Chanticleer Holdings Reports Improvements in Revenue, Gross Profit Margins for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012

Fourth Quarter Same Store Gross Sales Increase 13.2% in Local Currency

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CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - April 02, 2013) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR) ("Chanticleer" or "the Company"), a minority owner in the privately held parent company of the Hooters® brand, Hooters of America ("HOA"), and a franchisee of international Hooters® restaurants, announced today its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012.

Highlights Include:

  • Restaurant revenue for the fourth quarter 2012 increased to $2.0 million, compared with $1.7 million in the third quarter 2012, an increase of 14.5%, and $980,000 in the year-ago fourth quarter. For the full year 2012, restaurant revenue was $6.8 million compared with $980,000 in the year-ago period. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had six restaurants (five consolidated and one joint venture) compared with three consolidated restaurants as of December 31, 2011.
  • Gross profit margins for the fourth quarter 2012 were 61.4% compared with 58.2% in the third quarter 2012, and 48.5% in the year-ago fourth quarter. For the full year, gross profit margins were 59.1% compared with 48.5% in 2011.
  • Same-store gross sales for restaurants opened more than a year increased 13.2% in local currency (Rands) and 5.2% in U.S. dollars for the fourth quarter 2012.
  • Restaurant operating expenses for the fourth quarter 2012 were $1.1 million or 58.7% of restaurant revenue, compared with $598,000, or 61.0% for the year-ago quarter. For the full year 2012, restaurant operating expenses were $3.8 million, or 56.1% of revenue, compared with $598,000 or 61.0% for the full year 2011.
  • The company opened three (two consolidated, one joint venture) new locations in 2012, and has targeted an additional four (three consolidated, one joint venture) locations for 2013.
  • Net loss for the fourth quarter 2012 was $879,000, or $0.24 per share, compared with $667,000, or $0.53 per share for the year-ago fourth quarter. Net loss for the full year was $3.2 million, or $1.25 per share, compared with $1.2 million, or $0.98 per share.
  • Restaurant EBITDA for the fourth quarter 2012 was $94,393 compared with $(20,625) in 2011; for the full year 2012 Restaurant EBITDA was $322,415 vs. $(20,625) in 2011.
  • General and administrative ("G&A") expenses for the fourth quarter 2012 were $784,000, or 39.7% of total revenue, compared with $488,000 or 48.4% in the year-ago fourth quarter. A portion of this increase was related to the Company's South African operations' accounting issues, which have been resolved. Full-year 2012 G & A was $2.6 million, or 38.0% of total revenue compared with $1.2 million, or 84.6% for the full year 2011.

Mike Pruitt, President and CEO of Chanticleer, commented, "2012 was a significant year for Chanticleer Holdings as we lay the foundation for growth in the four international regions we are doing business in, improved our gross profit margins to 61.4%, and produced a robust increase in same-store sales growth. Specifically, we increased our footprint in South Africa and also expanded to Hungary, bringing the iconic Hooters brand, and the American experience, to new audiences. We have implemented several operational initiatives in South Africa, updated our menu offerings in conjunction with Hooters of America, and have added several items to the menu that are attractive to health-conscious consumers and the female market."

"We expect to open four new locations in 2013, to bring our total restaurants to 10. We are pleased with our expansion into Hungary, and look forward to moving ahead with our plans to increase our seating capacity in that restaurant with the opening of a new patio area, in time for the upcoming tourist season. While our Budapest location is our first entry into the Eastern Europe market, we are targeting other locations in that region. In addition to Eastern Europe, we are also focusing on opening in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and other South African cities. We believe we have a solid business model that will help us to propel our growth in our international markets."

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. prepares its 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 EBITDA, which differs 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, EBITDA also excludes pre-opening costs for our restaurants. EBITDA is not a measure of performance defined in accordance with GAAP. However, EBITDA is used internally in planning and evaluating the company's operating performance. Accordingly, management believes that disclosure of this metric 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.

EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative 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 EBITDA is included in the accompanying financial schedules.

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Chanticleer Holdings is focused on expanding the Hooters® casual dining restaurant brand in international emerging markets. Chanticleer currently owns all or part of the exclusive franchise rights to develop and operate Hooters restaurants in South Africa, Hungary and parts of Brazil, and has joint ventured with the current Hooters franchisee in Australia, while evaluating several additional international opportunities. The Company currently owns and operates in whole or part six Hooters restaurants in its international franchise territories: Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Emperor's Palace in South Africa; Campbelltown in Australia; and Budapest in Hungary.

