Iconix Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results

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NEW YORK, Dec. 22, 2017

  • 3Q 2017 revenue of $53.2 million, a 12% decline from prior year quarter
  • 3Q 2017 revenue excluding divested brands and deconsolidated territories down 7%
  • Managing expenses, SG&A down 28%
  • Trademark and goodwill impairment charge of $625.5 million
  • 3Q 2017 operating loss of $595.9 million
  • 3Q 2017 adjusted operating income of $31.6 million, a 10% increase from prior year quarter

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ICON) (“Iconix” or the “Company”) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017.

John Haugh, CEO of Iconix commented, “While our revenue was down in the quarter, we are still tracking to be within our previously issued guidance, and have been able to successfully manage expenses. We firmly believe that in today's environment brands are more important than ever. We remain keenly focused on actively managing our brands in an effort to expand our market reach with both our existing distribution partners and into new partners. The balance sheet also remains a top priority, and we are working towards a solution.”

Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Licensing Revenue:

For the third quarter of 2017, licensing revenue was $53.2 million, a 12% decline as compared to $60.5 million in the prior year quarter.  Revenue in the prior year's third quarter included approximately $2.3 million of licensing revenue from the Sharper Image brand which was sold in the fourth quarter of 2016 and approximately $1.3 million of revenue from the Company's Southeast Asia joint venture which was deconsolidated in the second quarter of 2017. As a result, there was no comparable revenue for these items in the third quarter of 2017. Excluding Sharper Image and Southeast Asia, revenue declined approximately 7% in the third quarter of 2017.

Segment Data (non-GAAP for exclusion of divested brands and deconsolidated territories):

($, 000's)

Three Months Ended Sept 30, 

Nine Months Ended Sept 30, 

2017

2016

% Change

2017

2016

% Change

Licensing Revenue by Segment:*

Women's

21,043

24,193

-13%

76,820

87,536

-12%

Men's

11,393

11,983

-5%

31,568

36,828

-14%

Home

7,515

7,972

-6%

22,676

22,549

1%

International

13,214

12,764

4%

42,471

42,677

0%

Total Licensing Revenue

53,165

56,913

-7%

173,535

189,590

-8%

*Note: Licensing revenue in the table above excludes approximately $2.3 million of revenue from divested brands and $1.3 million of revenue from deconsolidated territories in the third quarter of 2016 and $5.5 million of revenue from divested brands and $1.3 million of revenue from deconsolidated territories in the nine month period ended September 30, 2016.

SG&A Expenses: 

Total SG&A expenses in the third quarter of 2017 were $21.5 million, a 28% decrease as compared to approximately $29.9 million in the third quarter of 2016. The decline was primarily related to lower compensation expense and lower advertising expense some of which will shift into the fourth quarter.

Trademark and Goodwill Impairment:

In the third quarter of 2017, the Company recorded a non-cash trademark impairment charge of approximately $521.8 million, which is comprised of $227.6 million in the women's segment, $135.9 million in the men's segment, $69.5 million in the home segment and $88.7 million in the international segment to reduce various trademarks in those segments to fair value.  The Company also recorded a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $103.9 million due to impairment of goodwill in the women's segment, men's segment and home segment of $73.9 million, $1.5 million and $28.4 million respectively. 

Operating Income:

Operating Income for the third quarter of 2017 was a loss of approximately $595.9 million, as compared to earnings of $31.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Operating Income in the third quarter of 2017 included a trademark and goodwill impairment of $625.5 million, a loss on termination of licenses of $2.8 million and a gain on sale of trademarks of $0.9 million. Excluding these items Adjusted Operating Income for the third quarter of 2017 was approximately $31.6 million. Operating Income in the third quarter of 2016 included approximately $2.1 million of income related to the Sharper Image brand, which the Company sold in the fourth quarter of 2016, as a result there is no comparable income in the current period. Adjusting for the items above, Operating Income in the third quarter of 2017 increased approximately 10%.  

Adjusted Operating Income by Segment*

Three Months Ended Sept. 30, 

Nine Months Ended Sept. 30, 

($, 000's)

2017

2016

% Change

2017

2016

% Change

Women's

19,020

21,115

-10%

71,261

79,317

-10%

Men's

8,628

7,443

16%

20,000

22,956

-13%

Home

6,675

6,333

5%

20,256

18,516

9%

International

6,183

6,937

-11%

21,667

22,686

-4%

Corporate

(8,953)

(13,021)

31%

(32,577)

(42,634)

24%

Adjusted Operating Income

31,553

28,807

10%

100,607

100,840

0%

*Excludes trademark & goodwill impairment, loss on termination of licensees, divested brands, gain on deconsolidation of joint ventures and gain related to sale of trademarks. A reconciliation table can be found at the end of this press release. 

