• Bojangles’, Inc. Reports Financial Results for its Third Fiscal Quarter 2017

    Source: Nasdaq GlobeNewswire / 01 Nov 2017 16:07:40   Eastern Standard Time

    Revises Annual Guidance for its Fiscal Year 2017
    Announces $50 Million Share Repurchase Authorization

    CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bojangles’, Inc. (Bojangles’) (NASDAQ:BOJA) today announced financial results for the 13-week third fiscal quarter ended September 24, 2017. Bojangles’ also revised its annual guidance for the 53-week fiscal year 2017 ending on December 31, 2017 and announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a $50 million share repurchase program.

    Highlights for the Third Fiscal Quarter of 2017

    • Total revenues increased 0.2% to $133.4 million from $133.2 million in the prior year fiscal quarter;
    • System-wide comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.2%, while company-operated comparable restaurant sales decreased 3.3% and franchised comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.5%;
    • 10 system-wide restaurants were opened – 4 company-operated restaurants and 6 franchised restaurants;
    • Net Income was $7.0 million as compared to $10.0 million in the prior year fiscal quarter;
    • Diluted Net Income per Share was $0.18 as compared to $0.27 in the prior year fiscal quarter;
    • Adjusted Net Income* was $6.6 million as compared to $9.3 million in the prior year fiscal quarter;
    • Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share* was $0.17 as compared to $0.25 in the prior year fiscal quarter; and
    • Adjusted EBITDA* was $16.3 million as compared to $22.2 million in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    * Descriptions of Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures are provided in “Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Measures,” and reconciliations to GAAP figures are provided in the tables at the end of this release.

    “The prolonged competitive retail environment amidst aggressive discounting across the restaurant industry continued during our third fiscal quarter 2017, and consumers remain focused on value offerings,” said Bojangles’ President and CEO Clifton Rutledge.

    “As a result, we are placing a renewed emphasis on accentuating value through our marketing efforts, such as our recent launch of ‘five hearty meal combos for just $5 each’ and ‘two buck breakfast’ focusing on breakfast biscuit sandwiches priced at less than $2, and we intend to continue to refine that message,” concluded Mr. Rutledge.

    Third Fiscal Quarter 2017 Financial Review

    System-wide comparable restaurant sales decreased 2.2%, consisting of a 3.3% decrease in company-operated comparable restaurant sales and a 1.5% decrease in franchised comparable restaurant sales. The comparable restaurant sales decrease at company-operated restaurants was composed of a decrease in transactions and mix, partially offset by increases in price.

    Total revenues increased 0.2% to $133.4 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $133.2 million in the prior year fiscal quarter. The increase was primarily due to a net additional 50 system-wide restaurants at September 24, 2017 compared to September 25, 2016, partially offset by comparable restaurant sales declines at our company-operated and franchised restaurants.

    Company restaurant revenues decreased 0.1% to $126.2 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $126.4 million in the prior year fiscal quarter. Franchise royalty revenues increased 4.1% to $7.0 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $6.7 million in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    Restaurant contribution, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 24.5% to $17.6 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $23.3 million in the prior year fiscal quarter. As a percentage of company restaurant revenues, restaurant contribution margin, a non-GAAP measure, decreased to 13.9% in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from 18.4% in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    General and administrative expenses increased 5.8% to $9.8 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $9.3 million in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    Net Income decreased 30.6% to $7.0 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 compared to $10.0 million in the prior year fiscal quarter. Diluted Net Income per Share decreased 33.3% to $0.18 in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 compared to $0.27 in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    Adjusted Net Income, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 28.7% to $6.6 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 compared to $9.3 million in the prior year fiscal quarter. Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share decreased 32.0% to $0.17 in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 compared to $0.25 in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 26.9% to $16.3 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2017 from $22.2 million in the prior year fiscal quarter.

    Guidance

    Bojangles’ is revising its annual outlook for the 53-week period ending on December 31, 2017:

    • Total revenues of $544.0 million to $547.0 million (previously $549.0 million to $553.0 million);
    • System-wide comparable restaurant sales of negative low-single digits (no change);
    • The opening of 50 to 52 system-wide restaurants (previously 53 to 56);
      • 25 to 26 company-operated restaurants (no change);
      • 25 to 26 franchised restaurants (previously 28 to 30);
    • Net increase of 43 to 45 system-wide restaurants (previously 45 to 48);
      • Net increase of 15 to 16 company-operated restaurants (previously 16 to 17), which includes the impact of our refranchising of six company-operated restaurants;
      • Net increase of 28 to 29 franchised restaurants (previously 29 to 31), which includes the impact of our refranchising of six company-operated restaurants;
    • Restaurant contribution margin of 15.0% to 15.5% (previously 16.0% to 16.3%);
    • General and administrative expenses of $39.5 million to $40.5 million (previously $40.0 million to $41.0 million);
    • Cash capital expenditures of $12.0 million to $13.0 million (previously $17.5 million to $18.0 million);
    • Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share of $0.77 to $0.80 (previously $0.81 to $0.84); and
    • Adjusted EBITDA of $73.0 million to $75.0 million (previously $78.0 million to $80.0 million).

