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Alexanders J Corp – ‘8-K’ for 3/8/11 – EX-99.1

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Current Report   —   Form 8-K
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Document/Exhibit                   Description                      Pages   Size 

 1: 8-K         J. Alexander's Corporation 8-K                      HTML     16K 
 2: EX-99.1     Miscellaneous Exhibit                               HTML     96K 


EX-99.1   —   Miscellaneous Exhibit


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Exhibit 99.1

J. Alexander’s Corporation Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2010

Same Store Sales Increase 7.3% in Fourth Quarter

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 2011--J. Alexander’s Corporation (NASDAQ: JAX) today reported operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended January 2, 2011. The 2010 fiscal year included 52 weeks compared to 53 weeks in the prior year while the fourth quarter of 2010 included 13 weeks compared to 14 weeks in the final quarter a year earlier.

A summary of the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of 2009 follows:


A summary of the 2010 fiscal year compared to the 2009 fiscal year follows:

Commenting on the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, Lonnie J. Stout, II, Chairman, President and CEO, said, “We were again pleased with the gains in our same store sales, which increased for the fifth consecutive period and contributed significantly to our improved financial performance. In fact,” he pointed out, “we believe our sales results for both the third and fourth quarters of fiscal 2010 were among the best in the upscale segment of the restaurant industry.” Stout noted that other indicators of a solid fourth quarter were average weekly guest visits and check average, both of which rose appreciably. He said that the strong same store sales results during the fourth quarter also led to lower total labor and related costs and other restaurant operating expenses as percentages of net sales.

J. Alexander’s Corporation posted average weekly same store sales per restaurant of $90,200 in the fourth quarter of 2010, an increase from $84,100 in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Company’s average weekly sales per restaurant for the fourth quarter of 2010 were the same as the same store average because same store sales calculations are based on restaurants open for more than 18 months and no new restaurants have opened since December of 2008.

“Our more mature group of J. Alexander’s restaurants continued to show solid progress in the most recent quarter and full year,” Stout continued. “Our newer restaurants improved in the most recent quarter as well, but continued to negatively impact our bottom line results.”

The Company’s average weekly guest counts on a same store basis increased by 1.1% in the fourth quarter of 2010 compared to the corresponding quarter of 2009. The average guest check, including alcoholic beverage sales for the quarter, was just over $26.00 and increased by approximately 5% from the prior year comparable quarter. The cumulative effect of menu price increases for the fourth quarter was approximately 3.5% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009.


The Company’s total labor and related costs for the fourth quarter of 2010 decreased to 32.9% of net sales from 34.6% of net sales in the prior year fourth quarter. Other restaurant operating expenses decreased to 21.1% of net sales from 22.6% of net sales. Depreciation and amortization of restaurant property and equipment decreased to 3.8% of net sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 from 4.5% for the fourth quarter of 2009 because asset impairment charges recorded at the end of 2009 significantly lowered the depreciable basis for the assets of two restaurants and because of the increase in same store sales.

Cost of sales for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 32.8% of net sales, up from 32.5% of net sales in the fourth quarter a year earlier.

“As in the past few quarters, commodity costs continue to be a concern,” Stout emphasized. “We have seen rising costs for beef as well as for most other categories, and we expect further increases in fiscal 2011. We did take some modest menu prices increases during 2010 and will continue to evaluate further price action in fiscal 2011.”

For the fourth quarter of 2010, J. Alexander’s Corporation’s restaurant operating margin (net sales minus total restaurant operating expenses divided by net sales) was 9.4% as compared to 5.8% in the corresponding quarter of the previous year.

Weekly average same store sales per restaurant for the 2010 fiscal year were $87,000, up from $82,500 recorded in 2009. The Company’s average weekly sales per restaurant for 2010 were $86,800, up 5.5% from $82,300 achieved in 2009.

The Company’s average weekly guest counts for 2010 increased by approximately 2.1% on a same store basis from 2009. The average guest check, including alcoholic beverage sales, increased by approximately 3% to an estimated $25.39. The effect of menu price increases for 2010 was approximately 2.0% compared to 2009.

Cost of sales for 2010 was 32.3%, up from 31.7% in 2009. Restaurant labor and related costs for 2010 decreased to 33.9% of net sales from 35.2% of net sales in the previous year while other restaurant operating expenses decreased to 22.2% of net sales in 2010 from 23.1% in 2009. For 2010, J. Alexander’s Corporation had restaurant operating margin of 7.7%, up from 5.3% in 2009.

Stout noted that the significant income tax benefit recorded in 2010 is primarily the result of additional depreciation deductions based on an asset cost segregation study performed by the Company which increased the federal net operating loss for the 2009 tax year and the net operating loss carryback available to offset taxable income in previous years.

“The economic environment in fiscal 2010 benefitted those restaurant operators such as J. Alexander’s Corporation that focused on initiatives to improve guest experiences while monitoring controllable costs,” Stout observed. “We know that we have much to do to build sales not only in our newer restaurants but in those more mature restaurants that turned in strong performances in 2010.


