EAT
$63.55
Brinker International
$1.76
2.85%
Earnings Details
3rd Quarter March 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 6:45:00 AM
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Brinker International Misses

Brinker International (EAT) reported 3rd Quarter March 2021 earnings of $0.78 per share on revenue of $828.4 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.77 per share on revenue of $833.9 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $0.87 per share. Revenue fell 3.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago.

The company said it expects fourth quarter earnings of $1.55 to $1.70 per share on revenue of $950.0 million to $1.0 billion. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.31 per share on revenue of $928.80 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2021.

Brinker International Inc is a dining restaurant company. The Company is engaged in the ownership, operation, development, and franchising of the Chili’s Grill & Bar and Maggianos Little Italy restaurant brands.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.78
Earnings Whisper
$0.87
Consensus Estimate
$0.77
Reported Revenue
$828.4 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$833.9 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Brinker International Reports Third Quarter Of Fiscal 2021 Results And Provides Fourth Quarter Of Fiscal 2021 Outlook

DALLAS, April 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT) today announced results for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 ended March 24, 2021, and provided a financial update for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

"I am very pleased with the ongoing growth of our business as our guests are able to return in greater numbers to Chili's and Maggiano's dining rooms," said Wyman Roberts, CEO and President. "This reopening trend, supported by investment in our digital platforms and virtual brands, now has us meaningfully outperforming our F19 sales and traffic results."

Fiscal 2021 Highlights - Third Quarter

The third quarter of fiscal 2021 results reflect the continued impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of the third quarter, substantially all of our Company-owned restaurant dining rooms or patios were open in some capacity in accordance with state and local mandates.

  • Operating income in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased to $52.2 million as compared to $41.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Restaurant operating margin in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased to 13.9% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 12.8% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Chili's Company sales in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 increased to $749.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 as compared to $748.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Net income per diluted share, on a GAAP basis, in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was $0.73 compared to $0.81 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020, and excluding special items Net income per diluted share in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was $0.78 compared to $1.28 in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities in the thirty-nine week period ended March 24, 2021 was $268.6 million, and capital expenditures totaled $62.4 million resulting in free cash flow of $206.2 million.
  • The estimated impact of Winter Storm "Uri" during the third quarter of fiscal 2021 was a decrease in Company sales of $10.5 million, comparable restaurant sales of 1.2%, and Net income per diluted share, excluding special items, of $0.06.

For comparable restaurant sales details and non-GAAP reconciliations, please refer to the Non-GAAP Information and Reconciliations section of this release.

Comparable Restaurant Sales for Selected Periods in Fiscal 2021 vs. Fiscal 2019

The following table compares fiscal 2021 to fiscal 2019 due to the impact of the pandemic on fiscal 2020 sales:


Comparable Restaurant Sales


January


February


March


MTD April
Through April
21st

Brinker

(11.4)

%


(12.6)

%


(1.8)

%


6.3

%

Chili's

(6.7)

%


(8.8)

%


2.0

%


10.1

%

Maggiano's

(41.0)

%


(38.0)

%


(29.5)

%


(19.7)

%

Comparable restaurant sales includes restaurants that are currently open and had been open under the Company's ownership at least six months at the beginning of the third quarter of fiscal 2019.

Financial Metrics


Third Quarter


2021


2020


% Change

Company sales

$

813.7



$

840.4



(3.2)

%

Total revenues

$

828.4



$

860.0



(3.7)

%







Operating income

$

52.2



$

41.1



27.0

%

Operating income as a percentage of Total revenues

6.3

%


4.8

%


1.5

%

Restaurant operating margin, non-GAAP(1)

$

112.9



$

107.6



4.9

%

Restaurant operating margin as a percentage of Company sales, non-GAAP

13.9

%


12.8

%


1.1

%







Net income per diluted share(2)

$

0.73



$

0.81



(9.9)

%

Net income per diluted share, excluding special items, non-GAAP(2)

$

0.78



$

1.28



(39.1)

%

 

Comparable Restaurant Sales - Company Owned

Q3:21 vs 20


Q3:20 vs 19

Brinker

(3.3)

%


(5.9)

%

Chili's

0.0

%


(5.3)

%

Maggiano's

(29.6)

%


(9.9)

%



(1)

Restaurant operating margin is defined as Company sales less Company restaurant expenses which includes Food and beverage costs, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses, and excludes Depreciation and amortization, General and administrative and Other (gains) and charges (see non-GAAP reconciliation below).



