Restaurant Brands International Inc. Reports Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2023 Results

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Home market franchisee profitability increases 30% year-over-year, on averageGlobal system-wide sales grow nearly 10% for the fourth quarter and over 12% for 2023Comparable sales up nearly 6% in Q4, led by over 8% growth at Tim Hortons Canada and over 6% at Burger King US

Digital sales grow over 20% year-over-year to $14 billion in 2023, representing over a third of system-wide sales

Nearly $1.5 billion of capital returned to shareholders in 2023 while investing for growth and reducing net leverage

TORONTO, Feb. 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ - Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") (TSX: QSR) (NYSE: QSR) (TSX: QSP) today reported financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023. Josh Kobza, Chief Executive Officer of RBI commented, "We are delivering better experiences for our guests, better profitability for our franchisees and are making the right long-term investments behind the growth of our brands. We have started 2024 with a foundation of strong operational performance and I'm thankful to all our teams, franchisees and their team members who work so hard to make us successful."

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2023 Highlights:

  • System-wide Sales Growth of 12.2%
  • Net Restaurant Growth of 3.9%
  • Income from Operations of $2,051 million versus $1,898 million in the prior year
  • Net Income of $1,718 million versus $1,482 million in the prior year
  • Diluted EPS of $3.76 versus $3.25 in the prior year
  • Adjusted Operating Income of $2,200 million increased 7.5% organically versus the prior year
  • Adjusted Diluted EPS of $3.24 versus $3.14 in prior year
  • Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities of $1,323 million and Free Cash Flow of $1,203 million

Changes to operating and reportable segments and changes to measure of segment income

Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2023, we are reporting results under five operating and reportable segments. This shift in reportable segments reflects how our leadership oversees and manages the business. As a result of this change, our five operating and reportable segments consist of the following:

  1. Tim Hortons brand in Canada and the U.S. ("TH");
  2. Burger King brand in the U.S. and Canada ("BK");
  3. Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen brand in the U.S. and Canada ("PLK");
  4. Firehouse Subs brand in the U.S. and Canada ("FHS"); and
  5. International – which includes all operations of each of our brands outside the U.S. and Canada ("INTL").

We also transitioned our definition of segment income from Adjusted EBITDA to Adjusted Operating Income ("AOI"). TH AOI, BK AOI, PLK AOI, FHS AOI and INTL AOI are our measures of segment profitability. Unlike Adjusted EBITDA, AOI includes depreciation and amortization (excluding franchise agreement amortization) as well as share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense.

In order to assist investors, we have provided certain unaudited historical financial and operational data that is on a basis consistent with our revised segment structure and segment income definition. This data can be found on the company's investor relations webpage under "Financial Information." These changes only affect segment allocation of results and do not revise or restate our previously reported consolidated financial statements.

Consolidated Operational Highlights

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth

  TH

9.0 %

10.5 %

11.0 %

11.7 %

  BK

4.9 %

5.5 %

6.9 %

2.8 %

  PLK

11.2 %

6.5 %

10.5 %

5.6 %

  FHS (a)

7.8 %

N/A

7.1 %

N/A

INTL (b)

12.8 %

18.5 %

17.6 %

25.6 %

Consolidated (c)

9.6 %

11.4 %

12.2 %

12.9 %

  FHS (a)

N/A

3.9 %

N/A

4.2 %

System-wide Sales (in US$ millions)

  TH

$

1,849

$

1,701

$

7,245

$

6,732

  BK

$

2,903

$

2,768

$

11,474

$

10,747

  PLK

$

1,503

$

1,351

$

5,886

$

5,338

  FHS (a)

$

298

$

301

$

1,194

$

1,154

INTL (b)

$

4,332

$

3,813

$

17,087

$

14,700

Consolidated (c)

$

10,885

$

9,934

$

42,886

$

38,671

Comparable Sales

  TH

8.4 %

10.1 %

10.4 %

10.4 %

  BK

6.3 %

5.0 %

7.4 %

2.3 %

  PLK

5.5 %

1.7 %

4.8 %

(0.6) %

  FHS (a)

3.5 %

N/A

3.8 %

N/A

 INTL(b)

4.6 %

10.5 %

9.0 %

15.4 %

Consolidated (c)

5.8 %

7.5 %

8.1 %

7.9 %

  FHS (a)

