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Arcos Dorados Reports Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Financial Results

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  • Highest full year consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin since 2011
    of 9.7%
    1
  • Consolidated 2018 revenue growth of 8.8% on a constant currency
    basis, with strong single-digit comparable sales growth
    1
  • Opened 70 restaurants, at the top end of the guidance range in
    2018

Arcos Dorados Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:ARCO) ("Arcos Dorados" or the
"Company"), Latin America's largest restaurant chain and the world's
largest independent McDonald's franchisee, today reported unaudited
results for the fourth quarter and audited results for the full year
ended December 31, 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights – Excluding Venezuela

  • As reported, consolidated revenues decreased 12.4% to $745.1 million
    versus the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily on depreciations of the
    Argentine and Brazilian currencies. On a constant currency basis2
    consolidated revenues grew 9.1% to $928.2 million
  • Systemwide comparable sales2 rose 7.5% year-over-year
  • As reported, Adjusted EBITDA2 decreased 2.2% to $87.1
    million compared with the prior-year quarter
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 120 basis points
    year-over-year to 11.7%
  • As reported, General and Administrative (G&A) expenses decreased 9.4%
    versus the prior-year quarter
  • As reported, net income decreased 70.4% to $18.9 million, from $63.9
    million in the fourth quarter of 2017, which included $35.6 million
    from the Company's re-development initiatives
 
1 Excluding Venezuela

2 For definitions please refer to "Definitions" section
below

 

Full Year 2018 Highlights – Excluding Venezuela

  • As reported, consolidated revenues decreased 6.7% to $3.0 billion. On
    a constant currency basis, consolidated revenues grew 8.8% to $3.5
    billion
  • Systemwide comparable sales rose 7.6%
  • As reported, Adjusted EBITDA increased 3.5% to $292.2 million
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 90 basis points to 9.7%,
    its highest level since 2011
  • As reported, G&A expenses decreased 5.9%
  • As reported, net income decreased 34.6% to $85.9 million, from $131.3
    million last year, which included $91.7 million from the Company's
    re-development initiatives

"Our strategy is focused on delivering the best restaurant, food and
service experience. This drove sales higher throughout 2018. Combined
with significantly improved operating efficiencies, we expanded adjusted
EBITDA margin at a faster pace. This demonstrates the scale opportunity
of our business model. At 9.7%, full-year Adjusted EBITDA was at its
highest level in seven years, while sales grew nearly 9% during the
year. The revenue and margin momentum generated by our strategy
continues in 2019.

As we roll out Experience of the Future (EOTF) restaurants across
markets, continually refresh our menus in innovative ways, and further
enhance customer service through the Cooltura de Servicio program,
loyalty to the McDonald's brand is growing and our customer satisfaction
scores are increasing. At the end of the year, we had 329 EOTF
restaurants and are on track to deliver approximately 650 by the end of
2019. Not only did we accelerate our capex program to support faster
EOTF deployment, we also returned $67 million to our shareholders
through a combination of dividend payments and share repurchases. With a
net debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 1.5x, going into 2019, we have a
very healthy balance sheet to support our growth plans.

Among other significant accomplishments in 2018, we substantially
improved employee satisfaction, extended McDelivery service to a total
of ten countries, and we were recognized as Latin America's Mobile
Marketer of the Year. The progress on these fronts is also strengthening
our market leadership and competitive advantages in Latin America and
the Caribbean, while effectively positioning us to capture all the
opportunities we see in the region," said Sergio Alonso, Chief
Executive Officer of Arcos Dorados.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

Consolidated

Figure 1. AD Holdings Inc Consolidated: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

        4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation
- Excl.
Venezuela

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth -
Excl.
Venezuela

(c)

   

Venezuela

(d)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c+d)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       2,188                 2,223        
 
