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 Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Financial Results
   Tuesday, April 07, 2015 4:01:08 PM ET

Achieves Record-Setting Adjusted EBITDA and Margins for Fourth Quarter and Full Year

Issues Full Year 2015 Guidance

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., (PLAY ), ("Dave & Buster’s" or "the "Company"), an owner and operator of dining and entertainment venues, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year 2014, which ended on February 1, 2015. The Company also issued guidance for the full year 2015.

Key highlights from the fourth quarter 2014 compared to the fourth quarter 2013 include:

-- Total revenues increased 20.8% to $207.1 million from $171.4 million.

-- Comparable store sales increased 10.5%.

-- Opened three stores in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014.

-- Adjusted EBITDA*, a non-GAAP measure, increased 28.1% to $51.5 million from $40.2 million. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 140 basis points to 24.9%.

-- Net income of $14.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to net income of $4.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter last year.

-- Pro forma net income**, a non-GAAP measure, was $14.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter 2013.

Key highlights from the full year 2014 compared to the full year 2013 include:

-- Refinanced long-term debt to a more simplified term loan structure which significantly reduced interest expense.

-- Raised $98.6 million in net proceeds through an initial public offering and repaid $100 million of indebtedness.

-- Total revenues increased 17.5% to $746.8 million from $635.6 million.

-- Comparable store sales increased 7.3%.

-- Opened eight stores compared to five stores in fiscal 2013.

-- Adjusted EBITDA*, a non-GAAP measure, increased 22.5% to $165.1 million from $134.8 million. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 90 basis points to 22.1%.

-- Net income of $7.6 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the full year 2013.

-- Pro forma net income**, a non-GAAP measure, was $32.8 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, compared to $16.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, for the full year 2013.

* A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and Store-level EBITDA to Net income, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, is set forth in the attachment to this release.

** A reconciliation of Pro forma net income to Net income, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, is set forth in the attachment to this release.

"2014 was a fantastic year for Dave & Buster’s. We generated record-setting revenues, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA margins and ended on a high note with an exceptional fourth quarter performance. D&B Sports played an important role in our 10.5% comparable store sales growth during the fourth quarter, but our sales growth across geographies, operating days, and day-parts demonstrates that Dave & Buster’s brand appeal is much broader than just sports. The synergistic combination of dining, entertainment, and sports viewing in one destination, makes us the first choice for frequent fun," said Steve King, Chief Executive Officer.

King continued, "We have now outpaced the competitive industry benchmark for eleven consecutive quarters, demonstrating the strong appeal of ’Eat Drink Play and Watch’ versus conventional casual dining and other entertainment options. I applaud the entire team for taking our brand to new heights."

King concluded, "In 2015, we intend to open seven to eight stores beginning with two in each of the first and second quarters. We will also be remodeling three stores and creating D&B Sports lounges in five additional stores to ensure that our facilities remain fresh and relevant for our intended audience. With a long-term market potential in North America in excess of 200 stores, we have a significant whitespace opportunity to expand our domestic store base, and over time, will explore international development options as well."

Review of Fourth Quarter 2014 Operating Results

Total revenues increased 20.8% to $207.1 million from $171.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2013. Across all stores, Food and Beverage revenues increased 17.6% to $103.0 million and Amusements and Other revenues increased 24.2% to $104.0 million.

Comparable store sales increased 10.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014 compared to a 0.7% increase in the same period last year. Our comparable store sales increase was driven by a 12.1% increase in walk-in sales and a 3.1% increase in special events sales. Non-comparable store revenues increased by $20.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 to $44.4 million, principally fueled by 108 additional store weeks from two stores opened in the fourth quarter of 2013 and eight stores opened in 2014.

Store-level EBITDA* increased 31.0% to $61.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 from $46.7 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, Store-level EBITDA increased approximately 230 basis points to 29.6%.

