Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Increase in Total Revenues and Delivers a $9.4 Million Improvement in Pre-Tax Profit With Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

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  • Total revenues increased 6.1% to $74.7 million compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter

  • Gross profit margin expanded 720 basis points compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter

  • Delivered pre-tax income of $1.7 million compared to a pre-tax loss of $7.7 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter

  • Ended the quarter with $25.8 million in cash and equivalents, an increase of $19.6 million compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter with no borrowings on the Company’s asset-based credit facility

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the third quarter and 39 weeks ended October 31, 2020. The Company noted that the disciplined execution of its strategy, inclusive of the acceleration of its digital transformation initiatives, drove an increase in total revenues, expansion in gross profit margin and growth in pre-tax income for the fiscal 2020 third quarter, as compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter. The Company achieved these results even as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to negatively impact its retail store operations inclusive of a significant decline in traffic, a 7% reduction in store operating days due to temporary store closures and a 25% reduction in operating hours during the third quarter.

In the fiscal 2020 third quarter (13 weeks ended October 31, 2020 compared to the 13 weeks ended November 2, 2019):

  • Total revenues were $74.7 million compared to $70.4 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter, reflecting an 8.7% increase in net retail sales primarily driven by a 167% increase in e-commerce demand (orders generated online to be fulfilled from either the Company’s warehouse or its stores). This was partially offset by a $1.5 million decrease in commercial and international franchise revenues;

  • Gross profit margin expanded to 46.6%, a 720-basis point improvement compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter;

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") were $33.1 million or 44.3% of total revenues, a 600-basis point improvement compared to the fiscal 2019 third quarter;

  • Pre-tax income increased $9.4 million to $1.7 million compared to a pre-tax loss of $7.7 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter; and

  • Earnings before interest and taxes ("EBIT") were $1.7 million, a $9.4 million improvement from the fiscal 2019 third quarter.

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Fueled by consumer affinity for our brand, disciplined execution, and acceleration of our strategic digital transformation, the third quarter's profitable results reflected improvements across a number of key financial metrics. We delivered an increase in total revenues including continued triple-digit e-commerce growth, expansion in gross profit margin and a reduction in expenses. And, while we are pleased to have sustained this positive momentum thus far in our fourth quarter, we remain appropriately cautious given the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic and its potential impact.

"During this period of rapid change, we have relied on the experience and agility of our management team and organization to quickly adjust and pivot as circumstances evolve. Igniting the emotional connection that Build-A-Bear has with multi-generational consumers is a critical foundation as we focus on accelerating the execution of our stated strategy with the goal to drive profitable growth through the monetization of our brand equity beyond traditional retail. Specifically, we have made great strides with initiatives driving our digital transformation ranging from e-commerce to marketing while having a long runway of continued opportunities including new, brand-enhancing, entertainment plans. Even in these uncertain times, with the majority of the corporate headquarters continuing to work remotely, we have meaningfully evolved the company, favorably re-negotiated the vast majority of store leases, maintained a solid balance sheet with no borrowings on our credit facility and secured the liquidity required to support our business. At the same time, we have been able to enhance our infrastructure in order to further leverage the power of the Build-A-Bear brand through the diversification of profitable revenue streams with the goal of delivering long-term stakeholder value," concluded Ms. John.

Additional Third Quarter 2020 Highlights (13 weeks ended October 31, 2020 compared to the 13 weeks ended November 2, 2019):

  • Net retail sales were $72.4 million compared to $66.6 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter;

  • Income tax expense was $10,000, compared to an income tax benefit of $1.8 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter; and

  • Net income was $1.7 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million, or $0.40 per share, in the fiscal 2019 third quarter.

Store Activity:
As of October 31, 2020, the Company had 358 corporately-managed stores. The Company noted that in the third quarter, its retail store operations were negatively impacted by COVID-related circumstances with a 7% reduction in store operating days due to temporary store closures and a 25% reduction in operating hours compared to the prior year’s period. Following the end of the quarter, the Company temporarily closed substantially all of its locations in the United Kingdom and Ireland complying with COVID-19 governmental mandates. The vast majority of these locations reopened on December 2, 2020 as restrictions were eased.

Separately, locations associated with the Company’s third-party retail model with relationships that include Carnival Cruise Lines, Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, Landry’s and Beaches Family Resorts as well as international franchise locations, were either closed or operated under restrictions due to COVID-19 for a portion or all of the third quarter.

Balance Sheet:
At quarter end, cash and cash equivalents were $25.8 million, an increase of $19.6 million compared to the end of the fiscal 2019 third quarter driven by improvement in the Company’s profitability. With the finalization of the renegotiation of store leases which resulted in a reduction in rents, payment deferrals and abatements, the Company noted that it is now current on substantially all of its rent payments. Total inventory at quarter-end was $51.5 million a decline of $14.7 million, or 22.2%, compared to the end of the fiscal 2019 third quarter. The Company noted that it is comfortable with the quality and composition of its inventory at quarter-end.

