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Domino's Pizza Announces First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

Continued Global Momentum with Strong Sales and EPS Growth

ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the first quarter of 2015, comprised of strong same store sales results and store count growth, which resulted in robust EPS growth. Domestic same store sales grew 14.5% 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 quarterly same store sales growth of 7.8%, marking the 85th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth. The Company had global net store growth of 110 stores in the first quarter of 2015.

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Diluted EPS was 81 cents for the first quarter, which was up 14.1% over the Company's reported EPS in the prior year quarter, and up 19.1% over the Company's adjusted EPS in the prior year quarter. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 290,877 shares of its common stock for approximately $29.5 million. The Board of Directors also declared a 31-cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 15, 2015, to be paid on June 30, 2015.

J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We had an outstanding start to 2015. Strong global sales, store growth and technology advancements all demonstrated the fundamental strength of the Domino's brand."

First Quarter Highlights:

(dollars in millions, except per share data)


First

Quarter of

2015



First

Quarter of

2014


Net income


$

46.3



$

40.5


Weighted average diluted shares



57,013,552




57,372,471


Diluted earnings per share, as reported


$

0.81



$

0.71


Items affecting comparability*






(0.02)


Diluted earnings per share, as adjusted*


$

0.81



$

0.68




*  

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 10.6% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, due primarily to higher supply chain revenues from increased volumes and increased sales of equipment to stores in connection with the Company's store reimaging program. Increased domestic franchise and Company-owned store revenues and higher international revenues resulting from both same store sales and store count growth also contributed to this increase.
  • Net Income was up 14.4% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, driven by domestic and international same store sales growth, global store count growth and higher supply chain volumes. This was offset in part by the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates.
  • Diluted EPS was 81 cents for the first quarter versus 71 cents in the prior year quarter. The diluted EPS of 81 cents for the quarter was 13 cents, or 19.1% higher than the prior year quarter's adjusted EPS of 68 cents. (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

2015



First

Quarter of

2014


Same store sales growth: (versus prior year period)









Domestic Company-owned stores



+ 15.9

%



+ 1.5

%

Domestic franchise stores



+ 14.4

%



+ 5.2

%

Domestic stores



+ 14.5

%



+ 4.9

%

International stores (excluding foreign currency impact)



+ 7.8

%



+ 7.4

%










Global retail sales growth: (versus prior year period)









Domestic stores



+ 16.5

%



+ 6.3

%

International stores



+ 5.0

%



+ 11.7

%

Total



+ 10.4

%



+ 9.1

%










Global retail sales growth: (versus prior year period,

   excluding foreign currency impact)









Domestic stores



+ 16.5

%



+ 6.3

%

International stores



+ 16.4

%



+ 15.9

%

Total



+ 16.4

%



+ 11.3

%

 



Domestic

Company-

owned Stores



Domestic

Franchise

Stores



Total

Domestic

Stores



International

Stores



Total


Store counts:





















Store count at December 28, 2014



377




4,690




5,067




6,562




11,629


Openings



2




20




22




140




162


Closings






(5)




(5)




(47)




(52)


Store count at March 22, 2015



379




4,705




5,084




6,655




11,739


First quarter 2015 net change



2




15




17




93




110


Trailing four quarters net change



3




90




93




658




751


Conference Call Information

The Company will file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q this morning.  As previously announced, Domino's Pizza, Inc. will hold a conference call today at 10 a.m. (Eastern) to review its first quarter 2015 financial results.  The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 400-9978 (U.S./Canada) or (706) 634-4947 (International). Ask for the Domino's Pizza conference call. The call will also be webcast at biz.dominos.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 71614586. The webcast will also be archived for 30 days on biz.dominos.com.

Share Repurchases

During the first quarter of 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 290,877 shares of its common stock under its open market share repurchase program for approximately $29.5 million, or an average price of $101.46 per share. Subsequent to the first quarter of 2015 and through April 16, 2015, the Company repurchased and retired 177,695 shares of its common stock for approximately $18.0 million, or an average of $101.49 per share. As of April 16, 2015, the Company had approximately $85.2 million remaining under the program.

Dividends

On April 21, 2015, the Board of Directors declared a 31 cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 15, 2015, to be paid on June 30, 2015.

Items Affecting Comparability

The Company's reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015 are not comparable to the reported financial results for the equivalent period in 2014. The table below presents certain items that affect comparability between 2015 and 2014 financial results. The Company believes that including such information is critical to the understanding of its financial results for the first quarter of 2015 as compared to the same period in 2014 (See the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details).



First Quarter of 2014


(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 22, 2015, the Company had approximately:

  • $75.0 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents;
  • $1.53 billion in total debt; and
  • $55.9 million of available borrowings under its $100.0 million variable funding notes, net of letters of credit issued of $44.1 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 2015 and the first quarter of 2014. Additionally, the Company invested $7.6 million in capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2015, versus $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2014.

Free cash flow, as reconciled below to cash flows from operations as determined under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was approximately $77.1 million in the first quarter of 2015.

