ALLEN, Texas, Nov. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PFSweb, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFSW), a global commerce services company, is reporting results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Summary vs. Same Year-Ago Quarter

  • Total revenues increased to $77.7 million compared to $77.3 million.

  • Service fee equivalent (SFE) revenue (a non-GAAP measure defined below) was $53.3 million compared to $55.1 million.

  • Service fee gross margin increased 250 basis points to 37.0%.

  • Net loss was $0.7 million or $(0.04) per share, compared to a loss of $0.1 million or $(0.01) per share.

  • Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure defined below) was $5.5 million compared to $5.6 million.

Management Commentary

“During the third quarter, we continued to focus on higher-margin engagements and execute on our profitability initiatives, as reflected by our sixth consecutive quarter of year-over-year service fee gross margin expansion,” said Mike Willoughby, CEO of PFSweb. “Similar to last quarter, our PFS business outperformed our expectations, while we experienced softness in our LiveArea segment.”

“For LiveArea, we performed at a high level for clients, successfully sold a number of projects to current clients and continued to benefit from a high level of retainer agreement sales to new and existing clients. However, we continued to experience lower than expected new project sales to new clients and we continued to experience delays with several large projects. Although these delays and lower bookings have impacted the top line, we’ve responded accordingly with prudent cost management and more efficient utilization of our LiveArea resources, as reflected by a 65 basis point improvement in LiveArea’s adjusted EBITDA margin.

“For PFS, we carried over the strong momentum from the first half of the year as we experienced record third quarter volumes, shipping more than 3.8 million orders across the globe. We continued to generate improved gross margins in this segment as a result of improved operational efficiency, a focus on higher margin offerings and the transition of certain lower margin engagements.
Subsequent to the quarter, we also opened a new fulfillment distribution center in Southampton, England, building upon our existing European DC footprint in Liège, Belgium. Over the past week, we have begun operations in this facility supporting an existing client relationship that desired a UK fulfillment presence to minimize shipping and other costs.  We expect to have success winning incremental business in this UK market with other existing clients that we support in Europe as well as new clients.

“We also continue to make progress on our Fulfillment-as-a-Service (“FaaS”) initiative, as reflected by the planned deployment of a production holiday pop-up fulfillment center in the Toronto metro area in support of an existing client seeking to better serve their Canadian customers and reduce freight costs during the 2018 holiday period.  This pop-up fulfillment center follows the successful pilot project we operated during the 2017 holiday, and marks the official rollout of this particular FaaS offering to market.

“As we approach the holiday season, our PFS client sales forecasts are generally expected to be strong, fueled by online holiday sales. We have already begun the process of ramping up personnel and technology in our various distribution centers, and we remain well-positioned to once again execute at a high level for our clients during the all-important holiday season.”

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Total revenues in the third quarter of 2018 increased to $77.7 million compared to $77.3 million in the same period of 2017. Service fee revenue in the third quarter was $52.9 million compared to $54.5 million last year. Product revenue from the company’s last remaining client under this legacy business model was $8.5 million compared to $9.6 million in the same period of 2017.

SFE revenue was $53.3 million compared to $55.1 million in the year-ago quarter. The decline was driven by lower project revenue in the company’s LiveArea segment, partially offset by strong client volumes in its PFS segment.

Service fee gross margin in the third quarter of 2018 increased 250 basis points to 37.0% compared to 34.4% in the same period of 2017. The increase was due to the company’s continued focus on higher-margin engagements and service offerings, effective cost management and the transition of certain lower margin engagements over the last year.

Net loss in the third quarter of 2018 was $0.7 million or $(0.04) per share, compared to a net loss of $0.1 million or $(0.01) per share in the same period of 2017. Net loss in the third quarter of 2018 included $1.1 million of stock-based compensation expense, $1.0 million of acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs, $0.4 million in amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, and $0.1 million deferred tax expense related to goodwill amortization. This compares to $0.8 million of stock-based compensation expense, $0.8 million in amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, $0.2 million deferred tax expense related to goodwill amortization, and $0.1 million of acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs in the same period of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA was $5.5 million compared to $5.6 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of SFE revenue, adjusted EBITDA increased 20 basis points to 10.4% compared to 10.2% in the year-ago quarter, primarily due to the aforementioned increase in service fee gross margin.

Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2018 increased 8% to $1.9 million compared to $1.8 million in the third quarter of 2017.

At September 30, 2018, net debt (defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents) was $28.9 million compared to $28.2 million at December 31, 2017. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $14.3 million compared to $19.1 million at December 31, 2017. Total debt at September 30, 2018 decreased to $43.2 million compared to $47.3 million at the end of last year.

2018 Outlook                

PFSweb continues to expect adjusted EBITDA to range between $24 million and $26 million, reflecting up to 13% growth from 2017. 

