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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
(Mark One)
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 27, 2022
OR
o
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from______to______
Commission file number 001-41069
SWEETGREEN, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
27-1159215
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
3101 W. Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA

90018
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
(323) 990-7040
Registrant's telephone number, including area code
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each class Trading Symbol(s) Name of each exchange on which registered
Class A Common Stock SG New York Stock Exchange
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports); and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).     Yes  x   No  o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer
o
Accelerated filer
o
Non-accelerated filer
x
Smaller reporting company
o
Emerging growth company
x


If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).     Yes   o     No  x
The registrant had 96,076,681 shares of Class A common stock and 13,477,303 shares of Class B common stock as of May 3, 2022.
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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (“Quarterly Report”) contains forward-looking statements about us and our industry that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this Quarterly Report, including statements regarding our future results of operations or financial condition, business strategy, and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words or phrases such as “anticipate,” “are confident that,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “should,” “target,” “will,” or “would” or the negative of these words or other similar terms or expressions. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements concerning the following:

our expectations regarding our revenue, restaurant operating costs, operating expenses, and other results of operations, as well as our key operating metrics;
our expectations regarding our sales channel mix and impact on our margins and business;
our expectations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on our business and results of operations;
our expectations about customer behavior trends, including following the COVID-19 pandemic;
our goal of operating 1,000 restaurants by the end of the decade;
our plan to diversify our store formats and to bring sweetgreen into a wider variety of neighborhoods;
our bold vision to be as ubiquitous as traditional fast food, but with the transparency and quality that consumers increasingly expect;
potential future investments in our business, our anticipated capital expenditures, and our estimates regarding our capital requirements;
the effect of inflation on our business, including on labor rates and on our supply chain costs, as well as any future pricing actions taken in an effort to mitigate the effects of inflation; and
our ability to effectively manage and scale our supply chain.

You should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. We have based the forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report primarily on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our business, financial condition and operating results. The outcome of the events described in these forward-looking statements is subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors described in the section titled “Risk Factors” included under Part I, Item 1A in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 26, 2021 and elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment.

New risks and uncertainties emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all risks and uncertainties that could have an impact on the forward-looking statements contained in this Quarterly Report. The results, events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur, and actual results, events or circumstances could differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements.

In addition, statements that contain “we believe” and similar statements reflect our beliefs and opinions on the relevant subject. These statements are based on information available to us as of the date of this Quarterly Report. While we believe that information provides a reasonable basis for these statements, that information may be limited or incomplete. Our statements should not be read to indicate that we have conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all relevant information. These statements are inherently uncertain, and investors are cautioned not to unduly rely on these statements.

The forward-looking statements made in this Quarterly Report relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this Quarterly Report to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Quarterly Report or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, joint ventures, or investments.

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GLOSSARY

General

Comparable Restaurant Base. Comparable Restaurant Base for any measurement period is defined as all restaurants that have operated for at least twelve full months as of the end of such measurement period, other than any restaurants that had a material, temporary closure during the relevant measurement period. Historically, a restaurant has been considered to have had a material, temporary closure if it had no operations for a consecutive period of at least 30 days. As a result of material, temporary closures in fiscal year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 restaurants were excluded from our Comparable Restaurant Base for the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. No restaurants were excluded from the Comparable Restaurant Base for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.

Channels

We have five main sales channels: In-Store, Marketplace, Native Delivery, Outpost, and Pick-Up. We own and operate all of these channels other than our Marketplace Channel, which is operated by various third-party delivery marketplaces.

In-Store Channel. In-Store Channel refers to sales to customers who make in-store purchases in our restaurants, whether they pay by cash, credit card, or digital scan-to-pay. Purchases made in our In-Store Channel via cash or credit card are referred to as “Non-Digital” transactions, and purchases made in our In-Store Channel via digital scan-to-pay are included as part of our Owned Digital Channels.

Marketplace Channel. Marketplace Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery or pick-up made through third-party delivery marketplaces, including Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.

Native Delivery Channel. Native Delivery Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery made through the sweetgreen website or mobile app.

Outpost Channel. Outpost Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery made through the sweetgreen website or mobile app to our Outposts, which are our trademark offsite drop-off points at offices, residential buildings, and hospitals.

Owned Digital Channels. Owned Digital Channels encompasses our Pick-Up Channel, Native Delivery Channel, and Outpost Channel, and purchases made in our In-Store Channel via digital scan-to-pay.

Pick-Up Channel. Pick-Up Channel refers to sales to customers made for pick up at one of our restaurants through the sweetgreen website or mobile app.

Total Digital Channels. Total Digital Channels consist of our Owned Digital Channels and our Marketplace Channel, and include our revenues from all of our channels except those from Non-Digital transactions made through our In-Store Channel.

Key Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures

For definitions of our key metrics, Average Unit Volume (“AUV”), Net New Restaurant Openings, Same-Store Sales Change, Total Digital Revenue Percentage, and Owned Digital Revenue Percentage, see the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Key Performance Metrics.” For definitions of our Non-GAAP Financial Measures, Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin, see the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). See the section titled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” for more information, including the limitations of such
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PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION
ITEM 1. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
SWEETGREEN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 436,517  $ 471,971 
Accounts receivable 3,831  2,644 
Inventory 956  903 
Prepaid expenses 11,357  13,763 
Tenant improvement receivable 17,903  16,695 
Current portion of lease acquisition costs 564  525 
Other current assets 1,520  155 
Total current assets 472,648  506,656 
Property and equipment, net 190,605  180,666 
Goodwill 35,970  35,970 
Intangible assets, net 31,877  32,868 
Lease acquisition costs, net 4,763  4,391 
Security deposits 1,589  1,770 
Restricted cash 273  328 
Total assets $ 737,725  $ 762,649 
LIABILITIES, AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,823  $ 11,197 
Accrued expenses 15,184  16,338 
Accrued payroll 11,815  12,093 
Gift cards and loyalty liability 1,622  1,839 
Current portion of deferred rent liability 6,993  6,061 
Total current liabilities 49,437  47,528 
Deferred rent liability, net of current portion 40,469  38,402 
Accrued payroll, net of current portion —  2,500 
Contingent consideration liability 20,243  20,477 
Other non-current liabilities 500  500 
Deferred income tax liabilities 145  125 
Total liabilities $ 110,794  $ 109,532 
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 14)
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, $0.001 par value per share, 2,000,000,000 Class A shares authorized, 96,034,052 and 95,868,394 Class A shares issued and outstanding as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, respectively; 300,000,000 Class B shares authorized, 13,477,303 and 13,477,303 Class B shares issued and outstanding as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, respectively
110  109 
Additional paid-in capital 1,152,237  1,129,224 
Accumulated deficit (525,416) (476,216)
Total stockholders’ equity 626,931  653,117 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 737,725  $ 762,649 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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SWEETGREEN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

Thirteen weeks ended
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Revenue
$ 102,591  $ 61,392 
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization presented separately below):
Food, beverage, and packaging
27,106  17,268 
Labor and related expenses
34,302  22,292 
Occupancy and related expenses
14,800  10,049 
Other restaurant operating costs
13,084  9,681 
Total restaurant operating costs
89,292  59,290 
Operating expenses:
General and administrative 49,672  23,380 
Depreciation and amortization
10,677  7,847 
Pre-opening costs
2,512  961 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
51 
Total operating expenses
62,869  32,239 
Loss from operations
(49,570) (30,137)
Interest income
(168) (112)
Interest expense
23  20 
Other income
(245) — 
Net loss before income taxes
(49,180) (30,045)
Income tax expense
20  — 
Net loss
$ (49,200) $ (30,045)
Earnings per share:
Net loss per share basic and diluted $ (0.45) $ (1.77)
Weighted average shares used in computing net loss per share basic and diluted
109,472,050  16,962,694 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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SWEETGREEN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ (DEFICIT) EQUITY
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share amounts)
For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021
Preferred Stock Common Stock Additional
Paid-in
Capital
Loans to
Related
Parties
Accumulated
Deficit
Total
Shares Amount Shares Amount
Balances at December 27, 2020 62,562,051  $ 505,638  16,731,625  $ 17  $ 19,662  $ (4,000) $ (323,041) $ (307,362)
Net loss —  —  —  —  —  —  (30,045) (30,045)
Exercise of stock options —  —  561,465  2,520  —  —  2,521 
Stock-based compensation expense —  —  —  —  1,224  —  —  1,224 
Issuance of preferred stock (net of issuance costs of $226)
6,669,146  108,858  —  —  —  —  —  — 
Balances at March 28, 2021 69,231,197  $ 614,496  17,293,090  $ 18  $ 23,406  $ (4,000) $ (353,086) $ (333,662)
Balances at December 26, 2021 —  $ —  109,345,697  $ 109  $ 1,129,224  $ —  $ (476,216) $ 653,117 
Net loss —  —  —  —  —  —  (49,200) (49,200)
Exercise of stock options —  —  153,158  848  —  —  849 
Issuance of common stock related to restricted shares —  —  12,500  —  —  —  —  — 
Stock-based compensation expense —  —  —  —  22,165  —  —  22,165 
Balances at March 27, 2022 —  $ —  109,511,355  $ 110  $ 1,152,237  $ —  $ (525,416) $ 626,931 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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SWEETGREEN, INC.AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

Thirteen weeks ended
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss $ (49,200) $ (30,045)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization
10,677  7,847 
Amortization of lease acquisition
129  87 
Amortization of loan origination fees
67  23 
Loss on fixed asset disposal
51 
Stock-based compensation
22,165  1,224 
Deferred income tax expense 20  — 
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liability
(234) — 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable
(1,187) (767)
Tenant improvement receivables
(1,208) (2,330)
Inventory
(53) 23 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
974  (147)
Accounts payable
2,239  954 
Accrued payroll and benefits
(2,778) 2,267 
Accrued expenses
(1,154) 1,251 
Gift card and loyalty liability
(217) (605)
Deferred rent liability
2,999  3,703 
Net cash used in operating activities
(16,753) (16,464)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment (18,059) (16,581)
Purchase of intangible assets
(1,187) (948)
Security and landlord deposits
181  77 
Lease acquisition costs
(540) (401)
Net cash used in investing activities
(19,605) (17,853)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from preferred stock issuance, net of issuance costs
—  113,811 
Proceeds from stock option exercise
849  2,521 
Deferred offering costs paid —  (61)
Net cash provided by financing activities
849  116,271 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash
(35,509) 81,954 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash—beginning of year
472,299  102,765 
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash—end of period
$ 436,790  $ 184,719 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information
Cash paid for interest
$ —  $ 20 
Purchase of property and equipment accrued in accounts payable and accrued expenses
$ 2,776  $ 1,800 
Non-cash investing and financing activities
Initial liability associated with Series J warrants $ —  $ 4,953 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.
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SWEETGREEN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
1.DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Sweetgreen, Inc., a Delaware corporation, together with its wholly owned subsidiaries (the “Company”), is a mission-driven, next generation restaurant and lifestyle brand that serves healthy food at scale. The Company’s bold vision is to be as ubiquitous as traditional fast food, but with the transparency and quality that consumers increasingly expect. As of March 27, 2022, the Company operated 158 restaurants in 13 states and Washington, D.C. The Company had 8 Net New Restaurant Openings during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.
The Company was founded in November 2006 and incorporated in the state of Delaware in October 2009 and currently is headquartered in Los Angeles, California. The Company’s operations are conducted as one operating segment and one reportable segment, as the Company’s chief operating decision maker, who is the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, reviews financial information on an aggregate basis for purposes of allocating resources and evaluating financial performance. The Company’s revenue is primarily derived from retail sales of food and beverages by company-owned restaurants.

