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a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp. Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp. Reports First Quarter 2022 Financial Results

a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp. (NYSE: AKA), a brand accelerator of direct-to-consumer (DTC) fashion brands for the next generation, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Results for the First Quarter

  • Net sales increased 115.6% to $148.3 million, compared to $68.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 or 23.6%1 pro-forma adjusting for the acquisition of Culture Kings, which contributed $48.9 million to net sales during the quarter.
  • Net income was $1.5 million or $0.01 per share in the first quarter of 2022, compared to net income attributable to a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp. of $1.5 million or $0.02 per share in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Net income, as adjusted1 was $2.0 million, or $0.02 per share in the first quarter of 2022, compared to net income attributable to a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp. of $1.5 million or $0.02 per share in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $10.7 million, or 7.2% of net sales, compared to $8.3 million, or 12.1% of net sales in the first quarter of 2021.

“I am very proud of our first quarter performance, which exceeded our expectations. Net sales grew 116%, or 24%1 on a pro-forma basis, reflecting the power and agility of our next-gen business model as well as the strength of our diverse portfolio of brands,” said Jill Ramsey, chief executive officer, a.k.a. Brands. “The U.S., which grew 54%1, made up the majority of our volume and was by far the fastest growing region. Our brands continued to execute next-gen merchandising and marketing strategies to drive greater awareness, which contributed to an outstanding 46% increase in active customers to over 3.8 million on a pro-forma basis. I am proud of our team and the strong results we delivered in the first quarter as we navigated through the continued impact of the global macro headwinds. Looking ahead, I am confident that we are well-positioned to deliver on our unique combination of strong growth and profitability for the quarters and years to come.”

Recent Business Highlights

  • Princess Polly strong momentum continued, reflecting consistent on-trend product offering and strong marketing execution through influencer, social media and emerging marketing platforms
  • Culture Kings returned to hosting in-store events; advanced growth strategies in the U.S. and on track to open flagship store in Las Vegas by year end
  • Petal and Pup was once again a.k.a.’s fastest growing brand in the U.S. during the quarter, further bolstering confidence in the a.k.a. scaling playbook
  • mnml delivered solid growth driven by strong sales in denim and bottoms and completed successful fulfillment center transition in April; on track to launch on Culture Kings in the second quarter 

First Quarter Financial Details

  • Net sales increased 115.6% to $148.3 million, compared to $68.8 million in the first quarter of 2021 or 23.6%1 pro-forma adjusting for the acquisition of Culture Kings, which contributed $48.9 million to net sales during the quarter. The increase was driven by a 100% increase in the number of orders processed and 6% growth in the average order value during the quarter. The increase in the number of orders was primarily driven by the inclusion of Culture Kings and mnml, as well as the growth of Princess Polly in the U.S.
  • Gross margin was 56.8% in the first quarter of 2022, versus 59.0% in the same period last year. The 220 basis point decline in gross margin rate was primarily due to higher air freight expense and the inclusion of Culture Kings, which carries a lower gross margin rate as compared to the Company’s other brands due to a lower mix of exclusive product.
  • Selling expenses were $40.4 million, compared to $18.3 million in the first quarter of 2021. Selling expenses were 27.2% of net sales compared to 26.5% of net sales in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Marketing expenses were $15.7 million, compared to $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2021. The increase in marketing dollars was driven primarily by the inclusion of Culture Kings. Marketing expenses were 10.6% of net sales compared to 9.0% of net sales in the first quarter of 2021, with the increase due to the inclusion of Culture Kings and an increase in Princess Polly’s customer acquisition cost as both brands tested new marketing opportunities.
  • General and administrative (“G&A”) expenses were $24.8 million, compared to $13.4 million in the first quarter of 2021. G&A expenses were 16.7% of net sales compared to 19.5% of net sales in the first quarter of 2021. The increase in G&A expenses during the quarter was primarily due to an increase in salaries and related benefits and equity-based compensation expense related to increases in headcount across functions to support business growth, the inclusion of Culture Kings and mnml and additional professional service fees.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $10.7 million, or 7.2% of net sales, compared to $8.3 million, or 12.1% of net sales in the first quarter of 2021. 

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

  • Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the first quarter totaled $41.2 million compared to $38.8 million at the end of fiscal year 2021.
  • Inventory at the end of the first quarter totaled $120.6 million compared to $115.8 million at the end of fiscal year 2021.
  • Debt at the end of the first quarter totaled $132.5 million, compared to $108.8 million at the end of fiscal year 2021. The Company drew $25.0 million on its revolving credit facility in the first quarter.
  • Cash flow from operations for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was $(14.9) million, compared to $19.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021. 

