Buffalo Wild Wings
Feb 5, 2015

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings per Share of $1.07

- 2014 Net Earnings Increased 31.5% to $94.1 Million -

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 5, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BWLD) announced today financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 28, 2014. Highlights for the fourth quarter versus the same period a year ago were:

Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Buffalo Wild Wings had a great year. We grew our net earnings over 31% in 2014, achieving earnings per diluted share of $4.95. Our 2014 same-store sales increased 6.5% at company-owned restaurants and 5.6% at franchised locations. With wall-to-wall televisions and big screens, Buffalo Wild Wings remains the place to cheer on your favorite sports teams. Our restaurants deliver memorable game-day experiences to Guests no matter what the season!"

Ms. Smith continued, "We're exceptionally pleased with our restaurants' performance in the fourth quarter and, in particular, with our same-store sales results of 5.9% at company-owned restaurants and 5.1% at franchised locations. As previously communicated, we anticipated higher food and labor costs compared to the prior year. Food costs rose as the cost per pound for traditional chicken wings increased over the fourth quarter last year. Labor as a percentage of restaurant sales increased primarily due to expansion in states with higher wage rates and staffing of all company-owned restaurants with Guest Experience Captains. Captains are an essential part of the Guest Experience Business Model, which we believe drives sales. We achieved net earnings per share of $1.07 for the quarter, a slight decline from 2013 as a result of the increased food and labor costs."    

Total revenue increased 19.7% to $408.9 million in the fourth quarter compared to $341.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Company-owned restaurant sales for the quarter increased 20.2% over the same period in 2013, to $384.4 million, driven by a same-store sales increase at company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants of 5.9% and 53 additional company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 relative to the same period in 2013. Franchise royalties and fees increased 13.0% to $24.5 million for the quarter versus $21.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. This increase is attributed to a same-store sales increase at franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations of 5.1% and 25 additional franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations at the end of the period versus a year ago.

Average weekly sales for company-owned Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants were $62,119 for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to $58,204 for the same quarter last year, a 6.7% increase. Franchised Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States averaged $63,949 for the period versus $61,167 in the fourth quarter a year ago, a 4.5% increase.

For the fourth quarter, net earnings decreased (2.4%) to $20.3 million versus $20.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Earnings per diluted share were $1.07, as compared to fourth quarter 2013 earnings per diluted share of $1.10.

2015 Outlook

Ms. Smith remarked, "Same-store sales increased 11.9% at company-owned restaurants and 11.1% at franchised locations for the first five weeks of the first quarter of 2015 compared to 4.8% and 2.1%, respectively, for the same period last year. Sales were particularly strong during the college bowl games, including the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl™ and the national championship game. With the football season complete, our Guests are looking forward to the excitement and intense competition of the college basketball tournament. As the Official Hangout of NCAA® March Madness®, we'll feature food and beverage items inspired by the tournament's four regions, launch a new national advertising campaign, and have basketball-inspired GameBreak™ competitions."

Ms. Smith concluded, "We will continue our coast-to-coast development this year with the addition of 50 company-owned restaurants and 40 franchised locations, building toward our goal of 1,700 Buffalo Wild Wings in the United States and Canada. Our franchise partner in the Philippines opened their first restaurant in January and franchised locations in Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates are expected to open soon. In 2015, we will complete the roll out of tabletop tablets and we are testing menu ordering from tablets in the first half of the year. We are building a platform for long-term sustained growth for our shareholders and remain confident in our 18% net earnings growth goal for 2015."

Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting a conference call today, February 5, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. Central Standard Time to discuss these results. There will be a simultaneous webcast conducted at our investor website IR.BuffaloWildWings.com.

A replay of the call will be available until February 12, 2015. To access this replay, please dial 1.858.384.5517 password 7200827.

NCAA® and March Madness® are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

About the Company

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., founded in 1982 and headquartered in Minneapolis, is a growing owner, operator and franchisor of Buffalo Wild Wings® restaurants featuring a variety of boldly-flavored, made-to-order menu items including its namesake Buffalo, New York-style chicken wings. The Buffalo Wild Wings menu specializes in 21 mouth-watering signature sauces and seasonings with flavor sensations ranging from Sweet BBQ™ to Blazin'®. Guests enjoy a welcoming neighborhood atmosphere that includes an extensive multi-media system for watching their favorite sporting events. Buffalo Wild Wings is the recipient of hundreds of "Best Wings" and "Best Sports Bar" awards from across the country. There are currently more than 1,070 Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

To stay up-to-date on all the latest events and offers for sports fans and wing lovers, like Buffalo Wild Wings on Facebook, follow @BWWings on Twitter and visit www.BuffaloWildWings.com.

