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Cracker Barrel Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results And Provides Business Update


LEBANON, Tenn., June 2, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. ("Cracker Barrel" or the "Company") (Nasdaq: CBRL) today reported its financial results for the third quarter ended May 1, 2020 and provided an update regarding the impact of the coronavirus disease ("COVID-19") pandemic on the Company's business.

COVID-19 Business Update
Beginning in March, the unprecedented circumstances and rapidly changing market conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant disruptions to the restaurant industry and to the Company's business. As previously disclosed, the Company undertook numerous actions in response to the pandemic to bolster its liquidity and to adapt its operations to the current environment.

In connection with its actions addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the Company provided the following update:

 


Month
Ended
5/1

Week
Ended
5/8

Week
Ended
5/15

Week
Ended
5/22

Week
Ended
5/29

Comparable store restaurant sales

(79%)

(74%)

(62%)

(55%)

(45%)

Comparable store retail sales

(83%)

(73%)

(67%)

(53%)

(38%)

Number of comparable stores with dine-in service available for the full fiscal period

0

15

115

270

434

 

On May 28, 2020 the Company increased outstanding debt by drawing approximately $40 million through an exercise of an accordion feature to increase borrowing capacity under its credit facility. Amounts drawn through the exercise of the accordion feature are scheduled to mature in May 2021.

"The past several months have presented unprecedented challenges for Cracker Barrel, the industry and our country. I believe our strategic priorities, such as accelerating our off-premise business, combined with the rapid actions we took to bolster liquidity, strengthen our business model and adapt our operations to the circumstances have positioned us well for the recovery period to come," said Cracker Barrel President and Chief Executive Officer Sandra B. Cochran. "I am inspired by the tireless work of our teams and how they continue to deliver our mission of Pleasing People during this difficult time. Our Company also greatly appreciates our loyal guests who love and have continued to support our brand, and we're looking forward to welcoming them back into our stores. While there continues to be significant uncertainty, and we expect our industry will be challenged in the coming months, Cracker Barrel remains a trusted and highly differentiated brand, and I believe we have the appropriate strategies in place to navigate this environment and to strengthen our business model."

Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results
Revenue 
The Company reported total revenue of $432.5 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2020, representing a decrease of 41.5% over the third quarter of the prior year. Cracker Barrel comparable store restaurant sales decreased 41.7% in the third quarter over the prior year quarter, as a 43.6% decrease in comparable store restaurant traffic was marginally offset by a 1.9% increase in average check. Comparable store retail sales decreased 45.5% from the prior year quarter.

Operating Income (Loss)
GAAP operating income (loss) in the third quarter was ($79.0) million, or (18.3%) of total revenue, a decrease from the prior year quarter GAAP operating income of $65.1 million, or 8.8% of total revenue. In the fiscal third quarter, the Company recorded non-cash impairment charges totaling approximately $18.3 million related to store assets. Excluding these impairment charges and approximately $7.1 million in expenses related to COVID-19, adjusted operating income (loss) was ($53.6) million. (See non-GAAP reconciliation below).

Other Events
Additionally, these results reflect the Company's payment of approximately $17 million to its hourly store employees during the third quarter to provide short-term financial assistance as their hours were being reduced as a result of dining room closures.

In the third quarter, the Company also recorded a non-cash impairment charge of approximately $132.9 million, which represents the approximate total value of its equity investment in Punch Bowl Social and the principal and accumulated interest under the outstanding unsecured indebtedness of Punch Bowl Social held by the Company.  

Earnings per Diluted Share
GAAP earnings (loss) per diluted share were ($6.81) compared to prior year third quarter earnings per diluted share of $2.09. Excluding the impairment charges related to store assets, expenses related to COVID-19, the impairment charge related to Punch Bowl Social, and the related tax effects, adjusted earnings (loss) per diluted share were ($1.81). (See non-GAAP reconciliation below).

Fiscal 2020 Outlook
As announced on March 18, 2020, the Company withdrew its previously issued fiscal 2020 outlook, including fiscal 2020 earnings guidance, due to the uncertain impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fiscal 2020 Third 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 June 16, 2020.

About Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. (Nasdaq: 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 664 company-owned Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations in 45 states and owns the fast-casual Maple Street Biscuit Company. 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 Q3 FY 2020 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 COVID-19 on our business, financial condition and results of operations and 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: risks and uncertainties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, including the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ultimate impact on our business, levels of consumer confidence in the safety of dine-in restaurants, restrictions (including occupancy restrictions) imposed by governmental authorities, the effectiveness of cost saving measures undertaken throughout our operations, disruptions to our operations as a result of the spread of COVID-19 in our workforce, and our increased level of indebtedness brought on by additional borrowing necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic; the effects of uncertain consumer confidence; higher costs for energy, general or regional economic weakness, and weather on sales and customer travel; discretionary income or personal expenditure activity of our customers; information technology-related incidents, including data privacy and information security breaches, whether as a result of infrastructure failures, employee or vendor errors, or actions of third parties; 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; uncertain performance of acquired businesses, strategic investments and other initiatives that we may pursue now or in the future, including our acquisition and integration of Maple Street Biscuit Company; 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, increases in borrowed capital 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, including as a result of COVID-19; 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) 



