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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

LOGO

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended May 31, 2012

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number 0-18859

 

 

SONIC CORP.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware     73-1371046

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

   

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

300 Johnny Bench Drive

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    73104
(Address of principal executive offices)     (Zip Code)

(405) 225-5000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes  x    No  ¨


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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

As of July 2, 2012, approximately 58,058,345 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $0.01 per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 


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SONIC CORP.

Index

 

          Page
Number
 

PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  
Item 1.   

Financial Statements

  
  

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at May 31, 2012 and August 31, 2011

     4   
   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and nine months ended May 31, 2012 and
May 31, 2011
     5   
   Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended May 31, 2012 and
May 31, 2011
     6   
  

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

     7   
Item 2.   

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

     12   
Item 3.   

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

     18   
Item 4.   

Controls and Procedures

     19   

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

  
Item 1.   

Legal Proceedings

     19   
Item 1A.   

Risk Factors

     19   
Item 2.   

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

     19   
Item 6.   

Exhibits

     20   


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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

SONIC CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 
     May 31,
2012
    August 31,
2011
 

ASSETS

    

Current assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 41,672      $ 29,509   

Restricted cash

     10,351        12,850   

Accounts and notes receivable, net

     24,411        24,558   

Income taxes receivable

     10,707        12,776   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     10,805        13,764   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     97,946        93,457   

Noncurrent restricted cash

     7,963        8,108   

Notes receivable, net

     14,606        11,086   

Property, equipment and capital leases

     759,271        760,778   

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

     (314,327     (295,903
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Property, equipment and capital leases, net

     444,944        464,875   

Goodwill

     76,996        81,625   

Debt origination costs, net

     11,202        13,124   

Other assets, net

     13,057        7,467   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

   $ 666,714      $ 679,742   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

   $ 11,755      $ 11,135   

Deposits from franchisees

     3,519        2,897   

Accrued liabilities

     32,344        33,532   

Income taxes payable

     4,333        4,775   

Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases

     19,450        18,940   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     71,401        71,279   

Obligations under capital leases due after one year

     28,735        30,302   

Long-term debt due after one year

     470,562        481,835   

Deferred income taxes

     30,253        27,228   

Other noncurrent liabilities

     16,878        17,402   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total non-current liabilities

     546,428        556,767   

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, par value $.01; 1,000 shares authorized; none outstanding

     —          —     

Common stock, par value $.01; 245,000 shares authorized; 118,309 shares issued (118,309 shares issued at August 31, 2011)

     1,183        1,183   

Paid-in capital

     229,692        229,399   

Retained earnings

     708,295        687,431   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
     939,170        918,013   

Treasury stock, at cost; 59,753 common shares (56,316 shares at August 31, 2011)

     (890,285     (866,317
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     48,885        51,696   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 666,714      $ 679,742   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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SONIC CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
   May 31,     May 31,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Revenues:

        

Company Drive-In sales

   $ 110,070      $ 113,745      $ 294,037      $ 297,454   

Franchise Drive-Ins:

        

Franchise royalties

     35,599        34,825        89,980        88,650   

Franchise fees

     202        385        851        1,271   

Lease revenue

     2,056        1,828        4,605        4,347   

Other

     1,500        1,315        3,317        3,045   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     149,427        152,098        392,790        394,767   

Costs and expenses:

        

Company Drive-Ins:

        

Food and packaging

     30,600        31,996        83,011        83,559   

Payroll and other employee benefits

     38,539        40,466        106,363        108,741   

Other operating expenses, exclusive of depreciation and amortization included below

     22,261        23,549        65,899        66,765   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     91,400        96,011        255,273        259,065   

Selling, general and administrative

     16,951        17,212        48,452        48,778   

Depreciation and amortization

     10,288        10,139        31,264        30,806   

Provision for impairment of long-lived assets

     203        49        376        313   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
     118,842        123,411        335,365        338,962   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Other operating income (expense), net

     151        (20     613        255   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     30,736        28,667        58,038        56,060   

Interest expense

     7,836        7,991        23,807        24,414   

Interest income

     (174     (161     (477     (513

Net loss from early extinguishment of debt

     —          28,230        —          23,025   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net interest expense

     7,662        36,060        23,330        46,926   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

     23,074        (7,393     34,708        9,134   

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

     8,667        (2,742     13,125        2,195   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

   $ 14,407      $ (4,651   $ 21,583      $ 6,939   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Basic income (loss) per share

   $ 0.24      $ (0.08   $ 0.36      $ 0.11   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted income (loss) per share

   $ 0.24      $ (0.08   $ 0.36      $ 0.11   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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SONIC CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 
     Nine months ended  
   May 31,  
     2012     2011  

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 21,583      $ 6,939   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     31,264        30,806   

Stock-based compensation expense

     3,204        4,474   

Net loss from early extinguishment of debt

     —          23,025   

Other

     (1,162     1,938   

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:

