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Shake Shack Announces Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

August 5, 2019

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 5, 2019--

Shake Shack Inc. (“Shake Shack” or the “Company”) (NYSE: SHAK) today reported its financial results for the second quarter ended June 26, 2019, a period that included 13 weeks.

Financial Highlights for the Second Quarter 2019 compared to the Second Quarter 2018:

* Shack-level operating profit and adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of Shack-level operating profit to operating income and adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, are set forth in the schedules accompanying this release. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Randy Garutti, Chief Executive Officer of Shake Shack, stated, “More than halfway through 2019, we are pleased to report continued strong momentum into the second quarter across all areas of the business. System-wide sales increased 33.2%, total revenue grew by 31.3% and adjusted EBITDA increased 18.5%, driven by positive same-Shack sales of 3.6% with traffic growth of 1.3%. Our digital channels, including delivery, were a key contributor to these results, in conjunction with a benefit from the shift in Easter timing within the second quarter. To further strengthen our ongoing digital evolution, and as a part of our focus on accessibility and convenience for our guests, we’re pleased to announce an integrated delivery partnership with Grubhub, which will be rolled out across the system over the remainder of this year and into early next.”

Garutti concluded, “Based on our second quarter results, we are raising our overall revenue guidance including our licensing revenue guidance. It has been a tremendous year so far for our international business, having entered Mainland China for the first time in January, the Philippines and Singapore in the second quarter, and most recently Mexico, earlier in the third quarter. To further our international growth in Asia, we are also pleased to announce our expansion into Beijing through our newly executed development agreement with Maxim’s Caterers. We’ve had an incredible start in Hong Kong over the past year, and combined with our first six months in Shanghai, we’re bullish on the tremendous growth opportunity we believe exists for the Shake Shack brand in Mainland China. Overall, we have strong and positive momentum across the business heading into the second half of the year and continue to execute well against a robust domestic and international development pipeline, while also testing new Shack formats, and increasing accessibility and convenience through ongoing digital innovation.”

Development Highlights

During the quarter, the Company opened 11 domestic company-operated Shacks, deepening its roots in existing markets with openings in San Diego, Los Angeles and Dallas, while expanding into the new markets of Sarasota, Columbus and Virginia Beach. Additionally, the Company opened two domestic licensed Shacks, which included its first 24-hour roadside Shack in New Jersey, and six international licensed Shacks, which included its first Shacks in the Philippines and Singapore, at the Jewel Changi Airport.

Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company opened five domestic company operated Shacks, including Shacks in the new markets of New Orleans and Salt Lake City, and three licensed Shacks, including its first international licensed Shack in Mexico City. Additionally, the Company executed a new development agreement to open 15 Shacks in the Beijing market over the next 10 years.

Second Quarter 2019 Review

Total revenue, which includes Shack sales and licensing revenue, increased 31.3% to $152.7 million in the second quarter of 2019, from $116.3 million in the second quarter of 2018. Shack sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $147.9 million compared to $112.9 million in the same quarter last year, an increase of $35.0 million, or 31.0%, due primarily to the opening of 40 new domestic company-operated Shacks between the second quarter of 2018 and the second quarter of 2019, as well as same-Shack sales growth. Licensing revenue for the second quarter was $4.8 million, an increase of 42.9% from $3.4 million in the same quarter last year, due primarily to the opening of 18 net new licensed Shacks.

Same-Shack sales increased 3.6% for the second quarter of 2019 versus a 1.1% growth in the second quarter last year. The increase in same-Shack sales consisted of a 1.3% increase in guest traffic and a combined increase of 2.3% in price and sales mix, combined with the favorable impact from the timing shift of Easter. The comparable Shack base includes those restaurants open for 24 full fiscal months or longer. For the second quarter of 2019, the comparable Shack base included 74 Shacks versus 50 Shacks for the second quarter of 2018.

Average weekly sales for domestic company-operated Shacks decreased to $85,000 for the second quarter of 2019 compared to $89,000 for the same quarter last year, primarily due to the addition of newer Shacks at a broader range of average unit volumes.

