EAT 2014.6.25 10K
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended June 25, 2014
Commission File No. 1-10275
BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
6820 LBJ Freeway, Dallas, Texas
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
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Title of Each Class
Common Stock, $0.10 par value
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DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
We have incorporated portions of our Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended June 25, 2014 into Part II hereof, to the extent indicated herein. We have also incorporated by reference portions of our Proxy Statement for our annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014, to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, into Part III hereof, to the extent indicated herein.
References to “Brinker,” the “Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” in this Form 10-K are references to Brinker International, Inc. and its subsidiaries and any predecessor companies of Brinker International, Inc.
We own, develop, operate and franchise the Chili’s Grill & Bar (“Chili’s”) and Maggiano’s Little Italy (“Maggiano’s”) restaurant brands. The Company was organized under the laws of the State of Delaware in September 1983 to succeed to the business operated by Chili’s, Inc., a Texas corporation, which was organized in August 1977. We completed the acquisition of Maggiano’s in August 1995.
Chili’s Grill & Bar
Chili’s, a recognized leader in the Bar & Grill category of casual dining, has been operating restaurants for 39 years. Chili’s also enjoys a global presence with locations in 31 countries, including two U.S. territories, around the world. Consistent in all locations, whether domestic or international and company-owned or franchised, More Life Happens Here around every table, every day. Chili’s passion is making our guests feel special. Our Team Members, referred to as ChiliHeads, take special pride in proudly serving America’s Favorites Like No Place Else.
Chili’s varied menu features America’s favorites boldly flavored and freshly prepared, including several signature items such as Baby Back Ribs smoked in-house, Big Mouth Burgers, Signature Sizzling Fajitas, hand-battered Chicken Crispers and house-made Chips and Salsa. This year, Chili's introduced our Fresh Mex category with new flavorful baked enchiladas and Fresh Mex bowls. The all-day menu offers our guests a generous selection of appetizers, entrees and desserts at affordable prices. Special lunch combos are available on weekdays. In addition to our flavorful food options, Chili’s offers a full selection of alcoholic beverages available from the bar, with Margaritas and draft beer being favorites of our guests. For guests seeking convenience, Chili’s offers To Go service that can be ordered on-line, via mobile app, or by calling the restaurant. Most Chili’s offer a separate To Go entrance for quick service.
During the year ended June 25, 2014, at our company-owned restaurants, entrée selections ranged in menu price from $6.00 to $17.69. The average revenue per meal, including alcoholic beverages, was approximately $14.31 per person. During this same year, food and non-alcoholic beverage sales constituted approximately 85.9% of Chili’s total restaurant revenues, with alcoholic beverage sales accounting for the remaining 14.1%. Our average annual sales volume per Chili’s restaurant during this same year was $3.1 million.
Maggiano’s Little Italy
Maggiano’s is a full-service, national, casual dining Italian restaurant brand with a passion for making people feel special. The exterior of each Maggiano’s restaurant varies to reflect local architecture; however, the interior of all locations transport our guests back to a classic Italian-American restaurant in the style of New York’s Little Italy in the 1940s. Our Maggiano’s restaurants feature individual and family-style menus, and most of our restaurants also have extensive banquet facilities designed to host large party business or social events. We have a full lunch and dinner menu offering chef-prepared, classic Italian-American fare in the form of appetizers, entrées with bountiful portions of pasta, chicken, seafood, veal and prime steaks, and desserts. Our Maggiano’s restaurants also offer a full range of alcoholic beverages, including a selection of Handcrafted Classic Cocktails and premium wines. In addition, Maggiano’s offers a full carryout menu as well as local delivery services.
During the year ended June 25, 2014, entrée selections ranged in menu price from $12.95 to $42.50. The average revenue per meal, including alcoholic beverages, was approximately $26.72 per person. During this same year, food and non-alcoholic beverage sales constituted approximately 83.0% of Maggiano’s total restaurant revenues, with alcoholic beverage sales accounting for the remaining 17.0%. Sales from events at our banquet facilities made up 19.4% of our total restaurant revenues for the year. Our average annual sales volume per Maggiano’s restaurant during this same year was $8.81 million.
We are committed to strategies and initiatives that are centered on long-term sales and profit growth, enhancing the guest experience and team member engagement. These strategies are intended to differentiate our brands from the competition, reduce the costs associated with managing our restaurants and establish a strong presence for our brands in key markets around the world.
Key economic indicators such as total employment, spending levels and consumer confidence continued to improve steadily this fiscal year; however, the casual dining industry has continued to experience soft sales and traffic. Historically low interest rates have diverted consumer discretionary spending to bigger ticket items and housing. U.S. economic growth subsequent to the recession has been steady; however, wage growth has been slow. This slow recovery has challenged the restaurant industry and consumers since 2009 and as a result, our strategies and initiatives have been developed to provide a solid foundation for earnings growth going forward and are appropriate for all operating conditions.
Our current initiatives are designed to drive profitable sales and traffic growth and improve the guest experience in our restaurants. We have invested in upgraded kitchen equipment, operations software and reimage initiatives as components of our strategy.
The upgraded kitchen equipment has enabled us to provide a higher quality product at a faster pace, enhancing both profitability and customer satisfaction. We believe the usability and efficiency of the equipment will result in substantial labor savings over time. Also, the flexibility of our equipment allows for the development of new menu categories that we believe will provide opportunities for sales and customer traffic growth.
All company-owned Chili's and Maggiano's restaurants are now operating with an integrated point of sale and back office software system that was designed to enhance the efficiency of our restaurant operations and reporting capabilities. Timely and more detailed reporting in our restaurants has improved inventory and labor management while reducing software maintenance costs. Additionally, our management team will have more timely visibility into operating performance and trends which will enhance decision making and improve profitability.
We have also leveraged technology initiatives to drive traffic and enhance the guest experience in our restaurants. All company-owned Chili’s restaurants are now outfitted with Ziosk table top devices which gives us the largest network of tabletop devices in the country. Ziosk is a multi-functional tablet which provides entertainment, ordering, guest survey and pay at the table capabilities. We plan to build on this momentum by investing in additional technology initiatives including upgrades to our on-line ordering and mobile platforms. We will also launch a loyalty program at Chili’s in fiscal 2015 which will utilize Ziosk and provide us an opportunity to interact with our guests on a more personal basis.
We have reimaged approximately 80 percent of our company-owned Chili's restaurants. We plan to complete this program in our company-owned restaurants by end of fiscal 2015, and continue to work with our franchisees to reimage their restaurants. The reimage design is intended to revitalize Chili's in a way which enhances the relevance of the brand and raises customer expectations regarding the quality of the experience. The design is contemporary while staying true to the Chili's brand heritage. We believe that these updates will positively impact the customer perception of the restaurant in both the dining room and bar areas and provide a long-term positive impact to traffic and sales. In addition to our reimage initiative, we intend to grow our brands by opening restaurants in strategically desirable markets.
