Dave & Buster's reports fiscal Q1 net earnings of US$13.5M, up 35% from year-ago period as total revenues rise 15.9% to US$194.8M

DALLAS , June 17, 2014 (press release) – Dave & Buster's, Inc., a leading owner and operator of high-volume entertainment/dining complexes for both adults and families, today announced financial results for its first quarter of 2014, which ended on May 4, 2014.

Key highlights from the first quarter 2014 compared to the first quarter 2013 include:

Total revenues increased 15.9% to $194.8 million from $168.2 million.

Comparable store sales increased 4.7%.

Adjusted EBITDA* increased 17.9% to $50.6 million from $42.9 million. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 50 basis points to 26.0%.

Two 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.

“Our first quarter performance exceeded our expectations and marked another record-setting quarter in terms of revenues, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA margins. Comparable store sales grew 4.7% which outpaced the competitive industry benchmark by 570 basis points and lapped a 1.8% comparison from the prior year. The strength in comparable stores along with contributions from newer, non-comparable stores reflected sales growth in both our food/beverage and amusement categories and resulted in substantial operating leverage,” said Steve King, Chief Executive Officer of Dave & Buster’s, Inc.

King continued, “Our brand attributes of ‘Eat Drink Play and Watch’ which combine dining, entertainment, and sports viewing already set us apart from mainstream casual dining and guests are responding well to our promotions and media campaigns. We are also further differentiating ourselves by modernizing the exteriors, front lobbies, bars, dining areas, and Winner’s Circles of many facilities. By the end of 2014, approximately two-thirds of our stores will either be new or remodeled.”

King concluded, “So far this year, we have opened three stores. In the first quarter, we opened in both Los Angeles and the Chicago suburb of Vernon Hills, while in the second quarter we opened in Panama City Beach, FL, our first location in a primarily tourist market. We are on pace to open seven to eight stores in 2014 with a range of square footage footprints designed to appropriately meet the demand for a differentiated experience while generating exceptional returns. Over the long term, we believe that we can own and operate in excess of 200 stores in North America, which is approximately three times our current store base.”

Review of First Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Total revenues increased 15.9% to $194.8 million from $168.2 million in the first quarter of 2013. Across all stores, Food and Beverage revenues increased 14.9% and Amusements and Other revenues increased 16.7%.

Comparable store sales increased 4.7% during the first quarter of 2014. Our comparable sales increase was driven by a 4.9% increase in walk-in sales and a 3.7% increase in special events sales. Non-comparable store revenues increased by $19.8 million during the first quarter of 2014 to $31.2 million, principally fueled by 80 additional store weeks from the five stores opened in 2013 and two stores opened during the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.9% to $50.6 million in the first quarter of 2014 from $42.9 million in last year’s first quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 50 basis points to 26.0%.


We plan to open seven to eight new stores in 2014. Our next planned opening is in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles during the third quarter with the remaining stores scheduled to open in the fourth quarter.

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 and related 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 1-800-263-0877 or for international callers by dialing 1-719-325-4827. 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 5065618.

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 a leading owner and operator of 69 high-volume entertainment/dining complexes that provide both adults and families the opportunity to “Eat Drink Play and Watch” all in one location. We offer a full menu of “Fun American New Gourmet” entrées and appetizers, a full selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages, and an extensive assortment of entertainment attractions centered around playing games and watching live sports and other televised events. 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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