CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results For The 2015 First Quarter

IRVING, Texas - May 7, 2015 // PRNewswire // - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 29, 2015.

"While sales results at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores were challenging, we made progress in a number of important areas during the first quarter," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "It was the first quarter to have all members of our new executive leadership team in place. Working together, we introduced a new menu nationwide in April at our Chuck E. Cheese's locations to enhance our dining offering for kids and adults, and we launched an initiative to add Wi-Fi to all of our locations. The enhancements we are making at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores coincide with changes we are making in our marketing strategy, including a change in our primary marketing agency. We believe these efforts, along with other projects currently being implemented, will drive future revenue growth. Meanwhile, we continued to be pleased with the operating performance and growth potential of Peter Piper Pizza which we acquired in October 2014."

First Quarter Results

Total revenues for the first quarter of 2015 increased 3.8%, or $9.7 million, over the prior year to $265.5 million. The increase primarily related to additional revenues of $18.8 million resulting from the Peter Piper Pizza acquisition, which closed in October 2014, partially offset by a decrease in same store sales at our Chuck E. Cheese's stores. Same store sales for the first quarter for Chuck E. Cheese's stores declined 5.0% from the prior year. Same store sales for the first quarter for Peter Piper Pizza stores increased 6.8% over the prior year, a period in which the Company did not own Peter Piper Pizza.

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2015 decreased 1.8%, or $1.5 million, over the prior year to $80.7 million. The first quarter of 2015 includes Adjusted EBITDA for Peter Piper Pizza, which increased 21.3% over the prior year, a period in which the Company did not own Peter Piper Pizza, to $5.7 million. Adjusted EBITDA represents net loss adjusted to exclude interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, asset impairments, the effects of acquisition accounting adjustments, transaction and severance costs and certain other items.

The Company reported net income of $14.7 million for the first quarter of 2015, compared to a net loss of $13.2 million for the first quarter of 2014. The increase is primarily due to transaction costs incurred during the first quarter of 2014 related to the Merger.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of March 29, 2015, cash and cash equivalents were $151.6 million, and total debt was $1.0 billion, with no borrowings drawn under the Company's $150.0 million revolving credit facility. Capital expenditures were $16.3 million for the first quarter of 2015, of which $7.8 million related to IT and growth initiatives, including new store development, major remodels, store expansions and major attractions.

As of March 29, 2015, the Company's system-wide portfolio consisted of:

   

Chuck E. Cheese's

 

Peter Piper Pizza

 

Total

Company operated

 

528

 

32

 

560

Domestic franchised

 

32

 

63

 

95

International franchised

 

32

 

48

 

80

Total

 

592

 

143

 

735

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, May 8, 2015. The call can be accessed by dialing (855) 743-8451 or (330) 968-0151 for international participants and conference code 23926487.

A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Central Time on May 8, 2015 through midnight Central Time on May 15, 2015. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and conference code 23936487.

About CEC Entertainment, Inc.

For more than 35 years, CEC Entertainment has served as a nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment. The Company and its franchisees operate a system of more than 590 Chuck E. Cheese's stores and 140 Peter Piper Pizza stores, with stores located in 47 states and 11 foreign countries or territories. For more information, please visit www.chuckecheese.com.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this report, 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. Statements that are not historical in nature and which may be identified by the use of words such as "may," "should," "could," "believe," "predict," "potential," "continue," "plan," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "future," "project," "estimate," and similar expressions (or the negative of such expressions) are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made based on management's current expectations and beliefs concerning future events and, therefore, involve a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, including the risk factors described in Part I, Item 1A. "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 5, 2015. 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. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to:

  • The success of our capital initiatives, including new store development and existing store evolution;
  • Our ability to successfully implement our marketing strategy;
  • Competition in both the restaurant and entertainment industries;
  • Changes in consumer discretionary spending;
  • Impacts on our business and financial results from economic uncertainty in the United States and Canada;
  • Negative publicity concerning food quality, health, general safety and other issues;
  • Expansion in international markets;
  • Our ability to successfully integrate the operations of companies we acquire;
  • Our ability to generate sufficient cash flow to meet our debt service payments;
  • Increases in food, labor and other operating costs;
  • Disruptions of our information technology systems and technologies;
  • Changes in consumers' health, nutrition and dietary preferences;
  • Any disruption of our commodity distribution system;
  • Our dependence on a limited number of suppliers for our games, rides, entertainment-related equipment, redemption prizes and merchandise;
  • Product liability claims and product recalls;
  • Government regulations;
  • Litigation risks;
  • Adverse effects of local conditions, natural disasters and other events;
  • Existence or occurrence of certain public health issues;
  • Fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations due to seasonality;
  • Inadequate insurance coverage;
  • Loss of certain key personnel;
  • Our ability to adequately protect our trademarks or other proprietary rights;
  • Risks in connection with owning and leasing real estate; and
  • Litigation risks associated with our merger.

