Noodles & Company
NOODLES & Co (Form: 10-Q, Received: 08/05/2016 16:05:29)
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, DC 20549
_____________________________________________________________
FORM 10-Q
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     x     QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934  
For the quarterly period ended June 28, 2016
or
     o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from             to            
Commission File Number: 001-35987
___________________________________________________________
NOODLES & COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
_____________________________________________________________
Delaware
 
84-1303469
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
520 Zang Street, Suite D
 
 
Broomfield, CO
 
80021
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
(720) 214-1900
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.  Yes  x No  o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes  x No  o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer  o
 
Accelerated filer  x
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer  o
 
Smaller reporting company  o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
 
 
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  Yes  o  No  x
 
Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.
Class
 
Outstanding at August 1, 2016
Class A Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share
 
26,324,707 shares
Class B Common Stock, $0.01 par value per share
 
1,522,098 shares



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PART I

Item 1. Financial Statements

Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
 
June 28,
2016
 
December 29,
2015
 
 
(unaudited)
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
1,893

 
$
1,912

Accounts receivable
 
5,446

 
4,990

Inventories
 
10,795

 
10,494

Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
3,030

 
7,185

Income tax receivable
 
778

 
820

Total current assets
 
21,942

 
25,401

Property and equipment, net
 
201,831

 
203,713

Deferred tax assets, net
 

 
664

Goodwill
 
6,400

 
6,400

Intangibles

1,761

 
1,809

Other assets, net
 
1,958

 
1,974

Total long-term assets
 
211,950

 
214,560

Total assets
 
$
233,892

 
$
239,961

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
 
$
9,584

 
$
15,073

Accrued payroll and benefits
 
7,157

 
5,417

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
11,348

 
12,424

Total current liabilities
 
28,089

 
32,914

Long-term debt
 
78,503

 
67,732

Deferred rent
 
42,432

 
39,597

Deferred tax liabilities, net
 
419

 

Other long-term liabilities
 
5,161

 
5,946

Total liabilities
 
154,604

 
146,189

Stockholders’ equity:
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock—$0.01 par value, authorized 1,000,000 shares as of June 28, 2016 and December 29, 2015; no shares issued or outstanding
 

 

Common stock—$0.01 par value, authorized 180,000,000 shares as of June 28, 2016 and December 29, 2015; 30,249,197 issued and 27,825,326 outstanding as of June 28, 2016 and 30,138,672 issued and 27,714,801 outstanding as of December 29, 2015
 
302

 
301

Treasury stock, at cost, 2,423,871 shares as of June 28, 2016 and December 29, 2015
 
(35,000
)
 
(35,000
)
Additional paid-in capital
 
122,482

 
120,634

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(7
)
 
(134
)
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings
 
(8,489
)
 
7,971

Total stockholders’ equity
 
79,288

 
93,772

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
233,892

 
$
239,961


    See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data, unaudited)

 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
$
120,204

 
$
113,834

 
$
233,069

 
$
218,616

Franchising royalties and fees
 
1,203

 
1,399

 
2,324

 
2,378

Total revenue
 
121,407

 
115,233

 
235,393

 
220,994

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
32,164

 
29,863

 
62,353

 
57,674

Labor
 
39,316

 
35,149

 
76,750

 
68,178

Occupancy
 
13,688

 
12,480

 
27,002

 
24,698

Other restaurant operating costs
 
18,596

 
15,158

 
35,488

 
29,875

General and administrative
 
9,840

 
9,232

 
19,877

 
17,650

Depreciation and amortization
 
7,071

 
6,923

 
13,977

 
13,843

Pre-opening
 
796

 
1,162

 
1,833

 
2,042

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
11,248

 
250

 
12,264

 
6,336

Total costs and expenses
 
132,719

 
110,217

 
249,544

 
220,296

(Loss) income from operations
 
(11,312
)
 
5,016

 
(14,151
)
 
698

Interest expense, net
 
598

 
198

 
1,226

 
427

(Loss) income before income taxes
 
(11,910
)
 
4,818

 
(15,377
)
 
271

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
2,177

 
1,756

 
1,083

 
(39
)
Net (loss) income
 
$
(14,087
)
 
$
3,062

 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

(Loss) earnings per share of Class A and Class B common stock, combined:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
(0.51
)
 
$
0.10

 
$
(0.59
)
 
$
0.01

Diluted
 
$
(0.51
)
 
$
0.10

 
$
(0.59
)
 
$
0.01

Weighted average shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding, combined:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
27,776,094

 
29,950,122

 
27,754,615

 
29,896,663

Diluted
 
27,776,094

 
30,720,102

 
27,754,615

 
30,792,278


See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(in thousands, unaudited)

 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Net (loss) income
 
$
(14,087
)
 
$
3,062

 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
22

 
(1
)
 
127

 
(12
)
Other comprehensive income (loss)
 
22

 
(1
)
 
127

 
(12
)
Comprehensive (loss) income
 
$
(14,065
)
 
$
3,061

 
$
(16,333
)
 
$
298


  See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands, unaudited)

 
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Operating activities
 
 
 
 
Net (loss) income
 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
13,977

 
13,843

Deferred income taxes
 
1,083

 
(1,544
)
Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
11,889

 
6,296

Amortization of debt issuance costs
 
58

 
49

Stock-based compensation
 
849

 
625

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Accounts receivable
 
(383
)
 
242

Inventories
 
(301
)
 
(473
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
4,171

 
(754
)
Accounts payable
 
(4,802
)
 
(329
)
Deferred rent
 
2,835

 
3,322

Income taxes
 
42

 
1,130

Accrued expenses and other liabilities
 
(677
)
 
(61
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
12,281

 
22,656

Investing activities
 
 
 
 
Purchases of property and equipment
 
(24,016
)
 
(21,861
)
Acquisition of franchise restaurant
 

 
(628
)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(24,016
)
 
(22,489
)
Financing activities
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt
 
205,620

 
182,326

Payments on long-term debt
 
(194,905
)
 
(179,904
)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options, warrants and employee stock purchase plan
 
876

 
1,792

Acquisition of treasury stock
 

 
(4,136
)
Other financing activities
 
(2
)
 
(138
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
 
11,589

 
(60
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 
127

 
(12
)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
(19
)
 
95

Cash and cash equivalents
 
 
 
 
Beginning of period
 
1,912

 
1,906

End of period
 
$
1,893

 
$
2,001

   
See accompanying notes to condensed consolidated financial statements.

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NOODLES & COMPANY
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited)

1. Business Summary and Basis of Presentation
Business
Noodles & Company (the “Company” or “Noodles & Company”), a Delaware corporation, develops and operates fast casual restaurants that serve globally inspired noodle and pasta dishes, soups, salads and sandwiches. As of June 28, 2016 , we had 443 company-owned restaurants and 71  franchise restaurants in 35 states, the District of Columbia and one Canadian province. The Company operates its business as one operating and reportable segment.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Noodles & Company and its subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The accompanying interim unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for complete financial statements. In the opinion of the Company, all adjustments considered necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented have been included and are of a normal, recurring nature. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of results for the full year. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements on Form 10-K have been condensed or omitted. The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 29, 2015 was derived from audited financial statements. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and the related notes included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2015 .
Fiscal Year
The Company operates on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year ending on the Tuesday closest to December 31. Fiscal year 2016 , which ends on January 3, 2017 , contains 53 weeks and fiscal year 2015 , which ended on December 29, 2015 , contained 52 weeks. Our fiscal quarters each contain 13 operating weeks, with the exception of the fourth quarter of a 53-week fiscal year, which contains 14 operating weeks. The Company’s fiscal quarter that ended June 28, 2016 is referred to as the second quarter of 2016, and the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2015 is referred to as the second quarter of 2015.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, “Leases.” The pronouncement amends the existing accounting standards for lease accounting, including requiring lessees to recognize most leases on their balance sheet and making targeted changes to lessor accounting. The pronouncement will be effective beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, with early adoption permitted. The new leases standard requires a modified retrospective transition approach for all leases existing at, or entered into after the date of initial application, with an option to use certain transition relief. The Company is currently evaluating the impact the adoption of this accounting standard will have on its financial position or results of operations and cash flows and related disclosures.
In March 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-09, “Compensation – Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting,” which is intended to simplify several aspects of the accounting for share-based payment transactions, including the income tax consequences, classification of awards as either equity or liabilities and classification of awards on the statement of cash flows. The pronouncement is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016 and interim periods therein.  Early adoption is permitted.  The Company is currently evaluating the impact the adoption of this accounting standard will have on its financial position or results of operations and cash flows and related disclosures.



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2. Supplemental Financial Information
Property and equipment, net, consists of the following (in thousands):
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
December 29,
2015
Leasehold improvements
 
$
220,863

 
$
216,474

Furniture, fixtures and equipment
 
124,662

 
120,132

Construction in progress
 
9,705

 
11,485

 
 
355,230

 
348,091

Accumulated depreciation and amortization
 
(153,399
)
 
(144,378
)
 
 
$
201,831

 
$
203,713


3. Long-Term Debt
The Company has a credit facility with a borrowing capacity on the revolving line of credit of $100.0 million , expiring in June 2020. As of June 28, 2016 , the Company had $79.0 million outstanding and $18.3 million available for borrowing under the credit facility, which is net of outstanding letters of credit aggregating $2.7 million that reduces the amount available to borrow. The credit facility bore interest between 2.59% and 4.50% during the first two quarters of 2016 . On August 2, 2016, the Company entered into an amendment to its credit facility to revise the financial covenant levels and related definitions and make certain other changes, including an increase in the interest rate and commitment fee. All other material terms remained the same. We also maintain outstanding letters of credit to secure obligations under our workers’ compensation program and certain lease obligations.

Giving effect to the amendment of our credit facility, as of June 28, 2016, we were in compliance with all of our debt covenants.

