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PFSweb Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

- Record Bookings in LiveArea, Strong Growth in PFS Establish Solid Foundation for 2021 -

ALLEN, Texas, May 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global commerce services company, is reporting results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

“We have carried our operational momentum into 2021 with a record bookings quarter for LiveArea and strong performance continuing in PFS,” said Mike Willoughby, CEO of PFSweb. “Our high levels of execution across both business units allowed us to drive a 16% increase in service fee revenue year-over-year. Across our organization, we have worked to optimize our resources, further develop our strong pipeline, and stay committed to meeting our clients’ evolving needs amid a dynamic retail environment. As eCommerce tailwinds persist, we expect the solid foundation we have built to fuel our continued progress.”

Q1 2021 Highlights vs. Q1 2020

  • Total revenues increased slightly to $78.0 million.
  • Service fee revenue increased 16% to $62.8 million.
  • Service fee gross margin was 31.1% compared to 36.1%.
  • Net loss was $2.4 million or $(0.11) per share, compared to a net loss of $0.2 million or $(0.01) per share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) was $3.1 million compared to $4.0 million.

Willoughby continued: “In LiveArea, our sales bookings have recovered from the lows of the pandemic and now more fully reflect the benefits of our strategic investments in the business. We experienced some initial project delays and bookings softness last year due to COVID-19-related uncertainties, but have since continued generating strong demand as prospects began to ramp their digital capabilities in response to elevated eCommerce trends. Our high-performance sales team and leadership have worked tirelessly to build our pipeline and execute on the previously booked engagements that are starting to come online.

“Our PFS business continued to experience meaningful growth as compared to the prior year, driven primarily by strong fulfillment volumes in support of our clients’ eCommerce activity. Bookings in PFS also accelerated during Q1, in which we generated our highest level of bookings since Q2 2019. While our margins remain pressured by COVID-19 safety measures and increased frontline labor rates, we are committed to protecting our team and serving as a flexible partner for our existing brands’ fulfillment needs. We have quickly ramped operations in our newest fulfillment center in Las Vegas and we will continue working to optimize our capacity across our global distribution footprint. As a further extension of our successful holiday season, we have agreed to expand our deployment of RetailConnect for one of our clients from five stores to more than 30 by the end of Q2. Our operational agility will allow us to continue adapting to our clients’ needs and fulfilling high customer order volumes, whether in-store or in our facilities.

“With momentum continuing in both business units, we remain on track to achieve our 2021 outlook, which includes targets for year-over-year service fee revenue growth within the 10-15% range for LiveArea and 5-10% range for PFS, as well as moderate adjusted EBITDA margin expansion. I am proud of how well we have performed in these first few months of 2021 and look forward to continuing our work into the rest of the year.”

First Quarter 2021 Financial Results

Total revenues in the first quarter of 2021 increased slightly to $78.0 million compared to $76.7 million in the same period of 2020. Service fee revenue in the first quarter increased 16% to $62.8 million compared to $54.3 million in the same period of 2020, primarily driven by continued strength in PFS fulfillment activity. Service fee revenue for PFS increased by 27% to $42.4 million as compared to the prior year, while LiveArea service fee revenue decreased by $0.5 million to $20.4 million. LiveArea service fee revenue in the first quarter of 2021 was impacted by softness in new and existing client bookings during the June 2020 and September 2020 quarters, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic causing client delays or cancellations of potential technology related projects. Significantly improved levels of client project and engagement bookings by LiveArea during the December 2020 and March 2021 quarters are expected to generate increased service fee revenue during the remainder of 2021 as these projects are implemented. Product revenue from the company’s last remaining client under this legacy business model was $4.3 million compared to $7.5 million in the same period of 2020.

Service fee gross margin in the first quarter of 2021 was 31.1% compared to 36.1% in the same period of 2020. The decrease was primarily attributable to sustained changes in revenue mix, with the lower gross margin PFS segment generating an increased percentage of the overall service fee revenue, as well as increased fulfillment-related labor rates and sanitation costs during the quarter. Additionally, gross margin for the PFS segment continued to be impacted by reduced IT-related project, startup and technology-related activity. As a result, first quarter gross margin for PFS was at the lower end of the segment’s typical 25% to 30% guidance range, while LiveArea’s gross margin continued to be within the segment’s typical 40% to 50% range.

