The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2012

The Cheesecake Factory Reports Results for Fourth Quarter of Fiscal 2012

CALABASAS HILLS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated (NAS: CAKE) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which ended on January 1, 2013.

Total revenues were $464.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 as compared to $477.7 million in the prior year fourth quarter (13 weeks vs. 14 weeks). Net income and diluted net income per share were $22.1 million and $0.40, respectively, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

The Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $9.5 million related to discontinuing operations of three Grand Lux Cafe restaurants and impairing one The Cheesecake Factory restaurant during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. These items decreased diluted net income per share by approximately $0.11. Excluding these items, net income was $27.9 million and diluted net income per share was $0.51.

Operating Results

Comparable restaurant sales at The Cheesecake Factory and Grand Lux Cafe increased 0.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, but were negatively impacted by approximately 0.6% due to Hurricane Sandy. Excluding this weather impact, comparable restaurant sales increased 1.5%.

By concept, comparable restaurant sales grew 1.3% at The Cheesecake Factory and declined 3.2% at Grand Lux Cafe.

"The fourth quarter marks the twelfth consecutive quarter in which we delivered positive comparable restaurant sales. Our sales were competitively quite strong and within our expected range, absent the hurricane. Our operators did a great job of maintaining high guest satisfaction scores while managing their cost structures to deliver higher year-over-year restaurant-level margins. Our fourth quarter results are the culmination of strong performance this year, including a solid increase in comparable restaurant sales, a significant step forward in returning to peak operating margins and execution of our longer-term earnings per share growth goal," said David Overton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

"We expect 2013 to be another year of growth, through the expansion of our restaurants, both domestically and internationally. Strategically, we will continue to focus on food quality and service as key differentiators and business drivers, contributing to our expectation for higher comparable restaurant sales, higher earnings per share and increasing shareholder value," concluded Overton.


The Company opened four new restaurants in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, executing on its objective to open eight new restaurants for the full year.

Internationally, two new The Cheesecake Factory restaurants opened in the Middle East in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, for a total of three new international locations opened during the year under a licensing agreement.

In fiscal 2013, the Company continues to expect it will open as many as eight to ten new restaurants. Internationally, the Company expects as many as three new restaurants to open under a licensing agreement.

Capital Allocation

The Company's Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.12 per share on the Company's common stock. The dividend is payable on March 19, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 6, 2013.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 787,995 shares of its common stock at a cost of $26.4 million. For the full year of fiscal 2012, the Company repurchased 3,218,094 shares at a cost of $101.4 million. Including dividends, the Company returned $114.3 million in cash to shareholders in fiscal 2012, exceeding its plan for the year.

The Company expects that it will return the majority of its free cash flow to shareholders in fiscal 2013 in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Financial Reporting Dates for Fiscal 2013

The Company plans to announce quarterly financial results and hold conference calls to discuss its results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2013 as outlined below. The earnings press releases will be issued at approximately 1:15 p.m. Pacific Time and the conference calls will follow at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time on the same day. Dates and times could be subject to change.


Quarter Ending

Earnings Release and Conference Call Dates

April 2, 2013April 24, 2013
July 2, 2013July 24, 2013
October 1, 2013October 23, 2013

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call to review the Company's results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 will be held today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and a replay will be available shortly after the call and continue through March 20, 2013. To listen to the conference call, please go to the Company's website at at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download any necessary audio software. Click on the "Investors" link on the home page and select the conference call link at the top of the page.

About The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated created the upscale casual dining segment in 1978 with the introduction of its namesake concept. The Company operates 177 full-service, casual dining restaurants throughout the U.S., including 162 restaurants under The Cheesecake Factory® mark; 14 restaurants under the Grand Lux Cafe® mark; and one restaurant under the RockSugar Pan Asian Kitchen® mark. Internationally, three The Cheesecake Factory® restaurants operate under a licensing agreement. The Company also operates two bakery production facilities in Calabasas Hills, CA and Rocky Mount, NC that produce over 70 varieties of quality cheesecakes and other baked products. To learn more about the Company, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by forward-looking statements, including uncertainties related to: future charges associated with discontinuing operations at three Grand Lux Cafe restaurants; the Company's ability to deliver comparable sales increases; the Company's ability to outperform the casual dining industry; the Company's ability to maintain or increase its food quality and overall guest satisfaction scores; the Company's ability to manage its cost structure; the Company's ability to expand domestically and internationally; the Company's ability to deliver higher comparable sales, higher earnings per share and increase shareholder value in the future; factors outside of the Company's control that impact consumer confidence and spending; current and future macro national and regional economic and credit market conditions; changes in national and regional unemployment rates; the economic health of the Company's landlords and other tenants in retail centers in which its restaurants are located; the economic health of suppliers, vendors and other third parties providing goods or services to the Company; adverse weather conditions in regions in which the Company's restaurants are located; factors that are under the control of government agencies, landlords and other third parties; and other risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), as set forth below. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that undue reliance should not be placed on such statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the dates on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements or to make any other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, unless required to do so by securities laws. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements and the discussion of risk factors contained in the Company's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K as filed with the SEC, which are available at


The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Financial Statements

(unaudited; in thousands, except per share and statistical data)

 13 Weeks Ended14 Weeks Ended52 Weeks Ended53 Weeks Ended
Consolidated Statements of Operations   January 1, 2013January 3, 2012January 1, 2013January 3, 2012



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Revenues$464,695100.0%$ 477,696100.0%$1,809,017100.0%$1,757,624100.0%
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales119,91625.8%124,60626.1%450,15324.9%448,46825.5%
Labor expenses145,49631.3%151,30631.7%580,19232.1%567,35832.3%
Other operating costs and expenses111,10123.9%115,26624.1%439,55924.3%428,44224.3%
General and administrative expenses26,7635.8%24,3485.1%104,1565.7%96,2635.5%
Depreciation and amortization expenses18,8934.1%19,4344.1%74,4334.1%71,9584.1%

Impairment of assets and lease terminations(1)

Preopening costs 4,804   1.0%3,006    0.6%12,289   0.7% 10,138   0.6%
Total costs and expenses 436,509   93.9%439,513    92.0%1,670,318   92.3% 1,624,174   92.4%
Income from operations28,1866.1%38,1838.0%138,6997.7%133,4507.6%
Interest and other (expense)/income, net (1,029)  (0.3)%(610)   (0.1)%(4,725)  (0.3)% (4,307)  (0.3)%
Income before income taxes27,1575.8%37,5737.9%133,9747.4%129,1437.3%
Income tax provision 5,018   1.1%7,631    1.6%35,551   2.0% 33,423   1.9%
Net income$22,139   4.8%$ 29,942    6.3%$ 98,423   5.4%$95,720   5.4%
Basic net income per share$0.42 $ 0.55 $ 1.85 $1.70 
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 52,948 54,267 53,185  56,378 
Diluted net income per share$0.40 $ 0.54 $ 1.78 $1.64 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 55,079 55,894 55,211  58,190 
Selected Segment Information  
Restaurants$437,998$ 448,270$1,743,806$1,685,037
Intercompany bakery sales (14,714)(14,875)(63,911) (58,677)
$464,695 $ 477,696 $1,809,017 $1,757,624 
Income from operations: