JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 30, 2012 // PRNewswire // -- American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), the operator and franchisor of Dick's Wings & Grill restaurants, today announced its financial results for the 2011 fiscal year. The Company posted strong results as revenue increased 17% while cash outflows from operating activities decreased 40% and total cash outflows from operating, investing and financing activities decreased 98%.
The Company attributes the growth in revenue and decrease in cash outflows to a significant restructuring of operations led by Michael Rosenberger, the Company's CEO, during the second half of the 2011 fiscal year.
The multi-step restructuring included hiring Richard Ungaro as a consultant to strengthen its franchisees' operations. Mr. Ungaro has 40 years of experience as a hands-on senior executive with key leadership roles in the building, turnaround and rapid expansion of such companies as Burger King Corporation, Wendy's International, Starbucks Coffee Company and Blockbuster Entertainment Group. Mr. Ungaro assisted the Company's franchisees in growing sales, while reducing operating expenses to make the franchisees more profitable.
In addition, the Company hired several experienced business consultants to strengthen its strategic management, financial and communications capabilities, providing the Company with entity-wide reductions in costs and an aggressive, yet realistic growth plan for the future.
"I am very pleased with our financial results for 2011," stated Michael Rosenberger, CEO of American Restaurant Concepts. "We implemented numerous actions during the latter half of 2011 that were pivotal to the increase in revenue and decrease in cash outflows that we achieved during the year. Our achievements further underscore our sound business model, despite the challenging economic conditions our country is experiencing."
Mr. Rosenberger added, "We began receiving numerous inquiries from prospective franchisees near the end of 2011 as a result of our increased marketing efforts and the rollout of our new website at www.dickswingsandgrill.com. This interest has continued into the fiscal 2012 year and has grown in intensity."
The Company expects to achieve continued growth in revenue and a return to profitability during the next 12 months, resulting from a high-growth strategy that the Company implemented earlier this year. Key elements of this strategy are as follows:
"The growth of our Dick's Wings franchise is vital to the success of our growth strategy," stated Mr. Rosenberger. "We plan to accomplish this through internal growth in our existing Florida markets and the use of area development agreements in untapped new territories located primarily in the South and Southeastern United States."
Mr. Rosenberger continued, "Through mutually beneficial agreements with professional restaurant developers, we intend to acquire interests in other restaurants. This will provide us with the option of converting the acquired restaurants to Dick's Wings restaurants or diversifying the Company to include not only the Dick's Wings brand, but the brands of other successful restaurant chains."
The Company has been actively negotiating with a number of restaurant developers who have the necessary knowledge, experience and financial resources to execute upon the Company's expansion plans. The Company intends to support this growth by hiring individuals affiliated with the restaurants that it acquires. This will serve the dual purposes of enhancing the management team, while ensuring a seamless integration of operations.
The Company will soon provide additional details regarding its growth strategy for the next 12 months.
American Restaurant Concepts, Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is the owner, operator and franchisor of the Dick's Wings & Grill® full-service restaurants and Dick's Wing Express® express restaurants. The Company prides itself on the 365 original mouth-watering flavors it has created for its premium grade chicken wings. Dick's Wings® offers customers the freshest wings, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads and signature waffle fries, all in a unique setting that combines a family-friendly environment with a sports-themed restaurant. Dick's Wings & Grill's® chicken wings have won numerous awards in Florida and Georgia, including having been voted "Best Chicken Wings in Northeast Florida" 12 consecutive years by Folioweekly magazine. Dick's Wings currently has 16 full-service restaurants and 2 express restaurants. Fifteen of the restaurants are located in Florida, with one located in Georgia and two located in Canada. For more information on the Company, please visit its website at www.dickswingsandgrill.com.
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SOURCE American Restaurant Concepts, Inc.