    

Restricted cash

     2,455        (4,816

Accounts receivable and other assets

     (611     (7,269

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:

    

Accounts payable

     834        1,488   

Accrued and other liabilities

     (1,286     (1,832

Income taxes

     7,665        (6,517
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total adjustments

     42,363        41,297   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

     63,946        48,236   

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Purchases of property and equipment

     (12,938     (14,739

Proceeds from sale of assets

     8,562        2,710   

Other

     (7,806     1,373   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (12,182     (10,656
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Payments on and purchases of debt

     (11,271     (585,235

Proceeds from borrowings

     —          535,000   

Restricted cash for securitization obligations

     190        6,245   

Debt issuance and extinguishment costs

     —          (39,883

Purchases of treasury stock

     (25,534     —     

Other

     (2,986     (878
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net cash used in financing activities

     (39,601     (84,751
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

     12,163        (47,171

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     29,509        86,036   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 41,672      $ 38,865   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Supplemental cash flow information:

    

Additions to capital lease obligations

   $ 2,036      $ 886   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

 

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SONIC CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

1. Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and with the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements of Sonic Corp. (the “Company”). In the opinion of management, these financial statements reflect all adjustments of a normal recurring nature, including recurring accruals, necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the interim periods presented in conformity with GAAP. In certain situations, recurring accruals, including franchise royalties, are based on more limited information at interim reporting dates than at the Company’s fiscal year end due to the abbreviated reporting period. Actual results may differ from these estimates. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. Interim results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for a full year or any other interim period.

Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying financial statements include the accounts of the Company, its wholly owned subsidiaries and its Company Drive-Ins. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

Reclassifications

Certain amounts reported in previous years, which are not material, have been combined and reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. Effective April 1, 2010, the Company revised its compensation program at the Company Drive-In level. As a result of these changes, noncontrolling interests are immaterial for the periods presented and have been included in “payroll and other employee benefits” on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and in “other noncurrent liabilities” on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

2. Earnings (Loss) Per Share

The following table presents the calculation of basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share:

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
         2012              2011             2012              2011      

Numerator:

          

Net income (loss)

   $ 14,407       $ (4,651   $ 21,583       $ 6,939   

Denominator:

          

Weighted average common shares outstanding – basic

     59,936         61,842        60,736         61,723   

Effect of dilutive employee stock options and unvested restricted stock units

     25         158        31         150   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares – diluted

     59,961         62,000        60,767         61,873   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share – basic

   $ 0.24       $ (0.08   $ 0.36       $ 0.11   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net income (loss) per common share – diluted

   $ 0.24       $ (0.08   $ 0.36       $ 0.11   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Anti-dilutive securities excluded(1)

     7,382         6,457        7,269         6,621   
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) Anti-dilutive securities consist of stock options and unvested restricted stock units that were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because either the exercise price of the options was greater than the average market price of the common stock or the total assumed proceeds under the treasury stock method resulted in negative incremental shares and thus the inclusion would have been anti-dilutive.

 

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SONIC CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(continued)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

3. Stock Repurchase Program

On October 13, 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program. Under the stock repurchase program, the Company was authorized to purchase up to $30.0 million of its outstanding shares of common stock through August 31, 2012. During the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, approximately 3.5 million shares were acquired pursuant to this program for a total cost of $25.5 million. As of May 31, 2012, the total remaining amount authorized for repurchase was $4.5 million. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company purchased the remaining amount authorized and completed its stock repurchase program.

4. Income Taxes

The following table presents the Company’s provision for income taxes and effective income tax rate for the periods below:

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
         2012             2011             2012             2011      

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

   $ 8,667      $ (2,742   $ 13,125      $ 2,195   

Effective income tax rate

     37.6     37.1     37.8     24.0

The increase in the Company’s effective income tax rate during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 was primarily attributable to a $1.1 million decrease in the Company’s liability for unrecognized tax benefits resulting from the settlement of state tax audits during the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 and the expiration of tax credit programs during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.

5. Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Goodwill

Long-Lived Assets

The Company assesses long-lived assets used in operations for possible impairment when events and circumstances indicate that such assets might be impaired and the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by those assets are less than their carrying amount. No material impairment charges for long-lived assets were recorded during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 or in the same period last year. Projecting the cash flows for the impairment analysis involves significant estimates with regard to the performance of each drive-in, and it is reasonably possible that the estimates of cash flows may change in the near term resulting in the need to write down operating assets to fair value.

