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The Wendy's Company Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results
North America same-restaurant sales increase 3.2% (+3.6% on a two-year basis); 18th consecutive quarter of positive same-restaurant sales
35 global restaurant openings
36% of global system now Image Activated
Company facilitates 294 "Buy and Flip" franchisee-to-franchisee restaurant transfers, including DavCo-NPC transactions
Company provides updated 2017 outlook

DUBLIN, Ohio, Aug. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Wendy's Company (NASDAQ: WEN) today reported unaudited results for the second quarter ended July 2, 2017.

The Wendy's Company is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 28 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit  www.aboutwendys.com . (PRNewsFoto/The Wendy's Company)

"After recording our 18th consecutive quarter of positive same-restaurant sales and as we continue to strengthen the Wendy's® brand through new restaurant development and Image Activation, we are pleased with our progress and remain confident in our long-term targets," President and Chief Executive Officer Todd Penegor said. "More than one-third of the global system is now Image Activated and we continue advancing towards our global expansion goals with 35 new restaurant openings during the second quarter and 68 openings year-to-date. We, along with our exceptional and dedicated franchisees across the globe, remain committed to delighting every customer and to our brand purpose of creating joy and opportunity through our food, family and community."

Second Quarter 2017 Summary
See "Disclosure Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures" and the reconciliation tables that accompany this release for a discussion and reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures included in this release.

 

Operational Highlights


Three Months Ended








July 2, 2017


July 3, 2016








(Unaudited)






North America Same-Restaurant Sales Growth(1)


3.2%


0.4%






Global Restaurant Openings





North America - Total / Net


10 / -11


12 / 2

International - Total / Net


25 / 24


7 / 6

Global Restaurant Openings - Total / Net


35 / 13


19 / 8






Global Systemwide Sales (In US$ Millions)(2)





North America


$2,521.2


$2,426.5

International(3)


$118.8


$103.5

Global Systemwide Sales


$2,640.0


$2,530.0






Global Systemwide Sales Growth(1)





North America


4.1%


1.8%

International(3)


16.4%


2.5%

Global Systemwide Sales Growth


4.6%


1.8%






(1) Same-restaurant sales growth and systemwide sales growth are calculated on a constant currency basis and include sales by both Company-operated and franchise restaurants.

(2) Systemwide sales include sales at both Company-operated and franchise restaurants. Sales by franchise restaurants are not recorded as Company revenues. However, the Company's royalty revenues are computed as percentages of sales made by franchisees and, as a result, sales by franchisees have a direct effect on the Company's royalty revenues and therefore on the Company's profitability.

(3) Excludes Venezuela.

 

Financial Highlights

  • Total revenues were $320.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $382.7 million in the second quarter of 2016. The 16.3 percent decrease resulted primarily from the ownership of 251 fewer Company-operated restaurants at the end of the second quarter 2017 compared to the beginning of the second quarter 2016, which resulted in fewer sales at Company-operated restaurants, partly offset by higher franchise royalty revenue and fees and franchise rental income.
  • Company-operated restaurant margin was 19.6 percent in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 21.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016. The 230 basis-point decrease was primarily the result of increased labor rates and higher commodity costs.
  • General and administrative expense was $51.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $61.1 million in the second quarter of 2016. The 16.1 percent decrease resulted primarily from cost savings related to the Company's system optimization initiative, lower professional fees and legal reserves, and a year-over-year decrease in incentive compensation accruals.
  • Operating profit was $25.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $65.6 million in the second quarter of 2016. The 60.7 percent decrease resulted primarily from system optimization losses that were related to the DavCo-NPC transactions (see below for further information). Reorganization and realignment costs related to the G&A expense savings initiative also contributed to the year-over-year decrease in operating profit.
  • The Company reported a net loss of $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to net income of $26.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. The year-over-year decrease resulted primarily from system optimization losses that were related to the DavCo-NPC transactions (see below for further information) and reorganization and realignment costs related to the G&A expense savings initiative.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $116.1 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $102.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, despite the ownership of 251 fewer Company-operated restaurants at the end of the second quarter of 2017 compared to the beginning of the second quarter of 2016. Franchise fees driven by Buy and Flip activity also contributed to the 13.3 percent year-over-year increase in adjusted EBITDA.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin (adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenues) was 36.2 percent in the second quarter of 2017, compared to 26.8 percent in the second quarter of 2016. The 940 basis-point improvement reflects the positive impact of the Company's system optimization initiative.
  • The Company recorded a reported diluted loss per share of $0.01 in the second quarter of 2017, compared to a reported diluted earnings per share of $0.10 in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Adjusted earnings per share were $0.15 in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $0.10 in the second quarter of 2016. The 50.0 percent increase resulted primarily from the items discussed above and reflects a 6.2 percent year-over-year reduction in the weighted average diluted shares outstanding.
  • Year-to-date cash flows from operations through the second quarter of 2017 were $120.6 million, compared to $105.8 million through the second quarter of 2016. The 14.0 percent increase was the result of an increase in net income adjusted for non-cash expenses and a favorable change in working capital.
  • Year-to-date capital expenditures through the second quarter of 2017 were $32.1 million, compared to $68.5 million through the second quarter of 2016.
  • Year-to-date free cash flow (cash flows from operations minus capital expenditures) through the second quarter of 2017 was $88.5 million, compared to $37.3 million through the second quarter of 2016. The 137.2 percent increase resulted primarily from a year-over-year decrease in capital expenditures, in addition to the items discussed above.

