SOURCE: DineEquity, Inc.

DineEquity, Inc.

October 27, 2009 07:00 ET

DineEquity, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2009 Financial Results

Financial Performance Remains Strong; Positioning Applebee's and IHOP for Market Share Expansion With Economic Recovery

GLENDALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 27, 2009) - DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009. DineEquity's financial performance for the third quarter and first nine months of 2009 included the following highlights:

--  Diluted net income per share available to common shareholders (EPS)
    for the third quarter 2009 increased by $1.44 to $0.46 compared to a net
    loss of $0.98 in the same quarter last year.  Year-to-date, diluted EPS
    increased by $5.25 to $3.34 compared to a net loss of $1.91 in the same
    period last year.  These increases were primarily due to lower impairment
    charges, gains on debt retirement, reductions in General & Administrative
    (G&A) spending, better operating margins at company-operated Applebee's
    restaurants and lower interest expense.  These improvements were partially
    offset by lower same-store sales and the impact of the sale of 110 company-
    operated Applebee's restaurants over the past year.  Excluding impairment
    charges and gains on debt retirement and asset disposals, diluted EPS for
    the third quarter 2009 increased by $0.63 to $0.55 compared to a net loss
    of $0.08 in the same quarter last year, and increased year-to-date by $1.58
    to $2.02 compared to $0.44 in the same period last year.
    
--  For the quarter, IHOP's domestic system-wide same-store sales
    decreased 1.1% and Applebee's domestic system-wide same-store sales
    decreased 6.5% compared to the same quarter last year.  Year-to-date,
    domestic system-wide same-store sales increased 0.2% for IHOP and decreased
    4.5% for Applebee's compared to the same period last year.
    
--  DineEquity's predominantly franchised Applebee's and IHOP restaurant
    systems generated consolidated franchise operations revenue increases of
    3.2% for the quarter and 5.3% year-to-date compared to the same periods
    last year primarily due to increases in the number of effective Applebee's
    and IHOP franchise restaurants.  Consolidated franchise operations segment
    profitability increased 2.6% for the quarter and 3.5% year-to-date,
    compared to the same periods last year.
    
--  Restaurant operating margins at Applebee's company-operated
    restaurants improved 220 basis points to 13.6% for the quarter and improved
    270 basis points to 14.7% year-to-date compared to the same periods last
    year.  These improvements primarily reflected better management of food and
    labor costs as Applebee's continues to enhance the profit performance of
    its company-operated restaurants despite lower sales levels.
    
--  Consolidated G&A expenses decreased 14.1% for the quarter and 15.6%
    year-to-date compared to the same periods last year.  These improvements
    are primarily due to lower overhead expense as a result of the sale of 110
    company-operated Applebee's restaurants over the past year, the integration
    of Applebee's and IHOP shared services functions, other cost savings
    initiatives executed in 2009, lower stock based compensation expense and
    the elimination of non-recurring transition costs recognized last year.
    
--  Cash flows from operating activities for the first nine months of 2009
    were $102.9 million compared to $61.3 million in the same period last year.
    The increase of $41.7 million is the result of higher net income excluding
    gains and charges, as well as lower working capital requirements.
    
--  Consolidated capital expenditures were $9.5 million for the first nine
    months of 2009.
    
--  Free cash flow was $90.6 million for the first nine months of 2009
    (see "References to Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below).
    
--  Funded debt was reduced by $142.3 million for the first nine months of
    2009 primarily due to the use of free cash flow for opportunistic debt
    retirement, normal amortization and the sale of seven company-operated
    Applebee's restaurants in 2009.
    

"Our third quarter and year-to-date financial results were solid and demonstrated that our business fundamentals remain strong as we navigate the current economic environment. The profitability of our core franchising business improved primarily due to the continued development of IHOP restaurants by franchisees. We delivered significant margin improvement at Applebee's company-operated restaurants, despite the challenging same-store sales environment. We benefited from lower levels of G&A due to aggressive spending control. These efforts, among others, generated significant consolidated free cash flow, a key measure of our financial strength. Our strong financial results reflected the disciplined execution of our strategies as we optimized the performance of our business and maintained our financial flexibility for the future," said Julia A. Stewart, DineEquity's chairman and chief executive officer.

