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Trans World Entertainment Announces Second Quarter Results

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ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trans World Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:TWMC) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended July 29, 2017.  In October 2016, the Company acquired etailz, Inc., a leading digital marketplace retailer. Results for etailz are included in the consolidated results for the second quarter of fiscal 2017.  Comparisons to the prior year for the etailz segment represent the unconsolidated performance of etailz for the three calendar months ended July 31, 2016.

"Driven by etailz, total Trans World revenue for the quarter increased 59%.  Etailz revenue increased 48% from the second quarter of 2016, an acceleration from the 39% increase during the first quarter. etailz contributed 42.5% of total consolidated revenue during the second quarter. The increase in revenue highlights the digital diversification of the Company.  We continue to focus on the growth potential of etailz, the reinvention and stabilization of the fye brand, and the synergies afforded by the combination of the two," commented Mike Feurer, Chief Executive Officer.

Second Quarter Overview - Consolidated

  • Total revenue increased 59% to $102.5 million compared to $64.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2016, as $43.5 million in revenue from etailz more than offset a $5.4 million decline in fye revenue.

  • Net loss was $5.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the 13 weeks ended July 29, 2017, compared to a net loss of $4.7 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

  • Operating loss was $5.4 million compared to an operating loss of $4.5 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016.

  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $2.3 million compared to a loss of $2.9 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 (see note 1).

  • Cash and cash equivalents as of July 29, 2017 was $14.0 million, compared to $78.6 million as of July 30, 2016.  The primary uses of cash were related to the acquisition of etailz and investments in new and remodeled stores in fiscal 2016.

  • Inventory, including $26.3 million from etailz, was $126.7 million as of July 29, 2017, versus $120.2 million, as of July 30, 2016. Excluding the impact of etailz, inventory per square foot was $67 as of July 29, 2017 as compared to $72 as of July 30, 2016. 

Twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 Overview – Consolidated

  • Total revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 increased 46% to $204.4 million, compared to $140.1 million for the same period last year, as $80.5 million in revenue from etailz more than offset a $16.2 million decline in fye revenue.

  • Net loss was $2.0 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017, compared to a net loss of $4.6 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the same period last year. During the first half of 2017, the Company recorded an $8.7 million gain on insurance proceeds from Company owned life insurance policies.

  • Operating loss was $10.6 million compared to an operating loss of $5.2 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 30, 2016.

  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $3.4 million compared to a loss of $2.1 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 (see note 1).

Segment Highlights

           
  TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
  Segment Reporting
           
  Thirteen Weeks Ended    Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  July 29,
2017
July 30,
2016
  July 29,
2017
July 30,
2016
Total Revenue          
fye $ 58,958   $ 64,348     $ 123,902   $ 140,078  
etailz   43,521     -       80,544     -  
Total Company $ 102,479   $ 64,348     $ 204,446   $ 140,078  
           
Gross Profit          
fye $ 25,085   $ 26,701     $ 51,995   $ 57,527  
etailz   10,085     -       19,480     -  
Total Company $ 35,170   $ 26,701     $ 71,475   $ 57,527  
           
Loss From Operations          
fye $ (5,467 ) $ (4,522 )   $ (9,853 ) $ (5,207 )
etailz   98     -       (723 )   -  
Total Company $ (5,369 ) $ (4,522 )   $ (10,576 ) $ (5,207 )
           
Reconciliation of etailz Loss from Operations to etailz Adjusted Income From Operations (2)      
etailz loss from operations $ 98   $ -     $ (723 ) $ -  
Acquisition related amortization and compensation expense   646     -       2,526     -  
etailz adjusted income from operations $ 744   $ -     $ 1,803   $ -  
           

Second Quarter Overview - fye

  • Total revenue declined 8.4% for the fye segment.  Comparable store sales declined 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year, as a comp store sales increase of 19% in lifestyle categories was offset by a 17% decline in heritage media categories.  Lifestyle categories represented 37% of revenues for second quarter as compared to 29% in the same period last year.

