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MINNEAPOLIS, April 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- BBQ Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBQ) (the “Company”), an innovating global owner and operator of restaurants, today reported financial results for the fourth fiscal quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2021. Note: Results of the fourth quarter and fiscal year were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as federal and state level mandates requiring restaurants to limit or eliminate in-store dining during various periods throughout the year.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Highlights:

  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $1.4 million which includes $1.9 million of COVID-related expenses.

  • Net loss of $2.8 million, driven partially by a decrease in same store sales and franchise-related revenue caused by COVID-related restrictions.

  • Company-owned Famous Dave’s fourth quarter same store net sales decreased 5.5% compared to fourth quarter 2019, with 59% of restaurants fully closed at one point during the quarter.

  • Franchise-operated same store net sales decreased 13.6%.

  • Granite City fourth quarter same store net sales decreased 40.7% compared to fourth quarter 2019 with 50% of restaurants fully closed at one point during the quarter.

  • Famous Dave’s franchisee to open its first line-service model restaurant in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

  • The Company to sell its Famous Dave’s Woodbury, Minnesota location for $2.6 million and open a dual concept Famous Dave’s and Cowboy Jack’s restaurant and bar in Woodbury.

  • Famous Dave’s franchisee to open its first drive-thru prototype restaurant in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Fiscal Year 2020 Highlights:

  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $4.3 million which includes $5.5 million of COVID-related expenses.

  • Net income of $4.9 million, driven in part by a bargain purchase gain related to the acquisition of the Granite City brand.

  • Company-owned Famous Dave’s fiscal year same store net sales decreased 8.5% compared to fiscal year 2019.

  • As a percentage of net sales, Famous Dave’s reduced its food and beverage costs by 1.1% compared to 2019 and its labor costs by 4.7% over last year.

  • Franchise-operated same store net sales decreased 17.0%.

  • Granite City fiscal year same store net sales decreased 38.6% compared to fiscal year 2019.

  • The Company opened 7 Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens within Granite City restaurants with 1 more to open in April 2021.

  • Entered into a 25-unit development agreement with Bluestone Hospitality Group to open Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens and dual restaurant concepts with the Johnny Carino’s Italian brand.

  • Purchased the Granite City Food & Brewery brand on March 9, 2020.

  • Purchased the Real Urban BBQ brand March 16, 2020.

Sales highlights for the partial first quarter 2021 (Jan 4 – March 25, 2021) compared to the same period 2020 are as follows:

  • Comparable sales for Famous Dave’s increased 9.3%. Sales decreased 3.2% in January, decreased 2.9% in February, and increased 43.9% in March.

  • Comparable sales for Granite City decreased 10.6%. Sales decreased 20.0% in January, decreased 26.3% in February, and increased 60.8% in March.

Executive Comments

Jeff Crivello, CEO, commented, “We are extremely pleased with our operating results for the year considering the unparalleled situation caused by the pandemic. Throughout 2020 our team focused on innovation, technology, and marketing to expand our off-premise service in all concepts. We opened seven Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens in existing Granite City locations, opened a dual concept with Texas T-Bone Steakhouse in Colorado Springs, entered into a 25-unit development agreement to grow the Famous Dave’s brand in select locations across the U.S., and rolled-out a new unified POS system. We have made significant strides in reducing food and labor costs at all locations and are continuing to find more improvements from some of the lessons learned over the past year. Most importantly, as we begin to emerge from the state regulations caused by the pandemic, we are beginning to see sales ramp up to levels at or above pre-pandemic levels. During the month of March when sales increased 43.9% at Famous Dave’s and 60.8% at Granite City, we were able to generate record store-level EBITDA. Given our most recent performance in Q1, we are feeling very positive about 2021 and what it means for all our stakeholders.”

