RCI Reports 2Q23 Results: Total Revenues $71.5M, GAAP EPS $0.83, Non-GAAP EPS $1.30
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HOUSTON—May 10, 2023—RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RICK) today reported results and filed its Form 10-Q for the fiscal 2023 second quarter ended March 31, 2023.
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Eric Langan, President and CEO of RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc., said: “We moved ahead on a number of fronts during the second quarter. Revenues grew to $71.5 million, an increase of 12.3% year over year, reflecting both same-store sales and acquisitions. Free cash flow grew 33.3% to $14.8 million or 20.6% of revenues, and adjusted EBITDA rose 8.8% to $21.7 million or 30.3% of revenues.”
“We completed our 5-club, Baby Dolls-Chicas Locas acquisition and look forward to optimizing their contribution. On a sequential quarter basis, our Bombshells turnaround program has started to produce results. We also advanced many of our projects involving club acquisition and development, Rick's Cabaret Steakhouse & Casino in Colorado, and new Bombshells. As always, thanks to our loyal and dedicated teams for all their hard work and effort.”
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2Q23 Segments (Comparisons are to 2Q22 unless indicated otherwise)
- Nightclubs: Revenues were $57.0 million, an increase of 18.4% compared to $48.2 million. The increase was driven by $6.9 million from acquired and remodeled clubs, and same store sales growth. Operating income was $18.0 million or 31.6% of revenues compared to $19.1 million or 39.7%. 2Q23 operating income included $3.1 million legal settlement accrual and $0.7 million non-cash impairment. Non-GAAP operating income was $22.4 million or 39.3% of revenues compared to $19.0 million or 39.5%. On a sequential quarter basis, revenues increased 1.3%, primarily driven by acquisitions, and non-GAAP operating margin declined 1.1 percentage points, primarily reflecting the Baby Dolls and Chicas Locas acquisition, which in two weeks of ownership did not allow for enough time for full operating optimization.
- Bombshells: Revenues were $14.3 million, a decline of 6.6% compared to $15.3 million in 2Q22, which was the segment's last major peak stimulus/post-Covid quarter. Revenues included $1.3 million from Bombshells San Antonio (acquired February 2023) and Grange Food Hall (acquired December 2022). Same-store sales declined.1 Operating profit was $1.8 million or 12.4% of revenues compared to $3.5 million or 22.6%. 2Q23 operating profit included $0.4 million of accelerated non-cash amortization of Grange food stall leases. Non-GAAP operating profit was $2.2 million or 15.4% of revenues compared to $3.5 million or 22.7%. On a sequential quarter basis, revenues increased 6.6%, primarily driven by acquisitions, and non-GAAP operating margin increased 1.6 percentage points, reflecting the segment's turnaround plan.
2Q23 Consolidated (Comparisons are to 2Q22 and % are of total revenues unless indicated otherwise)
- Cost of goods sold: 12.7% compared to 13.8% and 12.9% in 1Q23. The year-over-year decline primarily reflected a 19.5% increase in high-margin service revenues.
- Salaries and wages: 27.2% compared to 26.0% and 26.7% in 1Q23. 2Q23 primarily reflected higher minimum wage in many states where RCI clubs operate as well as higher labor costs relating to the newly acquired clubs.
- SG&A: 30.8% compared to 28.9% and 32.5% in 1Q23. The year-over-year increase reflected FY23 acquisitions that have yet to be fully optimized. The sequential decline reflected the absence of year-end audit expenses in 2Q23.
- Depreciation and amortization: 5.3% compared to 4.5% and 4.7% in 1Q23. 2Q23 reflected $0.4 million in accelerated one-time, non-cash amortization of Grange food stall leases.
- Other charges (gains), net: Charges of $3.8 million compared to $7 thousand and a $0.7 million gain in 1Q23. 2Q23 included $3.1 million legal settlement accrual and $0.7 million non-cash impairment charge.
- Operating margin: 18.8% compared to 26.8% and 24.2% in 1Q23 (non-GAAP of 26.6% compared to 26.9% and 25.6% in 1Q23).
- Interest expense: 5.1% compared to 4.5% and 5.3% in 1Q23. 2Q23 included the cost of $35.5 million in new debt associated with the mid-March Baby Dolls-Chicas Locas acquisition.