Sales by Company-operated Restaurants 851.3 (175.1) 73.6 (34.0) 715.8 -15.9% 3664,9%
Revenues from franchised restaurants 45.6 (8.0) 3.7 (3.8) 37.5 -17.8% 9618.2%
Total Revenues 896.9 (183.1) 77.3 (37.8) 753.3 -16.0% 3967.6%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 5,197.2%
Adjusted EBITDA 111.4 (14.2) 12.2 (23.3) 86.1 -22.7% 8442.4%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 12.4% 11.4%
Net income (loss) attributable to AD 69.3 (0.3) (44.7) (15.1) 9.2 -86.7% 30446.2%
No. of shares outstanding (thousands) 211,073 206,325
EPS (US$/Share)       0.33                       0.04            
(4Q18 = 4Q17 + Currency Translation Excl. Venezuela + Constant
Currency Growth Excl. Venezuela + Venezuela). Refer to "Definitions"
section for further detail.
 

Arcos Dorados' consolidated results continue to be heavily impacted by
Venezuela's macroeconomic volatility, including the ongoing
hyperinflationary environment and the country's heavily regulated
currency. As such, reported results may contain significant non-cash
accounting charges to operations in this market. Accordingly, the
discussion of the Company's operating performance is focused on
consolidated results that exclude Venezuela.

Consolidated – excluding Venezuela

Figure 2. AD Holdings Inc Consolidated - Excluding Venezuela: Key
Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

       

4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       2,058             2,103        
 
Sales by Company-operated Restaurants 810.1 (175.1) 73.6 708.6 -12.5% 9.1%
Revenues from franchised restaurants 40.8 (8.0) 3.7 36.5 -10.4% 9.2%
Total Revenues 850.9 (183.1) 77.3 745.1 -12.4% 9.1%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 7.5%
Adjusted EBITDA 89.1 (14.2) 12.2 87.1 -2.2% 13.7%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin 10.5% 11.7%
Net income (loss) attributable to AD 63.9 (0.3) (44.7) 18.9 -70.4% -69.9%
No. of shares outstanding (thousands) 211,073 206,325
EPS (US$/Share)       0.30                 0.09            
 

Excluding the Company's Venezuelan operation, as reported revenues
decreased 12.4% year-over-year, primarily due to the negative impact of
the 53% and 15% year-over-year average depreciations against the US
dollar of the Argentine peso and the Brazilian real, respectively. This
impact was partially offset by constant currency revenue growth of 9.1%.
Constant currency revenue growth was supported by a 7.5% increase in
systemwide comparable sales, largely driven by average check growth.

Adjusted EBITDA ($ million)
Breakdown of main
variations contributing to 4Q18 Adjusted EBITDA

Fourth quarter consolidated as reported Adjusted EBITDA, excluding
Venezuela, decreased 2.2%, and increased 13.7% in constant currency
terms. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded by 120 basis points to 11.7%,
mainly driven by efficiencies in Payroll and G&A expenses. Excluding
refranchising activity, which was higher in the fourth quarter of 2017,
the Adjusted EBITDA margin would have expanded 190 basis points
year-over-year.

As reported, consolidated G&A decreased 9.4% year-over-year and
increased 13.5% on a constant currency basis, which was below the
blended inflation for the Company's G&A.

Main variations in other operating income (expenses), net

Included in Adjusted EBITDA: In the fourth
quarter of 2018, the Company recorded an inventory write-down charge of
$3.2 million related to its operations in Venezuela. Proceeds from
refranchising were $2.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared
to $9.3 million in the prior-year quarter.

Excluded from Adjusted EBITDA: In the
fourth quarter of 2018, the Company recorded an impairment charge of
$7.0 million. Additionally, the fourth quarter of 2017 included $35.6
million from the Company's re-development initiative.

Non-operating Results

Non-operating results for the fourth quarter, excluding Venezuela,
contain a $0.4 million non-cash foreign currency exchange gain, versus a
non-cash gain of $5.0 million in 2017. The variation is mainly explained
by a lower foreign currency exchange gain on intercompany balances,
generated by the depreciation of the Mexican peso from the previous
quarter-end, compared to a higher depreciation in the same period of
last year. Net interest expense was $0.3 million lower year-over-year.

