NPC International, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

NPC International, Inc. (the “Company” or “NPC”), today reported results
for its fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 27, 2016.

FOURTH QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pizza Hut comparable store sales were -5.8% rolling over an increase
    of +3.2% last year.
  • Wendy’s comparable store sales were +0.8% rolling over an increase of
    +5.8% last year.
  • The Company generated net income of $4.3MM compared to $3.8MM last
    year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (reconciliation attached) was $35.8MM; an increase of
    $4.2MM or 13.3% from the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 12.2% from 10.8% last year.

FULL YEAR HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pizza Hut comparable store sales were -1.2% rolling over flat
    comparable store sales last year.
  • Wendy’s comparable store sales were +1.1% rolling over an increase of
    +2.8%.
  • Net income was $8.7MM, an increase of $2.0MM from last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (reconciliation attached) was $127.6MM; an increase of
    $12.3MM or 10.7% from the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin improved to 10.8% from 9.9% last year.
  • Cash balances were $13.6MM a decrease of $19.1MM from prior fiscal
    year end due to acquisition activities.
  • Our leverage ratio improved to 4.32X Consolidated EBITDA, net of
    allowable cash balances (as defined in our Credit Agreement) from
    4.75X at the prior fiscal year end.

NPC’s President and CEO Jim Schwartz said, “Despite ongoing challenges
in our Pizza Hut business, we were able to execute with financial
intensity delivering an increase of almost 11% in Adjusted EBITDA for
the full fiscal year. For the fourth fiscal quarter, we were quite
pleased with the results of our Wendy’s business, which posted
comparable store sales growth of almost 1% and grew comps 6.6% on a
two-year basis. The top-line sales momentum combined with favorable
commodities and solid execution from our operators resulted in
significant margin improvement and profit growth. Our Pizza Hut
operations generated disappointing comparable store sales with a decline
of 5.8% rolling over growth of 3.2% last year driven by the successful
launch of the Triple Treat Box. Despite the sales decline, lower
ingredient prices and favorable insurance adjustments related to
improved loss trends served to maintain restaurant margins consistent
with the prior year.

“Our Pizza Hut business has continued to struggle to consistently
activate the consumer and drive the top-line in an otherwise thriving
category. As previously communicated, the Brand and the Franchise
Association have completed independent brand related research which will
significantly inform the go-forward strategy. Concurrently, Pizza Hut
and its franchisees are formulating a transformational plan to deliver
upon a strategy to modernize the brand and to continue on our mission to
make it easier for consumers to get a better pizza.

“Our Wendy’s business leveraged innovation and core product offerings
again this quarter and successfully drove profitable sales growth while
rolling over the very successful launch of the 4 for $4 value bundle
deal. Wendy’s continues to expand the 4 for $4 offering and the
incremental variety has continued to meet the needs of the consumer
while bringing new news to the category. Most recently, the Double Stack
has been added to this offering providing the consumer more value and
more choice when ordering the 4 for $4 deal.

“We continued to execute upon our Delco relocation efforts in our Pizza
Hut business and Image Activation efforts in our Wendy’s operations this
quarter and fully delivered upon our targets for fiscal 2016. As we move
into 2017, we will continue with these investments as we contemporize
our restaurants to better meet the needs of today’s consumer and provide
a best on block image.

“We are pleased to have deleveraged our business by almost a half of a
turn of leverage during fiscal 2016 due to an increase of almost 11% in
Adjusted EBITDA and the benefit of our accretive acquisition of 39
Wendy’s units in Raleigh, North Carolina in July 2016. In addition, we
ended the year with ample liquidity which we will tap to fund our
recently announced pending acquisition of 62 Wendy’s restaurants in
Pennsylvania.

“Looking to 2017, we remain enthusiastic about the opportunity to
continue to diversify our restaurant portfolio through the acquisition
of additional Wendy’s restaurants and we will remain active in this
pursuit as we work to increase our ownership of this great brand. We are
also increasingly optimistic and enthusiastic about the future direction
of Pizza Hut as we continue to work with brand leadership on future
strategy and direction. We look forward to continuing to update you on
the execution of key brand strategies and our performance into 2017.”

The Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of NPC Restaurant Holdings,
LLC (“Parent”), which has guaranteed the Company’s 10.50% Senior Notes
due 2020. As a result of its guaranty, Parent is required to file
reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission which include
consolidated financial statements of Parent and its subsidiaries
(including the Company). Parent’s only material asset is all of the
stock of the Company. The annual financial statements and Management’s
Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
for Parent and the Company on a consolidated basis are set forth in
Parent’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2016 which can
be accessed at
www.sec.gov.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION:

The Company will not be conducting an earnings call for its fourth
fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended December 27, 2016, because the
Company will be holding lender meetings later today to discuss the
proposed refinancing of the Company’s funded debt. The proposed
refinancing is currently expected to include refinancing of the
Company’s senior secured credit facilities and redemption of the
Company’s 10.50% Senior Notes due 2020 in accordance with the Indenture
for the Senior Notes. The terms and consummation of the proposed
refinancing are subject to market and other customary conditions, and
there is no assurance that the proposed refinancing will be completed in
whole or in part.

NPC International, Inc. is the world’s largest Pizza Hut franchisee
and currently operates 1,152 Pizza Hut units in 27 states and 184
Wendy’s units in 5 states.

For more complete information regarding the Company’s financial
position and results of operations, investors are encouraged to review
the Parent’s financial statements and Management’s Discussion and
Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations, included in
the Parent’s Form 10-K which can be accessed at
www.sec.gov.

“Safe Harbor” Statement under the Private Securities Litigation
Reform Act of 1995

Certain statements contained in this news release that do not relate to
historical or current facts constitute forward-looking statements. These
include statements regarding our plans and expectations, including our
current expectations for future operations, costs and financial results.
Forward-looking statements are subject to inherent risks and
uncertainties and there can be no assurance that such statements will
prove to be correct. Actual results may vary materially from those
anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of a number
of factors, including any delay in or failure to complete the recently
announced acquisition; changes in credit market conditions; lower than
anticipated consumer discretionary spending; deterioration in general
economic conditions; competition in the quick service restaurant market;
adverse changes in food, labor and other costs; price inflation or
deflation; our ability to successfully integrate recent acquisitions and
successfully complete additional acquisitions of restaurant units; and
other factors. These risks and other risks are described in Parent’s
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Parent’s
Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current
Reports on Form 8-K. Copies of these filings may be obtained by
contacting NPC or may be accessed at www.sec.gov.
All forward-looking statements made in this news release are made as of
the date hereof. NPC does not intend to update these forward-looking
statements and undertakes no duty to any person to provide any such
update under any circumstances, except as otherwise required by law.
Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any
forward-looking statements.

 

NPC INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Consolidated
Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
13 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2016   December 29, 2015
   
Net product sales (1) $ 294,095 100.0 % $ 293,524 100.0 %
Fees and other income (2)   13,874   4.7 %   13,679   4.7 %
Total sales   307,969   104.7 %   307,203   104.7 %
 
Cost of sales (3) 84,705 28.8 % 86,474 29.5 %
Direct labor (4) 86,320 29.4 % 84,660 28.8 %
Other restaurant operating expenses (5) 94,744 32.2 % 97,037 33.1 %
General and administrative expenses (6) 20,058 6.8 % 19,742 6.7 %
Corporate depreciation and amortization of intangibles 5,736 2.0 % 5,345 1.8 %
Net facility impairment and closure costs (7) 932 0.3 % 1,742 0.6 %
Other   (274 ) -0.1 %   (264 ) -0.1 %
Total costs and expenses   292,221   99.4 %   294,736   100.4 %
Operating income 15,748 5.3 % 12,467 4.3 %
Interest expense (8)   11,107   3.7 %   10,587   3.7 %
Income before income taxes 4,641 1.6 % 1,880 0.6 %
Income taxes   349   0.1 %   (1,901 ) -0.7 %
 
Net income $ 4,292   1.5 % $ 3,781   1.3 %
 
Percentages are shown as a percent of net product sales.
                 
