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Dunkin' Brands Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2016 Results

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CANTON, Mass., Feb. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Fiscal year 2016 highlights include:

  • Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.6%
  • Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales growth of 0.7%
  • Added 723 net new restaurants worldwide, including 397 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
  • Revenues increased 2.2%, or 1.1% on a 52-week basis
  • Diluted EPS increased 95.4% to $2.11, or 92.6% to $2.08 on a 52-week basis
  • Diluted adjusted EPS increased 17.1% to $2.26, or 15.5% to $2.23 on a 52-week basis

Fourth quarter highlights include:

  • Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 1.9%
  • Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales decline of 0.9%
  • Added 296 net new restaurants worldwide, including 199 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
  • Revenues increased 5.8%, or 1.5% on a 13-week basis
  • Diluted EPS increased $0.71 to $0.61, or $0.68 to $0.58 on a 13-week basis
  • Diluted adjusted EPS increased 23.1% to $0.64, or 17.3% to $0.61 on a 13-week basis

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the 14-week fiscal fourth quarter and 53-week fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

"This past year was one of significant achievement for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. We began executing against a six-part strategy to drive growth by positioning Dunkin' as a to-go, coffee beverages brand, and while much work remains, we made considerable progress with our plan, in particular with utilizing digital technology to drive customer loyalty and store traffic. We now have more than 6 million Perks members, have launched On-The-Go ordering nationally, have grown mobile payments by nearly 70 percent, and had nearly $1 billion in systemwide sales on the Dunkin' Gift Card, the backbone of our digital ecosystem, as a form of payment," said Nigel Travis, Dunkin' Brands Chairman and CEO. "We also made considerable progress with our efforts to increase consumption of Dunkin' Donuts coffee through our consumer packaged goods initiative and last summer signed an agreement with The Coca-Cola Company, along with its bottling partners, to manufacture, distribute and sell Dunkin' Donuts branded ready-to-drink bottled iced coffee beverages. Between retail sales of Dunkin' bottled iced coffee, K-Cups, bagged coffee and in-restaurant system-wide sales of ready-brewed coffee, we expect consumers to drink nearly 5 billion cups of Dunkin' Donuts coffee globally in 2017."

"We're proud to have delivered our operating income growth target and exceeded our earnings per share target for the fiscal year 2016. Additionally, we're pleased to announce this morning that the Board of Directors increased our quarterly dividend by 7.5 percent over the prior quarter," said Paul Carbone, Dunkin' Brands Chief Financial Officer.

 

FISCAL YEAR 2016 KEY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

($ in millions, except per share data)

Fiscal year ended


Increase (Decrease)

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding

December 31,
 2016

December 26,
 2015


$ / #

%


(53 weeks)

(52 weeks)




Systemwide sales1

$

10,844.6


10,169.6



675.1


6.6

%

Comparable store sales growth (decline):






DD U.S.

1.6

%

1.4

%




BR U.S.

0.7

%

6.1

%




DD International

(1.9)

%

0.5

%




BR International

(4.2)

%

(1.9)

%




Development data:






Consolidated global net POD development2

723


495



228


46.1

%

DD global PODs at period end

12,258


11,750



508


4.3

%

BR global PODs at period end

7,822


7,607



215


2.8

%

Consolidated global PODs at period end

20,080


19,357



723


3.7

%

Financial data:






Revenues

$

828.9


810.9



18.0


2.2

%

Operating income

414.7


319.6



95.1


29.8

%

Operating income margin

50.0

%

39.4

%




Adjusted operating income3

$

436.6


400.5



36.1


9.0

%

Adjusted operating income margin3

52.7

%

49.4

%




Net income

$

195.6


105.2



90.3


85.9

%

Adjusted net income3

208.7


187.9



20.8


11.1

%

Earnings per share:






Common–basic

2.14


1.10



1.04


94.5

%

Common–diluted

2.11


1.08



1.03


95.4

%

Diluted adjusted earnings per share3

2.26


1.93



0.33


17.1

%

Weighted average number of common shares – diluted (in millions)

92.5


97.1



(4.6)


(4.7)

%


1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. While we do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue, and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we believe that this operating measure is important in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance. We believe systemwide sales information aids in understanding how we derive royalty revenue and in evaluating our performance relative to competitors. Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, we began presenting systemwide sales rather than franchisee-reported sales, which excluded sales of company-operated restaurants, as we believe the systemwide sales information presents a more complete metric in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance.