N/A

0.4 %

N/A

0.6 %

Net Restaurant Growth

  TH

0.1 %

(1.1) %

0.1 %

(1.1) %

  BK

(3.3) %

(0.6) %

(3.3) %

(0.6) %

  PLK

4.9 %

6.7 %

4.9 %

6.7 %

  FHS (a)

3.0 %

2.4 %

3.0 %

2.4 %

 INTL(b)

8.9 %

9.1 %

8.9 %

9.1 %

Consolidated (c)

3.9 %

4.4 %

3.9 %

4.4 %

System Restaurant Count at Period End

  TH

4,525

4,519

4,525

4,519

  BK

7,144

7,389

7,144

7,389

  PLK

3,394

3,235

3,394

3,235

  FHS (a)

1,265

1,242

1,265

1,242

INTL (b)

14,742

13,517

14,742

13,517

Consolidated (c)

31,070

29,902

31,070

29,902

 

See "Key Operating Metrics" for definitions.

(a)  

See FHS Segment Results footnote "a."

(b)     

See INTL Segment Results footnote "a."

(c) 

Consolidated system-wide sales growth and comparable sales do not include the results of Firehouse Subs for 2022.

Consolidated Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions, except per share data, unaudited)

2023

2022

2023

2022

Total Revenues

$                      1,820

$                      1,689

$                      7,022

$                      6,505

Income from Operations

$                         468

$                         346

$                      2,051

$                      1,898

Net Income

$                         726

$                         336

$                      1,718

$                      1,482

Diluted Earnings per Share

$                        1.60

$                        0.74

$                        3.76

$                        3.25

  TH

$                         231

$                         226

$                         958

$                         925

  BK

$                            69

$                            87

$                         386

$                         396

  PLK

$                            56

$                            52

$                         221

$                         205

  FHS

$                              8

$                              8

$                            38

$                            33

  INTL

$                         145

$                         133

$                         597

$                         525

Adjusted Operating Income (a)

$                         509

$                         506

$                      2,200

$                      2,084

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

$                         603

$                         588

$                      2,554

$                      2,378

Adjusted Net Income (a)

$                         340

$                         326

$                      1,480

$                      1,430

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share (a)

$                        0.75

$                        0.72

$                        3.24

$                        3.14

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions, unaudited)

2023

2022

Net cash provided by operating activities

$                      1,323

$                      1,490

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities

$                            11

$                          (64)

Net cash used for financing activities

$                    (1,374)

$                    (1,307)

Free Cash Flow (a)

$                      1,203

$                      1,390

As of December 31,

(in US$ millions, unaudited)

2023

2022

Net Debt (a)

$                    12,250

$                    12,210

Net Income Net Leverage (c)

7.1x

8.2x

Adjusted EBITDA Net Leverage (a)

4.8x

5.1x

SUPPLEMENTAL ANNUAL DISCLOSURE (unaudited)

Year Ended December 31,

Home Market Franchisee Profitability (b) (in 000s)

2023

2022

TH — Canada

C$                       280

C$                       220

BK — US

$                          205

$                          140

PLK — US

$                          245

$                          210

FHS — US

$                          110

$                            80

Global Digital Sales (d) (in US$ billions)

$                        14.0

$                        11.6

(a)     

Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, Free Cash Flow, Net Debt, and Adjusted EBITDA Net Leverage are non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

(b) 

2023 estimates are preliminary and rounded down to the nearest $5,000. Estimates based on unaudited, self-reported franchisee results. 

(c)

Net Income Net Leverage is defined as net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by Net Income.

(d)

In 2023, RBI changed its definition of Digital Sales to exclude duplicative sales from digital coupons. Digital Sales include sales from mobile order and pay ("MO&P"), digital offers excluding MO&P, first and third party delivery, loyalty sales, kiosks and digital catering. Digital Sales for 2022 have been revised to exclude sales from Russia and to conform to RBI's updated definition of Digital Sales. 

The year-over-year increases in Total Revenues on an as reported and on an organic basis for the full year and fourth quarter were primarily driven by an increase in system-wide sales in all our segments. On an as reported basis the increase was partially offset by unfavorable FX movements which primarily impacted TH.

The year-over-year increase in Income from Operations for the full year was primarily driven by increases in segment income of INTL, TH, PLK and FHS and a favorable change from the impact of equity method investments, partially offset by an unfavorable change from other operating expenses (income), net, a decrease in BK segment income and unfavorable FX movements.