Comparable store sales (net product sales only):
Pizza Hut -5.8 % 3.2 %
Wendy’s 0.8 % 5.8 %
Comparable stores sales are only reported for locations that have
been operated by the Company for at least 12 months.
                 
Capital Expenditures $ 17,343 $ 14,213
Cash Rent Expense   $ 17,503         $ 16,698      

(1)

  Net product sales increased 0.2% as a result of growth in our
Wendy’s business due to the sales contribution from acquisitions and
an increase in comparable store sales of 0.8%. This increase was
largely offset by a comparable store sales decline of -5.8% in our
Pizza Hut operations and a decrease in Pizza Hut equivalent units.

(2)

Fees and other income increased 1.4% due to increased delivery fees
in our Pizza Hut operations.

(3)

Cost of sales, as a percentage of net product sales, decreased
primarily due to lower ingredient costs.

(4)

Direct labor, as a percentage of net product sales, increased due to
sales deleveraging in our Pizza Hut operations, partially offset by
productivity gains and sales leveraging in our Wendy’s operations.

(5)

Other restaurant operating expenses, as a percentage of net product
sales, decreased primarily due to favorable insurance reserve
adjustments, which were partially offset by higher depreciation and
amortization expense and sales deleveraging in our Pizza Hut
operations.

(6)

General and administrative expenses increased due to increased field
personnel and support costs, largely attributable to our Wendy’s
acquisition in July 2016 and higher credit card processing fees.
These increases were partially offset by the timing of prior year
incentive accruals recorded in full during the fourth quarter of
2015.

(7)

Net facility impairment and closure costs decreased due to a
reduction in impairment charges which were partially offset by
increased closure charges in our Pizza Hut operations largely
associated with our Delco relocation efforts.

(8)

Interest expense increased due to the increase in our average
borrowing rate as a result of the term loan amendment in December
2015, which was partially offset by a decline in our average
outstanding debt balance.

Note: The explanations above are abbreviated disclosures. For complete
disclosure of our results for fiscal 2016 see Management’s Discussion
and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our
Parent’s Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

 

NPC INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Consolidated
Statements of Operations

(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

     
52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015
 
Net product sales (1) $ 1,180,596 100.0 % $ 1,170,071 100.0 %
Fees and other income (2)   55,972   4.7 %   53,228   4.5 %
Total sales   1,236,568   104.7 %   1,223,299   104.5 %
 
Cost of sales (3) 340,453 28.8 % 342,345 29.3 %
Direct labor (4) 349,801 29.6 % 348,795 29.8 %
Other restaurant operating expenses (5) 392,401 33.2 % 389,187 33.3 %
General and administrative expenses (6) 76,559 6.5 % 71,629 6.1 %
Corporate depreciation and amortization of intangibles 21,959 1.9 % 21,170 1.8 %
Net facility impairment and closure costs (7) 4,898 0.4 % 7,469 0.6 %
Other   (312 ) 0.0 %   (24 ) 0.0 %
Total costs and expenses   1,185,759   100.4 %   1,180,571   100.9 %
Operating income 50,809 4.3 % 42,728 3.6 %
Interest expense (8)   44,823   3.8 %   41,784   3.5 %
Income before income taxes 5,986 0.5 % 944 0.1 %
Income taxes   (2,743 ) -0.2 %   (5,768 ) -0.5 %
 
Net income $ 8,729   0.7 % $ 6,712   0.6 %
 
Percentages are shown as a percent of net product sales.
                 
Comparable store sales (net product sales only):
Pizza Hut -1.2 % -0.3 %
Wendy’s 1.1 % 2.8 %
Comparable stores sales are only reported for locations that have
been operated by the Company for at least 12 months.
                 
Capital Expenditures $ 62,656 $ 56,210
Cash Rent Expense   $ 68,675         $ 67,360      

(1)

  Net product sales increased 0.9% primarily due to the growth in our
Wendy’s business, which was driven by sales contributions from
acquisitions and a comparable store sales increase of 1.1%. These
increases were partially offset by a comparable store sales decrease
of 1.2% in our Pizza Hut operations and a 2.2% reduction in Pizza
Hut equivalent units.

