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Cracker Barrel Reports Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2013

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Positive Comparable Store Traffic, Restaurant and Retail Sales in Quarter</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Diluted EPS Increased 19% Compared with Adjusted EPS in Prior Year Quarter</b></i> </p> <p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Board Increases Quarterly Dividend by 50% to $0.75 per share</b></i> </p>

Monday, June 03, 2013

Cracker Barrel Reports Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2013

07:00 EDT Monday, June 03, 2013

LEBANON, Tenn. (Business Wire) -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended May 3, 2013.

Third-Quarter Fiscal 2013 Highlights

  • Compared to the prior year third quarter, comparable store traffic increased 0.7%, comparable store restaurant sales increased 3.1%, and comparable store retail sales increased 5.5%.
  • Sixth consecutive quarter of positive comparable traffic, restaurant sales and retail sales, and outperformance of the Knapp-Track TM casual dining index.
  • Operating income margin was 6.9% of total revenue, compared with 6.4% in the prior year quarter. Adjusted for organizational restructuring expenses, operating income margin in the prior year quarter was 6.7%. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below.)
  • Earnings per diluted share were $1.02, compared to $0.81 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted earnings per diluted share in the prior year quarter were $0.86. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below.)
  • Board approves quarterly dividend increase of 50% to $0.75 per share. Since November 2011, the Company has tripled its quarterly dividend.
  • The Company raises its guidance range for fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings per diluted share to $4.75 to $4.85.

“Driven by strong sales, traffic and operational performance, our earnings growth for the third quarter exceeded our expectations,” said Sandra B. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. “We believe focusing on our priorities around menu initiatives, store merchandise, marketing and operations improved our operating margin and profitability during the quarter. Our diluted earnings per share grew by 19% over the prior year. This performance enabled us to further enhance shareholder value by increasing our quarterly dividend by 50%, while we reduced our debt by $125 million. We remain encouraged by our results and look to build on our successes in the fourth quarter and into the next fiscal year.”

Third-Quarter Fiscal 2013 Results

Revenue

The Company reported total revenue of $640.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013, representing an increase of 5.2% over the third quarter of the prior year. Comparable store restaurant sales increased 3.1%, including a 2.4% increase in average check. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 2.3%. Comparable store retail sales were up 5.5% for the quarter. The Company estimates that inclement weather in the third quarter reduced comparable store traffic, restaurant and retail sales by approximately 0.3%. The Company opened one new Cracker Barrel store during the quarter, for a total of six new store openings year-to-date.

Comparable store restaurant traffic, average check and comparable store restaurant and retail sales for the fiscal months of February, March and April were as follows:

                                               

Third

             

February

           

March

           

April

           

Quarter

Comparable restaurant traffic             -1.9%             4.2%             -0.1%             0.7%
Average check             2.5%             2.6%             2.1%             2.4%
Comparable restaurant sales             0.6%             6.8%             2.0%             3.1%
Comparable retail sales             5.2%             13.7%             -0.5%             5.5%

Fiscal 2012 was a 53-week year. For Fiscal 2013, the Company calculates comparable store traffic, check and sales using the corresponding prior year weeks.

Operating Income

Operating income was $44.2 million, or 6.9% of total revenue, in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with $39.1 million, or 6.4% of total revenue, in the third quarter of the prior year. Adjusted for restructuring expenses, operating income in the third quarter of the prior year was $40.8 million, or 6.7% of total revenue. Lower hourly labor expense as a percent of total revenue contributed significantly to the operating income margin improvement.

Dividend Increase and Debt Repayment

The Board of Directors recently increased the quarterly dividend to $0.75 per share on the Company's common stock, payable on August 5, 2013 to shareholders of record as of July 19, 2013. This represents a 50% increase over the Company's last quarterly dividend of $0.50.

The Company's 2006 interest rate swap expired at the end of the third quarter and the Company paid down $125 million of long-term debt. The Company expects the lower debt balance and lower interest rates will reduce its annual interest expense by approximately $25 million, or approximately $0.70 per diluted share, and expects to recognize $0.17 per diluted share of this year-over-year benefit during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

Based upon year-to-date financial performance, recent trends and current estimates, the Company raised its full-year guidance for fiscal 2013. The Company expects total revenue of between $2.6 billion and $2.65 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share of between $4.75 and $4.85. The revenue projection for fiscal 2013 reflects the expected opening of eight new Cracker Barrel stores and projected increases in comparable store restaurant and retail sales in a range of 2.5% to 3.0%. The Company projects commodity inflation of between 3.5% and 4.0% and an adjusted operating income margin of between 7.4% and 7.6% of total revenue for fiscal 2013. The Company expects capital expenditures of between $75 million and $80 million. The Company reminds investors that its outlook for fiscal 2013 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control.