Goodwill

The Company evaluated goodwill for impairment in conjunction with the sale of 34 Company Drive-Ins to franchisees during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. As of the date of the evaluation, the fair value of the Company’s reporting units exceeded their carrying value. The Company is required to test goodwill for impairment on an annual basis and between annual tests as a result of allocating goodwill to Company Drive-Ins that are sold or whenever indications of impairment arise including, but not limited to, a significant decline in cash flows from store operations. Such tests could result in impairment charges. As of May 31, 2012, the Company had $77.0 million of goodwill, of which $71.0 million was attributable to the Company Drive-Ins segment and $6.0 million was attributable to the Franchise Operations segment. The decrease in goodwill since August 31, 2011, was a result of allocating goodwill to Company Drive-Ins sold during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012. For more information regarding the Company’s goodwill and other intangible assets information, see note 1—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2011.

6. Contingencies

The Company is involved in various legal proceedings and has certain unresolved claims pending. Based on the information currently available, management believes that all claims currently pending are either covered by insurance or would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, operating results or financial condition.

 

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SONIC CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(continued)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

The Company has obligations under various lease agreements with third-party lessors related to the real estate for certain Company Drive-In operations that were sold to franchisees. Under these agreements, which expire through 2024, the Company remains secondarily liable for the lease payments for which it was responsible as the original lessee. As of May 31, 2012, the amount remaining under these guaranteed lease obligations totaled $8.5 million. At this time, the Company does not anticipate any material defaults under the foregoing leases; therefore, no liability has been provided. In addition, capital lease obligations totaling $1.2 million are still reflected as liabilities as of May 31, 2012, for properties sold to franchisees and for which the Company remains secondarily liable through 2021. At this time, the Company also does not anticipate any material defaults under these capital leases.

7. Debt

In connection with the Company’s May 2011 refinancing of its Series 2006-1 Senior Secured Variable Funding Notes, Class A-1 (the “2006 Variable Funding Notes”) and Series 2006-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes, Class A-2, the Company recognized a $28.2 million loss from the early extinguishment of debt during the third quarter of fiscal year 2011, which primarily consisted of a $25.3 million prepayment premium and the write-off of unamortized deferred loan fees remaining from the refinanced debt. In addition, the Company’s deferred hedging loss was reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income into earnings during the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. Prior to the refinancing, during the second quarter of fiscal year 2011, the Company repurchased $62.5 million of its 2006 Variable Funding Notes in a privately negotiated transaction. The Company recognized a gain of $5.2 million on the extinguishment of the notes during the second fiscal quarter of 2011. These transactions are reflected within “net loss from early extinguishment of debt” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income.

8. Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The fair value of financial instruments is the amount at which the instrument could be exchanged in a current transaction between willing parties. The Company has no financial liabilities that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis.

The Company categorizes its assets and liabilities recorded at fair value based upon the following fair value hierarchy established by the Financial Accounting Standards Board:

 

   

Level 1 valuations use quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities that are accessible at the measurement date. An active market is a market in which transactions for the asset or liability occur with sufficient frequency and volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.

 

   

Level 2 valuations use inputs other than actively quoted market prices included within Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability, either directly or indirectly. Level 2 inputs include: (a) quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets, (b) quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, (c) inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability such as interest rates and yield curves observable at commonly quoted intervals and (d) inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.

 

   

Level 3 valuations use unobservable inputs for the asset or liability. Unobservable inputs are used to the extent observable inputs are not available, thereby allowing for situations in which there is little, if any, market activity for the asset or liability at the measurement date.

 

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SONIC CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(continued)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

The table below sets forth our fair value hierarchy for financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of May 31, 2012, (in thousands):

 

     Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
     Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
     Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
     Total  

Assets:

           

Cash equivalents

   $ 10,669       $ —         $ —         $ 10,669   

Restricted cash (current)

     10,351         —           —           10,351   

Restricted cash (noncurrent)

     7,963         —           —           7,963   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 28,983       $ —         $ —         $ 28,983   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

The table below sets forth our fair value hierarchy for financial assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of August 31, 2011, (in thousands):

 

     Quoted Prices
in Active
Markets for
Identical
Assets
(Level 1)
     Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs
(Level 2)
     Significant
Unobservable
Inputs
(Level 3)
     Total  

Assets:

           

Cash equivalents

   $ 11,338       $ —         $ —         $ 11,338   

Restricted cash (current)

     12,850         —           —           12,850   

Restricted cash (noncurrent)

     8,108         —           —           8,108   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

   $ 32,296       $ —         $ —         $ 32,296   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

At May 31, 2012, the fair value of the Company’s Series 2011-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes, Class A-2 (the “2011 Fixed Rate Notes”) was estimated at $510.0 million versus a carrying value of $485.7 million, including accrued interest. At August 31, 2011, the fair value of the 2011 Fixed Rate Notes approximated the carrying value of $497.0 million, including accrued interest. The fair value of the 2011 Fixed Rate Notes is estimated using Level 2 inputs from market information available for public debt transactions for companies with ratings that are similar to the Company’s ratings and from information gathered from brokers who trade in the Company’s notes.

