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Chanticleer Holdings Announces Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - December 21, 2012) -  Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR) ("Chanticleer Holdings" 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Third Quarter & Year-to-Date Highlights

  • Chanticleer reported revenues of $1.77 million for the third quarter as compared to ($5,726) in same period last year.
  • Chanticleer reported record revenues of $4.9 million for the first nine months of 2012, as compared to revenue of $468,417 in the same period last year.
  • Campbelltown, Australia became profitable, generating net income for the third quarter of $68,000, of which our share of profits is 49%.
  • Earnings per share loss decreased in the third quarter to a loss of $0.20 per share as compared to a loss of $0.40 per share in the year ago period.
  • Chanticleer opens its sixth international Hooters® restaurant in Budapest, Hungary.

Mike Pruitt, President and CEO of Chanticleer Holdings, commented, "We are pleased to report our third quarter financial results and expansion of our International Hooters® restaurants. Year to date, we have grown our number of operating restaurants by 100% to six as compared to three restaurants at 2011 year-end. During the year, we opened restaurants in Campbelltown, Australia; Emperor's Palace, South Africa; and Budapest, Hungary. We continue to execute on our plan to grow the Hooters brand in our exclusive international emerging markets." 

Third Quarter 2012 Results:

For the third quarter ended September 30, 2012, total revenue increased to $1.77 million, compared to total revenue of ($5,726) in the third quarter of 2011. This growth is attributable to gaining majority ownership in our first three South African restaurants on September 30, 2011, at which point we began consolidating our South African Hooters operations, effective October 1, 2011. This growth is also attributable to opening our Emperor's Palace, South Africa and Budapest, Hungary locations in 2012, where our Emperor's Palace continues to be a success and profitable. Also, The Company's Campbelltown, Australia location, where Chanticleer owns 49%, became profitable during the third quarter, generating $68,000 in net income. 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, total revenue increased to $4.9 million as compared to $468,417 in the same period last year, due to consolidating our South African operations, effective October 1, 2011 and opening our Emperor's Palace, South Africa and Budapest, Hungary locations in 2012.

The Company reported a net loss of $739,766 or $0.20 per share and a net loss of $495,756 or $0.40 per share during the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 and September 30, 2011, respectively. The increase in net loss is due to increased expenses associated with the consolidation of our South African restaurant operations, effective October of 2011 and our continued expansion of our international footprint, where during the third quarter, the Company incurred approximately $126,000 in one-time expenses related to opening the Hooters Budapest location. The Company closed the September Quarter with cash and cash equivalents of $1.7 million.

The independent investigation by the Company's Audit Committee is nearing completion. No other findings of misconduct have been identified that have not previously been publicly disclosed. However, the independent investigation did identify certain weaknesses in internal controls and the Company is in the process of implementing a remediation plan.

The Company is continuing to provide the NASDAQ Staff with all information requested in a timely manner. However, at this time we are not able to provide guidance as to when trading will resume. The Company intends to continue to inform investors of any material developments in a timely manner.

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(Unaudited)  
   
    For the three months
ended September 30,
    For the nine months
ended September 30,
 
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
Revenue:                                
                                 
