Cherokee Global Brands Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results

  • Consolidated revenues of $11.0 million; royalty revenues of $7.9 million
  • GAAP net loss of $2.5 million; non-GAAP net loss of $740 thousand
  • GAAP EPS of ($0.18); non-GAAP EPS of $(0.05)  
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $928 thousand
  • Initiated guidance for fiscal year-ending February 2nd, 2019

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Dec. 06, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ:CHKE), a global brand marketing platform that manages a growing portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands, today reported financial results for fiscal 2018 third quarter ended October 28, 2017.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Amounts stated in this press release to be on a non-GAAP basis exclude the items that are described below under the heading “Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures”.  Reconciliations of amounts on a GAAP basis to amounts on a non-GAAP basis are presented in tabular form later in this release under the heading “GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Metrics.”

“We’re pleased to share meaningful progress across key business and financial objectives, including the successful amendment of our existing loan agreement with Cerberus,” commented Henry Stupp, chief executive officer. “Our amended agreement with Cerberus is a significant, positive development, to position us for profitable future growth.” 

“In addition, we’ve taken actions to strengthen our financial and accounting capabilities and team leadership,” added Stupp.  “In collaboration with this team, we are working to ensure the timely filing of future quarterly reports as well as identify opportunities to enhance our operating and financial performance, with a particular emphasis on reducing expenses and growing cash flow.”

Mr. Stupp continued, “With the financial and operational integration of Hi-Tec behind us, we look forward to advancing our strategic vision for Cherokee Global Brands. In addition to servicing new and existing licensees, we’ve executed several new license agreements to expand the reach of our brands into new markets and categories.  Most notably, we’re pleased to announce a pan European license agreement of the Cherokee brand in over 15,000 locations and 29 countries beginning early Fall 2018.  Our new license agreements are expected to generate meaningful new royalty streams beginning fiscal 2019.”

Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Financial Results
Consolidated GAAP revenues in the quarter were $11.0 million, which are comprised of royalty revenues and indirect product sales. Royalty revenues were $7.9 million compared with $6.5 million in the prior year period.

For the nine month period of fiscal 2018, GAAP consolidated revenues were $36.1 million, which are comprised of royalty revenues and indirect product sales.. Royalty revenues were $22.7 million compared with $25.6 million in the prior year period.

GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter were $10.4 million, compared to $7.7 million in the prior-year period. GAAP SG&A for the third quarter of fiscal 2018 was inclusive of $2.2 million in operating expenses related to the integration of the Hi-Tec acquisition. For the nine-month period, GAAP SG&A totaled $30.7 million compared to $20.0 million in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP SG&A for the third quarter, which excludes the aforementioned Hi-Tec integration, and certain accounting, legal, and professional fees totaled $8.2 million. This compares to $5.3 million in the prior-year period. For the nine-month period, non-GAAP SG&A totaled $24.5 million compared to $16.2 million in the prior-year period.

GAAP operating loss for the third quarter totaled $1.7 million, compared with $1.2 million in the prior-year period. GAAP operating loss for the nine-month period totaled $4.7 million compared with GAAP operating income of $5.6 million in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $541 thousand, compared with $1.2 million in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating income for the nine-month period of fiscal 2018 totaled $1.4 million compared with $9.4 million in the prior-year period.

GAAP net loss for the third quarter was $2.5 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net loss of $873 thousand, or $0.10 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. For the nine-month period, GAAP net loss was $10.4 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $3.2 million, or $0.37 per diluted share in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP net loss for the third quarter was $740 thousand, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to Non-GAAP net income of nearly $700 thousand, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  For the nine-month period, non-GAAP net loss totaled $2.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $5.6 million, or $0.64 per diluted share in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter was $928 thousand, compared to $1.6 million in the prior-year period. For the nine-month period, the company reported an adjusted EBITDA of $2.8 million, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $10.5 million in the prior-year period.

At October 28, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $4.6 million.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook
The Company is adjusting its previously issued guidance for the fiscal year 2018 ending February 3, 2018 as follows:

  • Gross profit is expected to be in the range of $36-38 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $7-9 million.

Fiscal 2019 Outlook
Cherokee Global Brands is providing guidance for the fiscal 2019 year ending February 2nd, 2019 as follows:

  • Gross profit is anticipated to be in the range of $33-$37 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to be in the range of $7-9 million

The Company’s guidance for Fiscal 2018 and 2019, are based on current plans and expectations and are subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks, including those set forth under the Company’s safe harbor statement. This forecast is made as of the date of this release, and Company undertakes no obligation to update or amend this guidance whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Credit Facility with Cerberus
On November 10, 2017, the Company entered into an amendment of its senior secured credit facility with Cerberus. The Amendment includes a waiver of all defaults under the Cerberus Credit Facility arising from the Company’s failure to comply with financial covenants thereunder for the periods ended on or prior to July 29, 2017. As of October 28, 2017, the Company had approximately $48.4 million in principal amount of outstanding indebtedness owed under the Cerberus Credit Facility, all of which is due in December 2021.

