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SPAR Group Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2018

April 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPAR Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGRP), a leading supplier of retail merchandising, business technology and other marketing services in 10 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018.

Highlights for the three and twelve-month periods ended December 31, 2018, as compared to the same periods in the prior year include:

-- Revenue for the three-month period ending December 31, 2018 increased $7.0 million, or 14 percent, to $57 million. International operations contributed to $1.5 million of the increase. Domestic operations contributed $5.5 million to year-over-year revenue growth with Resource Plus contributing $4.4 million of the increase in Domestic revenue for the period. -- Revenue for the twelve-month period ending December 31, 2018 increased $47.8 million, or 26 percent, to $229.2 million. International operations contributed to $20 million of the increase. Domestic operations contributed $27.8 million to year-over-year revenue growth. Resource Plus contributed $24.3 million to the increase in Domestic revenue year over year. -- Operating income for the fourth quarter increased $106,000 to $1.9 million compared to $1.8 million during the same period last year. The increase in operating income in the fourth quarter was attributable to increased contribution from international operations, which was partially offset by a decrease in domestic profitability. During the fourth quarter, there were $1.4 million of one-time legal and related party charges negatively impacting domestic operations. -- Operating income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 decreased $300,000, or 8.8 percent, to $3.7 million compared to $4.1 million during the same period of 2017. Adjusting for one-time settlement, legal, related party and other expenses, operations would have delivered $7.5 million in operating income. -- Net loss attributable to SPAR Group for the fourth quarter of 2018 was $(534,000), or $(0.03) per share; compared to a net loss of $(1.3) million, or $(0.06) per diluted share, during the fourth quarter of 2017. -- Net loss attributable to SPAR Group for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was ($1.6) million, or $(0.07) per share; compared to a net loss of ($923,000), or $(0.04) per diluted share, for the same period during 2017. -- As highlighted in the GAAP reconciliation table below, the Company incurred significant non-cash and one-time charges during 2018 and 2017;

-- o Excluding these non-cash and one-time charges, non-GAAP net income attributable to SPAR Group during the fourth quarter of 2018 was approximately $535,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared with $572,000, or $0.03 per diluted share during the same period of the prior year. o Excluding non-cash and one-time charges, non-GAAP net income attributable to SPAR Group during the 2018 was approximately $1.3 million or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with $918,000, or $0.04 per diluted share during 2017.

Financial Results by Geography (in 000′s, except per share data)

Three Months Twelve Months Ended Ended December % December 31, % 31, Revenue: 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------- - ------ - ------ ------- ------- International $ 39,289 $ 37,816 3.9% $ 149,142 $ 129,108 15.5% Domestic 17,712 12,204 45.1% 80,049 52,273 53.1% Total $ 57,000 $ 50,020 14.0% $ 229,191 $ 181,381 26.4% ------------- - ------ - ------ - ------- - -------

Three Months Ended % Twelve Months % December 31, Ended December 31, Operating Income: 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ----------------- --------- ------- --------- ------- International $ 3,321 $ 1,899 74.9% $ 6,272 $ 3,481 99.1% Domestic (1,408) (93) nmf (2,542) 609 nmf - ----- Total $ 1,912 $ 1,806 5.9% $ 3,729 $ 4,090 8.8% ----------------- - ------- - ----- - ------- - -----

Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, Net income (loss): 2018 2017 2018 2017 ------------------ --------- --------- --------- --------- International $ 821 $ 939 (12.6%) $ 1,529 $ 752 103.3% Domestic (1,355) (2,208) nmf (3,080) (1,675) nmf - ------- - ------- Total $ (534) $ (1,269) nmf $ (1,551) $ (923) nmf ------------------ - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- Earnings Per Basic and Diluted share: $ (0.03) $ (0.06) $ (0.07) $ (0.04) - ------- - ------- - ------- - ------- (nmf = no meaningful value)

“During 2018 we made significant progress in addressing structural issues within our domestic operations, realigning our sales and marketing efforts and improving our technologies. These changes are making a difference and have resulted in improving financial operating results net of one-time charges. On the top line, our team delivered double-digit top-line growth during 2018, with organic growth both domestically and internationally plus the recent acquisition of Resource Plus. While improvements in profitability during 2018 were clouded by one-time charges, we made foundational improvements in our ability to deliver profitable growth,” said Chief Executive Officer, Christiaan Olivier. “Our pipeline of business opportunities is strong, and we expect continued revenue growth during 2019. We expect to have even stronger growth in profitability during 2019, as we gain further benefit from structural changes.”

