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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 7, July 2012, Posted On: 6/13/2012

New Stores Fuel Dave & Buster's Q1 Gains

Emily Jed
Dave & Buster's Inc., Dave & Buster's 2012 first quarter, Dave & Buster's profit, Dave & Buster's IPO, amusement business

DALLAS -- Dave & Buster's Inc. first-quarter profit climbed more than 60%, fueled by better-than-expected performance from its newest stores.

The operator of big box entertainment-dining complexes saw profit for the quarter, ended April 29, rise to nearly $11 million from $6.7 million in the comparable 2011 period.

Total revenues increased 10% to $163.5 million in the first quarter, an increase over $148.6 million a year earlier. The company said the year-over-year revenue increase was primarily driven by a $16.1 million increase in revenues from new stores. Revenues at Dave & Buster's existing stores were essentially flat versus the first quarter of 2011.

Across all stores, food and beverage revenues increased 6.6% to $4.9 million. Amusements and "other" revenues grew $10 million, or 13.4%, over last year's first quarter.

Dave & Buster's posted record adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) of $39.7 million in the recent quarter, up 18% from $33.6 million a year earlier.

"While the exceptionally mild winter across the country hurt our comparable store sales, our margin-enhancing initiatives enabled us to deliver exceptional results," said Steve King, chief executive of Dave & Buster's.

Dave & Buster's currently owns and operates 59 stores in the U.S. and Canada. The company, which has alternated from a private to a publicly traded company several times during its 30-year history, is preparing to go public yet again. | SEE STORY

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