"We are making meaningful progress in energizing the Applebee's brand, with numerous marketing, menu and operational improvements achieved since we completed the acquisition nearly two years ago. We are confident that these efforts, along with additional improvements, will result in market share expansion as the economy begins to grow again. With both Applebee's and IHOP, we are not simply focused on surviving the current economy, but are positioning both brands for sustained leadership over the long term; we are confident we have the right strategies in place to achieve this in the years ahead," Stewart commented.

Same-Store Sales Performance

IHOP's domestic system-wide same-store sales decreased 1.1% for the third quarter 2009 compared to the same quarter last year, reflecting a higher average guest check and a decline in guest traffic. Year-to-date, IHOP's domestic system-wide same-store sales increased 0.2%. IHOP's marketing efforts during the quarter included limited-time offers Hawaiian Pancakes and IHOP's Gone Totally NFL, expanded marketing activities around the dinner daypart including IHOP's Kids Eat Free program, and a system-wide menu update. For the balance of the year, IHOP expects to benefit from the introduction of its Holiday Hotcakes limited-time offer, increased consumer awareness generated from the third-party distribution of IHOP gift cards at well known retailers nationwide, and continued local restaurant marketing efforts targeted at the dinner daypart, among other activities.

Applebee's domestic system-wide same-store sales decreased 6.5% for the third quarter 2009 compared to the same quarter last year, and decreased 4.5% for the first nine months of 2009 compared to the same period last year. Same-store sales for Applebee's domestic franchise restaurants decreased 6.2% for the quarter compared to the same quarter last year, and decreased 4.4% year-to-date compared to the same period last year. Same-store sales for Applebee's company-operated restaurants decreased 7.6% for the quarter compared to the same quarter last year, and decreased 5.1% year-to-date compared to the same period last year. The performance of company-operated Applebee's for the quarter reflected a higher average guest check due primarily to cumulative pricing increases of 2.4% and a decline in guest traffic. Applebee's marketing efforts during the quarter focused on its Two for $20 value offering, which was updated with the addition of new rib options. For the balance of 2009, Applebee's expects to benefit from the continuation of its Two for $20 value offering, two system-wide menu updates expected in the fourth quarter 2009, enhanced marketing strategies including a partnership with ESPN around football advertising, and Applebee's Veteran's Day event, among other activities.

Stewart commented, "We continue to face a very difficult economic environment that is affecting customer behavior and putting pressure on same-store sales not only for our Company, but across the restaurant industry at large. While we were disappointed with our same-store sales performance for the quarter, Applebee's and IHOP remain focused on delivering value in ways that protect and build our brands for the long term. We remain confident in meeting our full year domestic system-wide same-store sales expectations for Applebee's and IHOP as both brands possess a strong line up of marketing, menu and operational activities that will continue to differentiate our brands and optimize our competitive position for the balance of 2009 and beyond."

Company Operations Improvements

For the third quarter 2009, sales at company-operated Applebee's restaurants decreased 22.7% to $202.5 million compared to the same quarter last year, primarily due to a 17.0% decrease in the number of effective restaurants as a result of the sale of 110 company-operated restaurants over the past year. Restaurant operating margin improved 220 basis points to 13.6% for the quarter compared to an 11.4% operating margin in the same quarter last year. Applebee's improved operating margin performance for the quarter was due primarily to the impact of menu price increases, improvements in hourly labor from better wage rate management and improved productivity, as well as a reduction in management incentive expense mainly due to nonrecurring retention costs in 2008.

Year-to-date, sales at company-operated Applebee's restaurants decreased 23.9% to $656.5 million compared to the same period last year, primarily due to a 19.8% decrease in the number of effective restaurants as a result of the sale of 110 company-operated restaurants over the past year. Restaurant operating margin improved 270 basis points to 14.7% year-to-date compared to a 12.0% operating margin in the same period last year. Applebee's improved operating margin performance for the first nine months of 2009 was primarily due to the impact of menu price increases, a reduction in management incentive expense, improvements in hourly labor from better wage rate management and improved productivity, which were partially offset by slightly higher commodity costs.

Company Restaurant Franchising Update

DineEquity remains committed to its strategic objective of transitioning Applebee's into a more highly franchised restaurant system over time, and continues to market substantially all of its company-operated Applebee's restaurants. This effort could result in single market or multiple market transactions. The timing of transactions could be highly variable due to the availability of financing to prospective buyers, acceptable deal valuations and other terms, as well as the operating plan and infrastructure of the prospective buyers, among other factors.

