Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG) a Potential Mean Reverting Opportunity

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group (BBRG) owns and operates two Italian restaurant brands, BRAVO! Cucina Italiana (BRAVO!) and BRIO Tuscan Grille (BRIO).

Casual dining continues to be a difficult industry for investors. It’s rising wage costs, food inflation and simply too many restaurants. Financially, Bravo gross and operating margins continue to decline impacted by wages, food inflation and slightly lower average check size. Further, long term debt was 184.906M for year ending 2009. Still significant but LTD reduced to the MRQ 122.189M.

My investment interest in BBRG; relative valuation, mean reversion opportunity and its capital allocation priorities that focus on shareholder value with opportunistically share repurchases, and reducing debt.
BRIO moved higher to $4.88 or 8% over the last 2 days. It’s still bouncing near its 52 week low price of $4.50.

Mid day 09/07/16 BBRG is up another ~2%. But even with the 10% 3 day move, I will continue to finish the post. Hopefully for current shareholders management is buying back shares or paying down debt with their positive operating cash flow. The lower stock price may be the signal to management; focus capital allocation on a more aggressive share buyback.

Market capitalization 72.48M, Enterprise value 113.48M, EV/Revenue .27, EV/EBITDA 3.62, CFFO TTM per share $2.27, FCF TTM per share $1.12, 52 week change -60%, 52 week low $4.50, 52 week high = 12.74, insider ownership 9%

Table below shows the valuation changes from Q1 2015 to current.

Table  below shows the valuation changes from Dec 2011 to current.

Table immediately below shows RESTAURANT industry valuation. Note the large drop in shorts % Float for BBRG. BBRG short % float 6.97% on 6/15/16 to current 08/15/16 1.20%