Chanticleer Holdings Reports Operating Results for First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

May. 15, 2017 4:05 pm

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - May 15, 2017) - 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Total revenue for the first quarter decreased 2.5% to $9.9 million from $10.1 million in the prior year, primarily due to unusually inclement weather in Oregon and Washington state which caused store closures and decreased traffic during January and February. The prior year also benefited approximately $0.1 million from BGR franchise deals that did not recur in the current quarter.
  • Cost of sales as a percentage of restaurant sales was 33.1%, consistent with the comparable quarter last year.
  • General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue improved to 14.0% from 16.6% in the comparable quarter last year.
  • Operating loss from continuing operations was $1.0 million compared to $0.9 million in the comparable quarter last year.
  • Net loss attributable to Common Shareholders was $1.8 million, ($0.08) per share, compared to $1.4 million, $(0.07) per share in the comparable quarter last year.
  • Restaurant EBITDA was $0.9 million compared to $1.1 million for the comparable quarter of last year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $288 thousand compared to a loss of $230 thousand in the comparable quarter last year.
  • During the quarter, the Company opened one new Little Big Burger in Portland, and expects to open 8 to 12 new stores during 2017.

Subsequent to the close of the quarter, Chanticleer announced the completion of a $6 million financing with certain strategic investors, two of whom are partnering with the Company for the continued roll out of Little Big Burger restaurants via joint ventures and franchising. $5 million of proceeds was used to pay off, in full, the Florida Mezzanine note payable.

Mike Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of Chanticleer, commented, "We are beginning to accelerate growth of company stores and are also receiving substantial interest in Little Big Burger franchising opportunities. Store revenues were impacted in January and February by inclement weather that hampered customer traffic in our Pacific Northwest locations. We saw improved store performance in March, which continued during April. The financing we announced last week strengthens our balance sheet providing a stronger foundation to drive growth in our high performing brands as we shift our focus from internal integration projects to organic growth and franchising initiatives."

Mr. Pruitt continued, "Last month, we opened our 10th Little Big Burger in the Hillsboro neighborhood in Portland, Oregon with a record setting grand opening crowd and we will continue to open additional LBB stores throughout the year. Additionally, we announced a multi-unit franchise deal with a restauranteur, who is also a recent large investor in Chanticleer, to bring a minimum of eight LBB locations to Southern California by 2021. Our better burger brands, led by Little Big Burger, are our growth engine and we are executing on our strategy to drive expansion, build scale and drive efficiencies throughout our restaurant network. We remain on track to open 8-12 new company and franchise stores and continue to expect to achieve positive EBITDA for 2017. Additionally, we continue to focus our efforts toward our strategic goal of doubling our store count by 2020."

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 4:30 pm. Eastern Time.

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:

A replay of the teleconference will be available until June 15, 2017 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010. International callers may dial (919) 882-2331. Callers should use conference ID: 10393.

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-K to be filed with the SEC on or about March 29, 2017 available online at

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings (HOTR), owns, operates and franchises fast casual and full service restaurant brands, including American Burger Company, BGR - Burgers Grilled Right, Little Big Burger, Just Fresh and Hooters.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include projections, predictions, expectations or statements as to beliefs or future events or results or refer to other matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on various factors and were derived using numerous assumptions. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the words "anticipate", "estimate", "plan", "project", "continuing", "ongoing", "target", "aim", "expect", "believe", "intend", "may", "will", "should", "could", or the negative of those words and other comparable words.

Our operations involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect our results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements reflecting management's expectations for future financial performance and operating expenditures, expected growth, profitability and business outlook, increased sales and marketing expenses, and the expected results from the integration of our acquisitions.

Forward-looking statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to manage growth; integrate acquisitions; manage debt; meet development goals; and other important risks and uncertainties referenced and discussed under the heading titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements.

