Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 2017 financial results: Net Sales Decrease of Approximately 1.7%

  • Net Earnings per Diluted Share of $.67, Including Unfavorable Impacts of Restructuring Charges Related to the Realignment of the Store Management Structure and Estimated Costs Associated with Hurricane Harvey
  • Net Sales Decrease of Approximately 1.7%; Comparable Sales Decrease of Approximately 2.6%
  • Company Provides Update On Ongoing Transformational Initiatives

UNION, N.J., 2017-Sep-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBY) today (Sept. 19, 2017) reported financial results for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 ended August 26, 2017.

Second Quarter Results

For the fiscal 2017 second quarter, the Company reported net earnings of $.67 per diluted share ($94.2 million), including the unfavorable impacts of approximately $.08 per diluted share of cash restructuring charges associated with the acceleration of the realignment of our store management structure announced on August 3, 2017; the estimated costs associated with the impact of Hurricane Harvey of approximately $.02 per diluted share; and the impact of the new share-based payment accounting standard of approximately $.01 per diluted share, compared with $1.11 per diluted share ($167.3 million) for the fiscal 2016 second quarter.  Net sales for the fiscal 2017 second quarter were approximately $2.9 billion, a decrease of approximately 1.7% from the prior year quarter.  Comparable sales in the fiscal 2017 second quarter decreased by approximately 2.6%.  Comparable sales from customer-facing digital channels continued to have strong growth in excess of 20% for the 13th consecutive quarter, while comparable sales from stores declined in the mid-single-digit percentage range during the fiscal 2017 second quarter.

Transformational Initiatives

The Company is undertaking a number of transformational initiatives to drive operational excellence and further its mission to be its customer’s first choice for the home and heart-felt life events.  These initiatives will be discussed in further detail on the Company’s conference call with analysts and investors to be held today at 5:00 pm (ET).

The Company believes the initiatives to drive operational excellence, as well as opportunities for added efficiencies, should produce savings in excess of $150 million over the next few years, a portion of which may be strategically reinvested toward future growth.

Capital Allocation

The Company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.15 per share, to be paid on January 16, 2018 to shareholders of record at the close of business on December 15, 2017.

During the fiscal 2017 second quarter, the Company repurchased approximately $56 million of its common stock, representing approximately 1.8 million shares, under its existing $2.5 billion share repurchase program.  As of August 26, 2017, the program had a remaining balance of approximately $1.6 billion.

Fiscal 2017

During the call, the Company plans to review its financial planning assumptions for fiscal 2017, which is a 53-week year.

The Company’s planning assumptions reflect actual results through the fiscal second quarter and the continuation of the trends the Company has been experiencing, and the unfavorable impacts of:  the cash restructuring charges associated with the acceleration of the realignment of our store management structure; Hurricanes Harvey and Irma; the adoption of the new shared based payment accounting standard; and further increases in its overall expense structure to reflect some of the accelerated spending associated with the Company’s organizational changes and transformational initiatives.  Based upon these planning assumptions, the Company is now modeling net earnings per diluted share for the full year to be about $3.00, with the balance of the net earnings per diluted share to be split approximately 20% in the fiscal third quarter and approximately 80% in the fiscal fourth quarter.

Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Conference Call

The Company’s fiscal 2017 second quarter conference call  may be accessed by dialing 1-800-446-1671, or if international, 1-847-413-3362, using conference ID number 45587344. The replay of the call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-843-7419, using conference ID number 45587344.  The call and replay can also be accessed via audio webcast on the investor relations section of our website at www.bedbathandbeyond.com.

About the Company

Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) is an omnichannel retailer selling a wide assortment of domestics merchandise and home furnishings which operates under the names Bed Bath & Beyond, Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values, buybuy BABY and World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus. Customers can purchase products either in-store, online, with a mobile device or through a customer contact center. The Company generally has the ability to have customer purchases picked up in-store or shipped direct to the customer from the Company’s distribution facilities, stores or vendors. In addition, the Company operates Of a Kind, an e-commerce website that features specially commissioned, limited edition items from emerging fashion and home designers; One Kings Lane, an authority in home décor and design, offering a unique collection of select home goods, designer and vintage items; PersonalizationMall.com, an industry-leading online retailer of personalized products; Chef Central, an online retailer of kitchenware, cookware and homeware items catering to cooking and baking enthusiasts; and Decorist, an online interior design platform that provides personalized home design services. The Company also operates Linen Holdings, a provider of a variety of textile products, amenities and other goods to institutional customers in the hospitality, cruise line, healthcare and other industries. Additionally, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates retail stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

