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Iconix Reports Financial Results For The First Quarter 2019


NEW YORK, May 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

  • Total revenue of $35.9 million, a 26% decline from prior quarter. Mens segment revenue up 10% from the prior year.
  • Signed 65 license deals year to date, representing $40 million of aggregate guaranteed minimum royalties.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICON) ("Iconix" or the "Company") today reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Bob Galvin, CEO commented, "Results for the first quarter of 2019 were as expected, as we continue to stabilize the business and our operational cost structure.  We also continue to build the pipeline of our future business, as we have signed 65 deals year to date for aggregate guaranteed minimum royalties of approximately $40 million."

First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

GAAP Revenue by Segment Three months ended March 31,
($, 000's) 2019 2018 % Change
Womens 8,367 16,598 -50 %
Mens 10,935 9,945 10 %
Home 3,490 6,512 -46 %
International 13,150 15,493 -15 %
Total Revenue 35,942 48,548 -26 %

For the first quarter of 2019, total revenue was $35.9 million, a 26% decline as compared to $48.5 million in the prior year quarter. Such decline was expected, principally as a result of the transition of our Danskin and Mossimo direct to retail licenses in our Womens segment, as previously announced. Our revenue for the first quarter of 2019 was also impacted by the effect of the Sears bankruptcy on our Joe Boxer and Bongo brands in Womens and the Cannon brand in Home. Our Mens segment revenue increased 10% in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the prior year quarter primarily from the Starter and Buffalo brands.  Our International segment declined 15% in the first quarter of 2019 primarily as a result of performance of our Diamond Icon joint venture, which was higher in the prior year due to sales leading up to the World Cup.

SG&A Expenses:

Total SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2019 were $18.1 million, a 46% decrease compared to $33.6 million in the first quarter of 2018. Most of the decline for the quarter was a decrease in compensation, advertising and professional expenses. The decrease in compensation was part of the Company's continued efforts to reduce  costs. Additionally, expenses for the first quarter of 2018 included $5.4 million in costs associated with a debt refinancing.

Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA (1):

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP metric, and a reconciliation table is included below. 

Operating income for the first quarter of 2019 was $18.4 million, as compared to operating income of $15.5 million in the first quarter of 2018.  Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2019 was $18.4 million which represents operating income of $18.4 million excluding net charges of less than $0.1 million.  Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2018 was $22.5 million which represents operating income of $15.5 million excluding net charges of $6.9 million.  The change period over period in Adjusted EBITDA is primarily as a result of the change in revenue as outlined above.  Refer to footnote 1 below for a full detailed reconciliation of operating income to Adjusted EBITDA.      

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment (1) Three months ended March 31,
($, 000's) 2019 2018 % Change
Womens 7,627 14,539 -48 %
Mens 4,067 3,426 19 %
Home 3,007 5,750 -48 %
International 7,993 5,901 35 %
Corporate (4,252) (7,147) 41 %
Adjusted EBITDA 18,442 22,469 -18 %

Interest Expense and Other Income:

Interest expense in both the first quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2018 was $14.5 million.  In the first quarter of 2019, the Company recognized a $20.0 million gain as compared to a $24.3 million gain in the first quarter of 2018.  These gains result from the Company's accounting for the 5.75% Convertible Notes, which requires recording the fair value of this debt at the end of each period with any change from the prior period accounted for as other income or loss in the respective period's income statement.

Provision for Income Taxes:

The effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2019 is approximately 8.5%, which resulted in a $2.0 million income tax provision, as compared to an effective income tax rate of 5.1% in the prior year quarter, which resulted in a $1.7 million income tax provision.  The increase in the effective income tax rate resulted from a decrease in pretax income resulting from mark to market adjustments for the Current Quarter, for which there is no tax expense.  The Company's tax expense and effective tax rate is also impacted by taxes based on sources other than pretax income which remained consistent with the prior year.

GAAP Net Income and GAAP Diluted EPS:

GAAP net income attributable to Iconix for the first quarter of 2019 reflects income of $17.9 million, compared to income of $27.8 million for the first quarter of 2018. GAAP diluted EPS for the first quarter of 2019 reflects a loss of $0.01, compared to income of $1.09 for the first quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA (1):

Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 was $18.4 million, compared to $22.5 million for the first quarter of 2018. 