Image Activation
Image Activation, which includes reimaging existing restaurants and building new restaurants, remains an integral part of our global growth strategy. With 36 percent of the global system featuring the new image, the Company and its franchisees continue to expect that approximately 42 percent of the global system will be image activated by the end of 2017. The Company is reiterating its 2017 net new unit growth expectations of approximately 1 percent in North America and raising its International expectations from approximately 12.5 percent to approximately 14 percent.

The Company continues to facilitate franchisee-to-franchisee restaurant transfers ("Buy and Flips") to ensure that restaurants are operated by well-capitalized franchisees that are committed to long-term growth. In addition, Buy and Flips also contribute to the Company's improved quality of earnings by generating franchise fees and net rental income. During the second quarter, the Company facilitated 294 Buy and Flips, which includes the DavCo-NPC transactions, and expects to complete approximately 475 in 2017.

DavCo-NPC transactions
As previously announced on June 1, 2017, the Company successfully completed a series of transactions of strategic importance. Under the transactions, the Company acquired 140 restaurants in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. markets from DavCo Restaurants, LLC ("DavCo"), which were immediately sold to NPC International, Inc. ("NPC"). The Company did not operate the restaurants prior to the disposition to NPC. As part of the transaction, NPC has agreed to remodel 90 restaurants by the end of 2021 and build 15 new restaurants by the end of 2022. Prior to the closing of the transactions, seven restaurants in these markets were closed. The acquisition of Wendy's restaurants from DavCo was not contingent on executing the sale agreement with NPC; as such, the Company accounted for the transactions as an acquisition and subsequent disposition of a business. Due to the unique nature of the transactions, the Company incurred a total pre-tax loss of $43.1 million and a net cash outflow, exclusive of franchise fees received, of $17.8 million in the second quarter.

"NPC is a great franchise partner and best-in-class operator. We are excited about NPC's commitment to help these important growth markets reach their full potential through aggressive reimaging, building new restaurants, implementing key in-restaurant technology, and starting to participate in national programs such as the 50¢ Frosty®," Penegor said.

Company provides update regarding G&A expense savings initiative
During the second quarter, the Company commenced its previously announced G&A expense savings initiative in order to further reduce G&A expense to approximately 1.5 percent of global systemwide sales by 2020. The Company recognized costs totaling $17.2 million during the second quarter, which primarily included severance and related employee costs and share-based compensation. The Company did not incur significant cash expenditures in the second quarter, but expects cash expenditures to begin in the second half of 2017. The Company expects to incur total costs aggregating approximately $28 million to $33 million, of which $23 million to $27 million will be cash expenditures.

Company repurchases 2.3 million shares for $34.6 million in second quarter
The Company repurchased 2.3 million shares for $34.6 million in the second quarter at an average price of $15.11 per share. As of the end of the quarter, the Company had approximately $98 million remaining on its existing $150 million share repurchase authorization, which expires March 4, 2018.

2017 outlook
This release includes forward-looking guidance for certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted tax rate. The Company excludes certain expenses and benefits from adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted tax rate, such as impairment of long-lived assets, reorganization and realignment costs and system optimization gains, net.  Due to the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of those expenses and benefits, the Company is unable without unreasonable effort to provide projections of net income, earnings per share or reported tax rate or a reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA, adjusted earnings per share or adjusted tax rate to projected net income, earnings per share or reported tax rate.

