SOURCE: IHOP Corp.

October 11, 2007 16:00 ET

IHOP Corp. Reports Same-Store Sales Increase of 2.0% for the Third Quarter 2007

GLENDALE, CA--(Marketwire - October 11, 2007) - IHOP Corp. (NYSE: IHP) today announced that its system-wide same-store sales increased 2.0% for the third quarter ended September 30, 2007. For the first nine months of fiscal 2007, system-wide same-store sales increased 1.8%.

Julia A. Stewart, IHOP's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our same-store sales performance of 2.0% for the third quarter 2007 represents our 19th consecutive quarter of growth amid an increasingly competitive and challenging economic environment. Our performance was supported by the introduction of new and appealing limited-time offers -- Sweet Strawberry Serenade and Fruit Crepe Fever -- and the positive impact of our improved media buying strategy. During the quarter, we experienced an increase in guest check average primarily due to the cumulative effect of menu price increases taken in 2006, while guest traffic declined.

"For the balance of 2007, we expect sales comparisons to continue to improve as we remain on the path to meet our same-store sales growth expectations of 2% to 4% for the full year. Our outlook primarily takes into account the expected introduction of new limited-time offers in the fourth quarter 2007, a continuation of our strong media presence, a planned system-wide menu update, and the building momentum around gift card sales and our carryout program IHOP'n Go."

IHOP will release full third quarter 2007 results on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 before the market opens. The Company will host an investor conference call to discuss its third quarter 2007 financial results on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (8:00 a.m. Pacific Time). To participate on the call, please dial (888) 680-0879 and reference pass code 57132699. A live webcast of the call will be available on IHOP's Web site at www.ihop.com, and may be accessed by visiting Calls & Presentations under the site's Investor Information section. Participants should allow approximately ten minutes prior to the call's start time to visit the site and download any streaming media software needed to listen to the webcast.

About IHOP Corp.

The IHOP family restaurant chain has been serving a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner selections for more than 45 years. Offering 14 types of pancakes as well as omelettes, breakfast specialties, burgers, sandwiches, salads, chicken and steaks, IHOP's diverse menu appeals to people of all ages. IHOP restaurants are franchised and operated by Glendale, California-based IHOP Corp. As of September 30, 2007, the end of IHOP's third quarter, there were 1,328 IHOP restaurants in 49 states, Canada, Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. IHOP Corp. common stock is listed and traded on the NYSE under the symbol "IHP." For more information, call the Company's headquarters at (818) 240-6055 or visit the Company's Web site located at www.ihop.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

There are forward-looking statements contained in this news release. They use such words as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan," or other similar terminology, and include statements regarding the timing and certainty of closing the transaction, strategic and financial benefits of the transaction, expectations regarding accretion, integration and cost savings, and other financial guidance. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to be materially different than those expressed or implied in such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: the implementation of IHOP's strategic growth plan; the availability of suitable locations and terms for the sites designated for development; the ability of franchise developers to fulfill their commitments to build new restaurants in the numbers and time frames covered by their development agreements; legislation and government regulation including the ability to obtain satisfactory regulatory approvals; uncertainty as to whether the transaction will be completed; the failure to obtain the approval of Applebee's stockholders; the inability to obtain, or meet conditions imposed for, applicable regulatory requirements relating to the transaction; the failure of either party to meet the closing conditions set forth in the definitive agreement; IHOP's failure to obtain financing for the transaction on satisfactory terms or at all; risks associated with successfully integrating IHOP and Applebee's; risks associated with executing IHOP's strategic plan for Applebee's; risks associated with IHOP's incurrence of significant indebtedness to finance the acquisition; the failure to realize the synergies and other perceived advantages resulting from the transaction; costs and potential litigation associated with the transaction; the ability to retain key personnel both before and after the transaction; conditions beyond IHOP's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting IHOP's customers or food supplies or acts of war or terrorism; availability and cost of materials and labor; cost and availability of capital; competition; continuing acceptance of the IHOP, International House of Pancakes and Applebee's brands and concepts by guests and franchisees; IHOP's and Applebee's overall marketing, operational and financial performance; economic and political conditions; adoption of new, or changes in, accounting policies and practices; and other factors discussed from time to time in IHOP's and Applebee's news releases, public statements and/or filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, especially the "Risk Factors" sections of IHOP's and Applebee's Annual and Quarterly Reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q. Forward-looking information is provided by IHOP Corp. pursuant to the safe harbor established under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and should be evaluated in the context of these factors. In addition, IHOP disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Stacy Roughan
    Director, Investor Relations
    IHOP Corp.
    818-637-3632