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May 15, 2014 16:01 ET

Chanticleer Holdings Reports Continued Revenue Growth and Restaurant EBITDA for First Quarter of 2014

68% Revenue Increase and 884% Increase in Restaurant EBITDA Quarter-Over-Quarter

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - May 15, 2014) - Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOTR) ("Chanticleer," or the "Company"), owner and operator of multiple restaurant brands internationally and domestically, announces its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 ("Q1").

Mike Pruitt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased with the performance of our four brands, both for our more established stores as well as our recently acquired or newly opened restaurants. Our growth obviously comes with increased expense but the incremental expense growth was within our operating plan. We expect our expenses will continue to decline as a percentage of revenues as we bring new stores on line, as evidenced by the reduction of the company's net loss per share by 61% on a consecutive quarter basis." 

Restaurant revenue for Q1 2014 increased to $5.55 million, compared to $1.64 million in the comparable period in 2013, and increased 68% quarter-over-quarter from $3.3 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2013 ("Q4"). Revenue increased primarily due to the additional revenues from the acquisition of American Roadside Burgers (ARB) in September 2013, the purchase of the Nottingham (United Kingdom) Hooters in November 2013, the opening of our fifth South African Hooters location in December 2013, the purchase of a majority interest in Just Fresh (JF) in December 2013, the purchases of U.S. Hooters restaurants in Oregon and Washington state and a gaming facility operated through the Oregon Lottery system as well as Spoon Bar and Kitchen in Dallas, Texas in January 2014.

Restaurant gross profit margins for Q1 2014 were 64.2% compared to 61.8% in the comparable period in 2013 and 63.7% in Q4 2013. The Company anticipates continuing quarter-over-quarter margin improvements across its restaurant territories and brands. 

Restaurant operating expenses for Q1 2014 were $3.28 million, or 59.2% of restaurant revenue, compared to $980,155, or 59.7% of restaurant revenue in the comparable period in 2013. The increased expense in Q1 2014 was due to the restaurant acquisitions mentioned above which took place late in 2013 through Q1 2014. General and administrative expenses ("G&A") for Q1 2014 were $1.61 million, or 29.0% of total revenue, compared to $720,210 or 43.2% of total revenue in the comparable period in 2013. The increase in G&A was primarily due to increased payroll, professional and consulting fees related to our growth both for the Company and its subsidiaries.

Restaurant EBITDA* for Q1 2014 increased to $339,926, compared to $36,642 in the comparable period in 2013, and increased $305,393 or 884% quarter-over-quarter from Q4 2013. The increase was primarily driven by restaurant acquisitions over the last twelve months and their improved restaurant gross margins.

*[Adjusted EBITDA and restaurant EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures -- see "Use of Non-GAAP Measures" below.]

The Company saw a 38% improved quarter-over-quarter net loss to $1.45 million from $2.3 million and a 61% improvement of net loss per share of $0.24 per share from $0.61. The Company believes the recent acquisitions and corporate developments have positioned the Company to potentially see profitability by year end.

The Company expects to continue building its portfolio of brands/concepts throughout 2014. To date, Chanticleer Holdings has twenty-two restaurants worldwide, including its most recent opening of Just Fresh's sixth location in BB&T Ballpark, the new home of the Charlotte Knights AAA baseball team, and our recently announced seventh location in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, North Carolina. The Company also secured its sixth South Africa Hooters restaurant location in Port Elizabeth and expects it to open in the third quarter of 2014. The Company also increased its ownership stake from 49% to 60% in its three Australian Hooters restaurants, two of which are under construction and expected to open in late June 2014.

Mr. Pruitt continued, "In the first quarter of last year, we had only 6 Hooter's restaurants outside the U.S., while we currently operate 4 different brands, 22 restaurants with 5 more in development in 5 different countries. We have invested significantly in bringing in key management personnel to guide our growth, develop our brands and improve menus so that we can make our restaurants scalable and proceeding to future franchise performance. Taking our new concepts to international markets and initiating franchise programs will be a key driver to our continuing growth."

For full disclosure relating to our first quarter financial information, please refer to Chanticleer's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed with the SEC on May 15, 2014, available online at

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 and restaurant EBITDA also exclude pre-opening costs for our restaurants, non-cash expenses for services, change in fair value of derivative liability and gain on extinguishment of debt. 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. 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.

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.
Headquartered in a Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (HOTR), together with its subsidiaries, owns and operates restaurant brands in the United States and internationally. The Company is a franchisee owner of Hooters® restaurants in international markets including England, South Africa, Hungary, and Brazil and has joint ventured with the current Hooters franchisee in Australia, and recently acquired two Hooters restaurants in the United States. The Company also owns and operates American Roadside Burgers, Spoon Bar & Kitchen and owns a majority interest in Just Fresh restaurants in the U.S. 

