UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

SCHEDULE 13D

(Rule 13d-101)

INFORMATION TO BE INCLUDED IN STATEMENTS FILED PURSUANT

TO § 240.13d-1(a) AND AMENDMENTS THERETO FILED PURSUANT TO

§ 240.13d-2(a)

(Amendment No.  )1

Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc.

(Name of Issuer)

Common Stock, no par value

(Title of Class of Securities)

10567B109

(CUSIP Number)

Mr. David L. Kanen

Kanen Wealth Management, LLC

5850 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 309

Coral Springs, FL 33076

(631) 863-3100

 

ANDREW M. FREEDMAN, ESQ.

OLSHAN FROME WOLOSKY LLP

1325 Avenue of the Americas

New York, New York 10019

(212) 451-2300

(Name, Address and Telephone Number of Person

Authorized to Receive Notices and Communications)

 

January 22, 2018

(Date of Event Which Requires Filing of This Statement)

 

If the filing person has previously filed a statement on Schedule 13G to report the acquisition that is the subject of this Schedule 13D, and is filing this schedule because of §§ 240.13d-1(e), 240.13d-1(f) or 240.13d-1(g), check the following box ¨.

Note:  Schedules filed in paper format shall include a signed original and five copies of the schedule, including all exhibits.  See § 240.13d-7 for other parties to whom copies are to be sent.

 

 

 

1              The remainder of this cover page shall be filled out for a reporting person’s initial filing on this form with respect to the subject class of securities, and for any subsequent amendment containing information which would alter disclosures provided in a prior cover page.

The information required on the remainder of this cover page shall not be deemed to be “filed” for the purpose of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section of the Act but shall be subject to all other provisions of the Act (however, see the Notes).

 

CUSIP NO. 10567B109

  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        PHILOTIMO FUND, LP  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        WC  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        DELAWARE  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         - 0 -  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         250,874  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          - 0 -  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          250,874  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        250,874  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        1.7%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        IA, PN  

  

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  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        KANEN WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        OO; AF  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        FLORIDA  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         - 0 -  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         789,690  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          - 0 -  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          789,690  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        789,690  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        5.2%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        IA, OO  

  

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  1   NAME OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        DAVID L. KANEN  
  2   CHECK THE APPROPRIATE BOX IF A MEMBER OF A GROUP (a) ☐
        (b) ☐
           
  3   SEC USE ONLY    
           
           
  4   SOURCE OF FUNDS  
         
        PF; OO  
  5   CHECK BOX IF DISCLOSURE OF LEGAL PROCEEDINGS IS REQUIRED PURSUANT TO ITEM 2(d) OR 2(e)     ☐
       
           
  6   CITIZENSHIP OR PLACE OF ORGANIZATION  
         
        USA  
NUMBER OF   7   SOLE VOTING POWER  
SHARES          
BENEFICIALLY         21,615  
OWNED BY   8   SHARED VOTING POWER  
EACH          
REPORTING         789,690  
PERSON WITH   9   SOLE DISPOSITIVE POWER  
         
          21,615  
    10   SHARED DISPOSITIVE POWER  
           
          789,690  
  11   AGGREGATE AMOUNT BENEFICIALLY OWNED BY EACH REPORTING PERSON  
         
        811,305  
  12   CHECK BOX IF THE AGGREGATE AMOUNT IN ROW (11) EXCLUDES CERTAIN SHARES     ☐
       
           
  13   PERCENT OF CLASS REPRESENTED BY AMOUNT IN ROW (11)  
         
        5.3%  
  14   TYPE OF REPORTING PERSON  
         
        IN  

  

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The following constitutes the Schedule 13D filed by the undersigned (the “Schedule 13D”).

Item 1.Security and Issuer.

This statement relates to the common stock, no par value per share (the “Shares”), of Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc., an Ohio corporation (the “Issuer”). The address of the principal executive offices of the Issuer is 777 Goodale Boulevard, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43212.

Item 2.Identity and Background.

(a)       This statement is filed by:

(i)       Philotimo Fund, LP, a Delaware limited partnership (“Philotimo”), with respect to the Shares directly and beneficially owned by it;

(ii)       Kanen Wealth Management, LLC, a Florida limited liability company (“KWM”), as the general partner of Philotimo and with respect to the Shares directly and beneficially owned by it; and

(iii)       David L. Kanen, as the managing member of KWM and with respect to the Shares directly and beneficially owned by him.

Each of the foregoing is referred to as a “Reporting Person” and collectively as the “Reporting Persons.” Each of the Reporting Persons is party to that certain Joint Filing Agreement, as further described in Item 6. Accordingly, the Reporting Persons are hereby filing a joint Schedule 13D.

(b)       The address of the principal office of each of Philotimo, KWM and Mr. Kanen is 5850 Coral Ridge Drive, Suite 309, Coral Springs, Florida 33076.

