Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Over 100% Increase in GAAP Pre-Tax Income for the Third Quarter Fiscal 2016

For Third Quarter Fiscal 2016:

  • GAAP pre-tax income increases 104% to $2.8 million compared to the fiscal 2016 third quarter, in line with guidance
  • Consolidated comparable sales decrease 2.2% following a 2.2% increase in the fiscal 2015 third quarter, while stores remodeled in the new Discovery format perform above heritage stores by double digits
  • Diluted net income per share increases to $0.11 compared to $0.06 in the fiscal 2015 third quarter

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Oct. 27, 2016 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the 2016 fiscal third quarter and 39 weeks ended October 1, 2016. Fiscal 2016 third quarter results reflect the ongoing execution of the Company’s stated strategy to deliver sustained profitability highlighted by the 104% increase in GAAP pre-tax income versus the prior year.

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the quarter, we delivered a significant increase in pre-tax income landing within our guidance as we continued to move our key strategies forward, including the repositioning and diversification of our real estate portfolio. While sales were soft early in the quarter when we anniversaried a key movie product launch, we finished with positive momentum that has carried into the start of our fourth quarter, which is typically our largest and most profitable of the year.

“We believe we are well-positioned for the quarter as our product assortment is balanced across licensed and proprietary products that target each of our key consumer segments while our Discovery format stores continue to deliver positive results compared to our heritage stores. Given that, we expect to deliver pre-tax income expansion of 15% to 25% in fiscal 2016, which excludes the impact of foreign exchange for the year given that we are unable to predict future fluctuations,” concluded Ms. John.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2016 Highlights (13 weeks ended October 1, 2016, compared to the 13 weeks ended October 3, 2015):

  • Total revenues were $83.7 million compared to $85.6 million in the fiscal 2015 third quarter;
  • Consolidated net retail sales were $81.9 million compared to $84.3 million in the fiscal 2015 third quarter;
  • Consolidated comparable sales (stores and e-commerce) decreased 2.2% following a 2.2% increase in the fiscal 2015 third quarter. The fiscal 2016 third quarter included a 1.6% decrease in North America, following a 0.1% increase in the fiscal 2015 third quarter and a 4.8% decrease in Europe, following an increase of 9.8% in the fiscal 2015 third quarter. Consolidated comparable e-commerce sales increased 25.2%, following a 4.1% increase in the fiscal 2015 third quarter;
  • Sales from stores remodeled in the Company’s Discovery format in North America increased an average of 9.0%;
  • Retail gross margin was 43.3%, a decline of 200 basis points compared to the fiscal 2015 third quarter, reflecting a 120 basis-point decline in merchandise margin primarily driven by the unfavorable impact of currency on net retail sales. In addition, retail gross margin was impacted by deleverage of fixed occupancy costs given lower sales;
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) were $33.4 million, or 39.9% of total revenues, compared to $36.8 million, or 43.0% of total revenues in the fiscal 2015 third quarter. The $3.4 million decrease in SG&A was primarily due to a planned decrease in marketing expenses versus the prior year third quarter, as well as a decrease in corporate expenses that included a favorable impact from currency, partially offset by expenses associated with the exploration of strategic alternatives;
  • Total business expansion expenses were $0.9 million, including store preopening expenses of $0.6 million related to the opening of new and remodeled Discovery format locations. This compared to $1.2 million in business expansion expenses in the fiscal 2015 third quarter;
  • Pre-tax income was $2.8 million, which included $0.9 million in business expansion expenses, compared to $1.4 million, which included $1.2 million in business expansion expenses in the fiscal 2015 third quarter. Overall, the negative impact of currency on pre-tax income was approximately $0.5 million in the fiscal 2016 third quarter;
  • Tax expense was $1.0 million with a tax rate of 34.2% compared to $0.3 million with a tax rate of 22.0% in the fiscal 2015 third quarter, which benefited from the partial release of a valuation allowance; and
  • Net income was $1.8 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2015 third quarter.

First Nine Months Fiscal 2016 Highlights (39 weeks ended October 1, 2016, compared to the 39 weeks ended October 3, 2015):