2 Consolidated global net POD development for the fiscal years ended December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015 reflects the previously-announced closing of 18 and 81 self-serve coffee stations within Speedway locations, respectively.


3 Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, and adjusted net income are non-GAAP measures reflecting operating income and net income adjusted for amortization of intangible assets, long-lived asset impairments, impairment of joint ventures, and certain other items, net of the tax impact of such adjustments in the case of adjusted net income. Diluted adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure calculated using adjusted net income. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" and "Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. Non-GAAP Reconciliations" for further detail.

 

 

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 KEY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

($ in millions, except per share data)

Three months ended


Increase (Decrease)

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding

December 31,
 2016

December 26,
 2015


$ / #

%


(14 weeks)

(13 weeks)




Systemwide sales1

$

2,830.2


2,525.7



304.5


12.1

%

Comparable store sales growth (decline):






DD U.S.

1.9

%

(0.8)

%




BR U.S.

(0.9)

%

4.4

%




DD International

(1.0)

%

(0.8)

%




BR International

0.7

%

(2.7)

%




Development data:






Consolidated global net POD development2

296


172



124


72.1

%

DD global PODs at period end

12,258


11,750



508


4.3

%

BR global PODs at period end

7,822


7,607



215


2.8

%

Consolidated global PODs at period end

20,080


19,357



723


3.7

%

Financial data:






Revenues

$

215.7


203.8



11.9


5.8

%

Operating income

113.9


43.5



70.4


161.9

%

Operating income margin

52.8

%

21.3

%




Adjusted operating income3

$

119.3


103.9



15.3


14.8

%

Adjusted operating income margin3

55.3

%

51.0

%




Net income (loss)

$

56.1


(8.9)



65.1


n/m


Adjusted net income3

59.4


48.9



10.5


21.4

%

Earnings (loss) per share:






Common–basic

0.61


(0.10)



0.71


n/m


Common–diluted

0.61


(0.10)



0.71


n/m


Diluted adjusted earnings per share3

0.64


0.52



0.12


23.1

%

Weighted average number of common shares – diluted (in millions)

92.5


94.1



(1.6)


(1.7)

%











1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. While we do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue, and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we believe that this operating measure is important in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance. We believe systemwide sales information aids in understanding how we derive royalty revenue and in evaluating our performance relative to competitors. Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, we began presenting systemwide sales rather than franchisee-reported sales, which excluded sales of company-operated restaurants, as we believe the systemwide sales information presents a more complete metric in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance.


2 Consolidated global net POD development for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015 reflects the previously-announced closing of 2 and 41 self-serve coffee stations within Speedway locations, respectively.


3 Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, and adjusted net income are non-GAAP measures reflecting operating income and net income adjusted for amortization of intangible assets, long-lived asset impairments, impairment of joint ventures, and certain other items, net of the tax impact of such adjustments in the case of adjusted net income. Diluted adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure calculated using adjusted net income. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" and "Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. Non-GAAP Reconciliations" for further detail.

 

Global systemwide sales growth in the fourth quarter was primarily attributable to global store development and Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth (which includes stores open 78 weeks or more).

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth in the fourth quarter was driven by increased average ticket offset by a decline in traffic. Growth was driven by beverage sales, led by Cold Brew; breakfast sandwich sales, led by the Sweet Black Pepper Bacon breakfast sandwich; as well as donut sales.

Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales were negative during the fourth quarter driven by a decline in traffic offset by increased average ticket. Increased average ticket was driven by cups and cones, due equally to scoops and the new Warm Cookie Sandwich platform. Sales of desserts were also up, driven by both the new Polar Pizza platform and increases in online ordering.

In the fourth quarter, Dunkin' Brands franchisees and licensees opened 296 net new restaurants around the globe. This included 199 net new Dunkin' Donuts U.S. locations (including the closing of 2 Speedway self-serve coffee stations), 41 net new Baskin-Robbins International locations, 51 net new Dunkin' Donuts International locations, and 5 net new Baskin-Robbins U.S. locations. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees remodeled 151 restaurants and Baskin-Robbins U.S. franchisees remodeled 63 restaurants during the quarter.

