Wall Street Signals: Chanticleer Holdings Reports Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2017Reports Positive Full Year Adjusted EBITDA with G&A at Historic Lows

Chanticleer Holdings Reports Operating Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2017Reports Positive Full Year Adjusted EBITDA with G&A at Historic Lows

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:BURG) (“Chanticleer,” or the “Company”), owner, operator and franchisor of multiple branded restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2017.
Annual Financial Highlights for the Year ended December 31, 2017 
  • Revenue for the year was $41.4 million compared with $41.7 million in 2016
  • Cost of sales as a percentage of restaurant sales was 33.8% in 2017, compared to 33.0% in 2016, on higher beef, chicken and distribution costs, which are expected to moderate in future periods.
  • General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue improved to 11.0% in 2017 from 13.9% in 2016

    • G&A levels have been reduced over the past 2 years as a result of integration and efficiency initiatives
  • Operating loss from continuing operations was $5.2 million ($2.8 million excluding non-cash asset impairment charges) in 2017 compared to $2.6 million in 2016.
  • Net loss attributable to Common Shareholders was $6.9 million, ($2.73) per share in 2017, compared to $9.1 million, ($4.18) per share in 2016.
  • Non-Gaap Restaurant EBITDA was $4.2 million in 2017 compared to $5.0 million in 2016
  • Non-Gaap Adjusted EBITDA was $234 thousand in 20017 compared to $82 thousand in 2016
  • Cash used in operating activities was negative $0.7 million in 2017 compared to negative $0.5 million in 2016.
  • During 2017, the Company initiated its growth phase opening 4 new Little Big Burger locations, 1 new BGR location and expects to open 8 to 12 new locations annually. The Company also closed 4 underperforming company locations in 2017 which resulted in non-cash impairment charges and is expected to contribute to improved operating performance in future periods.
Mike Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of Chanticleer commented, “In 2017 we solidified our foundation by closing underperforming units, opening four Little Big Burger units, executing multiple franchise agreements and signing five leases under our financial partner joint venture that will open in 2018. We believe the Company has reached an inflection point as we continue to accelerate growth of our Little Big Burger concept with new locations generating above average unit economics and outperforming our expectations.  This growth phase consists of a robust pipeline of locations to support future growth, currently expecting to open 8-12 new Little Big Burger stores annually going forward, with upside to those expectations as new franchisees come on line.”
Pruitt continued, “Chanticleer is in process of evolving and narrowing its strategic focus and allocation of resources to the domestic better burger segment where we generate the highest margins and rates of return. As we increase focus on the domestic burger business, we are continuing to evaluate the potential sale of our domestic non-burger and international operations which would streamline the Company’s operations and significantly increase operating margins going forward.
Lastly, I’m thankful to our financial partners, both JV & franchise, that will allow us to double our Little Big Burger locations and continue BGR on a successful path. We shortly hope to announce new relationships that will allow us visibility on executing on our plan.” 
Conference Call
The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
To access the call, dial 1-877-407-0784 approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. International callers please dial 1-201-689-8560. To access the webcast, log into the following link: http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=128878.
A replay of the teleconference will be available until April 28, 2018 and may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921. International callers may dial 1-412-317-6671. Callers should use conference PIN: 13677861.
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. prepares its condensed 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 Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA, which differ 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, Adjusted EBITDA also excludes pre-opening and closing costs for our restaurants, non-cash expenses, transaction and severance related expenses, change in fair value of derivative liability and other income and expenses.
In addition, Restaurant EBITDA also excludes management fee income, franchise revenue and general and administrative expenses. Adjusted EBITDA and restaurant EBITDA are not measures of performance defined in accordance with GAAP. However, adjusted EBITDA and restaurant EBITDA are used internally in planning and evaluating the company's operating performance and by the Company’s creditors. Accordingly, management believes that disclosure of these metrics 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.
Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA should not be considered as alternatives 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 Adjusted EBITDA and Restaurant EBITDA is included in the accompanying financial schedules.
For further information, please refer to Chanticleer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC on or about March 28, 2018, available online at www.sec.gov.
About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings (BURG), owns, operates and franchises fast casual and full service restaurant brands, including American Burger Company, BGR – Burgers Grilled Right, Little Big Burger, Just Fresh and Hooters.
Forward-Looking Statements
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Our operations involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect our results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements reflecting management's expectations for future financial performance and operating expenditures, expected growth, profitability and business outlook, increased sales and marketing expenses, and the expected results from the integration of our acquisitions.
Forward-looking statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to manage growth; integrate acquisitions; manage debt; meet development goals; and other important risks and uncertainties referenced and discussed under the heading titled “Risk Factors” in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements.
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 website or otherwise. The Company does not assume any obligations to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.
Investor Relations
Jason Assad
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
December 31, 2017December 31, 2016
Current assets:
Restricted cash165,517-
Accounts and other receivables, net475,988524,481
Prepaid expenses and other current assets324,324461,074
Assets held for sale, net100,000-
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS1,799,5611,793,680
Property and equipment, net8,548,59211,513,693
Intangible assets, net5,896,7326,530,243
Deposits and other assets490,328442,737
TOTAL ASSETS$30,183,019$33,486,123
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$5,972,252$5,553,068
Current maturities of long-term debt and notes payable5,741,9116,171,649
Current maturities of convertible notes payable3,000,000-
Current maturities of capital leases payable-18,449
Due to related parties191,850194,350
Long-term debt, less current portion, net of discount and deferred financing costs of $1,173,190 and $0, respectively-287,445
Convertible notes payable, net of debt discount (premium) of ($12,256) and $46,936, respectively212,2563,678,064
Redeemable preferred stock: no par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares; 62,876 and 19,050 shares issued and outstanding, net of discount of $208,697 and $0, respectively640,129257,175
Deferred rent2,156,3782,135,526
Deferred tax liabilities779,3591,485,554
TOTAL LIABILITIES18,694,13519,781,280
Commitments and contingencies
Common stock subject to repurchase obligation; 0 and 56,290 shares issued and outstanding, respectively-349,000
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 45,000,000 shares; issued  and outstanding 3,045,809 and 2,139,424 shares, respectively305213
Additional paid-in capital60,750,33055,926,196
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(934,901)(1,155,658)
Accumulated deficit(49,109,303)(42,206,325)
Total Chanticleer Holdings, Inc, Stockholders' Equity10,706,43112,564,426
Non-Controlling Interests782,453791,417
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY11,488,88413,355,843

