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UNITED STATES

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Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended October 2, 2021

 

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ____________ to ____________

Commission File Number 001-06836

FLANIGAN'S ENTERPRISES, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Florida

59-0877638

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

(I.R.S. Employer

Incorporation or Organization)

Identification Number)

 

 

5059 N.E. 18th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

33334

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

(Zip Code)

(954) 377-1961

(Registrant's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 Title of each class

 Trading symbol(s)

 Name of each exchange on which registered

 Common Stock, $0.10 par value

 BDL

 NYSE AMERICAN

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ☐ No ☒

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act. Yes ☐ No ☒

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports) and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer ☐

Accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer ☐

 

Smaller reporting company ☒

Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has filed a report on and attestation to its management’s assessment of the effectiveness of its internal control over financial reporting under Section 404(b) of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (15 U.S.C. 7262(b)) by the registered public accounting firm that prepared or issued its annual report. ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).

Yes ☐ No ☒

As of April 3, 2021, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, the aggregate market value of the voting stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant was $20,147,000 (based on the closing price of the common stock as reported on the NYSE AMERICAN of $23.77 per share).

There were 1,858,647 shares of the Registrant's Common Stock, $0.10 par value, outstanding as of January 14, 2022.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Information required by Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) hereof is incorporated by reference to portions of the Registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days after the end of the registrant’s fiscal year covered by this report.

 


 

 

 

 

FLANIGAN'S ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I  
  Item 1 Business 1
  Item 1A Risk Factors 15
  Item 1B Unresolved Staff Comments 29
  Item 2 Properties 29
  Item 3 Legal Proceedings 39
  Item 4 Mine Safety Disclosures 40
PART II  
  Item 5 Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters  and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities 40
  Item 6 Selected Financial Data 40
  Item 7 Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations 41
  Item 7A Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk 54
  Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data 54
  Item 9 Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure 55
  Item 9A Controls and Procedures 55
  Item 9B Other Information 56
PART III  
  Item 10 Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance 56
  Item 11 Executive Compensation 56
  Item 12 Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and  Related Stockholders Matters 56
  Item 13 Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence 56
  Item 14 Principal Accounting Fees and Services 57
PART IV  
  Item 15 Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules 57
  Item 16 Form 10 – K Summary 61
SIGNATURES 62
EXHIBIT INDEX  
LIST XBRL DOCUMENTS  

 

 

 

As used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the terms “we,” “us,” “our,” the “Company” and “Flanigan’s” mean Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries (unless the context indicates a different meaning).

 

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This annual report, including, without limitation, statements under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (“Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (“Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the words “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “continue,” or “should,” “could”, “may”, “might”, “will” and “would” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. There can be no assurance that actual results will not materially differ from expectations. Such statements include, but are not limited to, any statements relating to the future effects of the COVID 19 pandemic, the general expansion of our business, and other statements which are not statements of current or historical facts.

 

The forward-looking statements contained in this annual report are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effects on us. Future developments affecting us may not be those that we have anticipated. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those factors described under the heading “Risk Factors.” Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material respects from those projected in these forward-looking statements. We caution readers not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they are made We undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws. These risks and others described under “Risk Factors” may not be exhaustive.

 

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. We caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and that our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry in which we operate may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this annual report. In addition, even if our results or operations, financial condition and liquidity, and developments in the industry in which we operate are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this annual report, those results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.

 

 

PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

 

General

 

As of October 2, 2021, Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., a Florida corporation, together with its subsidiaries (“we”, “our”, “ours” and “us” as the context requires), (i) operates 27 units, consisting of restaurants, package liquor stores and combination restaurants/package liquor stores that we either own or have operational control over and partial ownership in; and (ii) franchises an additional five units, consisting of two restaurants (one of which we operate) and three combination restaurants/package liquor stores. The table below provides information concerning the type (i.e. restaurant, package liquor store or combination restaurant/package liquor store) and ownership of the units (i.e. whether (i) we own 100% of the unit; (ii) the unit is owned by a limited partnership of which we are the sole general partner and/or have invested in; or (iii) the unit is franchised by us), as of October 2, 2021 and as compared to October 3, 2020. With the exception of “The Whale’s Rib”, a restaurant we operate but do not own, all of the restaurants operate under our service marks “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” or “Flanigan’s” and all of the package liquor stores operate under our service marks “Big Daddy’s Liquors” or “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors.”

 

 

TYPES OF UNITS

 

FISCAL YEAR

2021

 

FISCAL YEAR

2020

   
Company-Owned:                    
Combination package liquor store and restaurant     3       3 (1)    
Restaurant only     7       7      
Package liquor store only     7       7      
                     
Company Managed Restaurants Only:                    
Limited partnerships     8       8      
Franchise     1       1      
Unrelated Third Party     1       1      
                     
TOTAL – Company-Owned/Operated Units     27       27      
                     
Franchised Units     5       5 (2)    

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Notes:

(1) During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019, our combination package liquor store and restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19) was damaged by a fire which has caused it to be closed since the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019. Revenues and expenses from Store #19 for the time Store #19 was open during the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019 (two (2) days) are immaterial, with the exception of payroll. Store #19 remains closed.
(2) We operate a restaurant for one (1) franchisee. This unit is included in the table both as a franchised restaurant as well as a Company-operated restaurant.

 

 

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History and Development of Our Business

 

We were incorporated in Florida in 1959 and commenced operating as a chain of small cocktail lounges and package liquor stores throughout South Florida. By 1970, we had established a chain of "Big Daddy's" lounges and package liquor stores between Vero Beach and Homestead, Florida. From 1970 to 1979, we expanded our package liquor store and lounge operations throughout Florida and opened clubs in five other "Sun Belt" states. In 1975, we discontinued most of our package store operations in Florida except in the South Florida areas of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties. In 1982, we expanded our club operations into the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area as general partner of several limited partnerships we organized. In March 1985, we began franchising package liquor stores and lounges in the South Florida area. See Note 16 to the consolidated financial statements and the discussion of franchised units on page 8.

 

During our fiscal year 1987, we began renovating our lounges to provide full restaurant food service, and subsequently renovated and added food service to most of our lounges. Food sales currently represent approximately 80.2% and bar sales approximately 19.8% of our total restaurant sales.

 

Our package liquor stores emphasize high volume business by providing customers with a wide variety of brand name and private label merchandise at discount prices. Our restaurants offer alcoholic beverages and full food service with abundant portions and reasonable prices, served in a relaxed, friendly and casual atmosphere.

 

We conduct our operations directly and through a number of limited partnerships and wholly owned subsidiaries, all of which are listed below. Our subsidiaries and the limited partnerships, (except for the limited partnership, where we are not the general partner, which owns and operates our franchised restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) are reported on a consolidated basis.

 

Entity

State Of

Organization

Percentage

Owned

     
Flanigan’s Management Services, Inc. Florida 100
Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. of Georgia Georgia 100
Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. of Pa. Pennsylvania 100
Flanigan’s Enterprises of N. Miami, Inc. Florida 100
CIC Investors #13, Limited Partnership Florida 45
CIC Investors #25, Limited Partnership Florida 100
CIC Investors #50, Limited Partnership Florida 24
CIC Investors #55, Limited Partnership Florida 49
CIC Investors #60, Limited Partnership Florida 46
CIC Investors #65, Limited Partnership Florida 28
CIC Investors #70, Limited Partnership Florida 41
CIC Investors #80, Limited Partnership Florida 27
CIC Investors #85, Limited Partnership Florida 100
CIC Investors #90, Limited Partnership Florida 5
Josar Investments, LLC Florida 100
Flanigan’s Calusa Center, LLC Florida 100
Flanigan’s Fish Company, LLC Florida 51

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Package Liquor Store Operations

 

Our package liquor stores emphasize high volume business by providing customers with a wide selection of brand name and private label liquors, beers and wines while offering competitive pricing by meeting the published sales prices of our competitors. We provide sales training to our package liquor store personnel. The stores are open for business seven days a week from 9:00-10:00 a.m. to 9:00-10:00 p.m., depending upon demand and local law. Most of our units have "night windows" with extended evening hours.

 

Company-Owned Package Liquor Stores. We own and operate nine package liquor stores in the South Florida area under the name “Big Daddy’s Liquors” or “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors”, two of which are jointly operated with restaurants we own.

 

Franchised Package Liquor Stores. We currently franchise three package liquor stores, all in the South Florida area, all of which are operated under the name “Big Daddy’s Liquors”. Of the three franchised package liquor stores, two are jointly operated with our franchisee’s restaurant operations and one is operated in a freestanding building adjacent to the franchisee’s restaurant operation. Two of the three remaining franchised package liquor stores are franchised to members of the family of our Chairman of the Board, officers and/or directors. We have not entered into a franchise arrangement for either a package liquor store, restaurant or combination package liquor store/restaurant since 1986 and do not anticipate that we will do so in the foreseeable future.

 

Generally, a franchise agreement with our franchisees for the operation of a package liquor store runs for the balance of the term of the franchisee’s lease for the business premises, extended by the franchisee’s continued occupancy of the business premises thereafter, whether by lease or ownership. In exchange for our providing management and related services to the franchisee and our granting the right to the franchisee to use our service mark, “Big Daddy’s Liquors”, franchisees of package liquor stores pay us weekly in arrears, (i) a royalty equal to approximately 1% of gross sales; plus (ii) an amount for advertising equal to between 1-1/2% to 3% of gross sales generated at the stores depending upon our actual advertising costs.

 

Restaurant Operations

 

Our restaurants provide a neighborhood casual, standardized dining experience, typical of casual restaurant chains. The interior decor of the restaurants is nautical with numerous fishing and boating pictures and decorations. The restaurants are designed to permit minor modifications without significant capital expenditures. However, from time to time we are required to redesign and refurbish the restaurants at significant cost. Drink prices may vary between locations to meet local conditions. Food prices are substantially standardized for all restaurants. The restaurants' hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00-5:00 a.m. depending upon demand and local law.

 

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Company-Owned Restaurants. We own and operate nine restaurants all under our service mark “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” two of which are jointly operated with package liquor stores we own. One additional combination package liquor store and restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19) has been closed since October 2018 due to fire damage.

 

Franchised Restaurants. We franchise five restaurants, all of which operate under our service mark “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill”, two of which operate as a restaurant only, two of which operate jointly with a franchisee operated “Big Daddy’s Liquors” package liquor store and one of which operates adjacent to a “Big Daddy’s Liquors” package liquor store.

 

Generally, a franchise agreement with our franchisees for the operation of a restaurant runs for the balance of the term of the franchisee’s lease for the business premises, extended by the franchisee’s continued occupancy of the business premises thereafter, whether by lease or ownership. In exchange for our providing management and related services to the franchisee and our granting the right to the franchisee to use our service mark, “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill”, our franchisees pay us weekly in arrears, (i) a royalty equal to approximately 3% of gross sales; plus (ii) an amount for advertising equal to between 1-1/2% to 3% of gross sales from the restaurants depending upon our actual advertising costs.

 

For accounting purposes, we do not consolidate the revenue and expenses of our franchisees’ operations with our revenue and expenses. Franchise royalties we receive are “earned” when sales are made by franchisees.

 

Restaurants Owned by Affiliated Limited Partnerships

 

We have invested along with others, (some of whom are or are affiliated with our officers and directors), in nine limited partnerships which currently own and operate nine South Florida based restaurants under our service mark “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill”. In addition to being a limited partner in these limited partnerships, we are the sole general partner of eight of these limited partnerships and manage and control the operations of these restaurants. We are only a limited partner in the limited partnership which owns and operates the restaurant located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We are currently developing “Flanigan’s” restaurants in Sunrise, Florida and Miramar, Florida, both of which will be owned by a limited partnership using the same or substantially similar financial arrangement and corporate structure as our other restaurants owned by limited partnerships, with the Company acting as the sole general partner of the limited partnerships. Additionally, we and certain of our affiliates may become limited partners in these limited partnerships.

 

Generally, the terms of the limited partnership agreements provide that until the investors’ cash investment in a limited partnership (including any cash invested by us) is returned in full, (available cash is distributed to the investors pro-rata based on ownership interest), the limited partnership distributes to the investors annually out of available cash from the operation of the restaurant, as a return of capital, up to 25% of the cash invested in the limited partnership, with no management fee paid to us. Any available cash in excess of the 25% of the cash invested in the limited partnership distributed to the investors annually, is paid one-half (½) to us as a management fee and one-half (½) to the investors, (including us), pro-rata based on the investors’ investment, as a return of capital. Once all of the investors, (including us), have received, in full, amounts equal to their cash invested, an annual management fee becomes payable to us equal to one-half (½) of cash available to be distributed, with the other one-half (½) of available cash distributed to the investors (including us), as a profit distribution, pro-rata based on the investors’ investment. As of October 2, 2021, all eight (8) limited partnerships where we are the general partner and are eligible to receive a management fee, have returned to their respective investors all cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by these limited partnerships. In addition to our receipt of distributable amounts from the limited partnerships, we receive a fee equal to 3% of gross sales for use of our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” or “Flanigan’s” service marks, which use is authorized while we act as general partner only. This 3% fee is “earned” when sales are made by the limited partnerships and is paid weekly, in arrears. Whether we will have any additional restaurants under development in the future will be dependent, among other things, on market conditions and our ability to raise capital. We anticipate that we will continue to form limited partnerships to raise funds to own and operate restaurants under our service marks “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” or “Flanigan’s” using the same or substantially similar financial arrangements.

 

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Below is information on the nine limited partnerships which own and operate “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” or “Flanigan’s” restaurants:

 

Surfside, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 46% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Surfside, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since March 6, 1998. 33.3% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Kendall, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 41% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Kendall, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since April 4, 2000. 28.3% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

West Miami, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 27% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in West Miami, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since October 11, 2001. 32.7% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Wellington, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 28% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Wellington, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since May 27, 2005. 22.4% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (1/2) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

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Pinecrest, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and 45% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Pinecrest, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since August 14, 2006. 20.2% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Pembroke Pines, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 24% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Pembroke Pines, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since October 29, 2007. 23.8% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Davie, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 49% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Davie, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since July 28, 2008. 12.3% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Miami, Florida

 

We are the sole general partner and a 5% limited partner in this limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Miami, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since December 27, 2012. 26.8% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all of their initial cash invested and we receive an annual management fee equal to one-half (½) of the cash available for distribution by this limited partnership.

 

Sunrise, Florida

 

During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement (the “Sunrise Lease Agreement”) with a non-affiliated third party to rent approximately 6,900 square feet of commercial space in Sunrise, Florida where, subject to certain conditions, we anticipate opening a new restaurant location under our “Flanigan’s” service mark. During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we assigned the Sunrise Lease Agreement to a newly formed limited partnership in which we currently are (i) the sole general partner; and (ii) our wholly owned subsidiary is the sole limited partner. While there can be no assurances that we will be successful in doing so, we are currently selling limited partnership interests to third parties as well as affiliates of the Company in order to raise net proceeds, in the amount of $5,000,000, which proceeds will be used to renovate this potential restaurant location. We anticipate that the new restaurant location’s ownership and operating structure will be substantially similar to that of our other restaurants owned by limited partnerships. Through October 2, 2021, we have made capital contributions of $2,982,000, including construction in progress of $2,224,000, in this limited partnership.

 

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Miramar, Florida

 

During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement (the “Miramar Lease Agreement”) with a non-affiliated third party to rent approximately 6,000 square feet of commercial space in Miramar, Florida where, subject to certain conditions, we anticipate opening a new restaurant location under our “Flanigan’s” service mark. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we assigned the Miramar Lease Agreement to a newly formed limited partnership in which we currently are (i) the sole general partner; and (ii) our wholly owned subsidiary is the sole limited partner. While there can be no assurances that we will be successful in doing so, we are currently selling limited partnership interests to third parties as well as affiliates of the Company in order to raise net proceeds, in the amount of $4,000,000, which proceeds will be used to renovate this potential restaurant location. We anticipate that the new restaurant location’s ownership and operating structure will be substantially similar to that of our other restaurants owned by limited partnerships. Through October 2, 2021, we have made capital contributions of $313,000, including construction in progress of $260,000, in this limited partnership.

 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

A corporation owned by one of our board members acts as sole general partner of a limited partnership which has owned and operated a restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Florida under our “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service mark since April 1, 1997. We have a 25% limited partnership interest in this limited partnership. 31.9% of the remaining limited partnership interest is owned by persons who are either our officers, directors or their family members. This limited partnership has returned to its investors all cash invested, but since we are not the general partner of this limited partnership, we do not receive an annual management fee. We have a franchise arrangement with this limited partnership and for accounting purposes, we do not consolidate the operations of this limited partnership into our operations.

 

Management Agreement for “The Whale’s Rib” Restaurant

 

Since January 2006, we have managed “The Whale’s Rib”, a casual dining restaurant located in Deerfield Beach, Florida, pursuant to a management agreement. We paid $500,000 in exchange for our rights to manage this restaurant. The restaurant is owned by a third party unaffiliated with us. In exchange for providing management, bookkeeping and related services, we receive one-half (½) of the net profit, if any, from the operation of the restaurant. For our fiscal years ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, we generated $400,000 and $150,000 of revenue, respectively from providing these management services.

 

Operations and Management

 

We emphasize systematic operations and control of all package liquor stores and restaurants regardless of whether we own, franchise or manage the unit. Each unit has its own manager who is responsible for monitoring inventory levels, supervising sales personnel, food preparation and service in restaurants and generally assuring that the unit is managed in accordance with our guidelines and procedures. We have in effect an incentive cash bonus program for our managers and salespersons based upon various performance criteria. Our operations are supervised by supervisors, who visit units to provide on-site management and support. There are three supervisors responsible for package liquor store operations and six supervisors responsible for restaurant operations.

 

All of our managers and salespersons receive extensive training in sales techniques. We arrange for independent third parties, or "shoppers", to inspect each unit in order to evaluate the unit's operations, including the handling of cash transactions.

 

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Purchasing and Inventory

 

The package liquor business requires a constant substantial capital investment in inventory in the units. Our inventory consists primarily of liquor and wine products and as such, does not become excessive or obsolete that would require identifying and recording of the same. Liquor inventory purchased can normally be returned only if defective or broken.

 

All of our purchases of liquor inventory are made through our purchasing department from our corporate headquarters. The major portion of inventory is purchased under individual purchase orders with licensed wholesalers and distributors who deliver the merchandise within one or two days of the placing of an order. Frequently there is only one wholesaler in the immediate marketing area with an exclusive distributorship of certain liquor product lines. Substantially all of our liquor inventory is shipped by the wholesalers or distributors directly to our stores. We significantly increase our inventory prior to Christmas, New Year's Eve and other holidays. Under Florida law, we are required to pay for our liquor purchases within ten days of delivery.

 

Negotiations with food suppliers are conducted by our purchasing department at our corporate headquarters. We believe this ensures that the best quality and prices will be available to each restaurant. Orders for food products are prepared by each restaurant's kitchen manager and reviewed by the restaurant's general manager before orders are placed. Food is delivered by the supplier directly to each restaurant. Orders are placed several times a week to ensure product freshness. Food inventory is primarily paid for monthly. We purchase food and other commodities for use in our operations based on market prices established with our suppliers. Many of the food products purchased by us can be subject to price volatility due to market supply and demand factors outside of our control. We mitigate the risk of supply shortages and obtain competitive prices by utilizing multiple qualified suppliers for substantially all our food products.

 

We negotiate short and long term agreements for certain of our principal food product requirements , depending on market conditions and expected demand. We evaluate the possibility of entering into arrangements to assist us in managing risk and variability associated with the supply and demand of food products.

 

In order to fix the cost and ensure adequate supply of baby back ribs for our restaurants, on November 9, 2020, we entered into a purchase agreement with our current rib supplier, whereby we agreed to purchase approximately $6,420,000 of baby back ribs during calendar year 2021 from this vendor at a fixed cost. During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we agreed to increase the fixed cost of the remaining baby back ribs for our calendar year 2021 by approximately $408,000 to ensure adequate supply for our restaurants during calendar year 2022.

 

In order to ensure adequate supply of baby back ribs for our restaurants for calendar year 2022, on October 4, 2021, we entered into a purchase agreement with our current rib supplier, whereby we agreed to purchase approximately $10,414,000 of baby back ribs during calendar year 2022 from this vendor at market cost. Our purchase agreement provides for the purchase of “2.25 & Down Baby Back Ribs” (industry jargon for the weight range in which slabs of baby back ribs are sold), at a monthly cost of the average market price per pound of the prior 4 weeks.

 

While we anticipate purchasing all of our rib supply from this vendor, we believe there are several other alternative vendors available, if needed.

 

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Information Technology

Our restaurant and package liquor store point of sale and back-office systems provide information regarding daily sales, cash receipts, inventory, food and beverage costs, labor costs and other controllable operating expenses. Our restaurants offer online ordering for to-go sales.

Restaurant and package liquor store hardware and software support is provided by both our internal support services team as well as third-party vendors. Each restaurant and package liquor store has a private high-speed wide area connection to send and receive critical business data as well as to access web-based applications securely as well as a failover capability. All of our core and critical applications are backed up to external data centers. To mitigate business interruptions, we utilize a data backup and replication infrastructure between our onsite and external data centers, so all data is replicated nightly between the sites.

