Command Center, Inc. (OTCQB:CCNI) (http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/CCNI/quote), a national provider of on-demand and temporary staffing solutions, today announced revenue of $19.9 million for the first quarter ending March 29, 2013, a 4.2% increase on revenue of $19.1 million recorded in the comparable period of 2012. Gross margin, as a percentage of revenue, is expected to improve to 25.0% from 24.3% reported in the comparable period in 2012.
There were 58 company-owned stores in March, as compared with 51 stores one year ago.
Bubba Sandford, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “First quarter revenues were impacted by several items, including the harsh weather conditions that our North Dakota store locations had to contend with at the start of the year. In addition, we made a strategic decision to focus our sales and retention efforts on accounts that will help us to grow our average company gross margins. As a result, we have put some pressure on our top line growth rate as we continue to emphasize improving gross margins.
“We have also taken other steps to improve profitability. We completed several new initiatives during the first quarter, including the rollout of new sales tools. In addition, we made a number of organizational changes that will allow us to leverage our best managers while reducing our cost structure. The full impact of these changes was only partially realized during the first quarter but is expected to have a positive impact throughout the remainder of the year. We will continue to work on growing revenues strategically while maintaining our efforts to strengthen gross margins as we progress into the year.”
Sandford added that, “The company has historically issued press releases at the end of each month reporting revenue results. However, we will be issuing future financial press releases on a quarterly and annual basis consistent with our SEC filing dates. This new policy is in line with our goal to focus on profitability and our commitment to deliver long-term growth to our shareholders.”
About Command Center, Inc.
The company provides flexible on-demand employment solutions to businesses in the United States, primarily in the areas of light industrial, hospitality and event services, as well as other assignments such as emergency and disaster relief projects. In 2012, the company provided employment for 35,500 Field Team Members who worked 5.5 million hours for over 3,400 clients.
Investors can find additional information by accessing the company’s 2012 annual report on Form 10-K at www.sec.gov or by visiting the investor relations section of the Command Center website at www.commandonline.com. Information on the company’s Bakken Staffing division can be found at www.bakkenstaffing.com.
This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks, including, but not limited to, the severity and duration of the general economic downturn, the availability of worker’s compensation insurance coverage, the availability of capital and suitable financing for the Company’s activities, the ability to attract, develop and retain qualified store managers and other personnel, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, the impact of competition and pricing, government regulation, and other risks set forth in the Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 22, 2013, and in other statements filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All such forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, and whether made by or on behalf of the Company, are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements and any other cautionary statements which may accompany the forward-looking statements. In addition, the Company disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.
Command Center, Inc.
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