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CAVA Group reported a robust fiscal first quarter for 2024, marked by a 30.3% revenue growth, totaling $256.3 million, up from $196.8 million the previous year. Same restaurant sales saw a modest 2.3% increase, with a substantial 30.7% growth over two years. The quarter also witnessed the opening of 14 new restaurants, bringing the total to 323, a 22.8% increase year-over-year. CAVA's restaurant-level profit margin stood at 25.2%, translating to $64.6 million, a 29.3% increase from the prior year. The company reported a net income of $14.0 million, a significant improvement from a net loss of $2.1 million in Q1 2023. Adjusted EBITDA nearly doubled to $33.3 million. The digital revenue mix was 37.0%, with a net cash flow of $4.7 million. CAVA has also revised its 2024 fiscal full-year outlook, projecting stronger restaurant openings and sales growth.

Positive
  • Revenue increased by 30.3% to $256.3 million.
  • Net income improved to $14.0 million from a net loss of $2.1 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA rose by 99.0% to $33.3 million.
  • 14 new restaurants opened, a 22.8% increase in total restaurants.
  • Restaurant-level profit grew by 29.3%, reaching $64.6 million.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $38.4 million, with free cash flow of $4.7 million.
  • Digital revenue mix stood at 37.0%.
Negative
  • Same restaurant sales growth was only 2.3%, with a 1.2% decrease in guest traffic partially offsetting gains.
  • Restaurant-level profit margin slightly decreased to 25.2% from 25.4% due to incremental wage investments.
  • General and administrative expenses increased to $33.8 million from $29.0 million.

CAVA Group has reported a 30.3% year-over-year revenue growth for Q1 2024, signaling robust expansion. The company also recorded its first quarter of positive free cash flow, which is a significant milestone. The net income reported was $14 million, a stark contrast to the $2.1 million net loss in the previous year. This turnaround can be attributed to operational efficiency and the opening of new restaurants.

However, while same restaurant sales grew by 2.3%, this figure could have been more robust, especially given the high growth in revenue. The growth was partly due to price increases and product mix adjustments, which may not be sustainable in the long run. Investors should note the slight decrease in profit margin from 25.4% to 25.2%, driven by higher wage investments.

Looking ahead, CAVA has raised its full-year 2024 guidance, indicating management's confidence in sustaining growth. Key targets include net new restaurant openings of 50 to 54 and adjusted EBITDA of $100.0 to $105.0 million. These targets suggest continued momentum, but it is essential to monitor execution closely, especially in maintaining operating margins and managing costs.

CAVA Group's Q1 2024 results showcase the strength of its Mediterranean fast-casual brand. The significant growth in revenue and restaurant-level profit margin of 25.2% demonstrates the scalability of its business model. The opening of 14 net new restaurants and a total increase to 323 locations underscore the brand's aggressive expansion strategy.

While a 2.3% same restaurant sales growth might seem modest, it is important to note the 30.7% growth on a two-year basis, reflecting a solid recovery post-pandemic. The digital revenue mix of 37.0% also highlights the efficiency of their digital and delivery channels, catering to changing consumer preferences.

However, the slight decline in guest traffic indicates potential challenges in attracting new customers or retaining existing ones. Future performance will depend on the company's ability to innovate and enhance customer experience to boost traffic. The raised full-year guidance, including a 4.5% to 6.5% same restaurant sales growth target, signals optimism, but execution risks remain.

Year Over Year CAVA Revenue Growth of 30.3% Including CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth of 2.3%

14 Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings During Quarter

First Quarter 2024 CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin of 25.2%

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- CAVA Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAVA) (“CAVA Group” or the “Company”), the category-defining Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant brand that brings heart, health, and humanity to food, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended April 21, 2024.

