Ignite Restaurant Group Reports Third Quarter 2014 Financial Results

HOUSTON - October 29, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Ignite Restaurant Group (NASDAQ:IRG) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 29, 2014.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2014 were as follows:

  • Total revenues were $215.2 million, compared to $227.6 million in the third quarter of 2013;
  • Comparable restaurant sales increased 7.5% at Brick House Tavern + Tap, decreased 4.4% at Joe’s Crab Shack and decreased 8.5% at Macaroni Grill;
  • Net loss was $6.5 million, or a loss of $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013;
  • Adjusted net loss (a non-GAAP measure) was $2.1 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share, compared to an adjusted net loss of $1.0 million, or a loss of $0.04 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2013.

Ray Blanchette, Chief Executive Officer of Ignite Restaurant Group, stated, “With the new credit facility we put in place early in the quarter, we believe we have the near term financial flexibility to grow Brick House Tavern + Tap, while addressing brand specific issues at Joe’s and Mac Grill. I am excited to announce a major new counter service initiative at Romano’s Macaroni Grill. This program was just rolled out nationwide and will be publicly introduced with national TV advertising starting the week of November third.”

Mr. Blanchette continued, “Romano’s Macaroni Grill’s third quarter results reflected the conscious decision to walk away from unprofitable sales by not repeating the heavy discounting we tested in the prior year. Joe’s Crab Shack’s decrease in comparable store sales was largely focused in the northeast, where the markets are settling in after three years of heavy regional growth. Brick House Tavern + Tap continued its strong run with its eleventh consecutive quarter of same store sales growth.”

Review of Third Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Total revenues were $215.2 million in the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 5.4% compared to $227.6 million in the third quarter of last year.

  • Revenues at Joe’s Crab Shack were $122.2 million during the third quarter of 2014 versus $128.0 million in the prior year. Comparable restaurant sales at Joe’s Crab Shack decreased 4.4%.
  • Revenues at Brick House Tavern + Tap were $17.1 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $12.2 million in the prior year. Comparable restaurant sales at Brick House Tavern + Tap increased 7.5%.
  • Revenues at Macaroni Grill were $76.0 million in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $87.4 million in the prior year. Comparable restaurant sales at Macaroni Grill decreased 8.5%.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2014 was $6.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share. The Company’s net loss for the third quarter of 2014 included approximately $3.0 million of closure-related expenses due to restaurant conversions and closures; approximately $2.2 million of expenses related to a debt issuance write-off; a $1.8 million asset impairment charge; and approximately $0.4 million in transaction expenses. Excluding the impact of these items, adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per diluted share (which are non-GAAP financial measures) were $2.1 million and $0.08, respectively, in the third quarter of 2014.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2013 was $1.9 million, or a loss of $0.08 per diluted share. The Company incurred approximately $0.8 million of acquisition related costs in connection with the acquisition of Macaroni Grill; an approximate $0.6 million loss on the disposal of fixed assets related to restaurant conversions, remodels and closures; approximately $0.5 million of expenses related to a proposed secondary stock offering and a $0.3 million gain on an insurance settlement. Excluding the impact of these items, adjusted net loss and adjusted net loss per diluted share (which are non-GAAP financial measures) were $1.0 million and $0.04, respectively.

A reconciliation between GAAP net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) is included in the accompanying financial data.

Development

During the third quarter of 2014, the Company opened two Joe’s Crab Shack restaurants, and one Brick House Tavern + Tap converted from a Macaroni Grill. Seven company-owned and one franchised Macaroni Grill locations closed during the quarter. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, two additional company-owned Macaroni Grill locations were closed for a total of 14 Macaroni Grill closures during 2014. One Macaroni Grill that closed in a previous quarter is currently under construction and will re-open as a Brick House restaurant in late 2014 or early 2015.

Liquidity

At September 29, 2014, the Company had $32.9 million of cash and approximately $23.7 million of available borrowing capacity under its current credit facility. The company was in compliance with the credit facility’s financial covenants.

Conference Call

We will host a conference call to discuss our third quarter financial results today at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Hosting the call will be Ray Blanchette, Chief Executive Officer, and Michael Dixon, President and Chief Financial Officer. The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 888-221-9542 or for international callers by dialing 913-312-1513. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the password is 6720636. The replay will be available until November 5, 2014. The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.igniterestaurants.com under the “Investors” section.

