Sequential Brands Group Announces 2016 Third Quarter Financial Results

  • Q3 Revenue increased 83% to $42.0 million vs. $23.0 million in the prior year quarter 
  • Q3 GAAP diluted EPS of $0.02; Q3 non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.12 
  • Year-to-date Revenue increased 94% to $110.1 million vs. $56.8 million in the prior year

NEW YORK, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sequential Brands Group, Inc. ("Sequential" or the "Company") (Nasdaq:SQBG) today announced financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Results:

Total revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2016 increased 83% to $42.0 million, compared to $23.0 million in the prior year comparable quarter.  On a GAAP basis, Sequential reported net income of $1.3 million for the third quarter of 2016, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared to $2.7 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in the prior year comparable quarter.  On a non-GAAP basis, Sequential reported net income for the quarter ending September 30, 2016 of $7.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to $5.0 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, in the prior year comparable quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA (defined in the accompanying Non-GAAP Financial Measures) for the third quarter of 2016 was $24.9 million, compared to $15.7 million in the prior year comparable quarter.  See Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation tables below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

In addition, the Company ended the quarter with approximately $20 million of cash on hand, net of approximately $32 million of balance sheet cash used to help finance the Gaiam acquisition.

Yehuda Shmidman, Sequential's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our business activation team is executing and our portfolio brand health is solid, driven by strong contributions from our core brands Jessica Simpson, William Rast and Heelys, as well as from recently acquired brands including Joe's Jeans, Martha Stewart, Chef Emeril and Gaiam."

"Looking ahead, we will invest in strategic areas that we believe are essential to our long term growth.  These include building on our international momentum, expanding our digital presence by aligning with e-commerce partners that can significantly propel our brands forward, and continuing to invest in our brands to develop products and support key partnerships so that they remain at the top of consumers' minds."

Year-to-Date 2016 Results:

Total revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 increased 94% to $110.1 million, compared to $56.8 million in the prior year comparable period.  On a GAAP basis, net income was $0.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, or $0.00 per diluted share, compared to $2.8 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, in the prior year comparable period.  On a non-GAAP basis, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $13.7 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, compared to $9.6 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, in the prior year comparable period.  Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 was $58.9 million, compared to $36.1 million in the prior year comparable period.  See Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation tables below for a reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures.

Financial Update:

For the full year ending December 31, 2016, Sequential is reiterating its revenue guidance of $155 million to $160 million.  The Company is now expecting GAAP net income of $7.7 million to $11.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA for 2016 of $83 million to $88 million primarily due to costs associated with its headquarter lease, which were expected to be partially offset, and augmented investment in operating resources in targeted areas of the Company.

For the year ending December 31, 2017, Sequential expects $175 million to $180 million in revenue, GAAP net income of $22.1 million to $25.4 million and $100 million to $105 million of Adjusted EBITDA.  The Company's contractual guaranteed minimum royalties for 2017 are approximately $120 million.  Consistent with the Company's historical quarterly results, the Company expects revenue for 2017 to be weighted to the third and fourth quarters due to seasonality in the businesses of many of the Company's licensees.  

Additionally, the Company expects to end 2017 with approximately $600 million of net debt.

Investor Call and Webcast:

