RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports First Fiscal Quarter Financial Results

Pie Five Pizza Co. expands while Pizza Inn shows positive comparable store growth.

DALLAS - Nov. 9, 2016 // PRNewswire // - RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 ended September 25, 2016.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Total consolidated revenue increased 6.3% to $15.5 million compared to $14.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2016. 
  • Pie Five comparable store retail sales decreased 14.7% from the same period of the prior year.
  • Pie Five system-wide retail sales increased 35.5%, while average weekly sales declined 12.8%, year over year.
  • Pizza Inn domestic comparable store retail sales increased 0.2% from the same period of the prior year, while total domestic retail sales decreased by 1.6%.
  • Net loss of $1.5 million was $0.9 million greater than the same quarter of the prior year primarily due to closed store expenses, lease termination costs and lower sales and financial performance by Company-owned Pie Five stores.
  • On a fully diluted basis, the loss was $0.14 per share for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, compared to a loss of $0.05 per share for the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of ($0.2) million was $0.4 million less than the same quarter of the prior year.
  • Company-owned Pie Five operating cash flow decreased $0.6 million from the same period of the prior year.
  • Net addition of four Pie Five restaurants during the quarter brought the total Pie Five restaurants open at the end of the quarter to 92.

"Sales trends continued to be very challenging in the first fiscal quarter for the Pie Five system while sales in the Pizza Inn system were comparatively stable, and these trends have continued so far in the current quarter," said Clinton Coleman, Interim Chief Executive Officer for Rave Restaurant Group, Inc.  "We are implementing several new service, product, and marketing initiatives to address these poor traffic trends at Pie Five, including the recent launch of online ordering."

First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Operating Results

Total revenues for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 and the comparable prior year quarter were $15.5 million and $14.5 million, respectively, an increase of 6.3% year over year.  Additional franchise development fees previously received from Pie Five franchisees have been deferred and will be recognized as future restaurants are opened.  Pizza Inn domestic comparable store retail sales increased 0.2% from the same period in the prior year. 

For Pie Five, system-wide retail sales increased 35.5% for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 when compared to the same period in the prior year driven by a 57.9% increase in average units open, while system-wide average weekly sales decreased by 12.8%, year over year.  Comparable store retail sales decreased by 14.7% for the most recent fiscal quarter compared to the same period in the prior year.  The Pie Five comparable store retail sales were adversely impacted by restaurants recently entering the comparable store base having lower average sales than in prior years.   The Company believes that increased competition within the fast-casual segment and general industry softness contributed to weakened trends within the Pie Five system. 

"At Pie Five we are focused on making it faster and more convenient for our customers to get a consistently great personalized pizza," said Coleman. "Meanwhile, I'm pleased that Pizza Inn is performing relatively well in a tough dine-in restaurant environment, and the performance of recent new and remodeled franchised restaurants indicates a potential for establishing a sustainable growth path for the brand."

Development Review

In the first quarter of fiscal 2017, six new franchised Pie Five restaurants were opened, while one franchised and one Company restaurants were closed, bringing the fiscal quarter-end total unit count to 92 restaurants.  The Company signed two new franchise development agreements with an existing franchisee for up to 16 additional Pie Five restaurants in Louisiana and Nevada.  The Company currently has franchise restaurant development commitments totaling up to an additional 363 Pie Five restaurants.

"We have an accelerated rate of franchised restaurant openings in the next six months, including stores in several new markets," said Coleman.

Conference Call

A conference call and audio webcast has been scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Central time today to discuss these results. Details of the conference call are as follows:

Date:

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Time:

 

5:00 p.m. Central time

Dial-In #:

 

1-877-870-4263 U.S. & Canada

   

1-412-317-0790 International

Alternatively, the conference call will be webcast at www.raverg.com on the "Investor Relations" webpage. A web-based archive of the conference call will also be available at the above website.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in evaluating operating performance.  These non-GAAP financial measures should not be viewed as an alternative or substitute for its financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.  Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, pre-opening expense, gain/loss on sale of assets, costs related to impairment, other lease charges, non-operating store costs and discontinued operations.  A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income is included with the accompanying financial statements. 

Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release, other than historical information, may be considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve numerous risks, uncertainties and assumptions.  Assumptions relating to these forward-looking statements involve judgments with respect to, among other things, future economic, competitive and market conditions, regulatory framework and future business decisions, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict accurately and many of which are beyond the control of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.  Although the assumptions underlying these forward-looking statements are believed to be reasonable, any of the assumptions could be inaccurate and, therefore, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate.  In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in these forward-looking statements, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation that the objectives and plans of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. will be achieved. 

About RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.

Founded in 1958, Dallas-based RAVE Restaurant Group [NASDAQ: RAVE] owns, operates and franchises more than 300 Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn restaurants domestically and internationally. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a leader in the rapidly growing fast-casual pizza space offering made-to-order pizzas ready in under five minutes. Pizza Inn is an international chain featuring freshly made pizzas, along with salads, pastas, and desserts. The Company's common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "RAVE". For more information, please visit www.raverg.com.

