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August 3, 2000 | Times Staff; Wire Reports
Wall Street got a taste of California pizza Wednesday--and liked it. Shares of Los Angeles-based California Pizza Kitchen soared $5.25, or 35%, to $20.25 on their first day of trading on Nasdaq. The firm's initial public offering of 5.3 million shares was priced at $15 late Tuesday. The bulk of the money raised will go to pay debt at the firm, which operates 83 CPK restaurants and 24 CPK ASAP sites domestically and abroad.
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BUSINESS
October 2, 2001 | Reuters
Southern California-based restaurant chains Jack in the Box Inc. and California Pizza Kitchen Inc. said earnings will be lower than expected as diners stayed away from restaurants after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The chain operators also cited economic uncertainty, already weighing on some U.S. restaurants before the attacks, as a factor pressuring earnings. Shares of San Diego-based Jack in the Box fell $5, or 18%, to close at $23 on the New York Stock Exchange.
BUSINESS
July 16, 1998 | DENISE GELLENE
Advertiser: California Pizza Kitchen Agency: Colby Effler & Partners, Santa Monica Challenge: Grab attention of consumers on a low budget. The Ads: A billboard campaign concentrated mostly in West Los Angeles and the Valley uses offbeat humor to grab consumers' attention. "They prefer you lay off the garlic pizza before your appointment," says a sign above a Western California Dental office. An ad above Holiday Carpet Co.
BUSINESS
July 23, 2004 | Julie Tamaki, Times Staff Writer
Menu improvements and increased sales helped California Pizza Kitchen Inc. post an 18% jump in second-quarter profit Thursday. The Los Angeles-based chain of 168 premium pizza restaurants earned $5.2 million, or 27 cents a share, compared with $4.4 million, or 23 cents, a year earlier. The results beat forecasts of 25 cents a share. Revenue climbed 17% to $102.5 million. Sales at restaurants open at least a year rose 6.6%.
BUSINESS
May 21, 1992 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pepsico, an old-timer in the quick-service restaurant business with its Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut chains, is venturing into full-service eateries with its purchase of a 50% stake in California Pizza Kitchen Inc., the companies said Wednesday. California Pizza Kitchen, a highly successful chain started seven years ago in Beverly Hills by two former U.S. prosecutors, specializes in "designer pizzas" with offbeat toppings such as bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.
BUSINESS
November 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
California Pizza Kitchen Inc. said Thursday that its third-quarter net income grew 20% as same-store sales increased, but the Westchester-based restaurant operator lowered its fourth-quarter guidance and its shares fell in after-hours trading. Net income for the quarter ended Oct. 1 totaled $6.7 million, or 34 cents a share, compared with $5.5 million, or 28 cents, a year earlier. Revenue rose 14% to $142.8 million.
BUSINESS
September 1, 1998 | JESUS SANCHEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Banking on a turnaround in Westwood Village, a Seattle-based restaurant chain said it will open a $4-million, high-end Mediterranean restaurant, one of several upscale eateries scheduled to open in the area. Restaurants Unlimited Inc. signed a lease last week for a 9,100-square-foot restaurant that is to open by early next year as Palomino Euro Bistro in the Center West office building on Wilshire Boulevard.
BUSINESS
January 11, 2007 | From Reuters
California Pizza Kitchen Inc. said fourth-quarter sales at stores open at least a year rose 6.9%, more than expected, prompting the restaurant chain to raise its earnings estimate. The company said it now expected earnings of 15 cents to 17 cents a share for the fourth quarter, up from its previous forecast of 13 cents to 15 cents. It expects to report that revenue in the latest period rose 16% to $146 million. The Westchester-based company, which plans to report fourth-quarter earnings Feb.
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