iParty Corp. (NYSE Amex: IPT - news), a party goods retailer, today reported financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2010, which ended on June 26, 2010.

Second Quarter 2010 Highlights
  • Improvements to top line and bottom line in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009.
  • Consolidated revenues of $20.1 million for the second quarter of 2010, a 2.5% increase compared to the second quarter of 2009.
  • Comparable store sales increase of 1.4% for the second quarter of 2010.
  • Net income of $767 thousand for the second quarter of 2010, compared to net income of $669 thousand for the second quarter of 2009, representing a 14.7% increase.
  • EBITDA for the second quarter of 2010 of $1.27 million, compared to EBITDA in the second quarter of 2009 of $1.34 million (See accompanying schedule for reconciliation of non-GAAP EBITDA to net income for the period).

Sal Perisano, iParty’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “The second quarter results reflect a continuation of improved financial performance. Our modest sales increases in the first and second quarters of this year follow seven consecutive quarters of negative comp store sales results prior to the first quarter of 2010. Again in the second quarter as in the first, we were able to control our company expenses, allowing us to translate this sales increase into an improved net income compared to the second quarter of 2009.”

Mr. Perisano further stated, “Mid way through 2010, we expect to expand our temporary Halloween store business, as we have now secured several prime locations for the upcoming Halloween season. Also, we are on schedule to open an additional permanent store before October in South Bay Center, Boston Massachusetts, a prime Boston retail location. The opening of this new permanent store will further develop the urban store strategy we initiated in late 2009, when we opened our first urban store on Boylston Street in the Back Bay section of Boston.”

Operating Results

For the second quarter of 2010, consolidated revenues were $ 20.06 million, a 2.5% increase compared to $19.57 million for the second quarter in 2009. Comparable store sales in the second quarter of 2010 increased 1.4% compared to the year-ago period. Consolidated gross profit margin was 40.7% for the second quarter of 2010 compared to a gross profit margin of 40.3% for the same period in 2009. Consolidated net income for the second quarter of 2010 was $767 thousand, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, compared to consolidated net income of $669 thousand, or $0.02 per basic and diluted share, for the second quarter in 2009. On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the second quarter of 2010 before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“ EBITDA”) was $1.27 million compared to EBITDA of $1.34 million for the second quarter in 2009. EBITDA is calculated as net income (loss), as reported under United States generally accepted accounting principles (“ GAAP”), plus net interest expense, depreciation and amortization and income taxes. The schedule accompanying this release provides the reconciliation of net income for the second quarters of 2010 and 2009, and net loss for the six-month periods then ended, under GAAP to a non-GAAP, EBITDA basis.

For the six-month year-to-date period ended June 26, 2010, consolidated revenues were $ 34.90 million, a 2.2% increase compared to $34.14 million for the first six months of 2009. Consolidated revenues for the first six months of 2010 included a 1.3% increase in comparable store sales from the year-ago period. Consolidated gross profit margin was 38.6% for the six-month period, compared to 38.3% for the same period in 2009. For the six-month period, consolidated net loss was $718 thousand, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to a consolidated net loss of $1.05 million, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share for the first six months of 2009. On a non-GAAP basis, EBITDA was $296 thousand compared to an EBITDA of $294 thousand for the first six months of 2009.

About iParty Corp.

Headquartered in Dedham, Massachusetts, iParty Corp. is a party goods retailer that operates 51 iParty retail stores and licenses the operation of an Internet site for party goods and party planning at www.iparty.com. iParty’s aim is to make throwing a successful event both stress-free and fun. With over 20,000 party supplies and costumes and an online party magazine and party-related content, iParty offers consumers a sophisticated, yet fun and easy-to-use, resource with an extensive assortment of products to customize any party, including birthday bashes, Easter get-togethers, graduation parties, summer barbecues, and, of course, Halloween. iParty aims to offer reliable, time-tested knowledge of party-perfect trends, and superior customer service to ensure convenient and comprehensive merchandise selections for every occasion. Please visit our site at www.iparty.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, we have provided below reconciliations of any non-GAAP financial measures we use in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. We believe that our presentation of EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is an important supplemental measure of operating performance to investors. The discussion below defines this term, why we believe it is a useful measure of our performance, and explains certain limitations on the use of non-GAAP financial measures such as our use of EBITDA.


EBITDA is a commonly used measure of performance in our industry which we believe, when considered with measures calculated in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (" GAAP"), gives investors a more complete understanding of operating results before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes and facilitates comparisons between us and our competitors. EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and has been presented in this release because our management and the audit committee of our board of directors use this financial measure in monitoring and evaluating our ongoing financial results and trends. Our management and audit committee believe that this non-GAAP operating performance measure is useful for investors because it enhances investors' ability to analyze trends in our business and compare our financial and operating performance to that of our peers.

