The company announced that to date it has repurchased $525.0 million of its stock since the inception of the repurchase program in 1999. As of March 26, 2006, the company had approximately 34.0 million shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis (approximately 32.8 million actual shares outstanding).
"Our strong cash flow and conservative balance sheet allow us the opportunity to continue 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 investments to help drive international growth in selected markets and investments in our systems infrastructure," said Papa John's president and chief executive officer, Nigel Travis. "Additionally, a portion of the funding for the increased stock repurchase authorization is expected to come from the proceeds of recent and expected future stock option exercises."
As of March 26, 2006 Papa John's had 2,924 restaurants (509 company-owned and 2,415 franchised) operating in 49 states and 22 countries. 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.