We continually evaluate our menu at Chili's to improve quality, freshness and value by introducing new items and improving existing favorites. We introduced the new Fresh Mex platform this year, upgraded some of our current offerings and added a variety of new entrees. New menu items include the Mix and Match Fajitas, Santa Fe Quesadillas and the Bacon Avocado Chicken sandwich, which remains the best-selling sandwich on our menu. Our $20 dinner for two and lunch combo offerings, which continue to drive traffic and provide our customers an excellent value, have been refreshed with new menu items including Pork Carnitas Fajitas and the updated Grilled Chicken Fajitas. We will continually seek opportunities to reinforce value and create interest for Chili's with new and varied offerings to further enhance sales and drive incremental traffic. We are committed to offering a compelling everyday menu that provides items our customers prefer at a solid value. Chili’s also introduced a new line of Chili’s branded frozen entrees at the end of fiscal 2014 and is now available domestically in over 13,000 retail locations.
Improvements at Chili's will have the most significant impact on the business; however, our results also benefit through additional contributions from Maggiano's and our global business. Maggiano's continues to deliver sales growth and has opened two restaurants this year based on a new prototype, excluding banquet space. This new prototype will allow the brand to enter new markets that were not suitable for the existing model. Maggiano's offers a compelling menu and great value with On the House Classic Pasta, Marco's Meal and the new Stuffed Pasta entrees. A new lighter version of Maggiano’s traditional menu items will be offered beginning in September. We will continue to strengthen the brand’s business model with kitchen efficiency and inventory controls that we believe will continue to enhance profitability.
Global expansion allows further diversification which will enable us to build strength in a variety of markets and economic conditions. This expansion will come through acquisitions, franchise relationships, joint venture arrangements and equity investments, taking advantage of demographic and eating trends which we believe will accelerate in the international market over the next decade. We completed the acquisition of 11 Chili's restaurants in Alberta, Canada at the end of last fiscal year and are excited about the potential growth for the Chili's brand in Canada. Thirty-two new international Chili's restaurants were opened this year and we plan on opening another 35 to 39 international restaurants in the upcoming fiscal year. Our growing franchise operations both domestically and internationally enable us to improve margins as royalty payments impact the bottom line.
The casual dining industry is a competitive business which is sensitive to changes in economic conditions, trends in lifestyles and fluctuating costs. Our priority remains increasing profitable growth over time in all operating environments. We have designed both operational and financial strategies to achieve this goal and in our opinion, improve shareholder value. Success with our initiatives to improve sales trends and operational effectiveness will enhance the profitability of our restaurants and strengthen our competitive position. The effective execution of our financial strategies, including repurchasing shares of our common stock, payment of quarterly dividends, disciplined use of capital and efficient management of operating expenses, will further enhance our profitability and return value to our shareholders. We remain confident in the financial health of our company, the long-term prospects of the industry, as well as our ability to perform effectively in a competitive marketplace and a variety of economic environments.
In fulfilling our long-term vision, over the past fiscal year we continued the expansion of our restaurant brands domestically through a select number of new company-owned restaurants in strategically desirable markets. We will concentrate on the development of certain identified markets to achieve the necessary levels to improve our competitive position, marketing potential, profitability and return on invested capital. Our domestic expansion efforts focus not only on major metropolitan areas in the United States but also on smaller market areas and non-traditional locations (such as airports and universities) that can adequately support our restaurant brands.
The restaurant site selection process is critical and we devote significant effort to the investigation of new locations utilizing a variety of sophisticated analytical techniques. Our process evaluates a variety of factors, including: trade area demographics, such as target population density and household income levels, physical site characteristics, such as visibility, accessibility and traffic volume; relative proximity to activity centers, such as shopping centers, hotel and entertainment complexes and office buildings; supply and demand trends, such as proposed infrastructure improvements, new developments and existing and potential competition. Members of each brand’s executive team inspect, review and approve each restaurant site prior to its acquisition for that brand.
The specific rate at which we are able to open new restaurants is determined, in part, by our success in locating satisfactory sites, negotiating acceptable lease or purchase terms, securing appropriate local governmental permits and approvals, and by our capacity to supervise construction and recruit and train management and hourly team members.
The following table illustrates the system-wide restaurants opened in fiscal 2014 and the planned openings in fiscal 2015:
8 - 10
34 - 38
52 - 58
The numbers in this column are the total of new restaurant openings and openings of relocated restaurants during fiscal 2014.
The numbers on this line for fiscal 2015 are projected domestic franchise openings.
The numbers on this line are for Chili’s.
We periodically re-evaluate company-owned restaurant sites to ensure attributes have not deteriorated below our minimum standards. In the event site deterioration occurs, each brand makes a concerted effort to improve the restaurant’s performance by providing physical, operating and marketing enhancements unique to each restaurant’s situation. If efforts to restore the restaurant’s performance to acceptable minimum standards are unsuccessful, the brand considers relocation to a proximate, more desirable site, or evaluates closing the restaurant if the brand’s measurement criteria, such as return on investment and area demographic trends, do not support relocation. We closed eight company-owned restaurants in fiscal 2014. We perform a comprehensive analysis that examines restaurants not performing at a required rate of return. These closed restaurants were generally performing below our standards or were near or at the expiration of their lease term. Our strategic plan is targeted to support our long-term growth objectives, with a focus on continued development of those restaurant locations that have the greatest return potential for the Company and our shareholders.
In addition to our development of company-owned restaurants, our restaurant brands will maintain expansion through our franchisees and joint venture partners.
As part of our strategy to expand through our franchisees, our franchise operations (domestically and internationally) increased in fiscal 2014. The following table illustrates the percentages of franchise operations as of June 25, 2014 for the Company and by restaurant brand, respectively:
Percentage of Franchise
The percentages in this column are based on number of domestic franchised restaurants versus total domestic restaurants.
The percentages in this column are based on number of international franchised restaurants versus total international restaurants.
The percentages in this column are based on the total number of franchised restaurants (domestic and international) versus total system-wide number of restaurants.
Domestic expansion is also focused on growing our number of franchised restaurants. We are accomplishing this through existing, new or renewed development obligations with new or existing franchisees. In addition, we have from time to time also sold and may sell company-owned restaurants to our franchisees (new or existing). As of June 25, 2014, nine total domestic development arrangements existed. A typical domestic franchise development agreement provides for payment of development and initial franchise fees in addition to subsequent royalty and advertising fees based on the gross sales of each restaurant. We expect future domestic franchise development agreements to remain limited to enterprises having significant experience as restaurant operators and proven financial ability to support and develop multi-unit operations.
Domestic expansion efforts continue to focus not only on major metropolitan areas in the United States but also on smaller market areas and non-traditional locations (such as airports, college campuses and food courts) that can adequately support our restaurant brands.
During the year ended June 25, 2014, our domestic franchisees opened two Chili’s restaurants.
We continue our international growth through development agreements with new and existing franchisees and joint venture partners, introducing Chili’s to new countries and expanding the brand within our existing markets. As of June 25, 2014, we had 22 total development arrangements. During fiscal year 2014, our international franchisees and joint venture partners opened 29 Chili’s restaurants. In the same year, we entered into new development agreements with franchisees for development in Kuwait for five Chili's Express restaurants and Tunisia for five Chili's restaurants. We also entered into a new development agreement with one of our existing franchisees for development in Mexico City and certain surrounding Mexican states for 17 additional Chili's restaurants. Following the end of our fiscal year 2014, we also entered into a new development agreement with a franchisee for development in Morocco for five Chili's restaurants.
As we develop Chili’s internationally, we will selectively pursue expansion through various means, including franchising, joint ventures and acquisitions. Similar to our domestic franchise agreements, a typical international franchise development agreements provides the vehicle for payment of development fees and franchise fees in addition to subsequent royalty fees based on the gross sales of each restaurant. We expect future development agreements to remain limited to enterprises who demonstrate a proven track record as a restaurant operator and showcase financial strength that can support a multi-unit development agreement, as well as, in some instances, multi-brand operations.
During the year ended June 25, 2014, we opened three company-owned Chili's restaurants, two in Mexico City and one in Alberta, Canada.
Our Chili’s and Maggiano’s brands have separate designated teams who support each brand including operations, finance, franchise, marketing, peopleworks and culinary. We believe these strategic, brand-focused teams foster the identities of the individual and uniquely positioned brands. To maximize efficiencies, brands continue to utilize common and shared infrastructure, including, among other services, accounting, information technology, purchasing, legal and restaurant development.
At the restaurant level, management structure varies by brand. A typical restaurant is led by a management team including a general manager, two to six additional managers, and for Maggiano’s, an additional three to four chefs. The level of restaurant supervision depends upon the operating complexity and sales volume of individual locations.
We believe there is a high correlation between the quality of restaurant management and the long-term success of a brand. In that regard, we encourage increased experience at all management positions through various short and long-term incentive programs, which may include equity ownership. These programs, coupled with a general management philosophy emphasizing quality of life, have enabled us to attract and retain key team members, and enjoy turnover of managers and team members that is below industry averages.
We ensure consistent quality standards in all brands through the issuance of operations manuals covering all elements of operations and food and beverage manuals, which provide guidance for preparation of brand-formulated recipes. Routine visitation to the restaurants by all levels of supervision enforces strict adherence to our overall brand standards and operating procedures. Each brand is responsible for maintaining their operational training program. Depending on the brand, the training program typically includes a training period of two-to-three months for restaurant management trainees, as well as special training for high-potential managers. We also provide reoccurring management training for managers and supervisors to improve effectiveness or prepare them for more responsibility.
Our ability to maintain consistent quality and continuity of supply throughout each restaurant brand depends upon acquiring products from reliable sources. Our pre-approved suppliers and our restaurants are required to adhere to strict product and safety specifications established through our quality assurance and culinary programs. These requirements ensure high quality products are served in each of our restaurants. We strategically negotiate directly with major suppliers to obtain competitive prices. We also use purchase commitment contracts when appropriate to stabilize the potentially volatile pricing associated with certain commodity items. All essential products are available from pre-qualified distributors to be delivered to our restaurant brands. Additionally, as a purchaser of a variety of protein products, we do require our suppliers to adhere to humane processing standards for their respective industries and encourage them to evaluate new technologies for food safety and humane processing improvements. Due to the relatively rapid turnover of perishable food products, inventories in the restaurants, which consists primarily of food, beverages and supplies, have a modest aggregate dollar value in relation to revenues. Internationally, our franchisees and joint venture operations may encounter cultural and regulatory differences resulting in variances with product specifications for international restaurant locations.
Advertising and Marketing
Our brands generally target the 25 to 59 year-old age group, which constitutes approximately 47 percent of the United States population. It is our belief that these consumers value the benefits of the casual dining category for multiple meal occasions. Brinker has launched several brand initiatives aimed at making both brands more relevant for today's evolving consumer. From restaurant reimages designed to provide a more comfortable, up-to-date environment, to new kitchen equipment and procedures that deliver a more consistent food experience, to food innovation with quality ingredients, made with care and attractively presented, to brand messaging that leverages the unique connections each brand has with its guests. We engage with our target groups, through a mix of national television, digital, radio, print, outdoor, online advertising, as well as mail (direct and electronic), and social media with each of our restaurant brands utilizing one or more of these mediums to meet their communication strategy and budget.
Our franchise agreements generally require advertising contributions to us by the franchisees. We use these contributions, in conjunction with company funds, for the purpose of retaining agencies, obtaining consumer insights, developing and producing brand-specific creative materials and purchasing national or regional media to meet the brand’s strategy. Some franchisees also spend additional amounts on local advertising. Any such local advertising must first be approved by us.
As of June 25, 2014, we employed approximately 55,586 team members, of which 614 were restaurant support center personnel in Dallas, and 4,023 were restaurant area directors, managers, or trainees. The remaining 51,949 were employed in non-management restaurant positions. Our executive officers have an average of 22 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
We have a positive team member relations outlook and continue to focus on improving our team member turnover rate. We have a variety of tools and strong resources in place to help us recruit and retain the best talent to work in our restaurants.
The majority of our team members, outside of restaurant management and restaurant support center personnel, are paid on an hourly basis. We stand firm in the belief that we provide competitive working conditions and wages favorable with other companies in our industry. Our team members are not covered by any collective bargaining agreements.
We have registered and/or have pending, among other marks, “Brinker International”, “Chili’s”, “Chili’s Bar & Bites”, “Chili's Express”, “Chili’s Margarita Bar”, “Chili’s Southwest Grill & Bar”, “Chili’s Too”, “Maggiano’s”, and “Maggiano’s Little Italy”, as trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
We maintain an internet website with the address of http://www.brinker.com. You may obtain, free of charge, at our website, copies of our reports filed with, or furnished to, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Any amendments to such reports are also available for viewing and copying at our internet website. These reports will be available as soon as reasonably practicable after filing such material with, or furnishing it to, the SEC. In addition, you may view and obtain, free of charge, at our website, copies of our corporate governance materials, including, Corporate Governance Guidelines, Audit Committee Charter, Compensation Committee Charter, Governance and Nominating Committee Charter, Code of Conduct and Ethical Business Policy, and Problem Resolution Procedure/Whistle Blower Policy.
We wish to caution you that our business and operations are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. The factors listed below are important because they could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical results and from those projected in forward-looking statements contained in this report, in our other filings with the SEC, in our news releases, written or electronic communications, and verbal statements by our representatives.
