in Venezuela amounting to US$1.2 million in 4Q12, and rebates from certain suppliers in 4Q11 amounting to US$ 5.3 million. Adjusted EBITDA rose by 22.2% on an organic basis driven by higher revenues, which were partly offset by increased payroll costs as a percentage of sales.


Caribbean Division

Financial Highlights (Million US$)
  Special   Currency   Organic      
4Q11 Items Translation Growth 4Q12 % As
    (a)   (b)   (c)   (d)   (a+b+c+d)   Reported   % Organic
Total Restaurants 147 139 -5.4 %
Comparable Sales 3.1 %
Revenues   67.7         (0.8 )   3.0     69.9     3.3 %   4.4 %
Adjusted EBITDA   1.4     -     (0.1 )   2.3     3.7     152.2 %   156.8 %

The Caribbean division (Puerto Rico, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Aruba, Curaçao, French Guiana, Trinidad & Tobago, and the US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix) reported revenue growth of 3.3% and on an organic basis revenues increased by 4.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. Systemwide comparable sales increased by 3.1%, with a strong contribution from the combined beverage business (CBB) launched in 2012. The increased participation of Everyday Value Meals also benefited comparable sales along with the successful marketing campaigns for premium products such as the CBO and McRib.

Adjusted EBITDA grew by US$2.2 million and reached US$3.7 million for the 4Q12. The Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 310 basis points to 5.2% of revenues, mainly driven by efficiencies in F&P, payroll as well as G&A leverage.


New Unit Development
Total Restaurants (eop) Dec. ‘12   Sept. ‘12   June ‘12   March ‘12   Dec ‘11
Brazil 731   691   677   666   662
NOLAD 503 496 492 490 484
SLAD 575 556 553 548 547
Caribbean 139   137   136   139   147
TOTAL 1,948   1,880   1,858   1,843   1,840
LTM Net Openings 108   103   91   86   85

*Considers company-operated and franchised restaurants at period-end

The Company completed 130 gross openings for the twelve months ended December 31, 2012. The openings brought the year-end total to 1,948 restaurants, 1,952 Dessert Centers, and 334 McCafe’s. As is characteristic of the industry, the openings were concentrated at the end of the year.

Of the new restaurants opened throughout the region, more than half were within Brazil, which remains the Company’s highest potential market. As of the year-end, approximately 75% of Arcos Dorados’ restaurants were Company operated.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were US$ 184.9 million at December 31, 2012. The Company’s total financial debt (including derivative instruments) was US$ 659.8 million, which included US$ 306.8 million corresponding to the accounting balance of the 2019 USD Notes and R$ 675 million (equivalent to US$ 331.9 million) related to the BRL 2016 Notes. Net debt was US$ 474.9 million and the Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA ratio was 1.4 at December 31, 2012.

Cash generated from operating activities was US$ 100.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. During the quarter, capital expenditures amounted to US$ 123.3 million.

Full Year 2012

For the full year ended December 31, 2012, the Company’s revenues grew by 3.8% to US$ 3,797.4 million. Revenues in constant currency increased by 14.2%. Systemwide comparable sales grew by 9.2% and included a 19.9% increase in SLAD and a 5.2% rise in the Brazil division, along with positive growth in the remaining divisions. Adjusted EBITDA was stable year-over-year, increasing by 0.2% to US$ 340.6 million. On an organic basis, Adjusted EBITDA increased by 1.2%. Excluding currency translation effects and special items, organic Adjusted EBITDA margins reflected improvements in SLAD, NOLAD the Caribbean division and overall G&A leverage. These improvements were mostly offset by lower results in the Brazil division. This is mainly explained by (i) the weak consumer environment throughout 2012, (ii) higher payroll as a percentage of sales resulting from the government mandated minimum wage increase of 13.8% and (iii) the impact over dollar denominated costs stemming from the 16.5% average currency devaluation.

Special items impacting the year-over-year change in Adjusted EBITDA consisted of:
        FY12   FY11   Variation
Recovery of Brazilian tax credits (a)       12.0   -   12.0
Gain -Rebates Venezuela suppliers - 5.3 (5.3)
Royalty waiver for Venezuela 5.0 - 5.0
CADs net gain (expense) (b)       11.6   (8.8)   20.4
Total       28.6   (3.5)   32.1

(a)  Mainly related to certain input costs in prior years.

(b)  Compensation expense net of hedging in 2012.

Consolidated net income for the year 2012 amounted to US$ 114.3 million, reflecting a modest 1.0% decline from US$ 115.5 million in the year-ago period. The effective tax rate was 28.8% in 2012, compared to 27.8% in 2011.

Additionally, total capital expenditures amounted to US$ 294.5 million for the year.