The year-over-year increase in Income from Operations for the fourth quarter was primarily driven by a favorable change from other operating expenses (income), net, a favorable change from the impact of equity method investments, the non-recurrence of FHS Transaction costs and increases in segment income of INTL, TH and PLK, partially offset by a decrease in BK segment income.

The increase in Net Income for the full year was primarily driven by the year-over-year increase in Income from Operations and a greater income tax benefit in the current year than the prior year, partially offset by an increase in interest expense, net, and loss on early extinguishment of debt in the current year.

The increase in Net Income for the fourth quarter was primarily driven by a greater income tax benefit in the current year than the prior year and the year-over-year increase in Income from Operations, partially offset by an increase in interest expense. 

The year-over-year change in Adjusted Operating Income on an as reported and organic basis for the full year was primarily driven by increases in segment income of INTL, TH, PLK and FHS, partially offset by a decrease in BK segment income. On an as reported basis, the change was impacted by unfavorable FX movements.

The year-over-year change in Adjusted Operating Income on an as reported and organic basis for the fourth quarter was primarily driven by increases in segment income of INTL, TH and PLK, partially offset by a decrease in BK segment income. The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Net Income for the full year was primarily driven by increases in segment income of INTL, TH, PLK and FHS, partially offset by an increase in adjusted interest expense, a decrease in BK segment income and unfavorable FX movements.

The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Net Income for the fourth quarter was primarily driven by a decrease in adjusted tax expense and increases in segment income of INTL, TH and PLK, partially offset by a decrease in BK segment income and an increase in adjusted interest expense.

Burger King US Reclaim the Flame

In September 2022, Burger King shared the details of its "Reclaim the Flame" plan to accelerate sales growth and drive franchisee profitability. We will be investing $400 million over the life of the plan, comprised of $150 million in advertising and digital investments ("Fuel the Flame") and $250 million in high-quality remodels and relocations, restaurant technology, kitchen equipment, and building enhancements ("Royal Reset").

During the quarter ended December 31, 2023, we funded approximately $40 million toward the Fuel the Flame investments, including $37 million towards our support behind the Burger King US advertising fund, and $16 million toward our Royal Reset investments, including $8 million towards remodels. As of 2023, we have funded a total of $73 million toward the Fuel the Flame investments and $61 million toward our Royal Reset investments.

Macro Economic Environment

During 2022 and 2023, there were increases in commodity, labor, and energy costs which have resulted in inflation, foreign exchange volatility, rising interest rates and general softening in the consumer environment which have been exacerbated by conflicts in the Middle East.

TH Segment Results

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth

9.0 %

10.5 %

11.0 %

11.7 %

System-wide Sales

$

1,849

$

1,701

$

7,245

$

6,732

Comparable Sales

8.4 %

10.1 %

10.4 %

10.4 %

Net Restaurant Growth

0.1 %

(1.1) %

0.1 %

(1.1) %

System Restaurant Count at Period End

4,525

4,519

4,525

4,519

Sales

$

701

$

694

$

2,725

$

2,631

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

241

$

225

$

955

$

905

Advertising Revenues and Other Services

$

76

$

68

$

292

$

266

Total Revenues

$

1,018

$

987

$

3,972

$

3,801

Cost of Sales

$

583

$

573

$

2,231

$

2,131

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

81

$

80

$

325

$

332

Advertising Expenses and Other Services

$

81

$

69

$

309

$

282

Segment G&A

$

47

$

42

$

168

$

151

Adjustments:

Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

2

$

2

$

6

$

7

Cash Distributions Received from Equity Method Investments

$

4

$

2

$

14

$

13

Adjusted Operating Income

$

231

$

226

$

958

$

925

Share-Based Compensation and Non-Cash Incentive Compensation Expense

$

14

$

11

$

51

$

37

Depreciation and Amortization, excluding Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

25

$

26

$

101

$

108

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

$

271

$

263

$

1,111

$

1,070

(a)     Adjusted EBITDA for TH is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

For the full year and fourth quarter, the increase in system-wide sales was primarily driven by comparable sales of 10.4% and 8.4%, respectively, including Canada comparable sales of 10.9% and 8.7%, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the full year and fourth quarter on an as reported and on an organic basis was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales as well as increases in commodity prices passed on to franchisees. The increase in Total Revenues on an as reported basis was partially offset by unfavorable FX movements.

