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Xcel Brands, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2020 Results

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  • Maintained strong balance sheet and continued expense reduction actions

  • Digital sales accelerated

  • Second Quarter total revenues of $5.1 million, reflecting adverse impact from COVID-19 pandemic

  • GAAP Net loss of $1.3 million, ($0.07) per share

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.7 million

  • Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.06

  • Positive operating cash flow of $2.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2020

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ: XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a media and consumer products company, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Robert W. D'Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel, commented, “We are living through an extraordinary period of business and social change. The past five months have presented a period of unprecedented challenge, but also has proven Xcel’s agility, resilience, and the dedication of our employees, supply chain and retail partners. While our financial performance this quarter reflects the impact of the global COVID-19 worldwide crisis, we have taken this opportunity to accelerate our core strategic focus to leverage our technology platform to drive future growth and value creation as we move forward out of this crisis.”

Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Total revenue was $5.1 million, a decrease of $4.1 million compared to the prior year period, primarily driven by lower licensing revenues and lower net sales of $2.3 million and $1.8 million, respectively. Gross profit decreased by $2.6 million to $4.8 million from $7.4 million in the prior year quarter. Our revenues were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic which included the government mandated stay-at-home policy and the closing of retail across the country.

GAAP net loss was approximately $1.3 million, or ($0.07), per diluted share, compared with a GAAP net income of $1.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the prior year quarter. The prior year quarter’s GAAP net income included a $2.9 million gain on the reduction of contingent obligations. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the quarters ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019, was approximately $1.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share and approximately $1.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $1.7 million and $1.6 million for the current quarter and the prior year quarter, respectively.

Six Month 2020 Financial Results

Total revenue was $14.6 million, a decrease of $4.8 million, primarily driven by lower licensing revenues and lower net sales of $4.5 million and $0.3 million, respectively. Gross profit decreased by $3.9 million to $11.9 million from $15.8 million in the prior year six months. As with the quarter's results, the decrease in our revenues was caused by the COVID-19 pandemic which included the government mandated stay-at-home policy and the closing of retail across the country.

GAAP net loss was approximately $2.2 million, or ($0.11), per diluted share, compared with GAAP net income of $2.0 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the prior year six months. The prior year six month’s GAAP net income included a $2.9 million gain on the reduction of contingent obligations. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and June 30, 2019, was approximately $1.4 million, or $0.07 per diluted share and approximately $2.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was approximately $2.5 million and $3.7 million for the current six months and the prior year six months, respectively.

See reconciliation tables below for non-GAAP metrics. These non-GAAP metrics may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with our results reported according to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company's balance sheet at June 30, 2020 remained strong, with stockholders' equity of approximately $97 million, cash and cash equivalents of approximately $5.5 million, and working capital, exclusive of the current portion of lease obligations, of approximately $8.5 million.

Conference Call and Webcast
The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results with additional comments and details at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, August 20, 2020. A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel's website at www.xcelbrands.com. Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 1-877-407-3982. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for 30 days following the event and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 using replay pin number 13706577.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, marketing, wholesale, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, Halston, and C. Wonder brands, and it owns and manages the Longaberger brand through its controlling interest in Longaberger Licensing LLC, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through interactive television, brick-and-mortar retail, e-commerce and peer to peer channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With an experienced team of professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design. www.xcelbrands.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements regarding future events, our future financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "ongoing," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "appears," "suggests," "future," "likely," "goal," "plans," "potential," "projects," "predicts," "seeks," "should," "would," "guidance," "confident" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our anticipated revenue, expenses, profitability, strategic plans and capital needs. These statements are based on information available to us on the date hereof and our current expectations, estimates and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including, without limitation, the risks discussed in the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the Company's Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and its other filings with the SEC, which may cause our or our industry's actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risk factors, nor can we address the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

For further information please contact:

Andrew Berger
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
216-464-6400
andrew@smberger.com

Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,461

$

4,641

Accounts receivable, net

6,543

10,622

Inventory

866

899

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,775

1,404

Total current assets

14,645

17,566

Property and equipment, net

3,866

3,666

Operating lease right-of-use assets

8,569

9,250

Trademarks and other intangibles, net

108,815

111,095

Restricted cash

1,109

1,109

Other assets

494

505

Total non-current assets

122,853

125,625

Total Assets

$

137,498

$

143,191

Liabilities and Equity

Current Liabilities:

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

$

2,722

$

4,391

Accrued payroll

527

1,444

Current portion of operating lease obligation

1,873

1,752

Current portion of long-term debt

2,900

2,250

Total current liabilities

8,022

9,837

Long-Term Liabilities:

Long-term portion of operating lease obligation

8,789

9,773

Long-term debt, less current portion

15,231

16,571

Contingent obligation

900

900

Deferred tax liabilities, net

7,310

7,434

Other long-term liabilities

224

224

Total long-term liabilities

32,454

34,902

Total Liabilities

40,476

44,739

Commitments and Contingencies

Equity:

Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding

-

-

Common stock, $.001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively, and 19,231,040 and 18,866,417 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively

19

19

Paid-in capital

102,180

101,736

Accumulated deficit

(5,764

)

(3,659

)

Total Xcel Brands, Inc. stockholders' equity

96,435

98,096

Noncontrolling interest

587

356

Total Equity

97,022

98,452

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

137,498

$

143,191


Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenues

Net licensing revenue

$

4,501

$

6,803

$

10,142

$

14,666

Net sales

549

2,335

4,435

4,773

Net revenue

5,050

9,138

14,577

19,439

Cost of goods sold (sales)

253

1,767

2,653

3,599

Gross profit

4,797

7,371

11,924

15,840

Operating costs and expenses

Salaries, benefits and employment taxes

2,882

3,848

6,830

7,993

Other design and marketing costs

638

797

1,630

1,555

Other selling, general and administrative expenses

1,627

1,173

3,364

2,763

Stock-based compensation

488

135

731

482

Depreciation and amortization

1,329

1,000

2,632

1,948

Government assistance - Paycheck Protection Program

(1,640

)

-

(1,640

)

-

Property and equipment impairment

82

-

82

-

Total operating costs and expenses

5,406

6,953

13,629

14,741

Other Income

Gain on reduction of contingent obligation

-

2,850

-

2,850

Total other income

-

2,850

-

2,850

Operating (loss) income

(609

)

3,268

(1,705

)

3,949

Interest and finance expense

Interest expense and other finance charges

299

348

593

638

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

-

189

Total interest and finance expense

299

348

593

827

(Loss) income before income taxes

(908

)

2,920

(2,298

)

3,122

Income tax provision (benefit)

428

1,068

(124

)

1,143

Net (loss) income

(1,336

)

1,852

(2,174

)

1,979

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest

(36

)

-

(69

)

-

Net (loss) income attributable to Xcel Brands, Inc. stockholders

$

(1,300

)

$

1,852

$

(2,105

)

$

1,979

(Loss) earnings per share attributed to Xcel Brands, Inc. common stockholders:

Basic net (loss) income per share:

$

(0.07

)

$

0.10

$

(0.11

)

$

0.11

Diluted net (loss) income per share:

$

(0.07

)

$

0.10

$

(0.11

)

$

0.11

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

19,132,244

18,976,394

19,001,321

18,770,378

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

19,132,244

18,977,051

19,001,321

18,771,053


Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(in thousands)

For the Six Months Ended

June 30,

2020

2019

Cash flows from operating activities

Net (loss) income

$

(2,174

)

$

1,979

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

Depreciation and amortization expense

2,632

1,948

Property and equipment impairment

82

-

Amortization of deferred finance costs

50

79

Stock-based compensation

731

482

Amortization of note discount

-

16

Allowance for doubtful accounts

683

(144

)

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

189

Deferred income tax (benefit) provision

(124

)

1,143

Gain on reduction of contingent obligation

-

(2,850

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

3,396

2,289

Inventory

33

1,113

Prepaid expenses and other assets

(59

)

(293

)

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(2,688

)

(3,532

)

Cash paid in excess of rent expense

(181

)

(244

)

Other liabilities

-

(196

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

2,381

1,979

Cash flows from investing activities

Cash consideration for asset acquisition of the Halston Heritage assets

-

(8,830

)

Purchase of property and equipment

(634

)

(557

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(634

)

(9,387

)

Cash flows from financing activities

Shares repurchased including vested restricted stock in exchange for withholding taxes

(187

)

-

Payment of deferred finance costs

-

(289

)

Proceeds from long-term debt

10

7,500

Payment of long-term debt

(750

)

(2,742

)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(927

)

4,469

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

820

(2,939

)

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

5,750

10,319

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$

6,570

$

7,380

Reconciliation to amounts on consolidated balance sheets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

5,461

$

6,271

Restricted cash

1,109

1,109

Total cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

$

6,570

$

7,380

Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activities:

Operating lease right-of-use asset

$

-

$

10,409

Operating lease obligation

$

-

$

13,210

Accrued rent offset to operating lease right-of-use assets

$

-

$

2,801

Settlement of seller note through offset to receivable

$

-

$

600

Settlement of contingent obligation through offset to note receivable

$

-

$

100

Issuance of common stock in connection with Halston Heritage assets acquisition

$

-

$

1,058

Contingent obligation related to acquisition of Halston Heritage assets at fair value

$

-

$

900

Liability for equity-based bonuses

$

100

$

-

Amount due from non-controlling interest for capital contribution

$

300

$

-

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid during the period for income taxes

$

47

$

18

Cash paid during the period for interest

$

811

$

784


Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

($ in thousands)

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net (loss) income attributed to Xcel Brands, Inc. stockholders

$

(1,300

)

$

1,852

$

(2,105

)

$

1,979

Amortization of trademarks

1,108

786

2,216

1,523

Non-cash interest and finance expense

-

-

-

16

Stock-based compensation

488

135

731

482

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

-

189

Costs in connection with potential acquisition

(101

)