The Company reported income tax expense, excluding Venezuela, of $9.8
million in the quarter, compared to an income tax expense of $16.0
million in the prior-year period.

Fourth quarter net income attributable to the Company totaled $18.9
million ($9.2 million, including Venezuela), compared to net income of
$63.9 million ($69.3 million, including Venezuela) in the same period of
2017. The variation was mostly due to lower operating income, which last
year included $35.6 million from the Company's re-development
initiative, and to a lower foreign currency exchange gain this year.

The Company reported earnings per share of $0.09 ($0.04, including
Venezuela) in the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to earnings per share
of $0.30 ($0.33, including Venezuela) in the previous corresponding
period. Due mainly to share repurchases of 6,360,826 since the
initiation of the share repurchase program on May 22, 2018, total
weighted average shares for the fourth quarter of 2018 decreased to
206,324,785 from 211,072,508 in the prior-year quarter.

Analysis by Division:

Brazil Division

Figure 3. Brazil Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

        4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       929             968        
 
Total Revenues 403.2 (60.7) 11.2 353.7 -12.3% 2.8%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 1.8%
Adjusted EBITDA 78.3 (11.8) 1.2 67.7 -13.6% 1.6%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin       19.4%                 19.1%            
 

Brazil's as reported revenues decreased 12.3%, impacted by the 15%
year-over-year average depreciation of the Brazilian real. Excluding
currency translation, constant currency revenues grew 2.8%, supported by
systemwide comparable sales growth of 1.8% as the effect of intensified
marketing initiatives only began materializing toward the end of the
fourth quarter.

Marketing activities during the fourth quarter continued to be focused
on elevating the family dining experience with innovative and compelling
offerings across Arcos Dorados' menu board. The Company launched the
"McPicanha" and "Duplo Picanha" premium burgers within the Signature
Line and extended the "Clássicos do Dia" campaign in the affordability
platform, which helped drive traffic to the restaurants. The dessert
category performed well with the introduction of new flavors in the
iconic McFlurry line-up. The Company also launched the "Black Fryday"
campaign and maintained the popular and successful Open Doors program,
which invites customers to visit a McDonald's kitchen and see first-hand
the food quality standards of the brand. In 2018, over 2 million
Brazilian customers participated in this program.

As reported Adjusted EBITDA decreased 13.6% year-over-year and increased
1.6% on a constant currency basis. The Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted
by 30 basis points to 19.1%, due to higher refranchising activity in the
fourth quarter of last year. Excluding refranchising, the Adjusted
EBITDA margin would have expanded 100 basis points year-over-year, with
efficiencies in Payroll, Royalty Fees and G&A.

NOLAD

Figure 4. NOLAD Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

        4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       519             524        
 
Total Revenues 104.1 (4.1) 4.5 104.6 0.4% 4.3%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 3.4%
Adjusted EBITDA 10.3 (0.4) (0.9) 9.0 -12.4% -8.5%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin       9.9%                 8.6%            
 

NOLAD's as reported revenues remained relatively flat year-over-year, as
constant currency growth of 4.3% was almost fully offset by a negative
currency translation impact resulting from the 4% year-over-year average
depreciation of the Mexican peso against the US dollar. Systemwide
comparable sales increased 3.4%, largely driven by average check growth.
Mexico's top-line continues to perform strongly, recording a seventh
consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth.

As part of the Company's strategy to increase volumes in the division,
marketing initiatives included the launch of the Big Tasty campaign and
the continuation of the Chipotle Ranch premium burger in the Signature
Line. Other marketing initiatives during the fourth quarter included the
launch of McColoso and McFloat in the dessert category and Animal Jam
and Spiderman for the Happy Meal, which performed well during this
period. This division also launched a Black Friday initiative based on
iconic menu items.

As reported Adjusted EBITDA decreased 12.4%, or 8.5% on a constant
currency basis. The Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted by 130 basis
points to 8.6%, mainly due to higher Occupancy and other operating
expenses, and F&P costs.

