Domino's Pizza® Announces Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Source: Domino's Pizza, Inc.
Domestic same store sales growth of 8.4%; International same store sales growth of 5.1%
Global net store growth of 217
Global retail sales growth of 14.5%
Diluted EPS up 22.9% to $1.18
$1.9 billion recapitalization transaction
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the third quarter of 2017, comprised of strong growth in same store sales, global store counts and earnings per share. Domestic same store sales grew 8.4% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, which represents the 26th consecutive quarter of positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. International same store sales grew 5.1% during the quarter, marking the 95th consecutive quarter of positive international same store sales growth. The Company had global net store growth of 217 stores in the quarter, comprised of 53 net new domestic stores and 164 net new stores internationally, and has added 1,182 net new stores over the trailing four quarters.
Diluted EPS was $1.18 for the third quarter, which was up 22.9% over the Company's diluted EPS in the prior year quarter. Management noted that the as-reported diluted EPS for the third quarter was negatively impacted by expenses related to the Company's recapitalization. Diluted EPS, as adjusted, was $1.27 for the third quarter, which was up 32.3% over the Company's diluted EPS in the prior year quarter.
In connection with the Company's recapitalization, as further discussed below, the Company borrowed $1.9 billion, and used a portion of the proceeds to repay its remaining debt under its 2012 fixed rate notes. The Company also entered into a $1.0 billion accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement with a counterparty, which was completed subsequent to the quarter. In connection with the ASR agreement, the Company will receive and retire a total of 5,218,670 shares of its common stock at an average price of $191.62, including 4,558,863 shares of its common stock received and retired during the third quarter.
The Company's Board of Directors declared a 46-cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of September 15, 2017 that was paid on September 29, 2017. The Company's Board of Directors also declared a 46-cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of December 15, 2017, to be paid on December 29, 2017.
"The third quarter was an excellent example of us simply continuing to do what we do best: executing on our long-term strategy, relying upon our strong fundamentals and aligning with our outstanding U.S. and international operators to turn in another quarter of phenomenal results," said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer. "The momentum behind this business continues to amaze me, proving once again that our domestic and international franchisees are second to none."
Third Quarter Highlights:
· Revenues were up 13.6% for the third quarter versus the prior year period, due primarily to higher supply chain revenues from increased volumes. Higher same store sales and store count growth in both our domestic and international markets also contributed to the increase in revenues.
· Net Income increased 19.3% for the third quarter versus the prior year period, primarily driven by an increase in same store sales growth and store count as well as higher supply chain volumes. The adoption of the new equity-based compensation accounting standard also positively impacted net income. These increases were partially offset by higher general and administrative expenses, primarily from investments in technological initiatives. Net income was also negatively impacted by expenses related to the Company's recapitalization.
· Diluted EPS was $1.18 for the third quarter versus $0.96 in the prior year quarter, which represents a 22-cent or 22.9% increase over the prior year quarter. Diluted EPS, as adjusted, was $1.27 for the third quarter versus $0.96 in the prior year quarter, which represents a 31-cent or 32.3% increase over the prior year quarter. These increases were driven by higher net income, as well as lower diluted share count, primarily as a result of the share repurchases made during the trailing four quarters. (See the Items Affecting Comparability section on page three and the Comments on Regulation G section on page four.)
The table below outlines certain statistical measures utilized by the Company to analyze its performance. Refer to the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details.
On July 24, 2017, the Company completed its recapitalization with the receipt of $1.9 billion of gross proceeds. The Company borrowed $1.6 billion of fixed rate senior secured notes and $300.0 million of floating rate senior secured notes and entered into a new $175.0 million variable funding note facility, which replaced its previous $125.0 million variable funding note facility. The Company used a portion of the proceeds from the recapitalization to repay the remaining $910.5 million in outstanding principal and interest under its 2012 fixed rate notes on July 27, 2017.
Additionally, the Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program that allows the Company to repurchase up to $1.25 billion of its common stock. This repurchase program replaced the remaining availability of approximately $136.4 million under the Company's previously approved $250.0 million share repurchase program. As part of this $1.25 billion share repurchase program, the Company entered into a $1.0 billion ASR agreement with a counterparty, which was completed subsequent to the quarter. In connection with the ASR agreement, the Company will receive and retire a total of 5,218,670 shares of its common stock at an average price of $191.62, including 4,558,863 shares of its common stock received and retired during the third quarter. As of October 12, 2017, the Company had authorization for repurchases of $250.0 million remaining under its open market share repurchase program.
The Company incurred certain expenses in connection with the recapitalization that are outlined in the items affecting comparability table below. Separately, the Company also recorded $16.8 million of debt issuance costs, which are included as a reduction of long-term debt on the consolidated balance sheet at September 10, 2017 and are expected be amortized into interest expense over the terms of its fixed and floating rate notes.