    In addition, beginning in fiscal year 2018, we will be slowing the pace of system-wide unit expansion by reducing development of company-operated restaurants while shifting our focus towards enabling new and existing franchised partners to lead brand expansion on a go-forward basis.

    We have not reconciled guidance for Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share or Adjusted EBITDA to the corresponding GAAP financial measures because we do not provide guidance for the various reconciling items. We are unable to provide guidance for these reconciling items because we cannot determine their probable significance, as certain items are outside of our control and cannot be reasonably predicted due to the fact that these items could vary significantly from period to period. Accordingly, reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures are not available without unreasonable effort.

    Share Repurchase Authorization

    The Bojangles’ Board of Directors has approved a share repurchase program under which we may purchase up to $50 million of our outstanding common stock through April 30, 2019. Purchases under the program may be made in the open market (including, without limitation, the use of Rule 10b5-1 plans) in compliance with applicable federal securities laws, including the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) Rule 10b-18. We have no obligation to repurchase shares under this authorization, and the timing, number and purchase price of any shares repurchased will be based on a number of factors, including Bojangles’ evaluation of general market and economic conditions, the trading price of the common stock, regulatory requirements, and compliance with the terms of the Bojangles’ outstanding indebtedness.  The share repurchase program may be extended, modified, suspended or discontinued at any time.

    Bojangles’ expects to fund the share repurchase program with either, or a combination of, existing cash on hand, cash generated from operations and borrowings under its revolving line of credit.

    Conference Call and Webcast Today

    Bojangles’ will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the third fiscal quarter 2017 results as well as fiscal year 2017 guidance today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call dial-in number is 201-493-6725. A telephone replay will be available through Friday, December 1, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing 412-317-6671. The conference ID is 13669874.

    The conference call will also be webcast live and later archived on the Investors section of our website at www.bojangles.com.

    About Bojangles’, Inc.

    Bojangles’, Inc. is a highly differentiated and growing restaurant operator and franchisor dedicated to serving customers high-quality, craveable food made from our Southern recipes. Founded in 1977 in Charlotte, N.C., Bojangles’® serves menu items such as delicious, famous chicken, made-from-scratch buttermilk biscuits, flavorful fixin’s and Legendary Iced Tea®. At September 24, 2017, Bojangles’ had 749 system-wide restaurants, of which 316 were company-operated and 433 were franchised restaurants, primarily located in the Southeastern United States. For more information, visit www.bojangles.com or follow Bojangles’ on Facebook and Twitter.

    Note Regarding Comparable Restaurant Sales

    Comparable restaurant sales reflects the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable restaurant base (as applicable, system-wide, franchised or company-operated restaurants). A restaurant enters our comparable restaurant base the first full day of the month after being open for 15 months using a mid-month convention. Refranchised restaurants are excluded from our comparable restaurant base for the twelve-month period following the date of the refranchising. If a company-operated restaurant is temporarily closed for a full calendar week due to items such as a remodel, scrape and rebuild, casualty event, severe weather conditions or any other short-term closure, it is removed from the comparable restaurant sales calculations for such period it is temporarily closed. If a franchised restaurant is temporarily closed for a full calendar week due to items such as a remodel, scrape and rebuild, casualty event, severe weather conditions or any other short-term closure, it is removed from the comparable restaurant sales calculations for the entire month(s) impacted by the temporary closure.

    Use and Definition of Non-GAAP Measures

    We utilize certain non-GAAP measures when assessing the operational strength and the performance of our business. We believe these non-GAAP measures assist our board of directors, management and investors in comparing our operating performance, on a consistent basis from period to period, by isolating the effects of certain items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary significantly among similar companies. Bojangles’ cautions that non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, reported GAAP results.