In 2011, Chanticleer and a group of noteworthy private equity investors, which included H.I.G. Capital, KarpReilly, LLC and Kelly Hall, president of Texas Wings Inc., the largest Hooters franchisee in the United States, acquired Hooters of America (HOA), a privately held company. Today, HOA is the franchisor and operator of over 430 Hooters® restaurants in 28 countries. Chanticleer maintains a minority ownership stake in HOA and its CEO, Mike Pruitt, is also a member of HOA's Board of Directors.

For further information, please visit www.chanticleerholdings.com
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Safe Harbor/Risk Factors
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, forecasts, and assumptions by our management and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, including, without limitation:

  • Operating losses continuing for the foreseeable future; we may never be profitable;
  • Our business strategy includes operating a new line of business that is distinct and separate from our primary existing operations, which could be subject to additional business and operating risks;
  • Inherent risks in expansion of operations, including our ability to acquire additional territories, generate profits from new restaurants, find suitable sites and develop and construct locations in a timely and cost-effective way;
  • General risk factors affecting the restaurant industry, including current economic climate, costs of labor and food prices;
  • Intensive competition in our industry and competition with national, regional chains and independent restaurant operators;
  • Our rights to operate and franchise Hooters-branded restaurants are dependent on the Hooters' franchise agreements;
  • Our business depends on our relationship with Hooters;
  • We do not have full operational control over the businesses of our franchise partners;
  • Failure by Hooters to protect its intellectual property rights, including its brand image;
  • Our business has been adversely affected by declines in discretionary spending and may be affected by changes in consumer preferences;
  • Increases in costs, including food, labor and energy prices;
  • Our business and the growth of our Company is dependent on the skills and expertise of management and key personnel;
  • Constraints could effect our ability to maintain competitive cost structure, including, but not limited to labor constraints;
  • Work stoppages at our restaurants or supplier facilities or other interruptions of production;
  • Our food service business and the restaurant industry are subject to extensive government regulation;
  • We may be subject to significant foreign currency exchange controls in certain countries in which we operate;
  • Inherent risk in foreign operation;
  • We may not attain our target development goals and aggressive development could cannibalize existing sales;
  • Current conditions in the global financial markets and the distressed economy;
  • A decline in market share or failure to achieve growth;
  • Unusual or significant litigation, governmental investigations or adverse publicity, or otherwise;
  • Adverse effects on our operations resulting from the current class action litigation in which the Company is one of several defendants;
  • Adverse effects on our results from a decrease in or cessation or clawback of government incentives related to investments;
  • Adverse effects on our operations resulting from certain geo-political or other events.

Chanticleer cannot be certain that any expectation, forecast, or assumption made in preparing any forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projection will be realized. It is to be expected that there may be differences between projected and actual results. 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 Web site or otherwise. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which they were made. Further information on our business, including important factors which could affect actual results are discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

   
   
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Balance Sheets  
December 31, 2012 and 2011  
   2012   2011  
ASSETS    (Unaudited)      
Current assets:           
  Cash  $ 1,248,274   $ 165,129  
  Accounts receivable    161,073     108,714  
  Other receivable    85,473     42,109  
  Inventory    227,023     105,073  
  Due from related parties    137,763     76,591  
  Prepaid expenses    170,769     144,347  
   TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS    2,030,375     641,963  
Property and equipment, net    2,316,146     1,505,059  
Goodwill    396,487     396,487  
Intangible assets, net    559,832     325,084  
Investments at fair value    56,949     318,353  
Other investments    2,116,915     1,582,148  
Deposits and other assets    169,727     29,605  
   TOTAL ASSETS  $ 7,646,431   $ 4,798,699  
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY           
Current liabilities:           
  Current maturities of long-term debt and notes payable  $ 236,110   $ 1,171,855  
  Convertible notes payable    -     1,625,000  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     1,122,633     478,005  
  Other current liabilities    361,586     330,607  
  Current maturities of capital leases payable    27,965     41,590  
  Deferred rent    10,825     43,225  
  Due to related parties    13,733     30,204  
   TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES    1,772,852     3,720,486  
Capital leases payable, less current maturities    60,518     85,853  
Deferred rent    98,448     7,162  
Other liabilities    186,060     263,321  
Long-term debt, less current maturities    -     236,109  
   TOTAL LIABILITIES    2,117,878     4,312,931  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)           
            
