1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS) is engaged as a gourmet food and floral gifting company. Shares of the floral gift provider jumped 31.10% during trading on Thursday, November 1, 2018. Over the past three months, FLWS has seen average daily volume of 186,380 shares. However, volume of 1.08 million shares or dollar volume of $14.8 million, exchanged hands on Thursday.
Shares of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM climbed on Thursday, after the company reported fiscal first quarter earnings results. The company saw total revenues grow 7.7% to $169.5 million and adjusted EBITDA showed a loss of $13.9 million. FLWS reported earnings per share loss of $0.27 per share, compared to a loss of $0.20 compared to same period last year. Here is the full press release detailing of the fiscal first quarter earnings results:
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (NASDAQ: FLWS) Press Release:
CARLE PLACE, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–
- Total revenues increased 7.7 percent to $169.5 million compared with $157.3 million in the prior year period, driven by double digit growth in the Company’s 1-800-Flowers and BloomNet businesses.
- EPS loss for the quarter was $0.27 per share, compared with a loss of $0.20 per share in the prior year period. The increased EPS loss primarily reflects the impact of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the Company’s effective tax rate, the adoption of ASC1606 and the timing of certain shipments in the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment.
- Adjusted EBITDA2was a loss of $13.9 million, compared with an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $10.1 million in the prior year period. The increased Adjusted EBITDA loss primarily reflects the adoption of ASC 606, as well as the timing of certain shipments in the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment.
(1Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (ASC 606); 2Refer to “Definitions of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” and the tables attached at the end of this press release for reconciliation of Non-GAAP results to applicable GAAP results.)
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. (FLWS), a leading gourmet food and floral gift provider for all occasions, today reported results for its Fiscal 2019 first quarter. Chris McCann, CEO of 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc., said “The strong revenue growth that we achieved in the fiscal first quarter was driven by double-digit increases in our 1-800-Flowers and BloomNet businesses. These results reflect the continuation of several positive trends, particularly the further expansion of the 1-800-Flowers brand’s leadership position in the consumer floral space and the significant order volume growth in our BloomNet business. These trends reflect the investments we have been making to take advantage of market conditions to drive sustainable, accelerated growth.”
McCann also noted that, while revenues in the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment were essentially flat, “Results in this area were in line with our expectations and primarily reflected the timing of certain shipments, including gift baskets for some wholesale customers that shifted into our fiscal second quarter and Harry & David’s Cherry Fruit of the Month Club which, based on timing of the harvest, was shipped in our fiscal 2018 fourth quarter. Adjusted for the timing of these shipments, revenues in this segment would have increased more than five percent. Importantly, Harry & David’s ecommerce demand was ten percent during the quarter and our Cheryl’s Cookies business showed strong operational performance. Overall, as we enter the key holiday shopping period, the positive trends we are seeing across all three of our business segments position us well for the holiday season.”
First Quarter 2019 Financial Results
For the first quarter of 2019, total consolidated revenues increased 7.7 percent to $169.5 million, compared with total consolidated revenues of $157.3 million in the prior year period. Revenue growth in the quarter was driven by the Company’s 1-800-Flowers consumer floral segment, which increased 11.1 percent for the period, combined with its BloomNet wire service business which grew 21.4 percent, compared with the prior year period.
Gross profit margin for the quarter was 40.4 percent, a decrease of 240 basis points compared with 42.8 percent in the prior year period. This primarily reflected a combination of investments to drive increased order volume in the Company’s Consumer Floral and BloomNet businesses and product mix in the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment related to the timing of certain wholesale and Fruit-of-the-Month Club shipments.
Operating expenses, in dollar terms, increased year over year due, in part, to increased marketing and related expenses to support accelerated growth, as well as the impact of ASC 606, which changed the timing as to when the Company is required to recognize catalog and direct mail expenses. Catalogs and direct mail pieces that were mailed during the Company’s first quarter of fiscal 2019 were expensed immediately, compared with the prior year period when such expenses were amortized over their respective lives, which extended into the Company’s fiscal second quarter. Operating expenses as a percent of total revenue improved 120 basis points to 54.0 percent, compared with 55.2 percent in the prior year period. This improvement reflects the Company’s ability to leverage its operating platform.
