>CKE Restaurants, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2009 Net Income of $37.0 Million, an 18.9 Percent Increase over Prior Year

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>Fiscal 2009 Financial Highlights
The Company increased its income from continuing operations $1.9 million to $37.0 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, versus $35.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted share, in the prior year.

The Company increased its net income $5.9 million to $37.0 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, versus $31.1 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, in the prior year.

The Company recorded $9.0 million in interest expense resulting from mark-to-market adjustments related to our interest rate swap agreements versus $11.4 million in the prior year. Absent these adjustments, diluted earnings per share in fiscal 2009 would have been $0.79 versus $0.62 in the prior year.

Company-operated restaurants increased their blended same-store sales 1.7 percent. Carl’s Jr.® and Hardee’s® company-operated restaurants increased their same-store sales 2.1 and 1.2 percent, respectively.

Company-operated restaurants increased their blended average unit volume for the trailing-13 periods to $1,232,000. Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s company-operated restaurants increased their average unit volumes to $1,528,000 and $993,000, respectively, for the trailing-13 periods.

The Company increased earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, facility action charges and share-based compensation expense (“Adjusted EBITDA”) by $2.3 million, to $167.3 million, versus $164.9 million in the prior year.

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