Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.
Aug 10, 2007

Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. and Carrols Corporation Report Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2007 and Updates Annual Guidance

SYRACUSE, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 10, 2007--Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: TAST), the parent company of Carrols Corporation, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2007.

Highlights for the second quarter of 2007 versus the second quarter of 2006 include:

    --  Total revenues increased 5.2% to $200.4 million from $190.6
        million, including a 6.5% increase for the Company's Hispanic
        Brands;

    --  Comparable restaurant sales were 5.3% at Burger King(R), 1.2%
        at Pollo Tropical(R), and (0.5%) at Taco Cabana(R);

    --  Income from operations was $15.4 million (including an
        additional $1.0 million in rent expense attributable to
        sale-leaseback transactions and lease amendments completed
        last year, as well as higher expenses related to being a
        public company and from stock-based compensation expense)
        compared to $17.6 million;

    --  Net income was $5.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share,
        compared to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.19 per diluted
        share, last year. (Net income in the second quarter of 2006
        would have been $0.14 per diluted share after giving pro forma
        effect for the additional shares issued in the Company's
        initial public offering completed on December 20, 2006.)

As of June 30, 2007, the Company operated a total of 548 restaurants, including 326 Burger King, 80 Pollo Tropical and 142 Taco Cabana restaurants.

Alan Vituli, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc. commented, "Second quarter top-line growth was substantially driven by the addition of 21 new restaurants at our Hispanic Brands since the beginning of the second quarter of 2006 combined with favorable sales trends at our Burger King restaurants. Same store sales were lower than anticipated for our two Hispanic Brands in part due to economic softness in Florida affecting our Pollo Tropical brand, and similar pressures on consumer spending affecting our Taco Cabana customers in Texas. Taco Cabana was further impacted by some poor weather during the quarter along with competitive pressures. Nonetheless, we continue to be pleased with the position of these brands and their prospects going forward."

Mr. Vituli continued, "In the near-term, we expect the cost environment, particularly for commodities, to continue to pressure operating margins, and as a result, we have recently implemented modest menu price increases. We believe that we are well positioned in this regard given the attractive value and price points we offer our customers relative to many alternatives. Moreover, in view of the current pressures affecting our industry, we believe that the diversification of our brands and commodity usage, coupled with the geographic dispersion of our restaurants, provides our shareholders with both stability and attractive opportunities for sustained growth."

Second Quarter 2007 Results

Total revenues for the second quarter of 2007 increased 5.2% to $200.4 million from $190.6 million in the second quarter of 2006. During the second quarter of 2007, the Company opened three Pollo Tropical restaurants, one Taco Cabana restaurant and closed one Burger King restaurant.

Revenues from the Company's Hispanic restaurant brands increased 6.5% to $103.5 million in the second quarter of 2007 from $97.2 million in the same period last year. Pollo Tropical revenues increased 11.1% to $42.7 million during the second quarter of 2007 compared to $38.5 million in the second quarter of 2006. This was due primarily to the opening of 11 new Pollo Tropical restaurants since the beginning of the same period in 2006. Comparable restaurant sales at Pollo Tropical grew 1.2% compared to the year-ago period.

Taco Cabana revenues increased 3.6% to $60.8 million during the second quarter of 2007 compared to $58.7 million in the second quarter of 2006. This was due primarily to the opening of 10 new Taco Cabana restaurants since the beginning of the same period in 2006. Comparable restaurant sales at Taco Cabana decreased 0.5% in the second quarter of 2007.

Burger King revenues increased 3.8% to $96.9 million during the second quarter of 2007 compared to $93.4 million in the second quarter of 2006, despite the closing of eight Burger King restaurants since the beginning of the same period in 2006. Comparable Burger King restaurant sales increased 5.3% during the period, reflecting continued favorable trends in the Company's Burger King operations.

General and administrative expenses were $13.3 million in the second quarter of 2007, or 6.6% of total revenues, compared to $12.0 million, or 6.3% of total revenues, in the second quarter of 2006. General and administrative expenses increased as a percentage of total revenues mostly due to higher costs associated with being a public company and stock-based compensation expense.

Income from operations was $15.4 million in the second quarter of 2007, or 7.7% of total revenues, compared to $17.6 million, or 9.2% of total revenues, in the second quarter of 2006.

During the second and third quarters of 2006, the Company refinanced 14 leases and amended 34 other leases previously accounted for as Lease Financing Obligations on its balance sheet, and recorded the underlying sale-leaseback transactions as sales. As a result, the Company reduced its Lease Financing Obligations by $52.8 million in 2006 and accounted for the leases as operating leases. In the second quarter of 2007 as compared to the second quarter of 2006, these transactions resulted in an increase in rent expense of $1.0 million, and corresponding reductions in depreciation and interest expense of $0.3 million and $1.3 million, respectively, in the quarter.

Interest expense decreased $5.4 million to $7.6 million in the second quarter of 2007 from $13.0 million in the same period in the prior year, reflecting the reductions in Lease Financing Obligations described above and lower average debt balances from the prepayments of borrowings under the Company's prior senior credit facility throughout 2006, including the repayment of $68.0 million in term loan borrowings from the IPO proceeds in December 2006. In addition, the Company completed the refinancing of its senior credit facility in March 2007 which lowered the interest rate on its senior secured borrowings by approximately 1%.

