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  • Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR) Reports Growth In Assets And Revenues, Improves Gross Margins And Restaurant EBITDA 0 comments
    Nov 15, 2013 1:54 PM | about stocks: HOTR

    Today, shortly after the opening bell, Chanticleer Holdings announced its financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013.

    Significant Highlights:

    •On September 30, 2013, the company completed the acquisition of American Roadside Burgers, Inc. ("ARB"). In connection with the acquisition of ARB and the related management team, the company acquired a strategic opportunity to participate in a high-growth space with an already established brand. The company's plan is to continue to expand the American Roadside chain as opportunities occur, which has the potential to bring additional revenue and profits to the company in the future.

    •Restaurant revenue for the third quarter 2013 decreased 7.6% to $1.6 million, compared with $1.7 million in the third quarter 2012. This decrease is primarily from a decrease in the South African currency exchange rate to the U.S. dollar; revenues measured in local currency increased 3.6%. Restaurant revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 increased 1.5% to $4.9 million, compared with $4.8 million in the third quarter 2012. This increase occurred from having five Hooters locations operating for the full nine months of 2013, offset by the aforementioned exchange rate decline.

    •As of September 30, 2013, the company had eleven restaurants (10 consolidated and one joint venture) compared with six restaurants (five consolidated and one joint venture) as of September 30, 2012.

    •Restaurant gross profit margins for the third quarter 2013 improved 5.3% to 63.5% compared with 58.2% in the same period a year ago. Restaurant gross profit margins for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 improved 4.0% to 62.2% compared with 58.2% in the third quarter 2012.

    •Same-store net sales for restaurants opened more than a year increased 3.6% and 5.3% in South Africa currency (Rands) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013, respectively compared with last year.

    •Restaurant EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 was approximately $83,000 and $54,000, respectively, an increase of 53.7%. Restaurant EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 and 2012 was $195,000 and $153,000, respectively, an increase of 27.5%. Our improved gross margins were offset by an increase in operating expenses, including professional fees and higher payroll costs.

    •Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. from continuing operations for the third quarter 2013 was $1.4 million or $0.38 per share, compared with $721,000 or $0.19 per share for the year-ago third quarter. Total net loss for the 2013 third quarter was $1.4 million or $0.38 per share, compared with $740,000 or $0.20 per share. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in general and administrative expenses ("G&A") and interest expense.

    •Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.8 million or $0.77 per share, compared with $2.2 million or $1.00 per share for the year-ago period. Total net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 was $2.9 million or $0.77 per share, compared with $2.3 million or $1.06 per share. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in G&A and interest expense.

    Recent Company Developments:

    •The company assumed operating control of ARB on October 1, 2013. ARB is a five store burger chain currently operating 1 location in Smithtown, NY, 2 in Charlotte, NC, 1 in Columbia, SC and 1 in Greenville, SC.

    •On October 17, 2013, the company raised $2,500,000 in a private placement, pursuant to which the company sold an aggregate of 666,667 Units (the "Units") at a purchase price of $3.75 per Unit ("Unit Price"). Each Unit consists of (a) one (1) share of the company's common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the "Common Stock") and (b) one (1) five (5) year warrant, exercisable after twelve (12) months, to purchase one (1) share of common stock at an initial exercise price of five dollars ($5.00) (the "Warrants").

    •On November 6, 2013, the company finalized the acquisition of the Hooters Nottingham restaurant for its previously announced purchase price of $3,150,000. On November 7, 2013, the company took operating control of Hooters Nottingham .The restaurant will continue under its current management team who has over 20 years combined experience at this restaurant.

    •On November 4, 2013, the company entered into a Subscription Agreement with JF Restaurants, LLC ("JFR"), JF Franchising Systems, LLC ("JFFS") (collectively "Just Fresh"), and the Preferred Members (the "Members" or collectively, the "Sellers") for the purchase of a fifty one percent (51%) ownership interest in each entity. The total purchase price was $560,000 and the final closing is contingent upon the Members' conversion of all outstanding Member notes and loans into ownership interest, to be held no later than November 20, 2013. Just Fresh currently operates five restaurants in the Charlotte, North Carolina area that offer fresh-squeezed juices, gourmet coffee, fresh-baked goods and premium-quality, made-to-order sandwiches, salads and soups.

    •On November 7, 2013, the company entered into a Subscription Agreement (the "Subscription Agreement") with three accredited investors (the "Investors"), pursuant to which the company sold to the Investors an aggregate of 160,000 Units (the "Units") at a purchase price of $5.00 per Unit ("Unit Price"), closing a $800,000 private placement (the "Private Placement"). The aggregate purchase price we received from the sale of the Units was $800,000. Each Unit consists of (a) one (1) share of the company's common stock, $0.001 par value per share (the "Common Stock") and (b) one (1) five (5) year warrant to purchase one (1) share of common stock. One half (80,000) of the available warrants are available at an initial exercise price of five dollars and fifty cents ($5.50), while the remaining half (80,000) of the warrants are available at an initial exercise price of seven dollars ($7.00) (the "Warrants").

    Mike Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of Chanticleer, stated, "We are excited to add American Roadside Burgers and Hooters Nottingham to our portfolio of restaurant companies heading into the fourth quarter of 2013. Revenue growth, gross margin improvement and growth in restaurant EBITDA give us good momentum as we enter the fourth quarter. In November we closed our purchase of the existing Hooters restaurant in Nottingham, England, which has been profitable for some time. The purchase price was $3,150,000 and the current management team will remain to operate the restaurant. Going forward, we will continue to evaluate restaurant and other opportunities at home and abroad, as well as continue to focus on performance improvement in our existing operations."

    For more information, visit chanticleerholdings.com

    MissionIR provides investor relations services to publicly traded companies in exchange for compensation. This article may be part of our efforts to widen a client's exposure. To read our full disclaimer, visit http://disclaimer.missionir.com

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