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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-Q
xQUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED July 30, 2023
OR
¨TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM                   TO           
Commission File No. 001-35664
Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware35-2382255
(State of Incorporation)(I.R.S. Employer ID)
1221 S. Beltline Rd., Suite 500, Coppell, Texas, 75019
(214)357-9588
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)(Registrant’s telephone number)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Title of each classTrading Symbol(s)Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock $0.01 par valuePLAYNASDAQ Global Select Market
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None
Indicate by checkmark 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 x No ¨
Indicate by checkmark 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 x No ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filerxAccelerated 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 checkmark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
As of August 31, 2023, the registrant had 42,945,327 shares of common stock, $0.01 par value per share, outstanding.



DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
FORM 10-Q FOR QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED JULY 30, 2023
TABLE OF CONTENTS
  Page
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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.    Financial Statements
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
July 30, 2023January 29, 2023
(Unaudited) (Audited)
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$82.6 $181.6 
Inventories43.7 45.4 
Prepaid expenses25.1 19.5 
Income taxes receivable33.2 25.5 
Accounts receivable23.4 21.7 
Total current assets208.0 293.7 
Property and equipment (net of $1,130.2 and $1,043.7 of accumulated depreciation as of July 30, 2023 and January 29, 2023, respectively)
1,221.7 1,180.2 
Operating lease right of use assets, net1,352.7 1,333.6 
Tradenames178.2 178.2 
Goodwill742.5 744.5 
Other assets and deferred charges26.3 30.8 
Total assets$3,729.4 $3,761.0 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Current installments of long-term debt$9.0 $8.5 
Accounts payable69.6 84.7 
Accrued liabilities340.8 342.9 
Income taxes payable3.1 1.9 
Total current liabilities422.5 438.0 
Deferred income taxes83.5 66.3 
Operating lease liabilities1,586.8 1,567.8 
Other liabilities43.5 55.7 
Long-term debt, net1,278.7 1,222.7 
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, par value $0.01; authorized: 400.00 shares; issued: 62.69 shares at July 30, 2023 and 62.42 at January 29, 2023; outstanding: 42.97 shares at July 30, 2023 and 48.41 at January 29, 2023
0.6 0.6 
Preferred stock, 50.00 authorized; none issued
  
Paid-in capital590.1 577.5 
Treasury stock, 19.72 and 14.01 shares as of July 30, 2023 and January 29, 2023, respectively
(843.8)(639.0)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(0.8)(0.9)
Retained earnings568.3 472.3 
Total stockholders’ equity314.4 410.5 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$3,729.4 $3,761.0 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (UNAUDITED)
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Entertainment revenues$360.8 $311.4 $753.9 $610.6 
Food and beverage revenues181.3 157.0 385.5 308.9 
Total revenues542.1 468.4 1,139.4 919.5 
Cost of entertainment34.4 29.1 68.7 55.9 
Cost of food and beverage49.2 46.5 105.2 89.7 
Total cost of products83.6 75.6 173.9 145.6 
Operating payroll and benefits127.0 113.6 257.6 207.0 
Other store operating expenses169.1 142.5 339.1 266.9 
General and administrative expenses32.2 37.7 63.6 66.0 
Depreciation and amortization expenses49.1 38.6 98.0 71.9 
Pre-opening costs4.0 3.9 8.7 6.9 
Total operating costs465.0 411.9 940.9 764.3 
Operating income77.1 56.5 198.5 155.2 
Interest expense, net32.9 17.1 63.6 28.5 
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 1.5 11.2 1.5 
Income before provision for income taxes33.0 37.9 123.7 125.2 
Provision for income taxes7.1 8.8 27.7 29.1 
Net income25.9 29.1 96.0 96.1 
Unrealized foreign currency translation gain0.1  0.1  
Unrealized gain on derivatives, net of tax 1.4  2.7 
Total other comprehensive gain0.1 1.4 0.1 2.7 
Total comprehensive income$26.0 $30.5 $96.1 $98.8 
Net income per share:
Basic$0.60 $0.60 $2.11 $1.97 
Diluted$0.60 $0.59 $2.09 $1.95 
Weighted average shares used in per share calculations:
Basic43.0148.8345.4748.71
Diluted43.3849.2745.8349.36
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.

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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY (UNAUDITED)
(in millions)
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 30, 2023
Common StockPaid-In
Capital
Treasury Stock At CostAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Retained
Earnings
Total
SharesAmt.SharesAmt.
Balance January 29, 202362.42$0.6 $577.5 14.01$(639.0)$(0.9)$472.3 $410.5 
Net income— — — — 70.1 70.1 
Share-based compensation— 6.7 — — — 6.7 
Issuance of common stock0.09— 0.1 — — — 0.1 
Repurchase of common stock— — 3.62(127.5)— — (127.5)
Balance April 30, 202362.51$0.6 $584.3 17.63$(766.5)$(0.9)$542.4 $359.9 
Net income— — — — 25.9 25.9 
Unrealized foreign currency translation gain— — — 0.1 — 0.1 
Share-based compensation— 5.2 — — — 5.2 
Issuance of common stock0.18— 0.6 — — — 0.6 
Repurchase of common stock— — 2.09(77.3)— — (77.3)
Balance July 30, 202362.69$0.6 $590.1 19.72$(843.8)$(0.8)$568.3 $314.4 
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 31, 2022
Common StockPaid-In
Capital
Treasury Stock At CostAccumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss
Retained
Earnings
Total
SharesAmt.SharesAmt.
Balance January 30, 202261.56$0.6 $548.8 13.07$(605.4)$(3.6)$335.1 $275.5 
Net income— — — — 67.0 67.0 
Derivatives, net of tax— — — 1.3 — 1.3 
Share-based compensation— 3.6 — — — 3.6 
Issuance of common stock0.25— 5.6 — — — 5.6 
Repurchase of common stock— — 0.03(1.2)— — (1.2)
Balance May 1, 202261.81$0.6 $558.0 13.10$(606.6)$(2.3)$402.1 $351.8 
Net income— — — — 29.1 29.1 
Derivatives, net of tax— — — 1.4 — 1.4 
Share-based compensation— 4.7 — — — 4.7 
Issuance of common stock0.40— — — — — — 
Repurchase of common stock— — 0.89(30.6)— — (30.6)
Balance July 31, 202262.21$0.6 $562.7 13.99$(637.2)$(0.9)$431.2 $356.4 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(in millions)
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 30, 2023Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 31, 2022
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income$96.0 $96.1 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense98.0 71.9 
Non-cash interest expense6.0 3.8 
Deferred taxes16.3 18.9 
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 1.5 
Share-based compensation11.9 8.3 
Other, net5.9 5.1 
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of assets and liabilities acquired:
Inventories1.7 (1.7)
Prepaid expenses(5.6)(3.9)
Income tax receivable(7.7)30.2 
Accounts receivable(1.6)(2.3)
Other assets and deferred charges3.5 0.9 
Accounts payable(23.5)(20.3)
Accrued liabilities(18.5)26.9 
Income taxes payable1.2 0.2 
Other liabilities1.4 (2.5)
Net cash provided by operating activities:196.2 233.1 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capital expenditures(133.8)(99.9)
Acquisition of a business, net of cash acquired (822.7)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment0.4 0.4 
Net cash used in investing activities:(133.4)(922.2)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from term loan and revolver87.4 821.5 
Term loan and revolver payments(44.3)(14.0)
Debt issuance costs(3.1)(17.7)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options0.7 5.6 
Repurchases of common stock under share repurchase program(200.0)(25.0)
Repurchases of common stock to satisfy employee withholding tax obligations(2.5)(6.8)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities:(161.8)763.6 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents(99.0)74.5 
Beginning cash and cash equivalents181.6 25.9 
Ending cash and cash equivalents$82.6 $100.4 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Change in fixed asset accounts payable$8.4 $5.2 
Cash paid (refund received) for income taxes, net$17.8 $(20.6)
Cash paid for interest, net$57.9 $22.0 
See accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)

Note 1: Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc. (referred to herein as the “Company”, “we,” “us” and “our”), any predecessor companies and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Dave & Buster’s Holdings, Inc. (“D&B Holdings”), which owns 100% of the outstanding common stock of Dave & Buster’s, Inc. (“D&B Inc”), the operating company. The Company, headquartered in Coppell, Texas, is a leading operator of high-volume entertainment and dining venues (“stores”) in North America for adults and families.
