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SOURCE Domino's Pizza, Inc.

Again Delivers Strong Global Sales, Store and EPS Growth

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the first quarter of 2014, comprised of strong growth in same store sales and global store counts which resulted in solid EPS growth. Domestic same store sales grew 4.9% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. The international division also posted strong results with same store sales growth of 7.4% during the quarter, marking the 81st consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth. The Company had global net store growth of 102 stores in the first quarter of 2014.

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Diluted EPS was 71 cents for the quarter. On an as adjusted basis, diluted EPS was 68 cents, a 15.3% increase over the first quarter of 2013. During the quarter, the Company also repurchased and retired 221,481 shares of its common stock for $15.1 million.  Additionally, on April 29, 2014, the Board of Directors declared a 25 cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 13, 2014 to be paid on June 30, 2014.

J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We're off to a great start to the year. Our international division, once again, posted stellar results – reinforcing what a growth engine they are for us. We're thriving in the U.S., too, with sales and store growth, and innovations in both technology and food. Franchisees have reported strong profits.  Our shareholders benefitted from both dividends and share repurchases. We're driving results."

First Quarter Highlights:

(dollars in millions, except per share data)









First

Quarter of

2014


First

Quarter of

2013

Net income









$  40.5


$  34.4













Weighted average diluted shares









57,372,471


58,224,408













Diluted earnings per share, as reported









$  0.71


$  0.59

Items affecting comparability*









(0.02)


-

Diluted earnings per share, as adjusted*









$  0.68


$  0.59



*

Refer to the Items Affecting Comparability section on page three for additional details. Diluted earnings per share figures may not sum to the total due to the rounding of each individual calculation.

 

  • Revenues were up 8.7% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, due primarily to higher supply chain revenues from higher commodity prices and increased volumes, higher international revenues resulting from both same store sales and store count growth, and increased domestic franchise and Company-owned store revenues.

  • Net Income was up 17.6% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, driven by domestic and international same store sales growth, global store count growth and a lower effective tax rate, offset in part by the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates.

  • Diluted EPS was 71 cents for the first quarter versus 59 cents in the prior year quarter. On an as-adjusted basis, diluted EPS was 68 cents for the quarter, which represents an increase of nine cents or 15.3% versus the diluted EPS of 59 cents in the prior year quarter. This increase was due to higher net income and lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding.  (See the Items Affecting Comparability section on page three and the Comments on Regulation G section on page four.)

The table below outlines certain statistical measures utilized by the Company to analyze its performance.  Refer to the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details.


 

First Quarter

of 2014


First Quarter

of 2013

Same store sales growth: (versus prior year period)




  Domestic Company-owned stores

+ 1.5%


+ 5.0%

  Domestic franchise stores

+ 5.2%


+ 6.3%

  Domestic stores

+ 4.9%


+ 6.2%

  International stores (excluding foreign currency impact)

+ 7.4%


+ 6.5%









Global retail sales growth: (versus prior year period)




  Domestic stores

+  6.3%


+  6.9%

  International stores

+11.7%


+11.9%

  Total

+  9.1%


+  9.4%





Global retail sales growth: (versus prior year period, 

  excluding foreign currency impact)   




  Domestic stores

+  6.3%


+  6.9%

  International stores

+15.9%


+14.1%

  Total

+11.3%


+10.5%

 


Domestic

Company-

owned Stores


Domestic

Franchise

Stores


Total

Domestic

Stores


International

Stores


Total

Store counts:










  Store count at December 29, 2013

390


4,596


4,986


5,900


10,886

  Openings

-


14


14


109


123

  Closings

-


(9)


(9)


(12)


(21)

  Transfers

(14)


14


-


-


-

  Store count at March 23, 2014

376


4,615


4,991


5,997


10,988

  First quarter 2014 net change

(14)


19


5


97


102

  Trailing four quarters net change

(12)


80


68


590


658

Conference Call Information

The Company will file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q this morning.  Additionally, as previously announced, Domino's Pizza, Inc. will hold a conference call today at 10 a.m. (Eastern) to review its first quarter 2014 financial results.  The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 306-6182 (U.S./Canada) or (706) 634-4947 (International).  Ask for the Domino's Pizza conference call.  The call will also be webcast at www.dominosbiz.com.  If you are unable to participate on the call, a replay will be available for thirty days by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International), Conference ID 34199037.  The webcast will also be archived for 30 days on www.dominosbiz.com.  

Share Repurchases

During the first quarter of 2014, the Company repurchased and retired 221,481 shares of its common stock under its open market share repurchase program for approximately $15.1 million, or an average price of $68.32 per share. Subsequent to the first quarter of 2014 and through April 24, 2014, the Company repurchased and retired 153,812 shares of its common stock for approximately $11.4 million, or an average of $74.40 per share. As of April 24, 2014, the Company had approximately $188.6 million remaining under the program.

Dividends

On April 29, 2014, the Board of Directors declared a 25 cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 13, 2014, to be paid on June 30, 2014.

Items Affecting Comparability                                   

The Company's reported financial results for the first quarter of 2014 are not comparable to the reported financial results for the equivalent period in 2013. The table below presents certain items that affect comparability between 2014 and 2013 financial results.  The Company believes that including such information is critical to the understanding of its financial results for the first quarter of 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013 (See the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details).

In addition to the items noted in the table below, the Company had lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding that resulted in an increase in diluted EPS of one cent in the first quarter of 2014.


First Quarter


(in thousands, except per share data)

Pre-tax


After-tax


Diluted

EPS

Impact


2014 items affecting comparability:






Gain on the sale of Company-owned stores (1)

$      1,652


$    1,033


$       0.02

Deferred tax asset valuation allowance reversal (2)                     

-


329


0.01

Total of 2014 items*

$      1,652


$    1,362


$       0.02





*

Diluted earnings per share figures may not sum to the total due to the rounding of each individual calculation. 


(1)

Represents the gain recognized on the sale of 14 Company-owned stores to a franchisee. The gain is net of a reduction in goodwill of approximately $0.5 million.


(2)

As a result of the capital gain recognized in connection with the sale of Company-owned stores, the Company was able to utilize a portion of a previously unrecognized benefit of a capital loss carry forward.

Liquidity

As of March 23, 2014, the Company had approximately:

  • $38.4 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents;
  • $1.53 billion in total debt; and
  • $57.7 million of available borrowings under its $100.0 million variable funding notes, net of letters of credit issued of $42.3 million.  The Company has collateralized these letters of credit with restricted cash, and has the ability to access this cash with minimal notice.

The Company's cash borrowing rate averaged 5.3% in both the first quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2013.  Additionally, the Company invested $6.6 million in capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2014, versus $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2013. 

Free cash flow, as reconciled below to cash flows from operations as determined under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was approximately $29.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

(in thousands)

First Quarter

of 2014

Net cash provided by operating activities                     

$   36,204

Capital expenditures

(6,561)

Free cash flow

$   29,643

Comments on Regulation G

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G due to items affecting comparability between fiscal quarters.  The Company has also included metrics such as global retail sales growth and same store sales growth, which are commonly used statistical measures in the quick-service restaurant industry that are important to understanding Company performance.

The Company uses "Diluted EPS, as adjusted," which is calculated as reported Diluted EPS adjusted for the items that affect comparability to the prior year period discussed above.  The most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is Diluted EPS.  The Company believes that the Diluted EPS, as adjusted measure is important and useful to investors and other interested persons and that such persons benefit from having a consistent basis for comparison between reporting periods.  The Company uses Diluted EPS, as adjusted to internally evaluate operating performance, to evaluate itself against its peers and to determine future performance targets and long-range planning.  Additionally, the Company believes that analysts covering the Company's stock performance generally eliminate these items affecting comparability when preparing their financial models, when determining their published EPS estimates and when benchmarking the Company against its competitors.   

The Company uses "Global retail sales" to refer to total worldwide retail sales at Company-owned and franchise stores. The Company believes global retail sales information is useful in analyzing revenues because franchisees pay royalties that are based on a percentage of franchise retail sales. The Company reviews comparable industry global retail sales information to assess business trends and to track the growth of the Domino's Pizza® brand. In addition, domestic supply chain revenues are directly impacted by changes in domestic franchise retail sales. Retail sales for franchise stores are reported to the Company by its franchisees and are not included in Company revenues.  

The Company uses "Same store sales growth," calculated by including only sales from stores that also had sales in the comparable period of the prior year.  International same store sales growth is calculated similarly to domestic same store sales growth.  Changes in international same store sales are reported excluding foreign currency impacts, which reflects changes in international local currency sales. 

The Company uses "Free cash flow," calculated as cash flows from operations less capital expenditures, both as reported under GAAP.  The Company believes that the free cash flow measure is important to investors and other interested persons, and that such persons benefit from having a measure which communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing debt, making acquisitions, repurchasing common stock, paying dividends or other similar uses of cash.

About Domino's Pizza®

Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with its global enterprise of more than 10,900 stores in over 70 international markets. Domino's had global retail sales of over $8.0 billion in 2013, comprised of nearly $3.8 billion in the U.S. and over $4.2 billion internationally. In the first quarter of 2014, Domino's had global retail sales of over $2.0 billion, comprised of $0.9 billion in the U.S. and $1.1 billion internationally. Its system is made up of franchise owner-operators who accounted for over 96% of the Domino's Pizza stores as of the first quarter of 2014. The emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's generate approximately 40% of sales from its digital channels in 2013, as well as reach an estimated $3 billion annually in global digital sales. Domino's recently launched its ordering app for iPad®, adding to an existing ordering app lineup that covers nearly 95% of the smartphone market. Continuing its focus on menu enhancement, Domino's launched Specialty Chicken in April 2014.

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For all future earnings releases and other significant webcasts and announcements we plan to continue our practice of publishing press releases. However, for regular investor conferences with no updates from management, we will no longer be sending out a press release to notify the public of the webcast.  Instead, please visit our Investor Relations website at www.dominosbiz.com to view a schedule of upcoming conference webcasts.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995:

This press release contains forward-looking statements. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "intends," "plans," "estimates," or "anticipates" or similar expressions that concern our strategy, plans or intentions.  These forward-looking statements relating to our anticipated profitability, estimates in same store sales growth, the growth of our international business, ability to service our indebtedness, our future cash flows, our operating performance, trends in our business and other descriptions of future events reflect the Company's expectations based upon currently available information and data.  However, actual results are subject to future risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  The risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include: the level of our long-term and other indebtedness; uncertainties relating to litigation; consumer preferences, spending patterns and demographic trends; the effectiveness of our advertising, operations and promotional initiatives; the strength of our brand in the markets in which we compete; our ability to retain key personnel; new product and concept developments by us, and other food-industry competitors; the ongoing level of profitability of our franchisees; and our ability and that of our franchisees to open new restaurants and keep existing restaurants in operation; changes in food prices, particularly cheese, labor, utilities, insurance, employee benefits and other operating costs; the impact that widespread illness or general health concerns may have on our business and the economy of the countries where we operate; severe weather conditions and natural disasters; changes in our effective tax rate; changes in foreign currency exchange rates; changes in government legislation and regulations; adequacy of our insurance coverage; costs related to future financings; our ability and that of our franchisees to successfully operate in the current credit environment; changes in the level of consumer spending given the general economic conditions including interest rates, energy prices and weak consumer confidence; availability of borrowings under our variable funding notes and our letters of credit; and changes in accounting policies. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are more fully described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the section headed "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release, and you should not rely on such statements as representing the views of the Company as of any subsequent date.  Except as required by applicable securities laws, we do not undertake to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

TABLES TO FOLLOW

 


Domino's Pizza, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)



Fiscal Quarter Ended


March 23,

2014

% of

Total

Revenues


March 24,

2013

% of

Total

Revenues

(In thousands, except per share data)






