Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store ( CBRL) reported fiscal first quarter earnings on Nov. 23. Revenue: $598.7 million, compared with year-earlier sales of $581.2 million. Net Income: $23.7 million, compared with year-earlier earnings of $18 million. Net Earnings Per Share: $1.01, compared with year-earlier EPS of 78 cents per share.
Analysis: Analysts from Standpoint Research issued a downgrade on Cracker Barrel shares in September to hold, from accumulate. In August RBC Capital Markets, which had a sector perform rating on the stock, dropped its coverage of the restaurant chain. Cracker Barrel topped earnings expectations but revenue came up short of expectations for $600.3 million. Cracker Barrel said comps and retail sales increased 2.4% and 1.5%, respectively, in the recent quarter, thanks in part to a 0.5% uptick in guest traffic. The Lebanon, Tenn.-based restaurateur reaffirmed its fiscal 2011 outlook for revenue to grow between 3% and 4.5%, or between $2.47 billion and $2.51 billion. Forecasted revenue growth is based on the opening of 11 new Cracker Barrel units during the year, comps growth between 1.5% and 3% and comparable store retail sales growth between 2% and 4%. Fiscal 2011 EPS is projected to be in the range of $3.95 to $4.10 per share. Analysts expect Cracker Barrel to post full-year EPS of $4.07 per share.