Sonic Corp. Announces Unaudited Consolidated Earnings Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended May 31, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Year of Fiscal 2015; Expects to Open 22 to 27 New Franchise Drive-In Openings in the Fourth Fiscal Quarter of 2015
Jun 22 15
Sonic Corp. announced unaudited consolidated earnings results for the third quarter and nine months ended May 31, 2015. For the quarter, the company reported total revenues of $164,748,000 against $152,187,000 a year ago. Income from operations was $36,370,000 against $31,681,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $30,079,000 against $25,465,000 a year ago. Net income was $20,442,000 or $0.38 per diluted share against $16,776,000 or $0.30 per basic and diluted share a year ago. System same-store sales increased 6.1%, consisting of a 6.1% same-store sales increase at franchise drive-ins and an increase of 5.5% at company drive-ins. Adjusted non-GAAP net income was $19,332,000 or $0.36 per diluted share compared to $16,776,000 or $0.30 per diluted share a year ago.
For the nine months, the company reported total revenues of $430,823,000 against $388,580,000 a year ago. Income from operations was $75,899,000 against $62,389,000 a year ago. Income before income taxes was $57,208,000 against $43,667,000 a year ago. Net income was $38,189,000 or $0.70 per diluted share against $29,091,000 or $0.51 per diluted share a year ago. Non-GAAP net income was $28,607,000 or $0.50 per diluted share compared to $24,075,000 or $0.42 per diluted share a year ago. Adjusted non-GAAP net income was $36,413,000 or $0.67 per diluted share compared to $28,607,000 or $0.50 per diluted share a year ago.
For the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015, the company expects positive same-store sales in the mid-single digit range for the system. Selling, general and administrative expenses of $20.5 million to $21 million, reflecting increased investment in human resources to support the brand initiatives described above. Depreciation and amortization expense of approximately $11.5 million to $12 million. Net interest expense of approximately $6 million to $6.5 million. The company expects income tax rate of between 36.5% and 37%, reflecting the benefit of various ongoing tax credit programs. The company expects overall drive-in level operating margins to continue to improve as leverage from positive same-store sales, benign commodity costs, combined with the benefits from inventory management tools will offset margin pressure from increased healthcare costs and potentially the variable component of bonus program at the drive-in level management.
For the fiscal year 2015, the company expects capital expenditures of $35 million to $40 million. Free cash flow of $70 million to $75 million. The company expects its initiatives to drive 27% to 29% earnings per share growth, on an adjusted basis, in fiscal 2015 as compared to the adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share for fiscal 2014. The company expects adjusted earnings of $1.07 to $1.08 per share, just below the $1.09 consensus.
The company expects 22 to 27 new franchise drive-in openings, resulting in net unit growth for the system in the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015.
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