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Luby's Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

HOUSTON, Jan. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Luby's, Inc. (LUB) ("Luby's") today announced unaudited financial results for its sixteen-week first quarter fiscal 2019, which ended on December 19, 2018. Comparisons in this earnings release for the first quarter fiscal 2019 are referred to as "first quarter."

First Quarter Key Metrics
(comparisons to first quarter fiscal 2018)

  • Total sales were $102.9 million
  • Same-store sales decreased 5.5%
  • Culinary Contract Services sales increased $2.6 million to $9.5 million
  • Loss from continuing operations of $7.5 million in the first quarter compared to loss from continuing operations of $5.5 million in the first quarter fiscal 2018
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased $0.8 million (see non-GAAP reconciliation below)

Chris Pappas, President and CEO, commented, "Our turn-around of the business is underway.  While sales pressure persisted in the first quarter, we reduced our food and operating costs at a greater percentage than the sales declined. In addition, we have taken substantial actions to restructure our corporate overhead that will result in more than $3.0 million of annual savings in selling, general, and administrative costs.

"We also continue to make positive progress with our property asset sales program, and as of this announcement, we have generated proceeds of $26.8 million, or about 60%, of our $45 million asset sales program. In addition, we refinanced our credit facility on December 13, 2018, providing $60.0 million of debt financing.  As a result of this refinancing, we put close to $20.0 million of cash on the balance sheet ($8.7 million in available for use cash and another $11.1 million in restricted cash that has been set aside for future interest payments and other short term commitments). As of the date of this announcement, we have already repaid $9.1 million on our debt balance utilizing proceeds from the sale of property.

"Our new Chief Operating Officer, Todd Coutee, is leveraging his three decades of restaurant experience to increase efficiency throughout our operations. He is realigning our organization by getting the right people in the right positions, coaching restaurant managers and inspiring our front-line employees by setting the right tone and leading by example. This leadership is driving positive changes in our menu offering, marketing efforts and customer service initiatives.

"From a marketing perspective, we are deploying technology and making improvements in mobile ordering, utilizing third party delivery platforms, and other services, to meet the modern needs/desires of our customers. We are utilizing more measurable digital marketing campaigns in conjunction with traditional media outlets. Our intention is to highlight our differentiation with respect to our competitors"

"Subsequent to the first quarter, through January 20, 2019, our total same-store sales have turned to a positive 0.7% with our cafeteria brand achieving a robust positive 2.8% compared to same period last year.

"Lastly, we plan to re-franchise many of our company-owned Fuddruckers as we transition to primarily a franchise model for Fuddruckers, while retaining company-owned stores in our core market of Houston."

Same-Store Sales Year-Over-Year Comparison


Q1

2019

Luby's Cafeterias

(3.0)%

Fuddruckers

(11.2)%

Combo locations (1)

(11.1)%

Cheeseburger in Paradise

(0.6)%

Total same-store sales (2)

(5.5)%



(1)

Combo locations consist of a side-by-side Luby's Cafeteria and Fuddruckers Restaurant at one property location.

(2)

Luby's includes a restaurant's sales results into the same-store sales calculation in the quarter after that store has been open for six complete consecutive quarters. In the first quarter, there were 76 Luby's Cafeterias locations, 50 Fuddruckers locations, all six Combo locations, and one Cheeseburger in Paradise location that met the definition of same-stores.

First Quarter Restaurant Sales:
($ thousands)

Restaurant Brand

Q1

2019

Q1

2018

Change

($)

Change

(%)

Luby's Cafeterias

$

62,786


$

67,430


$

(4,644)


(6.9)

%

Fuddruckers

21,533


26,914


(5,381)


(20.0)

%

Combo locations

5,964


6,712


(748)


(11.1)

%

Cheeseburger in Paradise

959


3,527


(2,568)


(72.8)

%

Total Restaurant Sales

$

91,099


$

104,583


$

(13,484)


(12.9)

%

 