-

(21

)

-

Certain adjustments to allowance for doubtful accounts

472

-

586

-

Property and equipment impairment

82

-

82

-

Gain on reduction of contingent obligation

-

(2,850

)

-

(2,850

)

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

428

1,068

(124

)

1,143

Non-GAAP net income

$

1,177

$

991

$

1,365

$

2,482

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Diluted (loss) earnings per share

$

(0.07

)

$

0.10

$

(0.11

)

$

0.11

Amortization of trademarks

0.06

0.04

0.11

0.08

Non-cash interest and finance expense

-

-

-

-

Stock-based compensation

0.03

0.01

0.04

0.02

Loss on extinguishment of debt

-

-

-

0.01

Costs in connection with potential acquisition

(0.01

)

-

-

-

Certain adjustments to allowance for doubtful accounts

0.02

-

0.03

-

Property and equipment impairment

0.01

-

0.01

-

Gain on reduction of contingent obligation

-

(0.15

)

-

(0.15

)

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

0.02

0.05

(0.01

)

0.06

Non-GAAP diluted EPS

$

0.06

$

0.05

$

0.07

$

0.13

Non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares

19,192,353

18,977,051

19,001,842

18,771,053

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

($ in thousands)

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net (loss) income attributed to Xcel Brands, Inc. stockholders

$

(1,300

)

$

1,852

$

(2,105

)

$

1,979

Depreciation and amortization

1,329

1,000

2,632

1,948

Interest and finance expense

299

348

593

827

Income tax provision (benefit)

428

1,068

(124

)

1,143

State and local franchise taxes

45

83

83

121

Stock-based compensation

488

135

731

482

Costs in connection with potential acquisition

(101

)

-

(21

)

-

Certain adjustments to allowance for doubtful accounts

472

-

586

-

Property and equipment impairment

82

-

82

-

Gain on reduction of contingent obligation

-

(2,850

)

-

(2,850

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,742

$

1,636

$

2,457

$

3,650

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS are non-GAAP unaudited terms. We define non-GAAP net income as net income (loss), amortization of trademarks, stock-based compensation, non-cash interest and finance expense from discounted debt related to acquired assets, loss on extinguishment of debt, costs in connection with potential acquisitions, certain adjustments to allowances for doubtful accounts, property and equipment impairment, gain on the reduction of contingent obligation and deferred income taxes. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS measures do not include the tax effect of the aforementioned adjusting items, due to the nature of these items and the Company’s tax strategy.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP unaudited measure, which we define as net income (loss) before depreciation and amortization, interest and finance expenses (including loss on extinguishment of debt, if any), income taxes, other state and local franchise taxes, stock-based compensation and costs in connection with potential acquisitions, certain adjustments to allowances for doubtful accounts, property and equipment impairment, and gain on the reduction of contingent obligation.

Adjusted EBITDA adds back to net (loss) income certain adjustments to allowances for doubtful accounts for account debtors that have filed for bankruptcy protection triggered by the impact of COVID-19. The related accounts receivables were primarily for sales that occurred in the year ended December 31, 2019. In addition, included in net income was $1.6 million of government assistance received through the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act, which was recognized as a reduction to current six months expenses for which the program was intended to compensate. Both non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA for the current quarter and current six months include certain adjustments to net loss including allowances for doubtful accounts for account debtors that have filed for bankruptcy protection triggered by the impact of COVID-19. In addition, net loss for the current quarter and current six months includes $1.6 million of government assistance received through the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act, which was recognized as a reduction to current quarter and current six months expenses for which the program was intended to compensate, as such amount is included in net loss in accordance with GAAP. The expense reduction from the PPP is not considered a reconciling item for purposes of the computation of non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA due to the fact that the PPP represents a cash benefit and is directly related to the Company’s operating expenses incurred. Such treatment is also consistent with the calculation of EBITDA for financial covenant compliance purposes under the Company’s term debt.

Management uses non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to our results of operations. Management believes non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA are also useful because these measures adjust for certain costs and other events that management believes are not representative of our core business operating results, and thus these non-GAAP measures provide supplemental information to assist investors in evaluating our financial results. The Company has incurred certain costs which it could have eliminated but elected not to do so in light of government assistance received through the Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act (the “PPP Benefit”), which represents a cash benefit directly related to the Company’s operating expenses incurred. Accordingly, the PPP Benefit is not considered a reconciling item for purposes of the computation of non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is the measure used to calculate compliance with the EBITDA covenant under the Xcel Term Loan. Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income, earnings per share, or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Given that non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures not deemed to be in accordance with GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, our non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, including companies in our industry, because other companies may calculate these measures in a different manner than we do. In evaluating non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may or may not incur expenses similar to some of the adjustments in this document. Our presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA does not imply that our future results will be unaffected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items. When evaluating our performance, you should consider non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including our net income and other GAAP results, and not rely on any single financial measure.