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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results and Announces New Relationship With Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA)

ST. LOUIS - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Aug. 29, 2019 - Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the second quarter and 26 weeks ended August 3, 2019. In the fiscal 2019 second quarter:

  • Total revenues were $79.2 million compared to $83.2 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter;
  • Retail gross margin expanded to 44.1%, a 160-basis point improvement compared to the fiscal 2018 second quarter;
  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) were $35.7 million, or 45.1% of total revenues, a $2.2 million improvement compared to the fiscal 2018 second quarter; and
  • Pre-tax loss improved by $1.8 million to $0.7 million and included the impact of unfavorable currency fluctuations compared to the fiscal 2018 second quarter.

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In the quarter, gross margin expansion and disciplined management of expenses contributed to an improvement in operating results compared to the prior year even with the anticipated decline in retail revenue given the comparison to last year’s ground-breaking Pay Your Age promotional activity. Notably, we delivered the seventh consecutive quarter of double-digit e-commerce growth as we continue to more effectively take advantage of trends in the digital economy. We also made progress on the execution of our stated strategy as we continued to build the necessary infrastructure to aggressively leverage the awareness and power of our brand into incremental profitable revenue streams with growth in our Commercial segment inclusive of outbound licensing fees and wholesale. This leverage is further evidenced by the recently signed agreements across a number of entertainment fronts including the completion of a new multi-dimensional relationship with Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, all of which are intended to support efforts related to the development of a new branded production entity called Build-A-Bear Entertainment.

“We remain focused on the execution of our key priorities including diversifying our business model to broaden consumer accessibility to our brand. As the dynamics of traditional mall-based retailing continue to change, we have maintained high levels of lease optionality while expanding into places that allow us to reach new consumers with added locations in Walmart and key tourist venues. We also expect to benefit from an enhanced celebration of National Teddy Bear Day in September, a favorable backdrop for family-centric films including the highly anticipated release of Disney’s Frozen II and expanded gifting programs for the holiday season. Overall, we remain confident that the ongoing implementation of our strategy will result in long-term profitable growth and enhanced value for our stakeholders,” concluded Ms. John.

Additional Second Quarter 2019 Highlights (13 weeks ended August 3, 2019 compared to the 13 weeks ended August 4, 2018):

  • Total revenues were $79.2 million compared to $83.2 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter; consolidated net retail sales were $75.2 million compared to $81.0 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter;
  • Pre-tax loss was $0.7 million, an improvement of $1.8 million, compared to a pre-tax loss of $2.5 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter;
  • Income tax expense was $0.5 million, compared to an income tax benefit of $0.7 million in the fiscal 2018 second quarter. The income tax expense was impacted by the mix of earnings and the effect of tax valuation allowances in various foreign tax jurisdictions; and
  • Net loss was $1.2 million, or $0.08 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.8 million, or $0.12 per share, in the fiscal 2018 second quarter.

First Six Months Highlights (26 weeks ended August 3, 2019 compared to the 26 weeks ended August 4, 2018):

  • Total revenues were $163.6 million compared to $166.4 million in the first six months of fiscal 2018; consolidated net retail sales were $156.3 million compared to $162.5 million in the first six months of fiscal 2018;
  • Pre-tax income was $1.7 million, an improvement of $3.6 million, compared to a $1.9 million pre-tax loss in the first six months of fiscal 2018;
  • Income tax expense was $1.7 million, compared to an income tax benefit of $0.5 million in the first six months of fiscal 2018. The income tax expense was impacted by the mix of earnings and the effect of tax valuation allowances in various foreign tax jurisdictions; and
  • Net loss was $28,000, or $0.00 per share, compared to a net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.10 per share, in the first six months of fiscal 2018.

Store Activity:

In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company closed 6 stores, had no openings and remodeled or reformatted 3 stores into a Discovery format, ending the quarter with 38% of its store base in an updated Discovery design. The Company maintained a high level of lease optionality with nearly 70% of corporately-managed stores having a lease option within the next three years. As of August 3, 2019, the Company operated 360 corporately-managed locations, including 304 in North America and 56 outside of North America. The Company’s international franchisees ended the quarter with 95 stores in 12 countries.

