Dave & Buster's reports fiscal Q4 net earnings of US$6.8M, down 13.9% from year-ago period; total revenues rise 3.5% to US$171.4M

DALLAS , May 1, 2014 (press release) – Achieves Record-Setting Adjusted EBITDA & Margins for Fourth Quarter and Full Year

Dave & Buster's, Inc., a leading operator of high volume entertainment/dining complexes, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter of 2013 and full year 2013, which ended on February 2, 2014.

The fourth quarter and full year ended February 2, 2014 included 13 and 52 weeks, respectively, compared to 14 and 53 weeks, respectively, for the fourth quarter and full year ended February 3, 2013. Accordingly, financial results for the fiscal 2013 periods are not directly comparable to those of the corresponding fiscal 2012 periods.

Key highlights from the fourth quarter 2013 (13 weeks) compared to the fourth quarter 2012 (14 weeks) include:

Total revenues increased 3.5% to $171.4 million from $165.6 million.

Comparable store sales, adjusted to reflect the one-week calendar shift, increased 0.7%.

Adjusted EBITDA* increased 11.3% to $40.2 million from $36.1 million. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 160 basis points to 23.4%.

Two stores were opened.

Key highlights for the full year 2013 (52 weeks) compared to the full year 2012 (53 weeks) include:

Total revenues increased 4.5% to $635.6 million from $608.1 million.

Comparable store sales, adjusted to reflect the one-week calendar shift, increased 1.0%.

Adjusted EBITDA* increased 11.9% to $134.8 million from $120.5 million. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 140 basis points to 21.2%.

Five stores were opened.

* A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, is set forth in the attachment to this release.

“We delivered an exceptional quarter with record-setting results despite weather challenges impacting both revenues and adjusted EBITDA. On the strength of our special events business, comparable store sales increased 0.7% versus a 3.7% year-ago comparison and substantially exceeded the competitive industry benchmark while our improved sports viewing areas contributed to robust beverage sales. We also benefited from contributions from newer, non-comparable stores that are meeting the demand for a differentiated experience in their respective markets and generating exceptional returns. Together, these revenue gains resulted in substantial leverage and thereby provided us with a strong finish to what was unquestionably a banner year,” said Steve King, Chief Executive Officer of Dave & Buster’s, Inc.

King continued, “We will also continue investing in our store footprint through remodels which will further solidify our reputation as the premier destination for casual dining and entertainment. And like our 2012 and 2013 store classes, the seven to eight openings planned for 2014 reflect our ability to ‘right size’ our footprint with stores ranging from 25,000 to 45,000 square feet to fit markets appropriately.”

Review of Fourth Quarter 2013 Operating Results

Total revenues increased 3.5% to $171.4 million during the 13-week fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $165.6 million in the 14-week fourth quarter of 2012. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2012 attributed to the extra week totaled approximately $8.9 million. Additionally, the Company experienced exceptionally challenging weather during December and January which the Company estimates to have negatively impacted total revenues by over $2.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2013. Across all stores, Food and Beverage revenues increased 3.4% and Amusements and Other revenues increased 3.5%.

Comparable store sales, adjusted to reflect the one-week calendar shift, increased 0.7%. The growth was driven by a 6.1% increase in comparable special events business sales which offset a 0.4% decrease in comparable walk-in sales due in part to the weather impact. Non-comparable store revenues increased $13.7 million on a comparable 13-week basis to $28.4 million during the fourth quarter of 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 11.3% to $40.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 from $36.1 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 160 basis points to 23.4%. Adjusting for the additional operating week in the prior year fourth quarter, Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to have increased 15.4%.

Development

The Company added a total of five stores in 2013 including stores in Cary, North Carolina and Livonia, Michigan during the fourth quarter.

Total capital expenditures (net of tenant improvement allowances) for 2013 were $104.1 million and included development costs for 2013 and 2014 store openings, seven interior remodeling projects, several exterior remodeling projects, new games and maintenance capital.

For 2014, the Company plans to add seven to eight new stores and has already opened stores in Westchester, CA and Vernon Hills, IL. Total capital expenditures (net of tenant improvement allowances) are expected in the $97 million to $107 million range and include development costs for store openings, several remodeling projects, new games and maintenance capital.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results today at 10:00 a.m. Central Time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time). The conference call can be accessed over the phone by dialing 1-888-510-1765 or for international callers by dialing 1-719-325-2435. A replay will be available after the call for one year beginning at 1:00 p.m. Central Time (2:00 p.m. Eastern Time) and can be accessed by dialing 1-877-870-5176 or for international callers by dialing 1-858-384-5517; the passcode is 6570351.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at www.daveandbusters.com under the Investor Relations section.

About Dave & Buster’s, Inc.

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Dave & Buster’s is the premier national owner and operator of 68 high-volume venues that offer interactive entertainment options for adults and families, such as skill/sports-oriented redemption games and technologically advanced video and simulation games, combined with a full menu of high quality food and beverages. Dave & Buster’s currently has stores in 26 states and Canada. For additional information on Dave & Buster’s, please visit www.daveandbusters.com.

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