The Company operates websites at bedbathandbeyond.com, bedbathandbeyond.ca, worldmarket.com, buybuybaby.com, buybuybaby.ca, christmastreeshops.com, andthat.com, harmondiscount.com, facevalues.com, ofakind.com, onekingslane.com, personalizationmall.com, chefcentral.com, decorist.com, harborlinen.com, and t-ygroup.com.  As of August 26, 2017, the Company had a total of 1,550 stores, including 1,023 Bed Bath & Beyond stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada, 277 stores under the names of World Market, Cost Plus World Market or Cost Plus, 114 buybuy BABY stores, 81 stores under the names Christmas Tree Shops, Christmas Tree Shops andThat! or andThat!, and 55 stores under the names Harmon, Harmon Face Values or Face Values.  During the fiscal second quarter, the Company opened one Bed Bath & Beyondstore, two World Market stores, one buybuy BABY store, and one andThat! store, and closed one World Market store.  In addition, the Company is a partner in a joint venture which operates eight stores in Mexico under the name Bed Bath & Beyond.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements.  Many of these forward-looking statements can be identified by use of words such as may, will, expect, anticipate, approximate, estimate, assume, continue, model, project, plan, and similar words and phrases.  The Company’s actual results and future financial condition may differ materially from those expressed in any such forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. Such factors include, without limitation: general economic conditions including the housing market, a challenging overall macroeconomic environment and related changes in the retailing environment; consumer preferences, spending habits and adoption of new technologies; demographics and other macroeconomic factors that may impact the level of spending for the types of merchandise sold by the Company; civil disturbances and terrorist acts; unusual weather patterns and natural disasters; competition from existing and potential competitors; competition from other channels of distribution; pricing pressures; liquidity; the ability to achieve anticipated cost savings, and to not exceed anticipated costs, associated with organizational changes; the ability to attract and retain qualified employees in all areas of the organization; the cost of labor, merchandise and other costs and expenses; potential supply chain disruption due to trade restrictions, political instability, labor disturbances, product recalls, financial or operational instability of suppliers or carriers, and other items; the ability to find suitable locations at acceptable occupancy costs and other terms to support the Company’s plans for new stores; the ability to assess and implement technologies in support of the Company’s development of its omnichannel capabilities; the ability to establish and profitably maintain the appropriate mix of digital and physical presence in the markets it serves; uncertainty in financial markets; volatility in the price of the Company’s common stock and its effect, and the effect of other factors, on the Company’s capital allocation strategy; disruptions to the Company’s information technology systems including but not limited to security breaches of systems protecting consumer and employee information; reputational risk arising from challenges to the Company’s or a third party supplier’s compliance with various laws, regulations or standards, including those related to labor, health, safety, privacy or the environment; reputational risk arising from third-party merchandise or service vendor performance in direct home delivery or assembly of product for customers; changes to statutory, regulatory and legal requirements, including without limitation proposed changes affecting international trade; changes to, or new, tax laws or interpretation of existing tax laws; new, or developments in existing, litigation, claims or assessments; changes to, or new, accounting standards; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; and the integration of acquired businesses.  The Company does not undertake any obligation to update its forward-looking statements.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Janet M. Barth
(908) 613-5820

SOURCE: Bed Bath & Beyond Inc.

LightInTheBox Q2 2017 financial results: Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million

  • Net Revenues Increase 19.6% Year-over-Year
  • Conference Call to be Held at 8:00AM ET on September 18, 2017

BEIJING, 2017-Sep-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd. (NYSE: LITB) (“LightInTheBox” or the “Company”), a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world, today (Sept. 18, 2017) announced its unaudited financial results for the second quarter of 2017.

Financial Highlights

  • Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million, in line with the Company’s guidance.
  • Non-GAAP net income was $0.3 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $1.0 million during the same quarter last year.
  • For the third quarter of 2017, the Company expects net revenues to be in the range of $75.0 to $78.0 million, representing an increase of 16.5% to 21.2% year-over-year.

Mr. Alan Guo, Chairman and CEO of LightInTheBox, commented, “We are happy to report a strong jump in second quarter net revenues which increased 19.6% year-over-year and non-GAAP net income of $0.3 million. This is our third consecutive quarter of revenue growth on a year-over-year basis and the highest year-over-year growth rate in the last two years. These strong results are directly attributable to the persistent execution of our strategy to strengthen supply chain management, improve customer satisfaction, leverage big data enabled product merchandising, expand into new markets with more localized products and focus on mobile internet opportunities.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results

Net revenues increased 19.6% year-over-year to $78.5 million from $65.6 million in the same quarter of 2016. Net revenues from product sales were $73.7 million, compared with $59.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. Net revenues from service and others were $4.8 million, compared with $6.2 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of net revenues, service and others accounted for 6.2% during the second quarter of 2017.

Total orders of product sales were 1.7 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 1.4 million in the same quarter of 2016. Total number of product sales customers was 1.4 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 1.2 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Product sales in the apparel category were $27.0 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $24.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of product sales, apparel revenues accounted for 36.6% for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 40.6% in the same quarter of 2016. Product sales from other general merchandise were $46.7 million for the second quarter of 2017.

Product sales from Europe were $37.4 million for the second quarter of 2017, compared with $32.9 million in the same quarter of 2016, representing 50.7% of total product sales for the second quarter of 2017. Product sales from North America were $19.2 million, compared with $19.0 million in the same quarter of 2016, representing 26.1% of total product sales for the second quarter of 2017, while product sales from other countries were $17.1 million, representing 23.2% of total product sales for the same quarter.

Total cost of revenues was $50.9 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $41.2 million in the same period of 2016. Cost for product sales was $46.2 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $35.4 million in the same period of 2016. Cost for service and others was $4.7 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with $5.8 million in the same period of 2016.

Gross profit for the second quarter of 2017 was $27.6 million, compared with $24.4 million in the same period of 2016. Gross margin was 35.2% in the second quarter of 2017, compared with 37.2% in the same quarter of 2016.

Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $29.6 million, compared with $26.5 million in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Fulfillment expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $4.3 million, compared with $4.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, fulfillment expenses were 5.5% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 6.2% in the same quarter of 2016 and 5.2% in the first quarter of 2017.
  • Selling and marketing expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $18.1 million, compared with $14.1 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, selling and marketing expenses were 23.1% for the second quarter of 2017, compared to 21.4% in the same quarter of 2016 and 20.9% in the first quarter of 2017.
  • General and administrative (G&A) expenses in the second quarter of 2017 were $7.2 million, compared with $8.3 million in the same quarter of 2016. As a percentage of total net revenues, G&A expenses were 9.1% for the second quarter of 2017, compared with 12.7% in the same quarter of 2016 and 10.8% in the first quarter of 2017. G&A expenses in the second quarter of 2017 included $2.7 million in technology investments, compared with $3.1 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Loss from operations was $2.0 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with a loss from operations of $2.0 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Net loss was $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with a net loss of $1.9 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Net loss per American Depository Share (“ADS”) was $0.03 in the second quarter of 2017, compared with net loss per ADS of $0.03 in the same quarter of 2016. Each ADS represents two ordinary shares.

