Kaspien Holdings Inc. Reports Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Results

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SPOKANE, Wash., Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Kaspien Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: KSPN) (“Kaspien” or the “Company”), a leading e-commerce marketplace growth platform, today reported financial results for the fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2021. 

Recent Operational Highlights

  • Fiscal second quarter 2021 gross merchandise value (“GMV”) increased 50 basis points to $59.0 million, compared to $58.7 million in the comparable year-ago period. Subscription GMV increased 33% to $24.9 million (42.1% of total GMV), compared to $18.7 million (31.9% of total GMV) in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Leveraged diversified, flexible supply chain structure to effectively mitigate global supply challenges and inflationary price increases. Among other strategic responses, Kaspien successfully implemented a more robust direct-to-consumer fulfillment model, utilizing regional warehousing locations to minimize gaps in lead times across the supply chain.
  • Released Sponsored Brands Video Campaign Management on Kaspien’s Amazon advertising software, AdManager. Sponsored Brands Video enables users to automate optimizations, adjust all keywords at once via a centralized keywords table, and highlight a given product’s unique selling proposition better than any other ad type on Amazon.
  • AdManager was selected as the winner of the “Marketing Automation Innovation Award” in the fourth annual MarTech Breakthrough Awards program. As Kaspien’s Amazon advertising software, AdManager fine tunes a brand’s Amazon pay-per-click (PPC) marketing machine to drive unprecedented results, growing sales while cutting costs to maximize profitability.
  • Joined the Russell Microcap® Index. In place for one year, inclusion in the Russell Microcap® Index means automatic inclusion in the appropriate growth and value style indexes. Russell indexes are widely used by investment managers and institutional investors for index funds and as benchmarks for active investment strategies.

Management Commentary
“In the fiscal second quarter we responded capably to a challenging macroeconomic environment experiencing global supply chain challenges and inflationary price increases, which is a testament to the resiliency of our operating model as well as the flexible, diversified supply chain structure we proactively built and have leveraged during this time,” said Kaspien CEO Kunal Chopra. “In recent months we’ve successfully mobilized our teams to establish a more robust direct-to-consumer fulfillment model by utilizing our regional warehousing locations to minimize gaps in lead times across the supply chain; this response also provided a better experience for our brand partners who had been previously reliant on Amazon FBA. Despite these constraints, we were able to drive a 50-basis point increase in overall GMV, 33% increase in subscription GMV, and a 16% increase in subscription monthly recurring revenue during the period.

“Our non-Amazon marketplaces are also continuing to perform well, registering 72% growth as a group, largely driven by success on our new and growing Target+ Program. We also made significant platform upgrades as part of our ongoing commitment to being a one-stop-shop for all things brand management. This quarter, we implemented reporting capabilities in our Platform Dashboard, improved Product Targeting Management, added Sponsored Brand Video Management to our AdManager software, and developed a new Partner Central Rapid Prototype, all improvements that position us well for continued partner success in the future. Looking ahead, while we expect these industry-wide challenges to persist, we will be investing in the coming months to meet the expected growth in demand during the upcoming holiday season. Our focus over the long term will be to continue growing overall GMV as the leading indicator of the success of our business while also shifting our mix to more profitable subscriptions and expanding into other marketplaces.”

Fiscal Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
Results compare 2021 fiscal second quarter ended July 31, 2021 to 2020 fiscal second quarter ended August 1, 2020 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Net revenue decreased 18% to $34.9 million from $42.3 million in the comparable year-ago period. The decrease in net revenue was primarily attributable to ongoing supply challenges in the Company’s Fulfillment by Amazon (“FBA”) US segment, which were offset by continued growth in the Company’s other marketplaces.
  • Gross profit decreased 17% to $8.8 million or 25.3% of net revenue from $10.7 million or 25.3% of net revenue in the comparable year-ago period. The decrease in gross profit was primarily attributable to a reduction in net revenue on the Amazon US platform. Gross margin year-over-year remained flat despite a decline in merchandise margin rate as a result of the leveraging of fulfillment fees and warehousing and freight expenses. The table below summarizes the year-over-year comparison of gross margin:


Thirteen Weeks Ended


Twenty-six Weeks Ended


July 31,



August 1,



July 31,



August 1,

(amounts in thousands)



