Tim Hortons Continues Momentum with Robust Fourth Quarter Sales and Earnings Results

Quarterly dividend increased 23.5% to $0.21 per common share,
New share repurchase program of up to $200 million announced

(Unaudited.  All amounts in Canadian dollars.)

OAKVILLE, ON, Feb. 23, 2012 /CNW/ -            

Financial & Sales Highlights
                         
   
Q4 2011
 
Q4 2010

%
Change
  2011
Full Year

2010
Full Year
  %
Change
Total Revenues $ 779.8 $ 643.5   21.2% $ 2,853.0 $ 2,536.5   12.5%
Operating income(1) $ 152.8 $ 461.6   N/M $ 569.5 $ 872.2   N/M
Adjusted operating income(2) $ 150.8 $ 131.7   14.5% $ 567.8 $ 519.3   9.4%
Effective Tax Rate(3)   28.7%   16.6%       29.0%   23.7%    
Net Income attributable to THI $ 103.0 $ 377.1   N/M $ 382.8 $ 624.0  
N/M
Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS) $ 0.65 $ 2.19   N/M $ 2.35 $ 3.58   N/M
Fully Diluted Shares   158.4   172.2   (8.0)%   162.6   174.2   (6.7)%

N/M - Not meaningful 
($ in millions, except EPS. Fully diluted shares in millions.  All numbers rounded.)
(1) Fourth quarter and full-year 2010 operating income included a gain of $361.1 million from the sale of our 50% joint-venture interest in Maidstone Bakeries, offset in part by $30 million, related to the sale, allocated to our restaurant owners.  Operating income for 2010 included earnings contributions from Maidstone Bakeries prior to the sale.  Fourth quarter 2010 operating income included a net charge of $7.4 million, and $28.3 million for the full-year, from asset impairment and related restaurant closure costs.
(2) Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure.  For additional details, please refer to "Detailed Information on non-GAAP Measure" and the reconciliation information in this release.
(3) Fourth quarter and full-year 2010 effective tax rates were significantly lower compared to 2011 due primarily to a lower effective tax rate arising from the gain from the Maidstone Bakeries sale.


 
                       
Same-Store Sales Growth(4)           Q4 2011           2011 Full Year
Canada           5.5%           4.0%
U.S.           7.2%           6.3%

(4) Includes sales at Franchised and Company-operated locations open for 13 months or more.  Substantially all of our restaurants are franchised.

Highlights

  • Same-store sales growth accelerated in both Canada and the U.S.
  • Fourth quarter adjusted operating income(2) increased 14.5%
  • Quarterly dividend increased 23.5% to $0.21 per common share
  • New share repurchase program of up to $200 million announced
  • New performance and financial targets released for 2012

Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX: THI, NYSE: THI) today announced its results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended January 1st, 2012.

"Our disciplined focus on responding to our guests' needs, evolving our business and executing our growth strategies resulted in great momentum in the fourth quarter and a strong finish to the year.  We are pleased with our system's performance in persistently challenging operating conditions throughout 2011 and believe we have created a strong foundation on which we will continue to build," said Paul House, Executive Chairman and President and CEO.

Consolidated Results

All percentage increases and decreases represent year-over-year changes for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the fourth quarter of 2010, unless otherwise noted. On a comparative basis, the fourth quarter of 2010 included a substantial gain from the sale of our 50% joint-venture interest in Maidstone Bakeries (the "Bakery"), which had a significant impact on earnings and other line items in that quarter.

We grew fourth quarter 2011 systemwide sales(5) by 9.2% on a constant currency basis.  This performance benefited from strong same-store sales growth and continued implementation of our new restaurant development strategies.

Our total revenues increased 21.2%, to $779.8 million, compared to $643.5 million last year.  In the fourth quarter of 2010, we allocated $30.0 million to our restaurant owners from the proceeds of the sale of our joint-venture interest in the Bakery, which reduced our revenues in the comparable fourth quarter of 2010. In addition, rents and royalties benefited from same-store sales growth and new restaurant openings. Distribution sales growth outpaced our system growth due to the continued impact of higher commodity costs and new products being delivered through our replacement Kingston distribution centre.  Franchise fees were up significantly year-over-year due to a higher number of restaurant openings, resales and replacements.

In 2011, cost of sales increased 19.4% during the fourth quarter, reflecting systemwide sales growth and higher commodity costs, which contributed to higher distribution sales as noted previously.  Cost of sales also included start-up costs associated with our new Kingston distribution centre.

Operating expenses grew modestly, increasing 3.3%, reflecting a higher number of restaurants, partially offset by the timing of certain expenses in the prior year.  General and administrative expenses rose 6.6%, primarily due to higher salaries and benefits, and increased investments in U.S. marketing to grow our business.  Increased costs in these areas were partially offset by lower year-over-year professional fees associated with strategic planning activities last year.

Fourth quarter operating income was $152.8 million compared to $461.6 million last year.  For comparison purposes, operating income in the fourth quarter of 2010 included the net impacts from the Bakery sale and restaurant closure and impairment costs.

