Tim Hortons Inc. announces 2011 first quarter results: Earnings per share up 7.5% to $0.48

(Unaudited.  All amounts in Canadian dollars and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP)

Financial & Sales Highlights
Performance Q1 2011 Q1 2010 %
Year-over Year
Total revenues $      643.5 $     582.6 10.4%
Operating income attributable to THI(1) $      119.7 $     121.3 (1.3)%
Effective tax rate   29.1%   31.0%  
Net income attributable to THI $       80.7 $       78.9 2.3%
Diluted earnings per share (EPS) $        0.48 $       0.45 7.5%
Fully diluted shares   168.0   176.6 (4.9)%

(All numbers in millions, except EPS and effectve tax rate. All numbers rounded.)

(1)     Operating income attributable to THI is non-GAAP measure. Please refer to "Information on non-GAAP Measure" at the end of this release for further information

Same-Store Sales(2) Q1 2011 Q1 2010
Canada 2.0% 5.2%
U.S. 4.9% 3.0%

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


  • Positive same-store sales growth overcomes several challenges in Canada and the U.S.
    • Same-store sales up 2.0% in Canada following significant 5.2% growth in first quarter of 2010; Company confirms expectation for Canadian same-store sales growth to be within targeted range for the full-year
    • U.S. same-store sales increased 4.9%, within the targeted 2011 growth rate, following growth of 3.0% in the same period last year
  • Total revenues up 10.4%, benefiting from higher distribution sales, rents and royalties and franchise fees.
  • Operating income attributable to THI impacted, as anticipated, by loss of contribution from Maidstone Bakeries; earnings per share benefited from additional share repurchases related to Maidstone Bakeries sale
  • Company confirms expectation of meeting full-year diluted earnings per share targeted range

OAKVILLE, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - Tim Hortons Inc. (TSX: THI) (NYSE: THI) today announced results for the first quarter ended April 3rd, 2011.

"Our Canadian same-store sales growth was notable given the sales impact of significantly increased redemptions of higher food and beverage prizes as part of our investment in the 25th anniversary of the Roll Up the Rim to Win® promotion and the effect of heavy snowfalls in key markets.  Our U.S. business continued its progression with strong same-store sales performance and increased earnings contributions, as we executed our growth strategies," said Don Schroeder, president and CEO.

Consolidated Results

All percentage increases and decreases represent year-over-year changes for the first quarter of 2011 compared to the first quarter of 2010, unless otherwise noted.

Systemwide sales(3) increased 4.9% on a constant currency basis in the first quarter.  During the quarter, total revenues were $643.5 million, an increase of 10.4% compared to $582.6 million last year.  Total revenues increased due to the sale of new products managed through our supply chain compared to the first quarter of 2010, including some products from Maidstone Bakeries, and continued systemwide sales growth which drove rents and royalties and distribution sales. Higher year-over-year franchise sales also contributed to our revenue growth this quarter. Lower variable interest entity sales were due substantially to the sale and deconsolidation of Maidstone Bakeries, and is partially offset by higher distribution sales.

As a result of the lost contribution from Maidstone Bakeries, first quarter operating income declined, as anticipated, compared to the same period last year.  Operating income was $120.6 million compared to $127.7 million last year. The loss of contribution from Maidstone Bakeries was approximately $13 million.  Prior to the disposition of our joint-venture interest we were required to consolidate 100% of Maidstone Bakeries' financial results in operating income.  Higher general and administrative expenses, which were up $5.3 million in the first quarter compared to last year, reflect higher salaries and benefits, including stock-based compensation costs as a result of our higher share price. Higher general and administrative costs in the first quarter also reflect planned investments of approximately $2.2 million on U.S. advertising, co-branding in Canada, and execution of our international expansion plans.

Net income attributable to Tim Hortons during the first quarter increased slightly to $80.7 million compared to $78.9 million last year.  Net income benefited from a lower effective tax rate compared to the same period last year, offset in part by higher net interest expense.  Net income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. previously included our 50% interest of Maidstone Bakeries' net income, with the remaining 50% included in net income attributable to non-controlling interests.