Adjusted EBITDA* increased 28.1% to $51.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 from $40.2 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 140 basis points to 24.9%.

Operating income increased to $28.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 from $18.3 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, operating income increased approximately 280 basis points to 13.5%.

Net income increased to $14.7 million, or $0.34 per diluted share (43.3 million diluted share base), compared to $4.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share (34.0 million diluted share base), in last year’s fourth quarter. Pro forma net income, a non-GAAP measure, was $14.1 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $7.7 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Development

We opened three new stores during the fourth quarter in Albuquerque, New Mexico; Portland, Oregon; and Greenville, South Carolina, each of which is located in a new state and new market for Dave & Buster’s. That brought our total openings for the year to eight stores in 2014.

Total capital additions (net of tenant improvement allowances) for 2014 were $97.8 million and included development costs for store openings, several remodeling and related projects, new games and maintenance capital. Capital additions were lower than the expected range of $105 million to $110 million due to the timing of some expenditures.

In 2015, we plan to open seven to eight new stores and relocate one existing store. The majority of our 2015 new store openings will be in the large store format. We currently have five stores under construction. Total capital additions (net of tenant improvement allowances) are expected in the $116 million to $126 million range and include development costs for store openings, one store relocation, several remodeling and related projects, new games and maintenance capital.

Financial Outlook

We are providing the following financial outlook for 2015, which ends on January 31, 2016.

-- Total revenues of $808 million to $822 million.

-- Comparable store sales increase of 3.0% to 4.0%.

-- Adjusted EBITDA* of $182 million to $187.5 million.

-- Effective tax rate of approximately 37% to 38%.

-- Net income of $36.7 million to $40.4 million.

-- Diluted share count of 43.7 million to 43.9 million.

Conference Call Today

Management will hold a conference call today to discuss these results at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The conference call can be accessed over the phone by dialing (877) 719-9801 or for international callers by dialing (719) 325-4879. A replay will be available after the call for one year beginning at 7:00 p.m. Central Time (8:00 p.m. Eastern Time) and can be accessed by dialing (877) 870-5176 or for international callers by dialing (858) 384-5517; the passcode is 2885032.

Additionally, a live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available at www.daveandbusters.com under the Investor Relations section.

About Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., an owner and operator of 72 venues in North America as of April 7, 2015 that combine dining and entertainment and offer customers the opportunity to "Eat Drink Play and Watch," all in one location. Dave & Buster’s offers a full menu of "Fun American New Gourmet" entrees and appetizers, a full selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and an extensive assortment of entertainment attractions centered around playing games and watching live sports and other televised events. Dave & Buster’s currently has stores in 30 states and Canada.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and, consequently, could be affected by our level of indebtedness, general business and economic conditions, the impact of competition, the seasonality of the company’s business, adverse weather conditions, future commodity prices, guest and employee complaints and litigation, fuel and utility costs, labor costs and availability, changes in consumer and corporate spending, changes in demographic trends, changes in governmental regulations, unfavorable publicity, our ability to open new stores, and acts of God. Dave & Buster’s intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more appropriate information becomes available, except as required by law.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement its consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP, the Company uses the following non-GAAP financial measures: EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Store-level EBITDA, Pro forma net income (loss), and Pro forma net income (loss) per share (collectively the "non-GAAP financial measures"). 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. The Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures for financial and operational decision making and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. The Company believes that they provide useful information about operating results, enhance the overall understanding of past financial performance and future prospects, and allow for greater transparency with respect to key metrics used by management in its financial and operational decision making. The Company also believes that these measures provide useful information to investors regarding our operating performance and our capacity to incur and service debt and fund capital expenditures and are used by many investors, analysts and rating agencies as a measure of performance. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA is consistent with that reported to our lenders to allow for leverage-based assessments. The non-GAAP measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the methods used by other companies.

DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
ASSETS                                                             February 1, 2015 February 2, 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                          $ 70,876         $ 38,080
Other current assets                                               72,404           61,264
Total current assets                                               143,280          99,344
Property and equipment, net                                        436,048          388,093
Intangible and other assets, net                                   371,361          374,321
Total assets                                                       $ 950,689        $ 861,758
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Total current liabilities                                          $ 126,140        $ 113,044
Other long-term liabilities                                        136,832          114,089
Long-term debt, less current liabilities, net unamortized discount 429,020          484,177
Stockholders’ equity                                               258,697          150,448
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity                         $ 950,689        $ 861,758
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
                                                            13 Weeks Ended                        13 Weeks Ended
                                                            February 1, 2015                      February 2, 2014
Food and beverage revenues                                  $ 103,048                      49.8%  $ 87,603                       51.1%
Amusement and other revenues                                104,021                        50.2%  83,768                         48.9%
Total revenues                                              207,069                        100.0% 171,371                        100.0%
Cost of food and beverage (a)                               26,183                         25.4%  21,589                         24.6%
Cost of amusement and other (b)                             15,018                         14.4%  12,182                         14.5%
Total cost of products                                      41,201                         19.9%  33,771                         19.7%
Operating payroll and benefits                              49,352                         23.8%  41,456                         24.2%
Other store operating expenses                              55,323                         26.7%  49,430                         28.8%
General and administrative expenses                         13,112                         6.3%   9,535                          5.6%
Depreciation and amortization expense                       18,547                         9.0%   17,004                         9.9%
Pre-opening costs                                           1,559                          0.8%   1,865                          1.1%
Total operating costs                                       179,094                        86.5%  153,061                        89.3%
Operating income                                            27,975                         13.5%  18,310                         10.7%
Interest expense, net                                       4,963                          2.4%   11,930                         7.0%
Loss on debt retirement                                     --                             0.0%   --                             0.0%
Income before provision for income taxes                    23,012                         11.1%  6,380                          3.7%
Provision for income taxes                                  8,352                          4.0%   1,503                          0.9%
Net income                                                  $ 14,660                       7.1%   $ 4,877                        2.8%
Net income per share:
Basic                                                       $ 0.37                                $ 0.15
Diluted                                                     $ 0.34                                $ 0.14
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations (c):
Basic shares                                                39,969,230                            33,191,811
Diluted shares                                              43,341,818                            34,034,149
Other information:
Company-owned and operated stores open at end of period (d) 73                                    66
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown:
                                                            13 Weeks Ended                        13 Weeks Ended
                                                            February 1, 2015                      February 2, 2014
Net income                                                  $ 14,660                       7.1%   $ 4,877                        2.8%
Add back: Interest expense, net                             4,963                                 11,930
Loss on debt retirement                                     --                                    --
Provision for income taxes                                  8,352                                 1,503
Depreciation and amortization                               18,547                                17,004
EBITDA                                                      46,522                         22.5%  35,314                         20.6%
Add back: Loss on asset disposal                            504                                   448
Currency transaction loss                                   128                                   438
Reimbursement of affiliate and other expenses               32                                    170
Transaction and other costs                                 673                                   79
Share-based compensation                                    348                                   299
Pre-opening costs                                           1,559                                 1,865
Change in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liability   1,719                                 1,565
Adjusted EBITDA                                             $ 51,485                       24.9%  $ 40,178                       23.4%
EBITDA                                                      $ 46,522                       22.5%  $ 35,314                       20.6%
Add back: General and administrative expenses               13,112                                9,535
Pre-opening costs                                           1,559                                 1,865
Store-level EBITDA                                          $ 61,193                       29.6%  $ 46,714                       27.3%
(a) Cost of food and beverage percentage is calculated by dividing product cost by food and beverage revenue.
(b) Cost of amusement and other percentage is calculated by dividing product cost by amusement and other revenue.
(c) Historical share data has been adjusted to give effect to the 224.9835679 to 1 stock split of our common stock that was effective on October 9, 2014.
