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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
_______________
 
FORM 8-K
 
CURRENT REPORT PURSUANT
TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): November 7, 2019

NOODLES & COMPANY
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Delaware
001-35987
84-1303469
(State or Other Jurisdiction of
(Commission File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Incorporation)
 
Identification No.)

 
 
 
520 Zang Street, Suite D
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Broomfield,
CO
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
80021
 
 
 
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Zip Code)
 
Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code: (720) 214-1900
 
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class
Trading Symbol(s)
Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A common stock
NDLS
Nasdaq Global Select Market
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§ 230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§ 240.12b-2 of this chapter).
Emerging growth company
If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act.
 
 
 
 
 





 
Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On November 7, 2019, Noodles & Company issued a press release disclosing earnings and other financial results for its fiscal quarter ended October 1, 2019, and that as previously announced, its management would review these results in a conference call at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on November 7, 2019. The full text of the press release is furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
The information furnished with this report, including Exhibit 99.1, shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section, nor shall it be deemed incorporated by reference into any other filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.
Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d)    Exhibits.

Exhibit No.
 
Description
99.1
 
 






 









SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.



 
 
Noodles & Company
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ KEN KUICK
 
Name:
Ken Kuick
 
Title:
Chief Financial Officer


DATED: November 7, 2019



Exhibit


Exhibit 99.1

 
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Noodles & Company Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Adjusted Net Income Increased 118%; Restaurant Contribution Margin Increased 70 bps;
Comparable Sales Increased 2.1% System-Wide With 7.6% Two Year Comparable Sales Growth

Broomfield, Colo., November 7, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) - Noodles & Company (Nasdaq: NDLS) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 1, 2019.
Key highlights for the third quarter of 2019 versus the third quarter of 2018 include:
Total revenue increased 1.4% to $118.3 million from $116.7 million, primarily due to the increase in
comparable restaurant sales.
Comparable restaurant sales increased 2.1% system-wide, comprised of a 2.2% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 1.6% increase at franchise restaurants.
Digital sales grew 47% and accounted for 23% of sales and contributed to an increase in total off premise sales of 490 bps to 54% of sales.
Net income was $4.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.02 per diluted share.
Adjusted net income(1) increased 118% to $4.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net income of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.
Restaurant contribution margin(1) increased 70 basis points to 17.1%.
Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased 6.4% to $11.0 million from $10.4 million.
______________________
(1)
Adjusted EBITDA, restaurant contribution margin, and adjusted net income (loss) are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of net income (loss) to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income (loss) and of operating income (loss) to restaurant contribution margin are included in the accompanying financial data. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We are pleased with our results from the third quarter, which marked the sixth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth,” said Dave Boennighausen, Chief Executive Officer. “The Company continues to make strides in expanding both the top and bottom line resulting in a 118% increase in our adjusted net income, and is further evidence that the Company is on a continued strong upward trajectory.”

Boennighausen continued “We are proud that the team continued to deliver solid comparable sales growth with two year growth of 7.6% system-wide, especially as our sales driving marketing and promotional activity will be more concentrated during the fourth quarter to support the recent launches of our Cauliflower noodle and our new rewards program. Our culinary, operational, and digital initiatives position the brand well to continue to drive AUV and margin expansion. Additionally, we are very pleased with the performance thus far of our new restaurants opened this year and look to accelerate new restaurant growth in the quarters to come.”

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results
Total revenue increased $1.6 million in the third quarter of 2019, or 1.4%, to $118.3 million, compared to $116.7 million in the third quarter of 2018. This increase was primarily due to the increase in comparable restaurant sales and new restaurant openings, partially offset by the impact of restaurants closed since the beginning of the third quarter of 2018, most of which were approaching the expiration of their leases. Average unit volume (“AUV”) for the quarter increased $50,000 to $1,157,000 compared to $1,107,000 in the third quarter of 2018.

In the third quarter of 2019, system-wide comparable restaurant sales growth was 2.1%, comprised of a 2.2% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 1.6% increase at franchise restaurants.