“As we move into fiscal 2011, we are more confident about the economic recovery in most of our markets than we were at this point a year ago. Our sales trends have remained solid despite the business disruptions from inclement weather in several of our markets. We are focused on restoring sales to levels achieved prior to the recession and believe prospects are promising for continued improvements in fiscal 2011.”

J. Alexander’s Corporation operates 33 J. Alexander’s restaurants in thirteen states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. J. Alexander’s is an upscale, contemporary American restaurant known for its wood-fired cuisine. The Company’s menu features a wide selection of American classics, including steaks, prime rib of beef and fresh seafood, as well as a large assortment of interesting salads, sandwiches and desserts. J. Alexander’s also has a full-service bar that features an outstanding selection of wines by the glass and bottle.

J. Alexander’s Corporation is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee.

1Income (loss) before income taxes and impairment charges, net income (loss) excluding asset impairment charges and beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment, and net debt are all non-GAAP financial measures which are derived from items in the Company’s GAAP financial statements. The reconciliations of these measures to GAAP measures are presented in the financial tables which follow.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results, performance or developments could differ materially from those expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements as a result of known or unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. These risks, uncertainties and factors include the Company’s ability to maintain satisfactory guest count levels and maintain or increase sales and operating margins in its restaurants under weak economic conditions, which may continue indefinitely and which could worsen, potentially resulting in additional asset impairment charges and/or restaurant closures and charges associated therewith; fluctuations in the Company’s operating results which could affect compliance with its debt covenants and ability to borrow funds; conditions in the U.S. credit markets and the availability of bank financing on acceptable terms; changes in business or economic conditions, including rising food costs and product shortages as well as mandated increases in the minimum wage the Company is required to pay; the effect of higher gasoline prices or commodity prices, unemployment and other economic factors on consumer demand; availability of qualified employees; increased cost of utilities, insurance and other restaurant operating expenses; potential fluctuations of quarterly operating results due to seasonality and other factors; the effect of hurricanes and other weather disturbances which are beyond the control of the Company; the number and timing of new restaurant openings and the Company’s ability to operate them profitably; competition within the casual dining industry, which is very intense; competition by the Company’s new restaurants with its existing restaurants in the same vicinity; changes in consumer spending, consumer tastes, and consumer attitudes toward nutrition and health; the potential impact of mandated food content labeling and disclosure legislation; expenses incurred if the Company is the subject of claims or litigation or increased governmental regulation; the impact associated with recently passed federal health care reform legislation, including the operating costs necessary to comply with applicable health care benefit requirements; changes in accounting standards, which may affect the Company’s reported results of operations; and expenses the Company may incur in order to comply with changing corporate governance and public disclosure requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission and The NASDAQ Stock Market. These as well as other factors are discussed in detail in the Company’s filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other communications.

-tables to follow-


         

J. Alexander's Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
Quarter Ended Year Ended
Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 2   Jan. 3
2011 2010 2011 2010
(13 weeks) (14 weeks) (52 weeks) (53 weeks)
 
Net sales $ 38,793 $ 38,996 $ 149,018 $ 144,194
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 12,736 12,668 48,068 45,743
Restaurant labor and related costs 12,763 13,484 50,489 50,738
Depreciation and amortization of restaurant property and equipment 1,460

 

1,755 5,948 6,716
Other operating expenses   8,203   8,832   33,022   33,379
Total restaurant operating expenses 35,162 36,739 137,527 136,576
General and administrative expenses 2,499 2,515 9,229 10,069
Asset impairment charges     3,889     3,889
Operating income (loss) 1,132 (4,147 ) 2,262 (6,340 )
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (420 ) (516 ) (1,852 ) (1,958 )
Other, net   20   19   34   62
Total other expense   (400 )   (497 )   (1,818 )   (1,896 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 732 (4,644 ) 444 (8,236 )
Income tax benefit (provision)   (237 )   (9,031 )   2,352   (7,102 )
Net income (loss) $ 495 $ (13,675 ) $ 2,796 $ (15,338 )
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic earnings (loss) per share $ 0.08 $ (2.30 ) $ 0.47 $ (2.45 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.08 $ (2.30 ) $ 0.47 $ (2.45 )
 
Weighted average number of shares:
Basic earnings (loss) per share 5,963 5,947 5,955 6,260
Diluted earnings (loss) per share 6,024 5,947 5,998 6,260

         

