Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ:CHKE), a global marketer of style-focused lifestyle brands, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended May 3, 2014.

Revenues for the first quarter increased 23.7% to $10.0 million, compared with $8.1 million in the prior-year period. The increase in revenues relates to continuing organic growth of the Cherokee brand and the recent Tony Hawk brands acquisition. SG&A expenses totaled $4.8 million, an 11% decrease from $5.4 million in the prior-year period. The decrease in SG&A was due to approximately $1.0 million of professional and consulting fees that did not recur in the first quarter fiscal 2015. On a Non-GAAP basis SG&A expenses totaled $4.8 million, or 48% of sales compared to $4.4 million, or 55% percent of sales versus the prior year period. The improvement on a percentage basis was due to the Company’s continued focus to leverage its operating structure and improve operating margins.

Net income totaled $3.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared with $1.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2014. On a Non-GAAP basis net income totaled $3.6 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, compared with $2.2 million, or $0.27 per diluted share in the prior year period. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financials can be found in a table at the end of this release.

The company also announced its corporate rebranding initiative as ‘Cherokee Global Brands.’ The rebranding offers a refreshed image, logo and marketing materials to better communicate its strong leadership position within the licensing industry and efforts to provide exemplary service on a global basis to its retailers, licensees and potential future partners.

“This is an exciting time for Cherokee Global Brands. The first quarter marked our strongest top and bottom line results since I joined the Company three years ago, and an extremely solid start to the fiscal year,” said Chief Executive Officer Henry Stupp. “Consistent with our initiatives, our focus lies on taking our group of brands, and making them even better, while expanding our global footprint. We continue to unlock the value and potential of Cherokee Global Brands through our turn-key 360˚ degree licensing model. Through this transformation we are now able to deliver higher quality product and services than ever before. We will continue to make investments in our brands and partnerships to enhance Cherokee Global Brands and helping our partners achieve success.”

At May 3, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $1.6 million, compared to $3.6 million at February 1, 2014.

Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call today at 5:30 a.m. PT / 8:30 a.m. ET. A slide presentation will accompany the prepared remarks and has been posted along with the webcast link on Cherokee’s website.

To participate in the call, please dial (877) 407-0784 (U.S.) or (201) 689-8560 (International) ten minutes prior to the start time and use conference ID: 13583549. The earnings call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s Web site at

For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be through Thursday, June 17, 2014, at 8:59 p.m. PT / 11:59 p.m. ET. To access the replay, dial (877) 870-5176 (U.S.) or (858) 384-5517 (International) and use conference ID: 13583549.

About Cherokee Inc.

Cherokee Inc. is a global marketer and manager of a portfolio of Fashion and Lifestyle brands including Cherokee ®, Carole Little ®, Tony Hawk® and Hawk Brands®, Liz Lange ® and Sideout ®, in multiple consumer product categories and sectors around the world. The Company has license agreements with premier retailers and manufacturers covering over 40 countries around the world including Target Stores (U.S. and Canada), Kohl’s (U.S.), Tesco (U.K., Ireland and certain Central European countries), RT-Mart (Peoples Republic of China), Pick ‘n Pay (South Africa), Falabella (Chile, Peru and Colombia), Arvind Mills (India and certain Middle Eastern countries), Shufersal LTD. (Israel), Comercial Mexicana (Mexico), Eroski (Spain), Nishimatsuya (Japan), Magnit (Russia), Landmark Group’s Max Stores (certain Middle East and North Africa countries), and the TJX Companies (U.S., Canada and Europe).

