Papa John’s Provides Business Update on Ongoing Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

May Comparable Sales Up 33.5% in North America and 7.0% Internationally, as Company Rises to Meet Extraordinary Demand

Papa John’s International, Inc. (NASDAQ: PZZA) today provided an update on the ongoing business impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, including preliminary estimated comparable sales information for the May fiscal period. In the spirit of transparency during these uncertain times, the company will continue providing this information on a monthly basis through the June fiscal period, which is the end of the second quarter.

Rob Lynch, President & CEO said, “In May, for the second straight month, Papa John’s team members and franchisees delivered the best sales period in the company’s history. Our teams continue to meet the needs of new and returning customers and their communities, while making health and safety our top priority. We entered the pandemic with strong growth and momentum, and are fortunate that our delivery and carry-out model has enabled us to meet an essential need for high quality food, safely delivered to consumers’ homes. Everyone at Papa John’s takes this responsibility seriously, and is committed to supporting our neighbors in their time of need.

“As states and communities slowly reopen, we continue to show strong performance. The success of ‘No Contact Delivery’ and new products like Papadias – both examples of a new culture of innovation at Papa John’s – continue to drive results. We wish for a speedy recovery and return to normal, and are optimistic about Papa John’s long-term future given the strong foundation that we have continued to build during these challenging times.”

Preliminary Estimated April and May 2020 Fiscal Period Comparable Sales

Preliminary, estimated comparable sales information for the first two fiscal periods of the three months ending June 28, 2020 (Periods 4 and 5 of the fiscal year), relative to the same periods in the prior year are as follows:



Period 4


Period 5



Mar. 30, 2020, to
Apr. 26, 2020


Apr. 27, 2020, to
May 24, 2020


Comparable sales growth (a)





Domestic company-owned restaurants





North America franchised restaurants





System-wide North America restaurants










System-wide international restaurants (b)






Represents the change in year-over-year sales for the same base of restaurants for the same fiscal periods. Comparable sales results for restaurants operating outside of the United States are reported on a constant-dollar basis, which excludes the impact of foreign currency translation.




Includes the impact of temporarily closed stores. Excluding those stores, comparable sales growth for system-wide international restaurants would have been approximately 12% and 15% in Periods 4 and 5, respectively.

Update on Temporary Restaurant Closures as a Result of COVID-19

Of the company’s approximately 2,100 international franchised stores, approximately 320 are temporarily closed, principally in the Middle East (115 stores), Latin America (105 stores) and Europe (90 stores), in accordance with government policies. Some international markets are open predominantly for delivery only, such as in the United Kingdom. In North America, almost all traditional restaurants remain open and fully operational. A number of non-traditional restaurants located in universities and stadiums are temporarily closed; these non-traditional locations are not material to the company’s revenues and operating results.