Net income for the second quarter of 2007 was $5.1 million, or $0.24 per share (based upon 21.6 million weighted average diluted shares). This compared to net income of $3.1 million, or $0.19 per share (based upon 15.9 million weighted average diluted shares) in the second quarter of 2006. Net income would have been $0.14 per share in the second quarter of 2006 after giving pro forma effect for the additional shares issued in the Company's initial public offering completed in the fourth quarter of 2006 (based upon 21.6 million average diluted shares).

Six Month Results

For the six months ended June 30, 2007, total revenues increased 4.2% to $388.7 million from $373.1 million in same period last year, including a 6.4% increase for the Company's Hispanic brands. Net income was $6.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share including 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. This compared to net income of $4.6 million, or $0.29 per diluted share for the six months ended June 30, 2006. Net income for the first six months of 2006 would have been $0.21 per diluted share after giving pro forma effect for the additional shares issued in the Company's initial public offering.

Pro Forma

Pro forma calculations provide investors with an alternative measure to evaluate the Company's performance and provide meaningful supplemental information of the Company's operating results on a basis comparable with that of future periods. The pro forma calculations reflect the post IPO capital structure as if it had been in place for the full periods presented. Pro forma information is not, and should not be, considered a substitute for financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Full Year 2007 Outlook

For the full year 2007, the Company is providing the following guidance:

    --  A total revenue increase of approximately 5% including
        comparable restaurant sales increases of 1.5%-2.0% for Pollo
        Tropical, 0%-1% for Taco Cabana and 3.0%-3.5% for its Burger
        King restaurants;

    --  New unit openings of seven to nine Pollo Tropical restaurants,
        nine to eleven Taco Cabana restaurants and two to four new
        Burger King restaurants representing existing units to be
        relocated. The Company plans to close a total of three Burger
        King restaurants in addition to those relocated and to close
        three Taco Cabana restaurants;

    --  Incremental expenses of $2.0 million to $2.5 million as a
        consequence of being a public company, as well as stock-based
        compensation expense of approximately $1.5 million related to
        stock option and restricted stock grants made in December
        2006;

    --  Capital expenditures of between $64 million and $68 million,
        including $41 million to $45 million for new restaurants
        (before any sale-leaseback transactions);

    --  An estimated annual effective tax rate of 33.0%-33.5% which
        has been lowered to reflect the realization of tax benefits
        previously reserved which will lower the third quarter tax
        provision;

    --  Diluted earnings per share ranging from $0.73 to $0.78 (before
        the non-recurring after-tax charge of $0.04 per share related
        to the Company's write-off of deferred financing costs in
        connection with the refinancing of its senior credit
        facility). Diluted common shares outstanding are estimated to
        be approximately 21.6 million.

Mr. Vituli added, "Despite the more immediate challenges that have caused us to lower our full year guidance, we are confident that we can capitalize on the underlying demographic trends that support our Hispanic Brands, and will therefore continue to deploy the majority of our growth capital to the development of new restaurant units. We are also excited to be participating in the strong recovery of Burger King, which is reclaiming lost market share and broadening its appeal through innovation and better execution. We remain committed to our business strategy and plans which we believe will result in accreting value for our shareholders."

Conference Call Today

The Company will host a conference call to discuss second quarter 2007 financial results today at 8:30 AM Eastern Time.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 800-218-8862 or for international callers by dialing 303-262-2138. 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 11093863. The replay will be available until Thursday, August 17, 2007. 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, operating three restaurant brands in the quick-casual and quick-service restaurant segments with 548 company-owned and operated restaurants in 16 states as of June 30, 2007, 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. Carrols Restaurant Group 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)
                               ------------------- -------------------
                                 2007      2006      2007      2006
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------
Revenues:
   Restaurant sales            $ 200,117 $ 190,252 $ 387,983 $ 372,465
   Franchise royalty revenues
    and fees                         332       329       669       659
                               --------- --------- -------------------
        Total revenues           200,449   190,581   388,652   373,124
Costs and expenses:
   Cost of sales                  57,639    53,386   110,196   105,299
   Restaurant wages and
    related expenses (b)          58,562    55,298   114,510   108,960
   Restaurant rent expense        10,907     9,159    21,586    18,179
   Other restaurant operating
    expenses                      28,270    27,441    55,954    53,889
   Advertising expense             8,449     7,248    16,984    14,160
   General and administrative
    expenses (b)                  13,305    11,977    26,451    24,351
   Depreciation and
    amortization                   7,887     8,463    15,578    16,780
   Impairment losses                  69        20        69       244
   Other income (c)                    -         -     (347)         -
                               --------- --------- -------------------
        Total costs and
         expenses                185,088   172,992   360,981   341,862
                               --------- --------- -------------------
Income from operations            15,361    17,589    27,671    31,262
Interest expense                   7,601    13,011    15,957    24,400
Loss on extinguishment of debt         -         -     1,485         -
                               --------- --------- -------------------
Income before income taxes         7,760     4,578    10,229     6,862
   Provision for income taxes      2,662     1,489     3,554     2,248
                               --------- --------- -------------------
Net income                     $   5,098 $   3,089 $   6,675 $   4,614
                               ========= ========= ===================

