The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2020 and Provides Business Update

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 17, 2021–
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended on December 29, 2020.
Total revenues were $554.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to $694.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Net loss available to common stockholders and diluted net loss per common share were $37.3 million and $0.85, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, reflecting the impact of COVID-19. The results in this press release include the acquisition of North Italia and the remaining business of Fox Restaurant Concepts LLC (“FRC”) on October 2, 2019.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, the Company recorded pre-tax impairment of assets and lease termination expense of $14.6 million, primarily comprised of non-cash impairment charges for two Grand Lux Cafe locations where the leases are expected to terminate in the next year. The Company also recorded COVID-19 related charges of $5.4 million, for costs such as sick pay, healthcare and meal benefits for furloughed staff members, additional sanitation and personal protective equipment.
Excluding the after-tax impact of these and certain other items, and reflecting the potential impact of the conversion of the Company’s convertible preferred stock into common stock, adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 were $17.2 million and $0.32, respectively. Please see the Company’s reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures at the end of this press release.
Comparable restaurant sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants decreased 19.5% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, reflecting the impact of COVID-19.
Fiscal 2021 first quarter-to-date through February 16, 2021, comparable sales for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants with reopened indoor dining rooms are down approximately 9%, supported by approximately 40% off-premise sales mix and reflecting the impact of lapping full capacity holidays last year, including this past Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day weekend, as well as restaurant closures associated with the winter storms this week. In aggregate, across restaurant operating models, fiscal 2021 first quarter to-date through February 16, 2021 comparable sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants are down approximately 18%.
As of today, approximately 80% of the Company’s restaurants across its concepts, including 166 Cheesecake Factory locations, are operating with reopened indoor dining rooms with limited capacity in accordance with local mandates and social distancing protocols. On average, Cheesecake Factory restaurants with reopened dining rooms are operating at 50% capacity. Approximately 17% of the Company’s restaurants across its concepts, including 39 Cheesecake Factory locations, are operating with reopened patios, one Cheesecake Factory location is operating an off-premise only model and three locations across the Company’s concepts are currently closed.
“We had a good start to the fourth quarter with comparable sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants down just high single digits in October despite mandated capacity restrictions,” said David Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Through the balance of the fourth quarter, the sales trend softened given the impact of additional dining room closures and capacity restrictions in response to rising COVID-19 cases in a number of our markets. However, our strong position in the off-premise channel helped support the business during this period, with sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants that were operating an off-premise only model far exceeding prior peak off-premise sales volumes seen earlier in the COVID-19 pandemic, while restaurants with reopened dining rooms continued to sustain strong performance in the off-premise channel as well.”
Overton continued, “I’m proud of how our teams across our concepts continue to manage through the latest round of operating restrictions, enabling delicious, memorable experiences for our guests and solid performance in spite of the challenges they face. Looking ahead, given our sales results so far in the first quarter, we believe that our concepts are well-positioned for a recovery as dining restrictions ease, and we are excited about the long-term growth opportunities that lie ahead as well.”
Development
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, The Cheesecake Factory opened in Clearwater, Florida, and Culinary Dropout and Blanco opened additional locations in Arizona. One restaurant opened internationally in Mexico under a licensing agreement during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
During the fourth quarter, the Company generated $35.6 million in cash flow from operating activities.
As of December 29, 2020, the Company had total available liquidity of approximately $250 million, including a cash balance of approximately $154.1 million and availability on its revolving credit facility of $96.6 million. Total debt outstanding was $280.0 million.
A $5.0 million dividend for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 was paid in-kind to holders of the Company’s convertible preferred stock.
Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will hold a conference call to review its results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call will be webcast live on the Company’s website at investors.thecheesecakefactory.com and a replay of the webcast will be available through March 19, 2021.
About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated is a leader in experiential dining. We are culinary forward and relentlessly focused on hospitality. Delicious, memorable experiences created by passionate people – this defines who we are and where we are going. We currently own and operate 294 restaurants throughout the United States and Canada under brands including The Cheesecake Factory ®, North Italia ® and a collection within the Fox Restaurant Concepts subsidiary. Internationally, 27 The Cheesecake Factory ® restaurants operate under licensing agreements. Our bakery division operates two facilities that produce quality cheesecakes and other baked products for our restaurants, international licensees and third-party bakery customers. In 2020, we were named to the FORTUNE Magazine “100 Best Companies to Work For ® ” list for the seventh consecutive year. To learn more, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com, www.northitalia.com and www.foxrc.com.
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The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(unaudited; in thousands, except per share and statistical data)
 
