CEC Entertainment Reports Strong Financial Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2008

IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 22, 2008--CEC Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: CEC) today announced earnings for the first quarter ended March 30, 2008.

Revenues for the first quarter of 2008 increased to $245.2 million from $232.9 million in the same period of 2007 primarily due to new store development and a 3.6% increase in comparable store sales. Net income for the first quarter of 2008 increased to $32.9 million compared to $32.0 million in the same period of 2007. Diluted earnings per share in the first quarter of 2008 increased 33% to $1.26 per share from $0.95 per share in the first quarter of 2007.

During the first three months of 2008, the Company repurchased $58.6 million of its common stock representing 2.1 million shares or approximately 8.1% of weighted average diluted shares outstanding at the end of the quarter. This brought the remaining balance on the Company's share repurchase authorization to $173.6 million at March 30, 2008. Outstanding borrowings on the Company's $550 million line-of-credit declined to $310.4 million at the end of the first quarter compared to $316.8 million at the end of 2007. The Company remains committed to completing the share repurchase authorization and achieving its targeted Debt-to-Adjusted EBITDA ratio of 2:1 in a timely manner, subject to market conditions.

Richard M. Frank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated that, "The 2008 fiscal year is off to a positive start with comparable store sales increasing 2.6% in the first sixteen weeks of the year. We are pleased with our strong sales performance in a difficult consumer environment providing evidence that our strategic initiatives are taking hold and the Chuck E. Cheese's brand is vibrant. As we move forward, our primary objective will continue to be building sales momentum in existing stores. We remain confident in our strategies and believe we have a talented and motivated team to execute the strategies at the highest level."

Business Outlook:

Based on current estimates, the Company expects diluted earnings per share to range from $2.33 to $2.40 per share for the 2008 fiscal year and $0.29 to $0.33 per share for the second quarter of 2008. This guidance is based on the following assumptions:

  • Comparable store sales growth of 1.0% to 2.0% for the 2008 fiscal year;
  • The average price per pound of block cheese for the 2008 fiscal year of $1.85;
  • An increase in labor expenses for the 2008 fiscal year, primarily driven by higher wage rates, of 0.7% to 0.9% as a percent of store sales;
  • Five to six new Company units and five to six new franchise units during the year;
  • Total capital expenditures for the year of $80 to $85 million;
  • Free cash flow will be used to repurchase shares of common stock; and
  • An effective tax rate of 38% for the remainder of the year.

First Quarter Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call today, April 22, 2008, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time to discuss its first quarter 2008 financial results. A live webcast of the call (listen only) can be accessed through the Company's website, www.chuckecheese.com. Shortly after its conclusion, a replay of the call will be available for a minimum of ninety days on the website.

Non-GAAP Performance Measures:

The Company reports and discusses its operating results using financial measures consistent with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). From time to time in the course of financial presentations, earnings conference calls or otherwise, the Company may disclose certain non-GAAP performance measures such as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") and Free Cash Flow.

Reconciliations of the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow and certain other supplemental financial data are set forth in tables accompanying this release.

About CEC Entertainment, Inc.:

Celebrating over 30 years of success as a place Where a Kid can be a Kid(R), CEC Entertainment, Inc. is a leading innovator in the family entertainment/dining industry. The Company and its franchisees operate a system of 535 Chuck E. Cheese's restaurants located throughout the United States (excluding Wyoming and Vermont), Canada and abroad. Currently, 490 locations in the United States and Canada are owned and operated by the Company. For more information, see the Company's website at www.chuckecheese.com.

Chuck E. Cheese's offers families with kids a one-of-a-kind total entertainment experience that includes the coolest games and rides, chances to win tickets for fun prizes, entertainment and great food for the family. Today, more than ever, kids need a safe, wholesome environment in which they can laugh, play and simply enjoy being a kid.

Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain statements in this press release, other than historical information, may be considered forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are subject to various risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may differ from those anticipated, estimated or expected. Among the key factors that may have a direct bearing on CEC's operating results, performance or financial condition are its ability to implement its growth strategies; national, regional and local economic conditions affecting the entertainment/dining industry; consumers' health, nutrition and dietary preferences; competition within each of the restaurant and entertainment industries; ability to retain key personnel; success of its franchise operations; negative publicity; disruption of its commodity distribution system; ability to protect its trademarks and other proprietary rights; health epidemics or pandemics; acts of God; terrorists acts; litigation; product liability claims and product recalls; demographic trends; fluctuations in quarterly results of operations, including seasonality; government regulations; weather; school holidays; and increased commodity, utility, insurance, advertising and labor costs.

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Quarter Ended
March 30, April 1,
2008 2007
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Company store sales $244,219 $231,859
Franchise fees and royalties 957 1,000
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Total revenue 245,176 232,859
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Company store operating costs:
Cost of sales 38,097 35,997
Labor expenses 62,236 58,490
Depreciation and amortization 18,464 16,857
Rent expense 16,496 15,925
Other operating expenses 30,638 29,632
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Total Company store operating costs 165,931 156,901
Advertising expense 10,119 8,440
General and administrative 13,288 13,249
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Total operating costs and expenses 189,338 178,590
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Operating income 55,838 54,269
Interest expense, net 3,833 2,791
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Income before income taxes 52,005 51,478
Income taxes 19,094 19,458
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Net income $ 32,911 $ 32,020
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Earnings per share:
Basic $ 1.28 $ 1.00
Diluted $ 1.26 $ 0.95

Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 25,752 32,164
Diluted 26,102 33,670

(in thousands)

March 30, December 30,
2008 2007
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ASSETS (Unaudited)

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,375 $ 18,373
Other current assets 43,783 48,646
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Total current assets 60,158 67,019
Property and equipment, net 662,283 668,390
Other assets 2,433 2,484
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Total assets $ 724,874 $ 737,893
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Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 740 $ 756
Other current liabilities 98,147 78,149
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Total current liabilities 98,887 78,905
Long-term debt, less current portion 322,510 329,119
Other liabilities 110,304 111,876
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Total liabilities 531,701 519,900

Shareholders' equity 193,173 217,993
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Total liabilities and shareholders'
equity $ 724,874 $ 737,893
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(in thousands, except percentages)

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to
Adjusted EBITDA and certain other supplemental financial data for the
periods shown:

Quarter Ended
March 30, April 1,
2008 2007
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Revenues $245,176 $232,859
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Net income $ 32,911 $ 32,020
Income taxes 19,094 19,458
Interest expense, net 3,833 2,791
Depreciation and amortization 18,453 17,086
Asset write-offs 617 1,127
Stock-based compensation 1,075 874
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Adjusted EBITDA $ 75,983 $ 73,356
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Adjusted EBITDA Margin 31.0% 31.5%

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of cash provided by
operating activities to Free Cash Flow for the periods shown:

Quarter Ended
March 30, April 1,
2008 2007
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Cash provided by operating activities $ 81,479 $ 84,749
Capital expenditures 18,087 28,579
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Free Cash Flow $ 63,392 $ 56,170
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Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is defined by the Company as net income excluding income taxes, net interest expense, depreciation, amortization, asset write-offs and stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenues expressed as a percentage.

Free Cash Flow, also a non-GAAP measure, is defined by the Company as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.

The Company believes that the non-GAAP performance measures above provide useful information to the Company, investors and other interested parties regarding the Company's operating performance, its capacity to incur and service debt, fund capital expenditures and other corporate uses. The non-GAAP performance measures presented in the schedules above should not be viewed as alternatives or substitutes for the Company's reported GAAP results. Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow as defined herein may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies.


Quarter Ended
March 30, April 1,
2008 2007
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Number of Company-owned stores:
Beginning of period 490 484
New - 3
Acquired from franchisees - -
Closed - (2)
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End of period 490 485
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Number of franchise stores:
Beginning of period 44 45
New - -
Acquired from franchisees - -
Closed - -
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End of period 44 45
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CONTACT: CEC Entertainment, Inc.
Christopher D. Morris, 972-258-4525
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

SOURCE: CEC Entertainment, Inc.



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