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Restaurant Brands International Inc. Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2018 Results

Company Release - 2/11/2019 6:30 AM ET

RBI achieves consolidated 2018 system-wide sales growth of 7.4%, and increases 2019 dividend target by 11%
TIM HORTONS® comparable sales in Canada accelerates in Q4 to 2.2%, driven by the 'Winning Together' plan
BURGER KING® delivers strong global net restaurant growth, with 2018 net openings of over 1,000 restaurants
POPEYES® continues double-digit profitability growth through accelerated restaurant expansion

TORONTO, Feb. 11, 2019 /CNW/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX/NYSE: QSR, TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

Restaurant Brands International (CNW Group/Restaurant Brands International Inc.)

Jose Cil, Chief Executive Officer of Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") commented, "I am pleased to report that our business continued to deliver strong system-wide sales growth in 2018, driven by acceleration of net restaurant growth at Burger King and Popeyes and improved momentum in comparable sales at Tim Hortons through our 'Winning Together' plan. We have demonstrated our increased focus on technology and made notable progress against many of our initiatives including delivery, kiosks, and mobile app development. Throughout the year, we continued to maintain a balanced approach to capital allocation through our increased dividend, share repurchases, and reinvestment in our brands, illustrating our confidence in the long-term growth potential of our business. We remain focused on further growing franchisee profitability and improving guest experience, which we believe will drive value for all of our stakeholders for many years to come."

2018 Growth and Profitability Highlights:

  • System-wide Sales Growth of 7.4%
  • Net Restaurant Growth of 5.5%
  • Diluted EPS of $2.42 versus $2.54 in prior year
  • Adjusted Diluted EPS of $2.63 versus $2.10 in prior year
  • Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders and Noncontrolling Interests of $1,143 million versus $1,211 million in prior year
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $2,212 million increased 4.1% organically versus the prior year on a combined basis (including a full year of Popeyes in both periods)

Dividend Update:

  • RBI announced that its board of directors declared a dividend of $0.50 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of Restaurant Brands International Limited Partnership ("RBI LP") for the first quarter of 2019
  • In connection with the declared dividend, RBI also announced that it is targeting a total of $2.00 in dividends per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for 2019

Consolidated Operational Highlights



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017



(unaudited)


(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth









TH


2.4%


2.4%


2.4%


3.0%

BK


8.4%


12.3%


8.9%


10.1%

PLK


6.3%


6.8%


8.9%


5.1%

Consolidated


6.8%


9.3%


7.4%


7.9%

System-wide Sales (in US$ millions)









TH


$

1,727


$

1,745


$

6,869


$

6,717

BK


$

5,528


$

5,302


$

21,624


$

20,075

PLK


$

934


$

888


$

3,732


$

3,512

Consolidated


$

8,188


$

7,935


$

32,225


$

30,304

Net Restaurant Growth









TH


2.1%


2.9%


2.1%


2.9%

BK


6.1%


6.5%


6.1%


6.5%

PLK


7.3%


6.1%


7.3%


6.1%

Consolidated


5.5%


5.8%


5.5%


5.8%

System Restaurant Count at Period End









TH


4,846


4,748


4,846


4,748

BK


17,796


16,767


17,796


16,767

PLK


3,102


2,892


3,102


2,892

Consolidated


25,744


24,407


25,744


24,407

Comparable Sales









TH


1.9%


0.1%


0.6%


(0.1)%

BK


1.7%


4.6%


2.0%


3.1%

PLK


0.1%


(1.3)%


1.6%


(1.5)%

 

Note: System-wide sales growth and comparable sales are calculated on a constant currency basis and include sales at franchise restaurants and company-owned restaurants. System-wide sales are driven by sales at franchise restaurants, as approximately 100% of current restaurants are franchised. We do not record franchise sales as revenues; however, our franchise revenues include royalties based on a percentage of franchise sales. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, PLK and consolidated figures are shown for informational purposes only.

Consolidated Financial Highlights


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions, except per share data)

2018


2018


2017


2018


2018


2017


New

Standard


Previous Standards


Previous Standards


New

Standard


Previous Standards


Previous Standards


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

Total Revenues

$

1,385


$

1,209


$

1,234


$

5,357


$

4,607


$

4,576

Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders and Noncontrolling Interests

$

301


$

319


$

758


$

1,143


$

1,175


$

1,211

Diluted Earnings per Share

$

0.64


$

0.68


$

1.59


$

2.42


$

2.49


$

2.54












TH Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

297


$

295


$

304


$

1,127


$

1,128


$

1,136

BK Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

247


$

265


$

265


$

928


$

950


$

903

PLK Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

37


$

42


$

37


$

157


$

169


$

107

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$

581


$

602


$

606


$

2,212


$

2,247


$

2,146













Adjusted Net Income(2)

$

318


$

334


$

314


$

1,242


$

1,267


$

1,002

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share(2)

$

0.68


$

0.71


$

0.66


$

2.63


$

2.68


$

2.10



(1)

TH Adjusted EBITDA, BK Adjusted EBITDA, and PLK Adjusted EBITDA are our measures of segment profitability.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

 

Since RBI's consolidated results include Popeyes starting in Q2 of 2017 (post acquisition), RBI's consolidated year-over-year results for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 are favorably impacted by the inclusion of a full year of Popeyes in 2018 and only a partial year in 2017.