There were three new company-owned restaurants opened, two company-owned restaurants closed and five company-owned restaurants refranchised to a franchisee in the third quarter of 2019. The Company had 458 restaurants at the end of the third quarter 2019, comprised of 391 company-owned restaurants and 67 franchise restaurants.

For the third quarter of 2019, the Company reported net income of $4.2 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, compared with net income of $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2018, or $0.02 per diluted share. Income from operations for the third quarter of 2019 was $5.0 million, compared to $2.1 million in the third quarter of 2018. Closure costs in the third quarter of 2019 included ongoing costs as well as adjustments to liabilities as lease terminations occur.

Restaurant contribution margin increased 70 bps to 17.1% in the third quarter of 2019, compared to 16.4% in the third quarter of 2018. This increase was primarily due to leverage on increased AUV and lower utilities costs, offset by increased third-party delivery fees associated with higher delivery sales.

Adjusted net income was $4.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2019, compared to adjusted net income of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $11.0 million in the third quarter of 2019 from $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.

First Three Quarters of 2019 Financial Results
Total revenue increased $3.9 million or 1.1% in the first three quarters of 2019, to $348.5 million, compared to $344.6 million in the first three quarters of 2018. This increase was primarily due to the increase in comparable restaurant sales, partially offset by the impact of restaurants closed since the beginning of 2018, most of which were approaching the expiration of their leases.

In the first three quarters of 2019, comparable restaurant sales increased 3.3% system-wide, including a 3.4% increase for company-owned restaurants, and a 2.7% increase for franchise restaurants. In the first three quarters of 2019, the Company opened three company-owned restaurants, acquired one franchise location and refranchised five company-owned restaurants.

For the first three quarters of 2019, the Company reported a net income of $2.8 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $8.5 million, or $0.20 per diluted share for the first three quarters of 2018. Income from operations for the first three quarters of 2019 improved to $5.2 million compared to a loss of $4.7 million in the same period of 2018. In the first three quarters of 2019, the Company recorded a $2.2 million impairment charge for two restaurants, offset by a decline in closure costs of $3.7 million. Closure costs in the first three quarters of 2019 included ongoing costs as well as adjustments to liabilities as lease terminations occur.

Restaurant contribution margin increased 70 bps to 15.7% in the first three quarters of 2019, compared to 15.0% in the first three quarters of 2018. This increase was primarily due to leverage on increased AUV and lower utilities costs, offset by increased third-party delivery fees associated with higher delivery revenues.

Adjusted net income was $5.1 million for the first three quarters of 2019, compared to adjusted net income of $0.5 million in the first three quarters of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA increased to $27.6 million in the first three quarters of 2019 from $25.0 million in the first three quarters of 2018.

2019 Outlook

The Company currently expects the following for the full year 2019:
Total revenue of $466.0 million to $470.0 million;
Comparable restaurant sales of 3.0% to 4.0%;
Restaurant contribution margin of approximately 16.0%;
Adjusted EBITDA of $38.0 million to $40.0 million;
Adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.14 to $0.18;
Approximately five new restaurants system-wide, including four company locations; and
Capital expenditures of $17.0 million to $19.0 million.






