Ark Restaurants Announces Financial Results for the Second Quarter of 2021

May 17, 2021 4:05 PM EDT

Get instant alerts when news breaks on your stocks. Claim your 1-week free trial to StreetInsider Premium here.

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Ark Restaurants Corp. (NASDAQ: ARKR) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended April 3, 2021.

Financial Results

Total revenues for the 13 weeks ended April 3, 2021 were $25,767,000 versus $34,002,000 for the 13 weeks ended March 28, 2020. The 13 weeks ended April 3, 2021 includes revenues of $1,962,000 related to Blue Moon Fish Company, which was acquired on December 1, 2020 (see below). The 13 weeks ended March 28, 2020 includes revenues of $1,361,000 related to Thunder Grill in Washington, D.C., which was closed March 20, 2020 and Gallagher's Steakhouse and Gallagher's Burger Bar in Atlantic City, NJ, which was closed on January 2, 2021 (see below).

Total revenues for the 26 weeks ended April 3, 2021 were $46,066,000 versus $77,516,000 for the 26 weeks ended March 28, 2020. The 26 weeks ended April 3, 2021 includes revenues of $2,441,000 related to Blue Moon Fish Company, which was acquired on December 1, 2020. The 26 weeks ended March 28, 2020 includes revenues of $2,934,000 related to Thunder Grill in Washington, D.C., which was closed March 20, 2020 and Gallagher's Steakhouse and Gallagher's Burger Bar in Atlantic City, NJ, which was closed on January 2, 2021.

A comparison of company-wide same store sales is not meaningful as they are not comparable to prior periods as a result of the continually changing government mandated closures, capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines required since March 2020 at all of our restaurants in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Company’s EBITDA, which includes a gain on the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans and related accrued interest in the aggregate amount of $4,124,000 (the "PPP Loan Forgiveness"), for the 13 weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $3,648,000 versus $(924,000) for the 13-week period ended March 28, 2020. The Company’s EBITDA, adjusted for the PPP Loan Forgiveness and other items as set out below, for the 13 weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $(495,000) versus $(531,000) for the 13-week period ended March 28, 2020. Net income, which includes the PPP Loan Forgiveness, for the 13-weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $4,161,000 or $1.19 per basic ($1.15 per diluted share), compared to a net loss of $(1,778,000) or $(0.51) per basic and diluted share, for the 13-week period ended March 28, 2020.

The Company’s EBITDA, which includes the PPP Loan Forgiveness, for the 26 weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $1,284,000 versus $2,708,000 for the 26-week period ended March 28, 2020. The Company’s EBITDA, adjusted for the PPP Loan Forgiveness and other items as set out below, for the 26 weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $(2,864,000) versus $2,955,000 for the 26-week period ended March 28, 2020. Net income, which includes the PPP Loan Forgiveness, for the 26-weeks ended April 3, 2021 was $3,398,000 or $0.97 per basic ($0.95 per diluted share), compared to a net loss of $(265,000) or $(0.08) per basic and diluted share, for the 13-week period ended March 28, 2020.

COVID-19 Update

The Company is subject to continued risks and uncertainties as a result of the outbreak of, and federal, state and local governmental responses to, the COVID-19 pandemic which was declared a National Public Health Emergency in March 2020. We experienced significant disruptions to our business as suggested and mandated social distancing and shelter-in-place orders led to the temporary closure of all of our restaurants. In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, certain jurisdictions began allowing the reopening of indoor dining at varying capacities. However, restrictions on capacity and social distancing protocols continue to change.

As of April 3, 2021, we have reopened all of our properties (except as described below), at varying levels of capacity as allowed by federal, state and local governments. In addition to government mandated shut-downs and capacity restrictions, during the 26 weeks ended April 3, 2021, the Company temporarily closed several restaurants, typically for three to ten days due to a high rate of positive COVD-19 tests of our employees. These closures, capacity restrictions and social distancing guidelines have had and will continue to have a material adverse impact on some our operations.