2021


2020



2021


2020






Merchandise margin


$

15,936


$

19,447


$

34,656


$

33,901

% of net revenue



45.7%



46.0%



45.9%



45.9%














Fulfillment fees 



(5,394)



(6,867)



(11,843)



(11,865)

Warehousing and freight



(1,708)



(1,894)



(4,182)



(3,434)

Gross profit


$

8,835


$

10,685


$

18,631


$

18,602














% of net revenue



25.3%



25.3%



24.7%



25.2%

  • Selling, General & Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses decreased 9% to $10.2 million or29.3% of net revenue from $11.2 million or 26.4% of net revenue in the comparable year-ago period. The decrease in SG&A expenses was primarily attributable to a $1.2 million decrease in selling expenses related to the decline in net revenue.
  • Loss from operations was $1.4 million, compared to a loss from operations of $493,000 in the comparable year-ago period. The increase in operating loss was the result of the decline in net revenue, partially offset by a decrease in cost of sale and SG&A expenses.
  • Net income was $82,000, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $899,000, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the comparable year-ago period. The improvement to net income was driven by a reduction in SG&A expenses as well as $1.9 million benefit resulting from the Company’s Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) loan being forgiven during the period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss (a non-GAAP metric reconciled below) was $754,000, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $23,000 in the comparable year-ago period.
  • As of July 31, 2021, the Company had $2.6 million in cash, compared to $1.8 million as of January 30, 2021 and $3.3 million as of August 1, 2020.
  • Cash used in operations was $2.5 million, compared to $1.6 million in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Inventory at quarter end was $25.0 million, compared to $20.6 million as of August 1, 2020.
  • As of July 31, 2021, the Company had no borrowings under its credit facility and had $10.1 million available for borrowing.

Fiscal First Half 2021 Financial Results
Results compare six months ended July 31, 2021 to six months ended August 1, 2020 unless otherwise indicated.

  • Net revenue increased 2% to $75.5 million from $73.9 million in the comparable year-ago period. This increase in net revenue was driven by improved performance from non-Amazon marketplaces and the subscriptions segment, which was offset by ongoing supply challenges in the Company’s FBA US segment.
  • Gross profit was $18.6 million or 24.7% of net revenue, compared to $18.6 million or 25.2% of net revenue over the comparable year-ago period. The decrease in gross margin was a result of increased warehousing and freight costs, driven by an increase in sales and global supply chain challenges. The table below summarizes the year-over-year comparison of gross margin:


Twenty-Six Weeks Ended


July 31,



August 1,

(amounts in thousands)



2021


2020




Merchandise margin


$

34,656


$

33,901

% of net revenue



45.9%



45.9%








Fulfillment fees 



(11,843)



(11,865)

Warehousing and freight



(4,182)



(3,434)

Gross profit


$

18,631


$

18,602








% of net revenue



24.7%



25.2%

  • SG&A expenses decreased 14% to $20.9 million or 27.6% of net revenue from $24.3 million or 32.9% of net revenue in the comparable year-ago period. The decrease in SG&A expenses was primarily attributable to a $3.5 million decline in G&A expenses.
  • Loss from operations totaled $2.2 million, an improvement from $5.7 million in the comparable year-ago period. The improvement in operating results was the result of higher net revenue and reduction in SG&A expenses.
  • Net loss was $1.3 million, compared to a loss of $6.3 million in the comparable year-ago period. The improvement to net loss was driven by a reduction in SG&A expenses as well as $1.9 million benefit resulting from the Company’s PPP loan being forgiven.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss (a non-GAAP metric reconciled below) was $1.0 million, compared to a loss of $4.7 million in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Cash used in operations was $4.9 million, compared to $8.1 million in the comparable year-ago period.

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
Unless otherwise specified, KPI data has been recorded as of fiscal quarter end (July 31, 2021).

  • Fiscal second quarter 2021 GMV increased 50 basis points to $59.0 million, compared to $58.7 million in the comparable year-ago period. Subscription GMV increased 33% to $24.9 million (42.1% of total GMV), compared to $18.7 million (31.9% of total GMV) in the comparable year-ago period.
  • Fiscal second quarter 2021 GMV per active partner increased 3% to $75,000 from $72,000 in the second quarter of fiscal 2020. The Company expects this metric to steadily grow over time as active partners derive more value from the…

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