The combination of these factors resulted in an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $13.9 million compared with an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $10.1 million in the prior year period. The higher loss reflects the lower contribution margin in the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment, due primarily to the adoption of ASC 606, as well as the timing of certain shipments in this segment, partially offset by the increased contribution margins in the Company’s Consumer Floral and BloomNet segments.
Net loss was $17.3 million, or $0.27 loss per share, compared with a net loss of $13.2 million, or $0.20 loss per share, in the prior year period. The increased loss in the quarter primarily reflected the impact of ASC 606, the timing of certain shipments within the Company’s Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets segment and a reduced tax benefit associated with the lower effective tax rate of 27.1 percent in the quarter, compared with the prior year period’s effective tax rate of 35.1 percent. The new tax rate went into effect during the Company’s fiscal second quarter last year due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.
Segment Results from Continuing Operations:
The Company provides selected financial results for its Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets, Consumer Floral and BloomNet segments in the tables attached to this release and as follows:
- Gourmet Foods and Gift Baskets: Revenues for the first quarter were $60.5 million, essentially flat compared with revenues of $61.0 million in the prior year period. This reflected a shift into the fiscal second quarter of some gift basket shipments for certain wholesale customers and a shift in timing of the Harry & David Cherry Fruit of the Month Club shipment into the Company’s fiscal 2018 fourth quarter, compared with the prior year period when these shipments occurred in the fiscal first quarter. Adjusted for these timing changes, growth in the quarter would have exceeded five percent. Gross profit margin was 38.1 percent, a decrease of 310 basis points compared with 41.2 percent in the prior year period. The lower gross profit margin primarily reflected a product mix shift related to the aforementioned timing of shipments, as well as higher labor and shipping costs. Category contribution margin loss was $9.1 million compared with a loss of $5.0 million in the prior year period, reflecting both the lower gross profit margin and higher marketing costs related to the impact of the ASC 606.
- Consumer Floral: Fiscal first quarter revenues in this segment increased 11.1 percent to $85.1 million, compared with $76.6 million in the prior year period. Gross profit margin was 39.1 percent, a decrease of 100 basis points compared with 40.1 percent in the prior year period. The lower gross profit margin primarily reflected the combination of several factors, including product mix, increased shipping costs and strong growth in the Company’s Passport loyalty program. Category contribution margin increased 7.5 percent to $7.5 million, compared with $7.0 million in the prior year period.
- BloomNet Wire Service: Revenues for the first quarter increased 21.4 percent to $24.0 million, compared with $19.8 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting strong growth in order volumes as well as increased sales of directory advertising and wholesale products. Gross profit margin was 49.6 percent, a decrease of 640 basis points compared with 56.0 percent in the prior year period, primarily reflecting investments to drive order volume growth. Contribution margin increased 14.0 percent to $7.6 million, compared with $6.7 million in the prior year period.
The Company is reiterating its previously issued guidance for fiscal 2019 as follows:
- Consolidated revenue growth of 5.0%-to-7.0% compared with the prior year;
- EPS in a range of $0.38-to-$0.42;
- Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $77.0 million-to-$80.0 million, and;
- Free Cash Flow for the year in a range of $30.0 million-to-$40.0 million.
Definitions of non-GAAP Financial Measures:
The Company sometimes uses financial measures derived from consolidated financial information, but not presented in its financial statements prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Certain of these are considered “non-GAAP financial measures” under the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules. Non-GAAP financial measures referred to in this document are either labeled as “non-GAAP” or designated as such with a “(1)”. See below for definitions and the reasons why the Company uses these non-GAAP financial measures. Where applicable, see the Selected Financial Information below for reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
We define EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted for the impact of stock-based compensation, Non-Qualified Plan Investment appreciation/depreciation, and for certain items affecting period to period comparability. See Selected Financial Information at the end of this release for details on how EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA were calculated for each period presented. The Company presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA because it considers such information meaningful supplemental measures of its performance and believes such information is frequently used by the investment community in the evaluation of similarly situated companies. The Company uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as factors used to determine the total amount of incentive compensation available to be awarded to executive officers and other employees. The Company’s credit agreement uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to measure compliance with covenants such as interest coverage and debt incurrence. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are also used by the Company to evaluate and price potential acquisition candidates. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations are: (a) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs; (b) EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on the Company’s debt; and (c) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such capital expenditures. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should only be used on a supplemental basis combined with GAAP results when evaluating the Company’s performance.