We require cybersecurity awareness training for all staff members with access to our cyber systems. We also maintain cyber risk insurance coverage to further reduce our risk profile. Security of our financial data and other sensitive information remains a high priority for us, led by our information technology department. In an effort to further secure our customers’ credit card information, we employ an encryption and tokenization platform for all credit card transactions in our restaurants, ensuring no credit card data is stored in our internal systems.

Government Regulation

 

Our operations are subject to various federal, state and local laws affecting our business. In particular, our operations are subject to regulation by federal agencies and to licensing and regulation by state and local health, food preparation and safety, sanitation, alcoholic beverage control, safety and fire department agencies in the state or municipality where our units are located.

 

Alcoholic beverage control regulations require each of our restaurants and package liquor stores to obtain a license to sell alcoholic beverages from a state authority and in certain locations, county and municipal authorities.

 

In Florida, where all of our restaurants and package liquor stores are located, most of our liquor licenses are issued on a "quota license" basis. Quota licenses are issued on the basis of a population count established from time to time under the latest applicable census. Because the total number of liquor licenses available under a quota license system is limited and restrictions are placed upon their transfer, the licenses have purchase and resale value based upon supply and demand in the particular areas in which they are issued. The quota licenses held by us allow the sale of liquor for on and off premises consumption. The other liquor licenses held by us or limited partnerships of which we are the general partner, are restaurant liquor licenses, which do not have quota restrictions or purchase or resale value. A restaurant liquor license is issued to every applicant who meets all of the state and local licensing requirements, including, but not limited to zoning and minimum restaurant size, seating and menu. The restaurant liquor licenses held by us allow the sale of liquor for on premises consumption only.

 

All licenses must be renewed annually and may be revoked or suspended for cause at any time. Suspension or revocation may result from violation by the licensee or its employees of any federal, state or local law regulation pertaining to alcoholic beverage control. Alcoholic beverage control regulations relate to numerous aspects of the daily operations of our units, including, minimum age of patrons and employees, hours of operations, advertising, wholesale purchasing, inventory control, handling, storage and dispensing of alcoholic beverages, internal control and accounting.

 

As the sale of alcoholic beverages constitutes a large share of our revenue, the failure to receive or retain, or a delay in obtaining a liquor license in a particular location could adversely affect our operations in that location and could impair our ability to obtain licenses elsewhere.

 

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During our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, no significant pending matters have been initiated concerning any of our licenses which might be expected to result in a revocation of a liquor license or other significant actions against us.

 

We are subject to “dram-shop” statutes due to our restaurant operations. These statutes generally provide a person injured by an intoxicated person the right to recover damages from an establishment that wrongfully served alcoholic beverages to the intoxicated individual. We carry liquor liability coverage as part of our existing comprehensive general liability insurance, which we believe is consistent with coverage carried by other entities in the restaurant industry. Although we are covered by insurance, a judgment against us under a dram-shop statute in excess of our liability coverage could have a material adverse effect on us.

 

Our operations are also subject to federal and state laws governing such matters as wages, working conditions, citizenship requirements and overtime. Significant numbers of hourly personnel at our restaurants are paid at rates related to the federal or Florida minimum wage, whichever is higher, and accordingly, increases in the minimum wage will increase labor costs. We are also subject to the Americans with Disability Act of 1990 (ADA), which, among other things, may require certain renovations to our restaurants to meet federally mandated requirements. The cost of any such renovations is not expected to materially affect us.

 

A significant number of our hourly restaurant staff members receive income from gratuities. Many of our locations participate voluntarily in a Tip Reporting Alternative Commitment (“TRAC”) agreement with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”). By complying with the educational and other requirements of the TRAC agreement, we reduce the likelihood of potential employer-only FICA tax assessments for unreported or underreported tips.

 

We are also subject to laws relating to information security, privacy, cashless payments and consumer credit protection and fraud. 

 

We are not aware of any statute, ordinance, rule or regulation under present consideration which would significantly limit or restrict our business as now conducted. However, in view of the number of jurisdictions in which we conduct business, and the highly regulated nature of the liquor business, there can be no assurance that additional limitations may not be imposed in the future, even though none are presently anticipated.

 

Human Capital

 

We depend on our staff members to successfully execute all aspects of our day-to-day operations. Our ability to attract highly-motivated staff members and retain an engaged, experienced team is key to successful execution of our strategy. We are currently operating in a competitive labor environment. If we are unable to retain qualified restaurant management and operating personnel in an increasingly competitive market, we may be unable to effectively operate and grow our business and revenues, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

Development and Training

We invest resources to ensure our staff receive training in order to maximize their potential. In addition, we strive to provide our staff with career advancement opportunities. Our training programs allow us to fill certain of our management positions with internal candidates.

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Benefits and Wellness

We believe access to healthcare is a compelling benefit for many staff members and we offer healthcare benefits to our hourly staff members who work a minimum of 30 hours per week, on average. We attempt to provide a robust suite of benefits and wellness offerings.

Employee Engagement

Listening to our staff members is an essential part of building an engaged workforce, and we provide avenues for staff to share their ideas and concerns.

As of our fiscal year end 2021, we employed 1,555 persons, of which 665 were full-time and 890 were part-time. Of these, 51 were employed at our corporate offices in administrative capacities and 12 were employed in maintenance. Of the remaining employees, 58 were employed in our package liquor stores and 1,434 in our restaurants. None of our employees are represented by collective bargaining organizations. We consider our labor relations to be favorable.

Giving Back

Another key aspect of our culture is giving back to the communities where our staff live and work, and uniting our staff members around charitable causes personal to them. We periodically donate philanthropic organizations through campaigns designed to engage our staff company-wide service programs, as follows:

· Breast Cancer Awareness – We donate $10,000 to local Breast Cancer Support organizations.
· Donated over $100,000 to HOPE mission over five years through our Flanigan’s Rockin’ Rib Run. Money is used for disaster and hunger relief all over the world, youth outreach, and community building.
· Achievement Awards – We provide schools in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach County with free meal coins and achievement awards throughout the year. We give out approximately 30,000 awards every year.
· Fishing Tournaments/Marine Conservation – We donate to fishing tournaments and beach cleanup projects.
· Supporting the local community – We donate funds to boy scouts, baseball teams, schools, etc.
· Habitat for Humanity – We have sponsored multiple home building projects through Habitat for Humanity.
· Sheridan House – We donated 500 backpacks to underprivileged children. We also collect and donate school supplies annually.
· Hurricane Relief – We donated $10,000 to the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian.
· Reclaimed Wood – All of our locations use reclaimed wood on interior walls.

 

We also believe our sustainability programs and initiatives like restaurant-based composting and recycling and replacing our off-premise packaging with materials that reduce the use of plastics and improve recyclability serve to foster pride in our staff.

COVID -19 Pandemic

Key to our management of human capital during the COVID-19 pandemic were our decisions to 1) obtain adequate personal protective equipment for our staff and require the use of face masks by our restaurant teams in addition to any jurisdictional requirements in an effort to keep our teams and customers safe; 2) institute a special paid time off program with the goal of ensuring that hourly staff and managers could afford to take adequate time off from work to care for their health and the health of their families; 3) implement work from home support, increased sanitization of high touch, high traffic areas in our restaurants, package liquor stores and corporate offices; and 4) for certain periods during the pandemic, with their consent, reduce the salaries of all of our non-executive corporate office personnel by 20%, the base salaries of our Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer by 50%, and the waiver by our Chief Executive Officer of his base salary.

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Executive Officers

 

Name

 

 

Positions and Offices Currently Held

 

 

Age

 

 

Office or Position

Held Since

 

James G. Flanigan   Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President     57       (1)
August Bucci   Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President     77       2002
Jeffrey D. Kastner   Chief Financial Officer, General Counsel and Secretary     68       (2)
Christopher O’Neil   Vice President of Package Operations     56       2016

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(1) Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer since 2005; President since 2002.

(2) Chief Financial Officer since 2004; Secretary since 1995; and General Counsel since 1982.

 

Flanigan’s 401(k) Plan

 

Effective July 1, 2004, we began sponsoring a 401(k) retirement plan covering substantially all employees who meet certain eligibility requirements. Employees may contribute elective deferrals to the plan up to amounts allowed under the Internal Revenue Code. We are not required to contribute to the plan but may make discretionary profit sharing and/or matching contributions. During our fiscal years ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, the Board of Directors approved discretionary matching contributions totaling $59,000 and $81,000, respectively.

 

Coronavirus Pandemic

 

In March 2020, a novel strain of coronavirus was declared a global pandemic and a National Public Health Emergency. The novel coronavirus pandemic and related suggested and mandated social distancing and “shelter-in-place” orders and other governmental mandates relating thereto (collectively, “COVID-19”) caused significant disruptions to our business, adversely affected and will, in all likelihood continue to adversely affect, our restaurant operations and financial results for the foreseeable future. Throughout our fiscal year 2021, in accordance with guidance from health officials, we offered both indoor and outdoor food and bar options at all of our restaurants, with, among other precautions appropriate social distancing and mask requirements for all customers and employees.

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2020, we, certain of the entities owning the limited partnership stores (the “LP’s”), franchised stores (the “Franchisees”) as well as the store we manage but do not own (the “Managed Store”), (collectively, the “Borrowers”), applied for and received loans from an unrelated third party lender pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program (the “PPP”) under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) enacted March 27, 2020, in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $13.1 million, (the “PPP Loans”), of which approximately: (i) $5.9 million was loaned to us; (ii) $4.1 million was loaned to eight of the LP’s; (iii) $2.6 million was loaned to five of the Franchisees; and (iv) $0.5 million was loaned to the Managed Store. The PPP Loans to the Franchisees and the Managed Store are not included in our consolidated financial statements. During our fiscal year 2021, we applied for and received forgiveness the entire amount of principal and accrued interest on all PPP Loans, including Franchisees and the Managed Store.

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During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, certain of the LPs, as well as the Managed Store, applied for and received 2nd PPP loans, in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $3.98 million (the “2nd PPP Loans”), of which approximately: (i) $3.46 million was loaned to six of the LP’s; and (iv) $0.52 million was loaned to the Managed Store.

 

The 2nd PPP Loans, which are in the form of notes issued by each of the Borrowers, mature five (5) years from the date of funding (March 23, 2021) and bear interest at a rate of 1.00% per annum, payable monthly commencing after the U.S. Small Business Administration makes a determination of the forgiveness of the 2nd PPP Loans. The notes may be prepaid by the applicable Borrower at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. Proceeds from the PPP Loans have been available to the respective Borrower to fund designated expenses, including certain payroll costs, group health care benefits and other permitted expenses, including rent and interest on mortgages and other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020. Under the terms of the PPP, up to the entire amount of principal and accrued interest may be forgiven to the extent the proceeds of the 2nd PPP Loans are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act and applicable implementing guidance issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the PPP. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we applied for and received forgiveness of the entire amount of principal and accrued interest on all 2nd PPP Loans.

We do not believe COVID-19 has had a material adverse effect on our access to supplies or labor, although there can be no assurance that there will not be a significant adverse impact on our supply chain or access to labor in the future. We are actively monitoring our food suppliers to assess how they are managing their operations to mitigate supply flow and food safety risks. To ensure we mitigate potential supply availability risk, we are building additional inventory back stock levels when appropriate and we have also identified alternative supply sources in key product categories including but not limited to food, sanitation and safety supplies.

 

As of October 2, 2021, we are in compliance with the financial covenants contained in our loans with our unrelated third party institutional lender (the “Institutional Lender”) under which we owe in the aggregate, approximately $17,096,000 (the “Institutional Loans”).

 

There can be no assurances that we will be in compliance with our financial covenants thereafter due to, among other things, that our results of operations will likely continue to be materially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Absent a waiver, failure to be in compliance with our financial covenants would constitute a default under the Institutional Loans with our Institutional Lender when reported. Such a default, if not cured or waived, would allow the Institutional Lender to accelerate the maturity of the indebtedness we owe under the Institutional Loans, making it due and payable at the time. If maturity of the Institutional Loans were accelerated, it would have a material adverse impact on our consolidated financial statements and results of operations.

 

General Liability Insurance

 

We have general liability insurance which incorporates a deductible of $10,000 per occurrence for both us and the limited partnerships. Our insurance carrier is responsible for $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence above our deductible, up to a maxi mum aggregate of $2,000,000 per year. During our fiscal year 2021, we were able to purchase excess liability insurance at a reasonable premium, whereby our excess insurance carrier is responsible for $10,000,000 coverage above our primary general liability insurance coverage. We are uninsured against liability claims in excess of $11,000,000 per occurrence and in the aggregate. We are in discussions to secure general liability and excess liability insurance for the period commencing after the expiration of the current policies on December 30, 2021.

 

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Our general policy is to settle only those legitimate and reasonable claims asserted and to aggressively defend and go to trial, if necessary, on frivolous and unreasonable claims. Under our current liability insurance policy, certain expenses incurred in defending a claim, including attorney's fees, are a part of our $10,000 deductible.

 

In accordance with accounting guidance, we accrue for any liability by recognizing costs when it is probable that a covered liability has been incurred and the cost can be reasonably estimated. Accordingly, our annual insurance costs may be subject to adjustment from previous estimates as facts and circumstances change. Our accruals are included in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets in the caption "Accounts payable and accrued expenses". A significant unfavorable judgment or settlement against us in excess of our liability insurance coverage could have a materially adverse effect on the Company.

 

Property Insurance; Windstorm Insurance; Deductibles

 

For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our property insurance is a one (1) year policy with an unaffiliated third party insurance carrier, including coverage for properties leased by us and our consolidated limited partnerships, and provides for full insurance coverage for property losses, including those caused by windstorm, such as a hurricane. We are in discussions to secure property insurance for the period commencing after the expiration of the current policy on December 30, 2021. For property losses caused by windstorm, the property insurance has a fixed deductible of $100,000, plus 5% of all insured losses, per occurrence. For all other property losses, the property insurance has deductibles of $10,000 per location, per occurrence. We are in discussions to secure property insurance for the period commencing after the expiration of the current policy on December 30, 2021.

 

Competition and the Company's Market

 

The liquor and hospitality industries are highly competitive and are often affected by changes in taste and entertainment trends among the public, by local, national and economic conditions affecting spending habits, and by population and traffic patterns. We believe that the principal means of competition among package liquor stores is price and that, in general, the principal means of competition among restaurants include the location, type and quality of facilities and the type, quality and price of beverage and food served.

 

Our package liquor stores compete directly or indirectly with local retailers and discount "superstores". Due to the competitive nature of the liquor industry in South Florida, we have had to adjust our pricing to stay competitive, including meeting all competitors’ advertisements. Such practices will continue in the package liquor business. We believe that we have a competitive position in our market because of widespread consumer recognition of the "Big Daddy's Liquors" and “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors” names.

 

Our restaurants compete directly or indirectly with many well-established competitors, both nationally and locally owned. We believe that we have a competitive position in our market because of widespread consumer recognition of the "Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill" and “Flanigan’s” names.

 

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We have many well-established competitors, both nationally and locally owned, with substantially greater financial resources than we do. Their resources and market presence may provide advantages in marketing, purchasing and negotiating leases. We compete with other restaurant and retail establishments for sites and finding management personnel.

 

Our business is subject to seasonal effects, including that liquor purchases tend to increase during the holiday seasons.

 

Trade Names

 

We operate our package liquor stores and restaurants under the service marks; "Big Daddy's Liquors", “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors”, "Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill", and “Flanigan’s”. Our right to the use of the "Big Daddy's" service mark is set forth under a consent decree of a federal court entered into by us in settlement of federal trademark litigation. The consent decree and the settlement agreement allow us to continue to use and to expand our use of the "Big Daddy's” service mark in connection with our package liquor sales in Florida, while restricting future liquor sales in Florida under the "Big Daddy's" name by the other party who has a federally registered service mark for "Big Daddy's" use in the restaurant business. The federal court retained jurisdiction to enforce the consent decree. We have acquired registered Federal trademarks on the principal register for our “Big Daddy’s Liquors”, "Flanigan's" and “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” service marks.

 

The standard symbolic trademark associated with our facilities and operations is the bearded face and head of "Big Daddy" which is predominantly displayed at all "Flanigan's" facilities and all "Big Daddy's" facilities throughout the country. The face comprising this trademark is that of the Company’s founder, Joseph "Big Daddy" Flanigan, and is a federally registered trademark owned by us.

 

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

 

An investment in our common stock involves a high degree of risk. These risks should be considered carefully with the uncertainties described below, and all other information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, before deciding whether to purchase our common stock. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to management or that management currently deems immaterial and therefore not referenced herein, may also become material and may harm our business, financial condition or results of operations. The occurrence of any of the following risks could harm our business, financial condition and results of operations. The trading price of our common stock could decline due to any of these risks and uncertainties and you may lose part or all of your investment.

 

Certain statements in this report contain forward-looking information. In general, forward-looking statements include estimates of future revenues, cash flow, capital expenditures, or other financial items and assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Forward-looking statements reflect management’s current expectations regarding future events and use words such as “anticipate”, “believe”, “expect”, “may”, “will” and other similar terminology. These statements speak only as of the date they were made and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. Several factors, many beyond our control, could cause actual results to differ materially from management’s expectations. New risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and we cannot predict when they may arise or how they may affect us. We assume no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this report as a result of new information, future events or other developments, except as required by applicable laws and regulations.

 

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Risks Related to COVID-19 Pandemic

 

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Has Had A Significant Impact On Our Operations Since March 2020 And Could Materially And Adversely Affect Our Future Business And Financial Results.

 

In March 2020, a novel strain of coronavirus was declared a global pandemic and a National Public Health Emergency. The novel coronavirus pandemic and related suggested and mandated social distancing and “shelter-in-place” orders and other governmental mandates relating thereto (collectively, “COVID-19”) caused significant disruptions to our business, adversely affected and will, in all likelihood continue to adversely affect, our restaurant operations and financial results for the foreseeable future, particularly if further government directives are put in place for a significant amount of time. Throughout our fiscal year 2021, in accordance with guidance from health officials, we offered both indoor and outdoor food and bar options at all of our restaurants, with, among other precautions, appropriate social distancing and mask requirements for all customers and employees.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the economy in general, globally, nationally and locally, could also adversely affect our guests’ financial condition, resulting in reduced spending at our restaurants and package liquor stores. The COVID-19 pandemic and these responses have affected and will continue to adversely affect our guest traffic, sales and operating costs and we cannot predict how long the pandemic will last or what other government responses may occur.

In the second quarter of fiscal 2020, our Board of Directors voted to cancel a previously declared cash dividend due to uncertainty surrounding the duration of closures of our dining rooms and other restrictions mandated by state and local governments in response to COVID-19. During our fiscal year 2021, our Board of Directors did not declare a cash dividend due to uncertainty surrounding the duration of restrictions mandated by state and local governments in response to COVID-19.

We have not experienced any significant issues related to suppliers; however, our suppliers could be adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. If our suppliers’ employees are unable to work, whether because of illness, quarantine, limitations on travel or other government restrictions in connection with COVID-19, or if the supply chain is disrupted for any other reason such as travel limitations and other restrictions on commerce, we could face shortages of food items or other supplies at our restaurants and our operations and sales could be adversely impacted by such supply interruptions.

The impact of COVID-19, and the volatile regional and global economic conditions stemming from the pandemic, may also precipitate or exacerbate other risks discussed in this Item 1A - Risk Factors and elsewhere in this report, any of which could have a material effect on us. This situation is changing rapidly and additional effects may arise that we are not presently aware of or that we currently do not consider to present significant risks to our operations. If we are not able to respond to and manage the impact of such events effectively, our business and financial condition will be negatively impacted.

Risks Related to Our Business

 

If we are unable to staff and retain qualified restaurant and package liquor store management and operating personnel in an increasingly competitive market, we may be unable to effectively operate and grow our business and revenues, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

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Similar to the broader economy, we are experiencing labor shortfalls relative to our sales levels in certain parts of our workforce. If we are unable to attract and retain qualified people, our restaurants could be short staffed, we may be forced to incur overtime expenses, and our ability to operate and expand our concepts effectively and to meet our customers’ demand could be limited, any of which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

 

We have experienced and continue to experience significant labor cost inflation. If we are unable to offset higher labor costs, our cost of doing business will significantly increase, which could materially adversely impact our financial performance.

Increases in minimum wages and minimum tip credit wages, extensions of personal and other leave policies, other governmental regulations affecting labor costs and a diminishing pool of potential staff members when the unemployment rate falls and legal immigration is restricted, especially in certain localities, could significantly increase our labor costs and make it more difficult to fully staff our restaurants, any of which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

We believe the United States federal government may significantly increase the federal minimum wage and tip credit wage (or eliminate the tip credit wage) and require significantly more mandated benefits than what is currently required under federal law. In addition to increasing the overall wages paid to our minimum wage and tip credit wage earners, these increases create pressure to increase wages and other benefits paid to other staff members who, in recognition of their tenure, performance, job responsibilities and other similar considerations, historically received a rate of pay exceeding the applicable minimum wage or minimum tip credit wage. Because we employ a large workforce, any wage increase and/or expansion of benefits mandates will have a particularly significant impact on our labor costs. Our vendors, contractors and business partners are similarly impacted by wage and benefit cost inflation, and many have or will increase their price for goods, construction and services in order to offset their increasing labor costs.

