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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reiterates Annual Guidance as Profitable ‘Pay Your Age’ Events Positively Impact Business Trends

August 30, 2018

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 30, 2018--Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) today reported results for the fiscal 2018 second quarter and 26 weeks ended August 4, 2018. Given the Company’s previously announced fiscal year-end change, references to the prior year are based on the unaudited recast results for the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018.

Sharon Price John, Build-A-Bear Workshop President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “To truly understand our second quarter results, it is important to realize that sales in the first nine weeks of the period were below expectations, negatively impacting profit, while the final four weeks, with the introduction of the ‘Pay Your Age’ events, including our ‘Count Your Candles’ birthday program, far surpassed our expectations. The surge of interest from the events delivered a meaningful profit, although it was not enough to offset the start of the quarter.

“The period also saw progress toward the transformation of our company as we continued to successfully leverage the power of our brand with the goal of diversifying our real estate portfolio and revenue streams. With that in mind, we are pleased to share that we are continuing our strategy of expanding into a variety of high-traffic tourist areas, including a new stand-alone location at Navy Pier in Chicago with plans to open at Fashion Show in Las Vegas later this year. We also expect to open a shop-in-shop location in New York City’s Rockefeller Center inside the FAO Schwarz store, which is slated to open in November. Separately, we expect to increase our global presence with the recent addition of a new franchisee in India. And, finally, we have secured several new outbound brand licensing arrangements covering various consumer categories, with product expected to be available across a number of retailers ahead of the holidays.

“I remain energized about the opportunities that lie ahead to capitalize on the brand strength of Build-A-Bear as we look to share our memorable experience with more consumers, more often, around the world,” concluded Ms. John.

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights (13 weeks ended August 4, 2018, compared to the 13 weeks ended July 29, 2017):

Consolidated revenues were $83.2 million compared to $79.2 million in the fiscal 2017 second quarter, an increase of $4.0 million; Consolidated revenues rose 5.0%, including an 8.7% increase in North America and a 14.9% decrease in Europe, and also inclusive of a 14.4% increase in consolidated e-commerce. Notably, the European results reflected the impact caused by the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, as well as the May 2018 implementation of new privacy laws, which restricted our ability to directly market to guests; Consolidated net retail sales were $81.0 million, an increase of 6.1%, compared to $76.4 million in the fiscal 2017 second quarter; Retail gross margin dollars increased $0.4 million to $34.4 million compared to the fiscal 2017 second quarter, while the retail gross margin rate declined 210 basis points to 42.5%. The rate decline was driven by contraction in merchandise margin due to promotional activity associated with the Pay Your Age events covering the final four weeks of the quarter, partially offset by the leverage of fixed occupancy costs. The decrease in gross margin rate also included a 50 basis-point negative impact from the adoption of accounting changes in revenue recognition, as expected; Selling, general and administrative expenses were $37.9 million, or 45.6% of total revenues, a 40 basis-point increase compared to the fiscal 2017 second quarter. The increase was primarily driven by store labor and supply costs related to the stronger sales trend at the end of the quarter as well as unfavorable currency exchange rates; Pre-tax loss was $2.5 million compared to a pre-tax loss of $0.2 million in the fiscal 2017 second quarter; Income tax benefit was $0.7 million with an effective tax rate of 29.3%, compared to $0.2 million in the fiscal 2017 second quarter; and Net loss was $1.8 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to a net income of $44 thousand, or $0.00 per diluted share, in the fiscal 2017 second quarter.

Store Activity:

In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company opened 13 locations and remodeled or reformatted 11 stores into a Discovery format, ending the quarter with 34% of its store base in an updated Discovery design. As of August 4, 2018, the Company operated 365 corporately-managed locations, including 307 in North America and 58 outside of North America. The Company’s international franchisees ended the quarter with 96 stores in 10 countries.

Balance Sheet:

As of August 4, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $20.4 million. The Company ended the quarter with no borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Total inventory at quarter-end was $47.8 million compared to $59.4 million at the end of the second quarter of 2017, a decrease of 19.4%, primarily due to the increase in sales resulting from the Pay Your Age events late in the quarter. In the second quarter of fiscal 2018, capital expenditures totaled $4.1 million and depreciation and amortization were $4.0 million.

Share Repurchase:

The Company repurchased nearly 91,000 shares of its common stock for $0.7 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2018. As of August 4, 2018, the Company had $9.3 million remaining on the share repurchase authorization that was adopted in August 2017.

Fiscal Year Change:

As previously disclosed, the Company’s Board of Directors approved a change in the Company’s fiscal year-end, which previously ended on the Saturday closest to December 31, to the Saturday closest to January 31. This change was effective following the end of the Company’s 2017 fiscal year.

Accounting Changes Impacting Revenue Recognition:

On December 31, 2017, the Company adopted “Revenue from Contracts with Customers” (Accounting Standard Codification “Topic 606”), as required. While the majority of the Company’s revenues were not impacted by Topic 606, the timing of the recognition of breakage revenue for certain gift cards changed. Upon adoption, the Company recorded a pre-tax cumulative effect increase to retained earnings of approximately $12.3 million representing gift card breakage revenue not previously recognized that was accelerated due to Topic 606. The change will negatively impact the Company’s fiscal 2018 total revenue and pre-tax income by an estimated $3.9 million with the remaining balance of the cumulative effect adjustment predominantly impacting fiscal years 2019 and 2020.

2018 Expectations (52 weeks ending February 2, 2019, compared to the 53 weeks ended February 3, 2018):

The Company is reiterating its guidance for fiscal year 2018. On a GAAP basis, the Company currently expects:

Total revenue for the year to be in the range of $345 to $355 million. For the remainder of the fiscal year, the Company expects total revenue to be flat to a slight increase compared to the same unaudited recast period in the fiscal year ended February 3, 2018 excluding; the $2.6 million balance of the negative impact of the previously mentioned accounting changes; andthe revenue from the one extra week included in the recast 2017 fiscal year; Pre-tax income to be in the range of $8.0 million to $11.5 million. As a reminder, 2018 guidance reflects an estimated $3.9 million negative impact due to the adoption of accounting changes in revenue recognition; Diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.40 to $0.57; Capital expenditures to be in the range of $15 to $18 million with depreciation and amortization in the range of $16 to $17 million; and To end the year with cash and cash equivalents in the range of $25 to $30 million.

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 September 6, 2018. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is 13682484.

About Build-A-Bear

Build-A-Bear is a global brand kids love and parents trust that seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has over 400 stores worldwide where guests can create customizable furry friends, including corporately-managed stores in the United States, Canada, China, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, and the United Kingdom, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. In 2018, Build-A-Bear was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For ® list for the 10th year in a row. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE:BBW) posted total revenue of $357.9 million in fiscal 2017. For more information, visit the Investor Relations section of buildabear.com.

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