Potbelly Corporation Reports Results for Third Fiscal Quarter 2016

CHICAGO, Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ:PBPB) today reported financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended September 25, 2016.

Key highlights for the thirteen weeks ended September 25, 2016 compared to the thirteen weeks ended September 27, 2015 include:
  • Total revenues increased 8.1% to $103.8 million from $96.0 million.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales increased 0.6%.
  • Eight new shops opened, including six company-operated shops and two franchised shops.
  • GAAP net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation increased 28.1% to $1.8 million from net income of $1.4 million. GAAP diluted EPS increased 40.0% to $0.07 from $0.05.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation increased 37.8% to $3.0 million from adjusted net income of $2.2 million. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 50.0% to $0.12 from $0.08.
  • EBITDA increased 7.8% to $8.4 million from $7.8 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.1% to $12.0 million from $10.8 million.

Key highlights for the thirty-nine weeks ended September 25, 2016 compared to the thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2015 include:
  • Total revenues increased 9.7% to $304.8 million from $277.8 million.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales increased 1.9%.
  • Twenty-two new shops opened, including fifteen company-operated shops and seven franchised shops.
  • GAAP net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation increased 42.4% to $6.3 million from net income of $4.4 million. GAAP diluted EPS increased 60.0% to $0.24 from $0.15.
  • Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation increased 36.1% to $8.1 million from adjusted net income of $5.9 million. Adjusted diluted EPS increased 55.0% to $0.31 from $0.20.
  • EBITDA increased 16.2% to $27.1 million from $23.3 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 12.2% to $34.6 million from $30.8 million.

Aylwin Lewis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Potbelly Corporation, commented, "During the third quarter, we delivered revenue growth of 8%. Our sales growth was impacted by the slowing consumer trends that began in April and persisted through the third quarter. However, we are pleased with our flow through to the bottom line, where we delivered adjusted net income growth of 38% and adjusted diluted EPS growth of 50%."

Lewis continued, "We remain focused on executing on the fundamentals of our business to drive sales growth and profitability through targeted investments and disciplined cost management. We remain on track to achieve our guidance for the fiscal year for comparable sales growth of 1% to 2%, adjusted net income growth of at least 20%, and adjusted diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.36 to $0.38."

2016 Outlook

For the full fiscal year of 2016, management currently expects:
  • Company-operated comparable store sales growth of approximately 1% to 2%;
  • 50 - 60 total new shop openings, including 40 - 45 company-operated shop openings;
  • An effective tax rate that is expected to range from 37% to 39%;
  • Adjusted net income of at least 20% growth;
  • Full year adjusted diluted earnings per share to range from $0.36 to $0.38; and
  • Comparable categories of adjustments to net income as discussed in the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures."

(Projected adjusted net income growth and adjusted diluted earnings per share set forth above are measures not recognized under GAAP.  Please see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.)

Conference Call

A conference call and audio webcast has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern time today to discuss these results. Details of the conference call are as follows:
Date:   Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Time:   5:00 p.m. Eastern time
Dial-In #:   877-407-0784 U.S. & Canada
    201-689-8560 International
Confirmation code:   13647589

Alternatively, the conference call will be webcast at www.potbelly.com on the "Investor Relations" webpage. For those unable to participate, an audio replay will be available from 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 through midnight Tuesday, November 8, 2016. To access the replay, please call 844-512-2921 (U.S. & Canada) or 412-317-6671 (International) and enter confirmation code 13647589. A web-based archive of the conference call will also be available at the above website.

About Potbelly

Potbelly Corporation is a fast-growing neighborhood sandwich concept offering toasty warm sandwiches, signature salads and other fresh menu items served by engaging people in an environment that reflects the Potbelly brand. Our Vision is for our customers to feel that we are their "Neighborhood Sandwich Shop" and to tell others about their great experience. Our Mission is to make people really happy and to improve every day. Our Passion is to be "The Best Place for Lunch." The Company owns and operates over 350 shops in the United States and our franchisees operate over 40 shops domestically, in the Middle East, the United Kingdom and Canada. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com. 