(2)

Fees and other income increased 5.2% largely due to increased
delivery fees for our Pizza Hut operations.

(3)

Cost of sales, as a percentage of net product sales, decreased
primarily due to lower ingredient costs.

(4)

Direct labor, as a percentage of net product sales, decreased due to
productivity gains in both operations and sales leveraging in our
Wendy’s operations, which was partially offset by higher wages and
sales deleveraging in our Pizza Hut operations.

(5)

Other restaurant operating expenses, as a percentage of net product
sales, decreased primarily due to favorable insurance adjustments,
which were partially offset by higher depreciation and amortization
expense.

(6)

General and administrative expenses increased due to higher credit
card processing fees, increased field personnel and support costs
largely due to the Wendy’s acquisition in July 2016, and higher
incentive compensation as a result of improved financial performance.

(7)

Net facility impairment and closure costs decreased due to a
reduction in impairment charges which were partially offset by
increased closure charges in our Pizza Hut operations largely
associated with our Delco relocation efforts.

(8)

Interest expense increased due to the increase in our average
borrowing rate as a result of the term loan amendment in December
2015, which was partially offset by a decline in our average
outstanding debt balance.

Note: The explanations above are abbreviated disclosures. For complete
disclosure see Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial
Condition and Results of Operations in our Parent’s Form 10-K filed with
the SEC.

     

NPC INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Condensed
Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands)
(Unaudited)

 
December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 13,604 $ 32,717
Other current assets   30,764   30,398
Total current assets 44,368 63,115
 
Facilities and equipment, net 229,547 203,468
Franchise rights, net 618,321 620,518
Other noncurrent assets   324,899   323,595
Total assets $ 1,217,135 $ 1,210,696
Liabilities and Members’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Other current liabilities $ 109,057 $ 104,038
Current portion of debt   3,990   4,158
Total current liabilities 113,047 108,196
 
Long-term debt 575,995 577,011
Other noncurrent liabilities   243,296   251,800
Total liabilities 932,338 937,007
Members’ equity   284,797   273,689
Total liabilities and members’ equity $ 1,217,135 $ 1,210,696
 

NPC INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Condensed
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Dollars in
thousands)
(Unaudited)

   
52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015
Operating activities
Net income $ 8,729 $ 6,712
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating
activities:
Depreciation and amortization 71,197 64,168
Amortization of debt issuance costs 4,242 3,980
Deferred income taxes (5,556 ) (7,921 )
Net facility impairment and closure costs 4,898 7,469
Other (634 ) 69
Changes in assets and liabilities, excluding acquisitions:
Assets (2,858 ) 3,564
Liabilities   (422 )   1,863  
Net cash provided by operating activities   79,596     79,904  
Investing activities
Capital expenditures (62,656 ) (56,210 )
Purchase of Wendy’s businesses, net of cash acquired (44,188 )
Proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions 10,360 1,408
Proceeds from disposition of assets   2,161     1,590  
Net cash used in investing activities   (94,323 )   (53,212 )
Financing activities
Payments on term bank facilities (4,326 ) (4,158 )
Debt issue costs (1,832 )
Other   (60 )   (48 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (4,386 )   (6,038 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (19,113 ) 20,654
Beginning cash and cash equivalents   32,717     12,063  
Ending cash and cash equivalents $ 13,604   $ 32,717  
 

NPC INTERNATIONAL, INC.
Reconciliation
of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(in thousands)
(Unaudited)

       
13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015 December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015
Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income $ 4,292 $ 3,781 $ 8,729 $ 6,712
Adjustments:
Interest expense 11,107 10,587 44,823 41,784
Income taxes 349 (1,901) (2,743) (5,768)
Depreciation and amortization 19,289 17,017 71,197 64,168
Pre-opening expenses and other (199) 346 727 967
Net facility impairment and closure costs 932 1,742 4,898 7,469
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 35,770 $ 31,572 $ 127,631 $ 115,332
Adjusted EBITDA Margin(2) 12.2% 10.8% 10.8% 9.9%
 
