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CarParts.com Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results

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Record Q4 Sales of $119.7 million, up 90%

Record Fiscal Year Sales of $443.9 million, up 58%

TORRANCE, Calif., March 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- CarParts.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRTS), one of the leading e-commerce providers of automotive parts and accessories, is reporting results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 2, 2021.

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Fourth Quarter 2020 Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Net sales increased 90% year over year to $119.7 million (includes one extra week).

  • Gross profit increased 97% to $41.6 million, with gross margin up 110 basis points to 34.8%.

  • Net loss was ($3.5) million or ($0.07) per share, compared to a net loss of ($25.1) million or ($0.70) per share. Q4 2019 net loss included a ($23.0) million non-cash deferred tax valuation allowance.

  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $1.0 million vs. $1.7 million in the year ago quarter. The decline was partially due to approximately $1 million in additional expenses associated with the opening of our Texas Distribution Center ("DC") as well as increased receiving across the network.

Fiscal Year 2020 Summary vs. 2019

  • Net sales increased 58% year over year to $443.9 million (includes one extra week).

  • Gross profit increased 84% to $155.4 million, with gross margin up 500 basis points to 35.0%.

  • Net loss was ($1.5) million or ($0.04) per share, compared to a net loss of ($31.5) million or ($0.89) per share. 2019 net loss included a ($23.0) million non-cash deferred tax valuation allowance.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $16.0 million vs. $4.5 million.

Management Commentary

"The significant investments we made in 2019 laid the foundation for the success we experienced in 2020." said Lev Peker, CEO of CarParts.com. "Our strategy of Right Part, Right Place, Right Time is helping us transform and disrupt an industry with a superior value proposition that keeps our customers at the center of everything we do."

"While we are very proud of our work over the last 2 years and the improvements we have made, we still believe that there is significant market opportunity ahead of us. Our plan is to continue to get closer to the customer, provide an expanding selection of both mechanical and EV/Hybrid replacement parts, and help customers get parts installed with increased convenience and transparency."

"We're laser focused on providing a fast and convenient shopping experience that builds trust, brand awareness and drives repeat purchasing. CarParts.com continues to demonstrate strong forward momentum and our team is executing well on multiple strategic objectives."

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2020 were $119.7 million compared to $63.0 million in the year-ago quarter. The growth in sales was primarily driven by increased revenue growth from our flagship website, CarParts.com.

Gross profit in the fourth quarter increased 97% to $41.6 million compared to $21.2 million last year, with gross margin up 110 bps to 34.8% compared to 33.7%. These improvements were driven by strong growth in house brands sales, favorable channel and product mix, partially offset by higher inbound and outbound freight costs and seasonal surcharges from our carriers.

Total operating expenses in the fourth quarter were $44.9 million compared to $23.3 million in the fourth quarter last year. The increase was driven by personnel costs related to the new Texas DC, technology spend, & marketing spend.

Net loss in the fourth quarter decreased to ($3.5) million compared to ($25.1) million in the fourth quarter last year. The loss for 2020 was primarily driven by startup expenses incurred to open the Texas DC without the benefit of offsetting revenues while the prior year loss was primarily driven by a non-cash valuation allowance charge of ($23.0) million related to our deferred tax assets.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter decreased to $1.0 million compared to $1.7 million in the year-ago quarter, with the decrease driven primarily by the aforementioned increase in expenses related to opening a new DC as well as increased receiving across the network.

At fiscal year-end January 2, 2021, the company had no revolver debt, no outstanding trade letters of credit ("LCs") and a cash balance of $35.8 million, compared to no debt, $17.3 million of outstanding trade LCs and a $2.3 million cash balance at December 28, 2019.

Conference Call

CarParts.com CEO Lev Peker and CFO/COO David Meniane will host a conference call today, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Monday, March 8, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Webcast: www.carparts.com/investor/news-events

To listen to the live call, please click the link above to access the webcast at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time to register your name and organization. The audio webcast will be archived on the Company's website at www.carparts.com/investor.

If you are unable to join via the webcast, you may dial in to the call at 833-649-1138 (domestic) or 918-922-3112 (international) using access code 6047338. A telephone replay will also be available on the same day through March 22, 2021 at 855-859-2056 (domestic) or 404-537-3406 (international) using access code 6047338.

A copy of an investor presentation for the 2020 fiscal year will also be made available on the investor relations section of the Company's website at www.carparts.com/investor.

About CarParts.com, Inc.

For over 20 years, CarParts.com has been a leader in the e-commerce automotive aftermarket, providing collision, engine, and performance parts and accessories. With over 50 million parts delivered, we've helped everyday drivers across the continental United States find the right parts to keep their vehicles on the road.

With a focus on the end-to-end customer experience, we've designed our website and sourcing network to simplify the way drivers get the parts they need. Our vehicle selector and easy-to-navigate, mobile-friendly website offers customers guaranteed fitment and a convenient online shopping experience. And with our own wide distribution network, we bring the very best brands and manufacturers directly to consumer hands, cutting out all the brick-and-mortar supply chain costs to provide quality parts at a discount for our loyal customers. Combined with our 90-day return policy and satisfaction guarantee, CarParts.com makes it simple for customers to get parts delivered straight to their door.

