SPARTANBURG, Jul 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE via COMTEX) -- Denny's Corporation /zigman2/quotes/206956394/composite DENN +2.48% , franchisor and operator of one of America's largest franchised full-service restaurant chains, today reported results for its second quarter ended June 24, 2020 and provided a business update on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's operations.
John Miller, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Through enhanced health and safety training and protocols, Denny's team members continue to work together to protect our guests, employees, and suppliers to serve our communities. I am especially encouraged by their willingness to pivot to new operational standards with respect to our off-premise, curbside, outdoor dining, or dine-in channels, proving that 'We Love to Feed People' during both good and challenging times. These actions, coupled with easing dine-in restrictions, resulted in a sequential increase in sales over the course of the second quarter. Although many states have since reinstated dine-in restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, we have not experienced a significant drop in sales. We attribute our stabilization to our dedicated Denny's team members who are innovative and eager to adapt to their environment."
Miller continued, "During the second quarter, we provided additional financial relief to franchisees, while remaining focused on cost savings. Subsequent to the quarter, we closed on an opportunistic capital raise to further fortify what I believe is one of the strongest balance sheets in the industry. As we look ahead, we believe we are well-positioned to effectively navigate further impacts of the pandemic while preparing for eventual and future growth."
Second Quarter 2020 Highlights
-- Total Operating Revenue was $40.2 million.
-- Domestic system-wide same-store sales** decreased 56.9%.
-- Completed 3 remodels, including 2 at franchised restaurants.
-- Operating Loss was $13.5 million.
-- Franchise Operating Margin* was $9.8 million, or 39.1% of franchise and license revenue, and Company Restaurant Operating Margin* was ($4.5) million, or (29.6%) of company restaurant sales.
-- Net Loss was $23.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share.
-- Adjusted Net Loss* was $13.7 million, or $0.25 per diluted share.
-- Adjusted EBITDA* was ($5.1) million.
-- Adjusted Free Cash Flow* was ($11.5) million.
Domestic system-wide same-store sales** sequentially improved on a weekly basis during the second quarter ended June 24, 2020, as compared to the equivalent weeks of 2019. During the second quarter, dine-in restrictions continued to ease with most restaurants operating with streamlined menus and reduced operating hours. Due to the recent significant increase in COVID-19 cases, various states reinstated dining room closures, and the Company experienced a slight decline in domestic system-wide same-store sales** in fiscal July.
In an effort to provide greater transparency due to COVID-19, Denny's is providing the following tables that present second and third quarter weekly results compared to the equivalent fiscal weeks in 2019:
Domestic System-Wide Same-Store Sales for the Weeks Ended:
Fiscal April: (76%) Fiscal May: (65%) Fiscal June: (41%) 4/01 4/08 4/15 4/22 4/29 5/06 5/13 5/20 5/27 6/03 6/10 6/17 6/24 (79 %) (78 %) (76 %) (72 %) (72 %) (68 %) (63 %) (60 %) (55 %) (47 %) (39 %) (37 %) (29 %)
Fiscal July: (39%) 7/01 7/08 7/15 7/22 (33%) (42%) (41%) (41%)
1. Preliminary results
Number of Domestic Restaurants Operating with Open Dining Rooms for the Weeks Ended:
Fiscal April Fiscal May Fiscal June 4/01 4/08 4/15 4/22 4/29 5/06 5/13 5/20 5/27 6/03 6/10 6/17 6/24 7 2 2 2 11 339 521 646 967 1,116 1,234 1,355 1,424
Fiscal July 7/01 7/08 7/15 7/22 1,430 1,124 1,032 1,035
Average unit volumes of off-premise sales have almost doubled from February 2020 to July 2020, supported by temporarily waived delivery fees, new "Dine-Thru" curbside service programs, and recently launched shareable family meal packs.
As of July 22, 2020, 97% of domestic Denny's restaurants were operating, most with take-out and delivery options, streamlined menus, and reduced operating hours, which impacted same-store sales** results. Also as of July 22, 2020, 55 Denny's restaurants remain temporarily closed, including 47 domestic franchise restaurants and 8 international franchise restaurants. Additionally, 1,035 domestic restaurants were operating with open dining rooms with capacity limitations across 28 states.
On July 6, 2020, the Company raised net proceeds of $69.6 million that were used to pay down its credit facility through the issuance and sale of 8.0 million shares of common stock. Subsequent to these two transactions, the Company had approximately $12.0 million of cash on hand and $237.0 million outstanding on the credit facility, or approximately $100 million of total available liquidity after considering the current liquidity covenant.
Pursuant to the underwriting agreement, the Company also granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 1.2 million shares of common stock, and currently expects the option will expire unexercised.
Second Quarter Results
Denny's total operating revenue was $40.2 million compared to $151.9 million in the prior year quarter. Franchise and license revenue was $25.0 million compared to $56.4 million in the prior year quarter. Company restaurant sales were $15.1 million compared to $95.4 million in the prior year quarter. These changes were primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 on sales, the Company's refranchising and development strategy which was substantially complete by the end of 2019, and the related $3.0 million royalty abatement in the second fiscal quarter of 2020.
Franchise Operating Margin* was $9.8 million, or 39.1% of franchise and license revenue, compared to $27.6 million, or 48.8%, in the prior year quarter. This margin decrease was primarily driven by the impact of COVID-19 on sales and the related $3.0 million royalty abatement, partially offset by an increase in occupancy margin from additional leases and subleases to franchisees as a result of the Company's refranchising and development strategy in 2019.
Company Restaurant Operating Margin* was ($4.5) million, or (29.6%) of company restaurant sales, compared to $15.6 million, or 16.4%, in the prior year quarter. This margin decrease was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 on sales, as well as fewer equivalent units through the Company's refranchising and development strategy.
Total general and administrative expenses were $13.2 million, compared to $18.5 million in the prior year quarter. This change was due to reductions in performance-based incentive compensation, personnel costs, and share-based compensation expense, partially offset by market valuation changes in the Company's deferred compensation plan liabilities.