 
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
Consolidated Statements of Income December 29, 2020 (1) December 31, 2019 (1) December 29, 2020 (1) December 31, 2019 (1)
Amount Percent of
Revenues
  Amount Percent of
Revenues
  Amount Percent of
Revenues
  Amount Percent of
Revenues
     
Revenues $ 554,552     100.0 % $ 694,030     100.0 % $ 1,983,225   100.0 % $ 2,482,692   100.0 %
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales   127,195     22.9 %   158,217     22.8 %   458,332   23.1 %   561,783   22.6 %
Labor expenses   218,126     39.3 %   250,836     36.2 %   778,586   39.3 %   899,667   36.3 %
Other operating costs and expenses   167,329     30.2 %   179,889     26.0 %   616,069   31.1 %   631,613   25.5 %
General and administrative expenses   40,177     7.3 %   47,273     6.8 %   157,644   7.9 %   160,199   6.5 %
Depreciation and amortization expenses   22,612     4.1 %   23,770     3.4 %   91,415   4.6 %   88,133   3.5 %
Impairment of assets and lease termination expenses   14,602     2.6 %   18,247     2.6 %   219,333   11.1 %   18,247   0.7 %
Acquisition-related costs   356     0.1 %   2,080     0.3 %   2,699   0.1 %   5,270   0.2 %
Acquisition-related contingent consideration, compensation and amortization expenses   120     0.0 %   1,033     0.1 %   (3,872 ) (0.2 )%   1,033   0.0 %
Preopening costs   2,846     0.5 %   6,298     0.9 %   10,456   0.5 %   13,149   0.5 %
Total costs and expenses   593,363     107.0 %   687,643     99.1 %   2,330,662   117.5 %   2,379,094   95.8 %
(Loss)/income from operations   (38,811 )   (7.0 )%   6,387     0.9 %   (347,437 ) (17.5 )%   103,598   4.2 %
Loss on investment in unconsolidated affiliates       0.0 %   52,672     7.6 %     0.0 %   39,233   1.6 %
Interest and other (expense)/income, net   (1,580 )   (0.3 )%   (2,480 )   (0.3 )%   (8,599 ) (0.5 )%   (2,497 ) (0.1 )%
(Loss)/income before income taxes   (40,391 )   (7.3 )%   56,579     8.2 %   (356,036 ) (18.0 )%   140,334   5.7 %
Income tax (benefit)/provision   (8,074 )   (1.5 )%   7,870     1.2 %   (102,671 ) (5.2 )%   13,041   0.5 %
Net (loss)/income   (32,317 )   (5.8 )%   48,709     7.0 %   (253,365 ) (12.8 )%   127,293   5.2 %
Dividends on Series A preferred stock   (4,953 )   (0.9 )%       0.0 %   (13,485 ) (0.7 )%     0.0 %
Direct and incremental Series A preferred stock issuance cost       0.0 %       0.0 %   (10,257 ) (0.5 )%     0.0 %
Net (loss)/income available to common stockholders $ (37,270 )   (6.7 )% $ 48,709     7.0 % $ (277,107 ) (14.0 )% $ 127,293   5.2 %
 
Basic net (loss)/income per common share $ (0.85 ) $ 1.11   $ (6.32 ) $ 2.90  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding   43,928     43,694     43,869     43,949  
 
Diluted net (loss)/income per common share $ (0.85 ) $ 1.10   $ (6.32 ) $ 2.86  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding   43,928     44,249     43,869     44,545  
 
(1) Results include the acquisition of North Italia and the remaining business of Fox Restaurant Concepts LLC (“FRC”) on October 2, 2019.
 
