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Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. 2018 Fourth Quarter Results and New Non-Executive Chairman Appointed

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Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 and Appoints David L. Kanen as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

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MINNEAPOLIS, March 04, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (NASDAQ: DAVE), an innovating owner and operator of barbeque restaurants, globally, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 30, 2018 compared to the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2017.

Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. also today announced the appointment of David L. Kanen as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Kanen joined the Company’s board in October 2018.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Highlights:

  • Net income increased to $1.1 million, or $0.12 per share.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 6.7% to $1.2 million.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased to $2.1 million from $2.8 million in the fourth quarter 2017.
  • Reacquired Famous Dave’s restaurant in Greenwood, Indiana.
  • Company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 2.2%, with traffic up 6.3%.
  • Franchise-operated comparable restaurant sales decreased 1.5%.

Full Year 2018 Highlights:

  • Net income increased to $4.9 million, or $0.57 per share.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased 36.7% to $7.7 million.
  • General and administrative expenses decreased to $8.0 million from $14.6 million in fiscal year 2017.
  • Company-owned comparable restaurant sales increased 2.7%, with traffic up 4.2%.
  • Franchise-operated comparable restaurant sales declined 1.4%.
  • Tested and launched a new menu in all Company-owned and most franchise-operated stores, featuring 11 new menu items.
  • Collaborated with MomentFeed and OpenTable, and launched a loyalty app, to allow us to engage with Guests in ways that we have not been able to historically and allow our Guests to engage with our brand conveniently.

Fourth Quarter 2018 Review

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $13.4 million, up 7.2% from the fourth quarter of 2017. The same store sales increase of 2.2% in Company-owned net restaurant sales revenue was primarily a result of an increased focus on the To-Go and Catering lines of business. The declines in franchise royalty and fee revenue were driven by a decline in franchise-operated same store sales of 1.5% and a decline in franchise operated restaurants. Royalty abatements were granted for a number of restaurants that would otherwise be unprofitable with a commitment to investing necessary resources to refresh these stores. Additionally, the adoption of ASC 606 – Revenue From Contracts with Customers resulted in approximately $624,000 of additional revenue during the fourth quarter of 2018.

Restaurant-level operating margin, as a percentage of restaurant sales, net, for Company-owned restaurants was (2.9%) compared to 1.3% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. This decline in restaurant-level operating margin was primarily a result of new initiatives tested in our corporate stores, including our comprehensive new menu that was rolled out in October 2018. We believe that further training and operational efficiency surrounding the new menu will improve food costs and labor as a percentage of restaurant sales, net, in fiscal 2019.

General and administrative expenses decreased to $2.1 million from $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was primarily related to the optimization of our general and administrative expense structure, reduced costs incurred for the corporate office, third party consulting services and professional fees.

We recognized net income from continuing operations of approximately $1.1 million, or $0.12 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to a loss from continuing operations of $1.5 million, or ($0.21) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. We recognized net loss from discontinued operations of approximately $2.3 million, or ($0.32) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017.

Adjusted net income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure, was approximately $1.1 million, or $0.13 per share, compared to adjusted net loss from continuing operations of approximately $103,000, or ($0.01) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2017. A reconciliation between adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations and its most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables.

Fiscal 2018 Review

Total revenue for fiscal 2018 was $54.9 million, down 15.0% from fiscal 2017. The decrease in Company-owned net restaurant sales revenue was primarily a result of the closure of eight Company-owned restaurants since January 2, 2017. The impact of these closures was partially offset by a 2.7% increase in same store sales. The declines in franchise royalty and fee revenue were driven by a decline in franchise-operated same store sales of 1.4% and a decline in franchise operated restaurants. Royalty abatements were granted for a number of restaurants that would otherwise be unprofitable with a commitment to investing necessary resources to refresh these stores. Additionally, the adoption of ASC 606 – Revenue From Contracts with Customers resulted in approximately $2.3 million of additional revenue during fiscal 2018.

