Kona Grill Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results



Kona Grill, Inc. (NASDAQ: KONA), an American grill and sushi bar, reported results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

First Quarter 2012 Highlights vs. Year-Ago Quarter:

  • Restaurant sales increased 8.6% to $24.2 million;
  • Same-store sales increased 8.7%;
  • Restaurant operating profit margin increased 480 basis points to 19.9%; and
  • Net income of $1.2 million or $0.13 per share, compared to a net loss of $92,000 or $(0.01) per share.

“The momentum we gained last year rolled into the first quarter of 2012,” said Berke Bakay, president and CEO of Kona Grill. “The 8.7% same-store sales growth during the quarter represents our sixth consecutive quarter of positive same-store sales. More importantly, we were able to leverage these sales to drive a 19.9% operating margin, which we believe is in the top tier of our peer group.”

First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Restaurant sales in the first quarter of 2012 increased 8.6% to $24.2 million, compared to $22.2 million in the first quarter of 2011. The sales improvement reflects an 8.7% increase in same-store sales, driven by 6.4% growth in guest traffic and higher average guest check. The 8.7% increase in same-store sales compares to a 7.8% increase in the fourth quarter of 2011 and a 7.6% increase in the first quarter a year ago.

Net income in the first quarter of 2012 was $1.2 million or $0.13 per share, compared to a net loss of $92,000 or $(0.01) per share in the year-ago quarter.

Financial Guidance

For the second quarter of 2012, the company expects restaurant sales of $24.7 million compared to $24.5 million for the second quarter of 2011. The company also expects net income of $1.25 million, or $0.14 per share, compared to net income of $0.8 million, or $0.08 per share for the second quarter of 2011.

Kona Grill (NASDAQ: KONA) features American favorites with an international influence and award-winning sushi in a casually elegant atmosphere. Kona Grill owns and operates 23 restaurants, guided by a passion for quality food and personal service. Restaurants are currently located in 16 states: Arizona (Chandler, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale); Colorado (Denver); Connecticut (Stamford); Florida (Tampa); Illinois (Lincolnshire, Oak Brook); Indiana (Carmel); Louisiana (Baton Rouge); Maryland (Baltimore); Michigan (Troy); Minnesota (Eden Prairie); Missouri (Kansas City); Nebraska (Omaha); New Jersey (Woodbridge); Nevada (Las Vegas); Texas (Austin, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio); Virginia (Richmond). For more information, visit www.konagrill.com.