"CAVA’s results in the first quarter demonstrate the strength of our category-defining brand, our clear leadership position in Mediterranean and our compelling differentiated value proposition,” said Brett Schulman, Co-Founder and CEO. “Driven by our highly portable Mediterranean concept and powerful unit economic engine, we generated our fourth consecutive quarter of net income and our first quarter ever of positive free cash flow. During the quarter, Same Restaurant Sales grew 2.3%, an exceptional 30.7% on a 2-year basis. We opened 14 net new restaurants and as we continue to invest in scalable infrastructure to support our growth, we are in a strong position to capture the significant whitespace opportunity ahead of us."

Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Highlights:

  • CAVA Revenue grew 30.3% to $256.3 million as compared to $196.8 million in the prior year quarter.
  • Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings of 14, bringing total CAVA Restaurants to 323, a 22.8% increase in total CAVA Restaurants year over year.
  • CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth of 2.3%.
  • CAVA AUV of $2.6 million as compared to $2.5 million in the prior year quarter.
  • CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit of $64.6 million or growth of 29.3% over the prior year quarter, with CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin of 25.2%.
  • CAVA Digital Revenue Mix was 37.0%.
  • CAVA Group Net Income of $14.0 million compared to net loss of $2.1 million in the prior year quarter.
  • CAVA Group Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $33.3 million compared to $16.7 million in the prior year quarter.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities of $38.4 million with Free Cash Flow(1) of $4.7 million.

CAVA Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Review:

CAVA Revenue was $256.3 million, an increase of 30.3% compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The increase was primarily driven by 86 Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the first quarter of fiscal 2023, which are exceeding our performance expectations, and CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth of 2.3%. CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth consists of a 3.5% increase from menu price and product mix, partially offset by a 1.2% decrease from guest traffic. To achieve an optimal comparison of fiscal weeks in the CAVA Same Restaurant Sales calculation giving consideration to holiday periods, each week of fiscal 2023 was shifted by one week. As a result of this shift, approximately $3.9 million of revenue is not included in CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth. Had this shift not been made, CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth would have been 4.3%.

CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin was 25.2% compared with 25.4% in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The slight decrease was due to incremental wage investments, partially offset by lower food, beverage, and packaging costs as a percentage of revenue, which was driven by higher sales and lower input costs.

CAVA Group Fiscal First Quarter 2024 Review:

General and administrative expenses were $33.8 million, or 13.1% of revenue, as compared to $29.0 million, or 14.3% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. General and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation(1), were $28.7 million, or 11.1% of revenue, as compared to $27.8 million, or 13.7% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The decrease of 260 basis points was primarily due to higher performance-based incentive compensation in the prior year quarter and leverage from higher sales, partially offset by investments in our Collaboration Center Organization to support our growth and recurring public company costs.

Net income was $14.0 million, or 5.4% of revenue, an increase of $16.1 million as compared to a net loss of $2.1 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2023.

Adjusted EBITDA(1) was $33.3 million, or 12.9% of revenue, an increase of $16.6 million, or 99.0%, compared to the first quarter of fiscal 2023. The increase was primarily driven by the number and strength of performance of Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the first quarter of fiscal 2023, as well as leverage in general and administrative expenses and 2.3% CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth.

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(1)

General and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, Adjusted EBITDA, and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures. Reconciliations to the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP are set forth in the tables at the end of this press release.

Fiscal Full-Year 2024 Outlook:

CAVA Group announced today that it has raised fiscal full-year 2024 guidance, as follows:

 

 

February 26, 2024

 

May 28, 2024

Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings

 

48 to 52

 

50 to 54

CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth

 

3.0% to 5.0%

 

4.5% to 6.5%

CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin

 

22.7% to 23.3%

 

23.7% to 24.3%

Pre-opening costs

 

$11.5 to $12.5 million

 

$12.0 to $13.0 million

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$86.0 to $92.0 million

 

$100.0 to $105.0 million

Actual results may differ materially from CAVA Group's fiscal full-year 2024 guidance as a result of, among other things, the factors described under "Forward-Looking Statements" below.

