Tandy Brands Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings Results

Tandy Brands Reports Fiscal 2013 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Earnings Results    *Provides update on current events   *Announces signing new licensing agreement with Sean John®   *Announces fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2013 results   *Fiscal 2013 net sales of $114 million  DALLAS, Sept. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc. (Nasdaq:TBAC) today provided an update on current events and reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.  Update on Current Events  The Company announced a new licensing agreement with Christian Casey, LLC to design, develop and distribute belts, small leather goods and gift items under the Sean John® label. The agreement includes U.S. and Canadian territories and expires on December 31, 2016. The Company also announced it has reached an agreement to extend its license with Haggar® to sell belts and small leather goods in the U.S. and Canada through December 31, 2016.  "We are excited to go to market with Sean John® in our license portfolio and that we've successfully extended Haggar® another three years," said Rob McCarten, EVP and President - Tandy Brands. "We expect to deliver Sean John® products to retailers in summer 2014. Our current Haggar® line is performing well at retail with opportunities for volume growth at department stores."  "I am appreciative of, and pleased with, the strength of our team's relationships with licensors and retailers," said Roger Hemminghaus, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Tandy Brands. "In addition to these licensing wins, we're working on several opportunities to grow our business in key accounts during fiscal 2014 with our licensed portfolio and in private label programs."  Fourth Quarter Results  Net sales for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter were $20.6 million, a 4 percent decrease over net sales of $21.6 million in the same period last year. The sales decline was primarily attributable to lower sales prices on exited products and the timing of replenishment orders to a significant customer.  Fourth quarter fiscal 2013 gross margin as a percentage of net sales declined to 23.9 percent, compared to 30.2 percent in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.The decrease in gross margin percentage over the prior year period was driven by a high mix of sales of inventory at net book value associated with exited products in connection with the March 18, 2013 restructuring plan ("Restructuring Plan").  Total selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 improved by $0.8 million over the prior year period to $7.1 million.The 11 percent improvement was due to savings initiatives in labor, facilities and distribution costs as expected in the Restructuring Plan.  For the fourth quarter, the Company reported a net loss of $3.8 million, or ($0.53) per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million, or ($0.32) per diluted share, in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA loss and adjusted net loss for the fiscal 2013 fourth quarter were flat when compared to the same period in the prior year.  "Our fourth quarter results reflect the cost savings and lower margins we expected in the Restructuring Plan as we continue to liquidate exited products, while preparing for a successful holiday 2013," said Hemminghaus.  The Company reported future gift margins were expected to improve as a result of savings from outsourcing and relocating distribution, lowering freight costs, reducing product return privileges, limiting margin agreements with retailers and locking ocean freight rates.  "As outlined in the Restructuring Plan, we expect holiday 2013 gifts margins to be significantly improved when compared to the past two holiday seasons," said Hemminghaus.  Fiscal Year 2013 Results  Fiscal 2013 net sales were $114.0 million, down 3 percent, compared to $117.6 million for the prior year. The gifts segment's net sales increased by $5.5 million, or 18 percent, over the prior year due to increased sales under the totes^® and Eddie Bauer^® licenses, primarily during holiday 2012. The accessories segment net sales declined $9.1 million, or 11 percent, over the prior period.This decline was driven by the planned exit of unprofitable product categories which were sold at lower than normal prices, and lower replenishment sales by our Canadian subsidiary.  For fiscal 2013, gross margin for the accessories segment declined from 33.5 percent to 24.3 percent.The fiscal 2013 gross margin includes a $5.4 million inventory write-off associated with the Restructuring Plan, which included liquidating low-volume products.Excluding this write-off, fiscal 2013 gross margin would have been 31.3 percent.Accessories segment adjusted gross margin percent was lower in fiscal 2013 primarily due to lower sales of previously written down inventory, higher customer deductions and cost increases in leather, metal and freight over fiscal 2012.  Gift segment margins declined to 17.1 percent from 28.7 percent.The fiscal 2013 gross margin includes a $1.8 million inventory write-off associated with the Restructuring Plan.Excluding this write-off, gross margin would have been 21.9 percent in fiscal 2013.Gifts segment adjusted gross margins were lower in fiscal 2013 due to increased sales mix of low margin items, significantly higher retailer promotional activity, and higher freight costs over 2012.  Total SG&A expense for fiscal 2013 was reduced by $3.0 million over the prior year. The 8 percent decline was primarily due to decreases in labor, facilities, distribution costs, and professional services. Fiscal 2013 SG&A as a percentage of net sales improved to 30.5 percent, compared to 32.1 percent in the prior year.  The Company reported a net loss of $19.2 million for fiscal 2013, or a loss of $2.69 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $3.7 million, or a loss of $0.52 per diluted share, in fiscal 2012.Adjusted net loss deteriorated to $3.9 million compared to an adjusted net loss of $1.9 million in the prior year.Adjusted EBITDA declined by $2.8 million to a $1.0 million adjusted EBITDA loss compared to adjusted EBITDA of $1.8 million in the prior year.   Financial Position  Net cash provided by operating activities was $0.8 million lower than fiscal 2012 primarily due to a $9.2 million change in inventory deposits due to improved terms with gifts suppliers, later payments, and a smaller holiday 2013 gift order book as expected in the Restructuring Plan.This was offset by a $3.8 million change in accounts payable, from key suppliers unfavorably modifying terms before the Company closed new credit facilities in July 2013.  