Adjusted EBITDA: (1)      
($, 000's)      
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019 2018 % Change
GAAP Operating Income 18,398 15,534 18 %
stock-based compensation expense 140 1,019  
depreciation and amortization 492 654  
costs associated with debt financings - 5,439  
special charges 2,780 2,706  
non-controlling interest (3,361) (2,857)  
non-controlling interest related to D&A (7) (26)  
  44 6,935  
Adjusted EBITDA 18,442 22,469 -18 %

Balance Sheet and Liquidity:

($, 000's) March 31, 2019   December 31, 2018
Cash Summary:      
Unrestricted Domestic Cash (wholly owned) 33,424   45,936
Unrestricted Domestic Cash (in consolidated JV's) 9,116   8,460
Unrestricted International Cash 13,408   12,213
Restricted Cash 13,490   16,026
Total Cash $69,438   $82,635
Debt Summary:      
Senior Secured Notes due January 2043* 358,079   365,481
5.75% Convertible Notes due August 2023 105,745   109,715
Variable Funding Note due January 2043 100,000   100,000
2017 Senior Secured Term Loan due August 2022 188,457   189,421
Total Debt (Face Value) $752,281   $764,617
*- The Company's Senior Secured Notes include a test that measures the amount of principal and interest required to be paid on the debt to the approximate cash flow available to pay such principal and interest; the test is referred to as the debt service coverage ratio ("DSCR").  As a result of a decline in royalty collections during the twelve months ended March 31, 2019, the DSCR fell below 1.10x as of March 31, 2019. Beginning April 1, 2019, the Senior Secured Notes are in a Rapid Amortization Event pursuant to the Securitization Notes indenture.  In rapid amortization, the residual will immediately be used to pay down the principal.  Iconix will continue to receive its management fee from the Securitization Notes and the Company does not believe the loss of our residual, if any, will have a significant impact on our operations.

The Company currently projects compliance with its financial covenants under its senior secured term loan and the interest only DSCR under the Securitization Notes indenture for 2019.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 10:00 AM ET. The call can be accessed on the Company's website at or by telephone at 844-286-1555 or 270-823-1180 (conference ID: 8556614). A written transcript will be posted online as soon as available.

About Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a portfolio of consumer brands including: CANDIE'S ®, BONGO ®, JOE BOXER ®, RAMPAGE ®, MUDD ®, MOSSIMO ®, LONDON FOG ®, OCEAN PACIFIC ®, DANSKIN ®, ROCAWEAR ®, CANNON ®, ROYAL VELVET ®, FIELDCREST ®, CHARISMA ®, STARTER ®, WAVERLY ®, ZOO YORK ®, UMBRO ®, LEE COOPER ®, ECKO UNLTD. ®, MARC ECKO ®, ARTFUL DODGER ®, and HYDRAULIC®. In addition, Iconix owns interests in the MATERIAL GIRL ®, ED HARDY ®, TRUTH OR DARE ®, MODERN AMUSEMENT ®, BUFFALO ® and PONY ® brands. The Company licenses its brands to a network of retailers and manufacturers. Through its in-house business development, merchandising, advertising and public relations departments, Iconix manages its brands to drive greater consumer awareness and brand loyalty.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Such forward-looking statements include projections regarding the Company's beliefs and expectations about future performance and, in some cases, may be identified by words like "anticipate," "assume," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "future," "will," "seek" and similar terms or phrases. These statements are based on the Company's beliefs and assumptions, which in turn are based on information available as of the date of this press release. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement and could harm the Company's business, prospects, results of operations, liquidity and financial condition and cause its stock price to decline significantly. Many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. Important factors that could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements include, among others: the ability of the Company's licensees to maintain their license agreements or to produce and market products bearing the Company's brand names, the Company's ability to retain and negotiate favorable licenses, the Company's ability to meet its outstanding debt obligations and the events and risks referenced in the sections titled "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10‑K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10‑Q and in other documents filed or furnished with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our forward-looking statements do not reflect the potential impact of any acquisitions, mergers, dispositions, business development transactions, joint ventures or investments we may enter into or make in the future. Given these uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Media contact:
John T. McClain  
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer  
Iconix Brand Group, Inc.   

Unaudited Consolidated Statement of Operations    
($, 000's, except earnings per share data)      
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2019   2018   %
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