Domino's Pizza reports Q1 net earnings of US$34.4M, up 65.9% from year-ago period, driven by domestic and international same store sales growth, international store count growth, improved operating margins; revenues up 8.6% to US$417.6M

ANN ARBOR, Michigan , April 30, 2013 (press release) – Delivers Strong EPS Growth and Robust Global Sales Growth

Domino's Pizza, Inc. (DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the first quarter of 2013, comprised of strong EPS and same store sales growth, and positive global store count growth. Domestic same store sales grew 6.2% during the quarter versus the year-ago period, continuing the positive sales momentum in the Company's domestic business. The international division also posted strong results with same store sales growth of 6.5% during the quarter. The first quarter marked the 77th consecutive quarter of international same store sales growth. The Company had global net store growth of 75 stores in the first quarter of 2013.

First quarter diluted EPS was 59 cents, up 68.6% over the Company's reported EPS in the prior year quarter; and up 25.5% over the Company's adjusted EPS in the prior year quarter.
During the quarter, the Company also repurchased and retired 362,899 shares of its common stock for $18.0 million. Additionally, on April 23, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a 20 cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 14, 2013 to be paid on June 28, 2013.

J. Patrick Doyle, Domino's President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We are off to a strong start this year, growing stores and sales around the world by offering great food at a great value, which is compelling to customers everywhere. Our use of technology sets us apart from many in our industry and enhances our business on both the top and bottom lines."
Doyle continued, "Our proven franchise business model also results in significant free cash flow that we have used this year for both share repurchases and our recently-initiated quarterly dividend."

First Quarter Highlights:

Revenues were up 8.6% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, due primarily to higher volumes in domestic supply chain as a result of increased order counts, higher royalty revenues derived from higher same store sales in both domestic and international stores and store count growth in international markets.

Net Income was up 65.9% for the first quarter versus the prior year period, driven by domestic and international same store sales growth, international store count growth and improved operating margins. The Company also noted that the increase in net income was due in part to approximately $6.5 million of expenses incurred in the first quarter of 2012 related to its 2012 recapitalization that did not recur in 2013.

Diluted EPS was 59 cents for the first quarter versus 35 cents in the prior year quarter. On an as adjusted basis, the diluted EPS of 59 cents represents an increase of 12 cents, or 25.5% versus the as adjusted diluted EPS of 47 cents in the prior year quarter. This increase was primarily due to higher net income and lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding. (See the Items Affecting Comparability section and the Comments on Regulation G section.)

Conference Call Information

The Company will file its quarterly report on Form 10-Q this morning. Additionally, as previously announced, Domino's Pizza, Inc. will hold a conference call today at 10 a.m. (Eastern) to review its first quarter 2013 financial results. The call can be accessed by dialing (888) 306-6182 (U.S./Canada) or (706) 634-4947 (International). Ask for the Domino's Pizza conference call. The call will also be webcast at www.dominosbiz.com. If you are unable to participate on the call, a replay will be available for thirty days by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International), Conference ID 86148760. The webcast will also be archived for 30 days on www.dominosbiz.com.

Share Repurchases

During the first quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased and retired 362,899 shares of its common stock under its open market share repurchase program for approximately $18.0 million, or an average price of $49.65 per share. Additionally, subsequent to the first quarter of 2013, the Company repurchased and retired 32,205 shares of its common stock for approximately $1.6 million, or an average of $50.70 per share. The Company has used approximately 34% of the total amount authorized under its $200 million Board of Directors approved open market share repurchase program and currently has approximately $132.7 million remaining under the program.

Dividends

Due to the Company's strong financial performance and consistent free cash flow generation, the Board of Directors initiated a 20 cent per share quarterly dividend in February 2013.
This first dividend was paid on March 29, 2013 to shareholders of record as of March 15, 2013.

On April 23, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a 20 cent per share quarterly dividend for shareholders of record as of June 14, 2013, to be paid on June 28, 2013.