In the fiscal 2020 third quarter, capital expenditures were $0.7 million reflecting disciplined fiscal oversight during the pandemic, compared to $5.1 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter. Depreciation and amortization was $3.2 million compared to $3.6 million in the fiscal 2019 third quarter.

Note Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures:
In this press release, the Company’s financial results are provided both in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular, the Company provides historic EBIT, income and income per diluted share adjusted to exclude certain costs and accounting adjustments, which are non-GAAP financial measures. These results are included as a complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help identify underlying trends in the Company’s business and provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain items that may not be indicative of the Company’s core operating results. These measures should not be considered a substitute for or superior to GAAP results. These non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measure later in this document.

Today’s Conference Call and Webcast:
Build-A-Bear will host a live conference call which can be accessed at (201) 493-6780 with access code Build-A-Bear at 9 a.m. ET today. The call will be broadcast simultaneously over the internet through 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 December 10, 2020. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is: 13713287.

About Build-A-Bear
Build-A-Bear is a multi-generational global brand focused on "adding a little more heart to life" appealing to a wide array of consumer groups who enjoy the personal expression in making their own "furry friends" to celebrate and commemorate life moments. The 500+ interactive brick-and-mortar retail locations provide guests of all ages an interactive entertaining experience, which often fosters a lasting and emotional brand connection. The company also offers an engaging e-commerce/digital purchasing activity called the "Bear-Builder" at www.buildabear.com. In addition, the company leverages its brand’s power and equity beyond retail through entertaining content, wholesale products and non-plush consumer product categories via licensing agreements with leading manufacturers. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted total revenue of $338.5 million in fiscal 2019. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

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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 16, 2020 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC which are incorporated herein.

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BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

Ended

Ended

October 31,

% of Total

November 2,

% of Total

2020

Revenues (1)

2019

Revenues (1)

Revenues:

Net retail sales

$

72,368

96.9

$

66,575

94.6

Commercial revenue

1,858

2.5

2,560

3.6

International franchising

447

0.6

1,249

1.8

Total revenues

74,673

100.0

70,384

100.0

Cost of merchandise sold:

Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)

38,715

53.5

40,284

60.5

Store asset impairment

162

0.2

0.0

Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)

782

42.1

1,412

55.2

Cost of merchandise sold - international franchising (1)

251

56.2

962

77.0

Total cost of merchandise sold

39,910

53.4

42,658

60.6

Consolidated gross profit

34,763

46.6

27,726

39.4

Selling, general and administrative expense

33,091

44.3

35,412

50.3

Interest (income) expense, net

2

0.0

8

0.0

(Loss) income before income taxes

1,670

2.2

(7,694

)

(10.9

)

Income tax expense

10

0.0

(1,821

)

(2.6

)

Net (loss) income

$

1,660

2.2

$

(5,873

)

(8.3

)

(Loss) Income per common share:

Basic

$

0.11

$

(0.40

)

Diluted

$

0.11

$

(0.40

)

Shares used in computing common per share amounts:

Basic

14,999,786

14,752,307

Diluted

15,220,432

14,752,307

(1)

Selected statement of operations 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 Operations

(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

39 Weeks

39 Weeks

Ended

Ended

October 31,

% of Total

November 2,

% of Total

2020

Revenues (1)

2019

Revenues (1)

Revenues:

Net retail sales

$

157,354

97.3

$

222,837

95.3

Commercial revenue

3,056

1.9

8,507

3.6

International franchising

1,240

0.8

2,616

1.1

Total revenues

161,650

100.0

233,960

100.0

Costs and expenses:

Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)

102,300

65.0

126,722

56.9

Store asset impairment (2)

7,044

4.5

Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)

1,309

42.8

3,887

45.7

Cost of merchandise sold - international franchising (1)

636

51.3

2,417

92.4

Total cost of merchandise sold

111,289

68.8

133,026

56.9

Consolidated gross profit

50,361

31.2

100,934

43.1

Selling, general and administrative expense

81,332

50.3

106,940

45.7

Interest expense, net

6

0.0

21

0.0

Income (loss) before income taxes

(30,977

)

(19.2

)

(6,027

)

(2.6

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

2,476

1.5

(126

)

(0.1

)

Net income (loss)

$

(33,453

)

(20.7

)

$

(5,901

)

(2.5

)

Income (loss) per common share:

Basic

$

(2.24

)

$

(0.40

)

Diluted

$

(2.24

)

$

(0.40

)

Shares used in computing common per share amounts:

Basic

14,923,304

14,697,592

Diluted

14,923,304

14,697,592

(1)

Selected statement of operations 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.

(2)

Due to the charges primarily in the 39 weeks ended October 31, 2020, a separate line item was disclosed and expressed as a percentage of net retail sales.