In the meantime, DineEquity believes it will continue to generate sufficient cash flows from operating activities to meet obligations under its debt covenants, so that the Company will not be compelled to sell Applebee's company-operated restaurants on terms deemed undesirable. The Company expects to continue to meet its debt covenant obligations for at least the next 12 months without the further sale of company-operated restaurants, assuming that there is not a material adverse deterioration in the Company's current operating fundamentals.

Debt Management

Funded debt was reduced by $4.7 million for the third quarter 2009 due to after-tax proceeds generated from the sale of two company-operated Applebee's restaurants and scheduled payments on the Company's subordinated notes. DineEquity did not pursue opportunistic debt retirement efforts during the third quarter 2009 primarily due to restrictions associated with the timing and status of the generation and reporting of the Company's financial results and negotiations related to the sale of company-operated Applebee's, among other factors. Funded debt was reduced by $142.3 million for the first nine months of 2009. The decrease was primarily due to the use of free cash flow for opportunistic debt retirement, after-tax proceeds related to the sale of seven company-operated Applebee's restaurants, and scheduled payments on the Company's subordinated notes. DineEquity remains dedicated to using a substantial portion of its free cash flow for opportunistic debt retirement for the foreseeable future.

As of the end of the third quarter 2009, DineEquity remained comfortably in compliance with the debt covenants set forth in the Company's securitized debt agreements. The Company's consolidated leverage ratio was 5.97x compared to a required maximum threshold of 7.5x. On November 29, 2009, DineEquity's consolidated leverage ratio maximum threshold declines to 7.0x, with no further future reductions required under its securitized debt agreements. Debt service coverage ratios were 3.47x for IHOP's securitization on a three-month unadjusted basis and 2.98x for the Applebee's securitization on a three-month adjusted basis, both compared to a minimum required threshold of 1.85x.

DineEquity has provided supplemental information to this news release regarding its compliance with its debt covenants, which may be accessed by visiting the Calls & Presentations section of DineEquity's Investor Relations Web site at http://investors.dineequity.com and referring to supporting materials for the Company's third quarter 2009 webcast.

2009 Financial Guidance

DineEquity provided a guidance update on key financial performance metrics for 2009, which include:

--  Revised consolidated cash flows from operating activities expectations
    to range between $130 and $140 million, compared to its previous
    expectations of $115 and $125 million.  This improved outlook is primarily
    due to lower than expected tax payments and lower working capital
    requirements for 2009.  The Company expects to receive approximately $15
    million in additional cash from the structural run-off of the IHOP business
    unit's long-term notes receivable.
    
--  Revised consolidated capital expenditures expectations to be at the
    lower end of the Company's previously expected range of between $13 and $16
    million.
    
--  Revised consolidated G&A expenses expectations to range between $160
    million and $165 million, compared to its previous expectations of $165 to
    $175 million.  This improved outlook is primarily due to a continued focus
    on disciplined spending control.
    
--  Revised Applebee's domestic system-wide same-store sales performance
    expectations to perform at the lower end of the Company's previously
    expected range of between negative 2% to negative 5% for the full year
    2009.
    
--  Reiterated full year 2009 operating margin performance for Applebee's
    company-operated restaurants to range between 13.5% and 14.5%.
    
--  Reiterated IHOP's domestic system-wide same-store sales performance
    expectations to range between positive 1% and negative 1% for the full year
    2009.
    

Investor Conference Call Today

The Company will host an investor conference call today to discuss its third quarter 2009 financial results at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time). To participate on the call, please dial (888) 713-4215 and reference pass code 39231617. A live webcast of the call will be available on DineEquity's Web site at www.dineequity.com, and may be accessed by visiting Calls & Presentations under the site's Investor Information section. Participants should allow approximately ten minutes prior to the call's start time to visit the site and download any streaming media software needed to listen to the webcast. A telephonic replay of the call may be accessed through November 3, 2009 by dialing 888-286-8010 and referencing pass code 50657706. An online archive of the webcast also will be available on Investor Information section of DineEquity's Web site.

