updated 11/12/2010 4:23:25 PM ET 2010-11-12T21:23:25

2010 Financial Results Overview

  • Q3 revenue of $14.4 million; nine-month revenue of $41.7 million
  • Q3 operating income of $2.6 million; nine-month operating income of $3.8 million
  • Q3 income from continuing operations of $1.5 million, or $0.09 per share; nine-month income from continuing operations of $1.2 million, or $0.05 per share
  • Q3 EBITDA of $3.4 million; nine-month EBITDA of $5.1 million
  • $2.9 million of debt paid in Q3; $4.7 million of debt retired during first nine-months of 2010
  • Cash balance of $2.4 million at September 30, 2010

DENVER, Nov. 12, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- VCG Holding Corp. (Nasdaq:VCGH), a growing and leading consolidator and operator of adult nightclubs, today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2010 (see attached tables, including reconciliation tables).

As previously announced, on July 16, 2010, VCG sold its Jaguar's Gold Club in Fort Worth, Texas to a wholly-owned subsidiary of Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. ("RICK"). Total consideration consisted of $1.0 million cash and 467,497 shares of VCG common stock held by RICK. VCG used the cash proceeds from the sale to pay down high interest debt, and retired the shares of common stock included in the transaction. The operations of Jaguar's are reflected as discontinued operations on VCG's Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. Results for the three months ended September 30, 2010 included income from discontinued operations, net of tax, in the amount of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. 

Troy Lowrie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We reported higher revenues during the third quarter of 2010, driven primarily by the continued success of our recently introduced club-level revenue streams, which offset a decline in sales of alcohol. During the three and nine months of 2010, fifteen and twelve of our clubs, respectively, reported same-store increases in revenue.  As referenced above, the third quarter of 2010 also included income from discontinued operations of $0.03 per share. Cash flow from operations at September 30, 2010 was $5.7 million and free cash flow was $2.1 million. We used free cash flow and the $1.0 million cash proceeds from the sale of Jaguar's to reduce total debt at September 30, 2010 to $26.0 million from $30.8 million at December 31, 2009. At September 30, 2010, VCG had access to liquidity of approximately $1.1 million on our line of credit and cash of $2.4 million." 

Third Quarter 2010 Financial Results

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2010 increased to $14.4 million from $13.4 million in the third quarter of 2009.  Revenue increased due to higher sales of food and merchandise and higher service revenues, which offset a decline in sales of alcohol and other income. The 19.8% increase in service revenue reflected continued patron acceptance of table side services, wristband access to special areas, table dances, and suite fees, all of which were introduced company-wide in 2009.

Cost of goods sold (the cost of alcohol, food and merchandise) was $1.5 million, or 25.6% of revenue, compared to $1.4 million, or 23.4% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2009. The increase as a percentage of revenue was attributable to the reporting of food sales through the POS systems installed by VCG between October 2009 and February 2010. Prior to 2009, VCG had subleased the kitchen and outsourced the food service to experienced chefs ("food vendors") at four of our five "A" type clubs. 

Revenue from restaurant operations is reported under food and merchandise revenue. This subleased revenue is reduced by appropriate sales taxes, credit card fees and other specifically attributable charges. The net earnings that are paid out to the chefs as a consulting fee are recorded in cost of goods sold. Other ancillary costs associated with running a restaurant, such as wait-staff payroll, restaurant supplies and licenses are currently paid by the outside chefs. By way of comparison, when "A" club restaurant cost of sales data is removed from the total, cost of goods sold as a percentage of applicable revenue for all other clubs drops to 24.4% and 22.6% for the three months ended September 30, 2010 and 2009, respectively.

Total operating expenses for the third quarter of 2010 was $11.8 million as compared to $11.4 million in the third quarter of 2009. Lower taxes, permits, and licenses, a decline in legal and professional fees, and lower interest expense were offset by higher salaries and wages, increased rent, and advisory fees related to the change in control proposal. As a percentage of revenue, total operating expenses declined to 82.0% from 85.2% in the third quarter of 2009.     

Operating income for the third quarter of 2010 was $2.6 million compared to operating income of $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2009.   

Total interest expense declined to $0.7 million in the third quarter of 2010 from $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2009, reflecting the Company's ongoing efforts to renegotiate and prepay debt.    

Income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.5 million, or $0.09 per share, compared to income from continuing operations of $0.8 million, or $0.03 per share, in the third quarter of 2009.     

Net income for the third quarter of 2010 was $1.9 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to net income of $0.6 million, or $0.04 per share, in the third quarter of 2009. Net income for the third quarter of 2010 included income from discontinued operations of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per share.

