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Balanced dayparts, national advertising strength and operational efficiency contribute to bottom line

When you join SONIC®, you align with a 60-plus-year-old brand with national brand recognition poised for rapid growth. Our fast food franchises are expanding into new territory and still have room for expansion in existing markets.

Our mints is just one thing that makes us one of the best fast food franchises around!
The franchise fee for owning a single unit is $45,000, with a total estimated investment for a traditional SONIC ranging from $1.73 million to $2.36 million (excluding land).

SONIC’s commitment to operational excellence, backed by our national purchasing power and brand recognition, have helped us achieve steady growth. We experienced five consecutive years of growth from 2012 to 2016, with average sales growing from $1.07 million to $1.28 million.

Consider this breakdown from Item 19 of our Franchise Disclosure Document:

For 12 months ended 8/31/16

Number of Sonic Restaurants in group Average Gross Sales (USD) Gross Sales Range (USD) Percent of Sonic Restaurants that Attained or Surpassed the Average Gross sales (%) Number of Sonic Restaurants that Attained or Surpassed the Average Gross Sales
Company Sonic Restaurants
339 1151 576 to 2,474 43 147
Franchise Sonic Restaurants 3128 1297 190 to 4,300 43 1334
Total of Company Sonic Restaurants and Franchise Sonic Restaurants
3,467 1,283 190 to 4,300 43 1,478

For 12 month period ended 8/31/16 for Traditional Franchise Drive-ins

Gross Sales (USD) in thousands Number of Drive-Ins Drive-ins at this Level (%) Average Gross Sales (USD) Percent of Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed the Average gross Sales (%) Number of Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed the Average Gross Sales
2,000 and above 246 7 2330 38 94
1,750 to 2,000 254 8 1863 48 122
1,500 to 1,750 405 12 1612 46 188
1,250 to 1,500 551 17 1366 47 258
1,000 to 1,250 768 25 1122 48 366
750 to 1,000 655 23 883 52 341
Below 750 232 8 656 58 134
Total 3,111 100 1,300 48 1,503

Average Gross Sales & Certain Expenses of Traditional Company Drive-ins for 12 month period ended 8/31/16

Average (USD) Percent of Gross Sales (%) Percent of Sonic Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed Average (%) Number of Sonic Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed the Average
Gross Sales 1151 100 43 147
Cost of Sales 326 28 44 148
Direct Labor 253 22 43 145
Management Compensation 40 3 45 154
Payroll Taxes and Benefits 51 4 44 149
Total Labor 344 30 44 148
Gross Profit 481 42 45 152
   Advertising 57 5 43 147
   Utilities 37 3 47 158
   Other Controllables 73 6 45 154
Total Controllables 167 15 46 157
Operating Profit before Occupancy Costs
(excluding rent, royalty and other fees payable to Sonic, depreciation and amortization, interest, income taxes and legal & administrative expenses)
314 27 45 152

Statement of Potential EBITDAR

Average Gross Sales (USD) Number of Drive-Ins In Group Average EBITDAR Percent of Sonic Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed EBITDAR Number of Sonic Drive-Ins that Attained or Surpassed Average EBITDAR
1.3 Million 3405 227,660 43% 1469
2.0 Million (Highest 20%) 681 425,697 43% 296
0.77 Million (Lowest 20%) 681 74,679 52% 352

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