Noodles & Company Announces Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

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System-wide Comparable Restaurant Sales Growth of 16.3%,
Record Company Average Unit Volumes of $1.38M

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Oct. 27, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Noodles & Company (Nasdaq: NDLS) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 28, 2021.

Key highlights for the third quarter of 2021 versus the third quarter of 2020 include:

  • Total revenue increased 18.1% to $125.1 million from $106.0 million in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 16.3% system-wide, comprised of a 15.3% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 21.0% increase at franchise restaurants.

  • Record Company Average Unit Volumes of $1.38 million represented a 16.0% increase compared to the third quarter of 2020 and a 15.9% increase versus the third quarter of 2019.

  • Net income was $4.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared to net loss of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Operating margin was 4.3% compared to operating margin of 0.7% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Restaurant contribution margin(1) was 18.1% compared to 15.4% in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $13.2 million, an increase of $5.5 million compared to the third quarter of 2020.

  • Adjusted net income(1) was $5.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share compared to adjusted net income of $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2020.

  • Net debt(1) decreased to $19.1 million compared to $34.2 million at the end of the fourth quarter 2020.

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(1) Restaurant contribution margin, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and net debt are non-GAAP measures. Reconciliations of operating income (loss) to restaurant contribution margin, net income (loss) to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, net income (loss) to adjusted net income and debt to net debt are included in the accompanying financial data. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“We are very pleased to report another quarter of record high average unit volumes, reflecting the continued momentum of the Noodles & Company brand and our ability to remain resilient in volatile market conditions,” said Dave Boennighausen, Chief Executive Officer of Noodles & Company. “Our results in the third quarter were driven by strength across all channels, with continued retention in our digital offering and further acceleration within our in-restaurant business. Our average unit volumes reached $1.38 million, representing a 15.9% increase compared to the third quarter of 2019. Additionally, we achieved a 270 bps expansion in restaurant contribution margin to 18.1% despite an inflationary environment.”

Boennighausen continued, “Our business fundamentals remain strong, and we have never been more encouraged by the Noodles & Company growth opportunity, both from a restaurant economics and a unit growth basis. While we anticipate continued volatility through the balance of the year due to the current staffing and supply chain environment, the progress we have made towards our accelerated growth objectives gives us further confidence in our ability to successfully navigate any market condition.”

Third Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenue grew 18.1% to $125.1 million in the third quarter of 2021, compared to $106.0 million in the third quarter of 2020. This growth was due to an increase in system-wide comparable restaurant sales as well as new restaurant openings performing at higher levels than historical openings.

In the third quarter of 2021, system-wide comparable restaurant sales increased 16.3%, comprised of a 15.3% increase at company-owned restaurants and a 21.0% increase at franchise restaurants. Comparable restaurant sales reflect continued strength in both digital and in-person channels. Digital sales during the third quarter accounted for 52% of total revenue. Company average unit volumes, which normalize for the impact of temporary restaurant closures, increased 16.0% over the third quarter of 2020 and 15.9% compared to the third quarter of 2019.

Operating margin increased to 4.3% from 0.7% in the third quarter of 2020 primarily due to leverage on increased average unit volumes.

Restaurant contribution margin increased to 18.1% in the third quarter of 2021, compared to 15.4% in the third quarter of 2020. This increase was primarily due to leverage on increased average unit volumes in addition to the benefit of labor efficiency initiatives, partially offset by inflationary pressures on cost of goods and team member appreciation bonuses, particularly in the back half of the quarter.

The safety and well-being of our team members and guests remains our highest priority and we continue to actively monitor and adhere to local and federal mandates as it relates to in-restaurant dining and safety protocols. As of October 25, 2021, substantially all company-owned and franchise locations are offering in-restaurant dining at varying capacities.