Weighted average shares outstanding for the third quarter of 2010 declined by approximately 1.1 million, or 6.1%, from the third quarter of 2009. The decrease reflects the receipt, and subsequent retirement, of 467,497 shares of VCG common stock in connection with the sale of Jaguar's and the effect of the share repurchase plan. The share repurchase plan was cancelled by VCG's Board of Directors in the second quarter 2010, due to the potential sale of the Company.

EBITDA for the third quarter of 2010 rose to $3.4 million from EBITDA of $2.2 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Nine-Month 2010 Financial Results

Total revenue for the nine-month period of 2010 increased to $41.7 million from $40.2 million in the same period last year. Revenue increased due to higher sales of food and merchandise, higher service revenues, and increased other income, offsetting a decline in sales of alcohol.

Cost of goods sold (the cost of alcohol, food and merchandise) was $4.5 million, or 25.9% of revenue, compared to $4.4 million, or 23.5% of revenue last year. The increase as a percentage of revenue was attributable to the reporting of food sales through the POS systems installed by VCG between October 2009 and February 2010, as detailed above. When "A" club restaurant cost of sales data is removed from the total, cost of goods sold as a percentage of applicable revenues for all other clubs dropped to 24.4% for the nine-month period of 2010 and 22.9% in 2009.

Total operating expenses for the nine-month period of 2010 were $37.9 million, up from $33.9 million in the nine-month period of 2009. The increase in total operating expenses for 2010 was primarily attributable to a previously disclosed $2.1 million litigation accrual related to legacy litigation, higher salaries and wages, increased legal and professional fees, and advisory fees related to change in control. 

Operating income for the nine-month period of 2010 was $3.8 million, and included the $2.1 million accrual for legacy litigation, compared to income from operations of $6.3 million in the same period last year. Excluding the $2.1 million accrual, operating income for the nine-month period of 2010 was $5.9 million. 

Total interest expense declined to $2.1 million for the first nine months of 2010 from $2.7 million in the comparable prior year period, for the reasons cited above.    

Income from continuing operations for the nine-month period in 2010 was $1.2 million, or $0.05 per share, compared to income from continuing operations of $2.3 million, or $0.11 per share, in last year's period.     

Net income for the nine-month period of 2010 was $1.3 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to net income of $2.0 million, or $0.12 per share, in the same period last year. Net income for the nine-month period of 2010 included income from discontinued operations of $0.5 million, or $0.03 per share.

Weighted average shares outstanding for the nine-month period of 2010 declined by approximately 0.6 million shares, or 3.3%, from the same period last year, for the reasons cited above.  

EBITDA for the nine-month period of 2010 was $5.1 million as compared to EBITDA of $7.3 million in last year's period.

Potential Sale of the Company

As previously announced, on November 9, 2010 VCG entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger (the "Merger Agreement") with the Company's Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Troy Lowrie, Family Dog, LLC, FD Acquisition Co., and the Company's President and Chief Operating Officer, Micheal Ocello, to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of the Company held by public shareholders for $2.25 per share in cash in a going-private merger transaction where FD Acquisition Co. would merge with and into the Company, with the Company surviving the merger. Family Dog, LLC and its wholly-owned subsidiary FD Acquisition Co. are currently owned and controlled by Mr. Lowrie.

Completion of the merger is subject to certain closing conditions, including approval by a majority of the Company's disinterested shareholders. Completion of the merger is not subject to financing or due diligence conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2011. Upon the closing of the merger, VCG will no longer be a public reporting or trading company. It is expected that certain members of VCG's management will participate in the ownership of the Company following the closing of the merger.

Additional information concerning the merger and the definitive Merger Agreement are available in a Current Report on Form 8-K, which VCG filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 10, 2010.

VCG will not be hosting a conference call in connection with the issuance of 2010 third quarter and nine months financial results in light of the proposed merger.

ABOUT VCG HOLDING CORP.

VCG Holding Corp. is an owner, operator, and consolidator of adult nightclubs throughout the United States. The Company currently owns 19 adult nightclubs located in Anaheim, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Denver, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Raleigh, Minneapolis, Louisville, Miami, and Portland, ME.

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENT

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that we believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business based, in part, on assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, including, without limitation, future financial performance and whether the parties to the merger agreement will successfully complete the merger. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements due to numerous risks, uncertainties and factors identified from time to time in the Company's reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, and the Quarterly Report to be filed on November 12, 2010. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or any persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by these risks, uncertainties and factors. All guidance and forward-looking statements in this press release are made as of the date hereof and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forecast or forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

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