Arcos Dorados Provides an Update on Previously-Disclosed Matters
- Completed redemption of outstanding 7.50% senior notes due 2019 -
- Confirmed favorable preliminary ruling on employee benefits in Brazil -
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- December 30, 2013
Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ARCO) (“Arcos Dorados” or the “Company”),
Latin America’s largest restaurant chain and the world’s largest McDonald’s
franchisee, today provided an update on previously disclosed matters.
“We are pleased to provide an update on two matters discussed in our third
quarter 2013 earnings, which strengthen the Company’s long-term financial
position and are aligned with our growth strategy for 2014. The redemption of
the outstanding 2019 bonds will result in a one-time, non-operating charge in
the 2013 fourth quarter. At the same time, the favorable Brazilian ruling on
employee meals will benefit 2013 fourth quarter results and reduce future
payroll costs”, said Arcos Dorados chief financial officer, German Lemonnier.
*Completion of the redemption of outstanding 7.50% senior notes due 2019
The Company announced that its indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary, Arcos
Dorados B.V., exercised its option to redeem all (US$99,767,000) of the
outstanding principal amount of its 7.50% Senior Notes due 2019 (the “Notes”)
at a redemption price equal to 109.129% of the principal amount of the Notes,
plus accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date (December 17, 2013).
The aggregate amount paid to redeem the Notes was US$108.9 million, plus
accrued and unpaid interest to the redemption date, which will result in a
one-time, non-operating charge of US$10.8 million in net interest expense in
the fourth quarter of 2013. The transaction completes the redemption of 2019
bonds, which were partially repurchased as part of a tender and exchange offer
concluded in October 2013.
*Confirmation of favorable preliminary ruling on employee benefits in
Arcos Dorados received confirmation of a preliminary ruling issued in October
by Brazilian authorities in favor of the Company regarding its employee meals
program, also known as Programa de Alimentação do Trabalhador. The ruling will
result in a benefit of US$11.1 million to be recognized in the 2013 fourth
quarter, which includes the reversal of a provision that was in place from
August 2012 through September 2013 and lower payroll costs in the 2013 fourth
quarter. The ruling will also result in reduced payroll costs beginning in
About Arcos Dorados
Arcos Dorados is the world’s largest McDonald’s franchisee in terms of
systemwide sales and number of restaurants, operating the largest quick
service restaurant (“QSR”) chain in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has
the exclusive right to own, operate and grant franchises of McDonald’s
restaurants in 20 Latin American and Caribbean countries and territories,
including Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curaçao,
Ecuador, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Puerto
Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. The
Company operates or franchises 1,993 McDonald’s-branded restaurants with over
90,000 employees serving approximately 4.3 million customers a day, as of
September 2013. Recognized as one of the best companies to work for in Latin
America, Arcos Dorados is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: ARCO).
To learn more about the Company, please visit the Investors section of our
Arcos Dorados Holdings Inc.
Patricio Iñaki Esnaola, (+5411) 4711-2675
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