The Company believes that a quantitative reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures guidance to the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP cannot be made available without unreasonable efforts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures would require the Company to provide guidance for various reconciling items that are outside of the Company’s control and cannot be reasonably predicted due to the fact that these items could vary significantly from period to period. A reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures would also require the Company to predict the timing and likelihood of outcomes that determine future impairments and the tax benefit thereof. None of these measures, nor their probable significance, can be reliably quantified. The non-GAAP financial measures noted above have limitations as analytical financial measures, as discussed below in the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” In addition, the guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures is a forward-looking statement, which by its nature involves risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s forward-looking statement, as discussed below in the section entitled “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Key Definitions
Average Unit Volume — represents of the average annualized sales of all company-owned restaurants for the trailing 12 periods. AUV is calculated by dividing restaurant revenue by the number of operating days within each time period and multiplying by 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.
Comparable Restaurant Sales — represents year-over-year sales comparisons for the comparable restaurant base 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.
Restaurant Contribution and Restaurant Contribution Margin — restaurant contribution represents restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs, which are costs of sales, labor, occupancy and other restaurant operating items. Restaurant contribution margin represents restaurant contribution as a percentage of restaurant revenue. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are presented because they are widely-used metrics within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant-level productivity, efficiency and performance. Management also uses restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin as metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our restaurants, restaurant performance across periods, and restaurant financial performance compared with competitors. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA — EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals, acquisition costs, severance costs and stock-based compensation expense. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because: (i) management believes they are useful measures for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses and restaurant impairments, asset disposals and closure costs, and (ii) management uses them internally as a benchmark for certain of our cash incentive plans and to evaluate our operating performance or compare performance to that of competitors. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) represents net income (loss) plus various adjustments and the tax effects of such adjustments. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding the Company’s performance, excluding the impact of special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters and expected results in future quarters. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.






Conference Call
Noodles & Company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter financial results on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 303-1298 or for international callers by dialing (253) 237-1032. A replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or for international callers by dialing (404) 537-3406; the passcode is 1829348. The replay will be available until Thursday, November 14, 2019. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company’s corporate website at investor.noodles.com, under the “Events & Presentations” page. An archive of the webcast will be available at this location shortly after the call has concluded until Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin (collectively, the “non-GAAP financial measures”). 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 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. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding the Company’s operating performance excluding the impact of restaurant impairment and closure costs, dead deal or registration statement costs, severance costs and stock-based compensation expense and the tax effect of such adjustments. However, the Company recognizes that non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical financial measures. The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using non-GAAP metrics only supplementally. There are numerous of these limitations, including that: adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s capital expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, associated with our indebtedness; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect depreciation and amortization, which are non-cash charges, although the assets being depreciated and amortized will likely have to be replaced in the future, and do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cost of stock-based compensation; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; adjusted net income (loss) does not reflect cash expenditures, or future requirements, for lease termination payments and certain other expenses associated with reduced new restaurant development; and restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are not reflective of the underlying performance of our business because corporate-level expenses are excluded from these measures. When analyzing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider non-GAAP financial metrics in isolation or as substitutes for net income (loss) or cash flow from operations, or other statement of operations or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the measures used by other companies.
For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results” tables in this press release. These accompanying tables have more details on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

About Noodles & Company
Since 1995, Noodles & Company has been serving noodles your way, from noodles and flavors that you know and love, to new ones you’re about to discover for the first time. From indulgent Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to good-for-you Zoodles, Noodles serves a world of flavor in every bowl. Made up of more than 450 restaurants and 10,000 passionate team members, Noodles is dedicated to nourishing and inspiring every guest who walks through the door. To learn more or find the location nearest you, visit www.noodles.com.










Forward-Looking Statements
In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 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 and are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information. Examples of forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts, such as statements regarding estimated costs associated with our closure of underperforming restaurants, the implementation and results of strategic initiatives and our future financial performance. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to reasons including, but not limited to, our ability to achieve and maintain increases in comparable restaurant sales and to successfully execute our business strategy, including new restaurant initiatives and operational strategies to improve the performance of our restaurant portfolio; our ability to maintain compliance with debt covenants and continue to access financing necessary to execute our business strategy; the success of our marketing efforts; our ability to open new restaurants on schedule; current economic conditions; price and availability of commodities; our ability to adequately staff our restaurants; changes in labor costs; consumer confidence and spending patterns; consumer reaction to industry related public health issues and perceptions of food safety; seasonal factors; and weather. For additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company’s forward-looking statements, see the Company’s risk factors, as they may be amended from time to time, set forth in its filings with the SEC, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 1, 2019 filed on March 15, 2019. The Company disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.







