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Iconix Brand Group Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter 2015

NEW YORK, April 29, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Q1 licensing revenue of $95.4 million, flat to prior year quarter excluding 2014 ABC deal
  • Continued to execute acquisition strategy with Strawberry Shortcake and PONY
  • Expanded global footprint- acquired full ownership and control of China JV
  • Maintaining revenue, non-GAAP diluted EPS and free cash flow guidance for full-year 2015

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ICON) ("Iconix" or the "Company"), today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Q1 2015 Results for Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Licensing revenue for the first quarter of 2015 was approximately $95.4 million, a 15% decrease as compared to approximately $112.2 million in the first quarter of 2014. After excluding $17.1 million of revenue recorded in the first quarter of 2014 related to the 5-year renewal of the Peanuts specials with ABC, licensing revenue in the first quarter of 2015 was approximately flat to the prior year quarter. Other revenue was $0 in the first quarter of 2015 as compared to $4.0 million of other revenue recorded in the first quarter of 2014 for the Lee Cooper transaction.  EBITDA attributable to Iconix for the first quarter of 2015 was approximately $52.4 million, a 25% decrease as compared to $69.8 million in the prior year quarter. On a non-GAAP basis, as described in the tables below, net income attributable to Iconix was $26.7 million, a 32% decrease as compared to the prior year quarter of approximately $39.3 million.  Non-GAAP diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2015 was $0.54, a 27% decrease as compared to $0.74 in the prior year quarter. GAAP net income attributable to Iconix for the first quarter of 2015 was approximately $62.8 million, a 5% increase as compared to $59.8 million in the prior year quarter, and GAAP diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2015 increased approximately 17% to $1.21 compared to $1.03 in the prior year quarter. Free cash flow attributable to Iconix for the first quarter of 2015 was approximately $30.1 million, a 39% decrease as compared to the prior year quarter of approximately $49.4 million

In the first quarter of 2015, the Company acquired the remaining 50% of its Iconix China joint venture and, as a result, recognized a $47.4 million pre-tax non-cash gain related to the re-measurement of its initial investment. Similarly, in the first quarter of 2014, the Company acquired the remaining 50% of its Latin America joint venture and, as a result, recognized a $37.9 million pre-tax non-cash gain. Both of these gains are excluded from the Company's non-GAAP metrics.

In addition, in the first quarter of 2015, the Company recognized a $10.5 million pre-tax foreign currency translation gain. This gain is excluded from the Company's non-GAAP metrics. 

EBITDA, free cash flow, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS are all non-GAAP metrics and reconciliation tables for each are attached to this press release.

Neil Cole, Chairman and CEO of Iconix Brand Group, Inc. commented, "In the first quarter we continued to execute on our global strategy and remain focused on international, entertainment and sports as key drivers of our growth. Our international business continued to grow in the first quarter with our joint ventures in Australia, India, Southeast Asia and the Middle East, as well as our Latin America business, each delivering double-digit gains. Our Peanuts brand had a strong quarter and we are excited about the opportunities around the global release of the Peanuts movie in the fourth quarter. We expect our Strawberry Shortcake and PONY acquisitions will generate increasing value throughout the year for our entertainment and sports platforms, and our core licensing business remains healthy. Reflecting these drivers, and the strong results we expect to achieve in the second half of the year, we believe we are on track to deliver on the 2015 guidance we provided earlier this year."

2015 Guidance for Iconix Brand Group, Inc.:

The Company is maintaining its 2015 guidance as follows:

  • 2015 revenue guidance of $490-$510 million
  • 2015 Non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance of $3.00-$3.15
  • 2015 free cash flow guidance of $208-$218 million 

The Company is increasing its 2015 GAAP diluted EPS guidance to $3.65-$3.79 from $3.06-$3.20 to reflect the gain in the first quarter of 2015 related to the Company's acquisition of full ownership and control of its Iconix China joint venture.

This guidance relates to the Company's existing portfolio of brands and does not include any additional acquisitions following the first quarter.

See reconciliation tables below for non-GAAP metrics. These non-GAAP metrics may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with our results reported according to U.S. GAAP.  Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

About Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including: CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), MOSSIMO (R), LONDON FOG (R), OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R), ROCAWEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R), WAVERLY (R), ZOO YORK (R), SHARPER IMAGE (R), UMBRO (R), LEE COOPER (R), ECKO UNLTD. (R), MARC ECKO (R) and STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE (R). In addition, Iconix owns interests in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), MATERIAL GIRL (R), PEANUTS (R), ED HARDY (R), TRUTH OR DARE (R), BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB (R), ICE CREAM (R), MODERN AMUSEMENT (R), BUFFALO (R), NICK GRAHAM (R) and PONY (R) brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of leading retailers and manufacturers that touch every major segment of retail distribution from the luxury market to the mass market in both the U.S. and worldwide. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments, Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and equity.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The statements that are not historical facts contained in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward looking statements. Such factors include, but are not limited to, uncertainty regarding the results of the Company's acquisition of additional licenses, continued market acceptance of current products and the ability to successfully develop and market new products particularly in light of rapidly changing fashion trends, the impact of supply and manufacturing constraints or difficulties relating to the Company's licensees' dependence on foreign manufacturers and suppliers, uncertainties relating to customer plans and commitments, the ability of licensees to successfully market and sell branded products, competition, uncertainties relating to economic conditions in the markets in which the Company operates, the ability to hire and retain key personnel, the ability to obtain capital if required, the risks of litigation and regulatory proceedings, the risks of uncertainty of trademark protection, the uncertainty of marketing and licensing acquired trademarks and other risks detailed in the Company's SEC filings. The words "believe", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "confident", "continue", "will", "project", "provide" "guidance" and similar expressions 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. All forward-looking statements are qualified by these cautionary statements and apply only as of the date they are made. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact Information:
Jaime Sheinheit
Investor Relations
Iconix Brand Group
212.730.0030

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(in thousands, except earnings per share data)



Three Months Ended Mar. 31,


2015

2014




Licensing revenue

$ 95,387

$ 112,167




Other revenue

-

3,971




    Total revenues

95,387

116,138




Selling, general and administrative expenses

44,155

48,202




Operating income

51,232

67,936




Interest expense, net

20,482

20,555




Other income

(47,365)

(37,893)




Foreign currency translation gain

(10,500)

-




Equity earnings on joint ventures

(3,202)

(3,122)




Other (income) expenses – net

(40,585)

(20,460)




Income before income taxes

91,817

88,396




Provision for income taxes

25,910

25,554




Net income

$ 65,907

$ 62,842




Less: Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

$3,067

$3,074




Net income attributable to Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

$62,840

$59,768




Earnings per share:



Basic        

$  1.30

$  1.21




Diluted

$  1.21

$  1.03







Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:



Basic

48,158

49,522




Diluted

51,909

58,051

 

Revenue by Division


(in thousands)



Three Months Ended Mar. 31,


2015

2014

Womens

$40,090

$41,452

Mens

21,555

23,892

Home

9,947

10,979

Entertainment

23,795

35,844

Other

-

3,971

Total

$95,387

$116,138

 

Selected Balance Sheet Items:

(Unaudited)


(in thousands)

3/31/2015

12/31/2014




Total Assets

$3,021,902

$2,873,391

Total Liabilities

$1,914,791

$1,804,630

Total Stockholders' Equity and
Redeemable Non-Controlling Interest

$1,107,111

$1,068,761

 

The following tables detail unaudited reconciliations from non-GAAP amounts to U.S. GAAP and include reconciliations related to ASC Topic 470 as it relates to accounting for convertible debt, incremental dilutive shares related to our convertible debt that are covered by our existing convertible note hedges, and non-cash gains related to the re-measurement of investments and foreign currency translation. 

Note: All items in the following reconciliation tables are attributable to Iconix Brand Group, Inc. and exclude results related to non-controlling interests.

 

(in thousands, except per share data)





 (Unaudited)


Three months ended

Net income reconciliation

Mar. 31,

2015

Mar. 31,

2014

Non-GAAP net income (1)

$26,679

$39,281




GAAP net income

$62,840

$59,768




Adjustments:

    Non-cash interest related to ASC Topic 470

6,813

6,375

    Non-cash gain related to investment in Latin America and China

(47,365)

(37,893)

    Foreign currency translation gain

(10,500)

-

    Taxes related to above item

14,891

11,031

    Net adjustments

(36,161)

(20,487)




Non-GAAP net income

$26,679

$39,281

 


(Unaudited)

Three months ended


Mar. 31,

2015


Mar. 31,

2014

Non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares reconciliation




Non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares

49,562


53,143





GAAP weighted average diluted shares

51,909


58,051





Less: additional incremental dilutive shares covered by hedges for: (2)




               2.50% Convertible Notes

(1,025)


(2,123)

               1.50% Convertible Notes

(1,322)


(2,785)

        Subtotal

(2,347)


(4,908)





Non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares

49,562


53,143

 


(Unaudited) 
Three months ended

Diluted EPS reconciliation

Mar. 31,

2015

Mar. 31,

2014

Non-GAAP  diluted EPS (1)

$0.54

$0.74




GAAP diluted EPS

$1.21

$1.03

Non-cash gain related to investment in Latin America and China

($0.59)

($0.42)

Foreign currency translation gain

($0.19)

-

Adjustments for non-cash interest related to ASC 470,
net of tax, and incremental dilutive shares covered by hedges