Additionally, effective January 1, 2018, we adopted the new revenue recognition accounting standard ("New Standard"). Our consolidated financial statements for 2018 reflect the application of the New Standard, while our consolidated financial statements for 2017 were prepared under the guidance of previously applicable accounting standards ("Previous Standards"). Our results presented herein indicate which revenue recognition methodology applies in each respective period.

The implementation of the New Standard impacted our year-over-year results on a consolidated basis and for each segment as follows:

  • Total Revenues increased primarily as a result of the inclusion of advertising fund contributions
  • Selling, General, and Administrative Expenses increased as a result of the inclusion of advertising fund expenditures

The year-over-year change in Combined Total Revenues on an organic basis primarily reflects a decrease in company restaurant revenue (VIE deconsolidation at TH and refranchising activity at BK and PLK) and a decrease in supply chain related sales at TH in the first half of 2018, partially offset by growth in system-wide sales.

Under both the New Standard and Previous Standards, the decrease in Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders and Noncontrolling Interests for the year and fourth quarter was driven by an increase in income tax expense, and for the fourth quarter, the redemption of our preferred shares in December of 2017.

The year-over year change in Combined Adjusted EBITDA on an organic basis primarily reflects growth in system-wide sales, partially offset by a decrease in supply chain related income at TH in the first half of 2018.

TH Segment Results



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2018


2017


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards


New Standard


Previous Standards


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth


2.4 %



2.4%



2.4 %



3.0 %

System-wide Sales

$

1,727


$

1,745


$

6,869


$

6,717

Comparable Sales


1.9%



0.1%



0.6 %



(0.1) %













Net Restaurant Growth


2.1 %



2.9%



2.1 %



2.9 %

System Restaurant Count at Period End


4,846



4,748



4,846



4,748













Sales

$

574


$

562


$

2,201


$

2,229

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

278


$

260


$

1,091


$

926

Total Revenues

$

852


$

822


$

3,292


$

3,155













Cost of Sales

$

438


$

433


$

1,688


$

1,707

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

69


$

95


$

279


$

336

Segment SG&A

$

76


$

20


$

314


$

91

Segment Depreciation and Amortization

$

24


$

27


$

102


$

103

Adjusted EBITDA(1)(3)

$

297


$

304


$

1,127


$

1,136



(3)

TH Adjusted EBITDA includes $5 million and $4 million of cash distributions received from equity method investments for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. TH Adjusted EBITDA includes $15 million and $13 million of cash distributions received from equity method investments for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

For the year and fourth quarter, system-wide sales growth was primarily driven by net restaurant growth of 2.1%. Comparable sales were 0.6% and 1.9%, including Canada comparable sales of 0.9% and 2.2%, for the year and fourth quarter, respectively.

The year-over-year change in Total Revenues on an organic basis reflects a decrease in company restaurant revenue (VIE deconsolidation) and a decrease in supply chain related sales in the first half of 2018, partially offset by growth in system-wide sales.

The year-over-year change in Adjusted EBITDA on an organic basis reflects growth in system-wide sales, partially offset by a decrease in supply chain related income in the first half of 2018.

BK Segment Results


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2018


2017


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards


New Standard


Previous Standards


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth


8.4%



12.3%



8.9%



10.1%

System-wide Sales

$

5,528


$

5,302


$

21,624


$

20,075

Comparable Sales


1.7%



4.6%



2.0%



3.1%













Net Restaurant Growth


6.1%



6.5%



6.1%



6.5%

System Restaurant Count at Period End


17,796



16,767



17,796



16,767













Sales

$

19


$

23


$

75


$

94

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

408


$

322


$

1,576


$

1,125

Total Revenues

$

427


$

345


$

1,651


$

1,219













Cost of Sales

$

17


$

20


$

67


$

86

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

34


$

37


$

131


$

135

Segment SG&A

$

144


$

33


$

577


$

143

Segment Depreciation and Amortization

$

12


$

9


$

48


$

47

Adjusted EBITDA(1)(4)

$

247


$

265


$

928


$

903



(4)

BK Adjusted EBITDA includes $4 million and $1 million of cash distributions received from equity method investments for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. BK Adjusted EBITDA includes $5 million and $1 million of cash distributions received from equity method investments for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

 

For the year and fourth quarter, system-wide sales growth was primarily driven by net restaurant growth of 6.1% as well as comparable sales of 2.0% and 1.7%, respectively, including US comparable sales of 1.4% and 0.8%, respectively.

