Highlights for the first quarter ended
Revenue increased 8.8% to
$102.1 millionfrom $93.9 millionin the first quarter of 2018.
- Comparable restaurant sales increased 3.2%.
Net income was
$3.2 million, or $0.19per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.19per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018. Net income in the first quarter of 2019 included closures costs of $0.4 million( $0.4 million, net of tax or $0.02per diluted share).
Adjusted net income(1) was
$3.6 million, or $0.21per diluted share compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.19per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2018.
Restaurant-level operating profit(1) was
$15.7 millioncompared to $15.3 millionin the first quarter of 2018.
- One restaurant opened during the first quarter of 2019.
|(1)||Adjusted net income and restaurant-level operating profit are non-GAAP measures. For reconciliations of adjusted net income and restaurant-level operating profit to the most directly comparable GAAP measures see the accompanying financial tables. For a discussion of why we consider adjusted net income and restaurant-level operating profit useful, see “Non-GAAP Measures” below.|
Hislop added, “We successfully opened one new restaurant during the first quarter and have subsequently opened two additional restaurants during the second quarter. We are pleased with the performance of these three recent openings thus far as our operators and development team continue to do an excellent job of instilling the Chuy’s culture in our new restaurants. To better balance new unit growth with driving sales and improving restaurant profitability, we are maintaining our 2019 development plan of five to seven restaurants.”
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Comparable restaurant sales increased 3.2% for the thirteen weeks ended
Total restaurant operating costs as a percentage of revenue increased to 84.6% in the first quarter of 2019 from 83.8% in the first quarter of 2018. The increase in restaurant operating costs as a percentage of revenue was primarily driven by higher cost of sales as a result of unfavorable commodity pricing, higher labor costs due to new store labor inefficiencies; an increase in marketing expenses as a result of new national-level marketing initiatives; and an increase in occupancy costs as a result of higher rental expense on certain newly opened restaurants.
Total general and administrative expenses increased
During the first quarter of 2019, the Company incurred costs of
Effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2019 was 3.5% compared to 13.0% during the comparable period in 2018. The decrease in our effective tax rate for the quarter is primarily related to an increase in employee tax credits in proportion to our estimated taxable income offset by a negative impact of certain discrete items.
As a result of the foregoing, net income in the first quarter of 2019
was flat compared to the same period last year at
Adjusted net income increased to
During the first quarter, one new restaurant was opened in
Subsequent to the end of the first quarter, two additional restaurants
were opened, one in
Share Repurchase Program
During the first quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased approximately
80,000 shares of common stock for a total of
The Company reaffirmed its expectation of the 2019 net income per
diluted share of
- Comparable restaurant sales growth of 1.5% to 2.5%;
Restaurant pre-opening expenses of
$2.1 million to $2.9 million;
General and administrative expense of
$23.6 million to $24.1 millionversus a previous range of $23.3 million to $23.8 million;
- An effective tax rate of 0% to 5% versus a previous range of 6% to 8%;
- The opening of five to seven new restaurants;
- Annual weighted average diluted shares outstanding of 17.0 million to 17.1 million shares versus a previous range of 17.1 million to 17.2 million; and
Net capital expenditures (net of tenant improvement allowances) of
$24.5 million to $30.7 million.
|(1)||Adjusted net income is a non-GAAP measure. For a reconciliation of adjusted net income to the most directly comparable GAAP measure see the accompanying financial tables. For a discussion of why we consider adjusted net income useful, see “Non-GAAP Measures” below.|
The following definitions apply to these terms as used in this release:
Comparable restaurant sales reflect changes in sales for the comparable group of restaurants over a specified period of time. We consider a restaurant to be comparable in the first full quarter following the 18th month of operations. Changes in comparable sales reflect changes in customer count trends as well as changes in average check.
Average check is calculated by dividing revenue by total entrées sold for a given time period. Average check reflects menu price influences as well as changes in menu mix.
Average weekly customers is measured by the number of entrées sold per week. Our management team uses this metric to measure changes in customer traffic.
Total restaurant operating costs includes cost of sales, labor, operating, occupancy and marketing costs.