About Ignite Restaurant Group

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IRG) owns and operates over 300 restaurants throughout the U.S. Headquartered in Houston, Ignite's portfolio of restaurant concepts includes Joe's Crab Shack, Romano's Macaroni Grill and Brick House Tavern + Tap. Each brand offers a variety of high-quality, chef-inspired food and beverages in a distinctive, casual, high-energy atmosphere. The Company is also a franchisor for Macaroni Grill in locations in the U.S., U.S. territories and internationally. For more information on Ignite and its distinctive brands visit www.igniterestaurantgroup.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond the Company’s control. The Company cautions you that the forward-looking information presented in this press release is not a guarantee of future events, and that actual events and results may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking information contained in this press release. In addition, forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “plan,” “seek,” “comfortable with,” “will,” “expect,” “intend,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe” or “continue” or the negative thereof or variations thereon or similar terminology.

A number of important factors could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements included in this press release, including the risk factors discussed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2013 (which can be found at the SEC’s website www.sec.gov) and each such risk factor is specifically incorporated into this press release. Any forward-looking information presented herein is made only as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events, or otherwise.

Results of Operations

The following tables present the consolidated statements of operations and selected other data for the thirteen and thirty-nine weeks ended September 29, 2014 and September 30, 2013, and selected consolidated balance sheet information as of September 29, 2014 and December 30, 2013:

      Thirteen Weeks Ended   Thirteen Weeks Ended
Consolidated Statements of Operations     September 29, 2014      September 30, 2013
            (In thousands, except percent and per share data)
                             
Revenues     $ 215,228   100.0 %   $ 227,626   100.0 %
Costs and expenses                      
Restaurant operating costs and expenses                      
Cost of sales       65,886   30.6 %     69,191   30.4 %
Labor expenses       64,018   29.7 %     69,925   30.7 %
Occupancy expenses       19,660   9.1 %     19,746   8.7 %
Other operating expenses       47,619   22.1 %     48,241   21.2 %
General and administrative       11,229   5.2 %     13,825   6.1 %
Depreciation and amortization       8,845   4.1 %     7,506   3.3 %
Pre-opening costs       1,210   0.6 %     1,480   0.7 %
Asset impairments and closures       3,308   1.5 %     220   0.1 %
Loss on disposal of assets       1,034   0.5 %     1,165   0.5 %
Total costs and expenses       222,809   103.5 %     231,299   101.6 %
Loss from operations       (7,581)   (3.5) %     (3,673)   (1.6) %
Interest expense, net       (5,039)   (2.3) %     (1,335)   (0.6) %
Gain on insurance settlements       89   0.0 %     300   0.1 %
Loss before income taxes       (12,531)   (5.8) %     (4,708)   (2.1) %
Income tax benefit       (6,001)   (2.8) %     (2,771)   (1.2) %
Net loss     $ (6,530)   (3.0) %   $ (1,937)   (0.9) %
                             
Basic and diluted net loss per share data:                      
Net loss per share                      
Basic and diluted     $ (0.25)         $ (0.08)      
Weighted average shares outstanding                      
Basic and diluted       25,672           25,632      
                           

 

             
      Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended   Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended
Consolidated Statements of Operations     September 29, 2014   September 30, 2013
            (In thousands, except percent and per share data)
                             
Revenues     $ 659,934   100.0 %   $ 573,998   100.0 %
Costs and expenses                      
Restaurant operating costs and expenses                      
Cost of sales       200,026   30.3 %     172,277   30.0 %
Labor expenses       199,860   30.3 %     173,297   30.2 %
Occupancy expenses       58,695   8.9 %     46,799   8.2 %
Other operating expenses       139,074   21.1 %     118,481   20.6 %
General and administrative       34,705   5.3 %     40,727   7.1 %
Depreciation and amortization       24,926   3.8 %     19,675   3.4 %
Pre-opening costs       1,972   0.3 %     4,048   0.7 %
Asset impairments and closures       4,400   0.7 %     251   0.0 %
Loss on disposal of assets       1,803   0.3 %     1,557   0.3 %
Total costs and expenses       665,461   100.8 %     577,112   100.5 %
Loss from operations       (5,527)   (0.8) %     (3,114)   (0.5) %
Interest expense, net       (8,682)   (1.3) %     (3,471)   (0.6) %
Gain on insurance settlements       89   0.0 %     600   0.1 %
Loss before income taxes       (14,120)   (2.1) %     (5,985)   (1.0) %
Income tax benefit       (9,092)   (1.4) %     (3,771)   (0.7) %
Net loss     $ (5,028)   (0.8) %   $ (2,214)   (0.4) %
                             
