Trans World Entertainment Announces Second Quarter Results

ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended August 3, 2019.

“In the etailz segment, we saw the benefits of the performance improvement initiatives implemented in the Fourth Quarter of 2018, highlighted by improved gross margins, lower SG&A expenses and improved supply chain efficiency.  This serves as a great foundation for our new etailz CEO, Kunal Chopra,” Trans World Entertainment CEO Mike Feurer stated. “We look forward to Kunal capitalizing upon etailz’s position and opportunity as a proven leader in marketplace selling, service and expertise.  As a result of these etailz initiatives and disciplined inventory management in the fye segment, we were able to reduce cash used in operations by approximately $18 million for the first twenty-six weeks as compared to the first twenty-six weeks of last year.” continued Mr. Feurer.  “In the fye segment, a 9.6% increase in our lifestyle categories demonstrates the continued positive customer response to our engaging, exclusive merchandise,” concluded Mr. Feurer.

Second QuarterOverview – Consolidated

  • Total revenue decreased 25.6% to $76.0 million compared to $102.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. 
  • Net loss was $8.1 million, or $4.48 per share, for the 13 weeks ended August 3, 2019, compared to a net loss of $9.5 million, or $5.23 per share, for the same period last year (see note 1).
  • Loss from operations was $7.4 million compared to an operating loss of $9.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $6.4 million compared to a loss of $6.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 (see note 2).

Twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 Overview – Consolidated

  • Total revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 decreased 21.4% to $156.2 million, compared to $198.8 million for the same period last year. 
  • Net loss was $15.9 million, or $8.77 per share, for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019, compared to a net loss of $17.7 million, or $9.73 per share, for the same period last year (see note 1).
  • Loss from operations was $15.0 million compared to an operating loss of $17.5 million for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $12.9 million compared to a loss of $10.8 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 (see note 2).
  • Cash used in operations during the first twenty–six weeks of fiscal 2019 was $15.0 million compared to $32.9 million for the same period last year.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of August 3, 2019 was $9.9 million, compared to $14.7 million as of August 4, 2018. 
  • Borrowings under the credit facility at the end of the second quarter were $12.1 million compared to $6.3 million at the end of the second quarter last year.  As of August 3, 2019, $16.1 million was available for borrowing.
  • Inventory was $89.8 million at the end of second quarter of 2019 as compared to  $114.9 million at the end of the second quarter of 2018. 

Segment Highlights

  Thirteen Weeks Ended    Twenty-six Weeks Ended
(amounts in thousands) August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
  August 3,
2019
August 4,
2018
Total Revenue          
fye $ 41,744   $ 50,545     $ 86,762   $ 104,608  
etailz   34,260     51,629       69,392     94,169  
Total Company $ 76,004   $ 102,174     $ 156,154   $ 198,777  
           
Gross Profit          
fye $ 17,013   $ 20,634     $ 34,515   $ 42,905  
etailz   8,103     11,539       15,991     20,956  
Total Company $ 25,116   $ 32,173     $ 50,506   $ 63,861  
           
SG&A          
fye $ 23,052   $ 26,103     $ 46,082   $ 52,592  
etailz   8,413     12,067       17,368     22,070  
Total Company $ 31,465   $ 38,170     $ 63,450   $ 74,662  
Loss From Operations          
fye $ (6,655 ) $ (6,629 )   $ (12,755 ) $ (12,001 )
etailz   (746 )   (2,760 )     (2,287 )   (5,547 )
Total Company $ (7,401 ) $ (9,389 )   $ (15,042 ) $ (17,548 )
           
           
Reconciliation of etailz Loss from Operations to etailz Adjusted Loss From Operations                   
etailz loss from operations $ (746 ) $ (2,760 )   $ (2,287 ) $ (5,547 )
Acquisition related amortization expense   286     972       572     1,944  
Acquisition related compensation expense, net of contingency benefit       1,118       66     2,240  
etailz adjusted loss from operations $ (460 ) $ (670 )   $ (1,649 ) $ (1,363 )
           

Second Quarter Overview – etailz

  • Revenue for the second quarter was $34.3 million, compared to $51.6 million for the same period last year.  The decline in revenue was due to the vendor rationalization and remediation initiative.  Rationalization and remediation activities included terminating unprofitable vendors and improving vendor relationships through negotiations focused on improvements to gross margins and supply chain efficiencies.
  • Gross profit for the second quarter was $8.1 million, or 23.7% of revenue, as compared to $11.5 million, or 22.3% of revenue, for the same period last year.
  • Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the second quarter were $8.4 million, or 24.6% of revenue, compared to $12.1 million, or 23.4% of revenue, for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to expense reduction initiatives implemented in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018.
  • etailz loss from operations was $0.8 million for the second quarter versus $2.8  million for the same period last year.
  • etailz adjusted loss from operations (a non-GAAP measure) was $0.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to $0.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 (see note 2).

Twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 Overview – etailz

  • Revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $69.4 million compared to $94.2 million for the same period last year. Gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $16.0 million, or 23.0% of revenue, compared to $21.0 million, or 22.3% of revenue, for the same period last year.
  • SG&A expenses for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 were $17.4 million, or 25.0% of revenue, compared to $22.1 million, or 23.4% of revenue, for the same period last year.
  • etailz adjusted loss from operations (a non-GAAP measure) was $1.6 million for the first half of fiscal 2019 compared to a loss of $1.4 million for the same period last year (see note 2).

Second Quarter Overview – fye

  • For the quarter ended August 3, 2019, revenue decreased 17.4% to $41.7 million, compared to $50.5 million for the same period last year. Comparable store sales were down 1.2% compared to the same quarter last year, as a comparable store sales increase of 9.6% in the lifestyle category offset declines in the media categories.  The lifestyle and electronics categories represented 60.3% of revenue for the quarter as compared to 53.9% for the same period last year.
  • Gross profit for the second quarter was $17.0 million, or 40.8% of revenue, compared to $20.6 million, or 40.8% of revenue, for the same period last year. 
  • SG&A expenses decreased $3.1 million, or 11.7%, for the second quarter to $23.1 million, or 55.2% of fye revenue, compared to $26.1 million, or 51.6% of fye revenue, for the same period last year.  The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation.  The increase in SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue was due to an increase in outside consulting and professional fees.
  • The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $6.7 million for the 13 weeks ended August 3, 2019, compared to an operating loss of $6.6 million for same period last year.
  • As of August 3, 2019, fye segment inventory was $61 per square foot as compared to $62 per square foot as of August 4, 2018.

Twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 Overview – fye

  • For the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019, revenue decreased 17.1% to $86.8 million, compared to $104.6 million for the same period last year.
  • Gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019 was $34.5 million, or 39.8% of revenue, compared to $42.9 million, or 41.0% of revenue, for the same period last year. 
  • For the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019, SG&A expenses decreased $6.5 million, or 12.4%, to $46.1 million compared to $52.6 million in the comparable period last year. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A expenses were 53.1% versus 50.3% for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation. 
  • The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $12.8 million for the twenty-six weeks ended August 3, 2019, compared to an operating loss of $12.0 million for same period last year. 

Trans World will host a teleconference call Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10:00 AM ET to discuss its financial results. Interested parties can listen to the simultaneous webcast on the Company’s corporate website,www.twec.com.

TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Financial Results

STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:
(in thousands, except per share data)


 

  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  August 3, % to August 4,   % to   August 3, % to August 4, % to
  2019 Revenue 2018   Revenue   2019 Revenue 2018 Revenue
                     
Net sales $   75,152     $   101,039         $   154,508     $   196,271    
Other revenue     852         1,135             1,646         2,506    
Total revenue $   76,004     $   102,174         $   156,154     $   198,777    
                     
Cost of sales     50,888   67.0 %     70,001     68.5 %       105,648   67.7 %     134,916   67.9 %
Gross profit     25,116   33.0 %     32,173     31.5 %       50,506   32.3 %     63,861   32.1 %
                     
Selling, general and administrative expenses     31,465   41.4 %     38,170     37.4 %       63,450   40.6 %     74,662   37.6 %
Acquisition related compensation expenses     –    0.0 %     1,118     1.1 %       66   0.0 %     2,240   1.1 %
Depreciation and amortization expenses     1,052   1.3 %     2,274     2.2 %       2,032   1.3 %     4,507   2.3 %
Loss from operations     (7,401 ) -9.7 %     (9,389 )   -9.2 %       (15,042 ) -9.6 %     (17,548 ) -8.8 %
                     