    Restaurant contribution is defined as company restaurant revenues less food and supplies costs, restaurant labor costs and operating costs, as identified by the reconciliation table below. Restaurant contribution margin is defined as restaurant contribution as a percentage of company restaurant revenues. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are supplemental measures of operating performance of our company-operated restaurants and our calculations thereof may not be comparable to those reported by other companies. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Included with the reconciliations to GAAP figures provided in the tables at the end of this release is a reconciliation of our restaurant contribution to the line item on the condensed consolidated statements of operations entitled “Company restaurant revenues,” which we believe is the most directly comparable GAAP measure on our condensed consolidated statements of operations.

    Adjusted Net Income represents company net income before items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance as identified in the reconciliation table below. Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share represents company diluted net income per share before items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance as identified in the reconciliation table below.

    EBITDA represents company net income before interest expense (net of interest income), provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents company net income before interest expense (net of interest income), provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, items that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance and certain non-cash items, as identified in the reconciliation table below.

    Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of our performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, GAAP. Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity. Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In addition, in evaluating Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we will incur expenses or charges such as those added back to calculate Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    This release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical or current facts included in this release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements discuss our current expectations, projections and guidance relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “projection,” “seek,” “may,” “could,” “would,” “will,” “should,” “can,” “can have,” “likely,” the negatives thereof and other words and terms of similar meaning.

    Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions; they are not guarantees of performance. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to risks relating to, among other risks, our vulnerability to changes in consumer preferences and economic conditions; our ability to open restaurants in new and existing markets and expand our franchise system; our ability to generate comparable restaurant sales growth; financial or other difficulties, which could cause our restaurants and our franchisees’ restaurants to close; our ability to generate increased sales or profits from new menu items, advertising campaigns, changes in discounting strategy, technology initiatives or restaurant designs and remodels; cancellation of or delay in anticipated future restaurant openings; our reliance on, limited degree of control over and potential responsibility for, our franchisees; increases in the cost of chicken, pork, dairy, wheat, corn and other products; our ability to compete successfully with other quick-service and fast-casual restaurants; our vulnerability to conditions in the Southeastern United States; negative publicity, whether or not valid; concerns about food safety and quality and about food-borne illnesses, including adverse public perception due to the occurrence of avian flu, swine flu or other food-borne illnesses, such as salmonella, E. coli, or others; changes in employment and labor laws; labor shortages and increases in labor costs; and our dependence upon frequent and timely deliveries of restaurant food and other supplies. For further details and discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 25, 2016, which was filed with the SEC on March 7, 2017, and which is available at www.sec.gov. You should not place undue reliance on these statements. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and projections about future events. Although we believe that our assumptions made in connection with the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the assumptions and expectations will prove to be correct.

    All forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. In addition, all forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this earnings release. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise other than as required under the federal securities laws.

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets 
    (in thousands) 
                
    Assets September 24, 
    2017
     December 25, 
    2016
     
    Current assets:      
     Cash and cash equivalents$17,722 13,898 
     Accounts and vendor receivables, net 3,819 5,421 
     Accounts receivable, related parties, net 352 386 
     Inventories, net 3,659 3,326 
     Other current assets 5,661 3,033 
         Total current assets 31,213 26,064 
     Property and equipment, net 56,455 52,275 
     Goodwill   161,140 161,140 
     Brand    290,500 290,500 
     Franchise rights, net 23,420 24,243 
     Favorable leases, net 757 981 
     Other noncurrent assets 4,128 4,569 
         Total assets$567,613 559,772 
    Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity     
    Current liabilities:     
     Accounts payable$11,261 16,818 
     Accrued expenses 23,353 17,940 
     Current maturities of long-term debt  2,132 
     Current maturities of capital lease obligations 7,666 7,299 
     Other current liabilities 6,823 4,390 
         Total current liabilities 49,103 48,579 
     Long-term debt, less current maturities and deferred debt issuance costs, net 133,846 153,630 
     Deferred income taxes 110,262 111,312 
     Capital lease obligations, less current maturities 23,373 22,524 
     Other noncurrent liabilities 13,551 12,937 
         Total liabilities 330,135 348,982 
    Stockholders’ equity:     
     Preferred stock   
     Common stock 370 365 
     Additional paid-in capital 128,222 124,802 
     Retained earnings 108,567 85,377 
     Accumulated other comprehensive income 319 246 
         Total stockholders’ equity 237,478 210,790 
         Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$567,613 559,772 
                

     

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
    (in thousands, except per share amounts) 
                     
            Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
      September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Revenues:            
     Company restaurant revenues$126,207  126,358   378,048  372,446  
     Franchise royalty revenues 7,018  6,739   20,509  19,532  
     Other franchise revenues 200  100   738  470  
         Total revenues 133,425  133,197   399,295  392,448  
    Company restaurant operating expenses:          
     Food and supplies costs 40,525  39,331   119,208  116,872  
     Restaurant labor costs 37,081  35,115   110,365  102,976  
     Operating costs 31,009  28,625   90,441  83,645  
     Depreciation and amortization 3,501  3,225   10,082  9,432  
         Total Company restaurant operating expenses 112,116  106,296   330,096  312,925  
         Operating income before other operating expenses 21,309  26,901   69,199  79,523  
    Other operating expenses:          
     General and administrative 9,814  9,276   28,584  28,189  
     Depreciation and amortization 747  745   2,225  2,178  
     Impairment  126  592   1,123  981  
     (Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment and other (135) 138   (238) (51) 
         Total other operating expenses 10,552  10,751   31,694  31,297  
         Operating income 10,757  16,150   37,505  48,226  
    Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs (147) (199)  (440) (567) 
    Interest income  2     15  4  
    Interest expense (1,495) (1,819)  (4,776) (5,782) 
         Income before income taxes 9,117  14,132   32,304  41,881  
    Income taxes  2,160  4,113   9,114  13,987  
         Net income$6,957  10,019   23,190  27,894  
                     
                     
    Net income per share:          
         Basic$0.19  0.28   0.63  0.77  
         Diluted$0.18  0.27   0.60  0.74  
                     
                     
    Weighted average shares used in computing net income per share:          
         Basic 37,012  36,355   36,760  36,195  
         Diluted 38,475  37,650   38,561  37,561  
                     

     

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows 
    (in thousands) 
                
            Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Cash flows from operating activities:     
     Net income $23,190  27,894  
     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:     
       Deferred income tax benefit (1,093) (2,244) 
       Depreciation and amortization 12,307  11,610  
       Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs 440  567  
       Impairment 1,123  981  
       Gain on disposal of property and equipment and other (238) (51) 
       Provision (benefit) for doubtful accounts 3  (65) 
       Provision for inventory spoilage 18  7  
       Benefit for closed stores   (51) 
       Stock-based compensation 1,185  953  
       Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation   (1,770) 
       Changes in operating assets and liabilities (117) 4,950  
         Net cash provided by operating activities 36,818  42,781  
    Cash flows from investing activities:     
     Purchases of franchisee's assets   (100) 
     Purchases of property and equipment (7,476) (5,950) 
     Proceeds from disposition of property and equipment 148  49  
         Net cash used in investing activities (7,328) (6,001) 
    Cash flows from financing activities:     
     Principal payments on long-term debt (22,357) (29,736) 
     Stock option exercises 2,343  857  
     Vesting of restricted stock units (103)   
     Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation   1,770  
     Principal payments on capital lease obligations (5,549) (4,455) 
         Net cash used in financing activities (25,666) (31,564) 
         Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,824  5,216  
    Cash and cash equivalents balance, beginning of fiscal period 13,898  14,263  
    Cash and cash equivalents balance, end of fiscal period$17,722  19,479  
                

     

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net Income 
    (in thousands) 
                     
            Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
      September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Net income  $6,957  10,019   23,190  27,894  
                     
    Certain professional, transaction and other costs (a)   24   3  66  
    Payroll taxes associated with stock option exercises (b) 24  8   122  79  
    Distributor transition costs (c)        81  
    Executive separation expenses (d)   197   551  197  
    State income tax rate change (e) (367) (908)  (367) (908) 
    Tax impact of adjustments (f) (9) (82)  (253) (156) 
    Total adjustments (352) (761)  56  (641) 
    Adjusted Net Income$6,605  9,258   23,246  27,253  
                     
                     
                     
    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Reconciliation of Diluted Net Income Per Share to Adjusted Diluted Net Income Per Share 
                     
            Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
      September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Diluted net income per share$0.18  0.27   0.60  0.74  
                     
    Certain professional, transaction and other costs (a)          
    Payroll taxes associated with stock option exercises (b)          
    Distributor transition costs (c)          
    Executive separation expenses (d)      0.02  0.01  
    State income tax rate change (e) (0.01) (0.02)  (0.01) (0.02) 
    Tax impact of adjustments (f)      (0.01)   
    Total adjustments (0.01) (0.02)    (0.01) 
    Adjusted Diluted Net Income per Share$0.17  0.25   0.60  0.73  
                     