(d) Our Kensington/Bethesda, Maryland location (which permanently closed on August 12, 2014) is included in our store count for fiscal 2013.
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
                                                            52 Weeks Ended                        52 Weeks Ended
                                                            February 1, 2015                      February 2, 2014
Food and beverage revenues                                  $ 359,125                      48.1%  $ 310,111                      48.8%
Amusement and other revenues                                387,626                        51.9%  325,468                        51.2%
Total revenues                                              746,751                        100.0% 635,579                        100.0%
Cost of food and beverage (a)                               92,122                         25.7%  77,577                         25.0%
Cost of amusement and other (b)                             54,353                         14.0%  47,437                         14.6%
Total cost of products                                      146,475                        19.6%  125,014                        19.7%
Operating payroll and benefits                              175,709                        23.5%  150,172                        23.6%
Other store operating expenses                              225,763                        30.2%  199,537                        31.4%
General and administrative expenses                         44,574                         6.0%   36,440                         5.8%
Depreciation and amortization expense                       70,868                         9.5%   66,337                         10.4%
Pre-opening costs                                           9,501                          1.3%   7,040                          1.1%
Total operating costs                                       672,890                        90.1%  584,540                        92.0%
Operating income                                            73,861                         9.9%   51,039                         8.0%
Interest expense, net                                       34,789                         4.7%   47,809                         7.5%
Loss on debt retirement                                     27,578                         3.7%   --                             0.0%
Income before provision for income taxes                    11,494                         1.5%   3,230                          0.5%
Provision for income taxes                                  3,858                          0.5%   1,061                          0.2%
Net income                                                  $ 7,636                        1.0%   $ 2,169                        0.3%
Net income per share:
Basic                                                       $ 0.22                                $ 0.07
Diluted                                                     $ 0.21                                $ 0.06
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations (c):
Basic shares                                                35,314,884                            33,187,776
Diluted shares                                              37,126,048                            34,030,115
Other information:
Company-owned and operated stores open at end of period (d) 73                                    66
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown:
                                                            52 Weeks Ended                        52 Weeks Ended
                                                            February 1, 2015                      February 2, 2014
Net income                                                  $ 7,636                        1.0%   $ 2,169                        0.3%
Add back: Interest expense, net                             34,789                                47,809
Loss on debt retirement                                     27,578                                --
Provision for income taxes                                  3,858                                 1,061
Depreciation and amortization                               70,868                                66,337
EBITDA                                                      144,729                        19.4%  117,376                        18.5%
Add back: Loss on asset disposal                            1,771                                 2,631
Currency transaction loss                                   124                                   622
Reimbursement of affiliate and other expenses               504                                   722
Transaction and other costs                                 2,189                                 256
Share-based compensation                                    2,212                                 1,207
Pre-opening costs                                           9,501                                 7,040
Change in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liability   4,097                                 4,936
Adjusted EBITDA                                             $ 165,127                      22.1%  $ 134,790                      21.2%
EBITDA                                                      $ 144,729                      19.4%  $ 117,376                      18.5%
Add back: General and administrative expenses               44,574                                36,440
Pre-opening costs                                           9,501                                 7,040
Store-level EBITDA                                          $ 198,804                      26.6%  $ 160,856                      25.3%
(a) Cost of food and beverage percentage is calculated by dividing product cost by food and beverage revenue.
(b) Cost of amusement and other percentage is calculated by dividing product cost by amusement and other revenue.
(c) Historical share data has been adjusted to give effect to the 224.9835679 to 1 stock split of our common stock that was effective on October 9, 2014.
(d) Our Kensington/Bethesda, Maryland location (which permanently closed on August 12, 2014) is included in our store count for fiscal 2013.
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Reconciliation of Net Income to Pro Forma Net Income (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
                                                                             13 Weeks Ended                                                                                                                                            52 Weeks Ended
                                                                             February 1, 2015                                                             February 2, 2014                                                             February 1, 2015                                                             February 2, 2014