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016  December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
Restaurant sales, net$  9,837,950$  9,571,878$  40,495,166$  40,640,159
Gaming income, net  113,665  125,973  442,521  441,620
Management fee income   25,018  25,000  100,000  100,000
Franchise income105,550138,741395,176520,222
Total revenue  10,082,183  9,861,592  41,432,863  41,702,001
Restaurant cost of sales  3,316,761  3,143,308  13,692,921  13,392,078
Restaurant operating expenses  5,782,594  5,501,259  23,432,124  22,641,951
Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses  179,737  27,143  319,282  145,130
General and administrative expenses  1,132,494  1,400,207  4,545,496  5,801,033
Asset impairment charge922,726-2,395,616-
Depreciation and amortization  513,963  602,882  2,282,801  2,341,697
Total expenses  11,848,275  10,674,799  46,668,240  44,321,889
Operating loss from continuing operations  (1,766,092)  (813,207)  (5,235,377)  (2,619,888)
Other (expense) income 
Interest expense  (646,248)  (642,463)  (2,592,961)  (2,347,019)
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities  -  -  -  1,231,608
Gain (loss) on debt refinancing--(95,310)-
Other income (expense)  62,935  (424,660)  112,984  (412,272)
Total other expense  (583,313)  (1,067,123)  (2,575,287)  (1,527,683)
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes  (2,349,405)  (1,880,330)  (7,810,664)  (4,147,571)
Income tax benefit (expense)  813,826  (60,596)  644,429  (198,463)
Loss from continuing operations  (1,535,579)  (1,940,926)  (7,166,235)  (4,346,034)
Discontinued operations
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax---(1,304,627)
Loss on write down of net assets-113,908-(3,762,253)
Consolidated net loss  (1,535,579)  (1,827,018)  (7,166,235)  (9,412,914)
Less net loss attributable to non-controlling interest:
Continuing operations125,52121,805371,46475,417
Discontinued operations---260,925
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.$   (1,410,058)$   (1,805,213)$   (6,794,771)$   (9,076,572)
  -  -
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.:
Loss from continuing operations$  (1,410,058)$  (1,919,121)$  (6,794,771)$  (4,270,617)
Loss from discontinued operations  -   113,908  -   (4,805,955)
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.$(1,410,058)$(1,805,213)$(6,794,771)$(9,076,572)
Dividends on redeemable preferred stock(28,219)-(108,206)-
Net loss attributable to common shareholders of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.$(1,438,277)$(1,805,213)$(6,902,978)$(9,076,572)
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. per common share, basic and diluted:$   (0.49)$   (0.82)$   (2.73)$   (4.18)
Continuing operations attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted$(0.49)$(0.87)$(2.73)$(1.97)
Discontinued operations attributable to common stockholders, basic and diluted$-$0.05$-$(2.22)
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted  2,959,284  2,195,715  2,525,037  2,169,503

