RAVE Restaurant Group Results

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: RAVE) today reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 ended September 29, 2019.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Pizza Inn domestic comparable store retail sales increased 3.1% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • Pie Five comparable store retail sales decreased 12.2% in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • Total revenue decreased by $0.1 million to $2.9 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period of the prior year.
  • The Company recorded net income of $0.2 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to net income of $0.1 million for the same period of the prior year.
  • On a fully diluted basis, net income remained stable at $0.01 per share for both the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and the same period of the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 decreased $0.1 million from the same period of the prior year.
  • Cash and cash equivalents increased to $2.4 million as of the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2020, a $0.2 million increase during the quarter.
  • Pizza Inn domestic unit count including PIE finished at 152.
  • Pizza Inn international unit count finished at 34.
  • Pie Five domestic unit count finished at 56.

The Company's net income of $0.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was an increase of $0.1 million compared to the same period of the prior year. Diluted income per share was $0.01 in both the first quarter of fiscal 2020 and the same period of the prior year. The increase in net income in the first quarter of fiscal 2020 over the prior year was largely due to improvements in the Pizza Inn Franchising segment and reduced general and administrative expense.

EBITDA of $0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was a $0.1 million increase from the same period of the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA of $0.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 was a $0.1 million decrease from the same period of the prior year.

"I'm excited to join RAVE and committed to competing hard to drive traffic and increase profitability," said Brandon Solano, Chief Executive Officer of RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.  "Pizza Inn continues to grow comp sales and we plan to build on that momentum in the coming quarters.  Pie Five has experienced challenges, but we're facing them head on. Pie Five has a strong core offering and we are working on a plan to increase consumer relevance, profitable traffic and unit economics."

First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Operating Results 

Pizza Inn domestic comparable store retail sales increased by 3.1% during the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period of the prior year.

"We continue to be pleased with performance at Pizza Inn but also see opportunities for progress with new technologies and our brand refresh initiative," said Solano.  "With the ability to make more data-driven decisions, we will be in a strengthened position to drive profitable traffic.  We are also aligning with franchisees to continue our remodel program that will refresh existing locations and improve the in-restaurant experience.  We want to position Pizza Inn as an updated brand and drive home why we believe it offers a compelling consumer proposition."

Pie Five domestic comparable store retail sales decreased by 12.2% during the first quarter of fiscal 2020 compared to the same period of the prior year.

"Pie Five was a pioneer in the fast casual pizza space, and it's time to reclaim our leadership role," said Solano. "By reconnecting with consumers and tightly defining the key differentiators of the brand, we're going to regain traction and turn the brand around.  Our focus will be on creating a more craveable menu paired with an elevated guest experience that makes good on our brand promise."

Consolidated revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 were $2.9 million compared to $3.0 million in the same period of the prior year.

Development Review

During the first quarter of fiscal 2020, Pizza Inn, including PIE, opened two new domestic units and closed five units to finish the quarter at 152 units.

"At Pizza Inn, we're refocusing development efforts on our buffet locations," said Solano. "Our buffet locations provide the highest volume option and continue to have expansion opportunities across the country.  While we will continue to expand PIE, we see a higher value in Pizza Inn buffet development."

In the first quarter of fiscal 2020, Pie Five closed two domestic units, bringing the domestic unit count to 56 restaurants at the end of the quarter.

"Pie Five recently announced our first location with KidZania, an interactive education and entertainment center for kids, that we feel aligns perfectly with our brand and our vision for growth," said Solano.  "At KidZania, our youngest consumers will get a hands-on experience making pizzas and trying out a career as a pizza mogul.  We're looking forward to kicking off this partnership this month. As we return the Pie Five brand to category leadership, we have an opportunity to transform the brand and restore growth through non-traditional restaurant opportunities like this."

About RAVE Restaurant Group, Inc.

Founded in 1958, Dallas-based RAVE Restaurant Group [NASDAQ: RAVE] owns, operates, franchises and/or licenses 242 Pie Five Pizza Co. and Pizza Inn restaurants and Pizza Inn Express kiosks domestically and internationally. Pizza Inn is an international chain featuring freshly made pizzas, along with salads, pastas, and desserts. Pie Five Pizza Co. is a leader in the fast-casual pizza space offering made-to-order pizzas ready in under five minutes. Pizza Inn Express, or PIE, is developing unique opportunities to provide freshly made pizza from non-traditional outlets. The Company's common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol "RAVE".



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