Interest expense     194   0.3 %     103     0.1 %       326   0.2 %     166   0.1 %
Other loss (income)     462   0.6 %     (49 )   0.0 %       419   0.3 %     (128 ) -0.1 %
                     
Loss before income taxes     (8,057 ) -10.6 %     (9,443 )   -9.2 %       (15,787 ) -10.1 %     (17,586 ) -8.8 %
Income tax expense     71   0.1 %     67     0.1 %       143   0.1 %     71   0.0 %
                     
Net loss $   (8,128 ) -10.7 % $   (9,510 )   -9.3 %   $   (15,930 ) -10.2 % $   (17,657 ) -8.9 %
                     
Basic and diluted loss per common share:                    
                     
Basic and diluted loss per share $   (4.48 )   $   (5.23 )       $   (8.77 )   $   (9.73 )  
                     
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding – basic and diluted   1,816       1,818           1,816       1,815    
                     
Diluted Income per common share:                    
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS:             August 3,   August 4,  
(in thousands, except store data)             2019   2018  
                     
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash             $   9,930     $   14,740    
Merchandise inventory                 89,785         114,920    
Fixed assets (net)                 7,605         12,648    
Accounts payable                 29,065         34,200    
Borrowings under line of credit                 12,086         6,341    
Cash used in operations                 14,962         32,944    
Stores in operation, end of period                 206         241    
                             

Notes:

  1. Reverse Stock Split:

    As previously reported, effective August 15th, 2019, the Company effected a 1-20 reverse stock split of its common stock. All share and earnings per share information have been retroactively adjusted to reflect this reverse stock split. 

  1. Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA:

    Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss, adjusted to exclude: (i) income tax expense; (ii) other (loss) income, which includes the write-down of an investment; (iii) interest expense; (iv) depreciation expense; (v) acquisition related amortization expense; and (vi) acquisition related compensation expense, which includes retention bonuses and restricted stock.  Our method of calculating adjusted EBITDA may differ from other issuers and accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers.  We use adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our own operating performance and as an integral part of our planning process.  We present adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure because we believe such measure is useful to investors as a reasonable indicator of operating performance.  We believe this measure is a financial metric used by many investors to compare companies.  This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings (losses), net earnings (loss) from continuing operations or cash flows from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  August 3, August 4,   August 3, August 4,
(amounts in thousands) 2019 2018   2019 2018
           
Net loss $   (8,128 ) $   (9,510 )   $   (15,930 ) $   (17,657 )
Income tax expense     71       67         143       71  
Other loss (income)     462       (49 )       419       (128 )
Interest expense     194       103         326       166  
Operating loss     (7,401 )     (9,389 )       (15,042 )     (17,548 )
Depreciation expense     766       1,302         1,460       2,563  
Acquisition related amortization expense     286       972         572       1,944  
Acquisition related compensation expense, net of contingency adjustment     –        1,118         66       2,240  
Adjusted EBITDA $   (6,349 ) $   (5,997 )   $   (12,944 ) $   (10,801 )
           

The Company believes that etailz adjusted loss from operations, per the segment disclosure, when considered together with its GAAP financial results, provides management and investors with a more complete understanding of its business operating results, including underlying trends, by excluding the effects of certain charges.  This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings (losses), net earnings (loss) from continuing operations or cash flows from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP. 

Trans World Entertainment is a leading multi-channel retailer, blending a 40-year history of entertainment retail experience with digital marketplace expertise. Our brands seamlessly connect customers with the most comprehensive selection of music, movies, and pop culture products on the channel of their choice.  For over 40 years, the Company has operated as a leading specialty retailer of entertainment and pop culture merchandise with stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, primarily under the name fye, for your entertainment, and on the web at www.fye.com  and www.secondspin.com.  In October 2016, the Company acquired etailz, Inc., a leading digital marketplace expert retailer, operating both domestically and internationally.  etailz uses a data driven approach to digital marketplace retailing utilizing proprietary software and ecommerce insight coupled with a direct customer relationship engagement to identify new distributors and wholesalers, isolate emerging product trends, and optimize price positioning and inventory purchase decisions. Trans World Entertainment, which established itself as a public company in 1986, is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “TWMC”.

Certain statements in this release set forth management’s intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses.  Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements.  Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Trans World Entertainment

Ed Sapienza
Chief Financial Officer
(518) 452-1242
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