On June 29, 2022 (the “Closing Date”), the Company completed its acquisition (the “Main Event Acquisition” or “the Acquisition”) of 100% of the equity interests of Ardent Leisure US Holding Inc. (“Ardent US”), pursuant to that certain Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”), dated April 6, 2022, by and among the Company, Ardent US, Delta Bravo Merger Sub, Inc, the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiary formed for the purpose of completing the transactions set forth in the Merger Agreement, for the limited purposes set forth therein, Ardent Leisure Group Limited (“Ardent”), and, for the limited purposes set forth therein, RB ME LP (“RedBird”) and RB ME Blocker, LLC, RB ME Series 2019 Investor Aggregator LP and RedBird Series 2019 GP Co-Invest, LP. Refer to Note 2, Business Combinations, for further discussion of the Main Event Acquisition.
During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company opened seven stores, and as of July 30, 2023, the Company owned and operated 211 stores in 42 states, Puerto Rico and one Canadian province.
The Company operates its business as two operating segments based on its major brands, Dave & Buster's and Main Event. The Company has one reportable segment as both brands provide similar products and services to a similar customer base, are managed together by a single management team and share similar economic characteristics.
The Company operates on a 52 or 53-week fiscal year that ends on the Sunday after the Saturday closest to January 31. Each quarterly period reported has 13 weeks. Fiscal 2023, which ends on February 4, 2024, has 53 weeks. Fiscal 2022, which ended on January 29, 2023, had 52 weeks.
The Company’s financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States for interim financial information as prescribed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Accordingly, they do not include all the information and notes required by GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, these financial statements contain all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring accruals, necessary to present fairly the financial position, results of operations and cash flows for the periods indicated. Our quarterly financial data should be read in conjunction with the audited financial statements and notes thereto for the year ended January 29, 2023, included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K. Amounts in the consolidated financial statements of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q are presented in millions. The amounts in the consolidated financial statements, and the notes thereto, of our Annual Report on Form 10-K were presented in thousands.
The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and related disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and for the period then ended. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Operating results for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim period or for the full fiscal year ending February 4, 2024.
Cash and cash equivalents — We consider transaction settlements in process from credit card companies and all highly-liquid investments with original maturities of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Our cash management system provides for the daily funding of all major bank disbursement accounts as checks are presented for payment. Under this system, outstanding checks in excess of the cash balances at certain banks create book overdrafts. There were no book overdrafts as of July 30, 2023 or as of January 29, 2023.
Fair value of financial instruments — Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date under current market conditions. In determining fair value, the accounting standards establish a three-level hierarchy for inputs used in measuring fair value.
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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
The carrying amounts of cash and cash equivalents, accounts and notes receivable, accounts payable, and other current liabilities approximate fair value because of their short-term nature. The fair value of the Company’s debt is determined based on traded price data as of the measurement date, which we classify as a level two input within the fair value hierarchy as defined under GAAP. The fair value of the Company's debt was as follows as of the periods indicated:
July 30, 2023January 29, 2023
Revolving credit facility$  
Term loan900.6 864.5 
Senior secured notes446.0 441.8 
$1,346.6 $1,306.3 
The Company also measures certain non-financial assets (primarily property and equipment, right-of-use assets, goodwill, tradenames, and other assets) at fair value on a non-recurring basis in connection with its periodic evaluations of such assets for potential impairment. The Company recorded $1.7 of property and equipment impairment that was removed from service during the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023.
Revenues — Our entertainment revenues primarily consist of attractions including redemption and simulation games, bowling, laser tag, billiards and gravity ropes. Our food and beverage revenues consist of full meals, appetizers and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The Company's revenue for these categories was as follows:
Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Entertainment$353.1 $308.1 $739.2 $605.2 
Other (1)
7.7 3.3 14.7 5.4 
Entertainment revenues$360.8 $311.4 $753.9 $610.6 
Food and non-alcoholic beverages$125.1 $109.4 $261.2 $210.8 
Alcoholic beverages56.2 47.6 124.3 98.1 
Food and beverage revenues$181.3 $157.0 $385.5 $308.9 
(1)     Primarily consists of revenue earned from party rentals and gift card redemptions and breakage (see Revenue recognition below).
Revenue recognition — Customers purchase cards with game play credits or “chips” to be used on a variety of redemption and simulation games. Entertainment revenues related to game play are primarily recognized as game play credits are used by customers to activate video and redemption games. Redemption games allow customers to earn tickets, which may be redeemed for prizes. We have deferred a portion of entertainment revenues for the estimated unfulfilled performance obligations related to unredeemed tickets. The deferral is based on an estimated rate of future use by customers of unused game play credits and the material right provided to customers to redeem tickets in the future for prizes. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, we recognized revenue of approximately $43.7 related to the amount in deferred entertainment revenues as of the end of fiscal 2022. These revenues are included in Entertainment revenues on the consolidated comprehensive income statement.
We recognize revenue on unredeemed gift cards in proportion to the pattern of redemption by the customers. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, we recognized revenue of approximately $6.2 related to the amount in deferred gift card revenue as of the end of fiscal 2022. These revenues are included in Entertainment revenues on the consolidated comprehensive income statements.
Earnings per share — Basic net income per share is computed by dividing net income available to common shareholders by the basic weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the reporting period. Diluted net income per share reflects the potential dilution that could occur if securities or other contracts to issue common stock were exercised or converted into common stock. For the calculation of diluted net income per share, the basic weighted average shares outstanding is increased by the dilutive effect of stock options and restricted share awards. Stock options and
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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
restricted share awards with an anti-dilutive effect are not included in the diluted net income per share calculation. Basic weighted average shares outstanding are reconciled to diluted weighted average shares outstanding as follows:
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Basic weighted average shares outstanding43.0148.8345.4748.71
Weighted average dilutive impact of awards0.370.440.360.65
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding43.3849.2745.8349.36
Weighted average awards excluded as anti-dilutive
0.510.290.510.18
Acquisitions — The Company accounts for acquisitions under the acquisition method of accounting, which requires the acquired assets and liabilities, including contingencies, be recorded at fair value determined on the acquisition date and changes thereafter reflected in income. For significant acquisitions, the Company obtains independent third-party valuation studies for certain of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed to assist the Company in determining fair value. The estimation of the fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed involves a number of estimates and assumptions that could differ materially from the actual amounts realized. The Company provides assumptions, including both quantitative and qualitative information, about the specified asset or liability to the third-party valuation firms so they can assist in determining the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired. The Company then records acquired assets and liabilities at their estimated fair value based on the information provided. The third-party valuation firms are supervised by Company personnel who are knowledgeable about valuations and fair value. The Company evaluates the appropriateness of the assumptions and valuation methodologies utilized by the third-party valuation firms.
Recent accounting pronouncements — We reviewed the accounting pronouncements that became effective for fiscal year 2023 and determined that either they were not applicable, or they did not have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements. We also reviewed the recently issued accounting pronouncements to be adopted in future periods and determined that they are not expected to have a material impact on the consolidated financial statements.
Note 2: Business Combinations
On June 29, 2022, the Company acquired Main Event for net cash and contingent consideration. Main Event is also focused on food, drinks, and entertainment, largely for the demographic target of families with young children. The acquisition is expected to put the Company in a strategic position for accelerated, profitable growth in both brands as well as create cost synergies with our Dave & Buster’s brand. We finalized our accounting for the Main Event Acquisition during the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023.
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NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
The components of the purchase price and net assets acquired in the Main Event Acquisition are as follows:
 Amount
Gross cash consideration$853.2 
Contingent consideration (1)
13.8 
Less: cash acquired(34.5)
Total consideration paid$832.5 
Assets: 
Current assets16.9 
Property and equipment338.3 
Operating lease right of use assets297.2 
Tradename99.2 
Other assets and deferred charges5.8 
Liabilities: 
Accounts payable20.1 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities11.6 
Accrued liabilities41.6 
Operating lease liabilities279.2 
Deferred tax liabilities35.8 
Other liabilities6.5 
Net assets acquired, excluding goodwill$362.6 
Goodwill$469.9 
(1)The Company has an obligation to pay, in cash, an aggregate amount equal to any “Transaction Tax Benefits,” with respect to any taxable year of the Company after the Closing Date ending on or before December 31, 2028, including the current taxable year. This amount is based on the present value of the maximum amount provided in the Merger Agreement.
Unaudited Pro Forma Information
To reflect the Acquisition as if it had occurred on January 31, 2022, the unaudited pro forma results include adjustments to reflect, among other things, the interest expense from debt financings obtained to partially fund the cash consideration transferred. Pro forma adjustments were tax effected at the Company’s historical statutory rates in effect for the respective periods. The unaudited pro forma amounts are not necessarily indicative of the combined results of operations that would have been realized had the acquisitions and related financings occurred on the aforementioned dates, nor are they meant to be indicative of any anticipated combined results of operations that the Company will experience after the transaction. In addition, the amounts do not include any adjustments for actions that may be taken following the completion of the transaction, such as expected cost savings, operating synergies, or revenue enhancements that may be realized subsequent to the transaction.
