Sonic Corp. operates and franchises the largest chain of drive-in restaurants
(�Sonic Drive-Ins�) in the United States. References to �Sonic Corp.,� �Sonic,�
�the Company,� �we,� �us� and �our� in this Form 10-K are references to Sonic
Corp. and its subsidiaries.
The first Sonic Drive-In restaurant opened in 1953. As of the end of our fiscal
year on August 31, 2013, the Sonic system included 3,522 Sonic Drive-Ins in 44
states of which 396 were owned and operated by Sonic Restaurants, Inc., the
Company�s operating subsidiary (�Company Drive-Ins�), and 3,126 were owned and
operated by franchisees (�Franchise Drive-Ins�).
Sonic Corp. was incorporated in the State of Delaware in 1990 in connection with
its 1991 initial public offering of common stock. Sonic is publicly traded on
the NASDAQ Stock Exchange (Ticker: SONC).