SPAR Group Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2020

White Plains, New York, UNITED STATES

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SPAR Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGRP), a leading supplier of retail merchandising, business technology and other marketing services in 10 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa, today announced financial results for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020.

Highlights for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020, as compared to the same periods during the prior year are as follows:

  • Revenue for the third quarter of 2020 decreased $7.6 million, or 11.4 percent, to $58.9 million versus the prior year’s third quarter. Revenues increased 2.1 percent for the domestic operations; however, international operations decreased 20.4 percent.

  • Revenue for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2020 decreased $20.7 million, or 10.8 percent, to $171.2 million. Revenues decreased 0.9 percent and 16.8 percent for domestic and international operations, respectively.

  • Operating income for the third quarter of 2020 increased $0.3 million, or 9.6 percent, to $3.3 million, compared to $3.0 million for the same period last year.

  • Operating income for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2020 decreased $2.2 million to $6.8 million, compared to $9.0 million for the same period last year. Domestic operations decreased $2.7 million, while international increased $0.5 million.

  • Net income attributable to SPAR Group for the third quarter of 2020 was $1.1 million, or $0.05 per diluted share, compared to $0.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, during the third quarter of 2019.

  • Net income attributable to SPAR Group for the nine-month period ending September 30, 2020 was $1.3 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared to $3.0 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, during the same period last year.

Domestic revenue during the third quarter recovered 22% sequentially from the second quarter, showing gradual improvements throughout each month of the quarter. Domestic revenue benefited from projects that were delayed earlier in the year, as well as increased demand for store reset and remodeling services in certain end markets. The improved domestic revenue performance was partially offset by the lower levels of customer activity in certain end markets related to COVID 19. The pandemic had a greater impact on international markets, with lower levels of customer activity accounting for approximately one third of the 20% decrease in international revenue. The remaining two thirds of the decrease in international revenue was related to foreign currency translation. As a result of our earlier cuts to operational expenses, discretionary spending and a delay in non-essential investments, we were able to offset a decrease in revenue and increasing labor costs to post flat comparisons with the prior year.

“We are encouraged to see a partial recovery in financial performance during the third quarter and are also encouraged that we have been able to maintain strong customer relationships. There is still a great deal of uncertainty about the pandemic’s potential impact on customer activity levels in the near term. Combined with increasing costs of labor, we are continuing a cautious approach to spending and maintaining our efforts to preserve the strength of our balance sheet and liquidity,” said Kori Belzer, chief operating officer of SPAR Group.

Financial Results by Geography (in 000's, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended September 30,
% Nine Months Ended September 30,%
Revenue:2020 2019Change 2020 2019Change
International$31,824  $39,960 (20.4%) $98,704  $118,681 (16.8%)
Domestic 27,041   26,480 2.1%  72,453   73,142 (0.9%)
Total$58,865  $66,440 (11.4%) $171,157  $191,823 (10.8%)

 Three Months Ended September 30,% Nine Months Ended September 30,%
Operating Income/(Loss):2020
Change 2020
International$2,042  $1,774 15.1% $4,859  $4,381 10.9%
Domestic 1,299   1,273 2.0%  1,924   4,626 (58.4%)
Total$3,341  $3,047 9.6% $6,783  $9,007 (24.7%)

 Three Months Ended September 30,  Nine Months Ended September 30, 
Net income (loss):2020
  2020 2019
International$738  $360 105% $1,365  $861 58.5%
Domestic 406   547 (25.8%)  (28)  2,184 (101.3%)
Total$1,144  $907 26.1% $1,337  $3,045 (56.1%)
Earnings Per Basic and Diluted Share:
 $0.05  $0.04   $0.06  $0.15  

Margin Profile by Geography

 Three Months Ended September 30,Basis Point Nine Months Ended September 30,Basis Point
Gross Margin:2020 2019Change 2020 2019Change
International18.6% 16.1%250 17.7% 16.1%160
Domestic22.5% 22.7%(20) 22.4% 24.7%(230)
Total20.4% 18.7%170 19.7% 19.4%30

Opr. IncomeThree Months Ended September 30,Basis Point Nine Months Ended September 30,Basis Point
as a % of Sales2020 2019Change 2020 2019Change
International6.4% 4.4%200 4.9% 3.7%120
Domestic4.8% 4.8%- 2.7% 6.3%(360)
Total 5.7% 4.6%120 4.0% 4.7%(70)

International gross profit margin for the three- and nine-month periods ended September 30, 2020 were 18.6% and 17.7%, respectively, compared to 16.1% and 16.1%, respectively, for the same periods in 2019. For the three-month period ended September 30, 2020 the international subsidiaries, China and Brazil experienced favorable gross margin improvement year over year. All other international subsidiaries experienced gross margin pressure compared to the same period last year.

