Famous Dave’s Reports Results For Third Quarter Fiscal 2016

MINNEAPOLIS - Nov. 14, 2016 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) today reported financial results for the third quarter ending October 2, 2016.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2016 as compared to the third quarter of 2015:

  • Comparable sales for Company-owned restaurants open 24 months or more decreased 1.0% compared to a decrease of 9.1% for the same period in 2015; 
  • Franchise royalty revenue remained flat at $4.3 million primarily reflecting a net new four franchise-operated restaurants since the end of the third quarter of fiscal 2015, completely offset by a comparable sales decrease of 3.8%;
  • Restaurant-level operating margin at Company-owned restaurants increased 40 basis points primarily as a result of a year over year decline in labor and benefit costs partially offset by sales deleverage on operating expenses;
  • General and administrative expenses increased from approximately $4.1 million to approximately $4.5 million for the third quarter of 2016.  This year over year increase was a result of a settlement agreement, costs incurred for franchise related matters, and stock-based compensation expense partially offset by declines in severance and travel costs;
  • During the third quarter of fiscal 2016 the Company incurred approximately $3.6 million of asset impairment, estimated lease termination, and other closing costs.  Included was approximately $3.4 million of restaurant impairment charges.  This compares to $650,000of asset impairment, estimated lease termination, and other closing costs recorded in the third quarter of fiscal 2015; 
  • GAAP net loss from continuing operations for the third quarter of fiscal 2016 was $2.4 million compared to net income of $957,000 for the same period in fiscal 2015; Adjusted net income from operations was approximately $44,000 compared to a loss of  $71,000 for the third quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • GAAP net loss from continuing operations was $0.34 per basic share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to income of $0.14, per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2015; and Adjusted net income from continuing operations per share was $0.01 per diluted share for the third quarter of fiscal 2016, compared to a loss of $0.01 per basic share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2015;
  • Mike Lister, CEO, commented, “The board and management team continues to operate with a strong sense of urgency and focus on improved performance. Having our company-owned restaurants post the best comparable sales performance in 12 quarters helps validate and energize our team’s commitment to the four key priorities of revitalizing sales and traffic, reducing costs, elevating organizational effectiveness, and rebuilding culture. Collectively, the entire Brand is very excited at the opportunity to return Famous Dave’s of America to long term Famous performance.”

Famous Dave's ended the quarter with 176 restaurants, including 37 Company-owned restaurants and 139 franchise-operated restaurants, located in 32 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and United Arab Emirates.   

Restaurant Impairment

During the third quarter of fiscal 2016, the Company recorded approximately $3.4 million in asset impairment charges associated with 11 restaurants which were slow to respond to several initiatives to turnaround operating performance.  As a result, the Company determined that the estimated fair value of the assets was less than the net book value and recognized an impairment charge to reduce the related assets to the estimated fair value.  As we continue to evaluate the restaurant portfolio we anticipate addressing the ongoing operation of the 11 locations impaired over the next 3 years by way of lease restructuring, lease assignment or subsequent closure at the end of their natural lease term.

Credit Facility Covenant Compliance & Forbearance

The Company and its subsidiaries are borrowers under a Third Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, as amended, with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association as administrative agent and lender.  

The Credit Agreement will mature on December 31, 2017 and contains a $1.9 million revolving credit facility and a term loan with a maximum borrowing amount of $8.4 million. Additionally, the Borrowers deposited 105% of the face amount of the outstanding letters of credit in a cash collateral account with the Administrative Agent which is included in restricted cash on our Consolidated Balance Sheet.  We were in compliance with all covenants of the Credit Agreement for the quarter ended October 2, 2016 except for two financial covenants: the Adjusted Leverage Ratio and the Minimum Adjusted EBITDA.

On November 9, 2016, the Borrowers and the Lender entered into a Forbearance Agreement pursuant to which the Lender agreed to forbear from exercising its rights and remedies under the Credit Agreement relating to the existing events of default during the Forbearance Period ending December 9, 2016 or on the earlier date of any other Event of Default under the Credit Agreement or breach of the Forbearance Agreement occurs. During the Forbearance Period, we intend to re-finance the Credit Agreement with another lender. Under the Forbearance Agreement, we have agreed not to request and Wells Fargo is not obligated to make any further extensions of credit to us under the Credit Agreement. As a result of the events of default for the quarter ended October 2, 2016 and length of the Forbearance Period, all outstanding obligations under the Credit Agreement were classified as current liabilities. During the Forbearance period, the Company intends to finalize its refinancing arrangement.