Revenues:






   Domestic Company-owned stores

$   82,457



$   81,094


   Domestic franchise

53,421



51,318


   Domestic supply chain

257,527



231,531


   International

60,447



53,674


Total revenues

453,852

100.0%


417,617

100.0%







Cost of sales:






   Domestic Company-owned stores

62,791



61,269


   Domestic supply chain

230,367



205,412


   International

23,652



21,130


Total cost of sales

316,810

69.8%


287,811

68.9%

Operating margin

137,042

30.2%


129,806

31.1%







General and administrative

52,867

11.6%


54,281

13.0%

Income from operations

84,175

18.6%


75,525

18.1%







Interest expense, net

(20,295)

(4.5)%


(20,903)

(5.0)%

Income before provision for

   income taxes

 

63,880

 

14.1%


 

54,622

 

13.1%







Provision for income taxes

23,406

5.2%


20,202

4.9%

Net income

$   40,474

8.9%


$   34,420

8.2%







Earnings per share:






   Common stock – diluted

$      0.71



$      0.59








Dividends declared per share

$      0.25



$      0.20


 

 


Domino's Pizza, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)








March 23, 2014


December 29, 2013

(In thousands)         






Assets






Current assets:






        Cash and cash equivalents                

$

38,376


$

14,383

        Restricted cash and cash equivalents            


108,626



125,453

        Accounts receivable                                     


103,881



105,779

        Inventories                                                       


33,578


30,321

        Advertising fund assets, restricted                 


50,185


44,695

        Other assets                                     


19,234


30,909

Total current assets                                               


353,880


351,540






Property, plant and equipment, net                         


95,717


97,584






Other assets                                             


74,715


76,131






Total assets                                               

$

524,312

$

525,255






Liabilities and stockholders' deficit





Current liabilities:





        Current portion of long-term debt        

$

24,155

$

24,144

        Accounts payable                                          


73,183


83,408

        Dividends payable                                      


14,490


11,849

        Advertising fund liabilities                               


50,185


44,695

        Other accrued liabilities                      


78,391


90,515

Total current liabilities                                         


240,404


254,611






Long-term liabilities:





        Long-term debt, less current portion       


1,506,256


1,512,299

        Other accrued liabilities                    


46,608


48,547

Total long-term liabilities                                    


1,552,864


1,560,846






Total stockholders' deficit                            


(1,268,956)


(1,290,202)






Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit         

$

524,312

$

525,255

 

 

Domino's Pizza, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)



Fiscal Quarter Ended


March 23,

2014


 March 24,

2013

(In thousands)




Cash flows from operating activities:




  Net income

$     40,474


$       34,420

  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

   cash flows provided by operating activities:




      Depreciation and amortization

6,421


5,631

      Gains on sale/disposal of assets

(1,556)


(88)

      Amortization of deferred financing costs

1,390


1,431

      Provision for deferred income taxes

700


4,568

      Non-cash compensation expense

4,455


5,616

      Tax impact from equity-based compensation

(7,834)


(2,574)

      Other

45


(959)

      Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(7,891)


(396)

Net cash provided by operating activities

36,204


47,649





Cash flows from investing activities:




  Capital expenditures

(6,561)


(5,086)

  Proceeds from sale of assets

3,906


1,228

  Changes in restricted cash

16,827


(1,360)

  Other

(279)


882

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

13,893


(4,336)





Cash flows from financing activities:




  Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

(6,032)


(6,170)

  Proceeds from exercise of stock options

2,458


1,528

  Tax impact from equity-based compensation

7,834


2,574

  Purchases of common stock

(15,131)


(18,019)

  Tax payments for restricted stock upon vesting

(4,308)


(2,656)

  Payments of common stock dividends and equivalents

(11,053)


(327)

Net cash used in financing activities

(26,232)


(23,070)





Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

128


25





Change in cash and cash equivalents

23,993


20,268





Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period

14,383


54,813





Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period

$     38,376


$       75,081

 

 

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