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


 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Three Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
$
116,759

 
$
115,552

 
$
344,382

 
$
341,616

Franchising royalties and fees, and other
 
1,545

 
1,175

 
4,158

 
3,032

Total revenue
 
118,304

 
116,727

 
348,540

 
344,648

Costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
 
29,544

 
30,617

 
89,083

 
90,962

Labor
 
37,951

 
37,738

 
113,920

 
112,353

Occupancy
 
12,108

 
12,035

 
36,849

 
37,155

Other restaurant operating costs
 
17,161

 
16,224

 
50,475

 
49,997

General and administrative
 
10,436

 
10,399

 
32,424

 
35,480

Depreciation and amortization
 
5,458

 
5,790

 
16,626

 
17,407

Pre-opening
 
266

 

 
331

 
50

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
336

 
1,792

 
3,640

 
5,952

Total costs and expenses
 
113,260

 
114,595

 
343,348

 
349,356

Income (loss) from operations
 
5,044

 
2,132

 
5,192

 
(4,708
)
Loss on extinguishment of debt
 

 

 

 
626

Interest expense, net
 
737

 
1,093

 
2,298

 
3,385

Income (loss) before income taxes
 
4,307

 
1,039

 
2,894

 
(8,719
)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
64

 
(11
)
 
64

 
(259
)
Net income (loss)
 
$
4,243

 
$
1,050

 
$
2,830

 
$
(8,460
)
Earnings (loss) per share of Class A and Class B common stock, combined:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.10

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.06

 
$
(0.20
)
Diluted
 
$
0.09

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.06

 
$
(0.20
)
Weighted average shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding, combined:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
43,990,049

 
43,094,524

 
44,007,345

 
41,798,640

Diluted
 
44,899,176

 
44,829,363

 
45,078,539

 
41,798,640








Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations as a Percentage of Revenue
(unaudited)

 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Three Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Revenue:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant revenue
 
98.7
%
 
99.0
 %
 
98.8
%
 
99.1
 %
Franchising royalties and fees, and other
 
1.3
%
 
1.0
 %
 
1.2
%
 
0.9
 %
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
 
25.3
%
 
26.5
 %
 
25.9
%
 
26.6
 %
Labor
 
32.5
%
 
32.7
 %
 
33.1
%
 
32.9
 %
Occupancy
 
10.4
%
 
10.4
 %
 
10.7
%
 
10.9
 %
  Other restaurant operating costs
 
14.7
%
 
14.0
 %
 
14.7
%
 
14.6
 %
General and administrative
 
8.8
%
 
8.9
 %
 
9.3
%
 
10.3
 %
Depreciation and amortization
 
4.6
%
 
5.0
 %
 
4.8
%
 
5.1
 %
Pre-opening
 
0.2
%
 
 %
 
0.1
%
 
 %
Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
0.3
%
 
1.5
 %
 
1.0
%
 
1.7
 %
Total costs and expenses
 
95.7
%
 
98.2
 %
 
98.5
%
 
101.4
 %
Income (loss) from operations
 
4.3
%
 
1.8
 %
 
1.5
%
 
(1.4
)%
Loss on extinguishment of debt
 
%
 
 %
 
%
 
0.2
 %
Interest expense, net
 
0.6
%
 
0.9
 %
 
0.7
%
 
1.0
 %
Income (loss) before income taxes
 
3.6
%
 
0.9
 %
 
0.8
%
 
(2.5
)%
Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
%
 
 %
 
%
 
(0.1
)%
Net income (loss)
 
3.6
%
 
0.9
 %
 
0.8
%
 
(2.4
)%
_______________________
(1)
As a percentage of restaurant revenue.











