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May 4, 2022, 7:31 a.m. EDT

Wingstop Inc. Reports Fiscal First Quarter Financial Results

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DALLAS, May 4, 2022

Expecting meaningful commodity deflation, raising full year unit guidance to 220+

DALLAS, May 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Wingstop Inc. ("Wingstop" or the "Company") /zigman2/quotes/206814832/composite WING -1.63% today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended March 26, 2022.

Highlights for the fiscal first quarter 2022 compared to the fiscal first quarter 2021:

  • System-wide sales increased 12.7% to $630.0 million

  • 60 net new openings in the fiscal first quarter 2022, an increase of 13.4%

  • Domestic same-store sales increased 1.2%

  • Three-year domestic same-store sales increased 31.8%

  • Domestic restaurant AUV increased to $1.6 million

  • Digital sales were 62.3% of sales, comparable to the prior fiscal first quarter

  • Total revenue increased 7.8% to $76.2 million

  • Net income of $8.7 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, compared to net income of $13.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share in the prior fiscal first quarter. Adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share, both non-GAAP measures, were $10.2 million and $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $13.2 million and $0.44 per diluted share in the prior fiscal first quarter

  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $22.1 million, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $23.9 million in the prior fiscal quarter

Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share, and cost of sales excluding pre-opening expenses are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per diluted share, and cost of sales excluding pre-opening expenses to the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") are set forth in the schedule accompanying this release. See "Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

"Our first quarter 2022 results reflect the strength and momentum in our global development with a record 60 net new restaurant openings," said Michael Skipworth, President & Chief Executive Officer. "We delivered domestic same-store sales growth of 31.8% on a three-year basis, while increasing AUVs to $1.6 million. This coupled with the meaningful deflation we are experiencing in bone-in wings gives us confidence to raise our net new unit guidance for our full year to 220+. Our strategic growth levers and proactive investments in technology have positioned our brand for continued long-term growth as we continue executing against our vision to become a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand."

Key operating metrics for the fiscal first quarter 2022 compared to the fiscal first quarter 2021:


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26, 2022
March 27, 2021
Number of system-wide restaurants open at end of period 1,791
1,579
Number of domestic franchise restaurants open at end of period 1,551
1,371
Number of international franchise restaurants open at end of period 203
175
System-wide sales (in thousands) $ 630,007
$ 558,869
Domestic restaurant AUV (in thousands) $ 1,602
$ 1,547
Domestic same-store sales growth 1.2 %
20.7 %
Company-owned domestic same store sales growth 2.1 %
13.4 %
Net income (in thousands) $ 8,676
$ 13,160
Adjusted net income (in thousands) $ 10,153
$ 13,160
Adjusted EBITDA (in thousands) $ 22,089
$ 23,914

Fiscal first quarter 2022 financial results

Total revenue for the fiscal first quarter 2022 increased to $76.2 million from $70.7 million in the fiscal first quarter last year.

  • Royalty revenue, franchise fees and other increased $3.5 million primarily due to 208 net franchise restaurant openings since March 27, 2021, as well as domestic same-store sales growth of 1.2%.

  • Advertising fees increased $1.0 million due to the 12.7% increase in system-wide sales in the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2022 compared to the fiscal quarter ended March 27, 2021.

  • Company-owned restaurant sales increased $1.0 million primarily due to an increase of $0.7 million related to the addition of four net new company-owned restaurants since March 27, 2021, as well as an increase of $0.3 million, or 2.1%, company-owned same store sales growth, which was driven by an increase in menu prices, partially offset by a decline in transactions.

Cost of sales increased to $15.7 million from $13.3 million in the fiscal first quarter of the prior year, and included $0.4 million in pre-opening expenses in the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2022. As a percentage of company-owned restaurant sales, cost of sales (excluding pre-opening expenses) increased to 81.9% from 75.6% in the prior year comparable period. The increase was primarily due to increases in company-owned restaurant wages and hiring and training costs as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a competitive labor market during the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2022. Also contributing was a 14.2% increase in the cost of bone-in chicken wings as compared to the prior year period.