Forward-looking Statements

Various remarks we make about future expectations, plans, and prospects for the company constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to our future financial and restaurant performance measures and growth goals, including, but not limited to, those relating to our first quarter sales trends and projected unit and net earnings growth rates for 2015, and beyond. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements and are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology, including "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, our ability to achieve and manage our planned expansion, the ability of our franchisees to open and manage new restaurants, market acceptance in the new geographic regions we enter (particularly non-U.S. locations), success of acquired restaurants, success of investments in new or emerging concepts, unforeseen obstacles in developing nontraditional sites or non-U.S. locations, our ability to obtain and maintain licenses and permits necessary to operate our existing and new restaurants, our franchisees' adherence to our system standards, the cost of commodities such as traditional chicken wings, the success of our key initiatives and our advertising and marketing campaigns, our ability to control restaurant labor and other restaurant operating costs, the continued service of key management personnel, our ability to protect our name and logo and other proprietary information, economic conditions (including changes in consumer preferences or consumer discretionary spending), the impact of federal, state or local government regulations relating to our employees, the sale of food and alcoholic beverages, the effect of competition in the restaurant industry, and other factors disclosed from time to time in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors described under "Risk Factors" in Part I, Item 1A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2013, as updated in subsequent reports filed with the SEC. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Shareholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
         
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
         
(Dollar and share amounts in thousands except per share data)
         
(unaudited)
         
  Three months ended Twelve months ended
  December 28, December 29, December 28, December 29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue:        
Restaurant sales  $ 384,380 319,830 1,422,990 1,185,351
Franchise royalties and fees 24,536 21,717 93,233 81,368
Total revenue 408,916 341,547 1,516,223 1,266,719
Costs and expenses:        
Restaurant operating costs:        
Cost of sales 117,680 95,345 413,890 363,755
Labor 119,569 95,802 444,232 360,302
Operating 58,164 47,353 209,583 174,338
Occupancy 20,883 18,127 78,931 68,394
Depreciation and amortization 27,100 22,164 98,454 84,978
General and administrative 31,875 26,620 118,038 96,182
Preopening 5,175 4,965 13,544 14,647
Loss on asset disposals and impairment 458 1,560 3,827 3,262
Total costs and expenses 380,904 311,936 1,380,499 1,165,858
Income from operations 28,012 29,611 135,724 100,861
Investment income (loss) (189) 30 (317) 674
Earnings before income taxes 27,823 29,641 135,407 101,535
Income tax expense 7,540 8,826 41,352 29,981
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 20,283 20,815 94,055 71,554
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests (39) (39)
Net earnings attributable to Buffalo Wild Wings  $ 20,322 20,815 94,094 71,554
Earnings per common share - basic  $ 1.07 1.11 4.98 3.81
Earnings per common share - diluted  $ 1.07 1.10 4.95 3.79
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic 18,931 18,787 18,908 18,770
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted 19,051 18,965 19,002 18,872
         

The following table expresses results of operations as a percentage of total revenue for the periods presented, except for restaurant operating costs which are expressed as a percentage of restaurant sales:

  Three months ended Twelve months ended
  December 28, December 29, December 28, December 29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue:        
Restaurant sales 94.0% 93.6% 93.9% 93.6%
Franchise royalties and fees 6.0 6.4 6.1 6.4
Total revenue 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Costs and expenses:        
Restaurant operating costs:        
Cost of sales 30.6 29.8 29.1 30.7
Labor 31.1 30.0 31.2 30.4
Operating 15.1 14.8 14.7 14.7
Occupancy 5.4 5.7 5.5 5.8
Depreciation and amortization 6.6 6.5 6.5 6.7
General and administrative 7.8 7.8 7.8 7.6
Preopening 1.3 1.5 0.9 1.2
Loss on asset disposals and impairment 0.1 0.5 0.3 0.3
Total costs and expenses 93.1 91.3 91.0 92.0
Income from operations 6.9 8.7 9.0 8.0
Investment income (loss) 0.1
Earnings before income taxes 6.8 8.7 8.9 8.0
Income tax expense 1.8 2.6 2.7 2.4
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests 5.0 6.1 6.2 5.6
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests
Net earnings attributable to Buffalo Wild Wings 5.0% 6.1% 6.2% 5.6%
         
         
BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
 
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
 
(unaudited)
     
  December 28, December 29,
  2014 2013
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 93,329 57,502
Marketable securities 19,547 7,584
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $25 28,322 21,845
Inventory 11,893 9,492
Prepaid expenses 4,215 4,509
Refundable income taxes 9,779 4,329
Deferred income taxes 15,807 9,287
Restricted assets 81,037 68,208
Total current assets 263,929 182,756
     
