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Kona Grill Reports Second Quarter 2017 Results


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., July 31, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ:KONA), an American grill and sushi bar, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Key Items vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Restaurant sales increased 8.5% to $47.0 million.
  • Same-store sales decreased 5.3% compared to a 2.5% gain from the prior year.
  • Net loss of $4.3 million, or ($0.43) per share, which included $1.4 million or ($0.14) per share in asset write-off and estimated lease termination costs associated with not opening a previously planned restaurant and $0.5 million or ($0.05) per share for the write-off of deferred financing costs associated with amending the Company's credit agreement, compared to net loss of $0.8 million, or ($0.08) per share in 2016.
  • Restaurant operating profit*, a non-GAAP measure, decreased 29.4% to $5.1 million compared to $7.3 million in 2016.
  • Opened one restaurant compared to three restaurants in 2016.

* For a reconciliation of restaurant operating profit to the most directly comparable financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP and a discussion of why the Company considers them useful, see the financial information accompanying this release.

"The casual dining environment remains difficult and our second quarter results reflect the current industry landscape. Although we firmly believe that the Kona Grill brand appeals to today's consumer, our trends have been challenged over the past three quarters after six straight years of positive same-store sales," said Berke Bakay, President and CEO of Kona Grill.

"In view of current market conditions, we are working diligently on building sales, ramping up margins, and generating cash flow to repay debt. We are also evaluating our underperforming restaurants and continue to engage in discussions with our landlords regarding rent abatement or potentially closing certain locations. Our success in addressing these opportunities and issues will put us in a better financial position for the future," he continued.

"In June, we opened our first and only scheduled domestic restaurant opening of 2017 at the Scottsdale Quarter and are committed to only one domestic restaurant opening for all of next year. As previously announced, we have eliminated certain positions within our corporate office due to reduced domestic unit growth and right-sized the management teams at lower volume and certain other restaurants. The combination of these efforts should yield annual cost savings of $3 million," he added.

"Our three international franchise partners are working diligently to open a restaurant in each of their respective countries during the second half of 2017. We are excited to see this initiative become a reality and we look forward to celebrating the opening of a restaurant in Monterrey, Mexico in August and restaurants in Dubai and Toronto later this year," he concluded.

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Restaurant sales increased 8.5% to $47.0 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $43.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. The increase was primarily driven by operating week growth from eight restaurants opened since June 2016.

Same-store sales decreased 5.3% in the second quarter of 2017 as compared to a 2.5% increase in the second quarter of last year. The decrease in same-store sales this year reflects a 4.6% decline in guest traffic and unfavorable menu mix, partially offset by slightly higher menu prices.

Net loss was $4.3 million, or ($0.43) per share in the second quarter of 2017, and included $1.4 million or ($0.14) per share in asset write-off and lease termination costs associated with not opening a previously planned restaurant in El Segundo, California and $0.5 millon or ($0.05) per share in the write-off of deferred financing costs associated with amending the Company's credit agreement. This compared to net loss of $0.8 million, or ($0.08) per share in the same quarter of 2016.

Restaurant operating profit*, a non-GAAP measure, was $5.1 million in the second quarter of 2017 compared to $7.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. Restaurant operating profit in the second quarter of 2017 was adversely impacted by higher food and labor costs compared to the prior year quarter. As a percentage of sales, restaurant operating profit was 10.9% compared to 16.8% in the second quarter of last year.

Financial Guidance
In light of the current environment, the Company is revising its forecast to restaurant sales of $184 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million. The latter excludes the aforementioned lease termination costs and asset write-offs.

The Company has not reconciled Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the corresponding GAAP financial measure because it does not provide guidance for the various reconciling items. The Company is unable to provide guidance for these reconciling items since certain items that impact net income are outside of its control and cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures are not available without unreasonable effort.

The Company has narrowed its capital expenditures, net of tenant allowances to range from $7 million to $9 million, which is primarily related to restaurant development, maintenance capital expenditures and technology initiatives.

Development Update
The Company opened a restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona on June 12, 2017.

The Company's three international franchise partners in Mexico, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada continue to make progress on the development of Kona Grill outside of the United States. Each of the Company's franchisees is expected to open a Kona Grill restaurant in their respective country during 2017. The first franchised restaurant is scheduled to open in August in Monterrey, Mexico.

The Company has one signed lease for a restaurant in Orange (Cleveland), Ohio scheduled to open in the first half of 2018.

Conference Call
Kona Grill will hold a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2017. The Company's President and CEO Berke Bakay and CFO Christi Hing will host the call, followed by a question and answer session.

To access the conference call investors may dial 1-719-457-2715. The conference call will be followed by a question and answer session. Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time so that an operator may register your name and organization.

The conference call will be broadcast simultaneously over the internet via the investors section of the Company's website at

A replay of the conference call will be available after 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through August 31, 2017 by calling 1-412-317-6671. To access the replay please use the ID number 5200147. The replay will also be available via the investors section of the Company's website at

About Kona Grill
Kona Grill features a global menu of contemporary American favorites, award-winning sushi, and specialty cocktails in an upscale casual atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 46 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and exceptional service. Restaurants are located in 23 states and Puerto Rico: Alabama (Huntsville); Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale (2)); California (Irvine); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (Miami, Tampa, Sarasota, Winter Park); Georgia (Alpharetta); Hawaii (Honolulu); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Idaho (Boise); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Maryland (Baltimore); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie, Minnetonka); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Nevada (Las Vegas(2)); Ohio (Cincinnati, Columbus); Puerto Rico (San Juan); Tennessee (Franklin); Texas (Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Friendswood, Fort Worth, Houston, Plano, San Antonio(2), The Woodlands); Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax, Richmond). For more information, visit

Forward-Looking Statements
Various remarks we make about future expectations, plans, and prospects for the Company constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the Safe Harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding our expectations, beliefs, intentions, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, or performance and underlying assumptions and other statements that are not purely historical. These statements relate to our future financial performance and development plans, including but not limited to those relating to our sales trends, projected earnings, expenses, and capital expenditures for 2017, expectations of new store openings as well as international franchise development in 2017 and beyond and availability of capital. We have attempted to identify these statements by using forward-looking terminology such as "may," "will," "anticipates," "expects," "believes," "intends," "should," or comparable terms. All forward-looking statements included in this press release are based on information available to us on the date of this release and we assume no obligation to update these forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the statements. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements and the discussion of risk factors contained in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(In thousands)
    June 30,   December 31,
    2017   2016
Assets   (unaudited)    
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,593   $ 3,476
Other current assets   5,420   5,256
Other assets   1,059   1,383
Property, plant and equipment, net   97,577   98,268
Total assets   $ 106,649   $ 108,383
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity        
Current liabilities   $ 16,766   $ 19,277
Long term debt   36,380   25,921
Long-term obligations   32,476   31,610
Stockholders' equity   21,027   31,575
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 106,649   $ 108,383

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
    June 30,   June 30,
    2017   2016   2017   2016
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
Restaurants sales   $ 46,977     $ 43,296     $ 92,202     $ 82,573  
Costs and expenses:                
Cost of sales     12,996       11,213       25,549       21,714  
Labor     17,104       15,479       33,829       29,597  
Occupancy     4,201       3,258       8,281       6,507  
Restaurant operating expenses     7,532       6,065       14,815       11,704  
General and administrative     3,084       3,337
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