  • Total revenues were $253.9 million compared to $260.0 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Consolidated net retail sales were $249.9 million, compared to $256.2 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Consolidated comparable sales (stores and e-commerce) decreased 2.6% following a 4.2% increase in the first nine months of fiscal 2015. The first nine months of fiscal 2016 included a 2.0% decrease in North America, following a 1.9% increase in the first nine months of fiscal 2015 and a 5.5% decrease in Europe, following an increase of 13.9% in the first nine months of fiscal 2015. Consolidated comparable e-commerce sales increased 11.9%, following a 7.9% increase in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Sales from stores remodeled in the Company’s Discovery format in North America increased an average of 7.1%;
  • Retail gross margin decreased 40 basis points to 44.9% from 45.3% in the first nine months of fiscal 2015 as increased merchandise margin was more than offset by the unfavorable impact of currency;
  • SG&A was $110.1 million, or 43.4% of total revenues compared to $109.7 million, or 42.2% of total revenues, in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Total business expansion expenses were $4.5 million, including store preopening expenses of $3.0 million, related to the opening of new and remodeled Discovery format stores. This compared to $1.5 million in business expansion expenses in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Pre-tax income was $1.8 million, which included $4.5 million in business expansion expenses, compared to pre-tax income of $8.0 million, which included $1.5 million in business expansion expenses, in the first nine months of fiscal 2015;
  • Tax expense was $0.8 million with a tax rate of 42.0% compared to $0.7 million with a tax rate of 9.0% in the first nine months of fiscal 2015, which benefited from the partial release of a valuation allowance; and
  • Net income was $1.1 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to net income of $7.3 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, in the first nine months of fiscal 2015.

Store Activity

During the third quarter, the Company had 11 store openings, 2 closures and completed 2 store remodels. As of October 1, 2016, the Company operated 330 company-owned stores, including 43 in its Discovery format, with 271 locations in North America, 58 in Europe and 1 in China. The Company’s international franchisees ended the period with 80 stores, as compared to 74 stores at the end of the fiscal 2015 third quarter.

Balance Sheet

The Company ended the fiscal 2016 third quarter with cash and cash equivalents totaling $11.8 million and no borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Total inventory at quarter-end was $59.4 million compared to $55.6 million in the prior year, an increase of 6.8%. In the fiscal 2016 third quarter, capital expenditures were $6.3 million, and depreciation and amortization expenses were $4.0 million.

Review of Strategic Alternatives

In May 2016, the Company announced that its Board of Directors had authorized an exploration of a full range of strategic alternatives. The Company retained Guggenheim Securities, LLC as its financial advisor and Bryan Cave LLP as its legal counsel to assist with the strategic review.

No timetable has been set for the Company’s review process. The Company does not expect to comment further or update the market with any additional information on the process unless and until its Board of Directors deems disclosure appropriate or necessary. There is no assurance that this exploration will result in any strategic alternatives being announced or executed.

Fiscal 2016 Outlook

For fiscal 2016, the Company has adjusted certain expectations in consideration of the continuing fluctuations of foreign exchange. The Company’s current expectations are as follows:

  • Total revenue to increase in the low single-digit range compared to the prior year;
  • Fourth quarter consolidated comparable sales to increase in the low- to mid-single digit range resulting in consolidated comparable sales in the range of negative low-single-digit to positive low-single-digit for the 2016 fiscal year;
  • Pre-tax income to grow 5% to 15% compared to the prior year GAAP results, which reflects current foreign exchange rates. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, pre-tax income is expected to grow 15% to 25%;
  • A tax rate of approximately 35%;
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $30 million and depreciation and amortization of approximately $16 million; and
  • To end the year with an estimated 345 stores, including approximately 55 in a Discovery format.

2016 Key Strategic Initiatives

To increase shareholder value, the Company expects to continue to execute its “MORE” strategic plan with key initiatives in four areas outlined below:

Expanding into More Places

The Company is focused on expanding its owned and operated locations in 2016. At the end of the third quarter, the Company had 330 stores compared to 317 in the prior year. The Company also plans to continue to upgrade an aged fleet to its Discovery format. Through a combination of remodels and new openings, as of October 1, 2016, the Company operated 43 Discovery locations, the sales of which outpaced heritage stores at a double-digit rate for the quarter. Of note, the first franchised Discovery store opened in Australia with similar positive results. The Company also recently opened two of three new Discovery concourse shops planned for fiscal 2016, which allows it to take its concept to mid-tier markets and non-traditional locations in a cost effective manner.

Developing More Products

The Company plans to continue to develop and expand its offering of intellectual property concepts designed to appeal to key consumer segments. To that end, the Company continued to drive sales of its intellectual properties, including Promise Pets, Honey Girls and Horses & Hearts Riding Club, delivering higher than average dollars and units per transaction. In addition, to advance the Company’s expanding outbound licensing programs, Spin Master Corp. began its national advertising campaign for a new branded toy line that features the Build-A-Bear Workshop Stuffing Station.

