Fiscal Year 2012 Guidelines
The Company is providing the following updated guidelines for the 52-week period and as noted.
- 66 to 72 system-wide openings, including 14 to 15 Company-owned restaurants, 12 to 14 franchise restaurants, and 40 to 43 license restaurants.
- Capital expenditures of $24 million to $26 million.
- Commodity inflation of 2% to 3%.
- The Company has secured price protection for all of its wheat and coffee requirements, respectively.
- General and administrative expenses of $10 million to $11 million for the fourth quarter, which includes incentive compensation expenditures.
- An annual effective tax rate of approximately 39%; however, the Company will continue to only pay minimal cash-taxes for the next several years.
For fiscal year 2013, the Company has secured price protection for approximately 33% of its wheat and 96% of its coffee requirements, respectively.
Conference Call TodayThe Company will host a conference call to discuss its third quarter 2012 financial results today at 3:00 p.m. Mountain Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). Hosting the call will be Jeff O’Neill, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Manny Hilario, Chief Financial Officer. The dial-in numbers for the conference call are 888-430-8709 for domestic toll-free calls and 719-457-2689 for international. A telephone replay will be available through November 13, 2012, and may be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 for domestic toll-free calls or 858-384-5517 for international. The conference ID is 9930408. The conference call will also be webcast live from Einstein Noah’s website at www.einsteinnoah.com. About Einstein Noah Restaurant Group Einstein Noah Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading company in the quick casual restaurant industry that operates and licenses locations primarily under the Einstein Bros.® and Noah's New York Bagels® brands and primarily franchises locations under the Manhattan Bagel® brand. The Company's retail system consists of over 795 restaurants in 39 states and the District of Columbia. It also operates a dough production facility. The Company's stock is traded on the NASDAQ under the symbol BAGL. Visit www.einsteinnoah.com for additional information. Forward Looking Statement Disclosure Certain statements in this press release, including statements under the heading “Fiscal Year 2012 Guidelines”, constitute forward-looking statements or statements which may be deemed or construed to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “guideline,” “forecast,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan to,” “is designed to,” “look forward,” “expects,” “prospects,” “intend,” “indications,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “target,” “trend,” “contemplate,” “anticipates” and similar expressions and all statements which are not historical facts are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause the Company's actual results, performance (financial or operating), or achievements to differ materially from the future results, performance (financial or operating), or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors include but are not limited to (i) the results for the 2012 third quarter and year over year revenue and other financial results, comparable store sales, and margin performance are not necessarily indicative of future results, and our expectations for full year 2012 results are subject to shifting consumer preferences, new product execution, economic conditions, weather, competition, seasonal factors and cost containment initiatives, among other factors; (ii) our ability to improve transactions and our long-term growth are dependent upon consumer acceptance of our products and marketing initiatives, general economic and market conditions, among other factors; (iii) our ability to continue to improve store level margins and contain costs are dependent upon successfully executing plans for productivity improvements, labor efficiencies and food cost management; (iv) the ability to develop and open new company-owned, license and franchise restaurants and upgrade company-owned restaurants is dependent upon the availability of capital, securing acceptable financing and lease terms for desired locations, as well as the availability of contractors and materials, and securing necessary permits and licenses; (v) our ability to expand our development pipeline and ultimately expand our royalty stream is dependent upon the factors listed in (iv), above, and our ability to attract franchisees and licensees and negotiate favorable agreements; (vi) our ability to obtain lower costs for agricultural commodities is dependent upon weather, crop yield and production, the market, economic conditions, including market and inflationary pressures; (vii) our ability to build brand equity and create long-term value for our shareholders is dependent upon the success of our initiatives, financial results and the factors listed above, among other factors. These and other risks are more fully discussed in the Company's SEC filings.