Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports a 2.1% Consolidated Comparable Store Sales Increase with Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Results

  • Third quarter consolidated comparable store sales increase 2.1%
  • Retail gross margin expands 160 basis points to 45.3% from 43.7%
    in the 2014 third quarter
  • First nine months pre-tax income rises by $4.6 million to $8.0
    million

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the
2015 third quarter and thirty-nine weeks ended October 3, 2015.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Highlights (13 weeks ended October 3, 2015,
compared to the 13 weeks ended September 27, 2014):

  • Consolidated comparable store sales increased 2.1% and included a 0.2%
    increase in North America and an 8.9% increase in Europe. Third
    quarter 2015 comparable store sales are compared to the thirteen-week
    period ended October 4, 2014;
  • Retail gross margin expanded 160 basis points to 45.3% from 43.7% in
    the 2014 third quarter;
  • Pre-tax income was $1.4 million, a $690,000 decline from the 2014
    third quarter;
  • Net income was $1.1 million, or $0.06 per diluted share compared to
    net income of $1.8 million, or $0.10 per diluted share in the 2014
    third quarter; and
  • Adjusted net income was $1.7 million or $0.10 per diluted share
    compared to adjusted net income of $3.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted
    share, in the 2014 third quarter. (See Reconciliation of Net Income to
    Adjusted Net Income.)

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Chief Executive Officer
commented: “In the quarter, we had comparable store sales increases
across geographies marking our fifth consecutive quarter of consolidated
comparable store sales growth. For the first nine months of 2015, we
have delivered $8.0 million in pre-tax profit, the highest level since
2007. This puts us in a solid position as we enter the fourth quarter,
which is typically our largest and most profitable period of the year.

“We believe we have a balanced product portfolio planned for the fourth
quarter designed to reach all of our key consumer segments.
Additionally, we remain focused on executing our long range strategies,
which we believe will deliver sustained profitable growth and increased
value for our shareholders,” concluded Ms. John.

Additional Third Quarter Fiscal 2015 Highlights (13 weeks ended
October 3, 2015, compared to the 13 weeks ended September 27, 2014):

  • Total revenues were $85.6 million compared to $86.7 million in the
    2014 third quarter;
  • Consolidated net retail sales were $84.3 million compared to $85.6
    million in the 2014 third quarter, as increased comparable store sales
    and sales from new stores were offset by the negative impact of
    foreign exchange, the one-week calendar shift due to the 53rd
    week in fiscal 2014, temporary store closures due to remodels and
    permanent store closures. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange,
    consolidated net retail sales rose 0.8% versus the third quarter last
    year;
  • Consolidated e-commerce sales rose 4.1% excluding the impact of
    foreign exchange; and
  • Selling, general and administrative expense (“SG&A”) totaled $37.6
    million, or 44.0% of total revenues, an increase of $1.4 million
    compared to the 2014 third quarter. The majority of the increase in
    SG&A reflects investments in marketing, personnel and store activity
    to advance the Company’s long term strategy.

First Nine Months Fiscal 2015 Highlights (39 weeks ended October 3,
2015, compared to the 39 weeks ended September 27, 2014):

  • Total revenues were $260.0 million compared to $260.9 million in the
    first nine months of 2014;
  • Consolidated net retail sales were $256.2 million, compared to $257.8
    million in the first nine months of 2014, as improved comparable
    stores sales were offset by the one-week calendar shift due to the 53rd
    week in fiscal 2014 and the negative impact of foreign exchange.
    Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, net retail sales increased
    1.5% compared to the first nine months of 2014;
  • Consolidated comparable store sales increased 4.0% and included a 1.9%
    increase in North America and a 13.1% increase in Europe. Comparable
    store sales for the first nine months of 2015 are compared to the
    thirty-nine week period ended October 4, 2014;
  • Consolidated e-commerce sales rose 7.9%, excluding the impact of
    foreign exchange;
  • Retail gross margin expanded 300 basis points to 45.3% from 42.3% in
    the first nine months of 2014;
  • SG&A was $110.8 million, or 42.6% of total revenues, an increase of
    $2.8 million compared to the first nine months of 2014;
  • Pre-tax income was $8.0 million, an improvement of $4.6 million
    compared to the first nine months of 2014;
  • Net income was $7.3 million or $0.42 per diluted share, an improvement
    of $4.7 million compared to the first nine months of 2014; and
  • Adjusted net income was $8.9 million or $0.51 per diluted share, an
    improvement from $4.4 million, or $0.25 per diluted share in the first
    nine months of 2014. (See Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted Net
    Income.)