First quarter diluted earnings per share increased 7.5% to $0.48, compared to $0.45 last year.  Our EPS benefited from higher levels of share repurchases, which were funded in part using proceeds related to the sale of our Maidstone Bakeries joint-venture interest.  We spent approximately $196 million to repurchase 4.7 million common shares during the quarter as part of our current share repurchase program.

We continue to believe we are on track to achieve our 2011 targeted diluted earnings per share range of $2.30 per share to $2.40 per share, absent any significant deterioration in economic conditions.

Segmented Performance Commentary


The Canadian segment increased same-store sales by 2.0%, building on a strong comparable base of 5.2% growth in the first quarter of 2010.  Our first quarter performance this year overcame significantly increased food and beverage prize redemptions in our Roll Up the Rim to Win program which celebrated its 25th anniversary this March. We estimate that the impact of higher redemptions from the program on same-store sales growth was approximately 1% as we rewarded our loyal guests and worked to reinforce the bonds we have with them through this unique program.  The impact of significant incremental snowfall compared to last year also affected the rate of same-store sales growth.  We believe we are still on track to be within our full-year targeted same-store sales growth range of 3% to 5%, absent any significant deterioration in macroeconomic conditions.

We opened a total of 31 restaurants in Canada during the first quarter, the majority of which were standard restaurants.

Operating income in the Canadian segment was $131.5 million.  The year-over-year decline of 2.3% includes the loss of approximately $6.5 million in contribution from Maidstone Bakeries compared to last year and higher general and administrative costs, which were partially offset by solid systemwide sales growth.

United States

Our U.S. segment had 4.9% growth in same-store sales in the first quarter.  This strong performance includes the effects of higher redemption rates in the Roll Up the Rim to Win program due to increased food and beverage prizes, which we estimate negatively impacted same-store sales growth by approximately 0.5%. Same-store sales growth was also impacted by significantly higher snowfall and adverse weather compared to the same period last year.  Average cheque drove the majority of the same-store sales growth, increasing primarily due to pricing in the system.

We opened 11 locations in the U.S. in our core growth markets during the first quarter, including 5 self-serve kiosks designed to build upon our strategy of pursuing strategic alliances and partnerships to deliver increased brand penetration to complement standard restaurant development.

The U.S. segment continued to build on its 2010 financial performance, with operating income contributions of $2.6 million in the first quarter compared to a slight operating loss of $0.2 million in the same period last year.  Increased systemwide sales drove higher rents, royalties, and distribution income. Earnings also benefited from the timing of franchise sales compared to last year. During the first quarter, we reinvested approximately $1 million of the $1.9 million in earnings improvement from previous restaurant closures in New England to increase marketing and advertising in order to drive brand awareness and to build our business.

Corporate Developments

Board declares dividend payment of $0.17 per common share 

A quarterly dividend of $0.17 per common share has been declared by the Board of Directors, payable on June 14th, 2011 to shareholders of record as of May 27th, 2011.  Dividends are declared and 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.

Annual and Special Meeting of Shareholders

The annual and special meeting of shareholders will be held on Friday, May 13th, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. (EDT) at the School of Hospitality Management, Ryerson University, 55 Dundas Street West, 7th Floor Auditorium in Toronto, Ontario. A live web cast of the meeting, including presentation material, will be available at www.timhortons-invest.com in the Events and Presentations section, where an archive of the web cast and presentation material will also be available for a period of one year.

Tim Hortons conference call today at 2:30 p.m. (EDT) Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Tim Hortons will host a conference call today to discuss the first quarter results, scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. (EDT). 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 replay of the call will be available until May 2012 and can be accessed at (416) 626-4100 or (800) 558-5253. The call replay reservation number is 21522042. The call and presentation material will also be archived for a period of one year in the Events and Presentations section.

Information on non-GAAP Measure

Operating income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. is a non-GAAP measure. Operating income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. excludes operating income attributable to noncontrolling interests. Prior to the adoption of a new accounting standard at the beginning of 2010, operating income was, for the most part, unaffected by noncontrolling interests, which was not the case post adoption.