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

October 31,

February 1,

November 2,

2020

2020

2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

25,809

$

26,726

$

6,167

Inventories, net

51,501

53,381

66,205

Receivables, net

7,950

11,526

10,250

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,427

7,117

6,327

Total current assets

90,687

98,750

88,949

Operating lease right-of-use asset

109,757

126,144

135,810

Property and equipment, net

55,421

65,855

65,954

Deferred tax assets

-

3,411

3,203

Other assets, net

3,572

3,202

2,761

Total Assets

$

259,437

$

297,362

$

296,677

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

14,527

$

15,680

$

18,390

Accrued expenses

19,856

16,536

9,985

Operating lease liability short term

35,489

30,912

31,537

Gift cards and customer deposits

19,070

20,231

19,141

Deferred revenue and other

2,364

2,605

2,347

Total current liabilities

91,306

85,964

81,400

Operating lease liability long term

107,653

119,625

130,394

Deferred franchise revenue

866

1,325

1,289

Other liabilities

2,913

1,717

1,651

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share

160

152

152

Additional paid-in capital

72,344

70,733

69,955

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(12,277

)

(12,079

)

(11,927

)

Retained (deficit)/earnings

(3,528

)

29,925

23,763

Total stockholders' equity

56,699

88,731

81,943

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

259,437

$

297,362

$

296,677

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 31,

November 2,

October 31,

November 2,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Other financial data:

Retail gross margin ($) (1)

$

33,653

$

26,291

$

55,054

$

96,115

Retail gross margin (%) (1)

46.5

%

39.5

%

35.0

%

43.1

%

Capital expenditures (2)

$

651

$

5,155

$

4,029

$

10,099

Depreciation and amortization

$

3,194

$

3,561

$

9,905

$

10,359

Store data (3):

Number of corporately-managed retail locations at end of period

North America

306

315

Europe

51

55

Asia

1

1

Total corporately-managed retail locations

358

371

Number of franchised stores at end of period

77

104

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

North America

712,387

719,277

Europe

76,173

78,786

Asia

1,750

1,750

Total square footage

790,310

799,813

(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. Store impairment is excluded from retail gross margin.

(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. Seasonal locations not included in store count.

(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. Seasonal locations not included in the store count.

* Non-GAAP Financial Measures

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Results

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

39 Weeks

39 Weeks

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

October 31,

November 2,

October 31,

November 2,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Income (loss) before income taxes (pre-tax)

$

1,670

$

(7,694

)

$

(30,977

)

$

(6,027

)

Interest

2

8

6

21

Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)

$

1,672

$

(7,686

)

$

(30,971

)

$

(6,006

)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

39 Weeks

39 Weeks

Ended

Ended

Ended

Ended

October 31,

November 2,

October 31,

November 2,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Income (loss) before income taxes (pre-tax)

$

1,670

$

(7,694

)

$

(30,977

)

$

(6,027

)

Income (loss) before income tax adjustments:

COVID-19 activity (1)

54

-

112

-

Impairment and other charges (2)

78

-

7,628

(456

)

Foreign exchange losses (gains) (3)

(68

)

(785

)

197

332

Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes (adjusted pre-tax)

1,734

(8,479

)

(23,040

)

(6,151

)

Income tax (expense) benefit

(10

)

1,821

2,476

(126

)

Tax adjustments:

Income tax impact: adjustments (4)

(13

)

165

(1,667

)

26

Income tax impact: CARES Act (5)

-

-

(773

)

-

Valuation allowance (6)

-

-

3,272

-

Adjusted income tax (expense) benefit

(23

)

1,986

3,309

(100

)

Net (loss) income

1,660

(5,873

)

(33,453

)

(5,901

)

Adjustments

51

(620

)

8,770

(98

)

Adjusted net (loss) income

$

1,711

$

(6,493

)

$

(24,683

)

$

(5,999

)

Net (loss) income per diluted share (EPS)

$

0.11

$

(0.40

)

$

(2.24

)

$

(0.40

)

Adjusted net (loss) income per diluted share (adjusted EPS)

$

0.11

$

(0.44

)

$

(1.65

)

$

(0.41

)

(1)

Represents COVID-19 related expenses at our stores, warehouse, and headquarters.

(2)

Represents non-cash adjustments including estimated asset impairment charges related to store fixed assets and right-of-use operating lease assets and bad debt expense in the 13 and 39 weeks ending October 31, 2020 and November 2, 2019.

(3)

Represents the consolidated impact of foreign exchange rates on the re-measurement of balance sheet items not denominated in functional currency recorded under the provisions of U.S. GAAP and transactional gains and losses. This does not include any impact on margin associated with the translation of revenues or the foreign subsidiaries' purchase of inventory in U.S. dollars.

(4)

Represents the aggregate tax impact of the pre-tax adjustments. As a result of the Company's full, global valuation allowance as of May 2, 2020, the Company cannot realize an income tax benefit on these adjustments for first quarter of fiscal 2020.

(5)

Represents the impact of the technical correction related to qualified leasehold improvements resulting from the CARES Act occurring in the first quarter of fiscal 2020

(6)

Represents the valuation allowance recorded on its net deferred tax assets in North America in the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

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