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Talon International, Inc. Reports 2016 Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Financial Results

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 27, 2017) - Talon International, Inc. ( OTCQB : TALN ), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended December 31, 2016.

Full Year Financial Highlights

  • Revenues were flat for 2016 versus the prior year as Trim sales continued to increase while Zipper sales declined
  • Trim revenues posted a 13% increase versus the prior year
  • Overall gross profit increased 8.3%, or $1.3 million versus the prior year
  • Gross margins improved to 36.5% in 2016 from 33.7% in 2015, due to a more favorable product mix and operational cost improvements
  • Income from operations increased $1.3 million over the prior year

Recent News Highlights

  • Talon announced it is "Unzipping LA Fashion Week" (LAFW) with the world's longest zipper installation. At 3.1 miles in length, Talon is slated to join the Guinness Book of World Records
  • A Talon Zipper Exhibit was held March 23-26 featuring the rarest vintage Talon zippers in the market, some of the hottest new garments using Talon zippers, and the World Records Longest Zipper

Financial Results

Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $48.3 million, reflecting a slight decrease of $93,000 or -0.2% as compared to the same period in 2015. Talon Zipper product sales for the year were $3.7 million lower, or 17.4%, than the same period in 2015 due to decreased sales within the mass market retailers and specialty retailers as compared to 2015. Talon Trim revenues, which consist primarily of sales to specialty retail branded customers, increased by $3.6 million, or 13.3%, compared to the same period in 2015, mainly due to new stretch technology programs and customers.

Revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $11.7 million, down less than 1% from the same period in 2015. Fourth quarter 2016 included $3.7 million in Zipper revenues, up $0.3 million from the prior year, and $8.0 million in Trim revenues, a decrease of $0.4 million versus the same period in 2015.

"We continued to make progress on our strategic initiatives in 2016," stated Larry Dyne, Talon's Chief Executive Officer. "Though our revenues were flat versus the prior year, we produced higher margins and improved income from operations, as we had a more favorable product mix and worked to improve our operational costs. To remain focused on serving our customers, we've expanded geographically in order to locate near their manufacturing facilities, and are working closely with our specialty brand retail customers to offer Fit for Purpose items that meet our innovation and profitability standards. We continue to make significant investments in our product segments, particularly in the Trim business, as we experienced revenue growth and momentum this year."

Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $17.6 million, or 36.5% of sales, compared to $16.3 million, or 33.7%, for the year ended December 31, 2015, an increase of $1.3 million. Gross profit for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $4.2 million, or 36.0%, compared to $4.3 million, or 36.6%, in the fourth quarter of 2015. The gross profit increase for the year is attributable to lower direct purchase costs and a shift into a greater revenue mix of higher-margin products.

Operating expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were essentially flat from the prior year at $14.9 million. Operating expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $3.8 million, which was $85,000 higher than the fourth quarter of 2015. Sales and marketing expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $6.8 million, a $371,000 increase when compared to the same period in 2015. This was mainly due to additional compensation costs, increased facilities and related expenses, and an increase in new product development and marketing costs, offset by a decrease in travel and related costs. Sales and marketing expenses for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 were $1.8 million, as compared to $1.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015.

Income before income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $2.1 million compared to $773,000 for the same period in 2015. For the quarter ended December 31, 2016, operations reflected income before income taxes of $289,000 as compared to income before income taxes of $445,000 for the same quarter in 2015.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2016 was $1.0 million or $0.01 per share as compared to $511,000 or $0.01 per share for the year ended December 31, 2015. Net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $33,000 or $0.00 per share as compared to net income of $312,000 or $0.00 per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2015.

Total shareholders' equity increased to $7.5 million at December 31, 2016 compared to $6.2 million at December 31, 2015.

About Talon International, Inc.

Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions including Tekfit® stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide. Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon® brand ("The World's Original Zipper Since 1893"); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products including stretch technology products for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon® and Tekfit® to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl's, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria's Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others. The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company's views on market growth, changing trends in apparel retailing, new product introductions, expansion into new geographic markets, and the Company's ability to execute on its sales strategies, and are generally identified by phrases such as "thinks," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "plans," and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management's own knowledge and assessment of the Company's industry, competition and capital requirements. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

   
TALON INTERNATIONAL, INC.  
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)  
   
    Quarters Ended December 31,     Years Ended December 31,  
    (Unaudited)     (Audited)  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
Net sales   $ 11,684,051     $ 11,764,908     $ 48,259,855     $ 48,352,699  
Cost of goods sold     7,472,178       7,452,217       30,631,070       32,069,601  
  Gross profit     4,211,873       4,312,691       17,628,785       16,283,098  
Sales and marketing expenses     1,816,413       1,636,178       6,785,592       6,414,932  
General and administrative expenses     1,950,902       2,046,294       8,131,560       8,447,694  
  Total operating expenses     3,767,315       3,682,472       14,917,152       14,862,626  
                                 
Income from operations     444,558       630,219       2,711,633       1,420,472  
Interest expense, net     155,778       184,908       619,430       513,435  
Loss on extinguishment of debt     -       -       -       134,049  
Income before provision for income taxes     288,780       445,311       2,092,203       772,988  
Provision for income taxes     321,412       132,915       1,097,325       261,661  
Net income (loss)   $ (32,632 )   $ 312,396     $ 994,878     $ 511,327  
                                 
Basic and diluted net income (loss) per share   $ -     $ -     $ 0.01     $ 0.01  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Basic    
92,274,255
     
92,267,831
     
92,271,868
     
92,267,831
 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - Diluted    
93,125,929
     
93,532,971
     
93,324,691
     
93,521,809
 
                                 
Net income (loss)   $ (32,632 )   $ 312,396     $ 994,878     $ 511,327  
                                 
Other comprehensive loss fromforeign currency translation    
(14,470
)    
(4,156
)    
(28,997
)    
(13,786
)
Total comprehensive income (loss)   $ (47,102 )   $ 308,240     $ 965,881     $ 497,541  
                                 
                                 
                                 
TALON INTERNATIONAL, INC.  
   
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(AUDITED)  
   
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2016     2015  
                 
Assets                
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,913,577     $ 2,852,315  
  Accounts receivable, net     4,315,608       3,796,209  
  Inventories, net     500,482       655,360  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     702,906       554,389  
Total current assets     10,432,573       7,858,273  
                 
Property and equipment, net     884,208       781,893  
Intangible assets, net     4,266,596       4,313,948  
Deferred income tax assets, net     5,224,018       6,043,412  
Other assets     347,638       267,325  
Total assets   $ 21,155,033     $ 19,264,851  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 6,378,896     $ 6,087,561  
  Accrued expenses     2,972,689       3,128,304  
  Current portion of capital lease obligations     23,749       21,940  
Total current liabilities     9,375,334       9,237,805  
                 
Revolving line of credit from related party, net of discounts and deferred financing costs     4,041,345       3,492,772  
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion     37,035       60,784  
Deferred income tax liabilities     3,037       5,406  
Other liabilities     236,088       257,903  
Total liabilities     13,692,839       13,054,670  
                 
Stockholders' Equity:                
  Common Stock, $0.001 par value, 300,000,000 shares authorized; 92,274,255 and 92,267,831 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively     92,274       92,268  
Additional paid-in capital     65,040,432       64,754,306  
Accumulated deficit     (57,743,904 )     (58,738,782 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     73,392       102,389  
  Total stockholders' equity     7,462,194       6,210,181  
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 21,155,033     $ 19,264,851