The statements in this press release are made as of the date of this press release, even if subsequently made available by the Company on its website or otherwise. The Company does not assume any obligations to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   March 31, 2017   December 31, 2016  
Current assets:           
 Cash  $277,820   $268,575  
 Accounts and other receivables   349,003    524,481  
 Inventories   520,024    539,550  
 Prepaid expenses and other current assets   424,231    461,074  
   TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   1,571,078    1,793,680  
Property and equipment, net   11,498,775    11,513,693  
Goodwill   12,438,151    12,405,770  
Intangible assets, net   6,441,840    6,530,243  
Investments   800,000    800,000  
Deposits and other assets   465,526    442,737  
  TOTAL ASSETS  $33,215,370   $33,486,123  
Current liabilities:           
 Accounts payable and accrued expenses  $5,265,366   $5,553,068  
 Current maturities of long-term debt and notes payable,   784,628    6,171,649  
 Current maturities of capital leases payable   14,952    18,449  
 Due to related parties   194,350    194,350  
 Deferred rent   100,260    173,775  
  TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   6,359,556    12,111,291  
Long-term debt, less current portion   6,013,791    287,445  
Convertible notes payable, net of debt discount of $0 and $46,936, respectively   3,374,022    3,678,064  
Redeemable preferred stock: no par value, 62,876 and 19,050 shares issued and outstanding, net of discount of $173,666 and $0, respectively   589,314    257,175  
Deferred rent   2,051,058    1,961,751  
Deferred tax liabilities   1,485,554    1,485,554  
  TOTAL LIABILITIES   19,873,294    19,781,280  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 15)           
Common stock subject to repurchase obligation; 562,900 shares issued and outstanding   349,000    349,000  
Stockholders' equity:           
 Preferred stock: no par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares; 62,896 and 19,050 issued issued and outstanding, respectively   -    -  
 Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 45,000,000           
 shares; issued and outstanding 22,149,108 and 21,337,247           
 shares, respectively   2,215    2,140  
 Additional paid in capital   57,099,151    55,924,269  
 Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (1,108,828 )  (1,155,658 )
 Accumulated deficit   (43,957,536 )  (42,206,325 )
  Total Chanticleer Holdings, Inc, Stockholder's Equity   12,035,002    12,564,426  
 Non-Controlling Interests   958,074    791,417  
  TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   12,993,076    13,355,843  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
   Three Months Ended  
   March 31, 2017   March 31, 2016  
  Restaurant sales, net  $9,653,154   $9,804,690  
  Gaming income, net   106,067    99,534  
  Management fee income   24,990    25,000  
  Franchise income   75,786    182,552  
   Total revenue   9,859,997    10,111,776  
 Restaurant cost of sales   3,191,390    3,249,970  
 Restaurant operating expenses   5,674,560    5,515,013  
 Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses   14,435    7,555  
 General and administrative expenses   1,375,620    1,674,880  
 Depreciation and amortization   593,380    570,441  
  Total expenses   10,849,385    11,017,859  
Operating loss from continuing operations   (989,388 )  (906,083 )
Other (expense) income           
 Interest expense   (404,136 )  (600,926 )
 Change in fair value of derivative liabilities   -    615,662  
 Loss on extinguishment of debt   (362,822 )  -  
 Other income   12,234    7,736  
  Total other (expense) income   (754,724 )  22,472  
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes   (1,744,112 )  (883,611 )
  Income tax expense   (3,797 )  (33,987 )
Loss from continuing operations   (1,747,909 )  (917,598 )
 Discontinued operations           
 Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   -    (679,381 )
Consolidated net loss   (1,747,909 )  (1,596,979 )
 Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest of continuing operations   20,843    171,616  
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.   (1,727,066 )  (1,425,363 )
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.:           
   Dividends on redeemable preferred stock   (24,147 )  -  
   Net loss attributable to common shareholders of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.  $(1,751,213 ) $(1,425,363 )
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. per common share, basic and diluted:  $(0.08 ) $(0.07 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted   22,106,236    21,337,247  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
   Three Months Ended  
   March 31, 2017   March 31, 2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:           
 Net loss  $(1,747,909 ) $(1,596,979 )
 Net loss from discontinued operations   -    679,381  
 Net loss from continuing operations   (1,747,909 )  (917,598 )
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:           
  Depreciation and amortization   593,380    570,440  
  Loss on extinguishment of debt   362,822    -  
  Common stock and warrants issued for services   102,791    -  
  Amortization of debt discount   122,694    363,159  
  Change in assets and liabilities:           
    Accounts and other receivables   175,478    (80,697 )
    Prepaid and other assets   14,054    207,532  
    Inventory   19,526    74,802  
    Accounts payable and accrued liabilities   (231,283 )  627,014  
    Change in amounts payable to related parties   -    175,000  
    Derivative liabilities   -    (615,662 )
    Deferred income taxes   -    32,233  
    Deferred rent   15,793    (219,725 )
   Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities from continuing operations   (572,654 )  216,498  
   Net cash used in operating activities from discontinued operations   -    (75,000 )
   Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (572,654 )  141,498  
Cash flows from investing activities:           
 Purchase of property and equipment   (450,641 )  (256,975 )
 Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired   -    (72,215 )
   Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations   (450,641 )  (329,190 )
Cash flows from financing activities:           
 Proceeds from sale of preferred stock   591,651    -  
Expenses related to sale of preferred stock   (258,153 )  -  
 Loan proceeds   512,780    -  
 Loan repayments   (194,069 )  (136,575 )
 Capital lease payments   (4,779 )  (10,783 )
 Contribution of non-controlling interest   375,000    13,017  
   Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations   1,022,430    (134,341 )
 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   10,110    4,468  
Net increase (decrease) in cash   9,245    (317,565 )
Cash, beginning of period   268,575    1,224,415  
Cash, end of period  $277,820   $906,850  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Reconcilation of Net Loss to EBITDA  
   Three Months Ended  
   March 31, 2017   March 31, 2016  
Loss from Continuing Operations  $(1,747,909 ) $(917,598 )
Interest expense   404,136    600,926  
Income tax   3,797    33,987  
Depreciation and amortization   593,380    570,441  
 EBITDA  $(746,596 ) $287,756  
Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses   14,435    7,555  
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities   -    (615,662 )
Loss on extinguishment of debt   362,822    -  
Transaction and severence related expenses   92,750    98,399  
Other income   (12,234 )  (7,736 )
 Adjusted EBITDA  $(288,823 ) $(229,688 )
General and administrative expenses   1,302,870    1,576,481  
Franchise revenues   (75,786 )  (182,552 )
Management fee revenue   (24,990 )  (25,000 )
 Restaurant EBITDA  $913,271   $1,139,241  

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Mike Pruitt
Phone: 704.366.5122 x 1

Eric Lederer
Phone: 704.366.5736

Press Information:
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Investor Relations
Phone: 704.366.5122

Investor Relations
John Nesbett/Jennifer Belodeau
Institutional Marketing Services (IMS)
Phone 203.972.9200

May 15, 2017 - 4:05 PM EDT

"I work with many of the companies that would be RedChip companies. And we certainly ascribe to the same view that the RedChip Companies do, which is Discovering Tomorrow's Blue Chips Today."

  • Bob McCooey, Senior Vice President, NASDAQ Stock Market