Revenues for the fourth quarter increased $11.9 million, or 5.8%, compared to the prior year period due primarily to increased royalty income driven by the extra week in the current year period, as well as an increase in franchise fees due to additional renewal income. These increases in revenues were offset by a decrease in sales at company-operated restaurants driven by a net decrease in the number of company-operated restaurants. All remaining company-operated points of distribution were sold during the fourth quarter. Revenues for the fourth quarter increased 1.5% on a 13-week basis.

Operating income and adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter increased $70.4 million, or 161.9%, and $15.3 million, or 14.8%, respectively, from the prior year period primarily as a result of the increases in royalty income and franchise fees, as well as gains recognized in connection with the sale of company-operated restaurants, offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses. Additionally, operating income in the prior year period was unfavorably impacted by an impairment of our Japan joint venture. Operating income and adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter increased 147.9% and 8.9%, respectively, from the prior year period on a 13-week basis.

Net income for the fourth quarter increased by $65.1 million to $56.1 million compared to the prior year period primarily as a result of the impairment of our Japan joint venture recorded in the prior year period, as well as other increases in operating income, offset by increases in income tax expense and interest expense. Net income for the fourth quarter increased $62.5 million to $53.6 million on a 13-week basis.

Adjusted net income increased $10.5 million, or 21.4%, to $59.4 million compared to the prior year period primarily as a result of the increase in adjusted operating income of $15.3 million, offset by increases in income tax expense and interest expense. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter increased 16.2% on a 13-week basis.

Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter increased by $0.71 to $0.61, and diluted adjusted earnings per share increased $0.12, or 23.1%, to $0.64, compared to the prior year period as a result of the increases in net income and adjusted net income, respectively, as well as a decrease in shares outstanding. The decrease in shares outstanding from the prior year period was due primarily to the repurchase of shares since the fourth quarter of 2015, offset by the exercise of stock options. On a 13-week basis, diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter increased $0.68 to $0.58, and diluted adjusted earnings per share increased $0.09, or 17.3%, to $0.61, compared to the prior year period.

FOURTH QUARTER 2016 SEGMENT RESULTS

Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, certain segment profit amounts in the tables below have been reclassified as a result of the realignment of our organizational structure to better support our segment operations, including the allocation of previously unallocated costs. Additionally, revenues, segment profit, points of distribution information, and systemwide sales related to restaurants located in Puerto Rico were previously included in the Baskin-Robbins International segment, but are now included in the Baskin-Robbins U.S. segment based on functional responsibility. Prior period amounts in the tables below have been revised to reflect these changes for all periods presented.

 

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding


Three months ended


Increase (Decrease)

Dunkin' Donuts U.S.


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


$ / #

%



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)





($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)

Comparable store sales growth (decline)


1.9

%


(0.8)

%




Systemwide sales (in millions)1


$

2,228.7



1,958.9



269.8


13.8

%









Revenues:








Royalty income


$

121,774



106,478



15,296


14.4

%

Franchise fees


14,716



12,912



1,804


14.0

%

Rental income


24,255



23,243



1,012


4.4

%

Sales at company-operated restaurants


51



6,762



(6,711)


(99.2)

%

Other revenues


2,270



3,662



(1,392)


(38.0)

%

Total revenues


$

163,066



153,057



10,009


6.5

%









Segment profit


$

131,013



115,846



15,167


13.1

%









Points of distribution


8,828



8,431



397


4.7

%

Gross openings


235



185



50


27.0

%

Net openings2


199



123



76


61.8

%













1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" for further detail. Beginning in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, we began presenting systemwide sales rather than franchisee-reported sales, which excluded sales of company-operated restaurants.


2 Net openings for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015 reflect the previously-announced closing of 2 and 41 self-serve coffee stations within Speedway locations, respectively.

 

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. fourth quarter revenues of $163.1 million represented an increase of 6.5% compared to the prior year period. The increase was primarily a result of increased royalty income driven by the extra week in the current year period, as well as an increase in franchise fees due to an increase in renewal income. These increases in revenues were offset by a decline in sales at company-operated restaurants driven by a net decrease in the number of company-operated restaurants. All remaining company-operated points of distribution were sold during the fourth quarter.