9. Segment Information

Operating segments are generally defined as components of an enterprise for which separate discrete financial information is available as the basis for management to allocate resources and assess performance.

Based on internal reporting and management structure, the Company has two reportable segments: Company Drive-Ins and Franchise Operations. The Company Drive-Ins segment consists of the drive-in operations in which the Company owns a controlling ownership interest and derives its revenues from operating drive-in restaurants. The Franchise Operations segment consists of franchising activities and derives its revenues from royalties, initial franchise fees and lease revenues received from franchisees. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Segment information for total assets and capital expenditures is not presented as such information is not used in measuring segment performance or allocating resources between segments.

 

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SONIC CORP.

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS-(continued)

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents the revenues and income from operations for each reportable segment, along with reconciliation to reported revenue and income from operations:

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
     2012     2011     2012     2011  

Revenues:

        

Company Drive-Ins

   $ 110,070      $ 113,745      $ 294,037      $ 297,454   

Franchise Operations

     37,857        37,038        95,436        94,268   

Unallocated revenues

     1,500        1,315        3,317        3,045   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 
   $ 149,427      $ 152,098      $ 392,790      $ 394,767   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from Operations:

        

Company Drive-Ins

   $ 18,670      $ 17,734      $ 38,764      $ 38,389   

Franchise Operations

     37,857        37,038        95,436        94,268   

Unallocated income

     1,651        1,295        3,930        3,300   

Unallocated expenses:

        

Selling, general and administrative

     (16,951     (17,212     (48,452     (48,778

Depreciation and amortization

     (10,288     (10,139     (31,264     (30,806

Provision for impairment of long-lived assets

     (203     (49     (376     (313
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from Operations

   $ 30,736      $ 28,667      $ 58,038      $ 56,060   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

In the Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, unless the context otherwise requires, the terms “Sonic Corp.,” “the Company,” “we,” “us,” and “our” refer to Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries.

Overview

Sales momentum for the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012 continued to improve, particularly considering the strong prior-year same-store sales results. System-wide same-store sales increased 2.8% during the third quarter and 2.2% during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 3.9% and 0.9%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Same-store sales at Company Drive-Ins increased by 3.7% for the third quarter and 2.3% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to increases of 6.5% and 2.4%, respectively, for the same periods last year. We believe the initiatives we have implemented over the last few years, including product quality improvements and a greater emphasis on personalized service, have set a solid foundation for growth which is reflected in our operating results.

Revenues decreased to $149.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 from $152.1 million for the same period last year and decreased to $392.8 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $394.8 million for the same period last year. The decrease in revenues was primarily related to a decline in sales resulting from the refranchising of 34 Company Drive-Ins during the second fiscal quarter of 2012, partially offset by an increase in same-store sales. Restaurant margins at Company Drive-Ins improved by 140 basis points during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and improved by 30 basis points during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, reflecting the leverage of positive same-store sales as well as moderating commodity cost inflation.

Third quarter results for fiscal year 2012 reflected net income of $14.4 million or $0.24 per diluted share as compared to a net loss of $4.7 million or $0.08 per diluted share for the same period last year, which included a $17.8 million after-tax loss or $0.29 per diluted share from early extinguishment of debt. Net income and diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 were $21.6 million and $0.36, respectively, as compared to net income of $6.9 million and $0.11 per diluted share for the same period last year. Excluding a $1.1 million tax benefit recognized during the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 relating to the favorable settlement of state tax matters and a $14.4 million after-tax net loss on the early extinguishment of debt recognized during the first nine months of fiscal year 2011, net income and diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 were $20.3 million and $0.33, respectively.

The following non-GAAP adjustments are intended to supplement the presentation of the Company’s financial results in accordance with GAAP. We believe the exclusion of these items in evaluating the change in net income (loss) and diluted earnings per share for the periods below provides useful information to investors and management regarding the underlying business trends and the performance of our ongoing operations and is helpful for period-to-period and company-to-company comparisons, which management believes will assist investors in analyzing the financial results for the Company and predicting future performance.

 

     Three Months Ended
May  31, 2012
     Three Months Ended
May 31, 2011
 
     Net
Income
     Diluted
EPS
     Net
Income
(Loss)
    Diluted
EPS
 

Reported – GAAP

   $ 14,407       $ 0.24       $ (4,651   $ (0.08

After-tax loss from early extinguishment of debt

     —           —           17,760        0.29   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted - Non-GAAP

   $ 14,407       $ 0.24       $ 13,109      $ 0.21   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

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     Nine Months Ended
May 31, 2012
     Nine Months Ended
May 31, 2011
 
     Net
Income
     Diluted
EPS
     Net
Income
    Diluted
EPS
 

Reported – GAAP

   $ 21,583       $ 0.36       $ 6,939      $ 0.11   

After-tax net loss from early extinguishment of debt

     —           —           14,439        0.24   

Tax benefit from favorable tax settlement

     —           —           (1,073     (0.02
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted – Non-GAAP

   $ 21,583       $ 0.36       $ 20,305      $ 0.33   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

 

The following table provides information regarding the number of Company Drive-Ins and Franchise Drive-Ins operating as of the end of the periods indicated as well as the system-wide change in sales and average unit volume. System-wide information includes both Company Drive-In and Franchise Drive-In information, which we believe is useful in analyzing the growth of the brand as well as the Company’s revenues, since franchisees pay royalties based on a percentage of sales.