Fiscal 2013 Third-Quarter Conference Call

As previously announced, the live broadcast of Cracker Barrel's quarterly conference call will be available to the public on-line at investor.crackerbarrel.com on June 3, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). An on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and continue through June 17, 2013.

About Cracker Barrel

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides a friendly home-away-from-home in its old country stores and restaurants. Guests are cared for like family while relaxing and enjoying real home-style food and shopping that's surprisingly unique, genuinely fun and reminiscent of America's country heritage…all at a fair price. The restaurants serve up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n' dumplins as well as our signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 622 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel store is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. For more information, visit: crackerbarrel.com.

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Except for specific historical information, certain of the matters discussed in this press release may express or imply projections of revenues or expenditures, statements of plans and objectives or future operations or statements of future economic performance. These, and similar statements are forward-looking statements concerning matters that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual performance of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and its subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by this discussion. All forward-looking information is subject to completion of our financial procedures for Q3FY13 and is provided pursuant to the safe harbor established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "trends," "assumptions," "target," "guidance," "outlook," "opportunity," "future," "plans," "goals," "objectives," "expectations," "near-term," "long-term," "projection," "may," "will," "would," "could," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "potential," "should," "projects," "forecasts," or "continue" (or the negative or other derivatives of each of these terms) or similar terminology and include the expected effects of operational improvement initiatives, such as new menu items and retail offerings. Factors which could materially affect actual results include, but are not limited to: the effects of uncertain consumer confidence, higher costs for energy, general or regional economic weakness, weather on sales and customer travel, and discretionary income or personal expenditure activity of our customers; our ability to identify, acquire and sell successful new lines of retail merchandise and new menu items at our restaurants; our ability to successfully implement or sustain plans intended to improve operational or marketing execution and performance; changes in or implementation of additional governmental or regulatory rules, regulations and interpretations affecting tax, wage and hour matters, health and safety, pensions, insurance or other undeterminable areas; our ability to successfully implement plans intended to promote or protect our brands and products; commodity price increases; the ability of and cost to us to recruit, train, and retain qualified hourly and management employees in an escalating wage environment; the effects of increased competition at our locations on sales and on labor recruiting, cost, and retention; workers' compensation, group health and utility price changes; consumer behavior based on negative publicity or concerns over nutritional or safety aspects of our food or products or those of the restaurant industry in general, including concerns about pandemics, as well as the possible effects of such events on the price or availability of ingredients used in our restaurants; the effects of our substantial indebtedness and associated restrictions on our financial and operating flexibility and ability to execute or pursue our operating plans and objectives; changes in interest rates or capital market conditions affecting our financing costs and ability to refinance all or portions of our indebtedness; the effects of business trends on the outlook for individual restaurant locations and the effect on the carrying value of those locations; the availability and cost of suitable sites for restaurant development and our ability to identify those sites; changes in land, building materials and construction costs; the actual results of pending, future or threatened litigation or governmental investigations and the costs and effects of negative publicity associated with these activities; practical or psychological effects of natural disasters or terrorist acts or war and military or government responses; disruptions to our restaurant or retail supply chain; changes in foreign exchange rates affecting our future retail inventory purchases; implementation of new or changes in interpretation of existing accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America; and other factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, and other communications.

