Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
Aug 5, 2008

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. and Carrols Corporation Report Financial Results for the Second Quarter 2008

SYRACUSE, N.Y., Aug 05, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: TAST), the parent company of Carrols Corporation, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 29, 2008.

Highlights for the second quarter of 2008 versus the second quarter of 2007 include:

As of June 30, 2008, the Company owned and operated a total of 557 restaurants, including 319 Burger King, 88 Pollo Tropical and 150 Taco Cabana restaurants.

Alan Vituli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. commented, "Soft comparable restaurant sales at both of our Hispanic Brands reflect the economic challenges in Florida affecting Pollo Tropical, competitive conditions in some of our Texas markets impacting Taco Cabana, as well as the broader challenges facing the restaurant industry in general. However, we continue to have strong top-line momentum at Burger King as we experience solid gains in customer traffic at that brand. While we continue to focus on steps to improve customer traffic at our Hispanic Brands, we are also finding it necessary to address escalating commodity and utility costs with additional price increases at all three brands. Overall, we remain confident in the long-term potential of our Hispanic Brands and the stability that our Burger King business brings to our restaurant portfolio in this difficult operating environment."

Second Quarter 2008 Results

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2008 increased 5.1% to $210.7 million from $200.4 million in the second quarter of 2007. During the second quarter of 2008, the Company opened two new Pollo Tropical restaurants and four new Taco Cabana restaurants. The Company also closed three Burger King restaurants.

Revenues from the Company's Hispanic Brands increased 5.1% to $108.8 million in the second quarter of 2008 from $103.5 million in the same period last year. Pollo Tropical revenues increased 6.2% to $45.4 million during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $42.7 million in the second quarter of 2007. This was due primarily to the opening of 12 new Pollo Tropical restaurants since the beginning of the same period in 2007. Comparable restaurant sales at Pollo Tropical increased 0.1% in the second quarter of 2008.

Taco Cabana revenues increased 4.4% to $63.4 million during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $60.8 million in the second quarter of 2007. This was due primarily to the opening of 11 new Taco Cabana restaurants since the beginning of the same period in 2007. Comparable restaurant sales at Taco Cabana decreased 0.6% in the second quarter of 2008.

Burger King revenues increased 5.1% to $101.8 million during the second quarter of 2008 compared to $96.9 million in the second quarter of 2007, despite the closing of eight Burger King restaurants, excluding relocated restaurants, since the beginning of the same period in 2007. Comparable restaurant sales at Burger King increased 5.9% in the second quarter of 2008.

General and administrative expenses were $13.7 million in the second quarter of 2008, or 6.5% of total revenues, compared to $13.3 million, or 6.6% of total revenues, in the second quarter of 2007.

Income from operations was $12.1 million in the second quarter of 2008, or 5.7% of total revenues, compared to $15.4 million, or 7.7% of total revenues, in the second quarter of 2007.

Net income for the second quarter of 2008 was $3.3 million, or $0.15 per diluted share (based upon 21.6 million weighted average diluted shares). This compared to net income for the second quarter of 2007 of $5.1 million, or $0.24 per share (based upon 21.6 million weighted average diluted shares).

Six Month Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2008, total revenues increased 4.6% to $406.4 million from $388.7 million in the same period last year. Net income was $4.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share compared to net income of $6.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2007. Net income in 2007 included an after-tax non-recurring charge from the refinancing of the Company's senior credit facility of $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

Mr. Vituli concluded, "In view of our results in the first half of 2008, along with increasing costs and the challenging environment affecting our industry, we now expect earnings for 2008 to be in the range of $0.65 to $0.70 per diluted share. We are estimating that overall revenues will increase approximately 5% for the year with comparable restaurant sales increasing 4.5% to 5% at our Burger Kings and 0% to 1% at our Hispanic Brands. We believe that an economic turnaround in 2008 is unlikely and that continued pressures on consumer spending will continue to impact financial results in the second half of the year. We remain committed to execute what we believe are the tactics necessary for the short-term, and the growth strategy for the long-term success of our business while maintaining financial stability through the current business cycle. We are focused on strong operational execution combined with targeted advertising and promotions, along with new product introductions to improve customer traffic trends."