Additional information and a full copy of the amendment are included in the Company’s Form 10-Q filed today with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today at 5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m. ET. A slide presentation will accompany the prepared remarks and has been posted along with the webcast link on Cherokee Global Brands’ website.

To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-0784 (U.S.) or (201) 689-8560 (international) ten minutes prior to the start time. The earnings call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.cherokeeglobalbrands.com.

For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be available through Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 8:59 p.m. PT / 11:59 p.m. ET.  To access the replay, dial (844) 512-2921 (U.S.) or (412) 317-6671 (international) and use conference ID: 13673883.

About Cherokee Inc.
Cherokee is a global brand marketing platform that manages a growing portfolio of fashion and lifestyle brands including Cherokee®, Carole Little®, Tony Hawk® Signature Apparel and Hawk Brands®, Liz Lange®, Everyday California®, Sideout®, Hi-Tec®, Magnum®, 50 Peaks®, Interceptor® and Flip Flop Shops®, a franchise retail chain, across multiple consumer product categories and retail tiers around the world. The Company currently maintains license and franchise agreements with leading retailers and manufacturers that span over 110 countries in 12,000 retail locations and digital commerce.

Safe Harbor Statement 
This news release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events and the future performance of Cherokee. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, without limitation, express or implied statements regarding: the Company’s ability to complete the sale of participation interests in the Cerberus Credit Facility; the Company’s expectations regarding its ability to satisfy the revised financial covenants; the Company’s ability to sustain necessary liquidity and grow its business; the anticipated impact of the additions to its accounting staff; and anticipated market developments and opportunities.  A forward-looking statement is neither a prediction nor a guarantee of future events or circumstances and is based on currently available market, operating, financial and competitive information and assumptions. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected or projected, including, among others, risks that: the Company will not be able to complete the sale of the participation interests on terms acceptable to the Company or Cerberus, on a timely basis, or at all; the Company and its partners will not achieve the results anticipated in the statements made in this release; global economic conditions and the financial condition of the apparel and retail industry and/or adverse changes in licensee or consumer acceptance of products bearing the Company’s brands may lead to reduced royalties; the ability and/or commitment of the Company’s licensees to design, manufacture and market Cherokee®, Hi-Tec®, Magnum®, 50 Peaks®, Interceptor®, Carole Little®, Tony Hawk® and Hawk Brands®, Liz Lange®, Everyday California® and Sideout® branded products could cause our results to differ from our anticipations; the Company’s dependence on a select group of licensees for most of the Company’s revenues makes us susceptible to changes in those organizations; and the Company’s dependence on its key management personnel could leave us exposed to disruption on any termination of service.   The risks included here are not exhaustive. Other risks and uncertainties are described in our annual report on Form 10-K filed on May 18, 2017, its periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, and subsequent filings with the SEC we make from time to time, including the preliminary prospectus supplement that we filed in connection with the offering described herein. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Certain of the information set forth herein, including non-GAAP SG&A, non-GAAP operating income, EBITDA and non-GAAP net income, may be considered non-GAAP financial measures. Cherokee believes this information is useful to investors because it provides a basis for measuring the company’s available capital resources, the operating performance of its business and its cash flow, excluding expenses relating to integration of Hi-Tec, restructuring charges, professional fees and stock compensation charges that would normally be included in the most directly comparable measures calculated and presented in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). In addition, the company’s management uses these non-GAAP financial measures along with the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in evaluating the company’s operating performance, capital resources and cash flow. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by the company may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies. The non-GAAP measures are described above and are reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure in the condensed consolidated financial statements portion of this release under the headings “GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Metrics“.   

Investor Contact:
Cherokee Global Brands
Jason Boling, CFO
818-908-9868

Addo Investor Relations
Laura Bainbridge/Patricia Nir
310-829-5400

   
CHEROKEE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
   
    October 28,   January 28,  
    2017   2017  
    (Unaudited)
Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $  4,589     $  8,378  
Receivables      13,202        21,873  
Other receivables      1,661        3,292  
Income taxes receivable      3,892        1,020  
Inventory, net      1,189        1,567  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      2,037        5,010  
Total current assets      26,570        41,140  
Intangible assets, net      105,606        106,193  
Goodwill      15,645        15,794  
Deferred tax asset      —        —  
Property and equipment, net      1,125        1,311  
Other assets      30        1,578  
Total assets   $  148,976     $  166,016  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable and other accrued payables   $  14,745     $  26,736  
Current portion of long term debt      45,036        1,241  
Related party Ravich loan      1,500        3,896  
Deferred revenue—current      2,087        7,015  
Accrued compensation payable      553        935  
Income taxes payable—current      —        347  
Total current liabilities      63,921        40,170  
Long term liabilities:              
Deferred tax liability      9,637        7,718  
Income taxes payable—non-current      4,041        3,041  
Long term debt      —        41,595  
Other non-current      3,150        1,174  
Total liabilities      80,749        93,698  
Commitments and Contingencies              
Stockholders’ Equity              
Preferred stock, $.02 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding      —        —  
Common stock, $.02 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized, 13,951,066 shares issued and outstanding at October 28, 2017 and 12,951,284 issued and outstanding at January 28, 2017      279        259  
Additional paid-in capital      72,938        66,612  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)      (4,990 )      5,414  
Accumulated other comprehensive income      —        33  
Total stockholders’ equity      68,227        72,318  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $  148,976     $  166,016  

