BLMN-3.30.14_10Q
 
 
 
 
 

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
 
[X]
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended March 30, 2014
 
or
[  ]
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the transition period from ______ to ______
Commission File Number: 001-35625


BLOOMIN’ BRANDS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
20-8023465
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
2202 North West Shore Boulevard, Suite 500, Tampa, Florida 33607
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

(813) 282-1225
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

N/A
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YES x   NO o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  YES x  NO o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer x Accelerated filer  o
Non-accelerated filer o (Do not check if a smaller reporting company) Smaller reporting company o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).  YES  o  NO  x

As of May 5, 2014, 125,573,523 shares of common stock of the registrant were outstanding.
 
 
 
 
 


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INDEX TO QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q
For the Quarterly Period Ended March 30, 2014
(Unaudited)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
 
            
 
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5
 
 
 
 
6
 
 
 
 
8
 
 
 
 
10
 
 
 
Item 2.
23
 
 
 
Item 3.
49
 
 
 
Item 4.
49
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Item 1.
50
 
 
 
Item 1A.
50
 
 
 
Item 2.
51
 
 
 
Item 6.
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PART I: FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1. Financial Statements

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA, UNAUDITED) 
 
MARCH 30,
 
DECEMBER 31,
 
2014
 
2013
ASSETS
 
 
 
Current Assets
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
172,604

 
$
209,871

Current portion of restricted cash and cash equivalents
2,859

 
3,364

Inventories
66,799

 
80,613

Deferred income tax assets
69,994

 
70,802

Other current assets, net
119,008

 
119,381

Total current assets
431,264

 
484,031

Restricted cash
25,042

 
25,055

Property, fixtures and equipment, net
1,626,988

 
1,634,130

Goodwill
346,424

 
346,253

Intangible assets, net
611,294

 
617,133

Deferred income tax assets
2,790

 
2,392

Other assets, net
164,988

 
165,180

Total assets
$
3,208,790

 
$
3,274,174

 
 
 
 
 
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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA, UNAUDITED) 


 
MARCH 30,
 
DECEMBER 31,
 
2014
 
2013
LIABILITIES, MEZZANINE EQUITY AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 
 

Current Liabilities
 

 
 

Accounts payable
$
176,911

 
$
164,619

Accrued and other current liabilities
197,276

 
194,346

Current portion of partner deposits and accrued partner obligations
10,174

 
12,548

Unearned revenue
261,251

 
359,443

Current portion of long-term debt
11,997

 
13,546

Total current liabilities
657,609

 
744,502

Partner deposits and accrued partner obligations
74,863

 
78,116

Deferred rent
108,098

 
105,963

Deferred income tax liabilities
142,703

 
150,582

Long-term debt, net
1,393,136

 
1,405,597

Other long-term liabilities, net
280,104

 
284,721

Total liabilities
2,656,513

 
2,769,481

Commitments and contingencies (Note 9)


 


Mezzanine Equity
 
 
 
Redeemable noncontrolling interests
22,101

 
21,984

Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
Bloomin’ Brands Stockholders’ Equity
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 475,000,000 shares authorized; 125,549,138 and 124,784,124 shares issued and outstanding at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively
1,255

 
1,248

Additional paid-in capital
1,066,959

 
1,068,705

Accumulated deficit
(511,902
)
 
(565,154
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(31,783
)
 
(26,418
)
Total Bloomin’ Brands stockholders’ equity
524,529

 
478,381

Noncontrolling interests
5,647

 
4,328

Total stockholders’ equity
530,176

 
482,709

Total liabilities, mezzanine equity and stockholders’ equity
$
3,208,790

 
$
3,274,174

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.


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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA, UNAUDITED)


 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Revenues
 
 
 
Restaurant sales
$
1,150,525

 
$
1,082,356

Other revenues
7,334

 
9,894

Total revenues
1,157,859

 
1,092,250

Costs and expenses
 

 
 
Cost of sales
373,614

 
349,989

Labor and other related
311,418

 
299,867

Other restaurant operating
256,518

 
233,809

Depreciation and amortization
46,165

 
40,196

General and administrative
74,054

 
72,491

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings
6,064

 
1,896

Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates

 
(2,858
)
Total costs and expenses
1,067,833

 
995,390

Income from operations
90,026

 
96,860

Other expense, net
(164
)
 
(217
)
Interest expense, net
(16,598
)
 
(20,880
)
Income before provision for income taxes
73,264

 
75,763

Provision for income taxes
18,164

 
10,707

Net income
55,100

 
65,056

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
1,367

 
1,833

Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
53,733

 
$
63,223

 
 
 
 
Net income
$
55,100

 
$
65,056

Other comprehensive income:
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
(5,365
)
 
(4,532
)
Comprehensive income
49,735

 
60,524

Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
1,367

 
1,833

Comprehensive income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
48,368

 
$
58,691

 
 
 
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.43

 
$
0.52

Diluted
$
0.42

 
$
0.50

Weighted average common shares outstanding:
 
 
 
Basic
124,542

 
121,238

Diluted
127,851

 
126,507

 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(IN THOUSANDS, UNAUDITED)

 
BLOOMIN’ BRANDS, INC.
 
 
 
 

COMMON STOCK

ADDITIONAL
PAID-IN
CAPITAL
 
ACCUM- ULATED
DEFICIT

ACCUMULATED
OTHER
COMPREHENSIVE
LOSS

NON-
CONTROLLING
INTERESTS (1)

TOTAL
 
SHARES
 
AMOUNT
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, December 31, 2013
124,784

 
$
1,248

 
$
1,068,705

 
$
(565,154
)
 
$
(26,418
)
 
$
4,328

 
$
482,709

Net income

 

 

 
53,733

 

 
1,250

 
54,983

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

 

 

 
(5,365
)
 

 
(5,365
)
Stock-based compensation

 

 
3,641

 

 

 

 
3,641

Exercises of stock options
801

 
8

 
5,966

 

 

 

 
5,974

Repurchase of common stock
(18
)
 

 

 
(481
)
 

 

 
(481
)
Excess tax benefit on stock-based compensation

 

 
1,221

 

 

 

 
1,221

Forfeiture of restricted stock
(49
)
 
(1
)
 

 

 

 

 
(1
)
Issuance of performance-based share units
31

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax withholding on performance-based share units

 

 
(324
)
 

 

 

 
(324
)
Purchase of limited partnership interests, net of tax of $6,197

 

 
(12,250
)
 

 

 
1,236

 
(11,014
)
Distributions to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

 

 
(1,167
)
 
(1,167
)
Balance, March 30, 2014
125,549

 
$
1,255

 
$
1,066,959

 
$
(511,902
)
 
$
(31,783
)
 
$
5,647

 
$
530,176

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
(IN THOUSANDS, UNAUDITED)


 
BLOOMIN’ BRANDS, INC.
 
 
 
 
 
COMMON STOCK
 
ADDITIONAL
PAID-IN
CAPITAL
 
ACCUM- ULATED
DEFICIT
 
ACCUMULATED
OTHER
COMPREHENSIVE
LOSS
 
NON-
CONTROLLING
INTERESTS
 
TOTAL
 
SHARES
 
AMOUNT
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, December 31, 2012
121,148

 
$
1,211

 
$
1,000,963

 
$
(773,085
)
 
$
(14,801
)
 
$
5,917

 
$
220,205

Net income

 

 

 
63,223

 

 
1,833

 
65,056

Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

 

 

 
(4,532
)
 

 
(4,532
)
Stock-based compensation

 

 
4,494

 

 

 

 
4,494

Exercises of stock options
1,212

 
12

 
10,627

 

 

 

 
10,639

Issuance of restricted stock
219

 
3

 

 

 

 

 
3

Forfeiture of restricted stock
(10
)
 

 
(3
)
 

 

 

 
(3
)
Repayments of notes receivable due from stockholders

 

 
5,312

 

 

 

 
5,312

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

 

 
(2,435
)
 
(2,435
)
Balance, March 31, 2013
122,569

 
$
1,226

 
$
1,021,393

 
$
(709,862
)
 
$
(19,333
)
 
$
5,315

 
$
298,739

____________________
(1)
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 excludes $117 due to Redeemable noncontrolling interests related to the Company’s subsidiaries in Brazil and China, which are reported in the Mezzanine equity section in the Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 30, 2014.

