Domino's Pizza Q4 Profit Tops Estimates

Domino's Pizza Q4 Profit Tops Estimates

Domino's Pizza Q4 Profit Tops Estimates

The FINANCIAL --  Domino's Pizza, Inc. on February 28 announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016, comprised of strong growth in same store sales, global store counts and earnings per share.

Domestic same store sales grew 12.2% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, and 10.5% for the full year, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. The international division also posted strong results, with same store sales growth of 4.3% during the quarter and 6.3% for the full year. The fourth quarter marked the 92nd consecutive quarter – or 23rd year – of positive international same store sales growth and the 23rd consecutive quarter of positive domestic same store sales growth. The Company also had record global net store growth of 1,281 stores in 2016, comprised of 171 net new domestic stores and 1,110 net new stores internationally.

Fourth quarter diluted EPS was $1.48, up 25.4% over the prior-year quarter; full year diluted EPS was $4.30, up 23.9% over the prior year. Management noted that the as-reported diluted EPS for both the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 was negatively impacted by expenses related to the Company's recapitalization, and was positively impacted by the inclusion of an extra, or 53rd, week in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth quarter diluted EPS was up 28.7% over the prior-year quarter as-adjusted EPS of $1.15; full year diluted EPS was up 24.6% over the prior year as-adjusted EPS of $3.45, according to Domino's Pizza.

On February 15, 2017, the Board of Directors declared a 46-cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of March 15, 2017 to be paid on March 30, 2017. This represents a 21.1% increase over the previous quarterly dividend amount.

"I'm extremely proud of our franchisees and operators worldwide, including those who contributed toward back-to-back years of double digit sales growth in the U.S.," said J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer. "While these unprecedented results speak for themselves, I am most pleased with the passion and energy we demonstrated throughout 2016 in meeting the challenge of sustained success. The momentum and alignment within our system has never been stronger."

Revenues were up 10.6% for the fourth quarter versus the prior year period, due primarily to higher supply chain volumes as well as higher Company-owned store, domestic franchise and international franchise revenues resulting from increased same store sales and store count growth. The increase in consolidated revenue was offset in part by the inclusion of the 53rd week in fiscal 2015 and the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates.

Net Income increased 15.9% for the fourth quarter versus the prior year period, primarily driven by an increase in store count and same store sales growth as well as higher supply chain volumes. The increase in consolidated net income was partially offset by higher general and administrative expenses and the negative impact of foreign exchange rates. The inclusion of the 53rd week in 2015 and the Company's 2015 recapitalization both impact the comparability of the financial results for the fourth quarter. See the Items Affecting Comparability section for additional details.

Diluted EPS was $1.48 for the fourth quarter versus $1.18 in the prior year quarter on an as-reported basis. This represents a 30-cent or 25.4% increase over the prior year quarter. Diluted EPS increased 33 cents or 28.7% from $1.15 in the prior year quarter on an as-adjusted basis. This increase was driven by the increase in net income as well as lower diluted share count, primarily as a result of ongoing share repurchases.