Attracting More People

The Company expects to leverage its relationships with key licensors to reach more people through a compelling offering of affinity, collectible, entertainment, sports and fashion properties. The Company launched its new Trolls collection in advance of DreamWorks Animation’s film, Trolls, and is updating its Star Wars products in advance of the next film release expected in December. The Company also expects to build on its nine consecutive quarters of consolidated e-commerce growth with a focus on expanding its consumer base with the teen-plus segment and gift givers. This strategy is supported with web exclusive product offerings such as the Pokémon merchandise which includes Pikachu and Eevee collector bundles.

Driving More Profitability

The Company expects to increase its 2016 GAAP pre-tax income by 5% to 15% compared to the prior year GAAP results, which reflects current foreign exchange rates. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, pre-tax income is expected to grow 15% to 25% by the disciplined execution of its stated strategies, including those initiatives detailed above as well as its on-going efforts in process improvement and organizational efficiency, system upgrades, value engineering and strategic pricing to enhance merchandise margins.

Today’s Conference Call Webcast

Build-A-Bear Workshop will host a live Internet webcast of its quarterly investor conference call at 9 a.m. ETtoday. The audio broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m. ET.

A replay of the conference call webcast will be available in the investor relations Web site for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately noon ET today until midnight ET on November 3, 2016. The telephone replay is available by calling 858.384.5517. The access code is 13647254.

About Build-A-Bear

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the eighth year in a row in 2016. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted a total revenue of $377.7 million in fiscal 2015. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain statements that are, or may be considered to be, “forward-looking statements” for the purpose of federal securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. We generally identify these statements by words or phrases such as “may,” “might,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “predict,” “future,” “potential” or “continue,” the negative or any derivative of these terms and other comparable terminology. All of the information concerning the potential outcome of exploring strategic alternatives, our future liquidity, future revenues, margins and other future financial performance and results, achievement of operating of financial plans or forecasts for future periods, sources and availability of credit and liquidity, future cash flows and cash needs, success and results of strategic initiatives and other future financial performance or financial position, as well as our assumptions underlying such information, constitute forward-looking information.

These statements are based only on our current expectations and projections about future events. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including those factors discussed under the caption entitled “Risks Related to Our Business” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on March 17, 2016 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC which are incorporated herein.

All of our forward-looking statements are as of the date of this Press Release only. In each case, actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking information. We can give no assurance that such expectations or forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. An occurrence of or any material adverse change in one or more of the risk factors or other risks and uncertainties referred to in this Press Release or included in our other public disclosures or our other periodic reports or other documents or filings filed with or furnished to the SEC could materially and adversely affect our continuing operations and our future financial results, cash flows, available credit, prospects and liquidity. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
                               
          13 Weeks             13 Weeks      
          Ended             Ended      
          October 1,     % of Total       October 3,     % of Total
          2016     Revenues(1)       2015     Revenues(1)
Revenues:                              
Net retail sales       $ 81,870     97.8     $ 84,303     98.5
Commercial revenue         1,322     1.6       795     0.9
Franchise fees         556     0.7       525     0.6
Total revenues         83,748     100.0       85,623     100.0
Costs and expenses:                              
Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)         46,461     56.7       46,117     54.7
Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)         535     40.5       551     69.3
Selling, general and administrative         33,404     39.9       36,826     43.0
Store preopening         571     0.7       817     1.0
Interest expense (income), net         (19)     (0.0)       (56)     (0.1)
Total costs and expenses         80,952     96.7       84,255     98.4
Income before income taxes         2,796     3.3       1,368     1.6
Income tax expense         955     1.1       301     0.4
Net income       $ 1,841     2.2     $ 1,067     1.2
                               
Income per common share:                              
Basic       $ 0.12           $ 0.06      
Diluted       $ 0.11           $ 0.06      
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:                    
Basic         15,518,115             16,670,358      
Diluted         15,691,004             16,890,722      
                               

 

(1)   Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold - retail and cost of merchandise sold - commercial that are expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue, respectively. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue and immaterial rounding.
     

 

 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
                             
          39 Weeks           39 Weeks      
          Ended           Ended      
          October 1,   % of Total       October 3,     % of Total
          2016   Revenues(1)       2015     Revenues(1)
Revenues:                            
Net retail sales       $ 249,854   98.4     $ 256,246     98.5
Commercial revenue         2,601   1.0       2,159     0.8
Franchise fees         1,407   0.6       1,624     0.6
Total revenues         253,862   100.0       260,029     100.0
Costs and expenses:                            
Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)         137,778   55.1       140,288     54.7
Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)         1,213   46.6       1,093     50.6
Selling, general and administrative         110,135   43.4       109,736     42.2
Store preopening         2,969   1.2       1,079     0.4
Interest expense (income), net         (58)   (0.0)       (148)     (0.1)
Total costs and expenses         252,037   99.3       252,048     96.9
Income before income taxes         1,825   0.7       7,981     3.1
Income tax expense         767   0.3       721     0.3
Net income       $ 1,058   0.4     $ 7,260     2.8
                             
Income per common share:                            
Basic       $ 0.07         $ 0.42      
Diluted       $ 0.07         $ 0.42      
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:                      
Basic         15,471,759           16,834,968      
Diluted         15,650,143           17,071,591      
                             

 

(1)   Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold - retail and cost of merchandise sold - commercial that are expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue, respectively. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue and immaterial rounding.
     