Selling, general & administrative expense ("SG&A") increased $4.3 million to $18.1 million from $13.8 million in the fiscal first quarter of the prior year. The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to an increase of $2.0 million in headcount related expenses to support the growth in our business, an increase of $1.1 million in professional fees to support the Company's strategic initiatives, an increase of $0.7 million in travel expense as compared to the prior year period, which was limited due to COVID-19, and approximately $0.3 million in one-time expenses related to our new securitized financing facility and payment of the special dividend.

Interest expense, net was $4.2 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2022, an increase of $0.4 million, or 10.8%, compared to $3.8 million in the prior fiscal period. The increase was due to the securitized financing transaction completed on March 9, 2022, which increased our outstanding debt by $250 million.

Loss on debt extinguishment was $0.8 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2022 due to costs and fees associated with the extinguishment of our 2020 Variable Funding Note facility on March 9, 2022.

Income tax expense was $2.9 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2022, yielding an effective tax rate of 24.8%, compared to an effective tax rate of 17.9% in the prior year period. The increase in the effective tax rate was primarily due to the impact of excess tax benefits associated with stock awards vested in the prior year comparable period.

Financial Outlook

The Company is providing updated guidance for 2022, which is a 53-week fiscal year:

  • 220+ net new units, which assumes no additional delays in supply chain availability;

  • Low-single digit domestic same store sales growth;

  • SG&A of between $70.0 - $72.0 million;

  • Stock-based compensation expense of between $7.5 - $8.5 million; and

  • Diluted earnings per share of between $1.55 to $1.57.

Additionally, the Company is reiterating the following guidance for 2022:

  • Depreciation and amortization of between $10.5 - $11.5 million; and

  • Interest expense of approximately $23.5 million.

Restaurant Development

As of March 26, 2022, there were 1,791 Wingstop restaurants system-wide. This included 1,588 restaurants in the United States, of which 1,551 were franchised restaurants and 37 were company-owned, and 203 franchised restaurants in international markets. During the fiscal first quarter 2022, there were 60 net system-wide Wingstop restaurant openings.

Quarterly Dividend

In recognition of the Company's strong cash flow generation and our commitment to returning value to stockholders, on May 3, 2022, the Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share of common stock for stockholders of record as of May 20, 2022. The regular quarterly dividend is payable on June 10, 2022, totaling approximately $5.1 million.

The following definitions apply to these terms as used in this release:

Domestic average unit volume ("AUV") consists of the average annual sales of all restaurants that have been open for a trailing 52-week period or longer. This measure is calculated by dividing sales during the applicable period for all restaurants being measured by the number of restaurants being measured. Domestic AUV includes revenue from both company-owned and franchised restaurants. Domestic AUV allows management to assess our company-owned and franchised restaurant economics. Changes in domestic AUV are primarily driven by increases in same-store sales and are also influenced by opening new restaurants.

Domestic same-store sales reflect the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable restaurant base. We define the comparable restaurant base to include those restaurants open for at least 52 full weeks. This measure highlights the performance of existing restaurants, while excluding the impact of new restaurant openings and permanent closures.

System-wide sales represents net sales for all of our company-owned and franchised restaurants, as reported by franchisees.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense, net, income tax expense (benefit), and depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) further adjusted for losses on debt extinguishment and refinancing transactions, transaction costs, costs and fees associated with investments in our strategic initiatives, gains and losses on the disposal of assets, and stock-based compensation expense.

Adjusted net income is defined as net income adjusted for losses on debt extinguishment and refinancing transactions, transaction costs, costs and fees associated with investments in our strategic initiatives, gains and losses on the disposal of assets, and related tax adjustments.

Adjusted net income per diluted share is defined as adjusted net income divided by weighted average diluted share count.

