DineEquity, Inc. Announces Capital Allocation Strategy

Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:00am EST

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* Board Declares a First Quarter 2013 Dividend of $0.75 Per Share of Common

* Board Approves $100 Million Share Repurchase Authorization

GLENDALE, Calif.--(Business Wire)--
DineEquity, Inc. (NYSE: DIN), the parent company of Applebee`s Neighborhood
Grill & Bar and IHOP Restaurants, today announced a capital allocation strategy
that includes the approval by its Board of Directors of a first quarter cash
dividend of $0.75 per share of common stock. DineEquity`s Board of Directors
today declared the dividend, payable on March 29, 2013, to the Company`s
shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 15, 2013. 

The Board of Directors also approved a $100 million share repurchase
authorization, effective immediately, which replaces the $45 million share
repurchase authorization previously announced by the Company in August 2011. The
Company remains subject to certain mandatory debt reduction requirements related
to capital leases and the annual amortization payment of $4.7 million associated
with the recently announced re-pricing of its senior secured credit facility. 

"With the successful completion of our refranchising program and a less capital
intensive business model, the time is right to announce our capital allocation
plan. With continual long-term shareholder value creation clearly in mind, we
are initiating a meaningful dividend and will also opportunistically seek to
repurchase shares of common stock with strong free cash flow." said Julia A.
Stewart, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DineEquity, Inc. "The dividend,
combined with the share repurchase authorization of $100 million, underscores
our commitment to returning cash to our shareholders. While we expect dividends
and share repurchases to be the primary components of our capital allocation
strategy, we will also reduce debt when it is in the best interests of the
Company to do so. We will continue to prudently manage our capital structure
with a long-term view, placing real importance on positioning ourselves to
potentially refinance our overall debt in the next few years." 

About DineEquity, Inc.

Based in Glendale, California, DineEquity, Inc., through its subsidiaries,
franchises and operates restaurants under the Applebee`s Neighborhood Grill &
Bar and IHOP brands. With more than 3,600 restaurants combined in 17 countries,
over 400 franchisees and approximately 200,000 team members (including
franchisee- and company-operated restaurant employees), DineEquity is one of the
largest full-service restaurant companies in the world. For more information on
DineEquity, visit the Company's Web site located at www.dineequity.com. 

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this presentation may constitute forward-looking
statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of
1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words such as "may,"
"will," "should," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend,"
"plan" and other similar expressions. These statements involve known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause actual results to be
materially different from those expressed or implied in such statements. These
factors include, but are not limited to: the effect of general economic
conditions; the Company's indebtedness; risk of future impairment charges;
trading volatility and the price of the Company`s common stock; the Company's
results in any given period differing from guidance provided to the public; the
highly competitive nature of the restaurant business; the Company's business
strategy failing to achieve anticipated results; risks associated with the
restaurant industry; risks associated with locations of current and future
restaurants; rising costs for food commodities and utilities; shortages or
interruptions in the supply or delivery of food; ineffective marketing and guest
relationship initiatives and use of social media; changing health or dietary
preferences; our engagement in business in foreign markets; harm to our brands'
reputation; litigation; third-party claims with respect to intellectual property
assets; environmental liability; liability relating to employees; failure to
comply with applicable laws and regulations; failure to effectively implement
restaurant development plans; our dependence upon our franchisees; concentration
of Applebee's franchised restaurants in a limited number of franchisees; credit
risk from IHOP franchisees operating under our previous business model;
termination or non-renewal of franchise agreements; franchisees breaching their
franchise agreements; insolvency proceedings involving franchisees; changes in
the number and quality of franchisees; inability of franchisees to fund capital
expenditures; heavy dependence on information technology; the occurrence of
cyber incidents or a deficiency in our cybersecurity; failure to execute on a
business continuity plan; inability to attract and retain talented employees;
risks associated with retail brand initiatives; failure of our internal
controls; and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company's Annual
and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q and in the Company's other filings
with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking statements
contained in this release are made as of the date hereof and the Company assumes
no obligation to update or supplement any forward-looking statements.

Investor Contact
DineEquity, Inc.
Ken Diptee
Executive Director, Investor Relations
Media Contact
Sard Verbinnen & Co.
Lucy Neugart and Samantha Verdile
415-618-8750 and 212-687-8080 

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