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The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2017

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2018-- The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, which ended on January 2, 2018.

Total revenues were $571.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 as compared to $603.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. The fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 included 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016. Net income and diluted net income per share were $57.7 million and $1.24, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

The Company recorded a $38.5 million benefit to the income tax provision from a revaluation of the Company’s deferred tax assets and liabilities related to recently enacted tax reform. The Company also recorded a pre-tax, non-cash impairment charge of $9.1 million related to one Cheesecake Factory restaurant and one Grand Lux Cafe. Excluding these items, net income and diluted net income per share were $24.7 million and $0.53, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Comparable restaurant sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants declined 0.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 (13 weeks vs. 13 weeks).

“Our sales trend started to stabilize during the fourth quarter, which coupled with solid operational performance, drove comparable sales and earnings results within our expectations,” said David Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “In addition, we opened six restaurants during the quarter, including our first Company-owned international location in Canada, as we continue to execute our growth strategy.”

Overton continued, “Underscoring the strength of our culture and values, we are honored to be recognized as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For®” by FORTUNE magazine for the fifth consecutive year. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our founding this year, our steadfast commitment to taking exceptional care of our guests and staff members has been integral to our success. Even in the face of a challenging restaurant industry environment during 2017, this long-term mindset guides our strategic initiatives and paves the way for a solid future for The Cheesecake Factory.”

Development

The Company opened five Cheesecake Factory restaurants and one RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, meeting its objective to open eight Company-owned restaurants in fiscal 2017.

In addition, two Cheesecake Factory restaurants opened under licensing agreements internationally during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, including the first location in Bahrain and the third location in Qatar, for a total of four locations opened under licensing agreements during fiscal 2017, as expected. In addition, the first location in Beijing opened under a licensing agreement in late January, 2018.

Capital Allocation

The Company’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.29 per share on the Company’s common stock. The dividend is payable on March 20, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 28, 2018.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017, the Company repurchased approximately 0.4 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $16.6 million. In fiscal 2017, the Company repurchased a total of 2.6 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $123.0 million.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will hold a conference call to review its results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017 today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website at investors.thecheesecakefactory.com and a replay of the webcast will be available through March 23, 2018.

About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the introduction of its namesake concept. The Company, through its subsidiaries, owns and operates 214 full-service, casual dining restaurants throughout the U.S.A., including Puerto Rico, and Canada, comprised of 199 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory® mark; 13 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe® mark; and two restaurants under the RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen® mark (transitioning from Rock Sugar Pan Asian Kitchen®). Internationally, 20 The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants operate under licensing agreements. The Company’s bakery division operates two bakery production facilities, in Calabasas Hills, CA and Rocky Mount, NC, that produce quality cheesecakes and other baked products for its restaurants, international licensees and third-party bakery customers. In 2018, the Company was named to the FORTUNE Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For®” list for the fifth consecutive year. To learn more about the Company, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com.

FORTUNE and FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® are registered trademarks of Time Inc. and are used under license. From FORTUNE Magazine, March 1, 2018 ©2018 Time Inc. Used under license. FORTUNE and Time Inc. are not affiliated with, and do not endorse products or services of, The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements, including uncertainties related to the Company’s ability to: stabilize comparable sales results; provide a differentiated experience to guests; outperform the casual dining industry and increase its market share; leverage sales increases and manage flow through; stabilize margins; grow earnings; remain relevant to consumers; attract and retain qualified management and other staff; increase shareholder value; profitably expand its concepts domestically and in Canada, and work with its licensees to expand its concept internationally; support the growth of North Italia and Flower Child restaurants; develop a fast casual concept; expand consumer packaged goods licensing revenue; utilize its capital effectively and continue to increase cash dividends and repurchase its shares; and factors outside of the Company’s control including: economic and political conditions that impact consumer confidence and spending; impact of recently enacted tax reform; acceptance and success of The Cheesecake Factory in international markets; the risks of doing business abroad through Company-owned restaurants and/or licensees; foreign exchange rates and potential changes in NAFTA and cross border taxation; changes in unemployment rates; the economic health of the Company’s landlords and other tenants in retail centers in which its restaurants are located; the economic health of suppliers, licensees, vendors and other third parties providing goods or services to the Company; adverse weather conditions in regions in which the Company’s restaurants are located; factors that are under the control of government agencies, landlords and other third parties; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the dates on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by securities laws. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements and the discussion of risk factors contained in the Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K as filed with the SEC, which are available at www.sec.gov.

 
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited; in thousands, except per share and statistical data)
               

