Cracker Barrel Increases Quarterly Dividend 60%Comparable Store Traffic, Restaurant and Retail Sales Positive For the Quarter-to-Date
Lebanon, TN (RestaurantNews.com) Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (“Cracker Barrel” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CBRL) announced today that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.40 per share on the Company’s common stock, payable on August 6, 2012 to shareholders of record as of July 20, 2012. This represents a 60 percent increase in the Company’s quarterly dividend.
The Company also reported positive comparable store traffic, restaurant and retail sales through April 24, 2012 for the 13-week third quarter ending April 27, 2012.
|Comparable restaurant traffic||0.6%|
|Comparable restaurant sales||3.1%|
|Comparable retail sales||0.4%|
“We are pleased to report a continuation of our positive trends in sales and traffic,” said Sandra B. Cochran, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cracker Barrel. “Quarter to date, our sales and traffic growth have outperformed the Knapp-Track™ index. These positive trends, along with our strong cash flow generation, give the Board confidence that we can return more cash to our shareholders through a significant increase in the quarterly dividend. We look forward to discussing our strategic plans with the investment community at this morning’s analyst and investor meeting.”
As previously announced, the Company will hold a meeting this morning for security analysts and institutional investors at its Home Office in Lebanon, Tennessee. Senior executives from the Company will present a business update and discuss the Company’s strategic plans. Presentations are scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m. CDT (9:45 a.m. EDT). The Company expects the presentations to conclude by approximately 12:15 p.m. CDT (1:15 p.m. EDT). A live webcast of the presentation will be available on-line in the Events area of the Company’s website at investor.crackerbarrel.com. An on-line replay of the webcast will be available until May 20.
About Cracker Barrel
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurants provide 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 613 company-owned locations in 42 states. Every Cracker Barrel unit is open seven days a week with hours Sunday through Thursday, 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. For more information, visit: crackerbarrel.com.
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 Q3 FY12 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 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.
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Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.
Lawrence E. Hyatt
Julie K. Davis
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