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The Steak n Shake Company Reports Fiscal 2008 Third Quarter Results

2008-08-11 16:33:00

    INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 11 /EMWNews/ -- The Steak n Shake

Company (NYSE: SNS) today announced its results for the fiscal 2008 third

quarter ended July 2, 2008.

Selected results from the fiscal third quarter 2008: -- Total revenues of $144.3 million -- General and administrative expense reduction of $2.0 million or 16.0% -- Debt reduction of $20.4 million -- Cash flow from operations of $9.7 million Fiscal Third Quarter 2008 Results Total revenues for the fiscal 2008 third quarter decreased 6.1% to $144.3 million compared to $153.6 million in the comparable period last year. During the third quarter, same-store sales declined by 5.8%. The Net loss for the fiscal 2008 third quarter was $9.8 million, or $0.35 per diluted share. These figures compare to net earnings of $0.1 million, or $0.00 per diluted share in the third quarter of the prior year. Current third quarter results included $14.1 million ($8.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, net of tax) of non-cash impairment charges, which include $4.8 million related to a group of 12 stores that we plan to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, and $8.8 million related to 18 restaurants that were impaired because the carrying values of their underlying assets were more than the expected future cash flows. An additional $0.5 million related to three stores involved in a sale-leaseback whose net book values exceeded their fair values. We completed 10 sale-leasebacks generating $14.8 million in proceeds, which were applied to paying down the line of credit. As a result, the Company now owns 154 properties, both land and building. Total debt under our credit facilities at the end of the third quarter was $27.0 million. Our cash flow from operations in the third quarter was $9.7 million. Our capital expenditures were $4.7 million, which included the rollout of the point of sale system, recent store openings, and maintenance. In the fourth quarter capital spending will be largely limited to maintenance capital expenditures. We are presently undergoing a comprehensive examination of the company and are in the process of implementing a restructuring program. We are intent on maximizing cash flows and are therefore undertaking many initiatives such as the following:
-- Closing underperforming locations -- Reducing general and administrative expenses further -- Shortening hours of operation in many locations -- Tax planning to recover a substantial amount of taxes paid in fiscal 2006 -- Limiting capital spending to maintenance - no new Company store openings In addition, we are working with a sense of urgency to revive our operations. We believe the lack of store-level execution in recent years has significantly contributed to a decline in our guest count. In addition to the downturn in sales in the third fiscal quarter, the Company experienced deterioration in operating margins because of aggressive discounting, increases in commodity prices, and minimum wage rates. We will continue to take action to manage our costs while concurrently investing in our future by improving unit economics. We are managing the business with the goal of increasing the per-share value in order to create substantial and sustainable shareholder wealth. In the upcoming shareholder letter, we will provide an update on expected savings in general and administrative for fiscal 2009. We believe cost inefficiencies are besetting the organization; therefore, we are carefully examining the Company's cost structure. Sardar Biglari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "In my view, our poor performance is not the result of poor economic conditions. Much of our operating shortfall, I believe, is the result of our own lack of execution. As a company that began in the midst of the Great Depression, we have a deep heritage from one of the great American brands and are fortunate to have attracted committed and passionate employees, benefits that we believe will allow us once again to become a thriving chain." Communication with Investors In lieu of a conference call, we plan to communicate with shareholders through an Investor Day to be held within the next 90 days. The date of the gathering will be released shortly. In addition, in the next 60 days a shareholder letter will be issued to elaborate on our plans. To be fair to all shareholders as well as to be efficient with our time, Investor Day is a stand-in for one-on-one communication. We will hold the informative meeting so shareholders can confer with management and spend as much time as needed to address questions. Our goal is to manage the business based on the long-term, and we will communicate in a manner consistent with attracting shareholders with a similar time horizon.

    About Steak n Shake

    Steak n Shake is a full-service restaurant famous for its

STEAKBURGERS(TM), thin 'n crispy French fries, old fashioned hand-dipped

milk shakes, and chili. All of the food is fresh, prepared to the guest's

order, and served by friendly associates. Steak n Shake restaurants feature

full-service dining areas, counter service, and drive-thru windows. As of

July 2, 2008, there were 505 Steak n Shake restaurants operating in 21

states, including 436 Company-owned and 69 franchised units.

