In order to provide additional visibility into its expectations for future performance, the Company provided a preliminary earnings estimate for its 2013 fiscal year. Based upon its current outlook for comparable store sales, new store openings, commodity cost increases, and the impact of its cost savings initiatives, the Company expects to generate earnings per diluted share of between $4.50 and $4.70. After adjustments for proxy contest expenses, severance charges, and the impact of the 53 rd week on the current year’s results, this represents a year-over-year percentage increase in the high single digits.
Commenting on the outlook, Ms. Cochran said, “We are pleased with the progress we have made over the last three quarters and the momentum leading us into our final fiscal quarter. In April, we outlined our longer term, three-pronged strategy for growth and increasing shareholder return - enhancing the core business, expanding the store footprint and extending the Cracker Barrel brand. In the near term, we will continue to focus on enhancing the core business through our six business initiatives to drive restaurant traffic, grow retail sales and control costs. We remain encouraged by our results and look to build on our successes in the fourth quarter and into the next fiscal year.”
Fiscal 2012 Third-Quarter Conference Call
As previously announced, the live broadcast of today’s quarterly conference call will be available to the public on-line in the News and Events section on the Company’s website at investor.crackerbarrel.com today beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and continue through June 5, 2012.The Company plans to announce its fiscal 2012 fourth-quarter earnings and comparable restaurant and retail sales on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. About Cracker Barrel Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ® restaurants provide 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 the Company’s 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 615 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit 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.