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. segment profit in the fourth quarter increased to $131.0 million, an increase of $15.2 million over the prior year period, driven primarily by the increase in royalty income and a gain recognized in connection with the sale of company-operated restaurants, as well as the increase in franchise fees. These increases in segment profit were offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses.

 

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding


Three months ended


Increase (Decrease)

Dunkin' Donuts International


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


$ / #

%



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)





($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)

Comparable store sales decline


(1.0)

%


(0.8)

%




Systemwide sales (in millions)1


$

187.2



172.4



14.8


8.6

%









Revenues:








Royalty income


$

4,208



4,018



190


4.7

%

Franchise fees


1,799



2,310



(511)


(22.1)

%

Other revenues


(21)



20



(41)


n/m


Total revenues


$

5,986



6,348



(362)


(5.7)

%









Segment profit


$

3,220



3,023



197


6.5

%









Points of distribution


3,430



3,319



111


3.3

%

Gross openings


137



133



4


3.0

%

Net openings


51



59



(8)


(13.6)

%













1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" for further detail.

 

Dunkin' Donuts International fourth quarter systemwide sales increased 8.6% from the prior year period driven primarily by sales growth in the Middle East, Asia, South Korea, and South America. On a constant currency basis, systemwide sales increased by approximately 9%.

Dunkin' Donuts International fourth quarter revenues of $6.0 million represented a decrease of 5.7% from the prior year period. The decrease in revenues was primarily a result of a decline in franchise fees, offset by an increase in royalty income.

Segment profit for Dunkin' Donuts International increased $0.2 million to $3.2 million in the fourth quarter primarily as a result of a reduction in general and administrative expenses driven by a recovery of bad debt related to our Spain joint venture, offset by a decrease in net income from our South Korea joint venture and the decrease in revenues.

 

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding


Three months ended


Increase (Decrease)

Baskin-Robbins U.S.


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


$ / #

%



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)





($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)

Comparable store sales growth (decline)


(0.9)

%


4.4

%




Systemwide sales (in millions)1


$

112.5



111.1



1.5


1.3

%









Revenues:








Royalty income


$

5,363



5,221



142


2.7

%

Franchise fees


287



323



(36)


(11.1)

%

Rental income


773



745



28


3.8

%

Sales of ice cream and other products


595



718



(123)


(17.1)

%

Other revenues


2,414



2,092



322


15.4

%

Total revenues


$

9,432



9,099



333


3.7

%









Segment profit


$

5,117



3,837



1,280


33.4

%









Points of distribution


2,538



2,529



9


0.4

%

Gross openings


29



29




%

Net openings


5



14



(9)


(64.3)

%













1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" for further detail. Additionally, the prior period has been revised to reflect a reclassification of systemwide sales generated in Puerto Rico from Baskin-Robbins International to Baskin-Robbins U.S.

 

Baskin-Robbins U.S. fourth quarter revenues increased 3.7% from the prior year period to $9.4 million due primarily to an increase in other revenues driven by an increase in licensing income, as well as an increase in royalty income, both of which were driven by the extra week in the current year period. These increases in revenues were offset by a decrease in sales of ice cream and other products.

Segment profit for Baskin-Robbins U.S. increased to $5.1 million in the fourth quarter, an increase of 33.4%, primarily as a result of a reduction in general and administrative expenses, due primarily to expenses incurred in the prior year period related to brand-building activities, as well as the increases in other revenues and royalty income.

 

Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding


Three months ended


Increase (Decrease)

Baskin-Robbins International


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


$ / #

%



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)





($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)

Comparable store sales growth (decline)


0.7

%


(2.7)

%




Systemwide sales (in millions)1


$

301.7



283.3



18.3


6.5

%









Revenues:








Royalty income


$

1,392



1,296



96


7.4

%

Franchise fees


415



283



132


46.6

%

Rental income


118



109



9


8.3

%

Sales of ice cream and other products


27,509



26,051



1,458


5.6

%

Other revenues


3



28



(25)


(89.3)

%

Total revenues


$

29,437



27,767



1,670


6.0

%









Segment profit


$

8,350



7,981



369


4.6

%









Points of distribution


5,284



5,078



206


4.1

%

Gross openings


151



157



(6)


(3.8)

%

Net openings (closings)


41



(24)



65


n/m













1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data" for further detail. Additionally, the prior period has been revised to reflect a reclassification of systemwide sales generated in Puerto Rico from Baskin-Robbins International to Baskin-Robbins U.S.

