Tandy Brands Provides Update on Current Events
*Announces Restructuring Plan to reduce operating expenses by $6.0 to $7.0
million in fiscal year 2014
*Provides updates on negotiations with senior lender to address covenant
DALLAS, March 18, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc.
(Nasdaq:TBAC) today announced a broad restructuring plan that is expected to
reduce operating expenses by $6.0 to $7.0 million on an annualized basis,
beginning in fiscal year 2014, and the Company provided an update on
negotiations with its senior lender to address covenant violation.
"We learned some tough lessons this past holiday selling season, and today we
are announcing actions to accelerate our turnaround in order to deliver
sustainable profitability and enhance our competitive position going forward,"
said Rod McGeachy, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We plan to run a
smaller, leaner, more profitable business with a lower risk profile. We intend
to accomplish this by reducing complexity, including how we serve customers,
manage the supply chain, and use our facilities," continued Mr. McGeachy.
The Company announced the elements of the restructuring plan, which are
expected to improve customer service, increase profits, improve working
capital efficiency, and reduce overhead.The key elements of the plan include:
*Eliminating low-volume products
*Emphasizing licensed products and high volume private label products
*Reducing the amount of risk associated with the Gifts business
*Reducing corporate employee headcount by approximately 32%
*Closing or downsizing four of eight leased facilities
*Outsourcing and relocating Gifts distribution from Dallas to California
*Exiting development efforts and accelerating recognition of future
expenses associated with non-core brands
"We will aggressively pursue this phase of our turnaround strategy," said Rod
McGeachy."Through these restructuring measures, we will sharpen our focus on
our most profitable core products, brands and categories, simplify our SKU
offerings and significantly reduce SG&A expenses associated with exiting
non-core product lines.We think paring down our customer base and reducing
the risk associated with the Gifts business will reduce our overall risk
profile in fiscal 2014."
The Company expects net revenues to decline in fiscal 2014 while reducing
operating expenses by a significantly greater percentage.The Company
estimates pre-tax charges related to the restructuring will be in the range of
$10.6 to $13.8 million as follows:
Second Fiscal Third Fiscal Fourth Fiscal
Quarter Quarter Quarter
December 31, March 31, 2013 June 30, 2013
Inventory write-off $6.0 - $7.0 $- $-
Severances $- $0.6 - $0.7 $-
Intangibles $- $2.0 - $3.5 $-
Other charges $- $1.6 - $2.0 $0.4 to $0.6
Total $6.0- $7.0 $4.2 - $6.2 $0.4 to $0.6
million million million
"Tandy Brandshas a stable core businessand we expect our improved cost
structure and strategic operational focus to drive positive overall
performance and enhance our competitive position going forward," continued Mr.
Updates on negotiations with senior lender to address covenant violation
Tandy Brands confirmed it is in breach of the fixed-charge coverage covenant
and is in negotiations with its senior lender to address this violation.
"Today, although we are in violation of the fixed-charge coverage covenant, we
remain in compliance with the liquidity covenants with our senior lender and
we expect to obtain a waiver for this covenant violation in the next few
weeks," said McGeachy.
The Company expects to generate $4.0 million to $6.0 million of additional
liquidity from inventory liquidation over the next four to six months in
connection with the restructuring plan.
"We plan to generate immediate liquidity by selling inventories of exited
product categories at prices discounted deeply below historical averages to
accelerate demand," said McGeachy."Additionally, we are working with
additional capital sources to improve the amount of liquidity provided by our
"While we cannot provide any assurances that the negotiation with our senior
lender or our capital raising efforts will be successful, we are several weeks
into due diligence with potential capital sources," said McGeachy."The
markets seem supportive of our restructuring plan and receptive to providing
us with sufficiently flexible funding to achieve our profitability goals.In
fact, we have begun receiving term sheets from interested parties."
About Tandy Brands
Tandy Brands is a leading designer and marketer of branded men's, women's and
children's accessories, including belts, gifts, small leather goods and bags.
Merchandise is marketed under various national as well as private brand names
through all major retail distribution channels.
Safe Harbor Language
Except for historical information contained herein, the statements in this
release are forward-looking and made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of
the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company has based
these forward-looking statements on its current expectations about future
events, estimates and projections about the industry in which it operates.
Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual
results may differ materially from those suggested by these forward-looking
statements as a result of a number of known and unknown risks and
uncertainties that are difficult to predict, including, without limitation,
negotiations with our senior lender, the current default under our credit
agreement, our ability to secure additional or alternative capital, our
ability to successfully implement certain restructuring initiatives, general
economic and business conditions, competition in the accessories and gifts
markets, acceptance of the Company's product offerings and designs, issues
relating to distribution, the termination or non-renewal of any material
licenses, the Company's ability to maintain proper inventory levels, and a
significant decrease in business from or loss of any major customers or
programs. Those and other risks are more fully described in the Company's
filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The forward-looking
statements included in this release are made only as of the date hereof.
Except as required under federal securities laws and the rules and regulations
of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company does not
undertake, and specifically declines, any obligation to update any of these
statements or to publicly announce the results of any revisions to any
forward-looking statements after the distribution of this release, whether as
a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions, or
CONTACT: Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chief Financial Officer
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