CBRL
$161.35
Cracker Barrel
$1.50
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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter January 2018
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM
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Cracker Barrel (CBRL) reported 2nd Quarter January 2018 earnings of $2.73 per share on revenue of $787.8 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $2.42 per share on revenue of $787.6 million. The Earnings Whisper number was $2.42 per share. Revenue grew 2.0% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects third quarter earnings of $1.85 to $1.95 per share and now expects fiscal 2018 earnings of $9.30 to $9.50 per share. The company's previous guidance was fiscal year earnings of $8.75 to $8.90 per share. The current consensus earnings estimate is $2.31 per share for the quarter ending April 30, 2018 and $9.55 per share for the year ending July 31, 2018.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc is engaged in the operation and development of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® concept. It offers home-style country cooking featuring many of its own recipes.

Results
Reported Earnings
$2.73
Earnings Whisper
$2.42
Consensus Estimate
$2.42
Reported Revenue
$787.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$787.6 Mil
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Cracker Barrel Reports Results For Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 And Updates Earnings Guidance For Fiscal 2018

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (CBRL) today reported its financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended January 26, 2018.

Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Highlights

Comparable restaurant sales growth of 1.1% and traffic of -0.9% outperformed the casual dining industry.

Net income was $91.1 million, a 72.9% increase over prior year second quarter net income of $52.7 million.

GAAP diluted earnings per share were $3.79, including a $1.63 per share benefit resulting from the recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Tax Act"), compared to $2.19 in the prior year second quarter. Of this $1.63 per share tax benefit, $1.06 resulted from a one-time non-cash revaluation of the Company’s net deferred tax liability.

Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $2.73 when excluding the non-cash revaluation of the Company’s net deferred tax liability. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below.)

Commenting on the second quarter, Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran said, "I am pleased that we delivered positive comparable store sales in both restaurant and retail, improved upon our first quarter sales results, and outperformed the casual dining industry. Our second quarter operating income margin was pressured by several factors such as expenses related to our initiatives and increased commodity inflation. Our teams continue to make meaningful progress on key business initiatives as we set the foundation for future growth."

Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results Revenue The Company reported total revenue of $787.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018, representing an increase of 2.0% over the second quarter of the prior year. Cracker Barrel comparable store restaurant sales increased 1.1%, including a 2.0% increase in average check partially offset by a 0.9% decrease in comparable store restaurant traffic. The average menu price increase for the quarter was approximately 2.3%. Comparable store retail sales increased 0.5% from the prior year quarter.

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

November December January Second
Quarter(1)
Comparable restaurant traffic 0.0%
-1.5%
-1.2%
-0.9%
Average check
1.9%
1.6%
2.4%
2.0%
Comparable restaurant sales
1.9%
0.1%
1.2%
1.1%
Comparable retail sales
2.9%
-4.0%
6.7%
0.5%
(1) The Company estimates second quarter inclement weather reduced traffic and sales by
approximately 0.3%.

Operating Income Operating income in the second quarter was $76.7 million, or 9.7% of total revenue, a decrease from the prior year quarter result of $82.7 million, or 10.7% of total revenue. As a percentage of total revenue, increases in other store operating expenses, cost of goods sold, and general and administrative expenses were partially offset by reductions in labor and related expenses.

Diluted Earnings per Share GAAP diluted earnings per share were $3.79, which includes a $1.63 per share benefit from the Tax Act. Adjusted diluted earnings per share were $2.73, a $0.54 increase over the prior year second quarter.

Taxes The Tax Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018 and prior to the end of our second quarter, lowered the federal statutory corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%. This rate change yielded a second quarter blended federal statutory tax rate of 26.9% for the Company. The second quarter effective tax rate was -24.9%, which includes both the change of the statutory rate as well as the full recognition of the tax benefit of certain capitalized assets and a non-cash benefit of approximately $25 million from the revaluation of the Company’s net deferred tax liability.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook Driven primarily by changes in the anticipated tax rate, the Company now expects to report GAAP earnings per diluted share for the 2018 fiscal year of between $10.35 and $10.55 and adjusted earnings per diluted share for the 2018 fiscal year of between $9.30 and $9.50. The Company continues to anticipate total revenue of approximately $3.1 billion, reflecting the expected opening of eight or nine new Cracker Barrel stores and three new Holler & Dash Biscuit House restaurants. The Company now expects comparable store restaurant sales of between 1.0% and 2.0% and continues to anticipate approximately flat comparable store retail sales. The Company now expects food commodity inflation in the range of 2.5% to 3.0% for the year. The Company projects an operating income margin in the range of 9.5% to 10.0% of total revenue for fiscal 2018. The Company expects depreciation expense between $95 million and $100 million; net interest expense in the range of $15 million and $16 million; and capital expenditures of approximately $150 million to $160 million.