SLAD

Figure 5. SLAD Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

       

4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       390             394        
 
Total Revenues 246.7 (115.5) 55.4 186.6 -24.4% 22.4%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 22.4%
Adjusted EBITDA 22.3 (7.6) 1.9 16.6 -25.7% 8.4%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin       9.0%                 8.9%            
 

SLAD's as reported revenues decreased 24.4%, as constant currency growth
of 22.4% was more than offset by negative currency translation effects
resulting from the 53% year-over-year average depreciation of the
Argentine peso against the US dollar. Systemwide comparable sales
increased 22.4%, driven by average check growth.

The division's marketing activities in the fourth quarter included
launching the Big Mac Bacon in the core segment and the continuation of
the Egg & Bacon premium burger in the Signature Line. As part of the
Company's growth strategy, promotional activity was increased. This
activity included the launch of several promotions through the App,
which helped mitigate the soft consumer environment in Argentina. The
Happy Meal performed well with Nintendo and Animal Jam. Also during the
quarter, the Company launched Mozzarella Sticks as well as Share Box in
its new Snacks platform.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased 25.7% on an as reported basis and rose 8.4% in
constant currency terms. The Adjusted EBITDA margin contracted 10 basis
points to 8.9%, as efficiencies in Payroll costs were almost fully
offset by higher F&P costs and Occupancy and Other Operating Expenses as
a percentage of revenues.

Caribbean Division

Figure 6. Caribbean Division: Key Financial Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

        4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       350             337        
 
Total Revenues 142.9 (35,547.4) 35,513.1 108.6 -24.0% 24854.5%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 34,505.9%
Adjusted EBITDA 27.5 (9,417.6) 9,397.4 7.2 -73.7% 34212.1%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin       19.2%                 6.7%            
 

The Caribbean division's results continue to be heavily impacted by
Venezuela's macroeconomic volatility, including the ongoing
hyperinflationary environment and the country's heavily regulated
currency. As such, reported results may contain significant non-cash
accounting charges to operations in this market. Due to the distortive
effects that Venezuela represents, the discussion of the Caribbean
division's operating performance is focused on results that exclude the
Company's operations in this country.

Caribbean Division – excluding Venezuela

Figure 7. Caribbean Division - Excluding Venezuela: Key Financial
Results

(In millions of U.S. dollars, except as noted)

        4Q17

(a)

   

Currency
Translation

(b)

   

Constant
Currency
Growth

(c)

   

4Q18
(a+b+c)

   

% As
Reported

   

% Constant
Currency

Total Restaurants (Units)       220             217        
 
Total Revenues 96.9 (2.8) 6.2 100.3 3.6% 6.4%
Systemwide Comparable Sales 5.7%
Adjusted EBITDA 5.2 (0.4) 3.4 8.3 59.3% 66.6%
Adjusted EBITDA Margin       5.3%                 8.2%            
 

As reported revenues in the Caribbean division, excluding Venezuela,
increased 3.6%, or 6.4% in constant currency terms. Comparable sales
increased 5.7%, well above the division's blended inflation, driven by
guest traffic. The division's comparable base positively benefitted from
prior year impacts from natural disasters in Puerto Rico and the USVI.

The division's marketing activities during the quarter included Animal
Jam and Spiderman for the Happy Meal and the launch of the Book or Toy
campaign, which encourages and supports family reading with children.
This division also performed well in the dessert category, with the
addition of new flavors to the classic McFlurry icecream. In Colombia,
the Company launched the McCombo del Día campaign, which drives traffic
at restaurants and is built on a lineup of core products.

Adjusted EBITDA totaled $8.3 million, compared to $5.2 million in the
same period of 2017. The Adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 290 basis
points to 8.2%, mainly driven by efficiencies in F&P costs and G&A
expenses.

