Xcel Brands
XCel Brands, Inc. (Form: 10-Q, Received: 05/14/2013 16:30:32)

 

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 MARCH 31, 2013

 

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 March 31, 2013, 7,339,979 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
       
  Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations   4
       
  Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows   5
       
  Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements   6
       
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   16
       
Item 3. Controls and Procedures   19
       
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION    
       
Item 1. Legal Proceedings   19
       
Item 1A. Risk Factors   19
       
Item 5. Exhibits   19
       
  Signatures   19

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

 

    March 31, 2013     December 31, 2012  
    (Unaudited)     See Note 1  
Assets                
Current Assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,730,000     $ 3,929,000  
Accounts receivable, net     3,314,000       3,428,000  
Prepaid expenses     307,000       329,000  
Total current  assets     7,351,000       7,686,000  
Property and Equipment:                
Leasehold improvements, furniture and equipment     1,567,000       1,516,000  
Less: accumulated depreciation     489,000       403,000  
Total property and equipment     1,078,000       1,113,000  
Other Assets:                
Trademarks and other intangibles, net     45,704,000       45,835,000  
Goodwill     12,371,000       12,371,000  
Deferred finance costs, net     420,000       450,000  
Other assets     323,000       349,000  
Total other assets     58,818,000       59,005,000  
Total Assets   $ 67,247,000     $ 67,804,000  
                 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                
Current Liabilities:                
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 928,000     $ 1,421,000  
Deferred revenue, net of long-term portion     205,000       221,000  
Other current liabilities     210,000       144,000  
Current portion of term loan     1,519,000       1,350,000  
Total current liabilities     2,862,000       3,136,000  
Long Term Liabilities:                
Long-term liabilities, less current portion     28,748,000       29,046,000  
Deferred tax liability     10,127,000       10,177,000  
Deferred revenue, net of short-term portion     467,000       480,000  
Total long term liabilities     39,342,000       39,703,000  
Total Liabilities     42,204,000       42,839,000  
                 
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, 7,339,979 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012.     7,000       7,000  
Paid-in capital     22,031,000       21,966,000  
Retained earnings     3,005,000       2,992,000  
Total stockholders' equity     25,043,000       24,965,000  
                 
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity   $ 67,247,000     $ 67,804,000  

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2013     2012  
Licensing revenue   $ 2,972,000     $ 2,628,000  
Design and service fee income     285,000       286,000  
Total revenues     3,257,000       2,914,000  
Direct licensing costs     69,000       34,000  
Net licensing, design and service fee revenue     3,188,000       2,880,000  
                 
Operating expenses                
Salaries, benefits and employment taxes     1,565,000       1,226,000  
Other design and marketing costs     198,000       154,000  
Other general and administrative expenses     604,000       575,000  
Stock-based compensation     65,000       28,000  
Depreciation and amortization     217,000       209,000  
Total operating expenses     2,649,000       2,192,000  
                 
Operating income     539,000       688,000  
                 
Interest and finance expense                
Interest expense - term loan     276,000       286,000  
Other interest and finance charges     242,000       257,000  
Total interest and finance expense     518,000       543,000  
                 
Income before income taxes     21,000       145,000  
                 
Provision (Benefit) for income taxes     8,000       (17,000 )
                 
Net income   $ 13,000     $ 162,000  
                 
Income per share:                
Basic   $ 0.00     $ 0.03  
Diluted   $ 0.00     $ 0.02  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic     7,339,979       5,810,180  
Diluted     7,922,529       6,553,777  

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Xcel Brands, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

 

    For the Three Months Ended March 31,  
    2013     2012  
             
Cash flows from operating activities                
Net income   $ 13,000     $ 162,000  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
Depreciation and amortization expense     217,000       209,000  
Amortization of deferred finance costs     30,000       31,000  
Stock-based compensation     65,000       28,000  
Allowance for doubtful accounts     1,000       -  
Amortization of seller note discount     143,000       131,000  
Amortization of senior note discount     59,000       58,000  
Deferred income tax benefit     (50,000 )     (22,000 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
Accounts receivable     113,000       (233,000 )
Other assets     48,000       (17,000 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (487,000 )     (32,000 )
Deferred revenue     (29,000 )     (99,000 )
Other liabilities     70,000       73,000  
Net cash provided by operating activities     193,000       289,000  
                 