The Company has prepared the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial statements and pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In the opinion of management, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments consisting of normal recurring adjustments necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s financial position and results of operations. Interim results of operations are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be achieved for the full year. The financial statements and related notes do not include all information and footnotes required by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles for annual reports and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 26, 2021.
Principles of Consolidation—The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.
Fiscal Year—The Company’s fiscal year is a 52- or 53-week period that ends on the Sunday closest to the last day of December. Fiscal year 2022 is a 52-week period that ends December 25, 2022 and fiscal year 2021 was a 52-week period that ended December 26, 2021. In a 52-week fiscal year, each quarter includes 13 weeks of operations. In a 53-week fiscal year, the first, second and third quarters each include 13 weeks of operations, and the fourth quarter includes 14 weeks of operations.
Management’s Use of Estimates—The condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) and the rules and regulations of the SEC. The preparation of condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect certain reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Significant accounting estimates made by the Company include the income tax valuation allowance, impairment of long-lived assets, legal liabilities, fair value of contingent consideration, intangible assets acquired in business combinations, goodwill and stock-based compensation. These estimates are based on information available as of the date of the condensed consolidated financial statements; therefore, actual results could differ from those estimates, including those resulting from the impact of COVID-19.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments—The fair value measurement accounting guidance creates a
fair value hierarchy to prioritize the inputs used to measure fair value into three categories. A
financial instrument’s level within the fair value hierarchy is based on the lowest level of input
significant to the fair value measurement, where Level 1 is the highest category (observable inputs) and Level 3 is the lowest category (unobservable inputs). The three levels are defined as follows:

Level 1—Quoted prices for identical instruments in active markets.

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Level 2—Quoted prices for similar instruments in active markets, quoted prices for identical or
similar instruments in markets that are not active and model-derived valuations in which significant value drivers are observable.

Level 3—Unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. This includes certain pricing models, discounted cash flow methodologies and similar techniques that use significant unobservable inputs.

The carrying amount of accounts receivable, tenant improvement allowance receivable, other current assets, accounts payable, accrued payroll and accrued expenses approximates fair value due to the short-term maturity of these financial instruments. The fair value of loans to related parties is not readily determinable by virtue of the nature of the related parties’ relationship with the Company. The Company’s contingent consideration is carried at fair value determined using Level 3 inputs in the fair value. For further details see Note 3.

Certain assets and liabilities are measured at fair value on a nonrecurring basis. In other words, the instruments are not measured at fair value on an ongoing basis but are subject to fair value adjustments only in certain circumstances (for example, when there is evidence of impairment). For further details see Note 3.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets— Long-lived assets are reviewed for recoverability at the lowest level in which there are identifiable cash flows (“asset group”). The asset group is at the store-level for restaurant assets and the corporate-level for corporate assets. The carrying amount of a store asset group includes stores’ property and equipment, primarily leasehold improvements. Long-lived assets, including property and equipment and internally developed software, are reviewed by management for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the asset may not be fully recoverable. When events or circumstances indicate that impairment may be present, management evaluates the probability that future undiscounted net cash flows received will be less than the carrying amount of the asset group. If projected future undiscounted cash flows are less than the carrying value of an asset group, then such assets are written down to their fair values. The Company uses a discounted cash flows model to measure the fair value of an asset group. An impairment charge will be recognized in the amount by which the carrying amount of the store asset group exceeds its fair value. A number of significant assumptions and estimates are involved in the application of the model to forecast operating cash flows, which are largely unobservable inputs and, accordingly, are classified as Level 3 inputs within the fair value hierarchy. Assumptions used in these forecasts are consistent with internal planning, and include sales growth rates, gross margins, and operating expense in relation to the current economic environment and the Company’s future expectations, competitive factors in its various markets, inflation, sales trends and other relevant economic factors that may impact the store under evaluation.

There is uncertainty in the projected undiscounted future cash flows used in the Company’s impairment review analysis, which requires the use of estimates and assumptions. If actual performance does not achieve the projections, or if the assumptions used change in the future, the Company may be required to recognize impairment charges in future periods, and such charges could be material. The Company determined that triggering events, primarily related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic impacting the Company’s near-term restaurant level cash flow forecasts, occurred for certain restaurants during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021 that required an impairment review of the Company’s long-lived assets. Based on the results of this analysis, the Company did not record any non-cash impairment charges.

Business Combinations—The Company utilizes the acquisition method of accounting in any acquisitions or business combinations. The acquisition method of accounting requires companies to assign values to assets and liabilities acquired based upon their fair values at the acquisition date. In most instances, there are not readily defined or listed market prices for individual assets and liabilities acquired in connection with a business, including intangible assets. The determination of fair value for assets and liabilities in many instances requires a high degree of estimation. The valuation of intangible assets, in particular, is very subjective. The Company generally obtains third-party valuations to assist it in estimating fair values. The use of different valuation techniques and assumptions could change the amounts and useful lives assigned to the assets and liabilities acquired and related amortization expense.
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Contingent Consideration - Due to certain conversion features, the contingent consideration issued as part of the Spyce acquisition (see Note 6 for further details) is considered a liability in accordance with ASC 480. The liability associated with the contingent consideration is initially recorded at fair value (see Note 3 for further details) upon issuance date and is subsequently re-measured to fair value at each reporting date. The initial fair value of the liability for the contingent consideration was $16.4 million and was included as part of the purchase price for the Spyce acquisition. The fair value of the liability as of March 27, 2022 was $20.2 million.

Changes in fair value of the contingent consideration is recognized within other income in the accompanying condensed consolidated statement of operations.
Cash and Cash Equivalents—The Company considers all highly liquid investments with a maturity of three months or less at the time of purchase to be cash equivalents. Amounts receivable from credit card processors are converted to cash shortly after the related sales transaction and are considered to be cash equivalents because they are both short-term and highly liquid in nature. Amounts receivable from sales transactions as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, were $3.5 million and $1.1 million, respectively.
Restricted Cash—The Company’s restricted cash balance relates to certificates of deposit that are collateral for letters of credit to lease agreements entered into by the Company.
The reconciliation of cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash presented in the Company’s accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets to the total amount shown in its condensed consolidated statements of cash flows is as follows:
(dollar amounts in thousands)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 436,517  $ 471,971 
Restricted cash, noncurrent
273  328 
Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash shown on statement of cash flows $ 436,790 $ 472,299
Concentrations of Risk—The Company maintains cash balances at several financial institutions located in the United States. The cash balances may, at times, exceed federally insured limits. Accounts are guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) up to $0.3 million.
During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, approximately 31% and 32%, respectively, of the Company’s revenue was generated from the Company’s restaurants located in the New York City metropolitan area.

Deferred Costs—Deferred costs primarily consist of capitalized implementation costs from cloud computing arrangements in relation to a new enterprise resource planning system. These costs amount to $1.4 million as of March 27, 2022 and are recorded within other current assets in the condensed consolidated balance sheets. Prior to the Company’s initial public offering (the “IPO”), deferred costs also included direct incremental legal, consulting, accounting, and other fees relating to the sale of the Company’s Class A Common Stock which were reclassified into stockholder’s deficit as a reduction of IPO proceeds upon offering.
Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements Not Yet Adopted—In April 2012, the JOBS Act was enacted. Section 107(b) of the JOBS Act provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of an extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards. Thus, an emerging growth company can delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. The Company has elected to take advantage of the extended transition period to comply with new or revised accounting standards and to adopt certain of the reduced disclosure requirements available to emerging growth companies. As a result of the accounting standards election, the Company will not be subject to the same implementation timing for new or revised accounting standards as other public companies that are not emerging growth companies which may make comparison of its financials to those of other public companies more difficult.
In February 2016, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2016-02, Leases. This update requires lessees to recognize in the condensed consolidated balance sheet assets and liabilities for leases with lease terms of more than 12 months. Consistent with
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current GAAP, the recognition, measurement, and presentation of expenses and cash flows arising from a lease by a lessee primarily will depend on its classification as a finance or operating lease. However, unlike current GAAP—which requires only capital leases to be recognized in the condensed consolidated balance sheet—the new ASU will require both types of leases to be recognized by a lessee in the condensed consolidated balance sheet. In June 2020, the FASB issued ASU No. 2020-05 which delayed the effective date to fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2021, and interim periods within fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022. Early application is permitted. The ASU will be adopted for the annual period beginning December 27, 2021, and the first presentation of the application of ASC 842, Leases, will be presented in the Company’s annual consolidated financial statements for fiscal year 2022 included within the Company’s 2022 Annual Report on Form 10-K. The Company plans on electing the optional transition method to apply the standard as of the effective date and therefore, will not apply the standard to the comparative periods presented in its financial statements. While the Company is still evaluating this ASU, the Company has determined that the primary impact will be to recognize in the condensed consolidated balance sheets all operating leases with lease terms greater than 12 months. It is expected that this ASU will have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated balance sheet as it will record assets and obligations related to all of its operating and corporate office leases. The Company does not expect a material impact on its condensed consolidated statement of operations or condensed consolidated statement of cash flows. Additionally, the Company is in the process of evaluating the expanded disclosure requirements related to this ASU.
In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU No. 2016-13, Financial Instruments-Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments (“ASU 2016-13”). The amendments in ASU 2016-13 provide amended guidance for estimating credit losses on certain types of financial instruments based on expected losses and the timing of the recognition of such losses. Expanded disclosures related to the methods used to estimate the losses are also required. The standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2022. The application of ASU 2018-07 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

2.REVENUE RECOGNITION
Nature of products and services
The Company recognizes food and beverage revenue, net of discounts and incentives, when payment is tendered at the point of sale as the performance obligation has been satisfied, through the Company’s three disaggregated revenue channels: Owned Digital Channels, In Store-Channel (Non-Digital component), and Marketplace Channel.