 

Baskin-Robbins International systemwide sales increased 6.5% in the fourth quarter compared to the prior year period driven by sales growth in Japan and South Korea, offset by declines in the Middle East and Europe. Sales in both Japan and South Korea were positively impacted by favorable foreign exchange rates. On a constant currency basis, systemwide sales increased by approximately 3%.

Baskin-Robbins International fourth quarter revenues increased 6.0% from the prior year period to $29.4 million due primarily to an increase in sales of ice cream products to our licensees in Asia and the Middle East. Systemwide sales and sales of ice cream products are not directly correlated within a given period due to the lag between shipment of products to licensees and retail sales at franchised restaurants, as well as the overall timing of deliveries between fiscal quarters.

Fourth quarter segment profit increased 4.6% from the prior year period to $8.4 million as a result of an increase in net income from our Japan joint venture, as well as an increase in net margin on ice cream driven by the increase in sales volume. These increases in segment profit were offset by a decrease in net income from our South Korea joint venture and an increase in general and administrative expenses.

COMPANY UPDATES

  • The Company today announced that the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.3225 per share, payable on March 22, 2017, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 13, 2017. This represents a 7.5 percent increase over the prior quarter's dividend.

FISCAL YEAR 2017 TARGETS

As described below, the Company is providing the following targets regarding its 2017 performance:

  • The Company expects low single digit comparable store sales growth for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. and Baskin-Robbins U.S.
  • The Company expects Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees to add approximately 385 net new restaurants. It expects Baskin-Robbins U.S. franchisees to add approximately 10 net new restaurants.
  • Internationally, the Company expects franchisees and licensees to add approximately 200 net new restaurants across the two brands.
  • The Company expects low-to-mid single digit revenue growth on both a 52- and 53-week basis (fiscal year 2016 was a 53-week year).
  • The Company expects mid-to-high single digit GAAP operating income and adjusted operating income growth on both a 52- and 53-week basis.
  • The Company expects GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.16 to $2.24 and diluted adjusted earnings per share of $2.34 to $2.37.
  • The Company expects full-year weighted-average shares outstanding of approximately 93 million and a 38.5 percent effective tax rate.

The foregoing non-GAAP forward-looking financial measures are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in the attached tables "Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations."

Conference Call

As previously announced, Dunkin' Brands will be holding a conference call today at 8:00 am ET hosted by Nigel Travis, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, and Paul Carbone, Chief Financial Officer. The dial-in number is (866) 393-1607 or (914) 495-8556, conference number 56116326. Dunkin' Brands will broadcast the conference call live over the Internet at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com.

The Company's consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated balance sheets, condensed consolidated statements of cash flows and other additional information have been provided with this press release. This information should be reviewed in conjunction with this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations.  Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "feel," "forecast," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "project," "should," or "would," and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.   By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future.  These risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ongoing level of profitability of franchisees and licensees; our franchisees' and licensees' ability to sustain same store sales growth;  changes in working relationships with our franchisees and licensees and the actions of our franchisees and licensees; our master franchisees' relationships with sub-franchisees; the strength of our brand in the markets in which we compete; changes in competition within the quick-service restaurant segment of the food industry; changes in consumer behavior resulting from changes in technologies or alternative methods of delivery; economic and political conditions in the countries where we operate; our substantial indebtedness; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; consumer preferences, spending patterns and demographic trends; the impact of seasonal changes, including weather effects, on our business; the success of our growth strategy and international development; changes in commodity and food prices, particularly coffee, dairy products and sugar, and other operating costs; shortages of coffee; failure of our network and information technology systems; interruptions or shortages in the supply of products to our franchisees and licensees; the impact of food borne-illness or food safety issues or adverse public or media opinions regarding the health effects of consuming our products; our ability to collect royalty payments from our franchisees and licensees; the ability of our franchisees and licensees to open new restaurants and keep existing restaurants in operation; our ability to retain key personnel; any inability to protect consumer credit card data and catastrophic events.