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(IN THOUSANDS, UNAUDITED)


 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Cash flows provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
55,100

 
$
65,056

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:
 

 
 

Depreciation and amortization
46,165

 
40,196

Amortization of deferred financing fees
848

 
923

Amortization of capitalized gift card sales commissions
8,792

 
7,604

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings
6,064

 
1,896

Accretion on debt discounts
568

 
653

Stock-based and other non-cash compensation expense
2,357

 
6,195

Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates

 
(2,858
)
Deferred income tax benefit
(876
)
 

Loss (gain) on disposal of property, fixtures and equipment
436

 
(318
)
Gain on life insurance and restricted cash investments
(362
)
 
(1,944
)
Recognition of deferred gain on sale-leaseback transaction
(535
)
 
(485
)
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
(1,221
)
 

Change in assets and liabilities:
 

 
 

Decrease in inventories
13,788

 
10,201

Increase in other current assets
(7,463
)
 
(5,167
)
Decrease in other assets
2,591

 
2,530

Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued and other current liabilities
11,957

 
(13,090
)
Increase in deferred rent
2,080

 
2,836

Decrease in unearned revenue
(98,214
)
 
(97,245
)
(Decrease) increase in other long-term liabilities
(2,248
)
 
1,117

Net cash provided by operating activities
39,827

 
18,100

Cash flows used in investing activities:
 

 
 

Purchases of life insurance policies
(520
)
 
(372
)
Proceeds from sale of life insurance policies
627

 
38

Proceeds from disposal of property, fixtures and equipment
105

 
1,799

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired
(3,063
)
 

Capital expenditures
(39,313
)
 
(40,950
)
Decrease in restricted cash
5,514

 
6,184

Increase in restricted cash
(5,105
)
 
(5,093
)
Net cash used in investing activities
$
(41,755
)
 
$
(38,394
)
 
 
 
 
 
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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(IN THOUSANDS, UNAUDITED)


 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Cash flows used in financing activities:
 
 
 
Repayments of long-term debt
$
(14,578
)
 
$
(30,558
)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options
5,974

 
10,639

Distributions to noncontrolling interests
(1,167
)
 
(2,435
)
Purchase of limited partnership interests
(17,211
)
 

Repayments of partner deposits and accrued partner obligations
(7,388
)
 
(4,184
)
Repayments of notes receivable due from stockholders

 
5,312

Repurchase of common stock
(481
)
 

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
1,221

 

Tax withholding on performance-based share units
(324
)
 

Net cash used in financing activities
(33,954
)
 
(21,226
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
(1,385
)
 
(2,701
)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
(37,267
)
 
(44,221
)
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period
209,871

 
261,690

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period
$
172,604

 
$
217,469

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
 

 
 

Cash paid for interest
$
15,663

 
$
19,975

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds
10,622

 
2,217

Supplemental disclosures of non-cash investing and financing activities:
 

 
 

Conversion of partner deposits and accrued partner obligations to notes payable
$

 
$
325

Acquisition of property, fixtures and equipment through accounts payable or capital lease liabilities
851

 
1,199

Deferred tax effect of purchase of noncontrolling interests
6,197

 


 The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED)


1.           Basis of Presentation

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (“Bloomin’ Brands” or the “Company”) was formed by an investor group comprised of funds advised by Bain Capital Partners, LLC and Catterton Management Company, LLC and Chris T. Sullivan, Robert D. Basham and J. Timothy Gannon and certain members of management. Bloomin’ Brands is a holding company and conducts its operations through OSI Restaurant Partners, LLC (“OSI”), the Company’s primary operating entity, and New Private Restaurant Properties, LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company that leases certain Company-owned restaurant properties to a subsidiary of OSI.

The Company owns and operates casual, polished casual and fine dining restaurants primarily in the United States. The Company’s restaurant portfolio has five concepts: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Roy’s. Additional Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill restaurants in which the Company has no direct investment are operated under franchise agreements.

The accompanying interim unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”) for complete financial statements. In the opinion of the Company, all adjustments necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s results of operations, financial position and cash flows for the periods presented have been included and are of a normal, recurring nature. The results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year. These financial statements should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 (the “2013 Form 10-K”).

Change in Fiscal Year End

On January 3, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a change in the Company’s fiscal year end from a calendar year ending on December 31 to a 52-53 week year ending on the last Sunday in December, effective beginning with fiscal year 2014. The Company believes the change in fiscal year provides numerous benefits, including aligning the Company’s reporting periods to be more consistent with peer restaurant companies and improving comparability between periods by removing the effect of trading day on Restaurant sales and operating margins. The Company will continue reporting its Brazilian operations, on a calendar-based one-month lag. All other international operations will be reported on a 52-53 week reporting period contemporaneously with the domestic operations.

The Company made the fiscal year change on a prospective basis and has not adjusted operating results for prior periods. The change impacts the prior year comparability of the Company’s fiscal quarters in 2014 and will result in shifts in the quarterly periods, which will have an impact on quarterly financial results. The first fiscal quarter of 2014 began on January 1, 2014 and ended March 30, 2014 and is referred to throughout this report as the “thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014”.

The thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 included one less operating day than the comparable prior year period and the Company estimates that the impact was approximately $7.5 million and $1.5 million on Total revenues and Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands, respectively.

Reclassifications

The Company has reclassified certain items in the accompanying consolidated financial statements for prior periods to be comparable with the classification for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014. These reclassifications had no effect on previously reported net income.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED) - Continued

2.     Acquisitions

Acquisition of Controlling Interest in the Company’s Brazilian Operations

Prior to November 1, 2013, the Company held a 50% ownership interest in PGS Consultoria e Serviços Ltda. (the “Brazilian Joint Venture”) through a joint venture arrangement with PGS Participações Ltda, which operated Outback Steakhouse restaurants in Brazil. Effective November 1, 2013, the Company completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Brazilian Joint Venture resulting in the consolidation of this entity.

Prior to the acquisition, the Company accounted for the Brazilian Joint Venture under the equity method of accounting. The Company’s share of earnings of $2.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was recorded in Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income. The Brazilian Joint Venture’s results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 are reflected in the respective line items in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income.

Acquisition of Limited Partnership Interests

Effective January 1, 2014, the Company purchased the remaining partnership interests in certain of the Company’s limited partnerships that either owned or had a contractual right to varying percentages of cash flows in 37 Bonefish Grill restaurants for an aggregate purchase price of $17.2 million. These transactions resulted in a reduction of approximately $12.3 million in Additional paid-in capital in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet at March 30, 2014.

The following table sets forth the effect of these transactions on stockholders’ equity attributable to Bloomin’ Brands (in thousands):

 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO BLOOMIN’ BRANDS AND TRANSFERS TO NONCONTROLLING INTERESTS
 
 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
53,733

 
$
63,223

Transfers to noncontrolling interests:
 
 
 
Net decrease in Bloomin’ Brands additional paid-in capital for purchase of limited
 
 
 
partnership interests
(12,250
)
 

Change from net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands and transfers to noncontrolling
$
41,483

 
$
63,223

interests
 

Acquisition of Franchised Restaurants

Effective March 1, 2014, the Company acquired two Bonefish Gill restaurants from a franchisee for a purchase price of approximately $3.2 million, including customary escrow amounts. The Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income includes the results of operations for these restaurants from the date of acquisition. The pro forma impact of the acquisition on prior periods is not presented as the impact was not material to reported results.

The Company allocated the purchase price to the assets acquired less the liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair value on the date of acquisition with the remaining $2.5 million of the purchase price allocated to goodwill. All goodwill recognized is expected to be deductible for tax purposes.


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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED) - Continued

The following table presents a rollforward of the carrying amount of goodwill for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 (in thousands):

Balance at December 31, 2013
 
$
346,253

Additions for purchases of franchised locations
 
2,461

Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
(2,290
)
Balance at March 30, 2014
 
$
346,424


3.         Earnings Per Share

The computation of basic and diluted earnings per share is as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):
 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
53,733

 
$
63,223

 
 
 
 
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding
124,542

 
121,238

 
 
 
 
Effect of diluted securities:
 
 
 
  Stock options
3,193

 
5,064

  Nonvested restricted stock and restricted stock units
111

 
205

  Nonvested performance-based share units
5

 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding
127,851

 
126,507

 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per share
$
0.43

 
$
0.52

Diluted earnings per share
$
0.42

 
$
0.50


Dilutive securities outstanding not included in the computation of earnings per share because their effect was antidilutive were as follows (in thousands):
 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Stock options
1,917

 
2,071

Nonvested restricted stock and restricted stock units
220

 


4.         Stock-based Compensation

The Company recognized stock-based compensation expense as follows (in thousands):

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Stock options
$
2,468

 
$
3,985

Restricted stock and restricted stock units
749

 
375

Performance-based share units
358

 
69

 
$
3,575

 
$
4,429



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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(UNAUDITED) - Continued

During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014, the Company made grants to its employees of 1.2 million stock options, 0.3 million restricted stock units and 0.1 million performance-based share units. The weighted-average grant date fair value per stock option was $12.06.

The following represents unrecognized stock compensation expense and the remaining weighted-average vesting period at March 30, 2014:

 
UNRECOGNIZED
COMPENSATION EXPENSE
(in thousands)
 
REMAINING WEIGHTED-AVERAGE VESTING PERIOD (in years)
Stock options
$
32,087

 
3.2
Restricted stock and restricted stock units
$
13,657

 
3.2
Performance-based share units
$
2,190

 
0.9

5.           Long-term Debt, Net

Long-term debt, net consisted of the following (in thousands):
 
MARCH 30,
 
DECEMBER 31,
 
2014
 
2013
Senior secured term loan B facility, interest rate of 3.50% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 (1) (2)
$
925,000

 
$
935,000

Mortgage loan, weighted average interest rates of 4.04% and 4.02% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively (3)
309,612

 
311,644

First mezzanine loan, interest rate of 9.00% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 (3)
85,862

 
86,131

Second mezzanine loan, interest rate of 11.25% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 (3)
86,519

 
86,704

Other notes payable, uncollateralized, interest rates ranging from 0.52% to 7.00% and from 0.58% to 7.00% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively (1)
4,170

 
6,186

Sale-leaseback obligations (1)
2,375

 
2,375

Capital lease obligations (1)
1,179

 
1,255

 
1,414,717

 
1,429,295

Less: current portion of long-term debt
(11,997
)
 
(13,546
)
Less: unamortized debt discount
(9,584
)
 
(10,152
)
Long-term debt, net
$
1,393,136

 
$
1,405,597

________________
(1)
Represents obligations of OSI.
(2)
At December 31, 2013, $20.0 million of OSI’s outstanding senior secured term loan B facility was at an interest rate of 4.75%.
(3)
Represents obligations of New PRP (as defined below).

Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. is a holding company and conducts its operations through its subsidiaries, certain of which have incurred their own indebtedness as described below.


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Credit Agreement

On October 26, 2012, OSI completed a refinancing of its outstanding senior secured credit facilities and entered into a credit agreement (“Credit Agreement”) with a syndicate of institutional lenders and financial institutions. The senior secured credit facilities provide for senior secured financing of up to $1.225 billion, consisting of a $1.0 billion term loan B and a $225.0 million revolving credit facility, including letter of credit and swing-line loan sub-facilities (the “Credit Facilities”) and mature on October 26, 2019. The senior secured term loan B was issued with an original issue discount of $10.0 million. OSI amended the Credit Agreement in April 2013 for a repricing of its senior secured term loan B facility and in January 2014 to align the Credit Agreement with its change in fiscal year.

Senior Secured Term Loan B

Borrowings under the senior secured term loan B, as amended (“Term Loan B”), bear interest at 150 basis points over the Base Rate or 250 basis points over the Eurocurrency Rate and have interest rate floors of 2.00% for the Base Rate and 1.00% for the Eurocurrency Rate. The Base Rate option is the highest of (i) the prime rate of Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas, (ii) the federal funds effective rate plus 0.5 of 1.0% or (iii) the Eurocurrency Rate with a one-month interest period plus 1.0% (“Base Rate”) (3.25% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013).  The Eurocurrency Rate option is the 30, 60, 90 or 180-day Eurocurrency Rate (“Eurocurrency Rate”) (ranging from 0.15% to 0.33% and 0.17% to 0.35% at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively).  The Eurocurrency Rate may have a nine- or twelve-month interest period if agreed upon by the applicable lenders.

OSI is required to prepay outstanding term loans, subject to certain exceptions, with:

50% of its “annual excess cash flow” (with step-downs to 25% and 0% based upon its consolidated first lien net leverage ratio), as defined in the Credit Agreement, subject to certain exceptions;
100% of the net proceeds of certain assets sales and insurance and condemnation events, subject to reinvestment rights and certain other exceptions; and
100% of the net proceeds of any debt incurred, excluding permitted debt issuances.

The Term Loan B requires amortization payments of approximately $10.0 million per calendar year, payable in scheduled equal quarterly installments through September 2019. These payments are reduced by the application of any prepayments, including the $10.0 million prepayment that occurred during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014. Any remaining balance is due at maturity. Since the inception of the Term Loan B, OSI has made sufficient voluntary prepayments in excess of the remaining required amortization payments and, as a result, will not be required to make any further required amortization payments until the remaining balance of the loan reaches maturity in October 2019.

The outstanding balance on the Term Loan B, excluding the unamortized debt discount, was $925.0 million and $935.0 million at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. The remaining unamortized debt discount on the Term Loan B was $6.7 million and $7.0 million at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively. At March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, none of the outstanding balance on the Term Loan B was classified as current due to aggregate voluntary prepayments made by OSI and the results of its projected covenant calculations, which indicate the additional term loan prepayments, as described above, will not be required in the subsequent 12 months. The amount of outstanding term loans required to be prepaid in accordance with OSI’s debt covenants may vary based on year-end results.


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Revolving Credit Facility
 
The revolving credit facility of $225.0 million matures October 26, 2017 and provides for swing-line loans and letters of credit for working capital and general corporate purposes. The revolving credit facility bears interest at rates ranging from 200 to 250 basis points over the Base Rate or 300 to 350 basis points over the Eurocurrency Rate, with step-downs based upon OSI’s consolidated first lien net leverage ratio. There were no loans outstanding under the revolving credit facility at March 30, 2014 or December 31, 2013, however, $29.6 million and $31.6 million, respectively, of the revolving credit facility was committed for the issuance of letters of credit and not available for borrowing. Total outstanding letters of credit issued under OSI’s revolving credit facility may not exceed $100.0 million.

At March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the Company was in compliance with its debt covenants. See the 2013 Form 10-K for further information about OSI’s debt covenant requirements.

Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities Loan

Effective March 27, 2012, New Private Restaurant Properties, LLC and two of the Company’s other indirect wholly-owned subsidiaries (collectively, “New PRP”) entered into a commercial mortgage-backed securities loan (the “2012 CMBS Loan”) with German American Capital Corporation and Bank of America, N.A. The 2012 CMBS Loan totaled $500.0 million at origination and comprised a first mortgage loan in the amount of $324.8 million, collateralized by 261 of the Company’s properties, and two mezzanine loans totaling $175.2 million. The loans have a maturity date of April 10, 2017. The first mortgage loan has five fixed-rate components and a floating rate component. The fixed-rate components bear interest at rates ranging from 2.37% to 6.81% per annum. The floating rate component bears interest at a rate per annum equal to the 30-day London Interbank Offered Rate (“30-day LIBOR”) (with a floor of 1%) plus 2.37%. The first mezzanine loan bears interest at a rate of 9.00% per annum, and the second mezzanine loan bears interest at a rate of 11.25% per annum.

At March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the outstanding balance, excluding the unamortized debt discount, on the 2012 CMBS Loan was $482.0 million and $484.5 million, respectively.

6.     Other Long-term Liabilities, Net

The Company maintains an endorsement split-dollar insurance policy with a death benefit of $5.0 million for one of its current executive officers. The Company is the beneficiary of the policy to the extent of premiums paid or the cash value, whichever is greater, with the remaining death benefit being paid to personal beneficiaries designated by the executive officer.  

During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 and the three months ended March 31, 2013, the Company terminated the split-dollar agreements with certain of its former executive officers in exchange for aggregate payments of $2.0 million and $2.2 million, respectively, in cash. Upon termination, the release of the death benefit and related liabilities and net of the associated cash termination payment resulted in net gains of $1.9 million and $2.2 million during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 and the three months ended March 31, 2013, respectively, which were recorded in General and administrative in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income. As a result of the terminations, the Company became the sole and exclusive owner of the related split-dollar insurance policies and elected to cancel them.

As of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the Company had $1.1 million and $5.0 million, respectively, recorded in Other long-term liabilities, net in its Consolidated Balance Sheets for the outstanding obligations under the endorsement split-dollar insurance policies.


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7.           Fair Value Measurements

Fair Value Measurements on a Recurring Basis

The Company invested $8.7 million and $11.9 million of its excess cash in fixed income and money market funds classified as Cash and cash equivalents or restricted cash in its Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, at a net value of 1:1 for each dollar invested. The fair value of the investments in these funds is determined by using quoted prices for identical assets in an active market. As a result, the Company has determined that the inputs used to value these investments fall within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy.
 
The following tables present the Company’s fixed income and money market funds measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy within which those measurements fall (in thousands):

 
TOTAL
MARCH 30, 2014
 
LEVEL 1
 
LEVEL 2
 
LEVEL 3
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fixed income funds - cash equivalents
$
4,012

 
$
4,012

 
$

 
$

Money market funds - cash equivalents
4,553

 
4,553

 

 

Money market funds - restricted cash equivalents
110

 
110

 

 

Total recurring fair value measurements
$
8,675

 
$
8,675

 
$

 
$


 
TOTAL
DECEMBER 31, 2013
 
LEVEL 1
 
LEVEL 2
 
LEVEL 3
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fixed income funds - cash equivalents
$
9,849

 
$
9,849

 
$

 
$

Money market funds - cash equivalents
1,988

 
1,988

 

 

Money market funds - restricted cash equivalents
68

 
68

 

 

Total recurring fair value measurements
$
11,905

 
$
11,905

 
$

 
$


In connection with the 2012 CMBS Loan, the Company entered into an interest rate cap with a notional amount of $48.7 million as a method to limit the volatility of the floating rate component of the first mortgage loan. This interest rate cap had a nominal fair market value at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, and therefore was excluded from the applicable tables within this footnote.
  

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Fair Value Measurements on a Nonrecurring Basis

In 2013, the Company completed an assessment of its restaurant base. As a result of this assessment, the Company decided to close 22 underperforming locations. In connection with this initiative, the Company incurred pre-tax asset impairment charges of approximately $18.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014, the Company recognized expenses of $4.9 million, which included direct costs associated with the restaurant closures and severance-related obligations, partially offset by the reversal of deferred rent liabilities.

The following table presents the components of these charges and the line item within the Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income in which each component was recognized during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 (in thousands):

DESCRIPTION
 
LOCATION OF CHARGE IN THE CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
AMOUNT
Restaurant closure expenses
 
Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings
 
$
5,972

Severance and other liabilities
 
General and administrative
 
1,035

Deferred rent liability write-off
 
Other restaurant operating
 
(2,078
)
 
 
 
 
$
4,929


During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014, the Company recorded $6.1 million of impairment and restaurant closing expenses as a result of the fair value measurement on a nonrecurring basis of its long-lived assets held and used, which were primarily comprised of $6.0 million in charges associated with the restaurant closure initiative discussed above.