Contact:

Jami Zimmerman
Investor Relations
RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.
469-384-5132

RAVE RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

                   
                   
             

Three Months Ended

             

September 25,

 

September 27,

             

2016

 

2015

                   
                   

REVENUES:

     

$           15,456

 

$           14,536

                   

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

           
 

Cost of sales

     

13,882

 

12,350

 

General and administrative expenses

     

1,903

 

1,569

 

Franchise expenses

     

852

 

859

 

Pre-opening expenses

     

19

 

432

 

Loss on sale of assets

     

43

 

-

 

Other lease charges

     

169

 

-

 

Bad debt

     

53

 

103

 

Interest expense

     

-

 

1

 

 

     Total costs and expenses

     

16,921

 

15,314

                   

LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS BEFORE TAXES

     

(1,465)

 

(778)

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

     

14

 

(258)

LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

     

(1,479)

 

(520)

                   
 

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes

     

(17)

 

(37)

NET LOSS

     

$            (1,496)

 

$               (557)

                   

LOSS PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK - BASIC:

           
 

Loss from continuing operations

     

$              (0.14)

 

$              (0.05)

 

Loss from discontinued operations

     

-

 

-

 

Net loss

     

$              (0.14)

 

$              (0.05)

                   

LOSS PER SHARE OF COMMON STOCK - DILUTED:

           
                   
 

Loss from continuing operations

     

$              (0.14)

 

$              (0.05)

 

Loss from discontinued operations

     

-

 

-

 

Net loss

     

$              (0.14)

 

$              (0.05)

                   

Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic

     

10,469

 

10,342

                   

Weighted average common and potential dilutive common shares outstanding

           
     

10,569

 

10,954

 

RAVE RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share amounts)

                   
             

September 25,

 

June 26,

ASSETS

   

2016 (unaudited)

 

2016

                   

CURRENT ASSETS

         
 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

285

 

1,104

 

Accounts receivable, less allowance for bad debts accounts of $252 and $198, respectively

   

2,714

 

2,780

 

Notes receivable

   

143

 

167

 

Inventories

   

192

 

197

 

Income tax receivable

   

194

 

194

 

Prepaid expenses and other

   

471

 

430

     

Total current assets

   

3,999

 

4,872

                   

LONG-TERM ASSETS

         
 

Property, plant and equipment, net

   

12,306

 

12,979

 

Long-term notes receivable

   

353

 

382

 

Deposits and other

   

279

 

272

       

Total assets

 

$

16,937

$

18,505

                   

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

         

CURRENT LIABILITIES

         
 

Accounts payable - trade

 

$

3,239

 

3,815

 

Accrued expenses

   

1,012

 

1,220

 

Deferred rent

   

152

 

160

 

Deferred revenues

   

258

 

304

     

Total current liabilities

   

4,661

 

5,499

                   

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

         
 

Deferred rent, net of current portion

   

1,564

 

1,710

 

Deferred revenues, net of current portion

   

1,475

 

1,440

 

Other long-term liabilities

   

479

 

453

     

Total liabilities

   

8,179

 

9,102

                   

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES  (See Note 2)

         
                   

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

         
 

 

Common stock, $.01 par value; authorized 26,000,000 shares; issued 17,775,951 and 17,460,951 shares, respectively;

outstanding 10,656,551 and 10,341,551 shares, respectively
   

178

 

175

 

Additional paid-in capital

   

26,626

 

25,778

 

Retained earnings

   

6,590

 

8,086

 

 

Treasury stock at cost 7,119,400 shares

   

(24,636)

 

(24,636)

     

Total shareholders' equity 

   

8,758

 

9,403

       

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity 

 

$

16,937

$

18,505

 

RAVE RESTAURANT GROUP, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

                 
           

Three Months Ended

           

September 25,

 

September 27,

           

2016

 

2015

                 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

     
                 
 

Net loss

 

$             (1,496)

 

$                  (557)

 

 

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

     
   

Depreciation and amortization

790

 

517

   

Stock compensation expense

45

 

45

   

Deferred income taxes

-

 

(281)

   

Loss on sale of assets

43

 

-

   

Provision for bad debt

53

 

103

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

     
   

Notes and accounts receivable

66

 

258

   

Inventories

5

 

(33)

   

Accounts payable - trade

(577)

 

414

   

Accrued expenses

(182)

 

151

   

Deferred rent

(154)

 

-

   

Deferred revenue

(11)

 

116

   

Prepaid expenses and other

(50)

 

10

   

Cash (used in) provided by operating activities

(1,468)

 

743

                 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

     
 

Proceeds from sale of assets

5

 

-

 

Capital expenditures

(162)

 

(3,564)

   

Cash used in investing activities

(157)

 

(3,564)

                 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

     
 

Proceeds from sale of stock

-

 

779

 

Proceeds from stock options

806

 

-

   

Cash provided by financing activities 

806

 

779

                 

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(819)

 

(2,042)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

1,104

 

5,958

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$                  285

 

$                3,916

                 
                 
                 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION

                 
                 

CASH PAYMENTS FOR:

     
                 
 

Interest

 

$                      -

 

$                       1

 

Income taxes - net

$                    25

 

$                       5

SOURCE RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.

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