Store Activity

The Company ended the period with 317 company-owned stores, including
257 in North America and 60 in Europe. This reflects four store closures
and six store openings in the quarter, including five true outlet
concept locations and one new format specialty store. The Company also
remodeled six stores in its new specialty retail format. The Company’s
international franchisees ended the 2015 third quarter with 67 stores in
11 countries.

Balance Sheet

The Company ended the 2015 third quarter with cash and cash equivalents
totaling $37.1 million and no borrowings under its revolving credit
facility. Total inventory at quarter end was $55.6 million, compared to
$45.7 million in the fiscal 2014 third quarter. This $9.9 million
increase was driven by a stronger inventory position on key product
stories and the timing of purchases to support fourth quarter product
launches, as well as additional store openings during the Holiday
season. This follows an $11.0 million decrease at the end of last year’s
third quarter with inventory declining 1.9% on a two-year basis.

In 2015, the Company continues to expect capital expenditures to be
between $20 million and $25 million to support the remodeling and
opening of stores, as well as investment in infrastructure. Depreciation
and amortization is expected to be between $16 million and $17 million.

Share Repurchase Activity

During the third quarter the Company repurchased approximately 106,000
shares of its common stock for an aggregate amount of $1.9 million,
leaving approximately $8.9 million available under the current share
repurchase program.

2015 Key Strategic Objectives

To increase shareholder value, the Company expects to continue to
execute its “MORE x 4” strategic plan which includes continuous
improvement and strategic expansion initiatives in four areas with the
progress outlined below:

Expanding into More Places

The Company intends to continue to evolve its real estate portfolio to
align with market trends while selectively opening new locations and
systematically remodeling its store base. To this end, in the third
quarter, the Company opened one new store and remodeled six stores in
its new design, which was developed to increase productivity and update
the brand look. The Company also advanced its strategy to add
non-traditional stores with the opening of five true outlet stores, as
well as the expansion of its ongoing partnership with Macy’s in which it
expects to open seven shop-in-shops for the holiday season.

The Company expects to strategically expand its international presence
by leveraging the improving strength in its company-owned stores to
restructure and extend its international footprint. In the third
quarter, a Build-A-Bear Workshop location was opened on Li & Fung’s
Shanghai campus in the Explorium, a retail laboratory and exhibition
operated by the Fung Group, a Hong Kong-based multinational with
international brands and retail operations across China.

Targeting More People

The Company intends to have continuous growth in its business with the
core three to twelve year-old consumer segment, which represents a
majority of current revenue. The Company will focus on initiatives that
drive trial and increase repeat visits with an evolved segmentation,
product development and marketing strategy. In the quarter, the Company
successfully reached its older girl segment with the launch of its new
proprietary Honey Girls collection, expanded its offering to boys with
the initial launch of Star Wars product, and continued to sell Minions,
which appealed across all consumer segments.

The Company expects to grow sales to consumers over twelve years old
with a focus on key categories, including gift-giving, affinity and
collectibles. This consumer segment currently represents more than 20%
of sales and has a tendency to over-index on less price-sensitive
“gift-able” and online purchases. Therefore, the Company intends to
leverage its e-commerce business to efficiently target these consumers.
In the quarter, the Company introduced Build-A-Bear Workshop’s Sports
Central concept on line and in stores to leverage its powerful licensing
relationships which span most major sports leagues and include many
major universities.

Developing More Products

The Company intends to make continuous improvements to its products by
developing high impact stories coupled with integrated marketing
programs that tend to garner higher price points, drive add-on purchases
and create “play beyond the plush.” In conjunction with the successful
launch of its proprietary Honey Girls collection, the Company introduced
music videos. Since the collection’s introduction, there have been more
than 2.5 million views of both Build-A-Bear and user generated videos
about the Honey Girls on YouTube.

