SOURCE: DineEquity, Inc.

DineEquity, Inc.

March 03, 2011 07:00 ET

DineEquity, Inc. Announces Strong Fourth Quarter 2010 Results

GLENDALE, CA--(Marketwire - March 3, 2011) - DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2010. DineEquity's financial performance for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2010 included the following highlights:

  • Compared to the same periods in 2009, Applebee's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 2.9% for the fourth quarter 2010, representing its second consecutive quarter of positive same-restaurant sales growth, and increased 0.3% for fiscal 2010, representing its first year of sales growth since 2005. IHOP's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 1.1% for the fourth quarter 2010, representing its second consecutive quarter of positive same-restaurant sales results, and were flat for fiscal year 2010.

  • Applebee's company-operated restaurant operating margins increased 210 basis points to 15.5% for the fourth quarter 2010, and increased 40 basis points to 14.8% for fiscal 2010 compared to the same periods in 2009. These improvements primarily reflect higher menu prices and favorable promotional and product mix, partially offset by guest count declines and the impact of the 53rd week in 2009.

  • Adjusted net income available to common stockholders (see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below) was $10.6 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter 2010 compared to $13.0 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, for the same quarter in 2009. This decrease was primarily due to the $10.3 million profit before tax impact of a 53rd operating week in 2009 and a $7.7 million charge related to the default of an IHOP franchisee. This was partially offset by lower preferred stock dividends, higher same-restaurant sales for both Applebee's and IHOP and improved Applebee's restaurant operating margins.

  • For fiscal 2010, adjusted net income available to common stockholders was $61.7 million, or $3.50 per diluted share, compared to $69.7 million, or $4.06 per diluted share, for fiscal 2009. This decrease was primarily due to the impact of a 53rd operating week in 2009 and a charge related to the default of an IHOP franchisee. This was partially offset by lower interest expense and an increase in IHOP's effective franchise restaurants.

  • Net loss available to common stockholders in the fourth quarter 2010 was $58.1 million, or $3.33 per diluted share, and for the full year was $30.0 million, or $1.74 per diluted share. These net losses were primarily due to the extinguishment of debt and the redemption of Series A perpetual preferred stock and related premiums in connection with our successful refinancing. Partially offsetting these charges were gains on the disposition of assets related to the sale of company-operated Applebee's restaurants in Minnesota and parts of Virginia.

  • General & Administrative (G&A) expenses totaled $43.1 million for the fourth quarter 2010 and $159.6 million for the full year. Compared to fiscal 2009, full year G&A expenses increased 0.7% for fiscal 2010.

  • For fiscal 2010, cash flows from operating activities increased 13.6% to $179.3 million compared to fiscal 2009, primarily due to the timing of cash interest payments on the Company's bonds and tax benefits, partially offset by the working capital impact of refranchising 83 restaurants in the fourth quarter 2010 and the impact of the 53rd operating week in 2009. Consolidated capital expenditures were $18.7 million, and free cash flow (see "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below) was $153.9 million. From the refinancing of its debt in mid-October 2010 through the re-pricing of its bank debt on February 25, 2011, the Company has used available free cash flow and after-tax cash proceeds from the sale of Applebee's company-operated restaurants to reduce its total debt by $158 million.

Julia A. Stewart, DineEquity's chairman and chief executive officer, said, "Fiscal 2010 was a successful year for DineEquity. Our performance was a reflection of the strategic work being undertaken by our management teams at Applebee's and IHOP as well as our Shared Services structure as we execute against our long-term growth plans for our brands and our business. In addition to driving positive momentum at Applebee's, we successfully refinanced our debt and sold a significant number of Applebee's company-operated restaurants despite a difficult economic period. Looking ahead, we see 2011 as a year when we will be relentlessly focused on execution as our brands move forward with an integrated marketing, menu and operations approach and an increasing number of remodeled restaurants to deliver unsurpassed guest experiences at both Applebee's and IHOP." 