The Company now estimates a blended effective tax rate for fiscal 2018 between 11% and 14%. For the full fiscal year, the enactment of the Tax Act will result in a total tax benefit of approximately $45 million to $50 million. The Company plans to reinvest approximately $10 million to $12 million of the tax benefit to further strengthen the brand, support strategic initiatives, and enhance the employee experience. The Company emphasizes these tax estimates are subject to change.

The Company’s 2018 fiscal year is a 53-week year. The Company estimates the impact of the 53rd week, which is included in its guidance and reflects the anticipated change associated with the Tax Act, to contribute earnings per diluted share of approximately $0.35.

The Company expects to report earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2018 of between $1.85 and $1.95. The Company reminds investors that its outlook for fiscal 2018 reflects a number of assumptions, many of which are outside the Company’s control.

Fiscal 2018 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 today beginning at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The on-line replay will be available at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and continue through March 7, 2018.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store? Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (CBRL) shares warm welcomes and friendly service while offering guests high-quality homestyle food and unique shopping - all at a fair price. By creating a world filled with hospitality and charm through an experience that combines dining and shopping, guests are cared for like family. Established in 1969 in Lebanon, Tenn., Cracker Barrel and its affiliates operate 649 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store? locations in 45 states and own the fast-casual Holler and Dash? restaurants. For more information about the company, 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 Q2 FY 2018 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 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; our ability to enter successfully into new geographic markets that may be less familiar to us; 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)
Second Quarter Ended
Six Months Ended
Percentage
Percentage
1/26/18
1/27/17
Change
1/26/18
1/27/17
Change
Total revenue
$787,771
$772,682
2%
$1,498,139
$1,482,653
1%
Cost of goods sold (exclusive of 260,952
254,920
2
471,701
468,029
1
depreciation and rent)
Labor and other related expenses 263,726
259,270
2
511,794
508,374
1
Other store operating expenses
150,407
140,979
7
294,227
278,905
5
Store operating income
112,686
117,513
(4)
220,417
227,345
(3)
General and administrative
36,012
34,817
3
72,905
68,905
6
expenses
Operating income
76,674
82,696
(7)
147,512
158,440
(7)
Interest expense
3,680
3,638
1
7,298
7,314
(0)
Pretax income
72,994
79,058
(8)
140,214
151,126
(7)
Provision for income taxes
(18,145)
26,331
(169)
2,695
50,044
(95)
Net income
$91,139
$52,727
73
$137,519
$101,082
36
Earnings per share - Basic:
$3.80
$2.19
74
$5.73
$4.21
36
Earnings per share - Diluted:
$3.79
$2.19
73
$5.71
$4.19
36
Weighted average shares:
Basic
24,001,493
24,040,243
(0)
24,018,347
24,020,976
(0)
Diluted
24,056,533
24,109,000
(0)
24,080,860
24,106,748
(0)
Ratio Analysis
Total revenue:
Restaurant
76.6%
76.5%
78.9%
78.6%
Retail
23.4
23.5
21.1
21.4
Total revenue
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
Cost of goods sold (exclusive of 33.1
33.0
31.5
31.6
depreciation and rent)
Labor and other related expenses 33.5
33.6
34.2
34.3
Other store operating expenses
19.1
18.2
19.6
18.8
Store operating income
14.3
15.2
14.7
15.3
General and administrative
4.6
4.5
4.9
4.6
expenses
Operating income
9.7
10.7
9.8
10.7
Interest expense
0.4
0.5
0.4
0.5
Pretax income
9.3
10.2
9.4
10.2
Provision for income taxes
(2.3)
3.4
0.2
3.4
Net income
11.6%
6.8%
9.2%
6.8%
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)
1/26/18
1/27/17
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents
$168,808
$185,698
Accounts receivable
21,259
19,654
Inventory
159,583
155,879
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
23,328
18,727
Deferred income taxes
0
2,252
Property and equipment, net
1,114,240
1,088,612
Other long-term assets
69,725
64,069
Total assets
$1,556,943
$1,534,891
