Chuy's Holding
Nov 4, 2014

Chuy's Holdings, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Chuy's Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUY) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 28, 2014.

Highlights for the third quarter ended September 28, 2014 were as follows:

(1) Restaurant-level EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. For a reconciliation of restaurant-level EBITDA to GAAP net income and discussion of why we consider it useful, see the "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures" section of this release.

Steve Hislop, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chuy's Holdings, Inc. stated, "We are pleased with the continued strength of our top line growth. Our revenue increase of 19.9% was led by a comparable restaurant sales increase of 3.0%, which is our 17th straight quarter of comparable restaurant sales growth. Our made-from-scratch, Tex Mex-inspired menu, commitment to value and upbeat, irreverent atmosphere continue to clearly resonate with our guests. Our results continue to reflect near-term cost challenges related to commodities and the ongoing inefficiencies at our non-comparable restaurants which comprise 33% of our open restaurants. Based upon these challenges, and the performance year-to-date, we have revised our key assumptions for the full year guidance and have adjusted our projections accordingly."

Added Hislop, "With eleven new restaurants opened this year, as of today, our 2014 development plan is complete. Our development strategy will continue to include opening a majority of our new units through 2015 in developing markets where new restaurants exist. While building the awareness in these new markets will take time, we believe this strategy will continue to drive awareness for the Chuy's brand, provide a solid geographic footprint for continued growth and improve efficiencies in operations."

Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenue increased $10.6 million, or 19.9%, to $64.1 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared to the third quarter of 2013. The increase was primarily driven by $10.9 million in incremental revenue from an additional 140 operating weeks provided by 14 new restaurants opened during and subsequent to the third quarter of 2013. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in revenue related to non-comparable restaurants that are not included in the incremental revenue discussed above. Revenue for these non-comparable restaurants is historically lower as the restaurants transition out of the 'honeymoon' period that follows a restaurant's initial opening.

Comparable restaurant sales increased 3.0% in the third quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. The increase in comparable sales was driven by a 1.7% increase in average check and a 1.3% increase in average weekly customers. The comparable restaurant base consisted of 39 restaurants during the third quarter of 2014.

Total restaurant operating costs as a percentage of revenue increased to 82.7% in the third quarter of 2014 from 81.7% in the third quarter of 2013, driven primarily by the impact of higher labor costs as a percentage of revenue related to increased training and staffing levels and lower restaurant volumes at certain of our newer restaurants; higher food costs as a percentage of revenue, particularly beef, chicken and dairy costs; and higher utility costs as a percentage of revenue. These increased costs were partially offset by lower liquor taxes as a result of a new liquor tax law in Texas, which went into effect on January 1, 2014 and lower property tax expense as a percentage of revenue related to some of our newly opened restaurants.

Net income for the third quarter of 2014 was $3.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2013.

Development Update

During the third quarter, four new Chuy's restaurants were opened — San Antonio, Texas; Kennesaw, Georgia; Fairfax, Virginia; and Sugarland, Texas. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, one additional Chuy's restaurant was opened in Springfield, Virginia which completes our development for 2014.

2014 Outlook

The Company has revised its fiscal year 2014 guidance and now expects its diluted net income per share to range from $0.67 to $0.69 versus a previous range of $0.76 to $0.78. The net income guidance for fiscal year 2014 is based, in part, on the following annual assumptions:

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.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss financial results for the third quarter of 2014 today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Steve Hislop, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jon Howie, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer will host the call.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-801-6498 or for international callers by dialing 913-312-1488. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the passcode is 3269301. The replay will be available until November 11, 2014. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.chuys.com under the investors tab. An archive of the webcast will also be available through the corporate website shortly after the call has concluded.

About Chuy's

Founded in Austin, Texas in 1982, Chuy's owns and operates 59 full-service restaurants across fourteen states serving a distinct menu of authentic, made from scratch Tex Mex inspired dishes. Chuy's highly flavorful and freshly prepared fare is served in a fun, eclectic and irreverent atmosphere, while each location offers a unique, "unchained" look and feel, as expressed by the concept's motto "If you've seen one Chuy's, you've seen one Chuy's!". For further information about Chuy's, including the nearest location, visit the Chuy's website at www.chuys.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, including the Company's fiscal year 2014 guidance and the related assumptions, are forward-looking statements 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 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 weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Chuy's Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

   
Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
Revenue $ 64,107 $ 53,476 $ 183,342 $ 153,601
 
