Subsequent Event

On January 30, 2013, a secondary public offering of the Company’s common stock was completed by certain of the Company’s existing shareholders. The selling shareholders sold 5,175,000 previously outstanding shares, including 675,000 shares sold pursuant to the full exercise of the underwriters’ option to purchase additional shares. The Company did not receive any proceeds from the offering. The selling shareholders paid all of the underwriting discounts and commissions associated with the sale of the shares; however, the Company will incur approximately $550,000 in costs and registration expenses related to the offering, of which $228,000 million was expensed during the fourth quarter of 2012.

The following definitions apply to these terms as used in this release:

Comparable restaurant sales reflect changes in sales for the comparable group of restaurants over a specified period of time. We consider a restaurant to be comparable in the first full quarter following the 18th month of operations. Changes in comparable sales reflect changes in customer count trends as well as changes in average check.

Average check is calculated by dividing revenue by total entrees sold for a given time period. Average check reflects menu price influences as well as changes in menu mix.

Restaurant-level EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, represents net income plus the sum of general and administrative expenses, the advisory agreement termination fee, the settlement with our former director, restaurant pre-opening costs, depreciation and amortization, interest and taxes.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call to discuss financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012 today at 4:30 PM Eastern Standard Time. Steve Hislop, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jon Howie, Chief Financial Officer will host the call.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 800-270-6751 or for international callers by dialing 913-312-9309. A replay will be available one hour after the call and can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 or 858-384-5517 for international callers; the passcode is 1405562. The replay will be available until March 4, 2013. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at under the investor relations section. An archive of the webcast will also be available through the corporate website shortly after the call has concluded.

About Chuy’s

Founded in Austin, Texas in 1982, Chuy’s owns and operates 40 full-service restaurants across eight states serving a distinct menu of authentic, made from scratch Tex Mex inspired dishes. Chuy’s highly flavorful and freshly prepared fare is served in a fun, eclectic and irreverent atmosphere, while each location offers a unique, “unchained” look and feel, as expressed by the concept’s motto “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s!”. For further information about Chuy’s, including our newest locations, please visit

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this release that are not historical facts, including, without limitation, those relating to our anticipated financial performance, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of the management of the Company. Actual results may vary materially from those contained in forward-looking statements based on a number of factors including, without limitation, the actual number of restaurant openings, the sales at the Company’s restaurants, changes in restaurant development or operating costs, such as food and labor, the Company’s ability to leverage its existing management and infrastructure, changes in restaurant pre-opening expense, general and administrative expenses, capital expenditures, or our effective tax rate, changes in the number of diluted shares outstanding, strength of consumer spending, conditions beyond the Company's control such as weather, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, epidemics or pandemics impacting the Company's customers or food supplies, acts of war or terrorism and other factors disclosed from time to time in the Company's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Investors should take such risks into account when making investment decisions. Stockholders and other readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements except as required by law.

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(In thousands, except share and per share data)
Quarter Ended Fiscal Year Ended
December 30, December 25, December 30, December 25,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Revenue $ 46,680 $ 33,262 $ 172,640 $ 130,583
Costs and expenses
Cost of sales 12,711 9,017 46,475 36,139
Labor 14,928 10,980 55,223 41,545
Operating 6,688 5,048 24,498 19,297
Occupancy 2,796 2,064 10,332 7,622
General and administrative 2,939 1,867 9,358 7,478
Advisory agreement termination fee - - 2,000 -
Secondary offering costs 228 - 228 -
Settlement with former director - - - 245
Marketing 365 231 1,319 964
Restaurant pre-opening 469 817 3,383 3,385
Depreciation and amortization   1,856   1,307   6,528   4,448
Total costs and expenses   42,980   31,331   159,344   121,123
Income from operations 3,700 1,931 13,296 9,460
Interest expense   145   1,228   5,596   4,362
Income before income taxes 3,555 703 7,700 5,098
Income tax expense   1,000   386   2,243   1,634
Net Income 2,555 317 5,457 3,464
Undistributed earnings allocated to
participating interests   -   313   2,171   3,423
Net income available to common
stockholders $ 2,555 $ 4 $ 3,286 $ 41
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.05 $ 0.02 $ 0.48 $ 0.21
Diluted $ 0.05 $ 0.00 $ 0.37 $ 0.20
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic   15,918,427   208,505   6,809,576   191,166
Diluted   16,736,781   10,869,992   12,893,290   10,852,651

Chuy’s Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Selected Balance Sheet Data

(In thousands)
December 30, December 25,
2012 2011
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,855 $ 2,827
Total assets 129,721 105,938
Long-term debt 5,000 55,200
Total stockholders' equity 87,463 25,627

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

We prepare our financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Within our press release, we make reference to non-GAAP restaurant-level EBITDA, Restaurant-level EBITDA margin, and pro forma net income. Restaurant-level EBITDA represents net income plus the sum of general and administrative expenses, the advisory agreement termination fee, secondary offering costs, the settlement with our former director, restaurant pre-opening costs, depreciation and amortization, interest and taxes. Restaurant-level EBITDA is presented because: (i) the Company believes it is a useful measure for investors to assess the operating performance of our business without the effect of non-cash depreciation and amortization expenses; and (ii) the Company uses restaurant-level EBITDA internally as a benchmark to evaluate its operating performance or compare our performance to that of our competitors. Additionally, the Company presents restaurant-level EBITDA because it excludes the impact of general and administrative expenses, which are not incurred at the restaurant level, and restaurant pre-opening costs, which are non-recurring at the restaurant level. The use of restaurant-level EBITDA thereby enables the Company and its investors to compare operating performance between periods and to compare our operating performance to the performance of the Company’s competitors. The measure is also widely used within the restaurant industry to evaluate restaurant level productivity, efficiency and performance. The use of restaurant-level EBITDA as a performance measure permits a comparative assessment of our operating performance relative to our performance based on our GAAP results, while isolating the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance or that vary widely among similar companies. The Company presents restaurant-level EBITDA margin for the same reasons it presents restaurant-level EBITDA.

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