Free Cash Flow:
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 10,245 $ 16,634 $ 79,596 $ 79,904
Adjustments:
Capital expenditures (17,343) (14,213) (62,656) (56,210)
Free Cash Flow (3) $ (7,098) $ 2,421 $ 16,940 $ 23,694
 
 

(1)

  The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as consolidated net income plus
interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, pre-opening
expenses, net facility impairment and closure costs and certain
other items that are non-operational in nature. Management believes
the elimination of these items, as well as certain other items of a
non-operational nature, as may be noted in the table above, give
investors and management useful information to compare the
performance of our core operations over different periods and to
compare our operating performance with the performance of other
companies that have different financing and capital structures or
tax rates. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure, has
limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in
isolation from, or as a substitute for analysis of, the Company’s
financial information reported under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, as
defined above, may not be similar to EBITDA measures of other
companies.

(2)

Calculated as a percentage of net product sales.

(3)

The Company defines Free Cash Flow as cash flows from operations
less capital expenditures. Management believes that the free cash
flow measure is important to investors to provide a measure of how
much cash flow is available, after current changes in working
capital and acquisition of property and equipment, to be used for
working capital needs or for strategic opportunities, including
servicing debt, making acquisitions, and making investments in the
business. It should not be inferred that the entire Free Cash Flow
amount is available for discretionary expenditures.
           

 

Covenant EBITDA (Non-GAAP):

Four Most Recent
Fiscal Quarters
Ended

  December 27, 2016
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 127,631
Adjustments:
Pro forma cost savings(1) 2,039
Sponsor fee(2) 1,008
Non-recurring charges(3) 330
Other(4)   5,058
Covenant EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 136,066
 
 

(1)

  Reflects prospective savings calculated in accordance with the
Credit Agreement; specifically, the amount of cost savings expected
to be realized from operating expense reductions and other operating
improvements as a result of specified actions taken or initiated
during the four most recent quarters ended December 27, 2016.

(2)

Reflects the exclusion of the management fees and expenses incurred
by the Company under the Olympus Advisory Agreement.

(3)

Reflects non-recurring charges, severance and integration costs,
costs related to closure/consolidation of Restaurants and other
facilities, and Pizza Hut development incentives.

(4)

Reflects pro forma adjustments related to “Acquired EBITDA”,
sale-leaseback rent obligations, losses from discontinued
operations, and gains or losses recorded in the ordinary course of
business. Pro forma Acquired EBITDA includes adjustments to seller
annual EBITDA for tangible operational changes achievable within one
year of the acquisition as well as other operational or contractual
differences post acquisition including royalties, rent obligations,
and field and administrative support costs among others for periods
prior to the acquisition date.
 
     

Unit Count Activity

               
52 Weeks Ended
December 27, 2016 December 29, 2015
Combined   Wendy’s   Pizza Hut Combined   Wendy’s   Pizza Hut
Beginning of period 1,395   144 1,251 1,420 143 1,277
Acquired 42 42
Developed(1) 50 2 48 16 3 13
Closed(1) (77)   (4)   (73) (41)   (2)   (39)
End of period 1,410   184   1,226 1,395   144   1,251
 
Equivalent units(2) 1,395 161 1,234 1,404 142 1,262
 
 

(1)

  For Pizza Hut, 44 and 9 units were relocated or rebuilt and are
included in both the developed and closed totals above for each of
the 52 weeks ended December 27, 2016, and December 29, 2015,
respectively. The closed units for the 52 weeks ended December 27,
2016 include one unit which is being relocated and will re-open upon
completion. For Wendy’s, one unit was relocated or rebuilt and is
included in both the developed and closed totals above for each of
the 52 weeks ended December 27, 2016, and December 29, 2015,
respectively.

(2)

Equivalent units represent the number of units open at the beginning
of a given period, adjusted for units opened, closed, temporarily
closed, acquired or sold during the period on a weighted average
basis.
 
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