Gaiam Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2008 Results
BOULDER, Colo., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gaiam, Inc. (Nasdaq: GAIA), a lifestyle media company providing information, media, products and services to customers who value personal development, wellness, ecological lifestyles, responsible media and conscious community, announced today results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2008.
Gaiam also announced that it will host a conference call today, November 6, 2008, at 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST) to review the third quarter fiscal 2008 results.
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Revenue for the third quarter ended September 30, 2008 decreased 14.3% to $60.3 million from $70.3 million recorded in the same quarter last year. Excluding international revenues, which were affected by the transition from product sales to licensing arrangements, the revenue growth for the quarter was approximately 2%. The quarter over quarter comparison was also impacted by early holiday orders shipped in 2007 during third quarter.
Gross profit decreased to $33.8 million or 56.1% of revenue for the third quarter of 2008, from $46.1 million, or 65.6% of revenue, in the comparable quarter last year. The change in gross margin reflects the company's investment in the lower margin solar business and additional store within store presentations. The margin was also impacted by the decision to expand Gaiam's distribution footprint by maintaining retail prices while absorbing cost increases from higher freight charges and the dollar decline. The company strategy to aggressively pursue store-within-store and media category management expansion will continue to impact the margin through fourth quarter. Gaiam expects to return to mid 60's margin, excluding the solar business, by first quarter 2009 and achieve its goals of 75,000 retail doors and 10,000 store-within-store presentations.
Selling and operating expenses decreased $4.6 million, or 11.9%, to $34.0 million during the third quarter of 2008 from $38.6 million during the same quarter last year.
Other expenses of $13.9 million for the quarter include a non-cash, tax-deductable impairment charge related to the company's acquired media libraries, web site development costs, and related assets. This charge increased our overall tax benefit by approximately $5.5 million and, as a result, the company expects to receive tax refunds and benefits of approximately $12 million early next year.
Interest and other income decreased to $0.4 million for the third quarter of 2008 compared to $1.0 million during the third quarter last year, primarily reflecting the decline in average interest rates received on Gaiam's cash investments and recent repurchase of 1.3 million shares of Gaiam common stock.
Net loss for the third quarter, including the above charge representing $0.36 per share, was $10.1 million, or $0.42 per share. Comparable earnings for the third quarter of 2007 were $2.9 million, or $0.12 per share.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2008, Gaiam recorded net revenue of $182.7 million, a 0.8% increase from $181.1 million in the comparable period a year ago. Including the third quarter charge of $13.9 million or $0.36 per share, the Company recorded a net loss of $5.3 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to net income of $4.3 million, or $0.17 per share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2007.
In October 2008, Gaiam's solar energy subsidiary, Real Goods Solar, Inc, acquired, through a merger, Regrid Power, Inc., a northern California solar energy integrator for $3.8 million in cash, and approximately 2 million shares of Real Goods Solar's common stock. Regrid Power's revenue for the last 12 months was approximately $15 million. Following this merger, Gaiam owns approximately 56% of Real Goods Solar's outstanding shares and 79% of Real Goods Solar's voting power.
"Our financial results for the third quarter reflect the slowdown at retail and the effects of cautious consumer spending, especially during the month of September," commented Lynn Powers, Gaiam's President. "During the quarter, we continued to strengthen our market position and increase shelf space through expansion of our category management strategy and store within a store initiative. We currently have over 9,000 store-within-store doors up from 7,500 announced at the end of second quarter and expect to hit our goal of 10,000 by the end of January 2009. We are also exploring licensing opportunities that will expand our core demographic and continue to diversify our portfolio of respected brands."
"We continue to evaluate opportunities, which the current macroeconomic environment can yield for debt free companies with solid balance sheets and good cash flow," said Jirka Rysavy, Gaiam CEO. "With $50 million of cash, an upcoming tax refund, no debt and a current ratio over five, we have the ability to weather a prolonged downturn in the economy and accelerate the implementation of our strategic plan."
A replay of the call will begin approximately one hour after the end of the call and will continue until 5:00 p.m. EST on November 11, 2008.
Replay number: 800-839-9317
For more information about Gaiam, please visit http://www.gaiam.com, or call 1-800-869-3603.
