Dunkin Brands, Inc.
DUNKIN' BRANDS GROUP, INC. (Form: 8-K, Received: 10/26/2017 06:12:05)


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

FORM 8-K
 

CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
The Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): October 26, 2017
 

DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 

Delaware
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)
 
 
 
001-35258
20-4145825
(Commission
File Number)
(IRS Employer
Identification Number)
130 Royall Street
Canton, Massachusetts 02021
(Address of registrant’s principal executive office)
(781) 737-3000
(Registrant’s telephone number)
 

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Item 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition.
On October 26, 2017 , Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2017 . A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and has been incorporated herein by reference.
The information contained in this Item, including Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto, is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for any purpose, and shall not be deemed incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regardless of any general incorporation language in any such filing.
Item 8.01 Other Events.
On October 26, 2017 , the Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a $0.3225 per common share quarterly cash dividend. The dividend is payable on December 6, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 27, 2017 . The declaration of any future dividends is subject to the Board’s discretion. The full text of the Company’s press release issued today regarding this dividend is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.2.
Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.
(d) Exhibits
 



SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC.
 
 
By:
/s/ Nigel Travis
 
Nigel Travis
 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Date: October 26, 2017
 





Exhibit 99.1
DNKNLOGOA10.JPG


Dunkin' Brands Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

Third quarter highlights include:

Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth of 0.6%
Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales decline of 0.4%
Added 137 net new Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins locations globally including 67 net new Dunkin' Donuts in the U.S.
Revenues increased 8.2%
Diluted EPS unchanged at $0.57
Diluted adjusted EPS increased by $0.01 to $0.61
Retail sales of ready-to-drink Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee beverages exceeded $100 million since launch according to IRI* data
Company entered into debt recapitalization transaction

    
CANTON, Mass. ( October 26, 2017 ) - Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin' Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today reported results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017 .
“This past quarter, we demonstrated real progress in the execution of our multi-year plan to transform Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. into a beverage-led, on-the-go brand. Despite the impact on comparable store sales as a result of the storms, we are encouraged that our morning sales grew at a greater rate than our full-day sales, a direct result of our breakfast value offers and a.m. product innovation,” said Nigel Travis, Dunkin’ Brands Chairman and CEO. “We also ran our first national 'Sip. Peel. Win.' on-cup promotion, which helped drive our hot coffee category; increased membership in our Perks Loyalty program by 39 percent year-over-year; and celebrated the one-year anniversary of our on-the-go mobile ordering, which now makes up about three percent of our transactions."
"Our third quarter financial performance included approximately eight percent revenue growth and greater than 11 percent operating income growth, although the latter was offset by an increase in tax expense related to our recent debt refinancing deal that impacted net income,” said Kate Jaspon, Chief Financial Officer, Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. “Also, s trong cash flow generation from our 100-percent franchised business model, coupled with the net proceeds from our recent debt refinancing, enables us to continue to return cash to shareholders through our new repurchase authorization while opportunistically investing in our Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. business.”








*Source: IRI MULO 52 weeks end 10/8/2017







THIRD QUARTER 2017 KEY FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
($ in millions, except per share data)
Three months ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding
September 30,
2017
September 24,
2016
 
$ / #
%
Financial data:
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues
$
224.2

207.1

 
17.1

8.2
 %
Operating income
122.0

109.4

 
12.7

11.6
 %
Operating income margin
54.4
 %
52.8
 %
 
 
 
Adjusted operating income 1
$
127.9

114.8

 
13.1

11.5
 %
Adjusted operating income margin 1
57.1
 %
55.4
 %
 
 
 
Net income 2
$
52.2

52.7

 
(0.5
)
(0.9
)%
Adjusted net income 1, 2
55.8

56.0

 
(0.2
)
(0.3
)%
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
 
Common–basic 2
0.58

0.58

 

 %
Common–diluted 2
0.57

0.57

 

 %
Diluted adjusted earnings per share 1, 2
0.61

0.60

 
0.01

1.7
 %
Weighted average number of common shares – diluted (in millions) 2
91.4

92.6

 
(1.1
)
(1.2
)%
Systemwide sales 3
$
2,914.8

2,821.0

 
93.9

3.3
 %
Comparable store sales growth (decline):
 
 
 
 
 
DD U.S.
0.6
 %
2.0
 %
 
 
 