We caution investors that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions above may not be comparable to similar measures disclosed by our competitors because not all companies and analysts calculate certain non-GAAP measurements in the same manner.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call today to discuss the fiscal first quarter 2022 financial results at 10:00 AM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed live by dialing 1-877-259-5243 or 1-412-317-5176 (international). A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-344-7529 or 1-412-317-0088 (international), then entering the replay code 6028413. The replay will be available through Wednesday, May 11, 2022.

The conference call will also be webcast live and later archived on the investor relations section of Wingstop's corporate website at ir.wingstop.com under the 'News & Events' section.

About Wingstop

Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Dallas, TX, Wingstop Inc. /zigman2/quotes/206814832/composite WING -1.63% operates and franchises more than 1,700 locations worldwide. The Wing Experts are dedicated to Serving the World Flavor through an unparalleled guest experience and use of a best-in-class technology platform, all while offering classic and boneless wings, tenders, and thigh bites, always cooked to order and hand sauced-and-tossed in fans' choice of 11 bold, distinctive flavors. Wingstop's menu also features signature sides including fresh-cut, seasoned fries and freshly-made ranch and bleu cheese dips.

In fiscal year 2021, Wingstop's system-wide sales increased 20.2% year-over-year to approximately $2.3 billion, marking the 18th consecutive year of same store sales growth. With a vision of becoming a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand, our system is comprised of independent franchisees, or brand partners, who account for approximately 98% of Wingstop's total restaurant count of 1,791 as of March 26, 2022. During the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2022, Wingstop opened 60 net new restaurants, an increase of 13.4%, and announced domestic same-store sales increased 1.2%. During the fiscal quarter ended March 26, 2022, Wingstop generated 62.3% of sales via digital channels including Wingstop.com and the Wingstop app. Over the next three years, Wingstop intends to increase digital sales through continued investments in its technology platform and scaling its platform globally.

A key to this business success and consumer fandom stems from The Wingstop Way, which includes a core value system of being Authentic, Entrepreneurial, Service-minded, and Fun. The Wingstop Way extends to the brand's environmental, social and governance platform as Wingstop seeks to provide value to all stakeholders.

Rounding out a strong year in 2021, the Company was ranked #1 on Technomic 500's "Fastest Growing Franchise" and #22 on Entrepreneur Magazine's "Franchise 500," maintained its certification as a Great Place to Work, was named as a finalist for The Innovation SABRE Award's Best New Product/Brand Launch category for its Thighstop campaign, and named to Fast Company's "The World's Most Innovative Companies" list ranking #4 in the dining category.

For more information visit www.wingstop.com or www.wingstop.com/own-a-wingstop and follow @Wingstop on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok. Learn more about Wingstop's involvement in its local communities at www.wingstopcharities.org .

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use non-GAAP financial measures, including those indicated above. By providing non-GAAP financial measures, together with a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure, we believe we are enhancing investors' understanding of our business and our results of operations, as well as assisting investors in evaluating how well we are executing our strategic initiatives. These measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as substitutes for, or superior to, financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures used in this press release may be different from the measures used by other companies. A reconciliation of each measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is available in this news release. In addition, the Current Report on Form 8-K furnished to the SEC concurrent with the issuance of this press release includes a more detailed description of each of these non-GAAP financial measures, together with a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of such measures.

Forward-looking Statements

This news release includes statements of our expectations, intentions, plans and beliefs that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to come within the safe harbor protection provided by those sections. These statements, which involve risks and uncertainties, relate to the discussion of our business strategies and our expectations concerning future operations, margins, profitability, trends, liquidity and capital resources and to analyses and other information that are based on forecasts of future results and estimates of amounts not yet determinable. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "may," "will," "should," "expect," "intend," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "think," "estimate," "seek," "predict," "could," "project," "potential" or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements are accompanied by such terms. Examples of forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, our 2022 fiscal year outlook for domestic same store sales growth, the cost of chicken, SG&A expenses, stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, diluted earnings per share, and unit growth, as well as statements regarding our progress toward our goal of becoming a Top 10 Global Restaurant Brand. These forward-looking statements are made based on expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties, risks, and factors relating to our operations and business environments, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