The Company also plans to continue to expand its presence and create new
revenue and profit streams by launching wholesale and out-bound
licensing programs to leverage its strong brand equity. These programs
will enable the Company to extend its brand reach with new offerings in
relevant categories and will provide consumers with “products beyond the
plush.” To this end, the Company announced that Costco Wholesale
Corporation is offering Build-A-Bear branded, pre-packaged gift sets
during the holiday season. In addition, the Company announced an
agreement with Spin Master, Inc. to distribute a complementary toy line
that is expected to launch in the fall of 2016.

Driving More Profitability

The Company intends to make continuing improvements in its value
engineering initiatives to further enhance product margins while
implementing new systems that should facilitate sales growth, increase
efficiency and improve long term profitability. In the quarter, the
Company expanded retail gross margin by 160 basis points to 45.3%. The
Company also delivered pre-tax income of $8.0 million for the first nine
months of fiscal 2015, an increase of $4.6 million over the prior year.

The Company expects to continue to expand its profitability by
prioritizing incremental growth initiatives, like those discussed above,
that leverage existing infrastructure, are primarily royalty-based,
and/or allow for discrete pricing and are, therefore comparatively
margin-accretive.

Today’s Conference Call Webcast

Build-A-Bear Workshop will host a live Internet webcast of its quarterly
investor conference call at 9 a.m. ET today. The audio broadcast may be
accessed at the Company’s investor relations Web site, http://IR.buildabear.com.
The call is expected to conclude by 10 a.m ET.

A replay of the conference call webcast will be available in the
investor relations Web site for one year. A telephone replay will be
available beginning at approximately 12 p.m. ET on October 29, 2015,
until 12 a.m. ET on November 5, 2015. The telephone replay is available
by calling 877-870-5176. The access code is 13622377.

About Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.

Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. is the only
global company that offers an interactive make-your-own stuffed animal
retail-entertainment experience. There are approximately 400
Build-A-Bear Workshop stores worldwide, including company-owned stores
in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland and
Denmark, and franchise stores in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, the
Middle East, and Mexico. The Company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best
Companies to Work For list for the seventh year in a row in 2015.
Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $392.4 million
in fiscal 2014. For more information, call 888.560.BEAR (2327) or visit
the Investor Relations section of its Web site at buildabear.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward looking statements that involve
risks and uncertainties and the Company’s actual results may differ
materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.
These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those
detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s annual report
on Form 10-K for the year ended January 3, 2015, as filed with the SEC,
and the following:

  • general global economic conditions may deteriorate, which could lead
    to disproportionately reduced consumer demand for our products, which
    represent relatively discretionary spending;
  • customer traffic may decrease in the shopping malls where we are
    located, on which we depend to attract guests to our stores;
  • we may be unable to generate interest in and demand for our
    interactive retail experience, or to identify and respond to consumer
    preferences in a timely fashion;
  • our marketing and on-line initiatives may not be effective in
    generating sufficient levels of brand awareness and guest traffic;
  • we may improperly obtain or be unable to adequately protect customer
    information in violation of privacy or security laws or customer
    expectations;
  • we may be unable to generate comparable store sales growth;
  • we may be unable to effectively operate or manage the overall
    portfolio of our company-owned stores;
  • we may be unable to renew or replace our store leases, or enter into
    leases for new stores on favorable terms or in favorable locations, or
    may violate the terms of our current leases;
  • we may not be able to operate our international company-owned
    profitably;
  • the availability and costs of our products could be adversely affected
    by risks associated with international manufacturing and trade,
    including foreign currency fluctuation;
  • our products could become subject to recalls or product liability
    claims that could adversely impact our financial performance and harm
    our reputation among consumers;
  • we may lose key personnel, be unable to hire qualified additional
    personnel, or experience turnover of our management team;
  • we are susceptible to disruption in our inventory flow due to our
    reliance on a few vendors;
  • we may be unable to effectively manage our international franchises or
    laws relating to those franchises may change;
  • we may fail to renew, register or otherwise protect our trademarks or
    other intellectual property;
  • we are subject to risks associated with technology and digital
    operations;
  • we may suffer negative publicity or be sued due to violations of labor
    laws or unethical practices by manufacturers of our merchandise;
  • we may be unable to operate our company-owned distribution center
    efficiently or our third-party distribution center providers may
    perform poorly;
  • high petroleum products prices could increase our inventory
    transportation costs and adversely affect our profitability;
  • our plans to leverage the Build-A-Bear brand to drive strategic
    expansion may not be successful;
  • our market share could be adversely affected by a significant, or
    increased, number of competitors;
  • we may suffer negative publicity or negative sales if the
    non-proprietary toy products we sell in our stores do not meet our
    quality or sales expectations;
  • poor global economic conditions could have a material adverse effect
    on our liquidity and capital resources;
  • fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations could cause the
    price of our common stock to substantially decline; and
  • we may be unable to repurchase shares of our common stock at the times
    or in the amounts we currently anticipate or the results of the share
    repurchase program may not be as beneficial as we currently anticipate.