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
Selected Segment Information December 29, 2020 (1) December 31, 2019 (1) December 29, 2020 (1) December 31, 2019 (1)
Revenues:
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants $ 438,485   $ 544,629   $ 1,585,008   $ 2,180,882  
North Italia   30,324     35,268     102,585     35,268  
Other FRC   28,792     39,335     96,856     39,335  
Other   56,951     74,798     198,776     227,207  
Total $ 554,552   $ 694,030   $ 1,983,225   $ 2,482,692  
 
(Loss)/income from operations (2):
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants $ 14,331   $ 54,571   $ 45,540   $ 258,374  
North Italia   (49 )   1,608     (77,371 )   1,608  
Other FRC   51     5,309     (77,026 )   5,309  
Other   (53,144 )   (55,101 )   (238,580 )   (161,693 )
Total $ (38,811 ) $ 6,387   $ (347,437 ) $ 103,598  
 
Preopening costs:
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants $ 1,049   $ 4,093   $ 4,206   $ 9,967  
North Italia   683     1,297     2,578     1,297  
Other FRC   797     49     1,324     49  
Other   317     859     2,348     1,836  
Total $ 2,846   $ 6,298   $ 10,456   $ 13,149  
 
Depreciation and amortization:
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants $ 16,657   $ 17,631   $ 67,514   $ 70,971  
North Italia   841     829     3,608     829  
Other FRC   1,088     1,037     4,090     1,037  
Other   4,026     4,273     16,203     15,296  
Total $ 22,612   $ 23,770   $ 91,415   $ 88,133  
 
(1) The Company completed the acquisition of North Italia and the remaining business of FRC on October 2, 2019. The Company’s consolidated financial statements include the results of the acquired businesses as of the date of acquisition.
(2) During the thirteen weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded impairment of assets and lease termination expenses of $0.5 million for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, $0.3 million for North Italia, $0.1 million for Other FRC and $13.7 million for the Other segment. During the fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded impairment of assets and lease termination expenses of $3.3 million for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, $71.8 million for North Italia, $73.0 million for Other FRC and $71.2 million for Other.
 
The Cheesecake Factory restaurants operating information:
Comparable restaurant sales   (19.5 )%   0.6 %   (28.2 )%   0.8 %
Restaurants opened during period   1     3     1     5  
Restaurants open at period-end   206     206     206     206  
Restaurant operating weeks   2,666     2,655     10,642     10,520  
 
North Italia operating information:
Comparable restaurant sales   (18 )%   4 %   (28 )%   4 %
Restaurants opened during period       1     1     1  
Restaurants open at period-end   23     22     23     22  
Restaurant operating weeks   299     280     1,146     280  
 
Other Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) operating information: (1)
Restaurants opened during period   2         2      
Restaurants open at period-end   27     25     27     25  
Restaurant operating weeks   330     325     1,139     325  
 
Other operating information: (2)
Restaurants opened during period       2     3     3  
Restaurants open at period-end   39     39     39     39  
Restaurant operating weeks   479     525     1,721     1,180  
 
Number of company-owned restaurants:
The Cheesecake Factory   206  
North Italia   23  
Other FRC   27  
Other   39  
Total   295  
 
Number of international-licensed restaurants:
The Cheesecake Factory   27  
 
(1) The Other FRC segment includes all FRC brands except Flower Child.
(2) The Other segment includes the Flower Child, Grand Lux Cafe, RockSugar Southeast Asian Kitchen and Social Monk Asian Kitchen concepts, as well as the Company’s third-party bakery, international and consumer packaged goods businesses, unallocated corporate expenses and gift card costs.
 
Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Information December 29, 2020 December 31, 2019
Cash and cash equivalents $ 154,085   $ 58,416  
Long-term debt   280,000     290,000  
 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results
In addition to the results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) in this press release, the Company is providing non-GAAP measurements which present net (loss)/income and net (loss)/income per share excluding the impact of certain items. The non-GAAP measurements are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP measures are calculated by eliminating from net (loss)/income and diluted net (loss)/income per share the impact of items the Company does not consider indicative of its ongoing operations. To reflect the potential impact of the conversion of the Company’s convertible preferred stock into common stock, the Company excludes the preferred dividend and direct and incremental preferred stock issuance costs, and assumes all convertible preferred shares convert to common stock. 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 Cheesecake Factory Incorporated
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(unaudited; in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
13 Weeks Ended 13 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended 52 Weeks Ended
December 29, 2020 December 31, 2019 December 29, 2020 December 31, 2019
 