The forward-looking statements made in this report relate only to events as of the date on which the statements were made. Except as may be required by law, we undertake no obligation to update our forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances after the date on which the statements were made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Merger

On February 14, 2014, the Company announced the completion of the acquisition of CEC Entertainment, Inc. by an affiliate of Apollo Global Management, LLC ("Apollo"). The acquisition is referred to as the "Merger." The accompanying consolidated statements of earnings and related information present the Company's results of operations for the period preceding the acquisition (Predecessor) and the period succeeding the acquisition (Successor) based on the mathematical combination of the Successor and Predecessor periods in the three months ended March 30, 2014. Although this combined presentation does not comply with GAAP, the Company believes that it provides a meaningful method of comparison.

- financial tables follow -

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

 
     

Three Months Ended

     

March 29,
2015

 

March 30,
2014

     

(Successor)

 

(Combined)

REVENUES:

         

Food and beverage sales

   

$

116,537

    

43.9

%

    

$

113,174

    

44.2

%

Entertainment and merchandise sales

   

144,744

 

54.5

%

 

141,272

 

55.2

%

Total Company store sales

   

261,281

 

98.4

%

 

254,446

 

99.5

%

Franchise fees and royalties

   

4,227

 

1.6

%

 

1,373

 

0.5

%

Total revenues

   

265,508

 

100.0

%

 

255,819

 

100.0

%

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:

             

Company store operating costs:

             

Cost of food and beverage (exclusive of items shown separately below) (1)



29,225

 

25.1

%

 

27,982

 

24.7

%

Cost of entertainment and merchandise (exclusive of items shown separately below) (2)



8,522

 

5.9

%

 

8,559

 

6.1

%

Total cost of food, beverage, entertainment and merchandise (3)



37,747

 

14.4

%

 

36,541

 

14.4

%

Labor expenses (3)



67,173

 

25.7

%

 

63,946

 

25.1

%

Depreciation and amortization (3)



29,241

 

11.2

%

 

28,208

 

11.1

%

Rent expense (3)



24,458

 

9.4

%

 

20,075

 

7.9

%

Other store operating expenses (3)



33,519

 

12.8

%

 

32,399

 

12.7

%

Total Company store operating costs (3)



192,138

 

73.5

%

 

181,169

 

71.2

%

Other costs and expenses:

             

Advertising expense

   

11,452

 

4.3

%

 

11,040

 

4.3

%

General and administrative expenses

   

17,190

 

6.5

%

 

14,791

 

5.8

%

Transaction and severance costs

   

41

 

%

 

49,313

 

19.3

%

Total operating costs and expenses

   

220,821

 

83.2

%

 

256,313

 

100.2

%

Operating income (loss)

   

44,687

 

16.8

%

 

(494)

 

(0.2)

%

Interest expense

   

17,499

 

6.6

%

 

13,194

 

5.2

%

Income (loss) before income taxes

   

27,188

 

10.2

%

 

(13,688)

 

(5.4)

%

Income tax expense (benefit)

   

12,446

 

4.7

%

 

(520)

 

(0.2)

%

Net income (loss)

   

$

14,742

 

5.6

%

 

$

(13,168)

 

(5.1)

%

 

 

Percentages are expressed as a percent of total revenues (except as otherwise noted).

(1)

Percentage amount expressed as a percentage of food and beverage sales.

(2)

Percentage amount expressed as a percentage of entertainment and merchandise sales.

(3)

Percentage amount expressed as a percentage of total Company store sales.

Due to rounding, percentages presented in the table above may not sum to total. The percentage amounts for the components of cost of food and beverage and the cost of entertainment and merchandise may not sum to total due to the fact that cost of food and beverage and cost of entertainment and merchandise are expressed as a percentage of related food and beverage sales and entertainment and merchandise sales, as opposed to total Company store sales.

 

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

 
   

March 29,
2015

   

December 28,
2014

   

(Successor)

     

(Successor)

ASSETS

         

Current assets:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

151,624

     

$

110,994

 

Other current assets

 

56,399

     

62,651

 

Total current assets

 

208,023

     

173,645

 

Property and equipment, net

 

667,897

     

681,972

 

Goodwill

 

483,983

     

483,444

 

Intangible assets, net

 

491,211

     

491,400

 

Deferred financing costs, net

 

23,085

     

24,087

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

9,878

     

9,595

 

Total assets

 

$

1,884,077

     

$

1,864,143

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

         

Current liabilities:

         

Bank indebtedness and other long-term debt, current portion

 

$

9,545

     

$

9,545

 

Other current liabilities

 

128,406

     

107,650

 

Total current liabilities

 

137,951

     

117,195

 

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

 

15,371

     

15,476

 

Bank indebtedness and other long-term debt, less current portion

 

996,665

     

998,441

 

Deferred tax liability

 

209,923

     

222,915

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

218,086

     

217,530

 

Total liabilities

 

1,577,996

     

1,571,557

 

Stockholders' equity:

         