Stockholders' equity:           
  Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 20,000,000 and 200,000,000 shares; issued 3,698,896 shares and 1,506,061 shares; and outstanding 3,698,896 and 1,249,446 shares at December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively    370     151  
  Additional paid in capital    14,898,423     6,459,656  
  Other comprehensive (loss) income    (181,741 )   50,650  
  Non-controlling interest    70,198     593,863  
  Accumulated deficit    (9,258,697 )   (6,092,132 )
  Less treasury stock, 256,615 shares at December 31, 2011    -     (526,420 )
       5,528,553     485,768  
   TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $ 7,646,431   $ 4,798,699  
            
            
 
 
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries       
Consolidated Statements of Operations       
        
   Three months ended
December 31,
  Years ended
December 31,
 
   2012   2011   2012   2011  
   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)      
Revenue:                     
  Restaurant sales, net  $ 1,958,073   $ 980,247   $ 6,752,323   $ 980,247  
  Management fee income - non-affiliates    25,000     26,500     100,000     493,167  
  Management fee income - affiliates    (7,815 )    1,485     30,743     3,235  
   Total revenue    1,975,258     1,008,232     6,883,066     1,476,649  
Expenses:                     
  Restaurant cost of sales    756,235     504,971     2,761,949     504,971  
  Restaurant operating expenses    1,148,794     594,401     3,785,034     594,401  
  Restaurant pre-opening expenses    13,959     3,824     204,126     3,824  
  General and administrative expense    784,435     487,590     2,618,368     1,249,749  
  Depreciation and amortization    118,386     71,969     383,454     79,542  
   Total expenses    2,821,809     1,662,755     9,752,931     2,432,487  
Loss from operations    (846,551 )    (654,523 )   (2,869,865 )   (955,838 )
Other income (expense)                     
  Equity in earnings (losses) of investments    (4,329 )   (66,857 )   (14,803 )   (76,113 )
  Realized (losses) gains from sales of investments    (16,598 )   74,362     (16,598 )   94,353  
  Other (expense) income    (816 )    -     864     5,017  
  Interest expense    (42,131 )   (119,591 )   (474,926 )   (183,467 )
  Other than temporary decline in available-for-sale securities    -     -     -     (147,973 )
   Total other expense    (63,874 )   (112,086 )   (505,463 )   (308,183 )
Net loss before income taxes    (910,425 )   (766,609 )   (3,375,328 )   (1,264,021 )
   Provision for income taxes    11,208     -     19,205     -  
Net loss before non-controlling interest    (921,633 )   (766,609 )   (3,394,533 )   (1,264,021 )
   Non-controlling interest    42,257     99,932     227,968     101,307  
Net loss  $ (879,376 ) $ (666,677 ) $ (3,166,565 ) $ (1,162,714 )
                      
Net loss per share, basic and diluted  $ (0.24 ) $ (0.53 ) $ (1.25 ) $ (0.98 )
Weighted average shares outstanding    3,698,896     1,249,428     2,541,696     1,185,018  
                                 
                                 
  
  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(Unaudited)  
   Three months ended  
   December 31, 2012   September 30, 2012  
Revenue:           
  Restaurant sales, net  $ 1,958,073   $ 1,710,632  
  Management fee income - non-affiliates    25,000     25,000  
  Management fee income - affiliates    (7,815 )   31,880  
   Total revenue    1,975,258     1,767,512  
Expenses:           
  Restaurant cost of sales    756,235     714,551  
  Restaurant operating expenses    1,148,794      943,618  
  Restaurant pre-opening expenses    13,959     125,947  
  General and administrative expense    784,435     666,300  
  Depreciation and amortization    118,386     97,883  
   Total expenses    2,821,809     2,548,299  
Loss from operations     (846,551 )   (780,787 )
Other income (expense)           
  Equity in earnings (losses) of investments    (4,329 )   33,412  
  Realized losses from sales of investments    (16,598 )   -  
  Other (expense) income    (816 )   1,680  
  Interest expense    (42,131 )    (39,583 )
   Total other expense    (63,874 )   (4,491 )
Net loss before income taxes    (910,425 )   (785,278 )
   Provision for income taxes    11,208     7,997  
Net loss before non-controlling interest    (921,633 )   (793,275 )
   Non-controlling interest    42,257     53,509  
Net loss  $ (879,376 ) $ (739,766 )
            
Net loss per share, basic and diluted  $  (0.24 ) $ (0.20 )
Weighted average shares outstanding    3,698,896     3,698,896  
         
         
  
  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
For the Years Ended December 31, 2012 and 2011  
          