Non-GAAP net income was $0.3 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $1.0 million in the same quarter of 2016.

Non-GAAP net income per ADS was $0.00 in the second quarter of 2017, compared with non-GAAP net loss per ADS of $0.01 in the same quarter of 2016.

For the second quarter of 2017, the Company’s weighted average number of ADSs used in computing the loss per ADS was 68,858,814.

As of June 30, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash of $79.9 million, compared with $85.1 million as of March 31, 2017.

Share Repurchase Program Extension

On June 15, 2017, the Company announced the extension of its existing share repurchase program for an additional twelve month period from June 15, 2017 through June 14, 2018 to continue to repurchase up to the remaining balance of the $10 million of its American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”).  As of June 30, 2017, the Company had repurchased a total of $1.4 million of its ADSs.

Business Outlook

For the third quarter of 2017, based on current information available to the Company and business seasonality, the Company expects net revenues to be between $75.0 million and $78.0 million, which represents an increase of 16.5% to 21.2% year-over-year. These forecasts reflect the Company’s current and preliminary views on the market and operational conditions, which are subject to change.

Conference Call

The Company will hold a conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Monday, September 18, 2017 to discuss its financial results and operating performance for the second quarter 2017. To participate in the call, please dial the following numbers:

US Toll Free: 1-866-519-4004
Hong Kong Toll Free: 800-906-601
China: 400-620-8038
International: +65-6713-5090
Passcode: 84256833

A telephone replay will be available two hours after the conclusion of the conference call through September 25, 2017. The dial-in details are:

US: +1-646-254-3697
Hong Kong: +852-3051-2780
International: +61-2-8199-0299
Passcode: 84256833

A live and archived webcast of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of LightInTheBox’s website at http://ir.lightinthebox.com.

About LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

LightInTheBox is a global online retail company that delivers products directly to consumers around the world. The Company offers customers a convenient way to shop for a wide selection of products at attractive prices through its www.lightinthebox.comwww.miniinthebox.com and other websites and mobile applications, which are available in 23 major languages and cover more than 80% of global Internet users.

For more information, please visit www.lightinthebox.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

LightInTheBox uses non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted ADS, each of which is a non-GAAP financial measure. Non-GAAP net income (loss) is net income (loss) excluding the foreign exchange impact on net revenues, share-based compensation. Non-GAAP net income (loss) per basic and diluted ADS is non-GAAP net income (loss) divided by weighted average number of basic and diluted ADS, respectively. The Company continuously monitors the impact of currency exchange rates on net revenues given that it is a global company and has exposure to a variety of currencies. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2014, there was a significant impact on net revenues from changes in foreign currency exchange rates against the U.S. dollar. Due to the nature of its business, the Company believes that excluding the impact of such fluctuations more appropriately reflects the Company’s results of operations, and provides investors with a better understanding of the Company’s business performance. The Company believes that separate analysis and exclusion of foreign exchange impact on net revenues and the non-cash impact of share-based compensation adds clarity to the constituent parts of its performance. The Company reviews these non-GAAP financial measures together with GAAP financial measures to obtain a better understanding of its operating performance. It uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning, forecasting and measuring results against the forecast. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures are useful supplemental information for investors and analysts to assess its operating performance without the effect of foreign exchange impact on net revenues, non-cash share-based compensation expenses, which have been and will continue to be significant recurring expenses in its business. However, the use of non-GAAP financial measures has material limitations as an analytical tool. One of the limitations of using non-GAAP financial measures is that they do not include all items that impact the Company’s net loss for the period. In addition, because non-GAAP financial measures are not measured in the same manner by all companies, they may not be comparable to other similar titled measures used by other companies. In light of the foregoing limitations, you should not consider non-GAAP financial measure in isolation from or as an alternative to the financial measure prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not intended to be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP. For more information on these non-GAAP financial measures, please see the table captioned “Unaudited Reconciliations of GAAP and Non-GAAP Results” at the end of this release.

Forward-Looking Statements

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. These statements are made under the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “future,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “estimates,” “potential,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “targets” and similar statements. Among other things, statements that are not historical facts, including statements about LightInTheBox’s beliefs and expectations, the business outlook and quotations from management in this announcement, as well as LightInTheBox’s strategic and operational plans, are or contain forward-looking statements. LightInTheBox may also make written or oral forward-looking statements in its periodic reports to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission(the “SEC”), in press releases and other written materials and in oral statements made by its officers, directors or employees to third parties.  Forward-looking statements involve inherent risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement, including but not limited to the following: LightInTheBox’s goals and strategies; LightInTheBox’s future business development, results of operations and financial condition; the expected growth of the global online retail market; LightInTheBox’s ability to attract customers and further enhance customer experience and product offerings; LightInTheBox’s ability to strengthen its supply chain efficiency and optimize its logistics network; LightInTheBox’s expectations regarding demand for and market acceptance of its products; competition; fluctuations in general economic and business conditions and assumptions underlying or related to any of the foregoing. Further information regarding these and other risks is included in LightInTheBox’s filings with the SEC. All information provided in this press release and in the attachments is as of the date of this press release, and LightInTheBox does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement, except as required under applicable law.