You should be aware that forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties may cause our or our industry’s actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performances or achievements contained in or implied by these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words like “believes,” “anticipates,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “expects,” and other similar expressions that convey uncertainty about future events or outcomes. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Risks Related to Our Business
Competition may adversely affect our operations and financial results.
The restaurant business is highly competitive as to price, service, restaurant location, nutritional and dietary trends and food quality, and is often affected by changes in consumer tastes, economic conditions, population and traffic patterns. We compete within each market with locally-owned restaurants as well as national and regional restaurant chains, some of which operate more restaurants and have greater financial resources and longer operating histories than ours. Despite a slowly rebounding U.S. employment market, there is active competition for quality management personnel and hourly team members. We continue to face competition as a result of several factors, including quick service and fast casual restaurants also offering high quality food and beverage offerings, the convergence in grocery, deli and restaurant services, including the grocery industry offering of convenient meals in the form of improved entrees and side dishes. We compete primarily on the quality, variety and value perception of menu
items, as well as the quality and efficiency of service, the attractiveness of facilities and the effectiveness of advertising and marketing programs.
Our restaurants also face competition from the introduction of new products and menu items by competitors, as well as substantial price discounting among other offers, and are likely to continue to face such future competition in light of the slow paced economic recovery. Although we may implement a number of business strategies, the success of new products, initiatives and overall strategies is highly difficult to predict and will be influenced by competitive product offerings, pricing and promotions offered by competitors. Our ability to differentiate our brands from their competitors, which is in part limited by the advertising spend available to us and by consumer perception, cannot be assured. These factors could reduce the gross sales or profitability at our restaurants, which would decrease revenues generated by company-owned restaurants and royalty payments from franchisees.
Changing health or dietary preferences may cause consumers to avoid our products in favor of alternative foods. The foodservice industry as a whole rests on consumer preferences and demographic trends at the local, regional, national and international levels, including the impact on consumer eating habits of new information regarding diet, nutrition, health and health insurance. We and our franchisees depend on the sustained demand for our products, which may be affected by factors outside of our control. Changes in nutritional or health insurance guidelines issued by federal or local government agencies, issuance of similar guidelines or statistical information by other federal, state or local municipalities, academic studies, or advocacy organizations among other things, may impact consumer choice and cause consumers to select foods other than those that are offered by our restaurants. We may not be able to adequately adapt our menu offerings to keep pace with developments in current consumer preferences, which may result in reductions to the revenues generated by our company-owned restaurants and the payments we receive from franchisees.
The slow global economic recovery continues to impact consumer discretionary spending and a continued and prolonged economic recovery could result in declines in consumer discretionary spending materially affecting our financial performance in the future.
The restaurant industry is dependent upon consumer discretionary spending. Consumer confidence has not fully recovered from prior lows impacting the public’s ability and/or desire to spend discretionary dollars as a result of significantly limited job availability, slow recovering home values, limited investment gains in the financial markets and continued reduced access to credit. Economic headwinds were encountered in fiscal 2014, including increased personal income taxes and payroll taxes. Economic improvement in the restaurant industry continues to come from cost savings initiatives as well as our success to improve the guest experience within our existing restaurant locations. If this current slow economic recovery continues for a prolonged period of time and/or deepens in magnitude returning to the negative trends of the prior years, our business, results of operations and ability to comply with the covenants under our credit facility could be materially affected. Leading economic indicators such as employment and consumer confidence remain challenged and are only showing meaningful improvement towards the end of fiscal 2014. Deterioration in guest traffic and/or a reduction in the average amount guests spend in our restaurants will negatively impact our revenues. This will also result in lower royalties collected, sales deleverage, spreading fixed costs across a lower level of sales, and in turn, cause downward pressure on our profitability. The result could be further reductions in staff levels, asset impairment charges and potential restaurant closures.
Future slow global economic recovery or recessionary effects on us are unknown at this time and could have a potential material adverse affect on our financial position and results of operations. There is no assurance that the government’s plan to restore fiscal responsibility or future plans to stimulate the economy will foster growth in consumer confidence, stabilize the financial markets, increase liquidity and the availability of credit, or result in lower unemployment.
The current slow economic recovery could have a material adverse impact on our landlords or other tenants in retail centers in which we or our franchisees are located, which in turn could negatively affect our financial results.
If the slow economic recovery continues or returns to recessionary levels, our landlords may be unable to obtain financing or remain in good standing under their existing financing arrangements, resulting in failures to pay required construction contributions or satisfy other lease covenants to us. In addition, other tenants at retail centers in which we or our franchisees are located or have executed leases, may fail to open or may cease operations. If our landlords fail to satisfy required co-tenancies, this may result in us or our franchisees terminating leases or delaying openings in these locations. Also, decreases in total tenant occupancy in retail centers in which we are located may affect guest traffic at our restaurants. All of these factors could have a material adverse impact on our operations.
Inflation may increase our operating expenses.
We have experienced impact from inflation. Inflation has caused added food, labor and benefits costs and increased our operating expenses. As operating expenses rise, we, to the extent permitted by competition, recover costs by raising menu prices,
or by reviewing, then implementing, alternative products or processes, or other cost reduction procedures. We cannot ensure, however, we will be able to continue to recover increases in operating expenses due to inflation in this manner.
Changes in governmental regulation may adversely affect our ability to maintain our existing and future operations and to open new restaurants.
We are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (which governs such matters as minimum wages, overtime and other working conditions), along with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, various family leave mandates and a variety of other laws enacted, or rules and regulations promulgated by federal, state and local governmental authorities that govern these and other employment matters, including, tip credits, working conditions, safety standards and immigration status. We have experienced and continue to expect adjustments in payroll expenses as a result of federal and state mandated increases in the minimum wage; we cannot be certain there will be no additional significant increases in the future. Enactment and enforcement of various federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations on immigration and labor organizations may adversely impact the availability and costs of labor for our restaurants in a particular area or across the United States. Other labor shortages or increased team member turnover could also increase labor costs. In addition, our suppliers may be affected by higher minimum wage standards or availability of labor, which may increase the price of goods and services they supply to us. We continue to review the Affordable Care Act and regulations issued related to the law to evaluate the potential impact of this law on our business, and to accommodate various parts of the law as they take effect. There are no assurances that a combination of cost management and price increases can accommodate all of the costs associated with compliance.
We are subject to laws and regulations, which vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, relating to nutritional content and menu labeling. Compliance with these laws and regulations may lead to increased costs and operational complexity, changes in sales mix and profitability, and increased exposure to governmental investigations or litigation. We do not expect to incur material costs from compliance with the provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring disclosure of calories on the menus, but cannot reliably anticipate any changes in guest behavior resulting from implementation of this portion of the law, which could have adverse effects on our sales or results of operations.
