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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings Per Share of $1.73

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr 26, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. BWLD, +0.13% announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 27, 2016. Highlights for the first quarter versus the same period a year ago were:

  • Total revenue increased 15.4% to $508.3 million
  • Company-owned restaurant sales increased 16.6% to $483.9 million
  • Same-store sales decreased 1.7% at company-owned restaurants and 2.4% at franchised restaurants
  • Net earnings increased 12.8% to $32.8 million from $29.0 million, and earnings per diluted share increased 13.5% to $1.73 from $1.52

Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our total revenue in the first quarter increased 15.4%, when compared to the prior year, resulting from continued unit development and franchise acquisitions over the last 12 months. We are dissatisfied to report a same-store sales decline and we're undertaking several sales-driving initiatives to regain momentum. We were able to manage costs and improve our restaurant-level margin, and earnings per diluted share increased 13.5% year-over-year to $1.73.”

Total revenue increased 15.4% to $508.3 million in the first quarter, compared to $440.6 million in the first quarter of 2015. Company-owned restaurant sales for the quarter increased 16.6% over the same period in 2015, to $483.9 million, driven by 100 additional Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants at the end of the first quarter of 2016, partially offset by a same-store sales decrease of 1.7%. Franchise royalties and fees decreased 5.0% to $24.3 million for the quarter, versus $25.6 million in the first quarter of 2015. This decrease is attributed to seven fewer franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations and a same-store sales decrease of 2.4% at franchised Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in operation at the end of the period, compared to the same period in 2015.

Average weekly sales for company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants were $62,829 for the first quarter of 2016, compared to $64,851 for the same quarter last year, a 3.1% decrease. Franchised Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the United States averaged $65,636 for the period, versus $67,075 in the first quarter a year ago, a 2.1% decrease.

Other income in 2016 consisted primarily of a gain related to the valuation of contingent consideration for a franchise acquisition of $1.1 million, partially offset by interest expense of $0.9 million.

Under the previously announced share repurchase authorization, 173,892 shares were repurchased during the first quarter of 2016 for a total of $25 million.

For the first quarter, net earnings increased 12.8% to $32.8 million, versus $29.0 million in the first quarter of 2015. Earnings per diluted share were $1.73, compared to first quarter 2015 earnings per diluted share of $1.52.

2016 Outlook

Ms. Smith remarked, "We are focused on sales-driving initiatives to regain momentum in 2016. To strengthen our FastBreak™ lunch program, we're piloting a speed of service guarantee. We're promoting Wing Tuesdays® while evaluating different pricing and bundling options for this value day. Soccer is a growing sport in the United States and we'll be the place to watch all the action on the pitch for the major tournaments this summer."

Ms. Smith concluded, "The Buffalo Wild Wings brand remains strong and poised to deliver long-term earnings growth. In 2016, we're continuing our development of new company-owned and franchised Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the United States and we are aggressively remodeling locations. Given our recent sales trends and an increasing outlook for the cost of traditional chicken wings, we believe earnings per diluted share in 2016 should be $5.65 to $5.85.”

For 2016, the company expects the following new unit development:

  • Approximately 40 company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants
  • 30 to 35 franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States
  • 12 to 15 franchised Buffalo Wild Wing locations internationally
  • 6 company-owned and 4 franchised R Taco restaurants
  • Continued unit expansion by PizzaRev

For 2016, the company expects the following:

  • Improving same-store sales
  • Deflationary food costs, excluding traditional chicken wings
  • Depreciation and amortization expense of $150 to $155 million
  • Share repurchase activity of approximately $100 million
  • Earnings per diluted share of $5.65 to $5.85
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $190 million, excluding additional franchise acquisitions or emerging brand investments

Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting a conference call today, April 26, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time to discuss these results. There will be a simultaneous webcast conducted at our investor website IR.BuffaloWildWings.com.

A replay of the call will be available until May 3, 2016. To access this replay, please dial 1.858.384.5517 password 5721467.

About the Company

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin’®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,180 Buffalo Wild Wings locations around the world.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest events and offers for sports fans and wing lovers, like Buffalo Wild Wings on Facebook, follow @BWWings on Twitter and visit www.BuffaloWildWings.com.

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