SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK) today announced that it intends to implement a new capital structure in the form of a securitization.
STRATEGIC AND FINANCING ALTERNATIVES
The decision to pursue a securitization represents the conclusion of the company’s previously announced exploration of a range of strategic and financing alternatives to maximize shareholder value. The company’s Board of Directors and management team, with the support of legal and financial advisors, conducted a robust and wide-ranging process, which included contacting a broad range of potential strategic and financial buyers, both domestic and international. Simultaneously, the company explored various financing alternatives, and the Board and management team have concluded that implementing a new capital structure in the form of a securitization is the best alternative for driving shareholder value at this time.
“With this evaluation behind us, we are dedicated to moving the Jack in the Box brand forward. The Board of Directors unanimously and wholeheartedly supports chairman and chief executive officer Lenny Comma and the entire management team as we collectively pursue a strategic plan focused on value creation as a standalone company,” said David Goebel, lead director of the Board.
The company intends to replace its existing senior credit facility, which includes a term loan and revolving credit facility, with a securitization. The net proceeds of the new facility would be used for repayment of the existing credit facility, transaction costs associated with the refinancing, and general corporate purposes, including the return of cash to shareholders.
Following the completion of the securitization, the company intends to resume share repurchases through open market transactions, a potential accelerated share repurchase program, or a combination thereof, with a target leverage ratio of approximately 5.0 times EBITDA.
There can be no assurance regarding the timing of a refinancing transaction, the interest rate at which the company’s existing indebtedness would be refinanced, or that a refinancing transaction will be completed.
REAFFIRMS LONG-TERM GUIDANCE (THROUGH FISCAL 2022)
This release includes forward-looking guidance for certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Restaurant-Level Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow, which the company defines as cash flow from operations (including tenant improvement allowances) less capital expenditures. The company believes free cash flow is an important liquidity measure for investors because it communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing shares, paying dividends, repaying or refinancing debt, or other uses of cash. The company is unable without unreasonable effort to provide reconciliations of these forward-looking non-GAAP measures.
The guidance below has been updated to reflect the impact of the revenue recognition accounting standard that was adopted in fiscal 2019, but does not reflect the new lease accounting standard that will be adopted in fiscal 2020.
- System-wide sales of approximately $4 billion in fiscal 2022, driven by low single-digit increases in both annual same-store sales and system-wide unit growth.
- Restaurant-Level Margin of approximately 25.0 to 27.0 percent of company restaurant sales, depending on same-store sales, and labor and commodity inflation.
- G&A as a percentage of system-wide sales declining steadily to approximately 1.7 percent beginning in fiscal 2021, which reflects the new revenue recognition standards, or 1.9 percent using the prior methodology.
- Adjusted EBITDA growing to approximately $300 million in fiscal 2022.
- Following implementation of a new capital structure, the company expects to increase its leverage ratio to approximately 5.0 times EBITDA.
- Tax rate of approximately 26.0 percent, subject to fluctuations arising from the impact of excess tax benefits from share-based compensation arrangements.
- Recurring capital expenditures of approximately $20 to 25 million per year, including technology and equipment investments. In addition, capital expenditures of approximately $10 to $15 million per year in fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2021 for drive-thru enhancements and remodels at company restaurants.
- Tenant improvement allowances of approximately $25 to $35 million per year in fiscal 2019 through fiscal 2021.
- Free cash flow growing to approximately $175 million in 2022.
- The company expects to return more than $1 billion to shareholders beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 through fiscal 2022, in the form of share repurchases and dividends.
About Jack in the Box Inc.
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam. For more information on Jack in the Box, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com.
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