  • Luby's Cafeterias sales decreased $4.6 million versus the first quarter fiscal 2018, due to the closure of six locations over the prior year and a 3.0% decrease in Luby's same-store sales. The decrease in same-store sales was the result of a 10.5% decrease guest traffic, partially offset by a 8.4% increase in average spend per guest.
  • Fuddruckers sales at company-owned restaurants decreased $5.4 million versus the first quarter fiscal 2018, due to 14 restaurant closings and a 11.2% decrease in same-store sales. The decrease in same-store sales was the result of a 17.1% decrease guest traffic, partially offset by a 7.1% increase in average spend per guest.
  • Combo location sales decreased $0.7 million, or 11.1%, versus first quarter fiscal 2018.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise sales decreased $2.6 million. The decrease in sales is related to reducing operations to a single store compared to operating eight locations in the first quarter fiscal 2018.
  • Loss from continuing operations was $7.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $5.5 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the first quarter fiscal 2018.
  • Store level profit, defined as restaurant sales plus vending revenue less cost of food, payroll and related costs, other operating expenses, and occupancy costs, was $9.2 million, or 10.1% of restaurant sales, in the first quarter compared to $11.1 million, or 10.6% of restaurant sales, during the first quarter fiscal 2018. The decline in store-level profit was primarily the result of higher restaurant payroll and related costs as a percentage of restaurant sales, partially offset by lower food costs and other operating costs as a percentage of sales. The increase in payroll and related costs as a percentage of restaurants sales was the result of higher average wage rates and sales declines that outpaced the reduction in hours deployed in our restaurants required to maintain service levels. Food costs declined as we changed the mix of menu offerings as well as applied further focus on efficient operations, including minimizing waste. Within our operating costs, we were able to reduce restaurant supplies and restaurant services to a level proportionate with reduced sales levels. Store level profit is a non-GAAP measure, and reconciliation to loss from continuing operations is presented after the financial statements.
  • Culinary Contract Services revenues increased by $2.6 million to $9.5 million with 30 operating locations during the first quarter. New locations contributed approximately $2.5 million in revenue and locations continually operated over the prior full year increased revenue approximately $0.4 million. These increases were partially offset by a $0.3 million decrease in revenue from locations that ceased operations. Culinary Contract Services profit margin decreased to 7.2% of Culinary Contract Services sales in the first quarter compared to 8.0% in the first quarter fiscal 2018.
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $0.3 million. Removing one-time severance and proxy-solicitation and communication costs of approximately $1.0 million, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased $1.3 million. The decrease reflects reductions in corporate staff and related costs as well as reductions in marketing spend.

Balance Sheet and Capital Expenditures

We ended the first quarter with a debt balance outstanding of $60.0 million, an increase from $39.5 million at the end of fiscal 2018. During the first quarter, our capital expenditures decreased to $1.1 million compared to $4.3 million in the first quarter fiscal 2018. At the end of the first quarter, we had $8.7 million in available cash, $11.1 million in restricted cash, and $108.1 million in total shareholders' equity.  Since the inception of our $45.0 million asset sales program, we have generated proceeds of $26.8 million.

Restaurant Counts:


August 29,
2018


FY19 Q1
Openings


FY19 Q1
Closings


December 19,
2018

Luby's Cafeterias(1)

84



(2)


82

Fuddruckers Restaurants(1)

60



(3)


57

Cheeseburger in Paradise

2



(1)


1

Total

146



(6)


140


(1)     Includes 6 restaurants that are part of Combo locations

Conference Call

Luby's will host a conference call on January 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss further its first quarter fiscal 2019 results. To access the call live, dial (412) 902-0030 and use the access code 13686560# at least 10 minutes prior to the start time, or listen live over the Internet by visiting the events page in the investor relations section of www.lubysinc.com. For those who cannot listen to the live call, a telephonic replay will be available through February 4, 2019 and may be accessed by calling (201) 612-7415 and using the access code 13686560#.  Also, an archive of the webcast will be available after the call for a period of 90 days on the "Investors" section of the Company's website.

About Luby's

Luby's, Inc. (LUB) operates 140 restaurants nationally as of December 19, 2018: 82 Luby's Cafeterias, 57 Fuddruckers, one Cheeseburger in Paradise restaurants. Luby's is the franchisor for 103 Fuddruckers franchise locations across the United States (including Puerto Rico), Canada, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, and Colombia. Luby's Culinary Contract Services provides food service management to 30 sites consisting of healthcare, corporate dining locations, and sports stadiums.

This press release contains statements that are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements contained in this press release, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of these provisions, including the statements under the caption "Outlook" and any other statements regarding scheduled openings of units, scheduled closures of units, sales of assets, expected proceeds from the sale of assets, expected levels of capital expenditures, effects of food commodity costs, anticipated financial results in future periods and expectations of industry conditions.

