Cherokee Global Brands (NASDAQ: CHKE), a global marketer of style-focused lifestyle brands, today reported financial results for the third quarter Fiscal Year 2015 ended November 1, 2014.

Revenues for the third quarter increased 30% to $8.7 million, compared with $6.7 million in the prior-year period. The increase in revenues relates to Tony Hawk signature brands and continued organic growth of Cherokee branded products internationally.

SG&A expenses totaled $4.9 million, a 20% increase from $4.1 million in the prior-year period. The increase in SG&A was due primarily to expenses related to the marketing and design of the Tony Hawk and Cherokee Brands.

Net income totaled $2.3 million, or $0.27 per diluted share, compared with $1.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

"Cherokee Global Brands continues to achieve strong growth, with third quarter revenues up 30% year-over-year and 23% year-to-date," said Henry Stupp, Chief Executive Officer. "Furthermore, we have already surpassed our full year Fiscal 2014 EPS results, generating $0.96 per diluted share for the first nine months of Fiscal 2015."

Mr. Stupp continued, "Our international business, and in particular Asia, Latin America and Canada, continues to make significant strides. We are transforming from a North American-focused company to a global entity with our namesake Cherokee brand now in over 50 countries and more than 5,000 doors."

"With unaided consumer awareness of the Cherokee brand in Europe remaining quite high, we are actively exploring other avenues to generate long-term, sustainable growth in the UK and Central Europe. We are currently in advanced negotiations to replace Tesco with other leading retailers in these markets. We are very excited with the direction our Cherokee brand is headed internationally and look forward to working with new European partners that will take full advantage of our proprietary 360 ° system and make it their priority to sell Cherokee branded products to their customers."

At November 1, 2014, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $5.0 million, compared to $3.6 million at February 1, 2014.

Year-to-Date Financial Results

For the nine months ended November 1, 2014 revenues increased 23% to $27.4 million, compared with $22.2 million in the prior-year period. SG&A expenses totaled $14.8 million, an 8% increase from $13.7 million in the prior-year period. Year-to-date, net income totaled $8.2 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared with $5.1 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

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. 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 http://www.cherokeeglobalbrands.com.

For those unable to participate during the live broadcast, a replay will be through Wednesday, December 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: 13592634.

About Cherokee Global Brands

Cherokee Global Brands is a 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 best-in-class retailers and manufacturers covering over 50 countries around the world including Target Stores (U.S. and Canada), Kohl's (U.S.), 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.

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.
 
CHEROKEE INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited
(amounts in thousands, except share and per share amounts)
 
      November 1,       February 1,
2014 2014
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 5,026 $ 3,634
Receivables 8,375 6,056
Income taxes receivable 226 252
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 397 293
Deferred tax asset   239   239  
Total current assets 14,263 10,474
Trademarks, net 40,043 40,683
Deferred tax asset 1,505 1,678
Property and equipment, net 1,355 1,222
Other assets   50   54  
Total assets $ 57,216 $ 54,111  
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and other accrueds $ 1,701 $ 2,206
Current portion of long term debt 7,308 6,991
Income taxes payable 686 212
Deferred revenue—current 20 94
Accrued compensation payable   922   277  
Total current liabilities   10,637   9,780  
Long term liabilities:
Long term debt 19,663 25,144
Income taxes payable 447 1,179
Other non-current   110   109  
Total liabilities   30,857   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, 8,433,233 issued and outstanding at November 1, 2014 and 8,403,500 issued and outstanding at February 1, 2014 169 167
Additional paid-in capital 22,209 21,069
Retained earnings/(deficit)   3,981   (3,337 )
Total stockholders' equity   26,359   17,899  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 57,216 $ 54,111  
 
 
CHEROKEE INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
Unaudited

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
      Three Months ended       Nine Months ended
November 1,       November 2, November 1,       November 2,
2014 2013 2014 2013
 
Royalty revenues $ 8,706 $ 6,684 $ 27,431 $ 22,232
Selling, general and administrative expenses 4,663 4,162 14,042 12,961
Amortization of trademarks   233     (100 )   699     712  
 
Operating income 3,810 2,622 12,690 8,559
 
Other income (expense):
Interest (expense) (201 ) (116 ) (653 ) (371 )
Interest income and other income (expense), net   (2 )   (2 )   (3 )   3  
 
Total other income (expense), net   (203 )   (118 )   (656 )   (368 )
 
Income before provision for income taxes 3,607 2,504 12,034 8,191
 
Income tax provision   1,291     941     3,874     3,068  
 
Net income $ 2,316   $ 1,563   $ 8,160   $ 5,123  
 
Basic earnings per share $ 0.27   $ 0.19   $ 0.97   $ 0.61  
 
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.27   $ 0.19   $ 0.96   $ 0.61  
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 8,424 8,396 8,411 8,394
 
Diluted 8,566 8,408 8,490 8,406
 
Dividends declared per share $ 0.00 $ 0.10 $ 0.10 $ 0.30
 

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