   2012   2011  
Cash flows from operating activities:  (Unaudited)      
Net loss  $ (3,394,533 ) $ (1,264,021 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:           
  Other than temporary decline in value of available-for-sale securities    -     147,973  
  Bad debt expense - related party    -     750  
  Consulting and other services rendered in exchange for investment securities     -     (1,500 )
  Depreciation and amortization    383,454     79,542  
  Equity in (earnings) loss of investments    14,803     76,113  
 Common stock issued for services    32,400     74,573  
  Loss (gain) on sale of investments    16,598     (94,353 )
  Revaluation of equity investment prior to acquisitions     -     74,362  
  Amortization of warrants    169,201     35,247  
  Increase in amounts due from affiliate    (77,643 )   (54,217 )
  Increase in accounts receivable    (52,359 )   (81,528 )
  Increase in other receivable    (43,364 )   (42,109 )
  Increase in prepaid expenses and other assets    (125,368 )   (58,690 )
  Increase in inventory    (121,950 )   (36,676 )
  Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses    785,965     (30,701 )
  Increase in deferred rent    58,886     20,308  
  Decrease in deferred revenue    -     (1,750 )
   Net cash used by operating activities    (2,353,910 )   (1,156,677 )
            
Cash flows from investing activities:           
  Proceeds from sale of investments    -     190,325  
  Investment distribution    -      8,140  
  Purchase of investments    (1,202,936 )   (1,502,247 )
  Franchise costs    (239,684 )   (75,000 )
  Purchase of property and equipment    (1,173,801 )   (219,811 )
  Treasury stock proceeds    -     26,400  
   Net cash used by investing activities    (2,616,421 )   (1,572,193 )
            
Cash flows from financing activities:           
  Proceeds from sale of common stock    7,051,464     500  
  Proceeds from sale of common stock warrants, net    -     20,608  
  Loan proceeds    2,915,000      2,790,000  
  Loan repayment    (3,939,098 )   (7,036 )
  Capital lease payments    (45,814 )   (13,970 )
  Non-controlling interest investment    90,000      -  
  Other liabilities    (46,282 )   62,262  
   Net cash provided by financing activities    6,025,270     2,852,364  
  Effect of exchange rate changes on cash     28,206     (4,372 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents    1,083,145     119,122  
Cash, beginning of year    165,129     46,007  
Cash, end of year  $ 1,248,274   $ 165,129  
            
            
  
  
Reconciliation of net income (loss) to EBITDA  
Unaudited  
                  
Year ended December 31, 2012:                 
   South Africa   Hungary   Management   Totals  
Net loss  $  (30,940 ) $ (303,128 ) $ (2,832,497 ) $ (3,166,565 )
  Interest expense    53,339     -     421,587     474,926  
  Pre-opening costs    37,772     166,354     -     204,126  
  Depreciation and amortization    334,520     45,293     3,641     383,454  
  Income taxes    19,205     -     -     19,205  
EBITDA  $ 413,896   $ (91,481 ) $ (2,407,269 ) $ (2,084,854 )
                      
Year ended December 31, 2011:                     
   South Africa   Hungary   Management   Totals  
Net loss  $ (103,310 ) $ -   $ (1,059,404 ) $ (1,162,714 )
  Interest expense    7,332     -     176,135     183,467  
  Pre-opening costs    3,824      -     -     3,824  
  Depreciation and amortization    71,529     -     8,013     79,542  
EBITDA  $  (20,625 ) $ -   $ (875,256 ) $ (895,881 )
                      
Three months ended December 31, 2012:                     
   South Africa   Hungary   Management   Totals  
Net income (loss)  $ 23,153   $ (86,338 ) $ (816,211 ) $ (879,396 )
  Interest expense    15,824     -     26,307     42,131  
  Pre-opening costs    -     13,959     -     13,959  
  Depreciation and amortization    86,619     29,968     1,799     118,386  
  Income taxes    11,208     -     -     11,208  
EBITDA  $ 136,804   $ (42,411 ) $  (788,105 ) $ (693,712 )
                      
Three months ended December 31, 2011:                     
                      
   South Africa   Hungary   Management   Totals  
Net loss  $ (103,310 ) $  -   $ (563,367 ) $ (666,677 )
  Interest expense    7,332     -     112,259     119,591  
  Pre-opening costs    3,824     -     -     3,824  
  Depreciation and amortization    71,529     -     440     71,969  
EBITDA  $ (20,625 $ -   $ (450,668 $ (471,293
                     
                      
Contact:

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Mike Pruitt
Chairman/CEO
Phone: 704.366.5122 x 1
mp@chanticleerholdings.com

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