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Sonic Reports Third Fiscal Quarter 2013 Financial Results

Stock quotes in this article: SONC

Same-Store Sales

For the third quarter ended May 31, 2013, system-wide same-store sales increased 0.1%, which was comprised of 0.2% same-store sales increase at franchise drive-ins and a decrease of 1.1% at company drive-ins. Weather is estimated to have had a 300 to 400 basis point adverse impact on system-wide same-store sales for the quarter. Despite the adverse weather, system-wide same-store sales were positive in April and improved further in May.

Development

Five new franchise drive-ins were opened in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 versus seven new franchise drive-in openings during the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

Fiscal Year 2013 Outlook

The company expects its initiatives to drive sales’ improvements going forward. However, uncertainty with regard to the macroeconomic environment and its impact on consumer confidence may result in sales volatility. The outlook for fiscal 2013 anticipates the following elements:

  • Positive same-store sales in the low single digit range;
  • Drive-in level margins to improve from 50 to 75 basis points;
  • 25 to 30 new franchise drive-in openings;
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses of $66 to $66.5 million;
  • Depreciation and amortization of $40 to $40.5 million;
  • Net interest expense of approximately $28 to $28.5 million excluding the impact of debt extinguishment charges;
  • An income tax rate between 36.5% and 37.5% for the fourth fiscal quarter and between 34.5% and 35.5% for fiscal 2013;
  • Capital expenditures of $35 to $40 million which includes partial implementation of technology initiatives in company drive-ins and implementation of the supply chain management system; and
  • Free cash flow of $45 to $50 million for fiscal 2013.

Investor Day

The company will host an investor day with industry analysts and institutional investors on Thursday, June 27, 2013. The meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. EDT at the NASDAQ Marketsite. The event will be simulcast over the internet and a link to this event may be found on the company's investor relations website at http://ir.sonicdrivein.com/.

Earnings Conference Call

The company will host a conference call and online web simulcast this afternoon beginning at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The conference call can be accessed live by dialing (888) 811-5427 or (913) 981-5578 for international callers. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or (858) 384-5517 for international callers; the conference ID is 2939382. The replay will be available until Monday, July 1, 2013. An online replay of the conference call will be available approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live broadcast. A link to this event may be found on the company's investor relations website at http://ir.sonicdrivein.com/.

About Sonic

SONIC®, America's Drive-In®, is the nation's largest chain of drive-in restaurants with more than 3,500 drive-ins serving approximately three million customers every day. Over the past 60 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, more than one million drink combinations, friendly service by iconic Carhops and ongoing support of education through its award-winning Limeades for Learning® program. SONIC received top honors as America's "#1 burger quick service restaurant" in the 2013 Temkin Experience Ratings report. For more information about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) and its subsidiaries, please visit www.sonicdrivein.com. Customers can also connect with SONIC at facebook.com/sonicdrivein or on Twitter @sonicdrive_in.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements reflect management's expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or underlying, these forward-looking statements are detailed in the company's annual and quarterly report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unforeseen events, except as required to be reported under the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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