BR U.S.
(0.4
)%
(0.9
)%
 
 
 
DD International
1.3
 %
(1.4
)%
 
 
 
BR International
(4.3
)%
(2.9
)%
 
 
 
Development data:
 
 
 
 
 
Consolidated global net POD development 4
137

115

 
22

19.1
 %
DD global PODs at period end
12,435

12,008

 
427

3.6
 %
BR global PODs at period end
7,944

7,776

 
168

2.2
 %
Consolidated global PODs at period end
20,379

19,784

 
595

3.0
 %
1 Adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, and adjusted net income are non-GAAP measures reflecting operating income and net income adjusted for amortization of intangible assets, long-lived asset impairments, impairment of our equity method investments, and certain other items, net of the tax impact of such adjustments in the case of adjusted net income. Diluted adjusted earnings per share is a non-GAAP measure calculated using adjusted net income. See “Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data” and “Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. Non-GAAP Reconciliations” for further detail.
2 In the first quarter of 2017, the Company adopted Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Compensation–Stock Compensation: Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting ("ASU 2016-09"), as issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board. As required by the updated accounting standard, excess tax benefits or deficiencies are now recorded to the provision for income taxes in the consolidated statements of operations, on a prospective basis, instead of additional paid-in capital in the consolidated balance sheets. See "Adoption of New Accounting Standard" for further detail.
3 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. While we do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue, and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we believe that this operating measure is important in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance. We believe systemwide sales information aids in understanding how we derive royalty revenue and in evaluating our performance relative to competitors.
4 Consolidated global net POD development for the three months ended September 24, 2016 reflects the previously-announced closing of 5 self-serve coffee stations within Speedway locations.
Global systemwide sales growth in the third quarter was primarily attributable to global store development and Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth (which includes stores open 78 weeks or more).
Dunkin' Donuts U.S. comparable store sales growth in the third quarter was driven by increased average ticket offset by a decline in traffic. Breakfast sandwich sales increased driven by value messaging around wake-up wraps. Beverage sales were driven by increases in hot coffee and espresso offset by frozen beverage declines.




The Company estimates that weather resulted in approximately 50 basis points of negative impact to comparable stores sales primarily attributed to the hurricanes that hit the U.S. in the third quarter.
Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales were negative during the third quarter driven by a decline in traffic offset by increased average ticket. Sales of sundaes, desserts, and beverages decreased during the third quarter, offset by increases in take home sales. The Company estimates that weather resulted in approximately 120 basis points of negative impact to comparable stores sales primarily attributed to the cool and wet weather in the eastern part of the country and the hurricanes that hit the U.S. in the third quarter.
In the third quarter , Dunkin' Brands franchisees and licensees opened 137 net new restaurants around the globe. This included 67 net new Dunkin' Donuts U.S. locations, 41 net new Baskin-Robbins International locations, 18 net new Dunkin' Donuts International locations, and 11 net new Baskin-Robbins U.S. locations. Additionally, Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees remodeled 88 restaurants and Baskin-Robbins U.S. franchisees remodeled 24 restaurants during the quarter. The consolidated global restaurant count at the end of the third quarter was 20,379.
Revenues for the third quarter increased $17.1 million , or 8.2% , compared to the prior year period due primarily to increased franchise fees driven by additional renewal income, as well as increased royalty income as a result of systemwide sales growth. Also contributing to the increase in revenues was an increase in other revenues driven by license fees related to Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods and ready-to-drink bottled iced coffee, as well as increased transfer fee income.
Operating income and adjusted operating income for the third quarter increased $12.7 million , or 11.6% , and $13.1 million , or 11.5% , respectively, from the prior year period primarily as a result of the increase in revenues. The increase in revenues was offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses, as well as gains recognized in connection with the sale of company-operated restaurants in the prior year period.
Net income and adjusted net income for the third quarter decreased by $0.5 million , or 0.9% , and $0.2 million , or 0.3% , respectively, compared to the prior year period. These decreases were primarily a result of an increase in income tax expense. Income tax expense for the third quarter of 2017 included an $8.9 million write-down of foreign tax credit carryforwards primarily resulting from expected incremental interest expense from the debt refinancing transaction that closed in October 2017 negatively impacting the realizability of such carryforwards. This increase in income tax expense was offset by the increases in operating income and adjusted operating income.
Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter remained flat to the prior year period at $0.57 as the decrease in net income was offset by a decrease in shares outstanding. Diluted adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter increased by 1.7% to $0.61 compared to the prior year period as a result of a decrease in shares outstanding, offset by the decrease in adjusted net income. The decrease in shares outstanding from the prior year period was due primarily to repurchases of shares since the third quarter of 2016, offset by the exercise of stock options and the new accounting standard adopted in the first quarter of 2017. Excluding the impact of recognized excess tax benefits, diluted earnings per share and diluted adjusted earnings per share would have been each $0.01 lower.