A reconciliation of the forward-looking fiscal 2024 Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss) cannot be provided without unreasonable effort because of the inherent difficulty of accurately forecasting the occurrence and financial impact of the various adjusting items necessary for such reconciliation that have not yet occurred, are out of our control, or cannot be reasonably predicted.

About CAVA Group:

CAVA is the category-defining Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant brand, bringing together healthful food and bold, satisfying flavors at scale. Our brand and our opportunity transcend the Mediterranean category to compete in the large and growing limited-service restaurant sector as well as the health and wellness food category. CAVA serves guests across gender lines, age groups, and income levels and benefits from generational tailwinds created by consumer demand for healthy living and a demographic shift towards greater ethnic diversity. We meet consumers’ desires to engage with convenient, authentic, purpose-driven brands that view food as a source of self-expression. The broad appeal of our food combined with these favorable industry trends drive our vast opportunity for continued growth.

Earnings Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call on May 28, 2024, at 5:00 PM Eastern Time to discuss first quarter 2024 financial results as well as provide a business update. Investors will have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live through the webcast from the company's website on the investor relations page at investor.cava.com. A recorded webcast will be available on CAVA's investor relations website shortly after the call and available for up to one year.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that reflect our current views with respect to, among other things, our operations and financial performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements relate to matters such as our industry, business strategy, goals, and expectations concerning our market position, future operations, margins, profitability, capital expenditures, liquidity and capital resources, and other financial and operating information. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “future,” “will,” “seek,” “foreseeable,” “outlook,” the negative version of these words or similar terms and phrases to identify forward-looking statements in this press release.

The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on management’s current expectations and are not guarantees of future performance. The forward-looking statements are subject to various risks, uncertainties, assumptions, or changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict or quantify. Our expectations, beliefs, and projections are expressed in good faith, and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that management’s expectations, beliefs, and projections will result or be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from these expectations due to changes in global, regional, or local economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory, and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. We believe that these factors include but are not limited to the following: our operation in a highly competitive industry; our ability to open new restaurants while managing our growth effectively and maintaining our culture; our ability to successfully identify appropriate locations and develop and expand our operations in existing and new markets; the profitability of new restaurants, and any impact to sales at our existing locations; the impact of changes in guest perception of our brand; our ability to successfully market our restaurants and brand; the impact of food safety, health department regulations, and food-borne illness concerns together with our ability to adequately address such concerns and meet regulatory obligations, including at our manufacturing facilities; our ability to maintain or increase prices; our ability to accurately predict guest trends and demand and successfully introduce new menu offerings and improve our existing menu offerings; the risks associated with leasing property; our ability to successfully expand our digital and delivery business; our ability to utilize, recognize, respond to, and effectively manage the immediacy of social media; our ability to achieve or maintain profitability in the future, especially if we continue to grow at an accelerated rate; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits from past and potential future acquisitions, investments or other strategic initiatives; our ability to manage our manufacturing and supply chain effectively; the impact of shortages, delays, or interruptions in the delivery of food items and other products; our ability to successfully optimize, operate, and manage our production facilities; the risks associated with our reliance on third parties; the impact of increases in food, commodity, energy, and other costs; the impact of increases in labor costs, labor shortages, and our ability to identify, hire, train, motivate and retain the right team members; our ability to attract, develop, and retain our management team and key team members; the impact of any cybersecurity breaches and our ability to respond effectively to technology threats or events; the impact of failures, or interruptions in, or our inability to effectively scale and adapt, our information technology systems; our ability to comply with, or changes in, the extensive laws or regulations requirements to which we are subject, including those related to privacy; the impact of economic factors and guest behavior trends; the impact of evolving rules and regulations with respect to environmental, social and governance matters; risks associated with our ability to secure, and protect our intellectual property; risks associated with civil unrest, acts of terrorism, threats to national security, the conflicts in Eastern Europe and the Middle East and other geopolitical events, including potential discriminatory perspectives towards certain cuisines; the impact of climate change and volatile adverse weather conditions; and each of the other factors set forth in "Part I—Item 1A. Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023, and in other reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available on the investor relations page of our website at investor.cava.com.