Same-Restaurant Sales Performance

Applebee's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 2.9% for the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009. The improvement was primarily due to ongoing marketing and operational initiatives and menu enhancements. Domestic franchise same-restaurant sales increased 3.4% and company-operated Applebee's same-restaurant sales increased 0.3% for the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009. Fourth quarter 2010 results at Applebee's company-operated restaurants reflected a higher average guest check partially offset by a decline in guest traffic compared to the same quarter in 2009. Menu pricing at company-operated restaurants for the fourth quarter 2010 increased 2.1%. 

For fiscal 2010, Applebee's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 0.3% compared to fiscal 2009. Domestic franchise same-restaurant sales increased 0.6% and company-operated Applebee's same-restaurant sales decreased 1.3% compared to fiscal 2009. The overall improvement in same-restaurant sales was primarily due to ongoing marketing, operational and menu revitalization efforts, which were further enhanced during the quarter by a refreshed Two for $20 value offering including stuffed pastas, Flavor Loaded Steaks starting at $9.99 and the second consecutive year of Applebee's Veteran's Day event.

IHOP's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales increased 1.1% for the fourth quarter 2010 compared to the same quarter in 2009. The improvement was primarily due to the limited-time offer Festival of Flavors along with the promotion of Trick or Treat All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes. IHOP's same-restaurant sales results for the fourth quarter 2010 reflected a higher average guest check offset by a decline in guest traffic. For fiscal 2010, IHOP's domestic system-wide same-restaurant sales were flat compared to fiscal 2009. 

Applebee's Restaurant Operating Margins

Applebee's company-operated restaurant operating margin improved 210 basis points to 15.5% for the fourth quarter 2010 compared to 13.4% for the same quarter in 2009. Applebee's improved operating margin performance for the quarter was due primarily to positive check growth due to menu price increases of 2.1%, favorable promotional and mix impacts, favorable timing shifts of advertising expenses, and favorable operating results including lower labor and commodity costs, partially offset by guest count declines and the impact of the 53rd operating week in 2009. The sale of 83 Applebee's company-operated restaurants improved fourth quarter 2010 margins by 20 basis points. Additionally, operating margin improvements reflected lower depreciation expense associated with the accounting treatment related to restaurants held for sale in the first quarter 2011.

Applebee's company-operated restaurant operating margin improved 40 basis points to 14.8% for fiscal 2010 compared to 14.4% for fiscal 2009. Applebee's improved restaurant operating margin performance for 2010 was favorably impacted by menu price increases of 1.7% and favorable mix shifts, decreased food and beverage cost due to lower commodity costs and labor savings driven by improvements in hourly labor productivity. These gains were partially offset by guest count declines, increases in facility expenses and gift card program costs. The 53rd operating week in 2009 and the sale of 83 company-operated restaurants decreased Applebee's fiscal 2010 operating margin by approximately 20 basis points for the year.

Sale of Applebee's Company Restaurants

In the fourth quarter 2010, DineEquity successfully completed two transactions for the sale of 83 company-operated Applebee's restaurants located in Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin and Virginia. These transactions resulted in after-tax cash proceeds of $37 million and reduced sale-leaseback related financing obligations by $63 million. Subsequent to the fourth quarter 2010, the Company successfully completed two transactions for the sale of 65 company-operated Applebee's restaurants located in St. Louis, Missouri and parts of Illinois and in Washington D.C. These transactions resulted in after-tax cash proceeds of $49 million and reduced sale-leaseback related financing obligations by $31 million. The sale of one additional restaurant in the Washington D.C. transaction is expected to be completed shortly due to additional time required to transfer the lease for this property. 

The sale of company-operated Applebee's restaurants furthers DineEquity's strategic objective of transitioning Applebee's into a more highly franchised restaurant system over time. The Company believes a more heavily franchised business model requires less capital investment and reduces the volatility of the Company's cash flow performance, while also providing cash proceeds from franchising of restaurants for the retirement of debt.

