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Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. - Special Call

To discuss the company's expanded partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) to make Dunkin' Donuts K-Cup Packs available at retail outlets nationwide and online

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. Expand Partnership

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc., The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. expanded their partnership by signing agreements for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Dunkin' K-Cup packs at retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and online. Dunkin' K-Cup packs are presently available in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the U.S. Keurig is the exclusive producer of Dunkin' K-Cup packs and will remain so with the expansion of the partnership. The J.M. Smucker Company currently manufactures and distributes Dunkin' Donuts brand premium bagged coffee where groceries are sold under license from Dunkin' Donuts. Under the new, multi-year agreement, Smucker will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup packs exclusively to grocery chains, mass merchandisers, club stores, drug stores, dollar stores and home improvement stores. Keurig will distribute and market Dunkin' K-Cup packs to specialty stores and office superstores. Dunkin' K-Cup packs will continue to be available in Dunkin' Donuts restaurants in the U.S. The expanded retail program launches in the middle of 2015 with five varieties of Dunkin' Donuts' signature coffee initially available in K-Cup packs, including Original Blend, Dunkin' Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut and Dunkin' Donuts Bakery Series Chocolate Glazed Donut flavor.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. Declares First Quarter Dividend Payable on March 18, 2015

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has declared 2015 first quarter dividend of $0.265 per share of common stock, an increase of 15% from the prior quarter. The dividend is payable on March 18, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 9, 2015.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. Reports Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 27, 2014; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year 2015; Announces Long-Lived Asset Impairment Charges for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 27, 2014

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. reported unaudited consolidated earnings results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 27, 2014. For the quarter, the company reported net income attributable to company was $52,513,000 or $0.50 basic and diluted per share on total revenue of $193,213,000 against net income attributable to company of $42,072,000 or $0.39 basic and diluted per share on total revenue of $183,177,000 a year ago. Operating income was $89,724,000 and income before income taxes was $72,247,000 against operating income of $82,235,000 and income before income taxes of $62,009,000 a year ago. Adjusted operating income was $96,721,000 against $89,209,000 a year ago. Adjusted net income was $48,170,000 or $0.46 per diluted share against $46,256,000 or $0.43 per diluted share a year ago. Operating income and adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter was increased primarily as a result of increases in royalty income and margin on sales of ice cream products. Net income increased by $10.4 million, or 24.8% primarily as a result of the $7.5 million increase in operating income and a $3.1 million decrease in interest expense. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter increased by $1.9 million, or 4.1% primarily as a result of the $7.5 million increase in adjusted operating income and a $3.1 million decrease in interest expense, offset by an $8.3 million increase in income tax expense. Diluted adjusted earnings per share was increased by 7.0% as a result of the increase in adjusted net income and a decrease in shares outstanding. Revenues increased 5.5% compared to the prior year period due primarily to increased royalty income as a result of system wide sales growth, as well as increased sales of ice cream products. For the year, the company reported net income attributable to company was $176,357,000 or $1.65 diluted per share on total revenue of $748,709,000 against net income attributable to company of $146,903,000 or $1.36 diluted per share on total revenue of $713,840,000 a year ago. Operating income was $338,858,000 and income before income taxes was $255,733,000 against operating income of $304,736,000 and income before income taxes of $218,088,000 a year ago. Net cash provided by operating activities was $199,323,000 against $141,799,000 a year ago. Additions to property and equipment were $23,638,000 against $31,099,000 a year ago. Adjusted operating income was $365,956,000 against $340,396,000 a year ago. Adjusted net income was $186,113,000 or $1.74 per diluted share against $165,761,000 or $1.53 per diluted share a year ago. The company is reiterating earnings guidance for the year 2015. For the year, the company expects revenue growth of between 5 and 7% and adjusted operating income growth of between 6 and 8%. The company expects adjusted earnings per share of $1.83 to $1.87. Earnings growth expectations for 2015 are below longer-term targets. The company expects its 2015 annual interest expense to be approximately $96.5 million. For the quarter, the company announced long-lived asset impairment charges of $205,000 compared to $116,000 a year ago.

Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. - Special Call

To discuss refinancing with the placement of securitized debt facility by DB Master Finance LLC

 

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