Balance Sheet:

As of August 3, 2019, cash and cash equivalents totaled $15.0 million. Based on the financial results for the 2019 second fiscal quarter, the Company will not be in compliance with the minimum EBITDA covenant under its revolving credit facility. The Company ended the quarter with no borrowings under its revolving credit facility and its peak borrowing requirements are not expected to exceed $5 million during fiscal 2019. Moreover, the Company has reached an agreement in principle with its lender for a waiver of the covenant and an amendment of the revolving credit agreement terms.

Total inventory at quarter-end was $62.1 million compared to $47.8 million at the end of the fiscal 2018 second quarter. The comparatively lower 2018 inventory level was primarily impacted by the sales from the unprecedented Pay Your Age events that occurred late in the 2018 second quarter, therefore, the Company noted that the recast fiscal 2017 second quarter presents a more normalized comparison. Recast fiscal 2017 second quarter inventory was $59.4 million, a delta of $2.7 million compared to fiscal 2019 second quarter. Additionally, the fiscal 2019 second quarter inventory increase was due to higher in-transit inventory to support new product introductions including its collection supporting Disney’s Frozen II movie and acceleration of some receipts of China-sourced goods due to anticipated potential tariff increases. In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, capital expenditures totaled $2.5 million and depreciation and amortization were $3.3 million.

As a reminder, for comparison purposes, on February 3, 2019, the Company recorded lease liabilities of $176.2 million upon adoption of the new lease accounting standard, also referred to as ASC Topic 842, based on the present value of remaining lease payments. A corresponding right-to-use asset of $151.5 million was recorded on the balance sheet upon adoption which was net of accrued and prepaid rent, deferred lease incentives and impairment charges.

2019 Expectations (52 weeks ending February 1, 2020 compared to the 52 weeks ended February 2, 2019):

On a GAAP basis, the Company now expects:

  • Total revenue for the year to increase in the low single-digits;
  • Pre-tax income to be slightly positive;
  • Capital expenditures to be in the range of $12 to $14 million;
  • Depreciation and amortization in the range of $15 to $16 million;
  • Operating cash flow less capital expenditures to be positive for the year; and
  • To finish the year with $20 to $25 million in cash and cash equivalents.

The Company notes that the above guidance assumes that there are no changes in the rate or effective date that have been announced for the potential tariffs on China goods later this year.

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. ET today. The audio broadcast may be accessed at the Company’s investor relations website, 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 website for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately noon ET today until midnight ET on September 5, 2019. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is 13693396.

About Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has more than 450 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including corporately-managed stores in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $336.6 million in fiscal 2018. 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 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 (including our ability to amend our credit facility on a timely basis on terms acceptable to us or at all), 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 April 18, 2019 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.

All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders.

 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
 
   

August 3,

 

February 2,

 

August 4,

   

2019

 

2019

 

2018

ASSETS
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents  

$

14,965

 

 

$

17,894

 

 

$

20,398

 

Inventories  

 

62,081

 

 

 

58,356

 

 

 

47,833

 

Receivables  

 

8,714

 

 

 

10,588

 

 

 

8,693

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets  

 

6,889

 

 

 

12,960

 

 

 

13,686

 

Total current assets  

 

92,649

 

 

 

99,798

 

 

 

90,610

 

             
Operating lease right-of-use asset  

 

137,680

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Property and equipment, net  

 

64,191

 

 

 

66,368

 

 

 

76,157

 

Deferred tax assets  

 

1,949

 

 

 

3,099

 

 

 

4,847

 

Other intangible assets, net  

 

1,067

 

 

 

731

 

 

 

1,013

 

Other assets, net  

 

1,658

 

 

 

2,050

 

 

 

2,182

 

Total Assets  

$

299,194

 

 