The year-over-year change in Total Revenues on an organic basis reflects system-wide sales growth, partially offset by a decrease in company restaurant revenue (related to refranchisings) and a decrease in franchise related fees.

The year-over-year change in Adjusted EBITDA on an organic basis reflects growth in system-wide sales, partially offset by a decrease in franchise related fees.

PLK Segment Results


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2018


2017


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards


New Standard


Previous Standards


(unaudited)


(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth


6.3%



6.8%



8.9%



5.1%

System-wide Sales

$

934


$

888


$

3,732


$

3,512

Comparable Sales


0.1%



(1.3)%



1.6%



(1.5)%













Net Restaurant Growth


7.3%



6.1%



7.3%



6.1%

System Restaurant Count at Period End


3,102



2,892



3,102



2,892













Sales

$

19


$

21


$

79


$

67

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

87


$

46


$

335


$

135

Total Revenues

$

106


$

67


$

414


$

202













Cost of Sales

$

15


$

20


$

63


$

57

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

5


$

3


$

12


$

7

Segment SG&A

$

53


$

13


$

193


$

40

Segment Depreciation and Amortization

$

2


$

5


$

10


$

9

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

37


$

37


$

157


$

107

 

For the year and fourth quarter, system-wide sales growth was primarily driven by net restaurant growth of 7.3%. For the year and fourth quarter, comparable sales were 1.6% and 0.1%, respectively, including US comparable sales of 0.9% and (0.1)%, respectively.

The year-over-year change in Combined Total Revenues on an organic basis reflects system-wide sales growth, partially offset by a decrease in company restaurant revenue (related to refranchisings).

The year-over-year change in Combined Adjusted EBITDA on an organic basis reflects growth in system-wide sales, and for the full year, effective cost management.

Cash and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2018, total debt was $12.3 billion, net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents of $0.9 billion) was $11.4 billion, and net leverage was 5.1x. During the fourth quarter, we completed the previously announced repurchase of 10 million partnership exchangeable units for approximately $561 million. The RBI board of directors has declared a dividend of $0.50 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for the first quarter of 2019. The dividend will be payable on April 3, 2019 to shareholders and unitholders of record at the close of business on March 15, 2019. In connection with the declared dividend, RBI also announced that it is targeting a total of $2.00 in dividends per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for 2019.

Investor Conference Call

We will host an investor conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, February 11, 2019, to review financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018. The earnings call will be broadcast live via our investor relations website at http://investor.rbi.com and a replay will be available for 30 days following the release. The dial-in number is (877) 317-6711 for U.S. callers, (866) 450-4696 for Canadian callers, and (412) 317-5475 for callers from other countries.

Investor Day

We will hold an Investor Day Conference on May 15, 2019 in New York City. Attendance will be by invitation only, and the conference will be broadcast live via our investor relations website at http://investor.rbi.com. For additional information about the conference, please email investorday@rbi.com

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") is one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $30 billion in system-wide sales and over 25,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world's most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 45 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company's website at www.rbi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect management's current beliefs and expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements about our expectations regarding our confidence in the long-term growth potential of our business; our focus on growing franchisee profitability and improving guest experience as drivers of long-term value for all of our stakeholders; the incurrence of PLK transaction costs; and our target total dividend for 2019. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from RBI's expectations are detailed in filings of RBI with the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K, and include the following: risks related to our ability to successfully implement our domestic and international growth strategy; risks related to our ability to compete domestically and internationally in an intensely competitive industry; and risks related to our ability to generate sufficient liquidity to achieve our target total dividend for 2019 and satisfy our debt service and other obligations. Other than as required under U.S. federal securities laws or Canadian securities laws, we do not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, change in expectations or otherwise.

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)


Three Months Ended December 31,


2018


2018


2018


2017


New Standard


Total Adjustments


Previous Standards


Previous Standards

Revenues:










Sales

$

612


$


$

612


$

606

Franchise and property revenues

773


(176)


597


628

Total revenues

1,385


(176)


1,209


1,234

Operating costs and expenses:










Cost of sales

470



470


473

Franchise and property expenses

108



108


135

Selling, general and administrative expenses

297


(197)


100


97

(Income) loss from equity method investments

(5)


(1)


(6)


(3)

Other operating expenses (income), net

(1)


(1)


(2)


27

Total operating costs and expenses

869


(199)


670


729

Income from operations

516


23


539


505

Interest expense, net

130



130


137

Loss on early extinguishment of debt




43

Income before income taxes

386


23


409


325

Income tax (benefit) expense

85


5


90


(253)

Net income

301


18


319


578

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

138


8


146


364

Preferred shares dividends




53

Gain on redemption of preferred shares




(234)

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

163


$

10


$

173


$

395

Earnings per common share:









Basic

$

0.65


$

0.04


$

0.69


$

1.64

Diluted

$

0.64


$

0.04


$

0.68


$

1.59

Weighted average shares outstanding:










Basic

251



251


241

Diluted

469



469


476

Dividends per common share

$

0.45



$

0.45


$

0.21

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)
(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2018


2018


2018


2017


New Standard


Total Adjustments


Previous Standards


Previous Standards

Revenues:








Sales

$

2,355


$


$

2,355


$

2,390

Franchise and property revenues

3,002


(750)


2,252


2,186

Total revenues

5,357


(750)


4,607


4,576

Operating costs and expenses:








Cost of sales

1,818



1,818


1,850

Franchise and property expenses

422



422


478

Selling, general and administrative expenses

1,214


(785)


429


416

(Income) loss from equity method investments

(22)


(6)


(28)


(12)

Other operating expenses (income), net

8


(1)


7


109

Total operating costs and expenses

3,440


(792)


2,648


2,841

Income from operations

1,917


42


1,959


1,735

Interest expense, net

535


1


536


512

Loss on early extinguishment of debt




122

Income before income taxes

1,382


41


1,423


1,101

Income tax (benefit) expense

238


9


247


(134)

Net income

1,144


32


1,176


1,235

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

532


15


547


587

Preferred shares dividends




256

Gain on redemption of preferred shares




(234)

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

612


$

17


$

629


$

626

Earnings per common share:








Basic

$

2.46


$

0.07


$

2.53


$

2.64

Diluted

$

2.42


$

0.07


$

2.49


$

2.54

Weighted average shares outstanding:








Basic

249



249


237

Diluted

473



473


477

Dividends per common share

$

1.80



$

1.80


$

0.78

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions of U.S. dollars, except share data)
(Unaudited)


As of


December 31, 2018


December 31, 2017


New Standard


Previous Standards

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

913


$

1,097

Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowance of $14 and $16, respectively

452


489

Inventories, net

75


78

Prepaids and other current assets

60


86

Total current assets

1,500


1,750

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $704
and $623, respectively

1,996


2,133

Intangible assets, net

10,463


11,062

Goodwill

5,486


5,782

Net investment in property leased to franchisees

54


71

Other assets, net

642


426

Total assets

$

20,141


$

21,224

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts and drafts payable

$

513


$

496

Other accrued liabilities

637


866

Gift card liability

167


215

Current portion of long term debt and capital leases

91


78

Total current liabilities

1,408


1,655

Term debt, net of current portion

11,823


11,801

Capital leases, net of current portion

226


244

Other liabilities, net

1,547


1,455

Deferred income taxes, net

1,519


1,508

Total liabilities

16,523


16,663





Shareholders' equity:




Common shares, no par value; unlimited shares authorized at December 31,
2018 and December 31, 2017; 251,532,493 shares issued and outstanding at
December 31, 2018; 243,899,476 shares issued and outstanding at December
31, 2017

1,737


2,052

Retained earnings

674


651

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(800)


(476)

Total Restaurant Brands International Inc. shareholders' equity

1,611


2,227

Noncontrolling interests

2,007


2,334

Total shareholders' equity

3,618


4,561

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

20,141


$

21,224

 

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In millions of U.S. dollars)
(Unaudited)


Twelve Months Ended December 31,


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

1,144


$

1,235

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

180


182

Premiums paid and non-cash loss on early extinguishment of debt


119

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt issuance discount

29


33

(Income) loss from equity method investments

(22)


(12)

Loss (gain) on remeasurement of foreign denominated transactions

(33)


77

Net (gains) losses on derivatives

(40)


31

Share-based compensation expense

48


48

Deferred income taxes

29


(742)

Other

5


18

Changes in current assets and liabilities, excluding acquisitions and dispositions:




Accounts and notes receivable

19


(30)

Inventories and prepaids and other current assets

(7)


19

Accounts and drafts payable

41


14

Other accrued liabilities and gift card liability

(219)


360

Tenant inducements paid to franchisees

(52)


(20)

Other long-term assets and liabilities

43


59

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,165


1,391

Cash flows from investing activities:




Payments for property and equipment

(86)


(37)

Proceeds from disposal of assets, restaurant closures and refranchisings

8


26

Net payment for purchase of Popeyes, net of cash acquired


(1,636)

Return of investment on direct financing leases

16


16

Settlement/sale of derivatives, net

17


772

Other investing activities, net

1


1

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

(44)


(858)

Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt

75


5,850

Repayments of long-term debt and capital leases

(74)


(2,742)

Payments in connection with redemption of preferred shares

(60)


(3,006)

Payment of financing costs

(3)


(63)

Payment of dividends on common and preferred shares and distributions on Partnership exchangeable units

(728)


(664)

Repurchase of Partnership exchangeable units

(561)


(330)

Proceeds from stock option exercises

61


29

Other financing activities, net

5


(10)

Net cash provided by (used for) financing activities

(1,285)


(936)

Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents

(20)


24

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

(184)


(379)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,097


1,476

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

913


$

1,097

Supplemental cashflow disclosures:




Interest paid

$

561


$

447

Income taxes paid

$

433


$

200

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Key Operating Metrics

We evaluate our restaurants and assess our business based on the following operating metrics.

