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CEC Entertainment, Inc. Reports Third Quarter YTD Comparable Venue Sales Growth

IRVING, Texas, Nov. 7, 2019 // PRNewswire // - CEC Entertainment, Inc. ("CEC" or the "Company"), a nationally recognized leader in family entertainment and dining, today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 29, 2019.

Nine-Month and Third Quarter Results (1)

For the nine months ended September 29, 2019, comparable venue sales increased 2.7% over the prior year period. Total revenues for the nine months ended September 29, 2019 increased from $693.2 million to $706.1 million. Comparable venue sales declined 0.9% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to the third quarter of 2018. For the third quarter of 2019, total revenues decreased $3.3 million, or 1.5%, to $217.6 million, compared to $220.9 million in the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in revenues for the third quarter was primarily attributable to the decline in comparable venue sales, and a net Play Pass revenue deferral of $0.7 million, compared to $1.7 million in net breakage for the third quarter of 2018.

The Company reported a net loss of $15.3 million for the third quarter of 2019, compared to a net loss of $9.5 million for the third quarter of 2018. The net loss for the current quarter was impacted by the decrease in Company-operated venue sales and an $8.2 million impairment charge related to some of our less profitable locations compared to a $5.3 million impairment charge in the prior year. Additionally, the net loss was impacted by a $2.9 million loss on debt extinguishment in connection with the refinancing of our senior secured debt facilities, and an increase in interest expense driven by a higher average interest rate on our variable rate debt. These negative impacts were partially offset by lower venue level operating costs and expenses.

"Revenue was up for the first nine months of 2019, driven by an increase in comparable venue sales," said Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer. "While we had five consecutive quarters of comparable venue sales growth coming into this quarter, we fell short of our goal for the third quarter, but recent trends have returned solidly positive. I am encouraged to see that our comparable venue sales growth for October is approximately 2.5%."

Adjusted EBITDA (1) for the nine-month period ended September 29, 2019 increased $9.1 million, or 6.3%, to $153.4 million from $144.3 million for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2018. For the third quarter of 2019, Adjusted EBITDA increased $0.4 million, or 0.9%, to $38.9 million from $38.5 million for the third quarter of 2018.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

As of September 29, 2019, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $105.1 million with net availability of $105.5 million on the undrawn revolving credit facility. There is $1.0 billion of principal outstanding on the Company's long-term debt.

On August 30, 2019, the Company entered into a new credit agreement that provides senior secured financing consisting of (i) a $114 million revolving credit facility with a maturity date of August 30, 2024 (the "revolver maturity date"), and (ii) a $760 million term loan facility with a maturity date of August 30, 2026 (the "term loan maturity date"). The net proceeds from the term loans, plus cash on hand, were used to repay loans outstanding under the Company's existing secured credit facilities and to pay related fees and expenses. The new credit agreement includes a springing maturity clause whereby in the event that more than $50 million of the Company's 8% senior notes due February 15, 2022 remain outstanding on the date that is 91 days prior to the stated maturity date of the notes, the revolver and term loan maturity dates will spring to such earlier date.

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company made $26.2 million of capital expenditures, of which $12.0 million related to growth initiatives, $1.7 million related to IT initiatives, and $12.5 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 September 29, 2019, the Company's system-wide portfolio consisted of:

   

Chuck E. Cheese

 

Peter Piper Pizza

 

Total

Company operated

 

514

 

39

 

553

Domestic franchised

 

25

 

61

 

86

International franchised

 

71

 

28

 

99

Total

 

610

 

128

 

738

Conference Call Information:

Tom Leverton, Chief Executive Officer, and Jim Howell, Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call beginning this morning at 8:00 a.m. Central Time. The call can be accessed by dialing (929) 477-0324 and conference code 3648507.

A replay of the call will be available from 11:00 a.m. Central Time on November 7, 2019 through 10:59 p.m. Central Time on November 21, 2019 and can be accessed by dialing (412) 317-6671 and conference code 3648507. Investors and interested parties may also listen to a live and archived webcast of the conference call by visiting www.chuckecheese.com under the link "Investor Relations."

About CEC Entertainment, Inc.

CEC Entertainment, Inc. is the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment with both its Chuck E. Cheese and Peter Piper Pizza restaurants. As the place where a million happy birthdays are celebrated every year, Chuck E. Cheese's goal is to create positive, lifelong memories for families through fun, food, and play and is the place Where A Kid Can Be A Kid®. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®. As a strong advocate for its local communities, Chuck E. Cheese 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 features dining, entertainment and carryout with a neighborhood pizzeria feel and "pizza made fresh, families made happy" culture. 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 September 29, 2019, the Company and its franchisees operated a system of 610 Chuck E. Cheese and 128 Peter Piper Pizza venues, with locations in 47 states and 15 foreign countries and territories. For more information, visit chuckecheese.com and peterpiperpizza.com.

Contacts:

Jim Howell
Investor Inquiries
Chief Financial Officer
CEC Entertainment, Inc.
(972) 258-4525
jhowell@cecentertainment.com

Sara Spencer
Media Inquiries
Current Marketing for Chuck E. Cheese
CEC Entertainment, Inc.
(312) 935-1223
Current@cecentertainment.com

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 30, 2018, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 12, 2019. 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;
  • the impact of labor scheduling legislation;
  • 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 third-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;
  • impairment charges for goodwill, indefinite-lived intangible assets or other long-lived assets;
  • our ability to successfully integrate the operations of companies we acquire;
  • 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 30, 2018, filed with the SEC on March 12, 2019.

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.

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

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 
 

September 29,
 2019

 

September 30,
 2018

 

September 29,
 2019

 

September 30,
 2018

 

REVENUES:

                                 

Food and beverage sales

$

92,645

 

42.6%

 

$

94,023

 

42.6%

 

$

302,111

 

42.8%

 

$

308,658

 

44.5%

 

Entertainment and merchandise sales

119,688

 

55.0%

 

121,611

 

55.0%

 

386,778

 

54.8%

 

368,633

 

53.2%

 

Total company venue sales

212,333

 

97.6%

 

215,634

 

97.6%

 

688,889

 

97.6%

 

677,291

 

97.7%

 

Franchise fees and royalties

5,261

 

2.4%

 

5,311

 

2.4%

 

17,194

 

2.4%

 

15,917

 

2.3%

 

Total revenues

217,594

 

100.0%

 

220,945

 

100.0%

 

706,083

 

100.0%

 

693,208

 

100.0%

 

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES:

                               

Company venue operating costs and expenses (excluding Depreciation and amortization):

                               

Cost of food and beverage (1)

21,302

 

23.0%

 

22,520

 

24.0%

 

69,239

 

22.9%

 

72,774

 

23.6%

 

Cost of entertainment and merchandise (2)

10,113

 

8.4%

 

9,874

 

8.1%

 

31,311

 

8.1%

 

27,676

 

7.5%

 

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

31,415

 

14.8%

 

32,394

 

15.0%

 

100,550

 

14.6%

 

100,450

 

14.8%

 

Labor expenses (3)

63,213

 

29.8%

 

65,028

 

30.2%

 

199,693

 

29.0%

 

194,994

 

28.8%

 

Lease costs (3)

27,559

 

13.0%

 

23,851

 

11.1%

 

82,102

 

11.9%

 

72,615

 

10.7%

 

Other venue operating expenses (3)

34,586

 

16.3%

 

38,232

 

17.7%

 

102,536

 

14.9%

 

113,363

 

16.7%

 

Total company venue operating costs and expenses (3)

156,773

 

73.8%

 

159,505

 

74.0%

 

484,881

 

70.4%

 

481,422

 

71.1%

 

Other costs and expenses:

                                 

Advertising expense

10,803

 

5.0%

 

11,058

 

5.0%

 

34,033

 

4.8%

 

38,010

 

5.5%

 

General and administrative expenses

13,051

 

6.0%

 

13,193

 

6.0%

 

42,944

 

6.1%

 

39,519

 

5.7%

 

Depreciation and amortization

24,622

 

11.3%

 

24,739

 

11.2%

 

73,074

 

10.3%

 

76,804

 

11.1%

 

Transaction, severance and related litigation costs

371

 

0.2%

 

(263)

 

(0.1)%

 

402

 

0.1%

 

463

 

0.1%

 

Asset impairments

8,202

 

3.8%

 

5,344

 

2.4%

 

9,487

 

1.3%

 

6,935

 

1.0%

 

Total operating costs and expenses

213,822

 

98.3%

 

213,576

 

96.7%

 

644,821

 

91.3%

 

643,153

 

92.8%

 

Operating income

3,772

 

1.7%

 

7,369

 

3.3%

 

61,262

 

8.7%

 

50,055

 

7.2%

 

Interest expense

22,029

 

10.1%

 

19,069

 

8.6%

 

61,816

 

8.8%

 

56,740

 

8.2%

 

Loss on extinguishment of debt

2,910

 

1.3%

 

 

—%

 

2,910

 

0.4%

 

 

—%

 

Loss before income taxes

(21,167)

 

(9.7)%

 

(11,700)

 

(5.3)%

 

(3,464)

 

(0.5)%

 

(6,685)

 

(1.0)%

 

Income tax benefit

(5,833)

 

(2.7)%

 

(2,213)

 

(1.0)%

 

(642)

 

(0.1)%

 

(454)

 

(0.1)%

 

Net loss

$

(15,334) 

 

(7.0)%

 

$

(9,487)

 

(4.3)%

 

$

(2,822)

 

(0.4)%

 

$

(6,231)

 

(0.9)%

 
 

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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 venue 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 venue sales.

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

 
   

September 29,
2019

 

December 30,
2018

 

ASSETS

         

Current assets:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

105,059

 

$

63,170

 

Restricted cash

   

212

   

151

 

Other current assets

 

62,429

 

83,411

 

Total current assets

 

167,700

 

146,732

 

Property and equipment, net

 

525,107

 

539,185

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net (1)

 

536,057

 

 

Goodwill

 

484,438

 

484,438

 

Intangible assets, net

 

469,218

 

477,085

 

Other noncurrent assets

 

16,794

 

18,725

 

Total assets

 

$

2,199,314

 

$

1,666,165

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDER'S EQUITY

         

Current liabilities:

         

Bank indebtedness and other long-term debt, current portion

 

$

7,600

 

$

7,600

 

Operating lease obligations, current portion (1)

   

49,203

   

 

Other current liabilities

 

122,497

 

98,982

 

Total current liabilities

 

179,300

 

106,582

 

Operating lease obligations, less current portion (1)

 

522,380

 

 

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

current portion

 

 

958,986

 

 

961,514

 

Deferred tax liability

 

102,721

 

107,058

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

196,030

 

248,440

 

Total liabilities

 

1,959,417

 

1,423,594

 

Stockholder's equity:

         

Common stock, $0.01 par value; authorized 1,000 shares; 200 shares issued as of September 29, 2019 and December 30, 2018

 

 

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

359,930

 

359,570

 

Accumulated deficit

 

(118,482)

 

(115,660)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(1,551)

 

(1,339)

 

Total stockholder's equity

 

239,897

 

242,571

 

Total liabilities and stockholder's equity

 

$

2,199,314

 

$

1,666,165

 

_______________

(1)

Effective December 31, 2018, the Company adopted ASC 842 using the modified retrospective approach. Under the modified retrospective approach, the comparative information has not been restated and continues to be reported under the accounting standards in effect for that period.

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

   

Nine Months Ended

   

September 29,
 2019

 

September 30,

2018

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,822)

 

$

(6,231)

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

       

  Loss on extinguishment of debt

 

2,910

 

  Depreciation and amortization

 

73,074

 

76,804

  Asset impairments

 

9,487

 

6,935

  Deferred income taxes

 

(4,261)

 

(3,314)

  Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,985

 

169

  Amortization of lease related liabilities

 

 

(749)

  Amortization of original issue discount and deferred debt financing costs

 

3,544

 

3,284

  Debt refinancing costs

 

694

 

  Loss on asset disposals, net

 

2,903

 

2,551

  Non-cash lease costs

 

2,438

 

4,109

 Change in operating lease liabilities

 

(1,219)

 

 Other adjustments

 

(170)

 

531

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

       

Operating assets

 

2,518

 

(1,547)

Operating liabilities

 

24,563

 

(67)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

115,644

 

82,475

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

       

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(60,388)

 

(55,202)

Development of internal use software

 

(787)

 

(1,992)

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

 

160

 

464

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(61,015)

 

(56,730)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

       

Proceeds from senior notes

 

479,449

 

Repayments on senior term loan

 

(473,749)

 

(5,700)

Payment of debt financing costs

 

(15,375)

 

(395)

Other financing activities

 

(2,999)

 

(2,561)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(12,674)

 

(8,656)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash

 

(5)

 

51

Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

41,950

 

17,140

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

63,321

 

67,312

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

 

$

105,271

 

$

84,452

                     

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 (i) the annualized full year effect of Company-operated and franchised venues that were opened and closed during the year, and (ii) the projected annualized run-rate expected to be achieved from major remodels under development. 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 our net loss to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin for the periods shown:

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 29,
 2019

 

September 30,
 2018

 

September 29,
 2019

 

September 30,
 2018

           

Total revenues

$

217,594

 

$

220,945

 

$

706,083

 

$

693,208

Net loss as reported

$

(15,334)

 

$

(9,487)

 

$

(2,822)

 

$

(6,231)

Interest expense

22,029

 

19,069

 

61,816

 

56,740

Income tax benefit

(5,833)

 

(2,213)

 

(642)

 

(454)

Depreciation and amortization

24,622

 

24,739

 

73,074

 

76,804

EBITDA

25,484

 

32,108

 

131,426

 

126,859

Asset impairments

8,202

 

5,344

 

9,487

 

6,935

Loss on asset disposals, net

920

 

513

 

2,903

 

2,551

Unrealized loss (gain) on foreign exchange

168

 

(412)

 

(469)

 

283

Non-cash stock-based compensation

(111)

 

(58)

 

2,000

 

169

Lease costs book to cash

783

 

945

 

2,481

 

5,133

Franchise revenue, net cash received

464

 

(30)

 

1,634

 

712

Impact of purchase accounting

31

 

 

31

 

Venue pre-opening costs

170

 

81

 

386

 

105

One-time and unusual items

2,781

 

44

 

3,566

 

1,511

Adjusted EBITDA

$

38,892

 

$

38,535

 

$

153,445

 

$

144,258

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

17.9%

 

17.4%

 

21.7%

 

20.8%

SOURCE CEC Entertainment, Inc.

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