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this press release:
  • Revenues - represent net company-operated sandwich shop sales and our franchise operations. Net company-operated shop sales consist of food and beverage sales, net of promotional allowances and employee meals. Franchise royalties and fees consist of an initial franchise fee, a franchise development agreement fee and royalty income from the franchisee.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales - represents the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable company-operated store base open for 15 months or longer.
  • Adjusted EBITDA - represents net income before depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense, provision for income taxes and pre-opening costs, adjusted to eliminate the impact of other items, including certain non-cash as well as certain other items that we do not consider representative of our on-going operating performance.
  • Adjusted net income - represents net income, excluding impairment, gain or loss on disposal of property and equipment and store closure expense as well as costs associated with moving our corporate headquarters.
  • Shop-level profit - represents income from operations less franchise royalties and fees, general and administrative expenses, depreciation expense, pre-opening costs and impairment and loss on disposal of property and equipment.
  • Shop-level profit margin - represents shop-level profit expressed as a percentage of net company-operated sandwich shop sales.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"). Within this press release, we make reference to adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, shop-level profit and shop-level profit margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company includes these non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in that they provide for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

Management uses adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to evaluate the Company's performance excluding the impact of certain non-cash charges and other special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters, are expected in future quarters and in order to have comparable financial results to analyze changes in our underlying business from quarter to quarter. Management uses shop-level profit and shop-level profit margin as key metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our shops, to evaluate our shop performance across periods and to evaluate our shop financial performance against our competitors.

Accordingly, the Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, is a useful financial analysis tool that can assist investors in assessing the Company's operating performance and underlying prospects. This analysis should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. This analysis, as well as the other information in this press release, should be read in conjunction with the Company's financial statements and footnotes contained in the documents that the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the methods used by other companies. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the table, "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures."

This release includes certain non-GAAP forward-looking information (including but not limited to under the heading "—2016 Outlook"), namely adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share.  The Company believes that a quantitative reconciliation of such forward-looking information to the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP cannot be made available without unreasonable efforts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures would require the Company to predict the timing and likelihood of outcomes that determine future impairments and the tax benefit of any such future impairments. Neither of these measures, nor their probable significance, can be reliably quantified due to the inability to forecast future impairments.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained in this press release, the matters addressed are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent the Company's expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, the words "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "intends," "plans," "strives," "goal," "estimates," "forecasts," "projects" or "anticipates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. By nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. See "Risk Factors" and "Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements" included in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other risk factors described from time to time in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on our website at www.potbelly.com. 

 
Potbelly Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Margin Analysis - Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data) 
                         
    For the 13 Weeks Ended   For the 39 Weeks Ended
    September 25,   September 27,   September 25,   September 27,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
Revenues                                
Sandwich shop sales, net   $   103,224       99.5 %   $   95,564       99.5 %   $   303,116       99.5 %   $   276,527       99.6 %
Franchise royalties and fees       558         0.5         475         0.5         1,657         0.5         1,229         0.4  
Total revenues       103,782         100.0         96,039         100.0         304,773         100.0         277,756         100.0  
Expenses                                
Sandwich shop operating expenses                                
Cost of goods sold, excluding   depreciation       28,478         27.4         27,256         28.4         83,224         27.3         78,854         28.4  
Labor and related expenses       30,163         29.1         27,663         28.8         88,260         29.0         79,415         28.6  
Occupancy expenses       13,111         12.6         11,855         12.3         39,042         12.8         34,741         12.5  
Other operating expenses       11,338         10.9         10,501         10.9         32,570         10.7         30,128         10.8  
General and administrative   expenses       9,999         9.6         9,232         9.6         30,827         10.1         27,706         10.0  
Depreciation expense       5,656         5.4         5,510         5.7         16,996         5.6         15,949         5.7  
Pre-opening costs       340         0.3         510         0.5         731         0.2         1,587         0.6  
Impairment and loss on disposal of   property and equipment       1,855         1.8         1,133         1.2         2,880         0.9         1,965         0.7  
Total expenses       100,940         97.3         93,660         97.5         294,530         96.6         270,345         97.3  
Income from operations       2,842         2.7         2,379         2.5         10,243         3.4         7,411         2.7  
Interest expense, net       33         0.0         56         0.1         102         0.0         180         0.1  
Income before income taxes       2,809         2.7         2,323         2.4         10,141         3.3         7,231         2.6  
Income tax expense       960         0.9         866         0.9         3,732         1.2         2,780         1.0  
Net income       1,849         1.8         1,457         1.5         6,409         2.1         4,451         1.6  
Net income attributable to non-   controlling interests       54         0.1         56         0.1         153         0.1         58         0.0  
Net income attributable to   Potbelly Corporation   $   1,795       1.7 %   $   1,401       1.5 %   $   6,256       2.1 %   $   4,393       1.6 %
                                 
                                 
Net income per common share attributableto common shareholders:                                
Basic   $   0.07         $   0.05         $   0.24         $   0.15      
Diluted   $   0.07         $   0.05         $   0.24         $   0.15      
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                
Basic     25,240,374           27,850,394           25,772,846           28,450,063      
Diluted     25,829,970           28,369,775           26,341,913           29,137,537      

Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures - Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
    For the 13 Weeks Ended   For the 39 Weeks Ended
    September 25,   September 27,   September 25,   September 27,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
Net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as   reported   $   1,795     $   1,401     $   6,256     $   4,393  
Impairment and closures (1)       1,869         1,231         2,897         2,517  
Tax benefit of impairment and closures (2)       (677 )       (465 )       (1,066 )       (967 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly   Corporation   $   2,987     $   2,167     $   8,087     $   5,943  
                 
Net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation per   share, basic   $   0.07     $   0.05     $   0.24     $   0.15  
Net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation per   share, diluted   $   0.07     $   0.05     $   0.24     $   0.15  
                 
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly   Corporation per share, basic   $   0.12     $   0.08     $   0.31     $   0.21  
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly   Corporation per share, diluted   $   0.12     $   0.08     $   0.31     $   0.20  
                 
Shares used in computing adjusted net income   attributable to Potbelly Corporation:                
Basic       25,240,374         27,850,394         25,772,846         28,450,063  
Diluted       25,829,970         28,369,775         26,341,913         29,137,537  

 
    For the 13 Weeks Ended   For the 39 Weeks Ended  
    September 25,   September 27,   September 25,   September 27,  
      2016       2015       2016       2015    
Net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as   reported   $   1,795     $   1,401     $   6,256     $   4,393    
Depreciation expense       5,656         5,510         16,996         15,949    
Interest expense, net       33         56         102         180    
Income tax expense       960         866         3,732         2,780    
EBITDA   $   8,444     $   7,833     $   27,086     $   23,302    
Impairment and closures (3)       1,869         1,231         2,897         2,347    
Pre-opening costs (4)       340         510         731         1,587    
Stock-based compensation       800         667         2,266         1,795    
Public company costs (5)       510         529         1,617         1,792    
Adjusted EBITDA   $   11,963     $   10,770     $   34,597     $   30,823    

Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures - Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except selected operating data)
                 
    For the 13 Weeks Ended   For the 39 Weeks Ended
    September 25,   September 27,   September 25,   September 27,
      2016       2015       2016       2015  
Income from operations   $   2,842     $   2,379     $   10,243     $   7,411  
Less: Franchise royalties and fees       558         475         1,657         1,229  
General and administrative expenses       9,999         9,232         30,827         27,706  
Depreciation expense       5,656         5,510         16,996         15,949  
Pre-opening costs       340         510         731         1,587  
Impairment and loss on disposal of property and   equipment       1,855         1,133         2,880         1,965  
Shop-level profit [Y]   $   20,134     $   18,289     $   60,020     $   53,389  
Total revenues   $   103,782     $   96,039     $   304,773     $   277,756  
Less: Franchise royalties and fees       558         475         1,657         1,229  
Sandwich shop sales, net [X]   $   103,224     $   95,564     $   303,116     $   276,527  
Shop-level profit margin [Y÷X]     19.5 %     19.1 %     19.8 %     19.3 %

 
    For the 13 Weeks Ended   For the 39 Weeks Ended
    September 25,   September 27,   September 25,   September 27,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
Selected Operating Data                
Shop Activity:                
Company-operated shops, end of period     387       358       387       358  
Franchise shops, end of period     41       31       41       31  
Revenue Data:                
Company-operated comparable store sales     0.6 %     3.7 %     1.9 %     4.6 %
               

Footnotes to the Press Release, Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures  & Selected Operating Data
       
(1 )   This adjustment includes costs related to impairment of long-lived assets, gain or loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closure expenses. Shop closure expenses are recorded in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statement of operations. Additionally, the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2015 include costs associated with the Company moving its corporate headquarters, which are recorded in the consolidated statement of operations in general and administrative expenses, as well as pre-opening for the occupancy-related costs.
(2 )   For the thirteen weeks ended September 25, 2016 and September 27, 2015, the tax benefit associated with impairment and closures is based on effective tax rates of 36.2% and 37.8%, respectively. For the thirty-nine weeks ended September 25, 2016 and September 27, 2015, the tax benefit associated with impairment and closures is based on effective tax rates of 36.8% and 38.4%, respectively.  
(3 )   This adjustment includes costs related to impairment of long-lived assets, gain or loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closure expenses. Shop closure expenses are recorded in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statement of operations. Additionally, the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2015 include costs associated with the Company moving its corporate headquarters, which are recorded in the consolidated statement of operations in general and administrative expenses.
(4 )   Pre-opening costs are expensed as incurred and primarily consist of travel, employee payroll and training costs incurred prior to the opening of a shop, as well as occupancy costs incurred from the date the Company takes site possession to shop opening. Additionally, the thirty-nine weeks ended September 27, 2015 includes pre-opening rent for the new corporate office location of $0.2 million.
(5 )   This adjustment includes on-going public company costs, which primarily consist of legal and accounting fees.    

Contact:Investor RelationsInvestors@Potbelly.com 	 312-428-2950

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