Net loss in the first quarter of 2021 was $2.4 million or $(0.11) per share compared to a net loss of $0.2 million or $(0.01) per share in the same period of 2020.

Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2021 was $3.1 million compared to $4.0 million in the same period of 2020. PFS Adjusted EBITDA increased by $0.5 million as a result of the increased PFS service fee revenue, which was partially offset by continued cost increases in the PFS segment due to fulfillment-related labor rates and sanitation costs, as well as reduced IT-related project, startup and technology-related activity. LiveArea Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $1.3 million as compared to the prior year as a result of reduced revenue and gross margin, as well as increased operating expense, including the impact of strategic investments in personnel to support the segment’s service line expansion and growth. As a percentage of service fee revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin was 4.9% compared to 7.3% in the same period of 2020.

Non-GAAP net income (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) in the first quarter of 2021 was $0.2 million compared to $1.1 million in the same period of 2020.

At March 31, 2021, net debt (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below as total debt, excluding operating lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents) improved to $25.5 million compared to $31.7 million at December 31, 2020.

Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2021 remained flat at $10.8 million compared to December 31, 2020, and total debt improved to $36.3 million compared to $42.5 million at the end of last year.

2021 Outlook
With continued eCommerce demand strength driving elevated bookings and fulfillment activity in the company’s PFS segment, as well as a record and expanding pipeline in LiveArea, PFSweb continues to expect to achieve 2021 LiveArea service fee revenue growth of 10% to 15% compared to 2020. For the PFS segment, the company still expects to generate 5% to 10% service fee revenue growth compared to 2020. In line with its consistent focus on cost management, PFSweb also expects moderate consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin expansion in 2021 when compared to the prior year.

Conference Call
PFSweb will conduct a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time to discuss its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021.

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

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021
Time: 8:30 a.m. Eastern time (5:30 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: (866) 220-4153
International dial-in number: (864) 663-5228
Conference ID: 8674555

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 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 21, 2021.

Toll-free replay number: (855) 859-2056
International replay number: (404) 537-3406
Replay ID: 8674555

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 data-driven marketing and omnichannel experience design through technology selection, platform implementation and orchestrated 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, Champion, 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, 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).

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, 2020 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:
Cody Slach and Jackie Keshner
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,
    2021       2020  
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,844     $ 10,751  
Restricted cash   214       214  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,352 and $1,465 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively   58,627       80,778  
Related party receivable   1,012       730  
Inventories, net of reserves of $94 and $96 at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively   3,889       3,644  
Other receivables   3,519       3,758  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   10,087       8,694  
Total current assets   88,192       108,569  
       
Property and equipment, net   18,541       19,178  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   40,900       34,982  
Identifiable intangibles, net   594       665  
Goodwill   45,677       45,615  
Other assets   4,186       4,152  
Total assets $ 198,090     $ 213,161  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Trade accounts payable $ 27,574     $ 35,648  
Accrued expenses   26,072       30,881  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   10,064       9,487  
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   3,138       3,414  
Deferred revenues   4,690       5,115  
Total current liabilities   71,538       84,545  
       
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion   33,166       39,073  
Deferred revenue, less current portion   1,366       1,341  
Operating lease liabilities   35,745       30,553  
Other liabilities   5,417       5,286  
Total liabilities   147,232       160,798  
       
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; 20,482,974 and 20,408,558 issued at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively; and 20,449,507 and 20,375,091 outstanding at March 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020, respectively   20       20  
Additional paid-in capital   169,474       168,244  
Accumulated deficit   (117,827 )     (115,447 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (684 )     (329 )
Treasury stock at cost, 33,467 shares   (125 )     (125 )
Total shareholders’ equity   50,858       52,363  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 198,090     $ 213,161  