As of October 2, 2016, the Company had $6.8 million in cash and cash equivalents. During the first nine months of fiscal 2016 the Company generated approximately $2.7 million in cash from operating activities compared to $2.1 million in the comparable period of the prior year. As of October 2, 2016, the Company ended the third quarter with total net debt of approximately $5.8 million. This compares to $11.4 million of net debt as of September 27, 2015.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call November 14, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time to discuss its second quarter financial results. There will be a live webcast of the discussion through the Investor Relations section of Famous Dave's web site at www.famousdaves.com.

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the Company has 176 restaurants, including 37 Company-owned restaurants and 139 franchise-operated restaurants, located in 32 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and United Arab Emirates.  Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a selection of salads, sandwiches, side items, and made-from-scratch desserts.

To supplement its financial statements, Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. also provides investors with adjusted net (loss) income per share from continuing operations and adjusted income (loss) from operations which are non-GAAP financial measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. Famous Dave’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company's performance to that of prior periods for trend analysis and planning purposes.

Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations per share consists of net (loss) income plus non-cash items, such as, asset impairment, estimated lease termination and other closing costs, net loss (gain) on disposal of equipment, settlement agreements, VP level and above stock based compensation recapture and the related tax impact, divided by the weighted average number of shares of stock outstanding during each period presented. Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. believes adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations per share is useful to an investor because it is widely used to measure a company's operating performance.

Adjusted income (loss) from operations consists of (loss) income from operations plus non-cash items, such as, asset impairment, estimated lease termination and other closing costs and net loss on disposal of equipment, settlement agreements, and VP level and above stock based compensation recapture.  Famous Dave’s uses adjusted income from operations as a measure of operating performance because it assists the Company in comparing performance on a consistent basis, as it removes from operating results the impact of non-cash events. The Company believes adjusted income from operations is useful to an investor in evaluating the company's operating performance because it is widely used to measure a Company's operating performance and to present a meaningful measure of corporate performance exclusive of the impact of non-cash events and the method by which assets were acquired.

These non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the company's financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations. Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures that are included in this press release. The tables appearing at the end of this release provide reconciliations of net (loss) income from continuing operations to adjusted net (loss) income from continuing operations per common share and adjusted (loss) income from operations.

   
FAMOUS DAVE’S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS  
OCTOBER 2, 2016 AND SEPTEMBER 27, 2015  
 (in thousands, except per share data)  
(Unaudited)  
        Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
        October 2,   September 27,   October 2,   September 27,  
        2016   2015   2016   2015  
Revenue:                        
    Restaurant sales, net $   20,999     $   23,323     $   63,013     $   74,576    
  Franchise royalty revenue     4,311         4,312         13,162         13,263    
  Franchise fee revenue     ---         ---         135         255    
  Licensing and other revenue     200         245         784         765    
          Total revenue     25,510         27,880         77,094         88,859    
                               
Costs and expenses:                        
  Food and beverage costs     6,507         7,246         19,619         22,752    
  Labor and benefits costs     7,069         8,316         21,323         24,974    
  Operating expenses     6,618         6,976         18,681         21,396    
  Depreciation and amortization     909         1,064         2,845         3,387    
  General and administrative expenses     4,532         4,141         13,143         13,927    
  Asset impairment and estimated lease                        
     termination and other closing costs     3,620         650         4,684         1,626    
  Net loss (gain) on disposal of property     4         (1,781 )       (181 )       (1,756 )  
      Total costs and expenses     29,259         26,612         80,114         86,306    
(Loss) income from operations     (3,749 )       1,268         (3,020 )       2,553    
                               
Other expense:                        
  Interest expense     (210 )       (218 )       (613 )       (641 )  
  Interest income     ---         2         2         7    
  Other (expense) income, net     (1 )       1         ---         1    
      Total other expense     (211 )       (215 )       (611 )       (633 )  
                               
(Loss) income before income taxes     (3,960 )       1,053         (3,631 )       1,920    
Income tax benefit (expense)     1,582         (96 )       1,515         (440 )  
                               
Net (loss) income from continuing operations     (2,378 )       957         (2,116 )       1,480    
Net (loss) income from discontinued operations, net of tax     (81 )       (249 )       627         79    
Net (loss) income $   (2,459 )   $   708     $   (1,489 )   $   1,559    
                               
