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Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Results

November 29, 2018

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 29, 2018--Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) today reported results for the fiscal 2018 third quarter and 39 weeks ended November 3, 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, “In a seasonably small third quarter in which we had forecasted a loss, we ultimately delivered sales and profitability below expectations. The majority of the shortfall was driven by three circumstances. First, we chose to strategically deemphasize our historically successful National Teddy Bear Day promotion to avoid the potential of long lines and frustrated guests on the heels of the Pay Your Age Day events. Second, our U.K. business continued to decline beyond expectations due to a challenging retail environment brought on by Brexit and the implementation of new privacy laws that have significantly inhibited our ability to build our contact database and market directly to our guests. And finally, organic family traffic to traditional malls continued to struggle which we believe was exacerbated by the comparative lack of high impact animated films that tend to bring our target demographic to malls with co-located theaters. Historically, we have seen increased traffic and sales associated with child-friendly film releases.

“In response, we have plans in place to recoup a portion of the lost sales from National Teddy Bear Day with a like promotion planned later this fiscal year. We are actively working to rebuild our U.K. consumer loyalty base and communication plans within the parameters of the new privacy laws. We are also intently focused on managing expenses through what we believe to be a temporary market disruption pending the resolution of Brexit and related issues. While we look forward to a strong and continuous 2019 family movie slate to help buoy traditional mall traffic with co-located theaters with expected benefits starting in January, we recognize that macro shopping habits have fundamentally changed in our core markets. We expect the strategies we have been implementing with our long-range real estate and e-commerce plans to ultimately lead to profitable growth.

Ms. John continued, “We believe we are taking the necessary steps to address the current business while our long-term focus remains on driving the strategies intended to transform the company to better monetize the equity of the Build-A-Bear brand. We have laid substantial groundwork and are beginning to see results on a number of fronts such as outbound licensing and the evolution and diversification of our real estate portfolio to include more tourist, seasonal, and shop-in-shop venues designed to broaden our consumer reach beyond traditional malls. Examples range from the recently opened location inside FAO Schwarz in New York City to six new pilot locations inside of a large national retailer. Additionally, our e-commerce business has consistently delivered double-digit quarterly growth following the upgrade of our website last October as we continue to add capabilities. In fact, even with a number of changes and disruptions in market dynamics, we believe many of the puzzle pieces of our overarching strategy from retail diversification to international franchising to out-bound licensing, are beginning to fall into place. With that in mind, we continue to systematically work toward our goal of a being a company that can consistently and profitably monetize the power of one of the most trusted, recognized and beloved kids’ brands today,” concluded Ms. John.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights (13 weeks ended November 3, 2018, compared to the 13 weeks ended October 28, 2017):

Consolidated revenues were $68.7 million compared to $76.2 million in the fiscal 2017 third quarter, a decrease of $7.5 million; Consolidated revenues decreased 9.8%, including a 7.4% decrease in North America and a 23.1% decrease in Europe, and also inclusive of a 17.8% increase in consolidated e-commerce sales. European results continue to reflect the impact of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit, as well as the May 2018 implementation of new privacy laws, which severely inhibited the Company’s ability to directly market to guests; Consolidated net retail sales were $65.3 million, a decline of 12.3%, compared to $74.4 million in the fiscal 2017 third quarter; Retail gross margin dollars decreased $8.0 million to $23.2 million compared to the fiscal 2017 third quarter. The retail gross margin rate declined 640 basis points to 35.5% including approximately 150 basis points related to non-cash store impairment charges outside of the U.S. and the adoption of the new revenue recognition standard as well as approximately 370 basis points related to the deleverage of fixed occupancy costs. The remaining decline was driven primarily by higher promotional activity related to the residual effects of Pay Your Age Day as well as the deleverage of distribution costs in the quarter. Notably, total occupancy and distribution costs were flat even with a higher store count resulting in a lower average cost per store; Selling, general and administrative expenses were $35.1 million, a decline of $1.1 million compared to the fiscal 2017 third quarter. The decrease was primarily driven by lower payroll and advertising costs; Pre-tax loss was $10.0 million compared to $3.9 million in the fiscal 2017 third quarter; Income tax benefit was $3.9 million with an effective tax rate of 39.3% compared to $1.4 million in the fiscal 2017 third quarter. The 2018 effective tax rate differed from the statutory rate of 21% primarily due to the jurisdictional mix of earnings; and Net loss was $6.1 million, or $0.42 per share, compared to a net loss of $2.5 million, or $0.16 per share, in the fiscal 2017 third quarter.

Store Activity:

In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, the Company opened 12 locations and reformatted one store into a Discovery format, ending the quarter with 37% of its store base in an updated Discovery design. As of November 3, 2018, the Company operated 371 corporately-managed locations, including 312 in North America and 59 outside of North America. The Company’s international franchisees ended the quarter with 94 stores in 11 countries.

Balance Sheet:

As of November 3, 2018, cash and cash equivalents totaled $8.6 million. The Company ended the quarter with $7.3 million in borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Total inventory at quarter-end was $57.3 million compared to $62.9 million at the end of the third quarter of 2017, a decrease of 8.8%. In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, capital expenditures were $1.7 million, and depreciation and amortization totaled $4.0 million.

Share Repurchase:

The Company repurchased nearly 60,000 shares of its common stock for $0.5 million during the third quarter of fiscal 2018. As of November 3, 2018, the Company had $8.8 million remaining of 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 the adoption of 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 revising its guidance for fiscal year 2018 and currently expects:

Total GAAP revenue in the fourth quarter to be in the range of $105 to $110 million and $340 to $345 million for the full fiscal year; SG&A in the fourth quarter to be about 10% lower compared to the prior year’s recast 14-week fourth quarter partially driven by one less week of operating expenses; Pre-tax results in the fourth quarter to be in the range of $9 to $13 million income and for the fiscal year 2018, to be in the range of a $3 million loss to $1 million income, not inclusive of any additional or unforeseen accounting charges; Tax expense for the fourth quarter to be in the range of $4 to $5.5 million; Capital expenditures for fiscal year 2018 to be in the range of $14 to $15 million with depreciation and amortization to be approximately $16 million; and Cash and cash equivalents to be approximately $25 million as of fiscal year-end.

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 December 6, 2018. The telephone replay is available by calling (844) 512-2921. The access code is 13684751.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

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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 March 15, 2018 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.

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CONTACT: Investors:

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Build-A-Bear Workshop

314.423.8000 x5221

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Build-A-Bear Workshop

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