Absent these items, adjusted operating income grew 14.5% to $150.8 million compared to $131.7 million last year.  (Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure.  See reconciliation to operating income, the nearest GAAP measure, below under "Detailed Information on non-GAAP Measure").  Our performance benefited from robust system sales growth and other factors described previously.

Fourth quarter net income attributable to THI was $103.0 million compared to $377.1 million in 2010.  The factors affecting operating income comparisons between 2011 and 2010 also affected our net income.  Net interest expense was also slightly higher this year compared to last year due to a shift in our debt to fixed rates and an increased number of capital leases in our system. The Bakery sale also contributed to a significantly lower effective tax rate of 16.6% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to 28.7% in the fourth quarter of 2011.

Diluted earnings per share (EPS) in the fourth quarter was $0.65 compared to $2.19 last year. Excluding the net impact of the Bakery sale and restaurant closure and impairment costs in the New England region in the prior year, EPS in the fourth quarter of last year would have been $0.52, representing a year-over-year increase of 25.8%.  In addition to the factors affecting net income, fourth quarter EPS benefited from 8.0% fewer shares outstanding in the quarter compared to the same period last year due to the Company's share repurchase activities, including deployment of the net proceeds from the sale of the Bakery to repurchase shares.

On a full-year basis, systemwide sales(5) increased 7.4% on a constant currency basis.  Total revenues rose 12.5% to $2.85 billion compared to $2.54 billion last year.  Our 2011 operating income was $569.5 million compared to $872.2 million, with the year-over-year decline driven by the Bakery impact, partially offset by the restaurant closure and impairment costs in the prior year.  Net income attributable to THI in 2011 was $382.8 million.  EPS for the full year was $2.35.  This includes a $0.03 per share impact from the separation and other costs related to our former President and CEO.  Our full-year EPS benefited from 6.7% fewer shares due to our share repurchase program.  The effective tax rate for the full year was 29.0% compared to 23.7% last year.

Segmented Performance Commentary

Our Canadian and U.S. segments both delivered robust same-store sales growth during the fourth quarter, with positive growth in transactions and average cheque in both markets.

Canada

Fourth quarter same-store sales grew by 5.5% in our Canadian segment, significantly outpacing growth earlier in the year.  Increases in average cheque due to product innovation and previous pricing in the system, and slightly positive same-store transactions growth, contributed to this strong performance.  In addition, we benefited in the quarter from milder weather compared to the year-ago period.

We opened 79 restaurants in the fourth quarter, including 50 standard restaurants, 26 non-standard full-serve locations and 3 self-serve kiosks.

Canadian segment operating income was $159.4 million, compared to $478.0 million last year, with the significant year-over-year decrease reflecting the 2010 gain on the sale of the Bakery less the restaurant owner allocation.  Absent the Bakery sale and related earnings impacts, operating income would have increased 9.9% year-over-year. Strong systemwide sales was the most significant factor contributing to our underlying performance, which also benefited from a property disposition, partially offset by higher general and administrative costs and lower coffee margins due primarily to prior favourability which reversed as anticipated because of the timing of coffee prices and underlying costs in our supply chain.

On a full-year basis, our Canadian segment increased same-store sales 4.0%, within our targeted range of 3% to 5%.  We opened 175 restaurants in 2011, toward the higher end of our targeted range of 160-180 openings.  Operating income in the segment for the full-year was $607.7 million, up 7.0% over the prior year absent the gain on the sale of the Bakery and related income impacts.

United States

Our U.S. segment had the strongest quarter of same-store sales growth since 2006, increasing 7.2% on top of 6.3% same-store sales growth it delivered in the same period of 2010.

We drove solid gains in average cheque from pricing previously in the system and product innovation, and same-store sales also benefited from transaction growth. We believe our continued momentum in the U.S. has benefited from our strategic focus on brand differentiation and awareness, product innovation, enhanced marketing and promotional initiatives and capital deployment to increase restaurant penetration in our core growth markets.  We also benefited from milder weather compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.

A total of 70 new locations were opened in the fourth quarter of 2011, including 44 standard and non-standard full-serve locations and 26 self-serve kiosks, which are designed to increase brand penetration and convenience.

We had fourth quarter operating income of $5.6 million in the U.S. segment compared to an operating loss of $4.2 million last year.  Last year's results include the New England restaurant closure and impairment costs of approximately $7.4 million. Our underlying performance resulted from very strong systemwide sales growth, which benefited from higher rents, royalties and distribution income.  Our topline growth was driven in part by increased investments we are making to enhance our advertising and marketing scale and reach.

In 2011 on a full-year basis, we grew same-store sales in the U.S. segment by 6.3%, our healthiest rate of growth since before the recessionary environment took hold, and ahead of our targeted range of 3% to 5% growth.  We opened 114 locations in the U.S. in 2011, comprised of 30 standard full-serve restaurants, 42 full-serve non-standard locations and 42 self-serve kiosks, leveraging opportunities to significantly increase our brand penetration.  We had targeted opening 70 to 90 full-serve restaurants.