This press release includes forward-looking statements relating to matters that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "expect," "intend," "believe," "will," "should" or comparable terminology or by discussions of strategy. While Gaiam believes its assumptions and expectations underlying forward-looking statements are reasonable, there can be no assurance that actual results will not be materially different. Risks and uncertainties that could cause materially different results include, among others, introduction of new products and services, completion and integration of acquisitions, the possibility of negative economic conditions, and other risks and uncertainties included in Gaiam's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Gaiam assumes no duty to update any forward-looking statements.
Contact: John Mills Senior Managing Director ICR, Inc. 310-954-1105 firstname.lastname@example.org GAIAM, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data) Three months ended Three months ended September 30, 2008 September 30, 2007 Net revenue $60,285 100.0% $70,318 100.0% Cost of goods sold 26,440 43.9% 24,174 34.4% Gross profit 33,845 56.1% 46,144 65.6% Selling and operating 34,049 56.5% 38,634 55.0% Corporate, general and administration 3,126 5.2% 3,314 4.7% Other expenses, net 13,947 23.1% ---- 0.0% Earnings (loss) from operations (17,277) -28.7% 4,196 5.9% Interest and other income 355 0.6% 1,028 1.5% Earnings (loss) before income taxes (16,922) -28.1% 5,224 7.4% Income tax expense (benefit) (6,922) -11.5% 2,060 2.9% Minority interest in net income of consolidated subsidiaries (115) -0.2% (246) -0.4% Net income (loss) $(10,115) -16.8% $2,918 4.1% Shares outstanding: Basic 24,020 24,705 Diluted 24,020 24,970 Income (loss) per share: Basic $(0.42) $0.12 Diluted $(0.42) $0.12 GAIAM, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data) Nine months ended Nine months ended September 30, 2008 September 30, 2007 Net revenue $182,675 100.0% $181,137 100.0% Cost of goods sold 71,699 39.2% 63,886 35.3% Gross profit 110,976 60.8% 117,251 64.7% Selling and operating 102,686 56.2% 103,533 57.2% Corporate, general and administration 9,601 5.3% 9,824 5.4% Other expenses, net 40,655 22.2% ---- 0.0% Earnings (loss) from operations (41,966) -22.9% 3,894 2.1% Interest and other income 32,363 17.7% 3,375 1.9% Earnings (loss) before income taxes (9,603) -5.2% 7,269 4.0% Income tax expense (benefit) (4,031) -2.2% 2,868 1.6% Minority interest in net (income) loss of consolidated subsidiaries 251 0.1% (77) 0.0% Net income (loss) $(5,321) -2.9% $4,324 2.4% Shares outstanding: Basic 24,611 25,000 Diluted 24,611 25,222 Income (loss) per share: Basic $(0.22) $0.17 Diluted $(0.22) $0.17 GAIAM, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (In thousands, except share information) September 30, December 31, 2008 2007 (Unaudited) Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $50,317 $66,258 Accounts receivable, net 26,641 30,157 Inventory, net 32,950 29,839 Deferred advertising costs 3,475 3,602 Deferred tax assets 12,837 6,005 Other current assets 7,223 5,205 Total current assets 133,443 141,066 Property and equipment, net 25,635 9,509 Media library, net 12,086 37,566 Deferred tax assets, net 978 4,057 Goodwill and other intangibles, net 52,197 44,410 Notes receivable and other assets 3,401 4,104 Total assets $227,740 $240,712 Liabilities and shareholders' equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $18,645 $23,620 Accrued liabilities 5,999 10,631 Total current liabilities 24,644 34,251 Minority interest 19,432 6,073 Commitments and contingencies Shareholders' equity: Class A common stock, $.0001 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 18,625,855 and 19,553,631 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007, respectively 2 2 Class B common stock, $.0001 par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized, 5,400,000 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2008 and December 31, 2007 1 1 Additional paid-in capital 163,541 174,046 Accumulated other comprehensive income 93 991 Retained earnings 20,027 25,348 Total shareholders' equity 183,664 200,388 Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $227,740 $240,712
SOURCE Gaiam, Inc.
Released November 6, 2008