New Unit Development

Figure 8. Total Restaurants (eop)*

       

December

2018

    September

2018

    June

2018

    March

2018

    December

2017

Brazil       968     939     933     929     929
NOLAD 524 521 522 522 519
SLAD 394 390 390 391 390
Caribbean 337 345 346 348 350
TOTAL       2,223     2,195     2,191     2,190     2,188
* Considers Company-operated and franchised restaurants at period-end

The Company opened 70 new restaurants during the twelve-month period
ended December 31, 2018, which was at the top end of the guidance range
for the year and resulted in a total of 2,223 restaurants. Also during
the period, the Company added 375 Dessert Centers, bringing the total to
3,089 units. McCafés totaled 266, as of December 31, 2018.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow Highlights

Cash and cash equivalents were $197.3 million at December 31, 2018. The
Company's total financial debt (including derivative instruments) was
$589.8 million. Net debt (Total Financial Debt minus Cash and
cash equivalents) was $392.5 million and the Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA
ratio was 1.5x at December 31, 2018.

 
Figure 9. Consolidated Financial Ratios

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except ratios)

      December 31     December 31
        2018     2017
Cash & cash equivalents (i) 197,282 328,079
Total Financial Debt (ii) 589,760 621,460
Net Financial Debt (iii) 392,478 293,381
Total Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio 2.3 2.0
Net Financial Debt / LTM Adjusted EBITDA ratio       1.5     1.0
(i) Cash & cash equivalents includes Short-term investment

(ii) Total financial debt includes long-term debt and derivative
instruments (including the asset portion of derivatives amounting
to $54.7 million and $35.1 million as a reduction of financial
debt as of December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively).

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

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $95.3 million in the
fourth quarter, while cash used in net investing activities totaled
$72.2 million, which included capital expenditures of $78.0 million,
compared to $66.2 million in the previous year's quarter. Cash used in
financing activities amounted to $29.8 million, including $17.8 million
of treasury stock purchases and $10.4 million of dividend payments.

Full Year 2018

Excluding the Venezuelan operation and for the year ended December 31,
2018, the Company's as reported revenues decreased 6.7% to $3.0 billion,
as constant currency growth of 8.8% was offset by negative currency
translation, mainly stemming from the significant year-over-year average
depreciation of the Argentine peso and, to a lesser extent, the
Brazilian real against the US dollar.

As reported Adjusted EBITDA, excluding Venezuela, was $292.2 million, a
3.5% increase compared to last year. On a constant currency basis,
Adjusted EBITDA increased 18.9%. The reported Adjusted EBITDA margin
expanded 90 basis points to 9.7%, the highest level since 2011.
Excluding refranchising activity, which was higher in 2017, the Adjusted
EBITDA margin would have expanded by 120 basis points, mostly a result
of efficiencies in Payroll.

Consolidated net income for the full year 2018, excluding Venezuela,
amounted to $85.9 million, compared to net income of $131.3 million in
2017. The prior year's result included $91.7 million from the Company's
re-development initiative, compared to $0.2 million this year. The
result also reflects lower net interest expenses, lower losses from
derivative instruments, a positive variance in foreign currency exchange
results, and lower income tax.

Capital expenditures totaled $197.0 million in 2018 versus $174.8
million last year.

Quarter Highlights & Recent Developments

Share Repurchase Program
On May
22, 2018, the Board of Directors approved the adoption of a share
repurchase program, pursuant to which the Company may repurchase from
time to time up to $60 million of issued and outstanding Class A shares
of no par value of the Company. The repurchase program began on this
date and will expire at the close of business on May 22, 2019. As of
December 31, 2018, the Company had purchased 6,360,826 shares at a total
cost of $46.0 million.

2019 Annual Guidance
For the
full year 2019, the Company expects to open between 80 and 85 new
restaurants. The Company also expects total capital expenditures to be
between $270 and $300 million.

2019 Dividend
On March 22,
2019, the Board of Directors of Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. approved
dividend payments for 2019. As such, the Company will pay a dividend of
$0.11 per share to all Class A and Class B shareholders of the Company
in three installments, as follows: $0.05 per share on April 12, 2019,
$0.03 per share on August 14, 2019, and $0.03 per share on December 12,
2019. The dividend will be paid to shareholders of record as of April 9,
2019, August 9, 2019, and December 9, 2019, respectively.