4. Fair Value Measurements
The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable and all other current liabilities approximate their fair values due to the short maturities of these instruments. The carrying amounts of borrowings approximate fair value as the line of credit and term borrowings vary with market interest rates and negotiated terms and conditions are consistent with current market rates. The fair value of the Company’s line of credit borrowings is measured using Level 2 inputs.

Adjustments to the fair value of non-financial assets measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis as of June 28, 2016 and June 30, 2015 are discussed in Note 7, Restaurant Impairments, Closure Costs and Asset Disposals.

5. Income Taxes
The following table presents the Company’s provision (benefit) for income taxes (in thousands):
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
$
2,177

 
$
1,756

 
$
1,083

 
$
(39
)
Effective tax rate
 
(18.3
)%
 
36.5
%
 
(7.0
)%
 
14.3
%

During the second quarter of 2016, the Company determined that it was appropriate to record a valuation allowance against U.S. deferred tax assets due to uncertainty regarding the realizability of future tax benefits. During the second quarter of 2016, the Company recorded a valuation allowance of $0.7 million against U.S. deferred tax assets, reversed the benefit for income taxes recognized during the first quarter of 2016 of $1.3 million (exclusive of the Canadian valuation allowance recorded during the first quarter of 2016), and recognized a provision for income taxes for discrete and certain other items. This resulted in the Company recording a net provision for income taxes of $2.2 million during the second quarter of 2016. During the first two quarters of 2016, the Company recorded a valuation allowance of $0.9 million against U.S. and Canadian deferred tax assets and recognized a provision for income taxes for for discrete and certain other items. This resulted in the Company recording a net provision for income taxes of $1.1 million during the first two quarters of 2016.

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The Company will maintain the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets until there is sufficient evidence to support a full or partial reversal. The reversal of a previously recorded valuation allowance will generally result in a benefit to the effective tax rate. The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2016 and the first two quarters of 2016 reflects the impact of a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, which was not recorded during the second quarter of 2015 or the first two quarters of 2015. For the remainder of fiscal 2016, the Company does not anticipate material income tax expense or benefit as a result of the valuation allowance recorded.

6. Stock-Based Compensation
The Company’s Stock Incentive Plan, as amended and restated in May of 2013, authorizes the grant of nonqualified stock options, incentive stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock, restricted stock units (“RSUs”) and incentive bonuses to employees, officers, nonemployee directors and other service providers. The number of shares of common stock available for issuance pursuant to awards granted under the Stock Incentive Plan on or after the IPO shall not exceed 3,750,500 shares.
The following table shows total stock-based compensation expense (in thousands):
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Stock-based compensation expense
$
564

 
$
512

$
973

 
$
699

Capitalized stock-based compensation expense
$
63

 
$
59

$
124

 
$
99


7. Restaurant Impairments, Closure Costs and Asset Disposals
The following table presents restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals (in thousands):
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Restaurant impairments (1)
$
10,346

 
$
31

 
$
10,541

 
$
5,944

Closure costs (1)
538

 
32

 
1,087

 
71

Loss on disposal of assets and other
364

 
187

 
636

 
321

 
$
11,248

 
$
250

 
$
12,264

 
$
6,336

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(1)
Restaurant impairments and closure costs can include expenditures related to restaurants previously impaired or closed.
During the first two quarters of 2016 , 12 restaurants were identified as impaired compared to eight restaurants during the first two quarters of 2015, primarily related to management’s current assessment of the expected future cash flows of various restaurants based on recent results. Impairment expense is a Level 3 fair value measure and was determined by comparing the carrying value of restaurant assets to the estimated fair market value of the restaurant assets at resale value. The closure costs of $0.5 million recognized during the second quarter of 2016 and $1.1 million recognized during the first two quarters of 2016 are related to the ongoing costs of the restaurants closed in the fourth quarter of 2015. These expenses are included in the “Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals” line in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

8. Earnings (Loss) Per Share
Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) is calculated by dividing net income (loss) available to common shareholders by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding during each period. Diluted EPS is calculated using net income (loss) available to common stockholders divided by diluted weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding during each period. Potentially dilutive securities include shares of common stock underlying stock options and restricted common stock. Diluted EPS considers the impact of potentially dilutive securities except in periods in which there is a loss because the inclusion of the potential common shares would have an anti-dilutive effect.

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The following table sets forth the computations of basic and diluted EPS (in thousands, except share and per share data):
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Net (loss) income
 
$
(14,087
)
 
$
3,062

 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

Shares:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding
 
27,776,094

 
29,950,122

 
27,754,615

 
29,896,663

Effect of dilutive securities
 

 
769,980

 

 
895,615

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding
 
27,776,094

 
30,720,102

 
27,754,615

 
30,792,278

(Loss) earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic (loss) earnings per share
 
$
(0.51
)
 
$
0.10

 
$
(0.59
)
 
$
0.01

Diluted (loss) earnings per share
 
$
(0.51
)
 
$
0.10

 
$
(0.59
)
 
$
0.01


The Company computes the effect of dilutive securities using the treasury stock method and average market prices during the period. Potential common shares are excluded from the computation of diluted earnings (loss) per share when the effect would be anti-dilutive. All potential common shares are anti-dilutive in periods of net loss. The number of shares issuable on the exercise of share based awards excluded from the calculation of diluted earnings (loss) per share because the effect of their inclusion would have been anti-dilutive totaled 1,561,256 and 1,214,159 for the second quarters of 2016 and 2015, respectively, and totaled 1,559,515 and 809,711 for first two quarters of 2016 and 2015, respectively.

9. Supplemental Disclosures to Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
The following table presents the supplemental disclosures to the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the two quarters ended June 28, 2016 and June 30, 2015 (in thousands):
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Interest paid (net of amounts capitalized)
 
$
860

 
$
571

Income taxes (refunded) paid
 
(42
)
 
376

Changes in purchases of property and equipment accrued in accounts payable, net
 
873

 
827


10. Commitments and Contingencies
Data Security Incident
On June 28, 2016, the Company announced that a data security incident may have compromised the security of payment information of some customers who used debit or credit cards at certain Noodles & Company locations between January 31, 2016 and June 2, 2016. Credit and debit cards used at the affected locations are no longer at risk from the malware involved in this incident. The Company has been working to implement additional security procedures to further secure customers’ debit and credit card information.

The Company has incurred costs associated with this security incident as of June 28, 2016, including legal fees, investigative fees and costs of communications with customers. In addition, payment card companies may issue assessments to the Company’s processor for card replacement and card issuer losses alleged to be associated with the security incident. The processor may then seek indemnity from the Company for these costs pursuant to contract. The Company expects that certain of such costs and assessments will be covered under the Company’s cyber liability insurance coverage. At this point, the Company is unable to predict the developments in, outcome of, and economic and other consequences of future litigation or regulatory investigations related to, and other costs associated with, this matter. The Company will continue to evaluate these matters in light of subsequent events, new information and future circumstances.


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Currently, the Company cannot reasonably estimate a loss associated with settlements of the payment card networks’ expected claims for non-ordinary course operating expenses or any amounts associated with the networks’ expected claims for alleged card issuer losses and/or card replacement costs because a loss associated with settling such claims, while probable in the Company’s judgment, is not reasonably estimable, in part because the Company has not yet received third-party card issuer loss reporting from the payment card networks. The Company is not able to reasonably estimate a range of possible losses related to an expected settlement of the payment card networks’ claims because the investigation into the matter is ongoing and there are significant factual and legal issues to be resolved. The Company believes that it is possible that the ultimate amount paid on payment card network claims, to the extent not covered by, or in excess of the limits of, the Company’s cyber liability insurance, could be material to its results of operations in future periods. The Company will continue to evaluate information as it becomes known and will record an estimate for losses at the time or times when it is both probable that a loss has been incurred and the amount of the loss is reasonably estimable.

In addition, the Company expects to incur significant legal and other professional services expenses associated with the data security incident in future periods. The Company will recognize these expenses as such services are received. Costs related to the data security incident that may be incurred in future periods may also include liabilities to payment card networks for reimbursements of credit card issuer losses and card reissuance costs; liabilities from future civil litigation, governmental investigations and enforcement proceedings; future expenses for legal, investigative and consulting fees and incremental expenses and capital investments for remediation activities. The Company believes that the ultimate amount paid on these services and claims could be material to the Company’s consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows in future periods.

To limit its exposure to losses arising from matters such as the data security incident, the Company maintained cyber liability insurance coverage during the period that the data security incident occurred. This coverage, and certain other customary business insurance coverage, has reduced the Company’s exposure related to the data security incident. The Company will pursue recoveries to the maximum extent available under these policies.

Legal
As the Company reported in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2016, on March 10, 2016, Carrie Castillo, Anastassia Letourneau and Jacquelyn Myhre, former employees of the Company, filed a purported collective and class action lawsuit against the Company alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois and Minnesota wage laws (the “Labor Laws”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs filed the case on their behalf and on behalf of all assistant general managers employed by the Company since January 5, 2013 whom the Company classified as exempt employees, and they allege that the Company violated the Labor Laws by not paying overtime compensation to its assistant general managers. The plaintiffs are seeking, on behalf of themselves and members of the putative class, unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages and available penalties under applicable state laws, a declaratory judgment, an injunction, and attorneys’ fees and costs. This case is at an early stage, and the Company is therefore unable to make a reasonable estimate of the probable loss or range of losses, if any, that might arise from this matter. The Company intends to vigorously defend this action.