Cash flows from investing activities                
  Purchase of property and equipment     (51,000 )     (44,000 )
  Increase in long-term security deposit     -       (175,000 )
  Reduction of restricted cash for security deposit     -       175,000  
Net cash used in investing activities     (51,000 )     (44,000 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities                
  Repayment of long-term debt     (338,000 )     -  
  Payment of expenses related to equity and recapitalization     -       (2,000 )
  Repayment of lease obligation     (3,000 )     (4,000 )
  Repayment of installment debt obligation     -       (11,000 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (341,000 )     (17,000 )
                 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (199,000 )     228,000  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     3,929,000       2,718,000  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 3,730,000     $ 2,946,000  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information                
Warrants issued to Licensee           $ 23,000  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash information                
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information,                
Cash paid during the period for income taxes   $ 155,000     $ -  
Cash paid during the period for interest   $ 286,000     $ 316,000  

 

See Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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XCEL BRANDS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

  1. NATURE OF OPERATIONS, BACKGROUND AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

 

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated 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 10-01 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, 2012 has been derived from audited consolidated financial statements. Operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2013 (the “Current Quarter”) are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for a full fiscal year.

 

The Company engages in the design, licensing, and marketing of the Isaac Mizrahi Brand and certain rights of the Liz Claiborne New York Brand (“LCNY”) with a focus on a variety of product categories.  The Company operates in a “working capital light” business model, licensing the Isaac Mizrahi Brand and LCNY through its wholly-owned subsidiary IM Brands, LLC (“IM Brands”) and generating royalty and design and service fee revenues through licensing and other agreements with wholesale manufacturers, sourcing and design companies, and retailers. On September 29, 2011 (the Closing Date”), the Company acquired the Isaac Mizrahi Brand, certain rights to the LCNY Brand and related assets and assumed liabilities (the “Isaac Mizrahi Business”).

 

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, 2012 (“2012”).

 

  2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Trademarks, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

 

The Company follows Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standard Codification (“ASC”) for Intangibles, Goodwill and Other (“ASC Topic 350”). 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. No triggering events or indicators of impairment were noted in the Current Quarter.

 

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 quantitative assessment of trademarks, goodwill and other intangibles at December 31, 2012 and determined that no impairment charges were required.

 

Contingent Obligations

 

Management analyzes and quantifies the expected earn-out payments over the applicable pay-out period.  Management assesses 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 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 three months ended March 31, 2013.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of the condensed consolidated financial statements in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S. 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 condensed consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the year. Actual results could be affected by those estimates.

 

Fair Valu e

 

ASC Subtopic 820-10 defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. ASC Subtopic 820-10 outlines a valuation framework, creates a fair value hierarchy in order to increase the consistency and comparability of fair value measurements, and details the disclosures that are required for items measured at fair value. We have contingent obligations that are required to be measured at fair value on a recurring basis. Our contingent obligations were measured using inputs from Level 3 of the fair value hierarchy, which states:

 

Level 3 – unobservable inputs that reflect our assumptions that market participants would use in pricing assets or liabilities based on the best information available. The Company’s earn-out obligation (See Note 5) is based upon future net royalty revenues.

 

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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 March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012. The Company’s U.S. Federal and state and local income tax returns are closed prior to fiscal year 2009 and management continually evaluates expiring statutes 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 revenue 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.

 

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 March 31, 2013 the Company has $3,314,000 of accounts receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $26,000. As of December 31, 2012 the Company had $3,428,000 of accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $25,000. The accounts receivable balance includes $590,000 and $699,000 of earned revenue that has been accrued but not billed as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, respectively.

 

Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC Topic 718 - Stock Compensation, by recognizing the fair value of stock-based compensation in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of operations. Stock-based compensation can include stock options and restricted stock grants.

 

Stock Options - 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.

 

Restricted Stock - Compensation cost for restricted stock is measured using the fair value of the Company’s common stock at the date the common stock is granted. The compensation cost is recognized over the period between the grant date and the date any restrictions lapse. 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.

 

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 compensation is amortized over the service period of the awards.

 

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Earnings per Share

 

Basic earnings per share excludes 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 common shares issuable upon the 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, warrants and restricted stock outstanding were exercised into common stock.