The following unaudited pro forma information provides the effect of the Main Event Acquisition as if the acquisition had occurred on January 31, 2022:
Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022July 31, 2022
Revenues$544.6 $1,120.1 
Net income$20.4 $92.7 
The historical consolidated financial information of the Company and Main Event, as presented in the table above, has been adjusted to give effect to pro forma events that are directly attributable to the acquisition and related financing arrangements and are factually supportable.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Note 3: Goodwill and Tradename Assets
The changes in the carrying amount of goodwill and tradename assets during fiscal 2023 and fiscal 2022 are as follows:
GoodwillTradename
Balance at January 30, 2022$272.6 $79.0 
Acquisition of Main Event (1)
471.9 99.2 
Balance at January 29, 2023$744.5 $178.2 
Adjustments to Main Event goodwill (1)(2)
(2.0) 
Balance at July 30, 2023$742.5 $178.2 
(1)     See Note 2 for discussion of the Main Event acquisition.
(2)     Adjustments to preliminary purchase price recorded during the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023. The Company finalized its purchase accounting related to the Main Event acquisition in the second quarter of fiscal 2023.
Note 4: Accrued Liabilities
Accrued liabilities consist of the following as of the end of each period:
July 30, 2023January 29, 2023
Deferred entertainment revenue$119.5 $114.4 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities, net (1)
69.1 64.1 
Compensation and benefits37.9 60.6 
Accrued interest15.7 15.8 
Deferred gift card revenue13.4 16.4 
Customer deposits9.8 8.7 
Property taxes13.2 13.1 
Sales and use and other taxes9.3 10.6 
Occupancy and variable rent costs6.1 9.4 
Utilities7.9 7.2 
Current portion of long-term insurance5.7 6.7 
Other33.2 15.9 
Total accrued liabilities$340.8 $342.9 
(1)The balance of leasehold incentive receivables of $5.4 and $6.0 as of July 30, 2023 and January 29, 2023, respectively, is reflected as a reduction of the current portion of operating lease liabilities.
Note 5: Leases
We currently lease most of the buildings or sites for our stores, store support center, and warehouse space under facility operating leases. These leases typically have initial terms ranging from ten to twenty years and include one or more options to renew. When determining the lease term, we include option periods for which renewal is reasonably certain. Most of the leases require us to pay property taxes, insurance, and maintenance of the leased assets. Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants. Operating leases also include certain equipment leases that have a term in excess of one year. Certain facility leases also have provisions for additional contingent rentals based on revenues.
Operating lease cost, variable lease cost and short-term lease cost related primarily to our facilities is included in “Other store operating expenses” for our operating stores, “Pre-opening costs” for our stores not yet operating, or “General and administrative expenses” for our store support center and warehouse, in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
The components of lease expense, including variable lease costs primarily consisting of common area maintenance charges and property taxes, are as follows:
Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Operating lease cost$49.2 $38.8 $97.2 $73.6 
Variable lease cost8.9 9.1 19.6 18.9 
Short-term lease cost0.9 0.3 1.6 0.4 
Total$59.0 $48.2 $118.4 $92.9 
Operating lease payments in the table above includes minimum lease payments for future sites for which the leases have commenced. As of July 30, 2023, the Company had signed lease agreements with total lease payments of approximately $183.6 related to ten facility leases which had not yet commenced. Fixed minimum lease payments related to these facilities are not included in the right-of-use assets and lease liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet as of July 30, 2023.
Note 6: Debt
Long-term debt consists of the following:
July 30, 2023January 29, 2023
Credit facility—revolver$ $ 
Credit facility—term loan900.0 847.9 
Senior secured notes440.0 440.0 
Total debt outstanding1,340.0 1,287.9 
Less current installments of long-term debt(9.0)(8.5)
Less issue discounts and debt issuance costs(52.3)(56.7)
Long-term debt, net$1,278.7 $1,222.7 
June 29, 2022 Credit Facility
In connection with the closing of the Main Event Acquisition on June 29, 2022, D&B Inc entered into a senior secured credit agreement, which refinanced the $500.0 existing revolving facility, extended the maturity date to June 29, 2027, and added a new term loan facility in the aggregate principal amount of $850.0, with a maturity date of June 29, 2029 (“Credit Facility”). The proceeds of the term loan, net of an original issue discount of $42.5, were used to pay the consideration for the Acquisition. The revolving credit facility can expire before the stated maturity date if the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the 7.625% senior notes (described below) exceeds $100.0 91 days prior to November 1, 2025. A portion of the revolving facility not to exceed $35.0 is available for the issuance of letters of credit.
As of July 30, 2023, we had letters of credit outstanding of $9.8 and an unused commitment balance of $490.2 under the revolving facility. The Credit Facility may be increased through incremental facilities, by an amount equal to the greater of (i) $400.0 and (ii) 0.75 times trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, plus additional amounts subject to compliance with applicable leverage ratio and/or interest coverage ratio requirements. The Credit Facility is unconditionally guaranteed by D&B Holdings and certain of D&B Inc’s existing and future wholly owned material domestic subsidiaries.
During fiscal 2020, the Company issued $550.0 aggregate principal amount of 7.625% senior secured notes (the “Notes”). Interest on the Notes is payable in arrears on November 1 and May 1 of each year. The Notes mature on November 1, 2025, unless earlier redeemed, and are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the related indenture. The Notes were issued by D&B Inc and are unconditionally guaranteed by D&B Holdings and certain of D&B Inc’s existing and future wholly owned material domestic subsidiaries. During fiscal 2022, the Company redeemed a total of $110.0 outstanding principal amount of the Notes. The Company may elect to further redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at certain specified redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest, at the redemption date.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
First Amendment to the Credit Facility (the "Amendment")
On June 30, 2023, D&B Inc entered into the Amendment with its banking syndicate, which amended the Credit Facility. The Amendment provides for a new tranche of term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $900.0 (the “2023 Term B Loans”) which consist of $843.6 of 2023 refinancing Term B Loans which refinanced in full the term loans outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment effective date and $56.4 of 2023 additional Term B Loans, which will be used for general corporate and working capital purposes. The 2023 Term B Loans were issued with an original issue discount of 1%, reduced the interest rate margin applicable to term loans and revolving loans outstanding under the Credit Agreement by 1.25% and otherwise have terms substantially the same as the terms of the existing Term B Loans under the June 29, 2022 Credit Facility. The 2023 Term B Loans may be prepaid at any time, without premium or penalty, but are subject to a prepayment premium of 1.00% (subject to certain exceptions) if certain refinancing of, or amendment to, reduce the all-in-yield of the 2023 Term B Loans is made at any time during the first six months after the Amendment effective date.
The 2023 Term B Loans will bear interest at Term SOFR (plus an additional credit spread adjustment of 0.10%) or ABR (each, as defined in the amended Credit Agreement) plus (i) in the case of Term SOFR loans, 3.75% per annum and (ii) in the case of ABR loans, 2.75% per annum. The Revolving Loans will continue to bear interest subject to a pricing grid based on the Borrower’s net total leverage, at Term SOFR (plus an additional credit spread adjustment of 0.10%) plus a spread ranging from 3.00% to 3.50% per annum or ABR plus a spread ranging from 2.00% to 2.50% per annum. Unused commitments under the revolving facility incur initial commitment fees of 0.30% to 0.50%.
Loss on debt refinancing and amortization of issuance costs
Immediately prior to the Amendment, the Company had $46.9 of unamortized issuance discounts and costs. As certain lenders exited the syndicate and were replaced by new syndicate members and the term loan facility was increased in size, a portion of the term loan facility was deemed extinguished and a portion was determined to be modified. As a result, $8.5 of unamortized costs were written off and $2.7 of new fees were expensed on the modified portion resulting in a total charge of $11.2 included in loss on debt refinancing on the consolidated statement of income for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The remaining $38.4 of the unamortized issuance discounts and $9.4 of new issuance discount and costs were deferred and will be amortized into interest expense, net.
Amortization of debt issuance costs and original issue discount was $3.0 and $2.6 for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 and July 31, 2022, respectively. The Company’s weighted average effective interest rate on our total debt facilities was 10.3% and 10.1% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 and July 31, 2022, respectively.
