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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings per Share of $0.73 and Annual Net Earnings Growth of Over 31% for 2011

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings per Share of $0.73 and Annual Net Earnings Growth of Over 31% for 201116:01 EST Tuesday, February 07, 2012 MINNEAPOLIS (Business Wire) -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 25, 2011. Highlights for the fourth quarter versus the same period a year ago were: Total revenue increased 34.5% to $220.5 million Company-owned restaurant sales grew 36.4% to $202.9 million Same-store sales increased 8.9% at company-owned restaurants and 5.9% at franchised restaurants Net earnings increased 34.0% to $13.6 million from $10.2 million, and earnings per diluted share increased 32.7% to $0.73 from $0.55 Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our strong fourth quarter performance capped a tremendous year for Buffalo Wild Wings, which reflects the focused efforts and hard work of our franchisees and Team Members in providing sports fans with an outstanding guest experience. Together, we accomplished category-leading results. Fourth quarter same-store sales grew by 8.9% at company-owned and 5.9% at franchised locations, helping us surpass $2 billion in system-wide sales for 2011. Strong sales at both new and existing restaurants drove fourth quarter earnings per share of $0.73, bringing our annual net earnings growth to over 31%.” Total revenue increased 34.5% to $220.5 million in the fourth quarter compared to $163.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Company-owned restaurant sales for the quarter increased 36.4% over the same period in 2010, to $202.9 million, driven by a company-owned same-store sales increase of 8.9% and 60 additional company-owned restaurants at the end of fourth quarter 2011 relative to the same period in 2010. Franchise royalties and fees increased 15.3% to $17.5 million for the quarter versus $15.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. This increase is attributed to a franchise same-store sales increase of 5.9% and 25 additional franchised restaurants at the end of the period versus a year ago. Average weekly sales for company-owned restaurants were $51,983 for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $45,595 for the same quarter last year, a 14.0% increase. Franchised restaurants averaged $53,385 for the period versus $49,837 in the fourth quarter a year ago, a 7.1% increase. For the fourth quarter, net earnings increased 34.0% to $13.6 million versus $10.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Earnings per diluted share were $0.73, as compared to fourth quarter 2010 earnings per diluted share of $0.55. 2012 Outlook Ms. Smith remarked, "The first quarter is an exciting time for guests at Buffalo Wild Wings. We are off to a great start with strong sales momentum, and our same-store sales through the first six weeks of 2012 have increased 12.9% at company-owned and 10.8% at franchised restaurants. We'll debut our new TV and radio spots, and our multi-layered marketing and advertising program will have an increased presence in first quarter and throughout the year. Our restaurant teams are focused on driving sales and are ready to welcome basketball fans. In addition, we'll begin a phased roll-out of online ordering." Ms. Smith concluded, “Buffalo Wild Wings is a fun and social brand with tremendous growth potential across the globe. We'll open our 900th restaurant this year, and continue to build our presence on the west and east coasts and in Canada. Ultimately, we believe that we will be a chain of more than 1500 locations in North America. With our strategic focus on guest experience and operational excellence, our ongoing sales strength and unit-level execution, and the benefit of a 53rd week, we will overcome rising commodity costs and achieve 20% net earnings growth for 2012.” Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting a conference call today, February 7, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time to discuss these results. There will be a simultaneous webcast conducted at our website www.buffalowildwings.com. A replay of the call will be available until February 14, 2012. To access this replay, please dial 1.858.384.5517 password 4503257. About the CompanyBuffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar™ restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings' menu specializes in 18 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently 827 Buffalo Wild Wings locations across 47 states in the United States, as well as in Canada. Forward-looking StatementsVarious remarks we make about future expectations, plans, and prospects for the company constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to our future financial and store performance measures and growth goals for 2012 and beyond, including but not limited to those relating to our first quarter sales trends and projected unit and net earnings growth rates for 2012 and beyond. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements and are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology, including “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “should” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, the ability of our franchisees to open and manage new restaurants, market acceptance in the new geographic regions we enter (particularly non-U.S. locations), unforeseen obstacles in developing nontraditional sites or non-U.S. locations, our ability to obtain and maintain licenses and permits necessary to operate our existing and new restaurants, our franchisees' adherence to our practices, policies and procedures, the cost of commodities such as traditional chicken wings, the success of our key initiatives and our advertising and marketing campaigns, our ability to control restaurant labor and other restaurant operating costs, the continued service of key management personnel, our ability to protect our name and logo and other proprietary information, economic conditions (including changes in consumer preferences or consumer discretionary spending), the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, the sale of food and alcoholic beverages, the effect of competition in the restaurant industry, and other factors disclosed from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described under “Risk Factors” in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2010, as updated in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders 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. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.     BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS(Dollar and share amounts in thousands except per share data)(unaudited)                 Three months endedFiscal years endedDecember 25,December 26,December 25,December 26,2011201020112010 Revenue: Restaurant sales $ 202,936 148,738 717,395 555,184 Franchise royalties and fees   17,528 15,198 67,083 58,072 Total revenue   220,464 163,936 784,478 613,256 Costs and expenses: Restaurant operating costs: Cost of sales 59,637 42,820 203,291 160,877 Labor 60,679 44,424 215,649 167,193 Operating 31,520 23,231 109,654 88,694 Occupancy 11,924 9,653 44,005 36,501 Depreciation and amortization 14,212 10,433 49,913 39,205 General and administrative (1) 19,295 15,038 72,689 53,996 Preopening 4,197 3,297 14,564 8,398 Loss on asset disposals and store closures   414 432 1,929 2,051 Total costs and expenses   201,878 149,328 711,694 556,915 Income from operations 18,586 14,608 72,784 56,341 Investment income   288 350 118 684 Earnings before income taxes 18,874 14,958 72,902 57,025 Income tax expense   5,248 4,789 22,476 18,625 Net earnings $ 13,626 10,169 50,426 38,400 Earnings per common share – basic $ 0.74 0.56 2.75 2.11 Earnings per common share – diluted 0.73 0.55 2.73 2.10 Weighted average shares outstanding – basic 18,361 18,200 18,337 18,175 Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted 18,633 18,363 18,483 18,270   (1) Includes stock-based compensation of $2,741, $3,133, $11,383, and $7,712, respectively The following table expresses results of operations as a percentage of total revenue for the periods presented, except for restaurant operating costs which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant sales:       Three months ended     Fiscal years endedDecember 25,     December 26,December 25,     December 26,2011201020112010 Revenue: Restaurant sales 92.0 % 90.7 % 91.4 % 90.5 % Franchising royalties and fees 8.0   9.3   8.6   9.5   Total revenue 100.0   100.0   100.0   100.0   Costs and expenses: Restaurant operating costs: Cost of sales 29.4 28.8 28.3 29.0 Labor 29.9 29.9 30.1 30.1 Operating 15.5 15.6 15.3 16.0 Occupancy 5.9 6.5 6.1 6.6 Depreciation and amortization 6.4 6.4 6.4 6.4 General and administrative 8.8 9.2 9.3 8.8 Preopening 1.9 2.0 1.9 1.4 Loss on asset disposals and store closures 0.2   0.3   0.2   0.3   Total costs and expenses 91.6   91.1   90.7   90.8   Income from operations 8.4 8.9 9.3 9.2 Investment income 0.1   0.2   —   0.1   Earnings before income taxes 8.6 9.1 9.3 9.3 Income tax expense 2.4   2.9   2.9   3.0   Net earnings 6.2 % 6.2 % 6.4 % 6.3 %     BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Dollar amounts in thousands)(unaudited)         December 25,December 26,20112010Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 20,530 15,309 Marketable securities 39,956 56,827 Accounts receivable – franchisees, net of allowance of $25 1,161 1,086 Accounts receivable – other 11,004 7,947 Inventory 6,311 