Luby's cautions readers that various factors could cause its actual financial and operational results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements made from time-to-time in news releases, reports, proxy statements, registration statements, and other written communications, as well as oral statements made from time to time by representatives of Luby's. The following factors, as well as any other cautionary language included in this press release, provide examples of risks, uncertainties and events that may cause Luby's actual results to differ materially from the expectations Luby's describes in such forward-looking statements: general business and economic conditions; the impact of competition; our operating initiatives; fluctuations in the costs of commodities, including beef, poultry, seafood, dairy, cheese and produce; increases in utility costs, including the costs of natural gas and other energy supplies; changes in the availability and cost of labor; the seasonality of Luby's business; changes in governmental regulations, including changes in minimum wages; the effects of inflation; the availability of credit; unfavorable publicity relating to operations, including publicity concerning food quality, illness or other health concerns or labor relations; the continued service of key management personnel; and other risks and uncertainties disclosed in Luby's annual reports on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share data)



Quarter Ended


December 19,
 2018


December 20,
 2017


(16 weeks)


(16 weeks)

SALES:




Restaurant sales

$

91,099



$

104,583


Culinary contract services

9,496



6,884


Franchise revenue

2,224



1,887


Vending revenue

99



143


TOTAL SALES

102,918



113,497


COSTS AND EXPENSES:




Cost of food

25,083



29,754


Payroll and related costs

34,513



38,126


Other operating expenses

16,502



19,499


Occupancy costs

5,875



6,261


Opening costs

33



75


Cost of culinary contract services

8,815



6,332


Cost of franchise operations

273



488


Depreciation and amortization

4,903



5,353


Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,224



11,525


Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

1,227



845


Net loss on disposition of property and equipment

149



222


Total costs and expenses

108,597



118,480


LOSS FROM OPERATIONS

(5,679)



(4,983)


Interest income



6


Interest expense

(1,713)



(649)


Other income, net

30



115


Loss before income taxes and discontinued operations

(7,362)



(5,511)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

121



(9)


Loss from continuing operations

(7,483)



(5,502)


Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes

(6)



(35)


NET LOSS

$

(7,489)



$

(5,537)


Loss per share from continuing operations:




Basic

$

(0.25)



$

(0.19)


Assuming dilution

$

(0.25)



$

(0.19)


Loss per share from discontinued operations:




Basic

$

(0.00)



$

(0.00)


Assuming dilution

$

(0.00)



$

(0.00)


Net loss per share:




Basic

$

(0.25)



$

(0.19)


Assuming dilution

$

(0.25)



$

(0.19)


Weighted average shares outstanding:




Basic

30,059



29,691


Assuming dilution

30,059



29,691


The following table contains information derived from the Company's Consolidated Statements of Operations expressed as a percentage of sales. Percentages may not total due to rounding.


Quarter Ended


December 19,
2018


December 20,
2017


(16 weeks)


(16 weeks)





Restaurant sales


88.5

%



92.1

%

Culinary contract services


9.2

%



6.1

%

Franchise revenue


2.2

%



1.7

%

Vending revenue


0.1

%



0.1

%

TOTAL SALES


100.0

%



100.0

%





COSTS AND EXPENSES:








(As a percentage of restaurant sales)




Cost of food


27.5

%



28.5

%

Payroll and related costs


37.9

%



36.5

%

Other operating expenses


18.1

%



18.6

%

Occupancy costs


6.4

%



6.0

%

Vending revenue


(0.1)

%



(0.1)

%

Store level profit


10.1

%



10.6

%





(As a percentage of total sales)




Marketing and advertising expenses


0.9

%



1.3

%

General and administrative expenses


10.0

%



8.9

%

Selling, general and administrative expenses


10.9

%



10.2

%

LOSS FROM OPERATIONS


(5.5)

%



(4.4)

%

 

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)



December 19,
 2018


August 29,
 2018


 (Unaudited)



ASSETS




Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

8,665



$

3,722


Restricted cash and cash equivalents

11,103




Trade accounts and other receivables, net

8,054



8,787


Food and supply inventories

4,144



4,022


Prepaid expenses

1,580



3,219


Total current assets

33,546



19,750


Property held for sale

19,469



19,469


Assets related to discontinued operations

1,813



1,813


Property and equipment, net

133,587



138,287


Intangible assets, net

17,660



18,179


Goodwill

555



555


Other assets

2,261



1,936


Total assets

$

208,891



$

199,989


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

8,274



$

10,457


Liabilities related to discontinued operations

21



14


Current portion of credit facility debt

10,000



39,338


Accrued expenses and other liabilities

30,732



31,755


Total current liabilities

49,027



81,564


Credit facility debt, less current portion

46,097




Liabilities related to discontinued operations

16



16


Other liabilities

5,694



5,781


Total liabilities

$

100,834



$

87,361


Commitments and Contingencies




SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Common stock, $0.32 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; shares issued were 30,164,360 and 30,003,642; and shares outstanding were 29,664,360 and 29,503,642, at December 19, 2018 and August 29, 2018, respectively

