BurgerFi Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

Total Revenue Increased 65% Year-Over-Year, System-wide Sales Up 63% and Same Store Sales Up 39% in Corporate Owned Restaurants

Corporate-Owned Restaurant Same Store Sales Exceed 2019 Levels

Digital Channel Sales Increase 12% Year-Over-Year

Conference Call today, August 12, at 8:30 a.m. ET

PALM BEACH, Fla., Aug. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  BurgerFi International Inc. (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW) (“BurgerFi” or the “Company”), one of the nation’s fastest-growing premium fast-casual concepts, Fast Casuals’ #1 Brand of the Year for 2021 in the Top 100 Movers and Shakers list and the top fast casual better burger chain in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice award winner for 2021 today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter 2021 Key Metrics1 Summary

(in thousands, except for percentage data)Three Months Ended
June 30, 2021
Systemwide Restaurant Sales$44,194 
Systemwide Restaurant Sales YOY Growth 63%
Systemwide Restaurant Same Store Sales YOY Growth 44%
Corporate Restaurant Sales$8,730 
Corporate Restaurant Sales YOY Growth 65%
Corporate Restaurant Same Store Sales YOY Growth 39%
Digital Channel Systemwide Sales$17,299 
Digital Channel Sales YOY Growth 12%
Digital Channel Orders  666 
Digital Channel Orders % of Systemwide Sales 39%

1    Refer to “Key Metrics Definitions” and “About Non-GAAP Financial Measures” sections below.

Management Commentary

Ophir Sternberg, Executive Chairman of BurgerFi, stated “The second quarter continued our trend of positive sales growth, driven by increases in same store sales, unit growth, and unit re-openings in both our corporate owned and franchised restaurants. We are particularly impressed with the performance of our corporate owned restaurants, whose sales have outperformed our 2019 levels despite a challenging operating environment. Our top-line growth reflects the continued momentum we are seeing in the Covid-19 recovery, as well as our new store openings and the successful execution of our marketing strategy and programs. Further, we are pleased that careful management of food and beverage costs and our leverage on occupancy costs more than fully offset significant wage pressure and scarcity costs.”

Julio Ramirez, CEO of BurgerFi added “We continue to execute on our restaurant development plan as we expect to open between 25 and 30 new restaurants in existing and new markets primarily along the Eastern seaboard in 2021. During the second quarter, we opened 3 new company-owned locations and 1 franchised location, representing 8 new restaurants year-to-date. Further, we have over 18 additional new locations currently under various stages of construction and development. We are encouraged by the performance of our Ghost Kitchens and through our partnership with Reef and Epic Kitchens, we continue to expect the opening of 15 to 20 new Ghost Kitchen locations by the end of 2021.”

“In late June, we implemented a price increase of approximately 4%, which we believe will help offset ongoing labor and other cost pressures in our stores and improve restaurant operating margins by approximately 300 basis points. We are committed to continuing to work on our restaurant operating efficiencies with the goal of improving store operating margins.”

“Our innovation pipeline remains strong. We continued to enjoy the strong performance of the SWAG burger first introduced in March of this year which has doubled our premium wagyu burger sales and due to its continued success we have made it a permanent menu item beginning in July. To start the third quarter, in July we rolled out new chef-inspired sauces to accompany our Fresh-Cut Sides and Cage-Free Fried Chicken Tenders. Our innovative sauces include Truffle Aioli, Bacon Jalapeño Ranch made with fresh jalapeños and Garlic Aioli, which is infused with roasted garlic and our fan favorite, Ghost Pepper Honey.”

"We are excited by our strong top-line growth and are proud of our team for achieving second quarter system-wide same-store sales which are comparable to 2019.”

Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenue in the second quarter of 2021 increased 65% to $11.8 million compared to $7.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Systemwide sales increases were supported by an increase in average check value, the Company’s digital channel sales, as well as the introduction of the SWAG burger in 2021. System-wide sales in the second quarter of 2021 increased 63% to $44.2 million compared to $27.1 million in the prior year period. Corporate owned restaurants delivered a 39% increase in same store sales with sales exceeding 2019 levels. Franchised locations delivered a 45% increase in same store sales during the period.

Restaurant-level operating expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $8.0 million compared to $5.0 million in the second quarter of 2020. Restaurant-level operating margin was 11.0% compared to 10.1% in the second quarter of 2020. Tight cost controls on food and beverage and leverage on occupancy costs offset higher labor and other operating expenses.

Net income attributable to controlling interests and common shareholders in the second quarter was $9.0 million compared to net income attributable to controlling interests and common shareholders of $0.1 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily attributable to the impact of the gain on change in value of warrant liability.

Adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of 2021 was $0.3 million compared to $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2020. The decrease was primarily a result of increased costs associated with being a public company, along with foundational organizational investments to support the rapid growth and development of the store network. Preopening costs were also higher compared to the year ago period as BurgerFi accelerated company-owned store development. See reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP measures below.