There were two company-owned restaurant openings during the third quarter of 2021 which included one restaurant that was closed and relocated. In the third quarter of 2021, we closed the aforementioned company-owned restaurant and had one franchise location close due to eminent domain. There were 450 restaurants system-wide at the end of the third quarter 2021, comprised of 374 company-owned restaurants and 76 franchise restaurants. Recent openings that are not in the Company’s comparable restaurant base, most offering order ahead drive-thru pick-up windows, continue to perform as a group at the highest sales level of any class of new restaurants in the Company’s history.

For the third quarter of 2021, the Company reported net income of $4.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, compared with net loss of $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2020, or $0.00 loss per diluted share. Income from operations for the third quarter of 2021 was $5.3 million, compared to income from operations of $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2020.

Adjusted net income was $5.3 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2021, which includes expense related to stock-based compensation, compared to adjusted net income of $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA increased 71.2% to $13.2 million in the third quarter of 2021, an increase of $5.5 million over the third quarter of 2020.

Liquidity Update:

As of September 28, 2021, the Company had $3.1 million of cash on hand and outstanding debt of $23.7 million under the revolving credit facility. During the quarter, we repaid $19.6 million on our revolver to bring it down to a zero balance, which resulted in $71.8 million available for borrowing.

Business Outlook:

Given delays that the Company is encountering with regard to equipment availability and landlord delivery timing, we are providing the following updates to expectations for 2021:

  • Seven to nine new restaurants system-wide in 2021, from prior outlook of 10 to 15 new restaurants. The revised outlook incorporates the delay of certain new restaurants into early 2022. These delayed restaurant openings are anticipated to be incremental to the Company’s prior outlook on unit growth for 2022, and we now anticipate at least 8% system-wide unit growth next year.

  • Capital expenditures of $20 million to $22 million in 2021, from prior outlook of $20 million to $24 million, primarily due to the delay of new restaurant openings into early 2022.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company believes that a quantitative reconciliation of the Company’s non-GAAP financial measures guidance to the most comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP cannot be made available without unreasonable efforts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures would require the Company to provide guidance for various reconciling items that are outside of the Company’s control and cannot be reasonably predicted due to the fact that these items could vary significantly from period to period. A reconciliation of certain non-GAAP financial measures would also require the Company to predict the timing and likelihood of outcomes that determine future impairments and the tax benefit thereof. None of these measures, nor their probable significance, can be reliably quantified. The non-GAAP financial measures noted above have limitations as analytical financial measures, as discussed below in the section entitled “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” In addition, the guidance with respect to non-GAAP financial measures is a forward-looking statement, which by its nature involves risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s forward-looking statement, as discussed below in the section entitled “Forward-Looking Statements.”

Key Definitions

Average Unit Volume — represents the average annualized sales of all company-owned restaurants for a given time period. Average unit volume is calculated by dividing restaurant revenue by the number of operating days within each time period and multiplying by the number of operating days we have in a typical year. This measurement allows management to assess changes in revenue patterns at our restaurants.

Comparable Restaurant Sales — represents year-over-year sales comparisons for the comparable restaurant base open for at least 18 full periods. This measure highlights performance of existing restaurants, as the impact of new restaurant openings is excluded. Changes in comparable restaurant sales are generated by changes in traffic, which we calculate as the number of entrées sold, or changes in per-person spend, calculated as sales divided by traffic. For fiscal year 2020, restaurants that were temporarily closed or operating at reduced hours or dining capacity due to the COVID-19 pandemic remained in comparable restaurant sales.

