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 Dave & Buster’s Achieves Fourth Quarter Net Income Growth of Over 19%
   Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:05:08 PM ET

Delivers Fourth Quarter Adjusted EBITDA Growth of 16.5% As Comparable Store Sales Increase 3.2%

Surpasses $1 Billion Annual Sales Milestone

Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., (PLAY ), ("Dave & Buster’s" or "the Company"), an owner and operator of entertainment and dining venues, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter 2016, which ended on January 29, 2017. The Company also issued its guidance for the full year 2017.

Key highlights from the fourth quarter 2016 compared to the fourth quarter 2015 include:

-- Total revenues increased 15.4% to $270.2 million from $234.2 million.

-- Comparable store sales increased 3.2%.

-- Opened four new stores compared to four new stores.

-- Net income of $27.4 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, vs. net income of $23.0 million, or $0.53 per diluted share.

-- Adjusted EBITDA*, a non-GAAP measure, increased 16.5% to $74.5 million from $63.9 million.

-- As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased 30 basis points to 27.6% from 27.3%.

Key highlights from the full year 2016 compared to the full year 2015 include:

-- Total revenues increased 15.9% to $1.005 billion from $867 million.

-- Comparable store sales increased 3.3%.

-- Opened eleven new stores compared to ten new stores.

-- Net income of $90.8 million, or $2.10 per diluted share, vs. net income of $59.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share.

-- Adjusted EBITDA*, a non-GAAP measure, increased 25.8% to $261.5 million from $207.8 million

-- As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased 200 basis points to 26.0% from 24.0%.

* A reconciliation of Net Income, the most directly comparable financial measure presented in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA, is set forth in the attachment to this release. Please note that beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 we revised our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude adjustments for changes in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liabilities.

"For the quarter, Dave & Buster’s generated a 3.2% increase in comparable store sales, lapping a 6% increase from the prior year, for an impressive 9.2% growth on a two-year stacked basis. Our comparable store sales growth has now exceeded the competitive casual dining benchmark for 19 straight quarters. We also reached an important milestone during the quarter as full year sales exceeded $1 billion. As proud as we are of this accomplishment, we are even more excited about our growth prospects in the future," said Steve King, Chief Executive Officer.

"We grew revenue by 15.4% and net income by 19.2% during the fourth quarter. Our consistent performance and industry-leading margins position us well for our next growth phase. At the same time, our free cash flow and strong balance sheet allow flexibility to return value to shareholders in additional ways, including share repurchases. To that effect, during fiscal year 2016, we executed $29 million in share repurchases under our current $100 million share repurchase program," added Brian Jenkins, Chief Financial Officer.

"We expect to open eleven to twelve new stores this year, representing 12% to 13% unit growth. Similar to last year, these openings will skew toward the large store format and new markets for our brand. Our development pipeline is robust and we remain well positioned over the long term to capitalize on the changing retail dynamics affecting big box operators and malls. Our long-term target for annual unit growth continues to be 10% or more and we foresee a 200+ store opportunity in North America alone," King concluded.

Review of Fourth Quarter 2016 Operating Results

Total revenues increased 15.4% to $270.2 million from $234.2 million in the fourth quarter 2015. Across all stores, Food and Beverage revenues increased 11.3% to $126 million from $113.2 million and Amusement and Other revenues increased 19.2% to $144.2 million from $121.0 million. Food and Beverage represented 46.6% of total revenues while Amusements and Other represented 53.4% of total revenues in the fourth quarter 2016. In last year’s fourth quarter, Food & Beverage represented 48.3% of total revenues while Amusements and Other represented 51.7% of total revenues.

Comparable store sales increased 3.2% in the fourth quarter 2016 compared to a 6.0% increase in the same period last year. Our comparable store sales growth was driven by a 3.5% increase in walk-in sales and a 1.7% increase in special events sales. Non-comparable store revenues increased $30 million or 79% in the fourth quarter 2016 to $68.2 million.