    Risks Associated with Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements contained in this press release represent

forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities

Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In general, forward-looking statements

include estimates of future revenues, cash flows, capital expenditures or

other financial items, as well as assumptions underlying any of the

foregoing. Forward-looking statements reflect management's current

expectations regarding future events and use words such as "anticipate,"

"believe," "expect," "may" and other similar terminology. A forward-looking

statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or

circumstances, and those future events or circumstances may not occur.

Investors should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking

statements, which speak only as of the date of this report. These

forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating,

financial and competitive information and are subject to various risks and

uncertainties. Our actual future results and trends may differ materially

depending on a variety of factors, many beyond our control, including, but

not limited to: the poor performance or closing of even a small number of

restaurants; our ability to attract and retain guests; the ability of our

franchisees to operate profitable restaurants; changes in guest

preferences, tastes and dietary habits; minimum wage rates; the

availability and cost of qualified personnel; fluctuations in food

commodity prices and the availability of food commodities; harsh weather

conditions; unfavorable publicity relating to food safety or food borne

illness; our ability to comply with the restrictions and covenants to our

debt agreements; our ability to renegotiate our debt agreements and

refinance our current debt at similar rates; our ability to comply with

existing and future governmental regulations; our ability to adequately

protect our trademarks, service marks and other components of our brand;

and other risks identified in the periodic reports we file with the

Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional risks and uncertainties not

currently known to us or that are currently deemed immaterial may also

become important factors that may harm our business, financial condition,

results of operations or cash flows. We assume no obligation to update

forward-looking statements except as required in our periodic reports.

