Gaiam Inc. : Q4 & Full Year Results
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Boulder, Colorado - GAIAM, Inc. (NASDAQ: GAIA), a leading lifestyle company for yoga, fitness and wellness products and conscious content, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2015.
Financial Highlights vs. Prior Year Period
Total revenue for 2015 increased 13% over 2014 and 19% when excluding planned declines in catalog sales
Income from operations for 2015 improved $9.3 million over 2014
2015 net cash flows from operating activities improved $17.1 million
Total revenue for the fourth quarter increased 5% over 2014 and 10% when excluding planned declines in catalog sales
"Despite a difficult retail environment during the holiday season, fourth quarter results included double-digit comparable sales growth at our top 25 customers not including our largest account," said Lynn Powers, CEO of GAIAM. "We continue to receive significant interest in our products from a growing number of retailers, including Bed, Bath & Beyond, who will now carry Gaiam branded store-within-stores in 600 of their doors. We completed the transition of our catalog business to a more e-centric model, which lowered revenues by $7.6 million and improved operating profit $3.5 million for the year. We are continuing to invest in product development, while forging new retail partner relationships for our upcoming wellness and apparel line, which positions us well for sustained growth and profitability in 2016 and beyond."
Fourth Quarter Results
Net revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased 5% to $57.9 million compared to $55.4 million in the same year-ago quarter. Gaiam Brand net revenue in the fourth quarter increased 3% to $54.4 million compared to the year-ago quarter. Excluding planned declines in catalog sales, Gaiam Brand net revenue in the fourth quarter increased 9% to $52.6 million. Gaia net revenue increased 35% to $3.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Gross profit in the fourth quarter increased 10% to $27.5 million compared to $25.0 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of net revenue, gross profit increased 230 basis points to 47.4% compared to 45.1% in the year-ago quarter, due primarily to a lower amount of promotional sales. Additionally, the growth of the high-margin Gaia business continues to drive increases in the overall gross profit margin.
Operating expenses in the fourth quarter increased 5% to $23.7 million compared to $22.5 million in the year-ago quarter. As a percentage of net revenue, operating expenses increased 20 basis points to 40.9% compared to 40.7% in the year-ago quarter due to investments to grow and support the company's apparel line. Operating expenses include a non-recurring charge related to the recent bankruptcy filing by one of the company's customers, as well as costs associated with the separation of the Gaiam Brand and Gaia business units.
Income from operations in the fourth quarter improved 54% to $3.8 million compared to $2.5 million in the year-ago quarter.
Net income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter improved $0.8 million to $2.1 million or $0.08 per diluted share, compared to $0.03 per share in the year-ago quarter.
Effective December 31, 2015, Cinedigm and GAIAM resolved all legal disputes between the parties. No additional charges were recorded in the fourth quarter as a result of the settlement.
Full Year Results
Net revenue for 2015 increased 13% to $188.0 million compared to $166.7 million in 2014, reflecting the success of the Gaiam Brand apparel launch and increased Gaia subscribers. When excluding planned declines in the direct-to-consumer business of $7.6 million, net revenue increased a strong 19%. Net revenue for Gaia increased 36% to $13.5 million compared to $9.9 million in 2014.
Income from operations for 2015 improved $9.3 million to $4.2 million compared to a $5.1 million loss in 2014. The transition of the direct-to-consumer business, while negatively impacting sales, accounted for $3.5 million of the improvement, and Gaia achieved a $3.1 million improvement year over year.
Net income from continuing operations in 2015 improved to $1.1 million or $0.01 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $5.6 million or ($0.27) per share in 2014.
At December 31, 2015, cash totaled $13.8 million. The Company continues to carry no debt. The $17.1 million net improvement in 2015 cash flows from operating activities was the result of a $20.8 million improvement from continuing operations offset by a $3.7 million reduction from discontinued operations.
"We are in the final stages of separating our segments," said GAIAM Chairman Jirka Rysavy. "Revenue growth of 19% in the Gaiam Brand segment and 36% growth in the Gaia segment combined with the $9.3 million increase in operating income and $17.1 million improvement in our operating cash flow for the year are a good basis for 2016."
GAIAM, Inc. (NASDAQ: GAIA) is a leading lifestyle company for yoga, fitness and wellness products and content. With a wide distribution network that consists of approximately 38,000 retail doors, 19,000 store within stores, 5,000 category management locations, and e-commerce, GAIAM is dedicated to making yoga, fitness and wellness accessible to all. Gaia (formerly GAIAM TV) is a global digital video streaming service that provides curated conscious media content to its subscribers in over 100 countries. Over 90% of its 7,000 titles are available for streaming exclusively on Gaia through most internet devices. GAIAM dominates the health and wellness category and owns the largest library of conscious media. For more information about GAIAM, please visit www.gaiam.com