The forward-looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date of this press release and are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this press release. Factors or events that could cause our actual results to differ may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

In addition to our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared in accordance with GAAP, we present Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, and Free Cash Flow in this press release as supplemental measures of financial performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. We believe they assist investors and analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our operating performance. Management believes Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, and Free Cash Flow are useful to investors in highlighting trends in our operating performance, while other measures can differ significantly depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate, and capital investments. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, and Free Cash Flow to supplement GAAP measures of performance in the evaluation of the effectiveness of our business strategies, to make budgeting decisions, and to compare our performance against that of other peer companies using similar measures. Management supplements GAAP results with non-GAAP financial measures to provide a more complete understanding of the factors and trends affecting the business than GAAP results alone provide.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, and Free Cash Flow are not recognized terms under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income (loss), net income (loss) margin, or general and administrative expenses, as applicable, as measures of financial performance or cash provided by operating activities as measures of liquidity, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not intended to be measures of free cash flow available for management’s discretionary use, as Adjusted EBITDA does not consider certain cash requirements such as interest payments, tax payments, and financing cash flows, and Free Cash Flow does not consider certain cash requirements such as financing cash flows. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to invest in the business growth or to reduce indebtedness. Our non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest payments, and Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow do not reflect cash flows from financing activities of our business;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect period to period changes in taxes, income tax expense, or the cash necessary to pay income taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the impact of earnings or cash charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, and Free Cash Flow differently than we do, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

 

CAVA GROUP, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

 

 

 

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

Revenue

$

259,006

 

 

$

203,083

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Restaurant operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

 

 

 

Food, beverage, and packaging

 

73,947

 

 

 

59,118

 

Labor

 

66,513

 

 

 

52,154

 

Occupancy

 

20,422

 

 

 

16,599

 

Other operating expenses

 

32,758

 

 

 

24,648

 

Total restaurant operating expenses

 

193,640

 

 

 

152,519

 

General and administrative expenses

 

33,840

 

 

 

29,024

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

17,322

 

 

 

12,859

 

Restructuring and other costs

 

282

 

 

 

2,215

 

Pre-opening costs

 

3,379

 

 

 

5,999

 

Impairment and asset disposal costs

 

1,290

 

 

 

2,719

 

Total operating expenses

 

249,753

 

 

 

205,335

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

9,253

 

 

 

(2,252

)

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(4,914

)

 

 

25

 

Other income, net

 

(78

)

 

 

(174

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

14,245

 

 

 

(2,103

)

Provision for income taxes

 

252

 

 

 

38

 

Net income (loss)

$

13,993

 

 

$

(2,141

)

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.12

 

 

$

(1.30

)

Diluted

$

0.12

 

 

$

(1.30

)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

 

113,972

 

 

 

1,647

 

Diluted

 

117,936

 

 

 

1,647

 

Financial information for the Company’s reportable segments was as follows:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

($ in thousands)

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

Revenue

 

 

 

CAVA

$

256,290

 

 

$

196,761

 

Zoes Kitchen

 

 

 

 

3,867

 

Other

 

2,716

 

 

 

2,455

 

Total revenue

 

259,006

 

 

 

203,083

 

Restaurant operating expenses (1)

 

 

 

CAVA

 

191,674

 

 

 

146,778

 

Zoes Kitchen

 

 

 

 

4,044

 

Other

 

1,966

 

 

 

1,697

 

Total restaurant operating expenses

 

193,640

 

 

 

152,519

 

Restaurant-level profit (loss)

 

 

 

CAVA

 

64,616

 

 

 

49,983

 

Zoes Kitchen

 

 

 

 

(177

)

