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Delta Apparel Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

DULUTH, Ga. , February 12 /Businesswire/ - Delta Apparel, Inc. (NYSE American: DLA), a leading provider of core activewear, lifestyle apparel, and on-demand digital print strategies, today announced financial results for its fiscal year 2024 first quarter ended December 30, 2023.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Humphreys commented, “Many of the unfavorable market dynamics we saw across our business and the activewear industry last year persisted during our first quarter. We continued to take decisive action to improve our balance sheet and streamline our cost structure and operations. Our debt and inventory levels were down more than 20% year-over-year and we are very near completion of our plan to reduce our offshore manufacturing footprint down to two countries and consolidate production in our more efficient Central American platform. We completed similar consolidation work in our DTG2Go digital print business and significantly reduced other areas of our workforce to better align our cost structure with the lower demand we continue to see across much of our business.

Our Salt Life business registered sales growth for the quarter on the strength of its direct-to-consumer channels, and its recently opened retail location in Virginia has exceeded expectations to date. At Activewear, we continued to see sluggish overall activity across its three go-to-market channels and the excess global manufacturing capacity in the market continued to drive pricing pressure. On-quality performance and other operational metrics in our DTG2Go business continued to improve and shipments in our digital first business were above our internal plan, but overall demand during the holiday season came in below original forecasts.”

Mr. Humphreys concluded, “With the challenging start to our fiscal year and demand across most of our markets generally expected to be flat relative to last year, we remain tightly focused on managing liquidity and working capital across all aspects of our business and will continue to look for areas where we can generate efficiencies and further streamline operations. We will also continue to evaluate strategic options with the best interest of our shareholders in mind and remain committed to monetizing our real estate portfolio through a sale-leaseback transaction for the right value proposition.”

For the first quarter ended December 30, 2023:

  • Net sales were $79.9 million compared to prior year period net sales of $107.3 million. Salt Life Group segment net sales were $10.3 million and up slightly compared to the prior year period. Net sales in the Delta Group segment were $69.6 million compared to $97.0 million in the prior year period.
  • Gross margins were 10.9% compared to 12.7% in the prior year period, driven primarily by production curtailments. Adjusted for the cost impacts of these product curtailments (“Production Curtailment Costs”), first quarter gross margins were 12.6%. Delta Group segment gross margins were 5.8% compared to 7.8% in the prior year period. Adjusted for the Production Curtailment Costs, Delta Group segment gross margins were 8%. Salt Life Group segment gross margins were 45.4% versus 57.0% in the prior year period. Salt Life’s gross margins for the quarter were negatively impacted to some degree by the timing of inventory receipts, which should reverse in the second quarter.
  • Selling, general, and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) decreased from $18.9 million in the prior year period to $18.6 million, while SG&A as a percentage of sales increased over the prior year period to 23.3%.
  • Operating loss increased from $2.6 million in the prior year period to an operating loss of $4.9 million. Adjusting for the Production Curtailment Costs and costs associated with the restructuring of our offshore manufacturing footprint down to two countries and related initiatives (“Restructuring Costs”), operating loss was $2.8 million. Delta Group segment operating income improved from $0.1 million to $0.5 million. Adjusted for the Production Curtailment Costs and Restructuring Costs, Delta Group segment operating income was $2.7 million, or 3.8% of sales. The Salt Life Group segment experienced an operating loss of $2.1 million, compared to operating income of $0.3 million in the prior year period.
  • Net interest expense was $3.6 million compared to $2.9 million in the prior year period, with the increase driven by the elevated interest rate environment partially offset by lower borrowings.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) was a loss of $1.3 million. Adjusted for the Production Curtailment Costs and Restructuring Costs, EBITDA was positive at $853 thousand. Delta Group segment EBITDA was $3.5 million. Adjusted for the Production Curtailment Costs and Restructuring Costs, Delta Group segment EBITDA was $5.7 million. Salt Life Group segment EBITDA was a loss of $1.6 million.
  • Net loss increased to $8.5 million, or $1.22 per share, from a loss of $3.6 million, or $0.51 per share. Adjusted for the Production Curtailment Costs and Restructuring Costs, net loss was $6.6 million, or $0.94 per share.
  • Net inventory as of December 30, 2023, was $196.3 million, a sequential decrease of almost $16 million, or 8%, from September 2023 and a year-over-year decrease of $62.5 million, or 24%, from December 2022.
  • Debt outstanding under our U.S. revolving credit facility was $110.8 million at December 30, 2023, a reduction of $31.5 million from the prior year December and $42.3 million from March 2023. Total net debt, including capital lease financing and cash on hand, was $144.4 million as of December 30, 2023, an approximately 26% reduction from $194.3 million at March 2023 and an approximately 22% reduction from $185.2 million at December 2022.
  • Cash on hand and availability under our U.S. revolving credit facility totaled $7.4 million as of December 30, 2023, a decrease of $19.8 million from December 2022 and $6.8 million from September 2023. We believe we will need to obtain additional liquidity in the near term to fund our operations and meet the obligations specified in our U.S. revolving credit facility, and we are currently exploring a variety of options toward that end.
  • Capital spending was $300 thousand during the first quarter compared to $2.1 million during the prior year first quarter.

