BUENOS AIRES, Argentina--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ARCO) (“Arcos Dorados” or the
“Company”), Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s
largest McDonald’s franchisee, today announced that it has transitioned
to the SICAD II floating exchange rate for remeasurement of its
bolivar-denominated assets and liabilities and operating results in
Venezuela, effective as of June 1, 2014. The change was primarily a
result of the Company’s lack of access to the SICAD rate during 2014 and
its recent ability to settle transactions at the SICAD II rate of
approximately 50 bolivars per U.S. dollar.
Since March 1, 2014 the Company used the SICAD floating exchange rate to
remeasure its Venezuelan operations. As of March 31, 2014, the SICAD
exchange rate was 10.70 VEF per U.S. dollar and the resulting average
rate for the quarter was 7.88 VEF per U.S. dollar. Similarly, the
operating results in Venezuela were remeasured at the SICAD floating
exchange rate in April and May, and were remeasured at the SICAD II
floating exchange rate in June, which resulted in a higher average rate
for the second quarter of 23.37 bolivars per U.S. dollar.
Prior to this, the Company used the CENCOEX (f.k.a. CADIVI) fixed
exchange rate, which was last devalued by the Venezuelan Central Bank on
February 8, 2013 to a rate of 6.3 bolivars per U.S. dollar.
“We remain committed to our Venezuela operation, where we have built a
strong foothold as the leading QSR brand in the market over our nearly
30 years of operations in the country. Our management team is
well-positioned to leverage its experience operating through different
business and economic cycles to navigate the current challenges in the
country. Our Venezuela operation is showing resilient revenue growth on
an organic basis and we continue to expect that the business will not
require operating cash support in 2014“, said Woods Staton, Chairman and
Chief Executive Officer of Arcos Dorados.
The Company incurred a one-time write down of approximately $9.0 million
related to certain inventories, due to the impact of the currency
exchange rate change on their net recoverable value, and a loss of
approximately $3.3 million, related to lower margin mainly due to the
impact of inventories measured at the historical exchange rate.
In addition, Arcos Dorados recognized a foreign exchange loss of
approximately $39.0 million, due to the remeasurement of its local
currency denominated net monetary asset position during the second
quarter of 2014 as a result of the exchange rate change.
Furthermore, the Company recorded an impairment of its Venezuelan fixed
assets of approximately $45.2 million, primarily related to the real
estate acquired during the fourth quarter of 2013.
About Arcos Dorados
Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of
systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick
service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It
has the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of
McDonald’s restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and
territories, including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa
Rica, CuraÇao, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico,
Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago,
Uruguay and Venezuela. The Company operates or franchises 2,069
McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over 95,000 employees serving
approximately 4.3 million customers a day, as of March 2014. Recognized
as one of the best companies to work for in Latin America, Arcos Dorados
is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:ARCO). To learn more
about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our website: www.arcosdorados.com/ir.
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Farrell Kramer, 212-710-9685
Source: Arcos Dorados