Each of our company-owned and our franchisees’ restaurants is also subject to licensing and regulation by alcoholic beverage control, health, sanitation, safety and fire agencies in the state, county and/or municipality where the restaurant is located. We generally have not encountered any material difficulties or failures in obtaining and maintaining the required licenses and approvals that could impact the continuing operations of an existing restaurant, or delay or prevent the opening of a new restaurant. Although we do not, at this time, anticipate any occurring in the future, we cannot be certain that we, or our franchisees, will not experience material difficulties or failures that could impact the continuing operations of an existing restaurant, or delay the opening of restaurants in the future.
We are also subject to federal and state environmental regulations, and although these have not had a material negative affect on our operations, we cannot ensure this will not occur in the future. In particular, the U.S. and other foreign governments have increased focus on environmental matters such as climate change, greenhouse gases and water conservation. This may lead to new initiatives directed at regulating an as-yet-unspecified array of environmental matters. These efforts could result in increased taxation or in future restrictions on or increases in costs associated with food and other restaurant supplies, transportation costs and utility costs, any of which could decrease our operating profits and/or necessitate future investments in our restaurant facilities and equipment to achieve compliance. Further, more stringent and varied requirements of local and state governmental bodies with respect to zoning, land use and environmental factors could delay, prevent or make cost prohibitive the continuing operations of an existing restaurant or the development of new restaurants in particular locations.
Due to our international franchising, we are also subject to governmental regulations throughout the world impacting the way we do business with our international franchisees and joint venture partners. These include antitrust and tax requirements, anti-boycott regulations, import/export/customs and other international trade regulations, the USA Patriot Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. Failure to comply with any such legal requirements could subject us to monetary liabilities and other sanctions, which could adversely impact our business and financial performance.
The impact of current laws and regulations, the effect of future changes in laws or regulations that impose additional requirements and the consequences of litigation relating to current or future laws and regulations, or our inability to respond effectively to significant regulatory or public policy issues, could increase our compliance and other costs of doing business and therefore have an adverse affect on our results of operations. Failure to comply with the laws and regulatory requirements of federal, state and local authorities could result in, among other things, revocation of required licenses, administrative enforcement actions, fines and civil and criminal liability. Compliance with these laws and regulations can be costly and can increase our exposure to litigation or governmental investigations or proceedings.
Our profitability may be adversely affected by increases in energy costs.
Our success depends in part on our ability to absorb increases in utility costs, in particular, electricity and natural gas. Various regions of the United States in which we operate multiple restaurants have experienced volatility in utility prices. This has affected costs in the past and if they occur again, it would have possible adverse effects on our profitability to the extent not otherwise recoverable through price increases or alternative products, processes or cost reduction procedures. Further, higher prices for petroleum-based fuels may be passed on to us by suppliers putting further pressure on margins as well as impact our guests discretionary funds and ability to patron our restaurants or their menu choices.
Shortages or interruptions in the availability and delivery of food and other products may increase costs or reduce revenues.
Possible shortages or interruptions in the supply of food items and other products to our restaurants caused by inclement weather, natural disasters such as floods, drought and hurricanes; the inability of our suppliers to obtain credit in a tight credit market; food safety warnings or advisories or the prospect of such pronouncements; or other conditions beyond our control, could adversely affect the availability, quality and cost of items we buy and the operations of our restaurants. Our inability to effectively manage supply chain risk could increase our costs and limit the availability of products critical to our restaurant operations.
Successful strategic transactions are important to our future growth and profitability.
We evaluate potential franchisees of new and existing restaurants and joint venture investments, as well as mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, as part of our strategic planning initiative. These transactions involve various inherent risks, including accurately assessing:
the value, future growth potential, strengths, weaknesses, contingent and other liabilities and potential profitability of franchise and joint venture partner candidates;
our ability to achieve projected economic and operating synergies; and
unanticipated changes in business and economic conditions affecting an acquired business or the completion of a divestiture.
If we are unable to meet our business strategy plan, our profitability in the future may be adversely affected.
Our ability to meet our business strategy plan is dependent upon, among other things, our and our franchisees’ ability to:
increase gross sales and operating profits at existing restaurants with food and beverage options and high quality service desired by our guests through successful implementation of strategic initiatives;
identify adequate sources of capital to fund and finance strategic initiatives, including reimaging of existing restaurants, new restaurant development and new equipment;
identify available, suitable and economically viable locations for new restaurants;
obtain all required governmental permits (including zoning approvals and liquor licenses) on a timely basis;
hire all necessary contractors and subcontractors, obtain construction materials at suitable prices, and maintain construction schedules; and
hire and train or retain qualified managers and team members for existing and new restaurants.
The success of our franchisees is important to our future growth.
We have a significant percentage of system-wide restaurants owned and operated by our franchisees. While our franchise agreements are designed to maintain brand consistency, the franchise relationship reduces our direct day-to-day control over these restaurants and may expose us to risks not otherwise encountered if we maintained ownership and control of same. These risks include franchisee defaults in their obligations to us arising from financial or other difficulties encountered by them, such as payments to us or maintenance and improvements obligations; limitations on enforcement of franchise obligations due to bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings; inability to participate in business strategy changes due to financial constraints; inability to meet rent obligations on leases on which we retain contingent liability; and failure to comply with food quality and preparation requirements subjecting us to litigation even when we are not legally liable for a franchisee’s actions or failure to act.
Additionally our international franchisees and joint venture partners are subject to risks not encountered by our domestic franchisees. These risks include:
difficulties in achieving consistency of product quality and service as compared to U.S. operations;
changes to recipes and menu offerings to meet cultural norms;
challenges to obtain adequate and reliable supplies necessary to provide menu items and maintain food quality; and
differences, changes or uncertainties in economic, regulatory, legal, social and political conditions.
Our sales volumes generally decrease in winter months in North America.
Our sales volumes fluctuate seasonally and are generally higher in the summer months and lower in the winter months, which may cause seasonal fluctuations in our operating results.
Unfavorable publicity relating to one or more of our restaurants in a particular brand may taint public perception of the brand.
Multi-unit restaurant businesses can be adversely affected by publicity resulting from poor food quality, illness or health concerns or operating issues stemming from one or a limited number of restaurants. In particular, since we depend heavily on the Chili’s brand for a majority of our revenues, unfavorable publicity relating to one or more Chili’s restaurants could have a material adverse effect on the Chili’s brand, and consequently on our business, financial condition and results of operations. The speed at which negative publicity (whether or not accurate) can be disseminated has increased dramatically with the capabilities of electronic communication, including social media. If we are unable to quickly and effectively respond to such reports, we may suffer declines in guest traffic which could materially impact our financial performance.
Litigation could have a material adverse impact on our business and our financial performance.
