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Cracker Barrel Reports Results for Second Quarter Fiscal 2014 and Reaffirms Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2014

February 25, 2014

Adjusted EPS increased 9% over prior year quarter despite the impact of extreme winter weather

LEBANON, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq:CBRL) today reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 ended January 31, 2014.

Second-Quarter Fiscal 2014 Highlights

  • Compared to the prior-year second quarter, comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.6% and comparable store retail sales decreased 3.0%. The Company estimates that the extreme winter weather during the quarter negatively impacted restaurant and retail sales by approximately 2.5%.
  • Ninth consecutive quarter of outperformance of the Knapp-TrackTM casual dining index
  • On a GAAP basis, operating income margin was 8.4% of total revenue, compared with 8.1% in the prior year quarter. Adjusted for proxy contest expenses, adjusted operating income margin was 8.5% of total revenue, compared with an adjusted operating income margin of 8.4% in the prior year quarter. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below.)
  • On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share were $1.55, or $1.56 when adjusted for proxy contest expenses, a 9% increase over adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.43 in the prior year quarter.

    Commenting on the second-quarter results, Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran said, “The unusually severe winter weather significantly impacted our store traffic and sales. Holiday travelers are an important part of our customer base during the second quarter, and we believe that the inclement weather reduced travel visits. I am pleased with the performance of our field teams, who helped preserve our operating margins by controlling costs during periods of unpredictable customer traffic. I am also pleased that we outperformed the traffic and sales of our peers in the Knapp-Track casual dining index during this time of continued economic uncertainty and severe weather.”

    Second-Quarter Fiscal 2014 Results

    Revenue

    The Company reported total revenue of $698.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2014, representing a decrease of 0.6% over the second quarter of the prior year. Comparable store restaurant sales decreased 0.6%, including a 2.3% increase in average check. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 1.8%. Comparable store retail sales decreased 3.0% for the quarter. The Company opened one store since the end of the second quarter, for a total of two new store openings year-to-date.

    Comparable store restaurant traffic, average check, and comparable store restaurant and retail sales for the fiscal months of November, December and January and for the second quarter were as follows:

                    Second
          November     December     January     Quarter
    Comparable restaurant traffic     -0.4%     -4.8%     -3.7%     -2.9%
    Average check     2.9%     2.1%     2.1%     2.3%
    Comparable restaurant sales     2.5%     -2.7%     -1.6%     -0.6%
    Comparable retail sales     -2.8%     -2.8%     -3.6%     -3.0%
     


    The Company estimates that the extreme winter weather had a negative impact on comparable store traffic and restaurant and retail sales of approximately 2.5% for the quarter, with the greatest impact in December and January.

    Operating Income

    GAAP operating income in the second quarter was $58.7 million, or 8.4% of total revenue. Adjusted for proxy contest expenses, adjusted operating income was $59.1 million, or 8.5% of total revenue, compared with adjusted operating income of $58.9 million, or 8.4% of total revenue, in the prior year quarter. Reductions in labor and related expenses and general and administrative expenses were partially offset by an increase in other store operating expenses.

    Diluted Earnings per Share

    On a GAAP basis, earnings per diluted share in the second quarter of fiscal 2014 were $1.55, compared with $1.47 in the prior year quarter. Adjusted for proxy contest expenses, adjusted earnings per diluted share were $1.56, compared with adjusted earnings per diluted share of $1.43 in the prior year quarter.

    Fiscal 2014 Outlook

    Based upon year-to-date financial performance, the Company re-affirmed its previous earnings guidance and expects to report earnings per diluted share of between $5.60 and $5.80. The Company noted that it expects its full year earnings to be close to the midpoint of this range. For fiscal 2014, the Company now expects total revenue of approximately $2.7 billion and an operating income margin of approximately 8.0%. The revenue projection for fiscal 2014 reflects the expected opening of seven new Cracker Barrel stores, projected increases in comparable store restaurant sales of between 1.0% to 2.0%, and approximately flat comparable store retail sales. The Company’s projections are based upon expected food commodity inflation of approximately 2% for the year; depreciation expense between $68 million and $70 million; net interest expense between $16 million and $18 million; and an effective tax rate of between 31% and 32%. The Company expects capital expenditures during fiscal 2014 to be between $90 million and $100 million.

    The Company expects to report earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2014 of between $1.20 and $1.30. The Company notes that its guidance assumes normal weather patterns for the balance of the third quarter and does not include expenses related to the proxy contest at its annual shareholders meeting held in November 2013 or expenses associated with the special shareholders meeting scheduled for April 23, 2014. The Company reminds investors that its outlook for fiscal 2014 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control.

    Fiscal 2014 Second-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 on February 25, 2014, beginning at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). An on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and continue through March 11, 2014.

