>ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ — Domino’s Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 22, 2009. Net income was up 68% versus the prior year, due primarily to a gain on the extinguishment of debt during the first quarter of 2009. Domestic same store sales were up 1.0% and International same store sales grew 6.6%. The International division continued its strong performance, posting its 61st consecutive quarter of same store sales growth.
Diluted EPS was $0.41 on an as-reported basis for the first quarter, up $0.18 from the as-reported prior year period, due primarily to a gain on the extinguishment of debt. However, excluding items affecting comparability from the prior year period, diluted EPS declined $0.01, primarily due to the negative impact of foreign currency exchange rates on our international royalty revenues, offset in part by improvements in operating performance in our business units. (See the Items Affecting Comparability section and the Comments on Regulation G section.)
Global Retail Sales were down 4.6% in the first quarter, or up 5.6% when excluding the impact of foreign currency conversions.