Our ability to achieve or maintain sales and earnings may be affected by COVID-19 related factors, including, among others: the length of time that the pandemic continues; the inability of workers, including third party delivery drivers, to work due to illness, quarantine, or government mandates; temporary store closures due to reduced workforces or government mandates; competitive labor market; and trends in consumer spending during and after the end of the pandemic. Please refer to the risk factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which can be found at the SEC's website www.sec.gov . The discussion of these risks is specifically incorporated by reference into this news release.

When considering forward-looking statements in this news release or that we make in other reports or statements, you should keep in mind the cautionary statements in this news release and future reports we file with the SEC. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and we cannot predict when they may arise or how they may affect us. Any forward-looking statement in this news release speaks only as of the date on which it was made. Except as required by law, we assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, or to update the reasons actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in any forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future.

Media Contact Megan Sprague
972-331-9155
Media@wingstop.com

Investor Contact Susana Arevalo and Skyler Ray
972-331-8484
IR@wingstop.com

WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share data)


March 26,2022
December 25,2021

(Unaudited)

Assets


Current assets


Cash and cash equivalents $ 287,013
$ 48,583
Restricted cash 10,257
3,448
Accounts receivable, net 6,385
6,993
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,652
4,928
Advertising fund assets, restricted 16,926
6,197
Total current assets 324,233
70,149
Property and equipment, net 57,314
54,503
Goodwill 56,877
56,877
Trademarks 32,700
32,700
Customer relationships, net 9,981
10,302
Other non-current assets 26,191
24,672
Total assets $ 507,296
$ 249,203
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit


Current liabilities


Accounts payable $ 4,931
$ 5,414
Dividends payable 120,149
300
Other current liabilities 24,512
27,770
Current portion of debt 4,850
--
Advertising fund liabilities 16,926
6,197
Total current liabilities 171,368
39,681
Long-term debt, net 710,918
469,394
Deferred revenues, net of current 26,893
28,024
Deferred income tax liabilities, net 6,942
7,432
Other non-current liabilities 15,402
14,197
Total liabilities 931,523
558,728
Commitments and contingencies


Stockholders' deficit


Common stock, $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 29,876,820 and 29,837,454 shares issued and outstanding as of March 26, 2022 and December 25, 2021, respectively 299
299
Additional paid-in-capital 409
463
Retained deficit (424,613)
(310,031)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (322)
(256)
Total stockholders' deficit (424,227)
(309,525)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $ 507,296
$ 249,203
WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(amounts in thousands, except per share data)


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26,2022
March 27,2021

(Unaudited)
(Unaudited)
Revenue:


Royalty revenue, franchise fees and other $ 35,070
$ 31,606
Advertising fees 22,539
21,520
Company-owned restaurant sales 18,596
17,564
Total revenue 76,205
70,690
Costs and expenses:


Cost of sales (1) 15,674
13,279
Advertising expenses 23,167
22,027
Selling, general and administrative 18,086
13,786
Depreciation and amortization 2,227
1,795
Loss on disposal of assets 444
--
Total costs and expenses 59,598
50,887
Operating income 16,607
19,803
Interest expense, net 4,192
3,782
Loss on debt extinguishment 814
--
Other expense 65
--
Income before income tax expense 11,536
16,021
Income tax expense 2,860
2,861
Net income $ 8,676
$ 13,160




Earnings per share


Basic $ 0.29
$ 0.44
Diluted $ 0.29
$ 0.44




Weighted average shares outstanding


Basic 29,851
29,706
Diluted 29,974
29,844




Dividends per share $ 4.17
$ 0.14

(1) Cost of sales includes all operating expenses of company-owned restaurants, including advertising expenses, and excludes depreciation and amortization, which are presented separately.
WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Supplemental Information
Cost of Sales Margin Analysis
(amounts in thousands)