Restrictive covenants and debt compliance
Our debt agreements contain restrictive covenants that, among other things, place certain limitations on our ability to incur additional indebtedness, make loans or advances to subsidiaries and other entities, pay dividends, acquire other businesses or sell assets. The Credit Facility also requires the Company to maintain a maximum net total leverage ratio, as defined, as of the end of each fiscal quarter. We were in compliance with our covenants and the terms of our debt agreements as of July 30, 2023.
Note 7: Commitments and Contingencies
We are subject to certain legal proceedings and claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business, including claims alleging violations of federal and state law regarding workplace and employment matters, discrimination, slip-and-fall and other customer-related incidents and similar matters. In the opinion of management, based upon consultation with legal counsel, the amount of ultimate liability, with respect to such legal proceedings and claims will not materially affect the consolidated results of our operations or our financial condition. Legal costs related to such claims are expensed as incurred.
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
Note 8: Stockholders' Equity and Share-Based Compensation
Share issuances and repurchases
The Company treats shares withheld for tax purposes on behalf of our employees in connection with the vesting of time-based and performance restricted stock units as common stock repurchases because they reduce the number of shares that would have been issued upon vesting. These were immaterial for all periods presented.
On March 27, 2023, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program with an authorization limit of $100.0. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company repurchased the full $100.0 authorized amount. On April 19, 2023, our Board of Directors approved an increase to the authorization limit of $200.0 for a total of $300.0 authorized under the program. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company repurchased 5.70 million shares at an average of $35.12 per share. The remaining dollar value of shares that may be repurchased under the program is $100.0 as of July 30, 2023. The repurchase program expires at the end of fiscal 2023.
Share-based compensation
Our compensation expense related to share-based compensation was as follows:
Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
General and administrative expenses$5.2 $4.7 $11.9 $8.3 
Our share-based compensation award activity during the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 was as follows:
Options Restricted
Stock Units
Total
Outstanding at January 29, 20230.981.892.87
Granted0.080.260.34
Exercised(0.03)(0.03)
RSU vestings n/a (0.23)(0.23)
Forfeited(0.05)(0.13)(0.18)
Outstanding at July 30, 20230.981.792.77
Remaining unrecognized compensation expense$4.6 $39.1 $43.7 
The fair value of our time-based and performance-based restricted stock units is based on our closing stock price on the date of grant. The grant date fair value of stock options was determined using the Black-Scholes option valuation model. The grant date fair value of performance-based awards with market conditions was determined using the Monte Carlo valuation model. The unrecognized expense will all be substantially recognized by the end of fiscal 2025.
During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company granted certain options, time-based, performance-based, and market-based restricted stock units to employees and directors of the Company. These grants vest over a range of one year to 5 years. Certain of the market-based restricted stock units can vest earlier if the targets are achieved prior to that time. As a result, the requisite service period for such grants was determined to be less than the explicit service period.
Note 9: Income Taxes
The effective tax rate for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, was 22.4%, compared to 23.3% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The current year tax provision includes a favorable state apportionment impact resulting from the acquisition of Main Event and legal entity restructuring as well as lower permanent differences, primarily non-deductible transaction costs as compared to the prior year.
On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) was signed into law. Intended to provide economic relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the CARES Act includes provisions,
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DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(in millions, except per share amounts)
among others, allowing for the carryback of net operating losses generated in fiscal 2018, 2019 and 2020. The Company has $24.2 of federal tax refunds remaining from the fiscal 2020 carryback claim filed during fiscal 2021.
Note 10: Subsequent Event
On September 4, 2023, our Board of Directors authorized an additional $100.0 under an existing share repurchase program (see Note 8), under which the Company may repurchase shares on the open market, through privately negotiated transactions and through trading plans. The share repurchase program may be modified, suspended, or discontinued at any time. After the additional authorized amount, the remaining dollar value of shares that may be repurchased under the program is $200.0. Future decisions to repurchase shares continue to be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be dependent on our operating performance, financial condition, capital expenditure requirements and other factors that the Board of Directors considers relevant.
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Item 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations should be read together with the accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements and the related notes in Item 1 and with the audited consolidated financial statements and the related notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 28, 2023. Amounts included in the following discussion, except for operating weeks and per share amounts, are rounded in millions.
Unless otherwise specified, the meanings of all defined terms in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” are consistent with the meanings of such terms as defined in the Notes to Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements. This discussion contains statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). These forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, including the terms “believes,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “will” or “should” or, in each case, their negative or other variations or comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include all matters that are not historical facts. They appear in a number of places throughout this report and include statements regarding our intentions, beliefs or current expectations concerning, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, liquidity, prospects, growth, strategies and the industry in which we operate.
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. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this quarterly report as a result of various factors, including those set forth in the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 28, 2023. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this Form 10-Q, such results or developments may not be indicative of results or developments in subsequent periods.
Quarterly Financial Highlights
Record second quarter revenue of $542.1 million increased 15.7% from the second quarter of 2022.
Pro forma combined comparable store sales (including Main Event branded stores) decreased 6.3% compared with the same period in 2022 and increased 5.8% compared with the same period in 2019.
Net income totaled $25.9 million, or $0.60 per diluted share, compared with net income of $29.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share in the second quarter of 2022.
Record Adjusted EBITDA of $140.3 million in the quarter increased 21.3% from the second quarter of 2022.
Ended the second quarter with $568.8 million of liquidity, which included $82.6 million in cash and $490.2 million available under its $500 million revolving credit facility.
The Company purchased 2.1 million shares at a total cost of $74.5 million in the second quarter. Total share repurchases to date in fiscal 2023 are 5.7 million shares totaling $200.0 million and representing 11.8% of the Company's outstanding shares as of the end of fiscal 2022.
The Company opportunistically amended its credit agreement, reducing the interest rate margin applicable to term loans and revolving loans outstanding under the credit agreement by 1.25%.
The Company opened two new Dave & Buster's stores in Lubbock, TX and Queen Creek, AZ and one new Main Event store in Greenville, SC in the second quarter. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company opened one new Dave & Buster's store in Des Moines, IA and one new Main Event store in Fayetteville, NC.
General
We are a leading owner and operator of high-volume venues in North America that combine dining and entertainment for both adults and families under the “Dave & Buster’s” and “Main Event” brands. The core of our concept is to offer our customers quality dining and various forms of entertainment all in one location. Our entertainment offerings provide an extensive assortment of attractions centered around playing games, bowling, and watching live sports and other televised events. Our brands appeal to a relatively balanced mix of male and female adults, as well as families and
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teenagers. We believe we appeal to a diverse customer base by providing a highly customizable experience in a dynamic and fun setting.
Our Dave & Buster’s stores average 40,000 square feet and range in size between 16,000 and 70,000 square feet. Our Main Event stores average 54,000 square feet and range in size between 37,500 and 78,000 square feet. Generally, our stores are open seven days a week, with normal hours of operation generally from between 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. until midnight, with stores typically open for extended hours on weekends.
Key Measures of Our Performance
We monitor and analyze several key performance measures to manage our business and evaluate financial and operating performance, including:
Comparable store sales. Comparable store sales are a comparison of sales to the same period of prior years for the comparable store base. We historically define the comparable store base to include those stores open for a full 18 months before the beginning of the fiscal year and excluding stores permanently closed during the period. For fiscal 2023, our comparable store base consists of 141 Dave & Buster's branded stores. Our Main Event branded stores are not included in comparable store sales for the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023.
New store openings. Our ability to expand our business and reach new customers is influenced by the opening of additional stores in both new and existing markets. The success of our new stores is indicative of our brand appeal and the efficacy of our site selection and operating models. For the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, we opened seven new stores (three Dave & Buster's branded stores and four Main Event branded stores).
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we provide non-GAAP measures which present operating results on an adjusted basis. These are supplemental measures of performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP and include Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Credit Adjusted EBITDA, Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization and Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization Margin (defined below). These non-GAAP measures do not represent and should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flows from operations, as determined in accordance with GAAP, and our calculations thereof may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for measures of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Although we use these non-GAAP measures to assess the operating performance of our business, they have significant limitations as an analytical tool because they exclude certain material costs. For example, Adjusted EBITDA does not take into account a number of significant items, including our interest expense and depreciation and amortization expense. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain other costs which may be important in analyzing our GAAP results. Because Adjusted EBITDA does not account for these expenses, its utility as a measure of our operating performance has material limitations. Our calculations of Adjusted EBITDA adjust for these amounts because they do not directly relate to the ongoing operations of the currently underlying business of our stores and therefore complicate comparison of the underlying business between periods. Nevertheless, because of the limitations described above, management does not view Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Credit Adjusted EBITDA, Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization or Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization Margin in isolation and also uses other measures, such as revenues, gross margin, operating income and net income to measure operating performance.
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin. We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net income (loss), plus interest expense, net, loss on debt refinancing, provision (benefit) for income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, loss on asset disposal, impairment of long-lived assets, share-based compensation, currency transaction (gains) losses and other costs. “Adjusted EBITDA Margin” is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenues.
Adjusted EBITDA is presented because we believe that it provides useful information to investors and analysts regarding our operating performance. By reporting Adjusted EBITDA, we provide a basis for comparison of our business operations between current, past and future periods by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance.
Credit Adjusted EBITDA
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We define “Credit Adjusted EBITDA” as Adjusted EBITDA plus certain other items as defined in our Credit Facility (see Liquidity and Capital Resources below). Other adjustments include (i) entertainment revenue deferrals, (ii) the cost of new projects, including store pre-opening costs, (iii) business optimization expenses and other restructuring costs, and (iv) other costs and adjustments as permitted by the debt agreements. We believe the presentation of Credit Adjusted EBITDA is appropriate as it provides additional information to investors about the calculation of, and compliance with, certain financial covenants in the Credit Facility.
Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization and Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization Margin.
We define “Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization” as operating income (loss), plus depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses and pre-opening costs. “Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization Margin” is defined as Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization divided by total revenues. Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization Margin allows us to evaluate operating performance of each store across stores of varying size and volume.
We believe that Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization is another useful measure in evaluating our operating performance because it removes the impact of general and administrative expenses, which are not incurred at the store level, and the costs of opening new stores, which are non-recurring at the store level, and thereby enables the comparability of the operating performance of our stores for the periods presented. We also believe that Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization is a useful measure in evaluating our operating performance within the entertainment and dining industry because it permits the evaluation of store-level productivity, efficiency, and performance, and we use Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization as a means of evaluating store financial performance compared with our competitors. However, because this measure excludes significant items such as general and administrative expenses and pre-opening costs, as well as our interest expense, net, loss on debt refinancing and depreciation and amortization expense, which are important in evaluating our consolidated financial performance from period to period, the value of this measure is limited as a measure of our consolidated financial performance.
Presentation of Operating Results
We operate on a 52-week or 53-week fiscal year that ends on the Sunday after the Saturday closest to January 31. Each quarterly period has 13 weeks, except in a 53-week year when the fourth quarter has 14 weeks. All references to the second quarter of 2023 relate to the 13-week period ended July 30, 2023. All references to the second quarter of 2022 relate to the 13-week period ended July 31, 2022. Fiscal 2023 consists of 53 weeks and fiscal 2022 consists of 52 weeks. All dollar amounts are presented in millions, unless otherwise noted, except per share amounts.
Store-Level Variability, Quarterly Fluctuations, Seasonality and Inflation
We operate stores varying in size and have experienced significant variability among stores in volumes, operating results and net investment costs.
Our new stores typically open with sales volumes in excess of their expected long-term run-rate levels, which we refer to as a “honeymoon” effect. We traditionally expect our new store sales volumes in year two to be 10% to 20% lower than our year one targets, and to grow in line with the rest of our comparable store base thereafter. As a result of the substantial revenues associated with each new store, the number and timing of new store openings will result in significant fluctuations in quarterly results.
New store operating margins (excluding pre-opening expenses) during the first year of operation historically benefit from honeymoon sales leverage on occupancy, management labor and other fixed costs. This benefit is partially offset by normal inefficiencies in hourly labor and other costs associated with establishing a new store. In year two, operating margins may decline due to the loss of honeymoon sales leverage on fixed costs which is partially offset by improvements in store operating efficiency.
Our operating results historically have fluctuated due to seasonal factors. Typically, we have higher revenues associated with the spring and year-end holidays, which will continue to be susceptible to the impact of severe or unseasonably mild weather on customer traffic and sales during that period. Our third quarter, which encompasses the back-to-school fall season, has historically had lower revenues as compared to other quarters.
We expect that economic and environmental conditions and changes in regulatory legislation will continue to exert pressure on both supplier pricing and consumer spending related to entertainment and dining alternatives. There is no assurance that our cost of products will remain stable or that federal, state, or local minimum wage rates will not increase
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beyond amounts currently legislated, however, the effects of any supplier price increase or wage rate increases might be partially offset by selective price increases if competitively appropriate.
Thirteen Weeks Ended July 30, 2023 Compared to Thirteen Weeks Ended July 31, 2022
Results of operations. The following table sets forth selected data, in millions of dollars and as a percentage of total revenues (unless otherwise noted) for the periods indicated. All information is derived from the accompanying unaudited consolidated statements of comprehensive income.
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Entertainment revenues$360.8 66.6 %$311.4 66.5 %
Food and beverage revenues181.3 33.4 %157.0 33.5 %
Total revenues542.1 100.0 %468.4 100.0 %
Cost of entertainment
(% of entertainment revenues)
34.4 9.5 %29.1 9.3 %
Cost of food and beverage
(% of food and beverage revenues)
49.2 27.1 %46.5 29.6 %
Total cost of products83.6 15.4 %75.6 16.1 %
Operating payroll and benefits127.0 23.4 %113.6 24.3 %
Other store operating expenses169.1 31.2 %142.5 30.4 %
General and administrative expenses32.2 5.9 %37.7 8.0 %
Depreciation and amortization expenses49.1 9.1 %38.6 8.2 %
Pre-opening costs4.0 0.7 %3.9 0.8 %
Total operating costs465.0 85.8 %411.9 87.9 %
Operating income77.1 14.2 %56.5 12.1 %
Interest expense, net32.9 6.1 %17.1 3.7 %
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 2.1 %1.5 0.3 %
Income before provision for income taxes33.0 6.1 %37.9 8.1 %
Provision for income taxes7.1 1.3 %8.8 1.9 %
Net income$25.9 4.8 %$29.1 6.2 %
Company-owned stores at end of period211200
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EBITDA
The following table reconciles (in millions of dollars and as a percent of total revenues) Net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated:
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Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Net income$25.9 4.8 %$29.1 6.2 %
Interest expense, net32.9 17.1 
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 1.5 
Provision for income taxes7.1 8.8 
Depreciation and amortization expense49.1 38.6 
EBITDA126.2 23.3 %95.1 20.3 %
Loss on asset disposal— 0.2 
Impairment of long-lived assets1.7 1.8 
Share-based compensation5.2 4.7 
Transaction and integration costs5.3 13.9 
System implementation costs1.7 — 
Other items, net0.2 — 
Adjusted EBITDA$140.3 25.9 %$115.7 24.7 %
Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization
The following table reconciles (in millions of dollars and as a percent of total revenues) Operating income to Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization for the periods indicated:
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Operating income$77.1 14.2 %$56.5 12.1 %
General and administrative expenses32.2 37.7 
Depreciation and amortization expense49.1 38.6 
Pre-opening costs4.0 3.9 
Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization$162.4 30.0 %$136.7 29.2 %
Capital Additions
The table below reflects accrual-based capital additions. Capital additions do not include any reductions for accrual-based leasehold improvement incentives or proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions (collectively, “Payments from landlords”).
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
New store and operating initiatives$48.0 $37.0 
Games7.9 17.8 
Maintenance capital31.7 7.3 
Total capital additions$87.6 $62.1 
Payments from landlords$4.9 $7.2 
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Results of Operations
Revenues
Selected revenue and store data (in millions except for store operating weeks) for the periods indicated are as follows:
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022Change
Total revenues$542.1 $468.4 $73.7 
Total store operating weeks2,730 2,171 559 
Comparable store revenues$370.6 $399.0 $(28.4)
Comparable store operating weeks1,833 1,833 — 
Noncomparable store revenues—Dave & Buster’s$36.3 $17.6 $18.7 
Noncomparable store operating weeks—Dave & Buster’s166 78 88 
Noncomparable store revenues—Main Event$133.7 51.4 $82.3 
Noncomparable store operating weeks—Main Event731 260 471 
Other revenues and deferrals$1.5 $0.4 $1.1 
Revenue mix by category, as a percentage of total revenues, for the periods indicated was as follows:
Thirteen Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Entertainment revenues66.6 %66.5 %
Food revenues23.1 %23.4 %
Beverage revenues10.3 %10.1 %
Total revenues increased $73.7 million, or 15.7%, to $542.1 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $468.4 million in the second quarter of 2022. The increase in revenue is primarily attributable to $82.3 million of increased revenue from our Main Event stores, which were acquired on June 29, 2022, and $18.7 million in incremental revenue from new, noncomparable, Dave & Buster's stores, partially offset by a 7.1% decrease in comparable store sales. The decrease in comparable store revenue is due primarily to a reduction in walk-in transaction counts relative to the robust consumer environment of the prior year period, partially offset by increases in food and beverage prices and increases in special event bookings.