THIRD QUARTER 2017 SEGMENT RESULTS
Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding
 
Three months ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
Dunkin' Donuts U.S.
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
$ / #
%
 
($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royalty income
 
$
118,831

 
113,281

 
5,550

4.9
 %
Franchise fees
 
16,635

 
9,852

 
6,783

68.8
 %
Rental income
 
26,786

 
25,972

 
814

3.1
 %
Sales at company-operated restaurants
 

 
1,611

 
(1,611
)
(100.0
)%
Other revenues
 
2,854

 
1,709

 
1,145

67.0
 %
Total revenues
 
$
165,106

 
152,425

 
12,681

8.3
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment profit
 
$
129,719

 
119,434

 
10,285

8.6
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable store sales growth
 
0.6
%
 
2.0
%
 
 
 
Systemwide sales (in millions) 1
 
$
2,166.3

 
2,075.3

 
91.0

4.4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Points of distribution
 
9,015

 
8,629

 
386

4.5
 %
Gross openings
 
103

 
97

 
6

6.2
 %
Net openings 2
 
67

 
56

 
11

19.6
 %
1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. See “Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data” for further detail.
2 Net openings for the three months ended September 24, 2016 reflect the previously-announced closing of 5 self-serve coffee stations within Speedway locations.
Dunkin' Donuts U.S. third quarter revenues of $165.1 million represented an increase of 8.3% compared to the prior year period. The increase was due primarily to increased franchise fees driven by additional renewal income, increased royalty income driven by systemwide sales growth, and increased other revenues driven by transfer fee income. The increases in revenues were offset by a decline in sales at company-operated restaurants as a result of fact that there were no company-operated points of distribution in the third quarter of 2017.
Dunkin' Donuts U.S. segment profit in the third quarter increased to $129.7 million , an increase of $10.3 million over the prior year period, driven primarily by the increases in franchise fees, royalty income, and other revenues, as well as lease-related liabilities recorded in the prior year period as a result of lease terminations. The increases in segment profit were offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses, as well as gains recognized in connection with the sale of company-operated restaurants in the prior year period.




Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding
 
Three months ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
Dunkin' Donuts International
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
$ / #
%
 
($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royalty income
 
$
4,442

 
4,125

 
317

7.7
%
Franchise fees
 
704

 
323

 
381

118.0
%
Other revenues
 
11

 
1

 
10

1,000.0
%
Total revenues
 
$
5,157

 
4,449

 
708

15.9
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment profit
 
$
1,439

 
705

 
734

104.1
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable store sales growth (decline)
 
1.3
%
 
(1.4
)%
 
 
 
Systemwide sales (in millions) 1
 
$
189.3

 
177.5

 
11.8

6.7
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Points of distribution
 
3,420

 
3,379

 
41

1.2
%
Gross openings
 
102

 
83

 
19

22.9
%
Net openings
 
18

 
11

 
7

63.6
%
1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. See “Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data” for further detail.
Dunkin' Donuts International third quarter systemwide sales increased 6.7% from the prior year period driven primarily by sales growth in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and China, offset by a sales decline in South Korea. Sales in Europe were positively impacted by foreign exchange rates, while sales in Southeast Asia were negatively impacted by foreign exchange rates. On a constant currency basis, systemwide sales increased by approximately 7%.
Dunkin' Donuts International third quarter revenues of $5.2 million represented an increase of 15.9% from the prior year period. The increase in revenues was due primarily to increased franchise fees and royalty income.
Segment profit for Dunkin' Donuts International increased $0.7 million to $1.4 million in the third quarter primarily as a result of the increase in revenues, as well as a decrease in general and administrative expenses, offset by a decrease in net income from our South Korea joint venture.




Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding
 
Three months ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
Baskin-Robbins U.S.
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
$ / #
%
 
($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royalty income
 
$
8,501

 
8,499

 
2

0.0
 %
Franchise fees
 
557

 
273

 
284

104.0
 %
Rental income
 
798

 
787

 
11

1.4
 %
Sales of ice cream and other products
 
771

 
805

 
(34
)
(4.2
)%
Other revenues
 
3,124

 
3,417

 
(293
)
(8.6
)%
Total revenues
 
$
13,751

 
13,781

 
(30
)
(0.2
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment profit
 
$
10,466

 
11,085

 
(619
)
(5.6
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable store sales decline
 
(0.4
)%
 
(0.9
)%
 
 
 
Systemwide sales (in millions) 1
 
$
177.0

 
178.2

 
(1.2
)
(0.7
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Points of distribution
 
2,562

 
2,533

 
29

1.1
 %
Gross openings
 
26

 
14

 
12

85.7
 %
Net openings
 
11

 
3

 
8

266.7
 %
1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. See “Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data” for further detail.
Baskin-Robbins U.S. third quarter revenues decreased 0.2% from the prior year period to $13.8 million due primarily to a decrease in other revenues driven by a decrease in licensing income, offset by an increase in franchise fees. 
Segment profit for Baskin-Robbins U.S. decreased 5.6% to $10.5 million in the third quarter over the prior year period primarily due to an increase in general and administrative expenses.
Amounts and percentages may not recalculate due to rounding
 
Three months ended
 
Increase (Decrease)
Baskin-Robbins International
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
$ / #
%
 
($ in thousands except as otherwise noted)
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Royalty income
 
$
1,966

 
2,081

 
(115
)
(5.5
)%
Franchise fees
 
173

 
205

 
(32
)
(15.6
)%
Rental income
 
129

 
121

 
8

6.6
 %
Sales of ice cream and other products
 
26,512

 
25,340

 
1,172

4.6
 %
Other revenues
 
30

 
157

 
(127
)
(80.9
)%
Total revenues
 
$
28,810

 
27,904

 
906

3.2
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Segment profit
 
$
11,420

 
11,154

 
266

2.4
 %
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Comparable store sales decline
 
(4.3
)%
 
(2.9
)%
 
 
 
Systemwide sales (in millions) 1
 
$
382.2

 
390.0

 
(7.8
)
(2.0
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Points of distribution
 
5,382

 
5,243

 
139

2.7
 %
Gross openings
 
95

 
116

 
(21
)
(18.1
)%
Net openings
 
41

 
45

 
(4
)
(8.9
)%
1 Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. We do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements. See “Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data” for further detail.
Baskin-Robbins International systemwide sales decreased 2.0% in the third quarter compared to the prior year period driven by a sales decline in Japan and South Korea, offset by sales growth in the Middle East and




Southeast Asia. Sales in Japan were significantly negatively impacted by foreign exchange rates. On a constant currency basis, systemwide sales increased by approximately 1%.
Baskin-Robbins International third quarter revenues increased 3.2% from the prior year period to $28.8 million due primarily to an increase in sales of ice cream products to our licensees in the Middle East, offset by decreases in royalty income and other revenues. Systemwide sales and sales of ice cream products are not directly correlated within a given period due to the lag between shipment of products to licensees and retail sales at franchised restaurants, as well as the overall timing of deliveries between fiscal quarters.
Third quarter segment profit for Baskin-Robbins International increased 2.4% from the prior year period to $11.4 million as a result of an increase in net income from our Japan joint venture, as well as an increase in net margin on ice cream driven primarily by an increase in sales volume, offset by the decreases in royalty income and other revenues.
COMPANY UPDATES
The Company today announced that the Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.3225 per share, payable on December 6, 2017 , to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 27, 2017 .
During the third quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 514,000 shares of common stock in the open market at a weighted average cost per share of $52.90. The Company's shares outstanding as of September 30, 2017 were 90,263,851.
The Company announced today that its Board of Directors authorized a new share repurchase program for up to an aggregate of $650 million of its outstanding common stock. The authorization is valid for a period of two years and replaces the Company's existing share repurchase program.
On October 23, 2017, the Company completed its previously announced debt recapitalization transaction, with the placement by its special purpose subsidiary of a new series of $1.55 billion of securitized notes, consisting of $1.4 billion of senior secured notes with anticipated repayment dates of seven years ($600 million) and ten years ($800 million), and a new variable funding note facility ($150 million), which replaces the Company's existing variable funding note facility. The proceeds from the placement of the new notes were used to prepay and retire a portion of the Company's outstanding fixed rate notes and to pay transaction fees, and the balance will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include a return of capital to shareholders. The Company's new annualized net interest expense is approximately $126 million, based on a blended rate of 3.925 percent, on $3.1 billion in securitized debt.
The Company announced today that is hosting an educational webinar on November 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM Eastern Time regarding the new accounting guidance issued for revenue recognition which is effective for the Company in fiscal year 2018. The dial-in number is (866) 393-1607 or (914) 495-8556, conference number 9698955. Dunkin' Brands will broadcast the webinar live over the Internet at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com.