The Company recorded $1.1 million of impairment charges as a result of the fair value measurement on a nonrecurring basis of its long-lived assets held and used during the three months ended March 31, 2013, primarily related to certain specifically identified restaurant locations that were closed or relocated. The impaired long-lived assets had $4.4 million of remaining fair value at March 31, 2013. Restaurant closure and related expenses of $0.8 million were recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2013. Impairment losses for long-lived assets held and used and restaurant closure expenses were recognized in Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income.

The following table presents losses related to the Company’s assets and liabilities that were measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis during the three months ended March 31, 2013 aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy within which those measurements fall (in thousands):

 
MARCH 31, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
REMAINING FAIR VALUE
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
CARRYING VALUE
 
LEVEL 1
 
LEVEL 2
 
LEVEL 3
 
TOTAL
LOSSES
Long-lived assets held and used
$
4,434

 
$

 
$
3,383

 
$
1,051

 
$
1,082


The Company used a third-party market appraisal (Level 2) and discounted cash flow models (Level 3) to estimate the fair value of the long-lived assets included in the table above.  Projected future cash flows, including discount rate and growth rate assumptions, are derived from current economic conditions, expectations of management and projected trends of current operating results.  


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The following table presents quantitative information related to the range of unobservable inputs used in the Company’s Level 3 fair value measurements for the impairment losses incurred for the three months ended March 31, 2013:

UNOBSERVABLE INPUT
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Weighted-average cost of capital
 
9.5%
Long-term growth rates
 
2.0%
Annual revenue growth rates (1)
 
2.4% - 3.0%
________________
(1)
Weighted average of the annual revenue growth rates unobservable input range was 2.6%.
  
Interim Disclosures about Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The Company’s non-derivative financial instruments at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 consist of cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and current and long-term debt.  The fair values of cash equivalents, restricted cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable approximate their carrying amounts reported in the Consolidated Balance Sheets due to their short duration.

The fair value of OSI’s senior secured term loan B facility is determined based on quoted market prices in inactive markets. The fair value of New PRP’s commercial mortgage-backed securities is based on assumptions derived from current conditions in the real estate and credit markets, changes in the underlying collateral and expectations of management.  Fair value estimates for other notes payable are derived using a discounted cash flow approach. Discounted cash flow inputs primarily include cost of debt rates which are used to derive the present value factors for the determination of fair value. These inputs represent assumptions impacted by economic conditions and management expectations and may change in the future based on period-specific facts and circumstances.

The following tables include the carrying value and fair value of the Company’s financial instruments at March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 aggregated by the level in the fair value hierarchy in which those measurements fall (in thousands):

 
 
MARCH 30, 2014
 
 
 
 
FAIR VALUE
 
 
CARRYING VALUE
 
LEVEL 1
 
LEVEL 2
 
LEVEL 3
Senior secured term loan B facility (1)
 
$
925,000

 
$

 
$
922,688

 
$

Mortgage loan (2)
 
309,612

 

 

 
319,103

First mezzanine loan (2)
 
85,862

 

 

 
85,862

Second mezzanine loan (2)
 
86,519

 

 

 
87,384

Other notes payable (1)
 
4,170

 

 

 
3,953



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DECEMBER 31, 2013
 
 
 
 
FAIR VALUE
 
 
CARRYING VALUE
 
LEVEL 1
 
LEVEL 2
 
LEVEL 3
Senior secured term loan B facility (1)
 
$
935,000

 
$

 
$
936,169

 
$

Mortgage loan (2)
 
311,644

 

 

 
318,787

First mezzanine loan (2)
 
86,131

 

 

 
86,131

Second mezzanine loan (2)
 
86,704

 

 

 
87,571

Other notes payable (1)
 
6,186

 

 

 
5,912

_______________
(1)
Represents obligations of OSI.
(2)
Represents obligations of New PRP.

8.           Taxes

Income Taxes

The effective income tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 was 24.8% compared to 14.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2013. This net increase in the effective income tax rate was due to the following: (i) the acquisition of limited partnership interests in 2013 and 2014, which resulted in increased income allocations, (ii) a lower estimated income tax rate in the three months ended March 31, 2013 due to the reduction of valuation allowances resulting from the utilization of certain deferred tax assets in 2013, and (iii) a change in the blend of taxable income and tax rates across the Company’s domestic and international subsidiaries.

The effective income tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 was lower than the blended federal and state statutory rate of 39.0% primarily due to the benefit of the expected tax credit for excess FICA tax on employee-reported tips and the recognition of previously unrecognized tax benefits. The effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2013 was lower than the blended federal and state statutory rate of 38.6% primarily due to the benefit of the expected tax credit for excess FICA tax on employee-reported tips, the foreign rate differential, decrease in the valuation allowance and the elimination of noncontrolling interest together being such a large percentage of projected annual pretax income.

As of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the Company had $15.1 million and $17.1 million, respectively, of unrecognized tax benefits.  Additionally, the Company accrued $0.9 million and $2.1 million, respectively of interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions as of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.  Of the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits, including accrued interest and penalties, $14.8 million and $17.2 million as of March 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively, if recognized, would impact the Company’s effective income tax rate.  The difference between the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits and the amount that would impact the effective income tax rate consists of items that are offset by deferred income tax assets and the federal income tax benefit of state income tax items.

The Company is currently under income tax examination by the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) for the year ended December 31, 2011. The Company is currently open to audit under the statute of limitations for the years ended December 31, 2007 through 2013. The Company and its subsidiaries’ state income tax returns are open to audit under the statute of limitations for the years ended December 31, 2001 through 2012. The Company and its subsidiaries’ foreign income tax returns are open to audit under the statute of limitations for the years ended December 31, 2007 through 2013.


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Payroll Taxes

The Company is currently under payroll tax examination by the IRS. The IRS informed the Company in 2013 that it proposed to issue an audit adjustment for the employer’s share of FICA taxes related to cash tips allegedly received and unreported by the Company’s tipped employees during calendar year 2010, for which the Company recorded a liability of $5.0 million in the third quarter of 2013. The cash tips allegedly unreported by the tipped employees were based on an IRS estimate of the aggregate amount of tips directly received by tipped employees from the Company’s customers. Subsequently, the Company had additional communications with the IRS representatives, which indicated that the scope of the proposed adjustment would expand to include the 2011 and 2012 periods. As a result, the Company reassessed the established liability balance and recorded an additional $12.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. As of March 30, 2014, the Company had $11.0 million and $6.0 million recorded in Accrued and other current liabilities and Other long-term liabilities, net, respectively, in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet.

In March 2014, the IRS issued an audit adjustment of $5.0 million to the Company for the employer’s share of FICA taxes related to cash tips unreported by the Company’s employees during calendar year 2010 for this matter. The Company subsequently remitted payment to the IRS in April 2014 to settle the calendar year 2010 audit adjustment.

9.           Commitments and Contingencies

On October 4, 2013, Brooke Cardoza and Cody Hancock (collectively, the “Nevada Plaintiffs”), two current employees, filed a purported collective action lawsuit against the Company, OSI, and two of its subsidiaries in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada. The complaint alleges violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act by requiring employees to work off the clock, complete on-line training without pay, and attend meetings in the restaurant without pay. The suit seeks to certify a nationwide collective action that all hourly employees in all Outback Steakhouse restaurants would be permitted to join. The suit seeks an unspecified amount in back pay for the employees that join the lawsuit, an equal amount in liquidated damages, costs, expenses, and attorney’s fees. The Nevada Plaintiffs also filed a companion lawsuit in Nevada state court alleging that the Company violated the state break time rules. The Company believes these lawsuits are without merit, and is vigorously defending all allegations. However, the Company is unable to predict the outcome.

On November 8, 2013, Holly Gehl, Chris Armenta, and Trent Broadstreet (collectively, the “California Plaintiffs”) filed a purported class action lawsuit against the Company, OSI and OS Restaurant Services, LLC, two of its subsidiaries, and T-Bird Restaurant Group, Inc. (“T-Bird”), one of its franchisees. The lawsuit was filed in the California Superior Court, County of Alameda. The defendants removed the matter to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in December 2013. The complaint alleges, among other things, violations of the California Labor Code, failure to pay overtime, failure to provide meal and rest periods and termination compensation, and violations of California’s Business and Professions Code. The complaint seeks, among other relief, class certification of the lawsuit, unspecified damages, costs and expenses, including attorney’s fees, and such other relief as the Court determines to be appropriate. The Company does not believe the California Plaintiffs have any standing to bring claims against the Company or its subsidiaries as all were employed by the Company’s franchisee. The Company intends to request that the court dismiss it and the Company’s subsidiaries from this action. Should the court deny the Company’s request for dismissal it will vigorously defend the lawsuit. However, the Company is unable to predict the outcome of this case.
 

10.         Recently Issued Financial Accounting Standards

In April 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-08 “Presentation of Financial Statements (Topic 205) and Property, Plant, and Equipment (Topic 360): Reporting Discontinued Operations and Disclosures of Disposals of Components of an Entity” (“ASU No. 2014-08”). ASU No. 2014-08 changes the criteria for reporting and revises the definition of discontinued operations while

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enhancing disclosures in this area. Additional disclosure requirements for discontinued operations and new disclosures for individually material disposal transactions that do not meet the revised definition of a discontinued operation will be applicable. ASU No. 2014-08 will be effective for the Company on December 29, 2014 with early adoption permitted. The impact of ASU No. 2014-08 on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows is dependent on the occurrence of future transactions or events.

