SOURCE: Cosi, Inc.

Cosi, Inc.

August 11, 2011 16:02 ET

Cosi, Inc. Reports 2011 Second Quarter Results

DEERFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - Aug 11, 2011) - Così, Inc. (NASDAQ: COSI), the fast casual restaurant company, today reported a net loss for the second quarter ended June 27, 2011 of $(634,000), or $(0.01) per basic and diluted common share, compared with a net loss of $(1,327,000), or $(0.03) per basic and diluted common share for the 2010 second quarter, after excluding the one-time gain of $5,120,000 ($0.10 per basic and diluted common share) related to the sale of thirteen Company-owned restaurants in Washington D.C. to a franchisee.

Così's total revenues for the 2011 second quarter decreased by $2,726,000 to $26,897,000 from $29,623,000 in the 2010 second quarter. Company-owned net restaurant sales were $26,113,000 for the second quarter compared to $28,589,000 for the 2010 second quarter with the resulting $2,476,000 decline related primarily to the sale of thirteen Company-owned restaurants to a franchisee during the second quarter of 2010. Franchise fees and royalty revenues for the quarter contributed $784,000 compared to $1,034,000 in the 2010 second quarter. The decrease from last year's second quarter was due primarily to a franchise fee recognized in the second quarter of 2010 resulting from a cancelled area development agreement.

System-wide comparable restaurant sales for the second quarter as measured for restaurants in operation for more than 15 months decreased 0.2% as compared to the second quarter of 2010. The breakdown in comparable sales between Company-owned and franchise-operated restaurants is as follows:

For the 13 weeks ended
June 27, 2011
Company-owned 0.5%
Franchise-operated (1.3%)
Total System (0.2%)

"We're encouraged by the significant year-over-year improvement in operating margin we achieved in the second quarter in spite of a challenging consumer spending environment. At the same time we reduced our administrative costs in the 2011 second quarter by $239,000 or 7% as compared to the same quarter last year," said James Hyatt, Così's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our focus continues to be on driving sales and traffic across all dayparts, while remaining committed to controlling restaurant and administrative costs."

2011 Second Quarter Financial Performance Review
Così's aforementioned $2,476,000 decrease in second quarter Company-owned net sales as compared to the 2010 second quarter was largely related to the sale of thirteen Company-owned restaurants in Washington D.C. to a franchisee during the 2010 second quarter as well as the closing of several Company-owned locations subsequent to the 2010 second quarter. The decline was partially offset by the 0.5% increase in Company-owned comparable net sales during the quarter which was comprised of a 2.9% increase in average guest check partially offset by a 2.4% decrease in traffic.

For the second quarter, Così reported a 280 basis point decrease in costs and expenses related to Company-owned restaurant operations, as a percentage of restaurant net sales, compared with the second quarter of 2010. The change resulted from decreases of 270 and 20 basis points, as a percentage of net sales, in labor and related benefits expense and cost of food and beverage, respectively, partially offset by a 10 basis point increase, as a percentage of net sales, in occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses. The decrease in labor and related benefits expense as a percentage of net sales was due primarily to better deployment of labor during peak and non-peak hours of operations as well as the impact of a price increase. The decrease in the cost of food and beverage as a percentage of net sales was due primarily to the impact of a price increase as well as higher catering sales which have a more favorable cost as a percentage of net sales relative to the entire menu mix partially offset by higher costs on some food items.

During the same period, the Company reduced its general and administrative expenses by 6.6% or $239,000, to $3,391,000 or 12.6% of total revenues from $3,630,000 or 12.3% of total revenues in the 2010 second quarter.

Così reported that as of June 27, 2011 it had cash and cash equivalents of $8,300,000 and virtually no debt other than lease obligations.