FISCAL YEAR 2017 TARGETS
As described below, the Company is updating and reiterating certain targets regarding its 2017 performance:
The Company continues to expect low single digit comparable store sales growth for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. The Company continues to expect slightly negative comparable store sales for Baskin-Robbins U.S.
As a result of the two major hurricanes that made landfall in the U.S. during the third quarter, the Company now expects Dunkin' Donuts U.S. franchisees to add approximately 300 to 320 net new restaurants. Previously it expected approximately 330 to 350 net new restaurants for Dunkin' Donuts U.S. Approximately 30 restaurants that had been scheduled to open in 2017 will now open in 2018.
The Company continues to expect Baskin-Robbins U.S. franchisees to add approximately 10 net new restaurants.
Internationally, the Company continues to expect franchisees and licensees to add between 50 and 100 net new restaurants across the two brands.
The Company continues to expect low-to-mid single digit revenue growth on both a 52- and 53-week basis (fiscal year 2016 was a 53-week year).
The Company continues to expect mid-to-high single digit GAAP operating income growth and adjusted operating income growth on both a 52- and 53-week basis.
The Company now expects GAAP diluted earnings per share of $2.17 to $2.25 and diluted adjusted earnings per share of $2.40 to $2.43. This guidance excludes any potential future impact from material excess tax benefits in the fourth quarter of 2017.
The Company now expects full-year weighted-average shares outstanding of approximately 92 million and a 39 percent effective tax rate, which excludes any potential future impact from material excess tax benefits in the fourth quarter of 2017. The $8.9 million write-down of foreign tax credit carryforwards recognized in the third quarter increased the expected full-year effective tax rate by approximately 250 basis points.

The foregoing non-GAAP forward-looking financial measures are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in the attached tables “Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations.”

Adoption of New Accounting Standard
The Company adopted ASU 2016-09 in the first quarter of 2017, which simplifies several aspects of accounting for share-based payment transactions, including excess tax benefits and classification in the statements of cash flows. The adoption resulted in a reduction to the provision for income taxes of $0.5 million and $7.3 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively. This reduction to the provision for income taxes resulted in a decrease in our effective tax rate of 0.5 and 2.9 percentage points for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively, due to the recognition of excess tax benefits related to share-based compensation. Prior year periods have not been revised to reflect excess tax benefits in earnings, as only prospective application is permitted. Excess tax benefits will vary in future periods, as such amounts are dependent on the number of employee stock options exercised and fluctuations in the Company’s stock price. Additionally, the diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 excludes excess tax benefits from the assumed proceeds available to repurchase shares under the