Limitations on the Use of Non-GAAP Measures

The use of EBITDA has certain limitations. Our presentation of EBITDA may be different from the presentation used by other companies and therefore comparability may be limited. Depreciation expense for various long-term assets, interest expense, income taxes and other items have been and will be incurred and are not reflected in the presentation of EBITDA. Each of these items should also be considered in the overall evaluation of our results. Additionally, EBITDA does not consider capital expenditures and other investing activities and should not be considered as a measure of our liquidity. In particular, we have opened new stores through the expenditure of capital funded with borrowings under our bank line of credit. Our results of operations, therefore, reflect significant charges for depreciation, amortization and interest expense. EBITDA, which excludes these expenses, provides helpful information about the operating performance of our business, but EBITDA does not purport to represent operating income or cash flow from operating activities, as those terms are defined under GAAP, and should not be considered as an alternative to those measurements as an indicator of our performance.

Accordingly, EBITDA should be used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income, or any other operating performance measure prescribed by GAAP, nor should these measures be relied upon to the exclusion of GAAP financial measures. EBITDA reflects additional ways of viewing our operations that we believe, when viewed with our GAAP results and the reconciliations to the corresponding GAAP financial measures, provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting our business than could be obtained absent this disclosure. We strongly encourage investors to review our financial information in its entirety and not to rely on a single financial measure.

For the quarter ended For the six months ended
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES June 26, 2010 June 27, 2009 June 26, 2010 June 27, 2009
Net income (loss) as reported under GAAP $ 767,484 $ 668,868 $ (717,650 ) $ (1,046,403 )
plus, Interest expense, net 71,545 128,511 137,708 265,035
plus, Depreciation and amortization 433,614 539,698 876,261 1,075,655
plus, Income taxes   -   -   -     -  
EBITDA, non-GAAP $ 1,272,643 $ 1,337,077 $ 296,319   $ 294,287  

Safe harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 as contained in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "project," "plan," "outlook," and other words and terms of similar meaning. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the potential results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Among the factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ materially from those contained in such forward-looking statements are the following: changes in consumer confidence and consumer spending patterns, particularly those impacting the New England region and Florida, which may result from, among other factors, rising or sustained high levels of unemployment, access to consumer credit, mortgage foreclosures, credit market turmoil, declines in the stock market, general feelings and expectations about the overall economy, and unseasonable weather; the successful implementation of our growth and marketing strategies; our ability to access our existing credit line or to obtain additional financing, if required, on acceptable terms and conditions; rising commodity prices, especially oil and gas prices; our relationships with our third party suppliers; the failure of our inventory management system and our point of sale system; competition from other party supply stores and stores that merchandise and market party supplies, including big discount retailers, dollar store chains, and temporary Halloween merchandisers; the availability of retail store space on reasonable lease terms; and compliance with evolving federal securities, accounting, and stock exchange rules and regulations applicable to publicly-traded companies listed on the NYSE Amex. For a more detailed discussion of risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see Item 1A, "Risk Factors" of iParty's most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 26, 2009 and our other periodic reports filed with the SEC. iParty is providing this information as of this date, and does not undertake to update the information included in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
For the three months ended For the six months ended
Jun 26, 2010 Jun 27, 2009 Jun 26, 2010 Jun 27, 2009
Revenues $ 20,064,832 $ 19,569,009 $ 34,901,211 $ 34,137,416
Operating costs:
Cost of products sold and occupancy costs 11,903,928 11,691,950 21,438,697 21,074,016
Marketing and sales 5,586,561 5,441,459 10,523,328 10,420,777
General and administrative   1,735,314     1,638,221     3,519,128     3,423,991  
Operating income (loss) 839,029 797,379 (579,942 ) (781,368 )
Interest expense, net   (71,545 )   (128,511 )   (137,708 )   (265,035 )
Net income (loss) $ 767,484   $ 668,868     ($717,650 )     ($1,046,403 )
Income (loss) per share:
Basic $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $ (0.03 ) $ (0.05 )
Diluted $ 0.02   $ 0.02   $ (0.03 ) $ (0.05 )
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic   38,221,631     38,222,344     22,987,994     22,731,667  
Diluted   39,528,113     38,222,344     22,987,994     22,731,667  

Jun 26, 2010 Dec 26, 2009
ASSETS (Unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 60,950 $ 61,050
Restricted cash 625,108 1,056,525
Accounts receivable 771,327 688,506
Inventories, net 14,648,192 13,048,104
Prepaid expenses and other assets 226,142 174,752
Deferred income tax asset - current   70,997   70,997  
Total current assets 16,402,716 15,099,934
Property and equipment, net 2,726,476 2,892,835
Intangible assets, net 1,270,531 1,606,585
Other assets 306,778 349,378
Deferred income tax asset   343,690   343,690  
Total assets $ 21,050,191 $ 20,292,422  
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 6,555,051 $ 3,885,062
Accrued expenses 2,499,658 2,649,468
Current portion of capital lease obligations 9,228 9,228
Current note payable 600,000 600,000
Borrowings under line of credit   1,378,775   2,526,982  
Total current liabilities 11,042,712 9,670,740
Long-term liabilities:
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion 9,227 13,841
Other liabilities   1,525,085   1,529,257  
Total long-term liabilities 1,534,312 1,543,098
Commitments and contingencies
Convertible preferred stock 13,043,321 13,589,491
Common stock 23,268 22,799
Additional paid-in capital 52,968,993 52,311,059
Accumulated deficit   (57,562,415 )   (56,844,765 )
Total stockholders' equity   8,473,167   9,078,584  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 21,050,191 $ 20,292,422  

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