System-wide Performance

($ in thousands)

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
         2012             2011             2012             2011      

Percentage increase in sales

     2.4     4.7     2.9     1.3

System-wide drive-ins in operation(1):

        

Total at beginning of period

     3,550        3,555        3,561        3,572   

Opened

     7        12        19        26   

Closed (net of re-openings)

     (7     (8     (30     (39
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total at end of period

     3,550        3,559        3,550        3,559   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average sales per drive-in:

   $ 294      $ 287      $ 768      $ 747   

Change in same-store sales(2):

     2.8     3.9     2.2     0.9

 

(1) Drive-ins that are temporarily closed for various reasons (repairs, remodeling, relocations, etc.) are not considered closed unless the Company determines that they are unlikely to reopen within a reasonable time.
(2) Represents percentage change for drive-ins open for a minimum of 15 months.

The following table provides information regarding drive-in development across the system.

 

     Three months ended      Nine months ended  
     May 31,      May 31,  
         2012              2011              2012              2011      

New drive-ins:

           

Company

                               

Franchise

     7         12         19         26   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

System-wide

     7         12         19         26   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Rebuilds/relocations:

           

Company

     1                 1         2   

Franchise

     5         4         14         11   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

System-wide

     6         4         15         13   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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Results of Operations

Revenues. The following table sets forth the components of revenue for the reported periods and the relative change between the comparable periods.

Revenues

($ in thousands)

 

     Three months ended            Percent  
     May 31,      Increase     Increase  
     2012      2011      (Decrease)     (Decrease)  

Revenues:

          

Company Drive-In sales

   $ 110,070       $ 113,745       $ (3,675     (3.2 %) 

Franchise Drive-Ins:

          

Franchise royalties

     35,599         34,825         774        2.2   

Franchise fees

     202         385         (183     (47.5

Lease revenue

     2,056         1,828         228        12.5   

Other

     1,500         1,315         185        14.1   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total revenues

   $ 149,427       $ 152,098       $ (2,671     (1.8 %) 
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

     Nine months ended            Percent  
     May 31,      Increase     Increase  
     2012      2011      (Decrease)     (Decrease)  

Revenues:

          

Company Drive-In sales

   $ 294,037       $ 297,454       $ (3,417     (1.1 %) 

Franchise Drive-Ins:

          

Franchise royalties

     89,980         88,650         1,330        1.5   

Franchise fees

     851         1,271         (420     (33.0

Lease revenue

     4,605         4,347         258        5.9   

Other

     3,317         3,045         272        8.9   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

Total revenues

   $ 392,790       $ 394,767       $ (1,977     (0.5 %) 
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

   

The following table reflects the changes in sales and same-store sales at Company Drive-Ins. It also presents information about average unit volumes and the number of Company Drive-Ins, which is useful in analyzing the growth of Company Drive-In sales.

Company Drive-In Sales

($ in thousands)

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
   May 31,     May 31,  
       2012             2011             2012             2011      

Company Drive-In sales

   $ 110,070      $ 113,745      $ 294,037      $ 297,454   

Percentage (decrease) increase

     (3.2 %)      4.6     (1.1 %)      (0.5 %) 

Company Drive-Ins in operation(1):

        

Total at beginning of period

     412        451        446        455   

Sold to franchisees

     (1     (4     (35     (6

Closed (net of re-openings)

     (2     (2     (2     (4
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total at end of period

     409        445        409        445   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Average sales per Company Drive-in

   $ 268      $ 256      $ 688      $ 665   

Percentage increase

     4.7     7.6     3.5     3.6

Change in same-store sales(2)

     3.7     6.5     2.3     2.4

 

(1) Drive-ins that are temporarily closed for various reasons (repairs, remodeling, relocations, etc.) are not considered closed unless the Company determines that they are unlikely to reopen within a reasonable time.
(2) Represents percentage change for drive-ins open for a minimum of 15 months.

 

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Same-store sales for Company Drive-Ins increased 3.7% for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and 2.3% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 6.5% and 2.4%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Company Drive-In sales decreased $3.7 million and $3.4 million during the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012, respectively, as compared to the same periods last year. The quarter-to-date decrease was primarily driven by a $7.8 million decrease in sales caused by the refranchising of drive-ins during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 and during fiscal year 2011 partially offset by a $3.7 million improvement in same-store sales. The year-to-date decrease was primarily attributable to a $10.7 million decrease in sales caused by the refranchising of drive-ins discussed earlier and a $2.0 million decrease related to drive-ins that were closed during or subsequent to the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 partially offset by a $6.5 million improvement in same-store sales and $2.9 million of incremental sales from new drive-in openings during fiscal year 2011.