Operating income decreased to $11.9 million for the second quarter of 2019 from $13.0 million in the same quarter last year. Operating income margins decreased 340 basis points to 7.8%. These decreases included a number of one-time charges and costs related to Project Concrete totaling $0.5 million. Shack-level operating profit, a non-GAAP measure, increased 13.7% to $36.2 million for the second quarter of 2019 from $31.8 million in the same quarter last year. As a percentage of Shack sales, Shack-level operating profit margins decreased 380 basis points to 24.4%, primarily due to: (i) benefits recognized in the prior year quarter resulting in a positive impact of 100 basis points, which included sponsorship receipts for the Company’s biennial leadership retreat and deferred rent related to certain historical leases with co-tenancy provisions; (ii) increased food costs associated with Chick’n Bites since its nationwide roll-out at the beginning of the year and some commodity inflation, specifically in beef and dairy; (iii) an increase in paper costs as a result of the Company’s off-premise digital growth, which requires more packaging than in-Shack orders; (iv) increased labor and related expenses resulting from inflation across the country, especially in New York City, the administration and cost of regulatory factors, such as the Fair Workweek legislation and higher labor costs from newly opened Shacks, which typically carry higher labor costs during the first few months of operations; (v) delivery commissions and increased levels of marketing activity, both local and nationwide; and (vi) the impact related to the adoption of the new lease accounting standard. A reconciliation of Shack-level operating profit to operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is set forth in the schedules accompanying this release. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

General and administrative expenses increased to $15.4 million for the second quarter of 2019 from $12.6 million in the same quarter last year, primarily due to the increase in the Company’s investment across the business, particularly in people resources and foundational infrastructure to support its ongoing growth initiatives, including costs of $0.5 million related to Project Concrete and other one-time costs. Additionally, in connection with the financial systems launch of Project Concrete, the Company accelerated certain cash payments totaling $9.8 million to facilitate the transition. As a percentage of total revenue, general and administrative expenses decreased to 10.1% for the second quarter of 2019 from 10.8% in the second quarter last year, in which the Company will assess opportunities to reinvest into the business throughout the remainder of the year, particularly in those impacting Shack-level profitability.

Net income was $11.2 million, or 7.3% of total revenue, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $10.6 million, or 9.1% of total revenue, for the same period last year. Net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. was $9.0 million, or 5.9% of total revenue, for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $7.6 million, or 6.5% of total revenue, for the same period last year. Earnings per diluted share was $0.29 for the second quarter of 2019 compared to $0.26 for the same period last year.

Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased 18.5% to $25.9 million. As a percentage of total revenue, adjusted EBITDA margins decreased approximately 180 basis points to 17.0% compared to 18.8% for the year ago period. This decrease was primarily due to the aforementioned items within Shack-level operating profit. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is set forth in the schedules accompanying this release. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Adjusted pro forma net income, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 6.5% to $10.2 million, or $0.27 per fully exchanged and diluted share during the second quarter of 2019, compared to $11.0 million, or $0.29 per fully exchanged and diluted share during the second quarter of 2018. A reconciliation of adjusted pro forma net income to net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc., the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is set forth in the schedules accompanying this release. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Updated 2019 Outlook

These forward-looking projections are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results to be materially different. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2018 under the heading “Risk Factors.” These forward-looking projections should be reviewed in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the section titled “Trends in Our Business” which forms the basis of our assumptions used to prepare these forward-looking projections. You should not attribute undue certainty to these projections and we undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking information, except as required by law.

For the fiscal year ending December 25, 2019, we have revised our financial outlook to the following with changes from the previous outlook in bold:

Earnings Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will host a conference call to discuss its second quarter 2019 financial results today at 5:00 p.m. ET.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (800) 289-0438 or for international callers by dialing (323) 794-2423. A replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921or for international callers by dialing (412) 317-6671; the passcode is 8322881. The replay will be available until August 12, 2019.

The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company’s Investor Relations website at http://investor.shakeshack.com. An archive of the webcast will be available at the same location on the website shortly after the call has concluded.

Definitions

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

“Shack sales” is defined as the aggregate sales of food, beverages and Shake Shack branded merchandise at domestic company-operated Shacks and excludes sales from licensed Shacks.

“Same-Shack sales” represents Shack sales for the comparable Shack base, which is defined as the number of domestic company-operated Shacks open for 24 full fiscal months or longer.

