The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (CAKE) CEO David Overton on Q1 2019 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NASDAQ:CAKE) Q1 2019 Earnings Conference Call May 1, 2019 5:00 PM ET

Company Participants

Stacy Feit - Vice President of Investor Relations

David Overton - Chief Executive Officer

David Gordon - President

Matthew Clark - Chief Financial Officer

Conference Call Participants

Sharon Zackfia - William Blair & Company LLC

Jeffrey Bernstein - Barclays Capital, Inc.

David Tarantino - Robert W. Baird & Co., Inc.

Gregory Francfort - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Joshua Long - Piper Jaffray

John Ivankoe - JPMorgan Chase & Co.

William Slabaugh - Stephens Inc.

Matthew DiFrisco - Guggenheim Securities, LLC

Jeffrey Farmer - Gordon Haskett Research Advisors

Brian Vaccaro - Raymond James & Associates, Inc.

Brian Bittner - Oppenheimer & Co., Inc.

Jon Tower - Wells Fargo Securities LLC

Peter Saleh - BTIG LLC

Stephen Anderson - Maxim Group LLC

Operator

Good afternoon. My name is Kelly, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to The Cheesecake Factory First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the prepared remarks, there will be a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Thank you.

I would now like to turn the call over to Stacy Feit, Vice President of Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Stacy Feit

Thanks Kelly. Good afternoon, and welcome to our first quarter fiscal 2019 earnings call. On the call today are David Overton, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; David Gordon, our President; and Matt Clark, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Before we begin, let me quickly remind you that during this call, items will be discussed that are not based on historical fact and are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Actual results could be materially different from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements, as a result of the factors detailed in today's press release, which is available on our website at investors.thecheesecakefactory.com and in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

All forward-looking statements made on this call speak only as of today's date, and the Company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements. In addition throughout this conference call, we will be presenting results on an adjusted basis, and explanation of our use of non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations to the most directly comparable GAAP measures appear in our press release on our website as previously described.

David Overton will begin today's call with some opening remarks, and David Gordon will provide an operational update. Matt will then take you through our financial results in detail and provide our outlook for the second quarter and the full year 2019.

With that, I'll turn the call over to David.

David Overton

Thank you, Stacy. Comparable sales growth at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants 1.3% and adjusted earnings per share were at the higher end of our expectations for the first quarter. We posted positive sales results and outperformed the industry benchmarks in all of our key geographies.

Strong performance within the off-premise channel and across our marketing initiatives contributed to these topline results. Operating performance within the four walls was solid across the key metrics we measure including sales productivity, food, efficiency, labor productivity, overtime and flow through.

During the first quarter, we opened the first location of Social Monk Asian Kitchen, our new find fast casual concept. So far, guest response has been great with positive feedback and the cuisine, design and ambience. Subsequent to quarter end last month, we opened The Cheesecake Factory in Oxnard, California, which is about halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.

We opted to build the smaller restaurants approximately 5500 square feet to determine if this business model can capture sufficient productivity and efficiencies in a smaller footprint. If we are successful, we would look to export the model to our international partners as it could support additional real estate opportunities, particularly in Asia, where larger locations are difficult to find.

For 2019, we continue to expect to open as many as six Cheesecake Factory restaurants, including the Oxnard location. We also continue to expect as many as five restaurants to open internationally under licensing agreements in 2019, including the Monterrey Mexico location that opened during the first quarter.

The year is off to a great start, and we look forward to continuing to deliver memorable experiences to our guests, bringing The Cheesecake Factory to new markets, both domestic and abroad and positioning the company for additional long-term growth potential.

With that, I'll now turn the call over to David Gordon.

David Gordon

Thank you, David. In addition to the strong operational execution during the quarter, we also saw both manager and staff retention strengthen even further during the first quarter. Both on a year-to-date and year-over-year basis, contrary to the industry, which continues to face increase in turnover.

We believe our staffing success is contributing to the consistent trend and our guest satisfaction scores as industry research continues to confirm the importance of service to the guest of service to the guest experience and the overall restaurants performance. As David mentioned, continued momentum in the off-premise channel as well as some effective marketing initiatives contributed to our solid comp store sales performance during the quarter.