Definitions:

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. To better discern underlying business trends, this
release uses non-GAAP financial measures that segregate year-over-year
growth into two categories: (i) currency translation, (ii) constant
currency 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) Constant currency growth
reflects the underlying growth of the business excluding the effect from
currency translation.

Excluding Venezuela basis: due to
the ongoing political and macroeconomic uncertainty prevailing in
Venezuela, and in order to provide greater clarity and visibility on the
Company's financial and operating overall performance, this release
focuses on the results on an "Excluding-Venezuela" basis, which is
non-GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA: 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 non-GAAP 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 income (expenses), net, and within general and administrative
expenses in our statement of income: gains from sale or insurance
recovery of property and equipment; write-offs of property and
equipment; impairment of long-lived assets and goodwill; and incremental
compensation related to the modification of our 2008 long-term incentive
plan.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA facilitates company-to-company operating
performance comparisons by backing out potential differences caused by
variations such as capital structures (affecting net interest expense
and other financial charges), taxation (affecting income tax expense)
and the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (affecting
relative depreciation expense), which may vary for different companies
for reasons unrelated to operating performance. Figure 10 of this
earnings release include a reconciliation for Adjusted EBITDA. For more
information, please see Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation in Note 9 of our
quarterly financial statements (6-K Form) filed today with the S.E.C.

About Arcos Dorados

Arcos Dorados is the world's largest independent McDonald's franchisee
in terms of systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the
largest quick service restaurant 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 over 2,200 McDonald's-branded restaurants with over 90,000
employees and is 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: www.arcosdorados.com/ir

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 and guidance for 2018. 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.

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Consolidated Results
(In
thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

 
Figure 10. Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Consolidated Results

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

           
      For Three-Months ended For Twelve-Months ended
December 31, December 31,
        2018     2017 2018     2017
REVENUES        
Sales by Company-operated restaurants 715,823 851,276 2,932,609 3,162,256
Revenues from franchised restaurants         37,519       45,605   148,962       157,269
Total Revenues         753,342       896,881   3,081,571       3,319,525
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES
Company-operated restaurant expenses:
Food and paper (250,524) (290,143) (1,030,499) (1,110,240)
Payroll and employee benefits (137,090) (175,040) (607,793) (683,954)
Occupancy and other operating expenses (196,031) (219,304) (803,539) (842,519)
Royalty fees (39,259) (46,504) (157,886) (163,954)
Franchised restaurants - occupancy expenses (17,604) (20,185) (67,927) (69,836)
General and administrative expenses (62,250) (68,714) (229,324) (244,664)
Other operating (expenses) income, net         (11,730)       23,263   (61,145)       68,577
Total operating costs and expenses         (714,488)       (796,627)   (2,958,113)       (3,046,590)
Operating income         38,854       100,254   123,458       272,935
Net interest expense (13,542) (13,854) (52,868) (68,357)
Loss from derivative instruments (374) (29) (565) (7,065)
Foreign currency exchange results (777) 4,211 14,874 (14,265)
Other non-operating expenses, net         280       172   270       (435)
Income before income taxes         24,441       90,754   85,169       182,813
Income tax expense         (15,158)       (21,426)   (48,136)       (53,314)
Net income         9,283       69,328   37,033       129,499
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests         (47)       (56)   (186)       (333)
Net income attributable to Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.         9,236       69,272   36,847       129,166
Earnings per share information ($ per share):
Basic net income per common share $ 0.04 $ 0.33 $ 0.18 $ 0.61
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding-Basic         206,324,785       211,072,508   209,136,832       210,935,685
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation                      
Operating income 38,854 100,254 123,458 272,935
Depreciation and amortization 28,515 26,192 105,800 99,382
Operating charges excluded from EBITDA computation         18,732       (15,026)   28,739       (67,380)
Adjusted EBITDA         86,101       111,420   257,997       304,937
Adjusted EBITDA Margin as % of total revenues         11.4%       12.4%   8.4%       9.2%
 