Quarter Highlights & Recent Developments

Guidance 2013The Company’s outlook for full year 2013 growth with respect to 2012 is based on organic growth (constant currency and excluding special items in both years)
Revenue Growth       + 15% - 18%
Adjusted EBITDA Growth + 8% - 10%
Effective Tax Rate 33% - 35%
Capital Expenditures (MUS$) $ 280 million
Restaurant openings (Gross)       Approximately 140

Consolidated adjusted EBITDA growth is expected to be mainly affected by the Venezuela operation, given the recent devaluation along with the elimination of the SITME exchange rate and its consequent impact on F&P costs.

Additionally, the Company is advancing with its openings plan for the year and has developed a strong pipeline of attractive growth opportunities in key locations.

DividendOn December 26, 2012, the Company paid the fourth installment of its 2012 Dividends. The total amount paid was US$ 12.5 million or US$ 0.0597 per share on outstanding Class A and Class B shares, thus completing a total payment for the year of US$ 50.0 million or US$ 0.24 per share for the full year 2012.

Brazil tax recovery - PIS/COFINSDuring the fourth quarter the Company recorded an operating gain of US$ 12.8 million. PIS COFINS recovery refers to tax credits on certain input costs and expenses that are associated to a company’s core business. The gain mainly relates to credits taken as a result of recent interpretation of the Brazilian tax “PIS COFINS” laws based on the latest court and administrative decisions, which indicate the Company can recognize tax credits for the reduction of the PIS/COFINS debts calculated on its revenues.

Reorganization of DivisionsStarting January 1 st, the Company reorganized its South Latin America Division (SLAD) & Caribbean division, and shifted Colombia and Venezuela from SLAD to join the Caribbean division. The divisional headquarters are now based in Bogota, Colombia, and will serve to further promote the country’s significant growth potential.

The restructured divisions are comprised of the following countries:
  • Caribbean: Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Caribbean Islands
  • SLAD: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Perú, and Uruguay

Juan Carlos Paba has been appointed Divisional President of the Caribbean division. Mr Paba most recently served as Director of the Andean region (Colombia, Perú, Ecuador & Venezuela). José Fernandez will remain Divisional President of SLAD.

The Company will report the results of the revised structure starting in the first quarter of fiscal year 2013.

Marcelo Rabach was appointed President of the North Latin America Division. Mr Rabach most recently served as Vice President of Operations Development, and was previously the Divisional President of Brazil. He replaces Roberto Ortiz, who is retiring from the Company after a distinguished career.

Venezuela Currency DevaluationOn February 8, 2013, the Venezuelan government announced the devaluation of its official exchange rate from VEF 4.30 to VEF 6.30 per US$ 1.00. At the same time, the foreign currency exchange system (SITME) of VEF 5.30 per US$1.00, which the Company used to translate transactions and monetary balances denominated in local currency for reporting purposes, was in fact eliminated. Based on the announced rate of VEF 6.30, the Company estimates a one-time non-operating pre-tax loss of approximately US$14 million in 1Q13. The announced devaluation did not impact the Company’s fiscal year 2012 results. (Please refer to financial statements for a detailed explanation)

The Company believes it is well equipped to face challenging conditions in the Venezuela market and focus on its customers’ needs. The Company is closely monitoring the environment.

Annual General Shareholders MeetingOn March 6, 2013, the Board set the date for the Company’s Annual General Shareholders’ Meeting. The AGM will be held on April 25, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. (local time), to all shareholders as of record on March 19, 2013.


Systemwide comparable sales growth refers to the change, measured in constant currency, in our Company-operated and franchised restaurant sales in one period from a comparable period for restaurants that have been open for thirteen months or longer. While sales by our franchisees are not recorded as revenues by us, we believe the information is important in understanding our financial performance because these sales are the basis on which we calculate and record franchised revenues, and are indicative of the financial health of our franchisee base.

Constant currency basis refers to amounts calculated using the same exchange rate over the periods under comparison to remove the effects of currency fluctuations from this trend analysis.

About Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises 1,948 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 90,000 employees serving approximately 4.3 million customers a day, as of December 2012. Recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America, Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO). To learn more about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our website:

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein include statements about the Company’s business prospects, its ability to attract customers, its affordable platform, its expectation for revenue generation and its outlook for 2013. These statements are subject to the general risks inherent in Arcos Dorados' business. These expectations may or may not be realized. Some of these expectations may be based upon assumptions or judgments that prove to be incorrect. In addition, Arcos Dorados' business and operations involve numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Arcos Dorados, which could result in Arcos Dorados' expectations not being realized or otherwise materially affect the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of Arcos Dorados. Additional information relating to the uncertainties affecting Arcos Dorados' business is contained in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and Arcos Dorados does not undertake any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any obligation to) update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date such statements were made, or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with the general accepted accounting principles (GAAP), within this press release and the accompanying tables, we use a financial measure titled ‘Adjusted EBITDA’. We use Adjusted EBITDA to facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as our operating income plus depreciation and amortization plus/minus the following losses/gains included within other operating expenses, net and within general and administrative expenses in our statement of income: compensation expense related to a special award granted to our chief executive officer, incremental compensation expense related to our 2008 long-term incentive plan, gains from sale of property and equipment, write-off of property and equipment, contract termination losses, and impairment of long-lived assets and goodwill, and stock-based compensation and bonuses incurred in connection with the Company’s initial public listing.
Fourth quarter 2012 Consolidated Results
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)    

For Three-Months ended
December 31,
2012   2011
Sales by Company-operated restaurants 965,142 917,568
Revenues from franchised restaurants   44,535     40,932  
Total Revenues   1,009,677     958,500  
Company-operated restaurant expenses:
Food and paper (333,338 ) (307,798 )
Payroll and employee benefits (198,094 ) (184,201 )
Occupancy and other operating expenses (258,633 ) (233,103 )
Royalty fees (47,948 ) (44,713 )
Franchised restaurants - occupancy expenses (14,860 ) (13,751 )
General and administrative expenses (85,414 ) (81,066 )
Other operating income (expenses), net   8,705     (14,061 )
Total operating costs and expenses   (929,582 )   (878,693 )
Operating income   80,095     79,807  
Net interest expense (14 ) (12,554 )
Gain (loss) from derivative instruments 146 (1,687 )
Foreign currency exchange results (5,349 ) (4,881 )
Other non-operating (expenses) income, net   (396 )   5,470  
Income before income taxes   60,000     66,155  
Income tax expense   (15,703 )   (20,181 )
Net income   44,297     45,974  
(Less) Plus: Net (income) loss attributable to non-controlling interests   (76 )   248  
Net income attributable to Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.   44,221     46,222  
Earnings per share information ($ per share):    
Basic net income per common share $ 0.21   $ 0.22  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding-Basic   209,529,412     209,529,412  
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Operating income 80,095 79,807
Depreciation and amortization 27,022 19,759
Other operating items excluded from EBITDA computation   4,490     5,016  
Adjusted EBITDA   111,607     104,582  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin as % of total revenues 11.1 % 10.9 %
Twelve Months 2012 Consolidated Results
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)    

For Twelve-Months ended
December 31,
2012   2011
Sales by Company-operated restaurants 3,634,371 3,504,128
Revenues from franchised restaurants   163,023     153,521  
Total Revenues   3,797,394     3,657,649  
Company-operated restaurant expenses:
Food and paper (1,269,146 ) (1,216,141 )
Payroll and employee benefits (753,120 ) (701,278 )
Occupancy and other operating expenses (984,004 ) (918,102 )
Royalty fees (180,547 ) (170,400 )
Franchised restaurants - occupancy expenses (56,057 ) (51,396 )
General and administrative expenses (314,619 ) (334,914 )
Other operating expenses, net   (3,261 )   (14,665 )
Total operating costs and expenses   (3,560,754 )   (3,406,896 )
Operating income   236,640     250,753  
Net interest expense (54,247 ) (60,749 )
Loss from derivative instruments (891 ) (9,237 )
Foreign currency exchange results (18,420 ) (23,926 )
Other non-operating (expenses) income, net   (2,119 )   3,562  
Income before income taxes   160,963     160,403  
Income tax expense   (46,375 )   (44,603 )
Net income   114,588     115,800  
Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interests   (256 )   (271 )
Net income attributable to Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.   114,332     115,529  
Earnings per share information ($ per share):    
Basic net income per common $ 0.55   $ 0.54  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding-Basic   209,529,412     215,420,271  
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Operating income 236,640 250,753
Depreciation and amortization 92,328 68,971
Other operating items excluded from EBITDA computation   11,593     20,064  
Adjusted EBITDA   340,561     339,788  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin as % of total revenues 9.0 % 9.3 %

Fourth quarter and Twelve months 2012 Results by Division

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)
Three-Months ended   % Incr.   Constant Twelve-Months ended   % Incr.   Constant
December 31, / Curr. December 31, / Curr.
2012   2011   (Decr.)   Incr/(Decr) % 2012   2011   (Decr.)   Incr/(Decr) %