The U.S. segment achieved record earnings in 2011 with $15.1 million (US$15.2 million) in operating income, approaching the top-end of our targeted range of US$13 million to US$16 million.  Absent the restaurant closure and impairment charges recorded in 2010 and a related recovery in 2011, operating income would have increased $4.6 million over 2010, demonstrating continued progress and momentum in the business.

Internationally, we opened four restaurants in the fourth quarter as part of our international strategy, through our master licensee, in the Gulf Cooperation Council, and five locations for the full- year.

Corporate Developments

Quarterly dividend payment increased 23.5% to $0.21 per common share

We are increasing our quarterly dividend by approximately 23.5%, to $0.21 per common share, within our 30% to 35% targeted payout range, reflecting our continued confidence in our cash flow generation ability.  Accordingly, the Board has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.21 per common share payable on March 20th, 2012 to shareholders of record as of March 5th, 2012.  Payout of future dividends and our targeted payout range remains subject to Board approval.  Dividends declared will be paid in Canadian dollars to all shareholders with Canadian resident addresses. For U.S. shareholders, dividends paid will be converted to U.S. dollars based on prevailing exchange rates at the time of conversion by Tim Hortons for registered shareholders and by Clearing and Depository Services Inc. for beneficial shareholders.

New share repurchase program of up to $200 million announced

Tim Hortons will commence a new share repurchase program for up to $200 million in common shares, not to exceed the regulatory maximum of 13,668,332 shares, representing 10% of the Company's public float as of February 20th, 2012, as defined under the Toronto Stock Exchange ("TSX") rules. The bid is planned to commence on March 5th, 2012 and is due to terminate on March 4th, 2013.

Subject to the negotiation and execution of a broker agreement, the Company's common shares will be purchased under the program through a combination of a 10b5-1 automatic trading plan as well as at Management's discretion in compliance with regulatory requirements, and given market, cost and other considerations.

Repurchases will be made through the facilities of the TSX (and/or other Canadian marketplaces), the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"), or by such other means as may be permitted by the TSX and/or the NYSE, and under applicable laws, including private agreements permitted under issuer bid exemption orders issued by a securities regulatory authority in Canada. Purchases made by way of private agreements under an issuer bid exemption order by a securities regulatory authority will be at a discount to the prevailing market price as provided in the exemption order.

There can be no assurance as to the precise number of shares that will be repurchased under the share repurchase program, or the aggregate dollar amount of the shares purchased. Tim Hortons may discontinue purchases at any time, subject to compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Shares purchased pursuant to the share repurchase program will be cancelled.

The maximum number of shares that may be purchased during any trading day may not exceed 25% of the average daily trading volume on the TSX, excluding purchases made by Tim Hortons under its current normal course issuer bid, based on the previous six completed calendar months, for a daily total of 103,928 common shares. This limit, for which there are permitted exceptions, is determined in accordance with regulatory requirements. Under the 2011 program, up to February 20th, 2012, Tim Hortons purchased 9,373,968 shares at an average net price of $45.94. As of February 20th, 2012, we had 157,430,411 common shares outstanding.

2012 Outlook

"Our 'More than a Great Brand' strategic plan is designed to deliver innovation to our guests, build upon our clear market leadership position and enable us to pursue new avenues of growth.  In 2012, we will continue to invest in a focused manner to differentiate our business and deliver shareholder value," said Paul House, Executive Chairman, and President and CEO.

The Company has established the following 2012 performance targets:

  • Diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $2.65 to $2.75.
  • 2012 same-store sales growth of 3% to 5% in Canada and 4% to 6% in the U.S.
  • A total of 250 to 290 restaurant openings, including:
    • 155 to 175 restaurant openings in Canada
    • 80 to 100 full-serve restaurant openings in the U.S
    • Approximately 15 restaurant openings in the Gulf Cooperation Council
  • Capital expenditures between $220 million to $260 million. Our increased level of capital expenditures reflects enhanced design elements and continued restaurant development activity in both Canada and the U.S., and the Company's share of investments to increase restaurant drive-thru capacity in Canada, including initiatives such as selectively implementing order station relocations, double-order stations and, double-lane drive-thrus.  Our increased capital expenditures also reflect investments to accelerate renovations in Canada, which will feature more contemporary design elements similar to our new restaurant development sites.
  • In addition, our Canadian advertising fund will be investing up to $100 million to expand the use of digital menu boards in our Canadian restaurants in fiscal 2012 along with new drive-thru rotating menu boards. These expenditures will be funded primarily through third-party financing, which will be secured by the Canadian advertising fund's assets. For accounting purposes, advertising funds are consolidated as variable interest entities, and as a result, will be reflected in our Consolidated Financial Statements.
  • Effective tax rate of approximately 28%.

These targets are for 2012 only, are forward-looking, and are based on our expectations and outlook and shall be effective only as of the date the targets were originally issued.  The operational objectives and financial outlook (collectively, "targets") established for 2012 are based on accounting, tax and/or other regulatory or legislative rules in place at the time the targets were issued.  The impact of future changes in accounting, tax and/or other regulatory or legislative rules that may or may not become effective in fiscal 2012, changes to our share repurchase activities, and accounting, tax, audit or other matters not contemplated at the time the targets were established that could affect our business, are not included in the determination of these targets.

