Jamba, Inc. Increases Company-Owned Comparable Store Sales Guidance to 4-6%

And Adjusted Operating Profit Margin Guidance to 20-23% for Fiscal Year 2012

EMERYVILLE, Calif. - (BUSINESS WIRE) - May. 21, 2012 - Jamba, Inc. (NASDAQ: JMBA) today announced that it has raised its guidance for company-owned comparable store sales and adjusted operating profit for fiscal year 2012. The Company now expects that company-owned comparable store sales(1) for fiscal year 2012 will be in the range of 4-6%, compared to the previously guided range of 3-4%. The Company is also increasing its guidance for adjusted operating profit margin(2) for fiscal year 2012 to between 20-23% from the previously guided range of 19-22%.

“After a strong first quarter and continued momentum into the second quarter we are raising our guidance for same store sales and adjusted operating profit for the remainder of the year,” said James D. White, Chairman, President and CEO of Jamba, Inc. “Our Blend Plan 2.0 strategic priorities continue to guide us as we focus on making Jamba a top-of-mind healthy food and beverage brand. Our new fresh squeezed juice blends along with increased attachment, the deepening of nutritional expertise available to our consumers and systems to improve productivity in our stores are all contributing to our success.”

The Company maintains its fiscal year 2012 guidance for the following:

Develop 40-50 U.S. locations, plus 10-15 new stores at international locations, all excluding JambaGo™ units;Maintain general and administrative expenses flat, in dollars with fiscal 2011, excluding performance compensation;Deliver CPG licensing revenue of approximately $3 million.

About Jamba, Inc.

Jamba, Inc. is a holding company which owns and franchises, on a global basis, Jamba Juice stores through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Jamba Juice Company. Jamba Juice Company is a leading restaurant retailer of better-for-you specialty beverages and food offerings which include great tasting fruit smoothies, fresh-squeezed juices and juice blends, hot teas, hot oatmeal made with organic steel cut oats, fruit and veggie smoothies, Fit’n FruitfulTM smoothies with Weight Burner BoostTM, Whirl’ns™ Frozen Yogurt, breakfast wraps, sandwiches, California Flatbreads™, and a variety of baked goods and snacks. As of April 3, 2012, there were 773 store locations globally, consisting of 305 Company-owned and operated stores (“Company Stores”) and 444 franchise-operated stores (“Franchise Stores”) in the United States and 24 international stores (“International Stores). As of April 3, 2012, Jamba Juice also had nine license agreements in place covering a variety of consumer packaged goods. Fans of Jamba Juice can find out more about Jamba Juice's locations as well as specific offerings and promotions by visiting the Jamba Juice website at www.JambaJuice.com or by contacting Jamba’s Guest Services team at 1-866-4R-FRUIT (473-7848).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release (including information incorporated or deemed incorporated by reference herein) contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are those involving future events and future results that are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts, and projections as well as the current beliefs and assumptions of the Company’s management. Words such as “outlook”, “believes”, “expects”, “appears”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “anticipates”, or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, are intended to identify such forward looking statements. Any statement that is not a historical fact, including our statements on guidance and any other estimates, projections, future trends and the outcome of events that have not yet occurred, is a forward-looking statement. Forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore actual results may differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to factors discussed under the section entitled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s reports filed with the SEC. Many of such factors relate to events and circumstances that are beyond the Company’s control. You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. The Company does not assume any obligation to update the information contained in this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company provides certain supplemental non-GAAP financial measures to its investors as a complement to the most comparable GAAP measures. The GAAP measure most directly comparable to non-GAAP adjusted operating profit is net income/loss. An explanation and reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to GAAP information is set forth below. The Company believes that providing these non-GAAP measures to its investors, in addition to corresponding GAAP income statement measures, provides investors the benefit of viewing the Company's performance using the same financial metrics that the management team uses in making many key decisions and understanding how the Company's core business operations may perform and may look in the future. The Company’s core business operations comprise company-owned and franchise-operated stores and consumer packaged goods (CPG) licensing operations. The Company believes its core business performance represents the Company's on-going performance in the ordinary course of its operations. Management excludes from the Company’s core business performance those items, such as impairment charges, income taxes, restructuring and severance programs and costs relating to specific major projects which are non-routine, expenses or income from certain legal actions, settlements and related costs, general and administrative expense, including non-cash compensation related to stock and options. Management does not believe these items, including non-cash items, are reflective of the Company's ongoing core operations and accordingly excludes those items from non-GAAP adjusted operating profit and non-GAAP adjusted operating profit margin. Additionally, each non-GAAP measure has historically been presented by the Company as a complement to its most comparable GAAP measure, and the Company believes that the continuation of this practice increases the consistency and comparability of the Company's earnings releases. The non-GAAP adjustments are discussed further below.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Footnotes

(1) Comparable store sales are calculated using sales of Jamba Juice stores open at least thirteen full fiscal periods. Company-owned comparable store sales percentages are based on sales from company-owned stores included in our store base. Company-owned stores that were sold in refranchising transactions are included in the stores base for each accounting period of the fiscal quarter to the extent the sale is consummated at least three days prior to the end of such accounting period, but only for the days such stores have been company-owned. Thereafter, such stores are excluded from the store base until such stores have been franchise-operated for at least one full fiscal period, at which point such stores are included in the store base and compared to sales in the comparable period of the prior year. Comparable store sales exclude closed locations. Company-owned comparable store sales percentages as used herein, may not be equivalent to company-owned comparable store sales as defined or used by other companies. Management reviews the increase or decrease in company-owned comparable store sales compared with the same period in the prior year to assess business trends and make certain business decisions. The Company believes the data is useful in assessing the overall performance of the Jamba brand and, ultimately, the performance of the Company, the company-owned stores.

(2) Non-GAAP adjusted operating profit is calculated as net loss as determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the items described below and as specifically identified in the non-GAAP reconciliation schedules set forth below. Non-GAAP adjusted operating profit margin is calculated as non-GAAP adjusted operating profit as a percentage of GAAP total revenue. The Company evaluates its performance using non-GAAP adjusted operating profit margin to assess the Company's historical and prospective operating financial performance, as well as its core operating performance relative to its competitors. Specifically, management uses these non-GAAP measures to further understand the Company's core business operating performance. The Company believes its core business operating performance represents the Company's on-going performance in the ordinary course of its core operations. Accordingly, the Company excludes from its core operating performance those items whose impact are not reflective of its core operations such as (a) interest income, (b) interest expense, (c) income taxes, (d) depreciation and amortization, (e) impairment of long-lived assets, (f) other operating, net, and (g) general and administrative expenses. The definition of adjusted operating profit margin is the same definition previously used by the Company to define operating profit margin in its 2011 outlook.

Source: Jamba, Inc.

Contact:

ICR

Don Duffy
203-682-8200
investors@jambajuice.com

 

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