Key Operating Metrics

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Restaurant count:

Franchise-operated

98

96

98

96

Company-owned

47

33

47

33

Total

145

129

145

129

Same store net restaurant sales %:

Franchise-operated

(13.6

)%

0.4

%

(17.0

)%

1.0

%

Company-owned

(5.5

)%

4.7

%

(8.5

)%

2.0

%

Total

(11.6

)%

0.9

%

(15.3

)%

1.1

%

(in thousands, expect per share data)

System-wide restaurant sales(1)

$

78,894

$

77,596

$

301,743

$

335,244

Net income attributable to shareholders

$

(2,836

)

$

(1,788

)

$

4,947

$

(649

)

Net (loss) income attributable to shareholders, per diluted share

$

(0.31

)

$

(0.20

)

$

0.54

$

(0.07

)

Adjusted EBITDA(2)

$

1,382

$

(692

)

$

4,295

$

3,423


(1)

System-wide restaurant sales include sales for all Company-owned and franchise-operated restaurants, as reported by franchisees. Restaurant sales for franchise-operated restaurants are not revenues of the Company and are not included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measures. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables. See “Non-GAAP Reconciliation.”

Fourth Quarter 2020 Review

Total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $34.3 million, up 45.3% from the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase in year-over-year restaurant net sales for the quarter ended January 3, 2021 was driven primarily by the addition of 18 Granite City restaurants, a Clark Crew BBQ and a Real Urban Barbecue restaurant.

To-go sales, which were 62.1% of our same store sales at Company-owned Famous Dave’s restaurants, increased 82.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the prior year period. This increase in same store sales was offset by a decrease of 46.8% of our dine-in sales which made up 29.6% of our business, and a decrease of 48.9% in net catering sales which made up 8.3% of our business. This decline in dine-in and catering same store sales was due primarily to federal, state and local mandates prohibiting large group gatherings and in-store dining in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurant-level operating margin, as a percentage of restaurant net sales, for Company-owned restaurants was 2.1% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to (3.0)% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. This increase in restaurant-level operating margin was primarily a result of the reduction of labor and food costs as our restaurant operators adjusted to the increase in to-go sales and reduction of dine-in customers as a result of COVID-19 concerns.

General and administrative expenses for the quarter ended January 3, 2021 and December 29, 2019 represented approximately 12.9% and 14.6% of total revenues, respectively. The decrease in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 was due in part to the increase in the revenue base with the addition of 20 locations during 2020.

Net loss attributable to shareholders was approximately $2.8 million, or $0.31 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.20 per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was approximately $1.4 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to adjusted EBITDA of approximately $(692,000), or $(0.08) per share, in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2019. A reconciliation between adjusted EBITDA and its most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables.

Fiscal Year 2020 Review

Total revenue for fiscal year of 2020 was $121.4 million, up 45.3% from fiscal year 2019. The increase in year-over-year restaurant net sales for the year ended January 3, 2021 was driven primarily by the addition of 18 Granite City restaurants, a Clark Crew BBQ and a Real Urban BBQ restaurant.

To-go sales, which were 61.9% of our same store sales at Company-owned Famous Dave’s restaurants, increased 72.6% in fiscal 2020 compared to fiscal 2019. This increase in same store sales was offset by a decrease of 46.3% of our dine-in sales which made up 30.9% of our business, and a decrease of 54.6% in net catering sales which made up 7.2% of our business. This decline in dine-in and catering same store sales was due primarily to federal, state and local mandates prohibiting large group gatherings and in-store dining in an attempt to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Restaurant-level operating margin, as a percentage of restaurant net sales, for Company-owned restaurants was 1.3% in fiscal 2020 compared to (0.1)% in fiscal 2019. This increase in restaurant-level operating margin was primarily a result of the reduction of labor and food costs as our restaurant operators adjusted to the increase in to-go sales and reduction of dine-in customers as a result of COVID-19 concerns.

General and administrative expenses for the fiscal year ended January 3, 2021 and December 29, 2019 represented approximately 11.9% and 13.2% of total revenues, respectively. The decrease in general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue in fiscal 2020 was due in part to the increase in the revenue base with the addition of 20 locations during 2020.

Net income attributable to shareholders was approximately $4.9 million, or $0.54 per share, in fiscal 2020 compared to net loss of $649,000, or $0.07 per share, in fiscal 2019. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was approximately $4.3 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to adjusted EBITDA of approximately $3.4 million or $0.38 per share, in fiscal 2019. A reconciliation between adjusted EBITDA and its most directly comparable GAAP measure is included in the accompanying financial tables.

About BBQ Holdings

BBQ Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBQ) BBQ Holdings is a national restaurant company engaged in the ownership and operation of casual and fast dining restaurants. As of January 3, 2021, BBQ Holdings had four brands with 145 “brick and mortar” locations in 31 states and three countries, including 47 company-owned and 98 franchise-operated restaurants. In addition to these locations, the Company opened seven Company-owned Famous Dave’s ghost kitchens operating within its Granite City locations, and seven Famous Dave’s franchisee ghost kitchens operating out of the kitchen of another restaurant location or a shared kitchen space. While BBQ Holdings continues to diversify its ownership in the restaurant community, it was founded with the principle of combining the “art and science” of barbecue to serve up the very best of the best to barbecue lovers everywhere. BBQ Holdings, through partnerships, has extended Travis Clark’s award-winning line of barbecue sauces, rubs and seasonings into the retail market. Along with a wide variety of BBQ favorites served at their BBQ restaurants, BBQ Holdings newest addition, Granite City Food and Brewery, offers award winning craft beer and a made-from-scratch, chef driven menu featuring contemporary American cuisine.

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 attributable to shareholders is net income attributable to shareholders, plus asset impairment, estimated lease termination charges and other closing costs, settlement agreements, net (loss) gain on disposal of equipment, stock-based compensation, severance, acquisition costs, and the related tax impact. This number is divided by the weighted-average number of diluted shares of common stock outstanding during each period presented to arrive at adjusted net income, per share. Adjusted EBITDA is net income (loss), plus asset impairment, estimated lease termination charges and other closing costs, settlement agreements, depreciation and amortization, interest expense, net, net (loss) gain on disposal of equipment, stock-based compensation, severance, acquisition costs 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, the timing of refreshes 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 the Company’s expectation include the impact of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, 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

jeff.crivello@bbq-holdings.com

BBQ HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Revenue:

Restaurant sales, net

$

31,293

$

20,296

$

109,544

$

68,564

Franchise royalty and fee revenue

2,291

2,566

8,919

12,126

Franchisee national advertising fund contributions

298

341

1,124

1,616

Licensing and other revenue

427

410

1,850

1,249

Total revenue

34,309

23,613

121,437

83,555

Costs and expenses:

Food and beverage costs

9,661

6,473

33,867

21,541

Labor and benefits costs

10,252

7,312

37,228

24,565

Operating expenses

10,733

7,124

36,984

22,555

Depreciation and amortization expenses

1,301

876

5,121

2,231

General and administrative expenses

4,422

3,445

14,395

10,992

National advertising fund expenses

298

341

1,124

1,616

Asset impairment, estimated lease termination charges and other closing costs, net

869

578

5,683

1,296

Pre-opening expenses

103

366

10

460

Gain on disposal of property, net

(703

)

100

(1,810

)

(74

)

Total costs and expenses

36,936

26,615

132,602

85,182

Loss from operations

(2,627

)

(3,002

)

(11,165

)

(1,627

)

Other (expense) income :

Interest expense

(214

)

(102

)

(805

)

(494

)

Interest income

49

101

154

215

Gain on bargain purchase

(429

)

13,246

Total other income (expense)

(594

)

(1

)

12,595

(279

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

(3,221

)

(3,003

)

1,430

(1,906

)

Income tax benefit

318

684

2,837

659

Net income (loss)

(2,903

)

(2,319

)

4,267

(1,247

)

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

67

531

680

598

Net income (loss) attributable to shareholders

$

(2,836

)

$

(1,788

)

$

4,947

$

(649

)

Income (loss) per common share:

Basic net income (loss) per share attributable to shareholders

$

(0.31

)

$

(0.20

)

$

0.54

$

(0.07

)

Diluted net income (loss) per share attributable to shareholders

$

(0.31

)

$

(0.20

)

$

0.54

$

(0.07

)

Weighted average shares outstanding - basic

9,175

9,117

9,155

9,099

Weighted average shares outstanding - diluted

9,175

9,117

9,168

9,099

BBQ HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
OPERATING RESULTS
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Food and beverage costs(1)

30.9

%

31.9

%

30.9

%

31.4

%

Labor and benefits costs(1)

32.8

%

36.0

%

34.0

%

35.8

%

Operating expenses(1)

34.3

%

35.1

%

33.8

%

32.9

%

Restaurant level operating margin(1)(3)

2.1

%

(3.0

)%

1.3

%

(0.1

)%

Depreciation and amortization expenses(2)

3.8

%

3.7

%

4.2

%

2.7

%

General and administrative expenses(2)

12.9

%

14.6

%

11.9

%

13.2

%

(Loss) income from operations(2)

(7.7

)%

(12.7

)%

(9.2

)%

(1.9

)%


(1)

As a percentage of restaurant sales, net

(2)

As a percentage of total revenue

(3)

Restaurant level margins are equal to restaurant sales, net, less restaurant level food and beverage costs, labor and benefit costs, and operating expenses.