Adoption of New Accounting Guidance
The Company adopted ASU 2016-09 in the first quarter of 2017. This standard addresses the accounting for income taxes and forfeitures and the cash flow presentation of share-based compensation. The adoption resulted in a $3.5 million decrease in our third quarter 2017 provision for income taxes, or a 4.2 percentage point decrease in our third quarter 2017 effective tax rate, due to the recognition of excess tax benefits for options exercised and the vesting of equity awards. This item positively impacted our diluted EPS by approximately seven cents in the third quarter of 2017. Refer to the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 10, 2017 for additional detailed information regarding the impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-09.
Conference Call Information
The Company will file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q this morning. As previously announced, Domino's Pizza, Inc. will hold a conference call today at 10 a.m. (Eastern) to review its third quarter 2017 financial results. The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 400-9978 (U.S./Canada) or (706) 634-4947 (International). Ask for the Domino's Pizza conference call. The call will also be webcast at biz.dominos.com. The webcast will also be archived for one year on biz.dominos.com.
Items Affecting Comparability
The Company's reported financial results for the third quarter of 2017 and the three fiscal quarters of 2017 are not comparable to the reported financial results for the equivalent periods in 2016. The table below presents certain items that affect comparability between 2017 and 2016 financial results. Management believes that including such information is critical to the understanding of its financial results for the third quarter of 2017 and the three fiscal quarters of 2017 as compared to the same periods in 2016 (See the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details).
In addition to the items noted in the table below, the Company had lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding in 2017 that resulted in an increase in diluted EPS of approximately four cents in the third quarter of 2017 and approximately eight cents in the three fiscal quarters of 2017. The Company also incurred higher net interest expense in 2017 primarily as a result of higher net debt levels. The increase in net interest expense resulted in a decrease in diluted EPS of approximately two cents in the third quarter of 2017 and one cent in the three fiscal quarters of 2017.
As of September 10, 2017, the Company had approximately:
· $61.4 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents;
· $3.16 billion in total debt; and
· $131.9 million of available borrowings under its $175.0 million variable funding notes, net of letters of credit issued of $43.1 million. The Company has collateralized all of its letters of credit with restricted cash, and has the ability to access this cash with minimal notice.
The Company invested $38.9 million in capital expenditures during the three fiscal quarters of 2017, versus $38.3 million in the three fiscal quarters of 2016. Free cash flow, as reconciled below to cash flows from operations as determined under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was approximately $183.2 million in the three fiscal quarters of 2017.
Comments on Regulation G
In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G, including free cash flow metrics and measures related to items affecting comparability between fiscal quarters and other fiscal periods. The Company has also included metrics such as global retail sales growth and same store sales growth, which are commonly used statistical measures in the quick-service restaurant industry that are important to understanding Company performance.
The Company uses "Diluted EPS, as adjusted," which is calculated as reported Diluted EPS adjusted for the items that affect comparability to the prior year periods discussed above. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is Diluted EPS. The Company believes that the Diluted EPS, as adjusted measure is important and useful to investors and other interested persons and that such persons benefit from having a consistent basis for comparison between reporting periods. The Company uses Diluted EPS, as adjusted to internally evaluate operating performance, to evaluate itself against its peers and in long-range planning. Additionally, the Company believes that analysts covering the Company's stock performance generally eliminate these items affecting comparability when preparing their financial models, when determining their published EPS estimates and when benchmarking the Company against its competitors.
The Company uses "Global retail sales" to refer to total worldwide retail sales at Company-owned and franchise stores. The Company believes global retail sales information is useful in analyzing revenues because franchisees pay royalties that are based on a percentage of franchise retail sales. The Company reviews comparable industry global retail sales information to assess business trends and to track the growth of the Domino's Pizza® brand. In addition, supply chain revenues are directly impacted by changes in franchise retail sales. Retail sales for franchise stores are reported to the Company by its franchisees and are not included in Company revenues.
The Company uses "Same store sales growth," which is calculated by including only sales from stores that also had sales in the comparable period of the prior year. International same store sales growth is calculated similarly to domestic same store sales growth. Changes in international same store sales are reported excluding foreign currency impacts, which reflect changes in international local currency sales.
The Company uses "Free cash flow," which is calculated as cash flows from operations less capital expenditures, both as reported under GAAP. The Company believes that the free cash flow measure is important to investors and other interested persons, and that such persons benefit from having a measure which communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing debt, making acquisitions, repurchasing common stock, paying dividends or other similar uses of cash.
About Domino's Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 14,400 stores in over 85 international markets. Domino's had global retail sales of nearly $10.9 billion in 2016, with more than $5.3 billion in the U.S. and more than $5.5 billion internationally. In the third quarter of 2017, Domino's had global retail sales of more than $2.8 billion, with nearly $1.4 billion in the U.S. and over $1.4 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for over 97% of Domino's stores as of the third quarter of 2017. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's reach an estimated $5.6 billion in global digital sales in 2016, and has produced several innovative ordering platforms, including Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Twitter and text message using a pizza emoji. In late 2017, as part of an industry-first collaboration with Ford Motor Company, Domino's began a meaningful test of delivery using self-driving vehicles.
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SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995:
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