Outlook

For the full year fiscal 2022, the Company expects:

  • Net sales between $785 million and $805 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA2 of between $90 million and $100 million
  • Weighted average diluted share count of 128.8 million
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $18 million to $20 million

For the second quarter of 2022, the Company expects:

  • Net sales between $173 million and $177 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of between $16 million and $17 million
  • Weighted average diluted share count of 128.7 million

The above outlook is based on several assumptions, including but not limited to, continued global supply chain challenges, air freight prices remaining elevated in 2022, and the FX rate moderating in the back half of the year. See “Forward-Looking Statements” for additional information.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the Company’s first quarter results is scheduled for May 10, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. ET. Those who wish to participate in the call may do so by dialing (877) 858-5495 or (201) 689-8853 for international callers. The conference call will also be webcast live at https://ir.aka-brands.com in the Events and Presentations section. A recording will be available shortly after the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, please dial (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415 for international callers, conference ID 13729559. An archive of the webcast will be available on a.k.a. Brands’ investor relations website.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Other Operating Metrics

In addition to results determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP), management utilizes certain non-GAAP performance measures such as net income, as adjusted, net income per share, as adjusted, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin and pro forma net sales for purposes of evaluating ongoing operations and for internal planning and forecasting purposes. We believe that these non-GAAP operating measures, when reviewed collectively with our GAAP financial information, provide useful supplemental information to investors in assessing our operating performance. See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

About a.k.a. Brands

a.k.a. Brands is a brand accelerator of direct-to-consumer fashion brands for the next generation. Each brand in the a.k.a. portfolio is customer-led, curates quality exclusive merchandise, creates authentic and inspiring social content and targets a distinct Gen Z and millennial audience. a.k.a. Brands leverages its next-generation retail platform to help each brand accelerate its growth, scale in new markets and enhance its profitability. Current brands in the a.k.a. Brands portfolio include Princess Polly, Culture Kings, mnml, Petal & Pup and Rebdolls.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements made in this release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this press release, the words “estimates,” “projected,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “believes,” “seeks,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “future,” “propose” and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside the Company’s control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements.

Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include the continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic and the potential related disruptions to our operations, customer demand, and our suppliers’ ability to meet our needs; our ability to anticipate rapidly-changing consumer preferences in the apparel, footwear and accessories industries; our ability to acquire new customers, retain existing customers, or maintain average order value levels; the effectiveness of our marketing and our level of customer traffic; merchandise return rates; our success in identifying brands to acquire, integrate and manage on our platform; our ability to expand into new markets; the global nature of our business; our use of social media platforms and influencer sponsorship initiatives, which could adversely affect our reputation or subject us to fines or other penalties; the inherent challenges in measuring certain of our key operating metrics, and the risk that real or perceived inaccuracies in such metrics may harm our reputation and negatively affect our business; the potential for requirements to collect additional sales taxes or to be subject to other tax liabilities that may increase the costs to our consumers; economic downturns and market conditions beyond our control; currency fluctuations; our ability to attract and retain highly qualified personnel; fluctuations in wage rates and the price, availability and quality of raw materials and finished goods, which could increase costs; interruptions in or increased costs of shipping and distribution, which could affect our ability to deliver our products to the market; and other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, dated March 1, 2022, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. a.k.a. Brands does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
2 The Company has not provided a quantitative reconciliation of its Adjusted EBITDA outlook to a GAAP net income outlook because it is unable, without making unreasonable efforts, to project certain reconciling items. These items include, but are not limited to, future stock-based compensation expense, income taxes, interest expense and transaction costs. These items are inherently variable and uncertain and depend on various factors, some of which are outside of the Company’s control or ability to predict. See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

 

a.k.a. BRANDS HOLDING CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net sales

$

148,319

 

 

$

68,779

 

Cost of sales

 

64,123

 

 

 

28,191

 

Gross profit

 

84,196

 

 

 

40,588

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Selling

 

40,364

 

 

 

18,254

 

Marketing

 

15,705

 

 

 

6,224

 

General and administrative

 

24,778

 

 

 

13,430

 

Total operating expenses

 

80,847

 

 

 

37,908

 

Income from operations

 

3,349

 

 

 

2,680

 

Other expense, net:

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(1,259

)

 

 

(104

)

Other expense

 

88

 

 

 

(19

)

Total other expense, net

 

(1,171

)

 

 

(123

)

Income before income taxes

 

2,178

 

 

 

2,557

 

Provision for income tax

 

(653

)

 

 

(767

)

Net income

 

1,525

 

 

 

1,790

 

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

 

 

 

 

(318

)

Net income attributable to a.k.a. Brands Holding Corp.