Except as required by applicable securities laws, we do not intend to update our annual financial targets. These targets and our performance generally are subject to various risks and uncertainties ("risk factors") which may impact future performance and our achievement of these targets. Refer to our safe harbor statement, which incorporates by reference our "risk factors," set forth at the end of this release, and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2010 filed on February 25th, 2011 and our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2011 (expected to be filed on or about February 27th, 2012).

Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders

The Board of Directors has set a record date of March 15th, 2012 for the annual and special meeting of shareholders.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, May 10th at 10:30 a.m. EST at the School of Hospitality Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West, 7th Floor Auditorium in Toronto, Ontario.

Tim Hortons conference call today at 2:30 p.m. (EST) Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Tim Hortons will host a conference call today to discuss the fourth quarter and year-end results, scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. (EST). The dial-in number is (416) 641-6712 or (800) 785-6502. No access code is required. A simultaneous web cast of the call, including presentation material, will be available at www.timhortons-invest.com. A presentation supporting the call will be available at this website under the Events and Presentations section.  A replay of the call will be available until March 1st, 2012 and can be accessed at (416) 626-4100 or (800) 558-5253. The call replay reservation number is 21575057. The call will also be archived for a period of one year in the Events and Presentations section of the Company's investor website.

Detailed Information on non-GAAP Measure

Adjusted operating income is a non-GAAP measure. As applicable, adjusted operating income deducts the gain on the sale of our interest in the Bakery which was sold in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, and 100% of operating income and other Bakery related adjustments, and adds back the $30.0 million allocation to restaurant owners, and the impact of the net asset impairment charge and closure costs, as applicable, specific to the New England region in the U.S. (see (a) below). Adjusted operating income also excludes the 2011 impact of the former CEO separation agreement and related costs.

Management uses adjusted operating income to assist in the evaluation of year-over-year performance, and believes that it will be helpful to investors as a measure of underlying growth rates. This non-GAAP measure is not intended to replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company's use of the term adjusted operating income may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. The reconciliation of operating income, a GAAP measure, to adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure, is set forth in the table below:

Reconciliation of adjusted operating income                
                 
($ in millions, all numbers rounded)                
                 
    Q4
2011
  Q4
2010
  2011   2010
                 
Operating income ................................................. $ 152.8 $ 461.6  $ 569.5 $ 872.2
Add: CEO Separation Agreement .........................   -       6.3   -
Add: Restaurant owner allocation .........................   -   30.0   -   30.0
Add: Net asset impairment and closure costs(a) .....   -   7.4   0.4   28.3
Less: Amortization of Bakery supply agreement ...   (2.1)   (1.3)   (8.3)   (1.3)
Less: Gain on sale of our interest in Bakery .........   -   (361.1)   -   (361.1)
Less: Bakery operating income(b) .................................   -   (4.9)   -   (48.9)
Adjusted operating income(c) .......................................... $ 150.8 $ 131.7 $ 567.8 $ 519.3
(a) The Net asset impairment and closure costs charge of $0.4 million in fiscal 2011 included an asset impairment charge related to the Portland market of $1.9 million, of which $0.9 million related to variable interest entities ("VIEs"), net of a $1.5 million recovery of previously accrued closure costs. In fiscal 2010, the net asset impairment and closure costs related to our Portland, Providence and Hartford markets in the New England region of our U.S. operations.
(b) The Bakery operating income included income only in October of the fourth quarter of 2010, and for the first 10 months of fiscal 2010, prior to the sale.
(c) Includes operating income for non-owned restaurants that we consolidate as VIEs of $1.1 million and $0.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 and 2010, respectively, and $3.5 million and $2.1 million in fiscal 2011 and fiscal 2010, respectively. Approximately 0.2% of adjusted operating income growth in the fourth quarter, and 0.5% of the growth in fiscal year 2011, were related to VIEs.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain information in this news release, particularly information regarding future economic performance, finances, and plans, expectations and objectives of management, including as they relate to the Company's strategy, execution focus, the 2012 performance targets and intentions regarding the number of shares that may be purchased under the Company's share repurchase programs, constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of Canadian securities laws and forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  We refer to all of these as forward-looking statements. Various factors including competition in the quick service segment of the food service industry, general economic conditions and others described as "risk factors" in the Company's 2010 Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed February 25th, 2011, and our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K expected to be filed on or about February 27th, 2012, with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Canadian Securities Administrators could affect the Company's actual results and cause such results to differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. As such, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements contained in this news release, which speak only as of the date hereof.