About Così, Inc.
Così® (http://www.getcosi.com) is a national fast casual restaurant chain that has developed featured foods built around a secret, generations-old recipe for crackly crust flatbread. This artisan bread is freshly baked in front of customers throughout the day in open-flame stone-hearth ovens prominently located in each of the restaurants. Così's warm and urbane atmosphere is geared towards its sophisticated, upscale, urban and suburban guests. There are currently 80 Company-owned and 58 franchise restaurants operating in seventeen states, the District of Columbia and the United Arab Emirates. The Così® vision is to become America's favorite fast casual restaurant by providing customers authentic, innovative, savory food while remaining an affordable luxury.

The Così® menu features Così® sandwiches, freshly-tossed salads, breakfast wraps, melts, soups, Così® Squagels®, flatbread pizzas, S'mores, snacks and other desserts, and a wide range of coffee and coffee-based drinks and other specialty beverages. Così® restaurants are designed to be welcoming and comfortable with an eclectic environment. Così's sights, sounds, and spaces create a tasteful, relaxed ambience that provides a fresh and new dining experience.

"Così," "(Sun & Moon Design)" and related marks are registered trademarks of Così, Inc. in the U.S.A. and certain other countries. Copyright © 2011 Così, Inc. All rights reserved.

"SAFE HARBOR" STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. This press release contains statements that constitute forward- looking statements under the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are statements about future events and expectations and not statements of historical fact. The words "believe," "may," "will," "should," "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "objective," "seek," "plan," "strive," or similar words, or negatives of these words, identify forward- looking statements. We qualify any forward-looking statements entirely by these cautionary factors. Forward-looking statements are based on management's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of our future economic performance, taking into account the information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause our actual results, performance or financial condition to differ materially from the expectations of future results, performance or financial condition we express or imply in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could contribute to these differences include, but are not limited to: the cost of our principal food products and supply and delivery shortages and interruptions; labor shortages or increased labor costs; changes in demographic trends and consumer tastes and preferences, including changes resulting from concerns over nutritional or safety aspects of beef, poultry, produce, or other foods or the effects of food-borne illnesses, such as E. coli, "mad cow disease" and avian influenza or "bird flu"; competition in our markets, both in our business and in locating suitable restaurant sites; our operation and execution in new and existing markets; expansion into new markets including foreign markets; our ability to attract and retain qualified franchisees and our franchisees' ability to open restaurants on a timely basis; our ability to locate suitable restaurant sites in new and existing markets and negotiate acceptable lease terms; the rate of our internal growth and our ability to generate increased revenue from our existing restaurants; our ability to generate positive cash flow from existing and new restaurants; fluctuations in our quarterly results due to seasonality; increased government regulation and our ability to secure required government approvals and permits; our ability to create customer awareness of our restaurants in new markets; the reliability of our customer and market studies; cost effective and timely planning, design and build out of restaurants; our ability to recruit, train and retain qualified corporate and restaurant personnel and management; market saturation due to new restaurant openings; inadequate protection of our intellectual property; our ability to obtain additional capital and financing; adverse weather conditions which impact customer traffic at our restaurants; and adverse economic conditions. Further information regarding factors that could affect our results and the statements made herein are included in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additional information is available on Così's website at
http://www.getcosi.com in the investor relations section.

