Digital Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DBGI) Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call August 15, 2022 8:30 AM ET
Hil Davis - CEO
Conference Call Participants
Greetings and welcome to Digital Brands Group, Inc. Second Quarter 2022 Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. [Operator Instructions]. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. Hil Davis, Chief Executive Officer. Please go ahead, sir.
Yes. Thank you very much, and good morning and welcome to the Digital Brands Group second quarter 2022 earnings conference call.
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So with that, let me start by saying for the quarter we delivered strong top-line results of 273% year-over-year growth, along with very strong gross margins of 58.1%, which was an increase of 450% versus a year ago, an improvement of 15.2% in terms of gross margin expansion sequentially.
We continue to achieve operating leverage on our fixed cost of business through the increase in revenue growth and our gross margin expansion. We saw that the operating leverage significantly increased on both a year-over-year basis and a sequential basis.
Please note, our second quarter only included two months of wholesale shipping across our wholesale brand as wholesale demand is not as strong in the June period. The majority of wholesale accounts only focused on the two months in this period. The same thing happens in the fourth quarter as most wholesale brands do not ship in December is that is going into the holiday period.
As we look into the second half of the year, we are now into our peak wholesale season, which starts with the July 30 shipments, which is considered pre-fall and goes through the November 30 shipments. We are pleased with what we are seeing from a wholesale bookings. Given this, we expect our second half of the year to see an acceleration in our revenue, and we should maintain strong gross margins. Therefore, we expect our combined EBITDA for the September through December period of 2022 to be flat to negative $500,000.
We believe this forecast shows there's a clear and short path to profitability. To this point, we hired a Head of Wholesale for distilled, which has never been offered in the wholesale channel. She joins us from another denim brand, where she increased their wholesale revenues from $6 million to $39 million in three years. We will benefit from distilled wholesale revenues starting in the first quarter of 2023, as the wholesale shows for Q1 delivery start in September.
The wholesale revenue generated from this channel have an incredible impact on our cash flow. So there's minimum -- as there's minimum cost needed to launch and grow this channel. We already have the corporate showrooms in place, the marketing team, the back office, distribution and the corporate overhead. Therefore, the gross profit from this channel should flow to the bottom line at almost 85% to 90%. And as you just think about the impact even this would've had on our current September to December period, if this person had been in place this time last year. We do believe we found the right person for distilled and that she will help us expand both the brand awareness, revenue, and cash flow of the distilled brand.
Before we jump into the second quarter 2022 results, we wanted to discuss some updates that we have from our investors. We filed our proxy this past Friday for upcoming Shareholder Meeting to be held on October 3. This proxy is important for our investors because it'll include shareholder voting to approve the shares issued for the Sundry acquisition. This acquisition increases our revenue by over $20 million. It will also increase our EBITDA significantly. In fact, once we close Sundry after the shareholder vote, we will be EBITDA positive right away.
It is also includes a vote for reverse stock split, which will put us in compliance with NASDAQ listing rules. This is extremely important, along those lines, we have our NASDAQ hearing as reported in early September, and we have laid out a plan that will show how we'll achieve compliance for the listing requirements.
We believe that there's a lot of opportunity in wholesale and direct-to-consumer. We continue to experience very strong direct-to-consumer growth as well as wholesale growth. I think one of the things that people don't realize is we're not able to factor. So for us, what we're -- we have to frontload and pay for all our product now. And then we get paid 60 to 90 days post that via the wholesale channel. This results in a four to five-month negative working cap cycle, which is why we have to borrow money from time-to-time as we have to pay for the upcoming product, fabric and production. And this is especially true as we move from the seasonally slow second quarter into the peak revenue season. This creates a need that we have to borrow against. However, we get paid back that capital 60, 90 days later. As we move into next year, we do expect to have a factor in place, and that will eliminate the need for the borrowings and also change our working cap to a positive working cap cycle, which is a significant change in our business. And we think that's a really big deal for our investors. And we'll also see that in our P&L as we won't have the cost to borrow those.
And then, finally, in terms of the housekeeping items, I think that's important is that when you look at the Sundry acquisition, we believe, that that will be very positive to our synergies as well. Not only do we get the incremental revenue and cash flow, we also believe there's significant savings in both having a single distribution center, a single office, shared marketing, and other things.