On February 10, 2016, Tammie Carter, a former employee of the Company, filed a purported collective and class action lawsuit against the Company alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Order in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff filed the case on her behalf and on behalf of all assistant general managers employed by us during the past three years whom the Company classified as exempt employees, and she alleged that the Company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Order by not paying overtime compensation to our assistant general managers. The plaintiff sought, on behalf of herself and members of the putative class, unpaid overtime compensation, damages (including liquidated and/or punitive damages), a declaratory judgment, an injunction, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The case was dismissed by the plaintiffs without prejudice on June 29, 2016.
In the normal course of business, the Company is subject to other proceedings, lawsuits and claims. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable. Consequently, the Company is unable to ascertain the ultimate aggregate amount of monetary liability or financial impact with respect to these matters as of June 28, 2016 . These matters could affect the operating results of any one financial reporting period when resolved in future periods. The Company believes that an unfavorable outcome with respect to these matters is remote or if an unfavorable result occurs, the potential range of loss is not material to its consolidated financial statements. Significant increases in the number of these claims, or one or more successful claims that result in greater liabilities than the Company currently anticipates, could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

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11. Subsequent Event
On July 25, 2016, Kevin Reddy resigned as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, as Chairman of the Company’s board of directors (the “Board”) and as a member of the Board. On the same date, the Board appointed Dave Boennighausen, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, as the interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Robert Hartnett as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Board.


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NOODLES & COMPANY
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
         Noodles & Company is a Delaware corporation that was organized in 2002. Noodles & Company and its subsidiaries are sometimes referred to as “we,” “us,” “our” and the “Company” in this report. The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements and related notes in Item 1 and with the audited consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 29, 2015 . We operate on a 52- or 53-week fiscal year ending on the Tuesday closest to December 31. Our fiscal quarters each contain 13 operating weeks, with the exception of the fourth quarter of a 53-week fiscal year, which contains 14 operating weeks. Fiscal year 2016 contains 53 weeks and fiscal year 2015 contained 52 weeks.    
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
         In addition to historical information, this discussion and analysis contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties such as the number of restaurants we intend to open, projected capital expenditures and estimates of our effective tax rates. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “objective,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “design,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “plan” or the negative of these terms and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events, are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to reasons including, but not limited to, those discussed in “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” as filed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 29, 2015 .
Key Measures We Use to Evaluate Our Performance
To evaluate the performance of our business, we utilize a variety of financial and performance measures. These key measures include revenue, average unit volumes (“AUVs”), comparable restaurant sales, restaurant contribution, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.
Revenue
Restaurant revenue represents sales of food and beverages in company-owned restaurants. Several factors affect our restaurant revenue in any period, including the number of restaurants in operation and per-restaurant sales.
Franchise royalties and fees represent royalty income and initial franchise fees. While we expect that the majority of our revenue and net income growth will be driven by company-owned restaurants, our franchise restaurants remain an important part of our financial success.
Seasonal factors cause our revenue to fluctuate from quarter to quarter. Our revenue per restaurant is typically lower in the first and fourth quarters due to reduced winter and holiday traffic and is higher in the second and third quarters. As a result of these factors, our quarterly and annual operating results and comparable restaurant sales may fluctuate significantly.
Average Unit Volumes (“AUVs”)
AUVs consist of the average annualized sales of all company-owned restaurants for the trailing 12 periods. AUVs are calculated by dividing restaurant revenue by the number of operating days within each time period and multiplying by 361, which is the number of operating days we have in a typical year. This measurement allows management to assess changes in consumer traffic and per-person-spending patterns at our restaurants.

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Comparable Restaurant Sales
Comparable restaurant sales refer to year-over-year sales comparisons for the comparable restaurant base. We define the comparable restaurant base to include restaurants open for at least 18 full periods. This measure highlights performance of existing restaurants, as the impact of new restaurant openings is excluded. Changes in comparable restaurant sales are generated by changes in traffic, which we calculate as the number of entrées sold, or changes in per-person spend, calculated as sales divided by traffic. Per-person spend can be influenced by changes in menu prices and the mix and number of items sold per person.
Measuring our comparable restaurant sales allows us to evaluate the performance of our existing restaurant base. Various factors impact comparable restaurant sales, including:
consumer recognition of our brand and our ability to respond to changing consumer preferences;

overall economic trends, particularly those related to consumer spending;

our ability to operate restaurants effectively and efficiently to meet consumer expectations;

pricing;

per-person spend and average check amount;

marketing and promotional efforts;

weather;

food safety and foodborne illness concerns;

local competition;

trade area dynamics;

introduction of new and seasonal menu items and limited time offerings; and

opening new restaurants in the vicinity of existing locations.
Since opening new company-owned and franchise restaurants is an important part of our growth strategy and we anticipate new restaurants will be a significant component of our revenue growth, comparable restaurant sales are only one measure of how we evaluate our performance.
Restaurant Contribution
Restaurant contribution is defined as restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs which are cost of sales, labor, occupancy and other restaurant operating costs. We expect restaurant contribution to increase in proportion to the number of new restaurants we open and our comparable restaurant sales growth. Fluctuations in restaurant contribution margin can also be attributed to those factors discussed above for the components of restaurant operating costs.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
We define EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, debt extinguishment expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, restaurant impairment, closure costs and asset disposals, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, management fees, IPO-related expenses, follow-on offering expenses, transaction costs and litigation reserves.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide clear pictures of our operating results by eliminating certain non-cash expenses that may vary widely from period to period and are not reflective of the underlying business performance. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or to be superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making.

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The following table presents a reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA:
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
 
(in thousands, unaudited)
Net (loss) income
 
$
(14,087
)
 
$
3,062

 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

Depreciation and amortization
 
7,071

 
6,923

 
13,977

 
13,843

Interest expense, net
 
598

 
198

 
1,226

 
427

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
2,177

 
1,756

 
1,083

 
(39
)
EBITDA
 
$
(4,241
)
 
$
11,939

 
$
(174
)
 
$
14,541

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals (1)
 
11,248

 
250

 
12,264

 
6,336

Stock-based compensation expense
 
501

 
464

 
849

 
625

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
7,508

 
$
12,653

 
$
12,939

 
$
21,502

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(1)
The first two quarters of 2016 include the impairment of twelve restaurants and the ongoing closure costs of 16 restaurants closed in the fourth quarter of 2015. The first two quarters of 2015 include the impairment of eight restaurants. See Note 7, Restaurant Impairments, Closure Costs and Asset Disposals.

Restaurant Openings, Closures and Relocations
The following table shows restaurants opened, closed or relocated during the periods indicated:
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Company-Owned Restaurant Activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning of period
 
436

 
399

 
422

 
386

Openings
 
8

 
11

 
22

 
24

Acquisitions  (1)
 

 
1

 

 
1

Closures
 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
 

Restaurants at end of period
 
443

 
411

 
443

 
411

Franchise Restaurant Activity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Beginning of period
 
71

 
56

 
70

 
53

Openings
 
1

 
6

 
2

 
9

Divestitures  (1)
 

 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
Closures
 
(1
)
 

 
(1
)
 

Restaurants at end of period
 
71

 
61

 
71

 
61

Total restaurants
 
514

 
472

 
514

 
472

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(1)
Represents franchise restaurants acquired/divested by the Company.



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Results of Operations
The following table summarizes key components of our results of operations for the periods indicated as a percentage of our total revenue, except for the components of restaurant operating costs, which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant revenue.
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
99.0
 %
 
98.8
%
 
99.0
 %
 
98.9
 %
Franchising royalties and fees
 
1.0
 %
 
1.2
%
 
1.0
 %
 
1.1
 %
Total revenue
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
 %
 
100.0
 %
Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below): (1)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
26.8
 %
 
26.2
%
 
26.8
 %
 
26.4
 %
Labor
 
32.7
 %
 
30.9
%
 
32.9
 %
 
31.2
 %
Occupancy
 
11.4
 %
 
11.0
%
 
11.6
 %
 
11.3
 %
Other restaurant operating costs
 
15.5
 %
 
13.3
%
 
15.2
 %
 
13.7
 %
General and administrative
 
8.1
 %
 
8.0
%
 
8.4
 %
 
8.0
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
5.8
 %
 
6.0
%
 
5.9
 %
 
6.3
 %
Pre-opening
 
0.7
 %
 
1.0
%
 
0.8
 %
 
0.9
 %
Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
9.3
 %
 
0.2
%
 
5.2
 %
 
2.9
 %
Total costs and expenses
 
109.3
 %
 
95.6
%
 
106.0
 %
 
99.7
 %
(Loss) income from operations
 
(9.3
)%
 
4.4
%
 
(6.0
)%
 
0.3
 %
Interest expense, net
 
0.5
 %
 
0.2
%
 
0.5
 %
 
0.2
 %
(Loss) income before income taxes
 
(9.8
)%
 
4.2
%
 
(6.5
)%
 
0.1
 %
Provision for income taxes
 
1.8
 %
 
1.5
%
 
0.5
 %
 
 %
Net (loss) income
 
(11.6
)%
 
2.7
%
 
(7.0
)%
 
0.1
 %
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(1)
As a percentage of restaurant revenue.





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Second Quarter Ended June 28, 2016 Compared to Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2015
The table below presents our unaudited operating results for the second quarters of 2016 and 2015 , and the related quarter-over-quarter changes.
 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Increase / (Decrease)
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
$
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands, except percentages)
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
$
120,204

 
$
113,834

 
$
6,370

 
5.6
 %
Franchising royalties and fees
 
1,203

 
1,399

 
(196
)
 
(14.0
)%
Total revenue
 
121,407

 
115,233

 
6,174

 
5.4
 %
Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
32,164

 
29,863

 
2,301

 
7.7
 %
Labor
 
39,316

 
35,149

 
4,167

 
11.9
 %
Occupancy
 
13,688

 
12,480

 
1,208

 
9.7
 %
Other restaurant operating costs
 
18,596

 
15,158

 
3,438

 
22.7
 %
General and administrative
 
9,840

 
9,232

 
608

 
6.6
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
7,071

 
6,923

 
148

 
2.1
 %
Pre-opening
 
796

 
1,162

 
(366
)
 
(31.5
)%
Restaurant impairments, asset disposals and closure costs
 
11,248

 
250

 
10,998

 
*

Total costs and expenses
 
132,719

 
110,217

 
22,502

 
20.4
 %
(Loss) income from operations
 
(11,312
)
 
5,016

 
(16,328
)
 
*

Interest expense, net
 
598

 
198

 
400

 
*

(Loss) income before income taxes
 
(11,910
)
 
4,818

 
(16,728
)
 
*

Provision for income taxes
 
2,177

 
1,756

 
421

 
24.0
 %
Net (loss) income
 
$
(14,087
)
 
$
3,062

 
$
(17,149
)
 
*

Company-owned:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average unit volumes
 
$
1,092

 
$
1,123

 
$
(31
)
 
(2.8
)%
Comparable restaurant sales
 
(0.9
)%
 
0.1
%
 


 


__________________
*
Not meaningful.
Revenue
Total revenue increased $6.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 , or 5.4% , to $121.4 million , compared to $115.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 . This increase was the result of new restaurants opened system-wide since the beginning of the second quarter of 2015, partially offset by the closure of 16 company-owned restaurants in the fourth quarter of 2015 and a decline in comparable restaurant sales. Additionally, AUVs overall decreased $31 ,000 due primarily to lower AUVs at non-comparable restaurants.
Comparable restaurant sales decreased by 0.9% at company-owned restaurants, 2.1% at franchise-owned restaurants and 1.0% system-wide in the second quarter of 2016 .

