From time to time, in both written reports and oral statements, we present "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Federal and state securities laws, including those identified by such words as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "plan" and other similar terminology. These "forward-looking statements" reflect our current expectations and are based upon data available at the time of the statements. Actual results involve risks and uncertainties, including both those specific to the Company and those specific to the industry, and could differ materially from expectations.
Company risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to the lack of experience of our management group in operating the Company as an independent, publicly owned business; potentially substantial tax contingencies related to the Spin-off, which, if they occur, require us to indemnify PepsiCo; our substantial debt leverage and the attendant potential restriction on our ability to borrow in the future, as well as the substantial interest expense and principal repayment obligations; potentials unfavorable variances between estimated and actual liabilities both as contained in the PepsiCo-prepared balance sheet for the restaurant businesses as the Spin-off Date and related to the sale of the Non-core Businesses; third party failures to achieve timely, effective Year 2000 remediation; and the potential inability to identify qualified franchisees to purchase Company restaurants at prices we consider appropriate under our strategy to reduce the percentage of system units we operate.
Industry risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, global and local business and economic and political conditions; legislation and governmental regulation; competition; success of operating initiatives and advertising and promotional efforts; volatility of commodity costs and increases in minimum wage and other operating costs; availability and cost of land and construction; adoption of new or changes in accounting policies and practices; consumer preferences, spending patterns and demographic trends; political or economic instability in local markets; and currency exchange rates.
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