Property and equipment, net 494,401 440,538
Reacquired franchise rights, net 37,631 33,403
Other assets 19,399 16,498
Goodwill 38,106 32,533
Total assets  $ 853,466 705,728
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
Current liabilities:    
Unearned franchise fees  $ 2,099 1,818
Accounts payable 37,241 31,806
Accrued compensation and benefits 59,161 52,049
Accrued expenses 16,573 13,784
Current portion of deferred lease credits 743
System-wide payables 79,668 67,017
Total current liabilities 195,485 166,474
     
Long-term liabilities:    
Other liabilities 6,388 1,913
Deferred income taxes 39,815 37,822
Deferred lease credits 37,479 33,711
Total liabilities 279,167 239,920
     
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' equity:    
Undesignated stock, 1,000,000 shares authorized
Common stock, no par value. Authorized 44,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 18,937,131 and 18,803,663, respectively 148,114 133,203
Retained earnings 427,695 333,601
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (2,096) (996)
Total stockholders' equity 573,713 465,808
Noncontrolling interest 586
Total equity 574,299 465,808
Total liabilities and equity  $ 853,466 705,728
     
     
BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
 
(unaudited)
     
  Twelve months ended
  December 28, December 29,
  2014 2013
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net earnings including noncontrolling interests  $ 94,055 71,554
Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to net cash provided by operations:    
Depreciation 93,773 79,881
Amortization 4,681 5,097
Loss on asset disposals and impairment 3,827 3,253
Deferred lease credits 4,331 5,247
Deferred income taxes (3,946) (2,209)
Stock-based compensation 14,253 11,496
Excess tax benefit from stock issuance (2,500) (5,471)
Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquisitions:    
Trading securities (972) (1,287)
Accounts receivable (3,443) (2,012)
Inventory (2,178) (1,581)
Prepaid expenses 383 (647)
Other assets (139) (1,218)
Unearned franchise fees 191 55
Accounts payable 5,343 (1,467)
Income taxes (2,948) 5,264
Accrued expenses 13,155 13,405
Net cash provided by operating activities 217,866 179,360
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Acquisition of property and equipment (137,466) (138,735)
Acquisition of businesses/investments in affiliates (30,572) (10,288)
Purchase of marketable securities (22,991)
Proceeds from marketable securities 12,000 3,282
Net cash used in investing activities (179,029) (145,741)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Proceeds from line of credit 5,000
Repayments of line of credit (5,000)
Issuance of common stock 3,032 2,514
Excess tax benefit from stock issuance 2,500 5,471
Tax payments for restricted stock units (7,474) (4,946)
Net cash used in financing activities (1,942) 3,039
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (1,068) (496)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents 35,827 36,162
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 57,502 21,340
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 93,329 57,502
     
     
BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Information
         
Restaurant Count
Company-owned Restaurants (includes Buffalo Wild Wings, Rusty Taco, and Buffalo Wild Wings-owned PizzaRev locations):
         
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2014 443 449 463 491
2013 397 407 415 434
2012 327 330 343 381
2011 263 277 288 319
2010 235 234 244 259
         
Franchised Restaurants (includes Buffalo Wild Wings and Rusty Taco locations):
         
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
2014 569 579 588 591
2013 514 525 534 559
2012 505 505 511 510
2011 488 492 498 498
2010 430 447 457 473
         
         
Same-Store Sales at Buffalo Wild Wings locations in United States and Canada
 
Company-owned Restaurants:
           
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Year
2014 6.6% 7.7% 6.0% 5.9% 6.5%
2013 1.4% 3.8% 4.8% 5.2% 3.9%
2012 9.2% 5.3% 6.2% 5.8% 6.6%
2011 3.9% 5.9% 5.7% 8.9% 6.1%
2010 0.1% (0.1%) 2.6% (0.3%) 0.6%
           
Franchised Restaurants:
           
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Year
2014 5.0% 6.5% 5.7% 5.1% 5.6%
2013 2.2% 4.1% 3.9% 3.1% 3.3%
2012 7.3% 5.5% 5.8% 7.4% 6.5%
2011 1.6% 2.7% 4.2% 5.9% 3.6%
2010 0.7% (0.7%) 0.3% (1.1%) (0.2%)
           
           
BUFFALO WILD WINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Supplemental Information
           
Average Weekly Sales Volumes at Buffalo Wild Wings locations in United States and Canada
           
Company-owned Restaurants:
           
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Year
2014  $ 60,966 59,403 59,643 62,119 60,470
2013 56,953 54,759 55,592 58,204 56,392
2012 55,131 51,524 52,561 55,595 53,783
2011 48,845 47,970 49,461 51,983 49,627
2010 45,327 43,021 44,394 45,595 44,601
           
Franchised Restaurants:
           
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Year
2014  $ 63,852 61,845 61,586 63,949 62,595
2013 60,050 58,186 58,926 61,167 59,594
2012 57,282 54,766 55,608 58,490 56,570
2011 52,744 50,995 51,350 53,385 52,081
2010 51,532 49,051 49,005 49,837 49,835
           
CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:

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Source: Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc.

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