Owned Digital Channels encompasses the Company’s Pick-Up Channel, Native Delivery Channel, Outpost Channel, and purchases made in its In-Store Channel via digital scan-to-pay. Pick-Up Channel refers to sales to customers made for pick up at one of the Company’s restaurants through the sweetgreen website or mobile app. Native Delivery Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery made through the sweetgreen website or mobile app. Outpost Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery made through the sweetgreen website or mobile app to Outposts, which are the Company’s trademark offsite drop-off points at offices, residential buildings and hospitals.
In-Store Channel (Non-Digital component) refers to sales to customers who make in-store purchases in the Company’s restaurants, whether they pay by cash or credit card.
Marketplace Channel refers to sales to customers for delivery or pick-up made through third-party delivery marketplaces, including Caviar, DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats.
Provisions for discounts are provided for in the same period the related sales are recorded. Sales taxes and other taxes collected from customers and remitted to governmental authorities are presented on a net basis, and as such, are excluded from revenues.
Gift Cards
The Company sells gift cards that do not have an expiration date. Upon sale, gift cards are recorded as unearned revenue and included within gift card liability in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets. The revenues from gift cards are recognized when redeemed by customers. Because the Company does not track addresses of gift card purchasers, the relevant jurisdiction related to the requirement for
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escheatment, the legal obligation to remit unclaimed assets to the state, is the Company’s state of incorporation, which is Delaware. The state of Delaware requires escheatment after 5 years from issuance. The Company does not recognize breakage income because of its requirements to escheat unredeemed gift card balances.
Delivery
All of the Company’s locations offer a delivery option. Delivery services are fulfilled by third-party service providers whether delivery is ordered through the Company’s Native Delivery Channel or Marketplace Channel. With respect to Native Delivery sales, the Company controls the delivery services and recognizes revenue, including delivery revenue, when the delivery partner transfers food to the customer. For these sales, the Company receives payment directly from the customer at the time of sale. With respect to Marketplace Channel sales, the Company recognizes revenue, excluding delivery fees collected by the delivery partner as the Company does not control the delivery service, when control of the food is delivered to the end customer. The Company receives payment from the delivery partner subsequent to the transfer of food and the payment terms are short-term in nature. For all delivery sales, the Company is considered the principal and recognizes the revenue on a gross basis.
The following table presents the Company’s revenue for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021 disaggregated by significant revenue channel:
Thirteen weeks ended
(dollar amounts in thousands)
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Owned Digital Channels $ 43,927  $ 32,628 
In-Store Channel (Non-Digital component) 34,444  14,224 
Marketplace Channel 24,220  14,540 
Total Revenue $ 102,591 $ 61,392
Gift Cards
Gift card liability included in gift card and loyalty liability within the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet was as follows:
(dollar amounts in thousands)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Gift Card Liability $ 1,622 $ 1,839
Revenue recognized from the redemption of gift cards that was included in gift card and loyalty liability at the beginning of the year was as follows:
Thirteen weeks ended
(dollar amounts in thousands)
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Revenue recognized from gift card liability balance at the beginning of the year $ 253 $ 131
sweetgreen Rewards
Changes in sweetgreen Rewards liability included in gift card and loyalty liability within the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet was as follows:
Thirteen weeks ended
(dollar amounts in thousands)
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
sweetgreen Rewards liability, beginning balance $ $ 943
Revenue deferred 1,701
Revenue recognized (2,208)
sweetgreen Rewards liability, ending balance $ $ 436
All the loyalty liability outstanding at the beginning of each year presented was recognized during each respective year. All rewards revenue related to performance obligations were satisfied as of March 27, 2022.
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3.FAIR VALUE

The following tables present information about the Company’s financial liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis:
Fair Value Measurements as of March 27, 2022 Fair Value Measurements as of December 26, 2021
Total Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Total Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Contingent consideration 20,243  —  —  20,243  20,477  —  —  20,477 
Total $ 20,243  $ —  $ —  $ 20,243  $ 20,477  $ —  $ —  $ 20,477 

The fair value of the contingent consideration was determined based on significant inputs not observable in the market.

In connection with the acquisition of Spyce Food Co., a Delaware corporation (“Spyce”) on September 7, 2021, the former equity holders of Spyce may receive up to 714,285 additional shares of Class A Common Stock, calculated based on the initial offering price of the Company’s Class A common stock of $28.00 per share sold in the Company’s IPO (the “Reference Price”), contingent on the achievement of certain performance milestones between the closing date of the acquisition and June 30, 2026. See Note 6. Additionally, the former equityholders of Spyce may receive true-up payments in cash as follows: if (i) as of the second anniversary of the closing date of the acquisition, the 30-Day Volume-Weighted Average Price of the Company’s Class A common stock (“VWAP Price”) is less than the Reference Price, then the Company shall pay to each former equityholder of Spyce the delta between the Reference Price and the VWAP price for the upfront portion of the purchase price and (ii) as of the date of the achievement of any of the three milestones, the VWAP as of such milestone achievement date is less than the Reference Price, then the Company shall pay to each former equityholder of Spyce the delta between the Reference Price and the VWAP price for the contingent consideration associated with such milestone. The contingent consideration was valued using the Monte Carlo method. The analysis considered, among other items, the equity value, the contractual terms of the Spyce merger agreement, potential liquidity event scenarios (prior to the IPO), the Company’s credit adjusted discount rate, equity volatility, risk-free rate and the probability of milestone targets required for issuance of shares under the contingent consideration will be achieved.

The following table provides a roll forward of the aggregate fair values of the Company’s contingent consideration, for which fair value is determined using Level 3 inputs.
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Contingent Consideration
Balance—December 26, 2021 $ 20,477 
Change in fair value
(234)
Balance—March 27, 2022 $ 20,243 

4.PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT
Property and equipment are stated at cost. Depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Leasehold improvements are amortized using the straight-line method over the shorter of the lease term or estimated useful life. A summary of property and equipment is as follows:
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(dollar amounts in thousands)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Furniture and fixtures
$ 28,224 $ 26,168
Computers and other equipment
24,675  22,890 
Kitchen equipment
50,753  47,911 
Leasehold improvements
177,899  167,362 
Assets not yet placed in service
23,339  21,981 
Total property and equipment
304,890  286,312 
Less: accumulated depreciation
(114,285) (105,646)
Property and equipment, net
$ 190,605 $ 180,666
Depreciation expense for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, was $8.8 million and $6.5 million, respectively.

Loss on asset disposals for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021 was less than $0.1 million and $0.1 million, respectively.

As of March 27, 2022, the Company had 19 facilities under construction due to open during fiscal year 2022. As of December 26, 2021, the Company had 13 facilities under construction, of which 8 facilities opened during the first quarter of fiscal year 2022. Depreciation commences after a store opens and the related assets are placed in service.
5.GOODWILL AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET
During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, there were no changes in the carrying amount of goodwill of $36.0 million.
The following table presents the Company’s intangible assets, net balances:
(dollar amounts in thousands)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Internal use software $ 27,030  $ 26,122 
Developed technology 20,050  20,050 
Total intangible assets
47,080  46,172 
Accumulated amortization (15,203) (13,304)
Intangible assets, net
$ 31,877 $ 32,868

Developed technology intangible assets were recognized in conjunction with the Company’s acquisition of Spyce on September 7, 2021.The estimated useful lives of developed technology is five years. As of March 27, 2022, developed technology has not been placed into service. See Note 6 for further details.

Amortization expense for intangible assets was $1.9 million and $1.3 million for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, respectively.

Estimated amortization of internal use software for each of the next five years is as follows:
(dollar amounts in thousands)

2022 $ 5,225 
2023 4,607 
2024 1,968 
2025 27 
2026 — 
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6.BUSINESS ACQUISITION
On September 7, 2021, the Company closed its acquisition of Spyce, a Boston-based restaurant company powered by automation technology. The Company acquired 100% of the stock of Spyce via a merger. The purpose of the acquisition is to allow the Company to serve its food with even better quality, consistency and efficiency in its restaurants via automation. Pursuant to the merger agreement, upon closing of the acquisition, the Company issued 1,843,493 shares of Class S stock (the “Class S Shares”) worth approximately $37.5 million, of which $6.8 million is considered post-business combination compensation expense, see Note 10 for details, and subject to certain vesting requirements of certain Spyce employees. In connection with the Company’s IPO, the Class S Shares converted into 1,316,763 shares of common stock pursuant to a formula based on the Reference Price, which such shares were then reclassified into shares of Class A common stock. Additionally, the Company paid off approximately $3.5 million of certain indebtedness and transaction expenses of Spyce. Furthermore, the former equity holders of Spyce may receive up to an aggregate of 714,285 additional shares of Class A Common Stock contingent on the achievement of certain performance milestones between the closing date and June 30, 2026. See Note 3. The acquisition of Spyce was not significant pursuant to Rule 3-05 of Regulation S-X.

The following allocation of the purchase price and the estimated transaction costs is preliminary due to the finalization of taxes and is based on information available to the Company’s management at the time the consolidated financial statements were prepared. Accordingly, the allocation is subject to change and the impact of such changes may be material (in thousands):


Fair value of assets acquired
As of September 7,
2021
Restricted cash 203 
Property and equipment, net 707 
Other assets 660 
Developed technology 20,050 
Goodwill 29,695 
Total assets acquired $ 51,315 
Fair value of liabilities assumed
Other liabilities 628
Total liabilities assumed $ 628 
Total identifiable net assets $ 50,687 
Fair value of consideration
Cash consideration, net of cash acquired 2,762 
Closing third party expenses 781 
Equity consideration 30,704 
Contingent equity consideration 16,440 
Total consideration $ 50,687 

Determining the fair value of the intangible assets acquired requires significant judgment, including the amount and timing of expected future cash flows, long-term growth rates and discount rates. The fair value of the intangibles assets was determined using a cost approach, which were based on the Company’s best estimate of recreating the developed technology acquired as part of the transaction. This includes estimates related to opportunity costs, developers profit, weighted average weight of return, and projected overhead. Use of different estimates and judgments could yield materially different results.

The Company’s consolidated financial statements for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 reflect results of operations of the newly acquired business. The Company accounted for this acquisition under the
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acquisition method in accordance with ASC Topic 805, Business Combinations. The goodwill is attributable to the synergies the Company expects to achieve through leveraging the acquired technology to its existing restaurants and the workforce of Spyce. For tax purposes the acquisition was treated as a stock purchase, and as such any goodwill or other intangible assets recorded as a result of this transaction are not deductible for tax purposes.