Other Matters

On November 13, 2020, the Company was advised by the landlord that it would have to vacate Gallagher’s Steakhouse and Gallagher’s Burger Bar at the Resorts Casino Hotel located in Atlantic City, NJ. which were on a month-to-month, no rent lease. The closure of these properties occurred on January 2, 2021 and did not result in a material charge to the Company’s operations.

On December 1, 2020, the Company, through a newly formed, wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired the assets of Bear Ice, Inc. and File Gumbo Inc., which collectively operated a restaurant and bar named Blue Moon Fish Company located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL. The total purchase price of $2,820,000 was paid with cash in the amount of $1,820,000 and a four-year note held by the sellers in the amount of $1,000,000 payable monthly with 5% interest. The acquisition was accounted for as a business combination. Concurrent with the acquisition, the Company assumed the related lease which expires in 2026 and has four, five-year extension options. Rent payments under the lease are approximately $360,000 per year and increase by approximately 15% as each option is exercised.

As of January 2, 2021, the Company determined that it will not reopen Thunder Grill in Washington, D.C. which had been closed since March 20, 2020. This closure did not result in a material charge to the Company’s operations.

On January 26, 2021, the Company exercised its right-of-first-refusal to acquire the land, building and parking lot associated with JB’s on the Beach and immediately contributed such rights and interest to an unrelated entity ("Newco") that purchased the properties on March 22, 2021. In exchange, the Company expects to receive an interest in Newco, which plans future development of the sites. In addition, all rights and privileges under the current lease were assigned to Newco, as landlord and the lease terms will remain unchanged. The Company is still in the process of negotiating the final details of the above with the managing member of Newco.

During the 13 weeks ended April 3, 2021, $4,124,000 of PPP Loans (including $27,000 of accrued interest) were forgiven. In addition, subsequent to April 3, 2021, $1,717,000 of PPP Loans (including $16,000 of accrued interest) were forgiven. Such forgiveness is not subject to federal, state or local taxes. To the extent, if any, that any or all of the PPP Loans are not forgiven, beginning one month following expiration of the Deferral Period, and continuing monthly until 24 months from the date of each applicable Note (the “Maturity Date”), each respective Borrower is obligated to make monthly payments of principal and interest to the Lender with respect to any unforgiven portion of the Notes, in such equal amounts required to fully amortize the principal amount outstanding on such Notes as of the last day of the applicable Deferral Period by the applicable Maturity Date.

On May 3, 2021, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York City restaurants can seat customers indoors at 100% capacity, in accordance with social distancing guidelines, starting on May 19, 2021.

About Ark Restaurants Corp.

Ark Restaurants owns and operates 18 restaurants and bars, 17 fast food concepts and catering operations primarily in New York City, Florida, Washington, D.C, Las Vegas, Nevada and the gulf coast of Alabama. Five restaurants are located in New York City, two are located in Washington, D.C., five are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, one is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, four are located on the east coast of Florida and two are located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The Las Vegas operations include four restaurants within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Resort and operation of the hotel's room service, banquet facilities, employee dining room and six food court concepts and one restaurant within the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Company operates a restaurant in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The operation at the Foxwoods Resort Casino consists of one fast food concept. The Florida operations include the Rustic Inn in Dania Beach, Shuckers in Jensen Beach, JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach, Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the operation of four fast food facilities in Tampa and six fast food facilities in Hollywood, each at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino operated by the Seminole Indian Tribe at these locations. In Alabama, the Company operates two Original Oyster Houses, one in Gulf Shores and one in Spanish Fort.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Except for historical information, this news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements involve unknown risks, and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results or outcomes to be materially different from those anticipated and discussed herein. Important factors that might cause such differences are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, if new information becomes available in the future.

