Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. ( RRGB Quick Quote RRGB - Free Report) reported third-quarter fiscal 2021 results, wherein both earnings and revenues missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Following the results, the company’s shares declined nearly 4% in the after-hour trading session on Nov 11.
In this regard, Paul J. B. Murphy III, Red Robin’s president and CEO, said, "Our confidence is strengthened by the positive trajectory in our sales and traffic trends over the past eight weeks, despite softness earlier in the third quarter due to concerns about the Delta variant and continued staffing and supply chain challenges.”
The company announced that it is likely to launch two fresh mobile apps — iOS and Android, a new website ordering experience and a new loyalty platform before the end of 2021. This is likely to drive traffic and average guest checks.
Earnings & Revenue Discussion
During the fiscal third quarter, Red Robin reported an adjusted loss per share of 88 cents, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 45 cents. In the year-ago quarter, the company had reported an adjusted loss of $19 cents.
Quarterly revenues of $275.4 million lagged the consensus mark of $278 million. However, the top line improved 37.4% year over year. The company benefited from increased guest traffic due to lifting of jurisdictional indoor dining restrictions.
During the quarter under review, comparable restaurant revenues surged 34.3% year over year. The upside was primarily driven by 22.5% rise in guest count and 11.8% increase in average guest checks. The increase in average guest check can be attributed to a 3.5% rise in pricing and 8.4% rise in menu mix, which was marginally offset by a decrease of 0.1% due to higher discounts. Menu mix, during the fiscal third quarter, gained from higher sales of beverages and limited time menu offerings.
Restaurant-level operating profit margin was 12.5% for the fiscal third quarter compared with 8.6% reported in the prior-year quarter.
During the fiscal third quarter, restaurant labor costs (as a percentage of restaurant revenues) declined 80 bps year over year to 36.9%. The downside was primarily due to staffing shortages and sales leverage. However, this was partially offset by higher wage rates, staffing costs and increased restaurant management compensation costs. Additionally, Red Robin incurred $3.1 million transitory labor and other operating costs in the fiscal third quarter due to staffing issues.
Meanwhile, other operating costs declined 10 bps year over year to 19%. During the quarter under review, cost of sales declined 20 bps year over year to 23.2%. Occupancy costs fell 290 bps year over year to 8.3%. The decrease was primarily due to savings from permanently-closed restaurants, restructuring of lease payments, rent concessions and sales leverage.
Adjusted earnings before interest expenses, income taxes, depreciation and amortization during the fiscal third quarter amounted to $8.2 million against a loss of $0.7 million in the year-ago quarter.
Other Financial Information
As of Oct 3, 2021, Red Robin had cash and cash equivalents of $17.8 million compared with $25.6 million as of Jul, 2021 and $16.1 million as of Dec 27, 2020. Long-term debt as of Oct 3, 2021 stood at $147.5 million compared with $145.1 million as of Jul, 2021 and $161 million as of Dec 27, 2020.
Inventories during the quarter were $23.8 million compared with $23.7 million as of Jul 11, 2021.
Red Robin provided limited guidance. For 2021, the company continues to expect capital expenditures in the range of $45 million to $55 million. This includes investments related to restaurants, infrastructure and systems capital maintenance, digital guest, operational technology solutions and off-premises execution enhancements.
The company announced Donatos expansion to approximately 120 restaurants in 2021. It expects to open approximately 40 restaurants in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.
For 2021, the company expects selling, general and administrative costs in the range of $120 million to $130 million.
Red Robin currently carries a Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell).
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