Items Affecting Comparability

The Company's reported financial results for the first quarter 2013 are not comparable to the reported financial results for the equivalent period in 2012. The table below presents certain items that affect comparability between 2013 and 2012 financial results. The Company believes that including such information is critical to the understanding of its financial results for the first quarter of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012 (See the Comments on Regulation G section on page four for additional details).
In addition to the items noted in the table below, the Company had lower weighted average diluted shares outstanding that resulted in an increase in diluted EPS of nearly one and one half cents in the first quarter of 2013.

Liquidity

As of March 24, 2013, the Company had approximately:

$75.1 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents;

$1.55 billion in total debt; and

$62.2 million of available borrowings under its $100.0 million variable funding notes, net of letters of credit issued of $37.8 million.

The Company's cash borrowing rate averaged 5.3% for the first quarter of 2013. Additionally, the Company invested $5.1 million in capital expenditures during the first quarter of 2013 versus $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2012.

Free cash flow, as reconciled below to cash flows from operations as determined under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), was approximately $42.6 million in the first quarter of 2013.

Comments on Regulation G

In addition to the GAAP financial measures set forth in this press release, the Company has included non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G due to items affecting comparability between fiscal quarters. The Company has also included metrics such as global retail sales growth and same store sales growth, which are commonly used statistical measures in the quick-service restaurant industry that are important to understanding Company performance.

The Company uses "Diluted EPS, as adjusted," which is calculated as reported Diluted EPS adjusted for the items that affect comparability to the prior year period discussed above. The most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP is Diluted EPS. The Company believes that the Diluted EPS, as adjusted measure is important and useful to investors and other interested persons and that such persons benefit from having a consistent basis for comparison between reporting periods. The Company uses Diluted EPS, as adjusted to internally evaluate operating performance, to evaluate itself against its peers and to determine future performance targets and long-range planning.
Additionally, the Company believes that analysts covering the Company's stock performance generally eliminate these items affecting comparability when preparing their financial models, when determining their published EPS estimates and when benchmarking the Company against its competitors.

The Company uses "Global retail sales" to refer to total worldwide retail sales at Company-owned and franchise stores. The Company believes global retail sales information is useful in analyzing revenues because franchisees pay royalties that are based on a percentage of franchise retail sales. The Company reviews comparable industry global retail sales information to assess business trends and to track the growth of the Domino's Pizza® brand. In addition, domestic supply chain revenues are directly impacted by changes in domestic franchise retail sales. Retail sales for franchise stores are reported to the Company by its franchisees and are not included in Company revenues.

The Company uses "Same store sales growth," calculated by including only sales from stores that also had sales in the comparable period of the prior year. International same store sales growth is calculated similarly to domestic same store sales growth. Changes in international same store sales are reported on a constant dollar basis, which reflects changes in international local currency sales.

The Company uses "Free cash flow," calculated as cash flows from operations less capital expenditures, both as reported under GAAP. The Company believes that the free cash flow measure is important to investors and other interested persons, and that such persons benefit from having a measure which communicates how much cash flow is available for working capital needs or to be used for repurchasing debt, making acquisitions, repurchasing common stock, paying dividends or other similar uses of cash.

About Domino's Pizza®

Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, with a significant business in carryout pizza. It ranks among the world's top public restaurant brands with its global enterprise of more than 10,300 stores in over 70 international markets. Domino's had global retail sales of over $7.4 billion in 2012, comprised of over $3.5 billion in the U.S. and nearly $3.9 billion internationally. In the first quarter of 2013, Domino's had global retail sales of over $1.8 billion, comprised of $888 million in the U.S. and $957 million internationally. Its system is largely made up of franchise owner-operators who accounted for over 96% of the Domino's Pizza stores as of the first quarter of 2013. The Domino's brand generates over $2 billion in global digital sales per year. Its emphasis on new technology has helped drive the introduction of Domino's ordering apps for Kindle Fire, Android™ and iPhone® – which now cover approximately 80% of the smartphone market. Continuing its focus on menu enhancement, Domino's established itself as a player in the pan pizza market with the launch of its Handmade Pan Pizza, featuring fresh, never-frozen dough, in October 2012.

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