Supplemental Pro Forma Information (unaudited)

The following unaudited pro forma summary presents consolidated information of the Company as if the business acquisition occurred on December 28, 2020.

(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021
Revenue
$ 61,551 
Net loss attributable to sweetgreen, inc
$ (30,944)

The Company did not have any material, nonrecurring pro forma adjustments directly attributable to the business acquisition included in the reported pro forma revenue and earnings.

These pro forma amounts have been calculated by applying the Company’s accounting policies.

The unaudited pro forma supplemental information is based on estimates and assumptions, which the Company believes are reasonable and are not necessarily indicative of the results that have been realized had the acquisition been consolidated in the tables above as of December 28, 2020, nor are they indicative of results of operations that may occur in the future.
7.ACCRUED EXPENSES
Accrued expenses consist of the following:
(dollar amounts in thousands)
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Rent deferrals $ 1,747  $ 2,547
Accrued general and sales tax 3,776  3,115 
Accrued delivery fee 1,357  778 
Accrued settlements and legal fess 1,354  2,156 
Other accrued expenses 6,950  7,742 
Total accrued expenses $ 15,184  $ 16,338 
8.DEBT
Credit FacilityOn December 14, 2020, the Company refinanced its previously existing 2017 Revolving Facility with EagleBank (as refinanced and as amended on September 29, 2021, the “2020 Credit Facility”). The 2020 Credit Facility allows the Company to borrow up to $35.0 million in the aggregate principal amount under the refinanced revolving facility and up to $10.0 million in the aggregate principal amount under a new delayed draw term loan facility. Under the 2020 Credit Facility, interest accrues on the outstanding loan balance and is payable monthly at a rate of the adjusted one-month London InterBank Offered Rate, plus 2.90%, with a floor on the interest rate at 3.75%. As of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, the Company had no outstanding balance under the 2020 Credit Facility.
Under the 2020 Credit Facility, the Company is required to maintain certain levels of liquidity (defined as total cash and cash equivalents on hand plus the available amount under the revolving facility) which liquidity amount shall be no less than the trailing 90-day cash burn. The Company was in compliance with the applicable financial covenants as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021.
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The obligations under the 2020 Credit Facility are guaranteed by the Company’s existing and future material subsidiaries and secured by substantially all of the Company’s and subsidiaries guarantor’s assets. The agreement also restricts the Company’s ability, and the ability of the Company’s subsidiary guarantors, to, among other things, incur liens; incur additional indebtedness; transfer or dispose of assets; make acquisitions, change the nature of the business; guarantee obligations; pay dividends to shareholders or repurchase stock; and make advances, loans, or other investments. The agreement contains customary events of default, including, without limitation, failure to pay the outstanding loans or accrued interest on the due date.
The Company had unamortized loan origination fees of $0.1 million and $0.1 million as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, respectively, which is included within the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet in other current assets. The Company recognized less than $0.1 million of interest expense for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, related to the amortization of loan origination fees.
9.COMMON STOCK
As of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, the Company had reserved shares of common stock for issuance in connection with the following:
As of March 27,
2022
As of December 26,
2021
Options outstanding under the 2009 Stock Plan, 2019 Equity Incentive Plan, Spyce Food Co. 2016 Stock Option Plan and Grant Plan and 2021 Equity Incentive Plan 13,924,612  13,773,414 
Shares reserved for achievement of Spyce milestones 714,285  714,285 
Shares reserved for employee stock purchase plan 3,000,000  3,000,000 
RSUs and PSUs outstanding under the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan and 2021 Equity Incentive Plan 9,176,615  9,013,854 
Shares available for future issuance under the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan and 2021 Equity Incentive Plan 11,392,585  12,159,177 
Total reserved shares of common stock 38,208,097  38,660,730 
10.STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION

2021 Equity Incentive Plan

In connection with the Company’s IPO, the Company adopted the 2021 Equity Incentive Plan (the “2021 Plan”), which allows for issuance of stock options (including incentive stock options and non-qualified stock options), RSUs, including performance-based awards, and other types of awards. The maximum number of shares of common stock that may be issued under the 2021 Plan is 35,166,753, which is the sum of (i) 11,500,000 new shares, plus (ii) an additional number of shares consisting of (a) shares that were available for the issuance of awards under any prior equity incentive plans in place (which shall include the Prior Stock Plans (as defined below) and the Spyce Plan (as defined below)) prior to the time the Company’s 2021 Plan became effective and (b) any shares of the Company’s common stock subject to outstanding stock options or other stock awards granted under the Prior Stock Plans that on or after the Company’s 2021 Plan became effective, terminate or expire prior to the exercise or settlement; are not issued because the award is settled in cash; are forfeited because of the failure to vest; or are reacquired or withheld (or not issued) to satisfy a tax withholding obligation or the purchase or exercise price. Options granted during, or prior to, the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 generally have vesting terms between twelve months and four years and have a contractual life of 10 years.

2009 Stock Plan and 2019 Equity Incentive Plan

Prior to the Company’s IPO, the Company granted stock options, RSUs and performance-based restricted stock awards (“PSUs”) to its employees, as well as nonemployees (including directors and others who provide substantial services to the Company) under the Company’s 2009 Stock Plan and 2019 Equity Incentive Plan
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(collectively, the “Prior Stock Plans”). Awards permitted to be granted under the Prior Stock Plans include incentive stock options to the Company’s employees and non-qualified stock options to the Company’s employees and non-employees, as well as stock appreciation rights, restricted stock awards, RSUs (including PSUs), and other forms of stock awards to the Company’s employees, directors and consultants and any of the Company’s affiliated employees and consultants. Options granted during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and prior generally have vesting terms between one year and four years and have a contractual life of 10 years. No further stock awards will be granted under the Prior Stock Plans now that the 2021 Equity Incentive Plan is effective; however, awards outstanding under the Prior Stock Plans will continue to be governed by their existing terms.

Spyce Acquisition

In conjunction with the Spyce acquisition, the Company issued shares of Class S stock which converted to the Class A common stock upon the Company’s IPO. See Note 6. Shares of Class S stock that were issued to certain Spyce employees, and the corresponding shares of Class A common stock received by such employees in connection with the Company’s IPO, are subject to time-based service requirements and will vest on September 7, 2023, subject to vesting acceleration in full upon the occurrence of certain events. As the value is fixed, the grant date fair value of these shares represents the fair value of the shares on the acquisition date. For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, the Company recognized stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million, related to the vested portion of such shares.

2021 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

In conjunction with the IPO, the Company’s board of directors adopted, and the Company’s stockholders approved the Company’s 2021 employee stock purchase plan (the “ESPP”). The Company’s ESPP authorizes the issuance of 3,000,000 shares of common stock under purchase rights granted to the Company’s employees or to the employees of any of its designated affiliates. The number of shares of the Company’s common stock reserved for issuance will automatically increase on January 1 of each year for a period of 10 years, beginning January 1, 2023, by the lesser of (i) 1% of the total number of shares of our common stock outstanding on December 31 of the immediately preceding year; and (ii) 4,300,000 shares, except before the date of any such increase, the Company’s board of directors may determine that such increase will be less than the amount set forth in clauses (i) and (ii).

As of March 27, 2022, there had been no offering period or purchase period under the ESPP, and no such period will begin unless and until determined by the administrator.


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Stock Options

Certain amounts for employee stock option disclosures in prior years were reclassified to conform with current year presentation. The following table summarizes the Company’s stock option activity for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021:
(dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
Number of
Shares
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price Per
Share
Weighted-Average
Remaining
Contractual Term
(In Years)
Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
Balance—December 26, 2021 13,773,414 $ 6.87  7.42 $ 337,269 
Options granted 369,274 25.39 
Options exercised (153,158) 5.45 
Options forfeited (53,721) 9.99 
Options expired (11,197) 6.07 
Balance—March 27, 2022 13,924,612 $ 7.37  7.31 $ 348,686 
Exercisable—March 27, 2022 8,642,689 $ 5.07  6.31 $ 236,185 
Vested and expected to vest—March 27, 2022 13,924,612 $ 7.37  7.31 $ 348,686 
(dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
Number of
Shares
Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price Per
Share
Weighted-Average
Remaining
Contractual Term
(In Years)
Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value
Balance—December 27, 2020 14,612,730 $ 4.27  6.34 $ 15,204 
Options granted — 
Options exercised (561,465) 4.49 
Options forfeited (117,673) 5.64 
Options expired (61,498) 5.88 
Balance—March 28, 2021 13,872,094 $ 4.24  6.29 $ 14,627 
Exercisable—March 28, 2021 5,044,682 $ 4.80  4.80 $ 11,607 
Vested and expected to vest—March 28, 2021 13,872,094 $ 4.24  6.29 $ 14,627 
The weighted-average fair value of options granted during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, was $11.16 for stock options issued. There were no options granted during the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021.
The fair value of each option granted has been estimated as of the date of the grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model. The Company has elected to account for forfeitures as they occur.
As of March 27, 2022, there was $26.5 million in unrecognized compensation expense related to unvested stock-based compensation arrangements and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period 2.45 years.

Restricted Stock Units and Performance Stock Units

Restricted stock units

The following table summarizes the Company’s RSU activity for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022:

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(dollar amounts in thousands except per share amounts)
Number of Shares Weighted-Average Grant Date Fair Value
Balance—December 26, 2021 2,392,426  $ 24.18 
   Granted 235,972  25.70 
   Released (12,500) 23.00 
   Forfeited, cancelled, or expired (60,711) 29.22 
Balance—March 27, 2022
2,555,187  $ 24.21 

There were no RSUs granted during the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021.

As of March 27, 2022, unrecognized compensation expense related to RSUs was $53.3 million and is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.74 years. The fair value of shares released as of the vesting date during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was $0.4 million.

Performance stock units

In October 2021, the Company granted 2,100,000 PSUs to each founder (the “founder PSUs”) for a total of 6,300,000 PSUs, under the 2019 Equity Incentive Plan. The founder PSUs vest upon the satisfaction of a service condition and the achievement of certain stock price goals.

Subsequent to the Company’s IPO, the Company issued 321,428 PSUs to the Spyce founders (“Spyce PSUs”) based on three separate performance-based milestone targets. During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, the Company has not recorded any stock-based compensation expense related to the Spyce PSUs. Unrecognized compensation expense related to the Spyce PSUs was $9.8 million, which will be expensed if the performance-based milestones targets become probable of being met.

There were no additional PSU grants during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.

As of March 27, 2022 unrecognized compensation expense related to the founder PSUs was $87.7 million and is expected to recognized over a weighted average period of 2.73 years.