Forward-looking statements reflect management's analysis as of the date of this press release.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are more fully described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the section headed "Risk Factors" in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. Except as required by applicable law, we do not undertake to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included certain non-GAAP measurements such as adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted operating income growth, adjusted net income, and diluted adjusted earnings per share, which present operating results on a basis adjusted for certain items. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures as key performance measures for the purpose of evaluating performance internally. We also believe these non-GAAP measures provide our investors with useful information regarding our historical operating results. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP. Use of the terms adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted operating income growth, adjusted net income, and diluted adjusted earnings per share may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in the attached tables "Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations."

Additionally, the Company has included metrics such as systemwide sales and comparable store sales growth, which are commonly used statistical measures in the quick service restaurant industry and are important to understanding the Company's performance.

Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. While we do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue, and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we believe that this operating measure is important in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance. We believe systemwide sales information aids in understanding how we derive royalty revenue and in evaluating our performance relative to competitors.

The Company uses "DD U.S. comparable store sales growth" and "BR U.S. comparable store sales growth," which are calculated by including only sales from franchisee- and company-operated restaurants that have been open at least 78 weeks and that have reported sales in the current and comparable prior year week.

The Company uses "DD International comparable store sales growth" and "BR International comparable store sales growth," which are calculated by including only sales from franchisee- and company-operated restaurants that have been open at least 54 weeks and that have reported sales in the current and comparable prior year week.

The three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 include 14 weeks and 53 weeks, respectively, as compared to 13 weeks and 52 weeks for the three months and fiscal year ended December 26, 2015, respectively. Certain financial measures and other metrics in this release have been presented on a 13-week and 52-week basis for the three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, respectively, to provide improved comparability to the respective prior year periods. The impact of the extra week in the three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 reflects our estimate of the additional week in those fiscal periods on certain revenues and expenses, net of tax. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in the attached tables "Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations."

About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the fourth quarter 2016, Dunkin' Brands' 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,200 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,800 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

 

DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Fiscal year ended



December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)


(53 weeks)


(52 weeks)

Revenues:









Franchise fees and royalty income


$

149,954



132,841



549,571



513,222


Rental income


25,146



24,139



101,020



100,422


Sales of ice cream and other products


28,432



27,220



114,857



115,252


Sales at company-operated restaurants


51



6,762



11,975



28,340


Other revenues


12,122



12,835



51,466



53,697


Total revenues


215,705



203,797



828,889



810,933


Operating costs and expenses:









Occupancy expenses—franchised restaurants


14,718



13,690



57,409



54,611


Cost of ice cream and other products


19,163



18,867



77,608



76,877


Company-operated restaurant expenses


119



7,588



13,591



29,900


General and administrative expenses, net


62,786



56,174



246,814



243,796


Depreciation


5,097



5,278



20,458



20,556


Amortization of other intangible assets


5,353



6,146



22,079



24,688


Long-lived asset impairment charges


45



359



149



623


Total operating costs and expenses


107,281



108,102



438,108



451,051


Net income (loss) of equity method investments:









Net income, excluding impairment


2,404



1,598



14,552



12,555


Impairment charge




(54,300)





(54,300)


Net income (loss) of equity method investments


2,404



(52,702)



14,552



(41,745)


Other operating income, net


3,052



483



9,381



1,430


Operating income


113,880



43,476



414,714



319,567


Other income (expense), net:









Interest income


148



100



582



424


Interest expense


(26,396)



(24,720)



(100,852)



(96,765)


Loss on debt extinguishment and refinancing transactions








(20,554)


Other losses, net


(599)



(78)



(1,195)



(1,084)


Total other expense, net


(26,847)



(24,698)



(101,465)



(117,979)


Income before income taxes


87,033



18,778



313,249



201,588


Provision for income taxes


30,913



27,725



117,673



96,359


Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests


56,120



(8,947)



195,576



105,229


Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests




(9)





2


Net income (loss) attributable to Dunkin' Brands


$

56,120



(8,938)