Comparable entertainment revenues in the second quarter of 2023 decreased by $21.7 million, or 8.2%, to $241.5 million from $263.2 million in the second quarter of 2022. Food sales at comparable stores decreased by $6.9 million, or 7.3%, to $87.7 million in the second quarter of 2023 from $94.6 million in the second quarter of 2022. Beverage sales at comparable stores increased by $0.2 million, or 0.5%, to $41.4 million in the second quarter of 2023 from $41.2 million in the second quarter of 2022.
Cost of products
The total cost of products was $83.6 million for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $75.6 million for the second quarter of 2022. The total cost of products as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 15.4% for the second quarter of 2023 compared to 16.1% for the second quarter of 2022.
Cost of entertainment was $34.4 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $29.1 million in the second quarter of 2022. The cost of entertainment, as a percentage of entertainment revenues, increased to 9.5% for the second quarter of 2023 from 9.3% in the second quarter of 2022.
Cost of food and beverage products was $49.2 million for the second quarter of 2023 compared to $46.5 million for the second quarter of 2022. Cost of food and beverage products, as a percentage of food and beverage revenues, decreased to 27.1% for the second quarter of 2023 from 29.6% for the second quarter of 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable to food and beverage menu price increases and the mix of products sold.
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Operating payroll and benefits
Total operating payroll and benefits was $127.0 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $113.6 million in the second quarter of 2022. The total cost of operating payroll and benefits as a percentage of total revenues was 23.4% in the second quarter of 2023 compared to 24.3% in the second quarter of 2022. This decrease is primarily due to labor management efficiencies, partially offset by hourly wage rate and manager salary increases.
Other store operating expenses
Other store operating expenses was $169.1 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $142.5 million in the second quarter of 2022. The increase is primarily due to the additional store operating hours related to our Main Event stores, the impact of Dave & Buster’s new store openings, and higher occupancy costs, utilities, maintenance, security, cleaning services and marketing costs. Other store operating expense as a percentage of total revenues increased to 29.8% in the second quarter of 2023 compared to 29.0% in the second quarter of 2022. This increase in basis points was due primarily to increased occupancy costs, security, cleaning services, and marketing costs.
General and administrative expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased to $32.2 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $37.7 million in the second quarter of 2022. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was driven primarily by synergies subsequent to the Main Event acquisition, partially offset by higher stock based compensation expense and system implementation costs. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 5.9% in the second quarter of 2023 compared to 8.0% in the second quarter of 2022 due primarily to sales leverage.
Depreciation and amortization expense
Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $49.1 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $38.6 million in the second quarter of 2022, primarily due to the addition of Main Event.
Pre-opening costs
Pre-opening costs increased to $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $3.9 million in the second quarter of 2022 primarily due to pre-opening costs related to Main Event stores, partially offset by a decrease in costs related to the timing of Dave & Buster's store openings in 2023.
Interest expense, net
Interest expense, net increased to $32.9 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $17.1 million in the second quarter of 2022 due primarily to an increase in average outstanding debt. See further discussion of the Company's debt activity at Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.
Loss on debt refinancing
Loss on debt refinancing increased to $11.2 million in the second quarter of 2023 compared to $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2022 due primarily to debt refinancing in June of 2023 and June of 2022, respectively. See further discussion of the Company's debt activity at Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.
Provision for income taxes
The effective tax rate for the second quarter of 2023 was 21.5%, compared to 23.2% for the second quarter of 2022. The second quarter of 2023 includes a favorable state apportionment impact resulting from the acquisition of Main Event and legal entity restructuring as well as lower permanent differences, primarily non-deductible transaction costs as compared to the prior year.
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Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 30, 2023 Compared to Twenty-Six Weeks Ended July 31, 2022
Results of operations. The following table sets forth selected data, in millions of dollars and as a percentage of total revenues (unless otherwise noted) for the periods indicated. All information is derived from the accompanying unaudited consolidated statements of comprehensive income.
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Entertainment revenues$753.9 66.2 %$610.6 66.4 %
Food and beverage revenues385.5 33.8 %308.9 33.6 %
Total revenues1,139.4 100.0 %919.5 100.0 %
Cost of entertainment
(% of entertainment revenues)
68.7 9.1 %55.9 9.2 %
Cost of food and beverage
(% of food and beverage revenues)
105.2 27.3 %89.7 29.0 %
Total cost of products173.9 15.3 %145.6 15.8 %
Operating payroll and benefits257.6 22.6 %207.0 22.5 %
Other store operating expenses339.1 29.8 %266.9 29.0 %
General and administrative expenses63.6 5.6 %66.0 7.2 %
Depreciation and amortization expenses98.0 8.6 %71.9 7.8 %
Pre-opening costs8.7 0.8 %6.9 0.8 %
Total operating costs940.9 82.6 %764.3 83.1 %
Operating income198.5 17.4 %155.2 16.9 %
Interest expense, net63.6 5.6 %28.5 3.1 %
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 1.0 %1.5 0.2 %
Income before provision for income taxes123.7 10.9 %125.2 13.6 %
Provision for income taxes27.7 2.4 %29.1 3.2 %
Net income$96.0 8.4 %$96.1 10.5 %
Company-owned stores at end of period211200

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Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Adjusted EBITDA
The following table reconciles (in millions of dollars and as a percent of total revenues) Net income to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods indicated:
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Net income$96.0 8.4 %$96.1 10.5 %
Interest expense, net63.6 28.5 
Loss on debt refinancing11.2 1.5 
Provision for income taxes27.7 29.1 
Depreciation and amortization expense98.0 71.9 
EBITDA296.5 26.0 %227.1 24.7 %
Loss on asset disposal0.7 0.4 
Impairment of long-lived assets1.7 1.8 
Share-based compensation11.9 8.3 
Transaction and integration costs8.0 18.3 
System implementation costs3.2 — 
Other items, net0.3 — 
Adjusted EBITDA$322.3 28.3 %$255.9 27.8 %
Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization
The following table reconciles (in millions of dollars and as a percent of total revenues) Operating income to Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization for the periods indicated:
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
Operating income$198.5 17.4 %$155.2 16.9 %
General and administrative expenses63.6 66.0 
Depreciation and amortization expense98.0 71.9 
Pre-opening costs8.7 6.9 
Store Operating Income Before Depreciation and Amortization$368.8 32.4 %$300.0 32.6 %
Capital Additions
The table below reflects accrual-based capital additions. Capital additions do not include any reductions for accrual-based leasehold improvement incentives or proceeds from sale-leaseback transactions (collectively, “Payments from landlords”).
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 31, 2022
New store and operating initiatives$87.0 $72.1 
Games8.1 19.3 
Maintenance capital47.1 13.6 
Total capital additions$142.2 $105.0 
Payments from landlords$7.2 $7.9 
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Results of Operations
Revenues
Selected revenue and store data (in millions except for store operating weeks) for the periods indicated are as follows:
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022Change
Total revenues$1,139.4 $919.5 $219.9 
Total store operating weeks5,374 4,047 1,327 
Comparable store revenues$797.9 $844.6 $(46.7)
Comparable store operating weeks3,666 3,666 — 
Noncomparable store revenues—Dave & Buster’s$67.3 $22.7 $44.6 
Noncomparable store operating weeks—Dave & Buster’s309 121 188 
Noncomparable store revenues—Main Event272.0 51.4 220.6 
Noncomparable store operating weeks—Main Event1,399 260 1,139 
Other revenues and deferrals$2.2 $0.8 $1.4 
Revenue mix by category, as a percentage of total revenues, for the periods indicated was as follows:
Twenty-Six Weeks Ended
July 30, 2023July 31, 2022
Entertainment revenues66.2 %66.4 %
Food revenues22.9 %22.9 %
Beverage revenues10.9 %10.7 %
Total revenues increased $219.9 million, or 23.9%, to $1,139.4 in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $919.5 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The increase in revenue is primarily attributable to $220.6 million of increased revenue from our Main Event stores, which were acquired on June 29, 2022, and $44.6 million in revenue from new, noncomparable, Dave & Buster's stores, partially offset by a 5.5% decrease in comparable store sales. The decrease in comparable store revenue is due primarily to a reduction in walk-in transaction counts relative to the robust consumer environment of the prior year period, partially offset by increases in food and beverage prices and increases in special event bookings.