Our off-premise business continues to grow, comprising over 16% of total sales during the first quarter of 2019. We believe this is being driven by our differentiated positioning high quality made fresh from scratch menu and value proposition, supported by our creative on brand marketing.

Our experience in the delivery channel has confirmed findings from our own consumer research that aided awareness of The Cheesecake Factory is very strong. Consumers love our brand and their interest in dining with us is very high. We do however have an opportunity to increase unaided awareness.

In today's world with so much noise in this direction, we want to more frequently remind people about The Cheesecake Factory to attain top of mind status. To complement the publicity receive, we are utilizing a number of additional marketing channels, including year round paid search and social advertising, influencer marketing and our enhanced partnership with the American Express Gold Card.

We also continued to execute creative campaigns in the off-premise channel including collaborative marketing with DoorDash like our recent April Fools' Day campaign in which 10,000 people received $25 of free Cheesecake Factory delivery. We got great publicity from this campaign, including over 40 national and local broadcast segments and coverage in major online sites including today People, Eater, Royalist and USA Today.

All 10,000 rewards were claimed within just eight minutes underscoring the tremendous affinity for The Cheesecake Factory brand and we saw sustained increase in deliveries sales following the offer. We believe these efforts will continue to contribute to comp store sales growth moving forward.

And with that, I'll now turn the call over to Matt for our financial review.

Matthew Clark

Thank you, David. Comparable sales at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants increased 1.3%, which was at the higher end of our expectations for the first quarter. Including $12.9 million in external bakery sales, total revenues were $599.5 million. Cost of sales was 22.7% of revenues, a decrease of about 30 basis points from the first quarter of last year, reflecting menu pricing leverage.

Labor was 36.2% of revenues, an increase of about 40 basis points from the same period last year. This is primarily attributable to higher hourly wage rates and management labor. Other operating costs were 25.6% of revenues, up 80 basis points from the same period last year. This is due to the additional non-cash rent associated with the adoption of the new lease accounting standard.

In addition, we also had higher marketing costs as expected although these were offset by favorability in our workers comp and general liability insurance comparison. G&A was 6.5% of revenues in the first quarter of fiscal 2019, down 20 basis points from the same quarter of the prior year.

Pre-opening expense was approximately $2.1 million in the first quarter of 2019 versus $1.1 million in the same period last year. Our first Social Monk Asian Kitchen location opened during the first quarter of 2019, plus we incurred costs associated with the Oxnard opening. We had no openings in the same period last year. And our tax rate this quarter was approximately 6%.

Excluding the loss on our minority investments in the 2 Fox Restaurant Concepts, which is primarily driven by high pre-opening costs given their unit growth levels. As expected, adjusted earnings per share were $0.62. Cash flow from operations was approximately $33 million. Roughly $13 million of cash was used for capital expenditures and $14 million for growth capital investments in the 2 Fox Restaurant Concepts. And we returned nearly $26 million to our shareholders via our dividend and share repurchase program. That ramps up our financial review for the first quarter.

Now I'll spend a few minutes on our outlook for the second quarter and full-year 2019. As we've done in the past, we continue to provide our best estimate for earnings per share ranges based on realistic comparable sales assumptions and the most current cost information we have at this time. These assumptions factor in everything we know as of today, which includes, quarter-to-date trends, what we think will happen in the weeks ahead and the effect of any impacts associated with holidays or weather.

For the second quarter of 2019, we are estimating adjusted diluted earnings per share between $0.80 and $0.84 based on comparable sales in a range of 1.5% to 2.5% at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants. This comp sales range assumes an estimated 50 basis point positive impact from the shift of Easter and the associated spring break vacations into the second quarter of this year from the first quarter last year.

Turning to full-year 2019, we continue to expect comparable sales in a range of 1% to 2% at The Cheesecake Factory restaurants, in line with our longer-term target. On the cost side, we continue to expect food inflation for 2019 market basket to be approximately 1% to 2% and wage inflation of about 6%.

For modeling purposes, we now anticipate a 2019 tax rate of approximately 9%. In turn, we now estimate adjusted diluted earnings per share between $2.58 and $2.70. As a reminder, our anticipated Q2 and full-year EPS ranges exclude our portion of any loss from the operations of the Fox Concepts as well as any one-time integration costs associated with the anticipated acquisition of North Italia.

With regard to capital allocation, we continue to expect our cash CapEx in 2019 to be between $90 million and $100 million to support our anticipated unit growth and ongoing maintenance needs. We continue to expect to provide approximately $20 million to $25 million in growth capital to the 2 Fox Restaurant Concepts, prior to the anticipated acquisition of North Italia.

In closing, our solid first quarter results support our consistent expectation for operating performance for the remainder of 2019. Our underlying sales trend is in line with our longer-term target for The Cheesecake Factory brand. We are executing on our plan to stabilize and grow net income margin over time, which we believe coupled with prudent capital allocation should drive long-term profitability growth.

With that said, we'll take your questions. In order to accommodate as many questions as possible. Please limit yourself to one question and then re-queue with any additional questions. Operator?

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Your first question comes from the line of Sharon Zackfia from William Blair. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Sharon Zackfia

Hi, good afternoon. A couple of questions actually on North Italia. Could you give us any update on how the new openings have been going and any kind of thought process on how you're seeing geographic portability play out with that concept?

David Gordon

Hi, Sharon, it's David Gordon. So far, actually there's a North Italia that is opening today in Dallas at The Union and that will take the total restaurant number up to 18 and as the restaurants were opened across the country the affinity has been very strong. So they've moved into outside of Arizona, as I said, in the Texas the restaurants here in California continue to beat expectations and one of the most recent opening is actually all the way out in Florida has been the most successful opening that they've had to-date in the first about six weeks that they've been open. So that's far the portability appears to be very, very strong in the - certainly the guest feedback has been very, very positive.

Sharon Zackfia

And then separately on Social Monk, I know it hasn't been open that long, but is there anything you can share there and what is the thought process on opening number two there? Do you sit and wait and watch while or is there something in the hopper already?

David Overton

Hi, this is David. Sharon, I don't think we have to wait too long. We are working on some points of food cost and labor. The sales have been great. We've been very happy with that. How was received the - to core of the food. All that seems to be quite successful. So as soon as we can get our labor and food costs down a little bit, we'll start looking for the second one. We don't think it's going to take a long time to prove it out because it's pretty simple, straightforward, it's just all down to profitability in the end.

Sharon Zackfia

That's great. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Jeffrey Bernstein from Barclays. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Great, thank you very much. Two questions as well. The first one just on restaurant margin, more broadly, I mean it seems like you've now settled into the low-single digit comp range and we've got stable pricing within there, but it seems like you and many of your peers are kind of in a position where you're still dealing with some significant margin compression.

Just wondering where you draw the line on degradation and maybe what you could do to mitigate that pressure if there was anything in terms of specific buckets where you see opportunity or whether you would be want to take more price or how you go about handling it when the cost pressures are challenging as they are? And then I had one follow-up.

Matthew Clark

Hey, Jeff. This is Matt Clark. I think when you look at the P&L for the first quarter as well as the full-year guidance, we believe that we can keep restaurant margins flat to last year and so that - I think we are drawing a line in the sand. There is some optics obviously with some of the lease accounting.

And so netting that out, we obviously had some movement from what used to be interest line item into other OpEx depreciation into other OpEx and so, but really when you adjust for that, I think we are in this environment at the 3% pricing in 1% to 2% comp range able to manage it at least flat going forward. So that's been our objective. I think we're meeting that when you take away the accounting component of it.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Got it. And then just on North Italia, in terms of timing, I mean, I'm assuming it's still perhaps late 3Q or 4Q. But how do you see the transactions playing out in terms of the term, the payment and any changes you anticipate making upon closing of the deal, whether it be operations or menu or anything specific or have you really have control of much of that brand for the past year or so, and therefore we really shouldn't expect any real change when all of a sudden you have full ownership? Thanks.

