Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond the Company’s control. The Company cautions you that the forward-looking information presented in this press release is not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events and results may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “plan,” “seek,” “comfortable with,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology. Examples of forward-looking statements and beliefs in this press release include those related to our planned new restaurant openings and conversions, our vision for the Romano’s Macaroni Grill Concept, and our efforts to demonstrate progress in improving our results of operations during the remainder of the year.
A number of important factors could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements included in this press release, including the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 as supplemented by the risk factors included in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended July 1, 2013 (which can both be found at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov) and each such risk factor is specifically incorporated into this press release. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.
Results of OperationsWith the change in our fiscal quarters, as noted above, the third quarter and year-to-date period of 2013 represent 13 and 39 weeks of activity, respectively, while the third quarter and year-to-date period of 2012 represent only 12 and 36 weeks of activity, respectively. As such, the quarter and year-to-date periods of each year are not comparable. We did not believe it was practicable to recast the prior year quarter and year-to-date periods to 13 and 39 weeks, respectively. The only financial information that we were able to recast on a 13-week basis for the third quarter of 2012 and 39-week basis for the year-to-date period was revenues. We are also able to report restaurant operating weeks and change in comparable restaurant sales for the comparable 13-week and 39-week periods of fiscal year 2012. We believe it is impracticable to recast other financial information because we do not have weekly cutoff procedures that would allow us to distribute expenses or cash flows to the appropriate periods in order to report the prior year on a 13-week and 39-week basis.