4,158 Prepaid expenses 3,707 3,505 Refundable income taxes 7,561 6,366 Deferred income taxes 6,323 6,069 Restricted assets   42,692   32,937   Total current assets 139,245 134,204   Property and equipment, net 310,170 224,970 Other assets 28,174 9,937 Goodwill   17,770   11,246   Total assets $ 495,359   380,357       Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   Current liabilities: Unearned franchise fees $ 1,852 2,109 Accounts payable 30,089 17,632 Accrued compensation and benefits 30,499 19,324 Accrued expenses 7,580 5,696 Current portion of deferred lease credits — 293 System-wide payables   44,250   34,062   Total current liabilities 114,270 79,116   Long-term liabilities: Other liabilities 1,544 1,574 Deferred income taxes 38,512 24,557 Deferred lease credits, net of current portion   23,047   18,289   Total liabilities   177,373   123,536     Commitments and contingencies Stockholders' equity: Undesignated stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued — — Common stock, no par value. Authorized 44,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 18,337,920 and 18,214,065, respectively 113,509 102,484 Retained earnings 204,772 154,346 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (295 ) (9 ) Total stockholders' equity   317,986   256,821   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 495,359   380,357       BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(Dollar amounts in thousands)(unaudited)         Fiscal years endedDecember 25,December 26,20112010 Cash flows from operating activities: Net earnings $ 50,426 38,400 Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to cash provided by operations: Depreciation 49,003 38,591 Amortization 910 614 Loss on asset disposals and store closures 1,680 1,835 Deferred lease credits 3,632 2,217 Deferred income taxes 12,816 6,486 Stock-based compensation 11,383 7,712 Excess tax benefit from stock issuance (4,462 ) (1,475 ) Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisition: Trading securities (317 ) (1,369 ) Accounts receivable (1,222 ) (357 ) Inventory (1,840 ) (514 ) Prepaid expenses 20 (533 ) Other assets (2,550 ) (885 ) Unearned franchise fees (257 ) (597 ) Accounts payable 17,676 1,898 Income taxes 3,267 (3,019 ) Accrued expenses   8,095   695   Net cash provided by operating activities   148,260   89,699   Cash flows from investing activities: Acquisition of property and equipment (130,127 ) (73,399 ) Purchase of marketable securities (98,644 ) (99,165 ) Proceeds of marketable securities 115,833 87,338 Acquisition of franchised restaurants   (33,744 ) —   Net cash used in investing activities   (146,682 ) (85,226 ) Cash flows from financing activities: Issuance of common stock 1,709 1,415 Excess tax benefit from stock issuance 4,462 1,475 Tax payments for restricted stock units   (2,481 ) (1,625 ) Net cash provided by financing activities   3,690   1,265   Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (47 ) (9 ) Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 5,221 5,729 Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   15,309   9,580   Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $ 20,530   15,309       BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESSupplemental Information   Restaurant Count   Company-owned Restaurants:     Q1     Q2     Q3     Q42011 263 277 288 319 2010 235 234 244 259 2009 206 215 220 232 2008 165 169 187 197 2007 140 145 148 161   Franchised Restaurants:Q1Q2Q3Q42011 488 492 498 498 2010 430 447 457 473 2009 373 383 400 420 2008 340 346 348 363 2007 299 301 313 332     Same-Store Sales   Company-owned Restaurants:       Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       Year2011 3.9 % 5.9 % 5.7 % 8.9 % 6.1 % 2010 0.1 % (0.1 %) 2.6 % (0.3 %) 0.6 % 2009 6.4 % 2.8 % 0.8 % 2.6 % 3.1 % 2008 4.1 % 8.3 % 6.8 % 4.5 % 5.9 % 2007 8.7 % 8.1 % 8.3 % 3.4 % 6.9 %   Franchised Restaurants:Q1Q2Q3Q4Year2011 1.6 % 2.7 % 4.2 % 5.9 % 3.6 % 2010 0.7 % (0.7 %) 0.3 % (1.1 %) (0.2 %) 2009 6.0 % 3.7 % 1.9 % 2.0 % 3.4 % 2008 2.1 % 4.5 % 2.1 % 2.5 % 2.8 % 2007 3.3 % 4.0 % 5.9 % 2.3 % 3.9 %     BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESSupplemental Information   Average Weekly Sales Volumes   Company-owned Restaurants:     Q1     Q2     Q3     Q4     Year2011 $ 48,845 47,970 49,461 51,983 49,627 2010 45,327 43,021 44,394 45,595 44,601 2009 45,593 42,938 42,602 44,583 43,912 2008 41,438 40,572 42,400 43,864 42,141 2007 39,254 36,655 38,498 40,485 38,757   Franchised Restaurants:Q1Q2Q3Q4Year2011 $ 52,744 50,995 51,350 53,385 52,081 2010 51,532 49,051 49,005 49,837 49,835 2009 50,729 48,619 48,458 50,115 49,479 2008 47,812 46,390 46,889 48,424 47,382 2007 46,439 43,998 45,879 47,293 45,901 Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.Investor Relations Contact:Mary Twinem, CFO, 952-253-0731