The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Operating Income for the full year and fourth quarter on an as reported and on an organic basis was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales, partially offset by an increase in Segment G&A, and advertising expenses and other services exceeding advertising revenues and other services in the current year periods to a greater extent than in the prior year periods. Revenues and Adjusted Operating Income for 2023 were impacted by increased promotional activity and trade investments in our TH consumer-packaged goods business, which largely impacted the fourth quarter. The increase in Adjusted Operating Income on an as reported basis was partially offset by unfavorable FX movements.

BK Segment Results

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth

4.9 %

5.5 %

6.9 %

2.8 %

System-wide Sales

$

2,903

$

2,768

$

11,474

$

10,747

Comparable Sales

6.3 %

5.0 %

7.4 %

2.3 %

Net Restaurant Growth

(3.3) %

(0.6) %

(3.3) %

(0.6) %

System Restaurant Count at Period End

7,144

7,389

7,144

7,389

Sales

$

33

$

18

$

97

$

70

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

189

$

174

$

731

$

688

Advertising Revenues and Other Services

$

123

$

117

$

470

$

438

Total Revenues

$

345

$

310

$

1,297

$

1,196

Cost of Sales

$

31

$

19

$

90

$

74

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

44

$

37

$

144

$

144

Advertising Expenses and Other Services

$

165

$

134

$

543

$

467

Segment G&A

$

39

$

37

$

145

$

126

Adjustments:

Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

3

$

3

$

11

$

11

Adjusted Operating Income

$

69

$

87

$

386

$

396

Share-Based Compensation and Non-Cash Incentive Compensation Expense

$

9

$

10

$

41

$

30

Depreciation and Amortization, excluding Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

9

$

9

$

35

$

34

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

$

87

$

105

$

462

$

459

(a)     Adjusted EBITDA for BK is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

For the full year and fourth quarter, the increase in system-wide sales was driven by comparable sales of 7.4% and 6.3%, respectively, including US comparable sales of 7.5% and 6.4%, respectively, partially offset by net restaurant growth of (3.3)%.

The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the full year and fourth quarter on an as reported and on an organic basis was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales. Sales and Cost of Sales for the full year were also impacted by the temporary acquisition of 17 Company restaurants during the second quarter (of which we only continue to operate one restaurant) and the acquisition of 89 Company restaurants during the fourth quarter.

The year-over-year decrease in Adjusted Operating Income for the full year and fourth quarter was primarily driven by advertising expenses and other services exceeding advertising revenues and other services in the current year periods to a greater extent than in the prior year periods, partially offset by the increase in system-wide sales and improved profitability at Company restaurants resulting in income in the current year periods as compared to net losses in the prior year periods. In addition, Adjusted Operating Income for the full year was impacted by an increase in Segment G&A due to higher compensation-related expenses and Adjusted Operating Income for the fourth quarter was impacted by an increase in bad debt expenses.

PLK Segment Results

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth

11.2 %

6.5 %

10.5 %

5.6 %

System-wide Sales

$

1,503

$

1,351

$

5,886

$

5,338

Comparable Sales

5.5 %

1.7 %

4.8 %

(0.6) %

Net Restaurant Growth

4.9 %

6.7 %

4.9 %

6.7 %

System Restaurant Count at Period End

3,394

3,235

3,394

3,235

Sales

$

24

$

20

$

89

$

78

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

79

$

72

$

314

$

284

Advertising Revenues and Other Services

$

79

$

70

$

289

$

256

Total Revenues

$

182

$

162

$

692

$

619

Cost of Sales

$

22

$

18

$

80

$

72

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

2

$

2

$

12

$

11

Advertising Expenses and Other Services

$

81

$

71

$

295

$

261

Segment G&A

$

22

$

20

$

86

$

72

Adjustments:

Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

1

$

1

$

2

$

2

Adjusted Operating Income

$

56

$

52

$

221

$

205

Share-Based Compensation and Non-Cash Incentive Compensation Expense

$

7

$

6

$

26

$

20

Depreciation and Amortization, excluding Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

2

$

2

$

9

$

8

Adjusted EBITDA (a)

$

66

$

60

$

257

$

232

(a)     Adjusted EBITDA for PLK is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

For the full year and fourth quarter, the increase in system-wide sales was driven by net restaurant growth of 4.9% as well as comparable sales of 4.8% and 5.5%, respectively, including US comparable sales of 4.8% and 5.8%, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the full year and fourth quarter was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales.

The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Operating Income for the full year and fourth quarter was primarily driven by the increases in system-wide sales, partially offset by higher Segment G&A due to higher compensation-related expenses.

