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2002 Papa Johns Boulevard

Louisville, KY 40299

United States

Phone: 502-261-7272


Papa John’s International, Inc. operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants. The company, in certain international markets, operates and franchises dine-in and delivery restaurants under the trademark ‘Papa John’s’. As of December 27, 2015, there were 4,893 Papa John’s restaurants in operation, consisting of 752 Company-owned and 4,141 franchised restaurants operating domestically in all 50 states and in 39 countries and territories. The company-owned restaurants include 213 restaurants operated under 4 joint venture arrangements and 45 units in Beijing and North China. Strategy The key elements of the company’s strategy are to high-quality menu offerings; motivate its team members through training programs, incentive and recognition programs and opportunities for advancement; national advertising via television, print, direct mail, digital, mobile marketing and social media channels; use technology to both enhance the customer experience and improve efficiencies in company-owned and franchised restaurants; and develop and maintain a strong franchise system by attracting experienced operators, supporting them to expand and grow their business and monitoring their compliance with its high standards. Segments The company’s segments include Domestic Company-Owned Restaurants, Domestic Commissaries (Quality Control Centers), North America Franchising, International Operations, and All Other. The Domestic Company-Owned Restaurant segment consists of the operations of all domestic (domestic is defined as contiguous United States) company-owned restaurants and derives its revenues principally from retail sales of pizza and side items, including breadsticks, cheesesticks, chicken poppers and wings, dessert items and canned or bottled beverages. The Domestic Commissary segment consists of the operations of the company’s regional dough production and product distribution centers and derives its revenues principally from the sale and distribution of food and paper products to domestic company-owned and franchised restaurants. The North America Franchising segment consists of the company’s franchise sales and support activities and derives its revenues from sales of franchise and development rights and collection of royalties from its franchisees located in the United States and Canada. The International Operations segment principally consists of company-owned restaurants in China and distribution sales to franchised Papa John’s restaurants located in the United Kingdom, Mexico and China and its franchise sales and support activities, which derive revenues from sales of franchise and development rights and the collection of royalties from its international franchisees. International franchisees are defined as all franchise operations outside of the United States and Canada. All Other segment includes the company’s online and mobile ordering business and its wholly-owned print and promotions subsidiary, Preferred Marketing Solutions. Trademarks, Copyrights, and Domain Names The company’s intellectual property rights are a significant part of its business. The company has registered and maintains federal registrations through the United States Patent and Trademark Office (the USPTO) for the marks PAPA JOHN’S, PIZZA PAPA JOHN’S & Design (logo), BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA., PIZZA PAPA JOHN’S BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. & Design, and PAPA REWARDS. The company also owns federal registrations through the USPTO for various ancillary marks, principally advertising slogans. The company has registrations for and/or has applied for PIZZA PAPA JOHN’S & Design in approximately 100 foreign countries and the European Community, in addition to international registrations for PAPA JOHN’S and PIZZA PAPA JOHN’S BETTER INGREDIENTS. BETTER PIZZA. & Design in various foreign countries. The company holds copyrights in authored works used in its business, including advertisements, packaging, training, and promotional materials. In addition, it has registered and maintain Internet domain names, including papajohns.com. Regulations The company’s QC Centers are licensed and subject to regulation by state and local health and fire codes, and the operation of its trucks is subject to federal and state transportation regulations. The company is subject to Federal Trade Commission regulation and various state laws regulating the offer and sale of franchises. History Papa John’s International, Inc. was founded in 1985.


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