Forward-looking statements are based on a number of assumptions which may prove to be incorrect, including, but not limited to, assumptions about: the absence of an adverse event or condition that damages our strong brand position and reputation; the absence of a material increase in competition within the quick service restaurant segment of the food service industry; cost and availability of commodities; continuing positive working relationships with the majority of the Company's restaurant owners; the absence of any material adverse effects arising as a result of litigation; there being no significant change in the Company's ability to comply with current or future regulatory requirements; and general worldwide economic conditions. We are presenting this information for the purpose of informing you of management's current expectations regarding these matters, and this information may not be appropriate for any other purpose.

We assume no obligation to update or alter any forward-looking statements after they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.  Please review the Company's Safe Harbor Statement at www.timhortons.com/en/about/safeharbor.html.

(5) Total systemwide sales growth includes restaurant-level sales at both Company and Franchised restaurants. 99.6% of our consolidated system is franchised as at January 1st, 2012. Systemwide sales growth is determined using a constant exchange rate, where noted, to exclude the effects of foreign currency translation. U.S. dollar sales are converted to Canadian dollar amounts using the average exchange rate of the base year for the period covered. For the fourth quarter of 2011, systemwide sales on a constant currency basis increased 9.2% compared to the fourth quarter of 2010.  Full-year systemwide sales increased 7.4% on a constant currency basis.  Systemwide sales are important to understanding our business performance as they impact our franchise royalties and rental income, as well as our distribution income. Changes in systemwide sales are driven by changes in average same-store sales and changes in the number of systemwide restaurants, and are ultimately driven by consumer demand.
   
  We believe systemwide sales growth provides meaningful information to investors regarding the size of our system, the overall health and financial performance of the system, and the strength of our brand and restaurant owner base, which ultimately impacts our consolidated and segmented financial performance.  Franchised restaurant sales are not generally included in our Consolidated Financial Statements (except for certain non-owned restaurants consolidated in accordance with applicable accounting rules); however, franchised restaurant sales result in royalties and rental revenues, which are included in our franchise revenues, and also supports growth in distribution sales.

Tim Hortons Inc. Overview

Tim Hortons is one of the largest publicly-traded restaurant chains in North America based on market capitalization, and the largest in Canada. Operating in the quick service segment of the restaurant industry, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, espresso-based hot and cold specialty drinks including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots, specialty teas, fruit smoothies, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of January 1st, 2012, Tim Hortons had 4,014 systemwide restaurants, including 3,295 in Canada, 714 in the United States and 5 in the Gulf Cooperation Council. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.


 TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)     
               
  (Unaudited)          
                 
  Fourth Quarter Ended          
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011   $ Change   % Change  
                 
REVENUES                
Sales $548,147   $436,952   $111,195   25.4%  
Franchise revenues:                
  Rents and royalties 191,042   174,236   16,806   9.6%  
  Franchise fees 40,600   32,313   8,287   25.6%  
  231,642   206,549   25,093   12.1%  
TOTAL REVENUES 779,789   643,501   136,288   21.2%  
                 
COSTS AND EXPENSES                
Cost of sales 484,728   406,054   78,674   19.4%  
Operating expenses 66,494   64,360   2,134   3.3%  
Franchise fee costs 37,031   28,630   8,401   29.3%  
General and administrative expenses 42,735   40,093   2,642   6.6%  
Equity (income) (3,566)   (3,617)   51   (1.4%)  
Asset impairment and closure costs, net 0   7,410   (7,410)   n/m  
Other (income) expense, net (481)   5   (486)   n/m  
TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET 626,941   542,935   84,006   15.5%  
                 
Gain on sale of interest in Maidstone Bakeries 0   361,075   (361,075)   n/m  
                 
OPERATING INCOME 152,848   461,641   (308,793)   (66.9%)  
                 
Interest (expense) (7,754)   (7,845)   91   (1.2%)  
Interest income 862   1,570   (708)   (45.1%)  
                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 145,956   455,366   (309,410)   (67.9%)  
                 
INCOME TAXES 41,861   75,448   (33,587)   (44.5%)  
                 
Net Income 104,095   379,918   (275,823)   (72.6%)  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 1,142   2,797   (1,655)   (59.2%)  
                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO TIM HORTONS INC. $102,953   $377,121   ($274,168)   (72.7%)  
                 
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $0.65   $2.19   ($1.54)   (70.3%)  
                 
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $0.65   $2.19   ($1.54)   (70.3%)  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic (in thousands) 157,948   172,024   (14,076)   (8.2%)  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted (in thousands) 158,447   172,247   (13,800)   (8.0%)  
                 
Dividends per common share  $0.17   $0.13   $0.04      
                 
n/m - not meaningful                
(all numbers rounded)                

TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except per share data)
 
  (Unaudited)        
               
  Year Ended        
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011   $ Change   % Change
                 
REVENUES                
Sales $2,012,170   $1,755,244   $256,926   14.6%  
Franchise revenues:                
  Rents and royalties 733,217   687,039   46,178   6.7%  
  Franchise fees 107,579   94,212   13,367   14.2%  
  840,796   781,251   59,545   7.6%  
TOTAL REVENUES 2,852,966   2,536,495   316,471   12.5%  
                 