THE STEAK N SHAKE COMPANY CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Amounts in $000s, except share and per share data) Twelve Weeks Ended July 2, July 4, 2008 2007 (UNAUDITED) (UNAUDITED) Revenues: Net sales $143,303 99.3 % $152,700 99.4 % Franchise fees 990 0.7 % 886 0.6 % Total revenues 144,293 100.0 % 153,586 100.0 % Costs and Expenses: Cost of sales (1) 35,527 24.8 % 35,318 23.1 % Restaurant operating costs (1) 79,241 55.3 % 79,882 52.3 % General and administrative (2) 10,671 7.4 % 12,697 8.3 % Depreciation and amortization 7,812 5.4 % 7,577 4.9 % Marketing 6,666 4.6 % 7,054 4.6 % Interest 3,263 2.3 % 3,314 2.2 % Rent 3,379 2.3 % 3,309 2.2 % Pre-opening costs 112 0.1 % 581 0.4 % Asset impairments and provision for restaurant closings 14,089 9.8 % 5,369 3.5 % Other income, net (288) -0.2 % (668) -0.4 % Total costs and expenses 160,472 111.2 % 154,433 100.6 % (Loss) Earnings Before Income Taxes (16,179) -11.2 % (847) -0.6 % Income Taxes (6,382) -4.4 % (971) -0.6 % Net (Loss) Earnings $(9,797) -6.8 % $124 0.1 % Basic (Loss) Earnings Per Common and Common Equivalent Share $(0.35) $0.00 Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Common and Common Equivalent Share $(0.35) $0.00 Weighted Average Shares and Equivalents: Basic 28,288,330 28,067,417 Diluted 28,288,330 28,255,645 Forty Weeks Ended July 2, July 4, 2008 2007 (UNAUDITED) (UNAUDITED) Revenues: Net sales $468,071 99.3 % $500,213 99.4 % Franchise fees 3,105 0.7 % 2,790 0.6 % Total revenues 471,176 100.0 % 503,003 100.0 % Costs and Expenses: Cost of sales (1) 115,658 24.7 % 114,576 22.9 % Restaurant operating costs (1) 259,090 55.4 % 257,133 51.4 % General and administrative (2) 35,174 7.5 % 43,803 8.7 % Depreciation and amortization 25,925 5.5 % 24,628 4.9 % Marketing 23,043 4.9 % 22,628 4.5 % Interest 10,816 2.3 % 10,689 2.1 % Rent 11,107 2.4 % 10,612 2.1 % Pre-opening costs 1,243 0.3 % 2,327 0.5 % Asset impairments and provision for restaurant closings 14,089 3.0 % 5,176 1.0 % Other income, net (1,263) -0.3 % (1,612) -0.3 % Total costs and expenses 494,882 105.0 % 489,960 97.4 % (Loss) Earnings Before Income Taxes (23,706) -5.0 % 13,043 2.6 % Income Taxes (9,912) -2.1 % 2,762 0.5 % Net (Loss) Earnings $(13,794) -2.9 % $10,281 2.0 % Basic (Loss) Earnings Per Common and Common Equivalent Share $(0.49) $0.37 Diluted (Loss) Earnings Per Common and Common Equivalent Share $(0.49) $0.36 Weighted Average Shares and Equivalents: Basic 28,274,193 28,002,370 Diluted 28,274,193 28,217,828 (1) Cost of sales and restaurant operating costs are expressed as a percentage of net sales. All other items are expressed as a percentage of revenues. (2) General and administrative expenses for the 40 weeks ended July 2, 2008 included $1.0 million of incremental non-operating pre-tax expenses related to advisory, proxy, and other professional services, and severance. Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position The Steak n Shake Company (Amounts in $000s except share and per share data) July 2, September 26, 2008 2007 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Assets: Current Assets Cash and cash equivalents $1,621 $1,497 Receivables, net 4,484 6,289 Inventories 7,276 7,226 Deferred income taxes 3,449 3,616 Assets held for sale 21,742 18,571 Other current assets 13,950 10,998 Total current assets 52,522 48,197 Net property and equipment 450,446 492,610 Goodwill 14,503 14,503 Other intangible assets, net 1,809 1,959 Deferred income taxes 123 - Other assets 9,500 7,945 Total assets $528,903 $565,214 Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity: Current Liabilities Accounts payable $29,538 $28,195 Accrued expenses 31,528 32,624 Current portion of long-term debt 1,330 2,390 Line of credit 9,180 27,185 Current portion of obligations under leases 3,980 4,180 Total current liabilities 75,556 94,574 Deferred income taxes - 5,060 Other long-term liabilities 7,514 5,701 Obligations under leases 136,357 139,493 Long-term debt 16,502 16,522 Commitments and Contingencies Shareholders' Equity: Common stock - $0.50 stated value, 50,000,000 shares authorized - shares issued: 30,332,839 15,166 15,166 Additional paid-in capital 127,213 126,415 Retained earnings 170,918 185,024 Treasury stock - at cost: 1,632,246 shares as of July 2, 2008; 1,959,931 shares as of September 26, 2007 (20,323) (22,741) Total shareholders' equity 292,974 303,864 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $528,903 $565,214 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows The Steak n Shake Company (Amounts in $000s) Forty Weeks Ended July 2, July 4, 2008 2007 (Unaudited) (Unaudited) Operating Activities: Net (loss) earnings $(13,794) $10,281 Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) earnings to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation and amortization 25,925 24,628 Provision for deferred income taxes (4,714) (1,621) Asset impairments and provision for restaurant closings 14,089 5,176 Non-cash expense for stock-based compensation and deferred rent 2,676 3,535 (Gain) loss on disposal of property (372) 498 Changes in receivables and inventories 1,720 (1,524) Changes in other assets (3,299) (5,260) Changes in accounts payable and accrued expenses 1,340 750 Net cash provided by operating activities 23,571 36,463 Investing Activities: Additions of property and equipment (28,512) (56,193) Proceeds from property and equipment disposals 11,531 5,956 Net cash used in investing activities (16,981) (50,237) Financing Activities: Net payments on line of credit facility (18,005) (1,465) Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt - 15,000 Principal payments on long-term debt (1,080) (1,062) Proceeds from equipment and property sale- leasebacks 14,817 800 Principal payments on direct financing lease obligations (3,336) (2,401) Proceeds from exercise of stock options 132 660 Excess tax benefits from stock-based awards 10 62 Repurchase of employee shares for tax withholding (8) - Proceeds from employee stock purchase plan 1,004 1,234 Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (6,466) 12,828 Increase (decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents 124 (946) Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period 1,497 4,820 Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period $1,621 $3,874

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