$

172,046

 

 

$

174,809

 

             
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable  

$

16,734

 

 

$

22,551

 

 

$

15,046

 

Accrued expenses  

 

8,622

 

 

 

10,047

 

 

 

12,482

 

Operating lease liability short term  

 

30,697

 

 

 

-

 

 

 

-

 

Gift cards and customer deposits  

 

16,981

 

 

 

21,643

 

 

 

14,502

 

Deferred revenue and other  

 

2,056

 

 

 

1,936

 

 

 

2,154

 

Total current liabilities  

 

75,090

 

 

 

56,177

 

 

 

44,184

 

             
Operating lease liability long term  

 

132,613

 

 

 

-

 

   
Deferred rent  

 

11

 

 

 

18,440

 

 

 

18,342

 

Deferred franchise revenue  

 

1,399

 

 

 

1,625

 

 

 

1,100

 

Other liabilities  

 

1,576

 

 

 

1,490

 

 

 

1,854

 

             
             
Stockholders' equity:            
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share  

 

152

 

 

 

150

 

 

 

150

 

Additional paid-in capital  

 

70,295

 

 

 

69,088

 

 

 

67,383

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss  

 

(11,579

)

 

 

(12,018

)

 

 

(12,015

)

Retained earnings  

 

29,637

 

 

 

37,094

 

 

 

53,811

 

Total stockholders' equity  

 

88,505

 

 

 

94,314

 

 

 

109,329

 

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  

$

299,194

 

 

$

172,046

 

 

$

174,809

 

             
 
 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
       
     

13 Weeks

 

 

 

 

13 Weeks

 

 

     

Ended

 

 

 

 

Ended

 

 

     

August 3,

 

% of Total

 

 

August 4,

 

% of Total

     

2019

 

Revenues (1)

 

 

2018

 

Revenues (1)

Revenues:                    
Net retail sales  

$

75,214

 

 

95.0

 

 

$

81,037

 

 

97.4

 

Commercial revenue    

3,193

 

 

4.0

 

   

1,055

 

 

1.3

 

International franchising    

807

 

 

1.0

 

   

1,086

 

 

1.3

 

Total revenues    

79,214

 

 

100.0

 

   

83,178

 

 

100.0

 

Cost of merchandise sold:                    
Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)    

42,016

 

 

55.9

 

   

46,601

 

 

57.5

 

Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)    

1,211

 

 

37.9

 

   

591

 

 

56.0

 

Cost of merchandise sold - international franchising (1)    

1,016

 

 

125.9

 

   

587

 

 

54.1

 

Total cost of merchandise sold    

44,243

 

 

55.9

 

   

47,779

 

 

57.4

 

Consolidated gross profit    

34,971

 

 

44.1

 

   

35,399

 

 

42.6

 

                     
Selling, general and administrative expense    

35,720

 

 

45.1

 

   

37,928

 

 

45.6

 

Interest expense (income), net    

(7

)

 

(0.0

)

   

16

 

 

0.0

 

Income (loss) before income taxes    

(742

)

 

(0.9

)

   

(2,545

)

 

(3.1

)

Income tax expense (benefit)    

482

 

 

0.6

 

   

(745

)

 

(0.9

)

Net income (loss)  

$

(1,224

)

 

(1.5

)

 

$

(1,800

)

 

(2.2

)

                     
Income (loss) per common share:                    
Basic  

$

(0.08

)

     

$

(0.12

)

   
Diluted  

$

(0.08

)

     

$

(0.12

)

   
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:                    
Basic    

14,726,678

 

       

14,618,582

 

   
Diluted    

14,726,678

 

       

14,618,582

 

   

(1)

  Selected statement of income data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold - retail, cost of merchandise sold - commercial and cost of merchandise sold - international franchising that are expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue and international franchising, respectively. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue or international franchising and immaterial rounding.
 