Statements included within this news release may contain forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used, the words “anticipates,” “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “should,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements included in this press release (including, without limitation, express or implied statements regarding potential future business development) involve known and unknown risk and uncertainties that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the effect of global economic conditions, the financial condition of the apparel and retail industry, adverse changes in licensee or consumer acceptance of products bearing the Company’s brands, the ability and/or commitment of the Company’s licensees to design, manufacture and market Cherokee, Tony Hawk, Hawk, Liz Lange, Completely Me, Sideout and Carole Little branded products, the Company’s dependence on Target for most of the Company’s revenues and the Company’s dependence on its key management personnel. The risks included here are not exhaustive. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties and other matters can be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for Fiscal Year 2014, and in its periodic reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. This release also includes a discussion of “non-GAAP financial measures” as that term is defined in Regulation G, including non-GAAP SG&A, net income and earnings per share. The most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and information reconciling these non-GAAP financial measures to the company’s financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP are provided below. Management believes that expenses such as the Hawk acquisition expenses and the remediation expenses make it difficult for investors to evaluate the underlying performance of the business and that non-GAAP SG&A, net income and EPS metrics excluding these expenses and related tax effects provides a useful measure of performance for the quarter and Fiscal Year as it offers consistency and comparability with past financial performance, facilitates period-to-period comparisons, and enables better comparisons with other peer companies.

Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements as a prediction of actual results. The Company disclaims any intent or obligation to update any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events and developments.
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
      May 3, 2014       February 1, 2014
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,629 $ 3,634
Receivables 10,159 6,056
Income taxes receivable 252
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 603 293
Deferred tax asset 239   239  
Total current assets 12,630 10,474
Trademarks, net 40,471 40,683
Deferred tax asset 1,382 1,678
Property and equipment, net 1,281 1,222
Other assets 52   54  
Total assets $ 55,816   $ 54,111  
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and other accrueds $ 1,776 $ 2,206
Current portion of long term debt 7,308 6,991
Income taxes payable 708 212
Accrued dividends 420
Deferred revenue—current 50 94
Accrued compensation payable 452   277  
Total current liabilities 10,714   9,780  
Long term liabilities:
Long term debt 23,317 25,144
Income taxes payable 430 1,179
Other non-current 94   109  
Total liabilities 34,555   36,212  
Commitments and Contingencies
Stockholders’ Equity
Preferred stock, $.02 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none
issued and outstanding
Common stock, $.02 par value, 20,000,000 shares authorized,
8,403,500 issued and outstanding at May 3, 2014 and 8,403,500
issued and outstanding at February 1, 2014 167 167
Additional paid-in capital 21,259 21,069
Retained deficit (165 ) (3,337 )
Total stockholders’ equity 21,261   17,899  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 55,816   $ 54,111  
(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
      Three Months ended
May 3, 2014       May 4, 2013
Royalty revenues $ 9,960 $ 8,053
Selling, general and administrative expenses 4,562 4,967
Amortization of trademarks 232 405  
Operating income 5,166 2,681
Other income (expense):
Interest (expense) (241 ) (132 )
Interest income and other income (expense), net (9 )
Total other income (expense), net (241 ) (141 )
Income before provision for income taxes 4,925 2,540
Income tax provision 1,333 918  
Net income $ 3,592 $ 1,622  
Basic earnings per share $ 0.43 $ 0.19  
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.43 $ 0.19  
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 8,396 8,393
Diluted 8,423 8,420
Dividends declared per share $ 0.05 $ 0.10
(amounts in thousands, except percentages and per share amounts)
      Three months ended
May 3, 2014       May 4, 2013
GAAP Royalty revenues $ 9,960 $ 8,053
Selling, general and administrative expenses:
GAAP Selling, general and administrative expenses 4,794 5,372

Professional fees
  -     958  
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative expenses $ 4,794   $ 4,414  
Non-GAAP selling, general and administrative
expenses as a percentage of revenue 48 % 55 %
Operating income:
GAAP Operating income 5,166 2,681
Professional fees     958  
Non-GAAP Operating income $ 5,166   $ 3,639  
Non-GAAP Operating income as a percentage of revenue 52 % 45 %
Net income:
GAAP Net income 3,592 1,622
Professional fees - 958
Tax affect   -     (346 )
Non-GAAP Net income $ 3,592   $ 2,234  
Non-GAAP Diluted earnings per share $ 0.43   $ 0.27  
Weighted average diluted shares outstanding:   8,423     8,420  
GAAP EBITDA 5,501 3,168

Professional fees
  -     958  
Non-GAAP EBITDA $ 5,501   $ 4,126  
Non-GAAP EBITDA as a percentage of revenue 55 % 51 %
Effective Tax Rate: 27.1 % 36.1 %

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