ALBANY, N.Y., Aug. 30, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Trans World Entertainment Corporation (Nasdaq: TWMC) today reported financial results for its second quarter ended August 4, 2018.

“etailz revenue increased 19% from the comparative quarter in Fiscal 2017 and contributed 51% of total consolidated revenue as compared to 43% in the prior year. The 19% increase followed a 48% increase in the second quarter of 2017. We continue to invest in the growth opportunity of the existing model, as well as a number of additional higher margin marketplace platform opportunities. In the fye segment, our sales results were impacted by tough comparisons due to the performance of fidget spinners, which represented 4% of sales in the second quarter of last year. Efforts to change our merchandise point of view based on unique, relevant, collaborative and exclusive merchandise is starting to yield results as sales improved throughout the quarter with July comp sales down 0.7%,” commented Mike Feurer, Chief Executive Officer.

Second Quarter Overview Consolidated

-- Total revenue decreased 0.3% to $102.2 million compared to $102.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. -- Net loss was $9.5 million, or $0.26 per share, for the 13 weeks ended August 4, 2018, compared to a net loss of $5.6 million, or $0.15 per share, for the same period last year. -- Loss from operations was $9.4 million compared to an operating loss of $5.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017. -- Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $6.0 million compared to a loss of $2.3 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 (see note 1). -- Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash as of August 4, 2018 was $14.7 million, compared to $26.2 million as of July 29, 2017. -- Borrowings under the credit facility at the end of the second quarter were $6.3 million. There were no borrowings under the credit facility at the end of the second quarter last year. -- Inventory was $114.9 million at the end of second quarter of 2018 as compared to $126.7 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017.

Twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 Overview – Consolidated

-- Total revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 decreased 2.8% to $198.8 million, compared to $204.4 million for the same period last year. -- Net loss was $17.7 million, or $0.49 per share, for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, compared to a net loss of $2.0 million, or $0.06 per share, for the same period last year. During the first half of last year, the Company recorded an $8.7 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, gain on insurance proceeds from Company-owned life insurance policies on the former Chairman. -- Loss from operations was $17.5 million compared to an operating loss of $10.6 million for the twenty-six weeks ended July 29, 2017. -- Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) was a loss of $10.8 million compared to a loss of $3.4 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 (see note 1).

Segment Highlights Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-six Weeks Ended ----------------------- ($ in thousands) August 4, July 29, August 4, July 29, 2018 2017 2018 2017 ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Total Revenue fye $ 50,545 $ 58,958 $ 104,608 $ 123,902 etailz 51,629 43,521 94,169 80,544 Total Company $ 102,174 $ 102,479 $ 198,777 $ 204,446 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Gross Profit fye $ 20,634 $ 25,085 $ 42,905 $ 51,995 etailz 11,539 10,085 20,956 19,480 Total Company $ 32,173 $ 35,170 $ 63,861 $ 71,475 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - SG&A fye $ 26,103 $ 28,226 $ 52,592 $ 57,321 etailz 12,067 9,291 22,070 17,576 Total Company $ 38,170 $ 37,517 $ 74,662 $ 74,897 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Loss From Operations fye $ (6,629 ) $ (5,467 ) $ (12,001 ) $ (9,853 ) etailz (2,760 ) 98 (5,547 ) (723 ) Total Company $ (9,389 ) $ (5,369 ) $ (17,548 ) $ (10,576 ) - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Reconciliation of etailz Income (Loss) from Operations to etailz Adjusted Income (Loss) From Operations etailz income (loss) from operations $ (2,760 ) $ 98 $ (5,547 ) $ (723 ) Acquisition related amortization expense $ 972 $ 965 $ 1,944 $ 1,936 Acquisition related compensation expense, net of contingency $ 1,118 $ (319 ) $ 2,240 $ 590 benefit etailz adjusted income (loss) from operations $ (670 ) $ 744 $ (1,363 ) $ 1,803 - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- -

Second Quarter Overview - etailz

-- Revenue for the second quarter was $51.6 million, an 18.6% increase as compared to the second quarter of 2017. etailz revenue contributed 50.5% of total consolidated revenue during the quarter as compared to 42.5% for the same period last year. -- Gross profit for the second quarter was $11.5 million, or 22.3% of revenue, as compared to $10.1 million, or 23.2% of revenue, for the same period last year. The decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales was due to increased warehousing and fulfillment fees. -- Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the second quarter were $12.1 million, or 23.4% of revenue, compared to $9.3 million, or 21.3% of revenue, for the same period last year. The increase in SG&A expenses was due to higher marketplace commissions on the higher sales and investments in product identification and sourcing, technology, and diversification. -- etailz loss from operations was $2.8 million for the second quarter versus income of $0.1 million for the same period last year. -- etailz adjusted loss from operations (a non-GAAP measure) was $0.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to income of $0.7 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2017 (see note 1).

Twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 Overview – etailz

-- Revenue for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 was $94.2 million, a 16.9% increase as compared to the same period in fiscal 2017. etailz revenue contributed 47.4% of total consolidated revenue during the first half of fiscal 2018 as compared to 39.4% in the same period last year. -- Total gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 was $21.0 million, or 22.3% of revenue, compared to $19.5 million, or 24.2% of revenue, for the same period last year. -- SG&A expenses for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 were $22.1 million, or 23.4% of revenue, compared to $17.6 million, or 21.8% of revenue, for the same period last year. -- etailz adjusted loss from operations (a non-GAAP measure) was $1.4 million for the first half of fiscal 2018 compared to income of $1.8 million for the same period last year (see note 1).

Second Quarter Overview - fye

-- Revenue declined 14.3% for the fye segment. The decline in revenue resulted from a 10.4% decline in total stores in operation and a 6.7% decline in comparable store sales compared to the same quarter last year. -- Gross profit for the second quarter was $20.6 million, or 40.8% of revenue, compared to $25.1 million, or 42.5% of revenue, for the same period last year. -- SG&A expenses decreased $2.1 million, or 7.5%, for the second quarter to $26.1 million, or 51.6% of fye revenue, compared to $28.2 million, or 47.9% of fye revenue, for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation. The increase in SG&A as a percentage of revenue was due to the comparable store sales decline. -- The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $6.6 million for the 13 weeks ended August 4, 2018, compared to an operating loss of $5.5 million for same period last year. -- As of August 4, 2018, fye segment inventory was $62 per square foot as compared to $67 per square foot as of July 29, 2017.

Twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 Overview – fye

-- For the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, revenue decreased 15.6% to $104.6 million, compared to $123.9 million for the same period last year. -- Gross profit for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018 was $42.9 million, or 41.0% of revenue, compared to $52.0 million, or 42.0% of revenue, for the same period last year. -- For the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, SG&A expenses decreased $4.7 million, or 8.3% to $52.6 million compared to $57.3 million in the comparable period last year. As a percentage of revenue, SG&A expenses were 50.3% versus 46.3% for the same period last year. The decline in SG&A expenses was due to fewer stores in operation. The increase in SG&A as a percentage of revenue was due to the comparable stores sales decline. -- The fye segment recorded an operating loss of $12.0 million for the twenty-six weeks ended August 4, 2018, compared to an operating loss of $9.9 million for same period last year.

Trans World will host a teleconference call Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 10:00 AM ET to discuss its financial results. Interested parties can listen to the simultaneous webcast on the Company's corporate website, www.twec.com.

TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION Condensed Consolidated Financial Results STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS: (in thousands, except per share data) Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-six Weeks Ended August 4, % to July 29, % to August 4, % to July 29, % to 2018 Revenue2017 Revenue 2018 Revenue2017 Revenue ----------- ------ ------------ ------ ----------- ------ ----------- ------ Net sales $ 101,039 $ 100,914 $ 196,271 $ 201,665 Other revenue 1,135 1,565 2,506 2,781 - ------- - ------ - ------- - ------ - ------- - ------ - ------- - ------ Total revenue $ 102,174 $ 102,479 $ 198,777 $ 204,446 Cost of sales 70,001 68.5 % 67,309 65.7 % 134,916 67.9 % 132,971 65.0 % - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - Gross profit 32,173 31.5 % 35,170 34.3 % 63,861 32.1 % 71,475 35.0 % Selling, general and administrative expenses 38,170 37.4 % 37,517 36.6 % 74,662 37.6 % 74,897 36.6 % Acquisition related compensation expense, net of contingency 1,118 1.1 % (319 ) -0.3 % 2,240 1.1 % 590 0.3 % benefit Depreciation and amortization 2,274 2.2 % 3,341 3.3 % 4,507 2.3 % 6,564 3.2 % expenses - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - Loss from operations (9,389 ) -9.1 % (5,369 ) -5.2 % (17,548 ) -8.8 % (10,576 ) -5.2 % Interest expense 103 0.1 % 59 0.1 % 166 0.1 % 115 0.1 % Loss (gain) on insurance - 129 0.1 % - (8,706 ) -4.3 % proceeds Other income (49 ) 0.0 % (43 ) 0.0 % (128 ) -0.1 % (57 ) 0.0 % - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - Loss before income taxes (9,443 ) -9.2 % (5,514 ) -5.4 % (17,586 ) -8.8 % (1,928 ) -0.9 % Income tax expense 67 0.1 % 51 0.0 % 71 0.0 % 105 0.1 % - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - Net loss $ (9,510 ) -9.3 % $ (5,565 ) -5.4 % $ (17,657 ) -8.9 % $ (2,033 ) -1.0 % - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - - ------- - ---- - Basic and diluted loss per common share: ----------- ----------- ----------- ----------- Basic and diluted loss per share $ (0.26 ) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.49 ) $ (0.06 ) - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - 36,352 36,179 36,295 36,179 basic and diluted - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - - ------- - SELECTED BALANCE SHEET CAPTIONS: August 4, July 29, (in thousands, except store 2018 2017 data) ----------- ----------- Cash, cash equivalents, and $ 14,740 $ 26,169 restricted cash Merchandise inventory 114,920 126,687 Fixed assets (net) 12,648 43,876 Accounts payable 34,200 37,169 Borrowings under line of credit 6,341 - Stores in operation, end of 241 269 period