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2021       2020  
Revenues:      
Service fee revenue $ 62,786   (1) $ 54,298  
Product revenue, net   4,308       7,533  
Pass-through revenue   10,876       14,868  
Total revenues   77,970       76,699  
       
Costs of revenues:      
Cost of service fee revenue   43,244       34,716  
Cost of product revenue   4,086       7,123  
Cost of pass-through revenue   10,876       14,868  
Total costs of revenues   58,206       56,707  
Gross profit   19,764       19,992  
Selling, general, and administrative expenses   21,303       19,369  
Income (loss) from operations   (1,539 )     623  
Interest expense, net   376       415  
Income (loss) before income taxes   (1,915 )     208  
Income tax expense, net   465       439  
Net loss   (2,380 )     (231 )
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 226     $ 1,076  
       
Net loss per share      
Basic $ (0.11 )   $ (0.01 )
Diluted $ (0.11 )   $ (0.01 )
       
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:      
Basic   21,274       19,679  
Diluted   21,274       19,679  
       
EBITDA $ 677     $ 2,908  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,082     $ 3,959  
       
(1) Includes $0.5 million of related party service fee revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2021.



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2021       2020  
       
Net loss $ (2,380 )   $ (231 )
Income tax expense (benefit), net   465       439  
Interest expense, net   376       415  
Depreciation and amortization   2,216       2,285  
EBITDA   677       2,908  
Stock-based compensation   853       545  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   1,552       506  
ADJUSTED EBITDA $ 3,082     $ 3,959  
       
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2021       2020  
       
Net loss $ (2,380 )   $ (231 )
Stock-based compensation   853       545  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   71       122  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   1,552       506  
Deferred tax expense - goodwill amortization   130       134  
Non-GAAP net income (loss) $ 226     $ 1,076  
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2021       2020  
       
Total revenues $ 77,970     $ 76,699  
Pass-through revenue   (10,876 )     (14,868 )
Cost of product revenue   (4,086 )     (7,123 )
Service fee equivalent revenue $ 63,008     $ 54,708  



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 and twelve months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, 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,
    2021       2020  
PFS Operations      
Revenues:      
Service fee revenue $ 42,431     $ 33,431  
Product revenue, net   4,308       7,533  
Pass-through revenue   10,163       13,956  
Total revenues   56,902       54,920  
Costs of revenues:      
Cost of service fee revenue   31,709       23,305  
Cost of product revenue   4,086       7,123  
Cost of pass-through revenue   10,163       13,956  
Total costs of revenues   45,958       44,384  
Gross profit   10,944       10,536  
Direct operating expenses   7,228       7,444  
Direct contribution   3,716       3,092  
Depreciation and amortization   1,885       1,774  
Stock-based compensation   152       69  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   300       640  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 6,053     $ 5,575  
       
Total revenues $ 56,902     $ 54,920  
Pass-through revenue   (10,163 )     (13,956 )
Cost of product revenue   (4,086 )     (7,123 )
Service fee equivalent revenue $ 42,653     $ 33,841  



PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information
and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
       
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
    2021       2020  
LiveArea Professional Services      
Revenues:      
Service fee revenue $ 20,355   (1) $ 20,867  
Pass-through revenue   713       912  
Total revenues   21,068       21,779  
Costs of revenues:      
Cost of service fee revenue   11,535       11,411  
Cost of pass-through revenue   713       912  
Total costs of revenues   12,248       12,323  
Gross profit   8,820       9,456  
Direct operating expenses   7,088       6,274  
Direct contribution   1,732       3,182  
Depreciation and amortization   159       223  
Stock-based compensation   233       135  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   102       1  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,226     $ 3,541  
       
Corporate      
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ (6,987 )   $ (5,651 )
Depreciation and amortization   172       288  
EBITDA   (6,815 )     (5,363 )
Stock-based compensation   468       341  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   1,150       (135 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (5,197 )   $ (5,157 )
       
(1) Includes $0.5 million of related party service fee revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2021.



 


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