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December 19, 2012 16:27 ET

Chanticleer Holdings Announces Revised Second Quarter 2012 Financial Results

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - December 19, 2012) -  Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) ("Chanticleer Holdings" or the "Company"), a minority owner in the privately-held parent company of the Hooters® brand, Hooters of America ("HOA"), and a franchisee of international Hooters restaurants, announced today its revised second quarter 2012 financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012.

As a result of the completion of the financial review of the three-month period ended June 30, 2012, total revenues increased by approximately $41,000 to $1,727,821 and net loss increased by $110,235 to $843,616 as a result of higher cost of sales, accrual of additional payroll taxes, and an increase in other expenses. The Company reported a net loss per share of $0.56. The quarter over quarter increase in net loss per share is attributable to the increase in expenses and the one for two reverse split in the Company's common stock, which became effective May 11, 2012. Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $104,589 to $3,568,416 due to the Company's former South African subsidiaries' CFO Mark Hezlett's misappropriation of funds. The Company's final financial results for the three-month period ended June 30, 2012 are included in its Form 10-Q/A filed today with SEC.

As previously stated by the Company, Mr. Hezlett has agreed to repay all of the misappropriated funds. Mr. Hezlett is abiding by his payment arrangement by making payments as scheduled. The Company expects to recover most of the funds by 2013 year-end.

Mike Pruitt, President and CEO of Chanticleer Holdings, commented, "We still expect to file a Form 10-Q for the three-month period ended September 30, 2012 with the SEC prior to year-end 2012. Once our third quarter results have been filed, we plan to update our shareholders with regards to our business and operational initiatives. We are also pleased our Emperor's Palace location, during the second quarter, generated revenues of approximately $676,000 with gross margin of approximately 61% and generated net income of approximately $50,000." 

The Company is continuing to work with NASDAQ to provide the staff with all information requested in a timely manner. However, at this time we are not able to provide guidance as to when trading will resume. The Company intends to continue to inform investors of any material developments in a timely manner. 

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Chanticleer Holdings is focused on expanding the Hooters® casual dining restaurant brand in international emerging markets. Chanticleer currently owns in whole or part of the exclusive franchise rights to develop and operate Hooters restaurants in South Africa, Hungary and parts of Brazil, and has joint ventured with the current Hooters franchisee in Australia, while evaluating several additional international opportunities. The Company currently owns and operates in whole or part of six Hooters restaurants in its international franchise territories: Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Emperor's Palace in South Africa; Campbelltown in Australia; and Budapest in Hungary.

In 2011, Chanticleer and a group of noteworthy private equity investors, which included H.I.G. Capital, KarpReilly, LLC and Kelly Hall, president of Texas Wings Inc., the largest Hooters franchisee in the United States, acquired Hooters of America (HOA), a privately held company. Today, HOA is an operator and the franchisor of over 430 Hooters® restaurants in 28 countries. Chanticleer maintains a minority ownership stake in HOA and its CEO, Mike Pruitt, is also a member of HOA's Board of Directors. For further information, please visit or and follow us on Twitter at @ChantHoldings or @Hooters.

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