About DineEquity, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries, franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP brands. With more than 3,400 restaurants combined, DineEquity is the largest full-service restaurant company in the world. For more information on DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

There are forward-looking statements contained in this news release. They use such words as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan," or other similar terminology, and include statements regarding the strategic and financial benefits of the acquisition of Applebee's International, Inc. ("Applebee's"). These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the implementation of DineEquity, Inc.'s (the "Company") strategic growth plan; the availability of suitable locations and terms for the sites designated for development; the ability of franchise developers to fulfill their commitments to build new restaurants in the numbers and time frames covered by their development agreements; legislation and government regulation including the ability to obtain satisfactory regulatory approvals; risks associated with the Company's indebtedness; conditions beyond the Company's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, or acts of war or terrorism; availability and cost of materials and labor; cost and availability of capital; competition; potential litigation and associated costs; continuing acceptance of the International House of Pancakes ("IHOP") and Applebee's brands and concepts by guests and franchisees; the Company's overall marketing, operational and financial performance; economic and political conditions; adoption of new, or changes in, accounting policies and practices; and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's news releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially the "Risk Factors" sections of Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Forward-looking information is provided by the Company pursuant to the safe harbor established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. In addition, the Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes references to the Company's "net income (loss) available to common stockholders, excluding impairment and closure charges, gain on extinguishment of debt and gain on disposition of assets" and the non-GAAP financial measures "EBITDA" and "free cash flow." The former is computed for a given period by deducting from net income (loss) available to common stockholders for such period the effect of any impairment and closure charges and any gain related to debt extinguishment and disposition of assets incurred in such period. This is presented on an aggregate basis and a per share (diluted) basis. For the latter, the Company defines "EBITDA" for a given period as income before income taxes (including gain on extinguishment of debt) less interest expense, depreciation and amortization, impairment and closure charges, stock-based compensation, gain on sale of assets and non-cash amounts related to a captive insurance subsidiary, "EBITDAR" for a given period as EBITDA plus annualized operating lease expense (Rent), and "free cash flow" for a given period as cash provided by operating activities, plus receipts from notes and equipment contracts receivable ("long-term notes receivable"), less dividends and capital expenditures. Management utilizes EBITDA for debt covenant purposes and free cash flow to determine the amount of cash remaining for general corporate and strategic purposes after the receipts from long-term notes receivable, and the funding of operating activities, capital expenditures and preferred dividends. Management believes this information is helpful to investors to determine the Company's adherence to debt covenants and the Company's cash available for these purposes. EBITDA and free cash flow are supplemental non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

[Financial Tables to Follow]

                    DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                (Unaudited)

                                  Three Months Ended    Nine Months Ended
                                     September 30,        September 30,
                                  ------------------  --------------------
                                    2009      2008      2009       2008
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
Revenues
  Franchise revenues              $ 90,198  $ 87,429  $ 278,922  $ 264,784
  Company restaurant sales         206,357   265,919    668,149    874,337
  Rental revenues                   32,929    32,962     99,182     98,495
  Financing revenues                 4,067     4,871     12,504     20,487
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
   Total revenues                  333,551   391,181  1,058,757  1,258,103
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
Costs and Expenses
  Franchise expenses                25,377    24,255     77,411     70,016
  Company restaurant expenses      179,306   236,389    573,343    772,706
  Rental expenses                   24,264    24,488     73,081     73,758
  Financing expenses                    14       326        360      6,213
  General and administrative
   expenses                         35,897    41,788    117,015    138,622
  Interest expense                  45,231    50,490    139,611    152,698
  Impairment and closure charges     4,471    28,466      6,472     69,898
  Amortization of intangible
   assets                            3,019     3,077      9,056      9,056
  Gain on extinguishment of debt        --    (2,434)   (38,803)    (2,434)
  Gain on disposition of assets     (2,111)     (274)    (7,253)      (432)
  Other expense (income), net          888      (429)     1,017     (2,153)
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
   Total costs and expenses        316,356   406,142    951,310  1,287,948
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
Income (loss) before income taxes   17,195   (14,961)   107,447    (29,845)
(Provision) benefit for income
 taxes                              (3,690)    3,157    (31,987)    12,510
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
Net income (loss)                 $ 13,505  $(11,804) $  75,460  $ (17,335)
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
Net income (loss)                 $ 13,505  $(11,804) $  75,460  $ (17,335)
  Less: Series A preferred stock
   dividends                        (4,750)   (4,750)   (14,250)   (14,250)
  Less: Accretion of Series B
   preferred stock                    (577)     (544)    (1,706)    (1,600)
  Less: Net (income) loss
   allocated to unvested
   participating restricted stock     (301)      687     (2,211)     1,191
                                  --------  --------  ---------  ---------
Net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders              $  7,877  $(16,411) $  57,293  $ (31,994)
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
Net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders per share
  Basic                           $   0.46  $  (0.98) $    3.39  $   (1.91)
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
  Diluted                         $   0.46  $  (0.98) $    3.34  $   (1.91)
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
Weighted average shares
 outstanding
  Basic                             16,942    16,786     16,904     16,752
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
  Diluted                           16,942    16,786     17,717     16,752
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
Dividends declared per common
 share                            $     --  $   0.25  $      --  $    0.75
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========
Dividends paid per common share   $     --  $   0.25  $      --  $    0.75
                                  ========  ========  =========  =========