Noodles & Company
Consolidated Selected Balance Sheet Data and Selected Operating Data
(in thousands, except restaurant activity, unaudited)

 
 
As of
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
January 1,
2019
Balance Sheet Data
 
 
Total current assets
 
$
19,722

 
$
23,351

Total assets
 
377,627

 
172,032

Total current liabilities
 
50,989

 
33,147

Total long-term debt
 
41,963

 
44,183

Total liabilities
 
326,581

 
119,351

Total stockholders’ equity
 
51,046

 
52,681


 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
July 2,
2019
 
April 2,
2019
 
January 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Selected Operating Data
 
 
Restaurant Activity:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  Company-owned restaurants at end of period
 
391

 
395

 
395

 
394

 
401

  Franchise restaurants at end of period
 
67

 
62

 
64

 
65

 
65

Revenue Data:
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 


  Company-owned average unit volume
 
$
1,157

 
$
1,148

 
$
1,131

 
$
1,119

 
$
1,107

  Franchise average unit volume
 
$
1,161

 
$
1,164

 
$
1,155

 
$
1,153

 
$
1,139

  Company-owned comparable restaurant sales
 
2.2
%
 
4.8
%
 
3.0
%
 
3.7
%
 
5.2
%
  Franchise comparable restaurant sales
 
1.6
%
 
3.7
%
 
2.8
%
 
5.3
%
 
7.6
%
  System-wide comparable restaurant sales
 
2.1
%
 
4.6
%
 
3.0
%
 
4.0
%
 
5.5
%





Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results

Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands, unaudited)

 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Three Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Net income (loss)
 
$
4,243

 
$
1,050

 
$
2,830

 
$
(8,460
)
Depreciation and amortization
 
5,458

 
5,790

 
16,626

 
17,407

Interest expense, net
 
737

 
1,093

 
2,298

 
3,385

Provision (benefit) for income taxes
 
64

 
(11
)
 
64

 
(259
)
EBITDA
 
$
10,502

 
$
7,922

 
$
21,818

 
$
12,073

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
336

 
1,792

 
3,640

 
5,952

Stock-based compensation expense
 
(61
)
 
640

 
1,820

 
2,232

Litigation settlements
 

 

 

 
3,796

Loss on extinguishment of debt
 

 

 

 
626

Fees and costs related to transactions and other acquisition/disposition costs
 
130

 

 
166

 
53

Severance costs
 
112

 

 
112

 
278

Adjusted EBITDA
 
$
11,019

 
$
10,354

 
$
27,556

 
$
25,010

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EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or cash flow from operations, as determined by GAAP, and our calculation thereof may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. These measures are presented because we believe that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for evaluating our ongoing results of operations.
EBITDA is calculated as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect the eliminations shown in the table above.
EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are presented because: (i) we believe they are useful measures for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses and restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals and (ii) we use adjusted EBITDA internally as a benchmark for certain of our cash incentive plans and to evaluate our operating performance or compare our performance to that of our competitors. The use of adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. Companies within our industry exhibit significant variations with respect to capital structures and cost of capital (which affect interest expense and income tax rates) and differences in book depreciation of property, plant and equipment (which affect relative depreciation expense), including significant differences in the depreciable lives of similar assets among various companies. Our management believes that adjusted EBITDA facilitates company-to-company comparisons within our industry by eliminating some of these foregoing variations. Adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies, and our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by excluded or unusual items.








Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Net Income (Loss)
(in thousands, except share and per share data, unaudited)

 

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended
 

October 1,
2019

October 2,
2018

October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Net income (loss)

$
4,243

 
$
1,050

 
$
2,830

 
$
(8,460
)
Restaurant impairments, divestitures and closure costs (a)

1,063

 
1,542

 
3,763

 
4,621

Litigation settlements (b)
 

 

 

 
3,796

Loss on extinguishment of debt (c)
 

 

 

 
626

Fees and costs related to transactions and other acquisition/disposition costs (d)
 
130

 

 
130

 
53

Severance costs (e)
 
112

 

 
112

 
278

Tax adjustments, net (f)
 
(1,421
)
 
(695
)
 
(1,762
)
 
(433
)
Adjusted net income

$
4,127


$
1,897


$
5,073


$
481














Earnings (loss) per share of Class A and Class B common stock, combined:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.10

