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PFSweb Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

-Record Bookings in LiveArea and Heightened Fulfillment Volumes in PFS Drive Strong Results in Q1-

-Favorable Year-over-Year Trends Continuing into Q2; Reiterates 2020 Guidance Amid COVID-19-

ALLEN, Texas, May 07, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global commerce services company, is reporting results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

Q1 2020 Highlights vs. Q1 2019

  • Total revenues increased 6% to $76.7 million.
  • Service fee equivalent (SFE) revenue (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 5% to $54.7 million.
  • Service fee gross margin increased 210 bps to 36.1%.
  • Net loss improved to $0.2 million or $(0.01) per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million or $(0.06) per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 19% to $4.0 million compared to $3.3 million.

Management Commentary

“Our Q1 results were highlighted by another quarter of record bookings in LiveArea and strong fulfillment volumes in PFS,” said Mike Willoughby, CEO of PFSweb. “The momentum we established in both business units late last year has carried into 2020, and we believe we are well-positioned to return to sustainable growth. This confirms that the investments we made last year to restructure our sales and marketing efforts and strengthen our LiveArea executive leadership are working, even amid the current COVID-19 environment.

“Across our business, we have implemented several key measures to prioritize our employees’ health and safety in response to the pandemic, while enabling us to continue to provide high quality service capabilities to our clients. We transitioned the majority of our global team to a work-from-home model, including our entire global contact center staff.  In our distribution centers—which are considered an essential service and have remained fully functional—we have provided personal protective equipment and instituted strict cleaning regimens and social distancing practices. Despite the pandemic, our global workforce continues to operate at full strength. We believe we have achieved a sustainable operating model and we are prepared to operate in this mode for the foreseeable future as necessary.

“Since the end of Q1, we have experienced continued strong growth trends in this new environment. In LiveArea, while certain projects have been delayed, we continued to see new opportunities arise from new and existing clients throughout April, as companies look to enhance their eCommerce capabilities in the wake of nationwide stay-at-home mandates. In PFS, our fulfillment services are currently operating at heightened volumes as a result of increased online orders, COVID-19-related disruptions to our clients’ operations, as well as non-traditional promotions from clients looking to replace lost revenue at brick-and-mortar retail. In fact, we have increased personnel for our distribution and contact centers in response to this growing demand and for seasonal peak volumes related to Mother’s Day this weekend.

“Looking to the remainder of 2020, we are reiterating our prior expectations for consolidated 2020 SFE revenue growth in the mid-to-high single digits compared to 2019, as well as adjusted EBITDA margin expansion for the year. While our business is benefitting in certain areas from the current environment and we are comfortable with our cash and balance sheet position, we will remain prudent with our cost controls and liquidity as a precautionary measure. We will also continue to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our clients’ activity and financial position, in addition to our own business as we cannot predict the full effects of this pandemic or its duration.

“On a long-term basis, we believe the pandemic will drive further growth opportunities and investments into eCommerce channels, and our end-to-end service offering is well positioned to address the opportunities and challenges that this growth will create.

“Above all, we are grateful to have had only a small number of confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 within our entire global workforce, all with relatively mild symptoms and none requiring hospitalization up to this point. We will continue to ensure a safe work environment for our teams and serve as a key partner to our clients during these unprecedented times.” 

First Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total revenues in the first quarter of 2020 increased 6% to $76.7 million compared to $72.1 million in the same period of 2019. Service fee revenue in the first quarter increased 6% to $54.3 million compared to $51.4 million in the first quarter last year. Product revenue from the company’s last remaining client under this legacy business model remained flat at $7.5 million compared to the same period of 2019.

SFE revenue in the first quarter increased 5% to $54.7 million compared to $51.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The increase was primarily driven by the benefit of new client wins and higher fulfillment activity in PFS, partially offset by the loss of SFE revenue from two client bankruptcies in 2019.

