Famous Dave's of America announced it has closed its three restaurants in the Richmond, Virginia, market and anticipates incurring impairment charges at up to four additional company-owned restaurants.
As a result, the Company expects to recognize expenses during fiscal 2014's fourth quarter of approximately $4.5 million. These expenses primarily relate to the write-off of the book value of the related assets, net of estimated proceeds from the sale of these assets.
The Company is currently in the process of determining the fair market value of these assets and expects to complete its valuation in the first quarter of 2015
Ed Rensi, CEO of Famous Dave's, says, "Fiscal 2014 marked the beginning of a transition for Famous Dave's, a process that we expect to continue into 2015. The current leadership team continues to evaluate the performance of our legacy company-owned portfolio as we drive toward a return to positive same-store sales and improved unit and company-level profitability, while we actively pursue our re-franchising strategy.”
The company has 50 company-owned locations and franchises 139 additional units in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and one Canadian province.
"The Company's long-term goal is to operate a portfolio of company-owned restaurants representing approximately 10 to 15 percent of the total system-wide restaurant base,” continues Rensi. “This will create re-franchising opportunities, for both existing and new franchisees, for the majority of the remaining company-owned locations. We believe that this strategy will allow us to focus our human and financial capital on opportunities that will drive the greatest increase in company performance and long-term per-share, shareholder value."