Gross Margin Profile by Geography

Three Months Twelve Ended Basis Point Months Ended Basis Point December 31, December 31, 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------- ----- ----- ----- ----- International 22.4% 19.6% 275 17.1% 17.5% (44) Domestic 19.6% 29.2% (966) 23.5% 27.1% (356) Total 21.5% 22.0% (46) 19.3% 20.3% (95) ------------- ----- ----- ----- -----

Operating Income as a % of Sales

Three Months Twelve Ended December Basis Point Months Ended Basis Point 31, December 31, 2018 2017 Change 2018 2017 Change ------------- ------ ------- ------ ---- International 8.5% 5.0% 343 4.2% 2.7% 151 Domestic (8.0%) (0.76%) (719) (3.2%) 1.2% (434) Total 3.4% 3.6% (26) 1.6% 2.3% (63) ------------- ------ ------- ------ ----

International gross profit margin for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2018 was 22.4% and 17.1%, compared to 19.6% and 17.5%, respectively, for the same periods in 2017. The decline in gross profit margin year over year was directly attributable to higher cost margin business in Brazil and a write-down in Australia for one-time cost reserve adjustments, partially offset by margin improvement in Mexico, China, and Japan.

Domestic gross profit margin for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2018, was 19.6% and 23.5%, compared to 29.2% and 27.1%, respectively, for the same periods in 2017. Year-to-date domestic gross profit margin declined primarily due to an increase in lower margin project work compared to the same period last year.

Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2018

As of December 31, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $7.1 million. Working capital was $12.6 million and current ratio was 1.3 to 1. Total current assets and total assets were $55.1 million and $69.1 million, respectively. Total current liabilities and total liabilities were $42.5 million and $44.3 million, and total equity was $24.8 million as of December 31, 2018.

About SPAR Group

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide and coordinates the operations through the use of multi-lingual proprietary technology which drives the logistics, communication and reporting for global operations and customers. SPAR works primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, value, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, toy, home improvement and electronics stores, as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied these project and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories “on the shelf” in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company currently does business in ten countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. For more information, please visit the SPAR Group’s website at http://www.sparinc.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains and the above referenced recorded comments will contain “forward-looking statements” made by SPAR Group, Inc. (“SGRP”, and together with its subsidiaries, the “SPAR Group” or the “Company”), There also are “forward looking statements” contained in SGRP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 (the “Annual Report”), which was filed by SGRP with the SEC on April 15, 2019, and SGRP’s definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on or about May 16, 2019 (the “Proxy Statement”), which SGRP will be filling with the SEC on or about April 29,2019, and SGRP’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including the Annual Report and the Proxy Statement, each a “SEC Report”). “Forward-looking statements” are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, “Securities Laws”).

You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report (See Item 1A – Risk Factors) and any other risks, cautions or information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or other applicable SEC Report. All forward-looking and other statements or information attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly subject to and qualified by all such risk factors and other risks, cautions and information.

The Company does not intend or promise, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, risk factors or other risks, cautions or information (in whole or in part), whether as a result of new information, risks or uncertainties, future events or recognition or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable law.