Cosi, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of June 27, 2011 and December 27, 2010
(dollars in thousands)
June 27,
2011
December 27,
2010
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,280 $ 10,307
Accounts receivable, net 767 697
Notes receivable, current portion 621 506
Inventories 732 744
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,013 1,639
Total current assets 11,413 13,893
Furniture and fixtures, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 13,513 15,009
Notes receivable, net of current portion 907 1,195
Other assets 1,211 1,254
Total assets $ 27,044 $ 31,351
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 3,377 $ 2,992
Accrued expenses 7,742 9,237
Deferred franchise revenue 61 61
Current portion of other long-term liabilities 583 545
Total current liabilities 11,763 12,835
Deferred franchise revenue 2,238 2,238
Other long-term liabilities, net of current portion 3,880 4,592
Total liabilities 17,881 19,665
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock - $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized,
51,849,511 and 51,682,891 shares issued, respectively 518 517
Additional paid-in capital 283,638 283,388
Treasury stock, 239,543 shares at cost (1,198 ) (1,198 )
Accumulated deficit (273,795 ) (271,021 )
Total stockholders' equity 9,163 11,686
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 27,044 $ 31,351
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
Cosi, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the Three and Six Month Periods Ended June 27, 2011 and June 28, 2010
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 27, June 28, June 27, June 28,
2011 2010 2011 2010
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Revenues:
Restaurant net sales $ 26,113 $ 28,589 $ 49,118 $ 55,663
Franchise fees and royalties 784 1,034 1,488 1,558
Total revenues 26,897 29,623 50,606 57,221
Costs and expenses:
Cost of food and beverage 5,956 6,567 11,252 12,895
Restaurant labor and related benefits 9,016 10,631 17,757 21,295
Occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses 7,973 8,704 15,676 17,748
22,945 25,902 44,685 51,938
General and administrative expenses 3,391 3,630 6,448 6,952
Depreciation and amortization 1,025 1,196 2,090 2,576
Provision for losses on asset impairments and disposals 155 212 155 212
Lease termination expense and closed store costs 27 11 65 12
Gain on sale of assets - (5,120 ) (41 ) (5,207 )
Total costs and expenses 27,543 25,831 53,402 56,483
Operating (loss) income (646 ) 3,792 (2,796 ) 738
Interest expense (1 ) (1 ) (1 ) (2 )
Other income 13 2 23 3
Net (loss) income $ (634 ) $ 3,793 $ (2,774 ) $ 739
Per Share Data: 3,168 2,687
(Loss) earnings per share:
Basic $ (0.01 ) $ 0.07 $ (0.05 ) $ 0.01
Diluted $ (0.01 ) $ 0.07 $ (0.05 ) $ 0.01
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 51,359,889 51,108,465 51,307,084 50,045,292
Diluted 51,359,889 51,324,065 51,307,084 50,260,892
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
Cosi, Inc.
Results of Operations as a Percent of Sales
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
June 27, 2011 June 28, 2010 June 27, 2011 June 28, 2010
Revenues:
Restaurant net sales 97.1 % 96.5 % 97.1 % 97.3 %
Franchise fees and royalties 2.9 3.5 2.9 2.7
Total revenue 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Cost and expenses:
Cost of food and beverage (1) 22.8 23.0 22.9 23.2
Restaurant labor and related benefits (1) 34.5 37.2 36.2 38.3
Occupancy and other restaurant operating expenses (1) 30.5 30.4 31.9 31.9
87.8 90.6 91.0 93.4
General and administrative expenses 12.6 12.3 12.7 12.1
Depreciation and amortization 3.8 4.0 4.1 4.5
Provision for losses on asset impairments and disposals 0.6 0.7 0.3 0.4
Lease termination expense and closed store costs 0.1 - 0.2 -
Gain on sale of assets - (17.3 ) (0.1 ) (9.1 )
Total costs and expenses 102.4 87.2 105.5 98.7
Operating (loss) income (2.4 ) 12.8 (5.5 ) 1.3
Interest income - - - -
Interest expense - - - -
Other income - - - -
Net (loss) income (2.4 )% 12.8 % (5.5 )% 1.3 %
(1) These are expressed as a percentage of restaurant net sales versus all other items expressed as a percentage of total revenues
For the Three Months Ended
June 27, 2011 June 28, 2010
Company-Owned Franchise Total Company-Owned Franchise Total
Restaurants at beginning of period 82 59 141 99 44 143
Company-owned sold to franchisee - - - 13 13 -
New restaurants opened - - - - 1 1
Restaurants permanently closed 1 - 1 - - -
Restaurants at end of period 81 59 140 86 58 144
For the Six Months Ended
June 27, 2011 June 28, 2010
Company-Owned Franchise Total Company-Owned Franchise Total
Restaurants at beginning of period 83 59 142 99 46 145
Company-owned sold to franchisee - - - 13 13 -
New restaurants opened - - - - 1 1
Restaurants permanently closed 2 - 2 2 2
Restaurants at end of period 81 59 140 86 58 144

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