     
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
       
     

26 Weeks

 

 

 

 

26 Weeks

 

 

     

Ended

 

 

 

 

Ended

 

 

     

August 3,

 

% of Total

 

 

August 4,

 

% of Total

     

2019

 

Revenues (1)

 

 

2018

 

Revenues (1)

Revenues:                    
Net retail sales  

$

156,263

 

 

95.5

 

 

$

162,462

 

 

97.7

 

Commercial revenue    

5,947

 

 

3.6

 

   

2,074

 

 

1.2

 

International franchising    

1,366

 

 

0.8

 

   

1,826

 

 

1.1

 

Total revenues    

163,576

 

 

100.0

 

   

166,362

 

 

100.0

 

Costs and expenses:                    
Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)    

86,437

 

 

55.3

 

   

91,986

 

 

56.6

 

Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)    

2,475

 

 

41.6

 

   

1,070

 

 

51.6

 

Cost of merchandise sold - international franchising (1)    

1,455

 

 

106.5

 

   

919

 

 

50.3

 

Total cost of merchandise sold    

90,367

 

 

55.2

 

   

93,975

 

 

56.5

 

Consolidated gross profit    

73,209

 

       

72,387

 

 

43.5

 

                     
Selling, general and administrative expense    

71,527

 

 

43.7

 

   

74,265

 

 

44.6

 

Interest expense (income), net    

14

 

 

0.0

 

   

21

 

 

0.0

 

Income (loss) before income taxes    

1,668

 

 

1.0

 

   

(1,899

)

 

(1.1

)

Income tax expense (benefit)    

1,696

 

 

1.0

 

   

(453

)

 

(0.2

)

Net income (loss)  

$

(28

)

 

(0.0

)

 

$

(1,446

)

 

(0.9

)

                     
Income (loss) per common share:                    
Basic  

$

(0.00

)

     

$

(0.10

)

   
Diluted  

$

(0.00

)

     

$

(0.10

)

   
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:                    
Basic    

14,669,626

 

       

14,600,578

 

   
Diluted    

14,669,626

 

       

14,600,578

 

   

(1)

  Selected statement of income data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold - retail, cost of merchandise sold - commercial and cost of merchandise sold - international franchising that are expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue and international franchising, respectively. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue or international franchising and immaterial rounding.
 
 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Selected Financial and Store Data
(dollars in thousands)
 
     

13 Weeks

 

 

13 Weeks

   

 

26 Weeks

 

 

26 Weeks

     

Ended

 

 

Ended

   

 

Ended

 

 

Ended

     

August 4,

 

 

August 4,

   

 

August 4,

 

 

August 4,

     

2019

 

 

2018

   

 

2019

 

 

2018

                           
Other financial data:                          
Retail gross margin ($) (1)  

$

33,198

 

 

$

34,436

 

   

$

69,826

 

 

$

70,476

 

Retail gross margin (%) (1)    

44.1

%

   

42.5

%

     

44.7

%

   

43.4

%

Capital expenditures (2)  

$

2,539

 

 

$

4,081

 

   

$

4,944

 

 

$

7,111

 

Depreciation and amortization  

$

3,286

 

 

$

4,023

 

   

$

6,798

 

 

$

8,138

 

                           
Store data (3):                          
Number of corporately-managed retail locations at end of period                          
North America                  

304

 

   

301

 

Europe                  

55

 

   

57

 

Asia                  

1

 

   

1

 

Total corporately-managed retail locations                  

360

 

   

359

 

                           
Number of franchised stores at end of period                  

95

 

   

90

 

                           
Corporately-managed store square footage at end of period (4)                          
North America                  

713,789

 

   

720,264

 

Europe                  

79,922

 

   

79,236

 

Asia                  

1,750

 

   

1,750

 

Total square footage                  

795,461

 

   

801,250

 

(1)

  Retail gross margin represents net retail sales less cost of merchandise sold - retail. 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 is estimated selling square footage.

Investors:
Voin Todorovic
Build-A-Bear Workshop
314.423.8000 x5221

Media:
Public Relations
PR@buildabear.com

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