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.06

 
$
(0.20
)
Diluted
 
$
0.09

 
$
0.02

 
$
0.06

 
$
(0.20
)
Adjusted earnings per share of Class A and Class B common stock, combined (g)











   Basic

$
0.09

 
$
0.04

 
$
0.12

 
$
0.01

   Diluted

$
0.09

 
$
0.04

 
$
0.11

 
$
0.01

Weighted average Class A and Class B common stock outstanding, combined (g)







 
 
 
   Basic

43,990,049

 
43,094,524

 
44,007,345

 
41,798,640

   Diluted

44,899,176

 
44,829,363

 
45,078,539

 
43,200,224

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Adjusted net income (loss) is a supplemental measure of financial performance that is not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. We define adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) plus the impact of adjustments and the tax effects of such adjustments. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding our performance, excluding the impact of special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters to expected results in future quarters. Adjusted net income (loss) as presented may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies, and our presentation of adjusted net income (loss) should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by excluded or unusual items. Our management uses this non-GAAP financial measure to analyze changes in our underlying business from quarter to quarter based on comparable financial results.

(a)
Reflects the adjustment to eliminate the impact of impairing restaurants, divestiture costs and ongoing closure costs recognized during the third quarter and first three quarters of 2019 and 2018. The first three quarters of 2019 include an impairment charge related to two restaurants impaired. All periods include ongoing closure costs from restaurants closed in previous years. These expenses are included in the “Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals” line in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(b)
Reflects the adjustment to eliminate the charges booked in the second quarter of 2018 for the final assessment related to data breach liabilities, and the settlement of the Delaware gift card litigation.
(c)
Reflects the adjustment to eliminate the loss on extinguishment of debt which resulted from writing off the remaining unamortized balance of debt issuance costs related to the prior credit facility when it was repaid in full in the second quarter of 2018.
(d)
Reflects the adjustment to eliminate certain expenses related to corporate projects in the third quarter of 2019 and expenses related to the registration statement the Company filed in the first quarter of 2018.
(e)
Reflects the adjustment to eliminate severance costs.
(f)
Reflects the adjustment to normalize the impact of the valuation allowance that affects our annual effective tax rate and the tax impact of the other adjustments discussed in (a) through (e) above.
(g)
Adjusted per share amounts are calculated by dividing adjusted net income by the basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding.






Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Restaurant Contribution
(in thousands, unaudited)


 
 
Fiscal Quarter Ended
 
Three Fiscal Quarters Ended
 
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
 
October 1,
2019
 
October 2,
2018
Income (loss) from operations
 
$
5,044

 
$
2,132

 
$
5,192

 
$
(4,708
)
Less: Franchising royalties and fees, and other
 
1,545

 
1,175

 
4,158

 
3,032

Plus: General and administrative
 
10,436

 
10,399

 
32,424

 
35,480

Depreciation and amortization
 
5,458

 
5,790

 
16,626

 
17,407

Pre-opening
 
266

 

 
331

 
50

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals
 
336

 
1,792

 
3,640

 
5,952

Restaurant contribution
 
$
19,995

 
$
18,938

 
$
54,055

 
$
51,149

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant contribution margin
 
17.1
%
 
16.4
%
 
15.7
%
 
15.0
%
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Restaurant contribution represents restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs, which are the cost of sales, labor, occupancy and other operating items. Restaurant contribution margin represents restaurant contribution as a percentage of restaurant revenue. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are non-GAAP measures that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with GAAP, and the calculations thereof may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. These measures are supplemental measures of the operating performance of our restaurants and are not reflective of the underlying performance of our business because corporate-level expenses are excluded from these measures.

Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Management does not consider these measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are important tools for investors and other interested parties because they are widely-used metrics within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant-level productivity, efficiency and performance. Management also uses these measures as metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our restaurants, restaurant performance across periods, and restaurant financial performance compared with competitors.