Conference Call

On February 12, 2024, at 4:30 p.m. ET, the Company’s senior management will hold a conference call to discuss its financial results. The Company invites you to join the call by dialing 888-886-7786. If calling from outside the United States, the dial-in number is 416-764-8658. A live webcast of the conference call will be available at www.deltaapparelinc.com. Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register for the teleconference webcast and download any necessary software. A replay of the call will be available through March 12, 2024. To access the telephone replay, participants should dial toll-free 844-512-2921. International callers can dial 412-317-6671. The access code for the replay is 35636211.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Reconciliations of GAAP gross margins to non-GAAP gross margins, GAAP operating income to non-GAAP operating income, GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income, GAAP net income to non-GAAP EBITDA, GAAP net income to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, and GAAP operating income to non-GAAP EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA are presented in tables accompanying the selected financial data included in this release and provide useful information to evaluate the Company’s operational performance. A description of the amounts excluded on a non-GAAP basis are provided in conjunction with these tables. Non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP EBITDA and non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA should be evaluated in light of the Company’s financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.

About Delta Apparel, Inc.

Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries DTG2Go, LLC, Salt Life, LLC, and M.J. Soffe, LLC, is a vertically-integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life®, Soffe®, and Delta. The Company is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing proprietary DTG2Go technology and innovation to customer supply chains. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and tiers, including outdoor and sporting goods retailers, independent and specialty stores, better department stores and mid-tier retailers, mass merchants and e-retailers, the U.S. military, and through its business-to-business e-commerce sites. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at www.saltlife.com, www.soffe.com and www.deltaapparel.com as well as through its branded retail stores. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 6,600 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at www.deltaapparelinc.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain “forward-looking” statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Any number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated or forecasted results, including, but not limited to, our ability to access capital or that it will be available on terms acceptable to us or at all; the general U.S. and international economic conditions; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and government/social actions taken to contain its spread on our operations, financial condition, liquidity, and capital investments, including recent labor shortages, inventory constraints, and supply chain disruptions; significant interruptions or disruptions within our manufacturing, distribution or other operations; deterioration in the financial condition of our customers and suppliers and changes in the operations and strategies of our customers and suppliers; the volatility and uncertainty of cotton and other raw material prices and availability; the competitive conditions in the apparel industry; our ability to predict or react to changing consumer preferences or trends; our ability to successfully open and operate new retail stores in a timely and cost-effective manner; the ability to grow, achieve synergies and realize the expected profitability of acquisitions; changes in economic, political or social stability at our offshore locations or in areas in which we, or our suppliers or vendors, operate; our ability to attract and retain key management; the volatility and uncertainty of energy, fuel and related costs; material disruptions in our information systems related to our business operations; compromises of our data security; significant changes in our effective tax rate; significant litigation in either domestic or international jurisdictions; recalls, claims and negative publicity associated with product liability issues; the ability to protect our trademarks and other intellectual property; changes in international trade regulations; our ability to comply with trade regulations; changes in employment laws or regulations or our relationship with employees; negative publicity resulting from violations of manufacturing standards or labor laws or unethical business practices by our suppliers and independent contractors; the inability or refusal of suppliers or other third-parties, including those related to transportation, to fulfill the terms of their contracts with us; continued operating losses and restrictions on our ability to borrow capital or service our indebtedness; interest rate fluctuations increasing our obligations under our variable rate indebtedness; the ability to raise additional capital; the impairment of acquired intangible assets; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; the illiquidity of our shares; price volatility in our shares and the general volatility of the stock market; and the other factors set forth in the "Risk Factors" contained in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and as updated in our subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Except as may be required by law, Delta Apparel, Inc. expressly disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA:

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

December 2023

 

December 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Sales

 

$

79,934

 

 

$

107,295

 

Cost of Goods Sold

 

 

71,187

 

 

 

93,672

 

Gross Profit

 

 

8,747

 

 

 

13,623

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

 

18,614

 

 

 

18,870

 

Other Income, Net

 

 

(4,921

)

 

 

(2,621

)

Operating Loss

 

 

(4,946

)

 

 

(2,626

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Expense, Net

 

 

3,577

 

 

 

2,890

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss Before Provision For (Benefit From) Income Taxes

 

 

(8,523

)

 

 

(5,516

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision For (Benefit From) Income Taxes

 

 

10

 

 

 

(1,917

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Net Loss

 

 

(8,533

)

 

 

(3,599

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest

 

 

6

 

 

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Loss Attributable to Shareholders

 

$

(8,527

)

 

$

(3,565

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

7,003

 

 

 

6,954

 

Diluted

 

 

7,003

 

 

 

6,954

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Loss per Common Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(1.22

)

 

$

(0.51

)

Diluted

 

$

(1.22

)

 

$

(0.51

)

 

 

December 2023

 

September 2023

 

December 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash

 

$

377

 

 

$

187

 

 

$

327

 

Receivables, Net

 

 

34,488

 

 

 

47,868

 

 

 

61,514

 

Inventories, Net

 

 

196,348

 

 

 

212,365

 

 

 

258,891

 

Prepaids and Other Assets

 

 

3,526

 

 

 

2,542

 

 

 

4,114

 

Total Current Assets

 

 

234,739

 

 

 

262,962

 

 

 

324,846

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Noncurrent Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, Plant & Equipment, Net

 

 

62,598

 

 

 

65,611

 

 

 

72,771

 

Goodwill and Other Intangibles, Net

 

 

49,822

 

 

 

50,391

 

 

 

61,324

 

Deferred Income Taxes

 

 

7,822

 

 

 

7,822

 

 

 

1,342

 

Operating Lease Assets

 

 

56,909

 

 

 

55,464

 

 

 

49,313

 

Investment in Joint Venture

 

 

9,751

 

 

 

10,082

 

 

 

9,045


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