Corporate Refinancing and Subsequent Re-pricing Completed

On October 20, 2010, DineEquity successfully completed a $1.8 billion refinancing through a $950 million senior secured credit facility and $825 million of senior unsecured notes. The refinancing was accretive to earnings based on a combined reduction of interest expense and non-deductible preferred dividends. The Company used proceeds from its refinancing activities, cash on hand and asset sales proceeds to fund the retirement of all of its outstanding securitized debt and redeem all of its Series A perpetual preferred stock in the fourth quarter 2010. In conjunction with this transaction, DineEquity recognized a charge of approximately $64 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 related to the write off of deferred financing costs associated with its previous securitized debt structure and Series A perpetual preferred stock. Additionally, the Company recognized a $46 million charge in the fourth quarter of 2010 related to prepayment penalties and tender premiums associated with the refinancing of its previous securitized structure. These charges were exclusive of related income tax benefits.

In the first quarter 2011, DineEquity completed a re-pricing of its senior secured term loan facility on February 25, 2011 to take advantage of lower interest rates available in the current senior secured debt market. This re-pricing transaction established a $742.0 million senior secured credit facility maturing in October 2017. The Company also increased the amount of its $50 million senior secured revolving credit facility, maturing in October 2015, to $75 million. This facility was not drawn on as of the closing date of the completed re-pricing. DineEquity's bank loans will bear interest at an annual rate equal to LIBOR plus 300 basis points, subject to a floor of 125 basis points floor on LIBOR. Today, this represents a 4.25% interest rate, or a 175 basis point reduction compared to the Company's previous interest rate. Fees and other costs to re-price its senior secured debt totaled $12.4 million.

DineEquity intends to continue to dedicate its free cash flow, along with cash proceeds generated from the future sales of Applebee's company-operated restaurants, to the retirement of its senior secured credit facility. 

Investor Conference Call Today

DineEquity will host an investor conference call to discuss its 2011 financial performance guidance and fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 financial results on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time). To participate on the call, please dial (888) 679-8037 and reference pass code 88090090. 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 March 10, 2011 by dialing 888-286-8010 and referencing pass code 48867470. An online archive of the webcast also will be available on the 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 nearly 3,500 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

Statements contained in this release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be materially different from those expressed or implied in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the effect of general economic conditions; the Company's substantial indebtedness; risk of future impairment charges; the Company's results in any given period differing from guidance provided to the public; the highly competitive nature of the restaurant business, the Company's business strategy failing to achieve anticipated results; risks associated with the restaurant industry; shortages or interruptions in the supply or delivery of food; changing health or dietary preferences; harm to our brands' reputation; litigation; environmental liability; liability relating to employees; failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations; failure to effectively implement restaurant development plans; concentration of Applebee's franchised restaurants in a limited number of franchisees; credit risk from IHOP franchisees operating under our previous business model; termination or non-renewal of franchise agreements; franchisees breaching their franchise agreements; inability of franchisees to fund capital expenditures; and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's Form 10-Q, Form 10-K and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release includes references to the Company's non-GAAP financial measures "adjusted net income available to common stockholders (adjusted EPS)" and "free cash flow." Adjusted EPS 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, any gain or loss related to debt extinguishment and Series A Preferred Stock, any intangible asset amortization, any non-cash interest expense, any gain or loss related to the disposition of assets and any premium paid on redemption of Series A Preferred Stock incurred in such period. This is presented on an aggregate basis and a per share (diluted) basis. "Free cash flow" for a given period is defined as cash provided by operating activities, plus receipts from notes, equipment contracts and other long-term receivables ("long-term notes receivable"), less dividends paid and capital expenditures. Management utilizes 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. Adjusted EPS 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.

DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
(In thousands, except per share amounts)  
(Unaudited)  
   
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
Segment Revenues:                                
  Franchise revenues   $ 96,183     $ 93,276     $ 376,745     $ 372,198  
  Company restaurant sales     173,356       221,871       815,572       890,020  
  Rental revenues     26,179       34,663       124,508       133,845  
  Financing revenues     4,072       5,395       16,260       17,899  
    Total revenues     299,790       355,205       1,333,085       1,413,962  
Segment Expenses:                                
  Franchise expenses     27,467       24,845       103,835       102,256  
  Company restaurant expenses     147,429       193,123       699,266       766,466  
  Rental expenses     23,990       24,222       96,155       97,303  
  Financing expenses     734       10       1,968       370  
    Total segment expenses     199,620       242,200       901,224       966,395  
  Segment gross profit     100,170       113,005       431,861       447,567  
  General and administrative expenses     43,112       41,454       159,643       158,469  
  Interest expense     40,062       46,862       171,496       186,473  
  Impairment and closure charges     397       98,622       3,482       105,094  
  Amortization of intangible assets     3,070       3,250       12,300       12,306  
  Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock    
111,643
     
(6,875
)    
107,003
      (45,678 )
  (Gain) loss on disposition of assets     (14,496 )     306       (13,573 )     (6,947 )
  Other expense, net     807       249       3,590       1,266  
(Loss) income before income taxes     (84,425 )     (70,863 )     (12,080 )     36,584  
Benefit (provision) for income taxes     33,594       26,812       9,292       (5,175 )
Net (loss) income   $ (50,831 )   $ (44,051 )   $ (2,788 )   $ 31,409  
Net (loss) income   $ (50,831 )   $ (44,051 )   $ (2,788 )   $ 31,409  
  Less: Series A preferred stock dividends     (8,827 )     (5,281 )     (25,927 )     (19,531 )
  Less: Accretion of Series B preferred stock     (622 )     (585 )     (2,432 )     (2,291 )
  Less: Net loss (income) allocated to unvested participating restricted stock     2,176       1,760       1,173       (351 )
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders   $ (58,104 )   $ (48,157 )   $ (29,974 )   $ 9,236  
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders per share                                
  Basic   $ (3.33 )   $ (2.84 )   $ (1.74 )   $ 0.55  
  Diluted   $ (3.33 )   $ (2.84 )   $ (1.74 )   $ 0.55  
Weighted average shares outstanding                                
  Basic     17,455       16,953       17,240       16,917  
  Diluted     17,455       16,953       17,240       16,917  

 

DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
    December 31, 2010   December 31, 2009
    (Unaudited)    
Assets            
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 102,309   $ 82,314
  Restricted cash     854     72,690
  Receivables, net     98,776     104,690
  Inventories     10,757     12,236
  Prepaid income taxes     34,094     7,702
  Prepaid gift cards     27,465     19,878
  Prepaid expenses     14,602     13,425
  Deferred income taxes     24,301     15,444
  Assets held for sale     37,944     8,765
    Total current assets     351,102     337,144
Non-current restricted cash     778     48,173
Restricted assets related to captive insurance subsidiary     3,562     4,344
Long-term receivables     239,945     259,775
Property and equipment, net     612,175     771,372
Goodwill     697,470     697,470
Other intangible assets, net     835,879     849,552
Other assets, net     115,730     133,038
Total assets   $ 2,856,641   $ 3,100,868
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
  Current maturities of long-term debt   $ 9,000   $ 25,200
  Accounts payable     32,724     31,729
  Accrued employee compensation and benefits     32,846     37,397
  Gift card liability     124,972     105,465
  Accrued interest payable     17,482     3,627
  Other accrued expenses     48,058     54,549
    Total current liabilities     265,082     257,967
Long-term debt, less current maturities     1,631,469     1,637,198
Financing obligations, less current maturities     237,826     309,415
Capital lease obligations, less current maturities     144,016     152,758
Deferred income taxes     375,697     369,127
Other liabilities     118,972     117,449
    Total liabilities     2,773,062     2,843,914
Commitments and contingencies            
Preferred stock, Series A         187,050
Total stockholders' equity     83,579     69,904
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 2,856,641   $ 3,100,868
DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(In thousands)  
(Unaudited)  
   
