Papa John’s International, Inc. yesterday announced that its Board of Directors has approved an increase to $500 million in the amount of the company’s common stock that may be repurchased by the company from time to time through Dec. 25, 2005. This represents a $50 million increase in the previously authorized amount. The authorization includes both open market purchases as well as private transactions.

The company announced that to date it has repurchased $434.5 million of its stock since the inception of the repurchase program in 1999. As of July 24, 2005, the company had approximately 17.4 million shares of common stock outstanding on a fully diluted basis (approximately 17.1 million actual shares outstanding).

“Our strong cash flow and conservative balance sheet allow us the opportunity to continue our stock repurchase program without limiting our ability to invest in the growth of our business, including the building or purchase of additional company-owned restaurants and investments in our systems infrastructure,” says Papa John’s President and CEO Nigel Travis. “Additionally, a portion of the funding for the increased stock repurchase authorization will come from the proceeds of recent and expected future stock option exercises.”

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