Texas Roadhouse, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

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LOUISVILLE, Ky., Feb. 19, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Texas Roadhouse, Inc. (NasdaqGS: TXRH), today announced financial results for the 13 and 52 week periods ended December 25, 2018. 
Results for the fourth quarter included the following highlights:  
Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.6% at company restaurants and 4.8% at domestic franchise restaurants;Restaurant margin, as a percentage of restaurant and other sales, decreased 112 basis points to 15.9%, primarily due to higher labor costs. Restaurant margin dollars increased 3.7% to $95.6 million from $92.2 million in the prior year;Our income tax rate decreased to 5.8% from 19.8% in the prior year primarily due to the impact of new tax legislation;Diluted earnings per share increased 5.4% to $0.42 from $0.40 in the prior year primarily due to higher revenue and lower income tax expense partially offset by higher labor costs and higher general and administrative expenses; andEleven company restaurants, including one Bubba’s 33, and one international franchise restaurant were opened.Results for the year-to-date period included the following highlights:Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.4% at company restaurants and 4.3% at domestic franchise restaurants;Restaurant margin, as a percentage of restaurant and other sales, decreased 104 basis points to 17.4%, primarily due to higher labor costs. Restaurant margin dollars increased 4.4% to $424.2 million from $406.4 million in the prior year;Our income tax rate decreased to 12.9% from 26.1% in the prior year primarily due to the impact of new tax legislation;Diluted earnings per share increased 19.6% to $2.20 from $1.84 in the prior year primarily due to higher revenue and lower income tax expense partially offset by higher labor costs. In addition, we overlapped a pre-tax charge of $14.9 million ($9.2 million after-tax), or $0.13 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017, related to the settlement of a legal matter; and28 company restaurants, including five Bubba’s 33, and five international franchise restaurants were opened.Kent Taylor, Chief Executive Officer of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., commented, “We finished the year strong, with double digit revenue growth for both the fourth quarter and full year. This represented the 36th consecutive quarter of positive comparable restaurant sales, with growth of 5.6% driven by increased traffic. In addition, our solid balance sheet and healthy cashflow allowed us to open 28 company restaurants this year, while also increasing our quarterly cash dividend to $0.30 per share which is our sixth straight year of increasing our dividends by double digits.”Taylor continued, “Looking ahead to 2019, our development pipeline is in great shape as we expect to open 25 to 30 company restaurants and as many as eight franchise restaurants. While we expect to face continued cost pressures in the near term, we remain excited about the top-line momentum that our operators have generated.”2019 OutlookComparable restaurant sales at company restaurants for the first 54 days of our first quarter of fiscal 2019 increased approximately 6.0% compared to the prior year period, including a positive impact of approximately 1.3% related to the calendar shift of the New Year’s holiday.Management updated the following expectations for 2019:Positive comparable restaurant sales growth including a menu price increase of approximately 1.5% to be implemented at the beginning of our second quarter;An income tax rate of approximately 15.0%; andTotal capital expenditures of approximately $210 million to $220 million.Management reiterated the following expectations for 2019:25 to 30 company restaurant openings, including as many as four Bubba’s 33 restaurants;Commodity cost inflation of approximately 1.0% to 2.0%; andMid-single digit growth in labor dollars per store week, excluding the impact of higher guest counts.Cash Dividend PaymentOn February 13, 2019, our Board of Directors authorized the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share of common stock. This payment, which will be distributed on March 29, 2019 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 13, 2019, represents a 20% increase from the cash dividend of $0.25 per share of common stock declared during each quarter of 2018. Since the inception of our dividend program in 2011, our cash dividend per share of common stock has increased an average of 18.0% per year.Non-GAAP MeasuresWe prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).  Within our press release, we make reference to restaurant margin (in dollars and as a percentage of sales). Restaurant margin represents restaurant and other sales less restaurant-level operating costs, including cost of sales, labor, rent and other operating costs. Restaurant margin should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative, to income from operations. This non-GAAP measure is not indicative of overall company performance and profitability in that this measure does not accrue directly to the benefit of shareholders due to the nature of the costs excluded. Restaurant margin is widely regarded as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance. In calculating restaurant margin, we exclude certain non-restaurant-level costs that support operations, including pre-opening and general and administrative expenses, but do not have a direct impact on restaurant-level operational efficiency and performance. We also exclude depreciation and amortization expense, substantially all of which relates to restaurant-level assets, as it represents a non-cash charge for the investment in our restaurants. We also exclude impairment and closure expense as we believe this provides a clearer perspective of ongoing operating performance and a more useful comparison to prior period results.  Restaurant margin as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry.  A reconciliation of income from operations to restaurant margin is included in the accompanying financial tables.Conference CallTexas Roadhouse is hosting a conference call today, February 19, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results.  The dial-in number is (877) 699-0953 or (647) 689-5456 for international calls. A replay of the call will be available for one week following the conference call. To access the replay, please dial (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 for international calls, and use 9984178 as the pass code. There will be a simultaneous Web cast conducted at www.texasroadhouse.com.About the CompanyTexas Roadhouse is a casual dining concept that first opened in 1993 and today has grown to over 580 restaurants system-wide in 49 states and ten foreign countries. For more information, please visit the Company’s Web site at www.texasroadhouse.com.Forward-looking StatementsCertain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of Texas Roadhouse. Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors including, without limitation, the actual number of restaurants opening; the sales at these and our other company and franchise restaurants; changes in restaurant development or operating costs, such as food and labor; our ability to acquire franchise restaurants; our ability to integrate the franchise restaurants we acquire or other concepts we develop; our ability to continue to generate the necessary cash flows to fund our new restaurant growth, continue our share repurchase program and pay a quarterly cash dividend; strength of consumer spending; pending or future legal claims; breaches of security; conditions beyond our control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting our customers or food supplies; food safety and food-borne illness concerns; acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.Contacts:Investor Relations  
Tonya Robinson
(502) 515-7269
Media
Travis Doster
(502) 638-5457





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