In March 2014, the Emerging Issues Task Force (“EITF”) reached a final consensus on Issue 13-D “Accounting for Share-Based Payments When the Terms of an Award Provide That a Performance Target Could be Achieved after the Requisite Service Period” (“EITF 13-D”). Under EITF 13-D, a performance target that can be achieved after the requisite service period should be treated as a performance condition that affects vesting, rather than a condition that affects grant date fair value. Compensation cost is recognized over the requisite service period if it is probable that the performance condition will be achieved. If necessary, compensation cost is subsequently adjusted, to reflect those awards that ultimately vest. EITF 13-D will be effective, on a prospective basis, for the Company on December 28, 2015 with early adoption permitted. Adoption of this standard will not have an impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows as the vesting of outstanding performance-based share units is aligned with the requisite service period.

In July 2013, the FASB issued ASU No. 2013-11, “Income Taxes (Topic 740): Presentation of an Unrecognized Tax Benefit When a Net Operating Loss Carryforward, a Similar Tax Loss, or a Tax Credit Carryforward Exists (a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force)” (“ASU No. 2013-11”). Under ASU No. 2013-11, an entity is required to present its unrecognized tax benefits net of its deferred tax assets when settlement in this manner is available under the tax law, which is based on facts and circumstances as of the balance sheet reporting date and would not consider future events. Gross presentation in the notes to the financial statements is still required. ASU No. 2013-11 applies on a prospective basis to all unrecognized tax benefits that exist at the effective date, with the option to apply it retrospectively. ASU No. 2013-11 was effective for the Company on January 1, 2014 and adoption on that date did not have an impact on the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

In March 2013, the FASB issued ASU No. 2013-05, “Foreign Currency Matters (Topic 830): Parent’s Accounting for the Cumulative Translation Adjustment upon Derecognition of Certain Subsidiaries or Groups of Assets within a Foreign Entity or of an Investment in a Foreign Entity (a consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force)” (“ASU No. 2013-05”). Under ASU No. 2013-05, which clarifies existing U.S. GAAP guidance, an entity would recognize cumulative translation adjustments in earnings when it ceases to have a controlling financial interest in a subsidiary or group of assets within a consolidated foreign entity and the sale or transfer results in the complete or substantially complete liquidation of the foreign entity in which the subsidiary or group of assets resided. However, when an entity sells either a part or all of its investment in a consolidated foreign entity, an entity would recognize cumulative translation adjustments in earnings only if the parent no longer has a controlling financial interest in the foreign entity as a result of the sale. In the case of sales of an equity method investment that is a foreign entity, a pro rata portion of cumulative translation adjustments attributable to the equity method investment would be recognized in earnings upon sale of the equity method investment. In addition, cumulative translation adjustments would be recognized in earnings upon a business combination achieved in stages such as a step acquisition. ASU No. 2013-05 was effective for the Company on January 1, 2014 and was adopted on that date, with prospective application to the derecognition of any foreign entity subsidiaries, groups of assets or investments in foreign entities completed on or after January 1, 2014. The impact of ASU No. 2013-05 on the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows is dependent on future transactions resulting in derecognition of the Company’s foreign assets, subsidiaries or investments in foreign entities completed on or after adoption.

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11.           Subsequent Events

Commercial Mortgage-backed Securities Loan Rate Cap

New PRP’s interest rate cap (“Rate Cap”) expired on April 13, 2014. In connection with the expiration of the Rate Cap, New PRP entered into a replacement rate cap (“Replacement Rate Cap”), with a notional amount of $48.7 million, to limit the volatility of the floating rate component of the first mortgage loan within the 2012 CMBS Loan. Under the Replacement Rate Cap, if the 30-day LIBOR rate exceeds 7.00% per annum, the counterparty must pay to New PRP such excess on the notional amount of the floating rate component.

If necessary, the Company will record mark-to-market changes in the fair value of this derivative instrument in earnings in the period of change. The Replacement Rate Cap has a term of two years, expiring on April 13, 2016. Upon the expiration or termination of the Replacement Rate Cap or the downgrade of the credit ratings of the counterparty under the Replacement Rate Cap’s specified thresholds, New PRP is required to obtain a replacement interest rate cap in a notional amount equal to the outstanding principal balance (if any) of the floating rate component. The Replacement Rate Cap had a nominal fair market value on the date of its inception.







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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS


Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with our unaudited consolidated financial statements and the related notes.  Unless the context otherwise indicates, as used in this report, the term the “Company,” “we,” “us,” “our” and other similar terms mean Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Cautionary Statement

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (the “Report”) includes statements that express our opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results and therefore are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “feels,” “seeks,” “forecasts,” “projects,” “intends,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could” or “would” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this Report and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which we operate.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Although we base these forward-looking statements on assumptions that we believe are reasonable when made, we caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and industry developments may differ materially from statements made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this Report. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and industry developments are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this Report, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements made or suggested by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the following:

(i)
The restaurant industry is a highly competitive industry with many well-established competitors;

(ii)
Challenging economic conditions may affect our liquidity by adversely impacting numerous items that include, but are not limited to: consumer confidence and discretionary spending; the availability of credit presently arranged from our revolving credit facilities; the future cost and availability of credit; interest rates; foreign currency exchange rates; and the liquidity or operations of our third-party vendors and other service providers;

(iii)
Our ability to expand is dependent upon various factors such as the availability of attractive sites for new restaurants; our ability to obtain appropriate real estate sites at acceptable prices; our ability to obtain all required governmental permits including zoning approvals and liquor licenses on a timely basis; the impact of government moratoriums or approval processes, which could result in significant delays; our ability to obtain all necessary contractors and subcontractors; union activities such as picketing and hand billing that could delay construction; our ability to generate or borrow funds; our ability to negotiate suitable lease terms; our ability to recruit and train skilled management and restaurant employees; and our ability to receive the premises from the landlord’s developer without any delays;


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(iv)
Our results can be impacted by changes in consumer tastes and the level of consumer acceptance of our restaurant concepts (including consumer tolerance of our prices); local, regional, national and international economic and political conditions; the seasonality of our business; demographic trends; patterns of customer traffic and our ability to effectively respond in a timely manner to changes in patterns of customer traffic; changes in consumer dietary habits; product mix; employee availability; the cost of advertising and media; the timing of restaurant operating expenses; government actions and policies; inflation or deflation; unemployment rates; interest rates; foreign exchange rates; and increases in various costs, including construction, real estate and health insurance costs;

(v)
Weather, natural disasters and other disasters could result in construction delays or slower customer traffic and could adversely affect the results of one or more restaurants for an indeterminate amount of time;

(vi)
Our results can be negatively impacted by the effects of acts of war; periods of widespread civil unrest; actual or threatened armed conflicts or terrorist attacks, efforts to combat terrorism, or other military action affecting countries in which we do business and by the effects of heightened security requirements on local, regional, national, or international economies or consumer confidence;

(vii)
Our results can be impacted by tax and other legislation and regulation in the jurisdictions in which we operate and by accounting standards or pronouncements;

(viii)
Our results can be impacted by anticipated or unanticipated changes in our tax rates, exposure to additional income tax liabilities and a change in our ability to realize deferred tax benefits;

(ix)
Minimum wage increases and mandated employee benefits could cause a significant increase in our labor costs;

(x)
Commodities, including but not limited to, beef, chicken, shrimp, pork, seafood, dairy, produce, potatoes, onions and energy supplies, are subject to fluctuation in price and availability, and prices could increase or decrease more than we expect;

(xi)
Our results can be impacted by consumer reaction to public health issues and perception of food safety;

(xii)
We could face liabilities if we are unable to protect our information technology systems or experience an interruption or breach of security that could prevent us from effectively operating our business, protecting customer credit and debit card data or personal employee information; and

(xiii)
Our substantial leverage and significant restrictive covenants in our various credit facilities could adversely affect our ability to raise additional capital to fund our operations, limit our ability to make capital expenditures to invest in new or renovate restaurants, limit our ability to react to changes in the economy or our industry, and expose us to interest rate risk in connection with our variable-rate debt.

In light of these risks and uncertainties, we caution you not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statement that we make in this Report speaks only as of the date of such statement, and we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or to publicly announce the results of any revision to any of those statements to reflect future events or developments. Comparisons of results for current and any prior periods are not intended to express any future trends or indications of future performance, unless specifically expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

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Overview

We are one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated restaurant concepts. As of March 30, 2014, we owned and operated 1,339 restaurants and franchised 161 restaurants across 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 21 countries. We have five founder-inspired concepts: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar and Roy’s. Our concepts seek to provide a compelling customer experience combining great food, highly attentive service and lively and contemporary ambience at attractive prices. Our restaurants attract customers across a variety of occasions, including everyday dining, celebrations and business entertainment. Each of our concepts maintains a unique, founder-inspired brand identity and entrepreneurial culture, while leveraging our scale and enhanced operating model. We consider Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar to be our core concepts. We continue to evaluate a plan to exit our Roy’s concept, but have not established a timeframe or committed to a specific plan to do so.
The restaurant industry is a highly competitive and fragmented industry and is sensitive to changes in the economy, trends in lifestyles, seasonality (customer traffic patterns at restaurants are generally highest in the first quarter of the year and lowest in the third quarter of the year) and fluctuating costs. Operating margins for restaurants can vary due to competitive pricing strategies, labor and fluctuations in prices of commodities, including beef, chicken, seafood, butter, cheese, produce and other necessities to operate a restaurant, such as natural gas or other energy supplies.  Restaurant companies tend to be focused on increasing market share, comparable restaurant sales growth and new unit growth. Competitive pressure for market share, commodity inflation, foreign currency exchange rates and other market conditions have had and could continue to have an adverse impact on our business.