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net (loss) income   $ (2,788 )   $ 31,409  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows provided by operating activities:                
    Depreciation and amortization     61,427       65,379  
    Non-cash interest expense     34,379       39,422  
    Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock     107,003       (45,678 )
    Impairment and closure charges     3,482       105,094  
    Deferred income taxes     (15,484 )     (19,875 )
    Non-cash stock-based compensation expense     13,085       10,710  
    Tax benefit from stock-based compensation     2,692       531  
    Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised     (4,775 )     (48 )
    Gain on disposition of assets     (13,573 )     (6,947 )
    Other     5,430       (5,816 )
    Changes in operating assets and liabilities                
      Receivables     3,736       11,607  
      Inventories     (263 )     (1,474 )
      Prepaid expenses     (9,148 )     (15,947 )
      Current income tax receivables and payables     (27,703 )     5,001  
      Accounts payable     27       (14,867 )
      Accrued employee compensation and benefits     (5,000 )     (8,119 )
      Gift card liability     19,507       7,180  
      Other accrued expenses     7,248       286  
        Cash flows provided by operating activities     179,282       157,848  
Cash flows from investing activities                
    Additions to property and equipment     (18,677 )     (15,372 )
    Proceeds from sale of property and equipment and assets held for sale     51,642       15,777  
    Principal receipts from notes, equipment contracts and other long-term receivables     19,452       17,553  
    Other     1,087       877  
        Cash flows provided by investing activities     53,504       18,835  
Cash flows from financing activities                
    Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     1,725,000       10,000  
    Restricted cash related to securitization debt     119,133       15,878  
    Repayment of long-term debt (including tender premiums)     (1,777,946 )     (173,777 )
    Payment of debt issuance costs     (57,602 )     (20,300 )
    Redemption of Series A Preferred Stock     (190,000 )      
    Dividends paid     (26,117 )     (24,091 )
    Principal payments on capital lease and financing obligations     (16,118 )     (16,160 )
    Repurchase of restricted stock     (1,884 )     (605 )
    Proceeds from stock options exercised     7,968       324  
    Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised     4,775       48  
    Other           (129 )
        Cash flows used in financing activities     (212,791 )     (208,812 )
    Net change in cash and cash equivalents     19,995       (32,129 )
    Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     82,314       114,443  
    Cash and cash equivalents at end of year   $ 102,309     $ 82,314  

 

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

Reconciliation of (i) net (loss) income available to common stockholders to (ii) net income available to common stockholders excluding impairment and closure charges, loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock, amortization of intangible assets, non-cash interest expense, (gain) loss on disposition of assets and premium paid on redemption of Series A Preferred Stock, and related per share data:

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders, as reported   $ (58,104 )   $ (48,157 )   $ (29,974 )   $ 9,236  
Impairment and closure charges     397       98,622       3,482       105,094  
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock     111,643       (6,875 )     107,003       (45,678 )
Amortization of intangible assets     3,070       3,250       12,300       12,306  
Non-cash interest expense     3,176       10,084       34,379       39,422  
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets     (14,496 )     306       (13,573 )     (6,947 )
Series A redemption premium     7,600             7,600        
Income tax provision     (40,094 )     (41,944 )     (55,919 )     (41,470 )
Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock    
(2,574
)    
(2,237
)     (3,589 )     (2,294 )
Net income available to common stockholders, as adjusted   $ 10,618     $ 13,049     $ 61,709     $ 69,669  

Diluted net income available to common stockholders per share:
                               