The Company will host a conference call to discuss financial results for
the first quarter of 2019 today at
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing
800-239-9838 or for international callers by dialing 323-794-2551. A
replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing
844-512-2921 or for international callers by dialing 412-317-6671; the
passcode is 2573768. The replay will be available until
Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts,
including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated
financial performance and related annual assumptions, the strategy to
improve store-level profitability and the anticipated results from our
marketing, technology, labor and off-premise initiatives and, our
development plan and the number of restaurants we will open next year
are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and
uncertainties. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and
expectations of the management of the Company. Actual results may vary
materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a
number of factors including, without limitation, the actual number of
restaurant openings, the sales at the Company’s restaurants, changes in
restaurant development or operating costs, such as food and labor, the
Company’s ability to leverage its existing management and
infrastructure, changes in restaurant pre-opening expense, general and
administrative expenses, capital expenditures, or our effective tax
rate, changes in the number of diluted shares outstanding, strength of
consumer spending, conditions beyond the Company’s control such as
timing of holidays, weather, natural disasters, acts of war or
terrorism, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the
Company’s customers or food supplies, the timing and amount of
repurchases of our common stock, if any, changes to the Company’s
expected liquidity position, the possibility that the repurchase program
may be suspended or discontinued and other factors disclosed from time
to time in the Company’s filings with the
We prepare our financial statements in accordance with GAAP. Within our press release, we make reference to non-GAAP restaurant-level operating profit, restaurant-level operating margin and adjusted net income. Restaurant-level operating profit represents income from operations plus the sum of general and administrative expenses, restaurant pre-opening costs, closure costs and depreciation and amortization. Restaurant-level operating profit is presented because: (i) we believe it is a useful measure for investors to assess the operating performance of our restaurants without the effect of non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses; and (ii) we use restaurant-level operating profit internally as a benchmark to evaluate our restaurant operating performance and to compare our performance to that of our competitors. Additionally, we present restaurant-level operating profit because it excludes the impact of general and administrative expenses, which are not incurred at the restaurant level, and restaurant pre-opening costs and closure costs. Although we incur pre-opening costs on an ongoing basis as we continue to open new restaurants, the pre-opening costs and closure costs are not components of a restaurant's ongoing operating expenses. The use of restaurant-level operating profit thereby enables us and our investors to compare operating performance between periods and to compare our operating performance to the performance of our competitors. The measure is also widely used within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant-level productivity, efficiency and performance. The use of restaurant-level operating profit as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. We present restaurant-level operating margin for the same reasons we present restaurant-level operating profit.
Adjusted net income represents net income before impairment and closure costs and income tax effect on adjustment. We believe the use of adjusted net income provides additional information to enable us and our investors to facilitate year-over-year performance comparison and a comparison to the performance of our peers.
Restaurant-level operating profit, restaurant-level operating margin and adjusted net income exclude various expenses as discussed above that may materially impact our consolidated results of operations. As a result, these measures are not indicative of the Company’s consolidated results of operations. We present these measures exclusively as supplements to, and not substitutes for, net income or income from operations computed in accordance with GAAP. As a supplemental disclosure, restaurant-level operating profit and adjusted net income should not be considered as alternatives to net income or income from operations as an indicator of our performance or as alternatives to any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP.
|Chuy’s Holdings, Inc.|
|Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements|
|(In thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Thirteen Weeks Ended|
|March 31, 2019||April 1, 2018|
|Costs and expenses:|
|Cost of sales||25,715||25.2||23,573||25.1|
|General and administrative||6,167||6.0||5,471||5.8|
|Depreciation and amortization||5,077||5.0||4,713||5.0|
|Total costs and expenses||98,740||96.7||90,175||96.1|
|Income from operations||3,371||3.3||3,675||3.9|
|Interest expense, net||39||—||16||—|
|Income before income taxes||3,332||3.3||3,659||3.9|
|Income tax expense||115||0.1||476||0.5|
|Net income per common share: Basic||$||0.19||$||0.19|
|Net income per common share: Diluted||$||0.19||$||0.19|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding: Basic||16,870,154||16,936,824|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding: Diluted||16,955,324||17,069,140|
|Reconciliation of GAAP net income and net income per share to adjusted results|
|(Unaudited, in thousands except share and per share data)|
|Thirteen Weeks Ended||Fiscal Year Ended|
|March 31, 2019||April 1, 2018||December 30, 2018|
|Net income as reported||$||3,217||$||3,183||$||5,539|
|Impairment & closure costs||372||—||12,336|
|Income tax effect on adjustment (1)||(19||)||—||(2,897||)|
|Adjusted net income||$||3,570||$||3,183||$||14,978|
|Adjusted net income per common share: Basic||$||0.21||$||0.19||$||0.88|
|Adjusted net income per common share: Diluted||$||0.21||$||0.19||$||0.88|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding: Basic||16,870,154||16,936,824||16,931,589|
|Weighted-average shares outstanding: Diluted||16,955,324||17,069,140||17,062,347|
|(1)||Reflects the tax expense associated with the adjustment for closure costs in the first quarter of 2019 and impairment costs in the fiscal year 2018. The tax expense was calculated based on the change in the tax provision calculation after adjusting for the reconciling item.|
|Reconciliation of GAAP income from operations to restaurant-level operating profit|
|(Unaudited, in thousands)|
|Thirteen Weeks Ended|
|March 31, 2019||April 1, 2018|
|Income from operations as reported||$||3,371||$||3,675|
|General and administrative||6,167||5,471|
|Depreciation and amortization||5,077||4,713|
|Restaurant-level operating profit||$||15,705||$||15,280|
|Restaurant-level operating margin (1)||15.4||%||16.3||%|
|(1)||Restaurant-level operating margin is calculated by dividing restaurant-level operating profit by revenue.|
|Chuy’s Holdings, Inc.|
|Unaudited Selected Balance Sheet Data|
|March 31, 2019||December 30, 2018|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||7,345||$||8,199|
|Total assets (1)||442,693||277,084|
|Total stockholders’ equity||194,923||193,851|
|(1)||Includes approximately $170.3 million of operating lease assets recorded during the first quarter of 2019 as a result of the adoption of Accounting Standards Update 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842).|