Management will provide further commentary today, November 3, 2016, on the Company's financial results via a conference call and webcast beginning at approximately 8:30 am ET.  To join the conference call, please dial (877) 407-0789 or visit the investor relations page on the Company's website www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release contains historical and projected measures of Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per diluted share.  The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related costs, non-cash compensation, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand, MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs, restructuring costs and other non-cash items.  Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding acquisition-related costs, mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand, write-off of deferred financing costs, restructuring costs, non-cash stock-based compensation recorded in connection with restructuring activities, MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs and other non-cash items.  These non-GAAP metrics are an alternative to the information calculated under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), as provided in the reports the Company files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may be inconsistent with similar measures presented by other companies and should only be used in conjunction with the Company's results reported according to GAAP.  Any financial measure other than those prepared in accordance with GAAP should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  We consider these measures to be useful measures of our ongoing financial performance because they adjust for certain costs and other events that the Company believes are not representative of its ongoing business.  See below for a reconciliation of these non-GAAP metrics to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active and home categories.  Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams.  Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world.  For more information, please visit Sequential's website at:  www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com.  To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:  newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release and oral statements made from time to time by representatives of the Company are forward-looking statements ("forward-looking statements") within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections as well as the beliefs and assumptions of management. The Company's actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning estimates of GAAP net income, Adjusted EBITDA, revenue (including guaranteed minimum royalties), and margins, guidance, plans, objectives, goals, strategies, expectations, intentions, projections, developments, future events, performance or products, underlying assumptions and other statements that are not historical in nature, including those that include the words "subject to," "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "intends," "estimates," "forecasts," "projects," "aims," "targets," "may," "will," "should," "can," "future," "seek," "could," "predict," the negatives thereof, variations thereon and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events, based on what the Company believes are reasonable assumptions. Whether actual results will conform to expectations and predictions is subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, including: (i) risks and uncertainties discussed in the reports that the Company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the  "SEC"); (ii) general economic, market or business conditions; (iii) the Company's ability to identify suitable targets for acquisitions and to obtain financing for such acquisitions on commercially reasonable terms; (iv) the Company's ability to timely achieve the anticipated results of recent acquisitions and any potential future acquisitions; (v) the Company's ability to successfully integrate acquisitions into its ongoing business; (vi) the potential impact of the consummation of recent acquisitions or any potential future acquisitions on the Company's relationships, including with employees, licensees, customers and competitors; (vii) the Company's ability to achieve and/or manage growth and to meet target metrics associated with such growth; (viii) the Company's ability to successfully attract new brands and to identify suitable licensees for its existing and newly acquired brands; (ix) the Company's substantial level of indebtedness, including the possibility that such indebtedness and related restrictive covenants may adversely affect the Company's future cash flows, results of operations and financial condition and decrease its operating flexibility; (x) the Company's ability to achieve its guidance; (xi) continued market acceptance of the Company's brands; (xii) changes in the Company's competitive position or competitive actions by other companies; (xiii) licensees' ability to fulfill their financial obligations to the Company; (xiv) concentrations of the Company's licensing revenues with a limited number of licensees and retail partners; and (xv) other circumstances beyond the Company's control. Refer to the section entitled "Risk Factors" set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for a discussion of important risks, uncertainties and other factors that may affect the Company's business, results of operations and financial condition. The Company's stockholders are urged to consider such risks, uncertainties and factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are not, and should not be relied upon as, a guarantee of future performance or results, nor will they necessarily prove to be accurate indications of the times at or by which any such performance or results will be achieved. As a result, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in forward-looking statements. The Company is not under any obligation to, and expressly disclaims any such obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Readers should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all risks and uncertainties to which the Company may be subject.  Consequently, readers should not consider such disclosures to be a complete discussion of all potential risks or uncertainties.

SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
(in thousands, except share amounts)  
           
    September 30,   December 31,  
      2016       2015    
    (Unaudited)      
Assets          
Current Assets:          
Cash    $   19,911     $   41,560    
Restricted cash       1,518         -     
Accounts receivable, net       44,205         42,026    
Available-for-sale securities       6,671         5,611    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets        5,722         5,276    
Current assets held for disposition from discontinued operations of wholesale business       83         113    
Total current assets        78,110         94,586    
           
Property and equipment, net        8,582         6,547    
Intangible assets, net        1,033,742         872,277    
Goodwill        305,126         314,288    
Other assets       1,743         2,139    
Total assets    $   1,427,303     $   1,289,837    
           
Liabilities and Equity          
Current Liabilities:          
Accounts payable and accrued expenses    $   17,957     $   23,722    
Current portion of long-term debt       26,225         19,000    
Current portion of deferred revenue       5,308         2,157    
Total current liabilities        49,490         44,879    
           
