MINNEAPOLIS - Nov. 04, 2015 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // - Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (NASDAQ:DAVE) today reported financial results for the third quarter ending September 27, 2015.
Highlights for the third quarter of 2015 as compared to the third quarter of 2014:
Highlights for the nine months ended September 27, 2015 as compared to the nine months ended September 28, 2014:
Adam Wright, Interim CEO, commented “Late in the second quarter and early in the third quarter, there was a significant change in senior management and the Board, as the Board was not satisfied with the direction of the company and its results. The new Board and senior management team has dedicated significant attention to improving the performance of the Famous Dave’s system, from a keen focus on customer experience and improving food and labor cost management to improving the effectiveness and impact of our marketing efforts. While we are now confident in the direction of the company, the changes will take time to take effect as we undo the mistakes of prior management and attempt to win back customers we disappointed while at the same time acquiring new customers. We expect to see an improvement in our financial performance in the next few quarters, after we implement our changes.
Although the quarter results are disappointing, the company has taken significant action and is making progress that benefits the business in the long term, including the following items:
We believe greater transparency is needed regarding our unacceptable labor costs during the quarter. Late in the second quarter under prior management, the company transitioned its labor management system to a new platform. The change to the company’s labor management system did not allow our store managers to effectively adjust labor to match changes in sales (as they had under the previous system) and react to the negative declines experienced from the prior managements menu changes. Needless to say, the new management team reversed the labor system as quickly as possible. However, as with many changes, it took time to implement. We are happy to announce, as of Monday, the previous and more effective labor management system has been restored in all of our corporate stores.
While it is always darkest before the dawn, we believe the organization is getting excited about the long-term prospects for Famous Dave’s as a concept, not only to the return of positive same store sales, but long term highly profitable growth. It will just take some time.
I am confident as next year progresses we will see the benefits of these actions to better position the business for the long term. I would like to thank and acknowledge our team and franchisees, who care deeply about our company and future success, and work extremely hard to move the business forward. Our sole focus is on maximizing long-term shareholder value and with our efforts to rebuild our culture, and our unfaltering passion for serving guests our award–winning Bar-B-Que, we are moving the company forward. We are working hard to correct the mistakes of prior management, and, as importantly, building on the Company’s strengths going forward. With the high quality of our corporate team, our franchise partners, and our food, I remain confident our Company’s long-term growth prospects remain intact.”
Famous Dave's ended the quarter with 179 restaurants, including 44 company-owned restaurants and 135 franchise-operated restaurants, located in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and Canada. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, we opened one franchise-operated restaurant in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Due in large part to the incurrence of various one-time charges resulting from management and strategic changes, we were no longer in compliance with the adjusted leverage and cash flow ratios under our Wells Fargo credit agreement at the end of the third fiscal quarter. The Company is currently in discussions with Wells Fargo to address the noncompliance and anticipate resolution with a waiver, amendment or standstill prior to the filing of the Company's third quarter Form 10-Q.
The company will host a conference call November 4, 2015, 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.
Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. As of today, the company owns 44 locations and franchises 136 additional units in 33 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.
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