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PFSweb Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results and Issues 2021 Outlook

- Record Fourth Quarter PFS Fulfillment Volumes and Continued Execution in LiveArea Drive 29% Increase in Service Fee Revenue -

ALLEN, Texas, March 25, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global commerce services company, is reporting results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020, and is providing a financial outlook for 2021.

“Our fourth quarter financial performance reflects the operational momentum we built throughout 2020, with record holiday fulfillment volumes in PFS and continued execution in LiveArea,” said Mike Willoughby, CEO of PFSweb. “We generated strong growth across both business units as we continued to experience robust eCommerce and holiday demand tailwinds. While we operated at an even larger scale than usual throughout the year—particularly during the holiday season—our teams delivered high levels of performance for our clients and their customers. We are proud to have built such a flexible and differentiated platform to support our clients during an unprecedented year and are excited about our continued opportunities for growth in both business segments.”

Q4 2020 Highlights vs. Q4 2019

  • Total revenues increased 25% to $106.3 million.
  • Service fee equivalent (SFE) revenue (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 29% to $81.5 million.
  • Service fee gross margin was 27.1% compared to 32.5%.
  • Net loss was $1.5 million or $(0.07) per share, compared to a net income of $1.6 million or $0.08.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) was $4.5 million compared to $6.3 million.

Full Year 2020 Highlights vs. Full Year 2019

  • Total revenues increased 16% to $342.5 million.
  • Service fee equivalent (SFE) revenue (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 20% to $258.9 million.
  • Service fee gross margin was 31.9% compared to 33.9%.
  • Net loss was $5.5 million or $(0.28) per share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million or $(0.11).
  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 18% to $19.1 million compared to $16.2 million.

Willoughby continued: “In PFS, our operational agility allowed us to quickly scale and ramp our resources to meet heightened holiday order volumes. Less than three months after opening, our new PFS fulfillment center in Dallas was operating at full capacity, and our new fulfillment center in Liège also performed at high levels to accommodate accelerating European volumes. We deployed our CloudPickTM based solution into one of our global client’s European distribution facilities to augment our expanded capacity for that client and support over 10% of our client’s European order volume during the holiday period. We also rapidly deployed our RetailConnectTM solution into five stores for an existing client during the holiday period to enable our client to scale up orders fulfilled from their stores, leading to a full production roll-out of RetailConnectTM across their US store footprint in 2021.

“Throughout the year, we took further measures to maintain our continuous sanitation practices needed to keep our facilities optimally safe and productive. While these COVID-19 safety measures and increased fulfillment-related labor rates for both permanent and temporary frontline workers pressured our margins over the period, preserving the health of our team and ensuring high levels of performance for our clients were our top priorities.

“The strategic investments we have made in LiveArea have further expanded the resources we can offer our clients and prospects as they adapt to an evolving eCommerce environment. Under our strengthened sales and marketing leadership, our fourth quarter LiveArea bookings rebounded to their second highest level in company history. Our sales cycle continues to recover strongly from the pandemic-related disruptions we faced in the middle of 2020. With the strong backlog and record sales pipeline we have built going into 2021, we look forward to leveraging our comprehensive platform to support our growth as we offer premium digital customer experiences around the globe.

“As we look to the rest of 2021, we believe our operational discipline and adaptability have positioned both segments for continued strong execution. We currently expect to perform within our targeted range of 10-15% for LiveArea service fee revenue growth, and we also expect to perform within our targeted range of 5-10% for PFS service fee revenue growth despite year-over-year comparisons against a record setting 2020. We are also targeting moderate PFSweb adjusted EBITDA margin expansion as our revenue mix in LiveArea increases and we gain operating leverage in PFS, offset by continued increased fulfillment-related labor rates and sanitation costs as well as costs associated with opening our new Las Vegas distribution facility.”

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results
Total revenues in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 25% to $106.3 million compared to $85.4 million in the same period of 2019. Service fee revenue in the fourth quarter increased 29% to $81.5 million compared to $63.0 million in the same period of 2019. Product revenue from the company’s last remaining client under this legacy business model was $5.2 million compared to $6.4 million in the same period of 2019.

SFE revenue in the fourth quarter of 2020 increased 29% to $81.5 million compared to $63.4 million in the same period of 2019. The increase was primarily driven by robust levels of fulfillment activity in PFS, as well as continued growth in LiveArea.

Service fee gross margin in the fourth quarter of 2020 was 27.1% compared to 32.5% in the same period of 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to changes in revenue mix, with the lower gross margin PFS segment generating an increased percentage of the overall service fee revenue, and increased fulfillment-related labor rates and sanitation costs during the quarter. Additionally, our gross margin for the PFS segment was negatively impacted by reduced IT related project, startup and technology related activity. As a result, fourth quarter gross margin for PFS came in below the segment’s typical 25% to 30% guidance range, while LiveArea’s gross margin remained within the segment’s typical 40% to 50% range.

