Famous Dave's Reports Results For Third Quarter Fiscal 2014

Income per Diluted Share Increased 180%
Income from Operations Increased 157%
Adjusted EBITDA Increased 14%

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 5, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) today reported financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ending September 28, 2014.

Highlights for the third quarter of 2014 as compared to the third quarter of 2013:

  • Revenue decreased from $39.5 million to $37.7 million, reflecting the combined impact of a comparable sales decrease and lower franchise fee revenue;
  • Comparable sales for company-owned restaurants open 24 months or more decreased 5.7% compared to an increase of 0.1% for the same period in 2013;
  • Franchise royalty revenue of $4.4 million was essentially flat to the prior year, primarily reflecting a comparable sales decline of 2.3%, partially offset by the contribution from four net new franchise restaurants that have opened since the end of the third quarter of 2013;
  • Restaurant-level cash flow margins at company-owned restaurants decreased by 20 basis points to 12.0% from 12.2% for the same period in 2013;
  • General and administrative expenses decreased by approximately $1.0 million (to $3.9 million) for the third quarter of 2014; and were 10.4% of revenue compared to 12.4% of revenue for the third quarter of 2013. This decrease reflected the impact from the departures of executives and employees during the first nine months of 2014 and approximately $249,000, or $0.02 per diluted share, of recaptured severance costs that were previously recorded in the second quarter of 2014;
  • Net income was $2.0 million compared to $737,000 for the third quarter of 2013. As a reminder, fiscal 2013 included approximately $1.2 million, or$0.12 per diluted share, of non-cash restaurant asset impairment costs related to the closure of a Maryland restaurant and the restructuring of a lease at a Virginia restaurant;
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.28 compared to $0.10 for the third quarter of 2013;
  • Diluted adjusted net income per share was $0.26 compared to $0.21 for the third quarter of 2013;
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2014 was $4.4 million compared to $3.9 million for the same period in 2013.

Highlights for the nine months ended September 28, 2014 as compared to the nine months ended September 29, 2013:

  • Revenue decreased from $119.7 million to $115.3 million;
  • Comparable sales for company-owned restaurants open 24 months or more decreased 5.2% compared to an increase of 0.9% for the same period in 2013;
  • Franchise royalty revenue was $13.2 million, compared to $13.1 million, reflecting revenue contribution from four net new franchise restaurants that opened since the third quarter of 2013, partially offset by a comparable sales decrease of 2.8%;
  • Net income increased to $5.4 million from $2.9 million;
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.74 compared to $0.38, for 2013;
  • Diluted adjusted net income per share was $0.80, primarily reflecting the impact of $0.15 per diluted share of charges related to asset impairments, estimated lease termination costs and other closing costs, the loss on the disposal of the décor inventory and severance for executive departures. These charges were partially offset by a $0.10 per diluted per share gain from the recapture of stock-based compensation for departing executives. This compared to $0.49 for the first nine months of 2013;
  • Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $13.7 million, compared to approximately $10.6 million for the first nine months of 2013;

Ed Rensi, Famous Dave's CEO, commented, "The quarter's comparable sales numbers were broadly in line with our expectations. The decline in comparable top line sales, for the quarter, can be largely explained as a result of the conscious decision to eliminate the heavy discounting strategy that was implemented in 2013 and accelerated in the third quarter of that year. As we have reported before, we expect to face this discount headwind through until at least the end of the first quarter of 2015.

"We will continue to focus on driving top-line sales without the use of heavy discounting. In addition, we will continue to focus efforts on improving our overall guest experience, evaluating opportunities to refranchise company-owned restaurants, and continuing to prudently manage our expenses."

Famous Dave's opened one franchise-operated restaurant during the third quarter in Riverside, California. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, four franchise-operated restaurants closed, three were low volume locations in challenging real estate and one was in preparation for a relocation.

Famous Dave's ended the quarter with 195 restaurants, including 53 company-owned restaurants and 142 franchise-owned restaurants, located in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada.

For fiscal 2014, the company still expects to open approximately a total of four new franchise-operated locations.

Conference Call

The company will host a conference call November 5, 2014, at 7:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss its third 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 owns 53 locations and franchises 138 additional units in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique made-from-scratch desserts.