Our industry is characterized by high initial capital investment, coupled with high labor costs. Chain restaurants have been increasingly taking share from independent restaurants over the past several years. We believe that this trend will continue due to increasing barriers that may prevent independent restaurants and/or start-up chains from building scale operations, including menu labeling, burdensome labor regulations and healthcare reforms that will be enforced once chains grow past a certain number of restaurants or number of employees. The combination of these factors underscores our initiative to drive increased sales at existing restaurants in order to raise margins and profits, because the incremental contribution to profits from every additional dollar of sales above the minimum costs required to open, staff and operate a restaurant is relatively high. Historically, we have not focused on growth in the number of restaurants just to generate additional sales. Our expansion and operating strategies have balanced investment and operating cost considerations in order to generate reasonable, sustainable margins and achieve acceptable returns on investment from our restaurant concepts.

Our strategic plan and operating model entails maintaining an experienced executive management team and adapting practices from the consumer products and retail industries to complement our restaurant acumen and enhance our brand management, analytics and innovation. This model keeps the customer at the center of our decision-making and focuses on continuous innovation and productivity to drive sustainable sales and profit growth. In addition, we believe that substantial development opportunities remain for our concepts in the U.S. and internationally.

We continue to balance near-term growth in market share with investments to achieve sustainable growth. In 2014, our key growth strategies, which are enabled by continued improvements in infrastructure and organizational effectiveness include:

Grow Comparable Restaurant Sales. We plan to continue to remodel our restaurants, use limited-time offers and multimedia marketing campaigns to drive traffic, selectively expand the lunch daypart and introduce innovative menu items, including through extensive menu refresh initiatives at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Bonefish Grill, that match evolving consumer preferences.


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Pursue New Domestic Development Opportunities with Strong Unit Level Economics. We believe that a substantial development opportunity remains for our concepts in the U.S. Our top domestic development priority is Bonefish Grill unit growth. We expect to open between 55 and 60 system-wide locations in 2014 of which we expect that approximately 50% will be domestic opportunities.

Pursue New Strategic International Development in Selected Markets. We believe the international business represents a significant growth opportunity and that we are well-positioned to continue to expand our concepts outside the U.S. We continue to focus on existing geographic regions in Latin America and Asia, with strategic expansion in selected emerging and high growth developed markets. We are focusing our existing market growth in Brazil and new market growth in China and Latin America. We expect that approximately 50% of our new units in 2014 will be international opportunities, but will shift to a higher weight of international units as we continue to implement our international expansion plans.

The combination of macro-economic and other factors have put considerable pressure on sales in the casual dining industry both domestically and in our South Korean market. For example, domestically, the ongoing impacts of high unemployment, continued reduced access to credit, financial market volatility and unpredictability, governmental spending and budget matters, other national, regional and local regulatory and economic conditions, gasoline prices, reduced disposable consumer income and consumer confidence have had a negative effect on discretionary consumer spending.  In our South Korean market, higher levels of household debt have impacted discretionary consumer spending, particularly in the casual dining environment. As these conditions persist, we will face increased pressure with respect to our pricing, traffic levels and commodity costs.  We believe that in this environment, we will need to maintain our focus on value and innovation as well as refreshing our restaurant base to continue to drive sales.
 
Key Performance Indicators

Key measures that we use in evaluating our restaurants and assessing our business include the following:

Average restaurant unit volumes—average sales per restaurant to measure changes in customer traffic, pricing and development of the brand;

Comparable restaurant sales—year-over-year comparison of sales volumes for domestic, Company-owned restaurants that are open 18 months or more in order to remove the impact of new restaurant openings in comparing the operations of existing restaurants;

System-wide sales—total restaurant sales volume for all Company-owned and franchise restaurants and, in historical periods, unconsolidated joint venture restaurants, regardless of ownership, to interpret the overall health of our brands;

Adjusted restaurant-level operating margin, Adjusted income from operations, Adjusted net income, Adjusted diluted earnings per share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA—non-GAAP financial measures utilized to evaluate our operating performance, which definitions, usefulness and reconciliations are described in more detail in the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” section below; and

Customer satisfaction scores—measurement of our customers’ experiences in a variety of key attributes.


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Change in Fiscal Year End

On January 3, 2014, our Board of Directors approved a change in our fiscal year end from a calendar year ending on December 31 to a 52-53 week year ending on the last Sunday in December, effective beginning with fiscal year 2014. We believe the change in our fiscal year end provides numerous benefits, including aligning our reporting periods to be more consistent with peer restaurant companies and improving comparability between periods by removing the effect of trading day on Restaurant sales and operating margins. We will continue reporting our Brazilian operations, on a calendar-based one-month lag. All other international operations will be reported on a 52-53 week reporting period contemporaneously with the domestic operations.

We made the fiscal year change on a prospective basis and have not adjusted operating results for prior periods. The change impacts the prior year comparability of our fiscal quarters and annual period in 2014 and will result in shifts in the quarterly periods, which will have an impact on our quarterly financial results. The first fiscal quarter of 2014 began January 1, 2014 and ended March 30, 2014 and is referred to throughout this report as the “thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014”.

The thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 included one less operating day than the comparable prior year period and we estimate that the impact is approximately $7.5 million and $1.5 million on Total revenues and Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands, respectively.

The impact of the change in the reporting periods for fiscal year 2014 is as follows:

FISCAL PERIOD
 
2014 REPORTING PERIOD
 
2014 FISCAL
PERIOD DAYS
 
COMPARABLE
2013 FISCAL
PERIOD DAYS
 
FISCAL YEAR CHANGE IMPACT
(in operating days)
First fiscal quarter
 
January 1, 2014 to March 30, 2014
 
89
 
90
 
(1)
Second fiscal quarter
 
March 31, 2014 to June 29, 2014
 
91
 
91
 
Third fiscal quarter
 
June 30, 2014 to September 28, 2014
 
91
 
92
 
(1)
Fiscal year
 
January 1, 2014 to December 28, 2014
 
362
 
365
 
(3)







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Selected Operating Data

The table below presents the number of our restaurants in operation at the end of the periods indicated:

 
MARCH 30,
 
MARCH 31,
 
2014
 
2013
Number of restaurants (at end of the period):
 
 
 
Outback Steakhouse
 
 
 
Company-owned—domestic
650

 
663

Company-owned—international (1) (2)
171

 
117

Franchised—domestic
104

 
106

Franchised and joint venture—international (1)
51

 
89

Total
976

 
975

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
 
 
 
Company-owned
240

 
234

Franchised
1

 
1

Total
241

 
235

Bonefish Grill
 
 
 
Company-owned
192

 
174

Franchised
5

 
7

Total
197

 
181

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
 
 
 
Company-owned
66

 
65

Roy’s
 
 
 
Company-owned
20

 
22

System-wide total
1,500

 
1,478

____________________
(1)
Effective November 1, 2013, we acquired a controlling interest in the Brazilian Joint Venture resulting in the consolidation and reporting of 47 restaurants (as of the acquisition date) as Company-owned locations, which are reported as unconsolidated joint venture locations in the historical period presented.
(2)
The restaurant count for Brazil is reported as of February 28, 2014 to correspond with the balance sheet date of this subsidiary and, therefore, excludes one restaurant that opened in March 2014. Restaurant counts for our Brazilian operations were reported as of March 31st in the historical period presented.

We operate restaurants under brands that have similar economic characteristics, nature of products and services, class of customer and distribution methods, and as a result, aggregate our operating segments into a single reporting segment.




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Results of Operations

The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, percentages that items in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income are in relation to Total revenues or Restaurant sales, as indicated:

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Revenues
 
 
 
Restaurant sales
99.4
 %
 
99.1
 %
Other revenues
0.6

 
0.9

Total revenues
100.0

 
100.0

Costs and expenses
 

 
 
Cost of sales (1)
32.5

 
32.3

Labor and other related (1)
27.1

 
27.7

Other restaurant operating (1)
22.3

 
21.6

Depreciation and amortization
4.0

 
3.7

General and administrative
6.4

 
6.6

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings
0.5

 
0.2

Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates

 
(0.3
)
Total costs and expenses
92.2

 
91.1

Income from operations
7.8

 
8.9

Other expense, net
(*)

 
(*)

Interest expense, net
(1.4
)
 
(2.0
)
Income before provision for income taxes
6.4

 
6.9

Provision for income taxes
1.6

 
0.9

Net income
4.8

 
6.0

Less: net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
0.2

 
0.2

Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
4.6
 %
 
5.8
 %
 
 
 
 
Net income
4.8
 %
 
6.0
 %
Other comprehensive income:
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
(0.5
)
 
(0.4
)
Comprehensive income
4.3

 
5.6

Less: comprehensive income attributable to noncontrolling interests
0.2

 
0.2

Comprehensive income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
4.1
 %
 
5.4
 %
________________
(1)
As a percentage of Restaurant sales.
*
Less than 1/10th of one percent of Total revenues.