(c)       The principal business of each of KWM and Philotimo is investing in securities. The principal occupation of Mr. Kanen is serving as the managing member of KWM.

(d)       No Reporting Person, has, during the last five years, been convicted in a criminal proceeding (excluding traffic violations or similar misdemeanors).

(e)       No Reporting Person, has, during the last five years, been party to a civil proceeding of a judicial or administrative body of competent jurisdiction and as a result of such proceeding was or is subject to a judgment, decree or final order enjoining future violations of, or prohibiting or mandating activities subject to, federal or state securities laws or finding any violation with respect to such laws.

(f)       Mr. Kanen is a citizen of the United States of America.

Item 3.Source and Amount of Funds or Other Consideration.

The Shares purchased by Philotimo were purchased with working capital (which may, at any given time, include margin loans made by brokerage firms in the ordinary course of business) in open market transactions. The Shares purchased by KWM were purchased with the funds for the accounts of its customers (which may, at any given time, include margin loans made by brokerage firms in the ordinary course of business) in open market transactions. The Shares purchased by Mr. Kanen were purchased with personal funds (which may, at any given time, include margin loans made by brokerage firms in the ordinary course of business) in open market transactions. The aggregate purchase price of the 538,816 Shares beneficially owned by KWM is approximately $1,532,910, including brokerage commissions. The aggregate purchase price of the 250,874 Shares beneficially owned by Philotimo is approximately $718,973, including brokerage commissions. The aggregate purchase price of the 21,615 Shares beneficially owned by Mr. Kanen is approximately $63,354, including brokerage commissions.

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Item 4.Purpose of Transaction.

The Reporting Persons purchased the Shares based on the Reporting Persons’ belief that the Shares, when purchased, were undervalued and represented an attractive investment opportunity. Depending upon overall market conditions, other investment opportunities available to the Reporting Persons, and the availability of Shares at prices that would make the purchase or sale of Shares desirable, the Reporting Persons may endeavor to increase or decrease their position in the Issuer through, among other things, the purchase or sale of Shares on the open market or in private transactions or otherwise, on such terms and at such times as the Reporting Persons may deem advisable.

The Reporting Persons intend to consider plans and/or make proposals with respect to, among other things, the Issuer’s operations, Board composition, capital or corporate structure, capital allocation policies, strategy and plans, and a potential strategic review to maximize stockholder value. The Reporting Persons intend to communicate with the Issuer’s management and Board about a broad range of operational and strategic matters, including on ways to improve the Issuer’s same store sales and operational performance, and may communicate with other stockholders or third parties in this regard.

No Reporting Person has any present plan or proposal which would relate to or result in any of the matters set forth in subparagraphs (a) - (j) of Item 4 of Schedule 13D except as set forth herein or such as would occur upon or in connection with completion of, or following, any of the actions discussed herein. The Reporting Persons intend to review their investment in the Issuer on a continuing basis. Depending on various factors including, without limitation, the Issuer’s financial position and investment strategy, the price levels of the Shares, conditions in the securities markets and general economic and industry conditions, the Reporting Persons may in the future take such actions with respect to their investment in the Issuer as they deem appropriate including, without limitation, engaging in communications with management and the Board of Directors of the Issuer, engaging in discussions with stockholders of the Issuer or other third parties about the Issuer and the Reporting Persons’ investment, including potential business combinations or dispositions involving the Issuer or certain of its businesses, making recommendations or proposals to the Issuer concerning changes to the capitalization, ownership structure, board structure (including board composition), potential business combinations or dispositions involving the Issuer or certain of its businesses, or suggestions for improving the Issuer’s financial and/or operational performance, purchasing additional Shares, selling some or all of their Shares, engaging in short selling of or any hedging or similar transaction with respect to the Shares, including swaps and other derivative instruments, or changing their intention with respect to any and all matters referred to in Item 4.

Item 5.Interest in Securities of the Issuer.

The aggregate percentage of Shares reported owned by each person named herein is based upon 15,204,654 Shares outstanding, as of November 1, 2017, which is the total number of Shares outstanding as reported in the Issuer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 2, 2017.

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A.Philotimo
(a)As of the close of business on January 29, 2018, Philotimo beneficially owned 250,874 Shares.

Percentage: Approximately 1.7%

(b)1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 0
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 250,874
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 250,874

 

(c)The transactions in the Shares by Philotimo during the past sixty days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
B.KWM
(a)As of the close of business on January 29, 2018, KWM beneficially owned 538,816 Shares. KWM, as the general partner of Philotimo, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the 250,874 Shares owned by Philotimo.