Adjusted Operating Margin:

Three Months Ended Sept. 30, 

Nine Months Ended Sept. 30, 

2017

2016

percentage
point change

2017

2016

percentage
point change

Women's

90%

87%

3%

93%

91%

2%

Men's

76%

62%

14%

63%

62%

1%

Home

89%

79%

10%

89%

82%

7%

International

47%

54%

-7%

51%

53%

-2%

Corporate

-17%

-23%

6%

-19%

-22%

3%

Adjusted Operating Margin

59%

51%

8%

58%

53%

5%

Interest Expense:

Interest expense in the third quarter of 2017 was $16.9 million, an 8% decline as compared to interest expense of $18.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. The Company's reported interest expense includes non-cash interest related to its outstanding convertible notes of $4.0 million in the third quarter of 2017 and $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2016. Excluding the non-cash interest related to the company's outstanding convertible notes, interest expense was $12.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, as compared to $14.1 million in the third quarter of 2016.

Other Income:

In the third quarter of 2017, the Company recognized a $2.7 million gain related to a payment received from the sale of its minority interest in Complex Media last year. This compares to a gain of $10.2 million in the third quarter of 2016 at the time of sale. In the third quarter of 2017, the Company recognized a loss of $1.5 million related to the repurchase of a portion of the Company's 2018 convertible notes, as compared to a gain of $4.2 million in third quarter of 2016. The Company has excluded these items from its non-GAAP results.  

Provision for Income Taxes:

The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2017 is approximately 4.9% which resulted in a $29.6 million income tax benefit, as compared to an effective income tax rate of 35.6% in the prior year quarter which resulted in the $9.4 million income tax expense.  The decrease in the effective tax rate is primarily a result of the establishment of a $170 million valuation allowance on the Company's deferred tax assets, which had the effect of reducing the tax benefit on the pretax loss which lowers the effective tax rate. 

GAAP Net Income and GAAP Diluted EPS: 

GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was a loss of $550.6 million as compared to earnings of $14.2 million in the third quarter of 2016.  GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was a loss of $9.64 as compared to diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.25 in the third quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Diluted EPS:

Non-GAAP net income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was $13.9 million, a 35% increase as compared to $10.3 million in the third quarter of 2016. 

Non-GAAP diluted EPS from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 was $0.24, a 35% increase as compared to $0.18 in the third quarter of 2016.  

Balance Sheet and Liquidity:

The Company ended the third quarter of 2017 with approximately $28.9 million of unrestricted domestic cash, $12.4 million of unrestricted domestic cash in consolidated JV's, $9.7 million of unrestricted international cash, $280 million of restricted cash, and $1.0 billion of debt.

Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the Company amended its senior secured term loan and reduced the size of the credit facility by $75 million to $225 million. Prior to the amendment, the Company already used $59 million of the escrow proceeds made available under the original term loan facility to repay a portion of the 2018 convertible notes. As part of the amendment, the remaining term loan balance of $165.7 million was restructured as a delayed draw term loan to be utilized to refinance the Company's 2018 convertible notes when they come due in March 2018, subject to satisfaction of certain conditions precedent.

Currently the Company has approximately $44.7 million of unrestricted domestic cash, $16.6 million of unrestricted domestic cash in consolidated JV's, $12.7 million of unrestricted international cash and $47.7 million of restricted cash, and $827 million of debt.

At this time, management does not believe that cash from future operations and our currently available cash and capacity for additional financings under our Senior Secured Notes facility (to the extent available) will be sufficient to allow for the repayment of our 1.50% Convertible Notes' upon maturity in March of 2018. While the First Amendment provided for the availability of the Delayed Draw Term Loan Facility, due to various conditions prerequisite (many of which are related to our financial performance) to our being able to draw down on amounts available, we may not be able to utilize the Delayed Draw Term Loan in order to repay the 1.50% Convertible Notes when they become due.

In order to seek to satisfy these requirements, we continue to actively evaluate various capital raising options to repay debt and add additional liquidity to the company's balance sheet as well as strategic alternatives, which could include the sale of certain assets or of the entire company.
 