All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their
respective holders.

(Financial Tables Follow)

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Income Statements
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
             
13 Weeks 13 Weeks
Ended Ended
October 3, % of Total September 27, % of Total
2015 Revenues (1)   2014 Revenues (1)
Revenues:
Net retail sales $ 84,303 98.5 $ 85,561 98.7
Franchise fees 525 0.6 558 0.6
Commercial revenue 795   0.9   542   0.6  
Total revenues 85,623   100.0   86,661   100.0  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of merchandise sold – retail (1) 46,117 54.7 48,146 56.3
Cost of merchandise sold – commercial (1) 551 69.3 278 51.3
Selling, general and administrative 37,643 44.0 36,217 41.8
Interest expense (income), net (56 ) (0.1 ) (38 ) (0.0 )
Total costs and expenses 84,255   98.4   84,603   97.6  
Income before income taxes 1,368 1.6 2,058 2.4
Income tax expense 301   0.4   238   0.3  
Net income $ 1,067   1.2 $ 1,820   2.1
 
Income per common share:
Basic $ 0.06   $ 0.10  
Diluted $ 0.06   $ 0.10  
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:
Basic 16,670,358 16,971,416
Diluted 16,890,722 17,132,206
(1)   Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of
total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold – retail and cost of
merchandise sold – commercial that are expressed as a percentage of
net retail sales and commercial revenue, respectively. Percentages
will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a
percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue and immaterial
rounding.
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)
                 
39 Weeks 39 Weeks
Ended Ended
October 3, % of Total September 27, % of Total
2015   Revenues (1)   2014   Revenues (1)
Revenues:
Net retail sales $ 256,246 98.5 $ 257,752 98.8
Franchise fees 1,624 0.6 1,716 0.7
Commercial revenue 2,159   0.8   1,384   0.5  
Total revenues 260,029   100.0   260,852   100.0  
Costs and expenses:
Cost of merchandise sold – retail (1) 140,288 54.7 148,785 57.7
Cost of merchandise sold – commercial (1) 1,093 50.6 637 46.0
Selling, general and administrative 110,815 42.6 108,062 41.4
Interest expense (income), net (148 ) (0.1 ) (36 ) (0.0 )
Total costs and expenses 252,048   96.9   257,448   98.7  
Income before income taxes 7,981 3.1 3,404 1.3
Income tax expense 721   0.3   862   0.3  
Net income $ 7,260   2.8 $ 2,542   1.0
 
Income per common share:
Basic $ 0.42   $ 0.15  
Diluted $ 0.42   $ 0.14  
Shares used in computing common per share amounts:
Basic 16,834,968 16,899,245
Diluted 17,071,591 17,108,910
(1)   Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of
total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold – retail and cost of
merchandise sold – commercial that are expressed as a percentage of
net retail sales and commercial revenue, respectively. Percentages
will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a
percentage of net retail sales and commercial revenue and immaterial
rounding.
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
           
October 3, January 3, September 27,
2015 2015 2014
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 37,146 $ 65,389 $ 40,451
Inventories 55,591 51,939 45,712
Receivables 8,053 11,461 10,144
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 16,651 15,611 12,188
Deferred tax assets   1,669     1,378     998  
Total current assets 119,110 145,778 109,493
 
Property and equipment, net 60,090 62,766 61,031
Other intangible assets, net 1,211 304 365
Other assets, net   2,893     3,206     3,976  
Total Assets $ 183,304   $ 212,054   $ 174,865  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 29,927 $ 38,107 $ 28,369
Accrued expenses 14,197 24,058 13,145
Gift cards and customer deposits 28,048 34,268 25,869
Deferred revenue 2,635 2,654 4,173
Deferred tax liability           856  
Total current liabilities   74,807     99,087     72,412  
 
Deferred franchise revenue 782 945 1,004
Deferred rent 12,327 13,353 13,716
Other liabilities 1,111 1,044 1,367
 
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock, par value $0.01 per share 169 174 174
Additional paid-in capital 59,333 69,362 68,749
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (9,272 ) (8,698 ) (7,524 )
Retained earnings   44,047     36,787     24,967  
Total stockholders’ equity   94,277     97,625     86,366  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity $ 183,304   $ 212,054   $ 174,865  
BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Unaudited Selected Financial and Store Data
(dollars in thousands)
                   
13 Weeks 13 Weeks 39 Weeks 39 Weeks
Ended Ended Ended Ended
October 3, September 27, October 3, September 27,
2015 2014 2015 2014
 
Other financial data:
Retail gross margin ($) (1) $ 38,186 $ 37,415 $ 115,958 $ 108,967
Retail gross margin (%) (1) 45.3 % 43.7 % 45.3 % 42.3 %
E-commerce sales $ 2,801 $ 2,648 $ 8,461 $ 7,952
Capital expenditures, net (2) $ 6,785 $ 2,511 $ 12,864 $ 5,681
Depreciation and amortization $ 4,029 $ 4,422 $ 12,262 $ 13,385
 

Store data (3):

Number of company-owned retail locations at end of period
North America 257 254
Europe 60   59  
Total company-owned retail locations 317   313  
 
Number of franchised stores at end of period 67   70  
 
Company-owned store square footage at end of period (4)
North America 700,685 707,677
Europe 85,925   84,789  
Total square footage 786,610   792,466  
 
Comparable store sales change (%) (5)
North America 0.2 % 1.0 % 1.9 % (1.6 )%
Europe 8.9 % 0.0 % 13.1 % (3.6 )%
Consolidated 2.1 % 0.8 % 4.0 % (2.0 )%
(1)   Retail gross margin represents net retail sales less retail cost of
merchandise sold. Retail gross margin percentage represents retail
gross margin divided by net retail sales.
(2) Capital expenditures represents cash paid for property, equipment,
other assets and other intangible assets.
(3) Excludes our webstores. North American stores are located in the
United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. In Europe, stores are located
in the United Kingdom and Ireland and, beginning in 2015, Denmark.
(4) Square footage for stores located in North America is leased square
footage. Square footage for stores located in Europe is estimated
selling square footage.
(5) Comparable store sales percentage changes are based on net retail
sales and exclude the impact of foreign exchange. Stores are
considered comparable beginning in their thirteenth full month of
operation. Comparable store sales percentage changes for 2015 are
based on net retail sales as compared to the thirteen and
thirty-nine-week periods ended October 4, 2014.
* Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
In this press release, the Company’s financial results are provided
both in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles
(GAAP) and using certain non-GAAP financial measures. In particular,
the Company provides historic income and income per diluted share
adjusted to exclude certain costs and accounting adjustments, which
are non-GAAP financial measures. These results are included as a
complement to results provided in accordance with GAAP because
management believes these non-GAAP financial measures help identify
underlying trends in the Company’s business and provide useful
information to both management and investors by excluding certain
items that may not be indicative of the Company’s core operating
results. These measures should not be considered a substitute for or
superior to GAAP results.

Contacts

Investors:
Build-A-Bear Workshop
Voin Todorovic 314.423.8000
x5221

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