On June 30, 2021, the Company had $34.8 million in cash, compared to $37.2 million on December 31, 2020. BurgerFi repaid and then terminated its $3.0 million revolving credit line in February 2021.

2021 Outlook

BurgerFi remains optimistic regarding its short-term and long-term prospects. The Company is providing the following limited modeling assumptions related to its plans for 2021, these projections do not consider the potential impact from a COVID-19 resurgence:

  • The Company plans to open between 25 and 30 new restaurants in 2021 as well as 15-20 ghost kitchens.
  • Restaurant operating margins are projected to improve to between 14% and 16% of restaurant sales as a result of the recent price increase as well as other initiatives to drive store operating margin performance.
  • Capital expenditures are planned to be approximately $15 million for 2021, primarily to support new restaurant construction.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call today, August 12, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its second quarter 2021 results.

Date: Thursday, August 12, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern time
Toll-free dial-in number: (833) 693-0539
International dial-in number: (661) 407-1580
Conference ID: 1766455

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact ICR at (646) 430-2216.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay on the Company’s Investor Relations website at ir.burgerfi.com.

Key Metrics Definitions

The following definitions apply to the terms listed below:

“Systemwide Restaurant Sales” is presented as informational data in order to understand the aggregation of franchised stores sales, ghost kitchen and corporate-owned stores sales performance. Systemwide restaurant sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales at all franchise restaurants, ghost kitchens and corporate-owned restaurants in one period from the same period in the prior year. Systemwide restaurant same store sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales at all franchise restaurants, ghost kitchens, and corporate-owned restaurants once the restaurant has been in operation after 14 months. See definition below for same store sales.

“Corporate-Owned Restaurant Sales” represent the sales generated by corporate-owned restaurants. Corporate-owned restaurant sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales at all corporate-owned restaurants in one period from the same period in the prior year. Corporate-owned restaurant same stores sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales at all corporate-owned restaurants once the restaurant has been in operation after 14 months. These measures highlight the performance of existing corporate restaurants.

“Same Store Sales” is used to evaluate the performance of our store base, which excludes the impact of new stores and closed stores, in both periods under comparison. We include a restaurant in the calculation of same store sales once it has been in operation after 14 months. A restaurant which is temporarily closed (including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic), is included in the same store sales computation. A restaurant which is closed permanently, such as upon termination of the lease, or other permanent closure, is immediately removed from the same store sales computation. Employee complimentary meals are excluded from the computation. Our calculation of same store sales may not be comparable to others in the industry.
“Digital Channel Systemwide Sales” is used to measure performance of our digital platform and partnerships with third party delivery partners. We believe our digital platform capabilities are a vital element to continuing to serve our customers and will continue to be a differentiator for BurgerFi as compared to some of our competitors. Digital channel systemwide sales refer to sales generated through the use of digital platforms across all our franchise and corporate-owned restaurants. Digital channel sales growth refers to the percentage change in sales through our digital platforms in one period from the same period in the prior year for all franchise and corporate-owned restaurants. Digital channel orders and digital channel orders as a percentage of systemwide sales are indicative of the number of orders placed through our digital platforms and the percentage of those digital orders when compared to total number of orders at all our franchise and corporate restaurants.

“Adjusted EBITDA,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as net income attributable to common shareholders and controlling interests before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, merger and acquisition related costs, preopening costs, share-based compensation expense, gains and losses on change in value of warrant liabilities, Paycheck Protection Program loan gain and certain legal matters.

About BurgerFi International (Nasdaq: BFI, BFIIW)

Established in 2011, BurgerFi is among the nation's fastest-growing better burger concepts with approximately 120 BurgerFi restaurants domestically and internationally. The concept is chef-founded and is committed to serving fresh food of transparent quality. BurgerFi uses 100% American angus beef with no steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals, or additives. BurgerFi's menu also includes high quality wagyu beef, antibiotic and cage-free chicken offerings, fresh, hand-cut sides and custard shakes and concretes. BurgerFi was named QSR Magazine's Breakout Brand of 2020, Fast Casual's 2021 #1 Brand of the Year, was named "Best Burger Joint" by Consumer Reports and fellow public interest organizations in the 2019 Chain Reaction Study, was listed as a "Top Restaurant Brand to Watch" by Nation's Restaurant News in 2019 and was included in Inc. Magazine's Fastest Growing Private Companies List. To learn more about BurgerFi or to find a full list of locations, please visit www.burgerfi.com. Download the BurgerFi App on iOS or Android devices for rewards and 'Like' BurgerFi on Facebook or follow @BurgerFi on Instagram and Twitter.

BurgerFi® is a Registered Trademark of BurgerFi IP, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of BurgerFi. 

About Non-GAAP Projected Financial Measures

To supplement our consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, we use the measure Adjusted EBITDA. The presentation of this financial information is not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.