System-wide sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales at all franchise and company-owned restaurants in one period from the same period in the prior year. Comparable sales refers to the percentage change in restaurant sales in one period from the same prior year period for restaurants that have been open for 13 months or longer for TH and BK and 17 months or longer for PLK. System-wide sales growth and comparable sales are measured on a constant currency basis, which means that results exclude the effect of foreign currency translation and are calculated by translating prior year results at current year monthly average exchange rates. We analyze key operating metrics on a constant currency basis as this helps identify underlying business trends, without distortion from the effects of currency movements.

System-wide sales represent sales at all franchise restaurants and company-owned restaurants. We do not record franchise sales as revenues; however, our franchise revenues include royalties based on a percentage of franchise sales.

Net restaurant growth refers to the net increase in restaurant count (openings, net of closures) over a trailing twelve month period, divided by the restaurant count at the beginning of the trailing twelve month period.

For 2017, PLK comparable sales, system-wide sales growth and system-wide sales are for the period from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and from December 26, 2016 through December 31, 2017 for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2017, respectively. Comparable sales and system-wide sales growth are calculated using the same period in the prior year (October 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015 through December 31, 2016). For 2017, PLK net restaurant growth is for the period from December 26, 2016 through December 31, 2017.



Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

KPIs by Market


2018



2017



2018



2017

System-wide Sales Growth












TH - Canada


2.2%



3.0%



2.4%



2.9%

TH - Rest of World


3.6%



(2.1)%



1.9%



3.7%

TH - Global


2.4%



2.4%



2.4%



3.0%













BK - US


3.0%



5.9%



3.3%



3.6%

BK - Rest of World


13.5%



18.5%



14.2%



17.0%

BK - Global


8.4%



12.3%



8.9%



10.1%













PLK - US


5.0%



4.6%



7.0%



3.9%

PLK - Rest of World


14.7%



23.3%



22.0%



14.5%

PLK - Global


6.3%



6.8%



8.9%



5.1%













System-wide Sales (in US$ millions)












TH - Canada

$

1,505


$

1,531


$

6,014


$

5,877

TH - Rest of World

$

222


$

214


$

855


$

840

TH - Global

$

1,727


$

1,745


$

6,869


$

6,717













BK - US

$

2,529


$

2,455


$

9,939


$

9,620

BK - Rest of World

$

2,999


$

2,847


$

11,685


$

10,455

BK - Global

$

5,528


$

5,302


$

21,624


$

20,075













PLK - US

$

802


$

764


$

3,221


$

3,064

PLK - Rest of World

$

132


$

124


$

511


$

448

PLK - Global

$

934


$

888


$

3,732


$

3,512













Comparable Sales












TH - Canada


2.2%



0.8%



0.9%



0.2%

TH - Rest of World


— %



(4.6)%



(1.8)%



(1.9)%

TH - Global


1.9%



0.1%



0.6%



(0.1)%













BK - US


0.8%



5.1%



1.4%



2.5%

BK - Rest of World


2.4%



4.1%



2.5%



3.7%

BK - Global


1.7%



4.6%



2.0%



3.1%













PLK - US


(0.1)%



(2.5)%



0.9%



(2.2)%

PLK - Rest of World


1.4%



7.5%



7.1%



3.1%

PLK - Global


0.1%



(1.3)%



1.6%



(1.5)%



















As of December 31,




KPIs by Market


2018



2017









Net Restaurant Growth














TH - Canada


1.1%



2.9%









TH - Rest of World


6.7%



2.8%









TH - Global


2.1%



2.9%























BK - US


1.4%



1.0%









BK - Rest of World


9.7%



11.2%









BK - Global


6.1%



6.5%

























PLK - US


6.1%



5.6%









PLK - Rest of World


11.0%



7.8%









PLK - Global


7.3%



6.1%

























Restaurant Count
















TH - Canada


3,955



3,913









TH - Rest of World


891



835









TH - Global


4,846



4,748

























BK - US


7,330



7,226









BK - Rest of World


10,466



9,541









BK - Global


17,796



16,767

























PLK - US


2,347



2,212









PLK - Rest of World


755



680









PLK - Global


3,102



2,892

























 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Disclosure
(Unaudited)

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2018


2017


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards


New Standard


Previous Standards

Segment SG&A TH(1)

$

76


$

19


$

314


$

91

Segment SG&A BK(1)

144


33


577


143

Segment SG&A PLK(1)

53


13


193


40

Share-based compensation and non-cash
incentive compensation expense

10


12


55


55

Depreciation and amortization(2)

4


6


20


23

PLK Transaction costs


12


10


62

Corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees

6


2


25


2

Office centralization and relocation costs

4



20


Selling, general and administrative expenses

$

297


$

97


$

1,214


$

416



(1)

Segment SG&A includes segment selling expenses and segment general and administrative expenses and excludes share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, PLK transaction costs, corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees, and office centralization and relocation costs.