   Third Quarter Ended  


Nine Months Ended







Percentage






Percentage


5/1/20


5/3/19


Change


5/1/20


5/3/19


Change


Total revenue

$432,544


$739,603


(42%)


$2,027,727


$2,284,853


(11%)


Cost of goods sold, exclusive of depreciation and rent

137,138


217,073


(37)


629,159


704,545


(11)


Labor and other related expenses

189,118


267,641


(29)


737,209


802,574


(8)


Other store operating expenses

138,920


152,679


(9)


473,466


461,976


2


General and administrative expenses

28,008


37,125


(25)


106,025


112,284


(6)


Impairment

18,336


0




18,336


0




Operating income (loss)

(78,976)


65,085


(221)


63,532


203,474


(69)


Interest expense

5,298


4,111


29


12,383


12,637


(2)


Income (loss) before income taxes

(84,274)


60,974


(238)


51,149


190,837


(73)


Provision for income taxes

(55,220)


10,560


(623)


(33,752)


32,461


(204)


Loss from unconsolidated subsidiary

(132,878)


0




(142,442)


0




Net income (loss)

($161,932)


$50,414


(421)


($57,541)


$158,376


(136)















Earnings (loss) per share ? Basic:

($6.81)


$2.10


(424)


($2.41)


$6.59


(137)


Earnings (loss) per share ? Diluted:

($6.81)


$2.09


(426)


($2.41)


$6.57


(137)















Weighted average shares:













    Basic

23,777,916


24,041,673


(1)


23,922,360


24,034,878


(0)


    Diluted

23,777,916


24,104,432


(1)


23,922,360


24,090,626


(1)















Ratio Analysis













Total revenue:













    Restaurant

83.3%


82.5%




80.4%


80.2%




    Retail

16.7


17.5




19.6


19.8




            Total revenue

100.0


100.0




100.0


100.0




Cost of goods sold, (exclusive of depreciation and rent)

31.7


29.3




31.0


30.8




Labor and other related expenses

43.7


36.2




36.4


35.1




Other store operating expenses

32.1


20.7




23.3


20.3




General and administrative expenses

6.5


5.0




5.3


4.9




Impairment

4.3


0.0




0.9


0.0




Operating income (loss)

(18.3)


8.8




3.1


8.9




Interest expense

1.2


0.6




0.6


0.5




Income (loss) before income taxes

(19.5)


8.2




2.5


8.4




Provision for income taxes

(12.8)


1.4




(1.7)


1.5




Loss from unconsolidated subsidiary

(30.7)


0.0




(7.0)


0.0




Net income (loss)

(37.4%)


6.8%




(2.8%)


6.9%























 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited and in thousands, except share amounts)



5/1/20


5/3/19

Assets




   Cash and cash equivalents

$363,330


$167,585

   Accounts receivable

12,476


22,190

   Inventories

146,279


152,582

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets

35,323


18,811

   Property and equipment, net

1,151,624


1,166,425

   Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

455,179


0

   Other assets

65,304


67,477

   Goodwill

6,364


0

           Total assets

$2,235,879


$1,595,070





Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




   Accounts payable

$88,052


$115,317

   Other current liabilities

265,374


248,439

   Long-term debt

940,000


400,000

   Long-term operating lease liabilities

456,273


0

   Other long-term obligations

93,565


132,814

   Deferred income taxes

406


50,477

   Shareholders' equity, net

392,209


648,023

          Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$2,235,879


$1,595,070





Common shares issued and outstanding

23,693,981


24,044,402

 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW STATEMENT

(Unaudited and in thousands)



Nine Months Ended


5/1/20


5/3/19

Cash flows from operating activities:




             Net income (loss)

($57,541)


$158,376

             Net loss from unconsolidated subsidiary

142,442


0

             Depreciation and amortization

88,292


78,499

             Loss on disposition of property and equipment

5,083


7,522

             Impairment

19,000


0

             Share-based compensation, net of excess tax benefit

4,171


5,672

             Noncash lease expense

47,045


0

             Decrease in inventories

8,906


3,671

             Decrease in accounts payable

(46,045)


(7,015)

             Net changes in other assets and liabilities

(124,121)


5,861

                           Net cash provided by operating activities

87,232


252,586

Cash flows from investing activities:




             Purchase of property and equipment, net of insurance recoveries

(82,645)


(103,259)

             Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

1,827


134

             Notes receivable from unconsolidated subsidiary

(35,500)


0

             Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

(32,971)


0

                           Net cash (used in) investing activities

(149,289)


(103,125)

Cash flows from financing activities:




              Net proceeds from long-term debt

540,000


0

              (Taxes withheld) from issuance of share-based compensation awards

(2,005)


(2,220)

              Purchases and retirement of common stock

(55,007)


0

              Deferred financing costs

0


(3,022)

              Dividends on common stock

(94,485)