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REVENUES

Restaurant sales
(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
$ Change
 
% Change
Restaurant sales
$
1,150.5

 
$
1,082.4

 
$
68.1

 
6.3
%

The increase in restaurant sales in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 was primarily attributable to a $67.8 million increase from the consolidation of restaurant sales generated by 47 formerly unconsolidated joint venture restaurants in Brazil that we acquired effective November 1, 2013 and additional revenues of $31.8 million from the opening of 67 new restaurants not included in our comparable restaurant sales base. The increase in restaurant sales was partially offset by the following: (i) a $16.3 million decrease in comparable restaurant sales, (ii) a $7.7 million decrease from the closing of 25 restaurants since March 31, 2013 and (iii) a $7.5 million decrease as the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 included one less operating day than the three months ended March 31, 2013. Blended core domestic results were due to decreases in customer traffic and a mix in our product sales offset by increases in general menu prices. The decrease in customer traffic was primarily due to unfavorable winter weather conditions, timing of holidays in 2014 and continuing macro-economic conditions that have had a negative effect on discretionary consumer spending, partially offset by daypart expansion across certain concepts.






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The following table includes additional information about changes in Restaurant sales at domestic Company-owned restaurants for our core brands:

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Average restaurant unit volumes (weekly):
 
 
 
Outback Steakhouse
$
67,721

 
$
66,943

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
$
61,363

 
$
62,134

Bonefish Grill
$
65,277

 
$
65,604

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
$
86,776

 
$
84,966

Operating weeks:
 

 
 
Outback Steakhouse
8,373

 
8,542

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
3,055

 
3,009

Bonefish Grill
2,427

 
2,192

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
837

 
836

Year over year percentage change:
 

 
 
Menu price increases: (1)
 

 
 
Outback Steakhouse
2.5
 %
 
2.1
 %
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
2.8
 %
 
1.4
 %
Bonefish Grill
2.5
 %
 
1.9
 %
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
4.4
 %
 
2.1
 %
Comparable restaurant sales (stores open 18 months or more):
 

 
 
Outback Steakhouse
0.8
 %
 
2.5
 %
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
(1.8
)%
 
(1.7
)%
Bonefish Grill
(1.5
)%
 
0.5
 %
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
1.7
 %
 
5.0
 %
Combined (concepts above)
 %
 
1.6
 %
____________________
(1)
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COSTS AND EXPENSES

Cost of sales

(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Cost of sales
$
373.6

 
$
350.0

 
 
% of Restaurant sales
32.5
%
 
32.3
%
 
0.2
%

Cost of sales, consisting of food and beverage costs, increased as a percentage of Restaurant sales in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013. The increase as a percentage of Restaurant sales was primarily due to the following: (i) 0.5% from higher beef and other commodity costs, (ii) 0.5% from higher seafood costs, (iii) 0.4% increase related to new and promotional menu rollouts and (iv) 0.3% from changes in our product mix. These increases were partially offset by decreases as a percentage of Restaurant sales of 0.9% from the impact of certain cost savings initiatives and 0.7% from menu price increases.

Labor and other related expenses

(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Labor and other related
$
311.4

 
$
299.9

 
 
% of Restaurant sales
27.1
%
 
27.7
%
 
(0.6
)%

Labor and other related expenses include all direct and indirect labor costs incurred in operations, including distribution expense to managing partners, costs related to the Partner Ownership Account Plan (“POAP”) and Partner Equity Plan (“PEP”) deferred compensation plans (see “—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Deferred Compensation Plans”), and other incentive compensation expenses. Labor and other related expenses decreased as a percentage of Restaurant sales in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013. Decreases as a percentage of Restaurant sales were primarily attributable to the following: (i) 0.5% from the impact of certain cost savings initiatives, (ii) 0.4% from stronger unit economics on our acquired Brazilian restaurants, (iii) 0.3% lower field management bonuses based on individual restaurant performance and (iv) 0.2% from lower workers’ compensation claims experience. These decreases were partially offset by increases as a percentage of Restaurant sales primarily attributable to 0.8% of higher kitchen and service labor costs due to daypart expansion across certain concepts and the addition of new restaurant locations.
  
Other restaurant operating expenses

(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Other restaurant operating
$
256.5

 
$
233.8

 
 
% of Restaurant sales
22.3
%
 
21.6
%
 
0.7
%
 
The increase as a percentage of Restaurant sales in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 was primarily due to the following: (i) 0.4% from a net decrease in average unit volumes, mainly due to restaurants in South Korea, (ii) 0.3% of higher advertising expense, (iii) 0.3% of higher restaurant occupancy costs mainly related to rent escalations from existing leases and (iv) 0.2% of higher restaurant utilities associated with new restaurant locations and daypart expansion across certain concepts. The increases were partially

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offset by decreases as a percentage of Restaurant sales primarily due to 0.5% from the stronger unit economics on our acquired Brazilian restaurants and 0.2% from a deferred rent liability write-off during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 associated with the closing of 22 underperforming restaurant locations. 

Depreciation and amortization

(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Depreciation and amortization
$
46.2

 
$
40.2

 


% of Total revenues
4.0
%
 
3.7
%
 
0.3
%

Depreciation and amortization expense increased as a percentage of Total revenues in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013. This increase as a percentage of Total revenues was primarily due to depreciation expense related to the opening of new restaurants and the completion of internally developed technology projects combined with amortization associated with our acquired Brazilian operations.

General and administrative 

(in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
General and administrative
$
74.1

 
$
72.5

 
$
1.6


General and administrative costs increased in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 primarily due to the following: (i) $3.9 million of costs associated with our Brazilian operations, (ii) $1.1 million of transaction costs due primarily to our secondary offering in March 2014 and (iii) $1.0 million of severance and other costs associated with our restaurant closure initiative. These increases were partially offset by a $4.2 million decrease due to the timing of our annual managing partner conference.

Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings

(in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Provision for impaired assets and restaurant closings
$
6.1

 
$
1.9

 
$
4.2


Approximately $6.0 million of restaurant closing charges were incurred during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 in connection with the decision made in the fourth quarter of 2013 to close 22 underperforming locations. For the three months ended March 31, 2013, restaurant impairment charges resulted from the carrying value of a restaurant’s assets exceeding its estimated fair market value, mainly due to declining future cash flows from lower projected sales at existing locations and locations identified for relocation or renovation (see “—Liquidity and Capital Resources—Fair Value Measurements” for additional information).


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Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates

Effective November 1, 2013, we completed the acquisition of a controlling interest in the Brazilian Joint Venture resulting in the consolidation of this entity. Prior to the acquisition, we accounted for the Brazilian Joint Venture under the equity method of accounting and our share of earnings was recorded in Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income. The Brazilian Joint Venture’s results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 are reflected in the respective line items in our Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income.

Income from operations

(dollars in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Income from operations
$
90.0

 
$
96.9

 
 
% of Total revenues
7.8
%
 
8.9
%
 
(1.1
)%

The decrease in income from operations generated in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 was primarily a result of a 0.2% decline in operating margins at the restaurant level combined with higher Depreciation and amortization expenses and additional charges for restaurant closings as discussed above.

Interest expense, net

(in millions):
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Interest expense, net
$
16.6

 
$
20.9

 
$
(4.3
)

The decrease in net interest expense in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the three months ended March 31, 2013 was primarily attributable to lower outstanding debt balances due to voluntary prepayments on the senior secured credit facilities combined with reduced interest rates associated with the repricing of the senior secured credit facilities completed in April 2013.

Provision for income taxes

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
Change
Effective income tax rate
24.8
%
 
14.1
%
 
10.7
%

The net increase in the effective income tax rate in the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 as compared to the same period in the prior year was due to the following: (i) the acquisition of limited partnership interests in 2013 and 2014, which resulted in increased income allocations, (ii) a lower estimated income tax rate in the three months ended March 31, 2013 due to the reduction of valuation allowances resulting from the utilization of certain deferred tax assets in 2013, and (iii) a change in the blend of taxable income and tax rates across our domestic and international subsidiaries.

The effective income tax rate for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 was lower than the blended federal and state statutory rate of 39.0% primarily due to the benefit of the expected tax credit for excess FICA tax on employee-reported tips and the recognition of previously unrecognized tax benefits.  The effective income tax rate for the three

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months ended March 31, 2013 was lower than the blended federal and state statutory rate of 38.6% primarily due to the benefit of the expected tax credit for excess FICA tax on employee-reported tips, the foreign rate differential, a decrease in the valuation allowance and the elimination of noncontrolling interest together being such a large percentage of projected annual pretax income.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. GAAP, we provide non-GAAP measures which present operating results on an adjusted basis. These are supplemental measures of performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP and include the following: (i) system-wide sales, (ii) Adjusted restaurant-level operating margins, (iii) Adjusted income from operations and the corresponding margins, (iv) Adjusted net income, (v) Adjusted diluted earnings per share and (vi) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP measures are not measurements of our operating or financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as measures of our liquidity. These non-GAAP measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

System-Wide Sales

System-wide sales is a non-GAAP financial measure that includes sales of all restaurants operating under our brand names, whether we own them or not. System-wide sales comprise sales of Company-owned and franchised restaurants and, in historical periods, sales of unconsolidated joint venture restaurants. Effective November 1, 2013, we acquired a controlling interest in the Brazilian Joint Venture resulting in the consolidation of the operations of 47 restaurants (as of the acquisition date). Sales from these restaurants that were historically reported as income from unconsolidated joint ventures were consolidated beginning on the acquisition date and, as a result, sales from these restaurants are reported as Company-owned for the period subsequent to the acquisition date. The table below presents the first component of system-wide sales, which is sales of Company-owned restaurants:

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
COMPANY-OWNED RESTAURANT SALES (in millions):
 
 
 
Outback Steakhouse
 
 
 
Domestic
$
567

 
$
572

International
146

 
88

Total
713

 
660

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
187

 
187

Bonefish Grill
158

 
143

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
73

 
71

Other
20

 
21

Total Company-owned restaurant sales
$
1,151

 
$
1,082


The following information presents the second component of system-wide sales, which is sales of franchised and unconsolidated joint venture restaurants. These are restaurants that are not consolidated and from which we only receive a franchise royalty or a portion of their total income. Management believes that franchise and unconsolidated joint venture sales information is useful in analyzing our revenues because franchisees and affiliates pay royalties and/or service fees that generally are based on a percentage of sales. Management also uses this information to make decisions about future plans for the development of additional restaurants and new concepts as well as evaluation of current operations.

