Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. ( RRGB Quick Quote RRGB - Free Report) have declined 53.2% so far this year compared with the industry’s fall of 12.2%. The downside was primarily caused by inflationary pressures and supply chain disruptions. This Zacks Rank #5 (Strong Sell) company reported second-quarter fiscal 2022 results, wherein earnings missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company posted an adjusted loss of 75 cents per share, wider than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of a loss of 12 cents. In the year-ago quarter, RRGB reported an adjusted loss of 22 cents a share. Moreover, in the past 60 days, earnings estimates for fiscal 2023 have witnessed downward revisions of 65.9% to 15 cents per share. Let’s delve deeper and find out the factors hurting the company’s performance. Primary Concerns
Red Robin’s performance has been negatively impacted by higher commodity and wage rate inflation, supply-chain disruptions, other charges, repairs and maintenance, utilities and marketing expenses.
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In second-quarter fiscal 2022, the restaurant-level operating profit margin shrunk 210 basis points year over year to 13.6% due to commodity and wage rate inflation, partly offset by sales leverage and other labor costs. During the quarter, the cost of sales rose 17.4% year over year to $72.7 million, while as a percentage of restaurant revenues, the metric increased 240 basis points to 25.2%. While other operating costs, as a percentage of restaurant revenues, jumped 80 basis points to 18%, occupancy costs increased 10 basis points to 8%.
Red Robin has been strategically increasing prices to mitigate the impact of inflation while maintaining a strong value proposition. For 2022, the company expects pricing in the mid-single digit. It foresees a mid-double digit commodity cost inflation compared with its prior view of low double-digits. It anticipates restaurant labor cost inflation in the mid-to-high single digit. Management envisions full-year SG&A costs in the range of $142-$147 million compared with its prior view of $145-$155 million. It now expects adjusted EBITDA to be at least $65 million, down from its prior forecast range of $80-$90 million. Moreover, high debt remains a concern for the company. Long-term debt, as of Jul 10, 2022, stood at $189.4 million compared with $192.4 million as of Apr 17, 2022. The company ended the fiscal second quarter with cash and cash equivalent of $50.3 million compared with $33.8 million in the previous quarter. Although the cash balance has improved sequentially, it may not be enough to manage the high debt level. The times-interest-earned ratio at the end of the fiscal second quarter came in at (2X) compared with (1.6X) reported in the previous quarter. Key Picks
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