Net (loss)/income available to common stockholders (GAAP) $ (37,270 ) $ 48,709   $ (277,107 ) $ 127,293  
Dividends on Series A preferred stock   4,953         13,485      
Direct and incremental Series A preferred stock issuance costs           10,257      
COVID-19 related costs (1)   5,384         22,963      
Impairment of assets and lease termination expenses (2)   14,603     18,247     219,333     18,247  
Acquisition-related costs (3)   357     2,080     2,699     5,270  
Acquisition-related contingent consideration, compensation and amortization expenses (4)   120     1,033     (3,872 )   1,033  
Loss on investment in unconsolidated affiliates (5)               13,439  
Gain on investment in unconsolidated affiliates (6)       (52,672 )       (52,672 )
Tax effect of adjustments (7)   (5,321 )   8,141     (62,692 )   3,818  
Adjusted net (loss)/income (non-GAAP) $ (17,174 ) $ 25,538   $ (74,934 ) $ 116,428  
 
Diluted net (loss)/income per common share (GAAP) $ (0.85 ) $ 1.10   $ (6.32 ) $ 2.86  
Dividends on Series A preferred stock   0.09         0.27      
Direct and incremental Series A preferred stock issuance costs           0.20      
Assumed impact of potential conversion of Series A preferred stock into common stock (8)   0.15         0.80      
COVID-19 related costs   0.10         0.46      
Impairment of assets and lease termination expenses   0.27     0.41     4.36     0.41  
Acquisition-related costs   0.01     0.05     0.05     0.12  
Acquisition-related contingent consideration, compensation and amortization expenses   0.00     0.02     (0.08 )   0.02  
Loss on investment in unconsolidated affiliates               0.30  
Gain on investment in unconsolidated affiliates       (1.19 )       (1.18 )
Tax effect of adjustments   (0.10 )   0.18     (1.25 )   0.09  
Adjusted net (loss)/income per share (non-GAAP) (9) $ (0.32 ) $ 0.58   $ (1.49 ) $ 2.61  
 
(1) Represents incremental costs associated with COVID-19 such as additional sanitation, personal protective equipment, and healthcare benefits and other expenses associated with furloughed staff members. For the thirteen weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded $5.4 million for these costs with approximately $2.0 million reflected in labor expenses, $3.6 million in other operating expenses and ($0.2) million in General & Administrative expenses. For the fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded $23.0 million for these costs with approximately $2.2 million in cost of sales, $11.9 million reflected in labor expenses, $8.8 million in other operating expenses and $0.1 million in General & Administrative expenses.
(2) During the thirteen weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded impairment of assets and lease termination expenses of $0.5 million for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, $0.3 million for North Italia, $0.1 million for Other FRC and $13.7 million for the Other segment. During the fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2020, the Company recorded impairment of assets and lease termination expenses of $3.3 million for The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, $71.8 million for North Italia, $73.0 million for Other FRC and $71.2 million for Other.
(3) Represents costs incurred to effect and integrate the North and FRC acquisition.
(4) Represents changes in the fair value of the deferred consideration and contingent consideration and compensation liabilities related to the North and FRC acquisition, as well as amortization of acquired definite-lived licensing agreements.
(5) Represents the Company’s share of pre-acquisition losses incurred by North Italia and Flower Child.
(6) Represents gain related to the acquisition of the remaining equity interest in North Italia and Flower Child.
(7) Based on the federal statutory rate and an estimated blended state tax rate, the tax effect on all adjustments assumes a 26% tax rate for fiscal 2020 and 2019.
(8) Represents the impact of assuming the conversion of Series A preferred stock into common stock (9,378,275 shares and 6,390,210 shares for the thirteen weeks and fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2020, respectively), resulting in an assumption of 53,306,694 and 50,258,815 weighted-average common shares outstanding, respectively, for the thirteen weeks and fifty-two weeks ended December 29, 2020.
(9) Adjusted net (loss)/income per share may not add due to rounding.

 
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