Updates Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook to Reflect Accretive Acquisition
Southfield, MI (RestaurantNews.com) Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) (“DRH” or the “Company”), the creator, developer and operator of the unique, full-service, ultra-casual restaurant and bar Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern® (“Bagger Dave’s”) and one of the largest franchisees for Buffalo Wild Wings® (“BWW”), announced today that it has closed on its acquisition of eighteen Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants in the St. Louis area for $54 million. DRH now owns the entire St. Louis market for BWW. The Company also believes that there are additional opportunities to open new BWW stores in the St. Louis area over time.
As reported on June 29, 2015, the Company’s senior lender, Citizens Bank, led a bank syndicate which financed 100% of the transaction with a senior-secured debt facility and refinanced existing debt. The financing includes a $120 million Term Loan, an unfunded $30 million Development Line of Credit to support continued store growth and an unfunded $5 million Revolver to support working capital needs. The Term Loan is for a term of five years and payments principal are based upon a 12-year straight-line amortization. These terms have resulted in leverage and coverage ratios that are comfortably within DRH’s covenant limits.
Michael Ansley, President and CEO of DRH, commented, “We are pleased to have closed on this transaction of 18 highly-successful and very profitable BWW restaurants in the St. Louis area. As our updated annual guidance suggests, these restaurants are immediately accretive to earnings, and together with our existing portfolio and scheduled new restaurant openings, should enable us to generate between $19.5 million to $21.0 million in adjusted EBITDA this year. This represents a 29.1% to 39.1% increase compared to fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA of $15.1 million. Our task at hand is now to leverage our ‘best practices’ expertise, G&A infrastructure and systems to drive higher unit volumes and stronger profitability at these acquired restaurants. We are highly confident in our executional abilities to achieve this objective, which should go a long way in enhancing shareholder value over time.”
Updated Fiscal Year 2015 Outlook
DRH has updated its previous outlook for fiscal year 2015 to reflect the closing of this transaction. The Company also reiterated that it is likely to be at the low-end of its previous range for capital expenditures.
About Diversified Restaurant Holdings
Diversified Restaurant Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:BAGR) (“DRH” or the “Company”) owns and operates Bagger Dave’s Burger Tavern, a full-service, family-friendly restaurant and full bar with a casual, comfortable atmosphere specializing in custom-built, proprietary, fresh prime rib recipe burgers, all-natural turkey burgers, hand-cut fries, locally crafted beers on draft, hand-dipped milk shakes, salads, black bean turkey chili, and much more. There are currently 26 company-owned Bagger Dave’s restaurants in Michigan and Indiana. For more information, visit www.baggerdaves.com.
The Company also operates 60 Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar franchised restaurants in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Florida.
The Company routinely posts news and other important information on its website at www.diversifiedrestaurantholdings.com.
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Restaurant-Level EBITDA represents net income (loss) attributable to DRH plus the sum of non-restaurant specific general and administrative expenses, restaurant pre-opening costs, loss on property and equipment disposals, the change in fair value of derivative instruments, depreciation and amortization, other income and expenses, interest, taxes, income attributable to noncontrolling interest and non-recurring expenses related to acquisitions, equity offerings or other one-off transactions. Adjusted EBITDA represents net income (loss) attributable to DRH plus the sum of restaurant pre-opening costs, loss on property and equipment disposals, the change in fair value of derivative instruments, depreciation and amortization, other income and expenses, interest, taxes, income attributable to noncontrolling interest, and non-recurring expenses. We are presenting Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, which are not presented in accordance with GAAP, because we believe they provide an additional metric by which to evaluate our operations. When considered together with our GAAP results and the reconciliation to our net income, we believe they provide a more complete understanding of our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We use Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, together with financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as revenue, income from operations, net income, and cash flows from operations, to assess our historical and prospective operating performance and to enhance the understanding of our core operating performance. Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are presented because: (i) we believe they are useful measures for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses; (ii) we believe investors will find these measures useful in assessing our ability to service or incur indebtedness; and (iii) they are used internally as benchmarks to evaluate our operating performance or compare our performance to that of our competitors.
Additionally, we present Restaurant-Level EBITDA because it excludes the impact of general and administrative expenses and restaurant pre-opening costs, both which are non-recurring at the restaurant level. The use of Restaurant-Level EBITDA thereby enables us and our investors to compare our operating performance between periods and to compare our operating performance to the performance of our competitors. The measure is also widely used within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant level productivity, efficiency, and performance. The use of Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as performance measures permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. Companies within our industry exhibit significant variations with respect to capital structure and cost of capital (which affect interest expense and tax rates) and differences in book depreciation of property and equipment (which affect relative depreciation expense), including significant differences in the depreciable lives of similar assets among various companies. Our management team believes that Restaurant-Level EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA facilitate company-to-company comparisons within our industry by eliminating some of the foregoing variations.
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