(91,290)

                           Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

388,503


(96,532)





Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

326,446


52,929

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

36,884


114,656

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$363,330


$167,585














 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited)




Third Quarter Ended


5/1/20


5/3/19

Net Change in Company-Owned Units During Quarter:




    Cracker Barrel

3


2

    Maple Street Biscuit Company

0


n/a

    Holler & Dash*

(6)


0





Company-Owned Units in Operation at End of Quarter:




    Cracker Barrel

664


659

    Maple Street Biscuit Company

28


n/a

    Holler & Dash

0


7

    Total

692


666






Note*: The Company is currently in the process of converting its former Holler & Dash locations into Maple Street Biscuit Company locations and expects to complete the conversion of these six locations in the coming months. These six locations were temporarily closed during the third quarter of 2020.




Third Quarter Ended


Nine Months Ended



5/1/20


5/3/19


5/1/20


5/3/19











Total revenue**: (In thousands)









      Restaurant

$355,521


$608,679


$1,615,907


$1,827,925


      Retail

72,166


129,475


397,213


452,546


      Total revenue

$427,687


$738,154


$2,013,120


$2,280,471











Cost of goods sold** (exclusive of depreciation and rent): (In thousands)









      Restaurant

$92,997


$153,486


$412,467


$467,586


      Retail

42,905


63,125


212,776


235,538


      Total cost of goods sold

$135,902


$216,611


$625,243


$703,124











Average unit volume**: (In thousands)









      Restaurant

$535.7


$923.9


$2,442.9


$2,783.0


      Retail

108.7


196.5


600.5


689.0


      Total

$644.4


$1,120.4


$3,043.4


$3,472.0











Operating Weeks**

8,628


8,565


25,797


25,616






Note**: This information is for Cracker Barrel stores only and excludes Maple Street Biscuit Company and Holler & Dash 







Q3 2020 vs. Q3 2019


9 mo. 2020 vs. 9 mo. 2019



Comparable Cracker Barrel store sales period to period decrease:






Restaurant

(41.7%)


(11.8%)



Retail

(45.5%)


(12.7%)



Number of Cracker Barrel locations in comparable store base:

652


647


 

CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP-basis operating results to non-GAAP operating results

(Unaudited)


In the accompanying press release, the Company makes reference to its third quarter adjusted operating income and earnings per share which exclude non-cash asset impairment charges related to store assets, expenses related to COVID-19, an impairment charge related to its equity investment in Punch Bowl Social and the related tax impacts of these items. The Company believes excluding these items from its financial results provides 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 net income or earnings per share information prepared in accordance with GAAP. 



Third Quarter Ended May 1, 2020


As Reported



Adjustments

(1) (2)


As Adjusted

Total Revenue

$432,544



-


$432,544

Store operating expense

$465,176



($3,947)


$461,229

Impairment

$18,336



($18,336)


$0

General and administrative expense

$28,008



($3,122)


$24,886

Operating Income (loss)

($78,976)



$25,405


($53,571)

Interest Expense

$5,298



$0


$5,298

Pretax Income (loss)

($84,274)



$25,405


($58,869)

Provision for Income Taxes

($55,220)



$39,321


($15,899)

Loss from Unconsolidated Subsidiary

($132,878)



$132,878


$0

Net Income (loss)

($161,932)



$118,962


($42,970)

Earnings (loss) per Share - Basic

($6.81)



$5.00


($1.81)

Earnings (loss) per Share - Diluted

($6.81)



$5.00


($1.81)
















Nine Months Ended May 1, 2020


As Reported



Adjustments

(1) (2)


As Adjusted

Total Revenue

$2,027,727



-


$2,027,727

Store operating expense

$1,839,834



($3,947)


$1,835,887

Impairment

$18,336



($18,336)


$0

General and administrative expense

$106,025



($3,122)


$102,903

Operating Income

$63,532



$25,405


$88,937

Interest Expense

$12,383



$0


$12,383

Pretax Income

$51,149



$25,405


$76,554

Provision for Income Taxes

($33,752)



$41,569


$7,817

Loss from Unconsolidated Subsidiary

($142,442)



$142,442


$0

Net Income (loss)

($57,541)



$126,278


$68,737

Earnings (loss) per Share - Basic

($2.41)



$5.28


$2.87

Earnings (loss) per Share - Diluted

($2.41)



$5.28


$2.87



(1)

Adjusted for non-cash impairment charges related to store assets, expenses related to COVID-19, and impairment charge related to equity investment in Punch Bowl Social. This adjustment does not include the approximately $17 million one-time payment the Company made to its hourly store employees during the third quarter to provide short-term financial assistance as their hours were being reduced as a result of dining room closures.

(2)

These adjustments include the tax impacts on the actual tax benefits recorded in the Condensed Consolidated Income Statement, including the deferral of recognition for the tax benefits of capital loss on impairment of the unconsolidated subsidiary.

 

Investor Contact:

Adam Hanan


(615) 443-9887



Media Contact:

Janella Escobar


(615) 235-4618

 

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SOURCE Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.


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