This new accounting standard required the consolidation of variable interest entities of which we are considered to be the primary beneficiary, including Maidstone Bakeries up to the date of sale on October 29, 2010, as well as, on average, approximately 255 and 270 non-owned restaurants in the first quarters of 2011 and 2010, respectively. Previously, we did not consolidate Maidstone Bakeries and we consolidated approximately 120 non-owned restaurants, on average, in accordance with the prior accounting standard. Management believes that operating income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. provides important information for comparison purposes to prior periods and for purposes of evaluating the Company's operating income performance without the effects of the accounting standard.

The presentation of this non-GAAP measure is made with operating income, the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP measure.  We present information excluding amounts related to this accounting standard as it is more reflective of the way we analyze our year-over-year results, and, how we manage and measure our performance internally. Therefore, this measure provides a more consistent view of management's perspectives on underlying performance than the closest equivalent U.S. GAAP measure.

  First Quarter ended   Change from prior year
  April 3,
  April 4,
  $   %
  (in millions)
Operating income*  $ 120.6   $ 127.7   $ (7.1)   (5.6)%
Operating income attributable to noncontrolling interests  0.9   6.5   (5.6)   (86.3)%
Operating income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc.  $ 119.7   $ 121.3   $ (1.6)   (1.3)%

* Operating income for the first quarter of 2010 includes $13.0 million related to Maidstone Bakeries ($14.4 million, $16.5 million, and $4.9 million for the second, third and fourth quarters of 2010, respectively), of which 50% is reflected in operating income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc., with the remaining 50% attributable to noncontrolling interests.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain information in this news release, particularly information regarding future economic performance, finances, and plans, expectations and objectives of management, and other information, constitutes 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed February 25th, 2011 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 to management's expectations 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; commodity costs; 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.

(3) Total systemwide sales growth includes restaurant level sales at both Company and Franchise restaurants. Approximately 99.6% of our consolidated system is franchised as at April 3rd, 2011. Systemwide sales growth is determined using a constant exchange rate 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 quarter for the period covered. Systemwide sales growth excludes sales from our Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom licensed locations. Systemwide sales growth in Canadian dollars, including the effects of foreign currency translation, was 4.4% for the first quarter ended 2011 and 8.4% for 2010.

Tim Hortons Inc. Overview

Tim Hortons is the fourth largest publicly-traded restaurant chain 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, flavored cappuccinos, specialty teas, home-style soups, fresh sandwiches, wraps, hot breakfast sandwiches and fresh baked goods, including our trademark donuts. As of April 3rd, 2011, Tim Hortons had 3,782 systemwide restaurants, including 3,169 in Canada and 613 in the United States. More information about the Company is available at www.timhortons.com.

 (In thousands of Canadian dollars, except share and per share data)  
  First Quarter Ended        
  April 3, 2011   April 4, 2010   $ Change   % Change
Sales $454,477   $405,948   $48,529   12.0%
Franchise revenues:              
    Rents and royalties 167,830   159,960   7,870   4.9%
    Franchise fees 21,180   16,704   4,476   26.8%
  189,010   176,664   12,346   7.0%
TOTAL REVENUES 643,487   582,612   60,875   10.4%
COSTS AND EXPENSES              
Cost of sales 402,332   347,047   55,285   15.9%
Operating expenses 62,154   58,725   3,429   5.8%
Franchise fee costs 21,317   17,826   3,491   19.6%
General and administrative expenses 39,996   34,672   5,324   15.4%
Equity (income) (3,113)   (3,257)   144   (4.4%)
Other expense (income), net 198   (137)   335   n/m
TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES, NET 522,884   454,876   68,008   15.0%
OPERATING INCOME 120,603   127,736   (7,133)   (5.6%)
Interest (expense) (7,376)   (5,447)   (1,929)   35.4%
Interest income 1,676   347   1,329   n/m
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES 114,903   122,636   (7,733)   (6.3%)
INCOME TAXES 33,489   38,063   (4,574)   (12.0%)
Net Income   81,414   84,573   (3,159)   (3.7%)
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 735   5,684   (4,949)   (87.1%)
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO TIM HORTONS INC. $80,679   $78,889   $1,790   2.3%
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $0.48   $0.45   $0.03   7.6%
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $0.48   $0.45   $0.03   7.5%
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic (in thousands) 167,662   176,456   (8,794)   (5.0%)
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted (in thousands) 168,015   176,648   (8,633)   (4.9%)
Dividend per common share  $0.17   $0.13   $0.04    
n/m - not meaningful              
(all numbers rounded)              