During 2017, the Company now expects:

  • Commodity cost inflation of approximately 3 to 4 percent compared to 2016.
  • Company-operated restaurant margin of approximately 18.0 to 18.5 percent.
  • Net franchise rental income of approximately $100 to $105 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of approximately $404 to $410 million, an increase of approximately 3 to 5 percent compared to 2016.
  • Interest expense of approximately $115 to $120 million.
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $120 to $125 million, including accelerated depreciation of approximately $1 million.

In addition, the Company continues to expect:

  • Same-restaurant sales growth of approximately 2 to 3 percent for the North America system.
  • Labor inflation of approximately 4 percent.
  • General and administrative expense at the low end of its previously issued range of approximately $210 to $220 million.
  • An adjusted tax rate of approximately 32 to 34 percent.
  • Adjusted earnings per share of approximately $0.45 to $0.47, an increase of approximately 13 percent to 18 percent compared to 2016.
  • Cash flows from operations of approximately $240 to $275 million.
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $80 to $90 million.
  • Free cash flow of approximately $160 to $185 million.

Company on track to achieve 2020 goals
The Company continues to expect to achieve the following goals by the end of 2020:

  • Global systemwide sales (in constant currency and excluding Venezuela) of ~$12 billion.
  • Global restaurant count of ~7,500.
  • Global Image Activation of at least 70 percent.
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin of 38 to 40 percent.
  • Free cash flow of ~$275 million (capital expenditures of ~$65 million).

Conference call and webcast scheduled for 9:00 a.m. today, August 9
The Company will host a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET, with a simultaneous webcast from the Investors section of the Company's website at www.aboutwendys.com. The live conference call will be available at (877) 572-6014 or, for international callers, at (281) 913-8524. An archived webcast will be available on the Company's website at www.aboutwendys.com.

Forward-looking statements
This news release contains certain statements that are not historical facts, including, most importantly, information concerning possible or assumed future results of operations of The Wendy's Company and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") and the Company's stated 2020 goals. Those statements, as well as statements preceded by, followed by, or that include the words "may," "believes," "plans," "expects," "anticipates," or the negation thereof, or similar expressions, constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). In addition, all statements that address future operating, financial or business performance; strategies, initiatives or expectations; future synergies, efficiencies or overhead savings; anticipated costs or charges; future capitalization; and anticipated financial impacts of recent or pending transactions are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Reform Act. The forward-looking statements are based on the Company's expectations at the time, speak only as of the dates they are made and are susceptible to a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors. The Company's actual results, performance and achievements may differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. For all forward-looking statements, the Company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Many important factors could affect future results and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in or implied by the forward-looking statements. Such factors, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately, and many of which are beyond the Company's control, include, but are not limited to:

 (1)  changes in the quick-service restaurant industry, such as consumer trends toward value-oriented products and promotions or toward consuming fewer meals away from home; 
 (2)  prevailing economic, market and business conditions affecting the Company, including competition from other food service providers, unemployment and decreased consumer spending levels;
 (3)  the ability to effectively manage the acquisition and disposition of restaurants; 
 (4)  cost and availability of capital; 
 (5)  cost fluctuations associated with food, supplies, energy, fuel, distribution or labor; 
 (6)  the financial condition of the Company's franchisees; 
 (7)  food safety events, including instances of food-borne illness involving the Company or its supply chain; 
 (8)  conditions beyond the Company's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, or acts of war or terrorism; 
 (9)  risks associated with failures, interruptions or security breaches of the Company's computer systems or technology, or the occurrence of cyber incidents or a deficiency in cyber security that impacts the Company or its franchisees, including the cybersecurity incident previously announced;
(10) the effects of negative publicity that can occur from increased use of social media;
(11) the availability of suitable locations and terms for the development of new restaurants;
(12) risks associated with the Image Activation program;
(13) adoption of new, or changes in, laws, regulations or accounting standards (including the amended guidance for revenue recognition that will become effect for fiscal 2018 and the new guidance on leases that will become effective for fiscal 2019), policies and practices;
(14) changes in debt, equity and securities markets;
(15) goodwill and long-lived asset impairments;
(16) changes in interest rates;
(17) the difficulty in predicting the ultimate costs associated with the sale of Company-operated restaurants to franchisees, including the impact of the sale of restaurants on ongoing operations, any tax impact from the sale of restaurants and the future impact to the Company's earnings, restaurant operating margins, cash flow and depreciation;
(18) the difficulty in predicting the ultimate costs that will be incurred in connection with the Company's plan to reduce its general and administrative expense, and the future impact on the Company's earnings;
(19) risks associated with the Company's debt refinancing, including the ability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet increased debt service obligations, compliance with operational and financial covenants, and restrictions on the Company's ability to raise additional capital;
(20) risks associated with the amount and timing of share repurchases under the $150 million share repurchase program approved by the Board of Directors; and
(21) other factors cited in the Company's news releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those identified in the "Risk Factors" sections of the Company's Forms 10-K and 10-Q.