Our labor expenses include significant costs related to our health benefit plans. Health care costs continue to rise and are especially difficult to project. Material increases in costs associated with medical claims, or an increase in the severity or frequency of such claims, may cause health care costs to vary substantially from year-over-year. Given the unpredictable nature of actual health care claims trends, including the severity or frequency of claims, in any given year our health care costs could significantly exceed our estimates, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

Any significant changes to the healthcare insurance system could impact our healthcare costs. Material increases in healthcare costs could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

While we try to offset labor cost increases through price increases, more efficient purchasing practices, productivity improvements and greater economies of scale, there can be no assurance that these efforts will be successful. If we are unable to effectively anticipate and respond to increased labor costs, our financial performance could be materially adversely affected.

Our Sales and Profit Growth Could Be Adversely Affected If Comparable Restaurant Sales Increases Are Less Than We Expect, and We May Not Successfully Increase Comparable Restaurant Sales or They May Decrease.

 

While future sales growth will depend substantially on our opening new restaurants, changes in comparable restaurant sales (which represent the change in period-over-period sales for restaurants) will also affect our sales growth and will continue to be a critical factor affecting profit growth. This is because the profit margin on comparable restaurant sales is generally higher, as comparable restaurant sales increases enable fixed costs to be spread over a higher sales base. Conversely, declines in comparable restaurant sales can have a significant adverse effect on profitability due to the loss of the positive impact on profit margins associated with comparable restaurant sales increases. There is no assurance that comparable restaurant sales will increase in fiscal year 2022 due to, among other things, ongoing consumer and economic uncertainty.

 

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Our ability to increase comparable restaurant sales depends on many factors, including:

 

· perceptions of the Flanigan’s brand;
· competition, especially from an increasing number of competitors in the fast casual segment of the restaurant industry and from other restaurants whose strategies overlap ours, as well as from grocery stores, meal kit delivery services and other dining options;
· executing our strategies effectively, including our marketing and branding strategies;
· changes in consumer preferences and discretionary spending;
· our ability to increase menu prices without adversely affecting our existing business;
· weather, natural disasters and other factors limiting access to our restaurants; and
· changes in government regulation that may impact customer perceptions of our food.

 

As a result it is possible that we will not achieve our targeted comparable restaurant sales or that the change in comparable restaurant sales could be negative. A number of these factors are beyond our control and therefore we cannot assure that we will be able to sustain comparable restaurant sales increases.

 

High Unemployment, Instability in the Housing Market, High Energy and Food Costs and General Economic Uncertainty Could Result in a Decline in Consumer Discretionary Spending That Would Materially Affect our Financial Performance.

 

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on domestic economies and will likely continue to negatively impact these economies for some time. Dining out is a discretionary expense. In addition to COVID-19, factors that affect consumer behavior and spending for restaurant dining, such as changes in general economic conditions (including national, regional and local economic conditions), discretionary spending patterns, employment levels, instability in the housing market, and high energy and food costs may have a material adverse effect on us. If economic conditions worsen, our financial performance could be adversely affected.

 

Intense Competition In The Restaurant And Package Liquor Store Industry Could Prevent Us From Increasing Or Sustaining Our Revenues And Profitability.

 

The restaurant and package liquor store industry is intensely competitive with respect to food quality, price-value relationships, ambiance, service and location and many restaurants and package liquor stores compete with us at each of our locations. There are a number of well-established competitors with substantially greater financial, marketing, personnel and other resources than ours, and many of our competitors are well established in the markets where we have restaurants and/or stores or where we intend to locate restaurants. Additionally, other companies may develop restaurants and/or stores that operate with similar concepts.

 

Any inability to compete successfully with the other restaurants and/or stores in our markets will prevent us from increasing or sustaining our revenues and profitability and will result in a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows. We may also need to modify or refine elements of our business to evolve our concepts in order to compete with popular new restaurant formats or store concepts that may develop in the future. There can be no assurance that we will be successful in implementing these modifications or that these modifications will not reduce our profitability.

 

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New Information Or Attitudes Regarding Diet And Health Could Result In Changes In Regulations And Consumer Eating Habits That Could Adversely Affect Our Revenues.

 

Regulations and consumer eating habits may change because of new information or attitudes regarding diet and health. These changes may include regulations that impact the ingredients and nutritional content of our menu items at our restaurants. For example, a number of states, counties and cities are enacting menu-labeling laws requiring multi-unit restaurant operators to make certain nutritional information available to guests or restrict the sales of certain types of ingredients in restaurants. The success of our restaurant operations is dependent, in part, upon our ability to respond effectively to changes in consumer health and disclosure regulations and to adapt our menu offerings to trends in eating habits. If consumer health regulations or consumer eating habits change significantly, we may be required to modify or delete certain menu items. To the extent we are unable to respond with appropriate changes to our menu offerings, it could materially affect customer demand and have an adverse impact on our revenues.

Adverse Public Or Medical Opinions About Health Effects Of Consuming Our Products As Well As Negative Publicity About Us, Our Restaurants And/or Package Liquor Stores And About Others Across The Food And Liquor Industry Supply Chain, Whether Or Not Accurate, Could Negatively Affect Us.

 

Restaurant operators have received more scrutiny from regulators and health organizations in recent years relating to the health effects of consuming certain products. An unfavorable report on the products we use in our menu, the size of our portions or the consumption of those items could influence the demand for our offerings. In addition, adverse publicity or news reports, whether or not accurate, of food quality issues, illness, injury, health concerns, or operating issues stemming from a single restaurant, a limited number of restaurants, restaurants operated by others or generally in the food supply chain could be damaging to the restaurant industry overall and specifically harm our reputation. A decrease in guest traffic because of these types of health concerns or negative publicity could materially harm our results of operations.

 

Our Inability To Successfully And Sufficiently Raise Menu Prices Could Result In A Decline In Profitability.

 

We utilize menu price increases to help offset cost increases, including increased cost for commodities, minimum wages, employee benefits, insurance arrangements, construction, utilities and other key operating costs. If our selection and amount of menu price increases are not accepted by consumers and reduce guest traffic, or are insufficient to counter increased costs, our financial results could be negatively affected. However, we have not experienced any adverse effects from past menu price increases.

 

Increases in Food Costs, Raw Materials and Other Supplies and Services May Have a Material Adverse Impact on our Financial Performance.

 

Our operating margins depend on, among other things, our ability to anticipate and react to changes in the costs of key operating resources, including food and beverage costs, utilities and other supplies and services. We attempt to negotiate short-term and long-term agreements for our principal commodity, supply and equipment requirements, depending on market conditions and expected demand. However, we are currently unable to contract for extended periods of time for certain of our commodities. Consequently, these commodities can be subject to unforeseen supply and cost fluctuations due to factors such as changes in demand patterns, increases in the cost of key inputs, fuel costs, weather and other market conditions outside of our control. Dairy costs can also fluctuate due to government regulation. Our suppliers also may be affected by higher costs to produce and transport commodities used in our restaurants, higher minimum wage and benefit costs, and other expenses that they pass through to their customers, which could result in higher costs for goods and services supplied to us.

 

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Our Business Could Be Materially Adversely Affected If We Are Unable To Expand In A Timely And Profitable Manner.

 

To grow successfully, we must open new restaurants and/or package liquor stores on a timely and profitable basis. We have experienced delays in restaurant and/or package liquor store openings from time to time and may experience delays in the future. During our fiscal year 2021, we continued developing our new restaurants in Sunrise, Florida (Store #85) and Miramar, Florida (Store #25). During our fiscal year 2021, we also continued developing our new package liquor store in Miramar, Florida (Store #24).

 

Our ability to open and profitably operate restaurants and/or package liquor stores is subject to various risks such as identification and availability of suitable and economically viable locations, the negotiation of acceptable leases or the purchase terms of existing locations, the availability of limited partner investors or other means to raise capital, the need to obtain all required governmental permits (including zoning approvals) on a timely basis, the need to comply with other regulatory requirements, the availability of necessary contractors and subcontractors, the availability of construction materials and labor, the ability to meet construction schedules and budgets, variations in labor and building material costs, changes in weather or other acts of God that could result in construction delays and adversely affect the results of one or more restaurants and/or package liquor stores for an indeterminate amount of time. If we are unable to manage these risks successfully, we will face increased costs and lower than anticipated revenues which will materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, operating results and cash flow.

 

Changes In Customer Preferences For Casual Dining Styles Could Adversely Affect Financial Performance.

 

Changing customer preferences, tastes and dietary habits can adversely impact our business and financial performance. We offer a large variety of entrees, side dishes and desserts and our continued success depends, in part, on the popularity of our cuisine and casual style of dining. A change from this dining style may have an adverse effect on our business.

 

Our Success Depends Substantially on the Value of our Brands and our Reputation for Offering Guests a Satisfactory Experience.

 

We believe we have built a reasonably strong reputation for the predictability of our menu items, as part of the experience that guests enjoy in our restaurants. We believe we must protect and grow the value of our brands to continue to be successful in the future. Any incident that erodes consumer trust in or affinity for our brands could be harmful to us. If consumers perceive or experience a reduction in food quality, service or ambiance, or in any way believe we failed to deliver a consistently positive experience, our brand value could suffer.

 

Our Marketing And Advertising Strategies May Not Be Successful, Which Could Adversely Impact Our Business.

 

From time to time, we introduce new advertising campaigns and media strategies. If our advertising campaign and new media strategies do not resonate with customers in the manner we hope, they may not result in increased sales, but would still increase our expenses. We will continue to invest in marketing and advertising strategies that we believe will attract customers or increase their connection with our brand. If these marketing and advertising investments do not drive increased restaurant and/or package store sales, the expense associated with these programs will adversely impact our financial results, and we may not generate the levels of comparable sales we expect.

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Labor Shortages, An Increase In Labor Costs, Or Inability To Attract Employees Could Harm Our Business.

 

Our employees are essential to our operations and our ability to deliver an enjoyable dining experience to our customers. If we are unable to attract and retain enough qualified restaurant and/or package liquor store personnel at a reasonable cost, and if they do not deliver an enjoyable dining experience, our results may be negatively affected. Additionally, competition for qualified employees could require us to pay higher wages, which could result in higher labor costs.

 

Increases In Employee Minimum Wages By The Federal Or State Government Could Adversely Affect Business.

 

Certain of our Company employees are paid wages that relate to federal and state minimum wage rates. Increases in the minimum wage rates, such as fixed annual increases in the State of Florida minimum wage, may significantly increase our labor costs. In addition, since our business is labor-intensive, shortages in the labor pool or other inflationary pressure could increase labor costs, which could harm our financial performance.

 

Due To Our Geographic Locations, Restaurants Are Subject To Climate Conditions That Could Affect Operations.

 

All but one (1) of our restaurants and package liquor stores are located in South Florida, with the remaining restaurant located in Central Florida. During hurricane season, (June 1 through November 30 each year), our restaurants and/or package liquor stores may face harsh weather associated with hurricanes and tropical storms. These harsh weather conditions may make it more difficult for customers to visit our restaurants and package liquor stores or may necessitate the closure of the stores and restaurants for a period of time. If customers are unable to visit our restaurants and/or package liquor stores, our sales and operating results may be negatively affected.

 

If We Were to Experience Widespread Difficulty Renewing Existing Leases on Favorable Terms, Our Revenue or Occupancy Costs Could be Adversely Affected.

 

Most of the properties on which we operate restaurants are leased from third parties, and some of our leases are due for renewal or extension options in the next several years. Some leases expire without any renewal options. While we currently expect to pursue the renewal of substantially all of our expiring restaurant leases, any difficulty renewing a significant number of such leases, or any substantial increase in rents associated with lease renewals, could adversely impact us. If we have to close any restaurants due to difficulties in renewing leases, we would lose revenue from the affected restaurants and may not be able to open suitable replacement restaurants. Substantial increases in rents associated with lease renewals would increase our occupancy costs, reducing our restaurant margins.

 

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Due To Our Geographic Locations, We May Not Be Able To Acquire Windstorm Insurance Coverage Or Adequate Windstorm Insurance Coverage At A Reasonable Rate.

 

Due to the anticipated active hurricane seasons in South Florida in the future, we may not be able to acquire windstorm insurance coverage for our restaurant and package liquor store locations on a year-to-year basis or may not be able to get adequate windstorm insurance coverage at reasonable rates. If we are unable to obtain windstorm insurance coverage or adequate windstorm insurance coverage at reasonable rates, then we will be self-insured for all or a part of the exposure for damages caused by a hurricane impacting South Florida, which may have a material adverse effect upon our financial condition and/or results of operations.

 

Inability To Attract And Retain Customers Could Affect Results Of Operations.

 

We take pride in our ability to attract and retain customers, however, if we do not deliver an enjoyable dining experience for our customers, they may not return and results may be negatively affected.

 

A Failure To Comply With Governmental Regulations Could Harm Our Business And Our Reputation.

 

We are subject to regulation by federal agencies and regulation by state and local health, sanitation, building, zoning, safety, fire and other departments relating to the development and operation of restaurants. These regulations include matters relating to the following:

 

· the preparation and sale of food and alcoholic beverages;
· employment;
· building construction and access;
· zoning requirements; and
· the environment.

        Our facilities are licensed and subject to regulation under state and local fire, health and safety codes. The construction and remodeling of restaurants will be subject to compliance with applicable zoning, land use and environmental regulations. We may not be able to obtain necessary licenses or other approvals on a cost-effective and timely basis in order to construct and develop restaurants in the future.

 

Various federal and state labor laws govern our operations and our relationship with our employees, minimum wage, overtime, working conditions, fringe benefit and work authorization requirements. In particular, we are subject to federal immigration regulations. Given the location of many of our restaurants, even if we operate those restaurants in strict compliance with federal immigration requirements, our employees may not all meet federal work authorization or residency requirements, which could lead to disruptions in our work force.

 

Our business can be adversely affected by negative publicity resulting from, among other things, complaints or litigation alleging poor food quality, food-borne illness or other health concerns or operating issues stemming from one or a limited number of restaurants. Unfavorable publicity could negatively impact public perception of our brands.

 

We are required to comply with the alcohol licensing requirements of the federal government, states and municipalities where our restaurants are located. Alcoholic beverage control regulations require applications to state authorities and, in certain locations, county and municipal authorities for a license and permit to sell alcoholic beverages. Typically, licenses must be renewed annually and may be revoked or suspended for cause at any time. Alcoholic beverage control regulations relate to numerous aspects of the daily operations of the restaurants, including minimum age of guests and employees, hours of operation, advertising, wholesale purchasing, inventory control and handling and storage and dispensing of alcoholic beverages. If we fail to comply with federal, state or local regulations, our licenses may be revoked and we may be forced to terminate the sale of alcoholic beverages at one or more of our restaurants.

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The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in public accommodations and employment. We are required to comply with the ADA and regulations relating to accommodating the needs of disabled persons in connection with the construction of new facilities and with significant renovations of existing facilities.

Failure to comply with these and other regulations could negatively impact our reputation and could have an adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

We May Face Liability Under Dram Shop Statutes.

Our sale of alcoholic beverages subjects us to “dram shop” statutes, which allow an injured person to recover damages from an establishment that served alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person. If we receive a judgment substantially in excess of our insurance coverage, or if we fail to maintain our insurance coverage, our business, financial condition, operating results or cash flows could be materially and adversely affected. There are currently no “dram shop” claims pending against us. See “Item 1. Business—Government Regulation” for a discussion of the regulations with which we must comply.

Concerns relating to pandemics and other diseases, food safety and food-borne illness could reduce customer traffic to our restaurants, disrupt our food supply chain or cause us to be the target of litigation, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant adverse impact on our customer traffic and ability to operate our restaurants and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Future pandemics and other diseases may have a similar or more severe impact.

In years past, several nationally known restaurants experienced outbreaks of food poisoning believed to be caused by E.coli contained in fresh spinach, which is not included in any of the items on our menu, Asian and European countries experienced outbreaks of avian flu and incidents of “mad cow” disease have occurred in Canadian and U.S. cattle herds. These problems, other food-borne illnesses (such as, hepatitis A, trichinosis or salmonella) and injuries caused by food tampering have in the past, and could in the future, adversely affect the price and availability of affected ingredients and cause changes in consumer preference. As a result, our sales could decline.

Instances of food-borne illnesses, real or perceived, whether at our restaurants or those of our competitors, could also result in negative publicity about us or the restaurant industry, which could adversely affect sales. If we react to negative publicity by changing our menu or other key aspects of the dining experience we offer, we may lose customers who do not accept those changes, and may not be able to attract enough new customers to produce the revenue needed to make our restaurants profitable. If our guests become ill from food-borne illnesses, we could be forced to temporarily close some restaurants. A decrease in guest traffic as a result of health concerns or negative publicity, or as a result of a change in our menu or dining experience or a temporary closure of any of our restaurants, could materially harm our business.

 

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If We Are Unable To Protect Our Customers’ Credit Card Data, We Could Be Exposed To Data Loss, Litigation, And Liability, And Our Reputation Could Be Significantly Harmed.

 

In connection with credit card sales, we transmit confidential credit card information by way of secure private retail networks. Although we use private networks, third parties may have the technology or know-how to breach the security of the customer information transmitted in connection with credit card sales, and our security measures and those of our technology vendors may not effectively prohibit others from obtaining improper access to this information. If a person is able to circumvent these security measures, he or she could destroy or steal valuable information or disrupt our operations. Any security breach could expose us to risks of data loss, litigation, and liability, and could seriously disrupt our operations and any resulting negative publicity could significantly harm our reputation.

 

If We Experience a Significant Failure in or Interruption of Certain Key Information Technology Systems, our Business could be Adversely Impacted.

 

We use a variety of applications and systems to manage the flow of information securely within each of our restaurants and within our centralized corporate infrastructure. The services available within our systems and applications include restaurant and store operations, supply chain, inventory, scheduling, training, human capital management, financial tools and data protection services. The restaurant and store structure is based primarily on a point-of-sale system that operates locally and is integrated with other functions necessary to operations. It records sales transactions, receives out of store orders and authorizes, batches and transmits credit card transactions. The system also allows employees to enter time clock information and to produce a variety of management reports. Select information that is captured from this system at each restaurant or store is collected in the central corporate infrastructure, which enables management to continually monitor operating results. Our ability to manage efficiently and effectively our business depends significantly on the reliability and capacity of these and other systems and our operations depend substantially on the availability of our point-of-sale system and related networks and applications. These systems may be vulnerable to attacks or outages from security breaches, viruses and other disruptive problems, as well as from physical theft, fire, power loss, telecommunications failure or other catastrophic events. Any failure of these systems to operate effectively, whether from security breaches, maintenance problems, upgrades or transitions to new platforms, or other factors could result in interruptions to or delays in our restaurant or other operations, adversely impacting the restaurant or store experience for our customers or negatively impacting our ability to manage our business. If our information technology systems fail and our redundant systems or disaster recovery plans are not adequate to address such failures, or if our business interruption insurance does not sufficiently compensate us for any losses that we may incur, our revenues and profits could be reduced and the reputation of our brand and our business could be materially adversely affected. In addition, remediation of any problems with our systems could result in significant, unplanned expenses.

 

The Effect of Recent Changes to U.S. Healthcare Laws May Increase Our Healthcare Costs and Negatively Impact Our Financial Results.

 

We offer eligible full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in healthcare coverage subsidized by the Company. For various reasons, many of our eligible employees currently choose not to participate in our healthcare plans. However, under the comprehensive U.S. health care reform law enacted in 2010, the Affordable Care Act, certain provisions, including, the employer mandate, may increase our labor costs significantly. In general, implementing the requirements of the Affordable Care Act is likely to impose additional administrative costs on us. The costs and other effects of these new healthcare requirements cannot be determined with certainty, but they may have a material adverse effect on our financial and operating results.

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Governmental Regulation in One or More of the Following Areas May Adversely Affect Our Existing and Future Operations and Results, Including by Harming Our Ability to Open New Restaurants or Increasing Our Operating Costs.

Employment and Immigration Regulations

We are subject to various federal and state laws governing our relationship with and other matters pertaining to our employees, including wage and hour laws, requirements to provide meal and rest periods or other benefits, healthcare, family leave mandates, requirements regarding working conditions and accommodations to certain employees, citizenship or work authorization and related requirements, insurance and workers’ compensation rules and anti-discrimination laws. Complying with these rules subjects us to substantial expense and can be cumbersome and can also expose us to liabilities from claims for non-compliance. For example, historically, lawsuits have been filed against us alleging violations of federal and state laws regarding employee wages and payment of overtime. We could suffer losses from and we incur legal costs to defend, these and similar cases and the amount of such losses or costs could be significant. In addition, several states and localities in which we operate and the federal government have from time to time enacted minimum wage increases, paid sick leave and mandatory vacation accruals and similar requirements and these changes could increase our labor costs. Changes in U.S. healthcare laws could also adversely impact us if they result in significant new welfare and benefit costs or increased compliance expenses.