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Income

13 Weeks Ended
January 2, 2018

14 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2017

52 Weeks Ended
January 2, 2018

53 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2017

Amount Percent of

Revenues

Amount Percent of

Revenues

Amount Percent of

Revenues

Amount Percent of

Revenues

Revenues $ 571,815 100.0 % $ 603,146 100.0 % $ 2,260,502 100.0 % $ 2,275,719 100.0 %
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 134,015 23.4 % 140,084 23.2 % 519,388 23.0 % 526,628 23.2 %
Labor expenses 197,231 34.5 % 202,562 33.6 % 777,595 34.4 % 759,998 33.4 %
Other operating costs and expenses 141,257 24.7 % 143,951 23.9 % 552,791 24.4 % 540,365 23.7 %
General and administrative expenses 34,587 6.1 % 38,863 6.4 % 141,533 6.2 % 146,042 6.4 %
Depreciation and amortization expenses 23,237 4.1 % 23,451 3.9 % 92,729 4.1 % 88,010 3.9 %
Impairment of assets and lease terminations 9,112 1.6 % 114 0.0 % 10,343 0.5 % 114 0.0 %
Preopening costs   7,629     1.3 %   6,975     1.2 %   13,278   0.6 %   13,569   0.6 %
Total costs and expenses   547,068     95.7 %   556,000     92.2 %   2,107,657   93.2 %   2,074,726   91.2 %
Income from operations 24,747 4.3 % 47,146 7.8 % 152,845 6.8 % 200,993 8.8 %
Interest and other expense, net   (1,953 )   (0.3 )%   (2,263 )   (0.4 )%   (6,379 ) (0.3 )%   (9,225 ) (0.4 )%
Income before income taxes 22,794 4.0 % 44,883 7.4 % 146,466 6.5 % 191,768 8.4 %
Income tax provision/(benefit)   (34,944 )   -6.1 %   12,502     2.0 %   (10,926 ) -0.5 %   52,274   2.3 %
Net income $ 57,738     10.1 % $ 32,381     5.4 % $ 157,392   7.0 % $ 139,494   6.1 %
 
Basic net income per share $ 1.26   $ 0.68   $ 3.35   $ 2.91  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   45,751     47,403     46,930     47,981  
 
Diluted net income per share $ 1.24   $ 0.66   $ 3.27   $ 2.83  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   46,730     48,795     48,152     49,372  
 
Selected Segment Information
Revenues:
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants $ 514,782 $ 547,809 $ 2,057,816 $ 2,078,083
Other   57,033     55,337     202,686     197,636  
Total $ 571,815   $ 603,146   $ 2,260,502   $ 2,275,719  
 
Income/(loss) from operations:
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants (1) $ 56,553 $ 74,673 $ 263,581 $ 308,058
Other (2) (1,385 ) 8,189 17,547 27,623
Corporate   (30,421 )   (35,716 )   (128,283 )   (134,688 )
Total $ 24,747   $ 47,146   $ 152,845   $ 200,993  
 
(1) Includes the following recorded in impairment of assets and lease terminations in the consolidated statements of income: $1.3 million in the thirteen weeks ended January 2, 2018 related to one The Cheesecake Factory restaurant; $2.5 million in the fifty-two weeks ended January 2, 2018 related to three The Cheesecake Factory restaurants; and $0.1 million in the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2017 related to one The Cheesecake Factory restaurant.
 
(2) Includes $7.8 million recorded in impairment of assets and lease terminations in the consolidated statements of income in the thirteen and fifty-two weeks ended January 2, 2018 related to one Grand Lux Cafe.
 
Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Information January 2, 2018 January 3, 2017
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,008 $ 53,839
Total assets 1,333,060 1,293,319
Total liabilities 719,530 690,112
Stockholders' equity 613,530 603,207
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

The Cheesecake Factory Supplemental Information

13 Weeks Ended

January 2, 2018

14 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2017

52 Weeks Ended
January 2, 2018

53 Weeks Ended
January 3, 2017

Comparable restaurant sales -0.9 % 1.1 % -0.8 % 1.2 %
Restaurants opened during period 5 5 7 7
Restaurants open at period-end 199 194 199 194
Restaurant operating weeks 2,546 2,690 10,096 10,031
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results

In addition to the results provided in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in this press release, the Company is providing non-GAAP measurements which present net income and diluted net income per share excluding the impact of certain items.

The non-GAAP measurements are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that the presentation of these items provides additional information to facilitate the comparison of past and present financial results.

 
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(unaudited; in thousands, except per share data)
                     
 
13 Weeks Ended 14 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 53 Weeks Ended
January 2, 2018 January 3, 2017 January 2, 2018 January 3, 2017
 
Net Income (GAAP) $ 57,738 $ 32,381 $ 157,392 $ 139,494
After-tax impact from:
- Impairment of assets and lease terminations (1) 5,467 68 6,206 68
- Deferred tax revaluation (2)     (38,525 )     -     (38,525 )     -
Adjusted net income (non-GAAP)   $ 24,680     $ 32,449   $ 125,073     $ 139,562
 
Diluted net income per share (GAAP) $ 1.24 $ 0.66 $ 3.27 $ 2.83
After-tax impact from:
- Impairment of assets and lease terminations 0.12 0.00 0.13 0.00
- Deferred tax revaluation     (0.83 )     -     (0.80 )     -
Adjusted diluted net income per share (non-GAAP) (3)   $ 0.53     $ 0.67   $ 2.60     $ 2.83
 
(1) The pre-tax amounts associated with these items were $9.1 million and $10.3 million in the thirteen weeks and fifty-two weeks ended January 2, 2018, respectively, and $0.1 million in the fourteen and fifty-three weeks ended January 3, 2017. These amounts were recorded in impairment of assets and lease terminations.
(2) Fiscal 2017 includes a $38.5 million benefit to the income tax provision related to recently enacted tax reform.
(3) Adjusted diluted net income per share may not add due to rounding.

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The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Stacy Feit
(818) 871-3000
investorrelations@thecheesecakefactory.com