Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Sep 17, 2014

Cracker Barrel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Fiscal 2014 Results and Provides Guidance for Fiscal 2015

Positive Comparable Store Sales in Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year

Fourth Quarter Operating Income increased 9.9%, and Diluted EPS Increased 14.0%

LEBANON, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:CBRL) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year ended August 1, 2014. The Company also provided guidance for its 2015 fiscal year and first quarter:

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2014 Highlights

Full Year Fiscal 2014 Highlights

Commenting on the fourth quarter and full fiscal year results, Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran said, "During our 2014 fiscal year, we executed against our business plan and continued to deliver solid results for our shareholders. Although we still face a challenged consumer and industry environment, we have consistently outperformed our peers in the Knapp-Track casual dining index. As we begin the 2015 fiscal year, we remain focused on the initiatives we set forth in our three-year strategic plan and look forward to continuing to please our guests and deliver value for our shareholders."

Fourth-Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

Revenue

The Company reported total revenue of $692.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, representing an increase of 2.8% over the fourth quarter of the prior year. Comparable store restaurant sales increased 1.2%, including a 3.1% increase in average check offset by a 1.9% decrease in store traffic. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 2.2%. Comparable store retail sales were up 2.6% for the quarter. The Company opened four new Cracker Barrel stores during the quarter, for a total of seven new store openings during the fiscal year.

Comparable store restaurant traffic, average check and comparable store restaurant sales and retail sales for the fiscal months of May, June and July and the fourth quarter were as follows:

         


May

       


June

       


July

       

Fourth
Quarter

Comparable restaurant traffic         -3.0%         -1.0%         -1.7%         -1.9%
Average check         2.6%         3.0%         3.5%         3.1%
Comparable restaurant sales         -0.4%         2.0%         1.8%         1.2%
Comparable retail sales         4.7%         1.7%         1.5%         2.6%
                               

Operating Income

Operating income in the fourth quarter was $60.3 million, or 8.7% of total revenue. Operating income in the prior year quarter was 8.1% of total revenue. The margin improvement was largely driven by a 130 basis point reduction in general and administrative expenses, which was partially offset by an increase in cost of goods sold.

Fiscal 2014 Results

The Company reported total revenue of $2.68 billion for the fiscal year, representing an increase of 1.5% over the prior year. Comparable store restaurant sales increased 0.7% including a 2.6% increase in average check offset by a 1.9% decrease in store traffic. Comparable store retail sales were up 0.4% for the fiscal year.

Operating income for fiscal 2014 was $208.4 million, or 7.8% of sales compared to $201.5 million or 7.6% of sales in the prior year. Adjusted for the impact of proxy contest expenses, operating income for the year was $212.7 million, or 7.9% of sales. In comparison, adjusted operating income in the prior fiscal year was $207.2 million, or 7.8% of sales.

GAAP net income was $132.1 million, or $5.51 per diluted share, compared to $117.3 million or $4.90 per diluted share in the prior year. Adjusted net income was $135.1 million, or $5.63 per diluted share, compared to adjusted net income of $119.1 million, or $4.97 per diluted share in the prior year, representing a year-over-year increase in adjusted EPS of 13.3%.

Fiscal 2015 Outlook

For fiscal 2015, the Company expects total revenue of between $2.75 billion and $2.80 billion, and earnings per diluted share of between $5.80 and $5.95. The increased revenue projection for fiscal 2015 reflects the expected opening of six or seven 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 food commodity inflation in the range of 4.0% to 5.0% for the year. The Company projects an operating income margin of approximately 8.0% of total revenue for fiscal 2015. The Company expects depreciation expense between $71 million and $73 million; net interest expense between $17 million and $18 million; and capital expenditures between $100 million and $110 million.

The Company expects an effective tax rate for fiscal 2015 between 32% and 33%. This tax rate estimate assumes that the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), which expired December 31, 2013, is not renewed. The Company estimates that renewal of the WOTC would reduce its tax expense by between $5 million and $6 million, or $0.20 and $0.25 per diluted share.

