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Papa John’s Announces First Quarter 2012 Results

Acquisition

As previously announced, effective April 23, 2012, the company acquired 56 franchised Papa John’s restaurants in the Denver and Minneapolis markets, six of which were subsequently refranchised. The purchase price, which was paid in cash, was $5.1 million net of the divestiture proceeds from the six restaurants sold. The acquisition is not expected to have a material impact on our 2012 operating results.

Share Repurchase Activity

The company repurchased 372,000 shares of its common stock at an average price of $37.19 per share, or a total of $13.8 million, during the first quarter ended March 25, 2012. Subsequent to quarter-end through April 25, 2012, the company repurchased 264,000 shares at an average price of $37.63 per share, or a total of $9.9 million. Approximately $47.8 million remains available under the company’s share repurchase program.

There were 24.4 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding for the first quarter, representing a decrease of 5.1% over the prior year comparable period. Diluted earnings per share increased $0.04 for the first quarter of 2012 due to the reduction in shares outstanding, resulting from the share repurchase program. Approximately 23.9 million actual shares of the company’s common stock were outstanding as of March 25, 2012.

2012 Earnings Guidance Update

The company raised its 2012 guidance for diluted earnings per share and international comparable sales based on solid first quarter results and reaffirmed all other guidance. The update is as follows:

 
Updated Guidance Previous Guidance
 
Diluted earnings per share (a) $2.40 to $2.50 $2.33 to $2.43
 
International comparable sales +2.5% to +4.5% +1.5% to +3.5%
 

(a)

The 2012 fiscal year will consist of 53 weeks. The impact of the 53 rd week of operations is expected to increase earnings per share by approximately $0.08 to $0.10, substantially offsetting the decrease in 2012 from the Incentive Contribution previously discussed.

 

The company also announced a change in its policy for providing guidance related to key operating assumptions and earnings. Effective at the end of 2012, the company no longer plans to issue a separate press release in December to announce key operating assumptions and earnings guidance for the following year. Instead, the company now plans to include such guidance with the fourth quarter and full year earnings press release, generally issued in February. Please visit the investor relations section of our website for a list of upcoming earnings press release and earnings conference call dates for fiscal 2012 results.

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