“Average unit volume” or “AUV” for any 12-month period consist of the average annualized sales of all domestic company-operated Shacks over that period. AUV is calculated by dividing total Shack sales from domestic company-operated Shacks by the number of domestic company-operated Shacks open during that period. For Shacks that are not open for the entire period, fractional adjustments are made to the number of Shacks open such that it corresponds to the period of associated sales. The measurement of AUV allows the Company to assess changes in guest traffic and per transaction patterns at domestic company-operated Shacks.

“Average weekly sales” is calculated by dividing total Shack sales by the number of operating weeks for all Shacks in operation during the period. For Shacks that are not open for the entire period, fractional adjustments are made to the number of operating weeks open such that it corresponds to the period of associated sales.

“Shack-level operating profit,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as Shack sales less Shack-level operating expenses including food and paper costs, labor and related expenses, other operating expenses and occupancy and related expenses.

“Shack-level operating profit margin,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as Shack sales less Shack-level operating expenses including food and paper costs, labor and related expenses, other operating expenses and occupancy and related expenses as a percentage of Shack sales.

“EBITDA,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income before interest expense (net of interest income), income tax expense, and depreciation and amortization expense.

“Adjusted EBITDA,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as EBITDA (as defined above), excluding equity-based compensation expense, deferred lease costs, losses on the disposal of property and equipment, as well as certain non-recurring items that the Company does not believe directly reflect its core operations and may not be indicative of the Company’s recurring business operations.

“Adjusted EBITDA margin,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income before net interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which also excludes equity-based compensation expense, deferred lease costs, losses on the disposal of property and equipment, as well as certain non-recurring and other items that the Company does not believe directly reflect its core operations, as a percentage of revenue.

“Adjusted pro forma net income,” a non-GAAP measure, represents net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. assuming the full exchange of all outstanding SSE Holdings, LLC membership interests (“LLC Interests”) for shares of Class A common stock, adjusted for certain non-recurring and other items that the Company does not believe directly reflect its core operations.

About Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches and flat-top Vienna beef dogs (no hormones or antibiotics - ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and more. With its fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal. Shake Shack’s mission is to Stand for Something Good®, from its premium ingredients and caring hiring practices to its inspiring designs and deep community investment. Since the original Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, the company has expanded to more than 240 locations in 29 U.S. States and the District of Columbia, including more than 80 international locations including London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Philippines, Mexico, Istanbul, Dubai, Tokyo, Moscow, Seoul and more.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”), which are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause actual results to be materially different. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, expected financial outlook for fiscal 2019, expected Shack openings, expected same-Shack sales growth and trends in the Company’s operations. Forward-looking statements discuss the Company’s current expectations and projections relating to their financial position, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “potential,” “project,” “projection,” “plan,” “intend,” “seek,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “can,” “can have,” “likely,” the negatives thereof and other similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by these cautionary statements. You should evaluate all forward-looking statements made in this press release in the context of the risks and uncertainties disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). All of the Company’s SEC filings are available online at www.sec.gov, www.shakeshack.com or upon request from Shake Shack Inc. The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

SHAKE SHACK INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)

To supplement the consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: Shack-level operating profit, Shack-level operating profit margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted pro forma net income and adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share (collectively the “non-GAAP financial measures”).

Shack-Level Operating Profit

Shack-level operating profit is defined as Shack sales less Shack-level operating expenses including food and paper costs, labor and related expenses, other operating expenses and occupancy and related expenses.

How This Measure Is Useful

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin are supplemental measures of operating performance that the Company believes are useful measures to evaluate the performance and profitability of its Shacks. Additionally, Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin are key metrics used internally by management to develop internal budgets and forecasts, as well as assess the performance of its Shacks relative to budget and against prior periods. It is also used to evaluate employee compensation as it serves as a metric in certain performance-based employee bonus arrangements. The Company believes presentation of Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin provides investors with a supplemental view of its operating performance that can provide meaningful insights to the underlying operating performance of the Shacks, as these measures depict the operating results that are directly impacted by the Shacks and exclude items that may not be indicative of, or are unrelated to, the ongoing operations of the Shacks. It may also assist investors to evaluate the Company’s performance relative to peers of various sizes and maturities and provides greater transparency with respect to how management evaluates the business, as well as the financial and operational decision-making.