The balance on the credit facility was $9.1 million on June 30, 2013, of which $0.8 million was used to fund inventory deposits for gifts inventory expected to ship in the first half of fiscal 2014.  "As a consequence of our recent results, our external auditors modified their audit opinion to include language regarding our ability to continue as a going concern," said Hemminghaus."Our form 10-K filed today fully outlines our initiatives to continue satisfying obligations and effectively managing liquidity.Those initiatives include completing the Restructuring Plan, executing the new lending agreements completed in July 2013, liquidating unproductive assets and raising additional capital during fiscal 2014."  The Company confirmed their lender amended the credit agreement on September 26, 2013 to eliminate the going concern language in the audit opinion as an event of default.  "We are pleased that our new lenders are supporting our efforts to execute our business plan," said Hemminghaus.  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, our ability to successfully capitalize on our restructuring initiatives, our ability to return to profitability, our ability to service our debt, our ability to comply with covenants contained in our financing arrangements, our ability to secure additional or alternative capital, general economic and business conditions, competition in the accessories and gifts markets, acceptance of the Company's product offerings and designs, continued good relationships with our suppliers, 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 otherwise.  Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc. And Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements Of Operations (in thousands except per share amounts)                                                                                                   Three Months Ended    Twelve Months Ended                                  June 30               June 30                                  2013       2012       2013        2012 Net sales                         $20,643  $21,562  $ 114,010  $117,601 Cost of goods sold                15,254    15,045    81,825     79,718 Inventory write-down              464       --        7,158      --                                  15,718    15,045    88,983     79,718 Gross margin                      4,925     6,517     25,027     37,883 Selling, general and              7,057      7,896     34,758     37,742 administrative expenses Depreciation and amortization     384        506       1,818      2,205 Intangibles and held for sale     5         --        3,011      -- impairment Restructuring charges             497       --        3,072      -- Total operating expenses          7,943     8,402     42,659     39,947 Operating loss                    (3,018)   (1,885)   (17,632)   (2,064) Interest expense                  (734)     (203)     (1,741)    (1,159) Other expense                     (172)     (31)      (107)      (44) Loss before income taxes         (3,924)   (2,119)   (19,480)   (3,267) Income tax (benefit) expense     (133)     119       (303)      385 Net loss                          $(3,791) $(2,238) $ (19,177) $(3,652) Other comprehensive loss:                                         Currency translation adjustments  (175)     (174)     (170)       (399) Total comprehensive loss          $(3,966) $(2,412) $ (19,347) $(4,051) Loss per share:                                                   Basic                             $(0.53)  $(0.32)  $(2.69)   $(0.52) Diluted                           $(0.53)  $(0.32)  $(2.69)   $(0.52) Weighted average common shares outstanding:                         Basic                             7,130     7,078     7,131      7,075 Diluted                           7,130     7,078     7,131      7,075                                                                       Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc. And Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (in thousands)                                                                                                                               June 30                                                           2013      2012 Assets                                                               Current assets:                                                      Cash and cash equivalents                                  $518    $217 Accounts receivable, net                                   4,605    7,042 Inventories, net                                           21,361   28,743 Inventory deposits                                         837      7,107 Other current assets                                       1,757    2,824 Total current assets                                       29,078   45,933 Property and equipment, net                                4,373    5,474 Other assets:                                                        Intangibles                                                1,100    4,115 Other assets                                               625      934 Total other assets                                         1,725    5,049                                                           $35,176 $56,456 Liabilities And Stockholders' Equity                                 Current liabilities:                                                 Accounts payable                                           $9,294  $10,548 Accrued compensation                                       776      1,309 Accrued expenses                                           2,204    1,584 Accrued restructuring charges                             2,086    -- Credit facility                                            9,058    11,810 Total current liabilities                                  23,418   25,251 Other liabilities                                          4,150    4,290 Stockholders' equity:                                                Preferred stock, $1.00 par value, 1,000 shares authorized, --       -- none issued Common stock, $1.00 par value, 10,000 shares authorized,             7,130 shares and 7,102 shares issued and outstanding,      7,130    7,102 respectively Additional paid-in capital                                 34,141   34,129 Accumulated deficit                                        (35,147) (15,970) Other comprehensive income                                 1,484    1,654 Total stockholders' equity                                 7,608    26,915                                                           $35,176 $56,456   Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc. And Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements Of Cash Flows (in