Rick's Cabaret International, Inc., Reports First Quarter Results; Income Up Significantly as Nightclub Revenues Rise
Houston -- (February 17, 2004)
-- Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. [NASDAQ:
today reported net income $239,256 for its first quarter ended Dec.
31, 2003, compared to $94,674 for the same period a year earlier.
The improvement in net income was driven by a strong upswing in its
core adult nightclub business and also reflects cost control measures
implemented throughout the corporation. Earnings per share were six
cents in the quarter, compared with three cents a year earlier.
Rick's Cabaret, which operates upscale gentlemen's clubs and other
adult-themed night clubs, reported consolidated total revenues of
$3,852,033 compared to consolidated total revenues of $3,729,386 for
the three months ended December 31, 2002, an increase of $122,647
"Our adult night club business appears to be returning to an
upward growth pattern as business travel continues to pick up,"
said Eric Langan, CEO of Rick's Cabaret. "Margins are
also better because of improved inventory management and food service
efficiencies. We appear to be near the end of the continuing shakeout
in our Internet business as part of our planned withdrawal from subscription-based
activities that require expensive marketing programs. The Internet
product line should improve as we place more focus on auction sites,
which have low marketing costs and earn revenue on a per-transaction
Same-location-same-period club revenues increased to $3,535,460 for
the three months ended December 31, 2003 from $3,397,486 for same
period a year earlier. Net income for same-location-same-period increased
by 19.53% to $631,881 for the three months ended December 31, 2003
compared with $528,637 for same period a year earlier.
"We believe our club operations can continue to grow organically
and through careful entry into markets and demographic segments with
high growth potential," said Mr. Langan. "We continually
research opportunities to open or acquire new clubs in locations receptive
to our upscale club formula, or to form joint ventures or partnerships
to reduce start-up and operating costs. We may also develop new club
concepts consistent with our management and marketing skills."
CABARET INTERNATIONAL OPERATING RESULTS
Ending December 31, 2003
average shares outstanding
About Rick's Cabaret
Rick's Cabaret International, Inc. (www.ricks.com)
owns and operates upscale adult nightclubs serving primarily businessmen
and professionals that offer live adult entertainment, restaurant
and bar operations. The company owns and operates seven adult nightclubs
under the name "Rick's Cabaret" and "XTC" in Houston,
Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, licenses
Rick's Cabaret in New Orleans, and owns an adult-themed club called
"Encounters" that serves the couples or "swingers"
market and a sports bar called the "Hummers," both in Houston.
No sexual contact is permitted at any of these locations. Rick's Cabaret
also owns two adult Internet membership Web sites at www.couplestouch.com
and www.xxxpassword.com that
contain content acquired from wholesalers, and a network of nine online
auction sites a under the flagship site www.naughtybids.com.
These highly automated sites provide a sales platform for adult products
and services in an auction format and generate revenues through transactional
service fees. Rick's Cabaret common stock is traded on the NASDAQ
Small Cap market under the symbol RICK.
For further information contact [email protected].
This press release may contain forward-looking information within
the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
that involves significant risks and uncertainties, and is subject
to the safe harbors created by this section. Important factors that
could cause actual results for Rick's Cabaret to differ materially
from those indicated in this press release include the risks and uncertainties
as to the future operational and financial results of our Web sites,
the future operational performance of our partners, the laws governing
the operation of adult entertainment businesses, competitive and economic
factors, dependence on key personnel and the ability to manage operations.
Rick's Cabaret has no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking
statements to reflect the occurrence of future events or circumstances.
Please refer you to the documents Rick's Cabaret files from time to
time with the Securities and Exchange Commission, in particular the
most recent quarterly reports on Form 10-QSB and annual report on