Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This Annual Report on Form 10-K, including this Item 7, includes “forward-looking statements” based on the Company’s current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about its business and its industry. These statements include those relating to future events, performance and/or achievements, and include those relating to, among other things, the Company’s future revenues, expenses and profitability, the future development and expected growth of the Company’s business, its projected capital expenditures, future outcomes of litigation and/or regulatory proceedings, competition, expectations regarding the retail sales environment, continued market acceptance of the Company’s current brands and its ability to market and license brands it acquires, the Company’s indebtedness, the ability of the Company’s current licensees to continue executing their business plans with respect to their product lines and the ability to pay contractually obligated royalties, and the Company’s ability to continue sourcing licensees that can design, distribute, manufacture and sell their own product lines.
These statements are only predictions and are not guarantees of future performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the Company’s control and difficult to predict and could cause its actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in, or implied by, the forward-looking statements. In evaluating these forward-looking statements, the risks and uncertainties described in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” above and elsewhere in this report and in the Company’s other SEC filings should be carefully considered.
Words such as “may,” “should,” “will,” “could,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “plan,” “expect,” “future” and “intend” or the negative of these terms or other comparable expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made.
On March 14, 2019, the Company effected a 1-for-10 reverse stock split (the “Reverse Stock Split”) of its common stock. Unless the context otherwise requires, all share and per share amounts in this Item 7 have been adjusted to reflect the Reverse Stock Split.
We are a brand management company and owner of a diversified portfolio of approximately 30 global consumer brands across the Company’s operating segments: women’s, men’s, home, and international. Additionally, the Company previously owned and operated an Entertainment segment which is included in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations as a discontinued operation for FY 2017. The sale of the businesses underlying the Entertainment segment was completed on June 30, 2017 (see Note 2 of Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements). The Company’s business strategy is to maximize the value of its brands primarily through strategic licenses and joint venture partnerships around the world, as well as to grow the portfolio of brands through strategic acquisitions.
As of December 31, 2018, the Company’s brand portfolio includes Candie’s ® , Bongo ® , Joe Boxer ® , Rampage ® , Mudd ®, London Fog ® , Mossimo ® , Ocean Pacific/OP ® , Danskin/Danskin Now ® , Rocawear ® /Roc Nation ® , Cannon ® , Royal Velvet ® , Fieldcrest ® , Charisma ® , Starter ® , Waverly ® , Ecko Unltd ® /Mark Ecko Cut & Sew ® , Zoo York ® , Umbro ®, Lee Cooper ® , and Artful Dodger ® ; and interests in Material Girl ®, Ed Hardy ® , Truth or Dare ® , Modern Amusement ® , Buffalo ® , Hydraulic ®, and PONY ® .
The Company principally looks to monetize the Intellectual Property (herein referred to as “IP”) related to its brands throughout the world and in all relevant categories by licensing directly with leading retailers (herein referred to as “direct to retail” or “DTR”), through a consortia of wholesale licensees, through joint ventures in specific territories and via other activity such as corporate sponsorships and content as well as the sale of IP for specific categories or territories. Products bearing the Company’s brands are sold across a variety of distribution channels. The licensees are generally responsible for designing, manufacturing and distributing the licensed products. The Company supports its brands with marketing, advertising and promotional campaigns designed to increase brand awareness. Additionally, the Company provides its licensees with coordinated trend direction to enhance product appeal and help build and maintain brand integrity.
Globally, the Company has over 50 direct-to-retail licenses and more than 375 total licenses. Licensees are selected based upon the Company’s belief that such licensees will be able to produce and sell quality products in the categories of their specific expertise and that they are capable of exceeding minimum sales targets and royalties that the Company generally requires for each brand. This licensing strategy is designed to permit the Company to operate its licensing business, leverage its core competencies of marketing and brand management with minimal working capital. The majority of the Company’s licensing agreements include minimum guaranteed