updated 11/16/2010 4:15:28 PM ET 2010-11-16T21:15:28

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Nov. 16, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:BBRG), owner and operator of the BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (BRAVO!) and BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO) restaurant concepts, today reported financial results for the 13 weeks ended September 26, 2010. The Company also provided a financial outlook for the full year 2010.

Selected Highlights for the Third Quarter Compared to the Year-Ago Period Include the Following:

  • Revenues increased 8.9% to $83.7 million from $76.8 million
  • Total comparable restaurant sales increased 1.1%
  • Restaurant-level operating profit increased 3.1% to $14.4 million from $14.0 million. Excluding a non-recurring gain of $1.2 million recorded in the third quarter of 2009 related to the sale of a restaurant, restaurant-level operating profit increased 12.7%.
  • GAAP net loss available to common shareholders of ($0.3) million, or ($0.04) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income available to common shareholders of $0.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share for the year-ago period.
  • Excluding non-recurring gains of $1.2 million (reduction of restaurant operating costs) and $0.3 million (reduction of general and administrative costs) recorded in the third quarter of 2009 related to the aforementioned restaurant sale, GAAP net loss available to common shareholders would have been ($1.0) million, or ($0.13) per diluted share for the third quarter of 2009.
  • Modified pro forma net income of $3.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to modified pro forma net income of $2.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. Please see reconciliation from GAAP to modified pro forma (non-GAAP) net income in the accompanying financial tables.

"We are very pleased with the progress we achieved in the third quarter, which included positive comparable sales, and modified pro forma EPS growth of approximately 50% compared to the prior year. Our recent IPO has given us the financial flexibility to further establish Bravo Brio as the best Italian restaurant company in America," said Saed Mohseni, Chief Executive Officer and President, Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Revenues increased $6.9 million, or 8.9%, to $83.7 million in the third quarter of 2010, from $76.8 million in the third quarter of 2009.  The increase in revenues was primarily due to an additional 79 operating weeks provided by four new restaurants opened in 2010 and three new restaurants opened at the end of 2009.  Total comparable restaurant sales increased 1.1%, which was driven by an increase in comparable average check that was partially offset by a 2.0% decline in guest count. 

Total restaurant operating costs increased $6.4 million, or 10.2%, to $69.3 million in the third quarter of 2010, from $62.8 million in the same period last year. As a percent of revenues, total restaurant operating costs increased to 82.8% in the third quarter of 2010 from 81.8% in the third quarter of 2009, which was primarily attributable to the recognition of $1.2 million in deferred lease incentives last year associated with the sale of a restaurant, and partially offset by lower labor costs.

GAAP net loss available to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2010 was ($0.3 million), or ($0.04) per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income available to common shareholders of $0.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the same period last year.

On a modified pro forma basis, a measure that management believes offers a more useful year-over-year performance comparison, net income available to common shareholders for the third quarter of 2010 was $3.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared to net income available to common shareholders of $2.0 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the same period last year. Please see the accompanying financial tables for a reconciliation from GAAP to modified pro forma (non-GAAP) net income.

Third Quarter 2010 Brand Operating Highlights

Comparable restaurant sales at BRIO increased 3.4% in the third quarter of 2010 and average weekly sales were $92,300. At BRAVO!, comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.2% and average weekly sales were $63,300.

As of September 26, 2010, we owned and operated 47 BRAVO!, 37 BRIO, and one Bon Vie restaurant across 28 states. 

Outlook

We are providing the following outlook for the full year 2010:

  • Revenues are expected to be in the $342.0 million to $345.0 million range
  • Total comparable restaurant sales are expected to increase  by approximately 1.5%
  • Five restaurant openings, including two BRAVO! and three BRIO
  • Modified pro forma diluted earnings per share of $0.72 to $0.75, reflecting an annual increase of 80.0% to 87.5% from the full year 2009

Subsequent Events

On October 26, 2010, and subsequent to the end of the third quarter of 2010, we successfully completed our initial public offering of common shares at $14.00 per share, which included 5,000,000 shares offered by us and 6,500,000 shares offered by certain of our existing shareholders, including 1,500,000 shares sold to the underwriters to cover over-allotments.  Total net proceeds to us from the offering, after deducting underwriter discounts and commissions and estimated offering expenses, were approximately $62.4 million. We used the net proceeds from the offering to repay indebtedness and for general corporate purposes. The selling shareholders include affiliates of private equity firms Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. Management, L.P., Castle Harlan, Inc. as well as Golub Capital.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss third quarter 2010 financial results today at 5:00 PM ET. Hosting the call will be Saed Mohseni, Chief Executive Officer, and Jim O'Connor, Chief Financial Officer.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 741-4253, or for international callers, (719) 325-4829. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or for international callers, (858) 384-5517; the conference ID is 4991936. The replay will be available until Tuesday, November 30, 2010.

The call will be webcast live from the Company's investor relations website at http://investors.bbrg.com .

About Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this release contain forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties.  These statements relate to future events or our future financial performance. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Registration Statement on Form S-1 originally filed July 2, 2010, as amended (Registration No. 333-167951). 

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on our current knowledge of our business and operations, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. We assume no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change.

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