Domestic gross profit margin for the three-month period ended September 30, 2020, was 22.5% compared to 22.7% for the same period in 2019. For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2020, domestic gross profit margin was 22.4% compared to 24.7% for the same period in 2019. The year-over-year decrease in domestic gross profit margin was primarily attributable to lower sales, wage pressure, and an unfavorable mix in lower gross margin project work.

Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2020

At September 30, 2020, cash and cash equivalents totaled $15.8 million. Working capital was $19.9 million and current ratio was 1.4 to 1. Total current assets and total assets were $67.3 million and $82.5 million, respectively. Total liabilities were $50.2 million and total equity was $32.3 million at September 30, 2020.

About SPAR Group

SPAR Group, Inc. is a diversified international merchandising and marketing services Company and provides a broad array of services worldwide to help companies improve their sales, operating efficiency and profits at retail locations. The Company provides merchandising and other marketing services to manufacturers, distributors and retailers worldwide and coordinates the operations through the use of multi-lingual proprietary technology which drives the logistics, communication and reporting for global operations and customers. SPAR works primarily in mass merchandiser, office supply, value, grocery, drug, independent, convenience, home improvement and electronics stores; as well as providing furniture and other product assembly services, audit services, in-store events, technology services and marketing research. The Company has supplied projects and product services in the United States since certain of its predecessors were formed in 1979 and internationally since the Company acquired its first international subsidiary in Japan, in May of 2001. Product services include restocking and adding new products, removing spoiled or outdated products, resetting categories "on the shelf" in accordance with client or store schematics, confirming and replacing shelf tags, setting new sale or promotional product displays and advertising, replenishing kiosks, providing in-store event staffing and providing assembly services in stores, homes and offices. Audit services include price audits, point of sale audits, out of stock audits, intercept surveys and planogram audits. Other merchandising services include whole store or departmental product sets or resets (including new store openings), new product launches, in-store demonstrations, special seasonal or promotional merchandising, focused product support and product recalls. The Company currently does business in ten countries that encompass approximately 50% of the total world population through its operations in the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, India, China, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Turkey. For more information, please visit the SPAR Group's website at

Forward-Looking Statements

This Press Release contains and the above referenced recorded comments will contain "forward-looking statements" made by SPAR Group, Inc. ("SGRP", and together with its subsidiaries, the "SPAR Group" or the "Company"), will be filed shortly in a Current Report on Form 10-Q by SGRP with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). There also are "forward looking statements" contained in SGRP's Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2019 (the "Annual Report"), which was filed by SGRP with the SEC on April 14, 2020, and SGRP's definitive Proxy Statement respecting its Annual Meeting of Stockholders held on May 13, 2020 (the "Proxy Statement"), which SGRP filed with the SEC on May 1, 2020, and SGRP's Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and other reports and statements as and when filed with the SEC (including the Annual Report and the Proxy Statement, each a "SEC Report"). "Forward-looking statements" are defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the "Exchange Act"), and other applicable federal and state securities laws, rules and regulations, as amended (together with the Securities Act and Exchange Act, collectively, "Securities Laws").

The forward-looking statements made by the Company in this Press Release may include (without limitation) any expectations, guidance or other information respecting the pursuit or achievement of the Company's corporate strategic objectives (growth, customer value, employee development, greater productivity & efficiency, and earnings per share). Building upon the Company's strong foundation, leveraging compatible global opportunities, growing the Company’s client base and contacts, continuing to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet, growing revenues and improving profitability through organic growth, new business developments and strategic acquisitions, and continuing to control costs. The Company's forward-looking statements also include, in particular and without limitation, those made in "Business", "Risk Factors", "Legal Proceedings", and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the Annual Report. You can identify forward-looking statements in such information by the Company's use of terms such as "may", "will", "expect", "intend", "believe", "estimate", "anticipate", "continue", "plan", "project" or similar words or variations or negatives of those words.