We also are subject to being audited from time to time for compliance with citizenship or work authorization requirements. From time to time, the State of Florida considers adopting new state immigration laws and the U.S. Congress and Department of Homeland Security from time to time consider or implement changes to Federal immigration laws, regulations or enforcement programs as well. Changes in immigration or work authorization laws may increase our obligations for compliance and oversight, which could subject us to additional costs and make our hiring process more cumbersome or reduce the availability of potential employees. Although we require all workers to provide us with government-specified documentation evidencing their employment eligibility, some of our employees may, without our knowledge, be unauthorized workers. We currently participate in the “E-Verify” program, an Internet-based, free program run by the U.S. government to verify employment eligibility for all employees throughout our company. However, use of E-Verify does not guarantee that we will properly identify all applicants who are ineligible for employment. Unauthorized workers may subject us to fines or penalties and we could experience adverse publicity that negatively affects our brand and may make it more difficult to hire and keep qualified employees. Termination of a significant number of employees would disrupt our operations including slowing our throughput and could also cause additional adverse publicity and temporary increases in our labor costs as we train new employees. We could also become subject to fines, penalties and other costs related to claims that we did not fully comply with all recordkeeping obligations of federal and state immigration compliance laws. Our reputation and financial performance may be materially harmed as a result of any of these factors.

On the other hand, in the event we wrongfully reject work authorization documents or if our compliance procedures are found to have a disparate impact on a protected class, such as a racial minority or based on the citizenship status of applicants, we could be found to be in violation of anti-discrimination laws. We could experience adverse publicity arising from enforcement activity related to work authorization compliance, anti-discrimination compliance, or both, that negatively impacts our brand and may make it more difficult to hire and keep qualified employees. Moreover, our business could be adversely affected by increased labor costs or difficulties in finding the right employees for our restaurants.

Additionally, while we do not currently have any unionized employees, union organizers have engaged in efforts to organize employees of other restaurant companies. If a significant portion of our employees were to become union organized, our labor costs could increase and our efforts to maintain a culture appealing only to top performing employees could be impaired. Potential changes in labor laws, including the possible passage of legislation designed to make it easier for employees to unionize, could increase the likelihood of some or all of our employees being subjected to greater organized labor influence and could have an adverse effect on our business and financial results by imposing requirements that could potentially increase our costs, reduce our flexibility and impact our employee culture.

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Americans with Disabilities Act and Similar State Laws

We are subject to the U.S. Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, and similar state laws that give civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities in the context of employment, public accommodations and other areas. We have incurred legal fees in connection with ADA-related complaints in the past and we may in the future have to modify restaurants, for example by adding access ramps or redesigning certain architectural features, to provide service to or make reasonable accommodations for disabled persons under these laws. The expenses associated with these modifications or any damages, legal fees and costs associated with litigating or resolving claims under the ADA or similar state laws, could be material.

Nutrition and Food Regulation

In recent years there has been an increased legislative, regulatory and consumer focus at the federal, state and municipal levels on the food industry including nutrition and advertising practices. Restaurants operating in the quick-service and fast-casual segments have been a particular focus. For example, the State of California, New York City and a number of other jurisdictions around the U.S. have adopted regulations requiring that chain restaurants include calorie information on their menus and/or make other nutritional information available and nation-wide nutrition disclosure requirements included in the U.S. health care reform law went into effect as of December 1, 2015. These nutrition disclosure requirements may increase our expenses or slow customers as they select their food and beverage choices decreasing our throughput. These initiatives may also change customers’ buying habits in a way that adversely impacts our sales.

Privacy/Cybersecurity

We are required to collect and maintain personal information about our employees and we collect information about customers as part of some of our marketing programs as well. The collection and use of such information is regulated at the federal and state levels and the regulatory environment related to information security and privacy is increasingly demanding. If our security and information systems are compromised or if we otherwise fail to comply with these laws and regulations, we could face litigation and the imposition of penalties that could adversely affect our financial performance. Our reputation as a brand or as an employer could also be adversely affected from these types of security breaches or regulatory violations, which could impair our sales or ability to attract and keep qualified employees.

Local Licensure, Zoning and Other Regulation

Each of our restaurants is also subject to state and local licensing and regulation by health, alcoholic beverage, sanitation, food and workplace safety and other agencies. We may experience material difficulties or failures in obtaining the necessary licenses or approvals for new restaurants, which could delay planned restaurant openings. In addition, stringent and varied requirements of local regulators with respect to zoning, and use and environmental factors could delay or prevent development of new restaurants in particular locations.

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Environmental Laws

We are subject to federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations concerning the discharge, storage, handling, release and disposal of hazardous or toxic substances, as well as local ordinances relating to our operations. We have not conducted a comprehensive environmental review of our properties or operations. We cannot predict what environmental laws will be enacted in the future, how existing or future environmental laws will be administered or interpreted, or the amount of future expenditures that we may need to make to comply with or to satisfy claims relating to environmental laws.

We Could Be Party To Litigation That Could Adversely Affect Us By Distracting Management, Increasing Our Expenses or Subjecting Us to Material Money Damages and Other Remedies.

We could be party to litigation that could adversely affect us by distracting management, increasing our expenses or subjecting us to material money damages and other remedies. We could become subject to numerous claims alleging violations of federal and state laws regarding workplace and employment matters, including wages, work hours, overtime, vacation and family leave, discrimination, wrongful termination and similar matters, and we could become subject to class action or other lawsuits related to these or different matters. Our customers could file complaints or lawsuits against us alleging that we are responsible for some illness or injury they suffered at or after a visit to our restaurants or that we have problems with food quality, operations or our food related disclosure or advertising practices. The restaurant industry has been subject to a growing number of claims based on the nutritional content of food products sold and disclosure and advertising practices.

Regardless of whether any claims against us are valid or whether we are ultimately held liable for such claims, they may be expensive to defend and may divert time and money away from our operations and hurt our performance. A significant judgment for any claims against us could materially and adversely affect our financial condition or results of operations. Any adverse publicity resulting from these allegations, whether directed at us or at fast casual or quick-service restaurants generally, may also materially and adversely affect our reputation or prospects, which in turn could adversely affect our results.

Our Success May Depend on the Continued Service and Availability of Key Personnel.

Our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and President, James Flanigan, has been the principal architect of our business strategy since 2002. August Bucci, Jeffrey Kastner and Christopher O’Neil, our Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Package Operations, respectively, have also served with us since 2002 in the case of Mr. Bucci, since 2004 in the case of Mr. Kastner and 2016 in the case of Mr. O’Neil, and much of our growth has occurred under their direction as well. We believe our executive officers have created an employee culture, food culture and business strategy at our company that has been critical to our success and that may be difficult to replicate under another management team. We also believe that it may be difficult to locate and retain executive officers who are able to grasp and implement our unique strategic vision. If our company culture were to deteriorate following a change in leadership, or if a new management team were to be unsuccessful in executing our strategy or were to change important elements of our current strategy, our growth prospects or future operating results may be adversely impacted.

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We are Exposed to Risks Related to Cybersecurity.

Although we maintain systems and processes that are designed to protect the security of our computer systems, software, networks and other technology, there is no assurance that all of our security measures will provide absolute security. Any material incidents could cause us to experience financial losses that are either not insured against or not fully covered through any insurance maintained by us and increased expenses related to addressing or mitigating the risks associated with any such material incidents.  Cyber threats are rapidly evolving and are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Despite our efforts to ensure the integrity of our systems, as cyber threats evolve and become more difficult to detect and successfully defend against, one or more cyber threats might defeat the measures that we or our vendors take to anticipate, detect, avoid or mitigate such threats. Certain techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, introduce malicious software, disable or degrade service, or sabotage systems may be designed to remain dormant until a triggering event and we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate preventative measures since techniques change frequently or are not recognized until launched, and because cyberattacks can originate from a wide variety of sources. If our information security systems or data are compromised in a material way, our ability to conduct our business may be impaired, we may incur financial losses and we may incur costs to remediate possible harm and/or to pay fines or take other action which could have a material adverse impact on our business.

If There is a Material Failure in our Information Technology Systems, Our Business Operations and Profits could be Negatively Affected and our Systems may be Inadequate to Support our Future Growth Strategies.

We rely heavily on information technology systems in all aspects of our operations including our restaurant point-of sale systems, financial systems, marketing programs, employee engagement, supply chain management, cyber-security, and various other processes and transactions. Our ability to effectively manage and run our business depends on the reliability and capacity of our information technology systems, including technology services and systems for which we contract from third parties. These systems and services may be insufficient to effectively manage and run our business. These systems and our business needs will continue to evolve and require upgrading and maintenance over time, consequently requiring significant future commitments of resources and capital.

Moreover, these technology services and systems, communication systems, and electronic data could be subject or vulnerable to damage or interruption from hurricanes, terrorist attacks, floods, fires, power loss, telecommunications failures, computer viruses, loss of data, data breaches, or other attempts to harm our systems. A failure of these systems to operate effectively, problems with transitioning to upgraded or replacement systems, or any other failure to maintain a continuous and secure information technology network for any of the above reasons could result in interruption and delays in customer services, adversely affect our reputation, and negatively impact our results of operations.

Acts of Violence at or Threatened Against our Restaurants or the Centers in which they are Located, including Active Shooter Situations and Terrorism, Could Unfavorably Impact our Restaurant Sales, which could Materially Adversely Affect our Financial Performance.

Any act of violence at or threatened against our restaurants or the centers in which they are located, including active shooter situations and terrorist activities, may result in restricted access to our restaurants and/or restaurant closures in the short-term and, in the long-term, may cause our customers and staff to avoid our restaurants. Any such situation could adversely impact customer traffic and make it more difficult to staff our restaurants fully, which could materially adversely affect our financial performance.

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The occurrence or threat of extraordinary events, such as active shooter or future terrorist attacks military and governmental responses, and the protest of future wars, may result in negative changes to economic conditions likely resulting in decreased consumer spending. Additionally, decreases in consumer discretionary spending may impact the frequency with which our customers choose to dine out at restaurants or the amount they spend on meals while dining out at restaurants, thereby adversely affecting our sales and results of operations. A decrease in consumer discretionary spending may also adversely affect our ability to achieve the benefit of planned menu price increases to help preserve our operating margins.

Social Media Impact on Customer Perceptions of our Brand.

The considerable expansion in the use of social media over recent years can further amplify any negative publicity that may be generated. The adverse impact of publicity on customers’ perception of us could have a further negative impact on our sales. If the impact of any such publicity is particularly long-lasting, the value of our brand may suffer and our ability to grow could be diminished.

Our digital business, which has become an increasing significant part of our business, is subject to risks.

Primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our revenue derived from digital orders, which includes delivery and customer pickup has increased substantially. While we are uncertain as to whether this business will continue to increase and/or be significant, we have implemented technology, targeted advertising and promotions and to some extent remodeled our restaurants, to accommodate the growth of our digital business. If we do not continue to grow our digital business, it may be difficult for us to recoup these costs or achieve our sales growth potential. We rely on third-party delivery services to fulfill package store delivery orders, and the ordering and payment platforms used by these third-parties, or online ordering system, could be interrupted by technological failures, user errors, cyber-attacks or other factors, which could adversely impact sales through these channels and negatively impact our reputation. Additionally, our delivery partners are responsible for order fulfillment and errors or failures to make timely deliveries could cause guests to stop ordering from us. The third-party delivery business is competitive, with a number of players competing for market share and delivery drivers. If the third-party delivery services that we utilize cease or curtail operations, increase their fees, or give greater priority or promotions on their platforms to our competitors, our delivery business and our sales may be negatively impacted

Our institutional lender will no longer originate, renew or modify loans at LIBOR effective January 1, 2022.

Beginning January 1, 2022, our institutional lender will no longer originate, renew or modify loans at LIBOR, except in limited situations. The limited exceptions include our LIBOR transactions which reduce or hedge our LIBOR exposure on contracts entered into before January 1, 2022.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

As a Smaller Reporting Company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act and in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K, we are electing scaled disclosure reporting obligations and therefore are not required to provide the information requested by this Item 1B.

 

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES.

 

Our operations are conducted primarily on leased property with the exception of the following:

 

(i) a 10,000 square foot stand-alone building located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that we purchased in December 1999, which since April 2001 has housed our corporate headquarters;

 

(ii) a 4,600 square foot stand-alone building located in Hallandale, Florida that we purchased in July 2006 and which since September 1968 has housed our Hallandale, Florida Company-owned combination restaurant and package liquor store (Store #31);

 

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(iii) a 4,120 square foot stand-alone building in Hollywood, Florida we constructed in November 2003, upon real property we acquired in September 2001 pursuant to a 25 year ground lease interest, (a portion of this building is leased to an unaffiliated third party), and which since November 2003 has housed our Hollywood, Florida Company-owned package liquor store (Store #4);

 

(iv) a 4,500 square foot stand-alone building located in Hollywood, Florida that we purchased in October 2009 and which housed our Hollywood, Florida Company-owned combination restaurant and package liquor store (Store #19) from March, 1972 until it was destroyed by fire on October 2, 2018 and the vacant parcel of real property adjacent thereto which we purchased in February 2015;

 

(v) a 4,600 square foot stand-alone building located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that we purchased in August 2010 and which since December 1968 has housed our Fort Lauderdale, Florida Company-owned restaurant (Store #22);

 

(vi) a 5,100 square foot stand-alone building in North Miami, Florida that we purchased in November 2010; the two parcels of real property adjacent thereto which we purchased in December 2012, one of which is contiguous to the real property and which we previously leased for non-exclusive parking and the vacant parcel of real property adjacent to the two parcels of real property which we purchased in March 2017. The stand-alone building housed our North Miami, Florida Company-owned combination restaurant and package liquor store, (Store #20), from July, 1968 until June 2017 when the package liquor store was re-located to a new building we constructed on the adjacent property;

 

(vii) a 23,678 square foot two building shopping center in Miami, Florida that we purchased in November 2010: (A) one stand-alone building, approximately 18,828 square feet, (i) houses our recently opened (October 2019) new package liquor store and (ii) is otherwise leased to ten unaffiliated third party retailers; and (B) the second stand-alone building, approximately 4,850 square feet, has housed our Kendall, Florida based restaurant since April 4, 2000, which is owned by our affiliated limited partnership (Store #70);

 

(viii) a 6,400 square foot building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that we purchased in February 2014, 4,000 square feet of which has been leased to a related franchisee (Store #15) since April 1, 1997 and the balance (2,400 square feet) of which we use as storage. In August 2018 we purchased the real property and quadraplex adjacent thereto to insure adequate parking for the franchised restaurant in the future, if needed;

 

(ix) a 6,000 square foot stand-alone building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the vacant real property diagonally adjacent that we purchased in October 2015, which we use as office and warehouse space, covered parking for our food truck and as a storage yard; and
(x) a 6,900 square foot stand-alone building in Sunrise, Florida, which will house our Sunrise, Florida based restaurant currently being developed, which will be owned by an affiliated limited partnership (Store #85).

 

All of our units require periodic refurbishing in order to remain competitive. We have budgeted $1,000,000 for our refurbishing program for fiscal year 2022. See Item 7, "Liquidity and Capital Resources" for discussion of the amounts spent in fiscal year 2021.

 

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The following table summarizes information related to the properties upon which our operations are conducted:

 

 

Name and Location

Approx.
Square
Footage
Seats Franchised/
Owned by
Lease Terms

Big Daddy's Liquors #4

Flanigan's Enterprises Inc. (5)

7003 Taft Street

Hollywood, Florida

 

1,978 N/A Company 3/1/02 to 2/28/27
Options to 2/28/47

Big Daddy's Liquors #7

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

1550 W. 84th Street

Hialeah, Florida

 

1,450  N/A Company

11/1/00 to
10/31/25

 

Big Daddy's Liquors #8

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

959 State Road 84

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

 

4,084 N/A Company 5/1/99 to 4/30/24
Option to 4/30/29

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #9

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

1550 W. 84th Street

Hialeah, Florida

 

4,700 130 Company 1/1/10 to 12/31/24
Options to
12/31/49

Flanigan's Legends Seafood Bar and Grill #11

11 Corporation, Inc. (1)

330 Southern Blvd.

W. Palm Beach, Florida

 

5,000 150 Franchise   1/4/00 to 1/3/25

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #12

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

2405 Tenth Ave. North

Lake Worth, Florida

 

5,000 180 Company

11/16/92 to
11/15/23

Options to
11/15/38

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #14

Big Daddy's #14, Inc. (1) (4)

2041 NE Second St.

Deerfield Beach, Florida

 

3,320 90 Franchise 6/1/79 to 6/1/24
Options to 6/1/34

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #15

CIC Investors #15 Ltd. (1) (7)

1479 E. Commercial Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

4,000 90 Franchise/
Limited
Partnership
1/1/09 to 8/31/26 Options to 8/31/36

 

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Name and Location

Approx.
Square
Footage
Seats Franchised/
Owned by
Lease Terms

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and

Grill #18

Twenty Seven Birds Corp. (1) (2)

2721 Bird Avenue

Miami, Florida

 

4,500 200 Franchise

2/15/72 to
12/31/25

Options to
12/31/35

Big Daddy's Liquors #18

Twenty Seven Birds Corp. (1) (2)

2988 S.W. 27th Avenue

Miami, Florida

 

3,000 N/A Franchise

2/15/72 to
12/31/25

Options to
12/31/35

Flanigan’s Wine & Liquors #19 (8)

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

7990 Davie Road Extension

Hollywood, Florida

 

3,000 N/A Company Company-Owned

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and

Grill #19 (8)

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

2505 N. University Dr.

Hollywood, Florida

 

4,500 160 Company Company-Owned

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #20

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

13205 Biscayne Blvd.

North Miami, Florida

 

5,100 150 Company Company-Owned

Big Daddy’s Liquors #20

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

13185 Biscayne Blvd.

North Miami, Florida

 

2,500 N/A Company Company-Owned

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #22

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

2600 W. Davie Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

 

4,100 200 Company Company-Owned

Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors #24

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. (11)

11225 Miramar Parkway, #245

Miramar, Florida

 

2,000 N/A Company

3/5/22 to 3/5/32

Options to 3/5/47

 

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Name and Location

Approx.
Square
Footage
Seats Franchised/
Owned by
Lease Terms

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #31

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

4 N. Federal Highway

Hallandale, Florida

 

4,600 150 Company     Company-Owned

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #33

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

45 S. Federal Highway

Boca Raton, Florida

 

4,620 130 Company 10/1/10 to 6/30/30

Big Daddy's Liquors #34

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

9494 Harding Ave.

Surfside, Florida

 

3,000 N/A Company 5/29/97 to 5/28/22 Options to 5/28/37

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #40

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc.

5450 N. State Road 7

N. Lauderdale, Florida

 

4,600 140 Company Company-Owned

Piranha Pat's #43

BD 43 Corporation (1) (2)

2500 E. Atlantic Blvd.

Pompano Beach, Florida

 

4,500 90 Franchise 12/1/72 to 11/30/22

Big Daddy’s Liquors #45

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

12776 S.W. 88th Street

Miami, Florida

 

3,250 N/A Company

7/1/19 to 6/30/24

Options to 6/30/34

Big Daddy's Liquors #47

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. (3)

8600 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami, Florida

 

6,000 N/A Company 12/21/68 to 1/1/30 Options to 1/1/50

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #13

CIC Investors #13, Ltd.

11415 S. Dixie Highway

Pinecrest, Florida

 

8,000 200 Limited
Partnership

6/01/91 to 1/31/31

Option to 1/31/36

Flanigan’s #25

CIC Investors #25, Ltd. (10)

11225 Miramar Parkway, #250

Miramar, Florida

 

6,000 200

Limited

Partnership

3/5/22 to 3/5/32

Options to 3/5/47

 

 

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Name and Location

Approx.
Square
Footage
Seats Franchised/
Owned by
Lease Terms

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #50

CIC Investors #50, Ltd.

17185 Pines Boulevard

Pembroke Pines, Florida

 

4,000 200 Limited
Partnership
10/24/06 to
10/23/26 and
Options to
10/23/31

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #55

CIC Investors #55, Ltd.

2190 S. University Drive

Davie, Florida

 

5,900

 

200

 

Limited

Partnership

1/5/07 to 12/31/26

Option to

12/31/31

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #60

CIC Investors #60 Ltd.

9516 Harding Avenue

Surfside, Florida

 

6,800 200 Limited
Partnership
8/1/97 to 12/31/26

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #65

CIC Investors #65, Ltd.

2335 State Road 7, Suite 100

Wellington, Florida

 

6,128

 

200

 

Limited

Partnership

 

5/01/05 to 6/30/25

 

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #70

CIC Investors #70 Ltd.

12790 SW 88 St.

Miami, Florida

 

4,850 200 Limited
Partnership
Company-Owned

Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill #75

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

950 S. Federal Highway

Stuart, Florida

 

7,000 200 Company 5/1/10 to 4/30/26
Option to 4/30/31

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #80

CIC Investors #80 Ltd.