  (In thousands of Canadian dollars)  
    As at
    April 3,   January 2,
    2011   2011
Current assets      
  Cash and cash equivalents $313,362   $574,354
  Restricted cash and cash equivalents 68,920   67,110
  Restricted investments                     -     37,970
  Accounts receivable, net 179,739   182,005
  Notes receivable, net 11,971   12,543
  Deferred income taxes 8,421   7,025
  Inventories and other, net 119,213   100,712
  Advertising fund restricted assets 26,866   27,402
Total current assets 728,492   1,009,121
Property and equipment, net 1,361,962   1,373,670
Notes receivable, net 5,662   3,811
Deferred income taxes 13,773   13,730
Intangible assets, net 5,041   5,270
Equity investments 44,603   44,767
Other assets 34,373   31,147
Total assets $2,193,906   $2,481,516


  (In thousands of Canadian dollars, except share data)  
    As at
    April 3,   January 2,
    2011   2011
Current liabilities      
  Accounts payable $135,399   $142,444
  Accrued liabilities:      
     Salaries and wages 12,716   20,567
     Taxes 13,572   65,654
     Other 143,577   209,663
  Deferred income taxes 200   2,205
  Advertising fund restricted liabilities 40,057   41,026
  Current portion of long-term obligations 10,363   9,937
Total current liabilities 355,884   491,496
Long-term obligations      
  Long-term debt 344,977   344,726
  Advertising fund restricted debt 460   468
  Capital leases 85,744   82,217
  Deferred income taxes 7,091   8,237
  Other long-term liabilities 113,529   111,930
Total long-term obligations 551,801   547,578
  Equity of Tim Hortons Inc.      
     Common shares      
       Authorized:  unlimited shares      
       $2.84 stated value per share      
       Issued: 165,996,475 and 170,664,295 shares, respectively 470,793    484,050
      Contributed surplus  809                         -  
      Common shares held in trust, at cost: 278,082 shares (9,542)   (9,542)
      Retained earnings 975,476    1,105,882
      Accumulated other comprehensive loss (157,748)    (143,589)
  Total equity of Tim Hortons Inc.          1,279,788   1,436,801
  Noncontrolling interests 6,433   5,641
Total equity 1,286,221   1,442,442
Total liabilities and equity $2,193,906   $2,481,516


(In thousands of Canadian dollars)   
  First Quarter Ended
  April 3, 2011   April 4, 2010
Net income $81,414   $84,573
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities      
              Depreciation and amortization 27,982   28,865
              Stock-based compensation expense                        4,660                           2,295
              Amortization of Maidstone Bakeries' supply agreement                       (2,063)                                 -  
              Deferred income taxes                       (3,498)                           1,782
      Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
              Restricted cash and cash equivalents                       (1,999)                         27,397
              Accounts and notes receivable                           975                         15,790
              Inventories and other                     (18,809)                       (11,887)
              Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                     (79,156)                       (51,523)
              Taxes                     (52,074)                         (5,401)
      Other, net                        3,750                           2,118
Net cash (used in) provided from operating activities (38,818)   94,009
Capital expenditures (34,627)   (24,289)
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments 38,000   3,200
Other investing activities 953   (1,412)
Net cash provided from (used in) investing activities 4,326   (22,501)
Purchase of common shares (195,976)   (61,655)
Dividend payments to common shareholders (28,366)   (22,698)
Other financing activities (632)   (6,320)
Net cash used in financing activities (224,974)   (90,673)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (1,526)   (2,365)
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (260,992)   (21,530)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 574,354   121,653
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $313,362   $100,123