Net loss in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.5 million or $(0.07) per share compared to a net income of $1.6 million or $0.08 in the same period of 2019. Net loss included the impact of $1.9 million of stock-based compensation expense in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to $0.8 million of stock-based compensation expense in the same period of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $4.5 million compared to $6.3 million in the same period of 2019. The decrease was primarily driven by expected cost increases in the PFS segment applicable to fulfillment-related labor rates and sanitation costs and other preparations for the holiday season, as well as reduced IT related project, startup and technology related activity. Additionally, operating expenses increased as compared to the prior year primarily related to increased personnel related expenses, including costs associated with supporting the ongoing growth and strategic investments in the LiveArea segment. As a percentage of SFE revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin was 5.5% compared to 9.9% in the same period of 2019.

Non-GAAP net income (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) in the fourth quarter of 2020 was $1.6 million compared to $3.0 million in the same period of 2019.

At December 31, 2020, net debt (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below as total debt, excluding operating lease liabilities, less cash and cash equivalents) was $31.7 million compared to $25.4 million at December 31, 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2020 totaled $10.8 million compared to $12.4 million at December 31, 2019, and total debt was $42.5 million compared to $37.8 million at the end of last year.

Full Year 2020 Financial Results
Total revenues in 2020 increased 16% to $342.5 million compared to $294.0 million in 2019. Service fee revenue in 2020 increased 20% to $257.7 million compared to $214.4 million in 2019. Product revenue from the company’s last remaining client under this legacy business model was $22.9 million compared to $26.6 million in 2019.

SFE revenue in 2020 increased 20% to $258.9 million compared to $215.8 million in 2019. The increase was primarily driven by heightened fulfillment activity in PFS throughout the year, as well as double-digit growth in LiveArea.

Service fee gross margin in 2020 was 31.9% compared to 33.9% in 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to changes in revenue mix and increased fulfillment-related costs throughout the year, as well as reduced IT project, startup and technology related activity in the PFS segment. 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 2020 was $5.5 million or $(0.28) per share compared to a net loss of $2.2 million or $(0.11) in 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA in 2020 increased 18% to $19.1 million compared to $16.2 million in 2019. The increase was primarily due to the aforementioned strong growth in SFE revenue. As a percentage of SFE revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin was 7.4% compared to 7.5% in 2019.

Non-GAAP net income (a non-GAAP measure defined and reconciled below) increased 100% to $7.9 million in 2020 compared to $3.9 million in 2019.

2021 Outlook
With strong eCommerce demand driving heightened fulfillment volumes in the company’s PFS segment, as well as LiveArea’s record and expanding pipeline, PFSweb expects to achieve 2021 LiveArea service fee revenue growth of 10% to 15% compared to 2020. For the PFS segment, the company expects to generate 5% to 10% service fee revenue growth compared to 2020. In line with its continued 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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

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

Date: Thursday March 25, 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: 2475935

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 April 8, 2021.

Toll-free replay number: (855) 859-2056
International replay number: (404) 537-3406
Replay ID: 2475935

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, 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, 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
Gateway Investor Relations
1-949-574-3860
PFSW@gatewayir.com


       
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
       
       
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019  
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 10,751     $ 12,434  
Restricted cash   214       214  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,465 and $1,071 at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   80,778       72,262  
Related party receivable   730       -  
Inventories, net of reserves of $96 and $291 at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   3,644       3,281  
Other receivables   3,758       3,324  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   8,694       6,954  
Total current assets   108,569       98,469  
       
Property and equipment, net   19,178       18,436  
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net   34,982       36,403  
Identifiable intangibles, net   665       1,135  
Goodwill   45,615       45,393  
Other assets   4,152       3,772  
Total assets $ 213,161     $ 203,608  
       
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Trade accounts payable $ 35,648     $ 44,640  
Accrued expenses   30,881       21,625  
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   9,487       8,904  
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations   3,414       2,971  
Deferred revenues   5,115       6,058  
Total current liabilities   84,545       84,198  
       
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion   39,073       34,829  
Deferred revenue, less current portion   1,341       1,398  
Operating lease liabilities   30,553       33,295  
Other liabilities   5,286       3,046  
Total liabilities   160,798       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; 20,408,558 and 19,465,877 issued at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively; and 20,375,091 and 19,432,410 outstanding at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively   20       19  
Additional paid-in capital   168,244       158,192  
Accumulated deficit   (115,447 )     (109,943 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income   (329 )     (1,301 )
Treasury stock at cost, 33,467 shares   (125 )     (125 )
Total shareholders' equity   52,363       46,842  
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 213,161     $ 203,608  
       



               
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
               
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019     2020       2019  
Revenues:              
Service fee revenue $ 80,400     $ 63,010   $ 256,615     $ 214,382  
Product revenue, net   5,188       6,397     22,865       26,613  
Pass-through revenue   19,926       15,964     61,979       53,027  
Related party revenue   773       -     1,046       -  
Total revenues   106,287       85,371     342,505       294,022  
               
