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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Record Levels for Total Revenues and Pre-Tax Income in Its Fiscal 2022 First Quarter

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  • Generates $117.7 million in total revenues, reaching the highest in the Company’s history for its first quarter, an increase of 28.4% compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter

  • Delivers a 38.0% increase in pre-tax income compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter at $18.2 million representing 15.5% of total revenues, the highest in the Company’s history for its first quarter

  • Utilizes $8.1 million in cash to acquire its common stock during the first quarter under the Company’s $25.0 million share repurchase program

  • Projects growth in total revenues and profitability with introduction of fiscal 2022 annual guidance as compared to fiscal 2021

ST. LOUIS, May 26, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for its fiscal 2022 first quarter, the 13-week period ended April 30, 2022.

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Following an outstanding performance in fiscal 2021, we are pleased to have delivered our fifth consecutive quarter of record-setting profitability with pre-tax income of $18.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2022. We also achieved the highest total first quarter revenues in our nearly 25-year history showing growth in both North America and Europe, in all reported business segments including direct-to-consumer, commercial and franchising business, as well as in both net retail sales and digital demand. In fact, our digital demand this quarter was greater than our total e-commerce sales for the entire 2017 fiscal year, demonstrating the progress made in our digital transformation over the last five years.

"We believe that our sustained profitable growth is largely the result of a multi-faceted, multi-year strategic plan that we have been successfully executing while navigating a highly volatile environment. Our disciplined focus and agility, particularly during the prolonged pandemic-related challenges, have played a key role in the evolution of our company into a more digitally-driven, diversified omnichannel entity that includes a dynamic and efficient vertical experiential retail concept that remains relevant to today’s consumers who have been increasingly seeking highly engaging, family-friendly activities and shopping as restrictions have lifted. Our positive business momentum has continued into our current second quarter. As we look forward, we expect to continue to drive efforts across our stated strategic pillars including implementing a broad-range of comprehensive initiatives to further our digital transformation, the on-going evolution of our retail experience and footprint, and the optimization of our solid financial position to make investments designed to generate future profitable growth and enhance shareholder value," concluded Ms. John.

First Quarter 2022 Results (13 weeks ended April 30, 2022 compared to the 13 weeks ended May 1, 2021):

  • Total revenues were $117.7 million, a 28.4% increase compared to $91.7 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

    • Net retail sales were $112.9 million, a 26.6% increase compared to $89.2 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter. Approximately one-third of the increase was related to the reopening of the Company’s stores in Europe which were closed for the majority of the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

    • Consolidated e-commerce demand (orders generated online to be fulfilled from either the Company’s warehouse or its stores) rose 2.1% compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

    • Commercial and international franchise revenues rose 92.0% to $4.8 million compared to $2.5 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

  • Gross profit margin was 52.5%, compared to the previous all-time high 52.8% in the fiscal 2021 first quarter. The 30-basis point contraction in gross profit margin was driven by the negative impact of an unprecedented increase in transportation costs as well as other inflationary pressures, the majority of which was offset by leverage of occupancy and distribution costs, strategic price increases, less promotional activity and lower discounts as compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $43.6 million, or 37.1% of total revenues, compared to $35.2 million, or 38.4% of total revenues, a 130-basis point improvement compared to the fiscal 2021 first quarter. The change in SG&A expenses was primarily due to store labor costs reflecting the operation of substantially all of the Company’s European stores in the fiscal 2022 first quarter as opposed to the 2021 first quarter when the stores were closed for the vast majority of the period. In addition, SG&A in the fiscal 2021 first quarter was favorably impacted by $0.9 million in government subsidies;

  • Pre-tax income was $18.2 million, an increase of 38.0%, compared to pre-tax income of $13.2 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

  • Income tax expense was $4.0 million with an effective tax rate of 22.0% compared to $2.8 million with an effective tax rate of 21.3% in the fiscal 2021 first quarter;

  • Net income was $14.2 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, compared to net income of $10.4 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2021 first quarter; and

  • Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") was $21.5 million, an increase of 31.9%, compared to $16.3 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter.

Store Activity:

  • As of April 30, 2022, the Company had 345 corporately-managed stores with one net closure in the fiscal 2022 first quarter compared to the beginning of the fiscal year. The Company maintains a high level of lease optionality with over 70% of its corporately-managed stores having a lease event within the next three years.

  • Through the Company’s third-party retail model, there were 62 locations as of April 30, 2022 with relationships that include Carnival Cruise Lines, Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, Landry’s and Beaches Family Resorts reflecting one net opening in the fiscal 2022 first quarter compared to the beginning of the fiscal year. The Company’s international franchisees operated 64 locations at the end of the fiscal 2022 first quarter reflecting eight closures compared to the beginning of the fiscal year.