Basic net (loss) income per share - continuing operations $   (0.34 )   $   0.14     $   (0.30 )   $   0.21    
Basic net (loss) income per share - discontinued operations $   (0.01 )   $   (0.04 )   $   0.09     $   0.01    
Basic net (loss) income per share $   (0.35 )   $   0.10     $   (0.21 )   $   0.22    
                               
Diluted net (loss) income per share - continuing operations $   (0.34 )   $   0.14     $   (0.30 )   $   0.21    
Diluted net (loss) income per share - discontinued operations   $   (0.01 )   $   (0.04 )   $   0.09     $   0.01    
Diluted net (loss) income per share $   (0.35 )   $   0.10     $   (0.21 )   $   0.22    
                               
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic     6,950         6,945         6,949         7,008    
Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted     6,950         6,958         6,949         7,027    
                               

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE’S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
OPERATING RESULTS
(unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
    October 2,   September 27,   October 2,   September 27,
     2016     2015   2016     2015 
Food and beverage costs (1)   31.0 %     31.1 %     31.1 %     30.5 %
Labor and benefits costs (1)   33.7 %               35.7 %     33.8 %     33.5 %
Operating expenses(1)   31.5 %     29.8 %     29.6 %     28.7 %
    Restaurant level operating margin(1)(3)   3.8 %     3.4 %     5.5 %     7.3 %
                 
Depreciation & amortization (2)   3.6 %     3.8 %     3.7 %     3.8 %
General and administrative expenses (2)   17.8 %     14.9 %        17.0 %              15.7 %
                 
  (Loss) income from operations (2)     (14.7 )%       4.5 %     (3.9 )%     2.9 %
                 
  Adjusted income from operations (2)   1.1 %     0.5 %     2.3 %     2.7 %
                 
                 
 (1)As a percentage of restaurant sales, net
 (2)As a percentage of total revenue
 (3)Restaurant level operating margin is equal to taking restaurant sales, net less restaurant level food and beverage costs, labor and benefit costs, and operating expenses.
                 

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE’S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
        October 2,     January 3,
        2016     2016
    ASSETS   (Unaudited)      
Current assets:          
Cash and cash equivalents $ 6,766   $ 5,300
Restricted cash   2,085     1,087
Accounts receivable, net   4,362     4,677
Inventories   1,886     2,070
Deferred tax assets   196     181
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   3,238     1,671
Assets held for sale   5     2,211
    Total current assets   18,538     17,197
               
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net   25,929     32,491
               
Other assets:          
Intangible assets, net   2,866     2,902
Deferred tax assets   4,420     4,411
Other assets   1,576     824
  $ 53,329   $ 57,825
               
  LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:          
Current portion of long-term debt and financing lease obligation   $ 8,879   $ 2,193
Line of credit   1,855     ---
Accounts payable   5,599     5,685
Accrued compensation and benefits   1,571     1,390
Deferred tax liabilities   100     101
Other current liabilities   3,356     3,406
Liabilities held for sale   ---     1,747
  Total current liabilities   21,360     14,522
               
Long-term liabilities:          
Long-term debt, less current portion   ---     10,200
Financing lease obligation, less current portion   2,422     2,757
Other liabilities   8,721     8,285
  Total liabilities   32,503     35,764
           
Shareholders’ equity:          
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 100,000 shares authorized,          
  6,958 shares issued and outstanding at          
  October 2, 2016 and January 3, 2016, respectively   66     66
Retained earnings   20,760     21,995
  Total shareholders’ equity   20,826     22,061
      $ 53,329   $ 57,825
               

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE’S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
 
        Nine Months Ended
        October 2,   September 27,
        2016   2015
Cash flows from operating activities:        
    Net (loss) income from continuing operations $   (2,116 )     1,480  
  Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to cash flows provided by           
    operations:          
  Depreciation and amortization     2,845         3,387  
  Asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs       4,684         1,626  
  Net loss on disposal of property     (181 )       (1,756 )
  Amortization of deferred financing costs     43         57  
  Deferred income taxes     (25 )       (349 )
  Deferred rent     520         656  
  Stock-based compensation     254         319  
  Tax benefit for equity awards issued     ---         (153 )
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
      Restricted cash     (1,199 )       (91 )
    Accounts receivable, net     (193 )       (904 )
    Inventories     184         115  
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (1,571 )       456  
    Deposits     (277 )       18  
    Accounts payable     (388 )       (7 )
    Accrued compensation and benefits     39         (2,047 )
    Other current liabilities     (98 )       (596 )
    Other liabilities     140         (39 )
    Long-term deferred compensation     ---         (74 )
      Cash flows provided by continuing operating activities     2,661         2,098  
      Cash flows (used for) provided by discontinued operating activities     (839 )       377  
      Cash flows provided by operating activities     1,822         2,475  
                 