                    DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                              (In thousands)

                                                September 30, December 31,
                                                    2009          2008
                                                ------------- -------------
                                                 (Unaudited)
                          Assets
Current assets:
  Cash and cash equivalents                     $     105,075 $     114,443
  Restricted cash                                      75,382        83,355
  Short-term investments, at market value                 280           276
  Receivables, net                                     77,282       117,930
  Inventories                                          12,086        10,959
  Prepaid income taxes                                     --        15,734
  Prepaid expenses                                     15,853        17,067
  Deferred income taxes                                24,526        27,504
  Assets held for sale                                  7,314        11,861
                                                ------------- -------------
   Total current assets                               317,798       399,129
                                                ------------- -------------
Non-current restricted cash                            50,683        53,395
Restricted assets related to captive insurance
 subsidiary                                             4,601         5,573
Long-term receivables                                 263,747       277,106
Property and equipment, net                           784,911       824,482
Goodwill                                              697,470       697,470
Other intangible assets, net                          946,503       956,036
Other assets, net                                     136,529       148,026
                                                ------------- -------------
   Total assets                                 $   3,202,242 $   3,361,217
                                                ============= =============

             Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
  Current maturities of long-term debt          $      22,650 $      15,000
  Accounts payable                                     38,336        48,983
  Accrued employee compensation and benefits           29,436        44,299
  Deferred revenue                                     44,779        95,532
  Accrued financing costs                                  --        20,071
  Other accrued expenses                               61,099        55,249
  Accrued interest payable                              3,393         3,580
                                                ------------- -------------
   Total current liabilities                          199,693       282,714
                                                ------------- -------------
Long-term debt, less current maturities             1,711,273     1,853,367
Financing obligations, less current maturities        312,592       318,651
Capital lease obligations, less current
 maturities                                           155,471       161,310
Deferred income taxes                                 402,385       395,448
Other liabilities                                     118,480       119,910
                                                ------------- -------------
   Total liabilities                                2,899,894     3,131,400
Preferred stock, Series A                             187,050       187,050
Total stockholders' equity                            115,298        42,767
                                                ------------- -------------
   Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $   3,202,242 $   3,361,217
                                                ============= =============





                    DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                  CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                              (In thousands)
                                (Unaudited)