195,576



105,227











Earnings (loss) per share—basic


$

0.61



(0.10)



2.14



1.10


Earnings (loss) per share—diluted


0.61



(0.10)



2.11



1.08


 

 

DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




December 31, 
 2016


December 26,
 2015

Assets





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

361,425



260,430


Restricted cash


69,746



71,917


Accounts, notes, and other receivables, net


85,184



128,360


Other current assets


90,003



97,117


Total current assets


606,358



557,824


Property and equipment, net


176,662



182,614


Equity method investments


114,738



106,878


Goodwill and other intangible assets, net


2,266,992



2,290,796


Other assets


62,632



59,007


Total assets


$

3,227,382



3,197,119


Liabilities and Stockholders' Deficit





Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$

25,000



25,000


Accounts payable


12,682



18,663


Other current liabilities


386,519



375,129


Total current liabilities


424,201



418,792


Long-term debt, net


2,401,998



2,420,600


Deferred income taxes, net


461,810



476,510


Other long-term liabilities


102,631



101,960


Total long-term liabilities


2,966,439



2,999,070


Total stockholders' deficit


(163,258)



(220,743)


Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit


$

3,227,382



3,197,119


 

 


DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Fiscal year ended



December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015



(53 weeks)


(52 weeks)






Net cash provided by operating activities


$

276,205



185,566


Cash flows from investing activities:





Additions to property and equipment


(15,174)



(30,246)


Proceeds from sale of real estate and company-operated restaurants


20,523



2,693


Other, net


(4,006)



(7,914)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


1,343



(35,467)


Cash flows from financing activities:





Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt




2,500,000


Repayment of long-term debt


(25,000)



(1,837,824)


Payment of debt issuance and other debt-related costs




(41,350)


Dividends paid on common stock


(109,703)



(100,516)


Repurchases of common stock, including accelerated share repurchases


(55,000)



(625,041)


Exercise of stock options


10,647



10,353


Change in restricted cash


106



(6,770)


Other, net


2,613



4,292


Net cash used in financing activities


(176,337)



(96,856)


Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents


(216)



(893)


Increase in cash and cash equivalents


100,995



52,350


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


260,430



208,080


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

361,425



260,430


               

 

DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliations

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Fiscal year ended



December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015



(14 weeks)


(13 weeks)


(53 weeks)


(52 weeks)

Operating income


$

113,880



43,476



414,714



319,567


Operating income margin


52.8

%


21.3

%


50.0

%


39.4

%

Adjustments:









Amortization of other intangible assets


$

5,353



6,146



22,079



24,688


Long-lived asset impairment charges


45



359



149



623


Transaction-related costs(a)




107



64



424


Japan joint venture impairment, net(b)




53,853





53,853


Bertico and related litigation(c)






(428)



(2,753)


Settlement of Canadian pension plan(d)








4,075


Adjusted operating income


$

119,278



103,941



436,578



400,477


Adjusted operating income margin


55.3

%


51.0

%


52.7

%


49.4

%










Net income (loss) attributable to Dunkin' Brands


$

56,120



(8,938)



195,576



105,227


Adjustments:









Amortization of other intangible assets


5,353



6,146



22,079



24,688


Long-lived asset impairment charges


45



359



149



623


Transaction-related costs(a)




107



64



424


Japan joint venture impairment, net(b)




53,853





53,853


Bertico and related litigation(c)






(428)



(2,753)


Settlement of Canadian pension plan(d)








4,075


Loss on debt extinguishment and refinancing transactions








20,554


Tax impact of adjustments(e)


(2,160)



(2,644)



(8,746)



(19,044)


Tax impact of legal entity conversion(f)








246


Adjusted net income


$

59,358



48,883



208,694



187,893











Adjusted net income


$

59,358



48,883



208,694



187,893


Weighted average number of common shares – diluted(g)


92,518,754



94,124,539



92,538,282



97,131,674


Diluted adjusted earnings per share


$

0.64



0.52



2.26



1.93











(a) Represents non-capitalizable costs incurred as a result of the securitized financing facility, which was completed in January 2015.


(b) Amount consists of an other-than-temporary impairment of the investment in the Japan joint venture of $54.3 million, less a reduction in depreciation and amortization of $0.4 million resulting from the allocation of the impairment charge to the underlying long-lived assets of the joint venture.


