CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: BURG) (“Chanticleer,” or the “Company”), owner, operator and franchisor of multiple branded restaurants in the U.S. and abroad, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2018.

Annual Financial Highlights for the Year ended December 31, 2018

  • Revenue for the year was $40.6 million in 2018 compared with $41.4 million in 2017.

  • Cost of sales as a percentage of restaurant sales improved to 33.5% in 2018 compared to 33.8% in 2017. The improvement in cost of sales is primarily attributable to favorable movements in beef prices combined with the expansion of the Little Big Burger brand.

  • General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue remained consistent at 11.3% compared to 11.0% in 2017.

  • Operating loss was $5.4 million ($3.4 million excluding non-cash asset impairment charges) in 2018 compared to $5.2 million in 2017.

  • Net loss attributable to Common Shareholders was $7.0 million, ($1.98) per share in 2018, compared to $6.9 million, ($2.73) per share in 2017.

  • Non-GAAP Restaurant EBITDA was $3.7 million in 2018 compared to $4.2 million in 2017.

  • Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA was negative $376,000 in 2018 compared to $234,000 in 2017.

  • Cash provided by operating activities was $575,000 in 2018 compared to cash used in operating activities of $725,000.

  • During 2018, the Company opened 4 new Little Big Burger locations, 1 new BGR location along with the acquisition of 2 other BGR locations that were previously franchises. The Company expects to open 4 to 6 new locations annually. The Company also closed 2 underperforming company-owned locations in 2018 which resulted in non-cash impairment charges and is expected to contribute to improved operating performance in future periods.

  • Through a focus of the Company throughout 2018, as well continued efforts through the year-end and audit process, Management was able to fully remediate the material weaknesses that were reported in the December 31, 2017 10-K.  These material weaknesses had been part of the Company’s 10-K disclosures since 2013.

Mike Pruitt, Chairman and CEO of Chanticleer commented, “In 2018 we executed on exactly what we promised early in the year, nearly doubling our Little Big Burger footprint.

“More importantly, we set the stage for the future with the new addition of Fred Glick as our new President and Patrick Harkleroad as CFO. These proven executives have already demonstrated themselves as highly complementary to our existing team. I can without hesitation say that never in the history of Chanticleer, have I personally felt better about our executive team and the value I believe we have the potential to create together. What Fred has accomplished in just his first four short months is nothing less than remarkable. His enthusiasm is infectious, and his hands-on leadership has dramatically and favorably impacted employee morale.

“I believe that the best days are just ahead for Chanticleer. I look forward to continuing to work in concert with my fellow members of our management team and board of directors, all on behalf of our employees and shareholders.”

Conference Call

The Company will host a webcast and conference call on Monday, April 1, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To access the call, dial 1-877-407-0784 approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. International callers please dial 1-201-689-8560. To access the webcast, log into the following link:

A replay of the teleconference will be available until May 1, 2019 and may be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921. International callers may dial 1-412-317-6671. Callers should use conference PIN: 13689056.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. prepares its condensed consolidated financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (”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 also excludes pre-opening and closing costs for our restaurants, non-cash expenses, transaction and severance related expenses, change in fair value of derivative liability and other income and expenses.

In addition, Restaurant EBITDA also excludes management fee income, franchise revenue and general and administrative expenses. 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 and by the Company’s creditors. 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.

For further information, please refer to Chanticleer’s Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed with the SEC on or about April 1, 2019, available online at

About Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.

Headquartered in Charlotte, NC, Chanticleer Holdings (BURG), owns, operates and franchises fast casual and full-service restaurant brands, including American Burger Company, BGR – Burgers Grilled Right, Little Big Burger, Just Fresh and Hooters.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include projections, predictions, expectations or statements as to beliefs or future events or results or refer to other matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause the actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on various factors and were derived using numerous assumptions. 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 those words and other comparable words.

Our operations involve risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially affect our results of operations and whether the forward-looking statements ultimately prove to be correct. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, statements reflecting management's expectations for future financial performance and operating expenditures, expected growth, profitability and business outlook, increased sales and marketing expenses, and the expected results from the integration of our acquisitions.