Matthew Clark

Hey, Jeff. This is Matt again. I think we're still evaluating the financing, we have good options. I think capital relatively is accessible. We have a very strong balance sheet. We purposely to be able to do things like this when we see the opportunity. I don't think it will be complicated for us. We have a little bit of time left or just getting ourselves ready. So it looks like it would be right at the end of the third quarter as we talked about roughly depending on performance of $150 million would be the payment due at that point in time and then essentially the financials would roll into us on a consolidated basis.

David Gordon

And then just operationally Jeff - this is David Gordon. Everything that's going on at North today is why guests love it some much. We will however look to leverage our supply chain scale, our IT infrastructure, some of our HR practices, whatever we can do to add more value to the concept and we will. And over time, we'll see what happens with the menu, but the menus delicious today and we'll do everything we can to make sure that it stays that way. And if there is one or two new things you want to add to the menu, we may, but, operationally, it's a very sound business and the restaurants run very, very well. So we feel good about how they're being handled today and we still think there's some things that we can do to add a lot of value across the bigger company.

Jeffrey Bernstein

Thank you very much.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of David Tarantino from Baird. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

David Tarantino

Hi, good afternoon. Matt, first a clarification or mechanical question on comps, if you could give us the breakdown between pricing mix and traffic that would be helpful. And then also confirmed that the Easter drag in the first quarter was similar to the benefit that you expect in the second quarter, and then I have one real question after that.

Matthew Clark

Sure. That's a real question. Pricing was 3%, the mix was a positive 0.8%, and traffic was negative 2.5%. Couple of things, remember, as we've talked about the mix at the positive 0.8% it's directly attributable to the growth in the delivery and off-prem for us in the way we capture the data. So we're effectively getting large checks, which are multiple people. We would affect net that against the traffic today and then we had about 50 basis points, I think we thought maybe it was a lower - going to be a little bit more 10 to 20 more than that, but it's about 50 basis point impact in the first quarter and that's exactly what we are estimating to flip back in the second quarter. So when we look at that, David, sort of traffic looks like it's below 1% negative, which is where we've been tracking.

David Tarantino

Great, thanks for that. And then I guess a big picture question about the check and check growth. I think this year at The Cheesecake Factory, you'll be crossing over $23 average check, which I guess in the world of casual dining is pretty high and I know you're quality justifies that. But just wondering how do you think about the increases in the absolute level of that average check over the next several years and if you think you'll need any resistance as you push up towards $25 and beyond.

Matthew Clark

David, this is Matt. Again, I think it's art and science and as we've talked about before, we're constantly watching the competition and where they're at and been with the company almost 14 years and our relative position has not changed at all, compared to all of the competitors that we track nationally. And so, I think we see everybody sort of moving in lockstep to protect margins, we've seen pricing come up, I think, Jeff asked the question earlier about that and I think companies are moving to make sure that they protect their margins.

So I don't think relatively will be much different, it is thing I think about our menu as we have so many options, guest can really choose to spend whatever they want and you can get appetizers for $5 to $10 or the equivalent of full meal in many places. I think when we look at the mix, we feel very good about the elasticity of our pricing power, how guests are navigating. They continue to order across the spectrum, which is very positive.

And then the last thing I would say about that and average check, I mean obviously it's distorted a little bit by the significant growth in the off-premise business, so that's part of what's driving it higher. And the other thing is it's differentiated across geographies and as everybody knows pricing is becoming a little bit more different in those higher cost areas. And so I think that also plays into it, it's not the same everywhere.

David Tarantino

Great, that's helpful. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Gregory Francfort from Bank of America. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Gregory Francfort

Hey guys, thanks. I know you talked about the retention getting better, what do you think is driving that and do you have key initiatives that you're putting in place around training or something else that's causing that. And I guess when did that inflection start to happen with it two quarters ago, three quarters ago, I guess what is the timing on that shift?

David Gordon

Thanks for the question, Greg. This is David Gordon. The staff retention really stabilized around the middle of last year and in our practices over time being a great places to work on the Fortune list obviously is something we're very, very proud of in part of our culture is who we've always been.

