Ark Restaurants Corp (ARKR) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Ark Restaurants Corp

CIK: 779544 Ticker: ARKR

                                            Exhibit 99.1                                                
Ark Restaurants Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2022
and Declaration of Quarterly Cash Dividend
Anthony J. Sirica
(212) 206-8800

NEW YORK, New York - August 15, 2022 --
Ark Restaurants Corp. (NASDAQ:ARKR) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended July 2, 2022.

Financial Results
Total revenues for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2022 were $53,218,000 versus $42,965,000 for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021.
Total revenues for the 39 weeks ended July 2, 2022 were $136,789,000 versus $89,031,000 for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021.
The increase in revenues for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2022 compared to the same period of last year resulted primarily from increased customer traffic in Las Vegas, targeted menu price increases and in New York and Washington, D.C. strong revenues from our event business in the current period.
The increase in revenue for the 39 weeks ended July 2, 2022 compared to the same period of last year is not a good indicator of business performance as revenues for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021 were negatively impacted by continually changing government mandated closures, capacity restrictions and social distancing requirements in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Company's EBITDA, excluding gains on the forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program Loans (the "PPP Loan Forgiveness") and adjusted for other items all as set out in the table below, for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2022 was $6,207,000 versus $5,610,000 for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021. Net income for the 13 weeks ended July 2, 2022 was $5,255,000 (which includes PPP Loan Forgiveness of $1,298,000), or $1.48 and $1.46 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to net income of $2,670,000 (which includes PPP Loan Forgiveness of $3,195,000) or $0.76 and $0.73 per basic and diluted share, respectively, for the 13 weeks ended July 3, 2021.
The Company's EBITDA, excluding the PPP Loan Forgiveness and adjusted for other items all as set out in the table below, for the 39 weeks ended July 2, 2022 was $11,634,000 versus $2,745,000 for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021. Net income for the 39 weeks ended July 2, 2022 was $8,519,000 (which includes PPP Loan Forgiveness of $2,420,000) or $2.40 and $2.37 per basic and diluted share, respectively, compared to net income of $6,067,000 (which includes PPP Loan Forgiveness of $7,318,000) or $1.73 and $1.68 per basic and diluted share, respectively, for the 39 weeks ended July 3, 2021.
On August 10, 2022, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share to be paid on September 13, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2022.
As of July 2, 2022, the Company had a cash balance of $26,602,000 and total outstanding debt of $24,966,000.

COVID-19 and Inflation
We are subject to continued risks and uncertainties as a result of the outbreak of, and local, state and federal governmental responses to, the COVID-19 pandemic. In the past, we experienced significant disruptions to our business as suggested and mandated social distancing and shelter-in-place orders led to the temporary closure of all of our restaurants. While restrictions on the type of permitted operating model and occupancy capacity may continue to change, all of our restaurants are currently operating with no dining restrictions. We cannot predict if the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to have an impact our operating results and financial position.

The country is currently experiencing multi-decade high inflation. Our profitability is dependent on, among other things, our ability to anticipate and react to changes in the cost of food and other raw materials, labor, energy and other supplies and services. While we have not had material disruptions in our supply chain, we have experienced some product shortages and higher costs for many of commodities. There has also been a general shortage in the availability of restaurant staff and hourly workers in certain geographic areas in which we operate, which has been exacerbated by continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labor market, and has caused increases in the costs of recruiting and compensating such employees. In addition, certain operating and other costs, including health benefits, taxes, insurance, and other outside services continue to increase with the general level of inflation and may also be subject to other cost and supply fluctuations outside of our control.