Other

 

750

 

 

 

758

 

Total restaurant-level profit

 

65,366

 

 

 

50,564

 

Reconciliation of restaurant-level profit to income (loss) before income taxes:

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses

 

33,840

 

 

 

29,024

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

17,322

 

 

 

12,859

 

Restructuring and other costs

 

282

 

 

 

2,215

 

Pre-opening costs

 

3,379

 

 

 

5,999

 

Impairment and asset disposal costs

 

1,290

 

 

 

2,719

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(4,914

)

 

 

25

 

Other income, net

 

(78

)

 

 

(174

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

$

14,245

 

 

$

(2,103

)

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(1)

Restaurant operating expenses consist of food, beverage, and packaging (excluding depreciation and amortization), labor, occupancy, and other operating expenses.

CAVA is our single operating brand for our operations as we have converted and wound down our Zoes Kitchen operations, with the last conversion restaurant opening on October 20, 2023. As a result, we have highlighted the CAVA segment distinctly from CAVA Group results throughout this press release.

The following tables summarize the results of the CAVA segment:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

 

 

 

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

 

Change

($ in thousands)

$

 

% of Revenue

 

$

 

% of Revenue

 

$

 

%

Restaurant revenue

$

256,290

 

100.0

%

 

$

196,761

 

100.0

%

 

$

59,529

 

30.3

%

Restaurant operating expenses (excluding depreciation and amortization)

Food, beverage, and packaging

 

72,195

 

28.2

 

 

 

56,454

 

28.7

 

 

 

15,741

 

27.9

 

Labor

 

66,513

 

26.0

 

 

 

50,648

 

25.7

 

 

 

15,865

 

31.3

 

Occupancy

 

20,422

 

8.0

 

 

 

16,091

 

8.2

 

 

 

4,331

 

26.9

 

Other operating expenses

 

32,544

 

12.7

 

 

 

23,585

 

12.0

 

 

 

8,959

 

38.0

 

Total restaurant operating expenses

 

191,674

 

74.8

 

 

 

146,778

 

74.6

 

 

 

44,896

 

30.6

 

Restaurant-level profit

$

64,616

 

25.2

%

 

$

49,983

 

25.4

%

 

$

14,633

 

29.3

%

The following table presents selected quarterly financial and other data:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

 

Thirteen Weeks Ended

 

Twelve Weeks Ended

 

Twelve Weeks Ended

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

 

April 21,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

 

October 1,
2023

 

July 9,
2023

 

April 16,
2023

 

(Q1 2024)

 

(Q4 2023)

 

(Q3 2023)

 

(Q2 2023)

 

(Q1 2023)

Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings

 

14

 

 

 

19

 

 

 

11

 

 

 

16

 

 

 

26

 

CAVA Restaurants, end of period

 

323

 

 

 

309

 

 

 

290

 

 

 

279

 

 

 

263

 

CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth(1)

 

2.3

%

 

 

11.4

%

 

 

14.1

%

 

 

18.2

%

 

 

28.4

%

CAVA AUV(2)

$

2,608

 

 

$

2,639

 

 

$

2,640

 

 

$

2,599

 

 

$

2,547

 

CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit

$

64,616

 

 

$

39,309

 

 

$

43,580

 

 

$

44,616

 

 

$

49,983

 

CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin

 

25.2

%

 

 

22.4

%

 

 

25.1

%

 

 

26.1

%

 

 

25.4

%

CAVA Operating Weeks

 

5,086

 

 

 

3,929

 

 

 

3,432

 

 

 

3,276

 

 

 

3,932

 

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(1)

CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth for Q4 2023 is presented excluding the impact of the 53rd week of fiscal year 2023.

