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May 08, 2018

Potbelly Corporation Reports Results for First Fiscal Quarter 2018 and Announces $65 Million Stock Repurchase Program

CHICAGO, May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Potbelly Corporation (NASDAQ:PBPB) today reported financial results for the first fiscal quarter ended April 1, 2018.

Key highlights for the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2018 compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2017 include:

  • Total revenues increased 1.2% to $102.9 million from $101.7 million.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales decreased 3.6%.
  • Four new shops opened, including two franchised shops and two company-operated shops.
  • GAAP net loss attributable to Potbelly Corporation was $2.2 million, inclusive of a $2.0 million impairment charge compared to net income of $0.7 million, inclusive of a $0.9 million impairment charge. GAAP diluted loss per share was $0.09 compared with GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.03.
  • Adjusted net income1 attributable to Potbelly Corporation decreased to $0.7 million from adjusted net income of $1.3 million. Adjusted diluted EPS decreased to $0.03 from $0.05.
  • EBITDA1 decreased to $3.2 million from $7.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 decreased to $7.6 million from $9.2 million.

Alan Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Potbelly Corporation, commented, “Our first quarter results were in line with our expectations, as we generated revenue of $103 million and adjusted EPS of $0.03. Our company-operated same store sales decline of 3.6% was negatively impacted by unfavorable weather, the New Year and Easter holiday shift and certain discrete events last year. Excluding these impacts, we are encouraged by our results, and we saw improving comp trends through the first quarter which continued into the second quarter.”

Johnson continued, “2018 will be a transition year for Potbelly as we focus on getting back to basics and working to reposition the company to return to profitable growth. We have concluded our comprehensive business review, and we have incorporated much of the valuable learnings and analysis into our strategy to turn around the business. Our strategy includes a renewed focus on becoming a more sales-driven organization, driving incremental sales through menu engineering and product innovation, increased investment in marketing and technology, and harnessing the off-premise potential of the brand.  In addition, we have a refocused unit growth strategy, and we are driving greater efficiencies and productivity to reinvest into our traffic and brand building initiatives.  Importantly, we are making significant strides in building the leadership team required to implement our strategies and effect a successful turnaround.  We are encouraged by the early progress of our strategy, which provides us with the confidence to reiterate our guidance for fiscal year 2018.”

2018 Outlook

For the full fiscal year of 2018, management currently expects:

  • 22-26 total shop openings, including 10-12 company operated shop openings;
  • Flat company-operated comparable store sales growth;
  • An effective tax rate that is in a range of 24%-26%, excluding the impact of ASU 2016-09; and
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share to range from $0.37-$0.39;

Projected adjusted diluted earnings per share set forth above is a measure not recognized under GAAP. Please see “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Stock Repurchase Program

The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock repurchase program for up to $65.0 million of its outstanding common stock. The stock repurchase program replaced a previously approved program, under which approximately $14.7 million of authorization remained as of April 1, 2018. The number of common stock actually repurchased, and the timing and price of repurchases, will depend upon market conditions, Securities and Exchange Commission requirements, and other factors. Stock may be repurchased from time to time on the open market, in privately negotiated transactions, or otherwise. No time limit has been set for the completion of the stock repurchase program, and purchases may be started or stopped at any time without prior notice depending on market conditions and other factors.

Conference Call

A conference call and audio webcast has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss these results. Details of the conference call are as follows:

   
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Dial-In #: 855-327-6837 U.S. & Canada
  631-891-4304  International
Confirmation code: 10004779
   

Alternatively, the conference call will be webcast at www.potbelly.com on the “Investor Relations” webpage. For those unable to participate, an audio replay will be available from 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 through midnight Tuesday, May 15, 2018. To access the replay, please call 844-512-2921 (U.S. & Canada) or 412-317-6671 (International) and enter confirmation code 10004779. A web-based archive of the conference call will also be available at the above website.

About Potbelly

Potbelly Corporation is a neighborhood sandwich concept offering toasty warm sandwiches, signature salads and other fresh menu items served by engaging people in an environment that reflects the Potbelly brand. Our Vision is for our customers to feel that we are their “Neighborhood Sandwich Shop” and to tell others about their great experience. Our Mission is to make people really happy and to improve every day. Our Passion is to be “The Best Place for Lunch.” The Company owns and operates over 400 shops in the United States and our franchisees operate over 50 shops domestically, in the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Canada and India. For more information, please visit our website at www.potbelly.com.

