CEC Entertainment reports Q2 net earnings of US$7.2M, up 77.5% from year-ago period as revenues rise 5.2% to US$191.9M

IRVING, Texas , August 1, 2013 (press release) – Comparable Store Sales Increase 2.9%

CEC Entertainment, Inc. (CEC) today announced its financial results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2013. Total revenues for the second quarter of 2013 increased 5.2%, or $9.5 million, to $191.9 million from $182.4 million for the second quarter of 2012. The increase primarily related to a 2.9% increase in comparable store sales, as well as additional revenues generated from new store development.

Net income for the second quarter ended June 30, 2013 increased 77.5%, or $3.1 million, to $7.2 million as compared to $4.1 million for the second quarter of 2012. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.42 per share for the second quarter of 2013 from $0.23 per share for the second quarter of 2012.

For the first six months of 2013, total revenues increased 4.2%, or $18.0 million, to $447.2 million as compared to $429.2 million for the first six months of 2012. The increase in total revenues was primarily related to a 2.2% increase in comparable store sales, as well as additional revenues generated from new store development.

Net income for the first six months of 2013 increased 11.3%, or $4.1 million, to $40.5 million as compared to $36.4 million for the first six months of 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the first six months of 2013 increased to $2.34 per share as compared to diluted earnings per share of $2.05 for the first six months of 2012. Diluted earnings per share for the first six months of 2013 benefitted approximately $0.06 from our repurchase of approximately one million shares of our common stock since the beginning of the 2012 fiscal year.

On July 29, 2013, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.24 per share. This cash dividend is scheduled to be paid on October 3, 2013 to stockholders of record as of September 5, 2013.

Michael Magusiak, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Our management team is pleased with the revenue and profit results of the second quarter and first half of 2013. Revenue in the second quarter increased 5.2%, driven by our 2.9% growth in comparable store sales and new store development. The combination of increased revenue and the implementation of our profit strategies improved our store level operating margins by 250 basis points.”

Magusiak added, “We believe that we have developed a solid plan to increase comparable store sales, grow our concept with both domestic and international new locations and improve our profitability. Our team is focused and dedicated to executing and continuously improving our strategy.”

Business Outlook:

Through the end of July, our comparable store sales have increased 1.6%. We continue to project comparable store sales of 1.5% to 2.5% for fiscal 2013, and we are increasing our diluted earnings per share guidance to be in a range of $2.90 to $3.05, including the following assumptions:

12-15 new Company-owned stores, including one store relocation;

Average cheese block prices in the range of $1.75 to $1.85 per pound;

Depreciation and amortization to remain relatively flat with the prior year;

Rent expense to increase approximately 4-5% from the prior year;

Advertising expense to increase approximately $6 million from the prior year;

Capital expenditures to range from approximately $75 to $80 million; and

Payment of four quarterly dividends totaling approximately $17 million.

Second Quarter 2013 Conference Call:

The Company will host a conference call Thursday, August 1, 2013, at 3:30 p.m. Central Time to discuss its second quarter 2013 financial results and business outlook. A live webcast of the call (listen only) can be accessed through the Company's website, www.chuckecheese.com. Shortly after its conclusion, a replay of the call will be available on the website for a minimum of 60 days.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

The Company reports and discusses its operating results using financial measures consistent with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). From time to time in the course of financial presentations, earnings conference calls or otherwise, the Company may disclose certain non-GAAP financial measures such as Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (“EBITDA”) and Free Cash Flow. The non-GAAP financial measures presented in this earnings release should not be viewed as alternatives or substitutes for the Company's reported GAAP results. A reconciliation of the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to EBITDA and Free Cash Flow is set forth in a table accompanying this release.

About CEC Entertainment, Inc.:

For more than 30 years, CEC Entertainment has served as the nationally recognized leader in family dining and entertainment and the place Where a Kid can be a Kid®. The Company and its franchisees operate a system of 567 Chuck E. Cheese’s stores located in 47 states and nine foreign countries and territories. Currently, 514 locations in the United States and Canada are owned and operated by the Company. CEC Entertainment, Inc. and its franchises have the common goal of creating lifelong memories for families through fun, food and play. Each Chuck E. Cheese’s features musical and comic robotic entertainment, games, rides and play areas, as well as a variety of dining options including pizzas, sandwiches, wings, appetizers, a salad bar and desserts. Committed to providing a fun, safe environment, Chuck E. Cheese’s helps protect families through industry-leading programs such as Kid Check®.

Chuck E. Cheese’s aims to promote positive, lifelong memories inside and outside of its stores. In addition to providing a fun entertainment experience for millions of families across the world, Chuck E. Cheese’s has donated more than $10 million to schools and non-profit institutions through its fundraising programs. For more information, see the Company's website at www.chuckecheese.com.

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