Costs of revenues:              
Cost of service fee revenue   59,168       42,553     175,526       141,616  
Cost of product revenue   4,862       6,041     21,594       25,158  
Cost of pass-through revenue   19,926       15,964     61,979       53,027  
Total costs of revenues   83,956       64,558     259,099       219,801  
Gross profit   22,331       20,813     83,406       74,221  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   23,050       18,005     85,351       73,334  
Income (loss) from operations   (719 )     2,808     (1,945 )     887  
Interest expense, net   332       484     1,486       1,896  
Income (loss) before income taxes   (1,051 )     2,324     (3,431 )     (1,009 )
Income tax expense   416       722     2,073       1,161  
Net income (loss)   (1,467 )   $ 1,602   $ (5,504 )     (2,170 )
Non-GAAP net income $ 1,600     $ 2,965   $ 7,896     $ 3,946  
               
Net income (loss) per share              
Basic $ (0.07 )   $ 0.08   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.11 )
Diluted $ (0.07 )   $ 0.08   $ (0.28 )   $ (0.11 )
               
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:              
Basic   20,323       19,435     20,005       19,449  
Diluted   20,323       19,912     20,005       19,449  
               
EBITDA $ 1,669     $ 5,233   $ 6,721     $ 11,254  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,498     $ 6,303   $ 19,127     $ 16,188  
               



 
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Net income (loss)   (1,467 )   $ 1,602       (5,504 )     (2,170 )
Income tax expense   416       722       2,073       1,161  
Interest expense, net   332       484       1,486       1,896  
Depreciation and amortization   2,388       2,425       8,666       10,367  
EBITDA   1,669       5,233       6,721       11,254  
Stock-based compensation   1,851       846       10,785       3,028  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   978       224       1,621       1,906  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,498     $ 6,303     $ 19,127     $ 16,188  
               
               
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Net income (loss)   (1,467 )   $ 1,602       (5,504 )     (2,170 )
Stock-based compensation   1,851       846       10,785       3,028  
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets   109       167       470       668  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   978       224       1,621       1,906  
Deferred tax expense - goodwill amortization   129       126       523       514  
Non-GAAP net income $ 1,600     $ 2,965     $ 7,896     $ 3,946  
               
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
               
Total revenues $ 106,287     $ 85,371     $ 342,505     $ 294,022  
Pass-through revenue   (19,926 )     (15,964 )     (61,979 )     (53,027 )
Cost of product revenue   (4,862 )     (6,041 )     (21,594 )     (25,158 )
Service fee equivalent revenue $ 81,499     $ 63,366     $ 258,932     $ 215,837  
               



 
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, December 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   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
PFS Operations              
Revenues:              
Service fee revenue $ 60,684     $ 43,559     $ 174,868     $ 139,490  
Product revenue, net   5,188       6,397       22,865       26,613  
Pass-through revenue   19,166       15,247       58,874       50,296  
Total revenues   85,038       65,203       256,607       216,399  
Costs of revenues:              
Cost of service fee revenue   47,878       32,084       130,275       101,108  
Cost of product revenue   4,862       6,041       21,594       25,158  
Cost of pass-through revenue   19,166       15,247       58,874       50,296  
Total costs of revenues   71,906       53,372       210,743       176,562  
Gross profit   13,132       11,831       45,864       39,837  
Direct operating expenses   7,992       6,668       30,694       28,292  
Direct contribution   5,140       5,163       15,170       11,545  
Depreciation and amortization   1,929       1,894       6,740       8,047  
Stock-based compensation   422       98       2,179       478  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   540       56       1,302       1,457  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,031     $ 7,211     $ 25,391     $ 21,527  
               
Total Revenues $ 85,038     $ 65,203     $ 256,607     $ 216,399  
Pass-through revenue   (19,166 )     (15,247 )     (58,874 )     (50,296 )
Cost of product revenue   (4,862 )     (6,041 )     (21,594 )     (25,158 )
Service fee equivalent revenue $ 61,010     $ 43,915     $ 176,139     $ 140,945  
               


 
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information
and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
               
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2020       2019       2020       2019  
LiveArea Professional Services              
Revenues:              
Service fee revenue $ 19,716     $ 19,451     $ 81,747     $ 74,892  
Pass-through revenue   760       717       3,105       2,731  
Related party revenue   773       -       1,046       -  
Total revenues   21,249       20,168       85,898       77,623  
Costs of revenues:              
Cost of service fee revenue   11,290       10,469       45,251       40,508  
Cost of pass-through revenue   760       717       3,105       2,731  
Total costs of revenues   12,050       11,186       48,356       43,239  
Gross profit   9,199       8,982       37,542       34,384  
Direct operating expenses   7,964       6,502       30,135       25,137  
Direct contribution   1,235       2,480       7,407       9,247  
Depreciation and amortization   264       271       897       1,162  
Stock-based compensation   412       311       3,695       869  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   220       139       226       250  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 2,131     $ 3,201     $ 12,225     $ 11,528  
               
Corporate              
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ (7,094 )   $ (4,835 )   $ (24,522 )   $ (19,905 )
Depreciation and amortization   195       260       1,029       1,158  
EBITDA   (6,899 )     (4,575 )     (23,493 )     (18,747 )
Stock-based compensation   1,017       437       4,911       1,681  
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs   218       29       93       199  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (5,664 )   $ (4,109 )   $ (18,489 )   $ (16,867 )
               

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