Brinker International, Inc. (EAT - Free Report) reported third-quarter fiscal 2019 results, wherein both the top and bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Adjusted earnings of $1.26 surpassed the consensus mark of $1.20 by 5% and improved 16.7% from the year-ago quarter. Quarterly revenues totaled $839.3 million, which surpassed the consensus mark of $833 million and improved 3.3% on a year-over-year basis. The company’s traffic-building strategies and efforts to capture increased market share have aided top-line growth.
Brinker primarily engages in ownership, operation, development and franchising of various restaurant brands under the names Chili’s Grill & Bar (Chili’s) and Maggiano’s Little Italy (Maggiano’s).
Revenues at Chili’s totaled $709.8 million in the reported quarter, up 3% from the prior-year quarter. The upside was driven by comps growth.
The brand’s company-owned comps rose 2.9% on account of 3% improvement in traffic, partially offset by a decline of 1.7% in mix. However, the metric remained same as that recorded in the second quarter and compared favorably with a decline of 0.4% in the year-ago quarter.
Comps at Chili's franchised restaurants decreased 0.2% compared with a decline of 2.2% registered in the year-ago quarter and a drop of 0.8% in the second quarter. At international franchised Chili’s restaurants, the same fell 3.9% compared with the second-quarter’s decrease of 6.5% and year-ago quarter’s decline of 0.2%. Meanwhile, at the domestic franchised units, comps increased by 2% against the year-ago quarter’s decline of 3.3%. However, the figure gained 3.4% in the second quarter.
At Chili's, domestic comps (including company-owned and franchised) grew 2.7% compared with the last quarter’s increase of 3.3%. However, the figure declined 1.1% in the prior-year quarter.
Maggiano's sales increased 0.2% year over year to $101.8 million primarily due to rise in comparable restaurant sales.
Comps grew 0.4% on a year-over-year flat traffic. Comps had also increased 0.5% in the prior-year quarter.
Brinker International, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Total operating costs and expenses jumped roughly 4% to nearly $769.1 million compared with $739.8 million in the year-ago quarter. While the cost of sales margin expanded 30 bps, restaurant labor margin contracted 10 bps year over year.
Restaurant operating margin, as a percentage of company sales, was 14.3% compared with 16.1% in the prior-year quarter.
As of Mar 27, 2019, cash and cash equivalents amounted to $12.2 million compared with nearly $13.4 million at the end of Mar 27, 2018.
Long-term debt was $1.2 billion as of Mar 27, 2019 compared with $1.5 billion as of Mar 27, 2018. Total shareholders’ deficit in the reported quarter was $814.2 million compared with $718.3 million as of May 27, 2018.
Management approved a quarterly dividend of 38 cents per share of the company’s common stock in the fiscal third quarter, which is payable Jun 27 to its shareholders of record as on Jun 7.
Zacks Rank & Peer Releases
Brinker currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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