FAT Brands Inc. Announces Fiscal Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

November 8, 2018

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 8, 2018--FAT(Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands Inc. (NASDAQ:FAT) (“FAT Brands” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the 13-week period ended September 30, 2018.

Andy Wiederhorn, President and CEO of FAT Brands, commented, “Third quarter results demonstrated continued business momentum as we achieved acquisition synergies and positive same-store sales growth across our Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express, Buffalo’s Cafe, and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouse brands. During the quarter we completed our previously announced acquisition of Hurricane Grill & Wings, our first acquisition following our IPO. The successful integration of the Hurricane restaurants onto our platform demonstrates the strength of our growth strategy and our ability to generate synergies. Inclusive of these acquisition synergies, we expect to achieve an annualized revenue run-rate of $22-24 million and an annualized EBITDA run-rate of $10-11 million beginning in the first quarter of 2019. Our pipeline of brands for acquisition remains robust, and we continue to actively work to complete additional transactions.”

The Company was formed as a Delaware corporation on March 21, 2017 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc. (“FCCG”). The Company was formed for the purpose of completing a public offering and related transactions, and to acquire and continue certain businesses previously conducted by subsidiaries of FCCG. These transactions occurred on October 20, 2017. Because this is our initial year of operation, comparative information is not available for the third quarter of 2017.

Fiscal Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

Total revenues of $5.9 million (1) Net income of $10,000, or $0.00 per share on a basic and fully diluted basis EBITDA (2) of $1.8 million Adjusted EBITDA (2) of $2.1 million, excluding legal and accounting fees related to acquisitions

Fiscal Third Quarter 2018 Segment Performance

Fatburger & Buffalo’s Express Same-store sales growth in California of 12.6% year-over-year, 13.3% YTDSame-store sales growth domestically of 8.3% year-over-year, 9.1% YTDSystem-wide same-store sales growth of 4.7% year-over-year, 7.8% YTDSystem-wide sales growth of 10.8% year-over-year, 15.5% YTDTotal revenues of $2.9 millionNet income of $1.5 millionEBITDA of $1.9 million2 new co-branded store openings Buffalo’s Cafe System-wide same-store sales growth of 6.4% year-over-year, 5.5% YTDSystem-wide sales growth of 8.0% year-over-year, 7.2% YTDTotal revenue of $581,000Net income of $263,000EBITDA of $228,000 Ponderosa & Bonanza Steakhouse System-wide same-store sales growth of 4.6% year-over-year, 2.2% YTDSystem-wide sales growth of 3.9% year-over-year, 2.9% YTDTotal revenue of $1.0 millionNet income of $53,000EBITDA of $217,000 Hurricane Grill & Wings Completed the previously announced acquisition on July 3, 2018System-wide same-store sales decline of (2.4%) year-over-yearSystem-wide sales growth of 4.7% year-over-yearTotal revenue of $1.3 millionNet loss of $3,000EBITDA of $79,000

Events in the Quarter

On July 3, 2018, FAT Brands completed the previously announced acquisition of Hurricane AMT, LLC (“Hurricane”), the franchisor of Hurricane Grill & Wings and Hurricane BTW restaurants, for a purchase price of $12,500,000 comprised of $8,000,000 in cash and $4,500,000 in Series A-1 Mandatorily Redeemable Preferred Shares.

Also on July 3, 2018, the Company entered into a new Loan and Security Agreement whereby the Company borrowed $16.0 million in a term loan. A portion of the net proceeds were used to fund the Hurricane acquisition, as well as to repay borrowings of $2.0 million plus interest and fees under an existing loan facility. The Company has been using the remaining proceeds for additional acquisitions, investments, and general working capital purposes.

On September 20, 2018, the Company issued 10,482 shares of its common stock to its independent directors in satisfaction of accrued directors’ fees. These shares were valued at $8.59 per share, the closing price on September 20, 2018, the day that the independent directors elected to receive such shares.

Quarterly Cash Dividend

The Company’s Board of Directors approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend to shareholders of $0.12 per share. The dividend was paid on October 31, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 18, 2018. On October 31, 2018, FCCG elected to reinvest its dividend for all 9,300,760 shares into newly issued shares of the Company’s common stock at the closing market price of common stock on the payment date. The Company issued 176,877 shares of common stock to FCCG at a price of $6.31 per share in satisfaction of the $1,116,091 dividend payable.

Key Financial Definitions

New store openings - The number of new store openings reflects the number of stores opened during a particular reporting period. The total number of new stores per reporting period and the timing of stores openings has, and will continue to have, an impact on our results.

Same-store sales growth – Same-store sales growth reflects the change in year-over-year sales for the comparable store base, which we define as the number of stores open for at least one full fiscal year. Given our focused marketing efforts and public excitement surrounding each opening, new stores often experience an initial start-up period with considerably higher than average sales volumes, which subsequently decrease to stabilized levels after three to six months. Thus, we do not include stores in the comparable base until they have been open for at least one full fiscal year. We expect that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future as we continue to open and expand into new markets.

System-wide sales growth - For each brand, the percentage change in sales in any given fiscal period compared to the prior fiscal period for all stores in that brand. Because of new store openings and store closures, the stores open throughout both fiscal periods being compared may be different from period to period.

Conference Call and Webcast

FAT Brands will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its fiscal third quarter 2018 financial results today at 4:30 PM ET. Hosting the call and webcast will be Andy Wiederhorn, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Rebecca Hershinger, Chief Financial Officer.

Interested parties may listen to the conference call via telephone by dialing 323-794-2597. A replay will be available after the call until Thursday, November 15, 2018, and can be accessed by dialing 412-317-6671. The passcode is 6865858.

The webcast will be available at www.fatbrands.com under the “invest” section, and will be archived on the site shortly after the call has concluded.

About FAT (Fresh. Authentic. Tasty.) Brands

FAT Brands (NASDAQ: FAT) is a leading global franchising company that strategically acquires, markets and develops fast casual and casual dining restaurant concepts around the world. The Company currently owns six restaurant brands, Fatburger, Buffalo’s Cafe, Buffalo’s Express, Hurricane Grill & Wings, and Ponderosa and Bonanza Steakhouses, that have over 300 locations open and more than 300 under development in 32 countries.

For more information, please visit www.fatbrands.com.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to the future financial and operating results of the Company and our ability to pay a cash dividend to our common stockholders. Forward-looking statements generally use words such as “expect,” “foresee,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “project,” “should,” “estimate,” “will,” “plans,” “forecast,” and similar expressions, and reflect our expectations concerning the future. It is possible that our future performance may differ materially from current expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. We refer you to the documents we file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, such as our recent Offering Statement on Form 1-A and our reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, for a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from our current expectations and from the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release.

Adoption of New Accounting Guidance

The Company adopted ASU 2014-09 on January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective method, in which the cumulative effect of applying the standard is recognized at the date of initial application. Amounts presented for the thirty-nine weeks ended September 30, 2018 have been adjusted to reflect the adoption of ASU 2014-09, resulting in an increase in revenues of $1,723,000 .

Non-GAAP Measure

This press release includes the non-GAAP financial measure of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. We use the term EBITDA, as opposed to income from operations, as it is widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry. We believe that EBITDA is an appropriate measure of operating performance because it eliminates the impact of expenses that do not relate to business performance. EBITDA is not a measure of our financial performance or liquidity that is determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) as a measure of financial performance or cash flows from operations as measures of liquidity, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA (as defined above), excluding expenses related to our acquisitions as well as certain non-recurring items that the Company does not believe directly reflect its core operations and may not be indicative of the Company’s recurring business operations.

A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA is set forth in the tables below.

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