9,653



9,602


Paid-in capital

34,260



33,872


Retained earnings

68,919



73,929


Less cost of treasury stock, 500,000 shares

(4,775)



(4,775)


Total shareholders' equity

108,057



112,628


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

208,891



$

199,989


 

Luby's, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

(In thousands)



 Quarters Ended


December 19,

2018


December 20,

2017


(16 weeks)


(16 weeks)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net loss

$

(7,489)



$

(5,537)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:




Provision for asset impairments and net losses (gains) on property sales

1,376



1,067


Depreciation and amortization

4,903



5,353


Amortization of debt issuance cost

449



40


Share-based compensation expense

439



867


Deferred tax provision



(57)


Cash provided by (used in) operating activities before changes in operating assets and liabilities

(322)



1,733


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Decrease (increase) in trade accounts and other receivables

733



(307)


Increase in food and supply inventories

(123)



(290)


Insurance proceeds




Increase (decrease) in accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

(912)



1,905


Net cash provided by operating activities

1,257



3,482


CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from disposal of assets and property held for sale

171



185


Insurance proceeds



344


Purchases of property and equipment

(1,119)



(4,325)


Net cash used in investing activities

(948)



(3,796)


CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Revolver borrowings

18,506



22,900


Revolver repayments

(38,500)



(22,800)


Proceeds from term loan

58,400




Term loan repayments

(19,506)




Debt issuance costs

(3,155)




Taxes paid on equity withheld

(8)



(70)


Net cash provided by financing activities

15,737



30


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash

16,046



(284)


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

3,722



1,096


Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

19,768



$

812


Cash paid for:




Income taxes

$

29



$


Interest

1,637



515


Store Level Profit

Although store level profit, defined as restaurant sales plus vending revenue, less cost of food, payroll and related costs, other operating expenses, and occupancy costs, is a non-GAAP measure, we believe its presentation is useful because it explicitly shows the results of our most significant reportable segment.   The following table reconciles between store level profit, a non-GAAP measure to loss from continuing operations, a GAAP measure:

($ thousands)

Quarter Ended


December 19,
 2018


December 20,
 2017


(16 weeks)


(16 weeks)





Store level profit

$

9,225



$

11,086






Plus:




Sales from culinary contract services

9,496



6,884


Sales from franchise operations

2,224



1,887






Less:




Opening costs

33



75


Cost of culinary contract services

8,815



6,332


Cost of franchise operations

273



488


Depreciation and amortization

4,903



5,353


Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,224



11,525


Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

1,227



845


Net loss on disposition of property and equipment

149



222


Interest income



(6)


Interest expense

1,713



649


Other income, net

(30)



(115)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

121



(9)


Loss from continuing operations

$

(7,483)



$

(5,502)


Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest, provision (benefit) for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, and excluding net loss (gain) on disposing of property and equipment, provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings, non-cash compensation expense, franchise taxes, and decrease / (increase) in fair value of derivatives.

Adjusted EBITDA is intended as a supplemental measure of our performance that is not required by, or presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe Adjusted EBITDA  provides useful information to management and investors in valuing the Company and evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing our results to other competitors. Our management uses Adjusted EBITDA in evaluating management's performance when determining incentive compensation.

Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures as computed by other companies. These measures should be considered supplemental and not a substitute or superior to other GAAP performance measures.

($ thousands)

Quarter Ended


December 19,
 2018


December 20,
 2017


(16 weeks)


(16 weeks)





Loss from continuing operations

$

(7,483)



$

(5,502)


Depreciation and amortization

4,903



5,353


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

121



(9)


Interest expense

1,713



649


Interest income



(6)


Net loss on disposition of property and equipment

149



222


Provision for asset impairments and restaurant closings

1,227



845


Non-cash compensation expense

425



558


Franchise Taxes

67



59


Decrease / (Increase) in Fair Value of Derivative

88



(173)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,210



$

1,996


For additional information contact:

Dennard-Lascar Associates
Rick Black / Ken Dennard
Investor Relations
713-529-6600

 

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