Bowlero Announces First Quarter Results for Fiscal Year 2024

8 November 2023

Bowlero Corp. the world’s largest owner and operator of bowling centers, today provided financial results for the first quarter of the 2024 Fiscal Year, which ended on October 1, 2023.

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Revenue decreased 1.2% to $227.4 million versus the prior year and increased 53.1% versus 1QFY20 (quarter ended September 29, 2019)
  • Revenue excluding Service Fee Revenue increased 0.3% to $225.8 million versus the prior year and was up 52.0% versus 1QFY20
  • Total Bowling Center Revenue down 0.7% versus the prior year and was up 52.9% versus 1QFY20
  • Same Store Revenue declined 5.5% versus the prior year and grew 27.1% versus 1QFY20
  • Net income of $18.2 million versus prior year loss of $33.5 million and a loss of $19.7 million in 1QFY20
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $52.1 million versus prior year of $65.3 million and $24.9 million in 1QFY20
  • Added 18 centers during the quarter, 17 from acquisitions and 1 new build out
  • Total centers in operation as of November 7, 2023 is 350
  • Post quarter end, entered into a transaction with VICI Properties Inc. on October 19, 2023 relating to the transfer of land and real estate assets of 38 bowling entertainment centers for an aggregate value of $432.9 million

“First quarter fiscal year 2024 met our expectations. Because our first quarter is typically our seasonally lowest quarter, we used this time to test a variety of promotions and new bundled pricing structures. This experimentation drove a meaningful reduction in same-store revenue from late July through early September. Based on what we learned, we quickly struck the right balance between mid-week and weekend pricing and got a deeper understanding of our different customer segments. Same-store revenue turned positive in mid-October. We are happy with those results and continue to push forward with our plan to ensure double-digit revenue growth this year,” said Thomas Shannon, Chief Executive Officer and President.

Mr. Shannon continued, “In addition to strong momentum on dynamic pricing, this quarter saw transformational changes to our business. We entered into a partnership with VICI Properties in a sale-leaseback of 38 properties for $432.9 million of value. VICI will be an important partner as we continue our proven capital efficiency model of self-funding bowling center acquisitions through sale-leasebacks. We acquired the Lucky Strike brand and all 14 of Lucky Strike’s centers. We also acquired two premium centers in Scottsdale, with Mavrix and Octane Raceway, and three additional centers. Year to date we have spent $130 million on acquisitions. We remain confident with a robust M&A pipeline, new build activity in marquee markets, accelerated center conversions, and the continued rollout of initiatives to enhance the customer experience and increase wallet share.”

Share Repurchase Program

During the quarter, the Company repurchased 12.1 million shares of Class A common stock, bringing the total common shares acquired under the program to 23.4 million. Pro forma for additional Class A common stock repurchased subsequent to quarter end, the total Class A and Class B shares outstanding as of November 1, 2023 are 151,287,782.

Fiscal Year 2024 and Second Quarter 2024 Guidance

The Company reiterated financial guidance for fiscal year 2024 provided on September 11, 2023. The Company expects Revenue to be up 10% to 15% at the end of fiscal year 2024, excluding the $21 million of Service Fee Revenue from prior year revenue, which equates to $1.14 billion to $1.19 billion of Revenue. Adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to be 32% to 34%, which equates to Adjusted EBITDA of $365 million to $405 million. The Company expects second quarter fiscal year 2024 to have Revenue Excluding Service Fee Revenue of $295 million to $310 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $100 million to $110 million. The Company expects to heavily reinvest in the business in fiscal year 2024, with more than $160 million allocated to acquisitions, $40 million to new builds, and $75 million to conversions.

Investor Webcast Information

Listeners may access an investor webcast hosted by Bowlero. The webcast and results presentation will be accessible at 10:00 AM ET on November 7, 2023 in the Events & Presentations section of the Bowlero Investor Relations website at

About Bowlero Corp.

Bowlero is the global leader in bowling entertainment. With approximately 350 bowling centers across North America, Bowlero serves more than 30 million guests each year through a family of brands that includes Bowlero, Lucky Strike and AMF. In 2019, Bowlero acquired the Professional Bowlers Association, the major league of bowling, which boasts thousands of members and millions of fans across the globe. For more information on Bowlero, please visit

Forward Looking Statements

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To provide investors with information in addition to our results as determined under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), we disclose Revenue Excluding Service Fee Revenue, Total Bowling Center Revenue, Same Store Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA as “non-GAAP measures”, which management believes provide useful information to investors because each measure assists both investors and management in analyzing and benchmarking the performance and value of our business. Accordingly, management believes that these measurements are useful for comparing general operating performance from period to period, and management relies on these measures for planning and forecasting of future periods. Additionally, these measures allow management to compare our results with those of other companies that have different financing and capital structures. These measures are not financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as a substitute for revenue, net income, or any other operating performance or liquidity measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may not be comparable to a similarly titled measure reported by other companies. Our second quarter and fiscal year 2024 guidance measures (other than revenue) are provided on a non-GAAP basis without a reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because the Company is unable to predict with a reasonable degree of certainty certain items contained in the GAAP measures without unreasonable efforts. For the same reasons, the Company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. Such items include, but are not limited to, acquisition related expenses, stock-based compensation and other items not reflective of the company's ongoing operations.

Revenue Excluding Service Fee Revenue represents Total Revenue less Service Fee Revenue. Total Bowling Center Revenue represents Total Revenue less Non-Center Related Revenue, Revenue from Closed Centers (as defined below), and Service Fee Revenue, if applicable. Same Store Revenue represents Total Revenue less Non-Center Related Revenue, Revenue from Closed Centers, Service Fee Revenue, if applicable, and Acquired Revenue. Adjusted EBITDA represents Net Income (Loss) before Interest Expense, Income Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization, Share-based Compensation, EBITDA from Closed Centers, Foreign Currency Exchange Loss (Gain), Asset Disposition Loss (Gain), Transactional and other advisory costs, changes in the value of earnouts and warrants and settlement costs, and other.

The Company considers Revenue Excluding Service Fee Revenue as an important financial measure because provides a financial measure of revenue directly associated with consumer discretionary spending and Total Bowling Center Revenue as an important financial measure because it provides a financial measure of revenue directly associated with bowling center operations. The Company also considers Same Store Revenue as an important financial measure because it provides comparable revenue for centers open for the entire duration of both the current and comparable measurement periods.

The Company considers Adjusted EBITDA as an important financial measure because it provides a financial measure of the quality of the Company’s earnings. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, which might limit its usefulness as a comparative measure. Adjusted EBITDA is used by management in addition to and in conjunction with the results presented in accordance with GAAP. We have presented Adjusted EBITDA solely as a supplemental disclosure because we believe it allows for a more complete analysis of results of operations and assists investors and analysts in comparing our operating performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that we do not believe are indicative of our core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are that Adjusted EBITDA:

  • do not reflect every expenditure, future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • do not reflect changes in our working capital needs;
  • do not reflect the interest expense, or the amounts necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our outstanding debt;
  • do not reflect income tax (benefit) expense, and because the payment of taxes is part of our operations, tax expense is a necessary element of our costs and ability to operate;
  • do not reflect non-cash equity compensation, which will remain a key element of our overall equity based compensation package; and
  • do not reflect the impact of earnings or charges resulting from matters we consider not to be indicative of our ongoing operations.

Bowlero Corp. Investor Relations
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