Restaurant Contribution and Restaurant Contribution Margin — restaurant contribution represents restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs, which are costs of sales, labor, occupancy and other restaurant operating items. Restaurant contribution margin represents restaurant contribution as a percentage of restaurant revenue. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are presented because they are widely-used metrics within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant-level productivity, efficiency and performance. Management also uses restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin as metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our restaurants, restaurant performance across periods, and restaurant financial performance compared with competitors. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA — EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals, acquisition costs, severance costs and stock-based compensation expense. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because: (i) management believes they are useful measures for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses and restaurant impairments, asset disposals and closure costs, and (ii) management uses them internally as a benchmark for certain of our cash incentive plans and to evaluate our operating performance or compare performance to that of competitors. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss) represents net income (loss) plus various adjustments and the tax effects of such adjustments. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding the Company’s performance, excluding the impact of special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters and expected results in future quarters. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Net Debt represents debt (the most comparable GAAP measure, calculated as long-term obligations plus short-term borrowings) minus cash and cash equivalents. Management believes that net debt is an important measure to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet. With respect to net debt, cash and cash equivalents are subtracted from the GAAP measure because they could be used to reduce the Company’s debt obligations. A limitation associated with using net debt is that it subtracts cash and cash equivalents and therefore may imply that there is less Company debt than the most comparable GAAP measure indicates. Management believes that investors may find it useful to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet. See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below.

Conference Call

Noodles & Company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter financial results on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (877) 303-1298 or for international callers by dialing (253) 237-1032. A replay will be available after the call and can be accessed by dialing (855) 859-2056 or for international callers by dialing (404) 537-3406; the passcode is 1154048. The replay will be available until Wednesday, November 3, 2021. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company’s corporate website at investor.noodles.com, under the “Events & Presentations” page. An archive of the webcast will be available at this location shortly after the call has concluded until Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its condensed consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income (loss), adjusted earnings (loss) per share, net debt, restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin (collectively, the “non-GAAP financial measures”). The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or to be superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. 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 Company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding the Company’s operating performance excluding the impact of restaurant impairment and closure costs, dead deal or registration statement costs, severance costs and stock-based compensation expense and the tax effect of such adjustments. However, the Company recognizes that non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical financial measures. The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using non-GAAP metrics only supplementally. There are numerous of these limitations, including that: adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s capital expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, associated with our indebtedness; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect depreciation and amortization, which are non-cash charges, although the assets being depreciated and amortized will likely have to be replaced in the future, and do not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cost of stock-based compensation; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs; and restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are not reflective of the underlying performance of our business because corporate-level expenses are excluded from these measures. When analyzing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider non-GAAP financial metrics in isolation or as substitutes for net income (loss) or cash flow from operations, or other statement of operations or cash flow statement data prepared in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the measures used by other companies.

For more information on the non-GAAP financial measures, please see the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results” tables in this press release. These accompanying tables have more details on the GAAP financial measures that are most directly comparable to non-GAAP financial measures and the related reconciliations between these financial measures.

About Noodles & Company

Since 1995, Noodles & Company has been serving noodles your way, from noodles and flavors that you know and love, to new ones you’re about to discover for the first time. From indulgent Wisconsin Mac & Cheese to good-for-you Zoodles, Noodles serves a world of flavor in every bowl. Made up of 450 restaurants and approximately 8,000 passionate team members, Noodles is dedicated to nourishing and inspiring every guest who walks through the door. To learn more or find the location nearest you, visit www.noodles.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve risks and uncertainties such as the number of restaurants we intend to open, projected capital expenditures and estimates of our effective tax rates. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terms such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “objective,” “intend,” “should,” “could,” “can,” “would,” “expect,” “believe,” “design,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “plan” or the negative of these terms and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are based on currently available operating, financial and competitive information. Examples of forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts, such as statements regarding expectations with respect to unit growth and planned restaurant opening, projected capital expenditures, and potential volatility through the balance of the year due to the current staffing and supply chain environment. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to reasons including, but not limited to, our ability to sustain our overall growth, in particular, our digital sales growth; our ability to open new restaurants on schedule and cause those newly opened restaurants to be successful; our ability to achieve and maintain increases in comparable restaurant sales and to successfully execute our business strategy, including new restaurant initiatives and operational strategies to improve the performance of our restaurant portfolio; the success of our marketing efforts; price and availability of commodities and other supply chain challenges; our ability to adequately staff our restaurants; changes in labor costs; the extent, duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic; governmental and guest response to the COVID-19 pandemic; other conditions beyond our control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting our customers or food supplies; and consumer reaction to industry related public health issues and health pandemics, including the COVID-19 pandemic and perceptions of food safety.. For additional information on these and other factors that could affect the Company’s forward-looking statements, see the Company’s risk factors, as they may be amended from time to time, set forth in its filings with the SEC, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2020 filed on February 25, 2021 and in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. The Company disclaims and does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement in this press release, except as may be required by applicable law or regulation.

Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data, unaudited)

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

Revenue:

Restaurant revenue

$

123,094

$

104,413

$

354,553

$

283,150

Franchising royalties and fees, and other

2,032

1,569

5,799

3,337

Total revenue

125,126

105,982

360,352

286,487

Costs and expenses:

Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):

Cost of sales

30,946

25,900

88,728

71,124

Labor

36,896

31,264

108,128

92,632

Occupancy

11,426

11,737

34,594

35,473

Other restaurant operating costs

21,529

19,383

62,816

51,861

General and administrative

12,187

10,827

36,094

31,415

Depreciation and amortization

5,571

5,541

16,734

16,273

Pre-opening

125

239

346

383

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals

1,126

369

2,747

3,983

Total costs and expenses

119,806

105,260

350,187

303,144

Income (loss) from operations

5,320

722

10,165

(16,657

)

Interest expense, net

594

822

1,714

2,710

Income (loss) before taxes

4,726

(100

)

8,451

(19,367

)

Provision for income taxes

29

27

48

73

Net income (loss)

$

4,697

$

(127

)

$

8,403

$

(19,440

)

Earnings (loss) per Class A and Class B common stock, combined

Basic

$

0.10

$

$

0.19

$

(0.44

)

Diluted

$

0.10

$

$

0.18

$

(0.44

)

Weighted average shares of Class A and Class B common stock outstanding, combined:

Basic

45,635,455

44,358,763

45,414,332

44,238,400

Diluted

46,382,509

44,358,763

46,134,994

44,238,400

Noodles & Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations as a Percentage of Revenue
(unaudited)

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

Revenue:

Restaurant revenue

98.4

%

98.5

%

98.4

%

98.8

%

Franchising royalties and fees, and other

1.6

%

1.5

%

1.6

%

1.2

%

Total revenue

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Costs and expenses:

Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below): (1)

Cost of sales

25.1

%

24.8

%

25.0

%

25.1

%

Labor

30.0

%

29.9

%

30.5

%

32.7

%

Occupancy

9.3

%

11.2

%

9.8

%

12.5

%

Other restaurant operating costs

17.5

%

18.6

%

17.7

%

18.3

%

General and administrative

9.7

%

10.2

%

10.0

%

11.0

%

Depreciation and amortization

4.5

%

5.2

%

4.6

%

5.7

%

Pre-opening

0.1

%

0.2

%

0.1

%

0.1

%

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals

0.9

%

0.3

%

0.8

%

1.4

%

Total costs and expenses

95.7

%

99.3

%

97.2

%

105.8

%

Income (loss) from operations

4.3

%

0.7

%

2.8

%

(5.8

)

%

Interest expense, net

0.5

%

0.8

%

0.5

%

0.9

%

Income (loss) before taxes

3.8

%

(0.1

)

%

2.3

%

(6.8

)

%

Provision for income taxes

%

%

%

%

Net income (loss)

3.8

%

(0.1

)

%

2.3

%

(6.8

)

%

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(1) As a percentage of restaurant revenue.