- Income tax expense: $2.1 million compared to $3.4 million and $3.0 million in 1Q23. The effective tax rate was 21.8% compared to 23.4% and 22.8% in 1Q23.
- Weighted average shares outstanding: Decreased 2.4% year-over-year due to prior period repurchases. They increased 0.4% sequentially due to 200,000 restricted shares of RCI common stock valued at $16.0 million used in the Baby Dolls-Chicas Locas acquisition.
- Debt: $245.8 million at 3/31/23 compared to $211.2 million at 12/31/22. The increase primarily reflected $35.5 million in financing for the 5-club Baby Dolls-Chicas Locas acquisition, partially offset by regular paydowns of other debt.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to our financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures, within the meaning of the SEC Regulation G, to clarify and enhance understanding of past performance and prospects for the future. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's operating performance, financial position or cash flows that excludes or includes amounts that are included in or excluded from the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. We monitor non-GAAP financial measures because it describes the operating performance of the Company and helps management and investors gauge our ability to generate cash flow, excluding (or including) some items that management believes are not representative of the ongoing business operations of the Company, but are included in (or excluded from) the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Relative to each of the non-GAAP financial measures, we further set forth our rationale as follows:
- Non-GAAP Operating Income and Non-GAAP Operating Margin. We calculate non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP operating margin by excluding the following items from income from operations and operating margin: (a) amortization of intangibles, (b) impairment of assets, (c) gains or losses on sale of businesses and assets, (d) gains or losses on insurance, (e) settlement of lawsuits, and (f) stock-based compensation. We believe that excluding these items assists investors in evaluating period-over-period changes in our operating income and operating margin without the impact of items that are not a result of our day-to-day business and operations.
- Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income per Diluted Share. We calculate non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share by excluding or including certain items to net income attributable to RCIHH common stockholders and diluted earnings per share. Adjustment items are: (a) amortization of intangibles, (b) impairment of assets, (c) gains or losses on sale of businesses and assets, (d) gains or losses on insurance, (e) unrealized gains or losses on equity securities, (f) settlement of lawsuits, (g) gain on debt extinguishment, (h) stock-based compensation, and (i) the income tax effect of the above-described adjustments. Included in the income tax effect of the above adjustments is the net effect of the non-GAAP provision for income taxes, calculated at 22.3% and 21.8% effective tax rate of the pre-tax non-GAAP income before taxes for the six months ended March 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively, and the GAAP income tax expense (benefit). We believe that excluding and including such items help management and investors better understand our operating activities.
- Adjusted EBITDA. We calculate adjusted EBITDA by excluding the following items from net income attributable to RCIHH common stockholders: (a) depreciation and amortization, (b) income tax expense (benefit), (c) net interest expense, (d) gains or losses on sale of businesses and assets, (e) gains or losses on insurance, (f) unrealized gains or losses on equity securities, (g) impairment of assets, (h) settlement of lawsuits, (i) gain on debt extinguishment, and (j) stock-based compensation. We believe that adjusting for such items helps management and investors better understand our operating activities. Adjusted EBITDA provides a core operational performance measurement that compares results without the need to adjust for federal, state and local taxes which have considerable variation between domestic jurisdictions. The results are, therefore, without consideration of financing alternatives of capital employed. We use adjusted EBITDA as one guideline to assess our unleveraged performance return on our investments. Adjusted EBITDA is also the target benchmark for our acquisitions of nightclubs.
- We also use certain non-GAAP cash flow measures such as free cash flow. Free cash flow is derived from net cash provided by operating activities less maintenance capital expenditures. We use free cash flow as the baseline for the implementation of our capital allocation strategy.
About RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RICK) (Twitter: @RCIHHinc)
With more than 60 locations, RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the country's leading company in adult nightclubs and sports bars/restaurants. See all our brands at www.rcihospitality.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties associated with (i) operating and managing an adult entertainment or restaurant business, (ii) the business climates in cities where it operates, (iii) the success or lack thereof in launching and building the company's businesses, (iv) cyber security, (v) conditions relevant to real estate transactions, (vi) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and (vii) numerous other factors such as laws governing the operation of adult entertainment or restaurant businesses, competition and dependence on key personnel. For more detailed discussion of such factors and certain risks and uncertainties, see RCI's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 30, 2022, as well as its other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The company has no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.
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