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Cost of Sales
Cost of sales increased by $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 , due primarily to the increase in restaurant revenue in the second quarter of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, cost of sales increased to 26.8% in the second quarter of 2016 from 26.2% in second quarter of 2015 . The increase was primarily the result of modest commodity inflation.
Labor Costs
Labor costs increased by $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 , due primarily to the increase in restaurant revenue in the second quarter of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, labor costs increased to 32.7% in the second quarter of 2016 from 30.9% in the second quarter of 2015 . The increase as a percentage of restaurant revenue was due to the increases in wage rates and benefit costs, deleverage on lower AUVs and investments in training.
Occupancy Costs
Occupancy costs increased by $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 , due primarily to 32 net restaurant openings. As a percentage of revenue, occupancy costs increased to 11.4% in the second quarter of 2016 , compared to 11.0% in the second quarter of 2015 . The increase was due primarily to deleverage on lower AUVs.
Other Restaurant Operating Costs
Other restaurant operating costs increased by $3.4 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 , due primarily to increased restaurant revenue in the second quarter of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, other restaurant operating costs increased to 15.5% in the second quarter of 2016 from 13.3% in the second quarter of 2015 . The increase as a percentage of restaurant revenue was primarily due to increased restaurant marketing expense, deleverage on lower AUVs and additional maintenance costs.
General and Administrative Expense
General and administrative expense increased by $ 0.6 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 , primarily due to increases in wages and benefits, including support for additional restaurants, as well as investments in marketing initiatives. As a percentage of revenue, general and administrative expense increased to 8.1% in the second quarter of 2016 from 8.0% in the second quarter of 2015 .
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization remained relatively flat in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 . As a percentage of revenue, depreciation and amortization decreased to 5.8% in the second quarter of 2016 from 6.0% in the second quarter of 2015 , due primarily to restaurants impaired or closed in prior quarters.
Pre-Opening Costs
Pre-opening costs decreased by $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 . As a percentage of revenue, pre-opening costs decreased to 0.7% in the second quarter of 2016 from 1.0% in the second quarter of 2015 . The decrease in pre-opening costs is driven by fewer restaurants currently being constructed compared to the comparable period in the prior year, and the second quarter of 2015 having the additional costs of opening our first restaurant in Canada.
Restaurant Impairments, Closure Costs and Asset Disposals
Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals increased by $11.0 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 , due primarily to the impairment of eleven restaurants in the second quarter of 2016 as a result of our current assessment of the expected future cash flows. The performance at these eleven restaurants, compounded by the higher than average construction costs of some of these restaurants, resulted in the recording of an impairment of the fixed assets. The second quarter also included the closure costs associated with restaurants closed in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Each quarter we evaluate possible impairment of fixed assets at the restaurant level and record an impairment loss whenever we determine that the fair value of these assets is less than their carrying value. There can be no assurance that such evaluations will not result in additional impairment costs in future periods.
Interest Expense
Interest expense increased by $0.4 million in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 . The increase was the result of higher average borrowings and an increase in the interest rate on our credit facility in the second quarter of 2016 compared to the second quarter of 2015 .

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Provision for Income Taxes
In the second quarter of 2016, we had a provision for income taxes of $2.2 million compared to a provision for income taxes of $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2015. The provision for income taxes reported in the second quarter of 2016 is primarily related to a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, whereas the provision for income taxes reported in the second quarter of 2015 was based on the annual tax rate adjusted for non-deductible expenses. During the second quarter of 2016, we determined that it was appropriate to record a valuation allowance against U.S. deferred tax assets due to uncertainty regarding the realizability of future tax benefits. During the second quarter of 2016, we recorded a valuation allowance of $0.7 million against U.S. deferred tax assets, reversed the benefit for income taxes recognized during the first quarter of 2016 of $1.3 million (exclusive of the Canadian valuation allowance recorded during the first quarter of 2016), and recognized a provision for income taxes for discrete and certain other items. As a result, the effective tax rate decreased to (18.3)% for the second quarter of 2016 compared to 36.5% for the second quarter of 2015. For the remainder of fiscal 2016 we do not anticipate material income tax expense or benefit as a result of the valuation allowance recorded.

Two Quarters Ended June 28, 2016 compared to Two Quarters Ended June 30, 2015
The table below presents our unaudited operating results for the first two quarters of 2016 and 2015 , and the related quarter-over-quarter changes.
 
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
Increase / (Decrease)
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
 
$
 
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
(in thousands, except percentages)
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
$
233,069

 
$
218,616

 
$
14,453

 
6.6
 %
Franchising royalties and fees
 
2,324

 
2,378

 
(54
)
 
(2.3
)%
Total revenue
 
235,393

 
220,994

 
14,399

 
6.5
 %
Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
62,353

 
57,674

 
4,679

 
8.1
 %
Labor
 
76,750

 
68,178

 
8,572

 
12.6
 %
Occupancy
 
27,002

 
24,698

 
2,304

 
9.3
 %
Other restaurant operating costs
 
35,488

 
29,875

 
5,613

 
18.8
 %
General and administrative
 
19,877

 
17,650

 
2,227

 
12.6
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
13,977

 
13,843

 
134

 
1.0
 %
Pre-opening
 
1,833

 
2,042

 
(209
)
 
(10.2
)%
Restaurant impairments, asset disposals and closure costs
 
12,264

 
6,336

 
5,928

 
93.6
 %
Total costs and expenses
 
249,544

 
220,296

 
29,248

 
13.3
 %
(Loss) income from operations
 
(14,151
)
 
698

 
(14,849
)
 
*

Interest expense, net
 
1,226

 
427

 
799

 
*

(Loss) income before income taxes
 
(15,377
)
 
271

 
(15,648
)
 
*

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
1,083

 
(39
)
 
1,122

 
*

Net (loss) income
 
$
(16,460
)
 
$
310

 
$
(16,770
)
 
*

Company owned:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Average unit volumes
 
$
1,092

 
$
1,123

 
$
(31
)
 
(2.8
)%
Comparable restaurant sales
 
(0.4
)%
 
0.4
%
 
 
 
 
__________________
*
Not meaningful.

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Revenue
Total revenue increased by $ 14.4 million in the first two quarters of 2016 or 6.5% to $ 235.4 million , compared to $ 221.0 million the same period of 2015 . This increase was the result of new restaurants opened system-wide since the beginning of the second quarter of 2015 , partially offset by the closure of 16 company-owned restaurants in the fourth quarter of 2015 and a decline in comparable restaurant sales. Additionally, AUVs overall decreased $31 ,000 due primarily to lower AUVs at non-comparable restaurants.
Comparable restaurant sales decreased by 0.4% at company-owned restaurants, 1.3% at franchise-owned restaurants and 0.5% system-wide during the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 .
Cost of Sales
Cost of sales increased by $4.7 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 , due primarily to the increase in restaurant revenue in the first two quarters of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, cost of sales increased to 26.8% in the first two quarters of 2016 from 26.4% in the first two quarters of 2015 . The increase was primarily the result of modest commodity inflation.
Labor Costs
Labor costs increased by $8.6 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 , due primarily to the increase in restaurant revenue in the first two quarters of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, labor costs increased to 32.9% in the first two quarters of 2016 from 31.2% in the first two quarters of 2015 as a result of an increase in wage rates and benefit costs, deleverage on lower AUVs and investments in training.
Occupancy Costs
Occupancy costs increased by $2.3 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 , due primarily to 32 net restaurant openings. As a percentage of revenue, occupancy costs increased to 11.6% in first two quarters of 2016 , compared to 11.3% in the first two quarters of 2015 . The increase was due primarily to deleverage on lower AUVs.
Other Restaurant Operating Costs
Other restaurant operating costs increased by $5.6 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 , due primarily to increased restaurant revenue in the first two quarters of 2016 . As a percentage of restaurant revenue, other restaurant operating costs increased to 15.2% in the first two quarters of 2016 , compared to 13.7% in the first two quarters of 2015 . The increase as a percentage of restaurant revenue was due to increased marketing initiatives, deleverage on lower AUVs and additional maintenance costs.
General and Administrative Expense
General and administrative expense increased by $2.2 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 , primarily due to an increase in wages and benefits, including support for additional restaurants and marketing initiatives. As a percentage of revenue, general and administrative expense increased to 8.4% in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to 8.0% in first two quarters of 2015 .
Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization remained relatively flat in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 . As a percentage of revenue, depreciation and amortization decreased to 5.9% in the first two quarters of 2016 , compared to 6.3% in the first two quarters of 2015 , due primarily to restaurants impaired in previous quarters.
Pre-Opening Costs
Pre-opening costs decreased by $0.2 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 . As a percentage of revenue, pre-opening costs decreased slightly to 0.8% in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to 0.9% in the first two quarters of 2015 .
Restaurant Impairments, Closure Costs and Asset Disposals
Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals increased by  $5.9 million  in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 , due primarily to the impairment of twelve restaurants in the first two quarters of 2016 as a result of our current assessment of expected future cash flows, compared to the impairment of eight restaurants in the first two quarters of 2015. The performance at these twelve restaurants, compounded by the higher than average construction costs of some of these restaurants, resulted in the recording of an impairment of the fixed assets during the first two quarters of 2016.

