EXHIBIT 99.1


 




Contact: Mexican Restaurants, Inc.
Andrew J. Dennard
832-300-5858


 
 
Mexican Restaurants, Inc.
Announces Fiscal Year-End Results
(NASDAQ:  CASA)

Houston, Texas (March 29, 2010)    For the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, Mexican Restaurants reported a net loss of $848,699 or ($0.26) per diluted share. This compared with a net loss of $3,987,011 or ($1.22) per diluted share for fiscal year 2008.  For the fourth quarter ended January 3, 2010, the Company reported a net loss of $588,001 or ($0.18) per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $3,917,026 or ($1.20) per diluted share for the same quarter in fiscal year 2008.  During the fourth quarter ended January 3, 2010, the Company recorded $190,000 of severance expense as part of staff reductions.  During the 2008 fourth quarter, the Company recorded a goodwill impairment of approximately $5.1 million, and a resulting approximate $1.3 million tax benefit.

The Company’s revenues for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010 were down $1.8 million or 2.5% to $72.0 million compared with fiscal year 2008.  Restaurant sales for fiscal year 2009 decreased $1.76 million or 2.4% to $71.3 million compared with fiscal year 2008.  For the fiscal year ended January 3, 2010, Company-owned same-restaurant sales decreased approximately 8.6%, or $6.2 million.  Offsetting the decline in same-restaurant sales was the 53rd week of sales, which added $1.3 million of restaurant revenue to fiscal year 2009, new restaurant sales of $1.4 million and approximately $2.0 million in revenue from restaurants that were temporarily closed in fiscal year 2008 because of two restaurant fires and Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.   Franchised-owned restaurant sales, as reported by franchisees, decreased approximately 3.7% over the same period in 2008 (franchise sales are accounted for by calendar months).  The franchised-owned sales were not adjusted for sales that were lost due to Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in fiscal year 2008.

Commenting on the Company’s fiscal year 2009 results, Curt Glowacki, Chief Executive Officer, stated “Fiscal year 2009 was a challenging year for our Company.  Due to the economic recession, same-store sales dropped precipitously, putting pressure on our margins, especially labor, and forcing us to respond by reducing general and administrative staff.  There were some positive results in 2009.  We experienced improvements in food costs, utilities and group health insurance premiums, all of which helped to mitigate revenue deductions.  As of the end of the fourth quarter, we remained in compliance with all debt covenants.  We do however, continue to remain cautious regarding the economy and consumer spending, and are managing our operations accordingly.”

Mr. Glowacki concluded, “Based on our current economic outlook, we plan to focus our energies on improving existing restaurant same-store sales, growing cash flow, and paying down existing debt.  Although we do not plan to open new Mission Burrito or other brand restaurants in fiscal year 2010, we will continue to work on refining our concepts for future growth.  The timing of that will be dependent on the economy and our Company’s performance.  We continue to focus on the fundamentals of running great restaurants that offer delicious food at very affordable prices while positioning the Company to exit the recession stronger both financially and operationally.  As an example of our current approach, we recently initiated a program where we will retrain the staff of each of our existing restaurants to better ensure that all of our standards for food quality, service and hospitality are being met. The initial consumer response to these efforts has been positive. ”

Mexican Restaurants, Inc. operates and franchises 73 Mexican restaurants.  As of today, the current system includes 55 Company-operated restaurants, 17 franchisee operated restaurants and one licensed restaurant.

Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Such factors include, among others, the following: national, regional or local economic and real estate conditions; growth strategy; dependence on executive officers; geographic concentration; increasing susceptibility to adverse conditions in the region; changes in consumer tastes and eating habits; demographic trends; inclement weather; traffic patterns; the type, number and location of competing restaurants; inflation; increased food, labor and benefit costs; the availability of experienced management and hourly employees; seasonality and the timing of new restaurant openings; changes in governmental regulations; dram shop exposure; and other factors not yet experienced by the Company.  The use of words such as “believes”, “anticipates”, “expects”, “intends” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.  Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made by the Company in this release and in the Company’s most recent Annual Report and Form 10-K , that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect the Company’s business.