Operating income increased to $44.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2016 from $38.1 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, operating income increased approximately 20 basis points to 16.5% from 16.3%.

Net income increased to $27.4 million, or $0.63 per diluted share (43.4 million diluted share base), in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to net income of $23 million, or $0.53 per diluted share (43.1 million diluted share base), in the same period last year.

Store operating income before depreciation and amortization increased 13.4% to $87.2 million in the fourth quarter 2016 from $76.9 million in last year’s fourth quarter. As a percentage of total revenues, store operating income before depreciation and amortization decreased 50 basis points to 32.3% from 32.8%.

Adjusted EBITDA* increased 16.5% to $74.5 million in the fourth quarter 2016 from $63.9 million in the same period last year. As a percentage of total revenues, Adjusted EBITDA increased approximately 30 basis points to 27.6% from 27.3%. As noted earlier, this excludes changes in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liabilities of $2.8 million and $2.5 million in the fourth quarters of fiscal years 2016 and 2015 respectively. These changes were included in our previous Adjusted EBITDA definition and guidance.

Share Repurchases

During fiscal year 2016, our board approved a $100 million share repurchase program. Under this authorization, we repurchased 567,000 shares during the fiscal year for $29 million. This includes 396,000 shares repurchased during the fourth quarter. As of the end of fiscal year 2016, we had $71 million remaining under this authorization.

Development

We opened four stores during the fourth quarter in Toledo, Ohio; Silver Spring (Washington, D.C.), Maryland; Oakville (Toronto), Ontario; and Daly City (San Francisco), California for a total of eleven new stores for the year. Total capital additions (net of tenant improvement allowances and sale-leaseback proceeds) during fiscal year 2016 were $146 million and included development costs for store openings, six remodeling and related projects, new games and maintenance capital.

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, we have already opened three stores in Carlsbad, California; Columbia, South Carolina; and Overland Park, Kansas. We currently have six stores under construction in Tucson, Arizona; New Orleans, Louisiana; Alpharetta, Georgia; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; McAllen, Texas and Bayamon, Puerto Rico.

Financial Outlook

We are providing our initial financial outlook for fiscal 2017, which includes 53 weeks and ends on February 4, 2018:

-- Total revenues of $1.155 billion to $1.170 billion

-- Comparable store sales increase of 2% to 3% (on a comparable 52-week basis)

-- 11 to 12 new stores

-- Net income of $101 million to $105 million

-- Effective tax rate of 36% to 37% and diluted share count of 43.2 million to 43.4 million, excluding the impact of FASB Accounting Standard, ASU 2016-09. The implementation of this new standard could significantly reduce our effective tax rate and slightly increase our diluted share count, dependent on stock option exercises

-- EBITDA of $270 million to $277 million

-- Total capital additions (net of tenant improvement allowances and other landlord payments) of $156 million to $166 million

Conference Call Today

Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results today at 4:00 p.m. Central Time (5:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The conference call can be accessed over the phone by dialing (719) 325-2360 or toll-free (888) 587-0611. 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 (412) 317-6671 or toll-free (844) 512-2921; the passcode is 7448438.

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., is the owner and operator of 95 venues in North America that combine entertainment and dining 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 33 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. Accordingly, actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements, and the Company therefore cautions you against relying on such forward-looking statements. 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, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Store operating income before depreciation and amortization, and store operating income before depreciation and amortization margin (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 our operating 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 non-GAAP measures used by the Company in this press release may be different from the measures used by other companies.

DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
ASSETS                                     January 29, 2017    January 31, 2016
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                  $        20,083     $        25,495
Other current assets                                55,521              84,585
Total current assets                                75,604              110,080
Property and equipment, net                         606,865             523,891
Intangible and other assets, net                    370,264             369,730
Total assets                               $        1,052,733  $        1,003,701
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Total current liabilities                  $        177,797    $        156,647
Other long-term liabilities                         178,856             170,800
Long-term debt, net                                 256,628             329,916
Stockholders’ equity                                439,452             346,338
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $        1,052,733  $        1,003,701
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
                                                                               13 Weeks Ended                                                            13 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                          January 31, 2016
Food and beverage revenues                                                     $                              126,001                           46.6  %  $                              113,237                           48.3  %
Amusement and other revenues                                                                                  144,181                           53.4  %                                 120,978                           51.7  %
Total revenues                                                                                                270,182                           100.0 %                                 234,215                           100.0 %
Cost of food and beverage (as a percentage of food and beverage revenues)                                     31,174                            24.7  %                                 28,522                            25.2  %
Cost of amusement and other (as a percentage of amusement and other revenues)                                 16,726                            11.6  %                                 14,371                            11.9  %
Total cost of products                                                                                        47,900                            17.7  %                                 42,893                            18.3  %
Operating payroll and benefits                                                                                62,213                            23.0  %                                 53,008                            22.6  %
Other store operating expenses                                                                                72,835                            27.0  %                                 61,417                            26.3  %
General and administrative expenses                                                                           14,343                            5.3   %                                 14,615                            6.2   %
Depreciation and amortization expense                                                                         23,197                            8.6   %                                 20,413                            8.7   %
Pre-opening costs                                                                                             5,024                             1.9   %                                 3,807                             1.6   %
Total operating costs                                                                                         225,512                           83.5  %                                 196,153                           83.7  %
Operating income                                                                                              44,670                            16.5  %                                 38,062                            16.3  %
Interest expense, net                                                                                         1,412                             0.5   %                                 2,407                             1.1   %
Income before provision for income taxes                                                                      43,258                            16.0  %                                 35,655                            15.2  %
Provision for income taxes                                                                                    15,891                            5.9   %                                 12,705                            5.4   %
Net income                                                                     $                              27,367                            10.1  %  $                              22,950                            9.8   %
Net income per share:
Basic                                                                          $                              0.65                                       $                              0.55
Diluted                                                                        $                              0.63                                       $                              0.53
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations:
Basic shares                                                                                                  42,215,285                                                                41,548,060
Diluted shares                                                                                                43,369,754                                                                43,097,656
Other information:
Company-owned and operated stores open at end of period                                                       92                                                                        81
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown:
                                                                               13 Weeks Ended                                                            13 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                          January 31, 2016
Net income                                                                     $                              27,367                            10.1  %  $                              22,950                            9.8   %
Add back: Interest expense, net                                                                               1,412                                                                     2,407
Provision for income taxes                                                                                    15,891                                                                    12,705
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                 23,197                                                                    20,413
EBITDA                                                                                                        67,867                            25.1  %                                 58,475                            25.0  %
Add back: Loss on asset disposal                                                                              546                                                                       246
Share-based compensation                                                                                      1,163                                                                     1,519
Pre-opening costs                                                                                             5,024                                                                     3,807
Transaction and other costs                                                                                   (141                           )                                          (151                           )
Adjusted EBITDA*                                                               $                              74,459                            27.6  %  $                              63,896                            27.3  %
*Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 we revised our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude adjustments for changes in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liabilities. This change was made in order to conform to recent SEC guidance regarding non-GAAP measures and has been applied to all periods presented. The change in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liability was $2,807 and $2,456 in the fourth quarters of fiscal year 2016 and 2015 respectively.
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of operating income to Store operating income before depreciation and amortization for the periods shown:
                                                                               13 Weeks Ended                                                            13 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                          January 31, 2016
Operating income                                                               $                              44,670                            16.5  %  $                              38,062                            16.3  %
Add back: General and administrative expenses                                                                 14,343                                                                    14,615
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                 23,197                                                                    20,413
Pre-opening costs                                                                                             5,024                                                                     3,807