Notes:

1. Reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss), adjusted to exclude: (i) income tax expense; (ii) gain (loss) on insurance proceeds; (iii) other income (iv) interest expense; (v) depreciation expense; (vi) acquisition related amortization expense; (vii) and acquisition related compensation expense, which includes retention bonuses, restricted stock, and contingency benefit adjustment. Our method of calculating adjusted EBITDA may differ from other issuers and accordingly, this measure may not be comparable to measures used by other issuers. We use adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our own operating performance and as an integral part of our planning process. We present adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental measure because we believe such measure is useful to investors as a reasonable indicator of operating performance. We believe this measure is a financial metric used by many investors to compare companies. This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings (losses), net earnings (loss) from continuing operations or cash flows from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Thirteen Weeks Ended Twenty-six Weeks Ended August 4, July 29, August 4, July 29, ($ in thousands) 2018 2017 2018 2017 ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- Net loss $ (9,510 ) $ (5,565 ) $ (17,657 ) $ (2,033 ) Income tax expense 67 51 71 105 Gain (loss) on insurance proceeds - 129 - (8,706 ) Other income (49 ) (43 ) (128 ) (57 ) Interest expense 103 59 166 115 - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- - Operating loss (9,389 ) (5,369 ) (17,548 ) (10,576 ) Depreciation expense 1,302 2,376 2,563 4,628 Acquisition related amortization expense 972 965 1,944 1,936 Acquisition related compensation expense, net of contingency 1,118 (319 ) 2,240 590 adjustment Adjusted EBITDA $ (5,997 ) $ (2,347 ) $ (10,801 ) $ (3,422 ) - ------ - - ------ - - ------- - - ------- -

The Company believes that etailz adjusted income from operations, per the segment disclosure, when considered together with its GAAP financial results, provides management and investors with a more complete understanding of its business operating results, including underlying trends, by excluding the effects of certain charges. This measure is not a recognized measure of financial performance under GAAP in the United States, and should not be considered as a substitute for operating earnings (losses), net earnings (loss) from continuing operations or cash flows from operating activities, as determined in accordance with GAAP.

Trans World Entertainment is a leading multi-channel retail, blending a 40-year history of entertainment retail experience with digital marketplace expertise. Our brands seamlessly connect customers with the most comprehensive selection of music, movies, and pop culture products on the channel of their choice. For over 40 years, the Company has operated as a leading specialty retailer of entertainment and pop culture merchandise with stores in the United States and Puerto Rico, primarily under the name fye, for your entertainment, and on the web at www.fye.com and www.secondspin.com. In October 2016, the Company acquired etailz, Inc., a leading digital marketplace expert retailer, operating both domestically and internationally. etailz uses a data driven approach to digital marketplace retailing utilizing proprietary software and ecommerce insight coupled with a direct customer relationship engagement to identify new distributors and wholesalers, isolate emerging product trends, and optimize price positioning and inventory purchase decisions. Trans World Entertainment, which established itself as a public company in 1986, is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol “ TWMC ”.

Certain statements in this release set forth management's intentions, plans, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future based on current facts and analyses. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated in such statements. Additional information on factors that may affect the business and financial results of the Company can be found in filings of the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact: Trans World EntertainmentJohn Anderson Chief Financial Officer (518) 452-1242

Contact:Financial Relations BoardMarilynn Meek (mmeek@frbir.com)(212) 827-3773