Così, Inc : Così, Inc. Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results CONTACT: William Koziel (847) 597-8800 Così, Inc. Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results DEERFIELD, IL - March 14, 2013 - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today reported a net loss for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2012 of $(2,036,000), or $(0.03) per basic and diluted common share, compared with a net loss of $(2,274,000), or $(0.04) per basic and diluted common share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Così's total revenues for the 2012 fourth quarter decreased 13.7% to $22,612,000 from $26,193,000 in the 2011 fourth quarter. The 2011 fourth quarter included one additional week of revenues versus the 2012 fourth quarter. Company-owned restaurant net sales decreased by 13.6% in the fourth quarter to $21,894,000, compared to $25,334,000 in the previous year's quarter, due to net sales of $1,375,000 from the one additional week of sales in 2011, a sales decline of $744,000 from restaurants closed subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2011, a decline in sales of $580,000 during the fourth quarter resulting from the impact of Hurricane Sandy and a 3.2% decrease in comparable store net sales when measured on a thirteen-week comparable basis. Franchise fees and royalty revenues for the 2012 fourth quarter contributed $718,000 compared to $859,000 in the 2011 fourth quarter. The year over year fourth quarter decrease in franchise fees and royalties was largely due to royalties associated with the additional week of sales in the 2011 fourth quarter as well as royalties associated with locations closed subsequent to the fourth quarter of 2011. System-wide comparable restaurant sales, assuming a 13 week quarter as measured for restaurants in operation for more than 15 months and excluding the impact of Hurricane Sandy on Company-owned locations, recorded an aggregate 3.9% decrease compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The breakdown in comparable sales between Company-owned and franchise-operated restaurants are as follows: For the 13 weeks ended December 31, 2012 Company-owned (3.2%) Franchise-operated (4.9%) Total System (3.9%) For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 Così reported a net loss of $(4,441,000) or $(0.07) per basic and diluted common share, compared to fiscal 2011, when Così's net loss was $(6,539,000), or $(0.13) per basic and diluted common share. Così's total revenues for fiscal 2012 decreased 4.1% to $97,952,000 from $102,135,000 in fiscal 2011. Fiscal 2011 included one additional week of revenues versus fiscal 2012. Company-owned net restaurant sales declined 4.2% in fiscal 2012 to $94,757,000, compared to $98,920,000 in fiscal 2011 due to a $2,000,000 decline in net sales related to restaurants closed during and subsequent to fiscal 2011, the additional fifty-third week of sales in 2011, and a comparable 52 week net sales decrease of 0.3% after excluding the $580,000 impact on sales from Hurricane Sandy in the fourth quarter of 2012. Franchise fees and royalty revenues for fiscal 2012 contributed $3,195,000 compared to $3,215,000 in fiscal 2011. The year over year decrease in franchise fees and royalties was largely the result of royalties associated with the additional week of sales in 2011. System-wide comparable restaurant sales for fiscal 2012, assuming a 52-week year as measured for restaurants in operation for more than 15 months and excluding the sales impact of Hurricane Sandy on Company-owned locations, recorded an aggregate 0.5% increase compared to fiscal 2011. The breakdown in comparable sales between Company-owned and franchise-operated restaurants are as follows: For the 52 weeks ended December 31, 2012 Company-owned (0.3%) Franchise-operated 1.8% Total System0.5% "Despite the challenging results of the fourth quarter which include the adverse impact of Hurricane Sandy on sales and margins at many of our restaurants," Carin Stutz, Così's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I want to assure you that we are making good progress on our initiatives to improve the freshness and quality of our menu as well as the ambience and hospitality of the restaurants to unlock the exciting long-term potential of the Così brand." 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Performance Review For the fourth quarter, Così reported a 230 basis point increase in costs and expenses related to Company-owned restaurant operations as a percentage of restaurant net sales compared to the fourth quarter of 2011. The change resulted from increases of 100, 70 and 60 basis points, as a percentage of restaurant net sales, in occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses, cost of food and beverage and labor and related benefits, respectively. The increase in occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses was due primarily to the beneficial impact on the fixed portion of these costs from the additional week of sales in 2011 partially offset by lower utility costs in 2012 as compared to the prior year quarter. The increase in cost of food and beverage was largely due to higher costs on certain commodities, primarily poultry, the impact of a higher mix of breakfast sales which have a higher cost as a percent to sales coupled with a decline in beverage sales which have a lower cost as a percent to sales. The increase in labor and related benefits was largely due to the impact of the comparable sales decline on the fixed portion of labor costs, including the impact resulting from Hurricane Sandy. During the 2012 fourth quarter, the Company reported general and administrative expense of $2,947,000 or 13.0% of total revenues as compared to $4,065,000 or 15.5% for the 2011 fourth quarter. The decrease in expense for 2012 as compared to 2011 was due primarily to lower legal fees and certain settlement-related costs, lower professional fees and lower