(2)

Segment depreciation and amortization reflects depreciation and amortization included in the respective segment cost of sales and the respective segment franchise and property expenses. Depreciation and amortization included in selling, general and administrative expenses reflects all other depreciation and amortization.

 

Other Operating Expenses (Income), net


Three Months Ended December 31,


Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2018


2017


2018


2017


New Standard


Previous Standards


New Standard


Previous Standards

Net losses (gains) on disposal of assets, restaurant
closures, and refranchisings(3)

$

2


$

14


$

19


$

29

Litigation settlements and reserves, net(4)

12



11


2

Net losses (gains) on foreign exchange(5)

(14)


12


(33)


77

Other, net

(1)


1


11


1

     Other operating expenses (income), net

$

(1)


$

27


$

8


$

109



(3)

Net losses (gains) on disposal of assets, restaurant closures, and refranchisings represent sales of properties and other costs related to restaurant closures and refranchisings. Gains and losses recognized in the current period may reflect certain costs related to closures and refranchisings that occurred in previous periods.

(4)

Litigation settlements and reserves, net primarily reflects accruals and proceeds received in connection with litigation matters.

(5)

Net losses (gains) on foreign exchange is primarily related to revaluation of foreign denominated assets and liabilities.

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

Below, we define the non-GAAP financial measures, provide a reconciliation of each non-GAAP financial measure to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), and discuss the reasons why we believe this information is useful to management and may be useful to investors. These measures do not have standardized meanings under GAAP and may differ from similarly captioned measures of other companies in our industry.

To supplement our condensed consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, RBI reports the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share ("Adjusted Diluted EPS"), Combined Total Revenues, Combined Adjusted EBITDA, Organic revenue growth, Organic Adjusted EBITDA growth, and Net Leverage. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in assessing our operating performance, as it provides them with the same tools that management uses to evaluate our performance and is responsive to questions we receive from both investors and analysts. By disclosing these non-GAAP measures, we intend to provide investors with a consistent comparison of our operating results and trends for the periods presented.

EBITDA is defined as earnings (net income or loss) before interest expense, net, (gain) loss on early extinguishment of debt, income tax (benefit) expense, and depreciation and amortization and is used by management to measure operating performance of the business. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding the non-cash impact of share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense and (income) loss from equity method investments, net of cash distributions received from equity method investments, as well as other operating expenses (income), net. Other specifically identified costs associated with non-recurring projects are also excluded from Adjusted EBITDA, including PLK transaction costs associated with the acquisition of Popeyes, corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees, and office centralization and relocation costs. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management to measure operating performance of the business, excluding these non-cash and other specifically identified items that management believes are not relevant to management's assessment of operating performance or the performance of an acquired business. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined above, also represents our measure of segment income for each of our three operating segments.

Combined Total Revenues and Combined Adjusted EBITDA include results of PLK prior to the acquisition.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income excluding (i) franchise agreement amortization, which is a non-cash expense arising as a result of acquisition accounting that may hinder the comparability of our operating results to our industry peers, (ii) amortization of deferred financing costs and debt issuance discount, a non-cash component of interest expense, and (gains) losses on early extinguishment of debt, which are non-cash charges that vary by the timing, terms and size of debt financing transactions, (iii) (income) loss from equity method investments, net of cash distributions received from equity method investments, (iv) other operating expenses (income), net, and (v) other specifically identified costs associated with non-recurring projects. Adjusted Net Income includes preferred share dividends through December 2017.

Adjusted Diluted EPS is calculated by dividing Adjusted Net Income by the number of diluted shares of RBI during the reporting period. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS are used by management to evaluate the operating performance of the business, excluding certain non-cash and other specifically identified items that management believes are not relevant to management's assessment of operating performance or the performance of an acquired business.

Net Leverage is defined as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by Adjusted EBITDA. Net Leverage is a performance measure that we believe provides investors a more complete understanding of our leverage position and borrowing capacity after factoring in cash and cash equivalents that eventually could be used to repay outstanding debt.

Revenue growth and Adjusted EBITDA growth, on an organic basis, are non-GAAP measures that exclude the impact of FX movements. Management believes that organic growth is an important metric for measuring the operating performance of our business as it helps identify underlying business trends, without distortion from the effects of FX movements. We calculate the impact of FX movements by translating prior year results at current year monthly average exchange rates. In addition, for organic growth comparative purposes, we are presenting PLK pre- and post-combination results, including Popeyes' pre-combination Adjusted EBITDA determined in accordance with RBI's methodology as reflected in the reconciliation table. Additionally, for comparability purposes, we are calculating organic growth under Previous Standards for both periods presented.