thousands)                                                                                                                            Year Ended June 30                                                         2013       2012 Cash flows provided by operating activities:                        Net loss                                                 $(19,177) $(3,652) Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net                            cash provided by operating activities:                              Inventory write-down                                     7,158     -- Intangibles and held for sale impairments                3,011     -- Deferred income taxes                                    (215)     127 Doubtful accounts receivable provision                   174       802 Depreciation and amortization                            2,068     2,455 Stock compensation expense                               (130)     152 Amortization of debt costs                               389       196 Loss on sale of property and equipment                   111       20 Changes in assets and liabilities:                                  Accounts receivable                                      2,251     6,375 Inventories                                              542       12 Other assets                                             154       380 Inventory deposits                                       6,270     (2,906) Accounts payable                                         (1,461)   2,289 Accrued expenses and restructuring charges               2,935     (1,337) Net cash provided by operating activities                4,080     4,913 Cash flows used for investing activities:                           Purchases of property and equipment                      (592)     (664) Sales of property and equipment                          391       192 Net cash used for investing activities                   (201)     (472) Cash flows used for financing activities:                           Change in cash overdrafts                                (737)     145 Change in restricted cash                                --        1,405 Net repayments under credit facility                     (2,752)   (6,091) Net cash used for financing activities                   (3,489)   (4,541) Effect of exchange-rate changes on cash and cash         (89)      (97) equivalents Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     301       (197) Cash and cash equivalents beginning of year              217       414 Cash and cash equivalents end of period                  $518     $217 Supplemental cash flow information:                                 Interest paid                                            $1,080   $1,146 Income taxes paid                                        $33      $144                 Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc. And Subsidiaries                         Unaudited Non-GAAP Disclosures                    (in thousands except per share amounts)  Our adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measurement, is defined as net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, investments in new licenses and other one-time items. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because we believe it provides useful information about our business activities and also is frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in evaluating a Company's performance.Not all companies utilize identical calculations; therefore, our presentation of adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to other identically titled measures of other companies. EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of our results of operations as reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP").The following table reconciles our GAAP net loss to the adjusted EBITDA disclosures.                                          Three Months Ended Year Ended                                         June 30            June 30                                         2013      2012   2013    2012 Net loss                                 $(3,791)  $(2,238) $(19,177) $(3,652) Income taxes                             (133)     119      (303)     385 Interest expense                         734       203      1,741     1,159 Depreciation and amortization            384       506      1,818     2,205 Other expense                            172       31      107       44 Inventory write-down                     464       --     7,158     -- Restructuring charges                    443       --      2,369     -- Intangibles and held for sale            5         --      3,011     -- impairments Investment in new licenses               189       --       1,439     597 Facilities consolidation costs           --        --      --        222 Bad debt expense                         --        (105)   --        802 Severance costs                          54       --    839      -- Adjusted EBITDA (loss)                   $(1,479)  $(1,484) $(998)    $1,762  We have provided our adjusted net loss disclosure, a non-GAAP measurement, as we believe it is important for our stakeholders to understand the impact of certain items on our statements of operations.The following table reconciles our GAAP net loss to the adjusted net loss disclosure.                                         Three Months Ended Year Ended                                        June 30             June 30                                        2013    2012    2013    2012 Net loss                                $(3,791)  $(2,238)  $(19,177) $(3,652) Inventory write-down                    464       --     7,158     -- Restructuring charges                   443       --       2,369     -- Intangibles and held for sale           5         --       3,011     -- impairments Investment in new licenses              189       --        1,439     597 Facilities consolidation costs          --        --        --        222 Bad debt expense                        23        (105)    175       802 Severance costs                         54        --      839       -- Write-off of unamortized debt costs     267     --       267      98 Adjusted net loss                       $(2,346)  $(2,343)  $(3,919)  $(1,933) Common shares outstanding assuming      7,130     7,078     7,131     7,075 dilution Adjusted net loss per common share      ($0.33)   ($0.33)   ($0.55)   ($0.27) assuming dilution  CONTACT: Tandy Brands Accessories, Inc.          Roger Hemminghaus            Chief Executive Officer and Chairman          214-519-5200              Investor Relations          Chuck Talley          EVP and Chief Financial Officer          214-519-5200  
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