CarParts.com is headquartered in Torrance, California.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Regulation G, and other provisions of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain non-GAAP financial information. We provide "Adjusted EBITDA," which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA consists of net loss before (a) interest expense, net; (b) income tax provision; (c) depreciation and amortization expense; (d) amortization of intangible assets; (e) share-based compensation expense; and in 2019, (f) costs associated with our customs issue; and (g) costs associated with the employee transitions. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net loss is provided below.

The Company believes that this non-GAAP financial measure provides important supplemental information to management and investors. This non-GAAP financial measure reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the Company's operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company's business and results of operations.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as one measure of the Company's operating performance because it assists in comparing the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of stock compensation expense and the costs associated with the customs issue, as well as other items that we do not believe are representative of our ongoing operating performance. Internally, this non-GAAP measure is also used by management for planning purposes, including the preparation of internal budgets; for allocating resources to enhance financial performance; and for evaluating the effectiveness of operational strategies. The Company also believes that analysts and investors use Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure to evaluate the ongoing operations of companies in our industry.

This non-GAAP financial measure is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. Management strongly encourages investors to review the Company's consolidated financial statements in their entirety and to not rely on any single financial measure. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. In addition, the Company expects to continue to incur expenses similar to the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from the Company's non-GAAP measures should not be construed as an inference that these costs are all unusual, infrequent or non-recurring.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains statements which are based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections about the Company's business and its industry, as well as certain assumptions made by the Company. These statements are forward looking statements for the purposes of the safe harbor provided by Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Words such as "anticipates," "could," "expects," "intends," "plans," "potential," "believes," "predicts," "projects," "seeks," "estimates," "may," "will," "would," "will likely continue" and variations of these words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future operating results and financial condition, our potential growth, and our ability to expand and improve our product offerings. We undertake no obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Therefore, our actual results could differ materially and adversely from those expressed in any forward-looking statements as a result of various factors.

Important factors that may cause such a difference include, but are not limited to, competitive pressures, our dependence on search engines to attract customers, demand for the Company's products, the online market and channel mix for aftermarket auto parts, the economy in general, increases in commodity and component pricing that would increase the Company's product costs, the operating restrictions in its credit agreement, the weather, the impact of the customs issues and any other factors discussed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the Risk Factors contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10–K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10–Q, which are available at www.carparts.com/investor and the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements in this release and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. Unless otherwise required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Investor Relations:

Ryan Lockwood, CFA
ir@carparts.com

Summarized information for the periods presented is as follows (in millions):

















Fourteen
Weeks Ended


Thirteen Weeks
Ended


Fifty-Three
Weeks Ended


Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended




January 2, 2021


December 28, 2019


January 2, 2021


December 28, 2019


Net sales


$

119.73


$

62.96


$

443.88


$

280.66


Gross profit


$

41.64


$

21.19


$

155.37


$

84.22





34.8

%


33.7

%


35.0

%


30.0

%

Operating expense


$

44.90


$

23.33


$

155.07


$

92.47





37.5

%


37.1

%


34.9

%


32.9

%

Net loss


$

(3.49)


$

(25.09)


$

(1.51)


$

(31.55)





(2.9)

%


(39.9)

%


(0.3)

%


(11.2)

%

Adjusted EBITDA


$

1.03


$

1.69


$

16.03


$

4.53





0.9

%


2.7

%


3.6

%


1.6

%

The table below reconciles net loss to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented (in thousands):
















Fourteen Weeks
Ended


Thirteen Weeks
Ended


Fifty-Three
Weeks Ended


Fifty-Two Weeks
Ended



January 2, 2021


December 28, 2019


January 2, 2021


December 28, 2019

Net loss



(3,488)



(25,086)



(1,513)



(31,548)

Depreciation & amortization



2,359



1,681



7,657



6,252

Amortization of intangible assets



27



25



102



100

Interest expense, net



241



487



1,694



1,897

Taxes



108



22,455



307



21,437

EBITDA


$

(753)


$

(438)


$

8,247


$

(1,862)

Stock comp expense



1,787



1,701



7,778



3,656

Employee transition costs(1)





384





2,274

Customs costs(2)





46





464

Adjusted EBITDA


$

1,034


$

1,693


$

16,025


$

4,532

(1)

We incurred costs related to the transition of executive management related to severance, recruiting, hiring bonuses, and relocation costs.

(2)

We incurred port and carrier fees and legal costs associated with our customs related issues.