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - Continued


The following do not represent our sales and are presented only as an indicator of changes in the restaurant system, which management believes is important information regarding the health of our restaurant concepts.

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
FRANCHISE AND UNCONSOLIDATED JOINT VENTURE SALES (in millions) (1):
 
 
 
Outback Steakhouse
 
 
 
Domestic
$
84

 
$
83

International
29

 
94

Total
113

 
177

Carrabba’s Italian Grill
1

 
1

Bonefish Grill
4

 
5

Total franchise and unconsolidated joint venture sales (1)
$
118

 
$
183

Income from franchise and unconsolidated joint ventures (2)
$
5

 
$
11

_____________________
(1)
Franchise and unconsolidated joint venture sales are not included in Total revenues in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income.
(2)
Represents the franchise royalty and the portion of total income related to restaurant operations included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income in Other revenues and Income from operations of unconsolidated affiliates, respectively.

Other Financial Measures

Restaurant-level operating margins are calculated as Restaurant sales after deduction of the main restaurant-level operating costs (comprising Cost of sales, Labor and other related and Other restaurant operating). Adjusted restaurant-level operating margins are calculated by eliminating from Restaurant-level operating margins the impact of items that are not considered indicative of ongoing operations consistent with the other non-GAAP measures discussed below. We provide this non-GAAP measure because we believe it is useful for investors to assess core restaurant operations without the effect of certain adjustments. For the periods presented, Adjusted restaurant-level operating margins include adjustments for the reversal of deferred rent obligations associated with the closure of underperforming locations, which were recorded in Other restaurant operating during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014. No adjustments impacted Restaurant-level operating margins during the three months ended March 31, 2013.

Adjusted income from operations, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share are calculated by eliminating from Income from operations, Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands and Diluted earnings per share the impact of items that are not considered indicative of ongoing operations. We provide these non-GAAP measures because we believe they are useful for investors to assess the operating performance of the business without the effect of certain adjustments. For the periods presented, the non-GAAP adjustments include transaction-related expenses primarily attributable to costs associated with the secondary offering of our common stock in March 2014; certain restaurant closing charges; purchased intangibles amortization; and an adjustment to the Provision for income taxes based on the statutory rate applicable to jurisdictions in which the above non-GAAP adjustments relate.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (calculated by adjusting EBITDA to exclude certain stock-based compensation expenses, non-cash expenses and other significant unusual items that we do not consider representative of our underlying business performance) are supplemental measures of operating performance.  We believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are useful measures for investors as they permit a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our U.S. GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period and to facilitate company-to-company comparisons within the restaurant industry by eliminating some of these foregoing variations.


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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - Continued

The use of these measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on U.S. GAAP results, while isolating the effects of certain items that vary from period to period without correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. However, our inclusion of these adjusted measures should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or infrequent items or that the items for which we have made adjustments are unusual or infrequent. In the future, we may incur expenses or generate income similar to the adjusted items. We further believe that the disclosure of these non-GAAP measures is useful to investors as they form the basis for how our management team and Board of Directors evaluate our performance including for achievement of objectives under our cash and equity compensation plans. By disclosing these non-GAAP measures, we believe that we create for investors a greater understanding of, and an enhanced level of transparency into, the means by which our management team operates our business.

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted Restaurant-Level Operating Margins

The following table shows the percentages of certain operating cost financial statement line items in relation to Restaurant sales on both a U.S. GAAP basis and an adjusted basis, as indicated, for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 and the three months ended March 31, 2013:

 
THIRTEEN WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
 
U.S. GAAP
 
ADJUSTED (1)
 
U.S. GAAP AND
ADJUSTED (2)
Restaurant sales
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cost of sales
32.5
%
 
32.5
%
 
32.3
%
Labor and other related
27.1
%
 
27.1
%
 
27.7
%
Other restaurant operating
22.3
%
 
22.5
%
 
21.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
Restaurant-level operating margin
18.2
%
 
18.0
%
 
18.4
%
_________________
(1)
Adjusted restaurant-level operating margins include the adjustment for the deferred rent liability write-off associated with the fourth quarter of 2013 decision to close 22 underperforming locations. The write-off of the deferred rent liability was recorded in Other restaurant operating during the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014.
(2)
No adjustments impacted Restaurant-level operating margins during the three months ended March 31, 2013.


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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - Continued

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

The following table reconciles Adjusted income from operations and the corresponding margins, Adjusted net income and Adjusted diluted earnings per share, for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 and the three months ended March 31, 2013 to their respective most comparable U.S. GAAP measures (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Income from operations
$
90,026

 
$
96,860

Operating income margin
7.8
%
 
8.9
%
Adjustments:
 
 
 
Transaction-related expenses (1)
1,118

 

Other losses (2)
4,929

 

Purchased intangibles amortization (3)
1,458

 

Adjusted income from operations
$
97,531

 
$
96,860

Adjusted operating income margin
8.4
%
 
8.9
%
 
 
 
 
Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
53,733

 
$
63,223

Adjustments:
 
 
 
Transaction-related expenses (1)
1,118

 

Other losses (2)
4,929

 

Purchased intangibles amortization (3)
1,458

 

Total adjustments, before income taxes
7,505

 

Adjustment to provision for income taxes (4)
(2,695
)
 

Net adjustments
4,810

 

Adjusted net income
$
58,543

 
$
63,223

 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share
$
0.42

 
$
0.50

Adjusted diluted earnings per share
$
0.46

 
$
0.50

 
 
 
 
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding
127,851

 
126,507

_________________
(1)
Transaction-related expenses primarily relate to costs incurred with the secondary offering of our common stock completed in March 2014.
(2)
During the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014, we incurred additional expenses for non-cancelable operating lease liabilities and restaurant closing costs associated with the fourth quarter of 2013 decision to close 22 underperforming locations.
(3)
Represents our proportional share of non-cash amortization of intangibles recorded as a result of the acquisition of a controlling ownership interest in the our Brazilian operations and includes amortization for reacquired franchise rights and favorable and unfavorable leases.
(4)
Income tax effect of adjustments for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 was calculated based on the statutory rate applicable to jurisdictions in which the above non-GAAP adjustments relate.

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS - Continued

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures - EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

The following table reconciles Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the thirteen weeks ended March 30, 2014 and the three months ended March 31, 2013 (in thousands):

 
THIRTEEN
WEEKS ENDED
MARCH 30, 2014
 
THREE
MONTHS ENDED
MARCH 31, 2013
Net income attributable to Bloomin’ Brands
$
53,733

 
$
63,223

Provision for income taxes
18,164

 
10,707

Interest expense, net
16,598

 
20,880

Depreciation and amortization
46,165

 
40,196

EBITDA
134,660

 
135,006

Impairments and disposals (1)
399

 
876

Transaction-related expenses (2)
1,118

 

Stock-based compensation expense
3,575

 
4,429

Other losses (3)
3,335

 
582

Adjusted EBITDA
$
143,087

 
$
140,893

_________________
(1)
Represents the elimination of non-cash impairment charges for fixed assets and intangible assets and net gains or losses on the disposal of fixed assets.
(2)
Transaction-related expenses primarily relate to costs incurred with the secondary offering of our common stock completed in March 2014.
(3)
Represents expenses incurred as a result of (losses) gains on our partner deferred compensation participant investment accounts net of the loss (gain) on the corporate-owned life insurance policies that are held for settlement of our obligations under these programs, foreign currency loss (gain), the loss (gain) on the cash surrender value of executive life insurance and additional restaurant closing costs of approximately $4.9 million associated with the fourth quarter of 2013 decision to close 22 underperforming locations.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We believe that expected cash flow from operations, planned borrowing capacity, short-term investments and restricted cash balances are adequate to fund debt service requirements, operating lease obligations, capital expenditures and working capital obligations for the next twelve months. However, our ability to continue to meet these requirements and obligations will depend on, among other things, our ability to achieve anticipated levels of revenue and cash flow and our ability to manage costs and working capital successfully.

As of March 30, 2014, we had approximately $195.4 million in available unused borrowing capacity under OSI’s senior secured revolving credit facility, net of letters of credit of $29.6 million.

In April 2014, we initiated a process to refinance our outstanding senior secured credit facilities. At the time of this filing, the terms of the refinancing are not final. Upon completion of the refinancing, we expect total outstanding indebtedness under the new credit facilities to be consistent with the total amount outstanding under our current credit facilities. If the refinancing is completed, we expect to incur lower annualized interest expense. No assurances can be given that the refinancing will be completed on the terms we expect