Service fee gross margin in the first quarter of 2020 increased 210 basis points to 36.1% compared to 34.0% in the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily due to higher margins in PFS as a result of more favorable revenue mix. Gross margins for both segments continued to be within the guidance range of 25% to 30% for the PFS segment and 40% to 50% for the LiveArea segment.

Net loss in the first quarter of 2020 improved to $0.2 million or $(0.01) per share, compared to a net loss of $1.2 million or $(0.06) per share in the same period of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter increased to $4.0 million compared to $3.3 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of SFE revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin increased 80 basis points to 7.2% compared to 6.4%.

Non-GAAP net income (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased to $1.1 million in the first quarter of 2020 compared to $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2019.

At March 31, 2020, net debt (a non-GAAP measure defined as total debt, excluding operating lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents) was $25.9 million compared to $25.4 million at December 31, 2019. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $14.5 million compared to $12.4 million at December 31, 2019. Total debt at March 31, 2020 was $40.4 million compared to $37.8 million at the end of last year.

2020 Outlook
Subject to the unknown effects of this pandemic, PFSweb continues to expect growth for each of its business units in 2020, with consolidated SFE revenue growing mid-to-high single digits compared to 2019. Coupled with an ongoing focus on costs, PFSweb also continues to expect to improve adjusted EBITDA margin in 2020. 

COVID-19 Response
PFSweb maintains information related to its ongoing response to the COVID-19 crisis on its corporate websites at www.pfsweb.com/covid-19-response/.

Conference Call
PFSweb will conduct a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

PFSweb management will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: (866) 220-4153
International dial-in number: (864) 663-5228
Conference ID: 8655973

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the investor relations section of the company’s website at www.pfsweb.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 21, 2020.

Toll-free replay number: (855) 859-2056
International replay number: (404) 537-3406
Replay ID: 8655973

About PFSweb, Inc.
PFSweb (NASDAQ: PFSW) is a global commerce services company that manages the online customer shopping experience on behalf of major branded manufacturers and retailers. Across two business units – LiveArea for strategy consulting, creative design, digital marketing, and web development services, and PFS for order fulfillment, contact center, payment processing/fraud management, and order management services – they provide solutions to a broad range of Fortune 500® companies and household brand names such as Procter & Gamble, L’Oréal USA, ASICS, PANDORA, Ralph Lauren, Shiseido Americas, the United States Mint, and many more. PFSweb enables these brands to provide a more convenient and brand-centric online shopping experience through both traditional and online business channels. The company is headquartered in Allen, TX with additional locations around the globe. For more information, please visit www.pfsweb.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This news release contains certain non-GAAP measures, including non-GAAP net income (loss), net debt, earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted EBITDA and service fee equivalent revenue.

Non-GAAP net income (loss) represents net income (loss) calculated in accordance with U.S. GAAP as adjusted for the impact of non-cash stock-based compensation expense, acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs (including certain client related bankruptcy costs), amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets and deferred tax expense for goodwill amortization.

EBITDA represents earnings (or losses) before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA further eliminates the effect of stock-based compensation, as well as acquisition-related, restructuring, and other costs (including certain client related bankruptcy costs).

Service fee equivalent revenue represents service fee revenue plus the gross profit earned on product revenue and does not alter existing revenue recognition.

Non-GAAP net income (loss), EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and service fee equivalent revenue are used by management, analysts, investors and other interested parties in evaluating our operating performance compared to that of other companies in our industry. The calculation of non-GAAP net income (loss) eliminates the effect of stock-based compensation, acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs (including certain client related bankruptcy costs), amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and deferred tax expense for goodwill amortization, and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA further eliminate the effect of financing, remaining income taxes and the accounting effects of capital spending, which items may vary from different companies for reasons unrelated to overall operating performance. Service fee equivalent revenue allows client contracts with similar operational support models but different financial models to be combined as if all contracts were being operated on a service fee revenue basis.

Net debt represents total debt, excluding operating lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents.