A summary of stock-based compensation expense recognized during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021 is as follows:

(dollar amounts in thousands) March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Stock-options $ 2,532  $ 1,224 
Restricted stock units 10,584 
Performance stock units 9,049 
Total stock-based compensation $ 22,165  $ 1,224 

11.INCOME TAXES
The Company’s entire pretax loss for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021 was from its U.S domestic operations. The Company’s tax provision for interim periods is determined using an estimate of its annual effective tax rate, adjusted for discrete items arising during interim periods. For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, there were no significant discrete items recorded and the Company recorded less than $0.1 million and no income tax expense, respectively.

On March 27, 2020, CARES Act was signed into law. The CARES Act provides numerous tax provisions and other stimulus measures, including provisions, among others, addressing the carryback of NOLs for specific periods, refunds of alternative minimum tax credits, temporary modifications to the limitations placed on the tax deductibility of net interest expenses, and technical amendments for qualified improvement property (“QIP”). Additionally, the CARES Act, in efforts to enhance business’ liquidity, provides for refundable employee retention tax credits and the deferral of the employer-paid portion of social security taxes. The
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Company elected to defer the employer-paid portion of social security payroll taxes through December 27, 2020, of $5.0 million, of which $2.5 million was remitted during the fiscal year 2021, and the remaining $2.5 million is required to be remitted at the end of calendar year 2022. The remaining $2.5 million obligation as of March 27, 2022 is included within accrued payroll, within the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheets.

12.NET LOSS PER SHARE

During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, the rights, including the liquidation and dividend rights, of the holders of Class A and Class B common stock were identical, except with respect to voting. As the liquidation and dividend rights were identical, the undistributed earnings were allocated on a proportionate basis and the resulting net loss per share attributable to common stockholders were, therefore, the same for both Class A and Class B common stock on an individual or combined basis.

The following table sets forth the computation of net loss per common share:
Thirteen weeks ended
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Numerator:
Net loss $ (49,200) $ (30,045)
Denominator:
Weighted-average common shares outstanding—basic and diluted 109,472,050  16,962,694 
Earnings per share—basic and diluted $ (0.45) $ (1.77)

The Company’s potentially dilutive securities, which include preferred stock and options to purchase common stock, have been excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share as the effect would be antidilutive. Therefore, the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding used to calculate both basic and diluted net loss per share is the same. The Company excluded the following potential common shares, presented based on amounts outstanding at each period end, from the computation of diluted net loss per share for the periods indicated because including them would have had an anti-dilutive effect:

Thirteen weeks ended
March 27,
2022
March 28,
2021
Options to purchase common stock 13,924,612  13,872,094 
Preferred stock —  71,466,912 
Time-based vesting restricted stock units 2,555,187  — 
Performance stock units 6,621,428  — 
Contingently issuable stock 714,285  — 
Total common stock equivalents 23,815,512  85,339,006 
13.RELATED-PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Company’s founders and Chief Financial Officer each hold indirect minority passive interests in Luzzatto Opportunity Fund II, LLC, an entity which holds indirect equity interests in Welcome to the Dairy, LLC, which is the owner of the property leased by the Company at 3101 W. Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90018, for the Company’s principal corporate headquarters. For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, total payments to Welcome to the Dairy, LLC, totaled $1.7 million and $2.7 million, respectively.
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14.COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
Operating Leases

The Company leases its office facilities, restaurant locations, and certain equipment under non-cancelable operating leases that expire on various dates. During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, the Company recorded rent expense of $10.4 million and $6.8 million, respectively.

Future minimum lease payments under non-cancelable operating leases subsequent to March 27, 2022 are as follows (in thousands):

(dollar amounts in thousands)
Total
2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 Thereafter
Operating Leases $ 410,748  $ 34,179  $ 47,857  $ 48,612  $ 48,338  $ 46,226  $ 185,536 
Purchase obligations(1)
$ 5,067  $ 5,067  $ —  $ —  $ —  $ —  $ — 
(1)Purchase obligations include agreements to purchase goods or services that are enforceable and legally binding on us and that specify all significant terms. The majority of our purchase obligations relate to amounts owed for supplies within our restaurants.

Legal Contingencies

The Company is subject to various claims, lawsuits, governmental investigations and administrative proceedings that arise in the ordinary course of business. The Company does not believe that the ultimate resolution of any of these matters will have a material effect on the Company’s financial position, results of operations, liquidity, or capital resources. However, an increase in the number of these claims, or one or more successful claims under which the Company incurs greater liabilities than the Company currently anticipates, could materially and adversely affect the Company’s business, financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.

15.SUBSEQUENT EVENTS
The Company evaluated subsequent events through May 6, 2022, the date its accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements were available to be issued. Except as discussed below, there are no events that require adjustment to or disclosure in these condensed consolidated financial statements.

On May 2, 2022, the Compensation Committee approved the issuance under the 2021 Plan of 17,843 restricted stock units and 41,625 stock options to an executive of the Company. Both the restricted stock units and the stock options have a vesting commencement date of February 15, 2022 and vest quarterly over 3 years, with 20% vesting in the first year, 30% vesting in the second year and vesting 50% in the third year.





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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations together with the condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements based upon current plans, expectations and beliefs that involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including those set forth in the sections titled “Risk Factors” and “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and in other parts of this report. Unless the context otherwise requires, all references in this section to “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company,” or “sweetgreen” refer to Sweetgreen, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Overview
We are a mission-driven, next generation restaurant and lifestyle brand that serves healthy food at scale. Our bold vision is to be as ubiquitous as traditional fast food, but with the transparency and quality that consumers increasingly expect. As of March 27, 2022, we owned and operated 158 restaurants in 13 states and Washington, D.C.
Factors Affecting Our Business
Expanding Restaurant Footprint
Opening new restaurants is an important driver of our revenue growth. During the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021, we had 8 and 1 Net New Restaurant Openings, respectively, bringing our total count as of March 27, 2022 to 158 restaurants in 13 states and Washington, D.C.

We are still in the very nascent stages of our journey, and one of our greatest immediate opportunities is to grow our footprint in both existing and new U.S. markets and, over time, internationally. We have a goal of operating 1,000 restaurants by the end of the decade.
Real Estate Selection
We utilize a rigorous, data-driven real estate selection process to identify new restaurant sites, both in new and existing U.S. markets, with both high anticipated foot traffic and proximity to workplaces and residences that support our multi-channel approach, including our Native Delivery, Marketplace Delivery and Outpost Channels.
Macroeconomic Conditions
Consumer spending on food outside the home fluctuates with macroeconomic conditions. Consumers tend to allocate higher spending to food outside the home when macroeconomic conditions are stronger, and rationalize spending on food outside the home during weaker economies. As a premium offering in the fast-casual industry, we are exposed both to consumers trading the convenience of food away from home for the cost benefit of cooking, and to consumers selecting less expensive fast-casual alternatives during weaker economic periods. Throughout our history, our customers have demonstrated a willingness to pay a premium for a craveable, convenient, and healthier alternative to traditional fast-food and fast-casual offerings.

While we have historically been able to partially offset inflation and other increases, such as wage increases and increases in cost of goods sold, in the costs of core operating resources by gradually increasing menu prices or other customer fees, such as service fees and delivery fees, coupled with more efficient purchasing practices, productivity improvements, and greater economies of scale, there can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to do so in the future. In particular, macroeconomic conditions could make additional menu price increases imprudent. There can be no assurance that future cost increases, including as a result of inflation, can be offset by increased menu prices or that increased menu prices will be fully absorbed by our customers without any resulting change to their visit frequencies or purchasing patterns.
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Seasonality
Our revenue fluctuates as a result of seasonal factors. Historically, our revenue is lower in the first and fourth quarters of the year due, in part, to the holiday season and the fact that fewer people eat out during periods of inclement weather (the winter months) than during periods of mild to warm weather (the spring, summer, and fall months). In addition, a core part of our menu, salads, has proven to be more popular among consumers in the warmer months.
Sales Channel Mix
Our revenue is derived from sales of food and beverage to customers through our five sales channels: In-Store Channel, Pick-Up Channel, Native Delivery Channel, Marketplace Channel, and Outpost Channel. There have been historical fluctuations in the mix of sales between our various channels. For example, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have experienced a significant increased percentage of sales through our Owned Digital and Marketplace Channels. Due to the fact that our Native Delivery, Outpost, and Marketplace Channels require the payment of third-party fees in order to fulfill deliveries, sales through these channels have historically negatively impacted our margins. Additionally, historically, orders on our Native Delivery, Outpost and Marketplace Channels have resulted in a higher rate of refunds and credits than our In-Store and Pick-Up Channels, which has a negative impact on revenue on these channels. We have also historically prioritized promotions and discounts on our Owned Digital Channels, which also reduces revenue on these channels. If we continue to see a more permanent shift in sales through these channels, our margins may decrease. However, over time, we expect that our margins will improve on our Native Delivery, Outpost, and Marketplace Channels as we scale each of these channels. We intend to achieve this on Native Delivery and Marketplace Channels via successful negotiating of lower third-party delivery fees, and on Outpost via similar negotiation and/or more efficient delivery from couriers. For example, we recently negotiated lower third party delivery fees for our Native Delivery Channel on a fixed fee per order basis based on the geographic market and mileage for each order, which took effect in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2021.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on our results of operations and may continue to affect our operations and financial results for the foreseeable future. Specifically, in the first six weeks of the fiscal quarter ended March 27, 2022, the Omicron variant had a material impact on our transaction volume. However, we started to see improvement in the latter half of the quarter. As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see variability in our customer traffic patterns, which could continue to impact our results of operations, financial condition or liquidity. Please see the section titled “Risk Factors” included under Part I, Item 1A in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2021.
Key Performance Metrics

We track the following key business metrics and non-GAAP financial measures to evaluate our performance, identify trends, formulate financial projections, and make strategic decisions. We believe that these key business metrics, which includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, provide useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our results of operations in the same manner as our management team. These key business metrics and non-GAAP financial measures are presented for supplemental informational purposes only, should not be considered a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from similarly titled metrics or measures presented by other companies. See “Non-GAAP Financial
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Measures” below for a reconciliation of Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin to the most directly comparable financial measures stated in accordance with GAAP.
(dollar amounts in thousands ) Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021
Net New Restaurant Openings 8
Average Unit Volume (as adjusted)(1)
$ 2,793  $ 2,075 
Same-Store Sales Change (%) 35  % (26  %)
Restaurant-Level Profit
$ 13,299  $ 2,102 
Restaurant-Level Profit Margin (%)
13  % %
Adjusted EBITDA $ (16,541) $ (21,015)
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (%) (16) % (34) %
Total Digital Revenue Percentage 66  % 77  %
Owned Digital Revenue Percentage 43  % 53  %
(1)Our results for the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021 have been adjusted to reflect the material, temporary closures of 19 restaurants in fiscal year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic by excluding such restaurants from the Comparable Restaurant Base. Without these adjustments, AUV would have been $1.8 million as of March 28, 2021. No restaurants were excluded from the Comparable Restaurant Base for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.