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Interest Expense
Interest expense increased by $0.8 million in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period of 2015 . The increase was the result of higher average borrowings and an increase in the interest rate on our credit facility in the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the first two quarters of 2015 .
Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes
In the first two quarters of 2016 , we had a provision for income taxes of $1.1 million compared to a benefit from income taxes in the first two quarters of 2015 . The provision for income taxes reported in the first two quarters of 2016 is primarily related to a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, whereas the benefit from income taxes reported in the first two quarters of 2015 was based on the annual tax rate adjusted for non-deductible expenses. During the first two quarters of 2016, we recorded a valuation allowance of $0.9 million against U.S. and Canadian deferred tax assets and recognized a provision for income taxes for discrete and certain other items. This resulted in the Company recording a net provision for income taxes of $1.1 million during the first two quarters of 2016. As a result, the effective tax rate decreased to (7.0)% for the first two quarters of 2016 compared to 14.3% for the two quarters 2015 . For the remainder of fiscal 2016 we do not anticipate material income tax expense or benefit as a result of the valuation allowance recorded.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
Summary of Cash Flows
Our primary sources of liquidity and cash flows are operating cash flows and borrowings on our revolving line of credit. We use these cash sources to fund capital expenditures for new restaurant openings, to reinvest in our existing restaurants, to invest in infrastructure and information technology and to maintain working capital. Our working capital position benefits from the fact that we generally collect cash from sales to customers on the same day, or in the case of credit or debit card transactions, within several days of the related sale, and we typically have at least 30 days to pay our vendors. We believe that expected cash flows from operations and planned borrowing capacity are adequate to fund debt service requirements, operating lease obligations, capital expenditures and working capital obligations for the remainder of fiscal year 2016.
Cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities are shown in the following table (in thousands):
 
 
Two Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
June 28,
2016
 
June 30,
2015
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
$
12,281

 
$
22,656

Net cash used in investing activities
 
(24,016
)
 
(22,489
)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities
 
11,589

 
(60
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
 
127

 
(12
)
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents
 
$
(19
)
 
$
95

Operating Activities
Net cash provided by operating activities was $12.3 million for the two quarters ended June 28, 2016 , a decrease from $22.7 million for the two quarters ended June 30, 2015. The decrease resulted primarily from the net loss during the two quarters ended June 28, 2016, compared to net income during the two quarters ended June 30, 2015, adjusted for non-cash items such as depreciation and amortization, restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals and stock-based compensation expense, as well as changes in certain working capital accounts.
Investing Activities
Net cash flows used in investing activities decreased to $24.0 million in the two quarters ended June 28, 2016 from $22.5 million for the two quarters ended June 30, 2015. The increase from the prior year is primarily due to the timing of new restaurant construction, partially offset by the acquisition of a franchise restaurant in the prior year.

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Financing Activities
Net cash provided by financing activities was $11.6 million for the two quarters ended June 28, 2016 , as compared to cash used in financing activities of $0.1 million for the two quarters ended June 30, 2015. The increase in net cash provided by financing activities in 2016 over 2015 is primarily due to lower operating cash flow during the first two quarters of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, which resulted in the need to increase our borrowings on our revolving line of credit.
Capital Resources
Future Capital Expenditure Requirements. Our capital expenditure requirements are primarily dependent upon the pace of our real estate development program and resulting new restaurants opened. Our real estate development program is dependent upon many factors, including economic conditions, real estate markets, site locations and the nature of lease agreements. Our capital expenditure outlays are also dependent on costs for maintenance and remodeling our existing restaurants as well as information technology expenses and other general corporate capital expenditures.
We currently estimate capital expenditures for the remainder of 2016 to be in the range of approximately $21.0 million to $26.0 million for a total of $ 45.0 million to $ 50.0 million for the fiscal year, of which $35.0 million to $40.0 million relates to our construction of new restaurants before any reductions for landlord reimbursements, and the remainder relates primarily to reinvestment in existing restaurants and investments in technology. We expect such capital expenditures to be funded by a combination of cash from operations and borrowings under our revolving credit facility.
Current Resources. Our operations have not required significant working capital and, like many restaurant companies, we operate with negative working capital. Restaurant sales are primarily paid for in cash or by credit or debit card, and restaurant operations do not require significant inventories or receivables. In addition, we receive trade credit for the purchase of food, beverages and supplies, therefore reducing the need for incremental working capital to support growth.
Liquidity . We believe that our current cash and cash equivalents, the expected cash flows from Company-owned restaurant operations, the expected franchise fees and royalties and borrowings under the credit facility will be sufficient to fund our cash requirements for working capital needs and capital improvements and maintenance of existing restaurants for the next twelve months.
Credit Facility
We maintain a $100.0 million revolving line of credit under our credit facility. The revolving line of credit includes a swing line loan of $10.0 million used to fund working capital requirements. The credit facility matures in June 2020.
As of June 28, 2016 , we had $79.0 million of outstanding indebtedness, $2.7 million of outstanding letters of credit and $18.3 million available for borrowing under our revolving line of credit. On August 2, 2016, the Company entered into an amendment to its credit facility to adjust the interest rate and commitment fee, to revise the financial covenant levels and related definitions and make certain other changes. All other material terms remained the same. We also maintain outstanding letters of credit to secure obligations under our workers’ compensation program and certain lease obligations.
Availability of borrowings under the revolving line of credit is conditioned on our compliance with specified covenants, including a maximum lease-adjusted leverage ratio and a minimum consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio. We are subject to a number of other customary covenants, including limitations on additional borrowings, acquisitions, dividend payments and lease commitments. Giving effect to the amendment of our credit facility, as of June 28, 2016, we were in compliance with all of our debt covenants. We expect that we will meet all applicable financial covenants in our credit facility, including the maximum lease-adjusted leverage ratio, throughout the fiscal year ending January 3, 2017. However, there can be no assurance we will meet such financial covenants. If such covenants are not met, we would be required to seek a waiver or amendment from the banks participating in the credit facility. There can be no assurance that such waiver or amendment would be granted, which could have a material adverse impact on our liquidity.
Our credit facility is secured by a pledge of stock of substantially all of our subsidiaries and a lien on substantially all of our and our subsidiaries’ personal property assets.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
We had no off-balance sheet arrangements or obligations as of June 28, 2016 .


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Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Our condensed consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes are prepared in accordance with GAAP. Preparing consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. These estimates and assumptions are affected by the application of our accounting policies. Our significant accounting policies are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 29, 2015 . Critical accounting estimates are those that require application of management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, often as a result of matters that are inherently uncertain and may change in subsequent periods. While we apply our judgment based on assumptions believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, actual results could vary from these assumptions. It is possible that materially different amounts would be reported using different assumptions. Our critical accounting estimates are identified and described in our annual consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 29, 2015 .
JOBS Act
We qualify as an “emerging growth company” pursuant to the provisions of the Jumpstart our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act. For as long as we are an “emerging growth company,” we may take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not “emerging growth companies,” including, but not limited to, not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, exemptions from the requirements of holding advisory “say-on-pay” votes on executive compensation and shareholder advisory votes on golden parachute compensation. We could be an “emerging growth company” until the end of our 2018 fiscal year.
In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an “emerging growth company” can take advantage of the extended transition period provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act for complying with new or revised accounting standards. An “emerging growth company” can therefore delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. However, we have chosen to “opt out” of such extended transition period and, as a result, we will comply with new or revised accounting standards on the relevant dates on which adoption of such standards is required for non-emerging growth companies. Section 107 of the JOBS Act provides that our decision to opt out of the extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards is irrevocable.


Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
Interest Rate Risk
We are exposed to market risk from changes in interest rates on debt. Our exposure to interest rate fluctuations is limited to our outstanding bank debt, which bears interest at variable rates. As of June 28, 2016 , $79.0 million was outstanding under our revolving line of credit, and $18.3 million was available for borrowing under the credit facility. An increase or decrease of 1.0% in the effective interest rate applied on this loan would have resulted in a pre-tax interest expense fluctuation of approximately $0.8 million on an annualized basis.
Commodity Price Risk
We purchase certain products that are affected by commodity prices and are, therefore, subject to price volatility caused by weather, market conditions and other factors which are not considered predictable or within our control. Although these products are subject to changes in commodity prices, certain purchasing contracts or pricing arrangements contain risk management techniques designed to minimize price volatility. The purchasing contracts and pricing arrangements we use may result in unconditional purchase obligations, which are not reflected in our consolidated balance sheets. Typically, we use these types of purchasing techniques to control costs as an alternative to directly managing financial instruments to hedge commodity prices. In many cases, we believe we will be able to address material commodity cost increases by adjusting our menu pricing or changing our product delivery strategy. However, increases in commodity prices, without adjustments to our menu prices, could increase restaurant operating costs as a percentage of company-owned restaurant revenue.
Inflation
The primary inflationary factors affecting our operations are food, labor costs, energy costs and materials used in the construction of new restaurants. Increases in the minimum wage directly affect our labor costs. Many of our leases require us to pay taxes, maintenance, repairs, insurance and utilities, all of which are generally subject to inflationary increases. Finally, the cost of constructing our restaurants is subject to inflationary increases in the costs of labor and material. Over the past five years,

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inflation has not significantly affected our operating results with the exception of increased wage inflation that affected our results in 2015 and thus far in 2016. We expect wage inflation to continue to affect our results in the near future.

Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Our management carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of our interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of June 28, 2016 , pursuant to Rule 13a-15 under the Exchange Act. In designing and evaluating the disclosure controls and procedures, management recognized that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving the desired control objectives. In addition, the design of disclosure controls and procedures must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints and that management is required to apply its judgment in evaluating the benefits of possible controls and procedures relative to their costs.
Based on that evaluation, our interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to provide reasonable assurance that information we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our interim chief executive officer and chief financial officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) of the Exchange Act) that occurred during our most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


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PART II

Item 1. Legal Proceedings
As we reported in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2016, on March 10, 2016, Carrie Castillo, Anastassia Letourneau and Jacquelyn Myhre, former employees of the Company, filed a purported collective and class action lawsuit against the Company alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois and Minnesota wage laws (the “Labor Laws”) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs filed the case on their behalf and on behalf of all assistant general managers employed by us since January 5, 2013 whom are classified as exempt employees, and they allege that we violated the Labor Laws by not paying overtime compensation to our assistant general managers. The plaintiffs are seeking, on behalf of themselves and members of the putative class, unpaid overtime compensation, liquidated damages and available penalties under applicable state laws, a declaratory judgment, an injunction, and attorneys’ fees and costs. This case is at an early stage, and we are therefore unable to make a reasonable estimate of the probable loss or range of losses, if any, that might arise from this matter. We intend to vigorously defend this action.

On February 10, 2016, Tammie Carter, a former employee of the Company, filed a purported collective and class action lawsuit against the Company alleging violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Order in the United States District Court for the District of Colorado. The plaintiff filed the case on her behalf and on behalf of all assistant general managers employed by us during the past three years whom we classified as exempt employees, and she alleged that we violated the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Colorado Wage Order by not paying overtime compensation to our assistant general managers. The plaintiff sought, on behalf of herself and members of the putative class, unpaid overtime compensation, damages (including liquidated and/or punitive damages), a declaratory judgment, an injunction, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The case was dismissed by the plaintiffs without prejudice on June 29, 2016.
In the normal course of business, we are subject to other proceedings, lawsuits and claims, including those matters that we have previously disclosed and for which there is no material update. Such matters are subject to many uncertainties, and outcomes are not predictable. Consequently, we are unable to ascertain the ultimate aggregate amount of monetary liability or financial impact with respect to these matters as of June 28, 2016 . These matters could affect the operating results of any one financial reporting period when resolved in future periods. We believe that an unfavorable outcome with respect to these matters is remote or, if an unfavorable result occurs, the potential range of loss is not material to its consolidated financial statements. Significant increases in the number of these claims, or one or more successful claims that result in greater liabilities than we currently anticipate, could materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
A description of the risk factors associated with our business is contained in the “Risk Factors” section of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended December 29, 2015 .  There have been no material changes to our Risk Factors as previously reported.
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
None.
Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities
None.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures
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Item 5. Other Information
The information set forth below is included herewith for the purpose of providing disclosure under “Item 1.01 - Entry into a Material Definitive Agreement” of a Current Report on Form 8-K.
On August 2, 2016, the Company amended its Amended and Restated Credit Agreement by entering into Amendment No. 3 to Amended and Restated Credit Agreement by and among the Company, as borrower, each of the guarantors signatory thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders signatory thereto (the “Amendment”). The Amendment, among other things, makes certain changes to the covenants within the agreement, including (1) altering the maximum lease-adjusted leverage ratio to 5.25:1.00 until the end of the first fiscal quarter of 2017, to 5.00:1.00 for the period beginning at the end of the second fiscal quarter of 2017 through the end of the third fiscal quarter of 2017 and to 4.75:1.00 for each fiscal quarter thereafter and (2) allowing for add-backs of certain one-time costs for purposes of calculating consolidated EBITDA as defined under the agreement. The Amendment also modifies the pricing grid for interest rates and commitment fees based on the specified consolidated lease-adjusted leverage ratio.
The foregoing description of the Amendment does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Amendment filed as Exhibit 10.2 to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.


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Item 6. Exhibit Index
Exhibit Number
 
Description of Exhibit
10.1

 
Noodles & Company Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors Amended and Restated May 4, 2016
10.2

 
Amendment No. 3 to Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of August 2, 2016, by and among Noodles & Company, each of the Guarantors signatory thereto, Bank of America, N.A., as administrative agent and the lenders signatory thereto
31.1

 
Certification of Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1

 
Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.INS

 
XBRL Instance Document
101.SCH

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CAL

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEF

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LAB

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PRE

 
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document



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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
NOODLES & COMPANY
By:
/s/ DAVE BOENNIGHAUSEN
 
Dave Boennighausen
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
Date
August 5, 2016



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Exhibit 10.1

NOODLES & COMPANY
COMPENSATION PLAN FOR NON-EMPLOYEE DIRECTORS
AMENDED AND RESTATED MAY 4, 2016

I. PURPOSE
1.1 The purpose of the Noodles & Company Compensation Plan for Non-Employee Directors (this “Plan”) is to provide a comprehensive compensation program to attract and retain qualified individuals who are not employed by Noodles & Company (the “Company”) or its subsidiaries to serve on the Company’s Board of Directors. In particular, this Plan aligns the interests of such directors with those of the Company’s shareholders by providing that a significant portion of such directors’ compensation is directly linked to the value of the Company’s common stock. This amendment and restatement of the Plan is effective beginning May 4, 2016.
II. CASH RETAINERS
2.1 Annual Board Retainer . Each non-employee director shall be entitled to receive an annual cash retainer for his or her Board service, in such amount as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time, which shall be payable in quarterly installments. As of December 30, 2015, this amount is $50,000.
2.2 Committee Retainer . A non-employee director appointed as a member of a standing committee of the Board of Directors shall receive an annual cash retainer, payable in quarterly installments, in such amount as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. These committee retainers are in addition to the annual retainer set forth in Section 2.1 above.
2.3 Retainer for Committee Chairs . A non-employee director appointed to chair a standing committee of the Board of Directors shall be paid an annual cash retainer, payable in quarterly installments, in such amount as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. These committee chair retainers are in addition to the retainers set forth in Sections 2.1 and 2.2 above.
2.4 Pro-Rata Retainer . A non-employee director who commences service after the Annual Meeting of Shareholders shall be entitled to a pro-rated annual cash retainer as well as pro-rated annual committee and committee chair and retainers, as applicable, and as approved by the incumbent non-employee directors. The amount of the retainer(s) shall be determined based on the number of full months during the year that a new non-employee director is in active service. The pro-rated portion of the annual retainer, if any, shall be payable in quarterly installments.
2.5 Equity Sponsors . Notwithstanding the preceding provisions of this Article II, for directors affiliated with the Company’s Equity Sponsors, the cash retainer for the period from July 1, 2016 through the end of the fiscal year commencing December 30, 2015 only shall be $25,000, which amount shall be payable in equal installments in the third and fourth quarters of 2016. No cash retainer shall be payable to such directors for any period prior to July 1, 2016. For subsequent fiscal years, the foregoing provisions of this Article II shall apply. For purposes of this Plan, Equity Sponsors shall mean Catterton Partners and Public Service Pension Board of Canada.
III. EQUITY AWARDS
3.1 Company’s Stock Incentive Plan . Grants of equity awards made under this Plan shall be made under the Company’s stock incentive plan that is in effect from time to time (“Stock Plan”). The terms “Fair Market Value” and “Stock” used in this Article III shall have the meanings set forth in the Stock Plan.
3.2 Annual Retainer Grants . At the close of business on the date of each Annual Meeting of Shareholders, each non-employee director who then continues as a member of the Board of Directors may be granted restricted stock units (“RSUs”) in such amounts as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board of Directors may grant any one or more of the awards set forth under the Stock Plan in such amounts and on such terms as determined by the Board of Directors from time to time. As of December 30, 2015,



Exhibit 10.1

the Fair Market Value of the RSUs granted is $50,000. Notwithstanding the foregoing, effective as of July 1, 2016, directors affiliated with the Company’s Equity Sponsors shall receive RSU grants with a Fair Market Value of $25,000 for their service on the Board of Directors for the period from July 1, 2016 through the end of the fiscal year commencing December 30, 2015.
3.3 Vesting of RSUs . A non-employee director’s RSUs shall be fully vested upon grant.  
3.4 Pro-Rata Awards . A non-employee director who commences service after the Annual Meeting of Shareholders will receive a pro-rated equity award at the next Annual Meeting of Shareholders based upon the Fair Market Value of the equity award granted to the incumbent non-employee directors in the year in which such director was appointed or as otherwise approved by the incumbent non-employee directors. The amount of the award shall be determined based on the number of full months during the year that a new non-employee director is in active service.
3.5 Settlement of RSUs . The RSUs shall be settled by delivering shares of Stock promptly following vesting. Notwithstanding the foregoing, at the election of the non-employee director, settlement of the Stock may be deferred until the earlier of the director’s separation from Board service or a change in control of the Company, provided that any such election shall comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
IV. ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS
4.1 For periods prior to July 1, 2016, no compensation shall be payable under this Plan to directors affiliated with the Company’s Equity Sponsors.
4.2 This Plan shall be administered by the Board of Directors, which shall have the power to interpret this Plan and amend it from time to time as it deems proper. To the fullest extent practicable, however, the terms and conditions of the Stock Plan shall be applicable to equity awards granted under this Plan.
4.3 This Plan may be suspended or terminated at any time by action of the Board of Directors. Notwithstanding any such suspension or termination, the Company shall remain obligated to pay cash retainer amounts earned but not yet paid and any outstanding equity awards under this Plan will continue to be governed by the terms of this Plan as in effect at the time of such suspension or termination, the Stock Plan or a prior stock plan, as applicable, and any applicable stock incentive award agreements.
4.4 Unless otherwise provided by the Board of Directors, the right to receive any compensation under this Plan, whether under new or outstanding equity awards, may not be transferred, assigned, or subject to attachment or other legal process.
4.5 To the extent any amounts paid under this Plan are subject to Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code, this Plan will be interpreted in a manner to comply with the requirements of Section 409A of the Internal Revenue Code.
4.6 Subject to Sections 4.3 and 4.4 above, any outstanding equity awards under this Plan will continue to be governed by the terms of this Plan as in effect at the time such awards were granted.
4.7 This Plan shall be governed by and subject to the laws of the State of Delaware and applicable Federal laws.