The following table reflects the change in franchising revenues (franchise royalties, franchise fees and lease revenues) as well as franchise sales, average unit volumes and the number of Franchise Drive-Ins. While we do not record Franchise Drive-In sales as revenues, we believe this information is important in understanding our financial performance since these sales are the basis on which we calculate and record franchise royalties. This information is also indicative of the financial health of our franchisees.

Franchise Information

($ in thousands)

 

     Three months ended     Nine months ended  
     May 31,     May 31,  
         2012             2011             2012             2011      

Franchising revenues(1)

   $ 37,857      $ 37,038      $ 95,436      $ 94,268   

Percentage increase

     2.2     3.1     1.2     0.7

Franchise Drive-Ins in operation(2):

        

Total at beginning of period

     3,138        3,104        3,115        3,117   

Opened

     7        12        19        26   

Acquired from company

     1        4        35        6   

Closed (net of re-openings)

     (5     (6     (28     (35
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total at end of period

     3,141        3,114        3,141        3,114   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Franchise Drive-In sales

   $ 934,449      $ 906,401      $ 2,431,649      $ 2,352,065   

Percentage change

     3.1     4.7     3.4     1.6

Effective royalty rate

     3.81     3.84     3.70     3.77

Average sales per Franchise Drive-In

   $ 298      $ 292      $ 779      $ 760   

Change in same-store sales(3)

     2.7     3.6     2.2     0.8

 

(1) Consists of revenues derived from franchising activities, including royalties, franchise fees and lease revenues. See Revenue Recognition Related to Franchise Fees and Royalties in the Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates section of Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2011.
(2) Drive-ins that are temporarily closed for various reasons (repairs, remodeling, relocations, etc.) are not considered closed unless the Company determines that they are unlikely to reopen within a reasonable time.
(3) Represents percentage change for drive-ins open for a minimum of 15 months.

Same-store sales for Franchise Drive-Ins increased 2.7% for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and 2.2% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to increases of 3.6% and 0.8%, respectively, for the same periods last year. Franchising revenues increased $0.8 million, or 2.2%, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and $1.2 million, or 1.2%, for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to the same periods last year. The increase in franchising revenues was primarily driven by an increase in franchise royalties, partially offset by a decrease in franchise fees. The increase in franchise royalties was primarily attributable to an increase in same-store sales, and incremental royalties from newly constructed and refranchised drive-ins, partially offset by a lower effective royalty rate stemming from a temporary reduction in royalty rates from various development incentives and certain franchisee restructuring efforts.

 

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Operating Expenses. The following table presents the overall costs of drive-in operations as a percentage of Company Drive-In sales. Other operating expenses include direct operating costs such as marketing, telephone and utilities, repair and maintenance, rent, property tax and other controllable expenses.

Company Drive-In Margins

 

     Three months ended     Percentage points  
     May 31,    
         2012             2011         (Decrease)  

Costs and expenses(1):

      

Company Drive-Ins:

      

Food and packaging

     27.8     28.1     (0.3

Payroll and other employee benefits(2)

     35.0        35.6        (0.6

Other operating expenses

     20.2        20.7        (0.5
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of sales

     83.0     84.4     (1.4
     Nine months ended     Percentage points  
     May 31,     Increase  
     2012     2011     (Decrease)  

Costs and expenses(1):

      

Company Drive-Ins:

      

Food and packaging

     28.2     28.1     0.1   

Payroll and other employee benefits(2)

     36.2        36.5        (0.3

Other operating expenses

     22.4        22.5        (0.1
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cost of sales

     86.8     87.1     (0.3

 

(1) Calculated as a percentage of Company Drive-In Sales.
(2) Effective April 1, 2010, we revised our compensation program at the Company Drive-In level. As a result of these changes, noncontrolling interests are immaterial for the periods presented and have been included in payroll and other employee benefits.

Restaurant-level margins improved by 140 basis points during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and by 30 basis points during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, reflecting leverage from improved same-store sales. Food and packaging costs improved by 30 basis points during the quarter and remained relatively flat during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, which was a combination of moderating commodity cost inflation, effective inventory management and moderate price increases taken over the preceding twelve months. Payroll and other employee benefits as well as other operating expenses improved by a combined 110 basis points during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and improved by a combined 40 basis points during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, primarily as a result of leverage from improved sales.

Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”). SG&A expenses decreased by $0.3 million for both the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012, as compared to the same periods last year, which was largely attributable to declines in bad debt expense due to improved sales and profitability at Franchise Drive-Ins.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense remained relatively flat for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 increasing by $0.1 million to $10.3 million and increased by $0.5 million to $31.3 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to the same periods last year. Of the $0.5 million year-to-date increase, approximately $0.3 million was attributable to the amortization of intellectual property acquired during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012 relating to a point-of-sale system that is used by a majority of the Sonic system.

 

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Net Interest Expense. Net interest expense decreased in the third quarter and first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to the same periods last year primarily as a result of a $28.2 million loss from the early extinguishment of debt related to the refinancing of our previously outstanding debt in May 2011. In addition, net interest expense for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011 includes a $5.2 million gain from the early extinguishment of debt in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Excluding the early extinguishments of debt, net interest expense decreased $0.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 and $0.6 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012. The decrease in net interest expense relates to a decline in debt partially offset by a higher weighted average interest rate. See “Liquidity and Sources of Capital” and “Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” below for additional information on factors that could impact interest expense.

Income Taxes. The provision for income taxes reflects an effective tax rate of 37.6% for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 as compared to 37.1% for the same period in 2011. Our effective income tax rate increased to 37.8% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from 24.0% for the first nine months of fiscal year 2011. The higher effective income tax rate for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 was primarily attributable to a $1.1 million decrease in our liability for unrecognized tax benefits resulting from the settlement of state tax audits during the first quarter of fiscal year 2011 and the expiration of tax credit programs during the second quarter of fiscal year 2012. Our tax rate may continue to vary significantly from quarter to quarter depending on the timing of stock option exercises and dispositions by option-holders, changes in tax credit legislation, changes to uncertain tax positions, and as circumstances on other tax matters change.

Financial Position

Total assets decreased $13.0 million, or 1.9%, to $666.7 million during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $679.7 million at the end of fiscal year 2011. This decrease was primarily attributable to a $19.9 million decrease in net property, equipment and capital leases resulting primarily from depreciation during the year partially offset by capital additions. The $4.5 million increase in current assets during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 was primarily related to an increase in cash as a result of improved sales.

Total liabilities decreased $10.2 million, or 1.6%, to $617.8 million during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $628.0 million at the end of fiscal year 2011. This decrease was primarily attributable to scheduled debt principal repayments of $11.3 million during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012.

Total stockholders’ equity decreased $2.8 million, or 5.4%, to $48.9 million during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $51.7 million at the end of fiscal year 2011. This decrease was attributable to $25.5 million in purchases of common stock under our stock repurchase program during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012. These purchases were partially offset by current year earnings of $21.6 million.

Liquidity and Sources of Capital

Operating Cash Flows. Net cash provided by operating activities increased $15.7 million to $63.9 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to $48.2 million for the same period in fiscal year 2011. This increase primarily relates to an improvement in same-store sales and profitability as well as changes in restricted cash.

Investing Cash Flows. Cash used in investing activities during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 increased slightly to $12.2 million compared to $10.7 million for the same period in fiscal year 2011. During the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, we used $12.9 million of cash for purchases of property and equipment as outlined in the table below as well as $3.4 million of cash to purchase intellectual property related to a point-of-sale system that is used by a majority of the Sonic system. These cash outflows were partially offset by $8.6 million in proceeds primarily related to the sale of operations and a portion of the real estate for 34 Company Drive-Ins. The balance of the change relates to an increase in notes receivable and other investments. The following table sets forth the components of our investments in capital additions for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 (in millions):

 

Replacement equipment and technology for existing drive-ins and other

   $ 6.5   

Corporate technology investments

     3.7   

Rebuilds, relocations and remodels of existing drive-ins

     2.5   

New Company Drive-Ins, including drive-ins under construction

     0.2   
  

 

 

 

Total investing cash flows for capital additions

   $ 12.9   
  

 

 

 

 

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Financing Cash Flows. Net cash used in financing activities decreased $45.2 million to $39.6 million for the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 from $84.8 million for the same period in fiscal year 2011. Approximately $39.9 million of the change relates to a decrease in debt extinguishment costs incurred in connection with the refinancing of our previously outstanding debt during the third quarter of fiscal year 2011. In addition, approximately $39.0 million of the decrease relates to a reduction in debt payments during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 as compared to the same period last year, primarily due to lower mandatory principal payments under our new financing. These decreases were partially offset by the use of $25.5 million of cash during the first nine months of fiscal year 2012 to purchase outstanding common stock under our stock repurchase program as discussed below, and by changes in restricted cash related to our new debt obligations.

On October 13, 2011, our Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program. Under the stock repurchase program, we were authorized to purchase up to $30.0 million of our outstanding shares of common stock through August 31, 2012. During the first nine months of fiscal year 2012, approximately 3.5 million shares were acquired pursuant to this program for a total cost of $25.5 million. As of May 31, 2012, the total remaining amount authorized for repurchase was $4.5 million. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, we purchased the remaining amount authorized and completed our stock repurchase program.