(2)

Net income per diluted share reflects the impact of 8.1 million shares of common stock sold in an offering in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.

Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2021 Guidance

We are providing a financial outlook for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. The uncertainties created by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as other risks and uncertainties, could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected.

  • Revenues are expected to be in the range of $950 million to $1.0 billion.
  • Net income per diluted share, excluding special items, is expected to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.70.
  • Diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the fourth quarter are expected to be in the range of 47.0 million to 48.0 million.

Fiscal 2021 is a 53-week year, and includes an extra operating week in the fourth quarter.

We are unable to reliably forecast special items such as restaurant impairments, restaurant closures, reorganization charges and legal settlements without unreasonable effort. As such, we do not present a reconciliation of forecasted non-GAAP measures to the corresponding GAAP measures. If special items are reported during fiscal 2021, reconciliations to the appropriate GAAP measures will be provided.

Third Quarter of Fiscal 2021 Operating Performance

Segment Performance

The table below presents selected financial information (in millions, except as noted) related to our segments' operational performance for the thirteen week periods ended March 24, 2021 and March 25, 2020:


Chili's


Maggiano's


Third Quarter


Variance


Third Quarter


Variance


2021


2020



2021


2020


Company sales

$

749.0



$

748.7



$

0.3



$

64.7



$

91.7



$

(27.0)


Franchise and other revenues

14.0



15.7



(1.7)



0.7



3.9



(3.2)


Total revenues

$

763.0



$

764.4



$

(1.4)



$

65.4



$

95.6



$

(30.2)














Operating income

$

80.3



$

58.7



$

21.6



$

1.4



$

4.0



$

(2.6)


Operating income as a % of Total revenues

10.5

%


7.7

%


2.8

%


2.1

%


4.2

%


(2.1)

%













Company restaurant expenses(1)

$

641.6



$

648.4



$

(6.8)



$

59.0



$

84.3



$

(25.3)


Company restaurant expenses as a % of Company sales

85.7

%


86.6

%


(0.9)

%


91.2

%


91.9

%


(0.7)

%

Restaurant operating margin - non-GAAP

$

107.4



$

100.3



$

7.1



$

5.7



$

7.4



$

(1.7)


Restaurant operating margin as a % of Company sales - non-GAAP

14.3

%


13.4

%


0.9

%


8.8

%


8.1

%


0.7

%



(1)

Company restaurant expenses includes Food and beverage costs, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses, and excludes Depreciation and amortization, General and administrative and Other (gains) and charges.

Chili's

  • Chili's Company sales increased primarily due to increased off-premise sales including It's Just Wings, partially offset by lower dining room sales and the impact of Winter Storm Uri.
  • Chili's Company restaurant expenses, as a percentage of Company sales, decreased primarily due to lower advertising expenses, lower hourly labor expenses, and favorable menu item mix, partially offset by higher expenses related to delivery fees and supplies in connection with the growth in off-premise sales and higher manager bonus expenses.

Maggiano's

  • Maggiano's Company sales decreased primarily due to lower dining room sales, partially offset by increased off-premise sales.
  • Maggiano's Company restaurant expenses, as a percentage of Company sales, decreased primarily due to lower manager and hourly labor expenses, lower repairs and maintenance expenses, lower variable rent expenses, favorable menu item mix, lower banquet expenses, lower credit card fees, lower advertising expenses and lower utilities expenses. These decreases were partially offset by sales deleverage, higher expenses related to delivery fees and supplies in connection with the growth in off-premise sales, higher manager bonus expenses and higher insurance expenses.

Franchise and other revenues

  • Franchise and other revenues declined primarily due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our domestic and global franchise restaurants. Our franchisees generated sales of approximately $190.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to $218.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2020.
  • Maggiano's Franchise and other revenues decreased primarily due to lower banquet volume driven by the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Income Taxes

  • On a GAAP basis, the effective income tax rate increased to 11.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to a benefit of 13.2% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 primarily driven by leverage on the FICA tip tax credit, partially offset by the favorable impact of excess benefits associated with stock-based compensation. Excluding the impact of special items (see non-GAAP reconciliation below for details), the effective income tax rate increased to 15.0% in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 compared to 4.7% in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 driven by improved operating performance.

Webcast Information

Investors and interested parties are invited to listen to today's conference call, as management will provide further details of the quarter and business updates. The call will broadcast live on Brinker's website today, April 28, 2021 at 9 a.m. CDT:

http://investors.brinker.com/events/event-details/q3-2021-brinker-international-earnings-conference-call

For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, a replay of the call will be available shortly thereafter and will remain on Brinker's website until the end of the day May 12, 2021.

Additional financial information, including statements of income which detail operations excluding special items, franchise and other revenues, and comparable restaurant sales trends by brand, is also available on Brinker's website under the Financial Information section of the Investor tab.

Forward Calendar

  • SEC Form 10-Q for the third quarter of fiscal 2021 filing on or before May 3, 2021
  • Earnings release call for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 on August 18, 2021

Non-GAAP Measures

Brinker management uses certain non-GAAP measures in analyzing operating performance and believes that the presentation of these measures in this release provides investors with information that is beneficial to gaining an understanding of the Company's financial results. Non-GAAP disclosures should not be viewed as a substitute for financial results determined in accordance with GAAP, nor are they necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures are included in the tables below.

About Brinker

Brinker International, Inc. is one of the world's leading casual dining restaurant companies. Based in Dallas, Texas, as of March 24, 2021, Brinker owned, operated, or franchised 1,657 restaurants under the names Chili's® Grill & Bar (1,603 restaurants) and Maggiano's Little Italy® (54 restaurants).

Forward-Looking Statements

The statements and tables contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward-looking statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical results or from those projected in forward-looking statements, and are currently, or in the future could be, amplified by the novel strain of the coronavirus ("COVID-19") pandemic. Such risks and uncertainties include, among other things, uncertainty of the magnitude, duration, geographic reach and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local, national and global economies; the current, and uncertain future, impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and governments' responses to it on our industry, business, growth, reputation, projections, prospects, financial condition, operations, cash flows, and liquidity; the adequacy or effectiveness of steps we take to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, including cost reduction or other mitigation programs; the impact of competition; changes in consumer preferences; consumer perception of food safety; reduced disposable income; unfavorable publicity; increased minimum wages; governmental regulations; the impact of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic transactions; the Company's ability to meet its business strategy plan; loss of key management personnel; failure to hire and retain high-quality restaurant management; the impact of social media; failure to protect the security of data of our guests and team members; product availability; regional business and economic conditions; litigation; franchisee success; inflation; changes in the retail industry; technology failures; failure to protect our intellectual property; outsourcing; impairment of goodwill or assets; failure to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; actions of activist shareholders; adverse weather conditions; terrorist acts; health epidemics or pandemics (such as COVID-19); and tax reform; as well as the risks and uncertainties described in "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share amounts)



Thirteen Week Periods Ended


Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended


March 24, 2021


March 25, 2020


March 24, 2021


March 25, 2020

Revenues








Company sales

$

813.7



$

840.4



$

2,288.1



$

2,451.8


Franchise and other revenues(1)

14.7



19.6



41.1



63.5


Total revenues

828.4



860.0



2,329.2



2,515.3


Operating costs and expenses








Food and beverage costs

213.9



226.7



606.3



653.6


Restaurant labor

270.8



285.9



774.6



846.2


Restaurant expenses

216.1



220.2



629.9



652.2


Depreciation and amortization

37.4



43.5



112.0



120.9


General and administrative

33.7



23.3



94.2



95.9


Other (gains) and charges(2)

4.3



19.3



13.5



30.7


Total operating costs and expenses

776.2



818.9



2,230.5



2,399.5


Operating income

52.2



41.1



98.7



115.8


Interest expenses

14.1



14.3



43.1



44.2


Other income, net

(0.3)



(0.4)



(1.2)