The company now expects 2018 SFE revenue to range between $229 million and $233 million (previously $237 million to $247 million) with PFS SFE revenue expected to range between $149 million and $151 million (previously $149 million to $155 million) and LiveArea service fee revenue expected to range between $80 million and $82 million (previously $88 million to $92 million) resulting primarily from lower than expected LiveArea new client project sales throughout the year.

Conference Call

PFSweb will conduct a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time to discuss its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.

PFSweb CEO Mike Willoughby and CFO Tom Madden will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-949-2175
International dial-in number: 1-323-994-2131
Conference ID: 9534484

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 Liolios 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 November 22, 2018.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 9534484

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 Operations 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, Canada Goose, PANDORA, T.J. Maxx, 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.corporate.pfsweb.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This news release contains certain non-GAAP measures, including non-GAAP net income (loss), 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 (income) 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.

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

Our service fee equivalent revenue target for 2018 includes an estimated gross margin on product sales of approximately $2 million (based on targeted product revenue of $33 million to $37 million) plus a targeted range of between $227 million to $231 million of service fee revenue.

The adjusted EBITDA outlook for 2018 has not been reconciled to the company’s net loss outlook for the same period because certain items that would impact interest expense, income tax provision (benefit), depreciation and amortization (including amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets), stock-based compensation, and acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs, all of which are reconciling items between net loss and adjusted EBITDA, cannot be reasonably predicted. Accordingly, reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA outlook to net loss outlook for 2018 is not available without unreasonable effort.

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, 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.

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. PFS' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 identifies 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 Annual Report 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
972-881-2900

Investor Relations:

Sean Mansouri or Scott Liolios
Liolios Investor Relations
949-574-3860
PFSW@liolios.com



 
 
 
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Thousands, Except Share Data)
     
  (Unaudited)  
  September 30, December 31,
  2018 2017
ASSETS    
CURRENT ASSETS:    
Cash and cash equivalents $14,258  $19,078 
Restricted cash  214   214 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $414 and $373 at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively  52,909   72,062 
Inventories, net of reserves of $311 and $342 at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively  5,238   5,326 
Other receivables  3,435   5,366 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  4,945   6,633 
Total current assets  80,999   108,679 
     
PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net  21,930   24,178 
IDENTIFIABLE INTANGIBLES, net  2,163   3,371 
GOODWILL  45,304   45,698 
OTHER ASSETS  3,500   3,861 
Total assets  153,896   185,787 
     
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY    
CURRENT LIABILITIES:    
Trade accounts payable $29,313  $45,070 
Accrued expenses  24,395   29,074 
Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations  3,069   9,460 
Deferred revenues  5,058   7,405 
Performance-based contingent payments  -   3,967 
Total current liabilities  61,835   94,976 
     
LONG-TERM DEBT AND CAPITAL LEASE OBLIGATIONS, less current portion  40,112   37,866 
DEFERRED REVENUES, less current portion  2,513   4,034 
DEFERRED RENT  4,882   5,464 
OTHER LIABILITIES  2,339   2,150 
Total liabilities  111,681   144,490 
     
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; 19,291,559 and 19,058,685 shares issued at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively; and 19,258,092 and 19,025,218 shares outstanding at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively  19   19 
Additional paid-in capital  154,495   150,614 
Accumulated deficit  (111,063)  (109,281)
Accumulated other comprehensive income  (1,111)  70 
Treasury stock at cost, 33,467 shares  (125)  (125)
Total shareholders' equity  42,215   41,297 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $153,896  $185,787 
     
 
 

 

PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
  2018  2017  2018  2017
REVENUES:       
Service fee revenue$52,890  $54,490  $162,519  $166,455 
Product revenue, net 8,469   9,616   27,081   30,881 
Pass-through revenue 16,342   13,212   43,573   36,816 
Total revenues$77,701  $77,318  $233,173  $234,152 
        
COSTS OF REVENUES:       
Cost of service fee revenue$33,344  $35,719   102,246   111,280 
Cost of product revenue 8,099   8,991   25,819   29,221 
Cost of pass-through revenue 16,342   13,212   43,573   36,816 
Total costs of revenues$57,785  $57,922  $171,638  $177,317 
Gross profit 19,916   19,396   61,535   56,835 
SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 19,239   18,229   59,655   60,682 
Income (loss) from operations 677   1,167   1,880   (3,847)
INTEREST EXPENSE, NET 612   778   1,802   2,125 
Income (loss) before income taxes 65   389   78   (5,972)
INCOME TAX EXPENSE 751   487   2,140   1,578 
NET LOSS$(686) $(98) $(2,062) $(7,550)
NON-GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS)$1,918  $1,782  $4,196  $1,697 
        
NET LOSS PER SHARE:       
Basic$(0.04) $(0.01) $(0.11) $(0.40)
Diluted$(0.04) $(0.01) $(0.11) $(0.40)
        