Limitations of the Usefulness of this Measure

Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies due to different methods of calculation. Presentation of Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. Shack-level operating profit excludes certain costs, such as general and administrative expenses and pre-opening costs, which are considered normal, recurring cash operating expenses and are essential to support the operation and development of the Company’s Shacks. Therefore, this measure may not provide a complete understanding of the Company’s operating results as a whole and Shack-level operating profit and Shack-level operating profit margin should be reviewed in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financial results. A reconciliation of Shack-level operating profit to operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is set forth below.

SHAKE SHACK INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

EBITDA is defined as net income before interest expense (net of interest income), income tax expense and depreciation and amortization expense. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (as defined above) excluding equity-based compensation expense, deferred rent expense, losses on the disposal of property and equipment, as well as certain non-recurring items that the Company does not believe directly reflect its core operations and may not be indicative of the Company’s recurring business operations.

How These Measures Are Useful

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of operating performance that the Company believes are useful measures to facilitate comparisons to historical performance and competitors’ operating results. Adjusted EBITDA is a key metric used internally by management to develop internal budgets and forecasts and also serves as a metric in its performance-based equity incentive programs and certain bonus arrangements. The Company believes presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provides investors with a supplemental view of the Company’s operating performance that facilitates analysis and comparisons of its ongoing business operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of the Company’s ongoing operating performance.

Limitations of the Usefulness of These Measures

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies due to different methods of calculation. Presentation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA exclude certain normal recurring expenses. Therefore, these measures may not provide a complete understanding of the Company’s performance and should be reviewed in conjunction with the GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, is set forth below.

SHAKE SHACK INC.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(UNAUDITED)

Adjusted Pro Forma Net Income and Adjusted Pro Forma Earnings Per Fully Exchanged and Diluted Share

Adjusted pro forma net income represents net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. assuming the full exchange of all outstanding SSE Holdings, LLC membership interests (“LLC Interests”) for shares of Class A common stock, adjusted for certain non-recurring items that the Company does not believe are directly related to its core operations and may not be indicative of recurring business operations. Adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share is calculated by dividing adjusted pro forma net income by the weighted-average shares of Class A common stock outstanding, assuming the full exchange of all outstanding LLC Interests, after giving effect to the dilutive effect of outstanding equity-based awards.

How These Measures Are Useful

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, adjusted pro forma net income and adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share are supplemental measures of operating performance that the Company believes are useful measures to evaluate performance period over period and relative to its competitors. By assuming the full exchange of all outstanding LLC Interests, the Company believes these measures facilitate comparisons with other companies that have different organizational and tax structures, as well as comparisons period over period because it eliminates the effect of any changes in net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. driven by increases in its ownership of SSE Holdings, which are unrelated to the Company’s operating performance, and excludes items that are non-recurring or may not be indicative of ongoing operating performance.

Limitations of the Usefulness of These Measures

Adjusted pro forma net income and adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share may differ from similarly titled measures used by other companies due to different methods of calculation. Presentation of adjusted pro forma net income and adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share should not be considered alternatives to net income and earnings per share, as determined under GAAP. While these measures are useful in evaluating the Company’s performance, it does not account for the earnings attributable to the non-controlling interest holders and therefore does not provide a complete understanding of the net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc. Adjusted pro forma net income and adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share should be evaluated in conjunction with GAAP financial results. A reconciliation of adjusted pro forma net income to net income attributable to Shake Shack Inc., the most directly comparable GAAP measure, and the computation of adjusted pro forma earnings per fully exchanged and diluted share are set forth below.

 

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CONTACT: Investor Contact:

Melissa Calandruccio, ICR

Michelle Michalski, ICR

(844) SHACK-04 (844-742-2504)

investor@shakeshack.comMedia Contact:

Kristyn Clark, Shake Shack

(646) 747-8776

kclark@shakeshack.com

KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: RETAIL RESTAURANT/BAR FOOD/BEVERAGE

SOURCE: Shake Shack Inc.

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