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Sonic Corp. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

July 06, 2012 | About:
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Sonic Corp. (SONC) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2012-05-31.

Sonic Corporation has a market cap of $607.7 million; its shares were traded at around $10.34 with a P/E ratio of 17.9 and P/S ratio of 1.1. Sonic Corporation had an annual average earning growth of 10.6% over the past 10 years.

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Sales momentum for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012 continued to improve, particularly considering the strong prior-year same-store sales results. System-wide same-store sales increased 2.8% during the third quarter and 2.2% during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 3.9% and 0.9%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Same-store sales at Company Drive-Ins increased by 3.7% for the third quarter and 2.3% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to increases of 6.5% and 2.4%, respectively, for the same periods last year. We believe the initiatives we have implemented over the last few years, including product quality improvements and a greater emphasis on personalized service, have set a solid foundation for growth which is reflected in our operating results.

Revenues decreased to $149.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 from $152.1 million for the same period last year and decreased to $392.8 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $394.8 million for the same period last year. The decrease in revenues was primarily related to a decline in sales resulting from the refranchising of 34 Company Drive-Ins during the second fiscal quarter of 2012, partially offset by an increase in same-store sales. Restaurant margins at Company Drive-Ins improved by 140 basis points during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and improved by 30 basis points during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, reflecting the leverage of positive same-store sales as well as moderating commodity cost inflation.

Third quarter results for fiscal year 2012 reflected net income of $14.4 million or $0.24 per diluted share as compared to a net loss of $4.7 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the same period last year, which included a $17.8 million after-tax loss or $0.29 per diluted share from early extinguishment of debt. Net income and diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 were $21.6 million and $0.36, respectively, as compared to net income of $6.9 million and $0.11 per diluted share for the same period last year. Excluding a $1.1 million tax benefit recognized during the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 relating to the favorable settlement of state tax matters and a $14.4 million after-tax net loss on the early extinguishment of debt recognized during the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, net income and diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 were $20.3 million and $0.33, respectively.

Same-store sales for Company Drive-Ins increased 3.7% for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and 2.3% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 6.5% and 2.4%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Company Drive-In sales decreased $3.7 million and $3.4 million during the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012, respectively, as compared to the same periods last year. The quarter-to-date decrease was primarily driven by a $7.8 million decrease in sales caused by the refranchising of drive-ins during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 and during fiscal year 2011 partially offset by a $3.7 million improvement in same-store sales. The year-to-date decrease was primarily attributable to a $10.7 million decrease in sales caused by the refranchising of drive-ins discussed earlier and a $2.0 million decrease related to drive-ins that were closed during or subsequent to the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 partially offset by a $6.5 million improvement in same-store sales and $2.9 million of incremental sales from new drive-in openings during fiscal year 2011.

Same-store sales for Franchise Drive-Ins increased 2.7% for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and 2.2% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 3.6% and 0.8%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Franchising revenues increased $0.8 million, or 2.2%, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and $1.2 million, or 1.2%, for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to the same periods last year. The increase in franchising revenues was primarily driven by an increase in franchise royalties, partially offset by a decrease in franchise fees. The increase in franchise royalties was primarily attributable to an increase in same-store sales, and incremental royalties from newly constructed and refranchised drive-ins, partially offset by a lower effective royalty rate stemming from a temporary reduction in royalty rates from various development incentives and certain franchisee restructuring efforts.

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