Restaurant-level operating margin, as a percentage of restaurant sales, net, for Company-owned restaurants was 1.2% compared to 3.7% in the fiscal 2017. This decline in restaurant-level operating margin was primarily a result of higher food and labor costs. We believe that further training and operational efficiency surrounding the new menu will improve food costs and labor as a percentage of restaurant sales, net, in fiscal 2019.

General and administrative expenses decreased to $8.0 million from $14.6 million in fiscal 2017. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was primarily related to the optimization of our general and administrative expense structure, reduced costs incurred for the corporate office, third party consulting services and professional fees.

We recognized net income from continuing operations of approximately $4.9 million, or $0.57 per share, in fiscal 2018 compared to a loss from continuing operations of $6.7 million, or ($0.95) per share, in fiscal 2017. We recognized net loss from discontinued operations of approximately $1.5 million, or ($0.21) per share, in fiscal 2017.

Adjusted net income from continuing operations, a non-GAAP measure, was approximately $5.3 million, or $0.62 per share, compared to adjusted net income from continuing operations of approximately $410,000, or $0.06 per share, in fiscal 2017. A reconciliation between adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations and its most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables.

Executive Comments

Jeff Crivello, CEO, commented, “During fiscal 2018 our team completed many initiatives designed to drive traffic to our stores and refresh our brand value proposition. We launched a new menu, a loyalty program with a mobile app, deployed additional optimization technologies in restaurants and continued to test initiatives aimed at maximizing restaurant efficiency. We believe that further training and operational efficiency surrounding the new menu will improve food costs as a percentage of restaurant sales, net, in fiscal 2019. We look forward to honing these initiatives in fiscal 2019 and remain excited about plans to complete refreshes of certain Company-owned and franchise-operated stores.

“We are also welcoming Dave Kanen, who has been appointed our non-executive chairman. He is a highly accomplished and mature leader with experience in strategic development and value creation for small companies, such as ours. Famous Dave’s shareholders can rest assured of Mr. Kanen’s deep commitment to the creation of long-term shareholder value. He joins a team with a strong track record in turning around restaurant companies and fully supports the board’s focus on providing increased value to our franchisee partners and identifying and executing new future growth initiatives.”

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave’s develops, owns, operates and franchises barbeque restaurants. Its menu features award-winning barbequed and grilled meats, a selection of salads, sandwiches, side items, and made-from-scratch desserts. As of March 4, 2019, the Company owns 17 locations and franchises an additional 124 restaurants in 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Canada, and United Arab Emirates.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”), the Company uses non-GAAP measures including those indicated below. These non-GAAP measures exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s consolidated financial statements and are subject to inherent limitations. By providing non-GAAP measures, together with a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure, the Company believes that it is enhancing investors’ understanding of the Company’s business and results of operations. These measures are not intended to be considered in isolation of, as substitutes for, or superior to, financial measures prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP measures presented may be different from the measures used by other companies. The Company urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure, included in the accompanying financial tables.

Adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations is net income (loss) from continuing operations, plus asset impairment, estimated lease termination and other closing costs, settlement agreements, net (loss) gain on disposal of equipment, stock-based compensation, severance, and the related tax impact. This number is divided by the weighted-average number of basic shares of common stock outstanding during each period presented to arrive at adjusted net income (loss) from continuing operations, per share. Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss), including discontinued operations, plus asset impairment, estimated lease termination and other closing costs, settlement agreements, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, net, net (loss) gain on disposal of equipment, stock-based compensation, severance and provision (benefit) for income taxes.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of the Company’s restaurant openings and the timing or success of refranchising plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the Company’s actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave’s expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s SEC reports.

Contact:
Jeff Crivello – Chief Executive Officer
952-294-1300

Darrow Associates, Inc.
Peter Seltzberg – Managing Director
516-419-9915
pseltzberg@darrowir.com

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