$0.11

$0.13




Non-GAAP  diluted EPS

$0.54

$0.74

 

Forecasted Diluted EPS

Year Ending
Dec. 31, 2015


High

Low




Forecasted Non-GAAP  diluted EPS (1)

$3.15

$3.00




Forecasted GAAP diluted EPS

$3.79

$3.65




Non-cash gain related to investment in joint ventures

($1.12)

($1.12)

Adjustments for non-cash interest related to ASC 470,
net of tax, and incremental dilutive shares covered by hedges

$0.48

$0.47

Forecasted Non-GAAP  Diluted EPS

$3.15

$3.00

 

(1)

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS (along with non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares) are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income excluding any non-cash interest related to ASC Topic 470 and non-cash non-recurring gains and charges, net of tax, and any incremental dilutive shares related to our convertible notes that are covered by their respective hedges. The Company believes these are useful financial measures in evaluating its financial condition because they are representative of only actual cash results.



(2)

Based on the average closing stock price for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and March 31, 2014 there were potential dilutive shares related to our convertible notes for GAAP purposes; however, the Company will not be responsible for issuing a portion of these shares as they are covered by our convertible notes hedges.

 

EBITDA Reconciliation from Net Income







(Unaudited)



Three months ended



Mar. 31, 2015

Mar. 31, 2014


EBITDA  (3)

$52,351

$69,777






Reconciliation of EBITDA:




GAAP Net Income

$62,840

$59,768






Add: Income taxes

25,910

25,554






Add: Net interest expense, foreign currency translation and
non-cash gain related to investment in joint venture

(37,500)

(17,456)







Add: Depreciation and amortization of certain intangibles

1,101

1,911


EBITDA

$52,351

$69,777


                                         


(Unaudited)

EBITDA Reconciliation from Cash Flow from Operations

Three months ended


Mar. 31, 2015


Mar. 31, 2014





EBITDA (3)

$      52,351


$      69,777





Reconciliation of EBITDA:




Net cash provided by operating activities

$33,066


$52,745

Add / (Less):




   Gain from sale of trademarks and formation of joint ventures

-


3,971

   Cash interest expense, net

11,725


12,074

   Cash taxes

17,499


5,821

   Other

2,304


1,728

   Net income attributable to non-controlling interest

(3,067)


(3,074)

   Stock compensation expense

(2,570)


(2,515)

   Provision for doubtful accounts

(1,263)


(1,000)

   Net change in balance sheet items

(5,343)


27





EBITDA

$      52,351


$      69,777

 

(3)

EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, represents net income before income taxes, interest, other non-operating gains and losses, depreciation and amortization expenses. The Company believes EBITDA provides additional information for determining its ability to meet future debt service requirements, investing and capital expenditures, and is useful because it provides supplemental information to assist investors in evaluating the Company's financial condition.

 

Free Cash Flow Reconciliation





(Unaudited)


Three months ended


Mar. 31, 2015

Mar. 31, 2014




Free Cash Flow (4)

$30,083

$49,402




Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow:



  Net cash provided by operating activity  

$33,066

$52,745

        Less: Capital expenditures

(976)

(315)

        Add: Cash received from sale of trademarks and
         formation of joint ventures

995

995

        Less: Distributions to non-controlling interests

(3,002)

(4,023)




Free Cash Flow

$30,083

$49,402

 

Forecasted Free Cash Flow

Year Ending

Dec. 31, 2015


High

Low




Free Cash Flow (4)

$218,000

$208,000




Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow:



  Net cash provided by operating activity

$195,000

$190,000

        Less: Capital expenditures

(2,000)

(2,000)

        Add: Cash received from sale of trademarks
         and formation of joint ventures

43,000

38,000

        Less: Distributions to non-controlling interests

(18,000)

(18,000)




Free Cash Flow

$218,000

$208,000

 

(4)

Free Cash Flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, represents net cash provided by operating activities, plus cash received from the sale of trademarks and formation of joint ventures, less distributions to non-controlling interests and capital expenditures.  Free Cash Flow excludes notes receivable from sale of trademarks and the formation of joint ventures, cash used to acquire the membership interests of our joint venture partners, mandatory debt service requirements, and other non-discretionary expenditures. Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation, as a measure of residual cash flow available for discretionary purposes, or as an alternative to operating results presented in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes Free Cash Flow is useful because it provides information regarding actual cash received in a specific period from the Company's comprehensive business strategy of maximizing the value of its brands through traditional licensing, international joint ventures and other arrangements. We have excluded the cash used to buy back our joint venture membership interests from the above definition because we believe that, like other acquisitions, such actions are capital transactions. It also provides supplemental information to assist investors in evaluating the Company's financial condition and ability to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value.

 

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SOURCE Iconix Brand Group, Inc.



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