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Jack In The Box Inc. Reports First Quarter FY 2013 Earnings; Updates Guidance For FY 2013

The company repurchased approximately 985,000 shares of its common stock in the first quarter at an average price of $27.26 per share for an aggregate cost of $26.9 million, leaving $50 million remaining under a $100 million stock-buyback program authorized by the company’s board of directors that expires in November 2013, and $100 million remaining under an authorization that expires in November 2014.

Restaurant openings

Nine new Jack in the Box restaurants opened in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, including six franchised locations, compared with 16 new restaurants opened system-wide during the same quarter last year, of which 11 were franchised.

In the first quarter, 17 Qdoba restaurants opened, including 14 franchised locations, versus 15 new restaurants in the year-ago quarter, of which 9 were franchised. The company also acquired 6 Qdoba restaurants from franchisees in the quarter.

At January 20, 2013, the company’s system total comprised 2,255 Jack in the Box restaurants, including 1,704 franchised locations, and 636 Qdoba restaurants, including 311 franchised locations.

Guidance

The following guidance and underlying assumptions reflect the company’s current expectations for the second quarter ending April 14, 2013, and the fiscal year ending September 29, 2013. Fiscal 2013 is a 52-week year, with 16 weeks in the first quarter, and 12 weeks in each of the second, third and fourth quarters.

Second quarter fiscal year 2013 guidance
  • Same-store sales are expected to be approximately flat at Jack in the Box company restaurants versus a 5.6 percent increase in the year-ago quarter.
  • Same-store sales are expected to be flat to down 2 percent at Qdoba company restaurants versus a 3.8 percent increase in the year-ago quarter.

Fiscal year 2013 guidance
  • Same-store sales are expected to increase approximately 1.5 to 2.5 percent at Jack in the Box company restaurants.
  • Same-store sales are expected to increase approximately 1.0 to 2.0 percent at Qdoba company restaurants.
  • Overall commodity costs are expected to increase by approximately 2 to 3 percent for the full year.
  • Restaurant operating margin for the full year is expected to range from approximately 15.5 to 16.0 percent, depending on same-store sales and commodity inflation .
  • SG&A as a percentage of revenue is expected to be in the mid-14 percent range as compared to 14.7% in fiscal 2012. G&A as a percentage of system-wide sales is expected to decline to approximately 4.3% in fiscal 2013 from 4.6% in fiscal 2012.
  • Impairment and other charges as a percentage of revenue are expected to be approximately 50 to 70 basis points, excluding restructuring charges.
  • The company no longer provides guidance with respect to refranchising gains or proceeds.
  • 20 to 25 new Jack in the Box restaurants are expected to open, including approximately 10 company locations.
  • 70 to 85 new Qdoba restaurants are expected to open, of which approximately 40 to 45 are expected to be company locations.
  • Capital expenditures are expected to be $95 to $105 million.
  • The tax rate is expected to be approximately 35 to 36 percent.
  • Operating earnings per share, which the company defines as diluted earnings per share from continuing operations on a GAAP basis excluding restructuring charges and gains from refranchising, are now expected to range from $1.48 to $1.63 in fiscal 2013 as compared to operating earnings per share of $1.20 in fiscal 2012.
  • Diluted earnings per share includes approximately $0.04 of incentive payments to Jack in the Box franchisees in fiscal 2013 to complete the installation of new signage as compared to $0.11 in fiscal 2012 to complete the re-image program.

Conference call

The company will host a conference call for financial analysts and investors on Thursday, February 21, 2013, beginning at 8:30 a.m. PT (11:30 a.m. ET). The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet via the Jack in the Box website. To access the live call through the Internet, log onto the Investors section of the Jack in the Box Inc. website at http://investors.jackinthebox.com at least 15 minutes prior to the event in order to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay of the call will be available through the Jack in the Box Inc. corporate website for 21 days, beginning at approximately 11:30 a.m. PT on February 21.

About Jack in the Box Inc.

Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box ® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises Qdoba Mexican Grill ®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 600 restaurants in 44 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on Jack in the Box and Qdoba, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com or www.qdoba.com.

Safe harbor statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such statements are subject to substantial risks and uncertainties. A variety of factors could cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including the following: the success of new products and marketing initiatives; the impact of competition, unemployment, trends in consumer spending patterns and commodity costs; the company’s ability to achieve and manage its planned expansion, such as the availability of a sufficient number of suitable new restaurant sites, the performance of new restaurants, and risks relating to expansion into new markets; and stock market volatility. These and other factors are discussed in the company’s annual report on Form 10-K and its periodic reports on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission which are available online at http://investors.jackinthebox.com or in hard copy upon request. The company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as the result of new information or otherwise.

JACK IN THE BOX INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASUREMENTS TO GAAP RESULTS (Unaudited)

Operating earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, is defined by the company as diluted earnings per share from continuing operations on a GAAP basis excluding restructuring charges and gains from refranchising. Management believes this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to assist investors in analyzing the performance of the company’s core business. In addition, the company uses operating earnings per share in establishing performance goals for purposes of executive compensation. The company encourages investors to rely upon its GAAP numbers but includes this non-GAAP financial measure as a supplemental metric to assist investors. This non-GAAP financial measure should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this non-GAAP financial measure used by the company may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.

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