Definitions

The following definitions apply to these terms as used throughout this press release:

  • Revenues – represents net company-operated sandwich shop sales and our franchise operations. Net company-operated shop sales consist of food and beverage sales, net of promotional allowances and employee meals. Franchise royalties and fees consist of an initial franchise fee, a franchise development agreement fee and royalty income from the franchisee.
  • Company-operated comparable store sales – represents the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable company-operated store base open for 15 months or longer.
  • EBITDA – represents income before depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense and the provision for income taxes.
  • Adjusted EBITDA – represents income before depreciation and amortization expense, interest expense and the provision for income taxes, adjusted to eliminate the impact of other items, including certain non-cash as well as other items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance.
  • Adjusted net income – represents net income, excluding impairment, gain or loss on the disposal of property and equipment and store closure expense, as well as other items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance.
  • Shop-level profit – represents income from operations less franchise royalties and fees, general and administrative expenses, depreciation expense, pre-opening costs and impairment and loss on the disposal of property and equipment.
  • Shop-level profit margin – represents shop-level profit expressed as a percentage of net company-operated sandwich shop sales.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share – represents net income, excluding impairment, gain or loss on the disposal of property and equipment and store closure expense on a fully diluted per share basis as well as other items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance.

1Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Within this press release, we make reference to EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, shop-level profit and shop-level profit margin, which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company includes these non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in that they provide for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

Management uses adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to evaluate the Company’s performance and in order to have comparable financial results to analyze changes in our underlying business from quarter to quarter. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income exclude the impact of certain non-cash charges and other special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters. Management uses shop-level profit and shop-level profit margin as key metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our shops, to evaluate our shop performance across periods and to evaluate our shop financial performance against our competitors.

Accordingly, the Company believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, is a useful financial analysis tool that can assist investors in assessing the Company’s operating performance and underlying prospects. This analysis should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. This analysis, as well as the other information in this press release, should be read in conjunction with the Company’s financial statements and footnotes contained in the documents that the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the methods used by other companies. For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please refer to the table, “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures.”

This press release includes certain non-GAAP forward-looking information (including, but not limited to under the heading “2018 Outlook”), namely adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. The Company believes that a quantitative reconciliation of such forward-looking information to the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP cannot be made available without unreasonable efforts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures would require the Company to predict the timing and likelihood of outcomes that determine future impairments and the tax benefit of any such future impairments. Neither of these measures, nor their probable significance, can be reliably quantified due to the inability to forecast future impairments.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent the Company’s expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, the words “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “intends,” “plans,” “strives,” “goal,” “estimates,” “forecasts,” “projects” or “anticipates” or the negative of these terms and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include, among others, statements relating to: our future financial position and results of operations, business strategy, budgets, projected costs and plans and objectives of management for future operations. By nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or implied by the forward-looking statement, due to reasons including, but not limited to, our ability to manage our growth and successfully implement our business strategy; price and availability of commodities; changes in labor costs; consumer confidence and spending patterns; consumer reaction to industry-related public health issues and perceptions of food safety; and weather conditions. In addition, there may be other factors of which we are presently unaware or that we currently deem immaterial that could cause our actual results to be materially different from the results referenced in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements contained in this press release are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations are reasonable, we may not achieve our plans, intentions or expectations. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions and currently available data and are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events or performance. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. See “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Statements” included in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K and other risk factors described from time to time in subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on our website at www.potbelly.com. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

 Contact: Investor Relations
  Investors@Potbelly.com
  312-428-2950

 

       
Potbelly Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Operations and Margin Analysis – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
       
     For the 13 Weeks Ended  
    April 1,     % of     March 26,     % of  
    2018     Revenue     2017     Revenue  
Revenues                                
Sandwich shop sales, net   $ 102,247       99.3 %   $ 100,859       99.2 %
Franchise royalties and fees     670       0.7       840       0.8  
Total revenues     102,917       100.0       101,699       100.0  
                                 
Expenses                                
Sandwich shop operating expenses                                
  Cost of goods sold, excluding depreciation     26,636       25.9       26,663       26.2  
  Labor and related expenses     31,579       30.7       30,462       30.0  
  Occupancy expenses     14,726       14.3       14,169       13.9  
  Other operating expenses     12,500       12.1       11,633       11.4  
General and administrative expenses     12,188       11.8       10,352       10.2  
Depreciation expense     5,826       5.7       6,199       6.1  
Pre-opening costs     68     *       73     *  
Impairment and loss on disposal of property and equipment     2,024       2.0       885       0.9  
Total expenses     105,547       102.6       100,436       98.8  
Income (loss) from operations     (2,630 )     (2.6 )     1,263       1.2  
                                 