We use this non-GAAP financial measure for financial and operational decision-making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance and liquidity by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of our recurring core business operating results. We believe that both management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure in assessing our performance and when planning, forecasting, and analyzing future periods. This non-GAAP financial measure also facilitates management’s internal comparisons to our historical performance and liquidity as well as comparisons to our competitors’ operating results. We believe this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors both because (1) it allows for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision-making and (2) it is used by our institutional investors and the analyst community to help them analyze the health of our business.

There are a number of limitations related to the use of non-GAAP financial measures. We compensate for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from this non-GAAP financial measure and evaluating this non-GAAP financial measure together with its relevant financial measures in accordance with GAAP.

For more information on this non-GAAP financial measure, please see the tables captioned Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA included at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements relating to BurgerFi's estimates of its future business outlook, store opening plans, same store sales and restaurant operating margin growth plans, prospects or financial results. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "predicts," "projects," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and assumptions that are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those reflected in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and those discussed in other documents we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to BurgerFi or persons acting on BurgerFi’s behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements included in this press release. We undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Given these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

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BurgerFi International Inc., and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands) June 30, 2021
  December 31,
Cash $34,757  $37,150 
Cash - restricted     3,233 
Accounts receivable, net  536   718 
Inventory  263   268 
Deferred income taxes     713 
Assets held for sale  732   732 
Other current assets  1,627   1,607 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS  37,915   44,421 
PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT, net  11,141   8,004 
GOODWILL  123,367   119,542 
INTANGIBLE ASSETS, net  113,242   116,824 
OTHER ASSETS  259   251 
TOTAL ASSETS $286,018  $289,116 
Accounts payable - trade and other $2,650  $1,678 
Accrued expenses  2,102   1,203 
Other liabilities  4,180   430 
Other deposit  907   907 
Deferred revenue, current portion  511   490 
Notes payable - current  73   1,438 
Deferred income taxes  27    
Revolving line of credit     3,012 
Warrant liability  8,843   16,516 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  2,864   2,816 
Notes Payable  621   1,522 
Deferred rent  267   29 
TOTAL LIABILITIES  23,045   30,041 
Stockholders’ equity        
Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 17,838,476 and
17,541,838 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and December 31,
2020, respectively
  2   2 
Additional paid-in capital  264,415   261,298 
Accumulated deficit  (1,444)  (2,225)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY  262,973   259,075 

BurgerFi International Inc., and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations

  Successor   Predecessor   Successor   Predecessor 
(in thousands) Three Months
June 30,
   Three Months
June 30,
   Six Months
June 30,
   Six Months
June 30,
Restaurant sales $8,983   $5,597   $17,379   $11,640 
Royalty and other fees  2,164    1,221    4,079    2,917 
Royalty - brand development and co-op  545    234    1,056    651 
Franchise fees  90    98    198    199 
TOTAL REVENUE  11,782    7,150    22,712    15,407 
Restaurant level operating expenses:                   
Food, beverage and paper costs  2,693    1,766    5,115    3,588 
Labor and related expenses  2,342    1,342    4,484    2,986 
Other operating expenses  2,174    1,248    3,969    2,359 
Occupancy and related expenses  788    677    1,561    1,246 
General and administrative expenses  3,562    1,252    6,539    2,785 
Pre-opening costs  502    47    628    106 
Share-based compensation expense  2,595        3,117     
Depreciation and amortization expense  2,171    252    4,279    496 
Brand development and co-op advertising expense  651    439    1,373    907 
TOTAL OPERATING EXPENSES  17,478    7,023    31,065    14,473 
OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME  (5,696)   127    (8,353)   934 
Other income  2,128        2,242     
Gain on change in value of warrant liability  12,619        7,673     
Interest expense  (33)   (57)   (41)   (87)
Income before income taxes  9,018    70    1,521    847 
Income tax expense  (27)       (740)    
Net Income  8,991    70    781    847 
Net Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests
      11        16 
Net Income Attributable to common
  shareholders (successor) and Controlling
  Interests (predecessor)
 $8,991   $59   $781   $831 

BurgerFi International Inc., and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(Non-GAAP) (Unaudited)

 Successor   Predecessor   Successor   Predecessor 
(in thousands)Three Months
June 30, 2021
   Three Months
June 30, 2020
   Six Months
June 30, 2021
   Six Months
June 30, 2020
Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders (successor) and Controlling Interests (predecessor)$8,991   $59   $781   $831 
  Gain on change in value of warrant liability (12,619)   -    (7,673)   - 
Interest expense 33    57    41    87 
Income tax expense 27    -    740    - 
Depreciation and amortization expense 2,171    252    4,279    496 
Share-based compensation expense 2,595    -    3,117    - 
Pre-opening costs 502    47    628    106 
PPP loan gain (2,123)   -    (2,237)   - 
Loss on disposal of property and equipment 9    -    9    - 
Legal settlements 211    -    411    - 
M&A 469    39    898    39 
Adjusted EBITDA$266   $454   $994   $1,559