ARK RESTAURANTS CORP.
Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
For the 13- and 26- week periods ended April 3, 2021 and March 28, 2020
(In Thousands, Except per share amounts)
 

 

 

13 Weeks Ended
April 3,
2021

 

13 Weeks Ended
March 28,
2020

 

26 Weeks Ended
April 3,
2021

 

26 Weeks Ended
March 28,
2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL REVENUES

 

$

25,767

 

 

$

34,002

 

 

$

46,066

 

 

$

77,516

 

COSTS AND EXPENSES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food and beverage cost of sales

 

7,764

 

 

9,578

 

 

13,705

 

 

20,518

 

Payroll expenses

 

8,391

 

 

13,103

 

 

17,041

 

 

28,224

 

Occupancy expenses

 

3,523

 

 

3,830

 

 

6,997

 

 

9,269

 

Other operating costs and expenses

 

3,529

 

 

5,654

 

 

6,339

 

 

10,982

 

General and administrative expenses

 

3,036

 

 

2,397

 

 

4,824

 

 

5,451

 

Loss of termination of lease

 

 

 

364

 

 

 

 

364

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

1,021

 

 

1,012

 

 

1,963

 

 

2,208

 

Total costs and expenses

 

27,264

 

 

35,938

 

 

50,869

 

 

77,016

 

OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

 

(1,497)

 

 

(1,936)

 

 

(4,803)

 

 

500

 

OTHER (INCOME) EXPENSE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

308

 

 

303

 

 

632

 

 

762

 

Interest income

 

(13)

 

 

(61)

 

 

(27)

 

 

(74)

 

Gain on forgiveness of PPP Loans

 

(4,124)

 

 

 

 

(4,124)

 

 

 

Total other (income) expense, net

 

(3,829)

 

 

242

 

 

(3,519)

 

 

688

 

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE BENEFIT FOR INCOME TAXES

 

2,332

 

 

(2,178)

 

 

(1,284)

 

 

(188)

 

Benefit for income taxes

 

(1,921)

 

 

(414)

 

 

(4,839)

 

 

(95)

 

CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME (LOSS)

 

4,253

 

 

(1,764)

 

 

3,555

 

 

(93)

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(92)

 

 

(14)

 

 

(157)

 

 

(172)

 

NET INCOME (LOSS) ATTRIBUTABLE TO ARK RESTAURANTS CORP.

 

$

4,161

 

 

$

(1,778)

 

 

$

3,398

 

 

$

(265)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME (LOSS) PER ARK RESTAURANTS CORP. COMMON SHARE:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.19

 

 

$

(0.51)

 

 

$

0.97

 

 

$

(0.08)

 

Diluted

 

$

1.15

 

 

$

(0.51)

 

 

$

0.95

 

 

$

(0.08)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

3,511

 

 

3,500

 

 

3,507

 

 

3,499

 

Diluted

 

3,627

 

 

3,500

 

 

3,579

 

 

3,499

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA Reconciliation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) before benefit for income taxes

 

$

2,332

 

 

$

(2,178)

 

 

$

(1,284)

 

 

$

(188)

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

1,021

 

 

1,012

 

 

1,963

 

 

2,208

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

295

 

 

242

 

 

605

 

 

688

 

EBITDA (a)

 

$

3,648

 

 

$

(924)

 

 

$

1,284

 

 

$

2,708

 

EBITDA, adjusted:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA (as defined) (a)

 

3,648

 

 

(924)

 

 

1,284

 

 

2,708

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

 

(92)

 

 

(14)

 

 

(157)

 

 

(172)

 

Non-cash stock option expense

 

73

 

 

43

 

 

133

 

 

55

 

Gain on forgiveness of PPP Loans

 

(4,124)

 

 

 

 

(4,124)

 

 

 

Loss on lease termination

 

 

 

364

 

 

 

 

364

 

EBITDA, as adjusted

 

$

(495)

 

 

$

(531)

 

 

$

(2,864)

 

 

$

2,955

 

(a)

EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Although EBITDA is not a measure of performance or liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company believes the use of this non-GAAP financial measure enhances an overall understanding of the Company's past financial performance as well as providing useful information to the investor because of its historical use by the Company as both a performance measure and measure of liquidity, and the use of EBITDA by virtually all companies in the restaurant sector as a measure of both performance and liquidity. However, investors should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flows from operating activities or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, it may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, pre-tax income, is included above.

 

Anthony J. Sirica
(212) 206-8800
ajsirica@arkrestaurants.com

Source: Ark Restaurants Corp.



Serious News for Serious Traders! Try StreetInsider.com Premium Free!

You May Also Be Interested In





Related Categories

Business Wire, Press Releases

Related Entities

Earnings, Definitive Agreement, ARK