J. Alexander's Corporation and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Percentages of Net Sales (Unaudited)

 
Quarter Ended Year Ended
Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 2 Jan. 3
2011 2010 2011 2010
Net sales 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 % 100.0 %
Costs and expenses:
Cost of sales 32.8 32.5 32.3 31.7
Restaurant labor and related costs 32.9 34.6 33.9 35.2
Depreciation and amortization of restaurant property and equipment 3.8 4.5 4.0 4.7
Other operating expenses 21.1 22.6 22.2 23.1
Total restaurant operating expenses 90.6 94.2 92.3 94.7
General and administrative expenses 6.4 6.4 6.2 7.0
Asset impairment charges 10.0 2.7
Operating income (loss) 2.9 (10.6 ) 1.5 (4.4 )
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (1.1 ) (1.3 ) (1.2 ) (1.4 )
Other, net 0.1
Total other expense (1.0 ) (1.3 ) (1.2 ) (1.3 )
Income (loss) before income taxes 1.9 (11.9 ) 0.3 (5.7 )
Income tax benefit (provision) (0.6 ) (23.2 ) 1.6 (4.9 )
Net income (loss) 1.3 % (35.1 )% 1.9 % (10.6 )%
 
Note: Certain percentage totals do not sum due to rounding.
 
Average Weekly Sales Information:
 
Average weekly sales per restaurant $ 90,200 $ 84,100 $ 86,800 $ 82,300
Percent change 7.3% 5.5%
 
Same store weekly sales per restaurant (1) $ 90,200 $ 84,100 $ 87,000 $ 82,500
Percent change 7.3% 5.5%
 
 
 
 
(1) The Company includes restaurants in the same store sales base after they have been in operation for more than 18 months. All of the Company’s restaurants were included in the same store sales base as of the beginning of the third quarter of 2010.

         

J. Alexander's Corporation and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited in thousands)

 
January 2 January 3
2011 2010
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,602 $ 5,613
Income taxes receivable 306 839
Other current assets   5,000   5,363
Total current assets 13,908 11,815
 
Other assets 1,684 1,601
Property and equipment, net 74,699 77,914
Deferred income taxes 152 152
Deferred Charges, net   508   659
$ 90,951 $ 92,141
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Current liabilities $ 13,071 $ 15,194
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 18,479 21,796
Other long-term liabilities 10,871 9,903
Stockholders’ equity   48,530   45,248
$ 90,951   $ 92,141
 

 

J. Alexander's Corporation and Subsidiaries

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures

 

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) in this press release, the Company is providing non-GAAP measurements which are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that the presentation of these items provides additional information to facilitate the comparison of past and present financial results and financial condition.

 
Reconciliation of net income (loss) excluding asset impairment charges

and beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment

(Unaudited in thousands, except per share data)

           
Quarter Ended Year Ended
Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 2     Jan. 3
2011 2010 2011 2010
(13 weeks) (14 weeks) (52 weeks) (53 weeks)
 
Net income (loss) as reported $ 495 $ (13,675 ) $ 2,796 $ (15,338 )
Asset impairment charges (1) 3,889 3,889
Beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment (2)     7,405     7,405
Net income (loss) excluding asset impairment charges and beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment $ 495 $ (2,381 ) $ 2,796 $ (4,044 )
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share:
 
Net income (loss) as reported $ .08 $ (2.30 ) $ .47 $ (2.45 )
Asset impairment charges (1) .65 .62
Beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment (2)     1.25     1.18
Diluted earnings (loss) per share excluding asset impairment charges and beginning of the year deferred tax asset valuation allowance adjustment $ .08 $ (.40 )   .47 $ (.65 )
 
Weighted average number of shares:
Basic earnings (loss) per share 5,963 5,947 5,955 6,260
Diluted earnings (loss) per share 6,024 5,947 5,998 6,260
 
 
 

(1) In the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company recorded impairment charges of $3,889 in connection with the assets of two underperforming restaurants which remain in operation.

 

(2) In the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company determined that a full valuation allowance was needed for its net deferred tax assets and recorded an increase in the beginning of the year tax valuation allowance of $7,405.

 


 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures to GAAP Measures

 
Reconciliation of income (loss) before income taxes and impairment charges

(Unaudited in thousands)

             
Quarter Ended Year Ended
Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 2   Jan. 3
2011 2010 2011 2010
(13 weeks) (14 weeks) (52 weeks) (53 weeks)
 
Income (loss) before income taxes $ 732 $ (4,644 ) $ 444 $ (8,236 )
Asset impairment charges (1)     3,889     3,889
Income (loss) before income taxes and asset impairment charges $ 732 $ (755 ) $ 444 $ (4,347 )
 
 
 

(1) In the fourth quarter of 2009, the Company recorded impairment charges of $3,889 in connection with the assets of two underperforming restaurants which remain in operation.

 

Reconciliation of net debt

(Unaudited in thousands)

 
Jan. 2 Jan. 3
2011 2010
 
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations $ 18,479 $ 21,796
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations (1) 1,038 1,621
Cash and cash equivalents   (8,602 )   (5,613 )
Net debt $ 10,915 $ 17,804
 
 
 
 
(1) Amounts are included in current liabilities in Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 

 

CONTACT:
J. Alexander’s Corporation
R. Gregory Lewis, 615-269-1900


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