(c) Adjustment for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 represents a net reduction to legal reserves for the Bertico litigation and related matters based upon final agreement of interest and related costs associated with the judgment. Adjustment for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2015 represents a net reduction to legal reserves for the Bertico litigation and related matters, as a result of the Quebec Court of Appeals (Montreal) ruling to reduce the damages assessed against the Company in the Bertico litigation from approximately
C$16.4 million to approximately C$10.9 million, plus costs and interest.


(d) Represents costs incurred related to the final settlement of our Canadian pension plan as a result of the closure of our Canadian ice cream manufacturing plant in fiscal year 2012.


(e) Tax impact of adjustments calculated at a 40% effective tax rate.


(f) Represents the net tax impact of converting Dunkin' Brands Canada Ltd. to Dunkin' Brands Canada ULC.


(g) Diluted weighted average number of common shares for the three months ended December 26, 2015 includes 920,503 incremental dilutive shares that are excluded from earnings per share as calculated in accordance with GAAP as they would be anti-dilutive.

 

 

DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliations (continued)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Fiscal year ended



December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


%


December 31,
2016


December 26,
2015


%

Total revenues


$

215,705



203,797



5.8

%


828,889



810,933



2.2

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(8,756)







(8,756)






Total revenues, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

206,949



203,797



1.5

%


820,133



810,933



1.1

%














Operating income


$

113,880



43,476



161.9

%


414,714



319,567



29.8

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(6,112)







(6,112)






Operating income, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

107,768



43,476



147.9

%


408,602



319,567



27.9

%














Adjusted operating income


$

119,278



103,941



14.8

%


436,578



400,477



9.0

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(6,112)







(6,112)






Adjusted operating income, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

113,166



103,941



8.9

%


430,466



400,477



7.5

%














Net income attributable to Dunkin' Brands


$

56,120



(8,938)



n/m



195,576



105,227



85.9

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(4,247)







(4,247)






Tax impact of extra week(b)


1,699







1,699






Net income, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

53,572



(8,938)



n/m



193,028



105,227



83.4

%














Adjusted net income


$

59,358



48,883



21.4

%


208,694



187,893



11.1

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(4,247)







(4,247)






Tax impact of extra week(b)


1,699







1,699






Adjusted net income, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

56,810



48,883



16.2

%


206,146



187,893



9.7

%














Diluted earnings per share


$

0.61



(0.10)



n/m



2.11



1.08



95.4

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(0.05)







(0.05)






Tax impact of extra week(b)


0.02







0.02






Diluted earnings per share, 13-week / 52-week basis


$

0.58



(0.10)



n/m



2.08



1.08



92.6

%














Diluted adjusted earnings per share


$

0.64



0.52



23.1

%


2.26



1.93



17.1

%

Impact of extra week(a)


(0.05)







(0.05)






Tax impact of extra week(b)


0.02







0.02






Diluted adjusted earnings per share, 13-
week / 52-week basis


$

0.61



0.52



17.3

%


2.23



1.93



15.5

%














(a) The three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 include 14 weeks and 53 weeks, respectively, as compared to 13 weeks and 52 weeks for the three months and fiscal year ended December 26, 2015, respectively. The impact of the extra week in the three months and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 reflects our estimate of the additional week in those fiscal periods on certain revenues and expenses.


(b) Tax impact of adjustments for the extra week calculated at a 40% effective tax rate.

 

 

DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliations (continued)

(In millions, except per share data)

(Unaudited)






Fiscal year ended

December 30, 2017



Low


High



(projected,
52 weeks)


(projected,
52 weeks)

Diluted earnings per share


$

2.16



2.24


Adjustments:





Amortization of other intangible assets


0.24



0.23


Long-lived asset impairment charges


0.04




Transaction-related costs(a)


0.01




Bertico and related litigation


0.01



(0.01)


Tax impact of adjustments(b)


(0.12)



(0.09)


Diluted adjusted earnings per share


$

2.34



2.37







(a) Represents non-capitalizable costs incurred as a result of the securitized financing facility, which was completed in January 2015.


(b) Tax impact of adjustments calculated at a 40% effective tax rate.

 

 

 

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