(1.4)


Income before income taxes

38.4



27.2



56.8



73.0


Provision (benefit) for income taxes

4.5



(3.6)



0.2



(0.6)


Net income

$

33.9



$

30.8



$

56.6



$

73.6










Basic net income per share

$

0.74



$

0.83



$

1.25



$

1.97










Diluted net income per share

$

0.73



$

0.81



$

1.22



$

1.94










Basic weighted average shares outstanding

45.5



37.2



45.3



37.3










Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

46.7



37.8



46.2



38.0










Other comprehensive income (loss)








Foreign currency translation adjustments(3)

$

0.3



$

(1.0)



$

1.1



$

(1.1)


Other comprehensive income (loss)

0.3



(1.0)



1.1



(1.1)


Comprehensive income

$

34.2



$

29.8



$

57.7



$

72.5




(1)

Franchise and other revenues include royalties, delivery service income, gift card breakage, franchise advertising fees, digital entertainment revenues, Maggiano's banquet service charge income, franchise and development fees, gift card discount costs from third-party gift card sales and merchandise income.

(2)

Other (gains) and charges included in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited) included (in millions):

 


Thirteen Week Periods Ended


Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended


March 24, 2021


March 25, 2020


March 24, 2021


March 25, 2020

Loss from natural disasters, net of (insurance recoveries)

$

1.8



$

(0.9)



$

2.0



$

(0.6)


Remodel-related costs

0.9



0.6



1.8



2.1


COVID-19 related charges

0.9



16.1



3.1



16.1


Restaurant closure charges

0.3



0.3



2.2



3.4


Foreign currency transaction (gain) loss

0.1



2.3



(0.3)



2.2


Restaurant impairment charges





2.5



4.6


Lease modification gain, net





(0.5)



(3.1)


Acquisition of franchise restaurants costs, net



1.1





2.6


Other

0.3



(0.2)



2.7



3.4



$

4.3



$

19.3



$

13.5



$

30.7




(3)

Foreign currency translation adjustment included in our Comprehensive income in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited) represents the unrealized impact of translating the financial statements of our Canadian restaurants from Canadian dollars to U.S. dollars. This amount is not included in Net income and would only be realized upon disposition of these restaurants.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In millions)



March 24,

2021


June 24,

2020

ASSETS




Total current assets

$

252.4



$

224.4


Net property and equipment

751.6



805.3


Operating lease assets

1,025.8



1,054.6


Deferred income taxes, net

47.5



38.2


Other assets

231.7



233.5


Total assets

$

2,309.0



$

2,356.0


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' DEFICIT




Total current liabilities

$

577.8



$

497.9


Long-term debt and finance leases, less current installments

1,017.0



1,208.5


Long-term operating lease liabilities, less current portion

1,023.7



1,061.6


Other liabilities

81.1



67.1


Total shareholders' deficit

(390.6)



(479.1)


Total liabilities and shareholders' deficit

$

2,309.0



$

2,356.0


Of the 1,120 Company-owned restaurants, at March 24, 2021, we own both the building and land for 42 restaurants. The related book values associated with these restaurants included land of $33.1 million and buildings of $11.6 million.

 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(In millions)



Thirty-Nine Week Periods Ended


March 24, 2021


March 25, 2020

Cash flows from operating activities




Net income

$

56.6



$

73.6


Adjustments to reconcile Net income to Net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

112.0



120.9


Stock-based compensation

11.3



9.0


Restructure and impairment charges

6.5



24.8


Net loss on disposal of assets

1.1



1.1


Other

2.7



1.7


Changes in assets and liabilities

78.4



6.7


Net cash provided by operating activities

268.6



237.8


Cash flows from investing activities




Payments for property and equipment

(62.4)



(82.0)


Proceeds from sale of assets

1.6



1.0


Proceeds from note receivable

1.5



2.2


Payments for franchise restaurant acquisitions



(94.6)


Net cash used in investing activities

(59.3)



(173.4)


Cash flows from financing activities




Payments on revolving credit facility

(210.0)



(630.0)


Borrowings on revolving credit facility

28.4



806.8


Payments on long-term debt

(14.3)



(12.4)


Purchases of treasury stock

(4.1)



(32.3)


Payments for debt issuance costs

(2.2)



(1.0)


Payments of dividends

(1.5)



(43.3)


Proceeds from issuance of treasury stock

14.1



1.6


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(189.6)



89.4


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

19.7



153.8


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

43.9



13.4


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

63.6



$

167.2


 

BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.