 (In thousands of Canadian dollars)  
  First Quarter Ended
  April 3, 2011   % of Total   April 4, 2010   % of Total
          (Note 1)    
Canada $547,558   85.1%   $468,665   80.4%
U.S. 35,459   5.5%   27,713   4.8%
Total reportable segments 583,017   90.6%   496,378   85.2%
Variable interest entities 60,470   9.4%   86,234   14.8%
Total $643,487   100.0%   $582,612   100.0%
Canada $131,529   98.1%   $134,596   100.2%
U.S. 2,611   1.9%   (246)    (0.2)%
Reportable segment operating income 134,140   100.0%   134,350   100.0%
Variable interest entities  868       6,480    
Corporate charges (14,405)       (13,094)    
Consolidated operating income 120,603       127,736    
Interest, net (5,700)       (5,100)    
Income taxes (33,489)       (38,063)    
Net income 81,414       84,573    
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests (735)       (5,684)    
Net income attributable to Tim Hortons Inc. $80,679       $78,889    
  First Quarter Ended        
  April 3, 2011   April 4, 2010   $ Change   % Change
Sales is comprised of:              
Distribution sales $389,833   $314,724   $75,109   23.9%
Company-operated restaurant sales                           4,174                         4,990                             (816)    (16.4)%
Variable interest entities sales                         60,470                       86,234                        (25,764)    (29.9)%
  $454,477   $405,948   $48,529   12.0%
Note 1 - The Company has modified certain allocation methods resulting in changes in the classification of certain costs, with the main change being corporate information technology infrastructure costs now being included in Corporate rather than in Canada. The related assets and depreciation and amortization have also been reclassified to Corporate. Comparative periods have been adjusted to reflect this change.



  As at As at (Decrease) As at (Decrease)
  April 3, 2011 January 2, 2011 From Year End April 4, 2010 From Prior Year
      Company-operated 15 16 (1) 15 0
      Franchised - self-serve kiosks 114 112 2 96 18
      Franchised - standard and non-standard 3,040 3,020 20 2,918 122
  Total 3,169 3,148 21 3,029 140
% Franchised 99.5% 99.5%   99.5%  
      Company-operated 1 4 (3) 5 (4)
      Franchised - self-serve kiosks 128 123 5 87 41
      Franchised - standard and non-standard 484 475 9 475 9
  Total 613 602 11 567 46
% Franchised 99.8% 99.3%   99.1%  
Total system          
      Company-operated 16 20 (4) 20 (4)
      Franchised - self-serve kiosks 242 235 7 183 59
      Franchised - standard and non-standard 3,524 3,495 29 3,393 131
  Total 3,782 3,750 32 3,596 186
% Franchised 99.6% 99.5%   99.4%  

  Income Statement Definitions
Sales Primarily includes sales of products, supplies and restaurant equipment (except for initial equipment packages sold to franchisees 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, which we include in distribution sales. Sales include canned coffee sales through the grocery channel. Sales also include sales from Company-operated restaurants, sales from certain non-owned restaurants that are consolidated in accordance with ASC 810 and sales from our previously-held bakery joint venture which we were also required to consolidate under ASC 810 prior to the sale of our interest.
Rents and Royalties Includes royalties and rental revenues paid to us by restaurant owners.
Franchise Fees Includes the sales revenue from initial equipment packages, as well as fees for various costs and expenses related to establishing a franchisee's business.
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, 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 are consolidated in accordance with ASC 810 as well as cost of sales from our previously-held bakery joint venture which we were also required to consolidate under ASC 810 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).
Franchise fee costs Includes costs of equipment sold to franchisees as part of the commencement of their restaurant business, as well as training and other costs necessary to ensure a successful restaurant opening.
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 office equipment, the majority of our information technology systems, and head office real estate.
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.
Other Expense (Income), 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 bakery joint venture and certain non-owned restaurants that the Company is required to consolidate under ASC 810. 

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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