(2)

For purposes of calculating CAVA AUV for Q1 2023, Q2 2023, and Q3 2023 the applicable measurement period is the entire trailing thirteen periods ended April 16, 2023, July 9, 2023, and October 1, 2023 respectively. For purposes of calculating CAVA AUV for Q4 2023 and Q1 2024 the applicable measurement period is the trailing thirteen periods ended December 31, 2023 and April 21, 2024, respectively, excluding the 53rd week of fiscal year 2023.

The following table presents the Company’s selected balance sheet data:

($ in thousands)

April 21,
2024

 

December 31,
2023

Cash and cash equivalents

$

329,117

 

$

332,428

Total assets

 

1,005,090

 

 

983,757

Total liabilities

 

424,280

 

 

412,955

Total stockholders’ equity

 

580,810

 

 

570,802

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

1,005,090

 

 

983,757

The following table shows the growth in our company-owned CAVA restaurant base:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

 

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

CAVA Restaurants

 

 

 

Beginning of period

309

 

 

237

 

New CAVA restaurant openings(1)

15

 

 

27

 

Permanent closure

(1

)

 

(1

)

End of period

323

 

 

263

 

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(1)

New CAVA restaurant openings during the sixteen weeks ended April 16, 2023 includes converted Zoes Kitchen locations.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The following table reconciles net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

($ in thousands)

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

Net income (loss)

$

13,993

 

 

$

(2,141

)

Non-GAAP Adjustments

 

 

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(4,914

)

 

 

25

 

Provision for income taxes

 

252

 

 

 

38

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

17,322

 

 

 

12,859

 

Equity-based compensation

 

5,170

 

 

 

1,205

 

Other income, net

 

(78

)

 

 

(174

)

Impairment and asset disposal costs

 

1,290

 

 

 

2,719

 

Restructuring and other costs

 

282

 

 

 

2,215

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

33,317

 

 

$

16,746

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

259,006

 

 

$

203,083

 

Net income (loss) margin

 

5.4

%

 

 

(1.1

)%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

12.9

%

 

 

8.2

%

The following table reconciles general and administrative expenses to general and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

($ in thousands)

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

General and administrative expenses

$

33,840

 

 

$

29,024

 

Equity-based compensation

 

5,170

 

 

 

1,205

 

General and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation

$

28,670

 

 

$

27,819

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

259,006

 

 

$

203,083

 

General and administrative expenses, as a percentage of revenue

 

13.1

%

 

 

14.3

%

General and administrative expenses, excluding equity-based compensation, as a percentage of revenue

 

11.1

%

 

 

13.7

%

The following table reconciles Net cash provided by operating activities to Free Cash Flow:

 

Sixteen Weeks Ended

($ in thousands)

April 21,
2024

 

April 16,
2023

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

38,386

 

 

$

25,679

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(33,687

)

 

 

(39,097

)

Free Cash Flow

$

4,699

 

 

$

(13,418

)

Glossary:

The following definitions apply to these terms as used in this press release:

“Adjusted EBITDA” is defined as net income (loss) adjusted to exclude interest (income) expense, net, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, further adjusted to exclude equity-based compensation, other income, net, impairment and asset disposal costs, restructuring and other costs, and certain non-recurring public company costs, in each case, to the extent applicable in a given fiscal period;

“Adjusted EBITDA Margin” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue;

“CAVA Average Unit Volume” or “CAVA AUV” represents total revenue of operating CAVA Restaurants that were open for the entire trailing thirteen periods, and digital kitchens sales for such period, divided by the number of operating CAVA Restaurants that were open for the entire trailing thirteen periods;

“CAVA digital kitchen” is defined to include kitchens used for third-party marketplace and native delivery, digital order pickup and/or centralized catering production, and that has neither in-restaurant dining nor customer-facing make lines;

“CAVA Digital Revenue Mix” represents the portion of CAVA revenue related to digital orders as a percentage of total CAVA revenue;

“CAVA hybrid kitchen” is defined to include kitchens that have enhanced kitchen capabilities to support centralized catering production and that also have in-restaurant dining and customer-facing make lines;