Investor Relations Contact:

Christensen
Ms. Xiaoyan Su
Tel: +86 (10) 5900 3429
Email: ir@lightinthebox.com

Christensen
Ms. Linda Bergkamp
Phone: +1-480-614-3004
Email: lbergkamp@ChristensenIR.com

SOURCE: LightInTheBox Holding Co., Ltd.

Sears Holdings to release Q2 2017 financial results on Thursday, August 24, 2017

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2017-Aug-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today(Aug 22, 2017) that it expects to release its financial results for the Company’s fiscal 2017 second quarter before the market opens on Thursday, August 24, 2017, and simultaneously post a pre-recorded conference call and audio webcast on its corporate website. It will feature prepared remarks from Rob Riecker, chief financial officer, who will focus his comments to provide additional context around the quarter.

The pre-recorded conference call may be accessed by telephone at 844.826.0613 or 973.200.3092 (conference ID: 68596255), and on Sears Holdings’ website at http://www.searsholdings.com/invest/ under “Events & Presentations.” The accompanying presentation and transcript will be posted online in conjunction.

About Sears Holdings Corporation
Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) is a leading integrated retailer focused on seamlessly connecting the digital and physical shopping experiences to serve our members – wherever, whenever and however they want to shop. Sears Holdings is home to Shop Your Way®, a social shopping platform offering members rewards for shopping at Sears and Kmart as well as with other retail partners across categories important to them. The company operates through its subsidiaries, including Sears, Roebuck and Co. and Kmart Corporation, with full-line and specialty retail stores across the United States. For more information, visit www.searsholdings.com.

NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Sears Holdings Public Relations
(847) 286-8371

SOURCE: Sears Holdings Corporation

US Foods Q2 2017 financial results: Net sales increased 6.1% to $6.2 billion

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD), one of the largest foodservice distributors in the United States, today (August 09, 2017) announced results for the second quarter and first six months of fiscal 2017.

Second Quarter Highlights

  • Total case volume increased 3.6%; independent restaurant case volume increased 4.7%.
  • Net sales increased 6.1% to $6.2 billion.
  • Gross profit of $1.1 billion increased 1.9%.
  • Operating income of $126 million increased $28 million.
  • Net income of $65 million improved $78 million from a 2016 Net loss of $13 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.0% to $286 million.
  • Diluted EPS of $0.29; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.37.

Six Month Highlights

  • Total case volume increased 4.0%; independent restaurant case volume increased 4.3%.
  • Net sales increased 4.8% to $11.9 billion.
  • Gross profit of $2.0 billion increased 2.6%.
  • Operating income of $202 million increased $19 million.
  • Net income of $92 million exceeded prior year break-even.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 8.2% to $501 million.
  • Diluted EPS of $0.41; Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.56.

CEO Perspective

“Strong Adjusted EBITDA growth of 10% and above-market independent restaurant case growth of 4.7% highlight another successful quarter for the company,” said President and CEO Pietro Satriano. “We have successfully closed five acquisitions this year as we continue to focus on accretive M&A opportunities. Continued growth with targeted customers, in combination with our portfolio of value-added services, innovative products and enhanced digital platform, position us for success in the second half of the year.”

Second Quarter Results

Total case volume increased 3.6% from prior year, of which 2.3% was organic growth, and independent restaurant case volume increased 4.7%, of which 3.7% was organic growth. The increase in total cases reflects growth with independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality customers, and select national chain business.

Net sales of $6.2 billion represent a 6.1% increase from prior year, driven by total case volume growth, product mix changes and year-over-year inflation in grocery, produce, poultry and seafood. Sales from acquisitions completed in the last 12 months increased total Net sales by approximately 1.8%.

Gross profit of $1.1 billion increased $20 million, or 1.9% from prior year. The increase was driven by higher volume combined with margin expansion initiatives, partially offset by the year-over-year change in the Last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory reserve. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.1%. Adjusted Gross profit, which excludes the impact of LIFO, was $1.1 billion, a 5.6% increase from the prior year, driven by the Gross profit items discussed above. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.6%.

Operating expenses were $928 million, a decrease of 0.9% from prior year. Operating expenses benefitted from the non-recurrence of the prior year $31 million contract termination fee with our Sponsors, lower restructuring charges due to the completion of several initiatives in 2016, and ongoing efforts to reduce operating expenses. These decreases were partially offset by increased distribution costs related to higher volume combined with higher employee related costs. Adjusted Operating expenses for the quarter were $798 million, a 3.9% increase from prior year, primarily driven by higher volume and employee related costs.

Operating income was $126 million, a $28 million increase from prior year, driven by the Gross profit and Operating expense items discussed above.

Net income for the quarter was $65 million, up $78 million from a $13 million Net loss in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA of $286 million increased $26 million, or 10.0% compared to prior year, driven by volume growth and the Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expense factors discussed above. Diluted EPS was $0.29 and Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.37.

Six Month Results

Total case volume increased 4.0% from prior year, of which 2.5% was organic growth, and independent restaurant case volume increased 4.3%, of which 3.2% was organic growth. The increase in total cases reflects growth with independent restaurants, healthcare and hospitality customers, and select national chain business.

Net sales of $11.9 billion represent a 4.8% increase from prior year, primarily driven by case volume growth and year-over-year inflation in grocery, seafood, poultry and cheese. Sales from acquisitions completed in the last 12 months increased total Net sales by approximately 1.6%.

