"I'm pleased that our momentum from the second half of 2004 has carried into 2005," said Founder and Chairman of the Board, John Schnatter. "Running 2.0% positive in January is especially strong considering we were comping against very strong sales results last January."
The company also announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase to $450 million in the amount of the company's common stock that may be repurchased by the company from time to time through December 25, 2005. The authorization includes both open market purchases as well as private transactions.
The company announced that to date it has repurchased $424.9 million under the repurchase program. After such repurchases, the company has approximately 16.8 million shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis (approximately 16.6 million actual shares outstanding).
As of January 23, 2005, Papa John's had 2,825 restaurants (570 company-owned and 2,255 franchised) operating in 49 states and 20 international markets. Papa John's also franchises 117 Perfect Pizza restaurants in the United Kingdom. For more information about the company, visit Papa John's at http://www.papajohns.com.
CONTACT: Papa John's International, Inc.
David Flanery, 502-261-4753
SOURCE: Papa John's International, Inc.