Any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. We expressly disclaim any intent, obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

               
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts, percentages and ratios)
 
 
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
Percentage Percentage

5/3/13

4/27/12 Change

5/3/13

4/27/12 Change
Total revenue $ 640,407 $ 608,514 5 % $ 1,970,529 $ 1,880,185 5 %
Cost of goods sold   201,982   189,615 7   644,027   611,313 5
Gross profit 438,425 418,899 5 1,326,502 1,268,872 5
Labor and other related expenses 241,864 235,275 3 719,474 691,176 4
Other store operating expenses   116,408   109,947 6   354,859   338,127 5
Store operating income 80,153 73,677 9 252,169 239,569 5
General and administrative expenses   35,981   34,569 4   105,492   108,500

(3

)

Operating income 44,172 39,108 13 146,677 131,069 12
Interest expense   10,194   11,173

(9

)

  31,199   33,333

(6

)

Pretax income 33,978 27,935 22 115,478 97,736 18
Provision for income taxes   9,376   8,961 5   32,516   29,351 11
Net income $ 24,602 $ 18,974 30 $ 82,962 $ 68,385 21
 
Earnings per share – Basic: $

1.04

 

$

0.82

 

27 $

3.50

 

$

2.97

 

18
Earnings per share – Diluted: $

1.02

 

$

0.81

 

26 $

3.47

 

$

2.93

 

18
 
Weighted average shares:
Basic 23,760,589 23,132,730 3 23,683,133 22,990,544 3
Diluted 24,006,821 23,535,765 2 23,913,226 23,329,230 3
 

Ratio Analysis

Total revenue:
Restaurant 81 .6% 82 .2% 78 .9% 79 .0%
Retail   18 .4   17 .8   21 .1   21

.0

Total revenue 100

.0

100

.0

100

.0

100

.0

Cost of goods sold   31 .5   31 .2   32 .7   32 .5
Gross profit 68 .5 68 .8 67 .3 67 .5
Labor and other related expenses 37 .8 38 .6 36 .5 36 .8
Other store operating expenses   18 .2   18 .1   18

.0

  18

.0

Store operating income 12 .5 12 .1 12 .8 12 .7
General and administrative expenses   5 .6   5 .7   5 .4   5 .7
Operating income 6 .9 6 .4 7 .4 7

.0

Interest expense   1 .6   1 .8   1 .5   1 .8
Pretax income 5 .3 4 .6 5 .9 5 .2
Provision for income taxes   1 .5   1 .5   1 .7   1 .6
Net income   3

.8%

  3

.1%

  4

.2%

  3

.6%

 
                   
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)
 
 

5/3/13

8/3/12
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 58,457 $ 151,962
Property held for sale 884 884
Accounts receivable 14,406 14,609
Income tax receivable 1,435
Inventory 134,131 143,267
Prepaid expenses 16,016 11,405
Deferred income taxes 7,407 15,181
Property and equipment, net 1,016,811 1,022,370
Other long-term assets   60,126   59,314
Total assets $ 1,309,673 $ 1,418,992
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Accounts payable $ 72,732 $ 101,271
Other current liabilities 183,127 217,788
Long-term debt 400,000 525,036
Interest rate swap liability 16,888 14,166
Other long-term obligations 119,855 114,897
Deferred income taxes 61,739 63,159
Shareholders' equity, net   455,332   382,675
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 1,309,673 $ 1,418,992
 
Common shares issued and outstanding 23,757,956 23,473,024
 
         
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT
(Unaudited and in thousands)
 
Nine Months Ended

5/3/13

      4/27/12
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 82,962 $ 68,385
Depreciation and amortization 49,000 47,742
Loss on disposition of property and equipment 2,324 1,832
Share-based compensation, net of excess tax benefit 9,035 7,509
Decrease in inventories 9,136 10,543
(Decrease) in accounts payable (28,539 ) (12,023 )
Net changes in other assets and liabilities   (17,219 )   17,897  
Net cash provided by operating activities   106,699     141,885  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment, net of insurance recoveries (45,738 ) (56,766 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  

550

    491  
Net cash used in investing activities   (45,188 )   (56,275 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net payments for credit facilities and other long-term obligations (125,087 ) (104 )
Proceeds from exercise of share-based compensation awards 5,195 16,729
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 1,961 1,921
Purchase and retirement of common stock (3,570 ) (12,279 )
Deferred financing costs 0 (263 )
Dividends on common stock   (33,515 )   (16,568 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (155,016 )   (10,564 )
 
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (93,505 ) 75,046
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 151,962 52,274
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 58,457   $ 127,320  
 
         
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)
 
Third Quarter Ended Nine Months Ended
  5/3/13       4/27/12   5/3/13       4/27/12
 
Units in operation:
Open at beginning of period 621 608 616 603
Opened during period   1   5   6   10
Open at end of period 622 613 622 613
 