Brazil 483,102 491,078 -1.6 % 12.6 % 1,797,556 1,890,824 -4.9 % 11.0 %
Caribbean 69,920 67,682 3.3 % 4.4 % 273,467 267,701 2.2 % 4.7 %
NOLAD 101,528 89,841 13.0 % 9.2 % 384,041 355,265 8.1 % 11.7 %
SLAD 355,127   309,899   14.6 %   19.2 % 1,342,330   1,143,859   17.4 %   22.6 %
TOTAL 1,009,677   958,500   5.3 %   13.8 % 3,797,394   3,657,649   3.8 %   14.2 %

Operating Income
Brazil 69,683 71,829 -3.0 % 10.8 % 193,339 246,926 -21.7 % -9.3 %
Caribbean -1,696 -4,307 60.6 % 61.7 % -5,020 -5,244 4.3 % 14.9 %
NOLAD -3,568 -2,852 -25.1 % -11.7 % -5,557 -8,709 36.2 % 26.3 %
SLAD 36,065 36,136 0.2 % 5.1 % 120,536 99,813 20.8 % 27.8 %
Corporate and Other -20,389   -20,999   2.9 %   -10.0 % -66,658   -82,033   18.7 %   7.4 %
TOTAL 80,095   79,807   0.4 %   12.3 % 236,640   250,753   -5.6 %   5.5 %

Adjusted EBITDA
Brazil 82,318 80,271 2.6 % 17.2 % 240,954 289,462 -16.8 % -3.4 %
Caribbean 3,655 1,449 152.2 % 156.8 % 12,345 9,493 30.0 % 38.0 %
NOLAD 9,091 4,722 92.5 % 87.1 % 26,738 19,551 36.8 % 36.6 %
SLAD 45,591 42,246 7.9 % 12.6 % 150,520 121,475 23.9 % 30.3 %
Corporate and Other -29,048   -24,106   -20.5 %   -32.7 % -89,996   -100,193   10.2 %   0.2 %
TOTAL 111,607   104,582   6.7 %   16.8 % 340,561   339,788   0.2 %   11.1 %

Average Exchange Rate per Quarter



4Q12 2.06 12.95 4.8
4Q11   1.8   13.65   4.26  
Local $ per 1 US$

Summarized Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. Dollars)

December 31,

December 31,


Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 184,851 176,301
Accounts and notes receivable, net 105,019 93,862
Other current assets (1) 311,628 318,451
Total current assets 601,498 588,614

Non-current assets
Property and equipment, net 1,176,350 1,023,180
Net intangible assets and goodwill 67,271 58,419
Deferred income taxes 133,708 142,848
Other non-current assets (2) 70,336 62,345
Total non-current assets   1,447,665     1,286,792  
Total assets   2,049,163     1,875,406  

Current liabilities
Accounts payable 244,365 220,941
Taxes payable (3) 125,713 138,989
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 150,690 146,721
Other current liabilities (4) 50,845 35,030
Provision for contingencies 507 41,959
Financial debt (5) 6,154 5,652
Total current liabilities 578,274 589,292
Non-current liabilities
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 40,115 52,065
Provision for contingencies 20,092 23,077
Financial debt (5) 655,365 526,693
Deferred income taxes 9,007 4,650
Total non-current liabilities   724,579     606,485  
Total liabilities   1,302,853     1,195,777  
Class A shares of common stock 351,654 351,654
Class B shares of common stock 132,915 132,915
Additional paid-in capital 18,634 5,734
Retained earnings 400,761 336,707
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (158,821 )   (148,389 )
Total Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc shareholders’ equity   745,143     678,621  
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries   1,167     1,008  
Total equity   746,310     679,629  
Total liabilities and equity   2,049,163     1,875,406  

(1) Includes "Other receivables", "Inventories", "Prepaid expenses and other current assets", "Derivative instruments", "Deferred income taxes" and "McDonald’s Corporation’s indemnification for contingencies ".(2) Includes "Miscellaneous", "Collateral deposits" and "McDonald´s Corporation´ indemnification for contingencies".(3) Includes "Income taxes payable" and "Other taxes payable".(4) Includes "Royalties payable to McDonald´s Corporation" and "Interest payable".(5) Includes "Short-term debt", "Long-term debt" and "Derivative instruments"
Consolidated Financial Ratios
(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except ratios)
As of As of

December 31,
December 31,
2012   2011
Cash & cash equivalents 184,851 176,301

Total Financial Debt (i)
659,788 532,345

Net Financial Debt (ii)
474,937 356,044

Total Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio
1.9 1.6
Net Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio 1.4 1.0

(i) Total financial debt includes short-term debt, long-term debt and derivative instruments (including the asset portion of derivatives amounting to $1,731 as a reduction of financial debt in 2012).

(ii) Total financial debt less cash and cash equivalents.

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