 

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Consolidated Results – Excluding
Venezuela

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

 
Figure 11. Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Consolidated Results -
Excluding Venezuela

(In thousands of U.S. dollars, except per share data)

      For Three-Months ended     For Twelve-Months ended
December 31, December 31,
        2018     2017 2018     2017
REVENUES        
Sales by Company-operated restaurants 708,575 810,092 2,862,505 3,071,199
Revenues from franchised restaurants         36,541       40,771   140,208       146,847
Total Revenues         745,116       850,864   3,002,712       3,218,046
OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES
Company-operated restaurant expenses:
Food and paper (249,354) (280,746) (1,004,222) (1,074,890)
Payroll and employee benefits (136,616) (173,568) (603,215) (676,814)
Occupancy and other operating expenses (193,059) (208,916) (784,666) (816,913)
Royalty fees (39,259) (46,122) (159,348) (162,008)
Franchised restaurants - occupancy expenses (17,269) (18,779) (65,392) (66,510)
General and administrative expenses (59,971) (66,186) (222,578) (236,563)
Other operating (expenses) income, net         (7,567)       32,100   12,221       81,779
Total operating costs and expenses         (703,095)       (762,217)   (2,827,201)       (2,951,920)
Operating income         42,021       88,647   175,511       266,126
Net interest expense (13,541) (13,857) (52,848) (68,393)
Loss from derivative instruments (374) (29) (565) (7,065)
Foreign currency exchange results 362 5,013 9,813 (9,997)
Other non-operating expenses, net         280       172   269       (415)
Income before income taxes         28,748       79,945   132,180       180,255
Income tax expense         (9,768)       (16,032)   (46,135)       (48,656)
Net income         18,979       63,913   86,045       131,600
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests         (47)       (55)   (187)       (332)
Net income attributable to Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.         18,932       63,858   85,858       131,267
Earnings per share information ($ per share):
Basic net income per common share $ 0.09 $ 0.30 $ 0.41 $ 0.62
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding-Basic         206,324,785       211,072,508   209,136,832       210,935,685
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation                      
Operating income 42,021 88,647 175,511 266,126
Depreciation and amortization 27,420 24,029 100,793 92,019
Operating charges excluded from EBITDA computation         17,684       (23,548)   15,909       (75,915)
Adjusted EBITDA         87,125       89,127   292,214       282,230
Adjusted EBITDA Margin as % of total revenues         11.7%       10.5%   9.7%       8.8%
 
 

Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Results by Division
(In
thousands of U.S. dollars)

 
Figure 12. Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2018 Consolidated Results
by Division

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

      4Q     FY
Three-Months ended     % Incr.     Constant Twelve-Months ended     % Incr.     Constant
December 31,     /     Currency December 31,     /     Currency
        2018     2017     (Decr)     Incr/(Decr)% 2018 2017     (Decr)     Incr/(Decr)%

Revenues

   
Brazil 353,667 403,235 -12.3% 2.8% 1,345,453 1,496,573 -10.1% 2.4%
Caribbean 108,553 142,881 -24.0% 24854.5% 483,743 474,822 1.9% 9381.4%
Caribbean - Excl. Venezuela 100,327 96,871 3.6% 6.4% 404,884 373,347 8.4% 7.5%
NOLAD 104,566 104,104 0.4% 4.3% 406,848 386,874 5.2% 6.8%
SLAD 186,556 246,661 -24.4% 22.4% 845,527 961,256 -12.0% 20.0%
TOTAL 753,342 896,881 -16.0% 3967.6% 3,081,571 3,319,525 -7.2% 1349.6%
TOTAL - Excl. Venezuela 745,116 850,864 -12.4% 9.1% 3,002,712 3,218,046 -6.7% 8.8%
 
 

Operating Income (loss)