COSTS AND EXPENSES                
Cost of sales 1,774,107   1,527,405   246,702   16.2%  
Operating expenses 259,098   246,335   12,763   5.2%  
Franchise fee costs 104,884   91,743   13,141   14.3%  
General and administrative expenses 161,444   147,300   14,144   9.6%  
Equity (income) (14,354)   (14,649)   295   (2.0%)  
Asset impairment and closure costs, net 372   28,298   (27,926)   n/m  
Other (income), net (2,060)   (1,100)   (960)   n/m  
TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET 2,283,491   2,025,332   258,159   12.7%  
                 
Gain on sale of interest in Maidstone Bakeries 0   361,075   (361,075)   n/m  
                 
OPERATING INCOME 569,475   872,238   (302,763)   (34.7%)  
                 
Interest (expense) (30,000)   (26,642)   (3,358)   12.6%  
Interest income 4,127   2,462   1,665   67.6%  
                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 543,602   848,058   (304,456)   (35.9%)  
                 
INCOME TAXES 157,854   200,940   (43,086)   (21.4%)  
                 
Net Income 385,748   647,118   (261,370)   (40.4%)  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 2,936   23,159   (20,223)   n/m  
                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO TIM HORTONS INC. $382,812   $623,959   ($241,147)   (38.6%)  
                 
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $2.36   $3.59   ($1.23)   (34.3%)  
                 
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $2.35   $3.58   ($1.23)   (34.4%)  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic (in thousands) 162,145   174,035   (11,890)   (6.8%)  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted (in thousands) 162,597   174,215   (11,618)   (6.7%)  
                 
Dividends per common share  $0.68   $0.52   $0.16      
                 
n/m - not meaningful                
(all numbers rounded)                

  TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET 
  (In thousands of Canadian dollars)
         
    As at
    January 1,   January 2,
    2012   2011
         
    (Unaudited)
         
ASSETS      
         
Current assets      
  Cash and cash equivalents $126,497   $574,354
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents 130,613   67,110
  Restricted investments 0   37,970
  Accounts receivable, net 173,667   182,005
  Notes receivable, net 10,144   12,543
  Deferred income taxes 5,281   7,025
  Inventories and other, net 136,999   100,712
  Advertising fund restricted assets 37,765   27,402
Total current assets 620,966   1,009,121
         
Property and equipment, net 1,463,765   1,373,670
         
Intangible assets, net 4,544   5,270
         
Notes receivable, net 3,157   3,811
         
Deferred income taxes 12,197   13,730
         
Equity investments 43,014   44,767
         
Other assets 56,307   31,147
Total assets $2,203,950   $2,481,516

 

  TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET 
(In thousands of Canadian dollars, except share data)
     
    As at
    January 1,   January 2,
    2012   2011
         
    (Unaudited)
     
         
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY      
         
Current liabilities      
  Accounts payable $177,918   $142,444
  Accrued liabilities:      
    Salaries and wages 23,531   20,567
    Taxes 26,465   65,654
    Other 179,315   209,663
  Deferred income taxes 0   2,205
  Advertising fund restricted liabilities 59,420   41,026
  Current portion of long-term obligations 10,001   9,937
Total current liabilities 476,650   491,496
         
Long-term obligations      
  Long-term debt 352,426   344,726
  Capital leases 94,863   82,685
  Deferred income taxes 4,608   8,237
  Other long-term liabilities 120,970   111,930
Total long-term obligations 572,867   547,578
         
Equity      
  Equity of Tim Hortons Inc.      
  Common shares      
    $2.84 stated value per share, Authorized:  unlimited shares,      
    Issued: 157,814,980 and 170,664,295 shares, respectively 447,558   484,050
  Common shares held in trust, at cost: 277,189 and 278,082 shares, respectively (10,136)   (9,542)
  Contributed surplus 6,375   0
  Retained earnings 836,968   1,105,882
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss (128,217)   (143,589)
  Total equity of Tim Hortons Inc. 1,152,548   1,436,801
  Noncontrolling interests 1,885   5,641
Total equity 1,154,433   1,442,442
Total liabilities and equity $2,203,950   $2,481,516

 

 

 

TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
    Year Ended
    January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011
         
    (Unaudited)
         
CASH FLOWS PROVIDED FROM (USED IN) OPERATING ACTIVITIES      
Net income $385,748   $647,118
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities      
    Depreciation and amortization 115,869   118,385
    Asset impairment  1,850   18,352
    Stock-based compensation expense 17,323   14,263
    Amortization of Maidstone Bakeries' supply contract (8,253)   (1,325)
    Deferred income taxes (5,433)   1,285
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
    Restricted cash and cash equivalents (63,264)   (6,920)
    Accounts receivable 2,099   (10,923)
    Inventories and other (32,057)   (29,275)
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 349   104,829
    Taxes (39,197)   40,715
  Gain on sale of interest in Maidstone Bakeries 0   (361,075)
  Other, net 16,433   (9,885)
         