8695 N.W. 12th St

Miami, Florida

 

5,000 165 Limited
Partnership

6/15/01 to 2/14/24
Options to 2/14/39

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #85

CIC Investors #85 Ltd. (9)

14301 W. Sunrise Blvd.

Sunrise, Florida

 

6,900 200 Limited
Partnership

Company-Owned

 

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #90

CIC Investors #90 Ltd.

9857 S.W. 40th Street

Miami, Florida

 

6,400 200 Limited
Partnership

4/1/11 to 3/31/31

Option to 3/31/36

 

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Name and Location

Approx.
Square
Footage
Seats Franchised/
Owned by
Lease Terms

Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill #95

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

2460 Weston Road

Weston, Florida

 

5,700 235 Company

10/1/17 to 9/30/22 Options to 9/30/32

 

Flanigan’s Calusa Center, LLC (6)

12750 – 12790 S.W. 88th Street

Miami, Florida

 

23,700 N/A Company

Company-owned

shopping center

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(1) Franchised by Company.

 

(2) Lease assigned to franchisee.

 

(3) In 1974, we sold and assigned the underlying ground lease to unaffiliated third parties and simultaneously subleased it back. We have re-purchased from the unaffiliated third parties and currently own 52% of the underlying ground lease, as well as the sublease agreement. As a result, we pay all rent due under the ground lease, but only 48% of the rent due under the sublease agreement.

 

(4) Effective December 1, 1998, we purchased the Management Agreement to operate the franchised restaurant for the franchisee.

 

(5) Ground lease executed by us on September 25, 2001. We constructed a 4,120 square foot building, of which 1,978 square feet is used by us for the operation of a package liquor store and the other 2,142 square feet is subleased to an unaffiliated third party as retail space. The package liquor store opened for business on November 17, 2003.

 

(6) During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2012, our wholly owned subsidiary, Flanigan’s Calusa Center, LLC, closed on the purchase of a two building shopping center in Miami, Florida, which consists of (i) one stand-alone building which is leased to ten unaffiliated third parties and houses our recently opened (October 2019) package liquor store (approximately 3,250 square feet) and (ii) a second stand-alone building where our limited partnership owned restaurant located at 12790 SW 88th Street, Miami, Florida, (Store #70), operates.

 

(7) During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2014, we closed on the purchase of the building in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which is leased to our franchisee owned restaurant located at 1479 E. Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, (Store #15).

 

(8) During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019, our combination package liquor store and restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19), was damaged by a fire and was forced to close. While it was initially contemplated that Store #19 would be renovated, because of the damage caused by the fire, we determined that Store #19 should be demolished and rebuilt. As a result, the package liquor store and restaurant has been closed since our first quarter year 2019. Our loss was covered by insurance, including but not limited to business interruption coverage.

 

(9) During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a lease for this location, which lease was subsequently assigned to a limited partnership. We plan to raise funds to renovate this new location for operation as a “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” restaurant using our limited partnership ownership model. The option to purchase was retained by the Company when the lease was assigned to the limited partnership and the option to purchase was exercised by the Company during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021.

 

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(10) During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a lease for this location, which lease was subsequently assigned to a limited partnership. We plan to raise funds to renovate this new location for operation as a “Flanigan’s” restaurant using our limited partnership ownership model.

 

(11) During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a lease for this location. We are developing this new location for operation as a “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors” retail package liquor store.

 

Casualty Loss

 

During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2019, our combination package liquor store and restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19) was damaged by a fire and was forced to close. Due to the damage caused by the fire, we determined that Store #19 should be demolished and rebuilt and as a result, the package liquor store and restaurant were closed for our fiscal years 2021, 2020 and 2019.

 

Purchase of Real Property

 

North Lauderdale, Florida (“Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill”/”Big Daddy’s Liquors”)

 

On October 7, 2014, we entered into an Amendment to Lease Agreement (the “Lease Amendment”) with a non-affiliated third party from whom we rented approximately 4,600 square feet of commercial space located at 5450 N. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, Florida where we operate a combination “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” restaurant and “Big Daddy’s Liquors” package liquor store (Store #40). The Lease Amendment extended the term of the Lease Agreement until December 31, 2020 and granted us the option to purchase, (the “Option to Purchase”), the real property and improvements through December 31, 2020 for $1,200,000. During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2020 we exercised the Option to Purchase and closed on the acquisition of the property on December 31, 2020. We paid all cash at closing.

 

Sunrise, Florida (“Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill”)

 

During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement (the “Sunrise Lease Agreement”) with a non-affiliated third party to rent approximately 6,900 square feet of commercial space located at 14301 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida where, subject to certain conditions, we anticipate opening a new restaurant location. The Sunrise Lease Agreement granted us an option to purchase, (the “Option to Purchase”) the real property and improvements by March 2, 2021 for $4,800,000. During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we assigned the Sunrise Lease Agreement, excluding the Option to Purchase, to a newly formed limited partnership. During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we exercised the Option to Purchase and during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021 we closed on the acquisition of the real property located at 14301 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida. We financed this acquisition with a loan from an unrelated third party lender in the principal amount of $2.2 million and paid cash for the balance. The mortgage loan accrues interest at the fixed annual rate of 3.65%, is amortized over fifteen (15) years, and requires us to pay monthly payments of principal and interest in the amount of $15,900 with the entire principal balance and all accrued but unpaid interest due in March, 2036.

 

Purchase of 4 COP Liquor License

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal 2021, we purchased a 4 COP quota liquor license, which permits the sale of beer, wine and liquor for on and/or off premise consumption, for Broward County, Florida from an unrelated third party for $192,200. The liquor license is currently inactive, but we intend to use it in connection with the operation of a package liquor store we are developing in Miramar, Florida.

 

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Execution of Leases for New Locations

 

Miramar, Florida (“Flanigan’s”)

 

During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement with a non-affiliated third party, (the “Landlord”), to rent approximately 6,000 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #250, Miramar, Florida 33024 (Store #25), which shopping center was under construction and where we anticipate opening a new restaurant location. We assigned this Lease Agreement to a newly formed limited partnership in which we currently are (i) the sole general partner; and (ii) our wholly owned subsidiary is the sole limited partner. While there can be no assurances that we will be successful in doing so, we are currently selling limited partnership interests to third parties, as well as affiliates of the Company, in order to raise net proceeds in an amount of $4,000,000, which proceeds will be used to build out this potential restaurant location. The new restaurant location’s ownership and operating structure will be substantially similar to that of our other restaurants owned by limited partnerships. Any amounts we advance to the limited partnership will be applied as a credit to limited partnership equity in the limited partnership we may acquire (which equity shall be purchased at the same price and upon the same terms as other equity investors). Any excess amounts advanced by us will be reimbursed to us by the limited partnership without interest. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we received notification from the Landlord that it had completed substantially all of the Landlord’s work under the Lease Agreement and was delivering possession of the leased premises to us.

 

Miramar, Florida (“Big Daddy’s Wine  & Liquors”)

 

During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement with a non-affiliated third party, (the “Landlord”), to rent approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #245, Miramar, Florida 33024 (Store #24), which shopping center was under construction and where we anticipate opening a new retail package liquor store. The new package liquor store location will be Company-owned. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we received notification from the Landlord that it had completed substantially all of the Landlord’s work under the Lease Agreement and was delivering possession of the leased premises to us.

 

Extension of Leases for Existing Locations

 

Pinecrest, Florida

 

During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, the lease with an unrelated third party for the space located at 11415 S. Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, Florida (Store #13) where a limited partnership owned restaurant operates, was extended through January 31, 2031 with one (1) five (5) year renewal option. The fixed annual rental was reduced by 7½% and the fixed annual rental increases were reduced to 2% from 3% for the first seven (7) years. Otherwise the extended lease is on substantially the same terms and conditions, including fixed annual rental increases and continued percentage rent as existed before the extension.

 

Surfside, Florida

 

During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, the lease with an unrelated third party for the space located at 9516 Harding Avenue, Surfside, Florida (Store #60) where a limited partnership owned restaurant operates was extended through December 31, 2026. The fixed annual rental increases were increased from $0.75 per square foot annually to $1.00 per square foot effective January 1, 2022. Otherwise, the extended lease is on substantially the same terms and conditions as existed before the extension.

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Expansion of Leased Premises; Extension of Lease

 

Miami, Florida

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, the lease with an unrelated third party for the space located at 9857 SW 40th Street, Miami, Florida (Store #90), where a limited partnership owned restaurant, was amended to add approximately 2,100 square feet to the leased premises and extend the term of the lease through March 31, 2031, with one (1) five (5) year renewal option. The fixed annual rental for the expanded leased premises was increased by $5,000 monthly, with fixed annual rental increases. Otherwise, the extended lease is on substantially the same terms and conditions as existed before the expansion and extension.

 

Re-Financing of Existing Mortgage

 

Mortgage on Real PropertyNorth Miami, Florida

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we re-financed with an unrelated third party lender, our mortgage loan encumbering the real property and improvements located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida where our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant and Big Daddy’s Liquors retail package liquor store operate (Store #20), increasing the principal amount borrowed from $1.5 million to $4.3 million. We received the net cash proceeds from the refinancing transaction ($2.8 million) shortly after the end of the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021. The re-financed mortgage loan earns interest at the fixed annual rate of 3.63%, is amortized over fifteen (15) years, requires us to pay monthly payments of principal and interest in the amount of $31,129 with the entire principal balance and all accrued interest due in July 2036. We intend to use the excess funds we received from the re-financing of this mortgage loan for working capital purposes.

 

SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

 

Menu Price Increases

 

Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we increased menu prices for our food offerings to target an increase to our food revenues of approximately 8.55% annually and menu prices for our bar offerings to target an increase to our bar revenues of approximately 7.68% annually to offset higher food and bar costs and higher overall expenses.

 

Forgiveness of 2nd PPP Loans

 

Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, application was made and we received forgiveness of the entire amount of principal and accrued interest on the 2nd PPP Loans, including the Managed Store.

General Liability Insurance; Excess Insurance

 

For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, we bound general liability insurance with an unrelated third party insurance carrier which incorporates a deductible of $10,000 per occurrence for both us and the limited partnerships. Our insurance carrier is responsible for $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence above our deductible, up to a maximum aggregate of $2,000,000 per year. We were also able to bind excess liability insurance at a reasonable premium, whereby our excess insurance carrier is responsible for $10,000,000 coverage above our primary general liability insurance coverage. We are uninsured against liability claims in excess of $11,000,000 per occurrence and in the aggregate. Certain expenses incurred in defending a claim, including attorney's fees, are a part of our $10,000 deductible.

 

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Property Insurance; Windstorm Insurance; Deductibles

 

For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our property insurance is a one (1) year policy with an unaffiliated third party insurance carrier, including coverage for properties leased by us and our consolidated limited partnerships, and provides for full insurance coverage for property losses, including those caused by windstorm, such as a hurricane. For property losses caused by windstorm, the property insurance has a fixed deductible of $100,000, plus 5% of all insured losses, per occurrence. For all other property losses, the property insurance has deductibles of $10,000 per location, per occurrence.

 

Financed Insurance Premiums

 

For the policy year commencing December 30, 2021, we financed the premiums on the following property, general liability, excess liability and terrorist policies, totaling approximately $2.54 million, which property, general liability, excess liability and terrorist insurance includes coverage for our franchises which are not included in our consolidated financial statements:

 

(i)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our general liability insurance, excluding limited partnerships, is a one (1) year policy with our insurance carriers. The one (1) year general liability insurance premium is in the amount of $467,000;

 

(ii)        For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our general liability insurance for our limited partnerships is a one (1) year policy with our insurance carriers. The one (1) year general liability insurance premium is in the amount of $589,000;

 

(iii)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our automobile insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year automobile insurance premium is in the amount of $194,000;

 

(iv)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our property insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year property insurance premium is in the amount of $700,000;

 

(v)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our excess liability insurance are two (2) one (1) year policies. The aggregate (1) year excess liability insurance premiums are in the amount of $576,000;

 

(vi)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our terrorist insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year terrorist insurance premium is in the amount of $8,900; and

 

(vii) For the policy year beginning December 30, 2021, our equipment breakdown insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year equipment breakdown insurance premium is in the amount of $6,800.

 

Of the $2,542,000 annual premium amounts, which includes coverage for our franchises which are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we financed $2,328,000 through an unaffiliated third party lender. The finance agreement obligates us to repay the amounts financed together with interest at the rate of 2.55% per annum, over 11 months, with monthly payments of principal and interest, each in the amount of $215,000. The finance agreement is secured by a first priority security interest in all insurance policies, all unearned premium, return premiums, dividend payments and loss payments thereof.

Except as otherwise provided herein, subsequent events have been evaluated through the date these consolidated financial statements were issued and no other events required disclosure.

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

From time to time, we are a defendant in litigation arising in the ordinary course of our business, including claims resulting from “slip and fall” accidents, dram shop claims, claims under federal and state laws governing access to public accommodations, employment-related claims and claims from guests alleging illness, injury or other food quality, health or operational concerns. To date, none of this litigation, some of which is covered by insurance, has had a material effect on us.

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ITEM 4. MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES.

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT'S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

 

Our common stock is traded on the NYSE AMERICAN under the symbol “BDL”.

 

Holders

 

As of the close of business on December 31, 2021, there were approximately 164 holders of record of our common stock.

 

Dividend Policy

 

During our fiscal year 2021, we did not declare or pay a cash dividend on our capital stock. During our fiscal year 2020, due to the negative effects of COVID 19 on our operations, our Board of Directors cancelled a previously declared cash dividend of $.30 per share to shareholders of record on March 20, 2020 and payable on April 3, 2020. Any future determination to pay cash dividends will be at our Board’s discretion and will depend upon our financial condition, operating results, capital requirements and such other factors as our Board deems relevant.

 

Issuer Repurchases of Equity Securities

 

 

Pursuant to a discretionary plan approved by the Board of Directors at its meeting on May 17, 2007, the Board of Directors authorized management to purchase up to 100,000 shares of our common stock, at a purchase price up to $15.00 per share. Since the Board’s 2007 authorization, we have purchased an aggregate of 34,586 shares, none of which were purchased by us in our fiscal year 2021. As of October 2, 2021, we still have authority to purchase 65,414 shares of our common stock under the discretionary plan approved by the Board of Directors.

 

ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

As a Smaller Reporting Company as defined by Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act and in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K, we are electing scaled disclosure reporting obligations and therefore are not required to provide the information requested by this Item 6.

 

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ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

 

Except for the historical information contained herein, the following discussion contains forward-looking statements that are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. We discuss such risks, uncertainties and other factors throughout this report and specifically under the captions “Risk Factors”. In addition, the following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the 2021 Consolidated Financial Statements and the related Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this report.

 

OVERVIEW

Financial Information Concerning Industry Segments

Our business is conducted in two segments: the restaurant segment and the package liquor store segment. Financial information broken into these two industry segments for the two fiscal years ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020 is set forth in the Consolidated Financial Statements which are attached hereto.

 

General

 

As of October 2, 2021, we (i) operated 27 units, consisting of restaurants, package liquor stores and combination restaurants/package liquor stores that we either own or have operational control over and partial ownership in; and (ii) franchises an additional five units, consisting of two restaurants (one of which we operate) and three combination restaurants/package liquor stores.

 

Franchised Units. In exchange for our providing management and related services to our franchisees and granting them the right to use our service marks "Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill" and "Big Daddy's Liquors", our franchisees (four of which are franchised to members of the family of our Chairman of the Board, officers and/or directors), are required to (i) pay to us a royalty equal to 1% of gross package liquor sales and 3% of gross restaurant sales; and (ii) make advertising expenditures equal to between 1.5% to 3% of all gross sales based upon our actual advertising costs allocated between stores, pro-rata, based upon gross sales.

 

Affiliated Limited Partnership Owned Units. We manage and control the operations of the eight restaurants owned by limited partnerships, except the Fort Lauderdale, Florida restaurant which is managed and controlled by a related franchisee. Accordingly, the results of operations of all limited partnership owned restaurants, except the Fort Lauderdale, Florida restaurant are consolidated with our results of operations for accounting purposes. The results of operations of the Fort Lauderdale, Florida restaurant are accounted for by us utilizing the equity method.

 

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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

REVENUES (in thousands):

 

    52 Weeks Ended     53 Weeks Ended  
    October 2, 2021     October 3, 2020  
   

Amount

(In thousands)

   

 

Percent

   

Amount

(In thousands)

   

 

Percent

 
Restaurant food sales   $ 84,466       62.75%     $ 68,685       61.9%  
Restaurant bar sales     20,832       15.48%       15,967       14.4%  
Package store sales     29,304       21.77%       26,276       23.7%  
                                 
Total Sales   $ 134,602       100.00%     $ 110,928       100.00%  
                                 
Franchise related revenues     1,673               1,260          
Rental income     770               680          
Other operating income (Loss)     262               109          
                                 
Total Revenue   $ 137,307             $ 112,977          

 

Comparison of Fiscal Years Ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020

 

Revenues. Total revenue for our fiscal year 2021 increased $24,330,000 or 21.54% to $137,307,000 from $112,977,000 for our fiscal year 2020 due primarily to increased package liquor store and restaurant sales, increased menu prices and the comparatively more adverse effects of COVID-19 on our operations during our fiscal year 2020 as compared with our fiscal year 2021 and notwithstanding the fifty third week in our fiscal year 2020. Effective December 6, 2020 and then effective April 11, 2021 we increased menu prices for our food offerings to target an increase to our food revenues of approximately 2.45% and 4.60% annually, respectively, to offset higher food costs and higher overall expenses and effective November 29, 2020 we increased menu prices for our bar offerings to target an increase to our bar revenues of approximately 1.83% annually, (collectively the “Recent Price Increases”). Prior to these increases, we previously raised menu prices in the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019. We expect that total revenue for our fiscal year 2022 will increase due to increased traffic and the Recent Price Increases. We expect that the new package liquor store located at 7990 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, Florida) will open for business during our fiscal year 2022 and we expect to generate revenue from it. We do not anticipate that the restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida, which has been closed since October, 2018 due to a fire (the”Hollywood restaurant”) will open for business during our fiscal year 2022 and accordingly we do not expect to generate any revenue from it.

 

Restaurant Food Sales. Restaurant revenue generated from the sale of food, including non-alcoholic beverages, at restaurants totaled $84,466,000 for our fiscal year 2021 as compared to $68,685,000 for our fiscal year 2020. The increase in restaurant food sales for our fiscal year 2021 as compared to restaurant food sales during our fiscal year 2020 is attributable to increased restaurant traffic, the Recent Price Increases and the comparatively more adverse effects of COVID-19 on our operations during our fiscal year 2020 as compared with our fiscal year 2021 and notwithstanding the fifty third week in our fiscal year 2020. Comparable weekly restaurant food sales (for restaurants, other than for closures due to COVID-19, open for all of our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively, which consists of nine restaurants owned by us, (excluding the Hollywood Restaurant) and eight restaurants owned by affiliated limited partnerships) was $1,610,000 and $1,287,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively, an increase of 25.10%. Comparable weekly restaurant food sales for Company-owned restaurants only was $797,000 and $649,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020 respectively, an increase of 22.80%. Comparable weekly restaurant food sales for affiliated limited partnership owned restaurants only was $813,000 and $638,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively, an increase of 27.43%. We expect that restaurant food sales, including non-alcoholic beverages, for our fiscal year 2022 will increase due to increased restaurant traffic and the Recent Price Increases.

 

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Restaurant Bar Sales. Restaurant revenue generated from the sale of alcoholic beverages at restaurants totaled $20,832,000 for our fiscal year 2021 as compared to $15,967,000 for our fiscal year 2020. The increase in restaurant bar sales during our fiscal year 2021 as compared to restaurant bar sales during our fiscal year 2020 is primarily due to increased restaurant traffic, the Recent Price Increases and the comparatively more adverse effects of COVID-19 on our operations during our fiscal year 2020 as compared with our fiscal year 2021 and notwithstanding the fifty third week in our fiscal year 2020. Comparable weekly restaurant bar sales (for restaurants, other than for closures due to COVID-19, open for all of our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively, which consists of nine restaurants owned by us, (excluding the Hollywood Restaurant), and eight restaurants owned by affiliated limited partnerships) was $401,000 and $301,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020 respectively, an increase of 33.22%. Comparable weekly restaurant bar sales for Company owned restaurants only was $172,000 and $135,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2021, respectively, an increase of 27.41%. Comparable weekly restaurant bar sales for affiliated limited partnership owned restaurants only was $229,000 and $166,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2021, respectively, an increase of 37.95%. We expect that restaurant bar sales, including non-alcoholic beverages, for our fiscal year 2022 will increase due to increased restaurant traffic and the Recent Price Increases.

