Notification of Late Filing

(Check One):

    x  Form 10-K

    ¨  Form 20-F

    ¨  Form 11-K

    ¨  Form 10-Q

    ¨  Form N-SAR

    ¨  Form N-CSR




Washington, D.C. 20549


FORM 12b-25





    For Period Ended: January 3, 2005
    ¨  Transition Report on Form 10-K
    ¨  Transition Report on Form 20-F
    ¨  Transition Report on Form 11-K
    ¨  Transition Report on Form 10-Q
    ¨  Transition Report on Form N-SAR
    For the Transition Period Ended:                                                              



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Nothing in this form shall be construed to imply that the Commission has verified any information contained herein.



If the notification relates to a portion of the filing checked above, identify the Item(s) to which the notification relates:             






Full Name of Registrant
Former Name if Applicable
4300 West Cypress Street, Suite 600
Address of Principal Executive Office (Street and Number)
Tampa, Florida 33607
City, State and Zip Code



PART II — RULES 12b-25(b) AND (c)


If the subject report could not be filed without unreasonable effort or expense and the registrant seeks relief pursuant to Rule 12b-25(b), the following should be completed. (Check box if appropriate)



  (a)   The reasons described in reasonable detail in Part III of this form could not be eliminated without unreasonable effort or expense;
  (b)   The subject annual report, semi-annual report, transition report on Form 10-K, Form 20-F, Form 11-K, Form N-SAR or Form N-CSR or portion thereof, will be filed on or before the fifteenth calendar day following the prescribed due date; or the subject quarterly report or transition report on Form 10-Q, or portion thereof, will be filed on or before the fifth calendar day following the prescribed due date; and
  (c)   The accountant’s statement or other exhibit required by Rule 12b-25(c) has been attached if applicable.



State below in reasonable detail the reasons why Forms 10-K, 20-F, 11-K, 10-Q, N-SAR, N-CSR, or the transition report or portion thereof, could not be filed within the prescribed time period.


Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. (the “Company”) is unable to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2005 in a timely manner without unreasonable effort or expense in light of the circumstances described below:


In completing the analysis of the Company’s income tax provision, an issue was discovered pertaining to the accounting for income taxes at the time of the merger of Checkers Drive-In Restaurants, Inc. and Rally’s Hamburgers, Inc. in August 1999. As a result of the discovery, the Company believes there will be a revision to its Deferred income tax assets and its Intangible assets, net. Furthermore, the Company anticipates recording an increase to its Net Income in the fourth quarter of 2004 related to the income tax provision.


Due to the time and effort involved in determining the effect of these adjustments on the Company’s historical financial statements, the decision has been made to delay the filing of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2005. The Company now expects to file its Form 10-K on or before April 5, 2005. The Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2005 will include disclosure of the effects of the required adjustments on the Company’s audited financial statements for each period presented in the Form 10-K.





(1)   Name and telephone number of person to contact in regard to this notification


S. Patric Plumley      (813)    283-7000
(Name)      (Area Code)    (Telephone Number)


(2)   Have all other periodic reports required under Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 or Section 30 of the Investment Company Act of 1940 during the preceding 12 months or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such report(s) been filed? If answer is no, identify report(s).    x  Yes    ¨  No




(3)   Is it anticipated that any significant change in results of operations from the corresponding period for the last fiscal year will be reflected by the earnings statements to be included in the subject report or portion thereof?    ¨  Yes    x  No


If so, attach an explanation of the anticipated change, both narratively and quantitatively, and, if appropriate, state the reasons why a reasonable estimate of the results cannot be made.


As of the date of this filing, the Company is unable, without unreasonable effort and expense, to provide a complete quantitative assessment of the impact that the corrections, if any, to its accounting for income taxes will have on its results of operations for fiscal 2004 and prior periods. The Company is working diligently to complete its review of these matters and to quantify the impact on each of the affected periods. The Company does not expect these adjustments to affect the amount of revenues, comparable store sales, or cash balances previously reported.


As previously reported in the Company’s March 17, 2005 press release, the Company’s unaudited revenues increased 4.1% to $60.6 million for the 17-week quarter ended January 3, 2005 from $58.2 million for the 16-week fourth quarter of 2003. The Company’s unaudited revenues increased 2.1% to $194.2 million for the 53-week fiscal year ended January 2, 2005 from $190.3 million for the 52-week fiscal year ended December 29, 2003. The Company had an additional week in fiscal 2004 (a 53-week year versus the typical 52-week year) which is reflected in the fourth quarter revenues noted above. Until the final determination of the effect on the Company’s financial statements of the accounting adjustments described in Part III above, the Company is unable to reasonably estimate any other such changes.




(Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)


has caused this notification to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.






   March 22, 2005    By     /s/ Keith E. Sirois

Keith E. Sirois

Chief Executive Officer


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1.   This form is required by Rule 12b-25 (17 CFR 240.12b-25) of the General Rules and Regulations under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.
2.   One signed original and four conformed copies of this form and amendments thereto must be completed and filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, D.C. 20549, in accordance with Rule 0-3 of the General Rules and Regulations under the Act. The information contained in or filed with the form will be made a matter of public record in the Commission files.
3.   A manually signed copy of the form and amendments thereto shall be filed with each national securities exchange on which any class of securities of the registrant is registered.
4.   Amendments to the notifications must also be filed on Form 12b-25 but need not restate information that has been correctly furnished. The form shall be clearly identified as an amended notification.
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