Comparable entertainment revenues in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 decreased by $42.4 million, or 7.6%, to $518.5 million from $560.9 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. Food sales at comparable stores decreased by $5.9 million, or 3.1%, to $187.3 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 from $193.2 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. Beverage sales at comparable stores increased by $1.6 million, or 1.8%, to $92.1 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 from $90.5 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022.
Cost of products
The total cost of products was $173.9 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 and $145.6 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The total cost of products as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 15.3% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to 15.8% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022.
Cost of entertainment increased to $68.7 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $55.9 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The cost of entertainment, as a percentage of entertainment revenues, decreased to 9.1% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 from 9.2% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022.
Cost of food and beverage products increased to $105.2 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $89.7 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. Cost of food and beverage products, as a percentage of food and beverage revenues, decreased to 27.3% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 from 29.0%
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for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The decrease was primarily attributable food and beverage menu price increases and product mix.
Operating payroll and benefits
Total operating payroll and benefits increased to $257.6 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $207.0 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The total cost of operating payroll and benefits as a percentage of total revenues was 22.6% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to 22.5% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. This increase is primarily due to hourly wage rate and manager salary increases, partially offset by labor management efficiencies.
Other store operating expenses
Other store operating expenses increased to $339.1 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $266.9 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The increase is primarily due to the additional store operating hours related to our Main Event stores, the impact of Dave & Buster’s new store openings, and higher occupancy costs, utilities, maintenance, security, cleaning services and marketing costs. Other store operating expense as a percentage of total revenues increased to 29.8% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to 29.0% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. This increase in basis points was due primarily to increased security, cleaning services, and marketing costs.
General and administrative expenses
General and administrative expenses decreased to $63.6 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $66.0 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The decrease in general and administrative expenses was driven primarily by $18.3 million of transaction and integration costs during the prior year period, partially offset by higher stock based compensation expense and system implementation costs. General and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenues decreased to 5.6% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to 7.2% in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 due primarily to the reasons noted above.
Depreciation and amortization expense
Depreciation and amortization expense increased to $98.0 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $71.9 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022, primarily due to the acquired Main Event stores.
Pre-opening costs
Pre-opening costs increased to $8.7 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $6.9 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 primarily related to growth in the pipeline of new store openings in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022.
Interest expense, net
Interest expense, net increased to $63.6 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $28.5 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 due primarily to an increase in average outstanding debt. See further discussion of the Company's debt activity at Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.
Loss on debt refinancing
Loss on debt refinancing increased to $11.2 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $1.5 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 due to the debt refinancing in June of 2023 and June of 2022, respectively. See further discussion of the Company's debt activity at Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.
Provision for income taxes
The effective tax rate for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 was 22.4%, compared to 23.3% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022. The current year tax provision includes a favorable state apportionment impact resulting from the acquisition of Main Event and legal entity restructuring as well as lower permanent differences, primarily non-deductible transaction costs as compared to the prior year.
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Liquidity and Capital Resources
Debt
In connection with the closing of the Main Event Acquisition on June 29, 2022, D&B Inc entered into a senior secured credit agreement, which refinanced the $500.0 million existing revolving facility, extended the maturity date to June 29, 2027, and added a new term loan facility in the aggregate principal amount of $850.0 million, with a maturity date of June 29, 2029 (“Credit Facility”). The proceeds of the term loan, net of an original issue discount of $42.5 million, were used to pay the consideration for the Acquisition. The revolving credit facility can expire before the stated maturity date if the aggregate outstanding principal amount of the 7.625% senior secured notes (described below) exceeds $100.0 million 91 days prior to November 1, 2025. A portion of the revolving facility not to exceed $35.0 million is available for the issuance of letters of credit.
On June 30, 2023, D&B Inc entered into the Amendment with its banking syndicate, which amended the Credit Facility. The Amendment provides for a new tranche of term loans in an aggregate principal amount of $900.0 (the “2023 Term B Loans”) which consist of $843.6 of 2023 refinancing Term B Loans which refinanced in full the term loans outstanding immediately prior to the Amendment effective date and $56.4 of 2023 additional Term B Loans, which will be used for general corporate and working capital purposes. The 2023 Term B Loans were issued with an original issue discount of 1%, reduced the interest rate margin applicable to term loans and revolving loans outstanding under the Credit Agreement by 1.25% and otherwise have terms substantially the same as the terms of the existing Term B Loans under the June 29, 2022 Credit Facility. The 2023 Term B Loans may be prepaid at any time, without premium or penalty, but are subject to a prepayment premium of 1.00% (subject to certain exceptions) if certain refinancing of, or amendment to, reduce the all-in-yield of the 2023 Term B Loans is made at any time during the first six months after the Amendment effective date.
The 2023 Term B Loans will bear interest at Term SOFR (plus an additional credit spread adjustment of 0.10%) or ABR (each, as defined in the amended Credit Agreement) plus (i) in the case of Term SOFR loans, 3.75% per annum and (ii) in the case of ABR loans, 2.75% per annum. The Revolving Loans will continue to bear interest subject to a pricing grid based on the Borrower’s net total leverage, at Term SOFR (plus an additional credit spread adjustment of 0.10%) plus a spread ranging from 3.00% to 3.50% per annum or ABR plus a spread ranging from 2.00% to 2.50% per annum. Unused commitments under the revolving facility incur initial commitment fees of 0.30% to 0.50%.
As of July 30, 2023, we had letters of credit outstanding of $9.8 million and an unused commitment balance of $490.2 under the revolving facility. The Credit Facility may be increased through incremental facilities, by an amount equal to the greater of (i) $400.0 million and (ii) 0.75 times trailing twelve-month Adjusted EBITDA, as defined, plus additional amounts subject to compliance with applicable leverage ratio and/or interest coverage ratio requirements. The Credit Facility is unconditionally guaranteed by D&B Holdings and certain of D&B Inc’s existing and future wholly owned material domestic subsidiaries.
During fiscal 2020, the Company issued $550.0 million aggregate principal amount of 7.625% senior secured notes (the “Notes”). Interest on the Notes is payable in arrears on November 1 and May 1 of each year. The Notes mature on November 1, 2025, unless earlier redeemed, and are subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the related indenture. The Notes were issued by D&B Inc and are unconditionally guaranteed by D&B Holdings and certain of D&B Inc’s existing and future wholly owned material domestic subsidiaries. During fiscal 2022, the Company redeemed a total of $110.0 million outstanding principal amount of the Notes. Beginning October 27, 2022, the Company may elect to further redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, at certain specified redemption prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest, at the redemption date.
The Company’s weighted average effective interest rate on our total debt facilities was 10.3% and 10.1% for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 and July 31, 2022, respectively.
Our debt agreements contain restrictive covenants that, among other things, place certain limitations on our ability to incur additional indebtedness, make loans or advances to subsidiaries and other entities, pay dividends, acquire other businesses or sell assets. The Credit Facility also requires the Company to maintain a maximum net total leverage ratio, as defined, as of the end of each fiscal quarter, beginning with the Company’s first full fiscal quarter after the Closing Date. We were in compliance with our covenants and the terms of our debt agreements as of July 30, 2023.

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Credit Adjusted EBITDA and Net Total Leverage Ratio.
The following table reconciles Net income to Credit Adjusted EBITDA, as defined in our Credit Facility for the periods indicated:
Trailing Four Quarters Ended July 30, 2023
Net income$137.0
Add back:
Interest expense, net122.5
Loss on debt refinancing11.2
Provision for income taxes35.1
Depreciation and amortization expense195.4
EBITDA501.2
Add back:
Loss on asset disposal1.1
Impairment of long-lived assets1.7
Share-based compensation23.6
Transaction and integration costs14.9
System implementation costs3.8
Pre-opening costs16.4
Entertainment revenue deferrals12.3
Other items, net0.4
Credit Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure$575.4
The following table calculates Net Total Leverage Ratio, as defined in our Credit Facility, as of and for the period indicated:
As Of And For The Trailing Four Quarters
Ended July 30, 2023
Credit Adjusted EBITDA (a)$575.4
Total debt (1)
$1,287.7
Less: Cash and cash equivalents$(82.6)
Add: Outstanding letters of credit$9.8
Net debt (b)$1,214.9
Net Total Leverage Ratio (b / a)2.1 x
(1) Amount equals the face amount of debt outstanding less unamortized debt issuance costs and debt discount.
Dividends and Share Repurchases
On March 27, 2023, our Board of Directors approved a share repurchase program with an authorization limit of $100.0. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company repurchased the full $100.0 authorized amount. On April 19, 2023, our Board of Directors approved an increase to the authorization limit of $200.0 for a total of $300.0 authorized under the program. During the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023, the Company repurchased 5.70 million shares at an average of $35.12 per share. The remaining dollar value of shares that may be repurchased under the program is $100.0 as of July 30, 2023. The repurchase program expires at the end of fiscal 2023.