"Having refinanced our senior credit facility in early 2007, our capital structure is stable and on terms that are favorable relative to the current credit markets. While we continue to prudently expand our Hispanic brands, we continue to manage our financial leverage and maintain financial stability with a diversified business model that enhances stability and moderates operating risks. We are confident that more favorable times are ahead and remain well positioned to benefit as the broader economic trends improve."

Conference Call Today

The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2008 financial results today at 8:30 AM Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 800-257-1836 or for international callers by dialing 303-262-2130. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 800-405-2236 or for international callers by dialing 303-590-3000; the passcode is 11117680. The replay will be available until Tuesday, August 12, 2008. The call will be webcast live from the Company's website at www.carrols.com, under the investor relations section.

About the Company

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc., operating through its subsidiaries, including Carrols Corporation, is one of the largest restaurant companies in the United States. The Company operates three restaurant brands in the quick-casual and quick-service restaurant segments with 557 company-owned and operated restaurants in 16 states as of June 30, 2008, and 30 franchised restaurants in the United States, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Carrols Restaurant Group owns and operates two Hispanic Brand restaurants, Pollo Tropical and Taco Cabana. It is also the largest Burger King franchisee, based on number of restaurants, and has operated Burger King restaurants since 1976.

Forward-Looking Statements

Except for the historical information contained in this news release, the matters addressed are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements, written, oral or otherwise made, represent the Company's expectation or belief concerning future events. Without limiting the foregoing, these statements are often identified by the words "may," "might," "believes," "thinks," "anticipates," "plans," "expects" or similar expressions. In addition, expressions of our strategies, intentions or plans are also forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect management's current views with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties, both known and unknown. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements as there are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties as included in the Company's and Carrols Corporation's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

                    Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
                Consolidated Statements of Operations
               (in thousands except per share amounts)

                                   (unaudited)         (unaudited)
                                Three Months Ended  Six Months Ended
                                   June 30, (a)       June 30, (a)
                                ------------------ -------------------
                                  2008      2007     2008      2007
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
Revenues:
   Restaurant sales             $210,331  $200,117 $405,724  $387,983
   Franchise royalty revenues
    and fees                         351       332      711       669
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
        Total revenues           210,682   200,449  406,435   388,652
Costs and expenses:
   Cost of sales                  63,943    57,375  121,572   109,669
   Restaurant wages and related
    expenses (b)                  60,763    58,562  119,304   114,510
   Restaurant rent expense        11,568    10,907   23,051    21,586
   Other restaurant operating
    expenses                      31,348    28,534   60,893    56,481
   Advertising expense             9,224     8,449   17,048    16,984
   General and administrative
    expenses (b)                  13,717    13,305   26,712    26,451
   Depreciation and
    amortization                   8,077     7,887   16,099    15,578
   Impairment losses                  81        69      102        69
   Other income                     (119)        -     (119)     (347)
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
        Total costs and
         expenses                198,602   185,088  384,662   360,981
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
Income from operations            12,080    15,361   21,773    27,671
Interest expense                   7,123     7,601   14,557    15,957
Loss (gain) on extinguishment
 of debt (c)                        (180)        -     (180)    1,485
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
Income before income taxes         5,137     7,760    7,396    10,229
   Provision for income taxes      1,880     2,662    2,693     3,554
                                --------- -------- --------- ---------
Net income                      $  3,257  $  5,098   $4,703  $  6,675
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

Basic and diluted net income
 per share                      $   0.15  $   0.24    $0.22  $   0.31
                                ========= ======== ========= =========

Basic weighted average common
 shares outstanding               21,572    21,551   21,572    21,551
Diluted weighted average common
 shares outstanding               21,575    21,565   21,575    21,562

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(a) The Company uses a 52 or 53 week fiscal year that ends on the
     Sunday closest to December 31. For convenience, all references to
     the three and six months ended June 29, 2008 and July 1, 2007 are
     referred to as the three and six months ended June 30, 2008 and
     June 30, 2007, respectively.
(b) Restaurant wages and related expenses include stock-based
     compensation expense of $57 and $39 for the three months ended
     June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and $114 and $76 for the
     six months ended June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively. General
     and administrative expenses include stock-based compensation
     expense of $435 and $315 for the three months ended June 30, 2008
     and 2007, respectively, and $852 and $633 for the six months
     ended June 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
(c) Gain on extinguishment of debt in 2008 is related to the Company's
     open market purchase of $2 million of its 9% senior subordinated
     notes.
(d) The consolidated financial results for Carrols Corporation, the
     sole operating subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.,
     differ from the above by a slight difference in rent expense.
     Consolidated net income for Carrols Corporation for the three
     months ended June 30, 2008 and 2007 was $3,258 and $5,099,
     respectively, and $4,706 and $6,678 for the six months ended June
     30, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial and other restaurant data for the periods indicated (in thousands, except number of restaurants):