  • Gross profit for the second quarter was $25.1 million, or 42.5% of revenue, compared to $26.7 million, or 41.5% of revenue, for the same period last year.  The increase in gross margin as a percentage of revenue was due to better costing and price management.

  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses decreased $1.4 million, or 4.6%, for the second quarter to $28.2 million, or 47.9% of fye revenue, compared to $29.6 million, or 46.0% of fye revenue, for the same period last year.  The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation.    The increase in SG&A as a percentage of revenue was due to the comp sales decline and expenses to support the upgrading of the Company's digital capability, including the re-platforming of fye.com.

  • The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $5.5 million for the 13 weeks ended July 29, 2017, compared to an operating loss of $4.5 million for same period last year. 

Mr. Feurer added, "We again experienced double digit growth in our lifestyle categories which helped us improve our comp sales result from the first quarter.  However, July sales were impacted by the weak summer box office. These headwinds will continue to impact our sales in the third quarter for both our lifestyle and media categories."

Twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 Overview – fye

  • For the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017, total revenue decreased 11.5% to $123.9 million, compared to $140.1 million for the same period last year.

  • Gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 was $52.0 million, or 42.0% of revenue, compared to $57.5 million, or 41.1% of revenue, for the same period last year.  The increase in gross margin as a percentage of revenue was due to better costing and price management.

  • For the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017, SG&A expenses decreased $2.3 million, or 3.9% to $57.3 million compared to $59.6 million in the comparable period last year.  As a percentage of revenue, SG&A expenses were 46.3% versus 42.6% for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation.  The increase in SG&A as a percentage of revenue was due to the comp sales decline and expenses to support the upgrading of the Company's digital capability, including the re-platforming of fye.com.

  • The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $9.9 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017, compared to an operating loss of $5.2 million for same period last year. 

Second Quarter Overview - etailz

  • Total revenue for the second quarter was $43.5 million, a 48% increase as compared to the second quarter of 2016.  etailz revenue contributed 42.5% of total consolidated revenue during the quarter.

  • Total gross profit for the second quarter was $10.1 million, or 23.2% of revenue.

  • Total SG&A expenses for the second quarter were $9.0 million, or 20.6% of revenue.

  • etailz adjusted income from operations was $0.7 million for the second quarter.

Twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 Overview – etailz

  • Comparisons to the prior year for the etailz segment represent the unconsolidated performance of etailz for the first half of 2016.

  • Total revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 was $80.5 million, a 43.8% increase as compared to the same period in fiscal 2016.  etailz revenue contributed 39.4% of total consolidated revenue during the first half of fiscal 2017.

  • Total gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 was $19.5 million, or 24.2% of revenue.

  • Total SG&A expenses for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017 were $18.2 million, or 22.6% of revenue.

  • etailz adjusted income from operations was $1.8 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017.

Trans World will host a teleconference call Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 10:00 AM ET to discuss its financial results. Interested parties can listen to the simultaneous webcast on the Company's corporate website, www.twec.com.

 

                   
TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION
Financial Results
                   
                   
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS:                  
(in thousands, except per share data)                  
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  July 29, % to July 30, % to   July 29, % to July 30, % to
  2017 Revenue 2016 Revenue   2017 Revenue 2016 Revenue
                   
Net sales $ 100,914     $ 63,320       $ 201,665     $ 138,088    
Other revenue   1,565       1,028         2,781       1,990    
Total revenue $ 102,479     $ 64,348       $ 204,446     $ 140,078    
                   
Cost of sales   67,309   65.7 %   37,647   58.5 %     132,971   65.0 %   82,551   58.9 %
Gross profit   35,170   34.3 %   26,701   41.5 %     71,475   35.0 %   57,527   41.1 %
                   
Selling, general and                  
administrative expenses   37,199   36.3 %   29,600   46.0 %     75,487   36.9 %   59,648   42.6 %
                   
Depreciation and amortization   3,340   3.2 %   1,623   2.5 %     6,564   3.2 %   3,086   2.2 %
Loss from operations   (5,369 ) -5.1 %   (4,522 ) -7.0 %     (10,576 ) -5.2 %   (5,207 ) -3.7 %
                   
