TAMPA, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. (Nasdaq: BLMN) today provided the following update in response to the COVID-19 outbreak:
“The health and safety of our customers, team members and their families is our top priority,” said David Deno, CEO of Bloomin’ Brands. “We remain committed to servicing our communities as we navigate through the current environment. As part of this effort, we will leverage our carry-out service and delivery network, to customers at home, as well as provide limited in-restaurant dining in areas where available.”
Increased Cash Reserves
The Company has a cash position of over $400 million after drawing down substantially all of its revolving credit facility. The increased borrowings were taken as a precautionary measure to provide additional financial flexibility.
Due to the current unprecedented global market and economic conditions, the Company is withdrawing its financial guidance for the fiscal year ending December 27, 2020. The Board of Directors has also suspended the quarterly cash dividend. The Company plans to provide an update on its fiscal First Quarter earnings call.
“In addition to expanding our growing carry-out and delivery business, we have taken actions to tightly manage costs in this new environment,” said Chris Meyer, CFO of Bloomin’ Brands. “These actions, combined with our strong cash reserves, address near-term volatility under current market conditions.”
About Bloomin’ Brands, Inc.
Bloomin’ Brands, Inc. is one of the largest casual dining restaurant companies in the world with a portfolio of leading, differentiated restaurant concepts. The Company has four founder-inspired brands: Outback Steakhouse, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Bonefish Grill and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. The Company operates more than 1,450 restaurants in 48 states, Puerto Rico, Guam and 21 countries, some of which are franchise locations. For more information, please visit www.bloominbrands.com.
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