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 1,000 shares; 200 shares issued as of March 29, 2015 and December 28, 2014

 

     

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

355,982

     

355,587

 

Retained earnings (deficit)

 

(47,346)

     

(62,088)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

(2,555)

     

(913)

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

306,081

     

292,586

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

1,884,077

     

$

1,864,143

 

 

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

 
   

Three Months Ended

   

March 29, 
2015

 

March 30,
2014

   

(Successor)

    

(Combined)

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

14,742

   

$

(13,168)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

       

Depreciation and amortization

 

30,398

   

28,555

 

Deferred income taxes

 

(13,268)

   

(10,279)

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

391

   

12,225

 

Amortization of lease related liabilities

 

5

   

(298)

 

Amortization of original issue discount and deferred debt financing costs

 

1,137

   

599

 

(Gain)/Loss on asset disposals, net

 

1,244

   

1,268

 

Non-cash rent expense

 

2,136

   

(121)

 

Other adjustments

 

19

   

241

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

       

Operating assets

 

2,520

   

964

 

Operating liabilities

 

21,224

   

20,312

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

60,548

   

40,298

 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

       

Acquisition of Predecessor

 

   

(946,898)

 

Acquisition of Peter Piper Pizza

 

(663)

   

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(16,109)

   

(16,211)

 

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

97

   

149

 

Development of internal use software

 

(185)

   

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(16,860)

   

(962,960)

 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

       

Proceeds from secured credit facilities, net of original issue discount

 

   

756,200

 

Proceeds from senior notes

 

   

255,000

 

Repayment of Predecessor Facility

 

   

(348,000)

 

Repayments on senior term loan

 

(1,900)

   

 

Net repayments on revolving credit facility

 

   

(13,500)

 

Payment of debt financing costs

 

   

(27,575)

 

Equity contribution

 

   

350,000

 

Other financing activities

 

(497)

   

3,783

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

(2,397)

   

975,908

 

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash

 

(661)

   

(372)

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

 

40,630

   

52,874

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

110,994

   

39,870

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

151,624

   

$

92,744

 

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(Unaudited)
(in thousands)

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company reports and discusses its operating results using financial measures consistent with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). From time to time in the course of financial presentations, earnings conference calls or otherwise, the Company may disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures such as Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA"). The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is a measure that provides investors with additional information to measure our performance. We believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is appropriate to provide additional information to investors about certain material non-cash items and about unusual items that we do not expect to continue at the same level in the future, as well as other items. Further, we believe Adjusted EBITDA provides a meaningful measure of operating profitability because we use it for evaluating our business performance and understanding certain significant items. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release should not be viewed as alternatives or substitutes for the Company's reported GAAP results.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA expressed as a percentage of total revenues for the periods shown:

     

Three Months Ended

     

March 29,
2015

 

March 30,
2014

     

(Successor)

 

(Combined)

   

Total revenues

   

$

265,508

   

$

255,819

 

Net income (loss) as reported

   

$

14,742

   

$

(13,168)

 

Interest expense

   

17,499

   

13,194

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

   

12,446

   

(520)

 

Depreciation and amortization

   

30,398

   

28,555

 

Non-cash impairments, gain or loss on disposal

   

1,244

   

1,268

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation

   

391

   

12,639

 

Rent expense book to cash

   

2,211

   

1,250

 

Franchise revenue, net cash received

   

(65)

   

 

Impact of purchase accounting

   

232

   

194

 

Store pre-opening costs

   

244

   

260

 

One-time items

   

1,351

   

37,708

 

Cost savings initiatives

   

   

810

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   

$

80,693

   

$

82,190

 

Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of total revenues

   

30.4

%

 

32.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA, a measure used by management to assess operating performance, is defined as Net income (loss) plus interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization and adjusted to exclude asset impairments, the effects of acquisition accounting adjustments, transaction and severance costs, and certain other items.

CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
STORE COUNT INFORMATION
(Unaudited)

   
     

Three Months Ended

     

March 29,
2015

 

March 30,
2014

     

(Successor)

 

(Combined)

Number of Company-owned stores:

         

Beginning of period

   

559

   

522

 

New (1)



2

   

1

 

Acquired from franchisee

   

   

 

Closed (1)



(1)

   

(1)

 

End of period

   

560

   

522

 

Number of franchised stores:

         

Beginning of period

   

172

   

55

 

New

   

3

   

 

Acquired from franchisee

   

   

 

Closed

   

   

 

End of period

   

175

   

55

 

Total number of stores:

         

Beginning of period

   

731

   

577

 

New (2)



5

   

1

 

Acquired from franchisee

   

   

 

Closed (2)



(1)

   

(1)

 

End of period

   

735

   

577

 

 

   

(1)

The number of new and closed Company-owned stores during 2015 and 2014 included one and one stores, respectively, that were relocated.

(2)

The number of new and closed stores during 2015 and 2014 included one and one stores, respectively, that were relocated.

SOURCE CEC Entertainment, Inc.

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