Net cash provided from operating activities 391,467   525,544
         
CASH FLOWS (USED IN) PROVIDED FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES      
Capital expenditures (including Advertising Fund) (181,267)   (132,912)
Purchase of restricted investments 0   (37,832)
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments 38,000   20,240
Proceed from sale of interest in Maidstone Bakeries 0   475,000
Cash and cash equivalents of Maidstone Bakeries divested 0   (30,411)
Other investing activities (9,460)   1,934
         
Net cash (used in) provided from investing activities (152,727)   296,019
         
CASH FLOWS (USED IN) PROVIDED FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES      
Purchase of common shares (572,452)   (242,595)
Dividend payments to common shareholders (110,187)   (90,304)
Distributions, net to noncontrolling interests (6,692)   (22,524)
Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs 3,699   300,823
Princial payments on other long-term debt obligations (8,586)   (307,023)
Other financing activities 6,398   (4,005)
         
Net cash used in financing activities (687,820)   (365,628)
         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 1,223   (3,234)
         
(Decrease) Increase in cash and cash equivalents  (447,857)   452,701
         
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year 574,354   121,653
         
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year $126,497   $574,354

 

TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT REPORTING
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
               
               
  (Unaudited)        
               
  Fourth Quarter Ended        
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011 (7)        
               
REVENUES              
Canada (1) $649,558   $545,469        
U.S. 48,147   31,695        
Total reportable segments 697,705   577,164        
Variable interest entities (2) 82,084   66,337        
Total $779,789   $643,501        
               
SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)              
Canada (1)(2) $159,406   $477,999        
U.S. (3)(4) 5,614   (4,219)        
Reportable segment operating income 165,020   473,780        
Variable interest entities (2)(5) 1,148   3,279        
Corporate charges (6) (13,320)   (15,418)        
Consolidated operating income 152,848   461,641        
Interest, net (6,892)   (6,275)        
Income taxes (41,861)   (75,448)        
Net income 104,095   379,918        
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 1,142   2,797        
Net income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $102,953   $377,121        
               
               
               
  Fourth Quarter Ended
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011   $ Change   % Change
               
Sales is comprised of:              
Distribution sales(1) $460,465   $364,960   $95,505   26.2%
Company-operated restaurant sales 5,598   5,661   (63)    (1.1)%
Sales from variable interest entities 82,084   66,331   15,753   23.7%
  $548,147   $436,952   $111,195   25.4%
               
* See footnotes on YTD page, only one set of footnotes are used in the press release 

 

TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT REPORTING
(In thousands of Canadian dollars)
               
               
  (Unaudited)        
               
  Year Ended        
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011 (7)        
               
REVENUES              
Canada (1) $2,414,069   $2,114,419        
U.S. 156,513   123,116        
Total reportable segments 2,570,582   2,237,535        
Variable interest entities (2) 282,384   298,960        
Total $2,852,966   $2,536,495        
               
SEGMENT OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)              
Canada (1)(2) $607,749   $916,877        
U.S. (3)(4) 15,106   (18,363)        
Reportable segment operating income 622,855   898,514        
Variable interest entities (2)(5) 3,531   26,534        
Corporate charges (6) (56,911)   (52,810)        
Consolidated operating income 569,475   872,238        
Interest, net (25,873)   (24,180)        
Income taxes (157,854)   (200,940)        
Net income 385,748   647,118        
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 2,936   23,159        
Net income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $382,812   $623,959        
               
               
               
  Year Ended
  January 1, 2012   January 2, 2011   $ Change   % Change
               
Sales is comprised of:              
Distribution sales(1) $1,705,692   $1,434,104   $271,588   18.9%
Company-operated restaurant sales 24,094   22,186   1,908   8.6%
Sales from variable interest entities 282,384   298,954   (16,570)    (5.5)%
  $2,012,170   $1,755,244   $256,926   14.6%
(1) Includes $361.1 million gain on sale of the Company's 50% joint-venture interest in Maidstone Bakeries, partially offset by $30.0 million related to the amount committed to restaurant owners in 2010, which was recorded as a reduction in revenues. 
(2) The Company's chief decision maker viewed and evaluated the performance of the Canadian segment with Maidstone Bakeries accounted for on an equity accounting basis, which reflects 50% of Maidstone Bakeries' operating income. As a result, the net revenues and the remaining 50% of operating income of Maidstone Bakeries up to October 29, 2010, the date of disposition, were included in the variable interest entities ("VIEs") line above ($2.5 million for fourth quarter 2010 and $24.4 million in fiscal 2010), along with revenues and operating income or loss from our non-owned consolidated restaurants. 
(3) Includes asset impairment charges of $1.0 million in 2011 which primarily reflects current real estate values in the Company's Portland market. In addition, approximately $1.5 million of accrued closure costs were reversed upon the substantial conclusion of closure activities related to the New England region. Both of these items are included in Asset impairment and closure costs, net on the Consolidated Statement of Operations. 
(4) Includes asset impairment charge and closure costs of $7.4 million and $28.3 million in Q4 and YTD periods of 2010 related to the Company's Portland, Providence and Hartford markets, which were determined to be impaired. 
(5) Includes an asset impairment charge of $0.9 million in 2011 related to VIEs in the Portland market. 
(6) Corporate charges include certain overhead costs which are not allocated to individual business segments, the impact of certain foreign currency exchange gains and losses, and the net operating results from the Company's Irish, United Kingdom and GCC International operations, which continue to be managed corporately. In addition, the year-to-date period of 2011 includes $6.3 million of severance charges, advisory fees, and related costs and expenses related to the separation agreement with the Company's former President and Chief Executive Officer. 
(7) Beginning in 2011, we have modified certain allocation methods resulting to changes in the classification of certain costs, with the main change being corporate information technology infrastructure costs now being included in Corporate charges rather than in the Canadian operating segment. This change has been consistently applied for all comparative periods.