treasury stock method, which did not have a material impact for either of the periods. The adoption of ASU 2016-09 had no impact on cash paid for income taxes.
Conference Call
As previously announced, Dunkin' Brands will be holding a conference call today at 8:00 am ET hosted by Nigel Travis, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer; Dave Hoffmann, President of Dunkin' Donuts U.S. & Canada; and Kate Jaspon, Chief Financial Officer. The dial-in number is (866) 393-1607 or (914) 495-8556, conference number 98772384. Dunkin' Brands will broadcast the conference call live over the Internet at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website at http://investor.dunkinbrands.com.
The Company's consolidated statements of operations, condensed consolidated balance sheets, condensed consolidated statements of cash flows and other additional information have been provided with this press release. This information should be reviewed in conjunction with this press release.
Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein are not based on historical fact and are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the applicable securities laws and regulations.  Generally, these statements can be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “feel,” “forecast,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “should,” or “would,” and similar expressions intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.   By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future.  These risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ongoing level of profitability of franchisees and licensees; our franchisees' and licensees' ability to sustain same store sales growth; changes in working relationships with our franchisees and licensees and the actions of our franchisees and licensees; our master franchisees' relationships with sub-franchisees; the strength of our brand in the markets in which we compete; changes in competition within the quick-service restaurant segment of the food industry; changes in consumer behavior resulting from changes in technologies or alternative methods of delivery; economic and political conditions in the countries where we operate; our substantial indebtedness; our ability to protect our intellectual property rights; consumer preferences, spending patterns and demographic trends; the impact of seasonal changes, including weather effects, on our business; the success of our growth strategy and international development; changes in commodity and food prices, particularly coffee, dairy products and sugar, and other operating costs; shortages of coffee; failure of our network and information technology systems; interruptions or shortages in the supply of products to our franchisees and licensees; the impact of food borne-illness or food safety issues or adverse public or media opinions regarding the health effects of consuming our products; our ability to collect royalty payments from our franchisees and licensees; the ability of our franchisees and licensees to open new restaurants and keep existing restaurants in operation; our ability to retain key personnel; any inability to protect consumer credit card data and catastrophic events.

Forward-looking statements reflect management's analysis as of the date of this press release.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are more fully described in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the section headed “Risk Factors” in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. Except as required by applicable law, we do not undertake to publicly update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Measures and Statistical Data

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included certain non-GAAP measurements such as adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted operating income growth, adjusted net income, and diluted adjusted earnings per share, which present operating results on a basis adjusted for certain items. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures as key performance measures for the purpose of evaluating performance internally. We also believe these non-GAAP measures provide our investors with useful information regarding our historical operating results. These non-GAAP measures are not intended to




replace the presentation of our financial results in accordance with GAAP. Use of the terms adjusted operating income, adjusted operating income margin, adjusted operating income growth, adjusted net income, and diluted adjusted earnings per share may differ from similar measures reported by other companies. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled from the respective measures determined under GAAP in the attached tables “Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Non-GAAP Reconciliations.”

Additionally, the Company has included metrics such as systemwide sales and comparable store sales growth, which are commonly used statistical measures in the quick service restaurant industry and are important to understanding the Company's performance.

Systemwide sales include sales at franchisee- and company-operated restaurants, including joint ventures. While we do not record sales by franchisees, licensees, or joint ventures as revenue, and such sales are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we believe that this operating measure is important in obtaining an understanding of our financial performance. We believe systemwide sales information aids in understanding how we derive royalty revenue and in evaluating our performance relative to competitors.

The Company uses “DD U.S. comparable store sales growth” and “BR U.S. comparable store sales growth,” which are calculated by including only sales from franchisee- and company-operated restaurants that have been open at least 78 weeks and that have reported sales in the current and comparable prior year week.

The Company uses “DD International comparable store sales growth” and "BR International comparable store sales growth," which generally represents the growth in local currency average monthly sales for franchisee-operated restaurants, including joint ventures, that have been open at least 13 months and that have reported sales in the current and comparable prior year month.

About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the third quarter 2017, Dunkin' Brands' 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,400 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,900 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.

Contact(s):
Stacey Caravella (Investors)
 
Karen Raskopf (Media)
Sr. Director, IR & Competitive Intelligence
 
SVP, Corporate Communications
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
 
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
investor.relations@dunkinbrands.com
 
karen.raskopf@dunkinbrands.com
781-737-3200
 
781-737-5200





DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Revenues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Franchise fees and royalty income
 
$
151,809

 
138,639

 
426,944

 
399,617

Rental income
 
27,713

 
26,880

 
79,543

 
75,874

Sales of ice cream and other products
 
27,551

 
26,568

 
85,710

 
86,425

Sales at company-operated restaurants
 
—    

 
1,611

 
—    

 
11,924

Other revenues
 
17,095

 
13,401

 
41,165

 
39,344

Total revenues
 
224,168

 
207,099

 
633,362

 
613,184

Operating costs and expenses:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Occupancy expenses—franchised restaurants
 