Interest expense   59   0.1 %   172   0.3 %     115   0.1 %   345   0.2 %
Other (income) loss   86   0.1 %   (86 ) -0.1 %     (8,763 ) -4.3 %   (1,017 ) -0.7 %
                   
Loss before income taxes   (5,514 ) -5.4 %   (4,608 ) -7.2 %     (1,928 ) -0.9 %   (4,535 ) -3.2 %
Income tax expense   51   0.0 %   48   0.1 %     105   0.1 %   95   0.1 %
                   
                   
Net loss $ (5,565 ) -5.4 % $ (4,656 ) -7.2 %   $ (2,033 ) -1.0 % $ (4,630 ) -3.3 %
                   
Basic and diluted loss per common share:                
                   
Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.15 )   $ (0.15 )     $ (0.06 )   $ (0.15 )  
                   
Weighted average number of                  
common shares outstanding - basic and diluted   36,179       30,403         36,179       30,576    
                   
SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS:         July 29,   July 30,  
(in thousands, except store data)           2017   2016  
                   
Cash and cash equivalents           $ 13,985     $ 78,644    
Merchandise inventory             126,687       120,268    
Fixed assets (net)             43,876       34,990    
Accounts payable             37,169       42,753    
Borrowings under line of credit             -       -    
                   
Stores in operation, end of period             269       290    
                   

Notes:

1. Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA:

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net loss, adjusted to exclude: (i) income tax expense; (ii) other income, including gain on sale of investments and gain from insurance proceeds; (iii) interest expense; (iv) depreciation and amortization; and (v) acquisition related compensation expenses including retention bonuses and restricted stock. Our method of calculating adjusted EBITDA may differ from other issuers and accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers.  A reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA appears below. 

           
(in thousands)          
  Thirteen Weeks Ended   Twenty-six Weeks Ended
  July 29, July 30,   July 29, July 30,
  2017 2016   2017 2016
           
Net loss $ (5,565 ) $ (4,656 )   $ (2,033 ) $ (4,630 )
Income tax expense   51     48       105     95  
Other (income) loss   86     (86 )     (8,763 )   (1,017 )
Interest expense   59     172       115     345  
Loss from operations   (5,369 )   (4,522 )     (10,576 )   (5,207 )
Depreciation and amortization   3,340     1,623       6,564     3,086  
Contingency adjustment   (1,437 )   -       (1,437 )   -  
Acquisition related compensation expenses   1,118     -       2,026     -  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,348 ) $ (2,899 )   $ (3,423 ) $ (2,121 )
                           

We use adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our own operating performance and as an integral part of our planning process.  We present adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure because we believe such measure is useful to investors as a reasonable indicator of operating performance.  We believe this measure is a financial metric used by many investors to compare companies.  This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings, net earnings from continuing operations or cash flows from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP. 

2. The Company believes that etailz adjusted income from operations, per the segment disclosure, when considered together with its GAAP financial results, provides management and investors with a more complete understanding of its business operating results, including underlying trends, by excluding the effects of certain charges. 

Trans World Entertainment is a unique omni-channel retailer coupling a long history of specialty retail experience with digital marketplace expertise.   For over 40 years, the Company has operated as a leading specialty retailer of entertainment and pop culture merchandise with stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, primarily under the name FYE for your entertainment and on the web at www.fye.com and www.secondspin.com.  The Company also operates etailz, Inc., a leading digital marketplace retailer, operating both domestically and internationally. etailz uses a data driven approach to digital marketplace retailing utilizing proprietary software and ecommerce insight coupled with a direct customer relationship engagement to identify new distributors and wholesalers, isolate emerging product trends, and optimize price positioning and inventory purchase decisions. Trans World Entertainment, which established itself as a public company in 1986, is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol "TWMC".

Certain statements in this release set forth management's intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses.  Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements.  Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:
Trans World Entertainment
John Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
(518) 452-1242

Contact:
Financial Relations Board
Marilynn Meek	
(mmeek@frbir.com)
(212) 827-3773

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