Sonic talks weather

|About: Sonic Corp. (SONC)|By:, SA News Editor

Sonic's (SONC +4.7%) earnings conference call yesterday gave an early look on how the restaurant industry will spin the impact of the widespread winter storms in December and January.

Execs noted the harsh weather would have a noticeable impact on sales, but also pointed to the spring where it expects to make up ground (favorable lapping) due to last year's unseasonably wet and cold March-April in the U.S.

Also of note, last year was a snow-heavy winter, so it might be the two-year comp that looks the weakest.

The restaurant operator avoided the distinction of being the first company to call out the "polar vortex" during its commentary or Q&A.

Conference call transcript