We are subject to lawsuits, administrative proceedings and claims that arise in the regular course of business. These matters typically involve claims by guests, team members and others regarding issues such as food borne illness, food safety, premises liability, compliance with wage and hour requirements, work-related injuries, discrimination, harassment, disability and other operational issues common to the foodservice industry, as well as contract disputes and intellectual property infringement matters. We could be adversely affected by negative publicity and litigation costs resulting from these claims, regardless of their validity. Significant legal fees and costs in complex class action litigation or an adverse judgment or settlement that is not insured or is in excess of insurance coverage could have a material adverse effect on our financial position and results of operations.
We are dependent on information technology and any material failure in the operation or security of that technology or our ability to execute a comprehensive business continuity plan could impair our ability to efficiently operate our business.
We rely on information systems across our operations, including, for example, point-of-sale processing in our restaurants, management of our supply chain, collection of cash, payment of obligations and various other processes and procedures. Our ability to efficiently manage our business depends significantly on the reliability and capacity of these systems. The failure of these systems to operate effectively, problems with maintenance, upgrading or transitioning to replacement systems, or a breach in security of these systems could cause delays in customer service and reduce efficiency in our operations. A security breach or cyber attack could include theft of credit card data or other personal information as well as our intellectual property. Significant capital investments might be required to remediate any problems.
Additionally, our corporate systems and processes and corporate support for our restaurant operations are handled primarily at our restaurant support center. We have disaster recovery procedures and business continuity plans in place to address most events of a crisis nature, including tornadoes and other natural disasters, and back up and off-site locations for recovery of electronic and other forms of data and information. However, if we are unable to fully implement our disaster recovery plans, we may experience delays in recovery of data, inability to perform vital corporate functions, tardiness in required reporting and compliance, failures to adequately support field operations and other breakdowns in normal communication and operating procedures that could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operation and exposure to administrative and other legal claims.
Failure to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable data of our guests and teammates could expose us to litigation and damage our reputation.
We receive and maintain certain personal information about our guests and teammates. The use of this information by us is regulated at the federal and state levels, as well as by certain third party contracts. If we or our business associates fail to comply with these laws and regulations or our information systems are compromised as a result of a cyber attack or any other failure it could adversely and materially affect our reputation, as well as operations, results of operations and financial condition, and could result in litigation against us or the imposition of penalties. As privacy and information security laws and regulations change or cyber risks evolve pertaining to this data, we may incur additional costs to ensure we remain in compliance.
We outsource certain business processes to third-party vendors that subject us to risks, including disruptions in business and increased costs.
Some business processes are currently outsourced to third parties. Such processes include gift card tracking and authorization, credit card authorization and processing, insurance claims processing, certain payroll processing, tax filings and other accounting processes. We also continue to evaluate our other business processes to determine if additional outsourcing is a viable option to accomplish our goals. We make a diligent effort to ensure that all providers of outsourced services are observing proper internal control practices, such as redundant processing facilities; however, there are no guarantees that failures will not occur. Failure of third parties to provide adequate services could have an adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or ability to accomplish our financial and management reporting.
Disruptions in the global financial markets may adversely impact the availability and cost of credit and consumer spending patterns.
Previous disruptions to the global financial markets and continuing slow economic recovery have adversely impacted the availability of credit already arranged and the availability and cost of credit in the future. The disruptions in the financial markets also had an adverse effect on the U.S. and world economy, which has negatively impacted consumer spending patterns. There can be no assurance that various U.S. and world government present and future responses to the previous disruptions in the financial markets will restore consumer confidence, stabilize the markets or increase liquidity or the availability of credit.
Declines in the market price of our common stock or changes in other circumstances that may indicate an impairment of goodwill could adversely affect our financial position and results of operations.
We perform our annual goodwill impairment test in the second quarter of each fiscal year. Interim goodwill impairment tests are also required when events or circumstances change between annual tests that would more likely than not reduce the fair value of our reporting units below their carrying value. It is possible that a change in circumstances such as the decline in the market price of our common stock or changes in consumer spending levels, or in the numerous variables associated with the judgments, assumptions and estimates made in assessing the appropriate valuation of our goodwill, could negatively impact the valuation of our brands and create the potential for a non-cash charge to recognize impairment losses on some or all of our goodwill. If we were required to write down a portion of our goodwill and record related non-cash impairment charges, our financial position and results of operations would be adversely affected.
Changes to estimates related to our property and equipment, or operating results that are lower than our current estimates at certain restaurant locations, may cause us to incur impairment charges on certain long-lived assets.
We make certain estimates and projections with regards to individual restaurant operations, as well as our overall performance in connection with our impairment analyses for long-lived assets. An impairment charge is required when the carrying value of the asset exceeds the estimated fair value or discounted future cash flows of the asset. The projection of future cash flows used in this analysis requires the use of judgment and a number of estimates and projections of future operating results. If actual results differ from our estimates, additional charges for asset impairments may be required in the future. If impairment charges are significant, our financial position and results of operations could be adversely affected.
Identification of material weakness in internal control may adversely affect our financial results.
We are subject to the ongoing internal control provisions of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Those provisions provide for the identification of material weaknesses in internal control. If such a material weakness is identified, it could indicate a lack of adequate controls to generate accurate financial statements. We routinely assess our internal controls, but we cannot assure you that we will be able to timely remediate any material weaknesses that may be identified in future periods, or maintain all of the controls necessary for continued compliance. Likewise, we cannot assure you that we will be able to retain sufficient skilled finance and accounting team members, especially in light of the increased demand for such individuals among publicly traded companies.
Other risk factors may adversely affect our financial performance.
Other risk factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements by affecting, among many things, pricing, consumer spending and consumer confidence, include, without limitation, changes in economic conditions and financial and credit markets (including rising interest rates and costs for consumers and reduced disposable income); credit availability; increased costs of food commodities; increased fuel costs and availability for our team members, customers and suppliers; increased health care costs; health epidemics or pandemics or the prospects of these events; consumer perceptions of food safety; changes in consumer tastes and behaviors; governmental monetary policies; changes in demographic
trends; availability of employees; terrorist acts; energy shortages and rolling blackouts; and weather (including, major hurricanes and regional winter storms) and other acts of God.
UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.
At June 25, 2014, our system of company-owned and franchised restaurants included 1,615 restaurants located in 50 states and Washington, D.C. We also have restaurants in the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico and the countries of Bahrain, Canada, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. We have provided you a breakdown of our portfolio of restaurants in the two tables below:
Table 1: Company-owned vs. franchise (by brand) as of June 25, 2014:
Table 2: Domestic vs. foreign locations (by brand) as of June 25, 2014 (company-owned and franchised):
(No. of States)
(No. of countries
46(21 & D.C.)
