Fiscal 2013 Outlook
Based upon year-to-date financial performance, continued food commodity pressures, inclement weather in February, the reinstatement of WOTC, and remaining uncertainty in the economic environment, the Company adjusted its previous full year earnings guidance. For fiscal 2013, the Company expects total revenue of between $2.6 billion and $2.65 billion and adjusted earnings per diluted share of between $4.60 and $4.80. The revenue projection for fiscal 2013 reflects the expected opening of eight new Cracker Barrel stores and projected increases in comparable store restaurant and retail sales in a range of 2.0% to 3.0%. The Company projects an adjusted operating income margin of between 7.3% and 7.5% of total revenue for fiscal 2013.
The Company expects to report earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 of between $0.90 and $0.95. The Company reminds investors that its outlook for fiscal 2013 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control.
Fiscal 2013 Second-Quarter Conference CallAs previously announced, the live broadcast of Cracker Barrel’s quarterly conference call will be available to the public on-line at investor.crackerbarrel.com on February 26, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). An on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and continue through March 12, 2013. About Cracker Barrel Cracker Barrel Old Country Store provides 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 our signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.