To supplement its financial statements, Famous Dave's of America, Inc. also provides investors with adjusted net income, adjusted basic and diluted net income per share and adjusted EBITDA 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 basic and diluted net income per share consists of net income plus items, such as, asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs, net loss on disposal of equipment, and the recapture of stock-based compensation and severance costs related to the level of Vice President (VP) and above, divided by the weighted average number of shares of stock outstanding (plus stock equivalents for the diluted calculation) during each period presented. Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes adjusted basic and diluted net income per share is useful to an investor because it is widely used to measure a company's operating performance.

EBITDA consists of income from operations plus depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA consists of EBITDA plus items, such as, asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs, net loss on disposal of equipment, and the recapture of stock-based compensation and severance costs related to the level of Vice President (VP) and above. Famous Dave's uses Adjusted EBITDA 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 EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating the company's operating performance because it is widely used to measure a Company's operating performance without the impact of items such as depreciation and amortization, which can vary depending upon accounting methods and the book value of assets, 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 income to adjusted net income, Adjusted EBITDA and basic and diluted net income per share to basic and diluted adjusted net income per share.

FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 AND SEPTEMBER 29, 2013
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 28, September 29, September 28, September 29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue:        
Restaurant sales, net  $ 33,065  $ 34,680  $ 101,207  $ 105,506
Franchise royalty revenue 4,384 4,405 13,194 13,062
Franchise fee revenue 5 140 140 259
Licensing and other revenue 222 309 734 884
Total revenue 37,676 39,534 115,275 119,711
         
Costs and expenses:        
Food and beverage costs 9,750 10,504 29,554 32,010
Labor and benefits costs 10,550 11,114 32,381 33,650
Operating expenses 8,781 8,836 26,923 27,087
Depreciation and amortization 1,472 1,502 4,505 4,579
General and administrative expenses 3,913 4,892 12,190 16,041
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs 80 1,176 642 1,166
Pre-opening expenses --- 293 7 369
Net loss on disposal of property 3 1 424 8
Total costs and expenses 34,549 38,318 106,626 114,910
         
Income from operations 3,127 1,216 8,649 4,801
         
Other expense:        
Interest expense (209) (233) (709) (771)
Interest income --- 1 1 6
Other income (expense), net 2 (19) (1) (10)
Total other expense (207) (251) (709) (775)
         
Income before income taxes 2,920 965 7,940 4,026
         
Income tax expense (897) (228) (2,550) (1,131)
         
Net income  $ 2,023  $ 737  $ 5,390  $ 2,895
         
Basic net income per common share  $ 0.28  $ 0.10  $ 0.75  $ 0.39
         
Diluted net income per common share  $ 0.28  $ 0.10  $ 0.74  $ 0.38
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 7,189 7,450 7,215 7,419
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 7,212 7,721 7,244 7,695

See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
OPERATING RESULTS
(Unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 28, September 29, September 28, September 29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Food and beverage costs (1) 29.5% 30.3% 29.2% 30.3%
Labor and benefits costs (1) 31.9% 32.0% 32.0% 31.9%
Operating expenses(1) 26.6% 25.5% 26.6% 25.7%
         
Restaurant level cash flow margins(1)(3) 12.0% 12.2% 12.2% 12.1%
         
Depreciation & amortization (restaurant level) (1) 3.9% 3.8% 3.9% 3.9%
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs (1) 0.2% 3.4% 0.6% 1.1%
Pre-opening expenses and net loss on disposal of equipment (1) 0.0% 0.8% 0.4% 0.4%
Costs and expenses (restaurant level) (1) 92.1% 95.8% 92.7% 93.3%
Restaurant level margin(1)(4) 7.9% 4.2% 7.3% 6.7%
         
Depreciation & amortization (corporate level) (2) 0.4% 0.4% 0.5% 0.4%
General and administrative expenses (2) 10.4% 12.4% 10.6% 13.4%
         
Total costs and expenses (2) 91.7% 96.9% 92.5% 96.0%
Income from operations (2) 8.3% 3.1% 7.5% 4.0%
         
         
(1)As a percentage of restaurant sales, net
(2)As a percentage of total revenue
(3)Restaurant level cash flow margins are equal to restaurant sales, net, less restaurant level food and beverage costs, labor and benefit costs, and operating expenses.
(4)Restaurant level margin is equal to restaurant level cash flow margins less restaurant level depreciation and amortization, asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs, pre-opening expenses and net loss on disposal of equipment.