Noodles & Company
Consolidated Selected Balance Sheet Data and Selected Operating Data
(in thousands, except restaurant activity, unaudited)

As of

September 28,
2021

December 29,
2020

Balance Sheet Data

Total current assets

$

21,461

$

23,714

Total assets

344,499

353,631

Total current liabilities

68,307

58,129

Total long-term debt

20,789

40,949

Total liabilities

303,397

323,932

Total stockholders’ equity

41,102

29,699


Fiscal Quarter Ended

September 28,
2021

June 29,
2021

March 30,
2021

December 29,
2020

September 29,
2020

Selected Operating Data

Restaurant Activity:

Company-owned restaurants at end of period

374

374

372

378

378

Franchise restaurants at end of period

76

77

76

76

76

Revenue Data:

Company-owned average unit volume

$

1,377

$

1,350

$

1,170

$

1,064

$

1,187

Franchise average unit volume

$

1,347

$

1,240

$

1,142

$

1,073

$

1,102

Company-owned comparable restaurant sales

15.3

%

55.7

%

10.5

%

(4.2

)

%

(3.6

)

%

Franchise comparable restaurant sales

21.0

%

63.8

%

11.7

%

(7.9

)

%

(5.0

)

%

System-wide comparable restaurant sales

16.3

%

56.8

%

10.7

%

(4.7

)

%

(3.8

)

%

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Measurements to GAAP Results

Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands, unaudited)

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

Net income (loss)

$

4,697

$

(127

)

$

8,403

$

(19,440

)

Depreciation and amortization

5,571

5,541

16,734

16,273

Interest expense, net

594

822

1,714

2,710

Provision for income taxes

29

27

48

73

EBITDA

$

10,891

$

6,263

$

26,899

$

(384

)

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals

1,126

369

2,747

3,983

Stock-based compensation expense

1,177

708

3,590

1,960

Severance costs

365

454

Fees and costs related to transactions and other acquisition/disposition costs

162

Adjusted EBITDA

$

13,194

$

7,705

$

33,236

$

6,175

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EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are supplemental measures of operating performance that do not represent and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss) or cash flow from operations, as determined by GAAP, and our calculation thereof may not be comparable to that reported by other companies. These measures are presented because we believe that investors’ understanding of our performance is enhanced by including these non-GAAP financial measures as a reasonable basis for evaluating our ongoing results of operations.

EBITDA is calculated as net income (loss) before interest expense, provision for income taxes and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to reflect the eliminations shown in the table above.

EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are presented because: (i) we believe they are useful measures for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expenses and restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals and (ii) we use adjusted EBITDA internally as a benchmark for certain of our cash incentive plans and to evaluate our operating performance or compare our performance to that of our competitors. The use of adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. Companies within our industry exhibit significant variations with respect to capital structures and cost of capital (which affect interest expense and income tax rates) and differences in book depreciation of property, plant and equipment (which affect relative depreciation expense), including significant differences in the depreciable lives of similar assets among various companies. Our management believes that adjusted EBITDA facilitates company-to-company comparisons within our industry by eliminating some of these foregoing variations. Adjusted EBITDA as presented may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies, and our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by excluded or unusual items.

Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Net Income (Loss)
(in thousands, except share and per share data, unaudited)

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

Net income (loss)

$

4,697

$

(127

)

$

8,403

$

(19,440

)

Restaurant impairments, divestitures and closure costs (a)

647

409

1,935

3,116

Fees and costs related to transactions and other acquisition/disposition costs (b)

162

Severance costs (c)

365

454

Tax impact of adjustments above (d)

(4

)

3

(11

)

14

Adjusted net income (loss)

$

5,340

$

650

$

10,327

$

(15,694

)

Earnings (loss) per Class A and Class B common stock, combined

Basic

$

0.10

$

$

0.19

$

(0.44

)

Diluted

$

0.10

$

$

0.18

$

(0.44

)

Adjusted earnings (loss) per Class A and Class B common stock, combined (e)

Basic

$

0.12

$

0.01

$

0.23

$

(0.35

)

Diluted

$

0.12

$

0.01

$

0.22

$

(0.35

)

Weighted average Class A and Class B common stock outstanding, combined (e)

Basic

45,635,455

44,358,763

45,414,332

44,238,400

Diluted

46,382,509

45,542,617

46,134,994

44,238,400

_____________________________

Adjusted net income (loss) is a supplemental measure of financial performance that is not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. We define adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss) plus the impact of adjustments and the tax effects of such adjustments. Adjusted net income (loss) is presented because management believes it helps convey supplemental information to investors regarding our performance, excluding the impact of special items that affect the comparability of results in past quarters to expected results in future quarters. Adjusted net income (loss) as presented may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies, and our presentation of adjusted net income (loss) should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by excluded or unusual items. Our management uses this non-GAAP financial measure to analyze changes in our underlying business from quarter to quarter based on comparable financial results.