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Exhibit 10.2 -- EXECUTION VERSION

AMENDMENT NO. 3
TO
AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

This AMENDMENT NO. 3 dated as of August 2, 2016 (this “ Amendment ”) is by and among (a) NOODLES & COMPANY (the “ Borrower ”), (b) each of the Guarantors signatory hereto, (c) BANK OF AMERICA, N.A ., as administrative agent (the “ Administrative Agent ”), and (d) the lenders signatory hereto and amends that certain Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of November 22, 2013 (as amended, restated, extended, supplemented, modified and otherwise in effect from time to time, the “ Credit Agreement ”) by and among the Borrower, the other Loan Parties party thereto, the Lenders party thereto, the Administrative Agent, and Bank of America, N.A. as L/C Issuer and Swing Line Lender. Capitalized terms used herein without definition shall have the meanings assigned to such terms in the Credit Agreement.

WHEREAS , the Borrower has requested that the Administrative Agent and the Lenders agree to amend certain of the terms and provisions of the Credit Agreement, as specifically set forth in this Amendment; and
WHEREAS , the Borrower, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders have agreed to amend certain provisions of the Credit Agreement as provided more fully herein below.
NOW THEREFORE , in consideration of the mutual agreements contained in the Credit Agreement and herein and for other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which are hereby acknowledged, the parties hereto hereby agree as follows:
§1. Amendments to the Credit Agreement .
§1.1.      Amendment to Section 1.01 . The definition of “ Applicable Rate ” in Section 1.01 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended as of the Third Amendment Effective Date (as defined below) by (i) deleting the table contained therein and (ii) replacing it with the following table:
Pricing Level
Consolidated Total Lease Adjusted Leverage Ratio
Eurodollar Rate Loans and Letter of Credit Fees
Base Rate Loans and Canadian Prime Rate Loans
Commitment Fee
1
<3.25:1.00
1.50%
0.50%
0.15%
2
> 3.25:1.00 but <3.75:1.00
1.75%
0.75%
0.20%
3
> 3.75:1.00 but <4.25:1.00
2.00%
1.00%
0.25%
4
> 4.25:1.00 but <4.75:1.00
2.25%
1.25%
0.30%
5
> 4.75:1.00
2.50%
1.50%
0.35%

For clarification purposes, the foregoing amendment is not intended to change the date of adjustment of the Pricing Level. Accordingly, on the Third Amendment Effective Date until the first Business Day immediately following the date a Compliance Certificate is delivered pursuant to Section 6.02(a), with respect to the Fiscal Quarter ended June 28, 2016, the Applicable Rate for (i) Eurodollar Rate Loans and Letter of Credit Fees and (ii) Base Rate Loans and Canadian Prime Rate Loans shall be as set forth in Pricing Level 3 above and for (iii) the Commitment Fee, shall be 0.30%. All other provisions of the Applicable Rate definition remain in effect.






§1.2.      Amendment to Section 1.01 . The definition of “ Arranger ” in Section 1.01 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended by restating such definition in its entirety as follows:
Arranger ” means Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (or any other registered broker-dealer wholly-owned by Bank of America Corporation to which all or substantially all of Bank of America Corporation’s or any of its subsidiaries’ investment banking, commercial lending services or related businesses may be transferred following the date of this Agreement), in its capacity as sole lead arranger and sole bookrunner.
§1.3.      Amendment to Section 1.01 . The definition of “ Consolidated EBITDA ” in Section 1.01 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended by (i) replacing the “and” appearing at the end of clause (a)(xi) with “,” and (ii) adding the following immediately following clause (a)(xii) and prior to the words “and minus ”:
“(xiii) such reasonable and customary one-time costs associated with the data security incident announced by the company on June 28, 2016, as may be consented to in writing by the Required Lenders, (xiv) any one-time settlement costs associated with certain litigation matters disclosed in writing to the Administrative Agent on the Third Amendment Effective Date, in an aggregate amount reasonably acceptable to and consented to in writing by the Required Lenders and (xv) one-time non-recurring cash expenses or charges and non-recurring non-cash charges, in an aggregate amount not to exceed $2,000,000, associated with the severance and replacement of the Borrower’s Chief Executive Officer and severance of the Borrower’s Chief Marketing Officer”
§1.4.      Amendment to Section 1.01 . The definition of “ Fee Letter ” in Section 1.01 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended by restating such definition in its entirety as follows:
Fee Letter ” means, collectively, (a) that certain letter agreement dated as of the date hereof by and between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, (b) that certain letter agreement dated as of the First Amendment Effective Date by and between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, (c) that certain letter agreement dated as of the Second Amendment Effective Date by and between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower and (d) that certain letter agreement dated as of the Third Amendment Effective Date by and between the Administrative Agent and the Borrower.
§1.5.      Amendment to Section 1.01 . Section 1.01 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended by adding the following new definition in the appropriate alphabetical order:
Third Amendment Effective Date ” means August 2, 2016.
§1.6.      Amendment to Section 7.11 . Section 7.11 of the Credit Agreement is hereby amended by amending and restating clause (a) of such section in its entirety as follows:
(a)     Consolidated Total Lease Adjusted Leverage Ratio . Permit the Consolidated Total Lease Adjusted Leverage Ratio as of the end of any Measurement Period to be greater than or equal to 5.25:1.00; provided , however , that (i) commencing with the end of the second Fiscal Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017, the Consolidated Total Lease Adjusted Leverage Ratio as of the end of any Measurement Period shall not be permitted to be greater than or equal to 5.00:1.00 and (ii) commencing with the end of the fourth Fiscal Quarter of Fiscal Year 2017 and for each Fiscal Quarter

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thereafter, the Consolidated Total Lease Adjusted Leverage Ratio as of the end of any Measurement Period shall not be permitted to be greater than or equal to 4.75:1.00.
§2.      Affirmation and Acknowledgment . Each Loan Party hereby ratifies and confirms all of its Obligations to the Lenders and the Administrative Agent, and the Borrower hereby affirms its absolute and unconditional promise to pay to the Lenders the Loans, the other Obligations, and all other amounts due under the Credit Agreement as amended hereby. Each Loan Party hereby ratifies and reaffirms the validity and enforceability of all of the Liens and security interests heretofore granted and pledged by such Loan Party pursuant to the Loan Documents to the Administrative Agent, on behalf and for the benefit of the Secured Parties, as collateral security for the Obligations, and acknowledges that all of such Liens and security interests, and all Collateral heretofore granted, pledged or otherwise created as security for the Obligations continue to be and remain collateral security for the Obligations from and after the date hereof. Each of the Guarantors party to the Guaranty hereby acknowledges and consents to this Amendment and agrees that the Guaranty and all other Loan Documents to which each of the Guarantors are a party remain in full force and effect, and each of the Guarantors confirms and ratifies all of its Obligations thereunder.
§3.      Representations and Warranties . Each Loan Party hereby represents and warrants to the Lenders and the Administrative Agent as follows:
(a)      The execution, delivery and performance by each Loan Party of this Amendment and the performance by such Loan Party of its obligations and agreements under this Amendment and the Credit Agreement, as amended hereby, have been duly authorized by all necessary corporate or other organizational action, and do not and will not (i) contravene the terms of any of such Loan Party’s Organization Documents, (ii) conflict with or result in any breach or contravention of, or the creation of any Lien under, or require any payment to be made under (A) any material Contractual Obligation (other than the creation of Liens under the Loan Documents) to which such Loan Party is a party or affecting such Loan Party or the properties of such Loan Party or any of its Subsidiaries or (B) any order, injunction, writ or decree of any Governmental Authority or any arbitral award to which such Loan Party or its property is subject; or (iii) violate any Law, except to the extent that any such violation, either individually or in the aggregate, could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
(b)      This Amendment has been duly executed and delivered by such Loan Party. Each of this Amendment and the Credit Agreement, as amended hereby, constitutes a legal, valid and binding obligation of such Loan Party, enforceable against such Loan Party in accordance with their respective terms except as enforceability may be limited by applicable bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, moratorium or similar laws affecting the enforcement of creditors’ rights generally and by general equitable principles, whether enforcement is sought by a proceeding in equity or at law.
(c)      No approval, consent, exemption, authorization, or other action by, or notice to, or filing with, any Governmental Authority is required in connection with the execution, delivery or performance by such Loan Party of this Amendment or the Credit Agreement as amended hereby.
(d)      The representations and warranties of such Loan Party contained in Article V of the Credit Agreement or in any other Loan Document, or which are contained in any document furnished at any time under or in connection therewith, are true and correct in all material respects on and as of the date hereof (other than to the extent that any representation and warranty is already qualified by materiality, in which case, such representation and warranty shall be true and correct as of the date hereof), except to the extent that such representations and warranties specifically refer to an earlier date, in which case they shall be true and correct as of such earlier date, and except that the representations and warranties contained in Sections

