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Cherokee Global Brands Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2018 Financial Results
  • Consolidated revenues of $14.0 million; royalty revenues of $8.0 million
  • Consolidated net loss of $4.6 million; non-GAAP net loss of $0.6 million
  • GAAP EPS of ($0.36); non-GAAP EPS of $(0.05)  
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.2 million

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 07, 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 the second quarter of fiscal 2018 ended July 29, 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.”

“Having weathered a few headwinds during the first half of fiscal 2018, we remain focused on fully realizing upcoming opportunities through our strategic business model,” commented Henry Stupp, chief executive officer. “The financial integration of our Hi-Tec acquisition and filing delays presented challenges; however, with the support of new additions to our accounting team we are well positioned to make clear progress against our strategic goals. We are actively pursuing organic growth through category and geographic diversification across our core brand portfolio. Along with our ongoing focus on operating efficiencies and productivity, these measures will accelerate our momentum in the back half of the year.”

Mr. Stupp added, “We’re taking a disciplined and determined approach to our multi-category expansion of the Cherokee brand in the U.S. with over 5,000 points of distribution anticipated by year end. In the meantime, we are encouraged by strong summer sell-throughs and the pick up in re-order activity as we head into the fall and holiday seasons.” 

Mr. Stupp concluded, “International expansion for Cherokee and Tony Hawk and improvements to our go-to-market strategy for Flip Flop shops are on track. Our licensing revenues for Hi-Tec are meeting expectations and we are confident that our strong licensee base will deliver on our goal to build the Hi-Tec portfolio of high equity brands into a profitable full-family lifestyle assortment for years to come.”

2018 Second Quarter Financial Results
Consolidated second quarter revenues, including the contribution from Hi-Tec, were $14.0 million. On a year-over-year comparable basis, royalty revenues excluding Hi-Tec were $5.6 million compared to $8.5 million in the prior-year period. The year-over-year decline is primarily attributable to the decrease in North America revenues related to the wholesale transition of the Cherokee brand in the U.S. During the quarter, some of the decrease was offset by global revenue increases, particularly in Asia, South America and South Africa, as global demand for Cherokee-branded products builds.

Hi-Tec revenues totaled $8.3 million and included $5.9 million in indirect product sales related to distribution and government contracts as well as $2.4 million in royalty revenues stemming from new and existing licensing deals for the Hi-Tec portfolio of brands. Gross profit from Hi-Tec indirect product sales was $1.1 million and is inclusive of $4.8 million in cost of goods sold.

For the six month period of fiscal 2018, GAAP consolidated revenues were $25.1 million compared to $19.2 million in the prior-year period. Cherokee Global Brands revenues, excluding Hi-Tec, were $10.8 million compared to $19.2 million in the prior-year period. 

GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses for the second quarter were $10.1 million, compared to $5.9 million in the prior-year period. GAAP SG&A for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 was inclusive of $1.8 million in operating expenses related to the integration of the Hi-Tec acquisition. For the six-month period, GAAP SG&A totaled $20.3 million compared to $12.3 million in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP SG&A for the second quarter, which excludes the aforementioned Hi-Tec integration, and certain accounting, legal, and professional fees that the Company believes are unlikely to recur totaled $8.3 million. This compares to $5.3 million in the prior-year period. For the six-month period, non-GAAP SG&A totaled $16.3 million compared to $11.0 million in the prior-year period.

GAAP operating loss for the second quarter totaled $1.0 million, compared with GAAP operating income of $2.5 million in the prior-year period. GAAP operating loss for the six-month period totaled $3.1 million compared with GAAP operating income of $6.8 million in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP operating income for the second quarter was $0.8 million, compared with Non-GAAP operating income of $3.2 million in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating income for the six-month period of fiscal 2018 totaled $0.9 million compared with $8.2 million in the prior-year period.

GAAP net loss for the second quarter totaled $4.6 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $1.5 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the prior-year period. For the six-month period, GAAP net loss totaled $7.9 million, or $0.61 per diluted share. This compares to GAAP net income of $4.1 million, or $0.47 per diluted share in the prior-year period.