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Statements of Loss and Comprehensive (Loss) Income (In thousands, except share and per share data) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, --------------------- ----------------------- 2018 2017 2018 2017 ---------- ---------- - ------- - - ------- - 57,000 50,020 229,191 $ 181,381 Net revenues $ $ $ Cost of revenues 44,750 39,038 184,904 144,601 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Gross profit 12,250 10,982 44,287 36,780 Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,879 8,576 34,188 30,564 Settlement and other charges 945 - 4,261 - Depreciation and amortization 514 600 2,109 2,126 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Operating income 1,912 1,806 3,729 4,090 Interest expense 209 220 1,095 337 Other loss (income), net 8 (125 ) (406 ) (401 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Income before income tax expense 1,695 1,711 3,040 4,154 Income tax expense 1,067 2,069 1,402 2,977 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Net income (loss) 628 (358 ) 1,638 1,177 Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest (1,162 ) (911 ) (3,189 ) (2,100 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Net loss attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ (534 ) $ (1,269 ) $ (1,551 ) $ (923 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Basic net loss per common share: $ (0.03 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (0.04 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Diluted net loss per common share: $ (0.03 ) $ (0.06 ) $ (0.07 ) $ (0.04 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Weighted average common shares – basic 21,160 20,571 20,684 20,617 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Weighted average common shares – diluted 21,160 21,571 20,684 21,617 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Net income (loss) $ 628 $ (358 ) $ 1,638 $ 1,177 Other comprehensive income (loss): Foreign currency translation adjustments 178 366 (3,284 ) 1,315 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Comprehensive income (loss) 806 8 (1,646 ) 2,492 Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to non-controlling (1,444 ) 966 (1,837 ) (2,698 ) interest - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Comprehensive (loss) income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc. $ (638 ) $ 974 $ (3,283 ) $ (206 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- -

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries Consolidated Balance Sheets (In thousands, except share and per share data) December December 31, 31, 2018 2017 -------- -------- Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $ 7,111 $ 8,827 Accounts receivable, net 46,162 35,964 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,879 2,031 - ------ - ------ Total current assets 55,132 46,822 2,950 2,712 Property and equipment, net Goodwill 3,788 1,836 Intangible assets, net 3,332 1,634 Deferred income taxes 2,568 3,055 Other assets 1,325 1,929 - ------ - ------ Total assets $ 69,095 $ 57,988 - ------ - ------ Liabilities and equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 8,668 $ 7,341 Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 18,168 13,581 Due to affiliates 4,645 3,026 Customer incentives and deposits 620 1,539 Lines of credit and short-term loans 10,414 6,839 - ------ - ------ Total current liabilities 42,515 32,326 Long-term debt and other liabilities 1,806 107 - ------ - ------ Total liabilities 44,321 32,433 Equity: SPAR Group, Inc. equity Preferred stock, $.01 par value: Authorized and available shares– 2,445,598 Issued and outstanding shares– None – September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017 – – Common stock, $.01 par value: Authorized shares – 47,000,000 Issued shares – 20,784,483 – December 31, 2018 and 208 207 20,680,717 December 31, 2017 Treasury stock, at cost 7,895 shares – December 31, 2018 and (8 ) (115 ) 104,398 shares – December 31, 2017 Additional paid-in capital 16,304 16,271 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (3,638 ) (1,690 ) Retained earnings 3,432 4,977 - ------ - ------ Total SPAR Group, Inc. equity 16,298 19,650 Non-controlling interest 8,476 5,905 - ------ - ------ Total equity 24,774 25,555 - ------ - ------ Total liabilities and equity $ 69,095 $ 57,988 - ------ - ------

GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Three Months Three Months Twelve Months Twelve Months Ended Ended Ended Ended ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- Net (loss) income: 31-Dec-18 31-Dec-17 31-Dec-18 31-Dec-17 ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- GAAP net loss (534) (1,269) (1,551) (923) ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- One Time Charges 1,369 - 3,780 - ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- Tax Provision impact (300) 1,841 (900) 1,841 ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- Total non-GAAP net income 535 572 1,329 918 ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- ------------- Non-GAAP Earnings Per $0.03 $0.03 $0.06 $0.04 Basic and Diluted share: ------------------------- ------------ ------------ ------------- -------------

Company Contact: James R. Segreto Chief Financial Officer SPAR Group, Inc. (248) 364-8410 Investor Contact: Dave Mossberg Three Part Advisors (817) 310-0051