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Propbd on Q Th4Jun15 – Licensing, empowering communities, erosion; Restaurant Brands sales up; building stats; panel change

3 units sell at Ray White auction
A productive forward-looking day at the council
Restaurant Brands lifts quarterly sales 14.7%
Stories online – building completions, hearing panel change

3 units sell at Ray White auction

3 of the 5 apartments taken to auction at Ray White City Apartments today were sold under the hammer. Auction results:

Alpha, 17 Vogel Lane, unit 1104, sold for $419,000, sales agent Krister Samuel
Madison, 145 Symonds St, unit 207, sold for $287,000, Mitch Agnew & Damian Piggin
Portland Tower, 62 Queen St, unit 7B, no bid, Mitch Agnew & Damian Piggin
City Zone, 11 Liverpool St, unit 1308, sold for $330,000, Damian Piggin & Daniel Horrobin
Emily Apartments (ex-Four Seasons), 22 Emily Place, unit 4F, passed in at $370,000, Gillian Gibson

A productive forward-looking day at the council

Auckland Council had a productive day on 3 issues at its regional strategy & policy committee – licensing, the new empowered communities approach to providing community services and coastal erosion.

I’ll have more on these topics tomorrow, but the basics are outlined below.

When you look at the outline on these topics below, you’d most likely think it wasn’t at all productive, more like a sea of reports & plans to work out what action to take.

The productive element is that here was a council committee thinking forwards, focused (most of the time) on what needed to be done, becoming aware of how communities could be harmed when change was badly handled, looking for positive outcomes.


The committee had 3 options before it on the structure for the district licensing committee, in a review agreed when the present structure was chosen in August 2013:

  • Retain the existing structure
  • Retain the existing structure but reduce the number of commissioners & members from October 2016, when the present committee contracts expire, and
  • Reorganise into a locally based model aligned with local board boundaries, similar to the 9 clustered committees model proposed in 2013.

Although a number of committee members still voted for option 3 and others supported the sentiment, it was seen as impractical if some committees were inundated with applications and others had little to do.

2 local board representatives, Otara-Papatoetoe chair Fa’anana Eleso Collins and Mangere-Otahuhu member Nick Bakulich, spoke in favour of less intimidating formality and a need for localised panels & police involvement.

Cllr Alf Filipaina said when option 3 was rejected: “What we’re saying is, let the problems in the south continue. We’re now getting feedback from our local boards saying it is not working for us, our communities are hurting. I understand about the quasi-judicial format we have, but it’s about our communities.”

The majority agreed to retain the existing structure and the whole committee supported more work being done on how to capture improvements outlined in the review. The committee will get another report on that in August.

Empowering communities

The council’s budget committee approved the empowered communities approach on 7 May as part of the long-term plan, but local boards were concerned the new model would be introduced with no funding for boards in the first year to make it work.

The regional strategy & policy committee endorsed implementing the new model with a couple of additions. One was that progress against outcomes, structures & operation of the model would be reviewed & reported back to the committee in February & July 2016. The other was to support more funding to deliver locally driven initiatives being considered as part of the 2016-17 annual plan.


Coastal erosion sprang to prominence last month when the council looked at what to do at Orewa Beach, where erosion has been a frequent problem and recently carved away long stretches of sand & bank.

Council chief engineer Sarah Sinclair gave the regional strategy & policy committee an update today on a multi-pronged approach – climatic impacts, managing the coastline, prioritised asset management, development controls, coastal compartment plans, a citizen science initiative, exemplar projects and budget planning.

She said a political workshop on work plans would be held in August, and the committee would get a report in October on workshop outcomes.

Restaurant Brands lifts quarterly sales 14.7%

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd increased total sales by 14.7% ($11.4 million) to $89.1 million in the first quarter (the 12 weeks to 25 May).

KFC contributed $7.5 million. Carl’s Jr contributed $4.4 million, mostly from higher store numbers after the company acquired 7 Auckland-based Carl’s Jr stores.

Same-store sales were up 7.6%, led by 9.8% for KFC and 8.9% for Starbucks Coffee. Pizza Hut was slightly down at 0.5% and Carl’s Jr was down 5.2%.

Stories online – building completions, hearing panel change

Building work up 19% nationally for year, Auckland quieter in March quarter

Update – panel change: Panels appointed to hear Queens Wharf artwork & Takapuna boating hub applications, plus others

Attribution: Company release, Statistics NZ, council.

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2 listed companies introduce quite different CEO incentive plans

2 NZX-listed companies, Sanford Ltd & Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd, introduced the latest in executive incentive plans yesterday.

The 2 schemes are markedly different from each other. Sanford’s matches earnings against the cost of capital while Restaurant Brands’ has a share price target.

The Sanford scheme looks long-termish (5 years), but the company hasn’t mentioned what happens after the first payout period. The Restaurant Brands scheme gives the chief executive 3 years to achieve the target, with a big one-off prize for success – not really a long-term incentive, although it might take him some time to ramp the share price up through better operations.

The Sanford long-term incentive plan is based on lifting the underlying operating profit to a set percentage of the company’s weighted average cost of capital. In contrast, the typical property sector incentive of the past (and for some, present) was based on lifting gross assets.

This new scheme works in shareholders’ interests by raising profit over costs, whereas the property sector scheme had no relationship to shareholder interests.

Sanford chairman Jeff Todd said the objective of the incentive plan for its chief executive, Volker Kuntzsch, was to offer performance share rights for progressively improving Sanford’s underlying operating profit to a level approximating 130% of its weighted average cost of capital over a 5-year period.

To start the scheme, Sanford has granted Mr Kuntzsch 53,097 performance share rights, each entitling him to one ordinary share in Sanford on exercise. For him to exercise these rights:

  • Sanford’s average return on funds for the 2014, 2015 & 2016 financial years must achieve certain predetermined levels in relation to the 5-year objective, and
  • Mr Kuntzsch must remain employed by Sanford for 3 years.

Mr Kuntzsch won’t have to pay anything when these shares are allotted to him. Mr Todd said the benefits provided under the plan were capped at 30% of Mr Kuntzsch’s fixed annual remuneration, which was set at market levels.

The other novelty is that, whereas most executive share schemes pay out with dilutive newly issued shares, Sanford will establish a trust which will acquire shares on market to meet the share obligations under the plan.

Mr Todd said Mr Kuntzsch had agreed that, following exercise of the performance share rights and for so long as he remained employed by Sanford, he would only sell the number of shares necessary to satisfy his tax obligations on exercise of the performance share rights, unless the board of directors specifically agreed otherwise.

Restaurant Brands’ board announced its incentive scheme for chief executive Russel Creedy after completing a review of his remuneration package.

Under the terms of the scheme if, in the 2-year period starting on 25 July 2015, Restaurant Brands’ closing share price is at or exceeds $4 for 40 consecutive trading days, Mr Creedy will be paid a one-off $1 million net cash bonus. He has to stay for the next 6 months to get it.

The share price hasn’t been anywhere near $4 lately. Back at the end of July 2012 it was at $2.12, and in May last year it went over $3. Since then it’s meandered in a 65c range, hitting $3.34 in June, dropping back to $3.14 last Friday. Today it picked up 6c to $3.20.

There are enough sub-clauses in the Restaurant Brands plan to make a payout – or non-payout – contentious enough for the company & its No 1 employee to spend the $1 million arguing over what should be taken into account.

Mr Creedy will be entitled to payment of the bonus if a full takeover offer (or analogous transaction) is successful at or above $4/share during the 2-year assessment period, but again, he has to stay on for the next 6 months (subject to certain exceptions).

The board may exclude or adjust closing share prices if it considers it necessary to “fairly & equitably address any exceptional or unusual circumstances”. In addition, the board must make any adjustments to the scheme which it considers necessary to fairly & equitably take into account certain corporate actions such as variations to Restaurant Brands’ share capital and material business acquisitions or sales.

Attribution: Company releases.

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67% lift for Restaurant Brands trading result

Published 4 March 2010

Restaurant Brands Ltd said today its trading result for the year to 28 February would be 67% higher than the previous year, the result of a combination of stronger-than-expected trading over the last quarter (especially from its KFC stores) & the successful resolution of a pricing review with a major supplier.


Chief executive Russel Creedy said Restaurant Brands anticipated its full-year net profit after tax (excluding non-trading items) would be in the vicinity of $19.5 million (20c/share), representing  a $7.8 million (67%) improvement. The company will release its results on Wednesday 7 April. Want to comment? Go to the forum.


Attribution: Company release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.

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Bid for Restaurant Brands falls through

Published: 11 October 2005

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd said today the takeover by a subsidiary of CVC Asia Pacific Ltd was off.

The market reaction was a 13c drop in the share price, which closed at $1.27 – down 1c on the price before the bid was announced.

The conditional takeover offer by NZ Restaurant Holdings Ltd was announced on 14 June. The offer price of $1.65/share was a 29% premium on the last sale price of $1.28.CVC Asia Pacific is owned by a joint venture between Citigroup & CVC Capital Partners of Europe, which calls itself an independent buyout firm although some research suggests it’s part of Citigroup, the CVC standing originally for Citigroup Venture Capital.

Restaurant Brands chairman Bill Falconer said subsidiary making the bid had advised it couldn’t reach agreement on a number of commercial terms with Yum Restaurants International, the franchisor of the KFC & Pizza Hut brands.”NZ Restaurant Holdings, as a condition of filing the formal offer, had requested a number of additional undertakings from Yum Restaurants International in respect of the terms of the franchise agreements which would apply under CVC ownership.”Mr Falconer said these discussions between CVC & Yum didn’t affect the current franchise agreements for Restaurant Brands, which have been in place since 1997.

The Restaurant Brands chairman also said a draft of Grant Samuel’s independent report on the bid wouldn’t be released: “The independent directors announced on 13 July that a first draft of an independent advisor’s report had been received from Grant Samuel. Grant Samuel did not issue a final report as no offer was made. The board decided it was inappropriate to issue the report in its draft, and incomplete, form. In addition, information contained in the report is no longer current. “Ongoing discussions between CVC & the company had been directed towards CVC improving its bid. However, these discussions were overshadowed by the inability of CVC & Yum to reach agreement,” he said. Mr Falconer said while there had been some interest from other parties, Restaurant Brands wasn’t considering any other offers at this stage.The company will release its half-year results on Thursday 13 October.

Earlier story:

14 June 2005: Citibank fund launches Restaurant Brands bid


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Citibank fund launches Restaurant Brands bid

Published: 14 June 2005

A Citibank fund made a conditional $1.65/share offer today for Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd. That’s a 29% premium on the last sale price of $1.28.

The offer vehicle is NZ Restaurant Holdings Ltd (incorporated on 10 June, directors Adrian MacKenzie & Joshua McKean).Mr MacKenzie is CVC Asia Pacific Ltd’s managing director for Australia & New Zealand. CVC Asia Pacific is owned by a joint venture between Citigroup & CVC Capital Partners of Europe, which calls itself an independent buyout firm although some research suggests it’s part of Citigroup, the CVC standing originally for Citigroup Venture Capital.

CVC Capital Partners sold Hanimex of Australia to Fletcher Building Ltd in 2002.Restaurant Brands has appointed a committee of independent directors to advise on the offer – Bill Falconer, who’s both company & committee chairman, David Pilkington, Ted Van Arkel & Trevor Hall. Grant Samuel & Associates Ltd will prepare a report on the offer for them.

Mr Falconer said the offer was subject to a number of conditions, including 90% acceptance. NZ Restaurant Holdings also indicated it would need to agree certain commercial matters with franchisors before making its offer because they’re counterparties to key commercial contracts, and would have to be satisfied about ongoing arrangements with key senior staff.Restaurant Brands operates KFC, Pizza Hut & Starbucks Coffee outlets in New Zealand, and Pizza Hut in Victoria. PepsiCo Inc floated the company in 1997.

The offer prices the company at $159.8 million, up 29% on the $124 million market capitalisation when a trading halt was called today.

Websites: Restaurant Brands

CVC Capital Partners


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Restaurant Brands marks time

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd marked time in the latest quarter (the 16 weeks to 6 September), with total sales down 0.5% to $95.3 million.

Same-store, sales fell 1.4% for the quarter, 0.6% for the year to date.

KFC sales for the quarter fell 2.3% to $52.3 million and were down 1.5% same-store. The chicken chain has 87 stores, down one.

Pizza Hut NZ sales rose 2% to $26.6 million, but were down 3.4% same-store. It opened 3 new delcos, taking is store total to 95.

Starbucks Coffee sales rose 6% to $7.2 million, 5.2% same-store. This chain has 36 stores.

Pizza Hut Victoria sales rose 1.4% to $A8.4 million, 0.7% same-store. It has 51 stores.

Restaurant Brands said KFC sales should continue to improve in the 3rd quarter. Total Pizza Hut sales growth would continue, but new store roll-outs in the 2nd half would affect same-store sales.

The company expected more solid growth from Starbucks, with more store openings.

Margins for all 3 New Zealand chains would be similar or better.

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Restaurant Brands profit chopped 27%

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd said today net profit after tax for the year to 29 February was $8.1 million – down $3 million (27%) on the previous year’s earnings but in line with expectations.

It was made on sales up 2.2% at $304.6 million.

The company’s brief NZX announcement also said:

KFC sales & margin performance was disappointing during the middle of the year and was the major contributor to the lower profit. KFC achieved ebitda (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation & amortisation) of $25.6m, down 15.5%, on sales of $171.1 million.

Pizza Hut NZ sales grew 7.4% to $81.3 million, ebitda 9.7% to $12.3 million.

Starbucks Coffee returned to positive same-store sales growth in the fourth quarter with total sales up 1.1% to $23.1 million. Ebitda rose 15.7% to $3 million.

Pizza Hut Victoria has nearly completed its store transformation programme. Despite this disruption, the business increased sales 18.9% to $29.1m and improved its margin performance at store level.

A 5.5c/share final dividend will be paid, taking the full-year payment to 10c/share, consistent with the previous 4 years.

Company website: Restaurant Brands

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Restaurant Brands increases margins though bottom line down

Strong returns achieved through cost management

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd improved margins in all 4 of its businesses in the 6 months to 28 February, which is now the year-end balance date. But the bottom line fell 52.3% in the February 2003 year, and earnings/share fell by slightly more than that on increased equity.

The picture is complicated by a change in balance date, resulting in a comparison with pro forma 2002 figures, and by the sale & leaseback programme last year.

The operating surplus, including extraordinaries, fell from $23.3 million to $11.1 million. Earnings/share fell from 25.01c to 11.82c, and equity rose 27% to $52 million.

Restaurant Brands lost money on its entry to the Australian market, buying Pizza Hut Victoria and its 51 outlets. That venture lost $3.2 million after tax, and provided $1.3 million after tax for the accelerated closure of unprofitable restaurants. But, by February the company said the Victorian business’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation & amortisation (ebitda) and cashflow were at breakeven.

Excluding abnormals, group net profit this year was $11 million, down from $12.5 million in the year to February 2002.

NZ net profit after tax, excluding abnormals, rose 13.3% to $14.2 million.

The company said all 4 businesses — KFC, Pizza Hut NZ & Victoria, and Starbucks — improved margins over the 1st half through continued cost management.

2nd-half sales rose 9.3% on the February 2002 half to $137.5 million and full-year sales rose 12.8% to $298.1 million. Group ebitda for the 2nd half rose 13% to $21.1 million, and the group ebitda margin was 15.3%.

Full-year group ebitda rose 6.2% to $43.6 million, but the margin fell from 15.5% to 14.6%.

KFC now represents 59% of total sales, compared with 67% at the same time last year due to the acquisition of Pizza Hut Victoria and growth of Pizza Hut and Starbucks sales in New Zealand.

Full-year KFC sales fell 1.1% to $175.1 million, same store 1.4%, and contributed 59% of total group sales. Ebitda for the half fell from $14.5 million to $14 million, but margin rose from 17.3% to 17.7%.

Pizza Hut NZ increased 2nd half sales 6.1% to $34.5 million, same-store 5.7% for the half & 6.1% for the year. Ebitda margin rose 79% for the half to 17.1%.

Starbucks Coffee 2nd-half sales rose 12.6% to $10.7 million, but same-store sales fell 6.6% in the half and 8.1% for the year as management concentrated on openings at the expense of improving existing operations. The division will consolidate this half. Ebitda margin was 12.2%.

KFC has 87 outlets, Pizza Hut NZ has 89 and Starbucks has 35 stores.

Balance-date gearing was 34%, interest cover 8 times. Final dividend is steady at 5.5c/share, total dividends for the year also steady at 10c/share.

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Restaurant Brands quarter sales up

Non-KFC growth strong

Restaurant Brands reported total sales for the 12 weeks to 4 September up 7.4% to $53 million, the seventh consecutive quarter it has improved returns over the same period the previous year.

Its strategy of growing non-KFC sales worked well — KFC sales grew 0.5% to $39.5 million, but same-store sales fell 1.5%, non-KFC sales rose 34.3%, including $2.5 million from Starbucks.

Chief executive Jim Collier was pleased, given the tighter economy and 1.7% fall in total takeaway sales in June and July.

Four more Starbucks and one KFC are due to open this quarter . The Pizza Hut chain has incorporated 39n Eagle Boys premises, closed nine of its own underperforming restaurants and two duplicated delivery/takeaway premises (delcos, as they are referred to).

On completion of the conversion, Pizza Hut will have 61 delcos and 21 restaurants. A Pizza Hut liquor delivery trial on the North Shore has begun well, with 7% of delivery customers ordering wine or beer after the first three weeks.

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Restaurant Brands raises overall sales

Same-store picture less rosy

Restaurant Brands NZ Ltd increased sales for the 12 weeks to 24 February by 8.6% to $68.6 million, pushed along by Pizza Hut 6.3% increase to $17.3 million.

“Pizza Hut continues to benefit from the expansion into home delivery & takeaway and has recorded 11 straight quarters of sales growth.

“The brand has maintained good momentum for three years and we expect that growth to continue,” chief executive Jim Collier said.

Same-store sales were less rosy in all segments of the Restaurant Brands market.

At Pizza Hut they were up 5.8%.

At Starbucks Coffee, sales rose 9.3% to $5.5 million, but same-store sales fell 6.3%.

At KFC, sales fell 6.5% to $39.2 million, and same-store trade also fell 6.5%. Mr Collier said this was a “temporary decline” and initiatives were in place to address it.

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