Long-term debt, net of current portion       622,946         523,065    
Long-term deferred revenue, net of current portion       14,821         -     
Deferred tax liability       195,779         184,881    
Other long-term liabilities       10,779         10,686    
Long-term liabilities held for disposition from discontinued operations of wholesale business       639         677    
Total liabilities        894,454         764,188    
           
Commitments and Contingencies          
           
Equity:          
Preferred stock Series A, $0.01 par value; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and   outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015       -          -     
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 150,000,000 shares authorized; 62,546,508 and 60,991,127   shares issued at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively, and 62,474,862 and   60,480,474 shares outstanding at September 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively       623         605    
Additional paid-in capital        501,803         496,179    
Accumulated other comprehensive loss       (5,388 )       (6,466 )  
Accumulated deficit        (38,671 )       (38,830 )  
Treasury stock, at cost; 71,646 shares at September 30, 2016 and none at December 31, 2015       (501 )       -     
Total Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries stockholders' equity       457,866         451,488    
Noncontrolling interest        74,983         74,161    
Total equity       532,849         525,649    
Total liabilities and equity   $   1,427,303     $   1,289,837    
           

  SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
  UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
  (in thousands, except earnings per share data)
                   
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
        Three Months Ended September 30,       Nine Months Ended September 30,  
        2016       2015       2016       2015  
                   
  Net revenue    $   41,952     $   22,981     $   110,114     $   56,833  
  Operating expenses        20,180         9,960         63,077         30,561  
  Income from operations        21,772         13,021         47,037         26,272  
                   
  Other income       150         -         243         700  
  Interest expense, net       14,742         6,210         36,031         17,162  
  Income before income taxes        7,180         6,811         11,249         9,810  
                   
  Provison for income taxes        3,858         2,460         5,276         3,348  
  Net income       3,322         4,351         5,973         6,462  
                   
  Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest       (2,022 )       (1,623 )       (5,814 )       (3,617 )
  Net income attributable to Sequential Brands  Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries   $   1,300     $   2,728     $   159     $   2,845  
                   
  Earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries:                
  Basic   $   0.02     $   0.07     $   0.00     $   0.07  
  Diluted   $   0.02     $   0.06     $   0.00     $   0.07  
                   
  Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                
  Basic       62,177         39,782         61,818         39,384  
  Diluted       63,067         42,106         62,919         41,639  
                   

         
SEQUENTIAL BRANDS GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  
(in thousands)  
         
  (Unaudited)  
    Nine Months Ended September 30,    
    2016       2015    
         
 Cash Provided By Operating Activities      31,397         14,413    
 Cash Used In Investing Activities      (151,067 )       (203,553 )  
 Cash Provided By Financing Activities      98,021         194,906    
         
 Net (Decrease) Increase In Cash      (21,649 )       5,766    
 Cash — Beginning of period      41,560         22,521    
 Cash — End of period  $   19,911     $   28,287    
         

  Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation                  
  (in thousands, except earnings per share data)                  
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
        2016       2015       2016       2015    
  Reconciliation of GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income:                  
  GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries   $   1,300     $   2,728     $   159     $   2,845    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Acquisition-related costs (a)       769         2,234         4,318         6,560    
  Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (b)       (124 )       258         (461 )       538    
  Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c)       -         -         -         (700 )  
  Write-off of deferred financing costs (d)       273         -         273         2,119    
  Restructuring costs (e)       434         -         3,212         -    
  Non-cash stock-based compensation - restructuring (f)       726         -         726         -    
  MSLO shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (g)       644         -         1,052         -    
  Other non-cash items (h)       (150 )       -         (150 )       -    
  Adjustment to taxes (i)       3,608         (228 )       4,526         (1,800 )  
  Total non-GAAP adjustments       6,180         2,264         13,496         6,717    
                     