 

Package Liquor Store Sales. Revenue generated from sales of liquor and related items at package liquor stores totaled $29,304,000 for our fiscal year 2021 as compared to $26,276,000 for our fiscal year 2020, an increase of $3,028,000. This increase was primarily due to increased package liquor store traffic due to what appears to be continued increased demand for package liquor store products resulting from COVID-19 and notwithstanding the fifty third week in our fiscal year 2020. The weekly average of same store package liquor store sales, which includes nine (9) Company-owned package liquor stores, (excluding the package liquor store which in combination with the Hollywood Restaurant was the subject of a fire in October 2018 (Store #19), but including our new package liquor store located at 12776 S.W. 88th Street, Miami, Florida, which opened for business on October 10, 2019 (Store #45)), was $564,000 and $496,000 for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020 respectively, an increase of 13.71%.

 

Operating Costs and Expenses. Operating costs and expenses, (consisting of cost of merchandise sold, payroll and related costs, occupancy costs and selling, general and administrative expenses), for our fiscal year 2021 increased $18,591,000 or 16.89% to $128,657,000 from $110,066,000 for our fiscal year 2020. The increase was primarily due to payroll and an expected general increase in food costs, offset by actions taken by management to reduce and/or control costs. We anticipate that our operating costs and expenses will continue to increase through our fiscal year 2022 for the same reasons. Operating costs and expenses decreased as a percentage of total revenue to approximately 93.70% in our fiscal year 2021 from 97.42% in our fiscal year 2020.

 

Gross Profit. Gross profit is calculated by subtracting the cost of merchandise sold from sales.

Restaurant Food and Bar Sales. Gross profit for food and bar sales for our fiscal year 2021 increased to $69,324,000 from $56,134,000 for our fiscal year 2020. Our gross profit margin for restaurant food and bar sales (calculated as gross profit reflected as a percentage of restaurant food and bar sales), was 65.84% for our fiscal year 2021 and 66.31% for our fiscal year 2020. Gross profit margin for restaurant food and bar sales decreased during our fiscal year 2021 when compared to our fiscal year 2020 due to higher food costs, offset among other things by the Recent Price Increases.

Package Liquor Store Sales. Gross profit for package store sales for our fiscal year 2021 decreased to $6,956,000 from $7,084,000 for our fiscal year 2020. Our gross profit margin, (calculated as gross profit reflected as a percentage of package liquor store sales), for package store sales was 23.74% for our fiscal year 2021 and 26.96% for our fiscal year 2020. We anticipate that the gross profit margin for package liquor store merchandise will decrease during our fiscal year 2022 due to higher costs and a reduction in pricing of certain package store merchandise to be more competitive.

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Payroll and Related Costs. Payroll and related costs for our fiscal year 2021 increased $8,066,000 or 22.79% to $43,465,000 from $35,399,000 for our fiscal year 2020. Payroll and related costs for the fiscal year 2021 were higher due primarily to increased performance bonuses and higher costs for employees such as cooks. Payroll and related costs as a percentage of total revenue was 31.66% for our fiscal year 2021 and 31.33% of total revenue for our fiscal year 2020.

Occupancy Costs. Occupancy costs (consisting of percentage rent, common area maintenance, repairs, real property taxes, amortization of leasehold purchases and rent expense associated with operating lease liabilities under ASC 842) for our fiscal year 2021 decreased $445,000 or 6.32% to $6,595,000 from $7,040,000 for our fiscal year 2020. The decrease in occupancy costs were impacted by the termination of rent for our combination retail package liquor store and restaurant located at 5450 N. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, Florida (Store #40), the real property and improvements of which we purchased on December 31, 2020 and the elimination of occupancy costs due to the elimination of rent for our restaurant location which we are developing located at 14301 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida (Store #85), the real property and improvements of which we purchased on March 2, 2021. We anticipate that our occupancy costs will increase through our fiscal year 2022 due to the commencement of rent for our retail package liquor store location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #245, Miramar, Florida (Store #24) and our restaurant location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #250, Miramar, Florida (Store #25).

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses. Selling, general and administrative expenses (consisting of general corporate expenses, including but not limited to advertising, insurance, professional costs, clerical and administrative overhead) for our fiscal year 2021 increased $358,000 or 1.80% to $20,275,000 from $19,917,000 for our fiscal year 2020. Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased as a percentage of total revenue in our fiscal year 2021 to 14.77% as compared to 17.63% for our fiscal year 2020. We anticipate that our selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenue will increase through our fiscal year 2022 due primarily to increases in expenses across all categories.

Depreciation and Amortization. Depreciation and amortization expense for our fiscal year 2021, which is included in selling, general and administrative expenses, decreased $177,000 or 5.46% to $3,063,000 from $3,240,000 from our fiscal year 2020. As a percentage of total revenue, depreciation and amortization expense was 2.23% of revenue for our fiscal year 2021 and 2.87% of revenue for our fiscal year 2020.

Interest Expense, Net. Interest expense, net, for our fiscal year 2021 increased $102,000 to $938,000 from $836,000 for our fiscal year 2020. Interest expense, net, increased for our fiscal year 2021 due to interest on our borrowing of $2,200,000 during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021 from an unrelated third party lender used to finance our purchase of the real property and improvements located at 14301 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida (Store #85) (the “$2.2 Million Borrowing”), interest on our borrowing of $4,300,000 during the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021 from an unrelated third party lender to re-finance our mortgage loan of our property located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida (the “$4.3 Million Borrowing”), and the borrowing by six of our limited partnerships of an additional approximately $3.35 million of 2nd PPP Loans during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021. Interest expense, net, will increase for our fiscal year 2022 due to (i) the $2.2 Million Borrowing; (ii) the $4.3 Million Borrowing; and (iii) the borrowing by certain of our limited partnerships of an additional $3.35 million of 2nd PPP Loans during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, if not forgiven.

 

Income Taxes. Income tax for our fiscal year 2021 was an expense of $1,185,000, as compared to a benefit of $60,000 for our fiscal year 2020.

Net Income. Net income for our fiscal year 2021 increased $14,581,000 or 667.63% to $16,765,000 from $2,184,000 for our fiscal year 2020 due primarily to the forgiveness of debt of certain of the PPP Loans and increased revenue at our retail package liquor stores and restaurants, offset by higher food costs and overall expenses. As a percentage of revenue, net income in our fiscal year 2021 is 12.21%, as compared to 1.93% in our fiscal year 2020.

 

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Net Income Attributable to Stockholders. Net income attributable to stockholders for our fiscal year 2021 increased $10,674,000 or 961.62% to $11,784,000 from $1,110,000 for our fiscal year 2020 due primarily to the forgiveness of debt of the PPP Loans and increased revenue at our retail package liquor stores and restaurants, offset by higher food costs and overall expenses. As a percentage of revenue, net income attributable to stockholders for our fiscal year 2021 is 8.58%, as compared to 0.98% for our fiscal year 2020.

 

New Limited Partnership Restaurants

As new restaurants open, our income from operations will be adversely affected due to our obligation to advance pre-opening costs, including but not limited to pre-opening rent for the new locations. During our fiscal year 2021, we had one new restaurant location in Sunrise, Florida in the development stage. During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered leases for two spaces adjacent to each other, to house a new “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” as well as a “Big Daddy’s Wine and Liquors” in a shopping center in Miramar, Florida. During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we received notification from the landlord that it had completed substantially all of the landlord’s work under the lease agreements and was delivering possession of the leased premises to us.

 

Menu Price Increases and Trends

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we increased menu prices for our food offerings (effective April 11, 2021) to target an increase to our food revenues of approximately 4.60% annually to offset higher food costs and higher overall expenses.

During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we increased menu prices for our bar offerings (effective November 29, 2020) to target an increase to our bar revenues of approximately 1.83% annually and we increased menu prices for our food offerings (effective December 6, 2020) to target an increase to our food revenues of approximately 2.45% annually to offset higher food costs and higher overall expenses. Prior to these increases, we previously raised menu prices in the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019.

COVID-19 has and will continue to materially and adversely affect our restaurant business for what may be a prolonged period of time. This damage and disruption has resulted from events and factors that were impossible for us to predict and are beyond our control. As a result, COVID-19 has materially adversely affected our results of operations for our fiscal year 2021 and will, in all likelihood, impact our results of operations, liquidity and/or financial condition throughout our fiscal year 2022. The extent to which our restaurant business may be adversely impacted and its effect on our operations, liquidity and/or financial condition cannot be accurately predicted.

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

We fund our operations through cash from operations and borrowings from third parties. As of October 2, 2021, we had cash of approximately $32,676,000, an increase of $2,754,000 from our cash balance of $29,922,000 as of October 3, 2020. During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we generated net proceeds of $2.8 million from the re-finance of our mortgage loan encumbering the real property and improvements located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida where our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant and Big Daddy’s Liquors retail package liquor store operate (Store #20) with an unrelated third-party lender, increasing the principal amount borrowed from $1.5 million to $4.3 million. During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we closed on the purchase of the real property and improvements located at 14301 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida where we are developing a “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” restaurant (Store #85) for $4,800,000. We financed this acquisition with a loan from an unrelated third-party lender in the principal amount of $2.2 million and paid cash for the balance. During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we closed on the purchase of the real property and improvements located at 5450 N. State Road 7, North Lauderdale, Florida where we operate a combination “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” restaurant and “Big Daddy’s Liquors” package liquor store (Store #40) and paid $1,200,000 cash at closing. During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, six of the entities owning limited partnership stores (the “LP’s”) and the store we manage but do not own (the “Managed Store”) (collectively, the “Borrowers”), applied for and received net amounts of approximately $3.98 million from the 2nd PPP Loans, of which approximately: (i) $3.46 million was loaned to six of the LP’s ; and (ii) $0.52 million was loaned to the Managed Store. During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2020, our wholly owned subsidiary, Flanigan’s Calusa Center, LLC, re-financed its mortgage loan with an unrelated third party lender, increasing the principal amount borrowed from $2.72 million to $7.21 million.

Notwithstanding the negative effects of COVID-19 on our operations, we believe that our current cash availability from our cash on hand, positive cash flow from operations and borrowed funds will be sufficient to fund our operations and planned capital expenditures for at least the next twelve months.

Any future determination to pay cash dividends will be at our Board’s discretion and will depend upon our financial condition, operating results, capital requirements and such other factors as our Board deems relevant. There can be no assurances that any future dividends will be paid.

 

CASH FLOWS

The following table is a summary of our cash flows for our fiscal years 2021 and 2020.

    ---------Fiscal Years --------  
    2021     2020  
    (in thousands)  
             
Net cash and cash equivalents provided by operating activities   $ 14,361     $ 8,785  
Net cash used in investing activities     (11,901 )     (3,271 )
Net cash provided by financing activities     294       10,736  
                 
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents     2,754       16,250  
                 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning     29,922       13,672  
                 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, Ending   $ 32,676     $ 29,922  

 

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Capital Expenditures

 

In addition to using cash for our operating expenses, we use cash to fund the development and construction of new restaurants and to fund capitalized property improvements for our existing restaurants. During our fiscal year 2021, we acquired property and equipment of $13,255,000, (of which $58,000 was for the purchase of a motor vehicle; $3,229,000 was for the purchase of real property; $4,416,000 was for construction in progress; $14,000 was deposits recorded in other assets; and $48,000 was deposits transferred to construction in progress as of October 3, 2020), which amount included $464,000 for renovations to two (2) existing limited partnership restaurant and $440,000 for renovations to five(5) Company-owned restaurants. During our fiscal year 2020, we acquired property and equipment of $2,766,000, (of which $379,000 was for construction in progress; $118,000 was deposits recorded in other assets; and $10,000 was deposits transferred to construction in progress as of September 28, 2019), which amount included $278,000 for renovations to two (2) existing limited partnership restaurant and $466,000 for renovations to five (5) Company-owned restaurants. We anticipate the cost of this refurbishment in our fiscal year 2022 will be approximately $1,000,000, excluding construction/renovations to Store #19 (our combination package liquor store and restaurant which is being rebuilt due to damages caused by a fire), Store #85 (our Sunrise, Florida restaurant location in development), Store #24 (our Miramar, Florida package store location in development) and Store #25 (our Miramar, Florida restaurant location in development), which funds will be provided from operations, subject to reimbursement of all or a part of the cost of construction/renovations through private offerings for the limited partnerships which will own Store #85 and Store #25.

 

Debt

 

As of October 2, 2021, we had long-term debt of $22,115,000, as compared to $26,323,000 as of October 3, 2020. Our long-term debt decreased as of October 2, 2021 as compared to October 3, 2020 due to the forgiveness of our PPP Loan and the PPP Loans of our limited partnerships, offset by (i) our re-financing of our mortgage loan encumbering the real property and improvements located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida where our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant and Big Daddy’s Liquors retail package liquor store operate (Store #20), increasing the principal amount borrowed from $1.5 million to $4.3 million; (ii) our purchase of the real property and improvements located at 14301 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida where we are developing a “Flanigan’s” restaurant (Store #85) for $4,800,000 with a loan in the principal amount of $2.2 million; (iii), the 2nd PPP Loans received by six of our limited partnerships in the approximate of $3,500,000; and $1,429,000 for financed insurance premiums, less any payments made on account thereof. As of October 2, 2021, we are in compliance with the covenants of all loans with our lenders.

 

We repaid long term debt, including auto loans, financed insurance premiums and mortgages in the amount of $4,100,000 and $2,540,000 in our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, respectively.

(a) Mortgage on Real Property - Sunrise, Florida

 

During the first quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we exercised the Option to Purchase and during the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021 we closed on the acquisition of the real property located at 14301 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida. We financed this acquisition with a loan from an unrelated third party lender in the principal amount of $2.2 million. The mortgage loan accrues interest at the fixed annual rate of 3.65%, is amortized over fifteen (15) years, and requires us to pay monthly payments of principal and interest in the amount of $15,900 with the entire principal balance and all accrued but unpaid interest due in March, 2036.

(b) Mortgage on Real Property – North Miami, Florida

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we re-financed with an unrelated third party lender, our mortgage loan encumbering the real property and improvements located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida where our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant and Big Daddy’s Liquors retail package liquor store operate (Store #20), increasing the principal amount borrowed from $1.5 million to $4.3 million. We received the net cash proceeds from the refinancing transaction ($2.8 million) shortly after the end of the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021. The re-financed mortgage loan earns interest at the fixed annual rate of 3.63%, is amortized over fifteen (15) years, requires us to pay monthly payments of principal and interest in the amount of $31,129 with the entire principal balance and all accrued interest due in July 2036. We intend to use the excess funds we received from the re-financing of this mortgage loan for working capital purposes.

 

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(c) Financed Insurance Premiums

 

During our fiscal year 2021, we financed the premiums on the following property, general liability, excess liability and terrorist policies, totaling approximately $1.94 million, which property, general liability, excess liability and terrorist insurance includes coverage for our franchises which are not included in our consolidated financial statements:

 

(i)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our general liability insurance, excluding limited partnerships, is a one (1) year policy with our insurance carriers. The one (1) year general liability insurance premium is in the amount of $340,000;

 

(ii)        For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our general liability insurance for our limited partnerships is a one (1) year policy with our insurance carriers. The one (1) year general liability insurance premium is in the amount of $426,000;

 

(iii)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our automobile insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year automobile insurance premium is in the amount of $93,000;

 

(iv)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our property insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year property insurance premium is in the amount of $627,000;

 

(v)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our excess liability insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year excess liability insurance premium is in the amount of $443,000;

 

(vi)       For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our terrorist insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year terrorist insurance premium is in the amount of $5,000; and

 

(vii)     For the policy year beginning December 30, 2020, our equipment breakdown insurance is a one (1) year policy. The one (1) year equipment breakdown insurance premium is in the amount of $6,000.

 

Of the $1,940,000 annual premium amounts, which includes coverage for our franchises which are not included in our consolidated financial statements, we financed $1,776,000 through an unaffiliated third party lender. The finance agreement obligates us to repay the amounts financed together with interest at the rate of 2.45% per annum, over 11 months, with monthly payments of principal and interest of $164,000. The finance agreement is secured by a first priority security interest in all insurance policies, all unearned premium, return premiums, dividend payments and loss payments thereof.

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we financed the premium of our directors and officers liability insurance policy for the one (1) year period commencing April 15, 2021. The one (1) year directors and officers liability insurance policy premium is in the amount of $55,000. Of the $55,000 annual premium amount, we financed $50,000 through an unaffiliated third party lender. The finance agreement obligates us to repay the amount financed together with interest at the rate of 4.00% per annum, over 11 months, with monthly payments of principal and interest of $4,700. The finance agreement is secured by a first priority security interest in all insurance policies, all unearned premium, return premiums, dividend payments and loss payments thereof.

 

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As of October 2, 2021, the aggregate principal balance owed from the financing of our property and general liability insurance policies, including the financing of our directors and officers liability insurance policy, but excluding coverage for our franchises, (of approximately $113,000), which are not included in our consolidated financial statements is $408,000.

 

(d) Second Paycheck Protection Loans

 

During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, certain of the LPs, as well as the Managed Store, applied for and received 2nd PPP loans, in the aggregate principal amount of approximately $3.98 million (the “2nd PPP Loans”), of which approximately: (i) $3.46 million was loaned to six (6) of the LP’s; and (iv) $0.52 million was loaned to the Managed Store.

The 2nd PPP Loans, which are in the form of notes issued by each of the Borrowers, mature five (5) years from the date of funding (March 23, 2021) and bear interest at a rate of 1.00% per annum, payable monthly commencing after the U.S. Small Business Administration makes a determination of the forgiveness of the 2nd PPP Loans. The notes may be prepaid by the applicable Borrower at any time prior to maturity with no prepayment penalties. Proceeds from the PPP Loans have been available to the respective Borrower to fund designated expenses, including certain payroll costs, group health care benefits and other permitted expenses, including rent and interest on mortgages and other debt obligations incurred before February 15, 2020. Under the terms of the PPP, up to the entire amount of principal and accrued interest may be forgiven to the extent the proceeds of the 2nd PPP Loans are used for qualifying expenses as described in the CARES Act and applicable implementing guidance issued by the U.S. Small Business Administration under the PPP. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we applied for and received forgiveness of the entire principal amount and all accrued interest of the 2nd PPP Loans.

 

Construction Contracts

 

(a) 7990 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19 – “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors”)

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into an agreement with a third party unaffiliated general contractor for site work at this location totaling $1,618,000, (i) to connect the real property where this restaurant operated (Store #19) to city sewer and (ii) to construct a new building on the adjacent parcel of real property for the operation of a package liquor store. During our fiscal years 2020 and 2021, we agreed to change orders to the agreement for additional construction services increasing the total contract price by $536,000 to $2,156,000, of which $1,092,000 of the total amount obligated has been paid through October 2, 2021 and an additional $335,000 has been paid subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021.

 

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(b) 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19 – “Flanigan’s”)

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party architect for design and development services totaling $77,000 for the re-build of our restaurant located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19), which has been closed since October 2, 2018 due to damages caused by a fire, of which $62,000 has been paid. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we entered into an agreement with a third party unaffiliated general contractor to re-build our restaurant at this location totaling $2,515,000, of which none has been paid.

 

(c) 14301 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida (Store #85 – “Flanigan’s”)

 

During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we also entered into an agreement with an unaffiliated third party design group for design and development services of our new location at 14301 W. Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida 33323 (Store #85) for a total contract price of $122,000. During our fiscal year 2020, we agreed upon amendments to the $122,000 Contract for additional design and development services which had the effect of increasing the total contract price by $18,000 to $140,000, of which $131,000 has been paid through October 2, 2021. Additionally, during the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2020, we entered into an agreement with a third party unaffiliated general contractor for interior renovations at this location totaling $1,236,000 and during our fiscal year 2021 we agreed to change orders to the agreement for additional interior renovations increasing the total contract price by $197,000 to $1,433,000, of which $1,081,000 has been paid through October 2, 2021 and an additional $187,000 has been paid subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021.

 

(d) 11225 Miramar Parkway, #250, Miramar, Florida (“Flanigan’s”)

 

During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement with a non-affiliated third party, (the “Landlord”) to rent approximately 6,000 square feet of commercial space for a restaurant location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #250, Miramar, Florida (Store #25), which shopping center was under construction. During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we entered into an Architectural Professional Services Agreement with a third-party unaffiliated architect for design and development services for this, new location (Store #25) for a total contract price of $73,850, which contract price has been paid in full through October 2, 2021. During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we received notification from the Landlord that it had completed substantially all of the Landlord’s work under the Lease Agreement and was delivering possession of the leased premises to us. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we entered into an agreement with a third party unaffiliated general contractor for interior renovations at this location totaling $1,421,000, of which none has been paid.

 

(e) 11225 Miramar Parkway, #245, Miramar, Florida (“Big Daddy’s Wine and Liquors”)

 

During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2019, we entered into a Lease Agreement with a non-affiliated third party, (the “Landlord”) to rent approximately 2,000 square feet of commercial space for a retail package liquor store location in a shopping center at 11225 Miramar Parkway, #245, Miramar, Florida (Store #24), which shopping center was under construction. During the second quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we entered into an Architectural Professional Services Agreement with a third-party unaffiliated architect for design and development services for this, new location (Store #24) for a total contract price of $18,650, which contract price has been paid in full through October 2, 2021. During the fourth quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we received notification from the Landlord that it had completed substantially all of the Landlord’s work under the Lease Agreement and was delivering possession of the leased premises to us. Subsequent to the end of our fiscal year 2021, we entered into an agreement with a third party unaffiliated general contractor for interior renovations at this location totaling $317,000, of which none has been paid.