    About Cracker Barrel

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 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. The restaurants serve up delicious, home-style country food such as meatloaf and homemade chicken n’ dumplins as well as our signature biscuits using an old family recipe. The authentic old country retail store is fun to shop and offers unique gifts and self-indulgences.

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: CBRL) was established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn. and operates 626 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel store is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6 a.m.10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6 a.m. - 11 p.m. For more information, visit: crackerbarrel.com.

    CBRL-F

    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 Q2 FY14 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, and 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 successfully implement or sustain 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; our ability to successfully implement 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; 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; 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)

     

    Second Quarter Ended

    Six Months Ended

     

    1/31/14

         

    2/1/13

        Percentage

    Change

     

    1/31/14

         

    2/1/13

        Percentage

    Change

    Total revenue $ 698,491 $ 702,671 (1)% $ 1,347,632 $ 1,330,122 1%
    Cost of goods sold   243,015   244,187 (1)   448,944   442,045 2
    Gross profit 455,476 458,484 (1) 898,688 888,077 1
    Labor and other related expenses 238,742 244,871 (3) 475,489 477,610 0
    Other store operating expenses   128,100   122,586 5   253,441   238,451 6
    Store operating income 88,634 91,027 (3) 169,758 172,016 (1)
    General and administrative expenses   29,928   33,830 (12)   66,815   69,511 (4)
    Operating income 58,706 57,197 3 102,943 102,505 0
    Interest expense   4,471   10,293 (57)   8,878   21,005 (58)
    Pretax income 54,235 46,904 16 94,065 81,500 15
    Provision for income taxes   17,180   11,736 46   29,850   23,140 29
    Net income $37,055$35,168 5 $64,215$58,360 10
     
    Earnings per share – Basic: $1.56$1.48 5 $2.70$2.47 9
    Earnings per share – Diluted: $1.55$1.47 5 $2.68$2.45 9
     
    Weighted average shares:
    Basic 23,812,777 23,711,235 0 23,815,107 23,644,405 1
    Diluted 23,907,611 23,945,236 0 23,947,850 23,866,431 0
     

    Ratio Analysis

    Total revenue:
    Restaurant

    75.6

    %

    75.2

    %

    77.9

    %

    77.6

    %

    Retail   24.4   24.8   22.1   22.4
    Total revenue 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
    Cost of goods sold   34.8   34.8   33.3   33.2
    Gross profit 65.2 65.2 66.7 66.8
    Labor and other related expenses 34.2 34.8 35.3 35.9
    Other store operating expenses   18.3   17.4   18.8   18.0
    Store operating income 12.7 13.0 12.6 12.9
    General and administrative expenses   4.3   4.9   5.0   5.2
    Operating income 8.4 8.1 7.6 7.7
    Interest expense   0.6   1.4   0.6   1.6
    Pretax income 7.8 6.7 7.0 6.1
    Provision for income taxes   2.5   1.7   2.2   1.7
    Net income  

    5.3

    %

     

    5.0

    %

     

    4.8

    %

     

    4.4

    %

     
           

    CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

    (Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)

     
     

    1/31/14

     

    2/1/13

    Assets

    Cash and cash equivalents

    $

    91,353

    $

    186,148

    Property held for sale

    0

    882

    Accounts receivable

    18,206

    13,338

    Income tax receivable

    4,100

    0

    Inventory

    148,073

    139,567

    Prepaid expenses

    13,881

    19,229

    Deferred income taxes

    4,316

    9,206

    Property and equipment, net

    1,029,447

    1,017,930

    Other long-term assets

     

    60,764

     

    59,301

    Total assets

    $

    1,370,140

    $

    1,445,601

     

    Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

    Accounts payable

    $

    82,202

    $

    85,109

    Other current liabilities

    215,170

    220,585

    Long-term debt

    387,500

    512,500

    Interest rate swap liability

    9,761

    14,911

    Other long-term obligations

    121,228

    116,660

    Deferred income taxes

    57,098

    61,543

    Shareholders’ equity, net

     

    497,181

     

    434,293

    Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

    $

    1,370,140

    $

    1,445,601

     

    Common shares issued and outstanding

    23,820,077

    23,728,808

     
       

    CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

    CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

    (Unaudited and in thousands)

     
    Six Months Ended
      1/31/14         2/1/13  
    Cash flows from operating activities:
    Net income $ 64,215 $ 58,360
    Depreciation and amortization 33,301 32,357
    Loss on disposition of property and equipment 2,089 1,465
    Share-based compensation, net of excess tax benefit 3,642 4,120
    (Decrease) increase in inventories (1,386 ) 3,700
    (Decrease) in accounts payable (28,435 ) (16,162 )
    Net changes in other assets and liabilities   (10,521)   (2,860)
    Net cash provided by operating activities   62,905     80,980  
    Cash flows from investing activities:
    Purchase of property and equipment, net of insurance recoveries (38,468 ) (29,329 )
    Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   1,268     333  
    Net cash used in investing activities   (37,200)   (28,996)
    Cash flows from financing activities:
    Net payments for credit facilities and other long-term obligations (1 ) (58 )
    (Taxes withheld) and proceeds from exercise of share-based compensation awards, net