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Organic Growth in Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31, 2018







Impact of
FX





Actual


Q4 '18 vs. Q4 '17


Movements


Organic Growth

(in US$ millions)


Q4 '18


Q4 '17



$


%


$



$


%



Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards

































Revenue



















TH


$

798


$

822


$

(24)


(2.8)%


$

(29)


$

5


0.7%

BK


$

337


$

345


$

(8)


(2.6)%


$

(9)


$

1


0.2%

PLK(a)


$

74


$

67


$

7


10.2%


$


$

7


10.8%

Combined Total Revenues(a)


$

1,209


$

1,234


$

(25)


(2.0)%


$

(38)


$

13


1.1%

Adjusted EBITDA













TH


$

295


$

304


$

(9)


(2.9)%


$

(11)


$

2


0.6%

BK


$

265


$

265


$


(0.1)%


$

(8)


$

8


3.3%

PLK(a)


$

42


$

37


$

5


12.5%


$


$

5


13.3%

Combined Adjusted EBITDA(a)


$

602


$

606


$

(4)


(0.8)%


$

(19)


$

15


2.6%

 

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2018














Impact of
FX








Actual


2018 vs. 2017


Movements


Organic Growth

(in US$ millions)


2018


2017


$


%


$


$


%



Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards











Revenue




















TH


$

3,077


$

3,155


$

(78)


(2.5)%


$

(1)


$

(77)


(2.4)%

BK


$

1,251


$

1,219


$

32


2.6%


$

(7)


$

39


3.2%

PLK(a)


$

279


$

266


$

13


4.8%


$

(1)


$

14


5.2%

Combined Total Revenues(a)


$

4,607


$

4,640


$

(33)


(0.7)%


$

(9)


$

(24)


(0.5)%

Adjusted EBITDA













TH


$

1,128


$

1,136


$

(8)


(0.6)%


$

(1)


$

(7)


(0.6)%

BK


$

950


$

903


$

47


5.2%


$

(9)


$

56


6.3%

PLK(a)


$

169


$

129


$

40


30.4%


$

(1)


$

41


31.1%

Combined Adjusted EBITDA(a)


$

2,247


$

2,168


$

79


3.6%


$

(11)


$

90


4.1%


(a) RBI acquired Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc. ("Popeyes") on March 27, 2017. Prior to its acquisition by RBI, Popeyes operated on a fiscal period basis consisting of a 16-week first fiscal quarter and 12-week second through fourth fiscal quarters. Subsequent to its acquisition by RBI, Popeyes commenced reporting on a calendar quarter basis consistent with RBI. Q4'17 and FY'17 for PLK represents the period from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 and December 26, 2016 through December 31, 2017, respectively. Combined Total Revenues and Combined Adjusted EBITDA include results of PLK prior to the acquisition. Consequently, PLK results for the prior year period may not be comparable.


Note: Percentage changes may not recalculate due to rounding.

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)


2018


2018


2018


2017



New
Standard


Total
Adjustments


Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards

Segment income:













TH


$

297


$

(2)


$

295


$

304

BK


247


18


265


265

PLK


37


5


42


37

Adjusted EBITDA


581


21


602


606

Share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense(1)


10



10


12

PLK Transaction costs(2)





12

Corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees(3)


6



6


2

Office centralization and relocation costs(4)


4



4


Impact of equity method investments(5)


3


(1)


2


1

Other operating expenses (income), net


(1)


(1)


(2)


27

EBITDA


559


23


582


552

Depreciation and amortization


43



43


47

Income from operations


516


23


539


505

Interest expense, net


130



130


137

Loss on early extinguishment of debt





43

Income tax (benefit) expense(6)


85


5


90


(253)

Net income


$

301


$

18


$

319


$

578









Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)


2018


2018


2018


2017



New Standard


Total
Adjustments


Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards

Segment income:









TH


$

1,127


$

1


$

1,128


$

1,136

BK


928


22


950


903

PLK


157


12


169


107

Adjusted EBITDA


2,212


35


2,247


2,146

Share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense(1)


55



55


55

PLK Transaction costs(2)


10



10


62

Corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees(3)


25



25


2

Office centralization and relocation costs(4)


20



20


Impact of equity method investments(5)


(3)


(6)


(9)


1

Other operating expenses (income), net


8


(1)


7


109

EBITDA


2,097


42


2,139


1,917

Depreciation and amortization


180



180


182

Income from operations


1,917


42


1,959


1,735

Interest expense, net


535


1


536


512

Loss on early extinguishment of debt





122

Income tax (benefit) expense(6)


238


9


247


(134)

Net income


$

1,144


$

32


$

1,176


$

1,235

 

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS
(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions, except per share data)


2018


2018


2018


2017



New
Standard


Total
Adjustments


Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards










Net income


$

301


$

18


$

319


$

578

Income tax (benefit) expense(6)


85


5


90


(253)

Income before income taxes


386


23


409


325

Adjustments:












Franchise agreement amortization


8



8


8

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt
issuance discount


7



7


8

Interest expense and loss on extinguished debt(7)