"CAVA Restaurant Operating Weeks" represents the aggregate number of weeks each of our CAVA Restaurants has been open in a given period;

“CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit,” a segment measure of profit and loss, represents CAVA Revenue less food, beverage, and packaging, labor, occupancy, and other operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization. CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit excludes pre-opening costs;

“CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit Margin” represents CAVA Restaurant-Level Profit as a percentage of CAVA Revenue;

“CAVA Restaurants” is defined to include all CAVA restaurants, including converted Zoes Kitchen locations and CAVA hybrid kitchens, that are open as of the end of the specific period. CAVA Restaurants exclude restaurants operating under license agreements and CAVA digital kitchens;

“CAVA Revenue” is defined to include all revenue attributable to CAVA restaurants in the specified period, excluding restaurants operating under license agreements;

“CAVA Same Restaurant Sales Growth” is defined as the period-over-period sales comparison for CAVA restaurants that have been open for 365 days or longer (including converted Zoes Kitchen locations that have been open for 365 days or longer after the completion of the conversion to a CAVA restaurant);

“Collaboration Center Organization” represents Team Members who work out of our restaurant collaboration center located in Washington, D.C., and our support centers located in Brooklyn, New York and Plano, Texas together with remote and hybrid Team Members whose job responsibilities support our operations;

“digital orders” means orders made through catering and digital channels, such as the CAVA app and the CAVA website. Digital orders include orders fulfilled through third-party marketplace and native delivery and digital order pick-up;

"Free Cash Flow" means net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment;

“guest traffic” means the number of entrees ordered in-restaurant and through digital orders; and

“Net New CAVA Restaurant Openings” is defined as new CAVA restaurant openings (including CAVA restaurants converted from a Zoes Kitchen location) during a specified reporting period, net of any permanent CAVA restaurant closures during the same period.

We operate on a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year that ends on the last Sunday of the calendar year. In a 52-week fiscal year, the first fiscal quarter contains sixteen weeks and the second, third, and fourth fiscal quarters each contain twelve weeks. In a 53-week fiscal year, the first fiscal quarter contains sixteen weeks, the second and third fiscal quarters each contain twelve weeks, and the fourth fiscal quarter contains thirteen weeks. References to “thirteen periods” are to the 13 accounting periods we have in each fiscal year, with each accounting period being four weeks, except in a 53-week fiscal year which will contain one accounting period of five weeks.

Certain numerical figures have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, numerical figures shown as totals in various tables may not be arithmetic aggregations of the figures that precede them.

Investor Relations:

Matt Milanovich, SVP, Finance

(202) 984-2558

matt.milanovich@cava.com

Media Relations:

Lynne Boschee, VP, Communications

media@cava.com

Source: CAVA Group, Inc.

FAQ

What was CAVA's revenue growth for Q1 2024?

CAVA's revenue grew by 30.3% to $256.3 million in Q1 2024.

How many new CAVA restaurants opened in the first quarter of 2024?

CAVA opened 14 new restaurants in the first quarter of 2024.

What was CAVA's net income for Q1 2024?

CAVA reported a net income of $14.0 million for Q1 2024.

How did CAVA's same restaurant sales perform in Q1 2024?

CAVA's same restaurant sales grew by 2.3% in Q1 2024.

What is CAVA's restaurant-level profit margin for Q1 2024?

CAVA's restaurant-level profit margin was 25.2% in Q1 2024.

How much did CAVA's adjusted EBITDA increase in Q1 2024?

CAVA's adjusted EBITDA increased by 99.0% to $33.3 million in Q1 2024.

What percentage of CAVA's revenue came from digital channels in Q1 2024?

37.0% of CAVA's revenue came from digital channels in Q1 2024.

What is CAVA's revised fiscal full-year 2024 guidance for restaurant-level profit margin?

CAVA's revised fiscal full-year 2024 guidance for restaurant-level profit margin is 23.7% to 24.3%.

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