Store operating income before depreciation and amortization                    $                              87,234                            32.3  %  $                              76,897                            32.8  %
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Audited)
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
                                                                               52 Weeks Ended                                                              52 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                            January 31, 2016
Food and beverage revenues                                                     $                               452,140                            45.0  %  $                               405,841                          46.8  %
Amusement and other revenues                                                                                   553,018                            55.0  %                                  461,141                          53.2  %
Total revenues                                                                                                 1,005,158                          100.0 %                                  866,982                          100.0 %
Cost of food and beverage (as a percentage of food and beverage revenues)                                      114,946                            25.4  %                                  104,757                          25.8  %
Cost of amusement and other (as a percentage of amusement and other revenues)                                  65,354                             11.8  %                                  58,053                           12.6  %
Total cost of products                                                                                         180,300                            17.9  %                                  162,810                          18.8  %
Operating payroll and benefits                                                                                 228,827                            22.8  %                                  200,129                          23.1  %
Other store operating expenses                                                                                 287,322                            28.6  %                                  250,186                          28.8  %
General and administrative expenses                                                                            54,474                             5.4   %                                  53,600                           6.2   %
Depreciation and amortization expense                                                                          88,305                             8.8   %                                  78,660                           9.1   %
Pre-opening costs                                                                                              15,414                             1.5   %                                  11,561                           1.3   %
Total operating costs                                                                                          854,642                            85.0  %                                  756,946                          87.3  %
Operating income                                                                                               150,516                            15.0  %                                  110,036                          12.7  %
Interest expense, net                                                                                          6,985                              0.7   %                                  11,464                           1.3   %
Loss on debt retirement                                                                                        -                                  0.0   %                                  6,822                            0.8   %
Income before provision for income taxes                                                                       143,531                            14.3  %                                  91,750                           10.6  %
Provision for income taxes                                                                                     52,736                             5.3   %                                  32,131                           3.7   %
Net income                                                                     $                               90,795                             9.0   %  $                               59,619                           6.9   %
Net income per share:
Basic                                                                          $                               2.16                                        $                               1.46
Diluted                                                                        $                               2.10                                        $                               1.39
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations:
Basic shares                                                                                                   41,951,770                                                                  40,968,455
Diluted shares                                                                                                 43,288,592                                                                  42,783,905
Other information:
Company-owned and operated stores open at end of period                                                        92                                                                          81
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods shown:
                                                                               52 Weeks Ended                                                              52 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                            January 31, 2016
Net income                                                                     $                               90,795                             9.0   %  $                               59,619                           6.9   %
Add back: Interest expense, net                                                                                6,985                                                                       11,464
Loss on debt retirement                                                                                        -                                                                           6,822
Provision for income taxes                                                                                     52,736                                                                      32,131
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                  88,305                                                                      78,660
EBITDA                                                                                                         238,821                            23.8  %                                  188,696                          21.8  %
Add back: Loss on asset disposal                                                                               1,533                                                                       1,411
Share-based compensation                                                                                       5,828                                                                       4,109
Pre-opening costs                                                                                              15,414                                                                      11,561
Transaction and other costs                                                                                    (73                             )                                           2,068
Adjusted EBITDA*                                                               $                               261,523                            26.0  %  $                               207,845                          24.0  %
*Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2016 we revised our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to exclude adjustments for changes in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liabilities. This change was made in order to conform to recent SEC guidance regarding non-GAAP measures and has been applied to all periods presented. The change in deferred amusement revenue and ticket liability was $8,297 and $7,587 in fiscal year 2016 and 2015 respectively.
The following table sets forth a reconciliation of operating income to Store operating income before depreciation and amortization for the periods shown:
                                                                               52 Weeks Ended                                                              52 Weeks Ended
                                                                               January 29, 2017                                                            January 31, 2016
Operating income                                                               $                               150,516                            15.0  %  $                               110,036                          12.7  %
Add back: General and administrative expenses                                                                  54,474                                                                      53,600
Depreciation and amortization                                                                                  88,305                                                                      78,660
Pre-opening costs                                                                                              15,414                                                                      11,561
Store operating income before depreciation and amortization                    $                               308,709                            30.7  %  $                               253,857                          29.3  %
For Investor Relations Inquiries:
Arvind Bhatia, CFA
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.
214.904.2202
arvind_bhatia@daveandbusters.com

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