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5.05(a) and 5.05(b) of the Credit Agreement shall be deemed to refer to the most recent statements furnished pursuant to Sections 6.01(a) and 6.01(b) of the Credit Agreement, respectively.
(e)      As of the date hereof, after giving effect to the provisions hereof, there exists no Default or Event of Default.
§4.      Conditions . The effectiveness of this Amendment is subject to the satisfaction of the following conditions precedent or concurrent on August 2, 2016 (the “ Third Amendment Effective Date ”):
(a)      This Amendment shall have been duly executed and delivered by each Loan Party, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders.
(b)      The Administrative Agent shall have received certificates executed by a Responsible Officer of each Loan Party attaching (i) resolutions or other action authorizing the actions under this Amendment and the Credit Agreement as amended hereby, (ii) incumbency certificates, (iii) certified copies of the Organization Documents of such Loan Party, in each case, certified as true, accurate and complete and in effect on the Second Amendment Effective Date (or a certification that there shall have been no changes to the Organization Documents of such Loan Party since such Organization Documents were previously delivered to the Administrative Agent) and (iv) such other documents and certifications as the Administrative Agent may reasonably require to evidence that each Loan Party is duly organized or formed, and that each Loan Party is validly existing, in good standing and qualified to engage in business in each jurisdiction where its ownership, lease or operation of properties or the conduct of its business requires such qualification, except to the extent that failure to do so could not reasonably be expected to have a Material Adverse Effect.
(c)      The Administrative Agent shall have received a certificate signed by a Responsible Officer of the Borrower certifying (i) that the conditions specified in this Section 4 have been satisfied, and (ii) that there has been no event or circumstance since December 31, 2015 that has had or could be reasonably expected to have, either individually or in the aggregate, a Material Adverse Effect.
(d)      The Administrative Agent shall have received the disclosure referred to in clause (xiv) of the amendment effected by Section 1.3 hereof.
(e)      The representations and warranties set forth in Section 3 hereof shall be true and correct.
(f)      All fees and expenses due and owing to the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and required to be paid on or before the Third Amendment Effective Date pursuant to that certain Third Amendment Fee Letter dated as of the Third Amendment Effective Date by and among the Administrative Agent and the Borrower, shall have been paid (or shall be paid concurrently with the closing of this Amendment).
(g)      The Administrative Agent shall have been reimbursed for all reasonable and documented fees and out-of-pocket charges and other expenses incurred in connection with this Amendment, including, without limitation, the reasonable fees and disbursements of counsel for the Administrative Agent, to the extent documented prior to or on the date hereof (for the avoidance of doubt, a summary statement of such fees, charges and disbursements shall be sufficient documentation for the obligations set forth in this Section 4(g) ; provided that supporting documentation for such summary statement is provided promptly thereafter).

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§5.      Miscellaneous Provisions .
§5.1.      Except as expressly amended or otherwise modified by this Amendment, the Credit Agreement and all documents, instruments and agreements related thereto, including, but not limited to the other Loan Documents, are hereby ratified and confirmed in all respects and shall continue in full force and effect. No amendment, consent or waiver herein granted or agreement herein made shall extend beyond the terms expressly set forth herein for such amendment, consent, waiver or agreement, as the case may be, nor shall anything contained herein be deemed to imply any willingness of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders to agree to, or otherwise prejudice any rights of the Administrative Agent or the Lenders with respect to, any similar amendments, consents, waivers or agreements that may be requested for any future period, and this Amendment shall not be construed as a waiver of any other provision of the Loan Documents or to permit the Borrower or any other Loan Party to take any other action which is prohibited by the terms of the Credit Agreement and the other Loan Documents. The Credit Agreement and this Amendment shall be read and construed as a single agreement. All references in the Credit Agreement, or any related agreement or instrument, to the Credit Agreement shall hereafter refer to the Credit Agreement, as amended hereby. This Amendment shall constitute a Loan Document.
§5.2.      THIS AMENDMENT SHALL BE GOVERNED BY, AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH, THE LAW OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK WITHOUT REGARD TO CONFLICT OF LAWS PRINCIPLES THEREOF (OTHER THAN SECTIONS 5-1401 AND 5-1402 OF THE NEW YORK GENERAL OBLIGATIONS LAW).
§5.3.      THE BORROWER AND EACH OTHER LOAN PARTY IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY AGREES THAT IT WILL NOT COMMENCE ANY ACTION, LITIGATION OR PROCEEDING OF ANY KIND OR DESCRIPTION, WHETHER IN LAW OR EQUITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT OR IN TORT OR OTHERWISE, AGAINST THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, ANY LENDER, THE L/C ISSUER, OR ANY RELATED PARTY OF THE FOREGOING IN ANY WAY RELATING TO THIS AMENDMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT OR THE TRANSACTIONS RELATING HERETO OR THERETO, IN ANY FORUM OTHER THAN THE COURTS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK SITTING IN NEW YORK COUNTY AND OF THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK, AND ANY APPELLATE COURT FROM ANY THEREOF, AND EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO IRREVOCABLY AND UNCONDITIONALLY SUBMITS TO THE JURISDICTION OF SUCH COURTS AND AGREES THAT ALL CLAIMS IN RESPECT OF ANY SUCH ACTION, LITIGATION OR PROCEEDING MAY BE HEARD AND DETERMINED IN SUCH NEW YORK STATE COURT OR, TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, IN SUCH FEDERAL COURT. EACH OF THE PARTIES HERETO AGREES THAT A FINAL JUDGMENT IN ANY SUCH ACTION, LITIGATION OR PROCEEDING SHALL BE CONCLUSIVE AND MAY BE ENFORCED IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS BY SUIT ON THE JUDGMENT OR IN ANY OTHER MANNER PROVIDED BY LAW. NOTHING IN THIS AMENDMENT OR IN ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT SHALL AFFECT ANY RIGHT THAT THE ADMINISTRATIVE AGENT, ANY LENDER OR THE L/C ISSUER MAY OTHERWISE HAVE TO BRING ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING RELATING TO THIS AMENDMENT OR ANY OTHER LOAN DOCUMENT AGAINST THE BORROWER OR ANY OTHER LOAN PARTY OR ITS PROPERTIES IN THE COURTS OF ANY JURISDICTION.
§5.4.      This Amendment may be executed in counterparts (and by different parties hereto in different counterparts), each of which shall constitute an original, but all of which when taken together shall constitute a single contract. Delivery of an executed counterpart of a signature page of this Amendment by telecopy or other electronic imaging means shall be effective as delivery of a manually executed counterpart of this

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Amendment. In making proof of this Amendment, it shall not be necessary to produce or account for more than one counterpart signed by each party hereto by and against which enforcement hereof is sought.
§5.5.      The Borrower hereby agrees to pay to the Administrative Agent, on demand by the Administrative Agent, all reasonable and documented out-of-pocket costs and expenses incurred or sustained by the Administrative Agent in connection with the preparation of this Amendment (including legal fees).
§5.6.      The provisions of this Amendment are solely for the benefit of the Loan Parties, the Administrative Agent and the Lenders and no other Person shall have rights as a third party beneficiary of any of such provisions.

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IN WITNESS WHEREOF , the parties hereto have executed this Amendment as a document under seal as of the date first above written.

NOODLES & COMPANY ,
a Delaware corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


TNSC, INC. , a Colorado corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President



NOODLES & COMPANY SERVICES CORP. ,
a Colorado corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


NOODLES & COMPANY FINANCE CORP. ,
a Colorado corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President
    


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – COLORADO, INC. ,
a Colorado corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]






THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – WISCONSIN, INC. ,
a Wisconsin corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – MINNESOTA, INC. ,
a Minnesota corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President



THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – ILLINOIS, INC. ,
an Illinois corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President
    


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – VIRGINIA, INC. ,
a Virginia corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President    


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – MARYLAND, INC. ,
a Maryland corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]






THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND , a Maryland corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – CHARLES COUNTY, INC. ,
a Maryland corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – HOWARD COUNTY, INC. ,
a Maryland corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – DELAWARE, INC. ,
a Delaware corporation


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – COLLEGE PARK, LLC,
a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Class A Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen

[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]



Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – BALTIMORE
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Class A Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – ANNAPOLIS, LLC ,
a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Class A Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – KANSAS, LLC ,
a Kansas limited liability company

By:     TNSC, Inc. , a Colorado corporation,
its Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – FREDERICK
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Managing Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President    



[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]




THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – ST MARY’S
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Managing Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President    


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – WASHINGTON
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Managing Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – HARFORD
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Managing Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President


THE NOODLE SHOP, CO. – CARROLL
COUNTY, LLC , a Maryland limited liability company

By:     Noodles & Company , a Delaware corporation,
its Class A Member


By:         /s/ Paul A. Strasen        
Name:    Paul A. Strasen
Title:    Executive Vice President

[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]



BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. ,
as Administrative Agent


By:     /s/ Mollie S. Canup    
Name:    Mollie S. Canup    
Title:    Vice President



[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]



BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. ,
as a Lender, L/C Issuer and Swing Line Lender


By:     /s/ Anthony Luppino    
Name:    Anthony Luppino    
Title:    Vice President



[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]



U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION ,
as a Lender


By:     /s/ Robert P. Naughton    
Name:    Robert P. Naughton    
Title:    Assistant Vice President


[Noodles – Signature Page to Amendment No. 3 to Credit Agreement]


Exhibit 31.1
CERTIFICATION OF PRINCIPAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL OFFICER
    
I, Dave Boennighausen, certify that:
1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Noodles and Company;
2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4. I am responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
 
(a)
Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
 
(b)
Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;
 
(c)
Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
 
(d)
Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant's fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and
5. I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
 
(a)
All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
 
(b)
Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.
Date: August 5, 2016

 
/s/     DAVE BOENNIGHAUSEN
 
 
Dave Boennighausen
 
 
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Executive Officer and Principal Financial Officer)






Exhibit 32.1
CERTIFICATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

I, Dave Boennighausen, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that the Quarterly Report of Noodles & Company on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended June 28, 2016 fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and that information contained in such Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q fairly presents in all material respects the financial condition and results of operations of Noodles & Company.
Date: August 5, 2016
 
 
By:
 
/s/ DAVE BOENNIGHAUSEN
 
Name:
 
Dave Boennighausen
 
Title:
 
Interim Chief Executive Officer and and Chief Financial Officer


This certification accompanies this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and shall not be deemed filed by the Company for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). Such certification will not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except to the extent that the Company specifically incorporates it by reference.