    (8,446

    )

    2,622

    Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation 604 1,289
    Purchases and retirement of common stock (12,473 ) 0
    Dividends on common stock   (35,754 )   (21,651 )
    Net cash used in financing activities   (56,070 )   (17,798 )
     
    Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (30,365 ) 34,186
    Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period   121,718     151,962  
    Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $91,353   $186,148  
     
           

    CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

    Supplemental Information

    (Unaudited)

     
    Second Quarter EndedSix Months Ended
    1/31/14     2/1/131/31/14     2/1/13
     
    Units in operation:
    Open at beginning of period 625 620 624 616
    Opened during period   0   1   1   5
    Open at end of period 625 621 625 621
     
    Total revenue: (In thousands)
    Restaurant $ 528,391 $ 528,155 $ 1,050,338 $ 1,032,469
    Retail   170,100   174,516   297,294   297,653
    Total revenue $698,491$702,671$1,347,632$1,330,122
     
    Cost of goods sold: (In thousands)
    Restaurant $ 148,382 $ 146,338 $ 290,978 $ 281,521
    Retail   94,633   97,849   157,966   160,524
    Total cost of goods sold $243,015$244,187$448,944$442,045
     

    Average unit volume: (In thousands)

    Restaurant $ 845.4 $ 850.5 $ 1,681.5 $ 1,665.7
    Retail   272.2   281.0   475.9   480.2
    Total $1,117.6$1,131.5$2,157.4$2,145.9
     

     

    Operating weeks:

    8,125

    8,073

    16,241

    16,116

     
       
    Q2 2014 vs. Q2 20136 mo. 2014 vs. 6 mo. 2013
     
    Comparable store sales period to period (decrease) increase:

    Restaurant

    -0.6

    %

    1.0

    %

    Retail

    -3.0

    %

    -0.7

    %

     

     

     

     

     

    Number of locations in comparable store base

    613

    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 store operating income,” “adjusted operating income,” “adjusted net income,” “adjusted earnings per diluted share,” and “adjusted general and administrative expenses,” excluding the impact of severance and proxy contest expenses 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.

           
    Second Quarter ended January 31, 2014 Second Quarter ended February 1, 2013
    As Reported     Adjust     As Adjusted As Reported     Adjust     As Adjusted
    (1) (1) (2) (3)
     
    Store operating income 88,634 - 88,634 91,027 - 91,027
    General and administrative expenses 29,928 (376 ) 29,552 33,830 (1,726 ) 32,104
    Impairment and store dispositions, net   -         -         -     -         -         -  
    Operating income 58,706 376 59,082 57,197 1,726 58,923
    Interest Expense   4,471         -         4,471     10,293         -         10,293  
    Pretax income 54,235 376 54,611 46,904 1,726 48,630
    Provision for income taxes   17,180         119         17,299     11,736         2,637         14,373  
    Net income $ 37,055       $ 257   $ 37,312   $ 35,168       $ (911 )     $ 34,257  
     
    Earning per share - Basic $ 1.56 $ 0.01 $ 1.57 $ 1.48 $ (0.04 ) $ 1.44
    Earning per share - Diluted $ 1.55 $ 0.01 $ 1.56 $ 1.47 $ (0.04 ) $ 1.43
    Tax rate 31.7 % 31.7 % 25.0 % 29.6 %
     
     
    Six months ended January 31, 2014 Six months ended February 1, 2013
    As Reported Adjust As Adjusted As Reported Adjust As Adjusted
    (1) (1) (2) (3)
     
    Store operating income 169,758 - 169,758 172,016 - 172,016
    General and administrative expenses   66,815         (3,200 )       63,615     69,511         (5,634 )       63,877  
    Operating income 102,943 3,200 106,143 102,505 5,634 108,139
    Interest Expense   8,878         -         8,878     21,005         -         21,005  
    Pretax income 94,065 3,200 97,265 81,500 5,634 87,134
    Provision for income taxes   29,850         1,015         30,865     23,140         3,847         26,987  
    Net income $ 64,215       $ 2,185       $ 66,400   $ 58,360       $ 1,787       $ 60,147  
     
    Earning per share - Basic $ 2.70 $ 0.09 $ 2.79 $ 2.47 $ 0.07 $ 2.54
    Earning per share - Diluted $ 2.68 $ 0.09 $ 2.77 $ 2.45 $ 0.07 $ 2.52
    Tax rate 31.7 % 31.7 % 28.4 % 31.0 %
     

    (1)

     

    Charges and tax effects of the proxy contest concluded at the Company's annual meeting of shareholders.

    (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

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    Lawrence E. Hyatt, 615-235-4432

    or

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