FHS Segment Results

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth (a)

7.8 %

3.9 %

7.1 %

4.2 %

System-wide Sales (a)

$

298

$

301

$

1,194

$

1,154

Comparable Sales (a)

3.5 %

0.4 %

3.8 %

0.6 %

Net Restaurant Growth (a)

3.0 %

2.4 %

3.0 %

2.4 %

System Restaurant Count at Period End (a)

1,265

1,242

1,265

1,242

Sales

$

10

$

11

$

39

$

40

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

26

$

22

$

99

$

85

Advertising Revenues and Other Services

$

15

$

3

$

48

$

13

Total Revenues

$

51

$

36

$

187

$

138

Cost of Sales

$

8

$

9

$

34

$

35

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

1

$

1

$

9

$

7

Advertising Expenses and Other Services

$

15

$

4

$

49

$

12

Segment G&A

$

18

$

13

$

58

$

52

Adjustments:

Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

$

$

1

$

1

Adjusted Operating Income

$

8

$

8

$

38

$

33

Share-Based Compensation and Non-Cash Incentive Compensation Expense

$

6

$

3

$

17

$

8

Depreciation and Amortization, excluding Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

1

$

1

$

3

$

3

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$

15

$

12

$

58

$

44

(a)

For 2022, FHS system-wide sales growth, system-wide sales, comparable sales and net restaurant growth are for the period from December 27, 2021 through December 31, 2022. FHS 2022 system-wide sales growth and comparable sales figures are shown for informational purposes only. FHS system-wide sales and restaurant count include 14 FHS restaurants in Puerto Rico ("FHS PR") in 2022 but not in 2023. For the purpose of calculating FHS system-wide sales growth, net restaurant growth and comparable sales, we exclude FHS PR in both the current and prior year periods.

(b)

Adjusted EBITDA for FHS is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

For the full year and fourth quarter, the increase in system-wide sales was driven by net restaurant growth of 3.0%, and comparable sales of 3.8% and 3.5%, respectively, including US comparable sales of 4.2% and 3.8%, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the full year was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales. In addition, increases in Advertising Revenues and Other Services and Advertising Expenses and Other Services reflect our modification of the Advertising fund arrangements to be more consistent with those of our other brands.

The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Operating Income for the full year was primarily driven by the increases in system-wide sales, partially offset by an increase in Segment G&A. Adjusted Operating Income for the fourth quarter was relatively flat driven by an increase in Segment G&A, partially offset by the increase in system-wide sales. The increase in Segment G&A was primarily driven by higher compensation-related expenses.    

INTL Segment Results

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

(in US$ millions)

2023

2022

2023

2022

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

System-wide Sales Growth (a)

12.8 %

18.5 %

17.6 %

25.6 %

System-wide Sales (a)

$

4,332

$

3,813

$

17,087

$

14,700

Comparable Sales (a)

4.6 %

10.5 %

9.0 %

15.4 %

Net Restaurant Growth (a)

8.9 %

9.1 %

8.9 %

9.1 %

System Restaurant Count at Period End (a)

14,742

13,517

14,742

13,517

Sales

$

$

$

$

Franchise and Property Revenues

$

204

$

178

$

804

$

699

Advertising Revenues and Other Services

$

21

$

16

$

70

$

51

Total Revenues

$

224

$

194

$

874

$

750

Cost of Sales

$

$

$

$

Franchise and Property Expenses

$

12

$

6

$

22

$

24

Advertising Expenses and Other Services

$

21

$

16

$

77

$

54

Segment G&A

$

50

$

43

$

190

$

160

Adjustments:

Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

3

$

3

$

11

$

10

Cash Distributions Received from Equity Method Investments

$

$

1

$

$

1

Adjusted Operating Income

$

145

$

133

$

597

$

525

Share-Based Compensation and Non-Cash Incentive Compensation Expense

$

17

$

13

$

58

$

41

Depreciation and Amortization, excluding Franchise Agreement Amortization

$

3

$

2

$

11

$

7

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$

164

$

148

$

666

$

573

(a)

Excludes results from FHS PR from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022 and includes FHS PR beginning January 1, 2023. For the purpose of calculating INTL system-wide sales growth, net restaurant growth and comparable sales, we include FHS PR in both the current and prior year periods.   

(b)

Adjusted EBITDA for INTL is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please refer to "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" for further detail.