                                                        Nine Months Ended
                                                          September 30,
                                                      --------------------
                                                        2009       2008
                                                      ---------  ---------
Cash flows from operating activities
Net income (loss)                                     $  75,460  $ (17,335)
 Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash
  flows provided by operating activities
   Depreciation and amortization                         48,406     53,532
   Non-cash interest expense                             29,338     28,947
   Gain on extinguishment of debt                       (38,803)    (2,434)
   Impairment and closure charges                         6,472     69,898
   Deferred income taxes                                  5,723    (48,585)
   Stock-based compensation expense                       7,367     10,237
   Tax benefit from stock-based compensation                472      1,463
   Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised          (48)      (315)
   Gain on disposition of assets                         (7,253)      (432)
   Other                                                 (5,628)        97
   Changes in operating assets and liabilities
     Receivables                                         39,704     35,858
     Inventories                                         (1,323)       149
     Prepaid expenses                                     5,950      9,552
     Accounts payable                                    (9,194)   (36,768)
     Accrued employee compensation and benefits         (14,863)    (4,748)
     Deferred revenues                                  (50,753)   (37,202)
     Other accrued expenses                              11,901       (638)
                                                      ---------  ---------
       Cash flows provided by operating activities      102,928     61,276
                                                      ---------  ---------
Cash flows from investing activities
   Additions to property and equipment                   (9,513)   (26,951)
   Reductions (additions) to long-term receivables        1,937       (555)
   Payment of accrued acquisition costs                      --    (10,247)
   Collateral released by captive insurance
    subsidiary                                            1,011      4,042
   Proceeds from sale of property and equipment and
    assets held for sale                                 16,132     40,158
   Principal receipts from notes and equipment
    contracts receivable                                 11,419     12,359
   Other                                                    (89)      (380)
                                                      ---------  ---------
       Cash flows provided by investing activities       20,897     18,426
                                                      ---------  ---------
Cash flows from financing activities
   Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt              10,000     35,000
   Proceeds from financing obligations                       --    369,991
   Repayment of long-term debt                         (108,463)  (381,236)
   Principal payments on capital lease and financing
    obligations                                         (10,722)    (6,528)
   Dividends paid                                       (14,250)   (24,243)
   Payment of preferred stock issuance costs                 --     (1,500)
   Repurchase of restricted stock                          (426)      (458)
   Reissuance of treasury stock                              --      1,135
   Proceeds from stock options exercised                    324        989
   Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised           48        315
   Payment of accrued debt issuance costs               (20,257)   (48,403)
   Payment of early debt extinguishment costs              (123)        --
   Restricted cash related to securitization             10,676     48,542
                                                      ---------  ---------
       Cash flows used in financing activities         (133,193)    (6,396)
                                                      ---------  ---------
   Net change in cash and cash equivalents               (9,368)    73,306
   Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year       114,443     26,838
                                                      ---------  ---------
   Cash and cash equivalents at end of period         $ 105,075  $ 100,144
                                                      =========  =========




                    DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

                        NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
                 (In thousands, except per share amounts)
                                (Unaudited)

Reconciliation of (i) net income (loss) available to common stockholders to
(ii) net income (loss) available to common stockholders excluding
impairment and closure charges, gain on extinguishment of debt and gain on
disposition of assets, and related per share data:

                                 Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                    September 30,         September 30,
                                --------------------  --------------------
                                  2009       2008       2009       2008
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders, as
 reported                       $   7,877  $ (16,411) $  57,293  $ (31,994)
Impairment and closure charges      4,471     28,466      6,472     69,898
Gain on extinguishment of debt         --     (2,434)   (38,803)    (2,434)
Gain on disposition of assets      (2,111)      (274)    (7,253)      (432)
Income tax (provision) benefit       (923)   (10,083)    15,473    (26,241)
Net (income) loss allocated to
 unvested participating
 restricted stock                     (53)      (630)       896     (1,463)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders, as
 adjusted                       $   9,261  $  (1,366) $  34,078  $   7,334
                                =========  =========  =========  =========


Diluted net income available
 to common stockholders per
 share:
Net income (loss) available to
 common stockholders per share,
 as reported                    $    0.46  $   (0.98) $    3.34  $   (1.91)
Dilutive effect per share              --       0.01       0.06       0.02
Impairment and closure charges
 per share                           0.26       1.70       0.38       4.17
Gain on extinguishment of debt
 per share                             --      (0.15)     (2.30)     (0.15)
Gain on disposition of assets
 per share                          (0.12)     (0.02)     (0.43)     (0.03)
Income tax (provision) benefit
 per share                          (0.05)     (0.60)      0.92      (1.57)
Net (income) loss allocated to
 unvested participating
 restricted stock per share            --      (0.04)      0.05      (0.09)
                                ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
Diluted net income (loss)
 available to common
 stockholders per share, as
 adjusted                       $    0.55  $   (0.08) $    2.02  $    0.44
                                =========  =========  =========  =========



Reconciliation of (i) income before income taxes to (ii) EBITDA and to (ii)
EBITDAR:
              Trailing Twelve Months Ended September 30, 2009

Income before income taxes (including gain on extinguishment
 of debt)                                                      $   (50,862)
Interest expense                                                   211,172
Depreciation and amortization                                       67,963
Impairment and closure charges                                     177,204
Stock-based compensation                                             9,226
Gain on sale of assets                                              (6,217)
Non-cash amounts related to captive insurance subsidiary               224
                                                               -----------
EBITDA                                                             408,710
Annualized operating lease expense                                  97,121
                                                               -----------
EBITDAR                                                        $   505,831
                                                               ===========



Reconciliation of the Company's cash provided by operating activities to
free cash flow:
                                                        Nine Months Ended
                                                          September 30,
                                                      --------------------
                                                         2009       2008
                                                      ---------  ---------
Cash flows from operating activities                  $ 102,928  $  61,276
Receipts from long-term notes receivable                 11,419     12,359
Dividends paid                                          (14,250)   (24,243)
Capital expenditures                                     (9,513)   (26,951)
                                                      ---------  ---------
Free cash flow                                        $  90,584  $  22,441
                                                      =========  =========




                     DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                              RESTAURANT DATA

The following table sets forth, for the three-month and nine-month periods ended September 30 of the current year and prior year, information regarding the percentage change in sales at effective restaurants in the IHOP and Applebee's systems compared to the same periods in the prior year. "Effective restaurants" are the number of restaurants in a given period, adjusted to account for restaurants open for only a portion of the period. Information is presented for all effective restaurants in the IHOP and Applebee's system, which includes restaurants owned by the Company, as well as those owned by franchisees and area licensees. Sales at restaurants that are owned by franchisees and area licensees are not attributable to the Company. However, we believe that presentation of this information is useful in analyzing our revenues because franchisees and area licensees pay us royalties and advertising fees that are generally based on a percentage of their sales, as well as rental payments under leases that are usually based on a percentage of their sales. Management also uses this information to make decisions about future plans for the development of additional restaurants as well as evaluation of current operations.

                                         Three Months       Nine Months
                                             Ended             Ended
                                         September 30,     September 30,
                                        ---------------   ---------------
                                         2009     2008     2009     2008
                                        ------   ------   ------   ------
Applebee's Restaurant Data                         (unaudited)
Applebee's Restaurant Data
Effective restaurants(a)
  Franchise                              1,598    1,513    1,592    1,487
  Company                                  399      481      402      501
                                        ------   ------   ------   ------
   Total                                 1,997    1,994    1,994    1,988
                                        ======   ======   ======   ======
System-wide(b)
  Sales percentage change(c)              (6.3)%   (1.5)%   (4.2)%    0.6%
  Domestic same-store sales percentage
   change(d)                              (6.5)%   (3.1)%   (4.5)%   (1.4)%
Franchise(b)(e)
  Sales percentage change(c)(g)           (1.0)%    1.2%     2.3%     1.6%
  Same-store sales percentage change(d)   (6.2)%   (3.1)%   (4.4)%   (1.6)%
  Average weekly domestic unit sales
   (in thousands)                       $ 42.9   $ 45.7   $ 46.3   $ 48.4
Company
  Sales percentage change(c)(g)          (22.7)%   (9.3)%  (23.9)%   (2.3)%
  Same-store sales percentage change(d)   (7.6)%   (3.1)%   (5.1)%   (0.6)%
  Average weekly domestic unit sales
   (in thousands)                       $ 39.0   $ 41.9   $ 41.9   $ 44.3




                                          Three Months      Nine Months
                                             Ended             Ended
                                          September 30,     September 30,
                                        ----------------  ----------------
                                         2009      2008     2009     2008
                                        ------   -------  ------   -------
IHOP Restaurant Data                                (unaudited)
Effective restaurants(a)
  Franchise                              1,251     1,190   1,237     1,183
  Company                                   11        10      11        10
  Area license                             162       157     160       157
                                        ------   -------  ------   -------
   Total                                 1,424     1,357   1,408     1,350
                                        ======   =======  ======   =======
System-wide(b)
  Sales percentage change(c)               3.8%      3.8%    4.3%      6.1%
  Domestic same-store sales percentage
   change(d)                              (1.1)%     0.2%    0.2%      2.2%
Franchise(b)(e)
  Sales percentage change(c)               4.2%      4.3%    4.8%      6.7%
  Same-store sales percentage change(d)   (1.1)%     0.3%    0.1%      2.2%
  Average weekly unit sales (in
   thousands)                           $ 35.1   $  35.4  $ 35.6   $  35.5
Company(f)                                n.m.      n.m.    n.m.      n.m.
Area License(h)
  Sales percentage change(c)              (0.7)%     0.7%   (0.4)%     2.1%