Balance Sheet:

As of April 30, 2022, cash and cash equivalents totaled $26.1 million, compared to $45.9 million as of May 1, 2021. The Company noted that its reduced cash position at quarter-end compared to the prior year reflects the use of $12.5 million to repurchase shares of its common stock, payment of a special dividend of approximately $20 million, and an increased investment in working capital to support strategic initiatives intended to drive further growth. The Company finished the quarter with no borrowings under its revolving credit facility.

Since the adoption of the Company’s $25.0 million stock repurchase program adopted on November 30, 2021, the Company has utilized a total of $14.1 million to repurchase approximately 840,000 shares of its common stock as of May 25, 2022.

Total inventory at quarter-end was $77.4 million, an increase of $33.6 million from fiscal 2021 first quarter-end. The majority of the increase is expected to support projected revenue growth and strategically planned accelerated purchases intended to partially mitigate inflationary and supply chain pressures. The Company noted that it is comfortable with the composition and level of its quarter-ending inventory level.

In the fiscal 2022 first quarter, capital expenditures totaled $1.1 million compared to $0.5 million in the fiscal 2021 first quarter.

2022 Outlook:

With its positive first quarter results and continuing momentum in the current second quarter, the Company is introducing fiscal 2022 guidance including:

  • Total revenues in the range of $440 million to $460 million, as compared to $411.5 million in fiscal 2021;

  • Pre-tax income in the range of $52 million to $62 million, as compared to $50.7 million in fiscal 2021;

  • EBITDA in the range of $65 million to $75 million, as compared to $63.0 million in fiscal 2021;

  • Income tax rate in the range of 24% to 25%;

  • Capital expenditures in the range of $10 to $15 million;

  • Depreciation and amortization of approximately $13 million; and

  • To finish the year with inventory levels below the end of fiscal 2021.

The Company’s guidance for growth in profitability takes into account anticipated ongoing inflationary pressures as well as its plans to mitigate the impact on its margins. The Company noted that its outlook assumes no further material changes in the operations of its supply chain including the ability to receive and ship product on a timely basis, the macro-economic environment or relevant foreign currency exchange rates.

Note Regarding 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. These non-GAAP financial measures are defined and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP measure later in this document.

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 website, 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 website for one year. A telephone replay will be available beginning at approximately noon ET today until midnight ET on June 2, 2022. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is 13718340.

About Build-A-Bear:

Build-A-Bear is a multi-generational global brand focused on its mission to "add a little more heart to life" appealing to a wide array of consumer groups who enjoy the personal expression in making their own "furry friends" to celebrate and commemorate life moments. Nearly 500 interactive brick-and-mortar retail locations operated through a variety of formats provide guests of all ages a hands-on entertaining experience, which often fosters a lasting and emotional brand connection. The company also offers engaging e-commerce/digital purchasing experiences on www.buildabear.com including its online "Bear-Builder", the animated "Bear Builder 3D Workshop" and its age-gated adult-focused "Bear Cave". In addition, extending its brand power beyond retail, Build-A-Bear Entertainment, a subsidiary of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., is dedicated to creating engaging content for kids and adults that fulfills the company’s mission, while the company also offers products at wholesale and in non-plush consumer categories via licensing agreements with leading manufacturers. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted total revenue of $411.5 million in fiscal 2021. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This press release contains certain statements that are, or may be considered to be, "forward-looking statements" for the purpose of federal securities laws, including, but not limited to, statements that reflect our current views with respect to future events and financial performance. We generally identify these statements by words or phrases such as "may," "might," "should," "expect," "plan," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "intend," "predict," "future," "potential" or "continue," the negative or any derivative of these terms and other comparable terminology. All of the information concerning our future liquidity, future revenues, margins and other future financial performance and results, achievement of operating of financial plans or forecasts for future periods, sources and availability of credit and liquidity, future cash flows and cash needs, success and results of strategic initiatives and other future financial performance or financial position, as well as our assumptions underlying such information, constitute forward-looking information.

These statements are based only on our current expectations and projections about future events. Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, there are important factors that could cause our actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, level of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements, including those factors discussed under the caption entitled "Risks Related to Our Business" and "Forward-Looking Statements" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") on April 14, 2022 and other periodic reports filed with the SEC which are incorporated herein.