Brazil 47,784 61,576 -22.4% -8.8% 159,511 160,608 -0.7% 15.8%
Caribbean (5,877) 6,292 -193.4% 126934.4% (49,567) 1,538 -3312.4% 870493.9%
Caribbean - Excl. Venezuela (2,709) (5,304) 48.9% 51.4% 2,486 (5,263) 147.2% 141.2%
NOLAD 10 36,546 -100.0% -99.9% 7,726 99,152 -92.2% -92.1%
SLAD 9,979 18,093 -44.8% -16.9% 53,777 71,718 -25.0% 5.4%
Corporate and Other (13,042) (22,253) 41.4% 10.0% (47,989) (60,081) 20.1% -14.5%
TOTAL 38,854 100,254 -61.2% 7927.1% 123,458 272,935 -54.8% 4895.4%
TOTAL - Excl. Venezuela 42,021 88,647 -52.6% -45.1% 175,511 266,126 -34.0% -23.8%
 
 

Adjusted EBITDA

Brazil 67,655 78,260 -13.6% 1.6% 218,391 218,172 0.1% 16.2%
Caribbean 7,228 27,472 -73.7% 34212.1% (8,281) 40,844 -120.3% 36344.4%
Caribbean - Excl. Venezuela 8,252 5,180 59.3% 66.6% 25,937 18,137 43.0% 41.6%
NOLAD 8,994 10,261 -12.4% -8.5% 32,313 33,717 -4.2% -2.7%
SLAD 16,558 22,293 -25.7% 8.4% 73,670 87,083 -15.4% 14.5%
Corporate and Other (14,334) (26,866) 46.6% 24.2% (58,096) (74,879) 22.4% -1.7%
TOTAL 86,101 111,420 -22.7% 8442.4% 257,997 304,937 -15.4% 4883.1%
TOTAL - Excl. Venezuela       87,125     89,127     -2.2%     13.7%     292,214 282,230     3.5%     18.9%
 
Figure 13. Average Exchange Rate per Quarter*
        Brazil     Mexico     Argentina
4Q18       3.81     19.83     37.07
4Q17       3.25     18.99     17.56
 
 

Summarized Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands of U.S.
dollars)

Figure 14. Summarized Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands of U.S. dollars)

      December 31     December 31
        2018     2017
ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents 197,282 308,491
Short-term investment 0 19,588
Accounts and notes receivable, net 84,287 111,302
Other current assets (1)       182,993     213,656
Total current assets       464,562     653,037
Non-current assets
Property and equipment, net 856,192 890,736
Net intangible assets and goodwill 41,021 47,729
Deferred income taxes 58,334 74,299
Derivative instruments 54,735 35,069
Other non-current assets (2)       103,195     102,873
Total non-current assets       1,113,477     1,150,706
Total assets       1,578,039     1,803,743
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable 242,455 303,452
Taxes payable (3) 114,849 136,918
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 94,166 119,088
Other current liabilities (4) 24,527 23,715
Provision for contingencies 2,436 2,529
Financial debt (5)       14,879     19,881
Total current liabilities       493,312     605,583
Non-current liabilities
Accrued payroll and other liabilities 35,322 29,366
Provision for contingencies 26,073 25,427
Financial debt (6) 629,616 636,648
Deferred income taxes       957     10,577
Total non-current liabilities       691,968     702,018
Total liabilities       1,185,280     1,307,601
Equity
Class A shares of common stock 379,845 376,732
Class B shares of common stock 132,915 132,915
Additional paid-in capital 14,850 14,216
Retained earnings 413,074 401,134
Accumulated other comprehensive losses (502,266) (429,347)
Common stock in treasury       (46,035)     0
Total Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc shareholders' equity       392,383     495,650
Non-controlling interest in subsidiaries       376     492
Total equity       392,759     496,142
Total liabilities and equity       1,578,039     1,803,743
(1) Includes "Other receivables", "Inventories", "Prepaid expenses
and other current assets", 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", "Current portion of long-term debt"
and "Derivative instruments".
(6) Includes "Long-term debt, excluding current portion" and
"Derivative instruments".
 

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