Net New Restaurant Openings
Net New Restaurant Openings reflect the number of new sweetgreen restaurant openings during a given reporting period, net of any permanent sweetgreen restaurant closures during the same given period. Before we open new restaurants, we incur pre-opening costs, as further described below.
Average Unit Volume
AUV is defined as the average trailing revenue for the prior four fiscal quarters for all restaurants in the Comparable Restaurant Base. The measure of AUV allows us to assess changes in guest traffic and per transaction patterns at our restaurants. Comparable Restaurant Base for any measurement period is defined as all restaurants that have operated for at least twelve full months as of the end of such measurement period, other than any restaurants that had a material, temporary closure during the relevant measurement period. As a result of material, temporary closures in fiscal year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 19 restaurants were excluded from our Comparable Restaurant Base for the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. No restaurants were excluded from the Comparable Restaurant Base for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.
Same-Store Sales Change

Same-Store Sales Change reflects the percentage change in year-over-year revenue for the relevant fiscal period for all restaurants that have operated for at least 13 full fiscal months as of the end of such fiscal period; provided, that for any restaurant that has had a temporary closure (which historically has been defined as a closure of at least five days during which the restaurant would have otherwise been open) during any prior or current fiscal month, such fiscal month, as well as the corresponding fiscal month for the prior or current fiscal year, as applicable, will be excluded when calculating Same-Store Sales Change for that restaurant. There were no such closures to any restaurants during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021. This measure highlights the performance of existing restaurants, while excluding the impact of new restaurant openings and closures.

Restaurant-Level Profit and Restaurant-Level Profit Margin

We define Restaurant-Level Profit as loss from operations adjusted to exclude general and administrative expense, depreciation and amortization, pre-opening costs, loss on disposal of property and equipment, and, in certain periods, impairment of long-lived assets and closed-store costs. Restaurant-Level Profit Margin is Restaurant-Level Profit as a percentage of revenue.
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As it excludes general and administrative expense, which is primarily attributable to our sweetgreen Support Center, we evaluate Restaurant-Level Profit and Restaurant-Level Profit Margin as a measure of profitability of our restaurants.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, loss on disposal of property and equipment, Spyce acquisition costs, other income, and, in certain periods, impairment of long-lived assets and closed-store costs. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.
Total Digital Revenue Percentage and Owned Digital Revenue Percentage
Our Total Digital Revenue Percentage is the percentage of our revenue attributed to purchases made through our Total Digital Channels. Our Owned Digital Revenue Percentage is the percentage of our revenue attributed to purchases made through our Owned Digital Channels.
Components of Results of Operations
Revenue
We recognize food and beverage revenue, net of discounts and incentives, when payment is tendered at the point of sale as the performance obligation has been satisfied, through our three disaggregated revenue channels: Owned Digital Channels, In-Store-Channel (Non-Digital component), and Marketplace Channel. Provisions for discounts are provided for in the same period the related sales are recorded. Sales taxes and other taxes collected from customers and remitted to governmental authorities are presented on a net basis, and as such, are excluded from revenue. We expect revenue to increase as we focus on opening additional restaurants, as well as investments in our Owned Digital Channels to attract new customers and increase order frequency in our existing customers, as well as any increases in the price of our menu items.
Gift Cards
We also sell gift cards that do not have an expiration date. Upon sale, gift cards are recorded as unearned revenue and included within gift card liability in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The revenue from gift cards is recognized when redeemed by customers. Because we do not track addresses of gift card purchasers, the relevant jurisdiction related to the requirement for escheatment, the legal obligation to remit unclaimed assets to the state, is our state of incorporation, which is Delaware. The state of Delaware requires escheatment after five years from issuance. We do not recognize breakage income because of our requirements to escheat unredeemed gift card balances.
Delivery
All of our restaurant locations offer a delivery option. Delivery services are fulfilled by third-party service providers whether delivery is ordered through our Native Delivery Channel or Marketplace Channel. With respect to Native Delivery Channel sales, we control the delivery services and recognize revenue, including delivery revenue, when the delivery partner transfers food or beverage to the customer. For these sales, we receive payment directly from the customer at the time of sale. With respect to Marketplace Channel sales, we recognize revenue, excluding delivery fees collected by the delivery partner as we do not control the delivery service, when control of the food or beverage is delivered to the end customer. We receive payment from the delivery partner subsequent to the transfer of food and the payment terms are short-term in nature. For all delivery sales, we are considered the principal and recognize the revenue on a gross basis. For a more detailed discussion of our third-party delivery fees and our expectations regarding our margins, see the section titled “—Sales Channel Mix” above.
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Restaurant Operating Costs, Exclusive of Depreciation and Amortization
Food, Beverage, and Packaging
Food, beverage, and packaging costs include the direct costs associated with food, beverage, and packaging of our menu items. We anticipate food, beverage and packaging costs on an absolute dollar basis will increase for the foreseeable future to the extent we experience additional in-store orders, as we open additional restaurants, and as a result our revenue grows. However, food, beverage, and packaging costs as a percentage of revenue may vary, as these costs are impacted by menu mix and fluctuations in commodity costs and inflation, as well as geographic scale and proximity.
Labor and Related Expenses
Labor and related expenses include salaries, bonuses, benefits, payroll taxes, workers compensation expenses, and other expenses related to our restaurant employees. As with other variable expense items, we expect labor costs to grow as our revenue grows. Factors that influence labor costs include minimum wage and payroll tax legislation, inflation, a challenging labor market, health care costs, and the size and location of our restaurants.
Occupancy and Related Expenses
Occupancy and related expenses consist of restaurant-level occupancy expenses (including rent, common area expenses and certain local taxes), maintenance and utilities, and exclude occupancy expenses associated with unopened restaurants, which are recorded separately in pre-opening costs. We anticipate occupancy and related expenses on an absolute dollar basis will increase for the foreseeable future to the extent we continue to open new restaurants and revenue grows. Occupancy and related expenses as a percentage of revenue are impacted by geographic location, type of restaurant build, and amount of revenue.
Other Restaurant Operating Costs
Other restaurant operating costs include other operating expenses incidental to operating our restaurants, such as third-party delivery fees, non-perishable supplies, repairs and maintenance, restaurant-level marketing, credit card fees and property insurance. We expect that other restaurant operating costs will increase on an absolute dollar basis for the foreseeable future to the extent we continue to open new restaurants and our revenue grows. Other restaurant operating costs as a percentage of revenue are expected to increase in line with growth in our Native Delivery, Outpost, and Marketplace Channels, as these channels require us to pay third-party delivery fees. However, as revenue increases, we expect that other restaurant operating costs, such as repairs and maintenance and property insurance, as a percentage of revenue will decline.
Operating Expenses
General and Administrative
General and administrative expenses consist primarily of operations, technology, finance, legal, human resources, administrative personnel, and other personnel costs that support restaurant development and operations, as well as stock-based compensation expense, brand-related marketing, and Spyce acquisition costs. We expect that general and administrative expenses will increase on an absolute dollar basis and vary from period to period as a percentage of revenue for the foreseeable future as we focus on processes, systems, and controls to enable our internal support functions to scale with the growth of our business. We also incur expenses as a result of operating as a public company, including expenses to comply with the rules and regulations applicable to companies listed on a national securities exchange, expenses related to compliance and reporting obligations pursuant to the rules and regulations of the SEC, as well as higher expenses for general liability and director and officer insurance, investor relations, and professional services. While we expect that our general and administrative expenses will increase in absolute dollars as our business grows, as a percentage of revenue, we expect these expenses to vary from period to period and decrease over time.
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Depreciation and Amortization
Depreciation and amortization include the depreciation of fixed assets, including leasehold improvements and equipment, and the amortization of external costs and certain internal costs directly associated with developing computer software applications for internal use. We expect that depreciation and amortization expenses will increase on an absolute dollar basis as we continue to build new restaurants and make investments in our digital platform.
Pre-Opening Costs
Pre-opening costs primarily consist of rent, wages, travel for training and restaurant opening teams, food, marketing, and other restaurant costs that we incur prior to the opening of a restaurant. These expenses will increase in proportion to the increase of our new restaurant openings. These costs are expensed as incurred. We expect that pre-opening costs will increase on an absolute dollar basis as we continue to build new restaurants and enter new markets.
Loss on Disposal of Property and Equipment
Loss on disposal of property and equipment includes the net book value of assets that have been retired and consists primarily of furniture, equipment and fixtures that were replaced in the normal course of business.
Interest Income and Interest Expense
Interest income consists of interest earned on our cash and cash equivalents. Interest expense includes mainly the interest incurred on our outstanding indebtedness, as well as amortization of deferred financing costs, mainly debt origination and commitment fees.
Other Income
Other income consists primarily of changes in the fair value of our contingent consideration liability. We will continue to remeasure the liability associated with our contingent consideration liability until the underlying service conditions are met, or the performance period expires.
Income Tax Expense
Income tax expense consists of federal and state tax expense on our operating activity, and changes to our deferred tax asset and deferred tax liability. For additional information, see Note 12 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report.
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Results of Operations
Comparison of the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021

The following table summarizes our results of operations for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 and March 28, 2021:

Thirteen Weeks Ended
(dollar amounts in thousands)
March 27, 2022 March 28, 2021 Dollar Change Percentage
Change
Revenue
$ 102,591  $ 61,392  $ 41,199  67  %
Restaurant operating costs (exclusive of depreciation and amortization presented separately below):
Food, beverage, and packaging 27,106  17,268  9,838  57  %
Labor and related expenses 34,302  22,292  12,010  54  %
Occupancy and related expenses 14,800  10,049  4,751  47  %
Other restaurant operating costs 13,084  9,681  3,403  35  %
Total cost of restaurant operations
89,292  59,290  30,002  51  %
Operating expenses:
General and administrative 49,672  23,380  26,292  112  %
Depreciation and amortization 10,677  7,847  2,830  36  %
Pre-opening costs 2,512  961  1,551  161  %
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 51  (43) (84  %)
Total operating expenses 62,869  32,239  30,630  95  %
Loss from operations (49,570) (30,137) (19,433) 64  %
Interest income (168) (112) (56) 50  %
Interest expense 23  20  15  %
Other income (245) —  (245) 100  %
Net loss before income taxes (49,180) (30,045) (19,135) 64  %
Income tax expense 20  —  20  100  %
Net loss $ (49,200) $ (30,045) $ (19,115) 64  %