Basic and diluted net income
 per share                     $    0.24 $    0.19 $    0.31 $    0.29
                               ========= ========= ========= =========
Basic weighted average common
 shares outstanding               21,551    15,892    21,551    15,895
Diluted weighted average
 common shares outstanding        21,565    15,892    21,562    15,895
(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 July 1, 2007 and July 2, 2006 are
    referred to as the three and six months ended June 30, 2007 and
    June 30, 2006, respectively.

(b) Restaurant wages and related expenses include stock-based
    compensation expense of $39, $0, $76 and $0 for the three months
    ended June 30, 2007 and 2006 and for the six months ended
    June 30, 2007 and 2006, respectively. General and administrative
    expenses include stock-based compensation expense of $315, $0,
    $633 and $0 for the respective periods.

(c) The consolidated financial results for Carrols Corporation, the
    sole operating subsidiary of Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.,
    differ from the above by a slight change in rent expense.
    Consolidated net income for Carrols Corporation for the three
    months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006 was $5,099 and $3,090,
    respectively, and for the six months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006
    was $6,678 and $4,617, respectively.
                     Carrols Restaurant Group, Inc.

The following table sets forth certain unaudited supplemental financial and other restaurant data for the periods indicated:

                               (unaudited)           (unaudited)
                            Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended
                                 June 30,              June 30,
                           -------------------- ----------------------
                              2007      2006       2007       2006
                           ---------- --------- ---------- -----------
Segment revenues:
 Burger King               $ 96,928   $ 93,422  $185,398   $  182,139
 Pollo Tropical              42,747     38,478    84,286       77,064
 Taco Cabana                 60,774     58,681   118,968      113,921
                           ---------- --------- ---------- -----------
     Total revenues        $200,449   $190,581  $388,652   $  373,124
                           ========== ========= ========== ===========
Change in comparable
 restaurant sales: (a)
 Burger King                    5.3%       0.6%      3.1%         3.5%
 Pollo Tropical                 1.2%       2.4%      0.5%         3.5%
 Taco Cabana                   (0.5)%      2.7%     (0.7)%        2.6%
Segment EBITDA: (b)
 Burger King               $  8,393   $ 10,282  $ 14,219   $   17,168
 Pollo Tropical               7,254      7,669    14,086       15,303
 Taco Cabana                  8,024      8,121    15,375       15,815
Average sales per
 restaurant:
 Burger King               $    297   $    281  $    567   $      544
 Pollo Tropical                 541        542     1,085        1,096
 Taco Cabana                    429        426       834          834
New restaurant openings:
 Burger King                      -          -         -            -
 Pollo Tropical                   3          1         4            2
 Taco Cabana (c)                  1          3         2            4
                           ---------- --------- ---------- -----------
   Total new restaurant
    openings                      4          4         6            6
Restaurant closings:
 Burger King                     (1)        (4)       (2)          (6)
 Pollo Tropical                   -          -         -            -
 Taco Cabana                      -          -        (3)           -
                           ---------- --------- ---------- -----------
   Net new restaurants            3          -         1            -
                           ========== ========= ========== ===========
Number of company owned
 restaurants:
 Burger King                                         326          330
 Pollo Tropical                                       80           71
 Taco Cabana                                         142          139
                                                ---------- -----------
   Total company owned
    restaurants                                      548          540
                                                ========== ===========

                                                At 6/30/07 At 12/31/06
                                                ---------- -----------
Long-term debt (c)                              $355,650   $  358,480

(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
    and other income. 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.

(c) Long-term debt (including current portion) at June 30, 2007
    included $180,000 of the Company's 9% senior subordinated notes,
    $120,000 outstanding under its senior credit facility, $54,258 of
    lease financing obligations and $1,392 of capital leases.
    Long-term debt at December 31, 2006 included $180,000 of the
    Company's 9% senior subordinated notes, $118,400 outstanding under
    its prior senior credit facility, $58,571 of lease financing
    obligations and $1,509 of capital leases.

The following table reconciles diluted weighted average common shares outstanding as reported under generally accepted accounting principles to the number of shares after giving pro forma effect for additional shares issued in the Company's initial public offering completed on December 20, 2006 (in thousands):

                                                   (unaudited)
                                           Three Months   Six Months
                                               Ended         Ended
                                           June 30, 2006 June 30, 2006
                                           ------------- -------------
Diluted weighted average common shares
 outstanding, as reported                         15,892        15,895
Increase in weighted average common shares
 to reflect issuance of additional shares
 in connection with the Company's initial
 public offering                                   5,667         5,667
                                           ------------- -------------
Diluted weighted average common shares
 outstanding after giving pro forma effect
 to the Company's initial public offering         21,559        21,562
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