CINCINNATI, July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. (NYSE Amex: FRS) reported record sales of $303,540,552 for the fiscal year ended May 31, 2011, as sales rose $10,668,378, or 3.6%, from $292,872,174 last year. Net earnings for the year declined 5.3% to $9,472,589 compared to $9,998,931 last year. Diluted earnings per share decreased to $1.87 per share, from $1.93 per share last year.
For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011, revenue climbed 1.9% to $72,472,819 from $71,118,878 in last year's fourth quarter. Net earnings declined 8.7% to $2,391,114 compared to $2,618,339 in last year's fourth quarter. Earnings per share declined to $.48 in the quarter compared to $.51 last year.
Craig F. Maier, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Same store sales at our Big Boy Restaurants declined 0.4% for the year. For the fourth quarter, Big Boy same store sales rose 0.5%. The increase in total sales for the year was the result of more Big Boy restaurants in operation this year."
Maier added, "Our Golden Corral restaurants posted a same store sales increase of 0.6% during the year despite declining 3.6% in the last quarter of the year."
The decline in operating earnings was largely driven by higher commodity costs that plagued the restaurant industry for the past year and a half. Another factor that hurt operating results was persistently high unemployment in the Midwest that limited the Company's customers' disposable income, which in turn inhibited sales growth. The combination of high commodity costs and relatively flat same store sales resulted in a decline in operating earnings. Thanks in large part to a lower effective tax rate, net earnings did not fall as rapidly as operating earnings.
During the year, the Company opened four new Big Boy restaurants. As of May 31, 2011, Frisch's operated 35 Golden Corral restaurants and 95 company-owned Big Boy restaurants, and there were an additional 25 franchised Big Boy restaurants operated by licensees. In addition, the Company currently has two more Big Boy restaurants under construction.
Frisch's Restaurants, Inc. is a regional company that operates full service family-style restaurants under the name "Frisch's Big Boy." The Company also operates grill buffet style restaurants under the name "Golden Corral" pursuant to certain licensing agreements. All Big Boy restaurants are currently located in various regions of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Golden Corral restaurants currently operate primarily in the greater metropolitan areas of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo, Ohio, Louisville, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Company owns the trademark "Frisch's" and has exclusive, irrevocable ownership of the rights to the "Big Boy" trademark, trade name and service marks in the states of Kentucky and Indiana, and in most of Ohio and Tennessee. All of the Frisch's Big Boy restaurants also offer "drive-thru" service. The Company also licenses Big Boy restaurants to other operators, currently in certain parts of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
The Company has reported a profit every year since going public in 1960, and paid cash dividends to shareholders every quarter over the same period.
Statements contained in this press release which are not historical facts are forward looking statements as that item is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Such forward looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from estimated results. Such risks and uncertainties are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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