Revenue Growth, Improved Revenue Mix and Efficiency Initiatives Drive Improved Operating Results
CHARLOTTE, NC – November 9, 2016 — Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) (“Chanticleer,” or the “Company”), owner, operator and franchisor of multiple branded restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
Third Quarter Revenue Increases 18%; Company Achieves Second Consecutive Quarter of Adjusted EBITDA Profitability:
- Total revenue for the third quarter increased 18.3% to $11.0 million, primarily from growth in the Fast Casual Better Burger segment.
- Cost of sales improved to 33.1% compared to 33.6% in the comparable quarter last year.
- Operating expenses as a percentage of restaurant sales improved to 54.8% compared to 57.3% in the comparable quarter last year.
- General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue decreased to 12.3% from 17.8% in the comparable quarter last year.
- Net loss from continuing operations improved to $(0.9) million or $(0.04) per share, compared to $(1.7) million or $(0.11) in the comparable quarter last year.
- Restaurant EBITDA improved to $1.4 million compared to $0.9 million for the comparable quarter of last year.
- Adjusted EBITDA improved to a profit of $0.2 million compared to a loss of $(0.2) million in the comparable quarter last year.
Nine Months Revenue Increases 30%; $1.7 Million Adjusted EBITDA Improvement:
- Total revenue for the nine months increased 30.3% to $31.8 million, primarily from growth in the Fast Casual Better Burger segment.
- Cost of sales improved to 33.0%, compared to 34.4% in the comparable period last year.
- Operating expenses as a percentage of restaurant sales improved to 55.2% compared to 57.9% in the comparable period last year
- General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue decreased to 13.8% from 21.1% of sales in the comparable period last year.
- Net loss from continuing operations decreased to $(2.4) million or $(0.11) per share, compared to $(6.3) million or $(0.45) in the comparable period last year.
- Net cash from operating activities of continuing operations improved to positive $0.1 million compared to a negative $(3.8) million in the first nine months of last year.
- Restaurant EBITDA improved to $4.0 million compared to $2.1 million in the first nine months of last year
- Adjusted EBITDA improved to a profit of $0.2 million compared to a loss of $(1.9) million in the first nine months of last year.
Mike Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of Chanticleer commented, “We’re pleased to have delivered excellent third quarter results, highlighted by strong revenue growth. Revenue growth in the quarter was driven by continued strength from our fast casual better burger business which has grown to represent 52% of our revenue. Little Big Burger is performing particularly well, contributing significantly to the 19% sequential growth in Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations from Q2, and further validating our regional brand strategy.”
Mr. Pruitt continued, “Our focus is on expanding our regional brands, driving margin improvement and achieving significant long term profitability growth. We have built a solid restaurant operating business with tremendous growth potential and are generating EBITDA profitability. Looking ahead, we are now setting our sights on accelerating growth of our regional brands and doubling the scale of our business by 2020.
“Subsequent to the close of the quarter, we announced a convertible preferred stock rights offering to retire a portion of our debt and provide working capital for store-related growth. We believe the offering will allow us to capitalize on the momentum we’re seeing in the fast casual segment and allow us to accelerate growth in our high return burger concepts while potentially adding new shareholders to our company.”
The Company will hold a conference call on November 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the results of its third quarter ended September 30, 2016.
To access the call, dial (877) 407-8133 approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. International callers please dial (201) 689-8040. To access the webcast, including the quarterly slide presentation, log onto the Chanticleer website at: http://ir.stockpr.com/chanticleerholdings/overview.
A replay of the teleconference will be available until December 9, 2016 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010. International callers may dial (919) 882-2331. Callers should use conference ID: 10138.
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Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. prepares its condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (”GAAP”). In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP, the Company discloses information regarding Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA, which differ from the term EBITDA as it is commonly used. In addition to adjusting net income (loss) from continuing operations to exclude taxes, interest, and depreciation and amortization, Adjusted EBITDA also excludes pre-opening and closing costs for our restaurants, non- cash expenses, transaction and severance related expenses, change in fair value of derivative liability and other income and expenses. In addition, Restaurant EBITDA also excludes management fee income, franchise revenue and general and administrative expenses. Adjusted EBITDA and restaurant EBITDA are not measures of performance defined in accordance with GAAP. However, adjusted EBITDA and restaurant EBITDA are used internally in planning and evaluating the company’s operating performance and by the Company’s creditors. Accordingly, management believes that disclosure of these metrics offers investors, bankers and other stakeholders an additional view of the company’s operations that, when coupled with the GAAP results, provides a more complete understanding of the Company’s financial results.
Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives to net loss or to net cash used in operating activities as a measure of operating results or of liquidity. It may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies, and it excludes financial information that some may consider important in evaluating the company’s performance. A reconciliation of GAAP net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA is included in the accompanying financial schedules.
For further information, please refer to Chanticleer’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q to be filed with the SEC on or about November 10, 2016, available online at www.sec.gov.
About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR), together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurant brands in the United States and internationally. The Company is a franchisee owner of Hooters® restaurants in international markets including South Africa, and Europe, and two Hooters restaurants in the United States. The Company also owns and operates American Burger Co., BGR the Burger Joint, BT’s Burger Joint, Little Big Burger and Just Fresh restaurants in the U.S.
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