 

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Purchase Commitments/Supply

 

In order to fix the cost and ensure adequate supply of baby back ribs for our restaurants, on November 9, 2020, we entered into a purchase agreement with our current rib supplier, whereby we agreed to purchase approximately $6,420,000 of baby back ribs during calendar year 2021 from this vendor at a fixed cost. During the third quarter of our fiscal year 2021, we agreed to increase the fixed cost of the remaining baby back ribs for our calendar year 2021 by approximately $408,000 to ensure adequate supply for our restaurants during calendar year 2022.

 

In order to ensure adequate supply of baby back ribs for our restaurants for calendar year 2022, on October 4, 2021, we entered into a purchase agreement with our current rib supplier, whereby we agreed to purchase approximately $10,414,000 of baby back ribs during calendar year 2022 from this vendor at market cost. Our purchase agreement provides for the purchase of 2.25 & Down Baby Back Ribs, at a monthly cost of the average market price per pound of the prior 4 weeks.

 

While we anticipate purchasing all of our rib supply from this vendor, we believe there are several other alternative vendors available, if needed.

 

Flanigan’s Fish Company, LLC

 

As of October 2, 2021, Flanigan’s Fish Company, LLC, a Florida limited liability company (“FFC”) supplies certain of the fish to all of our restaurants. Since we hold the controlling interest of FFC, the balance sheet and operating results of this entity are consolidated into the accompanying financial statements of the Company. Sales and purchases of fish are recognized in restaurant food sales and restaurant and lounges (cost of merchandise sold), respectively, in the consolidated statements of income at the time of sale to the restaurant. In addition, the 49% of FFC owned by the unrelated third party is recognized as noncontrolling interest in our consolidated financial statements.

 

Purchase of Limited Partnership Interests

 

During our fiscal years 2020 and 2021, we did not purchase any limited partnership interests.

 

Working Capital

 

The table below summarizes the current assets, current liabilities, and working capital as of the end of our fiscal years 2021 and 2020.

 

Item   Oct. 2, 2021     Oct. 3, 2020  
    (in Thousands)  
             
Current Assets   $ 39,790     $ 36,508  
Current Liabilities     20,223       25,362  
Working Capital   $ 19,567     $ 11,146  

 

Our working capital increased as of October 2, 2021 from our working capital as of October 3, 2020 due to (i) our receipt of $3.46 million from the 2nd PPP Loans and (ii) our receipt of $2.8 million from our re-financing of our mortgage loan encumbering the real property and improvements located at 13105 – 13205 Biscayne Boulevard, North Miami, Florida where our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant and Big Daddy’s Liquors retail package liquor store operate (Store #20), increasing the principal amount borrowed from $1.5 million to $4.3 million.

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While there can be no assurance due to, among other things, unanticipated expenses or unanticipated decline in revenues, or both, we believe that our cash on hand, cash flow from operations and funds available from our borrowings will adequately fund operations, debt reductions and planned capital expenditures throughout our fiscal year 2022.

 

During our fiscal year 2022, we plan to use certain funds on-hand, borrowed funds and/or insurance proceeds (i) to construct a new building on the real property we own located at 7990 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, Florida, (Store #19 package), to develop the “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors” retail package liquor store location; (ii) to construct a new building on the real property we own located at 2505 N. University Drive, Hollywood, Florida (Store #19 restaurant) where we plan to re-build our “Flanigan’s” restaurant; (iii) advance the cost of renovations to develop the “Flanigan’s” restaurant which we are currently developing at 14301 West Sunrise Boulevard, Sunrise, Florida (Store #85); (iv) advance the cost of renovations to develop the “Flanigan’s” restaurant which we are currently developing at 12215 Miramar Parkway, #250, Miramar, Florida (Store #25); and (v) advance the cost of renovations to develop the “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors” which we are currently developing at 12215 Miramar Parkway, #245, Miramar, Florida (Store #24). There can be no assurances as to the timing for us to construct the new building for the package liquor store and re-build the restaurant for Store #19 or to complete the renovations for the retail package liquor store for our Store #24 or to complete the renovations for the restaurants for Store #25 and Store #85.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We do not have off-balance sheet arrangements.

 

Recently Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

 

Recently Adopted

 

Effective September 29, 2019, we adopted Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases (“ASC 842”). The new guidance requires that lease arrangements be presented on the lessee’s balance sheet by recording a right-of-use asset and a lease liability equal to the present value of the related future minimum lease payments. We adopted the standard in the first quarter of fiscal 2020, using the modified retrospective approach.

 

We elected the transition package of practical expedients, under which we are not required to reassess (1) whether any expired or existing contracts are leases, or contain leases, (2) the lease classification for any expired or existing leases, and (3) initial direct costs for any existing leases. In addition, we made an accounting policy election to exclude leases with an initial term of twelve (12) months or less from the balance sheet. This standard had a material impact on the Consolidated Balance Sheets due to the recording of a right-of-use asset and lease liability and on the Consolidated Statements of Income due to the escalations of rent in the extensions but did not have a material impact on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

 

Issued

 

There are no recently issued accounting pronouncements that we have not yet adopted that we believe will have a material effect on our financial statements.

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Critical Accounting Policies

 

Our significant accounting policies are more fully described in Note 1 to our consolidated financial statements located in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, and expenses, and the related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. Actual results could differ from those estimates under different assumptions or conditions. We believe that the following critical accounting policies are subject to estimates and judgments used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements:

 

Estimated Useful Lives of Property and Equipment

 

The estimates of useful lives for property and equipment are significant estimates. Expenditures for the leasehold improvements and equipment when a restaurant is first constructed are material. In addition, periodic refurbishing takes place and those expenditures can be material. We estimate the useful life of those assets by considering, among other things, expected use, life of the lease on the building, and warranty period, if applicable. The assets are then depreciated using a straight line method over those estimated lives. These estimated lives are reviewed periodically and adjusted if necessary. Any necessary adjustment to depreciation expense is made in the income statement of the period in which the adjustment is determined to be necessary.

 

Consolidation of Limited Partnerships

 

As of October 2, 2021, we operate eight (8) restaurants as general partner of the limited partnerships that own the operations of these restaurants. We expect that any expansion which takes place in opening new restaurants will also result in us operating the restaurants as general partner. In addition to the general partnership interest we also purchased limited partnership units ranging from 5% to 49% of the total units outstanding. As a result of these controlling interests, we consolidate the operations of these limited partnerships with ours despite the fact that we do not own in excess of 50% of the equity interests. All intercompany transactions are eliminated in consolidation. The non-controlling interests in the earnings of these limited partnerships are removed from net income and are not included in the calculation of earnings per share.

 

Income Taxes

 

We account for our income taxes using FASB ASC Topic 740, “Income Taxes”, which requires among other things, recognition of future tax benefits measured at enacted rates attributable to deductible temporary differences between financial statement and income tax basis of assets and liabilities and to tax net operating loss carryforwards and tax credits to the extent that realization of said tax benefits is more likely than not. For discussion regarding our carryforwards refer to Note 9 to the consolidated financial statements for our fiscal year 2021.

 

Other Matters

 

Impact of Inflation

 

The primary inflationary factors affecting our operations are food, beverage and labor costs. A large number of restaurant personnel are paid at rates based upon applicable minimum wage and increases in minimum wage directly affect labor costs. Although inflation has had a material impact on our operating results, we have offset increased costs by increasing our menu prices.

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ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

As part of our ongoing operations, we are exposed to interest rate fluctuations on our borrowings. As more fully described in Note 12 “Fair Value Measurements of Financial Instruments” to the Consolidated Financial Statements included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” of this Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended October 2, 2021, we use interest rate swap agreements to manage these risks. These instruments are not used for speculative purposes but are used to modify variable rate obligations into fixed rate obligations.

 

At October 2, 2021, we had two variable rate debt instruments outstanding that are impacted by changes in interest rates. The interest rate of both variable rate debt instruments is equal to the lender’s LIBOR Rate plus two and one-quarter percent (2.25%) per annum. The debt instruments further provide that the “LIBOR Rate” is a rate of interest equal to the British Bankers Association LIBOR Rate or successor thereto approved by the lender if the British Bankers Association is no longer making a LIBOR rate available. In January 2013, we refinanced the mortgage loan encumbering the property where our combination package liquor store and restaurant located at 4 N. Federal Highway, Hallandale, Florida, (Store #31) operates, which mortgage loan is held by an unaffiliated third party lender (the “$1.405M Loan”). In December 2016, we closed on a secured revolving line of credit which entitled us to borrow, from time to time through December 28, 2017, up to $5,500,000 (the “Credit Line”), which on December 28, 2017 converted to a term loan (the “Term Loan”).

 

As a means of managing our interest rate risk on these debt instruments, we entered into interest rate swap agreements with our unrelated third party lender to convert these variable rate debt obligations to fixed rates. We are currently party to the following two (2) interest rate swap agreements:

 

(i)        The first interest rate swap agreement entered into in January 2013 relates to the $1.405M Loan (the “$1.405M Term Loan Swap”). The $1.405M Term Loan Swap requires us to pay interest for a twenty (20) year period at a fixed rate of 4.35% on an initial amortizing notional principal amount of $1,405,000, while receiving interest for the same period at LIBOR – 1 Month, plus 2.25%, on the same amortizing notional principal amount. We determined that at October 2, 2021, the interest rate swap agreement is an effective hedging agreement and the fair value was not material; and

 

(ii)        The second interest rate swap agreement entered into in December 2016 and became effective December 28, 2017, relates to the Term Loan (the “Term Loan Swap”). The Term Loan Swap requires us to pay interest for a five (5) year period at a fixed rate of 4.61% on an initial amortizing notional principal amount of $5,500,000, while receiving interest for the same period at LIBOR – 1 Month, plus 2.25%, on the same amortizing notional principal amount. We determined that at October 2, 2021, the interest rate swap agreement is an effective hedging agreement and the fair value was not material

 

Pursuant to our institutional lender, beginning January 1, 2022 it will no longer originated, renew or modify loans at LIBOR, except in limited situations which include transactions which reduce or hedge LIBOR exposure on contracts entered into before January 1, 2022. LIBOR rates will be published until June 30, 2023 and all principal and interest of the $1.405M Loan will be due in full on January 23, 2023 and all principal and interest of the Term Loan will be fully amortized and paid in full as of December 28, 2022 so the discontinuance of LIBOR rates will have no impact on us.

 

At October 2, 2021, our cash resources earn interest at variable rates. Accordingly, our return on these funds is affected by fluctuations in interest rates.

 

There is no assurance that interest rates will increase or decrease over our next fiscal year or that an increase will not have a material adverse effect on our operations.

 

ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

 

Our Consolidated Financial Statements and supplementary data are on pages F-1 through F-6.

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ITEM 9. CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES.

 

None

 

ITEM 9A. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES.

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

Based on evaluations as of the end of the period covered by this report, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, with the participation of our management team, have concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”)) were effective to ensure that information the Company is required to disclose in reports that it files or submits under the Securities Exchange Act is accumulated and communicated to management, including the CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure and is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms.

 

Management’s Assessment on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, performed an evaluation of the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting.  This evaluation was based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission in 2013 (“COSO”). Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that as of October 2, 2021, our internal control over financial reporting was effective.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

During the period covered by this report, we identified and addressed a material weakness in internal control related to our effectiveness in distinguishing between an operating lease and a finance lease for purposes of applying Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases (“ASC 842”). We adopted ASC 842 on September 29, 2019. There have been changes in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting. Management has made changes in internal control that are summarized in the Remediation Measures section below.

Remediation Measures

To address the material weakness described above we have implemented measures designed to ensure that control deficiencies contributing to the material weakness are remediated and that such controls are designed, implemented and operating effectively. The remediation actions include (i) developing a training program for our accounting personnel designed to ensure that they have the relevant expertise related to the application of ASC 842; (ii) developing and maintaining documentation relating to ASC 842 to promote knowledge transfer when changes occur in personnel; (iii) implementing a management review plan to monitor the impact of ASC 842 with focus on our financial reporting processes; and (iv) reporting on the remediation measures to the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors.

 

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Limitations on the Effectiveness of Controls and Permitted Omission from Management’s Assessment

 

Our internal control over financial reporting is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention or overriding of controls. Accordingly, even effective internal controls can only provide reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

This annual report does not include an attestation report of our independent registered public accounting firm regarding internal control over financial reporting. Management’s report was not subject to attestation by our independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to rules of the SEC that permit us to provide only management’s report in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

ITEM 9B. OTHER INFORMATION.

None.

 

PART III

 

ITEM 10. DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE.

 

The information required by Item 10 is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days from the end of our 2021 fiscal year. The information under the heading “Executive Officers” in Part I of this Form 10-K is also incorporated herein by reference.

 

ITEM 11. EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION.

 

The information required by Item 11 is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days from the end of our 2021 fiscal year.

 

ITEM 12. SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS.

 

The information required by Item 12 is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days from the end of our 2021 fiscal year.

 

ITEM 13. CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE.

 

The information required by Item 13 is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days from the end of our 2021 fiscal year.

 

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ITEM 14. PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES.

 

The information required by Item 14 is incorporated by reference to our Proxy Statement for our 2022 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission no later than 120 days from the end of our 2021 fiscal year.

 

 

PART IV

 

ITEM 15. EXHIBITS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENT SCHEDULES.

 

(a)(1) Financial Statements

 

See Part II, Item 8, “Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” for Financial Statements included with this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

(a)(2) Financial Statement Schedules

 

All other schedules have been omitted because the required information is not applicable or the information is included in the consolidated financial statements or the Notes thereto.

(a)(3) Exhibits

 

The exhibits listed on the accompanying Index to Exhibits are filed as part of this Annual Report.

 

 

        Incorporated by Reference    
Exhibit Number   Exhibit Description   Form   Date   Number   Filed
Herewith
2   Plan of Reorganization, Amended Disclosure Statement, Amended Plan of Reorganization, Modification of Amended Plan of Reorganization, Second Modification of Amended Plan of Reorganization, Order Confirming Plan of Reorganization   SB-2   5/5/1987   2    
                     
3   Restated Articles of Incorporation,  adopted January 9, 1984   10-K   12/29/1982   3    
                     
10(a)(1)   Employment Agreement with Joseph G. Flanigan*   DEF14A   1/27/1988   10(a)(1)    
                     
10(a)(2)   Form of Employment Agreement between Joseph G. Flanigan and the Company (as ratified and amended by the stockholders at the 1988 annual meeting is incorporated herein by reference).*   10-K       10(a)(1)    

 

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10(c)   Consent Agreement regarding the Company's Trademark Litigation   8-K   4/10/1985   10( c)    
                     
10(d)   King of Prussia(#850)Partnership Agreement*   8-K   4/10/1985   10(d)    
                     
10(o)   Management Agreement for Atlanta, Georgia, (#600)*   10-K   10/3/1992   10(o)    
                     
10(p)   Settlement Agreement with Former Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors (re #5)   10-K   10/3/1992   10(p)    
                     
10(q)   Hardware Purchase Agreement and Software License Agreement for restaurant point of sale system.   10-KSB   10/2/1993   10(q)    
                     
10(a)(3)   Key Employee Incentive Stock Option Plan   DEF14A   1/26/1994   10(a)(3)    
                     
10( r)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #13, Ltd,. between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner and fifty percent owner of the limited partnership, and Hotel Properties, LTD. *   10-KSB    9/30/1995    10(r)     
                     
10(s)   Form of Franchise Agreement between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. and Franchisees.*   10-KSB   9/30/1995   10(s)    
                     
10(t)   Licensing Agreement between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. and James B. Flanigan, dated November 4, 1996, for non-exclusive use of the service mark "Flanigan's" in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  *   10-KSB   9/28/1996   10(t)    
                     
10(u)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #15 Ltd., dated March 28, 1997, between B.D. 15 Corp. as General Partner and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as a limited partner owning twenty five percent of the limited partnership. *

 

  10-KSB   9/27/1997   10(u)    

 

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10(v)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #60 Ltd., dated July 8, 1997, between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning forty percent of the limited partnership. *   10-KSB   9/27/1997   10(v)    
                     
 10(w)   Stipulated Agreed Order of Dismissal upon Mediation with former franchisee.   10-KSB   9/27/1997   10(w)    
                     
10(x)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #70, Ltd. dated February 1999 between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as General Partner and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning forty percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-KSB   10/02/1999   10(x)    
                     
10(y)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #80, Ltd., dated May 2001, between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as General Partner and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc., as limited partner owning twenty five percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-KSB   9/29/2001   10(y)    

                   
10(z)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #95, Ltd., dated July 2001, between Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning twenty eight percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-KSB   9/29/2001   10(z)    
                     

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10(bb)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #65, Ltd., dated June 24, 2004, between Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner, and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning twenty six percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-K   10/2/2004   10(bb)    
                     
10(cc)   Amended and Restated Limited Partnership Certificate and Agreement of CIC Investors #13, Ltd., dated March 1, 2006, between Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner, Flanigan’s Management Services, Inc. and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning thirty nine percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-K   9/30/2006   10(cc)    
                     
10(dd)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #50, Ltd., dated October 17, 2006, between Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner, Flanigan’s Management Services, Inc. and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning sixteen percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-K   9/29/2007   10(dd)    
                     
10(ee)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #55, Ltd., dated December 12, 2006, between Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner, Flanigan’s Management Services, Inc. and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning forty eight percent of the limited partnership.  *   10-K   9/29/2007   10(ee)    

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 10(ff)   Limited Partnership Agreement of CIC Investors #90, Ltd., dated January 18, 2012, between Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc., as General Partner, Flanigan’s Management Services, Inc. and numerous limited partners, including Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. as limited partner owning five percent of the limited partnership. *   10-K   9/29/2012   10(ff)    
                     
 13   Registrant's Form 10-K constitutes the Annual Report to Shareholders for the fiscal year ended October 2, 2021.               X
                     
21(a)   Company's subsidiaries are set forth in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.               X
                     
31.1   Certification Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended of Chief Executive Officer.              
                     
31.2   Certification Pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and Rule 15d-14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended of Chief Financial Officer.              
                     
32.1   Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 of Chief Executive Officer.                 X
                     
32.2   Certification Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 of Chief Financial Officer.               X
                     
* Compensatory plan or arrangement.

 

 

List of XBRL documents as exhibits 101

 

 

ITEM 16. FORM 10-K SUMMARY

 

None.

 

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SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  FLANIGAN'S ENTERPRISES, INC.
   
  By: /s/ JAMES G. FLANIGAN II
  JAMES G. FLANIGAN II
  Chief Executive Officer
  Date: 1/14/2022
   
   
  By: /s/ JEFFREY D. KASTNER
  JEFFREY D. KASTNER
  Chief Financial Officer and Secretary
  (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
  Date: 1/14/2022

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in their capacities and on the dates indicated.

 

 

/s/ JAMES G. FLANIGAN II Chairman of the Board,        Date: 1/14/2022
James G. Flanigan II             Chief Executive Officer,  
  and Director  
     
     
/s/ JEFFREY D. KASTNER        Chief Financial Officer,       Date: 1/14/2022
Jeffrey D. Kastner Secretary and Director  
     
     
/s/ AUGUST BUCCI   Chief Operating Officer        Date: 1/14/2022
August Bucci        and Director  
     
     
/s/ MICHAEL B. FLANIGAN        Director         Date: 1/14/2022
Michael B. Flanigan    
     
     
/s/ PATRICK J. FLANIGAN Director Date: 1/14/2022
Patrick J. Flanigan    
     
     
/s/  CHRISTOPHER O’NEIL Vice President of Package      Date: 1/14/2022
Christopher O’Neil Operations and Director  
     
     
/s/ MARY ELIZABETH BENNETT     Director      Date: 1/14/2022
Mary Elizabeth Bennett    
     
     
/s/ CHRISTOPHER J. NELMS       Director  Date: 1/14/2022
Christopher J. Nelms    
     
     
/s/  JOHN P. FOSTER            Director   Date: 1/14/2022
John P. Foster    

 

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Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

OCTOBER 2, 2021 AND OCTOBER 3, 2020

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

PAGE

 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

F-1

 

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

Balance Sheets

F-2

 

Statements of Income

F-3

 

Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

F-4

 

Statements of Cash Flows

F-5 – F-6

 

Notes to Financial Statements

F-7 – F-39

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc.

Opinion on the Financial Statements

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. (the “Company”) as of October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, the related consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “financial statements”). In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, and the results of its operations and cash flows for each of the two years in the period ended October 2, 2021, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Basis for Opinion

These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's financial statements based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) ("PCAOB") and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting. As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements. We believe that our audits provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

Critical Audit Matters

The critical audit matters are matters arising from the current period audit of the financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. We determined that there are no critical audit matters.

/s/ Marcum llp

Marcum llp

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 1999.