CARPARTS.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE OPERATIONS

(Unaudited, in Thousands, Except Per Share Data)




Fiscal Year Ended



January 2,


December 28,



2021


2019

Net sales


$

443,884


$

280,657

Cost of sales (1)



288,518



196,434

Gross profit



155,366



84,223

Operating expense



155,071



92,473

Income (loss) from operations



295



(8,250)

Other income (expense):







Other, net



213



36

Interest expense



(1,714)



(1,897)

Total other expense, net



(1,501)



(1,861)

Loss before income taxes



(1,206)



(10,111)

Income tax provision



307



21,437

Net loss



(1,513)



(31,548)

Other comprehensive (loss) gain:







Foreign currency translation adjustments



(86)



(52)

Actuarial loss on defined benefit plan



(400)



(313)

Unrealized gain on deferred compensation trust assets



57



Total other comprehensive loss



(429)



(365)

Comprehensive loss


$

(1,942)


$

(31,913)

Net loss per share:







Basic and diluted net loss per share


$

(0.04)


$

(0.89)

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:







Shares used in computation of basis and diluted net loss per share



42,333



35,720



(1)

Excludes depreciation and amortization expense which is included in operating expense.


CARPARTS.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited, In Thousands, Except Par and Liquidation Value)




January 2,


December 28,



2021


2019

ASSETS







Current assets:







Cash and cash equivalents


$

35,802


$

2,273

Accounts receivable, net



6,318



2,669

Inventory



89,316



52,500

Other current assets



7,939



4,931

Total current assets



139,375



62,373

Property and equipment, net



14,742



9,650

Right-of-use - assets - operating leases, net



17,507



4,544

Right-of-use - assets - finance leases, net



12,457



9,011

Other non-current assets



2,892



2,368

Total assets


$

186,973


$

87,946

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY







Current liabilities:







Accounts payable


$

45,302


$

44,433

Accrued expenses



18,190



9,519

Customer deposits



630



652

Notes payable, current





729

Right-of-use - obligation - operating, current



2,527



1,368

Right-of-use - obligation - finance, current



1,583



640

Other current liabilities



3,747



2,605

Total current liabilities



71,979



59,946

Notes payable, non-current





1,060

Right-of-use - obligation - operating, non-current



16,046



3,419

Right-of-use - obligation - finance, non-current



11,428



8,627

Other non-current liabilities



4,031



2,514

Total liabilities



103,484



75,566

Commitments and contingencies







Stockholders' equity:







Series A convertible preferred stock, $0.001 par value; $1.45 per share liquidation value or
aggregate of $6,017; 4,150 shares authorized; 0 and 2,771 shares issued and outstanding as of
January 2, 2021 and December 28, 2019



0



3

Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized; 48,091 and 36,167 shares issued and
outstanding as of January 2, 2021 and December 28, 2019 (of which 2,525 are treasury stock)



51



38

Treasury stock



(7,146)



(7,146)

Additional paid-in capital



260,260



187,147

Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income



(215)



214

Accumulated deficit



(169,461)



(167,876)

Total stockholders' equity



83,489



12,380

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

186,973


$

87,946

CARPARTS.COM, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited, In Thousands)




Fiscal Year Ended



January 2,


December 28,



2021


2019

Operating activities







Net loss


$

(1,513)


$

(31,548)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:







Depreciation and amortization expense



7,657



6,252

Amortization of intangible assets



102



100

Deferred income taxes





21,287

Share-based compensation expense



7,778



3,656

Stock awards issued for non-employee director service



24



19

Amortization of deferred financing costs



18



1

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:







Accounts receivable



(3,650)



1,058

Inventory



(36,815)



(2,874)

Other current assets



(2,983)



(1,527)

Other non-current assets



(1,056)



166

Accounts payable and accrued expenses



8,398



9,953

Other current liabilities



1,120



(99)

Right-of-use obligation - operating leases - current



1,143



1,364

Right-of-use obligation - operating leases - long-term



(321)



(1,121)

Other non-current liabilities



1,030



190

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities



(19,068)



6,877

Investing activities







Additions to property and equipment



(9,657)



(6,160)

Payment for intangible assets



(101)



Net cash used in investing activities



(9,758)



(6,160)

Financing activities







Borrowings from revolving loan payable



1,415



14,626

Payments made on revolving loan payable



(1,415)



(14,626)

Proceeds from notes payable



4,107



257

Payments of notes payable



(5,333)



(130)

Payments on finance leases



(1,005)



(670)

Net proceeds from issuance of common stock



60,461



Statutory tax withholding payment for share-based compensation



(93)



(302)

Proceeds from exercise of stock options



4,257



460

Preferred stock dividends paid



(33)



(80)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



62,361



(465)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash



(6)



(10)

Net change in cash and cash equivalents



33,529



242

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period



2,273



2,031

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

35,802


$

2,273

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:







Right-of-use operating asset acquired


$

15,508


$

1,098

Right-of-use finance asset acquired


$

4,766


$

947

Accrued asset purchases


$

1,822


$

720

Share-based compensation expense capitalized in property and equipment


$

659


$

55

Fixed asset purchased through note payable


$


$

1,919

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:







Cash paid during the period for income taxes


$

135


$

95

Cash paid during the period for interest


$

1,834


$

1,896

Cision
Cision

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