(a) "Effective restaurants" are the number of restaurants in a given
    fiscal period adjusted to account for restaurants open for only a
    portion of the period. Information is presented for all effective
    restaurants in the IHOP and Applebee's systems, which includes
    restaurants owned by the Company as well as those owned by
    franchisees and area licensees.
(b) "System-wide sales" are retail sales at IHOP and Applebee's
    restaurants operated by franchisees and IHOP restaurants operated by
    area licensees, as reported to the Company, in addition to retail
    sales at company-operated restaurants. Sales at restaurants that are
    owned by franchisees and area licensees are not attributable to the
    Company.
(c) "Sales percentage change" reflects, for each category of restaurants,
    the percentage change in sales in any given fiscal period compared to
    the prior fiscal period for all restaurants in that category.
(d) "Same store sales percentage change" reflects the percentage change in
    sales, in any given fiscal period compared to the prior fiscal period,
    for restaurants that have been operated throughout both fiscal periods
    that are being compared and have been open for at least 18 months.
    Because of new unit openings and store closures, the restaurants open
    throughout both fiscal periods being compared will be different from
    period to period. Same store sales percentage change does not include
    data on IHOP restaurants located in Florida.
(e) IHOP franchise restaurant sales were $570.9 million and $547.7 million
    for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively,
    and $1,717.2 million and $1,638.1 million for the nine months ended
    September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Applebee's franchise
    restaurant sales were $818.7 million and $827.3 million for the three
    months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively, and $2,645.0
    million and $2,584.9 million for the nine months ended September 30,
    2009 and 2008, respectively.
(f) Sales percentage change and same-store sales percentage change for
    IHOP company-operated restaurants are not meaningful due to the
    relatively small number and test-market nature of the restaurants,
    along with the periodic inclusion of restaurants reacquired from
    franchisees that are temporarily operated by the Company.
(g) The sales percentage change for Applebee's franchise and
    company-operated restaurants is impacted by the franchising of 103
    company-operated restaurants during 2008 and five company-operated
    restaurants in 2009.
(h) Sales at IHOP area license restaurants were $51.6 million and $52.0
    million for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008,
    respectively, and $162.6 million and $163.3 million for the nine
    months ended September 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively.





                    DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                              RESTAURANT DATA

The following table summarizes our restaurant development activity:

                                      Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
                                          September 30,     September 30,
                                        ----------------  ----------------
                                          2009     2008     2009     2008
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
                                                    (unaudited)
Applebee's Restaurant Development
 Activity
Beginning of period                       1,992    1,993    2,004    1,976
New openings
  Company-developed                          --       --       --        1
  Franchise-developed                        13        7       23       34
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
     Total new openings                      13        7       23       35
Closings
  Company                                    --       --       --       (3)
  Franchise                                  (3)      (3)     (25)     (11)
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
End of period                             2,002    1,997    2,002    1,997
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======
Summary-end of period
Franchise                                 1,603    1,517    1,603    1,517
Company                                     399      480      399      480
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
Total                                     2,002    1,997    2,002    1,997
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

IHOP Restaurant Development Activity
Beginning of period                       1,421    1,361    1,396    1,344
New openings
  Company-developed                          --       --       --       --
  Franchise-developed                        12       18       43       43
  Area license                                1        1        4        2
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
     Total new openings                      13       19       47       45
Closings
  Company                                    --       --       --       (1)
  Franchise                                  (1)      (5)      (8)     (11)
  Area license                               --       --       (2)      (2)
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
End of period                             1,433    1,375    1,433    1,375
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======
Summary-end of period
Franchise                                 1,260    1,205    1,260    1,205
Company                                      11       13       11       13
Area license                                162      157      162      157
                                        -------  -------  -------  -------
     Total                                1,433    1,375    1,433    1,375
                                        =======  =======  =======  =======

Contact Information

  • Investor Contact
    Stacy Roughan
    Director, Investor Relations
    DineEquity, Inc.
    818-637-3632

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    Lucy Neugart
    Sard Verbinnen
    415-618-8750