Fourth Quarter 2012 Financial Results
Revenue increased $13.4 million, or 40.3%, to $46.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $33.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company’s fourth quarter of 2012 included 14 weeks compared to 13 weeks in the fourth quarter of 2011. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 attributed to the extra week totaled approximately $3.3 million. Excluding the extra week, the increase in sales was primarily driven by $9.3 million in incremental revenue from an additional 116 operating weeks provided by ten new restaurants opened during and subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2011.
Comparable restaurant sales increased 5.2% during the quarter for the 13-week period ended December 23, 2012 compared to the 13-week period ended December 25, 2011. Comparable restaurant sales were positively impacted by an extra 1.5 operating days in 2012 as a result of the Company’s restaurant closing schedule on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day during the 13-week period of 2011. Excluding the impact of the extra 1.5 days, comparable restaurant sales increased 3.0%, which was driven by a 2.1% increase in average check and a 0.9% increase in average weekly customers. Our comparable restaurant base consisted of 24 restaurants during the fourth quarter ended December 30, 2012, and 18 restaurants during the fourth quarter ended December 25, 2011.
Total restaurant operating costs decreased as a percent of revenues to 80.3% in the fourth quarter of 2012 from 82.2% in the fourth quarter of 2011, driven largely by operating leverage obtained from the extra operating week in the fourth quarter of 2012, as well as an improvement in restaurant operating costs, partially offset by expected increases in cost of sales and occupancy costs at non-comparable restaurants.Net income available to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2012 was $2.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $4,000, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2012 included approximately $228,000 in costs associated with a follow-on offering of secondary shares of the Company’s common stock.