The company announced that to date it has repurchased $573.4 million of its stock since the inception of the repurchase program in 1999. As of October 22, 2006, the company had approximately 32.6 million shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis (approximately 32.0 million actual shares outstanding).
"Our continued strong cash flow and conservative balance sheet allow us the opportunity to expand our stock repurchase program without limiting our ability to invest in the growth of our business, including the building or purchase of additional company-owned restaurants, potential capital investment to help drive international growth in selected markets and investments in our systems infrastructure," said Papa John's President and CEO Nigel Travis. "Additionally, a portion of the funding for the increased stock repurchase authorization is expected to come from the proceeds of future stock option exercises."
As of October 22, 2006, Papa John's had 2,986 restaurants (577 company-owned and 2,409 franchised) operating in 49 states and 25 countries. For more information about the company, please visit http://www.papajohns.com.
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