 

 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
                     
        October 1,     January 2,     October 3,
        2016     2016     2015
ASSETS                    
Current assets:                    
Cash and cash equivalents       $ 11,780       $ 45,196       $ 37,146  
Inventories         59,398         53,877         55,591  
Receivables         8,787         13,346         8,053  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets         13,752         16,312         16,651  
Total current assets         93,717         128,731         117,441  
                     
Property and equipment, net         71,984         67,741         60,090  
Deferred tax assets         10,737         10,864         2,734  
Other intangible assets, net         1,653         1,738         1,211  
Other assets, net         4,806         4,260         1,828  
Total Assets       $ 182,897       $ 213,334       $ 183,304  
                     
                     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY            
Current liabilities:                    
Accounts payable       $ 26,242       $ 42,551       $ 29,927  
Accrued expenses         11,918         19,286         14,197  
Gift cards and customer deposits         27,094         35,391         28,048  
Deferred revenue         2,030         2,633         2,635  
Total current liabilities         67,284         99,861         74,807  
                     
Deferred rent         15,278         12,156         12,327  
Deferred franchise revenue         603         728         782  
Other liabilities         1,008         1,175         1,111  
                     
                     
Stockholders' equity:                    
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share         159         158         169  
Additional paid-in capital         67,197         66,009         69,880  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss         (11,994 )       (9,971 )       (9,272 )
Retained earnings         43,362         43,218         33,500  
Total stockholders' equity         98,724         99,414         94,277  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity       $ 182,897       $ 213,334       $ 183,304  
                                 

 

 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Selected Financial and Store Data
(dollars in thousands)
                                     
          13 Weeks       13 Weeks         39 Weeks       39 Weeks
          Ended       Ended         Ended       Ended
          October 1,       October 3,         October 1,       October 3,
          2016       2015         2016       2015
                                     
Other financial data:                                    
Retail gross margin ($) (1)       $ 35,409       $ 38,186         $ 112,076       $ 115,958  
Retail gross margin (%) (1)         43.3 %       45.3 %         44.9 %       45.3 %
E-commerce sales       $ 3,356       $ 2,801         $ 9,242       $ 8,461  
Capital expenditures (2)       $ 6,331       $ 6,785         $ 18,213       $ 12,864  
Depreciation and amortization       $ 3,954       $ 4,029         $ 11,573       $ 12,262  
                                     
Store data (3):                                    
Number of company-owned retail locations at end of period                                    
North America                           271         257  
Europe                           58         60  
Asia                           1          
Total company-owned retail locations                           330         317  
                                     
Number of franchised stores at end of period                           80         74  
                                     
Company-owned store square footage at end of period (4)                                    
North America                           730,283         700,685  
Europe                           85,416         85,925  
Asia                           1,750          
Total square footage                           817,449         786,610  
                                     
Consolidated comparable sales change (5)                                    
North America         (1.6 )%       0.1 %         (2.0 )%       1.9 %
Europe         (4.8 )%       9.8 %         (5.5 )%       13.9 %
Consolidated         (2.2 )%       2.2 %         (2.6 )%       4.2 %
                                     
Stores         (3.2 )%       2.1 %         (3.1 )%       4.0 %
E-commerce         25.2 %       4.1 %         11.9 %       7.9 %
Consolidated         (2.2 )%       2.2 %         (2.6 )%       4.2 %
                                             

(1) Retail gross margin represents net retail sales less retail cost of merchandise sold. Retail gross margin percentage represents retail gross margin divided by net retail sales.

(2) Capital expenditures represents cash paid for property, equipment, other assets and other intangible assets.

(3) Excludes e-commerce. North American stores are located in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In Europe, stores are located in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Denmark. In Asia, the store is located in China.

(4) Square footage for stores located in North America is leased square footage. Square footage for stores located in Europe and Asia is estimated selling square footage.

(5) Comparable sales percentage changes are based on net retail sales and exclude the impact of foreign exchange. Stores are considered comparable beginning in their thirteenth full month of operation.

SOURCE Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Contacts:

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Build-A-Bear Workshop
Investor Relations
314-423-8000 x5221

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Build-A-Bear Workshop
Media Relations
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