We did put a concerted effort, probably about 18 months ago to really focus on retention in the first 90 days and to really look at our staff members that were churning really too early in their employment and we did put some practices in place for our management teams around engaging with those people that have just been hired, making sure that they were thoroughly trained appropriately by the right people at the right time and that we are meeting all their schedule flexibilities and actually even giving them the hours that we had told them that we were going to give them during hiring and I think that's been beneficial. I think we're doing a better job in those first 90 days.

And on the management front, we've always had very strong management retention this year that continues to be the same. And at the general manager level, I think so far this year, it's an all-time low. I think it's 1% or 2%. So the culture of Cheesecake Factory remains very, very strong and I think the awareness of the brand and being on the Fortune great places the work list has helped us and benefit us from an attraction standpoint. So those HR Practices are just built into our DNA, but specifically around the 90 days that has made a bit of a benefit for us.

Gregory Francfort

And maybe, can you frame up how much that's changed in terms of 90-day retention?

David Gordon

I don't have those numbers in front of me, but we certainly can follow-up with you.

Gregory Francfort

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Joshua Long from Piper Jaffray. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Joshua Long

Great, thank you so much for taking my question. Wanted to circle back to the comments made up these smaller footprint at the new Oxnard location. Just curious there has been some evolution there maybe some new learnings in terms of where square footage just gone or a bit repurposed. Would you might be able to share with us there that gets you excited versus maybe previous iterations of becoming more efficient in your short footprint.

David Gordon

Well, it's David Gordon. As David mentioned, our intent originally was to see if the restaurant could operate us fluidly is to 7,200 to 7,500 square foot restaurant to help our international partners, but for real estate sites most specifically in Asia where the sites tend to be a little bit smaller. So we want to be able to prove out, number one, that we could execute the menu and there's a little bit of a smaller kitchen design. We want to prove out that this field of a Cheesecake Factory when you walk in everything with the guest experiences is still there in 5,500 square feet, that the wait times actually wouldn't be too excessive, because the popularity, we knew would still be there.

In the first couple of weeks of the restaurant has been opened, I'd say it's currently exceeding our sales per square foot expectations and we've seen that we have more probably an even flow of guests throughout the day, the wait times are not that much different than some of our busiest openings we had at the end of last year whether in Chattanooga, Tennessee or Lubbock, Texas and we've been able to execute the menu, really, really well. So that's been promising thus far, again it's early, it's only a couple of weeks, but we feel good about what we've seen in the first two weeks.

Joshua Long

Great, thank you for that. And then as you've spent more time with the off-premise channel, any sort of learnings there that you've seen in terms of how guests are using your brand, whether in terms of frequency or menu. I know we've talked about the past how usually multiple people higher average ticket, but curious if those trends have been relatively steady, any sort of read do you have in terms of just how the guest is engaging with your branded in that new channel?

David Gordon

I think that nothing's really changed since our last call. Obviously, as Matt said the check is little bit higher, whether that's through delivery or even through the digital checks through the online orient channel. We also see the check higher there. Dessert sales are probably closer to 20% on delivery versus in restaurant I think is about 17% 17.5% for the first quarter. So those trends are similar to what they have been, but we just see that in the markets that whether we mature in those markets are in some of the newer markets that we launched towards the end of last year.

The popularity of delivery continues to grow and the guests continue to be more pressed for time and they have been in the past. And some of our successful marketing campaigns have been meaningful along with being able to be at the top of the app with DoorDash and having the awareness of The Cheesecake Factory brand top of mind when somebody goes in just through the DoorDash app to begin with. Along with the marketing that we've done with DoorDash has the TV marketing that they have done most recently us being one of the featured brand has continue to grow that channel in a pretty strong and meaningful way.

Joshua Long

Great. Thank you so much.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of John Ivankoe from JPMorgan. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

John Ivankoe

Yes, thank you. Maybe tying on to that last question, I thought it was interesting the conversation of driving not just aided awareness, but unaided awareness. And obviously you're going into even deeper into some non-traditional digital channel. So I wanted to see how that marketing spending is shifting between traditional and digital, and in terms of basis points in sales, are you now seeing the specific ROI for marketing that actually makes sense to increase marketing as a percentage of sales going forward?