About Ark Restaurants Corp.
Ark Restaurants owns and operates 17 restaurants and bars, 16 fast food concepts and catering operations primarily in New York City, Florida, Washington, D.C, Las Vegas, Nevada and the gulf coast of Alabama. Four restaurants are located in New York City, one is located in Washington, D.C., five are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, one is located in Atlantic City, New Jersey, four are located on the east coast of Florida and two are located on the Gulf Coast of Alabama. The Las Vegas operations include four restaurants within the New York-New York Hotel & Casino Resort and operation of the hotel's room service, banquet facilities, employee dining room and six food court concepts and one restaurant within the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. In Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Company operates a restaurant in the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The Florida operations include the Rustic Inn in Dania Beach, Shuckers in Jensen Beach, JB’s on the Beach in Deerfield Beach, Blue Moon Fish Company in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and the operation of four fast food facilities in Tampa and six fast food facilities in Hollywood, each at a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino operated by the Seminole Indian Tribe at these locations. In Alabama, the Company operates two Original Oyster Houses, one in Gulf Shores and one in Spanish Fort.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Except for historical information, this news release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements involve unknown risks, and uncertainties that may cause the Company's actual results or outcomes to be materially different from those anticipated and discussed herein. Important factors that might cause such differences are discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements, if new information becomes available in the future.


Consolidated Condensed Statements of Operations
For the 13- and 39- week periods ended July 2, 2022 and July 3, 2021
(In Thousands, Except per share amounts)                                                             
13 Weeks Ended
July 2,
13 Weeks Ended
July 3,
39 Weeks Ended
July 2,
39 Weeks Ended
July 3,
TOTAL REVENUES$53,218 $42,965 $136,789 $89,031 
   Food and beverage cost of sales14,740 12,676 39,536 26,382 
   Payroll expenses16,205 12,304 43,926 29,345 
   Occupancy expenses5,966 4,251 15,814 11,248 
   Other operating costs and expenses5,996 4,737 15,974 11,077 
   General and administrative expenses3,872 2,802 9,854 7,625 
   Depreciation and amortization1,018 1,082 3,245 3,045 
Total costs and expenses47,797 37,852 128,349 88,722 
OPERATING INCOME5,421 5,113 8,440 309 
   Interest expense291 309 838 940 
   Interest income(38)(14)(60)(41)
   Other income(37)— (384)— 
   Gain on forgiveness of PPP Loans(1,298)(3,195)(2,420)(7,318)
Total other (income) expense, net(1,082)(2,900)(2,026)(6,419)
Provision (benefit) for income taxes905 4,684 1,290 (155)
CONSOLIDATED NET INCOME5,598 3,329 9,176 6,883 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(343)(659)(657)(816)
   Basic$1.48 $0.76 $2.40 $1.73 
   Diluted$1.46 $0.73 $2.37 $1.68 
   Basic3,555 3,522 3,553 3,512 
   Diluted3,597 3,648 3,599 3,602 
EBITDA Reconciliation:
Income before provision (benefit) for income taxes$6,503 $8,013 $10,466 $6,728 
Depreciation and amortization1,018 1,082 3,245 3,045 
Interest (income) expense, net253 295 778 899 
EBITDA (a)$7,774 $9,390 $14,489 $10,672 
EBITDA, adjusted:
EBITDA (as defined) (a)7,774 9,390 14,489 10,672 
Net income attributable to non-controlling interests(343)(659)(657)(816)
Non-cash stock option expense74 74 222 207 
     Gain on forgiveness of PPP Loans$(1,298)$(3,195)$(2,420)$(7,318)
EBITDA, as adjusted$6,207 $5,610 $11,634 $2,745 

(a)EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  Although EBITDA is not a measure of performance or  liquidity calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company believes the use of this non-GAAP financial measure enhances an overall understanding of the Company's past financial performance as well as providing useful information to the investor because of its historical use by the Company as both a performance measure and measure of liquidity, and the use of EBITDA by

virtually all companies in the restaurant sector as a measure of both performance and liquidity.  However, investors should not consider this measure in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), cash flows from operating activities  or any other measure for determining the Company's operating performance or liquidity that is calculated in accordance with GAAP, it may not necessarily be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies.  A reconciliation of EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP financial measure, pre-tax income, is included above.

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Ticker: ARKR
CIK: 779544
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0000779544-22-000027
Submitted to the SEC: Tue Aug 16 2022 4:05:08 PM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Tue Aug 16 2022
Period: Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Industry: Retail Eating Places
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