Net (loss) income available to common stockholders per share, as reported   $
 (3.33
)   $
 (2.84
)   $ (1.74 )   $ 0.55  
Impairment and closure charges per share     0.01       3.33       0.12       3.57  
Loss (gain) on extinguishment of debt and Series A Preferred Stock per share     3.81       (0.23 )     3.72       (1.55 )
Amortization of intangible assets per share     0.10       0.11       0.42       0.42  
Non-cash interest expense per share     0.11       0.34       1.17       1.34  
Series A redemption premium per share     0.42             0.43        
(Gain) loss on disposition of assets per share     (0.49 )     0.01       (0.46 )     (0.23 )
Net income allocated to unvested participating restricted stock per share    
(0.14
)     (0.13 )     (0.20 )     (0.13 )
Per share effect of dilutive calculation adjustments     0.10       0.17       0.04       0.09  
Diluted net income available to common stockholders per share, as adjusted   $
 0.59
    $
 0.76
    $ 3.50     $ 4.06  
                                 
Numerator for basic EPS-income available to common stockholders, as adjusted   $
 10,618
    $
 13,049
    $ 61,709     $ 69,669  
Effect of unvested participating restricted stock using the two-class method    
10
     
24
      50       123  
Effect of dilutive securities:                                
Stock options                        
Convertible Series B preferred stock           585             2,291  
Numerator for diluted EPS-income available to common stockholders after assumed conversions, as adjusted   $
 10,628
    $
 13,658
    $ 61,759     $ 72,083  
                                 
Denominator for basic EPS-weighted-average shares     17,455       16,953       17,240       16,917  
Effect of dilutive securities:                                
Stock options     486       354       385       275  
Convertible Series B preferred stock           573             573  
Denominator for diluted EPS-weighted-average shares and assumed conversions    
17,941
     
17,880
     
17,625
     
17,765
 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

Reconciliation of U.S. GAAP loss before income taxes to EBITDA:

Trailing Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010  
U.S. GAAP loss before income taxes $ (12,080 )
Interest charges   190,739  
Loss on retirement of debt and Series A Preferred Stock   107,003  
Depreciation and amortization   61,427  
Non-cash stock-based compensation   13,085  
Impairment and closure charges   3,482  
Other   1,930  
Gain on sale of assets   (13,573 )
EBITDA $ 352,013  

Reconciliation of the Company's cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow:

    Year Ended December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Cash flows from operating activities   $ 179,282     $ 157,848  
Principal receipts from notes, equipment contracts and other long-term receivables     19,452       17,553  
Dividends paid     (26,117 )     (24,091 )
Capital expenditures     (18,677 )     (15,372 )
Free cash flow   $ 153,940     $ 135,938  

Restaurant Data

The following table sets forth, for the three-month and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, the number of effective restaurants in the Applebee's and IHOP systems and information regarding the percentage change in sales at those restaurants 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 Applebee's and IHOP systems, which includes restaurants operated by the Company, as well as those operated by franchisees and area licensees. Sales at restaurants that are operated 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
Ended December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
Applebee's Restaurant Data   (unaudited)  
Effective restaurants(a)                                
  Franchise     1,667       1,605       1,621       1,595  
  Company     338       399       380       401  
    Total     2,005       2,004       2,001       1,996  
System-wide(b)                                
  Sales percentage change(c)     (4.2 )%     5.2 %     (1.8 )%     (2.1 )%
  Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)     2.9 %     (4.5 )%     0.3 %     (4.5 )%
Franchise(e)                                
  Sales percentage change(c)(g)     0.2 %     7.5 %     (0.1 )%     3.6 %
  Same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)     3.4 %     (4.6 )%     0.6 %     (4.4 )%
  Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)   $ 44.5     $ 42.7     $ 45.8     $ 45.3  
Company                                
  Sales percentage change(c)(g)     (22.0 )%     (3.2 )%     (8.4 )%     (19.7 )%
  Same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)     0.3 %     (3.9 )%     (1.3 )%     (4.8 )%
  Average weekly domestic unit sales (in thousands)   $ 38.6     $ 39.0     $ 40.4     $ 41.1  
                                 