 

Segment Reporting

 

The Company operates in one segment.

 

Recently Issued Accounting Standards

 

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

 

3. Trademarks, Goodwill and Other Intangibles

 

Trademarks and other intangibles, net consist of the following:

 

    March 31, 2013     December 31, 2012  
Trademarks   $ 44,500,000     $ 44,500,000  
Licensing agreements     2,000,000       2,000,000  
Accumulated amortization, licensing agreements     (796,000 )     (665,000 )
Net carrying amount   $ 45,704,000     $ 45,835,000  

 

Amortization expense for intangible assets for the Current Quarter and the quarter ended March 31, 2012 (the “Prior Year Quarter”) was $131,000 and $132,000, respectively. The trademarks of the Isaac Mizrahi Brand 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 consolidated statement of operations.

 

The Company has $12,371,000 of goodwill that represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of net assets acquired accounted for under the acquisition method of accounting relating to the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business. There was no change in goodwill during the Current Quarter.

 

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 net sales of Isaac Mizrahi branded merchandise. QVC royalty revenue represents a significant portion of the Company’s total revenues. Royalties from QVC totaled $1,992,000 and $1,900,000 for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter, respectively, representing 61% and 65% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. As of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the Company had a receivable from QVC for each period in the amount of $1,901,000, representing 57% and 55% of the Company’s receivables, respectively.

 

LCNY Agreement

 

In connection with the Company’s agreement with Fifth & Pacific Companies, Inc. (formerly Liz Claiborne, Inc.) (“FNP”) (the “LCNY Agreement”) FNP is required to pay the Company royalties based primarily on a percentage of royalties FNP receives from QVC under a separate license agreement between FNP and QVC. Revenues from the LCNY Agreement totaled $500,000 and $375,000 for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter, respectively, representing 15% and 13% of the Company’s total revenues, respectively. As of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, the Company had a receivable from FNP in the amount of $1,090,000 and $699,000, representing 33% and 20% of the Company’s receivables, respectively.

 

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5.  Debt

 

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

 

    March 31,
2013
    December 31,
2012
 
Term Loan   $ 12,301,000     $ 12,579,000  
Seller Note     6,449,000       6,306,000  
Contingent obligation – Seller     11,466,000       11,466,000  
Other long term liabilities     51,000       45,000  
Total     30,267,000       30,396,000  
Current portion     1,519,000       1,350,000  
Total long term liabilities   $ 28,748,000     $ 29,046,000  

 

Term Loan

 

On September 29, 2011, 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:  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 remaining principal obligations are as follows:

 

    Year Ending December 31,  
2013 (Period from April 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013)   $ 1,013,000  
2014     2,025,000  
2015     3,375,000  
2016     6,750,000  
Total   $ 13,163,000  

 

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 pay the following premiums in connection with the prepayment:

 

Period   Applicable Premium  
Prior to September 29, 2013     2 %
Prior to September 29, 2014     1 %
On or After September 29, 2014     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 agreements) 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 required to be maintained by IM Brands and (y) $3,000,000. For the period ended March 31, 2013, there was no Excess Cash Flow Sweep payment due.

 

Lender Warrants. On September 29, 2011, the Company issued warrants to purchase 364,428 shares of the Company’s Common Stock, valued at $1,214,000 (the “Loan Discount”) to the Noteholders of the Loan. The Company used the Black-Scholes method to determine the value of the Loan Discount and discounted the carrying value of the Loan by this amount, resulting in an initial net loan balance of $12,286,000. The Loan Discount is being amortized over the term of Loan and recorded as other interest and finance charges on the Company’s Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The Loan balance as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 was $12,301,000 and $12,579,000, net of debt discount of $862,000 and $921,000, respectively.

 

Financial Covenants . The Company is required to maintain minimum EBITDA, fixed charge ratio, and liquidity covenants, a maximum leverage ratio covenant and other non-monetary covenants, including reporting requirements and trademark preservation in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Loan. As of March 31, 2013, the Company and IM Brands were in full compliance with all of the covenants under the Loan.

 

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Seller Note

 

On September 29, 2011, as part of the consideration for the purchase of the Isaac Mizrahi Business, the Company issued to IM Ready-Made, LLC (the “Seller”) a 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 was below the Company’s expected borrowing rate, which was estimated at 9.25%.  Therefore, the Company 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.  Also on September 29, 2011, the Company prepaid $123,000 of interest on the Seller Note.  The imputed interest amount is being amortized over the term of the Seller Note and recorded as other interest expense on the Company’s Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Seller Note balance at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 was $6,449,000 and $6,306,000, net of debt discount of $928,000 and $1,071,000, respectively.

 

The Seller Note initially matures three years from the Closing Date (the “Seller 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 Seller Maturity Date”).  The Company has the right to pay the Seller Note at the Seller Maturity Date in cash or, subject to the following conditions, in shares of Common Stock.  If the Company elects to repay the outstanding principal amount of the Seller Note on the Seller 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 market value of the Common Stock on the Seller Maturity Date and (ii) $4.50 subject to certain adjustments; provided, however, that if the fair market value of the Common Stock is less than $4.50 as adjusted, the Seller will have the option to extend the maturity of the Seller Note to the Subsequent Seller Maturity Date. If the maturity date of the Seller Note is so extended, the Seller will have the option to convert the Seller Note into Common Shares based on the greater of (i) the fair market value of the Common Stock on the Subsequent Seller 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 Seller 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 Seller Maturity Date by the fair market value of the Common Stock on the Seller Maturity Date.  In addition, at any time the Seller Note is outstanding, the Company has 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 market value of the Common Stock at the time of the conversion, so long as the fair market value of our Common Stock is at least $4.50. 

 

Contingent Obligations

 

Earn-out obligation

The Seller is eligible to earn additional consideration for the sale of the Isaac Mizrahi Business contingent upon the Isaac Mizrahi Brand achieving net royalty income targets set forth below during the twelve month periods ending September 30, 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Seller was eligible to earn additional consideration for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2012, but did not meet the minimum net royalty income target. This consideration is payable with shares of Common Stock by the greater of (i) the fair market value of the Common Stock for the average stock price for the last twenty days in such period and (ii) $4.50 up to $7,500,000 (the “Earn-Out Value”).  The Seller will receive a percentage of the Earn-Out Value based upon the percentage of the actual net royalty income of the Isaac Mizrahi Business to the royalty target as set forth below. The fair value of the percentage of the Earn-Out Value was based primarily on projected future net royalty income related to the Isaac Mizrahi Brand (the “Earn-Out Obligation”). Any future change in the Earn-Out Obligation will result in an expense or income in the period in which it is determined that the fair market value of the carrying value has changed.  The royalty targets and percentage of the potential Earn-Out Value are as follows:

 

ROYALTY TARGET PERIODS   ROYALTY
TARGET
    EARN-OUT
VALUE
 
Second Royalty Target Period (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013)   $ 20,000,000     $ 7,500,000  
Third Royalty Target Period (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014)   $ 22,000,000     $ 7,500,000  
Fourth Royalty Target Period (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015)   $ 24,000,000     $ 7,500,000  

 

APPLICABLE
PERCENTAGE
  % OF EARN-OUT
VALUE EARNED
 
Less than 76%     0 %
76% up to 80%     40 %
80% up to 90%     70 %
90% up to 95%     80 %
95% up to 100%     90 %
100% or greater     100 %

 

In accordance with ASC Topic 480 "Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity", the Earn-Out Obligation is treated as a liability in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets because of the variable number of shares payable under the agreement. The Earn-Out Obligation fair value at March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 was $8.7 million for each year and recorded as long term liabilities on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. There was no expense or income recognized for the Current Quarter or the Prior Year Quarter.

 

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QVC Earn-out

The Company is required to pay the Seller $2.766 million, payable in cash or Common Stock, at the Company’s option, contingent upon the Company receiving aggregate net royalty income of at least $2.5 million from QVC for the Isaac Mizrahi Brand in the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2015 with such stock based upon the greater of (x) $4.50 per share, and (y) the average stock price for the last twenty days prior to the time of such issuance (the “QVC Earn-Out’). The current term of the QVC Agreement runs through September 30, 2015.  Management has determined that it is probable that the $2.5 million in net royalty income from QVC will be met. In accordance with ASC Topic 480 "Distinguishing Liabilities from Equity", the QVC Earn-Out obligation is treated as a liability in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets because of the variable number of shares payable under the agreement . Management will assess no less frequently than each reporting period the status of this contingent obligation.  Any change in the expected obligation will result in an expense or income in the period in which it is determined fair market value has changed.  

 

The Earn-Out Obligation of $8.7 million and the QVC Earn-Out of $2.766 million, which combined is equal to $11.466 million and represents the total contingent obligation to the Seller as of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 is reported as long term debt on the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

6.           Stockholders’ Equity

 

2011 Equity Incentive Plan

 

The Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (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 5,000,000 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 April 17, 2012, the Company issued to management an aggregate of 1,100,000 shares of restricted stock. The vesting date of 1,025,000 shares of restricted stock was November 15, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee has the right to extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his or her sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. The vesting date of 37,500 shares of restricted stock is May 15, 2013, provided however, the executive has the right to extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. The vesting date of 37,500 shares of restricted stock is May 15, 2014, provided however, the executive has the right to extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. As of March 31, 2013, restrictions on 509,488 shares have lapsed. On November 15, 2012, the Company repurchased 209,623 shares upon vesting of restricted stock in satisfying the grantees tax withholding obligation.

 

Also, on April 17, 2012, the Company issued 50,000 shares of restricted stock to a non-executive employee. The vesting date of the 50,000 shares of restricted stock was November 15, 2012, provided however, the employee has the right to extend the vesting date by nine-month increments in her sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. As of March 31, 2013, restrictions on 24,916 shares have lapsed. On November 15, 2012 the Company repurchased 8,540 shares upon vesting of restricted stock in satisfying the grantees tax withholding obligation.

 

On May 1, 2012, the Company granted options to purchase an aggregate of 105,500 shares of Common Stock 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. Of these awards, 26,750 options were forfeited, and reverted to, and are eligible for re-grant under the Plan.

 

On June 1, 2012, the Company issued to non-management directors 138,335 shares of restricted stock. The vesting date of 138,335 shares of restricted stock was December 1, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee has the right to extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. As of March 31, 2013, restrictions on 53,995 shares have lapsed. On November 15, 2012 the Company repurchased 18,870 shares on vesting of restricted stock in satisfying the grantees tax withholding obligation.

 

On June 1, 2012, the Company issued to management 242,775 shares of restricted stock. The vesting date of 242,775 shares of restricted stock was December 1, 2012, provided, however, that each such grantee has the right to extend the vesting date by six-month increments in his sole discretion, prior to the date the restrictions would lapse. As of March 31, 2013, none of these shares have vested.

 

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.

 

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

 

Expected Volatility (i)     35-42 %
Expected Dividend Yield     0 %
Expected Life (Term) (ii)     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.

 

(i) Due to the Company’s limited trading activity, the Company used the average volatility of similar companies in its industry.
(ii) Due to the Company’s limited history, the expected life of options was calculated using the ‘simplified method’ in accordance with Staff accounting bulletin (“SAB”) Topic 14.02 in accordance with SAB no. 110.

 

Options

 

          Weighted-Average  
    Options     Exercise Price  
Outstanding at January 1, 2013     345,000     $ 4.54  
Granted     -       -  
Canceled     -       -  
Exercised     -       -  
Expired/Forfeited     -       -  
Outstanding at March 31, 2013   345,000     $ 4.54  
Exercisable at March 31, 2013     174,858     $ 5.00  

 

Compensation expense related to stock option grants for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter was $20,000 and $10,000, respectively and is reported as stock-based compensation under operating expenses in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.   An additional amount of $64,000 is expected to be expensed over a period of 13 months from April 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.

 

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.

 

Warrants

 

A summary of the Company’s warrants for the Current Quarter is as follows:

 

          Weighted-Average  
    Warrants     Exercise Price  
Outstanding at January 1, 2013     1,132,043     $ 2.47  
Granted     -       -  
Canceled     -       -  
Exercised     -       -  
Expired/Forfeited     -       -  
Outstanding at March 31, 2013 and expected to vest.   1,132,043     $ 2.47  
Exercisable at March 31, 2013     1,082,043     $ 2.35  

 

Compensation expense related to warrants for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter was $11,000 and $11,000, respectively, and is reported as stock-based compensation under operating expenses in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  An additional amount of $22,000 is expected to be expensed over a period of 6 months from April 1, 2013 through September 30, 2013. 

 

The Company values other warrants issued to non-employees at the commitment date at the fair market value of the instruments issued, a measure which is more readily available than the fair market value of services rendered, using the Black-Scholes model. The fair market value of the instruments issued is expensed over the vesting period.

 

The Company issued to a licensee warrants to purchase 75,000 shares of common stock with an exercise price of $5.50 per share and a term of 5-years. Compensation expense related to warrants in connection with the licensing agreement is amortized over the 5-year initial term of the license agreement and is recorded as a discount to licensing revenues. The stock-based licensing revenue-discount for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter was $1,000 and $1,000, respectively.  An additional amount of $16,000 is expected to be amortized over a period of 42 months from April 1, 2013 through September 30, 2016.

 

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Restricted Stock

 

Compensation cost for restricted stock is measured using the fair value of the Company’s common stock at the date the common stock is granted. The compensation cost, net of projected forfeitures, is recognized over the period between the grant date and the date any restrictions lapse, with compensation cost for grants with a graded vesting schedule recognized using the treasury method. The restrictions do not affect voting and dividend rights.

 

A summary of the Company’s restricted stock for the Current Quarter is as follows:

 

    Restricted
Shares
    Weighted-Average
Grant Date Fair
value
 
Outstanding at January 1, 2013     964,607     $ 3.00  
Granted     -       -  
Canceled     -       -  
Vested     -       -  
Expired/Forfeited     -       -  
Outstanding at March 31, 2013     964,607     $ 3.00  

 

Compensation expense related to restricted stock grants for the Current Quarter and Prior Year Quarter was $35,000 and $7,000, respectively, and is reported as stock-based compensation under operating expenses in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  An additional amount of $135,000 is expected to be expensed over a period of 13 months from April 1, 2013 through April 30, 2014.

 

Shares Available Under the Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan

 

At March 31, 2013, there were 3,330,840 common shares available for issuance under the Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan. See Note 10 Subsequent Events.

 

Shares Reserved for Issuance

 

At March 31, 2013, there were 4,808,459 common shares reserved for issuance pursuant to warrants, stock options and availability for issuance under the Company’s 2011 Equity Incentive Plan. See Note 10 Subsequent Events.

 

Dividends

 

The Company has not paid any dividends to date.

 

  7. 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 and warrants outstanding were exercised and have been converted into common stock. 

 

A reconciliation of shares used in calculating basic and diluted earnings per share follows:

 

    Three Months ended March 31,  
    2013     2012  
Basic     7,339,979       5,810,180  
Effect of exercise of warrants     582,075       743,597  
Effect of exercise of options     475       -  
Diluted     7,922,529       6,553,777  

 

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  8. Income taxes

 

The Company’s effective income tax rate for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter was approximately 40% and (11)%, respectively. The Prior Year Quarters effective tax rate has been adjusted by a tax benefit from the effect of a state and local rate allocation change resulting in a (50)% adjustment to the effective tax rate by virtue of applying the rate differential to the opening net deferred tax liability.

 

  9. 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 was entitled to 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 amortizes the expense in accordance with the revenue earned from the respective licensing agreements on which this payment was based upon.

 

The Company incurred direct licensing costs with Mr. Slater from amortization of the one-time payment stated above and fees paid for the Current Quarter and the Prior Year Quarter of $11,000 and $8,000, respectively.

 

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, LLC (“Earthbound”) and the son of Jack Dweck, who is a principal of Earthbound and is on the Company’s board of directors, 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. AD earned $3,000 in fees for each of the Current Quarter and Prior Year Quarter.

 

Jones Texas, Inc.

 

Edward Jones, III, a principal shareholder and chief executive officer of Jones Texas, Inc. (“JT”) is on the Company’s board of directors. The Company and JT entered into a consulting agreement on March 28, 2012 whereby JT shall pursue and introduce licensing opportunities for the Company. JT procured a license for the Company during 2012 which the Company agreed to remit 15% of the license revenues for the initial term of the license. JT earned $3,000 and $0 in fees for the Current Quarter and Prior Year Quarter, respectively.

 

Earthbound, LLC

 

As part of the consideration for the acquisition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business, the Company assumed a $1.5 million non-interest obligation owed to Earthbound, payable over five years commencing on September 29, 2011. Jeff Cohen is a principal owner of Earthbound and was a director of the Company through December 2012. Jack Dweck, a current board member of the Company, is also a principal owner of Earthbound. The Company made a $37,500 payment in the Prior Year Quarter, of which $27,000 was recorded as interest expense. The Company extinguished this debt on November 21, 2012.

 

IM Ready-Made, LLC

 

The Company and the Seller had balances owed between the companies relating to the transition of the Isaac Mizrahi Business and certain payments assigned to the Seller by QVC under the QVC Agreement. As of March 31, 2013 the Company owed the Seller $61,000 and as of March 31, 2012 the Seller owed the Company $157,000. The Company did not earn any revenue or incur any expenses with IM Ready-Made, LLC since the Closing Date.

 

  10. Subsequent Events

 

The Company granted to executive officers, non-executive employees of the Company and directors of the Company an aggregate of 1,370,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company with a grant date of April 1, 2013.

 

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The vesting date of 1,075,000 shares is September 30, 2013 and the 295,000 remaining shares of Restricted Stock will vest evenly over 2 years, whereby 50% shall vest on March 31, 2014 and 50% shall vest on March 31, 2015.

 

In addition, the Company granted to non-executive employees of the Company 30,000 shares of restricted common stock of the Company with a grant date of May 1, 2013.

 

The estimated fair value of the aggregate 1,400,000 shares of Restricted Stock is $6,300,000 based on an estimate of $4.50 per share. The Company expects to expense $5,152,000 during 2013. The remaining expense is expected to be recognized over a period of 16 months from January 1, 2014 through April 30, 2015.

 

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ITEM 2.

 

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

 

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 . 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 the Risk Section of our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012. 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

 

Xcel Brands, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary (the “Company”) engages in the design, licensing, and marketing of the Isaac Mizrahi Brand and certain rights of the Liz Claiborne New York Brand (“LCNY”) with a focus on a variety of product categories.  The Company operates in a “working capital light” business model, licensing the Isaac Mizrahi Brand and LCNY through its wholly-owned subsidiary IM Brands, LLC (“IM Brands”) and generating royalty and design and service fee revenues through licensing and other agreements with wholesale manufacturers, sourcing and design companies, and retailers.

 

Our growth strategy is focused on increasing licensing and design and service fee revenue through adding new product categories, expanding the retail penetration and optimizing the sales of our licensees. We will also seek new opportunities including opening our own retail stores and international expansion.

 

  Summary of operating results

 

The three months ended March 31, 2013 (the “Current Quarter”) compared to the three months ended March 31, 2012 (the “Prior Year Quarter”).

 

Net Licensing, Design and Service Fee Revenue. Net licensing, design and service fee revenue (“Net Revenues”) for the Current Quarter totaled $3.2 million compared to $2.9 million for the Prior Year Quarter. This increase was primarily related to an increase in licensing revenues of $0.3 million.

 

Operating Expenses. Operating expenses totaled $2.6 million for the Current Quarter compared to $2.2 million for the Prior Year Quarter. This increase was primarily related to the increase in compensation expense created by an increase in the interactive media business volume and expanded licensing business.

 

Operating Income. Operating income for the Current Quarter decreased to $539,000, or approximately 17% of Net Revenues, compared to $688,000 or approximately 24% of Net Revenues in the Prior Year Quarter.  The decrease was the result of a $457,000 increase in operating costs partially offset by a $308,000 increase in Net Revenues for the Current Quarter compared with the Prior Year Quarter.

 

Interest and Finance Expense. Interest and finance expenses for the Current Quarter decreased to $518,000 compared to $543,000 in the Prior Year Quarter. The Current Quarter’s interest expense of $518,000 was attributable to interest expense of approximately $276,000 related to the Company’s term loan facility, $30,000 of deferred finance costs and approximately $153,000 and $59,000 of amortization of a seller note discount and term loan discount, respectively. The Prior Year Quarter’s interest expense of $543,000 was attributable to interest expense of approximately $286,000 related to the Company’s term loan facility, $30,000 related to an installment obligation (repaid November 2012), $30,000 of deferred finance costs and approximately $140,000 and $58,000 of amortization of a seller note discount and term loan discount, respectively.

 

Provision (benefit) for Income Taxes. The effective income tax rate for the Current Quarter is approximately 40% resulting in the $8,000 income tax expense, as compared to an effective income tax rate of (11)% in the Prior Year Quarter which resulted in the $17,000 income tax benefit. The Prior Year Quarter included a tax benefit from the effect of a state and local rate allocation change resulting in a (50)% adjustment to the effective tax rate by virtue of applying the rate differential to the opening net deferred tax liability.

 

Net Income . Our net income was $13,000 in the Current Quarter, compared to net income of $162,000 in the Prior Year Quarter, 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 March 31, 2013 our unrestricted cash and cash equivalents totaled $3,730,000.

 

Our term loan facility requires us to pay interest quarterly at 8.5% per annum. Principal payments of $337,500 are due for each of the next 3 quarters through October 5, 2013 and increase to $506,250 per quarter for the following twelve months. (See ITEM 1, Note 5 for full details on principal obligations under our term loan).

 

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.

 

The Company’s seller note and contingent obligations (See ITEM 1, Note 5 for additional details) 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. However, we are planning to open our first retail store in the spring of 2013. Although we are limited to $400,000 per year in capital expenditures under our term loan provisions, we estimate that capital expenditures for the next twelve months, including the retail store, will be less than this amount. Therefore, we do not believe that this covenant restricts our licensing and design operations. If we plan on expanding a retail business, we would require lender consent or amend our loan facility to accommodate additional capital expenditures.

 

Changes in Working Capital

 

At both March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012 the working capital ratio (current assets to current liabilities) was 2.57 to 1.00 and 2.45 to 1.00, respectively. Commentary on components of our cash flows for the Current Quarter as compared to the Prior Year Quarter is set forth below:

 

Operating Activities

 

Net cash provided by operating activities decreased approximately $96,000, from $289,000 in the Prior Year Quarter to $193,000 in the Current Year Quarter. This net decrease in net cash provided by operating activities of approximately $96,000 was primarily due to a decrease in net income of approximately $149,000 from $162,000 in the Prior Year Quarter to approximately $13,000 in the Current Quarter for the reasons discussed above, and offset by an increase in non-cash components to net income of approximately $30,000 from $435,000 in the Prior Year Quarter to $465,000 in the Current Quarter, as well as an increase in aggregate net changes in operating assets and liabilities of $23,000.

 

Investing Activities

 

Net cash used in investing activities in the Current Quarter increased approximately $7,000, from $44,000 in the Prior Year Quarter to $51,000 in the Current Quarter. This increase was due to purchased equipment and fixtures of $51,000 in the Current Quarter compared to $44,000 in the Prior Year Quarter.

 

Financing Activities

 

Net cash used in financing activities increased $324,000, from $17,000 of net cash used in financing activities in the Prior Year Quarter to net cash used in financing activities of $341,000 in the Current Quarter. The net increase of cash used in financing activities was primarily related to a $338,000 principal payment on our term loan in January 2013.

 

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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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.

 

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.

 

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 the fair value contingent obligations to the Seller, 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 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.

 

The Company follows Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) Accounting Standard Codification (“ASC”) for Intangibles, Goodwill and Other (“ASC Topic 350”). 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 quanatative assessment of trademarks, goodwill and other intangibles at December 31, 2012 and determined that no impairment charges were required.

 

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.  For the Current Quarter there were no events which would trigger impairment considerations.

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with ASC Topic 718 by recognizing the fair value of stock-based compensation in the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The fair value of the Company’s stock option awards are estimated using a Black-Scholes option valuation model. This model requires the input of highly subjective assumptions 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. Compensation cost for restricted stock is measured using the fair value of the Company’s common stock at the date the common stock is granted. 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. The fair value of stock-based awards is amortized over the vesting period of the awards.  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.

 

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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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. As of March 31, 2013, 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.

 

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, 2012 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: May 14, 2013 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 March 31, 2013 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.

 

May 14, 2013 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 March 31, 2013 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.

 

May 14, 2013 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 March 31, 2013 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.

 

May 14, 2013 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 March 31, 2013 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.

 

May 14, 2013 By: /s/ James Haran
    Name: James Haran
    Title: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President