Gross profit of $2.0 billion increased $51 million, or 2.6% from prior year. The increase was driven by higher volume combined with margin expansion initiatives, partially offset by the year-over-year change in the LIFO inventory reserve. Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.1%. Adjusted Gross profit, which excludes the impact of LIFO, was $2.1 billion, a 5.5% increase from the prior year, driven by the Gross profit items discussed above. Adjusted Gross profit as a percentage of Net sales was 17.5%.

Operating expenses were $1.8 billion, an increase of 1.8% from prior year, related to higher distribution costs from increased volume combined with higher employee related costs and insurance related charges. These increases were partially offset by the non-recurrence of the prior year $31 million contract termination fee with our Sponsors, lower restructuring charges due to the completion of several initiatives in 2016, and ongoing efforts to reduce operating expenses. Adjusted Operating expenses for the first six months were $1.6 billion, a 4.8% increase from prior year, driven by higher volume combined with higher employee related costs and insurance related charges.

Operating income was $202 million, a $19 million increase from prior year, driven by the Gross profit and Operating expense items discussed above.

Net income for the first six months was $92 million, up from break-even performance in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA of $501 million increased $38 million, or 8.2% compared to prior year, driven by volume growth and the Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expense factors discussed above. Diluted EPS was $0.41 and Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.56.

Cash Flows and Capital Transactions

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first six months of fiscal 2017 was $368 million, an increase of $67 million from prior year related to our growth in net income which was driven by improved business performance and reduced interest expense. Cash capital expenditures for the first six months totaled $108 million, an increase of $41 million from prior year, due to the timing of payments made for assets acquired late in Q4 fiscal 2016 and increased capital spending, as planned.

Net Debt at the end of the quarter was $3.6 billion, a decrease of $172 million versus the same prior year period. The ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 3.5x at the end of the quarter, down from 4.0x in the same prior year period.

Outlook for Fiscal 2017

The company is updating select elements of fiscal 2017 guidance. We now expect Net sales growth of 3-5%, interest expense of $175-$180 million, cash taxes of $20-$25 million and Adjusted Diluted EPS of $1.30-$1.40. All other elements of the company’s guidance provided during the Q4 fiscal 2016 earnings call on February 15, 2017, remain unchanged.

Please see the “Forward-Looking Statements” section in this release for a discussion of certain risks related to this outlook.

The company is not providing a reconciliation of our full year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA or Adjusted Diluted EPS outlook because we are not able to accurately estimate all of the adjustments on a forward-looking basis, and such items could have a significant impact on our GAAP financial results as a result of their variability.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

US Foods second quarter fiscal 2017 earnings call will be broadcast live via the Internet on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. CDT. The call can also be accessed live over the phone by dialing (855) 788-2805; the conference ID number is 35394300. The presentation slides reviewed during the webcast will be available shortly before that time. The webcast, slides, and a copy of this news release will be available in the Investor Relations section of our website for a limited period of time at www.usfoods.com/investors.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $23 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including those statements under “Outlook for Fiscal 2017”. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our liquidity and our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategies. These statements often include words such as “believe,” “expect,” “project,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “seek,” “will,” “may,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “forecasts,” “mission,” “strive,” “more,” “goal,” or similar expressions. The statements are based on assumptions that we have made, based on our experience in the industry as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments, and other factors we think are appropriate. We believe these judgments are reasonable. However, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. Our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. There are a number of risks, uncertainties, and other important factors, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements contained in this release. Such risks, uncertainties, and other important factors include, among others: our ability to remain profitable during times of cost inflation/deflation, commodity volatility, and other factors; industry competition and our ability to successfully compete; our reliance on third-party suppliers, including the impact of any interruption of supplies or increases in product costs; risks related to our indebtedness, including our substantial amount of debt, our ability to incur substantially more debt, and increases in interest rates; restrictions and limitations placed on us by agreements and instruments governing our debt; any change in our relationships with group purchasing organizations; any change in our relationships with long-term customers; our ability to increase sales to independent restaurant customers; our ability to successfully consummate and integrate acquisitions; our ability to achieve the benefits that we expect from our cost savings initiatives; shortages of fuel and increases or volatility in fuel costs; any declines in the consumption of food prepared away from home, including as a result of changes in the economy or other factors affecting consumer confidence; liability claims related to products we distribute; our ability to maintain a good reputation; costs and risks associated with labor relations and the availability of qualified labor; changes in industry pricing practices; changes in competitors’ cost structures; our ability to retain customers not obligated by long-term contracts to continue purchasing products from us; environmental, health and safety costs; costs and risks associated with government laws and regulations, including related to environmental, health, safety, food safety, transportation, labor and employment, and changes in existing laws or regulations; technology disruptions and our ability to implement new technologies; costs and risks associated with a potential cybersecurity incident; our ability to manage future expenses and liabilities associated with our retirement benefits and pension plans; disruptions to our business caused by extreme weather conditions; costs and risks associated with litigation; changes in consumer eating habits; costs and risks associated with our intellectual property protections; and risks associated with potential infringements of the intellectual property of others.

For a detailed discussion of these risks and uncertainties, see the section entitled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 28, 2017. All forward-looking statements made in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this release speak only as of the date of this release. We undertake no obligation, other than as may be required by law, to update or revise any forward-looking or cautionary statements to reflect changes in assumptions, the occurrence of events, unanticipated or otherwise, or changes in future operating results over time or otherwise. Comparisons of results between current and prior periods are not intended to express any future trends, or indications of future performance, unless expressed as such, and should only be viewed as historical data.

Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We provide Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expenses, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Debt, Adjusted Net income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS) as supplemental measures to GAAP measures regarding our operational performance. These non-GAAP financial measures exclude the impact of certain items and, therefore, have not been calculated in accordance with GAAP.