Non-GAAP net loss for the second quarter totaled $0.6 million, or $0.05 per diluted share. This compares to Non-GAAP net income of $1.9 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.  For the six-month period, non-GAAP net loss totaled $1.5 million, or $0.11 per diluted share. This compares to non-GAAP net income of $5.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA was $1.2 million for the second quarter, compared to $3.5 million in the prior-year period. For the six-month period, adjusted EBITDA totaled $1.9 million, compared to $8.9 million in the prior-year period.

At July 29, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $3.7 million, compared to $8.4 million at January 28, 2017.

Fiscal 2018 Outlook
The Company is updating its previously issued guidance for the fiscal year 2018 ending February 3, 2018 to account for year-to-date performance and its outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year.

The Company now expects gross profit for the full fiscal year to be in the range of $39.0 - $41.0 million, which is inclusive of royalty revenues from the Hi-Tec brand portfolio of approximately $12.0 million and gross profit generated from indirect product sales of approximately $7.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the full fiscal year is anticipated to be in the range of $10.0 - $12.0 million. Fiscal 2018 Adjusted EBITDA excludes an estimated $7.0 million in costs primarily related to the integration and acquisition of Hi-Tec and other professional and legal fees that the Company believes are unlikely to recur.

The Company’s guidance is based on current plans and expectations and is subject to a number of known and unknown uncertainties and risks, including those set forth under the Company’s safe harbor statement below. 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
As of July 29, 2017, the Company was not in compliance with certain financial covenants set forth in the Cerberus Credit Facility, namely (i) the leverage ratio, and (ii) the fixed charge coverage ratio.   The Company is working with Cerberus to resolve this non-compliance.

Conference Call
The Company will host a conference call today at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.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 Thursday, September 21, 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:13669416.

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 leading 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, statements regarding: the Company’s financial performance outlook for the full fiscal year 2018; the anticipated results of its business development efforts with respect to Cherokee, Hi-Tec, Magnum and Flip Flop Shops; the anticipated impact of the additions to its accounting staff; the anticipated resolution of the defaults under the Cerberus credit facility; 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 and its partners will not achieve the results anticipated in the statements made in this release; the Company will not be able to obtain a waiver or amendment of the Cerberus credit facility on reasonable terms or at all; that Cerberus will exercise its rights under the credit facility to accelerate repayment of the loan and foreclose on the collateral securing the loan; the anticipated benefits of the Hi-Tec acquisition will not be achieved; 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“.   


CHEROKEE INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
               
    July 29,   January 28,  
    2017     2017  
    (Unaudited)
Assets              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $  3,668     $  8,378  
Receivables      14,664        21,873  
Other receivables      4,029        3,292  
Income taxes receivable      2,529        1,020  
Inventory, net      661        1,567  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets      2,652        5,010  
Total current assets      28,203        41,140  
Intangible assets, net      105,771        106,193  
Goodwill      15,645        15,794  
Deferred tax asset      823        —  
Property and equipment, net      1,281        1,311  
Other assets      30        1,578  
Total assets   $  151,753     $  166,016  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable and other accrued payables   $  18,405     $  26,736  
Current portion of long term debt      45,544        1,241  
Related party Ravich loan      1,500        3,896  
Deferred revenue—current      4,336        7,015  
Accrued compensation payable      469        935  
Income taxes payable—current      596        347  
Total current liabilities      70,850        40,170  
Long term liabilities:              
Deferred tax liability      9,873        7,718  
Income taxes payable—non-current      3,834        3,041  
Long term debt      —        41,595  
Other non-current      1,550        1,174  
Total liabilities      86,107        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, 13,002,150 shares issued and
outstanding at July 29, 2017 and 12,951,284 issued and outstanding at January 28, 2017
     260        259  
Additional paid-in capital      67,778        66,612  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)      (2,470 )      5,414  
Accumulated other comprehensive income      78        33  
Total stockholders’ equity      65,646        72,318  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $  151,753     $  166,016  


CHEROKEE INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Unaudited
(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
                           
    Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended  
    July 29,   July 30,   July 29,   July 30,  
    2017     2016     2017     2016    
Royalty revenues   $  8,011     $  8,473     $  14,851     $  19,151    
Indirect product sales      5,945        —        10,219        —    
Total revenues      13,956        8,473        25,070        19,151    
Cost of goods sold      4,829        —        7,837        —    
Gross profit      9,127        8,473        17,233        19,151    
Selling, general and administrative expenses      9,902        5,714        19,694        11,890    
Amortization of intangible assets      203        228        469        454    
Restructuring charges      (7 )      —        121        —    
Operating (loss) income      (971 )      2,531        (3,051 )      6,807    
Other income (expense):                          
Interest expense      (1,601 )      (165 )      (3,099 )      (362 )  
Other income (expense), net      (51 )      78        (180 )      78    
Total other expense, net      (1,652 )      (87 )      (3,279 )      (284 )  
(Loss) income before income taxes      (2,623 )      2,444        (6,330 )      6,523    
Income tax provision      2,002        926        1,554        2,424    
Net (loss) income   $  (4,625 )   $  1,518     $  (7,884 )   $  4,099    
Net (loss) income per common share attributable to common
stockholders:
                         
Basic (loss) earnings per share   $  (0.36 )   $  0.17     $  (0.61 )   $  0.47    
Diluted (loss) earnings per share   $  (0.36 )   $  0.17     $  (0.61 )   $  0.47    
Weighted average common shares outstanding attributable to
common stockholders:
                         
Basic      12,986        8,723        12,970        8,722    
Diluted      12,986        8,746        12,970        8,789    


                     
CHEROKEE INC.  
                     
GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL METRICS  
Unaudited  
(amounts in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)  
                     
    Three months ended     Six months ended  
    July 29, 2017   July 30, 2016     July 29, 2017   July 30, 2016  
                     
Royalty revenues   $   8,011     $   8,473       $   14,851     $   19,151    
Indirect product sales   $   5,945     $   -        $   10,218        
Total Revenues   $   13,956     $   8,473       $   25,069     $   19,151    
Cost of goods sold   $   4,829     $   -        $   7,837        
GAAP Gross profit   $   9,127     $   8,473       $   17,232     $   19,151    
Selling, general and administrative expenses:                    
GAAP Selling, general and administrative expenses       10,098         5,942           20,283         12,344    
Professional fees       1,776         637           3,950         1,366    
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses   $   8,322     $   5,305       $   16,333     $    10,978    
GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of total revenues     72 %     70 %       81 %     64 %  
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue     60 %     63 %       65 %     57 %  
                     
Operating income:                    
GAAP Operating income       (971 )       2,531           (3,051 )       6,807    
Professional fees       1,776         637           3,950         1,366    
Non-GAAP Operating income   $   805     $   3,168       $   899     $   8,173    
GAAP Operating income as a percentage of total revenues     -7 %     30 %       -12 %     36 %  
Non-GAAP Operating income as a percentage of revenue     6 %     37 %       4 %     43 %  
                     
Net income:                    
GAAP Net income       (4,625 )       1,518           (7,884 )       4,099    
GAAP Tax Provision       2,002         926           1,554         2,424    
Professional fees       1,776         637           3,950         1,366    
Other expense       51         -            263         -     
Adjusted Tax Benefit (Provision)       208         (1,167 )         636         (2,932 )  
Non-GAAP Net income   $   (589 )   $   1,914       $   (1,482 )   $   4,957    
                     
GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $   (0.36 )   $   0.17       $   (0.61 )   $   0.47    
Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share   $   (0.05 )   $   0.22       $   (0.11 )   $   0.56    
                     
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding:       12,986         8,746           12,970         8,789    
                     
EBITDA:                    
GAAP Net Income (loss)       (4,625 )       1,518           (7,884 )       4,099    
Interest expense       1,602         165           3,100         362    
Other expense       51         (78 )         263         (78 )  
Tax Provision       2,002         926           1,554         2,424    
Depreciation and amortization       387         357           872         710    
EBITDA       (584 )       2,888           (2,096 )       7,517    
Professional fees       1,776         637           3,950         1,366    
Adjusted EBITDA   $   1,192     $   3,525       $   1,854     $   8,883    
Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue     9 %     42 %       7 %     46 %  
                     


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

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

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