Total revenue: (In thousands)
Restaurant $ 522,642 $ 500,025 1,555,111 1,485,065
Retail   117,765   108,489   415,418   395,120
Total revenue $ 640,407 $ 608,514 $ 1,970,529 $ 1,880,185
 
Cost of goods sold: (In thousands)
Restaurant $ 141,617 $ 135,301 $ 423,138 $ 401,453
Retail   60,365   54,314   220,889   209,860
Total cost of goods sold $ 201,982 $ 189,615 $ 644,027 $ 611,313

Average unit volume: (In thousands)

 

Restaurant $ 840.8 $ 817.9 $ 2,506.5 $ 2,443.4
Retail   189.4   177.4   669.6   650.1
Total $ 1030.2 $ 995.3 $ 3,176.1 $ 3,093.5
 

Operating weeks:

8,081

7,948

24,197

23,704

 
             
Q3 2013 vs. Q3 2012 9 mo. 2013 vs. 9 mo. 2012
 
Comparable store sales period to period increase:
Restaurant

3.1%

3.2%

Retail

5.5%

3.4%

 
Number of locations in comparable store base

603

596

 

 

 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP basis operating
results to adjusted non-GAAP operating results
(Unaudited and in thousands)
 
The Company makes reference in this release to “adjusted operating income,” “adjusted net income,” “adjusted earnings per diluted share,” and “adjusted general and administrative expenses,” excluding the impact of severance and proxy contest expenses and the retroactive restatement of the work opportunities tax credit. The Company believes that excluding these items and their related tax effects from its financial results reflects operating results that are more indicative of the Company's ongoing operating performance while improving comparability to prior periods, and as such, may provide investors with an enhanced understanding of the Company's past financial performance and prospects for the future. This information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income, or earnings per share or expense information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
 
                                           
Third Quarter ended May 3, 2013 Third Quarter ended April 27, 2012
As Reported Adjust As Adjusted As Reported Adjust (2) As Adjusted
 
Store operating income $ 80,153 $ - $ 80,153 $ 73,677 $ - $ 73,677
General and administrative expenses   35,981         -           35,981   34,569         (1,660 )         32,909
Operating income 44,172 - 44,172 39,108 1,660 40,768
Interest Expense   10,194         -           10,194   11,173         -           11,173
Pretax income 33,978 - 33,978 27,935 1,660 29,595
Provision for income taxes   9,376         -           9,376   8,961         532           9,493
Net income $ 24,602       $ -         $ 24,602 $ 18,974       $ 1,128         $ 20,102
 
Earning per share - Basic $ 1.04 $ - $ 1.04 $ 0.82 $ 0.05 $ 0.87
Earning per share - Diluted $ 1.02 $ - $ 1.02 $ 0.81 $ 0.05 $ 0.86
 
 
Nine months ended May 3, 2013 Nine months ended April 27, 2012
As Reported Adjust (1) (2) (3) As Adjusted As Reported Adjust (1) (2) As Adjusted
 
Store operating income $ 252,169 $ - $ 252,169 $ 239,569 $ - $ 239,569
General and administrative expenses   105,492         (5,634 )         99,858   108,500         (6,863 )         101,637
Operating income 146,677 5,634 152,311 131,069 6,863 137,932
Interest Expense   31,199         -           31,199   33,333         -           33,333
Pretax income 115,478 5,634 121,112 97,736 6,863 104,599
Provision for income taxes   32,516         3,847           36,363   29,351         2,061           31,412
Net income $ 82,962       $ 1,787         $ 84,749 $ 68,385       $ 4,802         $ 73,187
 
Earning per share - Basic $ 3.50 $ 0.08 $ 3.58 $ 2.97 $ 0.21 $ 3.18
Earning per share - Diluted $ 3.47 $ 0.07 $ 3.54 $ 2.93 $ 0.21 $ 3.14
 
(1)   Charges and tax effects of the proxy contest concluded at the Company's annual meeting of shareholders.
(2) Severance, other charges and tax effects related to organizational changes.
(3) Provision for taxes adjusted to exclude the $2.1 million prior year favorable effect of the retroactive reinstatement of the work opportunity tax credit.
 

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Investors:
Lawrence E. Hyatt, 615-235-4432
or
Media:
Jeanne Ludington, 615-443-9115

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