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Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify these forward-looking statements by the words "anticipate," "estimate," "plan," "project," "continuing," "ongoing," "target," "aim," "expect," "believe," "intend," "may," "will," "should," "could," or the negative of these words and other comparable words. Forward-looking statements are based on expectations, forecasts, and assumptions by our management and involve a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated, including, without limitation:

  • Operating losses continuing for the foreseeable future; we may never be profitable;
  • Inherent risks in expansion of operations, including our ability to acquire additional territories, generate profits from new restaurants, find suitable sites and develop and construct locations in a timely and cost-effective way;
  • General risk factors affecting the restaurant industry, including current economic climate, costs of labor and food prices;
  • Intensive competition in our industry and competition with national, regional chains and independent restaurant operators;
  • Our rights to operate and franchise Hooters-branded restaurants are dependent on the Hooters' franchise agreements;
  • Our business depends on our relationship with Hooters;
  • We do not have full operational control over the businesses of our franchise partners;
  • Failure by Hooters to protect its intellectual property rights, including its brand image;
  • Our business has been adversely affected by declines in discretionary spending and may be affected by changes in consumer preferences;
  • Increases in costs, including food, labor and energy prices;
  • Our business and the growth of our Company is dependent on the skills and expertise of management and key personnel;
  • Constraints could effect our ability to maintain competitive cost structure, including, but not limited to labor constraints;
  • Work stoppages at our restaurants or supplier facilities or other interruptions of production;
  • Our food service business and the restaurant industry are subject to extensive government regulation;
  • We may be subject to significant foreign currency exchange controls in certain countries in which we operate;
  • Inherent risk in foreign operation;
  • We may not attain our target development goals and aggressive development could cannibalize existing sales;
  • Current conditions in the global financial markets and the distressed economy;
  • A decline in market share or failure to achieve growth;
  • Unusual or significant litigation, governmental investigations or adverse publicity, or otherwise;
  • Adverse effects on our operations resulting from the current class action litigation in which the Company is one of several defendants;
  • Adverse effects on our results from a decrease in or cessation or clawback of government incentives related to investments; and
  • Adverse effects on our operations resulting from certain geo-political or other events.

Chanticleer cannot be certain that any expectation, forecast, or assumption made in preparing any forward-looking statements will prove accurate, or that any projection will be realized. It is to be expected that there will be differences between projected and actual results. 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 web site or otherwise. We undertake no obligation to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events or circumstances that occur after the date on which they were made. Further information on our business, including important factors which could affect actual results are discussed in the Company's filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K under the headings "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
  March 31,   December 31,  
  2014   2013  
ASSETS (Unaudited)      
Current assets:        
  Cash $476,100   $442,694  
  Accounts receivable  173,863    227,181  
  Other receivable  49,056    50,380  
  Inventories  432,698    381,408  
  Due from related parties  113,481    116,305  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets  570,184    495,165  
   TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  1,815,382    1,713,133  
Property and equipment, net  8,522,609    5,620,189  
Goodwill  9,168,405    6,496,756  
Intangible assets, net  3,408,349    3,424,632  
Investments at fair value  43,394    55,112  
Other investments  2,551,269    2,491,963  
Deposits and other assets  246,918    285,821  
   TOTAL ASSETS $25,756,326   $20,087,606  
Current liabilities:          
  Current maturities of long-term debt and notes payable $1,474,735   $835,454  
  Current maturities of convertible note payable, net of discount of $283,258  216,742    -  
  Derivative liability  2,006,600    2,146,000  
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses  2,704,386    2,425,873  
  Current maturities of capital leases payable  58,717    59,162  
  Deferred rent  109,699    53,303  
  Due to related parties  12,191    12,191  
   TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES  6,583,070    5,531,983  
Convertible notes payable, net of discount of $ 2,333,333 and $2,583,333, respectively  
Capital leases payable, less current maturities  89,880    105,918  
Deferred rent  1,837,777    1,055,138  
Deferred tax liabilities  1,313,450    1,340,000  
Long-term debt, less current maturities  196,868    398,906  
   TOTAL LIABILITIES  10,687,712    8,848,612  
Commitments and contingencies          
Stockholders' equity:          
  Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 45,000,000 shares; issued and outstanding 6,321,933 and 5,387,897 shares at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively  