  Non-GAAP net income (1)   $   7,480     $   4,992     $   13,655     $   9,562    
                     
                     
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
        2016       2015       2016       2015    
  Reconciliation of GAAP Diluted EPS to non-GAAP Diluted EPS:                  
  GAAP earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries   $   0.02     $   0.06     $   0.00     $   0.07    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Acquisition-related costs (a)       0.01         0.05         0.07         0.16    
  Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (b)       (0.00 )       0.01         (0.01 )       0.01    
  Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c)       -          -          -          (0.02 )  
  Write-off of deferred financing costs (d)       0.00         -          0.01         0.05    
  Restructuring costs (e)       0.01         -          0.05         -     
  Non-cash stock-based compensation - restructuring (f)       0.01         -          0.01         -     
  MSLO shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (g)       0.01         -          0.02         -     
  Other non-cash items (h)       (0.00 )       -          (0.00 )       -     
  Adjustment to taxes (i)       0.06         -          0.07         (0.04 )  
  Total non-GAAP adjustments       0.10         0.06         0.22         0.16    
                     
  Non-GAAP earnings per share (1)   $   0.12     $   0.12     $   0.22     $   0.23    
                     
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Three Months Ended September 30,   Nine Months Ended September 30,  
        2016       2015       2016       2015    
  Reconciliation of GAAP net income to Adjusted EBITDA:                  
  GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries   $   1,300     $   2,728     $   159     $   2,845    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Provision for income taxes       3,858         2,460         5,276         3,348    
  Interest expense, net       14,742         6,210         36,031         17,162    
  Non-cash compensation       2,149         1,591         5,642         5,646    
  Depreciation and amortization       1,170         447         3,379         1,257    
  Acquisition-related costs (a)       769         2,234         4,318         6,560    
  Gain on sale of People's Liberation brand (c)       -         -         -         (700 )  
  Restructuring costs (e)       434         -         3,212         -    
  MSLO shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (g)       644         -         1,052         -    
  Other non-cash items (h)       (150 )       -         (150 )       -    
  Total Adjustments       23,616         12,942         58,760         33,273    
                     
  Adjusted EBITDA (2)   $   24,916     $   15,670     $   58,919     $   36,118    
                     

(1) Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding acquisition-related costs, mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand, write-off of deferred financing costs, restructuring costs, non-cash stock-based compensation recorded in connection with restructuring activities, MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs and other non-cash items.  Management uses this information to measure performance over time on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations.  Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with information regarding the underlying performance of the Company's core business operating results.                                                                                                                                         

(2) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related costs, non-cash compensation, gain on sale of People's Liberation brand, MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs, restructuring costs and other non-cash items.  Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations. 

(a) Represents acquisition-related costs including legal, advisory and accounting services that are not representative of the Company's day-to-day licensing business.

(b) Represents the mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees.

(c) Represents the gain on sale of the People's Liberation brand recorded during the first fiscal quarter of 2015.

(d) Represents the write-off of existing deferred financing costs as a result of the extinguishment of a portion of the Company's loan facilities. (e) Represents restructuring charges associated with the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition and other cost savings initiatives. (f) Represents non-cash based stock-based compensation recorded in connection with restructuring activities. (g) Represents legal costs related to shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation matters associated with the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition. (h) Reversal of previously estimated accruals. (i) Adjustment in 2016 reflects that the Company expects to pay cash income taxes of approximately $1.0 million per year as the Company's net operating losses and other income tax benefits will reduce any additional income tax obligation.  Adjustment in 2015 is to reflect a statutory tax rate of 35%. 

  Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation - Projected Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017              
  (in thousands, except earnings per share data)                  
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Projected Fiscal Year 2016   Projected Fiscal Year 2017  
      High   Low   High   Low  
                     
  GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.   $   10,969     $   7,719     $   24,538     $   21,288    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Provision for income taxes       5,906         4,156         13,212         11,462    
  Interest expense, net       50,500         50,500         58,300         58,300    
  Non-cash compensation       7,793         7,793         3,800         3,800    
  Depreciation and amortization       4,400         4,400         3,900         3,900    
  Acquisition-related costs (a)       4,318         4,318         -         -    
  Restructuring costs (b)       3,212         3,212         -         -    
  MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (c)       1,052         1,052         1,250         1,250    
  Other non-cash items (d)       (150 )       (150 )       -         -    
  Total Adjustments     77,031       75,281       80,462       78,712    
                     