(a)

Reflects the adjustment to eliminate the impact of impairing restaurants, divestiture costs and ongoing closure costs recognized during the first three quarters of 2021 and 2020. Both periods include ongoing closure costs from restaurants closed in previous years. These expenses are included in the “Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals” line in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

(b)

Reflects the adjustment to eliminate expenses related to certain corporate transactions in the first three quarters of 2020.

(c)

Reflects the adjustment to eliminate severance costs in 2020.

(d)

Reflects the tax impact of the other adjustments discussed in (a) through (c) above using the estimated annual effective tax rate. Note that the amounts in 2021 and 2020 have been adjusted to reflect the respective effective tax rate.

(e)

Adjusted per share amounts are calculated by dividing adjusted net income (loss) by the basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding.

Noodles & Company
Reconciliation of Operating Income (Loss) to Restaurant Contribution
(in thousands, unaudited)

Fiscal Quarter Ended

Three Fiscal Quarters Ended

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

September 28,
2021

September 29,
2020

Income (loss) from operations

$

5,320

$

722

$

10,165

$

(16,657

)

Less: Franchising royalties and fees, and other

2,032

1,569

5,799

3,337

Plus: General and administrative

12,187

10,827

36,094

31,415

Depreciation and amortization

5,571

5,541

16,734

16,273

Pre-opening

125

239

346

383

Restaurant impairments, closure costs and asset disposals

1,126

369

2,747

3,983

Restaurant contribution

$

22,297

$

16,129

$

60,287

$

32,060

Restaurant contribution margin

18.1

%

15.4

%

17.0

%

11.3

%

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Restaurant contribution represents restaurant revenue less restaurant operating costs, which are the cost of sales, labor, occupancy and other operating items. Restaurant contribution margin represents restaurant contribution as a percentage of restaurant revenue. Restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are non-GAAP measures that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with GAAP, and the calculations thereof may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies. These measures are supplemental measures of the operating performance of our restaurants and are not reflective of the underlying performance of our business because corporate-level expenses are excluded from these measures.

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. Management does not consider these measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that restaurant contribution and restaurant contribution margin are important tools for investors and other interested parties because they are widely-used metrics within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant-level productivity, efficiency and performance. Management also uses these measures as metrics to evaluate the profitability of incremental sales at our restaurants, restaurant performance across periods, and restaurant financial performance compared with competitors.

Reconciliation of Debt to Net Debt
(in thousands, unaudited)

As of

September 28,
2021

December 29,
2020

Current portion of long-term debt

$

1,500

$

1,125

Long-term debt, net

20,789

40,949

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

3,149

7,840

Net debt

$

19,140

$

34,234

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Net debt is a non-GAAP financial measure. The most comparable GAAP measure, calculated as long-term obligations plus short-term borrowings minus cash and cash equivalents. Management believes that net debt is an important measure to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet. With respect to net debt, cash and cash equivalents are subtracted from the GAAP measure because they could be used to reduce the Company’s debt obligations. A limitation associated with using net debt is that it subtracts cash and cash equivalents and therefore may imply that there is less Company debt than the most comparable GAAP measure indicates. Management believes that investors may find it useful to monitor leverage and evaluate the balance sheet.

Contacts:
Investor Relations
investorrelations@noodles.com

Media
Danielle Moore
press@noodles.com

Source: Noodles & Company


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