Cash flows used for investing activities:          
  Proceeds from the sale of assets     1,053         5,341  
  Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements     (540 )       (3,093 )
      Cash flows provided by continuing investing activities     513         2,248  
      Cash flows provided by (used for) discontinued investing activities     1,150         (52 )
        Cash flows provided by investing activities     1,663         2,196  
                 
Cash flows used for financing activities:          
  Proceeds from line of credit     1,855         20,700  
  Payments on line of credit     ---         (19,300 )
  Payments of debt issuance costs     (23 )       (128 )
  Payments on long-term debt and financing lease obligation     (3,850 )       (541 )
  Payments from exercise of stock options     (1 )       ---  
  Tax benefit for equity awards issued     ---         153  
  Repurchase of common stock     ---         (5,672 )
      Cash flows used for financing activities     (2,019 )       (4,788 )
                 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     1,466         (117 )
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     5,300         2,133  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $   6,766     $   2,016  
                   

 

 
SUPPLEMENTAL SALES INFORMATION
(unaudited)
 
      Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
      October 2,   September 27,   October 2,   September 27,
      2016   2015   2016   2015
                           
Restaurant sales (in thousands):                      
    Company-Owned $    20,999     $        23,323     $ 63,013     $ 74,576  
  Franchise-Operated $ 87,960     $ 87,910     $   268,507     $     270,433  
                           
Total number of restaurants:                      
  Company-Owned   37       44       37       44  
  Franchise-Operated   139       135       139       135  
    Total   176       179       176       179  
                           
Total weighted average weekly net sales (AWS):                        
  Company-Owned $ 43,657     $ 44,938     $ 43,668     $ 45,586  
  Franchise-Operated $ 47,961     $ 51,773     $ 49,531     $ 51,728  
                           
Operating weeks:                      
  Company-Owned   481       519       1,443       1,636  
  Franchise-Operated   1,834       1,698       5,421       5,228  
                           
  Company-Owned comparable sales %   (1.0 )%     (9.1 )%     (5.1 )%     (8.9 )%
                           
  Franchise-Operated comparable sales %   (3.8 )%     (3.6 )%     (4.4 )%     (1.9 )%
                           
Total number of comparable restaurants:                      
  Company-Owned   37       35       37       35  
  Franchise-Operated   120       117       113       116  
                                 

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
                           
        Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                           
        October 2,     September 27,     October 2,     September 27,
          2016         2015         2016         2015  
                           
Net (loss) income from continuing operations $   (2,378 )   $   957     $   (2,116 )   $   1,480  
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination                      
  and other closing costs     3,620         650         4,684         1,626  
Net loss (gain) on disposal of equipment     4         (1,781 )       (181 )       (1,756 )
Settlement agreement     410         ---         410         ---  
VP level and above stock-based compensation                      
  recapture     ---         ---         (126 )       (45 )
Tax impact for adjustments     (1,612 )       103         (1,997 )       40  
                           
Adjusted net income (loss) $   44     $   (71 )   $   674     $   1,345  
                           
Non-GAAP adjusted income (loss) per share                      
   from continuing operations per share:                      
Basic adjusted net income (loss) from continuing                      
  operation per share $   0.01     $   (0.01 )   $   0.10     $   0.19  
Diluted adjusted net income (loss) from continuing                      
  operation per share $   0.01     $   (0.01 )   $   0.10     $   0.19  
                           
Shares used to compute non-GAAP income per share:                        
Weighted average share outstanding - basic     6,950         6,945         6,949         7,008  
Weighted average share outstanding - diluted     6,950         6,958         6,949         7,027  
                           
                           
                           
(Loss) income from operations $   (3,749 )   $   1,268     $   (3,020 )   $   2,553  
                         
Non-cash items:                      
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination                      
  and other closing costs     3,620         650         4,684         1,626  
Net loss (gain) on disposal of equipment     4         (1,781 )       (181 )       (1,756 )
Settlement agreement     410         ---         410         ---  
VP level and above stock-based compensation                      
  recapture     ---         ---         (126 )       (45 )
                           
Adjusted income from operations $   285     $   137     $   1,767     $   2,378  
                                       

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from expected results.  Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained.  Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave's expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports.

SOURCE Famous Dave's of America, Inc

Contact:

Dexter Newman
Chief Financial Officer
952-294-1300

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