You should carefully consider (and not place undue reliance on) the Company's forward-looking statements, risk factors and the other risks, cautions and information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into this Press Release, the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement and the other applicable SEC Reports that could cause the Company's actual performance or condition (including its assets, business, clients, capital, cash flow, credit, expenses, financial condition, income, liabilities, liquidity, locations, marketing, operations, performance, prospects, sales, strategies, taxation or other achievement, results, risks, trends or condition) to differ materially from the performance or condition planned, intended, anticipated, estimated or otherwise expected by the Company (collectively, "expectations") and described in the information in the Company's forward-looking and other statements, whether express or implied. Although the Company believes them to be reasonable, those expectations involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other unpredictable factors (many of which are beyond the Company's control) that could cause those expectations to fail to occur or be realized or such actual performance or condition to be materially and adversely different from the Company's expectations. In addition, new risks and uncertainties arise from time to time, and it is impossible for the Company to predict these matters or how they may arise or affect the Company. Accordingly, the Company cannot assure you that its expectations will be achieved in whole or in part, that the Company has identified all potential risks, or that the Company can successfully avoid or mitigate such risks in whole or in part, any of which could be significant and materially adverse to the Company and the value of your investment in SGRP's Common Stock.

You should carefully review the risk factors described in the Annual Report (See Item 1A – Risk Factors) and any other risks, cautions or information made, contained or noted in or incorporated by reference into the Annual Report, the Proxy Statement or other applicable SEC Report. All forward-looking and other statements or information attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly subject to and qualified by all such risk factors and other risks, cautions and information.

The Company does not intend or promise, and the Company expressly disclaims any obligation, to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, risk factors or other risks, cautions or information (in whole or in part), whether as a result of new information, risks or uncertainties, future events or recognition or otherwise, except as and to the extent required by applicable law.

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive (Loss) Income
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 September 30, September 30,
Net revenues$58,865  $66,440  $171,157  $191,823 
Cost of revenues 46,849   53,929   137,478   154,614 
Gross profit 12,016   12,511   33,679   37,209 
Selling, general and administrative expense 8,145   8,940   25,287   26,639 
Depreciation and amortization 530   524   1,609   1,563 
Operating income 3,341   3,047   6,783   9,007 
Interest expense 169   216   482   605 
Other income, net (143)  (11)  (201)  (268)
Income before income tax expense 3,315   2,842   6,502   8,670 
Income tax expense 870   760   1,830   2,745 
Net income 2,445   2,082   4,672   5,925 
Net (income) attributable to non-controlling interest (1,301)  (1,175)  (3,335)  (2,880)
Net income attributable to SPAR Group, Inc.$1,144  $907  $1,337  $3,045 
Basic and diluted income per common share:$0.05  $0.04  $0.06  $0.15 
Weighted average common shares – basic 21,110   20,975   21,108   20,856 
Weighted average common shares – diluted 21,147   21,061   21,152   21,096 
Net income$2,445  $2,082  $4,672  $5,925 
Other comprehensive income (loss):           
Foreign currency translation adjustments 71   (811)  (3,908)  (644)
Comprehensive income 2,516   1,271   764   5,281 
Comprehensive (income) attributable to non-controlling interest (1,326)  (815)  (871)  (2,623)
Comprehensive income (loss) attributable to SPAR Group, Inc.$1,190  $456  $(107) $2,658 

SPAR Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
 September 30, December 31,
 2020 2019
Current assets:       
Cash and cash equivalents$15,750  $10,458 
Accounts receivable, net 47,366   49,299 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 4,212   2,404 
Total current assets 67,328   62,161 
Property and equipment, net 2,846   2,848 
Operating lease right-of-use assets 2,742   4,948 
Goodwill 3,753   3,784 
Intangible assets, net 2,381   2,796 
Deferred income taxes 1,388   1,883 
Other assets 2,033   1,115 
Total assets$82,471  $79,535 
Liabilities and equity       
Current liabilities:       
Accounts payable$8,377  $9,186 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 21,186   18,548 
Due to affiliates 3,475   4,666 
Customer incentives and deposits 1,052   594 
Lines of credit and short-term loans 12,104   8,932 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities 1,145   2,828 
Total current liabilities 47,339   44,754 
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion 1,597   2,120 
Long-term debt and other liabilities 1,300   1,300 
Total liabilities 50,236   48,174 
Commitments and contingencies – See Note 8       
SPAR Group, Inc. equity       
Preferred stock, $.01 par value: Authorized and available shares– 2,445,598 Issued and outstanding shares – None – Balance at June 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019 -   - 
Common stock, $.01 par value: Authorized shares – 47,000,000 Issued shares – 21,111,861 – Balance at September 30, 2020, and 21,108,352 – December 31, 2019 211   211 
Treasury stock, at cost 1,697 shares – Balance at September 30, 2020, and December 31, 2019 (2)  (2)
Additional paid-in capital 16,621   16,511 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (5,060)  (3,616)
Retained earnings 7,188   5,851 
Total SPAR Group, Inc. equity 18,958   18,955 
Non-controlling interest 13,277   12,406 
Total equity 32,235   31,361 
Total liabilities and equity$82,471  $79,535 


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