Cracker Barrel raises FY17 EPS view to $8.10-$8.25, consensus $8.13
Sees FY17 revenue $2.95B-$3B, consensus $2.99B. Reflecting the expected opening of eight or nine new Cracker Barrel stores and four or five new Holler & Dash Biscuit House restaurants, and projected comparable store restaurant sales in the range of 1.0% to 2.0% and comparable store retail sales of approximately -1.0%. The Company now expects food commodity deflation in the range of 3.0% to 4.0% for the year. The Company now projects an operating income margin of approximately 10.0% of total revenue for fiscal 2017. The Company expects depreciation expense between $85 million and $87 million; net interest expense of approximately $15 million; and capital expenditures of approximately $125 million. The Company now anticipates an effective tax rate for fiscal 2017 of approximately 32%.