Interest expense     27     *       28     *  
Income (loss) before income taxes     (2,657 )     (2.6 )     1,235       1.2  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (504 )     (0.5 )     553       0.5  
Net income (loss)     (2,153 )     (2.1 )     682       0.7  
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interest     41     *       (1 )   *  
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation   $ (2,194 )     (2.1 )%   $ 683       0.7 %
                                 
                                 
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to common shareholders:                                
Basic   $ (0.09 )           $ 0.03          
Diluted   $ (0.09 )           $ 0.03          
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                                
Basic     25,144,855               25,099,962          
Diluted     25,144,855               26,082,478          
                                 

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*       Amount is less than 0.1%

       
Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)
       
     For the 13 Weeks Ended  
    April 1,     March 26,  
    2018     2017  
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as reported   $ (2,194 )   $ 683  
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment, and closures(1)     2,598       936  
CEO transition costs(2)     342        
Proxy related costs(3)     608        
Tax impact(4)     (694 )     (338 )
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation   $ 660     $ 1,281  
                 
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, basic   $ (0.09 )   $ 0.03  
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, diluted   $ (0.09 )   $ 0.03  
                 
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, basic   $ 0.03     $ 0.05  
Adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation per share, diluted   $ 0.03     $ 0.05  
                 
Shares used in computing adjusted net income attributable to Potbelly Corporation:                
Basic     25,144,855       25,099,962  
Diluted     25,874,763       26,082,478  
                 

 

       
     For the 13 Weeks Ended  
    April 1,     March 26,  
    2018     2017  
Net income (loss) attributable to Potbelly Corporation, as reported   $ (2,194 )   $ 683  
Depreciation expense     5,826       6,199  
Interest expense     27       28  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (504 )     553  
EBITDA   $ 3,155     $ 7,463  
Impairment, loss on disposal of property and equipment, and closures(1)     2,598       936  
Stock-based compensation     862       820  
CEO transition costs(2)     342        
Proxy related costs(3)     608        
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 7,565     $ 9,219  
                 

 

       
Potbelly Corporation
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures – Unaudited
(Amounts in thousands, except selected operating data)
       
     For the 13 Weeks Ended  
    April 1,     March 26,  
    2018     2017  
Income (loss) from operations   $ (2,630 )   $ 1,263  
Less: Franchise royalties and fees     670       840  
General and administrative expenses     12,188       10,352  
Depreciation expense     5,826       6,199  
Pre-opening costs     68       73  
Impairment and loss on disposal of property and equipment     2,024       885  
Shop-level profit [Y]   $ 16,806     $ 17,932  
Total revenues   $ 102,917     $ 101,699  
Less: Franchise royalties and fees     670       840  
Sandwich shop sales, net [X]   $ 102,247     $ 100,859  
Shop-level profit margin [Y÷X]     16.4 %     17.8 %
                 

 

     
     For the 13 Weeks Ended
    April 1,   March 26,
    2018     2017  
Selected Operating Data        
Shop Activity:        
Company-operated shops, end of period   438     413  
Franchise shops, end of period   57     51  
Revenue Data:        
Company-operated comparable store sales   (3.6 )%   (3.1 )%
             

Footnotes to the Press Release, Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures
& Selected Operating Data

(1) This adjustment includes costs related to impairment of long-lived assets, loss on disposal of property and equipment and shop closure expenses. Shop closure expenses are recorded in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statement of operations.
(2) As a result of the departure of the former CEO, the Company incurred certain costs related to the transition. Transition costs were included in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations and were related to the accelerated vesting of share-based compensation awards, salary related charges in accordance with the former CEO’s employment agreement and various other transition costs.
(3) The Company incurred certain professional fees related to the shareholder proxy matter. These costs were included in general and administrative expenses in the consolidated statements of operations.
(4) For the thirteen weeks ended April 1, 2018 and March 26, 2017, the tax impact associated with adjustments to net income is based on effective tax rates of 23.0% and 36.1%, respectively, partially offset by the impact of ASU 2016-09.

 

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