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26, 2022
March 27, 2021

In dollars
As a % of company-owned restaurantsales
In dollars
As a % of company-owned restaurant sales
Cost of sales:






Food, beverage and packaging costs 7,967
42.8 %
7,304
41.6 %
Labor costs 4,807
25.8 %
3,728
21.2 %
Other restaurant operating expenses 2,862
15.4 %
2,627
15.0 %
Vendor rebates (407)
(2.2) %
(380)
(2.2) %
Cost of sales (excluding pre-opening expenses) 15,229
81.9 %
13,279
75.6 %
Pre-opening expenses 445
2.4 %
--
-- %
Total cost of sales 15,674
84.3 %
13,279
75.6 %
WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Supplemental Information
Restaurant Count


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26,2022
March 27,2021
Domestic Franchised Activity:


Beginning of period 1,498
1,327
Openings 56
44
Closures (3)
--
Restaurants end of period 1,551
1,371




Domestic Company-Owned Activity:


Beginning of period 36
32
Openings 1
1
Closures --
--
Restaurants end of period 37
33




Total Domestic Restaurants 1,588
1,404




International Franchised Activity:


Beginning of period 197
179
Openings 7
2
Closures (1)
(6)
Restaurants end of period 203
175




Total System-wide Restaurants 1,791
1,579
WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures - EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
(amounts in thousands)


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26,2022
March 27,2021
Net income $ 8,676
$ 13,160
Interest expense, net 4,192
3,782
Income tax expense (benefit) 2,860
2,861
Depreciation and amortization 2,227
1,795
EBITDA $ 17,955
$ 21,598
Additional adjustments:


Loss on debt extinguishment and financing transaction costs (a) 1,124
--
Loss on disposal of assets (b) 444
--
Consulting fees (c) 375
--
Stock-based compensation expense (d) 2,191
2,316
Adjusted EBITDA $ 22,089
$ 23,914


(a) Represents costs and expenses related to our new securitized financing facility and payment of a special dividend, as well as the extinguishment of our 2020 variable funding note facility; all transaction costs are included in Loss on debt extinguishment during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2022, with the exception of $310,000 that is included in Selling, general and administrative on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(b) Represents a loss resulting from the sale of assets to a franchisee pursuant to a multi-unit development agreement executed in the prior fiscal year. This loss is included in Loss on disposal of assets in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.
(c) Represents costs and expenses related to a consulting project to support the Company's strategic initiatives, which are included in Selling, general and administrative on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(d) Includes non-cash, stock-based compensation.
WINGSTOP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS
(Unaudited)
(amounts in thousands, except per share data)


Thirteen Weeks Ended

March 26,2022
March 27,2021
Numerator:


Net income $ 8,676
$ 13,160
Adjustments:


Loss on debt extinguishment and financing transaction costs (a) 1,124
--
Loss on disposal of assets (b) 444
--
Consulting fees (c) 375
--
Tax effect of adjustments (d) (466)
--
Adjusted net income $ 10,153
$ 13,160




Denominator:


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted 29,974
29,844




Adjusted earnings per diluted share $ 0.34
$ 0.44


(a) Represents costs and expenses related to our new securitized financing facility and payment of a special dividend, as well as the extinguishment of our old variable funding note facility; all transaction costs are included in Loss on debt extinguishment during the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2022, with the exception of $310,000 that is included in Selling, general and administrative on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(b) Represents a loss resulting from the sale of assets to a franchisee pursuant to a multi-unit development agreement executed in the prior fiscal year. This loss is included in Loss on disposal of assets in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.
(c) Represents costs and expenses related to a consulting project to support the Company's strategic initiatives, which are included in Selling, general and administrative on the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
(d) Represents the tax effect of the aforementioned adjustments to reflect corporate income taxes at an assumed effective tax rate of 24% for the thirteen weeks ended March 26, 2022, which includes provisions for U.S. federal income taxes, and assumes the respective statutory rates for applicable state and local jurisdictions.

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