Restaurant Property Information
The following table illustrates the approximate average dining capacity for each current prototypical restaurant in our restaurant brands:
The leases typically provide for a fixed rental plus percentage rentals based on sales volume. At June 25, 2014, we owned the land and building for 189 of our 884 company-owned restaurant locations (domestic and international). For these 189 restaurant locations, the net book value for the land was $143 million and for the buildings was $120 million. For the remaining 695 restaurant locations leased by us, the net book value of the buildings and leasehold improvements was $526 million. The 695 leased restaurant locations can be categorized as follows: 549 are ground leases (where we lease land only, but own the building) and 146 are retail leases (where we lease the land/retail space and building). We believe that our properties are suitable, adequate, well-maintained and sufficient for the operations contemplated. Some of our leased restaurants are leased for an initial lease term of five to 30 years, with renewal terms of one to 35 years.
We own an office building containing approximately 108,000 square feet which we use for part of our corporate headquarters and menu development activities. We lease an additional office complex containing approximately 198,000 square feet for the remainder of our corporate headquarters which is currently utilized by us, reserved for future expansion of our headquarters, or sublet to third parties. Because of our operations throughout the United States, we also lease office space in California, Colorado, Florida, New Jersey and Texas for use as regional operation offices. The size of these office leases range from approximately 100 square feet to approximately 4,000 square feet.
The aggregate litigation reserves of approximately $39.5 million established in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014 are based on the terms set forth in the applicable agreements and our reasonable expectations regarding future events. Evaluating contingencies related to litigation is a complex process involving subjective judgment on the potential outcome of future events and the ultimate resolution of litigated claims may differ from our current analysis. Accordingly, we review the adequacy of accruals and disclosures pertaining to litigated matters each quarter in consultation with legal counsel and we assess the probability and range of possible losses associated with contingencies for potential accrual in the consolidated financial statements.
In August 2004, certain current and former hourly restaurant team members filed a putative class action lawsuit against us in California Superior Court alleging violations of California labor laws with respect to meal periods and rest breaks. The lawsuit sought penalties and attorney’s fees and was certified as a class action by the trial court in July 2006. In July 2008, the California Court of Appeal decertified the class action on all claims with prejudice. In October 2008, the California Supreme Court granted a writ to review the decision of the Court of Appeal and oral arguments were heard by the California Supreme Court on November 8, 2011. On April 12, 2012, the California Supreme Court issued an opinion affirming in part, reversing in part, and remanding in part for further proceedings. The California Supreme Court’s opinion resolved many of the legal standards for meal periods and rest breaks in our California restaurants. On September 26, 2013, the trial court granted plaintiffs’ motion to certify a meal period subclass and denied our motion to decertify the rest period subclass.
On April 8, 2014, the parties participated in mediation where preliminary settlement discussions began, but a settlement was not achieved and significant issues remained outstanding. On August 6, 2014, the parties reached a preliminary settlement agreement, which remains subject to court approval, to resolve all claims in exchange for a settlement payment not to exceed $56.5 million. We established a reserve of approximately $39.0 million related to this pending class action litigation, but the actual amount of any settlement payment could vary from our reserve and will be subject to many factors including approval by the court, claims process, and other matters typically associated with the potential settlement of complex class action litigation.
We are engaged in various other legal proceedings and have certain unresolved claims pending. Reserves have been established based on our best estimates of our potential liability in certain of these matters. We are of the opinion that, apart from the discussion above, there are no matters pending or threatened which are likely to have a material adverse effect, individually or in the aggregate, on our consolidated financial condition or results of operations.
MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.
MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.
Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) under the symbol “EAT”. Bid prices quoted represent interdealer prices without adjustment for retail markup, markdown and/or commissions, and may not necessarily represent actual transactions. The following table sets forth the quarterly high and low closing sales prices of the common stock, as reported by the NYSE.
Fiscal year ended June 25, 2014:
Fiscal year ended June 26, 2013:
As of August 11, 2014, there were 547 holders of record of our common stock.
During the fiscal year ended June 25, 2014, we continued to declare quarterly cash dividends for our shareholders. We have set forth the dividends declared for the fiscal year in the following table on the specified dates:
Dividend Per Share
of Common Stock
August 22, 2013
September 6, 2013
September 26, 2013
November 7, 2013
December 6, 2013
December 26, 2013
February 6, 2014
March 7, 2014
March 27, 2014
May 29, 2014
June 13, 2014
June 26, 2014
The graph below matches Brinker International, Inc.'s cumulative 5-Year total shareholder return on common stock with the cumulative total returns of the S&P 500 index and the S&P Restaurants index.
The graph assumes a $100 initial investment and the reinvestment of dividends in our stock and each of the indexes on June 24, 2009 and its relative performance is tracked through June 25, 2014. The values shown are neither indicative nor determinative of future performance.
The S&P Restaurants Index is comprised of Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc., Darden Restaurants, Inc., McDonald’s Corp., Starbucks Corporation and Yum! Brands, Inc.
In May 2013, the Company issued $250.0 million in the aggregate principal amount at maturity of 2.600% Notes due 2018 (the "2018 Notes") and $300.0 million in the aggregate principal amount at maturity of 3.875% Notes due 2023 (the "2023 Notes", and together with the 2018 Notes, the "Notes"). J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated served as the joint book-running managers for the offering. The Notes were issued in a public offering pursuant to a registration statement on Form S-3, File No. 333-188252, and are freely tradeable. The Notes are redeemable at the Company's option at any
time, in whole or in part. The proceeds of the offering were and will be used for general corporate purposes, including the redemption of the 5.75% notes due June 2014, pay down of the revolver and the repurchase of the Company's common stock pursuant to its share repurchase program.
During the three-year period ended on August 11, 2014, we issued no securities which were not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.
We continue to maintain our share repurchase program; on August 22, 2013, our Board of Directors increased our share repurchase authorization by $200 million, bringing the total authorization to $3,585 million. During the fourth quarter, we repurchased shares as follows (in thousands, except share and per share amounts):
Part of Publicly
Value that May Yet be
Under the Program(b)
March 27, 2014 through April 30, 2014
May 1, 2014 through May 28, 2014
May 29, 2014 through June 25, 2014
These amounts include shares purchased as part of our publicly announced programs and shares owned and tendered by team members to satisfy tax withholding obligations on the vesting of restricted share awards, which are not deducted from shares available to be purchased under publicly announced programs. Unless otherwise indicated, shares owned and tendered by team members to satisfy tax withholding obligations were purchased at the average of the high and low prices of the Company’s shares on the date of vesting. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, 68 shares were tendered by team members at an average price of $53.56.
The final amount shown is as of June 25, 2014.
SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.
The information set forth in that section entitled “Selected Financial Data” in our 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders is presented on page F-1 of Exhibit 13 to this document. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.
The information set forth in that section entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders is presented on pages F-2 through F-12 of Exhibit 13 to this document. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.