PFS believes these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to both management and investors by focusing on certain operational metrics and excluding certain expenses in order to present its core operating performance and results. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP results. The non-GAAP measures included in this press release have been reconciled to the GAAP results in the attached tables.

Forward-Looking Statements
The matters discussed herein consist of forward-looking information under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is subject to and involves risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information. You can identify these forward-looking statements by words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “should,” “could,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,”  “intend,” “plan,” “potential,” “project,” “seek,” “strive,” “predict,” “continue,” “target,” and “estimate” and other similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and may include assumptions as to how we may perform in the future, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business, results of operations and global economic conditions. Although we believe the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee these expectations will actually be achieved. PFS' Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the year ended December 31, 2019 and any subsequent amendments or quarterly reports on Form 10-Q identify certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward looking statements made and investors are advised to review the periodic reports of the company and the Risk Factors described therein. PFS undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future. There may be additional risks that we do not currently view as material or that are not presently known.

Company Contact:
Michael C. Willoughby
Chief Executive Officer
Or
Thomas J. Madden
Chief Financial Officer
1-972-881-2900

Investor Relations:
Sean Mansouri, CFA or Scott Liolios
Gateway Investor Relations
1-949-574-3860
PFSW@gatewayir.com



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
       
  (Unaudited)    
  March 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019  
ASSETS      
CURRENT ASSETS:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,503     $ 12,434  
Restricted cash   214       214  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,237 and $1,071 at March 31, 2020   63,898       72,262  
and December 31, 2019, respectively      
Inventories, net of reserves of $166 and $291 at March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   2,012       3,281  
Other receivables   4,019       3,324  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   7,696       6,954  
Total current assets   92,342       98,469  
       
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net   17,081       18,436  
OPERATING LEASE RIGHT-OF-USE ASSETS, net   34,550       36,403  
IDENTIFIABLE INTANGIBLES, net   1,012       1,135  
GOODWILL   44,910       45,393  
OTHER ASSETS   3,909       3,772  
Total assets $ 193,804     $ 203,608  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
CURRENT LIABILITIES:      
Trade accounts payable $ 37,455     $ 44,640  
Accrued expenses   21,013       21,625  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   8,728       8,904  
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   3,040       2,971  
Deferred revenues   4,846       6,058  
Total current liabilities   75,082       84,198  
       
LONG-TERM DEBT AND CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS, less current portion   37,313       34,829  
DEFERRED REVENUES, less current portion   959       1,398  
OPERATING LEASE LIABILITIES   31,165       33,295  
OTHER LIABILITIES   3,146       3,046  
Total liabilities   147,665       156,766  
       
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES      
       
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY:      
Preferred stock, $1.00 par value; 1,000,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding   -       -  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 35,000,000 shares authorized; 19,499,220 and 19,465,877 issued at   19       19  
March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; and 19,465,753 and 19,432,410 outstanding at      
March 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively      
Additional paid-in capital   158,664       158,192  
Accumulated deficit   (110,174 )     (109,943 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (2,245 )     (1,301 )
Treasury stock at cost, 33,467 shares   (125 )     (125 )
Total shareholders' equity   46,139       46,842  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 193,804     $ 203,608  
       



         
         
         
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)  
         
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
    2020       2019    
REVENUES:        
  Service fee revenue $ 54,298     $ 51,439    
  Product revenue, net   7,533       7,499    
  Pass-through revenue   14,868       13,211    
    Total revenues   76,699       72,149    
         
COSTS OF REVENUES:        
  Cost of service fee revenue   34,716       33,958    
  Cost of product revenue   7,123       7,077    
  Cost of pass-through revenue   14,868       13,211    
    Total costs of revenues   56,707       54,246    
    Gross profit   19,992       17,903    
SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES   19,369       18,346    
  Income (loss) from operations   623       (443 )  
INTEREST EXPENSE, NET   415       512    
  Income (loss) before income taxes   208       (955 )  
INCOME TAX EXPENSE   439       209    
NET LOSS   (231 )     (1,164 )  
NON-GAAP NET INCOME $ 1,076     $ 178    
         