Forward-looking statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from those anticipated by such statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to manage growth; integrate acquisitions; manage debt; meet development goals; and other important risks and uncertainties referenced and discussed under the heading titled “Risk Factors” in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements.

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 website or otherwise. The Company does not assume any obligations to update the forward-looking statements provided to reflect events that occur or circumstances that exist after the date on which they were made.


Investor Relations
Jason Assad

Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 Consolidated Balance Sheets
 December 31, 2018 December 31, 2017
Current assets:   
Cash$629,871  $272,976 
Restricted cash 335   165,517 
Accounts and other receivables, net 387,239   475,988 
Inventories 478,314   460,756 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 179,377   324,324 
Assets held for sale, net -   100,000 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   1,675,136      1,799,561  
Property and equipment, net 10,467,841   8,548,592 
Goodwill 11,280,465   12,647,806 
Intangible assets, net 5,123,159   5,896,732 
Investments 800,000   800,000 
Deposits and other assets 446,639   490,328 
TOTAL ASSETS$   29,793,240   $   30,183,019  
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$7,386,506  $5,797,252 
Current maturities of long-term debt and notes payable, net of unamortized discount and deferred financing costs of $0 and $1,173,190, respectively 3,740,101   5,741,911 
Current maturities of convertible notes payable 3,000,000   3,000,000 
Due to related parties 185,726   191,850 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   14,312,333      14,731,013  
Long-term debt 3,000,000   - 
Convertible notes payable, net of unamortized premium of $0 and $12,256, respectively -   212,256 
Redeemable preferred stock: no par value, 62,876 shares issued and outstanding, net of discount of $173,914 and $208,697, respectively 674,912   640,129 
Deferred rent 2,297,199   2,156,378 
Deferred revenue 1,174,506   175,000 
Deferred tax liabilities 76,765   779,359 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   21,535,715      18,694,135  
Commitments and contingencies   
Common stock subject to repurchase obligation; 0 and 56,290 shares issued and outstanding, respectively -   - 
Preferred stock: no par value; authorized 5,000,000 shares; 62,876 issued and outstanding, respectively -   - 
Common stock: $0.0001 par value; authorized 45,000,000   
shares; issued and outstanding 3,715,444 and 3,045,809   
shares, respectively 373   305 
Additional paid in capital 64,756,903   60,750,330 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (202,115)  (934,901)
Accumulated deficit (57,124,673)  (49,109,303)
Total Chanticleer Holdings, Inc, Stockholders' Equity   7,430,488      10,706,431  
Non-Controlling Interests 827,037   782,453 
TOTAL EQUITY   8,257,525      11,488,884  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY$   29,793,240   $   30,183,019  


Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
 Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017 
Restaurant sales, net$9,862,794  $9,837,951  $39,665,763  $40,495,166 
Gaming income, net 117,033   113,666   402,611   442,521 
Management fee income 25,003   25,018   100,000   100,000 
Franchise income 115,040   105,550   445,335   395,176 
Total revenue   10,119,870      10,082,185      40,613,709      41,432,863  
Restaurant cost of sales 3,376,331   3,316,761   13,288,422   13,692,921 
Restaurant operating expenses 6,557,479   5,782,592   23,565,526   23,432,124 
Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses 100,327   179,737   412,979   319,282 
General and administrative expenses 1,171,176   1,132,495   4,578,788   4,545,496 
Asset impairment charge 228,243   922,726   1,959,510   2,395,616 
Depreciation and amortization 568,912   513,964   2,163,585   2,282,801 
Total expenses   12,002,468      11,848,275      45,968,810      46,668,240  
Operating loss    (1,882,598)    (1,766,090)    (5,355,101)    (5,235,377)
Other (expense) income        
Interest expense (632,302)  (646,249)  (2,527,464)  (2,592,961)
Loss on debt refinancing -   -   -   (95,310)
Other income (expense) 200,024   62,934   (17,926)  112,984 
Total other expense (432,278)  (583,315)  (2,545,390)  (2,575,287)
Loss before income taxes   (2,314,876)    (2,349,405)    (7,900,491)    (7,810,664)
Income tax benefit (expense) (78,137)  813,827   701,224   644,429 
Consolidated net loss   (2,393,013)    (1,535,578)    (7,199,267)    (7,166,235)
Less: Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests 134,363   125,521   344,847   371,464 
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.$   (2,258,650) $   (1,410,057) $   (6,854,420) $   (6,794,771)
Dividends on redeemable preferred stock (34,584)  (28,218)  (118,604)  (108,206)
Net loss attributable to common shareholders of Chanticleer Holdings, Inc.$   (2,293,234) $   (1,438,275) $   (6,973,024) $   (6,902,977)
Net loss attributable to Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. per common       
 share, basic and diluted:$   (0.62) $   (0.49) $   (1.98) $   (2.73)
Weighted average shares outstanding, basic and diluted 3,713,220   2,959,284   3,520,125   2,525,037 


Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
 Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
 Year Ended
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017 
Cash flows from operating activities:   
Net loss$(7,199,267) $(7,166,235)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:   
Depreciation and amortization 2,163,585   2,282,801 
Asset impairment charge 1,959,510   2,395,616 
Loss on debt refinancing -   95,310 
Loss on investments 68,101   - 
Common stock and warrants issued for services 154,768   280,669 
Amortization of debt discount 1,195,918   788,187 
Change in assets and liabilities:   
Accounts and other receivables 91,798   35,154 
Prepaid and other assets 116,154   22,157 
Inventory 8,885   23,062 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 2,626,504   1,039,179 
Change in amounts payable to related parties (6,124)  (2,500)
Deferred income taxes (702,594)  (706,195)
Deferred revenue (42,840)  - 
Deferred rent 140,820   188,363 
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities 575,218   (724,432)
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Purchase of property and equipment (2,392,864)  (1,625,460)
Cash paid for acquisitions (50,000)  - 
Proceeds from sale of property -   461,158 
Net cash used in investing activities (2,442,864)  (1,164,302)
Cash flows from financing activities:   
Proceeds from sale of common stock and warrants 1,667,729   939,712 
Proceeds from sale of redeemable preferred stock, net of offerring costs of $243,480 -   348,171 
Loan proceeds 100,000   6,578,090 
Payment of deferred financing costs -   (293,294)
Loan repayments (455,242)  (6,187,738)
Payments on capital leases -   (28,405)
Distributions to non-controlling interest (142,225)  - 
Contributions from non-controlling interest 900,000   725,000 
Net cash provided by financing activities 2,070,262   2,081,536 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (10,903)  (22,884)
Net increase in cash and restricted cash 191,713   169,918 
Cash and restricted cash, beginning of year 438,493   268,575 
Cash and restricted cash, end of year$630,206  $438,493 


Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA
 Three Months Ended Year Ended
  December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017   December 31, 2018   December 31, 2017 
Consolidated net loss$   (2,393,013) $   (1,535,578) $   (7,199,267) $   (7,166,235)
Interest expense 632,302   646,249   2,527,464   2,592,961 
Income tax 78,137   (813,827)  (701,224)  (644,429)
Depreciation and amortization 568,912   513,964   2,163,585   2,282,801 
EBITDA$   (1,113,662) $   (1,189,192) $   (3,209,441) $   (2,934,902)
Restaurant pre-opening and closing expenses 100,327   179,737   412,979   319,282 
Operating results of restaurants closed in period -   69,896   4,789   369,011 
Additional non-cash expenses impacting operating results 438,564   -   438,564   - 
(Gain) loss on debt refinancing -   -   -   95,310 
Asset impairment charge 228,243   922,726   1,959,510   2,395,616 
Transaction and severence related expenses -   -   -   102,750 
Other income (expense) (200,024)  (62,934)  17,926   (112,984)
Adjusted EBITDA$   (546,552) $   (79,767) $   (375,673) $   234,083  
General and administrative expenses 1,171,176   1,132,495   4,578,788   4,442,746 
Franchise revenues (115,040)  (105,550)  (445,335)  (395,176)
Management fee revenue (25,003)  (25,018)  (100,000)  (100,000)
Restaurant EBITDA$   484,581   $   922,160   $   3,657,780   $   4,181,653