                                (unaudited)           (unaudited)
                            Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                 June 30,              June 30,
                           --------------------- ---------------------
                              2008       2007       2008       2007
                           ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
Segment revenues:
 Burger King               $101,842   $ 96,928   $193,006   $185,398
 Pollo Tropical              45,404     42,747     89,736     84,286
 Taco Cabana                 63,436     60,774    123,693    118,968
                           ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
     Total revenues        $210,682   $200,449   $406,435   $388,652
                           ========== ========== ========== ==========
Change in comparable
 restaurant sales: (a)
 Burger King                    5.9%       5.3%       4.9%       3.1%
 Pollo Tropical                 0.1%       1.2%      (0.2)%      0.5%
 Taco Cabana                   (0.6)%     (0.5)%      0.2%      (0.7)%
Segment EBITDA: (b)
 Burger King               $  8,089   $  8,393   $ 13,713   $ 14,219
 Pollo Tropical               6,733      7,254     12,737     14,086
 Taco Cabana                  5,789      8,024     12,371     15,375
Average sales per
 restaurant:
 Burger King               $    317   $    296   $    602   $    567
 Pollo Tropical                 516        543      1,037      1,085
 Taco Cabana                    428        428        838        834
New restaurant openings:
 Burger King                      -          -          1          -
 Pollo Tropical                   2          3          4          4
 Taco Cabana                      4          1          4          2
                           ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
   Total new restaurant
    openings                      6          4          9          6
Restaurant closings:
 Burger King                     (3)        (1)        (4)        (2)
 Pollo Tropical                   -          -          -          -
 Taco Cabana                      -          -         (1)        (3)
                           ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
   Net new restaurants            3          3          4          1
                           ========== ========== ========== ==========
Number of company owned
 restaurants:
 Burger King                    319        326        319        326
 Pollo Tropical                  88         80         88         80
 Taco Cabana                    150        142        150        142
                           ---------- ---------- ---------- ----------
   Total company owned
    restaurants                 557        548        557        548
                           ========== ========== ========== ==========

                           At 6/30/08        At
                                        12/31/07
                           ---------- ----------
Long-term debt (c)         $356,144   $353,972

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(a) The changes in comparable restaurant sales are calculated using
     only those company owned and operated restaurants open since the
     beginning of the earliest period being compared and for the
     entirety of both periods being compared. Restaurants are included
     in comparable restaurant sales after they have been open for 12
     months for Burger King restaurants and 18 months for Pollo
     Tropical and Taco Cabana restaurants.
(b) Segment EBITDA is defined as earnings attributable to the
     applicable segment before interest, income taxes, depreciation
     and amortization, impairment losses, stock-based compensation
     expense, other income and expense and (gain) loss on
     extinguishment of debt. We use segment EBITDA because it is the
     measure of segment profit or loss reported to our chief operating
     decision maker for purposes of allocating resources to the
     segments and assessing each segment's performance. This may not
     be necessarily comparable to other similarly titled captions of
     other companies due to differences in methods of calculation.
     Segment EBITDA for our Burger King restaurants includes general
     and administrative expenses related directly to our Burger King
     segment as well as the expenses associated with administrative
     support to all three of our segments including executive
     management, information systems and certain accounting, legal and
     other administrative functions.
(c) Long-term debt (including current portion) at June 30, 2008
     included $178,000 of the Company's 9% senior subordinated notes,
     $129,500 of outstanding borrowings under its senior credit
     facility, $47,315 of lease financing obligations and $1,329 of
     capital leases. Long-term debt at December 31, 2007 included
     $180,000 of the Company's 9% senior subordinated notes, $120,000
     of outstanding borrowings under its senior credit facility,
     $52,689 of lease financing obligations and $1,283 of capital
     leases.

SOURCE: Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
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