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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Second Quarter and First Six Months Fiscal 2012 Results
  • Second quarter pre-tax loss of $8.3 million improves from a pre-tax loss of $10.7 million in the fiscal 2011 second quarter
  • First six months North American comparable store sales increase 1.1%
  • First six months consolidated e-commerce sales increase 7.6%

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 26, 2012-- Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW), an interactive entertainment retailer, today reported results for the second quarter and first six months ended June 30, 2012.

Second Quarter 2012 Highlights (13 weeks ended June 30, 2012):

  • Consolidated net retail sales of $79.0 million represented a 1.8% decrease compared to $80.4 million in 2011, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
  • Consolidated comparable store sales declined 1.7% and included a 1.8% decrease in North America and a 1.3% decrease in Europe. Second quarter 2012 net revenue and comparable store sales were negatively impacted by the shift of the Easter holiday and associated school vacations, which moved sales into this year's first quarter;
  • Consolidated e-commerce sales rose 5.5%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange. This comes on top of a 22.8% increase in the fiscal 2011 second quarter; and
  • Pre-tax loss of $8.3 million improved from a pre-tax loss of $10.7 million in the fiscal 2011 second quarter.

Maxine Clark, Build-A-Bear Workshop's Chief Executive Bear commented, "Our first six months results show our progress toward our goals with positive comparable store sales in North America, a sequential improvement in quarterly trend in Europe and strong growth in our e-commerce sales. The execution of our key strategies, including disciplined expense control, has driven a solid improvement in our operating performance in the first half of 2012. While the economic environment continues to be challenging, particularly in Europe, we believe the key components of our strategy are on track to post further improvement in sales productivity and profitability.

"In just over a month, we will open our first newly imagined store design in St. Louis with five additional stores opening in major US markets in the following weeks. The new store merges Build-A-Bear Workshop's hands-on bear-making process with the power of technology to provide a magical new experience for our Guests," concluded Ms. Clark.

Additional Second Quarter 2012 Details:

  • Total revenues were $80.4 million compared to $81.8 million in the 2011 second quarter, a decrease of 1.8%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
  • Retail gross margin was 35.0%, an 80 basis point decline from retail gross margin of 35.8% in the 2011 second quarter;
  • Selling, general and administrative expense ("SG&A") was $37.1 million, or 46.1% of revenues, a 180 basis point improvement excluding $1.5 million in consulting costs from the 2011 second quarter;
  • Tax benefit was $0.8 million at an effective rate of 9.1% compared to a tax benefit of $4.0 million at an effective rate of 37.4% in the 2011 second quarter; and
  • Net loss was $7.6 million or $0.46 per share compared to $6.7 million or $0.37 per share in the fiscal 2011 second quarter. Net loss in 2012 was negatively impacted by (i) $0.14 per share related to changes in the effective tax rate; and (ii) $0.04 per share resulting from a change in share count due to repurchases that were made in the second half of 2011. Last year's net loss was negatively impacted by $0.05 per share related to the Company's consulting project.

First Six Months 2012 (26 weeks ended June 30, 2012):

  • Total revenues were $176.8 million compared to $177.8 million in 2011, a decrease of 0.4%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
  • Consolidated net retail sales of $174.2 million were flat compared to $174.6 million in 2011, excluding the impact of foreign exchange;
  • Consolidated comparable store sales were essentially flat and included a 1.1% increase in North America and a 6.0% decrease in Europe;
  • Consolidated e-commerce sales rose 7.6%, excluding the impact of foreign exchange. This comes on top of an increase of 9.5% in the first six months of 2011;
  • Retail gross margin was 37.7%, a 30 basis point improvement from the first six months of 2011;
  • SG&A was $77.2 million, or 43.7% of revenues, a 70 basis point improvement excluding $3.0 million in consulting costs from the first six months of 2011;
  • Pre-tax loss of $9.4 million improved from a pre-tax loss of $14.3 million in the first six months of fiscal 2011;
  • Tax benefit was $0.9 million at an effective rate of 9.2%, compared to a tax benefit of $5.4 million at an effective rate of 37.6% for the first six months of 2011; and
  • Net loss was $8.6 million or $0.53 per share, compared to $8.9 million, or $0.50 per share in the first six months of fiscal 2011. Net loss in 2012 was negatively impacted by (i) $0.17 per share related to changes in the effective tax rate; and (ii) $0.05 per share resulting from a change in share count due to repurchases that were made in the second half of 2011. Last year's net loss was negatively impacted by $0.10 per share related to the Company's consulting project.

Balance Sheet

The Company ended the 2012 second quarter with a strong balance sheet and no borrowings under its revolving credit facility. As of June 30, 2012 cash and cash equivalents totaled $26.5 million, the majority of which was domiciled outside the U.S. Total inventory at quarter end was $47.0 million. Inventory per square foot increased 3.3%, as compared to the prior year period.

In 2012, the Company expects to close approximately ten stores including certain temporary and seasonal locations. The Company also expects to remodel or open approximately 20 stores, with six of the stores in its new design. The Company expects capital expenditures to be $20 million to $23 million in fiscal 2012 to support the refresh and repositioning of stores and investment in infrastructure. Depreciation and amortization is expected to be approximately $22 million.