We use Adjusted Gross profit and Adjusted Operating expenses to focus on period-over-period changes in our business and believe this information is helpful to investors. Adjusted Gross profit is Gross profit adjusted to remove the impact of Last-in, first-out (LIFO) inventory reserve changes. Adjusted Operating expenses are Operating expenses adjusted to exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance, as well other items noted in our debt agreements.

We believe EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide meaningful supplemental information about our operating performance because they exclude amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. Examples of items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA include Restructuring charges, Loss on extinguishment of debt, Sponsor fees, Share-based compensation expense, Pension settlements, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, Business transformation costs (business costs associated with the redesign of systems and processes), and other items as specified in our debt agreements.

We use Net Debt to review the liquidity of our operations. Net Debt is defined as long-term debt plus the current portion of long-term debt net of restricted cash held on deposit in accordance with our credit agreements, and total Cash and cash equivalents remaining on the balance sheet as of July 1, 2017. We believe that Net Debt is a useful financial metric to assess our ability to pursue business opportunities and investments. Net Debt is not a measure of our liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to Cash Flows From Operating or Financing Activities.

We believe that Adjusted Net income is a useful measure of operating performance for both management and investors because it excludes items that are not reflective of our core operating performance and provides an additional view of our operating performance including depreciation, amortization, interest expense, and Income taxes on a consistent basis from period to period. Adjusted Net income is Net income (loss) excluding such items as Restructuring charges, Loss on extinguishment of debt, Sponsor fees, Share-based compensation expense, Pension settlements, the non-cash impacts of LIFO reserve adjustments, Business transformation costs (business costs associated with the redesign of systems and processes), and other items, and adjusted for the tax effect of the exclusions and discrete tax items. We believe that Adjusted Net income is used by investors, analysts, and other interested parties to facilitate period-over-period comparisons and provides additional clarity as to how factors and trends impact our operating performance.

We use Adjusted Diluted EPS, which is calculated by adjusting the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, Diluted Earnings per Share, by excluding the same items excluded in our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA to the extent that each such item was included in the applicable GAAP financial measure. We believe the presentation of Adjusted Diluted EPS is useful to investors because the measurement excludes amounts that we do not consider part of our core operating results when assessing our performance. We also believe that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share is useful to investors because these metrics are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in their evaluation of the operating performance of companies in our industry.

Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures (a) to evaluate our historical and prospective financial performance as well as our performance relative to our competitors as they assist in highlighting trends, (b) to set internal sales targets and spending budgets, (c) to measure operational profitability and the accuracy of forecasting, (d) to assess financial discipline over operational expenditures, and (e) as an important factor in determining variable compensation for management and employees. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used for certain covenants and restricted activities under our debt agreements. We also believe these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry.

We caution readers that amounts presented in accordance with our definitions of Adjusted Gross profit, Adjusted Operating expense, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Net Debt, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS may not be the same as similar measures used by other companies. Not all companies and analysts calculate these measures in the same manner. We compensate for these limitations by using these non-GAAP financial measures as supplements to GAAP financial measures and by presenting the reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures to their most comparable GAAP financial measures.

INVESTOR CONTACT:
Melissa Napier
(847) 720-2767
Melissa.Napier@usfoods.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Debra Ceffalio
(847) 720-1652
Debra.Ceffalio@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

Xcel Brands Q2 2017 financial results: Net Revenues of $8.4 Million

  • Company Expanding its Presence in Dillard’s
  • Second Quarter Net Revenues of $8.4 Million
  • Second Quarter GAAP Net Income of $0.2 Million
  • Second Quarter Non-GAAP Net Income of $1.5 Million; Adjusted EBITDA of $2.3 Million

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a media and brand management company, today (Aug. 09, 2017) announced its financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017.

Robert W. D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel commented, “We are focused on providing solutions to help retailers navigate the complex transformation underway within our industry.  I am pleased by the continued growth in our department store business as our retail partners work with us to implement these solutions.  After the successful launch of our H Halston brand at Dillard’s this March, I am excited that we will be expanding our relationship with Dillard’s by launching our IMNYC Isaac Mizrahi brand this September.”

Mr. D’Loren continued, “The performance of our interactive television business remains strong.  The trends within our interactive business are improving with increased productivity per minute, and higher show achievement rates in our apparel businesses.  Xcel is well positioned to capitalize on the ongoing transformation that is impacting many of our markets as a result of the unique platform we have created and I am encouraged by the direction we are headed.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Results
Total net revenues for the second quarter of 2017 were $8.4 million, down approximately 8% from $9.1 million in the prior year quarter. This was primarily attributable to lower revenue associated with the C Wonder brand which is transitioning away from QVC and from the exiting of the LCNY license agreement in July 2016, both previously reported.  These were partially offset by higher revenues from our wholesale and department store businesses as we increase the number of stores our brands are sold in and expand our short-lead production platform in our department store business into more product categories.

GAAP net income was $0.2 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, or $0.01 per share, compared with a net loss of approximately ($0.1) million, or ($0.00) per share on a diluted basis, in the prior year quarter. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 was $1.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared with $1.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the prior year quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2017 decreased approximately $0.4 million to $2.3 million, compared with $2.7 million for the same quarter in the prior year.

The Company achieved significant growth in Non-GAAP net income and Adjusted EBITDA for the past two consecutive quarters, as the Company’s strategy of focusing on its own brands and the growth of the short lead production platform continues to improve results.

