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Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter Earnings Per Share Of $0.73 And Annual Net Earnings Growth Of Over 31% For 2011

Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BWLD), announced today financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 25, 2011. Highlights for the fourth quarter versus the same period a year ago were:
  • Total revenue increased 34.5% to $220.5 million
  • Company-owned restaurant sales grew 36.4% to $202.9 million
  • Same-store sales increased 8.9% at company-owned restaurants and 5.9% at franchised restaurants
  • Net earnings increased 34.0% to $13.6 million from $10.2 million, and earnings per diluted share increased 32.7% to $0.73 from $0.55

Sally Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our strong fourth quarter performance capped a tremendous year for Buffalo Wild Wings, which reflects the focused efforts and hard work of our franchisees and Team Members in providing sports fans with an outstanding guest experience. Together, we accomplished category-leading results. Fourth quarter same-store sales grew by 8.9% at company-owned and 5.9% at franchised locations, helping us surpass $2 billion in system-wide sales for 2011. Strong sales at both new and existing restaurants drove fourth quarter earnings per share of $0.73, bringing our annual net earnings growth to over 31%.”

Total revenue increased 34.5% to $220.5 million in the fourth quarter compared to $163.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. Company-owned restaurant sales for the quarter increased 36.4% over the same period in 2010, to $202.9 million, driven by a company-owned same-store sales increase of 8.9% and 60 additional company-owned restaurants at the end of fourth quarter 2011 relative to the same period in 2010. Franchise royalties and fees increased 15.3% to $17.5 million for the quarter versus $15.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2010. This increase is attributed to a franchise same-store sales increase of 5.9% and 25 additional franchised restaurants at the end of the period versus a year ago.

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