Basic and diluted net loss per share data:                      
Net loss per share                      
Basic and diluted     $ (0.20)         $ (0.09)      
Weighted average shares outstanding                      
Basic and diluted       25,654           25,627      
                           

 

      September 29,      December 30,
Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Information     2014   2013
          (In thousands)
Cash and cash equivalents     $ 32,932     $ 972
Total assets       373,009       347,084
Long term debt (including current portion)       162,585       131,982
Total liabilities       274,170       245,477
Total stockholders' equity       98,839       101,607
                 

 

                       
          Thirteen   Thirteen   Thirty-Nine   Thirty-Nine
          Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended
          September 29,   September 30,   September 29,   September 30,
            2014       2013       2014       2013  
          (dollars in thousands)
Selected Other Data(1):                
Restaurants opened during the period     3       4       3       10  
Number of restaurants open (end of period):                
Joe's Crab Shack     138       136       138       136  
Brick House Tavern + Tap     21       16       21       16  
Romano's Macaroni Grill     167       182       167       182  
Total restaurants     326       334       326       334  
Restaurant operating weeks                
Joe's Crab Shack     1,774       1,740       5,310       5,144  
Brick House Tavern + Tap     269       208       789       604  
Romano's Macaroni Grill     2,215       2,391       6,810       4,623  
Average weekly sales                
Joe's Crab Shack   $ 69     $ 74     $ 66     $ 71  
Brick House Tavern + Tap   $ 64     $ 59     $ 67     $ 60  
Romano's Macaroni Grill   $ 34     $ 36     $ 37     $ 37  
Change in comparable restaurant sales                
Joe's Crab Shack     (4.4 %)     3.3 %     (5.0 %)     0.8 %
Brick House Tavern + Tap     7.5 %     4.0 %     8.7 %     4.8 %
Romano's Macaroni Grill     (8.5 %)     (2.7 %)     (5.0 %)     (5.1 %)
Total     (5.4 %)     0.7 %     (4.2 %)     (1.0 %)
                       

(1) Activity for Romano's Macaroni Grill commenced from the acquisition date of April 9, 2013.

 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results to GAAP Results

The Company provided detailed explanation of this non-GAAP financial measure, including a discussion of the usefulness and purpose of the measure, in its Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on October 29, 2014.

          Thirteen   Thirteen   Thirty-Nine   Thirty-Nine
          Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended   Weeks Ended
          September 29,   September 30,   September 29,   September 30,
            2014       2013       2014       2013  
          (In thousands, except per share data)
Net loss - GAAP   $ (6,530 )   $ (1,937 )   $ (5,028 )   $ (2,214 )
Adjustments:                
Transaction costs(a)     421       832       510       6,035  
Proposed secondary offering expenses     -       459       -       759  
Costs related to conversions, remodels and closures     3,011       633       4,238       633  
Write-off of debt issuance costs     2,241       -       2,241       483  
Asset impairment     1,770       -       1,770       -  
Non-recurring recruitment and training expenses     -       -       -       327  
Gain on insurance settlements     (89 )     (300 )     (89 )     (600 )
Income tax effect of adjustments above     (2,898 )     (639 )     (3,416 )     (2,676 )
Adjusted net income (loss) - non-GAAP   $ (2,074 )   $ (952 )   $ 226     $ 2,747  
                       
Weighted average shares outstanding (GAAP)                
Basic     25,672       25,632       25,654       25,627  
Diluted     25,672       25,632       25,654       25,627  
Net loss per share (GAAP)                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.25 )   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.20 )   $ (0.09 )
Adjusted net income (loss) per share (non-GAAP)                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ (0.04 )   $ 0.01     $ 0.11  
                       
(a) Transaction costs include costs related to our acquisition of Romano's Macaroni Grill in 2013 and our debt refinancing in 2014.

SOURCE Ignite Restaurant Group

Contact:

Fitzhugh Taylor
Investor Relations
203-682-8261
fitzhugh.taylor@icrinc.com

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