                     
    (a) Includes costs associated with third-party consultants for one-time projects, public offering expenses and certain professional fees and transaction costs related to financing transactions. We could incur similar expenses in future periods if we commence additional public offerings, financing transactions or other one-time projects. 
    (b) Represents payroll taxes associated with stock option exercises related to stock options that were outstanding prior to our initial public offering. We expect to incur similar expenses in future periods when our directors or employees exercise stock options that were outstanding prior to our initial public offering. 
    (c) Includes expenses incurred in connection with the transition to our new distributor. 
    (d) Represents severance and legal fees associated with former executives departing the Company.  
    (e) As a result of the enacted reductions to the North Carolina corporate income tax rate during both of the thirteen weeks ended September 24, 2017 and September 25, 2016, we adjusted our deferred income taxes by applying the lower rate, which resulted in a corresponding decrease to income tax expense. 
    (f) Represents the income tax expense associated with the adjustments in (a) through (e) that are deductible for income tax purposes. 
                     

     

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA 
    (in thousands) 
                     
            Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
      September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Net income  $6,957 10,019  23,190 27,894 
    Income taxes   2,160 4,113  9,114 13,987 
    Interest expense, net 1,493 1,819  4,761 5,778 
    Depreciation and amortization (a) 4,395 4,169  12,747 12,177 
    EBITDA     15,005 20,120  49,812 59,836 
    Non-cash rent (b)  321 414  1,090 1,185 
    Stock-based compensation (c) 505 404  1,185 953 
    Payroll taxes associated with stock option exercises (d) 24 8  122 79 
    Preopening expenses (e) 302 346  1,026 942 
    Certain professional, transaction and other costs (f)  24  3 66 
    Distributor transition costs (g)     81 
    Executive separation expenses (h)  197  551 197 
    Impairment and dispositions (i) 99 730  1,033 979 
    Adjusted EBITDA$16,256 22,243  54,822 64,318 
                     
                     
    (a) Includes amortization of deferred debt issuance costs. 
    (b) Includes deferred rent, which represents the extent to which our rent expense has been above or below our cash rent payments, amortization of favorable (unfavorable) leases and closed store reserves for rent net of cash payments. We expect to continue to incur similar expenses in future periods as we record rent expense in accordance with GAAP, as well as continue to amortize favorable (unfavorable) leases and record closed store reserves. 
    (c) Represents non-cash, stock-based compensation. We expect to incur similar expenses in future periods as we record stock-based compensation related to existing grants (and any potential future grants) in accordance with GAAP.  
    (d) Represents payroll taxes associated with stock option exercises related to stock options that were outstanding prior to our initial public offering. We expect to incur similar expenses in future periods when our directors or employees exercise stock options that were outstanding prior to our initial public offering. 
    (e) Includes expenses directly associated with the opening of company-operated restaurants and incurred prior to the opening of a company-operated restaurant. We expect to continue to incur similar expenses as we open company-operated restaurants.  
    (f) Includes costs associated with third-party consultants for one-time projects, public offering expenses and certain professional fees and transaction costs related to financing transactions. We could incur similar expenses in future periods if we commence additional public offerings, financing transactions or other one-time projects.  
    (g) Includes expenses incurred in connection with the transition to our new distributor. 
    (h) Represents severance and legal fees associated with former executives departing the Company.  
    (i) Includes (gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment and other, impairment and cash proceeds on disposals from disposition of property and equipment. We could continue to record impairment expense in future periods if performance of company-operated restaurants is not sufficient to recover the carrying amount of the related long-lived assets. We may incur future (gains) losses and receive cash proceeds on disposal of property and equipment associated with retirement, replacement or write-off of fixed assets. 
                     

     

    BOJANGLES’, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
    Unaudited Reconciliation of Company Restaurant Revenues to Restaurant Contribution 
    (in thousands) 
                     
            Thirteen Weeks Ended  Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended 
            September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
      September 24, 
    2017
     September 25, 
    2016
     
    Company restaurant revenues$126,207  126,358   378,048  372,446  
    Food and supplies costs (40,525) (39,331)  (119,208) (116,872) 
    Restaurant labor costs (37,081) (35,115)  (110,365) (102,976) 
    Operating costs (31,009) (28,625)  (90,441) (83,645) 
    Restaurant contribution$17,592  23,287   58,034  68,953  
    Restaurant contribution margin 13.9% 18.4%  15.4% 18.5% 


    For Investor Relations Inquiries:
    Raphael Gross of ICR
    203.682.8253
    
    For Media Inquiries:
    Brian Little of Bojangles’ Restaurants, Inc.
    704.519.2118