$

1,525

 

 

$

1,472

 

Net income per share

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.01

 

 

$

0.02

 

Diluted

$

0.01

 

 

$

0.02

 

Weighted average shares outstanding

 

 

 

Basic

 

128,647,836

 

 

 

69,931,635

 

Diluted

 

128,653,421

 

 

 

69,931,635

 

 

a.k.a. BRANDS HOLDING CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

March 31,
2022

 

December 31,
2021

Assets

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

41,166

 

$

38,832

 

Restricted cash

 

2,506

 

 

2,186

 

Accounts receivable

 

3,510

 

 

2,663

 

Inventory, net

 

120,598

 

 

115,783

 

Prepaid income taxes

 

6,525

 

 

4,059

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

22,705

 

 

20,809

 

Total current assets

 

197,010

 

 

184,332

 

Property and equipment, net

 

17,336

 

 

14,657

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

42,490

 

 

26,415

 

Intangible assets, net

 

95,986

 

 

98,287

 

Goodwill

 

373,799

 

 

363,305

 

Other assets

 

1,006

 

 

850

 

Total assets

$

727,627

 

$

687,846

 

Liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

17,295

 

$

25,088

 

Accrued liabilities

 

46,711

 

 

53,375

 

Sales returns reserve

 

5,176

 

 

6,887

 

Deferred revenue

 

8,676

 

 

11,344

 

Operating lease liabilities, current

 

6,544

 

 

5,721

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

5,600

 

 

5,600

 

Total current liabilities

 

90,002

 

 

108,015

 

Long-term debt

 

126,901

 

 

103,182

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

37,361

 

 

21,370

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

1,409

 

 

1,333

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

3,630

 

 

2,920

 

Total liabilities

 

259,303

 

 

236,820

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Preferred stock

 

 

 

 

Common stock

 

129

 

 

129

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

455,175

 

 

453,807

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

3,325

 

 

(11,080

)

Retained earnings

 

9,695

 

 

8,170

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

468,324

 

 

451,026

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

727,627

 

$

687,846

 

 

a.k.a. BRANDS HOLDING CORP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net income

$

1,525

 

 

$

1,790

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Depreciation expense

 

1,163

 

 

 

196

 

Amortization expense

 

4,054

 

 

 

2,390

 

Amortization of inventory fair value adjustment

 

707

 

 

 

 

Amortization of debt issuance costs

 

164

 

 

 

 

Non-cash operating lease expense

 

2,340

 

 

 

298

 

Equity-based compensation

 

1,368

 

 

 

523

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

(271

)

 

 

(1,944

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(808

)

 

 

(1,312

)

Inventory

 

(3,132

)

 

 

7,984

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

(1,759

)

 

 

721

 

Accounts payable

 

(6,956

)

 

 

(2,840

)

Income taxes payable

 

(2,127

)

 

 

(457

)

Accrued liabilities

 

(4,937

)

 

 

9,504

 

Returns reserve

 

(1,788

)

 

 

58

 

Deferred revenue

 

(2,805

)

 

 

2,372

 

Lease liabilities

 

(1,641

)

 

 

(309

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

(14,903

)

 

 

18,974

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

(225,725

)

Cash paid from holdbacks associated with acquisitions

 

(2,095

)

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(2,608

)

 

 

(297

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(4,703

)

 

 

(226,022

)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Payments of costs related to initial public offering

 

(1,142

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from line of credit, net of issuance costs

 

25,000

 

 

 

(996

)

Repayment of line of credit

 

 

 

 

(6,408

)

Proceeds from issuance of debt, net of issuance costs

 

(121

)

 

 

144,478

 

Repayment of debt

 

(1,400

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuance of units

 

 

 

 

82,669

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

22,337

 

 

 

219,743

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

(77

)

 

 

(326

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

2,654

 

 

 

12,369

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

 

41,018

 

 

 

27,099

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

43,672

 

 

$

39,468

 

 

 

 

 

Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

41,166

 

 

$

37,390

 

Restricted cash

 

2,506

 

 

 

2,078

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

$

43,672

 

 

$

39,468

 

 

a.k.a. BRANDS HOLDING CORP.

KEY OPERATING AND FINANCIAL METRICS

(unaudited)

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Gross margin

 

57

%

 

 

59

%

Net income (in thousands)

$

1,525

 

 

$

1,790

 

Net income margin

 

1

%

 

 

3

%

Adjusted EBITDA1 (in thousands)

$

10,652

 

 

$

8,326

 

Adjusted EBITDA1 margin

 

7

%

 

 

12

%

Key Operational Metrics and Regional Sales

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(metrics in millions, except AOV; sales in thousands)

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

Key Operational Metrics

 

 

 

Active customers2

 

3.8

 

 

 

1.6

Active customers across a.k.a. Brands2,3

 

3.8

 

 

 

2.6

Average order value

$

83

 

 

$

78

Average order value across a.k.a. Brands3

$

83

 

 

$

88

Number of orders

 

1.8

 

 

 

0.9

Number of orders across a.k.a. Brands3

 

1.8

 

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

 

Sales by Region (actual)

 

 

 

U.S.