Revenue
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Revenue
102,591  61,392  67  %
Average Unit Volume
2,793  2,075  35  %
Same-Store Sales Change
35  % (26) % 61  %
The increase in revenue for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to an increase in Comparable Restaurant Base revenue of $20.9 million, resulting in a positive Same-Store Sales Change of 35%, consisting of a 25% increase from transactions and a benefit from menu price increases of 10% subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. The increase in transactions is mostly related to continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. The revenue was also increased by $20.5 million due to 39 Net New Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021.
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Restaurant Operating Costs
Food, Beverage, and Packaging
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Food, beverage, and packaging
27,106  17,268  57  %
As a percentage of total revenue
26  % 28  % (2  %)

The increase in food, beverage, and packaging costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to a $9.1 million increase in food and beverage costs and a $0.7 million increase in packaging costs. This was primarily due to an increase in revenue related to continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021 and the 39 Net New Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021.
As a percentage of revenue, the decrease in food, beverage, and packaging costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to greater sales leverage associated with the continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of menu pricing increases of 10% subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, as well as the termination of the sweetgreen rewards program, which occurred in the second quarter of fiscal year 2021.
Labor and Related Expenses
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Labor and related expenses
34,302  22,292  54  %
As a percentage of total revenue
33  % 36  % (3  %)
The increase in labor and related expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to the 39 Net New Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. The increase was also due to an increase in staffing expenses across all restaurant locations, primarily related to an increase in prevailing wages and an increase in bonus expense, including a non-recurring retention bonus as we focus on employee retention.
As a percentage of revenue, the decrease in labor and related expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to greater sales leverage associated with the continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of menu pricing increases of 10% subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, partially offset by the increases noted above.
Occupancy and Related Expenses
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Occupancy and related expenses
14,800  10,049  47  %
As a percentage of total revenue
14  % 16  % (2  %)
The increase in occupancy and related expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to the 39 Net New Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. Further, the additional increase was due to higher COVID-19 related rent abatement received for multiple restaurant locations during the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021 compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.
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As a percentage of revenue, the decrease in occupancy and related expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to greater sales leverage associated with the continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of menu pricing increases of 10% subsequent to thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. This was partially offset by the impact of higher rent abatement received for multiple restaurant locations during the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021 as compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.
Other Restaurant Operating Costs
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Other restaurant operating costs
13,084  9,681  35%
As a percentage of total revenue
13  % 16  % (3)%
The increase in other restaurant operating costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to a $0.8 million increase in delivery fees from the growth in our Native Delivery and Marketplace Channels, a $0.8 million increase in credit card and online related processing fees, related to the increases in revenue, a $0.3 million increase in paid advertising, and a $1.5 million increase in kitchen, cleaning and related supplies to support the increase in restaurants described above.
As a percentage of revenue, the decrease in other costs of operations for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was due to greater sales leverage associated with the continued recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of menu pricing increases of 10% subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021.
Operating Expenses
General and Administrative
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
General and administrative
49,672  23,380  112  %
As a percentage of total revenue
48  % 38  % 10  %
The increase in general and administrative expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to a $21.0 million increase in stock-based compensation expense, primarily related to restricted stock units and performance-based restricted stock units issued prior to our IPO. We incurred increased expenses of approximately $1.3 million as we transitioned to operating as a public company, consisting of a $1.0 million increase in directors and officers liability insurance cost and a $0.3 million increase in accounting-related fees. Additionally, we had $1.6 million of expenses related to our investment in Spyce (see Note 6 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report) of which $1.4 million is related to research and development and $0.2 million is non-recurring acquisition related costs. Finally, we had a $0.9 million increase in office systems, as we continue to focus on growth and scalability, a $0.7 million increase in marketing and advertising, a $0.2 million increase in COVID 19-related costs, as we continue to support our employees, a $0.5 million increase in rent and related expense and a $0.1 million increase in other general and administrative costs.

As a percentage of revenue, the increase in general and administrative expenses for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to the increases noted above, partially offset by the increase in revenue.
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Depreciation and Amortization
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Depreciation and amortization
10,677  7,847  36  %
As a percentage of total revenue
10  % 13  % (3  %)
The increase in depreciation and amortization for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to the 39 Net New Restaurant Openings during or subsequent to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, and an increase of internally developed software to support our digital growth.
As a percentage of revenue, the decrease in depreciation and amortization for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to comparatively higher revenue in the current period, partially offset by the increases noted above.
Pre-Opening Costs
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Pre-opening costs
2,512  961  161%
As a percentage of total revenue
% % 0%
The increase in pre-opening costs for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 was primarily due to an increase in the number of Net New Restaurant Openings compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, as well as the timing of such openings.
As a percentage of revenue, pre-opening costs were flat in the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, due to comparatively higher revenue, offset by the increased number of restaurant openings, as well as the timing of such openings, discussed above.

Loss on Disposal of Property and Equipment
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Loss on disposal of property and equipment
51  (84  %)
As a percentage of total revenue
—  % —  % —  %
The decrease in loss on disposal of property and equipment is due to a decrease in furniture, equipment and fixture replacements at multiple restaurants for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, as our focus has been on opening new locations.
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Interest Income and Interest Expense
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Interest income
(168) (112) 50  %
Interest expense
23  20  15  %
Total interest income, net
$ (145) $ (92) 58  %
As a percentage of total revenue
—  % —  % —  %

The increase in interest income, net, is primarily due to higher average cash balances during the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022.
Other Income
(dollar amounts in thousands)
Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021 Percentage
Change
Other income
(245) —  N/A
As a percentage of total revenue
—  % —  % —  %
The change in other income for the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 is primarily due to a decrease in the fair value of our contingent consideration, which was issued as part of the Spyce acquisition in the third quarter of fiscal year 2021.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our consolidated financial statements, which are presented in accordance with GAAP, we present certain non-GAAP financial measures, including Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin. We believe these measures are useful to investors and others in evaluating our performance because these measures:
facilitate operating performance comparisons from period to period by isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. These potential differences may be caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense), tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates or NOL), and the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment (affecting relative depreciation expense);
are widely used by analysts, investors, and competitors to measure a company’s operating performance; are used by our management and board of directors for various purposes, including as measures of performance, as a basis for strategic planning and forecasting; and
are used internally for a number of benchmarks including to compare our performance to that of our competitors.
We define Restaurant-Level Profit as loss from operations adjusted to exclude general and administrative expense, depreciation and amortization, pre-opening costs, loss on disposal of property and equipment, and, in certain periods, impairment of long-lived assets and closed-store costs. Restaurant-Level Profit Margin is Restaurant-Level Profit as a percentage of revenue. As it excludes general and administrative expense, which is primarily attributable to our sweetgreen Support Center, we evaluate Restaurant-Level Profit and Restaurant-Level Profit Margin as a measure of profitability of our restaurants.

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net loss adjusted to exclude interest income, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation expense, loss on disposal of property and equipment, Spyce acquisition costs, other income, and, in certain periods, impairment of long-lived assets and closed-store costs. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

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Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In particular, Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA should not be viewed as substitutes for, or superior to, loss from operations or net loss prepared in accordance with GAAP as a measure of profitability. Some of these limitations are:
although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect all cash capital expenditure requirements for such replacements or for new capital expenditure requirements;
Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the impact of the recording or release of valuation allowances or tax payments that may represent a reduction in cash available to us;
Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA do not consider the potentially dilutive impact of stock- based compensation;
Restaurant-Level Profit is not indicative of overall results of the Company and does not accrue directly to the benefit of stockholders, as corporate-level expenses are excluded;
Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account any income or costs that management determines are not indicative of ongoing operating performance, such as stock-based compensation; loss on disposal of property and equipment; Spyce acquisition costs; certain other expenses; and, in certain periods, impairment of long-lived assets and closed-store costs; and
other companies, including those in our industry, may calculate Restaurant-Level Profit and Adjusted EBITDA differently, which reduces their usefulness as comparative measures.
Because of these limitations, you should consider Restaurant-Level Profit, Restaurant-Level Profit Margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin alongside other financial performance measures, loss from operations, net loss, and our other GAAP results.
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of our loss from operations to Restaurant-Level Profit, as well as the calculation of loss from operations margin and Restaurant-Level Profit Margin for each of the periods indicated:
(dollar amounts in thousands Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021
Loss from operations $ (49,570) $ (30,137)
Add back:
General and administrative 49,672  23,380 
Depreciation and amortization 10,677  7,847 
Pre-opening costs 2,512  961 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment(1)
51 
Restaurant-Level Profit
$ 13,299  $ 2,102 
Loss from operations margin
(48) % (49) %
Restaurant-Level Profit Margin
13  % %
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(1)Loss on disposal of property and equipment includes the loss on disposal of assets related to retirements and replacement or write-off of leasehold improvements or equipment.

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The following table sets forth a reconciliation of our net loss to Adjusted EBITDA, as well as the calculation of net loss margin and Adjusted EBITDA Margin for each of the periods indicated:
(dollar amounts in thousands Thirteen Weeks Ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen Weeks Ended March 28, 2021
Net loss $ (49,200) $ (30,045)
Non-GAAP adjustments:
Income tax expense 20  — 
Interest income (168) (112)
Interest expense 23  20 
Depreciation and amortization 10,677  7,847 
Stock-based compensation(1)
22,165  1,224 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment(2)
51 
Other income(3)
(245) — 
Spyce acquisition costs(4)
179  — 
Adjusted EBITDA
$ (16,541) $ (21,015)
Net loss margin
(48) % (49) %
Adjusted EBITDA Margin
(16) % (34) %
__________
__
(1)Includes non-cash, stock-based compensation.
(2)Loss on disposal of property and equipment includes the loss on disposal of assets related to retirements and replacement or write-off of leasehold improvements or equipment.
(3)Other income includes the change in fair value of the contingent consideration. See Notes 1 and 3 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report.
(4)Spyce acquisition costs includes one-time costs we incurred in order to acquire Spyce including, severance payments, retention bonuses, and valuation and legal expenses. See Note 6 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report.
Liquidity and Capital Resources

Sources and Material Cash Requirements
To date, we have funded our operations through proceeds received from previous common stock and preferred stock issuances, our ability to obtain lending commitments and through cash flow from operations. Additionally, in November 2021, we completed our initial public offering (“IPO”), in which we received net proceeds of $384.7 million from sales of our shares of Class A common stock, after deducting underwriting discounts and commissions and offering expenses. As of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, we had $436.5 million and $472.0 million in cash and cash equivalents, respectively. As of March 27, 2022 we had access to a $35.0 million revolver through EagleBank and there have been no draws on the revolving loan. With the completion of our IPO, based on our current operating plan, we believe our existing cash and cash equivalents and available revolving loan balances, will be sufficient to fund our operating lease obligations, capital expenditures, and working capital needs for at least the next 12 months. We believe we will meet longer-term expected future cash requirements and obligations through a combination of cash flows from operating activities, available cash balances, and available revolving loan balances. If we are unable to generate positive operating cash flows, additional debt and equity financings may be necessary to sustain future operations, and there can be no assurance that such financing will be available to us on commercially reasonable terms, or at all.
Our primary liquidity and capital requirements are for new restaurant development, initiatives to improve the customer experience in our restaurants, working capital and general corporate needs. We have not required significant working capital because customers generally pay using cash or credit and debit cards and, as a result, our operations do not require significant receivables. Additionally, our operations do not require significant inventories due, in part, to our use of numerous fresh ingredients. Additionally, we are able to sell most of our inventory items before payment is due to the supplier of such items.