I think we've proven with our current acquisitions that are much smaller in scale that we can get these savings. So we believe that with this acquisition of this size, the savings will be significantly larger than what we've been able to benefit so far.
So with that, let me get into results for the second quarter of 2022 highlights compared to the second quarter of 2021. Net sales were $3.7 million versus $1 million in a year ago, an increase of 273% year-over-year. Our second quarter is our lowest wholesale revenue quarter across all our wholesale brands as these brands only shipped two to three months due to lower wholesale demand during this period as noted previously.
Gross profit margin was 58.1% versus 39.3% a year ago, an increase of 450% gross profit increased by $1.8 million due to improved gross margins at all our brands. Additionally, this is the first quarter we reported, we did not incur any inventory write-downs associated with older product, which we believe illustrates the gross margin power of our brands.
General and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased 538% to 133.5% of revenues versus 716.7% a year ago. G&A expenses were $5 million versus $7.2 million in a year ago quarter. Starting in September, all our brands will share one office and one distribution center, which result in additional cost savings going forward. Also, we do not expect any additional increases in G&A expenses in the second half of the year, which should result in significant revenue leverage as we enter our peak revenue season.
Sales and marketing expenses were 45.6% of revenue versus 92% a year ago, a decrease of 50.4%. Sales and marketing expenses were $1.7 million versus $923,000 a year ago. We continue to experience meaningful e-commerce revenue growth year-over-year associated with our digital marketing programs. This increase in e-commerce revenue is also driving higher gross margins across all our brands as we have higher gross margins in the e-commerce channel.
Distribution expenses were 5.9% of revenue versus 7% a year ago, a decline of 14.7%. Distribution expenses were $222,000 versus $70,000 a year ago, driven by the addition of Harper and Jones and Stateside distribution expenses in this quarter versus approximately one-third of Harper and Jones distribution expenses and no distribution expenses for Stateside a year ago. And even then Stateside had a different office and a different distribution center up until this period in Q3, so basically starting in July.
We expect to benefit from reduction in our distribution expenses associated with operating one distribution center versus two distribution centers as we've consolidated this into one.
Change in the fair value of contingent considerations, which is a non-cash expense was $5.9 million versus $3.1 million a year ago. Loss from operations excluding the change in fair value of contingent considerations was $4.7 million versus $7.8 million a year ago.
Net loss attributed to common stockholders was $9.5 million or $0.27 per diluted share compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $10.7 million or $1.97 per diluted share a year ago. Excluding the non-cash charge associated with the change in fair value of contingent considerations, net loss attributable to common stockholders was $3.6 million or $0.10 per diluted share compared to net loss attributable to common stockholders of $7.7 million or $1.41 per diluted share a year ago.
In closing, we believe that we are on a clear and short path to profitability with our current brands. The Sundry acquisition post to shareholder vote approval will create and should create positive EBITDA immediately. We continue to add revenue streams to our current brands, which generate high cash flow. This cash flow adds visibility and consistency to our business model. This is magnified by the operating leverage we are generating as we've increased our revenue and gross margin in the first half of this year, which we expect to continue and expand in the second half of the year. This operating leverage will only be enhanced by our higher revenue associated with the upcoming peak selling season.
Finally, we believe that we are moving out of our negative working cap cycle and high cash burn rate as we believe we'll be able to factor next year, which will prevent us, which means we will not have to borrow expensive debt to meet the demand of the wholesale channel as we'll be able to factor. And this will create significant cash flow savings, and also move us to a positive networking capital cycle.
Thanks, everyone, for their time and we look forward for the continued momentum. This concludes our second quarter 2022 earnings call, and let's open it up to Q&A, please.
Sounds like there are no questions. So I appreciate everyone's time for this call. Hopefully you can see we continue to grow the business on the top-line, the gross margin line, and we are on a path to be profitable, which is very exciting, as we continue to scale this company. We look forward to both the Sundry acquisition and future acquisitions going forward. And thanks everyone for the time and have a great day. Thank you.
Thank you. This concludes today's conference. You may disconnect your lines at this time. Thank you for your participation.