$

77,668

 

 

$

42,830

Australia

 

51,895

 

 

 

19,015

Rest of world

 

18,756

 

 

 

6,934

Total

$

148,319

 

 

$

68,779

Year-over-year growth

 

115.6

%

 

 

Year-over-year growth on a constant currency basis4

 

121.0

%

 

 

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
2 Trailing twelve months.
3 Metrics “across a.k.a. Brands” assume we owned Culture Kings for all periods presented.
4 In order to provide a framework for assessing the performance of our underlying business, excluding the effects of foreign currency rate fluctuations, we compare the percent change in the results from one period to another period using a constant currency methodology wherein current and comparative prior period results for our operations reporting in currencies other than U.S. dollars are converted into U.S. dollars at constant exchange rates (i.e., the rates in effect on December 31, 2021, which was the last day of our prior fiscal year) rather than the actual exchange rates in effect during the respective periods.

a.k.a. BRANDS HOLDING CORP.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin are key performance measures that management uses to assess our operating performance. Because adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin facilitate internal comparisons of our historical operating performance on a more consistent basis, we use these measures for business planning purposes.

We also believe this information will be useful for investors to facilitate comparisons of our operating performance and better identify trends in our business. We expect adjusted EBITDA margin to increase over the long-term as we continue to scale our business and achieve greater leverage in our operating expenses.

We calculate adjusted EBITDA as net income adjusted to exclude: interest and other expense; provision for income taxes; depreciation and amortization expense; stock-based compensation expense; transaction costs; and one-time or non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC’s rules because it excludes certain amounts included in net income, the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA to net income for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021 is as follows:

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2021

 

Net income

$

1,525

 

 

$

1,790

 

Add:

 

 

 

Other expense, net

 

1,171

 

 

 

123

 

Provision for income tax

 

653

 

 

 

767

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

5,217

 

 

 

2,566

 

Inventory step-up amortization expense

 

707

 

 

 

 

Equity-based compensation expense

 

1,368

 

 

 

523

 

Transaction costs

 

11

 

 

 

2,557

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,652

 

 

$

8,326

 

Net income margin

 

1.0

%

 

 

2.6

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

7.2

%

 

 

12.1

%

Net Income, As Adjusted and Net Income Per Share, As Adjusted

Net income, as adjusted and net income per share, as adjusted are considered non-GAAP financial measures under the SEC’s rules because they exclude certain amounts included in net income and net income per share calculated in accordance with GAAP, the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Management believes that net income, as adjusted and net income per share, as adjusted are meaningful measures to share with investors because they better enable comparison of the performance with that of the comparable period. In addition, net income, as adjusted and net income per share, as adjusted afford investors a view of what management considers a.k.a.’s core earnings performance and the ability to make a more informed assessment of such core earnings performance with that of the prior year.

We have calculated net income, as adjusted and net income per share, as adjusted for the three months ended March 31, 2022 by adjusting net income and net income per share for the inventory step-up amortization expense resulting from the acquisition of mnml.

There were no adjustments to net income or net income per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021. A reconciliation of non-GAAP net income, as adjusted to net income, as well as the resulting calculation of net income per share, as adjusted for the three months ended March 31, 2022 are as follows:

 

Three Months
Ended March
31, 2022

Net income

$

1,525

 

Adjustments:

 

Inventory step-up amortization expense

 

707

 

Tax effects of adjustments

 

(212

)

Net income, as adjusted

$

2,020

 

Net income per share, as adjusted

$

0.02

 

Weighted-average shares, diluted

 

128,653,421

 

Pro Forma Net Sales

Pro forma net sales is considered a non-GAAP financial measure under the SEC’s rules. A reconciliation of non-GAAP pro forma net sales to net sales, which is the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, is as follows:

 

Three Months
Ended
March 31, 2022

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

 

Growth Rate

 

Actual

 

Actual

 

Culture Kings

 

Pro Forma

 

Actual

 

Pro Forma

U.S.

$

77,668

 

$

42,830

 

$

7,669

 

$

50,499

 

81.3

%

 

53.8

%

Australia

 

51,895

 

 

19,015

 

 

36,132

 

 

55,147

 

172.9

%

 

(5.9

) %

Rest of world

 

18,756

 

 

6,934

 

 

7,462

 

 

14,396

 

170.5

%

 

30.3

%

Total

$

148,319

 

$

68,779

 

$

51,263

 

$

120,042

 

115.6

%

 

23.6

%

 

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