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CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Financial Results for the 2018 Fourth Quarter

IRVING, Texas - Feb. 21, 2019 // PRNewswire // - CEC Entertainment, Inc. (the "Company") today announced financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 30, 2018.

Fourth quarter Results (1)

Comparable venue sales increased 3.3% in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared to the fourth quarter of 2017, and total revenues increased $6.2 million or 3.1% to $202.9 million in the fourth quarter. The increase in comparable venue sales was offset by a $0.7 million decrease in revenue due to temporary store closures.

The Company reported a net loss of $14.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared to net income of $52.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was positively impacted by a $66.6 million adjustment to our deferred income tax liability related to the tax law changes enacted in December 2017. Before the impact of this adjustment, our fourth quarter 2017 net loss was $13.7 million, compared to our net loss of $14.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2018. The net loss for the current quarter was positively impacted by the increase in Company-operated venue sales and lower food and beverage costs driven by the favorable impact of commodity prices and volume. These favorable impacts were partially offset by higher labor expenses from wage inflation, and increased entertainment and merchandise costs related to the All You Can Play and More Tickets initiatives we launched nationally in the third quarter of 2018. Additionally, the net loss was impacted by a $2.0 million increase in interest expense driven by the impact of the increase in LIBOR rates on our variable rate debt.

"In the fourth quarter, we continued to make great progress in advancing our brand and enhancing the experience we deliver to our guests, leading to our third consecutive quarter of comparable store growth," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "We are excited by the positive impact of the new All You Can Play game packages and More Tickets initiatives we launched nationally in the third quarter, and we are optimistic about our venue remodel program and additional planned initiatives and tests to drive even more improvements to the business and improve profitability."

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $30.9 million, an increase of $4.1 million from the fourth quarter of 2017.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of December 30, 2018, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $63.2 million with net availability of $141.0 million on the undrawn revolving credit facility. There is $978.9 million principal outstanding on the Company's long-term debt.

During the fourth quarter of 2018, the Company made $22.6 million of capital expenditures, of which $10.1 million related to growth initiatives, $0.9 million related to IT initiatives, and $11.6 million related to maintenance capital expenditures, primarily consisting of game enhancements and general venue capital expenditures.

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(1)

For our definition of Adjusted EBITDA, see the financial table "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" included within this press release.

As of December 30, 2018, the Company's system-wide portfolio consisted of:

   

Chuck E. Cheese's

 

Peter Piper Pizza

 

Total

Company operated

 

515

 

39

 

554

Domestic franchised

 

26

 

61

 

87

International franchised

 

65

 

44

 

109

Total

 

606

 

144

 

750

Conference Call Information:

The Company will host a conference call beginning at 9:00 a.m. Central Time on Friday, February 22, 2019. The call can be accessed by dialing (855) 743-8451 or (330) 968-0151 for international participants and conference code 8693585.

A replay of the call will be available from 12:00 p.m. Central Time on February 22, 2019 through 10:59 p.m. Central Time on March 8, 2019. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing (800) 585-8367 or (404) 537-3406 for international participants and conference code 8693585.

About CEC Entertainment, Inc.

CEC Entertainment is the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment with both its Chuck E. Cheese's and Peter Piper Pizza venues. As America's #1 place for birthdays and the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid ®, Chuck E. Cheese's goal is to create positive, lifelong memories for families through fun, play and delicious handmade pizza. With the first-of-its-kind gaming experience, All You Can Play, kids have access to play every game at Chuck E. Cheese's, as many times as they want on any day, without any restrictions. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese's helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®. As a strong advocate for its local communities, Chuck E. Cheese's has donated more than $16 million to schools through its fundraising programs and supports its new national charity partner, Boys and Girls Clubs of America. Peter Piper Pizza, with its neighborhood pizzeria feel, features dining, entertainment and carryout. The solution to 'the family night out', Peter Piper Pizza takes pride in delivering quality food and fun that reconnects family and friends. With a bold design and contemporary layout, an open kitchen revealing much of their handcrafted food preparation, the latest technology and games, and beer and wine for adults, Peter Piper Pizza restaurants appeal to parents and kids alike. As of December 30, 2018, the Company and its franchisees operated a system of 606 Chuck E. Cheese's and 144 Peter Piper Pizza venues, with locations in 47 states and 14 foreign countries and territories. For more information, visit chuckecheese.com and peterpiperpizza.com.

Media Inquiries:

Current Marketing for Chuck E. Cheese's
Current@cecentertainment.com
(312) 935-1223

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "target," "will," "would" and, in each case, their negative or other various or comparable terminology. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, objectives of management and expected market growth, 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 31, 2017, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 28, 2018. 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:

  • our strategy, outlook and growth prospects;
  • our operational and financial targets and dividend policy;
  • our planned expansion of the venue base and the implementation of the new design in our existing venues;
  • general economic trends and trends in the industry and markets; and
  • the competitive environment in which we operate.

These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our results to vary from expectations include, but are not limited to:

  • negative publicity and changes in consumer preferences;
  • our ability to successfully expand and update our current venue base;
  • our ability to successfully implement our marketing strategy;
  • our ability to compete effectively in an environment of intense competition;
  • our ability to weather economic uncertainty and changes in consumer discretionary spending;
  • increases in food, labor and other operating costs;
  • our ability to successfully open international franchises and to operate under the United States and foreign anti-corruption
    laws that govern those international ventures;
  • risks related to our substantial indebtedness;
  • failure of our information technology systems to support our current and growing businesses;
  • disruptions to our commodity distribution system;
  • our dependence on fourth-party vendors to provide us with sufficient quantities of new entertainment-related equipment, prizes and merchandise at acceptable prices;
  • risks from product liability claims and product recalls;
  • the impact of governmental laws and regulations and the outcomes of legal proceedings;
  • potential liability under certain state property laws;
  • fluctuations in our financial results due to new venue openings;
  • local conditions, natural disasters, terrorist attacks and other events and public health issues;
  • the seasonality of our business;
  • inadequate insurance coverage;
  • labor shortages and immigration reform;
  • loss of certain personnel;
  • our ability to protect our trademarks or other proprietary rights;
  • risks associated with owning and leasing real estate, as well as the risks from any forced venue relocation or closure;
  • our ability to successfully integrate the operations of companies we acquire;
  • impairment charges for goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets or other long-lived assets;
  • our failure to maintain adequate internal controls over our financial and management systems; and
  • other risks, uncertainties and factors set forth in Part I, Item 1A. "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, filed with the SEC on March 28, 2018.

The forward-looking statements made in this press release reflect our views with respect to future events as of the date of this press release and are based on assumptions and subject to risks and uncertainties. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or review publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this report. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any future acquisitions, merger, dispositions, joint ventures or investments we may undertake. We qualify all of our forward-looking statements by these cautionary statements.

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

 
   

December 30,

2018

 

December 31,
 2017

 

ASSETS

         

Current assets:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

63,170

 

$

67,200

 

Restricted cash

   

151

   

112

 

Other current assets

 

83,411

 

73,419

 

Total current assets

 

146,732

 

140,731

 

Property and equipment, net

 

539,185

 

570,021

 

Goodwill

 

484,438

 

484,438

 

Intangible assets, net

 

477,085

 

480,377

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

18,725

 

19,477

 

Total assets

 

$

1,666,165

 

$

1,695,044

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER'S EQUITY

         

Current liabilities:

         

Bank indebtedness and other long-term debt, current portion

 

$

7,600

 

$

7,600

 

Other current liabilities

 

98,981

 

102,689

 

Total current liabilities

 

106,581

 

110,289

 

Capital lease obligations, less current portion

 

12,330

 

13,010

 

Bank indebtedness and other long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs, less

current portion

 

 

961,514

 

 

965,213

 

Deferred tax liability

 

107,058

 

114,186

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

236,110

 

230,198

 

Total liabilities

 

1,423,593

 

1,432,896

 

Stockholder's equity:

         

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 1,000 shares; 200 shares issued as of

December 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017

 

 

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

359,571

 

359,233

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(115,660)

 

(95,199)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(1,339)

 

(1,886)

 

Total stockholder's equity

 

242,572

 

262,148

 

Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

 

$

1,666,165

 

$

1,695,044

 

 

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

 
   

Twelve Months Ended

   

December 30,
 2018

 

December 31,
 2017

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

(20,461)

 

$

53,066

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

       

  Depreciation and amortization

 

100,720

 

109,771

  Asset impairments

 

6,935

 

1,843

 Deferred income taxes

 

(8,182)

 

(71,875)

  Stock-based compensation expense

 

324

 

606

  Amortization of lease related liabilities

 

(993)

 

(632)

 Amortization of original issue discount and deferred debt financing costs

 

4,344

 

4,546

  Loss on asset disposals, net

 

3,436

 

7,398

  Non-cash rent expense

 

5,372

 

4,884

  Other adjustments

 

768

 

322

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

       

Operating assets

 

(7,051)

 

(1,600)

Operating liabilities

 

1,578

 

(4,032)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

86,790

 

104,297

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

       

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(77,088)

 

(90,958)

Development of internal use software

 

(2,756)

 

(3,243)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

560

 

489

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(79,284)

 

(93,712)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

       

Repayments on senior term loan

 

(7,600)

 

(7,600)

Proceeds from sale leaseback transaction

 

 

4,073

Other financing activities

 

(3,947)

 

(1,503)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(11,547)

 

(5,030)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash

 

50

 

466

Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(3,991)

 

6,021

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

67,312

 

61,291

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

 

$

63,321

 

$

67,312

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

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Certain financial measures presented in this press release, such as Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") and Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues ("Adjusted EBITDA Margin") are not recognized terms under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). The Company's management believes that the presentation of these measures is appropriate to provide useful information to investors regarding its operating performance and its capacity to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures. Further, the Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is used by many investors, analysts and rating agencies as a measure of performance. The Company also presents Adjusted EBITDA because it is substantially similar to Credit Agreement EBITDA, a measure used in calculating financial ratios and other calculations under our debt agreements, except for excluding the annualized full year effect of Company-operated and franchised venues that were opened and closed during the year. By reporting Adjusted EBITDA, the Company provides a basis for comparison of its business operations between current, past and future periods by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.

The Company's definition of Adjusted EBITDA allows for the exclusion of certain non-cash and other income and expense items that are used in calculating net income from continuing operations. However, these are items that may recur, vary greatly and can be difficult to predict. They can represent the effect of long-term strategies as opposed to short-term results. In addition, certain of these items can represent the reduction of cash that could be used for other corporate purposes. These measures should not be considered as alternatives to operating income, cash flows from operating activities or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP as measures of operating performance, or cash flows as measures of liquidity. These measures have important limitations as analytical tools, and users should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Because of these limitations, the Company relies primarily on its GAAP results and uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin only supplementally.

The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin for the periods shown:

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

December 30,
 2018

 

December 31,
 2017

 

December 30,
 2018

 

December 31,
 2017

Total revenues

$

202,859

 

$

196,681

 

$

896,066

 

$

886,771

Net income (loss) as reported

$

(14,232)

   

52,868

 

$

(20,461)

 

$

53,066

Interest expense

19,544

 

17,542

 

76,283

 

69,115

Income tax benefit

(4,567)

 

(76,131)

 

(5,021)

 

(74,291)

Depreciation and amortization

23,916

 

26,707

 

100,720

 

109,771

Asset impairments

 

 

6,935

 

1,843

Loss on asset disposals, net

885

 

1,941

 

3,436

 

7,398

Unrealized loss on foreign exchange

971

 

 

1,255

 

Non-cash stock-based compensation

155

 

86

 

324

 

606

Rent expense book to cash

1,848

 

1,627

 

6,982

 

5,655

Franchise revenue, net cash received

920

 

343

 

1,632

 

Impact of purchase accounting

 

33

 

 

817

Venue pre-opening costs

78

 

261

 

183

 

904

One-time and unusual items

1,390

 

1,539

 

2,898

 

5,916

Adjusted EBITDA

$

30,908

 

$

26,816

 

$

175,166

 

$

180,800

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

15.2%

 

13.6%

 

19.5%

 

20.4%

SOURCE CEC Entertainment, Inc.

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