The Company expects to report earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2015 of between $1.20 and $1.30. The Company reminds investors that its outlook for fiscal 2015 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company's control.

Fiscal 2014 Fourth-Quarter Conference Call

As previously announced, the live broadcast of Cracker Barrel's quarterly conference call will be available to the public on-line at investor.crackerbarrel.com today beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and continue through October 1, 2014.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. 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.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 633 company-owned locations in 42 states. For more information, visit crackerbarrel.com.

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Except for specific historical information, certain of the matters discussed in this press release may express or imply projections of revenues or expenditures, statements of plans and objectives or future operations or statements of future economic performance. These, and similar statements are forward-looking statements concerning matters that involve risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual performance of Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. and its subsidiaries to differ materially from those expressed or implied by this discussion. All forward-looking information is subject to completion of our financial procedures for FY 2014 and is provided pursuant to the safe harbor established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "trends," "assumptions," "target," "guidance," "outlook," "opportunity," "future," "plans," "goals," "objectives," "expectations," "near-term," "long-term," "projection," "may," "will," "would," "could," "expect," "intend," "estimate," "anticipate," "believe," "potential," "regular," "should," "projects," "forecasts," or "continue" (or the negative or other derivatives of each of these terms) or similar terminology and include the expected effects of operational improvement initiatives, such as new menu items and retail offerings. Factors which could materially affect actual results include, but are not limited to: the effects of uncertain consumer confidence, higher costs for energy, general or regional economic weakness, weather on sales and customer travel, discretionary income or personal expenditure activity of our customers; our ability to identify, acquire and sell successful new lines of retail merchandise and new menu items at our restaurants; our ability to sustain or the effects of plans intended to improve operational or marketing execution and performance; changes in or implementation of additional governmental or regulatory rules, regulations and interpretations affecting tax, wage and hour matters, health and safety, pensions, insurance or other undeterminable areas; the effects of plans intended to promote or protect our brands and products; commodity price increases; the ability of and cost to us to recruit, train, and retain qualified hourly and management employees in an escalating wage environment; the effects of increased competition at our locations on sales and on labor recruiting, cost, and retention; workers' compensation, group health and utility price changes; consumer behavior based on negative publicity or concerns over nutritional or safety aspects of our food or products or those of the restaurant industry in general, including concerns about pandemics, as well as the possible effects of such events on the price or availability of ingredients used in our restaurants; the effects of our substantial indebtedness and associated restrictions on our financial and operating flexibility and ability to execute or pursue our operating plans and objectives; changes in interest rates or capital market conditions affecting our financing costs and ability to refinance all or portions of our indebtedness; the effects of business trends on the outlook for individual restaurant locations and the effect on the carrying value of those locations; our ability to retain key personnel; the availability and cost of suitable sites for restaurant development and our ability to identify those sites; changes in land, building materials and construction costs; the actual results of pending, future or threatened litigation or governmental investigations and the costs and effects of negative publicity associated with these activities; practical or psychological effects of natural disasters or terrorist acts or war and military or government responses; disruptions to our restaurant or retail supply chain; changes in foreign exchange rates affecting our future retail inventory purchases; implementation of new or changes in interpretation of existing accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"); and other factors described from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, press releases, and other communications. Any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which made. We expressly disclaim any intent, obligation or undertaking to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statements are based.

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts, percentages and ratios)

 

Fourth Quarter Ended

   

Fiscal Year Ended

8/1/2014

   

8/2/2013

   

Percentage
Change

8/1/2014

   

8/2/2013

   

Percentage
Change

Total revenue $692,747 $674,101 3% $2,683,677 $2,644,630 1%
Cost of goods sold 222,307 210,657 6 872,758 854,684 2
Gross profit 470,440 463,444 2 1,810,919 1,789,946 1
Labor and other related expenses 248,127 243,085 2 966,593 962,559 0
Other store operating expenses 132,032 127,742