CHEROKEE INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Unaudited
(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
                           
    Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended  
    October 28,   October 29,   October 28,   October 29,  
    2017   2016   2017   2016  
Royalty revenues   $ 7,882     $ 6,495     $ 22,734     $ 25,646    
Indirect product sales     3,155             13,373          
Total revenues     11,037       6,495       36,107       25,646    
Cost of goods sold     2,321             10,159          
Gross profit     8,716       6,495       25,948       25,646    
Selling, general and administrative expenses     10,191       7,476       29,884       19,366    
Amortization of intangible assets     204       229       673       683    
Restructuring charges                 121          
Operating (loss) income     (1,679 )     (1,210 )     (4,730 )     5,597    
Other income (expense):                          
Interest expense     (1,706 )     (152 )     (4,806 )     (514 )  
Other income (expense), net     (24 )           (203 )     78    
Total other expense, net     (1,730 )     (152 )     (5,009 )     (436 )  
(Loss) income before income taxes     (3,409 )     (1,362 )     (9,739 )     5,161    
Income tax provision     (889 )     (489 )     665       1,936    
Net (loss) income   $ (2,520 )   $ (873 )   $ (10,404 )   $ 3,225    
Net (loss) income per common share attributable to common stockholders:                          
Basic (loss) earnings per share   $ (0.18 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.79 )   $ 0.37    
Diluted (loss) earnings per share   $ (0.18 )   $ (0.10 )   $ (0.79 )   $ 0.37    
Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to common stockholders:                          
Basic     13,792       8,713       13,244       8,719    
Diluted     13,792       8,713       13,244       8,759    

CHEROKEE INC.  
                     
GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL METRICS  
Unaudited  
(amounts in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)  
                     
    Three months ended     Nine months ended  
    October 28, 2017   October 29, 2016     October 28, 2017   October 29, 2016  
                     
Royalty revenues   $ 7,882     $ 6,495       $ 22,734     $ 25,646    
Indirect product sales   $ 3,155     $       $ 13,373        
Total Revenues   $ 11,037     $ 6,495       $ 36,107     $ 25,646    
Cost of goods sold   $ 2,321     $       $ 10,159        
GAAP Gross profit   $ 8,716     $ 6,495       $ 25,948     $ 25,646    
Selling, general and administrative expenses:                    
GAAP Selling, general and administrative expenses     10,395       7,705         30,678       20,049    
Professional fees     2,220       2,448         6,170       3,813    
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses   $ 8,175     $ 5,257       $ 24,508     $ 16,236    
GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenues     94 %     119 %       85 %     78 %  
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue     74 %     81 %       68 %     63 %  
                     
Operating income:                    
GAAP Operating income (loss)     (1,679 )     (1,210 )       (4,730 )     5,597    
Professional fees     2,220       2,448         6,170       3,813    
Non-GAAP Operating income (loss)   $ 541     $ 1,238       $ 1,440     $ 9,410    
GAAP Operating income as a percentage of total revenues     -15 %     -19 %       -13 %     22 %  
Non-GAAP Operating income as a percentage of revenue     5 %     19 %       4 %     37 %  
                     
Net income:                    
GAAP Net income     (2,521 )     (873 )       (10,405 )     3,225    
GAAP Tax Provision     (889 )     (489 )       665       1,936    
Professional fees     2,220       2,448         6,170       3,813    
Other expense     24               287          
Adjusted Tax Benefit (Provision)     426       (390 )       1,062       (3,366 )  
Non-GAAP Net income   $ (740 )   $ 696       $ (2,221 )   $ 5,608    
                     
GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $ (0.18 )   $ (0.10 )     $ (0.79 )   $ 0.37    
Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $ (0.05 )   $ 0.08       $ (0.17 )   $ 0.64    
                     
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding:     13,792       8,713         13,244       8,759    
                     
                     
EBITDA:                    
GAAP Net Income (loss)     (2,521 )     (873 )       (10,405 )     3,225    
Interest expense     1,706       152         4,806       514    
Other expense     24               287       (78 )  
Tax Provision     (889 )     (489 )       665       1,936    
Depreciation and amortization     388       366         1,233       1,076    
EBITDA     (1,292 )     (844 )       (3,414 )     6,673    
Professional fees     2,220       2,448         6,170       3,813    
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 928     $ 1,604       $ 2,756     $ 10,486    
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue     8 %     25 %       8 %     41 %  
                     

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