  Additional paid in capital  30,634,438    25,404,994  
  Other comprehensive loss  (64,342 )  (88,370 )
  Accumulated deficit  (15,923,126 )  (14,472,816 )
  Non-controlling interest  421,009    394,645  
   TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  15,068,614    11,238,994  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
  For the Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2014   2013  
  Restaurant sales, net $5,546,938   $1,642,122  
  Management fee income - non-affiliates  25,000    25,000  
   Total revenue  5,571,938    1,667,122  
  Restaurant cost of sales  1,983,281    627,888  
  Restaurant operating expenses  3,281,827    980,155  
  General and administrative expenses  1,614,794    720,210  
  Depreciation and amortization  364,888    114,224  
   Total expenses  7,244,790    2,442,477  
Loss from operations  (1,672,852 )  (775,355 )
Other income (expense)          
  Equity in (losses) of investments  (40,694 )  (14,247 )
  Gain on extinguishment of debt  -    70,900  
  Realized gains  97,345    -  
  Miscellaneous income  58,847    2,562  
  Change in fair value of derivative liabilities  432,100    -  
  Interest expense  (336,830 )  (36,943 )
   Total other income  210,768    22,272  
Loss from operations before income taxes  (1,462,084 )  (753,083 )
   (Provision) expense for income taxes  (8,888 )  9,091  
Net loss  (1,453,196 )  (762,174 )
   Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest  2,886    24,331  
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. $(1,450,310 ) $(737,843 )
Other comprehensive income (loss):          
   Unrealized loss on available-for-sale securities (none applies to non-controlling interest) $
) $
   Foreign translation income  35,746    13,516  
    Other comprehensive loss $(1,426,282 ) $(748,091 )
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. per common share, basic and diluted: $(0.24 ) $(0.20 )
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted  5,974,495    3,698,896  
Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2014   2013  
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net loss $(1,453,196 ) $(762,174 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:          
  Depreciation and amortization  364,888    114,224  
  Equity in losses of investments  40,694    14,247  
  Common stock issued for services  228,857    -  
  Amortization of debt discount  259,442    -  
  Derivative liability adjustment  (432,100 )  -  
  Decrease in deferred tax liability  (26,550 )  -  
  Amortization of warrants  22,375    48,569  
  Gain on debt extinguishment  -    (70,900 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
  Decrease in accounts and other receivables  57,775    95,949  
  Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses and other assets  9,293    (42,002 )
  Decrease in inventory  85,879    48,137  
  Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses  32,397    (34,400 )
  Increase in deferred rent  1,688    5,439  
  Advance from related parties for working capital  -    (37,804 )
   Net cash used in operating activities  (808,558 )  (620,715 )
Cash flows from investing activities:          
  Franchise costs  -    (75,000 )
  Cash acquired in acquisitions  23,910    -  
  Purchase of investments  (100,000 )  -  
  Purchase of property and equipment  (67,702 )  (23,839 )
   Net cash used in investing activities  (143,792 )  (98,839 )
Cash flows from financing activities:          
  Loan proceeds, net  993,088    -  
  Decrease in other liabilities  -    (118,987 )
  Subsidiary capital received  29,250    -  
  Loan and capital lease repayments  (72,328 )  (13,388 )
   Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities  950,010    (132,375 )
  Effect of exchange rate changes on cash  35,746    17,474  
Net change in cash  33,406    (834,455 )
Cash, beginning of period  442,694    1,223,803  
Cash, end of period $476,100   $389,348  
Reconciliation of net loss from operations to adjusted EBITDA                          
Three months ended March 31, 2014:  Restaurants only                 
   South Africa   Hungary   ARB   Nottingham   JF   Hoot
Pac NW
 Spoon   Management   Totals  
GAAP net income (loss)  $(10,753 ) $(25,069 ) $(270,401 ) $103,508   $116,154   $59,191  $(26,413 ) $(1,396,527 ) $(1,450,310 )
  Interest expense (income)   12,478    -    426    (32 )  (4 )  -   -    323,962    336,830  
  Change in fair value of derivative liablility   -    -    -    -    -    -   -    (432,100 )  (432,100 )
  Non-cash expenses related to services   -    -    -    -    -    -   -    251,232    251,232  
  Depreciation and amortization   102,508    23,696    130,973    3,000    45,559    37,166   20,277    1,709    364,888  
  Income taxes   1,776    -    -    15,886    -    -   -    (26,550 )  (8,888 )
Adjusted EBITDA  $106,009   $(1,373 ) $(139,002 ) $122,362   $161,709   $96,357  $(6,136 ) $(1,278,274 ) $(938,348 )
  Total Restaurants EBITDA                               $339,926            
Three months ended March 31, 2013:  Restaurants only          
   South Africa   Hungary   Management   Totals  
GAAP net income (loss)  $14,738   $(39,042 ) $(747,729 ) $(772,033 )
  Interest expense   10,721    -    26,223    36,944  
  Gain on debt extinguishment   (70,900 )  -    -    (70,900 )
  Depreciation and amortization   87,872    24,162    2,190    114,224  
  Income taxes   9,091    -    -    9,091  
Adjusted EBITDA  $51,522   $(14,880 ) $(719,316 ) $(682,674 )
  Total Restaurants EBITDA       $36,642            

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