 

TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SYSTEMWIDE RESTAURANT COUNT
 
 
 
 
 
As at
January 1, 2012
 
As at
January 2, 2011
Increase/
(Decrease)
From Prior Year
       
       
Canada      
  Company-operated 10 16 (6)
  Franchised - self-serve kiosks 119 112 7
  Franchised - standard and non-standard 3,166 3,020 146
Total 3,295 3,148 147
       
% Franchised 99.7% 99.5%  
       
U.S.      
  Company-operated 8 4 4
  Franchised - self-serve kiosks 164 123 41
  Franchised - standard and non-standard 542 475 67
Total 714 602 112
       
% Franchised 98.9% 99.3%  
       
International      
  Franchised - standard  5 0 5
Total 5 0 5
       
% Franchised 100.0% n/a  
       
Total system      
  Company-operated 18 20 (2)
  Franchised - self-serve kiosks 283 235 48
  Franchised - standard and non-standard 3,713 3,495 218
Total 4,014 3,750 264
       
% Franchised 99.6% 99.5%

 

    TIM HORTONS INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
    Income Statement Definitions
     
     
Sales   Primarily includes sales of products, supplies and restaurant equipment (except for initial equipment packages sold to restaurant owners as part of the establishment of their restaurant's business—see "Franchise Fees") that are shipped directly from our warehouses or by third party distributors to the restaurants or retailers for which we manage the supply chain logistics, which we include in distribution sales. Sales also include sales from Company-operated restaurants, sales from certain non-owned restaurants that are consolidated as VIEs and sales from our previously held Maidstone Bakeries joint venture, which we consolidated as a VIE prior to the sale of our interest.
     
Rents and royalties   Includes royalties and rental revenues paid to us by restaurant owners, net of relief.
     
Franchise fees   Includes the revenue from initial equipment packages, as well as fees for various costs and expenses related to establishing a restaurant owner's business. Franchisee fees for U.S. restaurant owners that had participated in our franchise incentive program ("FIP") are subject to certain revenue recognition criteria. Also included are revenues related to master license agreements. 
     
Cost of sales    Includes costs associated with our distribution business, including cost of goods, direct labour and depreciation, as well as the cost of goods delivered by third-party distributors to the restaurants for which we manage the supply chain logistics, and for canned coffee sold through grocery stores. Cost of sales also includes food, paper and labour costs for Company-operated restaurants and certain non-owned restaurants that we consolidate as VIEs as well as cost of sales from our previously held Maidstone Bakeries joint venture, which we consolidated as a VIE prior to the sale of our interest. 
     
Operating Expenses   Includes rent expense related to properties leased to restaurant owners and other property-related costs (including depreciation). Also included are certain operating expenses related to our distribution business such as order entry system connectivity costs and utilities.
     
Franchise fee costs   Includes cost of equipment sold to restaurant owners as part of the commencement of their restaurant business, as well as training and other costs necessary to facilitate a successful restaurant opening. Franchisee fee costs for U.S. restaurant owners that had participated in our FIP are subject to certain revenue recognition criteria.
     
General and administrative   Includes costs that cannot be directly related to generating revenue, including expenses associated with our corporate and administrative functions, and depreciation of head office buildings and office equipment, and the majority of our information technology systems. 
     
Equity (income)   Includes income from equity investments in partnerships and joint ventures and other minority investments over which we exercise significant influence, excluding joint ventures that we are required to consolidate. Equity income from these investments is considered to be an integrated part of our business operations and is, therefore, included in operating income. Income amounts are shown as reductions to total costs and expenses. 
     
Asset Impairment and Closure Costs    Represents non-cash charges relating to the impairment of long-lived assets. It also includes costs related to certain restaurant closures, such as those in the New England region, which result from strategic reviews. 
     
Other (Income) expense, net   Includes expenses (income) that are not directly derived from the Company's primary businesses. Items include foreign currency adjustments, gains and losses on asset sales, and other asset write-offs.
     
     
Noncontrolling interests   Relates to the consolidation of our previously held Maidstone Bakeries joint venture and certain non-owned restaurants that are consolidated as VIEs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE Tim Hortons Inc.

For further information:

Investors:  Scott Bonikowsky, (905) 339-6186 or investor_relations@timhortons.com
Media:  David Morelli, (905) 339-6277 or morelli_david@timhortons.com

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