3

506,533 482,601 5
Store operating income 90,281 92,617 (3) 337,793 344,786 (2)
General and administrative expenses 30,031 37,770 (20) 129,387 143,262 (10)
Operating income 60,250 54,847 10 208,406 201,524 3
Interest expense 4,352 4,543 (4) 17,557 35,742 (51)
Pretax income 55,898 50,304 11 190,849 165,782 15
Provision for income taxes 16,713 16,001 4 58,721 48,517 21
Net income $39,185 $34,303 14 $132,128 $117,265 13
 
Earnings per share - Basic: $1.65 $1.44 15 $5.55 $4.95 12
Earnings per share - Diluted: $1.63 $1.43 14 $5.51 $4.90 12
 
Weighted average shares:
Basic 23,820,548 23,786,103 0 23,817,768 23,708,875 0
Diluted 23,989,886 24,053,608 (0) 23,966,015 23,948,321 0
 

Ratio Analysis

Total revenue:
Restaurant 81.3% 81.5% 79.6% 79.6%
Retail 18.7 18.5 20.4 20.4
Total revenue 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Cost of goods sold 32.1 31.3 32.5 32.3
Gross profit 67.9 68.7 67.5 67.7
Labor and other related expenses 35.8 36.1 36.0 36.5
Other store operating expenses 19.1 18.9 18.9 18.2
Store operating income 13.0 13.7 12.6 13.0
General and administrative expenses 4.3 5.6 4.8 5.4
Operating income 8.7 8.1 7.8 7.6
Interest expense 0.6 0.6 0.7 1.3
Pretax income 8.1 7.5 7.1 6.3
Provision for income taxes 2.4 2.4 2.2 1.9
Net income 5.7% 5.1% 4.9% 4.4%
 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)

 
    8/1/2014     8/2/2013
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $119,361 $121,718
Property held for sale 0 883
Accounts receivable 22,704 15,942
Income tax receivable 2,973 0
Inventory 165,426 146,687
Prepaid expenses 11,997 12,648
Deferred income taxes 7,188 4,316
Property and equipment, net 1,043,284 1,026,369
Other long-term assets 59,315 59,743
Total assets $1,432,248 $1,388,306
 
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity
Accounts payable $98,477 $110,637
Other current liabilities 245,961 205,430
Long-term debt 375,000 400,000
Interest rate swap liability 3,239 11,644
Other long-term obligations 123,221 120,073
Deferred income taxes 57,709 56,496
Shareholders' equity, net 528,641 484,026
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $1,432,248 $1,388,306
 
Common shares issued and outstanding 23,821,227 23,795,327
 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

(Unaudited and in thousands)

 
    Twelve Months Ended
8/1/2014     8/2/2013
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $132,128 $117,265
Depreciation and amortization 68,389 66,120
Loss on disposition of property and equipment 5,163 4,057
Share-based compensation, net of excess tax benefit 6,676 15,507
(Increase) in inventories (18,739) (3,420)
(Decrease) increase in accounts payable (12,160) 9,366
Net changes in other assets and liabilities (3,832) (396)
Net cash provided by operating activities 177,625 208,499
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment, net of insurance recoveries (90,564) (73,961)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 1,749 555
Net cash used in investing activities (88,815) (73,406)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Net payments for credit facilities and other long-term obligations (1) (125,153)
(Taxes withheld) and proceeds from exercise of share-based compensation awards, net (8,457) 6,454
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 1,248 2,332
Purchases and retirement of common stock (12,473) (3,570)
Dividends on common stock (71,484) (45,400)
Net cash used in financing activities (91,167) (165,337)
 
Net (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (2,357) (30,244)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 121,718 151,962
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $119,361   $121,718
 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)

   
Fourth Quarter Ended     Fiscal Year Ended
8/1/14     8/2/13 8/1/14     8/2/13
 
Units in operation:
Open at beginning of period 627 622 624 616
Opened during period 4 2 7 8
Open at end of period 631 624 631 624
 
Total revenue: (In thousands)
Restaurant $563,510 $549,657 $2,137,405 $2,104,768
Retail 129,237 124,444 546,272 539,862
Total revenue $692,747 $674,101 $2,683,677 $2,644,630
 
