Ark Restaurants Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2013

Ark Restaurants Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2013

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ark Restaurants Corp. (NAS: ARKR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended March 30, 2013.

Company-wide same store sales decreased 4.4% for the three-month period ended March 30, 2013 compared to the same three month period last year. This decrease was primarily the result of poor weather conditions in the Northeast as compared to last year.


Total revenues for the three-month period ended March 30, 2013 were $29,090,000versus $29,892,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2012.

The Company's Continuing Operations EBITDA adjusted for non-cash stock option expense and non-controlling interests for the three-month period ended March 30, 2013 was $677,000 versus $1,006,000 during the same three-month period last year. The Company's net loss from continuing operations for the three-month period ended March 30, 2013 was $265,000, or $0.08 per basic and diluted share, as compared to a loss from continuing operations of $249,000, or $0.08per basic and diluted share, for the same three-month period last year. Included in the Company's income from continuing operations for the three-month period ended March 30, 2013 are professional fees related to the unsolicited bid made for the Company by Landry's, Inc.

As of March 30, 2013 the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short term investments totaling $4,209,000 and notes payable in the amount of $4,688,000 resulting from the purchase of 250,000 shares of treasury stock in December 2011, the purchase of membership interests in Ark Hollywood/Tampa Investment, LLC and the purchase of our interests in the New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC.

Ark Restaurants owns and operates 19 restaurants and bars, 22 fast food concepts and catering operations in New York City, Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, NV. Five restaurants are located in New York City, three are located in Washington, D.C., seven are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, two are located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, one is located at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut and one is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The Las Vegas operations include five restaurants within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Resort and operation of the hotel's room service, banquet facilities, employee dining room and six food court concepts; one bar within the Venetian Casino Resort, as well as three food court concepts and one restaurant within the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Company operates a restaurant and a bar in the Resorts Atlantic City Hotel and Casino. The operations at the Foxwoods Resort Casino include one fast food concept and one restaurant. In Boston, Massachusetts, the Company operates a restaurant in the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The Florida operations under management include five fast food facilities in Tampa, Florida and seven fast food facilities in Hollywood, Florida, each at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino operated by the Seminole Indian Tribe at these locations.

Except for historical information, this news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements involve unknown risks, and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results or outcomes to be materially different from those anticipated and discussed herein. Important factors that might cause such differences are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, if new information becomes available in the future.

ARK RESTAURANTS CORP.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
For the 13 and 26-week periods ended March 30, 2013 and March 31, 2012
 
(In Thousands, Except per share amounts)        
 
13 weeks ended 13 weeks ended 26 weeks ended 26 weeks ended
 
March 30, March 31, March 30, March 31,

2013

2012

2013

2012

 
TOTAL REVENUES $ 29,090   $ 29,892   $ 60,426   $ 62,752  
 
COST AND EXPENSES:
 
Food and beverage cost of sales 7,434 7,670 15,183 16,028
Payroll expenses 10,118 10,350 20,962 21,057
Occupancy expenses 4,086 4,533 8,621 8,991
Other operating costs and expenses 4,057 4,062 8,397 8,093
General and administrative expenses 2,756 2,250 5,166 5,031
Depreciation and amortization   921     942     2,097     1,880  
 
Total costs and expenses   29,372     29,807     60,426     61,080  
 
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) (282 ) 85 - 1,672
 
Other (income) expense, net   (84 )   (372 )   (163 )   (406 )
 
INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE PROVISION (BENEFIT) FOR INCOME TAXES (198 ) 457 163 2,078
 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (58 )   159     56     537  
 
INCOME (LOSS) FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (140 ) 298 107 1,541
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     (309 )   -     (436 )
 
CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS) (140 ) (11 ) 107 1,105
 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests   (125 )   (393 )   (364 )   (422 )
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARK RESTAURANTS CORP. $ (265 ) $ (404 ) $ (257 ) $ 683  
 
AMOUNTS ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARK RESTAURANTS CORP.:
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ (265 ) $ (249 ) $ (257 ) $ 899
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   -     (155 )   -     (216 )
Net income (loss) $ (265 ) $ (404 ) $ (257 ) $ 683  
 
NET INCOME (LOSS) PER ARK RESTAURANTS CORP. COMMON SHARE:
From continuing operations:
Basic $ (0.08 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.08 ) $ 0.27  
Diluted $ (0.08 ) $ (0.08 ) $ (0.08 ) $ 0.27  
From discontinued operations:
Basic $ -   $ (0.04 ) $ -   $ (0.06 )
Diluted $ -   $ (0.04 ) $ -   $ (0.06 )
From net income (loss):
Basic $ (0.08 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.08 ) $ 0.20  
Diluted $ (0.08 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.08 ) $ 0.20  
 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Basic   3,245     3,245     3,245     3,338  
Diluted   3,245     3,245     3,245     3,364  
 
EBITDA Reconciliation:
Pre tax income (loss) $ (198 ) $ 457 $ 163 $ 2,078
Depreciation and amortization   921     942     2,097     1,880  
EBITDA (a) $ 723   $ 1,399   $ 2,260   $ 3,958  
 

EBITDA adjusted for non-cash stock option expense and non-controlling interests:

EBITDA (as defined) (a) $ 723 $ 1,399 $ 2,260 $ 3,958
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests (125 ) (393 ) (364 ) (422 )
Non-cash stock option expense   79     -     159     -  
EBITDA, as adjusted $ 677   $ 1,006   $ 2,055   $ 3,536  

(a) EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and cumulative effect of changes in accounting principle. Although EBITDA is not a measure of performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), the Company believes the use of this non-GAAP financial measure enhances an overall understanding of the Company's past financial performance as well as providing useful information to the investor because of its historical use by the Company as both a performance measure and measure of liquidity, and the use of EBITDA by virtually all companies in the restaurant sector as a measure of both performance and liquidity. However, investors should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, it may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, pre-tax income (loss), is included above.



Ark Restaurants Corp.
Robert Stewart, 212-206-8800
bstewart@arkrestaurants.com

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