All of our forward-looking statements are as of the date of this Press Release only. In each case, actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking information. We can give no assurance that such expectations or forward-looking statements will prove to be correct. An occurrence of or any material adverse change in one or more of the risk factors or other risks and uncertainties referred to in this Press Release or included in our other public disclosures or our other periodic reports or other documents or filings filed with or furnished to the SEC could materially and adversely affect our continuing operations and our future financial results, cash flows, available credit, prospects and liquidity. Except as required by law, the Company does not undertake to publicly update or revise its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

Ended

Ended

April 30,

% of Total

May 1,

% of Total

2022

Revenues (1)

2021

Revenues (1)

Revenues:

Net retail sales

$

112,890

96.0

$

89,212

97.3

Commercial revenue

4,286

3.6

2,109

2.3

International franchising

486

0.4

372

0.4

Total revenues

117,662

100.0

91,693

100.0

Cost of merchandise sold:

Cost of merchandise sold - retail (1)

53,600

45.6

42,093

45.9

Cost of merchandise sold - commercial (1)

1,946

1.7

904

1.0

Cost of merchandise sold - international franchising (1)

288

0.2

268

0.3

Total cost of merchandise sold

55,834

47.5

43,265

47.2

Consolidated gross profit

61,828

52.5

48,428

52.8

Selling, general and administrative expense

43,620

37.1

35,242

38.4

Interest expense, net

18

0.0

5

0.0

Income before income taxes

18,189

15.5

13,181

14.4

Income tax expense

3,999

3.4

2,801

3.1

Net income

$

14,190

12.1

$

10,380

11.3

Income per common share:

Basic

$

0.92

$

0.69

Diluted

$

0.89

$

0.66

Shares used in computing common per share amounts:

Basic

15,475,731

15,062,025

Diluted

15,964,433

15,757,033

(1)

Selected statement of operations data expressed as a percentage of total revenues, except cost of merchandise sold - retail, cost of merchandise sold - commercial and cost of merchandise sold - international franchising that are expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue and international franchising, respectively. Percentages will not total due to cost of merchandise sold being expressed as a percentage of net retail sales, commercial revenue or international franchising and immaterial rounding.

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in thousands, except per share data)

April 30,

January 29,

May 1,

2022

2022

2021

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

26,093

$

32,845

$

45,931

Inventories, net

77,366

71,809

43,754

Receivables, net

11,838

11,701

8,280

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

12,436

13,643

9,798

Total current assets

127,733

129,998

107,763

Operating lease right-of-use asset

72,126

77,671

99,518

Property and equipment, net

46,691

48,966

50,417

Deferred tax assets

7,609

7,613

-

Other assets, net

2,266

2,076

6,685

Total Assets

$

256,425

$

266,324

$

264,383

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

19,930

$

21,849

$

19,438

Accrued expenses

23,444

25,543

16,629

Operating lease liability short term

23,470

25,245

30,631

Gift cards and customer deposits

18,770

20,937

18,210

Deferred revenue and other

3,881

3,808

2,489

Total current liabilities

89,495

97,382

87,397

Operating lease liability long term

66,617

73,307

95,654

Other long term liabilities

1,774

1,952

3,355

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share

157

162

163

Additional paid-in capital

71,962

75,490

73,024

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(12,452

)

(12,470

)

(12,532

)

Retained earnings

38,872

30,501

17,322

Total stockholders' equity

98,539

93,683

77,977

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

256,425

$

266,324

$

264,383

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Unaudited Selected Financial and Store Data

(dollars in thousands)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

Ended

Ended

April 30,

May 1,

2022

2021

Other financial data:

Retail gross margin ($) (1)

$

59,290

$

47,119

Retail gross margin (%) (1)

52.5%

52.8%

Capital expenditures (2)

$

1,070

$

491

Depreciation and amortization

$

3,250

$

3,127

Store data (3):

Number of corporately-managed retail locations at end of period

North America

306

306

Europe

39

48

Asia

1

Total corporately-managed retail locations

345

355

Number of franchised stores at end of period

64

72

Corporately-managed store square footage at end of period (4)

North America

721,966

715,672

Europe

58,216

71,609

Asia

1,750

Total square footage

780,182

789,031

(1)

Retail gross margin represents net retail sales less cost of merchandise sold - retail. Retail gross margin percentage represents retail gross margin divided by net retail sales.

(2)

Capital expenditures represents cash paid for property, equipment, and other assets.

(3)

Excludes e-commerce. North American stores are located in the United States and Canada. In Europe, stores are located in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Seasonal locations not included in store count.

(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. Seasonal locations not included in the store count.

BUILD-A-BEAR WORKSHOP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP figures

(dollars in thousands)

13 Weeks

13 Weeks

Ended

Ended

April 30,

May 1,

2022

2021

Income before income taxes (pre-tax)

$

18,189

$

13,181

Interest expense, net

18

5

Depreciation and amortization expense

3,250

3,127

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

$

21,458

$

16,313

Fiscal 2022

Guidance

(in millions)

Income before income taxes (pre-tax)

$52 - $62

Interest (income) expense, net

-

Depreciation and amortization expense

13

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)

$65 - $75

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Contacts

Investors:
Voin Todorovic
Build-A-Bear Workshop
(314) 423-8000 x5221

Media:
PR@buildabear.com

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