For the full year and fourth quarter, the increase in system-wide sales was driven by net restaurant growth of 8.9%, and comparable sales of 9.0% and 4.6%, respectively.

The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the full year and fourth quarter on an as reported and on an organic basis was primarily driven by the increase in system-wide sales.  The year-over-year increase in Total Revenues for the fourth quarter on an as reported basis modestly benefited from favorable FX movements.

The year-over-year increase in Adjusted Operating Income for the full year and fourth quarter on an as reported and on an organic basis was primarily driven by the increases in system-wide sales, partially offset by higher Segment G&A primarily due to higher compensation-related expenses. Adjusted Operating Income for the fourth quarter was also impacted by higher Franchise and Property Expenses associated with bad debt expense.

Cash and Liquidity

As of December 31, 2023, total debt was $13.4 billion, and net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents of $1.1 billion) was $12.3 billion, net income net leverage was 7.1x and adjusted EBITDA net leverage was 4.8x.

The RBI board of directors has declared a dividend of $0.58 per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for the first quarter of 2024. The dividend will be payable on April 4, 2024 to shareholders and unitholders of record at the close of business on March 21, 2024. In connection with the declared dividend, RBI also announced that it is targeting a total of $2.32 in dividends per common share and partnership exchangeable unit of RBI LP for 2024.

Subsequent Events

On January 16, 2024, RBI and Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. ("Carrols") announced that they have reached an agreement for RBI to acquire all of Carrols issued and outstanding shares that are not already held by RBI or its affiliates for $9.55 per share in an all cash transaction, or an aggregate total enterprise value (EV) of approximately $1.0 billion.

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2024 subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of certain regulatory approvals and approval of the majority of Carrols common stock, excluding shares held by RBI and its affiliates and officers of Carrols.

As of February 13, 2024, BK had a total company restaurant portfolio of 176 following the acquisition of 38 company restaurants on January 17, 2024.

Investor Conference Call 

We will host an investor conference call and webcast at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, to review financial results for the full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2023. The earnings call will be broadcast live via our investor relations website at http://rbi.com/investors and a replay will be available for 30 days following the release. The dial-in number is (833) 470-1428 for U.S. callers, (833) 950-0062 for Canadian callers, and (929) 526-1599 for callers from other countries. For all dial-in numbers please use the following access code: 189424.

Contacts 

Investors: investor@rbi.comMedia: media@rbi.com

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.

Restaurant Brands International Inc. ("RBI") is one of the world's largest quick service restaurant companies with over $40 billion in annual system-wide sales and over 30,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. RBI owns four of the world's most prominent and iconic quick service restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, POPEYES®, and FIREHOUSE SUBS®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for decades. Through its Restaurant Brands for Good framework, RBI is improving sustainable outcomes related to its food, the planet, and people and communities. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company's website at www.rbi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and our investor conference call contain certain forward-looking statements and information, which reflect management's current beliefs and expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements include statements about (i) our expectations regarding the effects and continued impact of the macro-economic pressures, such as inflation, rising interest rates and currency fluctuations, on our results of operations, business, liquidity, prospects and restaurant operations and those of our franchisees, (ii) our digital, marketing, remodel and technology enhancement initiatives and expectations regarding further expenditures relating to these initiatives, including our "Reclaim the Flame" plan to accelerate sales growth and drive franchisee profitability at Burger King; (iii) our expectation that franchisee contributions to the ad fund will increase in 2025; (iv) our expectations around our Royal Refresh investments and our remodel program; (v) our confidence of reaching our target net leverage; (vi) our expectations regarding G&A (including stock based compensation), capital expenditures, tenant inducements, remodel investments and net interest expense in 2024;  (vii) our commitment to growth opportunities, plans and strategies for each of our brands and ability to enhance operations and drive long-term, sustainable growth; (viii) our expectations regarding restaurant closures; and (ix) our 2024 dividend targets. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from RBI's expectations are detailed in filings of RBI with the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable Canadian securities regulatory authorities, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K, and include the following: risks related to our franchisees financial stability and their ability to access and maintain the liquidity necessary to operate their business; risks arising from macroeconomic conditions, including inflation and raising interest rates and its impact on discretionary spending; risks related to unforeseen events such as pandemics; risks related to supply chain; risks related to ownership and leasing of properties; risks related to our nearly fully franchised business model, including as a result of current and future legislation, regulations and interpretations relating to joint employer status and other labor matters; risks related to RBI's ability to successfully implement its domestic and international growth strategy and risks related to its international operations; risks related to RBI's ability to compete domestically and internationally in an intensely competitive industry; risks related to technology; risks related to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and the conflict in the Middle East; our ability to address environmental and social sustainability issues and changes in applicable tax and other laws and regulations or interpretations thereof; and regulatory approvals of the acquisition of Carrols. Other than as required under U.S. federal securities laws or Canadian securities laws, we do not assume a duty to update these forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, change in expectations or otherwise.