West Palm Beach, FL

January 14, 2022

 

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

OCTOBER 2, 2021 AND OCTOBER 3, 2020

(rounded to the nearest thousandth, except share amounts)

ASSETS

2021

2020

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

32,676,000

$

29,922,000

Prepaid income taxes

139,000

74,000

Other receivables

450,000

681,000

Inventories

4,283,000

3,624,000

Prepaid expenses

2,242,000

2,207,000

Total current assets

39,790,000

36,508,000

 

Property and Equipment, Net

51,441,000

46,003,000

Construction in progress

5,445,000

981,000

56,886,000

46,984,000

 

Right-of-use asset, finance leases

4,749,000

Right-of-use asset, operating leases

28,559,000

22,150,000

28,559,000

26,899,000

 

Investment in Limited Partnerships

1,122,000

621,000

 

Other Assets:

Liquor licenses

822,000

630,000

Deferred tax assets

352,000

Leasehold interests, net

118,000

200,000

Other

705,000

290,000

Total other assets

1,645,000

1,472,000

Total assets

$

128,002,000

$

112,484,000

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

9,770,000

$

9,238,000

Due to franchisees

4,478,000

3,142,000

Current portion of long-term debt

2,555,000

5,094,000

Finance lease liability, current

4,772,000

Operating lease liability, current

2,009,000

3,116,000

Deferred revenue

1,411,000

Total current liabilities

20,223,000

25,362,000

 

Long-Term Debt, Net of Current Portion

19,560,000

21,229,000

 

Operating lease liability, non current

27,183,000

20,337,000

Deferred tax liabilities

406,000

Total liabilities

67,372,000

66,928,000

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

Equity:

Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. stockholders' equity

Common stock, $.10 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized; 4,197,642 shares

issued; 1,858,647 outstanding for years ended 2020 and 2019

420,000

420,000

Capital in excess of par value

6,240,000

6,240,000

Retained earnings

50,632,000

38,848,000

Treasury stock, at cost, 2,338,995 shares for the years

ended 2021 and 2020

(6,077,000

)

(6,077,000

)

Total Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. stockholders' equity

51,215,000

39,431,000

Noncontrolling interests

9,415,000

6,125,000

Total equity

60,630,000

45,556,000

Total liabilities and equity

$

128,002,000

$

112,484,000

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

Years Ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020

(rounded to the nearest thousandth, except share and per share amounts)

2021

2020

Revenues:

Restaurant food sales

$

84,466,000

$

68,685,000

Restaurant bar sales

20,832,000

15,967,000

Package store sales

29,304,000

26,276,000

Franchise-related revenues

1,673,000

1,260,000

Other operating income

262,000

109,000

Rental income

770,000

680,000

137,307,000

112,977,000

Costs and Expenses:

Cost of merchandise sold:

Restaurants and lounges

35,974,000

28,518,000

Package goods

22,348,000

19,192,000

Payroll and related costs

43,465,000

35,399,000

Occupancy costs

6,595,000

7,040,000

Selling, general and administrative expenses

20,275,000

19,917,000

128,657,000

110,066,000

 

Income from Operations

8,650,000

2,911,000

 

Other Income (Expense):

Interest expense

(938,000

)

(836,000

)

Interest and other income

58,000

49,000

Gain on forgiveness of PPP loans

10,136,000

Gain on sale of property and equipment

44,000

9,300,000

(787,000

)

 

Income Before Provision for Income Taxes

17,950,000

2,124,000

 

Benefit (Provision) for Income Taxes

(1,185,000

)

60,000

 

Net Income

16,765,000

2,184,000

 

Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

(4,981,000

)

(1,074,000

)

 

Net Income Attributable to Flanigan's Enterprises, Inc. Stockholders

$

11,784,000

$

1,110,000

 

 

 

Net Income Per Common Share:

Basic and Diluted

$

6.34

$

0.60

 

Weighted Average Shares and Equivalent Shares Outstanding:

Basic and Diluted

1,858,647

1,858,647

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 2, 2021 AND OCTOBER 3, 2020

(rounded to nearest thousandth, except share amounts)

Common Stock

Capital in

Treasury Stock

Excess of

Retained

Noncontrolling

Shares

Amount

Par Value

Earnings

Shares

Amount

Interests

Total

 

Balance, October 3, 2020

4,197,642

$

420,000

$

6,240,000

$

38,848,000

2,338,995

$

(6,077,000

)

$

6,125,000

$

45,556,000

Net income

11,784,000

4,981,000

16,765,000

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(1,691,000

)

(1,691,000

)

Balance, October 2, 2021

4,197,642

420,000

6,240,000

50,632,000

2,338,995

(6,077,000

)

9,415,000

60,630,000

 

 

 

 

Balance, September 28, 2019  

4,197,642

420,000

6,240,000

37,738,000

2,338,995

(6,077,000

)

6,208,000

44,529,000

Net income

1,110,000

1,074,000

2,184,000

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(1,157,000

)

(1,157,000

)

Balance, October 3, 2020

4,197,642

$

420,000

$

6,240,000

$

38,848,000

2,338,995

$

(6,077,000

)

$

6,125,000

$

45,556,000

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 2, 2021 AND OCTOBER 3, 2020

(rounded to nearest thousandth)

2021

2020

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net income

$

16,765,000

$

2,184,000

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash and cash equivalents provided by

operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

2,981,000

3,144,000

Amortization of leasehold interests

82,000

96,000

Amortization of finance lease right-of-use asset

198,000

Amortization of operating lease right-of-use asset

2,345,000

3,050,000

Gain on forgiveness of PPP loans

(10,136,000

)

Non-cash interest expense

109,000

Gain on sale of property and equipment

(44,000

)

53,000

Loss on abandonment of property and equipment

56,000

Amortization of deferred loan costs

75,000

33,000

Deferred income taxes

758,000

(103,000

)

Deferred revenues

1,411,000

Income from unconsolidated limited partnership

(125,000

)

(7,000

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

(Increase) decrease in:

Prepaid income taxes

(65,000

)

(19,000

)

Other receivables

231,000

57,000

Inventories

(659,000

)

(332,000

)

Prepaid expenses

1,524,000

930,000

Other assets

32,000

305,000

Increase (decrease) in:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

190,000

590,000

Operating lease liabilities

(3,015,000

)

(1,785,000

)

Due to franchisees

1,336,000

589,000

Net cash and cash equivalents provided by operating activities

14,049,000

8,785,000

 

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

Purchase of property and equipment

(6,519,000

)

(2,259,000

)

Purchase of construction in progress

(4,104,000

)

(379,000

)

Deposit on property and equipment

(509,000

)

(446,000

)

Purchase of liquor license

(192,000

)

Proceeds from sale of fixed assets

111,000

64,000

Insurance recovery

132,000

Distributions from unconsolidated limited partnership

28,000

22,000

Investment in limited partnership

(404,000

)

(405,000

)

Net cash and cash equivalents used in investing activities

(11,589,000

)

(3,271,000

)

 

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Payments of long-term debt

(4,100,000

)

(2,540,000

)

Deferred loan costs

(56,000

)

Proceeds from long-term debt

2,758,000

4,397,000

Proceeds from PPP loans

3,464,000

10,036,000

Principal payments on finance leases

(81,000

)

Distributions to noncontrolling interests

(1,691,000

)

(1,157,000

)

Net cash and cash equivalents provided by financing activities

294,000

10,736,000

 

Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents

2,754,000

16,250,000

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Beginning

29,922,000

13,672,000

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Ending

$

32,676,000

$

29,922,000

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Continued)

(rounded to nearest thousandth)

2021

2020

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:

Cash paid during the year for:

Interest

$

938,000

$

836,000

Income taxes

$

371,000

$

61,000

Supplemental Disclosure for Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities:

Financing of insurance contracts

$

1,429,000

$

1,317,000

Purchase deposits transferred to property and equipment

$

14,000

$

118,000

Purchase deposits transferred to construction in progress

$

48,000

$

10,000

Construction in progress transferred to property and equipment

$

$

700,000

Finance lease liabilities arising from right-of-use asset

$

$

4,772,000

Operating lease liabilities arising from right-of-use asset

$

8,754,000

$

25,177,000

Purchase of vehicle in exchange for debt

$

58,000

$

Purchase of property in exchange for debt

$

2,200,000

$

Construction in progress in accounts payable

$

312,000

$

See notes to consolidated financial statements.

Flanigan’s Enterprises, Inc. and Subsidiaries

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

YEARS ENDED OCTOBER 2, 2021 AND OCTOBER 3, 2020

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Organization and Capitalization

The Company was incorporated in 1959 and operates in South Florida as a chain of full-service restaurants and package liquor stores. Restaurant food and beverage sales make up the majority of our total revenue. As of October 2, 2021, we (i) operated 27 units consisting of restaurants, package liquor stores and combination restaurants/package liquor stores that we either own or have operational control over and partial ownership in; and (ii) franchise an additional five units, consisting of two restaurants, (one of which we operate) and three combination restaurants/package liquor stores. With the exception of one restaurant we operate under the name “The Whale’s Rib”, and in which we do not have an ownership interest, all of the restaurants operate under our service marks “Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill” or “Flanigan’s” and all of the package liquor stores operate under our service marks “Big Daddy’s Liquors” or “Big Daddy’s Wine & Liquors”.

The Company’s Articles of Incorporation, as amended, authorize us to issue and have outstanding at any one time 5,000,000 shares of common stock at a par value of $0.10 per share.

We operate under a 52-53 week year ending the Saturday closest to September 30. Our fiscal year 2021 is comprised of a 52-week period and our fiscal year 2020 is comprised of a 53-week period.

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and our subsidiaries, all of which are wholly owned, and the accounts of the eight limited partnerships in which we act as general partner and have controlling interests. All significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation.

Noncontrolling interests in consolidated subsidiaries are included in the consolidated balance sheets as a separate component of equity. We report consolidated net income inclusive of both the Company’s and the noncontrolling interests’ share, as well as amounts of consolidated net income (loss) attributable to each of the Company and the noncontrolling interests.

Use of Estimates

The consolidated financial statements and related disclosures are prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. We are required to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Use of Estimates (Continued)

disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and revenue and expenses during the period reported. These estimates include assessing the estimated useful lives of tangible assets, the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities and estimates relating to the calculation of incremental borrowing rates and length of leases associated with right-of-use assets and corresponding liabilities. Estimates and assumptions are reviewed periodically and the effects of revisions are reflected in our consolidated financial statements in the period they are determined to be necessary. Although these estimates are based on our knowledge of current events and actions we may undertake in the future, they may ultimately differ from actual results.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

We consider all highly liquid investments with an original maturity of three months or less at the date of purchase to be cash equivalents.

Inventories

Our inventories, which consist primarily of package liquor products, are stated at the lower of average cost or net realizable value.

Liquor Licenses

In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 350, “Intangibles - Goodwill and Other”, our liquor licenses are indefinite lived assets, which are not being amortized, but are tested annually for impairment (see Note 13).

Property and Equipment

Our property and equipment are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation and amortization. We capitalize expenditures for major improvements and depreciation commences when the assets are placed in service. We record depreciation on a straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives of the respective assets. We charge maintenance and repairs, which do not improve or extend the life of the respective assets, to expense as incurred. When we dispose of assets, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed from the accounts and any gain or loss is included in income.

Our estimated useful lives range from three to five years for vehicles and three to seven years for furniture and equipment. Leasehold improvements are currently being amortized over the shorter of the life of the lease or the life of the asset up to a maximum of 15 years. Our buildings of our corporate offices in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; our construction office/warehouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; our combination restaurant and package liquor stores in Hallandale, Florida and North Lauderdale, Florida; our restaurants in N. Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; our property in Sunrise, Florida which we lease to a limited partnership (Store #85), our property in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which we lease to a franchisee (Store #15), our package store in N. Miami, Florida, and our shopping center in Miami, Florida, all of which we own, are being depreciated over forty years. Building improvements are being depreciated over 20 years.

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Leasehold Interests

Our purchase of an existing restaurant location usually includes a lease to the business premises. As a result, a portion of the purchase price is allocated to the leasehold interest. We capitalize the cost of the leasehold interest and amortization commences upon our assumption of the lease. We amortize leasehold interests on a straight line basis over the remaining term of the lease.

Investment in Limited Partnerships

We use the consolidation method of accounting when we have a controlling interest in other companies and limited partnerships. We use the equity method of accounting when we have significant influence and an interest between twenty to fifty percent in other companies and limited partnerships, but do not exercise control. Under the equity method, our original investments are recorded at cost and are adjusted for our share of undistributed earnings or losses. All intercompany profits are eliminated.

Concentrations of Credit Risk

Financial instruments that potentially subject us to concentrations of credit risk are cash and cash equivalents.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

We maintain deposit balances with financial institutions which balances may, from time to time, exceed the federally insured limits, which are $250,000 for interest and non-interest bearing accounts. We have not experienced any losses in such accounts.

Major Suppliers

Throughout our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, we purchased substantially all of our food products from one major supplier. This major supplier represents 41% and 48% of our cost of goods sold and 24% and 27% of our accounts payable and accrued expenses as of October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, respectively. We believe that several other alternative vendors are available, if necessary.

Throughout our fiscal years 2021 and 2020, we purchased the majority of our alcoholic beverages from three local distributors. One of these three local distributors represents 26% and 27% of our cost of goods sold and 2% and 5% of our accounts payable and accrued expenses as of October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, respectively. Each distributor has exclusive rights from the manufacturers to sell specific brands in given areas, so unless the exclusive distribution rights are transferred to another vendor, there are no alternate distributors available.

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Revenue Recognition

Revenue-related to food, bar and package sales are recorded at the point of sale. Royalty-related revenues, which are 1% of package sales and 3% of restaurant sales, are recorded as income on a weekly basis, in arrears. We report our sales net of sales tax.

Our Big Daddy’s Good Customer Loyalty Program awards customers with a $20 Good Customer Gift Card, (“Gift Card”) to be used at our Flanigan’s Seafood Bar and Grill restaurants for every ten (10) purchases of at least $25 made by such customer at our Big Daddy’s Liquors package liquor stores. Pursuant to ASC 606, we recognize deferred revenue in the amount of the Gift Card upon the issuance of the Gift Card and reduce package liquor store revenue by a like amount. We recognize revenue when the Gift Card is redeemed in our restaurants or when it expires unused.

Pre-opening Costs

As new restaurants open, our income from operations will be adversely affected due to our obligation to fund pre-opening costs. Pre-opening costs are those typically associated with the opening of a new restaurant and generally include payroll costs associated with the new restaurant opening, rent and promotional costs. We expense pre-opening costs as incurred.

Advertising Costs

Our advertising costs are expensed as incurred. Advertising costs incurred during our fiscal years ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020 were approximately $218,000 and $330,000, respectively.

General Liability Insurance

We have general liability insurance which incorporates a deductible of $10,000 per occurrence for both us and the limited partnerships. Our insurance carrier is responsible for $1,000,000 coverage per occurrence above our deductible, up to a maximum aggregate of $2,000,000 per year. During our fiscal year ended October 2, 2021, we were able to purchase excess liability insurance, whereby our excess insurance carrier is responsible for $10,000,000 coverage above our primary general liability insurance coverage. We are un-insured against liability claims in excess of $11,000,000 per occurrence and in the aggregate.

Our general policy is to settle only those legitimate and reasonable claims asserted and to aggressively defend and go to trial, if necessary, on frivolous and unreasonable claims. Under our current liability insurance policy, any expense incurred by us in defending a claim, including attorney's fees, are a part of our $10,000 deductible.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

The respective carrying value of certain of our on-balance-sheet financial instruments approximated their fair value. These instruments include cash and cash equivalents, other receivables, accounts payables, accrued expenses and debt. We have assumed carrying values to approximate fair values for those financial instruments, which are short-term in nature or are receivable or payable on demand. We estimated the fair value of debt based on current rates offered to us for debt of comparable maturities and similar collateral requirements.

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Fair Value of Financial Instruments (Continued)

In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 820-10-50-1, we utilized a valuation model to determine the fair value of our swap agreements. As the valuation models for the swap agreements were based upon observable inputs, they are classified as Level 2 (see Note 17).

Derivative Instruments

We account for derivative instruments in accordance with FASB ASC Topic 815-10-05-4, “Accounting for Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities” as amended, which establishes accounting and reporting standards for derivative instruments, including certain derivative instruments embedded in other contracts, and hedging activities. In accordance with FASB ASC Topic 815-10-05-4, derivative instruments are recognized as assets or liabilities in the Company’s consolidated balance sheets and are measured at fair value. We recognize all changes in fair value through earnings unless the derivative is determined to be an effective hedge. We currently have two derivatives which we have designated as effective hedges (See Note 17).

Income Taxes

We account for our income taxes using FASB ASC Topic 740, “Income Taxes”, which requires the recognition of deferred tax liabilities and assets for expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the consolidated financial statements or tax returns. Under this method, deferred tax liabilities and assets are determined based on the difference between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to reverse.

We follow the provisions regarding Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, which require the recognition of a financial statement benefit of a tax position only after determining that the relevant tax authority would more likely than not sustain the position following an audit. For tax positions meeting the more likely than not threshold, the amount recognized in the financial statements is the largest benefit that has a greater than 50 percent likelihood of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the relevant tax authority. For our fiscal years ending October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020, we had no material unrecognized tax benefits and no adjustments to our financial position, results of operations or cash flows were required. Generally, federal, state and local authorities may examine the Company’s tax returns for three years from the date of filing and the current and prior three years remain subject to examination as of October 2, 2021. We do not expect that unrecognized tax benefits will increase within the next twelve months. We recognize accrued interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions as income tax expense.

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Long-Lived Assets

We continually evaluate whether events and circumstances have occurred that may warrant revision of the estimated life of our intangible and other long-lived assets or whether the remaining balance of our intangible and other long-lived assets should be evaluated for possible impairment. If and when such factors, events or circumstances indicate that intangible or other long-lived assets should be evaluated for possible impairment, we will determine the fair value of the asset by making an estimate of expected future cash flows over the remaining lives of the respective assets and compare that fair value with the carrying value of the assets in measuring their recoverability. In determining the expected future cash flows, the assets will be grouped at the lowest level for which there are cash flows, at the individual store level.

Earnings Per Share

We follow FASB ASC Topic 260 - “Earnings per Share.” This section provides for the calculation of basic and diluted earnings per share. Basic earnings per share includes no dilution. Earnings per share are computed by dividing income available to common stockholders by the basic and diluted weighted average number of common shares.

Recently Adopted and Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

Adopted

Effective September 29, 2019, we adopted Accounting Standards Codification 842, Leases (“ASC 842”). The new guidance requires that lease arrangements be presented on the lessee’s balance sheet by recording a right-of-use asset and a lease liability equal to the present value of the related future minimum lease payments. We adopted the standard using the modified retrospective approach. Upon adoption, we recorded a right-of-use asset of $27.8 million and a lease liability of $27.8 million.

We elected the transition package of practical expedients, under which we are not required to reassess (1) whether any expired or existing contracts are leases, or contain leases, (2) the lease classification for any expired or existing leases, and (3) initial direct costs for any existing leases. In addition, we made an accounting policy election to exclude leases with an initial term of twelve (12) months or less from the balance sheet. This standard had a material impact on the Consolidated Balance Sheets due to the recording of a right-of-use asset and lease liability and on the Consolidated Statements of Income due to the escalations of rent in the extensions but did not have a material impact on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

NOTE 1. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES (Continued)

Recently Issued

The FASB issued guidance, Reference Rate Reform (Topic 848): Facilitation of the Effects of Reference Rate Reform on Financial Reporting, which provides optional expedient and exceptions for applying generally accepted accounting principles to contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions affected by reference rate reform if certain criteria are met. In response to the concerns about structural risks of interbank offered rates (“IBORs”) and, particularly, the risk of cessation of the LIBOR, regulators in several jurisdictions around the world have undertaken reference rate reform initiatives to identify alternative reference rates that are more observable or transaction based and less susceptible to manipulation. This accounting standards update provides companies with optional guidance to ease the potential accounting burden associated with transitioning away from reference rates that are expected to be discontinued. LIBOR rates will be published until June 30, 2023 and all principal and interest of the $1.405M Loan will be due in full on January 23, 2023 and all principal and interest of the Term Loan will be fully amortized and paid in full as of December 28, 2022 so the discontinuance of LIBOR rates will have no impact on us.

NOTE 2. PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT

2021

2020

 

Furniture and equipment

$

12,970,000

$

12,381,000

Leasehold improvements

26,456,000

25,355,000

Land and land improvements

25,922,000

21,289,000

Building and improvements

20,418,000

19,455,000

Vehicles

1,856,000

1,635,000

87,622,000

80,115,000

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

(36,181,000

)

(34,112,000

)

51,441,000

46,003,000

Construction in progress

5,445,000

981,000

$

56,886,000

$

46,984,000

Depreciation and amortization expense for the fiscal years ended October 2, 2021 and October 3, 2020 was approximately $2,981,000 and $3,144,000, respectively.

NOTE 3. LEASEHOLD INTERESTS

2021

2020