Restaurant Summary







New Openings






Fiscal 2021


Total Restaurants Open at March 24, 2021


Total Restaurants Open at March 25, 2020


Third Quarter Openings


Fiscal Year Openings


Full Year Projected Openings

Company-owned restaurants










Chili's domestic

1,063



1,060



2



6



8


Chili's international

5



5








Maggiano's domestic

52



52








Total Company-owned

1,120



1,117



2



6



8


Franchise restaurants










Chili's domestic

172



178



2



3



3


Chili's international

363



379



2



6



7


Maggiano's domestic

2



1





1



1


Total franchise

537



558



4



10



11


Total Company-owned and franchise










Chili's domestic

1,235



1,238



4



9



11


Chili's international

368



384



2



6



7


Maggiano's domestic

54



53





1



1


Total

1,657



1,675



6



16



19

















Relocation Openings

Chili's domestic Company-owned relocations






2


2


 

NON-GAAP INFORMATION AND RECONCILIATIONS

Comparable Restaurant Sales

Q3 21 and Q3 20



Comparable Restaurant Sales(1)


Price Impact


Mix-Shift(3)


Traffic


Q3:21 vs 20(2)


Q3:20 vs 19


Q3:21 vs 20


Q3:20 vs 19


Q3:21 vs 20


Q3:20 vs 19


Q3:21 vs 20


Q3:20 vs 19

Company-owned

(3.3)

%


(5.9)

%


0.6

%


1.0

%


(6.2)

%


(0.1)

%


2.3

%


(6.8)

%

Chili's

0.0

%


(5.3)

%


0.5

%


0.9

%


(4.5)

%


0.3

%


4.0

%


(6.5)

%

Maggiano's

(29.6)

%


(9.9)

%


1.2

%


1.8

%


(9.2)

%


(1.5)

%


(21.6)

%


(10.2)

%

Chili's franchise(4)

0.2

%


(7.7)

%













U.S.

5.2

%


(6.3)

%













International

(8.8)

%


(9.5)

%













Chili's domestic(5)

0.6

%


(5.4)

%













System-wide(6)

(2.8)

%


(6.2)

%















(1)

Comparable Restaurant Sales include all restaurants that have been in operation for more than 18 months except acquired restaurants which are included after 12 months of ownership. Restaurants temporarily closed 14 days or more are excluded from comparable restaurant sales. Percentage amounts are calculated based on the comparable periods year-over-year.



(2)

Comparable Restaurant Sales for Q3:21 vs 20 include the results of It's Just Wings, a virtual brand launched nationally in June 2020.



(3)

Mix-Shift is calculated as the year-over-year percentage change in Company sales resulting from the change in menu items ordered by guests. 



(4)

Chili's franchise sales generated by franchisees are not included in revenues in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Unaudited); however, we generate royalty revenues and advertising fees based on franchisee revenues, where applicable. We believe presenting Chili's franchise comparable restaurant sales provides investors relevant information regarding total brand performance.



(5)

Chili's domestic Comparable Restaurant Sales percentages are derived from sales generated by Company-owned and franchise-operated Chili's restaurants in the United States.



(6)

System-wide Comparable Restaurant Sales are derived from sales generated by Company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants in addition to the sales generated at franchise-operated Chili's restaurants.

Reconciliation of Net Income Excluding Special Items (in millions, except per share amounts)

Brinker believes excluding special items from its financial results provides investors with a clearer perspective of the Company's ongoing operating performance and a more relevant comparison to prior period results.