15,333

 
15,881

 
43,758

 
42,691

Cost of ice cream and other products
 
19,457

 
18,384

 
58,578

 
58,445

Company-operated restaurant expenses
 
—    

 
1,682

 
—    

 
13,472

General and administrative expenses, net
 
61,996

 
59,374

 
185,613

 
184,028

Depreciation
 
4,941

 
5,050

 
15,096

 
15,361

Amortization of other intangible assets
 
5,341

 
5,397

 
16,001

 
16,726

Long-lived asset impairment charges
 
536

 
7

 
643

 
104

Total operating costs and expenses
 
107,604

 
105,775

 
319,689

 
330,827

Net income of equity method investments
 
5,466

 
5,467

 
12,612

 
12,148

Other operating income, net
 
3

 
2,569

 
591

 
6,329

Operating income
 
122,033

 
109,360

 
326,876

 
300,834

Other income (expense), net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest income
 
624

 
161

 
1,370

 
434

Interest expense
 
(24,436
)
 
(24,603
)
 
(74,192
)
 
(74,456
)
Other income (loss), net
 
155

 
(124
)
 
370

 
(596
)
Total other expense, net
 
(23,657
)
 
(24,566
)
 
(72,452
)
 
(74,618
)
Income before income taxes
 
98,376

 
84,794

 
254,424

 
226,216

Provision for income taxes (a)
 
46,130

 
32,082

 
99,007

 
86,760

Net income
 
$
52,246

 
52,712

 
155,417

 
139,456

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share—basic
 
$
0.58

 
0.58

 
1.71

 
1.52

Earnings per share—diluted
 
0.57

 
0.57

 
1.68

 
1.51

(a) In the first quarter of 2017, the Company adopted ASU 2016-09. As required by the update, excess tax benefits or deficiencies are now recorded to the provision for income taxes in the consolidated statements of operations, on a prospective basis, instead of additional paid-in capital in the consolidated balance sheets. As a result, the Company recognized $0.5 million and $7.3 million of excess tax benefits from share-based compensation in the consolidated statements of operations during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, respectively.




DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
September 30,
2017
 
December 31,
2016
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
266,981

 
361,425

Restricted cash
 
76,141

 
69,746

Accounts, notes, and other receivables, net
 
77,410

 
85,184

Other current assets
 
101,321

 
90,003

Total current assets
 
521,853

 
606,358

Property and equipment, net
 
170,269

 
176,662

Equity method investments
 
128,633

 
114,738

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net
 
2,250,897

 
2,266,992

Other assets
 
67,674

 
62,632

Total assets
 
$
3,139,326

 
3,227,382

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
Current portion of long-term debt
 
$
25,000

 
25,000

Accounts payable
 
12,416

 
12,682

Other current liabilities
 
326,601

 
386,519

Total current liabilities
 
364,017

 
424,201

Long-term debt, net
 
2,388,091

 
2,401,998

Deferred income taxes, net
 
459,524

 
461,810

Other long-term liabilities
 
101,782

 
102,631

Total long-term liabilities
 
2,949,397

 
2,966,439

Total stockholders’ deficit
 
(174,088
)
 
(163,258
)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit
 
$
3,139,326

 
3,227,382







DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Nine months ended
 
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
 
 
 
 
Net cash provided by operating activities (a)
 
$
121,529

 
131,259

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
Additions to property and equipment
 
(8,998
)
 
(10,358
)
Proceeds from sale of real estate and company-operated restaurants
 

 
15,479

Other, net
 
(101
)
 
(1,014
)
Net cash (provided by) used in investing activities
 
(9,099
)
 
4,107

Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
Repayment of long-term debt
 
(18,750
)
 
(18,750
)
Payment of debt issuance and other debt-related costs
 
(312
)
 

Dividends paid on common stock
 
(87,911
)
 
(82,326
)
Repurchases of common stock, including accelerated share repurchases
 
(127,186
)
 
(30,000
)
Exercise of stock options
 
33,267

 
4,937

Other, net
 
(214
)
 
(690
)
Net cash used in financing activities (a)
 
(201,106
)
 
(126,829
)
Effect of exchange rates on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash (a)
 
576

 
20

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
 
(88,100
)
 
8,557

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period (a)
 
431,832

 
333,115

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period (a)
 
$
343,732

 
341,672

(a) Changes in restricted cash that have historically been included within operating and financing activities have been eliminated, and restricted cash is combined with cash and cash equivalents when reconciling the beginning and end of period balances. Additionally, the impact of excess tax benefits from share-based compensation have been reclassified from financing activities to operating activities. These changes were made based on the adoption of new accounting standards. The prior period has been revised to conform to the current period presentation for all such changes.
    




DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three months ended
 
Nine months ended
 
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24,
2016
 
September 30,
2017
 
September 24, 2016
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating income
 
$
122,033

 
109,360

 
326,876

 
300,834

Operating income margin
 
54.4
%
 
52.8
%
 
51.6
%
 
49.1
%
Adjustments:
 


 


 
 
 
 
Amortization of other intangible assets
 
$
5,341

 
5,397

 
16,001

 
16,726

Long-lived asset impairment charges
 
536

 
7

 
643

 
104

Transaction-related costs (a)
 

 

 

 
64

Bertico and related litigation
 

 

 

 
(428
)
Adjusted operating income
 
$
127,910

 
114,764

 
343,520

 
317,300

Adjusted operating income margin
 
57.1
%
 
55.4
%
 
54.2
%
 
51.7
%
 
 


 


 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
52,246

 
52,712

 
155,417

 
139,456

Adjustments:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amortization of other intangible assets
 
5,341

 
5,397

 
16,001

 
16,726

Long-lived asset impairment charges
 
536

 
7

 
643

 
104

Transaction-related costs (a)
 

 

 

 
64

Bertico and related litigation
 

 

 

 
(428
)
Tax impact of adjustments (b)
 
(2,351
)
 
(2,161
)
 
(6,658
)
 
(6,586
)
Adjusted net income
 
$
55,772

 
55,955

 
165,403

 
149,336

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Adjusted net income
 
$
55,772

 
55,955

 
165,403

 
149,336

Weighted average number of common shares – diluted
 
91,433,076

 
92,565,695

 
92,386,611

 
92,545,292

Diluted adjusted earnings per share
 
$
0.61

 
0.60

 
1.79

 
1.61

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(a)  Represents non-capitalizable costs incurred as a result of the securitized financing facility.
(b)  Tax impact of adjustments calculated at a 40% effective tax rate.






DUNKIN’ BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Non-GAAP Reconciliations (continued)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Fiscal year ended
December 30, 2017
 
 
Low
 
High
 
 
(projected)
 
(projected)
Diluted earnings per share
 
$
2.17

 
2.25

Adjustments:
 
 
 
 
Amortization of other intangible assets
 
0.24

 
0.23

Long-lived asset impairment charges
 
0.04

 
0.01

Transaction-related costs (a)
 
0.01

 

Bertico and related litigation
 
0.01

 
(0.01
)
Loss on debt extinguishment and refinancing transactions
 
0.08

 
0.07

Tax impact of adjustments (b)
 
(0.15
)
 
(0.12
)
Diluted adjusted earnings per share
 
$
2.40

 
2.43

 
 
 
 
 
(a)  Represents non-capitalizable costs incurred as a result of the securitized financing facility.
(b)  Tax impact of adjustments calculated at a 40% effective tax rate.



Exhibit 99.2
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Dunkin’ Brands Announces Fourth Quarter Cash Dividend
  
CANTON, Mass. ( October 26, 2017 ) – Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN), the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts (DD) and Baskin-Robbins (BR), today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders. The dividend of $0.3225 per share of common stock is payable on December 6, 2017 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on November 27, 2017 .

# # #
 
About Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc.

With more than 20,000 points of distribution in more than 60 countries worldwide, Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) is one of the world's leading franchisors of quick service restaurants (QSR) serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as hard-serve ice cream. At the end of the third quarter 2017, Dunkin' Brands' 100 percent franchised business model included more than 12,400 Dunkin' Donuts restaurants and more than 7,900 Baskin-Robbins restaurants. Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. is headquartered in Canton, Mass.



Contact(s):

Stacey Caravella (Investors)
 
Michelle King (Media)
Sr. Director, IR & Competitive Intelligence
 
Sr. Director, Global Public Relations
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
 
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc.
investor.relations@dunkinbrands.com
 
michelle.king@dunkinbrands.com
781-737-3200
 
781-737-5200