The Company's franchisees are independent third parties that the Company does not control.  Numerous factors beyond the control of the Company and its franchisees may affect new restaurant openings. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that commitments under development agreements with franchisees will result in new restaurant openings. In addition, numerous factors beyond the control of the Company and its franchisees may affect franchisees' ability to reimage existing restaurants in accordance with the Company's expectations.

All future written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or any person acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these events or their impact.

The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or developments, except as required by federal securities laws. The Company does not endorse any projections regarding future performance that may be made by third parties.

Disclosure regarding non-GAAP financial measures
In addition to the GAAP financial measures presented in this release, the Company has included certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release, including adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales.  Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted tax rate exclude certain expenses and benefits as detailed in the reconciliation tables that accompany this release.  The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures as internal measures of business operating performance and as performance measures for benchmarking against the Company's peers and competitors.  Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per share are also used by the Company in establishing performance goals for purposes of executive compensation.

The Company believes its presentation of adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales provides a meaningful perspective of the underlying operating performance of our current business and enables investors to better understand and evaluate our historical and prospective operating performance.  The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are important supplemental measures of operating performance because they eliminate items that vary from period to period without correlation to our core operating performance and highlight trends in our business that may not otherwise be apparent when relying solely on GAAP financial measures.  Due to the nature and/or size of the items being excluded, such items do not reflect future gains, losses, expenses or benefits and are not indicative of our future operating performance.  The Company believes investors, analysts and other interested parties use adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate and systemwide sales in evaluating issuers, and the presentation of these measures facilitates a comparative assessment of the Company's operating performance in addition to the Company's performance based on GAAP results.

This release also includes guidance regarding the Company's free cash flow.  Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure that is used by the Company as an internal measure of liquidity.  The Company defines free cash flow as cash flows from operations minus capital expenditures, both as reported under GAAP.  The Company believes free cash flow is an important liquidity measure for investors and other interested persons because it communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing shares, paying dividends, repaying or refinancing debt, financing possible acquisitions or investments or other uses of cash.

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate, free cash flow and systemwide sales are not recognized terms under U.S. General Accepted Accounting Principles, and the Company's presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures does not replace the presentation of the Company's financial results in accordance with GAAP.  Because all companies do not calculate adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted earnings per share, adjusted tax rate, free cash flow and systemwide sales (and similarly titled financial measures) in the same way, those measures as used by other companies may not be consistent with the way the Company calculates such measures.  The non-GAAP financial measures included in this release should not be construed as substitutes for or better indicators of the Company's performance than the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Key business measures
The Company tracks its results of operations and manages its business using certain key business measures, including same-restaurant sales and systemwide sales, which are measures commonly used in the quick-service restaurant industry that are important to understanding Company performance. Same-restaurant sales and systemwide sales each include sales by both Company-operated and franchise restaurants. The Company reports same-restaurant sales for new restaurants after they have been open for 15 continuous months and for reimaged restaurants as soon as they reopen.

Sales by franchise restaurants are not recorded as Company revenues and are not included in the Company's consolidated financial statements. However, the Company's royalty revenues are computed as percentages of sales made by Wendy's franchisees and, as a result, sales by franchisees have a direct effect on the Company's royalty revenues and therefore on the Company's profitability.

