RCI Files 10-K; Positive Operating Cash Flow for 4Q20 & FY20; Conference Call Tuesday at 9 AM ET

HOUSTON—December 14, 2020—RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: RICK) today reported results for the fourth quarter and year ended September 30, 2020 and filed its Form 10-K. Results are not comparable to year-ago periods due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has caused state and local governments to restrict the opening of locations, occupancy, and operating hours in different ways, at different times.

Eric Langan, President & CEO, said: "4Q20 demonstrated our continued progress managing the effects of COVID-19. This has enabled us to serve our guests, keep our teams employed, generate free cash flow, and retain a healthy amount of cash on the balance sheet. Considering the operating environment, both the Bombshells and Nightclubs segments exceeded our expectations. A huge thanks goes out to our loyal customers, dedicated team members, and steadfast investors. Looking ahead, we're actively pursuing several club acquisitions. We're in various stages of site acquisition and development of 'The Next 10' Bombshells, and we believe we are well-positioned to benefit from the positive effects COVID-19 vaccines could create for our businesses over the course of FY21 and beyond."

4Q20 Key Points

  • Total revenues of $28.8 million, up 96% from 3Q20 and equal to 64% of 4Q19 revenues
  • Record quarterly Bombshells revenues of $15.5 million, up 82% from 3Q20, with record operating margin of 32.7%
  • Nightclubs revenues of $13.1 million, up 118% from 3Q20
  • Net cash from operating activities of $3.5 million and free cash flow* of $3.4 million
  • GAAP EPS (loss) of ($0.31) and non-GAAP EPS of $0.15
  • $15.6 million cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2020

FY20 Key Points

  • Total revenues of $132.3 million
  • Net cash from operating activities of $15.6 million and free cash flow of $13.5 million
  • GAAP EPS (loss) of ($0.66) and non-GAAP EPS of $0.51
  • Common shares outstanding at September 30, 2020 of 9.075 million vs. 9.591 million a year ago

1Q21 Update

  • Sales for clubs and restaurants are expected to total $35 million to $37 million, assuming no additional closings/restrictions
  • Currently, 36 locations open (26 clubs and all 10 Bombshells)
  • As of today, RCI has approximately $18 million cash and cash equivalents on hand

Conference Call Tuesday at 9 AM ET

  • Live Participant Phone Number: Toll Free 877-407-9210, International 201-689-8049
  • Access the live webcast, slides or replay here: https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2209/39008
  • Phone replay: Toll Free 877-481-4010, International 919-882-2331, Passcode: 39008


As of the release of this report, we do not know the future extent and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic on our businesses. Lower sales caused by social distancing guidelines could lead to adverse financial results. We are continually monitoring and evaluating the situation and will determine any further measures to be instituted, which could include refinancing several of our debt obligations.

All references to the "company," "we," "our," and similar terms include RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries, unless the context indicates otherwise.

4Q20 Statement of Operations (All comparisons are to 4Q19)

  • Consolidated revenues of $28.8 million compared to $45.2 million. By segment, Bombshells generated $15.5 million compared to $8.5 million, and Nightclubs generated $13.1 million compared to $35.9 million.
  • 24 of 48 locations (8 Bombshells and 16 clubs) were open throughout most of the quarter. By period end, 44 locations (all 10 Bombshells and 34 clubs) were open.
  • Cost of goods sold was 15.6% vs. 13.8% of revenues due to the change in mix, reflecting a higher proportion of food and a lower proportion of service revenues.
  • Salaries and wages were 28.5% vs. 28.0% of revenues, reflecting effective labor cost management in the face of the changing COVID-19 environment.
  • SG&A was 41.0% vs. 36.8% of revenues and D&A was 7.4% vs. 5.2%, largely reflecting fixed costs on a lower revenue base, with the effect on SG&A partially offset by cost-cutting.
  • Net other charges of $2.0 million, most of which were non-cash, primarily reflected $1.4 million in additional COVID-19 club impairment and a $453K loss primarily related to hurricane damage at a small Louisiana club which is expected to be covered by insurance.
  • Bombshells segment had both record setting $5.1 million operating income at a 32.7% margin on a higher level of sales and more consistent occupancy while operating in line with indoor restrictions.
  • Nightclubs segment had a breakeven performance primarily due to the above mentioned $1.9 million in net other charges. On a non-GAAP basis, Nightclubs had a $2.1 million operating profit at a 16.1% margin.
  • Interest expense was 3.7% lower due to debt paydowns prior to and during 4Q20.
  • Income tax was a $769K expense, which included a non-cash $1.3 million expense for recognizing a deferred tax asset valuation allowance.

September 30, 2020 Balance Sheet (All comparisons are to June 30, 2020)

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $15.6 million compared to $14.8 million.
  • Debt of $141.4 million compared to $142.7 million.

*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, and (e) settlement of lawsuits. 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) costs and charges related to debt refinancing, (d) gains or losses on sale of businesses and assets, (e) gains or losses on insurance, (f) unrealized loss on equity securities, (g) settlement of lawsuits, (h) the income tax effect of the above described adjustments, and (i) deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Included in the income tax effect of the above adjustments is the net effect of the non-GAAP provision for income taxes, calculated at 26.0%, 15.5%, and 24.5% effective tax rate of the pre-tax non-GAAP income before taxes for the 2020, 2019, and 2018, 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. The calculated amount for adjustment (h) above in fiscal 2018 was significantly affected by the change in the statutory federal corporate tax rate caused by the Tax Act.
  • 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, and (h) settlement of lawsuits. 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 the unleveraged performance return on our investments. Adjusted EBITDA multiple is also used as a target benchmark for our acquisitions of nightclubs.
  • Management also uses 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)

With more than 40 units, RCI Hospitality Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the country's leading company in gentlemen's clubs and sports bars/restaurants. Clubs in New York City, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, and other markets operate under brand names such as Rick's Cabaret, XTC, Club Onyx, Vivid Cabaret, Jaguars Club, Tootsie's Cabaret, and Scarlett's Cabaret. Sports bars/restaurants operate under the brand name Bombshells Restaurant & Bar. Please visit http://www.rcihospitality.com

Forward-Looking Statements

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 in this press release, including, but not limited to, the risks and uncertainties associated with (i) operating and managing an adult 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) our ability to maintain compliance with the filing requirements of the SEC and the Nasdaq Stock Market, (vii) the impact and uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic, and (viii) numerous other factors such as laws governing the operation of adult entertainment 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, 2019 and its latest Form 10-Q 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.

Media & Investor Contacts

Gary Fishman and Steven Anreder at 212-532-3232 or gary.fishman@anreder.com and steven.anreder@anreder.com

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