($, 000's)

Sept. 30, 2017

Current 

Cash Summary:

Unrestricted Domestic Cash (wholly owned)

28,864

44,694

Unrestricted Domestic Cash (in consolidated JV's)

12,411

16,583

Unrestricted International Cash

9,690

12,664

Restricted Cash

279,758

47,737

Total Cash

$330,724

$121,678

Debt Summary:

Senior Secured Notes

418,847

408,174

1.50% Convertible Notes due 2018

236,183

236,183

Variable Funding Note

100,000

100,000

Senior Secured Term Loan

300,000

82,837

Total Debt (Face Value)

$1,055,030

$827,194

Free Cash Flow

The Company generated approximately $1.4 million of free cash flow in the third quarter of 2017, as compared to approximately $27.9 million in the third quarter of 2016.  The decline in free cash flow is partially related to a $7 million state and local income tax audit assessment that the Company paid in the third quarter of 2017. The Company's reported free cash flow, is adjusted to deduct expenses associated with the sale of the entertainment segment, including a US federal income tax payment of $15 million paid in the third quarter resulting from the tax related to the gain on the sale of the entertainment business.

Free Cash Flow Reconciliation (3):

($, 000's)

Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 

Nine Months Ended Sep. 30, 

2017

2016

% Change

2017

2016

% Change

Net cash provided by continuing operating activities

($16,918)

$23,168

-173%

$3,097

$65,981

-95%

   Plus: Cash related to Disc Ops sale

15,000

36,272

   Plus: Cash from sale of trademarks and related notes receivable 

195

6,927

6,137

   Plus: Cash from notes receivable from licensees

1,250

1,250

7,850

   Plus: Cash from sale of Nick Graham

2,561

2,561

0

   Plus: Cash from sale of equity interest in BBC Ice Cream

3,500

   Plus: Cash from sale of Badgley Mischka

375

375

14,000

   Plus: Cash from sale of Sharper Image

500

500

   Plus: Cash from sale of equity interest in China

3,700

15,415

   Less: Capital Expenditures

(74)

(166)

(829)

(844)

   Less: Distributions to non-controlling interests

(7)

(269)

(3,850)

(9,321)

Free Cash Flow- from continuing operations

$1,437

$27,878

-95%

$46,303

$102,718

-55%

2017 Guidance

The Company is updating its guidance for 2017 as follows;

  • The Company expects revenue to be at the low end of its guidance range of $225 million to $235 million.
  • The Company is adjusting it 2017 GAAP EPS guidance to reflect the impairment charge and now expects 2017 GAAP EPS, to be in a range of a loss of ($9.89) to ($9.79)
  • The Company expects 2017 non-GAAP EPS to be slightly above its guidance range of $0.65 to $0.70.
  • The Company expects full year 2017 free cash flow to be at the low end of its guidance range of $65 million to $82 million.

Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS and Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP metrics, and reconciliation tables for each are included in this press release.

About Iconix Brand Group, Inc.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a portfolio of consumer brands including: CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (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), UMBRO (R), LEE COOPER (R), ECKO UNLTD. (R), MARC ECKO (R), and ARTFUL DODGER. In addition, Iconix owns interests in the MATERIAL GIRL (R), ED HARDY (R), TRUTH OR DARE (R), MODERN AMUSEMENT (R), BUFFALO (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 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.

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, 2016 and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and in other documents filed or furnished with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements.

               

Contact Information:

Jaime Sheinheit
VP, Investor Relations
Iconix Brand Group, Inc.
[email protected]
212.819.2096

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements

(in thousands, except earnings per share data)

Three Months Ended Sep. 30, 

Nine Months Ended Sep. 30

2017

2016

%
Change

2017

2016

%
Change

Licensing revenue

53,165

60,457

-12%

173,535

196,342

-12%

Selling, general and administrative
expenses

21,509

29,870

-28%

73,702

91,976

-20%

Loss on termination of licenses 

2,750

NA

25,980

NA

Depreciation and amortization

592

233

154%

1,814

2,093

-13%

Equity earnings on joint ventures

(483)

(574)

-16%

(2,475)

(3,130)

-21%

Gain on deconsolidation of joint venture

NA

(3,772)

NA

Gain on sale of trademarks

(875)

(147)

495%

(875)

(9,991)

-91%

Trademark Impairment

521,653

NA

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