(in thousands)


First Quarter

of 2015


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

84,745


Capital expenditures



(7,600)


Free cash flow


$

77,145


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 reflect 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 and digital ordering technology, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 11,700 stores in over 75 international markets. Domino's had global retail sales of over $8.9 billion in 2014, comprised of more than $4.1 billion in the U.S. and nearly $4.8 billion internationally. In the first quarter of 2015, Domino's had global retail sales of over $2.2 billion, comprised of $1.1 billion in the U.S. and $1.1 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of franchise owners who accounted for nearly 97% of Domino's Pizza stores as of the first quarter of 2015. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino's generate approximately 50% of U.S. sales from digital channels at the end of 2014, and reach an estimated run rate of $4 billion annually in global digital sales. Domino's features an ordering app lineup that covers nearly 95% of the U.S. smartphone market and, in June 2014, debuted voice ordering for its iPhone® and Android apps, a true technology first within traditional and e-commerce retail.

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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, digital ordering 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 22,

2015



% of

Total

Revenues



March 23,

2014



% of

Total

Revenues


(In thousands, except per share data)

















Revenues:

















Domestic Company-owned stores


$

92,375







$

82,457






Domestic franchise



61,774








53,421






Supply chain



311,656








284,334






International



36,222








33,640






Total revenues



502,027




100.0

%



453,852




100.0

%


















Cost of sales:

















Domestic Company-owned stores



68,152








62,791






Supply chain



276,809








254,019






Total cost of sales



344,961




68.7

%



316,810




69.8

%

Operating margin



157,066




31.3

%



137,042




30.2

%

General and administrative



62,813




12.5

%



52,867




11.6

%

Income from operations



94,253




18.8

%



84,175




18.6

%


















Interest expense, net



(20,071)




(4.0)%




(20,295)




(4.5)%


Income before provision for income taxes



74,182




14.8

%



63,880




14.1

%


















Provision for income taxes



27,893




5.6

%



23,406




5.2

%

Net income


$

46,289




9.2

%


$

40,474




8.9

%


















Earnings per share:

















Common stock – diluted


$

0.81







$

0.71























Dividends declared per share


$

0.31







$

0.25






 

 

Domino's Pizza, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)




March 22, 2015



December 28, 2014


(In thousands)









Assets









Current assets:









Cash and cash equivalents


$

74,991



$

30,855


Restricted cash and cash equivalents



121,533




120,954


Accounts receivable



118,085




118,395


Inventories



37,899




37,944


Advertising fund assets, restricted



72,555




72,055


Other assets



20,978




48,158


Total current assets



446,041




428,361











Property, plant and equipment, net



114,744




114,046











Other assets



76,196




76,873











Total assets


$

636,981



$

619,280











Liabilities and stockholders' deficit









Current liabilities:









Current portion of long-term debt


$

234



$

565


Accounts payable



88,323




86,552


Dividends payable



17,579




14,351


Advertising fund liabilities



72,555




72,055


Other accrued liabilities



96,622




92,085


Total current liabilities



275,313




265,608











Long-term liabilities:









Long-term debt, less current portion



1,527,202




1,523,546


Other accrued liabilities



48,044




49,591


Total long-term liabilities



1,575,246




1,573,137











Total stockholders' deficit



(1,213,578)




(1,219,465)











Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit


$

636,981



$

619,280


 

 

Domino's Pizza, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)




Fiscal Quarter Ended




March 22,

2015



March 23,

2014


(In thousands)









Cash flows from operating activities:









Net income


$

46,289



$

40,474


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows provided by
  
operating activities:









Depreciation and amortization



7,347




6,421


(Gain) loss on sale/disposal of assets



150




(1,556)


Amortization of deferred financing costs



1,274




1,390


Provision for deferred income taxes



198




700


Non-cash compensation expense



4,466




4,455


Tax impact from equity-based compensation



(4,677)




(7,834)


Other



74




45


Changes in operating assets and liabilities



29,624




(7,891)


Net cash provided by operating activities



84,745




36,204











Cash flows from investing activities:









Capital expenditures



(7,600)




(6,561)


Proceeds from sale of assets



6,789




3,906


Changes in restricted cash



(579)




16,827


Other



1,556




(279)


Net cash provided by investing activities



166




13,893











Cash flows from financing activities:









Repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations



(103)




(6,032)


Proceeds from exercise of stock options



1,196




2,458


Tax impact from equity-based compensation



4,677




7,834


Purchases of common stock



(29,512)




(15,131)


Tax payments for restricted stock upon vesting



(3,632)




(4,308)


Payments of common stock dividends and equivalents



(13,965)




(11,053)


Net cash used in financing activities



(41,339)




(26,232)











Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents



564




128











Change in cash and cash equivalents



44,136




23,993











Cash and cash equivalents, at beginning of period



30,855




14,383











Cash and cash equivalents, at end of period


$

74,991



$

38,376


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