LEBANON, TENN. (
appears to have cracked some kind of code -- or has perfected the art of managing expectations -- once again beating Wall Street's earnings estimates.
In the fourth-quarter, the restaurateur saw its profit grow by 8.5%, offsetting any weakness in sales. The news sent shares up 2% to $32.07 in pre-market trading.
During the quarter, the company earned $22.8 million, or 99 cents a share, compared with $21 million, or 93 cents, in the year-ago period.
Excluding impairment and store-closure charges, the company actually earned $1.06 a share, better than the 94 cents a share analysts had expected. Cracker Barrel has been consistently beating expectations for a year.
Revenue slipped 1% to $595.6 million, while same-store sales fell 7%.
Looking ahead, the company expects to earn between $2.85 and $3.10 a share during the year.
-- Reported by Jeanine Poggi in New York
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