As of May 31, 2012, our total cash balance of $60.0 million ($41.7 million of unrestricted and $18.3 million of restricted cash balances) reflected the impact of the cash generated from operating activities, cash used for stock repurchases and capital expenditures mentioned above. In addition, we expect refunds from amended tax returns of approximately $10 million to be received during fiscal year 2013. We believe that existing cash, funds generated from operations and the $100 million available under our Series 2011-1 Senior Secured Variable Funding Notes, Class A-1, will meet our needs for the foreseeable future.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Critical accounting policies are those the Company believes are most important to portraying its financial conditions and results of operations and also require the greatest amount of subjective or complex judgments by management. Judgments and uncertainties regarding the application of these policies may result in materially different amounts being reported under various conditions or using different assumptions. There have been no material changes to the critical accounting policies previously disclosed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011.

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

Sonic’s use of debt directly exposes the Company to interest rate risk. Fixed rate debt, where the interest rate is fixed over the life of the instrument, exposes the Company to changes in market interest rates reflected in the fair value of the debt and to the risk that the Company may need to refinance maturing debt with new debt at a higher rate. Sonic manages its debt portfolio to achieve an overall desired position of fixed and floating rates. Sonic is also exposed to market risk from changes in commodity prices. Sonic does not utilize financial instruments for trading purposes.

Interest Rate Risk. Our exposure to interest rate risk at May 31, 2012, is primarily based on the Series 2011-1 Senior Secured Fixed Rate Notes, Class A-2 (the “2011 Fixed Rate Notes”) with an effective rate of 5.4%, before amortization of debt-related costs. At May 31, 2012, the fair value of the 2011 Fixed Rate Notes was estimated at $510.0 million versus a carrying value of $485.7 million, including accrued interest. To derive the fair value, management used market information available for public debt transactions for companies with ratings that are similar to our ratings and information gathered from brokers who trade in our notes. Management believes this fair value is a reasonable estimate. Should interest rates and/or credit spreads increase or decrease by one percentage point, the estimated fair value of the 2011 Fixed Rate Notes would decrease or increase by approximately $25 million, respectively. The fair value estimate required significant assumptions by management as there are few restaurant securitized loan transactions occurring in the current market.

For further discussion of our exposure to market risk, refer to Part II, Item 7A, “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2011.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

As of the end of the period covered by this report, the Company carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with the participation of the Company’s management, including the Company’s Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-14 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934). Based upon that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were designed at the reasonable assurance level. There were no significant changes in the Company’s internal controls or in other factors that could significantly affect these controls subsequent to the date of their evaluation.

PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

The Company is involved in various legal proceedings and has certain unresolved claims pending. Based on the information currently available, management believes that all claims currently pending are either covered by insurance or would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, operating results or financial condition.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

There has been no material change in the risk factors set forth in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended August 31, 2011.

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds

(c) Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Shares repurchased during the third quarter of fiscal 2012 are as follows (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

Period

   Total
Number
of Shares
Purchased
     Average
Price
Paid per
Share
     Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased as
Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
     Maximum
Dollar Value
that May
Yet Be
Purchased
Under the
Program(1)
 

March 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012

     —         $ —           —         $ 19,549   

April 1, 2012 through April 30, 2012

     1,036         7.11         1,036         12,183   

May 1, 2012 through May 31, 2012

     1,031         7.48         1,031       $ 4,466   
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

Total

     2,067       $ 7.30         2,067      
  

 

 

       

 

 

    

 

(1) On October 13, 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program. Under the stock repurchase program, the Company was authorized to purchase up to $30.0 million of its outstanding shares of common stock through August 31, 2012. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company purchased the remaining amount authorized and completed its stock repurchase program.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

Exhibits     
10.01    Employment Agreement with James P. O’Reilly dated April 11, 2012
31.01    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14
31.02    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14
32.01    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
32.02    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document(1)
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document(1)
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document(1)
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document(1)
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document(1)
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document(1)

 

(1) XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to liability of that section and shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing or document.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  SONIC CORP.
By:  

/s/ Stephen C. Vaughan

  Stephen C. Vaughan, Executive Vice President
  and Chief Financial Officer

Date: July 6, 2012


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EXHIBIT INDEX

Exhibit Number and Description

 

10.01    Employment Agreement with James P. O’Reilly dated April 11, 2012
31.01    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14
31.02    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to SEC Rule 13a-14
32.01    Certification of Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
32.02    Certification of Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350
101.INS    XBRL Instance Document(1)
101.SCH    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document(1)
101.CAL    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document(1)
101.DEF    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document(1)
101.LAB    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document(1)
101.PRE    XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document(1)

 

(1) 

XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language) information shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to liability of that section and shall not be incorporated by reference into any filing or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing or document.

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