BBQ HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,101

$

5,325

Restricted cash

1,502

761

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $277,000 and $132,000, respectively

4,823

4,379

Inventories

2,271

1,346

Prepaid income taxes and income taxes receivable

264

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,252

1,356

Assets held for sale

1,070

2,842

Total current assets

29,019

16,273

Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net

32,389

19,756

Other assets:

Operating lease right-of-use assets

61,634

25,962

Goodwill

601

640

Intangible assets, net

9,967

2,213

Deferred tax asset, net

4,934

6,646

Other assets

1,724

1,591

$

140,268

$

73,081

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

6,385

$

3,967

Current portion of lease liabilities

6,185

4,230

Current portion of long-term debt

2,111

616

Accrued compensation and benefits

2,390

2,694

Other current liabilities

9,766

4,975

Total current liabilities

26,837

16,482

Long-term liabilities:

Lease liabilities, less current portion

63,105

26,957

Long-term debt, less current portion

22,169

6,258

Other liabilities

1,224

1,610

Total liabilities

113,335

51,307

Shareholders’ equity:

Common stock, $.01 par value, 100,000 shares authorized, 9,307 and 9,272 shares issued and outstanding at January 3, 2021 and December 29, 2019, respectively

93

93

Additional paid-in capital

8,748

7,856

Retained earnings

19,370

14,423

Total shareholders’ equity

28,211

22,372

Non-controlling interest

(1,278

)

(598

)

Total equity

26,933

21,774

$

140,268

$

73,081

BBQ HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)

Year Ended

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

4,267

$

(1,247

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash flows provided by operations:

Depreciation and amortization

5,121

2,231

Stock-based compensation

886

463

Net gain on disposal

(1,783

)

(74

)

Asset impairment, estimated lease termination charges and other closing costs, net

5,483

1,273

Gain on bargain purchase

(13,246

)

Deferred income taxes

(2,837

)

(688

)

Bad debts expense (recovery)

567

239

Other non-cash items

699

291

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net

(1,011

)

(1,582

)

Other assets

(752

)

(449

)

Accounts payable

2,418

258

Accrued and other liabilities

2,276

1,867

Cash flows provided by operating activities

2,088

2,582

Cash flows from investing activities:

Proceeds from the sale of assets

2,869

33

Purchases of property, equipment and leasehold improvements

(3,499

)

(6,755

)

Payments for acquired restaurants

(5,381

)

(6,188

)

Advances on notes receivable

(150

)

Payments received on note receivable

42

31

Cash flows used for investing activities

(5,969

)

(13,029

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from long-term debt

22,058

4,300

Payments for debt issuance costs

(45

)

(54

)

Payments on long-term debt

(4,621

)

(175

)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

6

22

Cash provided by financing activities

17,398

4,093

Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

13,517

(6,354

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

6,086

12,440

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$

19,603

$

6,086

BBQ HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

(dollars in thousands)

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

January 3, 2021

December 29, 2019

Net income

$

(2,903

)

$

(2,319

)

$

4,267

$

(1,247

)

Asset impairment and estimated lease termination charges and other closing costs

869

578

5,683

1,296

Depreciation and amortization

1,301

876

5,121

2,231

Interest expense, net

165

1

651

279

Net (gain) loss on disposal of equipment

(703

)

100

(1,810

)

(74

)

Stock-based compensation

517

131

939

354

Acquisition costs

(58

)

249

(105

)

770

Pre-opening costs

103

366

10

460

Severance

35

10

86

13

Gain on bargain purchase

429

(13,246

)

Provision for income taxes

(318

)

(684

)

(2,837

)

(659

)

COVID-19-related expense

1,945

5,536

Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,382

$

(692

)

$

4,295

$

3,423