3



3


47

PLK Transaction costs(2)





12

Corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees(3)


6



6


2

Office centralization and relocation costs(4)


4



4


Impact of equity method investments(5)


3


(1)


2


1

Other operating expenses (income), net


(1)


(1)


(2)


27

Total adjustments


30


(2)


28


105

Adjusted income before income taxes


416


21


437


430

Adjusted income tax expense(6)(8)


98


5


103


62

Adjusted net income before preferred share dividends


318


16


334


368

Preferred share dividends





54

Adjusted net income


$

318


$

16


$

334


$

314

Adjusted diluted earnings per share


$

0.68



$

0.71


$

0.66

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding



469




469



476









Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions, except per share data)


2018


2018


2018


2017



New
Standard


Total
Adjustments


Previous
Standards


Previous
Standards














Net income


$

1,144


$

32


$

1,176


$

1,235

Income tax (benefit) expense(6)


238


9


247


(134)

Income before income taxes


1,382


41


1,423


1,101

Adjustments:







Franchise agreement amortization


31



31


30

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt
issuance discount


29



29


33

Interest expense and loss on extinguished debt(7)


12



12


135

PLK Transaction costs(2)


10



10


62

Corporate restructuring and tax advisory fees(3)


25



25


2

Office centralization and relocation costs(4)


20



20


Impact of equity method investments(5)


(3)


(6)


(9)


1

Other operating expenses (income), net


8


(1)


7


109

Total adjustments


132


(7)


125


372

Adjusted income before income taxes


1,514


34


1,548


1,473

Adjusted income tax expense(6)(8)


272


9


281


215

Adjusted net income before preferred share dividends


1,242


25


1,267


1,258

Preferred share dividends





256

Adjusted net income


$

1,242


$

25


$

1,267


$

1,002

Adjusted diluted earnings per share


$

2.63



$

2.68


$

2.10

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding



473




473



477

 

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
(Unaudited)

Historical Popeyes Adjusted EBITDA



 Q1 ' 17

(in US$ millions)


12/26/16
through
3/27/17(a)

Revenues


$

64

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA



Net income (loss)


$

(1)

Interest expense, net


1

Income tax expense (benefit)


(15)

Depreciation and amortization


2

Share-based compensation


2

Popeyes transaction costs


34

Other operating expenses (income), net


Adjusted EBITDA


$

23


(a) Derived from Popeyes internal records.

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Reconciliation of Net Leverage and Free Cash Flow
(Unaudited)



As of

(in US$ millions, except ratio)


December 31,
2018

Term debt, net of current portion


$

11,823

Capital leases, net of current portion


226

Current portion of long term debt and capital leases


91

Unamortized deferred financing costs and deferred issuance discount


145

Total debt


12,285




Cash and cash equivalents


913

Net debt


11,372

LTM combined adjusted EBITDA (Previous Standards)


2,247

Net leverage


5.1x









Twelve
Months Ended

(in US$ millions)


December 31,
2018

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

1,165

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


(44)

Free cash flow


$

1,121

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Footnotes to Reconciliation Tables

(1)

Represents share-based compensation expense associated with equity awards for the periods indicated; also includes the portion of annual non-cash incentive compensation expense that eligible employees elected to receive or are expected to elect to receive as common equity in lieu of their 2017 and 2018 cash bonus, respectively.



(2)

In connection with the acquisition of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., we incurred certain non-recurring selling, general and administrative expenses primarily consisting of professional fees and compensation related expenses. We do not expect to incur additional PLK Transaction costs.



(3)

Costs arising primarily from professional advisory and consulting services associated with corporate restructuring initiatives related to the interpretation and implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was enacted on December 22, 2017, including Treasury regulations proposed in late 2018.



(4)

In connection with the centralization and relocation of our Canadian and U.S. restaurant support centers to new offices in Toronto, Ontario, and Miami, Florida, respectively, we incurred certain non-operational expenses consisting primarily of duplicate rent expense, moving costs, and relocation-driven compensation expenses.



(5)

Represents (i) (income) loss from equity method investments and (ii) cash distributions received from equity method investments. Cash distributions received from equity method investments are included in segment income.



(6)

As a result of the accounting standard related to the tax impact of equity based compensation, our effective tax rate was reduced by 0.2% and 10.8% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and our adjusted effective tax rate was reduced by 0.2% and 8.2% for the three months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. As a result of the accounting standard related to the tax impact of equity based compensation, our effective tax rate was reduced by 5.0% and 6.4% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively, and our adjusted effective tax rate was reduced by 4.6% and 4.8% for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.



(7)

Represents loss on early extinguishment of debt and non-cash interest expense related to losses reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) into interest expense in connection with interest rate swaps settled in May 2015.



(8)

Adjusted income tax expense includes the tax impact of the non-GAAP adjustments and is calculated using our statutory tax rate in the jurisdiction in which the costs were incurred.

 

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