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 18,110 14,863 51,618 42,064
Labor 21,763 17,552 61,279 49,267
Operating 8,966 7,658 25,122 21,742
Occupancy 3,782 3,221 11,140 9,220
General and administrative 2,876 2,418 8,738 7,720
Secondary offering costs 925
Marketing 422 409 1,327 1,163
Restaurant pre-opening 1,273 983 3,733 3,004
Depreciation and amortization 2,663   2,324   7,418   6,418
Total costs and expenses 59,855   49,428   170,375   141,523
Income from operations 4,252 4,048 12,967 12,078
Interest expense 36   23   77   80
Income before income taxes 4,216 4,025 12,890 11,998
Income tax expense 1,110   1,209   3,706   3,381
Net income $ 3,106   $ 2,816   $ 9,184   $ 8,617
 
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.19   $ 0.17   $ 0.56   $ 0.53
Diluted $ 0.19   $ 0.17   $ 0.55   $ 0.52
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 16,436,585   16,344,454   16,423,301   16,241,661
Diluted 16,706,865   16,712,618   16,711,794   16,658,585
 

Chuy's Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Selected Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)

         
September 28,
2014

December 29,

2013

Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,493 $ 5,323
Total assets 170,825 151,162
Long-term debt 8,750 6,000
Total stockholders' equity 115,445 104,488
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Within our press release, we make reference to non-GAAP restaurant-level EBITDA, and pro forma net income. Restaurant-level EBITDA represents net income plus the sum of general and administrative expenses, secondary offering costs, restaurant pre-opening costs, depreciation and amortization, interest and taxes. Restaurant-level EBITDA is presented because: (i) the Company believes it is a useful measure for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses; and (ii) the Company uses restaurant-level EBITDA internally as a benchmark to evaluate its operating performance or compare our performance to that of our competitors. Additionally, the Company presents restaurant-level EBITDA because it excludes the impact of general and administrative expenses, which are not incurred at the restaurant level, and restaurant pre-opening costs, which are non-recurring at the restaurant level. The use of restaurant-level EBITDA thereby enables the Company and its investors to compare operating performance between periods and to compare our operating performance to the performance of the Company's competitors. The measure is also widely used within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant level productivity, efficiency and performance. The use of restaurant-level EBITDA 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. The Company presents restaurant-level EBITDA margin for the same reasons it presents restaurant-level EBITDA.

Pro forma net income represents our net income plus the expenses incurred related to our secondary offerings, less the pro forma incremental income tax expense resulting from discrete tax items in 2013.

The following table includes a reconciliation of net income to restaurant-level EBITDA (in thousands):

  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
 
Net income as reported $ 3,106 $ 2,816 $ 9,184 $ 8,617
Income tax provision 1,110 1,209 3,706 3,381
Interest expense 36 23 77 80
General and administrative 2,876 2,418 8,738 7,720
Secondary offering costs

925
Restaurant pre-opening expenses 1,273 983 3,733 3,004
Depreciation and amortization 2,663   2,324   7,418   6,418  
Restaurant-level EBITDA $ 11,064   $ 9,773   $ 32,856   $ 30,145  
 
Restaurant-level EBITDA margin (1) 17.3 % 18.3 % 17.9 % 19.6 %
 

(1) Restaurant-level EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing restaurant-level EBITDA by revenue.

The following is a reconciliation of GAAP net income and net income per share to pro forma net income and pro forma net income per share (in thousands):

  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
September 28,
2014
  September 29,
2013
 
Net income as reported $ 3,106 $ 2,816 $ 9,184 $ 8,617
Secondary offering costs (1)

 

 

 

 

925

Income tax expense (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(497

)
Pro forma net income $ 3,106   $ 2,816   $ 9,184   $ 9,045  
 
Net income per share - pro forma:
Basic - pro forma $ 0.19   $ 0.17   $ 0.56   $ 0.56  
Diluted - pro forma $ 0.19   $ 0.17   $ 0.55   $ 0.54  
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding - pro forma:
Basic - pro forma

 

16,436,585

 

 

16,344,454

 

 

16,423,301

 

 

16,241,661

 
Diluted - pro forma

 

16,706,865

 

 

16,712,618

 

 

16,711,794

 

 

16,658,585

 
 

Notes to reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP pro forma net income:

  1. Reflects the elimination of the offering expenses associated with the two secondary offerings completed in January 2013 and April 2013.
  2. In 2013, the tax expense for the thirty-nine weeks ended September 29, 2013 reflects the elimination of the favorable impact of a one-time tax adjustment for incremental employment tax credits from open tax years offset by the unfavorable tax impact of the non-deductible secondary offering costs.

Investor Relations
Fitzhugh Taylor, 203-682-8261
investors@chuys.com

Source: Chuy's Holdings, Inc.

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