NET LOSS PER SHARE:        
  Basic $ (0.01 )   $ (0.06 )  
  Diluted $ (0.01 )   $ (0.06 )  
         
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING:        
  Basic   19,679       19,486    
  Diluted   19,679       19,486    
         
EBITDA $ 2,908     $ 2,272    
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 3,959     $ 3,318    
         



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP  
(In Thousands)  
         
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
    2020       2019    
         
NET LOSS $ (231 )   $ (1,164 )  
  Income tax expense   439       209    
  Interest expense, net   415       512    
  Depreciation and amortization   2,285       2,715    
EBITDA   2,908       2,272    
  Stock-based compensation   545       651    
  Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   506       395    
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 3,959     $ 3,318    
         
         
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
    2020       2019    
         
NET LOSS $ (231 )   $ (1,164 )  
  Stock-based compensation   545       651    
  Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   122       166    
  Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   506       395    
  Deferred tax expense - goodwill amortization   134       130    
NON-GAAP NET INCOME $ 1,076     $ 178    
         
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
    2020       2019    
         
TOTAL REVENUES $ 76,699     $ 72,149    
  Pass-through revenue   (14,868 )     (13,211 )  
  Cost of product revenue   (7,123 )     (7,077 )  
SERVICE FEE EQUIVALENT REVENUE $ 54,708     $ 51,861    
         



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information  
 and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP  
(In Thousands)  
           
The segment financial data for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, reflect the financial performance for each of the segments based on the current financial presentation reviewed by the company’s Chief Operating Decision Makers. The company is continuing to evaluate its segregation of costs among the business units, including an effort to further allocate certain Corporate costs into the two operating business units to enhance cost focus and responsibility.    
           
  Three Months Ended    
  March 31,    
    2020       2019      
PFS Operations          
Revenues:          
Service fee revenue $ 33,431     $ 33,055      
Product revenue, net   7,533       7,499      
Pass-through revenue   13,956       12,876      
Total revenues   54,920       53,430      
Costs of revenues:          
Cost of service fee revenue   23,305       23,920      
Cost of product revenue   7,123       7,077      
Cost of pass-through revenue   13,956       12,876      
Total costs of revenues   44,384       43,873      
Gross profit   10,536       9,557      
Direct operating expenses   7,444       7,030      
Direct contribution   3,092       2,527      
Depreciation and amortization   1,774       2,052      
Stock-based compensation   69       117      
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   640       464      
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 5,575     $ 5,160      
           
TOTAL REVENUES $ 54,920     $ 53,430      
Pass-through revenue   (13,956 )     (12,876 )    
Cost of product revenue   (7,123 )     (7,077 )    
SERVICE FEE EQUIVALENT REVENUE $ 33,841     $ 33,477      
           



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries  
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information  
 and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP  
(In Thousands)  
           
  Three Months Ended    
  March 31,    
    2020       2019      
LiveArea Professional Services          
Revenues:          
Service fee revenue $ 20,867     $ 18,384      
Pass-through revenue   912       335      
Total revenues   21,779       18,719      
Costs of revenues:          
Cost of service fee revenue   11,411       10,038      
Cost of pass-through revenue   912       335      
Total costs of revenues   12,323       10,373      
Gross profit   9,456       8,346      
Direct operating expenses   6,274       6,473      
Direct contribution   3,182       1,873      
Depreciation and amortization   223       331      
Stock-based compensation   135       150      
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   1       33      
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 3,541     $ 2,387      
           
Corporate          
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ (5,651 )   $ (4,843 )    
Depreciation and amortization   288       332      
EBITDA   (5,363 )     (4,511 )    
Stock-based compensation   341       384      
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   (135 )     (102 )    
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ (5,157 )   $ (4,229 )    
           

 

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