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Accounts payable
$106,502
$100,388
Other current liabilities
258,603
259,247
Long-term debt
400,000
400,000
Interest rate swap liability
1,706
6,538
Other long-term obligations
130,933
126,607
Deferred income taxes
43,574
60,394
Shareholders’ equity, net
615,625
581,717
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $1,556,943
$1,534,891
Common shares issued and outstanding
24,003,611
24,042,573
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT
(Unaudited and in thousands)
Six Months Ended
1/26/18
1/27/17
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income
$137,519
$101,082
Depreciation and amortization
44,344
41,830
Loss on disposition of property and equipment
3,029
2,472
Share-based compensation, net of excess tax benefit
4,321
2,808
(Increase) in inventories
(3,216)
(3,571)
(Decrease) in accounts payable
(11,893)
(32,105)
Net changes in other assets and liabilities
(25,599)
36,986
Net cash provided by operating activities
148,505
149,502
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment, net of insurance recoveries
(63,453)
(52,934)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment
340
412
Net cash (used in) investing activities
(63,113)
(52,522)
Cash flows from financing activities:
(Taxes withheld) from exercise of share-based compensation awards, net (3,360)
(6,031)
Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation
0
1,203
Purchases and retirement of common stock
(14,772)
0
Dividends on common stock
(59,453)
(57,420)
Net cash (used in) financing activities
(77,585)
(62,248)
Net increase
in cash and cash equivalents
7,807
34,732
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
161,001
150,966
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$168,808
$185,698
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
Supplemental Information
(Unaudited)
Second Quarter Ended
Six Months Ended
1/26/18
1/27/17
1/26/18
1/27/17
Units in operation:
Open at beginning of period
651
643
649
641
Opened during period
3
2
5
4
Open at end of period
654
645
654
645
Total revenue: (In thousands)
Restaurant
$603,198
$591,113
$1,181,435
$1,164,790
Retail
184,573
181,569
316,704
317,863
Total revenue
$787,771
$772,682
$1,498,139
$1,482,653
Cost of goods sold (exclusive of
depreciation and rent): (In thousands)
Restaurant
$157,213
$153,316
$301,063
$298,852
Retail
103,739
101,604
170,638
169,177
Total cost of goods sold
$260,952
$254,920
$471,701
$468,029
Average unit volume: (In thousands)
Restaurant
$923.2
$917.6
$1,812.8
$1,811.3
Retail
282.5
281.8
485.9
494.3
Total
$1,205.7
$1,199.4
$2,298.7
$2,305.6
Operating weeks:
8,494
8,375
16,945
16,720
Q2 2018 vs. Q2 2017
6 mo. 2018 vs. 6 mo. 2017
Comparable store sales period to period increase (decrease):
Restaurant
1.1%
0.6%
Retail
0.5%
(1.2%)
Number of locations in comparable store base:
635
635
CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.
Reconciliation of GAAP basis operating results to adjusted non-GAAP operating results
(Unaudited)
In the accompanying press release the Company makes reference to adjusted earnings per share when excluding a one-time non-cash revaluation of a net deferred tax liability.
The Tax Act, which became effective on January 1, 2018 and prior to the end of our second quarter, lowered the federal corporate income tax rate to 21%.
During the second quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a provisional tax benefit for re-measurement of deferred tax liabilities due to this rate change, of approximately $25 million.
The Company believes that excluding this item and its related tax effects from its financial results reflects the current cash impact of tax reform for the Company’s second quarter, and, as such may provide investors with an enhanced understanding of the Company’s financial results.
This information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for income or earnings per share information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
FY 2018
Second Quarter Ended
GAAP Reported Earnings per Diluted Share
$ 3.79
One-time Non-Cash Revaluation of Net Deferred Tax Liability
($1.06)
Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share
$2.73
Investor Contact: Adam Hanan
(615) 443-9887
Media Contact:
Janella Escobar
(615) 235-4618

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