The following table presents our material cash requirements for future periods:
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(amounts in thousands) Total 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 Thereafter
Operating leases
$ 410,748  $ 34,179  47,857  48,612  48,338  46,226  185,536 
Purchase obligations(1)
$ 5,067  $ 5,067  $ —  $ —  $ —  $ —  $ — 
(1)Purchase obligations include agreements to purchase goods or services that are enforceable and legally binding on us and that specify all significant terms. The majority of our purchase obligations relate to amounts owed for supplies within our restaurants.

Credit Facility

On December 14, 2020, we refinanced our previously existing 2017 Revolving Facility with EagleBank (as refinanced and as amended on September 29, 2021, the “2020 Credit Facility”). The 2020 Credit Facility allows us to borrow (i) up to $35.0 million in the aggregate principal amount under the refinanced revolving facility and (ii) up to $10.0 million in the aggregate principal amount under a new delayed draw term loan facility which expired on December 14, 2021 and which was never drawn on. The refinanced revolving facility matures on December 14, 2022, and the term loan facility matures on December 15, 2025. However, if we incur any Permitted Convertible Debt or Permitted Unsecured Indebtedness (each as defined in the 2020 Credit Facility), then each loan facility will mature on the earlier to occur of (i) the maturity date indicated in the previous sentence and (ii) 90 days prior to the scheduled maturity date for any portion of the Permitted Convertible Debt or Permitted Unsecured Indebtedness, as applicable. Under the 2020 Credit Facility, interest accrues on the outstanding loan balance and is payable monthly at a rate of the adjusted one-month London InterBank Offered Rate, plus 2.90%, with a floor on the interest rate at 3.75%. As of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021, we had no outstanding balance under the 2020 Credit Facility.

Under the 2020 Credit Facility, we are required to maintain liquidity (defined as total cash and cash equivalents on hand plus the available amount under the revolving facility) in amount no less than the trailing 90-day cash burn. We were in compliance with the applicable financial covenants as of March 27, 2022 and December 26, 2021.

The obligations under the 2020 Credit Facility are guaranteed by our existing and future material subsidiaries and secured by substantially all of our and our subsidiary guarantor’s assets, other than certain excluded assets. The agreement also restricts our ability, and the ability of our subsidiary guarantors to, among other things, incur liens; incur additional indebtedness; transfer or dispose of assets; make acquisitions; change the nature of the business; guarantee obligations; pay dividends to shareholders or repurchase stock; and make advances, loans, or other investments. The agreement contains customary events of default, including, without limitation, failure to pay the outstanding loans or accrued interest on the due date.

On September 29, 2021, the Company and EagleBank amended the 2020 Credit Facility to, among other things, exclude acquired Spyce intellectual property and assets from the EagleBank collateral package, permit the Company’s dual-class capital structure, and enhance the Company’s ability to make acquisitions, pursue stock repurchases, and incur indebtedness, and such amendment was effective upon the consummation of our IPO. Under the 2020 Credit Facility, the refinanced revolving facility matures on December 14, 2022, and the term loan facility matures on December 15, 2025. However, if the Company incurs any convertible debt or unsecured indebtedness that are permitted by the 2020 Credit Facility, then each loan facility will mature on the earlier to occur of (i) the maturity date indicated in the previous sentence and (ii) 90 days prior to the scheduled maturity date for any portion of such permitted convertible debt or unsecured indebtedness, as applicable. The amendment did not change any financial covenant requirements.


Cash Flows
The following table summarizes our cash flows for the periods indicated:

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(amounts in thousands) Thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022 Thirteen weeks ended
March 28, 2021
Net cash used in operating activities
(16,753) (16,464)
Net cash used in investing activities
(19,605) (17,853)
Net cash provided by financing activities
849  116,271 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash $ (35,509) $ 81,954 
Operating Activities

For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, cash used in operating activities increased $0.3 million compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. The increase was primarily due to the impact of unfavorable working capital fluctuations of $4.7 million, partially offset by a $4.4 million reduction in loss after excluding non-cash items.
The unfavorable working capital fluctuations were primarily due to a $7.2 million increase in cash outflow related to the timing of rent payments previously deferred as part of COVID negotiations with landlords, timing of payment of legal settlements, timing of payment of our D&O insurance, and timing of payments in the ordinary course of business. These unfavorable fluctuations were partially offset by increased collection of our tenant improvement receivables.
Investing Activities
For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, cash used in investing activities increased $1.8 million compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021 primarily due to a $1.5 million increase in the purchases of property and equipment, due to an increase in new restaurants, and a $0.2 million increase in the purchase of intangible assets, primarily related to growth in our internal technology from the prior period to support digital growth.
Financing Activities
For the thirteen weeks ended March 27, 2022, cash provided by financing activities decreased $115.4 million compared to the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021, primarily due to proceeds received from preferred stock issuances, net of issuance costs, of $113.8 million during the thirteen weeks ended March 28, 2021. In addition, proceeds received from stock option exercises decreased by $1.7 million, which was offset by an increase in deferred offering costs of $0.1 million.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
Our material off-balance arrangements are operating lease obligations and purchase obligations. We excluded these items from the balance sheet in accordance with GAAP. For additional information, including the anticipated impacts of our adoption of new accounting standards affecting accounting for leases, see Note 1 and Note 14 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report.
Critical Accounting Estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make certain estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the balance sheet date, as well as reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. Our most significant estimates and judgments involve difficult, subjective, or complex judgements made by management. Actual results may differ from these estimates. To the extent that there are differences between our estimates and actual results, our future financial statement presentation, financial condition, results of operations, and cash flows will be affected. We had no significant changes to our critical accounting estimates as described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2021.
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Recent Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 1 to our condensed consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report for recently adopted accounting pronouncements and recently issued accounting pronouncements not yet adopted as of the date of this prospectus.
Emerging Growth Company
We are an emerging growth company (“EGC”), as defined in the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (“JOBS”) Act. The JOBS Act provides that an EGC can take advantage of an extended transition period for complying with new or revised accounting standards. This provision allows an EGC to delay the adoption of some accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. We have elected to use the extended transition period under the JOBS Act for the adoption of certain accounting standards until the earlier of the date we (i) are no longer an EGC or (ii) affirmatively and irrevocably opt out of the extended transition period provided in the JOBS Act. As a result, our financial statements may not be comparable to companies that comply with new or revised accounting pronouncements as of public company effective dates.
In addition, we intend to rely on the other exemptions and reduced reporting requirements provided by the JOBS Act. Subject to certain conditions set forth in the JOBS Act, if, as an EGC, we intend to rely on such exemptions, we are not required to, among other things (i) provide an auditor’s attestation report on our system of internal controls over financial reporting pursuant to Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (ii) provide all of the compensation disclosure that may be required of non-emerging growth public companies under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, (iii) comply with any requirement that may be adopted by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board regarding mandatory audit firm rotation or a supplement to the auditor’s report providing additional information about the audit and the financial statements (auditor discussion and analysis), and (iv) disclose certain executive compensation-related items such as the correlation between executive compensation and performance and comparisons of the Chief Executive Officer’s compensation to median employee compensation.
We will remain an EGC under the JOBS Act until the earliest of (i) the last day of our first fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the closing of our initial public offering, (ii) the last date of our fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenue of at least $1.07 billion, (iii) the date on which we are deemed to be a “large accelerated filer” under the rules of the SEC with at least $700.0 million of outstanding securities held by non-affiliates, or (iv) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt securities during the previous three years.

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK
We are exposed to market risks in the ordinary course of business. The primary risks we face are commodity price risks, interest rate risk, and the effects of inflation. Except as disclosed below, there have been no material changes to our exposure to market risks as described in Part II, Item 7A of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2021.
Commodity Price Risks
Due to the recent pace of inflation and other global supply chain risks, suppliers and distributors have, and could continue to, attempt to renegotiate our existing contracts to increase prices, as well as assess certain fuel surcharges. These changes could have a negative impact on our commodity prices. We continue to assess the current environment, work with our suppliers and distributors and create certain contingency plans to mitigate any negative impact.
ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES
Disclosure Controls and Procedures

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Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on this evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of such date. Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to management including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosures.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

There were no changes to our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended March 27, 2022 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II - OTHER INFORMATION
ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
We are subject to various claims, lawsuits, governmental investigations, and administrative proceedings that arise in the ordinary course of business. We do not believe that the ultimate resolution of any of these matters will have a material effect on our financial position, results of operations, liquidity, or capital resources. However, an increase in the number of these claims, or one or more successful claims under which we incur greater liabilities than we currently anticipate, could materially and adversely affect our business, financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.
ITEM 1A.RISK FACTORS
There have been no material changes to the risk factors disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2021
ITEM 2. UNREGISTERED SALES OF EQUITY SECURITIES AND USE OF PROCEEDS
None.
ITEM 3. DEFAULTS UPON SENIOR SECURITIES
None.
ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES
Not applicable.
ITEM 5. OTHER INFORMATION
None.
ITEM 6. EXHIBITS
The following exhibits are included herein or incorporated herein by reference:
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Exhibit Number Exhibit Description Form File No. Exhibit Filing Date Filed Herewith
32.1† X
101.INS XBRL Instance Document (embedded within the Inline XBRL document) X
101.SCH XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document X
101.CAL XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document X
101.DEF XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document X
101.LAB XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document X
101.PRE XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document X
104 Cover Page Interactive Data File (embedded within the Inline XBRL document) X
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The certifications attached as Exhibit 32.1 that accompany this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are not deemed filed with the SEC and are not to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the Registrant under the Securities Act, whether made before or after the date of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, irrespective of any general incorporation language contained in such filing.
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SIGNATURES
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
SWEETGREEN, INC.
Date: May 6, 2022 By: /s/ Mitch Reback
Mitch Reback
Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer, Principal Accounting Officer, and Duly Authorized Signatory)

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