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING:       
Basic 19,258   18,995   19,193   18,868 
Diluted 19,258   18,995   19,193   18,868 
        
EBITDA$3,416  $4,698  $10,577  $7,249 
ADJUSTED EBITDA$5,528  $5,615  $15,283  $13,650 
        

 

 
 
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
        
NET LOSS$(686) $(98) $(2,062) $(7,550)
Income tax expense 751   487   2,140   1,578 
Interest expense, net 612   778   1,802   2,125 
Depreciation and amortization 2,739   3,531   8,697   11,096 
EBITDA$3,416  $4,698  $10,577  $7,249 
Stock-based compensation 1,067   783   3,073   2,544 
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs 1,045   134   1,633   3,857 
ADJUSTED EBITDA$5,528  $5,615  $15,283  $13,650 
        
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
        
NET LOSS$(686) $(98) $(2,062) $(7,550)
Stock-based compensation 1,067   783   3,073   2,544 
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets 368   764   1,198   2,306 
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs 1,045   134   1,633   3,857 
Deferred tax expense - goodwill amortization 124   199   353   540 
NON-GAAP NET INCOME (LOSS)$1,918  $1,782  $4,196  $1,697 
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017 
        
TOTAL REVENUES$77,701  $77,318  $233,173  $234,152 
Pass-through revenue (16,342)  (13,212)  (43,573)  (36,816)
Cost of product revenue (8,099)  (8,991)  (25,819)  (29,221)
SERVICE FEE EQUIVALENT REVENUE$53,260  $55,115  $163,781  $168,115 
        

 

        
        
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information
and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
 
Effective January 1, 2018, the company changed its organizational structure in an effort to create more effective and efficient operations and to improve client and service focus.  As a result, the company is now presenting supplemental financial data below based on the reportable operating business segments of its PFS Operations and LiveArea Professional Services units, which are comprised of strategic businesses that are defined by the types of service offerings they provide.  In addition, certain costs that are not fully directly allocable to a business unit are presented as Corporate selling, general, and administrative expenses.

The segment financial data for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, reflects 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.

The segment financial data for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017, reflects the company’s current assessment for that period by business segment as if the PFS Operations and LiveArea Professional services segmentation had occurred as of the beginning of that period.
        
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
 PFS Operations        
Revenues:       
Service fee revenue$32,106  $30,705  $100,222  $100,346 
Product revenue, net 8,469   9,616   27,081   30,881 
Pass-through revenue 15,702   12,489   42,076   35,479 
Total revenues$56,277  $52,810  $169,379  $166,706 
Costs of revenues:       
Cost of service fee revenue$22,605  $23,631  $70,903  $78,254 
Cost of product revenue 8,099   8,991   25,819   29,221 
Cost of pass-through revenue 15,702   12,489   42,076   35,479 
Total costs of revenues$46,406  $45,111  $138,798  $142,954 
Gross profit 9,871   7,699   30,581   23,752 
Direct operating expenses 4,235   2,488   12,121   8,607 
Direct contribution 5,636   5,211   18,460   15,145 
Depreciation and amortization 1,515   1,658   4,760   5,345 
ADJUSTED EBITDA$7,151  $6,869  $23,220  $20,490 
        
TOTAL REVENUES$56,277  $52,810  $169,379  $166,706 
Pass-thru revenue (15,702)  (12,489)  (42,076)  (35,479)
Cost of product revenue (8,099)  (8,991)  (25,819)  (29,221)
SERVICE FEE EQUIVALENT REVENUE$32,476  $31,330  $101,484  $102,006 
     

 

        
        
PFSweb, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Consolidated Segment Information
and Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Items to GAAP
(In Thousands)
 
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
 2018 2017 2018 2017
 LiveArea Professional Services        
Service fee revenue$20,784  $23,785  $62,297  $66,109 
Pass-through revenue 640   723   1,497   1,337 
Total revenues 21,424   24,508   63,794   67,446 
        
Cost of service fee revenue 10,739   12,088   31,343   33,026 
Cost of pass-through revenue 640   723   1,497   1,337 
Total cost of revenues 11,379   12,811   32,840   34,363 
Gross profit 10,045   11,697   30,954   33,083 
Direct operating expenses 5,771   7,384   20,805   24,193 
Direct contribution 4,274   4,313   10,149   8,890 
Depreciation and amortization 520   1,010   1,765   2,996 
ADJUSTED EBITDA$4,794  $5,323  $11,914  $11,886 
 
 Corporate  
Selling, general and administrative expenses$(9,233) $(8,357) $(26,729) $(27,882)
Depreciation and amortization 704   863   2,171   2,753 
EBITDA$(8,529) $(7,494) $(24,558) $(25,129)
Stock-based compensation 1,067   783   3,073   2,544 
Acquisition-related, restructuring and other costs 1,045   134   1,633   3,857 
ADJUSTED EBITDA$(6,417) $(6,577) $(19,852) $(18,728)