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Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Financial Results

July 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:BBRG) (the Company) owner and operator of the BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (BRAVO!) and BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO) restaurant concepts, today reported financial results for the thirteen and twenty-six week periods ended June 29, 2014. The Company also updated its outlook for the full year 2014.

Selected Second Quarter 2014 Highlights Compared to the Second Quarter 2013:

• Revenues decreased 1.1% to $104.5 million from $105.6 million.• Total comparable restaurant sales decreased 5.1%.• Comparable restaurant sales decreased 6.0% at BRAVO! and 4.5% at BRIO.• Restaurant-level operating profit decreased 4.1% to $17.2 million from $17.9 million.• Net income was $4.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share.

Saed Mohseni, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, "During the quarter, softness in retail spending and intense competitive discounting resulted in our restaurants serving fewer aspirational guests. However, our core, higher-end guests continued to visit us in the same manner as in the past. We have strategies in place to continue attracting higher-end guests and these include implementing an on-line reservation system, enhancing our loyalty program, expanding our popular Light menu offerings, and sourcing an increasing portion of our products from suppliers using sustainable agricultural methods. Everyday value will continue to play a key role in our menu development and marketing strategy as will utilizing the creativity and culinary expertise of our unit level chefs. We are determined to be recognized as the leader in upscale affordable Italian dining and we believe that these steps will help us achieve that goal."

Mohseni continued, "Our cash flow generation capabilities and strong balance sheet are enabling us to continue common stock repurchases under our current authorization. During the second quarter, we bought back approximately $2.4 million of common stock and cumulatively have repurchased $15.8 million since the inception of the buyback program."

Mohseni concluded, "Our development plan remains on track with all our new restaurants being financed entirely though internally-generated capital. During the second quarter, we opened a BRAVO! in Charlotte, North Carolina, and earlier this month, we opened a BRIO in Irvine, California. The remaining three BRAVO!s and one BRIO will open in the fourth quarter and are located primarily in Florida. Although we believe that we are underpenetrated relative to our full potential and greater development opportunities are currently available, we will not accelerate development until improvements in our core restaurant base are sustained."

Second Quarter 2014 Financial Results

Revenues decreased $1.1 million, or 1.1%, to $104.5 million in the second quarter of 2014, from $105.6 million in the second quarter of 2013. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a comparable restaurant sales decrease of 5.1% that was only partially offset by an additional 56 operating weeks compared to the second quarter last year. The comparable restaurant sales decrease consisted of a 6.2% decrease in guest counts partially offset by a 1.1% increase in average check. 

Total restaurant operating costs, which include costs of sales, labor costs, operating costs and occupancy costs, decreased $0.4 million, or 0.5%, to $87.3 million in the second quarter of 2014, from $87.7 million in the second quarter of 2013. Total restaurant-level operating profit decreased $0.7 million, or 4.1%, to $17.2 million from $17.9 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of revenues, total restaurant-level operating profit decreased to 16.5% in the second quarter of 2014 from 17.0% in the second quarter of 2013.

Net income in the second quarter of 2014 was $4.0 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.5 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the same period last year. 

Second Quarter 2014 Brand Operating Highlights

Comparable restaurant sales decreased 6.0% at BRAVO! and 4.5% at BRIO. Average weekly sales for BRAVO! and BRIO were $64,100 and $87,200, respectively. 

As of June 29, 2014, the Company operated 47 BRAVO!, 58 BRIO, and one Bon Vie restaurant across 33 states. Included in this total is one BRIO restaurant that is operated under a management agreement.

2014 Outlook

The Company is updating its outlook for the 52-week period ending December 28, 2014 as follows:

• Total comparable restaurant sales of minus 5.0% to minus 4.0% (versus minus 2.0% to positive 1.0% previously).• Revenues of $405 million to $410 million (versus $420 million to $430 million previously) reflecting lower estimated comparable sales and the closure of two BRIO restaurants during the second quarter.• Development of six restaurants (four BRAVO! and two BRIO).• Pre-opening costs of $3.5 to $4.0 million.• Diluted earnings per share of $0.71 to $0.75 (versus $0.78 to $0.84 previously).• Capital expenditures of $22 million to $24 million.• Diluted share count of approximately 20.2 million.• Estimated annual tax rate of approximately 27% (versus 28% previously).

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss second quarter 2014 financial results today at 5:00 PM ET. Hosting the call will be Saed Mohseni, Chief Executive Officer; Jim O'Connor, Chief Financial Officer; and Brian O'Malley, Chief Operating Officer.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing (888) 296-4305 or (719) 325-4937 for international callers. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 6981188. The replay will be available until Thursday, August 7, 2014.

The call will also be webcast live from and later archived on the Company's investor relations website at in the 'Calendar of Events' section.

About Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading owner and operator of two distinct Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana and BRIO Tuscan Grille. BBRG has positioned its brands as multifaceted culinary destinations that deliver the ambiance, design elements and food quality reminiscent of fine dining restaurants at a value typically offered by casual dining establishments, a combination known as the upscale affordable dining segment. Each of BBRG's brands provides its guests with a fine dining experience and value by serving affordable cuisine prepared using fresh flavorful ingredients and authentic Italian cooking methods, combined with attentive service in an attractive, lively atmosphere. BBRG strives to be the best Italian restaurant company in America and is focused on providing its guests an excellent dining experience through consistency of execution.

Forward-Looking Statements

Some of the statements in this release contain forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. These statements relate to future events or Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.'s future financial performance. The Company has 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. These statements are only predictions and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, including those discussed under the heading "Risk Factors" in the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 3, 2014.

Although Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc. believes that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable based on its current knowledge of the business and operations, it cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The Company assumes no obligation to provide revisions to any forward-looking statements should circumstances change.

(in thousands except per share data)
  Thirteen Weeks Ended Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
 June 29, 2014June 30, 2013June 29, 2014June 30, 2013
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenues  $ 104,455    $ 105,622    $ 207,103    $ 208,685  
Costs and expenses                
Cost of sales 27,251 26.1% 27,051 25.6% 53,761 26.0% 54,015 25.9%
Labor 36,695 35.1% 36,882 34.9% 73,259 35.4% 73,464 35.2%
Operating 16,265 15.6% 16,588 15.7% 33,078 16.0% 32,708 15.7%
Occupancy 7,054 6.8% 7,171 6.8% 14,468 7.0% 14,006 6.7%
General and administrative expenses 5,910 5.7% 5,836 5.5% 11,648 5.6% 11,695 5.6%
Restaurant preopening costs 678 0.6% 558 0.5% 1,026 0.5% 1,259 0.6%
Depreciation and amortization 5,035 4.8% 4,962 4.7% 10,045 4.9% 9,831 4.7%
Total costs and expenses 98,888 94.7% 99,048 93.8% 197,285 95.3% 196,978 94.4%
Income from operations 5,567 5.3% 6,574 6.2% 9,818 4.7% 11,707 5.6%
Interest expense, net 236 0.2% 284 0.3% 492 0.2% 601 0.3%
Income before income taxes 5,331 5.1% 6,290 6.0% 9,326 4.5% 11,106 5.3%
Income tax expense 1,359 1.3% 1,748 1.7% 2,477 1.2% 3,145 1.5%
Net income$ 3,972 3.8%$ 4,542 4.3%$ 6,849 3.3%$ 7,961 3.8%
Net income per basic share$ 0.21  $ 0.23  $ 0.36  $ 0.41  
Net income per diluted share$ 0.20  $ 0.22  $ 0.34  $ 0.39  
Weighted average shares outstanding-basic 19,085   19,591   19,200   19,598  
Weighted average shares outstanding-diluted 19,989   20,489   20,075   20,482  
Certain percentage amounts may not sum due to rounding.
AS OF JUNE 29, 2014 AND DECEMBER 29, 2013
(Dollars in thousands)
 June 29,December 29,
  2014 2013
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 5,796  $ 7,640
Accounts receivable 5,647 8,181
Tenant improvement allowance receivable 50 1,386
Inventories 2,651 2,941
Deferred income taxes, net 3,155 2,625
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 2,009 5,434
Total current assets 19,308 28,207
Property and equipment — net 171,133 169,127
Deferred income taxes — net 51,286 53,381
Other assets — net 3,945 4,137
Total assets  $ 245,672  $ 254,852
Liabilities and stockholders' equity    
Current liabilities    
Trade and construction payables  $ 8,755  $ 8,781
Accrued expenses 24,674 23,651
Current portion of long-term debt 5,059 2,082
Deferred lease incentives 7,432 7,021
Deferred gift card revenue 9,207 12,876
Total current liabilities 55,127 54,411
Deferred lease incentives 57,165 60,539
Long-term debt 5,730 13,611
Other long-term liabilities 22,451 22,515
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' equity    
Common shares, no par value per share— authorized 100,000,000 shares; 20,071,335 shares issued at June 29, 2014 and 19,991,927 shares issued at December 29, 2013 198,908 197,913
Preferred shares, no par value per share— authorized 5,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding, 0 shares at June 29, 2014 and December 29, 2013
Treasury shares, 1,055,662 shares at June 29, 2014; and 633,273 shares at December 29, 2013 (15,799) (9,378)
Retained deficit (77,910) (84,759)
Total stockholders' equity 105,199 103,776
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 245,672  $ 254,852

CONTACT: Investor Relations Don Duffy / Raphael Gross (203) 682-8200

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