Net Income, as reported                                                      $ 14,660                                                                     $ 4,877                                                                      $ 7,636                                                                      $ 2,169
Interest expense, net (a)                                                    4,963                                                                        11,930                                                                       34,789                                                                       47,809
Loss on debt retirement (a)                                                  --                                                                           --                                                                           27,578                                                                       --
Proforma Interest expense based on reduced debt balance (b)                  (4,963)                                                                      (4,895)                                                                      (19,889)                                                                     (19,771)
Share-based compensation (c)                                                 348                                                                          299                                                                          2,212                                                                        1,207
Proforma Share-based compensation (d)                                        (1,020)                                                                      (1,020)                                                                      (3,635)                                                                      (3,635)
Transaction Costs (e)                                                        644                                                                          55                                                                           1,756                                                                        55
Incremental public company costs (f)                                         (200)                                                                        (400)                                                                        (1,400)                                                                      (1,600)
Benefit for income taxes (g)                                                 8,352                                                                        1,503                                                                        3,858                                                                        1,061
Pre-tax pro forma net income                                                 22,784                                                                       12,349                                                                       52,905                                                                       27,295
Pro forma provision for income taxes (g)                                     8,658                                                                        4,693                                                                        20,104                                                                       10,372
Pro forma net income                                                         $ 14,126                                                                     $ 7,656                                                                      $ 32,801                                                                     $ 16,923
Pro forma net income per share :
Pro forma basic                                                              $ 0.35                                                                       $ 0.19                                                                       $ 0.82                                                                       $ 0.42
Pro forma diluted                                                            $ 0.33                                                                       $ 0.18                                                                       $ 0.76                                                                       $ 0.40
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations:
Basic shares (h)                                                             39,969,228                                                                   39,956,531                                                                   39,969,228                                                                   39,952,481
Diluted shares (i)                                                           43,341,816                                                                   42,747,958                                                                   42,905,945                                                                   42,759,134
(a) Reflects the adjustment to eliminate the historic net interest expense and loss on debt retirement for all periods presented.
(b) Represents interest expense on our current post-IPO debt balance of $430,000 as if the balance were outstanding at February 4, 2013. This interest expense assumes a change in interest rate from 4.5% to 4.25% due to the reduction of our total leverage ratio on a post-IPO basis.
(c) Reflects the elimination of historic share-based compensation expense including costs associated with accelerated vesting and modification of options at the date of the IPO.
(d) Represents an estimate of the recurring stock compensation expense that will be incurred subsequent to our IPO. Expense is primarily related to grants under the 2014 Stock Incentive Plan which was approved by our Board of Directors in October 2014.
(e) Reflects the elimination of certain legal, accounting and consulting costs incurred investigating potential capital market transactions, expenses recognized in the third quarter of 2014 for IPO-related costs that were not capitalized as part of our initial public offering and expenses recognized in the fourth quarter of 2014 related to follow-on offering of our common stock.
(f) Represents an estimate of recurring incremental legal, accounting, insurance and other compliance costs we expect to incur as a public company.
(g) For comparability the provision for taxes is added back to arrive at pre-tax Adjusted net income (loss); then an estimated 38% tax rate is applied to arrive at Pro forma net income (loss).
(h) Basic shares for periods prior to the offering are determined by adjusting the historic common shares outstanding in each period to give effect to the 224.9835679 for 1 stock split which occurred immediately prior to the IPO and reflecting the 6,764,705 issued in connection with our IPO as if they were outstanding at February 4, 2013.
(i) Diluted shares reflect the Basic shares as calculated above and the stock split effected common stock equivalents in each period presented.
CONTACT: For Investor Relations Inquiries:
         Raphael Gross / Sheryl Freeman of ICR
         203.682.8253 / 646.277.1284

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