There were no dividends declared or paid during the thirteen and twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023. Future decisions to pay cash dividends or repurchase shares continue to be at the discretion of the Board of Directors and will be dependent on our operating performance, financial condition, capital expenditure requirements, compliance with debt agreements and other factors that the Board of Directors considers relevant.
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Cash and Cash Equivalents
As of July 30, 2023, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $82.6 million. The Company can operate with a working capital deficit because cash from sales is usually received before related liabilities for product supplies, labor and services become due. Our operations do not require significant inventory or receivables and we continually invest in our business through the growth of stores and operating improvement additions, which are reflected as non-current assets and not a part of working capital. Based on our current business plan, we believe our cash and cash equivalents combined with expected cash flows from operations, available borrowings under our revolving credit facility and expected payments from landlords should be sufficient not only for our operating requirements but also to enable us, in the aggregate, to finance our capital allocation strategy, including capital expenditures, through at least the next twelve months.
Cash Flow Activity
Operating Activities — Cash flow from operations typically provides us with a significant source of liquidity. Our operating cash flows result primarily from cash received from our customers, offset by cash payments we make for products and services, team member compensation, operations, occupancy, and other operating costs. Cash from operating activities is also subject to changes in working capital. Working capital at any specific point in time is subject to many variables, including seasonality, the timing of cash receipts and payments, and vendor payment terms.
Cash flow from operating activities decreased to $196.2 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to $233.1 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 driven primarily by the receipt of a federal tax refund in the amount of approximately $33.2 million during the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 and the timing of changes in working capital.
Investing Activities — Cash flow used in investing decreased to $133.4 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 from $922.2 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 primarily due to the $822.7 net cash paid for the acquisition of Main Event in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022, partially offset by an increase in capital expenditures.
Financing Activities — Cash flow used in financing was $161.8 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 compared to cash flow provided by financing activities of $763.6 million in the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022.
The net cash outflow for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023 primarily consisted of:
$200.0 million of share repurchases and associated commissions,
$44.3 million of payments on outstanding debt and revolver balances and
$3.1 million of debt issuance costs incurred,
partially offset by $87.4 million of net debt proceeds.
The net cash inflow for the twenty-six weeks ended July 31, 2022 primarily consisted of:
$821.5 million of net debt proceeds,
$5.6 million of proceeds related to exercises of stock options,
partially offset by $25.0 million of share repurchases,
$14.0 million payments on revolver balances and $17.7 million of debt issuance costs incurred.
Contractual Obligations and Commitments
Other than the activity discussed at Debt above, there have been no material changes outside the ordinary course of business to our contractual obligations since January 29, 2023, as reported on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 28, 2023.
Accounting policies and estimates
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities. These estimates and assumptions affect amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses and the disclosure of gain and loss contingencies at the date of the consolidated financial statements. Our current estimates are subject to change if different assumptions as to the outcome of future events were made. We evaluate our estimates and judgments on an
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ongoing basis, and we adjust our assumptions and judgments when facts and circumstances dictate. Since future events and their effects cannot be determined with absolute certainty, actual results may differ from the estimates we used in preparing the accompanying consolidated financial statements. A complete description of our critical accounting policies and estimates is included in our annual consolidated financial statements and the related notes in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 29, 2023.
Recent accounting pronouncements
Refer to Note 1 to the Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements for information regarding new accounting pronouncements.
Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Commodity Price Risk
We are exposed to market price fluctuation in food, beverage, supplies and other costs such as energy. Given the historical volatility of certain of our food product prices, including proteins, seafood, produce, dairy products, and cooking oil, these fluctuations can materially impact our food costs. While our purchasing commitments partially mitigate the risk of such fluctuations, there is no assurance that supply and demand factors such as disease or inclement weather will not cause the prices of the commodities used in our restaurant operations to fluctuate. Additionally, the cost of purchased materials may be influenced by tariffs and other trade regulations which are outside of our control. To the extent that we do not pass along cost increases to our customers, our results of operations may be adversely affected.
Interest Rate Risk
In the second quarter of fiscal 2022, the Company elected SOFR as the alternative base rate for outstanding borrowings on the Credit Facility, which is based on variable rates. As of July 30, 2023, the Company had no balance outstanding on our revolving facility and an outstanding balance of $900.0 million on the term loan facility. The impact on our annual results of operations of a hypothetical one percentage point interest rate change on the outstanding balance of the credit facility as of July 30, 2023 would be approximately $9.0 million.
Inflation
Severe increases in inflation could affect the United States or global economies and have an adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operation. If several of the various costs in our business experience inflation at the same time, such as commodity price increases beyond our ability to control and increased labor costs, we may not be able to adjust prices to sufficiently offset the effect of the various cost increases without negatively impacting consumer demand.
Item 4.    Controls and Procedures
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures pursuant to Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer have concluded that these disclosure controls and procedures are effective.
Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting
There were no changes to our internal control over financial reporting practices or processes that materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting during our second quarter ended July 30, 2023. The Main Event Acquisition had a material impact on internal control over financial reporting. The Company will include Main Event in our evaluation of internal control over financial reporting for the fiscal year ending February 4, 2024.
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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.    Legal Proceedings
Information regarding legal proceedings is incorporated by reference from Note 7 to our Unaudited Consolidated Financial Statements set forth in Part I of this report.
Item 1A. Risk Factors
See discussion in “Risk Factors” in Item 1A of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 29, 2023.
Item 2.    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities
Information regarding repurchase of our common stock, in millions, except share amounts, during the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023:
Period (1)
Total Number
of Shares
Repurchased
(in millions) (2)
Average Price
Paid per Share (2)
Total Number of Shares
Repurchased as Part of Publicly Announced Plans (2) (3)
(in millions)
Approximate Dollar Value of
Shares That May Yet Be
Repurchased
Under the Plans (4)
(in millions)
January 30 to February 26, 2023$— $— 
February 27 to April 2, 2023$— $100.0 
April 3 to April 30, 20233.61$34.82 3.61$174.5 
May 1 to May 28, 20232.09$35.63 5.70$100.0 
May 29 to July 2, 2023$— $100.0 
July 3 to July 30, 2023$— $100.0 
(1)The Company uses a "4-5-4" calendar to determine the months in each quarter. The periods presented represent the 4 week and 5 week periods making up the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023.
(2)Represents shares repurchased under repurchase program(s) and excludes shares withheld for tax purposes on behalf of our employees in connection with the vesting of time-based and performance restricted stock units totaling 0.01 for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2023.
(3)Our Board of Directors approved share repurchase programs in March and April of 2023 (see further discussion at Note 8), under which the Company may repurchase shares on the open market, through privately negotiated transactions, and through trading plans designed to comply with Rule 10b5-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The share repurchase program(s) may be modified, suspended or discontinued at any time.
(4)Based on total share repurchase authorizations in effect at the end of each period presented.
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Item 6.    Exhibits
Exhibit
Number
Description
31.1*
31.2*
32.1*
32.2*
101.INSInline XBRL Inline Instance Document—the instance document does not appear in the Interactive Data File because its XBRL tags are embedded within the Inline XBRL document
101.SCHInline XBRL Inline Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
101.CALInline XBRL Inline Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
101.DEFInline XBRL Inline Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
101.LABInline XBRL Inline Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
101.PREInline XBRL Inline Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
104Cover Page Interactive Data File (formatted as inline XBRL and contained in Exhibit 101).
__________________
*Filed herein
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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.
DAVE & BUSTER’S ENTERTAINMENT, INC.,
a Delaware corporation
Date: September 6, 2023
By:/s/ Christopher Morris
Christopher Morris
Chief Executive Officer
Date: September 6, 2023
By:/s/ Michael A. Quartieri
Michael A. Quartieri
Chief Financial Officer
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Exhibit 31.1
CERTIFICATION
I, Christopher Morris, Chief Executive Officer of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., certify that:
1.I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.;
2.Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;
c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s third fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5.The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):
a)All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and
b)Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.
Date: September 6, 2023
/s/ Christopher Morris
Christopher Morris
Chief Executive Officer

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Exhibit 31.2
CERTIFICATION
I, Michael A. Quartieri, Chief Financial Officer of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc., certify that:
1.I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Dave & Buster’s Entertainment, Inc.;
2.Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;
3.Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;
4.The registrant’s other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:
a)Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;
b)Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, 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;
c)Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and
d)Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s third fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and
5.The registrant’s other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee