Xcel Brands
XCel Brands, Inc. (Form: 10-Q, Received: 11/19/2012 12:34:45)

 

UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

x    QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15 (D) OF THE SECURITIES

EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2012

 

COMMISSION FILE NUMBER: 0-21419

 

XCEL BRANDS, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

 

Delaware   76-0307819
(State or Other Jurisdiction of   (I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
Incorporation or Organization)    

 

475 Tenth Ave, 4th Floor 

New York, NY 10018

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(347)-727-2474

(Issuer's Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

Check whether the issuer (1) filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15 (d) of the Exchange Act during the past 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.

Yes   x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files) Yes x No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a small reporting company.

 

Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨
   
Non- accelerated filer ¨ Small reporting company x

 

Indicate by a check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨    No x

 

As of November 16, 2012, 7,517,137 shares of common stock, $.001 par value per share, of the issuer were outstanding.

 

 
 

 

XCEL BRANDS, INC.

 

INDEX

 

      Page
       
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION    
       
Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)    
       
  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets   3
       
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations   4
       
  Condensed Consolidated Statement of Stockholders’ Equity   5
       
  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows   6
       
  Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements   7
       
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   19
       
Item 3. Controls and Procedures   26
       
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION    
       
Item 1. Legal Proceedings   27
       
Item 1A. Risk Factors   27
       
Item 5. Exhibits   27
       
  Signatures   27

 

 
 

 

Part I Financial Information

 

Item 1. Financial Statements (Unaudited)

 

Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

    September 30, 2012     December 31, 2011  
    (Unaudited)        
Assets                
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 4,131,000     $ 2,718,000  
Restricted cash     -       175,000  
Accounts receivable, net     3,342,000       2,191,000  
Prepaid expenses     415,000       401,000  
Other current assets     69,000       85,000  
Total current  assets     7,957,000       5,570,000  
Property and Equipment:                
Leasehold improvements, furniture and equipment     1,509,000       1,399,000  
Less: accumulated depreciation     320,000       76,000  
Total property and equipment     1,189,000       1,323,000  
Other Assets:                
Trademarks, goodwill and other intangibles, net     58,804,000       59,200,000  
Deferred finance costs, net     475,000       591,000  
Other assets     314,000       9,000  
Total other assets     59,593,000       59,800,000  
Total Assets   $ 68,739,000     $ 66,693,000  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Current Liabilities                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 912,000     $ 878,000  
Deferred revenue, net of long-term portion     314,000       503,000  
Other current liabilities     102,000       66,000  
Current portion of long-term debt     1,374,000       44,000  
Total current liabilities     2,702,000       1,491,000  
Long-Term Liabilities:                
Term loan, net of short-term portion     11,307,000       12,344,000  
Seller note     6,166,000       5,765,000  
Installment debt obligation, net of short-term portion     1,002,000       1,114,000  
Contingent obligations - seller     17,766,000       17,765,000  
Deferred tax liability     11,022,000       11,570,000  
Other long-term liabilities, less current portion     372,000       26,000  
Total long-term liabilities     47,635,000       48,584,000  
Total Liabilities     50,337,000       50,075,000  
                 
Commitments and contingencies                
                 
Stockholders' Equity:                
Preferred stock, $.001 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding     -       -  
Common stock, $.001 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized, 7,517,137 and 5,810,444 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively     7,000       6,000  
Paid-in capital     21,351,000       17,904,000  
Accumulated deficit     (2,956,000 )     (1,292,000 )
Total stockholders' equity     18,402,000       16,618,000  
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 68,739,000     $ 66,693,000  

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited)

 

    For the Three Months
Ended Sept. 30, 2012
    For the period Sept.
29, 2011 to Sept. 30,
2011
    For the period July 1, 
2011 to Sept. 28, 2011
    For the Nine Months 
Ended Sept. 30, 2012
    For the period Sept.
29, 2011 to Sept. 30,
2011
    For the period Jan. 1, 
2011 to Sept. 28, 2011
 
    Successor     Successor     Predecessor     Successor     Successor     Predecessor  
                                     
Licensing revenue   $ 2,854,000     $ 42,000     $ 2,672,000     $ 7,989,000     $ 42,000     $ 7,911,000  
Design and service fee income     960,000       6,000       268,000       1,614,000       6,000       818,000  
Total revenues     3,814,000       48,000       2,940,000       9,603,000       48,000       8,729,000  
Direct licensing costs     89,000       -       -       174,000       -       -  
Net licensing, design and service fee revenue     3,725,000       48,000       2,940,000       9,429,000       48,000       8,729,000  
                                                 
Expenses                                                
Design and marketing costs     1,365,000       25,000       938,000       3,668,000       25,000       2,786,000  
General and administrative expenses     2,570,000       792,000       421,000       5,669,000       792,000       1,384,000  
Acquisition and due diligence costs     -       423,000       -       -       423,000          
Depreciation and amortization     216,000       2,000       71,000       640,000       2,000       211,000  
Total expenses     4,151,000       1,242,000       1,430,000       9,977,000       1,242,000       4,381,000  
                                                 
Operating income (loss)     (426,000 )     (1,194,000 )     1,510,000       (548,000 )     (1,194,000 )     4,348,000  
                                                 
Other expenses                                                
Interest expense - debt     286,000       6,000       -       858,000       6,000       -  
Other interest and finance charges     262,000       6,000       -       778,000       6,000       -  
Total interest and finance costs     548,000       12,000       -       1,636,000       12,000       -  
                                                 
Income (loss) before income taxes     (974,000 )     (1,206,000 )     1,510,000       (2,184,000 )     (1,206,000 )     4,348,000  
                                                 
Income tax provision (benefit)     (502,000 )     1,000       3,000       (520,000 )     1,000       175,000  
                                                 
Net (loss) income   $ (472,000 )   $ (1,207,000 )   $ 1,507,000     $ (1,664,000 )   $ (1,207,000 )   $ 4,173,000  
                                                 
(Loss) per share:                                                
Basic and diluted   $ (0.06 )   $ (0.21 )           $ (0.25 )   $ (0.21 )        
                                                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                                                
Basic and diluted     7,517,151       5,743,319               6,772,244       5,743,319          

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statement of Stockholders' Equity

 

    Common Stock     Paid - in     Accumulated        
    Shares     Amount     Capital     Deficit     Total  
Balances, January 1, 2012     5,810,444     $ 6,000     $ 17,904,000     $ (1,292,000 )   $ 16,618,000  
                                         
Warrants issued in connection with licensing agreement                     23,000               23,000  
                                         
Direct costs relating to equity placement.                     (3,000 )             (3,000 )
                                         
Compensation expense in connection with stock options and warrants to directors and management                     85,000               85,000  
                                         
Shares issued to employees and directors in connection with restricted stock grants     1,544,943       1,000       4,634,000               4,635,000  
                                         
Unamortized portion of restricted stock                     (1,291,000 )             (1,291,000 )
                                         
Shares issued on exercise of warrants     162,500       -       1,000               1,000  
                                         
Forfeiture of prior stock grants     (750 )     -       (2,000 )             (2,000 )
                                         
Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2012                             (1,664,000 )     (1,664,000 )
                                         
Balances, September 30, 2012     7,517,137     $ 7,000     $ 21,351,000     $ (2,956,000 )   $ 18,402,000  

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

 

    For the Nine Months Ended Sept. 30, 2012     For the period Sept. 29, 2011 to Sept. 30, 2011     For the period Jan. 1, 2011 to Sept. 28, 2011  
    Successor     Successor     Predecessor  
                         
Cash flows from operating activities                        
  Net income (loss)   $ (1,664,000 )   $ (1,207,000 )   $ 4,173,000  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by                        
  (used in) operating activities:                        
     Depreciation and amortization expense     640,000       2,000       211,000  
     Amortization of deferred finance costs     93,000       1,000       -  
     Stock-based compensation     3,479,000       747,000       -  
     Amortization of seller note discount     401,000       3,000       -  
     Amortization of senior note discount     176,000       -       -  
     Deferred income taxes     (548,000 )     -       -  
  Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                        
     Accounts receivable     (1,151,000 )     (48,000 )     (183,000 )
  Prepaid expenses     (172,000 )     406,000       220,000  
  Other current assets     16,000       -       (32,000 )
  Accounts payables and accrued expenses     66,000       (649,000 )     213,000  
  Royalty advances     131,000       -       (2,270,000 )
  Other liabilities     50,000       (160,000 )     -  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities     1,517,000       (905,000 )     2,332,000  
                         
Cash flows from investing activities                        
    Acquisition of Isaac  Mizrahi Trademarks and related intangible 
       property, and tangible property and equipment
            (10,174,000 )        
    Payment of assumed obligation of Seller             (1,500,000 )        
    Purchase of property and equipment     (110,000 )     -       -  
    Increase in long-term security deposit     (175,000 )     -       -  
    Reduction of restricted cash     175,000       (175,000 )     -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (110,000 )     (11,849,000 )     -  
                         
Cash flows from financing activities                        
   Member distributions             -       (2,147,000 )
   Proceeds from term loan             13,500,000          
   Proceeds from sale of common stock and warrants             4,305,000       -  
   Payment of expenses related to equity and recapitalization     (3,000 )     (463,000 )     -  
  (Payment) Refund of deferred finance costs     22,000       (460,000 )     -  
   Repayment of lease obligation     (13,000 )     -       -  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     6,000       16,882,000       (2,147,000 )
                         
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents     1,413,000       4,128,000       185,000  
                         
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     2,718,000       -       46,000  
                         
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 4,131,000     $ 4,128,000     $ 231,000  
                         
                         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information                        
Warrants issued to Licensee   $ 23,000                  
                         
Forfeiture of employee stock grants   $ (2,000 )                
Restricted stock grants to employees and directors   $ 4,635,000                  
Retrospective accounting adjustment increasing deferred tax liability and goodwill           $ 1,739,000          
Value of common stock issued to Sellers as  partial consideration in the acquisition of Isaac Mizrahi Business           $ 9,215,000          
Value of common stock issued to Earthbound as  partial consideration in the acquisition of Isaac Mizrahi Business           $ 3,155,000          
Issuance of Seller Notes  as partial consideration in the acquisition of Isaac Mizrahi Business (net of debt discount - see Note 5)           $ 5,637,000          
Value of Warrants to purchase 364,428 of common stock for $.01 per share issued to Noteholders           $ 1,214,000          
Contingent equity pay-out relating to acquisition of Isaac Mizrahi Business           $ 15,000,000          
Contingent  obligations relating to acquisition of Isaac Mizrahi Business           $ 2,765,000          
Assumed Other Long Term liabilities as partial consideration of the Isaac Mizrahi  Business           $ 1,132,000          
Deferred tax liability relating to the net tax effect of the excess book value over tax basis of acquired intangible asset           $ 9,615,000          
Deferred tax liability relating to the net tax effect of the Seller Note discount amount           $ 635,000          
Value of equipment and software received from Earthbound           $ 71,000          
Assumed capitalized lease obligation           $ 24,000          
                         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information                        
                         
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information,                        
Cash paid during the period for income taxes   $ 62,000     $ -     $ -  
Cash paid during the period for interest   $ 916,000     $ 129,000     $ 175,000  

  

See Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

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XCEL BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements

 

1. NATURE OF OPERATIONS, BACKGROUND, BASIS OF PRESENTATION AND REVERSE ACQUISITION

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management of Xcel Brands, Inc., (“Xcel”, the "Company", “we”, “us”, or “our”), all adjustments (consisting primarily of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2011 has been derived from audited consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the three months (“Current Quarter”) and nine months (“Current Nine Months”) ended September 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for a full fiscal year.

 

On September 29, 2011 (the “Acquisition Date”), the Company, formerly known as Net Fabrics Holdings, Inc. merged with Xcel Brands, Inc. (“Old XCel”) and acquired from IM Ready-Made, LLC (“IM Ready”) certain assets and assumed certain obligations (the “Isaac Mizrahi Business”) whereby the Isaac Mizrahi Business was deemed to be the Predecessor of the Company for financial statement presentation purposes. Accordingly, the accompanying financial statements designate periods preceding the Acquisition Date as relating to the Predecessor and all references to periods on and after September 29, 2011 shall be referred to as Successor.

 

For further information, refer to the consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 (“2011”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2012.

 

2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Xcel Brands, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All material inter-company accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

Presentation of Predecessor Financial Statements

 

The financial statements covered by the Predecessor have been prepared for the purpose of complying with the rules and regulations of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Isaac Mizrahi Business was not a separate legal entity, thus the financial statements are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations that would have occurred if the Isaac Mizrahi Business had been operated as a separate legal entity.

 

All of the allocations and estimates in the accompanying Predecessor financial statements are based on assumptions that IM Ready and Xcel management (collectively “management”) believe are reasonable, and reasonably approximate the historical costs that the Isaac Mizrahi Business would have incurred as a separate entity. However, these allocations and estimates are not necessarily indicative of the costs and expenses that would have resulted if the Isaac Mizrahi Business had been operated as a separate entity. The allocations of expenses were made to comply with the guidance provided by Staff Accounting Bulletin Topic 1B1, “Allocation of Expenses and Related Disclosure in Financial Statements of Subsidiaries, Divisions or Lesser Business Components of another Entity”.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the year. Actual results could be affected by those estimates.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

For certain of the Company’s financial instruments, including cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities, the carrying amounts approximate fair value due to the short-term maturities of these instruments.  The carrying value of the debt approximates fair value because the fixed interest rate approximates market rate. 

 

Accounts Receivable

 

Accounts receivable represent amounts that are due to the Company by its licensees and other operating account debtors in the normal course of business. As of September 30, 2012 the Company has $3,342,000 of accounts receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $17,000, which is deemed sufficient by Management. The accounts receivable balance includes $333,000 of earned revenues that have been accrued but not billed as of September 30, 2012.

 

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Trademarks, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

 

The Company follows Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Codification (“ASC Topic 350”) Intangibles, Goodwill, and Other. Under this standard, goodwill and indefinite lived assets are not amortized. The Company’s definite lived intangible assets are amortized over their estimated useful lives.

 

Under this standard, the Company annually has the option to first assess qualitatively whether it is more likely than not that there is an impairment. The Company completed its annual qualitative assessment of goodwill at December 31, 2011 and determined that no impairment charges were required.

 

Contingent Obligations

 

Management will analyze and quantify the expected earn-out payments over the applicable pay-out period.  Management will assess no less frequently than each reporting period the status of contingent obligations and any expected changes in the fair market value of such contingent obligations.  Any change in the expected obligation will result in an expense or income recognized in the period in which it is determined fair market value of the carrying value has changed. There was no change in the contingent obligation for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

 

Income Taxes

 

Income tax expense consists of the tax payable for the period and the change during the period in deferred tax assets and liabilities. Deferred income taxes are determined based on the difference between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted rates in effect during the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.

 

ASC Topic 740 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise's financial statements. Tax positions shall initially be recognized in the financial statements when it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained upon examination by the tax authorities. Such tax positions shall initially and subsequently be measured as the largest amount of tax benefit that has a probability of fifty percent (50%) or greater of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority, assuming full knowledge of the position and all relevant facts.

 

The Company has no unrecognized tax benefits as of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011. The Company’s U.S. Federal and state and local income tax returns are closed prior to fiscal year 2008 and management continually evaluates expiring statues of limitations, audits, proposed settlements, changes in tax law and new authoritative rulings.

 

If applicable, the Company would recognize interest and penalties associated with tax matters as part of the income tax provision, and include accrued interest and penalties with accrued expenses in the condensed consolidated balance sheets.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

The Company recognizes revenue when persuasive evidence of a sale arrangement exists, delivery has occurred and services have been rendered, the sales price is fixed and determinable, and collectability is reasonably assured. The Company has two primary types of revenues: (i) royalties based on the sale of products by its licensees or other contractual partners, and (ii) design and service fees based on services provided. Revenues from royalties are recognized when earned, which include guaranteed minimum royalties, if any, and additional revenues based on a percentage of defined sales by our licensees or other contractual partners for each period. Royalties exceeding the guaranteed minimum amounts are recognized as income during the period that corresponds to the licensees’ or partners’ sales.

 

Design and service fees are recorded and recognized in accordance with the terms and conditions of each service contract, including the Company meeting its obligations and providing the relevant services under each contract.  Generally, we record on a straight line basis, each base fee as stated in each service agreement for the covered period and, if applicable, we recognize additional payments received that relate to a future period as deferred revenue, until service is provided or revenue is otherwise earned.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC Topic 718 by recognizing the fair value of stock-based compensation in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.  The fair value of the Company’s stock option awards are estimated using the Black-Scholes option valuation model. This model requires the input of highly subjective assumptions and elections including expected stock price volatility and the estimated life of each award. In addition, the calculation of compensation costs requires that the Company estimate the number of awards that will be forfeited during the vesting period. The fair value of the Company’s stock grant awards is valued at the current value of the stock at the time of the grant. The fair value of stock-based awards is amortized over the vesting period of each respective award.  For stock-based awards that vest based on performance conditions (e.g. achievement of certain milestones), expense is recognized when it is probable that the condition will be met. Stock-based compensation expense is recognized as a component of Design and Marketing Expenses and General and Administrative in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

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Restricted Stock

 

Compensation cost for restricted stock is measured using the market price of the Company’s common stock at the date the common stock is granted. The compensation cost is recognized over the period between the issue date and the date any restrictions lapse.

 

Earnings per Share

 

Basic earnings per share includes no dilution and is computed by dividing net income available to common stockholders by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted earnings per share reflect, in periods in which they have a dilutive effect, the effect of restricted stock-based awards and common shares issuable upon exercise of stock options and warrants. The difference between basic and diluted weighted-average common shares results from the assumption that all dilutive stock options outstanding were exercised and all convertible notes have been converted into common stock. Shares that may be issued for contingent obligations are excluded until all necessary conditions and other criteria are met.

 

As of September 30, 2012, of the total potentially dilutive shares related to stock options and warrants, 921,001 were anti-dilutive and not included in the computation of diluted shares outstanding. For the three months and nine months ended September 30, 2012, basic and diluted weighted average shares are the same. There are no comparative results for the prior year quarter.

 

Segment Reporting

 

The Company operates in one segment.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

In July 2012, the FASB issued ASU 2012-02, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment.” ASU 2012-02 simplifies the guidance for testing the decline in the realizable value (impairment) of indefinite-lived intangible assets other than goodwill. Examples of intangible assets subject to the guidance include indefinite-lived trademarks, licenses, and distribution rights. The standard applies to all public, private, and not-for-profit organizations. The amendments in this update are effective for annual and interim impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after September 15, 2012. The adoption of ASU No. 2012-02 is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations or the Company’s consolidated financial position.

 

Management does not believe that any other recently issued, but not yet effective, accounting pronouncements, if currently adopted, would have a material effect on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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3. Trademarks, Goodwill and Other Intangibles

 

Trademarks, goodwill and other intangibles, net consist of the following:

 

          September 30, 2012     December 31, 2011  
          (Unaudited)        
    Estimated     Gross                 Gross              
    Lives in     Carrying     Accumulated     Net     Carrying     Accumulated     Net  
    Years     Amount     Amortization     Amount     Amount     Amortization     Amount  
                                           
Indefinite life trademarks   Indefinite     $ 44,500,000     $ -     $ 44,500,000     $ 44,500,000     $ -     $ 44,500,000  
Goodwill   Indefinite       12,835,000       -       12,835,000       12,835,000       -       12,835,000  
Licensing agreements   4       2,000,000       531,000       1,469,000       2,000,000       135,000       1,865,000  
            $ 59,335,000     $ 531,000     $ 58,804,000     $ 59,335,000     $ 135,000     $ 59,200,000  

 

Amortization expense for intangible assets for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months was $132,000 and $396,000, respectively. The trademarks of Isaac Mizrahi and related goodwill have been determined to have an indefinite useful life and accordingly, consistent with ASC Topic 350, no amortization has been recorded in the Company's unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations. Instead, each of these intangible assets are tested for impairment, at least annually, on an individual basis as separate single units of accounting, with any related impairment charge recorded to the condensed consolidated statements of operations at the time of determining such impairment. 

 

In connection with the Isaac Mizrahi Business acquisition, the condensed consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2011 has been recast to include retrospective purchase accounting adjustments. The purchase accounting adjustments pertain to measurement period adjustments based on the final computation of the tax basis of the assets acquired in the Isaac Mizrahi Business acquisition, as well as a change in the allocation of revenues among state and local tax jurisdictions.

 

The effect on the condensed consolidated balance sheets at December 31, 2011, as a result of the recast, is an increase to goodwill of $1,739,000 to $12.8 million and an increase to the deferred tax liability, related to the acquired intangibles of $1,739,000. There is no effect on the condensed consolidated statements of cash flows or the condensed consolidated statements of operations for the Current Quarter, the Current Nine Months or the period September 29, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

 

4.  Significant Contracts

 

QVC Agreement

 

In connection with the Company’s agreement with QVC, Inc. (“QVC”), QVC is required to pay fees based primarily on a percentage of its QVC's net sales of Isaac Mizrahi branded merchandise. QVC royalty revenue represents a significant portion of the Company’s total revenues. Royalties from QVC totaled $1,900,000 and $1,650,000 for the Current Quarter and for the three months ended September 30, 2011 (the “Prior Year Quarter”), respectively, representing 50% and 55% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. The Prior Year Quarter includes, on an aggregate basis, results of the Predecessor for the period July 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 (the “Predecessor Prior Year Quarter”) and results of the Successor for the period September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Successor Prior Year Period”). Royalties for the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter and the Successor Prior Year Period were $1,614,000 and $36,000, respectively. Royalties from QVC totaled $5,700,000 and $4,950,000 for the Current Nine Months and for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 (the “Prior Year Nine Months”), respectively, representing 59% and 56% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. The Prior Year Nine Months includes, on an aggregate basis, results of the Predecessor from the period January 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 (the “Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months”) and results of the Successor for the period September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Successor Prior Year Period”). Royalties for the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months and the Successor Prior Year Period were $4,914,000 and $36,000, respectively. As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company had a receivable from QVC for each year in the amount of $1,900,000, representing 57% and 87% of the Company’s receivables, respectively.

 

LC Agreement

 

In connection with the Company’s agreement with Liz Claiborne, Inc. (“LC”) (the “LCNY Agreement”) LC is required to pay the Company royalties based primarily on a percentage of royalties LC receives from QVC under a separate license agreement between LC and QVC. Revenues from the LCNY Agreement totaled $458,000 and $313,000 for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter, respectively, representing 12% and 11% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. Revenues for the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter and the Successor Prior Year Period were $307,000 and $6,000, respectively. Revenues from LCNY totaled $1,208,000 and $713,000 for the Current Nine Months and for the Prior Year Nine Months, respectively, representing 13% and 8% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. Revenues for the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months and the Successor Prior Year Period were $707,000 and $6,000, respectively. As of September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company had a receivable from LCNY in the amount of $961,000 and $377,000, representing 29% and 17% of the Company’s receivables, respectively.

 

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LC/QVC Design fees

 

In connection with the Company’s design agreement with QVC for the term of the LCNY Agreement (the “Design Agreement”), QVC is required to pay certain design fees to the Company related to the Liz Claiborne New York brand. Revenues from the Design Agreement totaled $275,000 and $275,000 for the Current Quarter and for the Prior Year Quarter, respectively, representing 7% and 9% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. Revenues from the Design Agreement for the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter and the Successor Prior Year Period were $269,000 and $6,000, respectively. Revenues from the Design Agreement totaled $825,000 for each of the Current Nine Months and for the Prior Year Nine Months, representing 9% and 9% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. Revenues for the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months and the Successor Prior Year Period were $818,000 and $6,000, respectively.

 

5.  Long-Term Debt

 

The Company’s net carrying amount of long-term debt is comprised of the following:

 

    September 30,     December 31,  
    2012     2011  
    (Unaudited)        
Term Loan   $ 12,520,000     $ 12,344,000  
Seller Note     6,166,000       5,765,000  
Installment debt obligation     1,163,000       1,158,000  
Contingent obligation – due to Seller     17,766,000       17,765,000  
Total     37,615,000       37,032,000  
Current portion     1,374,000       44,000  
Total long term liabilities   $ 36,241,000     $ 36,988,000  

 

Term Loan

 

On September 29, 2011, IM Brands, LLC (“IM Brands”) a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, entered into a five-year senior secured facility (the “Loan”) with Midmarket Capital Partners, LLC (“MidMarket”) and Noteholders in the aggregate principal amount of $13,500,000. The Loan is secured by all of the assets of IM Brands and the Company’s membership interests in IM Brands.  

 

The principal amount of the Loan is payable quarterly as follows:  0% until January 5, 2013, 2.5% on January 5, 2013 through October 5, 2013; 3.75% on January 5, 2014 through October 5, 2014; 6.25% on January 5, 2015 through October 5, 2015; 12.5% on January 5, 2016 through the maturity date, which is the date that is 5 years after the closing date.

 

Annual scheduled principal obligations are as follows:

 

Years Ending December 31,        
2012   $ -  
2013     1,350,000  
2014     2,025,000  
2015     3,375,000  
2016     6,750,000  
Total   $ 13,500,000  

  

The preceding table does not include Excess Cash Flow Sweep payments (detailed below). The interest rate on the loan is a fixed rate of 8.5%, payable in cash.

 

Optional Prepayment .  IM Brands may prepay the Loan in whole or in part in increments of $500,000, provided that IM Brands pays the following premiums in connection with the prepayment:

 

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Period   Applicable Premium  
First year following the Closing     3 %
Second year following the Closing     2 %
Third year following the Closing     1 %
Fourth year following the Closing     0 %

 

Mandatory Prepayments.   IM Brands is required to prepay the Loan under the following conditions:  (1) if certain indebtedness is incurred by the Company; (2) if IM Brands undertakes certain asset sales or sales of capital stock, with limited exceptions; or (3) if there is a payment of the benefits of a life insurance policy for Isaac Mizrahi held by the Company.

 

Excess Cash Flow Sweep.   In addition to the Mandatory Prepayments described above, if for any fiscal year ending on or subsequent to December 31, 2012, there is excess cash flow (as defined in the Loan Agreement) for such year, then on the payment date following the end of such year, IM Brands is required to make a principal payment on the Loan equal to the lesser of (i) 50% of the excess cash flow or (ii) the positive result of the unencumbered cash and cash equivalents of the Company minus the greater of (x) the Excess Liquidity, (as defined in the Loan Agreement) required to be maintained by IM Brands and (y) $3,000,000. For the period ended September 30, 2012, there was no Excess Cash Flow Sweep payment due, however the condensed consolidated balance sheet includes $200,000 in current liabilities as current portion of long term debt payable in April 2013.

 

Lender Warrants. At the closing of the Loan, the Company issued to the Noteholders seven-year warrants (the “Lender Warrants”) to purchase 364,428 shares of the Common Stock, representing 5% of the Common Stock outstanding as of the Closing Date on a fully diluted basis.  The warrants have an exercise price of $0.01 and contain a cashless exercise provision.  The Company granted to the holders of the Lender Warrants piggy-back registration rights with respect to the shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Lender Warrants.  The carrying value of the Term Loan has been reduced by the fair value of the warrants, equal to $3.33 per share.  The Company used the Black Scholes Method to determine valuation.  The amount of the original loan discount is $1,214,000, resulting in an initial net loan balance of $12,286,000. The original loan discount is being amortized over the five-year term of the loan. The Company recognized $59,000 and $176,000 of amortized interest expense included in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Current Quarter ended and the Current Nine Months ended, respectively.  The Term Loan balance as of September 30, 2012 is $12,520,000.

 

Financial Covenants .  Provided that as the Loan remains unpaid or unsatisfied, IM Brands shall not, and shall not permit any of its subsidiaries to, directly or indirectly:

 

I Minimum Liquidity .  Permit Excess Liquidity (as defined in the Loan Agreement) to be less than the amount set forth below during each applicable period set forth below:

 

Fiscal Quarter   Excess Liquidity  
September 29, 2011 through December 31, 2011   $ 1,500,000  
January 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012     1,750,000  
April 1, 2012 through June 30, 2012     2,250,000  
July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012     2,750,000  
October 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013     3,000,000  
July 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013     3,250,000  
October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014     3,500,000  
April 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014     3,750,000  
July 1, 2014 and thereafter     4,000,000  

 

II Capital Expenditures .  Permit the aggregate amount of Capital Expenditures to exceed $400,000 (whether or not financed) per year.

 

III Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio .  Permit the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (as defined in the Loan Agreement) as of the end of each of the fiscal quarters ending on the dates (or for the periods) set forth for the period of four fiscal quarters ending on such dates (or for the periods) below to be less than the ratio set forth below opposite such period:

 

    Minimum Fixed Charge
Trailing Four Fiscal Quarters Ending   Coverage Ratio
September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012   1.90 to 1.00
March 31, 2013 and June 30, 2013   1.60 to 1.00
September 30, 2013, December 31, 2013, March 31, 2014, June 30, 2014 and September 30, 2014   1.50 to 1.00
December 31, 2014 and March 31, 2015   1.30 to 1.00
June 30, 2015 and thereafter   1.15 to 1.00

 

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IV Consolidated Total Leverage Ratio .  Permit the Consolidated Total Leverage Ratio (as defined in the Loan Agreement) as of the end of each of the fiscal quarters ending on the dates (or for the periods) set forth for the period of four fiscal quarters ending on such dates (or for  the periods) below to be greater than the ratio set forth below opposite such period:

 

      Maximum  
      Consolidated  
Trailing Four Fiscal Quarters Ending     Leverage Ratio  
September 30, 2012 and December 31, 2012     3.50 to 1.00  
March 31, 2013     3.30 to 1.00  
June 30, 2013 and September 30, 2013     3.00 to 1.00  
December 31, 2013     2.75 to 1.00  
March 31, 2014     2.25 to 1.00  
June 30, 2014 and thereafter     2.00 to 1.00  

 

V Minimum Consolidated EBITDA .  Permit Consolidated EBITDA (as defined in the Loan Agreement) as of the end of each of the fiscal quarters ending on the dates set forth for the period of four fiscal quarters ending on such dates below to be less than the amount set forth opposite such quarter in the table below; provided that for the fiscal quarters ended on December 31, 2011, March 31, 2012 and June 30, 2012, such periods shall be one fiscal quarter, two fiscal quarters and three fiscal quarters, respectively:

 

Fiscal Quarter   Consolidated EBITDA  
December 31, 2011   $ 250,000  
March 31, 2012     1,250,000  
June 30, 2012     2,500,000  
September 30, 2012     4,000,000  
December 31, 2012 and March 31, 2013     4,250,000  
June 30, 2013     4,500,000  
September 30, 2013     4,750,000  
December 31, 2013 and thereafter     5,000,000  

 

VI Dividend Restrictions .  Permit any cash dividends or any other equity distributions.

 

VII Restricted Cash Payments .  Permit any cash payments for the Seller Note or any contingent earn-out obligations.

 

As of September 30, 2012, the Company and IM Brands were in full compliance with all of the covenants under the Loan.

 

Seller Note

 

Pursuant to the Purchase Agreement, at the closing, the Company delivered to IM Ready an unsecured promissory note (the “Seller Note”) in the principal amount of $7,377,000.  The stated interest rate of the Seller Note is 0.25%.  Management has determined that this rate is below the Company’s expected borrowing rate, which is 9.25%.  Therefore, the Company has discounted the Seller Note by $1,740,000 using a 9.0%, imputed annual interest rate, resulting in an initial value of $5,637,000.  In addition, the Company pre-paid $123,000 of interest on the Seller Note on the Closing Date.  The Company recognized $137,000 and $401,000 of amortized interest expense included in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months, respectively. The Seller Note balance at September 30, 2012 is $6,166,000.

 

The Seller Note initially matures three years from the Closing Date (the “Maturity Date”) subject to extension as described below (the date to which the maturity date of the Seller Note is extended is referred to as the “Subsequent Maturity Date”).  We have the right to pay the Seller Note at the Maturity Date in cash or, subject to the following conditions, in shares of Common Stock.  If we elect to repay the outstanding principal amount of the Seller Note on the Maturity Date by issuing shares of Common Stock, the number of shares issuable will be obtained by dividing the principal amount of the Seller Note then outstanding by the greater of (i) the fair value of the Common Stock on the Maturity Date and (ii) $4.50 subject to certain adjustments; provided, however, that if the fair value of the Common Stock is less than $4.50 as adjusted, IM Ready will have the option to extend the maturity of the Seller Note to the Subsequent Maturity Date, September 29, 2016. If the maturity date of the Seller Note is so extended, IM Ready will have the option to convert the Seller Note into Common Shares based on the greater of (i) the fair value of the Common Stock on the Subsequent Maturity Date and (ii) $4.50, subject to certain adjustments. If the maturity date of the Seller Note is extended, we will also have the option to repay the outstanding principal amount of the Seller Note on the Subsequent Maturity Date in cash or by issuing the number of shares of Common Stock obtained by dividing the principal amount of the Note outstanding on the Subsequent Maturity Date by the fair value of the Common Stock on the Maturity Date.  In addition, at any time the Seller Note is outstanding, we have the right to convert the Note, in whole or in part, into the number of shares of Common Stock obtained by dividing the principal amount to be converted by the fair value of the Common Stock at the time of the conversion, so long as the fair value of our Common Stock is at least $4.50. 

 

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Long Term Installment Obligations

 

Prior to the Acquisition Date, Earthbound, LLC (“Earthbound”) had certain rights and provided certain services to IM Ready related to the Isaac Mizrahi Business. Effective as of the Acquisition Date, IM Ready and Earthbound entered into the Services Agreement pursuant to which Earthbound provided transitional services to IM Ready prior to the Acquisition Date and for which Earthbound received from IM Ready $600,000 in cash on the Acquisition Date and IM Ready agreed to pay to Earthbound an additional payment of $1,500,000 (the “Future Payment”), with such amount payable over the next five years. The Company assumed the obligations related to the Future Payment from IM Ready upon its acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business. The five-year unsecured obligation is non-interest bearing and the Company has discounted the amount of the installment obligation by a 9.25% imputed annual interest rate, resulting in an initial fair value of $1,132,000. The Company recognized $26,000 and $80,000 of amortized interest expense included in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months, respectively. The balance of the Installment Obligation at September 30, 2012 is $1,163,000.

 

Payments commenced March 2012.  Annual gross remaining payments are as follows:

 

Year Ending December 31,      
2012   $ 75,000  
2013     325,000  
2014     325,000  
2015     350,000  
2016     350,000  
Total   $ 1,425,000  

 

Contingent obligation – due to Seller

 

There was no change in the contingent obligation for the nine months ended September 30, 2012.

 

6.           Stockholders’ Equity

 

2011 Equity Incentive Plan

 

The Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”) is designed and utilized to enable the Company to offer its employees, officers, directors, consultants and others whose past, present and/or potential contributions to the Company have been, are or will be important to the success of the Company, an opportunity to acquire a proprietary interest in the Company. A total of 2,500,000 shares of common stock are eligible for issuance under the Plan. The Plan provides for the grant of any or all of the following types of awards: stock options, restricted stock, deferred stock, stock appreciation rights and other stock-based awards. The Plan is administered by the Board, or, at the Board's discretion, a committee of the Board. On October 17, 2011, the Company issued to the board 250,000 options.  33.33% vest immediately, 33.33% vest on the first anniversary of the grant and the 33.34% vest on the second anniversary of the grant.  

 

On October 21, 2011 the Company issued to employees (non-management) 17,125 stock options and 17,125 restricted stock grants. The employee stock options and restricted stock grants vest 50% on the first anniversary of the grant and 50% vest on the second anniversary of the grant.  Of these awards, 750 options and 750 restricted stock grants were forfeited, and reverted to, and are eligible for re-grant under the Plan.

 

On April 17, 2012, the Company issued to management an aggregate of 1,100,000 restricted stock grants. The vesting date of 1,025,000 shares of restricted stock is November 15, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his or her sole discretion. The vesting date of 37,500 shares of restricted stock is May 15, 2013, provided however, the executive may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion. The vesting date of 37,500 shares of restricted stock is May 15, 2014, provided however, the executive may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion.

 

Also, on April 17, 2012, the Company granted 50,000 shares of restricted stock to a non-executive employee. The vesting date of the 50,000 shares of restricted stock is November 15, 2012, provided however, the employee may extend the vesting date by nine-month increments in her sole discretion.

 

On May 1, 2012, the Company granted options to purchase an aggregate of 105,500 shares of Common Stock (the “Options”) to non-executive employees of the Company. The exercise price per share of the Options is $3.00 per share, and 50% of the Options will vest on each of the first and second anniversaries of the grant date.

 

On June 1, 2012, the Company issued to non-management directors 138,335 restricted stock grants. The vesting date of 138,335 shares of restricted stock is December 1, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion.

 

On June 1, 2012, the Company issued to management 242,775 restricted stock grants. The vesting date of 242,775 shares of restricted stock is December 1, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion.

 

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Also, on June 1, 2012, the Company granted 13,833 shares of restricted stock to a non-executive employee. The vesting date of the 13,833 shares of restricted stock is December 1, 2012, provided however, the employee may extend the vesting date by six-month increments in her sole discretion.

 

None of the above vesting dates subject to an extension provision have been extended by any of the recipients.

  

Licensee Warrants

 

As part of the terms and conditions of a certain license agreement effective October 1, 2011, the Company issued warrants to purchase 75,000 shares of common stock to a licensee having a fair value of $23,000.  The Warrants are exercisable in whole or in part, at an exercise price of $5.50 per share (“Exercise Price”).  The Warrants may be exercised at any time upon the election of the holder, beginning on January 23, 2012, the date of issuance, and ending on the fifth anniversary of the date of issuance.   Upon the expiration of the Warrant exercise period, the Warrants will expire and become void and worthless.

 

Stock Options

 

The Black-Scholes option valuation model was developed for use in estimating the fair value of traded options which have no vesting restrictions and are fully transferable. In addition, option valuation models require the input of highly subjective assumptions including the expected stock price volatility. The Company's employee stock options have characteristics significantly different from those of traded options.

 

The fair value for these options and warrants for all years was estimated at the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option-pricing model with the following weighted-average assumptions:

 

Expected Volatility     35-42 %
Expected Dividend Yield     0 %
Expected Life (Term)     3 – 5.75 years  
Risk-Free Interest Rate     0.42% - 0.98 %

 

The options that the Company granted under its plans expire at various times, either five, seven or ten years from the date of grant, depending on the particular grant.

 

Options

          Weighted-Average  
    Options     Exercise Price  
             
Outstanding at January 1, 2012     267,125     $ 5.00  
Granted     105,500       3.00  
Canceled     -       -  
Exercised     -       -  
Expired/Forfeited     (750 )     5.00  
Outstanding at September 30, 2012     371,875     $ 4.43  
Exercisable at September 30, 2012     82,500     $ 5.00  
Shares expected to vest after September 30, 2012     289,375     $ 4.27  

 

The preceding table does not include options to purchase 576 shares of Common Stock for $728 per share issued under the Company’s former equity plan. The Company does not expect to issue any equity awards under this plan.

 

Compensation expense related to stock option grants in connection with the licensing agreement for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months was $23,000 and $51,000, respectively.  There was no compensation expense prior to the Successor period. An additional amount of $124,000 is expected to be expensed over a period of 19-months.

 

Warrants

 

          Weighted-Average  
    Warrants     Exercise Price  
             
Outstanding at January 1, 2012     1,219,543     $ 1.95  
Granted     75,000       5.50  
Canceled     -       -  
Exercised     (162,500 )     0.01  
Expired/Forfeited     -       -  
Outstanding at September 30, 2012     1,132,043     $ 2.47  
Exercisable at September 30, 2012     1,082,043     $ 2.35  
Shares expected to vest after September 30, 2012     50,000     $ 5.00  

 

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The Company values warrants issued to non-employees at the commitment date at the fair value of the instruments issued, a measure which is more readily available than the fair value of services rendered, using the Black-Scholes model. The fair value of the instruments issued is expensed over the contractual period with the exception of warrants issued to the Company’s licensee, whereby these warrants reduce license revenue recognized by the Company related to such licensee over the initial 5-year term of the licensee agreement. The stock-based compensation recorded for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months is $11,000 and $33,000, respectively. An additional amount of $44,000 is expected to be expensed evenly over a period of 12 months. In addition, licensing revenues were reduced for the Current Quarter and the Current Nine Months by $1,000 and $3,000, respectively. An additional amount of $19,000 is expected to off-set license revenues evenly over a period of 48-months. There was no compensation expense or reduction of licensed revenues prior to the Successor period.

 

The Company issued warrants to purchase 430,500 shares of common stock to investors as part of an equity offering in a private placement on September 29, 2011 (see the Company’s 8-K/A filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on January 12, 2012 for details). Each warrant provides the holder with the right to purchase one share of common stock for $.01 per share. During the nine months ended September 30, 2012, 162,500 shares were exercised. As of September 30, 2012 there were warrants to purchase 218,000 shares of common stock outstanding, which expire on September 29, 2016.

 

Restricted Stock

 

Compensation cost for restricted stock is measured as the excess, if any, of the market price of the Company’s stock at the date the common stock is issued over the amount the employee must pay to acquire the stock (which is generally zero). The compensation cost, net of projected forfeitures, is recognized over the period between the issue date and the date any restrictions lapse, with compensation cost for grants with a vesting schedule recognized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. The restrictions do not affect voting and dividend rights.

 

    Restricted Shares     Weighted-Average
Grant Date - Fair
Value
 
             
Outstanding at January 1, 2012     17,125     $ 3.34  
Granted     1,544,943     $ 3.00  
Canceled     -          
Vested     -          
Expired/Forfeited     (750 )   $ 3.34  
Outstanding at September 30, 2012     1,561,318     $ 3.00  

 

Compensation expense related to restricted stock grants for the Current Quarter and Current Nine Months was $2,008,000 and $3,393,000, respectively. There was no compensation expense prior to the Successor period. An additional amount of $1,290,000 is recorded as unamortized restricted stock and netted against additional paid-in capital on the condensed consolidated balance sheet at September 30, 2012 of which $1,120,000 is expected to be expensed the remainder of this year and an additional amount of $170,000 is expected to be expensed by May 15, 2014.   

 

Shares Available Under the Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan

 

At September 30, 2012, there were 566,807 shares of common stock available for issuance under the Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan (the “Plan”). See Note 9, Subsequent Events.

 

Shares Reserved for Issuance

 

At September 30, 2012, there were 2,071,301 shares of common stock reserved for issuance under the Plan and outstanding warrants and stock options not covered under the Plan.

 

Dividends

 

The Company has not paid any dividends to date.

 

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7. Income taxes

 

The significant components of net deferred tax liability of the Company consist of the following:

 

  September 30, 2012  
Deferred tax assets        
Long term deferred revenue   $ 134,000  
Stock based compensation     950,000  
Accrued compensation and other     81,000  
Total deferred tax assets     1,165,000  
         
Deferred tax liability        
Property and equipment     13,000  
Basis difference arising from discounted note payable     490,000  
Basis difference arising from intangible assets of acquisition     11,684,000  
Total deferred tax liabilities     12,187,000  
Net deferred tax liability   $ 11,022,000  

 

See Note 3, Trademarks, Goodwill and Other Intangibles, for details relating to the purchase accounting adjustments pertaining to measurement period adjustments based on the final computation of the tax basis of the assets acquired in the Isaac Mizrahi Business acquisition, as well as a change in the allocation of revenue among state and local tax jurisdictions.

 

The effect on the condensed consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2011, as a result of the recast, is an increase to the deferred tax liability, related to the acquired intangibles of $1,739,000. There is no effect on the condensed consolidated statements of cash flow or the condensed consolidated statements of operations for the period September 29, 2011 to December 31, 2011.

 

The Company’s effective income tax rate for the Current Quarter and Current Nine Months has been adjusted for differences between previous estimates and actual results.

 

The Company has unused Federal net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforward from December 31, 2011 of $277,000. As of September 30, 2012 the Company expects to have taxable income before a NOL deduction in excess of this amount. Therefore the related deferred tax asset has been reduced accordingly.

 

8. Related Party Transactions

 

Todd Slater

 

On August 12, 2011, Old XCel entered into a one-year agreement which was amended on October 4, 2011, with Todd Slater, who was appointed as a director of the Company commencing on October 17, 2011, for services related to the Company’s licensing strategy and introduction of potential licensees. During the term of the agreement or during the year following the expiration of the term of the agreement, if the Company enters into a license or distribution agreement with a licensee introduced by Mr. Slater, Mr. Slater will receive a commission equal to fifteen percent (15%) of all net royalties received by the Company during the first term of such agreement, payable within thirty days of receipt of the net royalties.  

 

On July 10, 2012, the Company and Mr. Slater, entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the agreement. Pursuant to the Amendment, the Company paid to Mr. Slater $163,000 as payment in full for (i) the cancellation of all amounts which are or may otherwise become due or payable to Mr. Slater under the terms of the agreement for licensees already introduced to the Company by Mr. Slater and which Mr. Slater was entitled to fifteen percent (15%) of the revenues from such licensees under the agreement, and (ii) the assignment to the Company of all such amounts payable directly to Mr. Slater pursuant to such license agreements. The Company has capitalized this payment and shall amortize the expense in accordance with the revenue earned from the respective licensing agreements in which this payment was based upon.

 

In addition, Mr. Slater earned $10,599 and $18,133 in fees, separate from the buy-out payment above, during the Current Quarter and Current Nine Months, respectively.

 

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Licensing Agent Agreement

 

On August 2, 2011, Old XCel entered into a licensing agent agreement with Adam Dweck (“AD”) who is an Executive Vice President of Earthbound pursuant to which he is entitled to a five percent (5%) commission on any royalties we receive under any new license agreements that he procures for us during the initial term of such license agreements. We are obligated to grant to AD 5-year warrants to purchase 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.00 per share, subject to AD generating $0.5 million of accumulated royalties and an additional 5-year warrants to purchase 12,500 shares of common stock at an exercise price of $5.00 per share, subject to AD generating $1.0 million of accumulated royalties. Additionally, AD shall be entitled to receive 5-year warrants to purchase 25,000 shares of common stock priced at the fair value at the time of issuance, subject to AD generating $2.0 million of accumulated royalties. AD is the son of Jack Dweck, who is a 5% stockholder of the Company and will become a Director of the Company on November 21, 2012. AD earned $3,340 and $8,482 in fees for the Current Quarter and Current Nine Months, respectively. Through September 30, 2012, AD has not earned any warrants.

 

Jones Texas, LLC

 

Ed Jones, a principal shareholder and chief executive officer of Jones Texas, LLC was appointed to the Company’s Board of Directors following the Acquisition Date, which appointment became effective on October 17, 2011. Jones Texas, LLC procured a license for the Company which the Company agreed to remit 15% of the license revenues for the initial term of the license. Jones Texas, LLC earned $750 and $2,250 in fees for the Current Quarter and Current Nine Months, respectively.

 

IM Ready-Made, LLC

 

The Company and IM Ready-Made, LLC had transactions between each other relating to the transitions of the Isaac Mizrahi Business from IM Ready to the Company. In addition, IM Ready received payments in the 4 th calendar quarter 2011 and 1 st calendar quarter 2012 that related to periods after the Predecessor period. As of September 30, 2012, IM Ready owes the Company approximately $68,000 which is recorded in ‘other current assets’ on the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. IM Ready has agreed to reimburse the Company in full by December 31, 2012, including paying interest to the Company beginning from April 1, 2012 at a rate equal to the Seller Note interest rate of approximately 0.25% per annum.

 

9. Subsequent Events

 

The Board of Directors and holders of a majority of the outstanding Common Stock have approved an amendment to the Plan to reserve an additional 2,500,000 shares of Common Stock to be issuable under the Plan (for a total of 5,000,000 shares of Common Stock to be so issuable) (the “Amended Plan”) upon the terms and conditions of the Amended Plan with respect to shares of Common Stock issuable upon exercise of options granted under the Amended Plan or grants of restricted stock or other stock-based awards under the Amended Plan, together with such additional number of shares that may be issued pursuant to anti-dilution provisions of the Amended Plan . On November 1, 2012 the Company mailed an information statement describing the action to the Company’s stockholders, and, as a result, the amendment to the Plan will become effective on November 21, 2012.

 

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ITEM 2.

 

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The statements that are not historical facts contained in this report are forward-looking statements that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, all of which are difficult or impossible to predict and many of which are beyond our control, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks are detailed in Risk Section of this Form 10-K. The words “believe”, “anticipate,” “expect”, “confident”, “project”, “provide”, “plan”, “likely”, “future”, “ongoing”, “intend”, “may”, “should”, “would”, “could”,  “guidance” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

 

Overview

 

On September 29, 2011 IM Brands, LLC (“IM Brands”) (the “Acquisition Date”), the Company merged with Xcel Brands, Inc. (“Old XCel”) and acquired the Isaac Mizrahi Business (collectively, the “Transaction”). The Company engages in the design, licensing, and marketing of the Isaac Mizrahi Brand with a focus on a variety of product categories featuring the Isaac Mizrahi Brand.  The Company operates in a “working capital light” business model, licensing the Isaac Mizrahi Brands through its wholly-owned subsidiary IM Brands and generating royalty and design revenues through licensing and other agreements with wholesale manufacturers, sourcing and design companies, and retailers. Prior to our acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business, the business was a division of IM Ready-Made, LLC (“IM Ready”).

 

Summary of Critical Accounting Policies

 

Several of our accounting policies involve management judgments and estimates that could be significant. The policies with the greatest potential effect on our consolidated results of operations and financial position include the estimate of contingent obligations to IM Ready, based on our revenue performance. Due to our licensing model, we do not have any inventory risk and have reduced our operating risks, and can reasonably forecast revenues and plan expenditures based upon guaranteed royalty minimums and sales projections provided by our retail licensees.

 

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. We review all significant estimates affecting the financial statements on a recurring basis and record the effect of any adjustments when necessary.

 

In connection with our licensing model, we have entered into various trademark license agreements that provide revenues based on minimum royalties and additional revenues based on a percentage of defined sales. Minimum royalty revenue is recognized on a straight-line basis over each period, as defined, in each license agreement. Royalties exceeding the defined minimum amounts are recognized as income during the period corresponding to the licensee's sales. 

 

Impairment losses are recognized for long-lived assets, including certain intangibles, used in operations when indicators of impairment are present and the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by those assets are not sufficient to recover the assets carrying amount. Impairment losses are measured by comparing the fair value of the assets to their carrying amount. 

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC Topic 718 by recognizing the fair value of stock-based compensation in the condensed consolidated statements of operations.  The fair value of the Company’s stock option awards are estimated using the Black-Scholes option valuation model and restricted stock awards are valued at the fair value of the Company’s stock at the time of grant. The Black-Scholes model requires the input of highly subjective assumptions and elections including expected stock price volatility and the estimated life of each award. In addition, the calculation of compensation costs requires that the Company estimate the number of awards that will be forfeited during the vesting period. The fair value of stock-based awards is amortized over the vesting period of the awards.  Stock-based compensation that relates to contract performance is amortized over the term of the corresponding contract. For stock-based awards that vest based on performance conditions (e.g. achievement of certain milestones), expense is recognized when it is probable that the condition will be met. Stock-based compensation expense is recognized as a component of Design and Marketing Expenses and General and Administrative in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.

 

Income tax expense is the tax payable for the period and the change during the period in deferred tax assets and liabilities. Deferred income taxes are determined based on the difference between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities using enacted rates in effect during the year in which the differences are expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are established when necessary to reduce deferred tax assets to the amount expected to be realized.

 

ASC Topic 740 clarifies the accounting for uncertainty in income taxes recognized in an enterprise's financial statements. Tax positions shall initially be recognized in the financial statements when it is more likely than not that the position will be sustained upon examination by the tax authorities. Such tax positions shall initially and subsequently be measured as the largest amount of tax benefit that has a probability of fifty percent (50%) or greater of being realized upon ultimate settlement with the tax authority, assuming full knowledge of the position and all relevant facts. 

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Summary of Operating Results

 

The condensed consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Form 10-Q are as of, or for the period July 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012 (the “Current Quarter”); the period January 1, 2012 through September 30, 2012 (the “Current Nine Months”); the period July 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Prior Year Quarter”) which includes on an unaudited pro forma basis the aggregate results of the Predecessor for the period July 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 (the “Predecessor Prior Year Quarter”) and results of the Company for the period September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Successor Prior Year Period”); the period January 1, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Prior Year Nine Months”) which includes on an aggregate basis results of the Predecessor for the period January 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 (the “Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months”) and results of the Company for the period September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 (the “Successor Prior Year Period”).

 

The Three Months Ended September 30, 2012 Compared to the Three Months ended September 30, 2011 Pro-forma.

 

The Current Quarter results are compared with the Prior Year Quarter (the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter of July 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 and the Successor Prior Year Period of September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011) on an unaudited pro-forma basis, as presented in the table below.

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Pro-forma Statements of Operations of the Predecessor

 

    Successor                 Successor     Predecessor  
    3 Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2012
    Pro-forma 3 Months 
Ended Sept. 30, 
2011 (1)
    Adjustments     For the period Sept. 
29, 2011 to Sept. 30,
2011
    For the period July 1,
2011 to Sept. 28,
2011  (1)
 
                               
Licensing revenue   $ 2,854,000     $ 2,714,000     $ -     $ 42,000     $ 2,672,000  
Design and service fee income     960,000       274,000       -       6,000       268,000  
Total revenues     3,814,000       2,988,000       -       48,000       2,940,000  
Direct licensing costs     89,000       -       -       -       -  
Net licensing, design and service fee revenue     3,725,000       2,988,000       -       48,000       2,940,000  
                                         
Expenses                                        
Design and marketing costs     1,365,000       963,000       -       25,000       938,000  
General and administrative expenses     2,570,000       1,213,000       -       792,000       421,000  
Depreciation and amortization     216,000       204,000 (2)     131,000       2,000       71,000  
Acquisition and due diligence costs     -       - (3)     (423,000 )     423,000       -  
Total expenses     4,151,000       2,380,000       (292,000 )     1,242,000       1,430,000  
                                         
Operating income (loss)     (426,000 )     608,000       292,000       (1,194,000 )     1,510,000  
                                         
Other expenses                                        
Interest expenses - debt     286,000       287,000 (4)     281,000       6,000       -  
Other interest and finance charges     262,000       260,000 (4)     254,000       6,000       -  
Total other expenses     548,000       547,000       535,000       12,000       -  
                                         
Income (loss) before income taxes     (974,000 )     61,000       (243,000 )     (1,206,000 )     1,510,000  
                                         
Income tax provision (benefit)     (502,000 )     24,000 (5)     20,000       1,000       3,000  
                                         
Net income (loss)   $ (472,000 )   $ 37,000     $ (263,000 )   $ (1,207,000 )   $ 1,507,000  
                                         
EPS                                        
Basic   $ (0.06 )   $ 0.01                          
Diluted           $ 0.01                          
                                         
Weighted average common shares                                        
Basic     7,517,151       5,743,319 (6)                        
Diluted             6,539,312 (7)                        

  

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Footnotes to the Unaudited Pro-forma Consolidated Statement of Operations

 

[1] The Current Quarter results are compared with the Prior Year Quarter (the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter of July 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 and the Successor Prior Year Period of September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011) on an unaudited pro-forma basis. 

[2] This adjustment assumes the Company amortized intangible assets since January 1, 2011. 

[3] This adjustment is designed to eliminate expenses that are not required in the operation of the business and non-recurring in nature.

[4] This adjustment is designed to state interest expense and other finance costs as if acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business and related financing occurred July 1, 2011.

[5] Income tax expense is adjusted to reflect an effective 40% income tax rate.

[6] The weighted average number of basic common shares presented on a pro-forma basis for the Prior Year Quarter is equal to the number of shares that were outstanding immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

[7] The weighted average number of common shares, on a diluted basis presented on a pro-forma basis for the Prior Year Quarter is equal to the number of shares that were outstanding immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business plus options and warrants that could be exercised into additional common shares measured at immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

 

Net Licensing, Design and Service Fee Revenue. Total revenues for the Current Quarter increased by $826,000 to $3,814,000 compared to $2,988,000 in the Prior Year Quarter. Revenues for the Predecessor Prior Year Quarter and the Successor Prior Year Period were $2,940,000 and $48,000, respectively. Revenues from the Company’s interactive media business, consisting of Isaac Mizrahi and Liz Claiborne products sold through QVC and the internet increased by $225,000 over the Prior Year Quarter. Other licensing revenues were up by $489,000 over the Prior Year Quarter by virtue of the new licenses that commenced on or after September 30, 2011. Design and service fee income increased to $960,000 compared with the Prior Year Quarter of $274,000. Of the $960,000 of the Current Quarter’s design and service fee income, $675,000 was earned from a contract that totaled $1 million that we expect to meet all of our obligations and recognize all of the revenues by the end of this year. The combined increase stated above of $1,399,000 was partially off-set by $573,000 of licensing revenue recognized in the Prior Year Quarter from amortization of a one-time payment received by the Predecessor prior to 2011, and not recognized by the Company. The Company incurred direct licensing costs of $89,000 during the Current Quarter whereby the Predecessor did not incur these costs in the Prior Year Quarter. This resulted in an increase in net licensing and design and service fee revenue by $737,000.

 

Expenses. Expenses totaled $4,151,000 in the Current Quarter compared to $2,380,000 in the Prior Year Quarter. Design and marketing expenses increased to $1,365,000 from the Prior Year Quarter of $963,000. This increase was primarily related to the increase in compensation expenses, including $156,000 of stock-based compensation, and an increase in the interactive media business volume and expanded licensing business. General and administrative expenses increased by $1,357,000 to $2,570,000 from the Prior Year Quarter of $1,213,000, mostly relating to executive management compensation expense, including an increase of stock- based compensation expense of $1,070,000, and costs associated with being a public company. Depreciation and amortization increased slightly by $12,000.

 

Operating Income (loss). Operating income (loss) for the Current Quarter was ($426,000) compared to $608,000 for the Prior Year Quarter primarily as a result of the increase in stock-based compensation.

 

Interest and Finance Costs. Interest and finance costs remained even for the Current Quarter compared to the Prior Year Quarter, although on an actual basis the Predecessor had no interest or other finance costs.

 

Provision for Income Taxes. The effective income tax rate for the Current Quarter was approximately 52% resulting in a $502,000 income tax benefit. The effective income tax rate for the Prior Year Quarter was 40% which resulted in $24,000 of income tax expense.  The Current Quarter’s deferred tax benefit has been adjusted by 11% to account for differences of previous estimates and actual results.

 

Net Income (loss) . Our net income (loss) was ($472,000) in the Current Quarter, compared to net income of $37,000 in the Prior Year Quarter, as a result of the factors discussed above.

 

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The Nine Months ended September 30, 2012 Compared to the Nine Months ended September 30, 2011 Pro-forma.

 

The Current Nine Months results are compared with the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months of January 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 and the Successor Prior Year Period of September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 on an unaudited pro-forma basis (the “Prior Year Nine Months”), as presented in the table below.

 

Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Pro-forma Statements of Operations of the Predecessor

  

    Successor                 Successor     Predecessor  
    9 Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2012
    Pro-forma 9
Months Ended
Sept. 30, 2011 (1)
    Adjustments     For the period Sept. 
29, 2011 to Sept. 30,
2011
    For the period Jan. 1, 
2011 to Sept. 28,
2011  (1)
 
                               
Licensing revenue   $ 7,989,000     $ 7,953,000     $ -     $ 42,000     $ 7,911,000  
Design and service fee income     1,614,000       824,000       -       6,000       818,000  
Total revenues     9,603,000       8,777,000       -       48,000       8,729,000  
Direct licensing costs     174,000       -       -       -       -  
Net licensing, design and service fee revenue     9,429,000       8,777,000       -       48,000       8,729,000  
                                         
Expenses                                        
Design and marketing costs     3,668,000       2,811,000       -       25,000       2,786,000  
General and administrative expenses     5,669,000       2,176,000       -       792,000       1,384,000  
Depreciation and amortization     640,000       608,000 (2)     395,000       2,000       211,000  
Acquisition and due diligence costs     -       - (3)     (423,000 )     423,000       -  
Total expenses     9,977,000       5,595,000       (28,000 )     1,242,000       4,381,000  
                                         
Operating income (loss)     (548,000 )     3,182,000       28,000       (1,194,000 )     4,348,000  
                                         
Other expenses                                        
Interest expenses - debt     858,000       861,000 (4)      855,000       6,000       -  
Other interest and finance charges     778,000       780,000 (4)     774,000       6,000       -  
Total other expenses     1,636,000       1,641,000       1,629,000       12,000       -  
                                         
Income (loss) before income taxes     (2,184,000 )     1,541,000       (1,601,000 )     (1,206,000 )     4,348,000  
                                         
Income tax provision (benefit)     (520,000 )     616,000 (5)     440,000       1,000       175,000  
                                         
Net income (loss)   $ (1,664,000 )   $ 925,000     $ (2,041,000 )   $ (1,207,000 )   $ 4,173,000  
                                         
EPS                                        
Basic   $ (0.25 )   $ 0.16                          
Diluted           $ 0.14                          
                                         
Weighted average common shares                                        
Basic     6,772,244       5,743,319 (6)                        
Diluted             6,539,312 (7)                        

 

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Footnotes to the Unaudited Pro-forma Consolidated Statement of Operations  

 

[1] The Current Nine Months results are compared with the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months of January 1, 2011 through September 28, 2011 and the Successor Prior Year Period of September 29, 2011 through September 30, 2011 on an unaudited pro-forma basis

[2] This adjustment assumes the Company amortized intangible assets since January 1, 2011. 

[3] This adjustment is designed to eliminate expenses that are not required in the operation of the business and non-recurring in nature.

[4] This adjustment is designed to state interest expense and other finance costs as if acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business and related financing occurred January 1, 2011.

[5] Income tax expense is adjusted to reflect an effective 40% income tax rate. 

[6] The weighted average number of basic common shares presented on a pro-forma basis for the Prior Nine Months is equal to the number of shares that were outstanding immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

[7] The weighted average number of common shares, on a diluted basis presented on a pro-forma basis for the Prior Nine Months is equal to the number of shares that were outstanding immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business plus options and warrants that could be exercised into additional common shares measured immediately after the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

 

Net Licensing and Service Fee Revenue. Total revenues for the Current Nine Months increased by $826,000 to $9,603,000 compared to $8,777,000 in the Prior Year Nine Months. Revenues for the Predecessor Prior Year Nine Months and the Successor Prior Year Period were $8,729,000 and $48,000, respectively. Revenues from the Company’s interactive media business, consisting of Isaac Mizrahi and Liz Claiborne products sold through QVC and the internet increased by $723,000 over the Prior Year Nine Months. Other licensing revenues were up by $1,061,000 over the Prior Year Nine Months by virtue of the new licenses that commenced on or after September 30, 2011. Design and service fee income increased to $1,614,000 compared with the Prior Year Nine Months of $824,000. Of the $1,614,000 of the Current Quarter’s design and service fee income, $775,000 was earned from a contract totaling $1 million that we expect to meet all of our obligations and will recognize all of the revenues by the end of this year. The combined increase stated above of $2,573,000 was partially off-set by $1,747,000 of licensing revenue recognized in the Prior Year Nine Months from amortization of a one-time payment received by the Predecessor prior to 2011. The Company incurred direct licensing costs of $174,000 during the Current Nine Months whereby the Predecessor did not incur these costs in the Prior Year Nine Months, which resulted in an increase in net licensing and design and service fee revenue by $652,000.

 

Expenses. Expenses totaled $9,977,000 in the Current Nine Months compared to $5,595,000 in the Prior Year Nine Months. Design and marketing expenses increased to $3,668,000 from the Prior Year Nine Months of $2,811,000. This increase was primarily related to the increase in compensation expenses, including $305,000 of stock-based compensation, and an increase in the interactive media business volume and expanded licensing business. General and administrative expenses increased by $3,493,000 to $5,669,000 from the Prior Year Nine Months of $2,176,000, mostly relating to executive management compensation expense, including an increase of stock-based compensation expense of $2,426,000, and costs associated with being a public company. Stock-based compensation expense of $3,479,000 increased by $2,732,000 compared with the Prior Year Nine Months of $747,000. Depreciation and amortization increased slightly by $32,000.

 

Operating Income (loss). Operating income (loss) for the Current Nine Months was ($548,000) compared to $3,182,000 for the Prior Year Nine Months primarily as a result of the increase in stock based compensation.

 

Interest and Finance Costs. Interest and finance costs remained even for the Current Nine Months compared to the Prior Year Nine Months, although on an actual basis the Predecessor had no interest or other finance costs.

 

Provision for Income Taxes. The effective income tax rate for the Current Nine Months was approximately 24% resulting in a $520,000 income tax benefit. The effective income tax rate for the Prior Year Quarter was 40% which resulted in $616,000 of income tax expense.  The Current Nine Month’s deferred tax benefit has been adjusted by 16.5% to account for differences of previous estimates and actual results. .

 

Net Income (loss) . Our net income (loss) was ($1,664,000) in the Current Nine Months, compared to net income of $925,000 in the Prior Year Nine Months, as a result of the factors discussed above.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Liquidity

 

Our principal capital requirements have been to fund working capital needs, and to a lesser extent, capital expenditures. At September 30, 2012 our unrestricted cash and cash equivalents totaled $4,131,000.   

 

Our term loan facility requires us to repay current interest quarterly at 8.5% per annum. Principal payments are not required until 2013.

 

We expect that existing cash and operating cash flows will be adequate to meet our operating needs, debt service obligations and capital expenditure needs for the next twelve months.  We are dependent on our licensees for most of our revenues, and there is no assurance that the licensees will perform as projected. 

 

We also believe that cash from future operations as well as currently available cash will be sufficient to satisfy our anticipated working capital requirements for the foreseeable future, including the debt service of the $13.5 million loan and making necessary upgrades to our infrastructure and technology.  

 

The Company’s Seller Note and Contingent Obligations are payable in stock and or cash, at the Company’s discretion. Payment of these obligations in stock would not affect the Company’s liquidity.

 

Our business model does not require significant capital expenditures, nor does it require us to advance expenses such as inventory.  Although we are limited to $400,000 per year in capital expenditures under the loan agreement, we estimate that capital expenditures for the next twelve months will be less than this amount, including for upgrading technology and equipment and fixture needs and making necessary improvements to our leased premises.  Therefore, we do not believe that this covenant will restrict its expected operations.

 

The Predecessor - Prior to September 29, 2011 including the Prior Year Quarter, cash flow requirements for the Isaac Mizrahi Business were funded by IM Ready, and cash management functions were not performed at the Isaac Mizrahi Business level. The Isaac Mizrahi Business did not maintain a separate cash account and it is not possible to determine the cash flows directly attributable to the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

 

Operating Activities

 

Net cash provided by operating activities for the Current Nine Months approximated $1.5 million.  The Current Nine Month net loss of $1,664,000 was off-set by adjustments for non-cash items of $4,241,000. These adjustments consisted of stock-based compensation of $3,479,000, non-cash interest and other finance costs of $670,000, depreciation and amortization of $640,000, less deferred income tax (benefit) of $548,000. The net change in operating assets and liabilities was ($1,060,000). Net cash used in operating activities for the Successor Prior Year Period approximated $905,000.  The Successor Prior Year Period net loss of $1,207,000 was off-set by adjustments for non-cash items of $753,000. These adjustments consisted of stock-based compensation of $747,000, non-cash interest and other finance costs of $4,000, depreciation and amortization of $2,000. The net change in operating assets and liabilities was ($451,000).

 

Investing Activities

 

Net cash used in investing activities was $110,000 for the Current Nine Months.   The Company reduced restricted cash by $175,000 by depositing this sum into a refundable security deposit with our landlord. The Company purchased equipment and fixtures of $110,000.   Net cash used in investing activities for the Successor Prior Year Period was $11.8 million, primarily related to the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business.

 

Financing Activities

 

Net cash provided by financing activities was $6,000 for the Current Nine Months.   The Company received a refund of $22,000 for finance costs.  The Company made principal payments of $13,000 under its capital lease obligations and incurred expenses related to equity and recapitalization of $3,000. Net cash provided by in financing activities for the Successor Prior Year Period was $16.9 million, primarily related to the equity and term debt proceeds, less associated costs relating to the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business and recapitalization of the Company.

 

Other Factors

 

We continue to seek to expand and diversify the types of licensed products being produced under the Isaac Mizrahi brand, as well as diversify the distribution channels within which licensed products are sold, in an effort to reduce dependence on any particular retailer, consumer or market sector. The success of our company, however, will still remain largely dependent on our ability to build and maintain brand awareness and contract with and retain key licensees and on our licensees’ ability to accurately predict upcoming fashion trends within their respective customer bases and fulfill the product requirements of their particular retail channels within the global marketplace. Unanticipated changes in consumer fashion preferences, slowdowns in the U.S. economy, changes in the prices of supplies, consolidation of retail establishments, and other factors noted in “Risk Factors,” could adversely affect our licensees’ ability to meet and/or exceed their contractual commitments to us and thereby adversely affect our future operating results.

 

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Income taxes

 

Our income tax provision (benefit) is based on an effective income tax rate, which is comprised of the federal statutory rate and a state and local tax rate, net of federal effect. Our state and local tax rate is affected by the location of earned revenue and certain incurred expenses in determining state and local income tax allocations. Accordingly, our state and local tax rate, net of federal effect may vary and could have a material impact on the fair value of our deferred tax assets and liabilities.

 

Effects of Inflation

 

We do not believe that the relatively moderate rates of inflation experienced over the past two years in the United States, where we primarily compete, have had a significant effect on revenues or profitability.  If there were an adverse change in the rate of inflation by less than 8%, the expected effect on net income would be immaterial.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements that have or are reasonably likely to have a current or future material effect on our financial condition, results of operations or liquidity.

 

ITEM 3. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

A. EVALUATION OF DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES:

 

Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports filed or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act") is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time period specified in the SEC's rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports filed under the Exchange Act are accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") and Chief Financial Officer ("CFO"), as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. As of the end of the period covered by this report, we carried out an evaluation, under the supervision and with participation of our management, including our CEO and CFO, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures. Based upon and as of September 30, 2012, the date of that evaluation, the CEO and CFO concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports we file and submit under the Exchange Act are recorded, processed, summarized and reported as and when required.

 

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B. CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING:

 

There were no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting during the most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

None

 

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors

 

We operate in a highly competitive industry that involves numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could impact our operations. The risks described in Part 1, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 are not the only risks we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our financial condition and/or operating results.

 

ITEM 5. EXHIBITS

 

(a) Exhibits:

 

31.1 Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (CEO)

 

31.2 Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certification (CFO)

 

32.1 Section 1350 Certification (CEO)

 

32.2 Section 1350 Certification (CFO)

 

SIGNATURES

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

 

Date: November 19, 2012 By: /s/ Robert W. D’Loren
    Name: Robert W. D’Loren
    Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
     
  By: /s/ James Haran
    Name: James Haran
    Title: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President

 

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EXHIBIT 31.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350, AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, Robert W. D’Loren certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, of Xcel Brands, Inc. (the “Company”).

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this quarterly report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this quarterly report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this quarterly report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this quarterly report;

 

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrants' other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the registrant's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 

November 19, 2012 By: /s/ Robert W. D’Loren
    Name: Robert W. D’Loren
    Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

EXHIBIT 31.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO 18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350, AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

SECTION 302 OF THE SARBANES OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

I, James Haran certify that:

 

1. I have reviewed this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012 of Xcel Brands, Inc. (the “Company”).

 

2. Based on my knowledge, this quarterly report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this quarterly report;

 

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this quarterly report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this quarterly report;

 

4. The registrant's other certifying officer and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) for the registrant and have:

 

a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

 

b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

 

c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant's disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

 

d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant's most recent fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant's internal control over financial reporting; and

 

5. The registrant's other certifying officer and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant's auditors and the audit committee of the Company's board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

 

a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal controls over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant's ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

 

b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant's internal control over financial reporting.

 

November 19, 2012 By: /s/ James Haran
    Name: James Haran
    Title: Chief Financial Officer  and Vice President

  

 

 

EXHIBIT 32.1

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

 

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Xcel Brands, Inc. (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, Robert W. D’Loren certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that, to my knowledge:

 

(1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

(2) The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and result of operations of the Company.

 

November 19, 2012 By: /s/ Robert W. D’Loren
    Name: Robert W. D’Loren
    Title: Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

  

 

 

EXHIBIT 32.2

 

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO

 

SECTION 906 OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

 

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Xcel Brands, Inc. (the “Company”) on Form 10-Q for the period ended September 30, 2012 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Report”), I, James Haran, certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that, to my knowledge:

 

(1) The Report fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934; and

 

(2) The information contained in the Report fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and result of operations of the Company.

 

November 19, 2012 By: /s/ James Haran
    Name: James Haran
    Title: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President