Third Quarter


Q3 21


EPS

Q3 21


Q3 20


EPS

Q3 20

Net income - GAAP

$

33.9



$

0.73



$

30.8



$

0.81


Special items(1)

4.4



0.09



23.7



0.63


Income tax effect related to special items(2)

(1.1)



(0.02)



(6.0)



(0.16)


Special items, net of taxes

3.3



0.07



17.7



0.47


Adjustment for special tax items(3)

(0.8)



(0.02)



0.0



0.00


Net income, excluding special items - Non-GAAP

$

36.4



$

0.78



$

48.5



$

1.28




(1)

Special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 consist of a charge of $4.3 million in Other (gains) and charges and $0.1 million of incremental depreciation expenses associated with a change in estimated useful life of certain restaurant-level long-lived assets. Special items in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 consist of $19.3 million in Other (gains) and charges that includes charges primarily related to the COVID-19 pandemic and $4.4 million of incremental depreciation expenses associated with a change in estimated useful life of certain restaurant-level long-lived assets.



(2)

Income tax effect related to special items is based on the statutory tax rate in effect at the end of each period presented.



(3)

Adjustment for special tax items in the third quarter of fiscal 2021 primarily related to excess tax windfalls associated with stock-based compensation. Adjustment for special tax items in the third quarter of fiscal 2020 was negligible.

Reconciliation of Restaurant Operating Margin (in millions, except percentages)


Chili's


Maggiano's


Brinker


Q3 21


Q3 20


Q3 21


Q3 20


Q3 21


Q3 20

Operating income - GAAP

$

80.3



$

58.7



$

1.4



$

4.0



$

52.2



$

41.1


Operating income as a percentage of Total revenues

10.5

%


7.7

%


2.1

%


4.2

%


6.3

%


4.8

%













Operating income - GAAP

$

80.3



$

58.7



$

1.4



$

4.0



$

52.2



$

41.1


Less:  Franchise and other revenues

(14.0)



(15.7)



(0.7)



(3.9)



(14.7)



(19.6)


Plus:  Depreciation and amortization

31.0



36.5



3.4



3.8



37.4



43.5


General and administrative

7.0



5.9



1.3



1.1



33.7



23.3


Other (gains) and charges

3.1



14.9



0.3



2.4



4.3



19.3


Restaurant operating margin - non-GAAP

$

107.4



$

100.3



$

5.7



$

7.4



$

112.9



$

107.6


Restaurant operating margin as a percentage of Company sales

14.3

%


13.4

%


8.8

%


8.1

%


13.9

%


12.8

%

Restaurant operating margin is not a measurement determined in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation, or as an alternative to operating income as an indicator of financial performance. Restaurant operating margin is widely regarded in the restaurant industry as a useful metric by which to evaluate restaurant-level operating efficiency and performance of ongoing restaurant-level operations. This non-GAAP measure is not indicative of overall Company performance and profitability because this measure does not directly accrue benefit to the shareholders due to the nature of costs excluded. We define Restaurant operating margin as Company sales less Food and beverage costs, Restaurant labor and Restaurant expenses. We believe this metric provides a more useful comparison between periods and enables investors to focus on the performance of restaurant-level operations by excluding revenues not related to food and beverage sales at Company-owned restaurants, corporate General and administrative expenses, Depreciation and amortization, and Other (gains) and charges.

Restaurant operating margin excludes Franchise and other revenues which are earned primarily from franchise royalties, advertising fees, and other non-food and beverage revenues streams such as delivery service income, gift card breakage, banquet service charges and digital entertainment revenues. Depreciation and amortization expenses, substantially all of which are related to restaurant-level assets, are excluded because such expenses represent historical costs which do not reflect current cash outlays for the restaurants. General and administrative expenses include primarily non-restaurant-level costs associated with support of the restaurants and other activities at our corporate offices and are therefore excluded. We believe that excluding special items, included within Other (gains) and charges, from Restaurant operating margin provides investors with a clearer perspective of the Company's ongoing operating performance and a more useful comparison to prior period results. Restaurant operating margin as presented may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry.

Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow (in millions)

Brinker believes presenting free cash flow provides a useful measure to evaluate the cash flow available for reinvestment after considering the capital requirements and expenditures of our business operations.


Thirty-Nine Week
Period Ended
March 24, 2021

Cash flows provided by operating activities - GAAP

$

268.6


Capital expenditures

(62.4)


Free cash flow - non-GAAP

$

206.2


 

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