 
 

 

Mexican Restaurants, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statements of Operations


   
Unaudited
14-Week
Period Ended
1/3/10
   
Unaudited
13-Week
Period Ended
12/28/2008
   
53-Week
Period Ended
1/3/10
   
52-Week
Period Ended
12/28/2008
 
 Revenues:
                       
 Restaurant sales
  $ 17,035,132     $ 18,442,627     $ 71,252,615     $ 73,008,303  
 Franchise fees, royalties and other
    160,610       127,359       554,439       533,610  
 Business interruption
    --       69,000       210,847       317,717  
      17,195,742       18,638,986       72,017,901       73,859,630  
                                 
 Costs and expenses:
                               
 Cost of sales
    4,935,950       5,383,245       20,411,454       21,094,712  
 Labor
    5,721,478       6,032,346       23,730,414       23,779,049  
 Restaurant operating expenses
    4,175,260       4,354,353       17,899,872       18,102,487  
 General and administrative
    1,634,602       1,732,137       6,483,391       7,182,599  
 Depreciation and amortization
    877,851       860,159       3,522,503       3,275,041  
 Pre-opening costs
    --       50,098       21,745       141,219  
 Goodwill impairment
    --       5,130,100       --       5,130,100  
 Impairment and restaurant closure costs
    4,122       220,435       358,291       342,861  
 Loss (gain) on involuntary disposals
    (5,507 )     (551,467 )     20,620       (686,237 )
 Loss on sale of other property and equipment
    7,166       31,191       127,293       204,371  
      17,350,922       23,242,597       72,575,583       78,566,202  
                                 
 Operating loss
    (155,180 )     (4,603,611 )     (557,682 )     (4,706,572 )
                                 
 Other income (expense):
                               
 Interest income
    645       1,109       3,322       5,260  
 Interest expense
    (49,513 )     (102,526 )     (194,493 )     (427,742 )
 Other, net
    4,692       6,673       31,535       34,631  
      (44,176 )     ( 94,744 )     (159,636 )     (387,851 )
                                 
 Loss from continuing operations before income taxes
    (199,356 )     (4,698,355 )     (717,318 )     (5,094,423 )
 Income tax (expense) benefit
    (378,357 )     1,166,838       (71,585 )     1,362,444  
 Loss from continuing operations
    (577,713 )     (3,531,517 )     (788,903 )     (3,731,979 )
                                 
 Discontinued operations:
                               
 Income (loss) from discontinued operations
    --       (108,657 )     36,021       30,189  
 Restaurant closure expense
    (10,288 )     (430,928 )     (201,229 )     (384,702 )
 Gain (loss) on sale of assets
    --       (1,101 )     386,502       (3,176 )
 Income (loss) from discontinued operations before income taxes
    (10,288 )     (540,686 )     221,294       (357,689 )
 Income tax (expense) benefit
    --       155,177       (281,090 )     102,657  
 Loss from discontinued operations
    (10,288 )     (385,509 )     (59,796 )     (255,032 )
                                 
 Net loss
  $ (588,001 )   $ (3,917,026 )   $ (848,699 )   $ (3,987,011 )
                                 
 Basic loss per share
                               
 Loss from continuing operations
  $ (0.18 )   $ (1.08 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (1.15 )
 Loss from discontinued operations
    0.00       (0.12 )     (0.02 )     (0.07 )
 Net loss
  $ (0.18 )   $ (1.20 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (1.22 )
                                 
 Diluted loss per share
                               
 Loss from continuing operations
  $ (0.18 )   $ (1.08 )   $ (0.24 )   $ (1.15 )
 Loss from discontinued operations
    0.00       (0.12 )     (0.02 )     (0.07 )
 Net loss
  $ (0.18 )   $ (1.20 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (1.22 )
                                 
 Weighted average number of shares (basic)
    3,290,865       3,263,440       3,280,152       3,255,503  
                                 
 Weighted average number of shares (diluted)
    3,290,865       3,263,440       3,280,152       3,255,503  
                                 
                                 


 
 


The following information was filed by Mexican Restaurants Inc on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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