Percentage: Approximately 5.2%

(b)1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 0
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 789,690
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 0
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 789,690

 

(c)The transactions in the Shares by KWM during the past sixty days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of Philotimo during the past sixty days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.
C.Mr. Kanen
(a)As of the close of business on January 29, 2018, Mr. Kanen directly beneficially owned 21,615 Shares. Mr. Kanen, as the managing member of KWM, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the (i) 538,816 Shares owned by KWM and (ii) 250,874 Shares owned by Philotimo.

Percentage: Approximately 5.3%

(b)1. Sole power to vote or direct vote: 21,615
2. Shared power to vote or direct vote: 789,690
3. Sole power to dispose or direct the disposition: 21,615
4. Shared power to dispose or direct the disposition: 789,690

 

(c)The transactions in the Shares by Mr. Kanen during the past sixty days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference. The transactions in the Shares on behalf of KWM and Philotimo during the past sixty days are set forth in Schedule A and are incorporated herein by reference.

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KWM, in its role as investment manager to several customer accounts (collectively, the "Accounts") to which it furnishes investment advice, and Mr. Kanen, as the managing member of KWM, may each be deemed to beneficially own shares of the Issuer's Shares held in the Accounts.

Each Reporting Person, as a member of a “group” with the other Reporting Persons for the purposes of Section 13(d)(3) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, may be deemed the beneficial owner of the Shares directly owned by the other Reporting Persons. Each Reporting Person disclaims beneficial ownership of such Shares except to the extent of his or its pecuniary interest therein.

(d)No person other than the Reporting Persons is known to have the right to receive, or the power to direct the receipt of dividends from, or proceeds from the sale of, the Shares.
(e)Not applicable.
Item 6.Contracts, Arrangements, Understandings or Relationships With Respect to Securities of the Issuer.

On January 30, 2018, the Reporting Persons entered into a Joint Filing Agreement in which the Reporting Persons agreed to the joint filing on behalf of each of them of statements on Schedule 13D with respect to the securities of the Issuer to the extent required by applicable law. The Joint Filing Agreement is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1 and is incorporated herein by reference.

Other than as described herein, there are no contracts, arrangements, understandings or relationships among the Reporting Persons, or between the Reporting Persons and any other person, with respect to the securities of the Issuer.

Item 7.Material to be Filed as Exhibits.
99.1Joint Filing Agreement by and between Kanen Wealth Management, LLC, Philotimo Fund, LP and David L. Kanen, dated January 30, 2018.

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SIGNATURES

After reasonable inquiry and to the best of his knowledge and belief, each of the undersigned certifies that the information set forth in this statement is true, complete and correct.

Dated: January 30, 2018 

  KANEN WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC
   
  By:

/s/ David L. Kanen

    Name: David L. Kanen
    Title: Managing Member

 

  PHILOTIMO FUND, LP
  By: Kanen Wealth Management, LLC
         its general partner
   
   
  By:

/s/ David L. Kanen

    Name: David L. Kanen
    Title: Managing Member

 

 

 

/s/ David L. Kanen

  DAVID L. KANEN

 

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SCHEDULE A

Transactions in the Shares of the Issuer During the Past Sixty Days

Nature of the Transaction

Amount of Shares

Purchased/(Sold)

Price ($)

Date of

Purchase/Sale

 

PHILOTIMO FUND, LP

 

Purchase of Common Stock 66,874 2.3851 01/11/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 34,000 2.5316 01/12/2018

 

KANEN WEALTH MANAGEMENT, llC

 

Purchase of Common Stock 39,000 2.5000 01/12/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 91,801 2.5499 01/16/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 39,791 2.5437 01/17/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 43,757 2.6328 01/18/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 252,576 2.8200 01/19/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 30,495 2.9855 01/22/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 19,048 2.9715 01/23/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 272 2.9000 01/24/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 17,688 2.9000 01/25/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 2,838 2.9000 01/26/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 1,550 2.9000 01/29/2018

 

DAvid L. Kanen

 

Purchase of Common Stock 8,250 2.5437 01/17/2018
Purchase of Common Stock 13,365 2.8200 01/19/2018

 

 

Exhibit 99.1

 

 

 

JOINT FILING AGREEMENT

In accordance with Rule 13d-1(k)(1)(iii) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the persons named below agree to the joint filing on behalf of each of them of a Statement on Schedule 13D (including additional amendments thereto) with respect to the shares of Common Stock, no par value, of  Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, Inc., an Ohio corporation. This Joint Filing Agreement shall be filed as an Exhibit to such Statement.

Dated: January 30, 2018

  KANEN WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC
   
  By:

/s/ David L. Kanen

    Name: David L. Kanen
    Title: Managing Member

 

  PHILOTIMO FUND, LP
  By: Kanen Wealth Management, LLC
         its general partner
   
   
  By:

/s/ David L. Kanen

    Name: David L. Kanen
    Title: Managing Member

 

 

 

/s/ David L. Kanen

  DAVID L. KANEN