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Sequential Brands Group Announces 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

  • Q1 Revenue increased 150% to $34.0 million vs. $13.6 million in the prior year quarter

  • Q1 Adjusted EBITDA increased 108% to $16.7 million vs. $8.0 million in the prior year quarter

NEW YORK, May 05, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sequential Brands Group, Inc. ("Sequential" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:SQBG) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

First Quarter 2016 Results:

Total revenue for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 increased to $34.0 million, compared to $13.6 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $16.7 million, compared to $8.0 million in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the quarter ending March 31, 2016 was $2.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, compared to $1.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. On a GAAP basis, net loss was $(1.1) million for the first quarter, or $(0.02) per diluted share, compared to net income of $1.4 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, in the prior year quarter. See tables below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

Yehuda Shmidman, Sequential's Chief Executive Officer, commented, “Our 2016 fiscal year is off to a strong start with Q1 revenue up 150% from the prior year, driven by a combination of contributions from the brands acquired in 2015 and increased revenues from the balance of our portfolio. We are on track to achieve high single digit organic growth for full year 2016 and remain focused on executing our activation playbook.”

Financial Update:

For the year ending December 31, 2016, the Company is reiterating its guidance of $145.0 to $150.0 million in revenue and Adjusted EBITDA of $83.0 to $87.0 million. The Company's contractual guaranteed minimum royalties for 2016 are approximately $100 million. Consistent with the Company's historical quarterly results, the Company expects revenue for 2016 to be weighted to the third and fourth quarters due to seasonality in the businesses of many of the Company's licensees. In addition, the Company is continuing to review potential acquisition candidates and look for consumer brands with high potential for growth and strong brand awareness.

Following the completion of the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. merger integration, the Company expects its twelve-month run rate to be $150.0 to $155.0 million of revenue and $92.5 to $95.0 million of Adjusted EBITDA. The Company anticipates that the merger integration will be completed on schedule.

Investor Call and Webcast:

Management will provide further commentary today, May 5, 2016, on the Company's financial results via a conference call and webcast beginning at approximately 8:30am ET. To join the conference call, please dial (877) 407-0789 or visit the investor relations page on the Company's website www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

Non GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release contains historical and projected measures of Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share. These non-GAAP metrics are an alternative to the information calculated under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), as provided in the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with the Company’s results reported according to GAAP. 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. We consider these measures to be useful measures of our ongoing financial performance because they adjust for certain costs and other events that the Company believes are not representative of its ongoing business. See below for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP metrics to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, home, active, and lifestyle categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential's website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of Sequential relate to future results, or state intentions, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future, which are forward-looking statements ("forward-looking statements") within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. Sequential's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning guidance, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, expectations, intentions, revenue, sales and other projections, developments, potential acquisitions, future events, performance or products, underlying assumptions and other statements that are not historical in nature, including those that include the words "subject to," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "forecasts," "projects," "aims," "targets," "may," "will," "should," "can," the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions. For example, in this press release we may use forward-looking statements when addressing topics such as revenue, adjusted EBITDA and contractual guaranteed minimum royalties, non-GAAP net income, income per share and non-GAAP income per share. Whether actual results will conform to expectations and predictions is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including: (i) risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports that the Company and its predecessors have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission; (ii) general economic, market, or business conditions; (iii) the ability to successfully integrate acquisitions; (iv) the ability to realize anticipated benefits and synergies of acquisitions; (v) the potential impact of acquisitions on relationships, including with employees, licensees, customers and competitors; (vi) operational or financial problems at any of our licensees and resulting failure to collect minimum royalties and (vii) other circumstances beyond our control. Refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q of the Company and its predecessors for a discussion of important risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect Sequential's businesses, results of operations and financial condition. Sequential's stockholders are urged to consider such risks, uncertainties and factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. Sequential is not under any obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands, except share amounts)
March 31, December 31,
2016 2015
(Unaudited)
Assets
Current Assets:
Cash $41,379 $41,560
Accounts receivable, net 34,603 42,026
Available-for-sale securities 6,613 5,611
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 5,154 5,276
Current assets held for disposition from discontinued operations of wholesale business 103 113
Total current assets 87,852 94,586
Property and equipment, net 7,529 6,547
Intangible assets, net 872,002 872,277
Goodwill 313,533 314,288
Other assets 1,796 2,139
Total assets $1,282,712 $1,289,837
Liabilities and Equity
Current Liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued expenses $18,301 $23,722
Deferred revenue 1,023 2,157
Current portion of long-term debt 20,000 19,000
Total current liabilities 39,324 44,879
Long-term debt, net of current portion 518,497 523,065
Deferred tax liability 185,249 184,881
Other long-term liabilities 11,560 10,686
Long-term liabilities held for disposition from discontinued operations of wholesale business 667 677
Total liabilities 755,297 764,188
Commitments and Contingencies
Equity:
Preferred stock Series A, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015
- -
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 62,610,960 and 60,991,127
shares issued at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, and 62,111,140 and
60,480,474 shares outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
621 605
Additional paid-in capital 497,943 496,179
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,477) (6,466)
Accumulated deficit (39,906) (38,830)
Treasury stock, at cost; 71,646 shares at March 31, 2016 and none at December 31, 2015 (501) -
Total Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries stockholders’ equity 452,680 451,488
Noncontrolling interest 74,735 74,161
Total equity 527,415 525,649
Total liabilities and equity $1,282,712 $1,289,837


SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except (loss) earnings per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Net revenue $34,008 $13,617
Operating expenses 21,977 8,676
Income from operations 12,031 4,941
Other income 93 700
Interest expense, net 10,690 3,160
Income before income taxes 1,434 2,481
Provison for income taxes 399 919
Net income 1,035 1,562
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (2,111) (118)
Net (loss) income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries $(1,076) $1,444
(Loss) earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries:
Basic $(0.02) $0.04
Diluted $(0.02) $0.04
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 61,210 39,040
Diluted 61,210 41,187


Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation
(in thousands, except earnings per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) income to non-GAAP net income:
GAAP net (loss) income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries $(1,076) $1,444
Adjustments:
Acquisition-related costs (a) 1,311 300
Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (b) (333) (30)
Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c) - (700)
Restructuring (d) 2,496 -
Adjustment to taxes (e) 149 243
Total non-GAAP adjustments 3,623 (187)
Non-GAAP net income (1) $2,547 $1,257
Non-GAAP weighted-average diluted shares 62,751 41,187
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to non-GAAP Diluted EPS:
GAAP (loss) earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries $(0.02) $0.04
Adjustments:
Acquisition-related costs (a) 0.02 0.01
Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c) - (0.02)
Restructuring (d) 0.04 -
Total non-GAAP adjustments $0.06 $(0.01)
Non-GAAP earnings per share (1) $0.04 $0.03
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended March 31,
2016 2015
Reconciliation of GAAP net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA:
GAAP net (loss) income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries $(1,076) $1,444
Adjustments:
Provision for income taxes 399 919
Interest expense, net 10,690 3,160
Non-cash compensation 1,780 2,531
Depreciation and amortization 1,143 378
Acquisition-related costs (a) 1,311 300
Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c) - (700)
Restructuring (d) 2,496 -
Total Adjustments 17,819 6,588
Adjusted EBITDA (2) $16,743 $8,032


(1)Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income, excluding acquisition-related costs, mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand and restructuring costs. Management uses this information to measure performance over time on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with information regarding the underlying performance of the Company's core business operating results on a cash basis.
(2)Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income, excluding interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related costs, non-cash compensation, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand and restructuring costs. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information for determining its ability to meet future debt service requirements and capital expenditures.
(a)Represents acquisition-related costs related to legal, advisory and accounting services that are not representative of the Company's day-to-day licensing business.
(b)Represents mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees.
(c)Represents the gain on sale of the People's Liberation brand during the first fiscal quarter of 2015.
(d)Represents restructuring charges related to the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition.
(e)Adjustment in 2016 reflects that the Company expects to pay cash taxes of approximately $1.0 million per year as the Company's net operating losses and other tax benefits will reduce any additional tax obligation. Adjustment in 2015 is to reflect a statutory tax rate of 35%.



Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation - Projected Fiscal Year 2016 and Post-Integration Run Rate
(in thousands, except earnings per share data)
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Projected Fiscal Year 2016 Post-Integration Run Rate
High Low High Low
GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.$17,415 $15,140 $25,090 $23,790
Adjustments:
Provision for income taxes 9,378 8,153 13,510 12,810
Interest expense, net 43,000 43,000 43,000 43,000
Non-cash compensation 9,000 8,500 9,000 8,500
Depreciation and amortization 4,400 4,400 4,400 4,400
Acquisition-related costs (a) 1,311 1,311 - -
Restructuring (b) 2,496 2,496 - -
Total Adjustments 69,585 67,860 69,910 68,710
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$87,000 $83,000 $95,000 $92,500
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Projected Fiscal Year 2016 Post-Integration Run Rate
High Low High Low
GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.$17,415 $15,140 $25,090 $23,790
Adjustments:
Acquisition-related costs (a) 1,311 1,311 - -
Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (c) (333) (333) - -
Restructuring (b) 2,496 2,496 - -
Adjustment for non-cash taxes (d) 8,378 7,153 12,510 11,810
Total non-GAAP adjustments 11,852 10,627 12,510 11,810
Non-GAAP net income (2)$29,267 $25,767 $37,600 $35,600
Weighted average diluted shares 62,800 62,800 62,800 62,800
(Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Projected Fiscal Year 2016 Post-Integration Run Rate
High Low High Low
GAAP earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.$0.28 $0.24 $0.40 $0.38
Adjustments:
Acquisition-related costs (a) 0.02 0.02 - -
Restructuring (b) 0.04 0.04 - -
Adjustment for non-cash taxes (d) 0.13 0.11 0.20 0.19
Total non-GAAP adjustments$0.19 $0.17 $0.20 $0.19
Non-GAAP earnings per share (2)$0.47 $0.41 $0.60 $0.57


(1)Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income, excluding interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related costs, non-cash compensation and restructuring costs. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA provides additional information for determining its ability to meet future debt service requirements and capital expenditures.
(2)Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income, excluding acquisition-related costs, mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees and restructuring costs. Management uses this information to measure performance over time on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with information regarding the underlying performance of the Company's core business operating results on a cash basis.
(a)Represents acquisition-related costs related to legal, advisory and accounting services that are not representative of the Company's day-to-day licensing business.
(b)Represents restructuring charges related to the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition.
(c)Represents mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees.
(d)Adjustment in 2016 reflects that the Company expects to pay cash taxes of approximately $1.0 million per year as the Company's net operating losses and other tax benefits will reduce any additional tax obligation. Adjustment in 2015 is to reflect a statutory tax rate of 35%.

Investor Relations Inquiries Katherine Nash, 512-757-2566 knash@sbg-ny.com Media Inquiries Jaime Cassavechia, 212-518-4771 x108 jcassavechia@sbg-ny.com

Source:Sequential Brands Group