marketing production costs primarily outside agency fees. The 2011 fourth quarter also included one-time expenses related to the chief executive officer search and certain other shareholder activities. For the 2012 full year, Così reported a 10 basis point increase in costs and expenses related to Company-owned restaurant operations as a percentage of restaurant net sales compared to 2011. The change resulted from increases of 30 and 20 basis points, as a percentage of restaurant net sales, in occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses and cost of food and beverage, respectively, partially offset by a 40 basis point decrease in labor and related benefits. During fiscal 2012, general and administrative expenses decreased by $2,183,000 to $11,641,000 from $13,824,000 due primarily to lower legal, professional and board fees as compared to 2011. Fiscal 2011 also included certain one-time fees related to the chief executive officer search and certain other shareholder activities. As a percentage of total revenues, general and administrative expenses improved to 11.9% in fiscal 2012 as compared to 13.5% in 2011. Così reported that as of December 31, 2012 it had cash and cash equivalents of $15,417,000 and virtually no debt other than lease obligations. About Così, Inc. Così^® (http://www.getcosi.com) is a national fast casual restaurant chain that has developed featured foods built around a secret, generations-old recipe for crackly crust flatbread. This artisan bread is freshly baked in front of customers throughout the day in open-flame stone-hearth ovens prominently located in each of the restaurants. Così's warm and urbane atmosphere is geared towards its sophisticated, upscale, urban and suburban guests. There are currently 74 Company-owned and 50 franchise restaurants operating in sixteen states, the District of Columbia, Costa Rica and the United Arab Emirates. The Così^® vision is to become America's favorite fast casual restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury. The Così^® menu features Così^® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads, bowls, breakfast wraps, melts, soups, Così^® Squagels^®, flatbread pizzas, S'mores, snacks and other desserts, and a wide range of coffee and coffee-based drinks and other specialty beverages. Così^® restaurants are designed to be welcoming and comfortable with an eclectic environment. Così's sights, sounds, and spaces create a tasteful, relaxed ambience that provides a fresh and new dining experience. "Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2013 Così, Inc. All rights reserved. "SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. This press release contains statements that constitute forward- looking statements under the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and expectations and not statements of historical fact. The words "believe," "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "objective," "seek," "plan," "strive," or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward- looking statements. We qualify any forward-looking statements entirely by these cautionary factors. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of our future economic performance, taking into account the information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition we express or imply in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: the cost of our principal food products and supply and delivery shortages and interruptions; labor shortages or increased labor costs; changes in demographic trends and consumer tastes and preferences, including changes resulting from concerns over nutritional or safety aspects of beef, poultry, produce, or other foods or the effects of food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli, "mad cow disease" and avian influenza or "bird flu"; competition in our markets, both in our business and in locating suitable restaurant sites; our operation and execution in new and existing markets; expansion into new markets including foreign markets; our ability to attract and retain qualified franchisees and our franchisees' ability to open restaurants on a timely basis; our ability to locate suitable restaurant sites in new and existing markets and negotiate acceptable lease terms; the rate of our internal growth and our ability to generate increased revenue from our existing restaurants; our ability to generate positive cash flow from existing and new restaurants; fluctuations in our quarterly results due to seasonality; increased government regulation and our ability to secure required government approvals and permits; our ability to create customer awareness of our restaurants in new markets; the reliability of our customer and market studies; cost effective and timely planning, design and build out of restaurants; our ability to recruit, train and retain qualified corporate and restaurant personnel and management; market saturation due to new restaurant openings; inadequate protection of our intellectual property; our ability to obtain additional capital and financing; adverse weather conditions which impact customer traffic at our restaurants; and adverse economic conditions. Further information regarding factors that could affect our results and the statements made herein are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information is available on Così's website at http://www.getcosi.com in the investor relations section. Financial Statements ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of Thomson Reuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that: (i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and other applicable laws; and (ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originality of the information contained therein. Source: Così, Inc via Thomson Reuters ONE HUG#1685458
Così, Inc : Così, Inc. Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
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