Matthew Clark

Hey, John. This is Matt. It's a good question and I would say we're early stage and learning about that. I don't know that we're committed one way or the other. I think we have always taken the approach that we're going to do marketing that does make good business sense for us and so what we are doing does have a good ROI, how far you can go with that in these digital areas, I think is new and we don't yet know what that is.

But certainly just doing things like owning surge for your name has proven, we can track that directly, you can see - the quicker you can see the engagement with guests, you know the behavior and you can see the online ordering rates for to go. So those things are very, very tangible. Where that goes, like I said, will be determined, but I think we feel good about continuing to spend some incremental money to drive the unaided awareness, at least in the near-term.

David Gordon

I would just add, John. As you know, we've never really done traditional marketing and today social and influencing and all the things you see are becoming a little bit more traditional. I think what's good for us that people want to hear about our brand and influencers want to visit our kitchens and do tours with our kitchen managers and post about them and talk about it in our food is so Instagramable and very photogenic, I guess you could say. So that really helps us when it comes to our presence in social and then helping that level of awareness.

John Ivankoe

Could you remind me what we had total marketing spend, as you look at it, the whole component of it wasn't 2018 and what you think that might be in 2019 as a percentage of sales this time?

David Overton

Yes. I think in 2019 or somewhere, I mean carving out things like the gift cards, I will talk about that since in G&A and think about like just marketing spend, we're probably just under 0.5% and historically it's been less than that. So we're just sort of creeping it forward.

John Ivankoe

Helpful. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Will Slabaugh from Stephens. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

William Slabaugh

Thanks guys. I had a question on value. How are you thinking about value at The Cheesecake Factory brand and if that's evolved at all as traffic continues to be pressured modestly negative in this type of industry backdrop and whether that may eventually be through address traditional menu and sort like SkinnyLicious played a value role whenever you launch that or another way to communicate that everyday value that is on your menu to the guest?

David Overton

I think over time, Will, you're right with views, menu and source to help remind guests. I think again, it's kind of similar to the unaided awareness component of marketing, if you will, because the value is always there and I think we're very confident that when you're buying a $6 or $7 appetizer at The Cheesecake Factory or even some of our dishes that people can share that are $15 or $16 and really a meal for two, when our guests understand, they know the value is there, not only in the portion size, but the quality in that combination.

So sometimes, I think, we do work a little bit more to remind the guest to that, obviously, again just to reiterate the obvious, we're not going to do couponing or LTOs or anything like that, we really have thought that that has been impactful when we partnered with DoorDash and that's a slightly different way to get guest, so just to recognize and to bring them in for special occasions or for everyday use when they can get something like three slice of Cheesecake.

So that has been a vehicle we've used just to reintroduce it. But I think we've always put value on there. We will continue to do that. We'll continue to add items that are between $5 and $10 and as we view that as being necessary, we'll continue to remind the guests, maybe in the same way we have or maybe will come up with new ways.

William Slabaugh

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Matt DiFrisco from Guggenheim Securities. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Matthew DiFrisco

Thank you. Just wanted to go back to the margins, I think you commented or you did not comment in the other operating expense line you didn't call out delivery fees some other restaurants have, are they de-minimus in there, I mean, obviously, I know you've got the lease accounting has a major factor in a year-over-year basis. But how would you characterize the delivery fees embedded in there as far as pressure. Can you quantify basis points?

David Overton

Yes. I think it's a couple of tense on a year-over-year basis. We want to be careful with how much we quantify given that there's questions around the sales and then there's the questions around that and may lead to some confidential information regarding our relationship we have with DoorDash. So I don't know if you consider a couple of tends to be de minimis or material, but I don't think it's moving the P&L, one way or the other to be honest.

Matthew DiFrisco

And then I guess the full-year margin guidance are flat, that is for EBIT. And if I were to look at that there is some makeup, you'd have to do then in the remaining quarters. Is there an implied greater price increase than the - than what you took in the first quarter or are you looking to add in the middle of the summer as you usually do?

David Overton

When we think about that margin piece, Matt, part of that is not just in the EBIT, but it is in the makeup on how the interest moved out from below that right. So I think we're right on track. I don't think we have to make up any more ground because we are sort of netting that account in piece out of it.

So there is 20 basis points to 30 basis points that was down below the EBIT line that went above the EBIT line. So we're kind of saying, if you take that in totality, really the core business margin is flat and then it shows up on the net income line, which we believe will be flat to better.

Matthew DiFrisco

Okay, thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Jeff Farmer from Gordon Haskett. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Jeffrey Farmer

Great, thanks. Matt, on the last earnings call, you noted that Cheesecake has been able to hold levered dollar per operating week growth. I think you said below wage rate growth. So I'm just curious, how have you guys been able to do that.

Matthew Clark

I think it's a couple of things, first and foremost. And Jeff thanks for the question. This is Matt. As David Gordon mentioned, really retention is a big driver, efficiencies in the restaurant are only achievable, if we are attracting and keeping in training people, right.

And so I think that were very good at that and I think that's a differentiator long-term, as we said, sort of our core tenant is to be continuously improving and in that, so we can get just a little bit better with over time as an example. I think in Q1, we were a little bit better in our staffing, which is driven by retention partly as well as scheduling that drives a little bit better overtime year-over-year.

So I think it's initiatives like that, I think it begins with making sure we have the right people and we retain them. And then if we can utilize that first piece to make sure that we're fully staffed, that's the next component of it and so it's just a really driving off of those core foundations.

Jeffrey Farmer

And then just one more follow-up on off-premise, you guys - are you willing to share an estimate of what you think the off-premise contribution is to your overall same-store sales growth rate right now?

Matthew Clark

Yes, I mean, I think if you look at the math, it's obviously a little bit of it fungible pool. But I think that it's driving positive comps as I think we would say that when you look at delivering off-prem increasing year-over-year at the rate that it is, that's the piece that's increasing our total sales.

Jeffrey Farmer

Right. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Brian Vaccaro from Raymond James. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Brian Vaccaro

Thank you and good afternoon. Just a couple of questions on labor cost if I could. So I think last year you saw outsize pressure on health insurance in the first quarter and was that a benefit this year and if so could you quantify it and if you saw a normal level of claims in Q2, how much of a benefit would that be in year-on-year terms as - last year's heightened costs in that line?

Matthew Clark

I think grew medical when we're looking back at last year, it was a little bit higher in Q1, but really, Brian the bigger impact was really in Q2. So this year Q1 is pretty comparable. I think we saw what I would consider to be relatively normal activity. I have to go back and double check for sure what the increase was in Q2, but I know that was where the bigger impact was. And that is factored into the guidance that we provided. If you look at sort of the year-over-year EPS growth obviously much bigger in the Q2 guidance and what we achieved in the first quarter.

Brian Vaccaro

Okay. And Matt, when you talk - when you mentioned wage inflation of 6%. Can you confirm that specific to hourly labor and what percent would hourly labor be of your total labor dollars in a given year?

Matthew Clark

Brian, that is correct. So, the wage inflation when we look at it from an hourly perspective and out of the total P&L, I would say that hourly is in the low 20%. So it's roughly two-thirds of the labor line item. Obviously, you do have management labor increases to, but that's probably not of the same rate.

Brian Vaccaro

Right, okay. So the two-thirds - so the other 35%, I guess what are you seeing in terms of managerial inflation, and inflation in insurance. I mean, if we try to bucket, the other 35% might that inflation will be 3%, 4% any help on that?

Matthew Clark

I think 3% to 4% as a fair range today.

Brian Vaccaro

Great, and then other OpEx line, just a quick one, you called out workers' comp and general liability in Q1. Can you quantify the favorability there? And was that unusually low this year or maybe you were lapping high cost last year, can you remind us of that?

Matthew Clark

Mostly it was an improvement this year in the trends and basically it was - I'm going to say in the 20 to 30 basis point range in that kind of offset the earlier question about the delivery, so it kind of netted out.