Segment Contribution Margin
We define Segment Contribution Margin as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, before the allocation of corporate overhead expenses. When viewed together with our GAAP results, we believe Segment Contribution Margin provides management and users of the financial statements meaningful information about the performance of our business segments. Segment Contribution Margin is used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. The material limitation associated with the use of the Segment Contribution Margin is that it is an incomplete measure of profitability as it does not include all operating expenses or non-operating income and expenses. Management compensates for these limitations when using this measure by looking at other GAAP measures, such as Operating Income and Net Income.
Free Cash Flow
We define Free Cash Flow as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. The Company considers Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by the business after the purchases of fixed assets, which can then be used to, among other things, invest in the Company’s business, make strategic acquisitions, strengthen the balance sheet and repurchase stock or retire debt. Free Cash Flow is a liquidity measure that is frequently used by the investment community in the evaluation of similarly situated companies. Since Free Cash Flow is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. A limitation of the utility of free cash flow as a measure of financial performance is that it does not represent the total increase or decrease in the company’s cash balance for the period.
About 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. is a leading provider of gifts for all celebratory occasions. For more than 40 years, 1-800-Flowers.com® has been delivering smiles to customers with a 100% Smile Guarantee® backing every gift. The 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. family of brands also includes everyday gifting and entertaining products from 1-800-Baskets.com®, Cheryl’s Cookies®, FruitBouquets.com®, Harry & David®, Moose Munch®, The Popcorn Factory®, Wolferman’s®, Personalization Universe®, Simply Chocolate®, and GoodseySM. Additionally, the Company offers top-quality steaks and chops from Stock Yards®. The Celebrations Passport® loyalty program, which provides members with free standard shipping and no service charge across the Company’s portfolio of brands, is designed to deepen relationships with customers. BloomNet®, an international floral wire service operated by the Company, provides a broad-range of products and services designed to help professional florists grow their businesses profitably. The Company also operates NapcoSM, a resource for floral gifts and seasonal décor and DesignPac Gifts, LLC, a manufacturer of gift baskets and towers. 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. received the Gold award in the “Mobile Payments and Commerce” category at the Mobile Marketing Association 2018 Global Smarties Awards and was named to the Stores® 2017 Hot 100 Retailers List by the National Retail Federation. Shares in 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, ticker symbol: FLWS.
Special Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements represent the Company’s current expectations or beliefs concerning future events and can generally be identified using statements that include words such as “estimate,” “expects,” “project,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “foresee,” “forecast,” “likely,” “will,” “target” or similar words or phrases. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of the Company’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s expectations for: the success of its planned investments in strategic or targeted investments in marketing and merchandising programs designed to accelerate revenue growth; its ability to achieve its guidance for full fiscal-year 2019 revenue growth in a range of 5-to-7 percent; its ability to achieve full fiscal-year 2019 Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $77.0 million-to-$80.0 million and EPS in a range of $0.38 -to- $0.42 per fully-diluted share, its ability to generate Free Cash Flow for the full fiscal 2019 year in a range of $30.0 million-to-$40.0 million; its ability to leverage its operating platform and reduce its operating expense ratio; its ability to cost effectively acquire and retain customers; the outcome of contingencies, including legal proceedings in the normal course of business; its ability to compete against existing and new competitors; its ability to manage expenses associated with sales and marketing and necessary general and administrative and technology investments; its ability to reduce promotional activities and achieve more efficient marketing programs; and general consumer sentiment and economic conditions that may affect levels of discretionary customer purchases of the Company’s products. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any of the forward-looking statements, whether because of new information, future events or otherwise, made in this release or in any of its SEC filings except as may be otherwise stated by the Company. For a more detailed description of these and other risk factors, please refer to the Company’s SEC filings, including the Company’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and its Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks and uncertainties.
The Company will conduct a conference call to discuss the above details and attached financial results today, Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. (ET). The call will be “web cast” live via the Internet and can be accessed from the Investor Relations section of the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM web site at www.1800flowersinc.com A recording of the call will be posted on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s web site within two hours of the call’s completion. A telephonic replay of the call can be accessed beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on the day of the call through November 8, 2018 at: (US) 1-877-344-7529; (Canada) 1-855-669-9658; (International) 1-412-317-0088; enter conference ID #: 10125543.