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Year Ended
 December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net loss$  (7,166,235)$  (9,412,914)
Net loss from discontinued operations  -  5,066,880
Net loss from continuing operations  (7,166,235)  (4,346,034)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss from continuing operations to net cash used in operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization  2,282,801  2,341,697
Asset impairment charge2,395,616-
Loss on debt refinancing95,310-
Common stock and warrants issued for services  280,669  24,510
Common stock and warrants issued for interest  -  349,000
Amortization of debt discount  788,187  1,039,656
Change in assets and liabilities:
Accounts and other receivables  35,154  (336,546)
Prepaid and other assets  22,157  113,633
Inventory  23,062  33,217
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  1,039,179  1,540,463
Change in amounts payable to related parties(2,500)194,350
Derivative liabilities  -  (1,231,608)
Deferred income taxes(706,195)131,783
Deferred rent  188,363  (288,279)
Net cash used in operating activities from continuing operations  (724,432)  (434,158)
Net cash  used in operating activities from discontinued operations-(75,000)
Net cash used in operating activities  (724,432)  (509,158)
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of property and equipment  (1,625,460)  (1,191,174)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  461,158  -
Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired  -  (72,215)
Proceeds from sale of investments  -  8,902
Net cash used in investing activities from continuing operations  (1,164,302)  (1,254,487)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from sale of common stock and warrants  939,712  -
Proceeds from sale of preferred stock  591,651  257,175
Payments related to sale of preferred stock  (243,480)  -
Loan proceeds  6,578,090  275,000
Payment of deferred financing costs(293,294)
Loan repayments  (6,187,738)  (513,523)
Capital lease payments  (28,405)  (40,636)
Contribution of non-controlling interest725,000823,671
Net cash provided by financing activities from continuing operations  2,081,536  801,687
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  (22,884)  6,118
Net increase (decrease) in cash and restricted cash  169,918  (955,840)
Cash and restricted cash,  beginning of period  268,575  1,224,415
Cash and restricted cash, end of period$  438,493$  268,575

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconcilation of Net Loss to EBITDA
Three Months EndedYear Ended
 December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016  December 31, 2017  December 31, 2016 
Consolidated net loss$   (1,535,579)$   (1,940,926)$   (7,166,235)$   (4,346,034)
Interest expense  646,248  642,463  2,592,961  2,347,019
Income tax  (813,826)  60,596  (644,429)  198,463
Depreciation and amortization  513,963  602,882  2,282,801  2,341,697
EBITDA$   (1,189,194)$   (634,985)$   (2,934,902)$   541,145
Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses  179,737  27,143  319,282  145,130
Operating results of restuarants closed in period  69,896  369,011  -
Change in fair value of derivative liabilities  -  -  -  (1,231,608)
(Gain) loss on debt refinancing  -  -  95,310  -
Asset impairment charge  922,726  -  2,395,616  -
Transaction and severence related expenses  -  68,292  102,750  214,905
Other income (expense)  (62,935)  424,660  (112,984)  412,272
Adjusted EBITDA$   (79,770)$   (114,890)$   234,083$   81,844
General and administrative expenses  1,132,494  1,331,915  4,442,746  5,586,128
Franchise revenues  (105,550)  (138,741)  (395,176)  (520,222)
Management fee revenue  (25,018)  (25,000)  (100,000)  (100,000)
Restaurant EBITDA$   922,156$   1,053,284$   4,181,653$   5,047,750