California Pizza Kitchen, Inc. (Nasdaq: CPKI) yesterday reported revenues and earnings for the first quarter ended April 1, 2001. Highlights for the quarter compared to the same quarter for the prior year were as follows:
  • Total revenues up 18% to $57.0 million
  • Operating income before pre-opening up 26% to $5.3 million compared to pro-forma operating income before pre-opening in the first quarter of 2000
  • Net income up 26% to $3.3 million compared to pro-forma net income for the first quarter of 2000
  • Fully diluted net income per share up 29% to $.18, compared to pro-forma diluted net income per share for the first quarter of 2000
  • Comparable restaurant sales up 6.3%

"I am particularly pleased with the increase in same store sales of 6.3% for the first quarter of 2001," said Fred Hipp, CEO and President. "We achieved this same store sales increase despite a much colder and wetter winter than in the past year. Additionally, the investments we have made in personnel and systems have allowed us to leverage our same store sales into better operating margins despite higher energy costs this year compared to the prior year," added Hipp.

Average weekly sales for the Company's full service restaurants increased 4.5% to $53,996 in the first quarter of fiscal 2001 from $51,692 for the same quarter last year.

During the first quarter, the Company opened one new full service restaurant (Town Center Corte Madera in Northern California). The Company plans to open five new full service restaurants in the second quarter, of which two have already opened (Creve Couer, Missouri and Santa Clara, Northern California). The remaining three restaurants for the second quarter are all under construction. For fiscal 2001, the Company plans to open a minimum of 14 new restaurants.

California Pizza Kitchen, Inc., founded in 1985, is a leading casual dining chain in the premium pizza segment. The Company's full service restaurants feature an imaginative line of innovative hearth-baked pizzas, including the original BBQ Chicken Pizza, and a broad selection of distinctive pastas, salads, soups, and sandwiches. The average guest check is approximately $10.85. The chain operates, licenses or franchises 115 restaurants of which 85 are company-owned and 30 operate under franchise or license agreements. The Company also has a strategic alliance with Kraft Pizza Company to manufacture and distribute a line of California Pizza Kitchen premium frozen pizzas.

California Pizza Kitchen can be found on the World Wide Web at www.cpk.com.

This press release includes certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and, therefore, undue reliance should not be placed on them. Forward-looking statements can be affected by inaccurate assumptions or by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. Our actual results may differ materially from the expectations referred to herein. Among the key factors that may have a direct bearing on our operating results, performance and financial condition are the execution of our expansion strategy, the continued availability of qualified employees, the maintenance of reasonable food and supply costs and numerous other matters discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. California Pizza Kitchen undertakes no obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

                       California Pizza Kitchen
     Selected Unaudited Consolidated Financial and Operating Data
    (Dollars in thousands, except for per share and operating data)

                                                  Quarter Ended
                                             April 1,         April 2,
                                               2001             2000

Statement of Operations Data
Revenues
  Restaurant sales                            $56,376         $47,711
  Franchise and other revenues                    651             555
   Total revenues                              57,027          48,266

Restaurant costs and expenses
  Cost of sales                                13,797          11,799
  Labor                                        20,299          17,086
  Direct operating and occupancy               11,257           9,582
   Total restaurant operating costs            45,353          38,467

  General and administrative                    3,669           3,550
  Depreciation and amortization                 2,740           2,289
  Pre-opening                                     392             136
  Loss on impairment of property
   and equipment and store closures                --           1,839
Operating income                                4,873           1,985

Other income (expense)
  Interest income (expense)                       216            (761)
   Total other income (expense), net              216            (761)

Income before income tax provision              5,089           1,224
Income tax provision                           (1,781)           (428)
Net income                                      3,308             796
Redeemable preferred stock accretion               --          (1,458)
Net income (loss) attributable to
  common shareholders                         $ 3,308          $ (662)
Net income (loss) per common share
  Basic                                        $ 0.18         $ (0.06)
  Diluted                                      $ 0.18         $ (0.06)
Shares used in computing net income
 (loss) per common share (in
 thousands)
  Basic                                        18,137          10,897
  Diluted                                      18,572          11,216


Pro Forma Data
Net income attributable to common
  shareholders (a)                             $3,308          $2,632
Net income per common share
  Basic                                        $ 0.18          $ 0.15
  Diluted                                      $ 0.18          $ 0.14
Shares used in computing net income
 per common share (in thousands) (b)
  Basic                                        18,137          17,876
  Diluted                                      18,572          18,207

Operating Data
System-wide restaurants open at end
 of quarter                                       113              97
Company-owned restaurants open at
 end of quarter                                    83              71
Average weekly company-owned full
 service restaurant sales for the
 quarter                                      $53,996         $51,692
Comparable company-owned restaurant
 sales increase                                   6.3%            6.8%


                                                  Quarter Ended
                                             April 1,         April 2,
                                               2001            2000
Statement of Operations Data
Revenues
  Restaurant sales                              98.9%           98.9%
  Franchise and other revenues                   1.1             1.1
    Total revenues                             100.0           100.0

Restaurant costs and expenses (c)
  Cost of sales                                 24.5            24.7
  Labor                                         36.0            35.8
  Direct operating and occupancy                20.0            20.1
    Total restaurant operating costs            80.4            80.6

  General and administrative                     6.4             7.4
  Depreciation and amortization                  4.8             4.7
  Pre-opening                                    0.7             0.3
  Loss on impairment of property
   and equipment and store closures               --             3.8
  Operating income                               8.5             4.1

  Other income (expense)
    Interest income (expense)                    0.4            (1.6)
      Total other income (expense), net          0.4            (1.6)


 Income before income tax provision              8.9             2.5
  Income tax provision                          (3.1)           (0.9)
  Net income                                     5.8%            1.6%


            Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Information
                        (Dollars in thousands)

Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet        April 1,     December 31,
Information                                  2001          2000

Cash and cash equivalents                 $  16,661    $  12,649
Total assets                                123,085      116,977
Total debt, including current portion            37           47
Shareholders' equity                        101,650       92,318

(a)  Pro forma net income attributable to common shareholders for the
     quarter ended April 2, 2000 is the result of the elimination of
     $495,000 of interest expense, net of taxes, related to the
     repayment of bank debt upon the closing of our initial public
     offering, the elimination of compensation expense of $146,000,
     net of taxes, due to the amendment of our co-founders' employment
     agreements, the elimination of $1.2 million, net of taxes,
     related to the write-down of one of our properties in accordance
     with FAS 121 and the elimination of $1.5 million in preferred
     stock accretion upon the conversion of our preferred stock.

(b)  Pro forma share information gives effect, as of the beginning of
     each period, to the sale of 5,300,000 shares of common stock by
     us in our initial public offering, the conversion of all
     outstanding shares of our preferred stock into 1,580,938 shares
     of common stock and our repurchase of 1,000 shares from our
     majority shareholder, both pursuant to a plan of
     recapitalization, and the issuance of 110,696 shares of our
     common stock upon the exercise of options held by our Chief
     Executive Officer and President.

(c)  Percentages are expressed as a percentage of total revenues,
     except for restaurant costs and expenses, which are expressed as
     a percentage of restaurant sales.