  Restaurant sales, net   $ 1,710,632     $ -     $ 4,794,250     $ -  
  Management fee income - non-affiliates     25,000       25,000       75,000       466,667  
  Management fee income - affiliates     31,880       (30,726 )     38,578       1,750  
      Total revenue     1,767,512       (5,726 )     4,907,828       468,417  
Expenses:                                
  Restaurant cost of sales     714,551       -       2,005,714       -  
  Restaurant operating expenses     943,618       -       2,636,240       -  
  Restaurant pre-opening expenses     125,947       -       190,167       -  
  General and administrative expense     666,300       277,934       1,833,933       762,159  
  Depreciation and amortization     97,883       2,512       265,068       7,573  
    Total expenses     2,548,299       280,446       6,931,122       769,732  
Loss from operations     (780,787 )     (286,172 )     (2,023,294 )     (301,315 )
Other income (expense)                                
  Equity in earnings (losses) of investments     33,412       (20,820 )     (10,474 )     (9,256 )
  Realized gains from sales of investments     -       -       -       19,991  
  Miscellaneous income     1,680       -       1,680       5,016  
  Other than temporary decline in available-for-sale securities     -       (147,973 )     -       (147,973 )
  Interest expense     (39,583 )     (41,190 )     (432,795 )     (63,876 )
    Total other expense     (4,491 )     (209,983 )     (441,589 )     (196,098 )
Net loss before income taxes     (785,278 )     (496,155 )     (2,464,883 )     (497,413 )
    Provision for income taxes     7,997       -       7,997       -  
Net loss before non-controlling interest     (793,275 )     (496,155 )     (2,472,880 )     (497,413 )
    Non-controlling interest     53,509       399       185,711       1,376  
Net loss     (739,766 )     (495,756 )     (2,287,169 )     (496,037 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):                                
  Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (none applies to non-controlling interest)     (26,404 )     (172,031 )     (264,044 )     (224,240 )
  Foreign translation income     46,511       -       45,464       -  
    Other comprehensive loss   $ (719,659 )   $ (667,787 )   $ (2,505,749 )   $ (720,277 )
                                 
Net earnings (loss) per share, basic and diluted   $ (0.20 )   $ (0.40 )   $ (1.06 )   $ (0.43 )
Weighted average shares outstanding     3,698,896       1,238,880       2,153,148       1,166,111  
   
   
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
           
  September 30,     December 31,  
  2012     2011  
ASSETS (Unaudited)        
Current assets:              
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,694,721     $ 165,129  
  Accounts receivable   119,582       108,714  
  Other receivable   118,827       42,109  
  Inventories   180,362       105,073  
  Due from related parties   149,708       76,591  
  Prepaid expenses   300,552       144,347  
      TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   2,563,752       641,963  
Property and equipment, net   2,422,558       1,505,059  
Intangible assets, net   933,192       721,571  
Investments at fair value   54,309       318,353  
Other investments   2,148,397       1,582,148  
Deposits and other assets   130,244       29,605  
    TOTAL ASSETS $ 8,252,452     $ 4,798,699  
               
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
  Current maturities of long-term debt, notes and convertible notes payable $ 238,026     $ 2,796,855  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses   821,916       478,005  
  Other current liabilities   360,125       330,607  
  Current maturities of capital leases payable   36,467       41,590  
  Deferred rent   8,030       43,225  
  Due to related parties   13,733       30,204  
    TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   1,478,297       3,720,486  
Long-term debt, less current maturities   -       236,109  
Capital leases payable, less current maturities   67,545       85,853  
Deferred rent   89,672       7,162  
Other liabilities   201,490       263,321  
      TOTAL LIABILITIES   1,837,004       4,312,931  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)              
               
Stockholders' equity:              
  Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 200,000,000 shares; issued 3,698,896 and 1,506,061 shares; and outstanding 3,698,896 and 1,249,446 shares at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively  
 370
     
 151
 
  Additional paid in capital   14,849,855       6,459,656  
  Other comprehensive (loss) income   (167,930 )     50,650  
  Non-controlling interest   112,454       593,863  
  Accumulated deficit   (8,379,301 )     (6,092,132 )
  Less treasury stock, 256,615 shares at December 31, 2011   -       (526,420 )
    Total stockholders' equity   6,415,448       485,768  
      TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 8,252,452     $ 4,798,699  
                     
                     

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Chanticleer Holdings is focused on expanding the Hooters® casual dining restaurant brand in international emerging markets. Chanticleer currently owns in whole 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 of 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 an operator and the franchisor 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 or www.hooters.com and follow us on Twitter at @ChantHoldings or @Hooters.

Forward-Looking Statements:
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