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(In millions of U.S. dollars, except per share data)(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended December 31,

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2023

2022

2023

2022

Revenues:

Sales

$                    767

$                    743

$                 2,950

$                 2,819

Franchise and property revenues

740

672

2,903

2,661

Advertising revenues and other services

313

274

1,169

1,025

Total revenues

1,820

1,689

7,022

6,505

Operating costs and expenses:

Cost of sales

643

619

2,435

2,312

Franchise and property expenses

140

126

512

518

Advertising expenses and other services

364

295

1,273

1,077

General and administrative expenses

197

196

704

631

(Income) loss from equity method investments

(27)

14

(8)

44

Other operating expenses (income), net

35

93

55

25

Total operating costs and expenses

1,352

1,343

4,971

4,607

Income from operations

468

346

2,051

1,898

Interest expense, net

152

144

582

533

Loss on early extinguishment of debt

16

Income before income taxes

316

202

1,453

1,365

Income tax (benefit) expense

(410)

(134)

(265)

(117)

Net income

726

336

1,718

1,482

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests

218

107

528

474

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$                    508

$                    229

$                 1,190

$                 1,008

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$                   1.63

$                   0.75

$                   3.82

$                   3.28

Diluted

$                   1.60

$                   0.74

$                   3.76

$                   3.25

Weighted average shares outstanding (in millions):

Basic

313

306

312

307

Diluted

453

455

456

455

 

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(In millions of U.S. dollars, except share data)(Unaudited)

As of

December 31, 2023

December 31, 2022

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$                             1,139

$                             1,178

Accounts and notes receivable, net of allowance of $37 and $36, respectively

749

614

Inventories, net

166

133

Prepaids and other current assets

119

123

Total current assets

2,173

2,048

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $1,187 and $1,061, respectively

1,952

1,950

Operating lease assets, net

1,122

1,082

Intangible assets, net

11,107

10,991

Goodwill

5,775

5,688

Other assets, net

1,262

987

Total assets

$                           23,391

$                           22,746

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts and drafts payable

$                                790

$                                758

Other accrued liabilities

1,005

1,001

Gift card liability

248

230

Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases

101

127

Total current liabilities

2,144

2,116

Long-term debt, net of current portion

12,854

12,839

Finance leases, net of current portion

312

311

Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

1,059

1,027

Other liabilities, net

996

872

Deferred income taxes, net

1,296

1,313

Total liabilities

18,661

18,478

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' equity:

Common shares, no par value; unlimited shares authorized at December 31, 2023 and December 31, 2022; 312,454,851 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023; 307,142,436 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2022

1,973

2,057

Retained earnings

1,599

1,121

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(706)

(679)

Total Restaurant Brands International Inc. shareholders' equity

2,866

2,499

Noncontrolling interests

1,864

1,769

Total shareholders' equity

4,730

4,268

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$                           23,391

$                           22,746

RESTAURANT BRANDS INTERNATIONAL INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCondensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows(In millions of U.S. dollars)(Unaudited)

Twelve Months Ended December 31,

2023

2022

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$                          1,718

$                          1,482

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

191

190

Premiums paid and non-cash loss on early extinguishment of debt

5

Amortization of deferred financing costs and debt issuance discount

27

28

(Income) loss from equity method investments

(8)

44

Loss (gain) on remeasurement of foreign denominated transactions

20

(4)

Net (gains) losses on derivatives

(151)

(9)

Share-based compensation and non-cash incentive compensation expense

194

136

Deferred income taxes

(430)

(60)

Other

26

19

Changes in current assets and liabilities, excluding acquisitions and dispositions:

Accounts and notes receivable

(147)

(110)

Inventories and prepaids and other current assets

(43)

(61)

Accounts and drafts payable

22

169

Other accrued liabilities and gift card liability

9

37

Tenant inducements paid to franchisees

(32)

(26)

Other long-term assets and liabilities

(78)

(345)

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,323