Brian Vaccaro

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Brian Bittner from Oppenheimer. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Brian Bittner

Thanks. Hey, guys. As it relates to the full-year guidance, it implies the second half is much lower EBIT growth in the first half. What's the main driver that? Is that just the first half is lapping some of these issues, like the Group Medical in the second quarter in the overtime issues you're seeing last year, is that the main driver of the difference, and profit growth year-over-year first half or second half?

Matthew Clark

Hey, Brian, this is Matt. Certainly that's part of it - there are other puts and takes. I think there is - timing of G&A as well. I think there's a little bit of timing of pre-opening. But I think the biggest piece, particularly in the second quarter as we just talked about with the Group Medical was all the legal piece is the biggest driver and sort of the comparison of the first half and second half.

Brian Bittner

Okay. And just on the off-premise just asking the question probably a different way, are you able to just say how much debt business grew year-over-year in the first quarter, how much it's been growing on its own…?

David Gordon

Yes. Off permits in total was about 2% over the first quarter of last year.

Brian Bittner

Okay.

Matthew Clark

Grew from 14% to 16%.

Brian Bittner

Yes. As far as - that you're talking about as far as the mix of the business right obviously?

Matthew Clark

Exactly, yes, exactly.

Brian Bittner

Got it. Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Jon Tower from Wells Fargo. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Jon Tower

Great, thanks. Just first a clarification on the smaller footprint stores that you opened in Oxnard, California. Is that a test to only see how sort like this works for international markets only or could this be applicable to domestic market, and if not - only geared towards the international markets, why is that? And then separately with off-premise now reaching 16% of your sales mix as the company explored moving some of this production in the kitchen out of the stores into either glister or dark kitchens? Thank you.

David Overton

Thanks for the question, Jon. The idea around opening the smaller footprint store was for the international restaurants and we'll see what happens over time. If we do think that we're operating at really, really well and we get the returns we want could possibly lead to some other sites over time, who knows, but that wasn't the original intent, but it's also been limit us for looking a little bit further into it as we get closer to understanding how well we can do. I think that's most important is to understand what the returns could be.

And then because of the made from scratch kitchen that we have and the size of the menu, we're really not looking to do anything off-premise or goes kitchens. We can execute what we need to do our premise and even grow those sales and the kitchen designs that we have today due to their size, so we would look to continue to do that and not add any additional cost or any other additional complexity.

Jon Tower

Thank you.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Peter Saleh from BTIG. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Peter Saleh

Great, thanks. I want to come back to the conversation around off-premise. Can you guys give us an idea of how much of your off-premise orders are now coming in digitally and if that is allowing you to remove any of the front of the house labor for taking some of those orders?

Matthew Clark

Sure. Online ordering was about 13% for Q1 and I don't know that it's going to currently offset any potential labor that's in the restaurant today. We're certainly set up to continue to drive great sales - a great service and hospitality as I mentioned when we open the call and we've seen that online ordering number grow from about 10% to 11%, up to the 13% is at today and delivery is roughly 30% of that total, 16% off-premise that I talked about earlier.

Peter Saleh

Great. And then just on the partnership with DoorDash, do you guys remain exclusive with DoorDash or are you considering partnering with other aggregators to expand the pool?

David Overton

We do remain exclusive with DoorDash in our current contract for now.

Peter Saleh

Okay, thank you very much.

Operator

Your next question comes from the line of Stephen Anderson from Maxim Group. Please go ahead. Your line is open.

Stephen Anderson

Yes. As you look at your commodity basket, among a lot of your peers in those they've up ticked up their forecast for the year, but you left that unchanged and so I see where you're seeing some benefit and maybe seeing some of your pressures?

David Overton

Sure. We have probably a much broader market basket and most of our peers. So I think it moves up and down maybe less. So they are - they got some short-term pressure maybe in produce and a little bit of pressure in pork because of the swine flu. But because of that balance, I think we've just been able to offset it across a couple of other categories, so nothing big, moving up and down, but we're just staying right in that sweet spot of 1% to 2%.

Stephen Anderson

Right, thank you.

Operator

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