About The Wendy's Company
The Wendy's Company is the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company. The Wendy's system includes approximately 6,500 franchise and Company-operated restaurants in the United States and 30 countries and U.S. territories worldwide. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

 


The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three and Six Month Periods Ended July 2, 2017 and July 3, 2016
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited) 






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


2017


2016 (a)


2017


2016 (a)

Revenues:








Sales

$

160,859



$

259,235



$

309,071



$

518,567


Franchise royalty revenue and fees

112,548



88,952



207,238



177,847


Franchise rental income

46,935



34,531



89,852



65,091



320,342



382,718



606,161



761,505


Costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

129,360



202,554



252,767



417,290


Franchise rental expense

21,897



17,493



40,765



32,150


General and administrative

51,280



61,124



103,730



125,770


Depreciation and amortization

31,309



30,749



60,474



63,094


System optimization losses (gains), net

41,050



(1,924)



39,643



(10,350)


Reorganization and realignment costs

17,699



2,487



17,880



5,737


Impairment of long-lived assets

253



5,525



763



12,630


Other operating expense (income), net

1,700



(938)



3,625



(14,293)



294,548



317,070



519,647



632,028


Operating profit

25,794



65,648



86,514



129,477


Interest expense

(28,935)



(28,643)



(57,910)



(56,752)


Other income, net

2,844



276



3,233



538


(Loss) income before income taxes

(297)



37,281



31,837



73,263


Provision for income taxes

(1,548)



(10,801)



(11,341)



(21,420)


Net (loss) income

$

(1,845)



$

26,480



$

20,496



$

51,843










Basic and diluted net (loss) income per share

$

(.01)



$

.10



$

.08



$

.19










Number of shares used to calculate basic (loss) income per share

245,261



265,915



245,933



268,065










Number of shares used to calculate diluted (loss) income per share

245,261



270,265



253,896



272,507










(a) 2016 condensed consolidated statements of operations reflect reclassifications to conform to the current year presentation.

 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of July 2, 2017 and January 1, 2017
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited) 






July 2,
 2017


January 1,

2017 (a)

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

204,543



$

198,240


Restricted cash

39,144



57,612


Accounts and notes receivable, net

106,649



98,825


Inventories

2,922



2,851


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

27,438



19,244


Advertising funds restricted assets

60,227



75,760


Total current assets

440,923



452,532


Properties

1,254,750



1,192,339


Goodwill

742,407



741,410


Other intangible assets

1,338,645



1,322,531


Investments

56,999



56,981


Net investment in direct financing leases

213,069



123,604


Other assets

61,870



49,917


Total assets

$

4,108,663



$

3,939,314






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current portion of long-term debt

$

28,988



$

24,652


Accounts payable

23,963



27,635


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

116,352



102,034


Advertising funds restricted liabilities

60,227



75,760


Total current liabilities

229,530



230,081


Long-term debt

2,699,760



2,487,630


Deferred income taxes

415,479



446,513


Other liabilities

276,845



247,354


Total liabilities

3,621,614



3,411,578


Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders' equity:




Common stock, $0.10 par value; 1,500,000 shares authorized; 470,424 shares issued; 244,313 and 246,574 shares outstanding, respectively

47,042



47,042


Additional paid-in capital

2,882,494



2,878,589


Accumulated deficit

(302,939)



(290,857)


Common stock held in treasury, at cost; 226,111 and 223,850 shares, respectively

(2,085,301)



(2,043,797)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(54,247)



(63,241)


Total stockholders' equity

487,049



527,736


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

4,108,663



$

3,939,314






(a) January 1, 2017 condensed consolidated balance sheet reflects reclassifications to conform to the current year presentation.

 


The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Six Month Periods Ended July 2, 2017 and July 3, 2016
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited) 




Six Months Ended


2017


2016

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

20,496



$

51,843


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




Depreciation and amortization

60,474



64,694


Share-based compensation

11,372



9,925


Impairment of long-lived assets

763



12,630


Deferred income tax

(2,496)



(10,353)


Non-cash rental income, net

(5,286)



(2,561)


Net receipt of deferred vendor incentives

7,077



8,230


System optimization losses (gains), net

39,643



(10,350)


Gain on sale of investments, net

(2,553)




Distributions received from TimWen joint venture

5,524



5,786


Equity in earnings in joint ventures, net

(3,786)



(4,275)


Accretion of long-term debt

617



608


Amortization of deferred financing costs

3,974



3,769


Reclassification of unrealized losses on cash flow hedges

1,447



1,447


Other, net

3,552



1,731


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Restricted cash

44



135


Accounts and notes receivable, net

(9,557)



(26,956)


Inventories

(71)



148


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,116)



(4,638)


Accounts payable

(4,484)



(1,884)


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(4,051)