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  September 28, December 29,
  2014 2013
ASSETS    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 1,558  $ 1,293
Other current assets 8,351 10,764
Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 56,340 59,733
Other assets 3,552 3,547
Total assets  $ 69,801  $ 75,337
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities  $ 12,789  $ 13,675
Line of credit 5,000 11,400
Other long-term obligations 17,153 17,471
Shareholders' equity 34,859 32,791
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity  $ 69,801  $ 75,337

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  Nine Months Ended
  September 28, September 29,
  2014 2013
     
Cash flows provided by operating activities  $ 11,153  $ 11,797
Cash flows used for investing activities (1,938) (3,864)
Cash flows used for financing activities (8,950) (8,227)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  $ 265  $ (294)

 

 
SUPPLEMENTAL SALES INFORMATION
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 28, September 29, September 28, September 29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Restaurant sales (in thousands):        
Company-Owned  $ 33,065  $ 34,680  $ 101,207  $ 105,506
Franchise-Operated  $ 94,177  $ 93,673  $ 284,748  $ 277,977
         
Total number of restaurants:        
Company-Owned 53 53 53 53
Franchise-Operated 142 138 142 138
Total 195 191 195 191
         
Total weighted average weekly net sales (AWS):        
Company-Owned  $ 46,855  $ 50,253  $ 48,268  $ 51,009
Franchise-Operated  $ 51,548  $ 53,043  $ 52,219  $ 53,519
         
Operating weeks:        
Company-Owned 702 687 2,093 2,065
Franchise-Operated 1,827 1,766 5,453 5,194
         
Weighted comparable net sales by category (24 month):        
Dine-in (3.6)% 0.1% (3.4)% 0.6%
To Go (1.4)% 0.0% (1.3)% 0.2%
Catering (0.7)% 0.0% (0.5)% 0.1%
Total company-owned comparable sales % (5.7)% 0.1% (5.2)% 0.9%
         
Franchise-Operated % (2.3)% (2.3)% (2.8)% (3.4)%
         
Total number of comparable restaurants:        
Company-Owned 50 48 49 48
Franchise-Operated 122 117 119 114

 

 
FAMOUS DAVE'S OF AMERICA, INC.
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
         
  September 
28,
September 
29,
September 
28,
September 
29,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Net income  $ 2,023  $ 737  $ 5,390  $ 2,895
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs 80 1,176 642 1,166
Net loss on disposal of equipment 3 1 424 8
VP level and above stock-based compensation recapture -- -- (1,071) (62)
VP level and above severance (249) -- 566 113
Tax adjustment for the non-cash adjustments 51 (278) (180) (344)
         
Adjusted net income  $ 1,908  $ 1,636  $ 5,771  $ 3,776
         
Non-GAAP adjusted income per share:        
Basic adjusted net income per common share  $ 0.27  $ 0.22  $ 0.80  $ 0.51
Diluted adjusted net income per common share  $ 0.26  $ 0.21  $ 0.80  $ 0.49
         
Shares used to compute non-GAAP income per share:        
Weighted average common share outstanding - basic 7,189 7,450 7,215 7,419
Weighted average common share outstanding - diluted 7,212 7,721 7,244 7,695
         
Income from Operations  $ 3,127  $ 1,216  $ 8,649  $ 4,801
Depreciation and amortization 1,472 1,502 4,505 4,579
         
EBITDA 4,599 2,718 13,154 9,380
         
Non-cash items:        
Asset impairment and estimated lease termination and other closing costs 80 1,176 642 1,166
Net loss on disposal of equipment 3 1 424 8
VP level and above stock-based compensation recapture -- -- (1,071) (62)
VP level and above severance (249) -- 566 113
         
Adjusted EBITDA  $ 4,433  $ 3,895  $ 13,715  $ 10,605

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.

Contacts:

Richard Pawlowski
Chief Financial Officer
952-294-1300

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