Cost of goods sold: (In thousands)
Restaurant $156,655 $148,687 $589,390 $571,825
Retail 65,652 61,970 283,368 282,859
Total cost of goods sold $222,307 $210,657 $872,758 $854,684
 

Average unit volume: (In thousands)

   
Restaurant $896.6 $883.3 $3,414.7 $3,389.8
Retail 205.6 200.0 872.7 869.5
Total $1,102.2 $1,083.3 $4,287.4 $4,259.3
 
 

Operating weeks:

8,171

8,090

32,549

32,287

 

Q4 2014 vs. Q4 2013

   

FY 2014 vs. FY 2013

 
Comparable store sales period to period increase:
Restaurant 1.2% 0.7%

0.4%

Retail 2.6%
 
Number of locations in comparable store base

620

609

 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP basis operating
results to adjusted non-GAAP operating results
(Unaudited and in thousands)

The Company makes reference in this release to "adjusted operating income," "adjusted net income," and "adjusted earnings per diluted share," excluding the impact of proxy contest expenses, severance and the retroactive restatement of the work opportunities tax credit. The Company believes that excluding these items and their related tax effects from its financial results reflects operating results that are more indicative of the Company's ongoing operating performance while improving comparability to prior periods, and as such, may provide investors with an enhanced understanding of the Company's past financial performance and prospects for the future. This information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for operating income, net income, or earnings per share or expense information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

    Fourth Quarter ended August 1, 2014     Fourth Quarter ended August 2, 2013
As Reported     Adjust     As Adjusted     As Reported     Adjust     As Adjusted
 
Total Revenue $ 692,747 $ 692,747 $ 674,101 $ 674,101
 
Store operating income 90,281 - 90,281 92,617 - 92,617
General and administrative expenses 30,031 - 30,031 37,770 37,770
Operating income 60,250 - 60,250 54,847 - 54,847
Interest Expense   4,352       -       4,352   4,543       -       4,543
Pretax income 55,898 - 55,898 50,304 - 50,304
Provision for income taxes   16,713       -       16,713   16,001       -       16,001
Net income $ 39,185     $ -     $ 39,185 $ 34,303     $ -     $ 34,303
 
Earning per share - Basic $ 1.65 $ - $ 1.65 $ 1.44 - $ 1.44
Earning per share - Diluted $ 1.63 $ - $ 1.63 $ 1.43 - $ 1.43
 
Twelve months ended August 1, 2014 Twelve months ended August 2, 2013
As Reported Adjust As Adjusted As Reported Adjust As Adjusted
(1) (1) (2) (3)
Total Revenue $ 2,683,677 $ 2,683,677 $ 2,644,630 $ 2,644,630
 
Store operating income 337,793 - 337,793 344,786 - 344,786
General and administrative expenses 129,387 (4,313) 125,074 143,262 (5,634) 137,628
Operating income 208,406 4,313 212,719 201,524 5,634 207,158
Interest Expense   17,557       -       17,557   35,742       -       35,742
Pretax income 190,849 4,313 195,162 165,782 5,634 171,416
Provision for income taxes   58,721       1,327       60,048   48,517       3,847       52,364
Net income $ 132,128     $ 2,986     $ 135,114 $ 117,265     $ 1,787     $ 119,052
 
Earning per share - Basic $ 5.55 $ 0.13 $ 5.68 $ 4.95 $ 0.08 $ 5.02
Earning per share - Diluted $ 5.51 $ 0.12 $ 5.63 $ 4.90 $ 0.07 $ 4.97

 

(1) Charges and tax effects of the proxy contests.
(2) Severance, other charges and tax effects related to organizational changes.

(3) Provision for taxes adjusted to exclude the $2.1 million prior year favorable effect of the retroactive reinstatement of the work opportunity tax credit.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Investor:
Lawrence E. Hyatt, 615-235-4432
or
Media:
Janella Escobar, 615-235-4618

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