5,867


Net cash provided by operating activities

120,583



105,796


Cash flows from investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(32,117)



(68,495)


Acquisitions

(86,788)



(2,209)


Dispositions

77,980



45,078


Proceeds from sale of investments

3,282




Payments for investments

(375)



(113)


Notes receivable, net

(2,225)



(3,439)


Changes in restricted cash

18,711



7,040


Other, net



(17)


Net cash used in investing activities

(21,532)



(22,155)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Repayments of long-term debt

(13,646)



(12,651)


Deferred financing costs

(740)



(867)


Repurchases of common stock

(50,527)



(108,057)


Dividends

(34,447)



(32,152)


Proceeds from stock option exercises

6,385



6,696


Payments related to tax withholding for share-based compensation

(2,956)



(3,064)


Net cash used in financing activities

(95,931)



(150,095)


Net cash provided by (used in) operations before effect of exchange rate changes on cash

3,120



(66,454)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

3,183



5,418


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

6,303



(61,036)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

198,240



327,216


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

204,543



$

266,180


 

The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited) 






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


2017


2016


2017


2016









Net (loss) income

$

(1,845)



$

26,480



$

20,496



$

51,843


Provision for income taxes

1,548



10,801



11,341



21,420


(Loss) income before income taxes

(297)



37,281



31,837



73,263


Other income, net

(2,844)



(276)



(3,233)



(538)


Interest expense

28,935



28,643



57,910



56,752


Operating profit

25,794



65,648



86,514



129,477


Plus (less):








Depreciation and amortization

31,309



30,749



60,474



63,094


System optimization losses (gains), net

41,050



(1,924)



39,643



(10,350)


Reorganization and realignment costs

17,699



2,487



17,880



5,737


Impairment of long-lived assets

253



5,525



763



12,630


Adjusted EBITDA

$

116,105



$

102,485



$

205,274



$

200,588










Adjusted EBITDA margin

36.2

%


26.8

%


33.9

%


26.3

%

















 


The Wendy's Company and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income and Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Share to
Adjusted Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share
(In Thousands Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited) 






Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


2017 (a)


2016


2017


2016









Net (loss) income

$

(1,845)



$

26,480



$

20,496



$

51,843


Plus (less):








Depreciation of assets that will be replaced as part of the Image Activation initiative

(2)



1,393



447



3,215


System optimization losses (gains), net

41,050



(1,924)



39,643



(10,350)


Reorganization and realignment costs

17,699



2,487



17,880



5,737


Impairment of long-lived assets

253



5,525



763



12,630


Total adjustments

59,000



7,481



58,733



11,232


Income tax impact on adjustments (b)

(20,002)



(7,015)



(20,036)



(6,840)


Total adjustments, net of income taxes

38,998



466



38,697



4,392










Adjusted income

$

37,153



$

26,946



$

59,193



$

56,235










Diluted (loss) earnings per share

$

(.01)



$

.10



$

.08



$

.19


Total adjustments per share, net of income taxes

.16



.00



.15



.02


Adjusted earnings per share

$

.15



$

.10



$

.23



$

.21










Reported number of shares used to calculate diluted (loss) income per share

245,261



270,265



253,896



272,507


Plus: Dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares

8,292








Adjusted number of shares used to calculate adjusted earnings per share

253,553



270,265



253,896



272,507



(a) Adjusted earnings per share for the second quarter of 2017 includes the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted shares, which were excluded from the reported number of shares used to calculate diluted loss per share, as the impact would have been anti-dilutive. Included above is a reconciliation of the number of shares used to calculate adjusted earnings per share amounts.


(b) The (benefit from) provision for income taxes on "System optimization losses (gains), net" was $(13,013) and $(3,372) for the three months ended July 2, 2017 and July 3, 2016, respectively, and $(12,606) and $1,490 for the six months ended July 2, 2017 and July 3, 2016, respectively.  The (benefit from) provision for income taxes on "System optimization losses (gains), net" includes the impact of non-deductible goodwill disposed of in connection with our system optimization initiative, adjustments related to prior year tax matters, changes to state deferred taxes and changes to valuation allowances on state net operating loss carryforwards. The benefit from income taxes on all other adjustments was calculated using an effective tax rate of 38.94% and 38.92% for the three and six months ended July 2, 2017, respectively, and 38.70% and 38.60% for the three and six months ended July 3, 2016, respectively.

 

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