JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - April 2, 2013 // PRNewswire // - American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), operator and franchisor of the award-winning Dick's Wings & Grill® restaurants, today announced strong financial results for the 2012 fiscal year. The Company generated an increase in revenue, while reducing operating expenses by approximately 60% and reducing net loss almost 80%.
"I am very pleased with our financial results for 2012," stated Michael Rosenberger , CEO of American Restaurant Concepts. "We implemented several operational improvements during the year that were designed to reduce our operating costs. As part of this plan, we made a concentrated effort to partner with our existing Dick's Wings franchisees to improve their operations and profitability, which resulted in the closure of two underperforming restaurants. Our ability to reduce our net loss by 80% this year, while also increasing annual revenue, underscores our accomplishments and sound business model, despite the challenging economic conditions we experienced."
In addition to achieving strong financial results, the Company benefited from a variety of events that took place during the latter half of 2012 and early part of 2013. First, American Restaurant Concepts entered into a number of financing transactions with Blue Victory Holdings, a private equity firm focused primarily on the acquisition, rehabilitation and management of restaurant assets, for the purpose of maximizing shareholder value.
Second, the Company hired Rick Akam as its COO and appointed Fred Alexander to the Company's Board of Directors. Mr. Akam has served in a variety of executive officer roles during the past 20 years for such restaurant franchisors as Hooters of America, Twin Peaks Restaurants, First Watch Restaurants and Raving Brands, including serving as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Hooters of America from 1995 until 2003. Mr. Akam will direct operational improvements and growth strategies for the Company, and provide seasoned expertise in brand development strategies.
Mr. Alexander is an accomplished business executive who currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Blue Victory Holdings. At Blue Victory, Mr. Alexander is responsible for the identification, acquisition and financing of branded restaurants. He also has more than 30 years of experience identifying, acquiring, developing and rehabilitating a variety of real estate assets including apartment buildings, condominiums and shopping centers.
"The additions of Rick and Fred to our team are very significant events for American Restaurant Concepts," added Mr. Rosenberger. "Rick has many years of experience successfully running high-profile restaurant franchisors, while Fred has overseen the acquisition of nearly 80 restaurant franchises as the Vice President of Blue Victory. Fred's appointment to our Board of Directors also cements our working relationship with Blue Victory. We anticipate these additions will support our goal to transform American Restaurant Concepts from a small, regional franchisor of Dick's Wings restaurants to a national franchisor of numerous branded restaurant franchises."
The Company expects to achieve continued growth in revenue and a return to profitability during the next 12 months, resulting from the high-growth strategy that it previously implemented. Primary elements of this strategy include:
"We are taking a multi-faceted approach to growing American Restaurant Concepts," concluded Mr. Rosenberger. "We first plan to complete the overhaul of our existing franchisees' operations, reduce our debt and increase our liquidity. These initial steps will put us in the best operational and financial position to achieve the remaining elements of our strategic plan, including the addition of new Dick's Wings restaurants and the acquisition of other branded restaurant franchises."
American Restaurant Concepts, Inc., headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, is the 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. Dick's Wings currently has 14 full-service restaurants and 2 express restaurants. Fifteen of the restaurants are located in Florida, with one located in Georgia. For more information, please visit its website at www.dickswingsandgrill.com.
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SOURCE American Restaurant Concepts, Inc.