First Six Months of Fiscal 2017 Financial Results

Total net revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2017 were $16.8 million, down approximately 4% from $17.5 million in the same period in 2016. The decrease was attributable primarily to lower revenues associated with the management and design of the LCNY brand, partially offset by the previously mentioned higher revenues from our wholesale and department store businesses.

GAAP net loss was approximately ($0.2) million for the six months ended June 30, 2017, or ($0.01) per share, compared with net loss of ($0.1) million, or ($0.01) per share on a diluted basis, for the six months ended June 30, 2016. After adjusting for certain cash and non-cash items, non-GAAP net income for the six months ended June 30, 2017 was $2.7 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, compared with $3.1 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the same period in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2017 decreased approximately $0.5 million to $4.2 million, compared with $4.7 million for the same period in the prior year.

See reconciliation tables below for non-GAAP metrics. These non-GAAP metrics may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with our results reported according to U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

The Company’s balance sheet at June 30, 2017 remained strong, with stockholders’ equity of $107.0 million, cash and cash equivalents of $7.6 million, and working capital of approximately $10.8 million.  During the current six months, the Company reduced its senior term debt by $5.3 million to $20 million, with a remaining $0.5 million principal payment due over the balance of 2017.

Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call with members of the executive management team to discuss these results with additional comments and details at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel’s website at www.xcelbrands.com. Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 888-857-6931. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for 30 days following the event and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 using replay pin number 8379955.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and brand management company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through interactive television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements regarding future events, our future financial performance, business strategy and plans and objectives of management for future operations, are forward-looking statements. We have attempted to identify forward-looking statements by terminology including “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “ongoing,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “appears,” “suggests,” “future,” “likely,” “goal,” “plans,” “potential,” “projects,” “predicts,” “seeks,” “should,” “would,” “guidance,” “confident” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our anticipated revenue, expenses, profitability, strategic plans and capital needs. These statements are based on information available to us on the date hereof and our current expectations, estimates and projections and are not guarantees of future performance. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors, including, without limitation, the risks discussed in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in the Company’s Annual Report on form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and its other filings with the SEC, which may cause our or our industry’s actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risk factors, nor can we address the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or any other reason.

Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS are non-GAAP unaudited terms. We define non-GAAP net income as net income, exclusive of stock-based compensation, non-cash interest expense from discounted debt related to acquired assets, gain on the reduction of contingent obligations, loss on extinguishment of debt, non-recurring facility exit charges, certain discrete tax items related to vesting or exercise of stock-based awards, and net income or loss from discontinued operations. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted EPS measures do not include the tax effect of the aforementioned adjusting items, due to the nature of these items and the Company’s tax strategy.

Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP unaudited measure, which we define as net income before stock-based compensation, interest and other financing costs, loss on extinguishment of debt, gain on the reduction of contingent obligations, income taxes, other state and local franchise taxes, depreciation and amortization, non-recurring facility exit charges, and net income or loss from discontinued operations.

Management uses non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA as measures of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to our results of operations. Management believes non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA are also useful because they provide supplemental information to assist investors in evaluating our financial results. Non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as alternatives to net income, earnings per share, or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Given that non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures not deemed to be in accordance with GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, our non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies, including companies in our industry, because other companies may calculate non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA in a different manner than we calculate these measures. In evaluating non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future we may or may not incur expenses similar to some of the adjustments in this document. Our presentation of non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA does not imply that our future results will be unaffected by these expenses or any unusual or non-recurring items. When evaluating our performance, you should consider non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP diluted EPS, and Adjusted EBITDA alongside other financial performance measures, including our net income and other GAAP results, and not rely on any single financial measure.

For further information please contact:
Andrew Berger
SM Berger & Company, Inc.
216-464-6400
andrew@smberger.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc.

Xcel Brands to report its Q2 2017 financial results on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) (“Xcel” or the “Company”), a brand management and media company, today (Aug. 02, 2017) announced that it will report its second quarter 2017 financial results after market close on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. The Company will hold a conference call with the investment community at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time that day.

A webcast of the conference call will be available live on the Investor Relations section of Xcel’s website at www.xcelbrands.com. Interested parties unable to access the conference call via the webcast may dial 888-857-6931. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company website for approximately two weeks following the event and can be accessed at 844-512-2921 using replay pin number 8379955.

About Xcel Brands
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and brand management company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing, and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment, and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder, and Highline Collective brands, pioneering a ubiquitous sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant production, merchandising, design, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience, and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies.  With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels.  Xcel differentiates by design.  www.xcelbrands.com

For further information please contact:

Andrew Berger
SM Berger & Company
216-464-6400
andrew@smberger.com

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc./globenewswire

CommerceHub Q2 2017 Financial Results: Revenue was $25.2 million, a 9% YoY increase from $23.1 million in 2016

  • Revenue of $25.2 million increases 9%, $0.05 GAAP EPS, and $0.08 adjusted EPS
  • Signs Top 10 U.S. Retailer and First U.K. Drop-Ship Retailer

ALBANY, N.Y., 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — CommerceHub, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHUBA) (NASDAQ:CHUBK) (“CommerceHub,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company”), a leading distributed commerce network for retailers and brands, today (Aug. 02, 2017) announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

“We are pleased with the solid second quarter results we announced today, including continued revenue growth and expanding profitability,” said Frank Poore, CommerceHub’s Founder, President and CEO. “We are excited to announce the addition of two strategic retailer customer wins during the quarter, making four year-to-date and delivering on the high-end of our goal of 2-4 new retailer customers per year. One is a top 10 U.S. retailer, and the other marks our first retail drop-ship customer in the U.K. The U.S. win demonstrates our market leadership and our ability to deliver high-volume drop-ship fulfillment at scale. The U.K. win establishes a beachhead for our drop-ship offerings and should help to further unlock the U.K. market for CommerceHub.”