  Adjusted EBITDA (1)   $   88,000     $   83,000     $   105,000     $   100,000    
                     
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Projected Fiscal Year 2016   Projected Fiscal Year 2017  
      High   Low   High   Low  
                     
  GAAP net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.   $   10,969     $   7,719     $   24,538     $   21,288    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Acquisition-related costs (a)     4,318       4,318         -         -    
  Restructuring costs (b)       3,212         3,212         -         -    
  MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (c)       1,052         1,052         1,250         1,250    
  Other non-cash items (d)       (150 )       (150 )       -         -    
  Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (e)     (461 )     (461 )       -         -    
  Write-off of deferred financing costs (f)       273         273         -         -    
  Non-cash stock-based compensation - restructuring (g)     726       726         -         -    
  Net adjustment for non-cash taxes (h)       4,906         3,156         12,212         10,462    
  Total non-GAAP adjustments       13,876         12,126         13,462         11,712    
                     
  Non-GAAP net income (2)   $   24,845     $   19,845     $   38,000     $   33,000    
                     
  Non-GAAP weighted average diluted shares     62,900       62,900       63,500       63,500    
                     
      (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)  
      Projected Fiscal Year 2016   Projected Fiscal Year 2017  
      High   Low   High   Low  
                     
  GAAP earnings per share attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc.   $   0.17     $   0.12     $   0.39     $   0.34    
                     
  Adjustments:                  
  Acquisition-related costs (a)       0.07         0.07         -          -     
  Restructuring costs (b)       0.05         0.05         -          -     
  MSLO Shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs (c)       0.02         0.02         0.02         0.02    
  Other non-cash items (d)       -          -          -          -     
  Non-cash mark-to-market adjustments to stock-based compensation (e)       (0.01 )       (0.01 )       -          -     
  Write-off of deferred financing costs (f)       -          -          -          -     
  Non-cash stock-based compensation - restructuring (g)       0.01         0.01         -          -     
  Net adjustment for non-cash taxes (h)       0.08         0.06         0.19         0.16    
  Total non-GAAP adjustments       0.22         0.20         0.21         0.18    
                     
  Non-GAAP earnings per share (2)   $   0.39     $   0.32     $   0.60     $   0.52    
                     

(1) Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding interest income or expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, acquisition-related costs, non-cash compensation, restructuring costs, MSLO shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs and other non-cash items.  Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measure of operating performance to assist in comparing performance from period to period on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations.  

(2) Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per share are non-GAAP financial measures which represent net income attributable to Sequential Brands Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries, excluding acquisition-related costs, mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees, write-off of deferred financing costs, restructuring costs, non-cash stock-based compensation recorded in connection with restructuring activities, MSLO shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation costs, other non-cash items and adjustments for non-cash income taxes.  Management uses this information to measure performance over time on a consistent basis and to identify business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and results of operations.  Management believes that these non-GAAP measures provide investors with information regarding the underlying performance of the Company's core business operating results.

(a) Represents acquisition-related costs including legal, advisory and accounting services that are not representative of the Company's day-to-day licensing business.

(b) Represents restructuring charges associated with the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition and other cost savings initiatives.

(c) Represents legal costs related to shareholder and pre-acquisition litigation matters associated with the Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. acquisition.

(d) Reversal of previously estimated accruals.

(e) Represents the mark-to-market adjustments to non-cash stock-based compensation provided to non-employees.

(f) Represents the write-off of existing deferred financing costs as a result of the extinguishment of a portion of the Company's loan facilities.

(g) Represents non-cash based stock-based compensation recorded in connection with restructuring activities.            

(h) Adjustment reflects that the Company expects to pay cash income taxes of approximately $1.0 million per year as the Company's net operating losses and other income tax benefits will reduce any additional income tax obligation.
For media inquiries, contact:Sequential Brands Group, Inc.Jaime CassavechiaT:  +1 212-518-4771 x108E:  jcassavechia@sbg-ny.comFor Investor Relations inquiries, contact:Sequential Brands Group, Inc.Katherine NashT:  +1 512-757-2566E:  knash@sbg-ny.com

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