The information set forth in that section entitled “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” contained within “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” is in our 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders presented on page F-12 of Exhibit 13 to this document. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.
We refer you to the Index to Financial Statements attached hereto on page 21 for a listing of all financial statements in our 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders. This report is attached as part of Exhibit 13 to this document. We incorporate those financial statements in this document by reference.
CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE.
CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Based on their evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 [the “Exchange Act”]), as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
“Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting” and the attestation report of the independent registered public accounting firm of KPMG LLP on internal control over financial reporting are in our 2014 Annual Report to Shareholders and are presented on pages F-33 through F-35 of Exhibit 13 to this document. We incorporate these reports in this document by reference.
Internal Control over Financial Reporting
There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during our fourth quarter ended June 25, 2014, that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.
If you would like information about:
our Board of Directors, including its committees, and
our Section 16(a) reporting compliance,
you should read the sections entitled “Election of Directors—Information About Nominees”, “Committees of the Board of Directors”, “Executive Officers”, and “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
The Board of Directors has adopted a code of ethics that applies to all of the members of Board of Directors and all of our team members, including, the principal executive officer, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer or controller, or persons performing similar functions. A copy of the code is posted on our internet website at the internet address: http://www.brinker.com/corp_gov/ethical_business_ policy.asp. You may obtain free of charge copies of the code from our website at the above internet address. Any amendment of, or waiver from, our code of ethics will be posted on our website within four business days of such amendment or waiver.
If you would like information about our executive compensation, you should read the section entitled “Executive Compensation—Compensation Discussion and Analysis” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.
If you would like information about our security ownership of certain beneficial owners and management and related stockholder matters, you should read the sections entitled “Director Compensation for Fiscal 2014”, “Compensation Discussion and Analysis”, and “Stock Ownership of Certain Persons” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.
If you would like information about certain relationships and related transactions, you should read the section entitled “Compensation Committee Interlocks and Insider Participation” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
If you would like information about the independence of our non-management directors and the composition of the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Governance and Nominating Committee, you should read the sections entitled “Director Independence” and “Committees of the Board of Directors” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES.
If you would like information about principal accountant fees and services, you should read the section entitled “Ratification of Independent Auditors” in our Proxy Statement to be dated on or about September 15, 2014, for the annual meeting of shareholders on October 30, 2014. We incorporate that information in this document by reference.
EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES.
(a)(1) Financial Statements.
We make reference to the Index to Financial Statements attached to this document on page 21 for a listing of all financial statements attached as Exhibit 13 to this document.
(a)(2) Financial Statement Schedules.
We make reference to the Index to Exhibits preceding the exhibits attached hereto on pages E-1 for a list of all exhibits filed as a part of this document.
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
BRINKER INTERNATIONAL, INC.,
a Delaware corporation
/S/ MARIE L. PERRY
Marie L. Perry,
Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Controller and Chief Financial Officer
Dated: August 25, 2014
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, we have signed in our indicated capacities on August 25, 2014.
/S/ WYMAN T. ROBERTS
President and Chief Executive Officer of Brinker International, President of Chili's Grill & Bar (Principal Executive Officer) and Director
Wyman T. Roberts
/S/ MARIE L. PERRY
Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Controller and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
Marie L. Perry
/S/ JOSEPH M. DEPINTO
Chairman of the Board
Joseph M. DePinto
/S/ HARRIET EDELMAN
/S/ MICHAEL A. GEORGE
Michael A. George
/S/ WILLIAM T. GILES
William T. Giles
/S/ GERARDO I. LOPEZ
Gerardo I. Lopez
/S/ JON L. LUTHER
Jon L. Luther
/S/ GEORGE R. MRKONIC
George R. Mrkonic
/S/ ROSENDO G. PARRA
Rosendo G. Parra
INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
The following is a listing of the financial statements which are attached hereto as part of Exhibit 13.
Selected Financial Data
Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income—Fiscal Years Ended June 25, 2014, June 26, 2013, and June 27, 2012
Consolidated Balance Sheets— June 25, 2014 and June 26, 2013
Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity—Fiscal Years Ended June 25, 2014, June 26, 2013, and June 27, 2012
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows—Fiscal Years Ended June 25, 2014, June 26, 2013, and June 27, 2012
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
Management’s Responsibility for Consolidated Financial Statements
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
All schedules are omitted as the required information is inapplicable or the information is presented in the financial statements or related notes.
INDEX TO EXHIBITS
Certificate of Incorporation of the Registrant, as amended.(1)
Bylaws of the Registrant.(2)
Form of 2.600% Note due 2018.(3)
Form of 3.875% Note due 2023.(3)
Indenture between the Registrant and Wilmington Trust, National Association, as Trustee.(4)
First Supplemental Indenture between Registrant and Wilmington Trust, National Association.(3)
Second Supplemental Indenture between Registrant and Wilmington Trust, National Association.(3)
Registrant’s Stock Option and Incentive Plan.(5)
Registrant’s 1999 Stock Option and Incentive Plan for Non-Employee Directors and Consultants.(6)
Registrant’s Performance Share Plan Description.(7)
Credit Agreement dated as of June 22, 2010, by and among Registrant, Brinker Restaurant Corporation, Bank of America, N.A., Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, J.P. Morgan Securities, LLC, Regions Capital Markets, a Division of Regions Bank, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Regions Bank, Compass Bank, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as amended by Amendment No. 1, dated as of August 9, 2011.(8)
2014 Annual Report to Shareholders.(9)
Subsidiaries of the Registrant.(10)
Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm.(10)
Certification by Wyman T. Roberts, President, Chief Executive Officer and President of Chili's Grill & Bar of the Registrant, pursuant to 17 CFR 240.13a-14(a) or 17 CFR 240.15d-14(a).(10)
Certification by Marie L. Perry, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Controller and Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant, pursuant to 17 CFR 240.13a-14(a) or 17 CFR 240.15d-14(a).(10)
Certification by Wyman T. Roberts, President, Chief Executive Officer and President of Chili's Grill & Bar of the Registrant, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.(10)
Certification by Marie L. Perry, Senior Vice President, Treasurer, Controller and Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.(10)
Proxy Statement of Registrant.(11)
Interactive Data File
As provided in Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, this information is furnished and not filed for purposes of Sections 11 and 12 of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
Filed as an exhibit to annual report on Form 10-K for year ended June 28, 1995, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to quarterly report on Form 10-Q for quarter ended December 25, 2013, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to current report on Form 8-K dated May 15, 2013, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to registration statement on Form S-3 filed April 30, 2013, SEC File No. 333-188252, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an Appendix A to Proxy Statement of Registrant to be filed on or about September 17, 2013, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 28, 2005, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 29, 2006, and incorporated herein by reference.
Filed as an exhibit to current report on Form 8-K dated August 9, 2011, and incorporated herein by reference.
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