“In addition to $2.2 million of net income for the quarter, we generated $8.6 million in adjusted EBITDA, representing 34 percent of revenue for the quarter and a 7 percentage point improvement over the same period last year. We also delivered strong free cash flow and continued to pay down debt, strengthening our net cash balance,” said Mark Greenquist, CommerceHub’s CFO. “We are pleased with our recent customer wins and believe this new U.S. retailer could eventually become a top 10 customer for CommerceHub.”

Second Quarter 2017 Financial Highlights

  • Revenue was $25.2 million, a 9% year-over-year increase from $23.1 million in 2016. Core drop-ship revenue, which excludes revenue from our demand channel solutions, increased 14%.
  • Gross margin was 78%, compared to 77% in 2016.
  • Adjusted gross margin was 78%, compared to 75% in 2016.
  • Net income was $2.2 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $4.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, in 2016.
  • Adjusted net income was $3.7 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in 2016.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $8.6 million, compared to $6.3 million in 2016.
  • Operating cash flow was a positive $7.1 million, compared to a negative $73.3 million in 2016, which was impacted by a non-recurring cash payment of $78.5 million in share-based compensation related to our spin-off from Liberty Interactive.
  • Free cash flow was a positive $6.5 million, compared to a negative $76.5 million in 2016.
  • Cash at quarter end was $6.8 million and the total amount outstanding under our credit facility was $6.0 million.

An explanation of the non-GAAP financial measures discussed above is included below under the heading “Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”  A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the closest comparable GAAP financial measures has also been provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.

Other Recent Highlights

  • Total customer count at June 30, 2017 was 11,274, up from 9,730 at June 30, 2016, or 16% year-over-year.
  • Drop-ship order volume growth was 17% in the second quarter.
  • We expanded our CommerceHub for Retailers network with the signing of a top 10 U.S. retailer that we believe has the potential to become a top 10 customer for CommerceHub. This win is a conversion of an existing in-house drop-ship program, which we believe demonstrates the complexity of such programs and the value CommerceHub can deliver through increased operational efficiencies, improved customer service and capital-efficient expansion of product assortments.
  • We signed our first U.K. retailer drop-ship customer. This is a mid-sized U.K. retailer seeking to expand its ecommerce business by leveraging CommerceHub’s drop-ship model, while reducing inventory risk and operating costs.

Conference Call Details
The Company will offer a live conference call, and a live, listen-only webcast of the call via the CommerceHub Investor Relations website at 4:30 p.m., E.T., today, Wednesday, August 2, 2017.  See http://ir.commercehub.com/events.cfm, where supporting materials, including a presentation and supplemental financial data, have been posted.

Live Call: U.S./Canada Toll-Free Participants Dial-in Number: (800) 219-6912
International Toll Participants Dial-in Number: (574) 990-1026
Conference ID/Passcode: 55684519
Webcast (live and replay): http://ir.commercehub.com/events.cfm

About CommerceHub:
CommerceHub is a distributed commerce network connecting supply, demand and delivery that helps retailers and brands increase sales by expanding product assortments, promoting products on the channels that perform, and enabling rapid, on-time customer delivery. With its robust platform and proven scalability, CommerceHub helped over 10,000 retailers, brands, and distributors achieve an estimated $13+ billion in Gross Merchandise Value in 2016.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements about future business strategies, future financial performance, market conditions and potential, future growth of ecommerce, customer growth, sales channel expansion, international expansion and other matters that are not historical facts. These statements involve many risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements, including, without limitation, market acceptance and performance of our products and services, competitive issues, general market conditions, regulatory matters affecting our business and changes in law. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this presentation, and we expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any such statement contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based. There can be no assurance that any expectation or belief expressed in a forward-looking statement will occur, and you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Please refer to our public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K, for additional information about us and the risks and uncertainties we face that may affect the forward-looking statements made in this press release.

Statement Regarding Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to reporting financial measures calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), we provide non-GAAP financial measures that management considers in reviewing our financial performance because we feel they are relevant measures of the overall efficiency of our business model. These non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for, or superior to, and should be considered only in addition to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. They are subject to inherent limitations and exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in our financial statements. Certain of these adjustments are based on estimates and assumptions of management and do not purport to reflect actual historical results. In addition, you should be aware that our computation of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures computed by other companies, because all companies do not calculate these measures in the same fashion. We define “adjusted gross profit” as gross profit plus share-based compensation and acquisition-related intangible amortization. We define “adjusted gross margin” as adjusted gross profit divided by revenue. We define “adjusted operating expenses” as total operating expenses less share-based compensation and acquisition-related intangible amortization. We define “adjusted EBITDA” as net income or loss plus interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation of property and equipment, amortization of capitalized software costs and intangible assets and share-based compensation expense, less interest income and income tax benefit.  We define “adjusted net income” as net income or loss plus share-based compensation, acquisition-related intangible amortization and the tax effect of these adjustments. We define “adjusted earnings per diluted share” or “adjusted EPS” as earnings per diluted share plus the diluted per share effects of share-based compensation, acquisition-related intangible amortization and the tax effect of these adjustments.  We define “free cash flow” as net cash provided by, or used in, operating activities less purchases of property and equipment and additions to capitalized software. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the closest comparable GAAP financial measures has been provided in the financial tables included at the end of this press release.

CommerceHub Investor Relations Contact:

Sara Leggat
investor@commercehub.com

Source: CommerceHub