 

    Three Months Ended December 31,     Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010   2009  
IHOP Restaurant Data   (unaudited)  
Effective restaurants(a)                                
  Franchise     1,315       1,266       1,296       1,245  
  Company     10       12       11       11  
  Area license     164       163       164       161  
    Total     1,489       1,441       1,471       1,417  
System-wide(b)                                
  Sales percentage change(c)     (1.5 )%     9.4 %     2.2 %     5.6 %
  Domestic same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)     1.1 %     (3.1 )%     (0.0 )%     (0.8 )%
Franchise(e)                                
  Sales percentage change(c)     (1.8 )%     10.9 %     2.1 %     6.3 %
  Same-restaurant sales percentage change(d)     1.1 %     (3.2 )%     (0.1 )%     (0.8 )%
  Average weekly unit sales (in thousands)   $ 34.4     $ 33.9     $ 35.1     $ 35.1  
Company(f)     n.m.       n.m.       n.m.       n.m.  
Area License(e)                                
  Sales percentage change(c)     2.9 %     (5.1 )%     3.3 %     (1.6 )%
                                 

(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 operated 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-restaurant sales percentage change" reflects the percentage change in sales, in any given fiscal period compared to the same weeks in the prior year, 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 restaurant closures, the restaurants open throughout both fiscal periods being compared may be different from period to period. Same-restaurant sales percentage change does not include data on IHOP restaurants located in Florida.

(e) 

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
  Year Ended
December 31,
Reported sales (unaudited)   2010   2009   2010   2009
Applebee's domestic franchise restaurant sales   $ 879.6   $ 878.1   $ 3,519.4   $ 3,523.1
IHOP franchise restaurant sales   $ 587.8   $ 598.7   $ 2,364.7   $ 2,315.9
IHOP area license restaurant sales   $ 54.2   $ 52.3   $ 222.0   $ 214.9
                         

(f) Sales percentage change and same-restaurant sales percentage change for IHOP company-operated restaurants are not meaningful ("n.m.") 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 the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 for Applebee's franchise and company-operated restaurants was impacted by the franchising of 83 company-operated restaurants during 2010, seven company-operated restaurants in 2009 and 103 company-operated restaurants in 2008.

DINEEQUITY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RESTAURANT DATA

The following table summarizes our restaurant development activity:

    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
    (unaudited)  
Applebee's Restaurant Development Activity                        
Total restaurants, beginning of period   1,999     2,002     2,008     2,004  
New openings                        
  Company-developed                
  Franchise-developed   16     10     27     33  
    Total new openings   16     10     27     33  
Closings                        
  Company           (7 )    
  Franchise   (5 )   (4 )   (18 )   (29 )
    Total closings   (5 )   (4 )   (25 )   (29 )
Total restaurants, end of period   2,010     2,008     2,010     2,008  
Summary-end of period                        
Franchise   1,701     1,609     1,701     1,609  
Company   309     399     309     399  
    Total   2,010     2,008     2,010     2,008  
                         

 

    Three Months Ended December 31,     Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2010     2009     2010     2009  
    (unaudited)  
IHOP Restaurant Development Activity                        
Total restaurants, beginning of period   1,483     1,433     1,456     1,396  
New openings                        
  Company-developed       1         1  
  Franchise-developed   25     26     60     69  
  Area license   1     2     4     6  
    Total new openings   26     29     64     76  
Closings                        
  Company           (2 )    
  Franchise   (4 )   (6 )   (10 )   (14 )
  Area license   (1 )       (4 )   (2 )
    Total new closings   (5 )   (6 )   (16 )   (16 )
Total restaurants, end of period   1,504     1,456     1,504     1,456  
Summary-end of period                        
Franchise   1,329     1,279     1,329     1,279  
Company   11     13     11     13  
Area license   164     164     164     164  
    Total   1,504     1,456     1,504     1,456