Stores

At quarter end the Company operated 345 company-owned stores - 287 in North America and 58 in Europe, as compared to 289 in North America and 53 in Europe at the end of the fiscal 2011 second quarter. The Company's international franchisees opened five stores, net of closures, to end the first six months of the year with 84 stores in 14 countries.

2012 Objectives

To increase long-term shareholder value, the Company continues to expect to:

  • Introduce a new store design to enhance the bear-making experience and drive store traffic and sales. The Company expects to open six of these stores starting in September.
  • Improve store productivity and profitability by closing select stores during the year, transferring a percentage of the sales to other stores in the same markets. The Company will also reduce the square footage of other stores by relocating them within the same malls.
  • Increase shopping frequency by increasing new Guest traffic to its stores by rebalancing its marketing messages to include both product and brand, and by refreshing its loyalty program to increase Guest retention.
  • Reinforce Build-A-Bear Workshop as a top destination for gifts, capitalizing on its 15th birthday occasion to take this initiative to an entirely new level.
  • Increase the Company's global presence with the anticipated opening of ten to twelve international franchise locations, net of closures in 2012.
  • Improve cost efficiencies with approximately $7 to $9 million in savings in fiscal 2012, a portion of which will offset expected product cost increases and support sales-driving marketing initiatives.

Today's Conference Call Webcast

Build-A-Bear Workshop will host a live Internet webcast of its quarterly investor conference call at 9 a.m. ET today. The audio broadcast may be accessed at our investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com. The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m.

A replay of the conference call webcast will be available in the investor relations Web site for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately noon ET today until midnight ET on August 2, 2012. The telephone replay is available by calling (858) 384-5517. The access code is 397181.

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal retail-entertainment experience. There are more than 400 Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom and Ireland, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East, Mexico and South America. Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop is the leader in interactive retail. Brands include make-your-own Major League Baseball® mascot in-stadium locations, and Build-A-Dino® stores. Build-A-Bear Workshop extends its in-store interactive experience online with its award winning virtual world Web site at bearville.com®. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the fourth year in a row in 2012. Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $394.4 million in fiscal 2011. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit the company's award-winning Web site at buildabear.com®.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" (within the meaning of the federal securities laws) which represent Build-A-Bear Workshop expectations or beliefs with respect to future events. Our actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, as filed with the SEC, and the following: general global economic conditions may continue to deteriorate, which could lead to disproportionately reduced consumer demand for our products, which represent relatively discretionary spending; customer traffic may decrease in the shopping malls where we are located, on which we depend to attract guests to our stores; we may be unable to generate interest in and demand for our interactive retail experience, or to identify and respond to consumer preferences in a timely fashion; our marketing and on-line initiatives may not be effective in generating sufficient levels of brand awareness and guest traffic; we may be unable to generate comparable store sales growth; we may be unable to effectively operate or manage the overall portfolio of our company-owned stores; we may be unable to renew or replace our store leases, or enter into leases for new stores on favorable terms or in favorable locations, or may violate the terms of our current leases; the availability and costs of our products could be adversely affected by risks associated with international manufacturing and trade, including foreign currency fluctuation; our products could become subject to recalls or product liability claims that could adversely impact our financial performance and harm our reputation among consumers; we are susceptible to disruption in our inventory flow due to our reliance on a few vendors; high petroleum products prices could increase our inventory transportation costs and adversely affect our profitability; we may not be able to operate our company-owned stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland profitably; we may be unable to effectively manage our international franchises or laws relating to those franchises may change; we may improperly obtain or be unable to protect information from our guests in violation of privacy or security laws or expectations; we may suffer negative publicity or be sued due to violations of labor laws or unethical practices by manufacturers of our merchandise; we may suffer negative publicity or negative sales if the non-proprietary toy products we sell in our stores do not meet our quality or sales expectations; we may lose key personnel, be unable to hire qualified additional personnel, or experience turnover of our management team; we may be unable to operate our company-owned distribution center efficiently or our third-party distribution center providers may perform poorly; our market share could be adversely affected by a significant, or increased, number of competitors; we may fail to renew, register or otherwise protect our trademarks or other intellectual property; poor global economic conditions could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity and capital resources; we may have disputes with, or be sued by, third parties for infringement or misappropriation of their proprietary rights; fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations could cause the price of our common stock to substantially decline; and we may be unable to repurchase shares of our common stock at the times or in the amounts we currently anticipate or the results of the share repurchase program may not be as beneficial as we currently anticipate. These risks, uncertainties and other factors may adversely affect our business, growth, financial condition or profitability, or subject us to potential liability, and cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from those expressed or implied by our forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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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
June 30, % of Total July 2, % of Total
2012 Revenues (1) 2011 Revenues (1)
Revenues:
Net retail sales $ 78,989 98.2 $ 80,391 98.2
Commercial revenue 705 0.9 736 0.9
Franchise fees   716   0.9     714   0.9  
Total revenues   80,410   100.0     81,841   100.0  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of merchandise sold 51,704 64.9 51,926 64.0
Selling, general and administrative 37,075 46.1 40,685 49.7
Interest expense (income), net   (63 ) (0.1 )   (105 ) (0.1 )
Total costs and expenses   88,716   110.3     92,506   113.0  
Loss before income taxes (8,306 ) (10.3 ) (10,665 ) (13.0 )
Income tax benefit   (755 ) (0.9 )   (3,990 ) (4.9 )
Net loss $ (7,551 ) (9.4 ) $ (6,675 ) (8.2 )
 
Loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.46 ) $ (0.37 )
Diluted $ (0.46 ) $ (0.37 )
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:
Basic 16,458,889 17,839,349
Diluted 16,458,889 17,839,349
   
(1) Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold which is expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue 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)
                     
26 Weeks 26 Weeks
Ended Ended
June 30, % of Total July 2, % of Total
2012 Revenues (1) 2011 Revenues (1)
Revenues:
Net retail sales $ 174,189 98.5 $ 174,550 98.1
Commercial revenue 1,081 0.6 1,841 1.1
Franchise fees   1,513   0.9     1,440   0.8  
Total revenues   176,783   100.0     177,831   100.0  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of merchandise sold 109,170 62.3 110,151 62.4
Selling, general and administrative 77,201 43.7 81,996 46.1
Interest expense (income), net   (149 ) (0.1 )   (1 ) (0.0 )
Total costs and expenses   186,222   105.3     192,146   108.0  
Loss before income taxes (9,439 ) (5.3 ) (14,315 ) (8.0 )
Income tax benefit   (871 ) (0.5 )   (5,388 ) (3.0 )
Net loss $ (8,568 ) (4.8 ) $ (8,927 ) (5.0 )
 
Loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.53 ) $ (0.50 )
Diluted $ (0.53 ) $ (0.50 )
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:
Basic 16,248,884 17,964,763
Diluted 16,248,884 17,964,763
   
(1) Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold which is expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue and immaterial rounding.
 
 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
               
June 30, December 31, July 2,
2012 2011 2011
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 26,450 $ 46,367 $ 34,742
Inventories 47,029 51,860 46,156
Receivables 4,935 7,878 4,606
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 13,604 17,854 22,580
Deferred tax assets   469     419     7,585  
Total current assets 92,487 124,378 115,669
 
Property and equipment, net 73,518 77,445 81,225
Goodwill 32,643 32,306 33,542
Other intangible assets, net 595 655 1,043
Other assets, net   6,704     6,787     15,070  
Total Assets $ 205,947   $ 241,571   $ 246,549  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 24,253 $ 41,032 $ 33,280
Accrued expenses 7,227 12,128 6,818
Gift cards and customer deposits 22,848 28,323 23,487
Deferred revenue   5,568     5,285     6,852  
Total current liabilities   59,896     86,768     70,437  
 
Deferred franchise revenue 1,301 1,436 1,571
Deferred rent 22,075 23,867 26,606
Other liabilities 257 257 375
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share 174 174 192
Additional paid-in capital 66,060 65,402 72,979
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (9,082 ) (10,165 ) (7,580 )
Retained earnings   65,266     73,832     81,969  
Total stockholders' equity   122,418     129,243     147,560  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 205,947   $ 241,571   $ 246,549  
 
 
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Selected Financial and Store Data
(dollars in thousands, except square foot data)
                     
13 Weeks 13 Weeks 26 Weeks 26 Weeks
Ended Ended Ended Ended
June 30, July 2, June 30, July 2,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Other financial data:
Retail gross margin ($) (1) $ 27,666 $ 28,774 $ 65,677 $ 65,351
Retail gross margin (%) (1) 35.0 % 35.8 % 37.7 % 37.4 %
E-commerce sales $ 2,191 $ 2,089 $ 5,316 $ 4,963
Capital expenditures, net (2) $ 4,525 $ 3,815 $ 8,304 $ 6,137
Depreciation and amortization $ 5,273 $ 6,206 $ 10,636 $ 12,730
 
Store data (3):
Number of company-owned stores at end of period
North America 287 289
Europe   58     53  
Total stores 345 342
 
Number of franchised stores at end of period 84 70
 
Company-owned store square footage at end of period
North America 818,959 835,019
Europe (4)   83,742     76,481  
Total square footage 902,701 911,500
 
Comparable store sales change (%) (5)
North America (1.8 )% 8.3 % 1.1 % (2.0 )%
Europe   (1.3 )%   1.3 %   (6.0 )%   (1.7 )%
Consolidated (1.7 )% 7.1 % (0.1 )% (2.0 )%
 
(1) Retail gross margin represents net retail sales less retail cost of merchandise sold. Retail gross margin percentage represents retail gross margin divided by net retail sales.
(2) Capital expenditures, net represents cash paid for property, equipment, other assets and other intangible assets.
(3) Excludes our webstore and pop-up, seasonal and event-based locations. North American stores are located in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In Europe, stores are located in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
(4) Square footage for stores located in Europe is estimated selling square footage.
(5) Comparable store sales percentage changes are based on net retail sales and stores are considered comparable beginning in their thirteenth full month of operation.
 

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